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Tuesday 2/12/2019: Late Sneak Peek at the Week; Mercury in Pisces; Mars – Uranus; Mars Enters Taurus

Alll-righty then!

Late post to the start of the week, as yesterday I was on the road — heading back to NY from a four-day astrology education conference affectionately known as Hogwarts. This year I taught a couple of classes and expect to teach more at the next conference in March 2020. If you know the basics of astrology, and think it might be fun to turbocharge your understanding in the company of 40 – 50 highly evolved souls, let me know. This year we had 37 at the conference; our meeting room can comfortably accommodate 50 — and that’s our goal for 2020.  Email me for further details!

The work week began with the Moon in steady Taurus, cruising free and clear of bumps in the road, which is why my trip back to NY from DC was made in record time. Today the Moon remains in Taurus, still cruising steadily until the late afternoon, when the Moon squares the Aquarius Sun at 5:26 PM ET, right on The Donald’s 24 Taurus Midheaven and almost on Nancy Pelosi’s 25 Taurus Mars. This is the First Quarter Moon, presenting challenges, opportunities and a need for adjustment to whatever New Moon agenda was set last Monday. Immediately thereafter, Moon goes void…and won’t enter the next sign — Gemini — until 4:32 AM ET on WEDNESDAY. Chill and roll with the twists and flakes. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.

Humming in the background all week — and tonight — is the buzz buzz buzz of a meet-up between Mars (in me me me Aries) and rebel Uranus, exact at 1:19 AM ET on WEDNESDAY. Mars-Uranus patterns suggest bold and innovative actions — sometimes reckless — nearly always exciting. Mars-Uranus refers to space-age technology, and it’s the perfect time for former astronaut Mark Kelly to announce his 2020 run for John McCain’s Arizona Senate seat. Plus, transiting Mercury (communication) in early Pisces has just triggered his natal Sun-Mars conjunction (focused action) in early Pisces, so of course he has something to say.

You are more personally affected by the Mars-Uranus conjunction if you have a planet around 28 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. How are you bouncing off the walls?

I’m keeping an eye on any candidate announcing a campaign run so close to Wednesday’s Mars-Uranus conjunction. Why? Please refer to my analysis of the 116th Congress (the one we have now) compared to the 117th Congress (the one that begins on Jan 3 2021). I am also noting that last night there were two “competing” rallies held in El Paso, Texas. One was held by The Donald, during which he unveiled Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign slogan (Stronger Together) as his own — but not before lying about how many people attended. Actually it was more than just a slogan: “Stronger Together” was the title of a book authored by HRC and Tim Kaine, outlining their “blueprint for America’s future.” The problem with that campaign slogan was timing. Planetary patterns in 2016 did not suggest a need to embrace “in unity there is strength.” In 2020 we will have two highly significant planetary unions: Saturn conjunct Pluto on January 12th, and Jupiter conjunct Saturn on December 21st. People will be looking for ways to come together…though not necessarily on the same side.

Anyhoo…the other rally was held by Beto O’Rourke, who has not yet declared a presidential bid. However, he does share a couple of prominent and potent patterns with senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who did toss her hat into the ring during a blizzard last weekend. Klobuchar is a double Gemini with Sun square Pluto (potent) and Jupiter at the Aries Point; O’Rourke is a Libra with Moon in Taurus; Sun conjunct Pluto and square Jupiter at the Aries Point.  No birth times available for either, so we are limited.

Meanwhile…

On WEDNESDAY at 4:32 AM ET, Moon enters Gemini, seeking to be the most informed person in the room. Moon squares Mercury around 3:36 PM ET; don’t believe everything you hear.

On THURSDAY, the big news is action hero Mars, leaving the race track of Aries (its home sign) for the calmer pastures of Taurus. Stripped of the speed it enjoys while charging through Aries, Mars in Taurus compensates with stubborn, bull-dozing persistence. Mars will be in Taurus until March 31st.  Note your dreams that morning, as Moon squares Neptune at 7:56 AM ET. Afternoon exuberance is suggested by Moon in touch with Jupiter at 3:56 PM ET. Something especially generous and indulgent from your Valentine, perhaps?

