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Monday 12/31/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; Mars enters Aries

Happy New Year’s Eve!

This is when I usually outline major patterns for the New Year. However, the action in just the first WEEK merits several paragraphs, so the rest of the year may have to wait.  Suffice it to say that if your plan is to hit the ground running in 2019, planetary patterns have your back. January is supercharged by a need for action and courage that carries into February. Do pay attention to any primal spark that currently commands your attention, as it may well develop into an effective crusade. Your quest for world domination may also be facilitated by patterns suggesting a focused reach for empowerment,  a sudden break and/or release — all before January 6th. Two eclipses this month — a New Moon on the 5th and a Full Supermoon on the 21st — accelerate the pace.

The last day of 2018 is driven by the Moon in depth-seeking Scorpio. What a perfect energy for tossing out dead wood and clearing space in preparation for the New Year. Purge, baby, purge! Send those dust bunnies packing! Make a list of what you no longer wish to carry — and burn it. Spend some time focusing on what you would like to receive in 2019. For more New Year’s Eve/Day traditions, Tarot Diva Beth Owl’s Daughter has written them all up for you. The need for emotional substance and control continues through New Year’s Day, as the Scorpio Moon continues its reign.

Meanwhile….

  • MORE ABOUT MONDAY (TODAY): Action, action, action — in ways that demand notice — as warrior/hero/badass Mars leaves Pisces for Aries at 9:20 PM ET TODAY. Aries is the sign ruled by Mars. When a planet is in the sign it rules, it functions with high effectiveness. Is that good or bad? I don’t know. What are you trying to accomplish?
  • At its best, Mars in Aries is courageous, inspiring, pioneering and a fighter for the underdog.  It has great physical stamina and prowess. At its worst, Mars in Aries can be way too macho — fighting for the sake of fighting; needing to win at any cost; utterly self-absorbed, impatient and reckless. Mars rules steel, men, desire, guns and war — and at 0 degrees of Aries, it suggests that such matters will be prominent.
  • You are personally affected by Mars at the Aries Point if you have a planet, angle or midpoint around 0 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and/or Capricorn. And since I’ve heard from more than one Avid Reader asking for more on the Aries Point and what it means personally, I will be pleased to send you a few custom paragraphs on where the Aries Point falls in your horoscope, how it drives you and how you are likely to be affected by Mars sitting right on top of it. Hit reply to this email and send me your birth data if you think I don’t have it. Then toss $54 into my Cosmic Tip Jar. I will send insights within a day or so.
  • TUESDAY: Moon continues to seek depth and control in Scorpio. Aspects from other planets to the Moon are not jarring, suggesting ease and harmony of application. Moon goes void at 5:26 PM ET. Time to chill; focus on routine concerns and refrain from making a mountain of crisis out of a molehill.
  • WEDNESDAY: Humming in the background for the past several days is the Sun’s annual meet-up (technical term: conjunction) with Saturn. The Sun refers to leaders and vitality. Saturn is a karma cop, symbolizing structure, limits, ambition and control. Watch the headlines. You’ll feel this heavy focus more personally if you have planets around 11 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Aries or Libra. Meanwhile, Moon soars into Sagittarius at 3:53 AM ET, lifting spirits and sights into the stratosphere. A Sag Moon facilitates righteous opinions, foreign affairs, a walk in the woods — anything that pushes boundaries.
  • THURSDAY: Lots and lots of stuff. A Sag Moon drives the day with optimism, with the heavy Sun-Saturn conjunction in the rear view mirror. Plus, Moon squares Neptune at 7:01 AM ET — adding more sugarplum visions to the morning. Note your dreams upon waking and double check your schedules and directions, to minimize disorientation. Noon ET marks the official start of the 116th Congress. A look at that chart merits several paragraphs, already written — but they need an edit. Next forecast!
  • FRIDAY: Mercury trines Uranus at 12:12 AM ET — potential described above. Moon goes void at 12:41 PM ET.  Once it enters Capricorn at  1:55 PM ET, it’ll be poised to take care of business. Sun sextiles Neptune at 2:58 PM ET — apt for artists, healing, refugees and all other Neptune themes. At 10:40 PM ET, Mercury leaves Sagittarius for practical Capricorn, chasing after the Capricorn Moon.
  • SATURDAY: New Moon in Capricorn at 8:28 PM ET — it’s an eclipse — and significant in world affairs. Stay tuned for details.
  • SUNDAY: Shake, rattle and roll. Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus; Uranus turns direct; freedom, disruption, innovation, seismic activity likely to make headlines.

And now, the news.

“The Lives They Lived” — the NYT’s latest Sunday Magazine features more than the usual number of people who passed away under Neptune in Pisces/Mars in Pisces circumstances (i.e., self-sacrificing/undoing).

Meanwhile, WaPo  offers funny writer Dave Barry’s re-cap of 2018. Buh-bye — and don’t let the door hit you on the way out. It’s “2019 Preview” features predictions by reporters — most of which are supported by planetary patterns. Not bad, WaPo!

UPDATE: on the explosion that lit up the New York skyline a couple of days ago. Remember I said  in the last forecast that the chart for the event did NOT look like an explosion? Electric, yes — explosion, no. Turns out it wasn’t an explosion. It was a plasma discharge caused by a tech snafu. Technical term for the event: electrical arc.   Astrology is amazing.

UPDATE: Barack Obama has Venus at 0 Cancer, a.k.a. the Aries Point. With transiting Mars activating that Venus, we could expect his aesthetic values to demand our attention. Heck, even without that Mars transit, we’re always going to be hearing about Barack Obama’s aesthetic values. When he is 90, and Certain Other People are long gone, we will be hearing what Barack Obama had for lunch.

UPDATE: Avid Readers will recall that Elizabeth Warren was born with Sun and Uranus at the Aries Point. With Mars now at the Aries Point, her horoscope has been triggered. “Elizabeth Warren Announces She is Running for President in 2020.” Of course she is. Given the current state of her horoscope — even without a confirmed birth time —  there was never a doubt.

  • REMINDER: I will be pleased to send you a few custom paragraphs on where the Aries Point falls in your horoscope, how it drives you and how you are likely to be affected by Mars sitting right on top of it. Hit reply to this email and send me your birth data if you think I don’t have it. Then toss $54 into my Cosmic Tip Jar. I will send insights within a day or so.
  • OTHER REMINDER: I have not given myself a raise in several years. Rates will increase on January 15th. Any service purchased before January 15th may be scheduled anytime in 2019.

Thank you for reading this forecast. I cherish each and every one of you, whether you’ve been an Avid Reader for years or have only just discovered my astrological musings. I hope you always find it informative and entertaining.

Closing with this gem from Sunny Daze, a human who posts on the Facebook. It’s the best prediction I’ve seen yet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 12/28/2018 & the Weekend: Courage, Action and Fog (Mars and Neptune)

TGIF!

The Virgo Moon is void as of 11:27 AM ET. Focus on routine organizing concerns and roll with the twists and flakes that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. From my experience, Moon voids are excellent times for writing, including writing these forecasts. Go figure.

At 3:23 PM ET, Moon enters Libra, shifting the day’s need to one of people-pleasing, fairness and diplomacy. A harmony between Venus (money, aesthetics, women) and Pluto (power, resources) at 4:27 PM ET might reflect a bit of balance that may be back in markets. For now.

SATURDAY begins with the Third Quarter Moon at 4:34 AM ET. Whatever illumination received from last week’s Full Moon gets a push or a shove. At 10:41 AM ET, squares Saturn, suggesting an authoritarian advance or wet blanket. Spirits may be lifted minutes later by a harmony with expansive Jupiter at 11 AM ET.

