Sunday, February 28, 2010

Your Milky Way Horoscope March 7-13, 2010

By Milky Way Maid

The Full Moon was this past Sunday, Feb. 28, at 11:38 am, at almost exactly 10 degrees Virgo. The Sun is conjunct Jupiter minutes earlier, with Venus another ten degrees away. The chart does not look so unusual, but some in the 2012 countdown community feel that this is a significant marker. The people at The 2012 Countdown dot com posted a recent reading in which they have channeled the words, “These energies will lock in place in ways that no member of humanity can understand. These energies will lock in place this unfolding. There is no way that The Dark beyond the moment of this full moon will be able to interfere with this process.” So if you are at all interested in being part of the continuing evolution of the human species and so forth, perhaps you might like to start reading the material on this website. For the full reading on the February 28 Full Moon, go to www.the2012countdown.com/The_2012_Time_Line.php and scroll down to February 28.

Venus enters Aries on Sunday March 7 at 7:33 am. Arians might plan a visit to their local salon for a makeover or even enroll in beauty school. In relationships (ruled by Libra), Venus in Aries is a problem because it is both competitive and has trouble with asserting proper leadership. A positive Venus here is very active in proposing things to do and in organizing recruits. Venus here is very good at not only inspiring followers but in helping others to develop their self-reliance and individuality.

Venus at 2 degrees Aries opposes Saturn in Libra on Tuesday at 3:21 am. Aries really hates running into obstacles, and will try anything to get that obstacle to disappear. A frustrated Aries can stomp, yell, gripe and generally make everyone else as miserable as they are. In relationships, Venus-Saturn has to balance values with duty. Also there is the theme of lack (Saturn) of love/caring (Venus) in one's life. One needs to be strong enough, spiritually, to keep loving someone who at the moment is not loving you back. And one needs to love oneself first, before someone finds you completely worthy of loving. This transit can bring a blue day or just one where you want to vegetate at home.

Venus then squares Pluto at 5 degrees Capricorn midday Thursday. This square can signify obsession to the point where 'if I can't have you, then no one ELSE can have you either'. Protect yourself if you are involved with an obsessive person. Healthy relationships can grow and evolve under this transit into one that fosters deep spiritual growth. That these planets (Venus, Saturn, Pluto) are all in cardinal signs means that people affected will generally want to make changes NOW rather than next month or next year or never.

Mars goes in direct motion at last, at 12:09 pm Wed. March 10 at zero degrees, 18 minutes of kingly Leo. Sports will be especially affected, so that fewer upsets occur, and performers who were on a promising upswing before Mars went retrograde can resume their progress. Note alterations in top ten team lists and so forth.
Hey, Friday March 12 is so very unusual in that NO aspects are recorded for the day. If no natal planets are contacted either, it can be a very smooth and uneventful day for many of us. No progress either but that's OK.
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 – Venus enters your sign Sunday morn and makes aspects all week. Contacts to heavy-duty planets like Saturn and Pluto ask (I mean demand) that you change and grow. You prefer to get the hard stuff over with (even if it means cutting people out of your life) so you can go back to your REAL life. Maybe what needs to be excised is an immature view that life is always going to go your way, because heaven knows it doesn't. Just get over it and focus on what is right and healthy and good in your life and relationships. Go to a pro for advice and counseling to fix what needs to be fixed.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – Your ruler changes signs this week and you might feel a different flavor to Venus this month. In Aries it is more impatient but very good at recruiting buddies for her latest adventure. Perhaps you feel frustrated when you want to try something new, or you yearn to have more freedom of action. Well, all in due time, Taurus, just start making your plans today and eventually you will build a foundation under those castles in the air. Best days this week are the Moon in Capricorn making sextiles on Tuesday.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - Use care when commuting to work early Monday under the Moon-Uranus square; be a defensive driver. Best days this week are when the Moon is in Aquarius Thurs-mid-Sat. Thursday's Moon-Saturn trine gives you the discipline to stick to chores. The lack of transiting aspects on Friday should give you leeway to shape the day to your best advantage. Knowing you, you might get that day to serve triple-duty as you multi-task your fingers off.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - Venus enters Aries Sunday morn and makes aspects all week. Contacts to heavy-duty planets like Saturn and Pluto ask (I mean demand) that you change and grow. You prefer to get the hard stuff over with (even if it means cutting people out of your life) so you can go back to your REAL life. Maybe what needs to be excised is an immature view that life is always going to go your way, because heaven knows it doesn't. Just get over it and focus on what is right and healthy and good in your life and relationships. Go to a pro for advice and counseling to fix what needs to be fixed.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – Venus enters compatible Aries Sunday in your solar ninth house of law, publishing, college and religion. It is possible that issues related to financial settlements will come to an end, and not in a way that is favorable to you. However, a trine to Mars on Sunday afternoon is excellent for competitive or romantic times. Hey, Leo, Mars in your sign goes direct midday Wednesday and glory hallelujah indeed. You will feel more like yourself and start to feel your physical energies are fully turned on once more. And where you might have been stubborn, you are now able to constructively assert your preferences and needs.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – The Moon is in your solar fourth house as the week begins. The Moon-Sun square mid-morning makes for friction between family members, so you may have to play referee. Mercury is conjunct Jupiter Sunday evening in your solar seventh house; excellent for finally getting your spouse to open up and talk to you! A Moon-Uranus square early Monday can snarl commuter traffic so be very alert and safety-conscious. The Moon in compatible Capricorn Tuesday makes nice, easy sextiles to Mercury-Jupiter in Pisces, favoring public appearances and sales presentations.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - Venus enters Aries Sunday morn and makes aspects all week. Contacts to heavy-duty planets like Saturn and Pluto ask (I mean demand) that you change and grow. You prefer to get the hard stuff over with (even if it means cutting people out of your life) so you can go back to your REAL life. Maybe what needs to be excised is an immature view that life is always going to go your way, because heaven knows it doesn't. Just get over it and focus on what is right and healthy and good in your life and relationships. Go to a pro for advice and counseling to fix what needs to be fixed.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – Venus enters Aries, your solar sixth house of work and health, on Sunday and promptly makes challenging aspects to Saturn and Pluto. Work in a hospital setting may open up for you, especially if you are willing to work nights. Tuesday night features a Moon sextile to the Mercury-Jupiter conjunction in your solar fifth house of fun; be sure to attend a local shindig that offers fun or gambling or entertainment. Mars goes direct in Leo, your solar tenth house of career on Wednesday. Hallelujah, you finally get an interview or job offer.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – The Moon is in Sag from Sunday till midday Monday. The Moon-Sun square Sunday morning can feed a battle of wills, so ask yourself if it is really worth it. There is such a loving, energetic Venus-Mars trine in fire sign that afternoon, so take the children on an outing or play with them. It is easy to take the wrong turn on your Monday am commute so be alert.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – The Moon is in Capricorn from 12:13 pm Monday till very early Thursday. The Moon in Capricorn forms T-squares Monday with Venus and Saturn, then joins Pluto. Whew, this feeling of lack and the urge to throw in the towel with whatever is pretty overwhelming. If you can hang on thru the week and avoid impulsiveness, you can avoid a lot of heartache. Are you really ready to discard everything you have built up together? Tuesday is much more favorable for amicable discussion under Moon sextile Mercury-Jupiter. A counselor may offer wonderful insights and guidance.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - The Moon is in Aquarius from 12:42 am Thursday till midday Saturday. The Moon-Mars opposition in the wee hours Thursday can bring on health upsets or stomach upsets. Avoid alcohol, spices, argument and other irritants before bed. A trine to Saturn in the morning helps you stick to resolutions. A Moon-Venus sextile to your eleventh house brings a pleasant encounter with a woman friend or support from a club you belong to. Friday has no aspects so seize the day and make it run for you. A Moon-Neptune conjunction Saturday morn starts the day with a fuzzy head and poor sense of direction. Best to stay home and take care of routine matters.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - The Moon is in Pisces from 1:44 pm Saturday thru the weekend. The Moon is inconjunct Mars and then Saturn on Saturday afternoon. Make adjustments to health routines as needed; it is possible that you have to find what works best yourself, contrary to what your doc thinks is standard protocol. You really need to take back control over some aspects of your own life; possibly a supportive friend helps you find needed info or just gives moral support.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Avatar a shoo-in on Oscar night, but some surprises in store

