July 30, 2009

Mercury in Leo will oppose Jupiter Rx and Chiron Rx in Aquarius, setting up the stage for a confrontation of our personal thoughts and agenda with the ways we seek to grow, expand and find meaning in life, arranged according to our social preconditioning, we know we need to break free of if we want to see the light at the end of the tunnel and recover from previous hurt. Thus, we might have to make a decision in favor of an alternative solution for our Self-unfoldment when Venus in Gemini will square Ceres in Virgo and our ‘methods’ will be put to a test for critical evaluation of their worth and effectiveness. The Moon’s Sagittarius ingress later on could shift our mood from obsessively brooding or plotting to openly and enthusiastically playing with the possibilities.

The “beer summit”, dismissed by President Obama as an ‘exaggeration’ of his meeting with Gates and Crowley, served as a great example for the daily energy weather. Obama remarked that they’ll be having “some personal conversation among people who are imperfect (inclusive himself) to spend a little bit of time with self-reflection and recognizing that other people have different points of view.” – Here, we have the opposition between Mercury in Leo and Jupiter Rx + Chiron Rx in Aquarius beautifully crafted in one sentence with the opposition working with its positive potential for integration and reconciliation of the issue. Then, the president went on to say: “The hope in turn is that people in communities across the nation will see the meeting as a model for how to solve differences – more listening, less shooting from the lip. – The latter is a reference to Chiron who got shot with an poisoned arrow by the hero. Venus’ in Gemini’s square to Ceres in Virgo is also contained in the message: “the meeting as a model for how to solve differences”.

As Venus moves on to form a sextile with Pallas in Leo on July 31, and Mercury in Leo’s next aspects are an opposition to Neptune Rx in Aquarius and a quincunx to Uranus Rx in Pisces, the first round of an eye-opening dialogue on race came to a gracious conclusion as both sides – the white police officer and the black scholar – agreed to disagree and pledged future talks aimed at a better understanding. The president expressed confidence that things will take a positive turn: “what brings us together is stronger than what pulls us apart”. So, while the 3 men clearly moved forward in regard to this issue and in the words of Gates: “I don’t think that we spent too much time dwelling on the past. We spent a lot of time discussing the future.” – it is still unclear how the public will react and thus if the message will create the waves it was supposed to – Mercury-Neptune – to bring about a collective shift in consciousness in this matter – BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD – Mercury in Leo quincunx Uranus Rx in Pisces.

So, today we have a chance to employ a mental strategy that can assist us in agreeing to disagree and consciously accepting that we might not be on the same page with others on some issues and that we can’t change that, but have to proceed from there with the awareness of our individual differences to make the future a better place for all of us.

July 29, 2009

Mercury in Leo will trine Eris Rx in Aries to mark the completion of a line of thought, involving a personal issue close to our heart we’ve been preoccupied with the last few days and which we had to “feel through” from all the angles popping up on our mental screen until we arranged to get the Self into the centre position and gained the confidence we need to proceed in a triumphant state of mind.

After weeks of turmoil a shaky peace has been reached with the Blue Dogs that will clear the way for a vote in September on health care reform. But while congress is moving ahead on health care, Obama loses ground on the subject according to public polls. Well, Eris is retrograde in this equation – so, the issue will be revisited and the president’s performance in this regard could be seen in a different light once the first changes will have been implemented. 🙂

I didn’t accomplish much today, except for the disposing of the garbage and some cleaning, because the weather really got to me. So, I made a decision in my self-interest and laid down on the couch for an afternoon nap. Feeling a lot better now. 🙂

July 28, 2009

As of this writing Venus in Gemini already trined Neptune Rx in Aquarius and the Moon ingressed Scorpio. Venus’ next aspect will be a square to Uranus Rx in Pisces, which is followed by the event of the First Quarter Moon – the waxing square between the Scorpio Moon and the Leo Sun in the lunation cycle that started with the Solar Eclipse. This is the midpoint between the Solar and the Lunar Eclipses of this particular cycle and presents us with the first challenge, the crisis in action. The ‘ascendancy’ of individuality we witnessed, “the daughter of the American Revolution” (Sabian Symbol refering to the New Moon Solar Eclipse), has been born in a changing world and thus expresses different values than those of the generations that came before her – personal values are at cross purpose with shared values. Therefore, the passionate strivings for self-realization will have to be inspired by higher ideals so that these differences can be put aside and reconciliation will be possible.

