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Astro-logical Forecast for Saturday & Sunday 11/26-27/2011: Venus Pulls Focus

Moon continues its sojourn through opinionated, high-flying Sagittarius, suggesting a need to ramble — in action and in words. Take it slow and choose your words carefully, as you adjust to Mercury (mind, communication, travel), now retrograde. Gossip is a good thing to avoid during this time, as information that crosses the wires is more likely to be off than usual.

Over the next two days Venus, planet of love, money, beauty and social expression pulls focus. At 7:36AM ET Venus enters the practical, status-oriented sign of Capricorn, where it is promptly challenged by eccentric, erratic Uranus. New associations made now might be found way off the beaten path. You may find yourself attracted to the weirdly wonderful or technological; you may find yourself pulling in a new flame that flares up and fades as suddenly as it arrived. Keep an open mind.

Take a break from 7:06PM – 10:04PM ET, while the Moon is void of course. Moon joins Venus in Capricorn for the remainder of the evening, hooking up with Venus shortly thereafter — and that’s just lovely. On Sunday, you can apply the make-it-happen energy of the Capricorn Moon to just about anything — with this caveat: a delicious connection between Venus and Jupiter, the planet of reward, suggests a high probability of indulgence. Watch your wallet; otherwise let the good times roll.

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday & Friday 11/24-25/2011: New Moon in Sagittarius; Mercury Retrograde

And a very happy Thanksgiving holiday weekend to you! Even with the potential for travel and communication snafus, courtesy of Mercury turning retrograde until December 13th, this suggestion for the day was to enjoy the rose-tinted emotional depth offered by Moon in substantive Scorpio and a peaceful, beautiful connection between loving Venus and nebulous Neptune, which at its best, can take us into the sublime. After a brief Moon void between 6:05PM and 8:57PM ET, suggesting a nap after all that turkey, Moon entered the high-flying, opinionated sign of Sagittarius, where it will roam until 10:04PM ET on Saturday. Already you may be feeling inspired to set an agenda for the New Moon, exact Friday at 1:10AM ET, that broadens your horizons. So let’s talk about the New Moon, which is especially potent because it coincides with a solar eclipse.

Eclipses halt the normal flow of traffic, so that something new can be born. The friendly policeman who stops cars so that Mrs. Mallard and her fluffy brood can make their way to the Boston Public Garden in the children’s classic Make Way for Ducklings is one way to look at an eclipse. Of course while traffic is stopped, it’s also backing up…and when it flows again, it’s possible that some cars may hit the gas a little too hard. So if you have a planet or point at 3 degrees of Sagittarius (the degree of the Sun and New Moon), you may feel the effects of the release of the bottleneck some months afterward — and it can feel like being blindsided.  3 degrees of Gemini, Pisces and Virgo are also sensitive to this cosmic event (many of the folks making news over the summer and early fall had major planets at 11-12 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces — impacted by the solar eclipse at 11 Gemini on June1st — Rupert Murdoch is one example). Where does 3 degrees of Sagittarius fall in your horoscope? That’s the area of your life most likely to be affected.

This New Moon challenges us to review — especially with Mercury being retrograde — our collective philosophy. Law, religion, mass media, higher education and the philosophical foundation of political systems. The Sabian Symbol for 3 Sagittarius is intriguing: “Two men playing chess” a.k.a. “the game of kings,” as Sabian Symbol guru  Blain Bovee points out in his must-have book on the subject (I encourage you to acquire this book if you are seriously interested in astrology — it’s on Kindle). What are the rules of chess, a game that requires intelligence, creativity and strategy? There are very specific rules for restricting movement of each piece on the board. So long as the pieces move within those limits, the game works. So what happens if the rules are tossed out the window and the chess pieces decide to roam wherever they please? Hmmmmm…. Think about the objective in chess, which is to check (immobilize, neutralize, paralyze) the leader/king of the opposing side. Why play this sort of game? I’m not saying it’s a bad game, I’m saying this New Moon suggests looking at why we play the games we play — and what the rules are. Do we need a new game? Do we need new rules? Consider how games and rules apply in your own personal world. Do you need to break a few?Make a few?  Stop playing? Start playing?

