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Monday-Tuesday 2/27/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway at the Oscars; Eclipse Fallout

And….we’re off to the races again!

The day is driven by the Moon in Pisces, feeling its way forward on its quest to connect with ideals and impressions….real and imagined. Moon goes void at 6:08 PM ET on a sobering challenge from Saturn. Blocked by an authority? Funds cut? Ambition advanced? Structures formed? These are possibilities…likely to be seen in the areas of the press, sports, education, courts, foreigners (if you’re following the news). Chill during the void and stick to routine concerns.

At 11:52 PM ET we’ll sense a palpable shift as the Moon charges into me-me-me Aries, a sign known for speed. On TUESDAY there are no aspects aiding and abetting the Aries Moon’s quest to be thought of FIRST; to lead; to inspire; to achieve the impossible; and to fall down stairs because it’s faster than walking.  Oh — wait there is one aspect at 9:55 PM ET, when the Moon meets up with Venus (women, money, art, social expression), setting the perfect scene for consummate flirts.

On WEDNESDAY, March roars in like a lion, with the Aries Moon supercharged by not only its weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus, but macho Mars and expansive Jupiter, too.  The action may be glossed over with a cloud of pixie-dust or rose-colored fog, suggested by the Sun’s annual meet-up with Neptune.

On THURSDAY, boundaries may be pushed to infinity and beyond, as Jupiter makes its second face-off with technogeek rebel Uranus at 8:19 PM ET.  On SATURDAY (but being felt all week), Mercury (mindset, communication, travel), already addled by contact with the destructive South Node and its placement in Pisces, meets up with Neptune at 6:10 AM ET. Great for dreamers, artists and escapists. Perhaps not so great for operators of heavy machinery.

Also on Saturday: Venus turns retrograde, which we will see reflected in our values, finances and relationships. It’s a great time for a REview in those areas. Don’t be surprised if the past comes back to haunt you. Venus will be retrograde until April 15th.

Moon voids for the week — in addition to tonight: Wednesday from 9:18 PM  ET until 2:43 AM ET THURSDAY; Friday from 10:20 AM ET until 5:05 AM ET on SATURDAY. If you are new to this forecast and are unfamiliar with the term “Moon void,” here is an old post with tips for handling these cosmic down times.

This week is ripe for action. Review my post about yesterday’s New Moon in Pisces for details about the patterns at play above, reflected in events here on Earth. For further details about how these patterns are likely to play out in your own personal world, here’s the 411 on consultations.

And now, the news.

Let’s talk about the Oscars, shall we? The nominees for Best Picture were a perfect reflection of last night’s planetary patterns. Mars-Uranus in Aries opposing Jupiter suggests rocket science (Hidden Figures; Arrival), war (Hacksaw Ridge); rebels/misfits (Fences, Hell or High Water, Manchester By the Sea, Moonlight, Lion). Sun-Moon with Mercury and Neptune in Pisces suggests glamor (La La Land), illusion, victimization,  (Fences, Lion, Moonlight)  healing (Manchester By the Sea), pacifism (Hacksaw Ridge), space cadets (Arrival, Hidden Figures), drugs/alcohol (Manchester by the Sea).

How cool is it that MOONLIGHT won after initially being eclipsed by La La Land, given that there was a solar eclipse that morning? Everyone is talking about last night’s shocking upset (Mars conjunct Uranus)  that was broadcast to a a billion people (Mars-Uranus opposing Jupiter), as a result of someone’s muddled thinking (Mercury in Pisces conjunct the South Node; Sun-Moon conjunct Neptune). Some reporters are even saying unkind things about Best Picture presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Maybe they wouldn’t be so unkind if they understood astrology. Shame on you, Gersh Kuntzman.

Here is Warren Beatty’s horoscope. He’s a me-me-me Aries with Moon in Scorpio. He needs to be appreciated for being in control. He has a Virgo Ascendant, prominently placed near the Aries Point, suggesting he needs to be famous for being seen as perfect. He has a Grand Trine among Moon, Saturn and Pluto. This suggests he is a law unto himself and that he needs to project an aura of not needing anything from anyone else (especially emotionally). Macho Mars is running wild; so is escapist/visionary Neptune. His Venus is retrograde, suggesting that he needs to turn things over and over and over in his heart and mind before making a commitment in matters of love, money and aesthetics. His Saturn is exactly opposing his Ascendant, suggesting he needs to present a deliberate, cautious projection of authority to the public.

Here is Faye Dunaway’s horoscope. She’s an achievement-oriented Capricorn, driven by a Moon in regal, “love-love-me-do” Leo. Like Mr. Beatty, she has Grand Trines in her horoscope. She is a law unto herself. She needs to project an aura of self-sufficiency. Unlike Mr. Beatty, who has cautious Saturn on his angles, Ms. Dunaway has action hero MARS on the angles of her horoscope. This Mars is in Sagittarius, so we see the potential for her actions to push boundaries, perhaps inciting passion or conflict. Her Venus is in Capricorn at the Aries Point. So while Mr. Beatty hems and haws, Ms. Dunaway needs to push the envelope with prominence!! Like Mr. Beatty, she has a Virgo Ascendant. She also needs to be seen as being perfect. Note that yesterday’s eclipse at 8 Pisces fell on Ms. Dunaway’s 6 Pisces Descendant, suggesting that her connection with the public would likely be affected.

Let the record also show that yesterday’s New Moon/eclipse squared Mr. Beatty’s Mars (at 4 Sag) and Ms. Dunaway’s, too (6 Sag). Actions that push boundaries — or envelopes — eclipsed!

So. Given what we know of our Best Picture presenters’ horoscopes, we can understand why things happened. Mr. Beatty is given the wrong envelope. He reads the “winner” on the card. He knows something is not right. He needs to maintain his aura of control, authority and perfection. He hesitates, running his options over and over in his mind. Does it occur to him to ASK the show producers for help? Of course not! His horoscope screams a need for self-sufficiency. Plus he has other patterns in his horoscope right now that suggest a potential lack of focus.

The best Mr. Beatty can do is show the card to Ms. Dunaway. She is also self-sufficient — and needs to be perfect — and has an angle in her horoscope referring to public relations that has just been eclipsed.  She is not going to ask for help! Not only that, but the shocking upset of Mars, Uranus and Jupiter are challenging her Capricorn Sun! Using her Sun’s executive authority, along with the “born-to-rule” potential of her Leo Moon…not to mention her provocative Mars channeling its envelope-pushing need for action without stopping to consider the consequences, Ms. Dunaway declares LA LA LAND the winner.

Could this fun snafu have been avoided? Take a look at the chart for the snafu — I believe it was around 9:09 PM PT — haven’t been able to find it online yet  — if anyone knows it, please send it:

Just look at that cluster of planets: Mars, Uranus and Eris — sitting right on the Descendant — opposed by Jupiter on the Ascendant. Shocking upset!! Shall we “get to the bottom of it?” Note that Ms. Dunaway’s 24 Capricorn Sun would be sitting right at the bottom of this event chart! But it is Mr. Beatty who is getting much of the blame, with his Virgo Ascendant likely to attract more attention

Astrology is amazing.

UPDATE: a few years ago it was expected that Meryl Streep would be generating a ton of attention this year — more so than usual. She was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes. Her speech calling out the P45’s wretched character was shared around the world and is still being shared on social media. She was nominated for her 20th Oscar — a world record. The planetary action in her horoscope is transiting Pluto, which suggests personal power and power plays. Pluto is supercharging her Venus (money, fashion sense, values) and her Midheaven (reputation, career). Last night Ms. Streep did not win an award, but she was making headlines all week as a result of witchy-bitchy allegations flung at her by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Here is Ms. Streep’s horoscope.

