Well at least I did get a little done, no thanks to the herb snatching woman. When we first moved out here the whole neighborhood got together to celebrate the 4th. That tradition died out just as it came my turn to host the annual party. They all voted (which I didn’t know a thing about) and decided they wanted to start that tradition back up. Since I was next in line, I got a phone call from one of my neighbors telling me about it and where it was going to be. I was left speechless.
Anyway, we all get together, grill hamburgers and hot dogs, play volleyball and basketball. Everyone bring a dish and helps out on the food, thank goodness. They also bring lots of outdoor furniture and the outdoor games they want to play. I know the first year I went to one of these outings, I broke my ankle. Dumb ass was playing volleyball and stepped right in a hole and snap went the ankle. So I was in a cast for a few weeks over that. But anyway back to the story, it is just like a huge country block party. The only thing I dread is them shooting off the fireworks. They put a whole in the side of my house, almost had a bottle rocket go through my radiator and if a neighbor hadn’t pushed me out of the way, my eye would have been put out. See what fun, I have to look forward too. They are suppose to start showing up around 2:00, anybody got any Prozac, lol!
The house is already cleaned up, all I have left to do is to throw on some make-up real quick and comb my hair. Then just wait for all my neighbors to arrive. Can’t wait! It is funny how you want to beat the crap out of a few all year long, then when a community get together happens, you are all lovey dovey, hmm.
I am off to get the party started. I hope everyone has a very wonderful 4th of July. Enjoy the food, enjoy the company and enjoy the fireworks.
Emotional currents intensify as we approach tomorrow’s powerful Sun-Pluto opposition. However, our passions run into resistance from the stern Moon-Saturn square this morning and a constrictive Sun-Saturn alignment late tonight. Meanwhile, an enthusiastic Mars-Jupiter dance encourages us to respond in a positive manner. The Moon’s shift into intuitive Pisces at 10:22 am EDT drives home the realization that there’s more going on than meets the eye.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
You have too many options to choose from today because you are not restrained by reality. Although your fantasies might seem like pipe dreams to others, you’re capable of extraordinary accomplishments now if you can focus on your ambitions. Nevertheless, it’s prudent to maintain a practical perspective in spite of your penchant for daydreaming. Keeping your feet on the ground gives you the necessary traction to reach for the stars.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
Your desires are pulling you into new territory while your common sense holds you in your current position. You’re motivated by your innate need for emotional security, but you are increasingly intrigued by the distant horizon. Even if you choose to explore the unknown today, don’t abandon your present routine, especially if someone is counting on you. Luckily, there’s no reason to turn your life upside down in order to make substantial progress toward the future. Act strategically and the adventure awaits.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
You’re naturally talented at assimilating information and turning it to your advantage. However, it’s not advisable to grow too attached to thinking your way through every problem because logic is a trap of its own. Don’t rely solely on rational analysis now; instead, take a different path into your future by embracing your intuition. Sometimes, having faith in the process is more useful than having all the facts. Follow your intuition and everything will be alright.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
You are quick to retreat into your fantasies today as your thoughts drift into an imaginary dimension where you are no longer bound by facts. Although everything is possible in your imagination, you still can’t avoid close friends and relatives who keep drawing you back to the present moment, making it impossible for you to fully escape. Accept that you can live in two worlds now while you seek balance between objective circumstances and your subjective inner life. Juggling your dreams with your obligations is a trick you must master.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
Your cool demeanor begins to fade today as you’re lured into deeper emotional realms. Although your interpersonal relationships can be a source of concern, you don’t need to let your uncertainty lead you down a path of self-doubt. Tossing out your old assumptions gives you a new lease on life. But don’t make any significant changes yet; instead, be content with integrating your current lessons into what you already know. Everyone is a student when it comes to matters of the heart.
