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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday & Thursday 6/29-30/2016: This Space Intentionally Left Blank

The dust of the start of a volatile week settles somewhat with the Moon’s ingress into Taurus at 6:03AM ET. A Taurus Moon seeks stability, comfort and security. It is often resistant to change, preferring to keep things “the way they ought to be,” whatever that means to a Moon in Taurus mind. A harmonious connection between the nurturing Cancer Sun and the sensual Taurus Moon at 8:29PM ET suggests a easy flow of matters “touchy-feely.”  Taking pleasure in creature comforts — with gratitude — would be an apt part of this day. And now I’m laughing because a discussion has just popped up on my Facebook feed about the expression “you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.” Synchronicity!

Meanwhile, thoughts and communication related to emotional/family/homeland security are likely to be prominent, as Mercury enters Cancer. Regular readers of this forecast will recall that planets at very beginning of Aries, Cancer, Capricorn and Libra need prominence. Also prominent today — but for other reasons — is Mars, planet of men, action and aggression. Mars is pulling greater focus because it is at a dead stop (from our perspective on Earth), about to turn direct at 7:38PM ET. Planets pull focus when they change direction.  If you were born around the 15th of November, August, May or February…or if you have a planet or angle around 22-24 Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius or Leo, you’re feeling the heat more than most in June and July.

Humming in the background is an approaching face-off between Venus (women, money, arts, social expression) and Pluto (resources, power, perspective, the murky depths), exact at 11:29PM ET. This adds another dose of emotional intensity to the mix, potentially clearing the air and changing perspective, but not without a power struggle.

Keep ego and outbursts in check, and you can have a productive THURSDAY, using the Taurus Moon’s consolidating energy to advance your plans for world domination. Be aware that the Moon goes void at 8:19PM ET on a face-off with Mars. The Moon-Mars pattern suggests tenacity or a stubborn clash of will, for better or for worse. The void suggests you roll with any flakes or twists, and CHILL over “crises” that may crop up. Moon enters Gemini at 7:44AM ET on FRIDAY…and I can’t believe that half the year is over.

And now, the news.

Speaking of the above Venus-Pluto face-off, the Washington Post reports:

There’s great news for women who dread that annual pelvic exam (i.e. basically everyone). On Tuesday, a panel made up of medical experts that advise the government said that there’s not enough evidence to support doing them for women who are healthy and not pregnant.

It could be great news. Although right now, these annual exams are covered in all insurance policies as being medically necessary. Will women get a big break on their insurance premiums if it is decided that they must now pay out-of-pocket going forward? Women, resources, perspective. Venus-Pluto. Is less really more?

Mars at a standstill in Scorpio, ruthless and effective — in an uncomfortable relationship with sudden, erratic Uranus. Moon in rambunctious Aries, meeting up with Uranus and discordant Eris on Tuesday. We could see the potential for destruction in the headlines, starting with the suicide bombing at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. Then there’s the story of former Colts running back  Zurlon Tipton accidentally shooting himself  at a car dealership.   Athletes, guns, accidents and cars — how much more Mars-Uranus can you get? Mr. Tipton did not survive.

Adding Venus-Pluto and a prominent Mercury (language, communication) to the mix we have  “The Marines Just Took ‘Man’ Out of 19 Job Titles, and People are Losing Their Minds.”   Add Saturn in Sagittarius’s need to control opinions, comedic and otherwise, and we have another ex-football player, Paul Gascoigne,  standing trial in the UK for allegedly making a racist joke at a…comedy show.

Earlier this week we were talking about the astrological symbolism of Eris and its current tension between Mars and Uranus:

…Eris, named for the Goddess of Discord, discussed in the April 2016 New Moon forecast. In the language of astrology, one manifestation of Eris would be outrage expressed by those who do not feel they have a place at the table. It would be the “have-nots” rising up against the perceived “haves.”  Eris will be in a tight meet-up — a conjunction — with rebel Uranus into 2017.

Today’s NYT has an op-ed by Bernie Sanders, whose Virgo Sun was graced by expansive Jupiter for the third and final time on June 18th. An op-ed published in the NYT is pretty expansive, don’t you think? When Senator Sanders announced his campaign last year, the strong potential for his social expression and action to heat up this summer (and into 2017) was noted. Last year, I was thinking of transiting Uranus supercharging his 22 degree Venus in Libra and 23 degree Mars Rx in Aries. With Eris involved, we can better understand why the Senator is so focused now on expressing outrage over income equality in the world. While he has vowed to vote for Hillary Clinton in November in order to defeat Whatshisname (thank you, peace-keeping Venus in Libra), he has not endorsed her yet.  He is not going to shut up about the wealthiest 62 people in the world having more wealth than half of the world’s population, etc., etc.

Meanwhile, transiting Jupiter (enthusiasm, bloviation, publishing) conjunct Trey Gowdy’s Mercury retrograde at 17 Virgo (“what I think in exacting detail, except for my double agenda”) has coincided with the release of the Absolutely Final Benghazi Report, an 800 page document that cost $7 million to produce.  The report has produced not much of interest, if you read the New York Times, or, if you read the Washington Times:

“There is new information on what happened in Benghazi, and that information should fundamentally change the way you view what happened in Benghazi. And there are recommendations made to make sure it does not happen again,” said Mr. Gowdy, pleading with Americans to read the full report and draw their own conclusions.

Mr. Gowdy then produced another 800 page report with recommendations to make sure that the daily toll of 27 Americans who are killed in gun homicides never happens again, either. All of the pages were blank.

OK, I made that up about Mr. Gowdy producing a second report.  But the “daily toll” stat is true.

In Mrs. Clinton’s horoscope on June 27th, we see a fast-moving, yet significant planetary pattern between the Sun and Moon, suggesting the potential for “seeing the light.”

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 6/27/2016 & the Next Few Days: Sneak Peek at the Week; Mars Turns Direct; the Dance of Saturn and Neptune

Good Morning!

Afternoon!

The start of the work week is driven by a pioneering Moon in me-me-me Aries, fearlessly leading whatever crusade for the underdog you’re espousing. The Third Quarter Moon — a challenging square between the Moon and the sensitive, homeland security-focused Cancer Sun happens at 2:19PM ET. This energy boost may test whatever illumination you received from last week’s prominently opinionated Full Moon in Sagittarius. A steady connection between the Moon and Saturn at 10:37PM ET suggests an afternoon of productivity.

