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PlanetWeather Weeks: 2/13 & 2/20/17

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What You Need to Know for the Next Two Weeks –
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The Sun enters mutable, Water Pisces on 2/18/17 until 3/20/17. During this month we may be more prone to avoid life’s difficulties. We may want or need more escape time or down-time. We may feel that life is too harsh, too challenging, too confusing – all of which may very well be true. On the other hand, your disenchantment can lead you to search for meaning, purpose, or at least the inspiration that will allow you to keep on pursuing  your dreams. Anywhere you can find that inspiration, treasure it and anywhere you can give inspiration to those who are dejected or tired or beaten-down in some way – well for that you will be blessed. Pisces energy teaches us that we have fragile moments, some more than others. We struggle to find our way and to keep going when life is hard. Pisces is a mutable or changeable sign, so stay light on your feet so that you can navigate and maneuver. The Sun/Pisces joins Neptune/Pisces on 3/1/17, and squares Saturn/Sadge on 3/17/17. This combination asks us to remember what we believe in and to continue to believe, even when circumstances disappoint us or we feel the dissonance of clashing ideologies.
Mercury enters mutable, water Pisces on 2/25/17 until 3/13/17. Mercury joins the Sun in providing more water to douse the fiery conflagrations sparked by Mars and Venus in Aries. This is a soft, gentle, sensitive place for the mind. You’ll find people with this Mercury are compassionate, idealistic, spiritual and caring. We are likely to hear of more human rights violations, the plight of refugees and those who are either forgotten, persecuted, disenfranchised, or simply down on their luck. Bad news may affect us more during this time and so counterbalance with soothing music, nature, or plenty of “devices off” time. Mercury meets Neptune/Pisces on 3/4/17, the same day that Venus/Aries turns retrograde. We might expect a burst of outrage, a disappointment, a challenge in relationship dynamics. Soon after, Mercury/Pisces squares Saturn/Sadge on 3/12/17, and we are temporarily stopped, blocked, challenged to define what we really mean or what we really believe. We have to take care of our boundaries with several planets in Pisces and that includes enough sleep, and good food, as our energies are definitely more sensitive and prone to stress.
Annular Solar Eclipse New Moon @ 8 Pisces. This eclipse belongs to the same family as the last FM Eclipse of 2/10/17. In general the energies of these eclipses are more positive and creative rather than agitating. Here’s some of what I said last issue about the Lunar Eclipse on 2/10/17. “This is likely to be a really big show of something. Creatively, this can expand influence and be a time of show and tell.” We know some of what happened in the news that certainly fits that definition.
“The Saros Series for both of February’s eclipses is 19South. All eclipses belong to families depending on when they started their journey from either the North Pole or the South Pole. It takes approximately 1200 years for the eclipse journey from one pole to the next and it goes through its various stages of total, partial, penumbral, annular, etc. According to Bernadette Brady in her book, The Eagle and the Lark, this eclipse family brings a pleasant surprise, sudden happiness, a joyful event, a lucky break, a lucky win. The events can positively change a person’s life. This interpretation also coincides with the transits to the eclipse degree, and so reinforces the expansion and positive energy. And yet, we know that all energies can play out in a myriad of ways, so we expect that there will also be events that are big, but overblown. On the whole, there is more positive energy in this eclipse family than many others we’ve interpreted over the last few years. Clearly, we need some good news and some promising and positive developments personally and globally.”
**Venus entered cardinal, fire Aries on 2/3/17 and leaves on 6/6/17 (with a brief return to Pisces from 4/2-28/17)! Venus/Aries Retrograde begins on 3/4/17 through 4/15/17 (the technical part). We’ve been in the degree segment traced by the Venus retrograde since Venus reached 26 Pisces on 1/30/17. That’s the degree at which Venus will turn Direct. Venus is in detriment in Aries, as it is opposite one of the signs it naturally rules, Libra. Venus now in the sign ruled by Mars, is decidedly more aggressive, assertive, action-oriented, spirited, passionate, engaging, fun, leading, goal-setting, pointed, or any combination of these. Venus concerns what we value and valuables – whether relationships, money, or characteristics like kindness, honesty, compassion, generosity, engagement, etc. A cardinal fire sign wants to take action, to progress, pursue goals. We can expect many changes in relationship and partnership dynamics. Things will be getting much hotter, as some conflagrations are sure to arise due to impulsiveness – fires will be ignited in many places. Aries is, after all, the spark. We have a long Spring season with this Spring-time energy of volatility, potential rash action, and anger. The positive components are right-action, activism for causes, courage, spirit, and pursing honorable goals.

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Elizabeth Warren  is in the news again. As if that’s new news. Warren is a well-known Democratic attack-dog and she tells it like it is, calling out abuses as she sees them. This week she received one of President Trump’s  official insults, calling her, “Pocahontas.” This appears to be his favorite name for her as he also called her this during the Presidential campaign. This name refers to a story that Warren claims she is part Native American and was always told this by her parents and grandparents as she was growing up. Her detractors say she falsely listed herself as a minority in an Association of American Law Schools directory. Her detractors claim this gave her unfair advantage. Genealogists have traced Warren’s family line back to the late 19th century but were not able to find conclusive records to verify claims of Native American blood. Warren explains what she was told that her parents eloped because her father’s family was upset that the bride had Cherokee blood.

