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Planet Weather for the Week of July 3, 2011 and July 10, 2011

Planet Weather for Weeks 7/3 and 7/10/11.

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NewsBits: Whitey Bulger Captured! Oh that Neptune sitting at 0 Pisces is leaking secrets left and right and bringing hidden things to light, and even people who have long been hiding and on the lam. “Whitey” Bulger was captured on 6/22/11, after more than 15 years evading justice. Bulger has a history of being a dual agent, FBI informant, and mob boss in Boston, MA. He was dubbed “Whitey” because of his pale blond hair. He is accused of murdering 19 people, or more, during his criminal reign, as well as of racketeering, drug-running, extortion, and loan-sharking.

James “Whitey” Bulger was born on 9/3/1929 in Dorchester, MA (no time available). Once again Neptune exercises its might. Its current position at 0 Pisces is opposite Bulger’s birth Neptune @ 1Virgo, stimulating the energies of deception and personal blind spots. What’s also amazing is that he’s also at the start of his Uranus return cycle, which happens to all of us at around age 83-84. This means that he was born with Uranus in Aries, and this same planet/sign combination is traversing our current sky because Uranus returns to its birth position after about 84 years. Bulger’s strongest birth pattern is Mars/Libra opposite his Uranus/Aries, which often indicates one who is rebellious in some way, who chooses a path that is different, or unconventional. This position can also indicate an ability to compartmentalize and turn off aspects of self in a seemingly cold and calculated way. It’s a highly creative and unique aspect but, as with all planetary aspects, it can be used destructively or positively. Bulger may also have Saturn/Sagittarius square his Moon/Virgo, closer if he was born in the afternoon/evening. This aspect contributes to the theme already identified of compartmentalizing and controlling or even cutting off his emotional responsiveness. They say that crime doesn’t pay but for Bulger, it lasted for a good long time.

SkyWatch for the weeks of 7/3-7/10/11


Moon phase for the week of 7/3: 7/8 -- The Moon enters Her First Quarter phase at 2:29 AM EDT, at 15 degrees of Libra. Skywatching events of the week: 7/7 -- The waxing Crescent Moon makes a close pass by Saturn a couple of hours before sunset on the East Coast. You can view the two together high in the sky after sunset and watch the Moon slowly "pull away" from Saturn (although it will seem that Saturn is actually moving ahead of the Moon in the direction of the western horizon).

Moon phase for the week of 7/10: 7/15 -- The Moon reaches perfect Fullness at 2:40 AM EDT, at 22 degrees of Capricorn. In Native American and folk traditions, this is the Sturgeon Moon when this large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water like Lake Champlain is most readily caught. Skywatching events of the week: 7/30 -- Mercury is now an "evening star" and should be visible low in the West after sunset for a couple of weeks as it moves towards its Greatest Western Elongation, the point where it trails the Sun going down by the greatest angular distance. Mercury is followed in the evening by Saturn. Mars and Jupiter are now "morning stars", rising a few hours before the Sun.


Space News and Weather: There's a new face on Mars! Google Mars is producing all kinds of "discoveries" by amateur enthusiasts. The latest is a face that resembles Mahatma Gandhi in profile. Most features like this are indeed the result of natural processes and are called "simulacra" or natural formations that resemble sculptures of something or someone. Probably most faces and other similar patterns spotted on Mars are of this type. But "most" does not mean all....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 7/3/11 – Monday (US Independence Day! – Venus enters Cancer), Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday are the most active days energetically – more Moon or planetary aspects for engagement with others, projects, and stimulation for producing results, or demands/challenges on your energy. On 7/3/11, the Moon is VOC/Leo from 12:26PM to 9:15PM EDT (next day!) – On 7/5/11, the Moon is VOC/Virgo from 8:19PM to 11:54PM EDT (next day!) – On 7/8/11, Moon is VOC/Libra from 2:29AM to 2:31AM EDT (next day!)

Week of 7/10/11 – Tuesday, and Wednesday are the most active days energetically – more Moon or planetary aspects for engagement with other or projects, and stimulation for producing results, or demands/challenges on your energy. On 7/10/11, the Moon is VOC/Scorpio from 9:05AM to 5:47AM EDT (next day!) – On 7/12/11, the Moon is VOC/Sagittarius from 8:21AM to 10:14AM EDT (next day!) – On 7/15/11, the Moon is VOC/Capricorn from 2:40AM to 4:30PM EDT.

Summary: The first week of July is high pitched as many planetary changes take place and over the holiday weekend. The second week is calmer but we may be doing damage control from the previous week. Stay alert and don’t take reckless chances.

