July 19, 2004 – The New Moon on July 17 joined the Sun and Saturn, suggesting a strong Saturnian influence during this moon cycle. Saturn is here with his scythe, harvesting the old, pulling out weeds. THIS IS IT, TIME FOR THE NEXT STEP.
We are planting seeds that have long-term repercussions. New developments are sprouting, requiring special nurturing. Take care and tend your garden. As the Bible says, "There is a time to every season under Heaven."
In June it was Venus; in July it is famous ringed Saturn making the news. We can't see it in the sky these nights, because it is hanging out in the day sky very close to the Sun. But Cassini is thrilling Earth-bound stargazers with stunning images of Saturn.
Saturn is the quintessential ringed planet, circled by a fascinating series of rings that come in many sizes and forms, from small dust particles to mountainous masses. Puzzling scientists, Voyagers of 1980 and 1981 revealed that the rings possess far more structure than anyone expected, including a host of bizarre features — clumps, kinks, spokes, and braids. Cassini has detected dirt and oxygen clouds in the rings.
In the last few years, Saturn and Jupiter have been having a moon contest. Jupiter's bevy of moons now totals 47, with 37 for Saturn. By far the largest Saturnine moon, Titan has a substantial atmosphere, thicker than that of Earth. Tantalizing new images show possible tectonic features, suggesting earth processes at work.
Saturn has wild winds, reach speeds up to 1,100 miles per hour, creating zonal jets or bands in the upper atmosphere. It now appears that these winds have slowed down by almost half over the last 20 years. Maybe Saturnian churchgoers observe Hurricane Supplication Day like we do in the Virgin Islands.
It is especially interesting that Cassini arrived at Saturn at the beginning of July, just in time for the U.S. birthday. The U.S. Sun sign is Cancer, and that is where Saturn is now, actually aligning with the U.S. Sun in June for the first time in almost 30 years. Think about what was going on back then, in 1974 into 1976.
The meaning of Saturn is demonstrated by its defining rings. It brings form, shape and structure. As the mythic Father of Time, Saturn indicates endings and new beginnings. It is a planet of responsibility and accountability. Saturn is interested in effectiveness and conserving for the long run. Cancer can tend repeat familiar patterns from the past but no, Saturn says, it is time for further growth. It is a soul-shaping summer for the United States and its president, also a Sun sign Cancer. It is a test of the American soul. Saturn brings belt-tightening times. We are building for the future. Time will tell.
We'll know more by the Full Moon. This moon cycle culminates with a rare BLUE MOON on July 31. Such a second full moon in a month happens only every two or three years.
This month belongs to Saturn, but let us not forget about Venus. New seeds planted with the quality of Venus are the loveliest, most harmonious and satisfying ones. Like beautiful flowers, let's plant Venus in our lives,
In honor of Venus, I am offering some of my Caribbean Mermaid FLOWER ESSENCES free, made on astrologically powerful days: White Jasmine total eclipse, 2-tone pink hibiscus and plumbago, golden hibiscus with quartz, pink&white frangipani, deep rose hibiscus. I have several packets ready to send out, before July 23 only.
Editor's note: Astrologer Kelley Hunter lives on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, where she leads stargazing nights, but she is traveling for some months. She is astrologer-in-residence for the Self Centre at Caneel Bay Resort and for the Omega Institute winter programs in the Caribbean. Hunter recently earned her doctoral degree in an interdisciplinary combination of philosophy, cosmology and myth. For an astrological consultation or to be on her e-mail list for monthly articles, write firstname.lastname@example.org. Explore her Web site here
Travel Schedule 2004
"The earth upon her celestial spindle winds
Her ecstasy-producing dance." — Kathleen Raine
E-mail or call Kelley at 1-888-7ALTAIR or 340-643-2179 unless other contact is given.
Vermont: MONTPELIER AND BURLINGTON areas. July 24-August 11 Available for personal consultations.
ALBANY: Capital Region Wellness Center, call 518-446-0200, 1315 Central Ave, Latham, NY. Aug. 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Venus and the Cosmic Flow: Astrological gateway to 2012
August 12 and 14: Personal consultations
POUGHKEEPSIE: The Linden Tree Center at 845-471-8000, located in the Noxon Business Park where Noxon Road meets Rte. 55;
August 21, 24-25: Personal consultations
August 21: 7-9 p.m. – Venus and the Cosmic Flow: Astrological gateway to 2012
August 24: 7-9 p.m. – Communing with Venus: Mandala Art and Your Horoscope
AUSTIN: Sept. 1-5, available for some personal consultations. E-mail or call Hunter, 1-888-7ALTAIR
Sept. 6-12, personal consultations. E-mail Hunter or call Mark Head at 469-374-7533
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 7-9 p.m.: Venus, Black Moon Lilith and the Cosmic Feminine
FORT WORTH: Sunday, Sept. 12, 1 p.m. – Astrological Society of North Texas. Contact email@example.com.
Sept. 14-19: personal consultations. Contact Kelley
Sept. 14 or 15, 7-9 p.m. – Venus and the Cosmic Flow: Gateway to 2012. Contact Kimberly McSherry at 713-932-9889 or e-mail HIAKAM@earthlink.net
Sept. 17, 7-9 p.m., NCGR, Born in the Sixties. Contact Lilly Roddy at 713-529-5842 or e-mail Lillycath@aol.com.
Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Communing with Venus. Contact Kimberly McSherry at 713-932-9889 or e-mail HIAKAM@earthlink.net
BOULDER area: Sept. 21-Oct. 11, available for personal consultations
England, October 12-26
October 13: Wessex Astrology Circle, contact EileenMcAdam@aol.com
October 18: Bath Spa College
October 25: Astrological Lodge of London, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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