The work week begins with the Moon in enterprising Capricorn, moving forward on its need to make things happen, Mercury retrograde be damned. A rare harmony between the life-giving Sun in Aries and Saturn (ruler of Capricorn) at 8:43 AM ET facilitates leaders/initiatives fixated on righteously opinionated control, for better or for worse. On TUESDAY, the Capricorn Moon makes its weekly clash to Uranus and Pluto, along with expansive Jupiter. Watch for moments of upset, revelation and/or catharsis around 9:58 AM ET and 8:32 PM ET.
WEDNESDAY features the first of four planetary “wobbles,” i.e., planets changing direction and/or signs. On Wednesday at 5:27 PM ET, the Sun leaves Aries for Taurus, slowing down to smell the roses instead of charging madly off of cliffs. On THURSDAY, Pluto turns retrograde at 8:46 AM ET, bringing to light “news from underground” involving power and resources, no doubt. At 1:37 PM ET on Thursday, Mercury backs up into Aries, speeding up the information flow. With Mercury retrograde, avoid jumping to conclusions.
Here are some thoughts on Pluto retrograde:
Retrograde planets suggest a time to look inward for authority in whatever matters ruled by that planet. Pluto is power, control, regeneration, transformation, healing. So stop trying to control the world around you, already. Work on controlling (mastering) your own inner world — and then the world around you will start to reflect your newly-masterful self. Y’know? You’ll feel the potential for a change of perspective more personally if you have a planet or angle two thirds of the way through Aries, Libra, Cancer — and especially Capricorn.
On FRIDAY at 6:32 AM ET, Mars leaves Taurus for Gemini. This is another suggestion of speed — but in action, not information. We see the potential for stubborn blocks to be released. We also see the potential for multitasking to a fault. Mars will be in Gemini until June 4th, when it enters Cancer. Generally speaking, Mars functions more effectively in Gemini than it does in Taurus or Cancer.
Also on FRIDAY: the third and final challenge between Venus in Pisces (women, loving kindness, money, values, art) and Saturn in Sagittarius (control, patriarchy, censorship, opinions, foreigners). The first one was on January 27; the second was on April 8th; the overall theme is, “Man, that’s harsh.” Venus backed up into Pisces on April 2nd, raising awareness of vulnerability and compassion. It was hit by Saturn on April 8th. Venus then turned direct on April 15th, but is still in a close relationship with the heavy potential of Saturn. With Venus direct, whatever aesthetic/relationship choices we made during the retrograde will be up for a third and final look Were those choices true to your authentic self — or were they more like a coyote date? A coyote date is when you sleep with someone for the first time and wake up the next morning thinking that you’d rather chew your arm off than wake them up. Yikes.
Meanwhile, on April 16th, Venus made a harmonious connection with Mars (action, masculine, courage) — finally. I say “finally” because these two planets of yin and yang were dancing ohsoclose in February, looking like they were going to get together — but they didn’t. So now they finally have made a connection — and that’s good, right? I’m not convinced. Why? Because what sensitive and compassionate entity (Venus in Pisces) would want to go along with a macho force like Mars when Mars is sitting at 26 degrees of Taurus, in lockstep with the Fixed Star Algol? Avid Readers of this forecast know that Algol is not a happy camper in the language of astrology. In fact, it suggests one bad ombre/hombre. If you’re going to pick a time to do something, conventional wisdom strongly advises keeping Algol out of it. Pay attention to cooperative deals that have been made over the past few days (I’ll give you a few examples when I get to the news in the next forecast). Because the next stop for Venus is that third challenge from Saturn on Friday the 21st. Harsh….and then a week later (April 28th), Venus leaves Pisces for crusading Aries.
Your Moon voids for the week — natural rest periods when your quest to move forward in a straight line is more likely to be derailed by a flake or a twist — are as follows: Wednesday 5:57 AM ET – 6: 52 AM ET; FRIDAY 2:23 PM ET until 3:43 PM ET. No biggie.
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…and we’re off to the races again…but this week, slooooooow down! As you know, Mercury turn retrograde at 7:15 PM ET on Sunday, backtracking through early Taurus and late Aries. There are plenty of great things you can accomplish during a Mercury retrograde, like REview and REvise your website or your business plan…or REconnect with people you haven’t seen in years. Here’s your strategy for the next few weeks:
Even if you know nothing else about astrology, you may have heard the term “Mercury retrograde” before. Often it’s accompanied by curses and groans, and that’s a shame. Yes, all of the flights on American Airlines might be grounded because of a computer glitch. Or the entire country of Finland might be offline because there’s a transportation strike. Or some trickster might set off all the tornado warning alarms in Dallas — that actually happened yesterday. But there’s much good that can be accomplished when the Messenger Planet appears to be retracing its steps.
Mercury—which in the language of astrology refers to mindset, travel and communication—will appear to move backward through the sky until May 3rd. It’s not really moving backward, but that is how it looks from our perspective here on Spaceship Earth. Mercury goes retrograde 3-4 times each year, for a period of 22 days.
Contrary to popular belief, Mercury retrogrades are no reason to freak out. Mercury retrograde gets a bad rap because we are geared, in this crazy modern age, to always be thinking, doing, moving FORWARD. You know what that gets you? BURN OUT. We need our down times, and Mercury retrograde is a perfect time to give our minds a rest. Why else would your computer, phone and/or car choose THIS time to malfunction? Because you are supposed to be slowing down. And as you slow down, it is vitally important that you FOCUS.
When Mercury is retrograde, be prepared for travel delays, scheduling screw-ups, mechanical breakdowns, computer crashes, having to repeat what you’ve just said, misunderstandings, the past coming back for a second look, surprise reunions and having to repeat what you just said. Use your FOCUS and double check important details, like whether the restaurant you’ve chosen for a meet-up is still in business. Or whether it is booked for a commercial shoot or a private party — all of which has happened to me during Mercury retrogrades.
If you are looking for a job, Mercury retrogrades are a perfect time to reach out to people from your past. Mine your address book and trust that your contacts will be happy to hear from you. However, do not be frustrated if your target is away on vacation or keeps rescheduling meetings. Also, triple check your emails and resumes before you hit “send,” as there is a higher probability of typos and other sloppy snafus.
In your business, you’ll need to make sure all communications have been received and are clearly understood. Be mindful of the higher potential for communications equipment to go on the fritz. MAKE SURE YOUR FILES ARE BACKED UP. Also be aware of a higher than average probability for delays in shipping and travel arrangements. For this you will need an extra dose of patience.
You may also find it profitable to REview a project from the past. Maybe you shelved it then, but now is the time to REconsider. However, be advised that a spontaneously, “out-of-the-blue” idea for advancement may not be so sound when Mercury turns direct. This is why the conventional wisdom advises against finalizing and/or signing contracts on deals during Mercury retrograde. An exception might be supported if you are REnegotiating or RElocating. If you absolutely must close a deal, triple check everything. The key is not to RUSH.
This is a good time to schedule a corporate REtreat. Any activity that affords the opportunity to REview past performance is encouraged. REsearch on a new strategy is also favored.
Mercury retrogrades are not favored for launching a new website or a new communications systems. There is a higher than average probability of technical glitches and confusion. REvisions, however, are A-OK.
In general, adopt a playful attitude of flexibility to whatever twists you encounter. Avoid making major purchases (especially electronic ones). Don’t believe everything you hear or read in the papers. Rumors have a higher probability of spreading during Mercury retrogrades. Avoid losing patience — that’s a big one.
When in doubt, be silent!
Do plan on RElaxing, REviewing, REsearching, REorganizing, REgenerating, REconnecting and REcreating….and REviewing your life with your astrologer.
So do take it easy on Monday, on a day driven by the Moon in people-pleasing Libra. As much as Libra seeks balance, fairness and harmony, the patterns leading up to the Full Moon — exact at 2:08 AM ET on TUESDAY — suggest anything but. A literally jovial contact between Jupiter and the Moon at 6:58 PM ET heightens emotions and builds to a possible power play at 9:54 PM ET, when the Moon is challenged by Pluto.
After the Full Moon face-off against the me-me-me Aries Sun, balance and harmony may be further disrupted by another face-off between the Moon and rebel Uranus at 7:31 AM ET. Yes, it’s that weekly clash among Moon, Pluto and Uranus — augmented through the summer by Jupiter’s expansive influence. Not only that, but this Full Moon also connects with Eris. You may remember that Eris symbolizes those who may stop at nothing to secure a place at the table, having previously been dissed. In mythology Eris is the goddess of discord — perhaps a feminine counterpart to Mars. It’s an apt time to be a warrior woman, with the following caveat to those who would get in a warrior woman’s way: “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
But wait — there’s more. While the Libra Moon is disrupted by Eris, the warrior Aries Sun joins forces with Uranus at 1:29AM ET on FRIDAY. This is the other shoe dropping after the first one fell last week. We have been tracking these quarterly clashes among the Sun and the Uranus-Pluto square since 2012. Here’s a sample from 2016.
