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Wednesday 11/29/2017: News Round-up; Matt Lauer

Good Morning!

Moon is charging through Aries today — seeking to be appreciated for being Numero Uno. So much news to report — had to post — so you could say you heard it here first. I expect power plays as we approach the 6:53 PM ET tension between the Moon and Pluto, followed by conflict/heroism and disruption tomorrow between 6 AM and 7:30AM ET, as the fiery Moon clashes with warrior Mars and rebel Uranus.

First, happy early Mercury retrograde to Avid Readers who wondered why my last email contained two articles I wrote for The Mountain Astrologer.  Those were a gift from MailChimp, which sent them out as email after I added them to the Articles & Interviews page of my website. Not planned, but I hope you enjoyed them.

And now, the news…reflecting this week’s potent patterns:

  • A prominent and sobering control or ambitious reach in matters of media, foreign affairs, judicial philosophy and other Sagittarian concerns, as Mercury and Saturn met up in that sign Tuesday at 1:59 AM ET. This is the first of three meet ups we’ll have between now and January 13th. Remember, Mercury in Sagittarius thinks big, but is often sloppy.
  • A disruptive opposition between Mars in Libra and Uranus in Aries, exact Friday at 5:04 AM ET. Mars (action, courage, aggression, male sexual energy) in Libra (fairness, diplomacy, relationship, balance) is only at its best when it acts as a warrior for peace. Otherwise, it may behave badly, subverting its urge for expression into passive aggressive behavior and other toxic conflict-avoidance. Uranus in Aries shakes up the system in its quest for independence and/or technological advance. Examples of this over the past six years of Uranus in Aries: the gig economy, self-driving cars, flying cars, Uber and Lyft, drone warfare
  • A harmony between Jupiter and Neptune, exact Saturday at 9:22 PM ET. Jupiter is in Scorpio, on a mission to expand awareness in matters of sexual secrets and other peoples money. We’re revisiting the horrifying reality show experienced a few years ago when Saturn traveled through Scorpio. Neptune refers to faith, charity, redemption, oil, scandal, drugs, delusions, refugees — expressed with a need for empathy, compassion and/or universal suffering. Why so soulful? Because Neptune is traveling through Pisces, its ruling sign.
  • Added wigginess courtesy of Sunday’s exact square between Neptune and the Sun in opinionated, high-flying Sagittarius…plus a waxing Full Moon in Gemini. Emotions are on the rise this week. Oh, and Mercury turning retrograde on December 3rd.

OK, here goes:

Last but not least — Matt Lauer — whose horoscope I’ve been following since 2011 — was abruptly fired from the Today show this morning. His 8 degree Capricorn Sun was hit hard by Pluto and Uranus between 2011 and 2013, when he threatened to quit Today unless he received gobs and gobs of cash. He won that battle. The relevant posts are here   and here.  Why was Mr. Lauer fired? Allegations of sexual harassment brought by a co-worker. No sordid details yet.

We don’t have a birth time for Mr. Lauer — I’ve created a chart set just after 12PM, which puts transiting Pluto in a tense square to a hypothetical 18 Aries Ascendant. We know there is going to be some action on two of the four angles of this horoscope for such a cataclysmic event to occur, so this is not an illogical choice. When a birth time is unknown, astrologers will use noon or sunrise. Both options can reveal much.  Here, in this noonish chart,  there’s plenty of action between planets in the natal chart and where planets are right now that would also reflect the likelihood of Something Big Happening. In the chart below, Mr. Lauer’s birth chart is in the inner wheel. The outer wheel shows where the planets were yesterday morning. The yellow lines show how planets in the outer wheel are making contact with planets in the inner wheel.

Even if you don’t know anything about astrology and have no idea what those symbols represent, you should still be able to see that there is CONTACT between stuff in the outer wheel and stuff in the inner wheel. Just as a radiologist makes a living making meaningful sense out of the mysterious (to the average patient) blobs on X-rays and other tests, skilled astrologers invest years of study so they can make sense of the chart below. I’d be surprised if Mr. Lauer consulted with an astrologer this year, but if he had, he would have been alerted to the high probability of an upset to his need to be Number One — and much, much more. Perhaps he would have made different choices. FUN FACT: Mr. Lauer’s horoscope has a challenging aspect between his boundary-pushing Mars in Sagittarius and Pluto (power, persuasion). We’ve seen hard aspects between Mars and Pluto in the horoscope of many men recently outed for sexual harassment. It’s like….wow….there’s a pattern here….and there’s another pattern, too: Aries,

 

 

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Stop Talking About the Planets!

This article was published in the August/September 2017 issue of The Mountain Astrologer. It starts like this:

Thanks to the November 2016 election and a well-timed ISAR conference, astrology generated a lot of press last fall in mainstream publications. Even The Wall Street Journal wrote about Hillary Clinton’s unconfirmed birth time and the challenge it posed for astrologers striving to predict the election outcome. The Wall Street Journal — wow! That’s great exposure for astrology, right?

I’m not convinced….

Read the full article here:

Stop Talking About the Planets

The Horoscope Lives Forever

When someone makes news, the horoscope is hot — whether that someone is alive or not. What’s happening when dearly departed souls return to haunt the headlines? This article — my first for The Mountain Astrologer — was published in the December/January 2017 issue.  Astrodienst selected it as a feature article shortly thereafter — read it here:

http://www.astro.com/astrology/tma_article161208_e.htm

Monday 11/27/2017 & Then Some: Sneak Peek at the Week; Saturn, for Better or for Worse

Happy Cyber Monday!

Serious thoughts may be on the agenda at the start of the week, as Mercury (mindset) is hours away from a meet-up with karma cop Saturn at 1:59AM ET on TUESDAY. About what, you say? The two are in Sagittarius, a globally-focused sign. Saturn refers to dustbins and garbage. Front and center on the WaPo homepage: “A World Drowning in Garbage,” an in-depth account of how six cities around the world deal with their share of the 3.5 million tons humanity produces every day, complete with video. You’ll feel the weight of a heavy and/or ambitious mindset more personally if you have a planet or angle around 27 degrees of Sagittarius, Gemini, Pisces or Virgo. Note that this is the first of three meet-ups we’ll have between Mercury and Saturn, as Mercury will turn RETROGRADE on December 3rd. The second hit happens on December 6th; the third is on January 13th. So whatever is hot now — look for advances on it on those dates.

Two other patterns are driving the week. One is a pro-active buzz — a face-off between action hero Mars and rebel technogeek Uranus on FRIDAY at 5:04 AM ET. Mars refers to the masculine, guns, courage, war, explosive and reckless efforts. Uranus can be a shock to the system. It refers to technology, astrology, seismic activity (e.g., a volcano in Bali),  genetic mutations, revolution. This Mars-Uranus face-off is the other shoe to the Mars-Pluto square we experienced on November 19th. Pluto is perspective — and also transformation — and one of the interesting themes we’ve seen in the news is a discussion of male sexual energy and how we need to change our perspective on how it  ought to be expressed.

