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Dec 28, 2010

Mercury goes direct December 30

You will be happy when Mercury goes direct, so communications can be clear and you can sign papers, especially regarding retirement. You may finally receive communication from a company you applied to for a job. Electronic glitches to your printer, e-mail or other electronic devices will clear up. If you have Christmas gift cards and want to purchase something electronic, it is wise to wait until December 31 to do.

Mercury goes direct, or forward, December 30 at 19 degrees in the sign of Sagittarius. Then it will travel through the remaining degrees of the sign of Sagittarius and into Capricorn again, repeating communication events. Mercury was at 19 degrees of Sagittarius November 24, the day before Thanksgiving. Whatever happened that day has the opportunity to repeat December 30. Personally, if you have a planet, your ascendant or midheaven at 19 degrees of any sign except Scorpio or Capricorn, you can expect a repeat of the day before Thanksgiving on December 30.

Mercury went retrograde at 5 Capricorn 55 or 6 degrees Capricorn on December 10. Mercury will repeat that degree late the evening of January 17 and early morning January 18. Mercury will be in a closer conjunction with Pluto December 30 than it was on December 10. Expect tense, focused and determined communication or news about corporations, maybe a restructuring of same. Personally, if you have a planet, your ascendant or midheaven at 5 or 6 degrees of any sign except Sagittarius or Aquarius, you can expect a repeat of what will have happened on December 30 to repeat January 17 or 18, 2011.

Sidebar: Mars is in the sign of Capricorn, indicating a period of activity regarding corporations or formal entities through January 16, 2011. Then it goes into the sign of Aquarius, the coldest sign of winter. We can then expect colder weather through February 22, 2011.

Patty, your astrologer, is happy to give you a short explanation of what this means to you.

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Dec 21, 2010

Eclipse, Solstice and Mercury Retrograde

RARE LUNAR ECLIPSE & WINTER SOLSTICE:  For the first time in many years, northern winter is beginning with a total lunar eclipse.  On Dec. 21, 2010, the date of the northern winter solstice, the full Moon will pass through Earth's shadow, turning the lunar orb a delightful shade of coppery-red. Sky watchers in North America are favored with an overhead view as the eclipse unfolds on Tuesday morning between 02:41 am and 03:53 am EST. Visit for full coverage of the event including live webcasts, observing tips, and a look at the surprising connection between lunar eclipses and Earth's climate.

Is this rare? It is indeed, according to Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory, who inspected a list of eclipses going back 2000 years. "Since Year 1, I can only find one previous instance of an eclipse matching the same calendar date as the solstice, and that is Dec. 21, 1638," says Chester. "Fortunately we won't have to wait 372 years for the next one...that will be on Dec. 21, 2094."

The winter solstice is the beginning of the sign of Capricorn, which is, astrologically, the first day of winter. It is also the day when more light begins to shine. The eclipse was in the last degrees of the sign of Sagittarius. You know that a full Moon brings crazy situations; in the sign of Sagittarius, the situations would be travel, higher education, diplomacy or foreign relations. An eclipse intensifies any full-Moon situations. An eclipse also repeats every 19-1/2 years, so the last Sagittarius eclipse was December 21, 1991. 

An eclipse emphasizes the full moon craziness, but it also can forecast happenings for nations. What did happen, that goes along with the peacemaking trait of Sagittarius, is that North Korea backed down from attacking south Korea over their war games. This is a good portent. Mercury was in a stressful relationship with Uranus and Jupiter before the eclipse, indicating North Korea’s exaggerated belligerence. Mercury then traveled into a good relationship with Neptune, indicting an opportunity for enlightenment or understanding of consequences, and they backed down. 

The lunar eclipse was in the last degree of the sign of Sagittarius, in the same sign as retrograde Mercury. The sun quickly traveled into the sign of Capricorn, bringing in the first day of winter, when the sunlight begins to increase.

How about you personally? If you have a planet, your ascendant or midheaven in a 28, 29 or zero degree, the eclipse will have a relationship or aspect to your planets. What planet or point is aspected, and what the aspect or relationship is reveals what would have happen. Transiting Pluto was in the 28th  and 29th  degree of Sagittarius and zero degree of Capricorn from December 2007 through October of 2009. You would have had focus dates or hits from Pluto during that time; again, the results depending on the details. The eclipse on December 21, 2010 would have triggered whatever happened during Pluto’s transit and relationship to your planet and end the situation for good.

All in all, an eclipse usually triggers  something dramatic. Besides North Korea, the wiki-leaker was indignant that someone leaked his doings to the press.

