Monday, December 26, 2011

Candidates for the FIRST EVER Astrology Chart

by Milky Way Maid

My reading has uncovered a couple of candidates for the first-ever, first recorded anyway, astrological chart. How long ago would you guess that we have a chart, with or without interpretation?

Perhaps you guess the source might be Babylon or one of the Mesopotamian civilizations. Not a bad guess. Or perhaps one from ancient Egypt, where we know that the knowledge of astronomy was also rather advanced.

In fact we do have a chart which astrologer Joan Quigley claimed was the earliest known horoscope. It was cast in 2767 BC, and the astrologer was supposedly the great Imhotep himself. Imhotep has won lasting fame as the architect of the great pyramid of Saqqara. (SOURCE: Astrology for Adults, Joan Quigley, 1969, in which she cites an article by Cyril Fagan included in the Jan. 1954 issue of American Astrology.)

Annoyingly, no details are included in this mention, not even of what the subject of the chart was. Perhaps it was a horary to answer the question, “Where did I put my copy of This Old Pyramid?”

But luckily enough, inside the book “The Origin of the Zodiac” is an illustration titled, “The Original 'Horoscope of Eternity' 2767 BC.” No attribution, no story about the astrologer. But hey, how many charts do you think survived from 2767 BC?

This illustration still doesn't tell us what Imhotep wanted to know from this chart. But maybe a description of the image will give us some clues at least.

The image shows a map of the sky, with the constellations fanned out across the middle. The original is translated into English. From left to right appear Leo, Cancer, Gemini and Taurus. Major stars are indicated around the sky: Regulus, Praeseppe, Procyon, Sirius, Aldebaran, Rigel, Betelgeuse, Castor, El Nath, and the Pleiades. Along the right-hand edge are marked the latitudes, from 20 degrees north at the top and marked at 10 degree intervals down to 30 degrees south at the bottom right. The horizon is clearly marked along with the “Equator of 2767 BC”; the intersection is marked “Vernal Equinox, 2767 BC.”

Puzzlingly, two horizons are indicated; one is for 2767 BC (28 degrees Cancer), and the other is for 1300 BC (27 degrees Cancer). It seems extremely unlikely that anyone would draw up a chart for a present year (2767 BC) with another year about 1400 years in the future --- yet a comment on page 207 of the “Origin” book would seem to explain how that is. “The Egyptians had a traditional celestial diagram which they copied from century to century, and although it was more traditional than contemporary it did represent a particular moment from which time was counted.” The Egyptians were interested in knowing when the first day of the Wandering Calendar returned to its ideal position in the Sothic Calendar. In other words, the return of the Vernal Equinox to its IDEAL position marked the end or start of another cycle.

In other words, Egyptians were more interested in astrology or astronomy as indicators of omens for the prosperity of the people in general, and as indicators of cycles. They were not, surprisingly enough, interested in making observations on which to base predictions. The Babylonians aka Chaldeans were the opposite; they could not have imagined making a chart and NOT making some predictions about it.

The same “Origins” book states that the earliest personal horoscope was cast in 410 BC, with no details offered whatever. However I managed to dig up further details: it was a birth chart set for April 29, 410 BC in Babylon (HoroscopesWithin.com). A translation of the cuneiform horoscope says: “Nisannu, night of the 14th(?), ... son of Shumu-usur, Shumu-iddina, descendant [---], was born. At that time the moon was below the Pincer of the Scorpion, Jupiter in Pisces, Venus in Taurus, Saturn in Cancer, Mars in Gemini. Mercury, which had set was not vis[ible]. [-] (Things?) will be propitious for you.” (Rochberg 1998: 56)

Other “oldest” documents include a record dated around 668-626 BC of astronomical observations with calculations of solar and lunar eclipses (and predictions for same). This is the Cerberus Slab of Hatra dated to the reign of Ashurbanipal, King of Assyria. It shows the seven known planets with highly accurate calculations of planetary conjunctions and oppositions.

Older astrological records date to around 1645 BC in Babylon (Astrology.com). This probably refers to the Venus tables of Ammiza-duga, discovered in 1850 in Ninevah. This is a cuneiform tablet of observations of the rising and setting Venus that covered a span of 21 years – actually fragments of several tablets that science has had to reconstruct. You can browse a PDF about this discovery and how they dated the tablets on Caeno.org. Why only those 21 were recorded furnishes us with another mystery to solve.

The Chinese may have drawn up charts around 7500 years ago, but they can definitely point to a owning the longest lunar calendar in existence, dating back to 2637 BC. The first named Chinese astrologer was Sima Qian, who wrote a book titled, “Records of the Grand Historian” (OnlineChineseAstrology.com) about the second century BC. To quote, “His history included detailed information on various methods of fortune telling and related astronomy topics to include a catalog of star names.” http://www.onlinechineseastrology.com/doc/Chinese-Astrology-101.pdf In ancient China, only emperors and other members of the royal family had access to personal horoscopes. The lives of ordinary people were not important enough to analyze with a birth chart.

Ancient Indians created records that show a highly developed knowledge of astrology as far back as 6500 BC, actual manuscripts can be dated only to 3700 BC. (The older ones are copies of originals.) These records show continuous observations from 6500 BC. We even have what is possibly the name of the oldest known astrologer: Pita Maha Siddhanta, who lived about 3000 BC. Pita was the author of books on Vedic astrology (SurfIndia.com).

But there are other candidates, too. We may not recognize them as charts, per se, but the ancient ones placed stones and other markers as a kind of observatory and calendar. This includes the most famous of stone placements at Stonehenge. There are even older stone structures. Consider the one called Adam's Calendar in southern Africa, which dates to possibly 75 THOUSAND years ago. That date is selected because that is when three now-recumbent stones would have aligned with the Orion constellation --- an alignment that Andrew Collins disputes (AndrewCollins.com).

Adam's Calendar, in South Africa, has engendered a great deal of publicity and discussion. The original walls are over a yard wide in many places, and have eroded to knee-high or even to the ground. It is interesting that they lie amid nearly 2,000 ancient gold mines.
The famous El Caracol observatory in Chichen Itza, Mexico (Yucatan region) dates to about 500 AD.

You May Also Wish To Read or Watch:
You may wish to watch a clip about Adam's Calendar on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH1wgwe6udo

Several pictures of different ruins at the Adam's Calendar sites are offered at http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sumer_anunnaki/esp_sumer_annunaki35.htm

Pictures and more theory are posted at http://www.andrewcollins.com/page/articles/txsa_4_adams.htm

A two-hour documentary about Adam's Calendar is embedded on this web page: http://projectcamelotproductions.com/interviews/adams_calendar_documentary/adamscalendardocumentary.html

“Echoes of the Ancient Skies” by E.C. Krupp (Dover Publications) has lots of information about ancient astronomy including El Caracol and other sites in Mexico, China, Chaldea, Egypt, Cahokia, Scotland, Ireland, Britain and more.

“Astrology in the Middle Ages” by Theodore Otto Wedel (Dover reprint) talks about medieval English, French and Arabian astrology.

“The Origin of the Zodiac” by Rupert Gleadow (Dover reprint) is too small a book for all the territory that the author tries to cover: China, Persia and Babylon, Egypt, Plato and the Greeks, Mexico, Tibet, India, and Medieval astrology.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Your Milky Way Horoscope Jan. 1-7, 2012

By Milky Way Maid

Sunday, New Year's Day
, looks rather contentious – not a relaxing day at all. Start off with a Mercury square Mars at 20 degrees Virgo at 1:06 am for those party-goers from NY's Eve; the Moon is square the Sun shortly after that. Words will excite you, for good or ill. Very prone to heated argument, but then there is some chance that a speech or job offer will excite you tremendously. So if you are going to propose marriage, be rather certain that the other party will accept, then rest assured she will be deliriously happy about your proposal.

However, at 10:03 am on NY's Day, the Moon sextiles agreeable Venus at 13 degrees Aquarius, when things calm down into a pleasant brunch, hugs, house-sitting or baby-sitting, exchanging favors of any kind. A good time to ask a favor or do a favor.

Mercury in Sag sextiles Neptune at 28 degrees Aquarius 10:15 am Saturday. Nice for saying those sweet nothings to your beloved, but not great for signing contracts or stuff like that. People may have the best of intentions but not be able to fulfill promises for whatever reason, so that is why you prefer not to do personal business at this hour. On the other hand, it supports constructive dreaming-- what would you ideally like to do, what kind of atmosphere would you like to have at your place of employment. Dream up a castle in the air, then figure out how to put a foundation under it. You might also use a chant, affirmation, or other little mental trick to help you achieve your goals or overcome personal mental blocks.

Mercury enters businesslike Capricorn at 1:34 am Sunday, Dec. 8 ( or at 10:34 pm Saturday, Pacific Time). Yes, I am jumping the gun, because there are so few outer planets aspects this week. What is Mercury in Capricorn like? A negative expression is the desire to be an authority on a given subject; that sounds admirable until one does not know the answer to something and then declares he doesn't want to be confused by the facts. But giving up a need for authority, and dropping pretense, lets this Mercury concentrate on filling the informational needs of others – and thereby becoming a true resource for all. Must guard against being too pessimistic or dour; Edgar Allan Poe is one example of someone who used this Mercury well. Others with Mercury in Capricorn are Barry Goldwater, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, and Richard Nixon.

