Investigating DNA

“DNA is like a computer program but far, far more advanced than any software ever created.”
― Bill Gates, The Road Ahead

Husband and I, some weeks ago, submitted our saliva samples to one of the several outfits specialising in providing DNA testing for genealogical reasons. We chose autosomal testing, it’s not as expensive as some other tests, and good enough, as an experiment.

It so

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Music Monday Birthday ~ Grace Slick


Grace Slick joined the rock band The Great Society in 1965; she later became lead vocalist for Jefferson Airplane. Through the next 20 years, Grace was part of several incarnations of the band, including The Jefferson Starship; several solo albums followed. Grace retired from the music scene in 1989 to concentrate on a new career in the visual arts.

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Full Moon in Taurus, November 3-4, 2017

This Full Moon at 11° 59′ Taurus on 3 November 2017, 10:23 PM PDT is more serene than usual, thanks to Neptune in Pisces sextile the Taurus Moon and trine the Scorpio Sun. However there is some grumbling in the background we might have to deal with but nothing too demanding.

The harmonious aspects connecting the Taurus Moon and Scorpio Sun to Neptune in Pisces are very beneficial for all. Fixed Taurus and Scorpio can use Neptune in Pisces’s gentling effect to bring out their compassionate, caring side. This could result in coming up with practical ways to help those in need with lasting results. Both signs prefer to do it right rather than slapping a temporary band aid on. Teaching people how to grow their own food, repair their homes or do simple, first aid procedures are all possibilities.

Venus, Taurus’s ruler, is part of an exciting pattern with Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries. The opposition between Venus in Libra and Uranus in Aries is very tight, always good for igniting sudden attractions and creative impulses. It’s a good thing Saturn is on the job adding much needed stability and focus. This aspect pattern ought to give relationships a boost and help us make better financial decisions as well.

Mercury in Scorpio plays a minor role in the Venus-Saturn-Uranus triangle. It is halfway between Venus and Saturn, semi-sextile both while making an inconjunct to Uranus in Aries. In this instance we may find either we can’t find the right words to express our thoughts and feelings or we’ll say something completely out of context which always has a jarring effect on conversations. It might help to take extra time to think carefully about what we want to say . . . something Mercury in Scorpio does naturally.

Scorpio’s ruling planets, Mars and Pluto, are quieter this time around. Mars in Libra is semi-sextile Jupiter in Scorpio and inconjunct Neptune in Pisces. I’d say this is going to bring out his passive aggressive side and make him more indecisive than usual. However Pluto in Capricorn is widely trine the Taurus Moon and sextile the Scorpio Sun, strengthening both luminaries nicely. Taking a thoughtful, pragmatic approach while remaining sensitive to other people’s wishes is favored over a more aggressive one.

Taurus Full Moons are typically a wonderful time to enjoy the simple pleasures of good food, pleasant company and the comforts of home. If we choose to open our hearts and our homes to others who can use some help, that is even better. Earth and water dominate this chart, good for realizing the joys of being present in the moment. Nice!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Full Moon

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Arty Farty Friday ~ Marie Laurencin, born on Hallowe’en.

Marie Laurencin – portrait by Man Ray 1923
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Marie Laurencin – French artist, poet, book illustrator, and set designer. Born in Paris, France, on October 31, 1883; died in Paris on June 8, 1956; buried in Père Lachaise cemetery; illegitimate daughter of Pauline Laurencin and Alfred Toulet; married Baron Otto von Waëtjen, on June 21, 1914 (divorced 1921); no children.