Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What the July 2009 Solar Eclipse (or any eclipse) Will Mean to You, by Houses

by Milky Way Maid

The July 21 Solar Eclipse occurred at 10:35 pm Eastern Time at 29 degrees 27 minutes of Cancer. It was quite a spectacle in Asia, the only region where it was visible. People turned out in droves to view it in China, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, India and Korea. It was also one of the longest lasting eclipses ever, at over six minutes in ideal viewing areas.

What will the eclipse mean for you? If you have natal planets in late degrees of Cancer, you will be most affected. The notes are applicable to any solar eclipse, but do not use this for lunar eclipses because the meanings are slightly different. Also bear in mind the nature of the sign that the eclipse occurs in. Cardinal signs will be the fastest acting, fixed signs will be the slowest, and mutable signs in-between.

Below I give interpretations by sign, but this is most accurate if using one's ascendant, not one's sun sign. If you still have not had a chart done, you can find a couple web sites that will give you a limited number of free charts. Very nice charts are offered by Astrodienst at astro.com. (You can even find out where your asteroids are.)

If the Solar Eclipse occurs in your:
First House: A solar eclipse here puts the emphasis on one-to-one interactions. You encourage others to set goals and learn to act independently. You teach assertiveness (not aggressiveness) and self-esteem. You force others to deal with the effect of their acts; this means accountability for the result of their impulsive actions. Aries makes great camp leaders and counselors as they help young people to find their real identity.

Second House: A solar eclipse here puts the emphasis on values. You help others get in touch with their deepest values, either through a positive or negative encounter with you. You help others find the weak points in their inner foundation, and shore up those areas. Try to help build up others' feelings of self-worth (as well as your own) so that we all can attract what we feel we deserve. You might be working with others in assessing their material assets (insurance, accounting), too.

Third House: A solar eclipse here puts the emphasis on information, especially verbal information. You keep the conversation moving, you introduce people with common interests, you keep everyone in the loop. The third house keeps everything circulating so that all can benefit. You illustrate the modern notion that “information wants to be free”. By sharing what we know, and what our concerns are, we increase the total information available to all.

Fourth House: A solar eclipse here puts the emphasis on home, of course, but also related issues like security and comfort. By making home a comfortable place, you also help make people comfortable with themselves. (read that sentence twice) By nurturing others, you help develop not only their sense of physical comfort but also their sense that the world is a welcoming place. You nurture others' self-esteem, too, so be careful the words that you dish out along with supper.

Fifth House: A solar eclipse here puts the emphasis on Play and Having Fun. You have already given yourself permission to have fun, and now you are called upon to teach others that skill. You are creative, and help others unlock their own creative potential. You break down defensive walls around others so that they can accept love and kindness. You especially enjoy being with children, and may organize or chaperon an outing.

Sixth House: A solar eclipse here puts the emphasis on Teaching and on helping others to organize their lives. Virgos are quite good at instructing others on how to put ones personal 'business plan' together, complete with goals, mission statement, and spreadsheets. You are able to help others get a better overview of their own weaknesses and shore up those deficiencies. You also help people to balance the needs of mind and body with a moderate health regimen.

Seventh House: A solar eclipse here puts the emphasis on helping others learn how to Relate. You may become a marriage counselor or mediate a legal dispute. Aside from the legal issues, you impress on others the importance of the social contract which may not be written down. This obligates us to honor our commitments. Establishing true harmony can only be done with mutual respect and a sense of equality. “Do unto others” may sound corny, but it is after all the foundation of civilization.

Eighth House: A solar eclipse here puts the emphasis on the Metaphysical. You become a teacher of the universal laws that govern our relations with each other and the Universe. You may act as a healer or as a metaphysician. Morality, finances, and the spiritual are all intertwined, with money as a tool to express one's higher values.

Ninth House: A solar eclipse here puts the emphasis on Exploration. You give others permission to explore beyond the boundaries of their birthplace, and seek adventure in life. You're a world traveler even if only in your own mind, and you give others the gift of multicultural riches. Or on another level, you explain how they can think globally and act locally.

Tenth House: A solar eclipse here puts the emphasis on Ethics and Responsibility. You may be engaged in training others for a career, but our real obligation is to the profession and to the community. Those who rise to a position of prominence with a company have an obligation to reach out to the community which made it possible to exist, to share its good fortune with the greater metro area. Maybe you are involved in the humble PTA or school board, or with a charity drive.

Eleventh House: A solar eclipse here puts the emphasis on Group Consciousness. You teach others to be more aware of the needs of the have-nots. You lead humanitarian efforts. And you espouse high ideals as you inspire others to reach for a better tomorrow. You encourage others in their dreams and aspirations for a better future.

Twelfth House: A solar eclipse here puts the emphasis on Faith. I do not mean mere dogma of a particular religion, but rather the trust that the Universe will unfold according to a greater plan, for the greater good. You help people deal with the ups and downs of life, to deal with disappointments, and to find the strength to keep going in the face of adversity. You help others learn how to meditate or pray or attain serenity with other techniques. You counsel and encourage.

Your Milky Way Horoscope Aug. 2-8, 2009

By Milky Way Maid

The Sun in Leo opposes the Moon in another Full Moon lunar eclipse on Wed., July 5, at 8:55 pm Eastern Time. This occurs at 13 degrees 43 minutes of Aquarius, so check your natal planet placements. This lunar eclipse emphasizes learning to be part of a team effort, not just hogging the spotlight for oneself. Make a point of giving credit to others who have contributed to a project. Aquarius also frees you from doing things the way have always been done, and this means detaching from belief systems that limited you. These beliefs may have come from religious, societal, or family traditions, but honor the past even as you sift through to find what is worth keeping.

Aquarius is also the humanitarian, so you might start your own fund-raising effort or choose vendors who contribute to causes you believe are important. Donate whatever time you can to volunteering at the local food bank or shelter (either human or animal).
The downside of Aquarius is group-think. Allow others the freedom to seek the truth as they see it.

Mercury enters Virgo, one of the signs it rules, on Sunday evening at 7:07 pm Eastern time. Its first aspect is a trine to Pluto in Capricorn on Monday morning, when you can work on releasing mental blocks. Pluto rules self-empowerment, among other things; when reversed or poorly aspected it can mean giving your power away.
The downsides of Mercury in Virgo are perfectionism and self-criticism. Give yourself credit for making progress!

I am fascinated by Yods, and one forms on Wednesday with the Moon in Aquarius inconjunct both Mercury in Virgo on one side, and Venus in Cancer on the other side. This sounds very positive and artistic for writers in particular. Venus can denote the subject of the writing project, but that could cover anything from a cookbook (especially desserts) to romance to poetry to song lyrics. Of course there is always the chance that this aspect brings a meeting with a soon-to-be Significant Other; wear your better duds.

The Moon in Pisces squares Mars and opposes Saturn on Saturday. This can make you feel more downhearted than is warranted by the circumstances. Moon square Mars is often the 'house afire' syndrome, where you start off fast and burn out, or you rush into some task and wind up doing it over because something doesn't fit. Saturn is finality, so you may wind up having to trash your wasted efforts. Trust me, pop some movies into the DVD player instead.

