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Planet Weather for the Week of November 18, 2007

Planet Weather for the Week of October 5, 2008


NewsBits! The Great American Bailout or What? What exactly happened and what does it mean? Some economists and those who appear to understand the situation better than the person on Main St. are saying that “bailout” is not the correct word for what is happening and that the over $700 billion is like an investment and some of that money will come back to the government. Well, not being economists, we are left with the astrological explanation. Credit crunch is aptly expressed in the contracting, limiting energy ushered in by Pluto in Capricorn. Not only did Pluto flirt with the first several degrees of Capricorn between 1/25/08 and 6/13/08 but it crossed the winter Solstice degree, 0 Capricorn several times this year once direct and once retrograde. On 11/26, it will reach that degree for the third, out of four times. We cannot underestimate the meaning of this. The Solstice, Winter in the North and Summer in the Southern hemisphere, is a point of initiation, a test of development. In general, it signifies contraction, paring down and placing the focus on the essentials of our lives rather than the embellishments. It is a deep recalibration and rebalancing of priorities. We’ve seen the greedy excesses and the play now, pay later mentality of the last 13 years in particular, while Pluto was clothed in Jupiter’s sign of Sagittarius. Capricorn’s contraction also signifies a lack of trust in existing systems that we have counted on; there is a withdrawal after a huge expenditure of energy, and in this case, the biggest loan ever made by the US government.


Biden vs. Palin – The VP Debate! First of all, the much anticipated debate took place during a Mercury Rx and a VOC Moon! Outcomes expected during a VOC Moon typically do not yield the specified result desired, or as the mantra goes, “nothing will come of it.”  The well-coached and fact-crammed Palin held her own in relation to the seasoned and wise Biden. Winks, shout-outs and “you betcha’s” aside, Plain did little to shore up the ailing campaign of McCain. It was expected that she had to appear knowledgeable after her several disastrous recent interviews with Charles Gibson and Katie Couric, which made wonderful Saturday Night life material. The Moon/Scorpio’s last aspect before the debate (as it went VOC) was a square to Neptune/Aquarius and we saw America’s love of show and glamour, or how easily many are hoodwinked by a smile and a pretty face.  We are the country that produced Hollywood after all, and the actor who became President, Ronald Reagan. Glamour (certainly not all bad) and its unfortunate shadow, shallowness, is a part of the personality of the United States, a part that seduces and beguiles and one that often shames us in the eyes of the world. We see it now in the rise of the virtual unknown, hockey mom with lipstick, a twisted version of female liberation, Sarah Palin, and forgive my pun, but some of us have paled to think that this unqualified woman could potentially be President of the United States, the heretofore most powerful country in the world. Palin is under some intense Neptune/Aquarius contacts to her Sun, Mars, and Saturn in Aquarius – she has been thrust suddenly onto the stage, into the limelight, is dazzled and bedazzling some, but unfortunately, it is probably the wrong stage altogether. We have to believe and trusty that what the American electorate wants from American Idol is different from what they want for the leaders of their country.


SkyWatch: Moon phase of the week: 10/7 -- The Moon enters Her First Quarter phase at 05:04 AM ET, at 14 degrees of Capricorn, the sign of Her detriment (180 degrees opposite the sign of Her rulership, Cancer). Skywatching events of the week: 10/6 -- The nearly First Quarter Moon makes a close pass by Jupiter in the constellation Scorpius. You can see the Moon just below Jupiter on the previous evening and just above and to the left of Jupiter on the following evening. Their point of closest approach occurs after both have set but seeing the Moon close to a bright planet or star is always a beautiful sight. Space news of the week: When worlds collide! The 1950’s sci-fi movie of this title, which had an extrasolar planet entering the solar system and colliding with Earth while a select few humans escapied on a space shuttle-like craft may have seemed a bit far-fetched at the time. But apparently such collisions do happen. Recently, scientists found evidence of just such a collision between two eathlike planets orbiting a sunlike star about 300 light-years distant. A massive dust ring around the star that was all that was left! Hopefully, any intelligent species inhabiting one or the other of these worlds in collision made good their escape ala the method depicted in the movie. 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 10/5/08 – Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Friday are the most active energetically and potentially very productive days – more Moon or planetary aspects for engagement with others or projects, and/or producing results. On 10/5/08, the Moon is VOC/Sagittarius from 9:08PM to 11:48PM EDT – On 10/7/08, the Moon is VOC/Capricorn from 3:37PM to 12:03AM EDT (next day!) – On 10/10/08, the Moon is VOC/Aquarius from 7:13PM to 9:31PM 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.


The Sun in cardinal, air Libra squares (90deg.) Jupiter in cardinal, earth Capricorn @ 13deg. on 10/6/08 @12:52PM. The Sun also conjuncts (0deg.) Mercury Rx/Libra @ 13deg., on the same day @ 4:53PM EDT. Jupiter brings a larger-than-life sensation or perspective and in a square can mean that something is too much, over the top, or excessive. It’s easier to take a risk and make justifications with Jupiter adding positive input. However, Jupiter is in Capricorn, (the sign of its Fall) and Capricorn is ruled by Saturn (order, minimalism), so any excesses now will lead to further consequences or repercussions later on. This Jupiter is, by nature, more cautious and prefers a calculated, deliberated risk, or growth. Jupiter in Capricorn favors big business and well-established entities.


Mercury Rx/Libra squares Jupiter/Capricorn @ 13deg. on 10/6/08 @ 7:46PM EDT. This aspect indicates making bad judgments or decisions, so watch out and take your time to go over all the facts. If you have any planets or points at 13 deg. you will be personally impacted by these multiple aspects all exact at the same degree.  The challenging Jupiter aspects also serve to point out the imbalances by making them glaringly obvious, in hopes that the challenge to regain balance will be met.


Venus in fixed, water Scorpio trine (120deg.) Uranus Rx in mutable, water Pisces @ 19deg. on 10/10/08 @ 1:48AM EDT. Venus makes the rounds of planets with sextiles (60deg. angle) to both Jupiter and Saturn earlier in the week, asking us to refine our value standards with an eye to the future and our soul’s yearning. Venus in a flowing aspect to Uranus stirs up the emotional depths. There’s an opportunity to gain insight into the emotional roots of some of the values we hold and the chance to examine our biases.


Venus/Scorpio square Neptune in fixed, air Aquarius @ 21deg.on 10/11/08 @ 4:21PM EDT. This last aspect for the week may usher in some confusion in feelings with attendant disappointment, perhaps, of something lost or not attained, something elusive and fleeting or, chasing after an ideal and realizing it all begins within us. Disillusionment resulting from this combination is usually because we have been caught in one of our blind spots.



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