Monthly Horoscope for the exciting Sag New Moon – Get on your Travelin’ Shoes

Week of December 1, 2008

Aries – your ruler, Mars, is in free and easy Sag this month which makes you
casual and relaxed.  You may want to travel or look into
more training.  Due to the meaning of the season, you are
also probably giving deeper thought to your purpose and the
meaning of life.  This is the Sag influence, and it is a
perfect time to expand your horizons.  You may be very
fortunate in your career and work sectors now, especially this
month.  Just don’t spend impulsively and you may find your
financial circumstances improve.

Taurus – is serious about stabilizing and
expanding your income, despite the crazy
ups and downs of the economy.  Your
opportunity comes with your ruler,
Venus, charging through the business and
financial sign of Capricorn. Since it is
also the sign of the workaholic,
comfortable Taurus may be working harder
than usual.  This is your fortunate
month, with Jupiter smiling on your
sign, so your work may bring greater
rewards, as long as you don’t overspend
so watch those credit cards and don’t
let family members use them either.

Gemini – is in a travelin’ mood this month but may have to defer
to the wishes of someone in an authority position or a
significant other.  You took a licking and kept on
ticking with true Gemini joi de vivre, but you’ve been under
duress for a while and as far as you’re concerned, it
can stop any time now.  But you are also more
serious than usual and still nursing wounds from early
November.  The times, they are a changin’, to quote
Bob Dylan, and you’ll just have to do the best you can
to weather “the slings and
arrows of outrageous fortune.”

Cancer – is uncharacteristically eager to travel and find new
horizons.  The new Moon is the traveler’s moon, as
far as you’re concerned.  New options for work call
to you and you’re having quite the holiday good times
with co-workers.  A partnership may surprise
you or you may come together with your partner becoming
surprisingly responsible and perhaps even frugal (who
knew?), of which you wholeheartedly approve.  Maybe time  spent with the family in a cabin in the
woods would work now and it would certainly warm
Cancer’s loving heart.

Leo – is having a
great time with all the fiery types around who want to
drag you off to holiday parties and new travel
vistas.  A festive trip with the family and kids or a
new(or renewed) love interest takes the edge off all those
difficult eclipses in August.  What else could have
brought us Sarah Palin? Enjoy
yourself and let go of those overworking ways you
occasionally get caught up in.  Work now is your
greatest area of success and progress so go for the big
promotion but don’t stretch your credit, no matter how
good an idea you think it may be.

Virgo’s – are in quite the traveling mood and for once, you are
ready to throw caution to the wind and leave the details
undone to experience more of life’s mystery and
variety.  Maybe travelers from far away places are
visiting your home.  You know the old saying about
never turning a stranger from your door because it could
be an unrecognized angel.  Well this is the time
for you to pay heed to that old saw.  You got the
stuffin’s knocked out of you around the election and you
are probably still licking your wounds but quiet Virgo
soldiers on and keeps a stiff upper lip.  The
really big silver (or maybe even gold) lining in that
cloud is the great fortunes coming to you from a child,
or a love interest, or even an independent project or
business.  Jupiter, Venus, and the moon join
together to deliver just what you asked Santa for this
Christmas, so keep your attitude positive and keep your
eyes open for a Christmas miracle.

Libra – is in love with exotic places and mysterious people and
cultures from far over the sea with the new Moon in
questing Sag.  Libra is also quite fortunate this
month- if you can just manage not to spend it all on
beauty or art.  Think twice about those
new furnishings and beautiful clothes and
new jewelry you just have to have.  Your credit
could deliver a lethal blow if you let your pleasure and
beauty loving nature get carried away spending for the
good life.  On the other hand, someone quite
serious and powerful is in your corner and throwing a lot of good
fortune to you and your family.

Scorpio – is due for a financial coup and this month you may get just
that.  Someone in the office is opening doors for
your upgrade.  Or you may have to commute to get
the treasure that has your name on it, but don’t
hesitate to take the trip that may change your
life.  If a sibling says he or she has a great
business deal, ask for more details and if it sounds
feasible, buy it.  You may look askance at the
casual, upbeat and ready to party atmosphere of
colleagues, but you’ll be surprised at how much good
fortune is coming your way so just let go of all that
intensity for a few days, and enjoy yourself.

Sag – is dancing on the rim of the world with the new Moon in
your sign.  It’s time to plan a party, maybe with a
multi cultural and exotic theme.  You are in the
driver’s seat, and we know how you love to travel, so
gas up and hit the trail.  Finances could take a
decided upturn if you let a friend or group of friends
open some doors for you.  Its time to finish that
novel or start your new book, as publishing is very
fortunate now.  Don’t let anyone slow you down,
just start that quest you’ve been putting off and at
least start reading about all the travel writers, gurus,
and Tibetan Lamas you’ve found fascinating for so long.

Cappie – is discreetly cutting major deals behind the
scenes, where no one would look.  You might also be
preparing for a new career coup or a marriage for which you’ve
been hoping.  In any case, your finances and
rep are improving in your understated black tie affair
way.  You may be able to sneak away with friends to
a secluded place and have more fun than you’ve had in
years.  Partly because you’ve found out how much of
a raise you’re getting.  Just don’t overspend or
overdo it.

