Monday, May 31, 2010

by Milky Way Maid

Some weeks seem to belong to Venus, but this week belongs to Mercury.

Mercury at 27 degrees Taurus trines Saturn in Virgo at 7:14 pm on Tuesday. People with contacts to this aspect will be able to reason, concentrate, organize, and control themselves. You respect experience and can benefit from seeking advice from someone older or respected in a given field. On the other hand, Mercury is so close to Algol; don't talk yourself into jumping off a cliff with all the other lemmings.

Mercury in Taurus squares Neptune in Aquarius early Wednesday at 6:39 am. This is Mercury's last aspect before entering Gemini. Mercury is lost here, with fuzzy Neptune making him unsure of his facts, and unable to read his map. On the other hand, your sensitivity and intuition may be keen. If you feel a bit spacey, try a spritz of rosemary or peppermint to clear your head. Artists should by all means concentrate on their muse; the rest of us may have to scribble into our journals all the amazing thoughts that drift thru our heads.

Mercury enters its home sign of Gemini on Thursday at 1:41 am. Mercury here is much, much faster than in Taurus. Where before you may have had bosses hem and haw over what to do, while they consider the data, now they will snap out decisions in rapid-fire fashion. The downside of Mercury here is that there can be a whole lot of talking without any real communication, often getting bogged down in collecting trivia and rumor. But when a Gemini is able to focus, he/she can communicate with a great variety of people, and do so clearly and logically. They can also direct people to sources of information.

Jupiter enters Aries Sunday at 2:28 am. Have faith in your own path, and your leadership abilities will emerge. I once knew a first-degree Aries who rounded up neighbors for a block rummage every year; this was just one of her projects. Do you have anything in Aries that will be contacted by the Jupiter transit? If so, be prepared to get your ideas off the ground.

Mars enters Virgo Monday at 2:11 am. The downside of Mars in this sign is that Virgo always wants to be right all the time, and acknowledged as such. Virgo may also be too quick to criticize and judge; focus less on errors than on shaping students or staff to a desired quality level. The upside of Mars here is that Virgo is so good at assisting others to straighten out their lives, whether by showing them how to balance a checkbook, or resolving credit card addictions, or creating a schedule for personal progress. You'd have to check your intolerance of imperfection at the door, however.

A New Moon at 21 degrees, 24 minutes of Gemini arrives at 7:15 am Saturday. Start a newsletter, blog, or journal to capture every insight and factoid that crosses your mind. Resolve to improve personal communications with less talk and more of a personal connection.

