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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 4/30/2015: Bruce Jenner’s Perfect Timing; Mercury in Gemini

Allll-righty then.

This was Wednesday:

Moon continues its sojourn in analytical Virgo, seeking perfection and order in all things. There’s an easy flow of action to this day, courtesy of a contact between the Moon and Mars at 4:21PM ET. This is preceded by a supercharged contact between the Moon and Venus in multitasking Gemini at 3:38PM ET. Translation: a potential ego drama over seemingly trivial details. Move on!

The other pattern exact today is a cooperative connection between the Taurus Sun and visionary Neptune in Pisces, exact at 7:11PM ET. Dreams, healing, music, art, empathy, illusion, martyrs, suffering, faith, hope and charity — with  drugs, spirits, oil, gas and other toxins mixed into the headlines. In your own personal world, you may be feeling especially sensitive, as emotions are building to a seriously ripe Full Moon late Sunday.  Feed your soul. Indulge in a gentle, dreamy escape. Practice random acts of kindness and senseless beauty.

This is Thursday:

Moon is void between 8:23AM and 10:03AM ET. Then it enters Libra, seeking balance and harmony in relationship. At 10PM ET, Mercury leaves Taurus for Gemini, the sign it rules. Mercury will be in Gemini until July 8th, where it functions with speed and efficiency. Make your pitch!

And now, the news.

Many were feeling especially sensitive to a beer company’s latest campaign slogan — and not just because it is cumbersome and clumsy. Bud Light:  “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night.”  I can’t believe some marketing team got paid thousands of dollars for that brain-dead effort. If the marketing objective is to brand mediocre “beer” as an aphrodisiac,  a catchier line would be “Bud Light: With you all the way.”

Should I ditch astrology for the glamorous life of an advertising copywriter?

But I digress. As it turns out, since our collective consciousness has just been through two heavy  years of Saturn in Scorpio (10/12 – 12/14), thus raising  awareness of the harsher realities (Saturn) of sexual energy (such as date rape), I’m pleased to report that Bud Light pulled its tasteless campaign.

Drugs, suffering, prisons and martyrs. These are uncomfortable potentials of Neptune. Add a challenge to Neptune from Saturn in Sagittarius (foreigners) and it might reflect the timing of Indonesia executing eight people by firing squad last night —  only one was Indonesian. Most had spent over ten years on death row, convicted on charges of narcotics trafficking. One of those men, Myuran Sukumaran, became an accomplished artist while incarcerated. His paintings will be exhibited around the world this year, as transiting Uranus conjuncts his natal Mercury. Horoscopes live forever.

Here in the US, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case brought by Oklahoma inmates about whether the drugs used in lethal injections created unconstitutional pain and suffering (Neptune also refers to the surreal). Not-so-surreal was the detailed Moon-in-Virgo questions asked by SCOTUS in the second day of arguments in a case involving same-sex marriage. Chief Justice John Roberts, whose horoscope certainly suggests potential for innovative thought and perspicacity made a point that hadn’t been getting a lot of attention:

“I’m not sure it’s necessary to get into sexual orientation to resolve this case,” he said. “I mean, if Sue loves Joe and Tom loves Joe, Sue can marry him and Tom can’t. And the difference is based upon their different sex. Why isn’t that a straightforward question of sexual discrimination?”

That question created some buzz, as the above link explains. Frankly, I’d be surprised if the Court does not rule in favor of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. And then they will move on to hearing cases arguing that discrimination is OK if not discriminating would violate one’s religious beliefs. We’ve got two more years of Saturn in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces…

…and here are thoughts on that Saturn-Neptune aspect, as well as a reminder on what we can expect in the aftermath of the seventh Uranus-Pluto square. I wrote it at the beginning of the year. I wrote this other piece at the end of last month  — it has more perspective on the onslaught of recent catastrophic headlines — see the paragraph about the quindecile.

Anyhoo….

Bruce Jenner, as promised. Here is his horoscope.

Mr. Jenner is a Scorpio with Scorpio rising, suggesting depth, substance and a need to be — and be seen as — someone in power and in control.  With that Scorpio Sun on the Ascendant, we anticipate a need to shine as a soloist in his vocation. Note that the Sun rules the Midheaven (career) and it is in mutual reception with Pluto, the ruler of the chart. Pluto is in the 10th house, along with Mars (action)  in pristine Virgo. Fascinating to note that Mars rules the 6th house of work, cooperation and the body. Mars is in harmony with the Ascendant, which also refers to physical appearance. On the surface, we’d see the potential for a perfectionist drive, tremendous resources and discipline in presentation.

Scorpio rising and an eastern hemisphere emphasis suggest a defensive posture. As his astrologer, we’d want to find out why. What might he be protecting?

Mr. Jenner’s Moon is in Aquarius, and like his Sun, it sits on an angle of the chart, giving it added presence.  An Aquarius Moon needs to be appreciated for being unique and for being socially significant. Keywords for Aquarius include: humanitarian, unconventional, friendship and offbeat. If you watched the Diane Sawyer interview last week, you’ll recall Mr. Jenner saying more than once that his “mission” (that’s Scorpio talking) was to promote tolerance and understanding (that’s Aquarius).  He’d love to sit down with fellow Republicans Mitch McConnell and John Boehner and help them see that a transgendered person is nothing to fear (he said that as much, too). And with his Moon in the 3rd house conjunct Jupiter, he’d make an awesome sales pitch.

So here’s where things get interesting. His Moon is in an obsessive relationship with Pluto, suggesting some kind of competitive feeling with the feminine/maternal influence, impacting his identity. He’d need to communicate this awareness in a big way, and it’s no coincidence that he’s had such an international reach in his career — especially in the media.

