More of the same proactive, practical — yet innovative — energy carries over from yesterday. Re-read yesterday’s forecast for details. Make the most of it until 7:30PM ET, when Moon goes void of course until 5:56AM ET on Wednesday. Notable lunar aspects include a challenge to the Moon from aggressive Mars at 5:43AM ET. This could be reflected in wild dreams (if you are asleep), or heated expressions and /or confrontations (if you are awake). At 7:30PM ET, we’ll see an exact challenge between the ambitious Moon and restrictive Saturn that could either bring us down (because of someone’s wet blanket) or get us even more focused on what needs to be done next.
And now, a fun astro-tidbit on the chart for the Olympics opening ceremony. I didn’t write about it in last Friday’s forecast, but I did note a midpoint configuration between Sun, Neptune and Pluto that is often a strong suggestion of something “otherworldly”. Add that aspect to spacey Neptune running wild, and equally “out there” Uranus strongly connected. Could one possible manifestation be this footage of an alleged UFO hovering over the Olympic stadium? Cue “Twilight Zone” music now… or, if you prefer, “Planet Claire”…
In other news, just in time for the illumination suggested by this week’s Full Moon in Aquarius (which refers to astrology), I do have a few appointments available for consultations this Friday. Please contact me if you would like to book one.
I don’t about you, but when the Moon is void-of-course for more than several hours, the experience of time seems to slow down. It’s like swimming through a giant vat of Whip’n Chill. It’s been 13 hours of emotional freefall in the watery depths of Scorpio, and as I type this, we’ve got another 24 hours or so to go…or maybe 13, by the time you actually read this. Chill! Brainstorm! Breathe! Go with the flow! Moon voids often bring twists to the usual routine, and this is not a cause for alarm. Here’s an example: yesterday, three of my colleagues and I all showed up at the office at the same time. As we entered the lobby of the building, one of the guys moved toward a door I’d never opened before. And the rest of us followed his lead up a flight of stairs and took a totally new — and faster — way to get to our desks than the usual route. We went with the flow on a Moon void and did something different. Sometimes it’s that simple.
If you have to move in a straight line today — stay focused and practice patience. Look out for your neighbors and colleagues, who may not be aware of planetary patterns. Check for typos, like this one. Oops. Lord knows there are typos everywhere on a daily basis, including this forecast. But on days like this, they stand a greater chance of making headline news. These conditions may prove especially challenging for the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games at 9PM in London (that’s 4PM in New York). More gaffes, tech woes and other snafus — with a twist? Quite possibly.
The chart for the scheduled beginning of these Games suggests an obsessive outpouring of emotion and idealistic playful/regal national pride. Loving Venus and dazzling/nebulous Neptune are prominent, suggesting a spectacular show of charming and clever social expression. Neptune also refers to drugs — and over a hundred athletes will not be appearing in the Games after flunking doping tests. Back to the opening ceremony: Chiron, the wounded healer, sits exactly on the Ascendant — making a huge statement of “can’t we all just get along”? Meanwhile, certain key midpoints in the chart suggest record ratings and records broken. Stunning upheavals and dogged — perhaps even militant — determination are also suggested, which bodes well for superhuman athletic performance. Of course that’s what we expect from an Olympics, but isn’t it interesting that the astrological measurements support them.
Moon enters Sagittarius at 1:18Am ET on Saturday, getting the competition off to a rollicking good start. Generally a feel-good weekend, excellent for international adventures, philosophical debates, taking a gamble or a gambol (do something physical — especially outdoors), or expanding your mind (with a film, a trip elsewhere). Moon goes void on Sunday at 5:01PM ET…enters practical Capricorn at 3:29AM ET on Monday, which means if you’re not on vacation, there will be plenty of work to be accomplished.
Moon moved into Scorpio at 10:29PM ET, after an 11-hour void. Did you feel that void? Could you go with the flow? If you enjoyed it, get ready for another one that begins at 11:38AM ET today…and ends at 1:18AM ET on Saturday. Roll with any twists or delays or spaciness that may arise, if you’re trying to move in a straight line. If you can go with the flow, this can be a creative and regenerating break. If you are new to the forecast and don’t know what a void-of-course Moon is, click here.
