Archive for December, 2013
By Milky Way Maid
The Sun at 8 degrees Capricorn is conjunct Mercury at 1:28 am Sunday. This is a key point in the economic cycle (as are all the conjunctions between Sun, Mercury and Venus) so keep an eye peeled for stock market moves and hot sectors. Since this is in Capricorn, the sign of both Big Business and of government, those areas should feel the biggest impact. The Sun opposes Jupiter a week later, which may mean that gold (Sun) hits a correction point.
Mercury at 8 degrees 39′ Capricorn squares Uranus in Aries at 3:48 am Sunday. This is followed by the Sun square Uranus at 12:05 am Monday. Mercury-Uranus squares are generally bad for buying electronic or mechanical items; it may mean that repairs are called for on items you already have. To avoid accidents, avoid doing things on impulse – the key word there is impulse. Think what to do, use your signals, communicate your intentions. You might have some brainstorms, but your thoughts tend to be chaotic and so you benefit from writing down what needs to be done, step by step. Your nerves may also be jittery; skip the second cup of java. This is followed by the Sun’s hunger for change. You may change your routine, shake yourself out of a rut. Once I got on a plane under this transit, for a quick weekend trip. You need a change of scene instead of staring at the same four walls. Instead of channel surfing or web surfing, try visiting a museum show or gallery. Pick up a magazine you never heard of before about a subject you might not be familiar with. At the same time, expect the unexpected.
Mars at 11 degrees Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn at 8:16 pm Monday. If the Uranus squares are not channeled into constructive changes (see above) then this Mars-Pluto square may blast you out of your cozy cocoon. Mars and Pluto together are such an explosive combo, it’s like dynamite plus a nuclear bomb. Avoid dangerous places or hi-energy crowds. There can be ego conflicts or power struggles between business partners or marital partners. Ambition or control issues may be a sticking point. On the plus side, you can harness this energy to get a lot of work done, like cleaning out a garage or demolishing a building. You might also conceive a child if you have not been able to before.
Mercury is conjunct Pluto at 11 degrees Capricorn at 6:24 am Tuesday, and soon squares Mars in Libra at 9:59 am Tuesday. This is a lot like Mars-Pluto, but more verbal. Mercury plus Mars in particular is argument or debate, although Pluto wants to totally demolish the opponent’s assumptions and data.
Then the Sun is conjunct Pluto (again at 11 degrees) at 1:54 am Wednesday, New Year’s Day. I am going to make a suggestion on how to harness the power of the conjunction with Pluto (PS – there is also a New Moon in Capricorn on New Year’s Day at 6:14 am on 10 degrees 57′ of Cappy). Pluto has many meanings but I want to focus on the one that helps you to take control of your own life. You might want to also harness the power of the 11 degree number by waiting for the clock to hit 11:11 on your digital readout, and making a very concentrated, very earnest wish for your life, for the year, or for the near future. The numbers lady, Glynis McCants talked about how an actress made a wish for herself to get a plum role when the clock read 11:11; she got the part and hit it big with that role.
The Sun at 12 degrees Capricorn squares Mars in Libra at 7:14 pm Thursday. After all the heavy-duty transits listed above, this one may seem like a piece of cake. All ya gotta do is get into the gym and work off your frustrations. Because the square can mean being blocked or hemmed in somehow, and you really wanna dig in your heels and fight back. This is good in an athletic contest, where one team is down 10 points at the half and comes back to win the game in the second half.
Mercury at 15 degrees Capricorn opposes Jupiter retrograde in Cancer at 2:11 am Friday. Fifteen degrees is the world degree in cardinal signs, so there might be rather significant news in the wind. Pay attention to the fine print in any deals, or have someone with you who will take care of that. A tendency to arrogance sometimes with this transit, so don’t come across as a know-it-all. A sense of humor really helps lighten the mood.