Coloring the morning is a healing/compassionate/forgiving alignment between Venus (women, money, art, social expression) in Cancer and Neptune in Pisces, exact at 9:53AM ET. Moments ago, the Supreme Court just  1) declared restrictions imposed on abortion clinics to be unconstitutional; and 2) upheld a federal law that allegedly makes it more difficult for domestic violence offenders to own a a gun and 3) overturned the conviction of ex-Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, who was found guilty of corruption back in 2014. Elsewhere, Turkey apologized to Russia for shooting down a plane — and Edward Snowden’s lawyer is pushing for a pardon, while his exiled client tours the U.S. with the help of modern technology.

The Aries Moon continues through Tuesday, making its weekly clash with disruptive Pluto and Uranus at 7:14AM ET and 8:12PM ET, respectively. In the Americas, there are no Moon voids happening during business hours this week to thwart your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Moon will be void between 3:36AM and 6:03AM ET on WEDNESDAY. It will be void from 8:19PM ET on THURSDAY until 7:44AM ET on FRIDAY. Onward, then — with the following caveats:

Biggest planetary news this week happens at 7:38PM ET on WEDNESDAY, when Mars — planet of action, guns, yang energy and aggression — finally turns direct at 23 degrees of Scorpio. If you have a planet around or on that degree — or at 23 degrees of Aquarius, Leo or Taurus — this change of direction impacts you more than most, likely in the form of a surge of forward action or outburst. If you do not know where your planets are, I encourage you to find out! Schedule an appointment for a personal consultation — or order an Astro-Basics Report, both of which  you can find out about here.

Also on Wednesday: Mercury leaves Gemini for Cancer at 7:24PM ET, suggesting a need to focus thoughts and communication on matters of emotional and home(land) security. By then we’ll be seeing the reflection of Thursday’s Venus-Pluto opposition, exact at 11:29PM ET. Regular readers of this forecast will recall that supercharged contact between Venus (money, women, social expression, aesthetics) and Pluto (power, resources, transformation) suggests emotional intensity and power plays in matters of finance, relationship and values. The harsh edge of Venus-Pluto is softened somewhat by an easy connection between Venus and Jupiter called a sextile. Sweet — potentially and literally — as you can see in headlines when Venus sextiled Jupiter in the past.

General caveat for the week: Mars is still in an uneasy aspect — a quincunx —  with rebel Uranus, as noted last week. There is another celestial body involved — and this is Eris, named for the Goddess of Discord, discussed in the April 2016 New Moon forecast. In the language of astrology, one manifestation of Eris would be outrage expressed by those who do not feel they have a place at the table. It would be the “have-nots” rising up against the perceived “haves.”  Eris will be in a tight meet-up — a conjunction — with rebel Uranus into 2017. We can expect continued disruptions and challenges to the status quo.

Eris is portrayed as a destructive, volatile energy. File these stories under “Eris — in combination with Mars and Uranus”: a Singapore Airlines (Uranus) catches fire (Mars) in mid-flight; a gun-rights advocate in Texas kills her adult daughters and is then killed by police, witnessed by her husband; several are stabbed at a neo-Nazi rally in Sacramento. I would not want to meet Eris in a dark alley…

General caveat for the next few months: Saturn square Neptune — because it’s worth a review. Here’s an excerpt from a Really Useful Forecast written in January of 2015:

Pattern #2: Saturn in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces. Well, the beginning of a square, actually. The square between these two planets won’t be exact until 2016. What does that suggest?

Briefly, Saturn is reality. Neptune is fantasy. Put them together and what have you got? A bubble of optimistic faith. When will it burst?  A few months ago, when I was reading The Big Short — about the collapse of the housing bubble and the outrageous speculation going on in the financial markets that led to the fiscal crisis in 2008,  I noticed a challenging aspect between Saturn and Neptune as that bubble was building.  There was a similar aspect in 1999, coinciding with the internet bubble and everyone freaking out about Y2K, which proved to be much ado about nothing. What pixie dust-covered fantasy will captivate us now and into the next year?

The horoscope of the United States has been hit hard by Saturn and Neptune, as I’ve noted before. Donald Trump’s candidacy could arguably be filed under “pixie dust-covered fantasy.” He has an interesting pattern happening now — a solar arc between the Sun and his Leo Ascendant. This suggests recognition — usually to the upside — but it can also suggest, as astrologer Noel Tyl writes, “being seen for who one is.” Interesting to see how many recent headlines are finally calling him out for his arguably pathological pattern of lies – here — and here — and here — and anywhere else you choose to Google.

The pattern between Saturn and Neptune in 1999 was a square, corresponding to the energy of a First Quarter Moon. The pattern in 2008 — the big financial crisis/mortgage meltdown in the U.S. — was an opposition, corresponding to the illuminating energy of a Full Moon. The pattern we are in now is another square, corresponding to the energy of a Third Quarter Moon. This current Saturn-Neptune cycle began in 1989, with a conjunction in Capricorn, corresponding to the energy of a New Moon. So we see the potential in 1989 for seeds to be planted in ways that suggest an idealistic dissolution of structure/boundaries in matters related to corporate and government entities. Neptune also refers to deception, scandal, drugs, oil and toxins — so we could argue that those seeds were planted, too.

In 1999, one way we could see those seeds tested was in the adoption of the Euro, a shared currency transcending borders. Other tests were the aforementioned internet bubble and Y2K. The third hit in this current serious of challenging Saturn-Neptune patterns will be on September 10th.  Here’s an example of a test from the front page of Sunday’s NYT: an expose on how emergency services delivered by companies owned by private equity firms are failing. Well, it sounded like a great idea at the time….let big business (Saturn in Capricorn) handle prisons, hospitals and other social services (Neptune). What could go wrong?

Not intending to get into a long history analysis here – just pointing out that each pair of planets operates in a relationship cycle not unlike the cycle we see repeated every month between the Sun and the Moon. Use this awareness of planetary cycles when considering the confusing meltdown happening here, in Europe and many other places. That goes for stocks falling and worth vaporizing, too. Did anyone really believe this bubble would last forever? We have all been here before. The next Saturn-Neptune cycle will begin with a conjunction in Aries in 2025. Idealization of me-me-me expression and pioneering with no bounds? Where will the self/ego begin and end? Perhaps we will all become intangible. Or pioneer ourselves on a boldly-going rocket into space.