Moon in Scorpio can be intense. It needs knowledge for the sake of power and control. It needs to be seen as having depth and substance…sometimes only with a few chosen intimates. Scorpio has a reputation for being secretive, which others may find frustrating. One of the US presidential candidates has a Scorpio Moon, and yesterday it made the homepage of the New York Times.
Getting back to the Moon void — and the fact that Mercury is retrograde. This combination is soooooo ripe for communication snafus. Just look at two stories that hit the wires during yesterday’s Moon void/Merc retro combo: “Whoops! Wrong Flag Accompanies North Korean Names; Delays Match” (at the Olympics) and “Oops! A Typo Mars A Bill on Regulation” (a snafu in the US House of Representatives). Please double check everything to make sure it’s spelled right, clearly understood, still open, plugged in…you get the idea. Scorpio is also known for integrity and a strong code of honor…and it can react with a vengeance if it feels the code has been violated.
Mercury retrograde is time when old friends tend to show up for an unexpected reunion…and when long-lost objects may be found, like this one. These are the positive potentials of this time — enjoy them!
Another op-ed that caught my eye yesterday reflected the futuristic vision of the innovative Uranus-Mercury trine. Called “Alone in the Void”, it also captured an ambitious reach based on a sobering reality (Moon conjunct restrictive Saturn). Often when my clients are in a phase of feeling isolated, depressed or limited, Saturn is involved. It’s a phase — and while difficult, it is usually necessary. The serious focus has a silver lining: to get real about what is limiting or lacking, so they can get clear about what needs to be done in order to be fulfilled. And when they know what to do — they can move forward.
Keeping tuning in to the cosmos and download the stream of innovative ideas and inspiration that can be yours when mental Mercury makes an easy connection to Uranus, the rebel genius, at 9:28AM ET. Serious ambition — or feeling of loss — is suggested by the Moon (in cerebral Libra) in a tight hook-up with disciplined Saturn at 11:22AM ET. Those are the two exact aspects setting the tone for the day.
After the Moon-Saturn hook-up, Moon goes void of course until 10:29PM ET, and then enters Scorpio.Go with the flow of whatever twists or flakes you encounter during the void — and maybe spend some more time brainstorming on those nifty ideas that hit you in the past 24 hours.
Or, if you’re more moved by the gravitas suggested by the Moon-Saturn connection, combined with nebulous Neptune (film, escape, drugs, vision) currently running wild, and you’re also moved by last week’s Colorado theater shootings (Mars-Pluto-Uranus), why not take two hours and watch Bowling for Columbine. This brilliant 2002 Academy Award-winning documentary seeks answers in the aftermath of another massacre in Colorado — this one at a high school. Why is there so much gun violence in America — compared to other nations? Watch the film for free on this YouTube link — courtesy of the filmmaker, Michael Moore. The issues raised may well be related to the challenges posed by the First Quarter Moon (to the New Moon agenda set on 7/19), exact at 4:56AM ET on Thursday.
The Moon in relationship-oriented Libra — as of 6:38PM ET on Monday — seeks peace, balance, appreciation and thoughtful, rational discussion. Achieving these objectives in the early AM hours may be tricky, as Moon is challenged by Pluto at 7:59AM ET and opposed by rebel Uranus at 9:26AM ET. Sudden insights or jolts and/or deep emotional connections — or confrontations –relating to power and control are possibilities.
Optimistic, inventive and expansive thinking is suggested all this week, as Mercury (mindset) makes a supportive connection to Jupiter at 3:15PM ET today and another easy connection with technogeek Uranus at 9:28AM ET on Wednesday. Write all of your great ideas down…just keep in mind that they may require further fleshing out once Mercury turns direct on August 8th.
Other aspects for the day: an impassioned connection between Moon and aggressive Mars is exact at 3:09PM ET — helpful for a creative pitch; note that debates might be especially heated. If you’re in the Western hemisphere, this is the only full work day we’ll have without a Moon void — ship it today if you can
As you know from Saturday’s forecast, Moon is void of course in perfectionist Virgo as I type this on Sunday evening…not to enter Libra until 6:38PM ET. What does that suggest? If you can take the day off, more power to you. If you can take the week off, even better. Mercury is retrograde (REtreat, RElax, REorganize) and there are so many long voids all week long (read the list in Saturday’s forecast). You could do worse than to chill and brainstorm.
