Friday, April 29, 2011

Your Milky Way Horoscope May 1-7, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

Mars and Jupiter are conjunct at 22 degrees of Aries at 12:26 am Sunday, May 1
. These two planets when conjunct or even square can denote risk-taking, fortunately with Jupiter protecting the risk-taker from the worst that could happen (but best not to count on that, folks). People may buy handfuls of lottery tickets, take off for the wide blue yonder without filing a flight plan, go to Vegas, gamble on a penny stock, go over Niagara Falls in a barrel, etc. You get the idea. Please, file the flight plan, have a plan B for whatever, and if gambling, keep to your established stop-loss amount.

The Sun at 11 degrees of Taurus is inconjunct Saturn in Libra at 9:34 am Monday. You have been chafing at restrictions or the lack of some necessities, but now you have an opportunity to figure out some way of adapting more happily to your situation. You could experience an easing of said restrictions and lacks. Perhaps you arrange to barter or trade with others, or find an inexpensive alternative to your usual purchases.

The New Moon is at 2:51 am Tuesday, at 12 degrees, 31 minutes of Taurus. The Sun-Moon are inconjunct Saturn, so let's hope that you manage to make do with less, and do it more successfully. Sun-Moon are trine Pluto, helping you to take control of your life again. (Perhaps you also get a little help from friends in high places.) Sun-Moon are also square Pallas and Vesta in Aquarius; a lawyer, advisor, or advocate may be able to help you resolve problems, although you will have to set things in motion. So keep asking around for someone or some agency that may be able to help.

Taureans might do a candle lighting, and sit down to write out their Venus-ruled wishes for the month, such as 'to find beauty everywhere' or 'to hear beautiful music' or even 'to pay off X loan or debt so that Y will finally be truly yours.'

