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Astro-logical Forecast for Saturday & Sunday 11/30-12/1/2013: Nitty-Gritty Scorpio

Happy post-Thanksgiving! I hope you are enjoying the long holiday weekend…

Moon entered Scorpio as of 11:03PM ET on Friday, seeking emotional depth and substance, not to mention power and control. We are in the dark side of the lunar cycle, which is a time to be wrapping up items from the New Moon agenda you set last month. During these times of literally “being in the dark,” we may feel listless and/or restless. Somehow we sense something new is on the way, but we are not sure what — and that is perfectly OK.

Moon goes void of course on Sunday at 8:34PM ET, giving us an even greater excuse to intensely chill and contemplate  goals for the next lunar cycle. That New Moon occurs on Monday at 7:22PM ET — in the much lighter sign of Sagittarius. Stay tuned…

The most significant exact planetary pattern happening today is a harmonious connection between the Sun in high-flying, opinionated Sagittarius and rebel Uranus in pioneering Aries. Some Uranian topics: freedom, revolution, mutations, humanitarianism, accidents, aerospace, technology and outer space (though Neptune can also be spacey). How interesting to see news of a comet dropping in on the Sun for coffee this week — in an apparent death-defying visit.  Also of note: China unilaterally laying claim to airspace around islands involved in a territorial dispute with Japan — then scrambling fighter jets in said airspace. Watch for developments on this story when aggressive Mars enters Libra on Dec. 7th and then engages with the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square (not to mention China’s Libra Sun) the week of Dec 23rd. Also noting a surprising number of accidents involving aircraft — here are two of them — in Glasgow and  Namibia.   And hey! – those promised fixes to the new federal health exchange website are on track to be finished by Sunday’s deadlines

Meanwhile, also as promised, some headlines reflecting stern Saturn’s passage through Scorpio (see this earlier post for more details)  — which hit the halfway point — 15 degrees — on November 13th. Saturn in Scorpio suggests an in-your-face reckoning in matters we might prefer to keep hidden away involving sex (and all of its consequences), death and money (especially other peoples’ money and the debts we incur). For example, don’t you find the number of headlines we’ve seen in the past year involving rape, abortion, contraception rather striking? (OK, sure, we also must consider that contraception and abortion were hot topics in the mid-60s, during the Uranus-Pluto conjunction, and that under the current Uranus-Pluto square we’d expect those issues to be back on the table — so add that to Saturn in Scorpio).

But really.  The headlines in question. Here’s a piece on the consequences of lustful thinking in today’s NYT, as well as a tour of Dr. Ruth’s (the famous sex therapist) apartment; there’s even a play about Dr. Ruth that finally made it to New York last month. More headlines of note: the Supreme Court is going to hear a couple of a cases involving contraception — the outcome is going to be a very big deal.  And it appears that cases like these are what motivated the Senate Democrats to eliminate the use of the filibuster in confirmation hearings for most judicial nominees — that happened last week, as you may recall. And on November 13th, at Saturn’s halfway point, I noted this intriguing bill allegedly to be introduced in the House, which would “make it illegal for states to chip away at women’s reproductive health rights,” says The Huffington Post. For a provocative tale of what it might be like if laws were to go in the other direction — i.e., if Roe v. Wade were overturned, here’s a link to When She Woke –a novel that was sitting next to the cash register on a recent visit to the Wellesley College bookstore — written by a fellow Wellesley alum, natch…

No Moon void on Monday means no sleeping in. Get your extra zzzzz’s in now…


Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday – Friday 11/27-29/2013: Thank Goodness for Thanksgiving, Hannukah & The Pope’s Perfect Timing

Alllll– riighty, then.

A fierce wind howling woke me up in the middle of the night — and kept me up long enough to make sleeping in this morning a must-do. Oh, happy void-of-course Moon in Virgo, as of 6:44AM ET, during which indulgences such as sleeping in may often be excused. How about you? The Moon won’t enter the next sign, Libra, until 5PM, when the needs of the day shift from detailed correctness to appreciation in relationship.

