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Friday 4/28/2017 & the Weekend: Venus in Aries; Mercury Meets Up with Uranus

TGIF!

Friday and Saturday are driven by the Moon in Gemini’s need for the latest information buzz. That’s great, but remember that Mercury is still retrograde, a caution against taking whatever is  buzzing at face value. Apply Gemini’s natural curiosity and ask questions that go beneath the surface charm.  We may see some surprising revelations, as Mercury meets up with lightning bolt Uranus at 10:50 AM ET.

Meanwhile, Venus (women, art, money, social expression) re-enters me-me-me Aries. The shift in social expression may be immediately apparent, as we are inclined to be more strident about putting ourselves first. This is not necessarily a negative. Aries suggests courage. If you haven’t made a move because courage was lacking, now you may find you have it.

A dreamy hit to the Moon from Neptune around 7:23 PM ET  bodes well for bar tabs; not so well for clear focus.  A harmony between the Moon and Jupiter at 10:36 PM ET ends the evening on a jolly note.  Shop early on SATURDAY, as the Moon goes void on a potentially dour note from Saturn at 5:28 PM ET. Chill until 9:48 ET PM, when the Moon enters domestic goddess Cancer. Indulge yourself in home and family concerns through Sunday.

There is no Moon void at the start of the day on Monday. No sleeping in.

And now, the news.

Neptune refers to music and deception. This week it has been running wild. Is that why my Facebook feed was overrun with people posting “10 live concerts I’ve seen — guess which one is a lie?” Or has Mercury being retrograde prompted everyone to REtreat from the normal information flow and REvisit the past? I decided to play along, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that every one of my concert experiences was a wonderful story. Here’s one I wrote about over four years ago — in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Who would think that an evening of music performed by Al Stewart would be so memorable — worth sharing again — and in sync with planetary patterns at the time.

Seeing plenty more reflecting the potential for shocking technology (Mercury conjunct Uranus) combined with women, social expression and money (Venus at the Aries Point, demanding prominence). Last night, the most-read article on the The Guardian’s website was this: The Race To Build the World’s First Sex Robot. Now in Aries, we can see how social expression would be pioneering and self-sufficient. Also not needing to be part of a pair: women who are wearing mismatched earrings, including Ivanka Trump.

Uranus refers to aviation. Mars in Gemini craves entertainment and diversity in matters of action. Add that to the patterns above and why else would the Washington Post need to tell us that 1 in 10 people have had sex in an airport. Speaking of sudden shifts in aviation, United Airlines has settled with Dr. David Dao (the passenger who was violently dragged off a flight two weeks ago). The amount was not disclosed. Meanwhile, United said “many things went wrong,” but it was pleased to be instituting a new policy of “putting passengers first.” Right. New. Airlines are likely to continue to make headlines for the next couple of weeks. Today it was reported that a passenger on Delta was kicked off because he needed to use the restroom.

Mercury-Uranus patterns suggest sudden changes of mindset. One of the top stories on the WaPo homepage is about P45 suddenly changing his mind about NAFTA.  His tax plan, submitted earlier this week, will be called wacky in certain circles. It definitely disrupts the status quo (as any Uranus influence would do), but seems to support the power and resources grab suggested by Pluto (plutocrats) moving its way through the back end of Capricorn (Powers That Be).

UPDATE: way back in November it was predicted here that P45 would find his new job a sobering reality check (the preceding link will take you to a past forecast which also addresses Pluto at the back half of Capricorn).  Today P45 said in an interview with Reuters that “he thought being president would be easier than in his old life.” Just wait until July, P45. You haven’t seen anything yet.

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Wednesday 4/26/2017: New Moon in Taurus; Genius or…?

Happy New Moon in Taurus, which officially began at 8:16 AM ET. Light a candle; make a list. and focus on your intentions for the next lunar cycle.

A Taurus Moon seeks comfort and stability on a material level. What seeds can you plant to make that garden grow? Consider thinking outside the box, suggested by an intense meet-up between Mercury (mindset) and innovative Uranus in this New Moon chart. Or be prepared for sudden insights that disrupt the status quo.

This disruptive potential is echoed by the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon: “a woman of Samaria.” Do you know her story? Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee calls it “an image of a moment of truth.” Thus we are advised in this lunar cycle to be alert to situations where we must determine the authenticity of what is presented. Is it real gold or fool’s gold? We are advised to consider matters more deeply before moving forward into unfamiliar territory. This Sabian Symbol was connected to the Full Moon on October 29, 2012.  At that time, a storm was brewing.

Wherever 7 degrees of Taurus falls in your horoscope, settle for nothing less than unconditional truth. In mundane affairs, efforts to discern the unconditional truth are apt to be obfuscated by the pixie-dusted snake oil suggested by Mars (action!) and Neptune (fog!), as the two square off on May 11th, just after the Full Moon on May 10th.  Note that when we set this New Moon chart in Washington DC, the Sun and Moon are in the 12th House — out of the spotlight — along with Mars in multitasking, double-talking Gemini. Oh what a buzz is likely to be going on in a backroom near you…

And now, the news.

This Friday’s meet-up between Mercury and Uranus favors rocket scientists, impulsive speech, quick thinking and people who are batshit crazy. What a fitting pattern for the launch of National Geographic’s “Genius,” about the life of Albert Einstein. He’s in the “rocket scientist” category, btw. Just to be clear.

