Ups and Down (Jan 30, 2014)

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    Michelle Young
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    Michelle - Orkut shot Michelle Young – Jan 30, 2014

    It’s a busy month, and I should have posted about this already. Mea culpa. Rest assured, I will be doing so today. 

    In the meantime, has life gotten a bit schizoid for you? Don’t be surprised. I’m sitting here listening to national news about a Congressman from New York City who is under investigation (hear Pluto in that?). It seems he threatened a reporter today for asking questions about the investigation since one person has already been arrested, and told the reporter, ” I’ll break you in half like a little boy and throw you off this f****** [it was on the news like that!] balcony.”  The scene was shot at the Capitol Building! 

    Strange, schizoid times, aren’t they? 

    Venus goes direct tomorrow, and more to come…I’ll write more today. I do need to go to bed for a few hours. If nothing else, I’ll get a bit warmer…feels like our temps may have dipped below zero (Fahrenheit) again. It’s cold! We’ve already broken a record for the cold snap: 10 days below zero. 

    Michelle - Orkut shot Michelle Young – Jan 31, 2014

    The best laid intentions of mice and men (and women!)… My day ended up a lot busier than I anticipated yesterday, and I never got here after all. I’m so sorry! Ironically, Mercury was in an anarectic degree of Aquarius, and as of this writing, it has moved to 00 Pisces 00, bringing Neptune even more into the mix since Mercury isn’t only in the same sign as the watery, spiritual ruler of Pisces, Mercury and Neptune are now well within orb of each other and are conjunct. 

    Meanwhile, Venus goes direct today at 3:52 pm EST, which is 2:22 am IST on February 1. Can you feel the shift? Are things relaxing for you, or getting more tense? Well, I suppose that’s going to depend on where your head is. We’re clearly in the Mercury pre-retrograde shadow now and have been  for a week (Okay, so 8 days), but the Moon was in Capricorn a couple of days ago when things might have been tense enough that you were unconsciously grinding your teeth or needing some kind of relaxation because  your neck muscles were so tight. 

    Yet today is when Jupiter and Pluto are precisely in opposition now. That happened just in the last few minutes as I was writing this. 

    Current Transits as of 9:46:58 am, EST, 8:16:58 pm IST, January 31, 2014

    current transits

    Venus and Pluto are also conjunct but not yet partile, and since Venus will be going direct today, the partile won’t happen. We’ve already passed that–about 9 weeks or so ago. But Venus is also still opposed to Jupiter just as it’s still conjunct Pluto, and it could be that you’re feeling the love in the air even if you weren’t expecting it. We had a New Moon yesterday–the second SuperMoon of the month, in fact–and you just may be feeling like things are getting back to normal.

    Normal? Is there such a thing? At times, I wonder. After all, we’re also moving back into another Mercury retrograde, as I just noted above with the reference to the shadow. I have to laugh: I went in search of the exact time Mercury goes retrograde on the 6th/7th of February. I saw times ranging from 4:43 to 4:46 pm EST, which is 3:13 to 3:16 am IST on the 7th. I even tried to find it on the NASA site and couldn’t. sighhh Well, 2 minutes of difference is a start. I hope you agree. 🙂

    The point to all of this is to remind you we’re also still in the throes of these Cardinal hard aspects that, for now, consist of Jupiter in opposition to that still tight Venus-Pluto conjunction in square to Uranus, and that hard positioning will continue to be a problem especially when the Moon moves in to trigger it–even as we move into the Mercury Retrograde. In fact, by the 10th and 11th, you may remember these words. Hopefully you won’t remember them on hindsight, but before a situation arises to do the reminding for you.

    Watch how you phrase things now as we move into the retrograde. A misspoken or careless word can cause just as many problems as harsh or angry can. Remember as well that this is a good time to heal your own thoughts and wounds as well as any lingering wounds you may still have in relationships. Life is too short to make wars…

    If you have contracts to sign, take time to consider them very carefully. If you absolutely have to sign during the retrograde, think of every possible contingency, and make sure you have a loophole to get out of it if you need to. Don’t take for granted that your signing means it will go well. I’m not saying it won’t. I’m saying be doubly sure if you *have* to act now instead of after the retrograde.

    Remain flexible this month. Remember, there are likely to be more cancellations and rescheduled appointments than normal, and your mail too can get waylaid. Patience. If you have to have a bill paid during this time, make sure you send the check a bit earlier if you need to use the mail to ensure you’ll pay it in time. Stranger things have happened than another piece of lost mail. (I’m still remembering my brother in New York in re to mail: I sent him a postcard over 10 years ago. He never received it! lol But for that matter, it would be nice if I discover that the store in Pondicherry that claimed in early December  it would send me the books I bought at the ashram there, actually sent the books, and the mail was just delayed… I’m not counting on it, but it would be nice.)

