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Tuesday 5/30/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Tiger Not Out of the Woods

Pull out the stops and get in gear. This work week is short and potentially sweet.

Moon continues through Leo on Tuesday, looking for ways to shine shine shine. Make way for drama kings and queens who are out to persuade in ways that may be innovative and/or technologically savvy. Why do I say this? Because on Tuesday at 10:39 PM ET, Mars (action) will harmonize with Uranus (tech savvy; innovation); on WEDNESDAY at 8 AM ET, Mercury (mindset; communication) harmonizes with ruthless, hypnotic and resourceful Pluto.

The Leo Moon goes void on WEDNESDAY at 7:14 AM ET and enters detail-oriented, perfection-seeking Virgo at 12:16 PM ET. There’s your excuse for whatever twist or flake disrupts your efforts to move forward in a straight line that morning. It’s also your excuse for sleeping in.  Wednesday afternoon has an easy flow of organizational energy.

Planets are busy this week. On THURSDAY at 8:42 AM ET the First Quarter Moon suggests a dynamic challenge to the New Moon agenda you set last week. Meanwhile Saturn (structure, patriarchy, authority) is in harmony with Venus (what we value; how we express ourselves socially). The former is in opinionated, boundary-pushing Sagittarius; the latter is in warrior Aries — and Venus, of course, is female. So we see an opportunity for serious strides to be advanced with respect to — or in — the feminine form.

Venus meets up with rebel Uranus on SATURDAY at 3:31 AM ET,  suggesting an attraction to the unconventional and exciting. That buzz will be felt hours before, on June 2nd — when Wonder Woman opens at theater near you. But wait — there’s more! On Saturday the clever Gemini Sun harmonizes with expansive Jupiter; on SUNDAY the Sun squares Neptune, planet of fantasy and film. I can’t think of a more perfect time for this movie, for which  boffo box office is predicted. Nor can I think of a more perfect time for Beth Owls Daughter’s Tarot Card of the Week to be…(drum roll, please)…the return of the Queen of Wands:

This Queen offers an exhilarating alternative to the hierarchical, elitist system that has rigged the organizations of politics, religion, social control, and wealth for millennia.

She models the qualities of self-sovereignty, creativity, and success. She shines with magnanimity and mastery. Her loyalty, fearlessness, and motivation are boundless.

The Queen of Wands‘ leadership is gentle, even playful, yet laser focused on total success. She is no wimp and her magical Wand of transformation is ready to rock her world.

Beth’s full write-up may be read here.

After the emotional overkill potential of last week’s Pluto-Venus square AND controlling Mars-Saturn opposition sucking the joy out of the room, this week suggests a refreshing energetic shift. Make the most of it.

And now, the news.

Mars suggests the masculine — or yang — energy. Saturn suggests a reality check — or at least a tangible form. Venus in a hard aspect with Pluto suggests an intensely emotional perspective or catharsis. ‘Tis a fitting combo of aspects to “coincide” with this: “Me and My Penis: 100 Men Tell All”. They also show all — a WARNING if you are inclined to read this 4th most-viewed article in the Guardian.  It’s about Manhood, a new book by photographer/storyteller Laura Dodsworth. The 5th most-viewed article is “The Gender Wars of Household Chores: A Feminist Comic.” The most-viewed article (as I am typing around 11PM on Monday), is “Portland Republican Says Party Should Use Militia Groups After Racial Attack.”

The “racial attack” was the kind of terrorist action I was hoping would not come to pass, despite planetary patterns suggesting its potential. From Friday’s forecast:

Pay attention to the action around you as we get closer to 10:21 PM ET, when the Moon meets up with aggressive Mars. Moon goes on to oppose Saturn after midnight, 12:53 AM ET on SATURDAY, suggesting an ambitious advance or militant block.

In case you hadn’t heard, at 4:30 PM ET on Friday, a man on a light-rail train in Portland, OR  threatened two teenage girls — one was wearing a hijab — and told them to “go back to Saudi Arabia.” When three men stepped up to protect the girls, the man stabbed two of them — fatially — and injured the third. I was struck by the names of all of the parties involved — and the name of the place where one of them lived. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Mostly I just. Can’t. Even.

The chart for the time of this wretched incident has Venus, Eris and Uranus on one angle, with Pluto on another — in addition to the aggressive Moon-Mars-Saturn patterns.

In other news, Manuel Noriega, former militant dictator of Nicaragua, has died. Perfect timing.

Tiger Woods was one of the first — if not the first — person whose horoscope I started tracking as it was making news. This was back in November of 2009, when Mr. Woods got into an argument with his then-wife about his infidelities. Shocking news at the time, but totally in line with the potential seen in the horoscope:

Meanwhile, what’s up w/Tiger? This Capricorn w/Virgo rising (the energy to make things happen, expressed through a prism of perfection) has his Sun in the very private 4th house. You better believe he doesn’t want to talk about it. However, a quick glance at his chart speaks volumes: transiting Uranus about to break out in the 7th house of marriage (needing freedom and independence); progressed Moon (emotions) challenging Mars (the combination produces heated emotions); transiting Pluto (transformation) struggling to adjust to demands of obligation (Saturn); a boatload of Venus connections (you can bet women are involved) and if that weren’t enough — Pluto the transformer is all over a number of key midpoints (I told you I was reading the chapter on midpoints)! Bottom line: challenges in the House of Woods…to be dealt with over the next few months.

Right now Mr. Woods has transiting Saturn is at the bottom of his horoscope, hitting all the angles, along with his Moon in boundary-pushing Sagittarius. We see an opportunity for Mr. Woods to take a good look at his personal core foundation and clean up whatever needs cleaning. We also see a disruptive challenge to his Mercury from Uranus, suggesting an upset in how he needs to think, communicate and otherwise go about his business. Not only that, but Uranus is also making contact with the angles of the horoscope by solar arc — it’s a similar pattern to what was happening in 2009.

