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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 4/30/2012: Void and More Voids

Get it off your desk first thing in the AM if you can — at least on the East Coast. Moon continues its promenade through regal Leo, buoyed by contact with expansive Jupiter overnight, before settling down to some constructive communication at 10:17AM ET, at which point it goes void…not to enter discriminating Virgo until 7:02PM ET. Great for brainstorming; not so great for launching new ventures and signing contracts. If you’re new to these forecasts and want more info on Moon voids, check out the post dated February 10, 2012 — it’s in the archives on the website.

Tuesday and Thursday are looking most productive this week Wednesday we have a void from 6:58AM ET to 10:04PM; on Friday Moon is void of course from 2:02PM to 10:20PM ET. Plan accordingly.

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 4/27/2012 & the Weekend: Art and Commerce

Thank God It’s Friiiiiied-day! Moon in Cancer, sign of Mom and apple pie, makes only one connection during business hours, and it’s a communicative one to jolly Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy, exact at 3:59PM ET. This suggests a high note to finish off your work week and certainly a very happy hour at cocktail time.

What could possibly distract you today? Ohhh…maybe a strict, disciplined focus required by authoritative Saturn, running wild in the cosmos, along with Venus, which refers to art, love, money — the value of aesthetics — running wild in buzz-generating Gemini. Hmmm…art and commerce, running wild? Sounds like a perfect day for Edvard Munch’s masterpiece “The Scream” to be previewed at Sothebys — ahead of its auction on May 2nd. It’s apparently going to be a huge season in the art world — makes sense to me! http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-27/munch-s-80-million-scream-leads-new-york-may-auctions.html

Moon goes void at 3:05AM ET Saturday, not to enter regal, playful Leo until 12:10PM ET, and you better believe I’m sleeping in. Moon voids are divine opportunities for catching up on rest, meditation, yoga, creative brainstorming and going with the flow. Find out more about voids in the forecast posted on February 10, 2012 — it’s in the archives. After 12:10PM you can play king or queen of your castle whilst seeking love and adoration from your subjects. Such is the need of Moon in Leo — and now you know how to handle someone who has that in his or her horoscope. Have fun!

Drama and play continue through Sunday, intensified by a potent connection between resourceful Pluto and the Sun. News from underground, power plays and/or a discovery of resources may be in the headlines or your own personal world…motivated by a challenge to whatever agenda you set for yourself at the time of the New Moon. Why? Because the First Quarter Moon is exact at 5:57AM ET, that’s why. That suggests a challenge…so deal with it and adjust your plans accordingly, without too much sturm and drang. True to the spirit of the Leo Moon, a playful approach can be highly effective.

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 4/26/2012: The Watery Depths

The reigning need of this day and Friday is emotional/homeland security, suggested by the Moon’s ingress into watery Cancer. That’s a big shift from the information-driven energy of the past few days when Moon was in intellectual Gemini. It doesn’t mean the day will be any less dynamic, however.

Note your dreams upon awakening, courtesy of Moon’s lovely connection with nebulous Neptune. There’s a nice flow to the morning on the East Coast, followed by a flash of insight, a disruption of the status quo, a declaration of independence or some other surprise — as rebel Uranus challenges that security-loving Moon at 2:17PM ET.

Keep on trucking for the next few hours, until ruthless Pluto challenges the Moon at 8:31PM ET, suggesting a power play (which could be in your favor), or a deep emotional catharsis (which could also work to your advantage). We’ll have more of Moon in Cancer on Friday, only without so much activity. It’ll be fun. You’ll love it!

Remember that Big Giant Earth Grand Trine that was exact in mid-March? The one involving the so-called money planets: Jupiter & Venus…trine resourceful Pluto…trine aggressive Mars? The one that led to that Big Giant MegaMillions jackpot? The one that was reflected in the markets as a big surge? We have an echo of that pattern happening now through the weekend, only not quite as dramatic or exact. We saw proactive Mars trine Sun on Monday; resourceful Pluto trines the Sun on Sunday — all three in Earth signs. The suggestion here — loosely — is the projection of material self-sufficiency, and isn’t it interesting that we’re in the middle of corporate earnings season and 80% — or some number close to that — of companies that have reported so far have beat Wall Street estimates. Of course if you’re materially self-sufficient, you don’t need help from anyone else. Which means you’re probably not hiring workers anytime soon — at least not this month.

