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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 10/31/2013: Dark Matters, Tricks and Treats

Happy Halloween!

Moon entered people-pleasing Libra as of 8:22AM ET, suggesting a need for focus on integrity and appreciation in relationship. Charm, social graces and rational — if somewhat detached — debate are classic Libra traits, as is a need for peaceful balance. And during business hours today, things may well flow smoothly, as there are no exact jarring aspects to the Moon until after midnight tonight, when it will clash with the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square (discussed in further detail in the link below).

Also facilitating a smooth flow of energy is a connection between action hero Mars and resourceful Pluto, exact this morning at 6:45AM ET. Add this easy flow to the disruptive — as in “it’s a new world” — potential of the Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About, and you could wake up to a story about fueling stations for Tesla electric cars now available between San Diego and Vancouver. They’re even calling it a “supercharger route” — how cool is that?

Not only is physical energy running high today, but mental faculties continue to be ripe for deep focus and revelation, especially if the subject of your focus is a Mercury retrograde review. That potential is suggested by excellent support to mental Mercury by today’s resourceful Mars-Pluto connection. Go ahead and dig deep.

Meanwhile, some fun stuff making headlines. First, another “new world” discovery — an Earth-like planet seemingly straight from the pits of Hell. Second, an update on the quest for physical evidence of “dark matter” — an appropriate subject with so many planets currently in Scorpio and its ruler — Pluto, Lord of the Underworld — pulling focus. I love it when scientists go on quests for physical evidence of things they theorize must exist, based on certain consequences. One day perhaps they’ll go on a quest for physical evidence of — say — the energy of Mercury retrograde, for example — something even more tangible than the consequences that always manifest, e.g., tech snafus, communication glitches, etc. Yeah, that’s a deep thought. I do not know why planetary patterns reflect life development, but I know how to use those planetary patterns to help people live life better. As evidenced by the email I received this morning from a client who was pleased to report that, just as her horoscope suggested, she did land a wonderful new job several weeks after our last consultation. Astrology is amazing.

And off that tangent, I close with two fun stories about individuals who are disrupting the status quo in the art world. One is about the anonymous graffiti artist Banksy, who’s taken New York by storm this month; the other involves thrift stores, a woman named Thyrza Segal and monsters — just in time for Halloween — enjoy!



Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 10/30/2013: More on the Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About

So…yesterday’s forecast is applicable today, but since I did not post until noon ET, you may not have read it. Here it is again — entitled “The Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About” — please share it with all your friends and relations, as this is super-helpful information for understanding what’s happening in the world.

Moon is still in Virgo (read about that in the link above). The mood is a little lighter, as we are moving away from the heavy Mercury-Saturn hook-up. And yet there’s more intensity and more buzz (again, see link above). Keep your nose to the grindstone and by the time 10:48PM ET rolls around, the Moon will go void on a pleasantly indulgent challenge between loving Venus in rollicking Sagittarius and the discriminating Virgo Moon. During the void, no harm, no foul — and no consequences likely —  for whatever happens after hours, inspired by a deep, juicy and resourceful connection between energetic Mars and potent Pluto at 6:45AM ET on Thursday. The void ends at 8:22AM ET on Thursday; East Coasters may feel a little slow about getting the day started, but West Coasters have no excuse.

OK, the news. Reflecting planetary patterns, here’s a heavy Mercury-Saturn meets revolutionary Uranus-Pluto piece entitled “How Science is Telling Us All to Revolt”. Provocative, daunting and controversial. How are we ever going to figure this out? Meanwhile, nebulous Neptune is in Pisces, which you may recall from past posts — as far back as a few years ago — suggests that water (or lack thereof) in all forms — including oceans — will become a major concern during Neptune’s 14-year sojourn through the sign it rules. Add Neptune in Pisces to the disruptive  Uranus-Pluto square and see it reflected in countless stories, including this heavy article called “The Ocean Is Broken”.

Sure, you could put a SEP field around it & not read these weighty articles, but a SEP field won’t solve the challenges, and planetary patterns suggest this is not the time for hiding under the covers.  “Wake up and smell the coffee” — as Dear Abby or Ann Landers used to say, and put our collective intelligence and creativity to work in the service of the greater good. I don’t know about you, but I have to believe that once we recognize that the old way of doing things is not sustainable, a majority of us will come together to create one that is. And that’s an exciting possibility, also suggested by planetary patterns, in spite of said challenges.