Over the weekend Mr. Woods was booked on a suspected DUI. Mr. Woods says he was having a reaction to prescription drugs, not alcohol. It is interesting to note that transiting Neptune is currently squaring his natal Neptune, impacting the areas of his life related to how he needs to think, as well as the public. Neptune refers to drugs, alcohol and spirits of all kinds. Astrology is amazing.

Meanwhile, the shake-ups anticipated at the White House last week (suggested by patterns in the chart for the inauguration), are apparently underway. Communications Director Mike Dubke is heading for the exit, pursued by a bear.

What’s going on in your horoscope? When will you be feeling a need for a sudden break? Will you ever write the play you’ve been carrying in your head? These questions and more can be addressed in a personal consultation. But don’t take it from me. Take it from a client and Avid Reader of this forecast:

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Late Friday 5/26/2017 & The Weekend: New Moon in Gemini; Nevertheless, She Persisted

TGIF — and  Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

The info-junkie Gemini Moon has been driving the past few days with all the news that’s fit to print. Pay attention to the action around you as we get closer to 10:21 PM ET, when the Moon meets up with aggressive Mars. Moon goes on to oppose Saturn after midnight, 12:53 AM ET on SATURDAY, suggesting an ambitious advance or militant block. Moon then goes void, entering Cancer, sign of motherhood, homeland and apple pie at 7:24 AM ET.

The next two days suggest a focus on emotional/home security concerns, with the added rose-colored glasses of a harmony between Mercury (mindset) and Neptune (fog), at 3:04AM ET on SUNDAY. Also weighing in heavily: a militant face-off between Mars (aggression; courage) and Saturn (control; ambition; discipline). We’re seeing that all over the news, and you are more personally affected by it if you have a planet around 26 degreees of Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces. This aspect will be exact at 2:54 AM ET on MONDAY — followed five minutes later by a disruptive hit to the Cancer Moon by rebel Uranus in Aries. That explains the upsets and flashes of insight, for better or for worse.

Also being reflected in the news is the clash between  Venus in “warrior woman” Aries and Pluto in PTB Capricorn that was exact on Thursday at 12:19 PM ET. “If I be waspish, best beward my sting,” is the quote that comes to mind. Pushing, shoving and other exhibitions of emotional overkill would be the downside potential of this pattern. As in P45 shoving the prime minister of Montenegro. Or the first lady slapping away her husband’s hand. Or candidate Greg Gianforte physically assaulting a reporter the day before a special election in which the good citizens of Montana made him their new Congressman. I can’t even. Let NYT’s Gail Collins cheerfully tell you all about it.

How many planets do you think Gianforte has in impulsive Aries? Answer: three: Mercury, Sun and Venus — all squared by aggressive Mars (currently egged on in its forcefulness by transiting Pluto). Plus, transiting Uranus is almost conjunct his 27 degree Aries Sun (birth data:  April 17 1961 in San Diego). Disruptive breakouts? Being oneself and getting away with it? He’s been charged with assault — for something that happened during a void of course Moon. Will it stick?

One  upside of Mars-Saturn with Venus-Pluto would be a fiercely empowering feminine perspective on big testosterone something, such as…the NY Jets hiring its first female coach perhaps? Or a story about the women who are joining the U.S. Army as members of the infantry — heavy lifting and all — a U.S. Army first.

Or Hillary Clinton (whose own horoscope has tough aspects between Venus and Pluto, as well as Mars and Saturn), delivering a ruthlessly frank and empowering directive to the graduating class of 2017 at Wellesley College. If you watch the speech, you’ll notice she compares the volatility of present times with that of  1969, the year she graduated. That was in the aftermath of the Uranus-Pluto conjunctions in 1965-1966. We are currently in the aftermath of the Uranus-Pluto squares of 2011-2016. Keep that in mind when you look around and wonder how things you took for granted seem to be falling apart — and why there are so many who believe that an iron-fisted authority will save the day.

A couple of notes about Thursday’s Gemini New Moon. First, it’s not too late to make your list of intentions for this new lunar cycle. Use the idealism and discipline suggested in the New Moon chart for an informed and productive cause. You are more personally affected by the seed-planting potential of this New Moon if you have a  planet or angle around 5 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Pisces and Sagittarius. Consult your local astrologer if you’d like more information on how this New Moon may affect you.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is “drilling for oil.” Dig deep; use your piercing intellect and be as boring as you need to be in order to tap into a precious resource. In world affairs, I am inspired by astrologer Blaine Bovee’s musings on this Symbol:

Watch for falling into routines that stay on the surface of matters with deep implications. Look also for historical ironies such as imperialism giving rise to more level playing fields, archaic resources being burned up in smoke. Consider valuables that lead to sticky situations ; assumptions about living off of others’ resources; money games; rigging matters to propel advancement; becoming stuck in one’s ways.

Immediately I thought about P45’s latest proposal: selling off half of America’s strategic petroleum reserve. Burned up in smoke? Also thinking of Jared Kushner and Ivanka neglecting to disclose their ginormous art collection, which they were required to do by law. Sticky situation?

And now, more news.

The chart for the horrid attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester at 10:35 PM on May 22nd looks like what you’d expect for such a militant and misogynistic action. Mars opposing Saturn (militant; arguably patriarchal) on the angles of the chart; Moon in Aries with destructive Eris and Uranus, also on angle; Venus in Aries opposed by Pluto. The Mars-Saturn face-off won’t be behind us until Monday; the Venus-Pluto square released yesterday. It seems apt that the UK remains in a state of “critical alert.”

It is fascinating to note that Ariana Grande’s horoscope has a Mars-Saturn opposition and a Venus-Pluto opposition. I see this all the time: people who are making news have patterns in their horoscope that reflect current patterns.  Also of note: her Mercury (how she needs to think and communicate) is being squared by disruptive Uranus; her 20 Capricorn Ascendant (with Uranus and Neptune exactly conjunct it!!) is under pressure from transiting Pluto, now retrograde at 19 Capricorn. This suggests extraordinary potential for upset and personal transformation, likely with mystical and/or healing themes. Keep an eye on Ms. Grande throughout 2018 and into early 2019, as this dramatic and empowering change of perspective takes form.

