With all that’s going on in the world — in the Middle East and the Midwest, you’d think the last thing on our minds would be yet another unfortunate tale of an actor having a public meltdown. And yet my facebook newsfeed is just littered with links and comments about Charlie Sheen. Trashed hotel rooms, trashing employers — what’s going on with the highest paid actor on television?
Sheen was born September 3, 1965, 10:48P in New York, NY. Sun in Virgo, Moon in Sagittarius, Gemini Ascendant. The Sun-Moon combo suggests a life perspective laced with romance, adventure and excitement, with a reigning need to have his opinions respected, played out in the areas of shared resources (including sex) and relationships via an expansive, potentially excessive connection from Jupiter, the cosmic sugardaddy. This need for freedom and expansion is apparently frustrated by certain controls — but from whom or where? Sheen’s horoscope is challenging, suggesting a pattern of giving himself away to others and considerable baggage leftover from childhood that needs to be unpacked and put away. I’d definitely want to ask Sheen why his horoscope suggests that his relationship with his parents was so complicated, as it is strongly suggested that patterns in his early home contributed to anxiety about his lovability. Yet somehow he has turned his suffering into an art form.
Abundance in love and money are also suggested here — and could easily run away with the horoscope. Boundaries are likely an issue; it’s possible he could play the martyr or victim in relationship, as he searches for a perfect ideal. He really does have a cross to bear in relationship, starting with the relationship he has with himself. So much power and talent. So why has life been so hard? There is the suggestion of struggle — possibly brutal, over power and control. And drugs and alcohol are not a viable alternative; I’d argue that Sheen’s system is especially vulnerable to toxins — and that vulnerability is suggested in the horoscope.
Sheen’s struggle with excess has been known in certain circles for years, but why is it making headlines right now? Look no further than status quo-disrupting Uranus, currently challenging Sheen’s opinionated Moon in Sagittarius and expansive Jupiter at the Aries Point (if you’ve been reading the forecast daily, you know that planets at the Aries Point are pushed into prominence). The consequences? That excess simply can’t be ignored. On the plus side, this could be an opportunity to finally grow up; on the down side, feelings of isolation (suggested by transiting Saturn, planet of control, meeting up with Venus, planet of love and money, this fall). Later this spring, nebulous Neptune will soon be challenging Sheen’s Ascendant, suggesting a potential ego wipe-out, or at the very least, bewilderment. It’ll take a year or two for this chapter to play out, but if he can rise to the challenge, 2013 is looking promising.
Meanwhile, in case you haven’t heard, I will be in Los Angeles March 4-14th, and available for astrological consultation in person. How cool is that? Email me if you’d like to schedule an appointment. : )
Make-it-happen Capricorn energy gets you up and at ‘em Monday morning; the Moon has been in that practical, proactive, take care of business sign all weekend — did you feel it? Was that why the Oscars felt so…efficient? Note the lack of a Moon void, suggesting no big surprises or upsets in favor of the underdog. I did not look at the horoscopes of this year’s contenders; one can assume the horoscopes of all nominees are strong — they’d have to be, to be nominated! Last year I was sure Meryl Streep would take home the award for Best Actress over Sandra Bullock, as the latter’s horoscope suggested an especially challenging period in her life — certainly compared to Streep’s. Of course Bullock DID win…and the next week her marriage fell apart. Challenging! And yet last night she looked so radiant in red. Moral of the story: it’s not so much the challenges we face, but how we choose to respond to them that matters. I know you know this, but it can’t hurt to be reminded of it, so embrace the challenges on your desk today and reward yourself for your hard work and discipline later tonight.
Meanwhile, I will be booking appointments for my trip to Los Angeles next week (March 4-14); if you or anyone else you know would like to book a horoscope consultation, please let me know — I’d love to see you. : )
The big aspect today is the third and final occurrence of a potent square between “resistance is futile” Pluto and expansive Jupiter, challenging us to examine our resources and our philosophy/group think about said resources. Are they stable and sustainable? (the question applies to our group think and our resources). This series of squares began July 24 and August 2 of 2010 (check out earlier forecasts on my website); the influence has been effect since then. Resources and/or the lack thereof, and the need for us to adapt accordingly will likely continue today, as in: (on the potential down side) food and oil prices going up, budget crunches, etc. — but look for news and/or opportunities for renewed resources, too. In other news, I expected to see Deepwater Horizon back in the headlines this week (Pluto: Deep; Jupiter: Horizon) — and it was — a study now says certain workers on the rig could have prevented the disaster, had they been in the loop: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/17/us-oil-spill-causes-idUSTRE71G5NN20110217
In your own personal world, the potential for incisive perception is high today. What do your instincts tell you? Can you see clearly now? Are you writing a book about it? You could, with today’s mental focus at your disposal. What is seen clearly today will surely be talked about — with passion and perhaps a call for a “do-over”. It may be Friday, but don’t phone this day in — much can be accomplished, and you may have reason to celebrate a profound sense of transformation or renewal by happy hour.
