Thursday, June 26, 2008

Your Milky Way Horoscope June 29-July 5 2008

By Milky Way Maid

Wednesday’s New Moon in the Cardinal sign of Cancer should be a firecracker event just in time for the Independence Day celebrations. The Sun and Venus cluster around the Moon, symbolizing how Cancer wants to draw her loved ones near. Be careful not to smother, tho, or you can easily drive away those you most love. Careful not to overindulge in ice cream or other comfort foods because they oppose Jupiter in Capricorn; a few bites should suffice and won‘t sidetrack your diet.

I just noticed that two Yods develop this week, making for what are sure to be fated events in the news. One is formed by Juno sextile Chiron, both inconjunct Venus in Cancer, who will be joined by the Moon midweek. The other is formed by Venus sextile Vesta, both inconjunct Juno in Sagittarius. Juno is involved in both, hmm. Venus at the apex of one suggests that prices of certain commodities she rules will be forced higher, like sugar, butter, cattle. Also I think that more health reports will come out about negative health effects of GMO foods or sugar in general. The other Yod involves women, the hearth-and-home, and housewife-career women. I am going to say that more women in particular will elect to telecommute or start their own businesses from home.

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 - Arians should enjoy a bounce off the New Moon in Cancer. It energizes your Fourth and Tenth Houses (home and work) so be ready to hand out your business cards to anyone who shows an interest in your field. The one cloud I see is that you may be racking up too much debt to finance a child’s college tuition. Ask your child to work on applying for scholarship money, and to work for at least some tuition money themselves. Also check into whether you can consolidate college loans at a lower rate of 3.6% with the federal govt. See story from MarketWatch at http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/CollegeAndFamily/CutCollegeCosts/3Point6PercentStudentLoansConsolidateNow.aspx. Advisors may be had for free at the college or even at your bank.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - The asteroids Vesta and Pallas are in your sign this month. Vesta probably makes you stick close to home this month, practicing your yoga or otherwise working on spiritual development. Pallas is a take-charge kinda gal and a real mentor-teacher type. Have you been considering starting an at-home daycare service? You can add extra value if you also offer class time in arts or are certified in resuscitation or Montessori.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - The Moon is in your sign from early on the 30th till late Wed., July 2. Office ‘housekeeping’ may keep you busy Mon. morn, possibly it has something to do with a visit from an ergonomics consultant. Tues. morn however is more creative, with aspects between the Moon with Mercury to Jupiter and then squaring Uranus in the afternoon. Working with a master teacher all day can produce a greater insight and creative breakthrough. Your Mercury is also opposed to Juno in Sagittarius -- this may mean being on the receiving end of directives from your spouse or partner. He or she may have good ideas, etc. but you have to right to offer your own alternative solutions.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - Wed. is the New Moon in Cancer and then the Moon sticks around in your sign till early Fri. A New Moon provides an opportunity to set down ideals on paper that you would like to manifest in your life. Cancer New Moon generally are related to family closeness, where members look out for each other while avoiding smothering. Having a home ‘base’ is also important to Cancerians, altho if necessary they can live out of a suitcase if they can bring certain props that make them feel at home. Venus is opposite Jupiter Wed. night; avoid too much sweets before bed especially. Venus is joined by the Moon, too, so work at limiting emotional eating. Thursday is productive if you make adjustments.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - The Moon is in your sign from early Friday thru Sunday morn. The Fourth will be full of showy bunting, flashy band costumes, great talent at the local parks, and the greatest fireworks ever. Creative pursuits Sat. morn are productive, especially in acting or technical areas. Are you involved in a local theatre troupe? Working on a comedy for local radio or TV broadcast should go well altho you may have to ad lib or make other changes on the fly. It’ll be fun, tho.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - Your energies will be rather low till at least mid-July while Mars approaches conjunction with Saturn in your sign. Stick to routine, be extra careful with sharp objects, but do work out your frustrations on some kind of physical labor -- gardening seems ideal. Also engaging in creative expression if favored while Jupiter is in your fifth (solar) house of creativity, with Venus opposite (soon to be joined by the Sun) in the eleventh of friends and organizations. Maybe you get an opportunity to show your work through information passed along by a friend. Maybe a local non-profit is hosting a juried show. Put your work out there and see what happens.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - News of an organization’s collapse might hit you very hard; I am guessing that a friend is somehow affected and this is the cause of your distress. The asteroid Vesta is in your eighth house in Taurus, sextile Venus, squaring Chiron, trining Jupiter and inconjunct Juno. Venus is your ruling planet, it’s in your solar tenth house of career, so I am going to say that there is a chance you may go off to a seminar or some kind of executive retreat. Take advantage of any spa therapies available there. A neighbor or relative could take care of the house for you while you are away.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - The spouse may be off recharging his or her batteries without you. Get together with a friend to see a comedy -- the Moon is sextile Uranus the 29th, and Mercury square Uranus on the 5th suggests some wacky wordplay, and Venus trine Uranus on the 6th suggests a matinee to see a romantic comedy. Maybe your spouse will be back in time to see the last item. Your energies may be sapped by the approaching Mars-Saturn conjunction in Virgo, meaning don’t promise too many hours of volunteer time this month. Conserve your own energies first, and try to recruit some replacements for yourself.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Your energies at work may be sapped by the approaching Mars-Saturn conjunction; try to get some vacation time this month to go off and recharge your batteries. (Sun and Venus in Cancer suggests a family vacation by the beach or lake, or maybe a morning fishing trip with a young relative.) RE urgent family matters: Call a family conference if you feel it’s needed, but try not to dictate terms. We willing to accept others’ solutions on a trial basis and see which ones work best. This is a month of making adjustments to present reality for everyone.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - Things may have lightened up a bit now that Pluto backed up into Sagittarius again. The Moon trines Jupiter in your sign the morning of the 29th; have a family brunch at your house and treat them to rarely-made dishes. Mercury and the Moon are inconjunct your Jupiter Tues. morn; time to make adjustments, especially mental adjustments, to the present reality. Keep whatever tradition means the most to you and cut back on the rest; who really needs soda anyway? Make lemonade from concentrate and get some real Vit. C. Venus is opposite Jupiter Wed. late -- you’re feeling especially big-hearted towards all your children who have made you proud (PS - remember to tell them so).

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - The Moon conjunct Mercury in your solar fifth house of creativity trines Neptune in your sign. Write or journal something for your memoirs, something from your childhood. Gemini is activated now so you may get lots of messages or calls, too. Chiron in your sign is also making aspects to several other planets or asteroids -- Jupiter, Juno, Venus, Mercury, Vesta. I am going to posit that your chronic aches or ailments will see improvement if you visit practitioners; I am also guessing that your spouse will be the one to put you onto a good one.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - The Moon is trine your sign from early Wed. thru early Fri. Plus the New Moon is Wed. in your solar fifth house -- putting the accent on children and creativity for the month. Venus in your fifth solar house also opposes Jupiter Wed. night -- you’ll be in a good mood generally but not a good time to go shopping. You will blow your budget again and be too impressed by gloss and tinsel. The Moon trines Uranus Friday night -- sounds like a great time to go see a comedy. Don’t forget the popcorn…

(YES, this first week of July is posted a second time -- because the Blogspot does not automatically put weekly horoscopes in chronological order!)

Astrology of Minneapolis Bridge Collapse 2007

The 35W highway bridge over the Mississippi River near downtown Minneapolis suddenly collapsed about 6:05 pm on Wednesday, August 1, 2007. Loss of life was surprisingly light considering there were at least 50 cars on the bridge at the time. One school bus carrying children and adult chaperones from a field trip had to be evacuated when it came to rest on the edge of a length of concrete; miraculously all escaped without serious injury.

The astrological chart for this event features not one but two Yods, and also a square between Mars and Saturn. Mars is often active in accidents, and Saturn is structure, and by extension infrastructure such as bridges. Jupiter (retrograde) is square the nodes of the Moon, and trining the Sun - Part of Fortune conjunction.

Looking at an astrological chart of the collapse, it features Pluto within minutes of the 27degree, 43 minute ascendant in Sagittarius. It is the point of a Yod, an isosceles triangle with 150 degrees between planets on the long sides, and 60 degrees between planets on the short side. The other planets forming this Yod are Mars at 26 degrees Taurus in the fifth house, and Mercury at 24 degrees of Cancer in the seventh house.

Pluto is the wipeout planet, and it sure proved it Wednesday, collapsing the entire bridge in minutes. The exact placement on the ascendant gives it great force and prominence, and with Mercury in the public seventh house, it became the lead story in the news everywhere. Even the online version of Time Magazine had features on it in their Thursday edition. Mars of course is accidents, and health. It is in a tight square to Saturn (exact on Tuesday). Mars is near the dreaded fixed star Algol; although the death toll is still not final, it appears to be light. Saturn in Leo is approached by Venus in Virgo, backing toward him as if to lay a restraining hand on Saturn’s scythe.