SUNDAY morning is notable for Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto at 3:23 AM ET. Power play or emotional catharsis? Watch the headlines. Moon’s weekly clash with Uranus occurs at 5:53 PM ET, suggesting a disruption of the status quo. Moon then goes void until 5:53 PM ET, when it plunges into the emotional depths of Scorpio.

The Scorpio need for depth, substance and control continues through MONDAY. If you are working today, your quest for world domination is supported by an easy flow among the Moon and Sun-Saturn (will power; authority/structure), exact between 2:46 PM and 5:09 PM ET. New Year’s Eve may be magical enough, with Moon in harmony with Neptune at 10:11 PM ET. However, the potential for action and assertion — for better or worse — can’t be discounted, as warrior Mars leaves Pisces for Aries at 9:20 PM ET. Action involving power and resources (think: megabucks) would be one potential, as Mars will be in touch with a midpoint between Jupiter and Pluto. Action with unintended consequences (think: shipwreck) would be another potential, as Mars is also in touch with the fixed star Scheat (affectionately known as sh*t). Judging from the previous link, Harvey Weinstein, Rudy Giuliani and Julian Assange should be making news any minute now.

The rest of the first week of 2019 is action-packed: New Moon (with an eclipse), the annual Sun-Saturn conjunction — and more! Stay tuned to this channel for continuing updates.

Ready to plan a strategy for 2019? Astrology can help you maximize potential and timing. Your 60-minute check-up will be jam-packed with insight and specific dates for opportunities. Check-up? Yes, a check-up. Astrologers are not a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Treat us like dentists and hairdressers —  and see us every six months to a year. 

And now, the news.

Mostly a lot of Mars (action, aggression) demanding prominence at the Aries Point, and especially in the “it’s the end of the world as we know it” sign of Pisces.

In other news…

UPDATE: on Michelle Obama, who is now the most admired woman in the U.S., replacing Hillary Clinton. Not surprising at all, given what’s going on in her horoscope. File this under “told ya so” back in 2016.

UPDATE: on Kevin Spacey, whose name truly reflects planetary patterns in his horoscope (birth time unconfirmed). How so? An exact square between his Leo Sun and spacey Neptune, that’s how so. Things are not as they seem. The structures of Mr. Spacey’s reality are dissolving, suggested by 1) an eclipse to his Leo Sun at the end of July; and 2) his natal Saturn (reality) under the dissolving influence of Neptune (exact on January 13th). On Monday, the Boston Globe reported that he was to be arraigned on charges of felony sexual assault. The arraignment is scheduled to happen at 11 AM on  January 7th, in Nantucket, MA. Neptune (surreal, film, delusion) is all over this case, as apparently there is video evidence. Not only that, but Mr. Spacey’s surreal response to the charges was to post a video of himself as Frank Underwood, his killed-off character from “House of Cards.” And this was after saying nothing on social media for over a years. Ready? All together now: “Weeeeeeeeeiiiiiiird!” Astro students, guess what’s on the ascendant of the chart for the arraignment? Neptune. Weird!

Also under the influence of Neptune: Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, the Emirati princess whose effort to escape Dubai failed under a Sun-Neptune meet-up on March 4th. She was “seized on a yacht off the coast of India”, never to be heard from again. Then a British documentary about her escape aired in the UK earlier this month– on a Sun-Neptune square (see a pattern here?). This week, photos were published of the princess having a casual meal with Mary Robinson, the former UN high commissioner on human rights and president of Ireland. Not everyone is buying the “everything’s fine” story line.

Sheikha Latifa was born in Dubai on December 6th, 1985 — no birth time available. She’s a Sagittarius, driven by a perfection-seeking Virgo Moon. Skydiving is one of her passions, and we see that need for risk and excitement in the Sun-Uranus conjunction in her horoscope (and possibly a Moon-Uranus square, too).  Her Neptune is at the Aries Point, suggesting vision, scandal, idealism and other Neptune themes are likely to be prominent. Depression would be something to watch out for, with Mercury (mindset) and Venus (affection) in a tight meet-up with controlling Saturn.

In the documentary it was revealed that the princess began planning her escape seven years ago. That’s when transiting Pluto in Capricorn met up with her natal Neptune in 2010, supercharging a dream (of escape?). Then transiting Uranus grabbed the torch and carried it into 2012.  Meanwhile, transiting Neptune squared her Mercury, Venus and Saturn in the first half of the 2010s.  More magical thinking, along with a potential meltdown of her reality (compare this with Kevin Spacey’s current Neptune-Saturn meltdown). The princess launched her disappearing act as transiting Neptune squared her boundary-pushing Sagittarius Sun all through 2017 and early 2018. With Neptune now moving away from her Sun, the fog has lifted — sort of — with those photos of Mrs. Robinson (!??!) as evidence of her presence in the material world. I suspect she has a big change in store in 2019, given patterns in her horoscope. Wish we had a birth time.

Here are a few happier Neptune-themed stories, i.e., without potentially victimized fairytale princesses. They reflect Monday’s square between Mercury (mindset) and Neptune (make-believe):

What’s Neptune doing in your horoscope? Setting you up for a new creative passion or dream? Neptune is one of the most challenging energies to manage in the material world. That’s why it’s good to know when it’s pulling focus in your life.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

 

Monday 12/24/2018: Sneak Peek at a Holiday Week; Money Matters

The week begins with the Moon in Cancer. Its need for security may be jolted around 9:50 AM ET by its weekly clash with rebel Uranus, after which it goes void. Oh, did the market just drop below 22,000? That could be called a jolt.

But then…happy happy…merry merry…as soon as the Moon enters Leo at 11:58 AM ET. Upside: it’s party time! Downside: roars of regal entitlement from drama kings and queens who feel they are not being recognized for their inherent superiority. Adding big brushstrokes of rose is a square (tension) between Mercury (how we need to think) and Neptune (fog; idealism), exact tonight at 7:33 PM ET. Upside: there’s magic in the air. Downside: deception and bewilderment.

The rest of the week goes like this:

  • TUESDAY: Moon in Leo all day, supported by easy connections to Mercury and Jupiter in the early part of the day; Santa Claus was likely to be generous. A square between the Leo Moon and Venus in Scorpio may be experienced as a spat over values and aesthetic expression, sometime around 4:37 PM ET
  • WEDNESDAY: Happy Kwanzaa! The Leo Moon goes void with a sigh at 10:36 AM ET, entering Virgo at 12:50 PM ET. You can sleep in, space out or return unwanted gifts during the void. Once the Moon enters Virgo, you can apply its organizing and perfecting drive to putting your house in order and making to-do lists for 2019. Have you thought about scheduling your annual check-up with your astrologer? Now is the time to map out your year. How will the “Big Dream” potential of 2019’s three Jupiter-Neptune squares be reflected in your life?
  • THURSDAY: The busiest day of the week, as the Virgo Moon makes contact with six planets. Righteous ambition colors the early morning, followed by a potential miscue around noon ET, as the Moon is opposed by foggy Neptune. A squawk in the headlines may occur at the close of business, as the Moon is square by a sloppy-thinking Mercury in Sagittarius. Money and values are on the table.
  • FRIDAY: the Virgo Moon goes void on a provocative opposition from Mars (combat, action, assertion) at 11:27 AM ET. Chill and focus on routine concerns until 3:23 PM ET, when the Moon enters Libra. In Libra, the need is fairness, balance and harmony in relationships. A change of perspective in values and social expression is suggested by a cooperative alignment between Venus (money, women, art) and Pluto (breakdown, transformation, power, resources) at 4:27 PM ET. 
  • SATURDAY & SUNDAY: are driven mostly by the Moon in Libra. By now we will be noticing action hero Mars at the very end of Pisces. Stories of self-sacrifice are likely to make waves. Avid Readers will recall that a planet at the end of Pisces is oh-so-close to the beginning of Aries, also known as the Aries Point. When will Mars enter Aries? On MONDAY at 9:20 PM ET — New Year’s Eve. That’s about when we are likely to see significant action on the illumination and release received on the Dec 22nd Full Moon at 0 Cancer. Got that?