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. Also note: some aspects are exact on a weekend but may find opportunity for expression on the Friday or Monday nearest the exact aspect.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 – The lunar eclipse is in your solar eleventh house of friends and groups. This lunar eclipse gives you permission to dream of improving your station in life. In fact, it is probably essential that you do dream a dream of something better. I suspect it may have something to do with increased self-reliance, and that may entail a small farm to raise your own food, etc. At any rate, you will benefit from joining like-minded people in groups. The T-square on Saturday involves your solar third house of siblings, and there is the danger of getting drawn into an argument (Mars) with a sibling. Best to wait till the Moon changes signs to try to smooth things over.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – The T-square on Saturday evening between Saturn, Mars and the Moon affects your solar second, fifth, and eleventh houses. Skip the club meeting and gambling on sporting events. Instead, I suggest a short trip (third house) with a friend who is a go-to person in their field (Vesta therein) ; a seminar would fit the bill, and so would just a pleasure jaunt. The lunar eclipse is in your solar tenth house of career and reputation. Carrying out your profession with a high degree of integrity is imperative. Setting career goals will be on your to-do list.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – Mars in Gemini trines the Moon in Aquarius on Thursday morning; this airy trine merges feeling with action. Live your words. Later that day, the Moon conjoins the Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron stellium in the pm in your solar ninth house; you may enroll or graduate from training in an alternative or complementary health field. The T-square on Saturday between Mars in Gemini, Moon and Saturn can cause wasted efforts and materials; give it up and just watch a movie. The lunar eclipse is in your solar ninth house of law, religion, college, and publishing. Geminis, excuse me, tend to pick up info in a rather haphazard way, but now you may need to get a formal education in order to have that very important credential (diploma, law degree, etc.). You reach out for more information and more experiences; that could mean going back to school or it may mean travel.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – Venus in your sign sextiles Mercury in Virgo and trines the Moon in Pisces Friday night; you can talk out differences with loved ones, and assure them you love them in spite of your differences. Maybe a piece of your world-famous pie will help, too. The lunar eclipse is in your solar eighth house; you venture into areas of joint responsibility and that may mean getting married or at least drawing up a pre-nup or equivalent contract. You may have to discuss matters of sex, child custody and powers of attorney.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – The Sun in Leo opposes the Moon in another Full Moon lunar eclipse on Wed., July 5, at 8:55 pm Eastern Time. This occurs at 13 degrees 43 minutes of Aquarius, so check your natal planet placements. On Saturday, the Moon in Pisces is inconjunct the Sun in Leo; you are normally very forthright in speaking your opinions, but today you are have trouble expressing yourself. Perhaps playing music or other creative outlets will help you. The lunar eclipse is in your solar seventh house, so the focus is on your close relationships. You are forced to realize the effect you have on others, fulfill your obligations to others, and accept the needs of others. It isn't all about you, after all, tho we love ya to death.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Mercury, your ruler, enters Virgo on Sunday afternoon at 4:07 pm Eastern Time. You may find yourself becoming more selective than usual, and make more trips to the library. Also see notes at top of column. On Tuesday night, the Moon is inconjunct Mercury; you may struggle to express your feelings in words. Perhaps the lines of a poem or song capture what you are feeling, and you can use that to open a discussion. You will be frustrated trying to get anything done on Saturday night so you may as well sit down to read; Saturn, Mars and the Moon are in a T-square and could cause wasted effort and materials. The lunar eclipse is in your solar sixth house, calling on you to improve your lifestyle for the sake of your health.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – The lunar eclipse falls in your solar fifth house of children, games, gambling and speculation. You are asked to take life a bit less seriously and allow yourself to play. Stop worrying about whether you deserve whatever good fortune comes your way and just enjoy. The subtext is the need to learn to love yourself; if you have any mental blocks about that, I recommend going to Louise Hay's website and looking for her “I Love Myself” affirmation. The T-square on Saturday involves the solar sixth and twelfth houses, so guard your health and be aware of safety issues. You don't want an accident to become a protracted legal matter.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – Wednesday's Yod points to your solar tenth house of career; you may meet someone who is influential in the course of your career, or possibly incorporate a business. The lunar eclipse falls in your solar fourth house of home and family. You want to take care of others and share what you have, but allow others to nurture you as well. Being able to take as well as give hinges on your self-esteem; if you have issues there, this is a good time to begin a positive affirmation. You might try visiting Louise Hay's website for a wealth of materials to choose from.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – The lunar eclipse falls in your solar third house of siblings and communications. The eclipse here is reminding you to keep things in circulation; don't let things lie in storage because it creates stagnation. Perhaps you might join sharing clubs like Yahoo's freecycle, or swap books and CDs on PaperbackSwap.com. Information needs to be shared, too, and you might start a blog or even start giving lectures or seminars to share your accumulated savvy. The T-square involving all the other mutable signs on Saturday can exert its energy on you most of all. Pressures of spouse, work and family can build up to a climax. Think before speaking.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – The Moon is in Capricorn from early Sunday till Tuesday evening. The Moon is conjunct Pluto Sunday morning, and with the trine to Mercury on Monday, you can make progress in releasing mental blocks; see notes at top. You can be creative Sunday evening and may even enjoy being in the spotlight. A sextile from the Moon to Uranus on Tuesday morning can tickle your funny bone, or provide other kinds of happy surprises. The lunar eclipse is in your solar second house of money and resources; the keyword here is values. Repairing your value system will restore balance to your life.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – The Moon is in Aquarius from Tuesday evening till early Friday. An inconjunct from the Moon to Mercury in Virgo on Tuesday evening may help you with creative writing; the Moon figures prominently in writers' birth charts, and Mercury in a sign it rules is strong and helps you ignore writers' block. You may need to rearrange your writing corner to avoid distractions. Pluto squares Chiron early Thursday; you may benefit from alternative health practices; that may cover seeing a chiropractor or buying a book on aromatherapy. The lunar eclipse is in your solar first house; you deal with identity issues. You may held accountable for your behavior, or learn how to be comfortable with others.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – The Moon is in Pisces from early Friday till next Sunday afternoon. The Moon in Pisces sextiles Pluto Friday morn; tell yourself you are not going to repeat old, bad patterns anymore. Give yourself a new script to play, so to speak. The Moon opposes Mercury in Virgo Friday evening; you can benefit from talking it out with someone. A trine to Venus at the same time can help you express your love and caring for dear ones in spite of your differences. The Moon square Mars Saturday evening can make you rush to finish something without checking the specs; you will likely have to do it over again if you're not careful. The lunar eclipse is in your solar twelfth house, asking you to take some 'alone' time to quiet your mind. A retreat or a seminar that focuses on removing blockages and stumbling blocks would do you good.

The Dog Days of Summer Are Upon Us

by Milky Way Maid

What are the 'dog days' of summer? We use the phrase so often and most of us have no idea where it comes from. Many of us think they got that name because dogs get so hot in the heat of summer and just lie around panting.

The name comes from Sirius, the dog star, which in Roman times was conjunct the Sun from about July 3 to August 11 (dates per Old Farmers' Almanac). They believed that the heat of the bright star Sirius was added to that of the Sun, leading to the extreme temperatures. They dubbed those days “caniculares dies” or “days of the dog star”. Dog star in Latin is caniculares.

Dogs also figure in the lore of 'dog days' because the Romans often sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the phase to appease Sirius. (I think you can stop worrying that your beloved Fido will be snatched by errant Romans, but you can keep your dog indoors just to play it safe. Also, I am pretty sure you can substitute hot dogs on the grill instead, and Sirius will be just as happy.) BTW August 16 is the feast day of St. Roch, who is the patron saint of dogs.

Nowadays, due to precession, Sirius does not even conjoin the sun on the Roman dog days. Now the conjunction is generally from August 4 till Sept. 12, a period of 40 days. This varies with the latitude and the climate, of course. If you need to know more specifics, then consult either an ephemeris or dig up an ancient Egyptian astrologer.

One poem that has survived the ages, which claims to foretell the future from the weather during 'dog days' goes like this:
“Dog days bright and clear, indicate a happy year. But when accompanied by rain, for better times our hopes are vain.” I have no idea if this is an economic forecast or a farming forecast, so don't play the stock market based on fair or wet weather during dog days.