OK, one last thing about Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin. As we’ve seen, Walker’s horoscope is formidable. Moon and Sun in Scorpio — born the day of a potent total solar eclipse — Mercury (mindset, communication) is also in Scorpio…already we’re running screaming down the hall — Scorpio does have that reputation — and add to Walker’s chart the other hardcore aspects we noted earlier this week. Who in the world would dare to pierce the inner sanctum of such a man? (you’ll love this) Would you believe the blogger who placed the prank call to Walker was born on October 31, 1978 (source:Wikipedia), and has not only Sun and Moon in Scorpio, but Mercury and Mars (conjunct) AND Venus and Uranus (also conjunct) — ALL in Scorpio! Catch an interview with Ian Murphy here http://www.mediaite.com/tv/lawrence-odonnell-interviews-the-gov-scott-walker-prank-caller-ian-murphy/ and pay close attention to Murphy’s “Scorpio stare.” (Walker has it too, and so does Sun-Moon in Scorpio gal Whoopi Goldberg). Credit nebulous Neptune, currently making a charismatic connection to Murphy’s Mars (action) and Mercury (mind), for stimulating his imagination and giving him the art of guile.
Will write more on the weekend later. Stay tuned…
Today’s forecast — no rest for weary! We’ll wake up with Moon in high-flying Sagittarius, which should lighten the mood and give everyone a soapbox from which to opine. Note your dreams upon waking. Try not to step on anyone’s toes with your brilliant, willful points of view, if a clash of wills is not in your best interest. If you need to clash, you’ll likely have a chance to do so today.
As the day progresses, say around 3 or 6PM, depending on your time zone, another challenge may emerge related to your New Moon agenda from three weeks ago. What did we say it was? Oh, here: What quantum leaps of consciousness and/or efficiency are within your potential this month? What other “great leaps forward” will we see in the headlines? Think humanitarian, socially significant, rebellion, freedom, technology and whatever else disrupts the status quo. Dare to be boring (the word “boring” has been corrupted; it means to pierce through), with your New Moon agenda, and push through to the light on the other side. Consider this, as a jovial mood settles in for the evening, just in time to wish Steve Jobs a happy birthday. Where would we be without him?
Meanwhile, coincidence or conspiracy? Yesterday’s forecast: “dare to make a deeper connection,” and what makes headlines? A daring, deep connection made by a blogger impersonating billionaire and alleged Tea Party financier David Koch in a phone call to Governor Scott Walker, whose horoscope you may also recall from yesterday’s forecast. I had not heard Walker speak — you can find a recording and a transcript here — http://www.buffalobeast.com/?p=5045 and I was intrigued to hear him barrel through his agenda with a singular focus, determined to maintain control and not budge one inch from his established goals, which he clearly believes in 1000%. — just as his horoscope suggests. I was particularly struck by Walker’s reference to what appeared to be an admired ideal — Ronald Reagan’s firing of the air traffic controllers during their strike in 1981 — do you recall how Walker’s horoscope suggests a strong idealism?
Another dare to make a deeper connection: the Defense of Marriage Act will no longer be defended in court by the Justice Dept: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/us/24marriage.html?hp And here’s another, by a college student daring to seek a deeper connection with Newt Gingrich http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/50021.html
A brief word on the events of 1981-82 — and why they may be coming around again. The US is currently experiencing a Saturn return. The last one we had was in — you guessed it — 1981-82. Saturn is related to ambition, structures, control– and it takes 28-30 years to circle through a horoscope and return to its original position. So every 28-30 years we (and here I’m talking about “we” as Americans, not your own personal Saturn return), get to re-assess decisions we made way back then. What ambitions did we set? How are they working out? What are we going to reach for in the next 28-30 years? Does it feel like the US is currently re-evaluating ambitions set in 1981-82?
You’re having a personal Saturn return now if you were born in Sep/Oct 1981, Apr-Aug of 1982 or Sep/Oct of 1952 — this is a very important time in your life — consult your local astrologer for details.