Aquarius may be smarting from the knowledge that you are the one to deliver the mixed news of big changes in the wind and the world.  But
it had to be done and Aquarius is just individualistic
enough to do it.  Others are still reeling, but you may still
be able to have some fun with friends with the new Moon in
Sag in your friendship and group sector.  Some
major players behind the scenes are bringing you
exceptionally fortunate changes and being alone or alone
with loved ones is heavenly so just do your Aquarian
thing and don’t look back.

Pisces is the bearer of the
really good news this week, and a friendship may bring
you a great cornucopia of blessings in finances and
property – just don’t break the bank when it comes
to those credit cards.  A good friend or love
interest may prove to be more financially savvy than you
thought and their advice or the doors they open for you
may be a pleasant surprise.  Funding may come to you from
somewhere very solid.  Settlements and
inheritances, and even a financial partner may bring
your heart’s desire.


How the Eclipse and Neptune Will Influence the VP Candidates Debate

Sarah Palin’s Debate Debut: Neptune’s Film Star Glamour Factor or Oh, Those Sexy Librarian Glasses

I watched the news last night and after seeing all the promos on television about the debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin. I have seldom seen this much anticipation for a television event and never for anything that involved politics.
With Neptune on her Sun, Mars, and Saturn and Biden’s South Node, it brings the film star glamour to the debates. For sheer coverage, they rival the Super bowl promos and I fully expect to see ads running with hot wing recipe suggestions for the big event. I won’t be surprised if there are even some multi-million-dollar quickly made ads to run during the commercials and I’m sure Saturday Night Live’s Tina Fey is already sharpening her impression. I’m guessing the debate will make a few more comedians famous this weekend. The comedy material will no doubt buy several new homes with the revenue from jokes, which given the current economic climate,will definitely make them part of the wealthy class.

How the Eclipse and Neptune helped Sarah Palin Find Fame and Fortune

I admit I am usually a democrat but this year if the Republican candidate was stronger I would have considered it. Thankfully, for reasons of simplicity, the republican’s candidates are not serious considerations for me due to their positions, so it won’t be a problem. It’s not that I don’t like Obama, and I absolutely love Michelle, but I think Obama is a little green (inexperienced), or I did until Sarah Palin entered the race. It gives me a new appreciation of just how relative perspective can be.

With democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s reputation for being an experienced and savvy debater it puts VP republican candidate Sarah Palin’s at an obvious disadvantage. Since she was thrown in the ring at the last minute by McCain, seemingly on a whim, it is working against her both in my opinion and in the polls. This could be a bloodbath that calls to mind Rome’s past entertainment practice of throwing the Christians to the lions, except that both parties are Christian and for that matter, both lions.

Palin may look even more like a deer (or moose) in the headlights than she has in the Katy Couric interviews, if that’s possible. The question of how could she have gotten herself into all this, especially with all the problems she’s having back in Alaska, comes when we take a look at what the last eclipse and Neptune are doing in her chart.

There is a reason ancient wisdom was terrified of eclipses, and her life may be one of the best examples we’ve had for a while. I am not saying I feel sorry for her, but even I can identify to the level of overnight expectations that she blasted into when McCain threw her into the fray.

Neptune Joins Palin’s Sun, Mars, and Saturn

The problem with Neptune is that you can’t tell what is illusion and what is reality and the eclipse happened almost exactly on Sarah Palin’s Sun in her seventh house. Even a die-hard democrat like me can see that there are forces are at work in her life that have propelled her into this situation.

Palin’s Birth Chart and Her Odds During the Debate

Sarah Palin’s birthday is reported to be February 11, 1964, at 4:40 p.m. in Sandhill, Idaho. The time supposedly came directly from her. Her Aquarian sun, Mars, and Saturn close together make her a formidable and aggressive opponent, but with Neptune on them, an effective attack is unlikely, although charm may come more easily, since Neptune will tend to confuse the issue. When she debates Biden, she will have her hands full keeping things straight. She has been toughened up by the interviews with Katy Couric, but even so, she was thrown into the whirlwind very fast and has not yet appeared to get her bearings.

The Advantage to Palin from the Retrograde Mercury

Retrograde Mercury may work for her as it is making an excellent aspect to her Sun. Her style is to be comfortable and folksy and take a conservative position and here it may all come back on her and she may just look hopelessly lost, and to fight that, she may turn to a personal attack strategy. She may use her down home charm to talk to her voters and bring her basic conservative value system to those who share it. Like most Aquarians, she marches to her own drummer and can’t figure out why everyone thinks she’s odd. She can be dogmatic and at the same time, inconsistent in her dogma. Since her planets sit on Biden’s South Node, she may hit below the belt in her attacks and use her feminine charm to position herself so he will appear vicious if he attacks her. But her odds of hitting him where it hurts are pretty high, especially considering her weak position.

Her sun is receiving the rays of Neptune, a whimsical planet that can make you feel like the most wonderful fortune has come to you and almost immediately show you how fast that can turn to nothing in your hands. When the eclipse changed her life, it threw her into the public eye and a foreign relations venue, ready or not. It also is bringing her scandals and confusion and at the same time, making her a subject of fascination and alternately ridicule in the eyes of the public. If she isn’t careful, it can involve her in Washington deceptions and bring on depression and a sense of unreality where she may find herself daydreaming and having trouble focusing. But it also accounts for her movie star mannerisms and film star popularity.

