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Daily Planets- 09/22/17

Posted on September 20th, 2017 by Don Cerow

September 22-September 28, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 22nd- The morning is slightly beyond our grasp, but the afternoon, and the Equinox, hold some really important answers as to how to gather the resources you need. Dig for solutions and be willing to commit, just don’t go overboard.

V/C Moon 9:04 AM-1:40 PM when it enters Scorpio

Saturday, 23rd- The morning is enjoyable, the early afternoon peaceful, the evening sensual. Get things done today, as tomorrow is V/C most all the live-long day. It will be harder to get the pieces to fit together. It can be done, it’s just more difficult.

Sunday, 24th- Traditional favorites are the name of the game this morning, with noon possibly some of the best energy of the day. The evening is agitated.

V/C Moon 3:33 AM-0:01 AM (Monday) when it enters Sagittarius

Monday, 25th- It’s easier to get agreements or figure things out in the early morning. Mid-morning is a different story. Detours and delays slow us down. This is not a time to be asking for help. As we move through the later afternoon the mood begins to lift somewhat.

Tuesday, 26th- Early morning is excellent, while mid-morning is focused. Tonight brings some of yesterday morning’s issues back to the fore. Giving onerous projects or people time may be part of the solution.

Wednesday, 27thThose up after 5:00 this morning really enjoy the allure of the new day’s energy through to about 8:00 AM. Mid-morning is disorienting, while early afternoon is satisfied. There’s a buzz into the late evening.

V/C Moon 7:08 AM-12:24 PM when it enters Capricorn

Thursday, 28th- Major changes are at work today, the roots of which extend back into last night. Outer planets disagree as Pluto pivots. Death to the old, birth to the new. 6:30 PM brings an invigorated burst, while late evening reveals some of Pluto’s secrets. What is this cycle all about.

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Don can be contacted via phone at 413 219-4214, or by email at athenasweb@gmail.com. Columns are archived at AthenasWeb.com. If you would like to have a session, to answer questions about your natal chart or current events, contact me and we’ll set something up over the phone or in person.

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Daily Planets- 09/15/17

Posted on September 15th, 2017 by Don Cerow

September 15-September 21, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 15th- An exuberant and enjoyable afternoon, but some serious thought through the evening. The shift is around 5:30 PM. As we move into midnight and the morrow, there is more energy, especially for talking.

V/C Moon 5:23 PM-9:09 PM when it enters Leo

Saturday, 16th- There are many issues we can accomplish today, especially through the afternoon, but some folks may be a little hot under the collar. 7:30 PM is probably some of the best energy of the day.

Sunday, 17th- An excellent day. We’re organized in the morning and feel confident through the afternoon. The evening has sparkle and magic tied to it. Launch social endeavors before 9:00 PM and then enjoy through to midnight.

V/C Moon 8:55 PM-0:52 AM (Monday) when it enters Virgo

Monday, 18th- It’s a busy day throughout. We attempt to get a little more done than we are able, especially through the late afternoon. Between 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM the pace is buzzy.

Tuesday, 19th- Early morning is focused, while mid-afternoon is tiring. The New Moon is just past midnight, so we’re winding down on our energy levels tonight.

Wednesday, 20thA crazy day where electronic components don’t fire entirely as they should. There could be breakage if you’re not careful, or even if you are. Midnight brings with it a sense of order.

V/C Moon 1:30 AM-6:06 AM when it enters Libra

Thursday, 21st- We’re a little tight on funds through the morning and into the early afternoon. Some attempt to squeeze the social situation, attempting to manipulate circumstances to their advantage.

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Don can be contacted via phone at 413 219-4214, or by email at athenasweb@gmail.com. Columns are archived at AthenasWeb.com. If you would like to have a session, to answer questions about your natal chart or current events, contact me and we’ll set something up over the phone or in person.

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Daily Planets- 09/08/17

Posted on September 8th, 2017 by Don Cerow

September 8-September 14, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 8th- Mercury is a busy boy as he makes three planetary triggers today to Pluto (early), Uranus (mid-day), and Venus (late). Conversations are buzzing and understanding can deepen. Don’t be surprised if things don’t go as planed. Noon is possibly best.

Saturday, 9th- There are some economic advantages that can be played today, especially through the morning. The afternoon is fairly productive, but we’re feeling tired by late night.

V/C Moon 11:52 AM-12:22 PM when it enters Taurus

Sunday, 10th- Conversations are ego oriented, but there can be insight into what is being offered. Late afternoon and early evening can be particularly nice. Finish up projects by 9:00 PM.

V/C Moon 8:54 PM-3:29 PM (Monday) when it enters Gemini

Monday, 11th- Up until mid-afternoon the day is fairly relaxed, just possibly not very productive. Late afternoon we become a little more testy, and then even a little more aggravated. We may still experience the same problems in tomorrow’s early morning light, but we feel better about it.

Tuesday, 12th- The emphasis today is in the evening. If we work hard and commit some resources we will find that we’ve accomplished a fair amount of progress by day’s end. Be practical, possibly even conservative with your efforts and prioritize your projects, doing the most important first, etc.

Wednesday, 13thEarly morning’s a little crazy, but there’s some fun to be had through mid-afternoon. Late evening is when things begin to drag, and it’s best to try and not force issues.

V/C Moon 2:35 PM-6:12 PM when it enters Cancer

Thursday, 14th- Late morning is a lot of fun. We’re creative, focused and a little crazy, in a good way. By mid-afternoon the pace has settled, but we’re still at peace. Later tonight folks explore things from different points of view.

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Daily Planets- 09/01/17

Posted on August 31st, 2017 by Don Cerow

September 1-September 7, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 1st- Some tenderness emerged overnight and through the early morning hours. 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM are the most insightful and focused. Stick to your routines after 9:00 tonight.

Saturday, 2nd- We do what we need to do through 8:00 this morning and it helps us to get things done, but the same attitude through the early afternoon is met with resistance. Wait until the Void-of-Course Moon period is over (4:00 PM) to really get cracking on more focused issues.

V/C Moon 12:30 PM-4:06 PM when it enters Aquarius

Sunday, 3rd- There’s much that can be done throughout the course of the day today, but the evening really smiles on us. There is love, attraction and affection in the air. Open your hearts.

Monday, 4th- One of the better days of this week. 9:30 and 11:44 AM are especially nice, but 10:00 PM’s not too shabby either.

Tuesday, 5th- Time will tell on this auspicious day and the next 24 hours. Mercury pivots on the degree of the solar eclipse and Mars is also triggering this point. Throw in the Full Moon at 3:00 tomorrow  morning, stir vigorously and you’ve got yourself one spicy brew.

V/C Moon 1:15 AM-1:28 AM when it enters Pisces

Wednesday, 6thThe earlier part of the day is more responsive and productive. By mid-afternoon some people are trying to force round pegs in square holes, and it just ain’t happenin’ Captain. People overstate the case tonight.

V/C Moon 4:29 PM-8:01 AM (Thursday) when it enters Aries

Thursday, 7th- We’re a little fuzzy as we wake up this morning. Excess from the evening before may have something to do with it. Try not to force what you are not certain of.

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Don can be contacted via phone at 413 219-4214, or by email at athenasweb@gmail.com. Columns are archived at AthenasWeb.com. If you would like to have a session, to answer questions about your natal chart or current events, contact me and we’ll set something up over the phone or in person.

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Daily Planets- 08/25/17

Posted on August 24th, 2017 by Don Cerow

August 25-August 31, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 25th- Today is a day during which you’re being tested. Are your projects, goals or actions strong enough to weather the conditions life will throw at them? Through the afternoon a few of the positive manifestations make themselves known.

V/C Moon 1:39 AM-4:53 AM when it enters Scorpio

Saturday, 26th- What a great day. We have energy, enthusiasm and a guiding light showing us the way. This builds to a peak through the afternoon. We feel the truth of what we’re doing from the inside.

Sunday, 27th- Friday’s hard work and conscientious applications shows us some of the potential of our long term projects yesterday and today. We’re clear headed about what we’re doing, and our love can be self-evident. Conversations explore some tender sides around 6:00 or 6:30 PM, but we bounce back nicely.

Monday, 28th- After a couple of days of devoted effort we get a little break today with the Void-of-Course Moon until about 4:00 PM. Conversations dig a little deeper through 8:30 PM, but late night is very pleasant indeed.

V/C Moon 5:38 AM-3:47 PM when it enters Sagittarius

Tuesday, 29th- Many miles will be covered today, so you might want to pace yourself. We feel the most fatigue between and 5:00 and 7:00 PM late afternoon. Serious effort will be required early tomorrow morning so get some rest tonight.

Wednesday, 30thThe majority of the day is very effective, from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Last Friday’s Saturn pivot is continuing to pay out dividends for those that put effort into it each day.

Thursday, 31st- From 6:00 AM until just past noon is quite enjoyable, as is 10:00 tonight. The Capricorn Moon helps us to keep at in as our efforts are important and these are serious matters.

V/C Moon 0:42 AM-4:18 AM when it enters Capricorn

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Don can be contacted via phone at 413 219-4214, or by email at athenasweb@gmail.com. Columns are archived at AthenasWeb.com. If you would like to have a session, to answer questions about your natal chart or current events, contact me and we’ll set something up over the phone or in person.

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Daily Planets- 08/18/17

Posted on August 17th, 2017 by Don Cerow

August 18-August 24, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 18th- The morning is good. Early afternoon not so much. After 10:00 PM we start to feel the fatigue or feel out of alignment with our surroundings. Consider going to bed early.

Saturday, 19th- Before 9:00 AM is nice, but we’re a little uncertain about late morning. After 2:00 PM the energy level begins to pick up. If you’re playing with pets be gentle through noon tomorrow.

V/C Moon 11:17 AM-1:55 PM when it enters Leo

Sunday, 20th- Busy day. We’re tender through the morning, but a little off center as we hit noon with all the activity coming at us. After 7:30 the pace begins to hit a much better note. The evening could be very entertaining if you try new stuff.

Monday, 21st- This is the one we’ve been waiting for. Excitement leading into early afternoon with many focused on the solar eclipse, with a side of uncertainty into the evening.

V/C Moon 2:30 PM-4:25 PM when it enters Virgo

Tuesday, 22nd- We’re organized, efficient and make good use of our time this morning. This is doing the job right. Be ready to pace yourself though, because your efforts will take time. There’s a drop in the energy mid-afternoon, but we rebound into the evening.

Wednesday, 23rdThe day, up until 4:00 PM runs fairly smoothly. From 4:00 until 9:00 PM we cruise with the current. Later evening is nice. Love the one you’re with.

V/C Moon 4:02 PM-9:04 PM when it enters Libra

Thursday, 24th- Our favorites don’t seem to play fair today. Not everyone is being taken into account. 4:00 PM shows us what could possibly be the best use of the energy, but people may play favorites.

 

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Don can be contacted via phone at 413 219-4214, or by email at athenasweb@gmail.com. Columns are archived at AthenasWeb.com. If you would like to have a session, to answer questions about your natal chart or current events, contact me and we’ll set something up over the phone or in person.

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Daily Planets- 08/11/17

Posted on August 10th, 2017 by Don Cerow

August 11-August 17, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 11th- Basic sensibilities are due for an overhaul this afternoon. We’re uncertain about what the future may bring. After 10:30 tonight brings some peace, serenity and real inner beauty. Faith can be a real cornerstone.

V/C Moon ends at 1:22 AM when it enters Aries

Saturday, 12th- Our paths shift with changes in plans. There could be repairs in the works, of your tools or regarding your health. We feel a little pressure in the morning, are hard at work and industrious through the afternoon, and really enjoy the evening after 10:00 PM.

Sunday, 13th- What a nice day, particularly through the late morning and early afternoon. We accomplish what needs to be done through the later afternoon and retire to some pleasant conversations or thoughts as we approach midnight.

V/C Moon 4:01 AM-6:40 AM when it enters Taurus

Monday, 14th- An energized day that sees us accomplishing much in stages, but be careful not to over-do, especially through mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Take a break around 7:00 PM and finally wrap things up around 9:00 PM.

V/C Moon 9:15 PM-10:06 AM (Tuesday) when it enters Gemini

Tuesday, 15th- We’re enticed by alternative scenarios  early this morning, but it may not be a good path to follow. Late night tonight and early tomorrow morning there’s some danger, particularly as egos come into play. Some will try to force matters. What is hidden here may be more costly than at first realized.

Wednesday, 16thPrior to mid-afternoon we’re struggling with some of the shifting tides. Between 3:30 and 8:00 PM is quite enjoyable indeed. Rest up after 9:00 PM.

Thursday, 17th- Between 9:00 and noon this morning stimulates some interesting new concepts, but it’s doubtful that they will actually come into play in their present form. We’re more sensitive to our circumstances through the afternoon and into the evening, but memories can also be more clearly defined. Don’t forget the family.

V/C Moon 9:38 AM-12:13 PM when it enters Cancer

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Don can be contacted via phone at 413 219-4214, or by email at athenasweb@gmail.com. Columns are archived at AthenasWeb.com. If you would like to have a session, to answer questions about your natal chart or current events, contact me and we’ll set something up over the phone or in person.

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Daily Planets- 08/04/17

Posted on August 3rd, 2017 by Don Cerow

 

August 4-August 10, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 4th- Watch out for big ticket items putting a serious dent in your finances, philosophy or particular orientation late this morning and through the afternoon. Major misconceptions (fabrications) may lead you astray today and through tomorrow.

Saturday, 5th- We’re hypersensitive to conditions around us, and may feel as though we’re unloved. Children should be more carefully watched through this time. As per usual, don’t bet the farm.

Sunday, 6th- Community endeavors and extending your network are some of the themes of the day. Even though it’s the evening leading into the Full Moon, folks will feel they need some extra rest tonight.

V/C Moon 5:22 AM-8:15 AM when it enters Aquarius

Monday, 7th- We feel as though we’re being held in check this morning, but the tide begins to turn as we move through late afternoon and into the evening.  4:00 and 7:00 PM may be some of the most uplifting windows of time.

Tuesday, 8th- The morning is good and as we head into 3:00 PM there’s some sparkle. There’s a tendency to over-do after 6:00 PM, and so erring on the side of caution is not a bad idea.

V/C Moon 3:07 PM-5:56 PM when it enters Pisces

Wednesday, 9thNoon is excellent, while 4:00 PM is potentially dangerous. Something may break or snap, and so heeding cautionary warnings works well.

Thursday, 10th- Between 8:00 and 10:00 is a bummer and it sets off our Void-of-Course day, but through the later afternoon we begin to really enjoy some of the opportunities.

V/C Moon 9:28 AM-1:22 AM (Friday) when it enters Aries

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Don can be contacted via phone at 413 219-4214, or by email at athenasweb@gmail.com. Columns are archived at AthenasWeb.com. If you would like to have a session, to answer questions about your natal chart or current events, contact me and we’ll set something up over the phone or in person.

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Daily Planets- 07/28/17

Posted on July 24th, 2017 by Don Cerow

July 28-August 3, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 28th- We’re grinding on an issue as we get up this morning. The additional focus can help us to get things done, but try not to grind on others. Early evening is best, especially around 7:00 PM. Thoughts are a little scattered around 10:00 PM.

Saturday, 29th- Steady as she goes through the late morning, but by 4:00 PM we are feeling pretty good about what we have accomplished. Some take on additional projects after 8:30, but we begin to feel the fatigue as we move into 11:00 PM. Allow time for rest.

V/C Moon 5:30 PM-8:23 PM when it enters Scorpio

Sunday, 30th- We feel a little résistance a couple of times throughout the day today, between 9:00 and 10:00 this morning, and as we approach 6:00 PM. Give it the time is needs and you will have made some real progress by day’s end. For many, this will be the beginning and end of the work day.

Monday, 31st- We find this Void-of-Course Moon day satisfactory and relaxed, especially around 3:00 this afternoon. Focused activity is a little harder to steer, but those who are willing to walk with the Will of the Wisp may discover some interesting new angles.

V/C Moon 7:10 AM-8:01 AM (Tuesday) when it enters Sagittarius

Tuesday, 1st- We can get things done today but it doesn’t move quite as smoothly as we’d like. There are some additional expenses or efforts that need to go into what we’re doing late morning, and we just seem to be spinning our wheels into the evening. Midnight is good.

Wednesday, 2ndLate morning is fuzzy, early evening is focused. Uranus pivots after midnight, indicating that there might be some radical shifts in behavior including airline snafus throughout the day. Take it easy and expect the unexpected.

Thursday, 3rd- We’re pretty active in dealing with the morning and early afternoon, but are particularly satisfied with things a we move into 5:30 and the later evening.

V/C Moon 5:38 AM-8:37 PM when it enters Capricorn

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Don can be contacted via phone at 413 219-4214, or by email at athenasweb@gmail.com. Columns are archived at AthenasWeb.com. If you would like to have a session, to answer questions about your natal chart or current events, contact me and we’ll set something up over the phone or in person.

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Daily Planets- 07/21/17

Posted on July 20th, 2017 by Don Cerow

July 21-July 27, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 21st- We’re a little fuzzy as we get up this morning. The truth may not be readily apparent. We’re listening to domestic tales that don’t really do it for us around 8:00 tonight (or there’s an issue around supper), but 8:30 PM has some sparkle.

V/C Moon ends when it enters Cancer at 4:09 AM

Saturday, 22nd- Some are a little jealous and covet what others have around 9:00 AM. Noon is good. The late lunar tide brings fatigue to our shores around 3:30 PM, and after 10:00 PM the chatter box begins to take over.

Sunday, 23rd- The New Moon is a little before 6:00 AM and it brings with it renewed enthusiasm and initiative as we move through the morning. The tide pulls out and we feel another afternoon lag, similar to yesterday afternoons. Late evening there’s another surge, but its focus is questionable.

V/C Moon 2:05 AM-4:33 AM when it enters Leo

Monday, 24th- Late morning it’s difficult to get what we want, but there are some original ways of working with it as new opportunities emerge around noon. After 4:00 PM things begin to feel much more sociable and fun through 10:00 PM.

Tuesday, 25th- Moods swing back and forth today, but with both the Moon and Mercury entering Virgo, it’s a great time to get the job done or begin new dietary regimes. 3:00 through 7:30 PM feels the most upbeat.

V/C Moon 5:22 AM-6:32 AM when it enters Virgo

Wednesday, 26thWe’re feeling our oats as we work our way through the day. High side; we’re stronger than usual and can take on larger physical tasks; flip side, some may be hot under the collar as minor issues set them off. Late morning, early afternoon is probably the best.

