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.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Your Milky Way Horoscope Oct. 19-25

By Milky Way Maid
Happy birthday to Scorpios this week. Your ranks include Goldie Hawn, Eleanor Powell, Savion Glover, Anne Reinking, Princess Grace of Monaco, Marie Curie, Nicholas Culpeper, and Teddy Roosevelt.
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 - Look, nothing is in your sign right now. On the one hand, nothing is giving you a boost, on the other hand, nothing is holding you back or tripping you up, either. So a self-starter like you can do as much as he or she wants to right now. That is about the perfect situation for an Aries, because they really, really, hate anything that holds them back. Mercury may be opposing early Aries Suns, but Aries can get into arguing their point with the best of them. The Sun is opposing some late Aries Suns, and that can mean a battle of wills, but hey, Aries is always up for a game of tug of war.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - The asteroid Vesta in Taurus is inconjunct Mercury in Libra in your solar sixth house. Both signs are Venus-ruled, so this stressful aspect could be resolved with some creativity and mutual respect. Areas of your life affected are the mundane workplace and also your health. Venus in Sag is galloping into place to produce a Yod aspect, with Vesta at the focal point. Sticking to your values, and finding creative ways to apply them to your challenges, will be the lesson of the month here.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - The asteroid Pallas in your sign is squaring Uranus in Pisces; in fact there is a T-square with Saturn in Virgo. You maintain and defend your rights by sticking to legalities; you may need a lawyer or ombudsman type to effectively accomplish your goals. Your ruling planet Mercury is direct this week (it went direct on the 15th), so I am sure you feel much more like your normal self nowadays. A Gemini who cannot get his Crackberry, excuse me, Blackberry to work is not a happy camper at all.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - The Moon is in Cancer from Sun. morn till Tues. morn. The Moon squares Mercury in Libra first then trines Mars in Scorpio; you may have to speak up about something to the kids, lay down the rules of the house (again), to re-establish a peaceful home. On Monday, the Moon opposes Jupiter, then sextiles Saturn, then trines Uranus; you are torn between generosity and breaking off support/relationships, but discipline (Saturn) and agreeing to the ground rules is going to be key to resolving your dispute.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - The Moon is in Leo from Tues. morn till early afternoon Thurs. The Moon trines Venus right off the bat Tues. afternoon; rewarding the kids with quality time, maybe encouraging them in arts and crafts, can make this a really fun period. Wednesday morn may pose some household challenge -- such as repairing a furnace or stove element. The day also has some opportunities for creative solutions, possibly in devising some exercise equipment or in adapting some accounting software. Thurs. morn you may be a bit fuzzier than usual and need extra coffee; be careful driving in to work.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - The Moon is in Virgo from early afternoon Thurs. till Sat. evening. The Moon sextiles Sun in Scorpio right away that afternoon, when you may hear from neighbors or friends or even someone from grade school. The Moon squares Venus in Sag in you solar fourth house of home and family, stressing relations with family members (especially the females). It may also mean you decide to spend on beautifying and updating your home; a little paint can do wonders. The Moon trining Jupiter in Capricorn in the solar fifth house adds some luck in bingo etc., or suggests getting some great advice from one of your grown children. Yes, we know they are talented and smart, just like their Virgo parent.