Today’s Moon went void on an energetic alignment with Mars, also in perfectionist Virgo, so many may experience intense expressions of will and demands for perfection carried through the day. We can also expect the usual twists and detours in efforts to move forward in straight line, much to the dismay of many traveling on this  traditionally insane traveling day. Go with the flow & try on your best Pollyanna attitude, which is supported quite well by other planetary patterns. Such as? How about an idealistic alignment between mental Mercury and Venus (money, women, social expression, aesthetics) that facilitates a need to see things in the best possible light? That pattern is exact tonight at 9:45PM ET.

But wait, there’s more: an expansive and nurturing mindset — and writing all about it — is suggested by a lovely alignment between Mercury and jolly Jupiter (exact tomorrow at 2:24AM ET). An indulgent and exuberant face-off between Jupiter and Venus gets Thanksgiving off to a likely festive start. Upsets and intense emotions may be felt for some before noon ET on Thanksgiving, however,  as the balance-seeking Libra Moon is challenged by the disruptive, illuminating Uranus-Pluto square. This challenge is likely to be felt more personally by those with 8-12 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn prominent in their horoscope. Consult your local astrologer for details.

Friday is a bust: another long day of Moon voidness, starting at 6:14AM ET…until 11:03PM ET. This suggests that whatever Black Friday bargains you think you’ve scored are likely to prove far less useful than you imagined, but given that the Moon void starts on two indulgent aspects to the Moon and Venus, chances are that people will spend-spend-spend anyway (pity the fools) — likely on things that are techie and reflective of the latest eclectic innovation. Why techie and innovative? This whole week has been under the influence of a harmonious alignment between the high-flying Sagittarius Sun and rebel rocket scientist Uranus in pioneering Aries (exact on Saturday at 1:25.PM ET — this just in as I type: big, fat airline merger clears last obstacle) The Moon void should make for some interesting upsets in the world of football and — as with today (Wednesday) — for those who may be traveling. Otherwise, chill!

And now, the news.

Let’s talk about rebel Uranus and ruthless Pluto. You know these two heavyweights are in an historic, challenging relationship from 2011-2016, because you’ve read about it here a zillion times. My mentor, Noel Tyl, uses this imagery to describe the potential of Uranus-Pluto connections: Jesus overturning the tables of the moneychangers in the temple.  How fascinating, in light of this week’s planetary patterns (described above and in Monday’s forecast) AND at the halfway point of the Uranus-Pluto square, to see Pope Francis taking such a strong and disruptive stance against capitalism. Here are eleven worthy excerpts from the 84-page apostolic exhortation published this week (84 is the number of years it takes rebel Uranus to revolve around the Sun — how cool is that); here is how the New York Times covered the story (the prior link is from Gawker — don’t miss it); and here is what you can find about the Pope and the Vatican right now at the Washington Times. Note that the WT conveniently omits the other half of the Pope’s remarks on the particular subject discussed in the link immediately preceding; you will find that other half in paragraph 11 of the NYT article. Also in the WT: the Pope shaking hands with Vladimir Putin; and Obama delivering  “a slap in the face of Roman Catholics” by “closing down the American Embassy in the Holy See” (you have to read the article before learning that the Holy See office is being moved to the US Embassy in Rome (i.e., right next door), and will probably save U.S. taxpayers a boatload of dough — which you’d think would make readers of the WT very happy (if there were other articles covering Pope Francis in the WT and WSJ that I did not link, it is because I did not see them).

Now why am I going off on a Moon void wandering adventure about what the Washington Times is spewing forth vs. other esteemed media outlets? Because six of the Supreme Court Justices are Catholic. And they write intriguing influential opinions about corporate/capitalist interests, and so forth. And I wondered how closely they would mind the opinions of the leader of their Church? Will their decisions change? Just for fun, I did some research on one of the Catholic Justices — Antonin Scalia — and found a recent interview in which he stated that he only reads the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times.  Here’s what he’ll read about this story, as reported by the WSJ online.