In the 90s, I opined to anyone who cared to listen, that the mantra for the first decade of the New Millenium would be “we are all connected” — and whoever figured out how to build on that (Mark Zuckerberg, anyone?) would do very well. Too bad I don’t build things; I just help people, inspire them and keep them informed. And for the past five years or so, I’ve been thinking that the mantra for this decade is this: “sustainable”. What can we build on that?

Need a song to get you inspired? I’ve got one — it’s wonderfully idealistic —  written and performed by actual human beings — who can be ever so amazing when they get out of their own way.

Go out there and be amazing — on this brand new, beautiful day…

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 10/29/2013: The Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About

OK, break time is over — as in —  yesterday’s long Moon void is behind us. As of 11:45PM ET last night, Moon entered discriminating Virgo, seeking to fulfill its need for critical thinking and perfection. And this is a need that’s quite well-supported by the rest of the planets throughout the next couple of days. Add in the serious focus of today’s exact conjunction of mental Mercury and stern Saturn in ruthless, penetrating Scorpio, and you’ve got a lovely set-up for some productive purging of thought forms that no longer serve, in light of potentially super-heavy facts that should no longer be avoided. Rethink, review, reform your ideas and ambitions — with a practical focus. Whatever is on your plate now — that was also on your plate around October 9th — should be back for another look or resolution around November 26th, when Mercury and Saturn will conjoin again.

Whereas the Mercury-Saturn hook-up on October 8th was co-mingled with an idealistic, beauty-seeking alignment between Venus and Neptune, this current hook-up is supported by an extremely resourceful and energetic alignment between action hero Mars (also in discriminating, organizing Virgo) and potent Pluto in enterprising Capricorn (exact on Thursday). Way to rally the troops and focus on what is absolutely essential. This Mars-Pluto connection also facilitates physical expression — if it’s all too much for you, hit the gym or connect deeply with a partner. Just don’t hit your partner, please — even though another alignment this week suggests we’ll see still more of the concentrated outbursts of disturbing violence the “if it bleeds, it leads” media folks love to publicize — I don’t need to link this stuff — any newspaper homepage is covered with it, except for this one: the eternally sunny Good News Network.

Meanwhile, that Other Alignment –exact on Friday morning ET —  is the fourth of seven exact squares between rebel Uranus in pioneering, individualistic Aries and “resistance is futile” Pluto in enterprising — and also patriarchal, corporate and institutional — Capricorn. As regular readers know, this looooooong pattern (2011-2016) suggests, as history reflects, upheavals and transformation as peasants revolt, infrastructure breaks down, entities fight to maintain power and control and we see the power of one person to disrupt an entire system (e.g. Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning — off the top of my head). Historically, we’re seeing a repeat of major issues we saw in the mid-60s, as we are given the opportunity to advance that agenda forward (e.g. civil rights, sane and sustainable agriculture, diet and health care; greater understanding of our world via breakthroughs in physics, especially matters of time and space).

We’re also experiencing an echo of the issues we faced in the early 30s, during which we had rebel Uranus in Aries squaring Pluto in homeland security-focused Cancer. Consult your history books for a recap — or check out the website of astrologer Bill Herbst, who has written extensively about the Uranus-Pluto cycle in historical perspective. I got turned on to his site by astrologer Rockie Gardiner over a decade ago; until then I had only worked with the horoscopes of individuals in private consultations. I became determined to understand how planetary patterns can reflect events in the world, too. And now I can’t stop writing about what we’re likely to see in the headlines and why people are making headlines. I’ve been doing this for five years — and I’m telling you — no one makes news unless there are very compelling patterns active in the horoscope.

As noted in prior forecasts, this current Uranus-Pluto square is especially potent because of its relatively long duration. Usually we get three or five hits of a square; this one has SEVEN over the course of 33 months. I appreciate Bill Herbst for pointing out that the last time we had such a long square was between 1496 and 1500 (NINE hits!). Anyone remember what came out of that pattern? How about…The New World?

