August 4th to August 9th 2003
Bernard Fitzwalter writes: Today the Sun is opposite Neptune, though you’ll have to take my word for it since you can’t see it without a telescope. Neptune signifies all liquids, including rain, but it was only discovered in 1846, so how did astrologers manage before then? The short answer is that they used Jupiter, but either will do. Our lives now are far more complex than they were two hundred years ago, and our language is constantly changing, evolving new words as needed. Astrology, too, is a language, and adds new vocabulary as needed to help make sense of our changing world. Using Neptune in horoscopes is a part of that.
Nick Campion writes: Sometimes the latest discoveries about the universe are awesome - like the recent announcement that the number of stars in the universe is 7 followed by twenty-two noughts - more than all the grains of sand in all the deserts and beaches on earth. But here’s a more light-hearted discovery: could left-handedness be normal? Perhaps it could! We have just found out that certain chemicals which are the basis of life have a ‘left-handed signature’ and that these atoms seem to have come either from passing comets or from dim and distant galaxies. Some astronomers say that the whole universe is left-handed!
Adam Smith writes: The Sun is opposite Neptune today, more or less, giving a hazy, mystical influence. One of the recently discovered outer planets, nebulous Neptune rules, in no particular order: drink, drugs, dream states, poetry, mediumship, vampires and unrequited love. Something of Neptune’s character can be inferred from the fact it was mistaken for another planet several times before it was finally nailed down and mapped at the Berlin Observatory in 1846. Presently in Aquarius, Neptune also rules infinity and is implicated in the rise of the Internet, a living, boundless technological web holding humanity together.
Yasmin Boland writes: One theory about ‘why astrology works’ is that the skies are a cosmic clock with the planets moving around the clockface, sometimes stalling, sometimes even appearing to go backwards. Thus the planets don’t force us, rather they hint about what the time may be right for. Today’s Venus/Neptune opposition under the fiery Sagittarius Moon suggests it’s time to: enjoy true love, get confused about love, get drunk on love or drunk with a lover, allow money to mess with our minds, be inspired by love or money, refuse to face facts about love or money and/or allow our hearts to be touched.
"Absolutely," he replied "Straight from the supermarket."
Daniel looked at me with the air of a man who is used to dealing with unbelievers. "Well," he said, "It only works in diesel engines and you do have to make a few adjustments first - but whether you choose to tweak your engine or tweak the oil, it¹s not very expensive or difficult."
At this point, I began to get rather excited and Daniel stood patiently while I unleashed a stream of questions. Here, roughly speaking, are his answers. "No, it doesn't harm your engine or spoil the performance."
"Yes, it DOES work with oil that has been used for frying - just as long as you filter it first."
"Aha!" he replied brightly, "You are thinking of the folk in West Wales who got prosecuted last year. That's because they weren¹t paying tax on their oil. The way the law stands, you are supposed to DECLARE every drop you use for driving and then pay 26p per litre to the government. As long as you do that, they can¹t touch you!"
"Oh," I said. "I bet that means a pile of paperwork."
Daniel is an Aquarian, aged 32. He lives on a small farm in Pembrokeshire and today, he is setting off on in his black Citroen ZX 1.9 turbo diesel on the 850 mile trek from Land's End to John O Groats.
He has promised to let me know how his journey goes and I, in turn, shall pass on any news I get. Or you can follow his progress yourself, at: www.Vegoilmotoring.com. And if you want to know how to convert your own car to run on cooking oil, just contact the Low Impact Living Initiative at: www.lowimpact.org.
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