Elizabeth Warren was born on June 22, 1949, Oklahoma City, OK, time unknown. There are several key patterns in her chart that would indicate a fighting spirit. First, she was born with a Sun/Uranus conjunction both at 0 Cancer and both exactly inconjunct (150deg.) to Jupiter at 0 Aquarius! We know Aquarius to be rebellious, controversial and truth-seeking. Jupiter/Aquarius also holds a unique place in her chart as a singleton – widely separated from a tight pack of the other 9 planets. This makes her chart pattern a Fan and Jupiter outside the pack is the handle of the fan and uses its energy to motivate and active the other 9 planets. Saturn @ 1Virgo  is sextile the Sun/Uranus and both make the 150de.g inconjunct aspect to Jupiter. This is called a Yod, or finger of God. It indicates a sense of truth and detailed responsibility emerging from the point of the Yod, Jupiter/Aquarius, to express and broadcast what she perceives to be the truth that needs to be revealed. Warren also has Mars/Mercury conjunction in Gemini. Gemini is Mercury’s home sign and therefore quite adept verbally and quick mentally, fueled by Mars’ insistence on getting the word out! I think we can understand the quickness and agility but also the verbal aggressiveness with which she pursues information. Besides all of that, Warren has the Moon exalted in fixed, earth Taurus. She is committed, strong and knows how to stand her ground. There is no way that this woman will be silenced, at least not for long and certainly  not by any name-calling.

The Travel Ban! There is good reason to call Trump’s Executive order to stop anyone from 7 Muslim majority countries from entering the US, a Muslim ban, although many would disagree.  President Trump issued the order on 1/27/17, which caused chaos at airports, disrupting families, and preventing students, teachers, foreign workers, etc., from entering the US. People were detained at airports for hours including small children. Spontaneously, protesters showed up at airports all across the country, outraged at what many have called a fundamentally un-American and religiously biased action. The State of Washington and its Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, a state chess champion (!) filed a suit in the 9th District Court on 2/3/7, after winning a temporary stay of the ban in the Seattle District Court. The 3 judge 9th District Court delivered a ruling on 2/9/17, agreeing with the lower court’s decision to stop the ban. It was a major victory for inclusiveness.

Here’s the astrology of what happened. Trump signed the Executive order hours before the New Moon in Aquarius but while the Moon was still in its Balsamic phase – the darkest part of the Lunar cycle and not a propitious moment to launch anything brand new that you want to succeed. In addition, the Moon was in Aquarius, the natal Moon of the USA, and any action taken during that Moon would not only affect the citizens of the USA but have them alert and emotionally involved. At the approach of the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse @ 22 Leo (opposite the USA Aquarian Moon) on 2/10/17, the 9th District Court ruled to stop President Trump’s travel ban. What was seeded in the very dark of the Balsamic Moon did not flourish and take root, but rather was seen for what it was, as unconstitutional and anti-American, and this was revealed at the Full Moon Leo eclipse.

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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 2/13/17 – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday
(Sun enters Pisces), 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 2/13/17, the Moon is VOC/Virgo at 7:36AM until 3:43PM EST – On 2/15/17, the Moon is VOC/Libra from 8:54PM until 1:41AM EST (next morning!) – On 2/17/17, the Moon is VOC/Scorpio from 2:38PM until 1:52PM EST (next afternoon – a long one!)

Week of 2/20/17 Monday, Wednesday, Saturday (Mercury enters Pisces), and Sunday (Solar Eclipse 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 2/20/17, the Moon is VOC/Sagittarius from 6:37PM until 2:08AM EST (next morning!) – On 2/22/17, the Moon is VOC/Capricorn from 10:24PM until 12:17PM EST (next afternoon!) – On 2/25/17, the Moon is VOC/Aquarius from 1:11PM until 7:24PM EST.
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SkyWatch for Weeks 2/13 & 2/20/17
Moon phase for the week of 2/13: 2/18 – The Moon enters the Last (aka Third) Quarter lunar phase at 2:33 PM EST, at zero degrees of Sagittarius. Skywatching events for this week: 2/15 – The waning Full Moon makes a close pass by Jupiter. Closest approach happens late morning near noon from the perspective of the US East Coast when the Moon will be visible but Jupiter won't. You can watch them rise together early morning well before dawn, with the Moon leading Jupiter up into the eastern sky. Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn remain "morning stars," rising ahead of the Sun while Venus and Mars are still visible in the western sky after sunset.
Moon phase for the week of 2/20: 2/26 – The Moon enters a New lunar cycle at 9:58 AM EST, at 8 degrees of Pisces and also brings a solar eclipse. This one is an annular eclipse since the Moon's disk appears smaller than the Sun's, causing a ring ("annulus") of light to surround the Moon. This eclipse will also appear as a partial eclipse over a large area in the Southern Hemisphere, ranging from southern South America in the morning across the Atlantic to southwestern Africa by sunset. (See the following NASA eclipse map.)  Skywatching events for this week: 2/20 – The waning Crescent Moon makes a close pass by Saturn in the early evening when the two are well below the horizon from the perspective of the US East Coast. You can watch them rise together the following morning before dawn with Saturn leading the Moon up into the eastern sky.
Space News and Weather: The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered the oldest galaxies ever to form in the universe! These are the first galaxies that formed after the proverbial "Big Bang" explosion that created the familiar cosmos that we all know and love. (One scientist has written, though, that the moment of creation was neither big nor a bang, since it originated at an unimaginably tiny point and was, after that, an extremely orderly expansion, hardly an explosion.) The discovery of these ancient galaxies was made with a special technique NASA scientists employed to remove interference from closer light sources (younger galaxies and stars) and allow these galactic "golden oldies" to shine forth to human instruments. How many of these truly ancient galaxies did astronomers find, you ask? 167! Go out Look Up!