Another ameliorating factor is the exact trine between Jupiter at 9 degrees Sagittarius to the Sun , in Leo, strong in the sign it rules, and conjunct the Part of Fortune at five degrees Leo. The Sun and the Part of Fortune straddle the cusp of the 7th to 8th Houses. Jupiter was in the 12th House, the realm of hospitals, and the local hospitals were prepared for the worst. They had operating rooms ready to receive the wounded, that never arrived -- as again, casualties and serious injuries were surprisingly light.

The other Yod involves Juno (19 degrees) at the MC in Libra, in conjunct Ceres at 17 degrees in Taurus in the 4th House on one side, and a stellium of the Moon, Pallas, and Uranus at 17 and 18 degrees Pisces in the 2nd House. I interpret Juno to refer to the new Minnesota representative to Congress, Amy Klobuchar, who quickly spoke up on the tragedy and helped obtain cleanup funds. She fits the Juno-Pallas archetype as a housewife and dedicated mom who ran for Congress; I predict this will be a challenge that helps her to grow into her new Pallas identity. The public (Moon) and engineers (Uranus) also will have a lot to say in the coming weeks. I predict that the engineers will advise changes in how bridges are rated for safety and scored for priority in rebuilding. Ceres looks after the small and weak, including children, and I see the need for psychological (Uranus) and spiritual counseling for the children, especially, who were caught on that bridge as it went down.

It may be interesting to compare and contrast briefly with a similar bridge accident. The Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee suddenly buckled at 7 am Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2000. A lone car was on the bridge at the time, with a married couple inside. The husband made a 911 call to a skeptical police department. But sure enough, there was a buckle and also a large chunk had fallen off the edge of the bridge. The freeway was closed before rush hour traffic appeared, preventing untold losses of life and property.

This Milwaukee chart has a stellium in Sagittarius on the ascendant. Ceres is at 8 degrees, Pluto at 13, Mercury at 15, the Ascendant at 17, then Chiron at 20 and the Sun at almost 22. Mars at 24 degrees Libra in the 10th House is inconjunct Saturn at 25 degrees Taurus in the 6th House. Saturn is retrograde, as is Jupiter hovering nearby at 4 degrees Gemini in the same house. Possibly the retrograde near the Algol degree in Taurus kept it from claiming any lives (? - your thoughts, anyone?) Possibly it was too far from the exact degree to take effect.

Recall that Mars and Saturn were in a tight square in the Minneapolis collapse, and here they are inconjunct. To me, the inconjunct is adjustment -- the pressures on the bridge beams were relieved by adjusting the angles and levels (buckling)…((this is greatly simplifying but you get the idea)…whereas the more direct stress of the square brought the Minneapolis bridge to complete failure.
I notice there is a Yod in this chart also, with the Part of Fortune-Moon-North Node at the point and Mercury and Uranus at the legs. I interpret that as Mercury keeping the problem relatively small, Uranus representing the engineers who figured out where the error was in the original bridge, and the North Node representing the new bridge (which was rushed to completion as a high priority project).

In the Milwaukee chart, Pluto and Mercury were inconjunct the North Node, Part of Fortune, and Moon in Cancer. Pluto is a wipeout planet, again, but Mercury makes the area affected smaller. In the end, only about a half mile was surgically demolished and rebuilt.
In these two bridge failures, we see a few features in common. They are: Yods, a tight Mars-Saturn aspect, Pluto, Mercury, and sometimes the Moon, Uranus, and Part of Fortune. It would be interesting to pull up data about other well-known bridge failures to see if they share any of these aspects.

Fourth Week of March, 2008

Your Milky Way Horoscope
By Milky Way Maid

Friday the 28th can be a day of sudden losses, with the Moon squaring Mercury -- probably nothing big, tho, just misplacing the keys and things like that. Be very careful of speculation either in the stock market because you are tempted to put too much on the table. And be careful of your words, especially when speaking to your significant other. Feel free to put plenty of sugar on your requests, and bribery with kisses always pays off.
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 - Possible home emergencies, family arguments getting out of hand, issues over mortgage debt, all these things can demand attention this week. Keep cool and talk to an advisor to get some down-to-earth advice. Discipline in several areas of your life will tame the hairy rush to meet deadlines.

Taurus - April 20-May 20 - A neighbor may cause enough aggravation to make you want to cross swords with him, but bite your tongue for now. Is it really worth it? Fences really do make good neighbors, so check out the city code on fencing rules ‘n’ regs. Staying grounded in your daily life, starting the gardening preparations for a new season, noting the signs of spring, all help you keep an even keel.

Gemini - May 21-June 20 - You know what they say about lending money to friends -- all too often you lose both the money and the friend. Take heed. Avoid any clashes in your club or group, any way you can. Hand off resolving a dispute to a spouse if he/she is OK with it. You will feel like digging in your heels on an issue, but it’s better to work off your frustration at the gym.

Cancer - June 21-July 22 - Avoid clashes at work; hand off (a file) to a coworker if he/she is OK with doing you favors. I think the coworker will know just the perfect resolution to a customer complaint. Don’t be stubborn this week, and don’t bury your frustration in a gallon of cookie dough ice cream, just get cracking at the gym or cleaning out a closet.

Leo - July 23-Aug. 22 - Lots going on this week in heavy matters like wills or insurance. Follow up on unpaid claims, get the name of the customer service rep, ask what is missing, be polite, and you can get a lot cleared up. Your health has been good, but maybe you have been overdoing some things. Revamp your lifestyle with painless sacrifices (and yes, there is such a thing) because changes are coming.

Virgo - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - Home and family and neighborhood are accented this week. Stick close to your immediate area while thinking globally. You’re growing into a bit of a taskmaster role with the kids, but don’t forget to dish out rewards, too, for accomplishing chores and goals. Keep a supply of ‘carrots’ on hand for all.

Libra - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - Meetings and messages fly at work; check your supply cabinet or ask for loaner equipment so you can get the job done. A spouse or partner comes thru in a pinch and saves something from being trashed by accident. Creative juices flow especially for painters & musicians. Take time out for a great two-hankie movie or book to feed the romantic in you.

Scorpio - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Monday and Tuesday are possibly your best days all month. Monday morning is great for creative writing or other artistic pursuits, or just babysitting the kids with an art project. After lunch (you and a friend buy each other lunch) you are still on the go, so plan to cross off lots from your ‘to do’ list. Tuesday you snag those concert tickets, even if they are pricey. You get lots done on the computer in the afternoon, and the evening is movie night for you.

Sagittarius - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Wednesday afternoon you can get lots done if you decide to be disciplined (for once!). You’re not known for self-denial but a good personal assistant or trainer will crack the whip. You shine in an evening audition for a play. Thursday has Mercury, Uranus and Jupiter all playing off each other -- work on a comedy routine, rent comedies, or just make a presentation at work.

Capricorn - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - You need to be rather cautious this Friday, and don’t mess with a winning formula now. The weekend is one of your best, though you normally prefer being at work even when the office is closed. A client has you throw out the plans and start from scratch; you don’t mind if you are charging by the hour, anyway.

Aquarius - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - Small gifts or checks come trickling in this week. A relative or neighbor suggests some creative solutions Monday; your first reaction is anger but give it some thought before saying anything. An association chairperson makes your dream home come true -- or a decorator provides just what you need.

Pisces - Feb. 18-March 19 - Mercury is conjunct Venus in your sign on Monday morning; this looks like a good time to ask for favors, and schedule personal appointments. At any rate, you’ll be burning up the phone lines this week. On the down side, your kids ask to borrow more money, till you finally blow your stack and set some guidelines.

First Week of April, 2008

Your Milky Way Horoscope
By Milky Way Maid

Early Wednesday brings more intense or colorful dreams for many. It may or may not be a meaningful dream, but if you experiment with incubating dreams, what comes may be surprisingly healing (either physically or emotionally). Go to dreams.ca for instructions on how to incubate a dream.
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 enters Aries Wednesday for a month’s stay; be prepared for more messages and replies than usual, which will carry a brisk or even abrupt tone. You never take anything personal, and it is not meant personally, anyway -- it is just the extra burst of Arian energy behind it. Still, I would think before speaking, because the energy this week puts hidden meanings behind words, whether they are intended or not.

Taurus - April 20-May 20 - A fundraiser benefit show actually turns out to be very funny; go and laugh the blues away. Career moves that benefit the larger society are favored this week; it’s truly a time to think globally etc. You might try incubating a dream that is related to career questions; go to dreams.ca and read the instruction page.

Gemini - May 21-June 20 - You could move into a more favorable position with regards to your mortgage situation; do avail yourself of the best possible advice on any proposed relief or repackaging deals. At work, a modest gift or recognition of your efforts is most welcome. A co-worker may be going on leave and provides an excuse for a farewell party.