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 month and the week begin with the Moon in Aries till the wee hours of Monday. Arians will feel unusually confident and daring Sunday morning, maybe daring enough to try a new sport. The Moon joins Jupiter and then Mars in late morning; you could desire to expand your personal sphere of influence, reaching out to new groups of people. The Taurus New Moon is in your solar second house, where it accents your earning power and helps you accumulate quality items that will last a long time. Mars in your sign trines the North Node in Sag; your hard work pays off in a personal sense of accomplishment.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – The Moon is in Taurus from 1:58 am Monday till midday Wednesday. The Moon trines Pluto in late afternoon Monday; you might find a lucky silver charm, or charm others with your mysterious powers. The New Moon is at 12 degrees of Taurus on Tuesday. You might do a candle lighting, and sit down to write out your Venus-ruled wishes for the month, such as 'to find beauty everywhere' or 'to hear beautiful music' or even 'to pay off X loan or debt so that Y will finally be truly yours.' Since it is in your solar first house, perhaps you want to express Taurus energy thru music, physical comforts, and home cooking.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – The Moon is in Gemini from 1:09 pm Wednesday till late Friday. The Moon squares Neptune mid-afternoon Wednesday; put off sales people and do not do any personal business while under this fuzzy influence. A sextile to Uranus after work favors getting together with friends for some laughs. The Moon trines Saturn midday Thursday, ideal for getting lots of work done and achieving goals. The Moon sextiles Venus and Mercury, then Jupiter, on Friday morning. Ask for favors, or help out coworkers. The Moon sextiles Mars mid-afternoon, giving you extra energy for work or play.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – The Moon is in Cancer from 10:32 pm Friday thru the weekend. The Moon trines Neptune very late Friday, favoring a mini-film festival from the comfort of your sofa. A Moon-Uranus square early Saturday can be quite upsetting; don't get so distracted by an upset that you cause accidents. Walk around the block or pull weeds rather than drive somewhere. The Moon opposes Pluto midday; this is an instance of projecting onto your partner an image of being an over-controlling 'other'. Stop projecting that energy and send out thoughts of cooperation instead. Saturn causes feelings of frustration that night, but this is only temporary and you can still accomplish a lot. The New Moon in Taurus accents your solar eleventh house of friends and clubs.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – Mercury and Venus are moving toward a conjunction this week in Aries, your solar ninth house of law, college, publishing and the internet. You may finally see some earnings accrue from your website, be awarded a scholarship or tuition grant, or receive an advance on a your new book. If you have natl planets in late Leo, you may enjoy a grand trine with Mars in Aries and the North Node in Sag. The New Moon in Taurus accents your solar tenth house of career.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Juno in your sign opposes Ceres; you may be called on to apply what you know about proper nutrition to your spouse's diet. He/she may not exactly welcome all these strange foods, but I think that in time, your spouse will thank you dearly. The North Node has entered your solar fourth house, BTW, opening up opportunities to work out of your home and save on gas. The New Moon in Taurus accents your solar ninth house of law, college, publishing, and the internet.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Saturn in your sign trines Vesta in Aquarius, suggesting that you have a deep need for stability, privacy and security in your life right now. Pallas is also near Vesta, so you are possibly getting some good advice and help from a lawyer, advocate, or social worker. Venus and Mercury move toward a conjunction in your solar seventh house of partners; your spouse is especially charming and witty this month, so enjoy. The New Moon in Taurus accents your solar eighth house of insurance and estate matters.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – Pallas and Vesta transit your solar fourth house, squaring the New Moon; a realtor may finally help you locate the home of your dreams. The New Moon in Taurus accents your solar seventh house of partners and the public. Neptune has entered your solar fifth house of romance, joining Ceres already in progress. Neptune signifies someone who may be involved in film, wineries or the horse business, or negatively, someone who is not what they claim to be. Ceres probably means that he or she is a good cook, so be sure to express appreciation for the lovely meal.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – The North Node in your sign trines Mars in Aries in your solar fifth house; you do quite well at games and sports, perhaps you will surprise even yourself at how well you do. Neptune has moved into Pisces, your solar fourth house. Uh oh, keep a sharp eye out for leaks of all kinds. Pay attention if your spouse notifies you of a job opening somewhere; he or she may latch onto just the right place for your talents. The New Moon in Taurus accents your solar sixth house of health and work.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – Your home life is especially pleasant with Mercury and Venus merging in Aries, your solar fourth house. You might even play host to an exchange student. Juno in your ninth house is making aspects to several other asteroids, so I suspect that your spouse puts you in contact with the right advisors/lawyers/brokers that you need to sort through your personal business. The New Moon in Taurus accents your solar fifth house of fun, love and creativity. Yes, even Cappy needs love.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – Mercury and Venus move toward a conjunction in Aries, your solar third house; take a short trip, with a sweetheart if your have one --- or keep an eye out for a new love on this trip. New places, new faces, you know. Mercury and Venus are sextile the asteroids Vesta and Pallas in your own sign; perhaps you give a fellow traveler an assist, or vice versa. The travel agent might be rather interesting, too. The New Moon in Taurus accents your solar fourth house of home and family.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – Neptune has entered your sign; you may notice yourself getting lost more often than usual, or feeling a bit spacey tho perfectly sober. You may benefit from grounding yourself by working a garden, keeping to a strict schedule, or by disciplines such as yoga or tai chi. Ceres and Chiron have been moving almost in lockstep thru your sign, explaining your interest in food issues and natural healing; they are opposite Juno, suggesting this might even be an avenue for a mom-and-pop business. The New Moon in Taurus accents your solar third house of communications, relatives, and neighbors.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What Stupid Thing Did I Do During Mercury Retrograde? Shop

by Milky Way Maid

Having written about Mercury retrograde does not keep me from doing stupid stuff while Mercury is in fact moving in retrograde motion.

Witness the fact that I went shopping a bit last Friday, April 15. I knew Mercury was retrograde. I knew that if one goes shopping during a Mercury retrograde, one ought to examine the merchandise pretty carefully for damage and make sure it fits. One cannot count on being able to return the item for a cash refund, you know.
I figure used items fit well into the Mercury retrograde theme, so I go to resale shops. So far, so good, because I find three pairs of shoes at the local Salvation Army store.

