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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 5/30/2013: The Impossible Dream

Moon continues its sojourn in humanitarian, cerebral and quirky Aquarius, seeking to be seen as socially significant, even as it comfortably operates within the group. Most of that energy is delightfully supported by easy connections from that lovely pile-up of planets — mental Mercury, loving Venus, jolly Jupiter — in Gemini (if you have a planet or angle between 23 -28 degrees of any Fire or Air sign, you’re feeling this sense of ease more than most). As we get closer to 7:57PM ET, when the Moon’s need to be unique is challenged by assertive Mars in stubborn Taurus, then we have the potential for a feisty clash of wills or display of intractable resolve.

After a Moon void so brief you’ll hardly notice it, Moon enters the dreamy sign of Pisces, shifting the focus from the cerebral Air realm to watery depths of intuition and feeling. Music, faith, dreams and other beautiful escapes may be on your agenda.

And speaking of dreams, there is another planetary pattern going on — exact on June 11th — that we really need to talk about.  It addresses a question raised by my Pisces (intuitive, sensitive) friend Lisa, who asked me yesterday what was going on in the stars that felt so weird — and the dynamics of the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square did not fit the bill. What’s going on is another relatively rare pattern: a trine betwteen stern Saturn, which structures and limits reality and nebulous Neptune, which dissolves whatever it touches. Immediately you see the potential for bewilderment when structures are dissolving beneath your feet, yes? And yet you can also appreciate the potential for the sublime to materialize when dreams are backed by enough substance. Which will it be for you? Maybe a little of both, and you are feeling it more than most if you were born around the 23rd of just about any month — or have a planet or angle around 5 degrees of any sign.

This dance between Saturn and Neptune has been going off and on since the middle of October, and the exact hit on June 11th will be the 3rd in the cycle, and thus especially potent. FYI, the last time we experienced this pattern (prior to 2012) was after the Summer Solstice of 2001 — and didn’t the world seem dreamy back then, in comparison to the rude awakening we experienced on September 11th? Hmmmm.

What does the trine between Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces hold for us as individuals and collectively? I have no idea. One headline that seems to reflect this unfamiliar pattern, combined with the disruption of Uranus and Pluto jumped out at me this morning. It’s a story about glaciers melting in Switzerland, affecting other structures that were once reliable. How are we supposed to navigate in a situation like this? Where is the map? That’s the point. There isn’t a map. We’ve never been here before — or so it feels. We will muddle through as best we can, and presumably intuition and creativity will be the best tools to help us on the way. Left-brained thinking may be overwhelmed by nebulous Neptunian fog. Right-brained approaches — as well as your dreams — may provide more clarity and guidance during this period.

To be continued….


Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 5/29/2013

Moon in humanitarian, friendly Aquarius coasts through the day, boosted by a balanced connection from the Gemini Sun and a communicative connection from innovative Uranus. Take advantage of the easy flow and a receptivity to that which may be unconventional and/or on the fringe.

The airy, frothy excess of yesterday’s hook-up between Venus (money, women, art, social expression) and expansive Jupiter is still in effect (and duly noted in yet another market high at the close of business on Tuesday), even if the hook-up is on the wane.

Meanwhile, a bit of leftover news from the weekend. Regular readers know that the needs of Saturn in Scorpio suggest a focus on the nitty-gritty in issues involving sex, no matter how disturbing, including stories of rape, abortion rights and yesterday, a baby rescued from a sewer line (!).  Here’s a lengthy piece about the female sex drive that graced the cover of the NYT Sunday Magazine. Did you know that there’s a pill in the works that aims to do for women what Viagra does for men?



Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 5/28/2013: “Too Much of a Good Thing Is…”

…and we’re back. Did you have a good holiday break, dear Readers who live in the U.S.? I followed my own advice and shopped ’til I dropped on Saturday and chilled out on Sunday. On Monday, I improvised. And you?

Wherever you live, you may be feeling quite bubbly this morning and driven by the Moon in proactive Capricorn to make things happen. In fact, there’s enough optimism in the air from yesterday and today to carry you through the whole week — and with hardly any Moon voids to derail or delay your efforts to move forward in a straight line. If you’re new to this forecast and do not know what a Moon void is — here’s the 411.

Suffice it to say, the longest void of the week — a natural rest period, if you know what’s good for you — happens from 2:40PM ET – 5:48PM ET. East Coasters, you’ll want to be taking care of what’s important in the morning; West Coasters may want to wait until mid-afternoon to focus on projects you wish to be of consequence. Use the three-hour void to chill, wander and/or take care of the routine and the mundane. At 5:48PM ET, Moon will enter the networking sign of Aquarius, seeking to be of social significance and facilitating encounters with the avant-garde. Get out and mingle tonight if you can.

