Monday, June 20, 2011

Your Milky Way Horoscope June 26-July 2, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

The Moon, exalted in Taurus, is conjunct Jupiter at 4 degrees Taurus at 1:07 am Sunday. What a wonderful opportunity for night owls especially, but anyone can light a candle and make a wish for their fondest desire late the night before. You can put your case to others with positive results, especially with women (so this is actually a fine time to propose if you are involved with someone). If this aspect affects your fourth house, it favors moves to a new residence.
The Moon trines powerful Pluto at 6 degrees Capricorn at 5:22 am Sunday. Whenever I see the Moon and Pluto, I think, “silver charm” because the Moon rules silver, and Pluto is power objects and overcoming the perceived limitations (power vs. powerlessness) of one's life. Your emotions may be very intense, difficult to handle; but at the same time perhaps you need the release of music, art or journaling or whatever works for you.

The Sun in Cancer squares Uranus at 4 degrees Aries at 6:13 am Sunday. What an eventful morning, astrologically speaking. This aspect will shake you out of your rut, like it or not. Go ahead and break your routine, take a different route home, try a new restaurant. Just be advised that Uranus can cause accidents whether from distraction or whatever, so do drive defensively and alertly. If upset (related to the Moon-Pluto trine above), it is best NOT to drive at all.

We have a New Moon Friday, July 1, at 4:54 am, at 9 degrees, 12 minutes of Cancer. This is a partial Solar Eclipse, the partner to the total lunar eclipse of June 15 at 24 degrees Sag. The Moon is conjunct Sun of course, and square Saturn in Libra. This may be a tough time for many of us, not only because of the square to Saturn but because the last major aspect was Moon opposite Pluto. So the powers that be are inclined to say no, no and no. Minnesota is threatening to shut down government offices in a standoff over the budget, and this eclipse does not bode well for a last-minute compromise. I regret I do not have any chart for the state, so I have no idea of the specifics of the transits.

Mercury enters Leo at 1:38 am Saturday. Mercury in Leo is quite a persuasive speaker, with the combination of Mercury (ruling the mind) and Leo (ruling the heart). This Leo may be a fine leader in politics or the military, being well suited to command. You may write (and perform) speeches or plays, or teach, or emcee. The only drawback is sometimes a tendency to boast and brag --- not that you don't have anything worth bragging about, but it is just unseemly. Useful in a job interview, though.
The Sun in Cancer squares Saturn at 10 degrees Libra at 8:17 pm Saturday. Sun square Saturn symbolizes frustrations and not being able to exert one's will in a given situation. Patience, in patience one possesses one's soul, to coin a phrase. I know, we all want everything now, but some things just need time to germinate and grown to the point where we can harvest them. This aspect is preceded by 22 minutes by a Moon-Mercury conjunction, meaning that some of us will probably ask a favor of a friend or relative. Well, with Saturn square the Sun, it is 'no can do.' Wait for a better opportunity to ask your favor. I think that some of us will be dealing with separations and endings, but it is only for a blink in time.
Looking ahead to the long holiday weekend, the Moon is in Leo on the third and Fourth, expressing the fun of fireworks and parades and any events oriented towards the children in the family. On the Fourth, Venus enters Cancer in the wee hours, enhancing the love of country, home and family. We will enjoy family outings and feel a tug at the heartstrings when the flag passes by in a parade. Venus in Cancer also suggests that many of us will just stay at home, cocooning inside our beloved homes (if we still have one after these last few years of a disastrous mortgage situation and foreclosures). Venus trines Neptune, affirming our hopes for upholding the best ideals that this country has ever embraced.
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-Jupiter conjunction in your solar second house early Sunday may prompt overspending; check your bank balance before shopping. Monday's Mars-Uranus sextile may prompt a battle of words; defend your turf but overlook the small stuff. Be careful how you phrase things early Tuesday, since Neptune is waiting to pounce on anyone who shoots himself in the foot. Mars and the Moon in your solar third house on Wednesday can mean emotional outbursts from associates; your sense of humor can defuse the situation. Saturday brings Mercury in compatible Leo in your solar fifth house, helping you perform, entertain, or maybe charm the object of your desire.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – The Moon is in Taurus as the week begins till early Tuesday. The Moon-Jupiter conjunction in the wee hours Sunday, plus a trine to Pluto at dawn, will prompt you to break down limitations and expand your inner circle to include powerful people. A Mercury aspect midday Monday favors reaching out and touching somebody dear to you. The Moon and Mars in your solar second house on Tues-Wed may try to get you to add to debt; try to resist that and watch out for fees, too. The Moon in Cancer on Thursday makes easy trines and sextiles; make time for friends or relatives.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – Hanging out with friends on Sunday could prove lucky; the Moon-Jupiter conjunction in your solar eleventh house could make you the beneficiary of his or her generosity. The Moon is in Gemini from 3:56 am Tuesday till midday Thursday. The Moon squares Neptune and Chiron in Pisces Wednesday, which may force you to pay attention to your health. There's the potential for a health crisis here, but I can't know for sure if this transit will touch natal planets or not. Play it safe, anyway, and guard your health.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – Sun in Cancer trines Chiron in Pisces early Monday; swimming or water therapies may prove beneficial. The Moon is in Cancer from 12:13 pm Thursday till Saturday evening. You may feel like going to the beach or other watery environs when the Moon trines Neptune in Pisces midday Thursday. The Uranus square may affect work and career Thursday. Cheer yourself up with a jovial Taurus friend that night. The New Moon solar eclipse in your sign on Friday squares Saturn in Libra; you may face some frustrations for the short term at least, possibly in relation to home or family.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – Sunday's Moon-Jupiter conjunction in Taurus favors career matters, so on Sunday-Monday make a point to promote yourself, network or give speeches. Mercury enters your sign early Saturday, helping you be more effective in speeches or performing. The Moon is in Leo from 5:43 pm Saturday thru the weekend. Be careful around water Saturday, since Neptune is troublesome. A Moon-Mercury conjunction about 8 pm Saturday helps you emcee or orate successfully. A Moon-Uranus trine overnight gleams on all late holiday celebrations.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 - Sunday's Moon-Jupiter conjunction in Taurus favors ninth house stuff such as legal dealings. Monday may bring a positive judgment in your favor. The early part of the week is busy at work and at home. The Moon in Cancer Thur-Sat offers water fun with friends; a late call from your lawyer can bring favorable news, too. Your holiday plans may include just holing up by yourself, possibly camping in a rustic hideaway, but avoiding all the noise and traffic of the city.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – The Moon is in compatible Gemini Tues-Wed but snags may develop over confused messages or instructions. Your energy is high, though and you may get sage advice from a mentor-type or expert. You will probably set deadlines for yourself regarding work that has to be done before the holiday weekend; you will probably make your goals but give yourself proper breaks. And enjoy the weekend. Mercury enters Leo Saturday in your solar house of friends; a higher volume of messages may fly between you and friends, and you may avail yourself of the services of one who can host or emcee an upcoming event.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 - Sunday's Moon-Jupiter conjunction in Taurus favors dealings with the public and with women (and with spouses). If you have plans to reach out and expand your inner circle a bit, this is a fine time to do so. Moon in compatible Cancer on Thur.-Sat offers fun with water sports and your mate, just be safety-conscious as always. The Saturn square on Friday just cuts off the fun sooner than you would like. Mercury enters your solar tenth house Leo on Saturday, helping you be a great representative for the company (or interview for a cool job).

