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PlanetWeather Weeks: 6/2 & 6/9/14 

"He who is shipwrecked the second time, cannot lay the blame on Neptune."


 Image: Zen place (on my walking path - ah!) - copyright D.Oja   

Dear friends: I’m getting ready to travel to Japan. This issue of PlanetWeather newsmagazine will span 3 weeks and the following one will be a 4 week issue. Be sure to print out the sections you need to have handy for reference!

I have a few 30 min. slots open through 6/30/14. I'm offering those for $90, if you'd like a short analysis of your chart (phone only).This includes my prior prep of your chart. Let me know as soon as possible. Cosmically yours, Dorothy

The ISAR Conference is coming - 9/25-28/14 in Phoenix, Arizona. You won't want to miss this - 90+ speakers, including yours truly. My topic is: Relationship Charts. Take a look:  - and here's a clip from one of my colleagues. Monica Dimino,  who will be presenting a lecture. Cosmically yours, Dorothy

What You Need to Know for the Next Two Weeks –
The Cosmic Headlines

Summary: Mercury turned Retrograde on 6/7/14 [Refer to next section]. Are you feeling it? Neptune turned retrograde on 6/9/14 and then the Moon reached Fullness on 6/13/14, all within the span of 6 days. It could have been a fuzzy week and you may have felt out of sorts in one way or another. Mercury retrograde sends us back to review previous decisions – to second guess them or to uncover new information, or often to find missing items. Yes, Mercury retrograde often brings glitches too and miscommunications. Neptune , because of its tendency to diffuse energy, can bring stress, confusion, overwhelm, and even melancholy. It may seem harder to keep things in order and to maintain one’s faith in an overstimulated and demanding society and culture.

*Mercury Retrograde alert: Mercury entered Cancer on 5/29/14, and turned Stationary Retrograde on 6/7/14 until 7/1/14. Mercury in Cancer lends subjectivity as well as an acute sensitivity to the emotional energy in language. This Mercury gets along easily with people in general due to its ability to identify with basic human needs, moods, and feelings. Expect people to be more sensitive to how you say things and whether you seem to be considerate or curt in your communication. Communication will be more focused on the domestic sphere, security, cash flow, and all those whom you consider family. Mercury straddles two signs this retrograde cycle – Cancer and Gemini, which makes the cycle more complex. Mercury re-enters mutable, air Gemini on 6/17/14. Mercury turns Stationary Direct @ 24 Gemini on 7/1/14. This passage represents part two of this hybrid Mercury retrograde. In Gemini, we may be more verbal but communication is less emotionally laden. We have the opportunity to be more objective about the emotional issues we’ve been dealing with and that can bring some relief. The issues are still there and we can’t deny them but we can apply some rational ideas and gain a different perspective on those problems.

Found this on my walking path - a good representation of Mercury retrograde and how it cycles back, repeating it's message 3 times before moving on.

Summer Solstice! The Sun enters cardinal, water, Cancer on 6/21/14 @ 6:51AM EDT. We’ve reached a major power point in our yearly journey – the Sun’s entry into Cancer, marking the official beginning of Summer in the Northern hemisphere and longer days and more sunlight. The Solstices and Equinoxes, which mark the major turning points in the Earth’s relationship with the Sun and the changes in daylight and darkness have been natural holidays and celebrations for centuries. The ancients understood and honored the significance of these changes. In modern times, we’ve forgotten those natural celebrations of light and dark and know them only as the official change of seasons.

As we move into official summer and the sign Cancer, we may become more moody, under the influence of this Moon-ruled sign. This shift in mood brings on “those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer,” when we desire to relax more, vacation, spend less time working and more time wrapped in the familiar comfort of loving family and family type relationships, feel-good activities, barbecue, and food centered gatherings. More skin is exposed to the light and warmth, we feel more free and natural, gravitating toward outdoor activities, beaches, and other bodies of water to soothe our spirits and bring us comfort.

However, the Sun/Cancer will be the last trigger to three of the four cardinal Grand Cross planets – first opposing Pluto/Capricorn @ 12 degrees on 7/4/14, the Fourth of July – bringing some intensity that day! Next Sun/Cancer squares Uranus/Aries @ 16 degrees on 7/8/14, then Sun/Cancer squares Mars/Libra @ 26 degrees on 7/19/14. It won’t conjunct the last of the four Grand Cross planets, Jupiter/Cancer, before Jupiter leaves the sign. These aspects will keep things churned up in the world at large and will compel the USA (a Cancer country) to remain involved in various conflicts.

