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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday & Tuesday 8/31-9/1/2015: Passions — Sublime & Surreal; Sneak Peek at the Week

Good Morning!

The start of the work week begins with the Moon in me-me-me Aries as of 4:33AM ET. Aries needs to get things started, and at its best it does so with a pioneering spirit that inspires. Aries can be quite idealistic, and has been known to accomplish the impossible. In fact, often that is the best way to get an Aries to do something: tell them they can’t, and watch them prove you wrong.  Aries often falls downstairs because it’s faster than walking.

Add to this fiery charge another dose of fire, exact at 1:04AM ET on Tuesday. And this would be a meet-up between Mars (action; yang; aggression) with Venus (social expression; yin) in regal Leo. This meet-up is likely to facilitate passion — big time — especially when you consider that thirty minutes later (1:33AM ET), the Aries Moon will be challenged by Pluto, suggesting a power play or emotional catharsis.

But wait — there’s more. On Tuesday at 12:37PM ET, Moon will meet up with Uranus, suggesting a sudden insight, outburst or other disruption of the status quo. Then the Moon goes void until 5:02AM ET on Wednesday — a long chill period in which we have a higher probability of twists and flakes delaying our efforts to move forward in a straight line. Remember that crises that crop up during Moon voids are often much ado about nothing. Chill and focus on routine matters if you have to be at the office.

The driving passions of these next two days are colored by two other patterns of significance. First is the fact that Venus is STILL retrograde, which is traditionally a caution against consummating and/or otherwise committing to that hot new thing. Second is the fact that there’s a dreamy fog suggested by a face-off between the Sun and Neptune at 11:39PM ET. Once the fog lifts and Venus is finally moving forward again, your ideal might not look so dreamy.  Venus will turn direct on Sunday at 4:29AM ET. Then we’ll have an opportunity to review and possibly regret some of the aesthetic choices we made over the past six weeks. Will that summer love last? Whose poll numbers might slip, hmm?

So for now, we have patterns of fiery passion coupled with the dreaminess of the normally discerning Virgo Sun with Neptune. You could use this energy productively by paying attention to your intuition. With Venus retrograde meeting up with Mars in Leo, tune in to your heart’s desire. Take stock and review your values, including the value you accord yourself.  Are your feelings of frustration and/or lack really caused by That Other Person?

You are more personally impacted by the Venus-Mars meet-up if you have a planet or an angle around 14 degrees of Leo, Taurus, Scorpio and Aquarius. 14 degrees, btw, is where Venus will be on Sunday when it turns direct. You are morn personally affected by the Sun-Neptune face-off if you have a planet or angle around 8 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius. Consult your local astrologer for details.

No other really long voids for the rest of the work week, other than the one that begins on Tuesday.

And now, the news.

Leo refers to gold; Neptune refers to a dream come true and that the Nazi gold train story is still in the news. This Saturday at 7:06PM ET, the Sun will be in alignment with Pluto, which often correlates with headlines about “news from underground”. Will that train be found? We’ll see.

On Friday, I wrote:

As we move through this weekend, I expect we’ll see more stories along Neptunian themes: e.g., these about oceans, refugees, fraud  and possible delusion. We’re also likely to see stories of rose-colored escapes, music, spirit(s) and healing.

So here’s what hit the wires. “Seeing Freedom in Their Future, Psychics Reveal All: ‘It’s a Scam, Sir'”Well, that certainly meets expectations — and by “psychics,” I’m referring to people who tell you that you are possessed by an evil spirit, but if you give them a Ferrari, they’ll make that spirit disappear. These kinds of people give authentic intuitive counselors a bad name. But still — what timing for a story like this to be published!

Meanwhile, the Sunday NYT magazine did a story about Anwar-al-Awlaki, the American who was martyred (Neptune) when he was killed in a drone strike 2011, and whose charisma (Neptune), writings and videos about religion (ditto) have allegedly inspired a number of jihadists (ditto). The article alleges that a thorough review of his past encounters with women (Venus retrograde) reveals that he was leading “a complicated secret life” that was not in synch with the his image (Neptune).

In other news, dramatic fashion statements are all the rage at the rose-colored escape known as Burning Man. There was more drama and fashion at the MTV Video Awards, including “celebrity feuds” (thank you, Venus Rx) and a notable appearance by Kanye West, as “he floated through an extemporaneous speech”. Floating through an unstructured oratory — sounds pretty Neptunian, especially if presented while under a certain influence.

In China, nearly 200 have been “punished over rumors about stocks, blast and a parade” — that story just hit the NYT.  On Mars, certain UFO buffs are convinced they’ve seen photos that prove there is alien life.

Notable obituaries: master of illusion and fantasy Wes Craven;  Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose research documented bewildering stories about the brain and self-help guru Wayne Dyer.

