August 29, 2014

ICELAND: Red Alert Declared After Iceland's Bardarbunga Volcano Erupts Overnight


BBC News
written by Staff
Friday August 29, 2014

Bardarbunga is part of a large volcano system hidden beneath the Vatnajokull ice cap in central Iceland.

The Icelandic Met Office has raised its aviation warning level near the Bardarbunga volcano to red after an eruption began overnight.

Scientists said a fissure eruption 1km (0.6 miles) long started in a lava field north of the Vatnajokull glacier.

Civil protection officials said Icelandic Air Traffic Control had closed the airspace above the eruption up to a height of 5,000ft (1,500m).

The volcano has been hit by several recent tremors.

The fissure eruption took place between Dyngjujokull Glacier and the Askja caldera, a statement from the Department of Civil Protection said.

The area is part of the Bardabunga system.

"Scientists who have been at work close to the eruption monitor the event at a safe distance," the statement added.

"The Icelandic Met Office has raised the aviation colour code over the eruption site to red."

It added that no volcanic ash had so far been detected but a coast guard aircraft was due to take off later to survey the site.

On Friday Morning the UK met office advised that the Bardarbunga eruption was a lava blast, with no ash being emitted into the atmosphere.

Noting current wind patterns, it added that even if ash is emitted it is unlikely to affect UK airspace for the next couple of days but was monitoring the situation and liaising with airlines and airports.

Bjorn Oddsson, a geophysicist from Iceland's Iceland's Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management, said the eruption was currently not affecting air travel.

"It's mostly effusive; there's no ash in the air, and not even in the vicinity," he said.

"So mostly lava is pouring out of the craters right now and the only flight restriction is over the area. All airports are open, and things are quite in control."

Cauldrons
Until now the Icelandic Met Office has kept its aviation warning level - indicating the potential threat of volcanic activity to air travel - at orange, its second-highest.

On Thursday, scientists said they were examining several "cauldrons" found near Bardarbunga volcano that could potentially be a sign of an eruption.

The cauldrons, depressions in the volcano's surface, each between 10-15m (49 ft) deep and 1km (0.6 miles) wide, were seen during a flight on Wednesday.

Bardarbunga is part of a large volcano system hidden beneath the 500m-thick (1,600ft) Vatnajokull ice cap in central Iceland.

Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted in 2010, producing ash that disrupted air travel across Europe.

GREECE: A 5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes 80 Miles South Of Athens Today.

Yahoo news
written by Reuters staff
Friday August 29, 2014

ATHENS - A strong earthquake shook southern Greece on Friday and was felt as far as Athens but there were no immediate reports of casualties or serious damage.

The quake measured 5.7 in magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and struck at sea 80 miles south of the Greek capital. It was 70 miles deep.

No tsunami warning was issued.

The Athens Geodynamic Institute also put the quake, which occurred at 0645 local time (2345 ET Thursday), at 5.7 magnitude and said it was undersea. It was followed by a weaker tremor.

Greece is prone to earthquakes. Most cause no serious damage, but a 5.9 magnitude quake near Athens in 1999 killed 143 people.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Mount Tavurvur Volcano Erupted Overnight Spewing Rocks And Ash Into The Air And Local Communities Evacuated.


The Australian
written by AFP staff
Friday August 29, 2014

A VOLCANO has erupted in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air and forcing the evacuation of local communities, seismologists and reports said.

Mount Tavurvur, which destroyed the town of Rabaul when it erupted simultaneously with nearby Mount Vulcan in 1994, rumbled to life early in the morning on the tip of the island of New Britain.

“The eruption started slow and slowly developed in a Strombolian (low level) eruption with incandescent projections accompanied by explosion noises and ongoing loud roaring and rumbling noises,” the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said.

The Australian government issued a warning against travelling to the area. “Authorities have evacuated communities close to the volcano. Residents of Rabaul town have been advised to remain indoors to avoid falling ash,” it said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin said the ash cloud was drifting southeast and had the potential to disrupt air travel.

“The eruption was to 60,000 feet, which is flight level. There was two hours of high level eruption,” said an official from the centre, Cyndee Feals.

“The ash was initially blowing to the southwest but has now turned to the southeast and we expect it to clip the edge of Australian airspace later today, but we don’t expect ash over Australia.”

She said planes may be forced to take alternate routes with the ash forecast to move towards the Solomon Islands and then Vanuatu in the Pacific.

Later, Qantas said it had made minor changes to its routes between Sydney and Narita and Sydney and Shanghai.

Flights QF21, QF22 and QF130 will fly over central PNG to avoid the cloud over Rabaul.

“The new flight paths won’t really impact the flight time,” a Qantas spokesperson said.

“It will be five minutes if anything.”

In Rabaul, the ground was covered in a layer of ash, local reports said.

“Police have cautioned people not to panic but remain indoors and listen to local Radio East New Britain for updates,” the PNGloop website said.

“The situation has eased except for the rumbling and roaring as rocks are shot into the air.”

The 688-metre volcano has erupted several times before, notably 20 years ago.

In 1994, major eruptions at both Tavurvur and nearby Mount Vulcan destroyed much of Rabaul, and while loss of life was minimal due to a quick evacuation, looters ransacked the town.

This time, police are taking no chances.

International Hotel operations manager Rodney Aua said police were out in force to prevent any looting as businesses closed their doors.

“In Rabaul some people have closed their businesses and are moving to areas as far away as possible,” he said.

“The police are there to make sure looting doesn’t happen again, like in 1994.”

Despite the volcano continuing to rumble, Aua said the hotel still had 50 per cent occupancy and for locals it was just another day in PNG, which sits on the Pacfiic “Ring of Fire” and where high volcanic and seismic activity is the norm.

“The situation is pretty calm,” he said. “For locals most of us have grown up here and this is normal, although we haven’t seen this sort of activity for a while.”


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Frontier Post
written by Staff
Sunday August 3, 2014

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck off the coast of Manus Island in Papua New Guinea on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

No tsunami was expected, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.The quake´s epicenter was in the ocean 213 miles (343 km) northwest of Lorengau on Manus Island. It occurred at a depth of 8.3 miles (13.4 km), the USGS said.

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written by Staff
Sunday August 3, 2014

MAGNITUDE 7.2 EARTHQUAKE STRIKES NEAR MANUS ISLAND IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA; NO TSUNAMI EXPECTED -US AGENICES

SCIENCE: Astronomers Spot Wreckage Of Mammoth Collision Around A Young Star

Artist’s concept showing the immediate aftermath of a large impact around the young sunlike star NGC 2547-ID8, which is thought to be forming rocky planets.

