Saturday, January 31, 2009

Your Milky Way Horoscope Feb. 1-7

By Milky Way Maid

Happy Groundhog Day, Feb. 2nd! This weather-forecasting day comes halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring (Vernal) Equinox, so farmers needed to know how soon they might be able to work in their fields. It is also the beginning of lambing season in some areas, that is why the traditional (pagan) name for this day is Imbolc, pronounced im-ilk, I.e. “in milk” when the pregnant ewes start to give milk. You can read an excellent history of this day at --

Three astrological events happen this week so hold onto your hats: Mercury goes direct at 21 degrees Capricorn early Sunday, (I hear you breathing a sigh of relief out there), Venus enters Aries at 10:41 pm Eastern Time on Groundhog Day, and Mars enters Aquarius at 10:55 am Eastern Time on Wednesday. Perhaps some info came to light while Mercury was retrograde, and now you can apply your values (Venus) and energies (Mars) to making your plans become a reality. Mars and Venus have been in a loose sextile for awhile, and they enter sextile signs within days of each other, so this bodes well for a better spring on Wall Street and traders finding value for their money. I don't think the Venus cycle really goes into 'buy' mode till April tho.
Readers can follow not only their Sun sign horoscope but also the sign of their Ascendant for further clues to how your week will develop.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 – Venus enters your sign on Monday night. Venus in Aries is especially good for hairdressers and beauticians, in a natal chart. Transiting Venus here favors going to beauty parlors, sure, and also getting a makeover. Natives of this sign usually cannot be bothered with moussing etc. so express your desire for an easy-care cut. Arians often look great in any shade of red. You may discover a new passion Thursday evening so get out and mix, go to shows or galleries or other events. Mars entering your solar eleventh house can bring new men friends, or joining a sports group or club. Mercury direct in your solar tenth house of career can straighten out some snags at work; business inquiries might pick up altho don't take that to the bank just on my say-so.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – The Moon is in Taurus from Sunday afternoon till Tuesday mid-morning. Sunday night the Moon trines Pluto, which favors research and delving into mysteries of every kind. This research might be related to a college paper, because Pluto is your solar ninth house. On Monday evening, the Moon squares the Sun, not a good day for interpersonal relationships as everything is likely to irritate or upset you. Remind yourself not to take everything personally and silently hum a little song to yourself. Tuesday morn the Moon trines Saturn AND Mercury when your discipline gets a ton of work done. Avoid too many carbs at the morning break. A Moon trine to Mars in the early evening gives you another boost so you can cross another item off the to-do list.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – The Moon is in Gemini from mid-morning Tuesday till Thursday evening. Tuesday evening features a sextile to Venus; spend time with a dear friend. Later that night some info you've uncovered could change how you invest or manage finances. A trine to Jupiter on Wed. morning puts you in a good mood and may bring good news re college plans (or other ninth house items). Wed. night is also favored for date night, due to the trine to the Sun. Interpersonal relations go much more smoothly and you easily share your enthusiasms with others. Enjoy it while you can because Thursday will be a bit trying at home and work, and machinery may not cooperate with your agenda for the day. Cie la vie, as they say.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – The Moon is in Cancer from Thursday evening till Saturday evening. Thursday night can be a night for adjusting personal relationships and expectations. It could also be a good time to work on creative projects; get your feelings on paper or canvas. Try to avoid spending too much on Friday morning; instead put up some early Valentine decorations to cheer yourself. A hair trim might do you good, too. You get chores done early Saturday so you can have fun all day; possibilities include playing on the computer, reading a comedy or travel book, hosting an exchange student or going to a seminar.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – Unmarried Leos may meet an interesting, energetic young person as Mars enters your opposite sign this week. Married Leos may find their spouses need their energies channeled into something constructive or they could turn into frustrated, nagging, argumentative dorks. Break the cabin fever with a beautification project (painting, decorating a piece of furniture, crafts) as you utilize the sextile to Venus entering Aries.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Mars the planet of physical health and energy, enters your solar sixth house of health. This can be a clarion call to get cracking on a program of exercise or address nagging health issues. Virgo seems to prefer either walking, riding a bicycle (not a machine), or yoga rather than lifting weights or iron-man stuff. The sextile to Venus in your solar eighth is what I interpret as 'recharging your batteries', which is another way of looking at exercise or whatever activity you do for fun. Mercury direct in your solar fifth house of children should bring an improvement in your child's school performance.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – An attractive, charming person appears on your horizon; in other words, Venus enters Aries. Wait, that person might just be your own reflection, as you project your most appealing self to an adoring public. Interviewing might be one of your best skills (witness how Libran Johnny Carson made his guests comfortable talking about ANYTHING). Mars sextiles that Venus as it enters your solar fifth house of romance; this feels so trite writing this but a new love may walk into your life. OR, for those in the fine arts, your color palette may warm up with reds and oranges. Mercury direct in your solar fourth can clear up family communications and help you reach a home repair person.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – As Mars and Venus change signs they affect your solar houses four (home, family) and six (health, mundane jobs). Venus might make it too easy to put on weight, altho a woman practitioner could bring improved care and insights to keeping you healthy. Venus can also denote finding a nice, easy job, or a job where you work for tips (tips are Venus, too), or adopting a loving pet. Mars in your solar fourth can denote anything from decorating in warmer colors, the addition of a boy, family arguments, fire, events relating to the heating system or stove, etc. Be aware of safety at all times, and take a feng shui tip and hang a mirror over a fireplace.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – Mars moving into your solar third house can denote a new male acquaintance or sibling, friction with a neighbors or siblings, active/sporty siblings, and competition. You may work out minor frictions with not-so-gentle afternoons of touch football or other games. Also competition may rear its ugly head in places that are not appropriate, and your craving for recognition need to be acknowledged and met. Venus in your fifth may mean the birth of a daughter, a new love interest, classes in crafts or art, music or art expression or attending concerts or recitals. Sounds like your calendar may fill up with interesting stuff.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – Use care around midday Sunday; someone may rouse your anger or you could rush about and get yourself into an accident. Slow down and think things through. Students may seek you out for tips on researching their papers this week. Mercury going direct in your first house may make you more comfortable voicing your thoughts; you may move from preferring written expression to verbal forms. And words may tumble out so fast you have to start over. Venus moving into your fourth house can denote painting rooms in pastels, the addition of a female family member, harmony, hosting more social events. The entrance of Mars to your solar second house can signal taking on more debt, or arguments over money. Both can be problematic so seek counseling sooner rather than later.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – A female family member may need your attention and counsel Monday. Mars enters your sign on Wednesday morning. This can be a plus if you seek to get into an exercise regimen, or a minus if you allow yourself to get drawn into arguments or irritations. Channel that new burst of energy into something constructive, because it can carry you through the year. Venus enters your solar third house of siblings and neighbors. Possibles: the addition of a female sibling, moving to an attractive neighborhood, more polite mail and email, more invitations and greeting cards.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – Venus entering your solar second house could bring some cash or gifts your way. Mars entering your solar twelfth house can mean injuries that are your own fault, so keep alert and turn lights on before going down steps. Mars can also mean arguments that do not affect you directly but rather the people around you, which is just as upsetting. You are also prone to overdoing things and taking on more risk than you can safely manage; stop and write out a Plan B, C and D so you are prepared for any eventuality.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Your Milky Way Horoscope Jan. 25-31

By Milky Way Maid

The New Moon on Jan. 26 is a solar eclipse. This is at 6 degrees Aquarius, at 2:56 am EST, conjunct Jupiter at almost 5 degrees Aquarius plus the North Node at 9 degrees Aquarius. It will also be the Chinese New Year (4707) of the Ox. Traditional Chinese set out food and drink to bribe the kitchen god so they will have a fortunate year.

