Friday, December 26, 2008

Milky Way Astrology Looks at The Year 2009 in Short; Plus a Brief Snapshot of 2009 for the Signs

By Milky Way Maid

Happy New Year, Everyone!
Probably lots of you expect 2009 to be a real bear of a year, judging from the events of the past four months. But 2008 was a whole different set of transits by Pluto and Mars and Saturn et al (everybody's bogey men) ... plus Jupiter, too. For the most part, all of them have completed the heavy work of that cycle.

First, Pluto. He is the main culprit in the Wall Street meltdown last fall. While Pluto dipped a toe into the next sign, Capricorn, the first six months of 2008, he rushed back into Sagittarius to finish up the cleanup job he had begun back in Nov. 1995. Remember back then when Pluto in Scorpio had brought us (among other things) the AIDS scourge, and we all thought that it would spread to everyone, not just gays, and we would all die horrible lingering deaths? Pluto was delivering to all of us the consequences of our actions, on a mass scale. It is too easy to blame gay people, when the cause was really our 1970's promiscuity.

Now Pluto has delivered the coup de grace to those with a Sagittarian Achilles heel: Religious and spiritual leaders, athletes, actors and other performers, lucky gamblers and speculators in the stock market. Recall all those scandals splashed all over the news about wayward priests, athletes on steroids and other drugs, actors winding up dead or in-and-out of rehab, and now those wizards of high finance? The wolves of Wall Street are the last ones in line for their comeuppance. They sucked the money out of banks with fraudulent loans and Ponzi investment schemes. They told us to go ahead and write loans that would never be repaid, and sold the risk to other suckers. Now they are all going down, and we are left hoping to God that they do not take innocent bystanders down with them.

But Pluto is moving into Capricorn for good in 2009 (it actually re-entered Capricorn around Thanksgiving this year). That means the end of all the Sag high-flyer bloodletting and we can try to mop up the mess they left behind. But wait, what is Pluto going to do next? I'm afraid we have not seen the last of the corporate scandals. But instead of the investors/speculators being the source of the scandals, it will be the execs themselves, and especially the top tier of Chief Executives who make the rounds of major corporations, milking them to death and escaping with the proceeds. The dark underbelly of Big Business will become public knowledge. We will also probably see scandals about the other main Capricorn sphere of influence, Big Government. Where is government really getting all the money that is allocated in the annual budgets? Does that money really come from taxes? Does that money really exist?

But on to Mars. Mars enters Capricorn on Dec. 27, keeping company with Pluto like a pair of hit-men on the loose. One holds you while the other beats you up. Mars, according to astrologer Barbara Koval, is the money made from fees and taxes. “Mars rules other people's money or value that is shared or used without having full control. Mars is a loan. Mars is debt...Mars always represents those transactions that are represented as 'cuts'.”

By cuts she means any fee that is charged for doing the transaction, whether it is a sales tax or a service charge or a commission. These cuts really 'cut' into one's profits and can make the difference between making or losing money on a deal. Mars enters the business sign Capricorn just as credit card companies are raising rates and fees and lowering limits for cardholders. Oh, you don't want to accept their ratejacking, you say? Fine, just terminate the card and so long, buddy. BTW Mars enters Aquarius in February, so watch out for raised fees for your telecom and internet carrier or the end of unlimited texting.

Saturn is still in Virgo, so we have not seen the end of lower yield due to drought, etc., or of higher prices in the grocery store. Saturn will not be done with this cycle till November 2009. While there is light at the end of the tunnel, millions around the world could starve before we get out of the tunnel. The positive spin: Meantime, we may have to eat meat the way that the Orientals do, as a condiment to a dish rather than a separate course. This may be a healthier way of eating, in the end. Virgo is the most health-conscious sign, and Saturn gives us the discipline to both manage our food budget and eat less.

Jupiter moves into Aquarius in January, too. It resides there until January 2010. Jupiter often creates a glut of something so that prices fall. This is good news for consumers who are getting shell-shocked by rocketing prices in other goods and service. However, a great deal on a giant screen TV or new computer is fine, but you cannot put that on the dinner table and it does not help pay the mortgage or rent. All those shiny TVs that went unsold at Christmas are just sitting there, and vendors will be desperate to sell. I suppose if the price gets low enough, you might be able to build a little hut out of a truckload of them.
Readers can follow not only their Sun sign horoscope but also the sign of their Ascendant for further clues to how your week will develop.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 > Whatever sphere of work you are in, I cannot imagine you sitting on the sidelines. Aries will see a problem that needs to be solved, and by golly will get up and do something about it. You're the leader, and people will follow you if you add a smidgen of charm and common sense.
Jupiter moving into your solar eleventh house of friends suggests that your network of social contacts and clubs will be a source of assistance if you should need help. Neighbors and relatives can also be a source of valuable professional insights, due to the influence of asteroid Pallas Athena in your solar third house. Pluto and Mars in your solar tenth house of career could mean layoffs and cutbacks at work. Pluto there can also mean that you move forward on plans for your own business. The South Node in Leo in your solar fifth house can mean you fall back on experience in child care, entertainment or the arts for extra money.
The only worrisome note is Saturn in your solar sixth house of health (and also work). Saturn can weaken one's health, altho Arians are some of the hardiest people around. But Saturn also gives you the discipline to stick to your regimen of exercise and healthy food (asteroid Ceres is in Virgo, too). Avoid all the junk food and read labels!

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 > The asteroid Pallas Athena has moved into your solar second house of money; maybe you have already gotten a new financial advisor (possibly a Gemini), and just maybe that new advisor is yourself! New Year's eve will probably not find you partying the night away. You are in the mood for some classics, maybe the symphony or ballet, maybe some classic movies on the Turner network. The other possibility is baking up a storm with the kids so that you have plenty of bread and sweets into the new year.
Legal or contract issues could come to a head in 2009, due to the influence of Pluto in your solar ninth house. Taureans with planets in latter degrees of the sign could see a positive outcome due to the presence of Mercury and Jupiter at the end of Capricorn as we usher in 2009. (No guarantees, of course. Seek some experienced legal advice for best results.)
Jupiter will enter Aquarius, your solar tenth house of career in January, and I bet you will breathe a sigh of relief when its effects take hold. Taureans can have a lazy streak, true, but they really appreciate doing a hard job and getting the satisfaction of seeing results from their efforts. Jupiter may indicate that the job pays well, or it may mean that you are involved in a counseling, political or performing role. Jupiter rules law and lawyers and judges, but also performers of every kind like actors of stage or screen. Jove also rules kings, government and politics, publishing and counselors (lawyers, social workers, consultants, professional advisors of all kinds). Your career will be more fulfilling even if the paycheck is not as large as your old one.
The asteroid Vesta has moved into your sign, and will visit you till April. It will be interesting to see how this affects you. Will you get involved in a home security business? Will you renounce the world and become a monk? Vesta in Taurus is conflicted between desire and duty; you may also seek your own Holy Grail to answer the question of what is the meaning of your life.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 > Many Geminis have become the go-to person in their department or in their field. Possibly this is due to the effects of the asteroid Pallas Athena moving into their sign. Geminis absorb lots of data quickly and easily and are quite happy to inform others about all the little angles and shortcuts. One caution: you may try to start too many projects at once, so focus a bit.
Your house is solid, possibly old-fashioned, and may be furnished either with antiques or lots of shiny metal thingies. You're a bit of a neat freak when it comes to your home. You might have started a vegetable garden to grow some of your food. Geminis love miniatures, by the way, so I bet you have cherry tomatoes and baby eggplant, etc in your plans for the next garden. You have become much more health conscious about your diet, and have dropped your favorite junk foods one by one.
You may be in the process of winding up some family estate matters or working out a new tax strategy. Jupiter will be leaving your solar eighth house of estates and moving into Aquarius shortly, which is your solar ninth house. The ninth house rules publishing, religion, higher education, and law. Any one or all of these fields may be activated in 2009 by the the presence of Jupiter. If you have any plans to publish (or self-publish), now is the time to get that draft finished and polished it. If you have some ambitions to run for office or teach at a local college, rev up your network of contacts.