If you don’t have the luxury of getting out of Dodge, here are some strategies for the week. First, don’t believe everything you hear, lest you get all excited about something that turns out to be much ado about nothing. This is especially true of what you may read or hear about in the news. Double check everything that crosses your desk, especially if it involves communication and transportation. Second, make PATIENCE and FOCUS your two middle names. You will need them to cope with unexpected twists in all efforts to move forward in a straight line. If you can go with the flow, you may find a silver lining in tech snafus, detours and delays. Hang out with some of the old friends you haven’t seen in ages — I know you’ve been hearing from them. REview a few old projects — perhaps you will be inspired to breathe new life into them.
Shall I tell you about the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon last Thursday that I just could not process when I was writing the forecast on Wednesday? Here it is — for 27 Cancer: “a violent storm in a canyon filled with expensive homes,” suggesting (writes Dane Rudhyar, another Sabian Symbol superstar), “a confrontation with a social upheaval demanding the reconsideration of static values”. All the money in the world that is spent to preserve homeland security may simply not be enough to withstand forces of natures, such as a violent storm. And the thing about a force of nature is that is so….random. Bottom line: this Sabian Symbol, coupled with the fierce volatility of last week’s exact Mars-Pluto-Uranus T-Square, strongly suggested “a crisis situation produced by uncontrollable karmic forces that could lead to a successful CATHARSIS”. And I confess I resisted writing those words, fearing I might give concrete form to thoughts of gloom and doom. Ha! (“Man plans; God laughs” – Yiddish proverb).
What silver lining could possibly come of Friday’s headline-dominating shooting in a Colorado movie theater, an event reflecting an extreme potential suggested by planetary patterns? In my dreams, everyone on the planet wakes up tomorrow and collectively decides to melt down all weapons of destruction, turning the recycled metal into a giant amusement park. Or solar panels. Or electric cars. In my dreams.
Meanwhile, as police and reporters search for answers on what could have triggered the “suspect” to perpetrate such violence, a sixty-second glance at the available birth data paints a compelling picture. In the horoscope of James E. Holmes (December 13, 1987 — time unknown), strong signatures jump out. First, we see a high-flying, fiery, opinionated Sun in Sagittarius together with reserved, disciplined Saturn and eccentric, rebel Uranus. This measurement suggests a drive to put a new spin on an old form. My first instinct in this sixty-second analysis puts the Moon toward the end of detail-oriented Virgo, challenging the Sun, Saturn & Uranus, reinforcing the potential for erratic ambition stemming from a sense of isolation or lack. An exact square between Venus in late-blooming (i.e., emotionally immature) Capricorn and Jupiter in me-me-me Aries suggests the potential for huge demonstrations of social expression, with ego recognition being the reward sought. Big ideas and idealized statements of opinion are echoed by mental Mercury hooked up with the Sun and trine expansive Jupiter. Instant red flag: militant Mars and “take no prisoners” Pluto are tightly conjoined in equally ruthless Scorpio — this hook-up threatens to run away with the entire personality system. Also running wild is nebulous Neptune, suggesting fantasy, escapism, idealism, illusion, spirit, confusion, delusion and other intangibles taken to the extreme. When details begin to emerge about the early home life, it would not surprise me at all if a significant maternal influence is mentioned.
The trigger for action, as seen in the chart for 12:30AM ET in Aurora, Colorado shows the Moon and mental Mercury needing dramatic expression in theatrical Leo exactly challenging Holmes’ ruthless Scorpio Mars-Pluto conjunction. Also a trigger: Pluto at 7 Capricorn sitting right on top of Holmes’ potentially fanatical Neptune (also at 7 Capricorn), with aggressive Mars and unpredictable Uranus squaring it. Pluto in contact with Neptune strongly suggests (to quote astrologer Noel Tyl’s keywords) “enormous intensification of sensory activity; possible loss of frame of reality; subterfuge; possible introduction of drugs and alcohol”. And would you believe that at 12:30AM, when Holmes entered the theater in costume (dressed as the Joker with bright orange hair and in full battle armor), the Midheaven (career, public status) was EXACTLY conjunct his Venus, suggesting the potential for “career advancement in the arts”.
