MONDAY, 11 FEBRUARY – SUNDAY, 17 FEBRUARY
There’s not a lot of joy in our stars this week, but the antidote is to look the unacceptable and the inconvenient in the face and deal with it. Forget blame. Forget reasons and explanations. The roots of a situation lie in the past, but there’s no point going there. It’s a case of working with what you’ve got.
Now, we should all be able to use these words of wisdom to make our lives easier this week (putting off an evil moment is far worse than actually embracing it and getting it over and done with) but it could prove transformational for our leaders locked in battle, whether over Brexit, a wall or an interim presidency.
A full moon brings simmering situations to the boil, and out of those bubbles could come solutions.
However challenging certain situations may be for us, avoiding taking action in the hopes that a miracle will occur is not a solution. This time next year, our options will have shrunk, and we could be wishing we’d acted when we had time and choices.
Something your astrologer herself has duly noted.
On the thirteenth of February, Nasa declared Opportunity dead. The organization was not making a philosophical statement but announcing the demise of the Mars rover that had been sending information about the red planet back to Earth for the past fifteen years.
The mission was originally intended to last a matter of months but the robot soldiered on for a decade and a half. The material it transmitted to us transformed our understanding of Mars. It was Oppy that informed us there was life on Mars in terms of the discovery of water.
Opportunity’s end came in an “historic” dust storm eight months ago that turned the skies above Mars so dark that the trusty rover could not see the sun, and its solar panels could not recharge its battery.
The announcement came, fittingly, on a Mars-Uranus conjunction in pioneering Aries, the last in this seven-year cycle.
“There was silence. There were tears. There were hugs…” Dr. Tanya Harrison, NASA
“It is…both a celebration for what [Oppy] was able to achieve in the broad context of Mars exploration, but also tinged with sadness, losing an old friend.” Mike Seibert, Nasa.
So long, Opportunity. Your work is done. Rest in peace.
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