by Milky Way Maid

I promised an Oscars column for the 2010 awards ceremony to be held in Los Angeles aka Tinseltown on March 7, 2010. Herewith are my predictions for the major categories. They are based on nominees' birthdates that I could locate. I was able to find dates of birth for all the acting and directing nominees, but few of the writers unless they were also directors. That means that I can only take a stab at the screenplay categories, so bear with me. I also located 4 of the 5 nominees' birthdates in the Best Animated Feature Film category. I also consulted online sources re who was favored in each category.

It is testimony to the fact that just being nominated is quite an honor. And as I counted up the contacts to each nominee's chart, it was rare to find few such contacts. Most had some good contacts, and there were few obvious signs of disappointment or loss. They all get to be in the spotlight, on the red carpet and on television (and broadcast to millions more around the world), and they all go to splendid post-awards parties. As far as I can see, few of them will cry any actual tears at not winning.

How did I approach this task? First, I looked at a chart for the probable start time for the awards ceremony, based on the time of last year's program. Place is obviously Los Angeles, or more specifically the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center. Then I checked the ephemeris for which aspects were exact that day. There are only a few but they are quite energetic and promise a good time for viewers.

First, Venus enters Aries early that morning and then trines retrograde Mars in Leo at 11:15 am PT. Mars will not go direct till March 10, by the way, and I have found in sports events that at times the best athlete does not win under a Mars retrograde. (Witness the upset in the Super Bowl this year, as the underdog New Orleans Saints easily put away the Indianapolis Colts.)

The Moon in Sagittarius squares the Sun in Pisces in the morning, too. Lastly, Mercury conjuncts Jupiter, ruler of show business and doing everything big, in Pisces at 5:45 pm PT. I am giving great weight to the Mercury contacts, because Mercury represents not only the fact that a winner's name makes the NEWS, but also the fact his name is ANNOUNCED by the presenter, and he has to make an acceptance SPEECH. Speeches may run long, tho, because Jupiter can go on and on and on and on.

One problem is that I have no idea when each category will be announced, so I cannot try to match up nominees' charts to the ascendants and midheavens. But, cie la vie, as they say. We march forward and do the best we can anyway.

First, let's take an easy one.

BEST PICTURE: Avatar is a shoo-in. Why do I say that? Referring back to the Mercury conjunction to Jupiter which is exact that evening, I note that both planets often signify words or names that begin with the letter A. Avatar fits, and it has been the biggest, most talked-about film all winter.

BEST DIRECTOR: James Cameron has quite a commanding lead in number of contacts between his birth chart and the Oscars chart. He has several planets at 23, 24, 25 and 28 degrees of signs, which will all be contacted by the transiting Moon in late Sagittarius. His Mercury is inconjunct the North Node, tho, which may mean an upset in some category that his film is nominated in. Yet his North Node is sextile the powerful Mercury-Jupiter conjunction.

And yet there is no knock-out punch in his chart. I look to the second-most-talked about nominee in the directing category, his ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow. She has the North Node sextile her Moon, Uranus square her Mercury (good for an upset), North Node square her Venus, Mars conjunct transiting Saturn (engaging her competitive fires even tho she could lose), Mercury trine her Uranus (also good for an upset but also likely giving a humorous buzz to her words), and Pluto sextiles her North Node. The topper for me, tho is that her Saturn is inconjunct the Mercury-Jupiter conjunction. The inconjunct is a funny aspect; it could mean she was fated to win this night, or it could weaken her hand. The midheaven of the awards show chart is inconjunct Pluto, and because transiting Pluto makes an aspect to her chart, I give her a good shot to win in this category. (I could be wrong of course.)

A brief look at the other nominees: Quentin Tarantino's Venus is conjunct Neptune, lending glamor but not honors. There are a few other aspects but they are off by a degree or so. Lee Daniels' chart has Saturn squaring his Sun, which is an obvious block. The Sun does square his Jupiter, and the North Node opposes his Venus and sextiles his Mars. Those are OK for benefiting from being in the spotlight that night. Jason Reitman has some nice contacts but he is nominated in the screenplay category; let's save that discussion for later.

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: The heavy fave in this category is Jeff Bridges for his role in Crazy Heart. I see plenty of support for this win because of several contact: Saturn trines his Moon, Saturn has passed a trine to his Jupiter, the North Node trines his Saturn, and the exact transiting Venus-Mars trine is contacted by his natal Venus at 29 Capricorn. The best contact for giving an acceptance speech is that Mercury-Jupiter squares his Sun. I am sure that his speech will express his huge gratitude for recognition of his long career.

George Clooney has some great contacts to the Venus-Mars trine, but other contacts are off by a degree. Close but no cigar, but let me look at your beautiful eyes some more. Colin Firth has the North Node trine his Sun, Uranus trine the Moon, and Mercury-Jupiter sextile his Saturn. Morgan Freeman has Jupiter square his Sun, the North Node trine his Mercury, and Jupiter trine his Uranus, so if anyone could upset Bridges it just might be Freeman. Jeremy Renner has the Sun sextile his Sun, Venus trine Venus, and Venus and Mars almost trine his Jupiter. All very pleasant but nothing more, as he enjoys his nomination.

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Christopher Waltz is heavily favored for his role in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. His Sun is inconjunct the Jupiter-Mercury conjunction, his Mercury is inconjunct Neptune, but his Jupiter is trine the North Node and his North Node is trine Venus and Mars making a grand trine -- nothing to sneeze at. And yet I look twice at Woody Harrelson's chart contacts: his Sun is trine Mars and Venus, his Mercury (speech) is trine Mercury-Jupiter, his Venus is inconjunct the North Node, Saturn trines his Jupiter, and his Pluto is conjunct the ascendant if I have the start time of the awards show correct. I can easily see him making a charming, aw-shucks acceptance speech.

