Archive for August, 2013
By Milky Way Maid
The Sun at 9 degrees Virgo trines Pluto in Capricorn at 4:43 am Sunday. Sun as will and Pluto as power will spell a favorable time to select and use a mantra or affirmation to help focus on goals. Intense experiences or feelings may prompt you to make some changes. It’s also a good time to tackle things that require a good deal of energy, because your batteries have gotten recharged. It also favors research, digging down for the real story behind the story.
The Sun at 15 degrees Virgo sextiles Jupiter in Cancer at 9:47 am Saturday. A favorable day to be or meet a mentor or counselor. Your confidence and good cheer attract good luck, and doors open. A good time to make positive plans because you can see opportunities. A good time for working with groups, leading others, being interviewed for a job, or just networking.
A New Moon comes at 7:36 am Sept. 5, at 13 degrees 4′ of Virgo. There is a tight opposition to Chiron at 11 degrees Pisces, which is a bit worrisome, suggesting health challenges – but a sextile to Jupiter at 14 degrees Cancer lends assistance. Uranus throws a monkey wrench into the works from 11 Aries (inconjunct). Another lineup at 3-7 degrees of the signs also forms: Mars in Leo applies to a square to Saturn in Scorpio (accidents and injuries quite possible); Ceres in Virgo sextiles Saturn and opposes Neptune in Pisces (cut your losses and look to a new harvest two months hence); Juno in Aquarius is opposite Mars and applies to a square to Saturn (partnership breakups possible).
By Milky Way Maid
Lots of aspects this week so some of these notes will be very short.
Mercury in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces at 7:13 pm Sunday. Ha, Virgo Mercury wants everything precise and neatly stashed in its place, and Neptune tears thru and makes everything look like a tornado went thru the place. Mercury-Neptune hard aspects make for fuzzy thinking and guesstimates. Or maybe you put something in a perfectly logical place and darn if you can find it later. You may be frustrated by another person who is the Oscar to your Felix.
Venus in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries at 1:56 pm Monday. Just as with the other Venus-Uranus aspects, you may meet unusual folks or foreigners who open your mind a bit to other ways of living and thinking. Might become rather enamored of them but these liaisons are rather short-lived as the other person tends to value their freedom too much to get tied down.
Sun opposite Neptune in Pisces at 9:43 pm Monday. Similar to the Merc-Nep opposition except that you get lost, or the person you were supposed to meet gets lost or calls in sick. Being confused, and having confused information given to you.
Mercury in Virgo sextiles Saturn in Scorpio at 5:45 am Tuesday. This is ideal for not only detailed work but for drawing up detailed plans for the whole week or month. Good for studies in any subject but especially science, ruled by Saturn. Sometimes means saying goodbye to someone, usually for all the socially-acceptable reasons.
Venus in Libra squares Jupiter in Cancer at 5:53 pm Tuesday. Being gluttonous and wasteful, not managing money well – sometimes to the point of bouncing a check. In love matters, can mean longing for someone well above one’s social station.
Mars enters Leo at 10:05 pm Tuesday. Mars is very well-placed in Leo, a sign that is noted for courage when the going gets tough. Mars in Leo can be larger than life, a real hero figure. Can make dramatic shows of authority over others, that is, “lording it” over the underlings. A more mature type can use this kingly energy to inspire others to magnificent effort. Has a warmth of expression and an open manner, plus huge drive, that draws others to follow him. Famous people with Mars in Leo include: actor Gregory Peck, comedian and actor Jackie Gleason, President Harry Truman, Eugene McCarthy, actress Helen Hayes, baseball manager Casey Stengel, Willie Mays, talk-show host and game-show mogul Merv Griffin, and architect Le Corbusier.
Mercury trines Pluto in Capricorn at 10:50 am Wednesday. Mercury plus Pluto can mean controlling words, and motivating others could be one manifestation. Also you may deliberately choose an affirmation (power words) to keep you on track for your goals for the month.
The Sun sextiles Saturn at 1:18 am Friday. One feels a sense of pride for what one has accomplished – may or may not be accompanied by any reward or pat on the back.
Mercury sextiles Jupiter in Cancer at 11:10 pm Friday. This aspect is like the Merc-Saturn sextile in that it is helpful in one’s studies. Mercury is practical knowledge and Jove is theoretical knowledge, so learning the how-to gets backed up with the underlying principles or with natural laws. Jupiter can also bring luck in word games, etc. as you play along with Wheel of Fortune or the like. It means being optimistic, laughing at oneself, being witty, schmoozing easily with others.
by Milky Way Maid
One of the most popular questions in any astrological life reading consultation is how many children one is likely to have.
The best technique I have seen to handle this question is one promoted by prominent astrologer Carol Rushman. We will take a few charts and see how her method works.
The method is as follows:
1- Assuming you have drawn up an accurate birth chart, look to the fifth house of children. Determine the traditional ruler of the sign on the cusp of the fifth house.
Note that we will use the traditional rulers, although in the case of signs that have gained a modern ruling planet with the discovery of more planets in our solar system, we will of course try using the new ruler to see what that yields.
