Saturday, June 26, 2010

Your Milky Way Horoscope July 4-10, 2010

By Milky Way Maid

Happy Birthday to the USA this week!
The day will be marked by lots of fireworks, a Moon-Sun square on Sunday morning and a Venus-Ceres trine early Monday. The square may indicate the public (Moon) is at odds with their leader (Sun); President Obama's poll ratings have taken a dip this spring. The trine may indicate rosy forecasts for the grain (Ceres) yields this fall.

Uranus turns retrograde at 12:50 pm on Monday, at zero degrees, 35 minutes of Aries. The trends foreshadowed by his brief visit to Aries should have given us a chance to prepare for the long-term sojourn that begins in 2011. Uranus re-enters Pisces in mid-August and remains in that sign thru the end of the year. Uranus will be retrograde till Dec. 5; hmm, wonder what kind of big surprise St. Nicholas will have for us? Something electrifying, for sure.

Mercury enters Leo at 12:29 pm Friday. Mercury trines Uranus in Leo Friday night. Mercury in Leo is rather unbalanced when the Lion tries to rule by fiat. However, developed or mature Leos are well aware of the effect their words have on others, and consciously shape their presentation for maximum effectiveness depending on their audience. Leos with this placement can leave a lasting impression on groups of people. Like Superman, use this force only for good. (wink)

Venus enters the sign Virgo at 7:32 am Saturday and promptly sextiles the Moon which has just entered Cancer. Venus in Virgo has an unfortunate fixation on trying to always be right in social situations. Hon, the only person who can rightly be judged by you is Yourself. Hold YOURSELF to your own high standards of service, and you will enjoy satisfaction and personal integrity.

Looking ahead to Sunday, July 11, a New Moon solar eclipse occurs at 19 degrees, 24 minutes of Cancer, at 3:40 pm. Whoa, it is conjunct the asteroid Juno, ruler of marriage. Relationships could get serious, and couples who have been living together for years may suddenly decide to make it legal. Juno wants equality in relationships, altho she doesn't always get it. I am wondering if the quest for equality may also apply to gays' quest for equal marriage status with straight couples.

The eclipse point is sextile both Mars and Vesta in Virgo. Pairing off does not merely satisfy the couple's need for sex, it adds a spiritual dimension, and one might say a sacramental quality to lovemaking.