Finally, you may recall that Jupiter’s recent ingress into Virgo suggests an expansive focus on matters referring to workers. I haven’t cited them here, but I’ve been noticing an uptick in headlines referring to improving conditions for the service and labor sector. Much of these changes — e.g., raising the minimum wage — are what we would expect in the wake(-up call) of the Uranus-Pluto square, but Jupiter now adds further support to that agenda. No surprise to see that President Obama is now making that agenda a priority, as a “champion of workers’ rights”.

What’s going on in your horoscope? Many are on vacation this week, but I am not one of those people. Thus, if you are finally taking time in your busy schedule for some productive introspection, I invite you to schedule a personal astro-logical consultation. We will have an excellent discussion together.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday & Friday 8/27-28/2015: Sun-Jupiter in the News; Sneak Peek at the Full Moon

Alllll- righty then!

Moon entered Aquarius at 4:03AM ET, driving the day with a wonky, friendly energy that seeks to be of social significance.  It can aid your humanitarian cause or hook you up with a fresh group of contacts, the more unconventional the better. Aquarius has been known to be quite stubborn and does tend to be on the fringe side of things, FYI. But today its energy flows without much of a hiccup until the hours leading up to 12:24AM ET, when we may see a clash of wills suggested by the Moon’s face-off with Mars.

Friday morning we have the potential for another clash — this one in matters of social expression, as the Moon is challenged by Venus at 6:18AM ET. Innovation and tech savvy are favored around lunch on Friday, courtesy of a cooperative alignment with Uranus at 12:55PM ET. Note that emotions are on the rise until 2:35PM ET on Saturday, courtesy of the Full Moon, which by then will have moved into Pisces. This Full Moon weekend looks potentially lush and dreamy for some; bewildering or otherwise delusional for others. Neptune is heavily involved, as you might surmise. More on that tomorrow, but here’s an example of an apt Neptune/Venus retrograde/Full Moon headline. Thanks to an intrepid reporter who analyzed a boatload of Virgo data, we now know that only a fraction of the women who had profiles on Ashley Madison were actually real.

Back to today. At 11:45AM ET mental Mercury leaves Virgo for Libra. The change of signs suggests our mindset and communication may experience a bit of a “wobble” for a day or so, as we adjust to the new flow. Virgo is analytical and discerning, easily sorting the wheat from the chaff. Libra sees both sides of a situation and cringes at the thought of the confrontation that might ensue if one side were chosen over the other. Many with strong Libra signatures in their horoscopes are masters of avoidance.

And now, the news.

So how did yesterday’s expansive Sun-Jupiter meet-up in Virgo work out for you? As anticipated, the markets did bounce back — with the biggest single-day gain since 2011. As of midday today, optimism continues, with the U.S. reporting economic growth of 3.7% — more than was expected in the world of economics. Elsewhere, let the record show that Jupiter refers to the liver, and it was thus no surprise to see a front-page story about expanding access to a (very expensive) drug used to treat hepatitis C.

The Sun refers to the ego. A Sun-Jupiter conjunction suggests an expansive ego. Throw in a  retrograde Venus in Leo, which likely lives to regret the consequences of acting on sudden attraction, and you might find a story about how to divorce a narcissist being one of the most popular items on your favorite newspaper’s homepage.

This Sun-Jupiter conjunction was exactly on the Ascendant of the chart for yesterday morning’s shocking upset in Virginia, in which two journalists were murdered during a live broadcast. That is a symbol of an ego energy that is impossible to ignore. Brutal Saturn in Scorpio was on a second angle; bewildering Neptune was on a third. I am sure you saw the story in the news.

I mention this only because the potential for an upset was noted in the last forecast. I wish people would stop being so horrible to each other. Don’t you? I wish the United States did not have a Mars-Neptune square in it. Sure, it gives our nation charisma, but it also suggests a potentially delusional (Neptune) view on warfare and weaponry (Mars).

Speaking of horrible, as well as overly optimistic and delusional, it was reported on Tuesday that an investigation has been launched to determine if the intelligence gathered on the entity known as the Islamic State has been skewed. Whatever the investigation concludes, it probably won’t consider the chart for the establishment of that entity.

Speaking of skewed,  another investigation has concluded that those controversial Planned Parenthood videos were in fact altered.

Here is a story that reflects the hardcore reality of life and death (Saturn at the very end of Scorpio), along with the eco-consciousness of Sun-Jupiter in Virgo and the toxic potential of Neptune (which rules chemicals). These four planets are all connected now in a loose, but still tense T-square pattern, so we can expect much activity in matters symbolized by these planets. The story is about how vultures, which are critical to the Virgo clean-up portion of the circle of life (when animals meet their Saturn-in-Scorpio death), are being poisoned.

