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“The greatest pleasure of life is love.” Euripedes

After having a rather rough go, the last few days, affectionate Venus in nurturing Cancer finally catches a lucky break today with her warm sextile to abundant Jupiter in earthly pleasures Taurus. Venus-Jupiter is often synonymous with “luck in love.” So, hopefully, this royal duo will be able to wave their magical wand for us and graciously shower us with a bonanza of romance. Or grant whatever is our heart’s fondest desire.

This aspect is also grand for entertaining and parties, with Venus also ruling our social life and Jupiter liking to do things on a lavish scale. Jupiter actually rules and symbolizes matters of royalty, and we have William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, reportedly partying with the glamorous “Hollywood Jet Set,” this weekend, in LA. This is Kate Middleton’s first visit to the States. Wouldn’t you just love to be a “fly on the wall” at one of the planned celebrations?

The Moon is also in passionate Scorpio today, magnifying our desires and ramping up our ability to seize upon and claim the rich, intrinsic pleasures of the moment.

Of course, life is never simple and uncomplicated. We also have “wild child” Uranus, the planet of personal freedom and rebellion, stationing retrograde today in self-willed Aries. Whenever a planet changes direction, it tends to call more attention to itself (Uranus stays retrograde until December 9th). Although, we also have intellectual Mercury in theatrical Leo forming a stabilizing sextile to disciplined, conforming Saturn in diplomatic Libra today. This suggests to me that we do have the mental ability to “check” or “censor” our performances (Leo), if need be. Mercury sextile Saturn is excellent for both focused concentration and serious discussions.

Too, it may be an especially good day for talking about “affairs of the heart” (perhaps popping the big question?) with Mercury in romantic Leo and Saturn in matrimonial Libra. Too, lest we forget, we also have the indulgent, and very endearing, Venus-Jupiter sextile.

In the News: Sadly, I learned, this morning, that former first lady, Betty Ford, passed away, late yesterday, at the age of 93. I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and for many, many years, Betty’s husband Gerald, our late president, served as our district’s congressman. My late mother also worked at Herpolsheimer’s department store with Betty Ford in Grand Rapids, in the 1940s, where Betty was employed as a model.

Tragically, this week in Grand Rapids, there was also a mass shooting that made world headlines. Seven people were killed. The shootings occurred at locations near where I have relatives living. My brother was also at a memorial last night for the shooting victims when all of a sudden, the event also turned into a memorial for Betty Ford, when it was learned that she had passed.

We had Venus opposite Pluto yesterday, an aspect that, historically, has coincided with the passing away (Pluto rules death) of prominent females (Venus rules women) in the collective. Pluto is also in Capricorn, the sign of government officials. Venus in caring Cancer also denotes Betty’s humanistic legacy with respect to establishing the Betty Ford Center in California for treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. Betty helped to take away the shame of addiction by boldly coming forward and publicly announcing that she had substance abuse problems at a time when it was unheard of for public officials to do so. Betty Ford was a pioneering Aries Sun, with her Moon in compassionate Pisces.

“My makeup wasn’t smeared, I wasn’t disheveled, I behaved politely, and I never finished off a bottle, so how could I be alcoholic?” Betty Ford.

Patrice Thompson

Copyright 2011

Source Notes:

flower picture; http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1347486

Betty Ford horoscope: http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Ford,_Betty

Betty Ford quote: http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Ford,_Betty

Betty Ford death: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/08/betty-ford-dies-former-dead_n_893664.html

Euripedes quote: http://thinkexist.com/quotation/the_greatest_pleasure_of_life_is_love/204944.html

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