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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 10/31/2011: A Practical, Magical Halloween!

Monday’s baaaaack…time to make the doughnuts with Moon continuing thru the practical, pro-active, get down to business sign of Capricorn, the crusty old Goat. No Moon voids during business hours all week, either — save for one hour between 5-6pm Tuesday — blink and you’ll miss it. So tackle your chores and responsibilities with a vengeance.

The potential for beautiful fantasy or other rose-colored escapism rules on All Hallow’s Eve, suggested by a dynamic connection between nebulous Neptune and art & beauty loving Venus. I expect to see some truly fabulous costumes — let your imagination run wild. You can rose-tint your world from now until Tuesday, as mental Mercury is also challenged by nebulous Neptune. This suggests double checking EVERYTHING twice and being mindful of those who promise more than they can deliver. But if you’re looking for a vision or a visionary in the next couple of days, chances are you won’t have to look far. Music, spirit, soulful mingling and other intangibles…enjoy.


Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 10/28/2011 & the Weekend: Thinking Big

If you’re trying to regain consciousness between 7:49AM and 10:45AM ET, you might be inclined to take it slow, as the Moon is void of course. Sleeping late, being alert to twists or alleged “crises” (that turn out to be overwrought), indulging in a meditative activity like yoga  or creative brainstorming are favored; launching an important initiative is not.

When Moon enters the expansive, galumphing fiery sign of Sagittarius at 10:45AM, you might find yourself driven to opine — or surrounded by those who are. Go ahead and pick up that phone. At 11:08AM ET the highly charged challenge between Mercury (words) and Mars (action) is exact — read yesterday’s forecast for details and an advisory on the potentially combative nature of this connection.  The potent trine between expansive Jupiter (collective philosophy) and regenerating, transformational Pluto puts resources of all kinds — especially hidden resources brought to light — front and center and in the news. What overlooked, undervalued resource might you discover today?

A smooth connection from rebel Uranus to the Moon adds an innovative, humanitarian spin around lunchtime on the East Coast, and as the day moves into night, the bigger, more expansive (and expensive) the idea, the better, suggested by a bold challenge to the Sun from Jupiter, the cosmic sugardaddy, exact at 9:42PM ET. If the mood feels rowdy, especially on the streets, I won’t be surprised.

Moon continues through Sagittarius until 12:39PM Sunday, with a brief, sleep-in-late void from 9:31AM to 12:39PM (no shopping, no yard sales). It’s a great time to broaden your horizons, explore a new neighborhood, take a walk in nature, see a foreign film, take a class or take in a show and wax philosophical. At 12:39PM ET on Sunday, a more practical, proactive thrust takes over, suggested by the Moon’s ingress into make-it-happen Capricorn. That project you’ve been meaning to do around the house? That would work. Be mindful of the potential for a disruptive or illuminating jolt, followed by a territorial battle for control as the afternoon moves into evening.

And now, an op-ed which includes elements suggested by today’s planetary patterns:  a foreign, innovative “big picture” opinion on managing collective resources — right on the front page of the New York Times. Huzzah!  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/28/opinion/krugman-the-path-not-taken.html?hp One reason I like this writer/economist is that he is keenly aware that patterns we are seeing now are similar to patterns in the 1930s, and this is certainly true when it comes to planetary patterns. Plus, statistics show that he gets it right more often than the rest http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/romenesko/130485/claim-krugman-is-top-prognosticator-cal-thomas-is-the-worst/

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 10/27/2011: “If I Be Waspish…”

Moon continues its sojourn through moody bastard Scorpio, and frankly, you may encounter — or witness — a bit of jagged sparring over control of space, both physical and emotional, as Mercury (mind, communication) is challenged by Mars, perhaps seeking to lord it over whomever. Is it therefore a coincidence that we are seeing violent efforts to disband OWS protesters in certain cities  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/us/oakland-and-other-cities-crack-down-on-occupy-protests.html?ref=us  In your own personal world, think twice before you snap at anyone today, as the odds are good that they will snap back. Add a bit of strategy, consideration and consciousness to your communication, and you could express the same drive in a passionate, yet effective presentation.