Joe Biden – Tonight’s Moon Position Gives Him the Advantage in the Debates

Joe Biden’s birthday is Nov 20, 1942, at 8:30 a.m. in Scranton, PA. Since the Moon is in Biden’s sun sign of Scorpio, he will have the advantage in the debate tonight. He appears to be all charm and an easy talker, but with the Sun, Venus, and Mercury in Scorpio in the 12th house, below the charm, is a shrewd person who is more astute and far more hidden than he appears. He may very well suffer from his association with Sarah Palin. With her aggressive planets on his South Node, he may find himself in a difficult situation. The South Node is considered in Western astrology, an unfortunate area in everyone’s chart, and a point of loss. The Hindu astrologers consider it the point of true spiritual evolution, so it may advance him in more subtle ways. Biden, with three planets in Scorpio in the 12th house is deadly serious but appears pleasant and laid back. He is an excellent researcher and keeps a lot of private information that others give him. If I have the correct time for them both, he will dominate her naturally, effortlessly. But she may cause him serious problems and major headaches. His debate style is a take-it-to-the-wall approach. Hers will be more charming and she will make a more personal appeal, as her Mercury is with her Moon in early Aquarius and makes an excellent aspect to her Venus in Aries. Marilyn Monroe also had Venus in Aries and both women can turn up the heat on their sex appeal if they want to.

Mercury Retrograde and it’s Influence on What the Pundits are Saying

The pundits are saying that Biden has to use great care not to appear aggressive with Palin and not to appear to attack. She on the other hand, supposedly will sound great if she says anything intelligent at all, since she’s had difficulty getting her bearings and sounding confidant in her interviews. With the current Mercury retrograde there will probably be confusion and disagreement on who wins the debate. Since its in Libra there will probably be a lot of discussion about what is fair and each candidate may try to appear well behaved. Later there will probably be great disagreement about how the debate went or who gained and lost ground. The first George W. Bush election took place during a Mercury retrograde. We are still paying for it and still trying to sort out the confusion. Many people in the country still believe the election was stolen and there may be again a lot of confusion and passionate disagreement about what really was accomplished.

The Full Moon in Pisces Joins Uranus Delivering Hurricane Ike, Gas and Oil Problems

How have you weathered these last few days?  I know I could feel the hurricane hit the Texas coast all the way up in my home in East Lansing, Michigan, and I felt for all the people going through it.  Of course, driving around town and watching lines of panicked drivers at the gas stations made me wonder if this is a panic that could go farther somehow, and deeper into society.   I came inside and looked at the exact time of the Full Moon.  The close proximity of the planet Uranus in Pisces, (ruler of water, gas, and oil, among other things), had a great influence on the events of the last few days.  The moon will join Uranus around 1:09a.m. EDT and it will be full after 5 a.m. EDT, so it will go over Uranus as it is going to fullness, making the impact considerable.  This has a great influence on the high emotions everyone has had in the past few days, since Pisces is also the planet that often indicates anxiety and can be quite fearful, but can also be very magnetic and charismatic.

Since this week there has also been a parallel (like a conjunction) of Venus, Mars, and Uranus, emotions from love connections have been running high anyway.  And we know that our subconscious association of emotions with water (writers and psychologists like symbolist Carl Jung have brought this to our consciousness) so we know there have been many love trials and romantic notions that may have been grounded in reality or just disappeared in a glamour like the mist.  All this comes with the Pisces influence.  The tsunami-like nature of Hurricane Ike with its span of 600 miles, has brought forth a catharsis for many people tracking it, as well as people who are dealing with the aftermath of its wake.

In our own lives, it is important to use this understanding of the energy to help us keep our perspective and remember that there will be an end in sight.  We may also help others understand so they don’t lose themselves in their emotional ups and downs.

Venus Mars and Uranus – Strange Happenings in the Crazy Love Theme Park

Venus, Mars, and Uranus all Together – You are Now Entering the Crazy Love Theme Park

If you are in love this week, you could find yourself in unusual circumstances, doing something unusual with someone even more unusual.  You may feel like a visitor to the crazy love theme park where all the relationships are like the whirling Mad Teacup ride at Disney World.  Or you could be on the Stratosphere Insanity ride in Las Vegas, but I’m sure you know what I mean.  If you’ve noticed yourself being strangely drawn to a strange relationship or a stranger person (even if they are just a strange choice for you), strange relationship events or someone strange who suddenly wants to get to know you better, it is good to be aware that unexpected events may pop up like Susan Palin in the democratic party’s campaign strategy.

The Good News

At its best, you may be able to renew your feelings for someone with a new approach, just be warned that this is a highly quirky aspect.  Someone may suddenly seem like the love you have dreamed of, only to jump out of your life in a few weeks as fast as they appeared on the scene.  So caution is advised.

Inspiration for Artists

Actually, it may work out for you if you are a person who values individuality more than anything else.  It might also work if you are an artist or an artistic type.  In fact, for artists, this may be the best aspect for doing art work, whether you draw, paint, sculpt, or write music or plays, or just any sort of art.  Let the unusual energies of highest individuality inspire you to new and greater heights.