CANCER - June 21-July 22> Cancer is one of the cardinal signs, so it is just as much an executive or go-getter as Capricorn or Aries. So often Cancer is stereotyped as a home-and-family sign, and of course those things are important to us all. But you are also concerned with your career and community. Saturn in your solar third house of neighborhood may mean that you have taken a position of responsibility in local government or with a community organization.
At the same time, you might find that you want some time to yourself. Perhaps a friend has a little getaway in the woods where you like to go to restore your soul. Perhaps you go on an organized retreat (or are the one who organizes it), or join a club that delves into spiritual matters. You could find any or all of those activities inviting and fulfilling this year.
January may be especially difficult for you because both Mars and Pluto occupy your solar seventh house of partners and the public. If you work in a position where you are in contact with the general public, do not be shocked if you are the target of verbal abuse or worse. Mars, fortunately, will move on. These planets will also affect your marital relationship; you may have to get family counseling to deal with the economic and other pressures affecting your marriage.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22> Jupiter will move into your solar seventh house of partners, Aquarius, in January to visit for the year. Your spouse may be more helpful and generous than usual. Unmarried Leos may get married to a very attractive person with a good career and connections.
The asteroid Vesta is moving into Taurus, your solar tenth house of career, till April. Vesta in Taurus is in conflict between desire and duty. You may have to make some sacrifice of personal time in order to meet public or career commitments. This will be a difficult winter and spring for you, but at least it is not a long-term situation.
Ceres, the asteroid of nurturing and agriculture, is in your solar second house of money and resources. It is possible that you earn some money by nursing or child care or truck gardening. Ceres helps you find places to park your money where it will earn some steady growth. You are becoming more efficient with your resources, and are learning to curb that Leo habit of excessive spending.
The problematic area is your solar sixth house of health and work (the job that you do because it is just a job). Pluto and Mars are there this January. Mars will move on but Pluto is there for the long-term. These suggest layoffs and cutbacks at work, or serious, chronic health issues. Don't let the stress of the current economy make you eat too much or drink too much. Remember, we love ya, Leo.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22> The asteroid Ceres and Saturn in your sign emphasizes your urge to nurture and nurse others. Some Virgoes focus instead on home cleaning or sales prep.
Jupiter moves into Aquarius in your solar sixth house of health and mundane work. Perhaps you can snag a job in the healthcare field. Your own health and energies should be excellent this year, altho Jupiter tempts everyone to overdo when it comes to food and drink.
The asteroid Pallas Athena is in your solar tenth house of career. Pallas here lightens the load of responsibility; you feel more comfortable with exercising authority and with yourself. BTW, Vesta in your solar ninth house may give you an opportunity to travel with a purpose. This is not just a pleasure jaunt, it is something related to work or career, or possibly self-enrichment. (Examples: a professional seminar, an Elder Hostel tour, a health spa)
Uranus in the solar seventh house of partners can be problematic. Uranus has been there for four years already, so you must be familiar with the situation. Maybe your spouse is not there for you, or travels for his job. You either have a close rapport, to the point of being psychic, or you feel like strangers with nothing in common. Your spouse may express Uranus with a career as a computer geek, electrician, psychologist, chemist, or even astrologer.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22> First off, I have to raise a warning about the entrance of Pluto (accompanied by his little troublemaker pal Mars) into Capricorn, your solar fourth house. This is sure a sign of impending trouble for a home, so it might be prudent to have regular safety inspections and also have a bug man check for termites and other pests. While it is theoretically possible that you might marry into the ranks of the uber-rich (which is another manifestation of Pluto in the fourth), it is more likely that your home is vulnerable to the passage of time.
Jupiter enters your solar fifth house of love affairs and entertainment and children. You could have a fabulous streak of luck at the casino, but it is more likely that you will have more beaux than you can accommodate, or that you will find fulfillment in creative expression. If you can play an instrument, see if you can offer your skills in a weekly visit to a nursing home or in teaching youngsters. Venus and Neptune are already there, and they both also enjoy music and the arts.
Uranus is in your solar sixth house, and has been there for the past four years. It might be good to have your primary physician review all your medications to see if some are duplicating or negating the effect of another. Try to make a point of setting regular hours so you get adequate sleep, too.
The asteroid Pallas Athena is in your solar ninth house of higher education (among other things) is a great placement if you are interested in teaching or lecturing. Perhaps you only make up the visuals for others' lectures (think Power Point), or organize day-long seminars on a topic of interest. Sounds like fun.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21> Rah for you, Scorpio, you may one of the lucky ones who gains a new home this year. I say that because Jupiter enters your solar fourth house, Aquarius. If you already have your family home, then it may signify an addition to the family or a guest. You might host a student visitor from abroad, and that might provide an interesting source of information about how people live in other lands. Jupiter will join Venus, Neptune and the North Node, as well as Chiron.
Uranus in the solar fifth house, Pisces, has been giving you a quirky sense of humor for four years already. You may also have learned to enjoy using the computer more, and it really has opened another world to you. It is possible that the transiting sextile between Uranus and Pluto (entering Capricorn in the third house of communications) signifies that you are finally able to grasp how to use computers to communicate with masses of people, instead of just emailing your friends individually. No, I do not mean for you to start spamming. But I think that you will find some online platform for your writings so that you begin to reach many more people than before.
The asteroid Vesta moves into Taurus and your solar seventh house. This is such a self-sacrificing sign for Vesta to be, and I am not sure that it is too healthy for you. Vesta makes you live thru others and deny your own needs for others, and we all know how frustrating that can be over the long term. Fortunately Vesta will only be here till April.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21> I am sure you will be quite glad to see Pluto leave your Sun Sign for good! But now it enters your solar second house of money and finances, and that could be a whole new jar of pickles. Of course it is remotely possible that you strike oil, or inherit billions from a long-lost Rockefeller. But it is more likely that you invest your funds with a large firm, in bonds, or in your own business. Pluto joins Mars, the Sun, Juno, Mercury and Jupiter already visiting Capricorn.
Jupiter moves into Aquarius, your solar third house, January 5. It will stay there for the full year. Jupiter here could prompt a local publishing venture, maybe a fundraiser cookbook for a school. If you are in the field of education, you could get a promotion to an administrative post, or even run for a school board position. Jupiter rules politics, higher education, publishing and printing, religion, and law.
Uranus has been in Pisces, your solar fourth house of home and family, for four years already. Your home might be unusual, either very old or very newfangled with all kinds of electronic gadgets. You may even live in a houseboat, so you can take off when you need a change of scene. Uranus can denote an estrangement from family, which is unfortunate, but some families just do not respect each other as individuals.
Vesta in the solar sixth house may bring a job that has intrinsic rewards but little in the way of material rewards. You may even do a job for free just because you feel it needs to be done. You might be paid, but have to buy supplies out of your own pocket. Better save your change in a jar to cover those expenses.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19> Pluto enters your Sun sign and you could refresh your dress and hairstyle, even revamp your image and career. Of course it is remotely possible that you suddenly enter a high-ranking job that comes with lots of power and perks, a kingship for example, or at least a baronetcy. But is more likely that you purge everything that no longer has meaning for you. In fact, “purge” may be the right word for what is going on inside. Everything that is out of sync with your true values is going to go out the window, so get ready.
Jupiter enters your solar second house of money; how nice for you. It may not mean that you suddenly make a lot more money; it can mean that you are spending more than your income. It can also mean that your source of money, your job, is protected for now, at least.
Uranus has been in Aquarius in your solar third house of communications for four years already. Besides denoting electronic gadgets and computers and wireless, it also rules foreign languages. (Uranus is foreign, and the third house is language.) You may benefit from studying a second or third language in order to gain or keep employment.
The asteroid Vesta moving into your solar fifth house of children and enjoyments can inhibit having or enjoying your own children. Maybe you pursue a high-powered career in order to provide for them, but suppressing your own creative urges can lead to illness. BTW, you may also like to camp or hike, and these might be ideal occasions to take the family with you.
Ceres and Saturn in your solar ninth house of higher education denotes that you go back to school to get promotions or other advancements in your career. Try taking a literature or philosophy class for personal enrichment.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17> Jupiter enters your Sun sign this January and while that can give a real boost to your mood and personality, it can also add to your waistline. Use restraint and stay away from buffet restaurants. Venus and Neptune are also in your sign and can increase your attraction to sweets and alcohol, so be on the mettle when it comes to controlling your appetites.
Uranus in your solar second house of money can be very frustrating because often it means that your income is not in a steady, predictable stream. You may be a temp worker, live on commissions or royalties, or are prone to seasonal layoffs. Uranus is also foreign sources of money, so perhaps you have gotten a stipend to go study in a foreign country.
You are very attached to your home this winter and spring, or you might take in relatives or other guests just so you can spend more time at home.
Pallas Athena will be in your solar fifth house of amusements for awhile, so your taste for fun may turn to mental games like chess, bridge or Sudoku rather than tennis. Joining a club can help you gain mastery over any of these games quicker.
An interest in natural foods and in reincarnation are both possible results of Ceres and Saturn in your solar eighth house.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19>Uranus has been in your first house of self for four years. You are funny, witty, multi-talented, but also some people see you as unusual, maybe even unreliable. Vesta in your solar third house may mean you are a good student, but do not enjoy teaching. Yet teaching may be the only job that opens up for you, so learn to make the best of it and enjoy your students.
The asteroid Pallas Athena has moved into your solar fourth house, and may have prompted you to start a home business. Yet you are quite restless, and may change your own home several times during this transit.
I see Saturn in your solar seventh as a needed source of stability in your life. Learn to appreciate the steadiness of your partner's presence, even if he/she is not the most demonstrative of persons. Also try to avoid arguments with friends early in the year (transiting Mars in your solar eleventh house). You really do not want to alienate friends who have already helped you a great deal.

So that is it, folks. That was my mini reading on the year 2009 for all the signs. In many cases, it just covers the influences at the beginning of the year or the first half. So do not despair if you did not like the thumbnail sketch of 2009 for your sign. Happy 2009 to all.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Your Milky Way Horoscope Dec. 21-27, 2008

By Milky Way Maid

Happy Winter Solstice on Dec. 21! In the ancient Mayan tradition, the Sun and the North Star (Polaris) played a ball game on this date. Mayans hoped the Sun would lose the match, because a victory would mean that the Sun could continue drifting away and the days would dwindle to nothing. But since the Sun lost, it had to meekly do the bidding of Polaris and return to its former position high overhead.
The one fun aspect this week is the sextile from Mercury to Uranus -- wordplay, comedy, short trips to unusual attractions, television, electronic toys, foreign performers/products are all things that may attract interest this week. And needless to say, we could all use some laughs amid all the bad news this past fall.
This is not a very auspicious week, sad to say. Sun conjunct Pluto hints at layoffs, and Saturn inconjunct Neptune suggests the personal angst of the hard workers who are let go over their own self worth. I can only say that I have been there, and just when you think that things will never get better again, something nice opens up.
Readers can follow not only their Sun sign horoscope but also the sign of their Ascendant for further clues to how your week will develop.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 - Mercury trine Saturn affecting your solar sixth house of work makes you surprisingly eager to get back to work on the Friday after Christmas. PS: The asteroid Vesta has just moved into your sign in its usual retrograde motion. It will be interesting to see how this affects you in 2009. Will you become the go-to person even more so now? Will you get involved in a home security business? Will you renounce the world and become a monk?