And I really needed shoes so I was happy to find anything that fit my wide feet. Maybe I was a bit too happy, because I did not lift the shoes up or flip them over.
Item Number One: One pair looked like it had never been worn. These were the Earth Shoe sandals in a mahogany color. Kind of like huaraches. Very nice, I'll take them.

Item Number Two: Another was a very simple pair of basic loafers. Gotta have some loafers, right? Only $5, worth every penny if they fit. I could get my feet into them at the store, so in the cart they went.

Item Number Three: The third pair was another pair of sandals in split leather or a lookalike, with a little rosette cut out near the toe and a T-strap. They seemed quite roomy in the toes and so I said to myself, hey this is my lucky day, girl. In the cart they went.

Item Number Four: The last item was a leather-look purse or portfolio with a Kathy Lee brand logo. Pretty good shape, a bit dirty but I can clean it up a bit. Will hold a lot and looks very sturdy. At $2.99 this is the steal of the day. And I only found this after about giving up looking for purses in another section of the store. This was hanging with the backpacks and above the luggage.

Now you get three guesses which item or items were the clunkers.

ANSWERS: Over the weekend, I tried to put on the basic loafers and I could not even get my feet into them. What?!? Well, they were obviously unworn so I put them back into a plastic bag and would return them Monday while on some errands. Had to hunt a bit for the receipt, but yes here it is, in the bag it went with the shoes. One of the hallmarks of Mercury retrograde is having to do things over again: go back to the store to make a return, tear out the floor you just did and start over, redo the document that you just lost to the cyber gods, etc.

I stop at the gas station while out on my errands. I am wearing sandals, Item Number Two. I feel kinda funny while standing there pumping gas into the tank, and bend over to examine the sandals. You know what? These are REALLY ventilated. The outer seam where the uppers attach to the base is ripped out from my little toes to the heel section. Wow. When did this happen? Before they were donated to S.A., or when I wore them while doing laundry over the weekend? I will never know. I do not want to make another trip home to put on other shoes, so I could take these back with the loafers.

I decide to tough it out and just take the loafers back for now. I go into the store with the bag and receipt and explain the problem with the loafers to the clerk at the checkout.

She stated that normally they only take clothes as returns, but would take back this pair this time only. I thank her. She asks if I want a store credit or would like to shop a bit today. I tell her I will look around and if I cannot find anything today, I will take the store credit, thanks.

So I wander back to the shoe section and lo and behold, I find a nice pair of white shoes, wide in the toes and properly snug in the heel. These are the kind that are cut low in back and I normally do not look twice at that style. These catch my eye because they look nice and summery and I sure need the toe room. They fit wonderfully well and I gladly take them back to the checkout lady. They are the exact same price as the loafers and so I do not have to cough up more nickels and dimes.

OK, I got an even exchange on the loafers for a nice pair of summer shoes. When I get home, I take off the tan sandals and look at them more closely. I had in mind that maybe these could be reglued by a cobbler or something.

But these are a disaster. Not only have the uppers come apart from the base all along the outer edge, but the soles have deep cracks if you bend them. Both shoes. Made in Spain, if that means anything. The rain in Spain gets your feet wet because the shoes are falling apart.

I decide that well, I did not do too badly. In the end, I got two pairs of shoes and a sturdy purse for a total of about $24. The purse alone was worth that. One pair of shoes in a mall would have cost me at least that much. So I did not cry too much over the lost $6.99 or whatever for the Spanish sandals. Except that I am so broke right now that I cannot easily spare that amount. But mustn't cry over spilt milk. Count myself lucky to find anything at all. Yep, life can be good sometimes. Even under a Mercury retrograde.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Your Milky Way Horoscope April 24-30, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

Venus in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn at 3:21 am Wednesday
. Venus-Pluto squares are said to signify romantic or sexual obsessions; one can't get someone out of one's mind, for example. In some natal charts it can denote some kind of emotional or sexual hangup, but then again who doesn't have at least one of those? But seriously, you need to devote your attention to the matter at hand instead of letting your thoughts stray to that certain someone. It's for certain that he sure isn't spending every moment thinking of you, so let that dose of reality sink in.

