Monday, August 29, 2011

Your Milky Way Horoscope Sept. 4-10, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

Mercury in Leo opposes Neptune at 29 degrees Aquarius at 11:25 am Thursday
. Mercury-Neptune aspects usually mean confused thinking or garbled communications but in this case, (due to the late degrees) it could mean quite a knack for writing inspiring or atmospheric stories and articles. Maybe you could get some aspiring writers together for a friendly writing contest, like the one that resulted in Mary Shelley's “Frankenstein.” Please refer to my article (linked below) for more on planets in late degrees of the signs.

Mercury enters its home sign, Virgo, at 1:58 am Friday. Mercury in Virgo is highly abstract in his thinking, but able to find practical application for theoretical knowledge. Mercury here is also good at languages, nutrition, and critical thinking. If you have this placement natally, take care to try to refrain from expecting perfection from us mere humans. In other words, try to develop a little Piscean compassion to balance out all that mental energy.

Mercury in Virgo opposes Chiron at 2 degrees Pisces at 12:29 pm Saturday. Now here is where Virgo's aptitude for medical or nutritional analysis can be applied to the healthcare field. Perhaps if this contacts a natal planet, you can link up with a local practitioner who correctly diagnoses your problem.

Venus in Virgo sextiles Mars at 25 degrees Cancer early next Sunday at 12:22 am. Venus and Mars together can be romantic but can also mean high energy and luck with sports and games. Virgo-Cancer is very nurturing of the body, ergo you and a loved one may spend some quality time attending to each other's physical needs either with (healthy) foods or foot rubs or spa services.

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

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

ARIES - March 20-April 19 – Labor Day is grand for fire signs; you may be busy with sports/games or have a a bit of a bull session generating ideas. A bonus or a chance to work overtime falls into your lap on Tuesday. (make hay while the sun shines, you know) A friend may cost you money late Thursday, but perhaps it is due to a mis-communication. Mercury enters your solar sixth house of work and health; you may start a series of visits to a practitioner, or a flurry of orders may come in.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – Thoughts may take a morbid turn Sunday morn but shake that off with a walk to enjoy brisk fall weather. “Shop therapy” is expressly forbidden. Monday is when you may locate a good deal on insurance, or get a problem addressed. Late Thursday may have a tense discussion over what your career will cost you in family time. Mercury enters your solar fifth house this week; a younger person could become a romantic interest; you may help children with their creative interests.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – On Monday, you might take along a younger sibling on your holiday jaunt. A late evening at home Tuesday discussing joint finances with hubby will go a long way towards clarifying your goals as a couple. Wednesday may see a little tiff with your mate but try to remember what it was you promised to cut back on. On Thursday do not trust that legal papers will be as you expected; check over the wording with a fine-toothed comb. And don't believe everything you read or hear on the internet, either, that day. Mercury will enter Virgo, your solar fourth house; more comings and goings, more visitors to the house, um, you may as well hold some open-houses for all the tradesmen, agents, etc who need to stop in.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – On Monday, a sale or at least a lead ay fall into your lap. A family tiff may mar Wednesday; state your feelings without laying blame. Mercury enters your solar third house this week so you may get busier with writing and other communications. The internet takes up more of your time, and you may research things like diet, healthier recipes, or start learning a new foreign language. Cancer has a surprising aptitude for languages so this might be a nice time to develop that skill.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – Labor Day is filled with children's activities and games. On Thursday your mate or other Others may seem confused to you, unable to clearly express what they want. Vulcan mind-meld, anyone? Also you may have to juggle obligations to your mate and career. On Friday, a day trip with the spouse beckons; possibly you two are taking a class or seminar together. Mercury enters your solar second house this week; you may get more inquiries for your services so sharpen your quote-writing pencil.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Map out your expenses for the holiday carefully, or by Wednesday you may be digging change from the bottom of your purse. Kids may be touchy or competitive on Wednesday. Try not to schedule medical appointments on Thursday since orders may get confused or scrambled. Mercury enters your solar first house; Mercury can have a “youthening” effect, altho Virgo often has a well-kept face and figure.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Just chatting with friends may be the best part of your holiday this Monday. Stresses on the home front: Tuesday can have stressful surprises but you can adjust without missing a stride. On Wednesday you may have to juggle family and career demands yet again. Thursday can be a very creative time if you are able to have a day off from other demands. Do something special with the kids on Friday; try to make a memory for a lifetime.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – You could be called in to work Monday; holiday pay will make a nice cushion. Check Wednesday's mail carefully; a friend may have sent you something interesting. Mercury enters your solar eleventh house of friends this week; younger friends enter your social circle, and you may join a writing group or “meetup.” You can pick up a lot of great tips, and just being around them helps you keep working at your own project.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – The Moon is in Sag as the week begins, until Monday night. You might spend too much on pet-care or health services this Sunday; make a budget and compare prices. The evening favors visiting older people or getting advice from mentors. Midday Monday will be busy with messages, and favors lunching with a Leo. The evening says yes to vegging out on movies. Mercury enters your solar tenth house this week; you may be called upon to act as spokesperson, or write quotes for new business.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – The Moon is in Capricorn from 10:03 pm Monday till Thursday morn. Early Tuesday can be stressful in dealing with Aries in particular, but re-assert control of the situation. An afternoon visit with a Taurus, or an early supper with same, is highly favored and mutually profitable. Early Wednesday is again stressful, when you may have to go to work early. But by midday everything looks peachy-keen. Disagreements flare up in the pm, but nothing that couldn't be resolved with a coin toss. Let your wife choose and get the takeout supper.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – The Moon is in Aquarius from 5:42 am Thursday till Saturday afternoon. Midday Thursday can be quite confusing re messages; call to clarify if things are garbled. But this incident may prompt an insight that you want to make note of. Late night can be stressful in dealing with a Taurus or with home and family. Try to be a bit more flexible. Friday afternoon favors matters related to law or publishing or college; placement testing should go well. Try to imagine new ways of interacting with a mate or parent; consider a marriage enrichment seminar. The Moon-Neptune conjunction in Aquarius says splurge on the film fest Sat. afternoon.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – The Moon enters Pisces at 3:26 pm Saturday, and stays thru the weekend. Your weekend may be slow in getting started, but get any chores out of the way first. You'll enjoy a long chat with a friend Saturday night, tho at times you may feel talked AT instead of TO. A late buffet would be nice, or you you're both dieting, you might give each other spa treatments on feet or hands. Mercury enters your solar seventh house this week; don't be surprised if your mate is suddenly a lot more peripatetic than usual.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Your Milky Way Horoscope Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

