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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 3/30/2012 & The Weekend: Chance of Thunderstorms, Followed by Sunshine

A day driven by a need for emotional and home(land) security, suggested by Moon in watery Cancer (which, btw, is Moon’s natural home). How might this need be challenged or charged, given the surprise/jolt/revelation suggested in the early morning hours (East Coast time), followed by the intensity of ruthless Pluto at 1:47PM ET? Whatever it is may be linked to your New Moon agenda and tension of the First Quarter Moon at 3:41 PM ET.  Let it all go after hours and enjoy the comforts and jocularity suggested by an easy connection between Moon and Jupiter at 8:41 PM.

Staying close to home, dining in, chatting with Mom or a close female friend — or maybe a home improvement project are fine choices for Saturday, as the Cancer vibe continues. You can shop until you drop without worrying about a Moon void to disappoint you and you’re not likely to overspend.

On Sunday, the Moon’s ingress into Leo suggests a giant meteor smashing into Earth, meaning you’ll never have to worry about your health insurance plan again.  April Fools’! But seriously folks, Moon in Leo offers a fine day for playful drama (or just plain drama), and we may see some especially inventive April Fools’ Day pranks, given that innovative Uranus wants to get into the act.  If you’re out and about, you’re likely to meet some folks from the fringe…and that can be a fun thing indeed.

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 3/29/2012: Resistance is Futile

A day of many moods,  as the need for information drives the morning with Moon in chatty Gemini. A rest period is called for when Moon goes void of course on a stable connection to serious Saturn at 2:05PM…not to enter Cancer until 7:07PM ET. Unplug from the hubbub if you can, and resist the urge to be swept into any drama or power plays that may arise during this time. In the evening, the focus turns to a dream of home sweet home and the security home provides.

Pluto in Capricorn exactly squares the Sun in Aries at 3:54 PM. You are likely feeling this potent pattern personally if you were born 7 to 11 days into the signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Significant challenges and changes in your life are strongly suggested, brought by forces seemingly beyond your control. No, it’s not all bad; Pluto transits can be quite empowering, even though structures you have relied upon may be taken away. Rise from the ashes and build yourself anew!

Inventor, designer and engineer Buckminster Fuller had a few notable things to say about change, worth considering if you are currently coping with the above:

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― Richard Buckminster Fuller

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly. ” ― Richard Buckminster Fuller

And speaking of coping and transformation, here’s a bit from Fuller’s Wikipedia biography:

“By age 32, Fuller was bankrupt and jobless, living in public, low-income housing in Chicago, Illinois. In 1922,Fuller’s young daughter Alexandra died from complications from polio and spinal meningitis. Allegedly, he felt responsible and this caused him to drink frequently and to contemplate suicide for a while. He finally chose to embark on “an experiment, to find what a single individual [could] contribute to changing the world and benefiting all humanity.

Fuller was experiencing a major Neptune transit (an “ego wipeout”), during the above time frame, and somehow he pulled himself together and lived to be 87. More inspiring words from this extraordinary mind can be found here:  www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/165737.Richard_Buckminster_Fuller

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 3/28/2012: Rose-Tint My World News Tonight

A need for information drives the day, with Moon running wild in Gemini, sign of the information junkie. And with Mercury retrograde, of course, there is (again) the potential for misinformation, miscommunication, etc.,etc. The antidote to Mercury retrograde is a willful effort to FOCUS.  Check and double check…especially if it’s a mic check, as President Obama learned (the hard way) on Monday, when a conversation he thought was private was picked up by a nearby microphone that just happened to be on www.nytimes.com/2012/03/27/us/politics/obama-caught-on-microphone-telling-medvedev-of-flexibility.html?scp=1&sq=obama%20flexibility&st=cse   Oops. FOCUS, Mr. POTUS!!

Also influencing the colors of the day: a idealizing connection between mental Mercury and loving Venus, suggesting an inclination to see the world through glasses in a shade of rose. And let’s not forget ruthless Pluto in “establishment” Capricorn challenging the Sun in me-me-me Aries, suggesting corruption exposed, power plays and other news from underground, such as seismic activity making headlines http://news.yahoo.com/magnitude-6-3-earthquake-shakes-tokyo-112318282.html  As for “feeling like you’re living inside a kaleidoscopic pinball machine” making headlines (see yesterday’s forecast), you can be happy you weren’t inside this kaleidoscopic JetBlue airplane when the pilot apparently lost his grip on reality. http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2012/03/27/jetblue-pilot-goes-nuts-in-the-air.html

Make that a Jefferson Airplane http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TS0dUrF6mQ&feature=fvst  (cue “White Rabbit” now)

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 3/27/2012: More on Mercury Retrograde

A more active day than Monday, driven by a need for intensity, information and perhaps entertainment, given the Moon’s ingress into chatty Gemini at 6:43 AM ET. If you feel like you’re living inside a kaleidoscopic pinball machine, credit the Moon making contact with dreamy Neptune, eccentric/inventive Uranus and aggressive Mars, all within the space of six hours. Some of the ideas tossed around may be genius; others may be half-baked or just plain wrong. Sounds like a great day for brainstorming creative thoughts. Double check your facts before you hit send!

