Monday, September 10, 2012

Linear Alignment
Earth | Sun | Mercury

Some days there is one major alignment that deserves most of the attention. Today we have that situation when the Sun and Mercury form their Superior Conjunction -- aligning at 19 degrees of Virgo (5:45AM PDT). The reality is that the Earth, the Sun and Mercury -- moving quickly and on the far side of the Sun -- are lined up in the solar system.

Dr. Marc Edmund Jones and Dane Rudhyar, two of the most eminent astrologers of the 20th century, would have called this a Full Mercury, when cosmic seed-ideas are attempting to blossom in the minds, hearts and souls of human beings. Stop worrying about things you can't change. Focus attention on excelling in your literary, verbal, artistic and musical forms of communicating.

Athletics and fitness routines are accentuated -- thanks to a flowing trine in water signs from the Moon in Cancer to Mars in Scorpio (9:06AM PDT). Because the day and afternoon build up to a supportive, 60-degree link from the Sun to the Moon (10:55PM PDT), you can take advantage of many streams of creative expression to find fulfillment.

The love boat enters exotic ports of call overnight as the Moon approaches a parallel to Venus (forming exactly at 3:21AM PDT tomorrow). If you are flying solo, be an artistic whirlwind or reach out to give a friend a helping hand.

Funeral For a Friend | Elephants [BBC]

©Kristina Chew September 3, 2012 10:00 am When a member of their herd dies, elephants often guard the bodies. They become agitated and appear to investigate the dead animal, even touching the bones– the skull and tusks — with their trunks and feet in a ceremonial way (as caught on this video). A few years ago, scientists from the UK and Kenya observed elephants engaged in such behaviors. They were unable to confirm that the elephants visit the bones of their dead relatives in particular. But, as scientists wrote in the journal Biology Letters, “their interest in the ivory and skulls of their own species means that they would be highly likely to visit the bones of relatives who die within their home range.” As David Field, head of animal care for London and Whipsnade Zoos in the UK, says in New Scientist: Elephants are highly intelligent and highly tactile animals. The fact they are able to distinguish between their own skulls and those of other species is not surprising. Elephants themselves are a matriarchal society filled with aunties and family members who have close bonds within a group. Therefore, a death in the family “could have an impact on social bonding and structure within the group,” just as it does in human families. Scientists emphasized that the “notion of elephant graveyards – where old elephants wander off to die – has been exposed as myth by previous studies” and that they are not exactly be “mourning” their dead. But elephants do get excited when they near carcasses as “secretions [stream] from their temples.” Photo by Xavi Talleda