Sun in Virgo is trine Pluto in Capricorn at 11:12 am Sunday
. We may be called upon to be the pillar of strength under this aspect. Well, it never hurts to have your first aid kit ready to render assistance to anyone in need. I worry about that nasty Mars square Saturn which is still in effect, too, on top of this kind of transit. Hope any personal crisis is relatively minor. If you need any affirmations to help strengthen your resolve, try the About website: http://healing.about.com/od/affirmations/tp/daily-affirmations.htm, or you might try the Louise Hay site, too: http://www.louisehay.com/affirmations/

We have a New Moon at 1:11 pm Sunday when the Moon conjoins the Sun at 15 degrees, 47 minutes of Virgo. The Sun-Moon oppose Chiron, and trine Pluto; this may suggest surgery or some major medical intervention. The Moon applies to a conjunction with Venus in Virgo hours later, and trines Jupiter in Taurus. This tends to favor just letting yourself be taken care of as your practitioners see fit. All will be well.

Jupiter stations retrograde at 5:17 am Tuesday at 10 degrees, 21 minutes Taurus. Venus in Virgo trines Jupiter a couple hours earlier at 2:36 am Tuesday. The fact that Jupiter is stationing only adds to the power of this aspect. Wishes can come true under this trine (or under a conjunction), with Venus whispering advice on how to attract the things you want. You may feel a bit like you are on vacation --- ahead of the Labor day weekend; maybe it might not be a bad idea to extend the long weekend a bit and just enjoy what remains of summer.

The Sun in Virgo trines Jupiter in Taurus at 11:59 pm Friday. Some astrologers believe that a retrograde planet in aspect only intensifies the effect of that aspect. The spotlight might shine on you today, possibly due to the tremendous luck this aspect can bring. Well, I have learned to count luck in many ways; sometimes it has meant just being able to find an item at a price I can afford. So thank your lucky stars no matter what level of good fortune it delivers on your doorstep.