You would experience changes in travel plans during the two days of the event: December 21 and December 22. Since Mercury is retrograde, please double check and triple check your plans before you think they are final. The Astrology Tip of the Day has some information, too. 

Personally, Sagittarius would experience an urge to do something fun, erratic and maybe pushy, resulting in resistance. Gemini could experience opposition from partners. Virgo and Pisces could experience irritating or challenging situations. Aries could offer creative ideas to solve the situation, Leo could draw Sagittarius and Gemini into an opulent party. Libra could cooperate and bring balance, Aquarius usually sees the larger picture and could suggest what they know to bring about clear thinking and harmony. Cancer could soothe feelings, Scorpio could manage the entire situation. Capricorn and Taurus would be neutral. 

For your personal guide to the December 21 celestial event, contact Patty. 

Dec 13, 2010

Meteor Showers now

GEMINID METEOR SHOWER: The Geminid meteor shower peaks this year on Dec. 13th and 14th.  Forecasters say meteor rates could exceed 100 per hour for observers under dark rural skies.  For best results, start your meteor watch on Monday night, Dec. 13th, around midnight.  Keep an eye out for Geminids until sunrise on Tuesday, Dec. 14th. There's no special trick to seeing the Geminids.  Bundle up for maximum warmth, go outside, lie down and look up. Geminids can appear in any part of the sky, but all their tails will point back to the radiant in the constellation Gemini.  Check for updates, images and a sky map.

Nov 27, 2010

Mercury goes retrograde Dec. 10

So you are forewarned, the planet Mercury will go retrograde on December 10 at 08:05 Eastern Time. He will go direct on December 30 at 03:21 Eastern Time.

He goes retrograde in the sign of Capricorn and backs into the sign of Sagittarius. This means practical work and career communications and papers can go awry. Now is the time for you to double-check your job applications to make sure they are accurate. If you had applied for a job that did not work out, re-apply until December 17 and you may get that job. When Mercury backs into Sagittarius on December 18 you will want to double-check all travel plans for accuracy. Personally, I would not make travel plans until after December 30 if you can possibly do this. If you are traveling, double-check every detail every day to avoid arriving somewhere and the times were changed.

For those of you with a retrograde Mercury in your horoscope, this is a good time for you to communicate and make plans but please remember that others are operating under the retrograde. You may want to help others now because your communication is in sync with Mercury, the planet of communication.

If you want to have your retrograde Mercury story published, please send an email to Patty.

To have your personal interpretation of the three-week Mercury retrograde time, please contact Patty. has stories about a Mercury in Retrograde.

Nov 14, 2010

Venus went retrograde October 8, 2010

Venus went retrograde on Friday, October 8 in the sign of Scorpio and goes direct on November 18 in the sign of Libra. Hopefully you prepared your finances so you have enough money to cover your basic expenses. Also be aware that there may be bargains in luxury goods between October 8 and November 18. As time goes by, more and more money flees your account because of extra expenses. You could need a necessity like fuel oil and you order more than you usually do because you think the prices is better than it will be after November 18. You are right.

If you are a Taurus or Libra, you may be more affected than people of the other signs. This is because Venus is your patron planet. However Venus is in the sign of Scorpio, meaning Scorpio and Taurus people can experience tense love relationships. Venus in the sign of Scorpio can mean a drop in the money or stock markets because both Taurus and Scorpio are associated with (or rule) money. Taurus may have the feeling of being pushed, this will pass. 

Scorpio may be either more intense and persistent than usual, or absorbed in financial issues and not be amorous at all until after November 18.

Taurus, Leo and Aquarius could experience control issues in financial situations and close relationships. The Scorpio energy with Venus is intense, focused and persistent. 

Cancer and Pisces may have good love relationships with a tinge of feeling controlled or the opposite: your significant other seems not to be interested. This will pass. 

Virgo and Capricorn may be working too hard to notice a lack of affection, but will be acutely aware of any lessening of income and work hard in response. Money will come back to you after November 18. 

Aries and Gemini may need to adjust to their loved ones moodiness or seriousness that comes to the surface; something both signs are not comfortable with. Your loved will not always be this way, so adjust and all will be well after November 18. 

Libra and Sagittarius should be neutral with your love life, but you will notice added expenses that are relieved after November 18.

Oct 26, 2010

Saturn -- a personal story

Saturn is the planet of responsibility, duties, durability, older people, truth, fears, supposed limitation, endings or beginnings and sometimes physical death. Edgar Cayce called Saturn the planet of change. Many fear the transist of Saturn over their natal or birth planets. Our story is of  two personal transits of Saturn so you can learn it is not all terrible. Please bear with me, the astrology talk will not be a lot. Astrologese is the last paragraph.

