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by Gary Brand - written March 14, 2002,
published in the April 2002 edition of Echo* newspaper

Images of Jupiter after being struck by pieces of Comet
Shoemaker-Levy, taken on July 18-23, 1994 Mosaic of progressive images (earliest at bottom) taken by Hubble Space Telescope of Jupiter after being struck by pieces of Comet Shoemaker-Levy.  The bottom two photos, taken on July 18, 1994, show the plume of gases caused by the impact of one piece of the comet and the disturbance it caused in the cloudtops.  The top two photos, taken on July 21 and 23, show the impact aftermath of two pieces of the comet.  Courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.
"An unfailing experience of mundane events in harmony with the changes occurring in the heavens, has instructed and compelled my unwilling belief [in astrology]"
Johannes Kepler, Imperial Astrologer and discoverer of the three laws of planetary motion (N.D., p. x (1980)).

e are accustomed to thinking of Earth Day as applying just to Earth and the concept behind the designation of this day is to think globally about our planet and its ecosystem.  But why not move beyond the limits of this world and include the entire solar system in our ecosystem?  We humans are anthropocentric so we are obsessed with trying to find "life" on other planets or moons in our solar system.  Is it possible that the planets themselves and the very stars that grace our night skies have a "life" of their own, despite our limited definition of life?  Astronomically, we need the other planets or at least some of them.  We need Jupiter to protect us from rogue comets like Shoemaker-Levy.  Can you imagine what would have happened if that comet had struck Earth instead of Jupiter?  It would have destroyed life as we know it on this planet!  We also need Jupiter to round up rogue asteroids like the Trojans which are captured in Jupiter's orbit.  We need our sister terrestrial planet Venus to help stabilize Earth's orbit (even Venus' rotation is tied to the Venus-Earth orbital period) and the nearest bodies to Earth - Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars - effect Earth's magnetic field.

Astrologically, Jupiter is associated with environmental protection and with conservation of natural resources.  Our immediate environment is most closely related to the Moon and the sign of Cancer, both of which are also strong symbols of the home. When it comes to our home environment, almost all of us want security, safety, protection, and privacy.  Home is also where we commune with our favorite people, hobbies, and pleasures.  These same principles would seem to apply to the environment of our global and regional ecosystems as well.  If we don't keep them safe, secure and protected from pillaging by greedy interests, we won't be able to find any privacy outside our homes or experience the pleasures found in the natural world.  Jupiter is presently in the sign of Cancer so now is the time to focus on protection - not just from terrorism - but also on protecting the little bit of remaining, unspoiled, natural environment from greed and avarice.

The forecast for this month [April 2002] is geared toward environmental appreciation and April is a beautiful month for being outside.  The Saturn trine Neptune reaches a maximum on April 2 and continues throughout the month so do something practical with your idealism like trail maintenance or give money to an organization that is buying land for protection or become more aware of the interdependent relationships in nature and between you and the natural world.  From April 1 - 5, Mercury is square Jupiter and sextile Saturn and Neptune so share with a friend or co-worker your views about environmental protection, write a letter to your Congressional delegates about a threat to an endangered species or a pristine wilderness, or share your thoughts with a friend while walking in a national forest or park.  During April 4 - 10, Sun and Mercury trine Pluto and Venus sextiles Jupiter - a great time for planning and planting your garden, for rescuing an animal or insect in trouble, for reading about or researching an environmental issue, or for appreciating beauty in the great outdoors with friends or groups.  From April 7 - 12, Venus square Neptune is a wonderful time for meditating or relaxing outdoors or for a romantic escape to the beach with your sweetie.  From April 5 - 13, Mars squares Uranus: surprise, surprise! The desire for excitement and freedom can be easily satisfied by an outdoor adventure in some location new to you but this can be accident prone.

*Echo is a monthly newspaper about community, the environment, health, cuisine, and spirituality that is distributed in central Virginia.
Good Timing and Location are Keys to Success

Gary Brand, Traditional Astrologer
Tallahassee, Florida

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