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Moon continues in anchoring Taurus supplying us with a goodly amount of “grounded energy.” We are able to focus in an unobstructed way. Harmonious influences from Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter add to the pleasure and comfort that we take in our surroundings. Connections with others are more enjoyable and effortless.

“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children.  One is roots; the other, wings.” Hodding Carter.

In the News:

President Obama ordered new rules Thursday allowing for “same sex hospital visits.”  The new regulations give gays and lesbians the right to visit their partners in the hospital and have input into their care.  This marriage benefit has been something that has not always been extended to gay couples.

“Gay and lesbian Americans…are often barred from the bedsides of the partners with whom they may have spent decades of their lives-unable to be there for the person they love, and unable to act as a legal surrogate if their partner is incapacitated,” Mr. Obama said in his order according to the online Wall Street Journal.

These new rules come on the heels of Saturn’s retrograde back into the sign of Virgo (Virgo rules health) and its opposition to change-agent Uranus in Pisces (Pisces rules hospitals).  Saturn pertains to rules and established protocol while oppositions bring about “turning points.” Uranus, as ruler of the expanded, liberated collective Aquarius, would be representative of gays and lesbians here.

Rebel Uranus characteristically attempts to overturn the structure that Saturn has put into place, especially when that structure has the affect of “stifling or repressing” individual self-expression. In this instance, Uranus in Pisces served as a catalyst for changing the rules (Saturn) that hospitals (Pisces) have traditionally followed, regarding the dissemination of health care services (Virgo).  Uranus in Pisces triggered the need for new policy with a wider application among a diverse population group. The present Saturn opposition to Uranus formally “finalized” this policy change.

Additionally supportive for the implementation of these new rules: Venus, which rules love relationships, and Mercury, which governs thinking, are conjoined now in practical, workable Taurus. Both planets are also harmoniously sextile to expansive Jupiter in Pisces, the sign of hospitals. Venus aligned with Jupiter is traditionally regarded as one of the “luckiest aspects” in astrology, bringing about favorable conditions and circumstances.  So, on the surface, this would seem to be an especially good time (Jupiter) to usher in new guidelines (Mercury) pertaining to “intimate couples” (Venus). Jupiter’s ray is such that it tends to have a broadening or growth affect on the areas or activities that are ruled by the sign that it is passing through.  Jupiter intrinsically represents and fosters new growth opportunities and generally coincides with a more optimistic outlook.

Peace and love, everyone.  Enjoy your Friday!

Written by Patricia Thompson, Astrologer

copyright 2010

Source Notes:

Same sex hospital visitation rights: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304510004575186893862169492.html

http://www.wisdomquotes.com/cat_security.html

Butterfly picture: butterfly photo: butterfly picture: http://www.weforanimals.com/wallpapers/butterflies/page-1/butterflies-1.htm

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