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – A Moon-Jupiter conjunction on Sunday in your solar sixth house may mean that overdoing the goodies can upset your health. Mars and the Moon in Gemini make an uncomfortable T-square with your natal planets on Tuesday; emotional outbursts are likely but try to be the voice of reason. Friends may have to cancel out of invites on Friday (or Saturday, too) due to circumstances beyond their control, to coin a phrase. Mercury enters compatible Leo Saturday, helping you plead your case in court or with a publisher successfully.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - Sunday's Moon-Jupiter conjunction in Taurus favors romance, the arts, and creativity in general. The Moon and Mars in your solar sixth house on Tuesday square Neptune and Chiron; dissension around you may upset your system. Everybody it seems will want to be the water on Thursday, your mate included, so play along and take a book if you insist, but I think you will like picnicking. Saturday night may be tense with the Sun-Saturn square making a T-square with your natal planets, someone may need your help to get things done before the holiday. It may be tough balancing your work and your family obligations but juggle the best than you can.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - Sunday's Moon-Jupiter conjunction in Taurus favors moves to a new abode, if you have plans to do so, or at least redecorate/renovate the current home. Try not to get drawn into Tuesday's tense emotionalism; you are a cooler head that needs to prevail here. Mercury enters your solar opposite sign Leo on Saturday, possibly putting you in the spotlight as a public rep in some way. By the same token, your mate may be more vocal than usual; OK, so lend an ear and be the sympathetic spouse.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – Tuesday's Moon and Mars in your sign squares Neptune, and your emotional histrionics make everyone run and hide. By Wednesday you will have a better grip on accepting reality, and on carrying out your obligations. Friday's solar eclipse in Cancer, your solar fifth house of children and creative expression, runs smack into the Saturn square. Perhaps children cannot get away to join you this holiday weekend, and that makes you blue. Maybe they are even stationed far from home, or will move to another state. Well, both of you will grow new contacts to fill the gaps in your social lives. Meantime, Mercury enters your solar sixth house of work and health; your gift of gab may be useful in a sideline avocation.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Venus to Cross Sun During 2012, Too

by Milky Way Maid

The year 2012 is not only the culmination of the Mayan calendar's Long Count, it is not only marked by the Neptune-Pluto square (discussed in a previous entry on this column), it is also the year that Venus makes another trip across the Sun. AND we will also see a solar eclipse within weeks of that Venus transit, one that aligns with the Pleiades star cluster in the sign Taurus.

The ancient Mayans (not to mention astrologer Barbara Hand Clow) believe that the Pleiades was a gateway for the ancients to come to earth or conversely, for shamans of several cultures to expand their minds.

Venus does not cross the Sun but rarely. She makes her visits in pairs, spaced eight years apart. But these paired visits may occur 105-130 years apart. So we are rather privileged to be able to view her transits in this decade with all the high-power telescopes trained on her progress across the Sun.

Venus made a transit of the Sun in June 8, 2004, at 17 degrees Gemini. Venus will make her return trip on June 6, 2012 at 15 degrees Gemini. Astrologer Susan Custer interprets the Gemini transits as presaging advances in communications and shrinking the 'global village.' For example, the 1631 and 1639 transit was the year that mail service was first instituted, in Denmark and Sweden. In 1874, the Atlantic telegraph cable was completed. Magellan sailed around the globe during the Venus transits in the 1600s. You may read her article on the topic on her website, The Astrology Page dot com, at http://www.theastrologypage.com/Archives/transit_of_venus.htm

The Mayans revered Venus, some might say they feared her even more. But they built temples and other observatories aligned to key phases in her cycle. Kukulkan was deemed a manifestation of Venus. Kukulkan, according to some, symbolized the return of the Christ energy, a time to rebalance the spiritual and material values we hold.

Some transits of Venus have been accompanied by the most dreadful events. The 2004 transit marked the year of the gigantic tsunami that killed 275,000 people. Yet this event triggered a spontaneous outpouring of concern and donations for the relief of the survivors rendered homeless and jobless. A previous transit marked the year that the Spanish conquistadores subjugated Mexico.

The fact that this second leg of the series occurs in Gemini may hold out some hope that we may see an advance in communications or internet capability, similar to the Sagittarius transits in the 1600s.

