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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 3/30/2016: Mercury in Action; Make it Happen

Alllll-righty then!

As I type, the high-flying and righteous Sagittarius Moon is still void. Any twists or upsets in your morning so far? You rolled with them, I trust. No sense making a mountain out of a molehill — this, too, shall pass.

By the time you read this, the energy of the day will have shifted, courtesy of the Moon’s ingress into Capricorn. This is an earthy, practical energy that would be happy to move any mountains of crisis you might have created, because you neglected to remember the Moon’s voidy-ness this morning. Get off your duff and make it happen, assisted by an especially persuasive, innovative and dirt-revealing alignment between Mercury (mindset, communication) and Pluto — exact at 10:52AM ET. If the FBI is able to announce that it managed to crack open an iPhone without Apple’s assistance, just imagine what intense revelations could crop up in your own personal world, especially if your horoscope is directly affected.

Last week, under the influence of Mercury’s meet-up with Sun in Aries (pioneering — yet perhaps idealistic and or reckless — communication), Microsoft launched an AI experiment that was quickly sabotaged by certain subversive Twitter users. “Tay” is a “chatbot” that was designed to engage with actual humans, but within hours of its launch, said subversives turned Tay into “a racist jackass”. Launching the chatbot on last weekend’s potentially bitchy-in-a-big way patterns between Venus (women, social expression) and Saturn (bitchy) and Jupiter (big) also seems to have been reflected. Tay made a brief re-appearance this morning, but after several brutally blunt communications (Mercury square Pluto!), it’s been pulled offline again.

That’s it for the news. As for how best to apply the energy of the Capricorn Moon that will be driving the next couple of days, Beth Owldaughter’s Tarot Card of the Week offers wise words, always in synch with planetary patterns.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 3/28/2016: Sneak Peek at the Week; Mercury in the Hot Seat; Animal Totems

Good Morning!

The start of the work week is driven by the Moon in Sagittarius, seeking to push boundaries with righteous opinions and great enthusiasm. Quite a shift from the weekend’s Moon in contained and (often) controlling Scorpio, which needs to plumb depths and be seen as a force of awesome/fearsome substance.

On Sunday, the Moon was void from 3:25AM ET until 2:46AM ET. Did you go with the flow? Focus on routine concerns? Roll with any twists that may have cropped up in your efforts to move forward in a straight line? I confess that after a week chock-full of personal consultations, I did not even look at the weekend’s planetary patterns.  That’s how astrologers unwind.

So while I did not consciously appreciate that the Moon was void on Sunday, I was still inspired — completely unplanned — to focus on a routine task and plumb the depths — of my closets — packing away heavy sweaters and purging items that no longer appealed. Most of the dresses and skirts I’ve carefully collected over the past 20 years were kept, but most all of the shorts and slacks need to be replaced. “You look like you’re wearing clown pants,” said my designated wardrobe consultant, a double Scorpio whose naturally piercing commentary was boosted by the day’s transiting Scorpio Moon.

I owe the “clown pant look” to five months of following the dietary guidelines outlined in The China Study, which you may recall my mentioning here before. I discovered this book in the aftermath of last September’s eclipse, which directly hit the ruler of my Sixth House (health/diet), along with another major transit to the ruler of my Second House, suggesting a potentially radical change in values. And here I am, six months later and fifteen pounds lighter — which is amazing, because I did not make this lifestyle change because I wanted to lose weight. And even though I am totally bummed that my hot pink golf skirt no longer fits, it’s a small price to pay for the rewards of following the recipes in The China Study Cookbook (and others of its ilk).

Who knew?

Opinions may be heated today around 4:12PM ET, as the Moon meets up with action/reactionary Mars, but it should all balance out around 8:11PM ET, as the Moon harmonizes with the Aries Sun. Then a rose-colored vibe seeps in, as the Moon is challenged by nebulous Neptune around 11:50PM ET.

Tuesday looks like an active day, as the Sagittarius Moon bounces off five planets before going void at 9:55PM ET. If your Wednesday gets off to a slow start or other twist, know that the Moon won’t enter Capricorn until 1:45PM ET. Then we can expect to be working mightily to make things happen with gusto until 12:39PM ET on FRIDAY, when the Moon goes void until 9:37PM ET. That’s your green light to sneak out of the office early, likely without consequence.

Planetary patterns are light on Saturday and Sunday, driven by an Aquarius Moon, which won’t be void until 7:16PM ET on SUNDAY. Shop your socks off.

The planet getting the most action this week is Mercury (mindset, communication, transportation). It’s zooming through Aries, needing to come up with its bright ideas before anyone else. Its spark is stabilized by Saturn on Tuesday at 11:02PM ET, but on Wednesday and Thursday, it is supercharged by ruthless Pluto and rebel/innovative Uranus, respectively. Check out what was happening during the last week of January, when we experienced this pattern twice. What was that like for you? On the plus side: there is potential for persuasive and pioneering communication and ideas. Technological breakthroughs and dirt brought to light. On the down side: choose your verbal battles carefully. You are more likely to be affected by this pattern if you have a planet or angle around 16 to 20 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Consult your local astrologer for details.

And now, the news.

On Saturday, Bernie Sanders won caucuses in Alaska, Washington and Hawaii, earning a minimum of 70% of those voting in each state. As noted here almost a year ago, we would expect an intensification of influence to manifest in his life now and into the rest of the year, given transits in his horoscope — especially by Uranus. At a rally last week in Portland, Oregon, his stump speech was interrupted by a “tiny brown house finch” that flew on to his podium. The crowd went wild; the video went all over social media, and your astrologer Googled “finch animal totem” to learn what finches symbolize.

From Animal-Speak: The Spiritual and Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small, by Ted Andrews:

A finch that becomes a totem will always increase opportunities to experience a variety of activities. Everything is going to be amplified…anytime a finch arrives, life is going to be more active.

On this webpage we find  paragraphs describing the finch as a symbol of joy and optimism. Senator Sanders did seem delighted by the finch’s unexpected — dare I say Uranian —  visit. As an exercise, consider noticing what animals show up in your life at unexpected times, and see how the symbolism applies.

Stay tuned for updates soon on Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Garry Shandling’s sudden passing. His doctor has apparently refused to sign the death certificate. What’s going on in Mr. Shandling’s horoscope? And what’s going on in yours? Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Thank you for reading this forecast.


Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 3/23/2016: Full Moon in Libra

Easy does it today.

As I type, the Libra Moon is waxing to its fullness, exact at 8:01AM ET — albeit eclipsed. It opposes the Aries Sun at 4 degrees of Libra and Aries, just one degree away from the eclipse we had last September. So if your horoscope was directly affected then, it is affected now.

This Libra Moon may have its hands full in its efforts to be diplomatically fabulous, fair and balanced, as it is opposed by the needs of the Sun and Mercury together in me-me-me Aries. This Sun-Mercury meet-up, exact at 4:11PM ET, puts a fiery idealistic spin on thoughts and communication. Got something to say? It could be too much, too soon, but may be likely to demand attention anyway. Ride the horse in the direction it is going.

Other planetary patterns suggest progress may not happen so quickly: Saturn (advance, structure) is almost at a standstill, about to turn retrograde on Friday. It squared off against expansive Jupiter at 6:15AM ET. Not only that, but action hero Mars — much as it may like to push boundaries — is also slowing down — turning retrograde on April 17th. Not only that, but Venus (money, values, social expression) will be challenged by Jupiter and Saturn on Friday, suggesting a conflict over whether to expand or streamline.  Perhaps not so bad that the markets will be closed.

Lunar eclipses suggest opportunities to release what no longer serves. If you are unable to release it consciously, forces beyond your control may take it away. Wherever 4 degrees of Aries/Libra fall in your horoscope suggest areas in your life where you may be invited to clean house. If a planet or angle is connected to those degrees, issues related to that planet are likely to be involved.