One example of a half-baked idea hitting the wires happened on Friday, when the Wall Street Journal reported that Jon Corzine, former governor of New Jersey and former head of now-defunct and scandalized company MF Global, signed off on a memo authorizing the use of client funds to cover a company shortfall — a big no-no in the financial world. Ooh! Could this be a smoking gun? Not at all, apparently — so stop the presses! On Monday, a clarification was issued: Mr. Corzine did not — repeat, did NOT know the transferred funds were from client accounts. http://nocera.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/hype-at-the-wall-street-journal/?scp=3&sq=jon%20corzine&st=cse  Moral of the story: you might not be interested in banking or finance, but this scenario is a good illustration of the dangers of believing everything you hear when Mercury is retrograde. Thanks to those of you who have sent in stories of communication, technical and scheduling snafus happening in your own personal worlds.

Meanwhile, Dick Cheney’s heart wasn’t the only one making headlines over the weekend. Also reflecting the symbolism of the Sun (heart) hooking up with Uranus (technology/breakthroughs) was this bit about a man in Washington State who now has an artificial heart that is actually portable http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017810967_heart24m.html

Finally, because we’ve been following this story since it broke in May and knew we’d be seeing more drama beginning this Spring: Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund who was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a New York chambermaid  last year when Uranus, disruptor of the status quo, challenged DSK’s Moon (an extremely important planet in a horoscope), has just been charged with involvement in a prostitution ring http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/26/dominique-strauss-kahn-charged-prostitution-ring  The timing of these charges is perfectly aligned with patterns in the horoscope, and more disruptive challenges can be anticipated for DSK through early 2013.

How is rebel Uranus impacting your horoscope these days?

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 3/26/2012: A Heart Makes Headlines

You can toddle on off to work, fueled by today’s reigning need: to keep things as they are or otherwise preserve and/or establish material security. That is the prime directive of the Moon in Taurus. “Toddle” is a great work for Taurus, too — as the toddler phase of our own development corresponds to this sign. When we are toddlers, we become aware of that we are separate from other things and people. We become aware of possessions — and we cling to them stubbornly, as in “MINE!!!”  or “NO!!!” Have you ever tried to take a toy away from a two-year-old? Taurus is the toddler of the zodiac. Give them something good to eat, a nice warm blanket and a hug and they’re happy. Right?

No exact planetary aspects today, save for a happy connection between that Moooooon and Venus, planet of  love, beauty, women and money. Enjoy the relative quiet today, as it will get busier.  The headline act happens on Thursday and features a power play, corruption exposed and/or other news from underground (volcanoes & other seismic activity, for instance), suggested by ruthless Pluto squaring the Sun. As with aspects involving the outer planets (Pluto, Neptune and Uranus), we may see manifestations a few days before they are exact.

Your Moon void alerts for the week: Tuesday 12:35AM – 6:43AM ET; Thursday 2:05PM – 7:07PM ET. If you don’t know what a Moon void is — also known as a void-of-course Moon — you’ll find a link to a helpful explanation in the forecast that was posted last Friday.

And now, the news. You may recall from Friday’s forecast that Sun’s annual hook-up with rebel Uranus, disruptor of the status quo, was likely to present “volatility and a few surprises”. Certainly that’s what happened in the world I was watching, which happened to be the stock market. Ready for this? A high-frequency stock exchange called BATS (gotta love the name) launched its IPO Friday morning, clearly without the input of an astrologer. At 10:57AM, with nebulous Neptune casting a fog in charts cast for both New York and Kansas City (where BATS is based), the stock of Apple, “the highest-profile company in the world”,  suddenly plunged 9% — and trading on Apple was halted. What the heck happened? Minutes later it was learned that one trade of 100 shares made on the BATS stock exchange — erroneously — was the culprit. And it  just got worse for BATS as the day progressed, as a technical glitch was ultimately blamed.  At the end of the day  — in an epic FAIL — BATS canceled its IPO — http://www.cnbc.com/id/46836415  We can all profit from the moral of the story: there are certain risks when launching a sophisticated tech operation with technical glitch-prone Mercury retrograde, trigger-happy Mars retrograde, and a general backdrop of surprises, volatility and information overload suggested by an intense hook-up among Mercury (retrograde in Pisces, at the prominence-seeking Aries Point), and  Sun-Uranus in impulsive Aries