The Sun in Taurus trines the same Pluto in Capricorn at 9 pm exactly. Pluto is evolution on all levels, and personal power. With the Sun, Pluto helps one to take control of self and situation. You have a bad habit? Pluto can dig down to the root causes of your need for this habit, and can root it out at the source. You feel like your life is out of your control? Pluto can help you at least change your self, the only thing you can change.

Venus opposes Saturn in Libra at 8:14 pm Saturday. Also Mars conjoins Jupiter in Aries overnight, at 12:26 am Sunday, May 1. Aries may feel pretty frustrated with blocks in their path; Aries doesn't like to have to wait for others, or ask permission. Saturn can be authority, and basically the only authority that Aries accepts is their own. But Saturn demands you toe the line like everyone else, and so you have to deal with it. Mars-Jupiter can tempt you to take unusual risks; um, just be safety-conscious, OK? We don't want you to crack your head open (again?).

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

ARIES - March 20-April 19 – The Moon is in Aries from 1:33 pm Friday thru the weekend. You can look at things from a different perspective Friday night, under a Moon-Uranus conjunction. Possibly you meet some strange people, foreigners, or you just see the humor in a situation. The Moon squares Pluto very early Saturday; you may wake up determined to get your tasks done no matter what. If you remain focused on the goal, you can achieve anything you want that day. And then you can coast right on into next Sunday in overdrive.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – The Sun in Taurus sextiles Chiron in in Pisces Sunday night. You may find relief in self-administered remedies; it doesn't hurt to try grandma's teas, or look up free advice on the internet. (NOTE: don't swallow tinctures/essences unless advised by an experienced practitioner) The Sun in Taurus trines Pluto in Capricorn Wednesday night; you find the right lawyer or editor who can take your case to a successful conclusion; in some cases that person may be yourself.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – Best days may be Sunday-Tuesday, when the Moon is in compatible Aquarius. Easter Sunday favors enjoying love and laughs with friends. Monday's Moon-Saturn trine can turn into a grand air trine if your natal planets are near 12 degrees. Hold a bull session to generate loads of great ideas for further development. Or do an interview, or post flyers. Career is favored on Wednesday when the Pisces Moon receives harmonious sextiles. Friends may be upset on Friday night, so talk them down because you're such a good friend.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – Moon in Pisces on Wednesday favors getting lots done inre personal business such as legal matters, publishing, college, or getting up a website. A friend of yours or of your spouse's may be quite helpful. You may get a career insight under a Uranus transit Friday night; setting things in motion over the weekend will help you start next week with a full (energy) tank. You may also have a lot of projects scheduled for the weekend, and I predict you work up an unstoppable head of steam.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – All that Aries energy on Sat., April 30, fires up your solar ninth house without entangling you directly in the loose T-square. Keep plugging away at matters related to law, college, publishing, or the internet. Pallas and Vesta in your solar seventh house for much of the year, and Juno in your second house, reiterate the theme that your spouse (or a partner) is a key person in this year's agenda. Turns out that your spouse has previously unknown skills that you need to develop your own career and personal goals.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – The fact that the Sun has moved into Taurus activates your solar ninth house sector; you may teach or enroll in classes, advocate legal or other issues for the poor, or volunteer your many skills in the community. The emphasis is on practical skills. Juno in your sign (thru July) favors finding things that you and your spouse can do together, whether in your community or in your own back yard.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Best days may be when the Moon is in compatible Aquarius, Sunday afternoon thru Wednesday. Uranus in Aries sextiles the Moon early Sunday, adding laughs and a different way of looking at things. Venus in your opposite sign sextiles the Moon Sunday night, favoring a private little apres dinner drink with your spouse. Moon in Aries on Saturday, though, may be a bit too stressful for your mate to attend to you, so don't take it personally.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – The Moon is in watery Pisces Wednesday and Thursday, perhaps triggering too much emotion in yourself. Best days instead may be Sunday night and Wednesday night. Sunday has the Taurus Sun sextile Chiron in Pisces; a spouse may suggest just the right herb tea to settle your stomach. Wednesday has Sun square Pluto in Capricorn, which may be just the thing to prod you into taking charge of your life.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – Mars, Venus and Mercury in compatible Aries boost your vitality, and explain your eagerness to express yourself. You can't wait to get out into nature on hikes or climbing rocks, now that spring has sprung. You may already be volunteering your time and energies at the local nature center or campground. Don't forget to promote local events online; you might guest on internet radio channels, too.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – You don't mind spending money on loved ones, and that applies this Easter Sunday. I see you doling out the prizes for finding Easter eggs, with a swell time had by all the youngsters. Friday and Saturday may be a bit stressful, though, with the Moon in Aries and activating the T-square. You might elect to neutralize that stress with a strenuous hike or camping out, or with another one of your home projects.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – The Moon is in Aquarius from 1:59 pm Sunday, April 24 till the wee hours Wednesday. The Moon sextiles Uranus in Aries at 6:39 pm Sunday; fun and laughter come easily when visiting with relatives this Sunday. A Moon-Venus sextile late at night favors one-on-one time with a loved one; you might also indulge in all that Easter candy (Venus) so watch it. A judge may rule favorably on your case Monday. A little touch football or other sports with relatives or neighbors is favored for Monday afternoon, under sextiles to Mars and Venus. A Moon-Jupiter sextile kicks off the day Tuesday; optimism and even luck may follow your footsteps.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – The Moon is in Pisces from 12:57 am Wednesday till midday Friday. The Moon is at the midpoint of Sun and Pluto Wednesday afternoon; you can master your feelings and exert a measure of control over your life. The Moon is inconjunct Saturn early Thursday; you will have to adapt to having some supervision over your work, even tho you probably know your stuff as well as anyone in the office.

