Money, Success & The Bull Takes All

golden bullA new article awards Moneybags Bull as the top of the pops, in the top 100 list of South Africa’s wealthiest entrepeneurs by Sun sign. Are you surprised? Yet no matter how much they have, they’re incredibly insecure, and that insecurity motivates them to amass even more treasure. Cancer and Scorpio follow the trail of success – for their creativity and persistence.

But all signs can have their day in the Sun.

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Mars on Venus: Do Men Believe in Love At First Sight?

Ah, an article on Venus, (below) according to a man! Okay, so maybe some of you knew this. Venus-MarsBut let’s reiterate: Venus is the feminine principle of attraction. She attracts, magnetizes and receives – all without lifting a finger. It’s a skill. She does however, raise eyebrows, hemlines and the other sex’s curiosity. How? With sweet subtlety, intelligent inquiry and masterful mystique.

The great thing is: men want what women do naturally. There’s nothing manipulative, pushy or coy about our power to attract when it’s grounded in self-respect, self-esteem and spirituality. The article below names the pitfalls of an insecure, naive approach to love. The way I see it, “a boozy kiss after your introduction” is just troubled. A woman who moves too fast, spills her soul before it’s time, and is overly provocative has something deeper to heal in her heart. Desparation, a man never wins. [Read more…]

Professional Help and Skeptics

In my last New Moon post I spoke to the Leo in all of us – the creator, skeptic sm muse and artist who doesn’t want to take any &*$% from The Man, who just wants to get paid to do what we love. Professionally speaking, there are many characters in each of us who are just dying to be lived out. In the chart, they’re the planets – like little people who, when given a microphone, have some very informative things to say about many subjects, including life/career direction.

So when I came across this mainstream article in the SF Chronicle,Professionally adrift? Consult your inner neutrinos written by one Gemini reporter, I was intrigued. I don’t know much about Human Design, other than it’s another face of astrology. Although I have one girlfriend who told me her psychic/astrologer uses the Human Design Model who when asked, said:

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Saturday’s Full Moon Offers Strange Illusion

…from Yahoo!News 

This weekend’s full moon hangs lower in the sky than any other full moon of 2007, according to NASA, and it’s a good time to be fooled.

When low on the horizon, the Moon can appear to be larger than when it’s higher in the sky. It’s all an illusion, scientists say, and it does not involve any enlarging effects of the atmosphere. Rather, it’s all in your mind.

Here’s how it works:

Our brains think things on the horizon are farther away than stuff overhead, because we’re used to seeing overhead clouds that are close compared to those on the horizon. In the mind’s eye, the sky is a flattened dome.

With this dome as a reference, we expect something on the horizon (such as the moon) to be father, and because it is actually no farther than when overhead, our brains goof and imagine that it is larger.

Skeptical? You can test this from home.

When the moon first rises, hold something small like the eraser of a pencil at arms length and compare its size to the moon on the horizon. Do the same a couple hours later when the moon is higher. Or try this: Take a picture of the moon in both positions, then cut, paste and compare. Another trick: Make a tube from rolled-up paper so the opening is just slightly larger than the moon when it rises. Tape the tube so the size stays fixed, then check later to see if the moon has changed sizes.

Officially, the moon will be full Saturday June 30 at 9:49 a.m. ET. Of course, you’ll want to do your looking in the evening. Local moonrise times are available from the U.S. Naval Observatory. Keep in mind that mountains and buildings can dramatically alter your actual local moonrise time.

The big-moon-rising effect will be evident Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On each evening, the moon will appear nearly full. Interestingly, the moon is never fully full from our point of view, but that’s another story.

While you’re out, check out Venus and Saturn, which are snuggling close together in the western sky as darkness falls.

So why is one full moon lower in the sky than another? The moon’s orbit around Earth is tilted 5 degrees compared to the plane of Earth’s travels around the Sun, and Earth itself is tilted on its rotational axis. All this accounts for the lunar phases, and it also means the moon’s path through our sky can be higher or lower depending on the angles on any given night.

The complex orbit of the Earth-moon system is constantly evolving, too. Right now, the moon is moving away from us by more than 1.5 inches every year.

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Article Review – The Age of Dissonance; Blame the Messenger

THE AGE OF DISSONANCE; Blame the Messenger by Bob Morris

Published The New York Times 4/18/04, available at nytimes.com/archives

This article solicits feedback about the phenomena of Mercury retrograde, which happens several times a year in 3 week periods. Mercury Retrograde defined: Mercury was named after the Roman messenger God and occasionally his orbit gets so slow that he appears to move backward in the sky. As the author tries to decide whether to take any of it seriously, he discovers many levelheaded and celeb fabulous people do. Yes, communication goes awry. Yes, deals fall through. No, don’t buy a new computer. But what you didn’t know was, Mercury retrograde has an underground following. I think it falls in the category of modern day folk wisdom. Everyone who’s experienced it is a believer.

A) An LA psychiatrist’s patients tell her they can’t sign contracts or keep commitments during Merc Rx (which she sees as a thin excuse for irresponsibility). Of course you do. You’re a psychiatrist.

B) Celebs are paying attention to Mercury. Marla Maples is cautious during the period, ”It’s a time to be more conscious of everything that’s happening.” Singer Taylor Dayne is a Mercury watcher who avoids making record deals when Mercury’s Rx. “It’s Murphy’s Law…but 10 times worse,” she said.

C) Make-up artist Lori Klein likens Rx to a really bad case of PMS, you see it as a sort of warning to “…keep to yourself rather than flying into a rage for no reason.”

D) The standard advice was offered: standard computer back-ups, reflecting more, going slowly.

The author himself admits to blurting out foot in mouth remarks at inopportune moments during Mercury Rx periods. This is when a compassionate friend introduced the whole Mercury phenomenon. He’s still not a believer, but floats it as a “trendy alibi” to excuse various errata. Touche.

Missed the Train? Lost a Wallet? Maybe It Was All Mercury’s Fault by Andy Newman

New York Times, Published: November 11, 2006 available at nytimes.com/archives

Okay, this article scores 10 points for originality and effort. The writer took a poll on the statistical occurences of lost baggage, theft, flight delays and traffic accidents (but couldn’t find a way to quantify other  Mercury-related phenomena “like crossed signals between spouses, botched pizza orders, busted real-estate deals”). In true Mercurial fashion, the evidence is illusory. None of this statistically amounts to much one way or the other. I do think it’s cool that someone is trying to put astrology in the same category as evidence-based science. But it all really comes down to human behavior, doesn’t it? That’s one of the hardest things to predict, though we astrologers do a great job trying! That said, here are the stats:

 

– a traffic monitoring agency reports 41.9 major traffic events (accidents, traffic light malfunctions etc.) a day in regional NYC during the 2005, 2006 retrograde periods vs. 42.4 during nonretrograde periods. No significant change.

-train times for NJ transit over the past 3 years during retrograde times show trains were .4 percent less likely to arrive late.

-lost baggage claims at La Guardia during the retrograde periods are negligible, there was a .6 percent rise in lost bags.

-during the first week of Merc Rx burglaries and car thefts were down by 20% as compared to non-retrograde periods.

 

Note: Ms. Anne Massey, vice president of the International Society for Astrological Research, baited that last bit for the writer suggesting the current Mercury period would result in higher thefts, “most of us have to let go of something.” Guess not. (Yep, Mercury was in thieving Scorpio)

 

Conclusively, Mercury stands accused and vindicated once again. Can’t you see the twinkly-eyed sly devil smiling?