Good morning and happy Friday!
More of the same peace, quiet and potential for sensual delights (see the forecast for yesterday afternoon), as Moon continues its sojourn in security-seeking Taurus. A communicative connection between Moon and mental Mercury at 8PM ET stimulates conversation this evening.
On Saturday, Moon goes void on an energetic connection to Mars at 8:09AM ET…and doesn’t enter the next sign, Gemini, until 1:24AM ET on Sunday. Find something deliciously energetic to do that does not require an impulsive purchase, and enjoy this day of rest.
On Sunday, note your dreams, as Moon squares nebulous Neptune at 7:43AM ET. Pleasant social occasions are definitely favored around dinner time as Moon makes an easy connection to networking Uranus at 6:09PM ET…followed by a happy hook-up to loving Venus at 8:13PM ET.
The New Moon is exact on Tuesday at 11:02AM ET. That’s when the real work week will begin…and this lunar cycle should be verrrrry interesting…
Stay tuned to this channel for continuing updates.
Perhaps a twist or a slow start to the morning, suggested by the Moon void in Aries. You could probably get away with sleeping in late or flaking on an AM meeting, where an agenda could easily wander off-course. At 12:22PM ET, the gears finally do engage in sensual yet practical Taurus, a sign which seeks to preserve the status quo.
The only exact aspect today is a communicative connection between Moon and nebulous Neptune in dreamy Pisces. Sounds like a night for sweet music…
A constructive day for achievement, without the edge of yesterday’s planetary patterns. Moon in Aries urges us to take the initiative, and disciplined Saturn in a harmonious aspect with the Sun offers the potential for constructive gravitas. The day is also marked by two obsessions: one with power and control; the other with reinventing the wheel, as in putting an avant garde spin on an “old guard” concept. Be mindful of the first one in your social interactions today, lest ye be tempted to display the ungracious behavior that can easily happen with Venus currently retrograde. And do get it off your desk today if you can on the East Coast, as Moon will be void from 11:09PM ET until 12:22PM ET Thursday. Folks reading this outside the United States (and it thrills me to no end that you are), take note of this long break period which will be happening during your business day.
Meanwhile, a story crossed my desk today that is an excellent illustration of the potential suggested by rebel Uranus in pioneering, fearless Aries, squaring “take no prisoners” Pluto in Capricorn, sign of the Establishment. As has been written in prior forecasts, the highest potential of this aspect, in effect now through 2015, is emancipation and empowerment, as corruption in outmoded systems is exposed, and the system is replaced with something new. With Uranus in Aries, one individual really can be a force for major change, and what is always fascinating — to me, anyway — is how the potential to be a force for change is reflected in the horoscope.
So here’s the story (which I encourage you to read in its entirety, because it’s so darned inspiring): when documentary filmmaker Michael Moore was in high school, he was assaulted by an authority figure. Mr. Moore responded by running for the school board, and at the age of eighteen, he became the youngest person ever elected to office in the state of Michigan. Eight months later, the man who assaulted Mr. Moore was no longer employed by the high school. How cool is that?
It’s totally cool, and what’s cooler is what we see in Moore’s horoscope clearly supports the choices and mirrors the events in his life at that time. Ready? Birth data: April 23, 1954 — 12:45PM in Flint, Michigan. Moore is a Taurus with Moon in Capricorn. He needs to make things happen, fueled by the energy to preserve stability and/or material security; i.e., the way things should be. The Moon is supercharged by a tight hook-up with Mars; both of these planets are in an obsessive relationship to rebel Uranus, which needs to shake up the system. A Leo Ascendant, ruled by the Sun at the top of the horoscope, allows him to project an aura of confidence.
Looking at the vocational profile of the horoscope, it’s clear Moore needs to be an artistic communicator (Venus rules the Midheaven and the third house of communications). With the Sun and business-oriented Saturn in contact with the Midheaven (career point in the horoscope), it’s also clear that Moore needs to work as a soloist, and that his concerns about homeland security need to be put into public service (Saturn in the 4th house, ruling the 6th). There’s more, but you get the idea.