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - You might call on your file of secret recipes from grandma for making some of your gifts this year. I can see you making a batch of something just for fun, and giving samples -- hey, this is how Paul Newman got started in the food biz. Friends will be funny and chatty, especially Wed. Try to get together even if only to watch DVDs and pop some popcorn.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - Gee, I never think of Gemini’s as home-oriented, but with Ceres and Saturn in your solar fourth house -- you will be the one putting the feast on the table and keeping the family traditions. If you have been suffering under a controlling/angry spouse, I see that influence fading away as Mars moves into Capricorn (Pluto has already made that move Nov. 28) instead of your solar seventh house of partners. If you have gotten marriage counseling to improve your relationship, congrats, and if not then you can still benefit from enrichment classes.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - A warning as Mars and Pluto move into your solar seventh house of spouse/partner: watch for angry or controlling moods. These may be temporary and may be only due to the bad economic trends lately, but there is no reason to take it out on you. Get counseling if needed. As for the week -- cuddling up with movies will be romantic; seeing a comedy show will be enjoyable especially on Wed. Your career could be on the upswing in 2009.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - Mercury trine Saturn affecting your solar sixth house of work makes you surprisingly eager to get back to work on the Friday after Christmas. I think you fall more in love with your spouse/partner this Christmas than ever before-- you just like how he or she is positively radiating love. You have friends who are very competent at what they do -- lawyers, counselors, profs -- and so I expect you will have some special gathering with them to thank them for all their help thru the year.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - Tues. is a particularly productive day that may come with a bonus of helpfulness from co-workers. Take up your spouse’s suggestion for an unusual outing Wed. (possibilities: a comedy night, seeing a foreign performer, playing electronic games); it could be one of the funnest dates you ever had. Thurs. can be quite trying as you get caught in a tug-of-war between Pisces and Sag; Advice: keep your head down that day.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - Either you or your date just won’t enjoy that movie or concert late Tues.; maybe a Friday matinee is possible to take advantage of a sextile? Actually a New Year’s Eve movie marathon could be wonderfully romantic and fun for you. On Wed., the Mercury sextile Uranus affects your home and family; Mercury also conjuncts the asteroid Juno in your solar fourth house. Christmas eve will be a night of fun and laughs as you become comfortable with being the one who sets the traditions and keeps the spirit of the holiday in your home.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - The Moon is in Scorpio from Sun. afternoon to Wed. morning. It is nice to know people in high places -- and you may be invited to a supper with an influential neighbor, sibling or other relative. Monday is quiet with no aspects to transiting Moon, so I expect your mood will be pretty even. Tues., tho, is jumping as loved ones crowd into your home. Children may be surprising, even shocking, and/or present you with electronic toys. PS: You have an opportunity period Tues. afternoon so if you have a personal project, please spend some time on it here.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - The Moon is in Sag from Wed. morn till Fri. afternoon. You probably splurge on some more home decorations Wed. -- really, Sag, more is not always better. Thurs. may present a bit of a conflict between invites from relatives or neighborhood plans, and a Scrooge boss who calls you in for extra hours. Bummer, but maybe you can juggle the two somehow. Mercury trine Saturn affecting your solar tenth house of work makes you surprisingly eager to get back to work on the Friday after Christmas.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - Your transiting Sun and Pluto are conjunct in Capricorn the day after the Solstice. Your desire for recognition and your willfulness can spoil the whole holiday week if you are not more flexible. Please, remember the reason for the season -- and try to be the biggest giver rather than the biggest taker. The Moon is conjunct Pluto on Fri., possibly bringing a twinge of regret that some family tradition is being dropped or modified. But bite your tongue and just be glad everyone is here. A Scorpio friend can be quite helpful Tues. so send an email or call for advice their way.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - Transiting Moon squares Venus in Aquarius on Tues., and may prompt you to speak up on values. This is fine if you are giving a speech or writing a letter to the editor -- but if you are tempted to set Aunt Mable right on some issue, try to have a diplomatic turn of phrase ready! Other than that, you are radiating love and brotherhood this Christmas and that is so wonderful. You could win a money prize Wed. as Mercury sextiles Uranus in your solar second house.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - On Tues. morn, the Moon trine Uranus in Pisces can prompt the kind of behavior that makes some folks deem you unpredictable, so think twice before calling in sick, etc. Transiting Mercury is sextile Uranus in Pisces on Wed. morn, so listen up to that radio DJ on your morning commute; he may give out a phone number or website you want to look up. Or you might actually be able to get on the air as a call-in. What a story to tell at the holiday gatherings that will be!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Your Milky Way Horoscope Dec. 14-20, 2008

By Milky Way Maid

Mars in Sagittarius squares Saturn in Virgo on Monday. We’re supposed to put a positive spin on everything nowadays, but this is a classic transit for a bone fracture. Can you skip the ski day and just take pictures or something? And salt that ice by the side door, would you?

The Sun is inconjunct the Moon on Sunday. On the one hand, it is a very creative aspect for couples to get together and do their holiday decorating. On the other hand, prepare for having to negotiate differences in taste. Maybe the gold trimmings can go on the tree in the front room, and the blue trimmings on the rec room tree??

BTW I want to give a mention to the Holiday Control Journal available from the FlyLady people at FlyLady.com. If you always feel overwhelmed by the Thanksgiving-to-New-Year’s ordeal, give the Control Journal a shot. It’s free, just go to the site and print it out. It breaks down all the tasks that have to be done to make your holidays run smooth. If you make this part of your annual routine, you will never again have to run out at the last minute to find a gift for Aunt Mable because you forgot.

Readers can follow not only their Sun sign horoscope but also the sign of their Ascendant for further clues to how your week will develop.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 - The asteroid Vesta backs into your sign this month (ingress Dec. 6). Do you feel a greater concern about issues related to service and community? Vesta’s association with fire seems like a natural linkup to you as a fire sign, Aries. It was traditional for the Greeks to make an offering to Vesta at the beginning and end of each meal, thanking her for their sustenance. You might suddenly feel the urge to say grace before meals, or to help with a local food bank. You might feel called to sacrifice, purify, or dedicate part of your life to a common cause. Vesta’s animals are the deer and donkey, her birds are ibis and nightingale, her trees are oak and laurel, and her emblem is the tripod, representing the altar.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - This year you want a very traditional Christmas. Saturn in your sign reinforces your preference for the tried and true. You want your cookies made with grandma’s recipe, not something off the box of raisins. You urge your siblings (and their kids) to get together for a night of caroling or ice skating or whatever activity you used to do as children. Maybe you want to go even further back, to a jolly old English Christmas supper with plum pudding for dessert! Maybe you can still get tickets for a Madrigal Dinner at your local college.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - Gemini generally loves the new and novel, but I am betting that you decorate your tree with old-fashioned ornaments this year, maybe even with a traditional glass pickle. (Gemini loves small items and miniatures, so I bet your tree has tons of tiny ornaments.) Your Libra solar fifth house of parties makes you quite the social butterfly, dashing to as many parties as you can. The only Grinch might be your spouse, tho. Mars conjuncting the Sun in your solar seventh house might make him so high-energy that his impatience spoils the fun of many outings. Can you get him to work off some energy with a run or swim before supper?

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - The week opens with the Moon in Cancer till Sunday evening. The Moon trines Uranus in the morning -- perhaps you shop online, or maybe the Sunday comics really hit your funny bone. An inconjunct to Mars the same morning can bring a real upset, but disciplining your own emotions gets you back on an even keel. Mere humans never made anything perfect, so just try to get closer to the mark than last year. Make notes in your recipe book and holiday journal for future reference.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - The Moon is in Leo from Sunday evening till the wee hours Wednesday. Refrain from sharing stories you would not want repeated Sunday night -- or they might pop out during some holiday party. I also see an opportunity Monday to resolve some deep hurts over Christmases Past. Try to see the event from the other’s view; they probably did the best they could at the time, so muster some forgiveness. Tuesday threatens accidents arising from haste so resist over-scheduling yourself. This Uranus aspect can also be great for creative expression in music or invention. That evening favors a romantic dinner or just stealing a smooch while wrapping gifts.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - The Moon is in Virgo from the wee hours Wednesday till Friday morning. Consider writing down a story for your children or grandchildren from your own youth. I am sure that you can capture the meaning of the season for your clan. Wednesday can bring an early gift, or perhaps you spend the evening making cookies (Moon trine Venus). Plan to be busy Thurs. all day; don’t be surprised if a mountain of work gets dumped on your lap. Don’t despair, don’t be hasty in plowing thru it because you sure as heck don’t want to do it all over. Appeal to the boss for some help, and I think he will assign someone.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - The Moon is in Libra from Friday morn till Sunday afternoon. Friday favors research or just relaxing with a nice detective story. Saturday’s Moon trine Venus brings tips and gifts around midday. That evening has a Moon inconjunct Uranus, favoring relaxing with a comedy, writing your own music or poetry, or doing arts & crafts. You might stay up till the wee hours watching movies (Moon trine Neptune).

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Your holiday decorating might consist of hanging a beautiful wreath and squinting till your house kind of resembles the ideal in your mind’s eye. It is not that you’re cheap, because you’re just frugal -- it’s that you are able to see the beauty in small things like the sight of snow on the trees. And also you have a real weakness for the sweet treats that come with the holidays, so watch your waistline and limit the snacks. Uranus in your solar fifth house of parties puts the accent on music and laughs. Bet you are hiring a band or programming a playlist of your fave holiday music. Saturn in your solar eleventh house could bring recognition for your contributions.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - You could be headed for a blowup if you do not have your head on straight. Mars conjunct the Sun (for later Sag’s) could make you so impatient that you forget the reason for the season. Try to work off some physical energy with exercise, which will also help keep your waistline trim. A lovely neighbor or relative may point the way to further personal growth, so take time to really talk with those you meet at local events. Uranus in your solar fourth house can be frustrating; you might overload circuits with lighted decorations or cause other electrical problems. Be safe! Meanwhile, work is demanding with long hours or a night shift.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - Happy Birthday, Capricorn! (on Sunday) -- Your members include George Balanchine, Moira Shearer, Debbie Allen, Gwen Verdon. Could it be that dour old Cappy is a real Santa? Looks like it this year, with Mercury and Jupiter in your sign. Maybe you can dress up like Saint Nicholas, the thin bishop who handed out dowrys and other gifts. You were never one to hand out stuff to strangers, tho; your largesse is confined to family. But you can be quite generous with your own, that’s for sure.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - While you are often quite generous and sentimental, your gifts tend to foster development of your children’s talents and intellect. Educational toys, crafts, music lessons, etc. all fit your ideas of what a gift should do. Electronic gadgets or software could get the nod from you, too, as you fill your gift bags. You could also take charge of holiday parties (Pallas in your solar fifth house), as you welcome the chance to host children’s games and activities at your home. You maintain fair play and equal treatment.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - You offer to host a holiday get-together mainly so you can keep a measure of control over the proceedings. I suspect it may be beyond your comfort level financially, so have guests bring whatever fave dishes or treats they’d like. You want to play the grand host, but try not to get upset if every little thing does not go according to your “script”. This is supposed to be fun, after all, not like a championship game where everyone has to play world-class ball. Offer to play guests’ music CDs so everyone gets to hear a sample of a wider variety of music; remind guests to put their name sticker on the jewel case. Music gets you back in the spirit of things.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Your Milky Way Horoscope Dec. 7-13