There are several ways a traveling planet relates to your birth planets: an urge to do something, an opportunity, a challenging situation, a need to adjust, a relationship focus and when rewards come to you for deeds well done. Saturn acts in all these ways, in addition to the feared challenges and letting go. Not all letting go is bad, either. It is only when we resist our soul urges that we have difficulty or strife. Saturn repeats its relationship to your birth planets every 29-1/2 years, so it is possible to have an idea of what may happen if you are old enough to have experienced a previous Saturn transit.

Saturn is now traveling through the astrological sign of Libra, one of his favorite signs. In my chart, he is traveling through the area of friends and love received. The past ten days, three of my friends died, thereby ending their long sieges with illness.

A Saturn situation happened this October. A long-time friend had died several months back. (not one of the three mentioned above). Traveling Saturn was in a challenging relationship with the planet of action, men and potential strife. This particular challenge was asking me to let go. A group of us met at the home of our deceased friend to dispose of the contents of the home, coordinating with the executor. For me, the challenge was the realization that this was the final letting go of her. Even though the day could have been diffiuclt, everybody helped each other and the day was pleasant and harmonious. Instead of strife, we all worked together to let go. Saturn and the planet of action (Mars) operating together also indicate the day would be full of physical work, and that it was. We walked up and down three flights of stairs numerous times, packed things, unbolted things and took home what we considered treasures of our friend. Instead of sorrow, we experienced happiness being with each other, with our mutual friend as the glue. People from out of town were there, and stories about the families involved were told, to the edification of all. It was a most pleasant day.

Astrologese: Transiting Saturn was in square to my natal Mars in October. The Saturn return, square to itself and opposition need not be feared. If you understand that Saturn asks you to be responsible, do your duty and hang in there, and you are honest with others, it need not be unpleasant, although you could be working hard or letting go.

For your personal interpretation of Saturn in  your chart, contact Patty the Astrologer.

Oct 21, 2010

Full Moon Oct 22

The full moon is Friday, October 22. If you look up in the sky, it is beautiful. The planet Jupiter is close enough to be seen as a bright star close to the moon. The Moon is in the sign of Aries opposite the Sun in the sign of Libra. (for you astrology buffs, the degree is 29.) This means the signs of Cancer and Capricorn can be involved in the crisis. This time the challenge is in leadership and competition. You know that the full moon stimulates bizarre behavior and crisis in the emergency room and with the police. This full moon indicates guns, fires, injuries to the head and possibly partnership violence. On a more gentle note, the crisis can be with partnerships, with one person wanting to go it alone, touching off arguments with the one who prefers being together. In your workplace and dealing with groups, there could be challenging or testy leadership issues. The leaders could each be going their own ways, nobody paying attention to the other, resulting in confusion. Since these are leadership situations, there can be impulsive, explosive reactions to what otherwise would be minor irritants. Stay out of the way, tomorrow will be better.

The positive side of this is that if there is an emergency, the leadership signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn rise to the challenge and act quickly to begin whatever needs to be done. Expect them to be barking orders, which will be necessary. The stable signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius (believe it or not!) can execute the orders and stabilize the situation. The communicator signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces can communicate the orders and progress back and forth to make sure everyone is understood.

An emergency room nurse told me recently that the hospital has stopped scheduling surgeries during the full moon because it gets crazy in the ER and they need all the doctors there.

Enjoy the high energy and be sure to look up at the beautiful moon. When I look up from my back yard, the moon has a beautiful halo around it.

Oct 20, 2010

Meteor shower Thurs & Fri

ORIONID METEOR SHOWER:  Earth is passing through a stream of debris from Halley's Comet, and this is causing the annual Orionid meteor shower.  Bright moonlight is reducing the number of visible meteors; nevertheless, sky watchers are reporting some bright Orionids.  The best time to look is during the hours before local dawn on Thursday, Oct. 21st, and again on Friday, Oct. 22nd.   Check for a sky map and more information.

Oct 14, 2010

Books Patty is reading

I just finished reading The Magdalene Diaries by Rob Grant.This is a story told through eyes of Mary Magdalene of her healing by Jesus and her time with Him. It brings the story of the New Testament alive in easily read prose that will give you chills and renew your commitment to following Jesus teachings.Search Books for Robert j Grant

The latest C.S. Lewis book being read is his treatise on Miracles where he argues Naturalist and the Supernaturalist. The discussions are weighty but for anyone who doubts miracles, this is worth a read. C.S. Lewis is a Christian converted from atheism and is Christianity's most respected writer. Search for c.s. lewis miracles

Patty read the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. The Senior Devil instructs his nephew how to tempt humans - us. You will be surprised that the most successful temptations are quite easy and are through our habits. Search for screwtape letters.