The Sabian Symbols for this eclipse are — for the Sun at 4 Aries: “two lovers stroll along a secluded walk”; and — for the Moon at 4 Libra: “a group around a campfire”. The challenge, suggests Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee, is “finding one’s self in social circles and relationship.” We are advised to watch for issues involving “struggles to be included — or excluded”. How much of ourselves must — or should — we give up in order to belong? What are the pros and cons?

And now, the news.

On Tuesday around 8AM in Brussels, the Moon was at 18 Virgo, exactly opposing (and triggering) the solar eclipse of March 8th. Chiron (the wounded healer) met up with the South Node (a point associated with destruction and other lower impulses). They were in the 12th House (hidden enemies; self-undoing), along with Sun-Mercury at the Aries Point, as well at rebel Uranus. Pluto and Uranus were conjunct and square to the Midheaven. This is the time of the suicide attacks at Zaventem.

At 9:11AM in Brussels (“coincidence” duly noted), Mars (action) and Neptune (vision/delusion) had just crossed the angles of that horoscope. Mars-Neptune aspects can reflect fanaticism. This is the time of the bombings at the train station. Last week, a glance at the horoscope of the entity claiming responsibility for these awful events suggested a pressing need for a radical ego assertion around March 26th.

Another pattern of interest — this refers to current planetary patterns:  the Saturn/Pluto midpoint, associated with anguish, is now at the Aries Point, along with the Sun and Mercury. In my studies with Noel Tyl, I learned that in a personal horoscope, the Saturn/Pluto midpoint at the Aries Point suggests a prominent trauma in the early home life. Its prominence suggests that, when asked about it, he or she will readily discuss it.

It is not surprising to see this midpoint picture reflected in current events, too. In Yemen, a U.S. airstrike on an alleged terrorist training camp has reported killed “dozens”. Last week, two female suicide bombers killed 24 people in Nigeria. Who was it that said “an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind?” Mahatma Gandhi, I believe.

Meanwhile, sports and political commentator Keith Olbermann has been getting plenty of attention lately —  for op-eds about Donald Trump. We do not have a confirmed public record of his birth time, yet I could imagine Mr. Olbermann’s discerning Virgo Moon being boosted by transiting Jupiter and Saturn. Even without an exact time, we do see another measurement suggesting opportunities for expansion in matters of mindset and communication, with a further intensified buzz starting this summer. A couple of weeks ago, he wrote about why he was moving out of one of Trump’s buildings. Now he’s got a piece in Politico about how to survive the media coverage of Donald Trump. Which brings me to a relevant astrological point about Saturn’s current journey through Sagittarius.

Saturn in Scorpio brought us face-to-face with the nitty gritty hardcore realities of sex, death and money. There’s even a show called “Death, Sex & Money” that launched on public radio when Saturn was in Scorpio — and I’m sure the show’s creator has no idea how perfectly in sync with planetary patterns her brainstorm was!

Saturn in Sagittarius brings us face-to-face with the hardcore realities of Sagittarius concerns, such as the courts, higher education and the media. One hardcore media reality, as CBS head honcho Les Moonves will happily tell you, is that giving Donald Trump air time is great for the bottom line — even if continuing to cover him takes the country straight to Hell…or fills the airwaves with lies.

Last week the hacker group Anonymous threatened to release personal vital stats on Mr. Trump, such as his cell phone and social security number. Then it announced it had done so. ABC was one of the many news outlets that bought it — hook, line and sinker. Blah blah blah on this story — ad nauseum — law enforcement authorities getting involved, yadda yadda, yadda. You can see a clip of the hype on this follow-up video Anonymous released, announcing  its ruse. Because the personal info it claimed to be revealing had already been posted on the web — in 2013! How cash-strapped are the newshounds that they can’t pay some staffer to Google this stuff before they air it? Plenty, most likely. That’s why they need to talk about Donald Trump.

In other news, the Moon was void all day yesterday. Primaries and caucuses were held. Moon voids suggest upsets favoring underdogs. Bernie Sanders won Idaho and Utah by 78% and 80%.  Coincidence or conspiracy?

So much more to share, but I gotta fly!

Thank you for reading this forecast.



Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 3/21/2016: Sneak Peek at the Week; An Eaglet’s Horoscope

Good Morning!

A Virgo Moon drives the day with a need for perfecting, correcting, sorting, organizing.  But first, note your dreams upon waking, as the Moon makes contact with visionary Neptune at 10AM ET. An indulgence or a clash between that driving perfection and someone else’s delicate feelings may be had around 12:14PM ET as the Moon is opposed by Venus.

After that, it’s clear lunar sailing until the evening, when a challenge to the Moon from Saturn is quickly followed by a meet-up with Jupiter at 10:07 PM ET and 10:27 PM, respectively. Are you streamlining or expanding? Perhaps streamlining exuberantly? Expanding conservatively?

Jupiter and Saturn are big players this week, as they square off at 6:15AM ET on Wednesday. When these two planets connect, it often involves a need for a sense of purpose and rightness. They also refer to big business and big collective belief systems, such as law, religion and media/publishing. Watch the headlines for important stories.

But before we get to Wednesday, we need to get through Monday. Sorry. Sun is in Aries now, and Aries sometimes fall down stairs because it’s faster than walking. Mercury — referring to mindset and communication — also ingresses into Aries today (Monday) at 8:19PM ET. That should pick up the pace and replace some of the wallowing “end of the world” potential Mercury has when it muddles through Pisces.

At 11:54PM ET, depth of feeling in your drive for perfection may be facilitated as Moon makes a harmonious connection to Pluto…and then goes void for all of Tuesday ET. So get it off your desk today if you can.

Note that emotions are running high this week, as we approach Wednesday’s Full Moon, which is also an eclipse. The other planetary event of note this week is Saturn turning retrograde on Friday at 6:01AM ET.  When retrograde, Saturn suggests a potential damper — or a structural review — on plans for expansion. Saturn turns direct on August 13th. If you are one of the people whose horoscopes are personally affected, you can expect a resolution of the matter in mid-November. Here’s how Saturn’s change of stations was reflected in Jon Stewart’s horoscope last November (scroll to the end of the forecast).

And now, the news.

Haven’t talked in a while about Saturn’s journey through Sagittarius. Here’s what was anticipated — this is from a forecast written at the end of 2014:

Saturn refers to control, discipline and structure. Sagittarius refers to collective belief systems, including: the law, religion, philosophy and academia. Hmm…how about mind control? Or tests of faith?  It also refers to publishing and other mass communication media, as well as sports and entertainment. Expect efforts involving restrictions and/or restructuring. Sagittarius refers to that which is foreign, so issues of border control will likely become hotter. It refers to travel.  So we can expect headlines involving controls in these areas, too.

So last week, a ginormous verdict of $115 million was entered against the gossip site Gawker. Plaintiff Hulk Hogan sued the gossip site after it published — and refused to take down — a part of a sex tape featuring Mr. Hogan and a woman who was not his wife.  Limiting (Saturn) what can or can’t be published (Sagittarius). Got that?

Meanwhile, President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba this week seems like an apt reflection of the prominence and “new beginnings” potential of the Sun at 0 degrees of Aries — the Aries Point — yesterday. Another beginning was noted in Washington DC, as the other President and the First Lady — a.k.a. a pair of bald eagles nesting in the National Arboretum — welcomed a baby eaglet, DC2.

Born at 8:27AM on March 18th, DC2 is a Pisces with Moon in Leo, Aries Ascendant. With Pluto right on the Midheaven, this bird was born to be prominent, regardless of how many planets it has tucked out of sight in the 12th and 8th houses. While its Aries Ascendant suggests it may need to be seen as a me-me-me first warrior, driven by the regally entitled Leo Moon’s need for love love love, who really knows what goes on behind the scenes of DC2’s psyche? Are we having fun with this yet?

DC2’s sibling — to be named DC3 — will be an Aries — Moon and Ascendant TBD.  DC3 is due very soon. It will be interesting to see how these eaglets reflect  their horoscopes. You can watch the action here on the live EagleCam.