And now, the news.

Speaking of the Aries Point, it is not surprising to see people with planets at the Aries Point now making headlines in the wake of the Winter Solstice and that Full Moon. Add current patterns among Mercury, Jupiter and Neptune to the mix, and we see the potential for really big, dumb ideas made even dumber by fog, deception and delusion. Exhibit A: “What Was Steve Mnuchin Thinking? Three Possibilities” (after putting out an “alarming and confusing” press release on Sunday evening). Mr. Mnuchin (and his evil twin wife Louise Linton) was born on December 21st — with the Sun at the Aries Point. I imagine we will see more breaking news about him when Mars enters Aries next week.  In other news, we do not have a birth time for Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, we can see in his horoscope that he has Mars at the end of Pisces and Venus in early Aries, both within range of the Aries Point. He’s currently under attack from P45, who today claimed that “the central bank is the only problem our economy has!” What do you have at the Aries Point, hm?

Under the weekend’s Cancer Full Moon at the prominent Aries Point,  the need for nourishment and nurturing challenges the decidedly unemotional, status-seeking ambition of the Capricorn Sun. A farmer sheds light on the conflict like so: “Dairy farming is dying. After 40 ears, I’m done.”   This growing trend will be in our face once Uranus (technology, disruption) moves back into Taurus (food, earth) next April — and with truly revolutionary force in 2022.

Meanwhile, I looked at the charts for the potent Winter Solstice, set at Mt. Etna and in Banten, Indonesia. Both locales have aggressive Mars in Pisces and the Moon in contact with angles (extreme pressure points) in their respective charts. Indonesia was hit on Saturday by a freakish and devastating tsunami; Mt. Etna erupted this morning. Coincidence or conspiracy? I do not know.

UPDATE: the drone sightings at Gatwick Airport, which shut the place down last week. I was scratching my head at this one, writing:

I’d expect to see this next story on a square or opposition (not a Sun-Uranus trine), but “Drone Sightings Cause Disruption at Gatwick Airport”  does feature the Uranus in Aries theme of robot warriors in flight — taken to Sun in Sagittarius new heights.

Now it appears that others were perplexed and bewildered over these drone sightings, too — with some going so far as to suggest that there were no actual drones sighted at all! Police are still saying there were drones…but still…what a fascinating reflection of the bewilderment over high-flying ideas —  suggested by planetary patterns (Mercury-Jupiter in Sagittarius square Neptune).

In closing, a couple of stories reflecting the upside potential of the current whether forecast.  Exhibit A“Fishermen Rescued by Cruise Ship in ‘Christmas Miracle.'”   Neptune refers to fishermen, ships and faith. Exhibit B: take Mercury conjunct Jupiter in Sagittarius (a “sky’s the limit” idea, arguably short on exact details, but boosted by a high-functioning element of luck from a foreign land). Add Venus trine Neptune (heartfelt charity; a dream come true). Mix it with the Sun at the Aries Point — of course we are going to hear about it. From WaPo: “A girl in Mexico attached her Christmas list to a balloon. A man across the border found it.” Guess what happened next…and cue Kleenex box now, please.

Thank you for reading this forecast. May faith in all that is light and good prevail against the alternative.

 

 

 

Friday 12/21/2018 & the Weekend: Winter Solstice; Full Moon in Cancer

Happy almost Winter Solstice and TGIF!

The buzz continues this Friday, driven by the Moon in blah blah blah Gemini, seeking to be the cleverest kid in the room. How clever a kid can be on a morning that started with the Moon challenged by foggy Neptune (at 8:59 AM ET) remains to be seen. However, the quest for a big, righteously sloppy idea continues through lunch, courtesy of 1) a trine between Venus and Neptune and 2) a meet-up between Mercury and Jupiter in “sky’s the limit” Sagittarius.

Meanwhile until 5:23 PM ET, the Sun is at the last degree of Sagittarius, pushing boundaries with prominence for all it’s worth. Then a more sobering executive authority takes the reins, as the Sun enters Capricorn. This is the Winter Solstice — a turning point. Now is the time when light begins to push back against darkness — and prevail — at least in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s also time for practical application of Sagittarian ideals — most appropriate in corporate and government institutions. 

This Solstice sets the tone for the next three months. A quick glance at the chart set in Washington D.C. has:

  • The Gemini Moon in the 12th House (of the self-undoing). It is the ruler of this chart and it is exactly square the Midheaven, and also square to the midpoint between Mars and Neptune (both at the MC). Translation (courtesy of Reinhold Ebertin’s “The Constellation of Stellar Influences”): irritability, weakness, infection, lacking ego-consciousness. To this I would add pixie-dust, scandal and fanaticism. If there is an upside, it may be in the form of charisma, inspiration or healing.
  • The Moon is square to Mars — suggesting combat.
  • Mercury and Jupiter are squaring Neptune, suggesting more pie-in-the-sky thinking.
  • Meanwhile, Saturn (control, authority, patriarchy) and Pluto (power, resources, breakdown) are running wild in PTB Capricorn. Both are in the 7th House — which refers to significant others and the public. Saturn is on an angle of this horoscope, a suggestion of empowerment.

If you wanted to see how the Winter Solstice is likely to be reflected in events in other countries, run a chart for the capital of those countries — e.g., Paris, Rome, etc.

Meanwhile…

On SATURDAY, Moon goes void at 9:23 AM ET until 11:28 AM ET, when it enters Cancer. A Cancer Moon seeks emotional and homeland security. Under a Cancer Full Moon, the need for compassion and nurturing challenges the decidedly unemotional, status-seeking ambition of the Capricorn Sun. This lunation sheds light on the conflict with exceptional prominence, as it happens at the Aries Point: 0 degrees Cancer and 0 degrees Capricorn. In your own personal world, if you have a planet or angle around 0 Cancer, Capricorn, Aries and Libra, you are more affected than most.

The Sabian Symbols for the Full Moon are faaaaaaascinating and apt, as always. Ready? Stick these into your newsfeed and smoke ’em! For the Capricorn Sun: “An Indian chief demanding recognition.” For the Cancer Moon: “A furled and unfurled flag displayed from a vessel.” Hmmm….two flags — one clearly visible; the other hidden. Who is really giving the orders on this ship, eh?? Things may not be as they seem.

Sabian Sage Blaine Bovee observes that “an Indian chief does not normally have to demand recognition, suggesting [it represents] an emergent power.” He suggests we apply these two Symbols with a mind to “issues of personal power and the dynamics of the process between furling and unfurling. Think of power potentials under wraps; bold displays of power. Here’s more on that Indian chief; here’s more on those two flags. Action on whatever illumination is released in this Full Moon is likely to be triggered on New Year’s Eve, when Mars will be at 0 Aries — the Mother of all Aries Point degrees.