    No fair hiding under rocks again for this Mercury Retrograde. Venus is direct today in about 3 hours now (I had to step away while I was writing this.), and just think before you speak, think before you act impulsively, and consider those around you. It’s a busy period, but you can make it work. This is a good period for dreaming, meditation, healing, groundwork on projects, and fact finding when you need to make sure all of your calculations, suppositions and understandings are accurate. 

    Oh, one last thing, btw: Remember Murphy’s Law. Even in communications and thought processes, good old Murphy might be hiding around the corner to help you get a little egg on your face. Make light of it. Remember, Mercury is still the playful jokester. Laugh at the antics even when you discover he’s played them on you.

    Time to share… Hopefully, the retrograde will set that ball in motion again too. It would be nice to hear how your travels through the newest pre-retrograde shadow and upcoming Rx and post-Rx periods are. 

    #1507
    Michelle Young
    Keymaster

    Sireesha - Orkut shot Sireesha Inturi – Feb 3, 2014

    Reading all this, makes me feel good about the upcoming month, but will it be really good? I dont know. I can relate to the, “when things might have been tense enough that you were unconsciously grinding your teeth or needing some kind of relaxation because  your neck muscles were so tight”, not grinding my teeth, but tense enough for searching for some kind of relaxation

    Expecto Patronum ! Expecto Patronum ! – Feb 3, 2014

    Poor neck! And I thought it was tennis.

    Michelle - Orkut shot Michelle Young – Feb 3, 2014

    lol I’m going to sleep in my bed for a few more hours now that my chair is done with me–again. [dizzy look] Both of you, Expecto and Sireesha, are cracking some good ones here! lol

    Btw, three days into the SuperMoon (New Moon), and we have a snow storm on the way! I guess we’re expecting about 15.25 cm today (6 inches).

    #1511
    Michelle Young
    Keymaster

    Michelle - Orkut shot Michelle Young – Feb 5, 2014

    Maybe I’ve been sleeping when I’ve been awake. 😀  We’re in the midst of a snowstorm where the potential numbers have been raised to 13 or 14 inches (33-35.5 cm) before this storm is done, and we’re apparently in line for the one hitting again this weekend. 

    8 am Feb 5, 2014

    snow 1

    This is just about halfway through the storm. Another one will hit this weekend.

    snow 2
    I’m still here, and my brain is somehow functioning; but the snow is helping me to wake up at the moment. There’s hope for me yet. 😉

    Meanwhile, Holly has the right idea on a snowy day…

    holly

    #1512
    Michelle Young
    Keymaster

    demos demos . – Feb 6, 2014

    Some Great Pictures.

    Michelle - Orkut shot Michelle Young – Feb 6, 2014

    Thank you, Demos.

    Michelle - Orkut shot Michelle Young – Feb 6, 2014

    Anyone feeling the Mercury station today? Mercury goes retrograde in less than 6 hours.

    #1514
    Michelle Young
    Keymaster

    Michelle - Orkut shot Michelle Young – Feb 25, 2014

    Wowwww! All the conversation since Mercury stationed! Okay, so we’re now back on the countdown toward Mercury Direct’s station on Friday here in the Western hemisphere, and some in the Eastern hemisphere will have to wait till Saturday morning. But perhaps the following will brighten your spirits since Mars is going retrograde on the 1st in the West and on the 2nd in the East, Saturn is going Direct roughly 24 hours later, on the 2nd in the West and on the 3rd in the East, and Jupiter is going Direct on the 6th of March!

    I don’t know about any of you and how you’re doing, but I definitely have felt a lot more at ease over the last several days. It seems logical that all of these planetary directional changes might be a major contributing factor. We can talk about this. I’d really like to, but it certainly would be nice if I were able to get some questions, or even have my questions answered too. Some days, I feel like I’m talking to the walls…

    Anyway, because of my lighter mood and my love for India and her people and what seems to be a mutual admiration society here, I saw something tonight that reminded me of an hilarious conversation I had with a friend in Bangalore when I was staying with her. We laughed ourselves silly one night over this, so please know that this is shared with much love and affection. 🙂 (It’s short, btw.)