Other than Friday’s Sun-Uranus meet-up, there are no other exact aspects among the planets except to the Moon this week. In these apparent “empty spaces,” there is room for much to fall, in the way that a giant chunk of ice breaks off an Arctic shelf and crumbles into the sea, as if no one saw it coming.
And now, the news.
Let the record show that the Full Moon at 21 Libra-Aries will challenge P45’s Venus and Saturn in Cancer. You can’t say that this man doesn’t value family ties. It is fascinating to note that Stephen K. Bannon’s natal Uranus hits P45’s Venus and Saturn. It’s a disruptive influence on P45’s family ties, no? How interesting that during this current Venus retrograde — when social graces fly out the window and you can’t help but tell people how you really feel — a blow-up between P45’s son-in-law (Jared Kushner) and Bannon made headlines. Was their effort to “bury the hatchet” a success? Given what is known about the latter’s horoscope, let’s see what happens in mid-May and mid-June.
Back to P45. We’ve established that this Full Moon hits his unique horoscope. Transiting Mars (the energy of action) will also make contact with planets and angles in his horoscope on April 13th, 16th and 21st. Do you know when Mars is scheduled to hit your Mars and your angles? You really should and I can tell you! When Mars hits these sensitive points we see increased potential for outbursts of energy: anger, assertive, accidents. I had a field day tracking Mars in the horoscopes of headline newsmakers last March.
So P45 is likely to be feeling provocative and provoked this week. Not only that, but he’s likely feeling expansive, thanks to the second hit of his Jupiter return at 17 degrees of Libra. Talk about luck! But there’s a wild card factor to the expansive action potential, given that rebel Uranus is also hot in his chart, especially on April 5th and 20th. Keep that in mind when watching the news.
It’s not just the U.S. seemingly falling apart. South Africa has its own political crisis, with massive demonstrations last week calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down. Thousands are marching against the socialist government in Venezuela. There were “unauthorized” protests in Russia, too — earlier this month. France is facing its own potentially volatile elections on April 23rd and in May. In Alabama, the scandal-plagued governor — Robert Bentley — is finally facing impeachment hearings. Papers were filed a year ago.
In the non-political arena, I see many stories reflecting the women of steel/no mercy potential of the Pattern of the Month: Saturn square Venus. Google stands accused of extreme pay discrimination against women. Conservative pundit Tomi Lahren is suing Glenn Beck for wrongful termination, saying she was fired because of pro-choice remarks she made. I was not familiar with the 20-something Ms. Lahren until I saw a clip of her being interviewed on the Daily Show.
On the other hand, women in British Columbia can no longer be required to wear high heels at the office — and this isn’t the only place in the world where this is a subject of debate. I will bet fifty cents that Fox News requires its women on-air talent to wear heels, and that it is not the only broadcast network with that policy.
In other news…
In a horoscope, when Uranus (lightning in a bottle) makes contact with cosmic sugar daddy Jupiter, sudden windfalls are more likely. When Uranus makes contact with Venus, we see the potential for disruptive revelations in relationships and matters of worth. That is what is going on in Bill O’Reilly’s horoscope, as we are learning about the $13 million in fees paid to five women who accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment over the years — with more accusations made in recent days. The settlement fees were paid by Fox — his employer. Dear Avid Reader, has your employer done as much for you?
I wrote about O’Reilly back in early 2015, as well as Brian Williams — who also raised eyebrows last week (Williams is still gushing over guns). While advertisers are ditching the O’Reilly Factor in droves, O’Reilly’s book on hahahahahahaha family values is an instant bestseller and his ratings are through the roof. Did you know that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month?
Here is Alec Baldwin, portraying O’Reilly and P45 over the weekend on SNL. Mr. Baldwin is also on a roll…as predicted earlier this year.
Friday’s story about the girl in India who was reportedly being raised by monkeys felt so off to me — and not at all in tune with the harshness of planetary patterns — so I did not mention it. Now it turns out that she is not believed to have been raised by monkeys. She is believed to be disabled and was likely abandoned by her family. Right. That is harsh. Fits the patterns.
Add harshness and ambition to the power and resources suggested by Saturday’s Sun-Pluto meet-up, and you might see an in-depth NYT article about how the rise of solar power is killing jobs in the U.S. (because China has taken the lead in developing renewable energy). Meanwhile, solar power broke the 50% threshold in California last week, pushing prices into the negative. Wow!
And last but not least, meet John Goodenough, an inventor who revolutionized battery technology decades ago. Now he’s done it again. His latest patent is for a battery that is so effective it make electric cars ridiculously affordable and efficient, killing off the need for petroleum-fueled cars. Mr. Goodenough is 94 years old. So if you think you’ve done everything possible in life — don’t be ridiculous. You’ve got years ahead of you! And yes, yes, YES…we see the potential for Mr. Goodenough’s scientific genius and empowerment in his horoscope at this time.
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A Virgo Moon drives the action as of 12:20AM ET, seeking to put things in order. There’s an ease of communication in the early morning, courtesy of a helpful alignment between the Moon and Mercury. The only other exact aspect today is the annual face-off between the Sun (leaders, ego) and Jupiter (expansion, for better or for worse). This hits at 5:39 PM ET. Jupiter is currently retrograde in Libra, referring to the courts and diplomacy. Decisions handed down today may be seen in a different light around the first week of August. That’s when Jupiter will be moving forward and will have returned to the place it is at right now. Jupiter will turn direct on June 8th.
Power plays and decisions that may be labeled “harsh” are also potentials today and through the weekend, as Venus (women, money, social graces) is challenged by Saturn in opinionated Sagittarius on Saturday at 4:28 PM ET. This is the second of three Venus-Saturn squares in the series. The first happened on January 27th; the third happens on April 21st, suggesting more of the extraordinary power plays and news from underground noted this week. Also on Saturday: the Sun will be challenged by Pluto at 8:45 PM ET. But hey, don’t worry — you can still shop on Saturday, as there is no Moon void to delude you into thinking your purchase will be useful (when it actually won’t).
A Moon-Saturn challenge at 4:21 AM ET on SUNDAY puts an ambitious or sobering spin on the early morning. Could be much ado about nothing during the ensuing four-hour void. At 8:34 AM ET, Moon enters Libra, seeking balance and harmony in relationship. Mercury turns RETROGRADE at 7:15 PM ET. Wherever 5 degrees of Taurus falls in your horoscope is where you are scheduled for a three week review. Consult your local astrologer for details.
No sleeping in on Monday. The Libra Moon will be waxing to its fullness at 2:08
And now, the news.
Obituaries have an odd way of reflecting current planetary patterns. Saturn square Venus can be harsh. Sun opposing Jupiter can be over-the-top. How curious then, that Don Rickles, the comedian known for his insults, passed away. He was 90 — almost 91. That suggests stamina, as does this week’s Mars-Pluto alignment. Here is his horoscope. With Venus and possibly Moon in Aries, we can see how his social expression could be brash.
Senator Jeff Merkley has stamina, suggested by an intense pattern between Saturn and Pluto in his horoscope. He can be a real work horse, and with transiting Jupiter sitting right on top of his Mercury this week, we can see how he would need to expand his communication. He spoke for 15 hours on the Senate floor, in an effort to filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch. It was one of the ten longest speeches ever made in the Senate. Expansive — and idealistic, too — suggested by Merkley’s Sun-Neptune conjunction.
Senate leaders responded by using the “nuclear option” and living up to the disruptive potential of the horoscope of the 115th Congress. SCOTUS nominees now only need a majority of senators in order to be confirmed. “Energetically pursuing one’s pie in the sky dream’s”, writes Noel Tyl of one of the patterns currently active in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s horoscope. And guess what? Back in February 2016 is when McConnell first dug in his heels on Merrick Garland’s nomination. Transiting Mars (action!) was exactly opposing his pile-up of stubborn Taurus planets, noted in the prior link. Starting tomorrow and through next week, Mars will conjoin that Taurus pile-up, completing a cycle that started in June of 2015. Pay attention for clues for McConnell’s next two-year plan.
Other harsh news: the top story at the Washington Times (one of Antonin Scalia’s two favorite newspapers) is about a woman prosecutor who has been removed from all first-degree murder cases by Florida governor Rick Scott. Why? Because she refuses to seek the death penalty, as we might expect from someone symbolizing the compassionate potential of Venus in Pisces. She was elected to her office, mind you — but an opinionated patriarch (the symbolism of Saturn in Sagittarius) has blocked her. Fun Fact: Rick Scott (Dec 1 1952 in Bloomington IL) actually has Venus square Saturn in his horoscope. His potentially harsh social expression is being supercharged by transiting Pluto right now.