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Sandra Bullock is supposed to be a shoo-in for this Oscar, but she has some strange contacts. Her Venus opposes the Moon, so one wonders if she is going to wear some strange gown or suit. Her Mars is trine Neptune, which lends sexy glamour. Venus squares her North Node, bestowing an accolade on her career. However, the Mercury-Jupiter oppose her natal Pluto, not lucky Jupiter or Venus or Sun or Moon. It is possible that her acceptance speech is over-the-top (Pluto). Or perhaps she is just so overwhelmed by this honor at this point in her career that she breaks down or screams or something. But Pluto is a strange contact in this context.

Does anyone else have a shot? Helen Mirren, who shares the July 26 birth day with Sandra, has Saturn trining her Mars, the Moon squaring her Jupiter, and the Sun trining her Saturn, all formidable transits. Carey Mulligan has the Moon square her Moon and a couple minor contacts. Gabourey Sidibe, nominated for her acting debut, has some intriguing contacts like Neptune trine her Venus (she makes a glamorous appearance), Neptune trines her North Node (this is only the beginning of her career, folks, so keep an eye on her), and Neptune also trines her Pluto (zowie, mass appeal, I'd say).

But the best shot to upset is from perpetual acting machine Meryl Streep. Her Sun-Uranus conjunction is squared by Venus on one side and Saturn (honors) on the other. The North Node trines her Moon, and opposes her Venus. Her Jupiter sextiles Venus and opposes Mars. Venus is inconjunct her Saturn. But best of all, her Neptune is inconjunct the Mercury-Jupiter conjunction. Hmm, does she even have a mantel long enough for all her Oscars?

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Mo'nique is heavily favored to win this category for her role in Precious. However, I am not finding support in her chart for that. She only has a couple pleasant Moon contacts, plus others to transiting Pluto. Pluto could give her the control over her career that she seeks, if that is what her ambition is. But again, I see nothing contacting either natal or transiting Mercury where she would give an acceptance speech.

I am calling an upset win by Penelope Cruz for her role in Nine. Her Moon is conjunct Mars and trine Venus, her Mercury square Mars, her Venus squares the Moon, her Mars opposes Pluto, Saturn squares her Venus, but most importantly Jupiter is conjunct transiting Mercury-Jupiter. She may give a very loquacious speech, possibly with some of it in a foreign language (Spanish).

Vera Farmiga has very few contacts, altho her Pluto is contacted by transiting Saturn. That accounts for the nomination, which is quite an honor (Saturn) by itself. Maggie Gyllenhaal has her North Node inconjunct the Mercury-Jupiter conjunction. This could play into an upset, too, but there are no other major contacts besides Pluto opposite her Jupiter. Anna Kendrick has only a couple semi-sextiles. Her Neptune squares Venus, however, so I expect her to make a very glamorous appearance.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The odds makers are split between Mark Boal for The Hurt Locker, and Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds. Tarantino's Mercury is opposed by Saturn, however, and his Venus is conjunct mute Neptune. Also his Uranus is only semi-sextile Saturn, altho his North Node trines Uranus. So I do not see him making any speeches even tho the performers or technical crew in his film may take home an honor. So that leaves Mr. Boal by default, the only nominee in this category for which I could not find a date of birth.
The Coen brothers have mixed contacts. Ethan's Mercury is opposite the Mercury-Jupiter conjunction, and the North Node trines them, so he might make a speech indeed. Joel's Uranus is trine Uranus so he might be very funny. Pete Docter is also nominated in Animated Feature. His Moon is probably conjunct the Sun, his Mercury trine the Moon, his Jupiter almost opposite Mercury-Jupiter and Uranus opposite Uranus. If he makes a speech tonight, he will surely remember to thank the women (Moon) in his life.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Jason Reitman is heavily favored to win this award for his film Up in the Air, which he also directed. His Mercury contacts are a little off, so either he will not make a speech or his remarks will seem awkward. His Uranus does trine the Mercury-Jupiter conjunction, tho, so he could make a very, very humorous speech. Perhaps he loses one award but wins a later one, and makes a joke about the earlier loss. The only other nominee for which I found a date of birth was Nick Hornby, nominated for An Education. His sun is sextile Neptune, so he will seem glamorous and cool. His Mercury is sextile the Sun, and the Moon squares his Jupiter; Neptune squares his Mars, a loss aspect.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: Pete Docter is heavily favored to win this award for his film Up. His Moon is probably conjunct the Sun, his Mercury trine the Moon, his Jupiter almost opposite Mercury-Jupiter and Uranus opposite Uranus. If he makes a speech tonight, he will surely remember to thank the women (Moon) in his life.
Anyone else? Tomm Moore has an excellent shot to win for his film The Secret of Kells. The Sun is sextile Sun, Mars conjunct Pluto, his Uranus trine Mercury-Jupiter (funny speech), and his North Node square competitive Mars in Leo. Wes Anderson, nominated for Fantastic Mr Fox, has Mercury-Jupiter sextile his Sun, Pluto sextile his Moon, Venus and Mars sextile his Mercury while Saturn (honor) trines his Mercury (writing or humor), and Neptune inconjunct Jupiter. Henry Selick is nominated for Coraline; Mars sextiles his Moon, the North Node is conjunct his Venus, Mercury sextiles his Jupiter and the South Node is conjunct his Uranus (upsets, surprises). Anything can happen in this category.

So there you have it: Avatar, James Cameron directly or indirectly winning for Avatar, possibly his ex winning for Best Director, Jeff Bridges for Best Actor, Bullock or Streep in Best Actress, Woody Harrelson for Best Supporting Actor, and Penelope Cruz for Best Supporting Actress. Screenplay awards: probably Jason Reitman and Mark Boal.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Your Milky Way Horoscope Feb. 28 - March 6, 2010

by Milky Way Maid

Yes, I plan to post an Oscars predictions article sometime soon. I plan to stick to the acting and directing categories, because the films themselves are collaborative efforts.

Sunday is the Full Moon at 9 degrees 59 minutes of Virgo, at 11:38 am. You might enjoy a full moon meditation period before lunch, dwelling on what practical things you can do to renovate and recharge your life. This is a high-powered Full Moon because the Sun joins Jupiter in Pisces early that morning. Virgoes and Pisceans may feel called to donate their services to humanity in some way.

Mercury enters Pisces on Monday at 8:28 am. This may not seem like a good home for mental Mercury, but Pisceans often know some things intuitively without having to read or study about it. Mercury here also helps with communicating without benefit of the written or spoke word, or in other words, thought transfer. Another factor of Mercury here is that when they get discouraged by how imperfect this life is, Pisceans can withdraw into their private world. But that deprives the world of their power to rise above fear and limitation, to learn how to actualize that dream of a better world.

Venus is conjunct Uranus on Wednesday evening about 11 pm, at 25 degrees of Pisces. Check your natal placements for aspects to this transit, because love may come hinting and laughing to you all day. Nudge, nudge. New people you meet may be unusual or unique, and whether the relationship lasts, all depends on how you both use Uranian energies. Make time for the special people already in your life.