The highlight of the day is an exact hook-up between Venus (social expression, money, women, beauty) and expansive Jupiter in oh-so-charming and clever Gemini (23 degrees). And oh-how-sweet — and indulgent — this hook-up can be. It’s the pink frosting on the cake of Monday’s equally expansive and optimistic hook-up between Jupiter and mental Mercury, suggesting an overload of information and stimulation (which is not necessarily a bad thing).

This follows on the heels of Sunday’s bedazzling and sometimes bewildering challenge between the glib Gemini Sun and nebulous Neptune in sacrificial, soulful Pisces. This combination of patterns sounds like a perfect backdrop for the premiere of HBO’s latest original film, Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas as “Mr. Showmanship” himself — Liberace. The furs, the ruffles, the bling; the enormous appetite for all things sensual…which is how co-star Matt Damon, playing Liberace’s much younger lover, Scott Thorson, enters the scene. And what was Liberace’s most famous quote? “Too much of a good thing is…wonderful”. Coincidence or conspiracy?

In other news — and also perfectly in synch with planetary patterns — here’s a piece  — on the front page of the NYT business section, no less — about the empire of Amma, the Indian guru also known as “the hugging saint”. She’s just started a two-month tour in North America, in case you’d like to meet her…

Make the most of the opportunities for beauty, creativity and expansion that may come your way today. If you have a planet or angle at 23 degrees of any sign, but especially Aries, Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius and Pisces, this especially applies to you. Follow your bliss!


Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 5/24/2013: Looney Tunes

In case you hadn’t noticed, the intense Scorpio Moon is void of course, suggesting twists in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. It’s 12:34PM in New York — and already my day has been filled with unexpected turns — though mostly of a benign and bemusing kind. Go with the flow!

Moon enters rambling, gamboling Sagittarius at 5:49PM ET, lifting spirits and increasing urges to get out of town or otherwise expand our horizons. That, and telling everyone exactly what we think about everything, even if what we think — or believe — is not entirely clear. Emotional intensity continues to run high, courtesy of tonight’s Full Moon/Eclipse — at 5 degrees of Sag, around 12:30 AM ET.  There’s a loopy, pixie-dust vibe going on all through the weekend, as nebulous Neptune will be pulling focus — and is a key influence in the pattern of the Full Moon. Anyone who has a planet between 4 and 12 degrees of any sign is affected…which is pretty much the Entire Free World. Ground yourself by eating potatoes, suggests an old wives’ tale…and how fortuitous for me that potato chowder is on the menu in the office cafeteria.

Moon is in Sag on Saturday — not void –you’re free to shop. Moon will be void on Sunday –no shopping, please —  will fill you in on the rest, later…

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 5/23/2013: Intensity & Vision

A day of potentially intense organization and emotional depth, driven by idealized thinking and communication — which in some cases may be a bit fanatical; in others, breathtakingly inspirational. The positive potential of today’s Moon in Scorpio is a demand for substance over theory and a willingness to go there — no matter how deep or uncomfortable “there” may be.

The tone for the morning is set by this intense Moon’s hook-up with stern Saturn, followed by a cooperative connection with ruthless, yet also regenerative, Pluto. I’m seeing a lot of “heavy” in the headlines, no doubt reflecting 1) the continuing fallout of the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square and 2) the illumination suggested by Friday’s Full Moon, which is also an eclipse; and 3) Saturn’s relentless march through karmic cop Scorpio.  In your own personal world, use this energy to stay focused and dig deep into whatever vision is on your plate today. And if you can ship, then ship — as the Moon will be void-of-course from 9:55AM ET until 5:49AM PM ET on Friday. Oh, how I envy those of you who will be starting your Memorial Day weekend holiday early!

A quick rundown of the headlines from this morning and yesterday include shocks and disruption in Sweden, of all places — where there have been riots for four nights in row.Four nights — which means they started on the exact Uranus-Pluto square. Wow! More on the riots in Sweden here. Meanwhile, in Raleigh, North Carolina, there have been huge demonstrations outside the state’s General Assembly building every Monday for almost a month, by a so-called “Army of Love“. And here’s another peaceful protest that appears to have turned ugly on Monday: in Washington, foreclosed homeowners and housing rights activists were apparently Tasered.

More on the challenges for control of information by those who have the money to buy it can be found in this story of apparent censorship of a documentary that may not have pleased the Koch brothers. When not funding the Tea Party and other right-wing causes, they apparently give a lot of money to PBS.  In other news, hackers are doing very, very well in China.