Yahoo news
written by Mike Wall, Space.com
Thursday August 28, 2014

Astronomers have spotted the wreckage of a mammoth collision around a distant young star, a landmark find that could shed light on how our own solar system's rocky planets took shape long ago.

The researchers detected a huge disk of dusty debris around a sunlike star called NGC-2547 ID8, which lies about 1,140 light-years from Earth in the constellation Vega. The cloud was likely spawned when two planetary building blocks slammed into each other just two years ago or so, scientists said.

"This is the first detection of a planetary impact outside of our own solar system," study lead author Huan Meng, of the University of Arizona in Tucson, told Space.com. [Moon Made by Giant Impact with Earth: New Evidence (Video)]

Further, NGC-2547 ID8 is the same mass and size as our sun, and it's just 35 million years old — the same age the sun was when similar impacts were building Earth, Mars and the other rocky planets in our neck of the cosmic woods.

"This discovery really puts our own solar system into context," Meng said.

Flaring up and fading away

Meng and his colleagues studied NGC-2547 ID8 using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and several different ground-based instruments. They watched the star from May 2012 to August 2013, with a hiatus from mid-August 2012 to January 2013, when the object was too close to the sun to be observed.

When NGC-2547 ID8 came back into view in January 2013, Spitzer measured a dramatic flare-up of infrared light indicative of emission from small dust particles. This outburst faded rapidly over the remainder of the observing period.

Computer modeling work suggested that the surge was caused by the impact of two big, rocky objects —large asteroids or protoplanets, the progenitors of full-fledged rocky worlds such as Earth, in the "terrestrial planet zone" of the NGC-2547 ID8 system. (Gas giants like Saturn form farther out and at a slightly earlier stage of a star's life.)

The collision probably occurred during or slightly before the 2012-13 observing gap, Meng said. It generated a mammoth cloud of vapor that condensed into small silicate spherules, which were in turn broken down into dust by subsequent collisions among themselves. These dust particles are so small that they were quickly expelled from the NGC-2547 ID8 system by stellar radiation pressure, explaining why the infrared spike was so short-lived.

Meng and his colleagues are confident that this interpretation of the surprising flare-up is the correct one.

"I can't imagine something else that could produce so much dust just within four months," Meng said.

Astronomers have seen debris disks around other stars before, but those disks have primarily been stable structures akin to the asteroid belt, he added.

"This is the first time that we really see a debris disk vary," Meng said. "The implication is that we are witnessing the immediate aftermath of a huge impact."

Such impacts can be destructive or constructive, researchers say. Sometimes the objects obliterate each other, as may be the case with the NGC-2547 ID8 crash, and sometimes they glom together to build something bigger.

Solving a puzzle

Observations by NASA's Kepler spacecraft suggest that rocky planets are common throughout the Milky Way galaxy. Why, then, have astronomers not spotted many debris disks like the one surrounding NGC-2547 ID8?

The new study, which was published online today (Aug. 28) in the journal Science, suggests an answer: The disks disappear surprisingly rapidly, so you have to be pretty lucky, or pretty persistent, to spot one.

Without any replenishment from secondary impacts, "this dust will fade over one or two years," Meng said. "That's really quick."

ICELAND: Iceland Braces for Volcanic Eruption; The Peak Of Bardarbunga Is Buried A Half Mile Below The Surface Of Europe’s Largest Glacier.

Discover Magazine
written by Robin Wylie
Monday August 25, 2014

There are strong signs that one of Iceland’s largest volcanoes could be about to erupt, raising fears of an ash cloud which could ground international flights.

Alarms were raised last week, when an earthquake swarm struck beneath Bardarbunga — Iceland’s second-tallest volcano, situated in the center of the island nation. Worried that an eruption could be imminent, the government evacuated more than 300 people living in the vicinity of the volcano on August 20.

Since the crisis began, more than 8,000 earthquakes have hit in the region around Bardarbunga. These reflect the rise of magma from deep beneath the volcano. Yesterday, several quakes struck which were stronger than magnitude 5 — exceedingly large for volcanic earthquakes.

Capped With Ice

The peak of Bardarbunga is buried a half mile below the surface of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. If an eruption occurs below the ice, then the immediate danger would be from flooding. The heat unleashed would undoubtedly generate large volumes of meltwater, which would rapidly begin to flow away from the glacier into the surrounding plains.

But perhaps the biggest danger would come if the volcano manages to break through its frozen seal. If an eruption melted a path through the ice, then ash could become an issue. And, since volcanic ash is a risk to aircraft, an ash eruption could turn a regional disaster into a global transport crisis.

The airspace around Iceland is on the flight paths of many transatlantic routes, and the havoc caused by the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull — another Icelandic volcano — is still fresh in people’s minds. The ash cloud produced by that eruption forced over 100,000 flights to be cancelled — affecting 10 million passengers and costing the airline industry $1.7 billion.

Magma Rising

Iceland’s Met Office has placed the country on orange aviation alert, the second highest level. (This was briefly raised to red on Saturday, when an eruption was wrongly reported to have begun.)

So far, lava has not met ice. But it is close. Ground deformation measurements indicate that some 8.5 billion cubic feet of magma have already flooded into the crust around Bardarbunga. At the time of writing, it had risen to a depth of 3 miles below the surface.

The intense seismic activity which has been shaking the region for days shows no sign of abating, meaning that the magma could still rise further. An eruption is still a distinct danger.

Uncertain Trajectory

And worryingly, within the last 24 hours many of the volcanic earthquakes — which indicate the position of the magma in the subsurface — have migrated outside the margins of the Vatnajökull glacier. If the eruption occurs in this ice-free area, ash could be released immediately, and thus cause more disruption to air traffic than a subglacial eruption would have.

Experts are undecided on how the crisis may progress. It could go on like this for weeks and die out — or erupt, one professor tweeted. Unfortunately for Icelanders and air passengers, volcanoes are amongst the most unpredictable forces on Earth. As long as the ice continues to rumble, almost anything could happen.

PERU: A Major 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Peru On Sunday.

Yahoo news
written by AFP staff
Sunday August 29, 2014

Lima - A major 6.9-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Peru, US experts said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or considerable damage.

The quake hit at 2321 GMT 42 kilometers (26 miles) east-northeast of the town of Tambo at a depth of 101 kilometers on Sunday, according to the US Geological Survey.

