My husband’s son took my son aside on his way out of town. He told him he was a smart kid and really polite kid. He told him it was great to be smart but that it was even more important to be polite. He advised he keep up his good manners and try to focus. My son cried when we dropped him off at the airport.
Vid is a double Libra and my husband’s son has 5 planets in Libra. I think he gave him good advice but unusual.
What’s more important? Brains or manners?
Your Moon sign is Aquarius. Today the Moon is transiting through Aries. During this transit the Moon passes through the Nakshatras belonging to Ketu and Mercury. This transit of the Moon yields favorable results. Red color will be favorable for you this day.
This is the day of victory for you. People will appreciate your personality and will be full of praise for your virtues. Today you will achieve fame. You will feel as if all the hurdles have been removed from your path. You can opt to start new projects, take important decisions, make financial investments, loan transactions, sale and purchase deals, etc.
You will feel courageous and remain in high spirits today. You will have special interest towards life and also have enthusiasm to take up different assignments. This is the day for your growth and development. You should proceed forward to fulfill your high ambitions during this day. You will derive pleasure from matters relating to romance and from your marital life as well.
You may receive promotion or may receive added responsibilities during the course of the day. Extend a helping hand towards your younger brothers, sisters and others. You will receive good news today. Your mind is likely to remain cheerful. You will have entertainment in the company of various people this day. Your involvement in various religious activities will help in strengthening various aspects of your nature.
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By Mary Plumb | May 23, 2011
I spent most of the weekend contemplating and evoking Venus and Mars, who are conjunct today at 9º Taurus. Beautiful Venus, supremely at home in Taurus, bright in the pre-dawn sky, intimately cavorting with her paramour and consort, Mars. What a glorious suggestion in partnership is present for us in this planetary dance: pure desire and the appreciation of all that is beautiful become one, becomes obvious — we want what is beautiful to us. Our desire nature is melting into an experience of elegance and harmony, happiness is potentized, etc.
(If readers need a suggestion on applying the conjunction more personally, check your natal horoscope — whatever house system you use, I would also suggest looking at your whole sign houses — to find where this hopefully gentle and sweet, possibly tactile, renewed alchemy of Venus and Mars is most clearly taking place. You also might take note of the natal houses with Aries, Taurus, Libra, and Scorpio on the cusps.)
I’ve been thinking about the first “appearance” or heliacal rise of planets a lot lately thanks to the current early morning sky and Gary Caton’s superb blog from a few weeks ago. And I’m trying to understand how it is specifically calculated — thanks again to Gary for his patience with me on this.
Robert Blaschke and I did talk about this phenomenon as well and, with his wife Carol’s permission, I include a graphic that may be helpful here. As Robert used to say, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
The exact heliacal rise of a planet (as recorded by the Babylonians) is an issue for modern astrologers. Atmospheric conditions and latitude are some of the factors that make a planet’s heliacal rise vary (and be difficult to calculate). Venus is the brightest, however, so her appearance as a morning star is often sooner than the commonly used 15 or so degrees of separation from the Sun.
There are some fine contemporary observers of the sky who are bringing this direct view into astrological practice again. Daniel Giamario, Gary Caton, and Adam Gainsburg are three whom I have talked to and whose work is readily available. (1)
The last heliacal rise of Venus, which sets a tone for this cycle, was in early November, when Venus appeared in the morning sky at about 3º Scorpio. She was in her retrograde phase and a few days past the inferior conjunction with the Sun on October 28 at 5º30’ Scorpio. Venus is now still a morning star and in her Lucifer phase, the bringer of light.
She now has been bringing her light with an undercurrent of Scorpio, Mars’ territory. It doesn’t take a great symbolic leap to see that some of the current Venus scandals in the public sphere are a reflection of the darker side of a detriment Venus in Scorpio. Misuse of power, sex, and money all are on display in the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dominique Strauss-Kahn cases. Strauss-Kahn, natal Sun and Venus in Taurus, is (was?) one of the world’s most powerful bankers, and Arnold needs no introduction. (His website says, ”Stay tuned for my next move.”) (2)
I was considering these matters when I got a surprising phone call from an astrologer traveling through Ashland for the night. We quickly made arrangements for me to go see her. The traveler is Arielle Guttman, author of a new book, Venus Star Rising, A New Cosmology for the 21st Century.
Although we’ve spoken over the years, this was our first face-to-face “appearance.” We talked about many things, including her book, which I have scanned (it has lots of graphics), but not read yet.