A few reminders for  Mercury retrograde — even for regular readers. Mercury gets such a bad rap because we are geared, in this crazy modern age, to always be thinking, doing, moving FORWARD. You know what that gets you? BURN OUT. We need our down times, and Mercury retrograde is a perfect time to give our minds a rest from the pressure of moving forward. Why else would your computer, phone and/or car choose THIS time to malfunction? Because you are supposed to be slowing down!

When Mercury is retrograde, be prepared for travel delays, scheduling screw-ups, mechanical breakdowns, computer crashes, having to repeat what you’ve just said, misunderstandings, people from your past turning up out of nowhere and having to repeat what you’ve just said.  Avoid signing contracts, making major purchases (especially mechanical ones) and losing patience. I’d wait before acting on the sensational idea that hits you during Mercury retrograde periods. During the last Mercury retrograde, Warren Buffett claimed he was inspired — on a particularly hazy Neptune day, no less — to invest five billion dollars in Bank of America — signed, sealed and delivered — within 24 hours. If you have five billion dollars to invest and Mercury is retrograde, I recommend a more conservative, less impulsive strategy. Do your due diligence.

When Mercury is retrograde, do also plan on RElaxing, REviewing, REsearching, REorganizing, REgenerating, REconnecting and REcreating. Also consider REviewing your life — with your local astrologer. Introspection and planning are highly favored at this time…and besides, I’d love to hear from you.

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 11/23/2011: Hello, I Must Be Going…

Briefly: patience in all things travel and communication-related. Mercury is about to turn retrograde, suggesting a higher probability of delayed flights, taxi drivers who don’t know how to get to the airport, barrista with questionable organizational skills and other delights. Patience will be even more helpful as you manage today’s Moon in Scorpio and its need for depth, intensity and control. Pretend you are visiting from another planet.

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 11/22/11: Dark Side of the Moon

In terms of planetary activity, yesterday was the quietest day of the week. We have an interesting dichotomy now of having an abundance of weird, innovative, creative, possibly resourceful and/or forceful energy to use, suggested by a number of stable contacts between rebel genius Uranus and the Sun (life force), action-oriented Mars and indefatigable Pluto and disciplined Saturn and loving Venus…all of which will be exact today and tomorrow. BUT — 1) we are in the last phase of the lunar cycle, suggesting that our focus is best spent wrapping up old business and clearing the way for the New Moon, exact at 1:10AM ET Friday; and 2) Mercury has reached its station of 21 Sagittarius, about to turn retrograde on Thursday at 2:21AM ET, suggesting our minds are not working as deftly as they usually do. Back up your computer NOW. No, really. RIGHT NOW.

Today the Moon in Libra suggests a need for balance, peace, justice and fairness in all interactions, even as we adjust to the wild shift made by the Sun’s ingress into adventurous, fiery Sagittarius at 11:08AM ET. Whereas Sun in Scorpio can keep much under wraps for the sake of control, Sun in Sagittarius is more inclined to let it all hang out, and never mind the mess. If you were a Centaur (half-human, half-horse), aiming at arrow at the sky, whilst galumphing across an open field, you’d trip over your four left hooves on occasion, too. But what a fitting festive energy for the beginning of the holiday season…

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 11/21/11: Revolution Earth

No exact aspects today except for a potentially potent & cathartic challenge between Moon in fair-minded, peace-loving Libra and ruthless Pluto at 6:04AM ET. A cranky encounter with a moody woman? A spat over resources and other possessions? Perhaps nothing at all, because you’re not even awake at 6:04AM ET for gawdsake?  Aspects from Moon move fast — blink and you might miss ‘em.

Yesterday’s exact square between nebulous Neptune and Sun was reflected in many headlines. Neptune refers to oil, water and toxins. Here’s a must-read piece about all three in the New York Times Magazine http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/magazine/fracking-amwell-township.html?src=recg Neptune also refers to spaciness and fantasy, delightfully illustrated in this bit from The Onion http://www.theonion.com/articles/you-look-like-you-could-use-an-elizabethan-adventu,10881/ Of course pepper spray is also a toxin, and if you haven’t been keeping up on the story of the alleged police officer nonchalantly blasting students at UC/Davis and sending at least one to a nearby hospital, have a look http://www.salon.com/2011/11/20/the_roots_of_the_uc_davis_pepper_spraying/ The toxic incident has since been turned into fine art, also represented by Neptune http://peppersprayingcop.tumblr.com/  In other news, the word “fantasy” was featured in this piece on the Super Committee http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/fantasies-of-a-debt-deal-from-a-convivial-congress/?hp Coincidence or conspiracy?