Final note: so often I’ve seen that people who pass away under a particular planetary pattern either evoke — or actually have — that pattern in their own horoscope. In the shadow of today’s Venus trine Neptune (photography, beauty, fashion), beloved NYT fashion photographer Bill Cunningham passed away. His obituary was published on the NYT front page. RIP.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 6/24/2016 & the Weekend: Keep Calm and Carry On

Allrighty then!

Got halfway through writing a forecast during Wednesday’s nearly all-day Moon void in proactive Capricorn, and somehow wandered off track to put out other fires requiring immediate attention. Amazing how that happened.  I’ll pick up where I left off…

Moon entered  Aquarius Wednesday at 4:08PM ET, bringing a fixed, mental focus to the rest of the week. Keywords for Aquarius include friendship, humanitarian, social significance, freedom, network, circulation, technology,  rebel, fringe, unconventional, futurist.  A tense pattern between Mercury and Jupiter suggests a supercharged clash involving Big Ideas. Mars in ruthless Scorpio is grinding to a halt, about to turn direct next week, huzzah, huzzah. It is currently in an uncomfortable relationship with rebel Uranus in trigger-happy Aries. Mars at a virtual standstill suggests a strong focus on Martian themes of war, aggression, cars, firearms and fire…watch the news for manifestations. The retrograde status of Mars suggests delayed and/or frustrated action. July is when things are more likely to be moving forward constructively.

Two other patterns are evident in the news this week. First, Mercury’s aforementioned (in prior forecasts) challenging engagement with Saturn (ambition/depression/controls/borders), Neptune (intangibles, refugees, drugs, delusion) and Jupiter (expansion, law, media) has been reflected in more of the surreal stories we saw at the beginning of the month. The second pattern is the third easy alignment between Jupiter and Pluto, exact this Sunday at 8:10AM ET, bringing themes of power, resources and the Powers That Be into focus.

At 11:48AM ET on FRIDAY — the day I am finally posting this — Moon goes void until 10:30PM ET. Keep calm and carry on!!  If you start your weekend early during void, you would likely get away with it. Chill chill chill!!!

Moon enters  Pisces Moon on Friday/tonight at 10:30PM ET, facilitating compassion, empathy, wallowing, etc. — whatever soothes your frazzled soul with the understanding that We Are Not Alone. There is no void on Saturday, so shop away. The evening is marked by a bit of heavy trippiness as the sensitive Pisces Moon clashes with stern Saturn and spacey Neptune between 7 and 8PM ET. Who rained on your Saturday night date parade? Ouch.

On Sunday, the  Moon goes void with a sigh at 3:55PM ET — let the shopping continue until then. Meanwhile, two exact patterns between Sunday and Monday are aces for artists and technogeeks seeking inspiration. Mercury and Uranus are in an easy alignment, exact at 10:31PM ET. There’s bound to be a tech-heavy or other out-of-this world innovative spin in the headlines. Venus in alignment with Neptune at 9:53AM ET on MONDAY can pour oil on troubled waters, for those seeking a rose-colored expression or nourishment, nurturing and healing.

No sleeping in on Monday. The Moon races into me-me-me Aries at 3:08AM ET, perhaps tripping over furniture or into a brick wall, as action hero Mars stands still, not to move forward until the 30th. Proceed, but do so with caution.

And now, the news.

Yesterday British citizens  voted on Brexit, the referendum on whether Britain should stay or leave the European Union. While most of the world was shocked that they voted to leave, many astrologers were not, as they saw this strong potential using various methods of astrological analysis. You may recall my take on it — posted last Friday. Here is the link to it now — updated to reflect current events and with even more analysis of how we could see the strong potential for an upset/break out by looking at the horoscope of Queen Elizabeth.

Fun fact: the vote to leave has something  in common with another Declaration of Independence — the one signed on July 4th, 1776. And this would be the Sun in homeland security-focused Cancer and the Moon in rebel/humanitarian Aquarius. Coincidence or conspiracy?

If only patterns in the Brexit chart had suggested clear, level-headed thinking. Instead, we see Mercury (mindset), recently befuddled by contact with Saturn in Sagittarius (fear and control of foreigners/borders),  clashing with the challenges presented by refugees (Neptune in Pisces), without taking time to seriously suss it out further. Not so fun fact: “British Frantically Googling ‘EU’ Hours After Voting to Leave It.”, according to the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, PM David Cameron announced he would resign by this fall. The pound is plummeting, as people are freaking out. Stop it!! This too shall pass.  We see the strong potential for additional break-ups between now and February 2017, with Scotland likely voting again on whether it wishes to stay in the UK.

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Meanwhile during Wednesday’s Moon void, an upset in Standard Operating Procedure occurred in the U.S. Congress, when  Democrats staged a sit-in to force a vote on a gun control bill.   House Speaker Paul Ryan, whose Libra Moon would arguably much prefer to avoid conflict at all costs while maintaining the appearance of a rose-colored vision/fog, opted to declare Congress in recess and shut off the C-Span cameras. That’s when things got interesting. End result: still no gun control bill. Congress adjourned until July 5th. But perhaps the general public is becoming somewhat more aware of what needs to change in order for such a bill to be passed…

Much much more to talk about, but if I do, I’ll never get this posted. Have a totally awesome weekend. To schedule a personal consultation to discuss how all these exciting planetary patterns are reflected in your horoscope, here’s the 411.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 6/20/2016: Full Moon; Summer Solstice; Mercury in Focus

Good Morning!

After waxing to its fullness at the very end of Sagittarius at 7:02AM ET, Moon went void for barely an hour and then launched into earthy Capricorn at 7:55AM ET. Whatever that big idea of yours was, Capricorn needs to push it forward, which it aims to do for at least the next two days.

Did you note your dreams this morning?  Mine were out of this world. Chalk it up to Mercury, a big player in the cosmos today, as it opposes Saturn at 10:56AM ET and then squares Neptune at 1:11PM ET. Here’s a story illustrating that potential for bewilderment over necessary controls: British astronaut Tim Peake is “nursing the world’s worst hangover” after being in space for six months. Here, he is bewildered by gravity — literally. Don’t you just love that?  On Wednesday, big ideas get even bigger, as Mercury (mindset, communication, commerce, travel) squares Jupiter at 6:59PM ET.