Meanwhile, an American woman who voted for P45 is stunned that her Mexican husband has been deported. He has no criminal record. They have children dependent upon his income, etc. The papers are filled with such stories these days. In Texas, a registered Republican woman (and green card holder) was sentenced to eight years in prison for voting illegally. Harsh indeed. In other news, the crackdown of Saturn (control, borders) in Sagittarius (opinion, media) is evident in this headline: “Government Seeks to Unmask Trump Dissident on Twitter.” The “dissident” in question is allegedly an anonymous government employee in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department. If we did not have an understanding of astrology, we might be stunned by the continuous assaults on the First Amendment we’ve seen this year.
Update: Twitter filed suit; the ACLU got involved and the request for the unmasking was withdrawn. Suit dropped — hopefully case closed.
Now this is a curious thing. I have been trying to post my promised take on Ivanka’s horoscope, along with some observations on the astrological timing of Stephen K. Bannon’s change of status. However, every time I try to save and post those specific paragraphs, the page crashes. Coincidence or conspiracy? Mercury stationary retrograde? I’ll take it as a sign that now is not the time; here’s what the late-night comics are saying.
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Here’s what happened while I was out celebrating a solar return last week:
Mercury entered Taurus on Friday at 1:31 PM ET, suggesting a need for a much slower, deliberate and fixed way of thinking from now until April 13th. Thinking may be even slower than the usual plodding Taurus pace because Mercury is slowing down, about to turn retrograde on April 9th. BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS NOW!!
On Sunday: Venus — still retrograde — backed up into Pisces, facilitating and/or exposing soulful vulnerability and compassion in our social expression after two months of me-me-me-first Venus in Aries. Venus was at the Aries Point, demanding prominence in Venusian concerns: women, aesthetics, money, social expression. Venus will hang at the end of Pisces: 27-30 degrees until April 28th. Then it moves back into Aries
for another thousand years until June 6th. Venus turns direct on April 15th.
Just a reminder that Venus retrograde in Aries affords us the opportunity to consider if and how what we love is truly in alignment with who we are. On the other hand, the social graces that enable us to tolerate people we actually can’t stand are likely AWOL. Will those relationships survive? Would you even want them to? Have those questions been on your mind since March 4th?
On the third hand, let us be mindful that Venus (love, money, women, art, social expression) will be heavily challenged by Saturn all this month, playing the role of a brick wall or a demanding schoolmaster. I’m already seeing plenty of headlines that are alienating, harsh and unforgiving.
Exhibit A: VP Mike Pence will not dine alone with any woman other than his wife. “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Spends His First Weeks Isolated From an Anxious Bureaucracy.” How isolated? Don’t even look him in the eye, reports the Washington Post. Yikes. Here’s a seriously harsh piece about how the Department of Education is taking an unforgiving stance on certain student loans. Exhibit B: the U.S. women’s hockey team — warrior Venus in Aries women — has successfully reached an agreement for better wages and support. The boycott is off! The world championships are on! That’s not harsh; that’s just disciplined — and thus the upside potential of the Venus-Saturn challenge. Meanwhile, we’ll just leave this story about a “penis seat” on the Mexican subway right here. It’s part of a campaign to combat sexual harassment. And on the subject of provocative art, Wall Street’s “Fearless Girl” statue will stand firm against the bull at least until the end of the year. Meanwhile, EMILY’s List reports that over 10,000 women plan to run for office — inspired by the current administration. This is unprecedented. Go girls!
In other news…
No sleeping in on this Monday — or any other day next week. The Moon is in Cancer, shining a light on home/family/emotional security needs. The First Quarter Moon at 2:39 Pm ET may present a push forward or against the New Moon agenda you set on last week’s inspiring New Moon. Note that the hours between 10:31 PM ET and 7:31 AM ET feature the Moon’s weekly clash with rabblerousers Uranus and Pluto, and also expansive Jupiter. Prepare for the unexpected.
On Tuesday, Moon continues its course mostly free and clear. It goes void at 4:45 Pm ET and enters party hearty Leo at 6:13 PM ET. There’s an easy flow all this week between action hero Mars and PTB Pluto, facilitating stamina in your quest for world domination, exact on Wednesday at 11:57 PM ET. I hope your quest is on the side of the angels, as the planets have no opinion on such matters. Energy is energy, however it is deployed.
Starting on Thursday (the 6th), things get interesting for the next several days. Saturn, planet of structure and ambition turns retrograde at 28 degrees of Sagittarius. Here are some observations on last year’s Saturn retrograde. Do you know how many clients I’ve seen in the past two weeks who have planets and points around 28 Sag, Gemini, Virgo and Pisces? A ton! They are feeling pressure in their lives and an astrological conversation has been oh-so-helpful. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.
Looking ahead: Saturn turns direct on August 25th at 21 Sagittarius, right on P45’s opinionated 21 Sag Moon, toxic 20 Sag South Node and opposite his 22 Gemini Sun. Avid Readers of this forecast will recall the plethora of people making news — especially in the political world — who have planets around 21 Sag, Gemini, Pisces and Virgo. Saturn will turn direct four days after the Great American Eclipse on August 21st hits his regal Leo Ascendant and his “gets away with murder” Leo Mars. August and early September should be quite interesting.
This FRIDAY is driven by the Moon in perfection-seeking Virgo. The highlight of the day is an expansive connection between the Aries Sun and Jupiter, exact at 5:39 PM ET. On SATURDAY, the Sun is challenged by Pluto at 8:45 PM ET. This suggests the usual slew of leadership power plays and news from underground pulling focus. Four hours earlier we will have the first of two exact chilly/steely hits between Venus and Saturn (the next one happens on April 21st). On SUNDAY, Mercury turns retrograde until May 3rd. Here’s a recap of Mercury retrograde Important Safety Tips. I still have plenty of Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide Bookmarks — perfect for Passover and Easter. They are $3.88 for one; $5.99 for three — email me your SNAIL MAIL address and I will arrange to have them shipped out today!
There are no Moon voids during business hours in the Americas this week — nothing to mess up your push forward. But since you ask, the voids are: Tuesday 4:45 PM – 6:13 PM ET; Thursday 8:16 PM ET until Friday 12:20AM ET.
And now, more news.
On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times published the first of a four-part series. Part One is called “Our Dishonest President.” The second part — published today — is called “Why Trump Lies.” How P45’s horoscope suggests a potentially surreal relationship with truth has been discussed many times in this forecast. One strong marker is the relationship of P45’s Neptune (fantasy, impressions, drugs, ideals) with Mercury (mindset). Let’s pause for a moment and consider a few other Neptune factors that may serve as coping strategies for the ongoing Alice-in-Russialand rabbit hole the U.S. has fallen into. Factor #1: the Mars/Neptune midpoint falls exactly on the Ascendant of the P45 inauguration chart. Translation: “giving off a magnetic or off-the-norm emanation” — which may have scandal written all over it.
Factor #2: the horoscope of the U.S. is being hit by planetary patterns it experienced in the early 70s, during the Watergate scandal. In August 1974, when President Nixon resigned in disgrace, Neptune was at 7 Sag, opposing the US Uranus and making a hard contact with the U.S. Ascendant. Neptune-Uranus contacts can be weird. Neptune-Ascendant contacts suggest potential identity crises, wipe-outs and vision quests. Neptune was at 7 Pisces in 2016; it is currently at 12 Pisces, in contact with the U.S. Sun and (for those who use the Sibly chart) the U.S. 12 Sag Ascendant. If you are not a student of astrology, you may not know that the U.S. Ascendant is a matter of debate, as astrologers do not have a written record of when the Declaration of Independence (establishing the birth of the nation) was signed. Regardless, we do see that the U.S. Progressed Sun (a progression is another way of understanding what’s going on in the life experience of a horoscope) is at 12 Pisces, right on top of Neptune’s current position. Sun-Neptune patterns are similar to Sun-Ascendant patterns. Cue Grace Slick’s solo voice track for “White Rabbit” now, please.
Meanwhile, back in 1974 Uranus was at 24 Libra, squaring the U.S. 24 Cancer Mercury. Today Uranus is almost at 24 Aries (as you can see from the chart of current planetary patterns on my daily forecast page — it’s in the left-hand column). This suggests disruptive thinking and communication — potentially insightful, genius or simply nuts. It is interesting to note that when Nixon resigned, Saturn was sitting right on top of the U.S. Sun at 13 Cancer. Saturn-Sun contacts suggest a need for streamlining, discipline and potential loss. Saturn will oppose the U.S. Sun when it hits 13 Capricorn in January of 2019. Until then, Saturn will continue to exert demands for a reality check on the U.S. Mars (action) and Neptune (vision) this summer. Saturn will enter Capricorn in January of 2018 and spend that year opposing the U.S. Venus at 3 Cancer (money,women, art, social expression) and Jupiter at 5 Cancer (luck, expansion). Thus we are likely to see a reality check demanded in those areas of the U.S. chart. Perhaps this is when the markets will settle down.
