August Meetup

                                         August Meetup

                           Sunday August 11, 2013 ~ Noonish

                           The Conjunction and the Opposition

                         Fee ~ None, Your attendance is all we ask.

For this Meetup we still have three planets retrograde.  This time it is the three outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.  We still have one singleton; the Moon in
Libra is our only planet in an air sign.  We have no unaspected planets and no planets out-of-bounds.  So, at least for now, everyone has someone to talk with and seems to be playing by the rules. 

The dominant aspect pattern now is the Cardinal T-square created by retrograde Uranus in Aries squaring Jupiter in Cancer opposing retrograde Pluto in Capricorn squaring Uranus.  The morning begins with transiting Moon in Libra squaring Jupiter and Pluto and opposing Uranus creating a Cardinal Grand Cross.  Because the Moon moves so fast, this pattern will be done by noon; however, it is setting the stage for Venus’ entry into Libra which will create a longer lasting Cardinal Grand Cross later this month.  While the Grand Water Trine
continues with Jupiter in Cancer trining Saturn in Scorpio trining Neptune in Pisces,
the energy is decreasing as both Jupiter and Saturn move out of range or orb.  The planets, at least for now, are more spread out; however, the dominant energy continues to be Cancer with Mars and Jupiter there as Jupiter is a player in both major aspect patterns.

Any skywatchers out there?  Interested in seeing what it is all about?  Venus is in her evening star phase.  She is the bright “star” seen low in the west after sunset.  About 3 hours behind her is Saturn.  Meanwhile, Jupiter and Mars are in their morning star phase as is Mercury.  They will be rising in the East about one hour before the Sun so look for them a hand width or two above the horizon around 4:30-5 am.  However, because Mercury is never far from the Sun, he can be hard to catch rising after Mars and Jupiter and much closer to the Sun. 

Coming up in August we have the Perseid meteor showers and potentially comet Ison. 
I copied this from a website.  Note, you will need a dark place away from city lights.  The best viewing for this meteor shower may be Sunday night into Monday morning, (think 11 pm to 3 or 4 am) August 11 & 12.  If staying up into the wee hours of
Monday isn’t on your calendar, try Saturday night into Sunday morning, August 10 & 11.  Just be sure to get up in time to come to the meetup.

  “August could be a banner month for sky watchers, weather permitting.

The August night sky stars the return of the potentially spectacular Comet ISON, as well as the annual Perseid meteor shower. The beloved Perseids rarely disappoint, and this year's performance could be especially dazzling.

The moon will set before midnight on the peak nights of Aug. 11 and 12, meaning dark skies for prospective observers," skywatching columnist Joe Rao wrote in a
story last week.”

This Meetup we will wrap up our introduction to the major aspects with the conjunction and the opposition.  For September we will talk sum it all up about aspects, the different category of aspects, applying and separating, double applying and double separating and how to weigh the aspects in a chart to see which are strongest.   

If you would like to be a speaker or have ideas for future topics, please let Spencer or I know.  What we don’t know, we can all learn together.

So, all that said, here is our agenda for this meetup.

  12-12:30  Meet, mingle, eat drink and be merry.  Support the Un Urban Café!

  12:30-12:45  Announcements - Talk around.

  12:45-2:15  Conjunctions – Robin & Spencer ~ Oppositions – Rachel, Dominique & Jim.

  2:15-??  Q & A.  Wrap it up.

  2:??-?:??  Mix and mingle

  3:30-5:30  Class -

For the talk-around we will do the usual “big 3,” Sun, Moon and ascendant signs if you know them.  Also, if you know them, identify any close conjunctions or oppositions in your chart.  Don’t worry if you don’t know the answers.  You should before the meetup is over.  Bring your chart if you have one; if not, and you would like one, send me your particulars (date, time and place of birth) ([masked]) and I will be glad to generate it and send it to you.  I will also print one and bring it to the meetup for you.  Just be sure to let me know before 9 am on Sunday, August 11.

Here are the tentative dates and some possible topics for 2013/14:

  09/08/13 – The Power of Aspects ~ Where does it come from?

  10/13/13 –???

  11/10/13 – ???

  12/08/13 – Venus retrograde and A Look ahead to 2014

  01/12/14 - ???

  02/09/14 - ???

Possible Topics:  Saturn his cycles & Returns 

      Relationship of the personal planets, Mercury, Venus & Mars

      Relationship of the outer planets, Uranus, Neptune & Pluto

      Black Moon and all things Lilith, connecting with your shadow

      Prenatal Eclipses


      Hecate, Pandora and the Dark Goddesses

      The Dwarf Planets, Ceres, Eris, Haumea & Makemake

      Lunar Returns

      The Heliocentric Chart

      Minor aspects and Harmonic charts

      Comparison of Tropical, Sidereal, Vedic and Uranian astrology

      What color is your Sun?  Your chart?  Colorful astrology for hue-mans

If you have other ideas for topics, please let Spencer or I know. 
What we don’t know, we shall learn together.  Want to be a speaker?  Talk with Spencer or me.  We are open to pretty much all things astrological.

Spencer and I have talked about this and because of the ongoing expense of the fees for the meetup site and costs of copies and such, we are going to add a container for “love donations” to help defray some of the costs.  This is entirely voluntary.  There is no fee or charge for attending this meetup; this is just to help defray some of the costs.

This meetup will be at our usual location, Un Urban Café, 3301 Pico Blvd. 
Great little coffee shop with delicious food and excellent drink selections.  Do support the Un Urban if you can by buying a drink and/or something to eat.

Because of the remodel at the Un Urban, we need to move our post-meeting discussions and class from the back room to the main/front area by 3pm so others can have the opportunity to use the backroom and stage. 

After the meetup, about 3:30pm, I will be conducting a class going into more details on conjunctions and oppositions in your chart and of course, answering any questions from the meetup and class.  A fee of $10 is requested for this class.

If you have any questions, would like to request a chart or just want to chat, e-mail me
[masked] or ring me up,[masked]-4417.

We hope to see you all on August 11th for our next meetup. 

  Un Urban Café, 3301 Pico Blvd. 12 Noonish PM 


  Spencer & Jim

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Meetup was good and informing

    August 11, 2013

  • Tamasin

    Sad news. I can't after all. But partner knows I have this on my calender now, so should work better next time.

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would love to join you and chat! I'm a Cap Moon, Taurus Sun and Cap Rising.

    August 10, 2013

  • RavenC

    Will be in Florida...I'm sure you'll all have a great mtg, as always! :)

    August 6, 2013

  • Matt

    Love talking and learning Astrology. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    August 5, 2013

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