By Milky Way Maid
Mercury enters Capricorn at 5:12 am Tuesday. Mercury in Capricorn is all business!! Mercury here also wants to be the Answer Man, the one who at least wants to be the one people turn to for the answers. He may even gather all sorts of factoids and expect you to be quite impressed by his knowledge, whether it is pertinent to the matter at hand or not. A more mature Capricorn personality focuses more on filling others’ need for the facts, just the facts, ma’am. Cappy needs to focus less on what he knows and more on what information he shares for mutual benefit and advancement. To his credit, Capricorn has a steady and serious mind that readily studies long and hard, and absorbs details while never losing sight of the Big Picture. Does not like to be disagreed with! Famous people with Mercury in Capricorn include: Edgar Allen Poe, Lord Byron, Louis Pasteur, Douglas MacArthur, Everett Dirksen, Barry Goldwater, Shelley Berman, Margaret Chase Smith, Richard Nixon, and curiously enough, W. C. Fields!
The Sun at 3 degrees Capricorn sextiles Neptune in Pisces at 12:06 pm Tuesday. If this contacts any natal planets, this transit can find you more disposed to entertain spiritual ideas and ideals, to meditate, to deeply enjoy listening to music, to study occult subjects like astrology or the tarot. You may also be more sensitive to others’ feelings. It’s a good time to sit quietly by a fountain or waterfall, and just listen to the babbling and burbling waters.
Mars at 8 degrees Libra opposes Uranus in Aries at 3:33 am Wednesday, Christmas Day. The personal energy of Mars needs to work off some steam, but runs up against restrictions that cramp its style. Hence the Uranus energy goes to work to break down those confining walls and strictures. Rebellion! Revolution! Stand back, everybody! You’re irritable and impatient and may lash out without planning to – or your projected resentment is directed back at you. Yes, you probably need to liberate yourself on some level, but telling off the boss doesn’t do you any favors in the long run. Creative change that is suppressed may boomerang on you as health problems OR as accidents, so do try to manage your own change. Whoa, the Moon is also conjunct Mars that night, intensifying feelings and possibly leading to heated exchange of words. Don’t let it be you that starts something.
Mercury at 3 degrees Capricorn sextiles Neptune in Pisces at 4:04 am Thursday. To me, Mercury and Neptune just do not mix well at all. Some may believe that there is room for positive growth in spiritual thought, or the use of mantras or affirmations, working with artistic imagination, intuition, etc. It may actually be helpful to focus on creative work under this transit. But frankly I think that most of us let this transit go by with an hour or a day of mere daydreaming, with nothing to show for it. Or even worse, they let some huckster rip them off with promises of all kinds of freebies and sweeteners.
By Milky Way Maid
Uranus makes a Direct Station at 12:39 pm Tuesday at 8 degrees, 35′ of Aries. A period of rebellion and non-conformity and unexpected events comes to a close – Uranus went retrograde on July 17 at 12 degrees Aries, so try to think back to events since that time which shook up your life a bit. Dane Rudhyar said that Uranus “is the power of Transfiguration – it releases Light through the personality.” On some level you may have felt like you were struck by lightning! Things were probably a bit chaotic, although a Grand Trine in water signs of Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune may have eased things a bit, or may have heightened your emotional reactions to events. I know that I have experienced a rollercoaster of emotions since about that time, and look forward to things settling down. Complacency tries to lull us to fall back into our old ruts, but the work is to apply your new insights into breaking through your old limitations. There is no going back!!
The Sun enters Capricorn at 12:11 pm Saturday. Sun in Capricorn natives seem to naturally take leadership positions; they like to have some control over others, although they are not necessarily malicious in wanting power. They just like being in a position where they are not helpless against the tide of events! Sometimes they do get hung up on the respect thing, rather than focusing on getting the job done. Cappy is a natural-born organizer, and is also good at recognizing and developing organizational talents in others. Is willing to delegate. Capricorn natives seem old when they are young, and young (or at least well-kept) when they are old. They have a strong sense of duty and are self-disciplined. Famous people with the Sun in Capricorn include: Cary Grant, Joan Baez, Barry Goldwater, Artur Rubenstein, Muhammad Ali, Kit Carson, Benjamin Franklin, Danny Kaye, Rudyard Kipling, Louis Pasteur, Sir Isaac Newton, and Saint Joan of Arc.