Looking at what was going on in Moore’s horoscope in April of 1971, we note an empowering arc between the Midheaven and ruthless Pluto. In October, we see another arc between rebel Uranus and structured Saturn, suggesting ambition and a need to depart from the status quo. By March of 1972, which looks to be about when Moore decided to run for the school board, we see an arc to the Midheaven, suggesting recognition, and one between serious Saturn and Venus (ruler of the Midheaven/career point), suggesting serious focus in communication and public status. These measurements are sparked by a flash of brilliance from transiting Uranus to Moore’s natal Mercury (mindset) in impulsive, fearless — hello! — Aries. He took a daring idea and made things happen, as his Mars and Moon in Capricorn suggest he needs to do! Finally, a couple of weeks before the school board election (June 12), we see another extraordinary measurement: Midheaven to Venus, suggesting moving a career forward…just as Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy was about to hook up with Moore’s natal Moon and Mars. Every political candidate should be so lucky to have a chart like this just before an election.
And what was going on in Moore’s chart eight months later, when the designated authority figure who inspired Moore’s run for office was fired? Ruthless Pluto challenging both Moon and Mars (action), suggesting tremendous force of will and upheavals. Let the record show that JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, who will be testifying before Congress today, explaining how $2 billion was allowed to vaporize on his watch, also has Pluto aspecting Mars (and perhaps Moon, too), through 2012. And Mr. Dimon’s trip to Washington is happening exactly three months after he surprised everyone by announcing a dividend would be paid to shareholders. That announcement came on his birthday, by the way — March 13th. Today the Sun is at 23 Gemini, squaring Dimon’s Sun at 23 Pisces. We expect a challenge. Let’s see where things are for him three months from now, on September 13th.
OK, break’s over. Moon entered me-me-me Aries at 12:21AM ET — with considerable enthusiasm, mind you, courtesy of a supportive connection to jolly Jupiter. What bold charge will you be leading today? A sudden disruption to the momentum, coupled with a power play or emotional catharsis may be in store around 4-6PM ET, when that headstrong Moon collides with rebel Uranus and transformational Pluto. There may be plenty more to talk about, especially if some insensitive type steps on more than one set of toes around 9:05PM ET.
Countering the intensity and likely volatility of the day is a stabilizing connection to the Sun by Saturn (structure, judgement) in rational Libra, exact at 8:14AM ET on Wednesday. Which influence will prevail in your own personal world?
More on Jupiter’s ingress into Gemini. Traditional astrology holds that Jupiter is in its detriment when in Gemini. Why? Because Jupiter symbolizes depth and expansion, as in deep thoughts that become belief systems embraced the world over. Gemini is more comfortable with the immediate news of the day, a story that generates buzz with titillating detail, often soon forgotten. Why? Because another “breaking news” story is sure to come along any minute, distracting us from efforts to explore an issue in-depth. If you have ever worked in a newsroom, you know what I’m talking about. Jupiter in Gemini can be great at coming up with tons of ideas, snippets of information and sides to a story — but it needs serious help when it comes to turning those ideas into workable solutions to serious problems.
Jupiter was last in Gemini on June 30, 2000 through July 13, 2001. If you have a key planet in Gemini, you would have likely experienced a period of expansion and reward in whatever area of life that planet represents in your horoscope. For example, if your Midheaven is Gemini, the reward would likely have been in your profession. Jupiter will be in Gemini until June 26, 2013. It turns retrograde on October 16, 2012 and direct on January 30, 2013. It will spend two months at 15 and 16 degrees of Gemini and another two months at 6 and 7 degrees of Gemini, so if you have a key point in your horoscope at those degrees, take note.
In 2012, you may also reap the rewards of transiting Jupiter more directly if you have major points or planets in the first half of Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. For everyone else, look to where Gemini falls in your horoscope for the area of life that’s up for a burst of optimism and expansion — or where you may find yourself overextended. If you don’t know your horoscope, consider giving me a call and booking a consultation — especially if you are an Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn born in the first half of those signs. You’ve either been going through major life changes or you will any minute now. This applies to anyone with Moon, Ascendant or Midheaven in those signs.