Centered 467 kilometers (290 miles) southeast of the capital Lima, the quake sent panicked people into the streets of the city of Ayacucho -- home to about 150,000. It was first reported by USGS as a 7.0-magnitude event.

In the capital, however, the quake was felt as a 4.4-magnitude occurrence -- noticed by residents of highrises but not those out and about in the sprawling city of eight million.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center cautioned that quakes of this size "sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located within 100 kilometers of the earthquake epicenter."

"Authorities in the region of the epicenter should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action," it added.
CTV news
written by AP staff
Sunday August 24, 2014

LIMA, Peru -- A large 6.9-magnitude earthquake has struck a sparsely populated area of central Peru, the U.S. Geological Survey said Sunday.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, said Mario Casareto, spokesman for Peru's fire agency. He said authorities were still surveying the region, including the Ayacucho area where the quake was centred.

The seismological service initially reported the magnitude as 7, but revised it downward to 6.9 in a subsequent report. According to the survey's updated figures, the quake occurred at 2321GMT Sunday and was centred about 43 kilometres east-northeast of an area called Tambo, and about 467 kilometres southeast of the capital of Lima. It had a depth of 101 kilometres, the survey said.

Local media said that the quake was felt in parts of Lima and in many major cities of southeastern Peru, including Cuzco and Arequipa.

ICELAND: Earthquakes Over 5 Magnitude Shake Iceland Volcano On Sunday.

The Daily Star, Lebanon
written by AP staff
Sunday August 24, 2014

REYKJAVIK, Iceland - Two earthquakes measuring over 5 in magnitude - the biggest yet - shook Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano Sunday after the country issued an aviation red alert warning that an ash-emitting eruption may be imminent.

Iceland's Meteorological Office recorded earthquakes of 5.3 and 5.1 in the early hours. It said there were no signs of an eruption.

The volcano, underneath Iceland's vast Vatnajokull glacier, has been rattled by thousands of small earthquakes over the past week.

On Saturday scientists reported a small eruption under the ice, but it was not visible on the surface, and the Met Office later said it appeared to have stopped.

Authorities have declared a no-fly zone of 185 kilometers by 260 kilometers around the epicenter as a precaution.

A 2010 eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokul volcano caused a week of international aviation chaos, with more than 100,000 flights canceled. Aviation officials closed Europe's air space for five days out of fear that volcanic ash could harm jet engines.

Any new eruption is likely to be less disruptive. European aviation authorities have changed their policy, giving airlines detailed information about the location and density of ash clouds but leaving decisions to airlines and national regulators.

Britain's National Air Traffic Service said it was monitoring what it called a "dynamic situation" but was expecting normal operations Sunday.

The agency said it was using alternative flight paths across the Atlantic as a precaution.

Virgin Atlantic said a London-to-San Francisco flight took a slight detour Saturday to avoid Iceland's no-fly zone.

USA: A Strong 6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northeast Of San Francisco Early Sunday Morning.

CBS News
written by CBS staff and AP staff
Monday August 25, 2014

NAPA, Calif. -- A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them. Scores were injured as the temblor knocked out power to thousands, caused gas and water lines to rupture and sparked fires.

The magnitude 6.0-quake struck at 3:20 a.m. PDT Sunday near the city of Napa, an oasis of Victorian-era buildings nestled in the vineyard-studded hills of Northern California.

The fires also flared in a mobile home park where four homes were destroyed and two others were damaged, officials said.

By midday Sunday, the fires were out and power was starting to be restored, said Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

"While it was bad, it wasn't as bad as it could be and it was very manageable from a regional perspective," Ghilarducci said.

The U.S. Geological Survey's automated economic loss software predicts losses above $100 million, CBS San Francisco reported.

The quake struck about six miles south of Napa and lasted 10 to 20 seconds depending on proximity to the epicenter, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was the largest to shake the San Francisco Bay Area since the magnitude-6.9 Loma Prieta quake struck in 1989, collapsing part of the Bay Bridge roadway and killing more than 60 people, most when an Oakland freeway fell.

All major Bay Area bridges have been inspected and concluded to be safe, CBS San Francisco reported.

It was felt widely throughout the region, with people reporting feeling it more than 200 miles south of Napa and as far east as the Nevada border.

For many, the quake struck at the worst time possible, rousing them in the middle of the night and sending them fumbling in darkness to take cover and find loved ones. A number of the injuries were caused by people stepping on broken glass, falling down or being hit by furniture.

The quake's timing was also bad for Napa Valley's famed vineyards, where winemakers were just getting ready to harvest the 2014 crop. The quake broke thousands of bottles of wine and toppled barrels.

The earthquake struck just as the fall harvest was picking up, CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reports.

At Silver Oak winery, the quake destroyed special reserve wines that the winery's president David Duncan called "priceless."

"(The wine) is meant only for VIPs and special tastings," Duncan told Evans. "We don't sell them, so to los them, they're gone forever."

Evans reports that Napa area wineries produce 17 percent of the nation's wine and contribute some $50 billion to the U.S. economy

Omar Rodriguez, 23, of Napa, was treated for a gash on his forehead in one of the triage tents outside a hospital that handled the victims.

"We woke up to the earthquake and I thought I was dreaming because I fell off my bed, you know, it was all dark, and I just got back up. She noticed it was all bleeding," he said, referring to his girlfriend.

Officials were still assessing the damage late Sunday in hopes of getting a cost estimate they could submit for possible federal assistance. But the initial assessment found that dozens of homes and buildings in the region were unsafe to occupy, including an historic Napa County courthouse, where a 10-foot wide hole opened a view of the offices inside.

KCBS' Todd Smoot reported at 4 a.m. that a Safeway store in Sonoma had no power, and all employees evacuated the store while firefighters checked inside. The shaking was especially strong there because of the nature of the land being on alluvial gravel, sand and silt deposits.

Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa reported treating 172 people in the emergency room, although hospital officials could not say how many of them were there for injuries suffered in the quake and how many for more routine injuries and illnesses, hospital CEO Walt Mickens said.

Twelve people were admitted for broken bones and other medical problems directly related to the earthquake, including an adult who remained in critical condition on Sunday night and a 13-year-old boy.

The teen was hit by flying debris from a collapsed fireplace and had to be airlifted to the children's hospital at the University of California Davis Medical Center for a neurological evaluation. He condition was listed as serious, hospital spokeswoman Phyllis Brown said.