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - Mercury and the Sun still inhabit your sign. The Moon square your Mercury Sunday night suggests you are better off not mouthing off to Mom or other women; bite your tongue this once. Your Sun sextiles Pluto in Sag Tues. evening; visit the local power broker to resolve your problem. If sending an email to a friend early Wed.; read the message twice to make sure it cannot be misunderstood as an insult. In other words remember the smilies if teasing your friend. The Sun leaves your sign Wed. evening but Mercury remains till Nov. 4.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - The Moon trines Mars in Scorpio in the wee hours Monday; you may get a burst of energy and be up late the previous night. The Moon squares your Mars from Leo in your solar tenth house; try to avoid digging in your heels or getting into a tug of war over little things. The Sun enters Scorpio at 9:08 pm Eastern on Wed. The Sun sextiles the Moon in Virgo, your solar eleventh house of friends and groups -- so make a point of attending your club meetings and keeping up with communications, as there may be some important message or you could meet up with a helpful colleague.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - The asteroids Juno in Sag and Ceres in Leo are trining each other till early November; you may have to take a supportive role to a Leo-type with a national reputation, but you complement each other well. Venus has entered your sign and will not be making aspects to other signs or planets other than the Moon; this is actually a period to explore values and artistic expression freely without constraints put upon you by formal classes. Find a reading list online, or a learn-to-draw website, or any of the tons of resources locally.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - The Moon opposes Jupiter in your sign on Monday; emotional appeals can tempt you to overspend. Offer to match what a child has saved toward a goal rather than just buying the object outright. Creative solutions and negotiation are the order of the day on Wednesday, especially in regard to working out debts or joint finances. A Moon trining your sign on Friday brings a boost in mood and emotional support; enjoy a supper together with your significant other.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - The North Node and Chiron in your sign are at the midpoint between Jupiter and Uranus. You can be the negotiator that comes up with a surprising resolution to a legal or technical problem. Neptune in your sign is trining the asteroid Pallas in Gemini; work on technical and legal matters regarding innovations that can bridge nations and ideologies. Neptune dissolves boundaries; the air signs are intellectual and impartial; Pallas is very inventive and also quite the legal eagle. All of them working together they can cut thru the legal and technical boundaries that keep everyone on one side or the other of divides; such as Mac/PC, or Windows/Oracle/Unix/Leopard, or Word/OpenOffice/etc.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - The Moon trines Uranus in Pisces Monday afternoon; it is a great opportunity for gaining insights on situations, or for creative expression or even for a small windfall at bingo or other games. The Moon in Leo is inconjunct your Uranus on Wed. evening; this can be a creative time also especially in resolving health and work related problems. The Moon in Virgo opposes Uranus in Pisces on Saturday in the wee hours; do not go to bed mad with a spouse Friday night, and avoid spicy or otherwise indigestible foods at supper.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

