What I Did On My Summer Staycation

As Labor Day closes in on us, I’ve been thinking back to the Summer Solstice chart and its Sun/Venus conjunction in the seventh house in the sign of Cancer opposed by Moon/Jupiter in Capricorn.

This was the summer that the word “staycation” became part of the national lingo. Gas prices were high, the dollar was weak, and job security was shaky, at best. What better way to spend those government stimulus checks than on a new Weber grill for the backyard?

Here’s what I posted at Jude’s Threshold about the Summer Solstice chart:

Sun/Venus in the seventh — more emphasis on socializing at home with friends, families, and neighbors than traveling. “Come over to my house for a potluck barbecue!: is how I read this. Even though it’s in cost-conscious Capricorn, the Jupiter/Moon conjunction could also be about socializing at home, I think. So cheer up and fire up that barbie!

Even when folks went away this summer, my observation was they stayed with friends and family more than usual. People actually took each other up on that offer to use the vacant cabin in Durango, the time-share in Mexico, or the country house in Bennington. So the next time John McCain offers you a few nights in one of his seven homes, don’t be shy about saying yes!

But seriously, what did you do on your summer staycation? I got deeper into blogging. I didn’t plant a garden like I usually do because I was glued to my laptop. Next year, the vegetable garden is making a comeback at my house. I miss my tomatoes and I want to get serious about canning.

As back-to-school shopping season gets into full swing, I want to leave you with this. When my husband and I stayed at a friend’s house for a few days in Bennington, Vt. earlier this month, I forgot to bring my mouse. Not being a “thumb person” (no BlackBerry or text-messaging here), I needed to buy a new one to work on my laptop.

When I was standing in line at the Staples to buy the cheapest mouse they sold (about $20), there was a woman in front of me returning three notebooks and exchanging them for some Magic Markers that her son needed for school. The sum of the transaction? About $6.

That’s the reality out there. The digerati and the financial engineers are making small fortunes, but many people are struggling to buy school supplies for their kids.

Mars in Cancer: Say Bye-Bye!

I have a feeling I’m not the only one counting the hours until Mars moves into fun-loving Leo. It happens at 4:20 p.m. EDT tomorrow, May 9. We’ve been dealing with Mars in Cancer, with the exception of a month-long retrograde back into Gemini during the month of January, since Sept. 29, 2007. Enough already!

Mars is the planet of energy. In my humble opinion, it gets bogged down in family disputes when it travels through Cancer. We can’t help ourselves. We turn into screaming infants. We want our Mommy!

This infantile vibe has been amplified by the recent opposition of Jupiter in Capricorn to Mars in Cancer.

One good thing about Mars in Cancer is that it’s a good time to remodel your home or make a big move that entails sorting through all the junk you’ve accumulated over the years. Since Cancer is a water sign, any renovations that involve water — kitchen, bathroom, swimming pool — are favored.

So now that you’ve got the new pool in, have a picnic or barbecue for Mother’s Day. Mars in Leo is a fire sign, so dust off the Weber grill! Mars in Leo is going to start out squaring the Taurus Sun and move to an opposition with Neptune on June 21. But until the red planet leaves Leo on July 1, I’ve got one word for you: Party! (Please pronounce par-tay!).