A Trip through the Crazy Love Theme Park

If you find yourself itching to try a threesome with your partner, even though you know you’ll be taking your life in your hands when you suggest it to them, or if you find it intriguing to start a relationship like the one between Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie in the movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith, it is probably the result of this planetary line up. If you find that you suddenly develop a wild, almost compulsive craving to connect sexually with someone and don’t even care if they think you’re a stalker, this is probably due to the current Uranus aspect to Mars and Venus. Since the involvement with Uranus is not obvious, it may not be immediately apparent, even to some astrologers.

What Goes Up Often Comes Down

Just remember, what goes up must come down, and this one could come down with a stupendous crash.  It may not crash because of your new love interest, but because of their significant other that you were never told about (and who was never told about you) and who has all the personality and charm of Linda Blair in the Exorcist.  This is what I mean by unexpected.  You could find yourself wildly attracted to the most unlikely person, someone you would normally never even consider.  This should be your first clue that you are now entering the “crazy love” theme park.  It may influence other parts of your life, and it will depend on where in your chart these signs and planets are located, but if you recognize yourself, you are definitely feeling the influence of these planets.

Liberating the Hidden Side of Your Love Nature

The good news is that it may liberate a part of you that has been yearning for expression.  Maybe you’ve wanted to open up to an exciting new direction in your life, or develop and play out more fantasies in your relationships (naughty school girl and foreign businessman or hot business women with construction worker), this may inspire you to share it with your honey.  Or maybe you need to discuss some changes with your partner – like developing a better social circle – or getting to know some new people.  This may give you a push in that direction, just remember you have to live with yourself later and a reputation for being as unpredictable as Chucky (in the horror movie Bride of Chucky) may not take you to the new social circles you have in mind.

A Constructive Option is There is You Need It

For some at least, it won’t last long, maybe through next week, but it is most intense this week.  The way to work with the actual astrology is to contact an astrologer for a constructive approach.  There are always constructive ways to work with any aspect, no matter how difficult.  Astrology is all about finding the best way to grow through the different challenges in your life.  That’s how you develop depth and wisdom which will enrich your life and enrich the lives of those to whom you are close and it may also just make you a more developed and fascinating person along the way.

Lunar Eclpse Afterglow – How Long Does the Energy Continue?

August 16 Partial Lunar Eclipse at 24 Degrees Aquarius Joins Neptune: A Gift for Mercury in Virgo and John and Elizabeth Edwards Lives Play Out with a Neptunian Cast

Ride the Emotional Roller Coaster but if You Keep a Cool Head the Outcome May be Fine

If you’ve been watching the eclipse, you know that the most elusive of planets, Neptune, will receive a great deal of the impact from the Lunar eclipse. It is so close to the eclipse that the impact will most certainly be significant. Since Neptune is associated with many things, on the high side it can represent idealistic humanitarianism, movies and film, photography, dance, art, spiritual love, spiritual heights, but on it’s low side it represents addiction, scandal, fraud, deception. In the news we can see the scandal aspect of this eclipse play out as the former democratic presidential hopeful, John Edwards, struggles to damage control his recently public affair with Rielle Hunter, a minor player on the stage of Edward’s life until now. The effects of this lunar eclipse will be intense for the next 6 months.

As I stated in my post on the previous solar eclipse on August 1, the eclipse was actually triggered when Mars transited 24 degrees of Aquarius on July 21 and 22, and it set the stage for the events that are now playing out in this eclipse cycle. We may not have recognized it in our lives at the time, but that’s when Mars action set this eclipse in motion.

The Eclipse Blows the Lid Off the John Edwards Scandal

Edward’s birth information, according to the esteemed Lois Rodden Astrodatabank, is 06/10/1953 (June 10, 1953) at 07:02 (07:02 AM) EST(+5:00) in Seneca, S.C. Edwards is identified as the possible father of a the child born to one of his campaign staffers. He has admitted having an affair with Rielle Hunter, but claims to not be the father. As always with Neptune, we have confusion and possible deception that is hard to clear up. It often remains a mystery for an indefinite period of time and is sometimes never solved. Hunter, who is refusing to let her child take a DNA test to determine paternity (Edwards is publicly saying he would welcome such a test and cannot be the father due to the timing of the child’s birth) was hired arbitrarily to shoot videos of the campaign, although she had no previous experience.

Silly Girls and Sillier Men: Neptune can be Higher Spiritual Love or Just an Illusion or delusion or disillusion

She has recently given birth to a child of uncertain paternity and at this writing, she and the child are in hiding. According to various mainstream media news sources (such as the New York Times and the Boston Globe), their relocation has been financed by Edward’s campaign and involves campaign fundraiser, attorney Fred Baron. Baron admitted that he has financed the relocation of Hunter and Andrew Young, another campaign staffer who claims to be the father of the child.

Edwards finds himself in the middle of a major scandal that, like President Clinton’s history of personal indiscretions, is a perfect tool for the republican party to divert national attention from the important upcoming presidential election to Edward’s personal relationships.

