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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 8/6/2012: A RAM-bunctious Monday

Typing this an hour away from the scheduled landing of Curiosity on Mars! Watching a live feed from Mission Control, a.k.a. the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA — streaming directly to my iMac with no commercial interruptions. Amazing!

Inspired by Curiosity, you can blast out of bed this morning, driven by the Moon still in pioneering Aries, supercharged by rebel Uranus and ruthless Pluto. Wasn’t last Monday a bit like this? Yes, it was, only with the Moon in “make it happen” Capricorn. Proactive energy still rules the day, only it’s more fiery, not so earthy and practical. So go set the world on fire, but be aware that others may be in the same fiery mode and not as aware of planetary patterns. If you encounter reckless words, actions and/or egos, temper your reactions accordingly. No need to engage, especially with the approaching hook-up between aggressive Mars and stern Saturn, exact on the 15th — but most definitely in effect now.

Moon voids for the week:

Tuesday 4:04PM ET – Wednesday 3:28AM ET

Thursday 2:55PM ET – Friday 4:11PM ET

Mercury turns direct on Wednesday at 1:40AM ET — alert the media.

Back to Curiosity: the chart for the scheduled landing shows Moon and technogeek Uranus together in pioneering Aries. The need to lead and inspire, breaking through boundaries is considerable, especially with both planets on the Aries Ascendant and trine the dramatic Leo Sun. Ruthless Pluto is exactly on the midheaven, a potentially huge statement of empowerment.  Mars, ruler of the chart, is together with disciplined Saturn in Libra, suggesting a projection to the public of military precision. Areas of the horoscope referring to travel and communication (3rd and 9th houses) are well-supported by Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy, an especially prominent Venus and Mercury. Yes, Mercury is retrograde — but it is also well-aspected — and remember, Mercury retrograde is a REminder of a need for FOCUS.

A big pause…while I am glued to the feed from Mission Control. Oooh…a dramatic moment of tension in the room at 10:12PM PT — as disruptive Uranus and Pluto make exact contact with the Aries Ascendant….and then…everything’s OK. The landing will be a success! And it was. And there was much rejoicing…

…which means that writing about yesterday’s tragic and distressing shooting at a Sikh temple at around 10:25AM on 8/5/12 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin is..not so joyful. But let’s look at the astrology and learn something. What do we see on the angles of the chart? Why rebel Uranus and ruthless Pluto — same as the chart for the wildly successful Mars landing!! Only in the Wisconsin chart, Uranus opposes the Ascendant, in the 7th house of the public/relationships; Pluto opposes the Midheaven, in the 4th house of family/homeland security concerns.

What’s noteworthy here is that we have two “breaking news” events involving Uranus and Pluto on the angles of the chart for those moments in time.  Experience shows that when Uranus and Pluto are on the angles of a chart, major life-changing events are more likely to happen. Whether they are constructive or destructive is usually up to the humans involved. What does this mean for you? It suggests that if you have an Ascendant or Midheaven between 6 and 13 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, opportunities for major life changes are happening now –and/or will be happening in 2013. Plan accordingly!