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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 self-starting Aries as the New Year and the week begins, till Monday afternoon. Avoid going to bed mad on New Year's Eve; don't blow things out of proportion. You are inclined to accept a friend's invite (to watch the games together?) or request for a favor Sunday morning. Monday afternoon is a downer, though temporary; you are not seeing things clearly. Catch these other opportunities: Thursday about 7 am, nice Uranus aspect lets you laugh. Late Friday's Moon-Venus trine offers a short trip with a friend, possibly for sporting purposes. You can get a lot of work done Saturday afternoon.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – The Moon is in Taurus from 5:16 pm Monday till Thursday morn. Most likely to overdo at supper on Monday; remember those worthy resolutions! Best day of the week may be Tuesday, both am and pm. You take the ahem, bull by the horns and talk with people in the know about what your status and prospects are. Also, others may have you in mind for other projects and may ask you if you are available. You may awake Wednesday feeling unappreciated, but that just isn't so. Your energy is very good midday, but a caution flag for Wednesday night. Early pm on Saturday offers prime prospects for improving your finances thru work for a non-profit.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – You are inclined to spend New Year's Day with dear friends, possibly for brunch. Moon is in Gemini from 5:44 am Thursday till Saturday afternoon. A friend makes you laugh Thursday morning. That night offers time to analyze yourself and what mental blocks you need to move. Friday night may be the best time of the week, offering mental stimulation, possibly with a free class or webinar online. You might benefit from a heart-to-heart talk about 2 pm Saturday, altho a bit of a guilt trip might come with it.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – New Year's Day Or eve, rather) may be way too stressful for you; better to stay in and amuse yourself. You may discover a job opening Sunday morning. A good friend invites you to dinner Monday pm. Midday Wednesday favors introducing a friend to a relative, or vice versa. The Moon is in Cancer from 4:05 pm Saturday till late next Monday. Saturday pm favors having friends over for dinner to share your bountiful table. Just remember to do as much as possible ahead of time, also some invitees may have to cancel so try not to get in a tizzy over it.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – On New Year's, you learn something from your spouse's class that interests you. Late Sunday, you may find the right college for one of your children. Career matters progress splendidly Monday afternoon. A blast from the past brightens your Thursday morning. A late Friday date with your spouse at your club might be memorable. Artistic expression is favored Saturday morning; you might run your latest project by a friend for their reactions.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Most likely to end your New Year's eve partying with argument rather than glee; give up the need to be right about some piffling detail or other. Peace in the home is more important, isn't it? Tuesday may be best day of the week, when you hobnob with the nabobs. Creative pursuits are also favored that day. Next best day of the week may be Friday, especially if you work in the health field. You may get a bonus or other reward on Friday or Saturday.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – A New Year's Day brunch with the kids will be a pleasant delight. You probably won't be feeling warm n fuzzy Monday afternoon. By Thursday, at least, you probably decide that you've had enough of the dour mood and decide to chase it away. “Lark” types can get a lot done early Saturday; your powers of analysis are keen. You may have a heart-to-heart talk with someone that afternoon, altho he/she may not like everything you say. Try to be as diplomatic as your vast skills can make it.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – You may enjoy a healthy brunch New Year's Day in spite of yourself; let moderation be your watchword for 2012. Your spouse may be extra lucky Monday pm; be happy for him/her. On Tuesday you could be in the public eye with some heavy hitters. Midday Wednesday favors luncheon at the club or actively networking. Chatting about joint finances is favored for Friday night. You might move to the larger question of providing for your family by Saturday.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – You will enjoy having the kids over Sunday for brunch and general catching-up-with. Consider your options for a healthy buffet to start the year off right. Work or health matters get a boost under Monday's Moon-Jupiter conjunction – and finances could feel the effect as early as the following day. Late Friday looks stressful, not favoring a pleasant night out. You may seriously consider signing a contract Saturday, perhaps for office supplies or office support, but think it over for a day or two first. Knowing you, though, you will leap before you look.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – You may celebrate New Year's Day with a family brunch where you, like a Chinese elder, hand out red envelopes of cash gifts. Anyway, some tradition is likely to be observed that day. Your heart is really at home Monday, which may distract you from work. Take extra care in regards to figures on checks and ledgers. Tuesday may be your best day when you can act as mentor to fine young people. Midday Wednesday favors any legal disputes, or contests. Mercury moves into your sign by next week.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – Call up friends on New Year's day to extend best wishes or trade favors. Invite people over for a NY brunch. Bet not to bet against friends Sunday, tho, regarding the outcome of the ball games. Tuesday you are inclined to just cocoon with family, possibly at a vacation home. You may be more productive with Moon in Gemini (Thur-Sat) although try to keep emotional decision-making at bay. You are most prone to that on Saturday.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – Your thoughts on New Year's Day tend toward your financial prospects rather than personal goals, and you are feeling stressed and frustrated. Relatives may hold a key to opening some doors, and Tuesday may be a good day to discuss things with them. Be prepared to give as much as you take. Thursday is a day of making adjustments, possibly tapping your creative talents in making things for friends. A club luncheon on Friday may be moved so check your messages. Saturday pm you just want to cocoon with family.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Look at the Occupy Wall Street Movement and Chart

by Milky Way Maid

(Dave Roell's analysis of the OWS protest, with chart, is in the Dec. 6 issue of his newsletter at http://www.astroamerica.com/astroamericanewsletter.pdf - (it will have the new issue, click on Archives and select Dec. 6) (Also Dave wrote a bit of a follwup in the Dec. 13 issue)

Perhaps I am overdue in writing about a chart for the beginning of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Actually the website came before the protest in the New York financial district, but the registration of that website is variously given as June 9 or July 14 (see Wikipedia). I think that the July 14 date would be rather apropos since that is also Bastille Day, a historical event in which the oppressed 99-percent masses rose up to crush the aristocratic 1 percent.

So I have drawn up a chart for the beginning of the actual protest at Bowling Green Park in the financial district. The chart is located in Manhattan, noon (or actually 12:01 pm) of Sept. 17, 2011. The ascendant is 27 degrees Scorpio and the Midheaven at 11 degrees Virgo.

But the first thing that leaps out at the astrologer is the T-square of Pluto, Uranus and Venus. Now Dave cautions one to look at the chart basics first before jumping at the angles so OK, let us back off a bit and come to it again later.

The ascendant as we said is 27 degrees Scorpio. Rulers Mars at 29 Cancer in the eighth house of other people's money, and Pluto at almost five degrees Capricorn in the other money house, the second. Either would validate the chart because they confirm the topic of the protest which is directly related to money and how it handled.

THE T-SQUARE: It is pretty tight with Pluto at almost 5 degrees Capricorn (4 degrees 53') in the sign of Big Business and in the house of money; Venus (representing both values and money) is at 3 degrees 11', strong in her home of Libra, elevated in the tenth house; and Uranus the rebel at 2 degrees, 55' retrograde in Aries in the fourth house. Pluto signifies the powers that be, the oligarchy that seems to pull the strings behind too much of our lives and against which the protests are focused.

The basic complaint is that the guilty parties behind the mortgage credit fraud and collapse have still not been brought to justice.

So we see from this T-square that the degrees from 3 to 5 are highly charged. Transits or progressions to these degrees mark events related to the occupation or clearing of the park. Mars (police) at almost 3 degrees Virgo trines Jupiter (law) at almost 3 degrees Taurus on Nov. 16, the day before the rather infamous overnight forced evacuation of the park.

Looking ahead to coming transits to the sensitive degree, we have: the Sun at 3 degrees Sag on Shop Local day- Nov. 26, and at 3 Capricorn on Christmas; Mercury making a direct station on Dec. 13 in first house Sag; Venus at 3 Sag on Nov. 5, at 3 Capricorn on Nov. 29, and at 3 Aquarius on Dec. 23-24; Vesta at 3 Aquarius on Dec. 28-29. Jupiter will eventually reach 3 Taurus again during the first full week of February. Interestingly, Mars will retrograde back through Virgo and make a direct station at 3 degrees Virgo (ninth house) about April 14, 2012. So these will all be key dates in the ongoing movement especially on the stations of Dec. 13, 2011 and April 14, 2012. I do not think this movement is collapsing just because of the forced evacuations in New York and elsewhere, not at all.


Also it is auspicious that the lights are closely trine to each other, the sun at 24 degrees Virgo in the tenth house, trine the Moon, exalted in Taurus at 22 degrees in the sixth house of workers. Jupiter is also in Taurus (at 9 degrees) and in the sixth house, trine the Midheaven and Mercury. The leadership of the movement (Sun in the tenth), therefore, finds a receptive audience (Moon, the public, the audience) among the working classes (sixth house).

A grand trine is formed if you include Pallas Athena at 27 degrees Capricorn in the second house. Earth signs build. What are they building here? Possibly a new way of looking at money, possibly a new way of using money as a tool of protest (other than simply donating to a cause). Moving one's money to small, locally owned and operated banks and credit unions was one of the protest tactics in December. A few words about Pallas in the second house: Pallas here is a strong saver, enjoys making money as long as it does not violate their strong code of personal ethics – and they would NEVER do anything they consider wrong just to make some money. They expect anyone who handles their money to not only be honest, but to keep their best interests at heart. (This is called fiduciary interest.) Sucking people in to buy your bundled shaky loans is not something they accept from any financial officer.

Let me make a note here of the other asteroids and Part of Fortune: Part of Fortune is at 24 degrees Cancer, near Mars at 29 degrees and both in the eighth house. Chiron is at almost 2 degrees of Pisces now, in the third house of communications. Ceres is at 23 degrees Pisces, in the fourth house. Juno is at almost 17 degrees Libra, almost exactly conjunct Saturn in the eleventh house of friends. Vesta is at 6 degrees Aquarius in the third house.

The third house being occupied by two asteroids, Chiron and Vesta, makes me wonder about a connection to the so-called “people's library” of 3,000 books that was collected and available to lend to the protesters. This collection was seized and trashed when the park was cleared of protesters in the November crackdown. Some of the books were rather valuable and some were signed by the authors, so it was a loss for the world of book-lovers everywhere.