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 1:50 am Sunday till midday Tuesday. Not only does the Moon enter your sign Sunday, but so does ultra-lucky Jupiter. In addition, Moon conjunct Uranus provides inspiration. Mars enters your solar sixth house early Monday also, giving you more physical work to do, but also putting an accent on guarding your health. Squares to Pluto and Ceres in Capricorn motivate you with a challenge. How dare anyone tell you that you can't! The inconjunct from Jupiter to Mars on Monday gives you an opportunity to learn 'how-to' from a Virgo or Gemini type. A Mercury-Jupiter-Uranus sextile Thursday has you exploring exotic nooks in your own hometown.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – Jupiter enters your solar twelfth house on Sunday; someone close to you may be very lucky this year, or you may enjoy doing charity work at a hospital or attend retreats. The Moon is in Taurus from 11:41 am Tuesday till Thursday evening. Try not to 'lose your head' on Tuesday evening. A Mercury-Neptune square Wednesday morn makes for a fuzzy-headed commute; pay attention or miss your off-ramp. Mercury enters your second house of money on Thursday; yay, you may suddenly have two or more sources of income. Make hay while the sun shines, as they say.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – Mars squares your sign when it enters Virgo early Monday; there is an increased chance of arguments at home, but otherwise it just adds male energy and fire there. Fire up the grill, or add some cheery red accents in the living room, or start a family-only contest. The Moon is in Gemini from 6:11 pm Thursday till Saturday evening. Best day is probably Thursday night when a sextile to Jupiter makes you buoyant and lucky. A Mercury-Mars square on Friday morning favors debate; keep it constructive for best results. A Moon-Saturn square Saturday evening makes you feel put-upon, but use that disciplined energy to get a tough chore done.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – Jupiter enters your solar tenth house of career on Sunday. Wow, and coupled with your ambition, it's 'look out, world, the Crab is on the move.' You can not only advance your own career, but also foster the development of proteges. The Moon is in Cancer from 9:50 pm Saturday through the weekend. Saturday night looks very exciting with a Moon square Jupiter-Uranus, though I can't promise you will hit a jackpot or anything.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 - Jupiter enters your solar ninth house of law, publishing, higher education and religion on Sunday. You may win a scholarship, get that manuscript approved or printed, win a legal decision, or embark on private study of comparative religions. On Wednesday, a Mercury-Neptune square can lead you to garble your speech in public appearances or interviews; make sure to rehearse answers.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Jupiter enters your solar eighth house of pooled funds, etc on Sunday. The year may bring a legacy, insurance (especially if it is free or at a bargain price), or your spouse may come into some funds. Best days this week are probably with Moon in Taurus, midday Tues-Thur. evening. Your Saturn is trine the Moon Thursday afternoon, helping you plow thru work efficiently. You may also find a mentor-type among your list of lawyer or professor contacts.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - Jupiter enters your solar seventh house of partners, marriage and the public on Sunday. Singles may get married or engaged this year, and people in any walk of life may get their turn in the spotlight. Best days this week come with moon in compatible Gemini Thur-Sat. A Moon-Mercury conjunction on Thursday pm puts emotion behind your words, and you are very persuasive. The New Moon in Gemini on Sat. puts the accent on your solar ninth house of law, publishing, college and religion. A square to Saturn Sat. puts you in a serious frame of mind, possibly with an idealistic bent.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Jupiter enters your solar sixth house of health and work on Sunday. You may land a good-paying job which you are glad to take even if it seems to utilize a lesser talent of yours. And with Jupiter, it can mean that your health (mental health included) is very good and your powers of recuperation strong; it can also bring the attention of doctors or exhaustion from overdoing. A Mercury-Neptune square Wednesday morn makes for a fuzzy-headed commute; pay attention or miss your off-ramp.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Jupiter enters your solar fifth house on Sunday. Oh, the luckiest place to have old Jove. Reap profits in speculations, enjoy a long list of suitors, attend the highest level of cultural events and concerts. Best days this week have Moon in compatible Aries Sun. to mid-Tues. On Monday your spouse may introduce you to sympathetic lawyer, publisher or publisher.