Friday, September 26, 2008

The Pet Issue -- What Kinds of Pets Do Different Signs Like?

Each of the Sun Signs has definite preferences for different kinds of pets. Of course, we realize that dogs and cats are enormously popular and appeal to many signs. But the different signs tend to choose different breeds of dog or cat -- or something much more exotic like reptiles or ocelots or ferrets.
In general, we must admit that men tend to pick larger dogs than women. Women like small pets that they can easily lift and snuggle with on their laps. The fire signs like active pets, the air signs are more likely to own birds, earth signs prefer sedate pets, and water signs -- all the water signs seem different, so I will speak of them separately.
The earth signs (Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn) are more likely to be in the dog training business. They may even be in the breeding business. The fire signs are more likely to be involved in the sporting breeds, either in training, breeding or judging.
Aries and Capricorn like pets who will run with them on their daily jogs. Anything in the hunting and sporting breeds, or a Doberman, will do. This includes the retrievers, setters, the vizla and weimaraner, or elkhound/wolfhound. And if the human is a marathoner, get the vizla or weimaraner; those breeds are tireless. Happy-looking animals are more important than looks to an Aries, so pick the beagle or smiling golden. One Aries man owned a nice Staffordshire terrier who accompanied him on his evening walks. An Aries woman was nuts about cats, but I think they were her substitute children.
Taurus like pets that like to be petted and snuggled with. Rabbits and cats are good. Dogs with luxuriant coats that take lots of loving brushing will sometimes suit them too -- like collies or Golden Retrievers. They also appreciate the working breeds. One Taurus woman bought a rabbit just because they have soft coats and are generally easy to care for. She said she would never get a pug, not with those rough coats they have. One major benefit of owning a dog is that it forces sedentary Taurus to get out and walk them.
Gemini like small things in general, and they are delighted with miniatures of anything. The toy breeds suit them, like Chihuahuas, Maltese, Min-Pin, and miniature daschund. Other types of pets popular with Gemini are turtles, ferrets, and birds like parakeets. A Gemini friend had a small menagerie of ferret, lizard, and fish.
Cancer likes substitute babies after their own have grown up and left the nest. These pets have big eyes and rounded, babyish faces and heads, like many breeds of cats (especially Persians), pugs, Boston terriers, bulldogs, griffons, and Pomeranians. Toy breeds suit them, as they are easy to pick up and hold in one’s arm. Poodles and bichon frise are also popular with them, as their coats have to be fussed with and this helps build the owner-pet bond.
Leo would like anything that looks royal. Even an ordinary tabby is fine if it has a sovereign air about it. Sometimes I think they enjoy being snubbed by a princess-y cat. But generally animals in a fiery shade of red are more likely to be chosen by Leo than an animal in any other color. Irish setters are ideal. The exotic chow also qualifies. And if they could figure out how to get hold of some peacocks to strut around their home, they would do it.
Virgo likes pets that clean themselves, like rabbits and cats, or that tolerate a lot of handling during washing and drying -- like poodles, chows, or other heavy-coated breeds. Or that are fun to wash like ferrets. They appreciate smart pets and enjoy training them to do tricks. A Jack Russell terrier or parrot would be a good project for them. Sometimes allergies are a problem so they need to choose a pet that produces little dander. In that case, retired greyhounds and Basenjis may be ideal.
Libra pets must be perfect physically. No torn ears or scarred skin, and nothing that would bar the animal from competing in a show. Libra has a problem with imperfections in general, altho in some cases having an imperfect pet helps them learn to accept defects in other people. So this means in general that a dog must have pedigree papers. It should have a pleasing, happy appearance and a docile, obedient personality. Spaniels suit them.
Scorpio is the most likely to have an exotic pet, especially reptiles. Lizards and snakes fascinate them when they shed old skins. The like animals that have exotic stripes or spots, or come from foreign countries. And they are drawn to breeds that are unique in some way, like the tailless Manx cat or the non-barking Basenji. They too, take in others’ pets when their owner has to move or cannot afford to feed it anymore. They also tend to like protective breeds for defense of home and person: pit bulls, Dobermans, and rottweilers.
Sagittarius is also likely to have an exotic pet -- these are people who buy big cats, ocelots, wolf-dog hybrids, or even domestic cats with spotted coats. Often Sags are very interested in American Indian culture and so they have mustang or Appaloosa horses. Dogs are active breeds who can run along as their owners ride, or accompany them on full days of hunting. (Variation: the dog that likes to tag along on car rides, as a passenger. Like the plumber who took his springer spaniel along on jobs.) One Sag boy had a pet raccoon; they like adopting wild animals altho that practice is frowned upon now.
Capricorn -- I dealt with Capricorn at the same time as Aries. However, Cappys also appreciate the working breeds. They may be involved in training them for careers in anything from the military to service for a disabled person. They like to give their own dog a job of some kind, too, even if it is only to carry some water while on a hike.
Aquarius admires many breeds of dogs and many pets. However, they often choose based on how much care they need. They will return a pet that turns out to have chronic health problems. They like self-cleaning pets, and that means rabbits, cats and gerbils. They are biased toward other humans, and so they will willingly offer a spare room to a friend but less likely to take in a stray animal. (Those get taken to the pound.) The exception is the more humanoid pets like monkeys.
Pisces is known for taking in strays, so anything that shows up at their door or is given them by friends who have to give up their pet, winds up with them. They are very forgiving of physical defects like ragged ears or missing toes. They figure it all adds to their raffish charm. They like to feed wild animals and birds, putting out bread and leftovers. They may be involved in animal breeding; one Pisces co-worker used to breed daschunds.