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. Times given are in Eastern Standard or Eastern Daylight Savings Time depending on the season.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 – The Moon is in Aries as the week begins, and remains till Monday night. The Moon square the Sun mid-morning means every little thing may irritate you. Hey, don't sweat the small stuff, and keep focused on your ideal. You will find release of tensions in sports or other physical exertion, or possibly in friendly competition. The Moon trines Venus mid-morning on Monday, when you are rather playful and creative. Take the kids on an outing. A Moon-Neptune sextile in late afternoon suggests a swim or a movie. The upcoming solar eclipse in Cancer, your solar fourth house, suggests you may host a wedding at home, or see a family member married off before the end of the year.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – The Moon is in Taurus from 8:29 pm Monday till early Thursday. A Moon-Pluto trine early Tuesday favors purposely molding your subconscious to support your will; tired of making excuses to do or not do things? Mock them in a funny voice with silly body movements, and you will not take them seriously again. Honest, try it! Wednesday morn is a bit better than the afternoon; squares to Venus and Neptune late in the day mean that you think a female family member is dreaming so much pie-in-the-sky, and not in touch with reality. Tell her how the real world works.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – The Moon is in Gemini from 3:51 am Thursday till Saturday morn. You may not feel so great when you wake up, but the day soon takes a upswing. The morning is really quite terrific with Jupiter and humorous Uranus boosting your spirits. The Moon squares Mars midday Friday; this is the hurry-up-and-wait syndrome, or sometimes the rush through it once and then spend the rest of the day doing it over syndrome. Resolve on Saturday to establish you ideals, your castles in the air if you will; then build a foundation underneath them. That is the message of aspects to Neptune and then to Saturn early that day.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – Mercury in Cancer is inconjunct Neptune in mid-afternoon Thursday; you may have to edit muddled contracts, or wade through misprints in a new insurance policy. The Moon is in Cancer from 7:38 am Saturday and remains thru the weekend. You may have to spend Saturday morning working overtime, so make hay while the sun shines. Try not to feel resentful of your spouse's demands for attention that afternoon; after all, he/she needs quality time, too. Sunday afternoon presents opportunities to exercise for fun, so run or swim with loved ones. A New Moon solar eclipse marks July 11, at 19 degrees Cancer. Note whatever changes in your life begin at this time, and jump on new opportunities. You might decide to open a local restaurant in partnership.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – Venus in Leo opposes Neptune late Thursday; this is the martyr syndrome. Avoid idealized notions about a person, relationship or even a job. Instead, find out the real facts from interviewing those who've known the person longer than you. Can you handle the truth? Mercury in Leo trines Uranus in Aries on Friday evening; this is much more favorable for uncovering the facts. Better to wait till Friday to learn the truth, than to spend the rest of the year ruing your impulsiveness. Legal or college expenses may be higher than expected Saturday. Venus moves into your second house this week; a careful and steady effort to watch expenses will improve your peace of mind.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - Venus enters the sign Virgo at 7:32 am Saturday and promptly sextiles the Moon which has just entered Cancer. Venus in Virgo has an unfortunate fixation on trying to always be right in social situations. Hon, the only person who can rightly be judged by you is Yourself. Hold YOURSELF to your own high standards of service, and you will enjoy satisfaction and personal integrity. The Solar Eclipse in Cancer is in your solar eleventh house of friends; a friend may become much, much more than that. And couples who esteem their spouses as their best friends, usually stay married for the long term.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Mercury enters Leo on Friday, your solar eleventh house of friends. Communications take an uptick, although messages may sound more like royal decrees instead of casual conversation. Perhaps you need to remind friends that 'please' and 'thank you' grease the social wheels. The Solar Eclipse in Cancer impacts your solar tenth house of career. You may go on a tear and really make an impact in your profession, far more than you thought possible. A job begun under this eclipse can grow into something big, or at least be a stepping stone to bigger things.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – Mercury enters Leo, your solar tenth house of career. You begin to find ways of promoting yourself. Haven't you tried Craigslist yet, or made a business page on Facebook? Your business phone will suddenly ring off the hook as you fill your appt. book. Venus enters your solar eleventh house on Saturday; fond friends look you up, to your delight. You do each other favors, and enjoy sweets or music together. Seek out some free summer concerts in the park, or jam in your own basement. The Solar Eclipse will occur on July 11 in your solar ninth house of law, publishing, politics, and religion. Juno's presence close by suggests that your spouse may be a partner in any project related to those fields.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – Thursday promises to be quite auspicious if at places where people have fun, such as amusement parks, sports events, sports bars, gaming houses. Mercury enters your solar ninth house on Friday, and news may come any time in the next month in connection with a legal or publishing matter. Venus enters Virgo on Saturday, in your solar tenth house of career. A bonus may come your way, or some other favor or tip. You will have to work very hard and be very meticulous, though. The Solar Eclipse in Cancer occurs in your solar eighth house. A family business may be passed down to you, or some other legacy falls into your hands.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – Best days this week have the Moon in compatible Taurus, from Monday night thru Wednesday. Let a romantic interest practice a holistic treatment on you Monday night. Wednesday morning favors both communications in general and a brunch with your significant other. The New Moon solar eclipse on July 11 occurs in your solar seventh house of partners. Perhaps you have not been quite ready till now to consider complicating your life with messy relationships, but be brave. You may meet someone through a law or publishing contact.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – An after-work social hour is indicated by Monday's moon aspect, probably at a local bar. Mercury enters your opposite sign this week; your spouse or partner may try to out-talk you, but you need to gently set him or her straight that you are not a flunky. Wednesday may be tense at home; you may feel that a family member is totally unrealistic, and you may be right. Best days this week have the Moon in compatible Gemini, Thurs-Fri. Thursday is very auspicious for gaining through friends, perhaps at parties or sports venues.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – Best days this week have the Moon in compatible Taurus and in Cancer. Monday night, let a friend practice a holistic healing technique on you. The New Moon solar eclipse of July 11 occurs in your solar fifth house of fun, creativity, children, and romance. The Moon sextiles Mars in your solar seventh house definitely puts the action in your house of partners. However, Neptune on your shoulder is throwing dust in your eyes, so be careful which person becomes the object of your affections. You may be better off with an older person, to judge from another sextile to Saturn.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Your Milky Way Horoscope June 27-July 3, 2010