Meanwhile, look at all the cold, hard facts that hit the fan on yesterday’s exact Pluto-Mercury square! And so much dirt about to be dug up — years after we thought the investigations were over, as in the case of Madeleine McCann, a young girl who presumably was abducted a few years ago http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Latest-News-Wires/2012/0425/Madeleine-McCann-Why-British-police-want-to-reopen-missing-child-case-video In other news, Newt Gingrich has a reality check and is about to end his campaign to become our next President http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/26/opinion/collins-the-end-of-newt.html?hp There’s more dirt on an intriguing power play going on in China http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/26/world/asia/bo-xilai-said-to-have-spied-on-top-china-officials.html?hp And here’s an investigation that uncovered actual verbal abuse (one of the downsides of Mercury-Pluto challenges is verbal abuse — amazing)! http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-autism-dadbre83p01c-20120425,0,3544619.story

Finally, if you’d like to see the video of Senator Rob Portman doing his chicken impression (cited in the Gingrich article above), it happened in January on CNBC’s Squawk Box http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000067052  Chicken impressions on a TV network devoted to corporations and stock markets? Absolutely. Spectacular showmanship and entertainment are strongly suggested in CNBC’s horoscope — yes, of course I had to look it up.

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 4/25/2012: Just the Facts

Too much information? Hold tight; we’ve got another day of Moon in Gemini ahead of us, and its need to know, coupled with the incisive challenge between ruthless Pluto and mental Mercury could likely hand you “just the facts, ma’am” — without any effort to coat them with sugar. This challenge is exact at 10:50AM ET — and we’ve been seeing it reflected in the headlines all week. Mercury-Pluto gets straight to the point, often without mercy. If you have a tense aspect between Mercury and Pluto in your horoscope, you likely have an investigative mind, persuasive communication skills — and if anyone rubs you the wrong way, you’ve got a theme song, too — Rip Her To Shreds — take it away, Debbie Harry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgqmuH7FEKg   Me-ow!

Point is, be mindful in your interaction with others, lest you let fly an especially cutting remark. This applies to all of us, and particularly those who have 8-10 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn prominent in the horoscope. On the plus side, the facts presented today can be constructively applied to your plans for world domination, as Moon makes an easy connection with disciplined Saturn. Moon goes void at 4:31pm ET for the rest of the day, not to enter Cancer until 1:42AM ET. Remember with Moon voids, crises that crop up usually turn out to be much ado about nothing. Keep calm and carry on, despite the buzz that may surround you (it might just be all in your head). And no major purchases — especially impulsive ones, if you please.

Meanwhile, look no further than front page for reflections of current planetary patterns. Did we anticipate a day of dirt being dug up? Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is on trial for misappropriating campaign funds in order to cover up an adulterous affair http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/25/opinion/dowd-brutality-of-servility.html?hp  James Murdoch takes the stand in the most recent development in the phone-hacking scandal involving the Murdoch media empire http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/25/world/europe/murdoch-case-shifts-its-focus-to-jeremy-hunt.html?ref=business  the SEC officially files charges of “making material misrepresentations” against Egan-Jones, the ratings agency that annoyed everyone  last year when it downgraded the credit rating of the United States http://www.cnbc.com/id/47161874 and a few more Secret Service agents will be leaving their jobs as a result of their dalliances with prostitutes in Colombia. This case is getting quite intriguing, as the investigation has revealed that apparently not all the women who spent the night with the agents in question were prostitutes. So what difference does that make? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/25/us/2-more-secret-service-employees-resigning.html A debate on this juicy subject would be one way to spend a day featuring Moon in chatty Gemini and philosophical Jupiter running wild in earthy, sensual Taurus, as nebulous Neptune (fantasy) opposes horny Mars in prissy Virgo. What else can you come up with?

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 4/24/2012: Seeing the Light

A day driven by a need to know — and what becomes known may have some dirt on it….or be experienced as powerful/empowered or cathartic, blunt or simply perspicacious. Otherwise, the day is light on planetary activity. Moon in pixie chatterbox Gemini makes contact with mental Mercury at 5:17AM ET, suggesting an ease of communication, especially of pioneering ideas and thinking outside the box.

The day ends with an indulgent connection between Moon and loving Venus, exact at 11:36pm ET. When in Gemini, Venus knows how to keep social interactions charming and light.

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 4/23/2012: Ease on Down the Road

A potentially slow start to the morning, with chances of a high flake factor or unexpected twist, especially if you live in the eastern times zones in the U.S. As I type, Moon has been void of course in material comfort-seeking Taurus since 1:10PM ET Sunday…and it doesn’t enter Gemini until 1:05PM ET Monday (today). I spent part of the void applying the inspiration and innovation of planetary patterns (read Friday’s forecast for details of said patterns) into a rich asparagus soup and a lemon-thyme roasted chicken, which will provide much material comfort over the next few days. You?