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 Full Moon in Virgo accents your solar sixth house of health and work. Jupiter in Pisces lends a protective hand, and may express itself as professional intervention or at least a screening to catch problems early. You are a very pro-active person and appreciate taking control of problems early before they get bigger. Venus enters Aries early on March 7. You may wish to make a salon or spa appointment to get as gorgeous as possible ahead of your birthday.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – Sunday's Full Moon activates your solar fifth house of romance and creativity. Jupiter opposes, magnifying the effects. Let's hope that you find a wonderful voice or music teacher to take you to the next level. Mercury enters Pisces on Monday morning, in your solar eleventh house. Mercury picks up the tempo, and the phone, as friends call and invites fly. Venus-Uranus conjoin in your solar eleventh house of friends and groups on Wednesday night. Perhaps a friend introduces you to someone very unusual, or you join a charitable group. Your values (Venus) may be challenged or energized, as the case may be.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – Mercury's entry into your solar tenth house brings more orders-sales-inquiries after Monday. The Venus-Uranus conjunction Wednesday squares your planets from your solar tenth house. Income can be affected, becoming less reliable, or there is the possibility of foreign orders coming in. A grand trine of Moon in Libra, Neptune in Aquarius and your natal planets can form on Wednesday afternoon. Hold rap sessions or set aside an hour to just ideate.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – Your solar ninth house is stepping up the tempo now. Mercury enters on Monday, and Venus-Uranus conjoin on Wednesday. Mercury-Monday is a good day to follow up previous contacts regarding publishing or college or law matters. A legal decision, for example, could bring a small windfall (Uranus) your way. Best day is probably Thursday night when Moon in Scorpio trines Sun-Jupiter in Pisces, and trines your natal planets. Turn your hand to writing or other arts to express your deep emotions.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – The Full Moon activates your solar second house, and I hear you saying well it's about time. You have endured some privation while Saturn was in Virgo, and even though Saturn will make a return visit this fall, you can get ahead of bills over the spring and summer. Jupiter is in the mix, opposing the Full Moon, so there is the possibility of generous insurance or bequest money coming in. Nice.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – The Moon is in Virgo on the last day of February till it enters Libra Monday night. Sunday is the Full Moon at 9 degrees 59 minutes of Virgo. You might enjoy a full moon meditation period before lunch, dwelling on what practical things you can do to renovate and recharge your life. You may feel called to donate your services to humanity. You might donate a percentage of your planned garden to a food program. The Moon opposes Venus in Pisces early Monday; try to send love in order to get love, at least as an experiment. An opposition to Uranus midday can be quite upsetting but the mood passes quickly. The afternoon is filled with work-arounds and adjustments. Adapt, and go with the flow.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – The Moon is in Libra from 7:31 pm Monday till Wednesday night. A Moon-Mars sextile Monday evening energizes your house of friends and groups. You lend your muscles to the club, helping them move into new quarters, perhaps. Messages can get garbled under the inconjunct to Mercury at about 9 pm, so get on the same page. Tuesday afternoon is filled with more inconjuncts to Sun-Jupiter in Pisces; your health may suffer from overdoing or overeating, or your work schedule gets adjusted. A Moon-Neptune trine Wednesday afternoon can send you wafting into never-land, or activate your ideals. You decide which.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – The Moon is in Scorpio from 9:11 pm Wednesday till the wee hours Saturday. A Moon-Mars square Wednesday night has you impatient and frustrated; work off energy safely while waiting for clarification. The Moon trines Mercury early Thursday; you are able to express your feelings more easily now, and journaling may produce insights into your own motivations. A Moon-Jupiter trine Thursday afternoon is jovial and expansive. Very nice for luck, etc but stay away from shopping. Friday about 7 pm has a trine to Uranus; you enjoy laughs at the dinner table, or attend a comedy. Squares to Neptune and Chiron follow at 9 and 10 pm, so you might want to stay safely at home. Lastly, a touching Moon-Venus trine at 11:32 pm is a sweet late date with your significant other, exchanging loving vibes.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – The Moon is in Sag from 2:36 am Saturday thru the weekend. Sag is go-go-go under a Moon-Mars trine early Saturday, plus a Moon-Saturn sextile. Get an early start to your list of errands and chores today because you will check off scores of them. A square to Mercury and Jupiter in the evening can turn you off too much chatter, especially if no one is asking your opinion. In general, your ruler Jupiter is activated by the nearness of Sun-Mercury-Venus, yet at the same time it is challenging because of the square to Pisces. Your home and family sector is activated, so perhaps you host meetings or have a visitor staying over. Take the opportunity to play the gracious host.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – The week begins with the Moon in compatible Virgo till Monday night. The Virgo Full Moon activates your solar third and ninth houses, ruling not just communications but education in general. Jupiter stands near in your solar ninth house, encouraging efforts to teach or gain a college degree, as well as matters related to publishing and law. You may get a better legal settlement offer than you dared hope, and frankly a better one may never come, so jump on it. The cardinal energy of Moon in Libra Mon.-Wed. has you scrambling to make work-arounds so you can meet deadlines and orders. Stressful, yeah, but Thursday is much smoother.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – Your solar second house is accented by Jupiter's presence, which I can say from experience never brought a windfall but did protect my precarious job on a previous go-round. You may have the same good fortune. Venus conjunct Uranus, tho, on Wednesday night could conceivably bring a bit of a windfall. So go ahead and play bingo if that's your habit anyway. On Saturday the Moon in compatible Sag trines Mars in Leo (your solar seventh house). Your spouse gives permission to join friends on a weekend trek, to your surprise. Go enjoy.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – Whoo, hoo, things are sure heating up for the fishes. Mercury enters Pisces on Monday, and on Wednesday Venus conjoins Uranus in Pisces. Mercury helps you to communicate your thoughts more easily. Venus and Uranus brings unusual (Uranus) people who share your values (Venus) -- or can bring a sudden aura of glamor to your presence. There is also the possibility of getting your fifteen minutes of media attention on the radio or television.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Retrogrades and Going Backwards -- Venus and Mars, plus a little Mercury

by Milky Way Maid

Lately I have been getting hints to pay attention to retrogrades. This past weekend I watched a DVD of a 2007 film titled “The Dark Backward”; it was nothing about astrology, of course, just a weird comedy about a guy who grows a third arm on his back and tries to boost his career as a stand-up comic with it. Then there was a chapter in a book, “The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King” (about the biggest poker stakes games in Vegas ever played) called The Last Lesson of Professor Backward. Then I finally pick up my copy of Dell Horoscope, the April issue, and find an article on planet retrogrades.

Aha, I say to myself, this must be what all those hints are about. I knew of course that Mars is currently retrograding. Mars had its retrograde station on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 8:27 am ET, at 19 degrees 42 minutes of proud Leo. This was right after an exciting Venus square Uranus on Saturday, so I imagine there were a lot of nascent romances that failed to get off the ground after an interesting start that Saturday. BUT fear not, things could revive again once Mars is direct and reaches that 19 degree point.

ALSO, romances that DID start while Mars was retrograde can fizzle once Mars goes direct. (This all depends on aspects in effect at first meeting.)

Anyway, Mars goes back to the beginning of Leo and turns direct Wed., March 10 at 12:09 pm ET, at about zero degrees 18 minutes of Leo. It will not reach the retrograde degree until mid-May! BTW the critical degrees of fixed signs are 8 and 22 degrees; Mars contacted that point the first couple days of February (in retrograde motion) and will grind over that point again April 18-21. It will hit 22 Leo on May 22-24. So if you have natal planets at those degrees, keep an eye peeled for what transpires. Leo rules show business, actors, casinos, gamblers, and celebs in general.