Your Milky Way Horoscope Sept. 28-Oct. 4

By Milky Way Maid
Happy New Moon to Libra this Monday, Sept. 29 at 6 degrees Libra about 4:12 am Eastern time. Write out some goals and affirmations for yourself before going to work (you might even wake up before your alarm goes off). These goals should have something to do with establishing good relationships based on harmony, mutual respect, and equality. Things like: I enjoy giving and receiving. I easily find the right words to create mutual respect, supportiveness, love and a desire for fair play. I enjoy working with a partner.
These affirmations can be helped or hurt by Mars’ entrance into Scorpio Friday night. Mars is always frustrated in Libra, afraid to say anything about hurts till they pile up and ignite a blowup. But Mars in Scorpio is OK with being assertive and making his needs known. Discuss setting ground rules for groups, forums, and meetings that you regularly attend. Ask your partner about having regular meetings to discuss shared plans and keeping up with developing issues in a non-confrontational way.
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 - Mars moves out of the solar seventh house where it no doubt caused friction and argument, into the solar eighth house of wills, estates, insurance and joint accounts। Be very cautious about taking on debt right now, and go thru any contracts with a fine-toothed comb to catch suspicious charges. Double-billing happens not only in health insurance. A ditzy friend may cost you money or time; you might decide to say goodbye to that person.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - Choose some classics for your entertainment options; a revival of a play, a classical music concert, or just borrowing some literature from the library that you’ve been meaning to re-read। Your Sun, plus Saturn in Virgo and Jupiter in Capricorn favor producing something with your own talents, something that might become a classic of its own. Mars enters your solar seventh house in Scorpio, so make a point of pouring a spoonful of sugar instead of oil on a fire. Try the New Moon affirmations mentioned in the general notes.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - Your solar fifth house is very active this month, with the Sun, Moon, and Venus all there Sunday thru Tuesday। You’d probably enjoy a smorgasbord of entertainment and/or parties with assorted friends, although you have your own creative talents, too. I do wish that you could spend a fraction of your time developing your own talents; Geminis are often great mimics and natural comedians and performers. A film school or arts major looks promising, too.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - Venus and Mars in your solar fifth house could mean a houseful of children, or the “children” could be your own creative projects। Certainly an art project could become a consuming passion for several weeks, possibly something in fiery colors plus black. Saturn in the solar third house trining Jupiter in the solar seventh house suggests that someone you know thru a spouse could provide a boon -- maybe a referral or introduction to someone who opens doors for you.

LEO - July 23-Aug। 22 - Your solar third house is very active with the Sun, Moon, Mercury and Mars all there Monday thru Wednesday. Relatives and neighbors and local issues are the focus during that time, and while not everything gets ironed out, at least discussions should bear fruit this fall. A spouse or partner may prove unreliable; that dreamer may be OK in a coffee shop lecture but maybe you cannot take anymore broken promises.