And lastly, the heliacal rising of Sirius at the beginning of ancient dog days was the signal to the Egyptians that the annual flooding of the Nile River was about to begin. A whole civilization was built on the fertile soil brought by this phenomenon. That's pretty amazing.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Stonehenge Evolved Over Centuries of Earth Changes

by Milky Way Maid

In an article titled “On Decoding Hawkins' 'Stonehenge Decoded'” Immanuel Velikovsky tackled the twin problems of whether the alignments of the stones on the Salisbury Plain in England are accurate today or were accurate in ancient times. He responds to two Gerald Hawkins articles which appeared in the December 1965 issue of American Scientist and a 1964 issue of Nature.

Hawkins believed that the ancient peoples of Britain were fearful that the Sun might go out of control and that they were also capable of building an astronomical computer. Hawkins believed that the 56 'Aubrey holes' were intended to chart and predict lunar eclipses. He assumes that the secret of Stonehenge is that they knew of a 56-year long eclipse cycle. Stonehenge was not built to predict solar eclipses.
Besides the 56 holes for this supposed eclipse marker, there are or were 30 holes for a Y ring, 29 holes for a Z ring, and 59 holes for bluestones that are no longer there. Hawkins says he tested these alignments of holes on a computer to identify possible connections to observing celestial bodies.

Well, actually, with so many holes and [possible configurations of these holes, there are just about an infinite number of possible target stars or heliacal rising markers open to us. The article comes up with 27, 060 possible alignments in this structure. Hawkins says that astonishingly, there were no detectable correlations to the Stonehenge markers.

Not to Arcturus, Sirius, Canopus, Betelguese, Spica, Vega or any other number of major stars.

A guidebook still current in 1967, written by R.J.C. Atkinson and published by the British government, says: “It is commonly believed that on 21st June, when today large crowds gather to see the dawn, an observer at the center of Stonehenge will see the sun rise immediately over the Heel Stone, and that it will cast a shadow of the top of the Heel Stone on the Altar Stone. Neither of these widely held beliefs is correct. Today the midsummer sun rises appreciably to the left of the Heel Stone, and when Stonehenge was built it rose even further to the left; it will not rise over the Heel Stone for more than thousand years.”

Atkinson was rather incensed that Hawkins allowed an unpardonable two degrees of arc in accepting alignments. Two degrees is roughly equal to four diameters of the sun or moon. Atkinson says that anyone with a pair of sticks can can fix the rising or setting sun within 5 MINUTES of arc. Atkinson says that this means the Heel Stone could be moved as much as 12 feet and not affect any of Hawkins' claim.

Atkinson also blasted away Hawkins supposedly rediscovered alignments by showing that out of the 8 alignments Hawkins supposedly found for Stonehenge III, four were outside acceptable limits, two were for fallen stones, and one would presumably have been blocked by they Slaughter Stone when upright.

And by the way if you astrologers out there never heard of a 56-year cycle for solar eclipses, that's because there isn't one. There is a 65-year cycle, in periods of 19, 19 and 27 years.

So Velikovsky comes in and declares that Stonehenge, rather than being a complete failure as an observatory, is instead an obsolete one. And therein lies its value as a clue to the skies as experienced by the ancients.

So instead of abandoning their enormous investment of time and labor, the ancients 'recycled' the stones into a series of other arrangements on the hill in a continuing attempt to get it right. Atkinson then posited a series of stages of development. If you live in Britain, perhaps you are already familiar with this sequence, and perhaps too you have an opportunity to test the present stones against possible alignments.

(You may wish to print out a layout of Stonehenge as it stands today, courtesy of Harvard, at www.fas.harvard.edu/~scdiroff/lds/AstronomyAstrophysics/Stonehenge/Stonehenge.html. Also this site has not only the current layout but all the older, now unused holes, too: www.math.nus.edu.sg/aslaksen/gem-projects/hm/0102-1-stonehenge/layout.htm)

Period One. The first construction was the bank and the ditch, the Heel Stone and the Aubrey holes. That's all. Seems pretty minimal, but simplicity is a virtue. All you really need is a marker stone, and some other indicator of where to stand.
Period Two. About 150 years later, Atkinson claims, the site was remodeled, and this involved moving the massive bluestones from 130 miles away in the Prescelly Mountains in Pembrokeshire. At least 80 stones were arranged in a double circle in the middle of the site, arranged like radiating spokes. This was a radical redesign because it had a new axis. The entrance was on the northeast, and opposite it is a large pit for what must have been a huge stone. Atkinson believed, however, that this new design was not completed.

Period Three-A. The double circle is dismantled. Those stones were put on one side, and the huge sarsen stones were put in their place after being dragged from their source in Marlborough Downs. These sarsen stones are the ones so widely photographed and imitated with sites like Carhenge, etc. The center of this circle is not the same as the circle in Period One.

Period Three-B. About 20 of the dismantled bluestones were re-shaped and arranged in an oval. The remodelers apparently wished to use the other 60 bluestones to mark the Y and Z designs. The bluestones in the oval were demolished again and the whole design given up.

Period Three-C. We come at last to the final construction of Stonehenge as know it today. The upright bluestones in the oval were converted into a horseshoe shape. The undressed bluestones filled out the circle, between the sarsen horseshoe and the sarsen circle. The Altar Stone, the tallest one, was presumably set as a tall pillar in front of the central sarsen trilithon but has since then fallen down.
Atkinson believes that the latest stage of Stonehenge construction was completed by 1400 BC.

Velikovsky believes that the ancients kept trying to remodel the site “to conform to the changed orders of the world.” He also states that “the last change in the celestial order took place in the beginning of the seventh century, actually on March 23, -687” (BC). He is not impressed with the dating of antlers found under one of the stones and in a fill site. Antler material is unreliable and it has been shown to be easily contaminated, according to the Radiocarbon Laboratory of the University of Pennsylvania.

Today the equinoxes still draw a large crowd to Salisbury or to Avebury, though it sure seems like they just come to party and not to make any astronomical observations.

Let us hope that this article will dispel some of the erroneous assumptions of Stonehenge's function and age. There is still plenty of room for discussion on what the orientation of the site may have been at any era of its history, and we should focus on that. More recent articles in the press dismiss Stonehenge as merely a funerary site for honored members of the clan. While significant sites often are endowed with the bones of powerful members of their society, I think it would be silly to think that any society would go to so much trouble just for a cemetery.

A Nod to Velikovsky: His Revolutionary Predictions of Venus, and Her Wild Past



by Milky Way Maid

In 1950, Immanuel Velikovsky first started publishing his revolutionary hypotheses concerning the history of our solar system and in particular of that wayward girl, Venus. Several of his predictions about the nature of Venus were dismissed as so far off the wall as to not merit serious consideration in scientific journals. And yet several of those predictions were later borne out by scientific observation and measurement.


Among those predictions were that Venus was hot, that Venus and Jupiter would emit radio waves, that Venus has a massive atmosphere (i.e. she has high atmospheric pressure), that she rotates retrograde (has a backward spin), that in rotating she turns the same face to the Earth at every inferior conjunction (a girl likes to show her best side during a hot date, after all), that her orbit is nearly circular, that her atmosphere spins much faster than the planet itself, that she may have ground tides, and that she is cooling. All of these have been found to be true by subsequent observations, even though at the time of his predictions, Velikovsky was dismissed as a quack or even a madman.

In 1950, Venus was widely assumed to be very much like a sister planet to Earth, with a similar temperature. Scientists were quite surprised to later find that her temperature is quite high, at least 600 degrees Fahrenheit. Venus (as well as Jupiter) also astonished scientists by emitting radio waves, about three times more than was expected.

The reasoning behind Velikovsky's predictions has not yet been verified, and is possibly unverifiable. He believed that Venus was a captured cometary body that once had a highly elliptical orbit that swung from near an inner-planet Mars to just beyond Jupiter. He believed that records made by ancient Babylonians, Chinese, and others lent backing to a history of Venus that once menaced Earth and Mars with close encounters.

