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Astronomically: the week ahead 9-25-2017 in Jackson MS

This week we are in Mississippi. Since the equinox just happened I’m giving that chart as well from the Jackson location.


In this week’s chart note that Saturn and Uranus are in Hideck telling us that
uncertainty rules, particularly if this is something that you rely on that is built with new technology. I can give a personal example, my new pair of glasses, (progressive lenses fall under the headline of new technology) broke yesterday, they are only 6 weeks old & I don’t have a backup. So do not be surprised if sudden things go afoul but try instead to take it in stride.


The week’s highlights:

Sunday September 24, 2017 Venus trine Juno 00:11AM EDT, Mars sextile Poseidon 6:41AM EDT and opposes Neptune 3:49PM EDT, Venus trine Astraea 5:53PM EDT
Monday September 25, 2017 Venus trine Hygeia 1:08AM EDT, Black Moon enters sidereal Sagittarius 1:19AM EDT, Mercury square Saturn 10:35AM EDT and quincunx south node 11:50AM EDT, Mars contra-parallel Neptune 12:20PM EDT, Venus parallel Uranus 1:04PM EDT

Tuesday September 26, 2017 Venus sextile Hades 2:37AM EDT, Mercury quincunx Eris 7:08AM EDT, Saturn sextile south node 9:12AM EDT, Mars trine Pallas 9:30AM EDT, Mercury enters tropical Virgo 2:58PM EDT, Venus contra-parallel Jupiter 7:13PM EDTjackson ms chart.jpg

Wednesday September 27, 2017 Mercury enters sidereal Virgo 2:38AM EDT, Mercury square Black Moon 5:51AM EDT, sun conjunct Vesta 10:17AM EDT, Mercury opposes Chiron 6:12PM EDT, Mars contra-parallel Zeus 8:34PM EDT, Mercury square Cupido 9:33PM EDT

Thursday September 28, 2017 Jupiter opposes Uranus 00:25AM EDT, sun contra-parallel Chiron 3:27AM EDT, Mercury quincunx Uranus 9:55AM EDT, sun square Juno 2:09PM EDT, Pluto stations direct 3:35PM EDT, sun parallel Eris 3:42PM EDT and contra-parallel Vesta 6:23PM EDT, sun contra-parallel Mercury 8:02PM EDT, Mercury parallel Vesta 9:45PM EDT and contra-parallel Eris 10:13PM EDT

Friday September 29, 2017 Venus sextile Kronos 2:58AM EDT, Mercury parallel Chiron 5:11AM EDT, sun square Astraea 2:06PM EDT, Venus opposes Neptune 8:11PM EDT

Saturday September 30, 2017 sun square Hygeia 3:57AM EDT, Chiron parallel Vesta 4:53AM EDT, Mercury sextile Vulcanus 5:10AM EDT and trine Admetos 5:53AM EDT, Venus trine Pallas 9:43AM EDT, sun square Hades 10:40AM EDT, Venus contra-parallel Neptune 10:57AM EDT

Sunday October 1, 2017 Mercury sextile Ceres 5:36AM EDT, Neptune trine Poseidon 8:16AM EDT, Venus contra-parallel Zeus 6:25PM EDT, Mars trine Pluto 7:36PM


Weatherwise, we see the Northern half of the country, dry, maybe some snow in the higher elevations; and the Southern half will be wet and windy.  Wednesday we’ll be in Oxford where Ole Miss resides. We finish on Friday on the Mexican Gulf itself, in Gulfport.

Download this week’s chart from here:  925 jackson.pdf

JACKSON, a city and the county-seat of Hinds county, Mississippi, U.S.A., and the capital of the state.  It lies on the W. bank of the Pearl River, about 40 m. E. of Vicksburg and 185 m. N. of New Orleans, Louisiana. Pop. (1890), 5920; (1900), 7,816, of whom 4,447 were Negroes.

According to the Federal census taken in 1910 the population had increased to 21,262. Jackson is served by the Illinois Central, the Alabama & Vicksburg, the Gulf & Ship Island, New Orleans Great Northern, and the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley railways, and during the winter by small freight and passenger steamboats on the Pearl River. In Jackson is the state library, with more than 80,000 volumes. The new state capitol was finished in 1903.

The old state capitol, dating from 1839, is of considerable interest; in it were held the secession convention (1861), the ” Black and Tan Convention ” (1868), and the constitutional convention of 1890, and there, native son, former CSA President Jefferson Davis made his last speech (1884).

Jackson is the seat of Millsaps College, chartered in 1890 and opened in 1892 (under the control of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South), and having, in 1907-1908, 12 instructors and 297 students; of Belhaven College (non-sectarian, 1894), for girls; and of Jackson College (founded in 1877 at Natchez by the American Baptist Home Mission Society; in 1883 removed to Jackson), for negroes, which had 356 students in 1907-1908.

The city is a market for cotton and farm products, and has a number of manufactories. In 1821 the site was designated as the seat of the state government, and early in the following year the town, named in honour of Andrew Jackson, was laid out.

The legislature first met here in December 1822. It was not until 1840 that it was chartered as a city. During the Civil War Jackson was in the theatre of active campaigning.

In May of 1864, General William T. Sherman started his troops out from near Chattanooga toward Atlanta. The Federal campaign depended on the Nashville & Chattanooga railroad, which was threatened by Confederate cavalry, namely those under General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Sherman directed General Cadwallader C. Washburn, in charge of the Department of West Tennessee, to send a force into Mississippi to divert the attention of Forrest. Washburn put General Samuel D. Sturgis in command of a force of 8,000 men with orders to keep the enemy occupied.

Sturgis moved out of Lafayette, Tennessee, toward Tupelo, Mississippi, on June 2, 1864. The march was marked by heavy rains, mud, and intense heat. On June 10, the Union column approached Brice’s Crossroads, where Forrest executed a devastating flanking maneuver on exhausted Union forces. Union troops barely escaped and staggered back to Memphis, Tennessee.

After Sturgis failed to defeat Forrest, General Andrew Jackson Smith was entrusted by Sherman with taking the fight back into Mississippi, moving out on June 22, 1864, by way of Moscow, Tennessee. General Stephen D. Lee, in command of the Department that included Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, gathered troops to counter the Federal advance.

Following days of marching, Union forces achieved a victory in the Battle of Tupelo on July 14, 1864. Forrest had refused to take command of the Southern forces, deferring to Lee, whom he resented. On July 15, Union troops began marching toward Memphis, camping near Old Town Creek, and were again engaged before the Southern troops retreated.

Sherman was pleased with the Union victory, but was displeased that Forrest, though wounded, had escaped. Forrest continued to oversee raids until the end of the war but Sherman and the North still pushed on to Atlanta. After the fall of Vicksburg Johnston concentrated his forces at Jackson, which had been evacuated by the Federal troops, and prepared to make a stand behind the intrenchments. On the 9th of July Sherman began an investment of the place, and during the succeeding week a sharp bombardment was carried on.

In the night of the 16th Johnston, taking advantage of a lull in the firing, withdrew suddenly from the city. Sherman’s army entered on the 17th and remained five days, burning a considerable considerable part of the city and ravaging the surrounding countryside.

adapted from Encyclopaedia Britannica’s 1911 edition.

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