The day kicks off with Moon in me-me-me Aries (as of 7:14AM ET). Arise, go forth and conquer — with the usual caveat about Mercury still being retrograde, and now almost at a standstill as it prepares to turn direct tomorrow night.
Your mission may be driven by the idealism of an exact sextile (easy connection) between Venus in regal Leo and Mercury retrograde. Another connection this morning between the Moon and taskmaster Saturn suggests an easy flow of discipline or a serious application of inspiration, with communication of said inspiration especially facilitated around 3PM ET, when the Moon makes contact with Venus and Mercury. Use this productive potential well!
And now, the news.
Just two quick headlines reflecting the “tech breakthrough” potential of this week’s connections among macho Mars, geeky Uranus and the Sun. First, a cool update on the LightSail spacecraft, “an ambitious privately financed project to demonstrate using the force of sunlight for propulsion“. It was launched into space on May 19th, just after Mercury turned retrograde. As you might imagine, it’s been plagued by tech woes, but as you’ll see from the first link in this paragraph, it now seems to be functioning as designed.
Another geeky story that gathered steam during yesterday’s “much ado about nothing” Moon void in sensitive, emotional Pisces is this item, currently the most-viewed headline on the Guardian’s home page:
Tim Hunt, an English biochemist who admitted that he has a reputation for being a “chauvinist”, said to the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, South Korea: “Let me tell you about my trouble with girls … three things happen when they are in the lab … You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticise them, they cry.”
Hunt said he was in favour of single-sex labs, adding that he didn’t want to “stand in the way of women”….
Outrage ensued. Sir Hunt has since apologized.
….saying he meant the remarks to be humorous – but added he “did mean the part about having trouble with girls”.
He said: “It is true … I have fallen in love with people in the lab and people in the lab have fallen in love with me and it’s very disruptive to the science because it’s terribly important that in a lab people are on a level playing field.
“I found that these emotional entanglements made life very difficult. I’m really, really sorry I caused any offence, that’s awful. I certainly didn’t mean that. I just meant to be honest, actually.”
Shall we forgive him? Sir Hunt was born on February 19, 1943 in Neston, England. Not sure if he has the Sun at 29 Aquarius or 1 Pisces (square Uranus and Saturn), but he definitely has the Moon in love-love-love drama king Leo, with Venus in soulful Pisces. Are we surprised?
Cue Thomas Dolby now, please. Sir Hunt, this one’s for you.