Venus enters mutable, air Gemini on 6/23/14 until 7/18/14. This Venus is very chatty, verbal, witty, and social. It loves to talk and otherwise share ideas with others. It can sometimes seem like it simply loves to hear itself talk – in a very stream of consciousness fashion. This transit does bring lightness, humor, and word-play, including flirtatiousness and a fickleness that winks, “catch me if you can.” The fleet-footed Mercury, messenger of the gods rules Gemini and is not beyond playing tricks. Mercury is still retrograde, so in combination with Venus/Gemini, you had better make sure to double check what is said and information that is given. Errors are likely and words and actions may not match.

Mars in cardinal, air Libra opposes Uranus in cardinal, fire Aries @ 16degrees on 6/25/14. Mars is also triggering the planets in the Cardinal Grand Cross. It first squared Pluto/Capricorn on 6/14/14. Whatever was latent when the Grand Cross was exact 4/20-23/14, is being stirred up again. Note the horrific turn of events in Iraq. There’s often an inherent explosiveness in a Mars/Uranus combination – for more rational minds it can be a creative burst and a grand awareness of something not previously realized.

Reflection - D.Oja copyright


Iraq in Ruins (again!) Iraq is unraveling and fast. Are we surprised? Shock and Awe? NOT! Clearly there was no significant research on the centuries-old enmity between the major ethnic and religious factions that make up Iraq society, the Sunni, Shia, and Kurdish populations before the US imposed its force on Iraq. Saddam Hussein was a Sunni who ruled with brutal force, gassing the Kurds and murdering Shiites. The current Prime Minister of Iraq is Nouri al-Maliki, born 6/20/50, near Karbala, Iraq, time unknown. He was a dissident under Saddam Hussein and had to flee Iraq in 1979. He was in exile in Syria and Iran. He returned to Iraq in 2003 and quickly became a leader in the transitional government. He became Prime Minister of Iraq on 5/20/06, and, in fact, he signed Saddam Hussein’s death warrant on 12/30/06.

What is amazing about the chart of the start of the Iraq War (3/19/03, 9:35PM, Washington, DC, when the order to drop the first bombs was given), the chart of transfer of sovereignty after the toppling of Hussein (6/28/04, 10:26AM Baghdad, Iraq), the chart of Nouri al-Maliki, and when Maliki took office as Prime Minister (12/21/10, Bagdhad, Iraq, noon time used) – is the repetition of planets at the 29th degree! This is often called a critical degree and it can also be an unstable degree – meaning that something is at the end of a cycle and in a transition and the energy is unpredictable because it is in transition. The Sun was @ 29 Pisces at the start of the Iraq war – a very difficult degree, right at the very end of the Zodiacal year and about to enter 0 Aries. The transfer of sovereignty to Iraq from the US occupation forces shows the MidHeavan (top of chart) and the vertical axis (bottom of chart) @ 29 Taurus/Scorpio – a new government on unstable ground after tremendous trauma!  Nouri al-Maliki’s Sun sits at 28.5 Gemini, which is very close to the 29th degree and his Sun squares the US Iraqi invasion chart Sun! Maliki assumed office with a Full Moon @ 29 Sadge/Gemini – expressing strong and overflowing emotions and right atop his Sun/Gemini.

The decision to invade Iraq was a disaster of immense proportions and the US and the world are reaping the seeds of that war. The Shia Maliki, who fought for most of his life against the Sunni Saddham Hussein party was deeply indebted to Syria and Iran during his exile, has during his leadership refused to grant equal rights to Sunni and Kurd sectors of the population. Essentially power has simply shifted from one faction to the other without any sign of cooperation or desire for unity of factions and fair and equal treatment. So the enmity of thousands of years rages on. Syria and Iran are taking advantage of the chaos and who knows what the end result will be but clearly it’s no democracy or any shred of what was suggested when this war began in 2003.
Another interesting coincidence is that next month Jupiter enters Leo for a stay of one year and that is where Jupiter was when the US invaded. We are seeing the utter destruction of Iraq (again) with the 12-year Jupiter cycle. The dark side of Leo is ego and pride. We’re reminded of reaping what you sow. Our hearts go out to the many innocents who are caught in this deadly struggle for power and control.


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Void-of-Course Moon 

TheVoid-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 6/16/14 – Tuesday (Mercury re-enters Gemini), Friday, and Saturday (Sun enters Cancer/Summer Solstice) are the most active days energetically – more Moon or planetary aspects for engagement with others, projects, and stimulation for producing results, or demands/challenges. On 6/17/14, the Moon is VOC/Aquarius from 2:07PM to 2:26PM EDT – On 6/19/14, the Moon is VOC/Pisces from 3:06PM to 5:26PM EDT – On 6/21/14, The Moon is VOC/Aries from 6:24PM to 11:03PM EDT.