Guess who was born on December 17, 1987 — four days after Holmes — in Crescent, OK? He is driven by Moon in Scorpio, which seeks knowledge for the sake of power and control, and needs to be seen a person of depth and substance. Do you think we might see similar themes related to “loss of reality” manifesting in his life right now? And here I would be thinking of Bradley Manning, accused of releasing thousands of US classified and unclassified documents to Wikileaks, who was arrested over two years ago and is still awaiting trial. On Saturday, a military judge apparently ruled that defense lawyers might not use “evidence to contend that there was little “actual harm” from the enormous leak of secret government documents.” Did you know Manning was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize? Me neither — I just found that out in my “Bradley Manning” Google search.
To wrap this long post up, the Colorado shooting isn’t the only “violent storm” raging in the headlines in these volatile planetary times. I’m seeing reports of car crashes with multiple fatalities and violence – in Bulgaria, Syria and Iraq. In other news, twenty-one people suffered burns at a fire walk organized by motivational speaker Tony Robbins. Caterpillar, a corporation with record profits, is shows no sign of budging from a six-year wage and pension freeze on its workers, who have been on strike for three months. And in China, a brutal enforcement of its “one child” policy is apparently leading to calls for the law’s repeal. Catharsis, anyone?
I had written a brilliant analysis of Friday’s sad and depressing massacre in Colorado, explaining how patterns in the horoscope of the perpetrator were triggered — and are eerily reflected — by the potentially ruthless T-square among aggressive Mars, brutal Pluto and rebel Uranus. Thanks to Mercury retrograde, all my words vaporized when I hit “publish”. Someday I may be motivated to recreate it — but not now. I’d rather quote the wise words spiritual teacher Pema Chodron posted on her Facebook page today, which are so apt for managing the aggressive urges of that T-square:
“We act out because, ironically, we think it will bring us some relief. We equate it with happiness. Often there is some relief, for the moment. When you have an addiction and you fulfill that addiction, there is a moment in which you feel some relief. Then the nightmare gets worse. So it is with aggression. When you get to tell someone off, you might feel pretty good for a while, but somehow the sense of righteous indignation and hatred grows, and it hurts you. It’s as if you pick up hot coals with your bare hands and throw them at your enemy. If the coals happen to hit him, he will be hurt. But in the meantime, you are guaranteed to be burned.”
(Start Where You Are)
Here’s all you need to know about the weekend: Moon is in industrious Virgo, seeking to perfect and organize. If you’re not on vacation, you could stand to do some work around the house.” Big picture” ideas may strike you by Sunday, especially if you’re a creative type. The Moon goes void on Sunday at 8:44PM ET…not to enter Libra until 6:38PM ET on MONDAY. Moon goes void on Wednesday at 11:22AM ET…and enters Scorpio at 10:29PM ET. And on Thursday, Moon goes void at 11:38AM ET…not to enter Sagittarius until 1:18AM on SATURDAY. Could the Universe be sending us a message to take a break?
The sturm und drang potential of the past two days of action-oriented Mars in Libra clashing with rebel Uranus and “clear the air” Pluto was unleashed with a vengeance Wednesday. Thunderbolts, lightning and intense hailstorms drenched East Coast cities from Washington to Boston, finally breaking triple-digit temperatures. How did the potential for intensity play out in your own personal world? Since my horoscope was directly impacted by this celestial clash (I’m one of those born within a few days of the 30th of March, June September or December), I consciously avoided debates with the hosts at my vacation retreat on any topic where we might disagree, and went along with whatever social agenda had been planned. Where did it lead me?
