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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 6/30/2011

No, the Moon wasn’t void of course yesterday, though some did remark that their day felt like it was going on forever in a free-falling listless way. No exact aspects among the planets and a “dead” moon can reflect a lack of direction, even though the official void doesn’t begin until 3:33AM ET — and ends at 12:33PM ET, when Moon enters Cancer.

What does this mean for you? A slower than usual start to the day or a twist to whatever you expected to land on your plate, perhaps with a dreamy feel to it all, courtesy of a lovely connection between Moon in nostalgic Cancer and escapist Neptune. What escape are you planning for the long holiday weekend? If you’re heading out of Dodge on Thursday, note the potential for a few bumps along the way, even if it’s in the form of the competition you may face from so many others with the same thought and destination.
More tomorrow on Friday’s New Moon/Solar Eclipse — a particularly dynamic cosmic event.

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 6/29/2011

We are in the balsamic phase of the lunar cycle, a time to wrap up the New Moon agenda, clear your desk and get ready for the new cycle which starts Friday.  Regular readers will recall that in this dark side of the moon we often feel listless or restless, sensing that something new is around the corner, but we don’t know what. Perhaps more restless than listless today, with Moon still in jumpy Gemini.

Interesting to note so many stories involving nuclear power. The subject was anticipated as suggested by yesterday’s Pluto-Sun opposition — and the headlines delivered: Gov.Cuomo of New York aiming to shut down Indian Point (nuclear power plant); fires burning near Los Alamos, NM. Meanwhile, fallout continues in the natural gas industry as a result of Sunday’s NYT article alleging doubt about its financial viability. Look for more headlines involving resources, especially banks, as the day wears on.

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 6/28/2011

While you were sleeping, Moon moved into Gemini, sign of the chatterbox pixie, where it immediately makes a challenge to nebulous Neptune. Note your dreams and be mindful of the potential fuzzy buzz you or others may be experiencing in the early waking hours. The rest of the day can be a productive whirlwind of ideas and communication, with a particularly sharp stance taken around 2:22PM ET.

Re-read yesterday’s forecast on the potential manifestations of ruthless Pluto opposing Sun and watch the headlines for more news from underground (e.g., oil, mines, radiation), and other Pluto-ruled arenas: corruption, sex, death and resources, to name a few. Here’s one, for starters:  Blagojevich guilty in corruption trial http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/28/us/28blagojevich.html?hp
Meanwhile, if you’re thinking of taking Friday off, Moon will be void-of-course all day. Sounds like a plan if you can swing it.

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 6/27/2011

When rebel Uranus and proactive Mars hook up, as they do early this AM, innovation rules the day. Watch the headlines for technological breakthroughs. In your own personal world, think different. Explore a new approach to an old problem — without whining about it. Make the change!

Moon goes void in patient and/or stubborn Taurus at 12:24PM ET, not to enter Gemini until 3:56AM. New Yorkers, you’ve got the morning to get it off your desk; Angelenos, yours could be a total day of rest, brainstorming and likely twists in your efforts to move in a straight line. Given the Moon void’s tendency to make mountains out of molehills, you are advised to do your darnedest to refrain from engaging in petty power plays and confrontations suggested by ruthless Pluto’s opposition to the Sun at 1:18AM Tuesday ET. There will be likely be plenty of legitimate serious stuff more worthy of your time and focus.

Here’s a reprint of portions of Friday’s forecast, noting the dominant pattern of the week, with a few correlating headlines hitting the papers so far:

The Big T-Square Party among the heavies (Pluto, Saturn and Uranus) likely makes its influence felt even more than it already has through next week. A lengthy post about this key planetary pattern was first published here around July 21st of last year – you can find it on my website) Sunday at 6:14AM erratic rebel Uranus in devil-may-care Aries squares the emotional security-needing Sun in Cancer.  A declaration of independence, a seismic jolt or other status quo disruption will likely be felt in a big way beforehand.  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/nyregion/a-sense-of-euphoria-settles-on-the-west-village.html?scp=9&sq=gay%20marriage%20new%20york&st=cse