The eclipse opposes the eclipse point of August 1, 2008 - so if you can remember what issue was being dealt with then, you can expect another edition of the same (only different). Maybe legal matters begun then will resolve, or an agreement made then will have to be reworked. The Sun and Jupiter are square to the asteroid Vesta; Vesta rules home and hearth, security concerns, service and service groups, personal sacrifices. Take a clue from whatever house Vesta occupies (at 4 degrees Taurus).

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 Friday morning till late afternoon the following Sunday. Friday looks like a day when Aries can remake the world in two hours or less. Your impatience with what does not work may prompt you to toss stuff that maybe only needs repair or tinkering. The evening favors spending time with boon companions who like to treat and don't care if they overdo. Saturday calls for creativity or adjustments, anything from rearranging furniture to designing your spring garden to crafts. A tough writing assignment (or discussion) challenges you. The Solar Eclipse affects your solar eleventh house of formal and informal groups; you might join a club that becomes significant, or make a great new friend.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - The Solar Eclipse is in your solar tenth house so your career may be affected. A new career option may present itself that you would never have considered before. Venus and Uranus are laughing themselves silly in your solar house of friends and groups. Get out to club meetings and get-togethers where you can meet others who broaden your mind and expand your horizons. The eleventh house includes charitable or non-profit groups, but also the bowling league, and the gang that you meet at the corner bar. They're all fun-loving types and will raise your spirits.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - The Solar Eclipse affects your solar ninth house which means that issues related to higher education, publishing, religion or law come to the fore. If you are having doubts about your choice of major, for example, you might consider moving sideways into a related field. You might take a long trip to research for a doctoral thesis. Publishing is everything media: from writing for a news organization to getting a book published to getting on national radio show, etc. Jupiter is party to the eclipse so that could mean you break through to a higher level of exposure, at the national level where you meet major figures or just gain a wider audience.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - The Solar Eclipse affects your solar eighth house. No, that does not mean you are going to die - although everyone dies eventually. The eighth house includes a lot of territory, wills and estates, birth and death and other transitions. If you have been patiently waiting for an estate to be wrapped up, the process could finally conclude. If you have been trying for a baby, you (or your daughter) might finally find yourself pregnant. Those who are waiting to adopt may finally get word that a child is ready to come home with them. DNA testing may be an issue that comes up or gets resolved under this eclipse.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – The Solar Eclipse affects your solar seventh house. This eclipse could put you in public situations. Marriage or relationship issues are accented but so are all partnerships. Make very sure that anyone you sign a contract with is on the up-and-up. Marriages may begin or possibly end; troubled marriages may benefit from intense counseling. OK marriages can benefit from enrichment seminars that teach how to share feelings with each other. Finally, the seventh house also includes open enemies; don't let anyone put footprints on your back but develop the fine art of turning away people who are looking for trouble.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - The Solar Eclipse affects your solar sixth house of health but also the work that you do just to pay bills. The universe may kick you in the pants to start using your real talents instead of wasting your time on menial stuff. Then it might reinforce the message by making you literally sick of your job-life-house-etc. Pay more attention to your health and to what you eat, and avoid the temptation to eat lower-quality food to save on grocery bills. You can get by on less. Virgos are natural mavens and you might enjoy teaching what you know.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - The Solar Eclipse affects your solar fifth house of fun, children, entertainment, speculation (like the stock market or craps table - it's hard to tell them apart right now), creativity and the arts. The eclipse may open up opportunities to teach or perform, or you could volunteer to babysit grandkids so that your children can pay other bills. I think you will become quite determined to have fun no matter what the news is, and become very good at finding things to do for free.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - The Solar Eclipse affects your solar fourth house of home and family. You might be in a position to take advantage of the downturn in real estate to pick up a home of your own at last. It might be bigger than you really need, so it's possible you might offer space to others to store a car or whatever. Your family might grow, a family member may turn out to be an unexpected source of help and advice, a relative may come into a windfall and share a bit with you. Anything is possible.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - The Solar Eclipse affects your solar third house of communications, messages, writing, siblings, the neighborhood, and short trips. Everyone deals with a mountain of emails and other messages nowadays but maybe you will venture into getting your first iPhone or texting. You might learn a foreign language, or start writing a column for online news or your website. A relative of mine and her widowed sisters decided to buy a house together, so you may go into some joint venture with sibs or cousins. Your job may now entail driving a route to visit stores or offices instead of being cooped up in a rabbit warren all day.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – The Moon is in Capricorn only till midday Sunday this week. The Moon is conjunct Mercury early so you will probably read the paper first thing to catch up on the news. On Monday Mercury joins Mars and sextiles Venus; call your sweetheart to make a date; write a poem that expresses how much she means to you. The Solar Eclipse affects your solar second house of money. While everyone's finances have been affected lately, your efforts probably affect several other people because you may be an employer as well. Funds for operating expenses is becoming available so reapply for loans.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - The Moon is in Aquarius from midday Sunday till the wee hours of Wednesday. The Moon conjuncts Jupiter then the Sun this evening, putting you in a generous and jovial frame of mind. Invite others over for dinner or a friendly get-together. The Solar Eclipse is early Monday so you might write down goals for this year that have to do with friends, innovation, equality, altruism, and the betterment of humanity. Tuesday can feature some intense debate; make sure you think about what you say before blurting it out. Pick up some movies on the way home because you will feel like forgetting your cares tonight.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - The Moon is in Pisces from the wee hours Wednesday till Friday morning. The Moon opposes Ceres and sextiles Pluto Wednesday. It is an opportunity to analyze your health and especially your eating habits to see how it affects you; if you feel crummy the next morning after gorging on something, maybe you should cut it out. Thursday you will be tempted to duck responsibilities and just hang with friends. The evening does favor enjoying the arts like music, film, dance, theatre BUT your boss needs you around or you would not have been hired. The Solar Eclipse affects your solar twelfth house so examine ways in which you do yourself no favors; resolve to get out of your own way!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Astrological Birth Data for American Presidents Washington thru Clinton

Here is the basic data about each of the president's birth dates and some notes on transits on election day or during the year they ran. In some cases I have made other notes about notable events or trivia but had to keep this short.

GEORGE WASHINGTON – Feb. 22, 1732, 10 am LMT in Wakefield, VA. Birth recorded in family Bible. Inauguration April 30, 1789 when Saturn transiting his eleventh house, not a traditional indicator of high office. Second Saturn return marked by moving the national capitol from New York to a swamp called the District of Columbia. Elected to second term in 1792.

JOHN ADAMS – Oct. 30, 1735, in Braintree, MA, time unknown. Elected in 1797 when Saturn contacting his Neptune in Gemini. Transiting Neptune was on his Scorpio Sun. Father of president number 6, John Quincy Adams, who was frankly a real disappointment.

THOMAS JEFFERSON – April 13, 1743 in Shadwell, VA, time unknown. Some give this red-haired president a Gemini ascendant, but Roy Whitney rectified his chart with a Virgo ascendant. Elected in 1800 just before his second Saturn return, and what is more, the solar eclipse that year fell on his birthday. Also Neptune fell on his natal Pluto. On reelection in 1804, Uranus opposed his Sun, and Jupiter conjuncted his natal Pluto.

JAMES MADISON – March 16, 1751 at midnight in Port Conway, VA. Birth time given in his biography. Birth chart has Saturn making a station conjunct the North Node in the first house. On election in 1808 Saturn transited his twelfth house (the presidency is kind of like a gilded cage or prison); also Neptune and Jupiter were on his busy Ascendant. Second Saturn return while in office, and reelected in 1812 with Saturn on his second house Mars, AND the solar eclipse that year was near his birthday.