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

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

ARIES - March 20-April 19 – The New Moon will impact health issues (your solar sixth house); if I know you, you prefer to just get things over and done with, and I think that is best in this case. Your hobby may bring some welcome cash on Monday. In fact, a lady in uniform may be quite helpful. Marital friction might mar midweek, but Friday looks like a very harmonious day in general. On Saturday, don't count on getting much done with the kids underfoot.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – The New Moon will impact romance, children, and artistic expression (your solar fifth house). Best days this week may be Monday and Tuesday. Jupiter makes a station on Tuesday in your solar first house of self; well, Jove here bodes poorly for sticking to a diet, but you are willing to expand your “sphere of influence” this is a great transit. Be brave enough to get out of your easy chair long enough to look around for things to get involved in.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 - The New Moon will impact home and family matters (your solar fourth house); try to give adult children the room to make their own mistakes, and don't take it so personally if they do fall. Monday, you feel like just cocooning in your home's den and zoning out. On Wednesday you may have to play the taskmaster with the kids --- or ringmaster of the household circus. Thursday favors getting a second opinion on a medical question or possibly going to a medical school where student interns analyze your case.

CANCER
- June 21-July 22 - The New Moon will impact siblings and neighbors and daily life (your solar third house); be cautious about sharing too much personal information with those outside the immediate family circle. Tuesday may be tense when it comes to trying to balance work and family; juggle, juggle (and deep breaths). Wednesday night may produce some wasted effort but you may be too aggravated to sit still. Thursday favors getting that sports exam out of the way so that the kids can participate in any school activities.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – The Moon is in Leo as the week begins, but only for Sunday morning. The Moon opposes Neptune midday Sunday, favoring a movie matinee, or just hanging out by the pool/beach; grab the last weeks of summer while you can. A New Moon in your solar second house of finances on Sunday cautions you to keep a tight hold on expenditures. Jupiter stations in your career house early Tuesday, with a trine to Venus, so by all means do a favor for someone who may turn out to be a great networking contact.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – The Moon is in Virgo from 2:13 pm Sunday till Tuesday afternoon. A New Moon in your solar first house generally offers a chance to start fresh; however, take care this time and use someone as a sounding board before making irreversible decisions. Monday morning brings an opportunity for women to do favors for each other like pet-sitting, etc. You will have plenty of energy Monday night for a workout or any project. A Jupiter station in your solar ninth house can mean a favorable decision re legal issues or from a publisher.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – The Moon is in Libra from 2:25 pm Tuesday till Thursday afternoon. Be prepared for any changes of plans on Tuesday night; you can notify people of cancellations or rescheduling with your usual aplomb. Some things you just have no control over so don't get worked up about it. You want to do your duty Wednesday without getting emotionally involved, but try to add a personal touch. Midday Thursday is made for doing random acts of kindness, or if you are on vacation just going to the movies.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – The Moon is in Scorpio from 2:48 pm Thursday till Saturday. Thursday night favors seeing an alternative health practitioner, possibly an acupuncturist. Your mate will be in a generous mood Friday morn, but try not to take advantage too much. Meet a friend for a late lunch or visit the jewelry/perfume counter. A late night with your spouse and friends looks very lucky on Friday. Early Saturday you focus on your chores and email, but the pm may be spent on worrying -- distract yourself with movies or charitable projects.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – A New Moon in Virgo Sunday prompts you to do something about your career goals (your solar tenth house), but it would be well to talk things over with a mentor before starting half-baked ideas. Tuesday offers a chance to catch up on errands and messages if you stick to your list. The Moon is in Sag from 5:03 pm Saturday till Labor Day evening. You just want to feel the wind in your hair all weekend.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - The New Moon will impact legal and publishing matters (your solar ninth house); you may have to closely follow your lawyer's activities to keep things on track. Best days this week may be Monday and Tuesday. Jupiter makes a station on Tuesday in your solar fifth house of children and creative expression; with the trine to Venus, your artistic output may garner favorable reviews. However, work/career matters may require long hours and hard work Tuesday.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 - The New Moon will impact estate and insurance issues (your solar eighth house); make sure you understand your rights and coverages, and seek help if a carrier will not pay a bill. Jupiter makes a station on Tuesday in your solar fourth house of home and family; you may wish to expend a lot of money in renovation or decoration of the homestead altho I wonder if this is really a favorable time to do that, economically. But family members should all get some favorable news this month if not this week.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 - The New Moon will impact relationship issues (your solar seventh house); you may have to face problems with some sound couples therapy. Jupiter makes a station in your solar house of siblings, relatives and neighbors; be happy for the good fortunes of those close to you. Friday looks very harmonious in general, so plan any outings, gatherings, or cookouts. Saturday requires some mental adjustments so just be flexible.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Your Milky Way Horoscope Aug. 21-27, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