Your horoscope is currently affected by the Uranus-Pluto square  if you were born 8-12 days into Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn…of if you have a planet or angle at 8-12 degrees of those signs. Believe me, these folks are facing many opportunities for empowerment and emancipation — the high road of Pluto and Uranus transits. As we move into 2014, we’ll see later degrees of those signs activated. Don’t believe me? Ask your Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn friends born in March, June, September and December if they’ve been — or are just wrapping up — major life-changing events.

Oh — and on Sunday, we’ll have another eclipse. This will likely be significant for Taurus, Aquarius, Leo — and especially Scorpios born 11 days into their signs — or anyone who has a planet or point at around 11 degrees of Scorpio. More on that later.

If you don’t know what’s going on in your horoscope, consider making an appointment for a personal consultation. Here’s the 411 on that — and here’s how to contact me.

Thank you for reading — and sharing — this forecast : )

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 10/28/2013: Mind the Void

Allllll-righty, then!

The Moon is in rip-roarin’ Leo, the sign that brought you all those over-the-top costumes you saw at the Halloween party you attended on Saturday. Wasn’t that fun? As of 8:26AM ET, Moon goes void-of-for just over 15 hours, not to enter the next sign — Virgo — until 11:45PM ET. What does that mean, you might wonder, especially if you are new to this forecast (welcome!).

A Moon void suggests a day that may feel like it’s going nowhere, marked by upsets, twists and delays in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. We may see a number of regal pronouncements made from a position of entitlement, that turn out to be much ado about nothing. Roll with whatever twists come your way, including flakes and space cases.  For more on Moon voids and how to handle them, look here.  We’ll have another void on Wednesday from 10:48PM ET until Thursday at 8:22AM ET.

A serious focus can be yours today and tomorrow, courtesy of a hook-up between mental Mercury and stern Saturn in ruthless Scorpio. You may recall we experienced this same planetary pattern on October 8th, . Remember what was posted on October 9th:

A goal without a plan is just a wish.

What project were you trying to organize, structure and control  back then? Chances are it’s up for review, research and retooling. Another opportunity to make progress on your game plan is suggested when Mercury and Saturn hook up for a third time on November 25th.

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 10/25/2013: Revelations About Love; Mercury Retrogrrrrade Headlines

Good Morning!

And such a dreamy morning it may be, courtesy of the harmonious connection between the intense Scorpio Sun (life force) and nebulous Neptune in Pisces (illusions, spirits and other intangibles), exact at 6:41PM ET. Please refer to earlier posts this week for more on this rose-colored planetary pattern. Man, I could just float…gently down a stream…as we have six of ten planets in emotional Water signs today: Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and…

…the Moon, which continues its sojourn in Cancer, suggesting another day of focus on and fulfillment of home and emotional security needs. What can you do to nurture yourself and others today? Thoughts flow easily this morning — especially for those with an intuitive bent — how lovely for those on a creative or spiritual quest. It can all build to a burst of optimism by the end of the business day, as Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy, hooks up with the Moon at 4:31PM ET.

From then until 12:12pm ET on Saturday, the Moon will be void of course, offering a natural break in the action. Avid readers of this forecast know that when the Moon is void, it has a wandering, drifting energy, which we often experience as twists, delays or upsets in our efforts to move forward in a straight line. You may notice a lack of focus in those around you, such as a waitress who cheerfully says “Good Morning” when it’s three in the afternoon. There’s a higher potential for flake outs and space outs during voids, and even more so now with mental Mercury being retrograde. The good news is that if you’re the one flaking, it’s likely to be of little consequence. You’ll find more thoughts on Moon voids here.

You can bask in the afterglow of a rose-colored Friday night until 12:12PM ET on Saturday, when the Moon gets into gear in sunny Leo. This Fire sign needs to play, create and shine — often with a sense of royal entitlement. So here’s a little tip for dealing with any drama queens and kings you may encounter: let them know you love them, even if they are total strangers. This is especially true if you’re dealing with someone who was born with Moon in Leo; love is what they need, and the whole world is a much happier place when that need is fulfilled. Don’t believe me? Check out this fascinating, absolutely must-read piece called “10 Things You Might Not Know About Love”.  Interesting that it was originally published in January, on a day with the Moon in nurturing Cancer and the Sun in “I love you, but don’t take it personally” Aquarius.