I asked her if she was using Venus’s helical rise in determining what she calls the “Venus Star” at birth. She explained that because of that slightly irregular timing and her obvious connection to the notion of “cazimi,” that is, a planet at “the heart of the Sun,” the original idea that she develops in the book is based on the inferior conjunction of Venus before birth (which is always the retrograde conjunction). In other words, the cycle does not begin with Venus’s observable appearance in the sky (i.e., the helical rise), but it begins with the cazimi, with Venus exactly in the heart of the Sun. (3)
Arielle spoke of this degree as being our deepest, most natural talents and gifts. (The cazimi occurs pre-natally, when we are in the womb.) It has a different quality than our natal Venus placement. She explained to me the essence of how she uses the point, and its implications were quite obvious to me immediately.
I look forward to reading her book and further conversations with its very insightful author.
As a personal aside, and a testament to a living astrology, we discovered that Arielle has natal Venus at 5º Leo; I have natal Venus at 4º Aquarius. The most recent cazimi of Venus was on October 28 at 5º30’ Scorpio; we met face-to-face for the first time as transiting Venus was at 9º Taurus (conjunct Mars, as I mentioned at the beginning of this article). Within this fixed cross formation of Venus, I thank Arielle for taking the time with me (which certainly helped this blog to manifest), and for all the continual and blessed unfolding that we astrologers are privileged to notice.
(2) A Shamanic View of Astrology: An Interview with Daniel Giamario by Mary Plumb, TMA Aug/Sept 2002. “Astrologer Daniel Giamario advocates an experiential approach to astrology that relies upon direct observation of the night sky. In this conversation, he discusses the background of Shamanic astrology, the synodic cycles of Venus and Mars, and the impact of the recent Saturn-Pluto opposition.”
Gary Caton’s Dream Astrologer and Adam Gainsburg’s Soulsign web sites, and Adam’s TMA blog’s on the Venus synodic cycle, A New Model for Full Planetary Phases: The Venus Journey. And, The Profound Opposition of Venus, Mars the Sun and the Moon.
(3) Deborah Houlding’s article, The Beauty of the Venus Cycle in TMA Feb/Mar 2010, considers the start of the Venus cycle to be the superior conjunction. What seems important to understand, is that Venus has an “enduring symmetry.” No matter where one considers the start of the Venus cycle (i.e, at heliacal rise, at the inferior conjunction or the superior conjunction), Venus will always make the five-pointed star in her eight-year journey with the Sun and the earth.
Please go to the link below for a graphic showing the perfect geometry, the enduring symmetry, of her orbit around the Sun:
Venus synodic cycle
If we could see from above the earth (located at the center of this diagram), the pattern looks like this:
(I believe that Neil Michelsen’s book, Tables of Planetary Phenomena, published by ACS in 1990, was the original source of this – and many other beautiful planetary mandalas.)
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I just got off the phone with my cousin who lives in Philadelphia. This weekend me, my sister and two other cousins plan to drive there from NY for the weekend for my “divorce party.” Yes, I’m excited.
So of course I had to go and check the astrology coming up this weekend. And now, I’m
A harmonious aspect of transiting Mars to Venus activates your emotional, sensuous and
affectionate energy. Sensually, you now tend to be very passionate, spontaneous and ardent
in the manifestation of your emotions, which will increase the
level of energy exchange between you and your companion.
This generates greater inner security in you as well as your partner and
greater ability to contend with the daily circumstances.
If you are engaged already and have decided to get married, this period can be especially
auspicious to do it, since you will find the
social, family and economic support to take that step. If you are married, it is the ideal
time to plan a trip, which could be a second
honey moon, or unaffectedly, it will increase your level of happiness in your conjugal
Weekly Horoscope Aries
If anyone garnered more popularity than the game itself during the FIFA world cup, it was no other but Paul the octopus. He may have passed away but his unique ability to predict the result of every match amuses everyone. So, was he really an astrologer? Or was it mere co-incidence? Well, none has been able to figure out the answer till now.
The Taurus Horoscope, highlights the second sign of the Zodiac. A Fixed/Earth Sign, negatively charged, and feminine, it is ruled by the planetVenus. Its symbol is the bull, and key phrase is “I have.” Known for finishing what others start, Taurus have the stamina and drive to succeed, while others give up. By taking advantage of the practical nature and determination of their Taurus horoscope, they can achieve their goals. When they have faith in something, they stick with it, plodding on. They plan ahead when others with less patience and acting on the spur of the moment lose interest and move on to something else.