Let's look at what else happened in 2004 for more clues. On Jan. 4, 2004, Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands on that planet. (It ceased communicating all too soon but was fixed remotely and resumed its chatter on Feb. 6.) The Queen Mary 2 is christened on Jan. 8. (She embarks on her first Trans-Atlantic crossing on April 16.)

On Feb. 12, the city of San Francisco began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples who wished to wed. Massachusetts legalizes same-sex marriage on May 17.
On March 15, the discovery of the farthest natural object in the solar system (so far) was announced with the naming of Sedna. On March 29, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO.

On April 1, Google introduced gmail.

On May 24, North Korea bans mobile phones. On May 26, the New York Times publishes a list of its journalistic failings, including flawed reporting about the buildup to the 2003 launch of the war in Iraq.

On June 11, the probe Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of Phoebe.
On June 21 and Sept. 29, the first privately funded space plane achieves space flight, SpaceShipOne. On June 24, New York state declares capital punishment to be unconstitutional.
On Dec. 8, the Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations. On Dec. 25, Cassini orbiter releases Huygens probe which successfully landed on Saturn's moon Titan on January 14, 2005.
(Events listed above are from the HistoryOrb.com webpages.)

So we can see that 2004 was not just about gloom and doom and disaster, although some terrible hurricanes, earthquakes, and of course the Dec. 26 tsunami occurred. The year was also marked by private space travel, solar system discoveries and exploration, gmail, gay marriage rights, and the expansion of international working groups (NATO, the South American Community of Nations).

In 2012, we may see more ordinary people embark on space flights, the scientific conclusions of some of the 2004 landings may be released, gay marriage may once again go forward, and greater international cooperation.

Let us hope so, anyway.
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RE the solar eclipse of 2012, let me look in the ephemeris... NASA shows an Annular Solar Eclipse on May 20 – actually May 21 in Asia. Its path skirts the edges of the East China Sea, Japan, the Aleutian Islands, then to California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Texas. It is at zero degrees Gemini, reinforcing the Venus transit later in the same sign. BTW there is a conjunction of Saturn with the star Spica on May 11, the second of a series of contacts between them.

A chart cast for Washington D.C. on May 20, at 7 pm shows Mars high and conjunct the MC at 10 degrees Virgo. The Ascendant is 27 degrees Scorpio. Venus is setting and the Sun and Moon are just above the horizon in the West. Jupiter and Mercury are just below the horizon. Pluto is in the second house, Neptune in the third near the IC, Uranus in the fourth, Saturn in the eleventh. The MC and Mars trine Pluto. Venus is trine Saturn. Mercury is semisquare Uranus. Jupiter is sesquiquadrate Pluto.


NASA reference page on 2004 and 2012 Transits of Venus: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/transit/venus0412.html

NASA world map showing where we may view some or all of Venus' 2012 transit across the Sun: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/transit/venus/Map2012-1.GIF

NASA map of May 2012 track of Annular Solar Eclipse, http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2012May20Agoogle.html

My prior article on the Neptune-Pluto square in 2011 and 2012 is at: http://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/return-to-the-summer-of-love-the-uranus-pluto-square/

That Big Fat Royal Wedding, and Whether William will Ever be King

by Milky Way Maid

By now everyone's probably got their royal tea towels with the faces of the lovely bride and groom printed on it, so now we can all sit down at our respective couches and discuss the royal wedding, the succession, and whether our favorite prince will ever reign. In the paragraphs that follow, I will not be referring to any other articles than the ones from AstroAmerica; I did not want my interpretation to be colored by that of other astrologers. I respect the work of many other astrologers, but I just did not want my thoughts to get muddled and confused by those of others.

The impetus for this article is the two-parter that appeared in Dave Roell's AstroAmerica newsletter on May 3 and May 10 of 2011. To read those, just go to his newsletter page at http://www.astroamerica.com/newsletters/2011-june14.pdf, and when the newsletter page comes up, click on 'Archives' to pull the desired past issues. I recommend printing out the articles to make it easier to refer to key passages and to the charts themselves.

The Data: The royal wedding was final at 11:30 am BST, April 29, 2011 in Westminster. Prince William was born at 9:03 pm BST on June 21, 1982, in Paddington. The new bride was born at 11:33 pm GMT on Jan. 9, 1982 in Reading.
One of the main contentions of the article by Mr. Roell is that no astrologer would have chosen that day for an important wedding. For one thing, the Moon at 26 degrees Pisces is void-of-course. (making no more aspects until it changes signs)
Second, Saturn at 12 degrees Libra opposes Venus almost exactly, and opposes Jupiter by sign. Venus also squares Pluto at 7 degrees Capricorn.

I am not concerned by the Saturn-Jupiter opposition, which is very wide anyway. The two planets are SEPARATING, meaning that the influence of the aspect will tend to fade away over time. I AM more concerned about the Saturn-Venus opposition, which is APPLYING and will intensify for the first two years of the marriage (as progressed Venus reaches the exact opposition). This is the more troubling aspect. More problematic is that the wedding Saturn is conjunct Kate's Mars, making her feel very constrained inside the royal goldfish bowl, where her schedule (another Saturn word) is tightly controlled with hardly a minute to herself. Venus-Saturn aspects often come into play when a relationship is formalized (another Saturn word). Duty and affection can combine into a happy blend. Be happy in your work, to coin a phrase.

Venus is well past the square to Pluto and as with the Saturn-Jupiter opposition, as far as I am concerned it's history.

OK, on to the issue of the voc Moon. I have some personal experience with a voc Moon, having starting a job with that aspect. I held that position for six years until I left of my own volition. The job formally began on May 15, 2000 although I had begun performing that job a couple months earlier while still in the training phase. (I think the start time was 6 pm, if you are interested in trying to run a chart for this thing --- in Milwaukee, WI.) Six years is an eternity this day and age, and this job was the longest I've held any one position, second only to one that lasted about five years. So I think this assumption that this marriage is doomed solely because of the voc Moon is a mistaken one. They may elect to end it or not, but if so, it will be strictly because they choose to do so and not because of any complaints about third parties. Another key factor in evaluating voc Moons is whether the last aspect it made before going voc was positive or adverse. The last aspect to an actual planet was a semi-sextile to the Mars-Jupiter conjunction --- so they are out of the woods on that one. The Moon did square the nodes, also at 26 degrees, and it squared the Part of Fortune before that, at 24 degrees Gemini in the eleventh house (hopes and wishes). That may reflect all the good wishes tossed their way from the moment they announced their intention to marry.

