Thursday, June 26, 2008

Your Milky Way Horoscope for May 18-24, 2008

The Garden Issue
By Milky Way Maid

The major sky event this week is the Full Moon late Monday night at 29 degrees Scorpio (opposite the Sun in Taurus). A Scorpio Moon adds much emotional depth even if one cannot express it in words. Allow yourself to feel it. The week also has a wealth of aspects to the Mercury-Ceres conjunction in Gemini. It squares Uranus in Pisces, trines Neptune-North Node-Chiron in Aquarius, and is inconjunct Jupiter in Capricorn. To me this puts a focus on re-establishing a relationship with Mother Earth as the provider of our food supply (Ceres); we have to play by her rules or she will destroy what is not in balance. Many of us are planting vegetable gardens for the first time in years, and those who work at growing organically (Neptune, North Node) will prosper -- while farmers who follow the lead of corporate interests (Capricorn) who tamper with genetics and think they can cheat the laws of nature, will experience Mother Nature’s scorched earth policy.

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 - - What kind of garden does Aries grow? The joke is that they love cactus, because they rarely remember to water a plant. But they love anything that gives them an opportunity for physical labor and getting outside, so the garden benefits from their energetic attention. Their favorite time is the big stuff, the hauling bags of manure, the rototilling, the planting -- after that, it’s all so ho-um. But the chores do get done, in little fifteen minutes bites, because they have lots of other things on their to-do list, y’know.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - What kind of garden does a Taurus grow? A big one. The bigger the better. And he/she clings to traditional methods, or folk remedies if you will, to maintain the link to our farming forefathers. Taurus winds up being a true organic gardener because he was never convinced that chemicals were better than plain old manure. And frankly, a Taurus is never happier than when he/she has some dirt under the fingernails. Ah yes, feeling at one with Mother Earth is very empowering for Taurus, so stand back and never get between a Taurean and his/her garden.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - Mercury and Ceres conjunct in your sign energizes your interest in all issues surrounding our food supply - food safety, factory farming, genetic modification, Morgellon’s disease, the farm bill, as well as day-to-day chores of planting and nurturing your own backyard garden. You could even be a formal or informal source of info for your community on how to garden successfully, especially when the Sun is in your sign from midday Tuesday thru June 20, the Summer Solstice.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - What kind of garden does Cancer grow? A very productive food garden. Oh, flowers may be nice here and there. But the emphasis is on growing enough that something extra is put away for the cold, bare winter when the garden sleeps. Her family must have sustenance thru the long, dark days of winter! Goodness, humanity would perish otherwise! So bring on the tomatoes, eggplant, cukes and green beans. She doesn’t forget the dill for the pickling, or the herbs for the sauces. Nothing will go to waste, believe me. Probably she gardens using the Moon cycle as a timer, a time-honored method.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - What kind of garden does a Leo grow? It ought to be something showy; after all, if she’s going to spend all that time working her butt off, she ought to have something to make it pay off. Maybe a massive planting of bright spring bulbs or impatiens by the front driveway. Possibly her own supply of exotic flowers for the flower-arranging group or for competing at State Fair (she does love those ribbons!). Sunflowers are true Leo plants. Actually, a photo or painting of sunflowers or other big blooms satisfies her craving for color stimulation year-round.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - What kind of garden does a Virgo grow? First of all, it may be laid out in a neat, geometric pattern. Sometimes Virgos plant medieval knot gardens, filled with traditional herbs, altho they are also fond of rows of pots with their fresh herb supply. Only healthful plants are grown, thank you, and you keep some record of which varieties you’ve planted over the years and how they performed. You’ve gone to the library and called up the university extension service for accurate information on gardening matters and on what varieties are most reliable in your area. No matter what they plant, the weeding is never neglected. PS - African violets are THE perfect Virgo plant -- so ladylike and dainty.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - What kind of garden does a Libra grow? Beautiful flowers, that’s what kind. She may even be involved in Japanese-style Ikebana flower-arranging, as Japan is a Libra nation. If one is able to grow some of one’s own flower and greens supply, one is not limited to the same old carnations and leather fern for materials! An artist must have a variety of forms and colors, so Libra will experiment with many exotic plants especially if they come in pastels and unusual colors. She experiments with different color combinations, so don’t be shocked by orange and purple, for example, or lavender and chartreuse.
SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - What kind of garden does a Scorpio grow? Hmm, Scorpios will have done a fair amount of research to find plants suited to their area. They look for trouble-free plants, and that might mean trading heirloom seeds and cuttings with fellow heirloom gardeners. Sometimes their garden does not look that impressive at first sight, because sometimes there are lots of root crops, or organic varieties, or things you never heard of. It might be very educational to ask them about where each plant came from and why they like it.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - The Moon in your sign from almost midnight Monday thru midday Thursday . Its first aspect is a square to Saturn in Virgo, suggesting 1) hearing ‘no’ when asking a favor, and/or 2) that you start the physical labor of breaking ground for a garden. The latter is helped along by a trine to energetic Mars in Leo; maybe you are laying plans for a showcase garden with flashy flowers in front and then in the back yard, the veggies that now cost so much at the grocery but which you cannot bear to give up. A caution for Wed. evening: be careful handling electrical devices or wiring and leave it to a pro if an item needs repairs.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - The Moon enters your sign midday Thursday and quickly conjuncts Pluto, bringing deeper emotions and possibly self-analysis or introspection. Possibly you ponder what kind of legacy you’d like to leave your grandchildren and the world - something more than just a family business. By Saturday you may have decided to convert to more natural gardening methods, if you have not already done so, in order to leave behind an Earth more in balance. As for what kind of plants, woody plants like berry bushes or fruit trees that keep producing for decades are just the thing for you. Pruning is one of your favorite chores, and real gardeners know how important it is to properly trim those grapevines or apple trees. Yours is a true caretaker or steward approach to the garden plot or orchard.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - What kind of garden does an Aquarian grow? Actually, fake plants are just as good as real ones or even better. One Aquarian I knew had the raised planter at the front door filled with decorative stones and silk flowers. Aquarians would rather not waste watering time on mere flowers, so the front display area may have decorative stones or raked sand/gravel, and the actual food garden will be limited to an easily managed square in the back. Something easy like tomatoes, zucchini, or radishes, most likely.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - What kind of garden does Pisces grow? A Pisces garden is distinguished by its air of benign neglect. The weeding is done occasionally, if at all, altho the Pisces is very good at watering this garden plot. She talks to the plants, especially house plants, and may even have named certain individuals that exhibit a definite personality. If she is an especially conscientious Pisces, she will understand the importance of feeding the plants; she latches onto this chore willingly, sparing nothing to wait on her dear little green people.

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