Moon continues in Cancer on SUNDAY, mostly with comfort and joy during waking hours. Feel free to finish your holiday shopping, as there is no Moon void to flake you out. However, at 8:23 PM ET, Moon makes its weekly clash with ruthless Pluto, suggesting a potential emotional catharsis or power play.

MONDAY begins with an electric buzz, as Moon squares rebel Uranus at 9:50 AM ET — then goes void until 11:58 AM ET. The rest of the day is driven by Moon in love love love-me-do Leo. Christmas Eve is ripe for music and sugarplums dancing in your head, as Mercury (how we need to think) squares Neptune (fog and other intangibles) at 7:33 PM ET. You might want to double check the directions to wherever place you’re heading that night.

In other news, while I have not increased my rates in three years, I will be raising them on January 15th. I will send a reminder after the first of the year so you may purchase 2019 reports, consultations and gift certificates before prices goes up. It is a joy to be of service!

And now, the news.

Last time we wrote about P45 was on December 5th:

who seems to get crankier and crabbier with every passing day, and not just because that P45 baby blimp followed him to Buenos Aires. Or that Vladimir Putin and MBS high-fived like total besties at the cool kids table, leaving the Donald scowling all alone. Same scenario today at National Cathedral. George W. Bush did not offer P45 a piece of candy. Well, he does have Mercury (how he needs to think) in Cancer (the Crab). And karma cop Saturn is just days away from the third opposition to that Mercury.  How many days? Five. Depression much? Keep an eye on Dec 9-10, followed by 11 days of angry outbursts and action.

…11 days of angry outbursts and action, eh? Put that one on transiting Mars at 16-22 of Pisces, where it triggers his reckless Uranus, toxic South Node and eclipsed Sun-Moon opposition.  In case you haven’t heard, he’ll be “proud” to partially shut down the government if Congress won’t give him the billions he wants for his wretched border wall. WaPo has a countdown clock on its website; the deadline is midnight tonight. You know what that means? It means a potentially ridiculous delay on getting my passport renewed, as the State Department might be closed. But that’s OK, I’m willing to wait, so long as that wall exists only in his mind — and Robert Mueller’s office is exempt from any shutdown (it is).

Meanwhile, he’s impulsively pulling troops out of Syria and Afghanistan — but that’s OK, because Russia, Iran and Turkey are happy, right? Makes ya think about the two flags in those Full Moon Sabian Symbols, doesn’t it? Defense Secretary Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis thought about it, and submitted a scathing letter of resignation that’s left most sensible minds worried sick about what might happen next. More crankiness around Dec 30th – Jan 2nd, suggested by patterns in his horoscope.  We’ll see a repeat of this month’s “days of angry outbursts and action” pattern at the end of April, when Mars will be at 16 – 22 degrees of Gemini…and again in mid-September, when Mars will be at 16 – 22 degrees of Virgo.  We should also mark the last ten days of March and August 6 – 17th for more hotheaded Mars outbursts.

You know who else is triggered by transiting Mars at 20-22 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius? Barack Obama, whose natal Mars is 22 Virgo — right on the U.S. natal Neptune and square the U.S. Mars at 20 Gemini. How has he made news over the past several days? By playing Santa Claus (action in service to others) at a local children’s hospital. So easy for him to do with his natal Venus at 0 Cancer (he can’t help but be known for caring and nurturing). We’ll see more stories about his nurturing nature in the wake of the Full Moon. Meanwhile, a stretch of highway near Occidental College was named in his honor. Mars refers to cars. Astrology is amazing.

Alan Dershowitz’s horoscope  is also triggered by planets at 20-22 Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius. He has Neptune at 20 Virgo and with transiting Mars opposing his Neptune this week, suggesting a potentially scandalous provocation. What happened? He denied allegations that he received sexual favors from women under the direction of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. I’m not convinced we’ve heard the last about this — let’s wait until transiting Jupiter squares that natal Neptune in mid-February-ish.

In other news, who remembers that Beth Owl’s Daughter’s Tarot Card for all of 2018 was Justice? It was — and this week, Merriam-Webster announced its pick for 2018 Word of the Year: Justice.! And in fact, it has been heartening to see many stories reflecting true JUSTICE — even as they fly in the face of the craziness of these “interesting times.” For example:

Meanwhile, reflecting yesterday’s harmony between the Sun and Uranus: “Science Says: A big space crash likely made Uranus lop-sided.”   I’d expect to see this next story on a square or opposition, but “Drone Sightings Cause Disruption at Gatwick Airport”  does feature the Uranus in Aries theme of robot warriors in flight — taken to Sun in Sagittarius new heights.

Finally, Avid Reader Kay is back from her trip abroad. How did the rest of it go, after her unexpected layover in Vienna? Exactly as anticipated!! “Fantastic trip — will fill you in later!!” she writes. So happy she thought to call for insights before setting off on her journey.

Thank you for reading this forecast — and for sharing it with your friends. They are awesome — and so are you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 12/19/2018: More Sneak Peek at a Jam-Packed Week; Perpetual Motion

Wooo -hoo! What a Monday. Did you get everything done? I turbo-charged my way through tedious admin tasks that I generally avoid like the plague. But the day was driven by a “nothing is impossible” Aries Moon, and that’s where it will be when it meets up with rebel Uranus on TUESDAY at 2:21 AM ET? Surprise? We’ll see!

Also helping move mountains: a sextile (harmony) between action hero Mars and “power & resources” Pluto, exact early Monday morning.

Meanwhile, the shock of whatever Moon + Uranus has in store may fizzle, as Moon goes void immediately thereafter. It enters Taurus at 4:37 AM ET on TUESDAY, driving the next two and a half days with a need to build/maintain material security. Think about that, while you’re out there schmoozing at holiday soirees. Also consider that Taurus wrote the book on tidings of comfort and joy; feel free to indulge in such as you mooooove through this week.

The Taurus Moon goes void on WEDNESDAY at 7:42 PM ET and enters info-junkie Gemini on THURSDAY at 9:34 AM ET. Chill during the 14-hour void and resist impulse holiday shopping urges.  If you sleep through your alarm on Thursday, you probably won’t miss a thing.

Patterns in effect for the rest of the week are:

  • THURSDAY: the high-flying Sag Sun trines (harmonizes) with Uranus at 11:21 AM ET, adding easy innovation to the action this week. Creative technologies; unconventional alliances.
  • FRIDAY: super-busy, driven by the buzz buzz buzz of the Gemini Moon. Note your dreams in the AM, as Moon is squared by Neptune at 8:59 AM ET. Double check your communications and directions. A harmony between Venus and Neptune at 12:12 PM ET suggests aesthetic ideals and visions of sugarplums.
  • 30 minutes later, a sloppy — but high-flying Mercury in Sagittarius meets up with Jupiter (also in Sag, the sign it rules). This suggests big big news in the world of free speech, media, courts, athletics, dogma, collective beliefs, foreign affairs, travel — maybe even broad comedy.
  • It’s all made even more prominent because the Sun will be at the Aries Point all day. Thus a good portion of this big news is likely to involve heads of states and corporations, as the Sun refers to leaders. At 5:23 PM ET, the Sun enters Capricorn — a.k.a. the Winter Solstice. Avid Readers will recall that solstices and equinoxes are turning points — look here for further details.
  • But wait, there’s more! Emotions are on the rise this week, as the Moon is waxing full. On SATURDAY the Gemini Moon goes void at 9:28 AM ET; at 11:28 AM ET, Moon enters Cancer. A Cancer Moon needs emotional/family/homeland security, and it faces off against the patriarchal Capricorn Sun at the Aries Point — 0 degrees —  at 11:28 AM ET. Whatever illumination or release we receive in these areas, it is bound to attract attention. Change is in the air!