Dave mentioned that the couple rushed through their vows. Well, with so much cardinal energy in the chart, it's a wonder they didn't finish before they started. Five planets in Aries, one in Libra, and one in Capricorn. Wow. They may be very rash to careen into this wedding, despite the fact they have lived together for some time. Cardinal energy jumps the gun in the rush to be first, or whatever it is. Besides living together, haven't they also jumped the gun in starting their family? I thought I read that Kate was pregnant when they made the engagement announcement. Or was that only a rumor? Only time will tell.
As least the succession will be secure.

So let us look again at the wedding chart and see what is good and strong about it. Mars is strong in Aries and conjunct Jupiter, near the midheaven. Yes, William dressed like a toy soldier in red. It also says to me that the rashness of Aries will be protected by Jupiter --- and it may be that William really needs it.
The Sun is at 8 degrees Taurus in the tenth house. (BTW Grandma is a Taurus, as is England supposedly.) This is significant because 8 degrees of a fixed sign is a critical degree. Much is riding on this wedding and the crucial Sun is very strong at 8 of Taurus. Taurus is a fertile sign, again, crucial to a royal marriage. The moon is in a fertile sign, Pisces. Well and good.

The North Node is in the fifth house of children, crucial to a royal wedding where the succession is the overriding concern. However, it squares the Moon at 26 Pisces. The fact that the Moon is voc is to me secondary to the fact that it squares the Nodes. Having children will be an issue that tries them within an inch of their sanity. Assuming that the bride is already pregnant, it could be that she loses this first pregnancy. Hoping I am wrong about such a trying event, but it could happen. We already suspect that the first two years are going to be difficult, because Venus is applying to that opposition to Saturn.
Once they get that behind them, they should be alright.

The wedding ascendant is two degrees off of the critical degree at 8 degrees of fixed signs. It may be activated, or it may be out of orb. We shall see. Likewise with the Midheaven of 15 Aries, which is also 2 degrees off the exact critical degree of 13 cardinal. Possibly progressions will contact these points, so keep these in mind for future reference. Critical degrees do work in progressed charts.
So in conclusion, with regard to the wedding or marriage, I see a difficult first two years or so. Other than that, I think the couple can survive and prosper.
Moving into the topic of synastry, Mr. Roell laments that there is so little resonance between the charts of the bride and groom. They were both born hours after eclipses (she after a lunar eclipse and he after a solar eclipse). That is extraordinary. It suggests to me that they are part of a new cycle, a new dynasty perhaps.

But there is something else about these charts that I notice. According to the Magi Society people, Chiron is often activated in the charts of married couples. In fact I believe that they used the charts of Diana and Charles as an example of Chiron aspects. (I don't know where to begin looking for that article, folks, but I swear that I read it.)

Charles' Chiron would be about 26 degrees Scorpio, near his Sun. Diana's Chiron would be about 6 degrees Pisces. Diana's Chiron opposes Charles' royal Saturn at 5 Virgo, trines his Mercury exactly, and is inconjunct his Neptune. Only Mercury is neutral, Saturn and Neptune are traditional malefics --- and look what happened. His infidelity (Neptune) was disclosed (Mercury) and led to the termination (Saturn) of the marriage.

Now here is where it gets a bit spooky. William's Chiron is about 24 Taurus; it is inconjunct Kate's Pluto at 26 Libra, and inconjunct Kate's Neptune at 25 Sag. That forms a Yod, suggesting that their alliance has a fated quality. We don't know yet what the saga of William and Kate will sound like or what twists and turns they will have to walk, but it may be a soul-growth experience that they signed on for before their births.

The next step I wanted to cover was critical degrees in the charts of William and Kate. The critical degrees are zero, 13, and 26 of cardinal signs; 8 and 22 of fixed signs, and 4 and 17 of the mutable signs. Planets at these degrees will be strong, and house cusps activated by progressions, for instance, will see more eventful years. For example, Diana had Neptune at the critical degree of 8 Scorpio. She will forever be famed not only for her glamor and charisma, for her charitable work, but also for being the victim (of a deceptive husband as well as of a car wreck), and even more importantly for her great compassion for victims of AIDS, cancer, and other illnesses.

So now let's see what critical degrees William has. His Sun is at zero Cancer, exactly on a critical degree. He has been in the public eye since the moment he was born not only because he is a royal, but because of his great resemblance to his mother. I think that he will become a key figure in British life, that he will institute changes through his efforts in public as well as behind the scenes. His views and his suggestions will be taken up. He will initiate (that's a key cardinal word) all kinds of programs or policies. Recall how he suggested to his mum that she auction off her dresses for charity, a venture that was quite successful.

Next is his North Node which is at 14 degrees Cancer, one degree off the exact but I'll take it. Again, we have a cardinal energy. The North Node suggests that his own spiritual growth will have a great effect on others around him. Then there is Saturn, two degrees off the critical degree of 13, at 15 degrees Libra. I am not sure if I can stretch these critical degrees this far, but certainly the issues of marriage and partnership are going to be key matters to him, coming from a broken home like he does. Even if the marriage went kaput, the manner in which he conducts the relationship is key to him.

Next up is Kate. Her Pluto at 26 degrees Libra is right on a critical degree. I feel that Pluto has to do with the generative powers. Queen Elizabeth's Pluto is at 12 degrees, 42 minutes of Cancer, on a critical degree, too. I think that Kate will succeed in producing not just one but several heirs to the throne, just like her mother-in-law.