Well, alll-riiighty then. We’ll save the recent headlines reflecting Saturn reaching the halfway point of its sojourn through nitty-gritty, matters of life and death Scorpio for next time.

When you need astro-logical on your own unique horoscope, here’s how to reach me. I look forward to a most excellent discussion with you soon!

Happy Hannukah! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 11/26/2013: Practical Magic

A fine day for cooperative ventures and hammering out details, as the perfection-seeking Virgo Moon makes harmonious aspects to five planets — with four of those connections happening between 3PM and 10PM ET. That’s plenty of energy to get things off your desk before the Moon goes void at 6:44AM ET on Wednesday…not to enter Libra for ten hours. Really, Wednesday is likely to be a bust, though it may start off on an especially assertive note, given that the Moon will hook-up with action hero Mars before it goes void. Keep that in mind if you’ll be traveling on that day; tempers may flare for many who will find fault.

That being said, this whole week bodes well for thinking, writing & other communication-oriented types, as mental Mercury makes easy aspects to four planets between 9PM ET Monday and  3AM on Thursday. After yesterday’s serious focus, idealism and optimism kick in, along with an indulgent and perhaps expensive face-off between loving Venus and expansive Jupiter that will be exact early Thanksgiving morning. You’ll have plenty of chances to count your blessings…

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 11/25/2013: A Rosy Sun-Neptune Square; Sneak Peek at the Week

Good Morning!

OK, show of hands to these questions: how many of you experienced yesterday as a bit of a wandering, dreamy detour? Any unusual twists in your everyday routine? Have any trouble getting motivated to plunge into a planned project? Did any of you suspect that the Moon might be void of course — i.e., drifting along without a clear sense of direction? That was my suspicion almost immediately upon waking. I’m often at the local greenmarket bright and early, but yesterday was not the case. And the usual greenmarket was anything but, given that a fierce wind had blown away most of the awnings covering the stalls. I couldn’t get the fennel seed-laced scone I’d been looking forward to having all week, as the scone lady was so frustrated by the destructive wind — and that it was 25 degrees outside — that she packed up all the scones and was leaving by the time I got there.

By then my suspicion was a conviction: the Moon had to be void — and when I finally got home after a afternoon of wandering nowhere, I checked the astro-logical calendar and confirmed that as of 3:59AM ET on Sunday until 7:11AM ET on Monday, the Moon is void in Leo. Best use of this energy (if you’re reading this before 7:11 AM) is to chill, play, shine — and help others shine, too. Any crises that crop up in this time period is likely much ado about nothing.

A sense of dreamy wandering was — and still is — amplified all the more by another pattern exact on Sunday: a challenge between the Sun in high-flying Sagittarius and nebulous Neptune in Pisces. When Neptune is prominent, rose-colored glasses are often appealing. So is music, art, healing, spirits of all kinds, visions, fantasy, glamor and peace. On the flip side: deception and bewilderment. You would feel this planetary pattern more personally if you were born a few days into Pisces, Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius…or if you have a planet or angle around 2 degrees of any of those signs.

The rose-colored glow will likely still be present when you wake up on Monday. Although the Moon will be in earthy, discerning, perfection-seeking Virgo, it too, will be challenged by Neptune — at 12:21PM ET. At 2:28PM ET, we’ll have the 3rd Quarter Moon, suggesting a challenge or resolution regarding the New Moon agenda you set on November 3rd. That’s when some of the glow may fade, to be replaced by the serious thinking that a hook-up between mental Mercury and stern Saturn suggests, exact at 8:55PM ET.

Your Moon voids for the week: Wednesday: 6:44AM ET – 5:00PM ET; go with the flow if you’re traveling that day. Same goes for Friday: 6:14 AM ET – 11:03PM ET; now you have an astro-logical reason to skip those Black Friday sales, as the Moon void rules suggest you won’t get much use out of whatever you buy.