By Milky Way Maid

Venus enters Aquarius this week. Alas, old Ven cannot tarry with her sugar daddy Jove very long, and goes traipsing off. Maybe she is just gone shopping, and will be back in a bit. She couldn’t really see anything in that old drunk, Neptune, could she? Ah, but he spins such lovely tales of Shangri-La and Camelot and other lost kingdoms, and dedicates his newest poem to her. How can she resist?
Meantime, Pluto has slipped out of Sag and into Capricorn again. Cappy will not like this unwelcome visitor, no one does. But at least they are both determined to never settle for mediocrity, and so they drink a toast to each other.
Readers can follow not only their Sun sign horoscope but also the sign of their Ascendant for further clues to how your week will develop.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 - The Moon is in Aries from the previous Sat. till Mon. night. The Moon in Aries trines Mars in Sag Sun. evening, so I bet you will stay up late to get loads of stuff done. Monday is very busy: Moon trine Sun very early so get off to a roaring start, but then inconjunct Saturn , meaning roadblocks or an obstacle. Then the Moon sextiles Neptune: confusion or the need to clarify your purpose behind your plans. In the afternoon the Moon squares Jupiter (overdoing, overspending, also an appeal for help from to big boss) and trines Mercury (a message finally clears up the confusion. Meanwhile, your natal Sun and the transiting Sun in Sag are trining, so you have plenty of energy, confidence, and good spirits.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - The Moon is in Taurus from Mon. night till Wed. night. The Moon trines Pluto and squares Venus Tues. morn, which I imagine will put finances on your mind. Try to avoid spending your whole Christmas fund too quickly, you want some left for the after Christmas sales and for misc. On Wed., you hear something funny on the a.m. radio or TV station, which might put you in a better frame of mind to deal with a boss. Avoid undoing your diet at lunch, and you will have the needed energy for your holiday shopping after work.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - The Moon is in Gemini from Wed. night till Fri. night. Maybe you have already depleted your holiday budget, but I bet an early gift falls in your lap Thursday. Friday looks like a real pressure cooker of a day. Machines or electronic gizmos don’t work, and deadlines are a challenge. But you find some unusual way of getting in the groove and get everything under control. Whew, only a Gemini can juggle all day and still be up for some fun that evening. Uranus in your solar tenth house of career really keeps you on your toes all the time. It also makes you independent and original. You dislike routine and may be interested in lots of farsighted or progressive issues.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - The Moon is in Cancer from Fri. night till the following Sun. You might get obsessed with some idea at this time, but better to let go of it or at least try to look at it objectively. Saturday may be good for detective work of any kind, and the afternoon favors creative projects -- anything from decorating cookies to making gifts or table favors. Sunday you are sure to enjoy a musical treat wherever you are. That evening try to avoid overindulging, but do be generous with your life partner.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - Your own Sun will form a Grand Trine with Moon in Aries and Mars in Sag on Sunday evening; you might host or emcee a sports show or other energetic event, or are you athletic yourself? The Moon might not favor parties or other holiday events on Tues.-Wed., but Thurs.-Fri. are compatible. Your attention to your appearance adds a touch of glamour to the holidays; I am sure that friends enjoy your flair and style.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - Your mastery of technique helps solve a creative challenge Monday morn. Take the opportunity to catch up with old college chums Wednesday; are you signed up with the online alumni newsletter? You may have to struggle to master your emotions midday Friday, or may be in conflict with a close relation, possibly the parents. We know that blessed be the (family) ties that bind (or strangle, as the case may be) -- but still, you have the right to determine your own holiday schedule without someone browbeating you into spending all your time with just this one person. You might be quite generous in hosting at least one party this year, but do not exhaust yourself with back to back open-houses, please.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - Your very busy solar third house of communications -- Mars, Sun, Mercury in Sag -- suggests you are in charge of keeping track of who is bringing what to which party. You might also have an enormous card list which you cannot possibly trim to less than 250. Your solar fourth house of Venus and Jupiter in Capricorn suggests a quiet elegance to your home decorating, maybe with wrapped candies or heirloom glass ornaments on the tree. Your table is exquisite and you throw the best dinner parties. You also enjoy holiday concerts enormously.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Financially, you may be in better shape than a lot of the signs; the stellium in your solar second house suggests that sales are good of whatever you handle. Your holiday cards are very beautiful, and you often enclose small gifts inside. You have very unusual parties and this year you try to add as much fun as possible. Tell everyone to be prepared to tell a joke or at least join in on a game of charades. If anyone has a different-colored tree, you just might be it. Purple, anyone?

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Sunday night favors friendly competition, and your energy is on the upswing. You enjoy conversing or bouncing ideas off someone on Monday afternoon. On Wed., your Sun and Mars are inconjunct the Moon in Taurus; you may feel quite uncomfortable around someone but there is the opportunity to work this out -- you could either work out a compromise directly or just adjust your own attitude. It is also a creative time. Be especially safety-conscious on Thurs. evening; are those wires taped down, is that circuit overloaded? Avoid the haste-makes-waste syndrome on Friday morning. You are in a more disciplined mode that evening, so schedule careful work and serious discussions for this slot.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - A Monday afternoon could bring a confrontation or a forced decision; are you comfortable with the data you have available? You enjoy a deep conversation with a Taurus that evening. Wed. afternoon or evening is great for holiday parties or conferences. You will be glad to have good news to share. Mercury enters your sign very early on Friday; it might make you a bit more talkative at Christmas parties and club meetings. When it conjuncts penetrating, investigative Pluto in your sign later that day, you could hit on some incredible insights. You and your spouse might have some really deep heart-to-heart chats very early Saturday; maybe she only wants to hear you say you love her, but that couldn’t be so hard, hunh?

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - The North Node in your sign has given you a push toward self-growth and then gives you a pat on the back when you move in a positive direction. Your clubs and other group memberships have been quite active the past few weeks and that continues thru the holidays. The one area for concern is Jupiter and Venus in your solar twelfth house of self-undoing -- meaning that you are your own worst enemy when you stuff yourself at the table. Watch that gift budget, too. You might be more involved with your family this week than during Christmas week, because of the Moon passing through your solar houses of home, family, children, parties and entertainments.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - Wednesday morn has a push-pull of a square to the Sun and a sextile to the Moon; you may have to make yourself do your errands and chores and bribe yourself with a hot cocoa afterward. Your feelings may be quite upset Friday morn when those around you are in conflict; you relax with a cuppa tea or a hot bubble bath. The coming weekend or even Monday are ideal for hosting or attending parties, due to the transiting Moon in your solar fifth house of parties and fun.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Your Milky Way Horoscope Nov. 30-Dec. 6

By Milky Way Maid

Venus is conjunct sugar daddy Jupiter on Monday, Dec. 1. I am sure the wedding will be lovely, altho not extravagant because it is in parsimonious Capricorn. But Jove can never deny Venus anything, so if she asks sweetly enough, and pouts like Bardot, she will get her way. As for us earthlings, corporate America is reassured by the incoming administration, and Wall Street responds with a continued uptick.

My apologies for forgetting to mention that Uranus went direct last Thurs., Nov. 27. Undoubtedly it made holiday preparations and travel rather interesting. At the moment Uranus went direct, Venus accompanied by sugar daddy Jupiter was on the Ascendant (in a Midwest chart), and sextiled Uranus in the third house of short trips and communications.

Readers can follow not only their Sun sign horoscope but also the sign of their Ascendant for further clues to how your week will develop.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 - The Moon does not enter Aries till Saturday night, but you manage to pack a lot into the week as always. Saturn in your solar sixth house and Venus-Jupiter in your solar tenth, the work houses, reward your hard work and long hours with bonuses and fat paychecks. You may be spending part of this week donating your time to charitable causes, perhaps stuffing food baskets for the holidays, or visiting shut-ins and hospitals. After a long day on your feet, indulge in an Epsom salts bath to ease aches and sore muscles.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - Uranus in your solar eleventh house of groups and clubs suggests your time will be spent on charitable projects like gathering donations for a food bank, donating computer equipment to a small school or library, or fundraising. Uranus is in a sextile to Venus-Jupiter, so fund-raising should go surprisingly well. The North Node has been passing thru your career house, signifying a long-term plan has been in progress to lift your aspirations and skills in this area.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - You are usually no slouch when it comes to being a blur of activity, but your spouse or significant other definitely has you beat. The stellium in Sag of Sun, Mercury and Mars puts a lot of your energy into one, keeping up with your spouse, and two, focusing on other-directed programs like personally delivering those turkey dinners, food boxes, or Toys for Tots. Uranus in your solar tenth house may mean that work is on an on-call or temp basis, tho it can also mean you are engaged in electronics, mechanical repair, electrical, psychoanalysis, or music (especially rock or in the recording booth).

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - You will be especially thankful for your kind and generous spouse this month, because generous Venus-Jupiter are in your solar seventh house of partners. You might also find it a boom month for those who work with the public: performers -- even down to those who take the tickets at the door. You also exercise your new electronic toys sending greetings to all your friends and relatives -- and you have a long list to tend to! Taurus and Vesta in your solar eleventh house puts taking care of necessities on the agenda of your favorite local charity. That may mean actually cooking and serving a hot meal for the homeless, or helping at the food bank.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - One of your favorite things about the holiday season is all the special theatrical productions available. Sag on your solar fifth house is very active with Sun, Mercury and Mars all there. You may even enjoy watching sports events as an extra diversion this year, or splurge on season tickets to your fave team. Venus and Jupiter in your solar sixth house of health (and work) tempt you to overdo on sweets and other goodies -- so limit yourself to one pigout a week or you could really have regrets. Besides, you are so proud of your slender waist!

