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Planet Weather for the Week of June 10, 2007
SkyWatch -- Moon phase of the week: 6/14 -- The Moon enters her New cycle at 11:13 PM, EDT, at 23 degrees of Gemini. As always, look for her slender crescent low in the West a couple of nights later just after sunset, together with the dim glow of her "dark" portion, actually lit faintly by earthlight. In traditional folklore, this is considered an unlucky time and called "seeing the old Moon in the arms of the new." But it is truly a wonderful phenomenon if you take the pains to notice it and, especially, think about the cause of this odd-seeming sight. 6/12-13 -- Venus passes just about a degree North of the Beehive star cluster in the constellation Cancer on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. A star cluster is a kind of "mini galaxy" attached to the Milky Way galaxy and usually containing several thousand closely packed stars. Venus being the brightest light in sky after the Moon is easy to spot, and so can be used to locate both cluster and constellation. 6/13 -- The waning Moon's thin crescent passes less than a degree north of the center of the Pleiades or "Seven Sisters" star pattern at about 9 AM EDT, but you should be able to pick out Moon and stars low in the eastern sky just before dawn. Space news of the week: Space Shuttle Atlantis has successfully launched! As of this writing, the Shuttle has reached orbit and is preparing for her daylong mating dance with the International Space Station, where the seven-person Shuttle crew will replace an expensive set of solar panels. 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, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday are the most active energetically and potentially most productive days (depending on what you’re doing!) On 6/11/07, the Moon is VOC/Aries from 3:57AM to 7:29AM EDT – on 6/12/07, VOC/Taurus from 7:18PM to 8:24AM EDT, the next morning! – On 6/15/07, VOC/Gemini from 5:59AM to 9:45AM 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.
Sun in mutable, air Gemini sextile (60deg.) Mars in cardinal, fire Aries @ 20deg. on 6/11/07 @ 6:28AM EDT. The opportunity exists to make more of yourself and your life through new bits of information and bold or courageous action. You have a choice to take the lead.
Sun/Gemini sextile (60deg.) Saturn in fixed, fire Leo @ 20deg. on 6/11/07 @ 3:40PM EDT. You’re seeking something definite, permanent, certainly a commitment of sorts, a contract, something to build upon. What represents stability in your life now? What, who can you count on? Are you accountable?
Mars/Aries trine (120deg.) Saturn in fixed, fire Leo @ 20deg. on 6/11/07 @ 6:44PM EDT. Your actions want results. You have a firm grasp on the outcome you want from a particular situation. Presentation is essential. Make it as perfect as possible.
sextile (60deg.) Neptune/Aquarius @ 21deg. on 6/13/07 @ 4:37PM EDT. Here’s another
Mercury turns Stationary Retrograde (Rx) @ 11 Cancer on 6/15/07 @ 7:40PM EDT.
Mercury entered cardinal, water Cancer on 5/28/07 @ 8:56PM until 8/4/07. Ready, set, go retrograde! OK, we’re at that moment again – things are slowing down can you feel it? Those who are attuned in certain ways can always feel Mercury slowing down at least a week before it actually turns retrograde. Now don’t fret, life goes on, and so does business – we need to be more careful when making promises, or appointments, or commitments and in Cancer, we are more concerned about our comfort than speed. Mercury Rx helps in that department, because more than anything else you can say about it – life does slow down during this Rx cycle. Now think about this as a good thing. Most of the time we’re zooming along at our usual busiest pace – Mercury Rx begins and that pace just does not work as well. We are forced to pause and focus our minds and energies in a different way. The planetary message asks you to pay attention to what is happening now, rather than what you wish were happening, and that is the key to managing this cycle.
NewsBits: James Gandolfini
aka Tony Soprano! Well, as they say – all
good things (and “bad guys”) must come to an end. HBO shocked us with the
violence-packed and psychologically rich Sopranos for six seasons. The grand
finale is this coming Sunday. For those of you who have enjoyed the show with
fascination, you may be interested in the chart of the man who plays mob boss,
Tony Soprano. James Gandolfini rocketed to stardom in
this role as the ruthless (yet oddly loveable) mobster, who struggles to
understand his psychological conflicts and visits a psychiatrist regularly. Gandolfini was perfect for the role. He was born on 9/18/61,