We see an equally obsessive-compulsive relationship between Venus (social expression, values) and rebel/eccentric Uranus. Venus rules his 7th house of relationships, so we expect an intense need for freedom in his partnerships — and that need for freedom is likely quite avant garde. In Sagittarius and in the 2nd house,  this Venus needs to have righteous expression of social values and self worth, but this need is likely to be constrained by Saturn, planet of necessary control. Why? Because Saturn is in a hard aspect with Venus. Something about this constraint is related to 1) an anxiety about being lovable; and 2) a conservative mindset, suggested by Saturn in the 11th ruling the 3rd.

Venus also rules the 12th house — traditionally the house of “self-undoing” or things that are suppressed in the subconscious. What clues about Mr. Jenner’s need for eccentric, righteous, honest social expression and self-worth will we find?  Only a meet-up of Mercury, Neptune and the Nodal Axis, suggesting a bewildering and/or idealistic mindset, along with a need for avoidance of conflict at all costs (this meet-up is in Libra). We would know without a doubt that the relationship with the feminine/maternal is also bewildering, and we would ask him how this is so in the consultation. We’d ask how it influences areas of creative self-expression, and we’d soon be engaged in a meaningful conversation.  If he’s like any of my clients, he would be thrilled (after the initial surprise), that his potential would be seen so clearly in his horoscope. How validating and empowering is that?

He would also be amazed that the timing of significant life events would also be suggested by planetary transits. “Mr. Jenner, there’s a strong suggestion of bewilderment about your identity — a potential ego wipe-out in 1958…” and he would tell you that this is when he felt compelled to put on a dress for the first time.  “And in the summer of 1976, why do we see the suggestion that you were at the top of your game professionally?” That was when he became a gold medalist at the Olympics. And so forth.

As for the timing of his interview with Ms. Sawyer and the documentary about his transition that will air this summer, you better believe that such a ground-breaking disruption of the status quo involves the seventh Uranus-Pluto square, as well as those two potent eclipses at 14 Aries-Libra in April and 15 last October. Mr. Jenner’s Neptune is at 15 Libra; the North Node is at 15 Aries in his 6th house. Talk about a supercharged vision of self-expression meeting the public!

A North Node in Aries in the 6th suggests a need to be one’s own pioneering self — especially in the physical body. Uranus just hit that Node for the 3rd time this winter; Pluto is at 15 Capricorn — squaring the Node and Neptune all this year.  And let’s not overlook an exact square between transiting Chiron and his natal Chiron in the 2nd house of self-worth, suggesting an opportunity to heal lifelong wounds.  Not to mention other arcs I’d love to write about, in an article for which someone is actually paying me.

One segment of Ms. Sawyer’s interview showed her speaking with medical professionals about gender dysphoria. One of the doctors showed a chart — an infrared ultraviolet x-ray CAT scan thing of a human brain “lit up” in different colors. The colors represented hormones — male, female, whatever. Hardly anyone at home watching TV would expect to understand what those patterns of colored light on the brain meant, but everyone would trust that the doctor did; therefore,  this chart was Reliable Proof that gender dysphoria was something that could be measured and validated.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if Ms. Sawyer — who is going to need a follow-up act for her journalistic scoop — did a serious journalistic piece on how a natal chart can also be used to anticipate one’s potential in life, including the timing of life events? It would be even more compelling if she interviewed some Serious People who had consulted with an astrologer and found it accurate and helpful.

It would be even more awesome if you found out what your unique horoscope suggests about your life potential. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 4/28/2015: More on Obama; Venus-Uranus Fallout; Sneak Peek at the Week

Good Morning!

Monday’s Leo Moon was void during business hours between 10:12AM and 9:07PM ET.  Did you feel a bit “meh” about this wonderful new week? Have any twists and delays in your efforts to move forward in a straight line? You were not alone. If you are a NYT subscriber, perhaps you read this helpful and aptly timed article about the futility of trying to push through obstacles when you are clearly headed in the wrong direction. Yesterday’s regal Moon was square Mercury in stubborn Taurus, doncha’ know…and that can present a logjam. Or a regal outburst of frustration. What does the article recommend? Walk, wander and chill…perfect during a Moon void.

Today the Moon is in Virgo, perfect for projects that involves organizing, analyzing and cleaning of the confetti and other remnants of the weekend’s Moon in Leo bash. Make good use of this energetic flow for the next three days.

The only other Moon void during the work week happens on Thursday between 8:23AM and 10:03AM ET.  Other exact planetary patterns include Wednesday’s communicative alignment between the Sun and Neptune, suggesting headlines involving intangibles, such as high art and music, colored rose.  Here’s one about a lawsuit filed by the American Federation of Musicians against three movie studios who allegedly outsourced film scoring work, in violation of a union agreement.

On Thursday, Mercury leaves Taurus for airy Gemini, the sign it rules. That should pick up the pace and efficiency of thought and communication. It will also coincide with the planned crash of NASA’s Messenger spacecraft on Mercury.  Amazing. On Sunday, just before midnight, we’ll have a Full Moon in Scorpio…suggesting a palpable building of emotions as we get closer to the weekend. There’s a big fight scheduled on Saturday night…sure to be intense. I think I’ll pass.

And now, more news.

Certainly you have heard about the 7.8 earthquake that occurred in Nepal just before noon on Saturday. With two potent eclipses and the seventh Uranus-Pluto square releasing over the past several weeks, a major seismic event is not surprising, but I can tell you from my own experience with earthquakes that this is no consolation.  I did find it interesting that the most destructive quake to hit Nepal in the past 100 years happened on January 15th, 1934, after the last series of Uranus-Pluto squares. The chart for that quake is much more intense than this recent quake, as was the loss of life.  I know that two events hardly qualify as a full-blown data analysis. I promise to do more when my MacArthur Fellowship materializes.

Not surprised about yesterday’s fiery turmoil in Baltimore, either, for reasons stated plenty of times before in this forecast. Sign of the times.

Meanwhile, during the earlier part of that long Moon void in Cancer, at least 17 million Americans did stay home Friday night (as suggested) and spend time with their favorite gal pal (also suggested). That gal pal was Diane Sawyer, whose riveting interview with Bruce Jenner could not have been more perfectly timed, also reflecting that cooperative aspect between Venus (women, aesthetics, values) and unconventional, tech-friendly Uranus in gotta be me-me-me Aries.