At 6:34PM ET, the Sun enters Cancer. Happy summer solstice!

Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season  — i.e., equinoxes and solstices — from an astrological point of view. The first days of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter correspond with the first day (or first degree) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively (there are thirty degrees in each sign of the zodiac). Got that? Good.

These four signs are called cardinal signs. Cardinal signs initiate. They come up with the idea and put it into action, which leads to necessary change. “Cardinal” suggests (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  So the first day/degree of a Cardinal sign is a turning point. In astrology, the technical term for the first degree of any Cardinal sign is the “Aries Point”, just to confuse people who are not professional astrologers. In other words, the first day of Cancer, Libra, Capricorn and Aries is the Aries Point. The first day of Taurus (and the rest of the signs) is NOT at the Aries Point).

Equinoxes and solstices are also prominent. We make a fuss over them, right? In Japan, the first day of each season is actually a national holiday. How cool is that? Thus, in a horoscope, a planet or angle at the Aries Point needs to be prominent. Off the top of my head, Meryl Streep & Elizabeth Warren (both Cancers — happy birthday!) and William Shatner (an Aries) were born with the Sun at the Aries Point. They’re pretty prominent in everything they do, don’t you think?

In the headlines today,  look for leadership to be prominent. Who’s in? Who’s out?

There are no other exact aspects among the planets (other than the Moon) to report this week. Your Moon voids — natural rest periods where focusing on routine matters is an apt strategy — are as follows: Wednesday 4:57AM ET until 4:08PM ET; Friday 11:48AM ET until 10:30PM ET — ooh, another Friday to cut out early.

Two quick headlines reflecting the uplifting potential of Mercury’s contact with Saturn and Neptune (to balance the NYT’s stark and despairing homepage headline about food riots in Venezuela). First, visionary artist Christo’s latest installation in Italy will allow you to walk on (Saturn) water (Neptune). The surreal brushstrokes he adds to the real world always make me smile. Second, a barricade (Saturn) of angelic beings (Neptune) prevented delusional (Neptune) members of the Westboro Baptist Church from getting too close to the funerals of those who were killed last weekend in Orlando. Would that those Westboro folks could find a more productive hobby…

And now, I must cut out early — ending this forecast to tend to many other tasks today. I would love for one of those tasks to be a consultation with you about your horoscope. How do all these potent planetary patterns apply to YOU? Here’s the 411.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 6/17/2016 & the Weekend: Anarchy in the UK Edition

TGIF!

Moon in Scorpio goes void at 9:52AM ET on a provocative meet-up with Mars. Back away from that double espresso and chill. Take care of routine matters; roll with the twists and flakes that may interfere with your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Delay signing on the bottom line; avoid the malls; wrap up the day early if you can.

At 3:39PM ET Venus enters Cancer, facilitating efforts at beautification and nurturing until July 11th. At 11:23PM ET the boundary-dissolving, reality-bending square between Saturn in Sagittarius (structure, control, borders, foreigners, opinions, media, etc.) and Neptune in Pisces (intangibles, opiates, refugees and other keywords noted in prior forecasts) will finally be exact.  File any “oh what’s the use?” feelings you may have in the folder labelled “Saturn vs. Neptune.” If you were born about halfway through Pisces, Gemini, Sagittarius or Virgo, you are more personally affected. A consultation with your local astrologer would be productive.

Relief shows up around 9:34PM ET, when the void ends and the Moon enters high-flying Sagittarius. Up for a gambol or a gamble this weekend? How can you broaden your mind, expand your horizons and/or push boundaries in a way that is constructive?

On Saturday, note your mood around 9PM ET, as the Moon makes contact with that Saturn-Neptune square.  Emotions are on the rise, one way or the other, as the Moon waxes to its fullness in Sagittarius Monday at 7:02AM ET. This Full Moon has an especially trippy potential, felt a few days beforehand, perhaps recalling whatever was on your plate at the beginning of the month. The trippiness is reflected by Mercury — planet of mindset and communication — as it makes exact contact with Saturn and Neptune on Monday at 10:56AM ET and 1:11 PM ET, respectively. Mercury-Saturn contacts suggest a need for serious focus and controls. Downside: potential depression. Mercury-Neptune contacts suggest a need for creativity and vision. Downside: potential illusion/delusion. We’ll see a mix of all potentials in the headlines, I’m sure.

Exact patterns are light on Sunday, and the Sag Moon favors a round of golf or romp in nature.  Be aware of the potentially wiggy Mercury-Saturn-Neptune thing and have a happy Fathers’ Day.

And now, the news.

Here’s the song by the Sex Pistols. And here’s the story behind it.

First, from yet another pit of Saturn-Neptune despair (provoked by retrograde Mars running wild), comes the senseless killing of British MP Jo Cox . I can’t possibly fathom a silver lining at this time.  Her assailant reportedly shouted “Britain first!” during the attack. This is a reference to Brexit, a referendum on whether Britain should stay in the European Union.   The vote happens on June 23rd. While columnists and editors at the NYT clearly feel an exit would be folly, what does Britain’s horoscope say?

Alas, under the influence of the ambition-killing Saturn-Neptune square, I can’t muster up the energy to look it up.  But off the top of my head, I do recall the Queen’s horoscope having the first of three transits of rebel Uranus to her Ascendant last month –and the third one won’t happen until next year.  In addition to reflecting her choice of a fabulous electric green birthday suit last week, Uranus-Ascendant patterns suggest a need for greater freedom and independence — often felt  in relationship, potentially leading to a break-up, move or other disruption of the status quo. Uranus transits can be surprising and often shocking. Uranus co-rules the Queen’s First House. The other co-ruler is Saturn, which rules her Capricorn Ascendant. The Ascendant refers to the way she — and by extension, Britain — needs to be seen by others.

You see, once upon a time, only kings and queens consulted with astrologers, as it was in the horoscope of the ruler that the fate of a nation could be divined. We shall see if this theory of synchronicity holds true in more modern times.

Let’s continue.

We also see transiting Mars conjunct — i.e., on top of —  the Queen’s Midheaven and Saturn.  Mars transits to the Midheaven suggest action — any form of assertive/aggressive energy, whether acted out or acted upon. This includes the potential for attacks and accidents — and I’d argue that the assassination of Labour MP Jo Cox reflects that potential for attack. Mars rules Her Majesty’s Second House, referring to matters of money, values and self worth.