Also happening on Friday: Venus — which refers to women — leaves Pisces (the soulful victim), for Aries (warrior woman). We see the potential for matters related to Venus (women, values, art, money) to be especially prominent — and in ways that some might say are “shipwrecked.” Why? Because Venus will also be in a tight meet-up with the Fixed Star Scheat, which refers to big thinkers (upside) and shipwrecks (downside).  An apt pattern for Ann Coulter’s rescheduled (thx Mercury retro!) speech at Berkeley? Ms. Coulter is a double Sagittarius whose righteously opinionated Moon may be feeling the pressure of transiting Saturn upon it. This brief look at her horoscope includes useful reminders of key current and past planetary patterns we see reflected in world events.

Considering  how much of April was dominated by the controlling clash between Venus and Saturn (patriarchy), tonight’s New Moon in fertile Taurus is apt for the premiere of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu. A review in the Washington Post calls it not only timely, but “essential viewing for these fractured times,”  Indeed.

Meanwhile, in Tokyo last Saturday — on what I believe was a dreamy Pisces Moon linking up with the equally  dreamy fantasy potential of Neptune — ice skating champions Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres wowed the crowd with a freestyle dance to “The Sound of Silence.” Silence. An apt meditation for a Mercury retrograde, while you contemplate your list of New Moon intentions…

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Monday 4/24/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Catching Up on the News

Allll-righty then!

The work week is driven by the Moon in me-me-me Aries, seeking accolades for its ability to get things started with enthusiasm and (sometimes) impatience. With Mercury retrograde and the Moon in the last days of its cycle, initiating a review or reorganization would be apt. I plan to spend the afternoon editing a piece that will be published in the July issue of Mountain Astrologer — joy oh joy! You? I’ll be also harnessing the mental structuring potential of this morning’s harmony between Mercury (ideas, communication) and Saturn (structure), exact at 4:15 AM ET.

Saturn-Mercury connections challenge us to get real. There are no alternative facts — those are in wiggy Mercury-Neptune’s imaginary world. How fitting to have a Mercury-Saturn alignment in effect for a global March for Science! Here are some of the cleverest signs from around the world. There is no Planet B!

On TUESDAY, the dead Moon suggests feelings of listlessness and restlessness, as we sense something new  is coming, but we don’t know what. Still, patterns suggest an eventful day, given the Moon’s weekly clash with the planetary heavies (Pluto and Uranus), boosted by an overnight hit from expansive Jupiter. Note the possibility for upsets and power plays (watch the headlines), and make a conscious effort to temper your responses to perceived crises in your own personal world. Remember that Mercury is still very much in retrograde, increasing the potential for flaws and tech glitches in the information flow. Patience, focus and silence are your best friends.

The New Moon begins on WEDNESDAY at 8:16 AM ET, planting seeds for a new cycle firmly in security and comfort-seeking Taurus. On FRIDAY, Venus leaves Pisces for Aries, bringing prominence to matters involving women, art, money, values and social expression. In Aries, Venus is 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 next month, inspiring you to connect with new people. It may also inspire a diplomatic crusade (minus the diplomacy), barking orders impatiently. “Sit! Down! Stay!”

Also on Friday: retrograde Mercury reconnects with wacko rocket scientist rebel Uranus. Whatever bright idea that was making news around March 26th (the first connection) is likely to be up for a second look. The third hit of the cycle happens on the next Full Moon — May 10th. You are more personally impacted by this electric meet-up if you have a planet or angle around 25 degrees of Cancer, Libra, Capricorn and especially Aries.

Your Moon voids this week are:  TUESDAY 5:53 PM ET — 9:56 PM ET; THURSDAY 9:18 PM ET – 9:39 PM ET; SATURDAY 5:28 PM ET – 9:48 PM ET.

But really, what do all these planetary patterns suggest for you in your own personal world? Are you going to get that promotion? Is your latest flame a keeper? Will you move to Guatemala? These and many more questions can be addressed in a consultation. Here’s the 411.  

And now, the news. Lots of it. Because I was on a Mercury retrograde REtreat the week before and playing catch-up all last week. Ready?

Take a sensitive Venus retrograde in Pisces, oppressed by harsh Saturn in Sagittarius (controls, travel, foreigners). Add Mercury (mindset, travel), about to turn retrograde, along with the waxing emotions of a volatile Full Moon. Toss in a meet-up between Sun and shockjock Uranus (which rules aviation) and watch all hell break loose, as a United Airlines passenger is violently dragged down the aisle of a plane because United decided that it was more important to give his seat to a crew member. Watch United say the flight was overbooked (when it wasn’t) and then watch the CEO try to blame it all on the passenger’s “belligerence” (even though video of the event proves otherwise).  Cue NYT op-ed bemoaning the loss of empathy in favor of corporate profit.  Then watch the media apparently confuse the passenger with another person with the same name, causing headaches for anyone trying to discern what is true and what is false.

Meanwhile, P45 did exactly what we expected him to do when Mars (action, aggression) connected with his testosterone-fueled Midheaven in the wake of that volatile Full Moon: he dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb in our arsenal on Afghanistan. So when CNN wonders in an op-ed, “Why the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ and Why Now?”, you have an insight CNN doesn’t. You totally saw this coming. A few days later, when it was announced that the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson was heading towards North Korea, you also knew that this aggressive act coincided with Mars making contact with P45’s natal Mars and Ascendant. The fact that the Carl Vinson was actually heading to Australia (and thus confused everyone), is your Mercury retrograde cosmic joke.

