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  Week of March 16th - March 22nd,  2001

Lunar Landing

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   While driving across country, I have also been taking a trip through the solar system, observing how planetary influences color the local horizon. Together, my trusty silver steed and I have ventured from a journey to the Sun and Mars, revisiting links with my youth and emerging identity, to the outer limits of Pluto, where we were tempted by hidden dangers and intrigue. Our final destination, however, was to guide us to the mountains of the Moon.

Sun and Mars

Sun and Mars

   The branch of astrology known as Astro*Carto*Graphy deals with the geographical relocation of your natal astrological chart. Now, your natal chart will always be your natal chart, but as you journey around the globe, different planets cross the local angles; the Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven and Nadir. Under these lines, the essential nature of the planet in question is emphasized, depending on which angle it is crossing. Two weeks ago, we looked at a chapter from my Pluto line, where passions become more intense. In a classic case of road rage, one young gentleman tried to run me off the road, cutting from the passing lane hard into my lane, such that I had to hit the brakes quickly so that we didn't collide. Then, while driving in front of me, he again flashed his anger, by hitting his brakes so that I had to repeat the process. It seems he didn't like being passed on the right, and was expressing his opinion. When he finally let me by, I waved and gave him a little smile.

Pluto

Pluto

   My final destination in all of this drama was my lunar line, and the portion of the country through which it conjuncts my Midheaven. This is a line that runs north and south through Colorado and New Mexico. The theoretical projection is that this would be the location in which I would be better able to deal with the public, and my efforts better received. The Midheaven is the point in the chart that deals with professional recognition, one's status and reputation. Depending on the chart, it can represent one's father, boss, executive, president or king. When the Sun is on this line, it's high noon.

   Having arrived on Saturday afternoon, my friend, Lucille Lucas had already pulled a few strings and set up a session with a friend of hers. On Sunday morning, I was on KBUT, the public radio station for Crested Butte, Colorado, doing charts over the air for call-ins. On Monday, the editor from the local paper asked if I would write up an article based on the chart of the town. I spent Monday night in the library researching the history of the town, went over the correlations, and made sense of the chart's patterns. Born on July 3, 1880, Crested Butte has a Sun Venus conjunction in Cancer.
Mountains of the Moon

Mountains of the Moon

The natural beauty here is nothing short of breathtaking, with the town's elevation at 9,000 feet, and the mountains all around rising to 13,000 feet. Naturally, they're all currently snow capped, and if you didn't know better, you'd think you were in the Alps. It has become the unofficial wildflower capitol of the country. While out walking Winnie, Lucille's Airdale (this is something you can do for me while you're out here!), I met the mayor, who knew Winnie, and introduced herself. The Moon on the Midheaven can indicate a person in power who is a woman. All this transpired in the first week.

   And people still want to know if I really believe in the stars.

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