Take for example the problem of the so-called Venus Tablets of Ammizaduga (they are so-called because they were most likely not written during that king's reign). (Ammizaduga was the great-great-grandson of Hammurabi.) It is very difficult to reconcile their observations with any current cycles of Venus, and most astronomers and historians just throw up their hands and toss out the record as impossible. For instance, consider one 1880 translation of the K.160 tablet, held by the British Museum after being excavated from the library of Ashurbanipal by Layard about 1860.

The tablet seems to give a record of Venus' invisibilities at the inferior and superior conjunctions. It says: “In the month Sivan on the twenty-fifth day, Ninsianna (aka Venus) disappeared in the east. She remained absent from the sky for two months six days; in the month Ulul on the twenty-fourth day, Ninsianna appeared in the west, the heart of the land is happy. In the month Nisan, on the twenty-seventh day, Ninsianna disappeared in the west; she remained absent from the sky for seven days; in the month Ayar on the third day, Ninsianna appeared in the east. Hostilities occur in the land, the harvest of the land is successful.” (from Velikovsky Revisited, p. 112)

Since none of us casual readers are familiar with the calendar of the Babylonians, what this means is that Venus was invisible for two months on a superior conjunction, and was invisible for seven days on what appears to be an inferior conjunction. Another group has very regular invisibilities on superior conjunction of three months. At one point it seems that Venus missed a conjunction, or could it be that she could not be seen (Due to anything from heavy clouds to volcanic ash? We may never know.).

Even worse for those who believe that the solar system has always been the way it is now, is a suggestion that Venus may have pushed Mars out of an inner-planet orbit to one between Earth and Jupiter. Historical records do suddenly become quite concerned about Mars' activities.

What can we make of this theory and the controversy around it? One, revolutionary theories are at first attacked as irresponsible or worse. Two, its proponent is attacked as a charlatan or worse. Three, it is likely that the solar system had as tumultuous a past as that of the earth itself.

What if the myth of the birth of Pallas Athena from the head of Zeus is really a story about the birth of the planet Venus from her 'father', Jupiter? And Athena's armor is just a a way of describing Venus' brightness, like the sun shining on metal. (Perhaps the Pallas name denotes the planet's phase as a cometary body?) What if the myth of the affair between Venus and Mars is a story about the close encounter between those two planets in the historical past?

Why is it that the meticulous Babylonians did not mention Venus at all in their earliest records? Why is it that the meticulous Hindus record only four planets prior to the second millennium B.C. -- but Venus is not among them? Perhaps sometime during that period, Venus had been born but was on an elliptical orbit -- then suddenly acted like a comet and became blazing bright

Velikovsky believed that ancient records of a Venus that rivaled the Sun for brightness (according to the Chinese) and blazed “from one end of the cosmos to the other” (according to a rabbinical source) denotes a close encounter about 1450 B.C. when earth passed thru Venus' cometary tail. The Egyptians suffered lack of potable water as a fine red dust turned the waters red as blood. Fish died and rotted in the rivers. The Egyptian Ipuwer wrote: “Plague is throughout the land. Blood is everywhere.” The Babylonians wrote that Tiamat, the monster in the sky, poured out her blood all over the world. The dust phase turned to a meteorite phase, when hail and fire poured down -- perhaps the source of the phrase “fire and brimstone”.

In Mexico, the Annals of Cuaahtitlan says that the sky “rained not water, but fire, and red-hot stones.” Then a rain of burning naphtha, and a paroxysm of earth changes as the gravitational and possibly plasmic forces altered the earth's axis and brought about floods and quakes. China had floods, while Arabia became a desert.

From the Americas to Europe to the Middle East to China, records tell us of darkness that lasted for three days. Again, myth turns this cosmological event into a story. The Babylonians say that Marduk struck the dragon Tiamat (Venus) with bolts of fire. The Egyptians saw Isis (Venus) and Set in deadly battle. The Hindus say that Vishnu battled the “crooked serpent”. Zeus, says Apollodorus, fought the coiled viper Typhon. The dragon or snake-like descriptions are describing the comet-like tail of Venus at that time.

I might add that it is not impossible for comets to change their orbits or cycles. Brooks's Comet Changed its orbital period from 29 years to 7 years after a swing around Jupiter. Comet Wolf changed its perihelion after a close encounter with Jupiter, in 1875 then later reverted to its prior habits after another swing by Jupiter in 1922. The comet Oterma III had its orbit between Jupiter and Saturn prior to 1938, but then had its orbit between Mars and Jupiter; it reverted after 1965 to its prior 'hunting grounds'.

The link between the female goddesses and the snake or dragon was forever immortalized in the story of Adam and Eve, when Eve entertained the snake and caused the end of an idyllic and serene Eden. The group guilt that humanity has borne for supposedly causing the end of an edenic period, is therefore totally mistaken and unnecessary. Oh that we could erase the misogyny that resulted from Venus-Eve's wayward motions.

I conclude that Velikovsky was indeed on to something, although the details are still to be worked out. We need to go back to the historical record, improve the translations and take seriously the observations of the ancient peoples. THEY SAW SOMETHING, and they wanted us to have this record of an extraordinary time!

Also, it occurs to me that it is possible that the Mayan calendar is thrown out of whack by the changes in the length of earth days and years. After the battle of Beth-horon, the year had 360 days and twelve months.; the length of the day would have been equal to 27.5 modern hours, according to Velikovsky; either the earth spun slower or its orbit was a little closer to the sun. Evidence from cuneiform tablets found in the Nineveh royal library record calendric and astronomical data very different from the cycles of today. Perhaps the transition from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar was not merely the result of accrued inaccuracies; maybe it was because the disturbances in earth's orbit distorted our year. Hence the rush by peoples all over the world to adjust their temples, calendars and astronomical markers.

Therefore maybe we should issue a caveat regarding putting too much faith in the Mayan calendar, which was developed prior to these changes. December 2012 may not be a significant day -- or it may be that the end of the cycle actually occurs on another date.

SOURCES: I am reading a book titled “Velikovsky Reconsidered” by the editors of Pensee magazine, which contains essays from the pages of Pensee from 1966-1976 plus papers by Velikovsky. I have also read a couple of Velikovsky's books in the past, Worlds in Collision and Earth in Upheaval.

PS -- You may also wish to read Barbara Hand Clow's book, Catastrophobia, for a psychic or channeled approach to these historical earth changes. She has some interesting things to say about the significance of the change in earth's axial tilt.

PPS -- Please see also my article on the changes in the construction and design of Stonehenge over the centuries.

Jupiter Gets Mugged

by Milky Way Maid

The planet Jupiter suffered a blow to the region of its southern pole earlier this week. The injury was discovered by an amateur astronomer in Australia. No witnesses are known to have seen the attack, nor is there any security videotape of the period when the attack occurred.

Anyone with information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator of this cowardly assault will be generously rewarded by the victim, Jupiter himself.

Meanwhile your prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery will be greatly appreciated. Friends are pitching in to help with first aid; Saturn is sending a regular supply of ice till the swelling abates, Neptune has shipped medicines, Mercury has posted APBs (which Uranus has transferred to the internet), while the Moon is sending plenty of chicken soup. Venus is passing around a get-well card and buying flowers. Mars the cop is on the case, with Pluto offering his detective services.

The perp will do time!

For story of discovery of Jupiter's "assault and battery", please see the Times Online at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article6721504.ece

What if Mythology is Really Cosmology???

by Milky Way Maid

Having read several interrelated books these last several months covering mythology and assorted theories of cosmology, I have decided that it is quite possible that myths are not just amusing stories about gods and goddesses, but are stories about the cosmological history of our solar system.

Whether you are a fan of Velikovsky or of Barbara Hand Clow or of the Mayans, it seems that the planet Venus was an object of abject terror among the ancient peoples. The Mayans in particular charted her movements to an exacting degree, fearful lest she stray from her current circular orbit and shed fire and brimstone upon a hapless Earth.