Be careful on the roads on Wednesday.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday & Sunday 2/25-26/2017: New Moon in Pisces; Solar Eclipse; How to Deal with a Giant Wave

We are at the end of the lunar cycle, with a New Moon happening at 9:58 AM ET on SUNDAY. It is not uncommon to feel listless or restless just before a New Moon. We sense that something is just around the corner, but we don’t know what. Wrap up your projects from the past month and get ready to set your intentionsanew.

On SATURDAY the Aquarius Moon goes void at 1:11 PM ET…not to enter Pisces until 7:24 PM ET. Work on your to-do list in the morning. In the afternoon you can chill; take care of routine; avoid the malls and yard sales, as Moon-void purchases are more likely to not be as useful as you intended.

During the void — at 6:08 PM ET — Mercury enters Pisces, where it will float until March 12th. Mercury refers to how we need to think. In Pisces, Mercury is not interested in thinking as much as it is interested in believing. Who cares if it makes no sense? Or if it defies logic and reason? Just believe!!! Do not say you were not warned when reading the headlines likely to hit the fan in the next couple of weeks.  On the upside, if you are an artist, scammer, healer or spiritual type, perhaps you can take Mercury in Pisces straight to the bank.

SUNDAY suggests volatility. Yes, we have a New Moon, which is also an eclipse. We also have a meet-up between warrior Mars and rebel Uranus in me-me-me Aries. Mars refers to anger, guns, courage, steel, cars, the military, war, the head; Uranus refers to mad scientists, seismic activity, genetic mutations, shocks, electricity and upsets to the status quo.  Both of these planets are closerthanthis to another celestial body:  Eris, known in mythology as the Goddess of Discord. Eris represents “increased potential for righteous outrage from those who perceive they haven’t been offered a seat at the table.” Are you a revolting peasant? This could be a great week for you. Otherwise, be mindful around steel: cars, speed, weapons, knives, etc. Already I’m seeing extreme examples in the news, especially involving “accidents.” Example of entities with a strong Eris in touch with other planets in Aries: the Islamic State and Senator Tom Cotton. The Senator’s Eris was under intense pressure a couple of years ago, as noted here.

OK. So. The New Moon in Pisces suggests an opportunity to plant radioactive mutant ninja turtle seeds — bigly. I say “bigly” because in addition to Mars with Uranus, we also have Mars (action!) facing off against Jupiter (expansion! hubris! Alka-Seltzer!), exact on MONDAY at 9:24 AM ET. Mars – Jupiter is a wonderful energy to have at your back if you’re about to deliver an eleven-pound baby. That planetary pattern needs a physical outlet for a big push. And your child — or other creative enterprise — could be a total game-changer, suggested by two other patterns also exact over the next several days. First is Jupiter’s second face-off with Uranus (exact next THURSDAY). Second is the annual meet-up of the Pisces Sun with wiggy Neptune (exact on WEDNESDAY). Congratulations, you’ve just given birth to an Ascended Master — or — if this highly combustible recipe didn’t bake quite right in the oven — a disruptive alien from Planet Ten.

Here are some thoughts about this year’s series of Jupiter-Uranus oppositions, as well this year’s series of Jupiter-Pluto squares and the series of Saturn-Uranus trines. This was written at the end of 2016. How are we doing? Here are fond memories from 2015’s Sun-Neptune in Pisces meet-up.

Now. About this New Moon being an eclipse:

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 2015 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 1) eclipsed and 2) triggered? Clear?

This eclipse falls almost exactly opposite the eclipse we experienced on September 1st, at 9 degrees of Virgo. If your horoscope was affected by that event, you are likely to be affected by the one happening on Sunday, which is at 8 degrees of Pisces.  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.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is “a jockey.”  This Symbol was last written about on the Full Moon in August of 2012. Cue good old Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee for insights on how to apply these symbols in life:

“…a jockey is an image of a rider skilled in maneuvering power within a powerfully contested situation…their job is to give the horse they ride, the horse power underneath them, the best chance at winning the race.  Jockeying for position means to place oneself into an advantageous position. To jockey someone means to draw someone in or out by trickery.”

OK, seriously. We have a window of opportunity in this lunar cycle to take bold steps forward and not trip over the furniture. Challenge yourself to think creatively and strategically outside of the box. If you are engaged in a competitive enterprise, put on your Grandmaster chess hat and force yourself to think 20 steps ahead of the Other Team. You better believe that if you don’t do it, they will. Consider this Symbol — and the planetary patterns involved in this potent New Moon — when you are reading the news. And if you don’t like what you see, then dagnabbit — now is the time to DO SOMETHING about it.

If you’re at a loss for what to do — in any area of your life — consider scheduling a personal consultation. We’ll look at your horoscope and discuss the opportunities likely to present themselves now and in the near-term future. Is this the time to take a course? Might you be up for a promotion? Is your horoscope screaming at you to pursue a creative outlet? Here’s how to contact me.

Here is the chart for the New Moon, set in Washington D.C.:

Note that there are no planets in angular houses or fixed signs. Planets in angular houses make their presence known to the public; they are clearly seen. In  this New Moon chart, most of the action is happening under the radar, behind closed doors. That militant Mars-Uranus-Eris conjunction is in the 12th House, a.k.a, the house of hidden enemies and the self-undoing. Venus, ruler of the chart, is also in the 12th and in Aries, and will turn retrograde during this lunar cycle (on March 4th).

We see Sun, Moon, Neptune, Mercury and the South Node in the 11th House. The 11th House traditionally refers to hopes, groups and friendships. Some have argued that the 11th House also suggests the love we receive from others…or may suggest karma we have with those who were our enemies in a past life. It’s also been called the house of “Why Not?” Hmmm. With Mercury in Pisces approaching the South Node, we see the potential for faith-based and/or unreasonable thinking that may be toxic and/or may be released.

Planets in fixed signs need to consolidate, organize and take on a tangible form. The lack of fixed energy among the planets suggests flux, initiation and communication.  Let the record show that most of the planets are in fire and water signs, so the flux may feel like crashing waves or leaping flames — the way a wildfire jumps over a road that might otherwise block its path. How do you deal with a wildfire? Two ways: 1) get out of its path until it extinguishes itself; or 2) drown it. Both are arguably Piscean coping strategies.

How do you deal with a giant wave? I thought for sure the answer would be “don’t struggle against it; go with it,” which is apparently true for dealing with a riptide — and would be true to the surrender associated with Pisces. However, according to the book The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean:

“…it is best to charge straight at it, hoping you make it over.”

…which seems like a strategy more typically associated with Aries: courageous, counter-intuitive and determined to achieve the impossible in order to build something new. Perhaps those are our potential marching orders on this New Moon, with its heavy focus on Pisces (the end of the world)  and Aries (we’re just getting started).

It is interesting that Ascendant of this D.C. – based chart is in Taurus, which is a fixed sign. So we see a need to project an image that looks like it is building and maintaining material comfort and security. Behind the projected image, there is little solid form. Things may not be as they seem.

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

Will cover the news next time.

 

 

Thursday & Friday 2/23-24/2017: Mars-Pluto Power Plays and Such

Well?

Anyone feel like biting someone’s head off yesterday? Did someone try to bite off yours? I have been hearing stories! Or, on the upside, did anyone move heaven and earth to achieve a life-changing goal? Of course there is an upside — and here’s an example: a dear friend whose horoscope is directly affected by yesterday’s challenge between Mars (action! courage!) and Pluto (resistance is futile) announced the birth of her child — fulfilling a dream she’s had for many years. Huzzah!