Neptune Can Bring Great Disappointments and Falls From Great Heights

Neptune is known for bringing particularly sordid scandals. The sordid twist to this one is that during all of this, Elizabeth Edwards, John Edwards wife, and a woman with extraordinary popularity and credibility, was diagnosed with incurable cancer in 2006, just days from the time when he first confessed his affair to her. They chose to keep it quiet and went forward with their plan for his political candidacy.

Elizabeth’s birth day is July 3, 1949, in Jacksonville, Florida and different sources claim her correct time is unknown. If we consider a solar chart, which is always insightful when we don’t have the correct time, she has a very difficult line up with Neptune, the Moon and the South Node (dragon’s tail) together in Libra. The involvement of Neptune and the South Node with the Moon (the emotions, home, and motherhood) indicate that she sacrifices a great deal for the family, but that she also has some of her most difficult challenges there.

She is a tireless reformer and worker in behalf of the poor and underprivileged, much like her husband has always been. In Hindu or Vedic astrology, aspects to the South Node of the Moon, or the dragon’s tail is the place of true spiritual evolution. In Western astrology we view of it as a place of loss, past lives, and separations. Elizabeth appears to be having both, as expressed through her family and those emotionally close to her. She is greatly respected for her genuine warmth and her maturity.

Her chart would hint that she has been a major influence on her husband’s career, as he excelled as an attorney in that area. Since he has a conjunction of Neptune and Saturn, which can mean difficult identity struggles, especially for a male, we could glean that it is very likely that she has been the hand that steered the ship and determined the values and direction in their lives. Unfortunately it also tells us she has had many disappointments and severe emotional tests in her life. Once again, we see astrology as a blueprint for many fateful events in an individual’s life.

Neptune can be the planet of great disappointment, but also the highest spiritual love. Hopefully Edwards and his wife can find that love in the nightmare the media has made of their lives. While popular opinion would judge and blame him for his love choices, he is a Gemini with the Moon, Jupiter, and Mars in Gemini and Venus in the sensual sign of Taurus. Since several planets are in the variety loving and restless sign of Gemini, variety will play a major role in his love life.

With Uranus, the planet of surprises in the sign of Cancer on his ascendant, he is likely destined to have a few major shocks in his life that would make him feel trapped and fight hard for the freedom to express his individuality. This media scrutiny of his love affair and his family life is certainly one of them. Perhaps it is partly due to the opposition of transiting Jupiter in Capricorn. When Jupiter is in a difficult aspect in our charts, it often indicates an area where we get carried away with excessive behavior. Our sensual pleasures or habits are too extreme. We may max out our credit cards on things we desire but can’t afford or party too much and here Edwards was exposed for his romantic indiscretion.

Neptune and the Eclipse Reveal Edwards’ Secret Life

In Edward’s natal chart, the eclipse and Neptune oppose his Pluto in the second house of finances and values, and by the time the dust clears, he may find that both of those are under siege. With his natal planet Uranus in Cancer close to his ascendant, as I mentioned above, this may be a destiny issue or a past life scenario that was going to play out in this lifetime.

The lunar eclipse and Neptune in his 8th house of finances and secrets (it is the natural Scorpio house), will most likely change his financial picture. Neptune can reveal secrets, and this eclipse cleared the fog off misty Neptune to reveal an unfortunate truth and bring scandal. Neptune can turn everything from wonderful to horrid almost instantly, which may describe Edward’s life at this time. His fall from grace has been from a high place of great credibility and respect, but we should keep in mind that America’s founding fathers were involved in this sort of thing often and at that time, there was not the opportunistic rush to judgment for the purpose of political gain, and to sell newspapers, magazines, and tv news advertisements that there is now.

The Eclipse Scandal Effects the Democratic Election: John Edwards’ Backers Have Lost a Vote That Could Have Furthered Hillary or Barack Obama Against McCain

Voters who have backed him in the past may turn against him and be angry that their trust and their funds were mishandled. Voters who were loyal to Edwards but could have backed either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, may be irate that Edwards didn’t come clean earlier so they could cast their vote for a candidate who was not so vulnerable to scandal. Hillary’s campaign knew of it but chose not to use it to their advantage. Perhaps that is why she only suspended her campaign and did not succeed fully to the nomination of Barack Obama. Now it may compromise the next election by casting a shadow over Obama’s democratic candidacy. Edwards was reported to be in line to get a significant position if Obama was elected, and was even mentioned as a potential running mate for Obama. McCain has a closet full of skeletons, but since he is tucked away in a respectable marriage and it happened long ago, so far he has not been on the rotisserie grill of media scrutiny.

This Edwards scandal comes as a major disappointment to many supporters of the Democratic party. Since Aquarius is a humanitarian sign that is sexually experimental, perhaps a different response to all of this will be part of the eclipse, but that remains to be seen. The recent religious right Republican movement has intensified the sexual puritanism that is part of this country’s history, but it may only mean a double standard for those who are the most outspoken hypocrites. For that group, it often means it’s OK as long as you don’t get caught. This would demonstrate the lower expression of Neptune as it combines deception with religion. During the Clinton impeachment, many and perhaps most of those throwing stones at him, were guilty of the same indiscretions. Perhaps the Aquarian influence during this time will open us up to a more tolerant attitude.