JAMES MONROE – April 28, 1758 in Westmoreland, VA, time unknown. Elected in 1816 when Neptune transited his natal Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in Sagittarius. Also Saturn squared his sun and Pluto was on natal Uranus. Had second Saturn return soon after taking office. A solar eclipse on his natal Uranus marked his reelection; he was unopposed. Also Uranus and Neptune were conjunct in Sag, near that natal Jupiter-Pluto conjunction. Famed for Monroe Doctrine. Also gave ambiguous permission for military commander Andrew Jackson to seize Florida, giving him plausible deniability -- “sufficient for international denials”.

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS – July 11, 1767 in Quincy, MA, time unknown. Some sources say he was born at 9 am. At any rate, his election in 1824 was marked by eclipses on his birthday and also on his natal Moon. Had second Saturn return while in office in 1826. The 1824 election was extremely controversial when none of four candidates won a majority of the vote. One candidate, Henry Clay, threw his support to Adams and in return was appointed Secretary of State. Loser Andy Jackson denounced this as a “corrupt bargain” by the Eastern aristocracy.

ANDREW JACKSON – March 15, 1767, in Waxhaws area near border of North and South Carolina (Jackson claimed it was in South Carolina), time unknown but probably around 2 am per Grant Lewi and T Pat Davis. Was born three weeks after his father's death, so you see how the eighth house was strong in his life; orphaned by age 14. AKA Old Hickory, he was a ruthless military campaigner. Saturn transited his South Node when elected in 1828, opposing the eighth house cusp; his wife died before he took office. Saturn was on his Moon-Jupiter when reelected in 1832, with a solar eclipse falling on his South Node in Leo.

MARTIN VAN BUREN – Dec. 5, 1782 in Kinderhook, NY time unknown. A solar eclipse on his Saturn in Scorpio heralded his 1836 election. Also Saturn was transiting his natal Sun and Moon in Sagittarius. Now more known for his bald head and shaggy muttonchops sideburns.

WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON – Feb. 9, 1773 in Charles City Co., VA, time unknown. First president to die in office, supposedly a victim of the Tecumseh curse. There was a lunar eclipse near his birthday just before his inauguration. War hero and Indian fighter was nicknamed Tippecanoe after he defeated the native Americans there in 1811, but his success brought down the curse (allegedly). He was the last president born a British subject, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

JOHN TYLER – March 29, 1790 at 5:47 am LMT in Greenway, VA. Pluto on his midheaven in Aquarius opposed Jupiter when he inherited the presidency upon the death of Harrison. Eclipses contacted his natal Pluto-Jupiter opposition, and Mars transited his North Node in Scorpio at Harrison's death.

JAMES KNOX POLK – Nov. 2, 1795 at 12 noon as recorded in a diary, in Mecklenburg County, NC. Jupiter rising in Aquarius favors politics and other public careers. His election in 1844 marked by a Saturn station on his natal Jupiter. Also a solar eclipse the week of the election fell on his midheaven Sun and Venus. He is best known for winning western territory in a war with Mexico.

ZACHARY TAYLOR – Nov. 24, 1784 in Montebello, VA, time unknown. Saturn stationed on his birthday in year he was elected (1848). He was the second president to die in office, on July 9, 1850. A Pluto and Uranus conjunction was inconjunct his Sun. He, too, is thought to be a victim of the Tecumseh curse since he fought against the native Americans in the Black Hawk War and the Second Seminole War; he personally defended Fort Harrison against an attack led by Tecumseh, the Shawnee chief, during the War of 1812. Trivia: his daughter Sarah married Jefferson Davis, the future president of the Confederacy, against her father's wishes. Sarah died three months into the marriage of malaria.

MILLARD FILLMORE – Jan. 7, 1800 in Locke, Cayuga County, NY, time unknown. He became president on the sudden death of Taylor after only 31 days in office, marked by the Uranus and Pluto conjunction on his natal North Node. Possibly the most obscure president except for the manner of ascending to high office; also he holds the distinction of being the last member of the Whig party to hold this office. Maybe it has something to do with being lucky number thirteen?

FRANKLIN PIERCE – Nov. 23, 1804 in Hillsborough, NH, time unknown. His birth chart marked by a Pluto parallel to both Sun and Mercury. He was elected in 1852 when a solar eclipse contacted his North Node.

JAMES BUCHANAN – April 23, 1791 in Mercerville, PA, time unknown. He was elected in 1856 when Pluto contacted his natal Sun, and Saturn opposed his natal Moon. Also a solar eclipse that year fell on his South Node in Aries.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN – Feb. 12, 1809 in Hodgenville, KY, at about 7:15 am. as recorded in an aunt's diary. His Sun was on the Ascendant and his Moon in the eleventh house, and Uranus stationed in conjunction with his North Node. A peaceful man with Jupiter in Pisces, his legacy as a war president may be denoted by the prenatal solar eclipse on natal Mars in Libra – Libra being both a sign of war as well as peace. A solar eclipse after birth opposed his Mars, on April 14, 1809; eerily, he was shot on another April 14 in 1865, which in turn occurred after a lunar eclipse on his natal Mars contacted by a transiting Saturn. In addition, another solar eclipse after his death, on April 25, 1865 hit his natal south Node with Pluto also on the South Node, opposing Uranus. These eclipses repeated those of the year of birth.

ANDREW JOHNSON – Dec. 29, 1808 in Raleigh, NC late at night; estimated to be 11:55 pm LMT, as recorded in a diary. Mars rising in Libra squares his Sun and trines his Moon, and Uranus conjunct North Node sextiles his Sun in Capricorn. He was impeached on his second Saturn return but acquitted.

ULYSSES S. GRANT – April 27, 1822 in Point Pleasant, OH at about 6 am LMT. Birth data from his father. Civil War general demanded unconditional surrender but let General Lee keep his sword. At his election in 1868 Pluto sat on his Taurus Ascendant and trined Jupiter at his Midheaven. His reelection in 1872 marked by Saturn on his natal Uranus-Neptune conjunction in Capricorn in his eighth house, while Pluto still lingered on his Ascendant. The lunar eclipse in Taurus in November 1982 joined his Taurus ascendant and stellium. Later in life he knew he was dying of cancer, and doggedly finished his memoirs so his wife might have some income from the sale of copies.

RUTHERFORD B. HAYES – Oct. 4, 1822 in Delaware, OH at about 9:30 pm LMT according to his uncle and guardian. He was elected in 1876 when Saturn occupied his tenth house of career and high office.

JAMES GARFIELD – Nov. 19, 1831 in Orange, NJ at 2 am LMT, time is given by his mother. He was the fourth president to die in office. He was elected in 1880 when a lunar eclipse contacted his Midheaven. Also Saturn made a station in August of that year on his eighth house cusp, and Uranus contacted Saturn in his twelfth house. When he was assassinated in 1881, Pluto and Jupiter opposed his Sun, while Mars, Saturn and Neptune were on his eighth house cusp. His election day in 1880 showed the Sun, Moon and Mars contacting his natal Mars in Scorpio.

CHARLES ALAN ARTHUR – Oct. 5, 1829 in Fairfield, VA at 6:07 am LMT, born at sunrise. There was a solar eclipse a week before his birth; his Libra Sun opposed Pluto in Aries. In 1880, the election year, the south Node crossed his Midheaven. When he became president on the death of Garfield, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto all transited his eighth house.

GROVER CLEVELAND – March 18, 1837 in Caldwell, NJ at time unknown. There was a solar eclipse in 1884 on his North Node; was elected that year with transiting Saturn square his natal Pisces Sun. He was reelected in 1892 when Jupiter touched natal Pluto, a lunar eclipse on his natal Saturn, and a solar eclipse on his natal North Node. He had a second Saturn return in 1896 but he decided not to run again.