Kate has Jupiter at 7 degrees Scorpio, exactly square Venus at 7 Aquarius. They are both just one degree off of the exact critical degree of 8 degrees of fixed signs. Venus is not necessarily weak just because it is retrograde, it just means that she has some lesson to learn about Venus as a result of past life experiences. Granted, the Venuses are not very strong; wedding Venus is not at home in Aries, and her natal Venus is weakened by being retrograde. BUT her natal Venus is strengthened by being at or near a critical degree. The square to Jupiter is troubling; perhaps she will prove to be a spendthrift.

Then she has Uranus at 3 degrees of Sag, just a degree off from the critical degree of 4 mutable. A strong Uranus finds one's own way of doing things, honors one's own uniqueness. She may be a bit of a rebel and with all the palace protocols to follow, she will find plenty to rebel against. The fact that she is a commoner married to the heir to the throne is unique enough.

Is Kate's Sun weak due to the conjunction to the South Node? I have read that this aspect means that the men who are attracted to you tend to reject you as 'not good enough' for them. So that is the most astonishing thing about Kate. IN ANY OTHER CENTURY, an heir to the throne would have rejected her for being a commoner. She would have been used and tossed away with the trash, like Anne Boleyn's sister.

Lastly the issue of whether Charles or William will reign. Mr. Roell thinks that neither one will reign. But I am going to look at their Saturns for a hint about that. Just as when we evaluate presidential candidates in this country to see if they have an elevated Saturn, I am going to take that as a cue to check the Saturns of both. Charles has Saturn in his second house (5 degrees Virgo), well below the horizon. By contrast, William has his Saturn at 15 degrees Libra in the ninth house. Fifteen degrees of cardinal signs is the world point, isn't it? And the ninth house is suitable for global politics. The bad part is that his Saturn squares his nodes at 14 degrees of Cancer and Capricorn. Saturn rules kings and kingdoms, royalty and the tremendous responsibilities that come with a crown.

When might he reign? If we take Mars as the ruler of his tenth house representing the father, then Mars progresses to his natal midheaven at age 46 or 47. But if we take Jupiter as the ruler of his grandma the queen (Sag being the fourth from the tenth), then it might come a couple years earlier. I am looking at the transits from his birthdate and counting a day for a year. Only time will tell if this interpretation comes through.

Mr. Roell's May 10 issue has some interesting notes on the contacts between Kate's chart and that of Diana. Of course it is a truism that men marry their mothers, but this is a bit spooky. Example: Diana's Sun is conjunct Kate's Midheaven. Read the whole article by Dave to learn more.

Well, I have rambled on enough about this. One could write whole books but let's wait a bit till we see how things are going for them. Wishing them the best,

Yours Truly,
Milky Way Maid

Notes on a Wedding Horoscope with Children's Charts

by Milky Way Maid

While reading (or re-reading) astrology books on synastry and general astrology subjects, I suddenly decided to look up the planetary placements for my parents' first wedding. I say their first wedding because this was a civil ceremony, which was followed a few years later by a church wedding. They were from different faiths and could not get married in a Catholic church until some things were ironed out.
We do know as astrologers that often the same aspects, involving the same planets, repeat themselves from generation to generation. However, I had not read or heard anything before about there being any contacts between the charts of a wedding, with the charts of the children of that marriage. It makes sense of course. Perhaps you readers might like to try it out with your own parents' wedding dates and the birth charts of siblings.

So anyway, the first wedding, the civil ceremony and the one that they always observed as their 'real' anniversary date, was on Sept. 6, 1947, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I do not know the actual time so I just took the moon sign without trying to figure out what degree. I might go back and try to dig up the actual marriage document. But for now, this is enough to work with for my purposes.
I am astonished to note the close conjunctions between some planets and my natal placements. And here I am the youngest child of theirs, with supposedly no link to the event which took place years before my birth. The aspects given are within two degrees of orb, which is being quite generous. Normally I want aspects to be closer than that.

Sun was conjunct Venus in practical, down-to-earth Virgo --- and yes, it worked out. They stayed married for 50 years till my father died.

The Sun at twelve degrees Virgo, and Venus at 13 degrees Virgo, are trine my Mercury. The Moon is in Taurus, (the sign where it is exalted) --- same as my sun sign. Mercury at 19 degrees Virgo is trine my Sun, and also aspects my nodes. Jupiter at 21 degrees Scorpio is conjunct both my dad's and my North Nodes. Neptune at 9 degrees Libra is conjunct my Moon. And Pluto at 13 degrees Leo squares my Mercury and is conjunct my Midheaven. And to top everything off, the North Node AND the Moon in Taurus are conjunct my Venus.

The only hard aspect is the one with Pluto. It squares my Mercury. I associate this with my hearing loss, the end result of an incompatibility between my parents' blood factors. (In fact I needed a blood infusion at birth, plus medication for the first three months of my life, in order to recover.) Mercury rules the senses, in this case hearing. Pluto rules inter-generational matters such as heredity (and also evolution itself, which is enabled by the fact that the genes of each parent mix and match in an endless shuffle of genes).

Now what are we to make of the fact that several planets make such close aspects to the placements in the birth chart of one of the children? Does it seem almost as if the ultimate, spiritual purpose of the marriage was to produce this youngest child?

The bride and groom have some contacts with the wedding chart, of course. [GROOM: 1-25-1920 in Milwaukee, WI. BRIDE: 2-13-1921 in Manitowoc, WI.] Wedding Sun is 2 degrees past the groom's natal Saturn, signifying that he is ready to settle down to marriage and family responsibilities. Wedding Neptune is trine his Neptune (no idea what to make of that although it could represent ideals and spiritual growth). Wedding Uranus is opposite his Venus, reflecting the fact that he was in love with his bride for the whole fifty years that they lived together. Wedding Moon (and North Mode) sextile his Moon and trine his Mercury.