As we move through this weekend, I expect we’ll see more stories along Neptunian themes: e.g., these about oceans,  refugees,  fraud  and possible delusion, like this one: Polish Official Convinced Mystery Nazi Train Exists. We’re also likely to see stories of rose-colored escapes, music, spirit(s) and healing. I’ll share them when I see them in my rose-colored world.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday & Wednesday 8/25-26/2015: Contraction, Meet Expansion; Virgo on My Mind

Contraction…followed by expansion. This we can expect when we have a major Saturn transit, as we did on Friday when it squared the Leo Sun. Saturn refers to contraction and controls. Tomorrow the Sun meets up with Jupiter, which refers to expansion, optimism. Although Jupiter IS in Virgo for the next year, and as noted in earlier forecasts, Jupiter in Virgo favors expansion of what is small. How’s your portfolio doing? Isn’t it interesting that U.S. markets are “bouncing back” after Monday’s dramatic drop? How long will that last? Might there be some value in the study of planetary patterns, especially when one observes that patterns do repeat themselves? If anyone has an answer to that question, let me know.

Today the Moon is cruising through Capricorn, an enterprising sign that needs to make things happen. This energy flows without conflict until around 11:33PM ET, when a meet-up with potent Pluto suggests a potential power play, intense advance or emotional catharsis. A shake-up or revelation might show up around 9:41AM on Wednesday, when the Moon is challenged by rebel Uranus.

On Wednesday, barely half an hour after that Moon-Uranus clash, mental Mercury makes an easy connection to Saturn, facilitating a steady, practical and efficient approach in mindset and  communication. This constructive aspect has been in effect for a couple of days, so hopefully you’ve made good use of it. Meanwhile, the expansive Sun-Jupiter meet-up in Virgo will be exact at 6:02PM Wednesday, and if you’re a Virgo born in the very early part of the sign, I hope it brings a nice boost to your day — perhaps even your week. This is a pattern often described as “lucky”, and anyone with a planet or angle at around 2 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Sagittarius and Gemini is likely to experience it.

A few words about Virgo, which is where the Sun has been since Sunday. Virgo is an earth sign (as opposed to fire, water or air). It is also a mutable sign, as opposed to cardinal or fixed. What does that mean? Cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn; they need to come up with the idea and take action.  Fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius. These signs need to organize and give form to the concepts pitched by cardinal signs. Mutable signs — Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces — get to spread the word about the cool form the fixed signs made. Got it?

Virgo is ruled by Mercury, which also rules mindset. Virgo is symbolized by a virgin with a shaft of wheat. Its keywords are I ANALYZE. Virgo needs to apply its mental energy to discernment and discrimination, as it separates the wheat from the chaff. Planets in Virgo are likely to be happy when they are appreciated for perfecting things or people. In health matters,  Virgo rules the intestinal tract and assimilation. If you have planets in Virgo in your horoscope, and they are under a great deal of developmental tension, you may have some issues with your digestive system, especially how your system absorbs nutrition from food.

Virgo also refers to service, workers and food production. It is fascinating to see that one of the most-viewed articles in the Sunday NYT — the day Sun entered Virgo — is an op-ed written by a restaurant worker in a high-end restaurant. Called “Dinner and Deception,” we could attribute the “deception” part to Jupiter in Virgo’s approaching opposition with nebulous Neptune, along with the current Venus retrograde, which is not inclined to maintain the usual veneer of social graces we see when Venus is direct.

What’s going on in your horoscope? Now is the perfect time to schedule a personal consultation. Find out why you are the way you are; why things are happening when they happen; what’s likely to happen and why you can’t seem to wash that man or woman out of your hair. If you have children, spending half an hour learning about their horoscopes will enable you to better understand their needs and challenges,  thus improving your relationship.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 8/23/2015: Sneak Peek at the Week; Saturn Square Sun in the News

Good Morning!

I don’t know about you, but I am so happy to see Friday’s heavy Saturn-Sun square in the rear view mirror. If you have a planet or angle around 28 degrees of Scorpio, Leo, Aquarius or Taurus, you will likely appreciate that sentiment. If you don’t know where your planets are, you can order an Astro-Basics Report for $18 — described here. That way you will know if a planet at a particular degree applies to your horoscope.

Anyhoo…

Friday’s heaviness continued through Saturday at 4:41PM ET, when the Moon finally left moody bastard Scorpio and soared into high-flying Sagittarius. That’s where it is today, cruising mostly unchecked until 6:04PM ET, when it clashes with Mercury in Virgo. That explains why  your Big Idea may be pressed for exacting details around that time. Chill and roll with any twists you may encounter between 6:04PM and 12:22AM ET Tuesday, as the Moon will be void-of-course.

Tuesday and Wednesday suggest business in a big way, driven by a Capricorn Moon. The “big” comes courtesy of Wednesday’s meet-up of the Sun and Jupiter, the former of which joined the latter in Virgo as of 6:38AM ET on Sunday. What will be big? Virgo matters, including details, neuroses, health, hygiene, food, service and labor.

Thursday and Friday we can expect a rise in emotional intensity as the Moon waxes to its fullness on Saturday afternoon. Mercury enters Libra on Thursday, where it will spend hours weighing pros and cons before making a decision. And whatever decisions are made between now and September 18th will be subject to review when Mercury turns RETROGRADE on that day — mark your calendars! Mercury will be retrograde until October 6th; it won’t get out of Libra until November 2nd, which is Election Day. Faaaascinating.