BENJAMIN HARRISON – Aug. 20, 1833 in North Bend, OH at 4:04 am LMT. Natally he had his Leo Sun opposite Uranus in Aquarius. Elected in 1888 which had eclipses in Leo and Aquarius, and Saturn on his natal Sun. In 1892, he ran for reelection but was defeated; if that wasn't bad enough his wife also died under his second Saturn return.

WILLIAM MCKINLEY – Jan. 29, 1843 in Niles, OH at 11:32 pm LMT per his mother. Libra ascendant with Mars in Scorpio. Was the last veteran of the Civil War to be elected. When he was elected in 1896, Saturn and Uranus were conjunct on his natal Mars. Annexed the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam. He was shot in 1901 when Saturn hit his North Node in Capricorn, and Mars on natal Mars; the eclipse after his death also fell on his natal Mars. He lingered after being shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY appearance and finally died from gangrene. After being shot, he told those around him, “Be careful how you tell my wife”.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT – Oct. 27, 1858 in New York, NY at 7:45 pm LMT per family records. Sun-Mercury conjunction opposite Pluto, this reformer was deliberately buried politically in the vice-presidency. There was a lunar eclipse on his birthday a month after becoming president upon McKinley's death. On election day in 1900 Pluto contacted natal Jupiter just above his Ascendant. Also a lunar eclipse that year fell on his natal Venus-Jupiter opposition; reelected in 1904 with Pluto still on natal Jupiter and a solar eclipse on natal Neptune in his tenth house.

WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT – Sept. 15, 1857 in Cincinnati, OH at 8:10 pm LMT per family records. Pluto-Jupiter-Uranus stellium at his natal Taurus Ascendant. Born three days before a solar eclipse. Elected in 1908 with Jupiter in Virgo trining the Ascendant stellium and his Capricorn midheaven. Also there were solar eclipses and Uranus on his Capricorn midheaven. Lost reelection campaign in 1912 when Uranus crossed his midheaven. Altho he had been endorsed by Teddy Roosevelt in his first run for president as a true progressive, they later became bitter opponents in the 1912 election. Only president to also serve on the Supreme Court; Chief Justice 1921-1930. A big man who used to swim in the ocean; the joke was that no one else could use it while he was thus occupied.

WOODROW WILSON – Dec. 29, 1856 in Staunton, VA at 12:45 am LMT per record in family Bible. Rose to presidency in 1912 with both solar and lunar eclipses on his ascendant, plus Uranus on his natal Moon and Neptune on his ascendant. His second Saturn return in 1915 came just before his second marriage to Edith Galt. Won reelection in 1916 with a Saturn-Neptune conjunct in Leo opposing h is Moon. Eclipses on his midheaven and nadir in 1917. Suffered a stroke in 1919 amid shuttling back and forth to Paris to assist in treaty negotiations after defeat of Germany in WWI; Pluto was on his natal Saturn in Cancer.

WARREN GAMALIEL HARDING – Nov. 2, 1865 in Blooming Grove, OH at 2:30 pm LMT per his father. His natal sun in Scorpio opposed Pluto in Taurus. He was elected on his birthday in 1920, with a solar eclipse in the week following, and transiting North Node on his Sun. Died in 1923 with transiting Saturn near his eighth house North Node. There were also eclipses that year in Pisces with Uranus crossing his ascendant.

CALVIN COOLIDGE – July 4, 1872 in Plymouth, VT at 9 am LMT per his father. Became president on the death of Harding, with transiting Pluto in Cancer on his Sun, and the North Node on his ascendant. Reelected in 1924 with Pluto still on his natal Sun, and solar eclipses on his ascendant. A Virgo rising, he was described as looking as if he was “weaned on a pickle”.

HERBERT HOOVER – Aug. 10, 1874 in West Branch, IA at 11:15 pm LMT per Hoover. Taurus rising with Pluto just above the ascendant. Elected in 1928 with a solar eclipse on his ascendant, and Saturn trining his Sun. He was defeated in 1932 with Saturn approaching his midheaven.

FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT – Jan. 30, 1882 in Hyde Park, NY at 8:45 pm LMT, time from his father's diary. Elected the first of four times in 1932 with Jupiter on his Uranus and ascendant, and Saturn applying to his natal Sun. Also transiting South Node was near his Virgo ascendant. In 1936, a solar eclipse was on his midheaven Mars in Gemini, and on election day the Moon joined his natal Moon in the tenth house. In 1940, he had his second Saturn return, and Saturn and Jupiter hit a natal Neptune-Jupiter conjunction in Taurus. Reelected yet again in 1944 with Saturn on his Moon, and Uranus in the ninth house applying to his midheaven. Pluto also opposed his natal Sun, and Jupiter on his ascendant-Uranus. There was a solar eclipse near his birthday in 1944. His death of a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12, 1945 was marked by Saturn on his Moon, Uranus approaching the midheaven, and Pluto opposing his Sun. Was practically worshipped as a saint by people who had never known any other president as adults. Stricken by polio at age 39, he regained some strength in his legs but never walked again.

HARRY S TRUMAN – May 9, 1884 in Lamar, MO at about 4 pm CST per Truman. Born two weeks after a solar eclipse. He ascended to the presidency with Saturn applying to his midheaven, Uranus conjunct natal Saturn, and North Node on his midheaven. Also a solar eclipse in 1945 found a stellium of Sun, Moon, Saturn, and North Node on his midheaven in Cancer. Reelected despite the predictions of all the pundits in 1948 with Pluto square his Sun. Also a solar eclipse fell the day after his birthday in 1948 with Saturn and Pluto squaring his Sun.

DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER – Oct. 14, 1890 in Denison, TX at 3:40 am CST per Eisenhower and his mother, given independently to researchers. Saturn is rising in Virgo. He was elected in 1952 with Saturn and Neptune conjunct natal Sun, and near his natal Moon-Uranus conjunction. On election day the Moon was in Gemini on his midheaven-North Node, with a Mars return. Reelected in 1956 with Jupiter in his first house, and Saturn on his third-house Venus.

JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY – May 29, 1917 in Brookline, MA at 3 pm EST, per his mother. The first president to be born in the twentieth century, this Gemini with Libra rising charmed his way into the White House in 1960 with Saturn on his North Node. Election day had the Moon on his South Node in Cancer, opposed to Saturn on his North Node. He took office with Saturn and Jupiter conjunct at his nadir. Also eclipses that year fell on his Moon, signifying the public.

LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON – Aug. 27, 1908 in Johnson City, TX at 5:11 am CST, per his mother's diary which said daybreak. Jupiter rose in Leo, followed by a stellium in Virgo. Ascended to presidency upon the death of JFK on Nov. 22, 1963, when Uranus and Pluto transited his Mars-Sun-Moon-Mercury stellium. Reelected in 1964 by a landslide with Uranus in Virgo, and Jupiter on his Taurus midheaven.

RICHARD MILHOUS NIXON – Jan. 9, 1913 in Yorba Linda, CA at 9:35 pm PST per birth records. Ran in 1960 but was defeated by JFK, when Uranus opposed his Moon. Elected in 1968 after a political comeback, with Saturn on his North Node, and Pluto, Mars, and Jupiter on his ascendant. Reelected in 1972 with Saturn on his midheaven, and Uranus and Mars square his Sun. Only president to be forced to resign from office, when Saturn opposed his Sun. The Watergate scandal broke in 1973 with Saturn on his Pluto.

GERALD FORD – July 14, 1913 in Omaha, NE at 12:43 am CST, no source given. Adopted, his birth surname was King. He was never elected president in his own right, and the fact that Uranus is retrograde in his tenth house of career might have something to do with that. Became president in 1974 on the resignation of Nixon with Uranus square his Sun, and Saturn in Cancer applying to his Sun. He was defeated in the 1976 campaign with Jupiter on his ascendant and Mars opposed to his natal Mars.