I was overwhelmed by the number of nitty-gritty stories about power and abuse involving Saturn-in-Scorpio’s ruthless agenda of life and death. Here’s another instance of sexual harrassment in our military. The economic crisis in Greece has sparked a rise in prostitution, as seen in this NYT photo essay. In other matters of life and death, lawmakers in tornado-stricken Oklahoma wasted no time passing this bill — to defund Planned Parenthood.  And oh, the Obama Administration finally admitted that drones were used to kill four Americans — but they’re now re-thinking that program, honest. Meanwhile in Colorado, Governor John Hickenlooper has doubts about the death penalty — and has delayed a scheduled execution.

Before you decide to spend the rest of the day hiding under the bed, here are some cool items of status quo-disrupting technological breakthroughs. First, doctors apparently used a 3-D laser printer to create an airway tube and save the life of a baby boy. Way, way cool! Second, Tesla, a pioneer maker of electric cars, has repaid a big fat federal government loan way ahead of schedule. If you grok to geeky tech news, considering reading this book, “The Physics of the Future” — an essential guide to how our lives will be changed by technology sooner than you think. I read it last summer and learned about 3D printers, Google glasses and other wonders before they hit the mainstream headlines.

Last but not least, when you don’t have your nose in a book or glued to a computer screen, take a minute to look up at the night sky, as a snarky and obviously ignorant person at Gawker reports. But ignorant or not, Mars, Venus and Jupiter will still look pretty.

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 5/22/2013: Void is the Woid

Slow start or twist to your morning commute? Pour hot water over whole coffee beans, because you forgot to grind them? Credit the void-of-course Moon in Libra, which made a lovely connection with buoyant Jupiter at 3:35AM ET, and is now wandering aimlessly through the cosmos until 4:55PM ET. If you’re lucky, you’ll wander, too. Take a break. Chill. Avoid impulse purchases and making major decisions. If you can’t chill, then at least remember to be patient with whatever flakes and detours interfere with your efforts to move purposefully forward in a straight line.

Right around quitting time on the East Coast, Moon enters Scorpio, and we’ll all run screaming down the halls. OK, I’m exaggerating, which you could have predicted, given that I am typing this on that buoyant Moon-Jupiter connection. But seriously, Scorpio is a challenging placement for the Moon, as Scorpio tends to keep a lid on emotions….until suddenly, it doesn’t. And then we wonder what hit us. A bit of soulful relief arrives waaaay late in the evening, as rose-colored Neptune shows up at 1:45AM ET Thursday to give that moody bastard Moon an intangible hug.

Note that the Moon is waxing full, so emotions are running high in general. And this Full Moon is the third eclipse we get to deal with in just 30 days. More on that later.



Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 5/21/2013: Break-ups and Shake-ups

The Libra Moon’s preference for peace and appreciation in relationship may be jangled by its connection with the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square at 9AM ET. See how that impacts your morning commute. Over the past 48 hours, I’ve noticed a greater intensity on the roads. After 9AM, Moon is happily supported by mental Mercury and loving Venus, facilitating communication and a welcome balance. Get it off your desk today, as the Moon will be void of course from 3:35AM ET Wednesday until 4:55PM ET.

So many disruptive, illuminating headlines to report, in the wake of yesterday’s third exact Pluto-Uranus square. First, it is no surprise to see a natural disaster front and center — and in the US, we have the devastation of a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, which touched down at 2:56PM CT.  The chart for that moment in space in time shows expansive Jupiter ill-placed in airy Gemini, sitting exactly on the Midheaven of the chart — and squaring the  Ascendant. Interesting.

Other disruptions, revelations and challenges to the status quo include the results of Congressional inquiry into Apple. There’s been much talk in recent months about the staggering pile of cash the company has on hand, and apparently that pile includes billions of dollars that might have been paid in taxes — if the company did not have such an intricate network of tax shelters. In the independent spirit of the Uranus-Pluto square, what’s interesting here is that the shelters apparently created a number of entities that were “state-less” – and thus arguably, not subject to taxation by a state. Apple CEO is due in Congress today — his testimony should be interesting. All I know is that if my tax rate were the same as Apple’s, I might have a big pile of cash, too — or at least a renovated kitchen. And you?

Another corporate challenge that’s been getting a lot of press: JPMorgan shareholders will vote today on whether current Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon (dubbed one of the world’s most powerful bankers), gets to keep both jobs — or be “demoted” to just CEO. Frankly, a decision to split the jobs between two people would be consistent with the break ups suggested by the Uranus-Pluto square — and Mr. Dimon’s horoscope (even without a birthtime) is directly impacted. It’s clear he’s been under tremendous pressure over that past 18 months, with a pattern also seen in the horoscope of Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) during last year’s efforts to remove Walker from office in a recall vote, which Walker survived.