Point is, patterns repeat themselves. We have seen these configurations before. Somehow we survived, which is encouraging. Patterns repeat in the lives of individuals, too. This is why is so helpful to understand how cycles are at play in your own unique horoscope.
In the aftermath of last Thursday’s Jupiter-Pluto square (two down; one more to go), we could expect big news about extreme power and resources, especially since it coincided with Venus (money) prominently at the Aries Point. U.S. newspapers did not disappoint, informing us that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are worth $741 million. Seriously — why would this information be published NOW? The latter has just been named Assistant to the President; the former has been assigned to do Everything Else (as was announced last Monday). Writing about their horoscopes is on my To-Do List — so stay tuned. Until then, here is a take on Jared Kushner from Elizabeth Spiers. She worked for him when he ran the New York Observer. Meanwhile, the NYT offered this staggering analysis of “How Much People in the Trump Administration Are Worth.”
To be continued…
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The work week begins on a dead Moon, which also happens to be void-of-course between 6:19 AM ET and 10:11 AM ET on Monday. There’s your ready excuse for any twist or flake that disrupts efforts to move forward in a straight line. Go with the intuitive flow that a Moon in Pisces must have. Note that the morning hours may be laced with the heaviness that happens when emotional sensitivity is challenged by righteous authority.
The pace picks up noticeably after the void, when the Moon enters me-me-me Aries. A harmony between action hero Mars and visionary Neptune suggests a communication flow in matters of action to preserve a faith-based status quo. That restlessness/listless feeling you may have all through the work day is reflected in the complete darkness of the Moon in the last hours of its cycle.
The New Moon kicks in with impassioned flair at 7 degrees of Aries at 10:57 PM ET. This is the time to light a candle and focus on your list of intentions to develop over the next four weeks. A New Moon in Aries suggests a need to be a courageous, inspiring pioneer and/or warrior, preferably on the side of the angels. At its best, Aries is a champion for the weak and vulnerable. It inspires people to take initiatives and defy the odds…yes, sometimes foolishly, but hey — if Plan A blows up, there’s always a Plan B, a Plan C and D. A true Aries never never never gives up. There is always a tomorrow.
At its worst, well…let’s just say Aries can be utterly self-absorbed and go to disturbing extremes in order to get there FIRST. Wherever, whatever…so long as something gets started. Astrologer Rick Levine — himself an Aries — aptly describes the Aries strategy for success as “Ready? Fire. Aim!”
Set in Washington D.C., this New Moon chart has a Scorpio Ascendant — needing to present a mask of power and control. A multitude of Aries planets in the area of the chart related to creative self-expression and performance suggests a battle cry of “let’s put on a show!” with dogged persistence. A harmony between Mercury (mindset) and Saturn (structure; ambition) exact on Tuesday suggests an easy flow of fiery ideas seeking tangible form. The second of a series of three dynamic aspects between Jupiter (expansion) and Pluto (power and resources) is a significant component of this New Moon chart. Here’s what was written about the Jupiter-Pluto pattern back in December of 2016.
The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “a large hat, with streamers flying, facing East.” Don’t know what these Sabian Symbols are all about? Here’s the story. Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee advises us that this East-facing, streamers-flying hat suggests “a need for a steadying influence of adventurous ideas” — which is fascinating, since that’s what I said in the preceding paragraph about the patterns in the New Moon chart. Bovee also notes the potential for “minds that sense a need for protection while entertaining foreign exploration; that sense the possible implications of core ideas; that look to see where the original idea came from…ideas that fly every which way…a tendency to always be waiting for something to happen…ideas that fulfill the maxim ‘where there’s smoke, there’s fire.'” Hmmm.
During this lunar cycle we will have four planets changing direction. Venus turns direct on April 15th: Saturn turns retrograde on April 5th; Mercury turns retrograde on April 9th; Pluto turns retrograde on April 20th. So we can see the potential for ideas be “flying every which way” as we adjust to this backward/forward motion of four out of ten key celestial bodies.
If you have a planet or angle around 7 degrees of Cancer, Capricorn, Libra and especially Aries, you will be more personally affected by the need to take initiative in a particular area of your life. If you would like to know where this New Moon falls in your horoscope and how you can best apply it, order an Astro-Basics Report or a Your Year Ahead Report and I will include these insights with my compliments. Or book time for an actual one-on-one consultation. We will have an excellent discussion together.
And now, the news.
The attack outside Parliament in London last Wednesday occurred twenty minutes after the Moon’s weekly clash with Uranus, disruptor of the status quo.
I wrote these lines last Thursday, intending to post them for that day and the weekend:
After yesterday’s 13-hour Moon void, we are back in gear with the Moon now fully focused in Aquarius. Arise, go forth and network. Note that the morning hours are more favorable for working things out, given harmonious aspects to the Moon. As we get closer to 5:20 PM ET, we may feel the stubborn tension of a willful and charged clash between Mars and Moon. Is that when Congress is planning to vote on its revised effort to take away health insurance from millions of Americans, while leaving their own taxpayer-funded, gold-plated plans intact? I’m not convinced they will be able to arrive at a consensus today….
And in fact, the House ended up scuttling its seven-years-in-the-making replacement of the Affordable Care Act because no consensus was reached. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s need for people-pleasing has been pushed into maximum overdrive, which is exactly what we expected to happen for him at this time — and through April. Over the weekend, the Tweeter-in-Chief advised his followers to watch a TV show in which the host — Jeanine Pirro — called for the Speaker to pack up and go. Looking ahead to August and November, we see patterns in the Speaker’s horoscope which often reflect professional success, empowerment and expansion. I do not see him crying in his champagne on New Year’s Eve, regardless of where he is working.
The last few days have been colored by the dirt-digging, mince-no-words potential of another clash between Mercury (how we need to think and communicate) and Pluto (powerfully). That was exact at 8:42PM ET on Thursday. The dirt-digging was amplified by another hard pattern to Mercury from Jupiter (expansion) twelve hours later, at 8:46 AM ET on Friday. Jupiter suggests legal and media matters. A meet-up between Mercury and Uranus on Sunday suggested startling communication. What did we learn?
One hour after the Mercury-Pluto clash, the left blogosphere was abuzz over a Tweetstorm posted by journalist Seth Abramson, purporting to “lay out details of the Trump-Russia connection.” Seriously? One hour after Pluto squares Mercury? Drop my jaw on the floor. Astrology is amazing.
We learned that Congress has moved to blow the doors off “landmark internet privacy protections for consumers,” allowing your telecommunications providers to track and share your personal browsing habits, etc., without your permission. This would reverse protections enacted under the former Administration. Also reversed: the halt of the Keystone XL pipeline…and coming up this week: the reversal of former President Obama’s initiative to curb global warming by using clean power. Would you like to fax your elected representatives with your thoughts on these matters? Thank the persuasive, tech-savvy and expansive aspects to Mercury for bringing Resistbot to a homepage near you.
We also learned that SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch may be one of the meanest judges to ever sit on a bench, making him the perfect pick for an administration that was time-stamped with Saturn in Sagittarius (harsh opinions) squaring Venus in Pisces (compassion; victims). If you did not read about Mr. Gorsuch and the Case of the Frozen Trucker, here it is. I see planetary patterns in his horoscope — as outlined in last Monday’s forecast — all over the logic of his ruling. Do you? Be advised that Saturn will be squaring Venus for all of April. Will write more about that in a future forecast
Meanwhile, US magazine reports that P45 and his wife have separate bedrooms. Not surprising on the part of P45, given planetary patterns noted last year suggesting unconventional social expression or a break in relationships for him at this time. Specifically we see a pattern involving Venus (love/women), Saturn (structure) and Uranus (disruption) suggesting (from one of my professional textbooks) “tension in relationships; jealousies; split-off affairs;boredom with the past; arguments; possible separation.” For his wife we see a pattern involving Venus, Saturn and Mars suggesting “a wedge driven into relationship harmony; wanting more than there is; feeling competition; disputes; possible separation.”Makes sense that this article would be published now.
I wish we had a birth date for reality TV producer Jonathan Koch. A lengthy story about his near-death experience and as one of the few patients to undergo a successful hand transplant is a riveting read. I link it here in honor of today’s cooperative sextile between Mars (courage) in resilient Taurus and Neptune (spirit; faith; infection; healing) in Pisces (ditto). It was published in Los Angeles magazine on last week’s vernal equinox — the beginning of the astrological new year.