Meanwhile, I promised you a pile of dirt uncovered, courtesy of last week’s cooperative connection between mental Mercury and Pluto, Lord of the Underworld. So what happened? How about this story: “Two Surprises In DNA of Boy Found Buried in Siberia” (the boy in question is 24,000 years old). Shades of nebulous Neptune in that story, too. How so? Because Neptune works to dissolve whatever it touches, including ideas of separation. “We are all connected” is another way of expressing Neptune — through empathy, telepathy and understanding that we all come from the same Source.

On Friday, during a nostalgic, patriotic Moon in Cancer and healing, rose-colored potential of the approaching Sun-Neptune challenge, we were all connected by the 50th anniversary of the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  On Sunday, the empowered communication and synergy of last week was reflected in this story — also on a healing, we-are-all-connected theme: an accord that would “temporarily freeze much of Iran’s nuclear program”.  Finally, speaking of nuclear, empowered communication and synergistic action, on Thursday, the Senate voted to change a key rule that will allow most executive and judicial nominees to be approved by a simple majority. Which means no more filibustering these nominations by members of an opposing party. Yes, I am bewildered by the use of the term “nuclear option” to describe this rule change, too. And as you might suspect, the minority party in the Senate did not like this rule change one bit, even though twelve members of this party expressed very different sentiments back in 2003 and 2005.

You can sort through a lot over the next two days, and Thanksgiving offers plenty of potential for expressing gratitude. Get out there and have a great day — and when you need some personal, astro-logical insights, here’s how to reach me.




Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 11/21/2013: Sun in Sagittarius

Home and emotional security are still in focus, courtesy of the Cancer Moon. However, the mood is lighter than it was last night, as the jarring potential of the Moon’s contact with the Uranus-Pluto square is now behind us. Today we have an indulgent connection to the Moon from loving Venus around noon ET, followed by a stabilizing connection from disciplined Saturn. Seeking out advice today?

Meanwhile, the Sun leaves Scorpio for the adventurous and opinionated sign of Sagittarius at 10:48PM ET. Whereas Sun in Scorpio can keep much under wraps for the sake of control, Sun in Sagittarius is more inclined to let it all hang out, and never mind the mess. If you were a Centaur (half-human, half-horse), aiming at arrow at the sky, whilst galumphing across an open field, you’d trip over your four left hooves on occasion, too.

Still, there’s no reason you can’t celebrate the lightening up of planetary patterns, especially with an expansive, optimistic and possibly loony alignment between Moon and jolly Jupiter at 10:58PM ET. Get it off your desk today if you can; Moon goes void at 2:11AM on Friday…not to enter Leo until 6:56PM ET.

Meanwhile, I could hardly keep up with the revelations of today’s headlines, reflecting a most perspicacious connection between mental Mercury and ruthless Pluto. I will do my best to report them in the next forecast….





Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 11/20/2013: Deep Focus on Security Needs

With the Moon in Cancer, as of 6:23AM ET, the needs of the day shift to matters of emotional and home security. Which is good, because yesterday’s long Moon void break in entertainment-needing Gemini had me playing way too many games of mindless Facebook Scrabble.

Exact planetary patterns today include a dreamy connection between the Moon and nebulous Neptune, suggesting a tint of rose may be added to your emotional and home security needs. We also have an exact connection between mental Mercury and ruthless Pluto, suggesting continued support for whatever investigative, focused thinking you’ve been doing this week. And more dirt in the headlines. Here’s a front-page item reflecting mental focus and Cancer family tenacity: Michael Skakel, a man convicted in 2002 for a murder committed in 1975, may finally walk free, courtesy of a never-ending family campaign to clear his name. And here’s some dirt about how members of Congress are experiencing the Affordable Care Act compared to everyone else.