This fall Venus will go retrograde for six weeks, from Oct. 8-Nov. 18, going direct the same day that Jupiter goes direct in Pisces. Venus goes retro at 13 degrees Scorpio, a sign she is not really comfortable in, and goes direct in her home sign Libra at 27 degrees. Venus wants to put her relationships on an equal footing, in a loving, positive, and socially-recognized level. It has nothing to do with what others think of her, it has to do with being a grownup and taking responsibility for the health and well-being of the relationship. As a friend recently wrote in a blog, the primary consideration in the relationship has to be the relationship itself, not the well-being of either party. You do whatever is needed to feed and nurture the relationship, and you do it willingly.

The late degree of Libra also strongly suggests that many relationships will turn into marriages or at least committed live-in arrangements. Weddings to desirable 'catches' can occur under these late degrees.

Mercury goes retro for about 9 weeks of the year, for three weeks at a time. Dates when old Merc goes retro are/were: (Dec. 2009) till Jan 15 at 5 degrees Capricorn, April 18 at 12 degrees Taurus till May 11 at 2 degrees Taurus, Aug. 20 at 19 degrees Virgo till Sept. 12 at 5 degrees Virgo, and Dec.10 at almost 6 degrees Capricorn till Dec.19 at 19 degrees Sag.

I see Mercury retrogrades as positive periods when one can catch up and re-examine the data to catch errors. Good for catching errors in bank statements, etc. or spreadsheets at work. It's a lot of extra work to fix the errors but it has to be done. One also stands a good chance of finding out the real story behind the official story, so investigative work is favored, too.

Shoppers like it because prices are discounted, tho they have to look over the goods carefully for flaws or to make sure it will fit. And some of us love to take vacations when Mercury is retrograde because we know we will be coming back home!

Your Milky Way Horoscope Feb. 21-27, 2010

By Milky Way Maid

The Sun is sextile Pluto in Capricorn at 11:31 am Tuesday, at almost 5 degrees of Pisces-Capricorn. Pluto lends the power to transform the self (Sun), especially for natives of the sign Pisces. Perhaps Capricorn will lend the strength to organize your life and achieve an ambition.
Thursday evening kicks off with an emotional Moon-Mars conjunction in Leo, great for competition in sports or games. It can also give vent to anger but if you work off excess physical energy safely, there is less likelihood of that.
Avoid shopping or emailing early Saturday; the Mercury-Neptune conjunction in Aquarius is sure to mess things up. It might be fun tho to experiment with ESP or thought transfer.
A Sun-Jupiter conjunction kicks off Sunday Feb. 28, at 5:44 am. Make an effort to mentally create the positive world you know is waiting to be born, if you will only focus the thoughtforms on a Jovian spirit or ideal. What do you want most to see? World peace, justice, equality, abundance, etc? A Jupiter in Pisces yearns to make all of these things come to life, to YOUR life.

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 – Early on Wednesday, a Moon-Pluto opposition activates your fourth house-tenth house axis. There is going to be a tug-of-war between the two main obligations in your life; emotional swings are possible, but try to give your family your full attention when with them. Being fully present is a gift to everyone who means anything to you. The Moon conjunct Mars in Leo activates your gambling instincts in your solar fifth house on Thursday night. Host the poker game or test your skills at darts, shall we? But try to guard against your impulsiveness taking over your game.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – The Moon is in Taurus till early afternoon on Sunday. Alas you have just a few short hours to enjoy the Moon, exalted in Taurus. A sextile to Uranus and square to Neptune in the early morn give you a chance to break through the fog and see a ray of light and truth. Alas, again, it may ruin the beautiful illusion that made life bearable in some way, but you would have learned the truth at some point anyway. Vaya con dios, as they say, and let go of illusions willingly. Your ruler Venus is in a lovely and powerful triple trine on Wednesday; the Moon trines the Sun, Jupiter and Venus in order, with the latter occurring about 11 pm. Arrange a nice romantic dinner with your special person.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – The Moon is in Gemini from 1:47 pm Sunday till Tuesday evening. The morning might be spent in pj's but you are in action for the pm under a sextile to Mars. Dinner hour is restrictive and uneasy, under a square to the Sun and a trine to Saturn. But during the evening you might broach issues with a spouse or parent, who might be receptive to adjustments in duties or curfews. Moon squares to Jupiter and Venus on Monday may prompt you to demand your RDA of hugs from others today. A trine to Mercury late evening gives you the giggles over wordplay. Tuesday goes much more easily except for a bit of an upset mid-morn. A trine to Neptune can lend spiritual peace at midday.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – The Moon is in its home in Cancer from 6:29 pm till Thursday night. A Moon-Saturn square late Tuesday pushes you to get chores done but let others help. Sunny trines light the way on Wednesday; the Moon trines the Sun, Jupiter and Venus in order thru the day and makes exchanging love and favors easy for all. Adjustments rule the day on Thursday. That can mean anything from moving furniture to creating a work-around. Plus a trine to Uranus at midday lets you see the humor in life.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – The Moon is in showy Leo from 8:08 pm till Saturday night. Thursday evening kicks off with an emotional Moon-Mars conjunction, great for competition in sports or games. It can also give vent to anger but if you work off excess physical energy safely, there is less likelihood of that. Inconjuncts on Friday from the Moon to Pluto, Sun and Jupiter in turn, call for adjustments in your personal power structure. Since these planets are in your solar eighth house, it is possible that some kind of estate bequest or insurance settlement allows you to do something you have longed for.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – The Moon trines ruler Mercury for night owls late Mon/early Tues. You like to keep regular hours but you could get engrossed in email or interesting chats. The Moon is inconjunct Mercury Thursday morn; you may have to adjust your communication style, or perhaps accommodate someone with a hearing or visual impairment. The Moon opposes Mercury Saturday afternoon; you will have to work to balance mental and emotional energies. The Moon enters Virgo at 7:52 pm Saturday. It makes no aspects that night but the first one on Sunday is a trine to Pluto, giving you thoughts about how to reclaim power over some aspect of your life.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Moon trines Saturn on Sunday evening, when you enjoy time with an older relative or friend. The Moon squares ruler Venus on Monday afternoon, bringing opportunities to make money altho you will have to work for it. Give your best advice, not necessarily what the customer wants to hear. Moon square Saturn in your sign on Tuesday night can be very frustrating. Your ruler Venus is in a lovely and powerful triple trine on Wednesday; the Moon trines the Sun, Jupiter and Venus in order, with the latter occurring about 11 pm. Arrange a nice romantic dinner with your special person.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – The Moon sextiles ruler Mars late afternoon Sunday; you enjoy competing in games or sports, or joining friends to watch a telecast. The Moon is conjunct Mars in Leo late Thursday; this can pull you into stubbornly defending your side of an argument. You can win the fight but lose the relationship, so watch out. It is good, tho, for athletic competition. Sunday is the most enjoyable, and Thursday is the most intense. Take your choice.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – The Moon squares ruler Jupiter early Monday; try to reach international customers before your office hours for the best results. Ruler Jupiter is in a lovely and powerful triple trine on Wednesday; the Moon trines the Sun, Jupiter and Venus in order. The Jupiter trine is at 9:20 am so if you can schedule presentations or legal transactions, by all means take advantage of some extra luck. Other than the above, the Moon in compatible Leo from Thursday evening till Saturday night are your best days.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – The Moon trines your ruler, Saturn, on Sunday night; but the signs are not really compatible with yours. You may be able to plug away at work but it will be an uphill effort. The Moon squares Saturn very late on Tuesday; I think your spouse pulls you away from working too late. You do need your rest, you know. But I think you pull late hours again the following night, perhaps with better results because you got some rest.