Thursday, 27th- The morning drifts, although we feel a little more animated than usual. The rest of the day runs smoothly, building to a stronger culmination between 7:00 and 10:00 tonight.

V/C Moon 2:31 AM-11:37 AM when it enters Libra

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Daily Planets- 07/14/17

Posted on July 13th, 2017 by Don Cerow

July 14-July 20, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 14th- There can be some enjoyability to the day, but it will come at a slow pace, especially around 2:30. Don’t fight gravity. Allow it some time.

V/C Moon 1:00 PM-7:52 PM when it enters Aries

Saturday, 15th- We can get quite a bit achieved as we approach early afternoon. Folks may be a little subjective about what they’re saying. Late afternoon is the most enjoyable. Late evening we tend to over reach a little, whether in opinions, calories or conversation.

Sunday, 16th- Major decisions could be quite costly. Be careful if the selection needs to happen today. Mid-afternoon is especially susceptible. Early evening is uncertain. The more urgently you really want to _______ (fill in the blank), you more you should let it go today and tomorrow.

V/C Moon 10:19 PM-1:04 PM (Monday) when it enters Taurus

Monday, 17th- Deep and dangerous waters flow through the day. Venus is what we’re attracted to, Mars is what we desire. In the morning our vision is confused, while in the evening our impulses tend to sweep us away.

Tuesday, 18th- Peace returns to the valley through the morning and later afternoon. 7:00 PM may be a little shaky, but after 8:00 the satisfaction takes the upper hand.

Wednesday, 19thNervous systems are abuzz early this morning. We downshift into a more solid track through mid afternoon, taking care of priorities, even though they may not be very entertaining.

V/C Moon 2:11 AM-3:31 AM when it enters Gemini

Thursday, 20th- 7:30 and earlier is excellent, but then things start to get a little dicey. Once again, mistakes made here could wind up costing you in health or repairs, and folks aren’t thrilled. After 7:00 tonight misdirected passions begin to flow. It all happens so suddenly!

 

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Don can be contacted via phone at 413 219-4214, or by email at athenasweb@gmail.com. Columns are archived at AthenasWeb.com. If you would like to have a session, to answer questions about your natal chart or current events, contact me and we’ll set something up over the phone or in person.

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Daily Planets- 07/07/17

Posted on July 4th, 2017 by Don Cerow

July 7-July 13, 2017

All listed times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 7th- Early to mid-morning is excellent. Through the afternoon we are content, but projects or situations may require more resources than expected, which could set a few people off. Tonight we’re not in total agreement.

V/C Moon 10:12 AM-1:44 PM when it enters Capricorn

Saturday, 8th- The big news of the day is the Full Moon right after midnight. The productive potential of the summer is now coming to a peak; harness your efforts and focus on what needs to be done. It may be hard, it may take time, but that is what is required.

Sunday, 9th- It’s tough getting up this morning and the way ahead seems to be blocked. Confrontations may be the result. Choose your battles, as this one may not win you many points.

V/C Moon 10:12 PM-1:35 AM (Monday) when it enters Aquarius

Monday, 10th- We’re tired getting up this morning, feel good through the early afternoon and review an alternative approach through the early evening.

Tuesday, 11th- All in all an enjoyable day once we move through the morning.

Wednesday, 12thThe morning, leading right up to noon is Void-of-Course as we float with the current. Between 7:00 and 9:00 PM is the most productive time of the day. We feel a little irritated as we lead into 11:00 PM.

V/C Moon 8:40 AM-11:51 AM when it enters Pisces

Thursday, 13th- We’d like a little down time through  the earlier half of the afternoon and evening, but we may not get it. Pisces is allusive. What are you missing?

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Don can be contacted via phone at 413 219-4214, or by email at athenasweb@gmail.com. Columns are archived at AthenasWeb.com. If you would like to have a session, to answer questions about your natal chart or current events, contact me and we’ll set something up over the phone or in person.

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Daily Planets- 06/30/17

Posted on June 29th, 2017 by Don Cerow

June 30-July 6, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 30th- Early morning is excellent for figuring things out. Late evening we may not like what needs to be done, but we do it anyway knowing it was what needed to be done.

V/C Moon ends at 3:02 AM when it enters Libra

Saturday, 1st- This is an interesting day. Between 7:00 and 9:00 PM is peaceful and serene. We feel challenged through the early afternoon, but there’s a real gem that comes with it. Go with what the knowledge seems to reveal. 7:30 is also feel good, but as we approach midnight there are different points of view that are being offered.

Sunday, 2nd- Confrontations are possible this morning, and they may be serious. It’s possible to get much done through the afternoon, and this spills over into tomorrow.

V/C Moon 9:16 AM-12:59 PM when it enters Scorpio

Monday, 3rd- We’re talkative and on the right track. There is an ability to see things with a greater clarity through 2:00 PM. 5:00 PM helps us to bring things to completion.

Tuesday, 4th- People say things they know are not true. People on the highways and byways are not paying attention to the rules, so be careful. We may have to re-examine our beliefs through the next 24 hours. Not all is as it seems in the media.

V/C Moon 9:34 PM-1:08 AM (Wednesday) when it enters Sagittarius

Wednesday, 5thWe continue to reverberate from all we see out there in the media this morning. Give it time. As we approach 9:00 tonight there is greater clarity.

Thursday, 6th- We’re caught up in ephemeral issues throughout the morning. Early afternoon is the most consistent and focused. There’s a short fuse that’s burning as we move through 7:00 PM, and we’re feeling tired around 11:00 PM. Get some rest.

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Don can be contacted via phone at 413 219-4214, or by email at athenasweb@gmail.com. Columns are archived at AthenasWeb.com. If you would like to have a session, to answer questions about your natal chart or current events, contact me and we’ll set something up over the phone or in person.

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Daily Planets- 06/23/17

Posted on June 22nd, 2017 by Don Cerow

June 23-June 29, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 23rd- Getting up this morning may be a little tiring, but we have things to do. Early afternoon is fairly stimulating, but we let some things slide through the afternoon. There’s a bit of an acceleration with the New Moon at 10:30 tonight. Some lean on the late night snack.

V/C Moon 2:45 PM-6:07 PM when it enters Cancer

Saturday, 24th- An excellent day with some real sparkle to it through mid-morning. The afternoon for the most part is really productive, we have the energy to see it through. Late evening is passionate, but some may go a little overboard.

Sunday, 25th- We’re feeling tired through the morning, frustrated mid-afternoon, and really great once we cross the 6:00 PM threshold. The energy is stellar through until 3:00 AM  tomorrow morning for those who would like to stretch it.

V/C Moon 2:44 PM-6:06 PM when it enters Leo

Monday, 26th- Like yesterday morning, we’re a little tired as we get up. Early afternoon feels pretty good. 6:30 PM is really nice.

Tuesday, 27th- We’re organized and off to a good start this morning, but through early afternoon there’s a tendency to exagggerate. Around 8:00 PM we enjoy the beauty, music, peace or serenity.

V/C Moon 5:12 PM-8:41 PM when it enters Virgo

Wednesday, 28thMorning is good, afternoon is energized, but the evening is a little tough. Something we enjoy is in short supply, like understanding. Those up past midnight feels a little better.

Thursday, 29th- The morning is playful. 3:00 pm has a bit of a weight that comes with it. 4:30 is very pleasant, but conversations dig deep into the evening. Be gentile.

V/C Moon 4:34 PM-3:02 AM (Friday) when it enters Libra

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Daily Planets- 06/16/17

Posted on June 16th, 2017 by Don Cerow

June 16-June 22, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 16th- We’re sensitive to issues this morning, although through early afternoon the conversational pace picks up. Later afternoon is most focused and productive.

Saturday, 17th- The energy floats through the afternoon. Start your engines about 2:00 PM and things will run much better.

V/C Moon 3:44 AM-1:55 PM when it enters Aries

Sunday, 18th- Communications are good through the morning and the buzz really begins about that time and carries through the evening. We have steam into 10:00 PM.

Monday, 19th- Things are exciting through the early morning. Try new directions that you haven’t tried before, but don’t go overboard with the accounting department. Finish up tasks for the usual reasons by 3:45 PM.

V/C Moon 3:42 PM-5:53 PM when it enters Taurus

Tuesday, 20th- Early morning is insightful. 6:30 PM is some of the most enjoyable time of the day. Summer begins 24 minutes after midnight.

Wednesday, 21stTongues are a-wagging throughout the day, but it doesn’t hold water. Commence important projects after 6:44 this evening.

V/C Moon 0:26 AM-6:44 PM when it enters Gemini

Thursday, 22nd- This is a fairly pleasant day. Conversations are interesting. 4:00 PM is some of the most uplifting of today’s themes.

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RETURN OF THE DRAGON

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by Don Cerow

In our book, When the Dragon Wore the Crown, we contend that long ago cultures all over the world shared an ideology of a great flying serpent that wrapped his considerable bulk around the North Celestial Pole and chased his own tail for literally thousands of years.

In other words, the source of this myth was astronomical.

This seems to be John Michel’s opinion, too. From chapter two of his work, The View Over Atlantis,

Every aspect of the dragon’s career is represented in stories, songs and dances. The stages of its seasonal growth are celebrated all over the world in the rites and festivals which reach their climax at the beginning of winter in the processions that mark the dragon’s death.

He goes on to list a number of locations all over England that lay claim to these Dragon paths.

A number of parish churches contain an effigy of the local dragon killer and early Celtic stone carvings show that the legend is of an age far more remote than that of its traditional historical heroes.

Amen. What my own research has revealed is that, as legend records, the Dragon was born of the Egg, and like Pan Ku of China and the Dioscuri (Castor and Polydeuces) of Greece who were also born of the Egg, this simply indicates that they were born during a period of time when the Twins of Gemini were marked by the constellational passage of the Vernal Equinox (Spring) through this sign. These ‘myths’ were told sometime between 6300 and 4800 BC when this was the astronomical ‘picture’. These myths preserve traditions which were in place long before ‘history’ came to be. History is founded on the written word, and this was a period of time long before writing as we know it came to be.

This story was certainly one of those enacted by local or wandering players at fairs and religious festivals, and the life of the dragon, the annual rise and wane of the fertilizing principle, much at one time have been seen as a seasonal dramatic ritual by almost everyone in the country.

Among other things, the observation of the Dragon helped to define the celestial passage of the year through the Seasons and provided a framework against which to observe stellar passage and to provide guidelines for the local farmers and the tending of their crops. To this day the Chinese remember this tradition in their New Year’s association with the Dragon in a celebration of the end and beginning of the year.

When visiting some of these mounds, stones and ancient church sites associated with the dragon it is hard to avoid the impressions that they were located according to principles similar to those adopted by the geomancers of China. There it was said that the dragon’s heart is to be found at a lonely knoll standing in a small plains or valley among the hills. From the central spot the veins of the dragon current run over the surrounding ridges.

What we have here is our ancient observatory, where artificial mounds were carefully constructed to give an excellent spot to observe the heavens, marking by the contours of the local terrain, just like the Native American Mississippian cultures build artificial mounds for the same purpose all over the eastern US.

These mounds, like the stone rows and circles from which they form alignments, are typical of those once used in both countries in connection with astronomy. The mounds, which form the centres of the dragon current in China, were also used for planetary observation, as we know from living traditions and from the survival of the practice into modern times.

Like St. Patrick’s in Ireland, illustrating his control over a natural, elemental force, was taken by early Christians to represent the defeat of the old religion by the new. This selective interpretation hid the dragon’s wider elemental and astrological significance.

Many indigenous traditions still have stories about the great serpent, who once spread his wings over and embraced the entire planet.

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Daily Panets- 06/09/17

Posted on June 8th, 2017 by Don Cerow

June 9-June 15, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 9th- A powerful morning; Full Moon, Jupiter pivot, Sun Pluto inconjunct and more. Try not to knee-jerk in anger. By noon things have settled back into place.

Saturday, 10th- A wonderful day, especially around noon and 4:30 PM. It’s peaceful and meditative. Working on your professional images works with the Capricorn Moon. Some may cross communicational wires around midnight.

V/C Moon 02:20 AM-7:36 AM when it enters Capricorn

Sunday, 11th- There’s a tendency to stretch things this morning. Be mindful of how much you eat. Noon is nice, but conversations are more controversial late this afternoon. Working on a project would be a good use of the energy. 9:00 tonight would be very focused and passionate.

Monday, 12th- Alternative advice or information is excellent early this morning, and we’re fairly productive through mid-morning. A few curves are thrown at us around noon and into the early afternoon. We’re having to change what we are doing as we approach midnight.

V/C Moon 2:45 PM-7:45 PM when it enters Aquarius

Tuesday, 13th- There are some opportunities we hear about late morning, but not all the pieces are apparent as we head into the late evening, but we feel pretty good about it anyway.

Wednesday, 14thProductivity and working with others are the name of the game today, especially as the Sun goes down. We can be methodical and patient as we head into 7:00 PM.

Thursday, 15th- We’re being asked to play within the rules and budget our time wisely throughout the day today, but we sense a level of accomplishment and satisfaction as we head into 6:30 tonight.

V/C Moon 1:40 AM-6:17 AM when it enters Pisces

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Daily Planets- 06/02/17

Posted on May 31st, 2017 by Don Cerow

June 2-June 8, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 2nd- Say not words in haste this morning. After 8:00 tonight things begin to improve, either until the wee hours, or through to noon tomorrow.

V/C Moon 5:48 PM-8:04 PM when it enters Libra

Saturday, 3rd- A nice day through to 10:30 tonight. Both noon and 9:30 PM are particularly good. The Libra Moon suggests we have fun with someone.

Sunday, 4th- There’s confusion at noon, but we figure it out by 4:00 PM. Major projects move forward through the latter part of the day.

Monday, 5th- We feel certain about things at 8:00 AM, but not so much by 8:30 AM. 8:00 PM tonight works well. We figure things out right up until midnight.

V/C Moon 4:57 AM-6:46 AM when it enters Scorpio

Tuesday, 6th- Get it  done if you need it by today, as tomorrow is V/C until 7:00 PM. Noon and 9:00 PM today are nice.

Wednesday, 7th-  The AM is smoother than the PM, possibly best around 11:00 AM. Between 4:00 and 7:00 PM flow fairly well.

Thursday, 8th- Mid-afternoon is possibly some of the best time of the day. Be willing to work with unexpected developments. After 9:00 tonight people start to get a little particular about what they do and don’t want. There’s some improvement right at midnight.

V/C Moon 8:35 PM-6:59 PM (Wednesday) when it enters Sagittarius

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Daily Planets- 05/26/17

Posted on May 26th, 2017 by Don Cerow

May 26-June 1, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 26th- Those up around 5:00 AM feel really good, but by 6:00 AM the mood begins to shift. Early afternoon is attractive, but a little naughty. There’s a surge of enthusiasm around 10:00 PM.

Saturday, 27th- Noon is nice. Satisfaction colors late morning. Take with a grain of salt what is being offered to you. They may not follow through as proposed.

V/C Moon 2:18 AM-7:24 AM when it enters Cancer

Sunday, 28th- The Moon’s Void tomorrow. Try to get important things done today. Two PM is most focused, but not everyone has the same priorities.  After midnight things get a little rough.

Monday, 29th- From 3:00 AM until after eight tonight the Moon is Void-of-Course, but we really enjoy the up-swing as it ends between eight PM and midnight.

V/C Moon 2:59 AM-8:12 PM when it enters Leo

Tuesday, 30th- Around 8:15 AM we feel like going back to bed. Choices are difficult this afternoon. This is not the ideal time to take the plunge. The evening is great, however, and extends well past midnight.

Wednesday, 31stVoid in the morning yet productive through the early afternoon. We feel a little pinched around 7:00 PM.

V/C Moon 7:14 AM-12:16 PM when it enters Virgo

Thursday, 1st- In spite of the emotional gyrations through the earlier part of the day, this is a fairly productive time if you will keep your shoulder to the wheel. Sensuality returns as we approach 11:00 PM.

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THE VIEW OVER ATLANTIS

Posted on May 25th, 2017 by Don Cerow

               
There have been a number of works which have influenced my thought through youth, but possibly none more so than John Michell’s The View Over Atlantis. It describes a time, now largely forgotten, when Terra Firma was mapped out as one big observatory, a ‘City of God’, nestled in the bosom of the Earth. It was still under  construction up until the time things began to fall apart and what we think of as ‘history’ begins.

Much in the same manner that we respond to acupuncture points affecting other parts of the body, so too is the Earth a living, breathing entity that may be impacted by the locations of megalithic stones, her acupuncture points, that are seasonally or ritualistically stimulated by dancing, drumming and otherwise ‘vibrating’ these sacred points. As time went by these stones would be replaced by temples, churches, and ultimately, legend.

“… and they stopped building the town.”

During the Age of Gemini it was precisely these characteristics that were bumped up a grade, accelerated or advanced as part of a world wide social agenda. Heaven was seen in the contours of the Earth. Time was measured by the passage of the stars overhead, and storytelling (myth) inherited a primary function in the dance of civilization.

      ”So, they are all a single people, with a single language!” said Yahweh.

“This is but the start of their undertakings! There will be nothing too hard for them to do. Come, let us go down and confuse their language on the spot so that they can no longer understand one another.”

Yahweh scattered them thence over the whole face of the Earth, and they stopped building the town. It was named Babel, therefore, because there Yahweh confused the language of the whole Earth. It was from there that Yahweh scattered them over the whole face of the Earth.”                                                    -Genesis 1, 5-9.

The Earth was being prepared for Her marriage to heaven until outside forces began to put a real strain on the whole system.

“Imagine a fiery chain stretched from mountain peak to mountain peak, as far as the eye could reach, and paid out until it touched the ‘high’ places of the earth at a number of ridges, banks, and knowls. Then visualize a mound, circular earthwork, or clump of trees, planted on these high points, and in low points in the valley other mounds ringed round with water to be seen mark the way at intervals, and on a bank leading up to a mountains ridge or down to a ford the track cut deep so as to form a guiding notch on the skyline as you come up. In a bwlch or mountain pass the road cut deeply as a notch afar off. Here and there and at two ends of ponds dug on the line, or streams banked up into ‘flashes’ to form reflecting points on the beacon track the beacon was fired on the traditional day.

All these works exactly on the sighting line.