Anyway,
Dave's comments (from his Facebook page) on chart:

Chart ruler Mars in the 8th house, this is a protest (Mars) against Wall Street (other people's money = 8th house). This establishes the chart as valid. Ascendant at 27 Scorpio, Mars at 29 Cancer - the ends of the signs - say the protesters are at the end of their rope.
(and from a later comment)
So far as the government is concerned (10th house), the Occupy crowd has, to date, not one single friend or ally. So far as the media is concerned (3rd house) the proper media is universally hostile, as Aquarius is ruled by Saturn, which is in the sign of Venus, which is Wall Street itself. The "New Age" ruler of Aquarius
is Uranus. We find it exactly opposed to Wall Street and everything it stands for: Uranus dead opposite Venus. In the 5th house, Uranus is typically creative and in Aries, energetic (the internet is
solidly behind Occupy), but that's not a lot to pin your hopes on. Oh my Gawd, they're sexual degenerates!!! Well, yes. Uranus in Aries in 5 can be kinky, especially when contrasted with Venus in suave Libra just opposite. All of this is straightforward chart analysis. I wish I could find a ray of hope in this.

Dave"


Kinky sex?? We're accused of being degenerates now?? Wow. The only thing kinky about us is our attitude about Money (Venus) which we believe ought to serve society, not be its master. That's what is revolutionary (Uranus), sir. (Dave is often curmudgeonly, but here he sounds like he needs therapy or something. Maybe some nice Christmas eggnog.)

As for planets being “at the end of their rope” or “out of steam,” as Dave puts it, because they are in late degrees, I beg to differ. Let me link you to my article that states that late degrees can be very powerful in a natal chart, at least. Example: Writers who have planets in late degrees of Gemini. http://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2008/08/15/planets-in-late-degrees-what-do-they-mean/
And let me quote from this article:
“If you see a Sun, Midheaven, Part of Fortune, or chart ruler in those degrees, then the career should have a measure of fame. But any planet in a late degree is going to throw more weight than you might otherwise expect from the placement or aspects.”

The OWS chart has Mars in late degrees of Cancer; late degrees of Cancer have been linked to those who inherit a family business, those who become real-estate moguls, and so forth. So this Mars addresses the debt and interest rates (Mars) related to mortgages, and to loans in general, possibly also credit card debt. There is also the matter of where these protesters are to live, also reflected in the fact that one leg of the T-square is Uranus in the fourth house. The single item that most riles Occupiers' opponents is that they do not stay in their own homes (if they have one) but camp out on the (privatized) public space.

I am going to go out on a limb and say that eventually some campground or other public space (football or soccer field? Abandoned apartment building?) will be co-opted by the Occupiers, from where they can continue to badger public officials.

This Mars is angry, sure, but because it is in a late degree, he is not rash. He does not go off half-cocked, turning over the money-changers' tables nor does he open fire with an Uzi. He is controlled, deliberate, and planned. In the sign of the Moon, exalted in Taurus, which is in the twelfth house of the opposition (Wall Street and Big Banking), he gets the public on his side.

It almost does not matter if the opposition is not going to kneel down in defeat. The goal was primarily to get this subject onto the news pages, which it did. It got the public on its side. It woke up the millions who have been wandering around in a daze because they are in so much debt they cannot dig themselves out.

Since this Mars is in the ninth house (ruling colleges), there is a related protest regarding the interest rates on student-loan debts. A recent article by one graduate said that she had been paying since 2006 on a student loan and had only made a dent of a whopping $1200 in the total.

The other late-degree planet is Neptune in Aquarius. Late Aquarius sometimes gives rise to “mental detectives” and perhaps some members of the movement will be able to figure out who the guilty parties are in the financial scandals that have gone unpunished. Late Aquarius is a good researcher, especially with online sources. Neptune holds up ideals in front of our eyes --, impossible ideals perhaps -- but they give us something to aim at.

The Ascendant is late Scorpio, a highly spiritual sign, and a sign that likes to see true justice done. And when you get a Scorpio mad, oh boy, ol' Scorp can stay made for years. So just because the militarized police have done the bidding of the monied class and broken up the camps, does not mean that the Occupy movement is kaput. In fact, the movement seems to have taken on nine lives in interrelated issues.

The latest phase is OWS has morphed into a protest against manipulating food, and food supplies, for monetary gain. See this article with pictures of “Occupy Food brings American Farmers & Food Lovers to OccupyWallStreet” at http://pameladrew.newsvine.com/_news/2011/12/05/9233400-occupyfood-brings-american-farmers-food-lovers-to-occupywallstreet?threadId=3288882&commentId=60489160#c60489160

On December 7, I received an email from Michael Moore with an article called The Winter of our Occupation. (this is posted online at his website http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mike-friends-blog/winter-our-occupation )

In this article, Michael calls on occupiers to continue the movement indoors with a five-pronged attack on corporate complacency. Re-occupy houses that you have been foreclosed on, occupy the for-profit colleges' student loan offices and regents meetings, move your money to a local credit union, reorganize unions, and also occupy for-profit health insurance companies like Cigna, Humana, etc.

Dave wrote on his Facebook page,  “A protest is not a success when it is smashed by the police. A protest is a success when it CHANGES THINGS." Well, I am not accepting your definition of success.

The Occupy movement has succeeded in getting the issue of justice for financial crimes onto the news pages and blogs, it has succeeded in getting people to move their accounts out of Big Banking into local institutions, it has succeeded in getting the Republicans' top strategist to alter their buzzwords (capitalism is now a dirty word, folks). "They're having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism," said Frank Luntz, in a article you can read on Yahoo: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/republicans-being-taught-talk-occupy-wall-street-133707949.html

Hard figures are hard to come by when measuring success of the Great Money Migration, however Yes Magazine reported on Nov. 7 that “over the past month credit unions have added 650,000 new members (as opposed to 80,000 in a regular month), resulting in more than $4.5 billion in new deposits.” Like they say, four billion here, four billion there, pretty soon you're talking about real money. And this was BEFORE the actual Move Your Money day action.

So I think that Occupy is a success on several fronts and is not done yet. It seems that Occupy has only begun to fight.


SOURCE:
Date and time as given on the official Orientation Guide at http://occupywallst.org/media/OccupyWallSt-Orientation-Guide.pdf

Also, Wikipedia states that the date the website was registered was variously given as June 9 and July 14. July 14 would be cute because that is Bastille Day.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Your Milky Way Horoscope Dec. 25-31, 2011. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

By Milky Way Maid

Yay! Old man Jupiter goes direct at 5:08 pm Sunday, Christmas Day
, at zero degrees, 22' of Taurus. Taureans who may have floundered a bit earlier this year when trying to get some luck going, should find things finally begin to come together. The only other exact aspect that day is the Moon trine Mars at 4:11 pm. (Christmas Eve had a Sun-Moon-Pluto conjunction, an aspect that supports self-empowerment initiatives.)

The Sun is conjunct Pluto at 7 degrees Capricorn at 2:43 am Thursday. A bit early even for the old goat Cappy, but if you can get up a bit early to say some affirmations it should really help you accomplish them. You may face some trying situations, especially if this is on your birthday, but you will find out more about yourself and your strengths than you ever imagined.

Mercury in Sag squares Mars at 19 degrees Virgo at 1:06 am Sunday, Jan. 1. Make a resolution to bite your tongue starting New Year's Eve, hmm? Mercury-Mars squares are OK for debate and possibly vocal performance (acting, singing) but we generally are looking for fun and nice memories on New Year's Eve, so walk away from arguments that could become blistering very quickly. Some of us might work off that Mars energy with cleaning or baking or gym work.

PS – I listed a few used astrology books for sale on Amazon Books; Part Two was posted July 1! **Includes a classic Alan Leo book** Look for reviews in my column with a link to the listing. Some prices now reduced. Thanks for your support (and patience). Note that the Intuition book, listed in Part One, has sold.
ALSO – see my popular article on late degrees of all the signs. Link: http://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2008/08/15/planets-in-late-degrees-what-do-they-mean/
ALSO – see new article on The Goddess Archetypes: The Pallas Athena Myth at http://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/the-goddess-archetypes-the-pallas-athena-myth/ --- also as you read it you may also avail yourself of the excellent QUESTIONNAIRE on the Goddess-Power website at http://goddess-power.com/questions.htm to determine your own goddess profile.
ALSO – check out Astrology.com -- free lessons online

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 daring Aries as the New Year begins, from 4:48 am Sat., Dec. 31 thru the weekend. You may feel really finicky or jumpy on Saturday, maybe you cannot wait for the new year to get here. Unfounded notions that your mate does not love you or appreciate you must be drummed out of your head right now. Tell loved ones that YOU love THEM and make sure to mean it. Keep in mind that Jupiter is going direct in your second house of finances/resources so determine your goals for 2012 and proceed accordingly.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – Lucky you, Jove finally goes direct in your sign. You have until about mid-June 2012 to make the most of it. Jupiter transits tend to leave and take all the good with them, so determine how to get some lasting value out of Jove before he goes. BTW you also have a grand trine on Christmas Day, with Jove and your natal planets in Taurus, Moon in Cappy, and Mars in Virgo. Earth trines tend to build something; try to build up some good will to draw upon in 2012 and thereafter. You will probably prefer to cocoon at home on New Year's Eve.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – Tuesday opens with a Moon-Venus conjunction in your airy ninth house; a sales webinar could go well, or you may receive an internet-related gift. Career matters looks favorable for Thursday morning. Friday can be stressful with lots of us saying awful things we don't mean; you may be caught in the crossfire (lie low). New Year's eve could be marred by friends who are under pressure, so may I suggest a night at home or with those near and dear?