Finally, a story about a very expensive research ship that needs a name.  It’s a proper British ship, so the proper British public was invited to submit ideas, with the following creative brief (as reported in the Independent):

…looking for a name to reflect the ship’s prowess in the oceans, symbolising the pioneering work they will undertake.

When thinking of submissions, they advised: “We’re looking for an inspirational name that exemplifies the work it will do.

“The ship could be named after a local historical figure, movement, or landmark – or a famous polar explorer or scientist.

“We would like the name to be inspirational and about environmental and polar science, to help us tell everyone about the amazing work the ship does.”

So what’s the leading contender so far? Boaty McBoatface. Catchy, isn’t it? What do you think? Did the public fulfill the objectives of the creative brief? Shall we file this under the anti-Establishment, potentially anarchistic wake of the Uranus in Aries-Pluto in Capricorn square? Or perhaps it reflects the Sun and Mercury currently conjunct the fixed star Scheat, often associated with shipwrecks…

Thank you for reading this forecast. I hope I’ve brightened your day. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations. We will have an excellent discussion together!


Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 3/18/2016 & the Weekend: Cosmic Channels; Sun in Aries


Party on and color it rose for the next few days. The Moon entered Leo at 3:54AM ET, looking for love in sublime places, if Sunday’s meet-up between Venus and Neptune in soulful, compassionate Pisces takes the high road. Otherwise that beautiful dream may be just that…a dream.

Planetary patterns are light on Friday and Saturday. The Leo search for love and ego recognition may incorporate old guard and avant garde on Saturday,  before going void with a sigh at 4:43PM ET. Your rip roarin’ evening adventures may be of little consequence, but still enable you to shine, shine, shine! Moon enters Virgo (to clean up the confetti at 1:39PM ET on Sunday. Sleep in, why don’t you?

Meanwhile, at 12:31AM ET on Sunday, the Sun enters Aries and the New Year officially begins. Happy Vernal Equinox! Happy Astrology Day, too!

Courage, self-reliance, inspiration and a pioneering spirit are keywords for the Sun in Aries, sign of the ram — and the lamb.  That’s on a good day. Otherwise, Aries falls down stairs because it’s faster than walking. They can be impatient, reckless and fierce in their belief in impossible things.  Aries is the baby of the zodiac. In the Northern hemisphere (the birthplace of Western astrology),  the Sun’s ingress into Aries  is a time of renewal and rebirth.

In astrology, the first day of each season (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) corresponds with the first day (or first DEGREE) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively. Got that? Good. These four signs are called CARDINAL signs of the zodiac, with “cardinal” here suggesting (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  Cardinal signs take ACTION. They INITIATE. Nothing happens without ACTION. And action leads to  NECESSARY CHANGE. As in a change of seasons — suggested by solstices and equinoxes. Clear?

The first day of a  season is prominent in our culture, right? We make a big deal over it — yes? So can you see that in astrology, we observe that PLANETS that are at the first degree of a cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn), tend to pack a more powerful, prominent punch. They suggest ACTION which leads to CHANGE — prominently! The first degree of the cardinal signs is known as the ARIES POINT. Got that?

On Monday, Mercury will enter Aries and thus be at the Aries Point,  bringing pioneering communication to the forefront. Watch the headlines. If your personal  horoscope has a  planet or angle at the Aries Point, you can expect that the energy of that planet will demand prominent expression in your life. Your friends and family — and perhaps the entire free world — will notice it. Consult your local astrologer for details.

No sleeping in on Monday. It’s a busy day and we’ll be warming up for a Full Moon and Eclipse early Wednesday morning. There’s a lot to sort through that no longer serves between now and then. How else are you going to make that fresh start?

And now, the news.

Not much, because I’m tired of writing about Donald Trump. Except for this bit about a prescient “Simpsons” episode which aired on March 19, 2000 — on the last day of Pisces, natch — perfect for a doomsday scenario. It imagines an America “gone insane” — and electing Donald Trump for president. Things are pretty bewildering in Brazil, too. And elsewhere. Sign of the times.

Dreams, endings and chaos are themes in the latest message from The Hathors.   As many Avid Readers know, they are my favorite disembodied entities, channeled by sound healer Tom Kenyon. Someone turned me on to them over a decade ago, and they always seem to send a message right before a particularly intense period of planetary action. Coincidence or conspiracy?

I wish this one wasn’t quite so dire, but we are at the end of the astrological year…with Uranus and Pluto running full speed ahead in the back half of Aries and Capricorn for the next few years…along with this year’s bewildering righteous tension between the other outer planets: Jupiter in Virgo, Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces. And then some. We live in interesting times — similar to what we experienced in the 30s and 60s — as you’ve known for years — and as certain media types are now finally starting to realize.

How to stay centered?

Many have written about the benefits of gratitude, but I especially appreciate the Hathors’ view that gratitude — and joy — are empowering. If you are grateful, you are a Have, not a Have-Not. And out of that gratitude and empowerment, you can be joyful. We really need more of this practice in the world — and the Hathors offer tools you may find intriguing. If all else fails — if you’re not a meditative type — there is music and dance — as in this piece about “sober raves” — a latest craze. Sounds like fun — and how fitting for a weekend with Moon in love play love Leo.

Meanwhile, one of my favorite embodied entities is the gifted intuitive (and Avid Reader) Peri Lyons. It’s her birthday today. Happy fabulous solar return!

Finally, news from the cosmos. First,  “what we’ve learned about Pluto” in the past eight months — posted the day after Pluto pulled focus in the astrological world with its trine to expansive Jupiter. So of course we should expand on Pluto. Even more expansive: “meet the BOSS — the largest structure in the Universe discovered (so far) — a wall of galaxies one billion light years across”.

There must be a bunch of beginnings in that big ginormous wall. I wonder how we fit in to the grand scheme of things. It’s hard to believe there are no other life forms out there pondering the same question…

Thank you for reading this forecast.



Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday & Thursday 3/16-17/2016: Moon in Cancer; Jupiter Trine Pluto; Resources & Rewards

Moon entered Cancer at 8:57PM ET on Tuesday, driving today and tomorrow with a focus on home/homeland and emotional security concerns. What will best nourish you over the next couple of days?

An easy alignment between the Moon and Venus at 5:44AM ET gets the day off to an agreeable start, and a rose-colored alignment between Moon and Neptune at 3:10PM ET may add to the glow. At 4:26PM ET, Jupiter and Pluto will be in a significant easy alignment (a trine), facilitating reward and empowerment, especially if you have a planet or angle around 17 degrees of just about any sign, but especially the Earth Signs (Virgo, Taurus, Capricorn) and the Mutable Signs (Virgo, Pisces, Gemini, Sagittarius).  17 Leo and 17 Aquarius…maybe not so much. Paul Ryan has transiting Jupiter sitting right on his 17 Virgo Midheaven, and this week John Boehner suggested nominating Speaker Ryan at the Republican Convention in mid-July. Jupiter will have just hit Ryan’s Midheaven for the third time, and transiting Uranus with be opposing his Libra Moon, potentially intensifying needs for personal fulfillment. Interesting.

On Thursday, Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus at 4:08AM and 7:39AM ET, so we can expect a jolt or power play to make headlines or disrupt your own personal world if your horoscope is directly affected.  An easy alignment between Mercury and Moon facilitates a flow of communication at 12:17PM ET. Then it’s clear sailing for the rest of the day. Moon goes void at 12:09AM ET on Friday, entering Leo at 3:54AM ET. Party on dudes, like it’s the End of the World, as the Sun enters the last degrees of Pisces. Cue R.E.M. now, please.

And now, the news.