The wayfarer’s instructions are still deeply rooted in the peasant mind to-day, when he tells you- quite wrongly now- ‘You just keep straight on.”
From ”The Old Straight Track” by Alfred Watkins

And from the preface of ”The View Over Atlantis.

 ”Despite the warnings of astrologers and students of sacred history, many find themselves unprepared for the changes that inevitably occur as the spring point enter Aquarius. Yet, as events move toward the pattern foreshadowed by prophecy, as portents, long awaited, stir the primeval spirits from the depths of mythology, the changeable and impermanent nature of the structure, evolved during the preceding two thousand years, the age of Pisces, becomes ever more apparent.

“Certain predictable phenomena mark the beginning of each new cycle. Ignatius of Antioch, in the first century of the Christian era described the surging spirit of the times that the shattered tyrants and destroyed the power of the old magicians.

“Similarly, the late C.G. Jung in 1959 wrote of “changes in the constellation of psychic dominants, of the archetypes ‘of gods’, as they were called, which bring about or accompany, long lasting transformations of the collective psyche.”

“Old secrets rise to the surface and dissolve into the consciousness of the human race to fertilize the seed of evolutionary growth. The important discoveries about the past have been made not so much through the present refined techniques of treasure hunting and grave robbery, but in the intuition of those whose faith in poetry led them to a scientific truth. The gradual accumulation within each succeeding generation of the total knowledge of the past through the hereditary medium, known to biologists as DNA, is a phenomenon of which we have again become conscious, and this realization ensures the ultimate re-establishment of the former b­elief in the revelation on which the science of the ancient world was founded.”

In the old straight track, when simply walking these ley lines brought about healing and centering, the themes of Gemini are evoked. Wind and Air gods (Sumer and Norse) ruled the roost. The duality of the Tao held sway for all those “born of the Egg” (China’s Pan Ku and Greece and Rome’s Castor and Pollux). “Transportation and communication” are the keywords of this pair, and in days of old there is evidence for a once world wide system reflecting a sacred highway navigating the Earth via Heaven, a secret wisdom uniting the two. Civilizations of old were building a new world wide city, a new cosmology for the planet, as Revelation calls for a pioneering new urban spirit, a new Decapolis.

Aquarius is an AIR sign devoted to the social agenda.

Gemini is an AIR sign, the last AIR sign to have traversed the point of Spring.

We have things to learn from the last time this vibration held sway. The prophets of both the Hebrew Bible and Christianity’s Revelation both foretold of a City of God to whom all would come to pay reverence. This was its predecessor.

Welcome to the New Jerusalem.

Welcome to Aquarius.

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Daily Planets- 05/19/17

Posted on May 18th, 2017 by Don Cerow

May 19-May 25, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 19th- Anger management is on the agenda for the morning. Avoid knee-jerk responses. By mid-afternoon there’s peace in the valley. Conversations (or communications) grow more interesting as we approach midnight.

Saturday, 20th- The morning hours, especially around 8:00 AM, are fairly nice. Noon is a little pushy. Some are trying to force the situation. 9:00 PM is enjoyable, midnight isn’t.

V/C Moon 11:39 PM-6:10 AM (Sunday) when it enters Aries

Sunday, 21st- Starting at six this morning, this is a fairly nice day. We’re focused in the AM, pushing a little harder mid-afternoon and exuberant at 9:00 tonight. Things can be accomplished today if you set your mind to it and don’t get distracted around 3:00 PM.

Monday, 22nd- Around 10:00 this morning is pleasant. Through mid-afternoon folks are being a little extreme. After 4:30 PM the currents run well. We’re energized around 6:00, social around 9:00 and effective after midnight. That is all.

Tuesday, 23rd- In general this is a nice day all day long. Nervous system energy begins to pick up after 7:00 PM. People are chatty through 11:00 PM.

V/C Moon 2:59 AM-8:33 AM when it enters Taurus

Wednesday, 24thFinish up by 3:00 PM. Tonight will be rather low key, as this is the tail end of the lunar cycle. Get some rest.

V/C Moon 3:08 PM-8:15 AM (Thursday) when it enters Gemini

Thursday, 25th- Someone has their thumb on the scales around noon. They’re not playing fair and may be a little jealous. The New Moon is at 3:44 PM. The energy level picks up, but folks are a little less than understanding after 7:00 PM. Chores take time.

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Daily Planets- 05/12/17

Posted on May 11th, 2017 by Don Cerow

May 12-May 18, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 12th- We feel strong and can accomplish a great deal of activity through the day, particularly with regard to physical activity. Six o’clock, both AM and PM, represents the day’s strengths.

Saturday, 13th- The Sagittarian Moon keeps us feeling rather upbeat through the day, especially through the later afternoon. Late morning is somewhat busy.

V/C Moon 10:14 PM-1:37 AM (Sunday) when it enters Capricorn

Sunday, 14th- Early morning is peaceful. Late afternoon is forgetful. We misplace or are mentally preoccupied around 6:00 PM. Avoid late evening snacks.

Monday, 15th- Tomorrow morning is largely Void-of-Course, so you might want to think about what needs to be done tomorrow, and then do it today. We’re most focused through the later afternoon. Get it done today, and then take a bit of a break tomorrow morning.

V/C Moon 6:22 AM-1:50 PM when it enters Aquarius

Tuesday, 16th- The V/C Moon gives us a chance to take a break and re-charge our batteries. Pick up the ball and get back to it after 2:00 this afternoon. We misconstrue how long things will take as we head into the later evening.

Wednesday, 17thSleep and dreams may have been stirred early this morning. We’re not thrilled about what we perceive to be the case, but we’re off the mark. What we think is not necessarily an accurate assessment. Late afternoon is the best use of the energy.

Thursday, 18th- Folks are rather straightforward early this morning. Later afternoon is excellent. We’re busy and we get things done. Finish by 8:30 PM for the usual reasons.

V/C Moon 8:33 PM-11:52 PM when it enters Pisces

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CAN YOU SAY, “WATERGATE?”

Posted on May 10th, 2017 by Don Cerow

 
FBI Director fired for heading investigation probing into White House’s actions.
Everyone is reporting the news. This is big. The media is abuzz. The ‘special prosecutor,’ the one whose job it was to check into illegalities at the governmental level, is being thrown under the bus, presumably before he can gather incriminating evidence that looks unfavorably upon the executive department.

From the Moon Mail, January 27th (see Columns on the home page), looking at the year ahead for the USA-

Finally on the 9th of May, the progressed Sun will semi-square the natal US Pluto in the 2nd house (finances and emotional securities). The (progressed) Sun in Pisces is sad about the way our resources are disappearing.”

Heads may roll.

May 9th was the day the FBI Director was fired. Our ‘emotional securities’ are wondering whether or not our form of government still works anymore. Many of the pundits are quite alarmed.

Two other high lights are on the horizon; progressed Venus builds to its exact alignment in its square to Pluto on June 3rd. The ‘unpopularity’ (and possible illegality) of this president and his administration will build to a climax at that time. Looking a little further down the road, the progressed Ascendant will leave Leo and enter Virgo November 23rd. The Leo Ascendant portrayed Trump’s kaleidescopic persona, while the shift to the Virgo might suggest a more practical, collected, polished and reserved Pence quality.

      The country will have a new face that looks down on us from above. The ‘theater’ our administration dances to will undergo a make-over and we will come to see ourselves differently.These are the times when we are likely to see cord changes at the hierarchical levels. May 9th as the progressed Sun semi-squared Pluto (now gone by).June 3rd as progressed Venus squares Pluto.And November 23rd as the progressed Ascendant enters Virgo.Mark your calendars.

We’ll make you a deputy by putting this silver star on your chest.

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Daily Planets- 05/05/17

Posted on May 4th, 2017 by Don Cerow

May 5-May 11, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 5th- Early morning there’s a tendency to exaggerate things, but once past 9:00 AM we begin to feel better, are more focused, and enjoy the process. The Virgo Moon helps us to get it right.

V/C Moon 8:42 AM-2:20 PM when it enters Libra

Saturday, 6th- Folks aren’t thrilled to find out it’s a Void-of-Course Moon until the early afternoon, but by 3:30 we’re cruising along nicely, thank you very much. As we move into the latter evening, we’re surprised by other people’s orientations.

Sunday, 7th- Late morning works well. Show some initiative by making decisions and getting on it right away. Late afternoon is a little wobbly, but 7:00 PM is very productive. Stack your chips here.

Monday, 8th- Six AM is very nice indeed. Finish projects up by 7:00 tonight and be prepared to take the evening off. If you feel sleepy, go to bed early. Tonight is not a night for decisions. Pieces are missing.

V/C Moon 6:59 PM-1:00 AM (Tuesday) when it enters Scorpio

Tuesday, 9th- Resources are made available through the early afternoon and we are surprised by what we hear later this evening. The Full Moon is exact late tomorrow afternoon, but we feel some of its emotional power tonight.

Wednesday, 10thThe Scorpio Full Moon arouses some passions late this afternoon and into the early evening. Some are enamored by times gone by. Tread carefully tonight, as you might inadvertently push some sensitive buttons.

V/C Moon 5:42 PM-12:59 PM (Thursday) when it enters Sagittarius

Thursday, 11th- We lose some of our steam through the early afternoon, but regain our focus as we move beyond 3:00 PM. Do what is practical, and base your moves on experience. Use what has worked before.

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Daily Planets- 04/28/17

Posted on April 27th, 2017 by Don Cerow

April 28-May 4, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 28th- Communications are electrified this morning. Nervous systems buzz, but it gives us greater clarity and understanding. Five and 10:00 PM are particularly nice.

Saturday, 29th- We’re processing yesterday morning’s new directions and are playing them back through the early afternoon. For the usual reasons, finish up projects by sundown. We’re a little bummed as we head into the evening.

V/C Moon 5:28 PM-9:48 PM when it enters Cancer

Sunday, 30th- Once again, new ideas are giving airplay between 8:00 and 10:00 AM, and they have potentialities. The afternoon is another story. We’re not happy about what we’re hearing. The mood improves about 8:00 PM.

Monday, 1st- Between 5:00 and 6:30 this morning are magical. We’re turned on by events, new ideas and directions. Early afternoon we’re discussing the down side to the changes. The Moon goes Void-of-Course at 4:23 PM. Finish up important projects prior to that, mundane projects you can keep working on.

V/C Moon 4:23 PM-0:12 (Tuesday) when it enters Leo

Tuesday, 2nd- The morning is hectic and its hard to keep up with. The early afternoon improves and is really the best time of day. Physical endeavors work well. Major themes come to the surface through the evening and into the morrow.

Wednesday, 3rdA major day. Mercury goes direct together with some strong alignments early and late. Focus on where your life is headed and attempt to make some improvements through this day. Between 7:00 and 10:00 tonight are excellent.

Thursday, 4th- The Virgo Moon makes us a little critical, but also hardworking. Discussions build as we head into the evening. Don’t push your notions on others as they still need development on your part.

V/C Moon 0:35 AM-5:46 AM when it enters Virgo

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COMET STRIKES EARTH

Posted on April 26th, 2017 by Don Cerow

                By Sarah Knapton, science editor  21 APRIL 2017 • 11:25 AM (English spellings)

Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck
Earth in 10,950 BC, sparking the rise of civilisations

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000 BC, a devastating event which wiped out woolly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.

Experts at the University of Edinburgh analyzed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Göbekli Tepe (click for additional background on Göbekli Tepe) in southern Turkey, to find out if they could be linked to constellations.

The markings suggest that a swarm of comet fragments hit Earth at the exact same time that a mini-ice age struck, changing the entire course of human history.

Scientists have speculated for decades that a comet could be behind the sudden fall in temperature during a period known as the Younger Dryas. But recently the theory appeared to have been debunked by new dating of meteor craters in North America where the comet is thought to have struck.

However, when engineers studied animal carvings made on a pillar – known as the vulture stone – at Göbekli Tepe they discovered that the creatures were actually astronomical symbols which represented constellations and the comet.

The idea had been originally put forward by author Graham Hancock in his book Magicians of the Gods.

Using a computer programme to show where the constellations would have appeared above Turkey thousands of years ago, they were able to pinpoint the comet strike to 10,950 BC, the exact time the Younger Dryas begins according to ice core data from Greenland.

The Younger Dryas is viewed as a crucial period for humanity, as it roughly coincides with the emergence of agriculture and the first Neolithic civilisations.

Before the strike, vast areas of wild wheat and barley had allowed nomadic hunters in the Middle East to establish permanent base camps. But the difficult climate conditions following the impact forced communities to come together and work out new ways of maintaining the crops, through watering and selective breeding. Thus farming began, allowing the rise of the first towns.

Edinburgh researchers said the carvings appear to have remained important to the people of Göbekli Tepe for millennia, suggesting that the event and cold climate that followed likely had a very serious impact.

Dr Martin Sweatman, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Engineering, who led the research, said: “I think this research, along with the recent finding of a widespread platinum anomaly across the North American continent virtually seal the case in favour of (a Younger Dryas comet impact).

“Our work serves to reinforce that physical evidence. What is happening here is the process of paradigm change.

“It appears Göbekli Tepe was, among other things, an observatory for monitoring the night sky.

“One of its pillars seems to have served as a memorial to this devastating event – probably the worst day in history since the end of the ice age.”

Göbekli Tepe, is thought to be the world’s oldest temple site, which dates from around 9,000 BC, predating Stonehenge by around 6,000 years.

Researchers believe the images were intended as a record of the cataclysmic event, and that a further carving showing a headless man may indicate human disaster and extensive loss of life.

Symbolism on the pillars also indicates that the long-term changes in Earth’s rotational axis was recorded at this time using an early form of writing, and that Göbekli Tepe was an observatory for meteors and comets.

The finding also supports a theory that Earth is likely to experience periods when comet strikes are more likely, owing to the planet’s orbit intersecting orbiting rings of comet fragments in space.

But despite the ancient age of the pillars, Dr Sweatman does not believe it is the earliest example of astronomy in the archaeological record.

“Many paleolithic cave paintings and artefacts with similar animal symbols and other repeated symbols suggest astronomy could be very ancient indeed,” he said.

“If you consider that, according to astronomers, this giant comet probably arrived in the inner solar system some 20 to 30 thousand years ago, and it would have been a very visible and dominant feature of the night sky, it is hard to see how ancient people could have ignored this given the likely consequences.”

The research is published in Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry.
Gobekli Tepe original article.)

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Daily Planets- 04/21/17

Posted on April 20th, 2017 by Don Cerow

April 21-April 27, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 21st- We’re not happy as we arise around 7:00 this morning, but we get some things done late morning leading into 2:30 PM. Emotional responses could use a little polish (he said diplomatically). Tonight is chatty. Everyone has opinions.

V/C Moon 2:23 PM-3:43 PM when it enters Pisces

Saturday, 22nd- We’re hit with some shifts this morning but handle them fairly well. Late afternoon is uncertain. We don’t know what to do. Some choose this as a time to get away. Try not to aggrandize the situation around 9:00 PM.

Sunday, 23rd- Early morning is pleasant while noon is not bad. Around 4:30 we feel the drag, while 5:30 is fairly enjoyable. There’s energy to be had for those who want to work on into the evening.

V/C Moon 5:34 PM-8:32 PM when it enters Aries

Monday, 24th- We feel as though we need to catch up this morning. The push is on. Later afternoon is very enjoyable. We like what is going on. The evening is fairly even keeled.

Tuesday, 25th- Tomorrow morning is the New Moon. After 6:00 tonight we start to feel a little more tired or sleepy. Do something quiet, relax a bit, or go to bed early and you should feel better refreshed by the morning.

V/C Moon 5:53 PM-9:56 PM when it enters Taurus

Wednesday, 26thThe next couple of days would be good to get things planted in the garden. Make contacts and gather information around noon, and know that things may pinch a little late afternoon.

Thursday, 27th- We’re off to a nice start to our day, but things need a little more lift as we approach 3:00 and 6:00 PM. Both last night and tonight there’s a tendency to over-indulgence. Mindfulness would be a good thing.

V/C Moon 9:18 PM-9:39 PM when it enters Gemini

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Daily Planets- 04/14/17

Posted on April 13th, 2017 by Don Cerow

April 14-April 20, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 14th- A peaceful morning when we feel centered and refreshed. The pace picks up somewhat through the early afternoon, and Venus pivots early tomorrow morning (influencing our socialization tonight) as we say good-bye to something or someone we have enjoyed.

Moon enters Sagittarius at 6:27 AM EDT.

Saturday, 15th- We’re a little sensitive to our surroundings this morning, but our energy grows into the evening as we move through the day. We can tap into the reservoir and draw on additional resources to work or play late into the evening.

Sunday, 16th- We have the energy to do whatever we want to through the day. Three nice planetary combinations keep us going, and there’s continued efficiency into early tomorrow morning. Figure out how you need to budget your time and organize your responsibilities. After 7:00 PM is particularly nice.

V/C Moon 2:26 PM-7:04 PM when it enters Capricorn

Monday, 17th- This is a test. This morning the Sun trines Saturn, this evening Mars inconjuncts Saturn. Circumstances respond to our efforts fare more easily this morning than they will this evening. Anticipate that there will be a bit of a slow down tonight, and get most important things done first.

Tuesday, 18th- The current settles down through the majority of the day. It’s more focused in the morning, helping us to get things done, and a little crazier as we move into 8:00 PM.

Wednesday, 19thSpring responds to a new facial. The Sun enters Taurus today, while Mercury enters Mercury. We’re more spirited and energized. Pluto pivots at 19 degrees of Capricorn. Check your charts.

V/C Moon 5:57 AM-6:52 AM when it enters Aquarius

Thursday, 20th- If Pluto is kind to you this is really a nice day, especially as we begin to move through the afternoon. Look at the bright side.

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VENUS SQUARE THE US PLUTO

Posted on April 11th, 2017 by Don Cerow

One of the alignments that we have been monitoring in the US chart this year has been the Progressed Venus square to the US natal Pluto, which will be exact June 3rd, 2017. We’re building into it now. The themes of this alignment will reappear as the progressed Venus squares the progressed US Pluto on February 16th, 2019 .

First things first.

In a hard aspect to Pluto, it is less likely (he said diplomatically) that Venus will manifest in a happy, harmonized state. These generally represent circumstances that are unpopular, unfair, and often unresolved between those involved. The current alignment is the progressed Venus inAries squaring Pluto in Capricorn, but the alignment has occurred before, and we can draw clues from what history has to say about these times and superimpose them on what is happening now.