Have you ordered your supply of  2019 Really Useful Mercury Retrograde Bookmarks? At only $11.88 for three bookmarks, it’s hard to find a more cost-effective stocking stuffer — guaranteed to last for an entire year!   Toss your silver into my Cosmic Tip Jar, and email me your snail mail address. I’ll put those Really Useful Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide Bookmarks in the mail today

But perhaps you are feeling more generous? Gift your friends and family with clarity, direction and empowerment.  A personal astrological report and/or consultation is jam-packed with information to last a lifetime. I will happily mail a gorgeous gift-certificate anywhere in the world. Choose from these options. 

And now, the news.

Avid Readers are well aware that in the wake of the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square, coupled with the impending Saturn-Pluto meet-up (on January 12, 2020), the word “authoritarian” will continue to pepper the headlines. Saturn and Pluto are traveling through Capricorn, which adds corporate power and corruption to the mix. Kudos to the NYT for this riveting story, right on schedule:  “How McKinsey Helped Raise the Stature of Authoritarian Governments.”  Never heard of McKinsey? Even more reason to check ’em out, as these corporate power structures are likely to demand greater focus in the 2020’s.

Meanwhile…as anticipated the efforts of foreign adversaries to use social media to spread fake news for the purpose of controlling collective opinion are now being expanded and exposed. What planetary patterns are being reflected? In 2015 and 2016, Saturn  (control; malevolence) was in Sagittarius (publishing, foreign, boundary-pushing, opinion)…and it was square (challenging) Neptune (illusion)  in Pisces (faith). Now that Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) is in Sagittarius, the truth is coming out: “Russian 2016 Influence Operation Targeted African Americans on Social Media”  — in the NYT — and “Russian Disinformation Teams Targeted Robert S. Mueller III, Says Report Prepared for Senate.”

In other news, I confess I haven’t been paying much attention to SNL’s talented comedian Pete Davidson, even though his whirlwind courtship, engagement and subsequent  break-up with singer/songwriter Ariana Grande has been a big topic of astrological analysis on websites catering to a Certain Demographic. Apparently they started dating in May; rushed into an engagement, a condo and the adoption of a pet pig (none of which would be advised during a Mars retrograde). They broke up in October (with Venus retrograde in Scorpio).

We do not have a birth time for Mr. Davidson. He — like Ms. Grande — was born in 1993, the year of the exact Uranus-Neptune conjunction in Capricorn. That’s an aspect that seeks a disruptive ideal in matters of the Establishment. The old rules are simply not going to apply. Born on November 16 in Staten Island, Mr. Davidson has a Scorpio Sun in an intensely demanding pattern with Saturn and Pluto. His horoscope suggests an anguished childhood…an assessment confirmed in a quick Google search: “Pete Davidson Reveals Dark Childhood in New Interview.”   His father was a firefighter who died on 9/11…this is only one part of the heartache.

We could see how Mr. Davidson’s heavy mindset would become prominent, with a measurement between Mercury (mindset) and Saturn (heavy) at the Aries Point (prominence). During Saturday’s emotional Pisces Moon void, his mindset clearly pulled focus — in a since-deleted Instagram post declaring “I really don’t know how much longer I can last (on Earth).”   If Mr. Davidson gets the help he needs and does stick around, patterns in his horoscope suggest strong potential for love and support…with a new creative passion to come by late spring of 2019. Fingers crossed.

Ms. Grande is a Cancer, driven by an over-the-top people-pleasing Libra Moon. With a Capricorn Ascendant, she needs to be seen as a woman in charge, likely in ways that are game-changing. Transiting Pluto and transiting Saturn have hit Ms. Grande hard in 2018; thus the prediction that this year and next would be big.  She was reportedly devastated by the death of a former boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller — in September. True to the caring potential of her horoscope, Ms. Grande went public on Saturday with a grand declaration of support for her ex-fiance, who did show up for work at 30 Rock to the relief of friends, family and fans.

In other celebrity news, the NYT did a big story on Ellen DeGeneres to hype the first comedy special she’s done in 15 years. Here is her horoscope. Ellen is a humanitarian Aquarius, driven by a Moon in me-me-me Aries. She’s here to inspire and get there first. She may have Sagittarius rising (the birth time is not confirmed), suggesting a need to be seen as someone with righteous opinions and optimism. In 2018 and 2019, transiting Uranus squares Jupiter, ruler of that hypothetical Sag Ascendant. We anticipate the potential to for windfall opportunities to expand and change the way she is seen. With transiting Uranus squaring her Aquarius Sun starting in the middle of 2019, we anticipate a strong need for even greater independence and innovation. She’s committed to continue with her talk show until 2020…and then…who knows? I think we’ll see efforts to break out of the mold long before then.

Closing now with one of my favorite 90-second animated shorts. It’s called Perpetual Motion not to be missed — especially if you love weird science and cats. Onward!

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

Saturday & Sunday 12/15/2018: Pre-Sneak Peek at the Week; ACA Astrology Update

Moon is void of course in Pisces for most of the day on Saturday. If you are new to this forecast (welcome!) and don’t know what a Moon void is, here’s the 411.  The void started at 6:49 AM ET and will end at 7:44 PM ET. Now is the time to sleep in; roll with the twists and flakes that may disrupt efforts to move forward in a straight line. Go with the flow; don’t freak out over perceived “crises” that may crop up; they are likely much ado about nothing and will resolves themselves once the Moon gets back into gear. Avoid impulse purchases; stick to routine. Chill!

See if you notice the shift in energy tonight, once the Moon charges ahead in me-me-me Aries. An Aries Moon needs to lead and inspire. Use that fiery drive on Sunday and Monday, aided and abetted by two Really Helpful Planetary Patterns, in effect now. First is an alignment between Venus (social expression, money, women, aesthetics) and Saturn (structure, ambition, patriarchy), exact on SUNDAY at 9:27 AM ET.  This is the third in a series that began on September 12th; the second happened on October 24th. If you’re seeing a recap of issues in your life that were hot on those dates, your horoscope is personally affected by this pattern. If you have a planet around 2-9 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Libra or Cancer, this means you. Perhaps you reviewed your financial plan — aptly so during the recent Venus retrograde — and now you’re getting ready to implement it. That’s one of many possibilities.

The second Really Helpful Planetary Pattern is an alignment  (a sextile) between Mars and Pluto, exact at 1:53 AM ET on MONDAY. Mars refers to action and courage; at present the energy of action may be expressed as diffuse or steamy, as Mars is still in Pisces. Upside: action/courage arising out of empathy, intuition or compassion. Pluto refers to power and resources, suggesting an ease of accomplishment. You are personally affected if you have a planet or angle around 20 degrees of just about any sign.

Back to SUNDAY, where practical exuberance may be squelched (downside) or advanced (upside) around 2:21 PM ET, when the crusading Moon is squared by a Designated Authority Figure (Saturn).

No sleeping in on MONDAY. The Aries Moon is going full speed ahead, and the work week begins with an emotional catharsis or power play, as the Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto at 10:20 AM ET. Other than that, overall planetary patterns are less tense now and next week.  Push for that innovative, humanitarian vision. If your horoscope is personally affected by upcoming patterns, we see the potential for big news that gets noticed, especially on this FRIDAY’s winter solstice. Consult your local astrologer for details.