Yesterday’s agenda included whatever was playing at a local film festival. Meaning that we just went to the festival without knowing what we would see. Turned out to be a recently restored print of a (magnificent) WAR movie, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp – and it was introduced by Thelma Schoonmaker, the Oscar-winning editor of Raging Bull (about a boxer) and The Departed (a crime thriller). Boxing, crime thrillers, war movies — are we detecting an aggressive Mars, ruthless Pluto, status quo-disrupting Uranus theme here? After the movie we spent time in a secondhand bookstore. What jumped out at me (that I finished reading today)? They Can Kill You, But They Can’t Eat You – the autobiography of former studio head Dawn STEEL (Mars rules steel), who had a tough-as-nails reputation as she spearheaded films like Top Gun and Fatal Attraction. Steel, guns, fatal…more Mars, Pluto and Uranus…coincidence or conspiracy? Astrology can work in such mysterious ways…
The New Moon at 26 degrees of Cancer is exact Thursday at 12:24AM ET. Cancer is a water sign, in tune with emotions. It refers to the homeland, patriotism, Mom and apple pie (nurturing). Cancer seeks and provides security in these areas. Overall, it is a dynamic, physical chart for a New Moon, suggested by the Mars-Uranus-Pluto T-square. Anything can happen! Ambition — perhaps driven by a sense of disconnection or loss — is tempered by disciplined, strategic Saturn challenging the sensitive Sun and Moon. Where is your home? What is your foundation? With Mercury retrograde, those answers to Cancerian concerns — which are necessary before moving forward with a carefully crafted strategy, are found by turning inward. Easy flow of energy is supported by smooth connections between optimistic Jupiter and innovative Uranus.Venus in Gemini and Neptune in Pisces are running wild, suggesting a flurry of social interaction and ideals of spirit, fantasy and other escapes are likely to pull focus during this cycle. In a big picture/world event sense, this chart seems like an apt set-up for the Olympics…if they can keep theMercury retrograde traffic jams and stopwatch malfunctions to a minimum.
The New Moon immediately goes void at 12:24AM ET and enters playful Leo at 6:13AM ET. Exuberant aspects kick in around 9:22PM ET…and on Friday, the Leo Moon is bolstered by delightful input from loving Venus. Play is what I will be doing over the next couple of days and I hope you will, too. When in doubt, use the physical energy of the New Moon to work it out — literally — of your mind and body. Meditation, yoga, hiking anyone?
Be aware of the potential for two days of high energy and intensity, as a slew of volatile patterns are exact Tuesday and Wednesday. Some of you may have been feeling the build up beginning several days ago, especially if you have key points or planets at 6-10 days or degrees into the signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. To the reader who wrote to ask if there were any aspects indicating “violence or thievery” because more than one person she knows was robbed yesterday, and there were so many fights on the street, the answer is YES. The planets reflecting the potential for explosive energy are aggressive Mars challenging ruthless Pluto (exact Tuesday at 4:23PM ET) AND rebel Uranus (exact at 10:56 PM ET).
Here’s the blow by blow: an exuberant connection between Mars and expansive Jupiter suggests we have energy to burn, big time. Drop and give me 50 — that would be a constructive release, as would a long walk in the park. Launching an initiative would not be on my plate today, given that we are in the dark side of the Moon. This is a time to be wrapping up loose ends from this lunar cycle and preparing for the New Moon at 12:24AM ET on Thursday.
With this “dead” Moon in sensitive, moody Cancer, emotional security is the reigning need of the day — and that need could be sorely challenged. An emotionally volatile, power-oriented exchange may be heard around 11:34AM ET, as Moon is squared by Mars…followed by an opposition from Pluto at 11:48AM ET…AND a challenge from disruptive Uranus at 1:12PM ET. How to handle it? Bite your tongue. Refrain from making intentionally provocative statements at this time — the reaction could be unpredictable. Be especially aware of your surroundings and take evasive action if necessary. Play it safe — unless you’re channeling energy into a creative project or a psychotherapy session. Those are instances where you could experience major breakthroughs.
On Wednesday, Moon continues her journey through Cancer…where it connects with restrictive Saturn at 5:24PM ET (what limits or discipline will be placed on your plans)…and faces off against Uranus (surprise!) at 10:56PM ET. In the headlines, we may see more than the usual share of “if it bleeds, it leads” stories…as well as accidents and outbursts — including unpredictable shocks from Mother Nature. I’ve already seen the biggest anti-nuclear protest yet in Japan, fast cars on the home page of the New York Times and a creepy story about needles found in turkey sandwiches on a recent Delta Airlines flight. I’m not going to link that last one. Suffice it to say that it was on the AOL homepage — apparently the world’s leading source of news items containing the words “horrifying”, “horrible” or “horrific” in the headline.
Add all these patterns up; throw in yesterday’s void-of-course Moon AND Mercury retrograde, and you get an Olympic-sized traffic jam. As Suze Orman always says, “Now you stay safe!”