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P.S. Almost forgot this week’s other voids: Wednesday 8:07 AM – 11:48 AM ET; Thursday 7:12PM ET – FRIDAY 12:40 PM ET.
Happy Vernal Equinox — the first day of spring! At 6:29 AM ET, the Sun enters Aries, marking the beginning of a new astrological year. Courage, self-reliance, inspiration and a pioneering spirit are keywords for the Sun in Aries, sign of the ram — and the lamb. In the Northern hemisphere (the birthplace of Western astrology), it is a time of renewal and rebirth — a chance to let go of old patterns and make a fresh start.
More on the equinox, but first let’s talk about the rest of this day, which is partly driven by the Moon in Sagittarius. Its need for righteous opinion is squeezed, muzzled and otherwise controlled by a meet-up with Saturn at 6:37 AM ET. And guess what? This is the closest pattern in the chart for the equinox — and thus an important clue to what we are likely to be dealing with for the next 365 days.
Moon goes void immediately after that heavy Saturn meet-up and won’t be fully engaged until 11:31 AM ET, when it enters proactive, status-seeking Capricorn. Half an hour later, the second closest pattern in the equinox chart kicks in — the Third Quarter Moon, a.k.a. tension between the needs of the Capricorn Moon to toe the Establishment line vs. the me-me-me energy of the Aries Sun. With both the Sun and the Moon at zero degrees of their respective signs, this tension will command attention big time. Take care of routine concerns during the morning void. Remember that crises which crop up are often much ado about nothing. Get ready to advance your agenda after 12 PM ET.
OK, the vernal equinox. Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season from an astrological point of view. The first day of each season (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) corresponds with the first day (or first DEGREE) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively. Got that? Good. These four signs are called CARDINAL signs of the zodiac, with “cardinal” here suggesting (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.” Cardinal signs take ACTION. They INITIATE. Nothing happens without ACTION. And action leads to NECESSARY CHANGE. As in a change of seasons — suggested by solstices and equinoxes. Clear?
The first day of a season is prominent in our culture, right? We make a big deal over it — yes? So can you see that in astrology, we observe that PLANETS that are at the first degree of a cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn), tend to pack a more powerful, prominent punch. They suggest ACTION which leads to CHANGE — prominently! The first degree of the cardinal signs is known as the ARIES POINT. Got that?
If you have a planet or angle at the Aries Point, you can expect that the energy of that planet will demand prominent expression in your life. Your friends and family — and perhaps the entire free world — will notice it. William Shatner was born with the Sun at 0 Aries. “To boldly go where no man has gone before”? I should think so — and the whole world knows him for playing that role.
Other notable patterns this week won’t be exact until late Thursday and through the weekend. First, Mercury — which refers to ideas, thinking, communication, travel and commerce — makes a persuasive, penetrating and corruption-exposing challenge to Pluto at 8:42 PM ET on THURSDAY. Expansive thinking is suggested when Mercury opposes Jupiter on FRIDAY at 8:46 AM ET. On SATURDAY, the Sun and Venus meet up in Aries –showering anyone with a planet around 6 degrees of Aries with a little bit of love. On SUNDAY, upsets and revelations involving aviation, technology and gender equality issues are likely, as Mercury meets up with rebel Uranus at 11:05 AM ET.
What’s significant about the patterns noted in the above paragraph is that they also apply to the chart for the Vernal Equinox. A year of revelation upon revelation upon revelation….?
The only Moon void of note — other than Monday’s — is on WEDNESDAY from 9:20 AM ET until 10:28 PM ET.
And now, the news.
Remember how last week’s planetary patterns among Saturn, Mercury and the Sun suggested heaviness and despair? I had to laugh when I saw this op-ed in the New York Daily News: “Stop the News, I Want to Get Off: This Week Was One of the Most Depressing in Memory.” Indeed . I was on the Daily News site because its legendary journalist Jimmy Breslin passed away over the weekend. So did Chuck Berry.
FBI Director James Comey will be testifying before Congress in hearings starting at 10 AM today, during the Moon void. This story is not going away anytime soon.
Confirmation hearings for SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch are also scheduled to begin today. We don’t have a birth time for Mr. Gorsuch (Aug 29 1967 in Denver), but my first thought looking at a chart cast at noon was that his mother must have been a piece of work: intense, erratic, fiercely independent. And guess what? She was.
“A teenage Gorsuch learned from his mother’s stormy tenure at the EPA,” writes the Seattle Times. Perhaps you are old enough to remember Ronald Reagan appointing Anne Gorsuch to run the EPA:
She cut the EPA budget by 22 percent, slashed EPA enforcement actions against polluters and slowed down payments for Superfund cleanups.
She resigned after less than two years on the job after being cited for contempt of Congress. With four planets in stubborn Taurus in her horoscope, we can appreciate why she refused to turn over certain subpoenaed documents, fueled by the potentially visionary or delusional idealism suggested by two separate patterns (born April 21 1942). Her son Neil has similar patterns, which is typical seen when comparing the horoscopes of parents and their children. Isn’t that interesting? Planetary patterns run in families, just like genetics.
Doesn’t that make you wonder what planetary patterns you share with your children and/or parents? If you want to improve a relationship, get to know the other party’s horoscope. Here’s the 411 on consultations.
In the case of Anne Gorsuch, her horoscope has a Mars-Neptune square; his has a Mars-Neptune conjunction. Hers has a Sun-Mercury conjunction; his has Sun-Mercury and Venus conjunct. His Venus happens to be retrograde in Virgo, suggesting unique challenges in relationship. A need for discernment may have a double agenda. Hmmm.
Mr. Gorsuch is a Virgo, driven by the Moon in Gemini. He needs to be the smartest kid in the room, with the autocratic and controlling flair suggested by an unaspected Saturn in me-me-me Aries. His Saturn/Pluto midpoint is at the Aries Point, suggesting that he is likely to be known for matters involving anguished effort and/or suffering. His mother has the same midpoint picture! His Mars-Neptune meet-up is in Scorpio, and it is in a tense connection with Jupiter (expansion) in regal Leo. This pattern can be quite tenacious in matters of faith (and life and death).
With that in mind, it’s fascinating to note that Mr. Gorsuch wrote a book called The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia. He’s against both, arguing “that states should sometimes place ‘paternalistic constraints on the choices of its citizens.'” (i.e., the citizens’ autonomy). That sounds like an unaspected Saturn in Aries talking. Random thought: has anyone ever written about the need for “maternalistic constraints” on the choices of its citizens? What would that look like? Mandatory hot lunches for schoolchildren?
We do not have a birth time for Mr. Gorsuch and are limited as to what we can project for him in the near future. What can be seen suggests a tough fight over the next 6-8 weeks. It is fascinating to note that in his mother’s horoscope, her Mars-Neptune square is at 27 Gemini-27 Virgo, now exactly hit by transiting Saturn at 27-28 Sagittarius. This definitely suggests potential for a frustrating battle and reality check. As I wrote in a recent article for Mountain Astrologer, “The Horoscope Lives Forever,” doncha’ know…
Meanwhile, the Great Barrier Reef is still dying…a casualty of climate change.
In other news, Saturn (structure) in Sagittarius (big picture beliefs; travel; education) will be pulling focus over the next several weeks, as it is quite close to the end of that sign. Schools in Boston are reflecting this reality check by replacing the “distorted” maps that have been in use for the past 500 years. Here is what the world really looks like:
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Yesterday and today and are driven by the Moon in Scorpio, seeking depth and substance for the sake of power and control. Moon goes void at 5:56 PM ET — there’s your cue to head to the nearest Irish pub for a pint of green beer.
We are at the end of the astrological year, in the last days of Pisces. The new year — a.k.a. the vernal equinox a.k.a. the Aries Ingress — begins on Monday at 6:29 AM ET. That’s when the Sun enters Aries (for those who are not familiar with the word “ingress”).
These last days are likely to be marked by heavy cuts, controls, structure and ambition — for better or worse — suggested by the building tension between the Sun and authoritative Saturn, exact on Friday at 5:47 PM ET. Note that I wrote this paragraph on Wednesday evening — and consider what’s hit the wires since then. Pay close attention to whatever news makes headlines at the end of the day Friday. If you have planets around 27-28 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and especially Sagittarius, you are likely to feel the weight now and through May, and again in September and October. If you are a psychologist, my money says your client sessions have been noticeably heavier this week.
A sigh of relief is scheduled for 11 PM ET, when the Moon enters high-flying Sagittarius, seeking a gambol or a gamble along with a need to express its righteous opinion. Patterns to the Moon are accommodating on Saturday and Sunday, and there is no void to derail your shopping adventures.