From the headlines: on a day with transformational Pluto and technogeek Uranus squaring mental Mercury, Apple announced upgrades in it product line. In other news, a novel program to get drivers to avoid traffic jams (Mercury rules transportation) and an alleged breakthrough in battery technology, which could be good for electric cars.
Happy Monday! And how was your “perfectly lovely weekend”? Mine went as forecast, so much that I couldn’t even bring myself to focus on the first day of the work week until now — and wouldn’t you know it, the Moon is void of course all day in intuitive Pisces, not to enter fiery Aries until 12:21AM ET on Tuesday.
As regular readers of this forecast know, when the Moon is void, we may experience unexpected twists in our efforts to move in a straight line. Crises that crop up later turn out to be much ado about nothing. Your waitress may greet you with a cheerful “Good Morning!”, even though it’s 2PM in the afternoon. Or you may be in the middle of writing an astro-logical forecast, and someone who was supposed to show up on your doorstep at 11AM wants to know if he can be there in ten minutes (apologies for the delayed forecast — and presumably you’re all just going with the flow!).
Today’s dreamy Pisces Moon got off to a super-charged start this morning. While you were sleeping, Moon was opposed by aggressive Mars (3:16Am ET) and squared by the Sun (6:41AM ET), suggesting possible clashes of will that may have manifested in your dreams (mine sure did!) and another hit of whatever revolutionary/visionary communication and mindset you projected as part of your New Moon agenda three weeks ago.
Innovation and revelation in thought, communication and transportation are especially strong today, as mental Mercury is squared and energized by brilliant, status quo disrupting Uranus (1:42PM ET) and opposed by ruthless, corruption-exposing Pluto (9:04PM ET). This should make for truly offbeat headlines — like this one about the US Secretary of Commerce allegedly involved in a weird traffic accident, which the latest press release says may have been as a result of a “seizure” (which sounds very Mercury square Uranus to me).
But wait — there’s more! Geminis around the world are dancing for joy because Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy moves into Gemini at 1:22PM ET. I will write more on this in tomorrow’s forecast, because if I don’t ship this now, it won’t show up in your mailbox for another hour. I’ll only say this: Jupiter at 1 degree of Gemini will likely trigger the New Moon/solar eclipse we had at 1 Gemini on May 20th. I anticipate a release of a bottleneck of information that allows us to see more clearly into the murky depths.
Ahhhhh…a sigh of relief, as the edge is finally softened after a week of challenging connections among the planets. Today we’ve got Moon — which refers to the reigning need of the day — still in humanitarian, rebel-with-a-cause Aquarius. The need is to be socially significant, and it is aided and abetted by lovely connections from loving Venus and the Sun. Add to this mix an inspired connection between mental Mercury and ethereal Neptune at 9:50PM ET, and you have a Friday night that’s ripe for something sublime.
An exuberant connection between expansive Jupiter and the Moon hits at 2:33PM ET on Saturday (watch for indulgent purchases or consumption), keeping spirits lifted. Moon enters Pisces less than an hour later, at 3:22PM ET, supporting the inspired/sublime Mercury-Neptune connection left over from Friday. Plan a suitable rose-colored escape.
Sunday brings us more “go with the flow” Moon-in-Pisces energy…and no cranky aspects to the planets whatsoever…at least among those closest to Earth. We’ll talk again about the hum of the approaching challenge between rebel Uranus and ruthless Pluto (exact June 24th) some other time. Yes, this powerful pattern has been reflected in the headlines for months, especially in stories of upheaval, corruption and power struggles — and it will continue to do so. For now, enjoy the relative peace and quiet in the heavens. Ahhhhh…..
