Archive for August, 2008
Happy Holiday weekend to everyone! The long days of summer wind down to short, brisk autumn days. Let this issue be The Three-Day Weekend issue, covering what each sign likes to do on its long weekends/short vacations. I will still cover where the Moon is all week, and the major aspect or aspects of the week, but the focus will be on recreation and relaxation — R&R.
The Sun makes a conjunction with big bad old Saturn late afternoon on Wed. in Virgo. This may not be all bad if you always wanted to organize your closet, junk drawer, and recipe file, and clear out the email inbox. It is also good for planning and organizing; get a bunch of Virgos together to analyze an issue and work out a solution. Just resist organizing someone else’s life — no one has the right to do that to another adult. If this conjunction falls in your tenth house, this aspect can bring an award, honor, or other recognition. Congrats!
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Happy birthday to Virgo! Your sign actually started Aug. 23, but this is the first full week that is all yours. You share your sign with a surprising number of famous dancers (as do Taurus, Libra, and Capricorn). Famous Virgo dancers include Gene Kelly, Agnes deMille, Marge Champion, Lola Falana, and Mitzi Gaynor. Virgo as an earth sign pushes off from the ground, and as a mutable sign, these natives usually master several different styles.
The biggest celestial action this week is that Mercury squares Pluto — sounds like a good week for research and investigation — even to the point of obsession — and for printed news about any studies or scandals. Fields as varied as psychology, yoga, astrology and other occult topics are in the spotlight, or you may begin a study of one of these subjects. There is also the chance that someone may try to coerce (Pluto) you into thinking (Mercury) a certain way, or toe the party line. Tell them to back off and that you have some brain cells of your own. Oh dear, then Venus squares Pluto on Friday. This is often linked to romantic obsession of some kind — like the fans who scale estate walls to mingle with a movie star’s party.
A Taurus Sun with Moon in Capricorn and Cancer rising would produce someone who really wants to achieve a level of material success. There was the story of when she and Sonny Bono drove past a large mansion when they were still struggling; she remarked how she loved that house and wanted to live there one day. Wonder of wonders, but eventually she and Sonny did buy and love into that same house.
New planet found in Oort cloud. 2006 SQ372 is just over two billion miles from Earth, a bit closer than the planet Neptune. Send out the Welcome Wagon.
Mercury is conjunct Venus on Thursday morning. This should be good news for the stock market because sellers and buyers agree on a price that reflects a decent value (a Venus word). Volume should be up. Venus buyers generally buy to hold, or at least till they have made a profit. The conjunction is in the sign of Virgo, who is usually a very discriminating shopper, so he or she probably has set a limit on how much he’ll pay for a stock. Actually Virgo prefers to work for their money so this conjunction may say something about labor agreements or the unemployment index. See also the Earth sign Grand Trine under Taurus horoscope.
Sometimes I refer to planets that are at the very end of a sign as having an extra oomph. It certainly seems like people who have their Sun in the last couple degrees of a sign are all packed and ready to go in this lifetime — meaning that they have an unusual ability that could not have been developed only in this lifetime. Maybe they have spent several lifetimes, in fact, perfecting how to play a violin or mastering the laws of science.
The fact is that the royal fixed star Regulus is believed to be at 29 degrees of Leo and whose prominence in a birth chart promised a life lived among the socially prominent. This only adds another layer of energy to the late degree phenomenon.
So let me lay out some information on what you can expect from seeing a planet in the late degrees of a sign. A strict interpretation of ‘late degrees” means the last degree only. But practically speaking, the last three or four degrees are almost equally potent. If you see a Sun, Midheaven, Part of Fortune, or chart ruler in those degrees, then the career should have a measure of fame. But any planet in a late degree is going to throw more weight than you might otherwise expect from the placement or aspects.
Mars Could Be Between Ice Ages
After examining stunning high-resolution images taken last year by the Reconnaissance Orbiter, researchers have documented for the first time that ice packs at least 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) thick and perhaps 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) thick existed along Mars’ mid-latitude belt as recently as 100 million years ago. In addition, the team believes other images tell them that glaciers flowed in localized areas in the last 10 to 100 million years – a blink of the eye in Mars’s geological timeline.
Have I Mentioned the Coolest Animated ‘Planetarium’ Online?
For a little astronomy and astrology fun go to Shadow & Substance website. They have the coolest animations of solar and lunar eclipses plus the Perseid meteor showers and Comet Holmes. The website is http://shadowandsubstance.com/. Everything is free; they even have links where you can download the software for an animated image of the night sky from wherever you are located.