The universe finally pipes down after three days of martial fireworks, Neptunian mischief-making, and quarter moon tensions. Major solar and planetary aspects disappear completely while the Moon in Aries makes its monthly polarity to Saturn in Libra (2:24AM PDT) – beginning a 14+ hour void lunar uncertainty cycle that lasts until 4:32PM PDT. Trying to make things happen your way during this void-of-course Moon time-span is foolish. Slow your tempo across the board. Patience is a cardinal virtue. Completing odds and ends makes sense with the Moon out of sorts. Once the lunar orb enters earthy Taurus (4:32PM PDT), handle financial issues with flair and logic. Arts, crafts and hobbies are highlighted this evening as the Moon parallels Mercury (9:25PM PDT) followed by a supportive, 60-degree link from the Moon to visionary Neptune (10:10PM PDT). The Moon-Neptune alliance also favors experimenting with a favorite musical instrument, camera, poetry style or dance routine. Start gearing up for stations and shifts retrograde by Uranus (Friday July 13) and Mercury (Saturday July 14). Forewarned is forearmed – so goes an ancient saying connected to astrology.
Your Magickal Correspondence for Saturday, July 7th
Magickal Intentions: Spirit Communications, Meditation, Psychic Attack or Defense, Locating Lost Things and Missing Persons, Building, Life, Doctrine, Protection, Knowledge, Authority, Limitations, Boundaries, Time and Death
Incense: Black Poppy Seed and Myrrh
Sign: Capricorn and Aquarius
Colors: Black, Grey and Indigo
Herbs/Plants: Myrrh, Moss, Hemlock, Wolfsbane, Coltsfoot, Nightshade and Fir
Stones: Jet, Smokey Quartz, Amethyst, Black Onyx, Snowflake Obsidian, Lava, Pumice
Oil: (Saturn) Cypress, Mimosa, Myrrh, Patchouli
Saturn lends its energies to the last day of the week. Because Saturn is the planet of karma, this day is an excellent time for spellwork involving reincarnation, karmic lessons, the Mysteries, wisdom, and long-term projects. It is also a good time to being efforts that deal with the elderly, death, or the eradication of pests and disease.
Easy does it! The day after a Full Moon can sometimes be disconcerting due to your reaching an enlightening mind-set around the exact time of the Full Moon. Now the need – for today and tomorrow – is to distribute the illuminating energies just received across the globe. Making matters somewhat more challenging is the Sun forming a frictional, 45-degree link to Vesta (3:28AM PDT) – a sky pattern that can equate with tensions relating to safe and security issues, insurance rates and coverage, as well as investments. Meanwhile, it doesn’t help that the Moon in Capricorn enters a nearly exact 12-hour void twilight zone at 5:26AM PDT (during a Moon-Saturn square). The lunar orb stays void until 5:27PM PDT when the Moon enters service-oriented Aquarius. Nevertheless, while the Moon is void, Mercury makes a supportive, 60-degree link to Venus (6:27AM PDT) while Mercury also trines its higher-guardian planet Uranus (10:54AM PDT). Revelations abound and your mind can pick up on ingenious ideas that can still be implemented in the days and weeks to come. Once the Moon enters Aquarius, consider becoming pro-active in group projects, team sports and community events. Creative and artistic vibrations dominate the evening landscape – courtesy of a supportive, 60-degree link between Venus and Uranus (7:37PM PDT) and a parallel from Mercury to Venus (8:14PM PDT). The love boat enters exotic ports of call as Venus continues to increase its daily speed following its shift from reverse to direct motion a week ago.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2012 July 3
In the Shadow of Saturn’s Rings
Explanation: Humanity’s robot orbiting Saturn has recorded yet another amazing view. That robot, of course, is the spacecraft Cassini, while the new amazing view includes a bright moon, thin rings, oddly broken clouds, and warped shadows. Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, appears above as a featureless tan as it is continually shrouded in thick clouds. The rings of Saturn are seen as a thin line because they are so flat and imaged nearly edge on. Details of Saturn’s rings are therefore best visible in the dark ring shadows seen across the giant planet’s cloud tops. Since the ring particles orbit in the same plane as Titan, they appear to skewer the foreground moon. In the upper hemisphere of Saturn, the clouds show many details, including dips in long bright bands indicating disturbances in a high altitude jet stream. Recent precise measurements of how much Titan flexes as it orbits Saturn hint that vast oceans of water might exist deep underground.
There is no rest for the weary. Mercury makes a supportive, 60-degree link with feisty Mars (3:16AM PDT) and this can boost your adrenaline. Crafts, hobbies, games and sports are energized. The Moon uniting with Mercury in Cancer (9:49AM PDT) can improve communications in the hours preceding this alignment. However, once it happens, a void lunar cycle takes hold that lasts until 8:48PM PDT. It is wise to finish old business on a high note during this 11-hour twilight zone. This may be easier said than done since Vesta makes a caustic, 45-degree link with Pallas (1:40PM PDT) as well as an off-kilter, 150-degree tie to Saturn (3:34PM PDT). Add on a tempestuous, 135-degree contact between Mercury and Chiron (5:40PM PDT) and it may incline many souls to seek solace in yoga, meditation, contemplation, and esoteric studies. Trying to deal with practical work under this series of celestial vibrations is bound to be a chore. Just before the Moon ends its void cycle, a hopeful signal occurs as the Moon makes a supportive, 60-degree link to productivity-enhancer Ceres (7:26PM PDT). After the Moon leaves void status and enters Leo (8:48PM PDT), come from the heart in key discussions with dear ones. Nurturing vibrations are present to guide you along as the Moon parallels Ceres (10:44PM PDT). Be prepared for a raucous Friday as a Vesta-Juno polarity and Mars-Uranus parallel really shake up the status-quo.