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Planet Weather for the Week of July 22, 2007
SkyWatch – Moon
phase of the week: 10/22 -- The Moon enters her First Quarter phase at 2:29 AM
EDT, at 29 degrees Libra. Sky watching events of the week: There is no single
spectacular close passage this week, but all week Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and
Saturn all continue to be visible in the night sky. Venus is approaching her retrograde
station (on 7/27), the point at which she appears to halt in the sky with
respect to the Zodiac and fixed stars, and then (again apparently, as viewed
from Earth) reverse course back towards the Sun, setting earlier and earlier
until she is hardly visible by the end of the July. Related skywatching
factoid: The ancients had two names for Venus -- Hesperus and Vesperus -- the
first for those times when she rises ahead of the sun, appearing as the
"bright morning star" and the second for when she sets behind the sun
as an "evening star." Venus will remain Vesperus for a while,
disappear from the sky for a few weeks, and then become Hesperus by late
August. Mars is now rising a bit after midnight locally. Jupiter is rising
before sunset, culminating (reaching his highest point overhead) around 9 PM
local time and setting a couple of hours after midnight, while Saturn is still
close to Venus, setting about half an hour later. Space news of the week: New
moon discovered orbiting Saturn! The Cassini spacecraft
just recently discovered this body, bringing to four the number of new Saturnian moons Cassini has
spotted. Hence astronomers romantically dubbed this one "S4" for now
(although it will probably receive an appropriately mythic handle sometime
soon). Saturn has a ton of 'em -- 46 satellites large
and (mostly, like S4) small, at last count before this latest discovery.
Hopefully, S4 will be ready for its closeup when Cassini swoops near in 2009. 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 - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday and Saturday are the most active energetically and potentially most
productive days (depending on what you’re doing!) On 7/22/07, the Moon is
VOC/Libra from 2:29AM to 4:18AM EDT – on 7/24/07, VOC/Scorpio from 6:30AM to
4:29PM EDT – on 7/26/07, VOC/Sagittarius from 8:13PM EDT to 2:21AM, the next
day. On 7/28/07, VOC/Capricorn from 10:23PM EDT to 9:14AM
EDT, the next day.
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.
The Sun enters fixed, fire Leo on
7/23/07 @ 1AM EDT until 8/23/07. Leo
the lion signifies the middle of the
season (Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and Winter
in the Southern Hemisphere). Leo’s lively spirit is also its message, reminding
you to play and open your heart to life all around you. Be sure to spend lots
of time laughing and enjoying each unique moment as fully as you possibly can. The
refrain from the popular song, “Don’t worry, be happy,” was surely composed by
a Leo type. We’re in a fire sign season, so the heat is on, passions are ardent
and expression and creative fervor reign. Or, sometimes lounging around like a
cat in the Sun, or on the sofa, is just the right way to enjoy life and feel
its consistent, insistent heartbeat. Go ye and play in the Sun, under the Sun,
under the Moon and stars!
Mercury reaches its “shadow point” of 11
deg. on 7/24/07. This is the same
degree at which it turned retrograde. As Mercury moves past the shadow degree, new
ideas based on the material revisited over the past weeks, begin to make more
sense, you’ve done the review thing, and you’re able to reach some conclusions
that will move you forward. Mercury’s sojourn in cardinal, water Cancer
began on 5/28/07 and ends on 8/4/07. Mercury
turned Rx on 6/15/07 @ 11 deg. Cancer. Mercury turned Stationary Direct in
Cancer @ 2deg. on 7/9/07. This past Mercury Rx seemed more worrisome,
in the sign Cancer, and probably included a much-needed assessment of the basic
needs of your life (housing, food, shelter, and money for basic necessities),
family, and those closest to you. The instinctive quality of water may have already
tapped into the major planetary shift beginning in January 2008, when Pluto
enters Capricorn, which, as the opposite of Cancer, also symbolizes the marketplace,
basic goods and services that we all need for comfort, security, and a certain
quality of life. Put your house in order so that you are prepared for changes
and feel an adequate measure of security.
Mars in fixed, earth Taurus square (90deg.)
trine (120deg.) Uranus in mutable, water Pisces @ 18deg. on 7/28/07 @ 11:24PM
EDT. This is just what you needed – a flash of intuition to
move those soggy thoughts along. Enough of the retrograde marsh! Take to the
skies and get some needed perspective. Fine-tune the plan and spread the word.
Be brave and share what you’ve discovered with others. You may be too wound up
to sleep – so stay up and write furiously in your journal or chat with your
best friend – some mysteries may be resolved and new ones initiated. There’s
excitement with this energy; take hold and soar with it.
Venus turns retrograde (Rx) on 7/27/07 @
2 deg. Virgo and turns direct again on 9/8/07. Venus entered mutable, earth
Virgo on 7/14/07. Here we go again, another retrograde to maneuver
though. With Venus, we are dealing with all things relationship – love,
affection, and those values to which we subscribe, are attracted to, and those
we want or aspire to attain. Venus retrograde my increase yearning for what we
wish we had, regret for what we have lost, or acceptance of the contracts we’ve
committed to. Regret won’t last long with this practical Venus, although it
quickly dips back into Leo on 8/8/07, and then all bets are off. Venus in Leo
is interested in love and more love. The challenge here is with commitment to
work and equal commitment to loved ones. Good luck balancing the scales.
NewsBits: Earthquakes in Season?
Two earthquakes in one week in the Pacific!