JAMES EARL CARTER – Oct. 1, 1924 in Plains, GA at 7 am CST, per his mother. [Note: my source says CST even tho I know Georgia should be Eastern Time, not Central Time. No idea if this is just a typo.] A Libra native with Libra rising, he was known first for his enormous toothy grin. Elected president in 1976 just after an eclipse on his first house Saturn. Defeated in 1980 bid when Saturn-Jupiter-Moon transited his natal Sun, and Pluto crossed his ascendant. Also a solar eclipse that year fell on his natal Mars and South Node in Aquarius – and another eclipse hit his Neptune-Venus-North Node in Leo.

RONALD REAGAN – Feb. 6, 1911 in Dixon, IL at 2 pm CST per his mother. His wife Nancy Davis Reagan never accepted that time and reportedly had astrologer Joan Quigley rectify it to a Sagittarian ascendant. (A 2 pm chart puts Neptune rising in Cancer, appropriate for a film actor.) Elected in 1980, the oldest president ever, with Saturn and Jupiter in Libra. A solar eclipse in 1980 opposed his Aquarian Sun; on election day, the transiting South Node was exactly conjunct his Sun. Reelected in 1984 a few days before a full moon eclipse on his natal Moon in Taurus. In 1981, just two weeks after he took office, a solar eclipse hit his natal Sun – he narrowly survived an assassination attempt that year. Reagan has a natal Sun square Jupiter, both parallel; could this account for his extraordinary good luck and Teflon coating?

GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH – June 12, 1924 in Milton, CT at 11:30 am EDT per his mother. Elected in 1988 with Jupiter in Gemini on his midheaven. A solar eclipse that year fell on his Virgo ascendant. Failed in a reelection bid in 1992 with Uranus and Neptune opposing his natal Venus-Pluto in Cancer.

WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON – Aug. 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas at 8:51 am CST per his mother who cited birth records. On election day in 1992, Jupiter in Libra was on his ascendant with its stellium of Mars, Neptune and Venus. Also Saturn was in Aquarius opposing his Pluto and Mercury. A solar eclipse in 1992 fell on his midheaven in Cancer. Pluto was in opposite his Moon and square his Sun, possibly reflecting public concerns about the influence of his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton. On election day 1996, Venus and the North Node contacted his ascendant and stellium, and Uranus opposed his Saturn. Saturn and Pluto trined his natal Saturn, and a full moon eclipse in September fell across his ascendant. Finally, an October solar eclipse fell close to his natal Jupiter.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Obama Inauguration Chart

The day that has seemed inevitable since summer is finally upon us. President-elect Barack Obama will take the oath of office on January 20 as prescribed in the Constitution. Actually the original document set March 4 as the inauguration day, but us modern hurry-up types moved it forward. Looking back, it would be more favorable to have the date in March, as the Sun will trine the election date.

I was not going to write an article on the inauguration, but a fellow astrologer emailed me all aflutter because the chart featured a Mercury retrograde plus a void-of-course Moon. To me, Mercury retrograde signifies trying to undo all the destructive acts and executive orders of the previous occupant of the White House (who shall not be named here). Perhaps we can look forward to this former law professor, Obama, restoring much of the integrity of the original Constitution. As for the Moon being voc, I started one of my better jobs under that aspect, and had to learn to ignore it as one year after another rolled by.

Depending on exactly when Barack Obama takes the actual oath of office Tuesday, the Moon will either be void-of-course in Scorpio or just entering Sagittarius. Even tho Mercury is retrograde, Mercury is strong because it is Cazimi (within 17 minutes of the Sun), both in Aquarius. In the strange reasoning of the ancients, Cazimi is MUCH better than combust (within 8 degrees of the Sun) (combust supposedly weakens the affected planet). Cazimi is a very favorable aspect to have for any enterprise that you want to succeed – assuming of course that there is anything else in the chart to support it. Mercury is also exalted in Aquarius, while unfortunately the Sun is in its detriment in Aquarius. (This is another argument in favor of the March 4 inaugural date.)

The Moon will be sextile the conjunction – if Obama takes the oath at or after 12:30 pm Eastern, the Moon will be Sagittarius, and not void-of-course. (PS – The Moon is in its fall in Scorpio, but unaffected by either detriment, fall, rulership or exaltation in Sagittarius). These planets are applying to aspects to Jupiter at 3 degrees Aquarius, Vesta at 3 degrees Taurus, and Pallas Athena at 4 degrees Gemini.

Pallas Athena in Gemini is a very good placement for her; in Gemini she is very adept and very career-oriented. Placed in the second house of banking, personal finances and income, this would seem to bode well for government management of the nation's fiscal problems.

One major concern, however, is that Venus is at 17 degrees of Pisces (17 degrees 47 minutes, which is rounded up to 18 on the chart graphic) – even tho Venus is exalted in Pisces. Seventeen degrees is a critical degree, which normally very promising for good things to come. But a prominent local astrologer declared that if VENUS hits a critical degree, it means lost money. Venus also happens to represent the dollar itself, so it will be interesting, to say the least, if the US dollar suffers another slide in value on the global exchange rate. Venus is also applying to a conjunction with Uranus, and the two of them oppose Saturn in the fifth house of speculation – and the stock market. Even though historically the stock market has gone up under Democratic presidents (contrary to the “common knowledge”), the Wall Streeters may be bit wary of Obama until they see what he actually proposes to do.

Note that Venus is sextile Mars, which happens to also be in its exaltation in Capricorn.
None of the outer planets are in strong placements for them. Transiting Uranus at 20 Pisces is square the U.S. natal Mars at 20 Gemini. A Mars-Uranus square is never comfortable; Uranus is in the chart's eleventh house of advisors (cabinet?) and Mars in the ninth house of foreign relations and also legal entities, such as possibly the US Supreme Court. Could Obama get in a legal battle with Supreme Court rulings? Could some of his advisors get in legal trouble and have to step down?

Pluto at 2 degrees Capricorn is opposite the US natal Venus at 2 degrees Cancer. Pluto is also in the ninth house, ruling law, publishing, religion and higher education. In the inauguration chart, Pluto is semi-sextile Sun-Mercury, trine Vesta in Taurus, and inconjunct Pallas Athena in Gemini in the second house. I am wondering if Vesta in the twelfth house means folks will go back to hiding their money in mattresses, perhaps to hide it from eighth house taxes.

I have also dug up the chart for George Washington's inauguration: April 30, 1789, 1:04 pm (LMT) in New York City, because some astrologers like to use this chart as a basis for comparison to new presidential charts or to transiting eclipses, etc. The George Washington chart has 2 degrees Virgo on the Ascendant, and 27 Taurus at Midheaven. RE indicators of was in the Washington chart, peaceful Pisces is on the seventh house (house of open enemies, among other things) cusp, a peaceful sign; also both traditional and modern rulers of Pisces (Jupiter and Neptune) are separating from hard aspects to the Ascendant ruler, Mercury.

Obama's inauguration chart has Scorpio on the Descendant. Ruler Mars is sextile Venus, ruler of the Ascendant. Pluto, the modern ruler, is not in any of the classical aspects to Venus. So this is good news for those who voted with the goal of getting someone in who will put an end to the bloodletting in Iraq.

The George Washington inaugural chart sets the tone for all our chief executives. George was sworn in in New York City on April 30, 1789, about 1:04 pm LMT according to a chart published in the 1984 special issue of the NCGR Journal. The chart has 2 degrees Virgo rising and 27 Taurus at the Midheaven. I do not have LMT on my program, so I had to jigger the time to get that ascendant degree.