Meanwhile, there was a constitutional referendum in Turkey on April 16th. Voters were to decide if the constitution should be amended in a way that would expand the powers of its president. There was a Turkish astrologer in the retreat I mentioned at the top of this forecast,  and so we decided to take a look at the chart for the start of the referendum vote:

We did not like what we saw. If you were a would-be authoritarian dictator seeking to consolidate power, this would be a marvelous time to schedule a vote. Not only does this chart have the cold, cruel square between patriarchal Saturn and vulnerable Venus, it also has the opinionated Sagittarius Moon about to be blocked by a brick wall. So we can see the potential for harsh controls on foreigners, the press, education  — any arena relating to collective beliefs.

An even greater concern is a likely stubborn and misbehaving Mars exactly on the 26 degrees Taurus Ascendant. Taurus rising needs to be seen as the face of preserving and maintaining the material comfort and security status quo; however, Mars on the Ascendant suggests a need to take unyielding militant action in its quest. No good is likely to come of this, suggested by the Fixed Star Algol right there with Mars and the Ascendant.

As it turns out, while the outcome was contested by opposition parties,

Voters narrowly approved a set of constitutional reforms that will transform the country from a parliamentary democracy into a presidential republic, concentrating power in the hands of Erdoğan, who will be able to run for two more terms and potentially govern until 2029…

…which is what the chart for the election suggested. Mr. Erdogan was mentioned in this forecast almost a year ago. A proposed birth time gives him an 18 Capricorn Ascendant. Pluto just turned stationary retrograde at 19 Capricorn, suggesting that for Mr. Erdogan the next two years will be transformational and empowering indeed.

In other news, France held an election over the weekend and true to the promise of the aftermath of the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square, the establishment candidates are no longer in the running. A run-off between “newcomer” and centrist Emmanuel Macron and “let’s trash the status quo” Marine LePen will be held on May 7th. 

Isn’t it cool that France has elections on Sundays?

UPDATE on Rupert Murdoch. Last fall it was noted that:

Rupert Murdoch’s horoscope  was directly affected by last week’s eclipse, sitting right on top of his 11 Virgo Midheaven (status/profession), which is also impacted by transiting Saturn and Neptune. I noted these current challenging patterns at the beginning of the year when he announced his engagement to Jerry Hall. They suggest heavy controls and no small amount of uncertainty and/or scandal. These patterns will be in effect into 2018 and beyond.

Is it just coincidence that the huge scandal known as “we were happy to pay women millions of dollars to settle charges of sexual harassment against our cash cow (a.k.a. Bill O’Reilly) — until corporate America refused to sponsor his show, so guess we have to fire him now” broke last week? We do not have an exact birth time for Mr. O’Reilly, but if we did, I imagine the horoscope would be hit hard by transiting Uranus. Here’s to The Daily Show for its fitting send-off. 

Let’s see…I could cite more stories exemplifying the harsh judgments and censorship suggested by this month’s double hit of Saturn square Venus. Those would include the rush to execute prisoners who are on death row in Arkansas, because the state’s stash of lethal drugs is going to expire and it’s not sure if it will be able to acquire more. It would include the fact that newbie SCOTUS justice Neil Gorsuch cast his first vote of significance on that third Saturn-Venus square, and it was a vote to deny a stay of execution.

Or I could tell you instead that April the giraffe gave birth on the 16th at around 10AM in Harpursville, NY. Zillions watched the birth live on the web, and of course they would because that cute little giraffe baby was born with a 1 degree Cancer Ascendant — at the Aries Point — literally born to be noticed.

A pause, while I contemplate that today is the 8th anniversary of this forecast. What a journey it’s been! Soon I will increasing my rates — something to keep in mind if you’ve been thinking of scheduling a consultation but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Now is the time!

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To be continued…

Monday 4/17/2017: Sneak Peek at a Wobbly Week; Waltzing with Mars and Venus (and Saturn)

Good Morning!

The work week begins with the Moon in enterprising Capricorn, moving forward on its need to make things happen, Mercury retrograde be damned. A rare harmony between the life-giving Sun in Aries and Saturn (ruler of Capricorn) at 8:43 AM ET facilitates leaders/initiatives fixated on righteously opinionated control, for better or for worse. On TUESDAY, the Capricorn Moon makes its weekly clash to Uranus and Pluto, along with expansive Jupiter. Watch for moments of upset, revelation and/or catharsis around 9:58 AM ET and 8:32 PM ET.

WEDNESDAY features the first of four planetary “wobbles,” i.e., planets changing direction and/or signs. On Wednesday at 5:27 PM ET, the Sun leaves Aries for Taurus, slowing down to smell the roses instead of charging madly off of cliffs. On THURSDAY, Pluto turns retrograde at 8:46 AM ET, bringing to light “news from underground” involving power and resources, no doubt. At 1:37 PM ET on Thursday, Mercury backs up into Aries, speeding up the information flow. With Mercury retrograde, avoid jumping to conclusions.

Here are some thoughts on Pluto retrograde:

Retrograde planets suggest a time to look inward for authority in whatever matters ruled by that planet. Pluto is power, control, regeneration, transformation, healing. So stop trying to control the world around you, already. Work on controlling (mastering) your own inner world — and then the world around you will start to reflect your newly-masterful self.  Y’know? You’ll feel the potential for a change of perspective more personally if you have a planet or angle two thirds of the way through  Aries, Libra, Cancer — and especially Capricorn.

