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Planet Weather for the Week of November 25, 2007
SkyWatch – Moon phase of the week: 12/1 -- The Moon enters her Last (aka Third) Quarter phase at 7:44 AM EDT at 8 degrees of Virgo. Sky factoid of the week: Is the Moon half full or half empty? The First and Last Quarter moons used to be called "half moons" for the obvious reason that, at the start of these phases, exactly half of the side that the Moon always keeps turned towards the Earth is visible. Calling these phases "quarters" thus references the lunar cycle itself and not the Moon's appearance. In Her upcoming phase change, the Moon will be three-quarters of the way through her cycle, hence in Her Third or Last Quarter. Skywatching event of the week: 11/28 -- The Moon passes less than a degree north of the Beehive star cluster in the constellation Cancer, with their point of closest approach coming about 9 PM EDT. This is before moonrise in most U.S. locations, but the two will still be close after they rise. (A star cluster is a kind of "mini galaxy" orbiting our main galaxy, the Milky Way.) Space news of the week: Astronomers have concluded from recent observations that our Moon may be a very rare type of planetary satellite in the universe. The Moon was created when a Mars-sized planet smacked into Earth shortly after our planet formed, knocking out a huge chunk of material that became the Moon. This happened well over four billion years ago, when our solar system was only about 30 million years old, and kicked up an enormous amount of planetary dust. If similar events happened around sunlike stars about the same age, astronomers could actually detect the resulting collision dust but they haven't -- at least not much. Only one such star out of hundreds studied sports the kind of dust that would be evidence of a Moonlike moon orbiting an Earthlike planet. The Moon is a rare sight indeed! 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 11/25/07 – Sunday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday are the most active energetically and potentially most productive days – more Moon aspects for engagement and/or producing results. On 11/26/07, the Moon is VOC/Gemini from 2:37AM to 6:07AM EST – on 11/27/07, VOC/Cancer from 11:22PM to 8:23AM EST (11/28/07) – on 11/30/07, VOC/Leo from 12:25PM to 2:44PM 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.
Venus in cardinal, air Libra trine (120deg.) Neptune in fixed, air Aquarius @ 19deg. on 11/26/07 @ 4:56AM EST. This mystical, magical energy allows for compassion, understanding, and the goodwill to assist and help those in need. It is also an open channel to inspiration for creative projects of all kinds and spiritual messages from a variety of sources. These energies express the gentler, kinder side of relationships.
The Sun in mutable, fire Sagittarius square (90deg.) Saturn in mutable, earth Virgo @ 8deg. on 11/30/07. Now that Saturn is in Virgo for approximately 2.5 years, it will make hard aspects with all the mutable signs, like Sagittarius. Basically, it’s time to tie up those loose ends, the strings hanging and all unfinished business. In this Virgo/Sagittarius combination, the issue is – what do you want to experience and what do you see as options, choices, and opportunities, and what do you choose to filter out from your life experience? What has time taught you? What is it that you no longer need to repeat? Use the natural discrimination of Virgo to select from among the wide array of possibilities for those that more accurately meet your primary criteria. Press Delete whenever necessary!
Mercury enters Sagittarius on 12/1/07 @ 7:21AM EST until 12/20/07. We have finally completed the long sojourn and retrograde cycle of Mercury through Scorpio/Libra (since 9/28/07). Mercury in Sagittarius brings a fresh outlook, more optimistic, expressing all sorts of possibilities and the fiery energies of enthusiasm, generosity, warmth, and good-will. Watch your language though and don’t overdo it or fall for the tendencies to promise more than you can deliver or exaggerate your claims.
** Mars turned retrograde on 11/15/07 @ 12deg. Cancer @ 3:24AM EST! Mars entered cardinal, water Cancer on 9/28/07. Mars re-enters the previous sign, Gemini, on 12/31/07, and turns direct @ 24deg. Gemini on 1/31/08. Mars re-enters Cancer on 3/5/08, and then remains in Cancer until 5/10/08. We last experienced a Mars Rx cycle in fixed, earth Taurus between 10/2-12/1/05.
Mars in Cancer begs the question: What is the emotional tenor of your life? What is the basic mood or emotion that governs you? How can you modify your moods to bring you desired outcomes? Who are your closest associates and what is the exchange you bring each other? This is the time to examine your innermost circle and ask if these people are supportive and trustworthy of your life’s deepest meaning. It may be time to rebuild your foundation of trust and support – both what you receive and what you give.
NewsBits: Beam me up Scotty! Scott McClellan was George W. Bush’s Press Secretary from 2003 to 2006, after Ari Fleischer stepped down. Now McClellan is on Larry King Live and other talk shows, promoting his forthcoming book, What Happened? due out in the Spring of 2008. The short excerpt released by the publisher has McClellan claiming that top administration officials – Rove, Cheney, Libby, Andrew Card, and even George W. Bush himself knowingly gave him false information about the CIA leak case involving Valerie Plame Wilson. The outing of Plame Wilson was in retaliation for Joseph Wilson’s criticism of Bush’s Iraq policy, specifically the phony claim that Saddam Hussein was importing enriched Uranium from Africa. The damaging revelation in the book excerpt has caused a firestorm in the press and calls for further investigation. Scott McClellan was born on 2/14/68, in Austin, TX (time unknown). Departing administration officials often write memoirs of their political experiences. It’s interesting to note that Scott has an exact Mars/Pisces opposition to Uranus/Virgo, both at 29 degrees, known as a critical degree, and indicative of unusual and abrupt life experiences. This aspect indicates in part the shock that comes with realizing that someone put one over on you, that you were misled, deceived, or lied to, and the ensuing level of truth that one rises to – about life and human nature, after such an experience. McClellan’s Sun and Mercury are conjunct in Aquarius and square Neptune/Scorpio, indicating a life that is centered on truth or its lack and again, experiences of betrayal of trust, boundaries and deception in life situations. Both these aspects concern the spinning of information, smoke and mirrors and how one can get caught in the web of truth, half-truth and “adjusting” information for political purpose. The book excerpt is announced just as Jupiter and Pluto/Sagittarius are approaching a square to his Mars/Uranus opposition in Pisces/Virgo. Scott’s desire to present Bush & Co. in the best light possible, as a good Press Secretary is meant to do, morphed into McClellan realizing that he’d been duped and used for political advantage and cover-up. Close friends say that McClellan is bitter about having being used in this way. Stay tuned for more nuggets and secrets revealed from the inner workings of the Bush administration. The message of “something rotten in Denmark,” keeps repeating like a broken record.