While inspecting the shattered glass at her husband's storefront office in downtown Napa, Chris Malloy described calling for her two children in the dark as the quake rumbled under the family's home, tossing heavy pieces of furniture for several feet.

"It was shaking and I was crawling on my hands and knees in the dark, looking for them," the 45-year-old woman said, wearing flip flops on feet left bloodied from crawling through broken glass.

About 70,000 customers lost power after the quake hit, but Pacific Gas and Electric spokeswoman Nicole Liebelt said early Monday that the number was down to about 150 by 4 a.m.

An earthquake early warning system currently being tested issued a 10-second warning before the quake struck, said Richard Allen, director of the University of California, Berkeley Seismological Laboratory.

It's a system that scientists intend to go statewide and it could be unveiled in the next few years, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The timing of the quake was bad for business in Napa as well.

Vintner Richard Ward of Saintsbury Winery south of Napa watched Sunday afternoon as workers righted toppled barrels and rescued a 500-pound grape de-stemmer that the quake had thrown to the ground.

"That's what happens when you're a mile from the epicenter," said Ward, who lost 300 to 400 bottles in the winery's basement.

The grape harvest was supposed to start overnight Monday, but it would now be pushed off a few days, he said. Had the harvest started a day earlier, the quake could have caught the workers among the heavy barrels when it struck, Ward said.

Aftershocks were expected to continue for several weeks, though State Geologist John Parrish said they would decrease in magnitude and it was unlikely that there would be a large follow-up earthquake. Still, he warned people to be careful because buildings that were damaged by the quake were now more susceptible to collapse from aftershocks.

On Sunday night in Southern California, a small, magnitude-3.3 earthquake hit off the region's coast.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor struck at 7:50 p.m. and was centered about 5 miles southwest of San Pedro and 6 miles southeast of Rancho Palos Verdes. There were no initial reports of damages, police said.

CHILE: A 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hit Chile On Saturday.

The Boston Globe
written by AP staff
Saturday August 23, 2014

SANTIAGO, Chile — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the region around Valparaiso, Chile on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage from the strong quake that occurred at 22:32 GMT (7:32 p.m. EDT), but electricity and telephone service was interrupted in some areas. Three aftershocks were registered in the area shortly thereafter.

The seismological service initially reported the initial quake’s magnitude as 6.6, but later downgraded it to 6.4.

A preliminary report showed the quake was centered in the Valparaiso area about 18 kilometers (11 miles) west-northwest of a community called Hacienda La Calera, around 118 kilometers (73 miles) from the capital of Santiago. It had a depth of about 32 kilometers (19 miles.)

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Strong 6.4-magnitude quake jolts central Chile: USGS
written by AFP staff
Saturday August 23, 2014

Santiago - A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake jolted central Chile, officials said, though there were no immediate reports of fatalities or serious damage.

The quake struck at 6:32 pm (2232 GMT) on Saturday, about 108 kilometers (67 miles) northwest of the capital Santiago, at a depth of 35 kilometers, the US Geological Survey said.

The national emergency office ONEMI said the temblor shook Santiago and five other regions in the South American nation.

More than five million people live in the capital, and the quake shook buildings for 30-40 seconds, causing panic even in a country used to temblors.

"There have been some power outages but no reports of damage to buildings or infrastructure... though this is still preliminary information," ONEMI chief Miguel Ortiz said.

The earthquake did not create a tsunami risk, according to the water and oceans service.

Chile is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, and is located in the so-called Ring of Fire area of the Pacific Ocean basin.

An 8.2-magnitude quake in northern Chile in April killed six people and forced a million to leave their homes in the region around Iquique.

And a February 27, 2010 quake that struck just off the coast of Chile's Maule region measured 8.8 in magnitude, making it one of the largest ever recorded.

It killed more than 500 people and inflicted an estimated $30 billion in damages.

VENEZUELA: Venezuela Will Begin Fingerprinting Grocery Shoppers To Control How Much Food They Buy. WOW! :o

Fox News Latino
written by AP staff
Friday August 22, 2014

CARACAS, VENEZUELA – Venezuela's food shortage is so bad the country is mandating that people scan their fingerprints at grocery stores in order to keep people from buying too much of a single item.

President Nicolas Maduro says a mandatory fingerprinting system is being implemented at grocery stores to combat food shortages. He calls it an "anti-fraud system" like the fingerprint scan the country uses for voting.

In announcing the plan late Wednesday, Maduro did not say when the system would take effect, but other administration officials suggested it could be in place by December or January.

The move was met with skepticism. Critics said the new system is tantamount to rationing and constitutes a breach of privacy. Others simply wondered if anything short of a systemic overhaul of the economy could help the socialist South American country's chronically bare shelves.

Venezuela has been grappling with shortages of basic goods like cooking oil and flour for more than a year. In the spring, the administration tried out a similar system in government-run supermarkets on a voluntary basis.

Rigid currency controls and a shortage of U.S. dollars have made it increasingly difficult for Venezuelans to find imported products. Price controls don't help either, with producers complaining that some goods are priced too low to make a profit and justify production.

The administration blames the shortages both on companies speculating with an eye toward future profits and on black market vendors who buy groceries at subsidized prices and illegally resell them for several times the amount.

In his announcement, Maduro floated the possibility of easing some of the country's price controls, though he did not provide specifics. Defenders of the controls say that by keeping prices for basic goods artificially low, Venezuela helps the nation's poor lead more dignified lives.

Last week, Venezuela began closing its border with Colombia at night in an effort to cut down on smuggling, which Maduro has said diverts nearly half of Venezuela's food.

As of January, more than a quarter of basic staples were out of stock in Venezuelan stores, according to the central bank's scarcity index.

I'm Baaack! Boy Have I Missed You... ♥

I missed you... ♥

Hello Hello Hello everybody!!! I'M BACK.... So sorry I've been MIA and made you worry. Believe me, it was not intentional. I was caught up in a whirlwind series of events, one after another, and some over lapping each other. All of this was happening on top of my regular work. Yes, there were times when I broke down and every time God whispered to my spirit, "I'm here. Release it to me." When I did release it to God, I felt a huge weight lift off of my spirit and was functioning on auto-pilot to get things done. I am so grateful this period is behind me now and most importantly, that God never left my side and saw me through every step of the way. For those of you who understand Tarot, this past month and a half felt like The Tower and The Devil cards were drawn. But I'll tell you one thing, experiencing what I have and watching God and all of heaven in action has drawn me even closer to God. I know, that I know, that I know, that NO WEAPON formed against me shall prosper. NOT even black magic or demonic spirits. And what the devil meant for evil in my life, God has turned every situation around for my good. I'm still standing and I'm much stronger and wiser than before.
Okay, I have a lot of catching up to do where the world is concerned and will be sharing the news with you accordingly. I hope all is going well in your personal worlds. Sending you lot's of LOVE and giving you a great BIG HUG! :D
Thinking of you always... ♥

August 12, 2014

RIP Lauren Bacall (Sept 16, 1924 - Aug 12, 2014)

Legendary Actress Lauren Bacall has passed away today at age 89. :( She was married to Humphrey Bogart.