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - Ceres in your sign may prompt you to devote time to issues related to homeless or abused women and children. Check if your local shelter has a “want” list of supplies that their guests need. Your solar fourth house is very busy with Sun-Mercury-Mars all in Sag -- you are sure to have a full house of visitors or guests. You are one of the most conscientious of hosts in providing thoughtful touches and healthful meals. One of your few extravagances this year may be a theatre ticket or other entertainment package. Consider a membership in a film club like Green Cine, CafĂ© DVD, Ironweed Films, or Women’s Independent Cinema. These will satisfy your desire for unheralded gems in drama and documentaries.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - The Sag stellium -- Sun, Mercury, Mars -- is in your solar third house of messages, short trips, neighbors, relatives, and the neighborhood or city. I know it’s normal during the holidays; with you it is just more so. This week Tues. night or Wed. during the day look great for get-togethers, but Fri. could be problematic. Reschedule for Sun. night the seventh if either does not work. Your house is beautifully decorated by Venus and Jupiter in your solar fourth. You may even have guests staying over, or throw the doors open for an open house. Entertainment choices this year will tend to be movies or music.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Your solar second house is very active with the stellium in Sag. Be cautious with your funds, and try to avoid racking up credit card debt. You are one sign that is normally really great about putting money into a Christmas Club or buying gifts early, so I kind of doubt that you would get into a hole financially. Neighbors & relatives could be unexpectedly generous with you this year, so have a few small gifts on hand to reciprocate, or to bring to a party. That is much better than holing up with a pile of DVDs, isn’t it? (altho you would be quite happy with that, too) Also try to find some good jokes online that you can repeat in any company.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - You are a blur of activity -- a nice stellium of Sun, Mercury and Mars fires up your engine. You could play Saint Nick for real, as Venus and Jupiter in your solar second house may prompt you to go overboard in gift shopping. A low-cost enjoyment is a local concert at a school or church; check local events calendars. Your house is also ablaze with lights, and maybe a Santa on the roof too. Saturn is in your solar tenth house of career, so your income may have declined, and the bonus may be non-existent -- but you are a great believer in thinking positive, so say yay for 2009 and pass the rum balls.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - Venus and Jupiter are conjunct in your sign on Monday, Dec. 1. You will enjoy being with people and may meet someone quite attractive. Watch that extravagance does not dissipate any windfall. Also, marriages begun on this aspect will go wonderfully well. Also the Moon is in Capricorn from Sunday till Monday night. Sunday is fairly quiet except for a sextile between the Moon and Uranus that night. Enjoy a comedy or foreign film.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - The Moon is in Aquarius from Monday night till midday Thursday. Tuesday night is pleasant with a sextile from the Moon to the Sun-Mars conjunction in sporty Sag. Perhaps you will enjoy watching the kids play in a tourney, or engage some friends in a darts match. Wed. the Moon sextiles Mercury in Sag and is inconjunct Saturn in Virgo. Messages or meetings are designed to solve problems and adjust department policies. The Moon is conjunct Neptune that evening, so I am sure you would like to just veg out after a hard day or watch movies.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - The Moon is in Pisces from midday Thursday till Saturday evening. The Moon sextiles Pluto first, putting an accent on research, surgery, and the occult. Then on Friday it squares the stellium in Sag. It can be a frustrating day for Pisces, but also one that poses challenges for the strong of heart. Quit for the day before working to exhaustion on a project, because that is when accidents happen. Let your ideas percolate overnight while you rest.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Your Milky Way Horoscope Nov. 23-29, 2008

By Milky Way Maid

Mercury enters Sagittarius Sunday, Pluto enters Capricorn again on Wednesday, Uranus goes direct in Pisces on Thursday, and Venus is applying to a conjunction to her sugar daddy Jupiter the Monday following the holiday. Whew, this is too much going on all at once. Mercury in Sag is very optimistic and this placement will boost the level of messages (and also possibly some telecom stock?). Uranus direct on a holiday might raise the spirituality quotient; it may also prompt more families to play host to an exchange student or reach out to others who are different from themselves.

Jupiter and Saturn just made their long-term trine aspect exact on the 21st; Venus made her conjunction to Pluto back on the eleventh; now she runs from a sextile to Uranus (romance) to a trine to Saturn (commitment?) before dashing off to her favorite sugar daddy (and everyone’s favorite sugar daddy, actually), Jove himself. Not sure if Venus is getting what she wants (the diamond ring and big wedding) or is just settling -- your mileage may vary, as they say.

Other big astro events this week are the Sun-Mercury conjunction on Tues. at 11:52 am Eastern, and the New Moon at 5 degrees Sag on Thurs. at 11:54 am Eastern -- all in Sag. So big-spending, carefree Sag could set the pace for holiday spending this week in a big way. Darn the Dow Jones and full speed ahead, might be their battle cry. The chart for the New Moon is top-heavy in Sag placements, with only Saturn in a wide square from Virgo pulling on the reins (yes there is a T-square shaping up with Uranus on the other leg). Of course you want to have a big fest, and shop for a nice Christmas, but shop for impact. Buy something that looks like a bigger splurge than it is.

Readers can follow not only their Sun sign horoscope but also the sign of their Ascendant for further clues to how your week will develop.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 - You are the most likely sign to travel this holiday week. All those Sag planets are huddled together in your solar ninth house, all dressed up and getting cranky if you do not show up. Still, the economy being what it is, check around for the best deal you can or use frequent flyer miles. You never know whose job will evaporate next. Restraint at the dinner table is a prudent plan (Saturn in your solar sixth house). While Aries is generally a rugged, energetic sign, you may still find that you need to conserve your energies and be cautious to avoid picking up illnesses from crowds.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - With Saturn in your solar fifth house of parties and entertainment, I do not see you hosting any parties, and you could have a hard time getting in the holiday mood when worrying about footing the bill. Offer to bring your killer apple pie for dessert, and I am sure you will be more than welcome at any get-together. You can trim the cost of hosting a dinner by having guests contribute dishes, and getting the movie from the library. And you are such a wonderful baker as well as cook, you can make many desserts and treats for far less than store-bought.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - Your significant other, the Sag, is in a frenzy over holiday preparations. While you are a great team anyway, I think you might need to do more along the lines of calming him or her down or talking him out of the big splurge to make a statement. Go over some budget targets for gift-buying; evaluate what you already have on hand by way of decorations. You probably have enough in the garage and attic to stock a small store! Get creative about rearranging and so forth to freshen up the presentation. Get the pets into the act and dress them up for the holiday picture…

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - I think you will be far more comfortable with saving money on the card list (Saturn in your solar third house) so you can keep up last year’s level of gift shopping. Sending out e-cards is OK; Emailing everyone a mini-newsletter with pictures is fine. You hate to see anyone give up traveling to the get-together but accommodate everyone’s finances and schedules, and just be glad to get them on the phone.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - On the one hand your personal finances might be a bit constrained by Saturn in your solar second house. On the other hand, it is possible that Leo Luck has or will gift you with a bit of a windfall (Uranus in the solar eighth house). Possibly you could receive some overtime or other bonuses at work, too. If so, share the good fortune and congrats to you. Sag is your solar fifth house of parties and fun, and Sag is a very over stimulated sign this week, shall we say. Assign some little jobs to the kids so they can help out, and you might do a kind of New Moon meditation or have everyone say/write what they want the new month or year to bring them.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - Venus and Jupiter in your solar fifth house of parties makes you the most likely candidate for a big splashy holiday get-together. I suspect you have been conscientiously stashing away ingredients and cash for the big splurge. You are a wonderful and considerate host for guests and overnight visitors, and you are acutely aware of details that make a difference. Virgos are as close to perfection as us mere humans can get! Your spouse takes care of the entertainment details. The only caveat: be extra careful of food safety; nothing can be taken for granted, so do not leave food sitting out too long. And NEVER use the same cutting board for raw meat as for other foods.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - The week begins with the Moon still in Libra, and she lingers there until late Monday morn. Librans may feel more constricted by money concerns than most, or at least are worried more about finances. Searching the internet for creative yet budget-conscious recipes can help solve some problems. Check out what different recipes will actually cost before buying all the ingredients and getting a shock. Monday morn also favors research of any kind; could be a good time to price different retailers ahead of the holiday ads. Sag in your solar third house could also put an accent on local events, local fundraisers, neighbors, and your local Main Street retailers as a source of your entertainment and support.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - The Moon is in intense and spiritual Scorpio from late Monday morn till late Wednesday. You probably feel fairly comfortable with your current financial situation, and will hunt for online retailers (Tues-Wed) that offer free shipping or other bonuses that put you ahead of the shopping game. Be sure to check out retailers you are not familiar with so you are not stung by scams or imitations.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - The Moon is in Sag from late Wed. till late Sat. morning. On Turkey Day, not only is there a New Moon in Sag, but the Moon also conjuncts Mercury and Mars. Boom boom boom, there may be too much going on, the kitchen too hot and crowded, and tempers could get short so try not to say things you will regret (especially late Friday). A T-square shapes up between those Sag planets and the long-term opposition between Saturn and Uranus. You want to break free! Agghh, but you don’t want to think about what it will cost you to do things the way you want. Use what you have!

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - Venus is rushing toward Jupiter in your sign -- see notes at top of weekly column. The hot date between the greater and lesser benefics is always a boon, so try to schedule important meetings and conferences for the Monday after the holiday, and the family stuff for the holiday weekend. Actually, Saturday is a good day to go on your diet, as you can discipline yourself about treats more easily. It will be easy to fall off the sugar wagon Monday, but just get right back on. Other family members could benefit from you showing them how traditional crafts and recipes were done; it helps strengthen a sense of family belonging while downplaying the commercial side of the holiday.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - Neptune in your sign this holiday season puts you quite in the giving, altruistic spirit of the season. Maybe you limit your altruism to family members, and maybe not, but I think you could start a new tradition of charity in your own circle. Fall back on the people closest to you to pool resources for gifts, entertainment, baking or cooking materials or a place at their table, etc. You might even get a ride with someone to your hometown so you can save on airfare/busfare/whatever.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - Your spouse may be a bit too concerned about having everything perfect. Of course that is just tempting the gods to trip him or her up! Try to make light of any minor snafus and improvise as needed. Of course your dinner table is groaning under the weight of so many lovely and tempting dishes. You may not be able to leave work behind, you could even get called in, and work and the economy will likely be the subject of conversation -- just try to put a positive spin on things. After all, the upside of deflation is that the dollar is worth more! Your best bets for this holiday are friends and clubs for entertainment, suggestions, and the true spirit of the season.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Your Milky Way Horoscope Nov. 16-22

By Milky Way Maid
Mars enters Sagittarius on Sunday Nov. 16, adding a real spark of energy and rivalry to the national sports events. Interest should hit some new highs in in teams with a following all over the country. Mars can be quite argumentative, tho, and the public discourse can see more active discussions (OK, arguments) about Sag subjects like religion, law, publishing (copyright?) and higher education. A big scandal could be brewing, too, in any of those fields. Could we possibly see an overhaul of college tuition loans? Could colleges be forced to peel back their fees to something more in line with future earnings of the graduates?