As for the bride, we see that wedding Sun is square her Mercury and inconjunct her Venus. She was not really ready financially to embark on married life, and maybe she needed some time to mentally prepare herself for a whole new way of life. Wedding Saturn is semi-sextile her Jupiter. Wedding Uranus is square her Saturn (perhaps she rebelled inside at getting tied down now). Wedding Pluto is conjunct her Neptune. Wedding Sun is semi-sextile her Neptune. She seems to be conflicted over getting married, maybe feeling like she had no other options in life, really. Some of that conflict may simply reflect the problems they were having getting married in the groom's Catholic church, since the Catholic church did not accept the bride's Lutheran background as adequate preparation for a Catholic ceremony. Eventually that problem was resolved, and the couple had a church ceremony at that time.

As for the older brother (oldest child of the couple), there are very few contacts to this wedding chart. Other than some semi-sextiles, the only major aspect is that the wedding Jupiter is square his Saturn. Also his Moon oppises wedding Neptune, and is inconjunct the wedding's Sun-Mercury conjunction. The older sister has wedding Neptune trine her Mercury, and inconjunct her Mars. Wedding Jupiter is square her Venus, and sextile her Jupiter. Wedding Moon is inconjunct her Ascendant. Even though this is a civil ceremony, I feel that Jupiter and Neptune may reflect some of her attitudes about religion. She wound up later repudiating the father's religion completely (and all mainstream religion as well), and had only a civil ceremony for her own marriage (which later ended up in divorce). Meanwhile the brother wound up marrying a woman who was very committed to the Catholic church and they raised their kids Catholic. They even sent their kids to a parochial school.

[SON: 11-24-1947 in Milwaukee, WI. DAUGHTER: 2-23-1949 in Milwaukee, WI.]
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Your Milky Way Horoscope June 19-25, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! The Moon in Aquarius trines Venus
in Gemini about 6 am, which seems to spell lots of love and affection coming your way (and since they're in air signs, nothing too mushy). The kids might make you breakfast, which no doubt will not include burnt toast.

Mercury in Cancer trines Chiron at 5 degrees Pisces early Sunday
, and opposes Pluto late the same day. If visiting your practitioner Sunday or Monday, make sure to ask lots of questions to make sure you understand the diagnosis, the protocol, or the medication instructions. Visit a health food store or pick up a book on a health topic like aromatherapy, water therapies, light therapy or anything else that appeals to you. Pluto may help you figure out what is really going on in your body, with the help of his penetrating insights.

Mars enters Gemini at 10:50 pm Monday. Mars here is more verbal, so you may express your anger through debate or persuasion rather than fisticuffs (which is really better anyway). Gemini natives may be even more high-strung than usual while Mars is in their sign. You could dig yourself a mental rut and dither between courses of action; it may help to use someone you trust as a sounding board.

Check your natal chart to see if Mars in Gemini will make aspects to your natal planets. For example: Positive Sun-Mars aspects will improve your energy, coordination, and athletic ability. Negative or stressful Sun-Mars aspects can mean quarrels or run-ins with police.

The Sun enters Cancer at 1:16 pm Tuesday. Cancerians are very sensitive emotionally, which is perfectly OK. When Cancer is able to validate others' emotions as well as his/her own, then you have a mature, emotionally healthy Cancerian. Cancer has a gift for making others feel that someone cares, whether they do this professionally or for free with their own circle of family and close friends. Cancerians can be as tireless and determined as the waves that tear away at an oceanside cliff. They have an excellent memory and often like to relate family anecdotes or reminisce. Family comes first, and may be accompanied by an interest in genealogy, history or antiques. Their fave vacation is likely to be the frequent family outings to a beach or lake.

Mercury in Cancer squares Saturn in Libra at 2:42 pm Tuesday, and soon the Moon squares Venus in Gemini at 10:51 pm the same night. Mercury square Saturn can bring a healthy skepticism, although there is some chance for a problem with the sense organs (hearing, vision, etc). Adverse aspects between the Moon and Venus cause people to be stingy, unsympathetic and cold, so don't bother asking favors of anyone. This is a poor night to do a sales presentation, for sure.

The Sun in Cancer trines Neptune in Pisces at 10:07 am Wednesday. This is an idealistic and spiritual aspect. Good for volunteering, donating, or trying to start a fund drive for your fave charitable cause. BUT if you have volunteered to collect admission fees for some local event, make sure to count change accurately and to check the cash to see if it looks genuine.

The Sun in Cancer sextiles Jupiter at 3 degrees Taurus at 7:54 pm Saturday. Plus the Moon conjoins Jupiter in Taurus overnight (about 1 am Sunday) so this is very auspicious for anything where you need some luck. Jupiter is such a buoyant and confident fellow that good aspects can just mean you feel so darn lucky for what you already have, and I think that is the kind of attitude that frequently draws even more luck to it. So take out a pen and write down at least three things that you feel very fortunate to have.

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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 4:24 am Thursday till Saturday afternoon. The Moon sextiles Mars early, so your energy should be high. A Moon-Uranus conjunction midday lends a magnetic charisma, useful if you have to interview or persuade. It is also great for improvising musical rhythms. Friday may be trying, since you will be pulled in several directions by a T-square. The evening is very pleasant, though, under a Moon-Venus sextile; it favors dates or family gatherings with loved ones.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – The Moon squares Mars in Taurus Monday afternoon; you may be tempted to do too much physically so unless you are fit, ask for assistance. Monday night favors times with family under Venus' rays. The Sun enters your solar third house of relatives, communications and transit on Tuesday; you might get your blog or column picked up. The Moon is in Taurus from 4:53 pm Saturday through the weekend. See notes above about that sextile to Jupiter on Saturday.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – Venus in Gemini trines the Moon in Aquarius on Sunday; be big and do someone you love a favor. Sun in Gemini trines the Moon on Monday afternoon; you can partner up with someone to get more done that day. A Moon-Neptune conjunction that night squares your sun sign; be careful someone doesn't try to scam you, but may be nice for catching a flick. Hey, Mars enters your sign on Monday, too; this can shorten your temper and fray your nerves so try to pamper yourself a bit more this month.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – Mercury in Cancer opposes Pluto on Sunday afternoon; this could mean frustrations in communications on one level. However, you could become very determined to get some research done, for example. The Sun enters your sign on Tuesday; happy birthday for those with birthdays this week! Mercury in Cancer receives a trine from the Moon on Tuesday; reach out and touch somebody with a call or email. Sun-Cancer trines Neptune in Pisces Wednesday morn; you can charm someone into a favor. Sun-Cancer sextiles Jupiter Saturday night; try to figure out where luck may strike you (possibly with friends or at a club dinner).