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Lauren Bacall, born Betty Joan Perske, was an American film and stage actress and model, known for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks.

She first emerged as a leading lady in the Humphrey Bogart film To Have and Have Not (1944) and continued on in the film noir genre, with appearances in Bogart movies The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948), as well as comedic roles in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck. Bacall worked on Broadway in musicals, gaining Tony Awards for Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981. Her performance in the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination.

In 1999, Bacall was ranked #20 of the 25 actresses on the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars list by the American Film Institute. In 2009, she was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Academy Honorary Award "in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures." [source: wikipedia]
Filmography

Year - Title - Role

1944 - To Have and Have Not - Marie 'Slim' Browning
1945 - Confidential Agent - Rose Cullen
1946 - The Big Sleep - Vivian Sternwood Rutledge - With Humphrey Bogart
1946 - Two Guys from Milwaukee - Herself
1947 - Dark Passage - Irene Jansen - With Humphrey Bogart
1948 - Key Largo - Nora Temple - With Humphrey Bogart
1950 - Young Man with a Horn - Amy North
1950 - Bright Leaf - Sonia Kovac
1953 - How to Marry a Millionaire - Schatze Page
1954 - Woman's World - Elizabeth Burns
1955 - The Cobweb - Meg Faversen Rinehart
1955 - Blood Alley - Cathy Grainger
1956 - Patterns - Lobby lady near elevators
1956 - Written on the Wind - Lucy Moore Hadley
1957 - Designing Woman - Marilla Brown Hagen
1958 - The Gift of Love - Julie Beck
1959 - North West Frontier - Catherine Wyatt
1964 - Shock Treatment - Dr. Edwina Beighley
1964 - Sex and the Single Girl - Sylvia Broderick
1966 - Harper - Elaine Sampson
1973 - Applause - Margo Channing
1974 - Murder on the Orient Express - Mrs. Harriet Belinda Hubbard
1976 - The Shootist - Bond Rogers
1978 - Perfect Gentleman - Mrs. Lizzie Martin
1980 - Health - Esther Brill
1981 - The Fan - Sally Ross
1988 - Appointment with Death - Lady Westholme
1988 - Mr. North - Mrs. Cranston
1989 - The Tree of Hands - Marsha Archdale
1989 - Dinner at Eight - Carlotta Vance
1990 - Misery - Marcia Sindell
1991 - All I Want for Christmas - Lillian Brooks
1993 - The Portrait - Fanny Church
1993 - A Foreign Field - Lisa
1994 - Prêt-à-Porter: Ready to Wear - Slim Chrysler
1995 - From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
1996 - The Mirror Has Two Faces - Hannah Morgan
1996 - My Fellow Americans - Margaret Kramer
1997 - Day and Night - Sonia
1999 - Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke - Doris Duke (elderly)
1999 - Madeline: Lost in Paris - Madame Lacroque
1999 - The Venice Project - Countess Camilla Volta
1999 - Presence of Mind - Mado Remei
1999 - Diamonds - Sin-Dee
2003 - The Limit (a.k.a. Gone Dark) - May Markham
2003 - Dogville - Ma Ginger
2004 - Howl's Moving Castle - Witch of the Waste (voice)
2004 - Birth - Eleanor
2005 - Manderlay - Mam
2006 - These Foolish Things - Dame Lydia
2007 - The Walker - Natalie Van Miter
2008 - Eve - Grandma
2008 - Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King - The Grand Witch (voice)
2010 - Wide Blue Yonder - May
2010 - Firedog - Posche (voice)
2012 - The Forger - Annemarie Sterling
2014 - Ernest & Celestine - The Grey One's voice

Sending Some Inspiration Your Way...♥

lol C'est la vie. ;)

Good Morning Everyone! HAPPY TUESDAY! These Pics Always Make Me Crack Up! ♥♥♥ I Hope You All Have A Fantastic Day With A Smile On Your Face, A Song In Your Heart And A Skip In Your Step! ♥♥♥

August 11, 2014

RIP Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 - Aug 11, 2014)

Robin Williams
(July 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014)
crying buckets smiley Pictures, Images and Photos
Filmography