Venus in Leo opposes Neptune at 9:39 am Sunday at 29 degrees Aquarius
; this is soon followed by the Sun opposition to Neptune at 7:26 pm Monday. Those Neptune aspects, within days of a Mercury station, can be treacherous times to do any business with anyone. Take plenty of time to check out new potential associates.

The Sun enters Virgo at 7:21 am Tuesday. Happy birthday to all Virgo natives! Be careful early in your solar year, though, as Chiron is lurking in opposition to your natal planets, in early Pisces. You may have to spend at least part of the year dealing with injury or a health problem. So look around your home and garage for accidents just waiting to happen, and be proactive.

Mars in Cancer squares Saturn at 14 degrees Libra at 6:46 am Thursday. Mars-Saturn squares are classic signatures for broken bones, if they contact natal planets. Be safety conscious. In more general terms, these planets can factor into balancing fear of failure with your ambitions.

Yay, Mercury goes direct at 6:03 pm Friday, while stationing at 18 degrees 45 minutes of Leo. OK, you can breathe again, those of you who are such wusses while Mercury is retro. It is kind of worrisome that the station is opposite the Full Moon in Aquarius of August 13, which in turn saw the Moon oppose the Sun and Venus both in Leo. Fixed sign natives are probably going to be stressed over miscarried mail, messages, or verbal communications.

Sun in Virgo is inconjunct Uranus in Aries at 3:24 am Saturday. Be sure to wear helmets if engaging in sports or riding recreational vehicles of any kind. And if dealing with electrical wiring or gadgetry, please leave it to the pros for now. You may feel rebellious, and even try to fight City Hall. If that goes nowhere, don't blame me.

Juno and Vesta trine each other this week in air signs Libra and Aquarius, respectively. Air signs may invest their energies in support of spouses or other partners, over and above the usual sacrifices that partnerships always entail. All for love, or something like that. Just send a bill at the end of this mission totaling your hours, with N/C at the bottom --- to make your partner appreciate how much you do.

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

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

ARIES - March 20-April 19 – Night owls among you may get lots of email and other correspondence done late Monday. Thursday morn is caution time; have adequate lighting on stairs or hallways, etc. Nothing's worse than slipping on your fanny just as you're stepping out the door. That romantic interest who disappeared for the last three weeks may suddenly pop up and start chatting as if nothing had happened, now that Mercury is in forward motion again (as of Friday).

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – The Moon is in Taurus as the week begins, but only till Sunday night. Try not to sound too whiny at the Sunday supper hour; and your anxious mood later that evening could get tiresome. Snap out of it! Sun and Venus enters your solar fifth house this week; this promises pleasant times with children or pursuing creative interests. If evaluating romantic others, try not to toss out candidates who are imperfect, since as human beings we are all imperfect.