On FRIDAY at 6:32 AM ET, Mars leaves Taurus for Gemini. This is another suggestion of speed — but in action, not information. We see the potential for stubborn blocks to be released. We also see the potential for multitasking to a fault. Mars will be in Gemini until June 4th, when it enters Cancer. Generally speaking, Mars functions more effectively in Gemini than it does in Taurus or Cancer.

Also on FRIDAY: the third and final challenge between Venus in Pisces (women, loving kindness, money, values, art) and Saturn in Sagittarius (control, patriarchy, censorship, opinions, foreigners). The first one was on January 27; the second was on April 8th; the overall theme is, “Man, that’s harsh.” Venus backed up into Pisces on April 2nd, raising awareness of vulnerability and compassion. It was hit by Saturn on April 8th. Venus then turned direct on April 15th, but is still in a close relationship with the heavy potential of Saturn. With Venus direct, whatever aesthetic/relationship choices we made during the retrograde will be up for a third and final look Were those choices true to your authentic self — or were they more like a coyote date? A coyote date is when you sleep with someone for the first time and wake up the next morning thinking that you’d rather chew your arm off than wake them up. Yikes.

Meanwhile, on April 16th, Venus made a harmonious connection with Mars (action, masculine, courage) — finally. I say “finally” because these two planets of yin and yang were dancing ohsoclose in February, looking like they were going to get together — but they didn’t. So now they finally have made a connection — and that’s good, right? I’m not convinced. Why? Because what sensitive and compassionate entity (Venus in Pisces) would want to go along with a macho force like Mars when Mars is sitting at 26 degrees of Taurus, in lockstep with the Fixed Star Algol? Avid Readers of this forecast know that Algol is not a happy camper in the language of astrology. In fact, it suggests one bad ombre/hombre. If you’re going to pick a time to do something, conventional wisdom strongly advises keeping Algol out of it. Pay attention to cooperative deals that have been made over the past few days (I’ll give you a few examples when I get to the news in the next forecast).  Because the next stop for Venus is that third challenge from Saturn on Friday the 21st. Harsh….and then a week later (April 28th), Venus leaves Pisces for crusading Aries.

Your Moon voids for the week — natural rest periods when your quest to move forward in a straight line is more likely to be derailed by a flake or a twist — are as follows:   Wednesday 5:57 AM ET – 6: 52 AM ET; FRIDAY 2:23 PM ET until 3:43 PM ET. No biggie.

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Monday 4/10/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide; Full Moon Alert; News, News & More News

…and we’re off to the races again…but this week, slooooooow down! As you know, Mercury turn retrograde at  7:15 PM ET on Sunday, backtracking through early Taurus and late Aries.  There are plenty of great things you can accomplish during a Mercury retrograde, like REview and REvise your website or your business plan…or REconnect with people you haven’t seen in years. Here’s your strategy for the next few weeks:

Even if you know nothing else about astrology, you may have heard the term “Mercury retrograde” before. Often it’s accompanied by curses and groans, and that’s a shame. Yes, all of the flights on American Airlines might be grounded because of a computer glitch. Or the entire country of Finland might be offline because there’s a transportation strike. Or some trickster might set off all the tornado warning alarms in Dallas — that actually happened yesterday. But there’s much good that can be accomplished when the Messenger Planet appears to be retracing its steps.

Mercury—which in the language of astrology refers to mindset, travel and communication—will appear to move backward through the sky until May 3rd. It’s not really moving backward, but that is how it looks from our perspective here on Spaceship Earth. Mercury goes retrograde 3-4 times each year, for a period of 22 days.

Contrary to popular belief, Mercury retrogrades are no reason to freak out. Mercury retrograde gets a bad rap because we are geared, in this crazy modern age, to always be thinking, doing, moving FORWARD. You know what that gets you? BURN OUT. We need our down times, and Mercury retrograde is a perfect time to give our minds a rest. Why else would your computer, phone and/or car choose THIS time to malfunction? Because you are supposed to be slowing down. And as you slow down, it is vitally important that you FOCUS.

When Mercury is retrograde, be prepared for travel delays, scheduling screw-ups, mechanical breakdowns, computer crashes, having to repeat what you’ve just said, misunderstandings, the past coming back for a second look, surprise reunions and having to repeat what you just said. Use your FOCUS and double check important details, like whether the restaurant you’ve chosen for a meet-up is still in business. Or whether it is booked for a commercial shoot or a private party — all of which has happened to me during Mercury retrogrades.

If you are looking for a job, Mercury retrogrades are a perfect time to reach out to people from your past. Mine your address book and trust that your contacts will be happy to hear from you. However, do not be frustrated if your target is away on vacation or keeps rescheduling meetings. Also, triple check your emails and resumes before you hit “send,” as there is a higher probability of typos and other sloppy snafus.

In your business, you’ll need to make sure all communications have been received and are clearly understood. Be mindful of the higher potential for communications equipment to go on the fritz. MAKE SURE YOUR FILES ARE BACKED UP. Also be aware of a higher than average probability for delays in shipping and travel arrangements. For this you will need an extra dose of patience.

You may also find it profitable to REview a project from the past. Maybe you shelved it then, but now is the time to REconsider. However, be advised that a spontaneously, “out-of-the-blue” idea for advancement may not be so sound when Mercury turns direct. This is why the conventional wisdom advises against finalizing and/or signing contracts on deals during Mercury retrograde. An exception might be supported if you are REnegotiating or RElocating. If you absolutely must close a deal, triple check everything. The key is not to RUSH.

