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Aug 29, 2011

Astrology class in New Castle, DE October

Patty has been invited to give three astrology classes in New Castle, Delaware in October as a result of giving a successful lecture on August 25. The classes will be very basic, so you need not know any astrology.

Astrology classes with Patty the Astrologer 
October 6, October 20 and October 27, 2011.
We begin at 5 p.m. sharp until 6:45 p.m.

Use your horoscope to:
o   Learn about your Sun sign
o   Learn about your Moon sign
o   Learn about your Rising Sign
o   Discussions will be fascinating and we will talk about more than just astrology. 

 Your own chart is used in the classes. Please give your birth date, birth place and birth time so your chart is useful and helpful from the very first class. If your birth certificate does not have the time on it, you can contact the Bureau of Vital Statistics and ask for the certificate of birth that has the time printed. The time of birth determines what your rising sign is, so it is important.

To reserve your spot, please contact the New Castle Senior Center or call Outreach/Activities Coordinator Marge Piscitelli at 302-326-4209.

Aug 11, 2011

Spaceships, Meteors, and Moonlight

Spaceships, Meteors, and Moonlight

August 9, 2011: Bright moonlight streams through your window. A nugget of space debris disintegrates in a sparkling fireball. A huge spaceship glides silently overhead. 

By itself, any one of these events might be enough to get you out of bed. This weekend, all three are going to happen at the same time. 

On August 12th and 13th, as the Moon waxes full, the International Space Station will glide over US towns and cities during the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower.
Perseids 2011 (splash, 558px)
Above: Click on the image to view a ScienceCast video about the Perseid meteor shower. The video includes a sky map. 
The meteor shower is already underway. Earth is passing through a broad stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, and specks of comet dust are hitting the top of Earth's atmosphere at 140,000 mph. These disintegrating meteors stream out of the constellation Perseus--hence the name "Perseids." According to the International Meteor Organization, worldwide observers now are counting more than a dozen Perseids per hour with more to come on August 12-13 when Earth passes near the heart of the debris stream. 

Experts note that moonlight and meteor showers don't mix. Indeed, the great number of faint Perseids that observers would normally count in a dark year will be invisible in 2011 with the Moon glaring overhead. On the bright side--no pun intended--any Perseid that does manage to pierce the glare is likely to be a fireball. These are caused by relatively big pieces of debris disintegrating in flashes too bright to be subdued. It's not unusual to see at least a few Perseid shadow-casters on peak night. 

Perseids 2011 (signup)

Perseid meteors can appear any time Perseus is above the horizon--i.e., between about 10 pm and sunrise. The best time to look is during the hours before dawn especially on Saturday morning, August 13th. The full Moon will be relatively low, and the meteor rate should be peaking at that time. 

Before dawn is also the time of the ISS. All week long and into the weekend, the International Space Station will be making a series of early-morning flybys over the United States. The massive spacecraft glides silently among the stars, shining so brightly that moonlight and even city lights have little affect on its visibility. You simply cannot miss it if you know when to look. Check NASA's ISS Tracker for local flyby times. Several major cities are favored with flybys on August 12th and 13th including Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York and others.
Set your alarm and enjoy the show.

Author: Dr. Tony Phillips | Credit: Science@NASA

Aug 2, 2011


Everyone in the world with the Internet, a radio, TV or newspaper knows of the critical situation in the United States House and Senate over the raising of the debt limit that is connected to reducing the debt.

This is a serious power play and is not over yet. To fully appreciate when this began, we need to go back to the beginning of a previous power play, which began astrologically March 9, repeated May 1 and December 26 in 2009 and again August 8 and October 9 in 2010. This was the beginning of forced power against the workforce and businesses when the government took over the automobile companies. Many car dealerships were forced to close, putting people out of work and throwing two of the companies into bankruptcy and government takeover. Some stock market firms and some big banks were the recipients of huge bailout monies. There was another astrological situation that indicated strong forces against the presidency in effect from January 8, 2009 through November 9, 2009. When this happened many Americans became alarmed at what was perceived as forced changes to the country that were outside the U.S. Constitution. This was more serious than was publicized because the Presidency itself, although the perceived aggressor, was in danger from strong, behind-the-scenes forces, which continue. The effect of the government action was that many previously uninterested American voters became involved in politics, out of which came the Tea Party movement, with Tea Party Republicans elected to the House and Senate in the 2010 elections.

The above power play was a repeat of the situation in 1763, when the Proclamation of 1763 was proclaimed by King George III. (see below).

Now to the current crisis, which actually began January 17, repeated July 8 and will not be over until after November 20 of this year of 2011. This is another power play, this time forced by the elected Tea Party Republicans, whose philosophy, if not their tactics, are backed by many Americans. This means the power is coming from the people, not from the presidency, but the Tea Party  power was ignited by the actions of the government in 2009. This situation is powerful, determined and aggressive and will not back down. It seems there is agreement and a resolution, but this will not be sure until after the November 20 date. This current power play, which began January 17 this year is a repeat of an astrological transit with Pluto that began January 5, 1765 and ended November 5, 1765. (see below).