Comparing the two charts yields these contacts: Obama Sun-Mercury opposes the GW Uranus in Leo. Obama Moon conjuncts the GW North Node in Scorpio. Obama Venus trines the GW Moon in Cancer. Obama Jupiter squares GW Venus in Taurus. Obama Saturn opposes GW Saturn, and Obama Uranus conjuncts GW Saturn. Obama Neptune sextiles GW Mercury. Obama Pluto trines GW Venus in Taurus.

The Moon contacts express the public's hope wish or hope that Obama will move the country forward towards its destiny (North Node) again, and that he will uphold the underlying American values (Venus). I suspect that the Pluto to Venus contact presages some revamping (Pluto) of the the nation's banking or financial system, and that the Jupiter square to Venus merely reflects the serious economic situation we face. Sun-Mercury should denote the inspiration (Uranus) he gives in his speeches and just by his positive demeanor.

It is interesting that the current Saturn-Uranus opposition ties into the GW Saturn; again, this reflects the serious problems we face and possibly a real change in the structures (Saturn) of our government and/or of our society. Mercury-Neptune contacts generally mean fuzzy or confused thinking; this may merely indicate that he will not get into too many specifics in the inaugural address, but stick to expressing ideals (Neptune) in an effort to inspire and soothe (Neptune) the American people.

In addition, Obama's Vesta is conjunct the GW Venus at 2-3 degrees Taurus, and Obama's Ceres at 13 degrees Virgo is inconjunct the GW Mars in Aries. I think that these reinforce his intention to deal with the monetary or fiscal crisis in this country and the matter of winding down the war in Iraq.

One could go on and play around with progressions to the GW or to Obama's birth chart, or add a ring for Obama's natal planets. I have to keep this article to a reasonable length. But I give you the data and charts for the inaugurals so that the more advanced readership can play with them.
Best wishes to all Americans and hoping for better times ahead.

Your Milky Way Horoscope Jan. 18-24

By Milky Way Maid

Venus conjoins Uranus, and the Sun joins Jupiter. The year is off to a brighter start than you might expect. Enjoy simple times with friends and family, work on fulfilling arts or crafts, borrow a comedy film from the library, and let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

The Sun enters Aquarius Monday, the sign of the United States' natal Moon. It is perhaps fitting that the inauguration will be this week, as the presidency represents all Americans' hopes and wishes, and the president embodies the public's feelings about the country. I have written a brief treatment of the Obama inauguration chart as a separate article, so do look for it.

While the stock market may be without direction for a few months yet, the Venus cycle indicates another bull market should start about April sometime and last till at least the end of the year. Until then, I think that Wall Street will be in a wait-and-see mode in regards to the new president.

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 – Spend time with boon companions (Sun and Jupiter in your solar eleventh house) on Sunday with Moon in Scorpio; you may enjoy a friendly rivalry or play a pickup game. You enjoy recharging your batteries that way. Tuesday afternoon is very good for ninth house stuff like higher education, legal, publishing or religious matters. Thursday morning, however, is another story, full of challenges, as we like to call them. Friday is excellent for career matters, and in fact, if you work on Saturdays, also, that may be the best day of the whole week. Mars in your tenth house of career can make things contentious till Feb. 4 when it exits Capricorn.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – You may experience challenges in balancing the needs of your spouse with career (yours or your spouse') Sunday. Try to put things in perspective and count your blessings while you have them. Monday favors getting together with funny, charming friends, maybe at a comedy club, or seeing a foreign film. Mars and Saturn are trining your Sun from the other earth signs; your powers of concentration are good and you can accomplish much in tasks that require slow, detailed work. This can be something at work or just a craft or artwork. It can also help you study for exams if you have gone back to school.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – Sunday and Monday favor research due to Pluto in your eighth house sextiling the Moon in Scorpio; but in fact, Pluto's long transit thru the eighth will help you with that long term anyway. Monday the Moon trines Venus-Uranus and sextiles Mars, helping you with career matters; maybe you can even get some national exposure in the press. I know that everyone is just trying to hang onto their jobs now, but if anyone is making bonuses, it is you. Re Pluto again, it may help you use your sex appeal in a subtle way to smooth your career, and Geminis like to flirt anyway, but maintain professional boundaries or you could suffer the fallout from misinterpreted signals.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – The Moon is in your solar fifth house of children and creativity Sunday till midday Tuesday. Make time to focus on each child, maybe with a special story time or making cookies together. The Moon moves to your sixth house of work and health Tues.-late Thurs. Tues. afternoon should go swimmingly at the office, or you could get the A-OK from a physical. Thursday morn is quite a challenge, tho, so all I can say is keep an even keel and tell yourself you go home at 5. Friday you could feel wiped out, but Saturday you are ready to take on the world again. Your spouse's Mars energy pulls you up, and he or she can get you laughing and in love with him/her again.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – You would just as soon cocoon at home Sunday till midday Tuesday. Your mind is on home and family matters, and you truly love your kids anyway, so you might finagle a snow day with them. Your spouse might get some great news, or just raise up your spirits with his/her Sun-Jupiter energy around Friday or Saturday. Venus and Uranus are in your eighth house – this house is how you recharge your batteries, so to speak, according to one of my teachers. Love and laughter are denoted by these planets, and I am sure that those things are not foreign to a real Leo.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – You may be on the receiving end of a gift or other pleasant surprise; just be the gracious and modest person you are when accepting it, whatever it is. Don't be like my mother and say, oh you shouldn't have. They did, and you deserve it, so there. Also Moon in your solar third house of communications early in the week makes you feel like trying to “reach out and touch someone” so pick up the phone and try to catch up with siblings and old neighbors. Freshen up your home decorating Tuesday, or just get a jump on spring cleaning; you will feel better about your home. Thursday morning can be a challenge day, tho, as mechanical things may break or leak water. Friday and Saturday should be much better, and the Moon-Mars trining Saturn in your sign gives you great powers of concentration for detail jobs. Pull out your arts or crafts projects, or give yourself some challenging reading to do.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Money is on your mind more than usual early in the week. You might pick up some money on a sideline or hobby. Tuesday you should be able to line up some more appointments or reach clients to discuss their needs. Thursday appointments may be broken or rescheduled, or your office routine just gets scrambled due to a late rush. The Sun and Jupiter are conjunct in your fifth house of creativity and entertainment. Performers may snare a plum role or audition; artists enjoy a burst of creativity or a successful showing; parents get bragging rights about their kids; and parties and nights out just go better.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – The Moon is in Scorpio very early Sunday till 12:30 Eastern time Tuesday, Inauguration Day. Moon is sextile Pluto in your solar third house this morn; this favors research and communications, so try emailing someone who has the answers or visit your local library. Also the Moon squares Jupiter and Mercury, so you may have a challenge to actually get to or find the sources you need, but your efforts should be rewarded. On Monday, Moon trines Venus and sextiles Mars in the morning; you might get positive news in a teacher conference. That evening favors comedy, jazz or rock music, or electronic/computer pastimes. But if your child takes a CD or gadget to a party with him, make sure he does not lose it.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – The Moon is in Sag from midday Tuesday till the wee hours Friday. Tuesday features three nice aspects to the Moon: sextiles to Mercury, Sun and Jupiter, bing bing bing. Very nice. Circulate at local events and you are sure to run into lots of acquaintances and neighbors, just be aware that dates made today probably will be rescheduled. Wednesday the Moon squares Chiron; you may decide to see an alternative health practitioner. Thursday morn is full of challenges, ahem; squares to Venus, Uranus, Saturn – but also an opportunity period after the sextile to Neptune late a.m. till Moon enters Capricorn 1:18 am ET Friday. This op period could be artistic or spiritual, so pull out your sketchbook or meditation candles that night.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – The Moon is in Capricorn from the wee hours Friday till midday Sunday. The Moon is conjunct Pluto early Friday; hope this doesn't mean you total your car while commuting! This aspect does favor research and serious subjects, so review your notes or make another search for sources. Since it is in your first house, you might be receptive to another makeover opinion at your local beauty salon. Saturday finds you in a more positive, confident mood, with the Sun conjunct Jupiter. Moon joins Mars and trines Saturn that day; you could win a ribbon at an athletic or other formal competition. Join the team celebration afterward, for sure, because with Moon-Mars sextiling Venus, someone is sure to notice you.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – The Sun joins Jupiter in your sign on Saturday, but is semi-square Venus. You may feel buoyant and confident, but better not lay money on a bet today. But in general, Jupiter moves into your sign for the next year, so prepare for a year in which you feel more positive about your life. Also prepare to gain some weight unless you stick to your regimen! Venus and Uranus are in your solar second house of money and they are conjunct this week; this is a prime opportunity for receiving gifts, finding money on the street, or little wins at local drawings -- or just finding money you stashed away in a pocket or drawer.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – The Moon is in your ninth house Sunday till midday Tuesday, trining Venus-Uranus in your sign, so you might enjoy a bit of armchair travel to a romantic place. Possibly you also settle in with the latest romance novel or browse a bookstore/library. You're more ambitious at work Tues.-Fri. Tuesday afternoon everything is smooth sailing and you could land a contract or promotion; Thursday morning is a real challenge, tho, so just keep plugging away the best you can. The Moon-Mars conjunction Saturday finds you in a great mood because it sextiles Venus-Uranus in your sign and trines Saturn in Virgo; sounds good for fun, games, and getting away from it all.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Your Milky Way Horoscope Jan. 11-17