Meanwhile, the Third Quarter Moon, suggesting a challenge to the agenda you set on the New Moon, is exact on Saturday at 7:40PM ET. Sunday morning dawns with a friendly, innovative connection between the Moon and rebel Uranus that can open minds and hearts to new and unusual attractions. A wet blanket may hit the headlines by 2:24PM ET, as stern Saturn in stubborn Scorpio challenges the equally fixed Leo Moon, with a potential communication clash ensuing around 7PM ET, courtesy of mental Mercury.

FYI: on Monday, the Leo Moon will be void from 8:26AM ET until 11:45PM ET, suggesting a slow start to the work week. Chill if you can.

And now, the news. We’re five days into Mercury retrograde, which is a most excellent time to FOCUS on what we are thinking and saying, and in terms of what is said, the less said, the better. Idle chatter and gossip often have greater consequences during Mercury retrogrades, and often times what is said is later proven false or embarrassing. My sense was that we’d see a lot of stories in the headlines along those themes, especially since the Sabian Symbol for this Mercury retrograde is 19 Scorpio: “a parrot listening and then talking.” To me, that’s an instant image of twittering blah blah blah. Here’s a direct link to Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee’s thoughts on 19 Scorpio — I highly recommend you get his book.

Here are a few related stories:

First, Jofi Joseph, a White House staffer who posted blah blah blah snarky remarks about Persons in High Places via an anonymous Twitter account was fired after an investigation identified him as the source. Second, Don Yelton, a North Carolina county precinct GOP chair resigned after The Daily Show aired a typically entertaining, incisive interview in which Mr. Yelton blithely expressed comments that were “offensive, uniformed, and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party,” according to a statement released by the Buncombe County GOP. Meanwhile, Twitter itself is making news. It just made a significant new hire and it set a price range for its “eagerly anticipated” upcoming IPO.

Have a wonderful weekend — and don’t forget to read the article about love, linked above. That one can change your life.

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 10/24/2013: A Dream Home with Moon in Cancer

OK, break’s over. The Moon is fully engaged in Cancer as of 11:36PM ET last night. This suggests a focus on building and maintaining emotional and home security needs: connecting with family, tending to your home and whatever else nurtures and nourishes. With Mercury retrograde, a REview of or REconnection with these needs may also be on the table. Dreams may have been especially vibrant upon waking,  courtesy of a lovely connection between the intuitive Moon and nebulous Neptune.

The morning and early afternoon have an easy flow, bathed in a rose-colored glow or fog, courtesy of the alignment between the Sun and Neptune discussed in yesterday’s forecast. By early evening on the East Coast, however, we can expect the weekly jolt, revelation and/or power plays that occurs when the Moon makes contact with the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square. You’ll feel this more personally  if you were born 9-10 days into Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn…or if you have a planet or angle at 9 degrees of those signs.  Don’t know where your planets are? Well, for heaven’s sake, make an appointment for a personal consultation and find out! Really, there’s too much going on in the cosmos, reflected in world events, to remain clueless about how it is likely to impact YOU.

So…yesterday as you know, the Moon was void of course for 27 hours, and there was a major sports event last night, a.k.a. Game 1 of the World Series. The supposedly red-hot St. Louis Cardinals went up against the Boston Red Sox and the Sox trounced the Cardinals, 8-1. The general rule of Moon voids is that in sports matches, we can expect upsets, twists and outcomes that favor the underdog. Here’s how the game was written up by the New York Times:

BOSTON — Errors, missed pop ups and fat pitches hardly seemed like the Cardinal Way. The St. Louis Cardinals had stormed into the World Series while priding themselves on this ideal of professionalism and strong fundamentals.

It made it all the more surprising when they figuratively tripped over their own feet Wednesday night, falling to the Red Sox, 8-1, in Game 1 of the World Series. Making matters worse, they also lost their star right fielder Carlos Beltran to injury…

Fascinating, isn’t it?

In other news, I’m seeing the disruptive and destructive potential of the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square, combined with the rarefied artsy-vibe of tomorrow’s Sun-Neptune alignment reflected perfectly in an art exhibition opening today at the Smithsonian called “Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950.” What perfect timing! Meanwhile, Germany is quite upset over a recent report alleging that the U.S. tapped into Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone, and Germany is not alone in its outrage. Given the upsets to the status quo suggested in the U.S. horoscope in mid-2014, it will be interesting to see how stories like these develop over the next year.