Almost simultaneously, the states are enacting laws to protect themselves against illegal immigration and crime, stating that the federal government is not protecting them. In turn, the United States federal government is suing the states for encroaching on federal power and laws. This is eerily similar to the situation between Britain and the Colonies in the 1760's. History does repeat itself and we are living it.  In this case America is repeating, or re-living, situations similar to those experienced in 1765, when the Stamp Act was a trigger for the American Revolution and led to the Boston Tea Party.

The Stamp Act of 1765
(short title Duties in American Colonies Act 1765; 5 George III, c. 12) was a direct tax imposed by the British Parliament specifically on the colonies of British America. The act required that many printed materials in the colonies be produced on stamped paper produced in London, carrying an embossed revenue stamp. These printed materials were legal documents, magazines, newspapers and many other types of paper used throughout the colonies. Like previous taxes, the stamp tax had to be paid in valid British currency, not in colonial paper money. The purpose of the tax was to help pay for troops stationed in North America after the British victory in the Seven Years' War. The British government felt that the colonies were the primary beneficiaries of this military presence, and should pay at least a portion of the expense.

The Stamp Act met great resistance in the colonies. The colonies sent no representatives to Parliament, and therefore had no influence over what taxes were raised, how they were levied, or how they would be spent. Many colonists considered it a violation of their rights as Englishmen to be taxed without their consent—consent that only the colonial legislatures could grant. Colonial assemblies sent petitions and protests. The Stamp Act Congress held in New York City, reflecting the first significant joint colonial response to any British measure, also petitioned Parliament and the King. Local protest groups, led by colonial merchants and landowners, established connections through correspondence that created a loose coalition that extended from New England to Georgia. Protests and demonstrations initiated by the Sons of Liberty often turned violent and destructive as the masses became involved. Very soon all stamp tax distributors were intimidated into resigning their commissions, and the tax was never effectively collected.

Opposition to the Stamp Act was not limited to the colonies. British merchants and manufacturers, whose exports to the colonies were threatened by colonial economic problems exacerbated by the tax, also pressured Parliament. The Act was repealed on March 18, 1766 as a matter of expedience, but Parliament affirmed its power to legislate for the colonies “in all cases whatsoever” by also passing the Declaratory Act. This incident increased the colonists' concerns about the intent of the British Parliament that helped the growing movement that became the American Revolution.

Importance of the Proclamation of 1763

On October 7, 1763, King George III issued a royal proclamation that caused a furor amongst the colonists. This Proclamation of 1763 closed lands north and west of the Appalachian Mountains to settlement. The goal of the British was to put a stop to conflicts that had arisen between the Native Americans and the colonists due to the French and Indian War. However, many colonists had purchased land or had been given land grants in that area in exchange for their military service during the war. Settlers began ignoring the Proclamation Line. Eventually, the colonists were able to get the line moved further west. This event was just the beginning of rising tensions between Great Britain and the colonies.  

Astrologese: the planet Pluto is involved, which represents relentless, focused power dredging up hidden situations that need to be purged and transformed. In the situations described today and in 1763 and 1765, the types of planetary aspects represents relationships, or persons in strong, focused groups forcing change. America is repeating these Plutonian transits, which happen every 248 years. America is in the midst of the same type of process experienced before the American Revolution. In your personal life, it would be interpreted as a powerful  person who would force you to end a certain activity or way of life to make way for a new, better way. After these processes are over, America will be changed and be stronger. The planets Saturn and Uranus are at currently work, too, indicating other changes going through March of 2012, but that would be too much for this article. Any Pluto transit in your chart will never repeat for you, unless you live to be 248 years old. Patty has lived through a few of these the past few years and can help you understand any changes going on in your life, giving you energy and hope. Contact Patty for your personal life's counsel.

Aug 1, 2011

Mercury Retrograde Cautions

How the retrograde planets work in your life
by Patty the Astrologer, PMA

Planets 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 or are associated with.  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.  It rules electricity and electronic gadgets such as your computer, ipod and cell phone, so when it goes retrograde these gadgets can malfunction 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. This is not all difficult.  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. 

Venus rules love & marriage, partnerships, money, harmony and diplomacy and the finer things in life.  When Venus 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 now is not a good idea.  If you are in a relationship that is not compatible, the differences will arise, asking you to re-evaluate 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 in the partnership.  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. 

Mars rules projects, sex, men and machines, war, fighting, fires and sometimes explosions.  When Mars goes retrograde, expect glitches with your mechanical things.  If the car, printer or copier malfunction, it would be mechanical.  Difficulties with men usually surface now, producing arguments.  If you are in a romantic relationship, the sexual part of the relationship could die down because your man is tired from working with all those machines, this should be temporary.  If you have ignored sexual difficulties they will surface now, forcing evaluation or the relationship could end.  During the long Mars retrograde time your projects slow almost to a halt and time seems to stand still.  Now is the time to evaluate the project’s plans, fix anything and be ready for a push forward when Mars goes direct.  If you are an Aries, be careful of accidents because you are in a hurry and time is slow.  If you are a Scorpio, be careful of misinterpreting others’ motives, resulting in your wanting to get even, causing unnecessary hard feelings. If you begin a new love relationship, something could be wrong with the man’s reason for being with you, and after Mars goes direct, he could be impotent, the excitement having worn off.