AQUARIUS
- Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – Mercury in your sign sextiles Ceres in Sag early Friday. It is not too early to plan the spring planting, even tho there is snow on the ground outside. You may even dream about gardening matters now; take cues from the spirit seriously. Do not shop or email early Saturday; the Mercury-Neptune conjunction is sure to mess things up. It might be fun tho to experiment with ESP or thought transfer.

PISCES – Feb. 18-March 19 – A pleasant Moon-Uranus sextile adds humor and laughs to a morning with a friend. The Sun in Pisces is sextile Pluto in Capricorn at midday on Tuesday. Positive aspects to Pluto help you master yourself, so try to break that bad habit you made a New Year's resolution about. A Moon-Uranus square mid-morn on Tuesday can be emotionally frustrating, but upsets over electronic malfunctions are not worth it. Midday Thursday has a nice Moon-Uranus trine, when electronics, humor, and foreign languages are positive. Make adjustments to software or other electronic items on Saturday.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Your Milky Way Horoscope Feb. 14-20, 2010

By Milky Way Maid

Dear Readers:
I have already posted the Valentine's issue for 2010, so please browse my column for that. And have a lovely, warm special day with your Significant Other.
On Sunday, the Sun is conjunct Neptune in Aquarius while the Moon is conjunct Jupiter in Pisces. From my Valentine column:

This year, Valentine's Day features a very romantic Moon-Venus conjunction in dreamy Pisces, with Jupiter very close by. The Moon-Venus conjunction is exact at 2:56 pm central time, according to my software. Jupiter tempts all of you to spend a great deal more than you can really afford, so be cautious in planning this event. Really, cheese and a bottle of wine on a living-room picnic blanket is just as romantic as a very expensive splurge at a four-star restaurant. Find some romantic film on DVD and you are all set.

The Moon-Venus conjunction is inconjunct Mars in Leo on one side, and Saturn in Libra on the other side. This forms a Yod. Those who are unattached may walk out somewhere and meet someone who is just fated to meet them. Don't fight it, love can happen in one glance, at first sight, and last till the day you die. It does happen like that sometimes. Mars is sexy, and Saturn is well, restrained. The inconjuncts mean that one has to control feelings of jealousy and anger, refrain from critical comments, deal with emotional insecurity and tight budgets, deal with the seesaw of love-hate emotions, and most of all balance their ambitions with their human need to connect with a genuine human being. Be very tender and gentle with each other this day if you are to navigate all the shoals in this emotional sea.

The Sun is conjunct wishful Neptune at 26 degrees Aquarius that day. This is one reason I suggest the movie night. Neptune is wishing and hoping that all the bad news would just go away, and I guess for one night you can just push the headlines out of sight. But PLEASE do not load up the credit card with charges just for this one occasion because you cannot count on the economy improving in the immediate future.

Most directly affected by the Yod are the signs Pisces, Leo and Libra. Those with Scorpio ascendants will have the point of the Yod in their romantic fifth house. Those with Virgo ascendants will have the point of the Yod in their seventh house of partners. But anyone with any of those signs on their ascendant, midheaven, or fifth or seventh houses will likely feel the fated effect of this Yod. And I am not saying that it will necessarily be a fun or be an obviously romantic first meeting, a' la Hollywood films. You will have to overcome a lot of emotional obstacles in order to connect on the soul level, but it will be worth it.

Venus in Pisces is quite active this week. On Monday about 2 am she is sextile Pluto in Capricorn at 4 degrees. About mid-morning, her partner Mars at 3 degrees Leo (retrograde) is sextile Saturn in Libra. I am thinking this might be a day when many of us think seriously about doing a makeover (Pluto), both in the more superficial matters like getting a new hairdo or having a skin treatment (Venus), and also in the area of changing our health and exercise (Mars) regimen (Saturn) in order to regain fitness and muscle (Mars). People with natal planets at 3 and 4 degrees will see effects more than the rest of us, especially if it falls on your ascendant. For instance, in my own case, Venus will be trine and Mars will be square my ascendant, so I will let you know what transpires.

On Tuesday, Venus at 6 degrees Pisces is conjunct the larger benefic Jupiter at 9:14 pm. One thing I can tell you from experience with Venus-Jupiter contacts (conjunction or trine) is that it is EXTREMELY easy to over-indulge (Jupiter) in sweets, since Venus rules sugar -- to the point of getting sick. So Jupiter is not always a good thing. BUT I can also say that if you observe Valentine's Day a bit late, that this can be a great time to spring a really big gift on someone. Travel or experiencing beauty and culture may also be on your agenda today. A few of you may even propose or marry on this day, and most likely the wedding and marriage will go splendidly.