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
You are highly motivated to improve your daily regimen now, but could get sidetracked worrying about the impact your changes might have on others. Obviously, being sensitive to those closest to you is important. Instead of just imagining the consequences of your actions, make a list of all the pros and cons. Preemptively discussing the most significant potential problems now may be enough to minimize any possible negativity before it manifests. A stitch in time saves nine.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You may be bewildered about which chores you should do today, leading you to believe there’s more to life now than finishing tasks. If you were planning on completing a project around the house, you suddenly could change your mind and decide that it’s more critical to give yourself a day off. If you have trouble concentrating, try a bit of physical exercise to expend your excess energy before you settle down to work. Ultimately, if you can slip into a creative flow and be productive in some way, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to get back on track.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
The intensity in your relationships continues to mellow, but you still can’t totally control all your reactions to what happens in your immediate environment. Although you’re not looking for a fight, you don’t want to hide the facts as you see them, either. Unfortunately, your unwillingness to play games now could make you seem less compassionate. Don’t judge yourself harshly if you prefer nothing but the truth. Be kind; your uncensored honesty is appreciated more than you know.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
You can’t help but second-guess a recent decision, as today’s events test your ability to maintain your integrity. You might know what’s right in your heart, even if it doesn’t necessarily agree with your logical conclusion. Making a choice may be particularly stressful now. However, going along with the majority is the right thing to do if you feel like part of the family or a valuable member of the group. Determine what choice you can live with and then stick with it, no matter what.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Although you might think you’re being sensitive to the needs of others now, you could railroad right over their protests without even realizing it. The spacey Pisces Moon visits your 3rd House of Communication this weekend, encouraging you to ramble on about your plans for the future. Conversations are fine, but all talk without follow-through doesn’t really get you anywhere. It’s great if you are eager to share your thoughts as long as you know when it’s wise to just get to work.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
You’re quite clever when it comes to communicating your ideas efficiently, but don’t put too much stock in finding a verbal solution to a social situation today. Your willingness to present a softer and gentler side of your personality now is a mixed blessing, for it also allows you to evade an important issue by dancing around it. Acknowledging your vulnerability is more admirable than acting like a know-it-all. When you admit that you don’t have all the answers, then others feel like they have something constructive to offer you for a change.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Your sensitive nature is evident in all your interactions now that the reflective Moon has returned to your emotional sign. However, you may be so in touch with your dreams today that you’re also acutely aware of the gulf between your current circumstances and your ideal life. Practicing random acts of kindness dispels discouragement and enables you to keep your heart open. As you make a plan to help others, remember that you’re also choosing your future. Thankfully, the choice is all yours.
You have strong business sense, but you are also quite wise when it comes to people. You are independent, and although you’re attached to family and loved ones, you need to feel as if you are free in order to function at your best. You are creative and very clever, sometimes in a self-serving way, and have a youthful quality that remains with you throughout life. You need to avoid expecting inhuman things of humans! Many of you have a great fondness for history and research. Famous people born today: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ann Landers, Abigail Van Buren, Eva Marie Saint, Neil Simon, Bill Withers.
Romance, social relations, comfort, and finances are starred for you today, Aries. You are magnetizing good things to you quite naturally now. Interactions tend to be easy, smooth, kind, and helpful. Socially, you may be at the right place at the right time. Complicated problems seem to be easier to understand when you feel supported and approach them in a relaxed manner. You could be expressing your feelings and ideas both with the same ease. This is unlikely to be a productive time for work, but can be wonderful for taking a break and enjoying good company.
Home and family matters can be quite easy and smooth-running today, Taurus. There can be good news or promising developments with house or financial affairs, an exciting new purchase for the family, or a sense of abundance now. There can be some restlessness today that stems from an unsatisfied or unrecognized need. This type of feeling often leads to self-indulgence, which of course doesn’t resolve things. Get into better touch with what it is you feel is missing. However, this should be a good time for family and relationship matters, as well as helpful, happy conversations.
You are communicating your needs quite effectively today, dear Gemini, but it’s also a strong time for presenting your ideas. Personal appeal is boosted today, as your ruler, Mercury, is in your sign and forms a nice angle with pleasing Venus. There could be news or a communication that is warm, pleasant, and promising. You can feel understood, cared for, and supported as a result. You might be looking into a new idea or discovering a new interest. The Moon is in your adventure sector all day, supporting and enhancing your curiosity and encouraging you to think in big, happy terms.
