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Your Milky Way Horoscope June 26-July 2, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

The Moon, exalted in Taurus, is conjunct Jupiter at 4 degrees Taurus at 1:07 am Sunday. What a wonderful opportunity for night owls especially, but anyone can light a candle and make a wish for their fondest desire late the night before. You can put your case to others with positive results, especially with women (so this is actually a fine time to propose if you are involved with someone). If this aspect affects your fourth house, it favors moves to a new residence.
The Moon trines powerful Pluto at 6 degrees Capricorn at 5:22 am Sunday. Whenever I see the Moon and Pluto, I think, “silver charm” because the Moon rules silver, and Pluto is power objects and overcoming the perceived limitations (power vs. powerlessness) of one’s life. Your emotions may be very intense, difficult to handle; but at the same time perhaps you need the release of music, art or journaling or whatever works for you.
The Sun in Cancer squares Uranus at 4 degrees Aries at 6:13 am Sunday. What an eventful morning, astrologically speaking. This aspect will shake you out of your rut, like it or not. Go ahead and break your routine, take a different route home, try a new restaurant. Just be advised that Uranus can cause accidents whether from distraction or whatever, so do drive defensively and alertly. If upset (related to the Moon-Pluto trine above), it is best NOT to drive at all.
We have a New Moon Friday, July 1, at 4:54 am, at 9 degrees, 12 minutes of Cancer. This is a partial Solar Eclipse, the partner to the total lunar eclipse of June 15 at 24 degrees Sag. The Moon is conjunct Sun of course, and square Saturn in Libra. This may be a tough time for many of us, not only because of the square to Saturn but because the last major aspect was Moon opposite Pluto. So the powers that be are inclined to say no, no and no. Minnesota is threatening to shut down government offices in a standoff over the budget, and this eclipse does not bode well for a last-minute compromise. I regret I do not have any chart for the state, so I have no idea of the specifics of the transits.
Mercury enters Leo at 1:38 am Saturday. Mercury in Leo is quite a persuasive speaker, with the combination of Mercury (ruling the mind) and Leo (ruling the heart). This Leo may be a fine leader in politics or the military, being well suited to command. You may write (and perform) speeches or plays, or teach, or emcee. The only drawback is sometimes a tendency to boast and brag — not that you don’t have anything worth bragging about, but it is just unseemly. Useful in a job interview, though.
The Sun in Cancer squares Saturn at 10 degrees Libra at 8:17 pm Saturday. Sun square Saturn symbolizes frustrations and not being able to exert one’s will in a given situation. Patience, in patience one possesses one’s soul, to coin a phrase. I know, we all want everything now, but some things just need time to germinate and grown to the point where we can harvest them. This aspect is preceded by 22 minutes by a Moon-Mercury conjunction, meaning that some of us will probably ask a favor of a friend or relative. Well, with Saturn square the Sun, it is ‘no can do.’ Wait for a better opportunity to ask your favor. I think that some of us will be dealing with separations and endings, but it is only for a blink in time.
Looking ahead to the long holiday weekend, the Moon is in Leo on the third and Fourth, expressing the fun of fireworks and parades and any events oriented towards the children in the family. On the Fourth, Venus enters Cancer in the wee hours, enhancing the love of country, home and family. We will enjoy family outings and feel a tug at the heartstrings when the flag passes by in a parade. Venus in Cancer also suggests that many of us will just stay at home, cocooning inside our beloved homes (if we still have one after these last few years of a disastrous mortgage situation and foreclosures). Venus trines Neptune, affirming our hopes for upholding the best ideals that this country has ever embraced.