Aspects in the chart of yesterday’s New Moon continue their resonance over the next couple of days and are reflected in these headlines: news from underground related to oil/gas here http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/27/nyregion/gas-pipeline-to-manhattan-stirs-debate-in-2-states.html?hpw  and here http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/business/energy-environment/flying-with-biofuel-gets-one-step-closer.html?src=rechp ; Mississippi pushes boundaries and seeks to redefine (transform) one possible consequence of sexual intercourse http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/us/politics/personhood-amendments-would-ban-nearly-all-abortions.html?src=me&ref=us , as a CDC advisory panel recommends  a controversial prescription to prevent a sexually-transmitted disease http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/health/policy/26vaccine.html?src=recg  

Finally, keeping in line with the second trine between Jupiter and Pluto (see yesterday’s forecast) which suggests transforming a perspective on resources, news has just hit the wires that European banks have agreed to take a loss on Greek debt to help resolve the impending European fiscal crisis. Here in the US, the numbers are out on how the top 1% in this country have fared in recent years, perhaps transforming perspectives as well  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/us/politics/top-earners-doubled-share-of-nations-income-cbo-says.html?src=me&ref=us We’ll see where we’re at with all this in March…

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 10/26/2011: New Moon in Scorpio

A potent day, with a New Moon exact at 3:56PM ET, at 4 degrees of Scorpio, a deeply emotional sign that needs to seek knowledge for the sake of power and control. Resilient, resourceful, relentless, ruthless — often operating with a passionate agenda kept tightly under wraps, “Scorpios build all the way up to Heaven and all the way down to Hell” (wrote astrologer Linda Goodman), and that’s what makes them so interesting.

The Sabian Symbol http://www.sabian.org/sabian_symbols.php for 4 Scorpio is “a youth holding a lighted candle in a devotional ritual”. If you recall the symbol of last month’s New Moon (“a group gathered around a campfire in communion”), then you’re already amazed by how the themes of last month appear to be continued for this month as well, but this time with a clearer focus on spirit –  in an environment more crafted and contained by a society (a candle) than primal and open (a campfire). How does this intensity of spiritual connection function meaningfully in a civilized society? Last month we may have focused on the spark. This month we focus on organizing the spark into something we can get our hands on…literally and figuratively. Oooohhhhh…that’s so deep…and it’s likely to be big …suggested by the New Moon’s challenge from expansive, enthusiastic, philosophical Jupiter. Would it surprise you that my favorite Sabian Symbol guru, Blain Bovee,  writes that one suggested manifestation of 4 Scorpio is “being incensed over poverty”? I could not make this up if I tried…

The chart for the New Moon contains a number of patterns ripe with the potential for release, as we’ll see in the headlines and in your own personal world. I mentioned a few of them earlier this week. Mercury (mind, communication) is hooked up with Venus (social expression, money, beauty, women) in sexy Scorpio…and both planets are challenged by Mars (action, aggression) in drama queen Leo. What does that suggest? First, an idealistic drive for depth and substance in communication suggests an opportunity to investigate and confront issues you might usually prefer to overlook. (Libra might overlook; Scorpio dives right in). This drive may be expressed quite proactively (some may find it overbearing) and may result in dramatic confrontations and/or juicy, messy — but oh-so-creative co-minglings. Take note of romantic prospects encountered at this time — and deal with what comes up in your existing relationships. Face the reality of your investigations fearlessly and be willing to release whatever isn’t working.

Another strong pattern during this cycle is the second trine between ruthless, transformational Pluto in Capricorn (the establishment) and expansive, optimistic Jupiter in Taurus (material security/bliss). The first trine happened on July 7th; the third and final trine happens in March of 2012; and what we can expect to pull focus is a change — or strong efforts to chage –  a personal or collective perspective/philosophy regarding material resources. Back in July 7th, the U.S. Congress was just starting to deal — or not deal — with the U.S. debt “crisis”. So that theme will likely return with a vengeance. Humming in the background of all of this is the status quo-disrupting, resistance-is-futile challenge between rebel Uranus and potent Pluto, a pattern that’ll continue to be reflected in world events for the next few years.