Cancer - June 21-July 22 - The Sun squares Mars this week; you will dig in your heels to finish a job, but watch that you don’t put too much of an edge in your phone voice. Early Thursday pm is prime for getting going on a college or scholarship application; be sure to check the websites for eligibility and deadlines.

Leo - July 23-Aug. 22 - Some restructuring is going on in the workplace, bringing some temporary restrictions or inconvenience. This may mean either fewer hours or more overtime, so be prepared to be flexible. Midweek, your spouse/partner look like a million bucks to you; be grateful for his or her support and show your appreciation. You are truly lucky to have gotten together.

Virgo - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - A great time to begin a study program or major creative project because you are at the start of a long-term trend that will remake your whole creative style. Your solar houses of self and creativity receive a trine between Saturn and Pluto. Those planets are not known to be creative especially but to me they signify a transformation in medium, material, style, etc. Maybe you will recycle found materials into art, reinterpret classic themes, OR just remake yourself. But it is sure to be fascinating.

Libra - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - Friction between job and career demands could easily flare up this week; your significant other needs placating with some special time together. Use late Friday to ship some semblance of order and beauty into your workplace before you leave; it will raise your spirits when you arrive Monday am for a new week.

Scorpio - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Your health has probably begun to improve, with the Sun in your 6th House, and Mars having gone direct in Cancer; your batteries get recharged with a trip to the beach or health club swimming pool. Don’t pass up a comic play or film this week; it is sure to hit the funny bones. Look into local clubs and non-profit groups because their programs are sure to offer something of special value to your situation.

Sagittarius - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Being aboveboard in your most private relationships is key this week (if not every week). Stubbornness about having it all your way will get you nowhere. A club or fraternal organization may offer funding, or a scholarship competition for one of your children. Relax with the kids at a neighborhood flick plus a stop at the ice cream palace.

Capricorn - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - Sunday looks very pleasurable; it is likely you and yours find fun times at a comedy show or musical theatre production. Late Tuesday or Wednesday may find you drawing plans on napkins or dreaming up your next company. Tuck the paper away in a drawer, because I don’t think this will pan out to anything in the near future. But Saturday looks much better for actually pulling a project together.

Aquarius - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - On April Fools’ Day you might be sorely tempted to play a practical joke, but I suggest cancelling that thought unless the other party and you have an understanding about it. Tuesday evening offers an opportunity for healing, especially if using a non-traditional modality such as acupuncture or reflexology.

Pisces - Feb. 18-March 19 - Thursday and Friday are some of your better days this month. Thursday looks good for finding energy for tasks, and for rounding up a productive team effort. Try to discuss the future with your significant other in the relaxed atmosphere of dinner Friday, as he or she is probably going to be receptive.

Second Week of April, 2008

Your Milky Way Horoscope
By Milky Way Maid

This is a busy week astrologically, especially for Arians. Venus is inconjunct Saturn Monday, so play with a creative way to give tribute to a classic; you might also take care to feed your bones good nutrients!. Wednesday morn is great for a visit to a practitioner of the healing arts, such as acupuncture or massage therapy. Thursday morn take not to overdo, and the afternoon can find you short-tempered and hasty in speech. Remember, everyone, make your words soft and sweet, because you may have to eat them later!

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 - Most of the above applies to you, Aries. You set the tone for each day of the week so make it a positive and cooperative one. This is your month and you can accomplish a great deal if you put together a team and let each member do their part. Your spirits should improve with constructive visits to alternative health practitioners Wednesday morn and possibly also late Saturday.

Taurus - April 20-May 20 - Monday and Tuesday are very good days for you this month. Check off items from your to-do list Monday, because your energy and discipline are high. Avoid hard candy, tho, because you are prone to chipping a tooth now. Tuesday morning is terrific. You might feel out of sorts early, but checking the internet for information yields some nuggets which you can apply to your life promptly.

Gemini - May 21-June 20 - The middle of the week provides the best days of the month for Geminis. A parent or other authority figure may lay down the law or insist on a deadline, but a friend helps you get the work done. Thursday gets off to a good start with an appt. with a healing practitioner or a tai chi class, then you buddy up with a friend to break down your mountain of work into manageable ‘baby steps’. Amazing how that really works!

Cancer - June 21-July 22 - Monday evening may find you in a frenzy of baking or cooking a week’s supply of meals. The moon is in your sign from Thursday evening thru Saturday. Thursday night a heart-to-heart talk with your spouse gives you a chance to say what needs to be said. A woman boss may give a difficult assignment Friday, -- just get in gear to do it instead of stewing all day.

Leo - July 23-Aug. 22 - Follow the dream, with discipline. Finding the right training program to develop your talents may be closer than you think, so check around your area. Even if your goal is just to run a school play or perform in a local troupe, you can go a lot further than you ever hoped. Creative crafts also favored this Thursday morn.

Virgo - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - Creative partnerships with Capricorn will analyze the nitty-gritty of social structures and bonds. Such a partnership can be durable and very successful if you can stand the intensity. Venus also provides an active, driving influence now that it is in Aries.

Libra - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - Continue to experiment with film and music media because Neptune in your solar fifth house provides lots of inspiration. You may combine the Aquarian and Piscean influences by going into therapeutic fields like music therapy or art therapy. The very active Seventh House/Aries can bring a basketful of messages, good wishes, small gifts and opportunities to be in public this month.

Scorpio - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Taking on debt in order to go to college looks inevitable this year, but still keep plugging away at scholarship applications and other funding. Assistance may come from local or state-based vocational offices. Computer games take your mind off your worries while waiting for replies, and improve your reaction time, too.

Sagittarius - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Sags tend to be too blithe about financial matters, believing that better times are ahead anyway. But this is the time to take a more businesslike approach to your personal record-keeping, so enroll in a local class and learn how to go on a ‘money diet’. You’ll still have plenty of time this week for playing with the kids on Easter break.

Capricorn - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - Capricorns have always been such rocks of Gibraltar for family and community, tho now the world seems less certain and your doubts may also grow. It’s a good opportunity to learn introspection and inner balance as you follow your own moral compass through trying times. Home and family are your true solace and joy.

Aquarius - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - The North Node and Neptune in your sign pull you forward to grow into a better you, one who helps build a better society for all. You and a Pisces buddy enjoy attending local events and classes together in a mutual support network. Going on a debt diet will probably be on your agenda for the next two years.

Pisces - Feb. 18-March 19 - Your creative energies demand expression this month so to keep them happy, enroll in a local arts class or just take a camera along with your walk/run. Find projects for the kids online and join in the fun. Your spouse or ex has gotten more demanding or laid down the law on your gallivanting around, so buckle down to spring cleaning bit by bit so you can have your time off with your pals.

Third Week in April, 2008

By Milky Way Maid

The Mercury/Sun pair moves into Taurus later this week; Happy Birthday, Taurus, and I am sure that you will get more cards and phone calls than usual this year. Write out your plans for the year Friday, because you can totally rebuild your life just as if your were building a house. Your strength is in what you produce yourself. PS to all - Venus squares Mars end of the month; sexual tension or attraction builds so check who registers on your romance-meter. PPS ALERT: Wed. am. Count your change, because the gremlins can lose track of your money.

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 afternoon you enjoy a break in your routine, such as a swim after work, or taking your camera along on a walk or jog. The Sun conjunct Mercury early Wednesday makes the phone ring off the hook; remind yourself to remain professional in asking callers to hold, etc. And check your schedule before promising to meet with someone! Someone at work may give a referral to a great hairdresser.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - Mercury enters your sign on Thursday, followed by the Sun on Saturday, so call and invite friends over for a relaxing coffee. Friday is terrific for drawing up your goals for the year, or for inking a production company’s incorporation. You can rebuild your life from scratch, ‘recycling’ all you have learned from life experiences into a brand new package.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - You could receive some welcome news about financing your company or its plans for growth. Or maybe an expected layoff gets a reprieve instead. In any case, if you are in an electronics or communications field, your job outlook is better than you might think. The North Node conjunct Neptune in the 9th House can mean a very fortunate beginning to a course of study, or a breakthrough in a national forum for getting your ideas in front of the public.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - You’ve hardly known what to do with your burst of energy lately. You’re up early and can’t get to sleep at night. Working off some of that edge at the gym helps, but calmly discussing issues at the family meeting about members not holding up their end is needed. Ask for others to pitch in over Wed. supper, and insist each child learn how to make at least one dish. The kids need to learn bachelor/bachelorette survival skills, and you need some time to work on your own program.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - The 13th-14th may be your best days this month, since the Moon is in your sign. A long-distance chat Monday evening is a pleasure, especially with an Aries pal. The Sun and Mercury entering your 10th House puts your entertainment skills back in the spotlight; offer to emcee public fundraising or other local events. Helping others to shine provides an unusual thrill for you, one that I think you will enjoy enormously.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - The Moon is in your sign from early Tuesday thru the end of your workday Thursday, making you more focused and productive. Your powers of analysis are heightened about 11 am Eastern Tuesday. A somber mood may overtake you at lunch, so distract yourself with the funnies or a puzzle. The Wednesday night exercise regime can end in an injury if you push yourself too far; use caution. Better to lift small weights while watching the rented comedy.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - The Moon is in your sign from Thursday evening, which looks good for a crafts or creative writing session, thru Saturday night. Friday your Sun and Moon oppose Venus; try to resist splurging. Instead, play music, try new hairstyles or get a trim, look thru your closet for reds and oranges. Sat. am get chores done in a hurry then dash to an alternative medicine session, such as acupuncture; you are certain to see an improvement. Spend the afternoon at a park concert or in creative outlets.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Your ruler Pluto trines the Sun and Saturn; consider creating your own production company, getting into a recycling or carbon credits program, and/or developing a master plan for remaking your life. All of the above are possibilities. Pluto has also exited your 2nd House of finances and entered the 3rd House of neighbors, messages, relatives; don’t be surprised if you revisit the old hometown and see everything changed; relatives may pass away or relocate; you finally find out what data needs to be corrected (such as an erroneous credit report).