President Obama is scheduled to announce his pick for the Supreme Court today at 11AM ET. One of the possible nominees — currently considered the “likeliest” — is Sri Srinivasan, who now sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. I looked at his available birth data (2/23/67 in Chandigarh, India) a few weeks ago.  Pisces Sun; Moon in regal Leo. Seven out of ten planets in Water Signs, reflecting the predominance of Water in current planetary patterns. Uranus at 23 Virgo; Pluto at 19 Virgo; both of these triggered by transiting Jupiter in Virgo in recent months. Jupiter in contact with Uranus and/or Pluto suggests expanded resources and “lucky” breaks. We’ll see very soon how lucky he will be today. Donald Trump’s Uranus is at 17 Gemini, currently charged by transiting Jupiter.

UPDATE: President Obama picked the Other Contender, Merrick Garland, who looks a lot like most of the people in the Senate. Will that help? Sun in Scorpio; Libra Moon, like John Boehner. His Jupiter is at 15 Taurus, and will be hit twice by transiting Jupiter between now and mid-June. That can be lucky. Three planets in his horoscope will be intensified by transiting Uranus in May, along with transiting Saturn conjoining his natal Mercury at 14 Sagittarius in May and November. That can be heavy. So the month of May is looking hot and heavy for Mr. Garland (November 13, 1952 in Chicago — no birth time).

Meanwhile, North Korea continues to make headlines. Using astrologer Jamie Partridge’s proposed birth time of 12:39PM, we see transiting Mars at 3 Sagittarius just crossing North Korea’s Moon and Ascendant at 2 Sagittarius. We’d expect action, potentially in an aggressive/assertive vein, as noted on Monday. Yesterday it added more fuel to the fire by sentencing an American college student to 15 years hard labor — for “allegedly attempting to steal a political banner” from a Pyongyang hotel.

What a nightmare, and one might shudder to think how a President Donald Trump would handle this diplomatic crisis. Otto Warmbier, the unfortunate young man, was born December 12th, 1994, presumably near Cincinnati — no birth time available.  The horoscope has a volatile T-square pattern among Mars, Jupiter-Pluto and Saturn. It was triggered — and continues to be triggered — by transiting Mars. This can be aggressive. Mr. Warmbier has an idealistic Sun in Sagittarius conjunct Mercury; the Moon is in impulsive Aries — possibly being hit now by Pluto and/or Uranus, suggesting upsets and prominence.

It’s not surprising to see the astro-logical connections between Mr. Warmbier and North Korea. His volatile T-square is in provocative contact with North Korea’s Moon, Ascendant and Saturn. We can see how North Korea might react sensitively and harshly to an imagined slight on the part of Mr. Warmbier. His Pluto square to North Korea’s Saturn suggests an added dose of brutality. Sigh.

When assessing the potential success of a political candidate, astrologers often look at the relationship between the candidate’s horoscope and the horoscope of the country/state/city the candidate hopes to lead. Barack Obama’s 18 Aquarius Ascendant conjoins the U.S.’s Aquarius Moon; his 1 degree Venus is conjunct the U.S. Venus at 2 Cancer; we expect a personal, potentially caring connection.

How does Donald Trump’s horoscope connect with the U.S.? What jumps out immediately is Trump’s 22 Gemini Sun and 21 Sagittarius Moon in almost exact contact with the U.S.’s delusional Mars-Neptune square. His 17 Gemini Uranus adds a potentially reckless spin to an already wiggy combination. Trump feeds right into one possible manifestation of the U.S.’s charged need for romanticized, gun-slinging cowboys.

So what about Bernie Sanders? Yup. His 19 Gemini Jupiter makes contact with the U.S. Mars-Neptune square, too — amplifying another facet of the American Dream. Many critics argue he is too “pie in the sky”. Other aspects between Sanders and the U.S. suggest, however,  a stimulating intellectual rapport and a call to action. Hillary Clinton? Remember we do not have a confirmed birth time. If we use the 8:02AM chart, her 22 Pisces Moon ties into the U.S. Mars-Neptune square. Both proposed horoscopes would have her natal Mars-Pluto conjunction at 14 Leo almost exactly at the cusp of the U.S. 4th House (homeland security). Mars-Pluto can be a ruthless warrior. And you wonder why Mrs. Clinton is perceived as such a hawk…

Isn’t astrology amazing? See how you can use it to understand yourself and your relationships, even your relationship with where you live? Here’s the 411 on personal consultations, if you’d like to learn more about your own unique horoscope.

UPDATE:  on my market research project involving Avid Reader feedback on why most do not follow through on their noble impulse to show appreciation for the time and effort put into making this forecast possible. As a result of last week’s post, a whopping SEVENTY people clicked on the suggested guidelines. How cool is that? The jury is still out, given that only four — yup — just four — Avid Readers followed through. I’m trying not to take it personally, while expressing much gratitude for what is, not for what could be.

The silver lining was that Avid Reader Diane signed into PayPal and arranged for $6 to be charged to her credit card each month (less PayPal’s 50-cent cut). What genius! So I updated the suggested guidelines accordingly. What do you think — $1.50 per week — is that too much to ask? I’d like to keep this forecast open to all who might stumble upon it in Google searches, which is why I’ve resisted the notion of locking it up behind a paywall, as many news sites do.  It’s fun to be stumbled upon. I welcome your thoughts…


A huge joy of writing this forecast (for seven years!) is that it has connected me so many amazing people I never would have met otherwise! One is Avid Reader Karen, a gifted artist and all-around lovely soul. This week we were discussing her horoscope (she gave me permission to tell you that), and her latest artistic inspiration. It is so lovely and so appropriate for today’s nurturing, fertile Cancer Moon and sensitive, intuitive Pisces Sun, that I asked if I could share it with you. The rose is white — one of the colors of Cancer. The birds are crows — magical and oh-so-smart. And all of that gold!!

Take a look at this beautiful image — and note these words:

Our acceptance of annunciations is a personal and private awareness: a gathering of our own connections, a drowning out of consensus reality. 

…which echo a bottom-line symbolism of last week’s New Moon, expressed so well by Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee:

if one is never one’s own master, there is danger of being swept away by the strong current of someone else’s take on things.

I’m thinking Avid Reader Karen’s visions would be awesome if painted on the inside of a dome. If you happen to need a dome painted beautifully, or know someone who does, get in touch with Karen.

Thank you for reading this forecast.



Astro-logical Forecast for 3/14/2016: Sneak Peek at the Week

Happy Start of the Work Week!

Monday is driven by the Moon in Gemini, which can be quite the pixie chatterbox in its quest to keep you informed and entertained. Today the pixie-ness may be subdued by a challenge to mental Mercury from Saturn at 3:26PM ET. This suggests a need for gravitas in thought and communication, as well as a potential need to push through blocks and limitations if need be.

How receptive the other party is to your persuasion may be tempered by a charged aspect at 4:48PM ET between Venus (feeling quite sensitive in Pisces) and Mars (needing to push boundaries in Sagittarius). If you’ve noticed any tension between the sexes in your own personal world, you may have a planet or point in the very early part of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius. Or you just might happen to be a divorce lawyer.

As the evening approaches, the Gemini Moon bounces off three planets in two hours: first by a potential chill or push forward by taskmaster Saturn at 8:54PM ET; second, by a challenge to Mercury in Pisces (striving to make verbal sense of how it feels about it) and third, by a challenge to Jupiter in Virgo (needing to expand on every little detail) at 10:51PM ET. Are things up or down, that is the question.

By the time you wake up on Tuesday, your mind may have a deeper understanding of whatever heavy matter landed on Monday’s plate. Gravitas may be replaced with an exuberant or excessive release as Mercury challenges Jupiter at 5:42AM ET.  It then hits 19 degrees of Pisces — triggering the degree of last week’s New Moon/Solar Eclipse. Who’s most likely to be affected by a potential release or realization? People with planets halfway through Virgo, Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces.

For added clarity, consider the challenge you may receive to your New Moon agenda around 1:03PM ET on Tuesday, as the First Quarter Moon energizes the day and then goes void until 8:57PM ET. Roll with whatever twists may crop up in your efforts to move forward in a straight line; focus on routine concerns. Chill out over crises that may arise; a Moon void usually suggests it’s much ado about nothing. Use that note to put First Quarter Moon challenges in perspective.