We also see the Queen’s Venus at 13 Pisces in her natal Second House,  currently under pressure from transiting Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter and Mercury. Venus refers to enjoyment and money, among other concerns. Transiting Jupiter to Venus suggests a jolly (90th birthday) good time, but transiting Saturn to Venus can be experienced as isolating and streamlining, in financial as well as social arenas.

UPDATE (as of June 24th): On June 23rd,  UK voters elected to leave the European Union. The world is shocked. Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned. The British pound has plummeted. I took a closer look at the Queen’s horoscope and noted two important measurements coloring the first half of 2016, both of which were exact in May. One is a solar arc  between Saturn and Mars, referring to the Queen’s/Britain’s identity and self-worth/assets. Astrologer Noel Tyl describes the potential as follows:

Putting a damper on things; ups and downs; indecision; failing

The second solar arc involves Neptune and the Midheaven. Neptune co-rules the Queen’s Second House (along with Mars). Quoting Noel Tyl again, we see the potential for:

Accentuation of creativity on the job; disruption in the home life; being pushed around; feeling lost; “losing it.”

Let the record show that the Washington Post  offers this headline, “The British are frantically Googling ‘EU’ Hours After Voting to Leave It.”  Losing it, perhaps? Said one British voter:

“Even though I voted to leave, this morning I woke up and I just — the reality did actually hit me,” one woman told the news channel ITV News. “If I’d had the opportunity to vote again, it would be to stay.”

Coincidence or conspiracy? God Save the Queen!

UPDATE: Bernie Sanders, who will have the third hit of expansive Jupiter to his Virgo Sun on Saturday, did not end his campaign yesterday. However, he did vow to work together with Hillary Clinton to defeat what’s-his-face.  Planetary patterns in his chart for the rest of the summer and into fall suggest a need for a zealous application of emotional energy. At the end of the year we see a Sun-Uranus measurement suggesting greater freedom and independence. Talk of him establishing a third political party does not seem unreasonable, especially as he will continue to experience transiting Uranus to Mars and Venus into 2017 as well. Translation: walking his talk, generating an intense buzz.

Best Saturn (control) -Neptune (drugs) proposal I’ve read all day: Congresswoman Gwen Moore is sick of poor people being stigmatized. She’s proposing that anyone who itemizes more than $150,000 in tax deductions must submit to a drug test in order to claim the tax break.

Finally, a bit of delight from NPR for people who believe the world would be a much happier place if “please” and “thank you” were used more often.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday & Thursday 6/15-16/2016: Moody, Masterful Moon in Scorpio

Into the emotional depths of Scorpio the Moon shall plunge, starting at 9:18AM ET. There it shall go about its business of seeking substance, as opposed to any airy-fairy Moon in Libra “but on the other hand….”  Let’s just get to the bottom of it, shall we? Can we handle the truth?

There are no serious challenges to the Moon today or tomorrow, suggesting greater receptivity and flow in your own personal world. Matters related to Venus (money, value, social expression, aesthetics) are likely to become more prominent through Saturday — for reasons noted in Monday’s forecast.

Mars is also pulling focus. All week it has not made a major aspect with any planet (save for brief encounters with the Moon every couple of days). It has also been the focal point of a minor but potent pattern called a yod, a.k.a. a “Finger of God.” The other planets involved are the Sun, Venus and Uranus. One possible translation/manifestation: an extreme focus on macho/assertive/aggressive qualities of Mars in sexual Scorpio struggling to adjust to the uncomfortable, potentially irreconcilable 1) idealistic demands of the “happy together” Sun and Venus; and 2) the need for freedom and independence, however unconventional, in me-me-me Uranus in Aries.

Does that sound like any major news story dominating the week? Especially now that it is being reported that Omar Mateen, the perpetrator of Sunday’s mind-numbing outburst of violence in Orlando, had a profile on a gay dating app and had been seen drinking at the club on several occasions. Is it possible to see potential sexuality identity struggles in a horoscope? Yes. Is there any silver lining to be found in the aftermath of this tragedy? Maybe.

A gay friend of mine with a humanitarian Moon in Aquarius said to me the other day that of course Mr. Mateen was responsible for his actions, but also clearly troubled. If we were to view him with compassion, argued Moon-in-Aquarius, we might have an opportunity to “help men and women in Muslim communities who are gay understand that each has self worth. Let humanity grow from this tragedy so it never happens again,” said Moon-in-Aquarius.  I wondered if we were ready to consider Moon-in-Aquarius’s proposal. But as if on cue, today’s Guardian has “What’s It Like To Be Queer and Muslim?” — featuring the work of Samra Habib, “a queer Muslim photographer, who has been traveling through North America and Europe to take the portraits of LBGT Muslims willing to share their life stories and desire for connection.”

Compassion vs. despair. That’s one choice we can make under the influence of this Friday’s second exact square between controlling/fearful reality check Saturn and surreal/soulful/suffering/empath Neptune.  “Despair is a victory for hate,” said Stephen Colbert on Monday, responding to the awfulness of Orlando. Other late-night talk show hosts also weighed in, as seen here. And here.

Among a sea of other headlines of random violence, including a toddler at a Disney resort being dragged into a lake by an alligator, today the NYT offers this “Reminder of What’s Good in the World.” A man fell onto the subway tracks — and three other men jumped down and saved him — captured on tape.

There really is more good in the world than evil. Each of us has the power to prove it.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 6/14/2016: News Round-Up

Another full day of Moon in Libra, seeking balance, fairness and harmony in relationship. On the other hand….

…and that would be a little astro-joke, as Libra is known for its need to see both sides of a debate.

Note the potential for an upset or other status quo-disrupting revelation, as the Moon is opposed by rebel Uranus at 8:32PM ET. Practice your very best social graces in relationship, even as we strive to process the surreal madness and collective grief and soul-searching in the wake of Orlando and other eruptions of violence around the world. Yea verily, the headlines are despairing, reflecting planetary patterns. Let’s collectively imagine a silver lining to these clouds…

And now, the news.

Jupiter in Virgo favors an expansive reach on behalf of workers. Saturn in Sagittarius suggests a need to consider freedom of speech…or lack thereof. Sagittarius refers to foreigners and the media. Sagittarius pushes boundaries…of good taste. Jupiter and Saturn are still in a highly charged pattern; both refer to business and law.