It’s a little easier than usual to discuss private or tricky topics with more rationality and readiness, dear Cancer, as you are seeing emotions from an intellectual perspective. This can also be a good day for bringing intuition and aesthetic sense to practical matters. You might come up with interesting ideas about how you can improve your financial state. You are more inclined to pay attention to unusual signs or symbols, and these can factor into decisions now. There is a playful quality to conversations, and politeness or kindness, which is especially pleasant for you right now. Past love can come to mind or resurface in a significant way.
With Venus in your sign these days, dear Leo, you could find that people in general are appreciating the qualities that come very naturally to you. Others are showing interest and seem to be drawn or attracted to you more than usual. You might also be especially in touch with the gentler, more receptive side of your nature. Today is good for sharing ideas, personal thoughts, feelings, and memories. You can be particularly interesting and convincing. You have a stronger sense than usual about what ideas have true potential for success in the long term.
While you’ve been in a trend of taking stock of your emotional and social life more than pursuing it directly, dear Virgo, this is a good day for spending time with others, sharing your ideas, or simply joining in and doing most of the listening. Today is strong for sharing personal matters with a trusted friend, and for coming to an understanding with someone or with a matter from the past. It’s also a good day for intuition on business and financial matters. There can be a subtle communication of romantic interest from someone today. There can be a sudden impulse to contact someone, or you can be the recipient of surprising contact.
You have a stronger desire than usual to bring a spirit of true friendship and acceptance to your relationships, dear Libra, but also a loving, warm quality to your friendships. It’s easier than usual to “win” friends with an easygoing, charming, and open manner. Friends are drawn to you. Today is particularly strong for friendships as well as romance, and mending broken fences. People are showing definite interest in you. You have been discovering your own unique set of truths and beliefs recently, and today you’re especially eager to share them. You can feel very hopeful about the future now.
This can be a good time for enhancing your reputation, learning things that help you in your career, and talking about plans for the future or long-term goals, dear Scorpio. People may be speaking highly of you. It’s a generally good day for making business decisions or for fact-gathering in casual ways. A partner may be especially conversational. You are more aware of public sentiment and what others think of you when you are making decisions. When it comes to private or personal matters, you’re more inclined to discuss them rationally and naturally.
It’s a strong day for connecting with others, and especially on one-to-one levels and romantically, dear Sagittarius. Even so, good communication skills positively affect all areas of life now. A feeling of camaraderie with a special someone can lift your spirits and make you feel that you’re moving forward. You may be feeling some inner restlessness that, if left unchecked, could lead you to push others’ boundaries. Identify the source of this so that it doesn’t drive your behavior. Otherwise, make extra time for people you care about today.
Love is easily expressed and attracted today, dear Capricorn, although you’re inclined to show your feelings through quiet support rather than through showy means. Your intuition regarding health or work methods is strong now. Perhaps because you may be breaking the routine a little, you are able to see regular things in new ways, and you may even meet someone interesting as you pursue your daily affairs or health goals. There can be a special attraction to mysteries and hidden motives, investigations of some kind, and all that we don’t typically see.
This is a good time for coming to agreements, romantic overtures, expressions of affection, and sharing of good humor, dear Aquarius. The beauty may very well be in how you communicate more than what you are expressing. It’s a good time for getting advice or simply reaching out. You can be eager to start a new creative project, or possibly a new romantic affair or experience. Conversations about love, children, creative arts, hobbies, or entertainment can be pleasing now. With the Moon in your sign all day, you are projecting yourself warmly and others are drawn to you. Others may seem a little indulgent or even irresponsible in your eyes today, however.
Agreements might come easily right now, dear Pisces, and you can have a stronger desire to find peace in your domestic life or with family now. You are seeking out more harmony on the job and in your daily life. This may not be a day in which a lot gets done in an obvious or explicit way, but it’s good for mending fences, enjoying others, and expressing your feelings. The Moon in the sign just behind yours all day suggests keeping things quiet, and makes it a good time for personal reflection. You may not be in the spotlight, but this can be a good thing as you need to emotionally recharge.