Readers can follow not only their Sun sign horoscope but also the sign of their Ascendant for further clues to how your week will develop.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 - Monday could bring an introduction to a very interesting take-charge lady at work -- signified by Venus conjunct the asteroid Juno. A future spouse, perhaps, for a single Aries? At any rate, she will be a real ball of fire -- no mere paper-shuffler -- and she will be just what the old place needs. Both the Sun and Mars are in your solar eighth house, and will conjoin at the end of the month. Make plans now for a nice weekend getaway during the Thanksgiving holiday to recharge your batteries and/or spend some quality time with family and mate.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - Vesta in your sign trines Ceres in its home of Virgo and Venus-Juno conjunct in Capricorn. You earth signs will all be busy cooking and baking your trademark holiday treats, but Virgo brings more concern with healthful ingredients. Some of you may even trade or gift food items, and this is a great way to spread your talents outside your own tiny family circle. Look for a national contest where you can enter your cookie recipe; be able to show how you have substituted healthier ingredients with no loss of flavor, or how you enhance flavor with an unusual technique. Friends contribute insights and tips for cooking or just “hacking life”.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - You have become quite the go-to person for information, and you can whip through a whole spiel in nothing flat. Jupiter is inconjunct Pallas Athena in your sign; if you can apply your factual knowledge creatively to solve problems, an abundance of options will open up for you. In fact, some opportunity might just fall into your lap before you know it, so keep an eye peeled, an ear open, and your Twitter and IM open.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - The Moon is in Cancer from the previous Sat. till Mon. afternoon. The Moon trines Uranus and then opposes Jupiter on Sunday evening, suggesting that you finds lots of enjoyable stuff on the Internet but then blow your holiday budget shopping. Just take note of model numbers or brand names and then shop around locally when the sales flyers come out. The Moon trines Mercury late, so try to get hold of people late that evening and ask what kinds of things the grandkids need, what sizes, etc. Monday morning you are in good spirits early; maybe you hear a witty morning radio show driving in to work, or the web has good reviews of movies to see or avoid, as the case may be.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - The Moon is in Leo from Mon. afternoon till early Wed. evening. Monday morn has a trine between the Moon and Mars right away; everybody stand back while you rush out the door. Please slow down enough to watch for traffic going home, because a Neptune aspect is making some other folks a bit fuzzy-headed (6:30 pm Eastern) and they may not see you coming. Tuesday is a difficult day, sorry, let’s call it a challenging day. You will likely be called upon to solve problems or make adjustments for everything from cash flow to software to repairing machinery. Wed. is less creative, probably, but with more conflicts with a stubborn Scorpio.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - The Moon is in Virgo from early Wed. evening till the wee hours Sat. The Moon first makes a square to Mars in Sag on Wed. evening -- you could get off to a big start on something and then lose interest or get tired out. It can also bring a tiff with a family member. Thurs. midday brings a trine to Venus in Capricorn; a daughter can be a real boon to you, and even take charge of a matter that has you stymied. Friday brings multiple aspects but the big one is the Jupiter is exactly trine Saturn. Unfortunately, your Moon is conjunct the Saturn side, but at least that keeps you level-headed and conscientious. You could miss the opportunities might in front of you tho, so lift up your gaze occasionally.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - The Moon is in Libra from the wee hours Sat. thru the weekend. The Moon sextiles Pluto and then Mars in Sag on Sat. morn, adding fun and energy to local events or neighborly visits. This might mean that local sporting events could generate great interest and enthusiasm, and/or neighbors and relatives join in a spirited pickup game. Next Sunday will be very mixed, and you meet obstacles (perhaps on an art or craft project), have to improvise around them, run into other complications, have to ask an expert or consult the wiz family member, etc.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Mercury and the Sun are in your sign. Mercury sextiles Jupiter in Capricorn and both are inconjunct Pallas in Gemini, so get in touch with a neighbor or relative, and call up a Gemini maven to figure out how to solve a problem of yours. Also the Moon squares your Sun and Mercury on Wed. morning, which may mean a bit of a conflict with a boss or supervisor. Make sure you did not misunderstand anything, and that your comments are not misconstrued as something you did not mean!

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Mars enters your sign this Sunday in the wee hours; you could wake up raring to dash out the door for a run or hike. But make sure to do those warmup and stretching moves first, or you could be out for the season with a walking cast. The Sun enters your sign Friday afternoon; your happy-go-lucky mood is back. And lastly, Mercury also enters your sign Sat., which tends to bring more calls, emails, and other messages with it. Everyone wants to have their holiday party with you.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - Mercury sextiles Jupiter in your sign on Sunday morning. This favors any mental activity, but actually just chatting with a friend is the most likely avenue of useful information (Mercury is in your solar eleventh house of friends and groups). Email or call if you cannot visit each other in person. That evening is not so harmonious with your significant other, as the Moon opposes the same Jupiter. Make nice with the spouse, let her make the decisions -- you want some peace, right? Venus and Juno have entered your sign and are conjunct Monday; boss ladies take the reins and everything will get done to perfection. In other words, just get out of their way.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - Monday afternoon or evening is not favored for trying to think your way thru a problem or balance your checkbook; have someone look at your work or bounce ideas off another person. A solution to a problem from Wed. comes to you Friday morning; it requires a bit of flexibility and creativity on the part of all concerned, so you might have to do a bit of a selling job to get cooperation.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - Conflict may be brewing with a family member, and it may actually have you quite upset. But a little mutual respect goes a long way toward resolving differences. Meanwhile, Virgo and Capricorn spouses and friends put together some terrific plans for the holidays for all concerned. You can contribute by collecting some good jokes to tell and practicing delivering them in front of the mirror. (Psst, but don’t tell any jokes at the expense of anyone else!)

Economic Forecast for the Christmas Shopping Season

Having spent several years tracking the behavior of Christmas shoppers by the timing of Mercury stations, retrogrades and direct motion, I find that all that history is not applicable to the upcoming Christmas shopping season. Mercury is not retrograde any part of the holiday season proper; in fact, the last retrograde was Sept. 25 thru Oct. 15, ending right about the time all heck broke loose in the stock market.

Nevertheless, I will plunge onward with a stab at the behavior of shoppers this holiday season by looking at the flavors, so to speak, of the personal planets during these last few weeks of the year.

Let’s start with Mercury. Mercury is not getting any boost from a direct station during this time frame, as I mentioned above. It entered serious and spiritual Scorpio on Nov. 5, and then quickly enters happy-go-lucky Sagittarius on Nov. 24. This puts shoppers in a more optimistic mood in time for the kickoff of the official holiday shopping season. Sag is a free spender, but is also notorious for buying multiples of something, so stores that offer two for one or buy X number and get one free should do well with that.

Sag rules publishing -- so books sales should do reasonably well -- and law, religion and higher education. Perhaps grandparents will chip in something to their grandchildrens’ college funds rather than spend it on something that is disposable.

Venus and Jupiter, the two benefics, will be in serious-minded Capricorn (Venus from Nov. 13 till Dec. 8 when it slips into Aquarius). These two planets also be accompanied by the asteroid Juno, the wife or she-who-must-be-obeyed. Jupiter trines Saturn (plus asteroid Ceres) in earth sign Virgo and Vesta in the other earth sign Taurus (at least till Dec. 6). This earth trinity focuses on the practical, the durable, and on what you can produce yourself. Some may choose to exchange home-made gifts (Cappy and Taurus) or services/lessons (Virgo)with each other. Others may keep an eye to hard goods and supplies for making one’s own whatever, or things needed to start a sideline that brings in a second income stream.

An example: a plow attachment for one’s pickup truck so one can solicit local contracts to clear parking lots. Another example: spouting one’s own herbs in containers on the windowsill, to save on expensive store-bought seasoning. One might also turn a hand to making at least some of one’s own clothing or doing your own repairs, so that could mean buying your first sewing machine and lessons. More men may elect to change their own car’s oil and other basic maintenance rather than go in to the shop for everything.

Another note to keep in mind as you read the reports on how merchants are doing -- my thoughts are that shoppers will tend to cling to old reliable merchants that have been around awhile because of this heavy Capricorn and earth-sign influence. So stores like JC Penney, or even Sears and Abercrombie & Fitch, could see more shoppers who want to know that the store will still be there after Dec. 26 to accept exchanges. (I mention Penney’s because Bill Meridian mentioned that chain as due for an upswing over the next six months in a recent column.)

Vesta in Taurus trine Ceres in Virgo also will keep the accent on putting out a bountiful spread for holiday dinners. Taurus always likes to feed people anyway, and Virgo will bring healthful versions of old favorites, with less fat, omitting the GMO ingredients, and substituting organic as much as possible.

When Venus enters altruistic Aquarius on Dec. 6, the public may turn more to charitable giving than to spending still more on “stuff”. And families may schedule more group activities like attending city tree-lighting ceremonies or helping out with food banks. Aquarius may also give a late kick on sales of electronic items such as computers, printers, phones and software.

Mars enters the season in Scorpio. Mars in this position is quite the vulture shopper, as I call them. They shop where there are distressed sellers, and so those stores such as Mervyns that are liquidating their inventory in holiday sales before closing will be quite popular. Mars will enter Sagittarius on Nov. 17, where it will later be joined by Mercury. These two planets in the stock-up sign Sag will have a ball clearing out the shelves of vendors who offer deals on multiples -- the aforementioned “buy two, get one free” kind of thing.