This is a good time to schedule a corporate REtreat. Any activity that affords the opportunity to REview past performance is encouraged. REsearch on a new strategy is also favored.

Mercury retrogrades are not favored for launching a new website or a new communications systems. There is a higher than average probability of technical glitches and confusion. REvisions, however, are A-OK.

In general, adopt a playful attitude of flexibility to whatever twists you encounter. Avoid making major purchases (especially electronic ones). Don’t believe everything you hear or read in the papers. Rumors have a higher probability of spreading during Mercury retrogrades. Avoid losing patience — that’s a big one.

When in doubt, be silent!

Do plan on RElaxing, REviewing, REsearching, REorganizing, REgenerating, REconnecting and REcreating….and REviewing your life with your astrologer.

So do take it easy on Monday, on a day driven by the Moon in people-pleasing Libra. As much as Libra seeks balance, fairness and harmony, the patterns leading up to the Full Moon — exact at 2:08 AM ET on TUESDAY — suggest anything but. A literally jovial contact between Jupiter and the Moon at 6:58 PM ET heightens emotions and builds to a possible power play at 9:54 PM ET, when the Moon is challenged by Pluto.

After the Full Moon face-off against the me-me-me Aries Sun, balance and harmony may be further disrupted by another face-off between the Moon and rebel Uranus at 7:31 AM ET. Yes, it’s that weekly clash among Moon, Pluto and Uranus — augmented through the summer by Jupiter’s expansive influence. Not only that, but this Full Moon also connects with Eris. You may remember that Eris symbolizes those who may stop at nothing to secure a place at the table, having previously been dissed. In mythology Eris is the goddess of discord — perhaps a feminine counterpart to Mars.  It’s an apt time to be a warrior woman, with the following caveat to those who would get in a warrior woman’s way: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”

But wait — there’s more. While the Libra Moon is disrupted by Eris, the warrior Aries Sun joins forces with Uranus at 1:29AM ET on FRIDAY. This is the other shoe dropping after the first one fell last week. We have been tracking these quarterly clashes among the Sun and the Uranus-Pluto square since 2012. Here’s a sample from 2016.

Other than Friday’s Sun-Uranus meet-up, there are no other exact aspects among the planets except to the Moon this week. In these apparent “empty spaces,” there is room for much to fall, in the way that a giant chunk of ice breaks off an Arctic shelf and crumbles into the sea, as if no one saw it coming.

And now, the news.

Let the record show that the Full Moon at 21 Libra-Aries will challenge P45’s Venus and Saturn in Cancer. You can’t say that this man doesn’t value family ties. It is fascinating to note that Stephen K. Bannon’s natal Uranus hits P45’s Venus and Saturn. It’s a disruptive influence on P45’s family ties, no? How interesting that during this current Venus retrograde — when social graces fly out the window and you can’t help but tell people how you really feel — a blow-up between P45’s son-in-law (Jared Kushner) and Bannon made headlines. Was their effort to “bury the hatchet” a success? Given what is known about the latter’s horoscope, let’s see what happens in mid-May and mid-June.

Back to P45. We’ve established that this Full Moon hits his unique horoscope.  Transiting Mars (the energy of action) will also make contact with planets and angles in his horoscope on April 13th, 16th and 21st. Do you know when Mars is scheduled to hit your Mars and your angles? You really should and I can tell you! When Mars hits these sensitive points we see increased potential for outbursts of energy: anger, assertive, accidents. I had a field day tracking Mars in the horoscopes of headline newsmakers last March.

So P45 is likely to be feeling provocative and provoked this week. Not only that, but he’s likely feeling expansive, thanks to the second hit of his Jupiter return at 17 degrees of Libra. Talk about luck! But there’s a wild card factor to the expansive action potential, given that rebel Uranus is also hot in his chart, especially on April 5th and 20th. Keep that in mind when watching the news.

Meanwhile…

It’s not just the U.S. seemingly falling apart. South Africa has its own political crisis, with massive demonstrations last week calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down. Thousands are marching against the socialist government in Venezuela.  There were “unauthorized” protests in Russia, too — earlier this month. France is facing its own potentially volatile elections on April 23rd and in May. In Alabama, the scandal-plagued governor  — Robert Bentley — is finally facing impeachment hearings. Papers were filed a year ago.

In the non-political arena, I see many stories reflecting the women of steel/no mercy potential of the Pattern of the Month: Saturn square Venus. Google stands accused of extreme pay discrimination against women.  Conservative pundit Tomi Lahren is suing Glenn Beck for wrongful termination, saying she was fired because of pro-choice remarks she made. I was not familiar with the 20-something Ms. Lahren until I saw a clip of her being interviewed on the Daily Show.

On the other hand, women in British Columbia can no longer be required to wear high heels at the office — and this isn’t the only place in the world where this is a subject of debate. I will bet fifty cents that Fox News requires its women on-air talent to wear heels, and that it is not the only broadcast network with that policy.

In other news…

In a horoscope, when Uranus (lightning in a bottle) makes contact with cosmic sugar daddy Jupiter, sudden windfalls are more likely. When Uranus makes contact with Venus, we see the potential for disruptive revelations in relationships and matters of worth. That is what is going on in Bill O’Reilly’s horoscope, as we are learning about the $13 million in fees paid to five women who accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment over the years — with more accusations made in recent days. The settlement fees were paid by Fox — his employer. Dear Avid Reader, has your employer done as much for you?