The Balance of the Signs and the Elements for Saturday, July 4th
Nurturing, protective, tenacious, emotional sensitive, watery, strong roots. Can be overly protective, unwilling to let go, timid, reclusive.
Self-confident, generous, warm-hearted, powerful leader, dramatic. Can be overly proud, vain, extravagant, arrogant.
Humanitarian, innovative, group conscious, progressive, serving others. Can be rebellious, eccentric, aloof, emotionally superficial, overly extroverted.
There can be a lack of desire, interest, or skills regarding practical affairs. We may not be very much in touch with reality. Difficulties concentrating, grounding ourselves.
We are more compassionate, emotional, and intuitive than usual, and we may react emotionally to situations, possibly at the expense of logic or practicality.
This can be a friendly, and possibly a little indulgent, day. Mercury and Venus are moving towards a sextile, exact early tomorrow, and we are more inclined to verbalize or intellectualize our feelings, and soften our language.
The Moon is in Aquarius all day (until Sunday, July 5th at 10:22 AM).
The Moon is waning and in its Full Moon phase.
Venus is direct and is in its pre-retrograde shadow.
The Moon today is in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with a illumination of 50%. The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9am and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.
Phase Details for – Saturday, July 4, 2015
Phase: Waning Gibbous
Moon Age: 17.38 days
Moon Angle: 0.54
Moon Distance: 367,891.52 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 152,099,425.84 km
Independence Day is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. Similar to other summer-themed events, Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors. Independence Day is a federal holiday, so all non-essential federal institutions (like the postal service and federal courts) are closed on that day. Many politicians make it a point on this day to appear at a public event to praise the nation’s heritage, laws, history, society, and people.
Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue and take advantage of the day off and, in some years, long weekend to gather with relatives. Decorations (e.g., streamers, balloons, and clothing) are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag. Parades are often in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.
The night before the Fourth was once the focal point of celebrations, marked by raucous gatherings often incorporating bonfires as their centerpiece. In New England, towns competed to build towering pyramids, assembled from barrels and casks. They were lit at nightfall, to usher in the celebration. The highest were in Salem, Massachusetts (on Gallows Hill, the famous site of the execution of 13 women and 6 men for witchcraft in 1692 during the Salem witch trials, where the tradition of bonfires in celebration had persisted), composed of as many as forty tiers of barrels; these are the tallest bonfires ever recorded. The custom flourished in the 19th and 20th centuries, and is still practiced in some New England towns.
Independence Day fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs such as the national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner”, “God Bless America”, “America the Beautiful”, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”, “This Land Is Your Land”, “Stars and Stripes Forever”, and, regionally, “Yankee Doodle” in northeastern states and “Dixie” in southern states. Some of the lyrics recall images of the Revolutionary War or the War of 1812.
Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.
Firework shows are held in many states, and many fireworks are sold for personal use or as an alternative to a public show. Safety concerns have led some states to ban fireworks or limit the sizes and types allowed. Illicit traffic transfers many fireworks from less restrictive states.
A salute of one gun for each state in the United States, called a “salute to the union,” is fired on Independence Day at noon by any capable military base.
In 2009, New York City had the largest fireworks display in the country, with over 22 tons of pyrotechnics exploded. Other major displays are in Chicago on Lake Michigan; in San Diego over Mission Bay; in Boston on the Charles River; in St. Louis on the Mississippi River; in San Francisco over the San Francisco Bay; and on the National Mall in Washington, D.C..
During the annual Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival, Detroit, Michigan hosts one of the world’s largest fireworks displays, over the Detroit River, to celebrate Independence Day in conjunction with Windsor, Ontario’s celebration of Canada Day.
While the official observance always falls on July 4, participation levels may vary according to which day of the week the 4th falls on. If the holiday falls in the middle of the week, some fireworks displays and celebrations may take place during the weekend for convenience, again, varying by region.
The first week of July is typically one of the busiest American travel periods of the year, as many people utilize the holiday for extended vacation trips