Monday marks the start of the astrological new year — delayed ever so slightly by a Moon void between 6:37 and 11:31 AM ET. This will be your excuse for sleeping in — or any other twist that interferes with your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Then it’s full speed ahead.
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And now, the news.
P45’s “…Budget Seeks Sharp Cuts…” was yesterday’s big story. A quick glance back at the horoscope for P45’s inauguration reminds us that this proposed budget reflects the cold and cruel controls against all that is dignified, vulnerable and compassionate (Saturn squaring Venus in Pisces in the inaugural chart), especially in Venus-ruled concerns including arts, women, social values and yes, even food. USA Today published a list of 62 programs the budget would eliminate. Pundits are howling over the proposed cuts to Meals on Wheels, which provides hot meals to hungry senior citizens. Where is the compassion? It is being oppressed by Saturn in the inaugural chart.
Meanwhile, at the Washington Times (one of Justice Antonin Scalia’s two favorite newspapers), the top story is an authoritative warning to federal judges who have (once again) blocked P45’s efforts to impose a Saturn-in-Sagittarius travel ban. Further down on the homepage, you’ll see the proposed “hard-power,” military-boosting budget presented as a fulfilled campaign promise to eliminate “unauthorized” programs. Which side of Saturn (discipline, streamlining, hard, patriarchal authority, ambition, control) do you see in this budget? Where do you get your news? Hopefully from multiple sources.
A Saturn-Sun square is not known for being warm and fuzzy. Add in today’s Moon in Scorpio and retrograde Venus in Aries, and you might end up with an awkward photo op at the White House, as P45 appeared to ignore Angela Merkel’s effort to put on a socially gracious face for the people back home. GQ has a play-by-play.
Now called the Leader of the Free World by many, we can see how she might gain that moniker. Like Meryl Streep and Elizabeth Warren, Angela Merkel has Sun in a tight meet-up with Uranus, a sure suggestion of electrifying individualism. Right now transiting Uranus is challenging that pattern in Chancellor Merkel’s horoscope, suggesting break-out opportunities. However, this need for independence is countered by another pattern between her natal Mars and transiting Saturn, suggesting stern controls and potential frustration on her need for action. She will have another exact hit of this potential brick wall in the last half of May. Still, if a 6PM birth time is accurate, transits to her Midheaven (career/reputation) suggest overall expansion and support to the upside — at least until early fall.
Random aside: I’m marking mid-May in my calendar as a date to watch, given certain disruptive and provocative hits to the area ruling public status in the inaugural chart of the current administration.
Here is my favorite Saturn square Sun story of the week. Who remembers an item from 2013, in which Maine’s famous “North Pond Hermit” was arrested for theft after living in the woods for almost 27 years (a full cycle of Saturn!) without any human contact? Really nothing says “hermit” more than Saturn, which wrote the book on isolation. This week the hermit — Christopher Knight — is the subject of a book which is now making headlines.
So this week we have Saturn square Sun, right? Well what do you suppose Christopher Knight has in his horoscope (birth date 12/7/1965)? Saturn square Sun and Mercury, the same patterns we saw in the Full Moon on the 13th, one of which is exact today! His Sun and Mercury are in Sagittarius, sign of rustic adventures. Mr. Knight’s isolated/disciplined/hardened lifestyle choice is supported by Mars in practical Capricorn, suggesting an ability to execute practical action effectively. His Mars is currently being supercharged by transiting Pluto.
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How heavy was your Sunday, in the wake of its perfection-seeking Virgo Full Moon? Whatever illumination and/release you experienced may have been colored by a tough aspect between Mercury (the way we need to think) and Saturn (tough love), exact yesterday morning. Saturn weighed in again last night when it challenged the Moon at 8:25 PM ET. Who rained on your parade? Demanded you get real?
The Full Moon occurred at 10:54 AM ET at 22 degrees of Virgo, opposing the Pisces Sun. Compared to the expansive (to infinity and beyond!) potential of the New Moon on February 26th, this Full Moon is about contraction and boundaries, suggested by Saturn (the ambitious patriarch), in a challenging pattern to the Sun and Moon. The Sun-Saturn challenge will be exact on March 17th, around the time P45 will allegedly present a budget proposal to Congress. Expect cuts, cuts and more cuts, wrapped in fiery me-me-me idealism. I actually wrote that paragraph last Thursday. Here’s what just hit the headlines at the Washington Post as I am now typing on Sunday night: “Trump Budget to Seek Historic Contraction of Federal Workforce.” Didn’t I just type “contraction?” Astrology is amazing.
This Full Moon affects all the newsmakers who have key planets around 22 degrees of Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces. I expect we’ll see advancement on stories that made news in the days after September 16th and December 13th of last year. In the horoscope of the United States, this Full Moon falls exactly on Neptune, no doubt offering illumination and opportunities to release our collective American Dream, discussed years ago here. This Full Moon also squares the U.S. Mars at 20 Gemini. Mars refers to the military, among other things.
I’m writing this before 10PM ET on Sunday, wondering what kind of brain fart or ill-fated communication may hit the headlines oh-so-soon. In half an hour the Virgo Moon faces off against Mercury at the end of impressionable Pisces, along with the Fixed Star Scheat. This star is associated with shipwrecks, and it will be together with Mercury until Tuesday.
Any planet close to the end of Pisces is susceptible to a bit of despair, because the end of Pisces is the end of the zodiac, thank you very much goodbye. But take heart, dear Reader, because at 5:08 PM ET on MONDAY, Mercury (how we think/communication) is born anew as it charges into Aries — with prominence! Who wants to reinvent the wheel without considering where the cart might be headed?
Which brings us to where I usually begin this Sneak Peek at the Week forecast, which is to tell you that MONDAY is driven by the Moon in people-pleasing, conflict averse Libra, seeking to find a balance as it swings from side to side. TUESDAY the balance is likely to be upset by the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto, Jupiter and Uranus around 2 PM, 6PM and 9PM respectively. Do your sweet-talking in the early part of the day.
Moon will be void between 6:05 AM and 11:11 AM ET on WEDNESDAY before plunging into the murky depths of control-seeking Scorpio. A desire for depth and substance cruises without interference until 7:38 PM ET, when Moon makes a stubborn clash with Mars. Would you like to have “But I had the right-of-way” inscribed on your tombstone? Let cooler heads prevail.
There is only one exact aspect on THURSDAY, and this is a harmony between foggy Neptune and the Scorpio Moon at 11:25 AM ET. Right about then would be the time to announce the hard, cold cuts or other serious advance, as the Moon-Neptune thing softens the edges. St. Patrick’s Day is really no time for a parade, with the Scorpio Moon still in force, along with the authoritative constraints suggested by a challenge between the Sun and Saturn at 5:47 PM ET. Drown your sorrows at the bar in the hours after 5:56 PM ET, when the Moon will be void until 11 PM ET. Hang in there through SATURDAY and SUNDAY, when the Moon will be in randy Sagittarius, pushing the boundaries of opinion and possibly good taste.
And now, the news.
We’ve gotten through a full week of Venus retrograde in Aries. Are you minding your manners? When Venus is retrograde, conventional wisdom argues that satisfaction may be hard to find, especially if it is something being sold. In Washington — true to the potential of the February 26 New Moon — a group of elected representatives locked themselves in a basement with a box of Crayolas and emerged on Monday with their seven-years-in-the-making replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Fun fact: Did you know that 30% of the population thought ACA and Obamacare were two separate health care initiatives? They loved the ACA. They hated Obamacare. Of course people were confused all last year and back into the fall of 2015, given the surreal patterns and cycles.
Anyhoo, with Venus now being retrograde, it’s no surprise so many are not happy with the American Health Care Act, including plenty of conservative pundits and of course, the NYT’s Gail Collins. If you like moving pictures with your news, HBO’s John Oliver explains the AHCA (pronounced as if you are trying to hurl a blob of phlegm out of congested lungs) for you. However, planetary patterns being what they were last week — with action hero Mars first racing through Aries and now bulldozing through Taurus, the bill has already been approved by two House committees. Still, I’m not convinced the Senate will swallow this pill.
UPDATE: House Speaker Paul Ryan is leading the charge on the AHCA, and boy is he buzzed (buzz also noted by John Oliver in clip above). His Powerpoint presentation provided endless inspiration for Twitter memes, and his apparent ignorance of how insurance actually works is stunning (must-read article here). Last time we looked at Ryan’s horoscope was in October:
….his people-pleasing, social graces-focused Libra Moon has been under intense pressure from transiting Uranus since late spring. He announced he would no longer defend his party’s nominee for president. People pleaser that he is, he has not withdrawn his formal endorsement. Keep an eye on the Speaker, especially in April/May, when Uranus will complete the cycle involving Ryan’s Moon. The Speaker has been discussed many times in this forecast, going back to 2012: here (this is an in-depth analysis) here here and here
With April fast approaching, we can expect much more from Speaker Ryan. From an astrological perspective, his Neptune exactly on the Ascendant suggests that what he presents — visionary and sugar-coated as it may be — is likely not what it seems. Rudy Giuliani has Neptune on the Ascendant. So does Bill Clinton (along with Mars).