Continue Reading June 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Your Milky Way Horoscope June 19-25, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! The Moon in Aquarius trines Venus in Gemini about 6 am, which seems to spell lots of love and affection coming your way (and since they’re in air signs, nothing too mushy). The kids might make you breakfast, which no doubt will not include burnt toast.
Mercury in Cancer trines Chiron at 5 degrees Pisces early Sunday, and opposes Pluto late the same day. If visiting your practitioner Sunday or Monday, make sure to ask lots of questions to make sure you understand the diagnosis, the protocol, or the medication instructions. Visit a health food store or pick up a book on a health topic like aromatherapy, water therapies, light therapy or anything else that appeals to you. Pluto may help you figure out what is really going on in your body, with the help of his penetrating insights.
Mars enters Gemini at 10:50 pm Monday. Mars here is more verbal, so you may express your anger through debate or persuasion rather than fisticuffs (which is really better anyway). Gemini natives may be even more high-strung than usual while Mars is in their sign. You could dig yourself a mental rut and dither between courses of action; it may help to use someone you trust as a sounding board.
Check your natal chart to see if Mars in Gemini will make aspects to your natal planets. For example: Positive Sun-Mars aspects will improve your energy, coordination, and athletic ability. Negative or stressful Sun-Mars aspects can mean quarrels or run-ins with police.
The Sun enters Cancer at 1:16 pm Tuesday. Cancerians are very sensitive emotionally, which is perfectly OK. When Cancer is able to validate others’ emotions as well as his/her own, then you have a mature, emotionally healthy Cancerian. Cancer has a gift for making others feel that someone cares, whether they do this professionally or for free with their own circle of family and close friends. Cancerians can be as tireless and determined as the waves that tear away at an oceanside cliff. They have an excellent memory and often like to relate family anecdotes or reminisce. Family comes first, and may be accompanied by an interest in genealogy, history or antiques. Their fave vacation is likely to be the frequent family outings to a beach or lake.
Mercury in Cancer squares Saturn in Libra at 2:42 pm Tuesday, and soon the Moon squares Venus in Gemini at 10:51 pm the same night. Mercury square Saturn can bring a healthy skepticism, although there is some chance for a problem with the sense organs (hearing, vision, etc). Adverse aspects between the Moon and Venus cause people to be stingy, unsympathetic and cold, so don’t bother asking favors of anyone. This is a poor night to do a sales presentation, for sure.
The Sun in Cancer trines Neptune in Pisces at 10:07 am Wednesday. This is an idealistic and spiritual aspect. Good for volunteering, donating, or trying to start a fund drive for your fave charitable cause. BUT if you have volunteered to collect admission fees for some local event, make sure to count change accurately and to check the cash to see if it looks genuine.
The Sun in Cancer sextiles Jupiter at 3 degrees Taurus at 7:54 pm Saturday. Plus the Moon conjoins Jupiter in Taurus overnight (about 1 am Sunday) so this is very auspicious for anything where you need some luck. Jupiter is such a buoyant and confident fellow that good aspects can just mean you feel so darn lucky for what you already have, and I think that is the kind of attitude that frequently draws even more luck to it. So take out a pen and write down at least three things that you feel very fortunate to have.
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Continue Reading June 15, 2011 at 11:31 am

Venus to Cross Sun During 2012, Too

by Milky Way Maid

The year 2012 is not only the culmination of the Mayan calendar’s Long Count, it is not only marked by the Neptune-Pluto square (discussed in a previous entry on this column), it is also the year that Venus makes another trip across the Sun. AND we will also see a solar eclipse within weeks of that Venus transit, one that aligns with the Pleiades star cluster in the sign Taurus.
The ancient Mayans (not to mention astrologer Barbara Hand Clow) believe that the Pleiades was a gateway for the ancients to come to earth or conversely, for shamans of several cultures to expand their minds.
Venus does not cross the Sun but rarely. She makes her visits in pairs, spaced eight years apart. But these paired visits may occur 105-130 years apart. So we are rather privileged to be able to view her transits in this decade with all the high-power telescopes trained on her progress across the Sun.

Venus made a transit of the Sun in June 8, 2004, at 17 degrees Gemini. Venus will make her return trip on June 6, 2012 at 15 degrees Gemini. Astrologer Susan Custer interprets the Gemini transits as presaging advances in communications and shrinking the ‘global village.’ For example, the 1631 and 1639 transit was the year that mail service was first instituted, in Denmark and Sweden. In 1874, the Atlantic telegraph cable was completed. Magellan sailed around the globe during the Venus transits in the 1600s. You may read her article on the topic on her website, The Astrology Page dot com, at

The Mayans revered Venus, some might say they feared her even more. But they built temples and other observatories aligned to key phases in her cycle. Kukulkan was deemed a manifestation of Venus. Kukulkan, according to some, symbolized the return of the Christ energy, a time to rebalance the spiritual and material values we hold.

Some transits of Venus have been accompanied by the most dreadful events. The 2004 transit marked the year of the gigantic tsunami that killed 275,000 people. Yet this event triggered a spontaneous outpouring of concern and donations for the relief of the survivors rendered homeless and jobless. A previous transit marked the year that the Spanish conquistadores subjugated Mexico.

The fact that this second leg of the series occurs in Gemini may hold out some hope that we may see an advance in communications or internet capability, similar to the Sagittarius transits in the 1600s.