Speaking of sophisticated tech operations, another reflection of Sun-Uranus hook-up, exact at 2:21 PM ET on the 24th, was Dick Cheney’s heart transplant making front page news. Why? Because in the language of astrology, the Sun refers to life force and also the heart. Uranus refers to technology, technological breakthroughs, innovation, invention. In Dick Cheney’s horoscope (Jan 30 1941 at 7:30 PM in Lincoln, NE), we can see that the heart could be a potential health concern, as astrological symbols referring to the heart and critical illness are under high tension. We can also see that right now, Dick Cheney is experiencing an upheaval in areas related to physical health and his foundation, augmented by the good fortune and expansion suggested by the return of Jupiter to its natal placement in Cheney’s chart. And on March 25th, Cheney’s horoscope featured technogeek Uranus exactly opposing the North Node, suggesting “meetings with unusual people pay off; sudden relationship”. Receiving a new heart from a stranger does sound like the beginning of a sudden relationship. Coincidence or conspiracy?

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 3/23/2012 & the Weekend: Darth Vader Explains It All For You

Not much exact planetary action today. Moon continues charging through pioneering Aries, as you may have noticed by the way folks are careening all over the highways. Seriously. En route to work yesterday I was certain our van driver was about to buy the farm on multiple occasions. Do be mindful if you are traveling.

The edge on verbal expression and hair-trigger tempers is softened as of 9:22AM ET, as Mercury backs up into the sign of Pisces, where it will linger until April 17th. Intuitive powers are highlighted; don’t be afraid to let your mind wander. The next lunar aspect happens on Saturday: a serious, potential wet blanket, courtesy of controlling Saturn opposing the feisty Aries Moon at 1:17PM ET. You could easily shrug it off for the next several hours, as the Moon is void of course from 1:17PM until 5:43PM ET…then it enters Taurus, sign of material comforts and sensual delights.

The weekend’s most intriguing aspect is the Sun’s annual hook-up with rebel Uranus, at 2:21PM ET, suggesting declarations of independence, a celebration of the unique, the bizarre, the inventive — and anything else that disrupts the status quo. Uranus aspects are often felt ahead of time, so we may experience some volatility and surprises on Friday.

Sunday offers the potential for deep satisfaction, as Moon makes smooth connections to assertive Mars, resourceful Pluto and expansive Jupiter. The Jupiter connection happens at 6:02PM ET, setting a jolly, indulgent tone for the evening. Have a friend or two over for dinner.

And now, another take on the symbolism of the New Moon in Aries horoscope, prompted by a 45-second clip a co-worker sent me http://www.wimp.com/vaderkilt/ Entitled “Darth Vader in a Kilt On a Unicycle Playing the Bagpipes”, it is a perfect example of the abundance of creativity and innovative thinking this lunar cycle offers, especially the powerful, kooky hook-up between mental Mercury and inventive Uranus.  Notice that it is also a one-man show, true to the spirit of me-me-me Aries and the self-sufficient Earth Grand Trine (read yesterday’s forecast for a breakdown of the patterns in the New Moon horoscope). It’s got a dark side (Darth), representing the Pluto challenge to Uranus…and it’s got plenty of Hollywood glamor (Star Wars!), representing the sensational opposition between Neptune and  Mars. This clip even captures the spirit of Mars, Mercury and Saturn retrograde. Why? Because Mr. Darth, for all his unique talent, is going in circles. Not quite ready to hit the road yet…but don’t worry…he will be. Check out the video — it will make you smile — and may inspire your own creativity during the current lunar (uni)cycle.

Happy Friday!!!

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 3/22/2012: New Moon in Aries and Way More

If you read Monday’s forecast, you may recall a bit about the Moon being void of course from 4:39AM ET Wednesday to 5:57AM ET Thursday, in Pisces on the last day of of the lunar cycle.  Regular readers would have been alerted to the following possibilities: unexpected twists, crises that turn out to be for naught, it being a challenge to move things in a straight line and a higher than usual flake factor — all of that is related to the Moon void. Last day of the lunar cycle suggests a sense of restlessness or listlessness, knowing that the new cycle is near — but not here yet. Moon in Pisces: a need to work with intangibles, usually adding a dreamy vibe to the day.