First:  “Laid-off Americans, Required to Zip Lips, Grow Bolder.” The laid-off workers were replaced by foreign imports from outsourcing firms — and were often required to meekly train their own replacements or be denied severance by their former employers.  How do we know? The headline says it all.

Second: Gawker filed for bankruptcy. The gossip site lost a highly publicized lawsuit in March and was ordered to pay Hulk Hogan $140 million. Why? Because it published excerpts of a sex tape featuring Mr. Hogan and a woman who was not his wife — and the court declared it had gone too far.

Several days ago it was revealed that Mr. Hogan’s lawsuit was bankrolled by a third party — billionaire Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, in a payback against Gawker. Why? Because Gawker outed Mr. Thiel in 2007. Mr. Thiel did not appreciate his private life becoming public news.  And, as someone with potent resources who was not likely to be shy about using them ruthlessly (suggested by certain patterns in cosmos on the day of his birth), he enabled Mr. Hogan to have his day in court.

Now the question some are asking, according to the NYT is

whether press freedom in the United States is in peril if a scorned billionaire can help deliver a crippling blow to a media company.

…which is an apt Saturn in Sagittarius (controls imposed on speech/publishing) concern. What do you think? And, for the sake of Moon in Libra argument,  would your thinking be any different if you knew that Mr. Thiel supports Donald Trump?

Speaking of scorned wealthy people and freedom of the press, yesterday Donald Trump revoked the credentials of what he called “the phony and dishonest” Washington Post

Which reminds me of a saying I read somewhere long ago:

Just remember: whenever you point a finger at someone, there are three fingers pointing back at you.

Food for thought…and I believe it applies to everyone.

Meanwhile, the Sun and Venus are traveling close together in double-bodied Gemini. In the past 48-odd hours they formed an easy connection to Uranus, planet of the non-conformist and the unconventional. In Oregon, a person — Jamie Shupe — who was born with male anatomy but does not identify as such was allowed — in an historic first — to legally identify as “non-binary” — i.e., neither male nor female. This decision, while aptly reflecting the potential of current planetary patterns, seems to be problematic for some.

Finally, a salute to two women embody the quirky Space Age aesthetic potential of Sun-Venus in Gemini in alignment with Aquarius. They recently passed away at ripe old ages — 96 and 98! First, a shout-out to Margaret Heldt, the hairdresser who invented the beehive. Where would the B-52s and Mad Men have been without her? Second, RIP to Janet Waldo, whose voice gave life to cartoon character Judy Jetson.  I’ve often noticed an odd synchronicity between planetary patterns and the obituaries, along with other daily headlines. Coincidence or conspiracy?

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 6/13/2016: Sneak Peek at the Week; Neptune Retrograde

…and we’re off to the races again.

Driving the action today is the Moon in Libra, where it has been since 8:33PM ET on Sunday. Social graces, rational discourse, fairness, harmony in relationships — along with an abhorrence of conflict — these are a few Libran needs. There are no exact aspects to the Moon during business hours, and that’s generally good for business. The upsets and powers plays suggested by the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus do not hit until 6:26AM ET and 8:32PM ET on TUESDAY, respectively.

We have a few planetary wobbles to process this week — i.e., planets that are changing sign or direction. One is Mercury’s ingress into Gemini last night (Sunday) at 7:22PM ET. That may pick up the pace of ideas and communication, as Gemini is a speedy sign, usually engaged in several conversations at once. Mercury in Gemini has a better knack for juggling information than Mercury in other signs.

The second wobble is Neptune, turning retrograde today at 4:43PM ET…not to turn direct until November 19th. When a planet is retrograde, the suggestion is to turn inward on issues involving that planet, as opposed to looking outside the self. Neptune refers to vision, intuition, healing and other intangibles. With Neptune retrograde, look within for the vision you seek. Yes you can save yourself!

In the mundane world, Neptune refers to water, oceans, oil, toxins, snake oil, fantasy and fanatics and spirits of all kinds.  News along those lines are likely to pull focus over the next few days. Here are some headlines from past Neptune stationary retrogrades.

The third wobble is Venus, leaving Gemini on Friday and entering Cancer at 3:39PM ET, seeking nurturing and emotional security in social expression.  At 0 degrees of Cancer (the Aries Point), we  thus expect Venusian concerns, (e.g., women, art, money, social expression) to be prominent. Venus will be meeting up with the Suns of Edward Snowden, Meryl Streep and Elizabeth Warren — let’s see what happens — and let the record show that Elizabeth Warren continues to attract serious attention, as anticipated here several times over the past couple of years.

Also on Friday, we’ll have the second of a series of three challenging aspects between realist Saturn and surrealist Neptune, exact at 11:23PM ET. Last week I mistakenly wrote that this would be the third,  but that doesn’t happen until September 10th. Apologies. Meanwhile, I accurately wrote that the headlines in the days leading up to June 17th were likely to be laced with a sense of despair and bewilderment, fortified by the volatile ruthlessness of Mars retrograde in Scorpio. More on that in a minute.

We have two other planetary patterns of note this week. Yesterday Venus was in an easy alliance with rebel Uranus, facilitating innovative and unconventional social expression; on Tuesday the Gemini Sun makes the same easy connection. Reach across the aisle in your networking today and tomorrow — you may find you have more in common than you think.

Your Moon voids — natural breaks in the action which favor taking care of routine matters, while rolling with twists and flakes that may derail your efforts to move forward in a straight line — are: Wednesday 3:01AM ET – 9:18AM ET; Friday 9:52AM ET until 9:34PM ET. That’s four days of productivity and a potential early start to the weekend. Just mind the potential wigginess of Saturn’s reality-bending challenge from nebulous Neptune and you should do just fine…unless there’s something afoot that’s specific to your unique horoscope. Consult your local astrologer for details.

And now, the news.

The headlines out of Florida are just absolutely awful, starting with Saturday’s senseless murder of singer Christina Grimmie. This was followed on Sunday by “the worst mass shooting in U.S. history,”  in which a very angry man with a handgun and an assault rifle murdered 49 people and wounded dozens of others. How angry was he? Let his ex-wife tell you — and let the record show that her words are clearly suggested by patterns on the day he was born: November 16, 1986.  We see Scorpio Sun in an idealistic meet-up with Mercury retrograde, squared by Mars in Aquarius — there’s your potential hot-temper, and that pattern is currently being intensified by rebel Uranus.