Year - Title - Role

1977 - Can I Do It 'Till I Need Glasses? - Himself
1980 - Popeye - Popeye
1982 - The World According to Garp - T.S. Garp
1983 - The Survivors - Donald Quinelle
1984 - Moscow on the Hudson - Vladimir Ivanov
1986 - Seize the Day - Tommy Wilhelm
1986 - Club Paradise Jack Moniker
1987 - Good Morning, Vietnam - Adrian Cronauer
1988 - The Adventures of Baron Munchausen - King of the Moon
1988 - Portrait of a White Marriage - Air conditioning salesman
1988 - Rabbit Ears: Pecos Bill - Narrator
1989 - Dead Poets Society - John Keating
1989 - I'm from Hollywood - Himself
1990 - Cadillac Man - Joey O'Brien
1990 - Awakenings - Dr. Malcolm Sayer
1990 - Back to Neverland - Himself
1991 - Dead Again - Doctor Cozy Carlisle
1991 - The Fisher King - Henry "Parry" Sagan
1991 - Hook - Peter Banning/Peter Pan
1991 - Rabbit Ears: The Fool and the Flying Ship - Narrator
1992 - Toys - Leslie Zevo
1992 - Aladdin - Genie / Merchant
1992 - The Timekeeper - The Timekeeper
1992 - FernGully: The Last Rainforest - Batty Koda
1992 - Shakes the Clown - Mime class instructor
1993 - Mrs. Doubtfire - Daniel Hillard / Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire
1994 - Being Human - Hector
1994 - In Search of Dr. Seuss - Father
1995 - Jumanji - Alan Parrish
1995 - To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar - John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
1995 - Nine Months - Dr. Kosevich
1996 - Aladdin and the King of Thieves - Genie
1996 - Hamlet - Osric
1996 - The Secret Agent - The Professor
1996 - Jack - Jack Powell
1996 - The Birdcage - Armand Goldman
1997 - Good Will Hunting - Sean Maguire
1997 - Flubber - Professor Philip Brainard
1997 - Deconstructing Harry - Mel
1997 - Fathers' Day - Dale Putley
1998 - Patch Adams - Hunter "Patch" Adams
1998 - Junket Whore - Himself
1998 - What Dreams May Come - Chris Nielsen
1999 - Bicentennial Man - Andrew Martin
1999 - Jakob the Liar - Jakob Heym / Narrator
1999 - Get Bruce - Himself
2000 - Model Behavior - Faremain
2001 - A.I. Artificial Intelligence - Dr. Know
2002 - The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch - Hans Hänkie
2002 - Insomnia - Walter Finch
2002 - Death to Smoochy - "Rainbow" Randolph Smiley
2002 - One Hour Photo - Seymour "Sy" Parrish
2004 - Noel - Charlie Boyd
2004 - House of D - Pappass
2004 - The Final Cut - Alan W. Hakman
2005 - The Big White - Paul Barnell
2005 - Robots - Fender
2005 - The Aristocrats - Himself
2006 - Man of the Year - Tom Dobbs
2006 - Night at the Museum - Theodore Roosevelt
2006 - Happy Feet - Ramon / Lovelace
2006 - Everyone's Hero - Napoleon Cross
2006 - RV - Bob Munro
2006 - The Night Listener - Gabriel Noone
2007 - License to Wed - Reverend Frank
2007 - August Rush - Maxwell "Wizard" Wallace
2009 - Shrink - Jack Holden
2009 - World's Greatest Dad - Lance Clayton
2009 - Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian - Theodore Roosevelt
2009 - Old Dogs - Dan Rayburn
2011 - Happy Feet Two - Ramon / Lovelace
2011 - Stage Left: A Story of Theater in the Bay Area - Himself
2013 - The Big Wedding - Father Monighan
2013 - The Face of Love - Roger
2013 - The Butler - Dwight D. Eisenhower
2014 - The Angriest Man in Brooklyn - Henry Altmann
2014 - Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb - Theodore Roosevelt
2014 - Boulevard - Nolan Mack
2014 - Merry Friggin' Christmas - Mitch
2015 - Absolutely Anything - Dennis the Dog

Television - The Beginning of his career

Year - Title - Role

1977 - The Richard Pryor Show - Man with bad arm, John Brownstein, Defense attorney, Archeologist, Shopper, Titanic survivor, Voice of gun
1977 - Laugh-In
1977 - Eight is Enough
1978 - Happy Days - Mork
1978 - America 2-Night - Jason Shine
1978–1982 - Mork & Mindy - Mork (92 episodes)
1979 - Happy Days - Mork

HAPPY Monday Everybody! :)

August 10, 2014

Aquarius Super Full Moon August 10th by Dale Osadchuk Animal Totem Astrology. I Love How She Combines Her Spirit Guides Storytelling With Astrology ♥ Enjoy! :)

written by Dale Osadchuk
Contact her at daleosadchuk@rogers.com
or by telephone at 905-589-0192.
[source: Crystal Wind]

10 Aug 2014 at 2.10pm EDT
11.10am PDT and 6.10am GMT
11 Aug2014 at 4.10am AEST Australia

Shooting Star would be doing this Full Moon ceremony on her own as her sister, Snowy Owl, had travelled to the Council of Twelve to meet with the Star Walkers, Arista and Dauphin. The day before the young women had been to visit The Shaman and he told Snowy Owl the Star Walkers had some important information to share about the New Moon that was occurring in fifteen sunrises. She immediately went to the Standing One who guarded the magic feather capes put hers on and took flight into the Universe.

Shooting Star had done the ceremonies alone before but always felt unsure. As she walked the path to the Star Temple she thought “wouldn’t it be nice if Runs With The Salmon was there waiting for me.” The young man was now living on the other side of Turtle Island but the Ripe Berries Time was his birth month and sometimes he returned to his own tribe to celebrate. As Shooting Star entered the Star Temple she heard his voice greeting her with enthusiasm. Runs With was just as happy to be here as Shooting Star was happy to see him. The friends smiled at each other as they settling in the Sacred Circle to hear Sister Moon’s message.

Sister Moon said “You are the people Grandfather Sun and I wanted to be here to receive this message. This is the Friendship Full Moon to honour and appreciate those people in your life who accept you unconditionally. Shooting Star the Animal Totem who is guiding me is your personal guide, Otter. He reminds us what is of true value. He asks you all to be joyful as you share your hopes, wishes and dreams with those of like mind. He asks you to thank those people who are helping you to build the New Earth where everyone feels connected in love.”

“And Runs With, your Animal Totem guide the Salmon, is working with Grandfather Sun. The Salmon clan work together with determination and perseverance to create the new. At this Full Moon it is time for the two leggeds to come together and make a commitment to creating a new way of being with each other and the world. It is time for them to remember who they really are, a spark of the Divine. Great Mystery has been waiting a long time for the two leggeds to awaken. The Time is now.”

Shooting Star and Runs With thanked Sister Moon for her message and then thanked each other for their special friendship. Together they knew they could change the world.

Aquarius is the sign of friendship, group activities, and humanitarian causes. It is associated with the collective consciousness but also individual freedom. It is also the sign that rules the sciences, astronomy, innovation, and invention. Like all Air Signs it is dualistic but in a positive way if we can find a balance. Aquarius is connected to the healing energy of the Universe and all the modalities that channel that energy so balance and wholeness can be experienced. It is also that sign that rules astrology, the planetary dance. The key phrase for Aquarius is “I KNOW” not in an intellectual way but INTUITIVELY. It is that voice in your head that tells you when you should not do something and directs you to do something else. Aquarius is Cosmically Connected. It is the sign associated with sharing our spiritual gifts with the Universe and this Full Moon is asking us to do that so the world will change. Heaven knows it needs to.

The ruler for the Moon at this Lunation is Uranus at 16 degrees Aries. This planet is called the Awakener and in Aries supports us to break through to the authentic self and at the same time supporting others to do the same. Uranus is trine the Sun (our identity) at 18 degrees Leo and Mercury (our thoughts) at 20 degrees Leo. The sign of Leo is the ego or the heart and is the ruler of the Sun. Uranus (breakthrough) is sextile the Moon (Soul) at 18 degrees Aquarius (freedom). Trines are ease and flow and sextiles are opportunities. Easy energy. BUT the Universe always throws us a curve ball.