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – Sunday may be the best day of the week for you; hubby is energetic and keeps the kids busy for you. (If you have an empty nest, so much the better, you can entertain each other.) Cardinal signs like yours may be under a lot of pressure this New Year's eve so maybe you are not good company that night; consider staying home. Keep in mind that Jupiter is going direct in your eleventh house of clubs and friends. Benefits may flow from membership in organizations or from volunteering.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – Your spouse is particularly affectionate Mon-Tues. Tuesday afternoon favors creative writing, or chatting with your children. Finances are stressed Friday. Communications houses are very active Saturday; maybe you send New Year greetings via email or chat this year. Keep in mind that Jupiter is going direct in your tenth house of career; promotions or perks may come in the first half of 2012 but do not take them for granted.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - Keep in mind that Jupiter is going direct Sunday in your ninth house of the internet, publishing, college and religion. Doors may open that you thought were closed, so enjoy the brief spotlight as it comes. Sunday is especially pleasant if spent with children, or on artistic pursuits. The internet helps you find another job Monday; submit your resume overnight. Wednesday night is most favorable for having friends over. The only thing marring the week is that children may try to dictate how the holidays are observed; drive a hard bargain.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 - Keep in mind that Jupiter is going direct Sunday in your eighth house of pooled resources; you may benefit in 2012 from a legacy or from an insurance settlement. Monday night favors time spent with children or on artistic pursuits. Expected news arrives Tuesday afternoon. Thursday you mull over putting exercise equipment in a home gym. Cardinal signs like yours may be under a lot of pressure this New Year's eve so maybe you are not good company that night; consider staying home.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Keep in mind that Jupiter is going direct Sunday in your seventh house of partners. Teaming up, at least for the first half of 2012, can be very rewarding. An open house for friends and neighbors goes well Sunday. You may be perplexed by family stresses Monday; you all had such a nice holiday. You may spend Friday watching a friend perform in a holiday event (hope you got free tickets). You may have to work New Year's eve, just drive carefully when going home.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Keep in mind that Jupiter is going direct Sunday in your sixth house of health and work; you may be able to make a career of your avocation, and your health issues may abate for the time being. Tuesday is favorable for any kind of speaking engagement, as you should meet receptive audiences. This is a stressful, or should we say, action-packed week for you. Friday and Saturday are particularly busy.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – The Moon is in tradition-minded Capricorn from Christmas Day till midday Monday. You can go beyond your normal physical limitations with some help from Mars, probably keeping the kids entertained. Monday may present a letdown for many of us, without the anticipation of the holiday. Try to start making your plans for New Year's. You could spend Wednesday night curled up with a thrilling mystery novel. Keep in mind that Jupiter is going direct in your fifth house of children and artistic expression; you may desire to expand your family, and ideas for art projects can reach a new level.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – The Moon is in Aquarius from 12:14 pm Monday till Wednesday evening. Aquarians may blow things out of proportion midday Monday; stop, think, get your perspective back. Possibly spending time with a humorous relative balances your mood. Affection reigns Monday night. Meaningful chats, with offers to help, arrive Tuesday afternoon. You see clearly how to build that better world Wednesday afternoon. Keep in mind that Jupiter is going direct in your fourth house of home and family; you may desire to expand your house or your family, and may host international visitors.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – The Moon is in Pisces from 6:45 pm Wednesday till Saturday morning. Wednesday favors spending dinner with a relative, a boon companion. Thursday favors brunch with a friend, who may spend the time raving about the new mystery he's reading. You may wake up angry Friday; best to work it off in the gym. With Saturn breathing down your neck, you might resolve to be a more responsible person in 2012. Keep in mind that Jupiter is going direct in your third house of the internet and writing; write that novel you have been putting off.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Your Milky Way Horoscope Dec. 18-24, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

Venus in Capricorn squares Saturn at 27 degrees Libra at 9:18 am Sunday
. Venus-Saturn squares usually are either very good or very bad for love. One might formalize (Saturn) an engagement with an announcements (banns) or at least with a serious proposal. One might break off/end a romantic relationship. One might have cash flow problems, too. This is a special kind of aspect, a mutual reception, where the ruler of one sign is in the sign ruled by the other. Saturn is exalted in Libra so is the stronger party in this mutual reception. One might break off a relationship and be better off because of it.

The Sun in Sag sextiles Saturn at 27 degrees Libra at 11:24 am Monday. Positive Sun-Saturn aspects help one to discipline oneself to achieve a goal, such as checking off chores from your to-do list. You may benefit from chatting with a mentor or more experienced person.

Venus promptly makes two different aspects hours later. Venus squares Jupiter at zero degrees Taurus at 9:19 pm Tuesday, and sextiles Uranus at zero degrees Aries at 2:56 am Wednesday. Venus-Jupiter squares just dare us to go overboard on food, drink, sweets. Venus-Uranus sextiles give us an extra charm, we are interested in meeting new people (preferably ones with an foreign accent or who are unusual in some way). We may have an extra knack for music and jazz and the arts in general, as Venus and Uranus govern music and rhythm.

Venus enters Aquarius at 1:26 pm Tuesday. I do not believe that Venus in this sign means free love or open marriages or anything of the kind. Aquarius is a fixed sign, and Venus (or the Moon) in an air sign in general means that one prefers to have a mental connection with the one you love, in fact you demand it. I have known Aquarians who stay married for decades to the same partner; although the partner may be quite different from them in some way. Examples: different backgrounds, religion or race.

The Sun enters Capricorn at 12:30 am Thursday. Happy birthday to all the “sea goats” out there. Capricorns are hard-working and tend to be ambitious – if not for themselves then for their kids. Cappy is not as dull as they're often made out to be, but when they are at work, they give it their all. Off duty, they may enjoy camping out and roughing it, or reading about history. They admire self-made men and women.

The Sun promptly trines Jupiter still at zero degrees Taurus at 9:33 am, and squares Uranus in Aries at 5:14 pm Thursday. Sun-Jupiter trines are quite lucky, and you may not have to do anything more than stand still so that luck can find YOU. Sun-Uranus squares provoke us into letting out the inner rebel, so you might wear something unusual or hang out with some strange people.

Looking ahead, Jupiter makes a stationary direct at zero degrees, 22 minutes of Taurus at 5:08 pm Sunday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day. This should be extraordinary. In the middle of a recession, this station perhaps inspires us to look to the true meaning of Christmas on a spiritual level (Jupiter), even though Taurus is a sign that likes material comforts. Could we see the two blended in exquisite, inspirational music, possibly for opera or theater?

PS – I listed a few used astrology books for sale on Amazon Books; Part Two was posted July 1! **Includes a classic Alan Leo book** Look for reviews in my column with a link to the listing. Some prices now reduced. Thanks for your support (and patience). Note that the Intuition book, listed in Part One, has sold.

ALSO – see my popular article on late degrees of all the signs. Link: http://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2008/08/15/planets-in-late-degrees-what-do-they-mean/
ALSO – see new article on The Goddess Archetypes: The Pallas Athena Myth at http://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/the-goddess-archetypes-the-pallas-athena-myth/
or on BLOGSPOT it is at http://milky-way-astrology.blogspot.com/2011/07/goddess-archetypes-pallas-athena-myth.html
--- also as you read it you may also avail yourself of the excellent QUESTIONNAIRE on the Goddess-Power website at http://goddess-power.com/questions.htm to determine your own goddess profile.
ALSO – check out Astrology.com -- free lessons online

Readers can follow not only their Sun sign horoscope but also the sign of their Ascendant for further clues to how your week will develop. Also note: some aspects are exact on a weekend but may find opportunity for expression on the Friday or Monday nearest the exact aspect. Times given are in Eastern Standard or Eastern Daylight Savings Time depending on the season.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 – On Sunday your mate may suddenly change plans for the day, or possibly mom may drop in unexpectedly. (Have holiday cookies ready.) Your mate may help you study for an exam Monday. Venus enters your solar eleventh house of friends on Tuesday; you enjoy time with kindred spirits, some of whom you may not have seen for ages. You may also give time to help with fund-raising for your fave local charity. Thursday morn, Solstice day, may be rather lucky for you. Saturday morn is alas, rather stressful and decorating may not go smoothly.