Let’s look at what else happened in 2004 for more clues. On Jan. 4, 2004, Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands on that planet. (It ceased communicating all too soon but was fixed remotely and resumed its chatter on Feb. 6.) The Queen Mary 2 is christened on Jan. 8. (She embarks on her first Trans-Atlantic crossing on April 16.)
On Feb. 12, the city of San Francisco began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples who wished to wed. Massachusetts legalizes same-sex marriage on May 17.
On March 15, the discovery of the farthest natural object in the solar system (so far) was announced with the naming of Sedna. On March 29, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO.
On April 1, Google introduced gmail.
On May 24, North Korea bans mobile phones. On May 26, the New York Times publishes a list of its journalistic failings, including flawed reporting about the buildup to the 2003 launch of the war in Iraq.
On June 11, the probe Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of Phoebe.
On June 21 and Sept. 29, the first privately funded space plane achieves space flight, SpaceShipOne. On June 24, New York state declares capital punishment to be unconstitutional.
On Dec. 8, the Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations. On Dec. 25, Cassini orbiter releases Huygens probe which successfully landed on Saturn’s moon Titan on January 14, 2005.
(Events listed above are from the webpages.)

So we can see that 2004 was not just about gloom and doom and disaster, although some terrible hurricanes, earthquakes, and of course the Dec. 26 tsunami occurred. The year was also marked by private space travel, solar system discoveries and exploration, gmail, gay marriage rights, and the expansion of international working groups (NATO, the South American Community of Nations).

In 2012, we may see more ordinary people embark on space flights, the scientific conclusions of some of the 2004 landings may be released, gay marriage may once again go forward, and greater international cooperation.

Let us hope so, anyway.
RE the solar eclipse of 2012, let me look in the ephemeris… NASA shows an Annular Solar Eclipse on May 20 – actually May 21 in Asia. Its path skirts the edges of the East China Sea, Japan, the Aleutian Islands, then to California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Texas. It is at zero degrees Gemini, reinforcing the Venus transit later in the same sign. BTW there is a conjunction of Saturn with the star Spica on May 11, the second of a series of contacts between them.

A chart cast for Washington D.C. on May 20, at 7 pm shows Mars high and conjunct the MC at 10 degrees Virgo. The Ascendant is 27 degrees Scorpio. Venus is setting and the Sun and Moon are just above the horizon in the West. Jupiter and Mercury are just below the horizon. Pluto is in the second house, Neptune in the third near the IC, Uranus in the fourth, Saturn in the eleventh. The MC and Mars trine Pluto. Venus is trine Saturn. Mercury is semisquare Uranus. Jupiter is sesquiquadrate Pluto.

NASA reference page on 2004 and 2012 Transits of Venus:

NASA world map showing where we may view some or all of Venus’ 2012 transit across the Sun:

NASA map of May 2012 track of Annular Solar Eclipse,

My prior article on the Neptune-Pluto square in 2011 and 2012 is at:

Continue Reading June 15, 2011 at 11:28 am Leave a comment

Notes on a Wedding Horoscope with Children’s Charts

by Milky Way Maid

While reading (or re-reading) astrology books on synastry and general astrology subjects, I suddenly decided to look up the planetary placements for my parents’ first wedding. I say their first wedding because this was a civil ceremony, which was followed a few years later by a church wedding. They were from different faiths and could not get married in a Catholic church until some things were ironed out.
We do know as astrologers that often the same aspects, involving the same planets, repeat themselves from generation to generation. However, I had not read or heard anything before about there being any contacts between the charts of a wedding, with the charts of the children of that marriage. It makes sense of course. Perhaps you readers might like to try it out with your own parents’ wedding dates and the birth charts of siblings.