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Uranus in your 4th House of family issues has meant an estrangement from some members. Now Mars is going to trine that Uranus, meaning you could be in for legal hassles if you have been unable to leave each other alone. Stop now before it costs you more than it’s worth. The North Node conjunct Neptune in the 3rd House brings unexpected news, more likely happy news than not.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - A local troupe or school puts on a very enjoyable theatre production, which may even inspire you to donate funding or a scholarship. Your spouse needs an outlet for frustrations, so offer to pay for a club membership or install a treadmill at home. Offer the kids a chance to work off their obligations to you by cleaning the garage or attic (and those that live away from you can pick up the ‘stuff’ you’ve been storing for them all these years).

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - Monday night listen to soothing music or relax with some creative outlet. Working with the hands or even writing/journaling help you work out questions about who you really are inside. Personalize a new home, plan the flower bed, paint the kitchen. You may suffer a few aches and pains, but nothing a heating pad can’t remedy.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - Your highest influence the past few years has been Uranian energy, the force of light and enlightenment. Resisting is futile! You have an opportunity in the near future to advance in regards to freeing your mind from the societal brainwashing we all received in childhood. Read books and visit websites that challenge your assumptions about everything. A weekend getaway to a New Age seminar looks favorable, too.

Weekly Horoscope April 20-26, 2008

By Milky Way Maid

Happy birthday to all the Taureans as the Sun enters your sign this week! Taurus natives include Martha Graham, Fred Astaire, Margot Fonteyn, Helen Tamiris, Shirley MacLaine, Audrey Hepburn -- and those are just the dancers!

Saturn and Pluto having just entered the other earth signs, trining your Sun, and Jupiter is already in Virgo. The first two can be tough taskmasters, but if you have learned the major lessons of life, you should be in a position to reap the rewards of working in harmony with the Earth. Read up on the effects of biotech crops and speak out for farmers and consumers.
In other news, the planet Pluto and the asteroid Juno become an odd couple for most of the year as they travel in close company. Juno lingers at the very end of Sagittarius and Pluto just entered Capricorn in late January. This will likely force partners to re-evaluate their relationship, and evolve into something healthier. Whether actual psychotherapy or counseling is involved, is up to you. But I feel that working on the relationship issues will bring about a much richer, rewarding and more productive level by fall.

A T-square between Mars in Cancer, Venus in Aries and Jupiter in Capricorn is in place this week. You may hold on to your house in spite of the crisis, but could very well cost you much more in monthly payments. At any rate, rapid movement (and I mean like literally overnight) is likely as things comes to a head. I wish the best to all of you struggling to make the right decisions. Bartering or renting may be better options now.

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 - Arians who are trying to sell items thru the classifieds or wherever will find it hard to arrive at satisfactory selling prices. This is not a good week for the market generally, especially Wed. pm, because the Venus in Aries is squaring the Mars in Cancer -- Venus looks for value and Mars looks for distressed prices (so as to profit on resale). Also the cost may be much higher (Jupiter in Capricorn) than the sticker price after the credit card fees are added on. Tuesday evening favors alternative healthcare; a visit to an acupuncturist or other therapist brings an improvement. The Moon trines your Venus Thurs. afternoon; thoughts stray to loved ones so invite them over for dinner.

TAURUS
- April 20-May 20 - Watch the sunrise Sunday or attend a mineral show. The Sun in your sign trines Saturn Monday morn; coming in early will be more productive than usual and you’ll get the jump on the morning mail. Tues. night may be hard to get to sleep; try to tuck in earlier. Wed. afternoon your messages can be garbled. Proofread your outgoing memos, etc. for clarity and unintended offense.

GEMINI
- May 21-June 20 - Geminis are not know for being Mother Earth types, but with Ceres in your sign this spring, I bet you are considering planting a vegetable garden. If you have little time or space for planting, look into buying a share of the produce of a local farm. They return a big dividend for your investment. The Moon enters Sag Wed. pm thru Thurs. night -- fire and air sign moons are more favorable for you personally, altho you adapt well to most circumstances.

CANCER
- June 21-July 22 - A Monday session with a health practitioner brings welcome relief, especially if seeing a chiropractor or acupuncturist. The sexual tension is in the air midday Wed. - try not to let it affect your rational decision-making because someone’s charm could cost you a chunk of money. Also this aspect can bring some movement in your mortgage or other debt relief efforts.

LEO
- July 23-Aug. 22 - You are looking forward to the first Spring/Summer without nasty ol’ Saturn in your Sun sign since July 2005. Your hard work starts to pay off, and you can finally get some weekends for fun. Tues-Thurs brings an upwelling of emotions to fuel a creative project, with the Moon in your solar 5th House of creativity. Bring out the easel or camera and make sure your supplies are ready to go.

VIRGO
- Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - A mentor or muse may have shown up already inre your creative sector. The Juno-Pluto duo entering your solar 5th House of creativity can mean a strong woman instructor who guides you into a whole new phase of your art. It will probably be none too gentle, because it involves tearing down everything you have ever done before and reaching deeper into your psyche for themes and motifs. On another level, it can bring deeper commitment in romantic relationships, and even the addition of children.

LIBRA
- Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - Sales at a big trade show may be disappointing due to consumer concerns about personal debt or credit card interest rates. Offer 90-day free financing or other creative work-arounds. The North Node and Neptune in your solar 5th House means that experimenting with creative arts like film, music, painting can grow into a major focus of your life. Even allied health fields like water therapy or sound therapy could come to your attention.

SCORPIO
- Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - The Full Moon just when it enters Scorpio on Sunday morn has a serious yet prayerful tone. Maybe an a.m. chant to the sunrise with a prayer for a healthful and bounteous crop would be appropriate. Another option is attending a gem and mineral show to pick up a ‘lucky’ stone for the pocket. Monday evening be careful of injuries so do those warm-ups before the jog. A late movie is inspiring, and even figures in an interesting dream.

SAGITTARIUS
- Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Tues.-Thurs. has niggling irritations, with people resisting your charms, having other plans, or not answering your messages. But you like challenges anyway, and getting in to see the right person is one of them. Be your best innovative self. Check bulk email for misdirected messages and reschedule broken appointments.

CAPRICORN
- Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - You get a lot done on Friday and in any weekend business conferences. Friday am your powers of analysis are sharp and you will discern where cost cutting can be painless. (Also checking your own accounts can turn up any errors.) The evening looks good for a special dinner with family, maybe with you cooking. Have you been planning your organic garden yet?

AQUARIUS
- Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - Aquarians are generally open to newer ways of looking at old subjects, right? Now with Chiron in your Sun sign, where it has been since 2005 and will be till May 2010, your interest in alternative health has been continually pushed and nudged along. Venus sextiling and Mars inconjunct could mean you actually begin a course of study in a local college.

PISCES
- Feb. 18-March 19 - Uranus in your sign trines Mars in Cancer Tuesday. Your self-confidence is high, and you are willing to try new things and grow thru self-discovery. In other words, try thinking outside the box. You continue to grow out of old societal restrictions. Yet do not take for granted that things you really depend on will always be there -- Everything made up of matter is therefore subject to the laws of matter, which means they all decay, break down, rust, or get torn apart by storms.

Your Milky Way Horoscope - April 27-May 3, 2008

By Milky Way Maid

The main news this week is that Venus enters Taurus Wednesday and quickly forms a trine to Pluto in Capricorn and Saturn in Virgo. Earth sign types will be favored during this brief alignment Thursday (and while it is waxing), so roll out your website, blog about your book, and generally promote anything that you yourself have produced.