Following up on Monday’s forecast, JPMorgan Chase is making headlines as it faces another penalty for “turning a blind eye” to the Ponzi scheme run by its customer, Bernie Madoff. Can we expect another bold action from Chairman & CEO Jamie Dimon, reflecting the high tension happening in his horoscope? His Mars (planet of action) is under pressure from rebel Uranus through February of 2014, along with pressure to his Mercury (mindset, communication) from other planetary patterns. Here’s one possible brilliant maneuver we might see — this one involving taxpayer dollars and the “record fine” allegedly levied against the bank for its mortgage practices leading up to the 2008 financial crisis.

As we approach the fourth exact hit of the Uranus-Pluto square on November 1st, we can expect significant news involving aviation, nuclear energy, seismic events, revolution, transformation and the cosmos, just to name a few keywords associated with Uranus and Pluto. Here’s a story that hit yesterday about the cosmos: the discovery of a galaxy far, far away…

Peace out.

Don’t know where your planets are? Well, for heaven’s sake, make an appointment for a personal consultation and find out! Really, there’s too much going on in the cosmos, reflected in world events, to remain clueless about how it is all likely to impact YOU.

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 10/23/2013: A Looooong Break; Sun Enters Scorpio

Writing this with the Moon void of course in information junkie Gemini, where it will likely drift aimlessly in search of idle conversation and trivia until 11:36PM ET. Chill, chill, chill! If you are new to this forecast and are unfamiliar with Moon voids, here’s an older post with thoughts on how to handle them — worth digging out of the archives.

The big astro-logical shift today is the Sun leaving airy, cerebral Libra for the watery, emotional depths of Scorpio (exact at 2:10AM ET). Theories just won’t cut it; Scorpio demands substance. Mention Scorpio to those who know just enough about astrology to be dangerous, and they may run screaming down the hall. Perhaps they find Scorpio’s natural bent for power and control intimidating. Per pioneering astrologer Linda Goodman, “Scorpios build all the way up to Heaven and all the way down to the Hell. That’s what makes them so…interesting.”  Interesting, indeed. And fiercely loyal and protective of what and whom they love. Even when they’re in one of their moody bastard modes.

Please be careful in your travels today. Yesterday, two emergency airplane landings made headlines. Mercury retrograde and today’s Moon void suggests a higher than average potential for flaky people behind the wheel. Plus we’re starting to feel the dreamy influence of nebulous Neptune’s exact alignment with Sun on Friday, suggesting an urge to merge with a higher consciousness or escape into some other rarefied, intangible state (e.g., music, spirit or drug-induced fantasy). How appropriate, then, that a recent Gallup poll reveals that for the first time, a majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. If you’re inclined to sing about this statistic, here’s a list of “smokin’ songs about weed” that Billboard published on April 20th, a day after another planetary alignment with nebulous Neptune. Coincidence or conspiracy?


Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 10/22/2013: More Mercury Retrograde Strategies; Jamie Dimon, Right on Schedule

A buzzy, busy day of stimulating conversation and information gathering, except everything may feel as if it’s running backwards. Welcome to the second day of mental Mercury being retrograde — how is it manifesting in your world? Yesterday morning, just minutes after the official start of this three-week communication snafu period, Facebook was on the fritz. I heard plenty of other reports of cars stalling and computers crashing. Later that night, I found myself on the downtown F train, instead of the uptown F train, and I have no idea how that happened. Damn you, Mercury retrograde!

A successful strategy for managing this pesky planet  is this:  FOCUS. You must slow down. You must be patient. If you can create a space for it in your Type-A world, take some time to tune in and tune out. There’s likely to be more gold in that inner knowing stream of consciousness than in all the gossip flying around. Make the most of it.

If you absolutely, positively must ship within the next 48 hours, get it off your desk today if you can (or wait a few days). Today’s chatty Gemini Moon goes void of course at 8:35PM ET, not to enter the next sign (Cancer) until 11:36PM ET on WEDNESDAY. That’s 27 hours of time motivated by nothing in particular, ripe for flake outs, space outs and other odd twists. Take care of what is routine, go with the flow, absolutely no impulse shopping sprees and chill if you can. Recognize that whatever crisis crops up is likely much ado about nothing.