I will do a write-up of  Mr. Jenner’s horoscope (he has not asked to be addressed as “Ms.” yet), hopefully in the next forecast. It paints an accurate portrait of his personal struggles and triumphs, and along with the timing of life events. It’s a complicated horoscope, as you can imagine,  and I can’t help but think how much Mr. Jenner would benefit from a consultation with a sophisticated astrologer. It would be a validating, liberating experience. I hope he has one on call.

Meanwhile, let the record show a few more  apt Venus sextile Uranus headlines, reflecting offbeat themes. First, it was a perfect backdrop for John Oliver to host a Monty Python panel discussion at the Tribeca Film Festival. Venus and Uranus together can be quirky and funny. It was also well-suited for a review of Anne Hathaway’s solo performance as a fighter pilot (Uranus refers to aviation) in “Grounded,” now playing at the Public Theatre. How about an NYT op-ed about how to attract women engineers? And finally, there was this story: “Websites in India Put a Bit of Choice in Arranged Marriages” — putting an innovative spin on an old-fashioned convention.

Last, but not least, a regal Leo Moon, combined with the social tolerance (and wit) of that Venus-Uranus made for quite a show at the Annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. And there was President Obama bringing down the house with a string of one-liners. But wait — you might say — didn’t I specifically write on Friday that Barack Obama wouldn’t be partying over the weekend? Watch his speech (aided and abetted by Luther, his personal anger translator). Do you really think he was joking? See the write-up here. The video of the whole speech is here. The part with Luther is here.

The heavy Saturn transits in the president’s horoscope are happening in tandem with transiting Jupiter to his Sun at 12 degrees Leo. This Jupiter transit suggests an ego boost,  with opportunities for ego expansion and  — in traditional astrology — good fortune and timing. It may facilitate the ambitious reach of those concurrent Saturn transits, but likely not completely cancel out their potential pitfalls. Horoscopes nearly always contain patterns that seem contradictory. This is why it is wise not to obsess about a seemingly “bad” or “good” pattern in your chart.  Besides, planets don’t do anything — as astrologer Noel Tyl has said. People do!

On Saturday it was revealed that Russian hackers had gained access to President Obama’s unclassified emails. Heavy.

What’s going on in your horoscope?

 

 

 

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 4/24/2015 & the Weekend: Party On! (Except Barack Obama)

Today’s major planetary action occurred in the early morning, with the sensitive Cancer Moon rattled and/or fired up by contacts to intense Pluto, action hero Mars and rebel Uranus — all by 9AM ET.  No chance of sleeping in today with that kind of buzz.

At 1:04PM ET, Moon goes void on a communicative connection to Mercury, facilitating whatever you might have to say about getting needs for emotional and home(land) security met. No need to make a crisis about it, though some may be inclined to do so while the Moon is in a wandering freefall — challenged by its efforts to move forward in a straight line. Take care of routine matters; roll with whatever twists and flakes may crop up; avoid shopping sprees and  making mountains out of molehills. An evening at home — or with your favorite gal pal — is not a bad strategy under the light of the Cancer Moon.

Moon engages in Leo at 9:13AM ET, encouraging drama queens everywhere to take center stage in efforts to be loved and adored. An easy flow between Moon and Saturn  at 4:09PM ET facilitates serious effort. Use it to push through the challenges that may emerge regarding seeds planted on last week’s visionary New Moon, thanks to the First Quarter square between the Sun and Moon at 7:55PM ET.

An exuberant meet-up at 11:04AM ET on Sunday between the Moon and Jupiter lifts spirits. Dinner with unusual friends or an appreciation of some other innovative, unconventional aesthetic would be favored, courtesy of an alignment between Venus and Uranus. Did you know that astrology is ruled by Uranus? Don’t be surprised if your conversations have a metaphysical flavor, as Moon will be engaged with both Uranus and Venus around 8PM ET.

Caveat: on a clash between the regal Moon and assertive Mars at 11:34PM ET, avoid going to bed angry on Sunday night. Do something else with that willful force of nature. On Monday, the Moon will be void from 10:12AM ET until 9:07PM ET. Same way we started the work week last week…

And now, the news.

All I have to say right now is that ever since Barack Obama read a collection of Mean Tweets directed at him on Jimmy Kimmel’s show last month, I’ve been noting how transiting Saturn has been impacting Mr. Obama’s horoscope. Avid readers will recall that Saturn (authority, ambition, structure) was at the top of his chart at the end of last year, suggesting (as I had been writing for months and months), that he would be at the top of his game. Saturn has moved off his 28 degree Scorpio Midheaven and is now at 3 degrees Sagittarius. That’s an exact opposition to his Gemini Moon. Saturn-Moon transits can lead one to feel lonely and unlovable.

Yea verily, this is a heavy pattern, and with the Moon and Saturn ruling areas of Mr. Obama’s horoscope that refer to “behind the scenes” influences, one can only imagine what’s cooking. Yesterday, we saw a few manifestations. First, a fast-track approval process for the seriously behind-the-scenes Trans-Pacific Partnership appears to have been OK’d in Congress. Some people think this is a very bad idea. They might be happier to hear that in Florida,  the president took a hard line against those who deny that climate change is real — Happy Earth Day, America! Third, and heaviest of all — was the announcement that an unmanned drone strike in Pakistan had killed an American and an Italian hostage, both of whom were being held by al-Qaeda. That drone strike allegedly happened on a militant Mars-Saturn pattern on January 15th. Mr. Obama accepted “full responsibility” for this Epic Fail. Heavy.

Saturn will be exactly at the top of Mr. Obama’s chart from July 3rd until September 1st, offering plenty of opportunities for him to demonstrate more hard lines and executive authority. Saturn will oppose his Moon for the third and final time the week before Halloween.