Meanwhile, social unrest in Egypt is again in the news. Regular readers of this forecast will recall that revolution in Egypt was making news some months ago, about the time that rebel Uranus, disruptor of the status quo, was approaching zero degrees of Aries. Zero Aries is the degree of the Vernal Equinox, the first day of Spring (think it’s a coincidence they’re calling the unrest in Arab countries the “Arab Spring”)?   A planet near zero degrees of Aries tends to call attention to itself — big time. And right now Uranus is approaching that zero degree again, as it moves backward through the sign of Aries. Uranus turns direct on December 10th, so we may well see more big news of  social unrest/rebellion around that date — in Egypt and elsewhere, too. Here’s an example of unrest in Wisconsin, in which over 25,000 people gathered over the weekend to support a petition to recall Governor Scott Walker, suggesting difficulties that were anticipated for Gov. Walker around the early part of 2012 may well come to pass http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/feingold-signs-walker-recall-petition-to-kick-off-madison-rally-pu34cfr-134174313.html Revolution Earth? It’s right here, courtesy of the B-52s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q14bl8upJ0

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 11/18/2011 & The Weekend

Note a potential challenge to your New Moon agenda which may be presented by the Third Quarter Moon at 10:09AM ET and think about spending the next week wrapping that agenda up. On the East Coast, get it off your desk by 2:06PM ET, if you can. On the West Coast, you may be in for a long, spacey lunch hour. Moon goes void at 2:06PM ET and enters Virgo at 5:19PM ET, suggesting a weekend vibe that craves organization and perfection against a backdrop of fantasy, rarefied art and other rose-tinted, intangible escapes.

If you don’t know what that means, you’re not alone. Yesterday CNBC’s Jim Cramer, a stock market guy who freely admits he is supposed to know things, confessed he had no explanation for why the markets are behaving the way they are, because apparently they are not behaving the way many experts think they should. “Confused” was the word he used, if memory serves.

Allegations and revelations of fraud, bewilderment and deception litter the front pages. “(New York City Comptroller) John Liu’s Credibility” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/opinion/john-lius-credibility.html?hp Courts that are supposed to be open to the public mysteriously are not http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/nyregion/at-new-york-family-courts-rule-for-public-access-isnt-heeded.html?hp Yet another investment manager is charged with fraud http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/11/17/manager-who-claimed-to-own-facebook-shares-charged-with-fraud/?hpw — as is an  ex-President of the Philippines http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/11/17/world/asia/AP-AS-Philippines-Arroyo.html?hp Meanwhile, in my own personal world, I have trouble remembering how to spell “Philippines”.

Enjoy the next few days of this potential magical mystery tour with patience and extra-awareness. Mercury is slowing down, about to turn retrograde early Thursday morning. Our minds may need extra time to process information.  Moon goes void on Sunday at 5:21PM ET, entering Libra at 8:16PM ET. That’s a rest period, with no holiday impulse shopping, if you please. Chill.

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 11/17/2011: Pride, Prejudice and Newt Gingrich

This morning the Moon in regal, dramatic Leo is running wild in the heavens, suggesting a big call for attention in areas related to being loved and adored. An obsessive-compulsive connection from this needy emotional drive to nebulous Neptune suggests a strong possibility of escapism, fantasy and/or idealism. The plus side? An abundance of creativity which can be channeled into your latest project, especially if it has a spiritual/non-material base. By the end of the day, more idealism needing to be aired in the forum of public fantasy. And the potential for a jolly good time.

