Sun in cancer opposite Pluto in Capricorn both squaring Uranus in Aries!! That's a T-square that puts an immense amount of pressure on embodied freedom from a deep well of control at odds with a radiant everlasting sense of nurturing.
Life on Saturn moon? Discovery of hidden ocean on Titan tantalizes.
Scientists already knew Titan has the building blocks for organic life in abundance. Now, the discovery of a underground sea with liquid water adds another intriguing element.
By Pete Spotts, Staff writer / June 28, 2012
A global ocean appears to lurk miles beneath the surface of Saturn's moon Titan, adding to the allure of an
object rich with the building blocks of organic life and often likened to Earth before life emerged. Cassini has already found large lakes – most likely made of hydrocarbons such as liquid methane – on Titan's surface. But a team of scientists using NASA's Cassini spacecraft have now found indirect but telltale signs of a subsurface sea, perhaps of water as well as ammonia, which would act like antifreeze.
The data suggest that the ocean, perhaps more than 15 miles deep, is sandwiched between two layers of ice, each less than 60 miles (100 kilometers) thick. It rides atop one layer of ice covering the moon's rocky core and appears to be capped with another ice layer that forms Titan's surface.
Titan has captured the imagination of scientists hunting for potential habitats for simple forms of life for decades. The temperature at Titan's surface is unbearably cold, minus 290 degrees Fahrenheit. It is paved with the methane ices and other organic solids on which Cassini's Huygens probe landed on Jan. 14, 2005. Its atmosphere is thought to mirror the composition of Earth's atmosphere before the emergence of life some 3.8 billion years ago.
As hostile as the surface seems to be, "liquids from below would enhance the possibility of life being on the surface" as well as enhancing the possibility of aquatic habitats deep beneath Titan's crust, says Dirk Schulze-Makuch, an astrobiologist at Washington State University in Pullman with a keen interest in Titan's potential habitability.
Thursday's report represents "a nice step forward" in establishing an ocean's presence on Titan, he says.
The new finding adds Titan to the growing list of moons thought to have subsurface oceans. The icy surface of Jupiter's Europa is believed to hide a vast ocean, and data from Cassini suggest a large, if not global, region of water or slush under the icy sheath of Saturn's Enceladus. Neptune's moon Triton may also have a subsurface ocean, and Ganymede and Callisto, two more Jovian moons, also are though to have under-ice seas.
But Titan stands out because researchers know that organic compounds are abundant there.
Researchers led by Luciano Iess, a scientist at the Universita La Sepienza in Rome, used radio signals from Cassini to track changes in the effect Titan's gravity has on the orbiter during flybys. These readings allow the team to measure the strength of Titan's gravity in the regions Cassini overflies.
This process allows researchers to "weigh the moon, basically," says Sami Asmar, a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and a member of the team that reported its results on Sciencexpress, the web outlet of the journal Science.
If Titan was solid, its gravity field wouldn't change. Even when the moon comes closest to Saturn on its elliptical orbit – experiencing Saturn's strongest tug – its mass would remain fairly evenly distributed throughout the object.
But Titan's gravity changes as it progresses along its orbit, the team found. The side of the moon that always faces Saturn bulged as Titan made its closest approach to the ringed planet.
"We caught Titan in the act of deforming," Dr. Asmar says.
This tidal bulge represents a redistribution of material within the moon's interior – a telltale sign that there is likely a fluid layer in the moon's interior.
It is as though Titan's rocky core with its icy cover was being drawn through the global subsurface ocean toward Jupiter as the moon made its closest approach, creating the bulge.
The friction of the moon's tidal interaction with Saturn generates heat, which could help sustain the ocean's liquid state – as is the case within Enceladus and Europa.
The observation of a global ocean beneath Titan's icy exterior is indirect, Asmar says, "But it's real evidence."
Here's a picture of the chart right now relative to San Francisco. The moon entered Scorpio about an hour ago so if you've noticed others eying you with a certain suspicion, well, don't take it do personally...that sensitive Scorpio moon thinks it has a lot to protect. Be loyal to that side of you an other's that feels as though the rug may be pulled out from below at any moment. It just may you know?!?
Check out the astroid Palas Athene joining Uranus in its 1st quarter square to Pluto! Wisdom and freedom at odds with power and control. Where will the agreement be made? Will these forces grate against one another until cataclysm or will they unify to transform the mental landscape. What will we do? Only time will tell.