      Basically.

The last time this alignment occurred was when the progressed Venus was moving throughLibra and squared Pluto in Capricorn. The two dates were exact on October 8th, 1867 and again on January 11, 1869.

Would you believe that one of the  presidents generally ranked towards the bottom of presidential lists amongst historians was in office?

No, it wasn’t ‘W’.

Say hello to Andrew Johnson.

The first American president to be impeached, he was acquitted in the Senate by just one vote. Coming to power at the end of the Civil War, he was thrust into the national spotlight by Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. As Lincoln’s Vice President, Johnson was the next in line for the presidency and finished Lincoln’s term, but was not able to be reelected in his own right. His political hurtle, was not an easy one. He had the Reconstruction of the nation he had to stitch back together after the bitter animosity of a hard fought war.

He was a one term president.

Johnson was a maverick from the get-go. As governor of Tennessee, he was the only sitting senator from a Confederate state who did not resign his seat upon learning of his state’s secession. After the war when Southern states were slowly being reintegrated into Congress, many of the same elected politicians who had been in office before the war were voted by Southerners back into office. These ‘newly’ elected officials passed Black Codes to deprive former slaves many of their hard won civil liberties. Congressional Republicans advanced legislation to overrule Southern actions, but Johnson vetoed their bills and, in return, Congressional Republicans overrode his vetoes, setting a pattern for the remainder of his presidency. One of Johnson’s greatest political impediments in working with Congress was that he opposed the Fourteenth Amendment which gave citizenship to former slaves.

On February 22, 1866 (Washington’s Birthday), Johnson gave an impromptu speech to supporters accusing his opponents (among other things) of plotting his assassination.

“Republicans viewed the address as a declaration of war… while one Democratic ally estimated Johnson’s speech cost the party 200,000 votes in the 1866 congressional midterm elections.”
“Although strongly urged by Moderates to sign the Civil Rights Bill, Johnson broke decisively with them by vetoing it on March 17. In his veto message, he objected to the measure because it conferred citizenship on the freedmen at a time when 11 out of 36 states were unrepresented in the Congress, and that it discriminated in favor of African Americans and against whites. Within three weeks, Congress had overridden his veto, the first time that had been done on a major bill in American history. The veto of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, often seen as a key mistake of Johnson’s presidency, convinced Moderates there was no hope of working with him. Historian Eric Foner in his volume on Reconstruction views it as “the most disastrous miscalculation of his political career.” According to Stewart, the veto was “for many his defining blunder, setting a tone of perpetual confrontation with Congress that prevailed for the rest of his presidency.”

“Efforts to compromise failed, and a political war ensued between the united Republicans on one side, and on the other, Johnson and his allies in the Democratic Party.”
(Italics mine.)                 -Wiki

But there were other manifestations to this Venus Pluto square.

Can you say, “peace treaty?”

There were two treaties that stand out and were signed under the window we’re examining. The first was the Medicine Lodge Treaty (Oct 21 & 28, 1867), and The Treaty of Fort Laramie, aka The Sioux Treaty of 1868 (Apr 29, 1868). To repeat, the first Venus Pluto square of this series was exact on October 8, 1867, the second in January 11, 1869. Observation suggests the effects build into these exact astronomical (mathematical) dates.

Here’s some background on the influence of the Medicine Lodge Treaty.

From Wiki:

“With the treaties signed on October 21 and 28, 1867 the old idea of a giant continuous Great Plains reservation was abandoned forever and replaced with a new system in which the Plains Tribes were required to relocate to a clearly bounded reservation in Western Oklahoma. Any tribal member living outside of the reservation would thereafter be in violation of the treaty, and the US would be justified in using whatever means necessary to force them onto the reservation. Likewise, the new policy of “civilizing the tribes” meant that the US would no longer allow the Indians to preserve their traditional ways, but would instead use schools and agricultural education programs to try and eradicate the old customs and assimilate Indians into white culture.”

And from the Treaty of Fort Laramie…

“…guaranteeing the Lakota ownership of the Black Hills, and further land and hunting rights in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. The Powder River Country was to be henceforth closed to all whites. The treaty ended Red Cloud’s War. Article 16 in the treaty specified in that in addition “the country north of the North Platte River and east of the summits of the Big Horn Mountains shall be held and considered to be unceded Indian territory… no white person or persons shall be permitted to settle upon or occupy any portion of the same; or without the consent of the Indians first had and obtained, to pass through same…”

“Repeated violations of the otherwise exclusive rights to the land by gold prospectors led to the Black Hills War. Migrant workers seeking gold had crossed the reservation borders in violation of the treaty. Indians had attacked these gold prospectors and war ensued. The US government seized the Black Hills land in 1877. It later broke up the Great Sioux Reservation into several reduced reservations.”
-Wiki

So let’s see now; in the 19th century under this alignment we have one very unpopular president who struggled with Congress and two peace treaties that weren’t worth the paper they were printed on. Do the Cherokee now have the territory promised them in Oklahoma following the Trail of Tears? As the aspect reoccurs, whose territory is it if the oil pipeline is allowed to run through the Lakota reservations in spite of the protests of the entire, collective Native American tribes? The aspiration of Venus is to have peace, fairness and everyone being treated equally before the scales of justice. But under a hard aspect it will not be what you see when this alignment occurs.

It can also represent a hard fought justice being won.

But you know it don’t come easy.

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Daily Planets- 04/07/17

Posted on April 6th, 2017 by Don Cerow

April 7-April 13, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 7th- Things are getting busy! There’s so much to do with the Sun opposing Jupiter. Gather information and make decisions this morning, and feel the energy build over the next 48 hours.

Saturday, 8th- A powerful day. We need to take things cautiously. Err on the side of and all that. Expenditures may reach deeper through the late afternoon and into the evening.

Sunday, 9th- Communications reach a high water mark as Mercury prepares to go retrograde. People change their minds, equipment needs repair, or we have to reorganize our finances. Things are getting a little more emotional as we move into the evenings into the Full Moon.

V/C Moon 4:21 AM-8:34 AM when it enters Libra

Monday, 10th- Tonight’s Full Moon shortly past midnight builds to a crescendo as the Moon triggers Jupiter, Pluto and the Sun. There may be expenses involved. Given the choice, I would say hold off on purchases if possible.

Tuesday, 11th- The morning is the best time to get things done, even though we feel a little funky. Finish by 2:15 PM. After 7:00 tonight the mood begins to shift.

V/C Moon 2:19 PM-6:42 PM when it enters Scorpio

Wednesday, 12thNew information comes through this morning which could be helpful. We’re busy up until 8:00 PM, but then start to relax by 8:30 and into the evening.

Thursday, 13th- The morning rides fairly nicely, but the pace begins to quicken as we approach 5:00 PM. Get ready for the rush. Good advice can be found around 11:00 PM.

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Daily Planets- 03/31/17

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by Don Cerow

March 31-April 6, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 31st- We’re really enjoying this morning around 8:00, but don’t have as much time to devote to it as we would like. Folks like early afternoon.

V/C Moon ends 12:40 PM when it enters Gemini

Saturday, 1st- From 6:00 to 9:00 AM is fairly nice, but then we’re not so sure. We need to make up our  minds and act on it mid-afternoon, while avoiding attempting to control or being controlled by, situations at 8:00 tonight.

Sunday, 2nd- There are differing points of view about how to spend our time this morning. Be logical around 6:00, and take some time off was we head into the evening. After midnight is refreshing!

V/C Moon 10:43 AM-2:27 PM when it enters Cancer

Monday, 3rd- What a great day, beginning with later morning through to 9:00 PM. We’re not as happy as we approach 10:00 PM. We tend to exaggerate.

Tuesday, 4th- Over extending ourselves is again on the table late tonight. Either we bite off more than we can chew, or are pushing things that don’t want to be pushed. 5:00 and 7:00 PM are good.

V/C Moon 4:45 PM-6:13 PM when it enters Leo

Wednesday, 5th6:00 AM is excellent. The end of the afternoon not so much. Midnight is both romantic and sustained. Strike a match and things may catch fire.

Thursday, 6th- Some are trying to manipulate circumstances late morning and we don’t feel good about it. Early afternoon brings some changes that we enjoy, and we’re able to bring some projects to completion by 8:00 PM. Knock it off after that.

V/C Moon 8:16 PM-0:20 AM (Friday) when it enters Virgo

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THE 8th SEAL

Posted on March 27th, 2017 by Don Cerow

Well, the proofs, editing and adjustments have been made. The book is on its way to the printers and will be available for mailing in May. You can pre-order the work through Amazon or Red Wheel/Weiser, and before you know it, a hard copy of The 8th Seal will find its way to your door.

Pictured above is the Vatican on the evening of the day the Pope announced that he quit. For years Athena had been predicting that, as the Vernal Equinox aligned with Omega Piscium, it would represent the end of the Age of Pisces. From Revelation,  “Flashes of lightning were coming from the throne, and the sound of peals of thunder, and in front of the throne there were seven flaming lamps burning, the seven Spirits of God.”

…and from the book, page 105,

“The Vernal Equinox” [here symbolized as 'the throne'] “is a source of thunder and lightning. These are the calling cards of the Sky God. When stars cross the Vernal Equinox, sparks fly. When the Vernal Equinox aligns with significant celestial triggers, discharges of power are released—either literally as bolts of lightning, or as life-events that suddenly “rain down” on the mortals here on Earth below. The seven flaming lamps are the seven visible planets, grouping the Sun and Moon in with the other five visible moving celestial bodies. These are the seven Spirits of God.”

To be honest, I had thought that the manifestation of this event would be more metaphorical. It turned out that it was literal. It is my understanding that the image on the front cover was captured on a cell phone, and that there were actually two strikes to the Vatican during a thunderstorm on the evening of the day the Pope said he quit.

      One of my favorite themes in working with Revelation is the historical analysis. If the lightning strike listed above is indeed The 8th Seal, we can look back to another trigger, one which combined the star aligning with the 2nd Seal and the King Snake or Dragon outlined in ‘When the Dragon Wore the Crown‘.  As we established in that work many of the Creation Myths of various cultures were an interweaving of North and East symbolically, of the North Celestial Pole and the Vernal Equinox. As civilizations moved into the third millennium BC the world was astronomically and mythologically entwined by serpents. Draco was the guardian of the North Celestial Pole as Alpha Draconis climbed to the highest latitude of the skies as life’s North Star; Scorpio and Serpens dominated the Autumnal Equinox, and the Hydra swam along the Earth’s equator. Astronomically speaking, the Earth was indeed wrapped by serpents.

Hannibal’s war with Rome was the most formidable ancient martial conflict in the Mediterranean world. In The 8th Seal, we ground each of the Seven Seals astronomically, and then examine them historically, unearthing what might be revealed by written records. In the following example the Great Serpent, the mythological image guarding the North Celestial Pole, was used to help describe what would happen as the Vernal Equinox paralleled (aligned) with xi Piscium, the Second Seal. We see this pattern being used over and over again by various cultures, interweaving North and East to describe their time and place in history.

From Gades Hannibal returned to the army’s quarters in New Carthage, and then proceeded by way of Etovissa to the river Ebro and the coast. Here, it is reported, a youth of divine aspect was seen by him in his sleep, who said, “that he was sent by Jupiter as the guide of Hannibal into Italy, and that he should, therefore, follow him, nor in any direction turn his eyes away from him.”

At first he followed in terror, looking no where, either around or behind: afterwords, through the curiosity of the human mind, when he resolved in his mind what that could be on which he was forbidden to look back, he could not restrain his eyes; 
then he beheld behind him a serpent of wonderful size moving along with an immense destruction of trees and bushes, and after it a cloud following with thunderings from the skies; and that then inquiring “what was that great commotion, and what the cause of the prodigy,” he heard in reply: “ that it was the devastation of Italy: that he should continue to advance forward, nor inquire further, but suffer the fates to remain in obscurity.

Livy- The History of Rome, Chapter XXI paragraph xxii.

Not only do we have Serpent andSeal (North and East), but also another lightning strike, consistent with the themes we have been examining “and after it a cloud following with thunderings from the skies.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

Astronomically, mythologically and astrologically, The 8th Sealrepresented the boundary stone separating the Age of Pisces from the Age of Aquarius. On February 11th, 2013, the Vernal Equinox aligned with Omega Piscium, fulfilling Revelation’s prophecy,

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end…”

…of the Age of Pisces.

Order your copy today and see what else we learned about the past, and the future.

Blessings to All,

            ~Don

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Daily Planets- 03/24/17

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by Don Cerow

March 24-March 30, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 24th- Philosophical discussions fly back and forth today as we explore different realities with others. Noon makes the best use of this energy. Passions are strong late afternoon, but it helps us to dig deeper towards a solution.

Saturday, 25th- We can enjoy what we’re doing this morning but there are things we have to do and we need to take the time to get them done. Folks may not appreciate the alternatives later evening, but after 11:00 PM it begins to make better sense.

V/C Moon 1:56 AM-6:06 AM when it enters Pisces

Sunday, 26th- Some fascinating new ideas are being broached through the late morning and early afternoon. The rest of the day bounces these notions back and forth. Tomorrow is the New Moon, so we feel somewhat played out tonight as the day comes to an end.

Monday, 27th- Between 10:00 AM and 1:00 this afternoon is some of the most relaxed energy, but it can also be productive. By 3:00 PM we’re feeling  fatigued, 4:00 PM is enjoyable and the New Moon late tonight brings some vulnerabilities to the surface.

V/C Moon 6:19 AM-10:11 AM when it enters Aries

Tuesday, 28th- Early morning is relaxed, while the energy ratchets up a notch at the end of the afternoon. After midnight is interesting.

Wednesday, 29thThere’s some uncertainty until about 2:00 PM, but if you go with what has worked before you can make the best use of your time. Trust to experience.

V/C Moon 8:07 AM-11:48 AM when it enters Taurus

Thursday, 30th- There are huge fiscal shifts today. Many may find their funds being depleted. This is not a time to speculate on deals that may be risky. Like yesterday, stick to the tried and true. Conservative is the name of the game.

V/C Moon 7:12 PM-0:20 AM (Friday) when it enters Gemini

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Daily Planets- 03/17/17

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by Don Cerow

March 17-March 23, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Friday, 17th- Energy and enthusiasm are available through the morning, but things begins to drag somewhat through the afternoon. Circumstances get in the way that take more time than we had wanted. After 6:00 PM we shift gears and relax in a playful way.

V/C Moon 5:56 PM-11:00 when it enters Sagittarius

Saturday, 18th- The seeds of what we are working on through the morning come into their own through the late afternoon and early evening. We like it and are willing to talk about it. It’s a little more difficult to relax as we approach midnight.

Sunday, 19th- Here’s your chance to say good-bye to the last full day of winter! Life is pleasant through the afternoon, and 9:00 PM conjures interest or surprises. Be willing to walk a more alternative path, and you’ll be glad you did.

Monday, 20th- Hello Spring! The Sun entered Aries at 6:29 this morning putting more bounce in our step. The afternoon is particularly nice, bordering on magical. Life is good.

V/C Moon 6:37 AM-11:31 AM when it enters Capricorn

Tuesday, 21st- Get up early and get what you really need  to done as we’re sharp, focused and able to cut through issues that would normally slow us down. By mid-afternoon we’re taken down a path we hadn’t planned to take, so be ready. After 11:00 tonight some of our early morning focus begins to return.

Wednesday, 22ndThe day is largely V/C, which means it has a tendency to drift. We don’t like the shifts of 9:00 AM, but are much happier campers as we approach noon. Not all the info we need is available late evening. Midnight may be restless.

V/C Moon 9:20 AM-10:28 PM when it enters Aquarius

Thursday, 23rd- Communications and transportation are more intense and more penetrating today, all day long but especially around 8:00 tonight. Verbal arguments are better than transportational arguments, but consider your words carefully before launching them. Mid-morning is very nice.

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TALKING TREES

Posted on March 12th, 2017 by Don Cerow

EUROPE
German Forest Ranger Finds That
Trees Have Social Networks, Too

The New York Times Saturday Profile
By SALLY McGRANE JAN. 29, 2016

HÜMMEL, Germany — IN the deep stillness of a forest in winter, the sound of footsteps on a carpet of leaves died away. Peter Wohlleben had found what he was looking for: a pair of towering beeches.

“These trees are friends,” he said, craning his neck to look at the leafless crowns, black against a gray sky. “You see how the thick branches point away from each other? That’s so they don’t block their buddy’s light.”

Before moving on to an elderly beech to show how trees, like people, wrinkle as they age, he added, “Sometimes, pairs like this are so interconnected at the roots that when one tree dies, the other one dies, too.”

Mr. Wohlleben, 51, is a very tall career forest ranger who, with his ramrod posture and muted green uniform, looks a little like one of the sturdy beeches in the woods he cares for. Yet he is lately something of a sensation as a writer in Germany, a place where the forest has long played an outsize role in the cultural consciousness, in places like fairy tales, 20th-century philosophy, Nazi ideology and the birth of the modern environmental movement.

After the publication in May of Mr. Wohlleben’s book, a surprise hit titled “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate — Discoveries From a Secret World,” the German forest is back in the spotlight. Since it first topped best-seller lists last year, Mr. Wohlleben has been spending more time on the media trail and less on the forest variety, making the case for a popular reimagination of trees, which, he says, contemporary society tends to look at as “organic robots” designed to produce oxygen and wood.

PRESENTING scientific research and his own observations in highly anthropomorphic terms, the matter-of-fact Mr. Wohlleben has delighted readers and talk-show audiences alike with the news — long known to biologists — that trees in the forest are social beings. They can count, learn and remember; nurse sick neighbors; warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network known as the “Wood Wide Web”; and, for reasons unknown, keep the ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots.

“With his book, he changed the way I look at the forest forever,” Markus Lanz, a popular talk show host, said in an email. “Every time I walk through a beautiful woods, I think about it.”

Though duly impressed with Mr. Wohlleben’s ability to capture the public’s attention, some German biologists question his use of words, like “talk” rather than the more standard “communicate,” to describe what goes on between trees in the forest.

But this, says Mr. Wohlleben, who invites readers to imagine what a tree might feel when its bark tears (“Ouch!”), is exactly the point. “I use a very human language,” he explained. “Scientific language removes all the emotion, and people don’t understand it anymore. When I say, ‘Trees suckle their children,’ everyone knows immediately what I mean.”