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 enters your sign about dawn Friday and provides an extra fuel boost thru dawn Sunday. A Friday a.m. work project will need revision to get the boss’s OK. It looks like a pattern of revisions till you get approval will hold up thru Saturday, too. We know you could have been done with the job already, but that is just how it goes sometimes. Burn off some energy with an early Sunday run.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - Don’t make any decisions Tues. am.; your thinking is fuzzy or someone is not telling the whole truth. Tues. night you can write clear, forceful letters or just make an entry in your journal. Venus enters your sign Wednesday morning, making it a good day for haircuts or other makeovers. You might also receive gifts or other breaks. Thursday is a bit of a power day with Venus (with Sun and Moon nearby) trining Pluto and Saturn. Show what you can produce -- get the website up, or start a company.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - - Mercury, your ruler and friend, enters your sign on Friday. While you are seldom at a loss for words, you might find that your words and thoughts come even more easily in May. Neptune in Aquarius has been trining your planets giving a more spiritual or inspirational flavor to your communications.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - - Mars is entering the latter degrees of your sign; if it forms exact aspects to natal planets, this could bring wish fulfillment in the area of property but ask lots of questions about debt. Cancerians with natal planets in the 28th or 29th degree tend to accumulate quite a bit of property during their lifetimes, with the planet lending it character to the nature of Cancer’s personal empire.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - Spring is not really your season, but you sure appreciate seeing the sun more now, and going outside to feel Old Sol warm your winter-chilled bones. Leos follow the sun, like a cat moving to stay in the sun’s beams while napping. I suspect this is why Leos love the spotlight; the man-made Sun shines on them all thru their performance. Venus entering your tenth house of career is a harbinger of good fortune; keep an eye peeled for auditions and interviews.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - Mercury entering your tenth house of career Friday puts an extra oomph into all your business communications, and I include your website in that category. Edit and polish; offer all your 2007 columns in a book; sign up for e-newsletters or a subscriber service for your website. What you produce has value, so incorporate yourself if you have to, to get value for your work.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - Neptune has a long-term transit in your fifth house of creativity, children and love matters. Your children may be quite artistic, but you, too, could learn to tap into your own creative well if enrolled in art classes. Painting, photography, poetry and music are all media ruled by Neptune. And even if you are in an art profession already, pushing your own limits or trying a new medium will allow you to maintain your enthusiasm for your career.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - A significant other may suddenly appear on the horizon now that Venus enters your opposite sign Taurus. This transit may also bring some small rewards or perks that bring notices from people in a position to help you. Pluto and Jupiter transiting your third house of communications, relatives and neighbors will make themselves felt. Your own personal expression will be transformed in a long process of personal evolution, possibly with the benefit of a mentor or teacher.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Things go more pleasantly at work than they have in quite a while, with the benefit of a Venus transit. Enjoy this month-long respite while you can. Uranus in your fourth house Pisces can be upsetting to the homelife; electrical appliances can be quirky, family members may be estranged, etc. Install good surge protectors if you have not already done so. As for family relationships, look hard into the mirror to see if you have been the cause of any hurt.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - Pluto recently entered your Sun sign, and Jupiter has been lending its protective rays since late 2007. Pluto is generational issues, including evolution. Your own personal evolution is going to take place with or without permission -- Pluto does not knock politely and ask! But he is patient if you are willing to become a better person. Hope I am not scaring you, but goll, Pluto can be such a pain in the buttski at times.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - The Moon in your sign from Sunday night thru Tuesday puts you in a mood for cerebral matters. Good discussions on social issues are likely Monday, but don’t expect that stubborn friend to agree on everything. Tuesday is a bit problematic where your feelings are concerned; you may not be seeing things accurately so use a friend as a sounding board. Make adjustments in your handling of a workplace issue accordingly.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - The Moon is in your sign from early Wednesday till dawn Friday. Powerful friends give you an assist Wed. altho you may still run into a brick wall from others. The evening is great for a neighborhood event. Your feelings could get jangled Thurs. afternoon even tho an event may not affect you directly -- do those breathing exercises and you’re fine. Thurs. night your energies are high so enjoy swimming some laps or getting things done.

Your Milky Way Horoscope May 4-10, 2008

By Milky Way Maid

So much is going on this week - tons of messages, many of which are quite emotional - many people have gotten happy surprises and I don’t mean just the stimulus checks - and while Venus and Mercury are not close to making a deal they are at least talking at the local coffee shop. Heavy-duty events are in the offing, too, with Saturn and Pluto trining each other in Earth signs; banking and other large corporations will be exacting more fees and laying out more gotchas for the hapless uninformed consumer, and they will do everything they can to keep the news out of the media.

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 - Early Arians have felt really pressured lately with Pluto having entered Capricorn and Saturn into Virgo. Saturn in your solar house of work, and Pluto at the Midheaven sound like a real taskmaster is dictating your job situation. On the other hand, you are called upon to make a creative contribution more than ever before. You can at least breathe a sigh of relief that you are seeing the last of Mars in your Fourth House of the home; perhaps you will get mortgage help.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - - The New Moon in your sign Monday (after the Moon enters Taurus Sunday morn) gives you a real boost. Sunday the Moon trines the other earth sign planets Pluto and Saturn. If you are kicking off a big project, it should do well short term, but the longer progressions will be very challenging. Make sure you have the best advisors and a Plan B to fall back on. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - The Moon enters your sign early Tuesday, about 7 am Eastern, and lingers till dawn Thursday. Tuesday morn you are in an analytical state of mind, able to dig for details and throw out the irrelevant. You will probably be unusually quiet, at least until supper hour when you and your family share your day. Wednesday afternoon is good for alternative healthcare such as acupuncture. Wind down with some low-impact yoga. Seek a creative outlet that evening such as painting, photography or music.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - The Moon, your ruler, is in your sign from dawn Thursday thru dawn Saturday. Thursday is a bit somber; maybe your work is related to expressing a legacy from your mother; a tribute piece, perhaps. The Jupiter station in Capricorn Friday morn is a boon for partnerships and social organizations. Try not to overdo if celebrating, but a night on the town can be very memorable. Mars is in the last degrees of your sign, meaning you could be tempted to really acquire you own little real estate empire - just be sure it is not a white elephant.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - The Moon-Mercury conjunction Tuesday in your house of friends and groups should bring a bundle of activity in in any clubs you belong to. Of course you like to run the show yourself, like the natural impresario you are. Plus Sun-Venus in your house of career matters should put you in the spotlight, right where you love to be. The only caution is a long-term one inre your health -- hope you have learned the moderation lesson.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - Going back to school? Delving into religious or philosophical questions? Publishing your own book? Any of these areas is on your mind now, and possibly a partnership or trio is involved in any related project like publishing your book. Writing, editing and public appearances are filling your agenda this week, especially Tuesday.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - Another meaning of the Jupiter-Uranus sextile (from the fourth to the sixth house) is that working from your home office, or telecommuting, are very auspicious for you. You will enjoy having an extra measure of freedom and you sure appreciate avoiding the commute. Libras are a cardinal sign (along with Cancer, Capricorn and Aries) which means you do not dither around when it comes to getting what you want.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Your significant other or business partner is more than willing to swap favors with you this month. Money luck is related to communications and creative projects; do you have a book about ready to submit? Then get the right manuscript software and whip it into shape. Possibly you are also re-enrolling in a local college; seek out professors for tips and referrals on editing help.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Pluto entering your second house of resources will radically revamp your economic picture over the long term. Seek advice on where to park your money safely. Sag’s biggest problem is that they don’t buy just one of something; when they see a great deal on sweaters, for example, they buy one in every color. That kind of excess will have to become a fond memory, but you can always splurge on office supplies like pens(?).

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - You swore to reinvent yourself and now you are taking a self-inventory to decide what to keep and what to build on. Probably you’ve decided the flab around your waist has to go, as well as the mental flab. Challenge yourself with a new mind-stretching game, and a stretching routine before and after work. Your brain cells will tingle with fresh energy. In other news, your speaking engagements are popular, witty, and fun.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - An aspect from Venus to transiting Neptune in your sign has been activating your creative energies; take your camera along on outings, or enroll in a painting or music course. Next week the Sun will square that Neptune, which could make for some dumb decisions. Consult with certified advisors now and rely on their best advice. The long-term semi-sextile between Neptune and Uranus has brought a wealth of small pleasures like boon companions and electronic toys to play with.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - Early Pisceans will have the phone ringing off the hook this week; lots of messages coming and going so budget email time and send acknowledgements of receipt. Saturn opposing has brought unusual discipline to you. Middle Pisceans should have a great time with relatives or neighbors at local events or the park. You might even organize a block party to help everyone get to know each other better.