Here’s what happened in July, when Mars was in a tense square with Uranus. You’re feeling the disruptive buzz more personally if you have a planet or angle around 25 degrees of  Libra, Aries, Capricorn or Cancer.

The second pattern of note is a harmony a between expansive Jupiter (collective belief of a political or philosophical nature) and Neptune (faith), exact on SATURDAY at 9:22 PM ET. That’s followed quickly Mercury turning RETROGRADE at 2:34 AM ET on SUNDAY, then by a square between Neptune and the Sun on at 6:44 AM ET and a Full Moon in blah blah blah Gemini at 10:47 AM ET. More on that in the next forecast. Meanwhile, BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS NOW.

Oh — also on Friday — Venus (women, money, social graces) leaves moody bastard Scorpio for Sagittarius on FRIDAY at 4:14 AM ET, with a long exhale as it emerges from Scorpio’s depths and aims for the Sagittarian sky.

Meanwhile, today’s Moon is in Pisces, continuing to seek connection with ideals, impressions and empathy. The Moon will be void on TUESDAY between 7:09 AM ET and 11:30AM ET — there’s your excuse for sleeping in and/or flaking out. The pace picks up noticeably once the Moon zooms into me-me-me Aries, falling down stairs because it’s faster than walking. Upsets and power plays may rattle nerves Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning, when the Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus. Moon will be void on THURSDAY between 1:37 PM ET and 3:38 PM ET — no biggie; and on FRIDAY between 8:53 PM ET and SATURDAY 4:21 PM ET — no impulse shopping on Saturday, if you please.

And now, the news.

On Thursday, I wrote:

Happy Thanksgiving to all! On FRIDAY — a.k.a. Black Friday — the only exact aspect is an expansive one between the Moon and indulgent Jupiter at 10:56 AM ET. That — along with a harmony between Mercury (mindset, communication) and Uranus (technology, astrology) exact early Saturday — bodes well for retailers hoping shoppers will indulge in the latest gizmo or gadget.

Let the record show that TechCrunch reports:

The final figures for Black Friday online sales are in, and it’s another record-breaking day e-commerce in the U.S. Adobe says that shoppers spent $5.03 billion online in a race for bargains for themselves and to gift to others.

But what about the “astrology” potential of Mercury in harmony with Aquarius, on a day with Moon in Aquarius? How about this from the NYT’s NY/Region section “Leaning on the Stars to Make Sense of the World.”  Pigs have flown when the NYT writes about an astrologer who covers world events, right? Check it out and let me know what you think.

The other thing I wrote was:

In the spirit of those planetary patterns, I’m pleased to offer my own Black Friday special if you are shopping for a Special Someone: 20% off personal consultations and reports — until the Moon leaves Aquarius at 3:04 AM ET on Sunday,  November 26th.  

…about which a few Avid Readers asked, “but what if I’M the ‘Special Someone?'” To which I replied, Yes, fine, the offer is for you, too — and in the spirit of the compassionate Pisces Moon, will be honored until I post the next forecast — sometime during the Moon’s passage through me-me-me Aries.  Here’s the 411.

Meanwhile, the Koch brothers are behind a big media purchase: Meredith, Inc — which includes Time, Fortune, People and Sports Illustrated. Can’t imagine why they would find ownership and control of mass media a useful investment. Cue sarcasm and Saturn (control, patriarchy) in Sagittarius (publishing) now, please. Along the same lines, you may have heard that the Justice Department — if it can now truly be called that — has filed suit to stop the AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, demanding that CNN be sold as condition of approval. Why are they picking on CNN? You should see CNN’s horoscope — one day, I’ll write about it.

Add in Mercury with Saturn in Sagittarius and here’s the subject of today’s NYT editorial: “Cops, Cellphones & Privacy at the Supreme Court.”  Or this “Diplomats Sound the Alarm as They Are Pushed Out in Droves.”

Guilt is also a Saturn concern — and here’s a piece about that in today’s NYT — minus Saturn.

But y’know, Saturn transits can be serious in wonderful ways, too. Take Prince Harry, for example. Here is his horoscope.  His Sun is at 22 Virgo — which makes him one of the many anticipated newsmakers this year, as Saturn challenged his Sun three times (Avid Readers will recall that anyone with planets around 22 degrees of Sagittarius, Pisces, Virgo and Gemini was in that club of newsmakers). Anyway. This is this year that Prince Harry went public about how he coped with the grief (another Saturn domain, as is depression) of his mother’s death.

But meanwhile…back in June of 2016, he was introduced to American actress Meghan Markle. Well of course he was, with a measurement between the Moon (ruler of his 7th House of Significant Others) and Venus. A three-pronged measurement between Pluto and Venus, suggesting a need for emotionally deep experiences and perhaps a change in perspective of values, has been in effect all year as well. The third hit was today, the announcement of his engagement to Ms. Markle. When are they getting married? Sometime in the spring of 2018. Let the record show that in April we will see a measurement between Prince Harry’s Moon and Saturn, suggesting potential for serious break or a serious commitment. In this case, it is the latter. You see? Saturn is not always doom and gloom.

A royal wedding and a royal birth in 2018 (for the Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge — now we’re seeing how the potential for a disruption of the status quo is manifesting in the lives of a few of the royals — discussed here back in August.

Thank you for reading this forecast — and for sharing it with your friends. If you’d like to share it with the New York Times, that would be great, too. Cheers!

 

Thursday 11/23/2017 & the Holiday Weekend: Gratitude, A Black Friday Special & More

Count your blessings among whatever twists and flakes arise during today’s Capricorn Moon void. Yes, the need is to take care of business, orchestrating the preparation of your Thanksgiving feast like a military operation. But are you sure you bought enough Brussels sprouts? Chill and go with the flow! So far, no reports of any twists or flakes at the 91st Annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, but the NYT has a summary of past parade snafus.

Counting your blessings is good for your health, as this op-ed in WaPo reminds us: “It’s 1967 and the world is going to Hell.”   In fact, it is 1967 all over again, as Avid Readers know, as we are in the aftermath of a revolutionary aspect between disruptive Uranus and destructive Pluto. Back then, it was the conjunction (meet-up) of these two behemoths; now it is the series of seven squares.

At 3:14 PM ET, Moon enters Aquarius, a perfect sign for friendship, community and appreciation of each other because of our quirks and foilbles. Happy Thanksgiving to all! On FRIDAY — a.k.a. Black Friday — the only exact aspect is an expansive one between the Moon and indulgent Jupiter at 10:56 AM ET. That — along with a harmony between Mercury (mindset, communication) and Uranus (technology, astrology) exact early Saturday — bodes well for retailers hoping shoppers will indulge in the latest gizmo or gadget. In the spirit of those planetary patterns, I’m pleased to offer my own Black Friday special if you are shopping for a Special Someone: 20% off personal consultations and reports — until the Moon leaves Aquarius at 3:04 AM ET on Sunday,  November 26th.  The closet artist in me loves to make my gift certificates by hand — each one is uniquely decorated with care. Did you know that milennials prefer experiences over the accumulation of material stuff?  Something to think about if you have a milennial on your holiday shopping list.