What’s Happening With The Stock Market????

Amazing downturn these last few weeks on Wall Street. It goes down when the bailout bill does not pass. Then it goes down when the amended bailout does pass. Then it goes down some more for who knows what reason. From a high in the 14,000 range, it has fallen to below 9,000. What is going on astrologically?
For one thing, the period of Mercury retrograde has not helped us to deal with the mortgage crisis, the foreclosure crisis, the credit crunch, or any of the other negative news. Mercury is finally going direct this Wednesday, Oct. 15. It will be none too soon. But of course Mercury goes retrograde three times a year, so we cannot lay everything at his dainty winged feet. He’s only the messenger, after all.
I like to go back to fundamentals as laid out by Barbara Koval, especially in her book, Time & Money: The Astrology of Wealth. Let’s look first at her chart for the birth of the New York Stock Exchange: founding on May 17, 1792, New York, NY, about 10 am Eastern. Ten degrees Leo rising, with Uranus at 15 degrees Leo, and 29 degrees Aries at the Midheaven. Mars at 18 Virgo and the North Node at zero degrees Libra in the second house; Jupiter and Neptune at 22 and 27 degrees Libra in the third; Pluto at 23 degrees Aquarius in the seventh; Moon and Saturn at 19 and 26 degrees Aries in the ninth house; Venus at 5 degrees Mercury retrograde at 23 degrees and the Sun at 27 degrees Taurus in the tenth.
Drat! Wouldn’t you know that Mercury would be retrograde in the birth chart of the major stock exchange of this country? Would that account for the continual cycles of boom and bust that this country has suffered?
Koval says that transiting Pluto was square the stock market ascendant when the market dropped 500 points in 1987. Currently, Pluto is trining the stock market Midheaven -- clearly, trines are not always nicey-nicey. But look at planets and points at late degrees in the stock market chart -- the MC at 29 Aries, Saturn at 26 Aries, Sun at 27 Taurus,
Neptune at 27 Libra.
What did I say in my article about planets in late degrees about these signs?? Late Taurus points promise financial ups and downs. Uff da. Late Aries points are signs of those who gain fame and fortune by being pioneers -- and certainly, it is very possible even now to get to the top with a lot of hard work if you have a new, innovative product. Libra, what the heck is Libra doing here? Well, let’s see, Neptune here rules the eighth house of pooled resources, which describes the pooling of funds in the market thru buying stocks. It also presaged the enormous growth in the stock market when pooled mutual funds and pension money became popular vehicles for investment.
Sun, Mercury and Venus in Taurus have given it lasting influence in growing wealth and assets, and denote its connection to banking. But Mars in the second house, Moon in Aries, and an angular Pluto put an accent on debt and also on speculation rather than investment. What is disturbing with this chart is that the ruler of the tenth house is in the second -- which Koval takes to mean that the banks are in control of wealth here. Then she says: “If the banks fail, so does the system.” Uh oh.
Koval also frequently defines Uranus not as shocks to the system or upsets and so forth; she defines it as foreign funds. And Uranus moving through Pisces in this chart’s eighth house of pooled resources is pretty accurate in describing the ocean of foreign investment in our markets; it’s the major reason Wall Street has kept afloat these past several years. It does not seem like the Chinese or Europeans will pull out immediately.
Uranus will not exit the eighth house till it reaches 2 degrees 53 minutes of Aries.
Transiting Saturn is also closing in on the chart’s natal Mars at 18 Virgo in the second house. Not a good sign. Transiting Neptune is approaching natal Pluto, the wipeout planet, at 23 Aquarius. This is not a good sign either. Possibly one of the reasons that drops in the market often occur in the fall, is that the transiting Sun passes over the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction. Jupiter magnifies everything it touches, and here it magnifies the evaporation (Neptune) of money.
Contacts of transiting Sun to other transiting planets tends to bring a bit of a high to the market. Right now, the transiting planets feature Saturn in Virgo, the retrograde Mercury in Libra, Ceres also in Libra, then Mars (debt) and Venus (cash) in Scorpio (which should bring a mild uptick), and Pluto in Sag. The Sun does not contact a strong upward force till it meets up with Jupiter in Capricorn in January.
It may shock you to know that the Dow had not broken the 3,000 mark by 1990. Is a Dow at five times that level -- flirting with the 15,000 range -- even supportable? Was it ever supportable? Or was it just a Neptune dream, the Neptune that drives the market upward based on nothing but hope and faith in tomorrow?
It would be crushing if all the market growth fueled by the technological advances of the 1990s, the invention of mutual funds and index funds, the advent of cheap do-it-yourself trading services, and access to international investment markets were wiped away in one fell swoop by the presto-chango, now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t transit of Pluto -- the wipeout planet, the one who makes you a millionaire and then a pauper just so you don’t get a big head. Pluto is like the gold in the film “Treasure of Sierra Madre”. Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston and Tim Holt work like dogs to dig out the ore from the high sierras, and in the end the wind blows it all back to the mountains from which it came.
Cie la vie. Ciao, Fortune. Hello, bankruptcy.
[I really should not end on such a low note. Markets go up, markets go down, they go up again. That's how it is. Unfortunately, markets are getting more volatile due to computer programmed trades and instant transmission of trading information. But stop a minute and recall how the 500-point drop of 1987 was soon erased and the market sought new highs. Things will turn around again. But we all need to be vigilant that we buy well-run companies with no accounting funny-stuff.]