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Your Milky Way Horoscope April 10-16, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

Mars at 7 degrees Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn at 4:41 pm Monday
. War drums are beating. Pres. Obama has been saber-rattling about Libya, who has not posed any direct threat to us and has not attacked us. Pallas Athena is sextile Mars, also Juno at 15 Virgo was recently inconjunct that Aries stellium --- so I wonder if Madame Hillary talked him into this ill-advised move. Threatening an invasion of this north-African country is just playing into the hands of the oil speculators (Neptune just entered Pisces on April 4), and angers all its Muslim neighbors. (Mars and Pluto both are associated with the military, Mars with the police as well.) Saturn opposes retrograde Mercury, Mars and Jupiter; I don't see any military operation going well under those aspects. Intel might be inaccurate yet again, or the American people may be lied to (yet again).

Retrograde Mercury and Jupiter are conjunct at 17 degrees of Aries at 11:59 pm Monday. Jupiter is the higher octave of Mercury in terms of education; Mercury is practical how-to knowledge, and Jove is theoretical knowledge, such as in college or in research labs. You may be able to efficiently organize a plan, but take not to overlook important details! Retrograde Mercury can bite you in the behind if you do. You may think you are infallible, but ha, ha, Mercury the trickster laughs at you.

Hey folks, I was being facetious when I suggested that the Aries ingress chart (March 20) shows people marrying for money. Lighten up a little, we need a few jokes in these tense times.