Moon goes void in Aquarius at 9:37 PM ET on Saturday and enters Pisces at 3:04 AM ET on Sunday. At 12:03 PM ET we’ll have the First Quarter Moon, offering a challenge to the New Moon agenda set on November 18th. If you have a planet or point around 4 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius or Gemini, you may feel a push — one way or the other — which requires an adjustment. A Pisces Moon seeks to identify and work with impressions and ideals. Note your dreams and…

No sleeping in on Monday.

And now, the news.

It’s baaaaaack! The fate of net neutrality once again hangs in the balance as Saturn — planet of government and control — makes its way through the last degrees of Sagittarius and into early Capricorn. Man oh man are we going to see some bold initiatives as government moves to seize control of Sagittarian concerns, e.g., publishing, foreign service, judicial philosophy, higher education, freedom of speech.  Why will they be especially bold? Because the last degrees of Sagittarius are within range of the Aries Point degrees. The Aries Point degrees are 0 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Planets around the Aries Point are turning points — they correspond to the change of seasons at the equinoxes and solstices. They can’t help but attract attention. Example: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton. Both were born on a December 21st with their respective Suns at the Aries Point —  29 Sag for her; 29 Sag or 0 Cap for him — we don’t have a birth time.  I’d be quite surprised if you’d never heard of them or hadn’t seen their latest photo to go viral:

See how that Aries Point Couple totally pre-empted my discussion of net neutrality? You just can’t take your eyes off  them, can you? That’s the Aries Point in action. Meanwhile…. net neutrality is the idea that since taxpayer dollars paid for the invention of the internet, it ought to be treated as a public utility — with its content readily accessible to the people who paid for it — not under any control or restriction by a private corporation. But alas, no — the FCC — under the leadership of one Ajit Pai — may very well destroy the internet as you’ve known and loved it. The Big Vote happens at the FCC on December 14th. Here is Jessica Rosenworcel — an FCC commissioner who opposes the destruction of net neutrality — begging you to save it in an op-ed in the LA Times. Unfortunately she’s a minority voice on the FCC. What is there to do? Here is John Oliver’s must-see segment explaining what net neutrality is — and what he’s done to make it easier for you, member of the public, to cut through red tape and express your opinion. Don’t have time to watch the segment? Go to gofccyourself.com   — and express away. Express. Express!!!

And I hope you find time to watch John Oliver’s segment. In it, he makes fun of Ajit Pai’s Big Giant Orange Coffee Mug — but he can’t explain why Mr. Pai would ever have such a thing. If only John Oliver had asked an astrologer to look at Pai’s horoscope. She would have said that the Big Giant Orange Coffee Mug is a screamingly obvious expression of an exact conjunction between Pai’s Capricorn Sun and expansive Jupiter…this horoscope can’t help but the embodiment of  BIG.*- Be advised that this conjunction in Pai’s horoscope is going to be supercharged next year by transiting Pluto. This suggests an expansion of an already expansive ego expression — especially in the area of power and resources. Pai was born on Jan 10, 1973 in Buffalo NY — no birth time available  — for astrology buffs. Here’s the mug in question:

Meanwhile the mysterious oblong object that “hurtled past the sun” last month has been determined to be from another solar system. This is a first. Elsewhere, regarding the mystery surrounding the disappearance of an Argentinian submarine earlier this month, it is being reported that a loud underwater explosion was detected soon after the last known contact. The chart for the explosion, picked up on Nov 15th at 13:51 GMT, has shocking and disruptive Uranus right at the bottom of the chart. Not a hopeful sign.

In other news, gratitude to Avid Reader Melissa for making sure I did not miss a particular news item after posting this in the last forecast:

“Venus in Scorpio forms a cooperative alignment with Pluto in Capricorn, exact at 6:26 AM ET on Tuesday. Women, social expression and money — demanding substance and control — somehow in alignment with the Powers That Be?”
Melissa writes:
And guess what popped up in my email today from Variety?  Published at 6:06 am Pacific. “Female-Led Investor Groups Target Weinstein Co. Acquisition.”
 
That story certainly fits a Venus-Pluto pattern. Astrology is amazing.
Finally, obituaries are — as always — reflecting the potential  suggested by planetary patterns. This week, it’s Neptune pulling focus as it turned direct. Remember, Neptune refers to music, romance, spirits and other intangibles. RIP Della Reese, singer and star of Touched by an Angel; jazz great Jon Hendricks; teen idol singer/songwriter David Cassidy (who struggled with alcoholism and dementia — also Neptune concerns).  Cue “I Think I Love You” now, please. Of course it would start with a reference of a dream (another realm belonging to Neptune)…

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

Monday 11/20/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Neptune Turns Direct

Good Morning!

Moon continues its sojourn in high-flying Sagittarius, driving the day with a need to push boundaries and righteously express its opinion. A harmony between the Moon and technogeek Uranus around 4:43 PM ET favors innovation and humanitarianism. A potentially conservative backlash or ambitious reach kicks in at 7:26 PM ET, as the Moon meets up with Saturn and then goes void until 2:14 AM ET on TUESDAY.  Roll with the flakes and twists that may crop up when the Moon is void — crises that manifest during voids are often much ado about nothing. Chill!

Notable shifts and patterns this week are as follows. First, today is the last full day of the Sun in Scorpio. Sun enter Sagittarius on TUESDAY at 10:05 PM ET. Whereas Sun in Scorpio can keep much under wraps for the sake of control, Sun in Sagittarius is more inclined to let it all hang out, and never mind the mess. If you were a Centaur (half-human, half-horse), aiming at arrow at the sky, whilst galumphing across an open field, you’d trip over your four left hooves on occasion, too. But what a fitting festive energy for the beginning of the holiday season…

Second, Venus in Scorpio forms a cooperative alignment with Pluto in Capricorn, exact at 6:26 AM ET on Tuesday. Women, social expression and money — demanding substance and control — somehow in alignment with the Powers That Be? Third, Neptune turns direct on WEDNESDAY at 9:21 AM ET.

When a planet is retrograde, the suggestion is to turn inward on issues involving that planet, as opposed to looking outside the self.  You’ll feel the effects of Neptune’s change of station more personally if you were born 10-13 days into Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius…or if you have a planet or angle at 10-13 degrees of those signs. What kind of effects? Oh….perhaps you are feeling somewhat bewildered…or less inclined to be in Type A personality mode (if you are normally a Type A personality). You may find yourself  desperately needing a creative outlet — even if you have never thought of yourself as a “creative” person. Consult your local astrologer for further details. In the news, we are likely to see Neptune themes continue to pull focus in the headlines: oceans, poisons, the navy, dreams, lies, lies, lies, did I mention lies, scandal, drugs, drugs and drugs. And oil. And spirits of all kinds.  And music. We’ve been getting double doses of these Neptune themes since 2011, when Neptune entered Pisces — the sign it rules.  Here’s a link to a post from 2014, talking about this cycle in more detail, with examples of what happened the last time Neptune entered Pisces — back in 1847. Neptune will remain in Pisces until 2026.