Have you ordered your supply of  2019 Really Useful Mercury Retrograde Bookmarks? At only $11.88 for three bookmarks, it’s hard to find a more cost-effective stocking stuffer — guaranteed to last for an entire year!   Toss your silver into my Cosmic Tip Jar, and email me your snail mail address. I’ll put those Really Useful Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide Bookmarks in the mail today

But perhaps you are feeling more generous? Gift your friends and family with clarity, direction and empowerment.  A personal astrological report and/or consultation is jam-packed with information to last a lifetime. I will happily mail a gorgeous gift-certificate anywhere in the world. Choose from these options. 

And now, the news.

Friday ended on an especially assertive/combative note, suggested by a meet-up between the Pisces Moon and Mars at 9:19 PM ET. The big story in the early evening news dump: “A judge in Texas rules that Obamacare is unconstitutional.”  Are we surprised? Not at all — as we see in my last post about the fate of the Affordable Care Act from January 2018 (where you will find ACA’s horoscope):

Looking at future transits, there’s a lot going on in the fall of 2018 to suggest a radical overturning of the status quo, and a revolutionary intensification of the ACA’s prime directive: to create and maintain emotional security in ways that are nurturing. At the same time, we see a potential streamlining — OR — an ambitious advance. The ACA has a Cancer Moon, ruling a prominent Cancer Ascendant. Contacts to the Moon from Pluto, Saturn and the Sun suggest anguish and power plays and patriarchal opposition– apt, no? The ACA is mostly fire, water and cardinal signs. We can see how it would be likely to change form.

The ACA horoscope was hit by disruptive measurements (solar arcs, for astrology pros and students) from Uranus to Pluto and the Moon in September and the end of November, respectively. What happened in September? A judge in Texas heard arguments challenging the constitutionality of ACA. Interestingly enough, by November many Republicans running for office voiced support for the pre-existing conditions provisos in ACA, while accusing Democrats of trying to destroy them (!!!). Yesterday, ACA’s natal Venus (in caring Cancer) was exactly squared by Pluto, suggesting emotional overkill; taking a sledgehammer to a project when a teensy little mallet would far better serve. Thus we get a ruling tossing the whole baby out of the window, along with the bathtub.

The odious judge in this case — Reed O’Connor — is a man of Federalist Society mystery. We know he was born in Texas in 1965 and that’s it. Thus we know he carries the seeds of the revolution in his horoscope (especially if he was born late in the year),  as 1965 marked the first of three conjunctions between Uranus and Pluto in Virgo. Yes, in Virgo, which refers to health, thank you very much.

Guess what else was born in 1965? Medicare — signed into law on July 30, 1965 in Independence, Missouri — shortly after 3:09 PM.  Here is that chart — I chose 3:15 PM as a time — it could have been a little earlier or later, but Sagittarius rising, regardless. Plus I like the 21 Virgo Midheaven squared by Jupiter at 22 Gemini, as it engages the Mars-Neptune square in the U.S. horoscope. With transiting Jupiter activating all of the planets/angles in this chart that are in Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and Sagittarius, it’s hard for me to believe that Medicare (and by extension, ACA) won’t be on an expansive bent. Efforts to curtail expansion may crop up when transiting Saturn squares Medicare’s 17 Libra Mars in 2019, but 2020 looks revolutionary and potentially empowering (look for clues in Medicare’s development during 1976 and 1997).

 

Random good news for my fellow treehuggers:

Meanwhile, the deadline for signing up for your 2019 Affordable Care Health Plan is TODAY. Here’s what you need to know.

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Thursday 12/13/2018: Women on the Verge

Alllll- righty then!!

The Moon will soon wrap up its sojourn through Aquarius, where it’s been cruising with little interference since Tuesday night. It goes void on THURSDAY at 5:20 AM ET for two hours and twenty minutes. East Coasters, that’s your excuse for whatever flake or twist may disrupt your morning. Pour hot water over coffee beans you forgot to grind? Yeah, I’ve done that, too.

At 7:40 AM ET Moon enters Pisces, driven more by intuition than by logic. Moon clashes with Mercury in boundary-pushing Sagittarius at 8:39 AM ET, making for extra-spunky morning chit-chat. Then you’re free to go with the intuitive flow for the rest of the business day. If a holiday party or holiday shopping is on your evening calendar, good times and exuberance as suggested, as the Moon harmonizes with Venus and squares Jupiter between 11:10 PM and 11:44 PM ET. If you’re outside after midnight, don’t miss the Geminids meteors, which peak tonight!

And now, the news…

…much of which continues to reflect last week’s wiggy Sun-Mars-Neptune action. Were you personally affected? You would have been, if you had planets or angles around 14 degrees of Pisces, Sagittarius, Gemini and Virgo. But there are other ways in which you might have been affected. Exhibit A: yours truly. That Mars-Neptune conjunction activated my 3rd house, which refers to how one needs to think and communication. The energy of action (Mars) combined with intangibles (Neptune) inspired me to get back into a regular meditation practice, which I have not had for some time.  How so? With the help of fabulous app called Headspace ( their motto: “Meditation made simple.”)  How apt is this app right now? Head = Mars; Space – Neptune. Fun fact: I heard about this app from Avid Reader Katharine months ago. Now I could get down on myself for not trying it out earlier, but that would be a waste of time. According to my horoscope, the perfect time to get into Headspace is now! Astrology is amazing.

More far-out stories, from the spacey to the scandalous:

Random item reflecting Jupiter (expansion) in Sagittarius (freedom of the press; righteous truth; publishing): Time magazine names “The Guardians” as its Person of the Year. Who are the guardians? Journalists fighting “the war on truth” — and being imprisoned or killed as a result. Murdered WaPo journalist Jamal Khashoggi is one of several on the cover.

Meanwhile, in the wake of P45’s big, fat, depressing reality check (karma cop Saturn opposing mental Mercury on Dec 10th), we see:

Speaking of Nancy Pelosi, doesn’t she look fabulous in red, as we’d expect an Aries would?

 

She wore red on the cover of a recent NYT magazine, too. Now that transiting Saturn is no longer putting the squeeze on her Aries Sun, it’s hard to imagine her not reclaiming her power as the next Speaker of the House. She’s apparently cut a deal with incoming progressives to limit her term to four years, right about at her Uranus return. By then, she’ll likely be ready to set herself free.

Here is her horoscope. Add a Scorpio Moon to the mix and she’s indomitable. Toss in three planets in Taurus and the irresistible force moonlights as the immovable object. Her Mars is at 25 Taurus, right on P45’s Midheaven and square to his regal Mars in Leo. That’s a potentially provocative dynamic. Fun Fact: Mitch McConnell also has at least three planets in Taurus, including his Mars.

Meanwhile, across the pond, Theresa May — a Libra driven by a perfectionist Virgo or regal Leo Moon (we don’t have a birth time) — seems to have survived the near-death experience of transiting Saturn square her Sun. That pattern was exact on December 4th, followed by a need for assertion under attack, suggested by transiting Mars on her natal Mars — exact December 7th. A vote of no -confidence was held today; her opponents did not prevail.  The PM was not wearing red.

In other news, I am so proud of Avid Reader Kay, who had the good sense to call me for a quick planetary “weather” outlook for the rest of the month. She was planning an important business trip — how was it likely to go? I told her that her biggest challenge was likely to come on Dec 11th, but after that brick wall, the rest of the journey looked dreamy. She said she would be traveling on the 11th; I recommended that she roll with any hurdles and take extra care to make herself comfortable. Here’s the email I received on the 11th: “The ‘challenging’ aspects of my week kicked in with fury today — missed connection and spending night in Vienna as a result — will have a full day there! but I was prepared — because of my excellent astrologer!”