Your Milky Way Horoscope May 11-17, 2008

By Milky Way Maid

Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 11th! What kind of day will it shape up to be? You might want to reschedule if your family is prone to sibling rivalry; I say that because the Sun and Venus in Taurus are approaching a square to the Moon in Leo. The kids could get a bit rowdy trying to impress Mom with how much they spent on gifts or whatever. Each one wants to go back to that blissful moment in time when they were Mom’s or Dad’s little prince and princess -- el Numero Uno. Alas a baby sibling came along and knocked him/her off the tiny throne. So Mom, watch your words very carefully today lest you add fuel to the eternal sibling rivalry. Maybe you’d best schedule one-on-one time using restaurant gift certificates later in the month?

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 asteroids Pallas and Vesta are in your sign this month, lending you an increased level of leadership and competency in your field. Have you been asked to lead a workshop or give a lecture? Step into bigger shoes and challenge yourself. Pallas is trining Juno, which suggests that a spouse (or daughter) is your key partner in your consulting business, and Vesta is sextiling Mercury, which suggests that speaking or writing engagements are what you most need and enjoy.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - Sunday p.m. has a happy aspect to Uranus, so be sure to catch that comedy or other TV show. Midday Monday is quite pleasant, even lucky, so accept any favor with thanks (and that might include being treated to lunch). Wednesday late a.m. or midday has a bad aspect to Neptune, so count your change or better yet, brown-bag your lunch; step outside for some air to clear your thoughts. If scheduling a brunch date with one of the kids, the following Sunday, the 18th, has a lovely Venus-Jupiter trine, that promises a wonderful event.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - The Moon squares your Mercury Tuesday evening, giving a power behind your verbal and written communications? Stop and check before you send hasty emails to see if they sound irritated or brusque. But it’s good for letters to the editor. The Moon trining your natal Sun Thur-Fri lends heartfelt emotion to a late Mother’s Day get-together. Sunday the 18th spend time before bed journaling or doing some creative writing.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - You’re less irritated and frazzled now that Mars has exited your sign. Try to enjoy a relaxing Mother’s Day and take a vacation from waiting on everyone. Tues.-Wed. are good for group meetings with local women’s clubs or charitable organizations - your executive abilities are always appreciated there. Speaking of executive abilities, your career can get busier with leadership conferences and consulting assignments.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - - The Moon entered your sign the morning of the 10th and will linger there till mid-afternoon Monday. A Moon in Leo on Mother’s Day leads to everyone jockeying to be the favorite, the apple of Mom’s eye. You might be the worst example of that, so try to be generous to your siblings as well as to Mom. How about a relaxed brunch with the kids coming over to your (Mom’s) house Sunday? Monday morn you might wake from a very interesting dream -- maybe something about digging up buried treasure.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - The Moon is in your sign from about midday Monday thru evening Wednesday. The Moon-Saturn conjunction trines Pluto then; sounds like a time for serious work, introspection, psychoanalysis, drawing up wills, or even just an intense getaway for you and your spouse. Your Moon trines beneficent Jupiter Wed. a.m., when you will feel more generous and confident. It then trines the Sun in Taurus midday for a harmonious working or non-working luncheon.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - The Moon is in your sign from late Wednesday thru min-morn Saturday. Try to analyze a power struggle in view of your own suppressed emotions and memories. Doing so could defuse an explosion, and in effect rewrite the past. On the other hand, suppressing feelings not only leads to a blowup, but irrational acts that jeopardize everything you value. On the work front, early Friday am is great for writing projects, editing, messages, even stock trades. That afternoon favors alternative health visits. Friday evening is great for entertaining, due to a Jupiter aspect, as long as you set a budget for it.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Monday morning at work the Neptune gremlins can slip some errors past everyone; have someone checking one more time before anything gets shipped out. Wednesday morn’s Moon opposition to Uranus could upset you if you let it -- but try to see the funny side; I am sure you will convert it into one of your funnier stories (it has something to do with the kids). Saturday morning the Moon enters your sign -- you could all wrapped up in a mystery novel, or in researching for a report. Make lunch with your spouse a romantic event at home. An evening rush to get things done could end up depleting you; try just setting a timer for fifteen minutes and take a whack at the worst of the chores.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Go ahead and have all the kids together on Mother’s Day -- if you like herding cats, it should be a memorable date. Otherwise, I suggest you divide and conquer. Go out with the teacher son on Tuesday, and the career daughter on the following Sunday for brunch. On the other hand, chaos never really bothers a real Sagittarian. But to be honest, more communication goes on this week with your significant other, with Mercury and Ceres in your seventh house; nurture each other, plant some ‘caring seeds’ and watch them grow.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - Your Mother’s Day is more like the ideal -- the Sun and Venus in your Fifth House of children bring lots of warm wishes and appreciation for all you’ve done. Try not to snipe at the spouse, tho, because he might be a bit jealous and feeling ignored. An opportunity period at work helps everyone get lots done midweek, especially Wednesday early morning. Watch for a Neptune aspect, tho, so make sure everyone is on the same page before starting a push period.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - Lots of caring and nurturing from the kids this Mother’s Day, so accept the lovingly prepared breakfast even if the toast is a tiny bit burned or the milk spilled. Calls and travel are the order of the day. The medium-range forecast is to beware of overdoing anything; moderation is a very good lesson in everything and helps you achieve balance. Meanwhile, Chiron, Neptune and the North Node are all in your sign now, bringing a special focus on wellness for your self-preservation.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - Your health is on an upswing with Mars having entered Leo. Enjoy doing cat exercises, stretching like a cat does to regain your feline flexibility. The asteroids Pallas Athena and Vesta in your second house says to me that consulting with a financial advisor, or even your banker, could bring some sound ideas for managing your investments. Take advantage of any free lectures or forums.

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.

Your Milky Way Horoscope - May 25-31, 2008

By Milky Way Maid

The Moon is in Aquarius thru the holiday weekend -- bringing an airy quality. No smothering allowed at family get-togethers, but it would be classy if you at least made an appearance. I am really going out on a limb here, but I predict the weather will even cooperate with dry (well, mostly dry) conditions. The weather can be changeable tho, so take sun screen and a jacket. The only threat is that of fire from the Mars in Leo Sunday afternoon, so be super conscientious about charcoal embers, and set grills/roasters well away from your home.