There is no better example for the daily energyweather than the struggle on health care – with the deadline for the passing of the bill nearly missed. Venus in Gemini’s trine to a retrograde Neptune in Aquarius shows the disappointment that ensued for the ones supporting it as Congress didn’t respond to the request of the president. Legislation was supposed to advance through both houses before lawmakers will leave on a monthlong summer vacation. Meanwhile, the president spoke to an advocacy group and pointed out the trillions in costs over the next couple of decades if nothing will be done in this regard. As Venus moved on to square a retrograde Uranus it became clear that without the backing of the Blue Dogs it would be difficult to pass the bill at all. The themes of shared values and shared resources come out in a power play at the First Quarter square in the cycle that has the Leo Sun squared by a waxing Scorpio Moon. – Personally, I’ve been thinking about these issues throughout the day and also advicing my girlfriend via mail in this regard, thereby trying to send her some positive vibes to lighten her up, while I myself was rather on the pessimistic side with my own thoughts. Thus, I nearly forgot that I wanted to share that our beloved rabbit has reached the high age of 3 years these days. It’s noteworthy, because she’s a wild one and they’re only supposed to live to an age of 1 and 1/2 to 2 years. So, this is an example of how love can lengthen life in addition to the exquisite food she gets fed. She brings so much joy into our lives that I felt I have to show my gratitude this way. Besides, she’s quite entertaining and her mischievousness is at times amusing. J found her 3 years ago hiding underneath his Jeep he had parked at work and brought her home, because he thought she had been abandoned. They’ve got entire rabbit families there and most of them don’t live long. We had my daughter’s Dutch rabbit taken into our care already (don’t let me get into this!) and thus the little wild one got really excited once she discovered that there was another female rabbit (and once it was safe to put them together) and therefore she was feeding and survived. She’s never been outside since she was brought here, but her place is at the big window in the kitchen, where she can watch everything and where the neighborhood cats come by to say hello. We let her running free in the house for a few hours every day, which she enjoys very much. Right now, she’s upstairs, hiding underneath the bed and waiting for me to find her and chase her down the stairs. Hide and seek has been her favorite ‘game’ from the very first days she got here and escaped from the large enclosure we used to have. For a few weeks in a row we had to search for her all the time until we had ‘covered’ all the hiding places she had discovered and she is very smart when it comes to that and keeps also very quiet once she’s hiding. Her name is Leyla, which means night in Arabic (she’s nocturnal). She knows her name and a few other words and sounds and she’s also very playful, but also very moody at times, which can lead to really bad behavior on her part. However, I can’t be mad at her, especially not when she’s begging for her treats. I love you Leyla! 🙂

July 27, 2009

The trine from Venus in Gemini to Jupiter Rx and Chiron Rx in Aquarius together with Mercury in Leo’s semi-sextile to Saturn in Virgo and sesqui-quadrate to Juno in Aries allowed us to express creativity, joy and warmth in beautiful words in order to close a chapter of sorrow and move on from there with renewed optimism or at least with the hope to see the silver lining on the horizon in the near future. Insights gained might have assisted us in swallowing our pride and speaking from the heart, which might have prevented us from falling back into our usual patterns of responding to emotional tensions.

July 24, 2009

Pallas in Leo perfected her opposition to Neptune Rx in Aquarius today together with Venus in Gemini’s sextile to Eris Rx in Aries. Thus, latest developments have taken us to a point of confrontation with our ideals, sending an opportunity for “Self-explanation” our way that enables us to clearly outline the personal strategy we envision. In this inspired state of mind ideas may come easily to us, permitting creativity to flow. Accordingly, I’ve been putting together material for an astrology course, whereby I tried to avoid the distractions my surroundings here ‘provide’. – The story, which made the most headlines recently refered to President Obama’s remarks in regard to scholar Gates’ arrest. A highly sensitive issue at the heart of the American nation resulted in confrontations of both sides with the President calling up both men at the center of this conflict and giving a public explanation about “his poor choice of words”. The daily energy weather is well represented in this example and so is the nation’s proclivity for distractions of this kind, while the healthcare problem moved into the background and strife ruled the day.