There will be no other Moon voids during business hours for the rest of the work week. On Wednesday we’ll have the second of three easy alignments between Jupiter (expansion) and Pluto (power & resources), exact at 4:26PM ET. The first in this series happened on October 11th; the third will be on June 26th. We may see a re-think of issues that were up in October, along with more stories about power and resources, especially energy resources such as oil, gas and nuclear. Early last week, when the Sun made contact with Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter withing a two-day span, I noted a strong uptick in stories in that vein, especially the last one.

This is the last week of the Sun in Pisces, the end of the astrological year. On Sunday at 12:31AM ET, Sun enters Aries and it all begins anew. Pisces can wallow in endings, sometimes…forgetting that a new spark is just around the corner.

And now, the news.

Today’s Mercury-Saturn and Venus-Mars squares can be grumpy. I wouldn’t pick this day for a wedding, even with Venus shining so brightly in compassionate Pisces. Over at Facebook, there’s a whole Department of Compassion striving to make relationship break-ups and other endings less painful, reports the NYT. And look what I found when trying to retrieve that Facebook story. This headline: “Martin Sabo, Minnesota Congressman Known for Compassion During Era of Partisanship, Dies at 78” That story just hit the wires. Congressman Sabo was a Pisces — born February 28, 1936:

“I’ve always believed the fundamental problem with politics today are people who over-promise and overstate. I’ve tried to do the opposite,” Mr. Sabo said. “I’ve also tried to treat my colleagues with respect. I don’t recall ever making a public statement critical of my colleague, whether it’s Democrat or Republican.”

He was thought of as “understated,” which we could expect with his Pisces Sun conjunct sobering Saturn, both blurred somewhat by contact with Neptune.

As for stories of power and resources, some are more hopeful than others.  Hopeful: a father-daughter team proposes an innovative way to re-charge electric cars by having them drive on electric roads.   Not hopeful: North Korea saying it has the capacity to hit New York with a hydrogen bomb. North Korea has been making quite a bit of news in recent weeks. It declared its independence on September 9, 1948 — Sun at 16 Virgo square to Jupiter at 19 Sagittarius, suggesting a potentially bombastic, excessive need for ego aggrandizement. Transiting Jupiter is making contact with this square now for the second time, and both planets were affected by last week’s eclipse. Interesting to see that North Korea has a provocative square between Mars in potentially brutal Scorpio and Venus in drama king Leo, echoing the Mars-Venus square that is exact today. Not only that, but North Korea’s Mercury is conjunct visionary/delusional Neptune, another patterns we’ve experienced in recent days.

Astrologer Jamie Partridge has proposed a birth time for North Korea of  12:39PM in Pyongyang, which would give a Midheaven of 17 Virgo — conjunct the Sun and square Jupiter — thus exacerbating the need for aggrandizement. This would also give North Korea a Sagittarius Moon, just like Donald Trump. This suggests a need to push boundaries and — more important — have its opinion respected. Ya think?

Yesterday the NY Times ran a lengthy piece striving to analyze why Mr. Trump is the way he is and why he does what he does.  It concluded with this obvious-to-any-skilled-astrologer fact, adding that what was motivating Mr. Trump to run now was a “desire to be taken seriously”. Which is what was noted in detail in this forecast back in early August (and in less detail even earlier). Still, the chronology of events in the NYT article is a mesmerizing read. I was especially struck by this point:

In 2014, he cut a quarter-million dollar check to the Republican Governors Association, in response to a personal entreaty from the group’s chairman — Chris Christie.

I wonder if there’s any connection between that check and Governor Christie recent endorsement of Mr. Trump. I wonder if the media could forget about the zillions of dollars of revenue Trump has generated, and decide it has a moral obligation to give him as much attention as it gave…oh…Jim Webb, George Pataki, Lincoln Chafee or Jim Gilmore. What would happen then?

Meanwhile, reflecting the information junkie buzz of today’s Gemini Moon, along with other aforementioned provocative patterns, a reporter at Breitbart and her editor resigned from the conservative news outlet. Why? Because the reporter alleges she was assaulted by Mr. Trump’s campaign manager (witnessed by a reporter at the Washington Post). The reporter — Michelle Fields — felt her employer did not stand by her.

On a lighter note, today — 3/14/16 — is Pi Day. Here is a puzzle for you to solve, courtesy of The Guardian.

If the puzzle makes your head hurt, consider that while today may be Albert Einstein’s birthday, it is also DJ Rick Dees’s birthday. Quack if you remember his ’70s hit, “Disco Duck” .

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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday-Sunday 3/10-13/2016


But first — Thursday — which I was not able to post in time, in part due to technical difficulties.

The Moon in me-me-me Aries continues its charge through the day — seeking to get things started — not now, but RIGHT NOW. It cruises without interference, bolstered by helpful structured input from ambitious Saturn, exact at 4:36PM ET. Late afternoon and evening hours may be marked by a power play, catharsis or upset, as the Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto (at 6:01PM ET) and Uranus (at 8:43PM ET).  And let’s not forget about the visionary/delusional potential of mental Mercury meeting up with dreamy Neptune at 1:01AM ET on Friday. How will that rose-color your next few days? You may need to take some of what you hear with a grain of salt.

On Friday, the Moon continues in Aries with less of an edge. It connects easily with Venus at the very end of Aquarius at 1:24PM ET, suggesting an awareness of unconventional social expression and values — more on that in a minute. Moon goes void until 2:44PM ET, at which point it enters Taurus, shifting the energy of the day to one that seeks material comfort and security, good food, sweet music and a snuggle with the nearest sweetie. Oh joy oh joy.

There’s no Moon void to derail your shopping adventures on Saturday. Creative connections to Mercury and Neptune may infuse your morning with senseless beauty, especially since Venus will have moved into Pisces at 5:24AM ET. This facilitates compassion and empathy in social expression. Meanwhile, your efforts to build and maintain comfort and security may benefit from a surprisingly easy resource, as the Moon makes a smooth connection to Jupiter (expansion) and Pluto (power and resources) at 6:41PM ET and 7:36PM ET).

On Sunday, the Taurus Moon will be void between 5:46AM ET and 5:03PM ET. Not a day for impulsive purchases. Chill and focus on routine concerns; avoid the temptation to make a mountain over a molehill of “much ado about nothing” crisis. This too, shall pass.  Once the Moon enters Gemini at 5:03PM ET, the mood may become quite chatty and buzzed. Be advised that the Moon will challenge Venus at 8:21PM ET and Mars at 9:42PM ET. Find a productive outlet for any charged/irritable/confrontational energy you may be feeling in relationship. The operative word is “productive”.

There’s no Moon void on Monday, so no sleeping in. The need for a buzz continues through Tuesday, along with other high-energy patterns to be discussed in the next forecast.

And now, the news.

Over the years I have noticed that when the Moon is void for over a few hours, a story will often run wild in social media that is of little consequence, but feels really big at the time. Remember that big debate over whether a certain dress was blue and black or gold and white? Moon was void. On February 24th, during a mostly all-day void,  news outlets were all over the possibility that Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada would be nominated for the Supreme Court. I was skeptical.  The next day, the story evaporated.

Yesterday, during a long Moon in Pisces void, the “big story” was outrage over President Obama “snubbing” Nancy Reagan by not attending her upcoming funeral. This was followed by outrage over the outrage — all over Facebook. There’s no story here. President Obama has another commitment — booked months in advance at SXSW.  First Lady Michelle Obama will attend Mrs. Reagan’s funeral. Let’s move on — and the take away here is “measure twice; cut once” when you see a story spinning out of control. Check to see if the Moon is void.