Moon near star Spica and planet Saturn on June 27 and 28
See two bright star near the moon on June 27? They are (or were) the star
Spica and the planet Saturn. The chart at the top of this post shows the moon,
star Spica and planet Saturn on June 28, 2012. Look for them to pop out quite
close to the waxing gibbous moon as soon as darkness falls or any time this
As seen from North American latitudes, Spica and Saturn appear to the west
(right) of the moon on June 28. But as viewed from northerly latitudes in the
Eastern Hemisphere – Europe, Africa, Asia – the moon is seen closer to Spica and
Saturn than it is in North America. At temperate latitudes in the Southern
Hemisphere, you’ll see the moon, Spica and Saturn high in the northern sky at
No matter where you live, Spica, the brightest star in the constellation
Virgo, is the closer of these two bright lights to tonight’s moon. Saturn – the
sixth planet outward from the sun – lies to the north of
Mentally note the moon’s position relative to Spica and
Saturn on these nights, then check out the moon’s position again tomorrow night.
You’ll see that the moon has moved eastward of these bright lights – or in the
direction of sunrise. The moon moves full circle in front of the constellations
of the Zodiac in about four weeks, but slow-plodding Saturn takes nearly 30
years to circle the Zodiac.
If you have a hard time telling the star Spica from the planet Saturn, look
at them through binoculars. Saturn looks yellow or golden in color. Spica
radiates blue-white. Or try to tell which object is twinkling more. That’ll be
the star. Best of all, try looking at Saturn with a telescope, if you have one.
Even a backyard telescope enables you to view Saturn’s glorious
At present, Saturn’s rings are inclined our way at a little
more than 12o from edge-on, near their minimal inclination for the year.
However, the rings will begin to open up more widely, starting in late July and
early August. By the end of this year, the tilt of the rings will have increased
to nearly 19o.
That’s this Thursday night, June 28, 2012: The star
Spica and the planet Saturn near the waxing gibbous moon. They are near the moon
on June 27, too.
""Reality" is a word in the English language which happens to be (a) a noun and (b) singular. Thinking in the Enlish language (and in cognate Indo-European languages) therefore subliminally
programs us to conceptualize "reality" as one block-like entity, sort of like a huge New York skyscraper, in which every part is just another "room" within the same building. This linguistic program is so pervasive that most people cannot "think" outside it at all , and when one tries to offer a different perspective they imagine one is "talking gibberish"
Robert Anton Wilson Cosmic Trigger
Wilson goes on to posit that realities (plural) are best understood as relative to the observer as demonstrated through modern quantum physics. Reality can and does take several, unique takes.
Astrologically "reality" is structured in one's consciousness symbolically by Saturn. Saturn correlates to time/space reality and the limits that one is able to grasp without others appearing as though they are speaking gibberish.
Saturn is not the end of the story by any means with Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto beyond in this solar system. These latter planets (forces, as astrologer Antero Alli would teach--see his highly recommended Astrologik, The Oracular Art of Astrology) indicate how one can transform that Saturnian reality structure once its tasks are understood and accepted. Plenty easier said than done that's for sure!
My Saturn in is the 7th House the area of life that deals with relationships. I have had (have to) to learn lessons about responsibility in relationships, boudaries, and come to terms with fears of intimacy....there's much more to the story (as I'm sure you can imagine) but that's an example.
I ran into obstacle after obstacle in life the more I resisted this force (actually, the more I resisted the resistance but that's another story). Once I accepted responsibility for my role and stopped resisting my Saturn tasks I was able to approach life with new eyes, relate more responsibly, and eventually grow. This growth and reinforcement through self-esteem infused other areas of my life and enabled me to transform, transcend and be born again and again and again in this life.
Wherever Satrun is in your chart will indicate the shape and scope of your reality structure and where and how to transcend those boundaries.
Saturn in the 1st House? Possible fears/restrictions of self-image or embodying life experiences and a need for confidence in the physical body
Saturn in the 2nd House? Fears/restrictions of self-worth and survival and the need to take responsibility for personal grounding
3rd House? Fears/restrictions of mental abilities and the need to find confidence in one's ideas
4th House? Fears/restrictions around issues of hHome and family, deep rooted emotions and the need to build inner security
5th House? Fears/restrictions around creativity and self reaization and the need to take responsibility/build considence in creative self
6th House? Feelings of heaviness or weight around what to do for others....answer--do for others
8th House? Challenges in developing Union (sex, marraige, business) or penetrating to the psychological core of matters. Need to bravely challenge that "little ego" to die in order to be reborn
9th House? Fears/restrictions with beleif systems or a philosophy--this could be clinging to strongly to one or using everyone else's--the need is to develop one's own truth
10th House? Challenges in reality structure and governance with a need to be one's own governor
11th Hosue? Challenges with or finding a tribe...need to find peace with a role in the tribe one way or another
12 Hosue? Challenges with presence, unification, mysticism with a need to see/find the unity of existence
Hete's the chart for today and it has some very interesting energies.