VIRGO - Aug। 23-Sept. 22 - Your creative pursuits may be nearing completion of a major work phase. The things you produce yourself could have lasting and broad appeal, so get it out there. Your second house is also very busy, with the Sun, Moon, Mercury and Mars all there Sunday-Wednesday. Take advantage of this period to seek funding for a premiere, or scratch money to print some programs, and get a gallery showing. Even look into grant money for free presentations of music or plays for disadvantaged segments of society.

LIBRA - Sept। 23-Oct. 22 - The Moon is in Libra from Sunday afternoon till the end of the day Tuesday. You get a New Moon in your sign early Monday -- see above for notes on that. On Monday afternoon, the Moon squares Jupiter in your solar fourth house; you dream of expanding the house but try to be realistic. Very early Tuesday is a great time to indulge in creative projects like painting or unusual media. Tuesday is tricky because the Moon conjuncts both Mercury and Mars, which tends to promote argument. Find words to express your needs without laying blame on another person, otherwise you could say goodbye to someone who would like to stick around.

SCORPIO - Oct। 23-Nov. 21 - The Moon is in Scorpio from late Tuesday till late morning Friday. Mars, the traditional ruler of Scorpio, enters its own sign late Friday. Its last aspect before changing signs was a sextile to Pluto, Scorpio’s modern ruler. Hmm. This could be very energizing to Scorpio natives, altho they will probably need some outlet for physical energies such as sports. BTW Mars meets Venus already in Scorpio, where she is primping and spraying on some exotic perfume and sliding into her little black dress. Boy will Mars fall for her like a load of bricks. Alas they do not make an actual conjunction but her perfume lingers behind.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov। 22-Dec. 21 - The Moon is in Sag from late morning Friday till next Sunday evening. Saturday morning’s Moon sextile Sun in solar-eleventh-house-Libra favors a meeting with friends or a club. That evening may be spent in chores or other drudgery (Moon square Saturn), but hey, they gotta be done. The wee hours Sunday may hold a bit of surprise at home, hope it is happy. That evening you realize that even good things come to an end sometime.

CAPRICORN - Dec। 22-Jan. 19 - Career demands may stressful Monday afternoon (Moon square Jupiter in Capricorn), especially from women staffers or the public. You try to appear generous, and probably you are, but let them think over your offer for a while. Probably by late evening Wed. they will decide your offer is pretty swell. Wed. eve also favors group or club meetings, altho they might draw up over-ambitious plans.

AQUARIUS - Jan। 20-Feb. 17 - Mars enters your solar tenth house of career; this can lead to disputes and rivalries but a good way to transmute that energy is to have some kind of contest. If you are in management, offer points or rewards for a Sept.-Oct. with the fewest errors, most production, and cleanest desk. Next week the Sun will trine the North Node in your sign, so have your eyes open to new opportunities for personal and professional growth.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - The focus in Sept.-Oct. has been in the solar eighth house of wills, estates, pooled resources like the joint bank account or insurance pools. That will shift into the solar ninth house of law, publishing, and higher education. You have been full of surprises (Uranus in Pisces) for some time now, and that is often an endearing trait in a friend. But employers and business contacts do not appreciate it. Try to marshal a plan together, and find a workable schedule to meet your obligations. Others need to know what they can depend on you for.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Saturn magnetizes its moon Titan

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

Coming Soon: Mini Course in Asteroids

Hi, I am working on a mini course on the asteroids Juno, Vesta, Pallas Athena, and Ceres, plus notes on Chiron. Rather than release it as a printed book, I decided early on to make it available to more people online as an electronic product. While I am still mulling over whether to convert it to an ebook or a PDF document when completed, the finished product will be made available here for your perusal for a modest fee. Payment will be quick and easy -- and secure -- using the ever-popular PayPal.
Thanks and keep checking this space for an announcement.
Yours, Milky Way Maid

Your Milky Way Horoscope Sept. 21-27, 2008

By Milky Way Maid
Happy Birthday to Librans!!!
Mars trines Neptune Sunday evening -- ideal for a night on the town dancing. This is especially true for the air signs Libra and Aquarius. BTW Libra produced a fair number of famous dancers: Ben Vereen, Fayard Nicholas (of the spectacular Nicholas brothers), Arthur Duncan, Juliet Prowse, Michael Smuin. And one of the most beautiful Libras, Rita Hayworth, played the Muse of Dance herself, Terpsichore, in a film. Aquarius has produced a smaller but select company of dancers, too -- Ruth St. Denis, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines.