Mental Mercury moves into Cancer at 7:16AM ET, signaling a shift in how we think, travel, communicate and deal with our electronic gizmos. Cancer is a Water sign, driven by emotions and a need for emotional security. That’s quite different from the cerebral, fast-talking, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants quality that drives Mercury in Gemini. It may take a day or two for our brains to adjust, so be patient today in all matters of communication and mobility. Patience and the ability to count to ten may be especially handy the closer we get to 10:30PM ET, when a clash of wills or other explosive outburst arrives on the scene. Let’s hope we don’t see too much of that in the headlines…
Moon is in Aquarius as of 10:17AM ET (after a brief void that no one will likely notice). Aquarius is a friendly sign, ready to help your humanitarian cause or hook you up with a fresh group of contacts, the more unconventional the better. Aquarius can also be quite the stubborn rebel, which could well add fuel to the potential outburst noted in the previous paragraph.
Another day of forging ahead, climbing that mountain, executing that strategy. Moon continues through enterprising Capricorn, supported by an easy connection from action-oriented Mars at 12:33PM ET. Yes, there is a challenge to the Moon from stern Saturn at 10:29PM ET, which may end your day with a serious focus. Be aware that willful Mars clashes with the Sun (ego drives) tomorrow at 10:30PM ET, suggesting a build up of tension that ends in a sudden burst of energy. A trip to the gym or other physical work out could be a very good thing indeed…
Meanwhile…surprise! Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin gets to keep his job, as many predicted he would. So what’s the surprise? First, that it wasn’t such a close call at all. With 93% of precincts reporting as of 12:08AM, Walker got 53.9% of the vote; Barrett got 45.5%. Not surprising: more women voted for Barrett than Walker. Super-duper surprising: a majority of voters — presumably those who also voted for Walker — said if the election were held today, they would vote for Obama over Romney. Conclusion: as much as we may say we want change, it is hard to actually make a change. Perhaps that is why so much change seems to come from external sources, rather than from within. Hmmmm…
A combative spirit rules the week — for better or for worse. Choose your battles carefully. I say this because aggressive Mars is challenging Venus (social expression) and the Sun (life force) You may find yourself making a strong case for what you love — or what you believe in.
Typing this just as the Moon is leaving opinionated Sagittarius, where it had been drifting (void of course since 1:08AM ET). As of 8:31AM ET it is firmly engaged — just like the clutch of a car — in “make it happen” Capricorn. Time to turn yesterday’s philosophical debates into something ambitious and practical — and it may have a flavor of the soulful or fanatical, as Moon makes an easy connection to nebulous Neptune at 1:38PM ET. Look for a revelation, an upset or some other shock to the system as we get closer to 9:31PM ET, when Moon is challenged by rebel Uranus and later, at 10:54PM ET, by ruthless Pluto.
Also in the stars today: a rare transit of Venus across the path of the Sun. These transits occur every 105-121 years, in two parts. The first part of this cycle happened in June of 2004; the second occurs today. A transit of Venus won’t happen again until 2117, so if you want to see one in your lifetime, do it now.
What does a transit of Venus suggest, in the language of astrology? I am not certain, since it is so rare. Two things I do know: transits of Venus were invaluable to early astronomers as they mapped out our place in the unknown Universe. How intriguing to rely on Venus — which in astrology generally refers to what we love and/or value, and how we love — to determine where we are. So whatever you love, that’s where you are…or, as they say in New Orleans, “Where you at!”
The transit of Venus is happening in Gemini (as they always do — which is also intriguing, frankly). Gemini refers to communication, information and transportation. On its highest level, I’d like to believe that this transit of Venus suggests a new level of understanding and communication of the power of Love to define our place in the world. On another level I believe this may signal the beginning of a shift in collective values. The Sabian Symbol for the transit is “a woman suffragist orating”, suggesting, as Blaine Bovee writes, “sensing the right time to have one’s words heard and believed…feeling one has to shout to have an equal say; a tendency to led by the loudest social voice”. Well that is certainly in line with these revolutionary times.
Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, Scott Walker — whose horoscope has been written about in this forecast since early 2011 — faces voters today in a brutal battle to keep his job. Will he succeed? I don’t know. I do not have birth times for Walker or his challenger, Tom Barrett. I would like to believe that Walker will be recalled, especially since Venus was retrograde when he was elected to office in November of 2010. This suggests voters would soon find themselves in a coyote date situation.