July 25, 2009

Uranus Rx in Pisces will be aspected by Pallas in Leo and Ceres in Virgo with a quincunx and an opposition, respectively, and Mercury in Leo will semi-sextile Vesta in Cancer and sesqui-quadrate Pluto Rx in Capricorn.  We may have to adjust our plans in order to be able to take care of obligations we have. Influences beyond our control could be reorganizing our schedule for us in unexpected ways, stressing creative maneuvering in support of these alterations.

This day’s energy weather actually “cut me off” from my usual Internet routine for 2 days in a row! Well, I tried to make an appearance on twitter sometime on Saturday morning, but got quickly called back to my other duties, because we were in the middle of cleaning the windows and washing the curtains and mats, which took us all morning. After that, it was time for lunch and for getting some more groceries and then we sat together and had long conversations and then we started a new puzzle. So, the day passed by rather quickly and Sunday was a family day, when I still had to go on a 3-hour-drive home. But before that we got in an argument with the Leonine Sun in semi-square to Saturn in Virgo and trine to Juno in Aries that we needed to talk out to restore the peace and even the ruffled emotional landscape with the Moon in Libra and Pallas in Leo semi-sextile Ceres in Virgo. However, the drive home was rather quiet – we focused on the road and kept to ourselves – though later at night the mood got lighter and soon hurt feelings faded in the background.

July 22, 2009

The day began with a semi-square between Mars in Gemini and Eris Rx in Aries that might have kick-started us in synch with the eclipse’s message to set our intentions on the things that will take priority from now on. As Jupiter Rx and Chiron Rx perfected their long conjunction in Aquarius again, making progress in matters of consciousness expansion will come through those changes we undertake to liberate ourselves from patterns we have outgrown. Therefore, we may have realized that we need to leave our ‘cave’ behind and extend the parameters of our individual understanding, which includes our joie de vivre as we’re bringing our inner child back to life with the Sun’s Leo ingress and subsequent alignment with the nodal axis. The familiarity of certain impressions might have felt really good and we might also have enjoyed being ourselves again. We stood face to face with our destination today, getting a clear grasp on how we will proceed on our personal journey while looking at ourselves honestly and from a fresh perspective. Pallas in Leo formed an opposition to the Jupiter-Chiron conjunction, which is suggestive of personality integration at a higher level. Mercury in Leo’s semi-square to Ceres in Virgo stresses no worries, but to remain centered and focus on Self-improvement as we’re setting the first details of our new agenda in motion.

An excellent example for the daily energy weather (which is part of an ongoing process or cycles within cycles) is President Obama’s health care reform effort and his struggle to get enough support from congress to pass the bill. It’s also my sister’s 32. birthday. I called her yesterday to be able to have a conversation. She told me that they’ll be going on a vacation for the 1st time as a family before her youngest daughter will undergo dental surgery. They try to get this off their minds for the time being and just want to enjoy some quality time. Moreover, she actually didn’t have a party planned for her birthday, which is different from what she’s used to and is expected from her. However, they might be doing this at a later time, after their vacation. Happy birthday Anja and have a wonderful family vacation!


July 23, 2009

Mercury in Leo will move on to sesqui-quadrate Uranus Rx in Pisces – an indication that our mind could be stimulated by different creative inspirations we may receive, the possibilities of which could exite us. We may even feel compelled to make a sudden decision, caused by a sense of personal empowerment with the Sun in Leo in quincunx to Pluto Rx in Capricorn. Another quincunx will be formed between Ceres in Virgo and Neptune Rx in Aquarius that could give us a clear vision of how things could unfold if we follow our higher ideals and utilize our skills accordingly.