Mercury goes retrograde in Libra early Wednesday for a three-week vacation. Librans with natal planets at 22 and 7 degrees of the sign will feel the effects more than others. Mercury retrograde can cause a lot of missed or garbled messages, transit delays, and assorted errors. However, I have found that it can also be very useful for catching up on routine, finding out things that have been hidden or not mentioned, and revisiting old favorite books or movies.
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 in Leo trines your sign from very early Wed. till Friday morn. Meetings with your child’s teachers or entertainment may occupy your time. Perhaps you volunteer to chaperone a school field trip, (even tho refereeing their little feuds n fights might make it less than enjoyable). But frankly, with Mercury retrograde, plans may have to be revised and your presence might be appreciated to help guide the kids on the detour. Oh, and that Mercury retro may affect your partner-spouse more than yourself; help him or her cope with changes in schedule.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - Mercury goes retrograde in your solar sixth house Libra, and the Sun also enters that sign। Health issues may send you back for another xray to find out what is really going on. It may not be anything serious enough for surgery, so don’t panic at this warning -- I am just saying that anything you have been ignoring, could suddenly scream for attention. Venus enters your opposite sign, which I interpret as: personal appearances you make find an appreciative audience.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - Mercury goes retrograde in your solar fifth house Libra, plus the Sun enters Libra. Children, creative expression, and recreation plans could all need revising. Kids’ teachers may ask you to permit special help for your child, a play performance may get canceled, your book editor asks for huge revisions. Just roll with it, because these little things are nothing to get upset about. And besides, you love surprises and winging it and serendipity.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - The Moon is in Cancer from Sunday evening till early morning Wednesday. Monday may be a bit of a challenge with Moon in Cancer and the Sun making a square as it enters Libra in the late morning. Judging from a solar chart, home and family matters may distract you from your usual agenda for the day. You finally get to the bottom of the problem on Tuesday -- I am guessing it will have something to do with credit/debt and your child’s school.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - The Moon is in Leo from the wee hours Wednesday till Friday morning. Thursday looks like you will spend much of the day working out objections from spouse or partner, and designing creative solutions to resolve those differences. This may play out on a personal level, or on a professional level for those with careers in legal arbitration or counseling. On Friday, the Moon makes favorable angles to both Mars and Pluto, suggesting this would be a good date for elective surgery. Hope it is nothing too serious, and get well soon, dear Leo.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - The Moon is in Virgo from Friday morning till Sunday afternoon (the 28th). Some very positive aspects from the Moon to Venus and Jupiter in the wee hours Sat. mean maybe you should write down any great ideas that blast into your brain then. It is also possible that your Friday night party/date lingers well into the next day, with enormously loving vibes that you hate to let go of. Your nerves may get jangled Sat. evening, whether from a rude person or whatever -- just shake it off and calm yourself with a cuppa tea.

LIBRA - Sept। 23-Oct. 22 - Sorry to break it to you, Libra, but Mercury goes retrograde in your sign early Wednesday for a three-week vacation. Librans with natal planets at 22 and 7 degrees of the sign will feel the effects more than others. See general notes above for more on Mercury retrograde. Mercury conjunct Mars on Tues. morning is favorable for finding deals on the bargain tables at stores or even in the stock market.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Venus enters Scorpio Tues. evening. With the Moon entering fashionable Leo on Wed., that may be a good time to schedule a beauty makeover or a salon appointment. It is always useful to update your look so you present a professional appearance, and it is not too early to think about what kind of dressy variation to use for holiday parties, etc. Scorpio also wears the little black dress better than just about anybody, so pull yours out of storage.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Creative urges surge under a Moon aspect early Wed.; maybe you can get up early to work on a writing project or your sketchbook. The Moon in Leo trines Pluto in your sign early Friday; cleaning out drawers or the garage will be productive. You could also find success in research or investigational projects under this aspect. Personally, I would rather clean out a closet, but that’s just me. Sun and retrograde Mercury affect Libra, your solar eleventh house of friends and groups. Meetings may have to be rescheduled or speakers cancel; maybe you will have to speak instead on your fascinating travels, complete with photos or video.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - The Sun enters Libra plus Mercury goes retrograde in that sign, your solar tenth house of career. You might not welcome being in the public eye for any of Mercury’s mis-statements or gaffes, so stick to your prepared notes. Ask trusted persons for their wise counsel, and have accounting check the numbers again. Sales may be disappointing; have incentives ready for sales staff and consumers alike.