Reinforcing  that potential is another measurement between Mars and Pluto, suggesting he is likely to be known for a connection with brute force.  Over-the-top emotions are suggested by Venus retrograde in Scorpio together with Pluto — this is a challenging aspect for relationships. Transiting Neptune has been squaring his natal Saturn this year — a potential personal reality meltdown and/or feeling victimized….sigh. Enough.

Feels like an apt time to refer back to a post from 2014:

Astrology can identify the potential for great good or evil suggested by a planetary pattern. We can surmise reasons why someone with a disconnected consciousness might choose evil over good. What astrology doesn’t do is answer the bewildering question of WHY anyone who allegedly has a soul and consciousness, as all humans presumably do, has the option of inflicting such damage and pain.  Why is there evil in the world?

As it turns out, over the weekend I happened to read Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander. Dr. Alexander was in a coma for seven days and had an amazing out-of-body experience that transformed his life — and just might transform yours, should you read the book.  And in the book the question of why there is evil in the world was addressed. And the answer was something like this.  Evil exists in places where beings with souls and consciousness are learning the lessons of free will. Earth is one such place. If evil were not an option, we would not be able to make choices and thus learn the lessons required in the laboratory called Planet Earth. There is relatively little evil in the Universe compared to the amount of good, and this is very, very good. And there is probably far more good on this planet than evil — though there have been times when one wonders.

Finally, a tip of the hat to Frank Langella, who won his 4th Tony Award last night. He said this in his acceptance speech, reported by Playbill.

“When I first came to New York in 1960 from school, I consulted an astrologer, who told me my greatest successes would come late in my career. I thought she meant 30. The fact of the matter is there really is no late in an actor’s career, there’s just the journey, and there’s just now.”

Although Frank Langella took a jab at his age when accepting the award for Best Performance – Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for The Father, it is his fourth Tony, having won his first in 1975.”

Patterns in his horoscope in 1973 through 1975 were stellar. Clearly Mr. Langella has experienced other periods of stellar measurements in his horoscope, including now. What’s going on in your horoscope? How is the wiggy Saturn-Neptune square at play in your life? Find out in a personal consultation. Here’s the 411. We will have an excellent discussion together.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday-Saturday 6/9-11/2016: Mars vs. Mercury; Politics As Usual

Allllllll-righty then!

The regal Leo Moon, seeking ways to play, shine or issue insufferably egocentric edicts, cruises through the day. It’s supported by easy aspects from the Sun, Venus and Uranus between 1:40PM ET and 9:40PM ET, suggesting the potential for balance, enjoyment and innovation in your plans for world domination.

On the other hand, there’s this: a face-off between Mercury in stubborn Taurus and Mars — retrograde — in equally stubborn Scorpio. That  happens at 1:01PM ET. Oh, and Mercury is also conjunct the fixed star Algol, which conjures up images of the Medusa and other ways of “losing one’s head.” Mercury refers to mindset and communication. It is absolutely fascinating that Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders are meeting on a day with this aspect — at 11:15AM ET in Washington.

We haven’t looked at President Obama’s horoscope in a while, but let the record show that his Midheaven (career, status), is 28 degrees of Scorpio. Remember back in 2014, after those awful midterm elections, when mainstream media pundits were predicting he would be toast for the rest of his term? Remember how your local astrologer had written many moons before that transiting Saturn would be at the top of the his horoscope at the end of 2014, suggesting that to the contrary, Barack Obama would likely be at the top of his game, moving forward on an ambitious strategy?

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So now we have transiting Mars crossing Barack Obama’s Midheaven, exact on March 2, May 30 and July 30. We can see the potential here for action, likely related to whatever ambitious advance was on his mind in late 2014 and 2015.  Today’s Mars-Mercury face-off affects his horoscope more than others.

Same for Bernie Sanders. In his horoscope, using a speculative birth time of 12:27PM, we see transiting Mars on a 25 Scorpio Ascendant, meaning that Mercury is on his 25 Taurus Descendant. Interesting. We can see how he might need to be communicating one-on-one today. Regardless of a birth time, transiting Mars is  opposing his natal Saturn-Uranus conjunction, triggering his need to reinvent the wheel. The Mars factor also suggests potential frustration and recklessness —  or discipline and innovation in meeting goals. As with President Obama, Mars will be hot again in the senator’s horoscope at the end of July.

Random thought: looking ahead to 2017, I have no worries whatsoever about President Obama’s career prospects, as upcoming patterns suggest considerable power, influence and resources on a wide-reaching scale.

As for the forecast tomorrow:

West Coasters may feel more of the potential for conflict suggested by a challenge between Moon and Mars at 1:37AM ET on FRIDAY. Moon goes  void on a challenge to Mercury at 3:14AM ET on FRIDAY, entering perfection-seeking Virgo at 9:46AM ET. East Coasters, that early morning void may be experienced as a twist or flake in your trip to the office. Roll with it and remember that crises which crop up during voids are often much ado about nothing.

The Virgo Moon sails through Friday without interference, facilitating your efforts to put everything in order.

Note your dreams on Saturday, as the Moon connects with Neptune at 8:59AM ET. A potential wet blanket or necessary chore may be on your plate in the early part of the day, as the Moon squares off with taskmaster Saturn. The rest of the day suggests an easy flow of good cheer and resources as you go about your day. Do your shopping on Saturday, as there is no moon void. On Sunday the Moon will be void between 10:47AM ET and 8:33PM ET. Chill.

And now, the news.

What would it take for Paul Ryan to withdraw his endorsement of Donald Trump?” wonders Washington Post reporter James Hohman, no doubt rhetorically.  Perhaps a swift kick from transiting Uranus to Speaker Ryan’s Libra Moon around July 1st. We can imagine how stressed out that part of his horoscope must be. A Libra Moon needs to be a people pleaser, promoting balance and harmony in relationships in a fair-minded way. Generally speaking, planets in Libra are averse to conflict — and I can tell you horror stories of what some people with heavy Libra horoscopes have done to avoid it. Other dates to watch for include the first week in August, when transiting Mars will hit Speaker Ryan’s Sagittarius Ascendant and Neptune for the third time.  The Third Quarter Moon on August 24th looks like an interesting period, when he’ll have the second hit of Uranus opposing his Moon.