Planetary patterns this week are fairly quiet. Mercury’s change of direction is the biggest exact shift, followed by the Sun’s shift tomorrow as it leaves cerebral Libra for emotionally intense Scorpio. A harmonious connection between the Sun and nebulous Neptune on Friday adds to the pixie dust — magical and/or surreal — that was sprinkled throughout last weekend, courtesy of bedazzling and bewildering face-off between aggressive Mars in analytical Virgo and Neptune in dreamy Pisces. I was thus intrigued to find this article in the Sunday NYT: “Data-Mining Our Dreams” — dream (Neptune in Pisces) active gathering & analysis (Mars in Virgo). How cool is that?

There is one pattern rumbling along that is not so quiet, and it’s about to make an exact hit for the 4th of seven times. And this would be the challenging connection of rebel Uranus to ruthless Pluto, which you can read about in a historical context here. The 4th hit happens on November 1st, and I expect a significant disruption of the status quo to hit the headlines. And what could you expect if the Uranus-Pluto square is personally impacting your unique horoscope? Here’s one example.

Jamie Dimon (whom we’ve been writing about for two years now — search the archives), is back in the news and right on schedule. Mr. Dimon has been under enormous pressure, courtesy of the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square currently supercharging his natal Mars in enterprising, earthy Capricorn (and likely supercharging the pioneering, daring need to be “numero uno” of his fiery Aries Moon, too). We’d expect him to be expending tremendous effort and taking extraordinary action. Mr. Dimon is Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, a financial institution that apparently has reached a huge settlement with the Justice Department over its “questionable mortgage practices leading up to the (2008) financial crisis”. So how did this deal get done? According to this report, hours before the Justice Department was to announce civil charges against the bank, a “rare outreach” by Mr. Dimon put the announcement on hold and led to this “record” deal.

If you have your natal Mars (or any other planet or angle) at 8 to 14 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, your capacity for action is likely supercharged right now, too — and wouldn’t you like to know about it, so you can use the proactive energy to its fullest potential?  Book an appointment for a personal consultation and we’ll have a fine discussion about your horoscope — in plain English — with no astrological jargon whatsoever. For more on how astrology works and how it can help you live life better, take a listen to this fun interview I did recently on the radio.


Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 10/21/2013: How to Handle Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio

Happy Monday!

I hope your weekend settled into the very best that the material comfort and stability-seeking Moon in Taurus could support on Saturday and Sunday, especially after a RAMbunctious Full Moon in me-me-me Aries on Friday. I was out of town — on a magical and nostalgic visit to Wellesley College, my alma mater — and I apologize for the delayed forecast & lack of response to the many emails that are sitting in my inbox. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

As it turns out, delays and snafus involving communication and transportation devices (computers, cell phones, cars, trains, etc.) are exactly what we can expect, given that mental Mercury is now officially retrograde as of 6:29AM ET today, at 18 degrees of Scorpio. So if 18 Scorpio is a significant point in your horoscope, you will be more personally affected by this retrograde. In Scorpio, Mercury can be probing and intense, as it unflinchingly examines subjects considered too taboo to be frankly discussed in polite company: e.g.,  sex, life and death,  debts and joint resources, power, corruption and all things rotting away in hidden corners. Mercury in Scorpio can also be paranoid, controlling and relentless in its search for absolute truth. It’s quite willing to blow dearly-held concepts to smithereens, forcing us to reform and regenerate. Watch the headlines for examples over the next few weeks. Mercury will turn direct on November 10th.

Those who know just enough about astrology to make them dangerous often curse Mercury retrograde, and that’s a shame. It gets a bad rap because we are geared, in this crazy modern age, to always be thinking, doing, moving FORWARD. Ya know what that gets you? Burn out! We need our down times, and Mercury retrograde is a perfect time to give our minds a rest — and an opportunity to review our progress over the past few months. Why else would your computer, phone and/or car choose THIS time to malfunction? Because you are supposed to be slowing down!

Be prepared for travel delays, scheduling screw-ups, mechanical breakdowns, computer crashes, having to repeat what you’ve just said, misunderstandings, people you haven’t seen in years showing up on your doorstep and having to repeat what you just said. Take advantage of this prime opportunity to review and rethink a project you may have abandoned. It’s probably worth a second look. Get out your Rolodex and reach out to people. Trust that they will be delighted to hear from you. Take a break from your routine. Take a vacation. Unplug your computer and cellphone.  Avoid signing contracts, making major purchases (especially mechanical ones) and losing patience. Make sure the restaurant you’re meeting at is still in business. Don’t believe everything you read in the papers and ignore the juicy gossip at the water cooler. Do plan on RElaxing, REviewing, REsearching, REorganizing, REgenerating, REconnecting and REcreating.