What if Venus were indeed a captured celestial body not native to our solar system? And what if the Mayan legends of her 'misbehavior', as related by Velikovsky, are true accounts of her capture and and the cataclysmic and far-reaching effects on our own planet? Venus as the Wild Child of our solar system is a lot more acceptable than blaming women for the loss of Eden.

Barbara Hand Clow postulates that the earth was tilted as a result of Venus' flyby. Whereas earth had formerly been a seasonable place, a veritable Eden, with a year-long summer, the magnetic pull of Venus' close encounter pulled our planet off kilter, resulting in the current 23 degree tilt which is responsible for our seasons. Clow points to clues in Egyptian and other artwork that keeps pointing out a tilted vertical line, always at just about a 23 degree tilt off vertical.

Let us take another look at the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. We have been befuddled by our wrongful focus on the issue of their sexuality and guilt. What we should have focused on was the question: What is the purpose of this story? The answer that I come up with is: The purpose of the Eden story is to explain the loss of Eden.

What if Eve in this story is not really a human female after all, but rather Venus – and not a mythological Venus but a literal planet Venus. It is Venus who is responsible for the fact that we no longer had a year-round summer, where we could live in a virtual paradise, plucking fruit from trees as needed. She tilted the Earth, causing the seasons, and forced us to take up agriculture in order to grow our bread.

What does it say in Genesis? “Cursed be the ground because of you, By toil shall you eat of it All the days of your life. . . By the sweat of your brow Shall you get bread to eat, Until you return to the ground.”

Mankind was forced to at last take up agriculture and other labors to grow their sustenance during the short summers, lest they starve to death during this new phenomenon: winter. Granted, it made possible a whole host of other technical and technological advances: metallurgy to make better plows, weaving and leather-working to make warm clothes, fire to keep their houses warm, and so forth.

Stop blaming Eve and just get on with it.

(Please also see articles “A Nod to Velikovsky” and “Stonehenge Evolved Over Centuries of Earth Changes”.)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Your Milky Way Horoscope July 26-Aug. 1, 2009

By Milky Way Maid

Venus trines Jupiter-Neptune-Chiron during the wee hours on Monday. It is easy to pig out on an excess (Jupiter) of sugar or sweets (Venus). And with Neptune near, diabetics should be especially careful about monitoring their diet. Chiron can warn of such illness or disease, and frankly I would not even buy sweets that day.

Venus squares Uranus in Pisces on Tuesday afternoon. It is quite possible to fall in love, or experience a small cash windfall. Uranus is surprises, after all, and Venus rules cash, the dollar, sugar, love, gifts, favors, cattle, and copper. I wonder if copper prices will see a swing. Make note of what house is occupied by these transits.

Mercury is opposite Jupiter early Thursday morn. Jupiter is the higher octave of Mercury, meaning that Jove rules the big theories and principles and college, while Mercury is the 'how-to' details, and grade school. They oppose, which is difficult, but you could work out a way to apply some principle to your own situation if you think on it hard enough.

Mercury in Leo opposes Neptune on Friday. Mercury-Neptune aspects tend to muddle communications, when what we say or write comes out confusing or just plain contrary to what we meant to say. So double-check your emails and other messages, both for content and for recipient lists.

Venus enters Cancer on Friday evening. Cancer is a most family and home-loving sign, and you may express your love of home by redecorating, painting or bringing in flowers from the garden. Look at how beautiful are the veggies you pick from your back yard, and arrange them attractively on the plate of antipasto. Cancer can be so home-loving, that they just can't tear themselves away on that vacation they had planned this August.

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. Also note: some aspects are exact on a weekend but may find opportunity for expression on the Friday or Monday nearest the exact aspect.

PS – If you are interested in Feng Shui, you might enjoy reading this delightful article on “Beach Blanket Feng Shui”, or how to enhance your life even while on the beach. For example, place something pink or romantic on the southwest corner of the blanket, if you are looking for a special someone. Tie a few coins together and place them on the southeast corner. Collect a few beach pebbles and arrange them just so, on the east side of the blanket, to enhance your health. Read the whole thing here at horoscopes.aol.com/fengshui/feng-shui-beach-blanket.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 – As a fire sign, you are quite thrilled with the entry of the Sun in Leo, especially with the Moon in equally fiery Sag making a trine on Friday. Your energy is probably high, and you cannot get enough of summer activities, sunshine, and sports. You probably instigate most of the group trips and games; this may include attending sporting events, organizing block rummages or parties, camping, trips to Spanish-speaking countries, or just soaking up the sun playing beach volleyball.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – Venus enters compatible Cancer on Friday evening, in your solar third house. Relatives and neighbors extend kindnesses in your direction, so accept any invites to lunch dinner with them. You may also enjoy teaching a class or leading a discussion group, careful to give all a chance to be heard. You might also enjoy volunteering at local events, like at the first aid station or giving water breaks to runners in charity runs. Venus squares Uranus in Pisces on Tuesday afternoon, in your solar eleventh house, and that is when you might be 'volunteered' for some club activity.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – Venus in your sign is very busy this week. Try to keep in mind that honeyed words catch a lot more flies than vinegar. Ask a teacher or professor for advice or referrals early in the week. You might also try to pry some free advice from a lawyer friend. Monday also has a trine from the Libra Moon to your Venus; indulge your creative side in arts or crafts. Venus squares Uranus in your solar tenth house on Tuesday afternoon; this can cause you to be smitten by Cupid but it could also bring a small bonus or tip.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – The Moon in Libra Sun.-Tues. morn will probably be action days, as it squares your sign; while you may be more comfortable with Moon in Scorpio Tues.-Thurs. Venus enters your sign on Friday evening, where it tends to smooth everything over with another piece of pie. Venus in Cancer is very good at soothing others' hurts with sympathy as you dry their tears, and send them on their way again. This Venus will hit the eclipse point around August 26, so make a note what transpires during that week. BTW Mars will contact the eclipse point in mid-October, so make a note likewise.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – Moon sextile Mercury in Leo on Monday helps you communicate clearly and find a favorable audience. The Moon in Scorpio squares Sun in Leo on Tuesday; please don't imagine you are a king and can behead anyone that disagrees with you. That is your tendency, when you get right down to it, and you need to let go of the need to be right all the time (or at least agreed with all the time). Let it go. Do not schedule presentations for early Wednesday, because the Moon squaring your Mercury is going make it a real uphill battle. Monday morn or Saturday night are much better.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Venus in late Gemini inhabits your solar tenth house of career, where your may win favors or sales contracts. You are perfectly OK with being part of the woodwork these few weeks of July and August. What would we do without you manning the first aid stations at charity runs and state fairs? We'd be in big trouble, that's how we'd do. Venus moves into compatible Cancer on Friday evening, where it occupies your solar eleventh house of friends and groups. You might volunteer to man club tables at fund raisers or other events, or chair a club meeting.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - The Moon is in Libra from the wee hours Sunday till Tuesday morn. The Moon square to Pluto early Sunday makes you feel like you have no choices, but you do have power over your life; you just have to keep focused on what is important to you. You feel more positive and energetic in the evening, when the Moon trines Mars in Gemini; get out and attend a lecture or travelogue, or rent a related DVD. You are thrilled by ideas that evening. Venus in Gemini trines Jupiter in Aquarius on Monday; see above notes on watching those sweets. The Grand Trine in air (adding your natal planets) is wonderful for communicating your ideas and theories.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – The Moon is in Scorpio from Tuesday morn till Thursday afternoon. The Moon squares the Sun in Leo Tuesday afternoon, so do not waste energy trying to win an argument with other fixed signs. Wednesday can be very productive with the Moon sextile hard-working Saturn in Virgo; you and a friend can get a job done efficiently, so offer a deal in exchange for help. Thursday is challenge day, meaning squares to those Aquarius planets. They offer lots of rewards, tho, if you can overcome obstacles.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – The Moon is in Sag from Thursday afternoon till the following Sunday morn. The fiery Leo month of August begins with the Moon in equally fiery Sag, so the month kicks off with high spirits and a sense of fun. You can also inspire others to achieve far more than they thought possible. Saturday features easy sextiles from the Moon to Jupiter-Neptune in Aquarius. You may feel like hosting a block party or other gathering for relatives. The outdoors beckon to you, Sag, and the wilder the better.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – Venus enters your opposing sign Cancer on Friday evening; your affection for your spouse is renewed and you prefer spending time together to other pursuits. Express your gratitude for all his or her efforts to building your life together, and back up your words by pitching in with chores. Venus opposes Pluto in your sign on Saturday afternoon-evening; this can be a real tug-of-war with someone that you love dearly but want to avoid spoiling. Offer a matching funds deal instead, where you will match what they can earn or save by themselves.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – You enjoy your Air sign friends a great deal this week, so much so that it may be hard to tear yourself away to do some actual work. But at any rate, conversation and letters fly back and forth as you discuss ideas, theories and hypotheses. Whether anything will ultimately come of these discussions is not known at this point, but keep a log or tape of these discussions to refer to later when you are looking for material for some sci-fi novel.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – You may host interesting discussions in your home; offer to host a club meeting or house a guest speaker. Venus in Gemini in your solar fourth house is making all kinds of aspects this week, so the home is definitely the setting for whatever transpires. A family member (rather than you yourself) is likely to be the catalyst, so be open to children bringing interesting friends home for dinner.