The Eclipse Involvement in the Georgia – Russia Confrontation

The eclipse can also be seen playing out in the conflict between Russia and Georgia, since Russia is an Aquarian country and it is in the path of the previous eclipse. Ancient astrologers were quoted as saying that the armies march in the path of the eclipse. Saturn takes the power of the eclipse and Neptune back to itself, and represents authority. The Russian government and Georgia see themselves as the final authority and moved to get their charges back in line. Now there is a standoff as to who is really the final authority, and the US has jumped in to exercise an interest in a democracy in that area. Saturn in Virgo has an interest in finances and perhaps crops, which may be playing a role in all this.

According to mundane astrology, Russia is Aquarius. Russia responded to the age of Aquarius with the Russian Revolution, a most Aquarian dream of perfect brotherhood. And of course, there is much difference of opinion as to when the Age of Aquarius began, whether the early 1900’s or when Uranus began it’s trek through Aquarius. Even now, when Uranus is in the sign of Pisces, Neptune is in Aquarius and in a mutual reception with Uranus, giving more power to both of them. It may be a time when another major water event may be coming, like a hurricane or a tsunami. It may also bring an earthquake or volcanic eruption.

Watch Out for Saturn (Authority Figures) in the Eclipse

The mixed news is Saturn, which takes the power of the eclipse back to itself, so the word is – stay out of the way of the authorities, and be sure your finances are in order. Don’t attract the interest of authorities, especially the ones involved with money, like banks. The good news is that the power of all this goes back to Mercury in Virgo, where it is strong and may deliver financial benefits, as long as you are careful with the details. In the health area, you could resolve a longstanding health issue if you start a healthy regimen of diet and exercise and get some good advice on natural medicine and a good doctor. This may be a time when alternative medicine, which is often based on ancient wisdom and knowledge, can produce excellent results. It is also a time when western allopathic medicine, which excels at many aspects of medicine, including emergency medicine and pain management, may bring relief from longstanding problems like pain.

The Eclipse Could Be a Gift that Comes through Mercury in Virgo if you Keep a Level Head

If you can remain calm and serene and just step back from all the emotional ups and downs and the wild flailing around that others may be doing, and if you are careful to take care of details, finances, and documents, and keep your daily routine healthy, you may get unexpected benefits from cautious, discerning Mercury in Virgo.

This is partly because Mercury takes the power of the eclipse and the power of Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Mars, Venus, back to itself. So don’t underestimate what is possible now. If you can withstand the roller coaster emotional ride and stay out the the way of authorities, you may make exceptional strides. The key is to use the common sense and attention to detail for which Virgo is known.

The Neptune Factor in the Lunar Eclipse May Account for the Record Breaking Gold Medal Win by Michael Phelps

The record breaking performance in the Beijing Olympics made by swimmer Michael Phelps may also be due to the eclipse’s close pass at Neptune, the planet associated with the sea and water. The warning about Neptune is that is can take you to the highest heights romantically, spiritually, humanistically, and artistically, and then it can crash out of the dream and suddenly and unexpectedly and turn to nothing in our hands. This is not a good time to make relationship commitments but all of that will be more well advised around September 1.

The Neptune involvement in this eclipse gives it a more Neptunian quality. The action of the eclipse will manifest in individual charts according to the aspect the eclipse makes to the planets in the chart. While this is a general discussion of the eclipse, an analysis of your individual chart is necessary to determine how it will play out on the stage of your life. The eclipse will change your life in the sector where it is influencing your chart.

More Eclipse Lore: Past Mars Action Triggered these August Eclipses Last May

Eclipse image from Chinese Feng Shui Website

World of Feng Shui with Lillian Too

One piece of eclipse lore that is rarely discussed is that the action of the eclipses can be triggered by transiting planets, especially Mars, up to nine months before the actual eclipse occurs. For a look back at what the eclipses may be doing in your chart, if you can recall what happened around May 25 – 28, when Mars transited the recent solar eclipse degree at 9 Leo, you may get a view of what is unfolding in your life due to the eclipse. If you look back at your journal, or recall what was going on in your life at the time, you will see what influence the recent solar eclipse will have on you. That’s when the eclipse action began. It may be when the most intense action actually took place, or it may have been a prelude to what the eclipse will bring into your life.

Despite being an astrologer and astrology columnist for many years, this eclipse took me by surprise while I was being distracted by my other work. When I experienced a major change with the food and restaurant column I was writing at the request of a local newspaper publisher, I could have kicked myself for not recognizing the writing on the wall. I, after all, am an astrologer with a twenty-year practice, weekly newspaper astrology column, and a newspaper feature writer with articles that appear in city newspapers. Until recently, my weekly astrology columns ran in several newspapers. Had I vigilantly researched my own chart, instead of just focusing on the charts of clients and my columns, I would have known what was going to happen when I tried to initiate the changes I needed in an eclipse cycle.

Instead, when newspapers across the country were to cut back by at least 20 % over the next few weeks, I was taken by surprise so I did not act in my own best interest. I got a negative, if not incredulous response to my request for either more money or less extra work.