In your own personal world, it’s good to know about Saturn transits. Much can be accomplished, but discipline and focus is required. Feelings of depression and isolation are also not uncommon, which is why it is super-helpful to have an astrologer to help you put these heavy times in perspective. You can plan ahead for these challenges — and actually look forward to them. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Here’s how to schedule a personal consultation.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Astro-logical Forecast for April 4/23/2015: Good Luck; Good Timing

Moon entered Cancer at 12:25AM ET, ending an almost 24 hour void, and a higher than average flake, twist and “meh” factor. Now that the Moon is fully and happily in gear (and in the sign it rules, no less), forge ahead on your initiatives.  There’s a lovely balance this morning between the Moon and the Taurus Sun, and no serious bumps in the road for the rest of the day. Emotional security, nurturing and home concerns may become a focus — and be especially fulfilling. An easy connection between the Moon and sensitive Neptune at 5:23PM ET favors empathy, intuition and vision.

Get it off your desk today — or at least before the Moon goes void again on Friday at 1:20PM ET. Be advised that the Moon will be more rattled by its weekly clash with Uranus and Pluto early Friday morning. That’s another incentive to pitch today, as there will likely be less resistance. Good news, perhaps, for Loretta Lynch, who was nominated last November to replace outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Her nomination is expected to be voted on by the Senate sometime this afternoon.

Meanwhile, you may recall my wondering what sensational buzz we might experience over a seemingly mundane, yet captivating image-gone-viral during yesterday’s all-day Gemini Moon void. Not a dress of controversial colors this time, but an equally mysterious and wondrous quadruple rainbow seen in Long Island — or was it? The good folks at Snopes have the story.

Many believe rainbows are good omens, and it’s fun to note that this one appeared during an easy alignment between Venus and Jupiter, two planets which are considered to be lucky by traditional astrologers. And it is true that when Venus and Jupiter are making strong connections in someone’s horoscope, that Someone often attracts good things,  e.g, marriage, money, a promotion or some other happy expansion. If you’d like to know when your horoscope will be experiencing these fortuitous patterns, book a personal consultation.

 

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 4/22/2015: Gwyneth Paltrow; Postcard From the Void

The last time we had an all-day Moon void in trivia-loving Gemini, the internet was abuzz with controversy over the color of a dress: black and blue? Or white and gold? What wandering twist will capture our attention today? This morning there was a traffic snarl in the UK, caused by a collie commandeering a tractor.

A certain depth of perception, the result of an investigative effort, is suggested by mental Mercury’s alignment with muck-raking Pluto at 9:25AM ET, perhaps affording some insight into the Powers That Be. A cooperative connection between Venus in breezy Gemini and Jupiter in regal Leo exact at 2:41PM ET suggests general good cheer and an indulgent, extra-long lunch. Stubborn resolve in communication and action is suggested around 7:04PM ET, when Mercury and Mars meet up in earthy Taurus. On the plus side, maybe some positive talk and action in honor of Earth Day. On the down side, this would be the time to remember that crises that crop up during Moon voids are usually much ado about nothing, with little consequence for actions initiated.

The Moon doesn’t enter the next sign — Cancer — until 12:25AM ET on Thursday. Look up, and you can catch the annual April Lyrids meteors.

And now, the news.

Moon void, meet Supervoid. During Monday’s all-day Moon void in Taurus, astronomers announced the discovery of the largest “structure” in the known Universe: a giant, gaping hole.  Meanwhile, sandwiched between the idealized beauty of Venus square Neptune (on Sunday) and the luxury of today’s Venus sextile Jupiter, last night  a “perfect” diamond sold for $22m at Sothebys. Add Tuesday’s “think big” Mercury square Jupiter and a highly acquisitive and resourceful Mars in Taurus trine Pluto to that story.

What I’ve been seeing in the headlines this week are plenty of stories illustrating larger planetary patterns. The death of an estimated 900 migrants in a capsized ferry on Mediterranean is yet another story of how immigration and refugees are likely to be ongoing concerns, suggested by Saturn’s 28 month passage through Sagittarius (foreigners), currently squaring Neptune in Pisces (victims, refugees).  The overall disruption of the status quo is, of course, reflected in the aftermath of the square between Uranus and Pluto.  Let the record show that the only other time we experienced a longer period of Uranus-Pluto action was between 1496 and 1500, out of which emerged the New World. There was a big immigration problem back then, too.

Disruption of the status quo in work routines. These seeds were planted in the mid-60s, with the Uranus-Pluto conjunction in Virgo (Virgo refers to work routines, cooperative systems and service). We’d expect to see advancement on these seeds at the Uranus-Pluto square, and here’s a piece a reader sent in about the rise of machines and what it might mean for those with certain jobs. Pluto will be opposed by Uranus in Virgo in 2047 — so that’s when we should have full illumination on how those seeds have thrived.

Inequality of resources. This is another pressing Uranus-Pluto revelation. Ever hear of a “poor door”? In New York, 88,000 people have applied for a chance to live in a controversial Upper West Side building that has separate entrances for low-income tenants and much higher-income owners. Quoted in the NYT article:  “I guess people like it,” said Gary Barnett, founder and president of Extell Development Company, the tower’s developer. “It shows that there’s a tremendous demand for high-quality affordable housing in beautiful neighborhoods.”  What a jerk.

Meanwhile, federal workers are on strike today, including a number of them who work in the U.S. Senate cafeteria. Apparently they used to be U.S. government employees, but as of 2008, they are contract workers for a corporation headquartered in the UK. I was intrigued by this cashier’s account of how her life has changed, as well as this story penned by one of the cafeteria’s cooks, a single father working two jobs who also apparently receives food stamps to make ends meet.

Gwyneth Paltrow. The actress, whose horoscope is laced with patterns that can’t help but attract attention, was mocked last week when she accepted a challenge from Mario Batali to try to live on $29 worth of food for the week –and failed.  She did not do her food stamp challenge shopping at Aldi, which has much lower prices, but this NY Daily News reporter did.