Patty loves anything Graham Hancock writes. His latest book is fiction (supposedly) and is called Entangled. This is a story of good and evil that involves two young women and spans two different ages: ours and the Stone Age. It is fascinating. Search for graham hancock

Astrology group meets in ?Delaware

Astrology discussion group
Middletown, Delaware
Sunday, December 5 at 1:30 pm.
Dress is casual

If you live in Delaware or the Eastern Shore of Maryland, you are welcome to join our monthly astrology group. Please contact Patty for the first meeting date and compensation.

This will be fun astrology group talking about astrology. You are not expected to know a lot about astrology except your own sun or astrology sign. Each month there will be a topic to focus on, but knowing how discussions go, there will be a lot of interesting talk in addition to the topic.

The November group talked about the meaning of each sign and its patron planet. The December meeting will review the signs and talk about the houses.

Please bring a notebook and writing utensil so you can save the interesting and valuable information that comes through. If you want, you may bring your favorite astrology book. Search for astrology books

Oct 11, 2010

Aurora and Asteroid Watch

Space Weather News for Oct. 11, 2010

AURORA WATCH: The solar wind is stirring up geomagnetic storms around the Arctic Circle. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras after local nightfall on Oct. 11-12th.  Tip: the hours around midnight usually produce the brightest displays.

ASTEROID FLYBY: Newly-discovered asteroid 2010 TD54 will fly by Earth on Tuesday, Oct. 12th, about 46,000 km above the planet's surface. At closest approach, the 7-meter space rock will shine like a 14th magnitude star as it races through the constellations Pisces and Aquarius. There is no danger of a collision.  Visit for ephemerides and more information.

Oct 7, 2010

New moon in Libra

Today, 7 October, there is a new moon in Libra. Today is the day for Libra to begin new projects for success. Gemini and Aquarius can easily help with good ideas and people. Cancer, Aries and Capricorn can expect a challenging day, but you enjoy challenges, so that is okay. Leo may have an opportunity to manage Libra's project and Sagittarius can promote it. Pisces adjusts to a lot of activity and may feel pushed; Taurus adjusts to requests for inclusion and can help keep things on budget. Virgo and Scorpio are neutral. 

The project can go forward to the quarter moon on the 14th when it will be good to focus on the essentials and discard what is not working.

Oct 6, 2010

Venus went retrograde October 8, 2010

Venus goes retrograde on Friday, October 8, only the day after tomorrow. Prepare your finances so you have enough money to cover your basic expenses for the coming month. Also be aware that there may be bargains in luxury goods between October 8 and November 15 to the 18th.

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If you are a Taurus or Libra, you may be more affected than people of the other signs. This is because Venus is your patron planet. However Venus is in the sign of Scorpio, meaning Scorpio and Taurus people can experience tense love relationships. Venus in the sign of Scorpio can mean a drop in the money or stock markets because both Taurus and Scorpio are associated with (or rule) money.

Sep 28, 2010

Matthew Chapter 13, verses 24 through 32

This week our study group read and discussed Matthew, Chapter 13.  We decided to try to apply two concepts: the parable of the Tares among the Wheat in verse 24 and faith like the Mustard Seed in verse 31.The parable in verse 24 said to allow the tares or weeds to grow with the wheat until the harvest, to avoid pulling the wheat with the weeds. This could mean to allow the dissenters or trouble makers to work with the group instead of weeding them out because the good people could be weeded out, too. At the end of the project or situation, it would be obvious who is who and the good will be kept and the trouble makers let go.

Verse 31 says if our faith is like the mustard seed, the smallest seed that grows into a large bush or tree, we can grow spiritually.

To apply this, we thought that if we can recognize the dissenters or trouble makers, we need not weed them out; we can let them be. If we have faith only the size of the mustard seed, and give the solution to God, Jesus or whoever your Higher Power is, at the end of the situation, the good will prosper and the "weeds" bundled and discarded.

 The habit we are building is to put our faith or trust to our Higher Power.

 The chapter is interesting in that it says the harvest is  "at the end of the age," so it may take a long time.

Sep 7, 2010

Venus goes retrograde

Venus will be retrograde between October 8 and November 18.