Before Uranus was sighted in 1781 Saturn (limitation and restriction) had rulership over Aquarius. At this Full Moon he is at 16 degrees Scorpio (release and transformation) AND SQUARE (finding new ways of doing things) the Sun and Mercury in Leo (the ego mind) and the Moon in Aquarius (the Cosmic Self). It is a T Square (feeling backed into a corner). The only way out is to embrace the transformational power of Saturn in Scorpio and break free from limitation and restriction. Saturn is inconjunct Uranus so the need to break free is emphasised. The inconjunct aspect asks us to find new ways of doing things because there is no other choice.

As much as the Universe throws us curves it also is giving us an easy way out of the T Square. Saturn in Scorpio (healing and release) is trine Chiron (the healer) at 16 degrees Pisces (the Rainbow Bridge to Wholeness). Chiron in Pisces connects us to the ONENESS OF ALL. So maybe this Aquarius Full Moon will wake the ‘‘two leggeds” up and we can all see ourselves in the other. It is time.

The Animal Totems for our current Aquarius Super Full Moon (as our story told us) are Salmon, determination and perseverance to create the new, for the Sun In Leo and Otter, curiosity, playfulness and sharing, for the Moon in Aquarius. The Clan Mother for the Sun in Leo is She Who Heals. She is the guardian of serving the truth and keeper of the healing arts including the plant spirits. She reminds us of the rites of passage, the mysteries of life and death and the eternal Flame of Love which is our Spiritual Essence. Wisdom Keeper is the Clan Mother for the Moon in Aquarius. She is the guardian of the Earth Records, the Stone People and the Planetary Memory. She is the keeper of honouring the truth and sacred points of view. She also reminds us to be thankful for our friendships and at the same time to honour ourselves. For more about these Clan Mothers stories read the 13 Original Clan Mothers or/and Earth Medicine, both by Jamie Sams.

This Full Moon activates the Tarot Constellation of Strength; the principle of Courage and Self Esteem. The theme for the Sun in Leo is courage of your convictions and acknowledging the strength within. It is also about being in your Compassionate Heart. The Moon in Aquarius reminds us to find the courage to be ourselves and acknowledge our connection to Source, however we define that to be. It is also asking us to be anchored in our Soul Essence Self as we walk our Spiritual Destiny Path and share our gifts of healing with those we love and the world.

The 5th Ray of Concrete Knowledge and Healing guides us at this Full Moon. It is the Ray of the Healer. The Archangels we can call on are Raphael, The Shinning one Who Heals and Mary, who is the embodiment of Divine Nurturing Love. Together they will help you heal and release what no longer serves you. The Sun in Leo is the 1st Ray of Divine Will and Power. The Archangels working with us are Michael, spiritual destiny guide, and Faith, trust and belief in self. This Full Moon is about connecting to Source, both your Inner Spiritual Essence and Creator and Great Mystery. Then you will have the support you need to continue to walk your Spiritual Destiny Path and shine your light into the darkness.

Just a last note. The Super Moon is when Luna is closer to Earth than usual. This is her closest approach in 2014 (although the Full Moon of Sept 08 is also a Super Moon just not quite as close). This Full Moon of Friendship is asking us all to thank and bless the friends in our lives who are also there with love and support.

Full Moon blessings to all,
Dale

Aquarius Full Moon 8-10-14 Is A Supermoon by Kelley Rosano


written by Kelley Rosano at www.KelleyRosano.com
[source: Crystal Wind]

The Aquarius Full Moon on August 10 is a Aquarius Moon is a Supermoon Super Moon. It is one in a series of five Supermoons this year. This makes the Full Moon extra potent and powerful being so close to the Earth. Full Moons bring to your conscious awareness what has laid hidden. What we may have overlooked or not known can become crystal clear. This Full Moon could be an emotional roller coaster ride. It is an opportunity to stand in your truth and rise above the drama. Ground yourself daily. Do what balances you. Step back and do not react when curve balls are thrown at you. Be proactive and not reactive. This will empower you to be effective. You have no control over what other people say or do. Your point of power lies in what you think and do. Own you power. Your power is in the present in this moment.
  • What do you need to change?
  • What have you been tolerating?
  • What supports your balance?
Both Saturn and Uranus are the rulers of Aquarius. On the one hand, you have Uranus in harmony with the Aquarius Full Moon. This aspect invites creativity and courage. On the other hand, Saturn is challenging both lights (the Sun and the Moon.) This can bring into play fear and caution. This is a weird energy. One says stop. The other says go. Also, Saturn and Uranus are in a tense awkward angle. This energy can create tension in your body. One part of you wants to be free to change. The other part of you can be scared to take action. The result is discord. Practice Extreme Self Care. Take good care of you. This is a good time to get a massage. Do what releases your stress. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
  • What are your real responsibilities?
  • What tasks can you eliminate?
  • What are you doing to reduce stress?
The Sun is in creative Leo. Leo reminds you that you are a unique individual. You have come to Earth at this momentous time to share your special gifts with the world. You are here to shine your light. Be your authentic self. Be love. Share your essence. You are to demonstrate your creative self-expression. Aquarius is your need for community. The group you feel is your soul family. Often, people are born to karmic families. For instance, family who taught you that love is pain. Love is conditional. None of this is love. This is fear. Many people find their soul family in the friends. Aquarius reminds you that we are all family. You do not earn or deserve love. Love just is. Love flows to you daily from Creator. You are loved. All Are One.

Venus struts into Leo on August 12. Venus is the Goddess of Love. Venus in Leo encourages both true love and romance. You are to express your love in high style. This energy invites love, beauty and creativity into your life. You could be in love with love. Love you.

Mercury is made stronger when he enters his home sign Virgo on August 15. This will sharpen your mind. It will help to ground your energy. Study the details and do your homework. This will empower you to act effectively. You can work with precision on any task.

Venus and Jupiter unite on August 18. This aspect could open your heart with optimism and inspiration. This is a brilliant astrological event. This also brings the opportunity to increase your prosperity and abundance. Mark your calendar. This is one of the best events of the year. Wherever Leo lands in your natal birth chart is where you are being blessed with love, abundance and expansion.