UPDATE (because I wrote that paragraph three days ago): true to the Venus-Pluto and Mars-Saturn patterns in her horoscope, Ms. Grande is coming back swinging. She’s returning to Manchester to do a benefit concert.

Speaking of benefit, two homeless men made headlines for their compassionate assistance to the victims of the Manchester attack. Their kindness has been rewarded over and over — by the public and by a billionaire. I’m happy for their sudden change of fortune, though it makes me think of all the other people in need — whether homeless or in other dire circumstances — and if they are inherently compassionate, too. And if so, just because their compassion doesn’t make interational headlines — should they not have a roof over their head  — or a job and other basic material support, too? Cue Mark Zuckerberg making headlines for his support of universal basic income now, please — posted just hours ago. How does his proposal reflect the potential of the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon (drilling for oil)?

Meanwhile…in yet another week of few exact planetary patterns (other than to the Moon), the largest landslide in California’s history has buried part of Highway 1, impacting the town of Big Sur. Just like that. Also buried:  Fox News has fallen to 3rd place in the primetime ratings for the first time in 17 years, trailing MSNBC and CNN.

Elsewhere, Sean Hannity is on a “planned vacation” after seven advertisers stopped supporting his show. Why? Because Mr. Hannity persisted in promoting a false conspiracy theory about the death of Sean Rich, who worked for the DNC.  Transiting Saturn is likely to be putting quite a squeeze on Mr. Hannity’s Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars next year when it meets up with all four of those planets in the early degrees of Capricorn. Could be quite a reality check after three years of transiting Neptune casting a rose-colored spell on his Pisces Ascendant.

In other news, P45’s mean and militant budget proposal landed earlier this week with the kind of thud we anticipated it might on a dead material comfort and security-preserving Taurus Moon. Gail Collins is here to fill you in on the slings, arrows and utterly delusional math.

There’s so much more to cover, but it will have to wait until next time. Have a lovely weekend — and may it be filled with simple joys.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

Monday 5/22/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; News & More News

Alll-righty then!

The work week begins with the Moon in fiery me-me-me Aries, seeking to lead the way off of the nearest cliff. Without a care in the world, like The Fool in your nearest deck of Tarot cards. Thinking big in the morning comes courtesy of the expansive influence of Jupiter at 5:38AM ET, followed by a meet-up with Venus at 10:09 AM ET.

At 2:44 PM ET we may see a power play or emotional catharsis, thanks to the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto. Action is facilitated that evening by an easy alignment with Mars. We may see an upset in the headlines overnight, as Moon meets up with rebel Uranus at 8:33 AM ET.

On TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY the Moon will be at the end of its cycle in Taurus, seeking to keep things the way they ought to be. Whatever brings you material comfort and security — have at it.

THURSDAY is the most active day of the week. We’ll have a New Moon in Gemini at 3:44 PM ET, in the wake of an intensely emotional clash between Venus and Pluto, exact at 12:19 PM ET. Aries can be a tough placement for Venus, suggesting a consummate flirt with an overwhelming need for approval and great sensitivity to rejection. It could also suggest a warrior woman in an equally hell hath no fury mode. How will that fly in a clash with Pluto in Capricorn, sign of the Powers That Be? Watch the headlines — I hear there’s a nasty budget proposal in the pipeline, loaded with cuts to the social security net.

Meanwhile, a Pluto-Venus square can also suggest passion of the juiciest kind…and you are affected by it personally if you have a planet or angle around 18 degrees of Libra, Cancer, Aries and Capricorn.

Your Moon voids for the week: TUESDAY 2:59 AM ET until 8:33 AM ET; WEDNESDAY 3:08 PM ET until 8:15 AM ET on THURSDAY. If you are unfamiliar with Moon voids and why you should be aware of them, here is a primer from a prior forecast. 

And now, the news.

Absolutely nothing happened.

Oh. Wait.

Let’s start with the sweet stuff. Last Monday I anticipated we’d see something sweet on Friday, reflected by:

…an indulgent and exuberant face-off between Jupiter in Libra and Venus in Aries. Watch the courts for over-the-top judgments on matters concerning women.  Maybe we’ll have a helpful headline about sugar and/or diabetes.

“LUCKY CHARMS GOES FULL-ON SUGAR BOMB” blared the subject line of my daily “First Reads” email from the Washington Post. Of course it would be Lucky Charms, given that in astrology, Venus and Jupiter are known as the lesser and greater benefics; i.e., LUCKY CHARMS. As WaPo reports:

Americans are eating less cereal, but executives at General Mills are hoping they’ve found a way to revive sales: By offering customers a chance to win one of 10,000 boxes filled with nothing but Lucky Charms marshmallows.

On its website, General Mills calls marshmallow-only Lucky Charms “the unicorn of the cereal world — fantasized about, but never seen.” In reality, they come with more sugar per serving than a Snickers bar or Twinkie.

I’m so pleased with this aptly timed headline — chosen out of dozens to be the SUBJECT LINE for that daily email — that I’m doing a Snoopy Dance and passing around my Cosmic Tip Jar. It supports my affinity for fresh-cut flowers. With gratitude.

Venus also refers to the thyroid. Jupiter adds expansion. How fascinating to see a piece in the NYT about the alarming number of domestic cats with hyperthyroidism. Not feral cats, mind you. Domestic.  The NYT  reports that 40 years ago, such cases were non-existent. Suspected cause: a class of common household chemicals. Something to think about when considering the current destruction of the EPA and other consumer safety organizations. The lack of oversight could be a death sentence for Fluffy…and potentially us, too. My money says you know more than one person who has a thyroid health issue…and you didn’t several years ago.