The other thing is that Mercury goes retrograde at 11:48 am Eastern time on Memorial Day --Make sure you have enough gas in the tank, check your plans because there will be misunderstandings over whether I was supposed to come to your place or you were going to come to mine, get the MapQuest directions before setting out, and inquire about roadwork or street closings. Try not to drop the cell phone in the pool or barbecue pit, and always have a Plan B in case equipment fails. In other words, it’ll just be another normal day…
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 - Probably you will have more fun spending the holiday with friends this year, due to the Moon in Aquarius (governing your solar house of friends and groups). I don’t see you traveling very far; probably just kicking around your own neighborhood or locality, and I am guessing a lady friend has something to do with that because you want her along. Possibly you’ve been volunteered to help with someone’s home improvement project, but hey, they’re providing the food and beer so you’re OK with that. But we’re appointing you safety officer to see us safely thru the Moon-Mars opposition Sunday afternoon. The Moon is in Aries midday Thurs. thru Sat. afternoon. Friday the 30th will be really productive with all your Sun-Venus-Mars energies activated so channel that into high-energy activities.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - The Moon will be at your Midheaven on the holiday weekend, leading me to suspect you might use the time to clear some paperwork. Oh, Taurus, don’t you have any imagination? I’ll let you spend no more than half a day on that stuff, then you are under orders to get out and play. Actually Wed. evening is looking best for enjoyment, with the Pisces Moon trining Jupiter in your 5th House -- going to a comedy film or even a night at the local bingo hall should be just the thing. Your funny bone will be activated and ready for tickling. The Moon enters your sign Sat. afternoon - but it’s a serious even somber aspect.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - Man, you will be all over the map this weekend. Venus enters your sign Sat. the 24th, joining the Sun and Mercury, and trining the Aquarius Moon in sequence from Sat. night thru Monday. I think you will need twice as much space as your appt. book gives you, because I expect you have been asked to drop by on several parties or cookouts, plus there are three sales and then you wanted to catch a flick, too. Whew. You’ve cloned yourself, haven’t you? Anyway, Mercury is making a station and then going retrograde Monday morn, so if you do go shopping, save those receipts in case the item just doesn’t meet your needs. And remember to check the rear view mirror every time.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - Try not to feel too distressed if not all family members want to be at your side all weekend. This is a very airy, Aquarius Moon holiday, and the kids may check in with you (for an hour) and then take off on their own. Try not to take it personal. The watery Pisces Moon midweek is much more your style, so ask the kids to stop by for supper and family game night on Wednesday. Things might pick up at work on Friday, at least with small orders.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - Mars is in your Sun sign Leo, and the holiday weekend Moon clicks off transits to it. Mars in Leo means you advance by showing leadership and leading thru your enthusiasm; it also means you lose support if you try to dominate others (authoritarianism) or by hogging the stage. So bear all that in mind when coaxing friends or family to come to your traditional Memorial Day cookout. Don’t order the kids to come over, ask them to stop in and feel free to bring a friend. Ask friends if they’d like to bring their guitar or karaoke, or practice their magic skills on the younger set. You’re still in charge, still keeping the 3-ring circus going, but delegating is a wonderful and under-rated skill.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - Saturn’s current transit in your sign probably doesn’t make you the most popular party guest in the world; however, it does mean that you are very disciplined now about getting all the holiday weekend’s chores done and still allowing yourself time off for ‘good behavior’. I suspect your major tasks will be focused on getting the veggie garden plot up and running for another productive growing season. Monday midday has a challenging Venus-Saturn square; possibly you’ll spend too much at the garden center (or other shopping) if you don’t stick to your list. Possibly you will also feel that career matters are crimping your true style, or that you are unappreciated in general. Give yourself the appreciation, by small pampering touches like the bubble bath, skin creams, or healthy menus. Moon in Taurus trines your Saturn Sat. night, a great opportunity for the traditional ‘Saturday night special’ bubble bath soak and pedicure. And try using affirmations to stay positive.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - The Moon trines your Sun from Aquarius, your solar 5th house, thru the holiday weekend. Sounds like a great weekend to get away for a little romantic get-together, possibly at a resort or lodge. Aquarius rules vineyards, too, so a drive thru wine country also sounds like a great way to relax. The transiting Sun and Venus are also trining your Sun or Ascendant from the 9th house, suggesting a longer trip or flight -- or maybe your significant other is fascinating foreigner.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - - This can’t be the lazy weekend you were hoping for, not with Mars in Leo and Moon-Chiron-Neptune all in Aquarius, forming a T-square for Scorpios. However, it WILL help you dig in to finish a task till it is done. You may be exhausted (Neptune) later, but the to-do list will be noticeably shorter and your head held a bit higher. The transiting Moon conjunct Uranus, sextiling Jupiter, on Wed. night looks great for relaxing with a comedy flick. It’ll be one to recommend to all your friends. The Moon enters your opposite sign Taurus on Sat. which puts the accent on dealing with your wonderful significant other; show your appreciation; don’t be stingy on kisses.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Your spouse may feel a bit neglected among the bustle of the holiday frenzy, so take a second to ask if he/she would like a beverage refill, etc. You yourself are pulled in many different directions this week, with everyone wanting a chunk of your time. You might have to make everyone take a number so you get to everyone in turn! But your weekend will go fast -- heck, your life is often a blur anyway. I don’t see you sitting by the pool or imitating a rock this week.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - Venus inconjunct Pluto early Sunday means that relationships need to be allowed to change, grow, and evolve along with us. This probably applies most to relationships with children, because their growth and increased independence are obvious. But it also applies to parents, siblings, and spouses. We just automatically assume that those individuals remain essentially the same as when we first knew them, when the truth is that they have grown and evolved, sometimes radically, beneath the surface. The holiday weekend throws us all back together, so take the opportunity to get re-acquainted with all of them. It can be fun!

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - The Memorial Day weekend has kicked off with the Moon in Aquarius late Saturday, which leads me to think you will not be spending the holiday alone. Aquarians will be seeking out group events and activities, whether with family or clubs or fellow veterans. You might even volunteer yourself for veterans’ observances or to help man cemeteries or fun runs. Your Moon trines Venus in Gemini late Sat., then the Sun on Sun. morn -- making it definitely the day for spending time with the kids on a trek or cookout. Just be careful of fire safety (or arguments) about 5 pm Eastern, because that is when the Moon opposes Mars in Leo. Once the opposition passes, things should be fine; maybe you’d even consider a twilight cookout or pool party? Monday keep the cell phone handy because lots of messages will be flying to and from the kids.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - The Moon enters Pisces on Tues. morn, which does not really suggest employees buckling down to tackle the piled up work, does it? It suggests people standing around the water cooler sharing stories about their weekend. That’s OK, to a degree, but try to keep it brief. The pm hours feature Moon squares to Venus and the Sun; there may be friction with those close to you, generally involving your attempts to smother them. Your Moon sextiles Jupiter Wed., giving you a confident and generous sense of well-being -- just don’t go shopping!

Your Milky Way Horoscope June 8-14, 2008

By Milky Way Maid

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 - There are no major transits this week to Aries, so you will probably be able to accomplish a lot of work without much interference or blockage. Your solar third and fifth houses will be very active (as they probably were last week) with several planets in Gemini and Mars in Leo. Possibly a pile of messages and emails will fly thru your phone, possibly some of them will be related to your children or any creative or theatrical projects. The only snag may be from the Moon opposing your sign on Wed.-Fri. Your partner or spouse may be extra emotional on those days so just take it with a grain of salt, and offer to pitch in with chores.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - Set your agenda for the week and cross off lots from your to-do list. Lots of messages relating to second-house issues this week (money, possessions) so be sure to keep up with emails. Sunday night thru Tuesday the Moon is in your fifth house, putting the accent on creative expression and/or children. You might enjoy helping at a school or daycare center, or hosting an overnighter for one of your own children. Check out parentcenter.baby center.com for ideas on hosting the best sleepover ever.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - The Sun is conjunct Venus in flirtatious Gemini very early Mon., so Geminis are sure to be very popular at Sun. get-togethers, or at the company cafeteria at work. On Wednesday this pair will be trine Chiron in Aquarius; some astrologers feel Chiron rules the marriage relationship -- if so, you may meet the person you eventually marry. The Moon squares Mercury, Sun and Venus in Gemini Tues. morn, giving you some headaches but also some opportunities to hash out differences with women in your life. Take time to listen, and offer some constructive compromise. Fri. morn you may be moony eyed in love; better knuckle down to work before the boss notices.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - You are squeezed between your loved ones and your money supply -- it seems like some people have mistaken you for a cash machine. Tell them no unless they want to earn some spending money by doing chores. You and the kids could both profit from visiting mint.com, a newish website for helping manage personal finances. Maybe your little darlings will even start their own summer business instead of coming to you for funds. Friday or Saturday you can relax with movie night; Neptune aspects look favorably on finding something you’ll enjoy. BTW have you checked your local library for their current collection? Lots of them have updated to DVDs and have many great classic and new titles.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - Mars in your sign can make you dig in your heels and lay down the law. Count ten before doing so and ask yourself if you are blowing your stack over something trivial. If it’s the kids that are getting you angry, have a conference with your spouse over how to best handle the matter. It might be time to update the ‘house rules’ now that the kids are older, and to keep up with your current situation. There’s lots of parenting resources online like pediatrics.about.com, iVillage, family education.com, parents.com, etc. There’s no reason to struggle with conflicts for years when help is out there. Sometimes the answers are so simple.

VIRGO- Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - The Moon enters Virgo late Sun. and stays thru the wee hours Wed. You are probably in a serious mood Mon. a.m. regarding money issues but also you might be thinking more seriously about a special someone. Tues. a.m. the messages may fly back and forth as you two try to hash out your differences. Jupiter is in a helpful trine so you might try to schedule a lunch or brunch together. The Moon opposes Uranus at 3:42 pm Eastern so don’t ruin it by shooting off your mouth, or it could be splitsville.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - The Moon enters your sign early Wed. and stays thru Fri. afternoon. Be willing to make adjustments, even give things away, if that is what is required to stay in balance with yourself. It is not that you give in to keep the peace -- it is that you express your generosity and be willing to part with things that have no importance. The Libra Moon trines Mercury and sextiles Mars on Thurs. -- you can get lots done today re communications, writing, physically moving, exercise like running, and generally showing leadership. Thursday’s an excellent evening for a private supper with your special someone, too.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - - The Moon enters Scorpio just before 5 pm Fri., and stays thru early Mon. A Scorpio Father’s Day brings a recognition of Dad as not only the family anchor, but as a vital force in your life. There are some aspects showing friction that day; but give Dad the benefit of the doubt, as I am sure he did the best he knew how to raise you. You can still teach him a few tricks now that you’re grown, like how to hug or how to say those magic words, “I love you.”