Still No. 1 on the Spiegel best-seller list for nonfiction, “Hidden Life” has sold 320,000 copies and has been optioned for translation in 19 countries (Canada’s Greystone Books will publish an English version in September). “It’s one of the biggest successes of the year,” said Denis Scheck, a German literary critic who praised the humble narrative style and the book’s ability to awaken in readers an intense, childlike curiosity about the workings of the world.

The popularity of “The Hidden Life of Trees,” Mr. Scheck added, says less about Germany than it does about modern life. People who spend most of their time in front of computers want to read about nature. “Germans are reputed to have a special relationship with the forest, but it’s kind of a cliché,” Mr. Scheck said. “Yes, there’s Hansel and Gretel, and, sure, if your marriage fails, you go for a long hike in the woods. But I don’t think Germans love their forest more than Swedes or Norwegians or Finns.”

MR. WOHLLEBEN traces his own love of the forest to his early childhood. Growing up in the 1960s and ’70s in Bonn, then the West German capital, he raised spiders and turtles, and liked playing outside more than any of his three siblings did. In high school, a generation of young, left-leaning teachers painted a dire picture of the world’s ecological future, and he decided it was his mission to help.

He studied forestry, and began working for the state forestry administration in Rhineland-Palatinate in 1987. Later, as a young forester in charge of a 3,000-odd acre woodlot in the Eifel region, about an hour outside Cologne, he felled old trees and sprayed logs with insecticides. But he did not feel good about it: “I thought, ‘What am I doing? I’m making everything kaput.’ ”

Reading up on the behavior of trees — a topic he learned little about in forestry school — he found that, in nature, trees operate less like individuals and more as communal beings. Working together in networks and sharing resources, they increase their resistance.

By artificially spacing out trees, the plantation forests that make up most of Germany’s woods ensure that trees get more sunlight and grow faster. But, naturalists say, creating too much space between trees can disconnect them from their networks, stymieing some of their inborn resilience mechanisms.

Intrigued, Mr. Wohlleben began investigating alternate approaches to forestry. Visiting a handful of private forests in Switzerland and Germany, he was impressed. “They had really thick, old trees,” he said. “They treated their forest much more lovingly, and the wood they produced was more valuable. In one forest, they said, when they wanted to buy a car, they cut two trees. For us, at the time, two trees would buy you a pizza.”

Back in the Eifel in 2002, Mr. Wohlleben set aside a section of “burial woods,” where people could bury cremated loved ones under 200-year-old trees with a plaque bearing their names, bringing in revenue without harvesting any wood. The project was financially successful. But, Mr. Wohlleben said, his bosses were unhappy with his unorthodox activities. He wanted to go further — for example, replacing heavy logging machinery, which damages forest soil, with horses — but could not get permission.

After a decade of struggling with his higher-ups, he decided to quit. “I consulted with my family first,” said Mr. Wohlleben, who is married and has two children. Though it meant giving up the ironclad security of employment as a German civil servant, “I just thought, ‘I cannot do this the rest of my life.’”

The family planned to emigrate to Sweden. But it turned out that Mr. Wohlleben had won over the forest’s municipal owners.

So, 10 years ago, the municipality took a chance. It ended its contract with the state forestry administration, and hired Mr. Wohlleben directly. He brought in horses, eliminated insecticides and began experimenting with letting the woods grow wilder. Within two years, the forest went from loss to profit, in part by eliminating expensive machinery and chemicals.

Despite his successes, in 2009 Mr. Wohlleben started having panic attacks. “I kept thinking, ‘Ah! You only have 20 years, and you still have to accomplish this, and this, and that.’” He began therapy, to treat burnout and depression. It helped. “I learned to be happy about what I’ve done so far,” he said. “With a forest, you have to think in terms of 200 or 300 years. I learned to accept that I can’t do everything. Nobody can.”

He wanted to write “The Hidden Life of Trees” to show laypeople how great trees are.

Stopping to consider a tree that rose up straight then curved like a question mark, Mr. Wohlleben said, however, that it was the untrained perspective of visitors he took on forest tours years ago to which he owed much insight.

“For a forester, this tree is ugly, because it is crooked, which means you can’t get very much money for the wood,” he said. “It really surprised me, walking through the forest, when people called a tree like this one beautiful. They said, ‘My life hasn’t always run in a straight line, either.’ And I began to see things with new eyes.”

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Daily Planets- 10/10/17

Posted on March 9th, 2017 by Don Cerow

March 10-March 16, 2017

Daylight Time begins Sunday at 2:00 AM.

Friday, 10th- Take on more time consuming tasks this morning and by noon you’ll be glad you did. The afternoon tends to drift a bit as we switch tracks into some unexpected directions. After 5:00 PM we have more energy and enthusiasm right into 11:00 PM

V/C Moon 12:05 PM-5:07 PM when it enters Virgo

Saturday, 11th- The morning is a little buzzy, but pleasant. Try not to over extend expectations through the afternoon. Not everyone will be able to deliver, including you. We feel the power of the Full Moon tonight after sundown, even though it is not exact until late tomorrow morning. Health issues may come into focus, folks are critical of plans.

Sunday, 12th- Timing is a factor that may throw us off kilter this morning. Did you remember to change your clocks? By 10:00 tonight, we manage to have worked out most of the wrinkles.

V/C Moon 10:36 PM-1:28 AM (Monday) when it enters Libra

Monday, 13th- Finish up paperwork and uncompleted projects today as Mercury makes its way through the final degree of Pisces. After 8:00 is good for social activities. Call it quits by 11:00 PM.

Tuesday, 14st- Between 5:00 and 7:00 this morning is some of the most organized energy of the day, while 6:00 PM feels the best and is the time to ask folks for personal favors. Late night may be a little more sensitive than we would like.

Wednesday, 15ndLet the current take you until about 11:00 this morning and then be ready to deal with what transpires. We understand why things are unfolding the way they are, but folks don’t agree with us around 7:00 PM. After 8:00 there’s more of a tendency to agree.

V/C Moon 6:05 AM-11:11 AM when it enters Scorpio

Thursday, 16rd- We don’t get everything done that we’d like to by noon today, but we don’t seem to mind. We’re moved by old habits through the afternoon.

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Daily Planets- 03/03/17

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 by Don Cerow

March 3-March 9, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, 3rd- Get important projects done and bills paid before 10:15 this morning, and then get ready to roll with the day. 4:00 PM through 10:00 PM is really nice. Romantic decisions may take a turn, so reserve judgement until later tomorrow.

V/C Moon 10:20 AM-5:05 AM (Saturday) when it enters Gemini

Saturday, 4th- We don’t get through to folks early this morning. Either we can’t reach them, or they misinterpret what is being said. Conversations and what we’re thinking are pleasant into the evening.

Sunday, 5th- We misdirect our efforts and energy late this morning, but make some real progress through the afternoon. The evening, especially around 6:00 and 11:30 PM, is very enjoyable.

Monday, 6th- There’s magic and originality through the afternoon, and people tend to be very chatty into the early evening. There’s a shot of energy in the hour after midnight if you must get things done. Romance works well, too.

V/C Moon 3:22 AM-7:54 AM when it enters Cancer

Tuesday, 7st- Early afternoon is excellent. It’s fun, creative, and leaves us with an honest perspective on how things will turn out. Mental focus is particularly sharp in the hour after midnight.

Wednesday, 8ndIt’s tough getting up this morning, but we get a second chance to muster the forces through the afternoon. Late night is pleasant.

V/C Moon 9:59 AM-11:45 AM when it enters Leo

Thursday, 9rd- People over extend themselves through the morning. They’re swayed by a pretty face. But it could be more than you bargained for. Answers reveal themselves around 9:00 PM.

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NASA’s REPORT ON THE ECLIPSE

Posted on February 26th, 2017 by Don Cerow

               NASAs REPORT ON THE ECLIPSE 


This interactive Google map [1] shows the path of the Annular Solar Eclipse of 2017 Feb 26 . The northern and southern path limits are blue and the central line is red. You MUST be somewhere within the central path (between the blue lines) to see the annular phase of the eclipse. The eclipse is longest on the central line (red). The yellow lines crossing the path indicate the time and position of maximum eclipse at 10-minute intervals.

The green marker labeled GE is the point of Greatest Eclipse. The magenta marker labeled GD is the point of Greatest Duration. This is the location where the annular eclipse lasts the longest along the entire path. In this case, the Greatest Duration is 01m22.4s . This prediction does not take into account the mountains and valleys along the edge of the Moon. For the sake of speed and simplicity, the effects of the lunar limb profile are NOT used in the predictions and map presented on this page.

You can be hundreds of miles from the theoretical point of Greatest Duration and still enjoy annularity lasting within a fraction of a second of the maximum possible (as long as you stay within several miles of the central line). It’s much more important to watch the weather forecasts a day or two before the eclipse and choose a location with the best chance of a cloud-free sky during the eclipse. Good weather is the key to successful eclipse viewing – better to see a shorter eclipse from clear sky that a longer eclipse under clouds [2].

To continue with this column and turn on the interactive functions from the NASA page on eclipses, click here.

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Daily Planets- 02/24/17

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by Don Cerow

February 24-March 2, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, 24th- We enjoy the day, especially through 11:00 AM and 7:30 PM. After 10:00 tonight you might want to consider a little extra rest.

Saturday, 25th- Tasks fall into place most easily through the late morning and into lunch time. The afternoon floats for the usual reasons. We’re sensitive to conversations around 7:30 tonight.

V/C Moon 1:11 PM-7:24 PM when it enters Pisces

Sunday, 26th- The Solar eclipse this morning peaks out right around 10:00. In the next 24 hours there are three planetary triggers to Mars, igniting passions  around the planet. We’re inflamed and eager to get on with things, but don’t push it. It could backfire.

Monday, 27th- Yesterday’s Red Tide continues to tug at us today, but largely plays out through the morning hours. Pack up your pencils around 6:00 tonight so you can relax a little before midnight.

V/C Moon 6:08 PM-11:52 PM when it enters Aries

Tuesday, 28th- This is by far the easiest day of this week. Things run smoothly throughout the day and are especially nice after 9:00 PM. Social engagements run well.

Wednesday, 1stThis is our busiest afternoon, with a few changes in plans coming through the early evening. We’re liable to forget or misplace objects. After 9:00 PM is best.

V/C Moon 9:18 PM-2:42 AM (Thursday) when it enters Taurus

Thursday, 2rd- Extreme opinions tug at our reason this evening. Today is a time to get as much as you can done. We make good use of our time.

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Daily Planets- 02/17/17

Posted on February 14th, 2017 by Don Cerow

February 17-February 23, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, 17th- Opinions are very subjective this morning. Try not to push ideas and be careful out there on the highways and byways. Finish up on projects by 2:30 for the usual reasons. Late night is more at peace.

V/C Moon 2:38 PM-1:52 PM (Saturday) when it enters Sagittarius

Saturday, 18th- Just the opposite of yesterday. Today wait until 2:00 to kick things into gear. Thoughts and communications clarify as we approach midnight. Use the time to determine solutions.

Sunday, 19th- 10:00 this morning and midnight tonight are the best times of day. Noon- not so much. We just want to be left alone, but that ain’t happening. Except for noon, a nice day.

Monday, 20th- The morning is excellent, and after a small emotional bump at 1:00, most of mid-afternoon is feeling very good. We’re conservative after the Sun goes down, but engage in some stimulating conversations late evening.

V/C Moon 6:37 PM-2:08 AM (Tuesday) when it enters Capricorn

Tuesday, 21st- The morning and early afternoon are excellent. We have an real sense of how things will turn out. Use it to figure out how to deal with tomorrow’s destructive currents. We catch a taste of tomorrow’s belligerence after 7:00 tonight. Live and learn.

Wednesday, 22ndEarly morning and afternoon unleash passionate currents born of impulsiveness. Counting to one thousand helps. By that time they’re gone. Folks offer some unusual perspectives tonight.

V/C Moon 10:24 PM-12:17 PM (Thursday) when it enters Aquarius

Thursday, 23rd- Late morning is wonderful. We’re at peace. The afternoon is resourceful, practical and responsible. Look at your upcoming timetable and figure out what you need to do today in anticipation.

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POWER CRUNCH

Posted on February 10th, 2017 by Don Cerow

Returning to our feature from November 29th’s edition of the WEB (2016), we have now passed one of the alignments we saw forthcoming in the US chart (4th July, 1776). In that edition, the progressed US Ascendant inconjuncted Pluto in the final degrees of Leo and Capricorn, suggesting a power struggle between the king (Leo) and the administration (Capricorn). Inconjuncts are one of the family of hard aspects, and like oil and water, they don’t mix very easily.

The judicial has squared off against the executive. The ruler of the Ascendant (the Sun) is in the 7th house of legal matters.

Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban,
Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss

By ADAM LIPTAK
NYT- FEB. 9, 2017

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals panel on Thursday unanimously rejected President Trump’s bid to reinstate his ban on travel into the United States from seven largely Muslim nations, a sweeping rebuke of the administration’s claim that the courts have no role as a check on the president.

The three-judge panel, suggesting that the ban did not advance national security, said the administration had shown “no evidence” that anyone from the seven nations — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — had committed terrorist acts in the United States.

The ruling also rejected Mr. Trump’s claim that courts are powerless to review a president’s national security assessments. Judges have a crucial role to play in a constitutional democracy, the court said.

“It is beyond question,” the decision said, “that the federal judiciary retains the authority to adjudicate constitutional challenges to executive action.”

The decision was handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco. It upheld a ruling last Friday by a federal district judge, James L. Robart, who blocked key parts of the travel ban, allowing thousands of foreigners to enter the country.
The appeals court acknowledged that Mr. Trump was owed deference on his immigration and national security policies. But it said he was claiming something more — that “national security concerns are unreviewable, even if those actions potentially contravene constitutional rights and protections.”

Within minutes of the ruling, Mr. Trump angrily vowed to fight it, presumably in an appeal to the Supreme Court.

“SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter.

At the White House, the president told reporters that the ruling was “a political decision” and predicted that his administration would win an appeal “in my opinion, very easily.” He said he had not yet conferred with his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, on the matter.

The Supreme Court remains short-handed and could deadlock. A 4-to-4 tie there would leave the appeals court’s ruling in place. The administration has moved fast in the case so far, and it is likely to file an emergency application to the Supreme Court in a day or two. The court typically asks for a prompt response from the other side, and it could rule soon after it received one. A decision next week, either to reinstate the ban or to continue to block it, is possible.

The travel ban, one of the first executive orders Mr. Trump issued after taking office, suspended worldwide refugee entry into the United States. It also barred visitors from seven Muslim-majority nations for up to 90 days to give federal security agencies time to impose stricter vetting processes.

Immediately after it was issued, the ban spurred chaos at airports and protests nationwide as foreign travelers found themselves stranded at immigration checkpoints by a policy that critics derided as un-American. The State Department said up to 60,000 foreigners’ visas were canceled in the days immediately after the ban was imposed.

The World Relief Corporation, one of the agencies that resettles refugees in the United States, called the ruling “fabulous news” for 275 newcomers who are scheduled to arrive in the next week, many of whom will be reunited with family.

“We have families that have been separated for years by terror, war and persecution,” said Scott Arbeiter, the president of the organization, which will arrange for housing and jobs for the refugees in cities including Seattle; Spokane, Wash.; and Sacramento.

“Some family members had already been vetted and cleared and were standing with tickets, and were then told they couldn’t travel,” Mr. Arbeiter said. “So the hope of reunification was crushed, and now they will be admitted.”

Several Democrats said they hoped the appeals court ruling would cow Mr. Trump into rescinding the ban. Representative Karen Bass, Democrat of California, said in a statement that the ban “is rooted in bigotry and, most importantly, it’s illegal.”

“We will not stop,” Ms. Bass said.

But some Republicans cast aspersions on the Ninth Circuit’s decision and predicted that it would not withstand a challenge in the Supreme Court.

“Courts ought not second-guess sensitive national security decisions of the president,” Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, said in a statement.

“This misguided ruling is from the Ninth Circuit, the most notoriously left-wing court in America, and the most-reversed court at the Supreme Court,” he said. “I’m confident the administration’s position will ultimately prevail.”

Trial judges nationwide have blocked aspects of Mr. Trump’s executive order, but no other case has yet reached an appeals court. The case in front of Judge Robart, in Seattle, was filed by the states of Washington and Minnesota and is still at an early stage. The appeals court order issued Thursday ruled only on the narrow question of whether to stay a lower court’s temporary restraining order blocking the travel ban.

The appeals court said the government had not justified suspending travel from the seven countries. “The government has pointed to no evidence,” the decision said, “that any alien from any of the countries named in the order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States.”

The three members of the panel were Judge Michelle T. Friedland, appointed by President Barack Obama; Judge William C. Canby Jr., appointed by President Jimmy Carter; and Judge Richard R. Clifton, appointed by President George W. Bush.

They said the states were likely to succeed at the end of the day because Mr. Trump’s order appeared to violate the due process rights of lawful permanent residents, people holding visas and refugees.

The court said the administration’s legal position in the case had been a moving target. It noted that Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, had issued “authoritative guidance” several days after the executive order came out, saying it did not apply to lawful permanent residents. But the court said that “we cannot rely” on that statement.

“The White House counsel is not the president,” the decision said, “and he is not known to be in the chain of command for any of the executive departments.“ It also mentioned “the government’s shifting interpretations” of the executive order.

In its briefs and in the arguments before the panel on Tuesday, the Justice Department’s position evolved. As the case progressed, the administration offered a backup plea for at least a partial victory.

At most, a Justice Department brief said, “previously admitted aliens who are temporarily abroad now or who wish to travel and return to the United States in the future” should be allowed to enter the country despite the ban.

The appeals court ultimately rejected that request, however, saying that people in the United States without authorization have due process rights, as do citizens with relatives who wish to travel to the United States.

The court discussed, but did not decide, whether the executive order violated the First Amendment’s ban on government establishment of religion by disfavoring Muslims.

It noted that the states challenging the executive order “have offered evidence of numerous statements by the president about his intent to implement a ‘Muslim ban.’” And it said, rejecting another administration argument, that it was free to consider evidence about the motivation behind laws that draw seemingly neutral distinctions.

But the court said it would defer a decision on the question of religious discrimination.

“The political branches are far better equipped to make appropriate distinctions,” the decision said. “For now, it is enough for us to conclude that the government has failed to establish that it will likely succeed on its due process argument in this appeal.”

The court also acknowledged “the massive attention this case has garnered at even the most preliminary stages.”

