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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 4/10/15 & The Weekend: Lincoln Chafee & Other Disruptors of the Status Quo

Arise, go forth and get down to business, driven by the Moon in enterprising Capricorn as of 8:47AM ET. There’s a heady idealism in mindset and communication, suggested by a meet-up between Mercury and the Sun in Aries which occurred just after midnight. This could be highly persuasive (Aries is indomitable), even if it does require a revision down the road (Mercury, when so close to the Sun, can be blinded by the light — unable to receive input from any other Source). Classical astrologers define planets conjunct the Sun as combust.

There’s no Moon void on Saturday to dissuade you from accomplishing your weekend chores. Have at it, being mindful of the potential for upsets and power plays in the hours between 11AM and 3PM ET, as the Moon makes contact with Uranus and Pluto.  Just before midnight ET on Saturday we’ll have the 3rd Quarter Moon, presenting another bit of light regarding the agenda you set on the New Moon a few weeks ago.

On Saturday we’ll also see Venus (arts, women, social expression, values and money) leave Taurus for Gemini at 11:29AM ET. In Gemini, Venus can be oh-so-charming, seeking social expression by being informed, intense and entertaining — and able to love both sides of the same coin — or several coins at once. Is that fickle?

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.

No sleeping in on Monday.

And now, the news.

Surprise, surprise — there may be a new presidential candidate in town, as the NYT reports that Lincoln Chafee, the former Republican senator from Rhode Island, who then was elected governor as an Independent, is exploring a run — as a Democrat. Mr. Chafee is a pioneering Aries with Moon in Leo — birth time unknown, though I do have a few ideas about why we are seeing this expansive/ambitious reach now.

What we can see clearly in his horoscope is unconventional Uranus running wild (Barack Obama has this pattern, too). No wonder he defies description — and the status quo. As a US Senator, he voted against invading Iraq. This need to buck the trend is being supercharged by Uranus, Pluto and last Saturday’s Full Moon/Eclipse. Assertive Mars is also active now, by transit and by solar arc — there’s the need for action now.

Elsewhere, more startling revelations in communication from Alex Millard, a woman who posed as a man on Twitter for just one week and found herself being retweeted and favorited for what she had to say, instead of being the recipient of rape threats and insults about her weight. Her opinions were even picked up by a media outlet, too — imagine that. Which reminds of comedian Hannibal Buress — a person with a Y chromosome. Funny how only after he called out the numerous rape allegations against Bill Cosby did people start taking seriously what dozens of women had said before. Ohhhhh if only that were funny.


In other news of breakouts and triumphs for equality no matter how unconventional you might be (Sun conjunct Mercury-Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn, thanks very much), score one for Tamara Lusardi, a transgendered woman who just won a discrimination suit against her employer, the US military. As I’ve opined before, these suits reflect the opportunity to take the seeds of civil rights planted during the Uranus-Pluto conjunction of the mid-60s to the next level. They also stretch and challenge whatever notions we may have about gender and identity, arguing for a paradigm shift that overturns the status quo…

Which reminds me of a conversation I had recently with a woman well-versed in Tarot who wanted to better understand the potential of Uranus square Pluto. Here’s what I showed her:

the tower

…and here’s what Tarot sage Beth Owlsdaughter has to say about this powerful card (I can’t wait for her to finish her book).

Have a wonderful weekend….and meanwhile, if you’re passionate about understanding why you are the way you are…what you need in order to live your life to your fullest potential…how you can better understand the significant others in your life…what opportunities are likely to present themselves this year…or even how you can use astrology to better manage your co-workers at the office, here’s how you can contact me to schedule a consultation.


Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 4/9/2015: Stan Freberg, One in a Billion….RIP

Take care of business in the early part of the day, assisted by an easy flow of mindset and initiative to the righteous, expansive drive of the Sagittarius Moon. At 1:42PM ET, give it a rest or focus on a routine project, if you’re at the office. Otherwise, chill out and indulge in a gambol or other wandering adventure. The Moon gets back into business mode Friday at 8:47AM ET — when it enters enterprising Capricorn.

I’ve been writing this forecast for almost six years (it’ll be six years on April 24th). I’ve observed a lot — as Yogi Berra would say — by watching. Even though I expect the headlines to manifest in sync with planetary patterns, I’m often astonished by just how in sync they can be.

Take, for example, the obituaries. So often it happens that the qualities and/or vocations of people who have passed (and made the NYT obits) reflect the symbolism of planetary patterns. Yesterday Mercury was in pioneering Aries, super-charged by perspicacious Pluto and quirky Uranus. When you have a horoscope with strong contact between Mercury (mindset), Venus (social expression) or Moon with Uranus, we expect that horoscope to have an off-beat sense of humor — and in Aries, an exceptionally quick wit. Yesterday the Sun and Uranus also met up in Aries, which is a strong statement of inspiring individualism. How fascinating, then,  that pioneering “madcap adman and satirist” Stan Freberg passed away yesterday at the age of 88.

Mr. Freberg has Sun and Mercury exactly conjunct at 14 degrees Leo, which is where expansive Jupiter was at the beginning of March. His Moon is in Leo, too — very independently placed in the 1st house. This suggests a strong need for drama and showmanship — a real king and entrepreneur.  Check out that showmanship in this commercial showing off the power of radio (and the imagination), as Lake Michigan is transformed into a ginormous mug of hot chocolate.

Interesting to also see the Mr. Freberg’s Moon in a provocative square to combative Mars. Why? Because Mr. Freberg called himself called himself a “guerrilla satirist,” — according to his NYT obituary — “using humor as a barbed weapon to take on issues ranging from the commercialization of Christmas to the hypocrisy of liberals.” Here’s another famous spot (“John & Marcia”), in which he spoofs the (melo)drama of soap operas.

So how does Uranus factor in Mr. Freberg’s  horoscope, known for its wacky wit? Good question! How about Uranus at 29 degrees Pisces — the prominent Aries Point — in the 9th house (broadcasting), exactly trine his 29 degree Cancer Ascendant, and in touch with his Leo Moon, too.  We’d expect his quirkiness to easily flow forth in his personal projection. It would need to do this!

As for that Cancer Ascendant, we could expect Mr. Freberg to wear his emotions on his sleeve, along with perhaps an intense need to comment on matters related to the home(land) and security, suggested by Venus and Pluto together in Cancer, too.  Here’s a track from the classic LP “Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America.”. And here’s his PBS special from 1982, “The Federal Budget Review,” complete with a donkey, an elephant and David Ogden Stiers.

For more on Stan Freberg’s work in voiceover, television, advertising and radio, here’s his really long and impressive Wikipedia entry. You could spend more than a few happy hours listening to his fun songs and sketches….indulge yourself in this afternoon’s Moon in Sagittarius (broad comedy, righteous opinions) void.

RIP, Mr. Freberg, wherever you are…may your wit be loved forever….