Patterns will intensify the closer we get to midnight, as the sensitive Cancer Moon will engage with the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square. Should be a busy day tomorrow. Ship it before Friday, if you can.

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 11/19/2013: More Moon in Gemini Bzzzzz

Get it off your desk before 11AM ET, if it’s a matter of considerable importance. There’s plenty of positive energy to fuel your efforts, courtesy of a supportive connection between action hero Mars and expansive Jupiter at 9:49AM ET. If there’s a caveat, it may involve a potential clash of wills involving an overload of information vs. a drive to make it all perfect, thanks to a challenge between Mars (action) the Moon in information junkie Gemini.

Release the tension with a sigh after 11AM ET, when the Moon goes void for the rest of the business day, not to enter the next sign until 6:23AM ET on Wednesday. Moon void or no, a cooperative connection between mental Mercury and potent Pluto suggests strong potential for research, drafting and other mindful focus — just go with the flow.

Meanwhile, let the record show that as predicted, George Zimmerman is once again in trouble with the law — arrested and charged with a felony.  To be continued, no doubt…

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 11/18/2013: Buzzing About Uncommon Women

Moon buzzed into Gemini Sunday night at 7:07PM ET, looking for something to talk about, no doubt. Planetary patterns are fairly light this week; Thursday is looking like the most intense day, as that will be the day the Moon will make contact with the Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About, a.k.a., the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square. Otherwise, harmonious aspects between assertive Mars and expansive Jupiter, and mental Mercury and dirt-revealing Pluto favor an easy flow of physical energy and investigative thinking this week.

Your Moon voids this week — natural rest periods when efforts to move forward in a straight line are more likely to be fraught with delays, flakes and unusual twists — are as follows:  Tuesday 10:59AM ET until 6:23AM ET on Wednesday; Friday 2:11 AM ET until 6:56PM ET.

And now, the news. In light of Sunday’s illuminating Full Moon (refer to Friday’s forecast for details), combined with the witchy-bitchy/controversial attraction potential of last week’s challenge between Venus (women, love, social expression) and Uranus-Pluto, it’s interesting to note an escalating feud between the Cheney sisters making front-page headlines (Liz Cheney’s body language in the linked photo says it all). So far, Liz Cheney appears to be fulfilling the potential of her horoscope, discussed here in July as she was contemplating her current carpetbagging effort to win a Senate seat in Wyoming.

Also expressing the potential suggested by Venus-Uranus-Pluto: Doris Lessing, an uninhibited and unconventional Nobel prize-winning author, passed away at age 94.  Here’s an excerpt from her Times obituary :

But it was her breakthrough novel, “The Golden Notebook,” a structurally inventive and loosely autobiographical tale, that remained her best-known work. The 1962 book was daring in its day for its frank exploration of the inner lives of women who, unencumbered by marriage, were free to raise children, or not, and pursue work and their sex lives as they chose. The book dealt openly with topics like menstruation and orgasm, as well as with the mechanics of emotional breakdown.

In other news, deadly tornadoes hit the Midwest.  And TEPCO has begun the ambitious, risky process of removing spent fuel rods from Fukushima — and every time I write about this situation I find myself holding my breath as I type. Seems Fukushima makes news each time a planet makes contact with the Uranus-Pluto square; keep an eye out for more developments around Dec 22nd- 31st, when Mars and the Sun will both engage. That is looking to be a volatile period, as past Mars-Uranus-Pluto contacts would suggest. You’ll feel it more personally if you were born 8-12 days into Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn…or if you have a planet or angle at 8 to 12 degrees of those signs.

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 11/15/2013 & the Weekend: Full Moon in Taurus

East Coasters may experience an unusual or slow start to the morning, given that the Aries Moon will be void until 9:49AM ET.  Sleeping in late, pouring water over whole coffee beans or having to take a different route to the office are not uncommon occurrences during Moon voids. And that can be a very good thing.