This means that the ruler we will use for Pisces is Jupiter, for Aquarius is Saturn, and for Scorpio is Mars.
2- Determine how many planets that ruler is APPLYING to. For the purposes of this exercise, we use only the classical aspects of conjunction, sextile, square, trine and opposition. Do not count the semi-sextile or inconjunct.
So, for example, if the ruler of the fifth house is Venus at 10 degrees Cancer, and it is applying to a sextile to Mercury in Virgo, a square to Jupiter in Libra, a trine to Pluto in Scorpio, and an opposition to Saturn in Capricorn, then that would mean a potential for four children.
By Milky Way Maid
Jupiter at 12 degrees Cancer squares Uranus in Aries at 3:14 am Wednesday. Uranus always wants its freedom, and Jupiter can magnify that urge to an unbearable height. People can become so impatient in general that they hurt personal relationships. Uranus can also be haste, so don’t be too hasty in judgments at this time. This aspect is really in effect all month if not longer.
The Sun enters Virgo at 7:02 pm Thursday. Sun in Virgo types like to set themselves up as the ultimate arbiter and critic. They are very good at discrimination, at discovering minute differences between items or performance, but they may not be so hot at judging human potential. The Downside: being stuffy, fault-finding, compulsive, intellectually dry and uninspired, as well as having low self-esteem because they are too aware of their own flaws. The Upside: being detail-oriented, orderly, diligent, and able develop the potentials of others, being supportive of others’ growing mastery of a given skill or task.
Sun in Virgo has the charm of being modest and unassuming, although many women have an earthy appeal, too. They are very sensible about their diet and other health habits as a rule, and many of them work in allied health fields as nurses or dieticians or medical-records-keepers. Famous people with Sun in Virgo include: Lyndon Johnson, Henry Ford II, Sophia Loren, Anne Bancroft, Leo Tolstoy, Arnold Palmer, Alan Jay Lerner, Cardinal Richelieu, Claudia Schiffer, Geraldine Ferraro, Angelo Dundee, Vittorio Gassman, Dan Marino, Ed Begley Jr., Warren Burger and Greta Garbo.
Mercury enters its second home in Virgo at 6:37 pm Friday. Mercury is strong in this sign, with very powers of analysis and discrimination. Unfortunately, the Virgo Mercury tends to lump things into black or white, good or bad, acceptable or unacceptable categories. Things have to be perfect, other people have to be perfect, in order to satisfy them – and you know that no person is perfect, we are human after all. They need to see perfection as a process; performance can be shaped towards an ideal held in one’s head as the ultimate goal. Virgos are very good at educating others in practical skills and in self-management tools. They often have very quick, skilled fingers so they are good at typing and crafts.
Mercury in Virgo represents pure reason, without any consideration for the human impossibility of perfection. Like Vince Lombardi said, we can never achieve perfection, but if we aim for perfection, we can achieve excellence. Anyway, they are better at dealing with abstractions and theory and practical applications of principles. Famous people with Mercury in Virgo include: pianist Vladimir Horowitz, author Truman Capote, golfer Ben Hogan, architect Eero Saarinen, actress Geraldine Chaplin, and Pope Paul VI.
Venus at 9 degrees Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn at 5:59 am Saturday. Venus and Pluto together can spell a magnificent obsession with a loved one. Thankfully, most people do not get to the extreme stages where couples end up in murder-suicides. This transit allows couples to look deeply into their relationship and into themselves and figure out whether they are better off with each other or without each other. They can then decide to go into couples therapy, or attend an enrichment weekend, or whatever they have to do in order to get right with each other. Often this aspect means a deep fear of being controlled. The relationship needs to change and grow, otherwise it starts to die on the vine. In practical matters, Venus also rules cash and cash flow, so Pluto can either turn off the spigot, or inundate you with a massive windfall. There is the possibility of theft or extortion if one runs a business.
The Sun at 1 degrees Virgo is conjunct Mercury at 4:56 pm Saturday. It is hard to sit still under this transit. One gets busy with one’s own agenda, knocking things off the to-do list or shopping or paperwork. There may be a lot of chatter, but not for schmoozing; it’s for purposes of getting info so he/she can continue with the agenda or schedule appointments. This is also a key point in the business cycle, so watch what the stock market does on Friday and the Monday after. Friday and Monday may look like two completely different psychologies at work.
by Milky Way Maid
Well! The heir to the throne that everyone has been waiting for finally arrived July 22, somewhat overdue. He was a BIG baby, weighing in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces. The official birth-time was given as 4:24 pm, London time, giving baby George a late Scorpio ascendant and a Full Moon chart.
First a note about his given names. He has been dubbed “George Alexander Louis” and will be called His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.
The internet quickly picked up on the fact that these names coincidentally (?) honor the actors who played the major roles on the old Seinfeld TV series. That is, George Costanza, Jason Alexander, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Will this irreverence offend the Queen? Will the names affect the relationship between the young couple and the Queen?