Keep on truckin’ this week, as there are no Moon voids to seriously interfere with your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Other than this evening’s six-hour void, there is one for 40 minutes in the middle of the night on Thursday — that’s it.

And now, the news.

Heavy, heavy and heavy — at least on Friday and Saturday — reflecting the intense Scorpio Moon; the restrictive ambition of Friday’s Saturn-Sun square — and not to mention warrior Mars running wild, along with the scam/wiggy potential of Jupiter’s approaching opposition to Neptune in September. Here we go:

July was the hottest month on record ever in the history of anything. How’s that snowball doing now, Senator Inhofe? Caitlyn Jenner may look fabulous, but she may yet face charges of manslaughter for her part in a fatal car crash earlier this year. Jimmy Carter will undergo treatment for brain cancer. The markets dropped and are still dropping today,  freaking out over China. The artist Banksy has created a “bemusement park” called Dismaland. It looks pretty…dismal.

Meanwhile, a new study suggests that women who underwent radiation treatment or a mastectomy after being diagnosed with Stage 0 breast cancer may not have needed to take such aggressive action. In Greece, Prime Minister Tsipras is resigning so new elections can be held next month.  Not surprising to see a change of status for Greece this fall — as noted earlier. Won’t be surprised to see another disruption next year. In the US, Matt Taibbi has reason to believe that Donald Trump’s continuing surge in the polls isn’t funny. From an astro-logical perspective, we are so lucky that the presidential election is not happening this November. With Venus currently retrograde, and Mercury going retrograde next month, we’d probably live to regret whatever candidate we elected, including Deez Nuts, a 15-year-old farm boy from Iowa, who’s currently polling at 9% in North Carolina.

In other news, the collective known as ISIS blew up an historic temple in Palmyra. Ashley Madison, the extramarital dating website whose humongous client list was dumped on the internet earlier this month, continues to reflect heavy Saturn-in-Scorpio/Venus retrograde consequences, including reports of client suicides in Canada. And in Moscow, the days of nude beach-going may be numbered.

But wait — there were a few silver linings. On a train in France, an armed would-be mass murderer was foiled by a few brave young men — absolutely awesome story, if you’ve been under a rock for the past few days. And researchers have returned from the scene of a horrific ecological disaster — a.k.a., the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — but confident that a plan dreamed up by another brave young man (he’s only 21!), can be implemented to start cleaning it up.

Whew. That’s a lot of news. Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 8/20/2015: Uncommon Women & Others…

Enough with the debate and theorizing of the Libra Moon. As of 5:24AM, Moon plunges into the heavy emotional depths of Scorpio, seeking to organize and consolidate resources and knowledge, for the sake of power and control.  It all may feel quite pleasant enough, as the Moon makes contact with a detail-focused Jupiter  (now in Virgo; hence the focus on details) at 9:22AM ET. Around 9:02PM ET, note the potential for a clash of stubborn and dramatic will, suggested by a challenge to the Moon from Mars in regal Leo. A need for an escape or some other rose-colored adventure tinges the late evening, as Moon harmonizes with Neptune at 10:54PM ET.

And now, the news.

Lots of headlines on Wednesday reflecting the quirky and disruptive potential of yesterday’s trine between Venus and Uranus, coupled with the restrictive potential of Friday’s  Saturn-Sun square. First, what a bummer to note the passing of Yvonne Craig, she of Batgirl and Star Trek fame. Lots of XY types on Facebook are posting a still of her from Star Trek — in chains, scantily-clad and painted an alien (Venus trine Uranus) shade of green. I prefer to remember her as the superhero Batgirl who puts Batman and Robin on notice in this campy PSA in which she crusades for equal pay (also Venus trine Uranus).

Half-naked women and other weirdness is on the NYT home page, along with efforts to control (Saturn) the disruptive aspects of their continued presence in Times Square. Meanwhile, today’s story about Hillary Clinton focuses on her efforts to be seen as a crusader for civil rights.

Speaking of civil rights, here’s yet another as expected headline about a prominent activist (“Cornel West, the Fire of a New Generation), subheaded thusly:

Young protesters in Ferguson and beyond are rekindling the spirit of W.E.B. DuBois and the civil rights struggles of the 1960s and ’70s.

Uranus-Pluto conjunction: 1965-66. Uranus-Pluto square (the next step in the cycle): 2011-2016. Astrology is amazing.

Venus-Uranus can have a detached, no-strings-attached approach to its unconventional and/or risky relationships. It also had a technological spin. Lo and behold, hackers of the website Ashley Madison (motto: “life is short. have an affair”), apparently released skabillions of sensitive user data — i.e., name of people looking for connubial bliss with persons who were not their spouses. And one of those names released was Josh Duggar (former big guy at the Family Research Council), whose sexual exploits last came to light at the end of May, under another Venus-Uranus pattern. Fascinating.