In other news,  a Basquiat painting of an angry skull with blood-red accents sold for a “mind-blowing” $110 million at Sothebys. Because nothing says Venus (art) in warrior Aries like an angry skull, selling for a BIG (Jupiter) price.

UPDATE: Roger Ailes passed away. The former Fox News chief was ousted last year — under allegations of  sexual harassment. Looking at his horoscope in a past post, I noted his Sun at 24 degrees of Taurus — conjunct two challenging Fixed Stars: Capulus (male sexual energy) and Algol. The latter suggests “losing one’s head.” Mr. Ailes was born on May 15th; transiting Sun just met up with his natal Sun and those unfortunate Fixed Stars. From the Palm Beach Medical Examiner’s report:

Ailes “died this morning of complications of a subdural hematoma after he fell at home injuring his head,” said the report. “Hemophilia contributed to his death and his manner of death was accidental.”

In other news…

Last week I was thinking we’d see stunning headlines — akin to an ice shelf in Antarctica suddenly falling into the sea. “Thanks to Global Warming, Antarctica is Beginning to Turn Green,” says WaPo. “Arctic Stronghold of World’s Seeds Flooded After Permafrost Melts,” says The Guardian (the seeds are OK, but the flood was a shock.) Meanwhile, a portion of icy Mt. Everest has in fact, collapsed. 

It was a stunning week in Washington. “The Trump Presidency Falls Apart” summarizes events of the 10 days leading up to  May 17, when former FBI director Robert S. Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department to be the special counsel overseeing the  investigation into possible P45-Russia ties. Mr. Mueller — a Leo with Moon either in late Pisces or early Aries — has been known to question authority, as the prior link recounts. Here is what we know of his horoscope.

Note that transiting Neptune (fog, scandal, deception) at 14 Pisces is opposing Mr. Mueller’s natal Mercury and squaring his natal Uranus at 12 Virgo and 12 Gemini.  His natal Mars is at 16 Virgo. We can see how he would be exacting and innovative in thought and action. The Neptune transit infuses both with weird, wild stuff for at least the next year…let’s see where he is at in September.

Meanwhile, at the White House….with transiting Sun crossing his Midheaven (shining a light on his reputation/career) and squaring his Leo Mars (ruler of the 9th house of foreign travel) and his Leo Ascendant, P45 jetted off on a tour of  Saudi Arabia, Israel, The Vatican, Brussels and Sicily. Which reminds me of a song from “Evita.”  On the eve of his departure, the big Friday news story was that one of his senior advisers is under investigation.

So far, a tentative $100 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia has been announced, with much credit being given to Jared Kushner for making it happen. Coincidentally, it was also announced that the Saudis and the UAE will donate $100 million to “a World Bank fund for women entrepreneurs that was the brainchild of Ivanka Trump”. Big deals and big gifts — happy Jupiter opposing Venus….with a dash of Saturn (old guard) cozying up to Uranus (avant garde) for good measure.

Finally, the old guard and avant garde scored big in New Orleans last week, as a number of Confederate monuments were taken down.

“While we must honor our history, we will not allow the Confederacy to be put on a pedestal in the heart of New Orleans,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said as the latest statue was being removed. “As we near our City’s 300th anniversary, we must continue to find courage to stand up to hate and embrace justice and compassion.”

One of my mentors loves to say that when it comes to a contest between Saturn and Uranus, Uranus will always win. Even if it takes a hundred years or more. The new always triumphs over the old. Eventually.

Plus, Robert E. Lee — one of Confederate monuments in question — has transiting Uranus square his old guard Capricorn Sun. He was scheduled for a fresh start, intense and disruptive as it may be.  The horoscope lives forever!

What’s going on in your horoscope? Here’s the 411 on consultations.

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Tuesday 5/16/2017 & So Forth: Sneak Peek at the Week; Old Guard Meets Avant Garde

The enterprising Capricorn Moon goes void at 6:22 AM ET, not to enter Aquarius until 1:50 PM ET. The void occurs on a challenge to the Moon from disruptive Uranus. Maybe a shake-up to the morning headlines?

Regardless, the Moon void is your excuse for whatever flake or twist disrupts your efforts to move forward in a straight line. If you sleep in, no biggie. Whatever crisis lands on your desk may be much ado about nothing. The focus kicks in once the Moon is engaged in Aquarius, sign of humanitarians and best buddies everywhere. After lunch on the East Coast, arise, go forth and network.

At 12:07 AM ET, Mercury left RAMbunctious Aries for the slower and greener pastures of Taurus. That impatient edge to thinking and communication is replaced by a more deliberate, risk-avoidant approach until June 6th, when Mercury zips into Gemini. One more week and we’re out of the Mercury retrograde shadow, moving ideas forward again. For today, note the potential for a stubborn clash in communications around 2:55PM ET, when the Moon squares Mercury.

Planetary patterns are light for most of the week. Whatever your agenda is, push it forward. Experience is teaching me that these weeks of light action do not mean nothing will happen. Quite the contrary, some of the most stunning events have happened during these lulls — and by stunning, I mean the way you’re looking at an ice shelf in Antarctica…and suddenly it just falls into the ocean, like Humpty Dumpty. Whoa.

On THURSDAY we’ll have the Third Quarter Moon at 8:33 PM ET — testing whatever illumination and release happened on last week’s moody bastard Full Moon. This Third Quarter Moon happens at 28 Aquarius-Taurus, which means it directly hits the angles of P45’s horoscope. FYI, today the Sun met up with P45’s Midheaven, suggesting an opportunity to be in the spotlight, for better or for worse. Chill between 8:33 PM ET and 11:52 PM ET — Moon will be void — and then will enter soulful Pisces, needing to identifying impressions and ideals. Go with the flow.

On Friday at 2:19 AM ET we’ll have Part 2 of three easy alignments between Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries. I wrote about this back in December 2016:

Pattern #1: Saturn trine Uranus.

