Archive for July, 2010
The week begins with Venus and Saturn conjunct in Libra at 1:24 pm Sunday. Venus will be joined by Mars on Aug. 20, so try not to be too broken-hearted if you and a sweetie go your separate ways this week. Love will be in the air again. Actually, Venus and Saturn can indicate a formalization of a relationship, like in a marriage license, or at least an engagement.
STAND BACK, everybody! Feisty asteroid Juno hits 5 degrees Leo Friday, conjunct brave Regulus. (at least the traditional degree of Regulus) Women may suddenly be called on to be extremely brave and rescue husbands or kids, or they might unleash a rant online – or something! This is a real take-the-bull-by-the-nose-ring position, I think. STAND BACK and nobody gets hurt. Otherwise, Juno in Leo is pretty feisty and magnetic and fascinating to the opposite sex. Juno in Leo is a great partner and you will never be bored.
Uranus enters Pisces in retrograde motion at 11:36 pm Friday. Pisces natives may have some upsets in their lives but let’s hope that it is nothing really serious. Pisces tends to make mountains out of molehills anyway. Hmm, let me try to remember what Uranus in Pisces was like, way back in May. It was not in a work sector for me, and I recall when it entered Aries, a work sector, I got some well-paid work for a short time anyway. Uranus will be in Pisces for the rest of the year, natch. Jupiter will retrograde back into Pisces on Sept. 8, on a Virgo New Moon. That looks interesting, hey?
The asteroid Vesta enters the relationship sign Libra. This is actually a pretty poor placement IMHO because she is too willing to be a martyr to her partner. This is alright if the Vesta person is putting her spouse thru school with the understanding that the other spouse is going to reciprocate. But too often the other party divorces soon after establishing him or herself in a good-paying job. Not nice. This is an extreme example. But Vesta here is just deadly to a long-term relationship because men tend to lose interest in women who sacrifice too much of themselves.
Monday’s New Moon in Leo at 17 degrees is very tough. Pluto in Capricorn is square to Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus, and sesqui-quadrate the lights in Leo. What a lineup, folks. Crunch time all over so please try to be kind and help someone thru a tough month. I wrote some worst-case scenarios for many signs this week so please take them with a grain of salt, but do keep some cash on hand for emergencies like the one that the stars show this week.
by Milky Way Maid
Scientists suspected there might be a ring of debris around Saturn’s moon Rhea. But when the Cassini spacecraft flew by and took pictures, it found nothing. Hmmm.
From the article in the Monitor: “There are very strong and interesting and unexplained electromagnetic effects going on around Rhea,” said Matthew Tiscareno from Cornell University, who led the imaging campaign. “But we’re making a pretty strong case that it’s not because of solid material orbiting the moon….For the amount of dust that you need to account for [the earlier] observations, if it were there, we would have seen it.”
Mars was conjunct Saturn on Saturday, July 31. This can be a great day to start a diet and exercise regimen for weight loss, especially if it contacts natal planets like the Sun, or the Ascendant. I once had a job that started with transiting Saturn conjunct my Sun, and the hard work I did there brought a rapid weight loss.
Other possible interpretations of Mars-Saturn are getting traffic tickets, bone fractures (due to the opposition to Uranus), accidents, regulation, the hard taskmaster who is also brilliant, or the sudden (Uranus) termination (Saturn) of relationships, jobs, contracts, and other situations. Uranus transits can mark turning points in one’s life or career (for better or for worse). It is a truism but work repeating: the worst thing that happens to you can also be the best thing that ever happened to you.
A Grand Trine shapes up over the course of the day Monday between Moon in Taurus, Pluto in Capricorn and Mercury in Virgo. It should be a very materially productive day for all earth signs so get cracking.
Jupiter squares Pluto (at 3 degrees Aries-Capricorn) very early Tuesday, followed by Mars opposite Jupiter barely 24 hours later (at three degrees Libra-Aries). Mars-Jupiter aspects bring a high level of risk as well as great opportunities, so this may mean going out on a limb in order to get to where you want to go. Be very careful and calculating what you can afford to risk, because that Mars-Saturn-Uranus aspect is still in effect (tho waning). The Jupiter-Pluto square threatens to wipe you out if you fall off the tightrope, so to speak. Sticking to philosophical principles (Jupiter) will help you to weather the trials of life.