Pictures of July Eclipse Are Online NOW

Please treat yourself to some spectacular pictures of the July solar eclipse online at Space Weather! The link is spaceweather.com/eclipses/gallery_22jul09.htm to get to page one of three pages of photos.

Although the eclipse was visible mostly from Asia only, you can find a couple photos from Iran and Hawaii. Shanghai, Beijing and most of China were cloudy or even rainy -- but skies were clear in Taiwan, Japan, and Philippines.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Your Milky Way Horoscope July 19-25, 2009

By Milky Way Maid

The New Moon Solar Eclipse is on Tuesday, July 21 at 10:35 pm Eastern time, at 29 degrees 27 minutes of Cancer. The last aspect the Moon makes before the eclipse is a trine to Uranus in Pisces, and its first major aspect after the eclipse is a sextile from Leo to Mars in Gemini. The fact that this falls at the very end of Cancer suggests that the last act will play out regarding the housing and mortgage crises. I am guessing that Cancer, the sign ruling family, emphasizes that people will probably have to double up with relatives to survive.

Cancerian natives may find more people than usual coming to cry on your shoulder under this eclipse. You are kind of an emotional recycling plant, where people take their turmoil to be released and dissolved. Dry up their tears and send them on their way when they have unburdened themselves and sorted out their feelings. This is your gift to them.

If you like to work with a Cazimi moon, starting something a half hour before to a half hour after this exact aspect (eclipse) is very auspicious. Cancer is a cardinal sign and makes things happen, so if there is something that you need to make happen, doing it under this eclipse should help speed things along.

Venus squares Saturn earlier on Tuesday. You may terminate a love relationship, or you may willingly take on a duty (Saturn) out of love (Venus).

The Sun enters sunny Leo, its home turf, at midday Wednesday. It follows the Moon, already in Leo since Tuesday evening. These double rays of Leo energy can, like Mary Richards, turn the world on with your smile. You will seek an audience for your 'performances', whether it's open mike night or just the aisle of the grocery store.

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. Also note: some aspects are exact on a weekend but may find opportunity for expression on the Friday or Monday nearest the exact aspect.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 – Best days this week: Moon in Leo from late Tuesday till late Thursday. Wednesday can be a real power day for you, with Sun, Moon, Mercury all in Leo, your solar fifth house of fun, games, children and creativity. Volunteer to help chaperon a children's outing, or coach your own child in the fine points of pitching and fielding. Thursday is good for being in the spotlight, even if it's only to give a presentation at work. The solar eclipse is in your solar fourth house of home and family; you may latch onto a house if you've been hunting for one, or finally save the house you have from foreclosure. Have fun with family outings this month, too.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – The Moon in Cancer trines Uranus in Pisces in your solar third and eleventh houses; you find fellowship and laughs in touring your own home town with friends. The opposition on Thursday from Leo Moon to Jupiter-Neptune in Aquarius may stress you over conflict between the tugs of home and career, but you have the opportunity to insert humanitarian principles into your company's code of ethics. The solar eclipse is in your solar third house of communications, putting extra importance on everything you say and write. Use spellcheck and have a friend or pro look over your business letters.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – The week begins with the Moon in Gemini, till Sunday evening. The Moon trines that super conjunction of Jupiter-Neptune-Chiron, so you may ace that college exam or wow a jury with a closing argument. Chiron in the mix warns against overdoing (Jupiter), so take care with your diet. You will be able to marshal your arguments for effective debate by Monday evening, when Mercury sextiles Mars. On Tuesday Venus in Gemini squares Saturn in Virgo; you may feel lonely when you have a perfectly nice 'other' looking you in the face. Count up this person's good qualities before you regret some snappy retort.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – The Moon is in its home, Cancer, from Sunday night till late Tuesday. Sunday night you may feel like you are helpless to act, but that is only if you have been giving away your power. On Tuesday, the Moon trines Uranus; you are able to harness an inspiration or insight and buckle down to make it a reality (Moon sextile Saturn). See above notes on the Full Moon solar eclipse this week because you will be most affected.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – You will be able to marshal your arguments for effective debate by Monday evening, when Mercury sextiles Mars. The Moon is in showy Leo late Tuesday till late Thursday. You will be overflowing with Leo energy Wednesday and Thursday, since both Sun and Moon will be your sign. (Mercury also entered Leo on July 17.) Hold the stage door open, because you are going on whether they've cast you or not! Caution may be useful on Thursday, tho, due to the opposition to Jupiter-Neptune, but I interpret this as an opportunity to project your best, most artistic and idealistic side.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – On Tuesday Venus in Gemini squares Saturn in Virgo; you may feel lonely when you have a perfectly nice 'other' looking you in the face. Count up this person's good qualities before you regret some snappy retort. The Moon is in Virgo from late Thursday till very late Saturday. Your powers of discrimination are keen Thursday night, especially if you are doing something creative. You may waste a great deal of time and energy tho, on Friday, due to the Moon square Mars. It may be a challenge to speak up on Saturday, since you may fear losing someone's love or approval by disagreeing;(Moon square Venus). Saturday afternoon, you may feel uplifted by inspiring music or other art; you might also amuse yourself by singing along.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Best days this week: Moon in Gemini on Sunday, with a grand trine in air signs formed by Moon, your natal planets, and Jupiter-Neptune in Aquarius. Meditate on your ideals, and let them unfold in their own way in your life. The solar eclipse in cardinal sign Cancer (your solar tenth house) helps spur you into action regarding career matters. I think you may luck onto the perfect, I mean perfect, place for you to ply your trade.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – With the Sun, Moon, Mercury all in Leo in your solar tenth house of career this week, you really need to talk about your goals in that area of your life. Network, talk to a mentor or advisor, let others know what you want to focus on. The opposition on Thursday from Leo Moon to Jupiter-Neptune in Aquarius may stress you over conflict between the tugs of home and career, but you have the opportunity to insert humanitarian principles into your company's code of ethics. You can make the world a better place, not just your own private kingdom.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – Tuesday may be difficult; Venus in Gemini squares Saturn in Virgo, involving your solar seventh house of relationships. Think before your wit runs off with your mouth, and consider the other person's good qualities in the balance. Best days this week: Moon in Leo from Tuesday night till Thursday night.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – Pluto denotes personal power, among other things. Its transit through your sign will transform your idea of power. Is it rooted merely in money and success? If so, you will have to give up those notions. Real power and authority come from inner wisdom. The solar eclipse is in your solar seventh house of relationships, and may put your marriage and other partnerships on a new footing. Perhaps you might consider going to an enrichment seminar some weekend, to put the magic back in your marriage.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – Sunday will be very active due to the Moon in Gemini, in your solar fifth house, making scads of aspects. You might be busy with children or creative projects that day; in either case, hold a vision of your goal in front of you to keep from getting sidetracked. On Tuesday Venus in your solar fifth house makes a difficult square to Saturn in Virgo; try not to focus on nitpicking flaws in your romantic partner or your creative works. Nothing can survive such scrutiny; rather, balance their merits against deficits and you will see they are worth keeping.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – You may feel dissatisfied, with or without good reason, regarding your home and spouse. Tuesday's transit of Venus in Gemini square Saturn in Virgo will pass; consider the other person's good qualities before opening your mouth to nitpick. The solar eclipse in Cancer is in your solar fifth house of children; your children may cry on your shoulder yet again. Offer tea and sympathy, and send them on their way after drying their tears. Best days this week: Moon in Cancer from Sunday night till Tuesday night.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Your Milky Way Horoscope July 12-18, 2009