AQUARIUS - Jan। 20-Feb. 17 - College classes and legal matters may run into snafus under the Mercury retrograde period in Libra. Accept any delay in court dates, and listen attentively to your publisher’s suggestions on editing your book project. All of the above will work to your advantage, so don’t waste energy fighting it. Venus enters Scorpio in your solar tenth house of career; you feel more appreciated by management or stockholders, and you could even land a contract with a personal sales call.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - Estate and other life and death issues run into snafus with the Mercury retrograde in Libra in your solar eighth house. Double-check that the interest rate is correct on your loan papers. You could also find out the answer to certain mysteries about ancestors in your research into the family tree, like when then came to the United States or why they left one state or job for another. Venus in Scorpio in your solar ninth house could bring a college tuition grant or scholarship, or a favorable decision in a court matter.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Your Milky Way Horoscope Sept. 14-20

By Milky Way Maid
Mercury conjuncts Venus Sunday -- good day for buyers and sellers to arrive at a satisfactory price. So set up your rummage table or close your eBay deals. Venus trines Neptune on Wednesday morning; Don’t buy anything without looking closely at it under good window light, because you could miss obvious flaws. The same goes for Mercury trine Neptune on Friday evening.
Readers can follow not only their Sun sign horoscope but also the sign of their Ascendant for further clues to how your week will develop।

ARIES - March 20-April 19 - The Moon is in Aries from late afternoon Monday thru early evening Wed। Your ruling planet Mars trines Chiron Sunday morning -- you may find it helpful to do physical exercises that also clear chi channels in the body; this includes tai chi, yoga stretches, or any of the martial arts, too. You may feel a little out of sorts while your ruling planet is in a Venus-ruled sign, Libra. But this is an opportunity to balance the male and female energies, the active/aggressive instincts against the protective and nurturing instincts, and the tendency to go solo vs. getting a team together.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - The Moon is in Taurus from early evening Wed। till Friday evening. The Moon trines Jupiter and Saturn to make a Grand Trine in earth signs -- this is terrific for producing something solid as a result of your efforts. This can be starting a manufacturing business, making movies or any other product, or just craftwork. The Moon sextiles Uranus and makes an inconjunct aspect to Mercury Friday morn. Your emailed request to reschedule an appt. or adjust a bill should be met with an OK.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - The Moon is in Gemini from Friday evening till Sunday night। Your ruling sign Mercury makes a trine to Neptune very late Friday. This could create some confusion over details but there is an opportunity to hatch a great idea for a story or make a pleasurable movie night (with long discussions afterward). Saturday may be quite difficult with a T-square of Moon-Pallas in Gemini, Pluto in Sag, and Sun-Saturn in Virgo -- You will be forced yet again into adapting to changing circumstances. But don’t worry, you always bounce right back with every new reshuffling of Fate’s deck of cards.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - The clubs you belong to may ask for a bit of your time Wed। night or Thursday, but because you are a great executive-type who gets a lot done, I expect you and the club will benefit a great deal from your volunteered time. The Libra stellium falls in your solar fourth house of home and family. You may host one or more parties, which may revolve around a visitor from another country or maybe your child’s college buddies. Make clear what the house rules are regarding breakage beforehand.

LEO - July 23-Aug। 22 - You might play ‘Dr. Mom’ this week as the asteroid Ceres makes an inconjunct aspect to Jupiter in Capricorn, your solar sixth house of health (and work and pets). There are few moms as dedicated to looking out for their youngsters like a kind, tolerant Leo mom -- so your kids are likely to be up and around in no time. Also on the positive side, you get some welcome news about additions to the family tree from relatives or friends, and attend some baby showers.

