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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.