UPDATE: Bernie Sanders. He’s been getting a lot of press lately — more than usual — have you noticed? If you’ve been reading this forecast, you are not surprised, given the observations made here last fall — and also in 2015. Here he is today — front and center in the Guardian, leading the charge against P45. “Despair is not an option,” he says, and of course he would, with zero planets in Pisces and three planets in “achieve the impossible” Aries. I predict he will become even more supercharged between now and 2020, as persuasive Pluto moves in on Sanders’ Moon, Mars and Venus.
Meanwhile, U.S. Attorney General Preet Bharara was fired over the weekend, after he refused to tender the resignation demanded from him and 45 other attorneys general. Preet Bharara’s horoscope has rebel Uranus running wild, suggesting a need to make statements like this:
“One hallmark of justice is absolute independence, and that was my touchstone every day that I served”
Right now, the disruption in his career is reflected by transiting Uranus shaking up his natal opposition between Saturn (structure; ambition) and his Libra Sun-Mercury. He is going to be fine, despite the tough patch suggested by transiting Saturn (contraction) squaring his powerfully resourceful Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in Virgo. Planetary patterns suggest he’ll be making waves with an electrifying and persuasive power through 2018.
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In the wake of last week’s patterns between Pluto, Mercury and the Sun, serious news from underground hit the fan, as anticipated. Wikileaks dumped a truckload of info on how the CIA could spy on your Smart TV, etc.; the NYT, WaPo and Rachel Maddow continue to dig up dirt on P45 & company’s Russian connections. This story was especially intriguing: the construction of a luxury hotel in Azerbaijan that has never opened. So why was it built? Meanwhile in Egypt, the colossal statue immortalized in Percy Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias” (remember it from your AP English class?) may have been found.
We interrupt this newsfeed for a joke, brought to you by Venus (women; values) retrograde (not inclined to make nice) in Aries (warrior women):
Q: How many feminists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: That’s not funny.
Also not funny: an estimated 30,000 military men — mostly Marines — who, having been busted for sharing nude photos of their Marine colleagues with XX chromosomes, continue to ogle, objectify and disrespect said colleagues in secret groups elsewhere on Facebook. Elsewhere, a five-year-old girl has strong words for retailers who aren’t making the kind of clothing she wants to wear. A Congressman wonders out loud why men should have to contribute to the health care costs of pregnant women (and the venerable NYT actually calls him a jackass — go Venus Rx, go!). On International Women’s Day, Paul Ryan (him again) proudly announced that the AccccHCA proposal would defund Planned Parenthood.
On a happier International Women’s Day note, there’s a new statue on Wall Street, an appropriately-named “Fearless Girl” (Venus in Aries is nothing if not fearless) defiantly staring down the iconic bull. How inspiring (Venus in Aries is nothing if not inspiring). Sad to say, it took less than two days for some jackass (the NYT has deemed “jackass” appropriate language for a mainstream publication) to defile the statue of a little girl by grinding his body against it — captured on film. Social graces out the window, when Venus is retrograde. Wonder why Americans are having less sex?
Ending on a light note, as we always do. Last Friday the Leo Moon was void between 12 and 5 PM ET. The Leo Moon craves the spotlight. Leo naturally rules the area of the horoscope referring to children, creativity and play. A Moon void suggests an unexpected twist that may run away with the whole day! If you haven’t seen this clip of the BBC’s Serious Interview About South Korea disrupted by the Serious Interviewee’s playful children (one wearing sunny Leo gold!), you simply must. And if we could make a rule that henceforth and forever more, all TV interviews will be crashed by children…well, whaddaya think?
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The work week began with the Moon in Cancer, suggesting a need to focus on home and family concerns involving emotional security. The only exact aspect on Monday was a meet-up between the Sun and a seriously hungover Mercury in Pisces, struggling to recover from its binge with delusional Neptune early Saturday morning. The meet-up with the Sun suggests idealistic thinking — with reason tossed in the nearest dustbin.
On TUESDAY the sensitive Cancer Moon is well-supported in the morning and early afternoon, so that’s the time to connect with your fellow humans. Tensions rise after lunch ET, and we may experience power plays and upsets in a big way between 4:28 PM ET and 10:33 PM ET, when the Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto, Jupiter and rebel Uranus. An extra dose of dirt made be dug up as well, given that Mercury will be in harmony with investigative Pluto at 12:23 AM ET on WEDNESDAY. Give us what you’ve got, WaPo and NYT.
Moon will be void on Wednesday between 9:59 AM and 11:45 AM ET. This reflects whatever twist or flake you may experience, which may come with a provocative outburst at no extra charge, given that the Moon void begins on a challenge from Mars. The rest of the day (after 11:45 AM ET) will be driven by the Moon in love-love-me-do Leo, looking for ways to shine and — if we all play nice — to help others shine, too. An easy connection between the Sun and Pluto in the wee hours (3:29 AM ET) on THURSDAY may be a blessing for regal types and other Powers That Be. This aspect facilitates corporate deals in the energy sector, FYI.
Big news on Thursday 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 April 21st.
After a productive morning on FRIDAY, the Leo Moon goes void on FRIDAY at 12:05 PM ET, suggesting an opportunity to skip out early for the weekend. Guess who left town last Friday for some down time in Florida, five minutes after the Taurus Moon went void at 10:20 AM ET. Coincidence or conspiracy?
Moon enters Virgo at 5:07 PM ET on Friday, in search of the perfect Manhattan. A need for sorting, organizing and making things right drives the whole weekend, which includes a Full Moon on SUNDAY at 10:54 AM ET. This is a significant Full Moon as it impacts all the newsmakers who have key planets around 22 degrees of Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces. More on that later this week.
Meanwhile, you all know Venus is now retrograde, right? I want to talk about a few news items in this post, so please refer to this post from 2015 for general coping strategies on Venus. This Venus Rx began at 13 degrees of Aries, so if you have a planet or angle around that degree, you’re special. Look at your horoscope and see where 27 degrees of Pisces through 13 degrees of Aries falls. This is the area of your life where you may have an opportunity to REview what/whom and how you love. Do they inspire you? Do they reflect who you are when you are being true to your adorable self? Why or why not? Venus turns direct on April 15th.
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And now, some news.
Here’s what I posted for last Tuesday:
At 11:52 PM ET we’ll sense a palpable shift as the Moon charges into me-me-me Aries, a sign known for speed. On TUESDAY there are no aspects aiding and abetting the Aries Moon’s quest to be thought of FIRST; to lead; to inspire; to achieve the impossible; and to fall down stairs because it’s faster than walking. Oh — wait there is one aspect at 9:55 PM ET, when the Moon meets up with Venus (women, money, art, social expression), setting the perfect scene for consummate flirts.
Does anyone remember what happened last Tuesday night in Washington? P45 gave a speech to Congress, with assistance from a teleprompter. It was declared a rousing success, with more input from the rose-colored glasses provided by the Sun’s annual meet-up with pixie-dusted Neptune. Then all hell broke loose on Wednesday (as predicted) and Attorney General Jeff Sessions was all anyone could talk about because he appears to have lied to Congress about having had conversations with the Russian ambassador. Wow! You’re probably wondering if Neptune is in contact with many planets in Mr. Sessions’ horoscope (no birth time available). It is.
Neptune is also in contact with a key planet in P45’s horoscope, too. And this key planet would be Mercury, whose condition suggests how he needs to think. Inspiring, visionary and intuitive? Potentially. And also potentially indulgent when it comes to alternative facts. Was it intuition, I wonder, that prompted him to send out a false, yet sensational tweet at 6:35AM ET that totally pulled focus away from Attorney General Sessions’ fine kettle of fish for the rest of the weekend? Look at the chart for the tweet:
Neptune and Mercury in Pisces rising, exact on a Pisces Ascendant. Total fog. Moon running wild in blah blah blah Gemini, in the 3rd House of more blah blah blah, obsessively seeking public status. What planet is ruling the 3rd House of communication and mindset? Venus in me-me-me Aries, at a dead stop and not at all inclined to mind its manners. So if you wanted to pick a moment in advance to send out a total fabrication that would attract a ton of attention, this would be an apt time to do it. Fun Fact: the Moon at 0 Gemini is conjunct former President Obama’s Moon at 3 Gemini. Astrology is amazing.