TAURUS
- April 20-May 20 – Pay attention to diet on Sunday as too much dairy may offend your digestion. Monday could be a good day to pick up extra work on your sideline business. Venus enters your solar tenth house of career on Tuesday; your employer starts to ponder what else they can use you for. Thursday looks very lucky if you are building your future. Enjoy the employee appreciation perks received this month. You might start to dream about your next long trip, or going back to school. Hopes of seeing your words in print could come true.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – Share Sunday brunch with an unusual friend. You may be glum about your love life early in the week, but hold on--- Venus enters your solar ninth house of law-college-publishing on Tuesday; you might get to take a nice long trip with someone you love. Or, if you start out alone, you could meet some lovely person in the next seat. Mercury with the Moon in your solar ninth house helps you find a public for your writings on Thursday. You may spend a winter vacation doing extreme sports.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – Sunday morning is particularly stressful with a square in cardinal signs; you may really have to push to get those Christmas cookies done, and for gosh sakes watch they don't burn. Monday favors having company over, Wednesday favors having a party for the kids with games. Venus enters your solar eighth house of pooled resources on Tuesday; you may be able to get credit, or you get involved in the family business. You may really have to push to get work done Friday.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – A Monday lunch with a mentor or older relative could be quite helpful. Venus enters your solar seventh house of partners on Tuesday; turn on the charm, Mr or Miss Leo, and see what lovely things (including new romances) come your way. Apply your best manners to every situation, too. You may be able to pick up an extra job in the service sector over the holidays. You enjoy being with the public on Saturday, and may even work extra hours.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Don't be surprised if throwing a party for the children Sunday costs more than you thought; plan carefully. On Monday you figure out how to throw that party painlessly. Venus enters your solar sixth house of health and work on Tuesday; you want to feel good and so begin trying out new treatments or spa services. You could also adopt a new furry love-muffin (aka pet). You seek out more creative outlets over the holiday break; perhaps you could stock up on art supplies. Thursday could be quite lucky for you.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – The Moon is in Libra from 3:06 am Sunday till Tuesday morn. Don't be too surprised if someone makes a surprise visit early Sunday. You may decide this week to spend a buck on home and family, but only when you find the right deal. If in school, you may earn a special recognition Monday. You may do someone a Random Act of Kindness Tuesday morning; it does not matter if they say thanks, they may be too stunned to think what to say. Venus enters your solar fifth house on Tuesday, ushering in a month of delightful flirting.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – The Moon is in Scorpio from 5:33 am Tuesday till Thursday morn. Emotions may quite sneak up on you Tuesday, so keep a hankie handy. Venus enters your solar fourth house of home on Tuesday; you want to redecorate, but making items with your own talented hands may be more satisfying. Your energy is good Wednesday, so plan on devoting time to a project or holiday prep. With the Sun entering your solar third house, you may do a lot more talking than your laconic self prefers, but it is only for a few weeks.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – The Moon is Sag from 7:03 am Thursday till Saturday morn. Thursday is an extremely busy day with things coming in twos or threes, plus some coincidences. Christmas shopping of course, but possible flashes of insight, too. Venus enters your solar third house of transit, messages, and books on Tuesday; you may receive books as Christmas gifts, love letters, make money from your internet blogs, or do more socializing. The Sun enters your solar second house this week; while you may do more shopping or earning, it is also very common for this transit to mark a move, with all the handling and packing of every single thing you own.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – Venus enters your solar second house of finances on Tuesday; you may start hanging around beautiful places like galleries, showrooms, posh houses, etc. You exchange gifts of beauty, comfort or confections. The Moon is in Capricorn from 8:47 am Saturday, Christmas Eve, thru the holiday weekend. You are quite determined to observe this Christmas in your own fashion, nixing any prior traditions no matter what. You may upset others with last-minute changes in plans, so try to give advance notice at least.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 -Sunday does not favor throwing a party, however Venus enters your sign Tuesday and joins Pallas early next week, which enables you to play Social Director very nicely. Venus enters your solar first house of self-image on Tuesday; you visit a salon for a makeover, primp a little more, socialize more, pay each other compliments. Tuesday night may be a little stressful at home, but more relaxed at a relative's or neighbor's house. Thursday you just want to cocoon in your own home. Saturday also favors small gatherings with just you, your mate and the kids.

PISCES
- Feb. 18-March 19 – Sunday favors creative outlets, so if you're making some of your gifts, bless your lil old heart. Monday favors getting chores done and checking off items on the to-do list. Venus enters your solar twelfth house on Tuesday; you may discover you have a secret admirer or secret backer, or participate in behind-the-scenes deals. You may receive kind advice about investing but you don't want to hear it just now. The coming month sees you focusing efforts for your club or team, possibly as an officer or coach. Thursday favors fun times with friends or relatives, so put together a small but choice selection of photos to pass around.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Your Milky Way Horoscope Dec. 11-17, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

Yay, Mercury goes direct at 8:43 pm at 3 degrees, 51' of Sag on Tuesday, Dec. 13
. It will leave its Storm on Dec. 18, the same day that it sextiles the Moon. The couple of days on either side of the station call for extra caution when driving or making important transactions.

Sunday, Dec. 11 is probably going to be pretty stressful due to the long-term Uranus-Pluto square, exacerbated by the Moon in Cancer squaring Uranus at 9:40 am and opposing Pluto at 9:04 pm. Since there is really only one global “revolution” in progress and that is the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon, this will most likely be the focus of events for the period. Just chasing people out of public parks and squares is not going to put OWS out of business, not at all.

As for the personal impact of this transit, you will probably strongly object to anyone who tries to make you knuckle down in any way. Us regular people have had it in regards to companies taking advantage of consumers, of companies dictating what laws are passed by our legislatures and what ones are enforced by consumer protection agencies and the FDA, and so forth. People who have ignored OWS or any other local protest will finally be ready to make their own statement, whether public or private. They may change their financial institutions, storm police lines, carry a picket, or just silently vow to never be a victim of the Powers That Be anymore.

Since there are so few outer planet aspects this week, maybe we can think a little bit about the long-term impact of the long-term square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. We are revisiting the conjunction of these planets which occurred in the 1960s, a decade remembered more for its protests than just about anything else (other than the music, of course). To me, the protests are not against merely the cultural majority, but the entrenched power (Pluto) of Big Business (Capricorn) which has wrongfully usurped too much influence in politics, government, and just about everything else you can think of. The conjunction won't come until next June, folks, and so anyone who dreams that the protests will just go away is smoking something. The Haves seem to be quite threatened by the thousands who have shown some form of support for this grass-roots movement, leading to the attempts to brutally shut down the sit-in and campouts. May I also refer readers to a pretty good article that appeared on the MundaneAstrologers dot com site at http://mundaneastrologers.com/research-intiative/uranus-in-aries-square-pluto-in-capricorn/

ALSO, a related article appeared on Blog.MundaneAstro.org at http://www.blog.mundaneastro.org/2011/11/02/the-arab-spring-an-astrological-look-back-and-forecast/ (sorry about the typos in that latter article but I can't do anything about it) This latter article focuses more on the Arab Spring, which will apparently continue into 2012 and which the author compares to the 1989 collapse of the Soviet Union (and I might add, of the Berlin Wall). You might want to make a chart of the foundation of Tunisia and Egypt before reading about the current “Jasmine” revolution. Tunisia: June 15, 1956, 1700 hours, Tunis. Egypt: June 19, 1953, 1:30 am, Cairo.

What is meant by astrological birth control? Find out by reading this new article at --- http://milky-way-astrology.blogspot.com/2011/11/astrological-birth-control-not-same-as.html

PS – I listed a few used astrology books for sale on Amazon Books; Part Two was posted July 1! **Includes a classic Alan Leo book** Look for reviews in my column with a link to the listing. Some prices now reduced. Thanks for your support (and patience). Note that the Intuition book, listed in Part One, has sold.
ALSO – see my popular article on late degrees of all the signs. Link: http://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2008/08/15/planets-in-late-degrees-what-do-they-mean/
ALSO – see new article on The Goddess Archetypes: The Pallas Athena Myth at http://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/the-goddess-archetypes-the-pallas-athena-myth/
ALSO – check out Astrology.com -- free lessons online

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 – An imaginative friend shares his latest story with you Sunday. You are split between wanting to spend time at work and at home; just try to make every day quality time no matter where you are. You especially enjoy playing with the children Tuesday night. Thursday you are brimming with ideas and enthusiasm. Mercury goes direct in your solar ninth house of law, publishing, college, and the internet this week; if you don't have a blog maybe you should start one. You mind demands to be fed and you begin to read voraciously.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – A relative may be quite generous Sunday. Mass communication is favored Sunday night. Your generosity may not be welcome Tuesday. You may find creative home decorating ideas online Thursday. Late Thursday is very pleasurable while you applaud your children in the pageant. A legal decision finally hands down a favorable ruling late in the week. Mercury goes direct in your solar eighth house of pooled resources such as insurance this week; it is possible that a problem with an insurer is finally resolved. You may have discussions about taboo topics.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – The Moon is in Gemini as the week begins but only till about 8:30 am Sunday. You wake up Sunday under a Moon-Neptune trine, open to hopes of a more idealistic future for all humanity. Perform a random act of kindness today. Your mate may loan you some cash to go Christmas shopping Monday. Relatives like your unusual friends Tuesday. Thursday, a sibling agrees to teach your kids how to knit. Mercury goes direct in your solar seventh house of partners this week; you may find out something about a spouse or business partner that you never imagined before.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – The Moon is in its home of Cancer from 8:26 am Sunday till Tuesday afternoon. Sunday morning's plans are apt to change, so have a Plan B ready. Try not to get bogged down in a power struggle that night. Your energy is pretty good Monday so check off lots of chores from your list. Midday Tuesday is frustrating when someone says no. Thursday you hear about a friend's plans for a trip and wish you could go along. Late Saturday the purse strings may open up a bit more. Mercury goes direct in your solar sixth house of work and health this week; daily life speeds up, with phone calls coming two at a time.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – The Moon is in Leo from 4:48 pm Tuesday till Thursday night. You could blow things out of proportion Tuesday afternoon; chill out a bit before blowing your stack. Mercury goes direct later Tuesday in your solar fifth house; you may get a go-ahead for a creative project, or make reservations for dinner theatre, casino bus, etc. Wednesday is a day for adjustments and work-arounds. Midday Thursday brings convivial company at lunch. You attend a good class or lecture Thursday afternoon, and knock off for a movie that night. Try to avoid busting the budget later in the week.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – You find a friend to swim or bowl with on Monday. The Moon is in Virgo from 10:58 pm Thursday till the wee hours of next Sunday. Post your best blog ever on Thursday night. Keep your ears open Friday morning or you could miss something. You are able to make a deal with the kids Friday night; make sure it's fair one. Saturday's supper hour can be stressful, but the evening calms down into a very pleasant time with the kids. Mercury goes direct in your solar fourth house this week; you locate that lost family album.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Your spouse is not happy that you have to work this Sunday, but reassures you of his love on Monday. Midday Tuesday is stressful when you don't have the means to produce the work expected of you. Your mate enjoys your friend's sense of humor at dinner Tuesday. You take the children to help out on a non-profit group's project Thursday. Mercury goes direct in your solar third house of relatives-messages-transit this week; the car will be fixed, and lost messages turn up. You breeze thru puzzles and brain games.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – Sunday you try to figure out how to make money on your blogs. Monday you buy gifts on the internet. Work and career are favored on Tuesday. A discussion group shares a useful tip with you. Mercury goes direct in your solar second house of money this week; that check finally arrives, and you figure out what to do about finances. You may find out what you are worth to an employer.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – Health and insurance matters are examined Sunday. Some legal matter related to the workplace runs into a snag. An outing with the children to a comedy show Tuesday ends happily. A friend may refer you to a good lawyer. Work and career matters look up late Thursday. Mercury goes direct in your solar first house of self this week; you may feel like Mr. Microphone because you are suddenly called on to make the announcements or official statement.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – Tempers may flare and things may break Sunday morning. But you enjoy emotional closeness that evening. Monday might is very affectionate. You lay down the rules Wednesday, but try not to be arbitrary. Saturday night is best for making music, candy or other enjoyments. Mercury goes direct in your solar twelfth house of seclusion and secrets this week; you may decide to go to that writers' workshop, or be called into confidential discussions.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – A friend shares a creative project with you Sunday. You could easily overdo the holiday decorating Tuesday. In-laws or other relatives share an enjoyable outing Thursday. Try not to incur debts late in the week; talk over any large purchase with your mate. Mercury goes direct in your solar eleventh house of friends this week; you volunteer to do the club newsletter, or man the phone bank. Discussions center on which team you like and which will go to the Super Bowl.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – You and a sibling decide to hear that angelic children's choir Sunday. Your club has a special family event Monday night; by all means go. Invite relatives to a late dinner Thursday. Friday morning is too hectic; plan as much as possible the night before. Mercury goes direct in your solar tenth house of career this week; you suddenly have two Power Points to put together, plus conference calls to set up.