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - Jupiter enters your solar fourth house on Sunday. You may enlarge your home, host foreign travelers or students, or add to your family. Best days this week likely are the ones with Moon in Taurus, midday Tues-Thur. evening. Watch your wallet when Mercury in your solar fifth house squares Neptune in your second house on Wed; money can slip through your fingers while trying to impress a date or if speculating in stocks. Virgo's Saturn is trine the Moon in Taurus on Thursday afternoon, helping you plow thru work. You may also find a mentor-type among your list of lawyer or professor contacts.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - Jupiter enters your solar third house on Sunday. Your circle of acquaintances grow, especially if you go back to school. Sharing knowledge and stimulating your intellect bring enjoyment and rewards. Best days this week come with moon in compatible Gemini Thur-Sat. A Moon-Mercury conjunction on Thursday pm puts emotion behind your words, and you are very persuasive especially with romantic partners. The New Moon in Gemini on Sat. puts the accent on your solar fifth house of romance, fun, the arts, and children.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - Jupiter enters your solar second house of money on Sunday. This placement favors making lots of money especially if you work in a Jupiter-ruled field like law or medicine. Sometimes Jupiter merely protects your job in the face of cutbacks, when the economy is down. Mars enters your opposite sign early Monday; your significant other is either combative, or really hot-looking. You prefer the latter. On Saturday night, a Moon-Neptune trine touches your fourth house of home, luring you to poolside with or without a pool party to host.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Is the Taurus Bull Really an Auroch?

By Milky Way Maid

Recently I picked up an old novel called Sarum, about the long overview of southern British history centered on the cathedral town of Salisbury. One of the episodes in the more ancient segment was the hunting of an auroch.

An auroch was, according to bestuff.com, "The aurochs or urus (Bos primigenius) was a very large type of cattle that was prevalent in Europe until its extinction in 1627." It stood about two meters high at the shoulder; this was the height of a rare skeleton found in a Danish bog in 1905. The last of the breed died in Poland in 1627. The closest descendants of the auroch include the gaur, the bantang, the zebu, and Spanish fighting cattle. The horns were very distinctive, sweeping forward and up.
The description of the horns matches the traditional images of a Taurus bull, doesn't it?

The auroch is believed to be the ancestor of all domesticated cattle, which are much smaller in size. Attempts to breed a new aurochs from cattle with atavistic characteristics have not been a complete success. A herd was created, but the horns pointed to the sides like with a Texas longhorn, or a water buffalo. Also the colors were not accurate. The bulls were almost always black, and the cows were a reddish color. The recreated herd had more color variety.

The aurochs have been identified as the breed depicted in cave paintings from all over the world. Aurochs ranged from Britain, across Europe and into parts of China. A somewhat different variety was found in India.

Paste the URLs below to read more about this giant breed of cattle.
http://www.petermaas.nl/extinct/speciesinfo/aurochs.htm

Your Milky Way Horoscope May 30-June 5, 2010

By Milky Way Maid

On Sunday, May 30, Saturn makes its Direct Station at 27 degrees 50 minutes of Virgo, at 2:09 pm. Virgo natives can begin to breathe again, knowing that Saturn's time in their sign will soon be up. (Soon being defined as late July, 2010.) Matters that had hung in limbo may finally be on their way to a final resolution. Meantime, enjoy the holiday weekend.

Trading places with Saturn on the injured reserve list (aka retrograde status) is our old goodtime pal, Neptune. He goes retrograde at 2:48 pm on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, at 28 degrees 42 minutes of Aquarius. If I were you, I would be hyper-conscious of safety, and have a map in hand if traveling. Neptune is not particularly hazardous, but he will get you lost, and he will help you lose track of what you are doing. So when you are standing at the charcoal grill, for gosh sakes do not lean your hand on the thing, do not splash liquids onto the grill, do not let your 5-yr-old try to flip the burgers. And since Neptune has an affinity for liquids, watch your alcoholic intake and be careful if swimming. This goes without saying if you are near a pool anyway, but it bears repeating!