I like to check first to see if any planets are on late degrees of any signs. Baby George has two, the Sun at 29 degrees of Cancer and the Moon at 28 degrees Capricorn. Late degrees of Cancer can signify a hefty inheritance, or carrying on a family business. Of course the family business in his case is the throne; this might be one signal that George might actually reign one day. [John F. Kennedy had Saturn in a late degree of Cancer, too; his “family business” was politics.] Late degrees of Capricorn helps one in the business world, especially in building up a large business. Maybe this will help him to promote British industry and trade. Interestingly, Princess Diana had Saturn at 27 degrees Capricorn; she was a great boost to the British fashion industry.
Then I like to check also to see if there are planets on critical degrees. [The critical degrees are 0, 13 and 26 of the cardinal signs; 8 and 22 degrees of the fixed signs, and 4 and 17 of the mutable signs.] George has three planets on critical degrees: Mercury at 13 degrees Cancer, Uranus at 12 degrees Aries, and Neptune at 5 degrees Pisces. While the placements of Uranus and Neptune affect many thousands of babies born that week, Mercury is interesting because it just went direct on July 20. I feel that Mercury is stronger due to the fact that it is almost hovering in one spot, even though it is actually moving forward now.
Mutual Reception– George has Moon and Mars in mutual reception. Mars in Cancer (Mars is in its detriment in Cancer) is exalted in Capricorn; Moon in Capricorn (the Moon is in its fall in Capricorn) is ruler of Cancer. Both planets are weak by natal position, but are strengthened by the mutual reception. There are other and more subtle mutual receptions, created by planets being in a house that they also rule.
By Milky Way Maid
Mercury at at 5 degrees Leo squares Saturn in Scorpio at 2:05 pm Sunday. There could be some kind of communications block, either people are unwilling to reply just yet, or servers are overloaded or a cell tower goes down. So, not a good day for interviews or sales talks. However, since you are freed of distractions anyway, you may find extra abilities to concentrate on detailed work. With Scorpio involved, that may be surgery, forensic bookkeeping, forensic law, or anything that requires some digging and research.
Mercury at 12 degrees Leo trines Uranus in Aries at 10:11 pm Wednesday. This is one of the days that I recommend for buying mechanical or electronic items, or for installing software. If traveling, go someplace new or unusual; you will be fascinated by everything. Go down to Key West or Piccadilly Circus, someplace where people dress very oddly or have their own idiom. You will enjoy all forms of mental stimulation, whether travel (as mentioned already), attending a class or lecture, reading, doing puzzles, etc. Uranus may deliver one of his brilliant insights. It’s a good aspect for enrolling in a course of study especially if it is off the beaten track, something like string theory, Uranian astrology or any other astrology, cats in history, the lore of garden trolls, etc – also a foreign (Uranus) language (Mercury).
Venus enters its second home of Libra at 11:37 am Friday, Venus’ day. Venus is more social in Libra than in Taurus, so she seeks out parties and social groups of all kinds. Since Libra is an air sign, she would like her social companions to have like minds, sharing similar tastes, politics, or hobbies. Libra does value peace and harmony, but when she settles for “peace at any price” she only shoots herself in the foot because the relationship suffers from lack of honesty. A mature Venus in Libra is able to focus attention on an injustice, gathers others to her cause, and drives forward to install a fairer resolution. This Venus has a wonderful sense of fair play and lifts all the members of her team to a higher standard.
In personal relationships, Venus in Libra values love as a sacred thing, putting her loved one on a pedestal. You are less interested in the victory (of a game, for example) than in how it was won. Or in how YOU were won – since you believe that the courtship is essential to the eventual happy marriage.
This Venus absolutely requires beautiful surroundings, or she can even become physically ill. Being in a hospital with walls painted a sick green would just make her sicker than when she came in! Is equally sensitive to discord, since argument in the home can also make her ill. She has the sensitivity of an artist to color, form and line. She frequently is a wonderful dancer, like Rita Hayworth. Famous people with Venus in Libra include: Pablo Picasso, Oscar Wilde, Martin Luther, Petula Clark, and Anne-Marie of Greece.
We have a First Quarter Moon on 21 degrees Scorpio, which is directly OPPOSITE the solar eclipse degree of May 9. The time of the quarter moon is 6:56 am Wednesday. Naturally there are some stresses on the quarter moon because by definition the lights are square – however, the square is preceded by a Moon trine Mars an hour earlier and followed by a Moon sextile Venus at 5:30 pm, so we expect that interpersonal differences will be hashed out successfully.
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LATE DEGREES – see my popular article on late degrees of all the signs. Link: http://milky-way-astrology.blogspot.com/2008/08/planets-in-late-degrees-what-do-they.html
POPE FRANCIS – I finally posted a little article on the new Pope Francis and also a kind of book review on a book that accidentally talks about ancient astronomy. The article on Pope Francis is here: https://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/a-look-at-the-new-pope-franciss-astro-charts/ And the article on the best book that both is and is not about ancient astronomy is here: https://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2013/06/02/the-best-book-about-ancient-astronomy-that-isnt-about-astrology-per-se/