I wrote about O’Reilly back in early 2015, as well as Brian Williams — who also raised eyebrows last week (Williams is still gushing over guns).  While advertisers are ditching the O’Reilly Factor in droves, O’Reilly’s book on hahahahahahaha family values is an instant bestseller and his ratings are through the roof. Did you know that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month?

Here is Alec Baldwin, portraying O’Reilly and P45 over the weekend on SNL. Mr. Baldwin is also on a roll…as predicted earlier this year.

Friday’s story about the girl in India who was reportedly being raised by monkeys felt so off to me — and not at all in tune with the harshness of planetary patterns — so I did not mention it. Now it turns out that she is not believed to have been raised by monkeys. She is believed to be disabled and was likely abandoned by her family. Right. That is harsh. Fits the patterns.

Add harshness and ambition to the power and resources suggested by Saturday’s Sun-Pluto meet-up, and you might see an in-depth NYT article about how the rise of solar power is killing jobs in the U.S. (because China has taken the lead in developing renewable energy). Meanwhile, solar power broke the 50% threshold in California last week, pushing prices into the negative. Wow!

And last but not least, meet John Goodenough, an inventor who revolutionized battery technology decades ago. Now he’s done it again. His latest patent is for a battery that is so effective it make electric cars ridiculously affordable and efficient, killing off the need for petroleum-fueled cars. Mr. Goodenough is 94 years old. So if you think you’ve done everything possible in life — don’t be ridiculous. You’ve got years ahead of you! And yes, yes, YES…we see the potential for Mr. Goodenough’s scientific genius and empowerment in his horoscope at this time.

When will your genius potential break out? What’s going on in your horoscope? Here’s the 411 on consultations.

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Friday 4/7/2017 & the Weekend: Power Plays & Cuts

TGIF!

I hope you had a productive week.

A Virgo Moon drives the action as of 12:20AM ET, seeking to put things in order.  There’s an ease of communication in the early morning, courtesy of a helpful alignment between the Moon and Mercury. The only other exact aspect today is the annual face-off between the Sun (leaders, ego) and Jupiter (expansion, for better or for worse). This hits at 5:39 PM ET. Jupiter is currently retrograde in Libra, referring to the courts and diplomacy. Decisions handed down today may be seen in a different light around the first week of August. That’s when Jupiter will be moving forward and will have returned to the place it is at right now. Jupiter will turn direct on June 8th.

Power plays and decisions that may be labeled “harsh” are also potentials today and through the weekend, as Venus (women, money, social graces) is challenged by Saturn in opinionated Sagittarius on Saturday at 4:28 PM ET. This is the second of three Venus-Saturn squares in the series. The first happened on January 27th; the third happens on April 21st, suggesting more of the extraordinary power plays and news from underground noted this week.  Also on Saturday: the Sun will be challenged by Pluto at 8:45 PM ET. But hey, don’t worry — you can still shop on Saturday, as there is no Moon void to delude you into thinking your purchase will be useful (when it actually won’t).

A Moon-Saturn challenge at 4:21 AM ET on SUNDAY puts an ambitious or sobering spin on the early morning. Could be much ado about nothing during the ensuing four-hour void. At 8:34 AM ET, Moon enters Libra, seeking balance and harmony in relationship. Mercury turns RETROGRADE at 7:15 PM ET. Wherever 5 degrees of Taurus falls in your horoscope is where you are scheduled for a three week review. Consult your local astrologer for details.

No sleeping in on Monday. The Libra Moon will be waxing to its fullness at 2:08 

And now, the news.

Obituaries have an odd way of reflecting current planetary patterns. Saturn square Venus can be harsh. Sun opposing Jupiter can be over-the-top. How curious then, that Don Rickles, the comedian known for his insults, passed away. He was 90 — almost 91. That suggests stamina, as does this week’s Mars-Pluto alignment. Here is his horoscope.  With Venus and possibly Moon in Aries, we can see how his social expression could be brash.

Senator Jeff Merkley has stamina, suggested by an intense pattern between Saturn and Pluto in his horoscope. He can be a real work horse, and with transiting Jupiter sitting right on top of his Mercury this week, we can see how he would need to expand his communication. He spoke for 15 hours on the Senate floor, in an effort to filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch. It was one of the ten longest speeches ever made in the Senate. Expansive — and idealistic, too — suggested by Merkley’s Sun-Neptune conjunction.

Senate leaders responded by using the “nuclear option” and living up to the disruptive potential of the horoscope of the 115th Congress.  SCOTUS nominees now only need a majority of senators in order to be confirmed. “Energetically pursuing one’s pie in the sky dream’s”, writes Noel Tyl of one of the patterns currently active in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s horoscope.  And guess what? Back in February 2016 is when McConnell first dug in his heels on Merrick Garland’s nomination. Transiting Mars (action!) was exactly opposing his pile-up of stubborn Taurus planets, noted in the prior link.  Starting tomorrow and through next week, Mars will conjoin that Taurus pile-up, completing a cycle that started in June of 2015. Pay attention for clues for McConnell’s next two-year plan.