Your Milky Way Horoscope Dec. 4-10, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

The Sun is conjunct a retrograde Mercury at 11 degrees, 51' Sag at 3:52 am Sunday
. Sun-Mercury conjunctions are always a major signpost of the economic cycle so keep an ear tuned to the news from Wall Street (occupied or not). I am going to hazard a guess that the continuing protests by OWS may begin to have an effect on the markets since the movement succeeded in getting thousands of people to withdraw funds from the major banks, and who knows what other measures the protesters make take to make their voices heard by the Haves.

Mercury quickly squares Mars at 10 degrees Sag at 6:19 pm Sunday. Mercury square Mars usually denotes passionate debate, angry words, and given the continuing Occupy Wall Street protests, I would expect that the protests may either turn violent or that the police may ruthlessly crush them. Or both.

Venus in Capricorn trines Mars at 10 degrees Virgo at 10:07 am Monday. Harmonious aspects between male and female energies augur well for starting relationships or for facilitating settlements between opposing parties. One is liable to fall in love with almost anyone so be sure to put yourself near someone that meets your standards. Also creative inspiration is spurred into action by supporting Mars energy.

Jupiter in Taurus sextiles Chiron at almost 1 degree Pisces at 7:03 pm Tuesday. Sufferers may benefit from a healer of any type, from conventional medicine to the laying on of hands. Pisces leans toward spiritual succor.

We have a total Lunar Eclipse at 18 degrees, 11' Gemini at 9:36 am Saturday. Earlier the same day, Uranus makes a direct station at zero degrees, 39 minutes of Aries. I might note that Jupiter is also nearly at a standstill, and makes his direct station on December 25 at zero degrees, 22' of Taurus. Even tho this is considered a minor aspect, the semi-sextile will I think have a larger, surprising impact due to the fact that they are stationing and will be sitting on zero degrees of their signs for some time. Uranus is of course the sign of revolution and rebellion and protest, change not just for change's sake but in the interest of justice and the implied contract (Jupiter) with the people.

An eclipse chart set for New York city has 22 degrees, 16' Capricorn rising, the sign of Big Business. The Ascendant is widely conjunct Venus in the twelfth house and square Saturn in the ninth of law, national news and the internet; I predict that business will suffer from withheld (Saturn) patronage (Venus) by customers possibly as another phase of the OWS protest. Business might also be frustrated by the limits of legal measures that they can take against the protesters.

The Part of Fortune, it may interest you to know, is right on the descendant in Cancer, favoring the protesters. The midheaven is at 16 degrees 26' Scorpio, conjunct Juno at 15 degrees, sextile Mars in the eighth and sextile Venus in the twelfth. The news may be dominated by a woman, someone who dramatically focuses and balances the energies of rebellion values being debated in the public arena. The Sun is conjunct the North Node (four degrees apart) in the eleventh house, and the nodes are closely square Mars. The nodes also square Ceres at 19 Pisces. Pallas and Vesta are both in Aquarius in the first house.

Jan Spiller says that a lunar eclipse in Gemini brings lessons in how to communicate, both in terms of language and social behavior. Ask for feedback to ensure that what you said is what others heard. One must give up hermit-like tendencies and become more socially aware. One is called upon to share the knowledge one has gained in this life and in previous lives.
What is meant by astrological birth control? Find out by reading this new article at --- http://milky-way-astrology.blogspot.com/2011/11/astrological-birth-control-not-same-as.html

PS – I listed a few used astrology books for sale on Amazon Books; Part Two was posted July 1! **Includes a classic Alan Leo book** Look for reviews in my column with a link to the listing. Some prices now reduced. Thanks for your support (and patience). Note that the Intuition book, listed in Part One, has sold.
ALSO – see my popular article on late degrees of all the signs. Link: http://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2008/08/15/planets-in-late-degrees-what-do-they-mean/
ALSO – see new article on The Goddess Archetypes: The Pallas Athena Myth at http://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/the-goddess-archetypes-the-pallas-athena-myth/
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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 Sunday till Tuesday morning. Sunday may be rather stressful, with squares to Pluto and Venus in Capricorn. The evening is more agreeable as you spend time chatting with kindred spirits over dinner. Monday is devoted to work. Tuesday morn is brightened by a sympathetic friend. Uranus goes direct in your sign Saturday. If Uranus is conjunct your Sun, heart irregularities may occur and should receive attention. Other Arians may be upset, may be accident-prone, so chill out and be aware of your surroundings. And some Arians may find their inner rebel, and embrace change.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – An insurance matter may be belatedly settled early in the week. The Moon is in Taurus from 9:34 am Tuesday till Thursday night. You may overdo at lunch Tuesday, or perhaps you treat someone. You read the real lowdown on the internet that night. Wednesday may be a power day for you, when the moon in Taurus trines Mars and Venus in the other earth signs. Earth signs build things, whether tangible or intangible, from houses to companies. So have your plans at hand, and gather a work crew. You may have to find other people's money to fund the project. Thursday evening you can be a little idealistic, but the mood is perfect for a night at the movies.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – The Moon is in Gemini from 9:52 pm Thursday till next Sunday. You may have a brilliant idea Thursday night but be safety-conscious before getting on any ladders. Friday morn may be spent on sales talks, and the rest of the day is rather strenuous. The Full Moon eclipse occurs in your sign on Saturday morning; see above notes about that. You might be put on the spot as a spokesperson or you may have to in effect tutor others on how to communicate and to pay attention to the effect one's words have on others. Any weekend chores should be saved for Sat. night or Sunday.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – Attempts to get a loan early in the week may not pan out according to initial promises. Also balancing demands of work and family may be more difficult right now, but it's hard to say no to overtime. Tuesday favors lunch with a dear, generous friend. You feel more like cocooning later in the week. The Uranus station in your career house Saturday may throw a curve ball at you regarding your employer or possibly one's father.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – Sunday's Sun-Mercury conjunction in your solar fifth house of creativity may bring a burst of ideas, not all of which will work out but write them down before they are lost. Sunday evening favors a bull session to generate more ideas, or how you might make them work. Thursday, prepare to turn your understudy role into a star turn. Uranus makes a station in your solar ninth house of law and publishing. Possibly a book deal offer may come out of the blue, or a legal matters may take a funny bounce of the football.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Sunday's Sun-Mercury conjunction in your solar fourth house throws a caution flag on appliance purchases. Tuesday favors posting anything important on the internet or on your blog. Wednesday could also a power day for you if you are building anything tangible, or investing. Guard your health Thursday night, and refuse to be ruffled on a stressful Friday. Uranus going direct in your solar eighth house Saturday may signal an unexpected bequest or a undependable insurer. Saturday morning also finds you juggling demands on your time.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – A flurry of communications flies in early in the week, although with Mercury retrograde not all of it will pan out as planned. Sunday is also stressful at home, but try to balance the holiday rush with budget restraint. The Moon is in compatible Gemini starting Thursday night, but life is no less demanding. Make time to just chill out with an eggnog or tea. Uranus going direct in your solar seventh house Saturday may signal a rift with, or at least surprising news about, a personal or business partner.

SCORPIO
- Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – The Sun and Mercury are conjunct in your solar second house of money on Sunday; financial matters can make a new start altho stressful demands are not over. You balance Mars and Venus energies thru volunteering for non-profits or other groups this week. Finances, insurance, investments, and friends all make demands on you; perhaps legal services can help bargain down the balance owed. Uranus going direct in your solar sixth house Saturday may mean sudden illnesses or sudden job offers.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – Best day of the week may be Sunday, with the Moon in compatible aspect and favoring time in convivial company. You may also have a brief argument, too, but it is best ended by agreeing to disagree. You may donate some time to a club or non-profit early in the week. Someone may ask you for creative input mid-week. Encourage the wife and kids to go to some holiday event by themselves Thursday night. Friday night is tense, and does not favor outings with family nor career events. Uranus direct in your solar fifth house of children may find a child makes a surprising announcement.

CAPRICORN
- Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – Sunday's Sun-Mercury conjunction may denote that things you'd rather remained private become public embarrassments. But a Sunday evening jaunt with family creates excited chatter and creative expression. Wednesday may be a power day personally; you find plans online on how to make your dreams into reality. You can't say no to children's requests on Thursday. Uranus going direct in your solar fourth house Saturday may shake up the household in some way.

AQUARIUS
- Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - Sunday's Sun-Mercury conjunction in your solar eleventh house of friends may caution you to take what your friends say with a grain of salt. Air signs enjoy tossing around ideas on Sunday night. Monday favors a private rendezvous instead of Christmas shopping. On Friday you might take the kids along on a volunteer task. Uranus going direct in your solar third house Saturday may open up a new world to you online, but do be careful to have your firewalls up.