On FRIDAY, planetary patterns facilitate cooperation. Moon goes void at 7:48 AM ET and enters Cancer at 9:03 AM ET. That gives us two days to focus on home, family and emotional security concerns. Time for a home-cooked meal or efforts to make your abode a cozier space.  Your beautification efforts will be supported all weekend by a harmony between Venus and Neptune, exact on SUNDAY at 3:45 AM ET. Bring your rose-colored ideals to life; indulge in art, music, etc.

And now, a word about Mercury in Pisces, where it’s been since last Sunday at 5:51 AM ET. Mercury refers to how we need to think. In Pisces, Mercury is not interested in thinking as much as it is interested in feeling and believing. Who cares if it makes no sense? Or if it defies logic and reason? That’s how it FEELS…and that can’t be argued. Just believe!!! It’s gonna be GREAT! Do not say you were not warned when reading the headlines likely to hit the fan in the next TWO MONTHS, especially around February 19th and the last week of March. That’s when Mercury will meet up with dreamweaver Neptune.  Also note that Mercury will be retrograde in Pisces March 5 – 28. On the upside, if you are an artist, visionary, healer or spiritual type, perhaps you can take Mercury in Pisces straight to the bank. On the downside, Mercury-Neptune connection suggest deception, drugs, escapism. Again I’m looking at the last week of March for some far-out actions and statements from the White House. Time will tell.

Here’s one quick “Mars conjunct Uranus in Aries” headline — surprising (Uranus) and involving cars (Mars): “A record 7 million Americans are three months behind on their car payments; a red flag for the economy.” Awwwwww, they even included the color red, which is the color of Mars and Aries. Astrology is amazing.

More news in the next forecast. After being away from the home office for almost a week, I have many client emails to answer. Thanks for your patience — and keep those cards and letters (and emails) coming. I look forward to an excellent discussion about your horoscope — here’s how to contact me.

 

Monday 2/4/2019: Sneak Peek at an Upbeat Week; New Moon in Aquarius; Howard Schultz; Stacey Abrams & More

…and heeeeere we go again!

The start of the work week is driven by the Moon in Aquarius, seeking to be appreciated for being unique and equal in stature. May everyone in your assorted groups be regarded as such. Arise, go forth and network.

The Moon is dead. It was dead yesterday during the most dead and boring Super Bowl of all time, so people are saying. If people wanted an exciting game, it should have been held before Friday’s brutal Mars-Pluto square…or even earlier in January, before certain powerful patterns released in the horoscopes of Tom Brady and Jared Goff (the quarterbacks for the Patriots and the Rams). Instead it was held on a dead Moon traveling with no aspects to other planets all day (and thus reflecting the lack of tension in the game). Even the Super Bowl half time show was reportedly D.O.A.

I tuned in around 8:15 PM ET — looked at the chart for the start of the game and posted the potential for a boundary-pushing action around 8:51 PM ET — no later — on a friend’s Facebook page. Lo and behold, there was a record-breaking punt around 8:49-ish…and no one following my friend’s Facebook page was impressed. Sheesh! I stopped following the game. Who won?

The Moon will no longer be dead at 4:04 PM ET, when it meets up with the Sun at 15 degrees of Aquarius. The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “a big businessman at his desk.” Sabian Sage Blain Bovee writes that “this is an image of dealing with shining matters of importance plowing through work that must be done with an eye to that which must be done first.” A big businessman is an image of a formidable presence with widespread influence….but wait- wait- wait! Bovee assures us that this is meant to be a positive image, and we are advised to approach this lunar cycle with a mind to a “big, cheery outlook; an influence that spreads from a brilliant, radiant core; a warming to a sense of responsibility; glimmers of hope.” If there is a downside, it may show up as “shallow officiousness; hollow platitudes; an impostor.” Indeed.