By Milky Way Maid

The Sun in Cancer is conjunct Mercury at 10:16 am Monday morning, July 13. Cancer's ruler, the moon, squares this conjunction by sign, so it is not favorable for communications. Oh, you may give a great speech or presentation, but the audience is not buying you. The conjunction later receives a square from the Moon in Aries on Wed. morning; people are in too much of a hurry to listen so make an appt. for Friday night or midday next Wed.

Mercury sextiles Uranus in Pisces early Thursday; this sounds like wordplay, jokes, riddles, etc. will strike your funny bone. Listen to the radio on your morning commute and see if something funny transpires. This is also a fine time to buy mechanical or electronic items, everything from a car to a clock.

The Sun is trine Uranus on Saturday evening; break out of your routine, try an open mike night, look at the funny side.

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. Also note: some aspects are exact on a weekend but may find opportunity for expression on the Friday or Monday nearest the exact aspect.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 – The Moon is in Aries mid-morning Mon. till Wed. afternoon. The Moon in Aries squares Pluto early Mon.; your efforts to get to the bottom of something are like pulling teeth. Easy sextiles on Tues. are much more favorable for everything; sextile to Venus in Gemini means: season your interactions with some honey. Ex: tell them what they're doing right before pointing out how they can do better. Squares to Sun-Mercury in Cancer early Wed. puts obstacles in your way but the rest of the morn is much smoother due to sextiles to Jupiter-Neptune; appeal to people's desire for a better world.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – The Moon is in Taurus Wednesday afternoon till Friday evening. First aspect Wed. night is a trine to Pluto; good for research, detective work, or reading mystery novel. The Moon trines Saturn, on Thursday, lending you discipline, so cross off lots of chores from your 'to-do' list. Friday has a mixed bag. A sextile from the Moon to Cancer Sun makes relationships flow easier, so trade favors with friends. A square to the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction makes you vaguely dissatisfied with school or career; you might decide to wallow in a personal film festival tonight.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – The Moon is in Gemini Friday evening till next Sunday. You are itching to be on the move and talk with friends Friday night, with a Moon-Mercury sextile and a Pluto aspect. More serious Twins might get into deep discussions but be careful who you confide in! The Moon is conjunct Mars in Gemini on Saturday morn, making you irritable. Moon joins Venus that evening; you are ready to socialize that night, or even get romantic with your S.O. On Sunday, Saturn makes you work hard on chores in the a.m. But Jupiter and Uranus put you in the mood for film or comedy that evening.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - The Sun in Cancer is conjunct Mercury at 10:16 am Monday morning, July 13. Cancer's ruler, the moon, squares this conjunction by sign, so it is not favorable for communications. Oh, you may give a great speech or presentation, but the audience is not buying you. The conjunction later receives a square from the Moon in Aries on Wed. morning; people are in too much of a hurry to listen so make an appt. for Friday night or midday next Wed. See also other notes about aspects to the Sun above.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – Mercury enters the sunny sign of Leo on Friday at 7:08 pm Eastern time. The downside of this placement is that Leos can become arrogant and hog the spotlight. The upside is that Leos can use their talent for theatrics to enhance communication. For example, teachers find that a funny story to illustrate a concept will ensure that students remember it at exam time. Centering yourself in the heart will energize your communications for greater effect.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Ceres in Virgo till early August favors growing a garden, altho you might make a point of mulching and protecting before Ceres moves into dry Libra. You may have to water heavily in August to keep things alive. The Sun and Mercury are in your solar eleventh house of friends and groups; you may feel like hosting some pool parties or club meetings. Venus and Mars enter your solar tenth house, helping to boost sales (altho you always have to work at that kind of thing).

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – The Sun and Mercury are in your solar tenth house of career, putting you in the spotlight. You may be giving more speeches or interviews than usual. Venus and Mars move into your solar ninth house; perhaps you get some help with paying tuition but incur loan obligations. Juno opposite in Aries asks for equality and mutual respect in relationships; allow each other time to speak his or her piece. Juno squares Pluto retrograding in Capricorn; face your deepest fears about disrupting your home and family with dissension or divorce. You can break family patterns with raised consciousness.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – Pluto retrogrades in Capricorn, your solar third house of speech and writing. You may have to revise and analyze the impression you give others when speaking etc. You may have to toss out a writing project and start from scratch. Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron all retrograde in your solar fourth house; perhaps promises regarding housing evaporate, or utility workers need to shut off water at times to work on pipes. Mars and Venus enter your solar eighth house of wills and insurance. Check with your estate lawyer that all papers are in order and that you have received all that that is due you. Likewise with insurances; follow up on processing of your claims.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – Your fave person to have fun with this month is your spouse or other S.O. (I know, wild, isn't it?) Amusement parks and sporting events beckon you both. Saturn and Ceres are high in your solar tenth house of career; you're saddled with responsibility and may feel like kicking over the traces but that's what weekends are for, right? True, Mars in your solar seventh house may indicate your spouse gets irritable, but Venus represents how much fun it is making up.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – Pluto is in for a long transit thru your sign, Cappy, and you are not likely to be quite the same after it has passed thru. Pluto can grind you down, make you face both your deepest fears and desires, but in the end you will be empowered to be your true self. Mars and Venus have entered your solar sixth house of health; Mars recharges your batteries but watch out for too many sweets (Venus). Also argument (Mars) can deeply affect your body chemistry, so sugar your words (Venus in Gemini). The Sun and Mercury in your solar seventh house have put you in the public eye, but with Uranus retrograding in your solar third house of communications till December, you may be frustrated trying to get your message across.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - Jupiter, Neptune and Chiron retrograde in your own sign. Be very cautious about committing your energies and resources this summer, as you could easily overextend and exhaust yourself. It is also possible that you become enthused about some form of religion or spiritual teaching; sample all you want, but make no commitments at this time. Your optimism may waver a bit while these planets are retrograde, but you are nevertheless kept buoyant by their presence.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – The Moon is in Pisces Sunday till mid-morning Monday. Sunday is a lazy day, the way you'd like every day to be. A trine to Sun and Mercury in Cancer may see you parked by the pool, taking care of messages by cellphone or via your laptop. The Sun and Mercury's sojourn in your solar fifth house this month makes this a good time for vacations and other recreation and self-expression. Take the kids to all the stops (zoo, museum, games) and enjoy being a kid yourself.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Your Milky Way Horoscope July 5-11, 2009

By Milky Way Maid

Venus enters flirty Gemini early Sunday morning at 4:23 am Eastern Time. Perhaps a new nail color appeals to you, or you get a manicure on impulse. At any rate, pay attention to your hands and nails and buff them up; hands are one of the first things noticed upon meeting, so you want to give a good first impression. On a deeper level, try to communicate love and acceptance to those you deal with. It takes only a few seconds to uplift others.