Moon voids also suggest a higher potential of upsets which favor the underdog. During Monday evening’s long Moon void, the jaws of pollsters and pundits on a number of payrolls hit the floor when Bernie Sanders defied their odds and won the Michigan primary 50%-48%. Are you surprised? Not if you’ve been reading this forecast. Am I suggesting that Bernie Sanders will win the nomination? Not yet. I am suggesting that his horoscope is strong and should not be discounted, particularly against a backdrop of planetary patterns — Uranus (rebel) in Aries (individual) challenging Pluto (power) in Capricorn (Establishment).

And now, a long pause while I process the fact that on a potentially nihilistic Moon-Pluto square, 500 words of carefully crafted analysis about Marco Rubio’s recent bout with the flu, Donald Trump’s prospects for much love  –– this just in –– in tonight’s debate, Bobby Jindal’s wipeout, Neptune transits in general, etc.  — have all been obliterated. Thank you, tech snafu. Also obliterated: the part about how Mercury in touch with all of the outer planets over the next several days bodes well for SXSW and other forums for empowering ideas and communication (including those happening in your own personal world).

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I noticed that Avid Readers would click on the gold button — such a lovely impulse — but most would not actually follow through. I found this bewildering. So a couple of weeks ago, I gathered my courage and I called an Avid Reader whom I know personally. I apologized profusely for putting her on the spot and asked for insight. We’ll call her Jane.

Jane was sooooooooo gracious and kind. She told me she absolutely appreciated my efforts, but was unsure of how much to give. She did not want to give “too little” or too much. She needed me to suggest some guidelines. She needed — and perhaps on an even grander scale, the Universe needed — me to declare a value for the insights I provide.

Huh. What a concept. Declare one’s value. Ask — and ye shall receive. Don’t ask — don’t receive. Something to think about.

So I shared with Jane some guidelines. And I was pleased she felt they were reasonable. These guidelines are now posted here, with gratitude for your kind consideration.

Hopefully my experience will help you declare your worth to the Universe, too — with tangible rewards to follow. Meanwhile, I owe Jane a big thank you — handwritten and sent via snail mail.

And now, more news:

Here’s an abbreviated bit about Bobby Jindal’s magical thinking – –posted here two years ago. Here’s his horoscope. Here’s the article that prompted me to dig it up. Apparently Louisiana is facing its worst budget crisis in the history of forever, and all of that magical thinking is getting a reality check. What’s going on in Mr. Jindal’s horoscope? An aforementioned wipeout from all angles, suggested by transiting Neptune dissolving his Ascendant (personal projection) and Midheaven (career status, reputation). Guess who’s being blamed for Louisiana’s dire straits?

Here’s a story reflecting Venus (women, social expression, aesthetics) at the very end of unconventional, gender-bending Aquarius, as promised. Writer/director Lilly Wachowski announced today that she, like her sister Lana, is transgender.   The Wachowskis are the creative force behind The Matrix, among other mind-blowing films.

You’d expect that such a dramatic life-changing event would be clearly reflected in the horoscope, so naturally I went and looked it up. Lilly Wachowski is an enterprising Capricorn, capable of stern discipline and responsibility, driven by a Sagittarius Moon that needs to push boundaries to infinity and beyond, as Buzz Lightyear might say. A need to be seen as someone of depth and substance is suggested by a Scorpio Ascendant — a.k.a., a mask of mastery and self-control. It is softened by a rose-colored meet-up between Venus and Neptune in Scorpio — and in the First House. Something about her personal projection could be alluring – and not as it seemed. “Lilly” seems like an apt name for a beautiful feminine ideal. A need to be herself without compromise –prominently so — is suggested by rebel, unconventional Uranus at the Aries Point.

Looking at developments in the horoscope, we see the suggestion of a need for a fresh start in 2010, impacting core family and foundation concerns. In the two years that follow, we see transiting Pluto and Uranus challenging her with an opportunity for a transformed and liberated ego identity and mindset, but not without hard, hard work. In 2012, we’d expect her to find her place in the sun (this is the year her sister Lana made her first public appearance as a transgendered person, earned a humanitarian award and made a deeply moving acceptance speech). Now that Lilly’s transformation is also public, it’s fascinating to see how a measurement from Pluto to her Ascendant  later this year suggests the potential for another empowered shift in identity perspective. More power to her for living the potential of her horoscope as only she can do.

Potential. This is what we see in the horoscope. How that potential is brought to life is up to the individual.  Millions of people have experienced challenging Uranus-Pluto transits which did not result in a gender transition. But I’d argue they  became emancipated and/or empowered in other ways.

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Closing now with an adorable penguin who swims 5000 miles every year to visit the Brazilian bricklayer who saved his  life. All of life should be so sweet.

Thank you for reading this forecast.


Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday & Wednesday 3/8-9/2016: New Moon & Solar Eclipse in Pisces

Did you note your dreams upon waking? The Moon met up with visionary Neptune at 6:12AM ET, the first of a flurry of contacts the Moon will make to other planets as it travels through soulful Pisces. If you have a planet or point halfway to two-thirds of the way through Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius, you may be feeling especially  buoyed (upside) or overextended (downside) by a face-off between the Pisces Sun and Jupiter at 5:57AM ET. Actress Camryn Manheim has a birthday today. So does Lester Holt, Mickey Dolenz and Aidan Quinn. I wonder how they are feeling.

A block or an opportunity to push through a block arrives around 4:29PM ET, courtesy of a challenge to the Moon by Saturn. Depth of perspective and emotion may color it, as the Moon connects with Pluto at 5:55PM ET. Next up is a face-off between the Moon and Jupiter, suggesting an echo of whatever expansive/over-extended rush you may have received this morning.  Finally, at 8:54PM ET, we’ll have the Sun and the Moon meet up at 19 degrees of Pisces — a.k.a. the New Moon in Pisces — which will then go void until 2:40PM ET on WEDNESDAY.

This New Moon is a Super Moon. It is also, as you must have heard by now, a total solar eclipse. “Super Moon” is a term coined by astrologer Richard Nolle back in 1979. Here is a helpful  article he wrote, which should clear up any misunderstandings you may have about Super Moons. FYI, Nolle argues that Super Moons seem to coincide with weird, wild weather in the days before and after a Super Moon. Here’s an example of weird, wild weather on its way to Texas right now. In New York tomorrow, forecasters predict it will be 73 degrees. That’s insane. This Super Moon/Eclipse is so weird and wild that it will start on Wednesday and end on Tuesday — and here’s why.

OK, so New Moon, Super Moon and a total Solar Eclipse. What about the “eclipse” part?

A Solar Eclipse can act like a bottleneck of energy. Light flowing from the Sun is temporarily interrupted by the Moon, focusing attention on that interrupted point. Wherever that point falls in your horoscope, something new — and possibly fragile — may enter the picture and grow over the next several months. And here I would be thinking of Michael, the kindhearted policeman in the storybook Make Way for Ducklings, who stopped the flow of traffic on Beacon Street so Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their brood of eight could safely make their way to the Boston Public Garden. Here is Officer Michael, playing the role of the Moon in a total solar eclipse. Got that?


So when does the bottleneck of energy release, you may be wondering. Good question. We can expect a release of energy (reflected by an event) when another planet makes contact with the degree of the eclipse. Conjunctions are the most potent, but I’d argue that squares and oppositions also make an impact. Here’s an example: in September there was an eclipse that made contact with my Mercury (communication, mindset) and my Ascendant (personal projection, health). My Mercury happens to be in my Third House (communication) and it rules my Sixth House (health, among other things). A couple of months later, when transiting Mars hit the degree of that eclipse (4 Libra), I lost my voice for four days (until my brilliant acupuncturist restored it in less than an hour). See how an issue symbolized by Mercury in the horoscope became a focal point after it was eclipsed? Clear?

This eclipse falls almost exactly opposite the eclipse we experienced on September 13th, at 20 degrees of Virgo. If your horoscope was affected by that event, you are likely to be affected by the one happening today.  Order an Astro-Basics Report if you want to know what degrees all of your planets and angles are at, so you can see where eclipses and other celestial events fall in your horoscope.