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – The Moon is in Gemini from 8:53 pm Sunday till Wednesday morn. Someone may not be able to return the favor you do, but just tell them to pay it forward. You might do another random act of kindness early Wednesday; you're building up your karma fund. . . Tuesday morning is especially busy with calls-chatting-messages. Time to go into super multi-tasking mode. Sun and Venus enter your solar fourth house of home this week, where you may host pleasant visitors or throw dinner parties. Also this week keep an eagle eye on finance matters especially debt or fees which can make for ugly surprises.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – The Moon is in Cancer from 6:31 am Wednesday till midday Friday. Wednesday morn and midday are very pleasant, when you may bring in treats for coworkers. The afternoon however may find you antsy to get out of the office, so maybe you can schedule a late lunch with a client. Thursday morn is caution time; have adequate lighting on stairs or hallways, etc. Nothing's worse than slipping on your fanny just as you're stepping out the door. The evening is fine for an intriguing night out with your mate.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – Sun and Venus enter your solar second house, where a new attention to detail will pay off in savings. Try not to toss out lucrative offers just because every detail is not perfect. The Moon is in Leo from 12:09 pm Friday thru the weekend. Mercury goes direct in your sign Friday about 6 pm; your speech and motion may suddenly speed up, sometimes your speech could be too fast to be intelligible. Make notes to keep track of all the thoughts whizzing thru your brain. If setting off on a trip Friday, you will really appreciate the sense of the wind in your hair, breaking free from routines and all that.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – Night owls among you may stay up late Monday getting work or craft projects done. The Sun and Venus enter your sign this week. Hey, happy birthday and may you live to be 100, and fastidious Virgoes have a good shot at doing that. Neptune in opposition suggests spending lots of time with your mate making wonderful memories; take a last summer weekend trip to the shore and practice skipping stones.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – Night owls among you may stay up late Monday scribbling your latest book. Thursday morn is caution time; have adequate lighting on stairs or hallways, etc. Nothing's worse than slipping on your fanny just as you're stepping out the door. Mercury goes direct in your solar eleventh house of friends on Friday; pals you have not seen for ages suddenly call up. Also your clubs and other groups may become the focus of more activity.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – Sunday can be quite stressful re partnership issues and career demands; you may be dashing back and forth all week trying to keep everyone happy. Keep close tabs on children this week, who may need to be carted around for school orientation or supply replenishment. Career matters that have been frozen for the past three weeks suddenly move very quickly, now that Mercury goes forward again (as of Friday).

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – Night owls among you may stay up late Monday conferring with friends. Comb thru insurance or other finance papers by Thursday to avoid late fees or losing out on insurance reimbursement of a covered expense. Legal or publishing matters that have been frozen for the past three weeks suddenly start moving very quickly, now that Mercury goes forward again (as of Friday).

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – Night owls among you may work late Monday night. Thursday morn is caution time; have adequate lighting on stairs or hallways, etc. Nothing's worse than slipping on your fanny just as you're stepping out the door. Insurance or estate matters that have been frozen for the past three weeks suddenly move very quickly, now that Mercury goes forward again (as of Friday).

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – Sunday may be stressful at home, and absenting yourself will not help matters. I see you staying up late Monday just to finish that cool novel. An elder sibling may need emergency assistance on Thursday; hmm, should you charge him/her? That elusive Other who disappeared for the past three weeks may suddenly pop up and start chatting as if nothing had happened, now that Mercury is in forward motion again (as of Friday).

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – Sun and Venus enter your solar seventh house of partners this week; your mate is lovely as ever, and you may be thrust in the public eye in some way. Thursday may be a caution day: be extra safety-conscious, and be on call to help a friend in an emergency. Work that had been interrupted for the past three weeks suddenly moves very quickly, now that Mercury goes forward again (as of Friday). Also get back into your exercise routine asap.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Goddess Archetypes: The Ceres Myth

by Milky Way Maid

Recently I posted some brief entries on the asteroid goddesses; one was on a historical note regarding responsibilities held by the Vestal Virgins. Today I want to go back to the original myths and try to tease out some themes pertaining to each of these goddesses. (For this series of articles I am using the excellent “Goddesses in Every Woman,” by Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.)
Next up: Ceres, also known as Demeter. Let's go up close and personal with the goddess of the grain.

PEDIGREE: Second child of Rhea and Cronos, and therefore second in being swallowed by father Cronos. Zeus and Demeter's only child was the girl, Persephone aka Proserpine. Want to hear the sticky part? Her daughter was abducted by her brother, Hades. Yuck. No wonder she went into a funk when Hades took her daughter away.

HABITAT: Cultivated fields. Chiefly found at home or the day-care center taking care of the kids. Also her need to provide food and drink to her guests means that natives with a strongly placed Ceres may have a talent for the restaurant or bakery business.

FASHION STATEMENT: Usually pictured in a blue robe. Carries sheaf of wheat around. Everything has wheat-ear motif. Is that monotonous, or what? Really needs to break out and try on different outfits for different occasions.

SYMBOLOGY: Wheat and cereal grains in general. (The word cereal comes from the word Ceres.) Pictured as a woman holding a sheaf of wheat in one hand. Animals: Dolphin, pigs. Birds: Dove and crane. Insect: The industrious ant. Emblems: scythe, torch, or sacrificial knife. Special fruits of the earth: wheat or bread, of course, but also honey. Pictured as British nanny, nurse, farmer. Chakra: Thyroid. Colors: Green and gold fields. Direction: West. Element: Earth. Number: 49. Ray: Third ray of intelligent activity. Icon is a circle enclosed by an equilateral triangle.