“On the one hand, the public has a powerful interest in national security and in the ability of an elected president to enact policies,” the decision said. “And on the other, the public also has an interest in free flow of travel, in avoiding separation of families, and in freedom from discrimination.”

“These competing public interests,” the court said, “do not justify a stay.”

The court ruling did not affect one part of the executive order: the cap of 50,000 refugees to be admitted in the 2017 fiscal year. That is down from the 110,000 ceiling put in place under President Barack Obama. The order also directed the secretary of state and the secretary of homeland security to prioritize refugee claims made by persecuted members of religious minorities.

As of Thursday, that means the United States will be allowed to accept only about 16,000 more refugees this fiscal year. Since Oct. 1, the start of the fiscal year, 33,929 refugees have been admitted, 5,179 of them Syrians.

Julie Hirschfeld Davis contributed reporting from Washington, Katharine Q. Seelye from Boston, and Liz Robbins and Caitlin Dickerson from New York.

This will lead the series of confrontational aspects that are coming up through the spring, as we covered in the last Moon Mail, Aquarian New Moon, which went out on January 27th.

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Daily Planets- 02/10/17

Posted on February 10th, 2017 by Don Cerow

February 10-February 16, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, 10th- People demonstrate just how they feel today with the Leo Moon. In general, late afternoon is some of the best energy. Early evening features a lunar eclipse, ‘high-lighting’ the twenty second degree of Leo. The focus is on the heart and the large hole to be found there.

V/C Moon 0:52 AM-8:52 AM when it enters Virgo

Saturday, 11th- All three FIRE Lords are triggered this morning, giving us energy, confidence and insight. Physical tasks seem to require less effort, and opportunities are there for the taking. The evening finds our moods swinging back and forth, but those who look for peace, find it.

Sunday, 12th- We’re a little tender this morning. Don’t push things on others. The pace slows during later afternoon but becomes more focused into the early evening. Late evening we find ourselves electronically re-directed, but it gives us a chance to find a creative new way of doing things.

Monday, 13th- After 8:00 this morning is charismatic. We understand at a deeper level, but may not be able to act on it now. We’re more productive after 4:00 and into the late evening.

V/C Moon 7:36 AM-3:43 PM when it enters Libra

Tuesday, 14th- We overly sensitive to larger issues this morning. World, social and political conditions may be part of the mix, or we may feel our own mores are being violated. In general the later afternoon is better, but try to avoid being a little too forceful.

Wednesday, 15thPeople are strange this morning, or at least they’re seeing things differently. Noon is a mix. We like it, but there’s some sensitivity involved. 9:00 PM is the most fun. Cut loose.

V/C Moon 8:54 PM-1:41 AM (Thursday) when it enters Scorpio

Thursday, 16th- The Moon’s in Scorpio. Nobody knows nuttin.

 

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Daily Planets- 02/03/17

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by Don Cerow

February 3-February 9, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, 3rd- What a great day, especially through the late morning and early afternoon. Later afternoon is more contemplative, but we can get a few personal things done.

Saturday, 4th- Wait until late morning to make decisions or get hold of people. After 5:00 PM leaves us feeling insightful through the evening. The pieces fall into place and we’re amendable.

V/C Moon 5:41 PM-11:44 when it enters Gemini

Sunday, 5th- The morning is energized and we get things done. We try to keep up with ourselves early afternoon and are sensitive at 6:00. Late evening could be romantically magical.

Monday, 6th- We’re consistent, focused and productive throughout the morning and most of the early afternoon. 6:00 PM involves a switch in emotional gears. Others are not seeing your point of view. Project completed around 3:00 PM fare best.

V/C Moon 5:52 PM-2:03 AM (Tuesday) when it enters Cancer

Tuesday, 7th- Mid-afternoon is highly charged. There’s more energy, especially for physical projects, but the engines on some run hot. Continue to work on projects that need to be done and by 8:30 PM we’re happy we did.

Wednesday, 8thEmotional waters are being stirred all day long. The Cancer Moon would like to retreat into its shell, but there’s too much going on. The Void-of-Course Moon kicks in at 5:00 PM. Treat it accordingly.

V/C Moon 5:00 PM-4:41 AM (Thursday) when it enters Leo

Thursday, 9th- We’re busy this morning, but happy with what we’re doing through noon. The afternoon brings some pleasant surprises. Tonight brings a mix of emotions, pleasant at 9:00 and midnight, but not so much in between.

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USA IN 2017

Posted on January 27th, 2017 by Don Cerow

Taking a look at the national map (horoscope) reveals some of the choreography of what we are going through as a country and when. For now we’ll start with January and look at some of the principle aspects into mid-May. Remember that these are waves of energy, building into the dates indicated, then winding down in the days thereafter.

On the 10th of January, before the inauguration, transiting Saturn squared Neptune. Since Neptune is at the top of the chart, conjunct (right next to) the US Midheaven, people were depressed about the executive and government in general, both issues ruled by the Midheaven. Over the next few months both Neptune and the Midheaven will be repeatedly triggered, reigniting these same themes. On the 10th, Trump received an unsubstantiated report that Russia had damaging information about him. While unproven, Neptune lends an aura of doubt and uncertainty that under the square, a hard aspect

Unsubstantiated information (Neptune). They don’t really know (subconscious).

Let’s see how and when.

On the 27th (today), Saturn (24 Sag) inconjuncted the US Mercury (24 Cancer). Hard decisions are being make regarding the president’s advisers and cabinet appointments. Governmental and public policy will be crafted with these choices. This impacts not only today (when the Mexican president canceled his planed visit to meet with Trump largely over issues regarding the wall being built along the border and the upcoming meeting with the new British PM Brexit and NATO), but also over the last few days, each with their own agenda.

On January 30th, the US progressed Midheaven (in Capricorn) will trine the progressed Pluto (in Taurus). This is actually a very nice aspect to form an administration under, and next Monday we should see a move that actually works out quite well for the new administration, could be a real savings, or may tap some underutilized resource. The will to see this through is there and will facilitate the ease of moving this legislation through. Since these two are making this aspect in the 29th (final) degree of each of their respective signs, this is the completion of some long term project that has been being worked on for some time. It represents the end of an era in business, but should be quite lucrative for those at the top.

On the 2nd and 3rd of February, people are bummed while the administration is bruised. Chiron is opposing Neptune (again on the Midheaven), and then Saturn squares the Midheaven. People are feeling tender about imagined slights, of how they’re not being represented by the people at the top. The latter aspect suggests some bureaucratic boo-boo, a toe-stubber that is very difficult to see through to completion.

On March 7th Uranus will inconjunct Neptune (again, conjunct the Midheaven), suggesting that the people (Uranus) are feeling deeply uncomfortable with administrative directions (he said diplomatically). There’s a sudden shift in governmental perceptions. The changes make some feel nauseous. As with any of these Neptunian aspects, the folks involved are unaware (subconscious or below the level of awareness) of how strongly these themes are impacting those targeted.

We’ll look at three aspects in April, on the 9th, 16th and 21st. On the 9th transiting Uranus squares the US natal Mercury. Mis-information is being fed, or something that was said is being corrected. Worse is the possibility that people know (Uranus) what is being communicated, but they stick by it anyway.

On the 16th, transiting Neptune is trining the US Sun. This suggests the leader is standing in the spotlight, warmed by his own glow. There is a sense of satisfaction and the feeling that you are being guided by God. People can be much more empathetic to the needs of others at this time.

On the 21st Uranus inconjuncts the Midheaven and the people are directly challenging the administration. There is a switch in direction from the top. This could be a new administrator or simply a new philosophy about how to run a business (in this case, the country). In either case this could be a sudden and radical shift from the way things have been.

Finally on the 9th of May, the progressed Sun will semi-square the natal US Pluto in the 2nd house (finances and emotional securities). The Sun in Pisces is sad about the way our resources are disappearing. The economy is taking a hit.

These are not the only aspects occurring at this time, but they should represent some of the more powerful themes at work for the country and the administration into the spring. Most of the transits dealt with the outer planets, those farther from the Sun (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto). For those who do not understand these alignments, simply step over them and listen to the translation to what they mean and look to them to arise generally on the day of, or the day before the aspects becomes exact.

The more you observe (Mercury), the more you will learn (Uranus).

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Daily Planets- 01/27/16

Posted on January 26th, 2017 by Don Cerow

January 27-February 2, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, 27th- Noon is a drag, while 8:00 tonight is industrious, inventive and resourceful. The New Moon is at 7:07 PM, so there’s a new enthusiasm in the AIR (Aquarius) over the next few days. Mars enters Aries shortly after midnight, giving us a shot of adrenalin.

V/C Moon 2:18 AM-3:36 AM when it enters Aquarius

Saturday, 28th- The reverse of yesterday. Today the morning is brilliant, while the afternoon is more industrious. By 10:00 PM we should start to feel more upbeat. Enjoy.

Sunday, 29th- We’re pushing to get some things done this morning. Communications are more succinct through the afternoon. Our minds and tongues are more focused on what is being decided. Some agree, others don’t. We can continue to effectively work tonight into the 11 o’clock hour.

V/C Moon 0:52 AM-11:10 AM when it enters Pisces

Monday, 30th- The morning is relaxed. As we approach noon the pace becomes more concentrated, and continues to be so through the late afternoon and evening. Communications are animated tonight. Our nervous system get a boost.

Tuesday, 31st- We’re tired or late around 7:00 this morning. Noon is nice. We gear back with the Void-of-Course Moon until 5:00 PM. We’re excited tonight, but there’s a change in plans late evening. Individual independence is being shown.

V/C Moon 12:36 PM-4:46 PM when it enters Aries

Wednesday, 1stWe work out some of our differences this morning and the rest of the day floats fairly well. Figure out what would be good to get done, and then go for it.

Thursday, 2nd- There’s a flurry of communications this morning that keeps us going. Finish up important stuff by noon, and then ease up as we head into the afternoon.

V/C Moon 11:50 AM-8:50 PM when it enters Taurus

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Daily Planets- 01/20/17

Posted on January 20th, 2017 by Don Cerow

January 20-January 26, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, 20th- As we arise early this morning there’s a level of satisfaction that surrounds us. It tightens a little as we move into mid-morning, and then returns with the afternoon and through the rest of the day. Sometimes it works.

Saturday, 21st- The morning is satisfactory through 9:00 AM. Communications have a little bit of an edge to them as we approach noon, but then play out well into the evening. 8:00 PM offers enthusiasm that helps us to do whatever we need to do. Don’t force circumstances as we approach midnight.

V/C Moon 8:24 PM-5:45 AM (Sunday) when it enters Sagittarius

Sunday, 22nd- We’re a little fuzzy as we wake up this morning. The details are not that clear. Late afternoon, early evening plans may change. There’s a tendency to indulge as the evening wears on.

Monday, 23rd- Here’s an enjoyable day from start to finish. We like what we’re thinking about or who we’re talking to. In general this continues through the afternoon and into the evening. Midnight might be a little tarnished. We move in directions which we not what we thought.

Tuesday, 24th- We feel a little pushed as we approach noon. The afternoon is Void of Course, but we find the break satisfactory around 2:00 PM. The pace picks up as we approach 5:00 PM. We’re a little tender around 8:00 PM.

V/C Moon 12:33 PM-5:43 PM when it enters Capricorn

Wednesday, 25thNice day, Early afternoon and later evening are particularly good, just don’t over do under the evening aspect. The Capricorn Moon helps us to do that which must be done.

Thursday, 26th- A back and forth day. These are not real strong currents, but our moods change with the clock.

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Daily Planets- 01/13/16

Posted on January 12th, 2017 by Don Cerow

January 13-January 19, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, 13th- A little hectic as we get going this morning. As we approach noon it’s not exactly as we wanted, but we feel better than we did earlier. Tonight it seems as though we’re don’t recall things in the way.

Saturday, 14th- Get important things done prior to 10:00 this morning. There’s energy late afternoon to deal with physical tasks, but after 7:00 PM we begin to wind down, feeling a little drained.

V/C Moon 10:17 AM-10:52 PM when it enters Virgo

Sunday, 15th- The morning is active while the afternoon is more interesting. Learn something new or investigate old ways and a new layer of understanding may emerge. Couples may need a little of their own space later tonight.

Monday, 16th- Productivity is excellent between 6:00 and 9:00 AM. We feel good as we approach the latter. The afternoon is where the real buzz is, though with mid afternoon yielding the best results.

Tuesday, 17th- The Libra Moon assists us with  cooperation. Through the morning we appreciate other’s efforts. Tonight is exciting but there’s a tendency to push too hard or too fast after midnight.

V/C Moon 1:09 AM-6:16 AM when it enters Libra

Wednesday, 18thEarly morning is excellent as ideas and conversations sparkle leading into 9:00 AM. Things tend to get a little heavier through the afternoon and late evening, leading into tomorrow’s early morning. Changes may not be appreciated.

Thursday, 19th- From 4:00 in the AM to 5:00 in the PM we’re V/C. We seem to be held up with not enough time to get things done. After 5:00 PM the stream starts to flow once again.

V/C Moon 3:55 AM-5:09 PM when it enters Scorpio

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CATCH 22

Posted on January 12th, 2017 by Don Cerow

 

We received a request a fortnight ago (in the Queen’s English, a fortnight is half a synodic month, 14.77 days, the mean time between a Full Moon and a New Moon) asking about the Jupiter, Uranus, Pluto T-square. In this case, it’s more than just the three planets that we have for the traditional T-square.

If we use the wheel above for the Cancer Full Moon, look at the celestial activity that’s occurring currently. Whenever two planets (or celestial bodies if you prefer) align on the same number of degrees, there’s an aspect being made between them.
His question was about the T-square, but with the Full Moon filling in the missing nitch, we now have a Grand Cardinal Cross.

The magic number currently is 22. Alignments are strongest when they’re exact. When you have planets around the same number of degrees, they’re like little electrical charges (well, maybe not so little) that go off like Chinese firecrackers on a string.

Working our way around the chart, let’s look:

The Sun is 22 degrees of Capricorn.

Chiron is 21 degrees of Pisces.

Uranus is 21 degrees of Aries.

The Moon is 22 degrees of Cancer.

Jupiter is 22 degrees of Libra.

Saturn is 22 degrees of Sagittarius.

Juno is 22 degrees of Sagittarius.

Pluto and Mars are close by at 17 and 18 degrees respectively. Because they are not as tight, they are also not as influential as the others but still add to the coloring of the mix as long as they are within orb.

Each of these celestial bodies are making an aspect to every other body at 22 degrees, which means there’s a whole bees nest of activity at work here. Over the last few days in our T-square, the Sun has been busy conjuncting Pluto while squaring Uranus and Jupiter. This would be like thrusting a stick into the nest, and then giving it a good shake!

How do you think the bees will react?

We are seeing our entire government switching gears as Congress attempts to approve the president-elect’s new cabinet members, one after the other, at double time and with some of them never having had any kind of government position before. With the Sun squaring and Jupiter opposing Uranus as core alignments of this configuration, we wanted thepeople to be empowered, but not THESE people.

So what’s been happening over these last few weeks in the media? Are we up to a shooting-a-day now? Urban murders in Chicago, Black Lives Matter, church shootings, the list goes on and on.

Laws are being challenged and re-written (Jupiter opposing Uranus), while foreign relations realign. What do you think about Putin and Trump having a relationship? Is it constructive for the country or outrageous? China owns us. North Korea is testing long range missiles. Britain moved out of the EU. Central Italy can’t stop shaking.

Because the Sun and Pluto are in Capricorn, this is being played out at the administrative levels of government. With Jupiter and Uranus in Libra and Aries, major changes are in the works. Because these two signs each square Capricorn, these can be hard or difficult professional changes.

And the hard aspects are the predominance of the alignments here, but there are some smooth aspects at work as well. Saturn and Juno, at 22 degrees of Sagittarius, are trining the Uranus Ceres conjunction in Aries. Some of these international changes will actually turn out to be good for the long-run as we recalibrate some components of international law. Because it’s Saturn, it will take a while for these conditions to materialize, but key individuals with mucho personality (Uranus in Aries) will be instrumental in helping us to reshape the political future.

Saturn is also sextiling Jupiter in Libra, which again underscores the international component of trade and cultural interaction.

Certainly, there are more hard than smooth aspects with all these alignments, but the new administration will stir folks to action, with Uranus (the people, the New Age, science and electronics, the World Wide Web, technology, etc.) working like a cattle prod to shock people into awareness.

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Daily Planets- 01/06/17

Posted on January 5th, 2017 by Don Cerow

January 6-January 12, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, 6th- We’re pleased with tradition and rituals tonight. Do it the way you’ve done it before and enjoy the satisfaction that goes along with it. In spite of the calendar, tonight could be a sizzler!

V/C Moon 1:41 PM-3:18 PM when it enters Taurus

Saturday, 7th- We wake up slow and easy, especially as we approach 8:00 AM. We’re relaxed and focus our energies well throughout the day. Although not quite as strong, tonight repeats some of last nights vibes and keeps us going. Very nice.

V/C Moon 9:23 PM-5:56 PM (Sunday) when it enters Gemini

Sunday, 8th- A floaty day, especially before 6:00 PM. There could be miscommunications mid afternoon, so take with a grain of salt what you’re being told. After 6:00 you can pick up on some busy work if you’re so inclined.

Monday, 9th- We’re sensitive this morning and would prefer to be by ourselves. Between 5:00 and 9:00 tonight we’re ornery and on-edge. There may not be enough money to get things done and that’s frustrating.

Tuesday, 10th- We don’t like the late morning changes, but the evening energy has some real sparkle to it. Make mine magical. Most have the energy to cross the midnight threshold easily.

V/C Moon 4:38 PM-5:49 PM when it enters Cancer

Wednesday, 11thThe morning is great. The evening builds into the power of the Full Moon. Both feelings and memories are strong tonight.

Thursday, 12th- The Full Moon is 6:34 this morning, flushing our deep feelings. Getting up is tough, but as we move into the afternoon the mood improves. If you can, take a break around 5:00 PM.

V/C Moon 6:34 AM-7:08 PM when it enters Leo

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Daily Planets- 12/30/16

Posted on December 30th, 2016 by Don Cerow

December 30, 2016-January 5, 2017

All listed time are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday 30th- A largely Void-of-Course day suggesting that we float with the stream. This is a little more difficult to do in the AM, but is much more relaxed through the PM. Late night, and early tomorrow morning resurrect some old issues. Don’t push too long or hard.