A lot happened today for me. The channels of communication were wide open and plans have been made. Suggestions are assuming form as visions begin to materialize almost effortlessly and imagined problems vaporize. In resonance with the eclipse energy has my life been speeding up over the last week. Long-standing issues have been taking care of  almost magically. At one point I didn’t even know which day we’ve been having anymore and it didn’t matter. However, it has been raining mercilessly for the first half of the day, but then others showers were bestowed upon me, which seemed to be blessings. Let me just state I got some work cut out for me after I was finally ready to offer my services. – An article I read today in the news reported about a less pleasant incident, but was a fitting example for a more negative expression of the daily energy weather: An official has been fired from his job after he had married an adult film star. Cited as a reason was that this would interfere with his efficiency at work, because it will cause a stir. – Projection raised to a level where it becomes bias at its best. Government meddling in private affairs at its worst. It begs for the question which individual rights are actually still in place in the US of A. – Mercury sesqui Uranus: getting note/surprising news of being fired due to an issue involving “unconventionality”; Sun in Leo quincunx Pluto Rx in Capricorn: romantic sense of Self being overpowered by government authority; Ceres in Virgo quincunx Neptune Rx in Aquarius: pretending that job efficiency will be affected by personal choice, which is actually bias clothed in a different garb.  




Solar Eclipse July 2009


The Sabian Symbol pertaining the zodiacal degree highlighted by the Solar Eclipse (Cancer New Moon) states:

“A daughter of the American Revolution.

Keynote: The prestige and conservatism of a long-maintained heritage – Glorification of the past.”

(Dane Rudhyar, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and Its 360 Symbolic Phases”, Page 130)


The Eclipse belongs to the Saros Series Nr. 11 South, whose hallmark is:

Mars=Pluto and Uranus=Mercury/Venus

for which the following interpretation has been given:

“This family of eclipses is concerned with the need to make sudden reforms. Old ideas or methods will fail and new systems are required to deal with the events brought by the eclipse. As a consequence, the person will need to think of new ways of handling the issues. Any blocks could be violently or tragically removed.”

(Bernadette Brady, “Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark”, Appendices, Page 324)

The daily aspects that perfected on the day of the eclipse in addition to the Sun-Moon conjunction in Cancer were Ceres in Virgo’s quincunxes to Jupiter Rx and Chiron Rx in Aquarius plus Venus in Gemini’s square to Saturn in Virgo. A quincunx is an aspect of adjustment, where we have to let go off one method of doing things for another, which is repeated in Venus’ aspect, because Gemini is the sign associated with duality. In Virgo we self-improve or strive for a more efficient way of handling things and with Saturn involved we have to – whether we like it or not (Venus in Gemini). Jupiter allows us to make a leap in our Self-development if we are ready and willing to do the work and practice with new ways or a new system or simply go along with the changes. This can turn into a process of recovery and healing (Chiron). All that’s required is opening our minds to the possibilities, to be accepting of our humanity and our choices and not to give in to fear. When one door closes, another will open.

Personally, I’ve been dragging my feet for too long. Thus, a while ago, changes I didn’t make were initiated by others and forced upon me. Suddenly, I didn’t have a problem to break out of certain patterns I’ve become so accustomed to over the years. Since I rearranged a few things in my life, the energy started to flow again and everything seems to fall into place now. As promised by the message of the eclipse I’m taking care of family business, because my mother-in-law’s health has been deteriorating as she’s aging. Due to this, I had to change my daily routine around and with that I can’t spend half of the day on the computer anymore. So, I have to become more efficient in regard to my blogging among other things and I will from now on post a blog about the daily energy weather on a regular basis as far as that’ll be possible. You can also follow me on twitter for more astro updates. I might add more later tonight.

This family of eclipses was the last time around in July 1991. Think back what you were doing than and which issues/problems were prominent at that time in your life. I found it interesting that at the moment of the eclipse I got a “loud and clear” message when I opened the astrologyblogger directory and was notified that this site has been discontinued, because it doesn’t generate any income, but takes a lot of effort and time. Thank you Jeffrey Kishner for having maintained that site for so long!

Love&Peace – Verena Donath@

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