Keywords for Saturn include the old guard, patriarchy, authority, ambition, gravitas, structure, fear, control, limits, brick walls, time and borders. Saturn is in Sagittarius for most of 2017, as it was in 2016. Thus, we expect to see structuring efforts in Sagittarius concerns which include: publishing, foreigners, collective beliefs (legal, higher education and religious), opinions, broad comedy and the need to push boundaries. Possible manifestations include efforts to control the media, collective thoughts, personal opinions and borders. This includes access and censorship.

Keywords for Uranus include disruption, the avant garde, innovation, seismic events, aviation, genetic mutation, shocks, technology, eccentricity, freedom, astrology, fringes, chaos and rebellion. Uranus is in Aries through 2017 and has been there since March 2011, the day of the earthquake in Fukushima. So we the continued potential for innovation and disruption in Aries concerns such as self-reliance (think: gig economy); war (think: drones); automobiles (think: self-driving, Uber et.al); head injuries (think: concussions; amazing tech cures).  Got that?

With Saturn and Uranus symbolically in harmony, we see the potential for cooperation between the old guard and the avant garde; innovation and structure – for better or for worse. What could that suggest? Here’s a recent example, perhaps: the Electoral College — an old-guard institution — votes for the Uranian Trump. Here’s a hypothetical scenario for 2017:  old guard Republican senators like John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins break ranks to support a bill introduced by the opposing party to…errm…uhhhh…I have no idea. Russia something? Rosh Hashanah?But somehow they are able to reach across the aisle in a curious coalition.

Another scenario: lawmakers approve tons of legislation to use technology (Uranus) to control, limit or structure (Saturn) access and expression of opinion (Sagittarius) by individuals (Aries). So much for that “controversial” visitor registry President Obama ordered to be dismantled? Perhaps. Another scenario: the Powers That Be (Saturn) are united in their efforts to shake up the system (Uranus). Organized chaos? We shall see.

You are more personally affected by the potential to structure your ambition with surprising innovation if you have a planet or angle around 19-27 degrees of just about any sign, and especially 27 Leo. The exact dates of this trine are Dec 24, 2016; May 19 2017 and Nov 11, 2017.

Well?

Also on Friday, and influencing the week: an indulgent and exuberant face-off between Jupiter in Libra and Venus in Aries. Watch the courts for over-the-top judgments on matters concerning women.  Maybe we’ll have a helpful headline about sugar and/or diabetes.

On SATURDAY, say bye-bye to the Sun in Taurus and hello to the Sun in pixie chatterbox Gemini at 4:31 PM ET. And there you have the Sneak Peek at the Week.

Will get to the news in the next forecast. Meanwhile, if you’re curious to know how these patterns are reflected in your own personal horoscope, consider booking a consultation. If you’ve been putting it off — now is the time to do it, as my rates will increase next month.

Thank you for reading this forecast.  You are awesome!

 

 

Friday 5/12/2017 & the Weekend: It’s a Mad, Mad World

Happy Wiggy Weekend!

Writing this minutes after a foggy challenge between the boundary-pushing Moon and Neptune, exact at 5:09PM ET. Coming up next: a face-off between Mars and Moon at 6:45 PM ET, suggesting a provocative clash of righteous opinion. Choose your battles carefully.

On SATURDAY, the Sagittarius Moon drives the day with a need to get out of Dodge. Expand your mind; take a walk in the woods. Shop if you must. Watch the headlines for a potentially heavy focus around 6:56 PM ET, when the Moon’s fiery enthusiasm is streamlined by sobering Saturn. This too, shall pass. Moon goes void at 10:14 PM ET and enters practical, enterprising Capricorn at 1:37 AM ET on SUNDAY.

There are no exact aspects for much of Mother’s Day — only a square to the Moon from Venus in me-me-me Aries. Take Mom out to brunch instead of dinner and you may avoid a potential clash of aesthetic values and expression. No sleeping in on MONDAY. The Capricorn Moon’s “make it happen” drive starts off big. Watch for power plays and disruptions in the evening and into the wee hours on TUESDAY.

And now, the news.

Oh what a tangled web we weave. Thanks, Mars square Neptune! The NYT’s funny female columnist — Gail Collins — did not write this week, but the Washington Post has a funny female columnist, too. Here is Alexandra Petri’s  latest “comPost” offering about tangled webs and poison, so apt for a Mars square Neptune day. I became aware of Ms. Petri after another column she wrote, “Trump’s budget makes perfect sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why”  was linked on the White House website, presumably intended to demonstrate support for the proposal…with unintended consequences.

Also in the spirit of Mars square Neptune — and in the same vein as above. The Washington Times (one of Antonin Scalia’s two favorite newspapers) ran this headline, “Trump’s lawyers: 10 years of tax returns show no ‘income of any type from Russian sources’“. OK, case closed — let’s move on — right? If you only read the Washington Times — and, like some White House staffers — only read the headlines, that’s exactly what you would conclude and rightly so.

But if you get your news from more than one source, you would have also read  “Trump Lawyers Say He Had No Russian Income or Debt, With Some Exceptions,” because in fact, that is what his lawyers said.  Peruse a few other media outlets and you would have learned that the “Lawyers who said Trump has no ties to Russia (were) named Russian law firm of 2016” . Hey, it’s no big deal — and there’s an easy explanation: Morgan-Lewis, the law firm in question, is now the only law firm in the entire United States. P45 had no choice but to hire them.

Where do you get your news? Consider multiple sources before leaping to conclusions. Both the Guardian and the NYT now feature a culling of articles from so-called left and right publications — recommended reading for greater understanding, peace, love and granola. Seriously.

Ooh look — it turns out NYT columnist Gail Collins did write this week — about the firing of James Comey and how press secretary Sean Spicer hid in the bushes on the White House grounds. Surreal? Mars square Neptune!