Astrology can be such an empowering tool for helping manage expectations. What’s going on in your horoscope? Have you thought about planning a strategy for 2019

Last but not least, the 2019 Mercury retrograde bookmarks have arrived!! I spent a big part of the day stuffing them into festive gold envelopes with personal notes to fabulous Avid Readers. Why not stuff them into the stockings of friends and family (and keep one for yourself)?  The bookmarks, mind you — not your fellow Avid Readers — though that’s an intriguing thought.   Toss $11.88 into my Cosmic Tip Jar, and email me your snail mail address. I’ll put those Really Useful Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide Bookmarks in the mail today.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

 

 

Monday 12/10/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; Tree Story Update

Happy Monday!

The Moon in enterprising Capricorn continues to drive the day, as it has been doing since 7:01 AM ET on Saturday. How much business did you take care of — even around the house — over the weekend, hmm? Practical communication that is also innovative and/or disruptive is suggested in the afternoon, as Moon sextiles (harmonizes) with Mercury at 3:38 PM ET, followed by its weekly clash with rebel Uranus at 4:27 PM ET.  Chill during the ensuing two-hour Moon void and remember that crises which crop up during Moon voids are often much ado about nothing.

At 6:39 PM ET, Moon enters humanitarian Aquarius, looking for its new best buddy. It drives the bus until THURSDAY at 7:40 AM ET. Then Moon enters Pisces for the rest of the work week, seeking to work with ideals, impressions and empathy.

As noted in the last forecast, there are no exact aspects among the planets this week, except from the Moon. Uranus and Pluto are especially isolated from the other kids in the cosmos. What does that suggest? It suggests that issues symbolized by Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn are running wild, including, but not limited to: self-driving cars, rebellion, news from underground, the PTB, corruption exposed, etc. I’m ready for anything. We’re working with New Moon energy, with every planet except Uranus moving full speed ahead, with no trippy Moon voids to space people out. Onward!

On WEDNESDAY at 6:43 PM ET, Mercury leaves Scorpio and re-enters Sagittarius. See if you notice the shift in the headlines, as thought and communication once again push the envelope with optimism, righteousness and sloppiness.

On SATURDAY at 6:49 AM ET we’ll have the First Quarter Moon between the high-flying Sag Sun and the empathetic Pisces Moon. This suggests a necessary adjustment to the New Moon agenda you set last week. Go with the Pisces Moon flow and roll with the twists and flakes, as the Moon will be void until 7:44 PM ET. Save the impulse shopping for SUNDAY, as purchases made during Moon voids often do not measure up to expectations.

Just in time for the holidaze! The 2019 Really Useful Mercury Retrograde Bookmarks! Everybody loves these super-handy bookmarks, which clearly tell you when Mercury will be retrograde in 2019 (three times next year!) A list of helpful coping strategies is also provided. Makes a great stocking-stuffer for friends and family — 3 for $11.88! Toss that silver into my Cosmic Tip Jar— there’s a link to it on the left hand column on this page.  Then send me your name and snail mail address. Ooh — and here’s another fab gift idea: clarity, direction and confidence. Otherwise known as gift certificates for reports and consultations. 

And now, the news — most all of which reflects the Alice in Wonderland potential of last week’s Mars conjunct Neptune in Pisces; Sun square Neptune.

UPDATE: on John F. Kelly, the now soon-to-be-departing White House Chief of Staff. We discussed his horoscope a couple of times, here and here. Last year, Kelly’s Saturn was under the bewildering spell of transiting Neptune. The fog has now lifted. Not only that, but transiting Mars just opposed his Saturn, suggesting an encounter with a brick wall. Thus it has been announced that he will leave the White House by the end of the year. On December 20th, transiting Mars will oppose his natal Mars, suggesting action on his part or an attack. Perhaps he’ll skip out early.

UPDATE: on the Uranus-Neptune semi-square, which has been active since August 2017. Its purpose is to give us the chance to take a hard second look at the “we are all connected” potential of 1993’s Uranus-Neptune conjunction in Capricorn. Is Facebook really that great? Are we happier together with our faces perpetually glued to tiny screens that may well make us go blind? On the lighter side, fashionistas will recall that 1993 brought us goth and grunge. How totally cool to find this fashion supplement in today’s NYT: “Redux Grunge Collection 1993/2018 by Marc Jacobs”  And by “cool,” I’m referring to the apt timing. I’m not convinced the collection itself qualifies. What do you think?

UPDATE: on the maple trees in my courtyard, because many Avid Readers have asked. You are so awesome to ask about trees! I’m pleased to report that most were saved — but not without drama. After rallying a few dozen neighbors to petition our less-than-transparent co-op board, a landscaping committee was formed to steer the courtyard renovation project.  It took almost two months to get a written report from the arborist — the darn thing was supposed to be delivered to us by Labor Day. The report recommended taking out only a select few trees that had been declared dead or “compromised.”  Three saplings would be transplanted to more spacious accommodations in the courtyard.

It’s a good thing we formed a committee of Concerned Treehuggers. Why? Because as you may recall from my original post in August, a dozen trees in the courtyard were marked for destruction with red paint. The paint can’t be removed, because it might hurt the trees. Meanwhile, the landscaping crew was working without supervision. Apparently they did not understand the Actual Plan, which was to only cut down three trees.

A member of the landscaping committee just happens to live in an apartment overlooking the courtyard, and was working at home that day.  She watched the crew cut down a perfectly healthy tree. Fortunately she was able to reach the super and a board member, who ran outside just as the crew was preparing to chop down another tree — I kid you not. The landscaper will replace the tree that was cut down in error. Ya think?

The good news is that the way our building is managed is changing for the better. Residents are more involved, because we have insisted on being a part of managing our shared investment. Our group of Concerned Neighbors continues to meet once a month for pow-wows. We are building a more caring community. One day, perhaps we will take over the world.

Now don’t forget: Mercury retrograde bookmarks! Gift certificates for everyone on your shopping list! Appointments for yourself — to plan your strategy for 2019! Astrologers are like dentists, doncha’ know. For maximum effectiveness, schedule regular check-ups every six months to a year.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

 

Wednesday 12/5/2018: Late Sneak Peek at a Wonderland Week; New Moon in Sagittarius; Mercury Direct, Mars, Neptune & More

It’s 3 PM ET on Wednesday as I type — despite my best intentions to post on Monday. At 4:53 PM ET the Moon goes void with a sigh…and I can’t wait for 9:49 PM ET to arrive, as the Moon will enter Sagittarius, lifting spirits to infinity and beyond. Right now — and since Monday at 2:55 PM ET — Moon is wallowing in the depth-seeking, controlling territory of Scorpio. No more airy-fairy theories that defined the weekend’s Libra Moon;  the burning question to be answered is “where’s the beef?”  Then it gets more interesting than it already is. But I’m getting ahead of myself, as I might be inclined to do, with 57 planets in Aries.

We are in the balsamic phase of the lunar cycle — a.k.a. the end. During these dead Moons we may feel a sense of listlessness or restlessness, sensing something new is around the corner, but we don’t know what. And during this dead Moon there is even more potential for not knowing what, thanks to the key planetary patterns of the week. The star players are: Sun, Mars and Neptune.