Week of 6/23/14Monday (Mercury enters Gemini), Wenesday, and Friday (New Moon) are the most active days energetically – more Moon or planetary aspects for engagement with others, projects, and stimulation for producing results, or demands/challenges. On 6/23/14, the Moon is VOC/Taurus from 9:49PM EDT until 7:06AM EDT (next morning) – On 6/26/14, the Moon is VOC/Gemini from 7:56AM, until 5:06PM – On 6/28/14, The Moon is VOC/Cancer from 9:03PM EDT until 4:43AM EDT (next morning).

Week of 6/30/14 – Tuesday (Mercury Stationary Direct), Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are the most active days energetically – more Moon or planetary aspects for engagement with others, projects, and stimulation for producing results, or demands/challenges. On 7/1/14, the Moon is VOC/Leo from 6:00AM to 5:24PM EDT – On 7/4/14, the Moon is VOC/Virgo from 12:21AM to 5:43AM EDT – On 7/6/14, The Moon is VOC/Libra from 11:31AM to 3:34PM EDT.
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SkyWatch for the Weeks of 6/16/14, 6/23/14, & 6/30/14
Moon phase for the week of 6/16: 6/19 -- The Moon enters Her Last (aka Third) Quarter at 2:39 PM EDT, at 28 degrees of Pisces. This Moon rises and sets early (around noon). This is the "daylight Moon" that people often see riding down the West in the morning with washes of sky blue where Her darker portions (the so-called “lunar maria" or “seas” – actually ancient lava beds) usually display themselves at night. Skywatching events of the week: After a busy last week, there are no close passes of Moon and planets visible to the unaided eye. Venus continues to be a "morning star" visible in the East well before sunrise. Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn continue to be "evening stars" moving across the night sky in stately procession, while Mercury is still "under the beams" (too close to the Sun to be visible).

Moon phase for the week of 6/23: 6/27 -- The Moon enters Her New cycle at 4:08 AM EDT, at 5 degrees of Cancer, the sign of Her astrological rulership. Look for Her slender crescent low in the West after sunset after a few days. Skywatching events for the week: 6/24 -- The waning crescent Moon makes a close pass by Venus. Their point of closest approach occurs at mid-morning, when the Moon will be visible on a clear day and Venus just might be, as She occasionally is in daytime. At any rate, you can catch them rising together an hour or so before sunrise, with the Moon leading Venus up into the eastern sky.

Moon phase for the week of 6/30: 7/5 -- The Moon enters Her First Quarter phase at 7:59 AM EDT, at 13 degrees of Libra. Skywatching events of the week: 7/1 -- Mercury reaches Greatest Western Elongation while turning from retrograde (clockwise motion along the Zodiac) to direct (counterclockwise). This is the farthest ahead of the Sun that Mercury ever gets and positions the swift planet for relatively easy viewing. With an unobstructed line of sight, keep a lookout for the Messenger of the gods low in the East before sunrise. 7/5 – The First Quarter Moon makes a close pass by Mars. Their point of closest approach occurs when the two are high in the western sky not long after sunset as viewed from the US East coast, when they will be perfectly placed for viewing. As witnessed from parts of Central and South America, the Moon will actually "occult" (pass in directly front of) Mars.

Space News and Weather: Goldilocks, meet Snow White. The Snow White connection is that red dwarf stars make up some seventy percent of the stars in the universe or in a roughly 7 (get it and groan) to 1 ratio to Sun-type stars as far as the possible habitability of any planets orbiting them goes. Enter Goldilocks. Nearly all of the potentially "Earthlike" planets that have been discovered so far (especially by the Kepler space telescope) have been in the habitable zones (not too hot, not too cold, just right) around red dwarfs. It was thought that since red dwarf stars are so common, this might mean that life is common throughout the universe too. However, recent research including computer simulations shows that this might not be the case. Because red dwarfs are much smaller than the Sun and put out much less energy, their habitable zones are much closer in, typically about the orbit of Mercury or less. The big problem with this arrangement is that this closeness may subject any possible Earthlike planets to massive doses of stellar wind and radiation from flares erupting on a star's surface. This stellar flux could strip these planets of their atmospheres in exactly the way that the Solar wind early in the development of our own planetary system apparently stripped Mars of most of its atmosphere. This kind of research may provide evidence for the so-called "rare Earth" hypothesis which contends that, in fact, life is extremely UNcommon in the universe. Read the highly interesting article on this subject on