Venus is inconjunct Neptune Wednesday night at 6:57 pm. Venus is sugar, and there is some evidence that Venus-Neptune aspects are related to diabetes or other metabolic problems. Diabetics should always be on top of their glucose levels, but perhaps it would be wise to avoid tempting fate that night. Cooks might do well to analyze where they can reduce sugar levels in recipes, or substitute natural sweeteners like fruit and honey. There are tapes out there that can help one reduce a craving for sweets.
Venus enters its second home in Libra at 11:47 pm Friday. Librans generally like going to a salon anyway, but this transit favors getting a bit more of a makeover, or treating yourself to a spa service. Librans often look great with lightened hair framing the face.
Venus opposes Uranus very early Saturday, which does not generally favor romance. Any relationships begun at this time are generally short though very interesting. You may meet rather unusual people who shake up your life and attitude. Ongoing relationships may undergo stresses and separations, or you may have to adjust to being separated by job assignments. At worst, the Venus-Saturn conjunction at 1:24 pm Sunday August 8 may signal a termination of a relationship. C’est la vie, as they say. Vaya con dios, my darling, as the song goes. The good news is that Mars and Venus rendezvous later in the month; the conjunction is on August 20.
By Milky Way Maid
There’s a Full Moon on the agenda for Sunday, July 25 at 9:37 pm, at 3 degrees Aquarius exactly. A Full Moon seems wasted on airy Aquarius, doesn’t it? All those moonbeams and stardust have a hard time meshing with this cold, dry, mental sign. And yet Aquarius can be so sentimental over loved ones; you’ve no better, steadfast friend, brother, or spouse. This lunation features a Moon sextile to Jupiter and Uranus in Aries, so expect innovation and pioneering leadership.
Saturn opposes Uranus at 1:07 pm Monday, and then Mars opposes Uranus at 9:31 am Friday. Bill Meridian says that Saturn-Uranus aspects have historically been very challenging in business situations. Saturn is structure, and Uranus topples or collapses that structure, or at least shakes it up. On a personal level, let me add that Mars, Uranus, and Saturn together can break bones (Saturn) or cause other injuries and accidents (Uranus). Mars adds the danger of fire or heat, and Uranus rules mechanical and electrical items. Be safety conscious, and drive defensively.
by Milky Way Maid
I just came across this even tho the crop circle was in 2008. I probably did see something about this Avebury Manor at the time (July 15, 2008), but did not try to make sense of the crop circle as a possible map of the heavens at a certain date. However, this article does give a possible date when the planets would line up just like on the crop circle schematic. Funny how it is almost exactly two years since the crop circle appeared.
The blobs representing planets seem to line up in a configuration that matches how the solar system will appear on December 23, 2012. What is the significance of this, you ask? Well, maybe the answer has to do with the end of the Mayan calendar and how the earth will line up with the Galactic Center — or maybe not. But you can read the article at this link and make up your own mind.
by Milky Way Maid
It may crush native Cancerians’ sensitive feelings to learn that the the brightest star in the constellation Cancer, Lucida, is only a fourth magnitude star. It takes a sharp eye, or a telescope, to track the passage of Cancer across the summer sky. Come to think of it, four is both the magnitude of its star and the house of the zodiac which it rules. So there may be a certain apropos quality to the number four here.
Yet dim as it was, the Egyptians used Lucida to mark the summer solstice from about 2000 BC to 1000 BC. The Egyptians did not call it the Crab, they called it the Scarab, or actually Scarabaeus. The Scarab is the sacred beetle that rolls a ball of dung around, a ball in which it has laid its eggs for the next generation. Other Egyptian sources may have called it the Stars of the Water, or the Two Turtles, according to Rupert Gleadow in The Origin of the Zodiac. (Egypt does have river turtles, which are hard shelled critters just as crabs are.)
By the time the Greek astronomer Eratosthenes wrote of this constellation, it was called the Crab. He described it as being made up of two asses and a crib. The crib portion lies near the top, between the two asses, and is named Praesepe which is Latin for “the manger”. The nebula in Cancer is known as the Beehive, flanked by the two donkeys, Asellus Australis (the southern donkey) and Asellus Borealis (the northern donkey) .
The image of the manger and asses was transformed into one of a Nativity scene, a manger where the baby Jesus was laid, during the Christian era.