Mars in Leo opposes Neptune in Aquarius at 1:52 pm on Friday, June 4. They are at 28 degrees of their signs. Late degrees of any sign can be very powerful, so if you have contacts or aspects to any natal planets, take heed. Mars-Neptune oppositions typically sap one's energy, bring on the scam artists, and weaken your resolve and self-confidence. Treat any infections promptly or it can easily become a chronic condition. One's resistance may be low; anyone with a predisposition to diabetes needs to monitor their blood sugar. Double-check instructions for prescription drugs to avoid overdosing. You may feel very insecure and discouraged under this transit, but please try this exercise: make a list of all your accomplishments in life, starting from learning how to walk.

Looking ahead to Sunday, June 6: Jupiter enters Aries at 2:28 am. Sound the trumpets and bang the drums, the Rams are getting ready to roll. You thought Arians were a rowdy, noisy bunch before, well shazam! They are gonna be darn near impossible now! Arians are an irrepressible bunch, much like the Unsinkable Molly Brown. Go ahead and wear red; it suits you better than any other sign.

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 – You have so much to look forward to! Jupiter will enter Aries next Sunday, June 6, so plan for a rip-roaring summer of fun, fun, fun! Just take care not to gain weight, because Jupiter does tend to overdo at the dinner table. Meantime, the Mars-Neptune opposition on Friday affects your solar fifth-eleventh house axis. Avoid lending friends any money, because they are probably not telling you the real reason they need it. And you know how lending stuff tends to end more friendships than anything else. Best days are likely moon in Aquarius, Tues-midday Thur.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – Invite others over for dinner or a late coffee under a Moon-Mercury trine Sunday evening. You will have lots to talk about, and I bet you find you have even more in common than you thought. The Mars-Neptune opposition on Friday affects your solar fourth and tenth houses; you may want to be at home while at work, or vice versa. Also Mars in the fourth is always a tip to watch for fire safety; inspection is a good idea. Best days are likely moon in Cappy, Sun-Mon or in Pisces, midday Thurs-Sat.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - An employee appreciation event late Monday is very enjoyable under Moon-Jupiter rays. The Mars-Neptune opposition on Friday affects your solar third and ninth houses; this can scramble communications and stress Geminis to the max. Miscommunication can even lead to arguments (Mars) and assigning blame (Neptune); please don't sweat the small stuff because stuff happens to everybody. Best days are likely moon in Aquarius, Tues-midday Thur.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – You will want to reach out and touch somebody on Sunday when the Moon opposes Venus in Cancer. The other person may or may not want to be touched, may complain you are smothering him/her, but do it anyway. Everyone needs some love. The Mars-Neptune opposition on Friday affects your solar second and eighth houses. Use every caution when dealing with money; better yet, delay decisions till you have thoroughly researched the people involved. Best days are likely moon in Pisces, midday Thurs-Sat.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – Read the notes above regarding the Mars-Neptune opposition on Friday. This is not the time for entering the Iron Man contest, obviously. However, I might add that Neptune in your solar seventh house can add an aura of glamor, above your usual megawatt-voltage personality. Mars in Leo is quite brave; you may become a hero in your own hometown for bravery (Mars) and inspire (Neptune) others.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – I see a work party on the holiday weekend rather than a sit-in-the-hammock kind of weekend. Ask able-bodied folks over to help out and then treat them to your amazing dinners. Saturn is making a station at 27 degrees of your sign this weekend, so I imagine that self-discipline is high on your list of priorities right now. You can certainly accomplish a great deal in a short span if you stick to your schedule. Best days are likely moon in Cappy, Sun-Mon or in Pisces, midday Thurs-Sat.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Have your eye on a special someone? Ask him or her out for a date late Tuesday when the Moon trines the Sun, symbolizing harmonious male-female relationships. (also the moon will be in your solar fifth house of romance; that combined with your natal planets should form a chatty grand trine in air). The Mars-Neptune opposition on Friday affects your solar fifth and eleventh houses; male friends may try to cheat you on some wild investment scheme. Best days are likely moon in Aquarius, Tues-midday Thur.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Memorial Day favors an outing with an older friend who can introduce you to a new game; it might even be profitable. The Mars-Neptune opposition on Friday affects your solar fourth and tenth houses; you may want to be at home while at work, or vice versa. Also Neptune in the solar fourth house is a tip to watch for water leaks, whether from plumbing, a roof leak, or a faulty meter. There is a chance you might take up home brewing, or install a wet bar. Best days are likely moon in Cappy, Sun-Mon or in Pisces, midday Thurs-Sat.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Saturn goes direct Sunday in your solar tenth house of career; executive responsibilities may be bestowed or restored to you. You may even be in the running for recognition by your peers. The Mars-Neptune opposition on Friday affects your solar ninth and third houses. For some of us, this will scramble phone calls and messages. For others, local and national politics will unusually seamy. Best days are likely moon in Aquarius, Tues-midday Thur.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – The week begins with Moon in Capricorn, till early Tuesday. The Moon opposes a grasping Venus in Cancer on Sunday afternoon. Your spouse/partner may be more needy or demanding than usual; humor him or her. A Moon-Mercury trine Sunday night favors a quiet date with lots of opportunity to chat with a Taurus sweetie. Monday features a Moon-Saturn trine; you can get a lot of work done with a Virgo lawyer, professor, or other pro. A late night sextile to Jupiter favors enjoying the best things in life. The Mars-Neptune opposition on Friday affects your solar second and eighth houses. Use every caution when dealing with money; better yet, delay decisions till you have thoroughly researched the people involved.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – The Moon is in Aquarius from 1:08 am Tues. till midday Thurs. Tuesday has easy aspects: a sextile to Uranus in Aries brings surprises from a friend, and a trine to the Sun in Gemini may mean a late chat or date with a Twin. An aspect to Venus in your solar sixth house on Wed. may signify getting control over your sweet tooth. A Moon-Mercury square on Wed. p.m. can make communications difficult; wait till Sat. to try to smooth things over. Do not try to overdo physically on Thurs. morning; the Mars-Neptune opposition is in effect.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – Spending Memorial Day evening with friends will be very congenial under a Moon-Jupiter sextile. The Moon is in Pisces from 1:34 pm Thursday till the wee hours next Sunday. A Moon-Ceres-Chiron aspect on Thurs. brings a friend who offers health tips or a healthy recipe to share. The Pisces Moon is square the Sun in Gemini on Friday evening; don't waste energy on argument or struggle. Try to look upon differences of opinion as a chance to exercise your debate skills, in an impartial way. Saturday brings a midday Moon-Mercury sextile; visit a local bookstore or library to find the info you need.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Jupiter Robbed of Belt in Broad Daylight; Planetary Police Have No Suspects