V/C Moon 3:07 AM-8:29 PM when it enters Aquarius

Saturday 31st- New Year’s Eve. The morning is raw, cold or old, but the afternoon and early evening are exciting. We like what we’re hearing. BE CAREFUL if you’re staying up late as unconscious decisions may dictate. Usually, that’s not a good thing.

Sunday 1st- Happy New Year! There’s excitement and activity all day long. Through mid-morning we’re trying to keep up with our own agendas, but by late morning things have hit a more satisfactory note. We’re a little raw from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, possibly from the fatigue of the night before.

Monday 2nd- The path is clear this morning, but we may need to come up with some resources. An hour  either side of noon is probably the most productive time of the day, while mid afternoon we must quickly deal with the changes comin’ down the pike.

V/C Moon 2:58 AM-4:57 AM when it enters Pisces

Tuesday 3rd- Emotionally, we bounce from one sensitive situation to another. The planetary combinations suggest a buzz of mental activity, but its emotionally charged. Early afternoon possibly best.

Wednesday 4thEarlier morning is excellent. Take some time, figure out what is needed, and finalize by 10:00 AM. Early afternoon is quiet, relaxed and pleasant as long as you don’t really spend money you really don’t have.

V/C Moon 11:14 AM-11:20 AM when it enters Aries

Thursday 5th- The morning is busy, but we seem to have energy for it. This carries us through mid-afternoon, but as the sun sets we feel a little of dark side emerge in how we feel about the situation or others.

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ITALY’S ZONE OF ENDLESS SHAKING

Posted on December 29th, 2016 by Don Cerow

 

               ITALY’S ZONE OF ENDLESS SHAKING 
[There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All this is only the beginning of the birth pangs.
-Matthew 24
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NORCIA, Italy — Over centuries, residents of this Umbrian city and its environs have grown accustomed to the ragged tempo of earthquakes in the mountainous region. Resilience is a point of local pride. But the quake that struck on Oct. 30, the strongest to hit Italy in 36 years, was drastically different. As Mayor Nicola Alemanno of Norcia put it, some quakes are “cataclysms that generate catastrophes.” 

 

Ancient buildings collapsed. Families who had lived in stone houses for generations were left homeless. In Norcia, the quake forced a mass evacuation and destroyed the basilica of St. Benedict, pictured above, as well as towns in the Marche region, like Visso, below.
The Oct. 30 quake was catastrophic, but hardly a one-off event. Since Aug. 24, the broader area has endured some 28,500 earthquakes and aftershocks, with at least 47 above 4.0 magnitude. Some have cracked buildings; some have merely rattled dishes in cupboards. Others have not been felt at all. But every day the earth is still moving.
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has pledged to rebuild dozens of stricken towns “as they were,” but first temporary housing must be built for the thousands who have remained homeless in villages like San Pellegrino di Norcia, below.
Thousands of residents of evacuated towns have been moved to hotels on Italy’s Adriatic coast and in towns inland. But many have refused to leave. Older people, whose families have lived here for generations, are afraid they won’t return. Farmers refuse to abandon their livestock. Many towns have set up makeshift camps in sports centers like one, below, in the Marche community of Cessapalombo.
The main square of Visso shows fresh scars from the earthquake. While countless churches in the area were destroyed, many palazzos remained standing. But centuries of renewals and renovations with different construction materials weakened some buildings. One can stand intact beside another that has crumbled.
The 16th-century church of Santa Maria della Cona, below, was just a small sanctuary near San Pellegrino di Norcia before being severely damaged in the earthquake, said the Rev. Marco Rufini, a priest in Norcia, where 12 churches were destroyed. “Churches are more difficult to defend,” he said, because of their structures and, some say, because retrofitting them to better withstand earthquakes could be limited by laws protecting their artistic value.
When ancient churches collapse, the antiquities inside are also at risk. Italy’s military police, the Carabinieri, have a specialized art squad that worked alongside firefighters to empty historical palazzos and churches in the area of their artwork. The crucifix below was removed in Norcia and will be stored with other artwork in a nearby warehouse where damaged artifacts will be repaired.
Farmers have also struggled in the aftermath. Cesare Onori, in San Pellegrino di Norcia, has 45 cows living under a rickety roof. The structure is dangerous, he said, but until the government sends prefabricated barns to the area, it will have to do.
This should be a time of pleasure in Umbria. It is a popular tourist region, famed for its art, food and stunning, ancient vistas, like that overlooking the village of Poggio Primocaso. But hotels have registered countless cancellations, even in areas unaffected by the earthquake.
Tourism is Norcia’s livelihood, said the Rev. Benedict Nivakoff of the monastery of St. Benedict here. “If they lose that, they don’t know how they’re going to live.”

 

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Daily Planets- 12/23/16

Posted on December 23rd, 2016 by Don Cerow

December 23-December 29, 2016

All listed time are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, 23rd- Early morning is nice. We forget things (or remember what we forgot) mid-morning. The day is basically wonderful, although a little more concentrated after 8:00 PM. Dig down deep into your bag of tricks.

Saturday, 24th- Mental fortitude gets us through. Be inventive. Figure it out. We can make things work by going at it with a confidence and determination. You can rest tomorrow.

Sunday, 25th- A day to rest. We have four enjoyable aspects to Venus today, the main thrust of which will be between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Happy Holidays and Earth’s Mirth and all those. We get the chance to try it again this year, only better, but today is a day to appreciate what you already have.

V/C Moon 2:22 AM-10:19 PM when it enters Sagittarius

Monday, 26th- We’re a rockin’ and a rollin’ with all the activity that’s happening today, whether in the media or in our own lives. Things build to a peak just past noon. From 6:00 PM until past midnight is the best time of the day.  We’re more centered in what we do.

Tuesday, 27th- Late morning and early afternoon are best. Budget your time and prioritize around 4:00 PM. Finish up projects by around 8:30 tonight.

V/C Moon 8:45 PM-10:12 AM (Wednesday) when it enters Capricorn

Wednesday, 28thIndividual decisions are helpful through the afternoon, but some old wounds present their tender side as we approach 6:00 PM. This isn’t going to be easy. Slow down. Approach with caution. The New Moon is just past midnight, and Uranus pivots so all kinds of changes are being introduced. You know it don’t come easy.

Thursday, 29th- Most of the buzz will be going on early this morning, although we’re very emotionally focused around 7:00 PM. Make use of what you’ve got.

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Daily Planets- 12/16/16

Posted on December 16th, 2016 by Don Cerow

December 16-December 22, 2016

All listed time are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, 16th- We start the day at 8:15 AM, feeling strongly about whatever we’re up to. Sunset is a little difficult, and our ideas may be challenged, but as we approach 9:00 PM the mood is decidedly up.

Saturday, 17th- We’re so focused this morning that we tend to block things out through the early afternoon. Late afternoon works well though and the energy just keeps cranking through midnight.

Sunday, 18th- The morning is creative and stimulated. We’re thinking about things that will take better form early afternoon. 6:00 PM finds us at peace, satisfied. Mercury is getting ready to go retrograde early tomorrow morning, so don’t be surprised when people take things back or need to go into the shop for adjustments.

V/C Moon 11:55 AM-12:52 PM when it enters Virgo

Monday, 19th- We find out various situations in which some feel challenged through the morning. Mid-afternoon is not a time for being social, but late afternoon and early evening feel really good. Passions grow with the evening.

Tuesday, 20th- The final full day of Autumn. People are abuzz, but in a good way. For some, the spirit of the season animates, while others simply use it to get things done. An excellent day to talk to people and run errands.

V/C Moon 8:56 PM-9:40 PM when it enters Libra

Wednesday, 21stWelcome to old Man Winter. He’s come knocking on our doors once again. This morning is tough. We feel like we’re being forced. Early afternoon is good, not so much late afternoon. The late evening could be fun as desires are unleashed.

Thursday, 22nd- The morning is intense as we attempt to keep up with ourselves. Noon until 2:30 PM is probably some of the best time of the day. Get it done by 2:30 for the usual reasons. But sundown and midnight are a little raw. There could be confrontations, but since it’s V/C, it won’t amount to a whole hill of beans, anyway.

V/C Moon 2:31 PM-9:32 AM (Friday) when it enters Scorpio

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CATHOLIC CHURCH SECRET ASTRONOMICAL FEATURES

Posted on December 13th, 2016 by Don Cerow


Why Catholics Built Secret Astronomical Features
Into Churches to Help Save Souls

After centuries of war, Catholicism and
science reconciled over meridian lines.

By Geoff Manaugh
NOVEMBER 15, 2016 


Giovanni Domenico Cassini’s design for the meridian line in the Basilica di San Petronio in Bologna. LINDA HALL LIBRARY OF SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

A disc of light moves across the cathedral floor. The marble in its path lights up, revealing deeply colored swirls, rich with hues of burgundy, plum, caramel, and ochre. It is ancient rock, stained by terrestrial chemistry and by the infernal pressures of the inner Earth. Its surface is smooth and nearly reflective, testament to extraordinary craftsmanship but also to the effects of hundreds of years’ worth of penitent feet processing through the looming shadows of the church interior. The air smells of smoke and candle wax, and the occasional perfume of a passing tourist.

The source of this light is a hole punched through the roof of the church high above, elaborately accentuated by a brilliant halo of golden rays, painted to resemble the sun. The hole acts like a film projector. Daylight streams through, creating a narrow beam of illumination visible only in the presence of smoke or dust, as if something otherworldly has been forced into material form.

Seconds pass, minutes, an hour. Outside, the sun appears to arc slowly across the daytime sky; here, in response, the projected disc creeps inch by inch across the marble floor. At solar noon, when the sun has reached its highest point in the sky, the circle of light touches a long, straight line made of inlaid brass and copper, nearly 220 feet from end to end, or two-thirds the length of an American football field. Although this line extends more than half the length of the cathedral floor, it seems to follow its own geometric logic: it is a long diagonal slash cutting between two columns, against the building’s floor plan, as if at odds with the structure that houses it.

Stranger still, on either side of this brass line, words and celestial images have been carved directly into the rock. There are the 12 signs of the zodiac interspersed amongst Roman numerals and references to solstices. There is Aquarius, the water bearer; Capricorn, with its confusing mix of shaggy horns and the coiled tail of a sea creature; Sagittarius, preparing to fire a magnificent bow and arrow; and the pouting fish of Pisces. At first glance, these symbols seem pagan, even sacrilegious, as if the astral remnants of an older belief system have somehow survived beneath the feet—and beyond the gaze—of daily worshippers.

Yet these symbols are not there to cast horoscopes, let alone spells. They are there for purposes of church administration and astronomical science. This cathedral, the Basilica di San Petronio in Bologna, Italy, also doubles as a solar observatory—at one point, one of the most accurate in the world—and these signs of the zodiac are part of an instrument for measuring solstices.


High above the heads of church visitors, almost invisible in the arches of the cathedral, a tiny hole lets in a beam of sunlight. This beam is what allows the meridian line to function. GEOFF MANAUGH

“I can say that I literally tripped over the subject,” science historian John L. Heilbron explains to me. Heilbron is emeritus professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as the holder of advanced degrees in both history and physics. Born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1934, he continues to lecture on topics ranging from “vortex rings” to the epistemology of Niels Bohr. In addition to a biography of astronomer Galileo Galilei, he is author of an excellent book called The Sun in the Church: Cathedrals as Solar Observatories, a study of what are known as “meridian lines.”

When we speak, Heilbron is spending a long weekend in Joshua Tree National Park. He is an avuncular presence over the phone line, revisiting points he had published two decades earlier as if he had written them yesterday.

“I wondered what this brass line was doing there in the floor, encased in marble,” he continues, “with all these numbers running up and down it, inside a Catholic church. I decided to look into it. It was really that simple.”

“The lesson, though,” he laughs, “is that when you’re inside a church you should look down as well as up.”

Heilbron’s book, published in 1999 by Harvard University Press, was the first major English-language study to take this advice seriously, exploring the origins, meaning, and transformation of these early astronomical instruments hidden in plain sight, disguised in the very architecture of European cathedrals. Bologna’s Basilica of San Petronio is not the only example of a meridian line, although it was considered to be the most accurate. Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome has a beautifully realized and particularly grandiose example cutting through its nave; Saint-Sulpice in Paris hosts its own, as does Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence; a church tightly nestled in the packed streets of Fossombrone, Italy, bears a meridian line; the heavily worn remains of a line are still visible in the cloisters of England’s Durham Cathedral; and the duomos of Milan and Palermo also contain their own meridian lines.


The zodiac sign for Cancer on the meridian line in the Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome. JEAN-POL GRANDMONT/CC BY-SA 3.0

In the process of researching the phenomenon, Heilbron uncovered a surprising story of cooperation not only between religion and science, but between precision astronomical observation and Catholic liturgy, between architectural design and the Christian calendar. Direct, even enthusiastic collaboration, uniting esoteric science with canonical religious belief, lay at the core of this hidden story.

The very fact that there is a longstanding connection between astronomical observation and the Catholic Church would surprise many modern readers. If anything, the relationship between these institutions—that is, between the altar and the telescope, the cathedral and the meridian line—would appear to be antagonistic, even contradictory. After all, the Church rather infamously persecuted Galileo in the 17th century for suggesting that the Earth is not, in fact, at the center of the cosmos, and that, by extension, Church doctrine relating to God’s orderly plans for the world were inherently flawed. Galileo’s rejection as a heretic has become emblematic of the popular belief that there is an abyss separating religious faith from rational scientific inquiry.

This was not always the case, however. As Heilbron points out in his book, the Catholic Church supported astronomy for more than six centuries, from medieval times to the Enlightenment. This sponsorship continues into the 21st century, as we’ll see—although the meridian lines themselves had another, less lofty purpose entirely.


Giovanni Domenico Cassini’s floorplan of San Petronio, showing the meridian line. INTERNET ARCHIVE/PUBLIC DOMAIN

Easter, a Christian holiday commemorating Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is defined not only by Church liturgy but also by astronomical circumstance. As specified by the First Council of Nicaea, Easter is not a straightforward anniversary, always recurring on the same date from now until eternity. Instead, it is to be celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox—an occasion already laden with astronomical significance. The equinox, after all, is a day when time is split equally into 12 hours each of light and darkness, of illumination and obscurity.

The stakes of getting the date right were unusually high, Heilbron writes. If the faithful were to worship Easter on the wrong Sunday, out of sync with the rest of Christendom, then their very souls could be at risk. This was not merely an academic concern: at the height of the Church’s calendar problem, in the second half of the 16th century, the eastern Church and the western Church were an incredible ten days out of sync with one another. This was only reconciled in 1582 when Pope Gregory XIII implemented what has become known as the Gregorian calendar reform.

Gregorian reform eliminated, at a stroke and literally overnight, ten entire days from the western European calendar. People going to bed on October 4th, 1582, when the reform was implemented, would have woken up the next morning to find it was October 15th. Although this disorienting reform was intended specifically to put the calendar back on track for reaching the next spring equinox on March 21st, March 21st is not always the true, astronomical spring equinox. To determine exactly when the equinox would be, in the future—and, thus, when Easter should properly be celebrated—a more subtle and astronomically precise tool of measurement was required. A meridian line.

Understanding the structure and rhythm of the cosmos through direct scientific observation was thus not antagonistic to Christian worship at all. It was an essential expression of human piety: an earnest attempt to synchronize human religious activity with the divine and invisible clockwork of the universe. And thanks to this vast astronomical device embedded in the floor of a cathedral, Easter could now be determined not just with a quick glance, but with unquestionable precision.

The first meridian line at Bologna was installed by an artisan and Dominican cartographer named Egnazio Danti in 1575; when the church was enlarged many years later, in 1653, however, a wall central to Danti’s instrument was displaced, fatally undermining its intended function. Almost immediately, Jesuit astronomer and engineer Giovanni Domenico Cassini was brought in to repair, extend, and substantially improve upon Danti’s work. Cassini later became director of the renowned Paris Observatory and shares credit for discovering Jupiter’s famous “red spot.” More recently, his name was borrowed for a high-profile NASA satellite mission launched in October 1997 to photograph the moons of Saturn.

Here on Earth, in 1655, Cassini began work on the meridian line that we still see today in Bologna. With the exception of repairs performed in 1695 and again in 1776, the device remains true to Cassini’s 17th-century design.


To help preserve the meridian line—but also to draw more attention to it—the church has roped the line off from the feet of daily visitors. Just visible here, in a plaque in the marble floor, are the zodiac signs of Pisces and Scorpio. Both appear near the spring and autumn equinoxes, respectively. GEOFF MANAUGH

The Basilica di San Petronio tries to make the most of its meridian line. Although the line itself is now roped off and partially encased in plexiglass, these barriers have the effect of drawing even more attention to this strange diagonal slash across the marble. A small explanatory pamphlet is offered for sale near the cathedral entrance. Written by Giovanni Paltrinieri, a local historian, it comes in multiple languages; the English version was translated by none other than historian John L. Heilbron.

If it still seems surprising that a cathedral would house an astronomical instrument, consider the unusual spatial circumstances such a device would require. You need a large, flat surface on which a meridian line can be drawn. You need an open volume of unobstructed space through which a precise beam of sunlight can shine. You need a hole in a ceiling high enough so that this beam can track hundreds of feet, from one solstice to the next and back again. “The most convenient such buildings were cathedrals,” Heilbron writes.

The way meridian lines operate is both surprisingly complex and quite easy to grasp. As the sun tracks from north to south on its annual migration between the summer and winter solstices, its image on the cathedral floor also shifts, moving slowly along the meridian line. Halfway between the solstices, of course, are the spring and autumn equinoxes. Once the position of the solar circle indicates the spring equinox, believers must simply wait for the next full moon; the first Sunday after that full moon will be the proper date of Easter.


The winter solstice—Solstitium Hybernum—is marked on the cathedral’s marble floor, accompanied by the mythological figure of Capricorn, one of the 12 signs of the zodiac. GEOFF MANAUGH

So far, so good. Constructing a well-functioning meridian was no simple matter, on the other hand, and there were many ways it could go wrong. In order to support those cavernous church interiors, for example, huge columns are required; those columns are large and orderly placed, but they also invariably complicate the possibility of placing a straight line uninterrupted across the cathedral floor. In Bologna, for example, the meridian line butts up against—and is partially absorbed by—a column. Other architectural details, such as cornices, can also get in the way, blocking the beams of sunlight so essential to the meridian’s function. Heilbron points out, for example, that, in Rome’s Santa Maria degli Angeli, an architrave—or door lintel—had to be partially removed to ensure that sunlight could reach the meridian line.