    Well, stay tuned. I’m going to be sharing a few things today. One I know you’ll love, and while I’ll post some in the Music, Music, Music thread, it will also be in the Incoming: Astrology Domine! thread because I’m going to analyze the chart that goes with it–and another of my rambles. This time on astrology, science, and fate–and I’m blaming it all on Neptune.

    #1515
    Michelle Young
    Keymaster

    Expecto Patronum ! Expecto PatronumFeb 26, 2014
    Good news at work. Much lighter.

    Michelle - Orkut shot Michelle Young – Feb 26, 2014

    Care to share, Expecto? 😉 I’m glad to hear that.  

    Michelle - Orkut shot Michelle Young – Feb 26, 2014

    I need to share this first since we’re coming out of the Mercury Retrograde this week. I posted this earlier on Facebook. Most of the time, I confess, you get the majority of me. 

    Mercury Retrograde, you are finding this amusing, aren’t you? But General Motors isn’t, I’m sure! Out of the four cars you recalled today, three are celestial? Really??? 

    You may think it’s cute, Mercury, but go a little easy, would you? There are deaths linked to this, and you’re still in orb of the Saturn square. 

    What timing indeed!

    “2003-07 Saturn Ion

    • 2006-07 Chevrolet HHR

    • 2006-07 Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky”

    Here’s the full article:
    GM adds four models to recall, doubles deaths to 13
    James R. Healey and Fred Meier, USA TODAY
    6:10 p.m. EST February 25, 2014

    General Motors has linked seven more deaths to its faulty ignition switch recall and added to the recall the other four GM cars using the same switch as the Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac G5 cars recalled Feb. 13.

    GM on Tuesday increased the number of deaths it links to the problem from six to 13 and the number of crashes from 22 to 31 as it expanded the recall by more than 748,024 vehicles to more than 1.37 million in the U.S., plus an additional 253,519 vehicles in Canada and Mexico.

    Models added to the recall are:

    • 2003-07 Saturn Ion

    • 2006-07 Chevrolet HHR

    • 2006-07 Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky

    These are in addition to the recall in the U.S. of 619,122 Chevrolet Cobalts from the 2005 through 2007 model years and 2007 Pontiac G5s.

    The ignition defect, says GM, allows it to move unexpectedly from “run” to “accessory” if jarred or if pulled by a heavy key chain. That shuts off the engine and may disable the front air bags. The loss of the air bag crash protection is central to the safety recall.

    Michelle - Orkut shot Michelle Young – Feb 26, 2014

    In announcing the recall expansion, GM acknowledged the lag of years between indications of a problem as early as 2004 in the Cobalt, as first reported in USA TODAY, and the current recalls.

    “The chronology shows that the process employed to examine this phenomenon was not as robust as it should have been,” said GM North America President Alan Batey. “Today’s GM is committed to doing business differently and better. We will take an unflinching look at what happened and apply lessons learned here to improve going forward.”

    Batey said, “We are deeply sorry and we are working to address this issue as quickly as we can.”

    USA TODAY reported Monday that the additional four models had been identified by GM as early as 2005 in a dealer alert as having the same potential switch problem. Along with Cobalt and G5, they all use switches with the same part number, an automaker’s definitive way to identify components, as the recalled cars.

    GM initially declined to explain publicly why it believed these other vehicles were not also at risk and should not be recalled. GM said it based the initial recall of Cobalts and Pontiac G5s compacts on its investigation, but did not rule out the wider recall and was in talks with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    Similar complaints already had been made about these other cars. Two HHR owners, for example, had complained to NHTSA about air bags not deploying in front-impact crashes.

    And a May 2009 report by TV station WTVD in Raleigh, N.C., quoted Loretta Barnes as saying her 2007 HHR “stalled on the train track” in Roanoke Rapids. She said she was able to quickly restart the vehicle but that it was a recurring problem, and “I’m scared.”

    She said she had taken her HHR to the dealership five times without the problem being solved. As a result of the TV report, Barnes said, GM gave her a deal on a new car.

    Still unexplained by GM is an apparently safer switch, with a different part number, installed in all of these vehicles starting in 2008. None have been recalled.

    GM won’t say if the switch was revised to fix the stalling and air bag problem. Nor will it say if that later switch is the one dealers will use as the replacement for the recall repair on the older vehicles.

    GM now is planning the acquisition of switches to do the repairs and a schedule for rolling them out.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/02/25/gm-ignition-recall/5813539/
    ©2014 USATODAY

    I didn’t want to post the entire article but Orkut’s spambot pressed the matter and threatened to put this post in spam! lol

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