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Pluto re-enters your sign Friday evening, after exiting the end of January. Just when you thought you were out from under, you still have to take care of some loose ends. Pluto will stay in your sign until late November. Pluto is mass movements, evolution, DNA, birth and death and transformation. All the heavy stuff that you generally don’t like to think about except in the abstract. But you still have to take a ‘final exam’ you might say inre applying all those fine ethical and philosophic principles in your own life. Geez, and you don’t even get a crib sheet to help you out.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - The Moon trines Jupiter in your sign Tues. morn. It could lead you to untypical excess, altho that’s hard to believe. It could also mean that women in your life prove to be a great boon, either doing you favors or introducing you to key people. And it could just put you in a great mood, in a kind of ‘enlightened despot’ way. I mean that in the sense that you really do want the people around you to do well, and you often are a great mentor to those you have singled out as having potential.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - Sunday the 8th -- your movie plans just don’t work out, or you just don’t like the film. But playing with the kids looks much more fun, or having grandkids over. The Moon and Venus trine Neptune in your sign Fri. a.m., with the Sun following suit late Sat.-- You feel particularly affectionate toward the women in your life, to the point where you may not see them very realistically. But that’s OK, because thinking of them in a most positive way every day causes them to feel the same toward you; try it and see if something amazing doesn’t happen.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - A whole lot of Gemini energy this week can wreck your schedule. Sun, Venus and Mercury square your sign from the twins corner of the zodiac, plus they get an energy boost from Mars in Leo inconjunct your sign. Sort thru the messages and emails this week carefully for those important alerts, and keep track of deadlines. Probably home rather than the workplace is the focus of these messages. Also I am going to say keep an eye on family members for possible health issues this week -- Mars in Leo could trigger an old problem’s relapse. Be flexible, but that’s easy for Pisces to do.

Your Milky Way Horoscope June 15-21, 2008

By Milky Way Maid

This is quite an interesting week as far as working with asteroids in astrology goes. Chiron is conjunct the North Node at 21 degrees Aquarius (plus it will sextile Juno), Venus moves into Cancer where it joins Ceres (conjunct on the 22nd), Vesta in Aries sextiles the North Node-Neptune and makes a Grand Trine with Mars in Leo and Moon-Pluto-Juno in Sagittarius. I feel that Venus-Ceres in Cancer will prompt people to not only grow some of their own food, but also put up some produce for the winter, especially sweet things (Venus) like jams. You can find a recipe for easy freezer strawberry jam here at http://minnieapolis.newsvine.com/_news/2008/06/07/1552025-easy-freezer-strawberry-jam-for-newbies?r=643198883&threadId=282409&cmt=1962063#c1962063.
The Fire sign trine will probably prompt some to take the plunge to explore new worlds for themselves -- this can include anything from a hiking trip (preferably with a guide) to contributing to the Mars lander project. Mars in Leo is a very brave placement, so you could step outside your comfort zone (WAY outside) and even have to face down a wild animal or a crowd.
Juno was conjunct Pluto in May, but now it helps form the Grand Trine, plus the Moon is in Sag from June 16-18. This is a very emotionally deep, heavy placement, when Sags have to reach down deep into their samurai core and challenge themselves. This may mean they have to allow themselves to be transformed, and change their way of thinking, if they are to survive. Juno may signify a mentor or advisor who helps you achieve the breakthrough.

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 may feel the urge to go on a personal Quest (with a capital Q), either alone or as a guide for others who are on a Quest. Those who are not in this field as a business may merely want to go camping and get away from it all for awhile. Security is another possible interpretation -- so maybe you will provide security for a group traveling the globe. I see you working with a woman tour group director; give her all due respect because she is a stronger person than you might think.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - The Nodes are at the top and bottom of your chart as they transit thru Leo and Aquarius. Career options can open up for you in alternative health, possibly in massage which is a very Taurean career. Experiment with music as an adjunct to treatment for yourself and others. Mars conjunct the South Node may mean your health is at a low ebb; conserve your energy and force yourself to rest. Low-impact yoga, with soothing flutes and mellow strings in the background, looks like a good option now to help restore your energy.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - The Sun in late degrees of Gemini favor writing and other messages. Try to finish up that book or post those blog notes now. Mercury, your ruling planet, will go direct on Thurs. morn -- but hold off decisions on choosing an agent or publisher till better info comes in after the 28th. Your Sun sextiles Vesta in Aries; if making travel plans, consider that traveling with a tour group offers greater security than traveling solo. Find out how experienced the travel guide or operator is; this can make a big difference. Look up reviews on Trip Advisor or other travel sites for the consumer. You might also consider a vacation at a spa or other health resort for a very positive experience.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - Happy birthday to Cancer natives! Not only does the Sun enter your sign (Friday) but Venus, too, (on Wed. morn) bringing all kinds of soft, sweet things like compliments or a visit to the beauty salon. Venus is also joining Ceres in your sign, where it is very at home. You might feel the sudden urge to hit the kitchen after picking strawberries (at their peak now) and put up some jams. (See link at http://minnieapolis.newsvine.com/_news/2008/06/07/1552025-easy-freezer-strawberry-jam-for-newbies?r=643198883&threadId=282409&cmt=1962063#c1962063.) Duties may fall on your shoulders if the boss takes off on his summer vacation; you are a capable executive and administrator, and you project a positive, encouraging influence on your workers this month.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - Mars in Leo receives trines from Vesta in Aries and Juno-Pluto-Moon stellium June 16-18 -- PLUS there is a Full Moon in Sagittarius on Wednesday! Mars here is a very brave placement, and I think it’s very possible you will find out how brave you are. Maybe you just step outside your comfort zone, maybe you go hiking and have to face down a rattler or puma, or maybe you just have to brave the crowds at a big sale! Be prepared for anything. At any rate, you will emerge stronger and with a great story to tell by the fireside.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - The Moon moves into Capricorn, trining your sign, from late Wed. thru early Sat. You won’t feel much like giving-receiving affection early eve on Wed. (please do accept it with good grace as it was probably very hard to approach you and say those magic words). Later that night is good for getting down to dirty jobs. Thursday you’re out of sorts -- Mercury goes direct but is still confused by emotional messages. Friday morn you’re in a great mood tho, as the Moon conjuncts Jupiter -- just avoid shopping or you might blow the budget.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - Mercury goes direct in your solar ninth house this week -- Perhaps you have had promises from a publisher fall thru, or run into printing snags over the past month. Now things will start to get back on track tho patience may be needed. Mercury is still confused till the 28th; this is called the Mercury Storm. Go into wait-and-see mode while you gather data and seek a respected advisor.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - The Moon is in your sign over the weekend till early Monday. You’ll enjoy being the family’s anchor on Father’s Day, receiving your just desserts. Some real desserts (Venus trine) would not be a bad idea, either, in your humble opinion. Scorpios like to challenge themselves, and believe me, being a dad is a challenge every day. Give every thanks to dad this Sunday and every day. We are so fortunate in this generation to have the increased longevity to benefit from our parents both materially and spiritually.
With the Nodes conjunct Marts and Neptune and squaring your sign, I think your energy will be low this month so take care to conserve and ration. Doing some laps in the pool sounds like a good idea, but this is not the time to try to set any records.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Pluto lingers at the very end of your sign, with Pluto possibly signaling the beginning or end of a career for religious or spiritual leaders, athletes, actors, lucky gamblers. The Moon is there also this week (Full Moon on Wed.), so look who’s in the public eye or on the front pages of the paper. Juno, the strong woman or partner-spouse, was conjunct that Pluto in May, but now she retrogrades into the Grand Trine with other fire sign visitors Mars and Vesta. Your partnership may enter a new phase, as you chart a new course or even switch places. The Sun opposing Pluto on Friday makes me say that, which I take to mean that Sag steps away from the spotlight and yields to the partner.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - The Moon enters your sign late Wed. and stays thru late Fri. This week you start a new diet or other discipline, probably no sugar or corn syrup, with only occasional home-made jams so you know what you’re eating. You may mis-speak on Thurs. and have to clarify later. You’re in a great Jupiter conjunct Moon mood on Fri. morn; could it be that you’re anticipating the good news that afternoon?
Happy Summer Solstice Friday! The Dragon Project found that the quartz megaliths such as those found in stone circles, emit an ultrasonic sound when sunlight hits them at sunrise on the Solstice or Equinox. Maybe you can plan to be near some large rocks at sunrise this year.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - The Moon enters your sign Sat. morn -- where it is inconjunct the Sun, Saturn, then Venus. Inconjunctions favor creative pursuits, so this one suggests working on a family scrapbook, taking the old photos and putting them in a beautiful new volume. It also suggests carving and other artistic crafts that last a long time. Is there a piece of art that has been handed down over the years? It might be worthwhile to get it appraised and see if it has anything more than sentimental value.
The North Node, Chiron and Neptune are clustered together in your sign, too. Have you been experimenting with alternative health or sound therapy? Even listening to a Bach fugue has been known to be therapeutic, you know. Follow your inclination in these areas because I am sure they will help you.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - Sun and Venus moving into your solar fifth house suggest you will get busy putting up jams and other sweet items. It is strawberry season, you know. And trekking with the whole family out to a pick-your-own farm is great fun and easy exercise. Pallas in Taurus in your solar third house suggests that contacts are key this week -- call up people to touch base and you might be surprised what you learn. These contacts can be people from school, the old neighborhood, relatives. The Moon-Pluto-Juno in your solar tenth house means that a very demanding boss is not going to let you off easy, but you will gain increasing competence.