The Moon went void in Capricorn on Wednesday at 10:24 PM ET. It doesn’t regain its focus until 12:17 PM ET, when it enters Aquarius. You could make some serious networking connections and pitches this afternoon, supported by an alignment between Mercury (mind, travel, communication) and Saturn (structure, authority).  There are no hits to the Moon for most of the next two days; in fact there’s only one: an easy alignment between the Moon and Venus at 10:41 AM ET on Friday.

And now, the news.

I was expecting something ground-breaking and cosmic with Mars in a charged hit to Uranus, Pluto and Jupiter. I wasn’t disappointed. “Thrilling discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby star,” says the Guardian. Beam me up!

Elsewhere, Mars in the hot seat suggests cars and head injuries. So of course race car driver Danica Patrick would be talking about how many concussions she’s had in her career — and so is Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of her peers.  More on cars: Insider Uber’s Aggressive, Unrestrained Workplace Culture.” Meanwhile, Mars refers to macho, sports, male sex drive. Guys: strenuous exercise may be hurting your sex life.

Another macho power play: the president of Azerbaijan appoints a new vice president: his wife. Elsewhere, four men in Indonesia have as much wealth as the poorest 100 million of its citizens. Globally, a new Oxfam study reports that six men have as much wealth as half of the world’s population; last month it was eight; last year it was 62. Staggering. Sustainable?

Meanwhile, here’s an NYT piece about the members of Mar-a-Lago, P45’s private club. The initiation fee was raised this year from $100,000 to $200,000. The cost to American taxpayers for P45’s three weekend jaunts from DC to Florida this month: $10 million.

Pluto refers to decay. I loved this story about the so-called “compost king of New York.” What a Mars-in-Aries pioneer! And while we’re on the subject of power plays and dumps, yesterday  P45 “withdrew guidance stating federal law requires transgender students to have unfettered access to bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity.” Apparently Betsy DeVos argued against that power play, but new Attorney General Jeff Sessions was for it, as NYT columnist Gail Collins cheerfully reports.

Mars with Pluto and Uranus suggest anger and upsets. Have you been paying attention to the levels of anger being expressed at town halls around the country? Take a listen to these questions posed to Sen. Tom Cotton in Arkansas; Joni Ernst in Iowa; Mitch McConnell in Kentucky;  Dave Brat in Virginia; Leonard Lance in New Jersey,  and so on. Let the record show that women are asking a lot of those questions.

Here’s an upset at the Federal Election Commission: why did commissioner Ann Ravel resign and what news from underground regarding power and resources does she want everyone to know?

It’s hard to find news that does not involve — however tangentially — a reference to P45. Yea verily, his horoscope continues to be on fire. But a NYT reporter strove mightily for an entire week to ignore such stories — and here’s what he learned.

True confession: I would rather talk about your horoscope than P45’s. Does your horoscope have the potential to set the world on fire? What about your children and/or your significant other? Here’s the 411 on personal consultations. And here’s a link to my Cosmic Tip Jar, if you find my writing worthwhile and would like to support it.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Tuesday 2/21/2017: Sneak Peak at the Week; Mars and Mercury on the March

Onward!

It’s a short week, but there is much to be said and done, with strong potential for surprises in store. Mars — planet of  action, anger and courage — continues to be in the hot heat, making supercharged connections to Pluto (on Wednesday at 3:59 AM ET) and Uranus (on Sunday at 7:17 PM ET). Mars challenged by Pluto suggests explosive power plays and extraordinary effort. Mars in tandem with Uranus suggests innovative action and upsets to the status quo in matters of technology, space, aviation, brain surgery, steel, war, revolution.

Yes, we’ve experienced this pattern before. The last time Mars engaged with these two heavyweights was in October, and here’s what was written on October 4th:

If a surprise were going to show up in October (as opposed to the power play Friday’s Sun-Pluto challenge may bring), I’d look to the days leading up to the Full Moon on the 16th, when rebel Uranus will oppose the Sun and conjoin the me-me-me Aries Moon. Mars (action) and Mercury (communication) are in a combative connection on the 13th. On the 19th, Mars (assertion and action) meets up with Pluto in Capricorn, sign of the Powers That Be. Hours later, Mercury (ideas, communication) is disrupted by a hard connection to Uranus, suggesting innovation, shock or some other lightning bolt from the blue. In the U.S., the third and final debate between Hillary Clinton and her opponent happens on the 19th. Yowza. The days leading up to the 29th may also be provocative, as Mars is challenged by Uranus.

Remember what happened on October 29th?

So we are likely to see a “next level” of action on events that happened in October.  And here are a few headlines from the last time Mars was engaged with Uranus and Pluto while also being in Aries — March of 2015.

An additional level of expansion is also in effect, courtesy of a face-off between Mars and jolly Jupiter, exact on the 27th. All told, these patterns suggest market volatility, likely to the upside.

The other planet in the hot seat this week is Mercury — how we need to think, travel, communicate and go about our business. Fun stuff: mercantile, mercenary, merchandise…Mercury…see the connection? Now you understand why, when Mercury is retrograde, astrologers advise caution when negotiating deals and signing contracts. In any case, our minds and all the things Mercury refers to are likely to be abuzz, continuing from last Thursday’s harmony with Mars (walking and talking — remember?).

Last night at 11:01 PM ET, Mercury was in harmony with rebel/techgeek Uranus; today at 1:27 PM ET it is in an expansive harmony with Jupiter. Big ideas, lawsuits, issues of fairness and justice — and of course, media, education and other collective belief systems.  On Thursday, Mercury is in harmony with Saturn , suggesting an easy gravitas in matters of opinion, foreigners and other Sagittarius-ruled concerns.

Wednesday is the most charged day this week. Mars will square Pluto on a day driven by the Moon in proactive, corporate, patriarchal Capricorn — supercharged by Pluto, Mars, Uranus and Jupiter between 2:34 PM ET and 10:24 PM ET. If you are not harnessing this power drive for your own quest for world domination, be mindful of those around you who are. Choose your battles wisely. Rash and reckless behavior is likely to be evident (like we haven’t had enough, with Mars in Aries since the end of January). Take it out at the gym, not at some guy named Jim, mmkay?

If you have a planet or angle around 18-20 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you know where to find me. Let’s talk about how to manage this rare and life-changing push for an empowered perspective and release of what no longer serves. This will be going on for you personally until early 2018.

Mercury leaves wonky Aquarius for dreamy Pisces on Saturday at 6:08 PM ET — for a stay until March 12th.  There’s a New Moon and eclipse on Sunday — also in Pisces — at 9:58 AM ET. More on that later this week.

Your Moon voids this week — natural breaks where it may be helpful to focus on routine concerns and roll with the twists and flakes that may derail your efforts to move forward in a straight line — are as follows: Wednesday 10:24 PM ET – Thursday 12:17 PM ET; Saturday 1:11 PM  ET — 7:24 PM ET. Onward, onward, onward!

And now, the news.

The UAE gets a special shout-out for two spectacular items reflecting the pioneering thrust of Mars in Aries, supported by Mercury in tech-savvy Aquarius. Dubai plans to launch of driverless flying cars this summer.  And adding to its announced mission to Mars back in 2015, the UAE now plans to have a city on the Red Planet — built by 2117 with international cooperation, according to a tweet from Sheikh Mohammed, the prime minister of the UAE and emir of Dubai. This futuristic goal is totally in line with planetary patterns at the time of the Sheikh’s birth; his 22 Cancer Sun has just experienced the third hit from space cadet Uranus. Astrology is amazing.

