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“I deepen my experience of God through prayer, meditation, and forgiveness.” Marianne Williamson

The waning Moon remains in yielding, meditative Pisces encouraging us to “go with the flow” instead of offering up any formidable resistance. Overall, an excellent day for wrapping things up or putting old issues to bed. Although, we may need to consciously guide ourselves to stay on track.

Early afternoon, the Moon’s trine to sweet Venus in caring Cancer (2:43 pm EDT) helps to strengthen our bonds with loved ones. Venus is also sesquiquadrate to wounded healer Chiron suggesting that this may be a good time to placate old wounds.

A seed of challenge for us today is the Moon’s square to restless Mars in communicator Gemini (4:45 pm EDT), at which time we may need to stand sentry over our temper and or refrain from making any hurtful remarks.

“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” Charles Dickens

Famous People with Moon in Pisces: Elvis Presley, Jerry Seinfield, Michael Jackson, Prince, Hillary Clinton, Winona Ryder

Events in the News: With the Moon steeped in her “waning phase” and  cloaked in “dissolving” Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, we are collectively seeing the “passing away”of some old, familiar structures now. One positive thing about the Pisces Moon is that it helps to get us “resigned” to the inevitability of certain things occurring, as part of the natural rhythm of life. Too, we know that endings make possible new beginnings.

Some “endings” perhaps worth noting now:

1)  The Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to undock from the International Space Station today for the last time in the history of the space shuttle program.

2) “Borders,” the 2nd largest U.S. bookstore chain, announced yesterday that it’s liquidating all of its remaining bookstores and idling some 11,000 workers.  It should also be mentioned that initiating Mars is in Gemini now, the sign of reading and books. As Mars passes through a sign it will often prompt the taking of action in conjunction with the affairs ruled by that sign. With the liquidation of Borders, we are also witnessing the ending of a previous way of life – people reading physical books.

3) U.S. General Petraeus gave up command of the Afghan war Monday to head the CIA. Of course, the U.S. government is also taking measures to reportedly draw down the number of troops in Afghanistan.

4) News Corp head, Rupert Murdoch, whose media empire has been seemingly imploding, as of late, is slated to testify before lawmakers in the U.K. today about the alleged “phone hacking” scandal.

Interestingly, this scandal investigation really began heating up shortly after  warrior Mars launched into communication Gemini in late June. Gemini rules both telephones and news gathering and reporting. Too, Mars’ passage through Gemini is serving to school many of us on the apparent workings of the tabloid news industry. Showing us the drastic lengths that some reporters will allegedly go to, to get their story out there. Hopefully, the purported phone hacking isn’t pervasive in the industry, though. Although, this story has also spotlighted how public officials, even law enforcement officials, can often have “too cozy” a relationship with members of the media.

BTW, Murdoch, a Pisces Sun, has “purging” Pluto conjuncting his 3 degree Capricorn Ascendant now. The Ascendant is the window by which we view the world. Too, with the Moon in “atoning” Pisces, Murdoch is called upon to publicly give a full accounting of his company’s missteps.

Do you still read “old-fashioned” books or have you switched to the Kindle or some other electronic reading device? I must admit, I still have an affection for the “real thing.”

Enjoy your Tuesday!

Patrice Thompson

Copyright 2011

Source Notes:

Atlantis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Current_events

Murdoch horoscope: http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Murdoch,_Rupert

Borders: http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/morning_call/2011/07/borders-to-liquidate-close-all-stores.html

Lotus: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1281364

Dickens: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/temper.html

Williamson: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/meditation.html

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