By Milky Way Maid

Hope you enjoyed the perigee Full Moon on Jan. 10! NASA has a story about the Perigee here at Enjoy.

Yech, Mercury goes retrograde again on Sun., Jan. 11 at 11:43 am Eastern at almost 7 degrees Aquarius. It will re-enter Capricorn on Jan. 20, just after conjuncting the Sun in Aquarius that morning. Other milestones include a Sun-Jupiter conjunction on Jan. 24, Mercury going direct on Feb. 1 at 21 Capricorn, and a Mercury-Jupiter conjunction on Feb. 24. The Jupiter conjunctions are generally promising if you are looking to sell your product or service, tho when Merc is retrograde you will likely have to mark down the price to move it.

Mercury retrograde in Aquarius can lead one to speak too much in the abstract and forget to include sensitivity to the real emotional needs of the audience. Mercury retrograde in Capricorn can make one try to set oneself up as an authority, assuming an authoritarian attitude, and a resulting alienation and loss of credibility.
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 – Your ruler Mars sextiles Venus this week, so possibly your mind is not too much on your work if you know what I mean. But it also means your energies will be good and that your efforts will be rewarded with appreciation, if nothing else. Partnering with someone on a work project is also favored under this transit. You could get some creative insights from a friend in regards to a work project or situation (or from a coworker in regards to a friend). You have a drive to own your own business as a way to have more control over your income.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – The asteroid Vesta is in Taurus and it squares Jupiter in Aquarius and trines Pluto in Capricorn. Vesta can be frustrating in your sign, so I am going to guess that frustrations will mount over a college class which you need for professional advancement/certification. Try to get past the fact that the class is not the way you would have designed it, and let go of judgment. Your ruler Venus is sextiling Mars this week, so relationships and creative projects can advance. A coworker may be able to offer parenting tips, or a child may have an insight into some problem at work. Interesting.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – Transiting Jupiter in Aquarius and transiting Pluto in Capricorn – AND transiting Vesta in Taurus are all applying to aspects to the asteroid Pallas Athena in your sign. Pallas is a very career-oriented and competent lady, and all these transits will help you in keeping on top of your career. Jupiter will trine Pallas, and while Jove can bring great luck, sometimes the best luck is just protective. He might merely protect your job position and benefits, so count your blessings while you can. Pluto can completely redesign your job or even eliminate it; ultimately I think you will move toward having your own business where you can control your finances and invest the proceeds as you think best. Vesta is in a minor aspect but helpful; talk things over with your best friends from time to time.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – Wednesday and Thursday may be downer days for you, with transiting Moon, your ruler, conjunct dour Saturn. Keep busy with routine or clean out the junk drawer; you'll feel better. The Sun will conjunct the asteroid Juno in your solar seventh house this week; unmarried Cancerians may receive a proposal and jump at the chance to plan the wedding they have long dreamed of. Press for a resolution to a legal problem as you may soon get an offer with a nice settlement in it for you.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – The Moon is in Leo from Sunday morning till midday Tuesday. Leos can be prone to driving themselves to nervous exhaustion from being on the go too long; take time to sit, smell the roses or meditate (Sunday midday and early afternoon). Sunday may also see you blurt out private thoughts that get repeated, and you can be upset by violated confidences. Keep private info private! Monday favors all creativity or just making adjustments in anything from furniture arrangements to software coding. Leos need a creative outlet for their energies to stay healthy, so sign up for classes in something in 2009!

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – The Moon is in Virgo from midday Tuesday till Thursday afternoon. The Moon will conjoin Saturn late Wed. night so if you like to work late, you can get a great deal done that night. Thurs. will not be favored for anything while the Moon is void of course from 9:37 am to 5:30 pm, at which time it will enter Libra. Of course you cannot put your life on hold but just be aware that orders might get canceled or people's schedules might get rearranged. On the plus side, the Moon will be sextile Sun so partnership activities should go smoothly. Ceres in your sign trines Mars in your solar fifth house of children, so you may be called on to play Dr. Mom to a child.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – The Moon is in Libra from Thursday afternoon till late Saturday evening. Thursday evening you may feel so disgusted that you want to throw out everything. It's OK to purge the closets occasionally, but put other items to the side to have another person check them over. Maybe that appliance is not really broken, but just needs a simple cleaning or adjustment. Fortune could smile on you late Thursday, especially in matters related to art, creativity, romance or children (fifth house matters). Communications go very smoothly on Friday. That evening a creative or beautification urge strikes (Moon inconjunct Venus) so pull out your brushes. You may not be able to finish a project but you can at least experiment with different media or techniques. Your ruler Venus is sextiling Mars this week, so relationships and creative projects can advance.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Your co-ruler Mars sextiles Venus this week, so possibly your mind is not too much on your work if you know what I mean. But it also means your energies will be good and that your efforts will be rewarded with appreciation, if nothing else. Communications (third house) with your love interest or with children is favored this week. Mercury retrograde affects your fourth house of home and family, and steps back into your third house of communications (apt!) later this month. Check out any garbled messages from your apt. manager or mortgage company before they turn into a comedy of errors.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – The Mercury retrograde may affect your finances when it backs into your solar second house of money, so call to clear up any confusing messages from your bank or other financial managers. Also double-check your bank statements this month. Venus and Uranus conjunct in your solar fourth house of home and family should bring some happy news. Perhaps a child announces an engagement, or receives a modest scholarship. Maybe you even win a couple dollars on a speculation; don't go overboard at the casino, because your odds are much better on a local drawing than in any lottery.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – The Sun in Capricorn trines Saturn in Virgo midday Sunday. You really should learn to relax on the weekend instead of working all the time, but anyway this period can be a great time to get a lot done. Monday sees you wishing you could get away to your cabin or other retreat where you can recharge your batteries. You might have to settle for cocooning with your mate. Wednesday the Moon trines Mars in your sign from your solar ninth house; perhaps a break comes your way in some dispute over a law or publishing issue, with a happy ending on Thursday.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – Jupiter in your sign opposes the Moon on Sunday; perhaps your generosity is seen as extravagance by a close female. It can also lead to some soul-searching in introspective types. Then the Moon opposes Mercury later that day, leading to emotional rather than logical thinking; on the up side you can gain some real insight into your own mind. Artwork with stone or metals is under a long-term favorable transit for creative pursuits, but especially on Thursday under a Moon transit.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – Pisces natives have an opportunity to be creative or make adjustments on Monday, with the Moon in inconjunct aspect to Venus and then Uranus. Pull out your brushes or craft supplies, or hold a jam session with fellow musicians. Continue your project on Friday and Saturday for best results. Venus is approaching a conjunction to Uranus in your sign next week; possible meanings include a modest gift or windfall, to unusual creative work, to falling in love with a foreigner. Take your pick, altho frankly relationships begun under this aspect generally do not last very long.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Your Milky Way Horoscope Jan. 4-10

