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Monday 7/9/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; Big Thoughts; Power Plays; New Moon/Eclipse

Good Morning!

The Moon continues in Taurus, seeking to build material comfort and security. The only aspect to the Moon is a challenge from Venus at 12:10 PM ET, suggesting a potential self-indulgent clash involving values and social expression. You could take an early lunch or Moon-void coffee break  between 12:10 PM ET and 12:58 PM ET. By then, Moon will be in chatty Gemini, looking for a good story. Given that the day began with a challenging square between Mercury (how we need to think ) and Jupiter (expansion), we shouldn’t have to look too far.

We are in the dark side of the Moon, getting ready to begin a new cycle. The closer we get to Thursday, the more listless and/or restless we may feel, sensing that something new is around the corner, though we don’t know what. Wrap up projects that were started on the last New Moon if you can. Consider your intentions for the next New Moon, exact on THURSDAY at 10:48 PM ET. This New Moon is also an eclipse and it is quite potent. Details below — with more later this week.

Here are the notable planetary patterns:

  • MONDAY — Venus leaves Leo for Virgo, desperately seeking perfection until August 7th; it is triggering the Big Fat Total Eclipse we had last August 21st. If your horoscope was affected by the eclipse, it is affected by Venus today.
  • TUESDAY  — Jupiter, planet of reward, expansion and indulgence, turns direct at 1:04 PM ET at 13 degrees of Scorpio. If you have a planet around 13 degrees of Scorpio, Aquarius, Taurus or Leo, you are especially affected. Why? Because Jupiter has been sitting on that degree since the summer solstice, and will continue to sit on it for the rest of the month.  What’s expanding in your life these days?  If you’re former uber-conservative Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (MD, R-TN; 2/22/1952 in Nashville TN), with Mars at 13 Scorpio, you might find yourself needing to take a moral stand with a surprising op-ed in WaPo entitled “The Senate I led put country over party. This one must do the same for Robert Mueller.”  This surprising social expression would be motivated by transiting Uranus squaring your Venus at 1 Aquarius.
  • Jupiter keywords include: collective belief systems, such as higher education, religion, political philosophies and the media; optimism, benevolence, inflation, bombast. Whereas Saturn restricts, Jupiter expands, for better or for worse — and this year’s expansion continues in Scorpio until November 8th. As you know, Scorpio demands substance, depth and control. Airy-fairy Libra theories of fairness and balance need not apply. Scorpio keywords include: debt, sexual/procreative energy, regeneration. Look for continued focus in these areas as Jupiter gets back up to speed. In a natal chart, Jupiter in Scorpio suggests a need to have a mission in life — zealously, perhaps.
  • WEDNESDAY —  Venus trines Uranus, favoring unconventional attractions and perhaps an innovative spin in matters of money, women and aesthetics.
  • We’ll likely feel and see in the headlines the tension building to THURSDAY’s opposition between the Sun and Pluto. Major power plays behind the scenes, likely featuring heads of state.   Sun-Pluto aspects also suggest news from underground, and the involvement of Pluto with this New Moon/Eclipse at 20 Cancer suggests more than the usual outing of secrets generally associated with an eclipse. You are more personally affected if you have a planet or angle around 20 degrees of Capricorn, Libra, Aries and especially Cancer. Off the top of my head, public figures affected include Jared Kushner (Sun at 20 Cap), FCC Big Head Ajit Pai (Sun-Jupiter at 20 Cap), Richard Simmons (Sun at 20 Cancer), Queen Elizabeth (21 Cap ASC; 20 Cancer North Node), Patrick Stewart (Sun at 20 Cancer), Gerald Ford (Sun at 21 Cancer — doesn’t matter if he’s dead — plus, transiting Jupiter is sitting exactly opposite his 13 Taurus Ascendant).
  • SATURDAY — Venus trines Saturn, suggesting grounded/sobering/serious news about women, money, arts and social expression.

Moon voids for the week, other than today’s 20 minutes coffee break: TUESDAY 4:01 PM ET until 1:59 PM ET on WEDNESDAY; THURSDAY 10:48 PM ET until 1:31 PM ET on FRIDAY; SATURDAY 7:12 PM ET until SUNDAY 1:31 PM ET.