RULERSHIPS: Ceres or Demeter were long worshiped in ancient Greece and Rome as the goddess of fertility and agriculture. The Eleusinian mysteries, established by the Goddess herself, “ensured not only fertile wheat fields, but also the ennoblement of human life on earth and the cultural gifts which enrich earthly experience.” Ceres is most at home in the earthy signs Taurus (which rules farming) and Virgo (which rules the domestic arts like bread-baking and is symbolized by a woman holding a sheaf of wheat). Not only are Ceres people devoted parents, they are natural conservationists who a concerned with environmental issues and saving our mother earth.

MARRIAGE: Demeter was the fourth royal consort of her brother Zeus, the one who had rescued all his siblings. (She preceded Hera, who was seventh and last in the series of royal wives.) Zeus and Demeter's only child was the girl, Persephone aka Proserpine. The fact that Demeter had only one child, upon which she invested her whole being (since she separated from her erstwhile husband), led to a very unbalanced psyche. Geez, you'd think that she could've adopted a dog or cat from the local shelter or something.

WOMEN FRIENDS: If a Demeter-type woman is childless for whatever reason, she will feel pangs of envy towards women friends who get pregnant easily or who have several children, who have close relationships with their children, and who gather a skein of grandchildren. So this tends to poison her friendships with those other women.

CAREER: On the other hand, if she is psychologically healthy, can be very supportive of women's issues, may be a doula or provide prenatal massage services, run a shelter, manage or serve as chef in a restaurant, or provide food service in any number of settings, or run a motel/hotel.

POLITICAL LEANINGS: Resents the “women's libbers” for devaluing motherhood. On the other hand, she is very supportive of things like shelters for abused women or children, and protecting children from all types of abuse. May also be an ardent conservationist or animal rights activist. Can be the type who becomes the crazy old cat lady if she's not careful.

PERSONALITY: Tends to feel depressed and useless after her children leave the nest. May not act supportive of her kids as they develop independence. Defines herself mainly as Earth Mother-type who takes care of other people's kids when their mom is laid up in the hospital or whatever. Really needs to develop other aspects of her personality and identity.
The keyword here is NURTURING. She feeds the people of the planet with the fruits of the fields and orchards. She raises and protects children. She conserves and protects the earth itself as the source of our sustenance. Women who have a large Ceres component in their personality feel incomplete without being able to feed someone or something, and can end up overfeeding themselves or terribly depressed. I recommend feeding birds, taking care of a pet, becoming a foster parent or getting involved in child-protection issues or women's shelters to restore a sense of purpose to one's life. One might go into the hotel or restaurant/catering business, too, as another option.

So what themes can we deduce from all this? We can list some of them here:
1- Needing to be needed
2- Not encouraging independence on the part of her children, ie wanting her kids to stay children and never grow up
3- Defining herself solely as a mother
4- Generally does not have close, supportive women friends who help each other grow as people
5- Narrow interests include the kids, the home, hubby, and mom, probably in that order
6- Can be politically or socially active in support of social services or environmentalism.

How might Ceres, the asteroid, operate in the various houses? The question becomes, where does she nurture others? First House: Really likes to play the earth mother role. Simplicity of dress with a minimum of adornment. Usually little makeup if any.

Second House: A careful conservator and saver of money and other resources, with steady growth. May have lots of flowers or house plants if in Taurus, lots of children if in Leo.

Third House: Great organizer of local events, block parties, family picnics. They often talk to their pets or house plants.

Fourth House: Quite good at meal planning with proper nutrition in mind; may be a professional nutritionist. May put up preserves, have a well-stocked freezer and larder, buy cases of canned foods on sale.

Fifth House: Usually have a couple of children naturally but may adopt if not fertile. Bird-watching or pet care or training appeals to them. Often has healing ability.
Sixth House: May be a nutritionist or in the health sciences. May work in a spa environment in any capacity. Is often the one who cleans up the business office even if they are not a cleaning lady.

Seventh House: May be called upon to nurse mate through a serious illness at some point in their relationship.

