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PlanetWeather Weeks: 3/23 & 3/30/15

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

Summary:  True to the intensity of the 7th and last Uranus/Pluto square, we’ve had many violent sociocultural eruptions in the world. In the USA, we are revisiting yet again the racial tensions that still linger in various parts of our country. It’s sad to know that we have not yet overcome racial bias. The Ferguson Report of systemic racial profiling and mistreatment was sobering, saddening, and discouraging. The fact that this report was ordered by the Justice Department and made public was at least hopeful.

Mercury enters cardinal, fire Aries on 3/30/15 until 4/14/15.  Mercury in Aries is fast. Think of the light bulb going off in the bubble above a character’s head in cartoons. It represents the bright idea and the sudden inspiration. Mercury meets Uranus/Aries for a really brilliant conversation on 4/8/15, and then the Sun/Aries on 4/10/15. Because this is a fiery Aries, you are likely to have spirited conversations that are bold, direct, and not typically diplomatic. Fire is energizing, and speech will quickly spark unless we monitor its rapaciousness.

Mars enters fixed, earth Taurus on 3/31/15 until 5/11/15. Relationships of all kinds continue to be in the crosshairs. First we had Mars and Venus in fiery Aries (ruled by Mars) and now we have Venus and Mars in earthy Taurus (ruled by Venus). We are trying to figure things out – should we be bold and aggressive (Aries) or should we be sweet and magnetic (Venus)? It seems that we need some kind of balance between the two. This is the perennial issue – when to go after what we want and when to draw others to us with sweetness, graciousness, and generosity. Mars in the sign of Venus loses some of its aggressiveness and tends to be subtler about its intentions, often becoming passive-aggressive. On the other hand, this Mars is steadfast and determined, reliable, and comfort-seeking. It loves good food and drink and all things that bring comfort and convenience. Although hard-working, it can also be self-indulgent. This Mars does not like change and therefore has staying power.

Lunar Eclipse Full Moon @ 14 Libra on 4/4/15. The second of our Spring eclipses is a total Lunar Eclipse. It is visible in North and South America, Antarctica, and the Pacific Ocean, only at moonset. Eclipses belong to families called Saros Series. Eclipses originate at either the North or South pole and take nearly 2,000 years to travel from one pole to the other. A chart is cast for the start of the eclipse and that gives us indication of its essential energy. The total Solar eclipse of 3/20/15, and the upcoming Lunar Eclipse both belong to Saros Series 17South, which began on 5/27 933!  A powerful coincidence with the Solar eclipse taking place on the Equinox is that the Mars in the Eclipse chart is at the exact degree of the Equinox, 0 Aries – making it particularly dynamic or aggressive – we heard of a very violent suicide bombing that killed over 120 people in Yemen. Also, the degree of the New Moon eclipse of 3/20, was at 29 Pisces exactly trine (120deg.) to the Eclipse chart’s Neptune @ 29 Cancer. Our deeply felt compassion would have been triggered and perhaps our understanding of the rifts in the family of humanity that seem so divisive at this time.

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s Folly and Election Win! What exactly were the reasons for Netanyahu’s speech before Congress just two weeks before the Israeli elections? Was it a last ditch effort to shore up support for his party – a show of strength – to even go against the US President, a real concern about Iran’s nuclear capabilities, or all of the above? Then, in another seemingly desperate effort to win the conservative arm of his party, he stated emphatically that he was not interested in a 2-State solution with Palestinians. Evidently that worked because he won the election. However, this statement is a blow to peace with the Palestinians and goes against the long-time US and Obama policies to broker a 2-state solution to the decades long enmity in the region. Obama’s response was to say that the US would re-evaluate its relationship with Israel. Senator John McCain (another man with Mars/Leo bolstered by current transiting Jupiter/Leo) felt the need to say that Obama should get over the recent snubs and comments by Netanyahu and that in the heat of a close election things are said! Well, that may be true enough, but because Netanyahu’s comments were broadcast worldwide, it was incumbent for the US President to respond, especially since it went against a policy the US supports. Maybe McCain should get over himself and his criticism of Obama, because Obama won the Presidency against McCain. When a group of Republicans wrote the now infamous, ill-conceived letter to Iran’s leadership and McCain was asked why he signed the letter, his response was, “I sign a lot of letters.” What a telling reply that was!

Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu was born on 10/21/49, in Tel Aviv, Israel. There is a birth-time available but it is rated C (questionable). It seems that Jupiter in Leo conjoining with his natal Mars/Leo blessed him with another win. And it was also responsible for the bold and rash actions he’s taken recently. Let’s look deeper into his chart. Netanyahu has four planets in Libra, which typically inclines toward cooperation and negotiation. Venus ruling the Libra stellium (grouping) is in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius…but, it is square to Saturn in critical Virgo. This square can indicate fearfulness and a lack of trust and clearly modifies the basic Libra archetype. Netanyahu’s Jupiter is in Saturn ruled-Capricorn, making his Jupiter more concerned with security and Jupiter is square his Sun/Moon/Libra. There’s an exaggeration of caution and security needs. What is most telling is that there are no opposition aspects in Netanyahu’s chart. This makes it more difficult to be objective, just as the two square patterns mentioned make it more challenging for him to access the intrinsic Libra energy of cooperation, fairness and negotiation. Mind you, it’s not that he does not want to but he may not trust the process. 

Then we might suppose that being the savvy politician that he is, he may say things that he does not mean to ensure his re-election. Time will tell if he really wants a peaceful solution to the ongoing strain between Israelis and Palestinians and a real 2-State solution.

Live Long and Prosper – Leonard Nimoy has joined another galaxy! Leonard Nimoy was the beloved Vulcan, Mr. Spock on the cult classic TV show, Star-Trek and he died on 2/27/15. Nimoy was born on 3/26/31, in Boston, MA @ 8:30AM EDT! He said that it was difficult to shake his character between filming of the show and he’d find himself behaving like his character. We can see how this might happen because he has three planets in impressionable Cancer (Jupiter, Pluto, and Mars). The Moon rules the sign of Cancer and its nature is to absorb the emotions and sensations of people and energies surrounding it. Even before Star Trek, Nimoy was cast as an alien in another series. Perhaps it’s his unusual looks brought by Venus/Aquarius trine a Moon/Gemini. Despite the soft-center of his Cancer planets, he had a very logical side himself. The ruggedness of his looks comes from the edginess and unusual or exotic beauty of Venus/Aquarius but also from the fact that his kind Mars/Cancer is opposite Saturn in its own sign of Capricorn. He was a master at his craft and very talented in photography, writing, and even music. At one time, he considered changing careers to become a professional photographer. For a time he resented the type-casting that locked him into the Mr. Spock character. But as he himself said, he finally accepted his identification with Spock. He wrote two autobiographical books – one called, I am not Spock, and the other, I am Spock.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Trial – The surviving brother of the duo that perpetrated the horrific Boston Marathon Bombings is currently on trial in Boston. The trial began on 4/4/15. The defense opened with a clear admission of guilt and that the crime was committed by the two brothers. Investigations also conclude that the older brother, Tamerlin, although wounded in a shoot-out with police in Watertown, MA, was actually killed when his brother ran him over with a car, escaping the scene. US Attorney General, Eric Holder stated that federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Massachusetts does not have the death penalty but this is a federal terrorism case.

Dzhokar Tsarnaev was born on 7/22/93, in Grozni, Russia, no time available. His Sun is at 29 Cancer and the first New Moon Solar Eclipse of 2015, on 3/20/15 was at 29 Pisces exactly focused on Tsarnaev’s Sun. Since the Sun is the essence of life, the eclipse indicates that his life is in jeopardy. Three onths from now, the Sun will retrigger the eclipse and we’ll note what happens with Tsarnaev then. As we look at his chart, a Mercury or sibling theme is clear.  Tsarnaev’s Mercury/Cancer is retrograde, emphasizing thinking patterns and siblings. His Moon and Mars are in Virgo, ruled by Mercury, and his Venus/Gemini is also ruled by Mercury.  His only family (Cancer) in the US was his older brother, Tamerlin, who was a misfit. There are no excuses for what Dzokar perpetrated and the lives he destroyed, but it seems he was adrift without parental guidance and under the influence of his older brother. His parents had left the US to go back to Russia leaving the two young men to fend for themselves. The family history is fractured, disturbing, complicated and involved. Dzhokar was 19 at the time of the bombings. His chart also shows Mercury Rx trine to Pluto, which is good for research but can also go to dark places (Scorpio) and obsess. His Venus squares Mars showing conflicts with the passive and aggressive sides of himself. He was born when Neptune and Uranus were conjunct exactly at 19 degrees Capricorn. This is a complex socio-cultural pattern indicating dissolution and anarchy, confusion and abruptness especially in relation to authority or society. Saturn ruling this conjunction is in Aquarius making a stressful inconjunct (150degree) to Tsarnaev’s Sun. Part2 Transits and Progressions in a future issue of PW.