Mars in Taurus squares Neptune in Aquarius on Monday morning. Physically, this can be a weakening or even a debilitating phase for Taureans in particular but applies to most natives of the fixed signs. Rhythmic movement, especially to music, can be very helpful. Get out your tai chi and yoga tapes, or dance a few cha-chas or rhumbas. This square challenges one to overcome discouragement; hang on to your courage. Those with natal planets at 25-26 degrees of fixed and earth signs will be especially affected by this square.

A Lunar Eclipse occurs Tuesday at 5:21 am Eastern at 15 degrees 24 minutes of Capricorn/Cancer. The Moon in Capricorn trines Saturn in Virgo that morning also. Self-discipline rules the day. An eclipse in Capricorn hammers home the lesson that reputation is your biggest asset. We have seen too many headlines where politicians and financiers have learned the hard way how fragile the public trust is. Capricorn is very ambitious, and there's nothing wrong with ambition when paired with responsibility.

Mars square Jupiter-Neptune is inclined to take big risks, and lose all. Uranus squares Pluto, which can be good when it leads to profound insights, but can be annoying when machinery or electronic goods break down.

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. Also note: some aspects are exact on a weekend but may find opportunity for expression on the Friday or Monday nearest the exact aspect.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 – With Mars and Venus entering your solar third house, you may have a very busy social calendar this summer for both love and sports. You meet siblings, neighbors and relatives for parties and games, and one of them may introduce you to a special someone to spend your time with. Juno enters Aries on July fourth, asking you to work in partnership with a true sense of equality. You look for a mate who is strong, pioneering, and speaks his or her mind. The Lunar Eclipse affects your solar fourth and tenth house axis, so expect some changes to your career or home.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – Make sure you get your sleep and keep regular hours, because Mars squaring Neptune on Monday morning can sap your energy big time. See suggestions above. Mars in Taurus squares Jupiter on Monday night; Mars-Jupiter aspects can apply to risk-taking whether in sports or other endeavors. But the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction flavors this angle with a bit of reaching-for-the-moon yearning, so perhaps you begin working aggressively towards a goal that may be beyond your reach but the effort leads to a better you. The Lunar Eclipse affects your solar third and ninth houses; perhaps you go back to school, or finish up a course of study. You might also publish a book or start a legal case.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – Venus enters Gemini early Sunday; time to be kind to yourself and others. Mars enters your sign Saturday night; time for Twins to go vroom vroom and dash around in double time. You may feel more energetic and more sports-minded till late August when Mars enters the sign of the Crab (and Venus can lend some sporting luck to your team). Mars likes debate and when it is in Gemini it can express as a sharp wit. But Mars may spur you to confront others, and let's hope in a loving, constructive way with the aid of dear Venus.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – Tuesday has a Mars sextile to Uranus; you may join friends in an outing to a comedy club or to a fascinating lecture on a college campus. Tuesday also has the Full Moon lunar eclipse in your opposite sign Capricorn; the accent will be on relationships and also you may be put in the public eye for the next few months. Thursday may a fated quality to it; it features a yod formed by the Sun in Cancer, sextile Saturn, and both inconjunct the Moon in Aquarius. The Moon will be in your solar eighth house of pooled resources such as insurance (or lotteries), so you or someone near you may win a piece of a jackpot.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – Venus moves into your solar eleventh house and adds a touch of flirtatious romance to gatherings with friends. You can flirt with the best of them, Leo. Venus also makes networking easy, inspiring people to help you just because they like you. The Lunar Eclipse accents health issues, since it touches your solar sixth and twelfth houses. Let's hope that you are doing good deeds by visiting patients and are not the one in the hospital. Best days this week: Moon is Aquarius (Wed.-Fri.) is helpful in public appearances, so schedule presentations etc. on those days.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – The Moon trines Saturn in your sign on Tuesday; you are disciplined and cool as a cucumber so schedule oral exams, tests or presentations for that day. The Sun sextiles Saturn in your sign on Thursday so accept an honor graciously; you might also reflect some light on those who deserve credit for helping you along. Mercury sextiles Saturn in your sign on Saturday; a good day for starting a course, or buckling down to master a subject. The Lunar Eclipse accents your solar eleventh and fifth houses; you might join a social or civic group that becomes key to enriching your life. Enjoyment and creativity grow under this lunation, so indulge your curiosity about a craft or learn to play an instrument.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Venus moves into Gemini, trining your natal planets and bringing small gifts or at least a sense of well-being. Venus is in your solar ninth house, bringing lots of social events at college or thru the internet. If your are already graduated, be sure to keep up with alumni events for networking opportunities. The Lunar Eclipse accents your solar fourth and tenth houses so expect tension between your career and home/family. You may have to decide between one or the other, or have that decision made for you. Juno moves into your solar seventh house on July fourth, so don't be surprised if you suddenly meet your life mate.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – The Lunar Eclipse accents your solar third and ninth houses, and that includes a lot of territory: messages, phone calls, politics, law, publishing, religion, college. Be aware of what people are saying about you; solicit feedback and public comment. Your reputation can take a beating on the flimsiest of evidence, so be ready to explain yourself. Flirty Venus (and later Mars) enter your solar eighth house of sex, pooled resources, insurance, estate matters. Possibly a bequest is received, or insurance becomes an issue. Best days this week: Moon in Capricorn (Mon-Wed.) favors personal communications so be sure to catch up on emails or calls.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – The Moon is in Sag as the week begins, until about 10 pm Eastern on Sunday night. The Moon sextiles Jupiter and Neptune Sunday afternoon; you may be touched and inspired by a local performer. It may be as ordinary a setting as the talent show in the local park, or as grand as an opera house or art gallery. A square to Uranus later that afternoon may upset you, or just as easily produce gales of laughter; it helps to have your sense of humor handy. Best days: Moon in Aquarius.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – The Moon is in Capricorn from Sunday night till midday Wednesday. The Moon joins Pluto and is inconjunct Venus on Sunday night; an opportunity to learn to exchange love and acceptance presents itself. You may have to force yourself to give a hug, but really, they can be a lot of fun once you get the hang of it. The Moon opposes Mercury Monday morn; try to balance mental and emotional expression. In other words, validate what someone has done right before criticizing their error. A trine from the Moon to Mars in Taurus is nice for finding someone to go to a sporting event with you; Taurus is very companionable especially if you're buying the ball park hot dogs.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – The Moon is in Aquarius from midday Wednesday till Friday night. The Moon trines Venus in Gemini Wednesday evening; good for a romantic dinner or just a flirty chat. See above notes on Venus in Gemini. On Thursday a Yod forms with Moon in Aquarius inconjunct both Sun in Cancer and Saturn in Virgo; a fated quality may permeate your day. The Moon conjoins the Jupiter-Neptune conjunction on Friday and you could get swept away in an awe-inspiring experience. The Moon squares Mars that night which can make you dig in your heels just to be stubborn.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – The Moon is in Pisces from Friday night through the weekend. The Moon sextiles Pluto late Friday in your solar eleventh house of groups and friends; perhaps you enjoy a deep conversation with pals, or attend a fascinating speaker on the mysteries of the universe, or you could stay home with an enthralling mystery. On Saturday the Moon squares Venus; you hate your hair and face and nothing you try makes you look good in the mirror. It's you, not the mirror; do a kindness for yourself such as a proper cleansing, a bubble bath, yoga, giving yourself a manicure.