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Planet Weather for the Week of March 25, 2007
Next issue of Planet Weather available and published for April 8, 2007!
SkyWatch – Moon phase of the week: 3/25 -- The Moon enters her First Quarter phase at 2:16 PM EDT, at 4 degrees Cancer a couple of hours after moonrise on the U.S. East Coast, when she will be visible high in the southeastern sky. 3/29 -- For the second time this month, the Moon will pass just north of Saturn after midnight EDT, with their point of closest approach coming when both bodies are high in the southern sky and perfect for viewing! The following night, the Moon will also pass very close to the bright astrological star (actually a so-called "Royal Star") Regulus, with their point of closest approach coming about 11 PM EDT, when they will be almost directly overhead as seen from the U.S. East Coast (more to the east farther west), again, in perfect position for easy viewing. In astrology, Regulus is known as the Heart of Lion from its location in the constellation Leo and is considered extremely auspicious, especially for anyone born under this conjunction with the Moon. Space news of the week: Scientists have succeeded in creating a new form of telecommunications that uses a process called "quantum entanglement." Using this method, they were able to send secure messages a distance of 144 miles, a feat previously thought difficult or impossible. This new technique opens up a whole new realm for secure and reliable communications with spacecraft and satellites and may even have a bearing on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence or SETI, a now-respectable if as yet unsuccessful branch of science.
Go out! Look up!
Knowing when VOC Moons occur is a key to planning your astrological week!
The Void-of-course (VOC) Moon is a kind of limbo – as it reaches the end of a sign; the Moon makes no major aspect to another planet before it enters the next sign. VOC is best for less outcome-oriented activity, since VOC often means detours, distractions, or delays. If you want specific outcomes or if timeliness is critical, choose another time if possible. VOC is best for processing, imagining, creating, and open-ended activities, like parties, research, or cleaning your desk/closet for instance! It is said that when a “new” action is initiated during VOC, “nothing will come of it,” or energies go in unplanned directions, which may not necessarily be negative.
This week, Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday are the most active energetically and potentially most productive days (depending on what you’re doing!) The Moon is VOC/Cancer on 3/26/07 – 10:36AM to 1:04PM EDT the next day 3/27/07 (very long one!) – on 3/29/07 VOC/Leo from 9:23PM to 11:27PM EDT.
Week of 4/1/07: The Moon is VOC/Scorpio on 4/1/07 – 9:37AM to 11:43AM EDT, on 4/3/07 VOC/Libra – 10:29PM to 12:36AM EDT the next day 4/4/07, on 4/5/07 VOC/Scorpio – 10:54PM to 12:57PM EDT the next day 4/6/07..
Mars in fixed, air Aquarius conjunct (0deg.) Neptune/Aquarius @ 21deg. on Sunday, March 25, 2007 @ 1:40PM EDT. Take a walk in the dreamtime. This highly imaginative, artistic, creative, unpredictable, or illusory aspect can manifest in any number of magical, mystical, spiritual, or deceptive ways. This influence asks you to look into the webwork of your emotional entanglements and action derived from unclear or precognitive understanding to uncover the embedded spiritual principles that lurk there. Yes, they are likely to elude you, but it is your mission (should you decide to accept it) to find the mystery in the serendipity, symbols, the coincidence, or the déjà vu you are likely to encounter. Use this energy as a previous invitation from your soul, your higher self, or from a spiritual source. You can facilitate these energies by making room for meditation, reflection, or simply some quiet time – it will allow the insights to arise in you, rather than having them compete with the din of your everyday hectic schedule. The difference between a dream and illusion is often very fine indeed.
Mercury passes its Rx Shadow Point on 3/28/07. Mercury entered the wider arc of its retrograde cycle on 1/30/07, when it reached 25 Aquarius, the degree at which it later turned direct (on 3/7/07). Mercury passes the shadow point, reaching the degree at which it originally turned retrograde, 10 Pisces, on 3/28/07. These arcs before and after the technical Rx usually foretell and resolve, in that order, the issue that was revisited, or matters revised during the actual Rx. The recent Mercury Rx cycle is now completed and some resolution or decision reached, internally or externally.
Venus in fixed, earth Taurus sextile Uranus in mutable, water Pisces @ 15deg. on Saturday, March 31, 2007 @ 4:23AM EDT. Relationships could use some spark! So what will you do to breathe new life into a routine you may have slipped into? This is a perfect day to gather with your favorite people and enjoy the good things in life – however you choose to define them! Take your sensuous self on the road to a cozy B&B – a weekend getaway would be great. Make sure there’s delicious food available, Venus/Taurus is quite a gourmand. “Sweets for the sweet, sugar for my honey,” they say is very effective. Even a specially prepared evening at home, a candlelight dinner maybe, could define this energy.
Pluto in mutable, fire Sagittarius Stationary Retrograde @ 28 deg. on Saturday, March 31, 2007 @ 6:44PM EDT until 9/7/07. When a heavy-hitter like Pluto makes a shift in direction, it’s always a potent event, and we can expect to hear something big in the news – unfortunately, it may be something devastating or deadly where the Lord of the Underworld is concerned. A retrograde always indicates a pulling back and a reversal of sorts, the purpose being that we need to process what has happened to our psyches since the planet last made a station, which was on 9/5/06. Pluto is the unconscious, the political and emotional movement that is not clearly seen at all times but the undertow that we feel nevertheless. Pluto also deals with things in our lives that have great impact, that we are focused on at present, or that we deeply desire. It is those things in our lives that are transforming, and they transform because we pay attention in those areas – sometimes those places are unavoidably on our radar, and in the cross-hairs. The regions of the world that are in transformation will express themselves strongly according to their particular politics around the time of this potent station retrograde.
Highlights for the week of April 1, 2007:
Jupiter/Sagittarius – Stationary Retrograde @ 19 deg. on Thursday, April 5, 2007 @ 9:24PM EDT until 8/6/07. Jupiter also takes a step back, which is often a good thing for Jupiter, since it easily goes out of bounds with exuberance and tends to expand without clear limits. Willing to take risks, Jupiter often gets in over its head, and yet, it still represents the courage, the irrepressible will to achieve, to hit its mark, through positivity and enthusiasm. The retrograde may represent a delay in the area where there was great promise or opportunity. The best way to handle this is by fine-tuning your goals and projects.
Mars enters mutable, water Pisces on Friday, April 6, 2007 @ 4:51AM EDT until 5/15/07. Mars makes a shift and acts in a much more subjective way in watery Pisces. Mars in this sign is in transition – it is deciding what it wants to be, or do next, and can be elusive. Highly sensitive and quick to disappear at the first sign of confrontation, this Mars is not easy to pin down. This Mars needs sensitivity and understanding and to feel safe. The less safe it feels, the more it tends to cover its tracks or erect smoke screens. The sign of the magician, the illusionist, it is also a very perceptive position. In its effort to determine whether its feelings and sensibilities will be safe, it has extra sensitive antennae as to the particular emotional condition of others. The other side of this sensitivity is compassion and understanding of human frailties.
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