So anyway, the first wedding, the civil ceremony and the one that they always observed as their ‘real’ anniversary date, was on Sept. 6, 1947, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I do not know the actual time so I just took the moon sign without trying to figure out what degree. I might go back and try to dig up the actual marriage document. But for now, this is enough to work with for my purposes.
I am astonished to note the close conjunctions between some planets and my natal placements. And here I am the youngest child of theirs, with supposedly no link to the event which took place years before my birth. The aspects given are within two degrees of orb, which is being quite generous. Normally I want aspects to be closer than that.
Sun was conjunct Venus in practical, down-to-earth Virgo — and yes, it worked out. They stayed married for 50 years till my father died.
The Sun at twelve degrees Virgo, and Venus at 13 degrees Virgo, are trine my Mercury. The Moon is in Taurus, (the sign where it is exalted) — same as my sun sign. Mercury at 19 degrees Virgo is trine my Sun, and also aspects my nodes. Jupiter at 21 degrees Scorpio is conjunct both my dad’s and my North Nodes. Neptune at 9 degrees Libra is conjunct my Moon. And Pluto at 13 degrees Leo squares my Mercury and is conjunct my Midheaven. And to top everything off, the North Node AND the Moon in Taurus are conjunct my Venus.
The only hard aspect is the one with Pluto. It squares my Mercury. I associate this with my hearing loss, the end result of an incompatibility between my parents’ blood factors. (In fact I needed a blood infusion at birth, plus medication for the first three months of my life, in order to recover.) Mercury rules the senses, in this case hearing. Pluto rules inter-generational matters such as heredity (and also evolution itself, which is enabled by the fact that the genes of each parent mix and match in an endless shuffle of genes).
Now what are we to make of the fact that several planets make such close aspects to the placements in the birth chart of one of the children? Does it seem almost as if the ultimate, spiritual purpose of the marriage was to produce this youngest child?

The bride and groom have some contacts with the wedding chart, of course. [GROOM: 1-25-1920 in Milwaukee, WI. BRIDE: 2-13-1921 in Manitowoc, WI.] Wedding Sun is 2 degrees past the groom’s natal Saturn, signifying that he is ready to settle down to marriage and family responsibilities. Wedding Neptune is trine his Neptune (no idea what to make of that although it could represent ideals and spiritual growth). Wedding Uranus is opposite his Venus, reflecting the fact that he was in love with his bride for the whole fifty years that they lived together. Wedding Moon (and North Mode) sextile his Moon and trine his Mercury.
As for the bride, we see that wedding Sun is square her Mercury and inconjunct her Venus. She was not really ready financially to embark on married life, and maybe she needed some time to mentally prepare herself for a whole new way of life. Wedding Saturn is semi-sextile her Jupiter. Wedding Uranus is square her Saturn (perhaps she rebelled inside at getting tied down now). Wedding Pluto is conjunct her Neptune. Wedding Sun is semi-sextile her Neptune. She seems to be conflicted over getting married, maybe feeling like she had no other options in life, really. Some of that conflict may simply reflect the problems they were having getting married in the groom’s Catholic church, since the Catholic church did not accept the bride’s Lutheran background as adequate preparation for a Catholic ceremony. Eventually that problem was resolved, and the couple had a church ceremony at that time.

As for the older brother (oldest child of the couple), there are very few contacts to this wedding chart. Other than some semi-sextiles, the only major aspect is that the wedding Jupiter is square his Saturn. Also his Moon oppises wedding Neptune, and is inconjunct the wedding’s Sun-Mercury conjunction. The older sister has wedding Neptune trine her Mercury, and inconjunct her Mars. Wedding Jupiter is square her Venus, and sextile her Jupiter. Wedding Moon is inconjunct her Ascendant. Even though this is a civil ceremony, I feel that Jupiter and Neptune may reflect some of her attitudes about religion. She wound up later repudiating the father’s religion completely (and all mainstream religion as well), and had only a civil ceremony for her own marriage (which later ended up in divorce). Meanwhile the brother wound up marrying a woman who was very committed to the Catholic church and they raised their kids Catholic. They even sent their kids to a parochial school.
[SON: 11-24-1947 in Milwaukee, WI. DAUGHTER: 2-23-1949 in Milwaukee, WI.]
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Continue Reading June 15, 2011 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