Patterns in the chart for the New Moon set in Washington D.C. look like this…

 

…and they will unfold this week as follows:

  • MONDAY: Moon sextile Jupiter at 9:35 PM ET — optimism, optimism, optimism
  • TUESDAY: Moon sextile Mars at 8:49 AM ET — easy application of pioneering action. Moon sextile Uranus at 6:59 PM ET — innovation, inclusion; manageable disruption. Moon will be void until 9:02 PM ET, when it enters Pisces.
  • WEDNESDAY: Moon in Pisces all day — with only one aspect — happening at 2:33 AM ET between the Moon and Venus. Go with the intuitive flow. This lack of planetary activity is similar to what was (not) happening during yesterday’s Super Bowl.
  • THURSDAY: Dreams and vision are highlighted at 3:43 AM ET, as Moon meets up with Neptune. If you’re up at 4:44 AM ET, seize the productive structuring offered by the Moon’s sextile with Saturn. Moon squares Jupiter at 11:16 AM ET, suggesting too much of something in the morning hours…but hey! Optimism optimism optimism has been coloring the week, especially noticed around 7:33 PM ET, when Jupiter sextiles the Sun at 7:33 PM ET. This is followed by an effective “walk the talk” alignment of Mars sextile Mercury at 8:25 PM ET. What is the action plan, and will it be announced during the Moon void that began at 5:13 PM ET? Chill during the void — focus on routine — and do not be freaked by a crisis that crops up. Moon gets back into gear on…
  • FRIDAY: …at 9:34 AM ET, when it charges into me-me-me Aries, looking to get something started. Fascinatingly, there are no aspects to the Moon until 9:21 PM ET, when Moon squares Venus. Whose me-me-me initiative will clash with someone else’s social standing? Until then, put yourself on cruise control and hit the road.
  • SATURDAY: More Moon in Aries on cruise control. That’s right — no bumps in the road until around 5 PM ET, when Moon squares Saturn. Use your wits as you may be pleasantly surprised at your creative solution, as Mercury sextiles Uranus at 5:53 PM ET. The potential for innovative thinking is in effect all week.
  • SUNDAY: Now we are getting busy. Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto at 4:50 AM ET; watch for the usual power play in the headlines. Mercury — how we need to think — leaves rocket scientist Aquarius at 5:51 AM ET. It will be in Pisces until April 16th and deserves more attention than I’m prepared to deliver now, so stay tuned. The Aries Moon meets up with Mars and Uranus around 4 and 7 PM ET, respectively. Time to shake, rattle and roll.

Now then. Humming in the background of all of the above, including the energetic imprint of today’s New Moon is this: Mars in Aries meeting up with Uranus at the very very very last degree of Aries, exact on February 13th at 1:19 AM ET. On the 14th, Mars will leave Aries for Taurus (to be discussed in a future forecast) and will trigger 1) the horoscope of The Donald’s inauguration and 2) the horoscope of Nancy Pelosi, both of which were eclipsed by the total lunar eclipse on January 21st. We should see some daring actions and assertions right about then…and in the news in general. In the New Moon chart set in Washington DC, we see that Mars-Uranus meet-up strongly placed in the 10th House, there for all the world to see.

Onward!

And now, the news.

Last Friday’s square between Mars and Pluto suggested something explosive hitting the wires as the clock approached 10:15 PM ET. Cue Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, a pediatric neurologist whose comments on a proposed state bill loosening controls on third-trimester abortions prompted outrage in certain circles earlier in the week.  On Friday around the time of that Mars-Pluto square,  Northam’s yearbook page from his days at medical school in 1984 went viral — prompting outrage and calls for his resignation from all of humanity.