by Milky Way Maid, from actual news sources!

In what may have been a prank, the planet Jupiter's Southern Equatorial Belt (SEB) was 'disappeared' suddenly this week. The announcement of the missing belt was made by the British Astronomical Association's Jupiter Section on May 20.

There were no known witnesses, and no suspects are in custody. Jupiter himself, who is known as quite a jovial fellow, expressed no alarm at the loss of his belt, even though it is certain to cause untold embarrassment if his pants fall down.

“Oh, this sort of thing has happened many times before. The belt shows up again sooner or later, and no one is the worse for wear,” he said. “The last time was three years ago, and Saturn later returned it saying he needed it while his rings were invisible and he felt quite naked.”

Saturn denied taking the belt in this latest episode.
The Jupiter Section verified that the belt has had a checkered past, disappearing in 1973, 1989, 1993, and 2007. Astronomers remain mystified at the repeated disappearances.

However, it is my belief that these repeated thefts hint at a habitual kleptomaniac, and this perp may be in need of intensive therapy if apprehended.

Full story may be read at http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/20may_loststripe/

Monday, May 17, 2010

Your Milky Way Horoscope May 23-29, 2010

a handcrafted weekly horoscope By Milky Way Maid

Jupiter in Pisces opposes Saturn at 27 degrees Virgo at 1:36 am Sunday, May 23. This is the last opposition because Jupiter rushes ahead into Aries June 6, and Saturn returns to Libra in July. The opposition is a significant marker in the longer cycle between Saturn and Jupiter, with impacts on the economic and sociological progression of the human race.

On the personal level, this opposition signifies a need to accept oneself as one is, and stop punishing oneself for not meeting a high standard. People with contacts to their own chart may decide to quit on a goal, out of boredom or whatever, but this is usually a mistake. If one is bored, just give yourself a varied routine so that you can go from one function or task to another before you burn out on it. Turn your burdens into challenges, and your stumbling blocks into stepping stones.

Venus in Cancer opposes Pluto at 4 degrees Capricorn at 11:15 Sunday, too. New relationships begun under this aspect can be marked by extreme jealousy, manipulation or even extramarital affairs. On the other hand, if the two parties are very compatible and secure with themselves, the passion may be deep and transcendent. Subconscious motives are likely, but not necessarily negative. The two people may satisfy deep needs within each other.

Uranus enters Aries at 9:44 pm Thursday, May 27. This will contribute to the cardinal T-square shaping up between explosive Uranus, transformational Pluto in Capricorn, and oppressive Saturn when it re-enters Libra later this summer. Volumes are being written online inre forecasting the impact of this T-square. I can only say that some of us are going to let it ALL hang out, and there may be shots heard 'round the world. Yet a great deal of good could come from this aspect, too, in amazing inventions and discoveries, especially in health care and social media. The sign Cancer receives the brunt of all this energy, and one must note that the U.S. was of course born under the sign of the crab.

Since Libra is the sign of marriage, and Saturn and Uranus square can signify divorce -- I wonder if this T-square will presage a flood of divorce cases??? Uranus can also signify the radical broadening of marriage law to allow gays to marry. Can it be that the phenomenon of gay marriage could go national??

Looking ahead, Saturn will be stationary direct at 2:09 pm on Sunday, May 30. It went retrograde January 13, so matters that have been stalled during this period may finally move forward again.