No exact aspects today, save for a supportive connection between the Moon in Scorpio and loving Venus. Emotional intensity, issues of power, knowledge and control may still rule the day (along with rebel Uranus running wild on behalf of freedom, technology, chaos, eccentrics and humanity), but it’s likely to be much less edgy than…say…Thursday. In your own personal world, dare to make a deeper connection. That’s the forecast. Now for today’s bonus topic:
In light of recent events in Wisconsin, I thought it would be interesting to see the horoscope of Governor Scott Walker. How does his “no negotiation, no compromise” stance show up in his birth chart? Let’s look!
Walker was born Nov 2 1967, in Colorado Springs, CO. His Sun and Moon are in Scorpio, a combination described by master astrologer Noel Tyl as follows: “high depth and focus upon the creative depths and control powers of Scorpio is great. Learning, research, knowing — all define the ego. There is potentially enormous energy and animal magnetism, and care is needed not to dominate sexually, philosophically or behaviorally. Vanity is high. The self-belief is normally monumental. The challenge is to share rather than to command.” Wow. I’m sold!
Walker’s birth time is unknown, so I can’t tell offhand if his Moon in Scorpio (which needs to be seen as having depth, control and substance), is running wild in the horoscope, or if it is configured with nebulous Neptune, suggesting idealism (other aspects do suggest idealism, regardless of the birth time). Meanwhile, Mars is at 7 degrees of “make-it-happen” Capricorn and it is challenged by retrograde Saturn at 6 degrees of “me-me-me” Aries, a tough yet dynamic aspect that thrives on barreling through obstacles to achieve its objectives (harsh, perhaps, but effective). Also of note are two obsessive connections to Saturn (conservative, restriction, control) from Venus (women, money) and Pluto (regeneration, transformation), in the pristine sign of Virgo. Venus and Pluto together suggest an excess of emotion, augmented by a major rebellious streak supplied by status quo-disrupting Uranus. Last but not least, there are no oppositions among the planets in Walker’s horoscope, suggesting an inability to appreciate an opposing point of view. Hmm…might these aspects reflect Walker’s presentation of himself as a “fiscal conservative” who is “100% pro-life” and supports severe restrictions on other issues related to womens’ health and procreation?
Currently, ruthless, empowering Pluto (at 6 Capricorn) and expansive Jupiter (at 6 Aries) are making close connections to Walker’s Saturn and Mars. Keywords for these transits (which you can find in one of several of Tyl’s most excellent astrology textbooks): “the threat of loss in any area of life; hard, hard work; the threat of self-destruction”; “extreme force, persuasion, brutality, control, excessive effort”; “‘making waves’ effectively”; “law & order; feeling ‘righter than right’; dogmatic; ambition given the go-ahead signal.”
Do the keywords listed above accurately reflect Walker’s current words and actions? Do the planetary patterns reflect the life events? What do you think?
Today Walker said that failing to pass a bill stripping union rights for Wisconsin public workers would have “dire consequences.” I don’t believe he is bluffing. Let’s see where he’s at with this in June and December, when one of the most intense patterns active in his horoscope repeats itself. And here’s an Important Safety Tip for registered voters. If you’re voting in a election when Venus is retrograde (as it was last November), heed your local astrologer’s advice and do double due diligence on the candidates. During Venus retrogrades we are more likely than usual to fall in love with people who later turn out to be wholly unsuitable — or not nearly as appealing as we thought.
Oh let’s see….upheavals in Libya, Wisconsin, etc.; earthquakes in NZ, volcanoes in the Philippines, traffic jams in LA (caused by snowstorms) — though honestly, it’s hard to get too excited by any of it because it’s in so line with what has been anticipated by many astrologers — for at least the past five years. We live in interesting times. When will things get reeealllllly interesting for us in the United States? Mid-2012 or so. But we’re starting to see cracks in the system now. Interesting times indeed. Keep calm and carry on — and express gratitude whenever you can for the abundance you have in your life. Guaranteed to keep you sane!
Today you can wish George Washington, Ted Kennedy, my dad and one particularly loyal –albeit nameless — reader a very happy birthday (the reader has Sun in the 12th house — those types tend to prefer to remain behind the scenes). And beside, by the time you wake up this AM, Moon will be in Scorpio, a sign known for intrigue, depth, control (of knowledge) — all that cloak and dagger stuff — y’know, “behind the scenes.”
Be productive today. Really, you have no excuse…even with that rebel planet Uranus running wild. Harness the energy and keep moving forward.
