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Planet Weather for the Week of August 12, 2007
SkyWatch – Moon
phase of the week: 8/12 -- The Moon enters her New cycle Sunday at 7:03 PM EDT,
at 19 degrees of Leo. The Moon's brief (two-and-a-half-day) passage through Leo
early this week brings to five the number of celestial bodies located in this
sign -- Venus, Saturn, the Sun, and Mercury in addition to the Moon. Anyone
born early this week will have a potent concentration of planets in this single
sign, a pattern known in astrology as a stellium. (So watch for a "super
Leo" to possibly emerge on the public scene in 20-30 years, since someone
with this particular stellium is much more likely to put himself
or herself "out there.”) Skywatching events of the week: With so many
planets so close to the sun, not much is going on in this department. However,
the good news is that the annual Perseid meteor shower peaks on the same night
as the New Moon. 8/12 -- The Perseids peak between midnight and dawn, appearing
to "radiate" from the Constellation Perseus (hence their name) which
rises about midnight local time, so look eastward then. Typically, this is one
of the best showers of the year, and, with no moonlight at all to compete,
observing conditions are near-perfect this year. Peak rates for the Perseids
range from 50 to 90 per hour, depending on local conditions. In practice, this
means you may see one bright streak across the sky every couple of minutes or
so -- but be prepared for a few real "showers" of them! Space news of
the week: The Space Shuttle Endeavor successfully launched from
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, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are the most active energetically and potentially most productive days (depending on what you’re doing!) On 8/13/07, the Moon is VOC/Leo from 9:34AM to 2:03PM EDT – on 8/15/07, VOC/Virgo from 5:02PM to 12:04AM EDT (8/16/07) – on 8/18/07, VOC/Libra from 8:21AM EDT to 12:13PM 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 fixed, fire Leo opposite
These energies inspire artists of all types and make us wonder about the spiritual dimensions or synchronicities, and the serendipities of life. The other side of the coin can be confused or complex situations that will need to be unraveled.
Venus Rx in fixed, fire Leo conjunct (0deg.) Saturn/Leo @ 27deg. on 8/13/07 @ 3:15PM EDT. Venus, in its Rx cycle conjuncts Saturn three separate times (7/1/07 and 8/13/07, in Leo and 10/14/07, in Virgo)! Talk about making a point. Decisions regarding love, money, appearance & beauty, friendships, your sense of values in relationships, and your relationship to life are featured. In Leo, you may question the creative quotient and quality (or not) in your life. With Saturn, there’s always something to be settled and decided. Saturn applies the pressure to come to terms or to present a problem, one that is likely not entirely new. Old friends return, we assess the values of friendship, we recognize a phase change, a status change in our lives or with our friends. Saturn also represents the natural cycles of change and development that we all must live through and that teach us maturity and responsibility. This three-prong conjunction, two in Leo and one in Virgo asks about functionality. Are the values you hold dear present and accounted for in your life, and are your values working for you in terms of overall joy and satisfaction? If not, change is in order.
fixed, fire Leo opposite
Venus Rx Leo trine (120deg.) Pluto Rx in mutable, fire Sagittarius @ 26deg. on 8/15/07 @ 9:48AM EDT. You feel a powerful connection with someone or with a special project, perhaps something/someone dear to you returns for some unfinished business, emotional or otherwise. Financial matters may also be calling for your attention. You may wish to control a relationship situation but be aware that the other person may not feel the same way, or have an entirely different agenda. These energies can be compulsive or obsessive. Desire is increased.
Sun/Leo conjunct Mercury/Leo @ 22deg. on 8/15/07 @ 3:56PM EDT. Indignant is the word that comes to mind – don’t fall for it! You may be indulging in a super-sized ego with this transit but others may not appreciate the brilliant or dramatic display of opinionated discourse! Other than that, use the Messenger meeting with the Sun as a way to contemplate the authenticity of your message. What is it that the real you wants to create and express? How do you wish to be known, seen, and discussed by others? It’s a moment in time to assess your personal power and how it comes across to others.
Mercury/Leo conjunct Venus Rx/Leo @ 25deg. on 8/17/07 @ 1:26AM EDT. Now it’s time to have that discussion with a partner, or friend and show the appreciation that you’ve been holding back or that you have not expressed recently. Show the love in your heart in all the ways you are able. This moment is one of communion and joy and excellent for a party (the night before as the aspect moves to crescendo)! Creative discussions are available and new creative ideas are seeded.
Mercury/Leo trine Pluto Rx/Sagittarius @ 26deg. on 8/17/07 @ 1:21PM EDT. Confirm your thoughts and ideas look deeply into the matter at hand, and trust your gut feelings. You may be able to speak more authentically about something powerful in your life or psyche at this time. Allow some vulnerability by revealing more about your personal self. Others may reveal an aspect of their persona not previously known. Determination is increased and a powerful idea wants some air time.
Sun/Leo conjunct Venus Rx/Leo @ 24deg. on 8/17/07 @ 11:42PM EDT. Warm-fuzzies galore! You are recognized and responded to positively by others. You feel generous and gracious and are able more easily to appreciate and recognize others’ good qualities and gift in your life. It’s a beautiful and gracious moment to appreciate life in all its beauty, warmth, and glory.
Mercury/Leo conjunct Saturn/Leo @ 28deg. on 8/18/07 @ 9:44AM EDT. Now it’s time for the decision, the focus, and the commitment. Saturn always wants to know what to do and when. More importantly, it wants preparation and organization. This aspect focuses the mind and filters out the extraneous, encouraging using essentials and core information. If you need to make an important decision, this aspect will assist you in separating the wheat from the chaff.
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