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 – Pallas and Vesta are in your solar eleventh house of friends now, Pallas till late Aug. and Vesta for most of the year. Friends offer excellent advice and help, and can also help you with security issues. With the enormous planetary energies in your sign this year, you may be able to barter valuable services with these friends. Wednesday has very favorable aspects for a pleasant dinner with your romantic other, so even if you have to take off work early, go for it.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – Pallas and Vesta are in your solar tenth house for an extended period (Pallas till late Aug. and Vesta for most of the year). You may be the go-to person at work, or start your own consulting agency. Security at work may be a concern, so guard your passwords and secure your files. Moon in Leo on Wednesday favors family time at meals, so whip up their fave dishes and pull out some nice china.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - Pallas and Vesta are in your solar ninth house for an extended period (Pallas till late Aug. and Vesta for most of the year). You may find an excellent lawyer or advocate (Pallas) for issues that need to be resolved. Also you might talk to a security (Vesta) consultant or other advisor regarding identity theft or related issues. Better to be cautious, so secure your files and guard passwords. Wednesday has very pleasant aspects for visiting a local attraction or bookstore; check local schedules for open houses or fundraiser dinners.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – The Moon is in Cancer as the week begins, and stays till Monday night. The Moon square Mars at daybreak Sunday makes you impatient; careful not to burn or break things. The afternoon isn't much better with a Moon square Saturn; this can make you feel cramped, crowded or poor, but it does help keep your nose to the grindstone. Monday's morning commute can be tense under a Sun-Moon square. Check your own work that day because while the Mercury-Jupiter conjunction can speed things along, Mercury retrograde can cause you miss important details.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – The Moon is in Leo from11:37 pm Monday, till the wee hours Thursday. Be especially diligent Monday, when the retrograde Mercury conjunction with Jupiter can magnify errors; it's in your solar ninth house ruling legal matters, college, and publishing. The Moon is inconjunct Pluto midday Tuesday; you might find some creative way to cope with a lack of control over some matter. Your energy will be good that afternoon with a Mars trine; speak up for your rights. Wednesday also has favorable trines am and pm; schedule important interviews but be prepared.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – The Moon is in Virgo from 2:40 am Thursday, till the wee hours Saturday. The Moon opposes Chiron in Pisces Thursday morn; a practitioner may tell you what you don't want to hear, but it will be good advice. Friday morning will be spent making adjustments or altering appointments. Venus in the solar seventh house Friday afternoon favors a romantic supper with the object of your desire. Juno is in your sign now, and will be there thru most of July. You elect to take a supportive role for your mate, and the personal rewards are worth it.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – The Moon is in Libra from 2:59 am Saturday and stays thru the weekend. Make plans for the weekend that do not depend on your partner's presence; he/she may be called away and you will think bad thoughts about him/her. The afternoon brings a sense of helplessness, which is not at all like you. Saturday night, though, is great for attending a sporting event. You will really get into it. Fight off the blues at night with some pampering. Pallas and Vesta spend an extended visit in your fifth house of romance and creativity; enlist a matchmaking service or wedding planner.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – The Moon is in compatible Cancer Sun-Mon. There's a lot of squares, though, to Aries in your solar sixth house of health. The emphasis may be on diagnosing nagging problems or just taking care of yourself. You're not immortal, you know, as much as you like to think you are. Take good medical advice and try not to whine. Vesta is in your solar fourth house of home almost till the end of the year, so you may elect to spend a great deal of time alone, at home. You always value privacy, and Vesta just emphasizes that. Security may also be on your mind, but don't go overboard. Shred personal papers that you no longer need.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – Lots of energy, again, in your solar fifth house Aries. But use caution because one, Mercury is retrograde so you need to check things out, and two, Mars in Aries is square wipeout Pluto, exact on Monday. You could put everything on a gamble and come a cropper. Or you could get involved with a romantic entanglement who only wants your money. So enlist a steady friend that you can rely on to give you honest advice.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – Mercury-Jupiter in your solar fourth house favors hosting foreigners or exchange students in your home. Just lay out the ground rules ahead of time so everyone is on the same page as to what you expect of him/her. Do you want a security deposit against any damages? Are you laying down a curfew? Does the guest expect the use of a car? All of these are questions that should be worked out ahead of time. But after all that, hosting can be a wonderfully enriching experience for all.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – The asteroids Pallas and Vesta are both in your sign as of this week. Pallas is the advocate and ombudsman, and people may look to you for advice and guidance. You have a lot of contacts so put in a good word for someone. Vesta is security-minded but also just wants privacy, some alone time. You may want to install a nice safe in the house, or create a screened area of the patio just for you and your mate. Aries energy will provide the muscle, just be safety conscious as always.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – With Uranus in your solar second house now, you will have to expect unexpected expenses. (say that 3 times fast) Lay aside some emergency funds now. Ceres in your sign provides just what you need, but usually not much more. And with Mercury retrograde in your second house, projects may need to be redone, or quotes may not be accurate. Hang on to receipts. Avoid borrowing from friends, as that always presents the risk of losing a friendship. Moon in your opposite sign Thur-Fri presents a mate who is ill at ease and irritated by rescheduled appts, etc.