Planets move forward, they cannot actually move backwards.  It is like two trains going in the same direction on side-by-side tracks.  When the faster train moves past the slower train, those sitting in the slower train feel like they are moving backwards, but they are not.  This is the analogy for retrograde planets, they only seem to be traveling backwards.  But.... they do go backwards in whatever sign they are going through.  When Mercury, Venus and Mars do this, they can wreak havoc in the areas of your life they rule.  They also repeat the situation when they go retrograde the next time.

Venus rules love & marriage, partnerships, money, harmony and diplomacy and the finer things in life.  When it goes retrograde, your money could slow down.  It is good to look ahead and be sure you have enough money to pay your basic expenses during the time Venus is retrograde.  There should be bargains in luxury goods.  If you have plenty of money coming in, there could be unexpected expenses forcing you to be at your basic financial level.  Getting married during a retrograde Venus is not a good idea because marriage is associated with Venus. Under a retrograde Venus, getting married indicates problems before you have a chance to establish the married relationship.  If you are in a relationship that is not compatible, the differences will arise, asking you to reevaluate the relationship and make adjustments or end it.  If you are a Taurus, expect money control issues, if you are a Libra, expect challenging relationships.  Relationship troubles are especially focused on the woman.  If you begin a new love relationship, something could be wrong with the woman’s reason for being with you, which will surface the next time Venus goes retrograde. 

With Venus retrograde in the sign of Scorpio, expect a focus on finances. The stock market could go in the opposite direction, the banks could lower fees and government could see a big shortfall in cash. 

Scorpio could experience a slow-down in your love life, which is out of your control because of your loved one's preoccupation with something else. Taurus could experience confrontation with your loved one over money. Cancer and Pisces could experience your loved one being less interested in love and more interested in money, but you can patiently help. Leo and Aquarius can be frustrated over money management and the preoccupation of your loved one. Capricorn and Virgo can help others understand that practical matters and patience will enhance your relationships at this time. Aries and Gemini can help others understand a situation with your creative ideas and diplomacy; but you are adjusting to or accommodating others, which is okay with you. Libra and Sagittarius are not as affected, but please save a month's expenses just in case.

Aug 27, 2010

Improve an undesirable trait

The week of August 16: We chose one characteristic or habit about ourselves that we wanted to change or improve. Then we chose the opposite good quality and wrote that down. Every morning we were to look at what we wrote down to anchor it in our minds for the day. During the week, we were to try to express the opposite of the trait we wanted to change.

Week of August 24 we discussed this.

One chose the habit of thinking and speaking criticism. She caught herself several times and substituted respect and praise. The result was a renewed appreciation for the good traits of the person or situation being criticized, including herself.

Another woman chose to be a good listener instead of trying to fix another's problem. It had been a habit of hers to fix things when her friend asked for advice. She said it was tricky because the other person was used to her fixing things for her. When this woman gently refused to fix it, her friend found a solution for herself that was good.

Mercury Retrograde

The planets only move forward, they cannot actually move backwards.  Several times a year, though, it appears like they do.  It is like two trains going in the same direction on side-by-side tracks.  When the faster train moves past the slower train, those sitting in the slower train feel like they are moving backwards, but they are not.  This is the analogy for retrograde planets, they only seem to be traveling backwards.  But.... they do go backwards in whatever sign they are going through.  When Mercury, Venus and Mars do this, they can wreak havoc in the areas of your life they rule.  They also repeat the situation when they go retrograde the next time.

    Mercury rules communications such as the phone, internet, newspapers, is associated with your siblings and written papers; especially legal papers.  When it goes retrograde it is not a good time to sign papers or make agreements.  The legal part of marriage is ruled by Mercury, so when it is retrograde it is possible the legal paperwork is not right.  Mercury rules electricity and electronic gadgets such as your computer, Ipod and cell phone, so when it goes retrograde these gadgets can malfunction, especially printers and be quite irritating.  If you must sign legal papers as part of your job, make sure you re-check them after Mercury goes direct.  If your car, printer or copier glitches, check the electronics first, it is most likely something simple but electrical.  It is not wise to purchase anything electrical during this time because something hidden is wrong and will surface when Mercury goes retrograde the next time. Check to some of the previous Mercury retrograde times to see what good happened, knowing this will repeat, too. If you are a Gemini or Virgo, expect troublesome communication misunderstandings and travel glitches.

Mercury went retrograde 20 August and goes direct or forward again on 12 September.

You may leave comments on things that happen when Mercury is retrograde. Your stories help others understand.