Ruthless Pluto opposes Sun just after midnight on Tuesday, adding intrigue, exposed corruption, power plays and news from underground (radiation, mines, oil, to name a few examples). http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/us/26gas.html?pagewanted=3&_r=1&hp  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/world/americas/26mine.html?hp  Controlling, patriarchal wet blanket Saturn squares the Sun next Saturday, the day after yet another eclipse. Who’s going to be feeling it the most? Those born on the 25th of March, June, September and December — give or take a day or two.  Also those having a point or planet at 4-5 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 6/24/2011 and the Weekend: Big T-Square Party Alert

It may feel as if the edge has softened, compared to yesterday, but perhaps not by much. Moon is still in me-me-me Aries, encouraging proactivity, but not so much sensitivity, unless its your sensitive feelings getting trampled on by the ego trip of another. Lingering fallout from the confusing haze suggested by the week’s strong aspects from Neptune is likely in effect, too. Note the potential for a verbal sparring or other mind f*ck around lunchtime on the East Coast; West Coasters, that may hit your desk first thing this morning. Moon goes void at 6:07PM ET on a happy connection to loving Venus, suggesting relief and a good long chill this evening.

No yard sales or impulse shopping on Saturday, if you please. Moon doesn’t enter Taurus until 4:53PM. Catch up on your beauty sleep and relax until then. Not that Moon in Aries is known for its restful quality. Yoga, golf or some other form of physical activity that also calms the mind may be in order.  The evening favors sensual/material pleasures — with enthusiasm, bordering on the overindulgent. That’s your Important Safety Tip.

The Big T-Square Party among the heavies (Pluto, Saturn and Uranus) likely makes its influence felt even more that it already has through next week (a lengthy post about this key planetary pattern was first published around July 21st of last year — exact date escapes me) Sunday at 6:14AM erratic rebel Uranus in devil-may-care Aries squares the emotional security-needing Sun in Cancer.  A declaration of independence, a seismic jolt or other status quo disruption will likely be felt in a big way beforehand.  Ruthless Pluto opposes Sun just after midnight on Tuesday, adding intrigue, exposed corruption, power plays and news from underground (radiation, mines, oil, to name a few examples). Controlling, patriarchal wet blanket Saturn squares the Sun next Saturday, the day after yet another eclipse. Who’s going to be feeling it the most? Those born on the 25th of March, June, September and December — give or take a day or two.  Also those having a point or planet at 4-5 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. If you don’t know where those degrees fall in your horoscope, why not consider booking an appointment to find out…

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 6/23/2011

Audio feeds crashing, cell phones forgotten, other things misplaced and misnamed — that’s what I’ve been hearing about yesterday’s 24-plus hours of Moon void in free-flowing Pisces, under the influence of a Neptune rose-colored fog. What about you?
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke seemed to be in a bit of a fog during yesterday’s press conference in which he gave a halting, uninspiring account of the Fed’s economic projections on inflation, unemployment, etc. over the next couple of years. Nothing of consequence was said (the markets were unmoved by the speech). I’m not an economist, but I do study planetary patterns. And when I look at what’s going on with the horoscope of Greece, for example, and I see equally intense patterns building in the horoscope of the United States (exact in 2014), the more convinced I am that the status quo, whatever it is, is bound to be disrupted and transformed. Meanwhile, late July to mid-August is likely to be very hot in Greece (again), and I am not referring to the weather.

In other news, last night President Obama spoke of “the tide of war receding”. What is it with these ocean metaphors? Neptune, ruler of oceans, so prominent?  It is true that yesterday’s Sun-Neptune connection holds potential for peace and enlightenment, suggesting a fitting time to announce a withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. And perhaps we should be focusing more on oceans than on wars, as suggested here http://www.truth-out.org/scientists-warn-oceans-marine-life-brink-extinction/1308765143  and here http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/climate-of-denial-20110622?page=1 — with both articles published yesterday.
In your own personal world, how is that new way of thinking progressing (recall the themes suggested by this month’s New Moon)? Another challenge/illumination may inspire you to take action when Moon enters pioneering Aries at 4:24AM ET and squares the Cancer Sun at 7:48AM ET. A faster pace than yesterday prevails, marked by a potential jolt — or bolt — from the blue around lunchtime on the East Coast, followed by a potentially powerful and/or cathartic encounter around dinner time.