This particular Mercury retrograde is an especially superb time for getting organized (or reorganized). That’s because Mars, the action hero planet, is in Virgo, the perfecting organizer extraordinaire. That’s good news for programmers hired to fix a multitude of website glitches delaying the health insurance exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act. In your own personal world, you can be highly efficient in your efforts to purge what no longer serves. Start with your closets and file cabinets.  This is also a superb time to review your life in consultation with an astrologer. Contact me to schedule an appointment.

P.S. Moon is in Gemini as of 12:14AM ET, needing to inform and be informed. Well good luck with that, as our brains adjust to Mercury’s shift in motion (translation: double check everything before you hit “send”). As the day progresses, nebulous Neptune suggests a need for vision — or the potential for confusion — followed by an impassioned critique or clash over the details at 7:47PM ET.

Moon voids for the week: Tuesday 8:35PM ET until 11:38PM ET on WEDNESDAY; Friday 4:31PM ET until 12:12PM ET SATURDAY. Plan your life accordingly.

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 10/18/2013: Forward March!

Good Morning!

As of 9:18PM ET on Wednesday, Moon charged into the fiery sign of Aries. This pioneering, inspiring, me-me-me, let’s-get-it-done-yesterday energy is a dramatic shift from the watery, go-with-the-flow-that’s-going-nowhere-in-particular energy of the void-of-course Moon in Pisces we experienced for 18 hours yesterday. I heard plenty of stories of people sleeping late, wandering around and/or flaking out. I also heard stories of some who were frustrated because their efforts to move forward in a straight line felt a lot like herding cats.

Today you can charge forward with intense focus, with a couple of caveats. First, emotional energy is running high, as reflected by the Moon waxing full tomorrow at 7:38PM ET. So try not to run over everyone’s toes in your rush to move ahead. The Moon will make its weekly engagement with the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square between 1:36PM ET and 3:01PM ET, so some may experience a shock, revelation or emotional power play.  Second, mental Mercury turns retrograde on Monday, so know that some of what is accomplished may be up for review and/or delayed implementation during the three week retrograde period (Mercury turns direct November 10th). Third, as noted in prior forecasts, a challenge between aggressive Mars and nebulous Neptune (exact late Saturday), suggests plenty of pixie dust, and thus the potential for magic and miracles…or illusions and delusions that lead to disappointment.

Towards the end of the business day, a lovely alignment between Venus and the Moon smooths ruffled feathers and offers potential for a pleasant evening, leading to indulgent expansion as the morning approaches. Woo-hoo!

And now, the news. Had I taken the time to actually type up the forecast that was in my head in yesterday’s Moon void, I would have written that any freakout over the debt ceiling deadline was likely “much ado about nothing”, and that a deal would get done before everything hit the fan. Why? Because although planetary patterns are volatile now, they get really intense in the horoscope of the United States in 2014.  It’s just too soon for the wheels to come flying off the bus. Plus, as noted in the forecast for Obama’s second term, it is suggested that the President can prevail in any stubborn impasse with this equally stubborn, but petty, misguided, health insurance-obsessed and ineffective 113th Congress.

Even more important: the re-opening of the government and the raising of the debt ceiling lasts only until January 15th and February 7th, respectively. That’s good news for corporations worried about consumer spending and profit margins during the holiday season, as Gail Collins implies in her usual irreverent style. The bad news is that we’re set up for another round of insanity after the first of the year. So here’s another piece of good news — about the increasing power and influence of certain women in the U.S. Senate. Check out this article about how Susan Collins (R-ME) spearheaded a cooperative effort that led to a Senate deal to end the shutdown. You go, girl! Did I mention that the early part of this week featured a lovely alignment between Venus and rebel Uranus, suggesting the potential for news of innovative women and unconventional social expression?

Finally,  just because it is cool: a post-script to last week’s artistic challenge between Venus (social expression) and Neptune (music): “Is Music the Key to Success?”

Arise, go forth and practice those scales…