My contract ended on May 26, the day that Mars transited the recent solar eclipse. If I had been looking at the eclipse and where it was in my own natal chart, instead of being absorbed in the local restaurant scene and local food issues (although I love to cook), I would have seen that the eclipse was being triggered by the planet Mars on the exact day that I talked to the publisher. Mars’ action would trigger the August 1 solar eclipse on my Saturn Pluto conjunction. Unless you are a master or an adept with great control, that conjunction can be quite destructive.

Instead of my astrology chart, I was enjoying my assignment at the new RIverHouse Inn restaurant. And since the eclipse is in Leo, the sign of pleasure and enjoyment, I was certainly captivated by the elegance and grace of the restaurant. When I should have been looking at my chart, I was instead concentrating on the RiverHouse Inn’s new menu with items like chili-plum chicken satay and smoked salmon tapas, two chops of herb-crusted baked pork ladled with apple juice jalapeno pecan reduction and peppered sirloin with cognac demi, and seafood items, like pan seared salmon and crab cakes. I was daydreaming about the dinners I would have later in the dining room or on the patio overlooking the Red Cedar River.

When I looked up from the view of the river from where I was writing my notes on the fine linen tablecloth, both literally and metaphorically, I had the ultimate astrologer’s “aha” moment.

I recognized what really happened. The arrangement did not suit me and I had intended to make changes anyway, but I hadn’t quite decided what kind of negotiating I wanted to do with the paper. I’m a Libra, and while I take issue with the commonly held belief that Libra’s are indecisive, I do recognize that Libra’s are constantly weighing and balancing and what I prefer to call ‘redeciding’. So while I was considering my best course of action and enjoying the local restaurant scene, life happened, in the action of the planets.

A few weeks later, the major newspapers in the chain that carried several of my astrology columns made significant cut backs, and the first contract was just a foreshadowing of things to come. It reminded me in the most personal way, why people in ancient times were afraid of the eclipses. It is related to the fear people have always had even in the dark of the moon, which is the two days before any new moon. And while I don’t fear the dark of the moon or the eclipses, I feel they take special handling. I usually meditate and release aspects of my life that have to go in the dark of the moon, and in the eclipses I meditate and ask for inner guidance.

In the Goddess time of pre-King Arthur days, people did not go outside around the time of the eclipses or in the two days of the dark of the moon before any new moon. In the dark of the moon, ancient people believed there was no energy in the world and they believed it was dangerous to go out. They also believed eclipses were downright evil.

The coming lunar eclipse on August 16, is going to pack an extra wallop since it will also involve Neptune. The action of this eclipse was triggered when Mars transited the eclipse point on June 22 and again when Venus transited it’s opposition point on July 7 and 8. So if you take a look at events in your life, or events in the world on those days, especially when Mars made the transits, you will see what the action of the eclipse may bring.

In the Lunar eclipse, it is important to remember that the involvement of Neptune, two degrees away from the exact eclipse point, will make this a rather unpredictable eclipse, and we should look for confusion, art, a spiritual influence, a higher octave of love or a spiritual love, film, and on the lower manifestation, fraud, deception, addictions, and situations that appear to be special and then turn to garbage in our hands, going from the highest inspiration for us to the lowest and most disappointing experiences. For that reason, it is important to hold off on major decisions, legal agreements or signing contracts, and, if we can, to avoid making commitments in relationships.

Important actions or decisions should be avoided for three days before and after the next eclipse, and if possible, two weeks both before and after.

For art. film, or photography, meditation or spiritual activities, it can be a good time but it is still important to be prepared for anything.

The periods of eclipses, from the time the action is triggered by a transiting planet, or until the eclipse itself takes place, are unstable periods when patterns we think are set in our lives may actually shift suddenly out of our lives completely and unexpectedly. It is also the case that people and situations from the past may return to renegotiate a new relationship or just reunite with us, so it is really an example of the saying, “When God closes a door, he opens a window.”

The effect of the recent solar eclipse will last for around 4 and a half years, meaning that it will act as a sensitive point for that long.  Other planets may also trigger its action by transiting a point that aspects it. I’ll have more on the coming lunar eclipse, as we get closer to its date of August 16, 2008.

The Solar Eclipse at 9 Degrees of Leo on August 1, 2008

This morning you could see the solar eclipse (eclipse of the sun) if you lived in Siberia, Helsinki, northern Canada, China, Mongolia, or that general area.  This eclipse is very strong since the Sun is in it’s strongest position in the sign of Leo, since that is the planet that rules Leo.  It was also very close to Mercury.  Ancient and classical astrologers believed that the armies marched in the path of the eclipse, meaning that wars and battles happened in the areas where the eclipses are visible.  We may get a chance to see this play out with the way China handles the Olympics, since the eclipse could be seen in China.

In a personal chart, the action of the eclipse manifests according to the planet that it aspects.  For instance, if the Sun was in Leo when you were born, and the eclipse is on your Sun, it means you may be rather fortunate.  If your Saturn is in Leo, you may have a Saturn experience, which could be frustrations and restrictions.  Although, since the Sun in strong in Leo, it could also improve the outcome.

Since the eclipse is also very close to Mercury, it could have an impact on communications or jobs, since they are also ruled by Mercury.  Relationships may be impacted since the Sun and Moon are the astrological principle of man and woman, husband and wife.