A third corporate challenge comes courtesy of reporter Chris Hedges, who offers this rant against capitalism and the opinion that revolutionary action is required — perfectly timed, as I said, given the exact square between Uranus and Pluto. We would expect these challenges to the “system,” as we saw during the conjunction of Uranus and Pluto in the mid-60s.

And speaking of the mid-60s, news of a key player in the revolutionary sound that emerged during that tumultuous and creative time:  Ray Manzarak, keyboard player and founder of the Doors, passed away yesterday. Perhaps this explains why I was craving music by the Doors on Friday — and specifically, the distinctive sound of the keyboards.

So much more to write about — but I must fly. Have a fabulous day!

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 5/20/2013: Third Time’s A Charm?

From earthy to airy…that’s the way this day goes. We begin with the Sun in the final throes of Taurus (and earth sign), and the Moon at the end of Virgo (also earth), still driving for perfection in material-security/sensual concerns. After a brief (19 minute) void, Moon enters people-pleasing Libra(air) at 1:07PM ET; at 5:10PM ET the Sun enters information junkie Gemini (also air). Who cares what you have; tell me what you think or what you know. This concentration of planets in Air signs should noticeably pick up the pace.

Bright ideas and innovative thinking, bordering on genius will likely be in headlines and perhaps in your own personal world, especially if you have a planet or angle at 11 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces. But the folks who are really in the hot seat are those born around the 1st of April, June, October and January — or those with a planet or angle at 11 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Why? Because those are the degrees that are lit up by the third exact square between rebel Uranus at 11 Aries and ruthless Pluto at 11 Capricorn, suggesting major upheavals, breakouts, break-ups and other disruptions to the Establishment status quo. Do you know how many countries and other entities, including the European Union, were established on January 1st?

A few headlines I’m seeing as I type include a series of powerful tornadoes ripping across the Midwest and this supercool piece about an 18 year-old who’s invented a device that can re-charge a cell phone battery in mere seconds, not hours. Even cooler: the 18 year-old is female.  It will be interesting to see what other news hits the wires on Tuesday, when the Libra Moon engages with the Uranus-Pluto square just before 9AM ET.

Your Moon voids for the week are Wednesday 3:35AM ET – 4:55PM ET and Friday, 9:55AM ET to 5:49PM ET. These are your natural rest periods; suffice it to say that they can be frustrating when they happen during normal business hours, as efforts to move forward in a straight line are more likely to be thwarted by twists and aimless wandering. Forge ahead today and tomorrow…

Astro-logical Forecast for Saturday & Sunday 5/18-19/2013: From Rosy to Real

Credit the weekend’s Moon in perfection-seeking, detail-exacting Virgo with inspiring my sudden urge to completely reorganize my sock drawer yesterday, instead of posting a forecast. And you? Any sudden urges to purge or get it right? Underscoring — or perhaps blurring — the need for perfection are two other patterns that were exact yesterday.

First the rose-colored Mercury-Neptune square, that suggests a need for idealized thinking and/or a need to connect to beauteous and intangible forms. Second, a happy alignment between loving Venus and weird, wacky Uranus that suggests what we find beautiful may not be the norm, or may be appreciated in a “I love you, but don’t take it personally” vein.  Incisive observations on the aftermath of one potential encounter in Williamsburg, a  hipster NY ‘hood, were posted this morning on the blog of essayist and film critic Lisa Rosman — coincidence or conspiracy? I can’t wait for Ms. Rosman to write a full-length novel…

Despite the driving need for perfection, the worst thing that could be said about this day is the potential for expressions of love to be  misdirected (see blog post above) and/or challenged, courtesy of a square between Moon and Venus at 4AM ET. The good news is that this minor aspect is now well behind us, and the next connection Moon will make is a square from jolly Jupiter at 9:55PM ET, suggesting overindulgence — maybe of a self-medicating kind at a shopping mall, where the lack of a Moon void today places no prohibition on purchases…




Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 5/17/2013: Get Up and Go

Moon continues its sojourn in  Leo today, needing to love and be loved whilst issuing assorted royal edicts. Do you know anyone like that? Be mindful of a potential clash of wills  or rush of passion when the Moon is challenged by Mars in stubborn Taurus at 10:15AM ET, and egged on by Jupiter, the cosmic cheerleader (a.k.a. the cosmic sugar daddy) a couple of hours later.

More partying is in order tonight with this Leo Moon, which goes void at 12:34AM ET, on the First Quarter square to the comfort-seeking Taurus Sun. This aspect also suggests the first test of your New Moon agenda — and is likely to bring more startling headlines to your attention, given the approaching exact Uranus-Pluto square.

More later — gotta run this morning — will fill you in on the weekend anon.