Today is Friday, June 2, 2017
Hebrew date is 8 Sivan 5777
Islamic date is 7 Ramadan 1438
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 3 K’an
Mayan Long Count is 188.8.131.52.4
Julian Day is 2457907
Today’s Birthdays: Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), Edward Elgar (1857-1934), Dorothy West (1907-1998), Kathryn Tucker Windham (1918-2011), June Callwood (1924-2007), Johnny Carter (1934-2009), Sally Kellerman (1937), Jimmy Jones (1937-2012), Charlie Watts (1941), Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012), Lasse Hallstrom (1946), Heather Couper (1949), Joanna Gleason (1950), Cornel West (1953), Dana Carvey (1955), Michael Steele (1955), Tony Hadley (1960), B-Real (1970), Wayne Brady (1972), Zachary Quinto (1977), Nikki Cox (1978), Justin Long (1978), Morena Baccarin (1979), Jewel Staite (1982), Amber Marshall (1988).
“My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us, the world is full of it and you simply take as much as you require.”
— Edward Elgar
Watching the Wheels
Dear Friend and Reader:
The other day, looking at some astrology charts, and comparing them to the front pages of major news websites, I had an odd feeling. It was the sensation that the planets are going around and around, and the news is going around and around, which came with a question: does this story ever culminate?
Is there ever even a turning point where it’s possible to say that there’s some improvement in the human condition? I reckon that many sensitive, aware people are past the point where they think all we need to do is hope and pray.
I started to get inside the feelings of someone who is aware of current events and, following the astrology, is waiting for a day when there’s going to be some breakthrough, some sense of relief. Considered emotionally, the state of the world is, in a word, overwhelming. That counts whether you want to do something about it, or you’re in a position where you know you can’t do anything.
Notice something vital: what we think of as news coverage gives no hint how to process the material spiritually, or how to respond any other way. I’ve long found this to be curious. What, exactly, is the purpose of “the news,” except to influence and harvest public opinion? What are we supposed to do with everything we learn? How is it possible to process all the pain and struggle we’re exposed to?
The other day, The New York Times editorial board published a commentary called The Groundhog Day War in Afghanistan, pointing out that this military action has gone on nonstop for 16 years, at a cost of $800 billion and 2,000 American lives, “Where there is still no peace, and where everything seems to be going backward.”
Moon Phase: Moon is First Quarter phase and enters Waxing Gibbous phase on June 5 at 3:41 am PDT / 6:41 am EDT (10:41:27 UTC).
Next Full Moon is in Sagittarius on June 9 at 6:09 am PDT / 9:09 am EDT (13:09:31 UTC).
Next New Moon is in Cancer on June 23-24 at 7:30 pm PDT / 10:30 pm EDT (02:30:38 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Virgo and enters Libra today at 5:03 pm PDT / 8:03 pm EDT (00:03:34 UTC).
Sun Degree: 12-13 Gemini.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
Moon enters Libra at 5:03 pm PDT / 8:03 pm EDT (00:03:34 UTC).
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Mars opposite Pholus at 1:57 am PDT / 4:57 am EDT (08:57:13 UTC).
— Mars square Chiron at 3:14 am PDT / 6:14 am EDT (10:14:08 UTC).
— Mercury conjunct Bienor at 6:02 am PDT / 9:02 am EDT (13:01:42 UTC).
— Venus opposite Rhadamanthus at 3:18 pm PDT / 6:18 pm EDT (22:17:57 UTC).
— Ceres square Neptune at 3:32 pm PDT / 6:32 pm EDT (22:32:18 UTC).
If Your Birthday is June 2
(The Day of the Problem Solvers) | Gemini Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
You may be in a position to try your luck — or even to rev it up a few notches if you feel like you’re already in the flow. This is not the same as being cocky or extravagant. Rather, think of this opportunity as being more like an energy drink in astrological form. Stay disciplined, conscientious and compassionate, and lean into your more productive traits.
Written in the Planets
With a beautiful pattern forming in the mutable signs, you might ask yourself what you’re itching to change or shift. Do you need to reclaim your creativity? Balance your beliefs with some action, or balance your mind and mouth with some soul? Focus your physical and creative energy on healing something? Today the Virgo Moon moves into alignment with Mars in Gemini, Pholus in Sagittarius and Chiron in Pisces. Look for the pattern that has run its course; the first step in the plan; the organizing principle. You may recognize the key that turns the lock by the way it ‘threatens’ to shake things up and let them loose on some unknown trajectory. Hint: that is not actually a threat.