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 Press Room's Cosmic Correspondent Kim Rogers-Gallagher has been invited to the planets' secret hangout. She's the first astrologer to enter this starry domain, and reports regularly on her findings there.

Cosmic Café Part Six:
Kim Finds Out Why She was Summoned to the Café

Neptune  touched my hand, and as I glanced up at her, I saw that her lovely lavender eyes were moist. "How romantic!" she said. "Your first love…oh, it just makes me want to cry."

I smiled, and squeezed her hand, then reached for my wine glass. "Cheers," I said. "Here's to fond memories." She raised her own glass and toasted with me.

Just then, Jupiter came up behind me, smiling widely. "So you're curious, honey? Wondrin' why we called you here like this?" He wrapped an arm around my shoulders affectionately and breathed right into my face. A mixture of cigar smoke, alcohol and garlic reached me, and I winced, but couldn't help grinning, too.

Nothing exceeds like excess in Jupiter's book, and he had certainly been indulging in some of his favorite specifically-Taurus appetites, it seemed—fine wine, rich food and quality pleasures. His rather rotund figure reflected just how well that lifestyle agreed with him, although I must say I was a bit worried about his heart.

Neptune smiled and waved Jupiter away. "Let me talk to her, girl to girl," she said. "I can make her understand."

Jupiter belly-laughed loudly. "No way, gorgeous,” he said, reaching in his jacket pocket for a cigar. "My girl needs the big picture explained to her, and I'm the guy for that job. You can add your intuition, of course", he added, as her eyes filled up with tears. "But let me give her the facts first, okay, darlin'?"

Neptune was soothed. She dabbed again at her eyes, and smiled indulgently at Jupiter. "All right, darling. I'll just disappear for a little while and let you two chat."

To my total amazement, she stepped back and did just that—faded right into thin air. I blinked and looked at Jupiter. "How'd she do that?"

He laughed again. "Oh, come on now, honey. If anybody can disappear, it's that gal."

I had to agree. As the Goddess of All Mystical States and the cosmos' official expert on operating invisibly, Neptune was quite good at disappearing. I sensed it was finally time for Jupiter to tell me why I'd been summoned to the Café, however, so I turned my attention wholeheartedly on my favorite uncle.

"Okay, Big Guy,” I said. "Spill it. What's up?"

He squeezed into the seat next to me and turned his face toward mine just in time to exhale a huge cloud of blue smoke. I coughed and waved my hand in front of my face. He apologized. "Jeez, honey, I'm sorry. I got no manners sometimes."

"Speak," I said, recovering slightly.

"Okay,” the Big Guy replied. "It's like this. We need a messenger, and Mercury's been too busy with all this new computer stuff to handle it. The poor kid's exhausted. " I glanced over at Mercury on the dance floor with Venus, spinning her around and laughing.

"He doesn't look like he's busy at the moment."

"Yeah, well…" Jupiter said, "Even old Hermes gets time off every now and then. And he needs help. Since you've got your own Mercury in Sagittarius, we figured you'd be perfect for the job. So you want to do it, or what?"

"Anything you need, Jupiter—anything at all,” I answered. Jupiter had always been more than kind and extremely generous to me, since I was born under the sign he owned, and I was only too happy to return the favor. "What do I have to do?"

"That's my girl", Jupiter replied, slapping me on the arm—a bit too hard. "See, we need a good reporter, somebody who can translate what we're doing for the folks who want to know. You can do that, right?"

"I'll sure try,” I said. "What do you want me to do to start with? Write something?"

He laughed again. "Yeah. And talk about us, too. It's a great planet you guys got here, but if you don't mind my sayin' so, you're not always too terrific at runnin' it, ya know? So a while back we were thinking that maybe if we could hire somebody to translate, some of them would get it. You game?"

"You bet. " I reached for a pen and he handed me a long legal pad.

"Good. Start writin'. I've got a story to tell you, and we've gotta say this just right.”

He talked on for about a half hour, and by the time he was done, Mercury had once again left the bar, skating backward down the street. Venus remained with us, sipping her wine slowly and listening as Jupiter dictated. Finally, he paused and took a large gulp of wine. "Okay, honey,” he said, "read that back to me."

I cleared my throat and began to speak just as Mercury popped back through the door. He looked oddly wild-eyed. "Uranus is coming! Uranus is coming!" he said, excitedly, as the door to the café burst open and a gale-force wind nearly knocked me off my stool. I held on to Jupiter as my heart beat wildly. Uranus was certainly coming. But what would he look like?

Next Week: A Visit With Uranus

Read the entire Cosmic Café Saga.
Cosmic Café Archive



Kim Rogers-Gallagher is a well known columnist, lecturer and author of Astrology for the Light Side of the Brain and Astrology for the Light Side of the Future(ACS Publications).

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  • George W. Bush: The Next Four Years   1/20/2001
  • General Colin Powell: An Aries With a Mission   1/17/2001
  • David Letterman Does Have a Heart   3/24/2000
  • Bond. James Bond.   3/15/2000
  • A Match Made in Heaven...or Venus   3/3/2000

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