In the U.S., our best idea to take flight last week was the return of free meals to Delta’s economy class. But hey — still in tune with planetary patterns!

Bill Gates made news when he suggested that robots who take jobs once done by humans should be taxed. Robots and their impact on the economy was the subject of yesterday’s NYT editorial.

Also reflecting current patterns: a domestic terror plot was foiled when a Florida man who planned to plant bombs in Target stores  — in order to make a killing in the stock market —  was arrested. In South Carolina, a white supremacist was also foiled in his efforts to plan an attack  —  “in the spirit of Dylann Roof.”  Just letting you know in case you’ve only been hearing about the horrible thing that happened in Sweden according to something P45 saw on the TeeVee.  No mention of the fine intelligence work done by law enforcement in foiling those two very real planned domestic attacks on P45’s twitfeed, so here’s a bit of gratitude: thank you, law enforcement! Meanwhile, absolutely nothing happened in Sweden on Friday, except maybe stuff like this. Clear?

This just in…”Long-winded Speech Could Be an Early Sign of Alzheimer’s”  Combine the Mars and Mercury action with Neptune (befuddlement, fantasy, lies), which is still running wild. Neptune refers to toxins, too… in a month dominated by Air and Fire signs (with the except of Neptune in Pisces, a Water Sign — and Pluto in earthy Capricorn), it’s intriguing to see a series of articles in the Guardian on…air pollution.

Oh, and speaking of hot air — we’re on track to having another record-setting February. Not that the recently-confirmed head of the EPA — Scott Pruitt — is likely to do anything to slow that runaway train. It should be an interesting week for Mr. Pruitt, whose confirmation was rushed through the Senate last week by elected representatives with Other Priorities, despite a judge ordering the release of thousands of emails between Mr. Pruitt and people working in the oil and gas industries. Those emails were supposed to be released today — after his confirmation — which is exactly what those elected representatives with Other Priorities intended to happen (I take some comfort in the fact that patterns present at Mr. Pruitt’s birth suggest he is about to enter a two-year phase of intense and potentially anguished effort).

Meanwhile, I hope the mainstream media keeps a strong spotlight on those elected representatives, because for all the coverage the Tweeter-in-Chief is getting for doing what he does naturally, he is only able to do this because those elected representatives are allowing it. When we compare the chart for the start of the 115th Congress vs. the inauguration of P45, the former is stronger, if you ask me. What’s in it for them?

Ooh! Here’s a fun item that just posted — reflecting planetary patterns focusing on the brain, speech and bewilderment: “When Mismatched Voices and Lips Make Your Brain Play Tricks.”  This item is not fun at all: David Cassidy announced that he has dementia, which apparently runs in his family. This sad news is in sync with transiting Uranus, ruler of his 9th House (mass communication) meeting up with his 22 Aries Sun, ruler of his 3rd House (how he needs to think and speak). Uranus making a challenging aspect to a planet suggests potential upsets. His current concert tour may be his last. Here is his horoscope.

When the TV show “The Partridge Family” premiered in September of 1970, we could see how Mr. Cassidy could become such a heartthrob, given once-in-a-lifetime transits and solar arcs from expansive/lucky Jupiter, Moon and Venus in 1970 and 1971. Are you old enough to remember having a massive crush on him after hearing this song? And if you happened to take time to watch that clip from the show, did you cringe at the laugh track added in response to the “joke” about women playing professional hockey? That was then…before 1972’s Title IX…enacted in the aftermath of the revolutionary Uranus-Pluto conjunction of 1965-66. How far have we come since then?

Thank you for reading this forecast. To find out if you’re likely to become a national heartthrob in your lifetime, book a personal consultation. We will have an excellent discussion together.

 

Friday 2/17/2017: A Clown Car of News, As Promised

And now, the news — featuring mostly this week’s headlines, in no particular order.

Let’s start with Harrison Ford, who made headlines this week when he landed his plane on the wrong runway at an airport in California.  Coincidence or conspiracy: Two years ago, when Mars was last in Aries and one week out from the volatile contacts with Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto we will see in the next two weeks, Harrison Ford crashed an airplane.   In this latest instance, let the record show that Mr. Ford is designed to attract prominence in matters of career and mindset/travel/communication. His Mercury is in Cancer at the Aries Point and in touch with his Libra Ascendant and his Cancer Midheaven. Where was the Moon on Monday when he missed the runway? In Libra, in contact with Mercury, ASC and MC. Whatever was going on in his mind regarding travel suddenly attracted attention.

Not only that, but Mr. Ford is right in the middle of the third and final hit of transiting Uranus (aviation, accidents, revelations) to his Cancer Sun, Moon and Sun/Moon midpoint. Here is his horoscope. Guess what happened within a week of the second exact hit to his Sun/Moon midpoint (which reflects relationship concerns)? This happened in November, and that’s when Carrie Fisher (may she rest in peace) revealed that she and Mr. Ford had an affair on the set of the first Star Wars. It would not surprise me if she told him about her intention to tell the story in April of 2016, which is when he had the first hit of this pattern.  Meanwhile, I wonder if Mr. Ford is planning an amazing 75th birthday bash. Planetary patterns are ridiculously strong for him in matters of reward for a job well done; a life well-lived. His Uranian transit cycle concludes on March 14th; we’ll see by then if he gets to keep his pilot’s license.

Another non-political headline in sync with planetary patterns, specifically Thursday’s cooperative alignment between Mars (which rules the head) and Mercury (thinking) in tech-savvy Aquarius:
“Portable brain-scanning helmet could be future for rapid brain injury assessments.”

Next on deck: in an effort to establish power and control, walk the talk and make a persuasive, substantive and in-depth pitch, P45 nominated a replacement pick for Secretary of Labor (no birth date currently available for Alexander Acosta) and gave a press conference. But as the astrological adage goes, “You can not elect what the natal horoscope denies.” Therefore, if you’re planning a wedding and you hire an astrologer to elect a favorable date, but there is nothing in your own horoscope to suggest a marriage or compatibility with your intended spouse, a fabulous wedding date and time is not likely to be enough to keep the two of you together. Got that? Here is a transcript of today’s press conference. Do you find it deep and substantive?

On another note, back in November we noted certain transits from Chiron would be hot in P45’s horoscope in 2017 — here is that prior post. He’s had two exact Chiron hits so far: on January 26th and February 12th. As I wrote in November, Chiron suggests potential exposure of toxic relationships going back years. Guess what happened on January 26th? Acting Attorney General Sally Yates informed P45 that Michael T. Flynn might be compromised by his relationship to certain Russians. Guess what happened on February 12th? P45 lied about his knowledge of Flynn’s phone calls. The next day, Flynn resigned. Fascinating. Are there more Chiron hits in store this year? You betcha.

Also fascinating: I was expecting to see a story about Stephen K. Bannon feeling provoked or provocative on February 15th. Then this showed up, right on schedule: “Steve Bannon ‘livid’ with Breitbart Over Priebus Report”.  We see another potential provocation on Friday or Saturday. Elsewhere, transiting Mars (action! aggression!) was exactly opposing Vladimir Putin’s Libra Sun when news of 1) a Russian spy ship 30 miles off the coast of Connecticut; and 2) the deployment of a Russian missile in apparent violation of a U.S. treaty was reported. Astrology is amazing.