Current transits in Ms. Paltrow’s horoscope  suggest a potential wipe-out and other immediate upheavals, and I thought to myself that this little PR effort wouldn’t be all we’d see in the headlines about her. Sure enough, today she filed for divorce from her husband, from whom she’d “consciously uncoupled” last year, at the beginning of a long and bewildering transit of Neptune to her Pisces Ascendant.

Presumably, Ms. Paltrow has a consulting astrologer on her team who helps her put relationship and other life challenges in perspective. To find out what’s going on in your horoscope — and how you can use astrology to resolve career and relationship concerns — consider scheduling a personal consultation. We will have an excellent discussion together.

 

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday & Tuesday 4/20-21/2015: Neptune Musings; Sneak Peek at the Week

Good Morning!

A double dose of earthy, steady Taurus energy kicks off the work week, as the Sun enters the sign of the Bull at 5:42AM ET and joins the Moon — currently void until 7:28PM ET. Perhaps you will need an extra push to get you going this morning. Or your plans may be subject to a higher than average “flake factor” of twists, delays and “crises” that later prove to be much ado about nothing.

Once you do get started, however,  you are likely to find an easy flow of applied action and resources, driven by some big idea. Why? Because mental Mercury and expansive Jupiter are making exact contact just past midnight on Tuesday. By happy hour Tuesday, Mars (action) and Pluto (resources) will also make contact. Got it? What are you working on today that will build upon your need for material security?

At 7:28PM ET, there may be plenty to talk about, as the Moon enters pixie chatterbox Gemini. Tuesday looks productive, for reasons noted in the preceding paragraph. Get the word out — gather the facts — for your New Moon plans for world domination.  On Wednesday, the Moon will be void all day, suggesting you resist the urge to formally launch anything you wish to be of consequence. Planetary patterns on Wednesday do favor serious research and resourcefulness, however, as Mercury moves on from Jupiter to potent Pluto and then Mars. Or we may see a lot of talk, but no action.

The only other Moon void this week happens on Friday at 1:04PM ET….until 9:13AM ET on Saturday. Overall, a week that begins with solid enthusiasm, backed by brainpower, resources and good cheer. If your unique horoscope is experiencing more challenging transits, call or shoot me an email and we will make an appointment to talk about it. Astrology is a wonderful tool for gaining clarity, whether you’re struggling to make sense of your own life or others around you.

And now, the news.

More headlines cropped up in the “big is beautiful” vein, courtesy of last week’s charged connection between Mars (action) and Jupiter (big).  Big money in politics received another  tax break from our elected representatives in Congress. Do not despair, as George Lucas demonstrated what Sir Isaac Newton first determined: that “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. With that Mars in Taurus (building and maintaining material security) and Jupiter in regal, generous Leo,  he announced he’d build and finance 224 units of affordable housing on his own land, “because we’ve got enough millionaires here,” thank you very much.

Power, resources and status quo disruptions are of course what we expect in the wake of the seven Uranus-Pluto squares. I love this one — the most-emailed article in Sunday’s NYT: “Solar Power Battle Puts Hawaii at the Forefront of Worldwide Changes” — guess who prevented one homeowner from installing solar panels that would have saved him $12,000 in one year? Meanwhile in California, a battle over another resource is brewing, as residents consider whether it makes sense for a private company to export bottled water for profit when they are being asked to reduce water consumption because of a drought. The San Bernardino Desert Sun did some investigative reporting and found that Nestle’s bottled water business “has been taking water from some of California’s driest areas on permits that expired as long as 27 years ago“.

Update on Meryl Streep, whose horoscope was last written about here in mid-February. Planetary patterns suggested themes of empowerment and emancipation, along with a fresh start in matters of career and reputation. Over the weekend, on that big Mercury (writing) – Jupiter alignment, laced with a dash of Venus (women) square Neptune (charity, arts), her “significant” contribution to an initiative supporting women screenwriters over 40 was announced.

Update on Jon Stewart, also last covered here in mid-February:  in a lengthy interview published in The Guardian, he explains what motivated him to leave The Daily Show — and it all sounds exactly what you’d expect to hear from someone going through a heavy period of Neptune, followed by Saturn. Translation: feelings of dissatisfaction, lack of purpose and bewilderment….followed by ambition and gravitas.

Update on Monsanto, which was written about here last week:  U.S. regulators announce they “may” start testing food for glyphosate, the active ingredient in Round-Up, Monsanto’s ubiquitous pesticide, which was labeled a “probable carcinogen” in a recent WHO study.

Update on John Harrison, a British clockmaker who has never been covered here before. He made news, as his horoscope suggested he might, despite having died over 200 years ago. Mr. Harrison’s has Sun at 14 Aries, conjunct Mercury at 16 Aries, and if you’re an avid reader of this forecast, you know that any planet or point at 14-16 Aries would likely be pushed into prominence or celebrated for its uniqueness — big time — thanks to two eclipses and the seventh Uranus-Pluto square all happening in that part of the zodiac.  Here’s an excerpt from the whole piece in The Guardian:

One of Guinness World Records’ more unusual awards was presented at the National Maritime Museum yesterday. After a 100-day trial, the timepiece known as Clock B – which had been sealed in a clear plastic box to prevent tampering – was officially declared, by Guinness, to be the world’s “most accurate mechanical clock with a pendulum swinging in free air”.

It was an intriguing enough award. But what is really astonishing is that the clock was designed more than 250 years ago by a man who was derided at the time for “an incoherence and absurdity that was little short of the symptoms of insanity”, and whose plans for the clock lay ignored for two centuries.

I appreciate the “maritime” theme of this story, given Neptune (ruler of oceans, fish) being so prominent in the weekend’s planetary patterns. Neptune also refers to refugees. With Neptune in a loose square to Saturn in Sagittarius (travel, foreigners), it is not surprising to read of an ocean tragedy: an estimated 700 migrants presumed perished while attempting to cross the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe.