The chart for 7AM today in Madison, Wisconsin shows Moon void of course — which could suggest an event of no consequence — or present an opportunity for an unexpected twist. Pluto and Mars are on the angles of the chart, suggesting a major battle for power. Other patterns in the chart suggest an upset and consolidation of power, especially when the polls close at 8PM.
Great forces are active in Walker’s horoscope. He has Sun and Moon in Scorpio — and thus is driven by a need for power and control (11/2/1967 in Colorado Springs, CO). A militant square between Mars in Capricorn and Saturn in Aries in his chart is directly impacted by the Mother of All Planetary Patterns — the current Uranus-Pluto square. This suggests total destruction or empowerment. Which way will it go?
Barrett is a Sagittarius with Moon in Capricorn (12/8/1953 in Milwaukee, WI). He is driven to make things happen. His Sun is exactly opposed by today’s rare transit of Venus, suggesting – perhaps – an increase in popularity. It is true he has been gaining in the polls — but will it be enough? His Capricorn Moon might be directly impacted by Uranus and Pluto, if he was born in the early morning. This could bring prominence and/or empowerment. His Mercury (mindset) is square Pluto, suggesting he can be an effective strategist — perhaps as ruthless as Walker. I am encouraged by two strong measurements between Jupiter and Mars…and Jupiter and Uranus…which suggest success and windfall opportunities. On the other hand, I must acknowledge two other measurements involving “wet blanket” Saturn that may limit the influence of Barrett’s natural charisma. Pass the popcorn, as I sit on the edge of my seat…
Today’s Full Moon is exact at 7:12AM ET — and it is also a lunar eclipse. Remember that eclipses act as bottlenecks of energy, and wherever it falls in your horoscope is where you may have an illuminating experience, once the bottleneck is released. An old wives’ tale recommends eating potatoes during a lunar eclipse as a way to keep you grounded. Planetary patterns do suggest that passions may run high today, and a little earth could keep you from being swept up in the mind trip of another — or becoming engaged in a highly charged, yet fruitless debate.
If you’re a regular reader of this forecast, you know that Full Moons shine a spotlight on the agenda that was set at the New Moon (in this case, on May 20th — click on the link to review it). Notice that the challenge was to create visionary and revolutionary ways of thinking and communicating. With Venus retrograde, a special attention to graciousness and courtesy in our social interactions was also required, overriding any rude, inconsiderate — or even worse, base and/or degenerate — urges we might have. An extreme example of an Epic Fail in this area would be the five truly creepy reports of cannibalism that have allegedly made headlines recently — and you couldn’t pay me to actually read these articles — or even link them here. But these reports do send a clear message of the collective need for greater respect and care in our dealings with others, wouldn’t you say? What’s going on in your life right now that reflects that challenge?
The Full Moon falls at 15 degrees of Gemini-Sagittarius. If you’ve got a major point or planet on either of those degrees — or at 15 Virgo-Pisces, you’ll be feeling the pull of this eclipse more than the rest of us. The Sabian Symbols for these degrees also refer to communication and understanding. First, for 15 Gemini: “two Dutch children talking”, which suggests a need for clarification and being mindful of coded language or other doublespeak. Second, for 15 Sagittarius, “the groundhog looking for its shadow”, which suggests a need for reassurance in one’s understanding of whatever is being said. From Blain Bovee’s most excellent treatise on Sabian Symbols we note that the groundhog may represent looking for a sign of things to come. The sign — whatever it is — will reassure us that we are on the right path and we will all feel so much better.
Well guess what? On this day with this 15 Gemini-Sagittarius degree prominent, Neptune, which refers to intuition (among other things) turns retrograde until November 10. Retrograde planets suggest we become more introspective in whatever area of life they rule. So this is a good time to turn inwards for all those signs we’re seeking. And if you’re not sure of the path you’re on, or if you just need some support because you’ve hit a bumpy stretch in the road, give me a call and we’ll schedule a session that is both clarifying and reassuring.