June opens with many changes in the planetary energies!
Mercury moved into Gemini where it is very much at home. Mercury rules communications and Gemini is the sign of the communicator! Lets all talk!!
Venus moved into Taurus where it is also feeling quite homey. Venus is the planet ruling Taurus. Venus is love and money and Taurus loves handling money!
Mars just moved into Cancer and will energize Cancerians and get them busy with their projects. Cancer softens Mars competitive and often combative nature.
Jupiter went Direct today after being retrograde for 4 months. He is in Libra at 13 degrees as he goes Direct. Get ready Librans for some positive forward movement finally. Everyone else look and see where 13 degrees Libra falls in your birth chart, That’s where you should see things start to pick up for you in beneficial ways.
We also have a Full Moon at 18 degrees Sagittarius tomorrow June 9th and it pushes us to seek adventure and broaden our learning through our emotions. This will mostly affect you if you have any planets in Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo or Pisces (all the mutable signs) between 15 and 23 degrees.
Lots is shifting in the heavens for us to experience in our lives.
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The Astrology Game of Cards: A good place to begin to enjoy the Basics of Astrology!
There are 4 cards for each Zodiac Sign in the above picture.
Column 1 shows the Number cards
Column 2 shows the Constellation cards
Column 3 shows the Key Word cards
Column 4 shows the Symbol cards
Notice that on the left column, the Number cards start at the 1st sign Aries and go down to the 12th sign Pisces. Each of the other columns do exactly the same, showing them in order from Aries to Pisces. Shuffle the cards and find one card for each of the different types. Then sort all of the cards into different piles; each pile made up of the same kind of card. Then, starting with the Number cards, sort that pile into the order of their place in the Zodiac.
Notice that at the very top are two of the Helper cards…one showing the Order of the signs, and the other is an example of a Horoscope Wheel.
The helper card should now be used to help you sort each of the columns from Aries to Pisces.
If you play with the cards this way a few times, you will rapidly become familiar with them and this knowledge will be helpful as you begin to play all the fun games to follow!
If you look at the Symbols cards, you will learn the dates that each sign falls within. e.g. Aries falls between March 22 and April 20th. ( The dates for each sign can change according to your year of birth. Birthdays on a cusp need a Birth Chart done to determine their actual sign. e.g. the beginning or end dates could change if you were born close to the beginning or end of a sign.
Now that you are familiar with the cards, a great game to start with is the “old fashioned” game ofWAR. After shuffling, the deck is divided between the players. Without looking at their cards, each player simultaneously plays their top card and the highest sign takes all the cards (Pisces being the highest card for this game). If there is a tie, each then lays 3 cards face down spelling out w-a-r and turns up the 4th card proclaiming the word war and the highest card takes all cards in that play. The largest pile wins!
Now you are ready to play some more great games! See my Blog on How to Play The Astrology Game of Cards, which is also on the Menu Bar.
Elon Musk hopes SpaceX will send humans to Mars in 2024
I did not know this, did you? Fascinating!!
SpaceX’s plan to send a Dragon capsule to Mars in 2018 will be the first in a sequence of unmanned commercial missions to the rust-colored world before the first voyage with humans as soon as 2024, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said Wednesday.
The company announced in April its intention to dispatch a next-generation Dragon spacecraft, an uncrewed derivative of the vehicle SpaceX is developing to send astronauts to the International Space Station, to Mars on an interplanetary test flight in 2018.
Speaking at Code Conference 2016, a tech industry conclave sponsored by Recode and Vox Media held this week near Los Angeles, Musk said SpaceX will send a mission to Mars every two years beginning in 2018, when the positions of the planets allow spacecraft to make a direct trip from Earth.
Known for announcing ambitious schedules, Musk acknowledged the timetable is ambitious and rife with uncertainties, but the plan is a stepping stone toward eventually sending large numbers of people to Mars, along with millions of pounds of support equipment.
“The basic game plan is we’re going to send a mission to Mars with every Mars opportunity from 2018 onwards,” Musk said Wednesday night. “They occur approximately every 26 months. We’re establishing cargo flights to Mars that people can count on for cargo.”
“That’s what’s necessary to create a self-sustaining, or a growing, city on Mars,” he said.
SpaceX has not revealed what the “Red Dragon” mission in 2018 will carry, but NASA has signed on to provide deep space navigation and communications support, along with a suite of sensors.
The launch opportunity to Mars in 2018 occurs in May, followed by another window in July and August of 2020.
“I think, if things go according to plan, we should be able to launch people probably in 2024, with arrival in 2025,” Musk said.