On a lighter note, I appreciated the timing of Sunday’s NYT piece on trout-fishing — in the sports section — which included this dreamy Neptunian prose:

We stand in the stream and we become part of the circulatory system of the planet — the rivulets, brooks, streams and rivers that pulse throughout our lands and connect the land to the sea, and those seas to other seas (and through water vapor and clouds, and migratory birds and fish, those seas back to the land). Through fishing, we can, for brief moments, achieve a kind of immortality when we step into this perpetual flow, and see our reflection in the water, and become part of it.

Isn’t that lovely?

For another transporting experience, I submit this breath-taking and thought-provoking illusion: a time-lapse recreation of the evolution of the New York skyline — from 515 years ago to the present. It’s what visitors to the new World Trade Center Observatory during the elevator ride to the top.

Your horoscope is also awesome. If you’ve never taken the time to learn about its mystical patterns — and been amazed at how they have manifested in your real life, I invite you to do so now. Checking in with your  astrologer every six-twelve months will help you plan, prioritize and keep things in perspective. You can also use astrology to build better relationships with family, colleagues and friends.

Thank you for reading this forecast — and for sharing it with the rest of the Free World.

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 4/17/2015 & the Weekend: New Moon in Aries

TGIF!

The Moon in pro-active Aries would love to forge ahead, fueled by the exuberant physicality of a Mars-Jupiter contact at 8:29PM ET. But unless you wish to keep your project under wraps, better to wait to launch until after the New Moon. Channel any restlessness or listlessness to wrapping up projects started a month ago, or work on your to-do list for the next cycle. Note the potential for a flash, upset or power play between 6 and 9PM ET, when the Moon makes its weekly clash with Uranus and Pluto. No, those planets aren’t backing off their one-two weekly punch anytime soon.

On Saturday, Moon meets up with the Aries Sun at 2:57PM ET, then goes void until 5:31PM ET, when it enters Taurus. Oh hooray for a weekend with Moon in Taurus, a placement that delights in keeping things all cozy and cuddly: good food, wine, song — a snuggle with your sweetie or an extra 10-minute massage with your mani-pedi.

Color it all artsy-sweetsy-rose through Sunday, as dreamy Neptune makes exact contact with mental Mercury, socially-conscious Venus and the Moon in the wee hours.What dreams may come…what inspiring vision will you seek to make real, fueled by your pioneering New Moon in Aries agenda and driven by the earthly Taurus Moon? Make the most of the optimistic easy flow of energy and resources provided by supportive contacts to the Moon by Jupiter, Mars and Pluto in the afternoon hours ET.

Moon goes void at 7:06PM ET on Sunday…not to enter Gemini until 7:28PM ET on MONDAY. If you’re late to work on Monday, blame the flake factor of the Moon void, as well as the slower pace of the Sun, which leaves Aries for Taurus on Sunday at 5:42AM ET.

Meanwhile…

Saturday’s New Moon in Aries offers us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle.  Make a list, light a candle, say a prayer. Around April 25th, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to those goals, with appropriate adjustments made. At the time of the Full Moon on May 3rd, we can expect illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle. If we succeeded, we can consciously release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. After the Third Quarter Moon on the 11th, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon cycle on May 18th.

A New Moon in Aries suggests a need — or an opportunity — to be a courageous, inspiring pioneer and/or warrior, preferably on the side of the angels.  At its best, Aries is a champion for the weak, the vulnerable, the underdog. It inspires people to take initiatives and defy the odds…yes, sometimes foolishly, but hey — if Plan A blows up, there’s always a Plan B, a Plan C and D. A true Aries never never never gives up. Astrologer Linda Goodman once wrote that Gone With the Wind heroine Scarlett O’Hara was a classic Aries, and never more so than at the end of the film when, after Rhett Butler dumps her and life is totally over, Scarlett declares, “I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day”. To Aries, there is always a tomorrow.

This New Moon suggests vision, courage and enthusiasm rarin’ to go — but perhaps not quite sure where to plant it. I say this because the Sun and Moon are not in touch with any other planet in the New Moon chart. That vision is amplified more by Mercury and Venus in touch with Neptune — noted a few paragraphs ago. These are potentially big plans here — suggested by Mars and Mercury in touch with expansive Jupiter.  And Mars (action) is in an easy flow with Pluto (power and resources) — even better. What did you say you were planning to do over the next few weeks? Lay the groundwork and rest assured you’ll have the next lunar cycle to review your game plan, as Mercury turns retrograde on May 19th.

The Sabian Symbol  for this New Moon is: “a celestial choir singing“. I just looked that up after writing about the grand aesthetic vision suggested by other patterns in this New Moon chart. Neptune refers to music and other intangibles. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee suggests this image evokes an “inward listening” (how very Pluto retrograde), leading to an awareness of heavenly influences. He also notes the significance of the numbers nine and three in celestial choirs, as in “nine orders of angels” required to sing the music of the spheres, presumably in “three part harmony”. So we’ll see if the numbers 3 and 9 pop up in the headlines during this lunar cycle. We’re definitely sure to see stories involving divine justification, for better or for worse. Let’s also look for efforts to harmonize that which is earthbound with what seems to be a bit “out there”.

Bovee mentions Pythagoras in his write-up of this Symbol, which led me to do further reading on “music of the spheres”. My Google search also brought me this gem of a cartoon, “Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land” – which I hadn’t seen in decades. In the first few minutes, Donald meets Pythagoras and learns about the mathematics of music, as well as the significance of pentagrams. Watch it and appreciate how geometric patterns are everywhere, constantly repeating. Geometric patterns are everywhere in astrology, too, as well as repeating cycles of time.

You will feel the inspirational push of this New Moon more personally if you have a planet or angle around 28 degrees of Cancer, Libra, Capricorn and especially Aries. Consult your local astrologer for details.

