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Nov 16, 2008

Dec 1 2008: Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon

Space Weather News for Nov 16, 2008

EVENING PLANETS: When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look southwest. The two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, are shining through the twilight side by side. You'll want to keep an eye on these two because they are drawing noticeably closer together every night.

Venus and Jupiter are converging on a patch of sky in Sagittarius where they will have a spectacular double-conjunction with the Moon at the end of the month. Don't wait until then, though.

Visit for sky maps and start watching now.

LEONID METEOR WATCH: The Leonid meteor shower peaks this year on Nov 17 and 18. Bright moonlight will probably spoil the show, but not necessarily. Researchers who study Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, the source of the Leonids, say Earth is going to pass through one or two of the comet's dusty filaments. Peak rates of 20 to 100 meteors per hour are possible during the early hours of Nov 17 (especially 0000-0200 UT) and again during the waning hours of Nov 18 (around 2130 UT). These times favor sky watchers in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Smaller numbers of Leonids could appear between the anticipated peak times. Meteor enthusiasts everywhere should monitor the sky on Nov 17 and 18; the hours before local dawn are usually best.


Venus, Jupiter, and Luna - sounds beautiful, doesn't it?

Setting the chart for the White House, Dec 1, 2008, 3:44:28 am est, Venus and Jupiter are tropically positioned at 22Cap14:48; Moon 19Cap09: Sun 9Sag32 conj Antares (Alpha Scorpius: the need to avoid obsession.'Brady's Book of Fixed Stars.')

Actually the partiling of Venus and Jupiter (exactitude) begins at 3:39 am est and completes at 3:58 am est...19 minutes' worth of loveliness. By the time the Moon reaches 22Cap15, Jupiter will be at 22:18 and Venus 22:33 (10:02 am est.)

And the three snugged up together gives three midpoint pictures...

Moon-Venus = Jupiter: affection and optimism.

Moon-Jupiter = Venus: harmony; happiness; an artisitc sense.

Venus-Jupiter = Moon: charm; cordiality; a good natured disposition.

So when Venus and Jupiter are conjunct we think of such things as beauty, kindness, benevolence, generosity, good humor, and popularity.

This is a good combination for such things as travel, benefits to charitable foundations, and public relations, although being too easy-going can result in people taking advantage. Insincerity and crudeness are frowned upon by positive-thinking Venus-Jupiter.

And whether you prefer to round up or down for Sabian Symbol degrees (both are 'correct' since it's an evolutionary condition - from one state into another), here are both degrees from Dane Rudhyar's An Astrological Mandala:

'22Cap': "By Accepting Defeat Gracefully, a General Reveals Nobility of Character."

INNER STRENGTH...the spiritual life is always paradoxical. The great sinner can become the most renowned saint, and a medieval Pope a criminal.

keynote: The realization that one may grow through defeat as well as, and perhaps more than, through success.

'23Cap': "A Soldier Receiving Two Awards for Bravery in War."

RECOMPENSE...i.e. a compensation for a well-done performance - a balancing of accounts.

keynote: The reward offered by society for the fulfillment of individual responsibility.

But December 1 is week after next - this week, with Congress returning to Capitol Hill for a lame duck session, the auto industry has its paws out for more money, so perhaps Dec 1's benevolent hook-up of Venus and Jupiter will aid them if they can be patient a little while.

But if history teaches, Congress' lame duck sessions tend to fall apart into nothingness so we'll see if anything constructive gets done with the favors of generous Venus, Jupiter, and the Capricorn Moon lining up as I type.

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