There are other headlines hitting the wires that are especially cruel and cutting, as we might expect with Friday’s approaching challenge between Saturn and the Sun, but right now, with the Moon still in Libra, I’d like to keep it light. Hence I offer you stories about gender lines being blurred in fashion; an update on Atlas, a humanoid robot than can now apparently run through the woods; and finally, Josh Groban singing the tweets of Donald Trump (because it expresses the weird and wacky potential of Uranus with Venus).

Things may get more intense when that Scorpio Moon kicks in on Thursday morning….

Oh, but lookie! Josh Groban has Mercury and Venus in “I love you, but don’t take it personally” Aquarius…his Venus is squared by Uranus. Of course he’d have a wacky sense of humor. And, like Donald Trump, he has a Leo Ascendant and an opinionated Moon in Sagittarius. Coincidence or conspiracy?

 

 

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 8/19/2015: Friends Rule!

Moon continues its trek though Libra, seeking balance and harmony in relationship. Its quest might be rattled by a flash of insight or upset suggested by a challenge from rebel technogeek Uranus at 9:41AM ET.  The dust settles for the rest of the day, courtesy of communicative connections to the Moon from the Leo Sun and Venus.

There’s a higher than average tolerance for that which is unconventional and/or fringe, especially in matters of women, money, aesthetics and social expression. Be open to innovation and meetings with unusual people. Though Venus’s retrograde state is a caution against forming an instant permanent bond, your encounters today could be quite refreshing. Listen to your inner humanitarian. Leave the Krazy Glue at home. Practice being a really good friend. Wish Matthew Perry, f.k.a Chandler on Friends a happy 46th solar return, OMG. Looks like a significant change of status in home/professional arenas is up for him in 2016, glancing at his horoscope.

And now, the news.

A pill that increase female libido has just been approved by the FDA! Well, that puts an innovative, techno-spin on women and relationship concerns. Y’know, whatever works. And it also happens with Saturn at the end of Scorpio, which all about those nitty-gritty concerns about sexual energy we might prefer to not look at. Elsewhere, headlines announced the hiring of the first openly transgender employee at the White House. As for that video promoting  a mostly all-white sorority at the University of Alabama…sorry, but it’s been taken down, because it wasn’t diverse enough. Why is the story making headlines now, hmmm?

Factor in Friday’s controlling Saturn-Sun square and we find a front-page item about the challenges same-sex couples face when one spouse is transferred overseas. These patterns also reflect the current debate pulling focus over whether citizenship in the United States should be granted as a matter of course if one is born here. Thank Donald Trump for starting that one. He has so many opinions and his Sagittarius Moon NEEDS to tell all!

Elsewhere, it is argued that technology has created more jobs in the past 140 years than it has taken away.

Finally, a sneak peek at a building face-off between Jupiter and Neptune, which won’t be exact until September 17th. When these two planets clash, we can expect matters of grand faith to pull focus — and often with a scandal or two. Color it all rose!! Consider then this brilliant expose John Oliver aired last week — about the faith-based hucksterism he uncovered in the world of televangelism. Surely, as Saturn re-enters Sagittarius and Neptune continues its sojourn through Neptune, we will see some re-structuring in these matters over the next year or so.

What’s going on in your horoscope? Summer is almost over…what are your plans for fall? Here’s how to contact me to schedule a personal consultation.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday & Tuesday 8/17-18/2015: Sneak Peek at the Week; Get to Work!

Allllllll-righty then!

The work week begins with the Moon still in perfection-seeking Virgo, supporting your efforts to sort, analyze, organize and prioritize your to-do list. At 1:16PM ET, Moon goes void on a supportive connection with taskmaster Saturn, helping you consolidate your plans. What is a void-of-course Moon? Details are here. In today’s case, the Moon makes contact with Saturn and then drifts through Virgo without making contact with another planet. Then Moon enters Libra at 4:23PM ET, officially engaging in the new gear suggested by the new sign — and thus ending the void.

It’s good to know when the Moon is void. You’re less likely to be thrown off kilter by any delays, twists or other “crises” that may crop up in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Voids are good for chilling out and taking care of routine matters. Once the Moon enters Libra, see if you notice a more engaged focus, especially in the areas of diplomacy, cerebral debate, balance and fairness in relationships.  These are Libra concerns, and you may see them on your plate through Wednesday.

The only other Moon void during the work week begins on Wednesday at 10:56PM ET and ends at 5:24AM ET on Thursday. Plant those New Moon seeds!

Tomorrow (Tuesday), the morning is energized by an easy alignment between Moon and Mars.  This is a helpful alignment that may effectively channel the dramatic action potential of Mars in Leo, which has been running wild in the cosmos for the past few days. Mars in Leo can be explosive, fiery and dramatic,  “getting away with murder” and putting on quite a show. Around 7:30PM ET on Tuesday, note the potential for a power play or emotional catharsis, as the Moon is challenged by Pluto.