First and most central to the theme of lunation is the first quarter square sun in cancer moon in libra. This is the "crisis in action" square according to the great Rudhyuar and the crisis looks to be how to maintain a feeling of inner safety and security while fullfulling the emotional duty to others?!?! A big and powerful question for the day or two passed and ahead so if you've felt any energy like that, well like it or not your probably right on track!
What's the best thing to do with an internal battle such as this? I have found that finding a way to move beyond my own fixed ideas of right and wrong (the model of reality I may be working with at a given time), relax them just enough so that I can avoid unnecessary conflict. What can I compromise? Am I seeing the other reality tunnel in this conflict?
Thinking reality tunels/relationships is especially useful right now with Venus still retrograde in Gemini. Venus of course if the psychological, archetypical energy of relationship, Gemini is the same for thinking, mental constructs, and communication, and retrograde is a counterpoint, the function is turned inward rather than out. Venus retrograde in this respect correlates to the Taurus side of Venus, the act of Venus finding survival needs, values, and self-worth. This is an act of inner reflection.
So what is your reality structure of realtionships? What do you need to be in healty relationship with another? I beleive this is the last day of retrogradation for Venus. That doesn't mean the effects will simply vanish though as there is the necessary return process, Venus moving back towards the point it began its apparent movement backwards.
Today's third quarter moon arrangement marks a time of tension and polarization in personal and collective senses of power in relationships. The highlight of the chart is a T-square (where 2 or more planets are opposite each other and also forming a square, or 90 degree angle, to another one or more planets) featuring the concentrated, transformative Pluto opposite the personal force of cimmunication Mercury with both forming a square to Uranus.
The energy of the opposition in a T-square is generally focussed through the squared planet which in this case is Uranus. Uranus is a collectivly felt force of freedom and autonomy and under pressure such as this expect to feel or sense dis-ease or discomfort among the masses and within yourself at this time. There are powerful questions that are being ruminated upon at this time and a struggle to understand the path to change. Even more important perhaps is how to enact change or transformation that allows for an honoring of individual and collective freedom.
The Pluto/Uranus square is a powerful celestial moment (well, series of moments really!) that has proven to be quite momentous to life here on earth in many, many ways. You can read about some of them here: http://www.isleofavalon.co.uk/GlastonburyArchive/ephem/ef-ae.html
What's important in the here and now is that Mercury function. See, with Uranus and Pluto there's a lot that could happen that is beyond our individual control and authority however, with Mercury there, just before this square starts to dance for the next few years, there is the idea that how we conceive of and communicate the events is within our control. The future really is ours to make!
First there was a Solar eclipse at the Gemini New Moon (http://www.trinityastrology.com/1/post/2012/05/new-moon-gemini.html) and now a lunar eclipse at the Full Moon in Sagitarius. The meanings of stellar events such as these can be so powerful and yet so subtle that it is important to sit and review events that lead to and occurred during the phases in order to best create the present and future. What astrology can do at times like this (and what I have found to be its best tool) is articulate where the events and circumstances may occur (what area of life experience) and how they may manifest within.
With this Full Moon Lunar eclipse happening on the Gemini/Sagittarius axis the where, especially with some special Venusian dynamics is relationships, and the how is anything that has to do with information collection and organization of said information into greater truths. Huh? Well what are your ideas about relationships? Or conversely what is your relationship to certain ideas? Either one of these area's of life and the multitude of ways that they appear and express themselves will be not only highlighted but someting more...something about it will be spotlighted...it will become obvious how important this something is to either bud or decay.
I refer to relationship here in its most organic sense: relationship to another of course in the most intimate sense but also relationship to beleifs, institutions, ideas, organizations, or nature. Why and how do I feel about my relationship in or with any of the above? Where has the energy been of late? Has there been a struggle or a strenghtening? Since the Full Moon (realization) is an opposition (Sun/Moon) look for (possibly) sudden insight or a moment of clarity around an issue that may have been struggling for recognition that will require a fusion of the logical with the intuitive to get there. There can be a tendency to value one over the other of ordered, linear, logical thought process (Mercury/Gemini) versus intuitive, thoughtfull, or gut instinct (Jupiter/Sagittarius). Perhaps one is innately strong in one over the other or, as in many cases in our world, conditioned towards a particular bias, either way the trick is to find the common ground between the two styles of intelligence in order to understand what needs understanding at this time. Planets at 14 degrees Sagittarius (my 2nd House Mercury is there)? Expect some sort of shock in this area of li
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