More on Mars and Neptune — pushed to great effort by a trine (harmony) with expansive Jupiter in Libra.  Mars is action. Neptune is drugs. Jupiter in Libra is the judicial system. What perfect timing for Attorney General Jeff Sessions (last discussed in this forecast here) to announce a huge directive ordering prosecutors to charge people with crimes carrying the harshest penalties instead of lesser ones. Reports the Guardian:

The move has long been expected from Sessions, a former federal prosecutor who cut his teeth at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic and who has promised to make combating violence and drugs the justice department’s top priority.

…The move amounts to an unmistakable undoing of Obama administration criminal justice policies that aimed to ease overcrowding in federal prisons and contributed to a national rethinking of how drug criminals were prosecuted and sentenced.

Elsewhere in the Guardian: Cary Grant: how 100 acid trips in Tinseltown ‘changed my life’  Now — Mars-Neptune patterns aside, why is this startling news about Cary Grant being reported NOW? Well, that’s easy. In Mr. Grant’s horoscope we see transiting Uranus at 25 Aries barreling down on his 25 Capricorn Mercury, his 26 Capricorn Sun and his  27 Libra Ascendant. Of course we’d read some startling news. It doesn’t matter that Mr. Grant has long since departed; the horoscope lives forever. And if you think that’s a cool concept, you can read an article I wrote on this topic for Mountain Astrologer .  Mr. Grant had Neptune running wild in his 9th House (of journeys and the higher mind). Trippy.

This is also trippy: Nicholas Sand, Chemist Who Sought to Bring LSD to the World, Dies at 75.

Meanwhile, Popularity of sushi has brought rise in parasitic infections, warn doctors. Neptune refers to seafood and infections; Mars refers to inflammation or attack. Next! “Locals dismayed as Trump’s EPA gives new life to controversial Alaska mine”. What does that have to do with Neptune? To find out, I actually read more than the  headline. Turns out that the mine — if brought to life — will threaten (Mars) one of the state’s main salmon fisheries (Neptune).

OOh….this is BIG and VIRAL (which Neptune also rules) “Malware, described in leaked NSA documents, cripples computers worldwide.” Whereas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a new Ebola virus has broken out.

And to think, this long wiggy day Mars-Neptune-Jupiter day with Moon in boundary-pushing Sagittarius all began with a song from The Guess Who running through my head: “Undun” — about an acid trip gone horribly wrong. And then I logged onto my computer to find everyone talking about P45’s latest Tweetstorm at 8:26AM ET. The chart for that Tweet had 0 Cancer — the Aries Point — on the Ascendant. That’s suggests a need for prominence. Of course everyone was talking about it — and they still are.

Cue The Guess Who, now please: “She’s Come Undun…”

No sleeping in on Monday.

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Wednesday & Thursday 5/10-11/2017: Full Moon in Scorpio; Coincidence or Conspiracy?

Allll-righty then!

Judging from this week’s headlines, I’d say they are perfectly in sync with planetary patterns, i.e., the meet-up between Mercury and Uranus in Aries at 1:19AM ET today, suggesting bizarre and reckless ideas/communication. Also recall this paragraph from Monday’s forecast:

Pass the popcorn and get ready for more startling communications to come to light, with a scandalous or fanatical spin. Why scandalous and/or fanatical? Because on THURSDAY, Mars (action, guns, macho, courage) will be challenged by Neptune (scandal, glamour, chemicals, oil, spirits, drugs) at 1:53 PM ET…followed by a serious alignment between Mercury and Saturn. Add an easy physicality or expansive feel to whatever is hitting the news this week, suggested by an easy flow between Mars and Jupiter (big!) on FRIDAY at 5:19 AM ET.

Writing this just before the  Full Moon in Scorpio, exact at 5:42 PM ET. The Moon at 20 degrees of Scorpio opposes the Sun at 20 Taurus.  A Full Moon suggests emotions are on the rise, building to a release or illumination. A Scorpio Moon suggests a need for depth, substance and control. If you have planets or angles around 20 degrees of Aquarius, Leo and especially Taurus and Scorpio, you are more personally affected. In the horoscope of P45, for example, this Full Moon falls close to two angles — the MC and the IC, highlighting career, reputation, family and homeland concerns. It also squares his Mars (action!). More on his horoscope in a minute.

The Sabian Symbols for this lunation are 1) “a soldier derelict in duty” (for the Moon); and 2) “a finger pointing to a open book” (for the Sun).  For the latter, it seems self-explanatory. The information is right in front of us, open for all to see. For the former, we turn to Wikipedia:

Dereliction of duty is a specific offense under United States Code Title 10, Section 892, Article 92 and applies to all branches of the US military. A service member who is derelict has willfully refused to perform his duties (or follow a given order) or has incapacitated himself in such a way that he cannot perform his duties. Such incapacitation includes the person falling asleep while on duty requiring wakefulness, his getting drunk or otherwise intoxicated and consequently being unable to perform his duties, shooting himself and thus being unable to perform any duty, or his vacating his post contrary to regulations. Article 92 also applies to service members whose acts or omissions rise to the level of criminally negligent behavior.

Consider those two Symbols as we turn to the news.

On March 17th I wrote:

I’m marking mid-May in my calendar as a date to watch, given certain disruptive and provocative hits to the area ruling public status in the inaugural chart of the current administration.

The disruptive hits in question would be Mercury and Uranus hitting Midheaven of the inaugural chart. Mercury suggests communication; Uranus suggests a shake-up. On Monday, the big story was this: “Twitter Could Barely Keep Up with Sally Q. Yates’ Queenly Congressional Testimony.”  “Queenly” is particularly apt for Ms. Yates, who was born on August 20, 1960. Her Sun, Moon, Mercury and Uranus are all in Leo! You bet she carries herself like a queen, and I bet the person who wrote that headline has never looked at Ms. Yates’ horoscope. Astrology is amazing.