VIRGO - Aug। 23-Sept. 22 - Sales may pick up and you can earn more brokerage or other commissions. The square from the Libra stellium in your solar second house to Jupiter in your solar fifth house makes me think that stocks could be involved. Meanwhile the asteroid Pallas is approaching the middle of your career house in Gemini -- your growing sense of confidence, assurance and authority in your field of business will draw more customers to you. Best to you, Virgo; it couldn’t happen to a nicer person.

LIBRA - Sept। 23-Oct. 22 - Generally your social calendar is never dull, but with Mercury, Venus AND Mars all together in Libra, you must be quite the social butterfly nowadays. The stellium trines Neptune in the solar fifth house, adding a layer of glamour to outings to plays, and mystery to romantic interludes. On the other hand you could fall in love with love, and get taken advantage of by some con artist -- so stick to people that your friends have introduced you to, and check out the credentials of strangers. PS- YOUR artistic efforts can lead to works of wonderful merit.

SCORPIO - Oct। 23-Nov. 21 - Going to one of Libra’s parties this week could be your undoing! Well, not really your undoing but maybe a nasty hangover, so maybe you should just show up for a half hour to be polite then go somewhere quieter. Your financial advisors are giving you conflicting advice that you will have to reconcile yourself. Unlike some people, you see nothing frivolous or demeaning in being a community organizer, so get out there and make your contribution of time and talent.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov। 22-Dec. 21 - You and your spouse or partner have very different approaches to life. One may be a real homebody, and the other may flit from one international conference to another . But I think you have joint interests that far outweigh the effects of short-term separations, so do what you have to do to keep communications open. Saturn afflicts your solar second house of money, meaning you may have to put in some extra hours to break even.

CAPRICORN - Dec। 22-Jan. 19 - Chiron is conjunct the North Node in your sign lately -- if you have not already looked into health alternatives, then by all means do so. You could benefit a great deal from anything from chiropractic to tai chi to therapeutic massage. Try to avoid sabotaging your budget this week, as I see that you could mistake fool’s gold for the real thing. Get an expert opinion of an opportunity before taking any plunge.

AQUARIUS - Jan। 20-Feb. 17 - Personally I would pass up any long distance trip because I think that you are not getting clear info about something. Maybe they did not mention that they are under a storm alert, or there is no golf course on the premises but you can take a taxi ride to facilities an hour away. Get a refund while you can. Actually your home is best for you right now; it is a refuge from the hustle and noise of the streets.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - Spend some time in that special nook of your community that you love to visit to restore your sanity. Maybe the weather is still summery in your area, and a picnic would work for you. A teacher appears when the student is ready; you may have two different teachers with different advice for you, but try to find the nugget of wisdom from both.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Your Milky Way Horoscope Sept. 7-13

By Milky Way Maid

Sunday starts the week with not only Jupiter going direct but also squaring Mars. Looks like there will be a lot of people sorely tempted to take a risk, calculated or otherwise, on the week’s lotteries (or yesterday’s Big Lotto, Powerball etc.). This temptation will especially affect those with planets in the cardinal signs -- Aries, Libra where Mars is transiting, Capricorn where Jupiter is transiting, and Cancer (the nation’s sun sign). Natives of those signs will feel like digging in their heels to hang on in athletic competitions -- or try to turn friendly and workplace rivalries into races. Try to remember, people, cooperation allows everyone to win.

Venus is conjunct Mars on Thursday morning at 15 degrees Libra. On a personal level this is very energetic and sexy for couples to get together on a hot date. In the sales area, buyers are looking for distressed sellers so they can pick up whatever for a song and resell it later. Meanwhile, sellers could well take a loss; you may be better off just waiting. Other buyers may have to put their purchases on credit or take out loans. BTW Mercury is also conjunct Mars at midday Monday -- this is another opportunity for buyers to snap up distressed sale merchandise. There may also be more foreclosures or turnover of foreclosed properties. Mars is also the broker, the tax man and the assorted fees that reduce one’s net gain by selling.