General note for the next several days: the potential for storms, seismic activity or other news from underground is elevated. Watch the headlines (tornado watch in New Jersey yesterday!) for details.

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 6/22/2011: Nebulous Neptune in the News

Keep your grounding cord down as the Moon in soulful Pisces continues its free fall, not to enter the next sign, Aries, until after midnight. For details on the energy of a void-of-course Moon, check out the ESSAYS section on my website, www.graceastrology.com. If you must move in a straight line today, then move you must; just be advised that the chances of getting off track are increased, so roll with whatever twists may come your way. If you do have freedom to float, follow your bliss. Creative and healing activities are highly favored.

Two powerful aspects from nebulous Neptune in its home sign of Pisces are exact today. Neptune squares aggressive Mars and trines the life-giving Sun. Neptune tends to dissolves whatever it touches, especially structures and other material things. Clouds, fog, glamor, charisma and other intangibles such as music, photography, healing and spirit are related to Neptune. When Neptune is strong in a horoscope, things may not be as they seem. Fact checking and reading the fine print more than once becomes essential.
How might Neptune square Mars manifest in an individual horoscope? For one possibility, look no further than today’s front-page profile of would-be president Michele Bachman http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/22/us/politics/22bachmann.html?hp  Sarah Palin has this aspect. So does Glenn Beck. Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton also have intense connections between Mars and Neptune (not squares, however).

In the headlines yesterday I noted a few Neptune-influenced stories in the headlines. In the business world, it was noted that the debt-ridden city of Harrisburg, the capital of PA is appealing to God to help solve its financial woes with a three-day prayer and fast in which the mayor will participate http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2011/06/18/harrisburg-pennsylvania-turns-to-god-for-fiscal-relief/  In the media, a UK newspaper apologizes for publishing a sex scandal that turned out to be fake http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=47324&c=1 …and so was this press release announcing that a US company had been accused of fraud http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/21/china-accounting-hoax-idUSN1E75K0ON20110621  Meanwhile, JP Morgan Chase will pay millions to settle with the SEC over charges it misled investors http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303936704576399971570631618.html?mod=googlenews_wsj And finally, we have this front page story about an innovative new camera http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/22/technology/22camera.html?hp

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 6/21/2011: Summer Solstice

Did I forget to mention that Moon moved into Pisces yesterday at 4:45PM ET, after a void so brief that if you blinked, you missed it? Apparently. Moon in Pisces needs to work with intangibles; working with your intuition and going with the flow can be an effective strategy during such times.

It could feel downright soupy over the next two days, as nebulous Neptune, the sign that rules Pisces, makes strong aspects to energetic Mars and life-giving Sun (both exact tomorrow during a day-long void). Watery depths increase with the Sun’s ingress into Cancer at 1:17PM ET, marking the Summer Solstice — the longest day of the year. The first two days around a Solstice or Equinox are especially charged, as these degrees of the zodiac: Zero Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn mark the beginning of a new season. Collectively these degrees are known as the Aries Point, and whenever a planet in your horoscope falls on one of these points, you can be sure it will push for prominence in your life.

Restrictive Saturn in Libra, sign of fairness, balance, judges squares Mercury (mind, communication, travel) in Cancer (women, mom, emotional security) at 2:42PM ET.  An apt aspect for yesterday’s Supreme Court decision denying 1.5 million current and former Walmart employees (women) to sue their employer for sex discrimination resulting in inequitable pay and promotion? Saturn-Mercury aspects can be heavy, sometimes downright depressing. On the other hand, the serious focus can be constructive. In the case of the Walmart employees, the loss sustained by each averaged $1100, according to the New York Times. What if 1.5 million women filed a case in small claims court? Putting together a case in court isn’t brain surgery. They wouldn’t need a lawyer to file; they could name corporate officers all the way to the top of the company; and Walmart would have to pay their lawyers to respond to each case. That’s my magical thinking idee du jour, no doubt influenced by the strong influence of nebulous Neptune, leading to indulgent flights of fancy.