After that, we’ve got one of my favorite planetary patterns: almost an entire weekend with the Moon in material comfort and security-seeking Taurus. Oh, the pleasures of good food, wine, music and snuggle time with that special Significant Other. Even if you don’t have an S.O., you can still bliss out at the spa. A dreamy connection to the Moon from nebulous Neptune stimulates the imagination, and an intense hookup between Venus and “resistance is futile” Pluto deepens emotional experiences in the late afternoon. A challenge between the Moon and mental Mercury in penetrating Scorpio suggests that what is said in the evening is not likely to be casual. All this intensity does come with a caveat: if you’re around jealous or vengeful types, watch your back, as we may see a few “crimes of passion” in the headlines. Especially since the Moon is waxing Full; thus, emotions are running high.

There’s no Moon void on Saturday to stop you from your Hannukah and other holiday gift shopping — or from checking out yard sales. If you’re looking for the former, I can’t think of a more practical or thoughtful gift than an astro-logical consultation…and of course, operators are standing by.

Other than a potential downer of a challenge between Moon and stern Saturn around 3:07PM ET on Saturday, exact planetary patterns are relatively easy and energetic.  Sunday, we’ll see a Full Moon at 10:16AM ET which should shed light and/or force a release of something related to the New Moon agenda you set two weeks ago. You’ll have most of the day to process whatever that something is, given that the Moon goes void right on the Full Moon…and won’t enter Gemini, the next sign, until 7:07PM ET.  Given the void, I have no expectations that I am going to find anything useful at the clothing swap I’ll be attending in Jersey, but it will be nice to release some winter stuff I haven’t worn in years.

The Sabian Symbols for Sunday’s Full Moon — at 26 degrees of Scorpio (Sun)  and Taurus (Moon) are “Indians making camp” and “a Spaniard serenading his senorita.” Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee suggests these two images share a theme of “finding one’s new place out in the world,” perhaps with a “home is where the heart is” sentiment. Keep your eyes open for a campy sense of humor, too. I can’t help but notice that the Taurus Moon is conjoined with a Fixed Star called Algol; the keywords for Algol are “female passion and intensity” and “losing your head”…historically not always in pretty ways. Could make for some sensational headlines…

No Moon void on Monday means no sleeping in. Up and at ’em!

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 11/14/2013: More RAMbunctious Aries; Venus Square Uranus

More proactive pioneering energy can be yours today, courtesy of the Moon continuing its sojourn through RAMbunctious Aries. Optimism and potential excess are suggested as the day progresses, as the “believe in miracles” Aries spirit is offered an extra dose by jolly Jupiter, exact at 3:57PM ET. Get it off your desk by that time, as the Moon then goes void with a sigh…not to enter the next sign, Taurus, until 9:49AM ET on Friday.

For those new to the forecast, Moon voids are natural rest periods, when the Moon’s usually driving energy isn’t going anywhere in particular. I encourage you to observe what happens during voids. See if you notice a lack of focus or unusual twists in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Read more about Moon voids here.

At 8:13PM ET, Venus in Capricorn is challenged by rebel Uranus in Aries, suggesting the potential for sudden and/or unconventional attractions, a need for freedom in social expression, and/or breakthroughs in issues involving women, money and art. Watch the headlines. Yesterday, a tech company called Snapchat that offers a revolutionary, no-strings-attached channel for social expression rejected a zillion-dollar offer. An Andy Warhol painting brought in millions at an auction — and set a record high for paintings by that artist. Check out this bit about a breakthrough device designed to liberate babies who get stuck during childbirth. Look at this sudden upset in the world of aviation, as the Justice Dept. seems likely to approve a ginormous merger between American Airlines and US Air. And oh — look — Janet Yellen — a high-powered, pioneering woman in the world of finance —  will be grilled by Congress today. Coincidence or conspiracy?

What’s going on in your horoscope? Contact me to schedule a personal consultation…or give a consultation as a Hannukah gift to a very lucky Someone!

That’s all folks — gotta ship this forecast and charge through the day. Enjoy.