Other Moon voids for the week: Wednesday 4:31PM ET – Thursday 1:42AM ET; Saturday 3:05AM – 12:10PM ET

Moon’s ingress into Gemini quickens the pace of the afternoon, as the need to inform and be informed pulls focus. Pick up the phone; write that email and have that conversation, using an easy application of practical energy suggested by a smooth connection between Sun in Taurus and Mars in detail-oriented Virgo (exact at 8:59PM ET). As the evening progresses, note these two caveats: 1) a challenge between Moon and nebulous Neptune, at 6:33PM ET which adds inspiration and/or confusion to the mix; 2) a challenge between Moon and nitpicky Mars at 9:46PM ET, suggesting heightened egos and/or emotional outbursts.

Meanwhile, if you’re digging for truth or dirt, this week’s challenge between ruthless Pluto and mental Mercury (exact Wednesday at 10:50AM ET) suggests the potential for communication that cuts right to the heart of the matter.  Watch for more news from underground as the week progresses.

And speaking of news, I found these headlines especially in line with planetary patterns. Regarding Sunday’s Uranus-Mercury conjunction suggesting innovation and aviation, I was intrigued by a New York Times Magazine piece on inventors http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/magazine/is-this-really-the-golden-age-for-inventors.html? Also of note: progress made on a possible merger between bankrupt American Airlines and U.S. Air http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/21/business/us-air-strikes-deal-with-amrs-unions.html   travel agents may be making a comeback http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/travel/are-travel-agents-back.html?hpw   and a plane crash in Pakistan.

Of note in the “Confuse-A-Cat”* category (nebulous Neptune opposing Mars), we saw numerous stories of spectacular showmanship/deception/things not being as they seem, including a fascinating front page story about a New York socialite’s made-up life http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/nyregion/the-secret-life-of-alan-z-feuer.html and a Discovery Channel documentary that had record ratings — about a woman whose harrowing tale of surviving the destruction of the World Trade Center turned out to be pure fiction www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/the-woman-who-wasnt-there-the-true-story-of-an-incredible-deception-by-robin-gaby  And then there’s Wal-Mart, apparently scandalized by big news of bribery and a cover-up in Mexico www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/business/at-wal-mart-in-mexico-a-bribe-inquiry-silenced.html?pagewanted=all

 

 

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 4/20/2012 & the Weekend: New Moon in Taurus

Well, dear Reader…after two hours of carefully crafting a splendid New Moon forecast, I hit “publish” in WordPress, and damned if my work didn’t go flying into oblivion — a first! I’m dedicated to my craft — and to you, dear Reader — so obviously I am going to re-create the forecast. I am also going to extend an invitation: if you appreciate these forecasts and wish to make a donation (via PayPal) as an expression of your appreciation, it would be accepted with much gratitude. The email is eg@graceastrology.com. Who wants to make my day?

On this last day of the lunar cycle, wrap it all up by 3:35PM ET, when the Moon goes void of course with a sigh…and a potentially sobering challenge from an authority figure or some other wet blanket. Moon in feisty, me-me-me Aries does not enjoy challenges from authority figures; it really cramps the Aries independent, self-reliant style. Will the markets close down? We shall see. Meanwhile, if you have a major initiative to launch, definitely wait until after the New Moon on Saturday.  TGIF…

Chill on Friday evening; Moon enters Taurus just after midnight on Saturday and is born again at 3:18AM ET. You can stay up late or wake up early to meditate, light a candle and set your intentions for what promises to be an especially fertile lunar cycle. What inspiration will hit you around 5:25AM ET (note your dreams)? The rest of Saturday offers energy and practical resources — don’t waste a minute of it.

Sunday offers more inspiration and an easy communication of intangibles: spirit, music, feelings, healing — and yes, dreams again, courtesy of nebulous Neptune casting a rosy-pink glow on the light of the Sun. Moon goes void at 1:10PM ET on an uplifting connection to Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy. Indulge your senses: good food, wine, women/men and song…perhaps continuing into late morning on Monday. Moon won’t enter Gemini until 1:05PM ET. You could probably sleep in without consequence.

Also of note on Sunday: a brilliant hook-up between mental Mercury and rebel Uranus, the third of a series we’ve experienced since March 5th. Watch for potential breakthroughs in technology, aviation, outer space — and maybe even astrology.