Meanwhile, thought this would be a good time to re-post a blurb I wrote about last year’s big astro-event: the Big T-Square Party among the heavies: Pluto, Uranus, Saturn and Mars in a challenging configuration at the Aries Point. You do remember why the Aries Point is significant, yes? If not, re-read last week’s forecasts. Though Saturn and Mars are no longer part of this picture, Uranus (rebellion, freedom, technology) is more definitely active here — and at a place it has not been in 84 years. Read below for the opening number to what we can expect over the next several years. Stay tuned…
Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 7/27/2010
A quick recap of the ongoing Big T-Square Party if you’re just tuning in — that T-Square/Right Triangular shaped pattern happening now among the planetary heavies: Uranus and Jupiter together at the beginning of Aries…opposing Saturn in Libra (joined by Mars at the the end of the week)…with Pluto forming a square (right in the middle) of all of this at the beginning of Capricorn.First, Pluto in Capricorn — where it hasn’t been since around 1762: Pluto, Lord of the Underworld (mines, volcanoes, power, perspective, things hidden below the surface) is in Capricorn (government, politics, “respected” hallowed institutions), where it has been busy exposing corruption therein – big time.
Second, Uranus (rebellion, revolution, genius, intensity) in Aries (pioneering, self-reliant), where it hasn’t been since the 1930s, currently conjoined with expansive Jupiter (optimism, excess, philosophy and other “group think” consciousness). Uranus will be in Aries for seven years; the square to Pluto will likely bring changes on a global scale to our notions of what government is and what it should do; note that the last Pluto-Uranus square in the 30s led to FDR’s “New Deal” and other social programs; note that the conjunction between Pluto-Uranus in the 60s led to the Civil Rights Act and — correct me if I’m wrong — Medicare.
Third, Saturn, which takes about two and a half years to go through a sign — now in Libra, sign of relationships and diplomacy, fairness and justice for all. The opposition to Uranus/Jupiter suggests a conflict between the old guard vs. the avant garde — with the end result being a reinvention of traditional forms in new and exciting ways. The square between Saturn (control, the immovable object) and Pluto (change or die; resistance is futile) suggests those in power fighting tooth and nail to hang on to what they have and a period of hard realizations and hard, hard work.
Mars, planet of action, energy applied and at its worst, war and aggression — triggers the whole T-Square at the end of the week and all through next — and it’s just no coincidence at all that with this pattern activated, here in the US we see leaked documents about what’s really going on in Afghanistan AND we face a vote in Congress on whether to extend funding to the alleged war efforts therein (if you DON’T want to send your tax dollars to fund the war, this is a good time to make your opinions known to your elected representatives).
What’s significant about this T-Square pattern is that it’s happening between planets that haven’t all gotten together like this since the 1930s — a time that most of us on the planet did not live through. Thus it feels like it’s happening for the first time — and it is — to US — but not to humanity. What have we learned since the 1930s? Anything? If we didn’t, we’re bound to repeat the pattern…and its influence will continue for the next few years (we’ve already lived through two years of it — and look what’s happened so far: major meltdown and corruption exposed in our financial sector, just for starters).
This T-Square is ESPECIALLY affecting all those born in the early days of the cardinal signs: Aries, Libra, Cancer, Capricorn (example: Mel Gibson, a Capricorn with Moon (feelings) at 1 degree of Libra, has a meltdown). By cardinal I mean FIRST, as in the first of each of their elements: Aries is the first Fire sign, Libra/Air, Cancer/Water and Capricorn/Earth. Cardinal signs INITIATE — they are very action-oriented. Note that the early days of these signs all connect to something astrologers call the Aries Point — laymen think of it as the first day of spring. And what happens on the first day of spring? Everything comes back to life; a new cycle of growth begins. Bottom line: T-Squares happen all the time in astrology, but one hanging around for soooooo long at the point which marks the BEGINNING OF A NEW CYCLE is especially significant.
If you have questions about any of this, email me. Isn’t this an exciting time to be on Planet Earth? : )
Those of you taking this Presidents’ Day off, rejoice. You’ve managed to escape a Monday AM at the office that suggests a slightly rude awakening after a potentially lovely, escapist weekend. Expressing feelings may be challenged by the audience’s insistence that it be presented in a certain form — in triplicate and in blue or black ink only, if you please. Then again, that challenge may not stand a chance against unconventional status-quo disrupting Uranus running wild again today. More news from Wisconsin and the Middle East? With Mercury (mind, travel, communication) entering intangible, dreamy, intuitive Pisces at 3:53PM EST…followed by Mars (action) in Pisces Tuesday in 8:06PM, I’m not sure how realistic that challenge can be. Many may still have their heads in the clouds, basking in the rosy glow of Sunday’s triple meet-up between Mars, Mercury and nebulous Neptune. So if you’re not at the office, enjoy the holiday and indulge in a dream or two…
How’s this for a perfectly timed Neptunian headline: “Ecstasy Does Not Wreck the Mind, Study Claims” http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/feb/19/ecstasy-harm-brain-new-study…or this one: “Hiding Details of Dubious Deal, U.S. Invokes National Security” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/20/us/politics/20data.html?scp=1&sq=dubious&st=cse “Ecstasy” and “dubious” are just a few of the keywords one could expect on a day with a strong influence from Neptune (which rules the sign Pisces, btw).