Meanwhile, the new Star Wars trailer is out. May the Force be with you.

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 4/16/2015: Pluto Retrograde; Corporate Musings

Chill and go with the expansive flow. Moon is void in dreamy Pisces until 5PM ET. You know the drill: be advised of a higher than average potential for flakes and twists in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. After 5PM ET, the pace and focus should pick up noticeably when Moon enters me-me-me Aries.

Meanwhile, the “expansive” part of today’s flow comes courtesy of an energized connection between Mars (action) and Jupiter in regal Leo — exact on Friday at 8:29PM ET, but in effect all this week. How big is beautiful? Size 24 apparently, as supersized model Tess Munster makes headlines by becoming the biggest ever to sign with a mainstream agency. Doubleplus good for her. Meanwhile, fat yoga, anyone?

Biggest news today is potent Pluto turning retrograde in Capricorn just before midnight. Retrograde planets suggest a time to look inward for authority in whatever matters ruled by that planet. Pluto is power, control, regeneration, transformation, healing. So stop trying to control the world around you, already. Work on controlling (mastering) your own inner world — and then the world around you will start to reflect your newly-masterful self.  Y’know? You’ll feel the potential for a change of perspective more personally if you have a planet or angle halfway through  Aries, Libra, Cancer — and especially Capricorn.

Pluto will continue to hover around 13-15 degrees of Capricorn through the rest of the year. In June and July, it hits 13 degrees and triggers that Cardinal Grand Cross everyone and their dogs were talking about last April. 13-15 degrees Capricorn is in a obsessive-compulsive relationship with 0 degrees Cancer, a.k.a. the Aries Point, so we can expect continuing prominent power plays, changes of perspective and inner transformations in matters of hallowed government and corporate institutions, especially as related to Cancer concerns such as motherhood, nurturing (food), home and home security.

Take Monsanto, for example. In the summer of 2013, The Mountain Astrologer ran a fascinating cover story about Monsanto’s horoscope, concluding with the author’s opinion that Monsanto might well be affected by the status quo-disrupting potential of the Uranus-Pluto square. And when I looked at the horoscope (Nov 29, 1901 at 12p in Jefferson City, MO) for the filing of the initial incorporation papers, a potent conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn at 14 degrees of corporate Capricorn pulled focus. Also of note: Neptune (toxins, ideals, chemicals, vision, deception, drugs, spirit) in Cancer  at 0 degrees. Isn’t it interesting that Monsanto is perhaps best-known for GMO foods, pesticides and a certain lack of transparency? Neptune (ideals/deception/toxins) in Cancer (nourishment). Astrology is an amazing language.

So this Neptune in Monsanto’s horoscope is in an obsessive relationship with its Jupiter-Saturn meet-up, and also with Uranus (innovation, technogeek) in Sagittarius (sky’s the limit). Neptune with Jupiter suggests faith, healing and rose-colored legal eagles; Neptune with Saturn suggests a nebulous component to its structure (albeit with the potential for great compassion); Neptune with Uranus is a potentially freaky disruption of the ideal. Remember the Goth trend of the early 90s? That was Neptune conjunct Uranus in Capricorn. Freaky. In black (Capricorn, natch).

Anyhoo.

Around the time of 1) the 7th Uranus-Pluto square on March 16th (at 15 Aries-Capricorn); 2) the New Moon/Solar Eclipse at 29 Pisces on March 20th; and 3) the Vernal Equinox at the Aries Point, also on March 20th, I expected that we’d see something significant about Monsanto in the headlines. And in fact, we did.  On March 20th, it was reported that a World Health Organization study had concluded that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Round-Up, the world’s most widely-used weed killer, “probably causes cancer in humans”. What timing! Not surprisingly, within days, Monsanto demanded a retraction, as papers such as the NYT published an op-ed calling for glyphosate to be pulled off the market until it could be proven safe beyond a doubt.

Let’s see how this story has developed by the end of June, when Mars will meet up with Monsanto’s Neptune, and Pluto will be close to an exact hit to Monsanto’s Jupiter-Saturn conjunction. It will also be interesting to see what happens in 2016 when transiting Saturn conjoins Monsanto’s 6-7 degree Sagittarius Sun and Midheaven, triggering a lunar eclipse that happened at 7 degrees of Sagittarius on May 25th of 2013. As the The Mountain Astrologer notes, that day coincided with the “first worldwide protest against one company: Monsanto,” followed by its “worst week ever”.

General Electric also made headlines this week when it announced plans to 1) sell its once hugely-profitable GE Capital division; and 2) partner with producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard on a new techie television series called “Breakthrough”. So I looked at GE’s horoscope, too — April 15, 1892 at 12pm in New York. GE is a pioneering Aries with Moon at 3 Sagittarius, which is currently being conjoined by transiting Saturn. We could expect some separations and also structured ambition related to the empowered visionary needs of Neptune and Pluto opposing its Sagittarius Moon. GE’s innovative brilliance is suggested by a face-off between mental Mercury and technogeek/rocket scientist Uranus, prominently placed near the angles of the chart.

Interesting that these announcements were made when transiting Mars met up with its natal Mercury (the communicator, of course). We can expect more innovative risks this year and into next, as transiting Uranus fires up GE’s natal Mars in enterprising Capricorn. Monsanto has Mars in Capricorn, too.

Meanwhile, Uranian-Pluto upheavals continue to make headlines in the form of strikes, power plays and other disruptions.  I love this story about a Seattle CEO who took to heart a study concluding that the key to happiness was about $70K a year. Less than that causes stress; anything more is just icing on the cake — but does not increase overall happiness. So he’s reducing his $1 million dollar/year salary and giving everyone else in the company a raise — to $70K. The company is called Gravity — a credit card processor — and if I can work with them instead of PayPal, I’ll switch.

News from underground is another trend when Pluto is active in the cosmos. Here’s a story about a woman who believes composting could be the wave of the future when it comes to burying your loved ones. Meanwhile, in Italy…you won’t believe what this man discovered under his home when he embarked on a quest to fix a toilet.