Quote of Note: “The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion” – Arnold H. Glasow

Planet Patterns and Cosmic Headlines:

Venus enters cardinal, water Cancer on 7/4/11, until 7/28/11. Exactly on the Fourth of July holiday, Venus enters the sign of emotional closeness, home, family, food, comfort and family habits and traditions. How very appropriate! So, take a cue from this position of Venus and gather your family and close friends around you to share food and drink. This Venus tends to be sensitive to the feelings of others but often has trouble setting limits. Its basic nature is to respond and please. We all know that can lead to overburdening yourself, taking care of others, and failing to take care of your own needs. Other features of this Venus are kindness, compassion, softness, and nurturing capabilities. It’s time we remember the traditions that brought us comfort, that were unique and special to our own family, and that bring comfort and feelings of nostalgia. This is a sentimental Venus and all activities that bring closeness or feather and protect the so-called “nest” are highlighted.

Jupiter in fixed, earth Taurus trine (120deg.) Pluto in cardinal, earth Capricorn @ 5deg. on 7/7/11. Jupiter in Venus-ruled, earthy Taurus is boosting the influence of Pluto in Capricorn. The end result may increase your desire to spend for beautiful things. Just make sure you are not over-spending and that funds are available for your desired purchase. This aspect may grant some ease in finances with a windfall of profits, but it is possible to overdo or count your chickens before they’re hatched. Better to be certain of cash in hand and an assessment of your financial capacities before making large purchases. Other possibilities include finding ways to market or sell your products or ideas. This aspect is exact three separate times. The second pass takes place on 10/28/11, and with the final contact on 3/13/12, is likely to open up some financial doors.

Uranus in cardinal, fire Aries makes a station retrograde (Rx) @ 4deg. on 7/9/11. This is the biggest news of the coming week and is likely to bring some unprecedented surprises and reversal in the news, as well as in your personal life. Anytime an outer planet makes a stopping point (a station), the energy registers loudly. Uranus offers us the unexpected, surprises and lightning bolts of awareness. Expect some special “aha!” moments and treasure the revelations. A Uranus station is a great time to focus on your creativity and ways in which you can up-date your business, and projects and simply add fresh air and space around all the situations of your life. Uranus is also tolerance, acceptance of differences, and humanitarianism. Uranus stands for the truth of freedom for all. Gather your varied friends and revel in the soup of human nature and the wonderful variety and range of expression all around you.

Currently Active Paradigm-Shift Patterns -- Back Stories: Repeats and elaboration of the major configurations affecting all of us currently.

Jupiter entered fixed, earth Taurus on 6/4/11 until 6/12/12. Jupiter stays in Taurus without moving back into the previous sign, even when it turns retrograde (it remains in Taurus), which only happens about every three years. Most of the time when Jupiter turns retrograde in any sign, it moves back into the sign before and then its retrograde cycle moves between the two signs. We might speculate that this can grant us greater relaxation and stability from the fast and furious and sudden changes that we’ve all witnessed since the beginning of this year, at least, while Jupiter was in fiery Aries. Stable and practical with a certain amount of sweetness, abundance, or favor is the message of this giving Jupiter in a Venus-ruled sign.

Neptune in mutable, water Pisces turned Retrograde @ 0degrees on 6/3/11. Almost two months after Neptune first entered Pisces, it makes its station retrograde and leaves Pisces on 8/4/11 to complete its cycle in the previous sign, Aquarius. Neptune returns to Pisces on 2/4/12 for the extent of its stay – until 3/31/25. So, we’ve had a taste of Neptune’s dissolving energies and the power of the water! Anyone with planets near 0deg. of any sign has been especially imprinted with Neptunian themes such as paranormal experiences, illumination about some life themes or experiences, and secrets leaking out, or even some funky illness. Neptune energies can also manifest as melancholy as we review dreams that may not have materialized, make necessary adjustments, all the while maintaining our faith in life, spirit and the meaning of it all.

Neptune entered mutable, water Pisces for the first time in 164 years on 4/4/11. Neptune turns Retrograde on @ 0deg. on 6/3/11 – Neptune returns to Aquarius on 8/4/11. Neptune re-enters Pisces for the duration of its 14 year cycle on 2/4/12. This planet’s sign change is the biggest news in April and has consequences for the next 14 years. Now we have the third outer planet making a sign change since January 2008, setting in motion a series of conditions and events that have global long-term effects. There is much to say about this momentous passage and we only get a taste this year, since Neptune will retrograde back to Aquarius from 8/4/11, through 2/4/12. Neptune is entering the modern rulership of its own sign Pisces and expresses itself quite naturally here according to its intrinsic nature. We can expect the need for greater sensitivity and environmental protections, as the harm we have done to the planet becomes more obvious. [And Gaia thinks seriously about giving us an eviction notice.] We may witness the formation of new religious groups and a reformation of existing religion as we know it. Secrets may be exposed and more leaks of information that some people may not wish to be revealed. On the positive side, new artistic accomplishments will flower in all fields, especially music, but all across the artistic spectrum. In essence it is a cultural call for greater refinement and attunement to what we often take for granted or fail to notice. 