Venus makes a Retrograde Station at 4:53 pm Saturday at 28 degrees 58′ of Capricorn. Venus will go direct again on Jan. 31 at 13 degrees Capricorn. So for these six weeks you may reconsider expressing love, or may doubt the love offered by others. You may also have trouble attracting money into your life. On the plus side, you may have a change of heart about someone, and decide you did not really understand them before. Capricorn is not what you call a forgiving or magnanimous sign, and may insist that you give only as much as you are being given. However, Venus stations represent a change in values, or a change of heart according to Dane Rudhyar. Maybe Capricorn represents “what remains” – and the Venus stations illuminate What Really Matters, and that is generally speaking NOT mere dollar signs. PS– Thursday is the worst day to ask anyone for a favor.
Also, we have a Full Moon this week at 4:28 am Tuesday, at 25 degrees 36′ of Gemini. Jupiter and Saturn remain in trine in water signs, at odds with the air and fire of the Full Moon. Vesta and Ceres remain in a paso-doble at 13 and 17 degrees of Libra this week; relationship matters retain high priority. Use this energy to tackle nagging issues with your partner.
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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/
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Readers can follow not only their Sun sign horoscope but also their Ascendant for further clues to how your week will develop. NOTE: some aspects are exact on a weekend but may find opportunity for expression on the Friday or Monday nearest the exact aspect. Times given are in Eastern Standard or Eastern Daylight Savings Time depending on the season.
ARIES – March 20-April 19 – Uranus goes direct in your sign on Tuesday; make an effort to apply your new insights into remaking yourself as a new and better person. You can reach across barriers of race and class, becoming a leader who is respected by all. The Sun enters your solar tenth house on Saturday; you may feel an extra responsibility at year-end to mind the store in a responsible way.
TAURUS – April 20-May 20 – Uranus goes direct in your solar twelfth house on Tuesday; you may be eccentric just to be perverse. But following your personal insights and inspiration can lead you to a more authentic self. The Sun enters your solar ninth house on Saturday; you enjoy being consulted as an expert in your field, and are generous with advice.
GEMINI – May 21-June 20 – Uranus goes direct in your solar eleventh house on Tuesday; you desire freedom and independence within the framework of a group. This may express itself as impersonal and cold rationality, but of course you manage to treat everyone as equals yet as individuals, too. The Sun enters your solar eighth house on Saturday; you resist dipping into the joint account or even the rainy-day fund for holiday splurges.
CANCER – June 21-July 22 – Uranus goes direct in your solar tenth house on Tuesday; there is the tendency with this transit to deliberately disrupt the status quo, without thinking about what to replace it with. The positive side involves creative change for the benefit of all. The Sun enters your solar seventh house on Saturday; you insist on being treated as an equal this month and you speak up about your needs and values.
LEO – July 23-Aug. 22 – Uranus goes direct in your solar ninth house on Tuesday; you have the tendency to attack or try to invalidate the belief systems of all others. It is far better to try to extract the germ of wisdom from every creed or person you meet. The Sun enters your solar sixth house on Saturday; while you carry out your duties this month you still manage to derive a sense of deep satisfaction from them.
VIRGO – Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Uranus goes direct in your solar eighth house on Tuesday; dealings with investment firms or insurance carriers can be erratic and unreliable, with many ups and downs. Know when to get out. The Sun enters your solar fifth house on Saturday; you enjoy pleasures this month but they will generally center on the children of the clan.
LIBRA – Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Uranus goes direct in your solar seventh house on Tuesday; you may get involved with a foreigner or someone with an accent. This may come after a series of short-term or erratic relationships with undependable people. The Sun enters your solar fourth house on Saturday; you dominate the household this month, deciding where and how the holidays will be celebrated.