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 – This Sunday is likely to be particularly stressful; try to avoid dinner with in-laws or other difficult people. Uranus enters your sign on Thursday night; read notes above for insights. You may feel even more impatient than normal, so make a point of working off your frustrations with physical exercise. On Saturday morning you enjoy physical work in the veggie garden or perhaps digging a pool.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – Your ruler Venus is at it again. This time she has the hots for Capricorn, of all signs. I know you admire Cappy's determination and so forth, so maybe there is such a one out there for you. So keep an eye peeled this week, just in case. In other news, the Moon-Mars square in other fixed signs on Wednesday is just a bear; avoid difficult people and just nod your head. On Friday if you bribe folks with your baking, you can get all kinds of favors from them. You lil ol' Aunt Bea, you!

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – Geminis are not thought of as domestic types, but you will enjoy cooking a creative dinner Sunday under a Ceres transit to your Sun. On Wednesday, you assert yourself and insist that your needs get met. But you do it with such charming, logical arguments that no one can resist you. You and your spouse/partner can get a lot of chores (Saturn) done on Saturday morning if you team up. Have your checklist ready!

CANCER - June 21-July 22 - Venus in Cancer opposes Pluto at 4 degrees Capricorn at 11:15 Sunday. New relationships begun under this aspect can be marked by extreme jealousy, manipulation or even extramarital affairs. On the other hand, if the two parties are very compatible and secure with themselves, the passion may be deep and transcendent. Subconscious motives are likely, but not necessarily negative. The two people may satisfy deep needs within each other. OR -- you might cook up a storm for a whole tribe of people!

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – Mars is still plodding through Leo for this week and next, stoking the lion's fire with more heat than light. But it's all good, fire is fire after all. Best days this week are with the Moon in compatible and very gracious Libra, Sun-Mon. Monday afternoon's Moon-Mars sextile favors getting projects off the ground, making introductions, or taking off for a tough game of squash. Moon in Sag on Friday is also compatible, and aspects to Venus and Mercury prime the creative pump.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Best days have Moon in watery Scorpio, Tues-Thurs. morn. Tuesday morn's Moon-Ceres sextile points out a tasty yet healthy breakfast option at the local coffee shop. A Moon-Venus trine that afternoon brings a contact with a dear friend; make an appointment for a teatime chat. Wednesday is a bear, tho; keep your nose to the grindstone and ignore any office politics.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – The Moon is in Libra as the week begins till early Tuesday. Yay, the Moon trines the Gemini Sun early Sunday. Taking in the sunrise with a loved one appeals to the romantic in you. A square to Venus in Cancer at 5:40 am draws you back to taking care of family. Creative outlets beg for your attention at midday; focus on your creative writing or at least do some journaling. On Monday you wake up early under a Moon-Mars sextile, brimming with energy. Late that night Something provides you with creative or spiritual inspiration. Dreams will be interesting, too.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – The Moon is in Scorpio from 2:17 am till Thursday morn. Tuesday begins with a Moon-Chiron trine, so do something healthy for yourself that morning. A wholesome breakfast is also indicated. A Gemini provides creative insight mid-morning. Tuesday afternoon a Moon-Venus trine says yes to exchanging favors or gifts. A Moon-Mars square on Wednesday night can bring a brick wall your way, so don't bother trying to change anyone's mind. Aspects are mixed on Thursday morn, but the last aspect before the Moon changes signs is a trine to Uranus, for happy surprises.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – The Moon is in Sag from 7:15 am Thursday till Saturday afternoon. Spouse and family agree Thursday that you really must take better care of yourself. Uranus enters Aries, your solar fifth house, bringing surprises and even windfalls to early Sag's. Friday is a day for unleashing your creative energies. Saturday has you buckling down to chores in the a.m. but seeking wide horizons by midday.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – A work break with a friend refreshes you Tuesday morning. You may stay up late that night in a feverish outpouring of creative energy. The Moon enters Capricorn at 2:44 pm Saturday afternoon. Almost immediately it squares Uranus in Aries; surprises are in store, and action is the word for the day. It might be wise to conduct a safety inspection of your home, just because the cardinal T-square is so unpredictable.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – Uranus moving into your eleventh house of friends and clubs portends one or both of two possibilities: one, and estrangement (Uranus) with friends, or two, the addition of foreign (Uranus again) friends to your circle or to your list of groups you belong to. The week begins with Jupiter opposing Saturn in your money houses; the possibility of earning more money thru overtime or other hard work is very real. Saturn stations in Virgo, your solar eighth house of death, insurance, wills. There is a very real chance that related matters which have been tied up in court, etc will be resolved at month's end. Congrats.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – You will see the last of Uranus in your sign for the summer; it retrogrades back again in September. Estrangements ease, and this period gives you a chance to clarify just what you meant by such-and-such. Welcome loved ones back, but I wouldn't lend them any money. And after about two weeks, Jupiter will also take your leave, also to retrograde back in September. So take advantage of whatever last bundles of luck he gives you, and stash away your hoard for a rainy day.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Your Milky Way Horoscope May 16-22, 2010

By Milky Way Maid

Wow, I cannot believe I missed posting the weekly horoscope for this week -- but I will get this up ASAP for all of you. (and then next week's forecast too) Have been amazingly busy and bushed since Mercury went retrograde, and thought things would level off when it went direct.