Your Moon voids for the week — in addition to today’s:  THURSDAY 5:33 AM ET – 3:14 PM ET. If you’re cooking a turkey for Thanksgiving, don’t forget to turn the oven ON.  Also: SATURDAY 9:37 PM ET until SUNDAY 3:04 AM ET. Really, not many twists and flakes to disrupt your plans for world domination this week. Arise, go forth and conquer, planting seeds from the New Moon intentions you set over the weekend.

And now, the news.

Macho Mars behaving badly in Libra, sign of social graces…in a militant aspect with Pluto; expansive Jupiter in sexy Scorpio…in harmony with naughtily nautical Neptune. Ready? “Penis in the sky: U.S. navy pilots grounded after ‘obscene’ stunt.”   Your tax dollars at work. Speaking of obscenities, tax dollars and airplanes, the House passed its alleged tax reform bill, which a Forbes writer called “the end of all economic sanity in Washington.” If you’d like to call your Senator (the Senate hasn’t voted on their version of this toxic waste dump yet), here are some tips and phone numbers.  Planetary patterns do favor the Powers That Be, which means you’ll need make a serious effort if you prefer a different outcome. What does that have to do with airplanes? Well, if you own a private jet, the House’s tax plan gives you a tax break. If you’re a teacher who spends $250 of your own money to buy supplies for your students, you’ll no longer be able to write that off. And if you’re a grad student you may go bankrupt, as your taxes increase by 400%.  The Washington Post offers this detailed analysis.

Why all this mean focus on education? I’d argue it’s a reflection of Saturn making its way through the last degrees of Sagittarius, where it will be until December 19th. Saturn refers to control and streamlining. Sagittarius refers to higher education, media, legal philosophy.  Given a choice between electing a senator who does not have a history of sexually assaulting teenage girls (Doug Jones, a man who successfully prosecuted Klansmen who blew up a church and killed young girls) vs. electing a senator who will vote to make the judiciary system (Sagittarius) leaner and meaner (Saturn), Alabama Governor Kay Ivey says it’s a no-brainer:  Roy Moore — the lean, mean underage girl-chasing machine is her man.

Meanwhile in  Okinawa, U.S. military troops  (Mars) have been banned from drinking alcohol (Neptune) after a drunk 21’year-old soldier killed a local man in a fatal crash (Mars-Pluto). Also in Japan, Mars-Pluto news from underground: “After six years, robots finally find reactors’ melted nuclear fuel.”

***Breaking News*** as I type: Charles Manson, the “wild-eyed leader of a murderous crew” has died at 83. Always interesting to see how even the obituaries reflect planetary patterns — and here I am referring to the potential brutality of Mars square Pluto — with mystical Neptune humming in the background. Also always interesting to see how someone is described in her/his obituary is clearly reflected in the horoscope.  From the Washington Post:

Mr. Manson was a study in stark contrasts. Small and scrawny, he was also charismatic and held an almost hypnotic power over his followers, especially women. Some believed he was divine.

Mr. Manson has Mars (action, yang energy, assertion) together with Neptune in his horoscope. This pattern practically screams with visionary/guru potential — with the caveat that behind the glamor things may not be what they seem.  Mars with Neptune seeks expression in intangible forms — music is an intangible form, and Manson was also a songwriter (if only he’d been more successful as a songwriter….).

Manson was born on November 12, 1934 — a Scorpio with three other planets: Mercury, Jupiter and Venus — either in the “seeking connection with an ‘other'” 7th House  or on the cusp of the 7th, strengthening the need for connection even more.  His community-seeking Aquarius Moon needs to take charge in the 10th House, and it is challenged by tense aspects to Mercury-Jupiter (big ideas) and the Uranus-Pluto. This is the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square that preceded World War II and all of its horrors.

It’s interesting that Manson’s dark chaos pulled focus in the years following the Uranus-Pluto conjunction of 1965-1966, culminating with random and ghastly murders committed by his followers in the summer of 1969. It’s interesting to note this passage from his Wikipedia bio:

Manson believed in what he called “Helter Skelter“, a term he took from the Beatles‘ song of the same name. Manson believed Helter Skelter to be an impending apocalyptic race war, which he described in his own version of the lyrics to the Beatles’ song. He believed the murders would help precipitate that war. From the beginning of his notoriety, a pop culture arose around him in which he ultimately became an emblem of insanityviolence and the macabre.

“Apolcalyptic race war?” As in “Us vs. Them?” Did we see that theme expressed in the aftermath of the early 30s (and a Uranus-Pluto square)? And there Manson was in the aftermath of the Uranus-Pluto conjunction, expressing that theme again? And now here we are, in the aftermath of a long series of Uranus-Pluto squares (2011-2016) once again. It’s only been a year. The potential for chaos in the aftermath is just getting started. I would love to believe that if we all keep our heads on straight, we could channel the energy seeking release into something truly beneficial for humankind. And in some places, we may well do so. When you become aware of planetary patterns you understand how they run in cycles. We have all been here before. Here’s a post about the Uranus-Pluto cycle written in 2012.

UPDATE: Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland and U.S. presidential candidate. As predicted two years ago, he’s sparking now.  He’s formed a new PAC. As FiveThirtyEight writes, “Take Martin O’Malley Somewhat Seriously in 2020…Seriously.” Capricorn Sun, supercharged by transiting Uranus; Scorpio Moon, expanded by transiting Jupiter. Here is his horoscope.

UPDATE: Angela Merkel, whose horoscope suggested expansion and public support — at least until early fall (so I wrote, back in March). What is her horoscope suggesting now? The frustration potential of transiting Saturn (control) on her Mars (action). “Collapse of German coalition talks deals Merkel blow; raises prospect of new elections.”

Do you think Angela Merkel has a consulting astrologer on staff? Wouldn’t it be helpful for her to be aware of the potential suggested by planetary patterns? What’s going on in your horoscope? Are you heading into a period of expansion or streamlining? Bewilderment or empowerment? Here’s the 411 on personal consultations. 

Thank you for reading this forecast — and sharing it with friends.

Friday 11/17/2017 & the Weekend: New Moon in Scorpio; Contents Under Pressure

TGIF!

The end of the work week is driven by the Moon in moody bastard Scorpio, where it has sought to be appreciated for its depth and control since early Thursday. How many people bit your head off today?

This Moon is also dead — the New Moon hits SATURDAY at 6:42 AM ET. In the last days of the lunar cycle, wrap up projects started a month ago. Recognize that any restlessness or listlessness is reflecting the intuitive awareness that something new is around the corner — we just don’t know what.

Moon goes void on Saturday’s New Moon and does not enter Sagittarius until 1:59 PM ET. If you sleep in or flake out until after lunch, no harm, no foul…and NO impulse shopping. Once the Moon shifts into Sag, see if you notice a change in mood: lighter, fiery, enthusiastic in its need to express opinion and/or push boundaries. Take a walk in nature; think outside the box; entertain a foreign perspective; wax philosophical.