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Next up: The New Moon on April 3 will conjunct some asteroids in my sixth house Aries. Hope this brings a job offer or a great new medical practitioner. Followup: I have applied for a job although it is not near enough that I would seriously consider the commute. Have a doctor appointment for April 4, so we will have to see what this doc can do for me.

An Open Letter to Barbara Hand-Clow

by Milky Way Maid

The following is a letter I am sending to Ms. Clow via her publisher. But it might get to her sooner by posting it online like this. Maybe.

Dear Ms. Barbara Hand-Clow,

I have been a reader of your books, though not for as many years as I would have liked. With regard to the theories posited in Catastrophobia and in The Mayan Code, I believe I have found some interesting material that intermeshes with yours.

Have you ever read the books by a renegade astronomer named Velikovsky? He wrote Worlds in Collision (Doubleday, 1950) and Earth in Upheaval (Doubleday, 1955) in the early 1950s. His work was dismissed as utter fiction at the time.

Currently I am re-reading a related book titled Velikovsky Reconsidered (Warner Books/Doubleday, ISBN 0446823589), a collection of articles that appeared originally in the magazine Pensee' from 1966-1976, and gathered together in this book which was first published in 1976(?).

The opening pages contain a preface which summarizes the theories of Immanuel Velikovsky regarding disasters that were recorded in myth and legend, many of them about Venus, Isis, Aphrodite, or other female gods. If I may summarize some of them for you here, then you might decide whether you want to investigate his writings on your own.

Velikovsky believed that Venus was born of Jupiter about ten thousand years ago. (This would correspond to the myth of Pallas Athena being born, full-grown, bursting from the head of Zeus.) This newborn Venus rampaged through our solar system as a comet, then was eventually caught in the solar system (crossing the paths of Earth and Mars) then eventually settled into her present circular orbit.

At the time of his writing, very little was empirically known about Venus. But Velikovsky deduced that Venus was a very hot place, and would emit radio signals, well before these hypotheses were confirmed by measurement. Scientists guessed that Venus would be roughly the same temperature as Earth, yet it was found to be a couple hundred degrees above the boiling point of water. (about 600 degrees F, or 750 degrees K, quite the sauna effect)

Velikovsky wrote, “Venus experienced in quick succession its birth and expulsion under violent conditions; an existence as a comet on an ellipse which approached the sun closely; two encounters with the earth accompanied by discharges of potentials between these two bodies and with the thermal effect caused by conversion of momentum into heat; a number of contacts with Mars, and probably also with Jupiter. Since all of this happened between the third and first millenia before the present era, the core of the planet Venus must still be hot.” (Worlds in Collision, “The Thermal Balance of Venus.”)

The preface continues, “It is important to recall that this finding was contrary to the expectations of everyone except Velikovsky.”

Nowadays we assume that the cause of Venus' heat is a runaway greenhouse effect (Rasool and de Bergh, 1970), completely ignoring the body of work left behind by Velikovsky. We still do not want to face the 'catastrophe' that was the history of Venus.

Velikovsky's sources “describe the planet as incandescent only a few thousand years ago, rivaling the Sun in brightness.” Yet Babylonians and Hindus made no mention of Venus while keeping meticulous records on the four planets they knew of at that time. Velikovsky posited that sometime before 1500 BC, Jupiter gave birth to Venus, who started on a wild cometary orbit across our solar system. A Chinese text says Venus spanned the heavens, and a rabbinical book said she blazed from one end of the cosmos to another.

Circa 1450 BC, the earth approached and entered the tail of Venus. (The effects described strongly resemble the plagues of Egypt when Moses demanded that Pharoah let the Jews leave.) A rusty dust settled over the land, sickened people and made water undrinkable. The Babylonians declared that Tiamat poured her blood over the world.