“When I cite a schedule, it’s actually a schedule I think is true,” Musk said in a response to a question at Code Conference. “It’s not some fake schedule I don’t think is true. I may be delusional. That is entirely possible, and maybe it’s happened from time to time, but it’s never some knowingly fake deadline ever.”
He did not specify whether the mission would land on Mars or just orbit the planet.
Travelers will not go to Mars aboard the upgraded “Crew Dragon” vehicle SpaceX intends to launch to the red planet in 2018. Its internal volume is roughly equivalent to an SUV, making for an uncomfortable ride, and it will not have the ability to return to Earth.
Musk plans to unveil his architecture for colonizing Mars, a prime mission of SpaceX when he established the company in 2002, in September at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.
“That’s the game plan — approximately 2024 to launch the first of the Mars colonial transport systems with people,” Musk said Wednesday.
SpaceX will have to develop a giant rocket, larger than the Saturn 5 moon rocket or the Space Launch System currently pursued by NASA, to make Musk’s objective a reality. The design of the new rocket, and the location of its factory and launch base, have not been announced.
The cost of Musk’s Mars dream is also unquantified, at least publicly, but he said SpaceX needs “a lot of money” for the project from revenues earned through lucrative contracts with NASA, the U.S. military, and commercial communications customers.
In parallel, NASA is working on its own Mars program, aiming to launch astronauts aboard the Space Launch System and Orion crew capsule on a mission to the vicinity of the red planet in the 2030s. The cost of that government-backed program is also unclear, and it still lacks technical and schedule detail.
NASA plans to launch a series of crewed flights to cis-lunar space, a region near the moon, beginning as soon as 2021 to test out deep space operations, life support systems, solar-electric thrusters, and habitats for the round-trip voyage to Mars.
The space agency’s plan for robotic Mars missions is more defined, with a stationary lander named InSight due for departure in May 2018 to detect quakes and study the planet’s deep interior.
A rover based on the Curiosity vehicle currently exploring Mars will follow with a launch in 2020, carrying with it a set of scientific instruments to help search for evidence of past life and hardware to demonstrate the ability to generate oxygen from the Martian atmosphere. That is key to future human expeditions, which will need to make their own breathable air, water and propellants.
The rover launching in 2020 will also collect rock specimens for retrieval by a later probe to return them to Earth.
In 2022, NASA tentatively plans to send an orbiter to Mars in the second phase of a program to robotically return samples from the surface of Mars to Earth. The craft could be powered by an efficient solar-electric propulsion system, allowing the orbiter to move more freely around Mars and test the ability to rendezvous with another object in Mars orbit.
A lander to actually pick up the rock samples could follow later in the 2020s.
The European Space Agency’s ExoMars rover is also scheduled for launch in 2020. It will burrow up to 2 meters, or 6 feet, into the Martian crust to gather core samples that have been shielded from ionizing radiation that scientists believe damage or destroy the organic signatures of past life at the surface.
China is developing its own rover to launch to Mars in 2020, and the United Arab Emirates is funding a planned Martian atmospheric research orbiter to lift off from Earth the same year
I like what Derek and Julia Parker have to say in one of my favorite books, The Compleat Astrologer.
Astrology has always served to enlarge our understanding. Changes have been made in recent years that promise to have a major effect on the progress of astrology; the new directions it can be expected to take, and the attitudes people are likely to adopt towards it.
These changes are mysterious and illuminating. Progressive astrologers, attempting to relate astrology to a science-oriented society are working with hardheaded scientists. Looking at other points of view, common ground has been discovered in the field of biological rhythms and cycles, enough to show that astrologers and scientists are becoming very compatible.
The age of Aquarius holds a new fascination for the younger generation in search of meaning, although astrology is for people of all ages and generations. It knows no cultural or age differences. Astrological truths are for all of us and hold us all together as a human family.
But is astrology true? You must discover this for yourself. No one can be persuaded simply by being told about it. You have to choose to learn more about it. To understand the influence of the heavenly bodies on mankind, we must understand the science behind astrology and the techniques of its art. Astrologers honor and respect the truths of past masters. We want to cast a deeper, clearer light on human life.
A star was the ancient Sumerian symbol for divinity. The stars provided a very impressive background to the interaction of other celestial bodies. Today we are naturally aware that the sun and moon exert a strong physical influence on our lives. Back then, the Sun kept people warm and faded in the winter; day alternated with night, the sea rose and fell with the tides. These were mysterious processes of growth and decay, and the ebb and flow of the natural order helped provide a physical explanation of the universe.