Also in sync with planetary patterns, Mark Zuckerberg posted a 6500-page “mission statement” on his Facebook page that “reads like a state of the union address, tackling everything from fake news to growing anti-globalization sentiment.”  Now that is likely a deep, substantive and persuasive pitch for how to walk the talk, though I confess I have yet to read it.

What’s going on in your horoscope? When are you likely to be feeling provoked and/or ready for action?  Is this the right time for you to get married? Move to France? Go back to school? Awareness of planetary patterns in your unique horoscope offers confidence and coping strategies, improving your timing and your relationships.  Here’s the 411 on consultations

Meanwhile, as you may know I am a big fan of the Washington Post’s “Daily 202,” a news digest sent out via email by reporter James Hohmann (presumably with the assistance of a Really Helpful Staff). I am thrilled that many Avid Readers are finding themselves compelled to become paying subscribers to this fine newspaper! We’ve got ten more months of controlling Saturn reflecting the potential muzzling of collective belief systems, foreigners, education and journalism — all matters of concern to Sagittarius, where Saturn is transiting now. I am happy to pay WaPo for its efforts. Real news needs to taken seriously.

But there’s always room for improvement, as I noted two days ago, when Mr. Hohmann’s opening line was this:

THE BIG IDEA: President Trump should thank his lucky stars that Republicans control both chambers of Congress, because Democrats would be announcing a Benghazi-style inquest today if they could.

How does  Mr. Hohmann know that P45’s stars are “lucky”?  Were WaPo fact checkers asked to verify this bold, presumptuous statement? Did anyone consult with a professional astrologer? Why or why not? This is what I want to know.

And on that note…

Thank you for reading this forecast. Have a great holiday weekend!

Thursday-Sunday 2/16-19/2017: Weekend Forecast

Allll-righty then!

The energy of the day is driven by the Moon in Scorpio, which it enters at 1:41 AM ET. A Scorpio Moon seeks depth and substance for the sake of power and control, and we don’t get a break in the emotional intensity until Saturday afternoon. The only exact pattern is a harmony between Mercury (thinking, speaking) and Mars (doing) at 1:15 PM ET. Make your innovative and inspiring pitch; paint a solid picture of how you will walk your talk. Color the evening a shade of rose, courtesy of a harmony between the Moon and Neptune. Music, spirits, art — or some other visionary escape?

On FRIDAY, a clash of opinion over control is suggested by a challenge between Mercury and the Moon at 9:18 AM ET. Perhaps it will light up your Twitter feed.  Moon goes void with a sigh on a harmony with Pluto, digging up dirt and consolidating power. Whatever crisis crops up between 2:38 PM ET and SATURDAY at 1:52 PM ET may well be much ado about nothing. You can skip out early for the holiday weekend without consequence. Chill!

At 6:32 AM ET the Sun enters Pisces. Happy birthday to your favorite fishies! Pisces is a sensitive, intuitive energy that at its best expresses compassion and loving kindness for everyone and everything, in its understanding that we are all One.  Being such a sensitive soul is not always easy. Pisces has been known to wallow in suffering. It can go to extremes of surrender in order to escape life’s hard knocks, drowning its sorrows in the nearest rose-colored glass. Pisces is ruled by Neptune, a dreamy energy that can be challenging to integrate, but oh what sublime creative visions it can bring to life, when effectively channeled.

Pisces folk born between February 28 and March 4th should chat with Fish born a few days earlier about how spacey life has seemed in  past two years. Lots of potential for creativity and soulful questing, though. Pisces folk born between March 10th and March 19th will be feeling the pressure of Saturn, demanding streamlined plans for advance. May be time to check in with your local astrologer…  And that’s not a bad idea for Gemini, Sagittarius and Virgo folk born 10-14 days and 21-28 days into their respective signs. And while we’re on the subject of hot horoscopes, if you are an Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn born about 20 days into your sign, you would benefit from an astrologer’s perspective, too.

At 1:52 PM ET on SATURDAY  the Moon enters Sagittarius, needing to express its righteous opinion and push boundaries with enthusiasm. Activities that expand your horizons are favored: a walk in nature; a foreign film. The afternoon is charged by the Third Quarter Moon, advancing the whatever illumination and/or release you experienced on last Friday’s Full Moon and eclipse.

The last time Moon entered Sagittarius this foreign perspective hit the airwaves, soon going viral.  Have you seen “America First; Netherlands Second,” a a satirical video introducing The Netherlands to P45? Many other countries have since offered their own introductions; the latest is from India.

Patterns on SUNDAY are dreamy and playful. Patterns on MONDAY are active — mentally and physically. Big ideas and daring action will be front and center for the next two weeks. If you thought this week was full of surprises and shifts, just wait and see. We’ll have Mars (action!) and Jupiter (expansion!) supercharged by disruptive Uranus and power player Pluto…and much, much more.

The news is up next.

Monday 2/13/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Signs of Neptune Running Wild

Happy Monday!

The work week begins on a serious challenge between a perfectionist Virgo Moon and an opinionated and authoritative Saturn in Sagittarius, exact at 7:36 AM ET. Whatever potential ambitious reach or wet blanket greeted you upon waking, resist the urge to make a mountain out of a molehill. The Moon will be void for most of the business day, wandering without focus until 3:43 PM ET. Stick to routine; roll with the twists and flakes that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Chill!

Once the Moon enters the next sign — Libra — the energy of the day focuses on social graces, balance, fairness and justice.  Cooperation and communication are facilitated in ways that advance progress, suggested by a harmony between the Sun and Saturn around 1 AM ET on TUESDAY.

Libra is a romantic sign — in a sweet-talking sort of way. Not bad for the Moon on Valentine’s Day, right? Indulgence in the morning, perhaps, suggested by a face-off between the Moon and Venus at 5:51 AM ET. Wonky ideas and communication are facilitated around 1 PM ET, as Moon is in harmony with mental Mercury. We have potential for energy surges and/or spats around 5 PM ET, however. That’s when the people-pleasing (and conflict-avoiding) Libra Moon is challenged by high-functioning Mars (action!) in me-me-me Aries. The earth may move in the overnight hours — for better or worse. That’s when Moon makes it’s weekly mash-up to Pluto and Uranus. The action happens on WEDNESDAY at 2:57 AM ET and 9:01 AM ET, respectively.

The only other pattern of note during the work week is a cooperative connection between wonky Mercury in Aquarius and Mars in Aries. Looks promising for putting ideas into action, especially those with a tech-friendly and/or humanitarian bent.

Moon voids — other than Monday:  WEDNESDAY at 8:54 PM ET until THURSDAY at 1:41 AM ET — no biggie. FRIDAY AT 2:38 PM ET until 1:52 PM ET on SATURDAY. Start the holiday weekend early and avoid the mattress sales until the Moon is no longer void. Impulse purchases made during Moon voids have a funny way of not living up to their desired potential.

A word about an interesting relationship happening now between Venus and Mars. They are both in Aries, with Venus seemingly chasing Mars, a few steps ahead. They are close enough  to spark attraction and passion — but they aren’t going to come together until….OCTOBER 4th around 18 degrees of Virgo. Venus is actually slowing down — about to turn retrograde on March 4th. So whatever mergers are on the verge right now might be put off until early October. We shall see.

What’s going on in your horoscope? How will the Venus retrograde impact your relationships? Is your horoscope compatible with the horoscope of your Significant Other? These are questions that can be answered in any number of written reports and personal consultations — all of which are described here. We will have an excellent discussion together.

And now, the news.

