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COSMIC NEWS: PLANET LINEUP

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NEW MOON IN ARIES
April 11, 2002 – Aries is the sign of the month, an action sign. Brain cells are lighting up like light bulbs; new ideas abound. Which are the precious ones? This is not a time for hasty actions, though Aries is not a patient sign and those who are heated up won't stop to think about the long-term implications of their actions. The high side of Aries is clarity, like a pure flame. Personal integrity is essential for Aries.
Sometimes called selfish, Aries acts in self-interest. A true attention to self is necessary for clarity and integrity in our actions and relationships. We are all part Aries with the essential of being who we are. The New Moon on April 12 urges a fresh start in some area of your life, based on an open mind and heart. Both Sun and Moon in the same sign doubles the Aries effect.
PLANET WATCHING
This New Moon opens the best stargazing season in several years. On Sunday, find a good sunset view and treat yourself to one of the loveliest sky pictures. As the Sun goes down, Venus will be most spectacular, sparkling bright as the proverbial diamond in the sky next to the slim crescent Moon.
Using Venus as a marker, move your eye up to Mars, smaller and redder. In case you miss it, on Monday, the crescent Moon will be alongside that planet. On Tuesday, the Moon will visit Saturn, up to the left of the Pleiades star cluster. And then on Thursday, the Moon will join Jupiter, almost as bright as Venus.
Mid-month, Mercury joins the line-up of visible planets that graces the sky just after sunset, in a bundle that gets increasingly close as April showers bring May flowers. Mercury is always close to the Sun, but we will be able to see it the last half of April with a good western view. You can't miss Venus, so look below Venus to find Mercury, much fainter and closer to the horizon.
THE ETERNAL SKY
And there we have it — a complete set of the classical planets, the ones known to the ancients since they are all visible with the natural eye. It is possible that these older cultures may have seen Uranus and maybe even divined the presence of other stellar objects. I imagine that peoples who lived closer to nature, without electricity or light pollution, likely had much better night vision that we do. Many ancient stargazing cultures had shamans or priests who communed with the stars. Perhaps they had a kind of spiritual technology that allowed them to intuit cosmic mysteries. We are all made of stardust, from what modern science calls the Big Bang. In "The Mind's Sky," science writer Timothy Ferris, wrote:
"Considering the enormous number of communication links ingrained in the vast tree of evolution, it may not be unreasonable to suppose that life on Earth resonates with internal and external harmonies as yet unnoticed by science. If so, for human beings to establish interstellar communication links would be less an innovation than a perfectly natural extension of biological tradition."
This month's planet watch is a wonderful opportunity for us moderns to reestablish our stellar communication links! The ancients would have been very excited about such a line-up as we are seeing in April and May. They sky is still the most awesome show around! The line-up of our planetary neighbors shining overhead after sunset this month offers a special and rare inspiration.

Editor's note: St. John Star Lady Kelley Hunter is an internationally-known astrologer who tells stories in the stars under the tropical night sky. She is studying for a Ph.D. in world cosmologies. Contact her at 340-693-5839 or [email protected], for an astrology consultation, stargazing schedule or to join her free email list. Check out her new website at www.heliastar.com.
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