Now let’s talk about what patterns we see in the horoscope for this New Moon. First, we see a lot of Water — Sun, Moon, Mercury, Neptune, South Node and Chiron — all in Pisces. Pisces keywords include empathy, ideals, endings, spirits of all kinds,  suffering, at-one-ment, victimization, refugees and other displaced persons our society tends to hide under the nearest rug (or hospital or prison or religious institution or subconscious). The emphasis on Water suggests a flood — literally and figuratively, e.g., a flood of emotion. Today it was reported that scientists expect heavier and harder rainfall in the near-term future.

Mercury and Neptune are together in Pisces, suggesting a need for a visionary mindset, for better or for worse. A faith in something ideal — but is it sublime or delusional? You choose — and others will, too. Action on that rose-colored vision is suggested by Mars in fiery Sagittarius adding its own blend of high-flying zeal and pixie-dust, as it makes contact with Mercury and Neptune. With the South Node and Chiron so close to the Sun and Moon, see the potential for issues involving healing a wound, unrequited love, the lowest common denominator and destruction. Certainly we see the potential for a sense of anguish or extraordinary effort in the face of a threat or loss to be prominent, suggested by a measurement between Saturn and Pluto with the Aries Point.

We also see Jupiter retrograde in earthy Virgo, opposing the Sun-Moon-Chiron and South Node. Jupiter in Virgo needs to expand on the slightest detail, perhaps missing the Bigger Picture. It might not be able to see the forest for the trees. Jupiter being retrograde suggests that whatever it seeks to expand now, it may change its mind about by the time it turns direct on May 3rd. Jupiter is also about to square Saturn in righteously opinionated Sagittarius, amplifying the usual “righteous” quality of any challenge between Jupiter and Saturn.  When these two make contact, we expect a need for a sense of purpose in ambition and reward. Jupiter is also about to trine Pluto in Capricorn, suggesting an easy access to power and resources.  Hmm. I can’t remember where I read this, but another astrologer noted the potential for “throwing the baby out with the bath water” in reference to Jupiter in Virgo so strongly engaged in this eclipse. That’s excellent advice. If anyone knows who wrote that, please let me know so I can give them credit.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon at 19 Pisces is “a master instructing his pupil”. Let’s see what Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee has to say about that:

The flow of inspiration from a deep and powerful source calls for a mastery of energies, of knowledge, and a skilled ability to transmit that knowledge. The challenge is to channel knowledge through fresh minds in a way so as to not overwhelm, but at the same time not to underwhelm:  overdominating instruction works as poorly as watered-down instruction….if one is never one’s own master, there is danger of being swept away by the strong current of someone else’s take on things.

I added those italics — musing that perhaps those words might suggest the bottom-line challenge for this potent New Moon/Eclipse. Are you strong enough to “stand in your truth” without compromise, no matter which way the madding crowd is going? Suze Orman loves to tell her audience to stand in their truth. Here’s a fascinating interview in which she talks about how she applied that mantra in her own life.

So go ahead, light a candle, make a list and set your intentions for the next 30 days.  In crafting your vision, be willing to release what no longer serves. Around March 15th, 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 the 23rd, 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 March 31st, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon on  April 7th.

And now, the news.

It is interesting to note that this eclipse falls exactly opposite Joe Biden’s  Midheaven, focusing energy on his home/family/foundation and his public status/career. Transiting Jupiter will trigger this eclipse in the Vice President’s horoscope around July 10th. In Rupert Murdoch’s horoscope, the eclipse falls almost exactly on his 21 Pisces Sun. Transits in his horoscope suggest a recent daring action and upheaval in his life, to be followed by a rose-colored or bewildering experience in his home/family/core foundation concerns. Mr. Murdoch married Jerry Hall on Friday. Alas, no time for the ceremony was reported.

Elsewhere, I am fascinated to see that Kato Kaelin was born on March 9th, 1959 — on a New Moon!  Sun at 19 degrees Pisces; Moon at 20 degrees Pisces — so his horoscope is hit strongly by today’s eclipse. Not only that, but his Midheaven is at 17 degrees Capricorn, which is where transiting Pluto is right now. Transiting Pluto is also supercharging his Venus, which rules Kaelin’s Taurus Ascendant.  We’d expect this to be reflected with increased prominence in his life, which would include the TV series about the O.J. Simpson murder trial that is currently airing on FX.  It will be interesting to see what else develops in the aftermath of this eclipse.

Pluto (and Uranus) are also active in O.J. Simpson’s horoscope, supercharging his 16 degree Cancer Sun for the past couple of years. We also see a truckload of other measurements suggesting intensity of mindset and a raised public profile. No surprise there, right?  He may be in prison, but millions are glued to a TV series about him. It’s interesting that last week — a few days after transiting Mars squared his Leo Ascendant — a knife allegedly found buried on the grounds of his former home was turned over to the police. It’s being tested for DNA evidence, though some sources say it is doubtful the knife is related to the case. Time will tell, along with a few more upcoming provocative hits from Mars in Simpson’s horoscope.  Meanwhile,  the NY Daily News published Kato Kaelin’s thoughts on this twist.

In other news, we wouldn’t be in the dark of the lunar cycle if we didn’t see at least one headline reporting an “under-the-radar” event, e.g., “FBI Quietly Changes Its Privacy Rules for Accessing NSA Data on Americans”.  Finally, reflecting the pixie-dust potential of Mercury and Mars with Neptune this week, you can indulge in J.K. Rowling’s new essay series on “The History of Magic in North America”. She’s going to publish a new installment every day for the next five days.

Remember that tomorrow the Moon will be void until 2:40PM ET. Then it races into Aries, seeking to lead and inspire with great gusto, as it trines Mars at 4:51PM ET. Plant your visionary New Moon seeds!

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 3/7/2016: Under the Influence of Mars; Catching Up on the News

Alll-righty then!

So happy to finally have time to catch up on the news in synch with planetary patterns. What a dynamic week we had, especially those of us with planets at 29 degrees of Scorpio, Aquarius, Leo and Taurus — and that would include me. On the upside, ’twas excellent for pushing through blocks and taking action on behalf of Worthy Causes.

We are in the dark side of the Moon — the balsamic phase of the lunar cycle — sensing that something new is just around the corner, but we don’t know what. That new something arrives in the aftermath of Tuesday’s New Moon in Pisces, which is also a total solar eclipse. It happens at 8:54PM ET. Until then, use this “dead” Moon to fly under the radar and advance your plan for world domination. If you are not a dastardly type, you can also wrap up loose ends and start working on your expansive vision for the next 30 days…and maybe for even longer. This is a pretty big visionary configuration we have brewing…

Since 11:02AM ET on Saturday, the Moon has been in Aquarius, sign of the wonky/wacky humanitarian. It’s excellent for pondering innovative ideas that benefit the greater good and/or actually being helpful. Aquarius is a networking sign, so hanging with your favorite friends and/or support group is also favored.

On Sunday, the aftermath of a heavy Sun-Saturn square at 1:04AM ET colored the day. A loss, perhaps — or an ambitious advance — felt more personally if you have a planet or angle around 16-19 degrees of Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini or Virgo. Depth, perspective, power, transformation and regeneration are emphasized by a cooperative connection between the intuitive Pisces Sun and Pluto, exact at 7:18PM ET. Countering the potential cuts and focus is an expansive face-off between the idealistic Pisces Sun and Jupiter, exact on Monday at 5:57AM ET – again felt more personally by people with planets or points at 16-19 degrees of Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini and Virgo.

Certainly I’ve seen some heavy headlines today. Nancy Reagan passed away at 94. Her horoscope has been under considerable pressure from transiting Uranus and Pluto over the years. She has Jupiter and Saturn at 14 and 19 Virgo, respectively. Transiting Mars just opposed her Venus, ruler of her (unconfirmed) Libra Ascendant. Did  you know that Nancy Reagan had a consulting astrologer for seven of the eight years that she lived in the White House. Mrs. Reagan was no slouch; Smith College was her alma mater. Joan Quigley was Mrs. Reagan’s astrologer. Here is her book.

