Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts

Jonathan Cainer's Astro News
Friday April 11th 2003 - edited by Bernard Fitzwalter

This week in Astro News:
~ Mercury 'under sunbeams' ~
~ AstroDiary ~

If you canít spot Mercury, make do with Jupiter and Saturn. Jupiter is very bright, high in the South to South-West almost every night at about 9pm; Saturn is tawny-yellow, above Orionís shoulders, a little less obvious but not too hard to find.

During the next few days, if youíre lucky, you may see Mercury, the smallest planet. It appears near the Sun, just before sunrise or just after sunset. Often it is too close to the Sun to see properly. At such times ancient astrologers used to say the planet was Ďunder the sunbeamsí. Sometimes, however, Mercury is far enough from the Sun to be easily visible; astronomers say that this is when Mercury is at its Ďgreatest elongationí from the Sun. And it happens this week.

To view it, be in a high place if possible, just after sunset. Face west with your arm out in front of you and your fist resting on the horizon. Mercury should be straight ahead, to the right of centre, and about three fist-widths up from the horizon.

If you can spot the constellation of Orion on your left, then Mercury is at exactly the same height from the horizon as Rigel, the bright star which is Orionís left knee.

Youíll know it if you see it, because there arenít any stars of similar brightness in that part of the sky. But there again it might be cloudy, and Mercury likes to be elusive.

ASTRODIARY with Adam Smith

Friday (April 11): Bedford Astrology Club.
Retrograde Planets, with Peta High bedford

Saturday (April 12): Bolton Astrology Conference
with Bernadette Brady & Darrylyn Gunsberg

Please double-check with the organisation before attending any events listed here - we cannot accept any responsibility for events changed/cancelled.

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Send your diary events to Adam at with subject heading: Astro Events with website links.
Please note - we cannot promise to include ALL submissions but will do our best.

Researcher Seeking Assistance

Graham Douglas is carrying out research into possible astrological relationships between the births of siblings in the same family. He is looking for sets of birth data for complete sets of brothers and sisters
of any age. If you are able to help please include date, time and place of birth, gender of the child,
and (if known) whether or not the birth was natural or induced in any way.
A report of the findings will be sent to anyone who requests it, when the investigation is completed.
The email address to contact is Many Thanks for your help.

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