Remember that the Moon is void until 5PM ET today. If you have time on your hands to work on something of no consequence, put your brain to work on this logic problem from Singapore that went viral this week. Can you figure out when Cheryl’s birthday is? You missed mine.

If you’d rather focus on your birthday (and who would blame you), here’s how you can contact me to discuss the unique patterns at your birth that created the magical miracle that is you.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 4/15/2015: Short & Sweet

Note your dreams upon waking, as the visionary Pisces Moon meets up with equally visionary Neptune at 6:52AM ET. Go about your business until 5:37PM ET, making good use of planetary patterns suggesting an easy flow among ideals, action and resources. After that, Moon will be void for almost 24 hours — not to enter Aries until 5PM ET on Thursday.  Avid readers of this forecast know that voids often coincide with twists, delays and flakes in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Chill and don’t turn molehills into mountains of crises — it’ll all sort itself out. Go with the flow; avoid impulse purchases and find some time to rest and/or take care of routine concerns, such as filing your tax returns.

The news will be back tomorrow.

 

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday-Tuesday 4/13-14/2015: Hillary’s Big Announcement; Sneak Peek at the Week

Good afternoon!

The work week begins with the Moon in humanitarian Aquarius, cruising without too much interference until 3:45PM ET on Tuesday, when it goes void for barely 30 minutes. At 4:12PM ET, Moon shifts gears from the cerebral Air Sign to the emotional Water Sign of Pisces, suggesting a need to go with the intuitive flow.

Mixed messages may crop up on Tuesday night. On the one hand, there’s an ego-indulgent alignment between the Moon and Venus at 10:51PM ET.  Ooh — cake! On the other hand, there’s an ambitious and/or restrictive alignment between Moon and Saturn at 10:59PM ET. Didn’t you say you were dieting? You’ll feel this push-pull more personally if you have a planet or angle around 4 degrees of Virgo, Sagittarius, Gemini and Pisces. Collectively, we may all see stern headlines about strong women, streamlined finances, serious social graces and other values, as Venus is subsequently opposed by Saturn at 12:25AM ET on Wednesday. Here are some headlines from a prior harsh alignment between Venus and Saturn — last paragraph.

Other planetary shifts this week include mental Mercury, which leaves zippy Aries for steady Taurus at 6:52PM ET on Tuesday. That should slow down the pace of collective thought and communication for a few weeks. On Thursday, Pluto turns retrograde, mostly affecting people with planets and angles at 15 Capricorn. On Saturday, we’ll have a New Moon starting at 2:57PM ET, so use the rest of this week to wrap up your projects started at the New Moon — gawd how time flies — on March 20th.

And now, the news.

To no one’s surprise, Hillary Clinton announced on Sunday that she was running for president, and is now on her way to Iowa. Here was the forecast for Sunday:

Sunday morning is lovely for sleeping in, as the Moon will be void between 4:15AM and 1:44PM ET. There’s pixie dust in the air, helpful for artistry and healing, suggested by a cooperative connection between Mars and Neptune. This patterns also supports fantasy and showbiz types, including those who might want to sell you a bill of goods. Don’t buy it during the Moon void.

After the void, the Moon enters Aquarius, favoring gatherings of friends, especially with such an easy connection to the aforementioned chatty Venus in Gemini at 4:08PM ET. The menu might be quite exotic, as well as your guests.

So what do you think? Did Hillary Clinton pick a good day to launch a campaign? There was some debate among astrologers as to what event should mark its official start, and I’m going with 3:27PM ET, which is when her intention to run was announced on her Twitter feed. Also, if you had picked that time in a contest held by The Washington Post, you would have won. Alas, I did not see that contest until today.

Looking at the chart for 3:27PM  in Chappaqua, NY, a few things stand out. First, the Moon is not void and it is in Aquarius, which aims to be everyone’s best friend. Take a look at the diversity showcased in this introductory campaign video. Lovely pixie dust, right? Second, the Moon is in a fine alignment with Venus, which is beautifully placed at the top of the chart. Third, ambitious Saturn is actively engaged with  Ascendant and the Midheaven. This suggests a serious effort, driven by Saturn in righteous Sagittarius ideals. opposed by Venus in eloquent Gemini.

With Virgo rising, we’d expect an image of perfect organization — definitely no drama, despite the drama potential of the candidate herself (she has Mars and Pluto conjunct in Leo). Interesting that the chart ruler — Mercury in pioneering Aries — is not applying to any other planet in the chart. It’s forging ahead on its own.

Nebulous Neptune in this chart has pluses and minuses, as it is also making contact with the Ascendant and Midheaven. On the plus side: vision, charisma, glamor and the aura of a savior. On the down side: potential fog in presentation and interpretation.

If you like learning about Fixed Stars, you may find it fun to know that Mars, planet of action in the chart, is conjunct the Fixed Star Schedir, which refers to “the Queen; female power” (with a certain caveat). Isn’t that interesting? Mars is in an energetic relationship with Jupiter and in easy alignment with Pluto, suggesting stamina and resources (albeit with a potential for overexertion).

We’ll look at Hillary Clinton’s personal horoscope in another forecast. Meanwhile, I am compelled to call attention to NYT columnist David Brooks and his latest Sunday op-ed, because it is getting so much attention on social media — at least here in NY.

Since last fall, Mr. Brooks has been enjoying an expansive transit of Jupiter to his Mercury, Sun and Moon — all in Leo, which is where Jupiter is now. He’s also been experiencing a period in which spiritual concerns would likely become prominent — noted a couple of times before in this forecast — and especially this year, there is a strong suggestion of a need to take action on them. What is the title of this op-ed? “The Moral Bucket List”. Everyone is like “OMG…this is exactly what life should be about!” Check it out.

I wonder if David Brooks has ever consulted with an astrologer. Or Hillary Clinton, for that matter….