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  Week of May 27th - June 2nd,  2011

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Solar eclipse

Solar Eclipse

  Our New Moon this week occurs at 5:02 PM EDT on Wednesday, June 1. This is a special lunation known as a solar eclipse, when the Moon's shadow falls onto a measurable portion of the Earth's surface. This is a partial solar eclipse and will be visible in eastern Asia and the northern land masses of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland and the northernmost edge of Scandinavia.

  This New Moon will be exact at 11 degrees one minute of Gemini. Less than 36 hours later (3:28 AM EDT Friday June 3rd), Neptune pivots as it makes a tight square to Mercury. Planetary pivots tend to intensify the energy of the planet in question, in this case Neptune. Under this pivot, issues such as your sleep and dreams, capacity for rest and relaxation, closet issues (what people tend not to like to admit), beliefs and faith are highlighted. Our ideas, notions and core identifications may be shaken as we find out that reality is not what we thought. Our inner alignment is off.

  Both the eclipse and the Neptune pivot suggest the same thing; a disruption of intelligence, information being manipulated or lost, the wires going down. Cell phone reception, computer transmissions, and transportation connections will tend to be hammered. What you see and/or think you are being told may not in fact be the case.

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  On the personal level, it is more difficult to gain clarity and understanding under these alignments, as we respond to how we feel (Neptune) at a deeper level rather than what we think (Mercury). Transmission between these two is difficult. Communications are garbled. The picture you generate is not the picture they received or verse vissa.

  With the lunation at 11 degrees of Gemini, the Sun and Moon conjunct Tabit, a star in the protective hide (shield, ox-hide, lion's skin) Orion holds out before him as a defense against the on-coming, charging Bull of Taurus. According to a tale regarding Orion's birth, Hyrieus, the King of Thrace amicably entertained three divine visitors, Poseidon (Neptune), Hermes (Mercury) and Zeus (Jupiter). As was custom, they were wined and dined to a brilliant conclusion. They then asked the good king what they could do for him in return. The king's ready response was that he wanted a child, so the three gods demanded the hide of the ox that had been earlier sacrificed in their honor and upon which they had been feasting. Feeling the flush of the wine, they threw the ox-hide on the ground and collectively urinated on it. The ox-hide was then buried in the Earth. Nine months later out sprang a young lad who grew well beyond the stature of his peers, while earning a reputation as a great hunter. From this memory comes the name, Orion, derived from the phonetically similar Urion.

  As far as naked eye astronomy is concerned, Orion has two things going for it. Firstly, it lays claim to some of heaven's brightest stars (which obviously helps to identify it in the night sky), and secondly, it stands squarely over the Earth's equator and can be seen from most habitable locations on the planet, whether in the northern or southern hemisphere. In fact, Orion's lead belt-star (Mintaka) currently marks due east and west on the horizon as it rises and sets.

  Orion occupies a front row seat on the Ferris Wheel of Creation. It's a great place to both see and be seen.


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