By Milky Way Maid

Mercury opposes Pluto at 3:15 am Sunday, at 3 degrees Cancer-Capricorn. It is far too easy to become angry, and explode, when others do your share your strongly-held beliefs. It may be not only wise but necessary to avoid controversial topics at meetings and parties. By the same token it is a very poor day to launch any campaign of ideas, whether that means advertising, proselytizing, canvassing, or propagandizing. It may favor amusing yourself with mental puzzles, delving into your own motivations, getting to the heart of a problem, or doing research, since your concentration is good. The news may be dominated by the passing of a major public figure, since Pluto rules passages from one level of existence to another.

The Sun is conjunct a direct Mercury Monday at 8:07 am, at 5 degrees Cancer. This conjunction offers a key indicator of stock market turns up or down. Sales can be brisk on this conjunction, by the way, with buyers and sellers agreeing on a price - usually a good one for the seller.

Mercury at 12 degrees Cancer sextiles Mars at 12 degrees Virgo at 8:19 am Thursday. Words carry an extra emotional punch today, a much better day for making sales calls or doing political canvassing than Sunday, that's for sure. By the same token, you can use this time to re-program yourself with a new affirmation, destroy negative self-talk, even intone a chant, blessing or ritual in order to shift your fortunes.

Incidentally, Mercury is also conjunct Juno, and Mars is conjunct Vesta! This adds a double serving of asteroid or goddess energy to these planets. Vesta asks where is the sense of the sacred (Vesta) in what you do (Mars), and Juno would like to see equal partnerships. You might try casting a love spell, not a controlling spell but one where both parties can express (Mercury) themselves freely and safely with each other. A third layer of energy is in the Mercury conjunction to the South Node at 11 degrees Cancer. You may meet or deal with a person from a past life, over issues that are important to your spiritual development.