From an astrological perspective, let the record show that back in 2014 and 2015, civil rights once again became an exceptionally hot topic in the U.S. We were well into the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square, which was making an especially anguished aspect with the horoscope of the United States. Here’s an item from October 2015:

Perhaps his firing bodes well for Alabama, where a police officer is facing a second trial on charges of violating the civil rights of an Indian grandfather out for a morning stroll, i.e., Walking While Brown. Inexplicably — yet captured on tape — the grandfather was slammed to the ground and ended up in the hospital. Putting this into an astro-logical perspective, history buffs will recall that civil rights was a hot button issue in the mid-60s, when Uranus and Pluto were conjunct in Virgo. Now that Uranus and Pluto are square to each other, we would expect matters that were hot in the 60s to be hot again now. Sure, seeds were planted in the 60s — but now we are finding out if those seeds will flourish. With respect to the United States, its horoscope is experiencing a potentially anguishing transit of Pluto to the US Saturn. It is time for the US to face its dark side.

What’s going on now in the U.S. horoscope is that transiting SATURN is squaring the U.S. Saturn, which it will do three times this year. Saturn can act as a karma cop, demanding accountability and consequences.

Meanwhile, the State of the Union is on tomorrow night at 9 PM ET in DC. The Aquarius Moon will be void, but right on The Donald’s 29 degree Aquarius Descendant. That’s a helpful aspect for someone making a public speech. Moon enters Pisces at 9:02 PM ET and it will sextile Venus. I expect we will hear beautiful words, perhaps the most beautiful we’ve ever heard involving Pisces themes: compassion, unity, suffering, drugs, refugees plus optimism, optimism optimism.

Of course Stacey Abrams has been asked to deliver the Democratic rebuttal, given that transiting Jupiter exactly conjoined her Sagittarius Sun on January 30th. This suggests strong potential for positive and expansive opportunities all through 2019. If Georgia’s gubernatorial election were held today, I suspect she would win hands down. No birth time for Ms. Abrams, just December 9, 1973 in Madison, WI.

In other news, many people would like ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz  to shut up and go away, instead of run for president as an independent candidate. The anguish he may be feeling by the hostile reception is suggested by transiting Pluto square his Saturn three times in 2019 (July 19, 1953 in Brooklyn, NY).  Clearly the man does not have an astrologer on his team. Hostile reception or not, Mr. Schultz is still likely to be buzzing with innovative and disruptive ideas, backed by force of will and action. Transiting Uranus squares his Mercury (buzz, buzz), followed by transiting Pluto opposing his Mars (force of will/action). Plus, transiting Jupiter has just conjoined his natal Jupiter, so we can appreciate why he’s feeling so expansive. If he persists, he will then be pushing against the squeeze of transiting Saturn opposing his Cancer Sun in 2020. More than one declared candidate has a challenging Saturn-Sun pattern in his/her horoscope in 2019 or 2020. What a contest this will be.

Ah. Before I forget: yesterday’s Mercury-Jupter sextile coupled with Venus at the Aries Point suggested publishing pulling focus. Lots of people are saying their favorite Super Bowl ad was this one narrated by Tom Hanks, presented by the Washington Post. Of course it would be Tom Hanks, because astrology. Here is his horoscope.

Ooh…here’s another fun blast from the past i.e., a post from 2015. Looking at past Uranus-Pluto cycles in the U.S., my sense is that the social safety net can’t help but expand in the aftermath of the 2011-2016 Uranus-Pluto square. It is interesting to see how many candidates are declaring support for some kind of universal health coverage, backed by a tax plan to pay for it.  From that 2015 post:

I’m interested to see what will hit the headlines when Jupiter is at 17-18 degrees of Virgo this November and next March and July. These were the degrees of the game-changing Uranus-Pluto conjunctions of 1965 and 1966. I expect we’ll see expanded progress on the seeds planted at that time, including, but not limited to: awareness of climate change and other ways human behavior is impacting ecological systems; awareness of subatomic particles, e.g. the Higgs boson; health care systems such as Medicare (which was created in the mid-60s). Read your history books and fill in the rest of the possibilities.