In the language of astrology, Neptune refers to fantasy, glamour, gaslighting, scandal, fog, spirits, lies, toxins, drugs, oceans/water, music and ideals. It refers to what is intangible. If you are having a Neptune transit, you may find yourself desperately seeking a vision. Neptune dissolves what it touches. It doesn’t blow it apart or tear it down, as Pluto, Mars or Uranus suggest. Neptune is more like Chinese water torture. It can really do a number on your mind.

Right now Neptune is isolated from all of the other planets, except for an occasional, brief connection to the Moon. Isolated planets — and whatever they represent — tend to attract a lot of attention. Here’s what I’m seeing in the headlines: “extraordinary” levels of toxic pollution in the most remote depths of the ocean; an alternative to the (already scandalized) EpiPen is about to hit the market at $4500 (!!?!?) a pop;  a NYT op-ed expresses Moon square Saturn skepticism about using LSD to treat depression; thousands were evacuated in California after heavy rains raised concerns over a dam disaster; last night’s Grammys pulled out all the razzle-dazzle stops.

Said razzle-dazzle included Beyonce, Adele and Joy Villa, whose P45-inspired “Make America Great Again” dress was followed by a spike in music sales. It’s fascinating to see the potential in patterns at Ms. Villa’s birth, suggesting a need for idealistic thinking and daring action. Her Mercury (how she needs to think) is being exactly squared by Pluto as I type, suggesting a persuasive and empowered thrust to what she says and thinks.Birth date: April 25, 1991 — in Orange, CA. Time unknown. Astrology is amazing.

But the lies — the Neptunian lies — everywhere! A majority of P45 voters believe that the fake Bowling Green massacre Kellyanne Conway lied about justified P45’s Muslim travel ban (which was rejected 3-0 by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, as expected). Here’s how the NY Daily News reported that story; here is the NY Post’s version. See the differences in the headlines? Where do you get your news? There was no terrorist attack in Atlanta, either, btw — a fact that is skewered with gusto in an encore performance by Melissa McCarthy as White House press secretary Sean Spicer on SNL.

Why are men being portrayed by women on SNL? Astrologically, I note that Ms. McCarthy made her debut with transiting Venus in warrior Aries at the Aries Point! Fun Fact: Rosie O’Donnell has three planets near the Aries Point: Sun, Venus and Moon — so it makes sense that talk of her filling Steve Bannon’s shoes would attract attention.

Meanwhile…

“In Stephen Miller’s world, reality is besides the point,” reads a headline in today’s Washington Post. Miller is a 31-year-old senior policy advisor to P45 who asserted — without a shred of evidence — massive voter fraud in the last election.  He is 31 years old — no birth date available — but I would think Neptune is strong in his horoscope.  Here is an in-depth profile Politico published last year, which refers to him as a “true believer.” Neptune definitely believes.  Meanwhile, the former chairman of the NH GOP is offering $1000 to the first person who can prove that any Massachusetts voter took a bus to New Hampshire and voted illegally, as Miller claimed on Sunday.  The former NH GOP chairman’s Twitter posts are glorious in their celebration of Neptune fantasies.

Also at the White House: whether or not national security advisor Michael T. Flynn lied about what he said to the Russian ambassador to the U.S. about lifting sanctions imposed by the Obama Administration. And if he did lie, who else knew about it?

On HBO,  John Oliver devoted his entire show last night –– aired during a “make it right” Moon in Virgo — to an in-depth analysis of the Neptune fog currently emanating from the Oval Office — with an action plan coming soon to a TV cable news show near you.  We don’t have a birth time for Mr. Oliver — but here’s a bit I wrote about his horoscope nearly two years ago.

In other news, Betsy DeVos was confirmed in an unprecedented 51-50 Senate vote, living up to the potential suggested in her horoscope. She is our new Secretary of Education, marking her first week in office with a tweet that misspelled the name of civil rights activist and co-founder of the NAACP W.E. B. DuBois. Elsewhere, a souvenir portrait of P45 was removed from the online store of the Library of Congress yesterday because of a “glaring typo,” according to the NY Post.  And at the White House, the People Who Write These Things referred to UK Prime Minister Theresa May as “Teresa May,” a British porn star.

OK, enough about politics and Moon-in-Virgo exacting fuss over pesky details.

Let’s talk about the potential suggested by last week’s harmony between the Sun and Uranus. Innovative leadership and resources, anyone? President “Jimmy Carter leases his land to solar power his hometown” made national and international headlines. From the photos here, seems like the panels are up and running. I could see “Mr. Jimmy” initiating more fresh starts in the way land is used as transiting Uranus hits all four angles of his horoscope this year and next.

Here are pix of Friday’s Snow Moon eclipse, along with a visiting comet.

UPDATE: Beth Owl’s Daughter is doing well and recovering at home after her major, major surgery on Tuesday. She sends tears of joy and buckets of gratitude to the Avid Readers who were inspired to support her GoFundMe campaign. You are awesome! And because Beth is also awesome, she got out of bed, walked down the stairs and sat at her computer long enough to post her Tarot Card for the Week  here

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Monday 2/6/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Aries is for Action

Good morning!

The pixie chatterbox buzz of the Moon in Gemini drives the day, questing for information, wit and entertainment. It all goes swimmingly — with a potential wet blanket or executive reach at 5:53 PM ET, when the Moon is opposed by controlling Saturn. Moon then goes void until 2:03 AM ET TUESDAY; stick to routine in the evening and avoid making mountains out of molehills.

Your other Moon voids for the week: WEDNESDAY 5 PM ET until 4:41 AM ET on THURSDAY; SATURDAY 12:52 AM until 8:52 AM ET. In other words — no real Moon void flakes and twists to disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line for those of us in the Eastern Time Zone — so it’s onward, onward, onward!

Planetary patterns of note this week. On TUESDAY, Mercury finally leaves Capricorn, where it’s been for most of the past two months. At 4:36 AM ET it enters Aquarius, seeking to organize thinking and communication into a cerebral and  socially significant form. On THURSDAY, the Aquarius Sun is in harmony with Uranus — look for headlines involving technology, aviation and humanitarian concerns — the more idealistic, the better, given that on FRIDAY, Mercury and Venus will also be in harmony. On SATURDAY the Sun will be in harmony with expansive Jupiter — how potentially nice for you if you have a planet or angle around 23 degrees of Aquarius, Gemini or Libra.

So — no tough patterns — except brief ones to the Moon.  Don’t squander this easy flow — do something! Wednesday is the most volatile day, as the Moon makes its weekly contacts to Uranus and Pluto. Note that emotions are building to a crest this week. On Friday the Moon will be full at 7:33 PM ET — in love-love-me-do Leo. This Full Moon is also an eclipse — and we’ll write more about that later this week.

And now, the news.

Hard to believe that the last time I wrote about Alec Baldwin’s horoscope — almost three years ago — he was announcing his retirement from public life. How things change! Like….a  series of Jupiter transits to his Aries Sun, the first of which happened on November 12th, suggesting opportunities for ego expansion that are likely to continue through the first half of the year. If you didn’t see Mr. Baldwin’s latest star turn on SNL, here it is.  And here is another show-stopper: Melissa McCarthy as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer — a Moon-in-Gemini newsy buzz yesterday morning.  As one of my writing teachers used to say, “Comedy is a coping strategy for pain.” Enjoy!