Speaking of over-the-top fantasy and delusion, consider the horoscope of Newt Gingrich, which has been discussed in recent months in this forecast. Powerful connections between Mars (action) and nebulous Neptune suggest great charisma that could be the envy of any great showman — or con man. Jupiter in Cancer running wild in his horoscope suggest the potential for bombast, faith in the extreme, or at the very least, big expansive philosophical musings that must be heard (echoed by his Moon in Sag, suggesting he absolutely, positively must tell the world what he thinks — and be richly rewarded for it) Big, dramatic emotions are part of the picture, suggested by a hook-up between Venus and Pluto — in the sign of Leo. Brilliant? Glib? Sure, as suggested by Mercury (mind) hooked up with Uranus (genius, rebel) in smooth-talking Gemini, which is also his Sun Sign. Birthday:  June 17, 1943. Why all this talk about Newt? Look no further than today’s front page. Does his horoscope come to life in the op-ed as described above? http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/professor-of-profits/?hp

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 11/16/2011: Of Cabbages and Kings

Moon goes void in Cancer at 12:22AM ET Wednesday….with a long overdue sigh — and perhaps more than a hint of a sobering dose of control or serious challenge to expression. Unexpected twists, crises that turn out to be naught and/or a higher than usual “flake factor” may mark the wee hours and into the workday on the East Coast.

Moon enters drama queen Leo at 11:17AM ET and makes an innovative connection to rebel Uranus at 12:54PM, followed by an over-the-top challenge from expansive Jupiter at 4:33PM ET. A big, creative show or a big, creative party, perhaps? How about a big Hollywood movie premiere with a protagonist whose last name is King?  Yeah, that’ll work for Moon in royal Leo  http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/reviews/the-descendants-20111115

Also highlighting the day is the very physical and exuberant connection between Mars (planet of action) and Jupiter (planet of reward), both of which are making easy contact with Pluto (resources and perspective); read yesterday’s forecast for details of that and also the potentially nebulous connection between Sun and Neptune.

If you were born in the first few days of the earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), chances are good that’s there’s an easier flow to material resources than perhaps you have been used to; at the very least you are likely feeling more grounded.

If you were born in the first three days of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, do tell us what independent streak you’ve been on since March. What break for independence have you made?

See you tonight at the movies!

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 11/15/2011: Home Sweet Home

Add “preserving homeland security” to the emotional security needs of Moon in Cancer, which I’d argue include possession of certain territories. Preserving homeland security — “safety” — is the argument I’m listening to right now as Mayor Michael Bloomberg explains why the NYPD moved in under cover of darkness last night and evicted Occupy Wall Street, arresting at least 70 protestors http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/nyregion/police-begin-clearing-zuccotti-park-of-protesters.html?hp Frankly, I think it has less to do with “fire and safety hazards” and more to do with a certain press release that hit the newsrooms yesterday, announcing OWS’s intention to “shut down” the stock markets on November 17th.  Such a huge burst of energy and/or grand schemes is not inconsistent with the easy connection suggested by a very physical Mars and expansive, philosophical, “big picture” Jupiter, exact Wednesday at 5:08PM ET. And that burst of energy will find a release, one way or another.

Also in effect this week is an approaching challenge between nebulous Neptune and the Sun, exact on Sunday. On the plus side, Neptune is terrific for artists, musicians, healers and other visionaries. On the down side, Neptune can add an element of confusion, bewilderment, fantasy, deception and outright lies. Keep this in mind if you’re looking for a dose of reality or just the facts. What is said and/or presented may not be as it seems (see paragraph above for one possible example).

In your own personal world, be aware of physical energies bottling up — and find a healthy release in exercise or productive creativity. Your latest project can benefit from the boost, if channeled consciously.  Moon continues in Cancer all day long. If you’re feeling crabby or super-sensitive, go ahead and blame it on the Moon ; )

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 11/14/2011: Oh Happy Day!

Monday, Monday….

In just three hours, at 2:19AM ET, Moon will leave Gemini for the emotional-security seeking sign of Cancer, and soon thereafter, you may wake up with a flash, jolt or other sudden inspiration, spurred on by an optimistic drive to just get it done and be happy about it, already. Somehow you’ll manage to work through the potential emotional power grab/battle that may happen around lunchtime on the East Coast….and then you can plan your strategy for the rest of the week, unencumbered by any cranky aspects. Keep on truckin’!

This evening, the comforts of home may be calling you. Good food and all that. And more of the same tomorrow.

The Moon voids this week are: Wednesday 12;22AM ET – 11:17AM ET; Friday 2:06PM ET – 5:19PM ET. More anon….