The Big Caveat of the weekend — felt in the past few days — is the exact square between Mars (action, aggression, guns) and Pluto (power, destruction). That happens at 7:11 AM ET on SUNDAY and it’s the strongest pattern in the New Moon chart, setting the tone for the next lunar cycle. Here are examples of headlines from past Mars-Pluto squares. Explosive action — perhaps involving Libra and Capricorn issues of fairness, legal theory, diplomacy, energy resources and news from underground — that’s what I’m thinking.

You are feeling the aggressive edge more personally if you have a planet or angle around 17 degrees of Libra, Capricorn, Aries or Cancer. Breathe deep and count to 50 before starting World War III. Note that P45 has Jupiter at 17 Libra; Jupiter refers to expansion. Aggressive expansion involving power and resources — with a big international spin — would be on the agenda right about now. How about wiping elephants off the face of the Earth? Apparently this is all Hillary’s fault.  Or not. The lift on the ban has just been reversed. Score one for the elephants. After all, they’re big. Like Jupiter. How about this, “T—– made millions of dollars from drug money laundering in Panama,” reports Newsweek.

On Sunday, a potentially bewildering tension between Moon and Neptune may reflect a desperate need for a beautiful escape. No sleeping in on MONDAY. The Sagittarius Moon won’t go void until 7:26PM ET.

Now about this New Moon on Saturday. It’s in Scorpio, a sign concerned with using knowledge to fulfill ambitions of power and control. It can build all the way to Heaven and all the way down to Hell.  Scorpionic depths and heights apply especially in  matters of sex, death and (other peoples’) money, a.k.a. energy, transformation and resources.  Scorpio challenges us to face the nitty-gritty consequences of our base instincts, fears and passions. Really, we simply can not look away.

In the chart for this New Moon, we have this potentially explosive Mars-Pluto pattern. What might this explosive action involve? We see Jupiter (expansion) in harmony with Neptune (oil, faith, refugees, lies, escape, drugs, spirits of all kind, forgiveness). This expansion may be a reaction to some impressive ideals and/or delusions that have recently made news, suggested by this past week’s wiggy contacts to Neptune by Mercury (thoughts/communication) and Venus (art, women, money).  Headlines reflecting these patterns:  first, aggressive bidding on a painting that might be the work of Leonardo da Vinci ends at $450 million!!  The subject is religious; the buyer is mysterious.  Second, a 19-year-old model auctioned off her virginity for millions, calling the winning bid “a dream come true.” Third, Keystone Pipeline spills 200K gallons of oil in South Dakota.

The New Moon happens at 26 degrees of Scorpio. It will square the Big Fat Solar Eclipse of August 21st, which you may recall happened at 28 Leo. If you have a planet or point around 28 degrees of Leo, Scorpio, Taurus or Aquarius whatever that August 21st eclipse set in motion is likely to be triggered. We see the potential for a sudden shift, closure or exposure. For P45, note that his 26 Mars and 28 Leo Ascendant qualify. It’s interesting to note that on Saturday, the horoscope of the 2017 inauguration will have a challenging measurement between patriarchal/controlling Saturn and militant Mars.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is “a military band on the march.” Hmm. Well at least that band is making music, not warfare. Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee suggests this Symbol “is an image of a collective effort to coordinate an action in precision and unison….playing the same tune is highly recommended.” Bovee suggests we be aware of “something more satisfying, more in line with being true to oneself…marching to someone else’s tune; keeping in step; parading one’s honor; staying with the drill.” Let’s watch for these themes in the headlines.

And now, the news.

Al Franken — accused of testosterone-induced impropriety and really bad jokes. How many feminists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? That’s not funny. Get it? Got it? Good. 

I last looked at the Senator’s  horoscope at the beginning of the year, curious to see if the buzz about him being a presidential contender in 2020 was reflected therein.  I wasn’t convinced, but I did see potential for considerable expansion this month, as transiting Jupiter crosses his Scorpio Ascendant today. Add to this another measurement between his righteously opinionated Sagittarius Moon and Jupiter suggesting no small amount of publicity (and also reward and success) — this has been in effect for a few months, and exact on November 11th.  Reward and success? Perhaps he will keep his Senate seat…though transiting Saturn squaring his natal Saturn is giving his mindset a major karmic reality check. I wish I’d taken the time to note my observations in this forecast back in February.

Senator Franken and P45 are cut from the similar planetary cloth, btw. Both are Geminis with Moon in Sagittarius. Both have strong Mars (assertion; yang; action). Franken has an exact Sun-Mars conjunction at 0 Gemini — somewhat impacted by the August 21 eclipse. P45 has Mars on his regally entitled Leo Ascendant. Senator Franken’s Scorpio Ascendant needs to be seen as someone of much greater depth and control. Franken’s Venus (social expression, values) is conjunct Uranus and square to Jupiter. Expansive, humanitarian, rebellious, quirky. P45’s Venus is conjunct Saturn: conservative, controlling, a creature of habit; potentially lean and mean.

A year from now will be a much more challenging time for Senator Franken….or so his horoscope suggests.

UPDATE: George H.W. Bush — also accused of grabbing women inappropriately — and now, by a woman who says he did it as an elected U.S. president. Back in January this potential for a sobering reality check and/or a controlling limitation was noted in this forecast.  The senior Bush has Moon at 17 Libra square to Venus in Cancer — a potentially self-indulgent and/or expansively expressive pattern. Mars is now at 16 Libra; Pluto is at 17 Capricorn. No wonder all of these women are speaking out now. Provocation…and a transformation of perspective in matters of social expression. Plus, Bush’s Leo Ascendant was also hit by the August 21 eclipse. Astrology is amazing.

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Monday 11/13/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Sweet Home Alabama

Good Morning!

East Coasters, get it off your desk early. The Virgo Moon goes void at 10:45 AM ET, not to enter the next sign — Libra — until 6:26 PM ET. “Void” refers to the period of time between the last aspect the Moon makes to a planet in one sign and the time the Moon enters the next sign. The last aspect the Virgo Moon will make is a tense square to Saturn at 10:45 AM ET, suggesting a wet blanket on best-laid plans, or perhaps an ambitious advance. Then the Moon drifts — in the way the steel ball in a pinball machine drifts after bounces off its final bumper and then falls down to the bottom of the machine (the drain), ready to be loaded for a fresh round of play. Do you understand this analogy? When was the last time you played a game on a pinball machine?

Moon voids are good times to chill and take care of routine tasks. Roll with whatever twists and flakes disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Avoid impulse shopping. Things that happen during voids are often of little consequence. Give yourself a break if you’re running late.

It’s interesting to have a heavy Moon-Saturn square starting off the week, coming only several hours after an expansive meet-up between Venus and Jupiter. Did you happen to shop yesterday? I swear everyone in my neighborhood was at the local mall — I have never seen it so jammed. And that’s what I ended up indulging in on a day with the ruler of sugar (Venus) expanded by Jupiter: four decadent jars of jam. If I’m filling your Christmas stocking this year, that’s what you’re getting.