Venus in Gemini squares Jupiter in Pisces on Monday morn
at 6:57 am. Be careful not to lose your head (metaphorically speaking)! The Sun is conjunct Algol in Taurus Monday, semisextile Venus in Gemini and sextile Jupiter in Pisces. Taureans may be most affected negatively, with the other fixed signs in danger of making bad decisions. It may be too easy to think, I don't need money because I'm in love (or vice versa). Or you may think that nothing is too good for your beloved and blow your budget on an extravagant gift for him/her. Hey, the best gift is saying those three little words.

Venus in Gemini squares Saturn in Virgo at 4:18 am Tuesday; the quick succession of aspects from Venus to Jupiter and then Saturn symbolizes the emotional swings many of us experience from feelings of emotional buoyancy to emotional starvation. One day, you are convinced 'he' is crazy about you and is the real deal, and the next day he acts like he is not that into you at all! What's up with that? Possibly 'he' is just getting cold feet at the prospect of losing his freedom, or just fearful that this relationship will turn out to be a dreaded replay of the prior disaster. He needs your reassurance not your petulance.

The Sun in Taurus sextiles Uranus, the comedian, in Pisces at 5:48 pm Thursday. This is an excellent night to go out to a comedy club or movie for some good laughs, or just hang out with your wittier friends. You might even try open mike night after practicing your best jokes on a supportive audience.

Here's a heavy -- Jupiter in Pisces opposes Saturn in Virgo late Saturday Pacific Time or at 1:36 am Sunday, May 23. The problem here is that Jupiter in Pisces never thinks that things are as bad as the experts (Saturn in Virgo) say, and so never plans ahead for the rainy day. This is a major turn in the economic cycle, also, so pay attention to the headlines in the Sunday paper. And keep an eye on the stock market Monday, as well.

The Sun enters Gemini Thursday at 11:34 pm. Happy birthday to all the Twins of the Zodiac!! The Sun's last aspect was a sextile to funnyman Uranus so you will probably enter your new year laughing all the way.

Readers can follow not only their Sun sign horoscope but also the sign of their Ascendant for further clues to how your week will develop. 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 in Gemini (your solar third house) squares Saturn in Virgo (your solar sixth house of health and work) on Tuesday morning. Your health or job prospects may be affected by this, and I do hope that this is for the better. You may have to suggest a new or expanded job function in order to avoid a layoff. An intervention by a friendly (Venus) supervisor (Saturn) can help you elude the axe. Best days may be with Moon in compatible Leo from Tuesday to Thursday evening.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - The Sun in Taurus sextiles Jupiter Monday night -- and this illustrates how the earth signs like Taurus can be perfectly happy with friends or in a group situation, trying to make their corner of the world a little nicer. The Sun in Taurus trines Saturn in Virgo Tuesday night; you might pick up some overtime or just enjoy physical work in the garden. A Sun-Neptune square and Mercury-Pluto trine on Wednesday afternoon favors shaking off the cobwebs and getting down to basics. Your words gain power if you are sure of your evidence. On Thursday night, a Sun-Uranus sextile helps you find your funny bone again.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – The week begins with the Moon in Gemini, but only until midday Sunday. The morning is/was probably frustrating, like being in a a giant toy store but not a dime in your pocket. Only you can make the best of it, turning it into a joke or just a chance to share in others' happiness. Venus in Gemini squares Jupiter in Pisces on Monday morn. The mutable signs are adept at juggling the budget for sudden outlays. You may be quite tempted to buy something beautiful just for the sake of beauty -- and that's all right but then again, there is plenty of beauty for free at your local park.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – The Moon is in Cancer from 1:46 pm till late afternoon Tuesday. The aspects Sunday are mostly harmonious, and your chances are good that you can resolve differences successfully. A Moon-Mercury sextile helps deal with Moon oppositions to Ceres and Pluto in Capricorn. Try to stick to practical considerations to arrive at a pragmatic resolution to your conflicts. The Sun-Jupiter sextile Monday indicates that friends and clubs you belong to can help you with solar ninth house matters: a study buddy helps you cram for exams, a club offers a scholarship, a fraternal contact introduces you to an ace lawyer, etc. Tuesday afternoon is excellent, with several sextiles and a trine to Jupiter. Work hard and flash your million-dollar smile.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – The Moon is in Leo from 5:06 pm Tuesday till Thursday evening. A Moon-Mercury square Wednesday morn leads to a stalemate in any workplace debate; stop being stubborn and just hand over the decision to a rational Virgo to determine the facts. You wake up Thursday rarin to go, due to a Moon-Mars conjunction in your sign. Burn up some your high energy in an early workout. A Moon-Neptune opposition Thursday night puts your glamorous self in the spotlight, so make sure you look sharp.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – The Moon is in Virgo from 7:58 pm Thursday till Saturday night. A Moon-Venus sextile Thursday night favors a confidential chat with a woman friend. She will be supportive and maternal. Friday morning is good for gaining control over some part of your life again, due to the trines to Pluto in Capricorn and Mercury in Taurus. Talk things over with those involved; sometimes just asking is all you had to do. The Moon opposes Jupiter Saturday night; you may be in a generous mood, or just want to be in the spotlight this once. You might serve as a judge of a contest or hand out the ribbons and medals.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Librans with planets at 5 degrees of their sign will feel the effect of the grand trine Friday morn involving Pluto at five degrees square (in Capricorn); this could present a wonderful opportunity to you. There is the chance of a legacy or insurance settlement related to family issues or to your home. The Moon enters Libra at 10:50 pm Saturday and stays till next Monday night. The Moon in Libra trines Sun in Gemini late Sat/early Sun. You may feel more comfortable than usual at the front of the room, arguing a legal case or presenting a term paper. Maybe you will be up late rehearsing your speech. Best wishes in either case, and I am sure you will convince the jury or professors.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – Venus enters Cancer, your solar ninth house, on Wednesday at 9:05 pm. You may receive favors or good references from college profs, or encouragement from an editor. Legal settlements may be resolved in your favor although do not expect any multi-million-dollar awards. Ask profs for referrals or leads on jobs; they often have the inside scoop on lots of openings. Submit papers, articles and manuscripts anywhere you can think of. The Sun's entry into Gemini opens a window into larger funds: the spouse's income, pooled monies such as insurances, wills and estate matters, and taxes. Your attention may be turned to these issues for the next month.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – Venus in Gemini squares Jupiter and then Saturn, which tends to make your spouse feel like she is adored then ignored. Don't make the mistake of thinking that once you have sent her flowers, etc. that you are done for the week! The Sun enters your opposite sign, Gemini, this week on Thursday. You and/or your spouse or partner may be literally or figuratively in the spotlight this month. So polish your smile and your patter, and get your face in front of people who can promote you.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – Mercury in Taurus trines Pluto in your sign on Wednesday afternoon. This favors research, forensic work, or auditing the books. A Moon-Pluto trine early Friday accents your determination to make your own life, on your own terms. Perhaps you believe that getting a diploma or certification will enhance your career prospects. Best days may be with Moon in Virgo, from Thursday evening thru Saturday.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – Make the best of Venus in compatible Gemini while you can, because she enters Cancer on Wednesday night. Take your best girl out for a date in a fun place, maybe an amusement park. The Moon in Libra is also harmonious from late Saturday night thru next Monday. BTW the Jupiter-Saturn opposition this weekend may spur involvement in the political realm, since they are in your solar third-ninth houses, which rule local and national politics.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – Let frugality become your middle name, as Jupiter in your sign opposes Saturn yet again at week's end. Put leftovers in the freezer for another meal (one you don't have to cook from scratch), clip those coupons and get discount codes off the internet. You have coasted thru the past economic downturn on your own optimism, but now the crunch is really going to put pressure on you. Get serious about managing your personal economy.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Your Milky Way Horoscope May 9-15, 2010