Eighth House: May work as a doula (midwife) or practice prenatal massage. Some possibility that they are very curious about topics like reincarnation or other esoteric matters. Interested in health foods as cures for various illnesses or disease conditions. May have career in the medical or biological sciences, often in the research wing.

Ninth House: Practical application of philosophical ideas, usually ones related to social or legal status of women, children, and the homeless. May have a career in higher education. Likes long trips or camping out in the country.
Tenth House: As an executive is very organized but may be dull when it comes to inspiring the troops. Best chance of advancement is in civil service where their conscientious service is recognized.
Eleventh House: Involved in humanitarian, non-profit, social welfare, or New Age causes and projects. Not a rabble-rouser kind of activist, but one that is good at getting corporate and governmental support.
Twelfth House: Often found in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and other care facilities. May choose a religious calling although this is a less popular option than in past eras. Supports mental health initiatives but prefers that patients not be committed to institutions as was done in less-enlightened eras.


PLEASE ALSO SEE: Article on the Pallas Athena myth and archetype at http://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/the-goddess-archetypes-the-pallas-athena-myth/
or http://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/the-goddess-archetypes-the-pallas-athena-myth/?sn=l

AND article on the Vesta-Hestia myth and archetype at:
PLEASE ALSO SEE: Article on the Vesta/Hestia myth and archetype at
http://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/the-goddess-archetypes-the-vesta-myth/

Your Milky Way Horoscope Aug. 14-20, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

Can you get married in a hurry? (OK, just joking!) Sun is conjunct Venus at 22 degrees Leo at 8:08 am Tuesday, Aug. 16
. My parents got married on a Sun conjunct Venus, and stayed married 50 years till my father died. Venus helps you find favor with others, especially those that you love very much. Venus helps you relate in a harmonious way and exercise some diplomacy. Remember your p's and q's. Leo usually has strong opinions but maybe Venus helps him phrase things a bit more diplomatically.

Mercury is conjunct Venus the same day, at 7:21 pm. In the world of Wall Street and commerce in general, this conjunction represents the buyer who finds good value (Venus) for the buck when shopping for anything from books to stocks to office supplies to furnishings. Mercury with Venus is also excellent for schmoozing, the small talk and good manners that grease the social wheels-- so if there is someone you need a favor or reference from, now is a great time to do it.
Sun is conjunct Mercury in Leo at 9:04 pm Tuesday. It's a very busy time, in general, and with Leo present, someone is going to get the microphone in his face and hog the spotlight. But with Mercury retrograde, it is too easy to misspeak or get misquoted.

Mars in Cancer sextiles Jupiter at 10 degrees Taurus at 12:49 pm Thursday. Mars-Jupiter aspects favor sports, taking calculated risks, and taking advantage of opportunities. Jove adds a bit of luck so if you have natal planets touched by this aspect, take a gander with your pin money.

NEXT Sunday morning, Venus in Leo opposes Neptune at 29 degrees Aquarius at 9:39 am, Aug. 21. This is one aspect where someone may be scamming you, so do not sign any contracts now. It is fine for just enjoying the show that some performer puts on, so go to a film fest or something.

MERCURY is still retrograde; it will station direct on Aug. 26.
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ALSO – see my popular article on late degrees of all the signs. Link: http://milkywayastrology.wordpress.com/2008/08/15/planets-in-late-degrees-what-do-they-mean/
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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 – Tuesday has a series of conjunctions in compatible Leo; spend time with the kids or dabbling in artistic projects. The Moon is in Aries from 8:01 pm Tuesday till Friday morn. Tuesday night favors sports or creativity, especially if performing or speaking is involved. Wednesday could be stressful as you try to make both your boss and your family happy. Thursday is much more favorable for spending time with the kids, whether playing or taking a family jaunt. Friday morning is made for doing random acts of kindness.

TAURUS - April 20-May 20 – Venus smiles on your homelife on Tuesday, and Jupiter gives you a boost on Thursday. The Moon is in Taurus (where it is exalted) from 8:36 am Friday till next Sunday night. Friday pm favors having a powerful ally/advocate handling legal matters for you. You could easily overdo Sat. breakfast if you visit that scrumptious buffet. Sat. morning finds you full of energy to accomplish your “to-do” list early. You probably won't feel warm 'n' fuzzy towards service people but they are just doing their jobs. Phrase messages carefully Saturday night, and read your mail twice. Mercury can play tricks!

