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Planet Weather for the Week of September 24, 2006
SkyWatch – Moon phase of the week: The Moon enters her First Quarter phase at 7:04 AM EDT, at 7 degrees of Capricorn. First Quarter Moons are afternoon and evening Moons, rising (often unnoticed) about noon and setting around midnight. Look for this one high in the southern sky at sunset. Skywatching events of the week: Interestingly, none of the inner planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars) is visible at all this week, but Jupiter and Saturn both are. Look for Jupiter low in the southwest in the constellation Libra after sunset, as the King of planets is in the process of setting. Now appearing to move through the constellation Leo, Saturn is a "morning star" that rises 20-30 degrees up into the eastern sky before dawn. Space news of the week: Space Shuttle Atlantis returned to earth this past week after a one-day re-entry delay due to concern about debris observed to be floating past the Shuttle. Shuttle astronauts carried out an extensive examination of the Shuttle's heat-shield tiles to determine that there was no significant damage, allowing them to proceed with the landing. Otherwise, NASA officials pronounced the mission extremely successful in getting construction of the International Space Station (ISS) back on track after a hiatus of over two years. Go out! Look up!
This week Monday, Tuesday and Friday, are the most active and possibly the most productive energy days. The longest Void-of-Course (VOC) Moon time, during the day, is on Sunday 10:11AM to 9:54PM EDT. 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 day. VOC is best for processing, imagining, and open-ended activities.
Jupiter in fixed, water Scorpio square (90deg.)
Venus in mutable, earth Virgo square (90deg.) Pluto in mutable, fire Sagittarius @ 24deg. on Monday, September 25, 2006 @ 2:07PM EDT. This aspect stimulates the Pluto station earlier this month @ 24deg. (9/4/06) and focuses on the specifics of our important relationships and the practical everyday reality of our schedule, our work and the skills we are using to achieve meaning in our lives. This aspect can provoke old wounds, and we may feel violated or betrayed in various ways by situations or people important to us. The way to use this aspect is to allow yourself to be vulnerable even when it is hard and most importantly to “own” your own shadow instead of projecting it onto others. Expressing vulnerability can be your greatest strength – you may have to look deeply inside yourself to understand what’s really eating away at you and admit that, instead of blaming others. In the mundane world this latter action can be a power-play or a desire to manipulate and pass the blame without taking responsibility.
Mercury in cardinal, air Libra sextile (60deg.) Saturn in fixed, fire Leo @ 20deg. on Monday, September 25, 2006 @ 4:28PM EDT. This is the first of Mercury’s two meetings with important planets. Mercury to Saturn means setting up some guidelines and structures or confirming the rules of the game – whatever game you are playing. This lends a serious or sober bent to the mind and situations/relationships and it’s a great aspect for organizing yourself.
Mercury in cardinal, air Libra sextile (60deg.) Pluto/Sagittarius @ 24deg. on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 @ 11:25PM EDT. Mercury to Pluto is the ability to understand your motives in your persuasive conversations with others. What is it you are really trying to get and does getting it take unfair advantage over another? This aspect is great for analysis and strategy and understanding your deeper needs and desires. This probing aspect is excellent for research and development of ideas.
Venus enters cardinal, air Libra on Saturday, September 30, 2006 @ 6:02AM EDT until 10/24/06. This is one of Venus’ home signs, and it is therefore very comfortable here. The focus will be on balance and fairness, which means that what is unfair and unbalanced, will become glaringly obvious. The desire for harmony can mean concessions and compromises are made, or at least the effort to reach consensus will be a worthy goal during this time. Focus on beauty and pleasures to take the edge off your stress and bring relaxation into your daily life and relationships. This aspect favors cooperation and finding ways to honor individuals within partnerships.
NewsBits: Between Eclipses. Between the Lunar Eclipse of 9/7/06 and the Solar Eclipse of 9/22/06 we saw a coup in