PISCES
- Feb. 18-March 19 – Sunday's Sun-Mercury conjunction in your solar tenth house of career may signal a new start in some ways, but be cautious about promises that may or may be fulfilled. The beginning and end of the week have stressful days, so employ your “psychic shield” setting. Sunday finds you trying to juggle home and career again. Guard your health Thursday night. You are pulled in four directions Friday, but try not to feel like a wishbone. Uranus going direct in your solar second house Saturday may signal erratic finances or payment.

Astrological Birth Control Not Same as Rhythm Method

by Milky Way Maid

With all the pressure being put on insurance companies and pharmacists to not cover or offer birth control supplies or information, women may be forced to fall back on more traditional forms of birth control. Astrologers have access to an alternative to the rhythm method (also known as the Knaus-Ogino method). And if practiced faithfully, the astrological method known as Jonas-Rechnitz (aka cosmic or astrological birth control or A-B-C) claims to have as good a record as the birth control pill in avoiding unwanted pregnancy.

Studies in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s showed a 97.7 percent success rate for the Jonas-Rechnitz method , on par with The Pill. According to what I have read about this method, the fertility cycle is not necessarily congruent with the menstrual cycle, and that this accounts for the phenomenon of conception during one's menses. Such occurrences are not deemed possible under current mechanistic understanding of the female cycle, so there has to be something else going on.

The major drawback of astrological birth control is that it cannot be combined with the pill. Women who want to hedge their bets cannot use both, thinking that when one method fails the other will kick in. Taking the hormones in the pills throws the woman off her natural cycle and onto one dependent on the date she started taking her pills.

Due to the fact that taking the pill became so widespread, all other natural forms of birth control were abandoned. I provide this information more as a historical footnote --- and as an observation about astrological cycles --- than as a viable alternative for most modern women who prefer to take their pills and forget about everything else.

OK, you ask, so tell me what is this method all about? The Jonas-Rechnitz method posits that the woman is most fertile when the transiting Sun-Moon angle is the same as the Sun-Moon angle in her natal chart.

If you have an astrological program, or have a chart service print up a chart for you, it may include the angle between the Sun and Moon somewhere in the small print.

If not, it is not too hard to calculate this angle. First, translate the placement of the lights in terms of the 360-degree circle. In other words, the first degree of Aries is 1, the first degree of Taurus is 31, and so forth as you go around the zodiac through Pisces.

Say your Sun is at 22 degrees of Cancer. You have three whole signs before it, each of thirty degrees. Three times 30 = 90, to which you add 22 degrees. The total is therefore 112.

And then say your Moon is at 8 degrees of Sagittarius, or 249 on the 360-degree wheel.
Subtract the smaller number from the larger; we do not deal with negative numbers here. 249 – 112 = 137. Okay, now we have a working number to find this same angle in charts of Sun-Moon angles for the upcoming months and years.

For example, in charts for the year 1973, the angle of 137 degrees occurs on Jan. 15, Feb. 14. March 15, April 13-14, May 13, and so forth. One would abstain from relations on those days, on the two days preceding and one day after. For extra “insurance” to avoid pregnancy, one may combine this method with the rhythm method which might add another 7-14 days of abstinence to the month --- not a great hardship when one considers that many health risks of taking birth control pills are completely sidestepped.

The real beauty of this system is that it can be used either for avoiding or for trying to get pregnant. The woman who has finally found the man she wants to live with long-term, has found a pleasant home to raise children in, and has saved up funds to help support the wanted child, can discontinue her pills and after establishing a natural cycle, can hope to complete her family.

In addition, women who have difficult side effects of taking hormone pills such as depression, crying jags, and so forth, find this technique to spare both them and their families the strain of living in the same household.

Inre to the sex of the child: A baby conceived on days when the woman was fertile according to this method, reflects the sign that the Moon is in when she conceived will denote the sex of the child. If the Moon is in “masculine” signs like Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sag, or Aquarius, then there is a high probability that the child will be male. If the Moon is in the “feminine” signs like Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, or Pisces, then there is a high probability that the child will be a girl.

Women who have a natal angle that is stressful, that is a conjunction (zero degrees), square (90 or 270 degrees) or opposition (180) tend to have high odds of conceiving defective, stillborn, or miscarried children, or have a problem pregnancy. In that case, the source book suggests that they try using the rhythm cycle to conceive a healthy baby.

Women who have a very irregular or spotty menstrual cycle are advised to try using another method to determine when they are most fertile. The method that is most often employed uses observation of mucus thickness to determine when she is ovulating. This is called the Ovulation Method or Billings method.

SOURCE:
Condensed from “Natural Birth Control” by Art Rosenblum, Aquarian Research Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, 1973. Book does not list vendors of tables of Sun-Moon angles. I do not find such charts on the internet either, but there is this related article at http://www.astrologyweekly.com/astrology-articles/fertility-jonas-dicu.php

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Your Milky Way Horoscope Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

Venus in Capricorn trines Jupiter at 1 degree Taurus at 4:23 pm Sunday
. Venus trine Jupiter is very fond of pleasure and is self-indulgent. Earth signs may be especially prone to overeat or overindulge in other ways. But a great time to enjoy the abundance of the harvest and all the good things in life with those around you.

Venus conjoins Pluto at 6 degrees of Capricorn at 8:51 pm Thursday. Venus-Pluto conjunctions can denote being wiped out financially, or on the other hand denote a great financial coupe – it's all or nothing at all. Be very cautious about going to the gaming tables or casino, although I suppose the bingo hall is alright. Venus-Pluto also can refer to having a romantic obsession about someone, almost always someone that you cannot have. (You're going to have to get over him or her eventually, anyway, so ditch him and move on.)

The Sun in Sag squares Mars at 9 degrees Virgo at 8:08 am Friday. Sun square Mars is very competitive and digs in his heels. This is more true if you are in a sports contest, but can apply to contests in your office (who sells more) or the mostly friendly bowling league. You may get drawn into a long duel (best 3 of 5, then best 8 of 15, and so on). Promise the other party a rematch and get back to whatever else you were doing.

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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 – Sunday afternoon's Venus-Jupiter trine throws some financial luck your way. Your timing is perfect early Tuesday. Your friends present good arguments on Wednesday. Career issues may come to a head on Thursday. You're very competitive at work Friday, I mean that in a good way. The Moon is in Aries from 8:51 pm Saturday thru the weekend. You may feel a bit emotionally upset by someone Saturday night, but try to let it slide off your shoulders.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – Your efforts Sunday are rewarded with pleasant relaxation Sunday pm, a treat from an older person. Career frustrations may come to a peak on Tuesday, but this may be relieved by some legal or publishing good news on Thursday – which you might celebrate that night with some compatible friends or relatives on a modest night out. Your kids may be especially competitive Friday so make a point of attending their games.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – Spending time Sunday in your private retreat will be pleasurable, and provide your quota of mental health credits. You connect with an unusual friend early Tuesday. Your mate gets a good review Tuesday. You are up late Wednesday with a serious discussion. Career matters take an upturn Thursday; possibly the company gets an expansion loan. Friday morn may be rather stressful and yet it presents opportunities if you are aggressive in pressing your interests.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – The week starts with the Moon in your opposite sign, making you think your mate is unusually moody or sensitive. Connect with a brother over Sunday brunch, then invite friends over for supper. Monday pm is emotionally stressful so don't hold a dinner party. Concerns about money gather focus until on Thursday you realize how obsessed your mate is about it, and about controlling others via money. It's up to you to set him straight. Thursday pm is much more harmonious, but on Friday it's the siblings and kids acting up. Sigh.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – Career matters could take a positive turn Sunday or Monday. You may have trouble getting siblings to agree on holiday schedules Monday. Career may be stressful Tuesday, but it may just be the company's growing pains. The kids may talk your ear off Wednesday morning, or creative writing flows easily. Cash flow may be the issue at work Thursday, this may mean problems getting customers to pay. The kids and your in-laws are not seeing eye-to-eye Friday. Friday in general is a stressful day for many, so you might counsel everyone to think things over. Your lawyer or your editor has a brilliant insight over the weekend.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Virgo can be quite productive Sunday under the Venus-Jupiter trine; you might create gifts, or cook up a home buffet spread. You or the kids might be a bit depressed Monday over budget matters, perhaps over the limited gift budget – but you can give tips on how to stretch a buck. Your mate has quite a pleasant day Thursday, and you catch the reflected glory. Friday is stressful for you re balancing work, home and family needs; give yourself a break and admit that not everything can be perfect! An insurance payment is very timely late in the week.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Family matters and family gatherings take up a great deal of your time Sunday, and someone may have a wonderful piece of good news to share. Someone may not want to hear your good advice on Monday, but you may find a more receptive audience on Wednesday night. Your siblings hit it off with your kids Tuesday. Somehow the atmosphere at home is marred by trying to control others with money, and your job is to prevent that. Take care of health checkups that afternoon before the holidays crowd everyone's schedules. You may make a great effort Friday to get caught up with correspondence.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – You, your spouse and some friends have a wonderful time Sunday; plan something special. You may have to say no on Monday. Tuesday is a mixed bag. Family finances look OK, but there is pressure to spend more. Resist. Good financial news may be in the in-box Wednesday am. You may be rather startled by a sibling's obsession Thursday. The Moon in compatible Pisces Thursday pm smiles on creative pursuits and on children. Avoid loaning money to a friend on Friday. Try to avoid stomach upsets on Saturday.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – You easily break the gifting budget on Sunday. You may have to say no to friends on Monday. A sibling's health may be the only obstacle in making holiday plans Tuesday. Your sales talk finds a receptive audience Wednesday morn. Your bank account is either overflowing or busted by Thursday, probably the former because I see you handing out early holiday treats to family coworkers. Friday is the most stressful day of the week, with everyone pulling to meet deadlines. Children are very funny Saturday.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – The Moon is in Capricorn from Sun.-Tues. am. You take control of the household early Sunday and set out the agenda for everybody, tho frankly, acting like a general may not endear yourself to family members. But having rounded up volunteers, you accomplish a great deal by midday. Monday is a hard-working day. You may be upset about the financial situation of a child of yours on Tuesday. On Thursday you may try to control someone you love (THAT isn't very loving). Saturday night is spent with home and family, one of whom may stop you in your tracks.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – The Moon is in Aquarius from 2:02 am Tuesday till Thursday morning. An odd dream may make you laugh Tuesday. Pinch pennies early in the week and you will have plenty on the weekend. You find a friend Tuesday. Chatting makes the day pass faster Wednesday. You can inspire yourself Thursday morning and that can carry you thru the whole day. The Venus-Pluto conjunction Thursday could cause you to shoot yourself in the foot; get a hold on yourself and talk things over with a trusted person.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – Invite friends and siblings over for Sunday dinner; Venus promises convivial company. The Moon is in Pisces from 9:45 am Thursday till Saturday night. You enjoy a Thursday lunch with a sibling or neighbor. Talk things over with a mentor-type Thursday night. Friday morning has some temporary friction, but you are in a competitive state of mind. You might try a new way of getting work done Saturday.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Your Milky Way Horoscope Nov. 20-26, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