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 from 7:30 pm Tuesday till Friday morn. The Moon is trine Mars and opposite Saturn early Wednesday; I see you putting a lot of energy into achieving a goal or racking up points. You might take advantage of this energy in a sales competition at work, or in a friendly game with buddies. The evening is more verbal with a Moon sextile to Mercury at dinnertime; you enjoy a good tete a tete with visiting friends. The Moon sextiles Neptune late Thursday, which can make you wishful and prone to self-pity. This is not like Aries at all, so while you may have a drink or two or commiserate with a pal, you are more likely to push yourself out the door and go for a two-mile run to sublimate your frustrations.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – The Moon is in Taurus from 5:55 am Friday and stays almost through the weekend. A sextile to the Sun in Pisces kicks off your Friday, giving you a good mood and positive interactions. A square to Mars in your solar fourth house brings a demand/request for a favor from a family member; oh just do it and earn some points to be claimed later. Midday has an inconjunct to Saturn, when you wonder if the supervisor really knows how to do the job. The evening's Moon-Jupiter trine is a boon for a celebratory dinner and recreation with friends or mates. Saturday is marked by a Moon-Mercury square at midday, so verify details in all verbal exchanges and make sure you are on the same page with others.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – All that Pisces energy on Sunday may be wasted in your solar tenth house of career, unless you plan on being a professional romantic. But hey, that does suggest you can be a successful writer of romance novels or advice, since there is a bottomless demand for those commodities. You could even ghost-write love notes for a friend, a la Cyrano de Bergerac. The sextile to Mars in Leo, plus the trine to Saturn in Libra suggest you might do rather well at the advice or etiquette biz.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – The Moon in water-sign Pisces on Valentine's Day is very compatible to your energies, although since it is in your solar ninth house, the object of your affections may be miles away or in college. The good news is that you may be joining that someone since funds may be awarded for your own education, especially if you have natal planets at 6 degrees. The emphasis is on friends when the Moon is in Taurus Friday thru the weekend.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – Leos enjoy the Moon in compatible Aries from Tuesday-Wednesday. A Moon-Mars trine affects you directly early Wednesday; your energies will be high whether watching a college ball game or energetically debating colleagues. On Wednesday morning, aspects help you harness your emotions to defeat unhealthy habits and get on a better health regimen. Good luck to you in your quest for better health.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – The huge stellium in your opposite sign Pisces at week's start can be overwhelming, but your significant other will seem like not only the love of your life, but best friend and source of all the good in your life (well, everything that really matters, anyway). The only downside is that Pisces can overdo everything and get carried away with spending and totally blow the budget. This is where you step in and suggest some quiet, less costly option like, oh, the picnic in the living room, or the corsage and dinner out at the place you first dated. The Moon trines your natal planets when in compatible Taurus Friday-weekend. Friday afternoon's Moon-Pluto trine gives you a chance to seize control over some part of life, even if it is only your own moods and emotions. Find a mantra or affirmation to help accomplish this.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Mars sextiles Saturn in your sign on mid-morn Monday; this is a great opportunity to begin an exercise program or just push a bit more in your current program. You will be at your most disciplined and achievement-oriented, whether in health matters or at work. The Moon opposes transiting Saturn in Libra early Wednesday; you may feel terribly constricted or imposed on, but grace under pressure is one of your finest talents. Show some class (as you always do) and avoid taking things out on anyone else.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – The Moon is in compatible Pisces for Valentine's Day, plus Venus and Jupiter in your solar fifth house of romance. Zowie. You never do things by halves, anyway, but this V-Day may mark a high-water mark. The Venus-Jupiter conjunction on Tuesday morn can bring a nice follow-up; are you picking out wedding rings? Friday's Moon-Mars square in Leo late morn may make you impatient for the weekend to get here. Get communications cleared up before starting on errands/trips Saturday morn, and enjoy a massage or hot soak after exercise that evening.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – All that Pisces energy (Moon-Venus-Jupiter) squares your natal planets from your solar fourth house of home and family. It is possible you wish to sink some funds into renovating or redecorating your home. You might see an addition to your family, or host an international visitor or exchange student. Your physical and emotional energies reach a high in the wee hours of Wednesday, when the Moon trines Mars in the other fire signs. However, that is followed by Moon opposite Saturn and square Pluto, affecting your second and fifth houses. You might spend way too much on your beloved, although if your purchase is a wedding ring, I can understand how that might impact your bank account.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – Your solar third house is active with the Moon-Venus-Jupiter in Pisces; communications fly with lots of words of love and best wishes from everyone who loves you. The Moon enters compatible Taurus on Friday and stays thru most of the weekend. Friday is mostly harmonious except for a rush-rush Moon-Mars square in the late morn; make sure of the specs before rushing a job or missing a connection. But the evening is idyllic with the Moon sextile both Venus and Jupiter; enjoy basking in the loving rays of your beloved in a late V-Day.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – The emphasis moves to your solar fourth house of home and family when the Moon enters Taurus on Friday. Watch for a mismatch between feelings and action late morning, or a rush that creates errors. Other than that, the evening is quite pleasurable with the Moon sextile Venus and Jupiter in your second house; spend a tiny bit on your family or home and it can make a huge difference. Those little tokens like a single flower or a card mean a great deal to loved ones.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – The Moon is in Pisces from 7:23 am on Valentine's Day till Tuesday night. Please see the general notes above regarding the aspects on Sunday. Tuesday morn may be stressful due to the Moon-Uranus conjunction; people may be upsetting or outright rude, but let it slide off your shoulders. Uranus is also the Christ principle, so you may decide to volunteer at a local charity, church or food bank.

Saints to Upset Colts in 2010 Super Bowl? Sports astrology looks at the Quarterbacks

by Milky Way Maid

A few words about the sports astrology of today's Super Bowl between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints in Miami, Florida.

COLTS qb Payton Manning: SU= 3 Ari. MO= mid Cap. ME= 25 Pis. VE= 11 Pis. MA= 2 Can. JU= 29 Ari. SA=26 Can. UR= 6 Sco. NE= 14 Sag. PL = 10 Lib ret. NN= 13 Sco.
Manning's natal Sun in Aries is trine Mars in Leo, opposite Saturn in Libra. That opposition can be very frustrating for him and make him feel that nothing he does is right, or like he just cannot get going. The Pluto square is also problematic. Moon is possibly near the transiting North Node. His Mars a 2 degrees Cancer is just not connected to this game chart. His Jupiter at 29 Aries makes no exact aspects to this game chart, either, though we have wide trines to the Leo ascendant and to Mercury in Capricorn. I do not see this game as his finest hour. I could be wrong, because Saturn can also be honors as well as frustration and failure, but he will have to reach down deep for everything he's got to pull off a win.

SAINTS qb Drew Brees: SU= 24 Cap. MO= 12 Leo. ME= 9 Cap. VE= 7 Sag. MA= 25 Cap. JU= 5 Leo. SA= 13 Vir ret. UR= 20 Sco. NE= 19 Sag. PL= 19 Lib NN= 18.42 Vir.
Now let's look at Drew Brees. His sun is at 24 Capricorn (conjunct his natal Mars at 25 Capricorn, giving him a double dose of this vibration), inconjunct the Leo ascendant and conjunct Mercury, near the North Node, and sextile Uranus. The inconjunct to the ascendant is a bit worrying, but it may mean that he engineers the upset due to the fact that the Saints are underdogs in this Super Bowl. The Saints have never won a Super Bowl and this can be the year that they finally add that to their resume.

Brees' Moon is at 12 Leo, exactly trine the kickoff moon at 12 Sag. His Jupiter is at 5 Leo, conjunct the transiting Mars at 6 Leo, retrograde. A Mars-Jupiter conjunction or square is extremely powerful in a sports chart, giving one a supercharged athletic effort that carries one beyond the expected performance level. His Jupiter is also inconjunct transiting Jupiter, sextile Saturn, and inconjunct Pluto.

I cannot say definitely if this is positive or negative, because it can go either way. BUT I do think that it is possible his performance this day will be a fateful one, and will determine the success of his team. Given the other highly positive indicators already cited, I think that it is very possible the Saints pull off the upset and send the Colts packing.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Your Milky Way Horoscope Feb. 7-13, 2010

by Milky Way Maid

The Sun at 18 degrees Aquarius is sextile Ceres in Sag about 8 am Sunday. You may be moved to join a natural foods coop, or an advocacy group for organic or anti-GMO crops, or you might just start designing your backyard Victory garden. You may merely find a kindred soul in your own back yard in regards to these same issues.
Venus is conjunct Neptune early Monday, Feb. 8 at 12:44 am. Valentine's Day comes early if you can stay up late gazing into each other's eyes or reading poetry together. Neptune is the higher octave of Venus, and best expresses itself through the arts like music, poetry, painting and dance. You may be moved to actually compose an original work dedicated to your love. The one downside, and this is a biggie, is that you are seeing the idealized, not the realistic, image of your beloved. If you can accept all the little flaws, you can bring out the best in each other.

