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Planet Weather for the Week of November 18, 2007

Planet Weather for the Week of November 9, 2008


NewsBits! The Obama Presidency! It’s a new era, nothing short of a miracle. We’ve turned a page in American history. Planet Weather has maintained an Obama win for many months. There’s great relief from the depression that many of us have been used to these last 8 years. Every day now, we awaken and wonder if it’s real – is Obama really the President-elect of the United States! These, of course, are the afterglow days, followed by the honeymoon stage (after the Inauguration), when Obama can do no wrong, and all is possible, hope is alive, in a brave new world to resolve old and insistent mega-problems. What will an Obama Presidency be like? Let’s look first at the chart when CNN announced that Barack Obama had won the necessary electoral votes. That was 11/4/08 @ 10PM CST, Chicago, IL (where Obama was awaiting the results with his family and team). The Moon was at nearly 2 Aquarius conjunct the Descendent (House 7 and the horizon) of the 3 Leo rising chart. The Moon was also nearly exactly opposite Obama’s birth Mercury @ 2 Leo. The angles of this time were opposite Obama’s birth chart horizon angles of Aquarius/Leo. The Moon in Aquarius on Election night was the same Moon as that of the United States. All of this signified a perfect combination of the new rising star of the American collective. Aquarius/Leo expresses the creative, inspired, authentic, and heartfelt part of the collective drama. Obama’s star had risen to the ultimate in American politics. Obama’s progressed Moon is in Aquarius and in two months at the time of the Inauguration will reach Obama’s Ascendant @18 Aquarius exactly. The Aquarian Moon repetition in these charts indicates the mood of the people that is being projected onto Obama, of someone who is authentic, truthful, an advanced consciousness, one with perspective and a refreshing outlook of creative invention. He has these qualities and surely feels the burden of this kind of hope he has inspired in the culture not only in America but all over the world. People were in tears at the possibilities that were evoked by this election and for the moment America is once again redeemed in the eyes of the international community. Of course, not everyone is as ecstatic about Obama’s ascendency, and there are dangerous combinations in the sky that could threaten this newly minted President. He wins with the full and complex combination of Mars/Scorpio square Neptune/Aquarius also exact on 11/4/08. The US has a Mars/Neptune square in its birth chart too, and we see yet another repetition of intrinsically American character for this election. Mars square Neptune is idealistic, sensitive, magical, but can also be confused by projecting glamour and perfection onto others, often failing to take a realistic look at people or situations, or taking responsibility for what is happening and suffering disappointment and disillusionment. Obama offers a bit of redemption that is also part of this aspect – that says sometimes when we believe, it can be true. However, the work has to be done in a unified process by all of us collaborating together to make it happen. I think that is what Obama has been saying all along – a very different message than that of the previous 8 years. More analysis of the Obama Presidency in subsequent issues of PW.


SkyWatch: Moon phase of the week: 11/13 -- The Moon reaches perfect fullness at 1:17 AM EST, at 21 degrees of Taurus when She will be high overhead and perfect for viewing, as well as in the sign of Her exaltation and nearly as close as She ever gets to Earth. This Full Moon is known in folklore as the Beaver Moon. The critters are busy preparing for winter. Skywatching events of the week: 11/14 -- This week is all about the Moon. In addition to being Full, the Moon also reaches perigee, Her point of absolute closest approach to the Earth, when She will be a mere 223,000 miles high, give or take. Since this is just after Full Moon, She should shine especially brightly as well as raising higher tides than usual. These large high tides are known, appropriately, as "perigean tides." Space news of the week: Chandrayaan 1, India's first deep space mission, just entered lunar orbit after a lengthy journey from the launch pad to the vicinity of the Moon. "Chandra" is the beautiful Hindu name for the Moon. 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 11/9/08 – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 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 11/9/08, the Moon is VOC/Pisces from 11:28AM to 12:26PM EST – On 11/11/08, the Moon is VOC/Aries from 2:17PM to 3:05PM EST— On 11/13/08, the Moon is VOC/Taurus from 12:13PM EST to 3:11PM EST – On 11/15/08, the Moon is VOC/Gemini from 2:17PM EST to 2:52PM EST.



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 fixed, water Scorpio sextile (60deg.) Jupiter in cardinal, earth Capricorn @ 18deg. @ 3:55AM EST and Sun/Scorpio trine (120deg.) Uranus in mutable, water Pisces @ 4:21PM EST, both @ 18deg. on 11/10/08. Both of these aspects provide an evenness and opportunity for finding solutions to pressing issues. They both connote a sense of optimism and forward-thinking – an oasis in the midst of economic turmoil. There seems to be a glimpse into the future and some clear organizational patterns, that can provide a calmer climate as we shift, change gears, and move into the next 16 years of Pluto in Capricorn.


Sun/Scorpio sextile Saturn in mutable, earth Virgo @ 19deg. on 11/11/08 @ 9:25AM EST. Here’s yet another Sun (consciousness) aspect, one that refers to leaders and our own management or leadership of life issues. This aspect expresses the desire to bring order to our lives with a better sense of foundation and security. This is also an aspect of strategy and planning.


Venus in mutable, fire Sagittarius conjunct (0deg.) Pluto in mutable, fire Sagittarius @ 29deg. on 11/12/08 @ 12:53AM EST. Venus makes its final conjunction with Pluto in this sign and this particular aspect will not repeat for another 248 years. Not that the aspect is as potent as some others but still, its uniqueness is not lost on us. There’s a merging of desires and an examination of vulnerabilities regarding those desires and what is necessary, perhaps, to have them come true, while at the same time there is a need to evolve and transform, which always requires letting something go. The impetus to transform something about our deepest, most personal values and relationships can even be obsessive. Clearly, we are stimulated to analyze the shifts and changes made in the Pluto in Sagittarius years, with regard to Venusian issues of values and relationships, between late 1995 and now.


Venus enters cardinal, earth Capricorn on 11/12/08 @ 10:25AM until 12/7/08. Venus moves into Capricorn a few weeks before Pluto’s final entry into that sign. Venus is sober and pragmatic, protective and stable in Capricorn. It’s more traditional values that we focus on now, those that provide security and stability. This Venus reminds us that small can be good and less can be more. Attending to the basics and a secure, calm foundation replaces the pursuit for excessive superficial non-essentials, at least for the short term!


Jupiter/Capricorn sextile Uranus/Pisces @ 18deg. on 11/13/08 @12:39AM EST. This aspect of opportunity opens doors and windows into exhilarating vistas. It’s a creative aspect and one that thrills with possibility while taking advantage of all that life and innovation has to offer to make systems work and function more effectively. Additionally, there’s optimism and promise that whatever problems there are, they can also be solved with hard work and ingenuity. This energetic combination often bring unexpected windfalls and options not previously considered.


Sun/Scorpio square (90deg.) Neptune in fixed, air Aquarius @ 21deg. on 11/13/08 @ 7:32AM EST. Whenever we combine Neptune with another planet, idealism runs high and simultaneously the possibility of disappointment and disillusionment exists. A part of the electorate is unimpressed with Obama’s win that’s true, and he will have to find ways to speak to that portion of the populace. In a square aspect, we see much more clearly what the struggle is and what the issues are. In a fixed square, such as this, it is an ideological struggle, one of values adjustment, and how to move with faith and inspiration (Neptune) out of a huge fiscal and psychological mess. It is the struggle between faith and hope (Neptune) and the entrenched, reactive, systems (Scorpio) that are in place. However, squares always insist on action to get the log-jam moving.


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