The Sun brings us back down to earth when it enters Virgo on August 23. All the thinking big you did in Leo can now be put to the test in Virgo. Virgo is the sign of integration and wholeness. Virgo empowers you to apply yourself in practical approaches to your dreams.
  • What would you dare to do if you knew you could not fail?
  • What action steps can you take to make your goal work?
  • What is holding you back?
The Aquarius SuperMoon message is to take good care of you. These are crazy days. You don’t know what to expect next. It is easy to get off balance. Do what supports your balance. Use your intuition. Trust your gut instincts. Love you more than the need for approval. Strengthen your boundaries. Do not walk away from yourself. Accept the real you. Don’t hide your light. Shine your light. Love you more than the need for others to support you. You support you. Goddess will support you. God has unlimited abundance. What you need is inside of you. Go to Goddess for your abundance. Accept who you are. Accept other people for who they are. Merge with your Soul Self and you will be successful. Be creative. Be wise as the serpent and harmless as the dove. Get daily physical exercise. This will help to release your tension and anxiety. This is not the astrology for being sedentary. You want to be building your strength. Go outdoors. Breathe the fresh air. Allow Mother Nature to nurture you. She can heal you. Release what no longer serves you. Align yourself with what you want. Don’t allow anyone including you to get in your way. Be unstoppable. Use the Personal Path Program and you will improve your life.

“Child of mine, I will never do for you that which I know you can do for yourself. I will never rob you of an opportunity to show yourself your ability and talent. I will see you at all times as the capable, effective, powerful creator that you’ve come forth to be. And I will stand back as your most avid cheer-leading section. But I will not do for you that which you have intended to do for yourself. Anything you need from me, ask. I’m always here to compliment or assist. I am here to encourage your growth, not to justify my experience through you.” — Abraham

Love and Peace,
Kelley Rosano

Super Full Moon Sunday August 10th by Lena Stevens At Powerpath

Intro written by Lena Stevens at www.thepowerpath.com
Body written by Patricia Liles. Contact her at PATLILES@aol.com
[source: Crystal Wind]

Dear Friends,

Full Moon is Sunday, August 10 at 12:09 PM MDT (M​ountain Daylight Time)

Work with the sun on this day. With conscious focus bring that energy into yourself and embrace the fullness of the masculine and all its qualities. Be receptive to any shifting or healing or clearing of any old patterns around the negative masculine that is possible for you at this time.

This is also a good day to work with fire as a representative of the sun. Light a candle or build a ceremonial fire. Ask the spirit of fire to help you clear out what is not useful in your life regarding old patterns of the masculine. Ask the spirit of fire to kindle that strength and power within you to shine with more chi in your life. Take some kind of action during this time that represents a bigger way of stepping out and being seen.

Blessings,
Lena

Astrological Notes:

Full Moon
Sun in Leo - Moon in Aquarius 18º
Sun and Moon in Leo 3º
Sunday, August 10, 12:09 PM Mountain Time
(Sunday, August 10, 6:09 PM Greenwich Time)

How does the Leo Sun cycle express at its fullest? Through its polar opposite – Aquarius! Both are masculine, yang, fixed signs, Leo of the fire element and Aquarius of the air, they call us through their fixed nature to consolidate our power and manifest in the outer world. Leo wants expression; Aquarius wants freedom.

As a universal sign, Aquarius’ influence is out beyond the personal realms. Here lies the intellectual ability for lightning fast intuition, spontaneous invention and original solutions. Though detached at the personal level, their loving attention comes out in their broader concern for the welfare of the whole group. Our humanitarians and revolutionaries are Aquarians; their compassion is aroused by their connection to a bigger, intuitive picture of the human dilemma.

Uranus rules Aquarius in modern astrology, and Saturn is the former ruler in traditional astrology. Some Aquarians are more Saturnine, more serious, focused and more of the ruthless taskmaster and administrator, while the Uranian Aquarians tend toward the eccentric, unpredictable, platonic, rebellious types. Bottom line, Aquarians value their individuality and freedom and their Saturn influence can keep them from going too far into their chaotic, loner, genius persona. Uranus rules the ankles where we gain flexibility and the electrical impulses in the body where they can be prone to flash illnesses from exhaustion and not listening to their body and emotional cues.

Uranus, Aquarius’ ruler, is all about change – it’s called The Awakener – for good reason. Uranian style is not subtle. It’s sudden, unexpected, and ‘out of the blue’, a lightning bolt. About the time Uranus was discovered many major political revolutions were taking place seeking more democratic values, i.e. the American and French revolutions, electricity was discovered, the Industrial Revolution revamped our agrarian cultures, and the world was set on a new course. The last time (1931-1935) Uranus was in Aries as it is now and was also in exact square with Pluto as it is now, was in the Great Depression. They experienced a closing square at that time and we are now graced with an opening square. It is a time of being birthed into a new awakening. Chaotic? Yes. Highly technological? Yes, reflecting another aspect of the Aquarian/Uranus influence. At this time though, it appears that the Pluto in Capricorn forces (power building by big corporate interests, financial control of democracy) are wielding the biggest influence. Progressive ideas are alive and well in the underground but not yet receiving mainstream, collective support. The last exact Pluto/Uranus square in April brought us the eruption of wars in Ukraine and in the Middle East. We still have exact squares in December and next March 2015 to complete this awakening birth. Use Uranus’ visionary, liberator energies to visualize and anchor at Full Moon how you want your life at the personal, community and collective levels to manifest.

In this Full Moon chart, one ruler, Uranus, trining the Sun supports you in shattering your rut, habits and mental ceiling by turning towards inspiration and independence and touching that sheer exhilaration of expressing your divine uniqueness.

And Saturn, the traditional ruler, in a T-square with the Sun and Moon, all three in fixed signs, Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio, challenges us collectively to look to our deepest patterns of fanaticism and antisocial and detached power use.

Conformity, hierarchy, and authority may present some taunt situations under this Moon. Get clear about where you are abdicating your power to others’ needs and why. Your wild side, rebel, and individual ‘chispa de la vida’ may need some expressing. Strengthen those areas of your life where you express yourself without regard for approval. Aquarius/Uranus has rulership over goals so kick up your clarity and focus, visualize the outcome and eliminate what distracts you from your purpose.

Your friends are one of your most valuable assets and Aquarius rules your friendships. Need some guidance and advice with integrity and groundedness? Seek out your Aquarian friend. Allow some time to appreciate and celebrate (with) your friends as you honor the peak of this Moon cycle!

08/22 Sun enters Virgo 10:45 PM Mountain Time
08/25 Virgo New Moon 2º, 8:13 AM Mountain Time
Mars conjunct Saturn 17º Scorpio
09/08 Pisces Full Moon 16º 7:38 PM Mountain Time