  • Sun is energy, life force, will power, leaders.
  • Mars refers to war, anger, desire, sports, men, steel, cars.
  • Mars is in Pisces, a water sign which vaporizes heat.
  • Neptune, as you all know, refers to drugs, oil, oceans, sea creatures, toxins, healing, pacifism, vision, intangibles, intuition, deception, fog, music, wipeout, spirits of all kinds.
  • Neptune is in Pisces, the sign it rules, keeping those Neptune themes pure.

Here’s the dance:

  • SUNDAY (12/2):  Venus left Libra for Scorpio, throwing sweetness out the window in social expression. Venus in Scorpio can cut like a knife.  Look, Angela Merkel is cursing. So is Michelle Obama. At 7:35 PM ET, the high-flying Sagittarius Sun was squared by action hero/aggressor Mars. That was the tone of last weekend’s Golly G-20 summit in Argentina, FYI.
  • WEDNESDAY (12/5): color it rose, as the Sun squares wiggy Neptune. Time to bury the hatchet and hail the vision of a former fearless leader (just in time for today’s memorial service for President George H.W. Bush). Here are headlines from another Sun-Neptune square in 2017, where you can also review Emmanuel Macron’s horoscope. He has transiting Jupiter on his Midheaven right now; quite the elevated status. Here’s another 2017 Sun-Neptune square, where you can review Matt Lauer’s horoscope, which was reflecting the scandalous potential of Sun and Neptune with Mars (libido).
  • THURSDAY (12/6): the day starts on an exuberant note, as the Sag Moon meets up with cosmic sugar daddy Jupiter. That’s great, but do note that Mercury, planet of thought and communication, is at a stand-still. It turns direct at 4:22 PM ET at 27 degrees of Scorpio. If you have a planet around 27 degrees of Aquarius, Leo, Taurus and Scorpio, issues involving that planet may feel as if there’s someone outside your house leaning heavily on a car horn. Does it have your attention?  Consult your local astrologer for details. As the evening progresses, the potential for pixie dust increases, as Moon squares Mars and Neptune between 11 PM ET and 12 AM ET.
  • FRIDAY (12/7): New Moon in Sagittarius officially begins at 2:20 AM ET. Light a candle and make a list of intentions for the next cycle. You are more personally affected if you have a planet around 15 degrees of Sagittarius, Gemini. Virgo and Pisces.  Dominating the New Moon chart is a meet-up between Mars and Neptune, exact at 9:12 AM ET. What does that suggest? Idealization, scandal or spiritual rationalization about aggression, action and/or libido, for one. Bill Clinton and recently defeated Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis have a Mars-Neptune conjunction in their horoscopes. Headlines are likely to be even more surreal than they already are.
  • The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is “seagulls watching a ship,” which Sabian Symbol sage Blain Bovee says is “an image of a vigilant attendance to a potential source of food and nourishment.” He advises us to have a mind for “a sense of the right time to have one’s words heard and believed…squeaky wheels getting the grease…an uproar when a scrap of information is dropped…watching for the moment when one is least likely to be duped.” Hmm. Consider the anticipation building in the never-ending Mueller investigation as we breathlessly await further indictments.
  • Bovee also writes, “One may be gullible when it comes to matters of social justice, accepting a few scraps of oratorial platitude from authorities who bestow such pronouncements.”  Yeah, I can see many ways for that to play out in the headlines over the next few weeks. Here’s something else to watch: Sabian Symbols often work in pairs. The mate to “seagulls watching a ship” is “a woman suffragette orating.”
  • After the Mars-Neptune meet-up on Friday, there are no major aspects among the planets, except to the Moon…until December 16th. Which to me suggests that next week will include headlines that feel as if an ice shelf has plunged into the ocean — like a long exhale after so much tension. We’ve seen this happen before.

Just in time for the holidaze! The 2019 Really Useful Mercury Retrograde Bookmarks! Everybody loves these super-handy bookmarks, which clearly tell you when Mercury will be retrograde in 2019 (three times next year!) A list of helpful coping strategies is also provided. Makes a great stocking-stuffer for friends and family — 3 for $11.88! Toss that silver into my Cosmic Tip Jar— a.k.a. the big gold DONATE  button in the left column on this page. Then, send me your name and snail mail address. Ooh — and here’s another fab gift idea: clarity, direction and confidence. Otherwise known as gift certificates for reports and consultations. Guaranteed to empower!

And now, the news.

Mars, Sun and Neptune suggest scandals involving men behaving badly. I really hoped this one would have legs, but a settlement was reached before the jury trial began — on December 4th.  A dead Moon facilitates back-room deals, doncha’ know. Kudos to the Miami Herald’s Julie Brown for this expose “How a (P45) Cabinet Member gave a serial sex offender the deal of a lifetime” — must-read!

Fun Mercury retrograde story involving a man with Neptune (things are not as they seem) sitting right on his Ascendant: Rudy Giuliani Twitter typo sparks anti-P45 protest . Focus, Rudy. Focus.

Not fun, but necessary: Fishermen sue Big Oil for its role in climate change , as Global Carbon Emissions Hit All-Time High in 2018.

Meanwhile…

Countries have horoscopes. Exhibit A: France, which has experienced three weeks of violent protest over a fuel tax that is supposed to combat climate change (the tax has apparently been withdrawn). We can appreciate why the French are on emotional overkill. In France’s horoscope, transiting Pluto is squaring its me-me-me Aries Ascendant and opposing its emotional-security seeking Cancer Moon. Next month it will need to face a sobering reality check when transiting Saturn squares its Libra Sun and Mercury. Right now, Saturn is atop France’s Capricorn Midheaven, suggesting it may be seen as being at the top of its game. It does seem that France’s authoritative stature has increased on the world stage. At the G-20 summit in Argentina, it was Emmanuel Macron who was overheard allegedly “warning” the Saudi Crown Prince M.B.S.

UPDATE: on P45, who seems to get crankier and crabbier with every passing day, and not just because that P45 baby blimp followed him to Buenos Aires. Or that Vladimir Putin and MBS high-fived like total besties at the cool kids table, leaving the Donald scowling all alone. Same scenario today at National Cathedral. George W. Bush did not offer P45 a piece of candy. Well, he does have Mercury (how he needs to think) in Cancer (the Crab). And karma cop Saturn is just days away from the third opposition to that Mercury.  How many days? Five. Depression much? Keep an eye on Dec 9-10, followed by 11 days of angry outbursts and action.

UPDATE: on P45 Jr., whose Capricorn Sun will be hit by transiting Saturn on December 19th. Upside potential: focused ambition; taking on authority.  Downside potential; serious matter involving an authority figure, often a parent. Eric has the same pattern in February; Ivanka has a different pattern involving Saturn, also in February. We do not have birth times, so we do not have the complete picture. Still, these next few months should be interesting. In other news, Maryland and D.C. Seek P45’s Trust; Business Tax Returns

UPDATE: Jeff Flake, last discussed here at the end of September. He caved on Justice Kavanaugh, but this month he’s seems to be following up on the potential of being a disruptive communicator, with transiting Uranus activating his Mercury. He is blocking a whole slew of judicial nominees, insisting that the Senate vote on a bill to protect Robert Mueller. Transiting Saturn conjoins Flake’s Capricorn Sun later this month. Sobering.

Let’s end on a high note. Sun, Mars and Neptune together have strong potential for healing and charity: How 2 New Yorkers Erased $1.5 Million of Medical Debt for Hundreds of Strangers. Just call them angels here on Earth. I bet you’re an angel, too.

Thank you for reading this forecast.