GEMINI - May 21-June 20 – Tuesday morn favors short trips with loved ones, or shopping for fine editions of classic books. You may be so pleased to be invited to express you opinions on Tuesday night, but beware Mercury retrograde and have your notes to refer to. On Thursday you might make a profit on a small private bet. Friday favors a wonderful time on a jaunt either with friends or something sponsored by a club you belong to. On Saturday you might try to repeat your little coup of Thursday, but success is not as assured.

CANCER - June 21-July 22 – Your solar second house of money is active this week with all the conjunctions in Leo; Tuesday morning is best, but tricky Mercury retrograde may take back any earnings the same evening. Wednesday is sure to be plenty stressful but try to hold your temper. Things will look much better on Thursday, plus at midday the stars favor teaming up with a friend for a game of doubles tennis (or any other sport or game you prefer). On Saturday you will have plenty of energy to play with friends or spend time on club projects.

LEO - July 23-Aug. 22 – What a week this should be for you, with a series of conjunctions in your sign on Tuesday. Getting married? That's the day for it. Just shopping? Looks good for that also, although Mercury retrograde may play a trick in the evening. Your mind may worry over legal matters Wednesday, but you won't get advice or good news till Thursday. You can focus on work a bit better Friday. Saturday morn is actually pretty good for career matters, if you have to go in. Otherwise playing sports or games in your own back yard is lots of fun; grab the last of summer while you can.

VIRGO - Aug. 23-Sept. 22 – On Sunday your mate decides you need to spend more time with the kids, so guess what? That's what you're gonna do. Late Tuesday does not favor making decisions or communications, due to the tricky Mercury retrograde aspect. Wednesday could be very stressful for a lot of people and you may have to deal with upset customers, etc. Thursday afternoon favors outings with friends or the children. Friday night is excellent for starting any building or other personal project.

LIBRA - Sept. 23-Oct. 22 – On Monday you find that the insurance covers your whole medical visit. On Tuesday you can beam as your best friend gets married or finally gets a break. Wednesday will probably be very stressful and you won't be able to reach helpful friends till Thursday; hand in there. Friday favors just spending time with the kids and mate, preferably by the water. On Saturday you probably feel like catching up with your work, but try not to take home too much paperwork.

SCORPIO - Oct. 23-Nov. 21 – Assuming this is vacation week, Monday morning is wonderful for spending time with your mate and kids. Your career gets a nice boost (possibly a raise or some token of appreciation) on Tuesday. On Wednesday you may be forced to pay attention to health matters; best to just get it over with. A modest gamble may pay off midday Thursday, especially if your mate suggests it. On Friday the focus shifts to relationships. Also consult a lawyer late Friday. Indulge your mate on Saturday morning, since she's been so good to you.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov. 22-Dec. 21 – A monetary settlement could be awarded Tuesday, the result of a legal dispute. (alternatively if you have a publishing project, your manuscript may find favor with editors) Wednesday can be stressful especially if dealing with insurance matters. Thursday is probably the best day of the week, favoring spending time with the kids or on creative outlets. Friday looks good for a jaunt with the children, or taking the camera or easel to capture the last of summer beauty.

CAPRICORN - Dec. 22-Jan. 19 – Something related to insurance matters promises a boon; perhaps you can find a policy with a return of premium rider. Wednesday looks pretty stressful, but you could make a power play. Make time Thursday to watch a child's softball game. Friday night favors starting on a building or other project. Saturday morn looks fine for enjoying the kids, possibly on a family outing.

AQUARIUS - Jan. 20-Feb. 17 – The Moon is in Aquarius as the week begins- but only for the early morning. The Moon is conjunct Neptune Sunday morning; you may actually enjoy a church service since your mind is oriented toward spiritual matters; also I should warn you that your intuition may be revved up so definitely pay attention to stray thoughts, those soft whispers at the back of your mind.

PISCES - Feb. 18-March 19 – The Moon is in Pisces from 8:54 am Sunday till Tuesday night. It may be hard to settle down to sleep Sunday night since your “engine” is revved up on high; try to get yourself tired out with sports, etc. before nightfall. Midday Monday calls for accepting the rules as they are. But Wednesday you can adjust to discomfort by moving the furniture, literally or metaphorically. Thursday favors attending a game or playing sports with the kids.