We have two patterns of note this week.  On Wednesday at 12:44PM ET, Venus (women, art, money, social expression) will trine Uranus. A trine is an easy connection between two planets. Uranus refers to friendship and that which is unconventional, innovative, humanitarian and independent — perhaps a little rebellious. Here’s a story reflecting Venus and Uranus, along with the idealized queenly potential of the weekend’s meet-up between Venus and the Sun — both in Leo (the king/queen): “The Village Where Men Are Banned”. As for the reasons why these women have established their own community, they are symbolized by Saturn at the end of its trek through Scorpio. Saturn leaves Scorpio on September 18th, hopefully driving people who think that 1o-year-old rape victims should be forced to give birth (as one did in Paraguay over the weekend), off the front page.

The other pattern of note is a square between Saturn (limits, structure, controls) and the life-giving Leo Sun. Here are some headlines from a prior Sun-Saturn square in 2014. Here’s a bit about Huma Abedin (who has a heavy Sun-Saturn pattern in her horoscope), and what happened in her life when Saturn made contact with her Sun by transit in 2013.

Finally — here’s an interesting piece reflecting the expansion of focus on work routines suggested by Jupiter’s recent ingress into Virgo: “Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas Inside a Bruising Workplace”. Shades of this week’s heavy, work-work-work Sun-Saturn square here, too. Would you be surprised to learn that the horoscope of the United States has a Sun-Saturn square?

Meanwhile, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has already responded to the unflattering expose. Here is his horoscope. You can see his all-business Capricorn Sun about to be disrupted by the break-out potential of transiting Uranus next year. A push for even greater independence and innovation would not be surprising. We also see the potential for a tight, disciplined and controlling social expression, suggested by Saturn and Venus together in his natal chart. In Aquarius, we can appreciate why he would need to be all things to all people. Venus in Aquarius needs to be everyone’s best friend — and they often are.

We do not have a birth time for Mr. Bezos, so we do not know his Ascendant, nor do we know for sure if his Moon is in high-flying Sagittarius or “make it happen” Capricorn. I’d have to do more research on his life, etc., etc. And why would I do that when I could spend time analyzing your horoscope, hmmm? If you have an important transit coming up, it will be helpful to know about it. Although if a friend of Mr. Bezos did happen to send him this forecast and he requested a personal consultation, I would be most happy to oblige….

Thank you for reading this forecast. It thrills me to no end that you are sharing it with your friends.

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 8/14/2015 & the Weekend: New Moon in Leo, China, Megyn Kelly & More

TGIF!

I’ve been working on this forecast since Thursday (yesterday), which you might have experienced as something like this:

“We are in the dark side of the Moon — the end of the lunar cycle, a.k.a. the balsamic phase. The New Moon (and new energy) officially kicks in at 10:53AM ET on Friday — in Leo, hear it roar! During this dark side, it is not unusual to feel listless or restless, sensing the shift that is just around the corner, but not being sure what. This is a good time to wrap up projects started a month ago…and/or contemplate your agenda for the next four weeks.

Thursday’s Leo Moon is sailing free and clear, seeking to fulfill its need for recognition, applause and a good party. There’s an easy alignment between the Sun and innovative Uranus for you to play with (exact at 6:27AM ET), so go hang out with your funkiest friends and come up with a way to reinvent the wheel.”

Well? Did you do that?

Which brings us up to today (Friday):

This innovative vibe continues on Friday, as the Moon is supported by Uranus at 8:38AM ET, meets up with the Sun and then hangs indulgently with Venus (love, money, art women) at 2:25PM ET. Not a bad way to end the work week. Happy hour at the office?

On Saturday, Moon goes void just after midnight for a few hours. Then it enters Virgo at 3:46AM ET, perhaps motivating a major sorting/analyzing/clean up around the house. Or some other project requiring refinement and exquisite detail. Mindset and communication is likely to lean toward the deep end, courtesy of an easy alignment between Mercury and perspicacious Pluto. Maybe you’ll uncover some dirt about a past social encounter of an idealized kind. And here I would be thinking about the addition of the Sun’s meet-up with Venus at 3:22PM ET on Saturday….and how the whole combination of planetary patterns reflects today’s item about President Warren G. Harding having a love child with his mistress, Nan Bratton, oh so many years ago. I’ve heard from more than one reader this week about running into a former flame during this Venus retrograde, which is not surprising.

Saturday night favors music and other intangible escapes, given nebulous Neptune’s rosy fog coloring the Virgo Moon’s need for perfection at 9:29PM ET. A deep conversation with an Other or your journal may be yours on Sunday AM, as the Moon makes contact with Mercury (yakkety yak) and Pluto (did I say “deep”?).

And now, more on the New Moon, exact Friday at 10:53AM — soon after this forecast lands in your inbox.

As I said, it’s in Leo, which refers to the heart. Hooked up with the Sun and Venus, it suggests love, applause and creative self-expression, with a dramatic dose of idealism. Connections with rebel Uranus suggest innovative insights about how to get it; a challenge to Saturn suggests a hard-nosed ambition driving it; Mars running wild in Leo suggests dramatic action taken for the sake of it — possibly getting away with murder as only Mars in Leo can. But y’know, with Venus retrograde, the suggestion is that efforts to get the love you need could be productively spent working on more a loving relationship with yourself. Whoa. That’s so…innovative…and deep.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon  at 22 degrees of Leo is “a carrier pigeon.” Sabian Symbol guru Blaine Bovee notes that this is a bird that can be trained to fly home, usually carrying a message. Note that we do not train pigeons to fly from New York to Nova Scotia, if the birds live on 57th Street in Manhattan. They only fly in one direction: home.