Again, I do not see any burst of pent-up shopping desire, or any even necessarily any insistence on mark-downs. But the emphasis is on getting value for one’s dollar and buying items that will be used for a while. I see less buying of electronics gadgets and silly stuff, except for that rather late spike when Venus enters Aquarius. Vendors like Best Buy and Radio Shack will not be too pleased with that, and will have to work very hard to get shoppers attention in the immediate post-Thanksgiving week.

Best wishes for a happy holiday season, and I hope that your dreams have not all been shelved for another year.

Saturn's Aurora and Moon Enceladus in the News

Saturn’s Moon did Cosmic Flop
Saturn's moon Enceladus might have rolled over on its side sometime in the past, a suggestion that would account for a strange finding made by the Cassini spacecraft.
Why is there a hot spot only at the south pole?
There is a way to possibly confirm that the moon flipped. Its former leading hemisphere should have had more impact craters than the trailing hemisphere. If it flipped 90 degrees, the pattern of craters now present would reveal as much. Read the whole story at:
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/060531_saturn_moon.html

Saturn’s Aurora Dazzles with Mysterious Light
"We've never seen an aurora like this elsewhere," said Tom Stallard, an RCUK Academic Fellow working with Cassini data at the University of Leicester. "It's not just a ring of aurorae like those we've seen at Jupiter or Earth. This one covers an enormous area across the pole. Our current ideas on what forms Saturn's aurorae predict that this region should be empty, so finding such a bright one here is a fantastic surprise."
Saturn's main aurora, which is caused by the solar wind, changes size dramatically as the wind varies.
The newly observed aurora at Saturn, however, doesn't fit into previously identified categories…Read the whole story at:
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/060531_saturn_moon.html

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Your Milky Way Horoscope Nov. 9-15

By Milky Way Maid

A Full Moon in Taurus, the sign of its exaltation, is gifted us on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 1:17 am Eastern at 21 degrees 15 minutes of Taurus. This is a good moon for practical matters, but also for harvesting the earth’s bounty after a hard summer’s labor to make this happen. Give thanks to the earth and the grace of your god that you were able to bring in this harvest -- either a literal or figurative harvest, we’re not picky here. Since Taurus is also the sign of singers, it might be appropriate to sing on this day. Any song will do, but preferably something that raises your spirits.

Readers can follow not only their Sun sign horoscope but also the sign of their Ascendant for further clues to how your week will develop.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 - The Moon is in Aries from midday Sunday till early afternoon Tuesday, Veterans Day. Monday morning sees changes made in wills or other papers concerning legacies and insurance. The evening has two interesting aspects from the Moon to Sun in Scorpio and to Saturn in Virgo. This can favor creative projects but also brings a fated quality, too; you can win a contest or award that seems out of reach. On Tuesday, your Moon trines first Venus then Pluto; this favors reaching down deep for your best effort. It also focuses attention on generational matters like wills, again, but also adding to the family. A new child or grandchild grows the family tree. Also a good time to socialize from 8 pm Eastern till Moon enters Taurus.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - The Moon is in Taurus from midday Tuesday till midday Thursday. The Moon trines Jupiter and sextiles Uranus Wed. night; look for a modest but nice windfall. Thursday brings a Full Moon in Taurus, sensual and comfortable (see general note above). The Moon also opposes Mars and squares Neptune, making for a difficult day if you try to force issues with someone who would rather not discuss it. Think about how serious is the issue and decide matters accordingly.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - The Moon is in Gemini from midday Thursday till midday Saturday. Friday afternoon, you may try to talk with someone who is normally pretty close-mouthed, and square away any misunderstandings you may have. The day can also bring an upset with regard to work or a parent, so make sure that you accurately understand what the other party is saying. The evening’s trine to Neptune favors a night at the movies or listening to music. Saturday opens with a chance to clear things up with (or swap chores with) a significant other.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - Monday may be your most significant day with transiting Sun in Scorpio trining Uranus in Pisces; all you water signs probably have a great time planned. The aspect affects your solar fifth and ninth houses, so either you or your children may be signing up for college courses, possibly in artistic fields. Your spouse, too, may be going to classes. Meanwhile, I hope you are not languishing in an empty nest; indulge in your own hobbies and interests. Even if that only means going to the library.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - Your solar fourth house of home and family is quite active, with Mercury, Sun and Mars all bunking there for the time being. Aspects to Uranus in Pisces may bring a surprise announcement about an addition to the family, whether by marriage or birth or even adoption. The Full Moon in Taurus activates your tenth house of career, although it can also bring tensions with family and spouse because of job demands. How much are you willing to sacrifice and compromise, while maintaining your values? And what are your real values anyway?

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - Mercury acts as messenger between your Saturn and with Jupiter in Capricorn. This can mean anything from A) a relative carries messages to a prospective beau, to B) a neighbor (or neighborhood party) is a fun occasion to circulate and try new things. Don’t be a spoilsport and go. The Full Moon in Taurus activates your solar ninth house of law, college, publishing and religion. Matters related to those fields will come to the front burner, but don’t expect easy solutions. An absent person can make it difficult to decide what your new plans should be, and I cannot offer any quick fix for that. But do not make the mistake of going behind that person’s back and deciding anything for him. You’ll regret that!

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - Libra is always a bit sad when the last leaves fall and end Mother Nature’s spectacular show. Time to hit the library, one of your fave places, and dig up some lovely new titles to read while curled in front of the fire. Librans also enjoy museums and galleries, so check the listings for free admission times and other public events. Your ruler Venus is getting hot and heavy with Pluto, then dashing into Capricorn. I think she has relationship issues, or maybe just likes being a career girl (or being with a career man), but at any rate you prefer a happy ending with a big wedding and lots of flowers. Rent a Julia Roberts movie for that.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - - Busy, busy Scorpio in the fall, especially with the Full Moon in your opposite sign Taurus. It can feel like things are coming to a head, with this T-square between the personal planets Mercury, Sun and Mars in Scorpio, Moon and Vesta in Taurus, and Neptune in Aquarius. That usually means that things are expressed thru the fourth, empty leg -- Leo in this case. Or in your case, your solar tenth house of career and reputation. You may have to really work to get an interview, or put a huge effort into a juried show (but wind up winning a prize); in other words, nothing will be handed to you but you can make a great impression nevertheless.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Saggy, Venus is leaving you this week to take up with her next beau, Cappy. She’s looking for security, Sag, something you don’t understand and can’t give her. Let her go. Meanwhile your money house and career are on an upswing, as Jupiter and Saturn hold a trine aspect. You work hard but the money is pretty good. Uranus in the fourth house is nagging at you tho; maybe you don’t know if the house you rent will be repossessed or what. Hang in there because after this month the issue will ease off.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - Venus enters dour and somber Capricorn on Wednesday, which probably doesn’t make Venus too happy. But she was spending too much money in Sag, so now Cappy is cracking down, putting her on an allowance. Sometimes a lonely Cappy will happily be her little sugar daddy, and if that’s OK with you then it’s OK with me. That Full Moon in Taurus, your solar fifth house, also fits the theme of blossoming romance or at least fun n games.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - The Taurus Full Moon is in your solar fourth house. The accent is on your home and family for the next fortnight at least. A Taurus full moon is a wonderful, warm nurturing moon, one that takes care of the family’s material needs and comforts. It’s the soup that warms you, and the backrub after raking leaves all morning. It is also possible that you may buy a new home, or make adjustments on your existing loan.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - Pisces welcomes the Taurus Full Moon in her solar third house of communications, relatives and neighbors. She likes putting together the plans for the upcoming holidays, who brings what. She likes putting together the agenda of local holiday events to attend, and who to invite along. And she likes finding the great local bakery that makes the special holiday treats, the local flower shop that carries the best and most unusual holiday greenery, and the regional wineries with their unique varietals for your family banquets.

Congrats to Obama the Princeling on his Election Victory.

My heartiest congratulations to the new president-elect, Barack Obama, and best wishes for the new administration. Maybe you read my article about the princely and royal points activated in his birth chart. You can read that article here -- http://milky-way-astrology.blogspot.com/2008/07/mystery-of-barack-obama-horoscope-what.html

Also I wanted to note that there was a Neptune station the Sunday before the election. At first I thought that I was not too keen about this station. But then it was further activated by a sextile to Venus, exact on the Wednesday after the election (7:56 am eastern time).

I interpret a Venus sextile to Neptune as very idealistic and hopeful. So which campaign offered themes more aligned with hope and ideals? Um, would you say that the Obama campaign iterated strong vibrations of hope and idealism? I would say so too.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Your Milky Way Horoscope Nov. 2-8

By Milky Way Maid

The week kicks off with Neptune going stationary direct on Sunday. I'm a little leery of this happening days before the election; don't believe everything that comes out at the last minute. Ceres enters Virgo, a natural home, on Wednesday while its ruler Mercury enters Scorpio on Tuesday. Could this bode well for a new look at what tinkering with biotech has really brought us?
Election day opens with a Mercury sextile to Pluto 12:31 am Eastern. That aspect promotes a craving for puzzles and also investigative reporting. Perhaps the news will have more actual scoops and less rehash of what the P.R. flacks hand out. Mars squares Neptune two hours later: Everyone’s energy is at a low ebb; and one’s resolve to keep going is tested. Doubt and insecurity can gain the upper hand with this transit, but faith can win out if you want the greater good. With Saturn opposing Uranus, our yearning to break free of the past is uppermost. If peaceful change is frustrated, riot and revolution are the only alternatives. We really have a grand square -- Saturn, Uranus, Venus and Pallas Athena square each other in mutable signs. Venus, our values in this case, can determine the outcome of this day, altho Pallas could indicate things become a legal matter.