Take a minute this week to look up at the sky — Venus together with Jupiter are bright and beautiful. Entities born with Venus conjunct Jupiter include the United States and Louis C.K. The U.S. Venus-Jupiter conjunction is in Cancer, in which both planets function effectively. Cancer concerns include nourishment, home and emotional security. Check — though the U.S. arguably takes that sweetness to excess. That won’t be the case in 2018, when the U.S. Venus and Jupiter are opposed by mean old Saturn. Tighten your belt — and if you are a woman, watch your back.

In C.K.’s horoscope, the Venus-Jupiter conjunction is in Leo and Venus is retrograde. Here the excess is on having a royally good time, with “good” defined as plenty of ego recognition. Look at me! Look at me! (let’s not and say we did).  With Venus retrograde, however, we see the potential for crossed signals and short circuits in relationship. What Venus retrograde thinks is working just fine, often isn’t working at all for the other party. Note that C.K.’s Venus is at 28 Leo — the degree of August’s Big Fat Solar Eclipse. I’d say that eclipse hit his Venus bigtime.

Meanwhile, the snake oil salesmen have been out in force over the past couple of days, as Mercury (thoughts, communication) and Neptune (fantasy, drugs, escape) build to a challenge at 5:49 PM ET. Lies, lies and more lies…unless you’re an artist or a musician. For you, these past few days — and today — might be exceptionally inspiring for better or for worse. Here I would be thinking of the  inspired artist/musician known as “the Lady Gaga of Vietnam,” who was evicted from her home after protesting P45’s visit to her country. Vietnam has had little tolerance for dissidents in recent months.

Still, this start of this week suggests a need for rose-colored aesthetic vision — possibly one with healing power — courtesy of a harmony between Neptune and Venus (art, money, social expression, women), exact on THURSDAY at 10:21 AM ET.  More sweet talk about effective action and cooperation as the week progresses, suggested by a harmony between Mars (walking) and Mercury (talking), exact at 9:25 AM ET.

Wrap up projects this week. The New Moon happens on SATURDAY at 6:42 AM ET…at 26 Scorpio, exactly squaring P45’s 26 Leo Mars — and triggering anyone else’s horoscope with planets around 28 Leo, Taurus, Scorpio and Aquarius. On SUNDAY Mars (action) squares Pluto (power). Nothing sweet about that — and we’ll be seeing it the headlines a few days beforehand. Challenging Mars-Pluto patterns often coincide with explosive action of a stereotypical masculine expression.

And now, the news.

Alabama is all over the headlines. Last year, the governor resigned in disgrace (sex scandal). One senator — Jeff Sessions — became the first in Congress to endorse P45’s campaign and is now the U.S. Attorney General with a dubious relationship to truth. He is  regularly lampooned on Saturday Night Live, as portrayed by comedienne Kate McKinnon. His appointed replacement in the Senate is Strange — literally — as his name is Luther Strange. But Senator Strange lost a bid to keep his seat, as you may have heard. Republican voters dumped Strange for Roy Moore, an Alabama state supreme court judge who was elected and removed from the bench — twice. Moore is the founder and president of the Foundation for Moral Law, and is currently making headlines for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl when he was a district attorney.

I know you must be thinking, “how are these bizarre disruptions reflected in Alabama’s  horoscope?”   Alabama’s birthdate is December 14, 1819 at 2:14 PM in Huntsville, says Astrotheme. OK, let’s run with it. That makes Alabama a Sagittarius — but not just any Sagittarius. It’s a Sagittarius with the Sun at the infamous 22 degrees — and thus  feeling the squeeze of transiting Saturn all this year — as if it needs any more stress than it already has in its horoscope.

We’d expect Alabama to be fiercely independent in ways some might find eccentric (its Sun is conjunct rebel Uranus). We’d expect it to be deeply sensitive — perhaps unsure of itself — and that lack of clarity would likely be baffling to outsiders (Sun is also conjunct nebulous Neptune). Those three planets — Sun, Uranus and Neptune — are all in a tense aspect with a heavy-handed — potentially anguishing meet-up of Saturn (patriarchy; authority) and Pluto (power). How might an entity with these planetary patterns cope with stress? Last year Alabama was called “ground zero” in the national epidemic of prescription drug addiction, where doctors write more scripts for pain killers than in any other state.

We see a need for idealism about social status and structure, suggested by a tight meet-up between Mercury and Venus in Establishment Capricorn. Dreamy, rebellious, suppressed, resilient, brutal; Alabama may be pushing boundaries with that Sagittarius Sun…but minds its manners with that Mercury-Venus in Capricorn.

What drives this complicated state? A need to be seen as an entity of depth and substance, gathering knowledge for the sake of power and control, courtesy of its Scorpio Moon in a charged pattern with expansive Jupiter. There’s a lot in this horoscope that reminds me of patterns in the horoscope of Chelsea Manning. It’s complicated.  And assertive, as we see with Alabama’s natal Mars square its 8 degrees Taurus Ascendant. Oh, how Alabama needs to be seen as earthy, practical, comfortable and secure — as a sweet home, indeed. Infrastructure is Alabama’s strongest suit, coming in at #31 compared to the other 50 states. In all other categories, Alabama is #40 or lower.

So. Right this minute today’s Venus-Jupiter meet-up is sitting on Alabama’s Scorpio Descendant. The potential wretched excess of sexual secrets is right in the public’s face. Transiting Saturn is moving away from Alabama’s Sagittarius Sun, but hasn’t finished with Uranus, Neptune, Saturn and Pluto. This is tough. This is weird. Transiting Uranus made a disruptive square to Alabama’s 24 Capricorn Midheaven in April, when Robert “luv guv” Bentley finally resigned. A second square happened just days ago; the third will happen in February. So the upsets aren’t over yet for Alabama.

What about your horoscope? Are you having a Saturn squeeze? A disruptive hit from Uranus that has you yearning to break free? Wandering around in a fog? That’s probably a Neptune thing. When will it be over? How can you make a plan for what’s around the corner? That’s how astrologers can be of service. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Thank you for reading this forecast. Cue Lynyrd Skynrd now, please (and check those lyrics).

SWEET HOME ALABAMA

Big wheels keep on turning
Carry me home to see my kin
Singing songs about the south-land
I miss ‘ole’ ‘bamy once again and I think it’s a sin

Well I heard Mister Young sing about her
Well I heard ole Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A southern man don’t need him around anyhow

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I’m coming home to you

In Birmingham they love the Gov’nor, boo-hoo-hoo
Now we all did what we could do
Now Watergate does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you, tell the truth

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I’m coming home to you, here I come

Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers
And they’ve been known to pick a song or two (yes they do)
Lord they get me off so much
They pick me up when I’m feeling blue, now how bout you?

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I’m coming home to you

Sweet home Alabama, oh sweet home
Where the skies are so blue and the governor’s true
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I’m coming home to you

Written by Edward C. King, Gary Robert Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

Friday 11/10/2017 & the Weekend: Indulge, Indulge…for Better or for Worse

TGIF!