Wherever 22 Leo falls in your horoscope is the area of your life in which you may experience a homing instinct during this lunar cycle. If you have a planet or angle at 22 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio and especially Leo, you are even more affected by the potential a new cycle can bring. Consult your local astrologer for details, or consider ordering an Astro-Basics Report so you can learn what degrees your planets are at. It’s described in the Services & FAQs section of my website.

Lately, Bovee has gotten me thinking about how Sabian Symbols work in pairs. Every degree has an opposing degree. The opposing degree of 22 Leo is 22 Aquarius. The Sabian Symbol for 22 Aquarius is “a rug placed on the floor for children to play”.   Bovee notes that the nature of play (Latin ludere) is “to go beyond bounds of normal containment”. Taken together, these two Symbols suggest a polarity between testing one’s limits and being aware of “the relative nature of rules and boundaries; issues of safety and security regarding the home and the world beyond; homing in on what really counts.”

In the last two lunar cycles I noticed a curious synchronicity between the opposing Sabian Symbol of the New Moon and the stories that made headlines. For June, the opposing Symbol was “a flag bearer”. For July, the Symbol was “a women entering a convent,” which Bovee suggests can reflects themes of confinement, including prison. Immediately after July’s New Moon, President Obama visited a prison, highlighting the condition of our penal system. Then Sandra Bland — the woman who allegedly committed suicide after a provocative police officer in Texas tossed her in jail after stopping her for a minor traffic violation— made headlines.  In June, one of the major stories of the cycle was the Confederate flag. Coincidence or conspiracy?

And now, the news…

…which I’ve been glancing at out of the corner of my eye this week, in between client consultations and the heart-centered books I mentioned in Tuesday’s forecast. More than one of you appreciated those book recommendations enough to write and tell me. Thank you so much — you made my day!

On that heart-centered theme, along with Wednesday’s musical Neptune-Mercury opposition and Thursday’s Sun (heart) – Uranus (innovation) trine, it was fun to see this item about a Beethoven symphony that some scientists say can also help your heart! It was not fun to read that Columbia House — the company that brought us those “8 CDs for one cent” offers that started my CD collection — filed for bankruptcy, thanks to competition from more modern technology. RIP sadface.

I’ve glanced at other newsmakers this week, including the aforementioned Warren G. Harding, Megyn Kelly and China. The latter of course is making big news in the markets, after devaluing its currency earlier this week. A quick look at its horoscope shows transiting Pluto (transformation, power plays, cutting dead wood) in hard aspect to nebulous Neptune and mental Mercury. The Neptune thing can be weird — and refers to matters involving China’s 2nd house (money, worth, values) and 10th house (status, reputation). The Mercury thing refers to matters of the 5th and 8th houses, e.g. relationships with other, self-expression and values relative to others.  The Pluto-Mercury thing can be quite forceful and persuasive. These patterns will be back for a final pass in October-December, accompanied by another measurement between Saturn (control, structure, limit) and Venus (money, values, social expression).  Hard aspects between Saturn and Venus can be experienced as isolating and streamlining. Let’s see what happens.

Megyn Kelly is a Scorpio with Moon in either Cancer or Leo — we do not have a birth time. A measurement between her Scorpio Sun and Uranus suggests this is a breakout period for her. We’d expect her to be uncompromising in matters of self-expression, and likely get away with it. Another measurement between her Mars (planet of action) and Uranus suggests a higher probability of taking action outside the box, with surprising results that clear the air. These measurement will be in effect for some time.  Wouldn’t you say that’s apt, given the unfettered independence she showed in her questioning of Donald Trump in last week’s debate? And the airwaves are still buzzing about it…

As for Warren G. Harding…when I first looked at his horoscope, I was irked. Given planetary patterns, he should have made the news a year ago. Well, guess what? He did make news a year ago — and I even wrote about it, as well as his horoscope!

Astrology is amazing. What’s going on in your horoscope? Why not find out in a personal consultation. I guarantee it will put your life into a perspective that will be practical, helpful and enlightening.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 8/11/2015: Jupiter in Virgo; Love Over All

Moon continues its sojourn through Cancer today. A face-off between the Moon and Pluto at 9:16AM ET suggests an added layer of intensity to the morning: a power play or an illuminating catharsis. Fortunately aspects to the Moon pass quickly; however, if you happened to be born at 9:16AM ET today, with that face-off permanently imprinted in your natal chart, I’m sorry to hear about the power struggle you’re likely to have with your mother — throughout your entire life.

Smooth sailing during the rest of business hours; the potential for an upset of the status quo — for better or for worse — happens around 10:27PM ET, when the Moon is challenged by rebel rocket scientist Uranus.

