Monday, December 26, 2011

Candidates for the FIRST EVER Astrology Chart

by Milky Way Maid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, December 23, 2011

Your Milky Way Horoscope Jan. 1-7, 2012

By Milky Way Maid

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

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

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

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

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

ARIES - March 20-April 19 – The Moon is in self-starting Aries as the New Year and the week begins, till Monday afternoon. Avoid going to bed mad on New Year's Eve; don't blow things out of proportion. You are inclined to accept a friend's invite (to watch the games together?) or request for a favor Sunday morning. Monday afternoon is a downer, though temporary; you are not seeing things clearly. Catch these other opportunities: Thursday about 7 am, nice Uranus aspect lets you laugh. Late Friday's Moon-Venus trine offers a short trip with a friend, possibly for sporting purposes. You can get a lot of work done Saturday afternoon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Look at the Occupy Wall Street Movement and Chart

by Milky Way Maid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Dave"


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Friday, December 9, 2011

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

By Milky Way Maid

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

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

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

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

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

ARIES - March 20-April 19 – The Moon is in daring Aries as the New Year begins, from 4:48 am Sat., Dec. 31 thru the weekend. You may feel really finicky or jumpy on Saturday, maybe you cannot wait for the new year to get here. Unfounded notions that your mate does not love you or appreciate you must be drummed out of your head right now. Tell loved ones that YOU love THEM and make sure to mean it. Keep in mind that Jupiter is going direct in your second house of finances/resources so determine your goals for 2012 and proceed accordingly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Your Milky Way Horoscope Dec. 18-24, 2011

By Milky Way Maid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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