Moon continues its sojourn in Leo, pausing briefly in its quest to shine, shine, shine around 3:36PM. That’s when a challenge between party king/drama queen Leo Moon and the substance-demanding Scorpio Sun demands attention. Sleep on it — for longer than usual on SATURDAY, as the Moon will be void between 3:55AM ET and 11:41 AM ET. Delay yard sales scores and shopping expeditions until after the Moon enters Virgo, seeking to organize and perfect. Note your dreams SUNDAY AM, as the Moon is challenged by nebulous Neptune at 8:30AM ET.

There’s an indulgent and expansive drive building to a crest on MONDAY, suggested by a meet-up between Venus and Jupiter in Scorpio. Venus refers to women. Jupiter is expansion and wretched excess. Scorpio refers to sexual energy, secrets, decay and vengeance. In Scorpio, Jupiter needs a mission. Venus in Scorpio keeps score. When I noted this Venus-Jupiter meet-up a few weeks ago, I thought to myself, “we are going to see more and more women calling out men for wretchedly excessive abuses of power with respect to sexual expression. Men may call each other out, too (e.g., Kevin Spacey).  You are more personally impacted by the karma of excess — for better or for worse — if you have a planet or angle around 6- 9 degrees of Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius and Leo.

Also on Monday — and in effect this weekend: a challenge between big-thinking (but perhaps short on details) Mercury and wiggy Neptune. We should see plenty of creative spin, especially since the Virgo Moon will be void on Monday between 10:45 AM ET and 6:26 PM ET.

And now, the news.

As anticipated, more and more sexual secrets are coming out, as women continue to speak truth to power. Exhibit A: a must-read WaPo exclusive reveals that Roy Moore, the utterly unfit candidate running for Jeff Sessions’ old Senate seat in Alabama, “initiated a sexual encounter” when she was 14 and he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. She’s not the only woman speaking out about her underage encounters with Moore — and none of the women interviewed in the WaPo voted for HRC. Quite the contrary.

Exhibit B: Diana Nyad’s wrenching op-ed about a serial sexual offender who happened to be her swimming coach. Many women athletes are revealing abusive behavior of coaches, team physicians, etc.

Exhibit C: Comedian Louis C.K. Revelations of his wretched sexual excess have cost him — big time. But unlike Roy Moore and others in denial, C.K. released a statement acknowledging the truth of the allegations, and taking responisibility for abusing the power he had over women who admired him, and making them feel bad. I find this interesting, because I met C.K. once back in the days when I was doing stand-up comedy. I was impressed by his performance at an industry showcase.  I went up to him after his set and told him how much I appreciated his brilliance. Fortunately, he did not invite me to his hotel room. But he was also apparently unable to accept a compliment. He brushed off my appreciation so dismissively that I actually felt as if I’d offended him — and wished I hadn’t spoken to him at all! Do you know people like that — ones that can’t receive appreciation in a healthy way? This is an apt topic of discussion on a day with the Moon in love-love-me-do Leo…

Anyway…

“…and just like that, things changed.” You may recall those words in the last post, anticipating Saturday’s harmony between old guard Saturn and avant garde Uranus. Combined with Thursday’s harmony between power-consolidating Pluto and the Sun, we saw this potential in this week’s U.S. election returns. It’s been an awesome week for women, transgendered persons and other minority demographics, as they emerged victorious against old guard types.  It’s a start, but there continue to be equally disruptive power grabs on the other side of the aisle — and I’m seeing shades of Saturn (patriarchy, control) in Sagittarius (judicial leanings) in this one, “P45 Judge Nominee, 36, Who Has Never Tried a Case, Wins Approval of Senate Panel.” 

Taxes and efforts to avoid them, continue to make news, as anticipated. If you haven’t read about the Paradise Papers — and what they reveal about how money is stashed away by Certain People — this is for you. Meanwhile, corporations will score big if the tax reform proposals being weighed in Congress become law. This would reflect the awesome corporate structuring power we may see very soon, as Saturn enters Capricorn (the sign its rules) on December 19th — for a stay of over two years. Maybe we should all incorporate — and you’ll see why in this brief helpful video comparing how individuals would fare when it comes to tax breaks vs. corporations. Marvel that these questions were answered by an elected representative — with a totally straight face.

Saturn rules skin. Uranus rules innovation. “Scientists grow replacement skin for boy suffering devastating genetic disorder,” reports The Guardian. Nice.

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Monday 11/6/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Catching Up on the News

And off we go again…

Buzz, buzz, buzz says the Moon in Gemini today…until it clashes with wet blanket Saturn around 9:57PM ET tonight. Moon goes void for all of five minutes at 5:39 AM ET on TUESDAY, then enters homeland security-seeking Cancer at 5:44AM ET. Get out of the house and get yourself to the polls! If you don’t vote, someone else will…and then you will be sorry. Just DO it!

Thoughts of home and family will drive TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY. Moon goes void at 12:15 AM on THURSDAY and enters regal party animal Leo at 7:29AM ET, where it seek to shine, shine, shine until midday on SATURDAY.

Exact planetary patterns — other than to the Moon — are as follows.  TUESDAY at 6:39 AM ET ET, Venus leaves Libra and plunges into the icy depths of Scorpio. That means we’ll have the planets representing how we need to think (Mercury); how we need to love (Venus) and how we need to act (Mars) in signs where they are more likely to behave badly. Mercury in Sagittarius can be sloppy in its thinking; Venus in Scorpio can be vindictive; Mars in Libra can be passive-aggressive or conflict-averse to the extreme.  Upside potential: thinking that pushes boundaries; affections that are loyal; actions that are pacifist/diplomatic. How will we see this manifest in the headlines?

Two other patterns driving the action this week involve the consolidation of power (Sun in harmony with Pluto, exact on Thursday at 7:08 AM ET), and the reinvention of the wheel (old guard Saturn in harmony with avant garde Uranus, exact on Saturday at 4;41 AM ET). Translation: and just like that, things changed. Example:  in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, there were “sweeping arrests” of cabinet ministers and royal princes, in a “corruption purge” (no doubt aided by Jupiter in Scorpio), initiated by a 32-year-old heir apparent to an old crown.  Here’s a useful op-ed on yet another trend towards the kind of authoritarian power grab that is totally in sync with planetary patterns. It could happen anywhere, including here. If you have a planet or point around 26 degrees of Aries, Leo or Sagittarius, maybe you’ll have an opportunity to put a fresh spin on an old patterns, too.

[These next four paragraphs were written on Friday, as a forecast for the weekend and the Full Moon in Taurus.]

TGIF!

Moon has been in Taurus as of 5:46AM ET, now waxing to its fullness at 1:23AM ET on SATURDAY. A Taurus Moon seeks material comfort and security, and comfort was what I was feeling last night when I happened to glance up at the sky and see the big, bright, beautiful Moon. When is the last time you looked up at the Moon?

This Full Moon is  a Supermoon — closer to Earth than usual. The Taurean needs of conservation and preservation are opposed by the Sun in Scorpio. Depth is a Scorpio need….but so is decay and breakdown…and I may not emphasize those needs enough. Taurus refers to “mine.” Scorpio refers to “ours”…and therein lies the potential conflict, illumination and release…especially in matters of resources.