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

ARIES - March 20-April 19 - You are not directly involved in the Moon-Jupiter in Capricorn square to Mars-Venus in Libra -- but you sure feel the tension in the air. Your workplace and your spouse/partner may be directly affected, leaving you to try to carry on like normal. Arian salespersons may be quite busy taking orders from customers hurrying to buy before prices go back up -- and Arian stockbrokers may be processing sell orders from those taking profits. Either way you will be run ragged early in the week and likely to wish for Saturday to hurry.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - The Moon-Jupiter conjunction trines your sign from your solar ninth house in Capricorn. A breakthrough of sorts may develop at college, or in a legal or publishing venture -- especially with Venus-Mars-Mercury in Libra squaring that Jupiter. Projects related to health and labor issues may get a green light from publishers, or articles you authored may get some “link love”. Legal matters get resolved altho it may cost you in legal fees and fines.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - The Capricorn Moon-Jupiter conjunction occurs in your solar eighth house, favoring resolution of generational issues. Couples who have been trying to conceive may finally expect an addition to their family. Those who are not ready to start a family should probably find good protection.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - Your home is always a welcoming place, but this week makes it an especially romantic love nest for you and your partner. The kids may introduce you to their prospective fiancees or have a special friend sleep over -- if your children are minors, make sure the house rules are clear. Additions to the extended family are likely. Also, the thought of having to shoulder wedding expenses may put a great deal of stress on you and your spouse. Probably you will be working harder and longer to save up for the big event but try to take care of yourself.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - You may get romantically involved with a neighbor or friend-of-a-friend or a co-worker’s relative. This will certainly make your life interesting, at least for the short term. This aspect’s energy can be difficult to sustain unless there are other, stronger bonds discovered and developed. In other matters, your energy is appreciated in organizing and manning a block rummage or other local event. You may emcee a fundraising auction or help publicize a community dinner or performance.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - Business-persons of the Virgo persuasion should be very, very busy this week handling transactions in sales of all kinds. With luck, your personal business will realize a profit for you, but I cannot guarantee that. Jupiter conjuncts the Moon in your solar fifth house -- an addition to the family is one possibility. Another is finding an outlet for your creative expression of any and every kind, from playing music, writing, and painting to performance. Ideas bubble up faster than you can finish a project.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - It may seem that everyone is in love with you, but that is normal, isn’t it? With Venus, Mars and Mercury in your sign squaring the Moon-Jupiter conjunction in the solar fourth house of home and family, you may get news of an addition to the extended family -- or just splurge on freshening up the home d├ęcor. Another possibility is that a house you have been trying to sell finally finds a buyer - I am sure that will be a relief to you.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Jupiter conjuncts the Moon in Capricorn in your solar third house. A full inbox of orders to process and emails to send out. You collect your cut from fees and commissions as a broker, realtor, banker, insurer, etc. You are otherwise unconnected to all the hoopla and dashing about this week. You have, however, gained a more mature and realistic set of hopes and dreams for your future. Relax with your new electronic toys or comedy shows.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - The Moon is in your sign from Sunday thru Monday afternoon. It will feel harder than usual to crawl out of bed early for your morning run -- oh well, you can do some baby lifts while in front of the TV. There might be some problems with internet or other electronic gadgets that evening; if so, take the opportunity for a movie or art/music session. Monday favors research and detective work.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - The Moon is in Capricorn from Monday afternoon till the wee hours of Thursday. You profit from high prices early in the week. Moon and Jupiter in Capricorn square Mars, Venus and Mercury. Hmm, buyers may be forced to pay higher prices plus higher taxes or other fees that reduce their proceeds. People may be buying because they expect prices to go still higher. You will certainly be busy with processing transfers or orders.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - The Moon is in your sign from the wee hours Thursday thru Saturday morn. The Venus-Mars conjunction trines your sign from your solar ninth house of law, college, publishing, and religion on Thurs.-Fri. The possibilities are that a legal matter may close with just a fine (and attorney fees) -- your book may be published but you pay for prep fees -- you meet an attractive person in your new fall classes -- or you suddenly develop a huge crush on Saint Clare. ;)

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - The Moon enters Pisces Saturday morn. You help the service clubs and non-profit or charitable organizations that you belong to get ready for another productive year by working on the agendas and fund-raiser plans. The weekend looks like a good one for any church rummage sales or other charitable drives. Parents have purged their children’s closets of outgrown clothes and are looking to fill gaps in both wardrobes and school equipment -- and that includes computers and other electronics.