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And now, the news.

UPDATE: P45’s horoscope is in a curious lull.  There are very few hard aspects — conjunctions, squares and oppositions — happening among the planets, except from the Moon. Sure, we can expect more than the usual bombast on Monday, with transiting Sun squaring expansive Jupiter in the afternoon, around the time he says he’ll have made up his mind about his next SCOTUS pick. He’ll have transiting Venus conjunct his Ascendant when he goes on the TeeVee to announce that pick at 9 PM ET, and this may sweeten the deal. Tuesday he flies across the Pond, stopping first in Brussels to intimidate our NATO allies, but the next charged aspect in his horoscope doesn’t happen until he meets his match — Vladimir Putin — in Helsinki on the 16th. On that day, transiting Sun meets up with his natal Saturn, which — according to Robert Hand’s essential tome, Planets in Transit — suggests

“tending to tasks you may not want to do but must in order to fulfill obligations to others…what you accomplish today may have more lasting significance than could be accomplished under any other energy. Professional advancement may come under this transit…(it) often brings new responsibilities or reminds you of unfinished matters from the past that have to be finished now.”

What all of that means may not be immediately known, as apparently no other American will be in the room to listen in on the conversation.

Meanwhile, P45 is scheduled to visit the Queen on Friday the 13th. Apt?   Perhaps for Her Majesty. Transiting Saturn will exactly square the Queen’s Mercury (how we need to think) around 4 AM BST on SATURDAY. Saturn in hard aspect to Mercury, suggesting a need for mental focus and heavy thoughts. Gravitas, indeed.

In other news…

There are four candidates being bandied about as possible SCOTUS contenders: judges Raymond Kethledge, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and Thomas Hardiman. We don’t have birth times for any of them, but of the lot, Hardiman’s horoscope has the most visible action, followed by Barrett, Kavenaugh and Kethledge. But again — no birth times — so we can’t completely assess potential. While not as obviously active, Kethledge’s horoscope has interesting synastry with P45’s.

Meanwhile…

Reflecting the “big ideas/communication” potential of Monday’s Mercury-Jupiter square, mixed in with the “news from underground” of the Sun’s face-off with Pluto: “A journalist’s conscience leads her to reveal her source to the FBI. Here’s why.”  Fascinating.

Elsewhere…

Extreme weather. Between last Thursday and Sunday we had a Grand Trine among the Sun, Jupiter (expansion) and Neptune (floods), a pattern suggesting excess. Record rainfall in Japan has caused severe flooding, landslides and mass evacuations. Scores have died. I wondered about a possible connection between planetary patterns and Japan, and ran a chart for Friday’s Third Quarter Moon, set in Tokyo: 4:51 PM JST 7/6/2018. There is a connection! I could not help but notice the difficult relationship among Neptune and the angles of the chart, as well as the positions of the Sun and the Moon. Perhaps an Avid Reader in Japan will want to comment on it….and take a look at the chart for the June 28th Full Moon chart set in Tokyo, too. Arigato gozaimasu!

Finally…

U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials   Just read it. Because this is who we are right now — at least officially, in the world arena.  Yet another manifestation of the P45 inaugural chart, yes? In other news, as of June 26 there are 116 women who are not incumbents who are on the ballots for the November 6, 2018 midterms elections. Thanks to WaPo for putting them all together hereAre you registered to vote??? Register today — and re-register if you have moved since the last time you voted –– or if you have not voted in a while (because in some states, including New York, it’s “use it or lose it.” )

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Saturday & Sunday 7/7-8/2018: Moon in Taurus; Weekend Update

Oh to have a weekend driven by the Moon in Taurus — which we do, as of 8:51 AM ET on Saturday. Taurus seeks material comfort and security: food, drink, a snuggle with your sweetie.  Big ideas about faith, healing, spirits of all kinds and sweet, sweet music may also be integrated easily into your weekend plans, courtesy of Sunday’s harmony between the Sun and Neptune (exact at 10:42 AM ET), and Monday’s challenge (square) between Mercury (in regal Leo) and Jupiter, exact on MONDAY at 5:14 AM ET.