Other harsh news: the top story at the Washington Times (one of Antonin Scalia’s two favorite newspapers) is about a woman prosecutor who has been removed from all first-degree murder cases by Florida governor Rick Scott. Why? Because she refuses to seek the death penalty, as we might expect from someone symbolizing the compassionate potential of Venus in Pisces. She was elected to her office, mind you — but an opinionated patriarch (the symbolism of Saturn in Sagittarius) has blocked her. Fun Fact: Rick Scott (Dec 1 1952 in Bloomington IL) actually has Venus square Saturn in his horoscope. His potentially harsh social expression is being supercharged by transiting Pluto right now.

Meanwhile, an American woman who voted for P45 is stunned that her Mexican husband has been deported. He has no criminal record. They have children dependent upon his income, etc.  The papers are filled with such stories these days. In Texas, a registered Republican woman (and green card holder) was sentenced to eight years in prison for voting illegally. Harsh indeed.  In other news, the crackdown of Saturn (control, borders) in Sagittarius (opinion, media) is evident in this headline: “Government Seeks to Unmask Trump Dissident on Twitter.”   The “dissident” in question is allegedly an anonymous government employee in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department. If we did not have an understanding of astrology, we might be stunned by the continuous assaults on the First Amendment we’ve seen this year.

Update: Twitter filed suit; the ACLU got involved and the request for the unmasking was withdrawn. Suit dropped — hopefully case closed.

Now this is a curious thing. I have been trying to post my promised take on Ivanka’s horoscope, along with some observations on the astrological timing of Stephen K. Bannon’s change of status. However, every time I try to save and post those specific paragraphs,  the page crashes. Coincidence or conspiracy? Mercury stationary retrograde? I’ll take it as a sign that now is not the time; here’s what the late-night comics are saying.

Thank you for reading this forecast. If you are curious to know what’s going on in your own personal horoscope, here’s how to contact me. Astrology really is amazing!

 

 

 

Monday 4/3/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Comparing the U.S. Horoscope in 1974 With Patterns in 2017-2019

Good Morning!

Here’s what happened while I was out celebrating a solar return last week:

Mercury entered Taurus on Friday at 1:31 PM ET, suggesting a need for a much slower, deliberate and fixed way of thinking from now until April 13th. Thinking may be even slower than the usual plodding Taurus pace because Mercury is slowing down, about to turn retrograde on April 9th. BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS NOW!!

On Sunday: Venus — still retrograde — backed up into Pisces, facilitating and/or exposing soulful vulnerability and compassion in our social expression after two months of me-me-me-first Venus in Aries. Venus was at the Aries Point, demanding prominence in Venusian concerns: women, aesthetics, money, social expression.  Venus will hang at the end of Pisces: 27-30 degrees until April 28th. Then it moves back into Aries for another thousand years until June 6th. Venus turns direct on April 15th.

Just a reminder that Venus retrograde in Aries affords us the opportunity to consider if and how what we love is truly in alignment with who we are.  On the other hand, the social graces that enable us to tolerate people we actually can’t stand are likely AWOL. Will those relationships survive? Would you even want them to? Have those questions been on your mind since March 4th?

On the third hand, let us be mindful that Venus (love, money, women, art, social expression) will be heavily challenged by Saturn all this month, playing the role of a brick wall or a demanding schoolmaster. I’m already seeing plenty of headlines that are alienating, harsh and unforgiving.

Exhibit A: VP Mike Pence will not dine alone with any woman other than his wife. “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Spends His First Weeks Isolated From an Anxious Bureaucracy.” How isolated? Don’t even look him in the eye, reports the Washington Post. Yikes. Here’s a seriously harsh piece about how the Department of Education is taking an unforgiving stance on certain student loans.  Exhibit B: the U.S. women’s hockey team — warrior Venus in Aries women — has successfully reached an agreement for better wages and support. The boycott is off! The world championships are on! That’s not harsh; that’s just disciplined — and thus the upside potential of the Venus-Saturn challenge. Meanwhile, we’ll just leave this story about a “penis seat” on the Mexican subway right here. It’s part of a campaign to combat sexual harassment. And on the subject of provocative art, Wall Street’s “Fearless Girl” statue will stand firm against the bull at least until the end of the year.  Meanwhile, EMILY’s List reports that over 10,000 women plan to run for office — inspired by the current administration. This is unprecedented. Go girls!

In other news…

No sleeping in on this Monday — or any other day next week. The Moon is in Cancer, shining a light on home/family/emotional security needs. The First Quarter Moon at 2:39 Pm ET may present a push forward or against the New Moon agenda you set on last week’s inspiring New Moon. Note that the hours between 10:31 PM ET and 7:31 AM ET feature the Moon’s weekly clash with rabblerousers Uranus and Pluto, and also expansive Jupiter. Prepare for the unexpected.

On Tuesday, Moon continues its course mostly free and clear. It goes void at 4:45 Pm ET and enters party hearty Leo at 6:13 PM ET. There’s an easy flow all this week between action hero Mars and PTB Pluto, facilitating stamina in your quest for world domination, exact on Wednesday at 11:57 PM ET. I hope your quest is on the side of the angels, as the planets have no opinion on such matters. Energy is energy, however it is deployed.