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. Times given are in Eastern Standard or Eastern Daylight Savings Time depending on the season.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 – The Moon enters Aries at 9:44 am Saturday and stays thru the holiday weekend. Aries is the perfect sign for the explosive, gaudy fireworks displays scheduled for the holiday weekend. You like to make a splash, and you certainly let others know you are around with your stomping footsteps and banging doors. You may want more, more, more fireworks, etc this weekend but keep safety uppermost. You may be tempted to overdo everything in general, but please keep a lid on it.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – If you are a political junkie, you will revel in the public controversy that is sure to rage on Sunday. It may seem like a strange date to enjoy some verbal banter or jousting, but Tuesday's rays energize Mercury and Mars. At least show the courage of your convictions; passion in that regard can spark um, something more. Venus has been transiting Leo, your solar fourth house, and I bet you have been bringing in lots of warm colors like yellow flowers or orange accent pillows.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – Your ruler Mercury is very active this week. On Sunday it opposes Pluto in Capricorn, a difficult sign for you. You might enjoy watching a debate, but will prefer to creatively reconcile opposites in some artistic pursuit. On Thursday, Mercury sextiles Mars, a far easier aspect to deal with and use. You may hash out some kind of financial agreement with a family member, possibly over a child's allowance or borrowing money from a parent. You will enjoy viewing the holiday fireworks more with friends than any other option. But please do me a favor and talk them into some safety awareness.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – Cancer natives would do well to think before speaking, under Sunday's Mercury-Pluto opposition. Don't try to convince others of your cause; best to do research or fact-gathering. Thursday favors putting a well-written and reasoned position paper out on the internet or in a letter to the editor. Jupiter and Uranus now ensconced in your solar tenth house of career favors going into business for yourself. Uranus denotes short jobs, one with a defined endpoint like remodeling houses.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – The first part of the week may feel awkward with the Moon in your opposite sign; let your spouse have his/her moment in the spotlight. You may have to use some of that transiting Venus energy to referee a verbal joust Thursday between friends. The weekend looks fine, with the Moon in compatible fire-sign Aries setting off sparklers all over your life. Looking ahead to Independence Day, Venus in Leo is trined by Ceres in Sag; you soothe children or your romantic partner, giving all what they need. With Jupiter-Uranus in Aries energizing the other fire sign, I expect big things will happen that day or that weekend.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Sunday's Mercury-Pluto opposition may put you in the uncomfortable position of witnessing friends bogged down in a fruitless argument. Maybe you can suggest they each have good points, and the right to their opinions. You are energetic in your speech on Thursday, under the Mercury-Mars sextile. You may enjoy some verbal jousting with a friend, perhaps ending in a friendly bet. The holiday may just another workday for you, but keep up the great level of service you always give and grace all with your million-dollar smile.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Sunday's Mercury-Pluto opposition affects your solar home and career sectors. Trying to convert others will not go over well, even tho you really, really want to get something said. Thursday is far better for such things; try to keep in mind your ideals of fairness and equality. Ask someone for a private, neutral meeting, where no one has any turf to defend. The fact that Jupiter and Uranus are now in your solar seventh house may help you make an impact in any public appearances, especially if you have a public-type career.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – On Sunday, the political scene may be a battle royal with both sides failing to convert the other; your role might be as moderator. The Moon in your solar fourth house early in the week can spark some creative urges, like moving furniture or creating an office space. You may shine in a formal or informal debate put on by a club you belong to on Thursday, when Mercury sextiles Mars. Jupiter and Uranus in your solar sixth house of health could turn an avocation into a profitable career. Uranus keeps all assignments short so you don't get bored silly.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – Your sales career is favored on Thursday when Mars sextiles Mercury; you might broker some kind of group or pooled fund to cover insurance or liability. Jupiter and Uranus transiting your solar fifth house of Aries is very lucky for your romantic and financial affairs. In fact you may have too many romantic partners to choose from. Alas, they may all be brief flings. Married Sags might try to bring the spark back into the marriage with great success.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – Sunday's Mercury-Pluto opposition can fuel a battle of wills; usually both lose in such situations. The Moon is in Capricorn as the week begins, till Monday morn. The Moon is inconjunct Venus early Sunday, inducing a change in your affections, but just temporarily. Make note of your dreams Sunday, because they may hold keys to understanding changes in your feelings and motivations. The Moon-Saturn trine on Monday morn produces good quality, serious work, especially if you are in a scientific field.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – The Moon is in Aquarius from 8:52 am Monday till Wednesday night. The Moon sextiles the powerful Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in Aries midday Monday; a local event strikes a deep emotional chord within you. That evening favors creativity in processing that emotion. A Moon-Venus opposition on Tuesday morn makes you yearn for emotional or at least physical closeness to others, but try to accept that you cannot possess anyone. Wednesday's evening commute can be muddled by a wrong turn or getting lost under a Neptune aspect. For gosh sakes don't do errands without a list.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – The Moon is in Pisces from 9:10 pm Wednesday till Saturday morn. Thursday night features a Sun-Moon trine, favoring dates, presentations, and interviews. Also your spouse or partner may be quite persuasive on Thursday but you rather enjoy that. Friday morning the phone rings off the hook under a Mercury trine. Venus rules the evening especially for artistic creativity. Saturday morning may hold frustrations due to a Saturn opposition so have a plan B if rain cancels planned yard work, for example.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Mars' spiral ice caps finally explained

by Milky Way Maid

NASA has finally explained the puzzling fact of spiral formations in the polar ice caps of the planet Mars. These swirls were first discovered when Mariner 9 relayed images of the Martian poles almost 40 years ago. Now data from the Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter has been analyzed to reveal that it was most likely the wind that powered these designs.
According to the NASA news release:

June 16, 2010Almost 40 years ago, NASA's Mariner 9 spacecraft relayed to Earth the first video images of Mars' northern polar ice cap, revealing a strange pattern of spiral swirls that has puzzled scientists ever since. Using new data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), researchers have finally uncovered the secrets of the troughs that snake through the ice cap like a spiraled maze.
Jack Holt of the University of Texas and his graduate student Isaac Smith used radar data from MRO's Shallow Subsurface Radar to crack the case. Examining the details of this new data set has laid open the ice cap's internal structure, revealing clues to the massive ice troughs' formation.
Apparently, the wind did it.
"Radar cross sections reveal layers of ice deposited throughout the ice cap's history," says Holt. "The size and shape of those layers indicate that wind has played a key role in creating and shaping the spiral troughs."