Your Milky Way Horoscope Oct. 12-18

By Milky Way Maid

Yay, Mercury finally goes direct again on Wed. afternoon in air-sign Libra. Time to get your facts straight, step back for an objective view, then proceed slowly as you verify each step of your plan.
Venus enters the sign of carefree, travelin-man Sagittarius midday Sat.
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 wee hours Monday till early Wednesday. The Moon opposes Mercury in Libra, which may draw you into a discussion, OK an argument, on Monday afternoon. Stay cool and table some items till Mercury goes direct Wed., then take a lesson from your partner Libra: get the facts together, take a deep breath, and step back for an objective view. You can get thru these challenging times, but your odds improve if you stick together and develop a plan first.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - The Moon is in Taurus from early Wed. till early Fri. You are not a happy camper this week, and Thursday may see your moods go up and down. Thurs. morn the Moon trines Jupiter -- you feel more confident and upbeat. Then that afternoon, the Moon squares Neptune in Aquarius, and you convince yourself that things are sooo totally hopeless. As usual, the truth is somewhere in-between, so it’s OK if you take some comfort in chocolate that night. (Let’s not be too hard on ourselves just because of a lil ol‘ recession!) But then pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back into your game plan.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - The Moon is in Gemini from early Fri. till Sun. morn. The Moon trines Mercury, which is finally direct in Libra, Friday evening which means not only wonderful conversation over dinner, but you might even go shopping for the great marked-down deals all over town. Saturday is a bit problematic; you might feel quite put upon by Virgo and Pisces types. But I think you slip out the door that afternoon, maybe for a matinee, maybe for a cozy rendezvous at your fave coffee shop. That evening is great for getting together with a Libran, writing in your journal/blog, or going to your book club meeting.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - No planets are traveling thru Cancer right now. The inner planets are going thru your solar fourth and fifth houses of home, family, kids, and creative outlets. Mercury finally goes direct in your solar fourth house, which I am sure will be a great relief to you. It drives you nuts when your home life and routines are messed up by Mercury retrograde. Decisions you had to make within the past 3 weeks may have to be altered, now that the true facts come to light. Oh well, you can still count on your apple pie to be a crowd-pleaser.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - No planets are transiting your sign either this month, but please don’t take it personally. People are not ignoring you, they just have tons of stuff on their minds lately. Insist the adult kids come to the house for supper once a week -- it doesn’t have to be on Sundays -- so you can catch up on their lives and hug the grandkids. If you have been working on a large creative project, you may either be nearing completion -- or see it carried away in high winds or rain. Either way, someday it’ll make a great story over an after-dinner drink in front of the fire.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - The Moon opposes Saturn in your sign Sunday morn; your partner may not feel like following your neat little routines this morning, so try not to get into a snit over it. An Arian takes a tip from you about how to organize his life a bit better on Tues.; don’t you wish everyone was as proactive? Taurus also benefits from your advice and friendship on Thursday. But Gemini is fighting you every step of the way Saturday. Hey, you’re not supposed to be working on the weekend anyway. Take off, go to the library or something.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - You are so relieved when Mercury goes direct in your sign again Wed. afternoon. You start to see things more clearly, and can find the answers to your questions. Be cautious, of course, about big items on your agenda; facts may still come to light that impact your decisions. The Moon trines your Mercury then your Sun Friday and Saturday, which improves your outlook and makes things run more smoothly. Stay cool, and resist impulsive decisions. Things are still very changeable, and you need to develop a strategy for both the ups and the downs.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Your mate is having a bad couple of days midweek, so do not stint on the hand-holding. Oppositions and inconjuncts to Venus and Mars in your sign may have you juggling and adjusting payments and other financial tasks, but at least you find a list of options to take. Thank the customer service reps for their help, and you will get more info out of them. Venus is cash and Mars is debts and loans; all these matters may rattle your cage this week, but stay cool.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - You never get down, even on challenging days like Monday when the Moon squares Pluto in Sag. Things may look pretty dire in the wee hours, but a beautiful sunrise always promises a great day. Venus enters your sign midday Saturday; you can hardly wait to get in for a delayed beauty appointment. Time to freshen your look, with anything from a trim, to a new or recut scarf, or maybe something that shows off your legs and tan. You’ll collect compliments for the next month or so.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - The Moon squares Jupiter in Capricorn early Tues.; hold your cards close to the vest till Thurs. morn when the Moon trines Jupiter. THEN you can go ahead with the meeting or interview or send in the order -- your own confidence and spirit will inspire employees (or potential business partners) so you can work toward your goals. Saturday is a day for creative energy. Spend it painting the back room or hiking your favorite campground trails.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - The Sun trines Neptune in Aquarius Tuesday; consider attending a class or seminar, publishing your collection of articles, or seeking legal advice on a nagging situation. The Sun is in your solar ninth house, which rules all of these matters. You are always “biased toward the future” as they say, so keep up with the latest info in your line of work or hobby. Google questions just for the heck of it, and I’ll bet you will be astonished at the new stuff that comes up.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - The Moon is in Pisces from the previous Friday to the wee hours Monday. The Moon conjuncts Uranus Sunday morn, meaning you could face mechanical or electrical failures or just break a dish. Be especially careful with breakable items that day. Also ignore people who upset you with petty stuff. Monday is good for cleaning out the garage and closets, etc. It’ll feel good to finally be able to find stuff again.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Your Milky Way Horoscope Oct. 5-11, 2008