Neptune was discovered in 1846, and entered Pisces on 4/26/1847 through 1861. Oddly enough, Uranus was also in Aries (although farther along in the sign) when Neptune entered Pisces for the first time (since its discovery). This is only the second time, after Neptune came into our consciousness awareness, that Neptune is transiting Pisces! Both Neptune and Pisces are tricky. They operate on a completely different level. Pisces is known for its hyper-sensitivity, compassion, diffusiveness, spirituality, dream-like imagination, second-sight, idealism, patronage of the arts, and the ability to dissolve barriers of all kinds for greater unity. Negative manifestation includes: dissipation, neglect, addictions, deception, drugs, theft, scandals, and secrets. Neptune leaves Pisces on 3/31, 2025. A few highlights of Neptune’s last transit through Pisces include: new social movements, such as Marxism, emancipation of slaves, the start of the US Civil War, the California Gold Rush, the Romantic movement in music, and transcendentalism. You can be sure we’ll be discussing Neptune’s amazing journey through Pisces in future issues of PW.


It’s not even a month since Neptune entered Pisces, which we have not experienced for 166 years! As we begin to integrate with this complex novel energy infusion, you may notice a greater sensitivity or subtlety. Neptune dissolves barriers and that is one of the reasons a positive Neptunian response often allows greater compassion for human error and human frailty. Neptune deals with the unseen and the unnoticed and often accounts for spiritual breakthroughs and even paranormal experiences. I believe that this transit of Neptune through Pisces will loosen the boundaries between the material realm and the spiritual or energetic realms. Many of us will experience more than can be easily explained through the measurable functions of science. This can be a time of high magic but also the stripping away of illusions and deceptions and unless one has a strong inner core, the disillusionment we find may destabilize us. Practice faith in the joy of being alive and the true mysticism of that fact alone, no matter what your religious beliefs may be. Neptune is magical and a component of magic is addiction, as we seek to recreate the transcendence of blissful states that allow us to escape the harsher realities of everyday life.

Uranus re-entered Aries on 3/11/11, and remains there until May 2018. This is the biggest news of March and beyond, and heralds a new upward spiral in social and cultural evolution. Last summer, Uranus teased us by parking itself and remaining only at 0deg. Aries (the powerful degree of the Spring Equinox) from 5/27-8/13/10. Now it really means business – it has engaged into its full cycle. Any planet in the first sign of the Zodiac wants to start a fire, begin something new, innovate, and create or reinvent something in its own image. This combination can certainly be aggressive, bold, courageous, willful, and because of the influence of Uranus, unexpected and explosive. Most of the previous text was written well before the popular uprisings (conflagrations) in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and other parts of the Middle East.  We are seeing the effects of individuals asserting themselves in their striving for personal freedoms that they believe are their birthright. Repressive regimes will no longer be tolerated. Aries represents the new and renewal – as it emerges from the dreams of the previous sign, Pisces. It burns with the fire of justice and courage to be free at any cost.


Saturn in cardinal, air Libra turned Stationary Retrograde (Rx) @ 17deg. on 1/26/11. Saturn remains Rx until 6/13/11. We’ve had our share of challenges, burdens and tasks, now haven’t we? When a planet makes a station, it is demanding that we recognize its energy and pay particular attention to the message it is transmitting in our lives. In general, Saturn in Libra addresses the questions of balance, fairness, relationships, negotiations, and compromise. With Saturn there is always some kind of evaluation, some testing of standards met or not, and have we achieved what we set out to do in the various areas of our life? If we feel we are out of balance, then we will want to rebalance, or renegotiate the contracts we’ve made. Saturn will be backtracking now, to refine those imbalances and to test the rebalancing that you’ve begun. What is it exactly that makes for harmony and contentment in your life? All Libras, Aries, Cancers and Capricorns are feeling this testing more – and this current retrograde segment affects those born between early to mid-April, July, October, and January. Ask your astrologer where and how this Station degree affects your chart.


Saturn entered cardinal, air Libra on 10/29/09. The full cycle lasts until 10/6/12. Saturn retrograded back into the last three degrees of the previous sign, Virgo, from 4/8/10-7/22/10. What can we expect? Let’s speak to the greater implications of this 2.5-year Saturn-sign cycle. Saturn is exalted in Libra. This so-called “essential dignity” means there’s more of a commitment to promote cooperation and harmony among equals. Or, we can say, that is the primary striving in this combination. The collective will be more focused on what is fair and equitable and what is not. Generally, the message is to find the imbalances and rebalance as needed. Where are you giving your commitment and attention? Are the returns you receive what you really want? If not, then adjust those commitments and relationships for greater equality and fairness. Saturn in Libra also asks – what matters and what is valuable? When there is real value, it is easier to make a commitment for a longer time and with greater attention and intention. All major relationships and, in particular, those with Libra/Aries Sun, Moon, or Ascendant, will be put to a greater test. Saturn in a cardinal sign is more proactive than in other signs, and you may find that you seek order from recent chaos and productivity from prior stress and mess. 


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