Hmm…there is literally nothing fun on the homepage of the NYT right now…gotta end on something fun…especially given next Friday’s reality-bending, potentially despairing square between Saturn and Neptune….

Ooh! Looky! Physicist Stephen Hawking now says there’s no need for despair when confronted with a ginormous black hole! He believes there may be a way out. Huzzah! Keep that in mind, if you happen to encounter any black holes over the next several days.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday & Wednesday 6/7-8/2016: Giant Meteor Edition

Moon continues through today in Cancer, seeking to fulfill a need for emotional/homeland security. It opposed Pluto at 4:05AM ET, infusing the morning with a power play or other emotional catharsis. At 3:20PM ET, an upset or other revelation is likely to present itself, as the Moon is challenged by rebel Uranus. At 8:18PM ET Moon goes void on an easy alignment with Mars, facilitating action that is carefully and methodically thought out. Otherwise, put a sock in it.

The Moon enters regal Leo at 2:47AM ET on WEDNESDAY. During the void we are advised to roll with the twists, flakes and other crises that may derail efforts to move forward in a straight line. Upsets favoring the underdog are common during voids.

There are no exact aspects to the Moon on Wednesday. We’re on cruise control with that Leo Moon, seeking to shine, shine, shine — with ever so much entitlement. Personally, I prefer the side of Leo that needs to play. What about you? Choose and act accordingly. And be mindful of the opposition between Mercury and retrograde Mars, exact on Thursday at 1:01PM ET, suggesting — as noted yesterday — a stubborn clash and release of (frustrated) action.

And now, the news.

Last night on an apt meet-up between the Sun and Venus (women) in Gemini, a sign that needs to be the smartest kid in the room,  the Associated Press declared that Hillary Clinton had enough delegates to clinch the nomination. How intensely clever can the AP be? Despite the fact that the delegates surveyed in the AP poll will not actually vote until July 25th. Despite the fact that the six primary elections being held today aren’t over. Despite the fact — and here is the real abuse of power, oh AP media giant — that by announcing a winner in the presidential race, many voters may feel there’s no reason for their choice to be counted. Even though there are other elections being held today — it’s not all about the nominee for President.

Therefore, if you live in New Jersey, California, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota, get thee to the polls! Make your voice count! Even if your candidate has already been declared the winner. And be prepared for a few twists and flakes after 8:18PM ET. Remember: if you don’t vote, somebody else will.

Next year I’m thinking that as soon as the Oscar votes are tabulated, the press should announce the winners, even if the votes are counted the day before the actual ceremony. Whaddaya say?

This concludes the public service portion of this forecast.

Astrologically, Bernie Sanders is a week away from the third hit of transiting Jupiter to his Virgo Sun, suggesting the potential for expansion and reward. Transiting Uranus in Aries conjunct his Mars suggests an intensified need for action– possibly rebellious. Transiting Mars may be hitting his (probable) Scorpio Ascendant next week, too — echoing a need for action. On July 18th and 19th, we see reward and action potentials again. The downside potential of Jupiter transits is wretched excess and/or bombast. Again, its up to the individual to choose how to apply the potential.

We do not have a confirmed birth time for Hillary Clinton.  With the 8:02AM time that many astrologers do use, there is not much exact  tension in her horoscope this month or next, save for a challenging aspect between Mars (action, assertiveness) and a point in the horoscope which refers to meetings with other people and the need to work together for a common goal. Ever wonder what Hillary Clinton was like when she was 22? Today Wellesley College released excerpts of her commencement speech from 1969.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, let the record show that sudden or forced alliances made when Mars is retrograde (as it has been since April 17th) often have their own special brand of challenges, as people like Lindsey Graham and other Republicans opting to support their presumptive nominee (warts and all) are now discovering.

File this under last week’s potential for “women of steel” and/or “harsh treatment of women” to make news, suggested by tough taskmaster Saturn opposing Venus. Also file under Mars, retrograding back through Scorpio, forcing a provocative take on nitty-gritty Scorpio issues we might prefer not to examine, i.e., sex, death and money (debt).  Brock Turner was a freshman at Stanford when he was caught — drunk — behind a dumpster — sexually assaulting a drunk woman who was also unconscious and thus unable to give consent. Last week he was sentenced — to six months in a county jail. Outrage ensued, and the woman he assaulted read a 23-page letter in court, detailing the nitty-gritty awfulness of her experience. The letter has gone viral. Mr. Turner’s father, who may live on the banks of a river in Egypt, defended his son’s sentence as apt for “20 minutes of action,” making matters even worse. The judge is facing a recall. Today — finally — Mr. Turner’s mugshot was published around the world, replacing earlier images of him taken in a more innocent time.

Meanwhile, John Oliver exposed the nitty-gritty cesspool known as the debt collection business. Reflecting the expansive and benevolent potential of Sun, Venus and Jupiter in a powerful connection with one another, he also made TV history with the biggest giveaway ever: forgiving $15 million dollars of medical debt at a cost of only $60,000.  Oh and let’s not forget the Neptune portion of current planetary patterns. Neptune refers to healing, charity, and other intangibles — including television.  Watch the whole segment here.

A couple of days after Mars dipped back into Scorpio, Poland announced it would revive efforts to extradite Roman Polanski, who fled the United States in 1978, just as he was about to be sentenced for having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Last fall, Poland announced it would not be extraditing Mr. Polanski — so why this sudden reversal?

Looking at Mr. Polanski’s horoscope, it takes less than a second to see transiting Uranus at play, squaring his emotionally intense Moon-Pluto hook-up in Cancer, which in turn opposes conflicting-avoiding Mars in Libra. Sudden upsets to his public status and a potential total overturning of the tables — now and into next year. Retrograde Mars is squaring his regally entitled Leo Sun, suggesting an outburst of energy — possibly an attack. Transiting Uranus hit his 15 Libra Ascendant and 19 Cancer Midheaven earlier this year — suggesting more disruptions of his status.

Transiting Pluto, now at 17 Capricorn, has also been part of the tear-down process — and it is far from finished. If transiting Jupiter does not gift him with the biggest stroke of luck in the century when is meets up with his Jupiter-Venus conjunction in August, he may well be sent back to the United States to face resistance-is-futile Pluto as it crosses his Ascendant by solar arc and transit this summer and into next year. I’m betting on Pluto and Uranus to work its magic, much as it has been working through Bill Cosby’s horoscope.

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