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Planet Weather for the Week of December 31, 2006

SkyWatch – Moon phase of the week: 1/3/07 -- The Moon reaches perfect fullness at 8:57 AM EST, at 12 degrees of Cancer when she will be well below the horizon in much of the U.S. (though visible in some Western states). This first Full Moon after the December solstice is called by many Native American tribes the Wolf Moon. The famished wolves of the northern world howl at the moon especially loudly during this season of scarcity. This year, those musical wolves will need to tilt their heads high, as this Full Moon will pass almost directly overhead. Skywatching events of the week: 1/3 -- The Earth reaches its closest point to the Sun, roughly 91,400,000 miles distant, known as "perihelion." Perihelion represents a fine paradox for the Northern hemisphere, possibly making Winter a trifle less chilly than it might otherwise be, and Summer in the Southern hemisphere a bit warmer. Also on this date, the Quadrantid Meteors reach their peak about 8:00 PM EDT, a very minor shower mostly washed out this year by the Full Moon's crystalline winter brilliance. However, a few of these faint meteors may be seen radiating low in the North-northeast from what is now the constellation Bootes. Space news of the week: NASA is now planning manned expeditions to asteroids. (Shades of the Bruce Willis movie "Deep Impact"!) These flights will use the new Orion spacecraft scheduled to replace the retiring Space Shuttle fleet. The program will focus on what are called "Earth-crossing asteroids," asteroids whose orbits cross the Earth's, and will study them up close with an eye to determining the best method for deflecting an asteroid in the event of possible collision with Earth. These flights would also serve as test rehearsals for NASA's "return to the Moon," scheduled for the end of the next decade. Go out! Look up!


This week Tuesday and Saturday are the most active and potentially most productive energy days. The longest Void-of-Course (VOC) Moon time, during the day, is Wednesday 1/3/07 – in Cancer, from 8:57AM EST to 4:14PM EST, the next day, 1/4/07. (This is very long for a VOC Moon and includes the Full Moon in Cancer!) 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. VOC is best for processing, imagining, creating, and open-ended activities, like parties, for instance!


It’s a full Moon week in Cancer, so be as considerate and sensitive to other’s feelings as possible. The holidays are often a challenge in a variety of ways. Consider what your priority needs are and focus on the goals that feel right to you, the ones that resonate with your whole self.

Mars in mutable, fire Sagittarius sextile (60deg.) Neptune in fixed, air Aquarius @ 18deg. on Sunday, December 31, 2006 @ 8:06AM EST. The first week of the New Year gives us an easy beginning with a grouping of sextile aspects, meaning – opportunities rather than the demands of more challenging aspects! The bold, brash, outspoken quality of a fiery Mars gets conditioned by the stimulating big picture of unifying and universal Neptune in the sign of friendship and acceptance of different dreams and drummers.

Sun in cardinal, earth Capricorn sextile Uranus in mutable, water Pisces on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 @ 4:14AM EST. The Sun in earthy Capricorn seeks the pragmatic solutions, and yet is invited to update processes and plans in view of intuition and subtleties not previously noticed. Uranus in Pisces seeks to soften the sometimes cold, calculated demeanor of Capricorn.

Venus enters fixed, air Aquarius on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 @ 10:31PM, until 1/27/07. This Venus position values the creative and unusual but most of all, it values space and freedom in relationships. So, if you want to catch this person, give them plenty of room. If you are already mated, then think of something new and exciting – a weekend getaway to beat the winter doldrums and recover from the holiday bustle. Also, never lie to this Venus – that is surely the death knell of the relationship. Under this sign of sociability and friendship, you may gather some new compatriots, especially if you join groups that match your goals and interests. There are sure to be some surprises, ahas (!) and truthful words (possibly more than you’d like) and encounters while Venus transits Aquarius.

Mercury/Capricorn sextile Uranus/Pisces on Thursday, January 4, 2007 @ 12:19AM EST until 1/15/07.  Serious Mercury in earthy Capricorn can have a dry sense of humor and way of approaching conversation and, in fact, may be more prone to laugh at itself with Uranus inviting it to turn things upside down. Habits, although comforting and providing security can also get stale and boring – Uranus steps in to widen the view and give you a bit of wanderlust. Break out and consider innovative ideas to breathe new life into your plans and goals to reach the zenith this brand new year.

NewsBits:  Saddham Hussein executed! At sunrise Baghdad time or 10PM EST, Saddham Hussein, former dictator of Iraq, was hanged for a long list of crimes against his fellow human beings. Hussein’s birth data is in question – his generally accepted birthdate is 4/28/1937 in Tikrit, Iraq, time unknown; 12PM is commonly used. Hussein died during his Mars return cycle – an event that takes places each two years and places focus on one’s identity, actions, and direction. Death by execution and hanging is certainly one of the more unpleasant ways to pass out of this world. Hussein has the Sun and two other planets (3 out of 10) in Taurus which rules the throat and two in Aries which rules the head – making it more likely that those parts of the body are implicated in illness or death. His stress is also indicated by three powerful inconjunct (150deg.) aspects transiting Pluto/Sagittarius to his Pluto/Cancer, transiting Neptune/Aquarius to his Neptune/Virgo and transiting Saturn/Leo to his Jupiter/Capricorn. Uranus/Pisces squared his Nodes in Sagittarius/Gemini, also showing the more unusual form of death. To complete the aspects on the day of death, Jupiter and Mars were both near his Moon/Sagittarius indicating transition and changes in consciousness, in his case – death. Saddham Hussein’s death was marked by jubilant celebration and deadly violence that killed over 50 in two separate bomb incidents and injured many more, as Iraqis integrated this new reality in their country’s history.

Gerald Ford passes on! The 38th president of the Untied States died at his home in Rancho Mirage, CA on Dec. 26, 2006. He had been battling with pneumonia and several heart-related events in the past year. Ford was the only Vice President and President in American history not to be elected by the people. He was a congressman when he became VP, replacing Spiro Agnew who was being indicted for tax evasion. Less than a year later, he became President, when Richard Nixon resigned as a result of the Watergate scandal. Ford served two-and-a-half years as President, and many concluded that he was not re-elected because of his pardon of Nixon in the first months of his Presidency. Ford was born on July 14, 1913 @ 6:45PM, Omaha, Nebraska. With a strong Mars in Taurus in his first House, Ford claimed that once he made a decision he never looked back. Ford left this life under the influences of Pluto/Sagittarius square (90deg.) his Nodes in Pisces/Virgo, Jupiter/Sagittarius opposite (180deg.) the midpoint of Venus/Saturn in Gemini, and Venus/Capricorn opposing his Neptune/Cancer. In addition, transiting Sun/Capricorn was conjunct his Jupiter/Capricorn, and Uranus/Pisces made an exact sextile (60deg.) to his Jupiter/Capricorn. These aspects are much more benign and peaceful compared to the ones affecting the demise of Saddham Hussein. They have both discovered by now the mystery of what lies beyond death.

Next Issue: The Year Ahead: 2007 Highlights

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