On Friday, a federal appeals judges upheld the stay on P45’s efforts to ban Muslims from seven select countries, reflecting the stubborn “keep things as they are” resolve of Friday’s First Quarter Moon in Taurus. Meanwhile, art and women continued to pull focus, as we would expect with Venus at the Aries Point. In New York, MoMA made headlines when it replaced some of its permanent collection with works created by artists from those seven targeted countries. That night, “art” made national news again when riders in a Manhattan subway car worked together to remove deplorable graffiti that was scrawled all over the interior. Did you know that hand sanitizer removes Sharpie ink? I didn’t, and am now resolved to carry a little bottle with me at all times, along with a pack of tissues.

In other news, half a million Romanians are protesting its newly-installed prime minister, who has been in office for barely a month. See? It’s not just us. The patterns we are experiencing now — similar to what we had in the mid-60s and early 30s — have a global reach.

Here are the alleged best and worst ads from the Super Bowl. As written here two years ago, the “Deflategate” scandal proved to be of no consequence. The Patriots won. Here, a psychologist explains how fans could be A-OK with their  team’s questionable behavior .

Two things in closing. First, we’ve got Venus and Mars in Aries and we’re working with New Moon energy. This is a week that screams action — but some may hesitate. Why? Do you need some inspiration and motivation? Let me introduce you to one of my former bosses — Bill Hartnett — who has learned a lot since his horoscope was hit by Uranus and Pluto simultaneously a few years ago. As you will see from his blog, he’s a changed man. Here is the post that can help you get out of your rut. Consider the proactive needs of  Aries as the wind at your back. Do it!

Other posts on Bill’s site are well worth the read, especially if you are feeling frustrated by your search for the Next Big Thing.

Second, Beth Owlsdaughter has posted her Tarot Card for the Week — and as always, it is in tune with planetary patterns. Beth is a wise and wonderful writer.

You may remember that I mentioned back in August that Beth was diagnosed with breast cancer. She’s been doing an extremely harsh series of chemo since then. She hasn’t been able to work, but she has written her Card of the Week without fail — she a fighter with a generous heart. Tomorrow Beth  is scheduled for surgery — a  double mastectomy, to be followed by a series of radiation treatments. I would not wish this experience on anyone.

Several months ago, a friend of Beth’s created a GoFundMe page — collecting donations to help Beth with deductibles, co-pays, loss of income, etc. The statistics on the GoFundMe page are fascinating. I love quantitative data. Check this out:

  • The campaign goal is $20,000.
  • In six months, 212 kind-hearted people have given a total of  $12,358
  • That averages out to $58.30 per person.
  • This is not the fascinating part.

The fascinating part is that the campaign has been shared on social media by 729 people. 729 — subtract 212 — and that means that at least 517 people were moved enough by the noble goals of the campaign to SHARE the post, but not actually SUPPORT it with energy in a material form. But if those 517 people had each contributed $14.78, the $20,000 goal would have been made!

Why did those 517 people share the fundraising campaign, but not be moved enough to contribute actual dollars to the effort? This is what I want to know. What are the consequences for society as a whole?  I am pondering this deep question, as I ponder the wisdom of Bill Hartnett’s blog post on how he realized that he wasn’t doing what needed to be done to move forward. Perhaps this will inspire you to ponder…and then DO SOMETHING, too.

Thinking of Beth with much love...and much love to each and every one of you, too. What’s that quote?

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”

Maybe that’s the answer to the question.

But still…$14.78…geez….

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Friday 2/3/2017 & the Weekend: Venus Pulls Focus; Jupiter Turns Retrograde: Mars News Update

TGIF!

A comfort-seeking Taurus Moon drives today and SATURDAY — make your weekend plans accordingly. There’s a dreamy alignment between the Moon and Neptune today at 3:10 PM ET that you can use for inspiration. Later in the evening — at 11:19 PM ET — we will have the First Quarter Moon, perhaps lobbing a stubborn “let’s not change anything” challenge to the New Moon agenda you’ve been pushing.

Meanwhile, just to spark things up, Venus enter Aries at 10:52 AM ET. Venus refers to women, money, aesthetics and social expression. In Aries, it’s a bit of a flirt, frankly. It needs to know that it is loved by everyone. So it may well spice up your social interactions for the rest of the month, inspiring you to connect with new people. Just be advised that impulsive passions are likely to be up for a review when Venus turns retrograde on March 4th. Have fun in the meantime.

Moon will be void on Saturday between 5:42 PM and 11:44 PM ET, meaning that SUNDAY is brought to you by the Moon in information junkie Gemini, seeking to be the smartest kid in the room. If you’re up for a chat, a Gemini Moon is happy to oblige it, as well as your need for entertainment and multitasking.

If you’ve got a planet or angle around 23 degrees — two thirds of the way — through Aries, Capricorn, Cancer and especially Libra, you may be in an expansive phase in one or more areas of your life. Jupiter, the cosmic sugardaddy, has been hanging out at 23 Libra for a few weeks, getting ready to turn retrograde MONDAY at 1:52 AM ET. Jupiter retrograde suggests that whatever was expanding may now be subject to a review and/or delay. With Jupiter in Libra, the sign of justice, fairness, equality and balance, I expect we’ll see many delays in the headlines played out in court. Jupiter turns direct on June 9th. It returns to 23 Libra in early September, which I expect will be an extremely significant period of time.

Perhaps you’d like to know what the placement of Jupiter in your horoscope suggests for you. Jupiter transits often coincide with opportunities for honors and promotion — and I have plenty of cases in my files of clients whom I encouraged to make a pitch for expansion during a Jupiter transit — which resulted in success. Astrology is a very good thing to know about. What’s going on in your horoscope?Here’s the 411 on consultations.

And now, the news.

The action continues at a dizzying pace on all sides, reflecting the potential of  Mars (action! warriors! guns! sports! cars!) charging through impatient, impulsive, go-go-go Aries. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), himself an impatient Aries, withdrew a bill proposing to sell off an area of public land equal to the size of Connecticut. What swayed him? In this planetary climate, it wasn’t the picnickers and tree huggers. Nope. Score this victory courtesy of the hunters and anglers who were outraged — and as a “proud gun owner,” what else could Rep. Chaffetz do?

Cars! Over 200,000 people have deleted their Uber accounts in the wake of the “perception that it was undermining a [JFK] taxi strike” in protest of P45’s thinly disguised Muslim ban. That’s amazing — and I say this based on personal experience. It is not easy to delete an Uber account; one must be resourceful and very persistent.  The consumer backlash may have prompted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to resign from P45’s economic advisory council. Cars!

The new U.S. border controls were not kind to the former prime minister of Norway, who found himself detained at Dulles airport because of a 2014 trip to Iran, where he had given a speech at a human rights conference. So where was Kjell Magne Bondevik heading on this week’s U.S. trip? Spit take alert: he was going to the annual National Prayer Breakfast, where he would be hearing P45 use the solemn and reflective occasion to make a nasty jab about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ratings as the new host of  a TV show which shall remain nameless. Gov. Schwarzenegger was quick to respond, as Stephen Colbert reports. (I mean it. Put the coffee mug down now).

Iran has since banned U.S. wrestlers from participating in the Freestyle Wrestling Cup.…and just now, more sanctions have been announced against Iran.

In other Mars-related stories, at the National Prayer Breakfast, P45 also vowed to “totally destroy” (because simply repealing it would not convey the destructive drive of Mars) the Johnson (Mars!) Amendment, which narrows the scope of how churches (i.e. tax-exempt organizations) may participate (i.e. fund) political campaigns.

Also spit-take worthy: P45’s remarks about African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman Frederick Douglass, as reported here by Seth Meyers. We do not have a confirmed birth date for Mr. Douglass, so we can’t look at his horoscope to see which planets are being activated by this sudden push into the spotlight. We can state with certainty that he died in 1895 — a fact that P45 and press secretary Sean Spicer may not have known. This means that Mr. Douglass could not have opened this Twitter account, even though many may find his alleged tweets amusing.