You can read the whole article at

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Your Milky Way Horoscope June 20-26, 2010

By Milky Way Maid

Happy Fathers' Day to all the dads out there! That day is rather quiet astrologically, with only a Moon-Mercury trine exact that afternoon. Sounds great for picking up the phone for a chat, if you are not able to actually visit in person. Please do so while you can. Some novel had the line about a father being like a mountain in the distance. You think it will be there forever. Then suddenly one day you look, and the mountain is gone. That was exactly how it was for me when my dad passed away; a mountain had disappeared and I had no landmark anymore.

The Sun enters the cardinal sign of Cancer, the crab, at 7:28 am on Monday, June 21. Crabs are acquisitive and sensitive, family-oriented and home-loving. When hurt, they tend to retreat into their shells or homes, and eat. They are the quintessential Jewish mother, believing that food heals all. And how many of us have resorted to pigging out when stressed by information overload (Gemini)? The national character is not at home with being available 24/7 via all our technological gadgets. Give yourself some peace of mind by going offline and turning off the cellphone for at least an hour a day. You need your own space!

Of course once the Sun enters Cancer, it steps into the T-square between the other cardinal signs: Jupiter-Uranus in Aries, Pluto and the North Node in Capricorn, Saturn about to enter Libra again; also Juno is already in Cancer, welcoming June-July brides. Cancer will have to step lightly, crab-stepping his way through the minefield but getting the job done as always.

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. Times given are in Eastern Standard or Eastern Daylight Savings Time depending on the season.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 – Uranus entered your sign at the end of May. You may feel odd sensations in the body or skin, but that will settle down as you grow accustomed to this higher energy. Uranus is the universal mind aka the mind of God. Creative ideas may come out of nowhere, and you can pioneer new ways of doing things that benefit the whole of mankind. 'Enlightened leadership' might be another way of describing this new path for you. In other news, the entrance of the Sun and Mercury into your solar fourth house this week energizes your love of home and family. Perhaps you organize a family picnic so all the cousins can get better acquainted.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – You are more aware of your spouse's emotions on Monday and Tuesday. You share a serendipitous discovery of a local shop or service Monday. Be cautious with your purse on Thursday when Mercury in your solar second house is squared by Saturn and trined by shifty Neptune. That includes being aware of the newest phishing scams. Friday is probably the best day to explore new cuisines at local restaurants, now that Sun and Mercury in Cancer set your feet to roaming the city.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – Sun and Mercury will enter your solar second house this week, and that is always welcome. You earn money through making personal presentations and by chance conversations. Brush off your one-minute elevation chat. On Thursday, Mercury is still in Gemini, and squares Saturn while trining Neptune; if you are at all uncertain of your facts, do not guess or you will be nailed on it. Saturday evening offers a great opportunity to talk your way into a great sale or a great deal.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – The Sun enters Cancer on Monday morn so look your best; others will notice you this month. Best days are probably with Moon in compatible Scorpio from Monday till midday Wednesday. Expect some adjustments at work on Monday, most of which will benefit you. You could be in line for quite a lucky break on Wednesday morn when the Sun in Cancer squares Jupiter (the Sun-Uranus square was Monday night).