Highlights of her appearance include her evisceration of Ted Cruz’s need to prove he’s a genius, as his horoscope would suggest.  Here is that video.  Also noteworthy: Sen. Al Franken speculates on why it took P45 18 days to fire National Security Advisor Mike Flynn after Ms. Yates warned P45 that Gen. Flynn may have been compromised by the Russians. This week’s planetary patterns are apt for airing a conspiracy theory, and given what happened yesterday, Senator Franken’s timing is perfect.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that yesterday FBI Director James Comey was sacked! He found out about it when it was announced on television. P45 didn’t even call. Surprise! But you, dear Reader, are not terribly surprised by Mr. Comey’s sudden departure, because you knew last Halloween that 2017 was likely to be a very tough year for the former Director, and the squeeze is far from over. Today it was reported that last week Mr. Comey asked for increased funding of the FBI’s Russia inquiry. Presumably that request was denied. Stay tuned for continuing updates — and consider this tweet from former Attorney General Eric Holder, reacting to Comey’s dismissal:

To the career men and women at DOJ/FBI: you know what the job entails and how to do it. Be strong and unafraid. Duty. Honor. Country.

Meanwhile, you also knew that P45 would be feeling the intense buzz of transiting Uranus to his natal Venus, impacting his mindset and career status. The first of three exact hits happened on May 6th. Shocking and/or erratic communication would be one potential.  Here’s an account of his mindset over the weekend.

The day after dismissing Mr. Comey, P45 invited the Russian Foreign Minister and the Russian Ambassador to the White House. Not invited: the U.S. press. Photos in this article provided by TASS, the Russian state news agency. Bizarre. Controlling. Scandalous. And reflecting planetary patterns, including the information controls anticipated by Saturn’s journey through Sagittarius.

Other restrictive information controls noted this week include: a reporter arrested after repeatedly asking HHS Secretary Tom Price a question about Trumpcare (!!). TV monitors at the FDA were (briefly) required to be tuned to FOX (until someone made a fuss). Meanwhile, the U.S. Census Director has abruptly  resigned. And by the way, the 2020 Census doesn’t plan to gather information about gender and sexual identity. Because if the data isn’t gathered, it means “those people” don’t exist. Right? Elsewhere, the EPA deleted its webpages about climate change — but you can find that info on the website of the city of Chicago, thanks to Chicago’s mayor.

These are the interesting times in which we live.

In other news, astronaut Buzz Aldrin touted a vision for a manned mission to Mars.  That’s an upside potential of a Mars-Neptune square, combined with the tech-savvy of Mercury with Uranus. Also an upside: Russian hackers tried unsuccessfully to derail Emmanuel Macron’s victorious election campaign. Why? Because the French were ready for the hack — and they fought back with their own fake documents.

Tomorrow (Thursday), the Moon will be void until 12:59 PM ET. That’s your excuse for sleeping in – and any other disruption in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Remember that crises that crop up during voids are likely to be much ado about nothing. Chill and stick to routine concerns.

After 1PM ET, breathe a sigh of relief as the Moon bounds into Sagittarius, looking for a gamble or a gambol. Physical energy is likely to be high, courtesy of a harmony between Mars and Jupiter, exact early Friday morning. Do something productive with all of that enthusiasm.

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Monday 5/8/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Margaret Atwood & Others

..and it’s off to the races we go.

The work week starts with the Moon in people-pleasing Libra, where it has been since Saturday at 2:20 PM ET. While a need for balance and harmony may have flowed easily on Sunday, said needs may be jarred on Monday by the Moon’s weekly clash with the planetary heavies: Pluto (while you were sleeping), and (in the late afternoon) Uranus.  Power plays and flashes of insight are probable. Watch the headlines.

Moon goes void on an easy flow with Saturn at 6:59 PM ET, seeking to bring the upsets into balance.  On TUESDAY Moon plunges into the depths of Scorpio, seeking emotional intensity, depth and control.  The only exact aspect that day is an easy flow between the Taurus Sun and Pluto in Capricorn at 2:21 PM ET. This suggests keeping power, resources and leadership as they are. Perhaps it reflects Emmanuel Macron’s decisive victory over Marine Le Pen, who would have been a much greater disruption to the status quo. Vive la France!

Ever since the last week of April, a meet-up between Mercury (mindset) and Uranus (rebel) has been reflecting bizarre and reckless ideas. Mercury and Uranus are in Aries, the sign of “Ready! Fire! Aim!” — as fellow Aries astrologer Rick Levine likes to say.  There was an exact meet-up on April 28th, when Mercury was still retrograde. Then Mercury turned direct on May 3rd.  It will meet up with Uranus again on WEDNESDAY at 1:19AM ET,  before the Scorpio Full Moon at 5:42 PM ET, which immediate goes void until 12:59 PM ET on THURSDAY.

Pass the popcorn and get ready for more startling communications to come to light, with a scandalous or fanatical spin. Why scandalous and/or fanatical? Because on THURSDAY, Mars (action, guns, macho, courage) will be challenged by Neptune (scandal, glamour, chemicals, oil, spirits, drugs) at 1:53 PM ET…followed by a serious alignment between Mercury and Saturn. Add an easy physicality or expansive feel to whatever is hitting the news this week, suggested by an easy flow between Mars and Jupiter (big!) on FRIDAY at 5:19 AM ET.

One story that encapsulates all of  the above patterns is this doozy published Sunday in the Guardian: The Great British Brexit Robbery: How Our Democracy Was Hijacked. Here’s a paragraph of this must-read piece:

There are three strands to this story. How the foundations of an authoritarian surveillance state are being laid in the US. How British democracy was subverted through a covert, far-reaching plan of coordination enabled by a US billionaire. And how we are in the midst of a massive land grab for power by billionaires via our data. Data which is being silently amassed, harvested and stored. Whoever owns this data owns the future.

Another item would be this: Inside VW’s  Campaign of Trickery: New Details Emerge in Volkswagen’s Broad Conspiracy to Cover Up a Campaign Aimed at Deceiving Pollution Regulators. Seriously, VW – what were you thinking?

And now, more news.