Breakthroughs in technology. You may remember I mentioned the likelihood of such headlines commanding our attention while Uranus, which rules technology, genius, revolution and random genetic mutations (without which we could not evolve), is near the Aries Point (re-read Tuesday’s forecast). Add expansive Jupiter to the Uranus-AP conjunction and the wow! factor really increases (re-read the forecast for January 4th). How’s this for a breakthrough: “Computer Wins Jeopardy!” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/science/17jeopardy-watson.html?hp Ahhhh…but isn’t this interesting: meet-ups between planets often happen in a series: once — twice — and then a third time. The third connection between Jupiter and Uranus was exact on Jan 4th (I believe the Watson show was taped on 1/14); the first connection was on June 8th — and here’s what made the Sunday Times on June 20, 2010: “Smarter Than You Think: IBM’s Watson to Challenge Jeopardy!: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/20/magazine/20Computer-t.html?ref=science OMG, that story came around again — like it’s in some kind of a cycle — perhaps even a planetary cycle — amazing! How do they do that?
Today Moon continues waxing full in Leo, suggesting drama, big hearts and big egos, along with a potentially dazzling or dizzying Neptunian fog that makes me think of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or Monty Python’s surreal “Confuse A Cat” sketch. Or Paris Hilton — oddly enough, it’s her birthday today.
Note that words and wills may be at odds with feelings as the day progresses. You may not be seeing things clearly, so think twice before initiating a clash or a spat, especially tonight. The Moon is Full Friday at 3:36AM — I’ll tell you all about it in tomorrow’s forecast.
Another day of few exact aspects, with a notable shift in emotional expression as Moon enters the sign of Leo at 4:14AM EST. Playful, regal, fiery — as opposed to protective, nurturing, sensitive. Inventive and expansive connections to that Moon suggest a good day for creative endeavors, especially with a waxing meet-up between Sun and nebulous Neptune on Thursday. On the potential plus side: inspiration, soulfulness, sacrifice, healing. On the potential downside: fog, fanatics, deception, escapism. This rose-colored vibe will be in effect all through the weekend, as Mercury (mind, communication) and Mars join in the mix. Sunday could be…interesting…too bad the Oscars aren’t happening then — it’s a much better night for glamor and glitz than the 27th. Can we reschedule?
If you encounter a chill from the women in your life between now and Friday, chalk it up to a waxing square between Saturn (wet blanket, reserve, control) and Venus. Other issues related to love, social expression, money and beauty may also be challenged…making Friday’s Full Moon in Leo ripe for a scene or two. Watch the headlines for prideful stand-offs as the weekend approaches…and enjoy the relative ease suggested by today’s planetary patterns.
And a Happy St. Valentine’s Day to you — such as it is. The sign of Aquarius, in which the Sun now sits (in Western astrology), is frankly more about friendship and broad humanitarian concerns than the hearts and flowers of romantic love; if I had my druthers I’d move this holiday to May or August, when the Sun is in Taurus or Leo. Still, when it comes to romance, the planetary patterns for the today could be worse.
Moon in Cancer as of 12:49AM EST suggests emotional security, nurturing and the comforts of home may be what suits our fancy, and expansive displays may manifest as you wake up this morning. Indulgences — of moods, feelings and senses — possibly recalling tensions and/or releases experienced last Tuesday and Wednesday can also color the day. Passion…with a string attached, perhaps?
Working in contrast to the potential for today’s emotional indulgence is a sober, streamlined, practical and efficient connection between Mercury (mind, communication) and Saturn (structure, control), which can be handy if you’re hammering out a deal memo or other outline for a project. It’s not the most romantic connection for Mercury, certainly when it comes to writing love poems and mushy ballads. On the other hand, whatever words are uttered will likely carry gravitas. Odds are strong that If they say they love you, they mean it — and that should make you feel emotionally secure : )