By Milky Way Maid

Jupiter enters Aquarius on Monday morning. Humanitarian and philanthropic causes advance under this placement. Perhaps one result of the Madoff scheme is that the foundations hurt by the fallout will find more donors and volunteers than ever. Aquarius is also rules technology, so gadgets may sell like hotcakes tho the price (and company profits) may not necessarily follow suit. Jupiter's first aspect is a square to the Moon in Taurus; possibly Taureans will have to face up to problems in the home or with issues of pride (or lack of pride) in their home.

FULL MOON on Jan. 10 at 21 degrees Cancer: Moon opposes the Sun but trines Uranus and sextiles Saturn. This Full Moon may open a way for many of us to reconcile the opposition between Uranus and Saturn with this trine/sextile from the lights to the opposing planets. This is actually very heartening. Spend a few minutes Sat. evening lighting a candle for, and meditating on reconciliation, harmony, orderly change, supporting one's family, and-or governing one's impulses.

PS – I have had my own little run-in with Chiron in Aquarius, where my natal Chiron is also placed. A nasty fall on the ice mid-December laid me up and had me using a walker. No bone breaks, thank goodness, just a nasty muscle pull and sprained ankle. Those parts are ruled by Aquarius, of course: ankle and lower leg.
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 Jan. 3 till Monday morning. Your Moon aspects Ceres early this Sunday morn; perhaps you are moved to make breakfast in bed today, or nurture a sick family member in other ways. Try not to get into a tiff with your spouse over cleanup not done; get the kids to help. The asteroid Vesta has moved into your solar second house of money, where it creates frustrations over having to restrict expenditures, especially spending for yourself. But Vesta will move into Gemini by May, and relieve some of that restriction.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – The Moon is in Taurus from Monday morning till Wednesday morning. Transiting Moon squares Jupiter in your solar fourth house Monday; face issues relating to your home, for example set a realistic repair, or begin looking for a new home if your needs are not being met. You can get a lot of chores done that night. Tuesday working with a partner is productive and pleasurable. That evening you feel like playing electronic games or watching comedies. Just be sure to retire at a decent hour.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - The Moon is in Gemini from Wednesday morning till midday Friday. You are in a generous and positive mood on Wed., and may even treat someone to lunch. Your analytical skills are sharp that afternoon so go ahead and pore thru spreadsheets and reports. That evening your calls get thru and you receive the info you were seeking. Thursday is full of squares to your transiting Moon: to Ceres, Uranus and Saturn. A challenging day that may include computer glitches but stick to it.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – The Moon is in Cancer from midday Friday till next Sunday. Feelings of insecurity may plague you Friday but try to avoid falling back on eating to much, or any other negative habits when you are in stress mode. Talk things over with your spouse and/or a female relative to get your head on straight again. A cuppa tea with sympathy can work wonders. Saturday you may not feel like doing much at first but you have a great opportunity to get a lot done. Make a to-do list and check things off. End the day with games, perhaps a friendly game on the Wii.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – The asteroid Ceres is in your solar second house, and may have already brought some opportunities to nurse and nurture others as a source of income; perhaps you work in child daycare or in arts training. Work in the health care field is also an option for you, as sixth-house Capricorn is so active with Sun, Mercury, Mars, Pluto and Juno placed there. Jupiter moves into your solar seventh house of marriage and other partners, and this may mean you suddenly have several people interested in you. Even troubled marriages will benefit from counseling under this transit.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Your year starts off with a crowded solar fifth house of children, entertainments, arts and romance. The Sun, Mercury, Mars, Pluto and the asteroid Juno are placed there. Juno is so duty-bound that she inhibits romances, so I do not see new love affairs, etc. Juno is very duty-bound but also very interested in children's welfare, so you might be teaching, coaching or at least chaperoning field trips. Jupiter moves into your solar sixth house of health, so you may feel an upswing in health, perhaps due to finding the right doctor or health regimen. Venus moves into your solar seventh house of marriage, bringing small endearments and gifts between you and your partner.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Your solar fourth house of home and family is very full: Sun, Mercury, Mars, Pluto and Juno. I have referred to Pluto's presence here before in a warning to have the house thoroughly checked out for safety. Pluto can also mean renovation, which is OK if you bought the house knowing that was your plan. Mars can be heat, fire, and arguments in the home, or just the debt load you carry as the mortgage. Jupiter has moved into your solar fifth house of fun, children, romance. Go ahead and lay a dollar on the lotto, but it is more likely that you might host some foreign exchange student. Do lay down the rules of the house before accepting the arrangement, tho. A very astute lawyer or advisor can resolve complex legal issues for you.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Vesta moves into your solar seventh house of partners; Vesta here is too self-sacrificing, too willing to live through others. Whether this applies to you or to your spouse, it is not a healthy attitude long-term. It sextiles Venus in the solar fifth house of romance; hope this does not bring a new love interest who negates her own life to live thru you because that can get old pretty fast. However, Venus and Uranus in the fifth are great for fun in every way: seeing a comedy, games of chance, affectionate children, exciting art exhibits or engaging in arts/crafts yourself.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – Sag types are getting their finances overhauled as Pluto enters their solar second house. Pluto joins Mars (debt) and the Sun and Mercury already placed there. Venus enters your solar fourth house of home and family; probably you become more comfortable with displays of affection, hugging other family members more often. Vesta in your solar sixth house may mean an underpaid position giving support services to handicapped people or in special education. Ceres is retrograde in your solar tenth house of career from Jan.-April, so do not count on raises or promotions at least thru this time frame.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - Your sign is still very busy, busy with Sun, Mercury, Mars, Pluto and Juno currently occupying your sign. People will be looking to you, rightly or wrongly, to DO SOMETHING about the mess we are in. Actually less might be more, actually maybe some joint efforts would be better long-term than just handing things over to you. But somehow everyone thinks you have the natural authority to do the job. Of course YOU think they are right, and I think the world of ya, too.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – Jupiter enters Aquarius on Monday morning. See note at top of column about this ingress. Jupiter in your first house can lead to weight gain as well as great confidence, so watch those calories and stick to the soups or salads for most meals. Finances take an uptick as Venus enters your solar second house of money; perhaps a raise or bonus comes thru, or perhaps a sideline brings a bit more income. Pallas Athena in your solar fifth house of arts and entertainments can mean you become an avid player of chess or bridge, or can also denote a new enjoyment in teaching kids the basics of arts or games.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - Venus enters your sign so get over to the beauty parlor for a new look to freshen your image. Venus and Uranus in your first house may make you more of a flirt than is good for you; you might try your hand at comedy (Uranus) on open-mike nights, too. Associations with clubs and charitable or community groups (and friends) may demand a great deal of your time this winter. That's because your solar eleventh house of friends and groups is filled with planets for the near future. Sun, Mars and Mercury will move along by late Feb., so enjoy the camaraderie while you can. Pluto may mean that some charitable organizations you belong to may fold completely as funding dries up.