You could make some practical magic over the next few days. The Taurus Moon, whilst ripe with emotion, is also in a grounding Earth sign. Venus — symbol of women, money, values and social expression — is in harmony with Saturn, facilitiating cooperation and structure. The magic kicks in with a surprise around 1:01 AM ET, when Venus opposes rebel Uranus, disrupting the status quo. Women: this is a chance to speak out — or become the first American woman to win the NYC Marathon in 40 years.  Planetary patterns also favor beautiful vision, with the Sun in harmony with Neptune, exact today at 3:23 PM ET. That’s the upside. The downside of Neptune is scandal, drugs and deception.

Moon goes void for an hour on SUNDAY…then enters chatty Gemini at 5:26 AM ET. Who’s the smartest kid in the room? How diverse and entertaining can you get? The bigger the better — but you might want to double check the details before pulling the trigger on your boundary-pushing ideas and communication. Why? Because Mercury — the way we need to think and communicate — enters Sagittarius, where it will travel forward — backward — and forward again — until January 11, 2018. We are likely to see some astonishingly ill-thought-out intiatives involving control in matters of publishing, opinion and foreign affairs around December 5th, when Mercury turns retrograde.

Anyhoo. No sleeping in on Monday…buzz, buzz, buzz.

And now, the news.

All hail Jupiter in Scorpio! Since October 10th we’re seeing a plethora of stories of wretched excess in matters of deep, dark, sexual secrets. Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, George H.W. Bush, Dustin Hoffman, Bill O’Reilly, NBC’s Mark Halpern, NPR’s Michael Oreskes, UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon…all part of a growing list of powerful men who are being called out for their wretchedly excessive, abusive harassment and assaults against their objects of desire (all except one in this list were against women).  Apologies are being issued; careers are being ended; investigations (for some) are being opened. Men in politics are also being called out: a state legislator in Washington; a state legislator in Illinois; in Kentucky; and of course, some men in the U.S. Congress. Come on, ladies of the House and Senate — name names! Fast Company is keeping a list — here it is as of November 1st. As for all of those allegations against the Grabber-in-Chief, here’s the latest.

This is Dustin Hoffman’s horoscope. Sun in regal Leo; driven by the Moon in perfectionist Virgo. The Moon and dreamy Neptune are together in the 8th House; we see potential for a rich imagination and/or private fantasy seeking release to an other — whether it is a person or the general public. I can’t believe Mr. Hoffman is 80; Tootsie is one of my all-time favorite movies, and really, you’d think Mr. Hoffman might have learned something about sexual harassment from his involvement in that film. This year he has transiting Pluto crossing his fine,upstanding Capricorn Ascendant. Pluto rules his Midheaven — his public status. The suggestion here is the potential tear-down of his public image, with a disruptive element added courtesy of transiting Uranus to his natal Pluto.

Here is Kevin Spacey. The birth time is unconfirmed, though he is cited as the source. Another Leo Sun — perhaps with a Leo Ascendant — honestly he does come across as a double regal king. Moon in stability-seeking Taurus…but both Sun and Moon are challenged by nebulous Neptune. I could understand why he was involved with men and women…there’s considerable tension in this horoscope suggesting sensitivity and bewilderment over identity. An Earth Grand Trine among Mars conjunct Pluto in Virgo (a potentially forceful execution of perfect action), the Taurus Moon and a prominent Saturn in Capricorn suggests a need to project an air of self-sufficiency, as if the laws that apply to others do not apply to him.

Mr. Spacey is about to have his second Saturn return — an important time of assessing the accomplishments of the last 28-30 years. If his take on his birth time is correct, transiting Pluto to his Aries Midheaven is likely to effect a change in his public status, for better or for worse. Transiting Uranus will challenge his Taurus Moon, Leo Sun and Ascendant. More changes are suggested…possibly a move or other fresh start, reflecting a need for freedom and greater self-expression. Here’s the latest on all of the men who have said Mr. Spacey sexually harassed them…and the recent consequences.

UPDATE: the Democratic Party, which continues to experience upsets we could expect with transiting Uranus conjunct its pioneering Aries Moon. Cue former DNC interim chair Donna Brazile, now please. She last made headlines a year ago when she had to resign as a CNN commentator after it was revealed she’d leaked debate questions to the Clinton campaign.  On Thursday she revealed how horrified she was to discover exactly how the DNC “rigged” the primaries in favor of Hillary Clinton. Well duh…and double duh…as anyone noticing the absurd debate schedules set by the DNC in….oh gawd, was it 2015? Oh no…wait…now Ms. Brazile isn’t saying the DNC rigged the primaries after all.  I’m so confused. Why are we having this conversation now, days before an election?

Ms Brazile has transiting Jupiter on her Midheaven now and for the next month or so. Perfect time to go on a book tour. Here is her horoscope — time not officially confirmed.  fascinating to see her Sagiattarius Sun at 22 degrees — along with all the other political power players making news for the past year. Her Gemini Moon’s need to be the smartest kid in the room has also been under the streamling squeeze and focus of transiting Saturn, and that does not lift until December. An extra dose of anguish and effort was added this year by a measurement between Saturn and Pluto. If her 8:53 AM birth time is correct, a transit from Pluto to her Capricorn Ascendant is likely to be especially transformational for her in 2019.

UPDATE: Hillary Clinton. Any astrologer worth her salt could see the potential for a streamlining squeeze this year and into the end of the year. Her Moon at 22 Pisces may no longer be pressured by Saturn, but there is another measurement between the Sun and Saturn that will be exact on December 27th and is in effect now. Time will tell.

UPDATE: The horoscope of the P45 inauguration. Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s first indictment was unsealed days after a disruptive hit to the public status of P45’s decrepit administration. That hit was the second challenge of Uranus to the Midheaven, suggesting shake-ups. The third hit happens on March 12, 2018 — and this will be a few days after another disruptive measurement between Uranus and Pluto. The day before Mueller’s indictment — against P45’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort (for starters) — transiting Saturn squared the inauguration chart’s Mars, suggesting frustrated action. Note that there will be an even heavier Saturn-Mars hit on November 24th, but definitely in effect now.

More scandalous sex and money revelations, courtesy of Jupiter (expansion) in Scorpio (sexual secrets; other peoples’ money): the probe in the U.S. Navy’s “Fat Leonard” scandal (prostitutes and payola) expands to include at least 60 admirals; the relentless Guardian publishes the must-read  “Paradise Papers,” exposing more “secrets of the world elite’s hidden wealth”; Paradise Papers reveal  links between U.S. Commerce Secretary and Putin’s family; how Russia funded investments in Facebook and Twitter via an associate of Jared Kushner.

Finally, rebel Uranus opposed Venus early Sunday morning, suggesting unconventional women would be making headlines. So often I’ll see in the obituaries the death of someone who expresses the potential of that day’s planetary patterns. On Sunday Nancy Friday, “best-selling student of gender politics,” passed away in Manhattan. Astrology is amazing.

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No forecast tomorrow — I will be working at the polls. Go vote. Vote. Vote!!!!!!