The Sun in Scorpio squares Neptune at 28 degrees Aquarius
at 3:42 pm Sunday. Hard aspects between Sun and Neptune generally make it difficult for us to see ourselves clearly; maybe we have some self-delusion we cling to and which leaves us vulnerable to unscrupulous sales people. So get a reality check before you write a check. With some of us, the Sun brings unwelcome publicity to things we would rather remained a deep, dark secret.

The Sun enters Sag at 11:08 am Tuesday. Happy birthday to all the little centaurs. Sun in Sag is optimistic (sometimes unrealistically so), has faith in the future, wants to be part of the big picture, and tends to inspire others with their optimism exuberance. Has the ability to be brilliant but rarely disciplines self long enough to really master anything. Loves the outdoors and the active life. This love of activity may also be expressed in careers in firefighting or other emergency services. Famous Centaurs include Mary Martin, Frank Sinatra, James Thurber, Walt Disney, Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, Joe DiMaggio, Charles de Gaulle, and siblings Caroline Kennedy and John F. Kennedy Jr.

Thanksgiving features a Scorpio moon for most of the day, presumably including sitting everyone down to the feast. Scorpio is most likely to actually host the family feast; the stuffing might include oysters, and the table have a crab salad. Scorpio lends a more spiritual mood to the day; we may be truly thankful to have everyone together. Black Friday features the Moon in Sag, appropriate for shoppers buying multiples of every item and probably overshooting their budgets.

However, bad news for merchants lies in the form of Mercury going retrograde early on Thursday (at 20 degrees of Sag). We usually enjoy a bit of boost from Mercury going direct sometime during the Christmas shopping season --- and that is not in evidence this year as least not until Mercury goes direct on the night of Dec. 13. Merchants will be frantic to get shoppers to actually part with some money; I see heavy price slashing throughout the period. I might mention that there is a grass-roots movement to make Sat., Nov. 26 a “Buy Local” event. See Facebook for details about that at: https://www.facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday?extlink=ps-gabmd-2011SBS-GoogleSearch

Venus in Sag sextiles Neptune at 28 degrees of Aquarius at 8:52 pm Thursday. We squint a bit at the ones we love and overlook their faults. Good for creativity and expressing universal ideals.

Venus is again active on Saturday night. She squares Uranus at zero degrees of Aries at 9:27 pm. I think I've warned you about the squares before. One can become entranced by foreigners or unusual people, generally to no avail as the parties repel each other as much as they attract each other. Any relationship is generally short-lived but enjoy it while it lasts, hon. And I speak from experience.

Venus enters hard-headed and practical Capricorn at 7:36 am Saturday. Venus in the sign of the goat is practical, a bit of social climber, and insists on quality goods. Can be very good at mastering etiquette at the highest levels of international protocol all the way down to the local club. Some have a gift for helping others see HOW to manifest their goals.

PS – I listed a few used astrology books for sale on Amazon Books; Part Two was posted July 1! **Includes a classic Alan Leo book** Look for reviews in my column with a link to the listing. Even more titles to come soon. Thanks for your support (and patience). Note that the Intuition book, listed in Part One, has sold.
ALSO – see my popular article on late degrees of all the signs. Link: http://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2008/08/15/planets-in-late-degrees-what-do-they-mean/
ALSO – see new article on The Goddess Archetypes: The Pallas Athena Myth at http://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/the-goddess-archetypes-the-pallas-athena-myth/
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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 Time or Eastern Daylight Savings Time, depending on the season.

ARIES - March 20-April 19 - The solar eclipse in your solar ninth house may signal a long trip, or at least a breaking away from the mindset that you grew up with. Your consciousness may expand thru travel, reading, formal or informal study, or personal experiences. You may even have some kind of adventure, so keep a journal. The square to Mars may bring fevers, or new tools to use in your work. Mercury going retrograde in your solar ninth house may signal mixups in legal matters or having to redo everything with a new lawyer, book editor, or website.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 - The solar eclipse in your solar eighth house accents your hidden talents as a practical alchemist, a healer, or a metaphysical master. You may help warring parties arrive at common values to heal their relationship. You may take up a sport, game or dancing. Mercury going retrograde in your solar eighth house may signal mixups in wills, joint accounts, or any pooled resources.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - The solar eclipse in your solar seventh house accents relationships and partnerships; the partner may be a foreigner or someone quite unusual. The importance of honoring commitments and contracts will be impressed on you, possibly in connection with work done on your home. Mercury going retrograde in your solar seventh house may signal mixups in public appearances or in communicating with your mate.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – The solar eclipse in your solar sixth house activates your ability to help others realize a good mind-body balance. You may become more active, more outdoorsy, or even take a long trip. You may talk more about health matters, cars, sports, etc. Mercury going retrograde in your solar sixth house also accents the need to pay attention to health matters.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – The solar eclipse in your solar fifth house accents your ability to teach people how to play, how to enjoy life, and how to express themselves creatively. At the same time you will need to avoid impulse spending that sabotages your budget. Mercury going retrograde in your solar fifth house may signal mixups in stage productions, having to start over with a creative project, or a child needing help in school.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – The Moon is in Virgo as the week begins, where it stays till Sunday night. Sunday morn you focus on feeling that your efforts are not appreciated, much less reciprocated. Instead, train loved ones to say thank you and please. The supper hour is very pleasant, possibly spent at a local restaurant. The solar eclipse in your solar fourth house activates your ability to help others get centered within themselves, the source of any real sense of security. You may also become much more focused on goals, like a samurai warrior. Mercury going retrograde in your solar fourth house may signal mixups with family members, or appliances going on the fritz.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – The Moon is in Libra from 8:16 pm Sun.-Tues. night. Do not let your mate get your goat Sunday night; he is unsettled from the Uranus transit. Instead, try to calm and assure him. Monday morning resolve to master yourself no matter what before going in to work. You really are your own master, and you serve whom you will. A sibling may compliment you Tuesday. You may have to work to keep your mood up at times, but Tuesday pm may present a happy surprise. Treat yourself to a movie that night, with popcorn. The solar eclipse in your third house helps you keep things circulating; you may start to convey information to others that they need to know. Mercury going retrograde in your solar third house may signal mixups in every kind of communication, especially with siblings.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – The Moon is in Scorpio from 8:58 pm Tuesday till Thursday night. You may benefit from alternative medicine Tuesday night. Try not to go over the top about anything. A bit of friendly competition Wednesday morn gives you a boost. The holiday Thursday puts you in a spiritual mood. My only caveat is don't indulge in foods/drinks you know you are sensitive to, no matter how gorgeous they look. A solar eclipse in your second house of money helps you manifest what you want --- once you know what it is you want. Mercury going retrograde in your solar second house may signal errors in bank statements, or in balancing your account, or delays in crediting deposits.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – The Moon is in Sag from 8:57 pm Thursday till Saturday night. You get a burst of that “Born to be Wild” energy Thursday night. You benefit from a New Moon at 2 degrees Sag at 1:10 am Friday. This is a Solar Eclipse, so note developments in the next several months, especially in relation to your search for truth. The eclipse features a square to Mars (you are forced to act, possibly in an aggressive manner) and a trine to Uranus (breaking free from societal boundaries).

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – The Moon is in Capricorn from 10:05 pm Saturday thru the weekend. The solar eclipse in your solar twelfth house helps you let go of trying to control the minutiae of others' lives. You learn to listen to that quiet inner voice and achieve a measure of serenity. You may be forced to it, though, if your demands on others lead them to excommunicate you from their lives. You may take a crash course in something, or devour every book on a topic in your desire to know everything about it. Mercury going retrograde in your solar twelfth house may signal that it is you who shoots yourself in the foot with misstatements and errors in calculation.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - The solar eclipse in your solar eleventh house may activate involvement in humanitarian organizations, as you help others realize their hopes for a better life. You can inspire, and your own efforts prod others to join in. You may be thrust into emergency situations and find out what you're made of --- and arriving at a renewed passion for life. Mercury going retrograde in your solar eleventh house may signal mixups re club meetings, lost minutes of prior meetings, or friends who have to cancel out of gatherings.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - The solar eclipse in your solar tenth house may activate involvement in community affairs ranging from the PTA to politics to the church to activism. Your inner rebel finds an outlet, but hopefully not in the form of tossing out your mate or other loved ones. Mercury going retrograde in your solar tenth house may signal mixups in career stuff like interviews that go badly, or glowing promises that are not carried out.