The Cancer native might not like to show their feelings outwardly. They retreat inside their shells, or cocoon inside their homes, and watch TV or surf the web. They may sublimate them into eating or overeating. They may become toxic people who poison the atmosphere around them with their unexpressed/suppressed, unprocessed feelings.
And yet they can be the most understanding and supportive friends and parents, who soothe your brow and offer chicken soup (either literal or metaphorical). They do not generally try to solve your problems for you, though they often offer the best advice you ever got.
They are the homemakers and hoteliers and restaurateurs of the world. They know just what will make a place feel like home, and they know how to make a cold impersonal hotel room liveable when THEY are travelling. They pack a few family pictures along, and maybe a special pillow, and some tea bags, and they’ll be alright.
All too often Cancer is short-changed when one is evaluating the special skills of each sign. His or her executive ability is too often unrecognized. After all, one of the biggest skills a successful homemaker has is time management. What else? Well, there’s people skills, akin to personnel management or supervisory experience. Often they set budgets and weekly menus. They actually do so many tasks that there is not enough space in this column to list them all, and I don’t want to give myself a headache trying to do so.
Rulerships and Keywords: Feminine. Receptive. Watery. Parts of body: stomach, breasts, nutrition, digestion, uterus. Bakeries, boats, buildings, lakes, ocean, pools, plumbing or sinks. Country, home, mom, apple pie. All water creatures but especially the tortoise, blue topaz, lychnis, green jasper, euchite, agate, chalcedony, amber, the lotus flower. The Greeks, at least according to a list by Manilius*, assigned Mercury (Hermes) to rule over Cancer. The Greeks assigned it the herbs comfrey and mandragora oficinalis.
*The full Manilius list, as recounted by Plato, is as follows: Pallas rules the woolly Ram, and Venus guards the Bull,/ Apollo has the handsome Twins, and Mercury the Crab,/ Jove, with the Mother of the Gods, himself is Leo’s lord;/ The Virgin with her Ear of Corn to Ceres falls; the Scales/ to Vulcan’s smithy; while to Mars the warlike Scorpion cleaves;/ The Hunter’s human part Diana rules, but what’s of horse/ Is ruled by Vesta, with the straitened stars of Capricorn;/ Aquarius is Juno’s sign, as opposite to Jove,/ And Neptune owns the pair of Fish that in the heavens move.
It is interesting that under this regime, Libra is given to Vulcan the smithy, since it is the only man-made object among these constellations. Pallas seems apropos to Aries, since she sprang fully formed from the head of Zeus her father, and was usually clad in full armor. Venus to Taurus, and Mars to Scorpio, and Neptune to Pisces, are as we have it now, and I can understand Apollo for the Twins (His chariot is pulled by TWO horses) although Apollo’s sister was Pallas Athena. Jupiter as ruler of Leo seems odd but then again Leo is the kingly sign. It’s really kind of cute that they assign Ceres to Virgo; it seems so obvious. Diana also seems an obvious choice for Sag, tho we have no idea what they were thinking of by assigning Vesta to to either Sag or Capricorn. What does Vesta have to do with goats or horses or any livestock?? Tis a puzzlement indeed. And what about this Mercury rulership over Cancer? Well, Cancer’s many ‘hands’ make her a multi-tasking demon. Other than that, nothing comes to mind.
Hail, all hail, to Leo – The Sun enters the sign of the Lion at 6:21 pm on Thursday, July 22. A mature Leo avoids the pitfall of demanding attention whether or not they deserve it, and progresses to inspiring others to shine in a shared spotlight. The Sun’s first aspect is a sextile to Saturn which has now re-entered Libra. Leos will have renewed ambition, and be able to set an agenda for themselves. You will be able to handle a detail work, possibly in a leadership position with a hobby club or philanthropic organization. Have you ever directed a play? This may be the year that you do so.
Saturn re-enters Libra at 11:10 am Wednesday. Libra is the sign of its exaltation so let’s hope for a renewed sense of fair play and equality in the courts of the land. Enough of this garbage about favoring corporate interests (Capricorn) over that of the public.
Jupiter goes retrograde at 8:03 am Friday, at 3 degrees 24 minutes Aries. Retrogrades are not necessarily bad things, but one needs to pay attention to where they are in your natal chart and what is going on with you. Some things may need to be redone, or some issues come back to stir up your pot. Fire signs might try to set new projects in motion when the Moon is in Sag, to create a grand trine in fire signs, good for leadership and for inspiring others.