Starting on Thursday (the 6th), things get interesting for the next several days. Saturn, planet of structure and ambition turns retrograde at 28 degrees of Sagittarius. Here are some observations on last year’s Saturn retrograde. Do you know how many clients I’ve seen in the past two weeks who have planets and points around 28 Sag, Gemini, Virgo and Pisces? A ton! They are feeling pressure in their lives and an astrological conversation has been oh-so-helpful. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Looking ahead: Saturn turns direct on August 25th at 21 Sagittarius, right on P45’s opinionated 21 Sag Moon, toxic 20 Sag South Node and opposite his 22 Gemini Sun. Avid Readers of this forecast will recall the plethora of people making news — especially in the political world — who have planets around 21 Sag, Gemini, Pisces and Virgo. Saturn will turn direct four days after the Great American Eclipse on August 21st hits his regal Leo Ascendant and his “gets away with murder” Leo Mars. August and early September should be quite interesting.

This FRIDAY is driven by the Moon in perfection-seeking Virgo. The highlight of the day is an expansive connection between the Aries Sun and Jupiter, exact at 5:39 PM ET. On SATURDAY, the Sun is challenged by Pluto at 8:45 PM ET. This suggests the usual slew of leadership power plays and news from underground pulling focus. Four hours earlier we will have the first of two exact chilly/steely hits between Venus and Saturn (the next one happens on April 21st). On SUNDAY, Mercury turns retrograde until May 3rd. Here’s a recap of Mercury retrograde Important Safety Tips. I still have plenty of Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide Bookmarks — perfect for Passover and Easter. They are $3.88 for one; $5.99 for three — email me your SNAIL MAIL address and I will arrange to have them shipped out today!

There are no Moon voids during business hours in the Americas this week — nothing to mess up your push forward. But since you ask, the voids are: Tuesday 4:45 PM – 6:13 PM ET; Thursday 8:16 PM ET until Friday 12:20AM ET.

Onward!

And now, more news.

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times published the first of a four-part series. Part One is called “Our Dishonest President.” The second part — published today — is called “Why Trump Lies.” How P45’s horoscope suggests a potentially surreal relationship with truth has been discussed many times in this forecast. One strong marker is the relationship of P45’s Neptune (fantasy, impressions, drugs, ideals) with Mercury (mindset). Let’s pause for a moment and consider a few other Neptune factors that may serve as coping strategies for the ongoing Alice-in-Russialand rabbit hole the U.S. has fallen into. Factor #1: the Mars/Neptune midpoint falls exactly on the Ascendant of the P45 inauguration chart. Translation: “giving off a magnetic or off-the-norm emanation” — which may have scandal written all over it.

Factor #2: the horoscope of the U.S. is being hit by planetary patterns it experienced in the early 70s, during the Watergate scandal.  In August 1974, when President Nixon resigned in disgrace, Neptune was at 7 Sag, opposing the US Uranus and making a hard contact with the U.S. Ascendant. Neptune-Uranus contacts can be weird. Neptune-Ascendant contacts suggest potential identity crises, wipe-outs and vision quests. Neptune was at 7 Pisces in 2016; it is currently at 12 Pisces, in contact with the U.S. Sun and (for those who use the Sibly chart) the U.S. 12 Sag Ascendant. If you are not a student of astrology, you may not know that the U.S. Ascendant is a matter of debate, as astrologers do not have a written record of when the Declaration of Independence (establishing the birth of the nation) was signed. Regardless, we do see that the U.S. Progressed Sun (a progression is another way of understanding what’s going on in the life experience of a horoscope) is at 12 Pisces, right on top of Neptune’s current position. Sun-Neptune patterns are similar to Sun-Ascendant patterns.  Cue Grace Slick’s solo voice track for “White Rabbit” now, please.

Meanwhile, back in 1974 Uranus was at 24 Libra, squaring the U.S. 24 Cancer Mercury. Today Uranus is almost at 24 Aries (as you can see from the chart of current planetary patterns on my daily forecast page — it’s in the left-hand column). This suggests disruptive thinking and communication — potentially insightful, genius or simply nuts. It is interesting to note that when Nixon resigned, Saturn was sitting right on top of the U.S. Sun at 13 Cancer. Saturn-Sun contacts suggest a need for streamlining, discipline and potential loss. Saturn will oppose the U.S. Sun when it hits 13 Capricorn in January of 2019. Until then, Saturn will continue to exert demands for a reality check on the U.S. Mars (action) and Neptune (vision) this summer. Saturn will enter Capricorn in January of 2018 and spend that year opposing the U.S. Venus at 3 Cancer (money,women, art, social expression) and Jupiter  at 5 Cancer (luck, expansion). Thus we are likely to see a reality check demanded in those areas of the U.S. chart. Perhaps this is when the markets will settle down.

Point is, patterns repeat themselves. We have seen these configurations before. Somehow we survived, which is encouraging. Patterns repeat in the lives of individuals, too. This is why is so helpful to understand how cycles are at play in your own unique horoscope.

Anyhoo…

In the aftermath of last Thursday’s Jupiter-Pluto square (two down; one more to go), we could expect big news about extreme power and resources, especially since it coincided with Venus (money) prominently at the Aries Point. U.S. newspapers did not disappoint, informing us that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are worth $741 million. Seriously — why would this information be published NOW? The latter has just been named Assistant to the President; the former has been assigned to do Everything Else (as was announced last Monday). Writing about their horoscopes is on my To-Do List — so stay tuned. Until then, here is a take on Jared Kushner from Elizabeth Spiers. She worked for him when he ran the New York Observer. Meanwhile, the NYT offered this staggering analysis of  “How Much People in the Trump Administration Are Worth.”

To be continued…

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