That Big Fat Royal Wedding, and Whether William will Ever be King

by Milky Way Maid
By now everyone’s probably got their royal tea towels with the faces of the lovely bride and groom printed on it, so now we can all sit down at our respective couches and discuss the royal wedding, the succession, and whether our favorite prince will ever reign. In the paragraphs that follow, I will not be referring to any other articles than the ones from AstroAmerica; I did not want my interpretation to be colored by that of other astrologers. I respect the work of many other astrologers, but I just did not want my thoughts to get muddled and confused by those of others.
The impetus for this article is the two-parter that appeared in Dave Roell’s AstroAmerica newsletter on May 3 and May 10 of 2011. To read those, just go to his newsletter page at, and when the newsletter page comes up, click on ‘Archives’ to pull the desired past issues. I recommend printing out the articles to make it easier to refer to key passages and to the charts themselves.
The Data: The royal wedding was final at 11:30 am BST, April 29, 2011 in Westminster. Prince William was born at 9:03 pm BST on June 21, 1982, in Paddington. The new bride was born at 11:33 pm GMT on Jan. 9, 1982 in Reading.
One of the main contentions of the article by Mr. Roell is that no astrologer would have chosen that day for an important wedding. For one thing, the Moon at 26 degrees Pisces is void-of-course. (making no more aspects until it changes signs)
Second, Saturn at 12 degrees Libra opposes Venus almost exactly, and opposes Jupiter by sign. Venus also squares Pluto at 7 degrees Capricorn.
I am not concerned by the Saturn-Jupiter opposition, which is very wide anyway. The two planets are SEPARATING, meaning that the influence of the aspect will tend to fade away over time. I AM more concerned about the Saturn-Venus opposition, which is APPLYING and will intensify for the first two years of the marriage (as progressed Venus reaches the exact opposition). This is the more troubling aspect. More problematic is that the wedding Saturn is conjunct Kate’s Mars, making her feel very constrained inside the royal goldfish bowl, where her schedule (another Saturn word) is tightly controlled with hardly a minute to herself. Venus-Saturn aspects often come into play when a relationship is formalized (another Saturn word). Duty and affection can combine into a happy blend. Be happy in your work, to coin a phrase.

Continue Reading June 15, 2011 at 11:19 am 1 comment

Your Milky Way Horoscope June 12-18, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

Saturn goes direct at 11:51 pm Sunday, June 12, at 10 degrees, 27′ of Libra. Saturn is widely square Pluto at 6 degrees of Capricorn; restriction plus the masses kinda sounds like rationing, but that can’t be because we are not on an official war footing like in World War Two. Pluto is also the power behind the thrones, so it could be that the monied people will to squeeze the working folks for every penny that they can. But what else is new?
The Sun is conjunct Mercury at 20 degrees Gemini at 7:44 pm Sunday; this is the last of the series with the ones at 7 degrees Pisces on Feb. 25, and at 19 degrees Aries (with a retrograde Mercury) on April 9. These conjunctions are important markers of the economic cycle, so keep an eye on what the stock market does on Monday, and on any economic reports that come out.
On an active day, Venus sextiles Uranus at 4 degrees Aries at 10:36 pm Sunday. This is a very pleasant aspect for romantic meetups of all kinds; schedule a date for sure.
We have a total Lunar Eclipse at 4:14 pm Wednesday, at 24 degrees, 23 minutes of Sag. The Sun in Gemini is closely semi-sexile Mars in Taurus, and square Ceres in Pisces. Ceres’ presence in a T-square would suggest that the production of crops could suffer this year, possibly under the effects of more of the severe weather we have been having in recent years. Air and water signs suggest alternating drought and floods that alternately parch and rot the crops. That’s my forecast but I will be glad if I’m wrong.
After re-reading the book on eclipses, I can offer a method of determining more accurately what an eclipse offers you. Make a chart for the time of the eclipse, but set in your own locality. (It is at 4:14 pm Eastern Daylight Time, so adjust for your own time zone.) Take the ruler of whatever house concerns you and check what aspects it makes. For instance, say the ruler of the fourth house is square Mars, threatening some kind of accident, fight, or dispute. If it is threatening enough, you might elect to spend the summer at a second home in another state. Or say the ruler of the ninth house (long trips) is trine Jupiter, so you might schedule a nice long dream vacation in Europe or cruise.
Mercury enters the sign Cancer at 3:09 pm Thursday. It immediately trines Neptune in Pisces overnight. The Mercury-Neptune positive aspect can work wonders for absorbing lots of information like a sponge. And Cancer has an excellent memory. So you might try memorizing a chart or photograph, or some other visual (Neptune) aid to memorization.
Mercury in Cancer sextiles Jupiter at 2 degrees Taurus at 8:35 pm Friday. This is quite bullish for the stock market and for sales in general. Mercury is deemed the lower octave of Jupiter in terms of education and mental growth. Mercury rules the practical, how-to or local classes, while Jupiter is higher education and larger questions of philosophy. Cancer has a great memory, so if you are in a course of study, your powers of memorization can help you get through the class.
Venus in Gemini trines Saturn in Libra at 10 degrees Libra at 12:31 am Saturday. Good Venus-Saturn aspects are actually very positive for formalizing relationships with an engagement or wedding. And then of course there’s the other tradition of the May-December romance, nicely symbolized by Venus (May and Taurus) and Saturn (December and Capricorn).

Continue Reading June 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm

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