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – Mars enters your solar eleventh house of friends on Monday night. You might become more competitive or even argumentative with them; best to work off some of that energy with friendly games of tennis or other summer sports. With Jupiter in your solar tenth house of career now, you may be getting some attractive job offers or advancements. The Moon-Jupiter conjunction on Saturday could trigger something very nice, something that could grow into a very good position for you.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Mars enters Gemini, your solar tenth house of career, on Monday night. Mars here can spur your ambitions; I am sure that you can analyze what steps you need to take to reach whatever goal you decide on. Mars in the tenth also can increase friction, so avoid unnecessary conflicts over nothing. The Sun enters Cancer, your solar eleventh house of friends and clubs, on Tuesday; you might take a higher profile position with that club you belong to.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Saturn helps you stay disciplined and on schedule on Sunday morn. A quiet hour might be best on Tuesday afternoon in order to get your work done; hold all calls. You might be feeling sorry for yourself on Thursday night, under an adverse Moon-Saturn aspect, but that mood will pass. Communication problems can make a mess at work midday Friday, so make sure your cellphone is charged and that you have backup servers for the computers.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – Monday night might be an odd night for a date, but the Moon-Uranus conjunction in your solar fifth house lends a magnetic attraction. Mars enters your solar eighth house on Tuesday; disputes may be argued inre insurance or other pooled resources. The sun enters compatible water sign Cancer on Tuesday; this is in your solar ninth house so you might have to make personal appeals in court. About 10 am on Wednesday, Sun in Cancer trines Neptune in Pisces; combine this with your natal planets and you might have a nice water Grand Trine working for you. Neptune is idealistic and artistic; pick up your camera, or volunteer for a few hours at a local charity.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – Mars enters your opposite sign on Monday night; partners and mates can be both more energetic and more argumentative. Let's hope that whoever is affected by this transit can burn off excess energy in exercise. Wednesday is a challenge day with Mars opposing your natal planets, and square Neptune; this can be almost delusional or it can expose you to a con artist. Just keep your wishful thinking under control and then no one can manipulate you into a scam. The Moon in Aries on Thursday and Friday is also challenging, just because your good buddy Aries is busy dealing with 'stuff' and cannot help you.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – The Sun enters your opposite sign, Cancer, on Tuesday; you or your spouse may move into the spotlight or work with the public for a while. Thursday and Friday may be rather stressful with squares to planets in Aries and tying in to Saturn; you may lock horns and that may be inevitable for the short term but try to work something out. A nice Sun-Jupiter sextile ties into your natal planets on Saturday night; do some inner or outer expansion, possibly with your spouse along.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – The week begins with Moon in Aquarius, till Monday afternoon. The Moon-Venus trine promises lots of family affection and appreciation for all you dads on Father's Day. A Sun-Moon trine on Monday afternoon favors working with a partner, and the Mars aspect probably says you can get a lot done. Mars enters compatible Gemini late Monday; your energy level should improve so make some plans to get out more.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – The Moon is in Pisces from 4:45 pm Monday till Thursday morn. A Moon-Neptune conjunction at suppertime Monday shows an ability to charm or be charmed, so this would favor having interesting people over for dinner. It also favors attending an early movie. The Sun enters compatible Cancer at midday Tuesday; your emotions find a constructive outlet; you may find agreeable companions on vacations, etc. However, avoid shopping Tuesday night, since money could burn a hole in your pocket.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Your Milky Way Horoscope June 12-18, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

Saturn goes direct at 11:51 pm Sunday, June 12, at 10 degrees, 27' of Libra
. Saturn is widely square Pluto at 6 degrees of Capricorn; restriction plus the masses kinda sounds like rationing, but that can't be because we are not on an official war footing like in World War Two. Pluto is also the power behind the thrones, so it could be that the monied people will to squeeze the working folks for every penny that they can. But what else is new?

The Sun is conjunct Mercury at 20 degrees Gemini at 7:44 pm Sunday; this is the last of the series with the ones at 7 degrees Pisces on Feb. 25, and at 19 degrees Aries (with a retrograde Mercury) on April 9. These conjunctions are important markers of the economic cycle, so keep an eye on what the stock market does on Monday, and on any economic reports that come out.

On an active day, Venus sextiles Uranus at 4 degrees Aries at 10:36 pm Sunday. This is a very pleasant aspect for romantic meetups of all kinds; schedule a date for sure.

We have a total Lunar Eclipse at 4:14 pm Wednesday, at 24 degrees, 23 minutes of Sag. The Sun in Gemini is closely semi-sexile Mars in Taurus, and square Ceres in Pisces. Ceres' presence in a T-square would suggest that the production of crops could suffer this year, possibly under the effects of more of the severe weather we have been having in recent years. Air and water signs suggest alternating drought and floods that alternately parch and rot the crops. That's my forecast but I will be glad if I'm wrong.

After re-reading the book on eclipses, I can offer a method of determining more accurately what an eclipse offers you. Make a chart for the time of the eclipse, but set in your own locality. (It is at 4:14 pm Eastern Daylight Time, so adjust for your own time zone.) Take the ruler of whatever house concerns you and check what aspects it makes. For instance, say the ruler of the fourth house is square Mars, threatening some kind of accident, fight, or dispute. If it is threatening enough, you might elect to spend the summer at a second home in another state. Or say the ruler of the ninth house (long trips) is trine Jupiter, so you might schedule a nice long dream vacation in Europe or cruise.