Any caveats? Sure. Saturday at 12:45 PM ET, Moon meets up with Uranus, suggesting a disruption in the Taurus need to keep things as they are “supposed to be.”  The next few hours are stabilizing, as the Moon harmonizes with Saturn. However, a clash of wills may arise around midnight, as retrograde Mars in rebel/freedom-seeking Aquarius squares the Taurus Moon.

On SUNDAY, Moon squares Mercury (how we need to think and communicate) and opposes Jupiter between 6:40 AM ET and 8:31 AM ET. Sounds like a probable Tweet storm to me, driven by the fantastic/dreamy potential of the morning’s Sun-Neptune trine. The rest of the day flows beautifully, with the Moon in harmony with Neptune, Sun and Pluto.

No sleeping in on Monday. The Taurus Moon will be void between 12:10 PM ET and 12:58 PM ET. Then it moves into infojunkie Gemini, giving us plenty to talk about for the next few days, including, but not limited to: P45’s pick to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

And now, the news.

Oh my. Last weekend featured a humanitarian, revolutionary Aquarius Moon, coupled with a square between rebel Uranus and Mercury.  It was an apt backdrop for thousands of people taking to the streets to protest the separation of immigrant families at the U.S. border.    Meanwhile, in Mexico, “Lopez Obrador, an Atypical Leftist, Wins Presidency in a Landslide.”   Now this is a fun story because we have a birth time for Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (a.k.a. AMLO), and as we know before we even look at it, the horoscope is hot.

AMLO is a Scorpio driven by the Moon in Aquarius, fronted by a Virgo Ascendant.  The Moon’s engagement with Uranus and Pluto suggest a humanitarian vision needing to disrupt the status quo. The Virgo Ascendant suggests a need to been seen as as perfectionist, seeking to make things right. Last month’s New Moon at 22 Gemini was on his 20 Gemini Midheaven, planting seeds in matters of profession and public status. How interesting that his 20 Scorpio Sun is being expanded three times by transiting Jupiter and that Jupiter sat on his 23 Scorpio Mercury  in late February and early March.  Mercury rules his Ascendant and Midheaven, so we see the potential for an expanded reach of ideas, impacting status and image.

It’s interesting to note that transiting Mars was opposing his 8 Aquarius Moon for much of last month, and that transiting Saturn has been squaring his 7 Libra Mars.  Many who know just enough about astrology to be dangerous will moan and groan when they think of transits from these two planets. Yes, Saturn can be a downer, but it also reflects opportunity for focus, discipline and ambition. Yes, Mars can be provocative and suggest conflict, but it can also reflect opportunities for assertion and courage.  Also of note:  transiting Uranus squaring AMLO’s natal Venus-Saturn conjunction at 2 degrees of Scorpio.  This suggests a need for innovation and change in matters of social expression, values, structure and authority.

I don’t know what was going on in AMLO’s horoscope when he ran for president twice before. Astrologically, we can see why his third effort worked like a charm.

UPDATE: Scott Pruitt, whose pink slip was only a matter of time, suggested by patterns in his horoscope noted in prior forecasts.  What finally pushed him out the door, to the sound of much rejoicing in the land? The second hit of transiting Mars opposing his Ascendant. The first was on June 15th; the second happened today, July 7th; the third happens on  October 6th. For the rest of the year he may also look forward to hits two and three from transiting Pluto to his natal Saturn, along with hits two and three from transiting Saturn to his people-pleasing, conflict-averse Libra Moon. Not exactly a walk in the park.  Cry me a polluted river.

Meanwhile…

When Mars is retrograde, it is not an opportune time to initiate a conflict, e.g., a lawsuit, divorce or war. Thus we may anticipate that the trade war against China initiated by P45 this week is not going to end well for the U.S.