Taurus is the Greek word for bull, a sign known for its stubbornness, and the source of many expressions such as “bullheaded” and “stubborn as a bull.” In many ways, their success depends upon knowing when to hang on and when to loosen their grasp. Associated with the throat and neck, Taurus often has a beautiful voice, though prone to sore throats, thyroid disorders, and other neck problems.
Taurus is often said to have been the bull that kidnapped Europa. As the story goes, the god Zeus saw the princess Europa frolicking with her female attendants on the beach and was so filled with love by her great beauty that he transformed himself into a magnificient, white bull, mosied into the group of females, and laid down among them. He presented such a powerful but peaceful appearance that the ladies couldn’t resist climbing onto him. As soon as Europa mounted him, Zeus rose up and carried her into the sea, eventually depositing Europa on the island of Crete. There the bull mounted the young girl satisfying both their lusts. The story recounts that he gave her a “spear”, a dog, a guardian, and three sons.
Like Zeus, sensual Taurus are fond of beauty, beautiful surroundings, and the good things of life. Similar to the bull in the myth, they are often stikingly handsome and peaceful, and perfectly content to lie around and be “petted”. They enjoy receiving massages more than any other sign. Normally calm while others panic, they can explode into a rage when pushed too far. Though slow to anger, they have the fiercest temper in the zodiac when provoked. Like the dog in the myth, Taurus are “doggedly” stubborn, pursuing their goals in the face of all odds. And like the guardian to protect against strangers, Taurus prefer the tried-and-true over the new.
One way in which astrology summarizes sign and planet traits is by key words or key phrases. Taurus key words are gentle, loyal, amorous, artistic, quick-tempered, self-indulgent, domestic, patient, persistent, proud, conservative, retentive, sensual, thorough, steadfast, argumentative, stubborn discriminating, determined, and materialistic. Taurus are known for being slow moving, patient, and careful. They love to savor and prolong their enjoyment. Desiring ease, comfort, and warm surroundings, they must be careful of becoming self-satisfied and placid, and overeating. They need to be challenged (very tactfully) in order to grow and mature properly, even though they would rather avoid any trying situations. Even-tempered, affectionate, and slow to anger – when they do become upset, they are also slow to forgive and sufficient time must pass before their calm returns. They demand real, concrete results from any situation – abstractions are very hard for them to grasp. Very artistic, they love to shape and mold things with their hands.
Taurus posses an earthy, physical sexiness that people find seductive. Steadfast and patient, they are capable of tremendous dedication, endurance, devotion, and constancy. The faculty to follow through and stick with a project is one of their greatest assets. Once the course is set, they pursue it with single-mindedness until it is completed – obstinately resisting any attempts to divert them from their purpose. With a very practical nature, they must see tangible results from their efforts. They are not tempted to spin wild dreams that are doubtful of success. Most of their dreams have to do with well-being, security, and material achievements because of a great love of the physical world and a need to enjoy and experience it to the full.
Though persistent and hard-working, Taurus also have a strong comfort-loving, sensual side, that wants to enjoy what they have worked for. In fact, they can be famously lazy at times with an inclination to overindulge in fine food and other earthly delights. Loving the beauty of the natural world, they prefer a pastoral country setting rather than the noisy city life. Their needs are simple which makes them easy to please. With a strong desire for stability, security, and peace, the bull will rarely make changes unless forced to do so.
Although not very demanding emotionally, they do crave lots of affection and physical contact. Because of their emotional steadiness, faithfulness, and gentle strength, others look to them for support. They can maintain their poise and tranquillity, through sudden changes and upheaval.
An innate sense of accommodating nature, allows them and the things around them to unfold and grow in their own time. They will patiently nurture something into being, whether a child, a garden, or some creative project. They make excellent parents, especially when they follow their intuition more often than “the experts.”
Taurus are known for 3 negative traits – bullheaded obstinacy, an aversion to abandon safe, familiar routines, and a bent to always undervalue the theoretical, imaginative, and fanciful. They insist upon realism, and lack the ability to play with possibilities and ideas, or open their minds to the new. Calm, ease, and naturalness are the spiritual mantras of the Bull. Silence also, but not just a dislike of noise. Taurus silence goes deeper. It’s a quiet soul that takes the time to feel the wind in their hair, the appreciation of the physical body and the naturalness of its rhythms, the easy rapport between muscles and cells. Getting more present, more grounded, and more receptive to immediate reality are lessons that the Taurus horoscope teach.
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