Overall, the potential for a super-productive lunar cycle. Get your plans for world domination off the ground now, especially in light of Mercury going retrograde on November 24th, just in time for the holidays. Of course, when launching really big plans or anticipating potential crises in your own personal world,  it’s helpful to know what’s going on in your own unique horoscope. Consult your local astrologer for details.

Last but not least, a look at headlines reflecting current planetary patterns. Here’s an example of the  worst potential of a sexually-charged Venus in Scorpio challenged by Mars in dominating Leo  is brought to lighthttp://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/25/world/europe/in-norway-gender-equality-does-not-extend-to-the-bedroom.html  Headlines about rethinking resources are everywhere, including China’s approach to waterhttp://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/world/asia/china-takes-loss-to-get-ahead-in-desalination-industry.html?src=me&ref=world  a major arrest in an insider trading casehttp://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/gupta-surrenders-to-authorities-on-insider-trading/?hp and Apple takes the initiative in solar energyhttp://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/10/26/2721576/apple-plans-solar-farm-at-data.html

Would love to write more, but the New Moon approaches! Must post now! Meanwhile, keep those cards and letters coming…

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 10/25/2011: Hints of a New Moon…

More of the same from yesterday: a relationship-oriented, cerebral Moon in Libra seeks appreciation and balance…but if it’s a new agenda you’d like to discuss, the New Moon on Wednesday (not Tuesday, as I mistakenly typed yesterday) is a more favorable time to launch it.

Wrap things up and shake off any restlessness or listlessness with something physical: a walk or a workout, with or without a partner.  Take note of the following, suggested by soon-to-be-exact planetary patterns,  which will set the tone for the month when the New Moon is exact at 3:56PM tomorrow:  intense idealism, highly-charged attraction or conflict,  especially between the sexes, and a spotlight on expanding resources, which can be good for business. Is that why corporate earnings this quarter have been relatively positive (over 68% of companies reporting so far are up). Hmmm….

Also anticipated this week: news from underground, related to nuclear power, radiation, mines, quakes — and here’s what I’ve noticed so far: our most powerful nuclear bomb is being dismantled http://news.yahoo.com/uss-most-powerful-nuclear-bomb-being-dismantled-071325260.html; mammograms (a.k.a. “slammo-grams”) are reassessed http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/24/mammograms-role-as-savior-is-tested/?ref=todayspaper and Caterpillar, a company heavily invested in mining dominates the market on Tuesday http://www.cnbc.com/id/44991429 And while I’m on the CNBC website, here’s a piece by yet another author/expert pointing out the similarity between our current economy and the 1930s  http://www.cnbc.com/id/45026897  One day maybe we’ll see an astrologer on a network news program confirming that yes, indeed, there is a striking similarity between planetary patterns we have now…and patterns then.


Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 10/24/2011: Pink Floyd Again

A potentially slow start to the morning, especially on the East Coast, suggested by the Moon being void of course in the perfectionist sign of Virgo (4:47PM ET Sunday until 11:49AM ET today). If you’ve been chillin’ since Sunday evening, good for you. As I write, Game 4 of the World Series is underway, and given that the Moon is void, chances of an upset by the underdog team are increased. I haven’t been following the Series, but I believe the underdog team might be the Rangers. Right now they are ahead. We’ll see what happens…

Speaking of Moon voids, here they are for the rest of the work week:  8:19 – 11:08AM ET on Wednesday; 7:49-10:45AM ET on Friday.

Today Moon enters the people-pleasing sign of Libra at 11:49AM ET, though a few jolts, flashes of insights and/or power plays may well materialize in the afternoon and early evening, suggested by challenges to the Moon from our favorite planetary heavies, ruthless Pluto and disruptive Uranus. What’s really important to note about today’s Moon is that we are now in the dark side of the lunar cycle. The New Moon in Scorpio happens at 3:56PM ET on Wednesday…so until then, it’s appropriate to wrap up your agenda from the current cycle and be patient with whatever feelings of restlessness or listlessness you have, knowing that something new is just around the corner. You could also listen to this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Side_of_the_Moon

Other news to catch up on: wasn’t it interesting that Barack Obama’s announcement on Friday that all troops would be brought home from Iraq coincided with a glorious trine from “rose-tint my world” Neptune and the Sun in conflict-avoiding Libra? Peace out!


Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 10/20/2011: Party On, Dude…

Writing this as Moon is void of course in Cancer, but by the time you wake up, it’ll be fully engaged in the proud, playful sign of Leo — at 6:06AM ET, to be exact. You could be rarin’ to go, perhaps on some innovative idea or connection you’ve just made…and the further we get into the day, the more optimistic (plus side) or grandiose (possible down side) it gets. I say this because the Moon in Leo suggests a need to be loved and adored — and it’ll be challenged by expansive, sometimes excessive Jupiter at 5:37PM ET. This sets the tone for a potentially festive evening — big time.

Check out yesterday’s forecast for thoughts on Friday’s exact trine (harmonious connection) between Sun and “rose-tint my world” Neptune; it’s been in effect for the whole week.  If your party tonight involves intangibles such as music, rarefied art, film, spirit and healing, for gawd’s sake, send me an invitation.


 

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 10/19/2011: The End of the World. Not.

Water, water everywhere…well at least here in New York and other parts East. Go with the flow & gracefully adjust to any structural adjustment, serious focus or wet blanket that may be tossed at you around lunchtime ET. If you’re feeling a urge to merge with a higher consciousness or escape into some other rarefied, intangible state (music, spirit or drug-induced fantasy), then you are in tune with the patterns suggested by nebulous Neptune in harmonious contact with the Sun (life force), an aspect which is exact on Friday. It’s a nice aspect to have if you’re trying to keep the peace. It’s also a potential set-up for an illusion that does not prove to be real.

Remember that Family Radio Guy who predicted the world would end on May 21, 2011 — a day notable for its abundance of Neptunian, “rose-tint my world” glow (I wrote about this around May 21st, if you feel like digging up the prior forecast — and I can’t remember his name)http://www.ebiblefellowship.com/outreach/tracts/may21/  Well, anyway, that didn’t happen, and many people who’d sold all their material goods in preparation for the Rapture (another Neptunian state of being), were disappointed. Isn’t it interesting that Family Radio Guy would re-schedule the end of the world on yet another day with nebulous Neptune pulling focus? I predict the world will not end on the October 21st either, and that those who are looking for a greater connection with spirit might find it at any one of the many Occupy (Your City Here) gatherings over the weekend. Pass the marshmallows around the campfire, please —  but do be careful if your gathering happens to going on in Greece ; )

Astro-logical Forecast for 10/18/2011: What’s In That Pipeline?


If you happen to wake up in a particularly cranky mood — or have to deal with someone else who did, an intense challenge to the Moon (in the sensitive sign of Cancer ) from power-driven Pluto may well be the planetary pattern to point at. What you — or the other parties — do with your crankiness — or supersensitivity — or a desire for deep emotional expression, is up to you. One option is to take a breath and look forward to the rest of the day unfolding with the potential for lovely, optimistic forms of social expression, with a bit of loony humor added, too. Could a dose of domestic bliss be added to your evening plans?

Meanwhile, I’ve been anticipating headlines about energy resources hitting towards the end of the week and into next week, especially with regard to oil/gas. In fact, two big deals — big, as in optimistic and possibly excessive — hit within the past 48 hours (perhaps Friday’s exuberant Venus-Jupiter opposition just couldn’t wait).  Here’s one: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/10/17/a-pipeline-merger-meets-a-need-and-perhaps-resistance/  and here’s the other http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204346104576636643736228236.html

Happy reading — and enjoy the day!

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 10/17/2011: More Buzz

More buzz today as news of something big keeps on spreading. Could that “something big” be one of your ideas? Write it down! It occurs to me that the written word (publishing) might well pull focus today (mental Mercury is challenged by expansive Jupiter, a connection that can suggest publishing) — and look — there on the front page of the New York Times we see this story about Amazon offering writers the chance to publish directly through them http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/17/technology/amazon-rewrites-the-rules-of-book-publishing.html?hp

Moon is still in chatty Gemini, going void at 6:18PM (break time!) — entering Cancer at 9:38PM ET.  Thoughts will likely shift to preserving homeland and emotional security. Watch the headlines.

Note also that as with last week, there are virtually no Moon voids during the work week, with the exception of today’s void affecting West Coast readers. Keep on truckin’.