This vision—of selectively dismantling the interiors of European cathedrals, one architrave at a time, in order to transform them into finely tuned scientific observatories—is extraordinary, as if, beneath all the masonry and ritual, with just a slight movement of specific details, powerful astronomical tools lie hidden. Beneath the pulpit, a planetarium.

From the point of view of Church doctrine, however, a larger problem was beginning to emerge. Perhaps these instruments were too precise. The observations they enabled began to reveal evidence not that the Earth was stationary, pinned at the center of Creation, but, on the contrary, that the Earth was mobile, circling in a dizzying choreography around the sun. The cosmic model endorsed by the Church was wrong, in other words, and proof of this wrongness was revealed every season by instruments built into the very floors of some of Europe’s finest cathedrals.

Well within sight of the church pews, a moving beam of sunlight suggested that the cosmos was altogether stranger than Christian theology had allowed itself to imagine. In Heilbron’s words, Catholic officials had not expected “that their cathedral would provide information about the heavens opposed to the teachings of their church.”


A detail from the frontispiece of Cassini’s book La meridiana del tempio di S. Petronio, showing the sun shining into San Petronio and onto the meridian line. INTERNET ARCHIVE/PUBLIC DOMAIN

Paul Mueller is a member of the Society of Jesus and administrative vice director of the Vatican Observatory. Raised in the American Midwest, he became a Jesuit after receiving a Bachelor of Science in physics from Boston University. From there, Mueller went on to an intimidating succession of advanced degrees in philosophy, divinity, sacred theology, and physics. He currently splits the year between the papal complex at Castel Gandolfo outside Rome and the Vatican Observatory in Arizona.

The Church, after all, is still actively engaged with astronomical research. Its sponsorship did not end with meridian lines, but has continued well into the 21st century with, among other things, the Vatican Observatory’s high-tech facility located in the remote darkness of Mount Graham, near Tucson. There, a dedicated team of Catholic astronomers—studying such topics as stellar evolution, the atmospheres of exoplanets, and processes of galactic formation—operates the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope, or VATT, to watch the desert skies. Yet another unexpected juxtaposition of empiricism and faith will take place next spring, in May 2017, when the Observatory hosts an international workshop on “spacetime singularities” and gravitational waves at Castel Gandolfo, the Vatican compound on Lake Albano, the flooded crater of an extinct volcano southeast of Rome.

There is much less of a conflict than it might seem between advanced astronomical observation and Christian faith, Mueller explains to me, let alone between a basic measuring tool like a meridian line and Christian doctrine. In conversation, Mueller is precise and patient—but also slightly prickly. He does, after all, occupy an unenviable position of being attacked from both sides: by believers unsure of why he and his fellow brother-astronomers feel compelled to pry at the edges of the known universe, as if kicking the tires of Creation, and by secular physicists who seem all to eager to dismiss Vatican astronomy as hopelessly clouded by medieval superstition.

But, Mueller emphasizes, reason is crucial to religious practice. “If we are doing math, if we are doing science—for that matter, if we are doing art—any human activity done with generosity and reverence is acting in God’s image. Science is included in that.”


The meridian line at Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, Rome AMPHIPOLIS/CC BY-SA 2.0

Contemplating the origins of the universe or measuring the obliquity of the Earth’s angular relationship to the sun is not in opposition to Christian faith at all, he stresses, no matter what those observations might reveal. Faith, in fact, he suggests, is precisely pinned on the confidence that religious doctrine and apparently contradictory scientific data will eventually be reconciled. There is no reason to dismiss or otherwise shy away from theologically uncomfortable scientific results, including previously controversial ideas, such as evolution and climate change, both of which Pope Francis has now urged Catholics to accept.

Whether the Church in Galileo’s time would have agreed with Mueller’s generous assessment is perhaps made clear by the astronomer’s cruel fate. Galileo, of course, was accused of heresy for promoting a heliocentric solar system (not to mention, as Heilbron writes in his biography of Galileo, for his arrogance). It was not until 1992, 359 years after his death, that Galileo was finally cleared of these charges—although the Church had quietly lifted its ban on Galileo’s heliocentric astronomy in 1757.

Mueller, however, also cautions me against over-emphasizing the role of meridian lines in Church affairs, in particular with determining the date of Easter. Of course, those lines would have been used to confirm the date of this major holiday, he says; after all, they were ingenious instruments of solar measurement. But remember, Mueller adds, the major Gregorian calendar reform took place in 1582—more than half a century before the era of meridian lines truly began and nearly 75 years before Cassini began his work in Bologna.

“My point is, sure, you can use a meridian line to help you with Easter,” Mueller tells me, “but that really happened after the fact—the calendar was already reformed by that time.” For Mueller, the meridian lines were simply testaments to the success of Gregorian calendar reform, given pride of place inside grand cathedrals “almost as a celebration of the fact that astronomy was used to fix the date of Easter, and in support of the Church’s new engagement with astronomy.” They were evidence of worshipful exactitude in celebrating the anniversary of Christ’s resurrection.


The interior of the Basilica di San Petronio, Bologna. GIORGIA/CC BY-ND 2.0

Alas, by the middle of the 18th century, at the very height of the meridians’ instrumental power—after lines throughout Europe had been reworked, renovated, and fine-tuned over many generations to be more accurate instruments than ever before—they were superseded for the complex work of solar observation. Meridian lines had been made obsolete by ever larger and more powerful telescopes, and by the use of precision-ground glass lenses.

The meridians’ usefulness did not disappear entirely, on the other hand; the lines were simply demoted. Formerly relied upon for measuring solstices, revealing unexpected angular details about the Earth’s relationship with the sun, and marking the date of Christ’s Resurrection, they were now used to determine local noontime.

If you return to the church of San Petronio just before solar noon—which is different than the abstract noon indicated by your wristwatch or smartphone—you will see that the disc of pale light on the floor is shifting horizontally toward the meridian line. At the actual moment of solar noon, when the sun is highest in the sky, the beam of light will touch the line itself, passing across it as morning becomes afternoon.


The meridian line cuts diagonally through the church interior, narrowly missing this support column. Although cathedral interiors were nearly ideal spaces for the installation of meridian lines, they also posed many unique challenges. GEOFF MANAUGH

The meridian thus also acts like a daily clock—and, following their redundancy at the hands of powerful telescopes, meridian lines did indeed find a new role as a tool used to synchronize church bells. Heilbron refers to this as battling “the inconvenience of multiple noons,” an embarrassing problem where churches might ring out competing middays, sometimes several minutes apart, betraying the fact that the seemingly well-organized temporal structure of Christian civilization was in a state of minor disarray.

To a certain extent, this quotidian fate was built into the meridians’ very workings. As Heilbron points out, many of the craftsmen hired to work on the lines had been trained as clockmakers. Their skills in metalwork and precision instrumentation had prepared them well for work at an architectural scale.

Today, in an era of atomic clocks, smartphones, and digital timekeeping, however, meridian lines are not even useful for that. Now reduced to mere tourist attractions—and often overlooked entirely by visitors paying more attention to the frescoes, arches, and stained-glass windows—meridian lines nonetheless still function. They still silently mark the passage of time and the Earth’s movement around the sun, highlighting solstices and equinoxes as the rhythmic clockwork of the universe continues its restless motion.

Stranger yet, however, is the fact that these instruments are not, in fact, stationary. The churches, bulwarks of eternity, move. Little by little, decade after decade, these mountains of masonry are sinking, unsteadily settling into the soil, throwing off the angle of the sun and introducing a new source of inaccuracy into the resulting measurements.


The hole in the roof of San Petronio is decorated with elaborate solar motifs, both for symbolic purposes and to make it visible to worshippers down below. GEOFF MANAUGH

This is true to the extent that the meridian line installed inside architect Filippo Brunelleschi’s Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence eventually became used as nothing more than a diagnostic tool for determining how much the cathedral itself had shifted. No longer useful for astronomical observation at all, the meridian became something more like an emergency light on the building’s creaking dashboard.

Even in Bologna, however, the church of San Petronio was moving downward. Heilbron explains that the hole punched through the cathedral ceiling, through which daily beams of sunlight blazed, “had fallen over 4 percent of its original height”—and this was in the late 1600s. It was only by comparing solstice measurements taken from San Petronio with other church meridians that the deformation was detected. Arguments over exactly how far the hole had shifted—with some people claiming only 1 percent, not 4—meant that “a battle ensued among the mathematicians of Bologna,” Heilbron writes. They soon descended into arguments over how their models of the cosmos had been distorted not by the Church but by the actual church: the building itself, that is, not the religious institution that funded their astral research.

Later, solutions to the problem of mobile architecture were proposed. These included attaching plaques to internal pillars that were structurally unconnected to the walls of the church. This meant that the plaques would not settle with the rest of the building and could thus be used as what Heilbron calls “a fiducial mark” for checking future measurements. Other approaches suggested using independently suspended floors so that, as the church changed position over time, the scientific instrument at its heart would remain untouched.

In a sense, Mueller’s point that the Church is now fully supportive of contemporary astronomical research is strangely borne out by this architectural detail. As these older buildings unevenly sink into the ground or become treated merely as sites for curious tourists, the real work of engaging with the cosmos has simply changed venue. The lines, however, remain, serving both as scars left by those unfortunate wars within the Church to separate faith and physics, and as seams that were able to bridge that gap.

To repeat:

Yet these symbols are not there to cast horoscopes, let alone spells. They are there for purposes of church administration and astronomical science. This cathedral, the Basilica di San Petronio in Bologna, Italy, also doubles as a solar observatory—at one point, one of the most accurate in the world—and these signs of the zodiac are part of an instrument for measuring solstices.

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck.

You have been reading about an astrological observatory, used by those in the know to determine celestial motion. If it were only meant for solstice observation, then they could simply mark those two positions on the floor and not have to worry about all the solar positions (time of the year) in-between.

They just don’t want to admit it.

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Daily Planets- 12/09/16

Posted on December 8th, 2016 by Don Cerow

December 9-December 15, 2016

All listed time are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, 9th- This looks like a really enjoyable day. We’re insightful and upbeat throughout the late morning and afternoon. We have energy until 8:00 PM, but begin to run out of gas around 10:00 PM.

V/C Moon 8:06 PM-7:41 AM (Saturday) when it enters Taurus

Saturday, 10th- Serious issues are being brought to the fore throughout the day today as Saturn is triggered by the Sun, Moon and Venus. Budget your time, prioritize your projects and know that things may take a little longer than anticipated. Late night is some of the best energy of the day.

Sunday, 11th- Mid-morning is very focused but the bulk of the afternoon has us attempting to keep up with events. Around sundown the mood improves, and there could be some pleasant surprises, but late night is somewhat impulsive and angry.

V/C Moon 11:04 PM-7:41 AM (Monday) when it enters Gemini

Monday, 12th- People are chatty or a little argumentitive this morning with the Moon entering Gemini. For the most part folks are not in agreement, with 5:00 PM offering an exception to the rule.

Tuesday, 13th- Tonight is the Full Moon. Words have weight, so be careful what you say. We impact others more strongly. Noon until 1:30 is some of the best energy of the day, and we feel a little more energized as we cross the midnight threshold late tonight.

Wednesday, 14thThis is basically a magical day. We’re exciting by what we learn, discover or let open up socially. Late morning and evening are when these themes most bob to the surface.

V/C Moon 0:57 AM-7:08 AM when it enters Cancer

Thursday, 15th- Get things done by 2:30 PM for the usual reasons. Not everyone agrees mid-morning or early afternoon. There may be some detours or heavy traffic around 1:30 PM.

V/C Moon 2:43 PM-8:15 AM (Friday) when it enters Leo

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Daily Planets- 12/02/16

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by Don Cerow

December 2-December 8, 2016

All listed time are Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, 2nd- There are pieces to our puzzle that seem to be missing late morning and we’re not thrilled about it. The afternoon is fairly productive especially if we pace ourselves. If you need to have things done in the next 24 hours, do it today.

Saturday, 3rd- The Moon is VC until 2:44 PM. Mid to late afternoon is the most productive. 8:30 PM is feeling as though your project needs more time or you’re tired of working on it.

V/C Moon 5:16 AM-2:44 PM when it enters Aquarius

Sunday, 4th- An interesting day from start until finish. Mid afternoon and midnight are some of the easiest. Focus on friends, associates and networks.

Monday, 5th- From early morning to late tonight we’re without a rudder. There are strong currents which keep shifting all day long. This V/C Moon is far more active than most, sometimes pro, sometimes con. 4:30 is perhaps best.

V/C Moon 6:23 AM-11:31 PM when it enters Pisces

Tuesday, 6th- We feel a little sleepy around 4:00 PM, but other than that (and that’s not a bad thing) this is a fairly nice day, growing in strength into the evening. We discover new, different and unusual potentials if we start now.

Wednesday, 7thMake calls and contacts (where you can) before 8:30 this morning. Late afternoon we’re likely to take things personally, are behind on a dead line or must reshape our visions for the future.

V/C Moon 9:05 AM-5:15 AM (Thursday) when it enters Aries

Thursday, 8th- 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM feel really good. We’re at rest, peace or happy with what’s happening around us. There’s a couple of bumps around 6:00 and then we relax into the evening.

 

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PLUTO

Posted on November 29th, 2016 by Don Cerow

 Most folks that I’ve run into of late are simply standing there, slowly shaking their heads in stunned disbelief. What happened? Can this really be true? Bernie was offering avenues that led to our Aquarian future, but his time was not yet. The two party system each yielded their candidate.As the hen in Chicken Run says,

“Are those the only choices?”

Shortly after the inauguration there’s a hard aspect to Pluto. This could be a measure of the economic and political meltdown that many have been anticipating for so long. It already is a subterranean shift with regards to power, control and manipulation. The New Moon, falling at seven degrees of Sagittarius (7 degrees, 43 minutes), is smack dab on the US Ascendant (7 degrees, 42 minutes), pointing a great, celestial finger at the the nation.

Let’s hope it’s not the middle finger.

      On February 9th, 2017 the secondary progressed US Ascendant will inconjunct (150 degree aspect) the US Progressed Pluto. The Progressed Ascendant is in the 29th degree (and 22 minutes) of Leo, while the Progressed Pluto is 29 degrees of Capricorn.We are getting ready to take a substantial hit.The twenty-ninth degree is the final degree of any sign of the Zodiac. It represents the end of a trend or era. It can also represent the termination of an individual who represents that era.

This alignment happened once before in the US chart, on November 10th, 2014. Rather than the progressed Ascendant inconjuncting the progressedPluto, the progressed Ascendant was inconjuncting the natal Pluto at that time, at 27 degrees and 33 minutes of Capricorn. Outer planets do not move very far from their natal positions by secondary progression.

In 2014 the focus of power was shifting from liberal to conservative, from Democrat to Republican. The reports in the paper were right after the national elections. Here are a few of the headlines that month reflecting these themes in the New York Times:

Riding Wave of Discontent, G.O.P. Takes Senate
NOV 5, 2014
By JONATHAN WEISMAN and ASHLEY PARKER
Republicans picked up seats in Arkansas, West Virginia, Montana, South Dakota, Colorado, North Carolina and Iowa, consolidating their power on Capitol Hill.

Republicans First Had to Wrestle With Their Own Poor Discipline
By JEREMY W. PETERS and CARL HULSE
The Republican victory was the result of methodical plotting, careful candidate vetting and an abundance of preparation to ensure the party’s candidates would avoid repeating the same mistakes.

President Obama Left Fighting for His Own Relevance
By PETER BAKER
The midterm elections culminated a season of discontent for President Obama – and may yet open a period of even deeper frustration in his final two years in office.

After Election, Obama Vows to Work With, and Without, Congress
NOV 6, 2014
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and PETER BAKER
President Obama shook off an electoral drubbing and said he was eager to find common ground, but he also vowed to bypass Congress to change the immigration system.

Outside Groups With Deep Pockets Lift G.O.P.
By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
The election was a pivotal moment for the “super PACs” and political nonprofit groups that helped the party defeat Democrats across the country.

In States Seen to Be Tilting Left, Voters Defy Democrats’ Forecast
By JONATHAN MARTIN
A powerful lesson for both parties emerged Tuesday: Demographic shifts that are gradually reshaping the American electorate cannot overcome a difficult political environment and a weak message.

With Fear of Being Sidelined, Tea Party Sees the Republican Rise as New Threat
NOV 9, 2014
By JEREMY W. PETERS
As Republicans on Capitol Hill move from being the opposition party to being one that has to show it can govern, a powerful tension is emerging between its establishment and its activist wing.

G.O.P. Is Making Progress Toward Presidency but Is Still Playing Catch-Up
NOV 10, 2014
By NATE COHN
Republicans still need to solve their long-term demographic problems, but their success in the midterms was not simply because of low turnout among Democrats.

We are seeing the same shift with this alignment between our political polarities, except that this time the Republicans will control two of the three branches of government, as well as being in a position to pick new members of the Supreme Court for the next few years. Money talks, and its ability to buy elections was witnessed here.

Misreading of the national demographics has been hounding the Republican party for years, but this year it took off in a direction unanticipated by either party. We stand at the end of an Age, and this is what happens as the pillars of society begin to crumble.

The old ways are deteriorating.

But Pluto is not only political power; he is also Lord of the Underworld. It is issues that involve death and passage between the veils. Here are some other stories from 2012 related to this alignment coming to a peak.

More Than 600 Reported Chemical Exposure in Iraq, Pentagon Acknowledges
NOV 7, 2014
By C. J. CHIVERS
Officials failed to recognize the scope of the reported cases or offer adequate tracking and treatment, defense officials said.

Obama to Send 1,500 More Troops to Assist Iraq
NOV 8, 2014
By HELENE COOPER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
The deployment will double the number of Americans meant to train and advise Iraqi and Kurdish forces as they plan a major offensive against Islamic State fighters who have poured into Iraq from Syria.

Obstacles Limit Targets and Pace of Strikes on ISIS
NOV 10, 2014
By ERIC SCHMITT
Commanders of the American-led air campaign in Iraq and Syria are challenged by spotty intelligence, poor weather and an Iraqi Army that has only begun an offensive against the Islamic State.

Hard aspects mean just that. Whether a political minefield or military maneuvers, we are caught by circumstances that make it difficult to traverse.

Let’s see what happens during the first week of February, shall we?

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