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – Venus in your sign is squared by the Moon late Monday; try to avoid overspending to impress a date. Look, if you have to buy her attention, she probably is not too keen about you anyway. Best days are probably while Moon is in compatible Sag from midday Wednesday till Friday evening. Wednesday is very favorable with its Moon-Uranus trine making everything more fun, and the Moon-Jupiter trine increasing your luck. You will be the life of any party, but don't overstay your welcome on Friday.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – The Sun enters your solar eleventh house on Monday; friends ask you over for dinner this month so clear your calendar for a sumptuous repast. In general you finally treat yourself a bit better this week. Do not skimp on the bubble bath or skin lotion. On Friday you will feel put-upon if you let the boss force you into working late, so don't do it. You have done far more than your share this month.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – The Moon is in Libra as the week begins, till Monday morning. Have a nice chat with Dad; or even better, write a note thanking him for all the things he did and said. The Moon trines Neptune early Monday; perhaps an interesting dream is worthy of the dream journal. The Sun and Mercury enter your solar tenth house of career this week, so look sharp and have your notes ready for any presentations you have scheduled.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – The Moon is in Scorpio from 8:14 am Monday till Wednesday afternoon. The watery Sun-Moon trine eases an emotional flow with others right away Monday morn. Avoid spicy or other odd foods that day due to the Moon inconjunct Uranus in Aries, your solar sixth house of health. Tuesday begins with a Moon-Venus square; cash flow linked to your job may be challenged, so make sure you have emergency funds. You get very good advice from a mentor or an older person about 11 am Wednesday -- altho a Neptune square soon after helps you talk yourself out of a winning move. Arrgghh.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – The Moon is in Sag from 2:10 pm Wednesday till Friday night. A good laugh Wed. afternoon helps you shrug off reverses, and the evening is excellent for fun times with boon companions especially Aries. Thursday has a mix of challenges and opportunities, and you are very good at handling both. Friday evening brings emotional lows, although you will probably distract yourself with good movies.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – The Moon is in Capricorn from 10:21 pm Friday through the weekend. Friday evening can bring upsets and frustrations, probably because you cannot reach anyone at the company offices till Monday. Don't let the little stuff drag you down, and most of it is little stuff. Saturday looks very good for communicating with the public and getting your message across. You also may enjoy a lovely night out with with your spouse/life partner.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – You can be inspiring Monday morning at the office meeting; send the 'troops' out on a positive note. Watch out for the fuzzies blurring your thoughts midday Wednesday, tho; make notes for yourself so you don't miss any deadlines. Your communication skills are at their best on Thursday afternoon, so schedule interviews or conferences for that time period. Friday evening offers a swell, sympathetic time with good friends.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – Chiron is in Pisces till late July; you can profit from learning holistic healthcare and attitude adjustment techniques. The Sun enters Cancer on Monday, making a harmonious trine to your natal planets from your solar fifth house of fun, children and creativity. Things will start happening in that department this month, and spontaneous outings and dates turn out very well indeed. Mercury also enters Cancer Friday, helping you speak up on what kinds of things YOU would like to do.

The Zodiac Signs and the Twelve Tribes of Israel; also the Babylonian Zodiac

by Milky Way Maid
If you doubted that the ancient Jewish people were ever astrologers, then this will give you something to think about. The twelve signs of the zodiac can be correlated with the twelve tribes of Israel. Check out the following list as derived from lines in the Book of Genesis, Chapter 49.

Aries- Gad, 'a troop shall press upon him; but he shall press upon their heel,' is Aries the Ram. Aries, being the first sign of the zodiac, 'presses upon their heel' in the circular zodiac. Gad is described as “a warrior, chief of his army,” very apt for the sign ruled by warlike Mars.
Taurus- Issachar, 'a gelded donkey lying down in the cattle pens'. Personally, I am not sure how a donkey equates to a bull. But both are beasts of burden.
Gemini- Simeon and Levi, 'the brethren,' are Gemini, the Twins. (Note: Others place them in Pisces, as the two fishes.)
Cancer- Benjamin, 'ravening as a wolf, devouring his prey by morning, dividing the spoil at night,' is Cancer the Crab. Cancer may viewed here as either food-oriented, acquisitive, or both.
Leo- Judah, 'the lion's whelp,' is obviously Leo the Lion.
Virgo- Virgo is 'veiled,' and is correlated with Dinah, Jacob's daughter, who is described in Genesis 30:21.
Libra- Asher, 'the weigher of bread,' is Libra, the Scales or Balance.
Scorpio- Dan, 'a serpent in the way,' is Scorpio, who is variously pictured as a Scorpion, Snake, and Eagle. Llewellyn quotes Pike in regards to this sign: “Dan, bearing as his device a Scorpion, he compares to the Cerastes or horned Serpent, synonymous in astrological language with the vulture or pouncing eagle; and which bird was often substituted on the flag of Dan, in place of the venomous scorpion, on account of the terror which that reptile inspired, as the symbol of Typhon and his malign influences; wherefore the Eagle, as its paranatellon, that is, rising and setting at the same time with it, was naturally used in its stead.”
Sagittarius- Joseph, 'whose bow abides in strength,' is of course the sign of the archer Sagittarius.
Capricorn- Nephtali, 'a hind let loose,' is Capricorn the Goat.
Aquarius- Reuben, 'boiling over with water,' is Aquarius, who holds a vase or cup and pours out the waters of the New Age.
Pisces- Zebulon, 'who shall dwell at the beach of the sea,' is Pisces, the two Fishes. How many beachfront parks are named Zebulon? Oodles, that's how many.