By Milky Way Maid

Mercury goes direct on May 11 at 6:27 pm, at 2 degrees Taurus. Ha, this happens to be almost on top of my descendant so I suppose it means relationship matters can move forward; also we will see if I start working more with the public or am in the public eye.

Other than that, there are only Moon aspects this week. Pretty quiet. Oh, yeah, a New Moon.

The New Moon is at 23 degrees 9 minutes Taurus, at 9:04 pm on Thursday, May 13. The Moon squares Mars that morning, adding conflict but also lighting a fire under you Bulls to get out of your chairs. The next aspect the Moon makes are a sextile to Jupiter at 26 degrees Pisces, and a square to Vesta in Leo. I predict that as some astrologers say, the children of Venus will not be denied.

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 5:29 pm Sunday till the wee hours Wednesday. The Moon squares Pluto very early Monday. You may lie awake wondering how to get some control back over your life; sometimes letting go is the only way to have peace about the direction one's life is taking. A Moon-Mars trine the next day has you up-and-at-'em like your normal self. A Moon-Venus sextile Tuesday morn also sweetens breakfast with either pastry or a lovely table companion. Late Tuesday has disappointments in advice from a pro, and confusion over what to do. Wait for a better time to consult with a trusted friend.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – The Moon is in Taurus from 2:48 am Wednesday till Friday morning. A Moon-Mercury conjunction Wednesday morn puts you in a talkative mood. Check all your mail/emails, too, for messages that have been delayed. The Moon-Ceres trine at mid-morning may prompt to spend your break planning the garden layout. The Moon trines Pluto at lunch; how sweet to get back control over some corner of your life. The Moon-Mars square midday Thursday gets your engine revving, but slow down enough to check out the specs on a job before starting. Plan to get lots done very early Friday before a case of spring fever sets in.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – The Moon is in Gemini from 9:18 am Friday till midday next Sunday. Check your emotions at the door mid-morning on Friday, because you may make costly decisions based on emotional self-talk rather than reality. Do some mental house-cleaning that afternoon/evening under creative aspects to Ceres and Pluto. You will be revved up and ready for action under a Moon-Mars sextile on Saturday evening. Plan an active night: games, sports, debate, competition, etc.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – The New Moon in compatible Taurus is in your solar eleventh house of friends and clubs. You may consider donating your talents to an organization, just be sure that it does not cost you anything more than your time. Cancerians are not always recognized for their executive ability, but they are just as organized and focused as any Capricorn or Leo.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – The New Moon in Taurus is in your solar tenth house of career. A new job or position may be in the offing for you. It will be a solid offer, with a solid if stuffy company, and will probably offer some nice perks. With Mercury direct also in Taurus, the job may entail being a spokesperson for the company, or speaking directly with customers or the media.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – The New Moon in Taurus is in your solar ninth house of publishing, college, law and religion. Publishing, whether on paper or online, is probably accented because Mercury (recently turned direct) is a tenant there. You might also find opportunities in the talk show area, as a host or staffer, or gain recognition for writing research papers for your college courses. You may be able to develop a research paper into a book project.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - The New Moon in Taurus is in your solar eighth house of wills, insurance and other pooled resources. Well, I do not want to predict a death in the family. But you may start a period of being involved with helping others plan estate, tax, or insurance matters. Your efficiency and diplomacy help others feel at ease in dealing with difficult subjects.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - The New Moon in Taurus is in your solar seventh house of partners and marriage. This is interesting because with Mercury direct also here, you may find that you are called upon to be a spokesperson or be the public face for a company or product. Taurus sometimes goes into the field of sales, and this might be a good period to sell yourself as a product.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - The New Moon in Taurus is in your solar sixth house of health and work. Renew your New Year's resolutions regarding health and diet. Perhaps you might resolve to eat only veggies that come fresh from your own garden. Perhaps a Taurus pleasure like music or massage can help you deal with stress -- or walks in the countryside.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - The New Moon in Taurus is in your solar fifth house of children, romance and creativity. Taurus is a very creative sign, so whether your plans are to add to your family, or learn how to play piano, you should be able to fulfill that ambition. Mercury direct here points to improved communication with loved ones, especially with your children.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - The New Moon in Taurus is in your solar fourth house of house and family puts the accent on home life. You may be more involved in family matters, possibly hosting an exchange student (sextile Jupiter) or expanding your house. Mercury direct in this fourth house may bring a new phone or internet hookup, possibly converting to a satellite or other type of service. Have you been discussing putting the whole family on one cellphone plan?

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – Sunday begins with the Moon in Pisces till early evening. A conjunction to Jupiter in the morning has you feeling confident and generous; you might treat someone to brunch. The Moon-Saturn opposition after lunch has you worried about running out of money or love or luck or everything. Stay cool and take a rational approach. A Moon-Uranus conjunction in late afternoon can cause a minor upset, but could also bring a windfall if you keep your wits about you.

Venus Can Also Mean 'Lost Money'

by Milky Way Maid

Venus, aka the lesser benefic, is often portrayed as the bestower of gifts, door prizes, compliments, flowers, sometimes cash, and other smallish 'feel-good' surprises. However, some transits of Venus can denote lost money. I am going to delineate one specific transit that can mean lost money, and that is when it contacts the critical degrees.

I was first put on the trail of this interpretation by a very experienced and locally-popular astrologer who was fond of using critical degrees for many of her forecasts. She maintained that the transit of Venus over critical degrees can denote losing money, especially if it contacted or made angles to other planets in your chart. For example, when the stock market crash began in September of 2008, both Mars and Venus were at 13 degrees Libra (a cardinal sign) and square Jupiter at 12 Capricorn (another cardinal sign). Jupiter magnified the effect of the other planets at the same degree. Neptune was also at a critical degree at 22 Aquarius, which possibly underscored the evaporation of material assets.

First, let me list the critical degrees. You may have heard of some of them before, such as zero degrees of the cardinal signs since they are world points. I list them all below.

THE CRITICAL DEGREES ARE:
Zero, 13 and 26 degrees of Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn)
8 and 22 degrees of Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius)
4 and 17 degrees of Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces)

Below is a list of dates in 2010 when Venus will contact a critical degree. Please check with your software to verify that these contacts are accurate for your locality. Eight degrees Scorpio is really gonna get hit at the end of the year because Venus goes retrograde; it will grind over 8 degrees Scorpio three times. So Scorpios, tighten your belts and keep your eyes peeled for scam artists and other slick characters.

JAN. 5, 13 degrees Capricorn. Jan. 15 at 26 degrees Capricorn. Jan. 25 at 8 Aquarius.
FEB. 5 at 22 Aquarius. Feb. 14 at 4 Pisces. Feb. 25 at 17 Pisces.
MARCH 7 at zero Aries. March 18 at 13 Aries. March 28 at 26 Aries.
APRIL 7 at 8 Taurus. April 18 at 22 Taurus. April 28 at 4 Gemini.
MAY 9 at 17 Gemini. May 20 at zero Cancer. May 31 at 13 Cancer.
JUNE 11 at 26 Cancer. June 21 at 8 Leo.
JULY 3 at 22 Leo. July 14 at 4 Virgo. July 26 at 17 Virgo.
AUG. 7 at zero Libra. Aug. 20 at 13 Libra.
SEPT. 3 at 26 Libra. Sept. 20 at 8 Scorpio.
OCT. 23-24 at 8 Scorpio (Venus is retrograde Oct. 8 to Nov. 18, 2010).
DEC 14 at 8 Scorpio. Dec. 30 at 22 Scorpio.