Mercury enters the sign Cancer at 3:09 pm Thursday. It immediately trines Neptune in Pisces overnight. The Mercury-Neptune positive aspect can work wonders for absorbing lots of information like a sponge. And Cancer has an excellent memory. So you might try memorizing a chart or photograph, or some other visual (Neptune) aid to memorization.

Mercury in Cancer sextiles Jupiter at 2 degrees Taurus at 8:35 pm Friday. This is quite bullish for the stock market and for sales in general. Mercury is deemed the lower octave of Jupiter in terms of education and mental growth. Mercury rules the practical, how-to or local classes, while Jupiter is higher education and larger questions of philosophy. Cancer has a great memory, so if you are in a course of study, your powers of memorization can help you get through the class.
Venus in Gemini trines Saturn in Libra at 10 degrees Libra at 12:31 am Saturday. Good Venus-Saturn aspects are actually very positive for formalizing relationships with an engagement or wedding. And then of course there's the other tradition of the May-December romance, nicely symbolized by Venus (May and Taurus) and Saturn (December and Capricorn).

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 – Communications are accented by the lunar eclipse on Wednesday in your solar ninth house. You might be offered an opportunity to travel on a long trip. You might latch onto free classes online, scratching an itch to know more about everything; this may transform your personal philosophy. Legal matters may also be active. The moon enters compatible Aquarius on Saturday, and sextiles Uranus in your sign. You decide to be the life of the party, and instigate gleeful fun with all your friends.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – The solar eighth house is activated by the lunar eclipse this Wednesday. Estate matters, joint property and finances, spirituality or occult interests may be the focus of activities this summer. On Thursday, Jupiter in your sign trines the Moon in Capricorn; you may locate helpful lawyers or other professional people. Mercury enters your solar third house on Thursday, too, where it is at home. Check emails, make a blog entry, make a point of calling people to touch base.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – The solar seventh house is activated by the lunar eclipse this Wednesday. Dealings with partners (romantic or business), dealing with the public, getting married or divorced, or seeking an alter ego are all issues that you may deal with this summer.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – The solar sixth house is activated by the lunar eclipse this Wednesday. This usually marks the beginning of a period of service to others. You may don the uniform of a candy-striper at the local hospital. You may focus on your own health, and try to reform bad habits of eating or of not exercising. You may overwork yourself with overtime, or even take a second job. If so, guard your health and make a point of eating right.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – The solar fifth house is activated by the lunar eclipse this Wednesday. You need to love and be loved this summer, even more than usual. You may seek affection from a love interest or from children, or from audiences who applaud your creative efforts on stage. If the eclipse is afflicted, be aware that this could as easily mark the end of an affair as the beginning. Speculation may as easily end in losses as profit.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – The solar fourth house is activated by the lunar eclipse this Wednesday. The quality of your home life and family relationships may be the focus of attention this summer. You may change your residence either by buying a new home or renovating the present home. For some, trying to balance home life and career will be crucial.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – The solar third house is activated by the lunar eclipse this Wednesday. You may enroll in or teach classes at a local community center or other site. The internet may absorb your interest, either in selecting software or writing a blog or locating books online. Contacts with siblings and neighbors may increase; you may draw closer to one in particular.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – The week begins with the Moon in Scorpio, till Monday night. Early Sunday, the Moon figures in a Yod, with it inconjunct Venus in Gemini on one hand, and inconjunct Uranus in Aries on the other. Relationships (Venus) might be broken off (Uranus) or have to get counseling in order to survive. The Moon also trines the wounded healer Chiron the same morning, reinforcing the theme of getting counseling to save this relationship. Thursday might be positive for counseling, when a Moon-Jupiter trine in pragmatic earth signs could defuse toxic emotions. The eclipse this week accents your solar second house of money. You may be able to build up savings this summer; invest wisely.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – The Moon is in Sag from 10:38 pm till Wednesday night. Tuesday features a really nice trine between the Moon and inspiring Uranus; it also offers loads of laughs on the morning commute. There's a sextile between Moon-Saturn that afternoon, helping you knock off items from your to-do list and favoring a productive chat with an older mentor. Wednesday's eclipse in your sign squares Ceres in Pisces and is inconjunct Mars in Taurus. You will be challenged this summer, possibly over issues of who you are really, inside, or with your bodily form or self-image.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – The Moon is in Capricorn from 1:59 am Thurs. till Sat. morn. A really good trine to Jupiter early Thurs. offers a chance to get work done before the regular workday begins. Or, alternatively, hold a productive breakfast meeting. A square to Uranus may disrupt things about 9:30 am so finish before then. Your powers of concentration and analysis are excellent right after lunch, with Pluto's help. You deserve to knock off early. Friday offers Mercury in your seventh house (being in the public eye) getting a sextile and trine from Neptune and Jupiter, respectively. The eclipse accents private places: retreats, hospitals, even jails.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – The Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday accents your solar eleventh house of friends and clubs; it squares Ceres in your solar second house of money. Network! It promises meeting someone who can advance your interests. The Moon is in Aquarius from 7:47 am Saturday thru the weekend. The Moon squares Jove early Saturday, when you may be tempted to overdo. Perhaps Uranus in Aries in your solar eleventh house promises some good laughs with friends that afternoon; laughter is good medicine anytime. The next Sunday looks much more positive, so hang in there.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – The moon in compatible Scorpio Sun-Mon offers a positive meeting with a health practitioner. The Lunar Eclipse on Wednesday squares Ceres in your sign, along with probable personal planets. Its placement in your solar tenth house implies being thrust into the public spotlight in some way. You may focus on career and become more socially ambitious. The moon in compatible Capricorn, trining Jupiter in your solar eleventh house on Thursday morn, offers helpful friends or groups.

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