Meanwhile, there’s a lot to love about the New Moon at 1 degree of Taurus. If Aries is the spark that generates an idea, Taurus takes that idea and gives it form.  Now is the time to implement the strategy you planned during Mars retrograde (Jan. 23rd – Apr. 13th). You know, the strategy that hit you like the voice that whispered in Field of Dreams, “If you build it, he will come”. In the movie, “he” was baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson. You can substitute “he” for the reward of your choice. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_of_Dreams

In the New Moon chart, we see the Sun and Moon in harmony with action-oriented Mars — still in perfectionist Virgo — and resourceful Pluto. This is excellent for planting seeds that actually grow. Need a spark? The aforementioned hook-up between mental Mercury and rebel Uranus together in Aries suggests innovative, revolutionary ideas are inspiring the action. How about a vision? Nebulous Neptune in a supportive connection to the New Moon suggests the potential for channeled dreams to become real. And if you’re a wizard, a fanatic or a showman, Neptune opposing Mars offers the pixie dust to really razzle-dazzle ‘em.

Also in the chart: Venus (women, art, money, beauty) running wild in glib Gemini; Jupiter (reward, luck, expansion, bombast) running wild in possession-fixated Taurus. A grand good time can be had by all…with the caveat of having way too much of a good thing. Like those Secret Service agents consorting with prostitutes in Colombia http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/19/world/americas/colombian-escort-speaks-about-secret-service-scandal.html?pagewanted=all  or that government agency bingeing in Vegas with your tax dollars http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/05/opinion/collins-send-in-the-clowns-and-cheese.html  Credit the Neptune-Mars opposition (scandal) and the relentless square between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries for bringing this corruption of hallowed government institutions to light. And expect more of the same in a headline near you…

Getting back to the New Moon and what it means for you: wherever 1 degree of Taurus falls in your horoscope is an area primed for planting those seeds. I challenge you to do the work required to make those seeds grow. Sure, you can spend this time rolling in the meadow, smelling the flowers. But if that’s all you do this month, you could be missing out on a prime opportunity.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “an electrical storm”. As always, we consult Blain Bovee’s wonderful book on Sabian Symbols for details: “…an image of an arousing natural event that crackles with illumination while disturbing the atmosphere…the aha! experience…sudden, blinding; a discharge of energy that often brings about a change and release from a stagnant situation…” Are you ready? Go!

Whew! Done — for the second time in one night. Whaddaya think? Did I earn that caffe latte?

To be continued…

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 4/18/2012: After the Void, Engage!

So how are you enjoying this long void of course Moon in dreamy Pisces? Are you going with the flow? Feeling inspired or especially empathic? I couldn’t get Erik Satie’s romantic music out of my head  (see yesterday’s forecast), and recognizing that Pisces also rules the feet, I wandered off to a ballet class. Better to dance than shop for shoes when Moon is void of course (impulse purchases are not generally favored during voids). It was an incredibly productive use of time…

Speaking of impulses, Moon finally moves into Aries at 11:59AM ET, joining mental Mercury in Aries at 3:28PM ET. What an afternoon for quick thinkers and fast talkers! Don’t forget to write some of those great ideas down, especially since Moon will be hooking up with innovative Uranus at 11:45PM ET, likely accompanied by a surprise, jolt or revelation — especially in the tech sector.

More general notes: first, we are in the balsamic phase of the Moon — a time to wrap up projects begun at the New Moon and start thinking about the next lunar cycle, which begins at 3:18AM ET on Saturday. Second, Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy happens to be running wild in sensual, material Taurus, needing to find reward in creature comforts. Venus, which refers to love, beauty, money and women — is also running wild in oh-so-charming Gemini, seeking social expression by being informed, intense and entertaining.

Venus and Jupiter may well be reflected by actions that suggest feeling good, generosity, abundance and/or indulgence. Could this also be reflected in the 200-point surge on the Dow yesterday, along with seemingly-upbeat earnings reports from a few key corporations? Details on the surge are here http://www.cnbc.com/id/47077966

In your own personal world, find a few simple joys…..