Get it off your desk today if you can, in preparation for tomorrow’s day-long void, which starts tonight at 10:51PM ET on a potentially indulgent square between Moon (feelings) and Venus (women, art, beauty, love).

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 6/20/2011

A planetary wobble starts the work week. Mars, planet of action (and often aggression), leaves territorial Taurus at 10:50PM ET for six-week sojourn through chatterbox Gemini. The shift suggests that energy to consolidate and accumulate will be augmented by flexibility and a desire to diversify. Communication may become sharp and/or edgy.

Under pressure, Mars energy can be expressed as a clash of wills. When Mars in Taurus challenges Moon (feelings) at today 4:23PM ET, the result can be a stubborn, seething, silent stand-off. Once Mars moves into Gemini, challenging aspects to Mars may be experienced as a war of words.

Mars-Moon challenge notwithstanding, the last full day of Sun in information junkie Gemini features a balanced connection between the Sun and Moon in humanitarian Aquarius, suggesting you’ll be able to process whatever incisive, sobering news comes across your desk with emotional detachment this morning and early afternoon (you’ve been warned about the possibilities around 4:23PM ET).You’ll need that incisive, sobering mindset to see clearly through the rose-colored glasses offered by a charismatic would-be savior. Why do I say that? Because nebulous Neptune in Pisces pulls focus over the next three days, challenging Mars in Gemini (exact on Wednesday) and tempting us with delicious flights of fancy that can be productive for artists and healers; dangerous for others if you happen to be a fanatic driven to extremes.

And speaking of Wednesday, Moon will be void of course all day — in Pisces. Plan accordingly.

I’ve been meaning to write a few quick words on Greece, whose fiscal crisis is heating up once again. Both horoscopes I’ve seen for this country have planets that are being impacted by the Big T-Square Party among the heavies: Pluto, Uranus and Saturn. Intensity, upheaval, a rooting out of corruption leading to healing transformation — it continues to play out through the rest of this year.

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 6/17/2011 and the Weekend; Weiner Eclipsed

Less bumpy today. Moon in Capricorn continues to push us to take care of business, but without the fits and starts of yesterday’s harsh contacts from the heavies: Pluto, Saturn and Uranus. And perhaps you’ll find the pressures of the backlog/bottleneck suggested by the lunar eclipse have eased up.

Mind, communication and travel could incline you to the sublime, the optimistic, the escapist or expansive, thanks to supportive contacts to Mercury from rose-colored Neptune and enthusiastic Jupiter. Watch for innovation and possibly genius in your own personal world, as well as the headlines. By Sunday, you may be struck by a profound insight that cuts to the quick or cuts away the fat. It’s all part of this month’s lunar cycle: new ways of thinking that get you out of your comfort zone, so you can progress to the next level. Don’t be afraid to let go.

Your insights may have an especially sober, yet stabilizing effect on a partner or an investment. You can get real without the drama. Moon in humanitarian, independent Aquarius as of Saturday AM cherishes friendship above all else. Perhaps you will be inspired to mix and mingle with your own cherished friends.

Meanwhile, Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned, in what is surely the most important news story of decade. At least for him. Looking at his horoscope (again), it is interesting to note that the New Moon and solar eclipse on June 1st made a challenging square to Weiner’s own Sun, Uranus and Pluto hooked up at 11 to 13 degrees of Virgo. That drive for power; that (apparently) uncontrollable need for risk and excitement; that sense of independence — of being a renegade, an innovator, a ruthless disruptor of the status quo….well? It was suddenly “eclipsed,” wasn’t it? Were you born eleven days into the sign of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces? You may be feeling the effects of this eclipse more than others, too.