I was compelled to refresh my memory of what I learned about Mr. Douglass years ago — the first link in the above paragraph is to his Wikipedia biography. So many striking things — but these passages really jumped out at me:

When Douglass was about twelve, (slave owner) Hugh Auld’s wife Sophia started teaching him the alphabet. Douglass described her as a kind and tender-hearted woman, who treated him “as she supposed one human being ought to treat another”.[19] Hugh Auld disapproved of the tuition, feeling that literacy would encourage slaves to desire freedom; Douglass later referred to this as the “first decidedly antislavery lecture” he had ever heard.[20] Under her husband’s influence, Sophia came to believe that education and slavery were incompatible and one day snatched a newspaper away from Douglass….

…When Douglass was hired out to William Freeland, he taught other slaves on the plantation to read the New Testament at a weekly Sunday school. As word spread, the interest among slaves in learning to read was so great that in any week, more than 40 slaves would attend lessons. For about six months, their study went relatively unnoticed. While Freeland remained complacent about their activities, other plantation owners became incensed about their slaves being educated. One Sunday they burst in on the gathering, armed with clubs and stones, to disperse the congregation permanently.

…which segues into another current newsmaker, Aldous Huxley, who wrote Brave New World — a futuristic novel often compared to 1984. Brave New World was written in 1931, around the time of the last series of disruptive Uranus-Pluto squares. Mr. Huxley’s horoscope, like Mr. Orwell’s — is hot now, reflecting his renewed prominence. Transiting Uranus square his natal Mercury is one immediate suggestion that how Mr. Huxley needed to think is likely to be up for a fresh start.  Mr. Huxley is a Leo with Moon in Taurus. From his biography on Wikipedia, we see the Taurus need for comfort and security (italics are mine):

The events of the Depression in Britain in 1931, with its mass unemployment and the abandonment of the gold currency standard, persuaded Huxley to assert that stability was the “primal and ultimate need” if civilisation was to survive the present crisis.

What does this have to do with Frederick Douglass and his crusade to educate slaves? From Wikipedia:

Social critic Neil Postman contrasted the worlds of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World in the foreword of his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves to Death. He writes:

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that our fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that our desire will ruin us.

Food for thought as we contemplate how and why the world has become what it is, in the wake of another revolutionary Uranus-Pluto square.

This just in: 1984 is coming to Broadway this summer. Told ya Orwell’s horoscope was hot.

UPDATE: the massive earthquake that crippled the Fukushima nuclear power plant happened in March of 2011, when Uranus (earthquakes, uranium) hit 0 degrees of Aries, suggesting prominent action in Uranian-related concerns. Mars was at 0 Aries on Saturday’; Venus is there as I type — both triggering the chart for the earthquake in 2011. Japan Times reports today that radiation at the No. 1 reactor is at its highest level since 2011.

This just in: Venus is now at the Aries Point — suggesting prominence in matters of women, art, money, social expression. There was a shooting at the Louvre. Two male CEOs — of Wal-Mart and EY — have been selected to advise P45 on…wait for it…women in the workplace. And there’s a new White House dress code: “women must dress like women.” I don’t even know what that means.

UPDATE: last Friday I noted that Mars would be meeting up with Scheat, a Fixed Star associated with unfortunate events and shipwrecks. This suggested the potential for Mars-themed actions to backfire, as reflected in this headline: “Trump-ordered Raid that Killed U.S. Navy SEAL Was Approved ‘Without Sufficient Intelligence'”  The raid was on Sunday, on the Mars-Scheat meet-up. An 8-year-old American girl was killed, along with other civilian casualties. A $75 million military helicopter was (ship)wrecked. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Finally, in case you haven’t heard, there was never a massacre in Bowling Green, as everyone on Twitter is tweeting this morning. Was Kellyanne Conway confusing Bowling Green with Kent State? Two colleges — both in Ohio — I can see how that might happen. If you are too young to remember the 60s, four unarmed students who were protesting the Vietnam War were killed by Ohio National Guardsmen on May 4, 1970. This event has been called the Kent State Massacre — and Crosby Stills Nash & Young wrote a song about it. Cue “Ohio” now, please.

Isn’t there a game on this weekend? This year, I’m rooting for the commercials.

With Jupiter stationary retrograde, justice has been delayed. Will get to Neil Gorsuch next week — I hope.

Thank you for reading this forecast. Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday & Thursday 2/1-2/2017: Onward!

It’s full speed ahead, as a proactive Aries Moon drives the day. The only exact aspect is a harmony between the Moon and the Sun at 3:50 PM ET. Get your agenda out there.

Upsets may hit the wires the closer we get to 12:13 AM ET on THURSDAY, as the Moon is challenged by ruthless Pluto, forcing a power play or new perspective. Moon meets up with Uranus at 5:30 AM ET — there’s your morning shock to the system. Big ideas are likely to be creating buzz until 11:50 AM ET, which is when it goes void (here’s the 411 on voids).  Mountains may be made out of molehills until 8:50 PM ET; if you are wise you will roll with whatever twists and flakes disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line.

A need for material comfort and security drives the evening on Thursday, once the Moon enters Taurus at 8:50 PM ET. Good food, wine, music and a snuggle with your sweetie are facilitated.

And now, the news.

Well, it’s been less than two weeks, and the inauguration chart is clearly functioning as designed, as anticipated. We have an isolated “CEO” making plenty of noise, reflecting the unaspected Sun. Thus we are becoming more isolated as a nation. We have executive orders and other actions reflecting the cold, cruel, controlling potential of Saturn in Sagittarius challenging Venus in Pisces: refugees, faith, foreigners, the media, etc. We’re seeing shake-ups to the system reflecting that 12th House Uranus. And no one can tell the this administration anything it doesn’t already know, suggested by Pluto in the 9th House. Don’t like it? Retribution is swift and sharp, reflecting the vengeful potential of a Scorpio Moon seeking to be seen as deep and masterful (the Moon was in Scorpio on the day of the inauguration). Example: the swift firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who refused to defend challenges to the executive order banning citizens from seven Muslim countries. Off with her head!

Meanwhile, the Congress is also living up to its disruptive potential, with one side literally suspending the rules of order to accomplish its agenda:

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Finance Committee called the Democrats’ boycott “the most pathetic thing.” Opening the meeting, Hatch said, “We took some unprecedented actions today due to the unprecedented obstruction on the part of our colleagues.”

Democrats consider the move in violation of longstanding rules on the finance committee, which require one member of each party present.

I found this photo of the Senate Finance Committee striking, pun obviously intended:

In other news, Neil Gorsuch was nominated for the Supreme Court and I will look at his horoscope in the next forecast.

Let’s end on some good news. Remember how I said that this week’s planetary patterns suggested innovations in matters related to the head and/or brain? A groundbreaking system that picks up brain activity allows “locked in” people (with ALS, for example), to communicate. So cool.

As always, I would be delighted to communicate with you. Here is the 411 on personal consultations. If you are feeling stuck or uncertain about your prospects at this stage in your life, your horoscope offers valuable insights and guidance. But don’t take it from me. Take it from a man who received a consultation as a gift:

“You have totally convinced me that your practice of astrology — whatever it is that you do — is legitimate. You have nailed who I am in an hour conversation and I want to continue our discussion!”

Thank you for reading this forecast. May you receive a ton of appreciation today and always for the value you bring to the world.

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