Oh…this just in…one of the disruptions anticipated today around 12:45 PM ET, reflecting the Taurus Moon’s meet up with rebel Uranus: Chicago protesters have shut down part of a downtown freeway — typing this at 12:25 PM ET. What are they protesting? True to the Sun-Neptune (peace, non-violence) trine, they are protesting….gun violence. Meanwhile, supporters of gun rights held marches in ten cities…and “lamented the low turnout,” according to the Chicago Tribune. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Here’s another disruption the P45 peeps may hope no one noticed — since it was announced on a Saturday during a holiday week:  “Health Insurers Warn of Market Turmoil as P45 Suspends Billions in Payments,” — illegally, btw.  Initial contemplation of the cruel consequences of this brazen act left me feeling numb for a spell — until I remembered I’ve been writing about the Affordable Care Act  for years — and on January 17, 2017 I predicted that the Affordable Care Act would be experiencing an anguished streamlining and further disruption in the summer and fall of 2018.  I don’t know about you, but looking at the horoscope for ACA and understanding the potential suggested at this time does give me a measure of resolve to soldier on.

Midterm elections are on November 6th. There will be primaries and local elections before that date. Are you registered to vote? Have you moved since the last time you voted? You need to update your registration. Pass this helpful voter registration link on, and I will see you at the polls. Because if you don’t vote, somebody else will. This page on that voter registration site will tell you what elections will be held in your district this year.

Meanwhile, I’ll be looking forward to a new feature on Beth Owls Daughter’s blog. You all know she does her wonderful Tarot Card of the Week write-ups on Mondays. Last week she introduced Freedom Fridays. If you’re not inclined to be a frog sitting complacently in a pot of hot water (until it’s too late), you may enjoy the wisdom Beth will share.

In other news…

On Monday I anticipated that we were likely to see a new scandal involving sexual abuse. Did we? Yes. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is a former University of Ohio wrestling coach who made news this week for repeatedly denying that he knew that a physician working with the university’s wrestling team was sexually abusing students.  A number of wrestlers stated that Jordan was told — and did nothing. This is a developing story…and it is interesting to note that transiting Saturn has been putting a streamlining squeeze on Jordan’s natal Venus at 8 Aries, suggesting a need to get real in matters of worth and social expression. Transiting Saturn conjunct his South Node suggests an opportunity to release an outdated pattern in which expediency and status took priority over emotional sensitivity and caring.  It will be interesting to see where this case is at around October 10th, when transiting Mars catches up to Jordan’s natal Mercury at 10 degrees of Aquarius…AND transiting Venus turns retrograde at 10 Scorpio. We do not have a birth time for Jim Jordan — all we have is Feb 17, 1964 in Urbana, IL. Last year former House Speaker Jim Boehner called Jordan — who is a member of the House Freedom Caucus — a “legislative terrorist.” Well, Jordan does have Sun, Mars and Saturn all together in rebel Aquarius, and those three planets together does suggest a strong force of will.

UPDATE: North Korea. Remember when P45 tweeted at 5:56 AM ET on June 13th that North Korea was “no longer a threat?” I looked at the chart for that time — set at Andrews AFB — and rolled my eyes into the next county. It is possible to determine if a statement made — or a rumor heard — is true, by looking at the horoscope for the moment the statement is made. Suffice it to say that it is no surprise to be reading stories about North Korea’s apparent unwillingness to actually dismantle its nuclear whatevers.

GOOD NEWS! Croatia trounced Russia in the World Cup — and the Moon wasn’t  even void — so no upset by an underdog here.

GOOD NEWS! During July 4th’s all-day Moon void in Pisces, when everyone should have just been going with the flow, being empathetic, compassionate and feeling secure in the belief that we are all one whilst hanging at the pool, a few folks broke the Moon void rule of not making mountains out of molehills. One was “ID Adam,” who called the cops on a neighbor  — a woman who refused to show him her ID when he challenged her right to be at the neighborhood pool (residents are given key cards to access the pool). A video of the incident went viral, and ID Adam is now out of a job.  If only he had apologized and invited his neighbor over for cocktails. If only.  In a similar incident, a property manager also lost her job.

GOOD NEWS! “Lions Eat Rhino Poachers on South African Game Preserve.”   Because they can.

GOOD NEWS — so far.  In an effort involving divers from around the world, four boys have been rescued from that underground cave in Thailand. Fingers crossed…

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