Factor in that Mercury is retrograde (schedule snafus, delays, retreats) and you’ve got a good scenario for your astro-logical forecast not being in your inbox yesterday — an unexpected twist — because your astrologer had twists of her own — all good, except for the one about getting on the downtown subway instead of the one heading uptown.  Hopefully you went with the flow. If you don’t know what a void-0f-course Moon is and/or how to manage one,  read this: www.graceastrology.com/astro-logical-forecast-for-friday-saturday-210-112012-what-is-a-void-of-course-moon/  And welcome!

The New Moon at 2 degrees of Aries is exact today at 10:37AM ET, and it is just bursting with the potential for innovative ideas and a declaration of independence and empowerment. Four planets: Sun, Moon, mental Mercury and rebel Uranus are aligned in Aries,  needing  to be Number One. Other keywords for Aries: courage, inspiration, innocence, fresh starts, fighting for the underdog, warrior, impulsive (sometimes dangerously so). What’s that buzz going on inside your head — and/or all around you?

Contrast this emotional and mental intensity with the lingering effects of last week’s Earth Grand Trine among Mars, Pluto and Jupiter.  We can expect resources to continue to be a focal point in the headlines, along with a need for the projection of an aura of self-sufficiency and stability. During this cycle, however, stability is likely to be challenged. Transformational Pluto is in a tense pattern with rebel Uranus and both of these heavies challenge the Sun on March 29th and March 24th, respectively. Possible manifestations: notable earthquakes (we already had one on Monday, in Mexico), accidents, rebellion against the status quo, news from underground (seismic activity and corruption exposed)and volatility.

 If you have planets in your horoscope between 3 and 9 degrees of Aries,  Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, you are undoubtedly feeling the tension between Uranus and Pluto on a personal level. What is the push for change? More on that question can be found in this article, URANUS SQUARE PLUTO: What’s In It For You?  http://www.astrologynyc.org/articles/  I wrote it for professionals and students of astrology; laymen will have to wade through some technical jargon, but you’ll get the idea, especially if you know a little bit about your horoscope.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is  “a cameo profile of a man in the outline of his country” and the text provided by Blain Bovee, the go-to guy for all things Sabian, echoes the theme above of  asserting our unique identity in or contrast to the collective. What sense of stability do we gain by identifying ourselves as, for example,  “I am Brazilian” or “I am Polish-American” or “I am a Buddhist”? What happens when others put us in these kinds of categories?

With this Sabian Symbol, Blain Bovee notes the potential “to stereotype others at the expense of their full individuality; to highlight only their prominent features” (suggested by the image of the cameo profile, which is only presenting one side of a person’s face). Watch for stories of  snap judgments based on general outlines — in the news and in your own personal world. One consequence of such (literally) trigger-happy thinking is illustrated in this disturbing story, likely to gain more traction in the headlines during this lunar cycle:   http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/17/opinion/blow-the-curious-case-of-trayvon-martin.html   Recommended reading for this lunar cycle: Blink and Outliers, both by Malcolm Gladwell http://www.gladwell.com/   The first book is an eye-opener about first impressions; the second is an equally provocative read on why certain individuals — such as Bill Gates — are so successful.

Last, but not least: during this lunar cycle aggressive Mars is challenged by nebulous Neptune, suggesting issues of glamor, charisma, seduction, fantasy and fanaticism. This is a terrific pattern for the launch of an escapist movie (Neptune) about a battle to the death (Mars) fought on television (Neptune) by an unconventional, rebel hero (Uranus in Aries) in a post-apocalyptic world http://hungergamesmovie.org/ For the rest of us, it is a suggestion to look very carefully at whatever hype and spin is being spun and consider the source before jumping on the bandwagon. 

Meanwhile, in New York, our very early Spring continues in full bloom, with a projected high today in the 70s.  Whatever journey we are on, as individuals or part of the collective, there’s no stopping it now. Courage!

To be continued…

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 3/20/2012: Spring Has Sprung!

Happy Vernal Equinox! Happy International Astrology Day! As of 1:15AM ET, Sun entered Aries, marking the beginning of a new astrological year. Already in New York, the daffodils have declared victory over winter. Everything is green and fresh and new again! Meanwhile, did you know that the Vernal Equinox is a holiday in Japan? And that by the time you read this, their holiday will be nearly over?

It’s an odd time for a New Year, as we are in the last days of the lunar cycle – more of a time to wrap things up than start anew.  With the Moon now in dreamy Pisces, you could use this day and the next to imagine all the seeds you intend to plant on the New Moon in Aries, which you can light a candle for at 10:37AM ET on Thursday…

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 3/19/2012: The Last Day of the Year!