By Milky Way Maid

The Sun is conjunct Mercury in Libra on Mon., Oct. 6. Generally, this boosts sales and other exchanges of goods. But Mercury is retrograde, so that may mean that a lot of merchandise is marked down. Examine items carefully for size or flaws that may make it unusable.
Moon conjunct Jupiter in Capricorn on Tuesday. The public is in an exuberant mood, at least for Capricorn. Cappy may even crack a smile today. The stock market may at least have new volume highs with these 2 aspects Mon.-Tues.
Venus in Scorpio trines Uranus in Pisces on Thursday. Water signs may be more sociable than usual, and could even meet a new love interest. It could even bring a small money windfall, if it falls in a money house.
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 feel like the events of this week happen to you personally, Aries. Please don’t take it that way. Libra isn’t lapping up the sweet nothings just to spite you; it’s because you don’t take time to say you appreciate her perfection. Capricorn bosses are not leaning on you personally; they just lean on everybody. But everyone needs people like you who are tireless workers, energetic self-starters, and enthusiastic members of any team to keep everything going. It probably won’t get you a cup of coffee, but it’s nice to know you’re needed.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - Your speculative ventures into stocks, etc. may or may not show profit this week, but you should at least be able to sell off anything while taking less of a loss than last week. Taurus tends to buy only the most solid investments, after careful consideration, and thru those funds with the best track record, so you probably are in much better shape than a LOT of folks out there. Take some comfort in that, and keep on with what you are doing.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - The Sun-Mercury conjunction in Libra falls in your solar fifth house of creativity, romance, and gambles. Possibilities are: you get some romantic messages; you work on creative handicrafts or art; you buy or sell craft supplies or stock; you go to the casino/bingo hall or buy lottery tickets. Career matters could receive an unexpected boost Thurs. Hope you are not taking college exams Fri. because you might be rather fuzzy-headed that morning.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - Your spouse could have one of his better weeks in a long time; use your great timing to ask for some favor. The other water signs are having eventful weeks so if any live in your home, be prepared for their ups and downs. Pisces children in college may call you over the weekend in tears over an exam grade. Younger kids at home may go thru the roller coaster of young romance. Have cocoa on hand.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - Your house and family seem to be on a roller coaster this week. You be their rock thru their minor travails. Your loved ones need to learn to roll with the punches, for one thing, and find their quiet center, for another. Maybe you have a few words of wisdom to share with them? You know, even a story from you own life can show that they will survive these little ‘tempests in a teapot‘.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - Your solar seventh house of spouse and partners takes some hits, meaning your S.O. would appreciate your support and maybe a surprise bunch of flowers. Last minute messages about work, etc., may blow his or her plans, so try to be flexible about family dinners or other family outings. If only Pisces would let you keep their books and other records, everything would run SOOO smoothly, but NOOO. Pisces has to do it her own messy way.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - Busy, busy Libra this week. Stuff you could not give away last month, is suddenly flying out the door. Just give customers your usual service with a smile, and they will be back again. Your solar fifth house is particularly active; this covers creative expression, fun, parties, gambles, the stock market. Maybe you can sell off stock for a better price on Mon.-Tues. Go to any parties, because you never know when you will meet someone helpful or interesting.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Venus in your sign gets several hits ( by that I mean, is active) this week. Venus is mainly values, and that includes both money values and people values. Sales should perk up, especially anything you have put on the discount table, and new people come into your life. Don’t take everything they say at face value, just sit back as you usually do and watch what they actually do.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Your solar fourth house of home and family gets some aspects this week, as does your solar eleventh of groups and friends. Attend your club meetings and go out with friends for interesting lectures and conversation. Chance remarks reveal things you never knew you had in common with each other. Your Pisces fourth house shows you might play host to a guest, possibly a foreigner. Don’t introduce your guest to your boss; I don’t think that will play out well. But by all means show him or her your private club on Thurs., or show your amazing collection Tues.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - The Moon is in Capricorn from Sun. evening till Wed. morn. See the general notes for the week about Moon conjunct Jupiter on Tues. Try not to shock everyone by making an actual joke today. This is an busy start to the week, not only with the Moon-Jupiter thing but you are also affected by the Libra conjunction in your solar tenth house of career. Be willing to dicker a bit on price no matter which side of the transaction you are on.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - The Moon is in Aquarius from Wed. morn till Friday evening. You really dig in your heels on Wed. -- This is bad if you are bickering with a spouse tho it can be very good if you are in a competition. Don’t get in any arguments with Scorpio. Communications are much better on Thurs. morning. You might feel a bit fuzzy-headed Friday morn, so I hope you do not have early meetings scheduled.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - The Moon is in Pisces from Friday evening thru the weekend. Creative handiwork is favored Sat. morn under an Moon inconjunct Mercury aspect, while clubs
and group get-togethers are better for this afternoon or evening. Next Sunday, the Moon-Uranus conjunction in Pisces trines Venus in Scorpio; you could get a great creative flash of inspiration. If applied to personal finances (Venus), you could get some insights (Uranus) into your habits regarding handling cash.