Jupiter, as you know, is in that  17-18 Sagittarius range now, squaring 17-18 degrees of Virgo. It will be there again in June, late September and early October.

Optimism, optimism, optimism…as we approach this New Moon in Aquarius. To find out what it holds for your horoscope, here’s how to contact me for a personal consultation.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

 

Friday 2/1/2019 & the Weekend: Dead Moon; Mars Square Pluto in the News; Venus at the Aries Point

TGIF — and happy first day of February!

If you haven’t consulted the Sneak Peek at the Week for this week, which outlined the patterns driving the action today and through the weekend, here it is again:

  • FRIDAY is driven by the achievement-oriented Capricorn Moon. There is one exact planetary pattern and we’ve been feeling it all week. At 10:15 PM ET, Mars in trigger-happy, crusading macho speed demon Aries will  square ruthless Pluto in Capricorn. If you have a planet or angle around 21 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, this provocative energy release will affect you personally. Consult your local astrologer for details.
  • SATURDAY is still driven by the no-nonsense Capricorn Moon, albeit with greater emotional intensity than usual. It meets up with Saturn at 1:57 AM ET for a sobriety check, followed by a power play or emotional catharsis as it meets up with Pluto at 3:13 PM ET.  One hour later, Moon clashes with Mars, facilitating your outburst, for better or for worse. The evening has a more tolerant vibe, as Venus in Sagittarius (pushing boundaries in matters of social expression) harmonizes with rebel Uranus. Here’s to unconventional attractions and best buddies everywhere.
  • SUNDAY may start with a jolt, as Moon squares Uranus at 5:53 AM ET. It enters Aquarius just in time for the Super Bowl. Should be plenty to talk about, as Mercury (mindset/communication) will harmonize with expansive Jupiter. In fact, boundary-pushing social expression, women, money and aesthetics (see SATURDAY forecast) are sure to be prominent. Why? Because Venus will be at the Aries Pointas it leaves Sagittarius and enters Capricorn at 5:30 PM ET. Let the social climbing begin…all through February. Venus in Capricorn has that covered.
  • On MONDAY, the Moon resets for a new lunar cycle in Aquarius at 4:04 PM ET — stay tuned, stay tuned, stay tuned.

Other than that, remember that we are entering the balsamic phase of the lunar cycle, a.k.a. a dead Moon. If you’re feeling listless or restless, this likely reflects the sense that something new is just around the corner, but you’re not quite sure what. Clean up your desk and your January agenda; contemplate your list of intentions for the new cycle beginning Monday. Note the potential for backroom meetings and any other action someone might wish to happen undetected. These are facilitated in times when the Moon offers little to no light.

And now, the news.

Mars in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn suggests macho men, brute force, news from underground, plutonium, guns, sports. Venus in Sagittarius trine Uranus in Aries suggests unconventional women, unconventional attractions, being a friend to all, new heights of social expression involving technology and aviation. Venus at the Aries Point adds the potential for instant fame. Mercury in Aquarius sextile Jupiter in Sagittarius adds effective and innovative communication involving foreigners, education, the media and sports. Humming in the background is Jupiter’s square with Neptune, coloring everything with potential references to the oceans, oil, refugees, drugs, spirits — all the bigger the better.

Like this:

Moral of the story: a day driven by a no-nonsense Moon in Capricorn and the potentially brute force of Mars in Aries squaring Capricorn is not likely to produce warm and fuzzy headlines. These two planets are not marshmallows! Use this goal-oriented focus to get those items off your to-do list this weekend, powerfully and persuasively…before the Big Game.

Speaking of the Big Game, here’s one story that is not as harsh (and fits the patterns): “Duo set to make history as first male cheerleaders to perform at a Super Bowl.” And why not?

Thank you for reading this forecast. To find out what’s going on in your horoscope (and thus why things are happening in your life), here’s how to contact me.