P.S. Henri the Existential Cat is becoming quite the celebrity — you read it here first http://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonykosner/2012/04/17/mon-dieux-save-us-from-the-existential-cat-videos/

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 4/17/2012: The Odd Synchronicity Of The Dreamy Fish

Moon in dreamy Pisces goes void of course at 10:34AM ET, on a supportive connection to expansive Jupiter (the cosmic sugar daddy). This sets a jolly tone to the brainstorming potential of the next 25 and a half hours. If you are new to this forecast and you are not familiar with the term “void of course Moon”, read the forecast posted on February 10, 2012 for a detailed explanation http://www.graceastrology.com/2012/02/10/

Briefly, a Moon void is an ideal time to let your mind and body take a break. Efforts to move in a straight line are often thwarted by unexpected twists…some of which act like they are huge crises when in fact they are not.  Moon voids are not considered to be favorable for doing anything you hope will be of consequence, such as signing a contract or launching a company. Be prepared to roll with any punches that come your way — and just enjoy going with the flow, especially with this Moon in watery Pisces, which needs to work with intangibles: music, spirit, feelings, flickering images — you get the idea.

Speaking of music, a reader advised me that the cut from the Diva soundtrack that was used to score yesterday’s feature, Henri, The Existential Cat was “Gymnopedie No.1″ by Erik Satie (born May 17, 1866 at 9AM in Honfleur, France). Did you know Satie also wrote a piece called The Dreamy Fish? How cool is that? No Pisces in Satie’s horoscope, but he did have Moon in (watery) Cancer in the 12th house, which is naturally ruled by Pisces. Even more fascinating: Moon conjunct rebel Uranus…square Mars, Midheaven (career point) and nebulous Neptune (ruler of Pisces). Satie is practically a Pisces by default. And isn’t is also interesting that Satie’s horoscope has patterns that are similar to patterns going on now? The dazzling, surreal, sublimely sexy — and/or bewildering connection between Mars and Neptune is just one of them.

Bottom line: if you need some musical inspiration today, Erik Satie will fit the bill. And I’ll wager fifty cents that Satie’s music — or the man himself — will be honored again between now and next year. Why? His Mars, Neptune and Midheaven are at 10 and 11 degrees of Aries, about to be supercharged by Pluto at 10 Capricorn and Uranus at 10 Aries. In the three years that I’ve been writing about people, countries and events making headlines, I can’t recall one that didn’t have one of those two heavy planets active in the horoscope when they were on the front page.

Meanwhile, if you enjoyed the ennui of Henri, here is a second installment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q34z5dCmC4M  And if you know the music in this episode — do tell.  It’s so much fun writing for such a super-smart, creative and talented crowd. Thank you for reading this astro-logical forecast.

For more on composer Erik Satie — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Satie

For more on the potential impact of Pluto and Uranus on your own horoscope, you may find this article helpful, especially if you are studying astrology http://www.astrologynyc.org/articles/

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 4/16/2012: Henri, the Existential Cat as Metaphor…

Happy Monday!

So…in light of Mars (action) moving forward in Virgo (organization) late Friday night, how many of you spent Saturday cleaning out closets and other major housekeeping chores? That query was posted as the Facebook status of an astrologer colleague, and within minutes several people, myself included, ‘fessed up to having enthusiastically cleaned the refrigerator, organized the garage, etc., no doubt aided and abetted by the disciplined potential of Sunday’s opposition between controlling Saturn and the Sun.

Another potential of Sunday’s Saturn-Sun opposition: reports from Europe of an increase in the number of suicides related to despair over austere (Saturn) economic measures http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/16/opinion/krugman-europes-economic-suicide.html?_r=1&hp — and this one, much more uplifting: the (tongue-in-cheek) depression experienced by Henri, the Existential Cat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M7ibPk37_U  which found its way into my emailbox on Saturday.  Perfect timing! Set to music with a track from the sweetly haunting score from Diva, Henri’s dilemma is an apt reflection of one potential of today’s Moon in dreamy Pisces, as it first makes contact with nebulous Neptune at 6:26 AM ET (note your dreams), followed by possibly irritating opposition to hypercritical Mars in Virgo at 8:44AM ET. Either that, or your allergies are acting up. Go with the flow…

…and note the shift in mindset and communication that occurs as mental Mercury marches forward into pioneering, impulsive, fearless, sometimes downright militant Aries at 6:42 PM ET. Militant or not, the ideas that spring forth this week are likely to be fresh and innovative — and may recall big ideas that were percolating on March 5th and 18th. They could be just the thing to get Henri out of his existentialist rut — and you, too –  as demonstrated by the relentlessly creative (and militant) Confuse-A-Cat crew at Monty Python http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2Je1CEPkUM

By evening, a deep emotional connection…followed by sweet indulgence may well transpire.

Your Moon void alerts this week: Tuesday 10:34AM ET until 11:59 AM ET Wednesday; Friday 3:35PM ET until 12:05AM ET Saturday. Don’t know what a void of course Moon is? Read the forecast posted on February 10th, 2012.