SCORPIO – Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – Uranus goes direct in your solar sixth house on Tuesday; you fill unusual job opportunities, although in a material sense you may express this as temping. The Sun enters your solar third house on Saturday; your writing may become more formal or you may communicate with government offices this month.
SAGITTARIUS – Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – Uranus goes direct in your solar fifth house on Tuesday; the key phrase here is free expression. You may latch onto a medium for the more perfect self-expression of your unique slant on life. The Sun enters your solar second house on Saturday; you attract financial success by saving a little here and there, not by a big score.
CAPRICORN – Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – Uranus goes direct in your solar fourth house on Tuesday; you may insist on your freedom from tired family traditions this year, which is all right as long as you promise to return to the fold next year. The Sun enters your sign on Saturday; you assert leadership this month, the way cream rises to the top. Just remember not to gloat too much.
AQUARIUS – Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – Uranus goes direct in your solar third house on Tuesday; you might find you have a knack for mind-to-mind thought transfer. On other levels, you are innovative in creating practical applications for technology, but take care not to focus on mere gadgetry that amuses only you. The Sun enters your solar twelfth house on Saturday; your private dreams receive an energy jolt and you may see more clearly how to build a foundation under them.
PISCES – Feb. 18-March 19 – Uranus goes direct in your solar second house on Tuesday; your ability to innovate can mean a second income from new structures you create. The alternative may be unreliable and erratic income over the long term. The Sun enters your solar eleventh house on Saturday; you lead this month but in a very messy, amorphous Pisces-like manner.
By Milky Way Maid
Mercury at 8 degrees Sag trines Uranus in Aries at 12:05 pm Tuesday. Ah, another of my favorite days for checking out buys in anything mechanical, electrical, electronic, etc. Anything from cars to computers to iPads to toasters. If your are shopping for holiday gifts, this is probably the best day to buy the electronic stuff. Bear in mind that Mercury is not really at home in Sag and might act like it wants to be in Gemini, its home. That says to me that things that record the written word, like a Kindle, would be a very appropriate item for this transit.
Jupiter at 18 and a half degrees Cancer trines Saturn in Scorpio at 7 pm Thursday. Studies have shown that people who have success in the performing arts have a good natal aspect between these two planets. It indicates that their hard work (Saturn) is rewarded with lucky breaks and success (Jupiter). So I would think that this transit would favor kicking off a business venture like a store or website, or making a flurry of introductions to people in your chosen field. Being recognized in terms of an award, like Best New Artist, reaching a milestone in terms of hours put in, graduating from being just a temp to a regular employee – any of those types of things could also come your way if this contacts a natal planet or angle.
Vesta and Ceres in the Via Combusta. While I had not paid much attention to the Via Combusta till now, a recent perusal of an article about Saturn completing its transit of the Via Combusta (the degrees from mid-Libra to mid-Scorpio) made me sit back and think this over a bit. At any rate, Ceres reaches 15 degrees Libra about Dec. 11, and Vesta reaches that point about Dec 25. The Via Combusta represents a trial by fire for any unfortunate transiting planet or other celestial body. I expect that any sense of ease and comfort will have to be severely cut back for Libra natives or anyone with natal planets being contacted. Ceres, representing bounty, will of course have to experience the winter of its hibernation, you might say. Ceres, the quiet and demure caretaker, nurse and homemaker, might cast about for a new home to take care of. Saturn officially left the Via Combusta Nov. 21. You might enjoy reading and reflecting on the New Moon eclipse conjunct Saturn of Nov. 3 in an article written by Willow at http://willowsweb.blogspot.com/2013/10/new-moon-eclipse-in-scorpio-conjunct.html She wrote: “My interpretation of the Via Combusta is humanized and comes from the point-of-view of a person experiencing life with key natal placements in this area. When the Via Combusta is strongly highlighted, there is a feeling of running the gauntlet through sometimes seemingly insurmountable odds, collective karma, booby traps and friction, very often related to relationship dynamics…”