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Void-of-Course Moon 

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 3/23/15 – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 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 3/23/15, the Moon is VOC/Taurus from 10:24AM EDT until 9:22AM EDT (next morning!). – On 3/26/15, the Moon is VOC/Gemini from 8:35AM until 3:45PM EDT – On 3/28/15, The Moon is VOC/Cancer from 9:58PM to 1:48AM EDT (next morning!)

Week of 3/30/15Monday (Mercury enters Aries), Tuesday (Mars enters Taurus), Saturday (Lunar Eclipse Full Moon), and Sunday 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 3/30/15, the Moon is VOC/Leo from 9:57AM until 2:12PM EDT (next afternoon!) – On 4/2/15, the Moon is VOC/Virgo from 5:01AM until 3:07AM EDT (next morning – an entire day!) – On 4/4/15, the Moon is VOC/Libra from 11:58AM until 3:04PM EDT (next day - another long one!)
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SkyWatch for the Weeks of 3/23 & 3/3015
Moon phase for the week of 3/23: 3/27 -- The Moon enters Her First Quarter phase at 3:43 AM EDT, at 6 degrees of Cancer, the sign of Her rulership. This is the "following Moon" that lazily rises around noon and follows the Sun down along its westerly track, gradually falling farther and farther behind day by day until it rises a week later (as the Full Moon) just after the Sun has set. Following the cycles of the Moon by watching Her phase changes from day to day vs. Her separation from the Sun is an illuminating skywatching exercise, so to speak. Skywatching events of the week: The Moon makes no close aspects to any planets this week nor do any planets make closest approaches to each other. Mercury and Saturn remain "morning stars" (visible before sunrise). Venus, Mars, and Jupiter remain "evening stars" (visible after sunset).
Moon phase for the week of 3/30: 4/4 -- The Moon reaches perfect Fullness at 8:05 AM EDT, at 14 degrees of Libra. In Native American and folk traditions, She is the Flower Moon, aka the Corn Moon, Planter's Moon, or Milk Moon -- all for obvious reasons, given the mid-Spring season. Skywatching events of the week: 3/30 -- The waxing Half Moon makes a close pass by Jupiter. Their point of closest approach happens after both have set, but you can watch them set together in the late evening as viewed from the US East Coast, with the Moon leading Jupiter down to the western horizon. 4/4 -- This Full Moon also brings a total lunar eclipse, the first of two total lunar eclipses in 2015, and the third of a rare series of four total lunar eclipses in a row (the previous two in 2014 and another later in 2015)! The eclipse can be viewed from much of the world, including the US (see eclipse map).  As viewed from the US East Coast, the eclipse will start an hour or so before dawn just as the Moon is setting. Farther west, the eclipse will be visible for much longer. In some religious quarters, this continuing series of four "Blood Moons" (as they are sometimes called because of the eclipsed Moon's reddish hue) in a row is the sign of the End Times. This eclipse also coincides with Good Friday and Passover, a further indication of impedning doom? (Didn't we just have a "Mayan Apocalypse" a couple of years ago?)


Dark blue indicates that the entire course of the eclipse is visible, lighter shades of blue and gray indcate that only part of the sequence will be visible. For the U.S. East coast, this means that the Moon will set not long after the eclipse begins, so full totality will not be visible. More and more of the eclipse will be visible farther and farther west. Image courtesy of
Space News and Weather: More dwarfs! Last time it was the two NASA space probes approaching the dwarf planets Ceres and Pluto. This week is the discovery of previously unobserved dwarf galaxies! Our Milky Way galaxy is orbited by as many as possibly thousands of miniature star clusters or "dwarf galaxies." Astronomers are discovering more and more of these orbiting star formations as they go along, with the recent discovery of nine more such dwarf galaxies. They are hoping that these kinds of findings will help solve the mystery of so-called "dark matter," which is only known by implication. It cannot be observed directly (hence the name), only by its effects on visible matter. Dark matter is actually conjectured to make up most of the mass of the universe and tends to cluster around galaxies like ours, causing them to exert a much stronger gravitational attraction on their surroundings than just the visible matter could produce. Hence the proliferation of dwarfs! Go out! Look up!