From the viewpoint of earth, the stars turn around us in the pattern that is virtually unchanging from one year to the next. The shifts that constantly occur were so slight that they were hardly noticed by the earliest observers. The seven major bodies were noticed because of their rapid movement against the starry background of sky. Early observers noticed the Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. In Babylonian times there are stories written about the planets, sun and moon representing gods with the power to direct or intervene in life, each one being allocated power over an area of human experience.
The view from Mars of Earth and Jupiter
For example, Mercury was seen as a quick, cunning and wise god. Mars was the ruler of violence and war; Jupiter was a benevolent king-like ruler of men; Saturn was seen as a distant cooling sun in exile; quick-tempered and cruel. Gradually, as these associations gained in authority, they were joined together to form the basis of astrological lore.
To add a little humor, today I saw this written: God made the planet Saturn and he liked it, so he put a ring on it!!!
Aries likes being first! They are ruled by Mars and are the pioneers of the Zodiac! This includes the Aries Rising Signs, they are ruled by Mars too! In fact, often they seem to be more Aries-like than Aries Sun Signs. Aries is the first of the fire signs. They have high energy and are very self-reliant. Aries loves to be the leader – take notice of how many Aries become the boss at work! They just know how to take charge!
Impulsive? Impatient? Oh yes! Notice those Ram horns? The ram is the Aries symbol. Don’t push their buttons or they will ram into you! Mars is a warrior. Aries are fast-acting, never hesitate, ready to jump in on a moment’s notice! There is great enthusiasm and courage. Approval and encouragement can propel them to do their best.
Aries can be led but can’t be forced. Trying to coerce Aries to do something might result in a sudden fit of temper, making a rash decision or possibly even seeking revenge for a personal slight. They thrive on change and hate restrictions. You’ll see them involved in public movements for freedom of any kind. They can be a catalyst to others if they can be patient and understand that some people don’t act as quickly as they do. They love good conversation and sharing their latest ideas. They are rarely boring. Conversation can bring them into the limelight, which is enjoyable to them. There are those Aries who are very aggressive and disruptive, showing lack of consideration for others, however, they suffer the most because friends drift away. The last thing they want is to be alone. Most Aries are somewhat assertive, but not disruptive. Aries can be one of the easiest or the most difficult people to get along with. They move fast and their friends have to try and keep up with them.
Aries love to be involved in constant physical activity and a busy social life. There might be unfinished paintings, knitting, or other projects left unfinished and they rarely go back to complete their work. Once put away it becomes part of the past. They would feel more satisfaction if they would allow themselves time to complete their projects. They love new things and also love to change their hairstyle. Aries does rule the head so their hairstyle is of great importance to them. They always appear well groomed and ready to go to a spur of the moment invitation. They have a healthy down-to-earth approach to sex and accept it as a normal part of life. They reach an understanding about a relationship in quick time. Once they find a compatible partner, they will overcome many of the problems that wreck some marriages and they will be a happy, loving and exciting partner.
Favorable climate: A dry warm climate, rather than humid or tropical, although, if required, they can deal with the cold weather. They thrive in densely populated places with an air of excitement and lots of things going on. And in contrast, they also can enjoy arid desert-like areas as well.
Sports are enjoyed more if participated in, rather than watching them.
Favorable flowers: red roses and brightly colored gladioli
Favorite scents: flowery perfumes, scents of pine and cypress and the scent of cedarwood chests attract them since their nose is highly alerted to smell.
Best day of the week: Tuesday, which is associated with Mars and the French word for Tuesday is “Mardi”. They are at their best in the morning.
Favorable metal: iron and steel – they enjoy collecting iron relics and stainless steel products.
Favorable stone: bloodstone, which has an affinity to Mars.
Favorable colors: Scarlet, magenta, cerise and in general most reds.
Musical keynote: they vibrate best to the note of “C” also associated with Mars.
Best numbers: the number three. Note: When added together, If your birthday numbers add up to three, this number will always mean good fortune for you.
Vocations, Scientist, Surgeon, (especially Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist), Dentistry, Music, Hair design or Barber, Fire fighter, Professional sports, Jewelry creation, Electronics, Actor, Explorer.
Favorable Herbs: aloe, capers, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, hops, mustard, pepper, and sage. They are attracted to spicy herbs.
Favorable trees and shrubs: cactus, ironwood, hemlock, pepperwort, pine, chestnut, broom, rosemary, all thorny prickly trees.
Wines and Liquors: rum, champagne, Rhine and.Moselle wines.
Vulnerable body areas: eyes, nose, ears, the skull, carotid arteries, the upper jaw, the face in general. Aries has such an excellent dominant mind that there are hardly any ailments which cannot be dominated and even conquered when the mind is master of the body.