Meanwhile, Broncos QB Peyton Manning is calling it quits. Elsewhere,  an oil tycoon was sentenced to death in Iraq after being convicted of corruption (he can appeal). Wow. Another oil & gas executive was dealt a heavy blow last week, as you’ll read in a minute. In other news, China issued a ginormous list of subjects that can no longer be depicted on TV, including gays, witches, reincarnation and “luxurious lifestyles”. Double wow.

On Monday the Aquarius Moon goes void at 3:46AM ET, not to enter Pisces until 2:08PM ET. There’s your excuse for sleeping through the alarm or pouring hot water over coffee beans you neglected to grind (because the Moon void facilitated your wandering mindset, reflected by a twist in your usual routine). At 3:11PM ET be advised that the sensitive Pisces Moon will be challenged by a boundary-pushing, opinionated Mars in Sagittarius. A urge to talk or confess all is suggested by a meet-up between the Moon and Mercury at 9:29PM ET, though it can be argued that Mercury in Pisces communicates more effectively through intuition and empathy, as opposed to words.

Other than contacts from the Moon, the only exact planetary pattern happening after Tuesday this week is a rose-colored meet-up between Mercury and Neptune on Friday at 1:01AM ET. Let the stories of dreams, music, healing, drugs, spirits of all kind and every other Pisces/Neptune keyword begin.  Moon voids — a time to focus on routine concerns and roll with twists that derail your efforts to move forward in a straight line — are as follows: Tuesday 8:54PM ET until 2:40PM ET on WEDNESDAY; Friday 1:24PM – 2:44PM ET.

Will cover more specifics on the New Moon in Tuesday’s forecast. Meanwhile, I’ve got a truckload of news to write about, as in…

…and now, the news.

Most of it reflects the energy reflected by Mars, ruthlessly asserting macho/warrior energy at the verrrrry end of Scorpio. A planet at the end of a sign — 29 degrees — carries extra special potency. If you have a planet at 29 degrees in your horoscope, you can be sure that you have much to learn about whatever that planet represents. Mars at 29 Scorpio was challenged by Mercury (mindset/communication/transportation) at 29 Aquarius on Friday, suggesting strong potential for a war of words. Well?

On February 19th, I tossed out several horoscopes that would be affected by transiting Mars (and Mercury) over the next couple of weeks. I’ve reprinted what I said back then; the italics are what happened since:

  1. Donald Trump — Mars at 26 Leo; Ascendant at 29 Leo. We can expect his regal self-projection to be even more revved up over the next two weeks. He seemed to refer to the size of his penis in the last Republican debate (which I did not watch). He encouraged supporters at a rally to raise their right hands in a salute that recalls supporters of Hitler in Nazi Germany. More and more pundits are seeing a similarity to Mr. Trump and Hitler. Again I tip my hat to astrologer Bill Herbst, who wrote ten years ago that the Uranus-Pluto square of the 30s and the Uranus-Pluto square of 2011-2016 suggested the potential for fascism to rear its ugly head. Back then, I couldn’t imagine how that could happen. But now, after reading Herbst’s work and studying patterns and events on my own, I do.
  2. Michael Bloomberg — Sun at 25 Aquarius; rebel Uranus at 26 Taurus. There’s talk of him launching his own run for president, and Mars now at 23 Scorpio is about to hit his fiercely daring Sun-Uranus square next week…and again in mid-June. What will happen? Haven’t seen much action in the news about Mr. Bloomberg, other than this item about him moving his personal website to an independent server. Let’s see where he’s at with initiatives in mid-June and the end of July, when Mars will hit his Sun-Uranus square for a second and third time.
  3. Ted Cruz — wish we had an exact birth time, but we do see Jupiter (expansion) at 25 Scorpio, triggered by transiting Mars over the next several days. We expect a surge of energy, and in fact, he is getting a boost in the polls. He has Neptune at 1 Sagittarius, which Mars will hit around March 10th — this suggests pixie dust and/or snake oil. He beat Trump in a couple of states like Oklahoma and Kansas, where voters may have been  offended by the Trump campaign’s poor spelling. Exhibit A: Oaklahoma City. Exhibit B: Witchita, Kansasas.  If I were Ted Cruz I’d figure out a way to make sure the Trump campaign misspells every state that hasn’t already had its primary or caucus. Maybe he already  has. 
  4. Governor Paul Le Page (R-ME). Mars at 24 Scorpio. He should be feeling quite feisty this week, especially with transiting Pluto supercharging his 16 Libra Sun, just as it is supercharging George W. Bush’s 16 Libra Moon (noted on Monday). Declared “America’s Craziest Governor” by Politico a few years ago, LePage is supercharging ahead. “Before there was Trump, there was LePage,” notes a piece in the NY Times, along with every other paper in the Free World (Google it and you’ll see). Earlier this week, LePage endorsed Trump, after his top choice — Chris Christie — dropped out (and also endorsed Trump). Mainers expressed their appreciation for Governor LePage’s recommendation by throwing their support behind Ted Cruz in the Maine Republican Caucus — in a record turnout. Hmmm.
  5. Bernie Sanders — reportedly born with 25 Scorpio rising; Saturn at 28 Taurus; Uranus at 1 Gemini. Senator Sanders continues to do better than anyone expected in the primaries and caucuses.
  6. Hillary Clinton — South Node at 24 Scorpio; Jupiter at 1 Sagittarius. Scorpio Ascendant has been proposed, but is not confirmed. Hillary Clinton is not winning in a landslide yet, but she is still ahead of Sanders.
  7. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) — Neptune at 0 Sagittarius; Ascendant at 0 Sagittarius. Let’s keep an eye on him the first week of March. On February 24, an NYT headline read, “Donald Trump and Paul Ryan on a Collision Course”. Last week, some members of his party formed a group to draft him for a presidential run. Speaker Ryan said on the 4th that he wasn’t interested. Let’s see what else he has to say and do this week, when Mars continues to hang at 0 Sagittarius. Here’s a piece I wrote about Ryan back in 2012.

You know who else was motivated by Mars last week? MITT ROMNEY. Isn’t that wonderful? Mr. Romney was the talk of the town last week when he denounced Donald Trump as a “fraud” and other unflattering things.  Mars made contact with Mitt’s 27 Scorpio Moon-Jupiter conjunction AND squared his opinionated Sagittarius Ascendant in the last few days!! Mr. Romney’s horoscope has responded to transiting Mars before. Back in 2012, he was “memorizing zingers” in preparation for a debate with Barack Obama. With Neptune hitting Mr. Romney’s horoscope at that time (and diffusing that Martian impulse), things didn’t quite go as planned.

Here’s another one: Aubrey McClendon. A pioneering force of nature. When I worked at CNBC, the former CEO of Chesapeake Energy appeared on the network numerous times. Mr. McClendon was indicted on “federal bid-rigging charges” on Tuesday. Hours later, around 9AM on Wednesday in Oklahoma City, Mr. McClendon crashed his car into a bridge.  He wasn’t wearing a seat belt — and was known for his reckless, “wildcat” behavior.  Birth data: July 14, 1959 — no birth time known — in OK City, OK. Mercury conjunct Uranus in Leo — there’s a marker for a reckless mindset. Likely square to his Scorpio Moon (restless; wildcat), too.  Mars action and other current stress in the horoscope includes a heavy hit to Mars from (solar arc) Saturn; another from (solar arc) Mars to his Cancer Sun. Transiting Mars at 26 Scorpio would have exactly squared his natal Mars at 26 Leo at the end of February. If he had an astrologer, he or she would have warned him to slow down.

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Tons of other stories to report. Will do my best to cover them in the next edition. Stay tuned to this channel for continuing updates, and thank you for reading this forecast.