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Planet Weather for the Week of November 18, 2007

Planet Weather for the Weeks of June 8, 2008

SkyWatch – Moon phase of the week: 6/10 -- The Moon enters Her First Quarter cycle at 20 Virgo, at 11:04 AM EDT. Skywatching events of the week: 6/8 – Saturn with its yellowish tinge is visible upper left of the beautiful Crescent Moon tonight. Regulus, one of the royal stars of the constellation Leo, is almost directly above the Moon, even closer than Saturn. 6/9 – Look to the lower right of the Moon for yellowish Saturn, the royal star, Regulus and reddish Mars. 6/13 – The official Summer Solstice is but a week away and the Northern hemisphere is experiencing the longest days of the year. Today the Sun rises earliest at 40degrees North latitude. Earliest sunrise has already happened for those South of 40 degrees, and will happen later for those farther north.  Spacenews:  Astronauts spent 7 hours and 11 minutes spacewalking, repairing items, and installing television cameras on the International Space Station this week. The Phoenix Mars Lander’s arm is busy checking soil properties and attempting to reach sub-surface ice discovered in a 2002 Mars mission to the red planet. Go out! Look up!

 Knowing when VOC Moons occur is key to planning your successful 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, drifting, or delays. If you want specific outcomes, or if timeliness is critical, don’t use a VOC Moon time. 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.


Week of 6/8/08 – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are the most active energetically and potentially very productive days – more Moon or planetary aspects for engagement and/or producing results. On 6/8/08, the Moon is VOC/Leo from 11:41AM to 10:01PM EDT – On 6/10/08, VOC/Virgo from 3:42PM to 5:55AM EDT (next day) – On 6/13/08, VOC/Libra from 5:16AM  to 4:53PM EDT.



The following planetary energy patterns flavor the day and are felt or experienced often hours before and after their exact culmination. They remain effective, certainly until the next major planetary pattern comes along to shift the energy gears.


Sun in mutable, air, Gemini conjunct (0deg.) Venus/Gemini @ 19deg. on 6/9/08 @ 12:22AM EDT. This is an annual conjunction, and signifies a new start to a cycle of harmony and compromise we have reached and recognized in the past year. The essence of the aspect is cooperation and communication, and the willingness to see both sides as having not only equal rights on an issue, but also equal value in their needs, wants and requirements. Energies are focused for equitable resolution while inequality will stick out like a sore thumb and be fully apparent.


Venus and the Sun in Gemini both square (90deg.) Uranus in mutable, water Pisces @ 22deg. on 6/12 and 6/13/08 respectively. Uranus in aspect to any planet always brings a surprise or unexpected and heightened awareness. Since the combined quality of Sun and Venus is to express harmony and to cooperate, the hard angle to Uranus will upset the apple cart. Uranus will expose the flaws in the compromise that is forged merely to keep the peace or where compromise is used to avoid confrontation. Uranus is the awakener and the truth-seeker. If we have been too complacent and our motives are sloppy or not clear, Uranus will challenge that self-proposed authority, and seek to correct the malfunction.


Venus and the Sun in Gemini both trine (120deg.) Neptune in fixed, air Aquarius @ 24deg. on 6/13 and 6/14/08 respectively. Talk about flip-flopping. This is a complex week.  Both Venus and the Sun having squared Uranus, are now meeting with Neptune. The aspect angle is a bit easier, with the focus to soften any hard edges left by the strain of any unexpected occurrences, or hard truth. This aspect requests that you take the high road and make note of any spiritual lessons that may need to be gleaned from recent events in your life. Compassion both for our own failings, and those of others who have been involved with us in recent events, is called forth.


Pluto retrogrades back into mutable, fire Sagittarius on 6/13/08 @ 11:46PM EDT until 9/8/08. This is the biggest event of the week! Pluto takes its last stand in the last 2 degrees of Sagittarius. It will never pass through Sagittarius again for another 248 years! One thing astrology teaches us is that each moment is truly unique and will never repeat again in exactly the same way. We’ve mentioned before that 2008 is a transitional year, in terms of a vast sea change in the collective psyche. We’ve seen that play out in events in the news. A collective cycle, Pluto in Sagittarius, which began in 1995, is wrapping up. Pluto retraces the degrees of 29, 28 Sagittarius which echoes back to between 12/1/08 and 1/25/09, when it first transited those degrees. This may hearken a summer of some euphoria and a temporary ease in the economic pressures we’ve been feeling, but unfortunately, only temporarily. Come the end of November 2008, Pluto re-enters Capricorn for the extent of its 16 years and we must reckon with the cumulative result of our past actions and the specter of seriously limited resources, and earth changes, in any number of ways.


NewsBits: Obama Wins, Hillary Concedes! That Pluto has done it again. Even demoted, Pluto remains powerful! Obama has been on high magnetic Pluto resonance vibration since the end of January, when Pluto fist entered Capricorn and opposed his Venus @ 0 Cancer and magnetized it. That’s when Obama started to really surge and here we are looking at the result of that infusion. He wins the nomination with Pluto retrograde, sitting again at 0 Capricorn! We have made history (not completely herstory at this moment in time – but a preparation for, nevertheless). For the first time, we have overcome the bondage of race relations and nominated an African-American to lead the Democratic ticket for President of the United States. Like a true Leo, Obama has risen to the occasion and inspired us with his amazing speeches and words that seem so fresh and sincere, along with a measure of respect, sorely needed in political life. And of course, he will make mistakes, all politicians do and all people do – it’s human nature. Obama’s recent blunder in insisting that Jerusalem not be divided, but remain the capital of Israel, was unfortunate. The division of Jerusalem, which holds the most sacred ground and shrines for both Israelis and Palestinians, was one part of most recent peace effort discussions between the two sides. So it is disturbing that Obama in speaking to Israeli Americans, was willing to alienate Palestinians with that sentiment. Hillary Clinton conceded and urged her supporters to rally behind Barak Obama in a rousing speech on Saturday 6/7, with the Moon and Mars in Leo, both close to her natal Mars/Saturn/Pluto in Leo conjunction. Hillary, of course, could be Vice President, the dream-ticket that’s been proposed for some time. There are two ways (or more) to look at this:  Obama could combine the strengths of the two campaigns and bridge the gap between the old way (his words) and his new ways of doing politics, or he could opt for someone with less baggage and an outlook more reflective of his overall campaign. In any case, he has a tough choice and a most important decision to make in the next weeks. Mars enters Virgo, Obama’s birth Mars position on 7/1/08 and I expect we will have a decision from him close to that date. We all know that the Vice President must be ready and able to take the helm as President, if needed. Strong Presidential leadership and credentials are just as important in selecting a VP.


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