The last day of the Sun in Pisces offers the potential for inspired innovation, given lingering effects of yesterday’s hook-up between mental Mercury and Uranus in Aries. A humanitarian Moon in Aquarius drives the day, facilitating all the REconnections and REunions you may be experiencing, courtesy of Mercury retrograde.

That Moon goes void at 4:31PM ET, entering Pisces at 8:05PM ET. Moon in Pisces needs to work with intangibles: intuition, music, rarefied art…and it can all get even more spacey-dreamy as Moon meets with nebulous Neptune, which rules Pisces.  The Impossible Dream! That could be the theme song as of 1:15AM Tuesday, when the Sun enters Aries, champion of the impossible dream, and the New Year in Western Astrology officially begins. Happy Vernal Equinox (first day of Spring).

Moon void alert: 4:39AM ET on Wednesday to 5:57AM ET Thursday is a loooong time to go with the flow. Plan whatever you intend to be of consequence around those times.

Astro-logical Forecast for 3/16 & the Weekend: Score One for Uranus Square Pluto

Wow! What a week it’s been! We’ll talk about that in a minute. But first…

Moon continues to strive to make things happen in enterprising Capricorn, buoyed by a lovely connection to Venus (women, aesthetics, money, social expression) in security-preserving Taurus at 3:11AM ET. It’s the only exact lunar aspect of the day, so that sets the tone. Happy Friday! It’s a much quieter day than the rest of the week, but much can still be accomplished.

Saturday morning may be a bit grumpy, as the enterprising Moon is challenged to get even more serious by disciplined, chilly Saturn. Does someone want to be alone? Chill out and roll with it during the Moon void from 9AM – 12:11PM ET. Or maybe just sleep in — a perfect activity for void of course Moons.  In the afternoon and into the evening, you’re likely to be feeling more social, as Moon, now in “who loves ya buddy” Aquarius,  is supported by chatty Mercury and unconventional Uranus. With Mercury currently retrograde, consider reconnecting with folks you haven’t seen in a long while — don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone to do it.

Sunday is terrific for optimistic, pleasure-seeking humanitarians and other friends — though you might want to keep an eye on your wallet. An exuberant contact to Moon from jolly Jupiter hits at 7:23AM ET, followed by a brilliant hook-up between mental Mercury and innovative, freedom-loving Uranus at 1:24PM ET. Technogeeks and other geniuses  (including astrologers),  thrive under this configuration — the second of three that will happen between March 5th and April 22nd. Take note of your bright ideas — some of them may well be diamonds in the rough.  Another indulgent contact between Moon and Venus hits at 2:39PM. Yum!

And now, the news:

First, how about those stock markets? Highs that haven’t been seen in a few years  — and yet market volatility was unusually low. Low volatility suggests more confidence, less fear driving the markets. This suggests stability. Hmmm…stability…perhaps the kind of stability that might be reflected in an Earth Grand Trine involving planets often associated an abundance of resources? Coincidence or conspiracy? Why, even the United States Senate managed to achieve a level of productivity not seen since…well I don’t know when. I will let Gail Collins, who writes funny, tell you http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/15/opinion/collins-the-senate-overachieves.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Not everyone was feeling stable, though. Ask the good folks at the investment bank Goldman Sachs how stable it feels to see the value of your company drop by two billion dollars in one day…all because one “disgruntled employee” had the nerve to publish his resignation letter in the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/14/opinion/why-i-am-leaving-goldman-sachs.html?src=me&ref=general And the status quo of  The Establishment was disrupted, as alleged moral bankruptcy and bad manners were exposed. Sounds like a textbook case study for rebel Uranus in Aries, sign of the Individual and the Underdog challenging Pluto (transformation/annihilation of all that is rotten) in Capricorn (hallowed structures of our government and corporations). The first of seven exact challenges (squares) happens June 24; the last one happens March 16, 2015.

Here’s the takeaway from that story: look how empowered one person can be! The empowerment of the individual is one major theme of the dance we’re seeing between Uranus and Pluto in Aries and Capricorn. Yes, you, too can be an entrepreneurial pioneer. Welcome to the world of the self-employed (Aries), connected to the whole world through technology (Uranus).  We will certainly see many more David vs. Goliath stories over the next few years…and some Davids will be kookier than others (Uranus delights in being decidedly weird). The challenge for us in choosing which of these Davids to follow is being strong enough to see through the veil of illusion presented by weirdest of the bunch, because those rose-colored glasses may be terribly tempting. Especially if those glasses somehow promise to feed our collective soul (we’ll likely to be doing a lot of soul-searching over the next 14 years, but that’s another story about Neptune in Pisces, which I will tell another day — or you can search the archives for what has already been written).

Have a great weekend!