The Llewellyn website, among others, has an article on the subject at Llewellyn lists various correlations, some of which are based in descriptions in Deuteronomy rather than Genesis. But I rather prefer the list I have copied out and given to you readers above. For one thing, it logically gives two names for the Twins.

While I am at it I may as well tell you that the Babylonians had a list of 18 zodiac signs. Most of the 12 Greek constellations that make up the Zodiac that we know today, can be found in a “Babylonian star-list from the 7th century, known as the MUL.APIN, but which is thought by scholars to have been compiled around 1000 BCE. The list consists of 17 or 18 ecliptic constellations through which the Moon was seen to pass.” The Zodiacal constellations found in Greek astrology are among them, although six have different names. In The Origins of the Zodiac, Rupert Gleadow lists them as follows:

Zappu, meaning tuft of hair = Pleiades
Gud-an-na, meaning bull of heaven = Hyades
Sib-zi-an-na, meaning faithful shepherd of heaven = Orion
Sugi, meaning charioteer = Perseus
Gamlu, meaning scimitar = Auriga
Mas-tab-ba-gal-gal, meaning great twins = Gemini
Al-lul, meaning crab(?) = Praesepe
Ur-gu-la, meaning lion or lioness = Leo
Ab-sin, meaning furrow = Virgo
Zibanitu, meaning horn or scales = Libra
Gir-tab, meaning scorpion = Scorpio
Pa-bil-sag, meaning unknown = Sagittarius
Suhur-mas, meaning goat-fish = Capricorn
Gu-la, meaning giant(?) = Aquarius
Zibbati, meaning tails = Pisces
Sim-mah, meaning great swallow = southern fish
Anunitum, meaning a goddess = northern fish
Hunga or agru, meaning hireling = Aries

I might note that dividing the solar year by 18 signs gives roughly twenty days per sign. Gee, where have I seen a period of twenty days before? In the Mayan calendar system, which used a system of 20 days overlaid by another system of 13 in order to reconcile the solar and lunar years. Very interesting.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Your Milky Way Horoscope June 13-19, 2010

By Milky Way Maid

Venus in Cancer is inconjunct Neptune in Aquarius overnight Sat-Sun. The trouble with Venus-Neptune aspects is that it tends to make people in love with love, rather than in love with the actual person in their lives. And with Neptune involved in this aspect, we tend to be dreamy idealists who think that the object of their affections could NEVER run around on them, or get involved in drugs/drink, or be anything but the perfect white knight and pure maiden. Well, wake up and smell the coffee, to coin a phrase. You can still love an imperfect person, because frankly there is no other kind.

Venus enters Leo, its showiest home, at 4:50 am on Monday. Venus in Leo craves the approval of others, to the point where he/she forgets to express their unique warmth and enthusiasm. But a developed Leo Venus is able to command their own personal stage with their power to uplift others' emotionally. This Leo can embrace an entire roomful of people and the audience will feel that it is being personally hugged.

The Moon-Venus conjunction in Leo trines Jupiter in the first degree of Aries early Tuesday. The fire signs embrace the public, and vice versa. The fire signs shine in the spotlight.

The Sun at 28 degrees Gemini squares Saturn in Virgo at 9:18 am Saturday. The mutable signs (Gemini, Sag, Virgo, Pisces) can feel frustrated, but being mutable, they will adapt or just decide to do something else that day. The Sun trines Neptune later that day, at 8:21 pm. There is the possibility that these natives may be SO frustrated that they turn to drink or drugs. But on the other hand, it will be a swell night for pool parties, hot tub chats, and other watery entertainment.