In an eclipse it is best to put off major decisions and legal matters or major moves since the energy of the eclipse creates an atmosphere of emotional instability.  Everyone feels a sense of urgency to act immediately but since the energy is unstable, this is action that often will work against us and that we will regret later.  That is the origin of the use of the word “eclipsed”.  Astrologers usually advise that we make no important decisions or actions from two weeks before to two weeks after an eclipse.  If we can’t observe that, we should wait for three days before or after.

When the auto company Mitsubishi brought out it’s Eclipse model, it was clear that auto company had not consulted an astrologer, since no one would name a car Eclipse if they knew  its historical meaning  The current dictionary definition is “to outshine” but, in fact, it is the opposite. The eclipse brings a momentary darkness, a loss of light. If you consider that the light is the sacred element that makes everything grow either literally (like plants, vegetables. flowers) or spiritually (since the Egyptian Sun god, Ra, all the way to Christ the Son (sun) of God), the loss of the light is not considered positive, which is why ancients were so frightened when the sky darkened.

In some part of China, they still bang pots and pans to chase away the evil spirits.

In the ancient times, everyone remained inside, since they feared the eclipses.  Until modern medicine improved health care, it was believed that more boy babies had difficult births, during the solar eclipses, and girl babies had difficult births during the lunar eclipses.

Since the sign of Leo is associated with power, nobility, gold, and authority, look for activity throughout the year ahead in those areas.  Locations ruled by Leo are France, Italy, Macedonia, Spain, Sicily, Madagascar, Zanzibar so keep your eye on these areas for signs of change, along with the areas in the path of this eclipse.

And this eclipse is just a warm up for the next eclipse (and possibly a more important one), August 16, when it happens near the transiting planet of Neptune.

Mars Joins Saturn & Mercury Opposes Pluto – Let’s Rumble

If you are like me, you’ve been wondering what is going on with the planets since the mood of everyone seems to be at a fever pitch and everyone is having trouble getting their balance, along with several countries. The effects of this conjunction will last for the next week so when I share the information about this aspect, I mean it will go on for a few days, even though the planets came together exactly this afternoon.

Today confrontational Mars joined stern Saturn in the critical, analytical, and detailed sign of Virgo. Since Virgo is an earth sign, it may effect material goods, health, and financial circumstances. It often effects banks and our accounting. Don’t overdue your workout routine this week.

You may find a confrontational situation over documents or a conversation may bring the end of a cycle in a relationship. It may also bring an end to a relationship, but, depending on your chart, it’s possible to use it constructively.

People born under the sign of Virgo are known for being good at details, although somewhat critical at times. Virgo can rule writing and documents and there may be arguments over something that has been said or written.

Automobiles and computers may also be affected since they are complex and their workings are quite detailed. Since Mercury in Gemini, where it is comfortable and represents communication and travel, takes the power of the energy from these two difficult planets back to itself, and Mercury is opposing Pluto, when these two planets come together,there may be a final end to a situation with a group or family relationship. It may be due to documents or communication of some sort, but the devil is in the details, as they say, and Virgo (the sign where Mars and Saturn come together) is definitely about details. The greater wisdom would be to stay out of arguments if you can and tell anyone who wants to discuss a serious matter that it would work better next week. That will give you a little time to let the intensity die down, although the upcoming Solar Eclipse may also present some challenges.

Note: Read the comments below for more information on countries ruled by the sign of Virgo.  This paragraph has been altered due to an astute observation by a blog visitor.  I had mistakenly identified Germany as a country under the mundane rulership of Virgo and, in fact, it is ruled by Aries.  Read the comments for more on this.

You may find that countries, identified in the comments below, that are ruled by Virgo may see some significant activity. It is also possible that there will be an earthquake or volcano eruption for the next few days while the effect of this conjunction is being felt.  Charlie Sheen, Virginia Madsen, Tommy Lee Jones, Rachel Ward, Sophia Loren, and Hugh Grant are all Virgos.

New Moon in the Maternal Sign of Cancer

A Water Baby

A Water Baby by Herbert James Draper

This painting is the principle of Cancer; a mother with her child, a protective shell, and the sea.

The New Moon that took place July 2 was in the sign of Cancer which represents emotions, mother, the maternal principle, and family. This New Moon will bring feelings and family matters front and center for this month. Emotions involving the family, and deeply tender and sensitive feelings for those close to us will be part of the theme. It’s an excellent time to schedule a trip for the whole family at a restaurant or a resort where everyone can sit and chat and just enjoy each other’s company. It is a time for renewing the family ties and cleansing emotional wounds. Cancer, the sign ruled by the moon, rules the natural fourth house which includes family of origin, domestic life, residence and possessions. It also rules emotions, women, mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, and girlfriends. The Moon also rules our subconscious and past lives. It is a cardinal (leadership) water sign (intuitive and emotional) and many who have planets in this sign in their charts are very intuitive and very nurturing. The USA is under the sign of Cancer which may account for these lines of the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty from the poem “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me…:”

In Hindu astrology, wearing a pearl or moonstone strengthens the moon position and brings you good fortune (in the Hindu system, not in the Western system of astrology) if the moon has a strong placement in your chart. The moon is considered fortunate in the signs of Cancer and Taurus. Famous Cancers celebs are Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, and Nelson Mandela.

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