More Astronomy News about Saturn, Mars, and Solar Winds

Saturn magnetizes its moon Titan (from New Scientist)
After 31 close fly-bys of the moon, the Cassini spacecraft finally flew through Titan's upper atmosphere at a time when the moon had edged out of the influence of Saturn's magnetic field.
The encounter, which took place on 13 June 2007, showed that Titan's atmosphere actually retains a memory of the magnetic field of the plasma that surrounds Saturn. This memory might last for as long as 3 hours.
"It's surprising that it stays there that long," says team member Andrew Coates of University College London. "Over long time scales, this could really help us understand how planetary atmospheres evolve."
Titan's temporary emergence fully exposes the moon to the solar wind. But the temporary magnetization of the moon's atmosphere, which produces a draped sheath of magnetic field lines, might protect it from substantial losses.

NASA Phoenix Lander Sees Falling Snow on Mars
NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander has detected snow falling from Martian clouds. A laser instrument to gather data on how the surface and atmosphere interact, detected snow from clouds about 2.5 miles above the site where the Lander came to rest. The snow vaporized before reaching the ground, blasting hopes that we might get video of little Martian children making snowmen.

No ‘Solar Hurricanes’ Lately - Could Lack of Solar Winds Affect Us on Earth?
The Ulysses mission has discovered that the Sun has reduced its output of solar winds, bringing their level to the lowest ever since recording began. "The Sun’s 1.5 million km-per-hour solar wind inflates a protective bubble around the Solar System and can influence how things work here on Earth and even out at the boundary of our Solar System, where it meets the galaxy," said Dave McComas, Principal Investigator for the Ulysses solar wind instrument and senior Executive Director at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. "Ulysses data indicate the solar wind’s global pressure is the lowest we have seen since the beginning of the space age."