Last week began with the Moon in Cancer, suggesting a concern with family and nurturing needs.  Enter late-night host Jimmy Kimmel with a tearful monologue about his infant son Billy, who was born with a serious heart defect which  required emergency surgery within hours of his arrival. Scary, right? How in a civilized society could anyone deny health care and/or insurance coverage to anyone because they had a pre-existing condition? Mr. Kimmel’s monologue sparked a national debate.

Turns out that  Congress was also debating that very issue. On the day Mercury turned direct in “Ready! Fire! Aim!” Aries, under the influence of erratic Uranus. How else could it pass a “punitive and cruel” alleged health care bill with those in favor not even bothering to read it? Then rush off to the Rose Garden for a “victory celebration” and photo op of mostly old white men? Now the Senate will draft their version of the bill — with the drafting to be done by 13 white male Republicans.

If you didn’t have an understanding of planetary patterns — and the surreal harshness they suggest, especially with respect to women — you could  go mad. Last week, a woman who doesn’t believe contraception actually works was tapped to  become the Department of Health and Human Services’ deputy assistant secretary for population affairs, “putting her in charge of more than $286 million in Title X family-planning grants.”  Her name? Teresa Manning. Coincidence or conspiracy? Meanwhile, a woman who believes abortions cause breast cancer will become the agency’s assistant secretary for public affairs. 

In other news, yesterday I binge-watched the first four episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu. Margaret Atwood, author of the original novel, penned an essay about how she came to write her book back in 1984.  I was delighted to find her horoscope online — with a birth time. Ms. Atwood is a Scorpio, driven by the Moon in humanitarian Aquarius. Her Gemini Ascendant suggests a need to be seen as the smartest kid in the room.  A meet-up between Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius suggests idealism and righteous “big picture” values and opinion.

In 1982 and 1983 — just before writing The Handmaid’s Tale, she had transiting Uranus squaring her Ascendant, suggesing a need or opportunity for a fresh start — which she then avoided. “It seemed to me a risky venture,” she writes in the essay linked above. “I’d read extensively in science fiction, speculative fiction, utopias and dystopias ever since my high school years in the 1950s, but I’d never written such a book.” In 1984, fueled no doubt by the innovative buzz of transiting Uranus conjunct her Mercury and Venus, she was finally motivated  to write. Now, in 2017, she has transiting Uranus shaking up her natal Saturn, activating the areas of the horoscope related to career, publishing and broadcasting. Now and into 2018, transiting Neptune will be in touch with her Mercury and Venus. Neptune refers to film, glamour. The Handmaid’s Tale has already been renewed for a second season. Isn’t that interesting?  Astrology is amazing.

UPDATE: Michael Moore, whose horoscope I wrote about in-depth last fall for the National Council for Geocosmic Research — right  here on page 10. He once won an election — at age 18 — and I thought it would be fun to see how patterns in his horoscope reflected his upset victory. Mr. Moore’s transits this year include transiting Pluto square his Mercury and a measurement between the Sun and Mars, ruling his Leo Ascendant (personal projection) and the area of the horoscope referring to big picture ideas.  We would expect a need for  persuasive thinking manifesting in the broadest reach possible. Broad? How about Broadway? As in a solo show called The Terms of My Surrender. That’s what Mr. Moore will be doing this summer. “Can a Broadway show take down a sitting president?” asks the tagline on the poster.  Sounds like Mr. Moore will make a persuasive effort.

When are you likely to expand your reach in a persuausive solo show? Move to Guatemala? Meet a significant other? Leave your mediocre job? Find out what’s going on in your horoscope in a personal consultation. Here’s how to contact me. 

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Monday 5/1/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Mercury Turns Direct

Alll-righty then!!

A late sneak peek at the week is a happy problem to have, when the reasons for the delay are (other than Mercury retrograde): editing a new piece for Mountain Astrologer and a booked-solid calendar of client consultations. I post that with pride few hours before the Moon enters Leo at 12:12 AM ET on Tuesday, seeking to shine and help others shine, too. Gratitude!

Until then, the Cancer Moon is currently void of course — has been since 4:23 PM ET.  Avid readers of this forecast know that Moon voids are apt for chilling out and taking care of routine concerns. Roll with whatever twists that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Trust that crises that arise are likely much ado about nothing. Avoid impulse purchases, as things bought during voids have an odd way of proving themselves not as useful as you thought.

There are no other Moon voids during business hours in the Americas this work week. We’ll have one on Thursday from 12:35 AM ET – 5:47 AM ET. We’ll have another on Saturday between 8:42 AM ET and 2:20 PM ET (avoid the yard sales). Otherwise, it’s almost full speed ahead.

Back to today (Tuesday). The Leo Moon cruises through most of the day, supported by easy connections from Venus and Mars. Tensions between a stubborn Taurus Sun and willful Leo Moon at 10:47 PM ET suggest a challenge to last week’s New Moon agenda. Pass the popcorn and watch the drama unfold.

On WEDNESDAY Mercury turns direct at 12:33 PM ET. Huzzah! That explains why this week is “almost” full speed ahead.  Patience is advised as our brains adjust to moving forward again. Note the potential over the next few weeks for half-baked ideas cooked up during last months’ Mercury retrograde to reveal themselves as frankly flawed after a second thought.  Until said flaws come to light, a dreamy alignment between the Sun and Neptune at 8:51 PM ET adds a rosy glow to the day. Enjoy.

Moon enters Virgo on THURSDAY at 5:47 AM ET, meticulously advancing its need to make things perfect for the rest of the work week. That’s it for big planetary patterns, but do not think this suggests nothing is going on. Beth Owldaughter’s Tarot Card of the Week offers an intriguing perspective on the apparent lull in action.

I’m delighted by how many Avid Readers of this forecast are also fans of Beth’s wise posts. She’s posted without fail every week  since last summer, while waging a fierce battle against breast cancer (as I mentioned here).  If you’re wondering how she’s faring since her surgery in February, here’s the latest update.

Happy Moon in sunny Leo! Shine, shine, shine!

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To be continued….