As earth got deeper into the cometary tail, other phenomena appeared: the heavy gravel-like hail, fire with the hail, meteorites, fields of grain were destroyed. The Mexicans recorded that the sky “rained fire and red-hot stones” in their book, Annals of Cuauhtitlan. Still later, hydrocarbon gases, petroleum, and naphtha rained down in a fiery black rain. And then earth's axis tilted. Islands sank, hurricanes swept earth and pushed water up mountains, and Arabia became a desert. Global accounts tell of an endless night; Iran specified that they experienced a “threefold night and a threefold day.”

Meanwhile the Israelites fled the dying land of Egypt, rushing toward the Sea of Passage. Babylonians said that Marduk struck the goddess Tiamat with bolts of fire. Egyptians said that Set and Isis engaged in deadly combat. Hindus saw Vishnu battling a serpent. Zeus struggled with the coiled viper Typhon. Earth turned over, and the Sun which had formerly risen in the west, now rose in the east.

Velikovsky posited that the pull of the comet lifted the waters of the Red Sea, allowing the Israelites to cross to the other side, and that Venus was the column of smoke by day and the pillar of fire by night.

As destructive as Venus was, she also kept the human race alive with her gift of food. Velikovsky believed that the hydrocarbons in her atmosphere precipitated out as the manna of the Bible.

The paths of Venus and earth crossed again about fifty years later, when her elliptical orbit brought her on a return visit. This time she cast down huge stones as the Canaanites fled the valley of Beth-horon. Mexican records also record a devastating visit.

Venus then turned her wrath on Mars. Records kept by the Chinese, Hindus, Aztecs, Indo-Iranians, and others record that the paths of these two planets were altered. The 360-day year became a 365-day year. These cataclysms were tied to the founding of Rome in about 747 BC, and the death of Romulus. Ovid said that both the poles shook. The result was that Rome made Mars the national god.

Mars hurtled past the earth in 721 BC, on the day Jerusalem's King Ahaz was buried. Earth's axis tilted again, and the poles shifted even more. The year lengthened. The sun set several hours early.

Mars was not done. On March 23, 687 BC, the Assyrian army led by Sennacherib camped close to Jerusalem. Mars made his final close approach to earth and tossed a thunderbolt, incinerating Sennacherib's 185,000 troops. The same night in China, the Bamboo Books record that the stars fell like rain and the earth shook. The earth tilted 10 degrees but in a way that corrected the axis shift of 721 BC. Isaiah 38.8 says, “So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.”

The struggles between Mars and Venus resulted in altered orbits for both. But Venus settled into her circular path, never rising so high in our skies again. Isaiah again taunted Venus (as Lucifer, the morning star), thus, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God.”

That is the briefest of summaries of the content of Velikovsky's two books.

I have asked my readers in the past to consider that the ancients were trying to tell us something about actual events as they witnessed them, when they passed on their stories, myths, and observations of planets and gods gone amok. I think that Velikovsky should be resurrected and honored as the genius that he was, and I hope that you, Ms. Hand-Clow, can work out correspondences between the timeline in your theories with that of Mr. Velikovsky.

Ms. Milky Way Maid

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Mars' redness may be due to natural nuclear explosion

by Milky Way Maid, from news reports

According to a new report from a senior propulsion scientist at Orbital Technologies Corp., Mars' redness may be linked to a nuclear past. In a story that has been picked up by AOL news service, this hypothesis is supported by the presence of radioactive materials still found on the planet surface.


"A natural nuclear reaction could have occurred on our own planet -- and could happen again, said Dr. John Brandenburg, a senior propulsion scientist at Orbital Technologies Corp.

' "The Martian surface is covered with a thin layer of radioactive substances including uranium, thorium and radioactive potassium -- and this pattern radiates from a hot spot [on Mars],” Brandenburg told"

Very interesting article. Let's hope that funding is successfully sought for a mission to Mars to verify this hypothesis.
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