Mercury enters Aquarius at 4:06 am Wednesday. Mercury in this sign is highly impersonal and so you ought to work at keeping a certain cordiality in your email to avoid turning off people with your coldness. Perhaps you can craft a nice, professional yet warm signature for your emails, or remind yourself to sign off your voicemail with best wishes for the other party. Also watch yourself before uttering thoughtless retorts; sometimes wit is not the highest virtue, OK? On the other hand, this Mercury placement is capable of great mental empathy with others' emotional and mental state. An effort to meet every person on the soul level can open up new vistas in personal connections.

Venus enters its dreamiest home in Pisces at 7:10 am Thursday. Venus here is prone to read a lot of romance novels (a genre that I detest btw) but at its best is capable of loving even the ugliest, most misbegotten of us. You might take in a stray or two this week. Venus here has the urge to alleviate suffering at the same time it feels so terribly inadequate to do so. Try not to save the whole world; it is enough to apply compassion to any situation. Compassion is the one thing that the Dalai Lama urged on all of us.

Mercury at 3 degrees Aquarius trines Saturn in Libra at 8:34 pm Friday. Your intellect is stronger and more disciplined, especially since these planets are in the air signs. You may latch onto the right book or teacher, or begin a course of study (formally or informally). You are able to focus your thoughts, and maybe even organize them into a book or course or research project.

Mercury then opposes Mars in Leo at 5:25 am Saturday, at about 4 and half degrees. Mercury opposite Mars is very argumentative, very prone to lashing out verbally without thinking, so take care. It's fine for debate and verbal jousting in a friendly or formal setting, but take care that you aim your wit at someone who can take it. There is some tendency to nervous strain or feeling that your nerves are stretched taut. Take care of yourself, force yourself to take breaks and get your sleep. Keeping on a regular schedule can help you reason your way through difficult decisions.

The New Moon occurs at 9:51 pm Sat., Feb. 14 at 25 degrees 18 minutes of Aquarius. The Moon goes on to conjunct Neptune about an hour and a half later. So this is a very hopeful and idealistic lunation. (The SUN conjuncts Neptune on Sunday evening.) Chiron is also between the Sun and Neptune, so be very careful not to get wounded by your own naivete or by blind trust/faith. You may not be thinking too clearly so try to use people whose judgment you trust as sounding boards. And BTW this is also Chinese New Year, ushering in the year of the Tiger. (ie don't try to ride the tiger or you may wind up inside)

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 – Mercury enters your solar eleventh house of friends on Wednesday; the conjunction with the Moon late Thursday offers a swell time talking with bosom buddies. Communications with your partner flow easily when this Mercury trines Saturn in Libra on Friday night. Careful of the temptation to argue on Saturday morning, tho; it is fine to debate by the rules, altho take care to avoid sarcasm.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – Venus enters your solar eleventh house of friends on Thursday; the month favors exchanges of favors, gifts, and unconditional love with women friends and daughters. Saturday's Mercury opposition to Mars squares your natal Taurus placements; this can be disastrous if you paint yourself into a corner, in some argument, and can find no graceful way of backing down, because both of you refuse to apologize. How about this: avoid painting yourself into any corners, then you won't have to worry how to get out of it.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – Venus is conjunct Neptune late Sunday in your solar fifth house of love and creativity. Love may inspire one of your best artistic efforts, or you could just wallow in your own film festival. Your best day this week is probably late Thursday, when the Moon in Aquarius trines Saturn in Libra and trines your natal planets for a grand air trine. Have a bull session to drum up great ideas to evaluate later.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – Tuesday will be quite challenging with a T-square to Moon-Pluto in Capricorn and Saturn in Libra; you will be stretched to the limit but Jupiter in Pisces can provide an oasis of counsel and philosophy. Venus enters Pisces on Thursday and will begin to trine your natal planets. You will find it easier to give and receive love, compliments, favors, and assistance. Of course you are always a caring, nurturing person, but you will feel more appreciated this month.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – Wednesday has a challenge from Jupiter in Pisces to Mars in your sign; you can earn the top prize or popularity in athletic competitions. The New Moon in Aquarius on Saturday puts an emphasis on partnerships and being in the public eye; conjunct Neptune, it gives you an aura of glamor. Venus and Jupiter nearby promise lots of luck and public approval. Opposite Mars in Leo your athletic ability, courage or ambition might be on display.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Monday may have an upsetting moment in the evening when the Moon in Sag squares Uranus in Pisces; best to overlook thoughtless comments that mean nothing in the long run. Venus enters your opposite sign on Thursday morning; your partner never looked more attractive or charming. You may be in the public eye, yourself, with something to offer us in terms of beauty or humanitarian values.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Mercury enters compatible Aquarius on Wednesday; communications with children increase so don't be surprised by a flurry of emails etc this month. Friday's Mercury-Saturn trine really helps you organize and prioritize your thoughts and to-do list. You can get a great deal done if you don't mind that this is normally a date night. Saturday's New Moon in Aquarius activates your solar fifth house sector; creativity, children, speculation and leisure all figure to dominate the month, but the arts seem to have the upper hand with artistic Neptune ensconced in Aquarius. Sign up for a class in something, or see if you can get your work in a show.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – The New Moon Saturday in Aquarius challenges you in regards to home and family, since it is in your solar fourth house. Perhaps you wish to buy or sell a house, or you want to have closer relationships with relatives. Neptune and Chiron conjunct the NM at 25 degrees are about the self-wound you have given yourself in cutting off some of those relatives; has everyone been punished enough yet? Perhaps you will instead be saying goodbye to elders as you move on to new frontiers. Best wishes in your new endeavors, Scorp.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – The Moon is in Sag from the week's start till early Tuesday. The Moon squares Jupiter at 4 am Sunday; work on your philosophy of life and learn to accept others' imperfections. The Moon trines Mars at 7:21 am Sunday; your energies are good and you may feel like hiking or skiing this morning. This day is good for creative and recuperative activities; you are a vital person.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – The Moon is in Capricorn from 5:43 am Tuesday till Thursday evening. The Moon is conjunct Pluto and squares Saturn on Tuesday afternoon; your mind is very penetrating and you can tear through a mountain of work. The Moon sextiles Jupiter later that day, raising your optimism and helping you apply a Piscean acceptance of others' faults. Wednesday is neutral, with no aspects to any transits in your sign. Thursday morn has a Moon-Uranus sextile, a very agreeable aspect for laughs and happy accidents.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – The Moon is in Aquarius from 6:24 pm Thursday till Sunday morn. Aquarians are not prone to emotional thinking but this can happen under a Moon-Mercury conjunction Thursday night; you may also be able to get groups of people to work together on a joint project. Mercury trines Saturn on Friday night, a serious aspect on what is normally a fun date night, sorry. You may latch onto the right book-teacher-course. Saturday is a very intense and hopeful New Moon at 25 degrees of your sign.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – Your ruler Neptune is very active this week. Venus is conjunct Neptune late Sunday-early Monday; you really do believe in the best of other people, and much prefer the rose-colored glasses to the harsh 'reality' (whatever that means). Neptune is conjunct the New Moon on Saturday at 25 Aquarius in your solar twelfth house, so you might volunteer to visit nursing homes or hospitals. If you have a therapy animal, that would give you great pleasure to take it to visit patients.