As it turns out, the writers at SNL kept their focus on actual news. Kate McKinnon gave an encore performance as Jeff Sessions in the show’s cold open. Ms. McKinnon is a Capricorn whose Sun has been supercharged by Uranus and Pluto over the past two years. Breakout star? Personal empowerment? Ooh — and get this: in her horoscope, she has Mercury with Neptune — at the Aries Point! What a useful pattern to have for an actress who is winning accolades pretending to be other famous people. There’s a place for illusion, doncha’ know….
Speaking of President Obama, events in his life are currently reflecting the powerful reward potential suggested by a pattern influencing career, honors, publishing and popularity. He’ll be receiving the 2017 John F. Kennedy Presidential Medal of Courage; just scored a $60 million book deal; enjoyed a month-long vacation and founded a new venture. I expect he’ll be cooking with gas in the middle of 2018 and on. Fun Fact: P45 had this powerful reward pattern (among others) all last year. What’s going on in your horoscope?
I have a laundry list of other news items that have nothing to do with politics, but still are in astonishing synchronicity with planetary patterns. I hope to share them soon.
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And….we’re off to the races again!
The day is driven by the Moon in Pisces, feeling its way forward on its quest to connect with ideals and impressions….real and imagined. Moon goes void at 6:08 PM ET on a sobering challenge from Saturn. Blocked by an authority? Funds cut? Ambition advanced? Structures formed? These are possibilities…likely to be seen in the areas of the press, sports, education, courts, foreigners (if you’re following the news). Chill during the void and stick to routine concerns.
At 11:52 PM ET we’ll sense a palpable shift as the Moon charges into me-me-me Aries, a sign known for speed. On TUESDAY there are no aspects aiding and abetting the Aries Moon’s quest to be thought of FIRST; to lead; to inspire; to achieve the impossible; and to fall down stairs because it’s faster than walking. Oh — wait there is one aspect at 9:55 PM ET, when the Moon meets up with Venus (women, money, art, social expression), setting the perfect scene for consummate flirts.
On WEDNESDAY, March roars in like a lion, with the Aries Moon supercharged by not only its weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus, but macho Mars and expansive Jupiter, too. The action may be glossed over with a cloud of pixie-dust or rose-colored fog, suggested by the Sun’s annual meet-up with Neptune.
On THURSDAY, boundaries may be pushed to infinity and beyond, as Jupiter makes its second face-off with technogeek rebel Uranus at 8:19 PM ET. On SATURDAY (but being felt all week), Mercury (mindset, communication, travel), already addled by contact with the destructive South Node and its placement in Pisces, meets up with Neptune at 6:10 AM ET. Great for dreamers, artists and escapists. Perhaps not so great for operators of heavy machinery.
Also on Saturday: Venus turns retrograde, which we will see reflected in our values, finances and relationships. It’s a great time for a REview in those areas. Don’t be surprised if the past comes back to haunt you. Venus will be retrograde until April 15th.
Moon voids for the week — in addition to tonight: Wednesday from 9:18 PM ET until 2:43 AM ET THURSDAY; Friday from 10:20 AM ET until 5:05 AM ET on SATURDAY. If you are new to this forecast and are unfamiliar with the term “Moon void,” here is an old post with tips for handling these cosmic down times.
This week is ripe for action. Review my post about yesterday’s New Moon in Pisces for details about the patterns at play above, reflected in events here on Earth. For further details about how these patterns are likely to play out in your own personal world, here’s the 411 on consultations.
And now, the news.
Let’s talk about the Oscars, shall we? The nominees for Best Picture were a perfect reflection of last night’s planetary patterns. Mars-Uranus in Aries opposing Jupiter suggests rocket science (Hidden Figures; Arrival), war (Hacksaw Ridge); rebels/misfits (Fences, Hell or High Water, Manchester By the Sea, Moonlight, Lion). Sun-Moon with Mercury and Neptune in Pisces suggests glamor (La La Land), illusion, victimization, (Fences, Lion, Moonlight) healing (Manchester By the Sea), pacifism (Hacksaw Ridge), space cadets (Arrival, Hidden Figures), drugs/alcohol (Manchester by the Sea).
How cool is it that MOONLIGHT won after initially being eclipsed by La La Land, given that there was a solar eclipse that morning? Everyone is talking about last night’s shocking upset (Mars conjunct Uranus) that was broadcast to a a billion people (Mars-Uranus opposing Jupiter), as a result of someone’s muddled thinking (Mercury in Pisces conjunct the South Node; Sun-Moon conjunct Neptune). Some reporters are even saying unkind things about Best Picture presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Maybe they wouldn’t be so unkind if they understood astrology. Shame on you, Gersh Kuntzman.
Here is Warren Beatty’s horoscope. He’s a me-me-me Aries with Moon in Scorpio. He needs to be appreciated for being in control. He has a Virgo Ascendant, prominently placed near the Aries Point, suggesting he needs to be famous for being seen as perfect. He has a Grand Trine among Moon, Saturn and Pluto. This suggests he is a law unto himself and that he needs to project an aura of not needing anything from anyone else (especially emotionally). Macho Mars is running wild; so is escapist/visionary Neptune. His Venus is retrograde, suggesting that he needs to turn things over and over and over in his heart and mind before making a commitment in matters of love, money and aesthetics. His Saturn is exactly opposing his Ascendant, suggesting he needs to present a deliberate, cautious projection of authority to the public.
Here is Faye Dunaway’s horoscope. She’s an achievement-oriented Capricorn, driven by a Moon in regal, “love-love-me-do” Leo. Like Mr. Beatty, she has Grand Trines in her horoscope. She is a law unto herself. She needs to project an aura of self-sufficiency. Unlike Mr. Beatty, who has cautious Saturn on his angles, Ms. Dunaway has action hero MARS on the angles of her horoscope. This Mars is in Sagittarius, so we see the potential for her actions to push boundaries, perhaps inciting passion or conflict. Her Venus is in Capricorn at the Aries Point. So while Mr. Beatty hems and haws, Ms. Dunaway needs to push the envelope with prominence!! Like Mr. Beatty, she has a Virgo Ascendant. She also needs to be seen as being perfect. Note that yesterday’s eclipse at 8 Pisces fell on Ms. Dunaway’s 6 Pisces Descendant, suggesting that her connection with the public would likely be affected.
Let the record also show that yesterday’s New Moon/eclipse squared Mr. Beatty’s Mars (at 4 Sag) and Ms. Dunaway’s, too (6 Sag). Actions that push boundaries — or envelopes — eclipsed!
So. Given what we know of our Best Picture presenters’ horoscopes, we can understand why things happened. Mr. Beatty is given the wrong envelope. He reads the “winner” on the card. He knows something is not right. He needs to maintain his aura of control, authority and perfection. He hesitates, running his options over and over in his mind. Does it occur to him to ASK the show producers for help? Of course not! His horoscope screams a need for self-sufficiency. Plus he has other patterns in his horoscope right now that suggest a potential lack of focus.
The best Mr. Beatty can do is show the card to Ms. Dunaway. She is also self-sufficient — and needs to be perfect — and has an angle in her horoscope referring to public relations that has just been eclipsed. She is not going to ask for help! Not only that, but the shocking upset of Mars, Uranus and Jupiter are challenging her Capricorn Sun! Using her Sun’s executive authority, along with the “born-to-rule” potential of her Leo Moon…not to mention her provocative Mars channeling its envelope-pushing need for action without stopping to consider the consequences, Ms. Dunaway declares LA LA LAND the winner.
Could this fun snafu have been avoided? Take a look at the chart for the snafu — I believe it was around 9:09 PM PT — haven’t been able to find it online yet — if anyone knows it, please send it:
Just look at that cluster of planets: Mars, Uranus and Eris — sitting right on the Descendant — opposed by Jupiter on the Ascendant. Shocking upset!! Shall we “get to the bottom of it?” Note that Ms. Dunaway’s 24 Capricorn Sun would be sitting right at the bottom of this event chart! But it is Mr. Beatty who is getting much of the blame, with his Virgo Ascendant likely to attract more attention
Astrology is amazing.
UPDATE: a few years ago it was expected that Meryl Streep would be generating a ton of attention this year — more so than usual. She was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes. Her speech calling out the P45’s wretched character was shared around the world and is still being shared on social media. She was nominated for her 20th Oscar — a world record. The planetary action in her horoscope is transiting Pluto, which suggests personal power and power plays. Pluto is supercharging her Venus (money, fashion sense, values) and her Midheaven (reputation, career). Last night Ms. Streep did not win an award, but she was making headlines all week as a result of witchy-bitchy allegations flung at her by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Here is Ms. Streep’s horoscope.
Be careful on the roads on Wednesday.
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