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. Times given are in Eastern Standard or Eastern Daylight Savings Time depending on the season.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 – On Sunday you may daydream of having a home business, or of having a home office at least. Venus enters compatible Leo on Monday, favoring your solar house of fun, love, and children. Make a point of making memorable summer outings with the kids and/or significant other. The Moon also enters Leo midday Monday, so broach the subject of planning these outings with your spouse. Tuesday is extremely favorable with the Moon-Venus trine to Jupiter in Aries. Anything you do will be a pleasure, and anyone will enjoy being with you.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – Venus enters Leo early Monday in your solar house of home and family. You always put quality time into this part of your life, but this summer you may kick it up with a few parties. Freshen the look of your home with paint or new throw pillows as needed, and flowers out front. In fact, gardening may become an absorbing interest. That's OK, it keeps you away from the refrig (wink wink). Best days this week may be with Moon in compatible Virgo Thurs-Fri. Thursday has an energetic and transformative trine between Moon-Mars and Pluto; perhaps you take control of your life by starting your own company.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – Make sure your premiums are up to date on things like auto insurance; this is too important to skip. Ask your agent to help you review where you can trim the bill. The Moon and Venus in Leo on Mon-Tues picks up your spirits as you visit your favorite local hangouts. You may be stressed overnight Fri-Sat worrying about all the pressures on you at work or whatever. Things will look better in the morning. Saturday encourages you to go out and have fun with friends. Talk things over with a good pal for feedback and ideas.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – The Moon is in Cancer from Sunday till late Monday. Cancerians get lots of errands done on Monday night. Some may work overtime under the Saturn aspect. After work, apply your creative ideas in the kitchen, perhaps inventing a cool new summer drink. Tuesday may be your best day when Venus and Jupiter smile upon your solar money house. Try to listen to an early drive-time radio show for a call-in contest, or do some brainstorming.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – The Moon is in Leo from 11:54 pm Monday till the wee hours Thursday. Leos may have a flash of insight into solving a legal or publishing problem overnight, and wake up Tuesday with the finished solution. It may even prove quite profitable. Wednesday favors spending dinner hour with friends, under the Sun-Moon sextile to your solar eleventh house. Just use some caution that drinking doesn't get out of hand under a Neptune aspect towards midnight.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – The Moon is in Virgo from 1:41 am Thursday till early Saturday. Early Thursday the subject is serious stuff like insurance and estates, but you are quite energetic (even forceful) under the Moon-Mars conjunction in late morning. You may plan a very romantic, very private date late that night. On Friday a Moon-Mercury square may create overly emotional ways of expressing yourself. Be careful of the effect your words have on others.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Best days this week are Sunday with its energetic Moon-Mars sextile, and Monday's disciplined energy from a Moon-Saturn sextile, which helps you knock off lots of chores from the to-do list. The Moon is in Libra from 4:13 am Saturday through the weekend. The Moon opposes Uranus in Aries early Saturday; you will feel contrary or even quite excitable. Hold on there, Libra, and try to be fair to your significant other. Jupiter is nearby, urging you to forgive and work things out.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – Venus enters your solar tenth house of career on Monday; hand out your business cards. Your co-rulers Mars and Pluto trine each other Tuesday morning; your powers of recuperation are strong, and also you can start a transformative exercise program at this time. Good luck! Also on the same day, your solar sixth and tenth houses (both ruling work) are activated with a lovely Moon-Venus trine Jupiter. Possibly a lucky break helps you turn an avocation into a vocation.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – Venus enters compatible Leo early Monday in your solar ninth house. Love may inspire a trip cross-country, or your new book may receive a glowing review. Lucky you. Friday can be a stressful day with Moon in Virgo square Sun in your opposite sign Gemini; make time for your significant other in spite of career demands. Promise him or her some quality time on the weekend.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – Venus enters your solar eighth house on Monday, bringing the possibility of a legacy or a cash insurance settlement. Your solar ninth house is activated with Moon-Mars in Virgo Thurs-Fri. You might buy yourself a publishing house, or be made a partner at your law firm. At any rate, you move on up in the world. On Saturday, you or a friend play teacher to each other; you certainly have a wealth of information ready to pass on to the next generation.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – Venus enters your solar seventh house of partners on Monday. You are always quite fond of your spouse, but now he or she seems better than ever, quite smashing in appearance and very warm. Show your appreciation. On Tuesday you may benefit from being in a school environment. Lucky Jupiter is there, so do go to that adult class or the father-daughter dance.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – The Moon in Cancer Sunday can prompt a romantic sunrise breakfast, perhaps on the beach. The Moon in your opposite sign Thursday activates your solar seventh house. The energies may put you in the public eye somehow, possibly in connection with a club you belong to. Remember to smile for the camera. On Saturday your creative energies are active, tho possibly confined to finding ways to simplify chores and save time. Natch, there is always more to do around the house when you planned to just relax that night with hubby.