Big news in the cosmos today is Jupiter — the planet of expansion — leaving regal, sunny, fiery, heart-focused Leo at 7:13AM ET. For the next year — until Sept 9th, 2016 — it will travel through earthy, service-oriented, mindful Virgo. What does that suggest? First, it suggests an expanded focus on all that Virgo symbolizes in astrology, for example: cooperation and cooperatives; diet, nutrition, health and healthcare; work forces and labor unions; food production systems. Virgo needs perfection — or at least to be perfecting, which it does through detailed analysis and critique, separating the wheat from the chaff. At its worst, Virgo can be overly-critical, fussy, neurotic: the micro-manager in your worst nightmare.

On the upside, Jupiter in Virgo suggests the potential for a jovial attitude and willingness to expand projects in the above-listed arenas. Big is out. Small is in. On the downside, Jupiter’s need to expand on every little detail can result in a plan of action that totally misses the Big Picture.

I’m interested to see what will hit the headlines when Jupiter is at 17-18 degrees of Virgo this November and next March and July. These were the degrees of the game-changing Uranus-Pluto conjunctions of 1965 and 1966. I expect we’ll see expanded progress on the seeds planted at that time, including, but not limited to: awareness of climate change and other ways human behavior is impacting ecological systems; awareness of subatomic particles, e.g. the Higgs boson; health care systems such as Medicare (which was created in the mid-60s). Read your history books and fill in the rest of the possibilities.

You are more personally affected by Jupiter’s expansive potential if you have planets and/or angles in Virgo, Gemini, Sagittarius or Pisces….and especially if you have planets and/or angles at around 13 and 23 degrees of those signs. If you do not know where your points and angles are, consider spending $18 on an Astro-Basics Report, a.k.a, a ton of information for a ridiculously modest price. Send me your birth info — date, time and  place of birth. Make an $18 donation using the link at the bottom of this email (if you’re getting this forecast via email), or by clicking the big, gold button on the left side of the Daily Forecast page.

No news today…just a few interesting book recommendations that are in tune with planetary patterns. On a day with four planets in heart-centered Leo, challenged by lone-wolf Saturn in matters of life-and-death Scorpio…and the Moon in emotion-ruled Cancer, I found myself reading Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care by David Jones and two books by James Lynch: The Broken Heart and A Cry Unheard: New Insights into the Medical Consequence of Loneliness. The first book is about the amazing technological advances that are being used to treat heart disease, especially stents and coronary artery bypass surgery, which seek to resolve blockages in the heart. What is interesting about this book is how much doctors do not understand about why some treatments work for some and not others…or even why certain people are more susceptible to blockages in the first place. And so now, when faced with a coronary health decision, the options can be overwhelming.

The second two books address the uncertainty of the first book by offering a new perspective. The author argues that people most likely to develop heart disease are those who suffer from lack of love…especially the kind of loving dialogue with a partner, family, friends and community that has been proven to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. The author feels that by looking at the heart — and all body parts — as merely parts of an organic machine, we are missing a critical understanding of what creates good health. In his opinion, what creates well-being is love – experienced as a meaningful, heart-centered connection with the rest of the world. As an example, he notes that if a patient in a coma is touched by a loved one, there will be a response observed in the machines monitoring the patient’s heart. There will be no response in the machines monitoring the brain.

Food for thought….

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 8/10/2015: Sneak Peek at the Week

Good morning!

The Gemini Moon goes void at 7:45AM ET for just over 20 minutes — blink and you’ll miss it. Its ingress  into Cancer reflects the energy driving this day: sensitive, intuitive and seeking emotional security and stable (home/family) foundations. This drive is supported early this AM by boost from expansive Jupiter; at 6:10PM ET an easy flow between the Moon and mental Mercury may stimulate a sensitive conversation.

Significant planetary patterns this week are as follows: tomorrow at 7:13AM, Jupiter leaves Leo for Virgo, which should make everyone born with the Sun in Virgo happy, and those born with Virgo Midheavens even more so. Don’t know where your Midheaven is? Really? Ask your astrologer. When you know what’s going on with your Midheaven, you can anticipate developments in your career and other matters of status.

I will write more about Jupiter tomorrow; no time to do it now. Other patterns of note this week include a face-off between mental Mercury and nebulous Neptune on Wednesday; an easy alignment between the Sun and technogeek Uranus on Thursday, and a New Moon in Leo on Friday.

The first pattern may infuse thoughts and communication with a need for what is ideal. Downside: this need may manifest as a rose-colored fog. Upside: matters related to music, spirit, illusion, film, photography and other intangibles are likely to pull focus in the headlines. Working in tandem with the Thursday’s Sun-Uranus alignment, look for stories of innovation, humanitarianism, tolerance and eccentricity. Oh look — the NYT just posted a story about models and how they are using their influence in social media to promote humanitarian causes. Yes, of course that story would show up now. Watch and see how these themes show up in your own personal world.

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