Readers can follow not only their Sun sign horoscope but also the sign of their Ascendant for further clues to how your week will develop.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 - The T-square of Saturn, Uranus, Pallas Athena and Venus affects your third, sixth, ninth and twelfth houses. The people around you may be more directly affected by these transits, but you are left trying to keep up the spirits of family members. Jupiter is still trining Saturn in solar houses of work, so your job looks steady right now.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - Transiting asteroid Vesta in your sign gives more of a push to your spiritual search and growth. Mercury will oppose it from Scorpio, suggesting you might be moved to write about this subject or at least keep a journal. And Ceres trines Vesta from Virgo in your solar fifth house of fun, arts and entertainment, gambles, speculation. Ceres may mean you learn how to shepherd your investments better; when you figure that out, send us all some lessons.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - The asteroid Pallas Athena in your sign opposes Venus in Sag, and squares the Saturn-Uranus axis. If you are a lawyer or advocate of some kind, you will have a very challenging week defending the rights of your client. The areas of health and labor are also very active this coming month, with Mercury, Sun and Mars in Scorpio, so research your own health issues so you can make informed decisions about health care. Jupiter in your eighth house may protect your pooled funds (mutual funds?) from erosion of value in these volatile times, or bring legacies or insurance payoffs.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - Chatting with a relative or neighbor can bring shared interests to light; ask for a recipe or nutritional advice. Your solar fifth house of children, speculation, gambles and fun is activated with Mercury’s entrance into Scorpio, where it joins the Sun and Mars. Day trips or classes are a possibility, so is a flurry of messages as you make plans for the holiday season.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - Home and family get busier than ever this month, and probably you play host to more visitors. A daughter may be going thru a very challenging time so let her know you are there for her. Career matters should show the effects of asteroid Vesta transiting Taurus; career matters can provide more of what you both need and enjoy out of life. Single Leos may meet a very intriguing person who may become a Significant Other.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - Ceres moves into your sign and sextiles Mercury in Scorpio and squares Juno in Sag. Your long-time interest in health foods and parenting can find an outlet in local groups or classes; maybe you will even teach. Venus squares Saturn in Virgo Monday morn, suggesting conflict with a female family member. Try to appreciate the positive traits of that person and overlook the negative. Maybe you feel that she does not love you the way you think she should, and feel very lonely as a result. You never could keep family members in a cage; we have to let them be free enough to find their own path and destiny. That doesn’t mean they don’t love you, of course.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - The level of communications winds down to normal now with Mercury leaving your sign for Scorpio. Perhaps a publishing or legal matter also is resolved. Your ruler Venus makes a square to Saturn and then Uranus Monday morn, which can make you quite uncomfortable! A female relative or neighbor may not think much of other friends or your venture into alternative health or the like, but think of it as an opportunity to help them learn more about other people and other views.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - The Moon sextiles your Sun and Mars in Scorpio Monday, making it easier for you to progress in personal and health matters; ready to start those crunches? Mercury enters your sign at 11 am Eastern on Tuesday, so research and investigative matters are engrossing now. Also I bet you kick back with a good mystery or two. You find it harder to get cooperation Wednesday, but try again Fri-Sat-Sun. An email or call early Friday pm can strike the right chords to get things going again. Try a lunch date Sat. or a sports date Sun. morn to make your case or just schmooze.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Juno in your sign squares Ceres in Virgo this week. Watch for clashes with advocates for children’s or environmental issues. Your authority could find its limits. The Moon sextiles Venus in your sign on Thursday afternoon, suggesting getting away early for a get-together with women friends at a local grill or attraction can be a great time. Cancel similar plans for Sunday morn, tho; that date could fall thru anyway.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - The Moon is in Capricorn from early Sunday till early evening Tuesday. You and a Scorpio friend chat over (business?) brunch early Monday; an OK comes thru that afternoon and you receive the good news in a call or email that evening. Guard your money later that night and make sure you know where your wallet is.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - The Moon is in Aquarius from early evening Tuesday till early Friday. Don’t let a minor misunderstanding Tues. evening blow up into a big deal especially at work. Don’t even tease an assistant or make jokes. Think: oil on troubled waters. A Thursday afternoon lunch with a woman friend will be a welcome break and sooth your spirit. Best to go directly home and avoid rush-hour traffic and any jams.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - The Moon is in Pisces from early Friday till midday Sunday. The Moon trines Mercury in Scorpio in your solar ninth house Sat. morn -- favoring news RE law, college, publishing or religion. Also on tap that day is a sextile to Jupiter (midday/early pm), favoring good times with friends or clubs, and a conjunction with Uranus later that afternoon. Uranus can be upsetting but try not to take anything personally. An opposition to Saturn can be frustrating, so if the movie rental place is out of your fave genres, try alternatives or just stay home & watch free downloads.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Your Milky Way Horoscope Oct. 26-Nov. 1

By Milky Way Maid
Happy pre-Halloween New Moon at 5 degrees Scorpio on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at about 7:14 pm Eastern time. The Sun and Mars are already waiting in Scorpio, and if they can find another golfer they can finally get a foursome together. (small joke) So anyway, the energy is getting more intense in the coming weeks, more focused on survival as well as focusing one’s spiritual strength. The Sun, Mars, and Moon fill in a T-square against Neptune in Aquarius and Ceres in Leo, along with the Nodes in the same signs. The pressure may actually be defused or burned off a bit by the better known continuing opposition between Uranus in Pisces and Saturn in Virgo, as Scorpio gets along better with both signs.
And what does all this mean for you, the reader, you may ask? It means that decisions will have to be made, no more putting things on hold. These are fixed signs -- Scorpio, Leo, and Aquarius -- and probably a few egos will get dented as folks dig in their heels, or get competitive, or just retreat to their private corners where they don’t have to put up with a bunch of fools. Should make for some great football games this fall, tho.
Readers can follow not only their Sun sign horoscope but also the sign of their Ascendant for further clues to how your week will develop.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 - Parties may not appeal to you this Halloween, judging from Ceres in your solar fifth house of fun n games. Ceres might be a bit nervous about treats from strangers, and prefer to make her own meals for the little goblins at home. Other options are spending it with the spouse in a romantic dinner date, or traveling across the country. If you can figure out a way to squeeze all of that into the holiday weekend, you probably will.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - Parties are not your cup of tea this year, not with Saturn in your solar fifth house of fun n games. The fourth house of home and family is OK, with Ceres there offering a safe alternative to running thru the neighborhood after dark. You might be asked to help out a neighbor or relative with a local restaurant buffet or other local festivities. Being of service can be very empowering. Take a few minutes on New Moon day Tuesday to write out some goals for the month. The Moon in your opposite sign Scorpio can help you move past stubbornness and stuck-ness.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - Going out is a must for you this Halloween. Dress up as a famous writer or news person. Interview the other “celebrities” at the party. Emcee the costume and dance contests. You might as well practice your stand-up act, too. You might forget to eat something, but it won’t be the first time that’s happened. Call in to a radio or TV station for a contest or song request; you might be surprised at what develops. Just go along with any gag.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - Parties might not be your best choice this year, not with Mars in your solar fifth house. That placement is great for a sexy, romantic dinner for two, tho. Staying home with the kids party is another good option, or going to work for tips. Just hanging around the neighborhood is probably gonna be dull. So take your pick. If you can figure out how to squeeze two or more items into the weekend, great, go for it. You’re a great mom and a great spouse and a great waitress/cook, so anyone who is on the receiving end of your talents is very lucky.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - Ceres in your sign this Halloween suggests you want to provide the (wholesome) goodies for the little goblin party. You love kids and love helping channel their energies into something creative and fun. A strong female Sag person may be your best ally in pulling off a great Halloween party. A little pumpkin carving, a little art project, some cartoons and a costume contest should do it. Oh, and the food. Did you know they have brain molds, ideal for green jello? You do now.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - You normally like having some moderate fun on Halloween, but Saturn in your sign this year is such a taskmaster. Try to get your nose off the grindstone for a few hours anyway. Check out the DVD catalog at the library, or dust off some fave videos, or try out the free downloads at popular sites like hulu. Actually, I think you would love to get away for the whole weekend at some rustic cabin or mountain hideaway. Sometimes roughing it makes you appreciate what you do have back in the city.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - The Moon is in Libra from the previous Saturday till early Tuesday morning. Sunday brunch or dinner with some women friends sounds perfect, or possibly an afternoon tour of an art exhibit will fit the bill. The Moon-Mercury conjunction squares Jupiter in Capricorn tho early Monday, so do not be surprised if family matters tie up your phone line. A child may be lost or need guidance that afternoon. You have my permission to recuperate the rest of the week.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - The Moon is in Scorpio from early Tuesday morning till Thursday afternoon. Write out your New Moon goals for the month sometime early afternoon Tuesday (or the night before). They should have something to do with spiritual growth, self-reliance, and how to transform a situation for everyone’s highest good. On the 29th, the Moon conjuncts Mars and sextiles Jupiter and Saturn -- this is great if you are entered in a sports or other competitive situation. The Moon trines Uranus later that night, leading to surprises or gaining new insights. You may be a bit fuzzy-headed if you stay out late Wed., so stick to your normal schedule.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - The Moon is in Sag from Thursday afternoon till the wee hours Sunday. The Moon and Venus sextile Chiron Friday; this favors learning more about alternative health. You might look into visiting a health day spa or ask a neighbor or relative who is involved in that area. Saturday morn the Moon squares Saturn and Uranus about 8 am Eastern. Be safety-conscious because this is an aspect that can lead to accidents or arguments.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - The Moon squares Jupiter in your sign very early Monday; likely you will not be in a good mood kicking off your week, but avoid “shop therapy”. Mars sextiles your sign in the afternoon, favoring energetic seminars or a walking inspection. On Wed., Moon-Mars sextiles Jupiter in your sign; I suggest some friendly competition to burn off some of that physical energy, or stopping in at the pool or gym after work.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - Women friends and club members can be very supportive this week; ask for a referral or introduction, or for just a nice chat over coffee. You might be surprised over how many people you both know. Try not to get drawn into arguments with the boss; that kind of conflict goes nowhere. But do go in prepared with sources and spreadsheets as needed to back up your points. Also do not be surprised this week if you already know who is calling without even looking at the caller ID.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - Best days this week are Mon. & Tues. morn (for creative projects), and Wed. evening, Friday afternoon (for mechanical or electronic stuff) . Sat. morning can be difficult if you are with anyone who issues ultimatums; you might be better off just staying in. For Halloween your best bet is hosting a party at your house. Have a couple Halloween movies available on DVD, plenty of popcorn, some games, and make up a prize category for everyone’s costume.