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My planetary "whether" forecasts offer advance notice on the zeitgeist of the day, including what we can expect to see in the headlines. If you have ever wondered, "why is this happening NOW," astrology provides answers. If it's not happening in a horoscope, it's not making headlines. So if you’re curious to know why there is a growing trend towards renting instead of buying...why efforts to decriminalize marijuana over the next several years are likely to succeed...or which public figures are likely to gain or lose stature (and when), you will find it here. Use the SEARCH function to find your favorite public figure or world event; sign up here to receive this forecast by email.

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Tuesday 2/19/2019: Sneak Peek at a Short Work Week; Chiron in Aries

…and off we go again! I hope those of you who had a day off yesterday enjoyed a lovely long weekend, sponsored by the Moon in party-hearty Leo. The Leo Moon went void this morning at 8:51 AM ET and entered Virgo at 9:47 AM ET. Time to get organized, incorporating whatever illumination is received in the wake of the SuperDuperSuperFullMoon at 0 degrees of Virgo, exact at 10:54 AM ET. What does that suggest?

The Supermoon component of the Full Moon means that the Moon is looming large in the sky. Why? Because it’s the closest it’s gonna get to Earth in 2019. The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are “a public market” (for the Sun at 0 Pisces) and “a man’s head” (for the Moon at 0 Virgo). Sabian Sage Blain Bovee suggests we apply this pair with a mind to “the distinguishing marks of individual and public character” …how an individual may leave a mark on the market…or how a market may determine the value of a person or thing.

The notion of character is echoed by the Full Moon’s conjunction with the Fixed Star Regulus, which is all about honor, integrity and the promise of success if vengeance is not taken. Any horoscope that was affected by the Big Fat Total Solar Eclipse of August 2017 may be activated in the wake of this Full Moon. In the chart for the Full Moon, we see Venus (money, women, art, values) about to meet up with Pluto (power, transformation). Venus in contact with Pluto (and next week, Uranus) suggests volatility in the marketplace, so watch for some interesting news later this week. Echoing that potential, please refer to Tarot Diva Beth Owls Daughter’s Card of the Week, in which her bottom line forecast is: “follow the money.”

Our analysis of this Full Moon’s potential would not be complete without noting that it falls within a degree of The Donald’s 29 Leo Ascendant...and within a degree of Michael Cohen‘s 1 degree Virgo Sun. Roger Stone‘s Sun is 4 Virgo. Watch the headlines.

Let’s now talk about what happened over the past couple of days, and then look at the rest of the week.

  • MONDAY: A sobering “women of steel” meet-up of Venus and Saturn in Capricorn, exact at 5:52 AM ET. If you have a planet or angle around 16 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn, your horoscope was more affected than most. At 6:04 PM ET, the Sun left Aquarius and entered Pisces. Here’s the 411:

Happy birthday to your favorite fishies! Pisces is a sensitive, intuitive energy that at its best expresses compassion and loving kindness for everyone and everything, in its understanding that we are all One.  Being such a sensitive soul is not always easy. Pisces has been known to wallow in suffering. It can go to extremes of surrender in order to escape life’s hard knocks, drowning its sorrows in the nearest rose-colored glass. Pisces is ruled by Neptune, a dreamy energy that can be challenging to integrate, but oh what sublime creative visions it can bring to life, when effectively channeled.

Pisces folk born 14-19 days into the sign should chat with Fish born a few days earlier about how spacey life seemed in the past two years. Lots of potential for creativity and soulful questing, though. Pisces folk born 14 – 24 days through the sign may enjoy the expansive potential of transiting Jupiter to their natal Sun now and in the coming months.  Famous Pisces include Kurt Cobain, Drew Barrymore, George Harrison, Dr. Seuss and Albert Einstein. All sensitive, soulful and sublime, in their own magical way.

  • TUESDAY:  Did you note your dreams yesterday and this morning? The first of three mystical, magical or simply bewildering meet-ups between Mercury (how we need to think) and Neptune (dreams and illusions) happened at 1:37 AM ET. This pattern will repeat on March 24th and April 2nd, so let’s see how whatever visions are initiated now are revised — and revised again — on those dates. At 9:39 PM ET, a harmony between Mercury and Saturn will be exact, infusing a dream with hardcore reality. This is also the first of three hits; the second and third happen on March 20 and April 7th.
  • WEDNESDAY: A busy day, as the Virgo Moon connects with six planets — before going void at 8:51 PM ET. Chill overnight; don’t make mountains out of molehills.
  • THURSDAY: Moon enters Libra at 9:17 AM ET, driving the day with a need for people-pleasing, diplomacy and harmony. While there are no bumps in the road for that Libra Moon, note that big big ideas, laced with a powerful emotional overkill may command attention. Why? Because on …
  • FRIDAY: Mental Mercury in spacey/intuitive Pisces makes its first of three squares to a high-functioning Jupiter in Sagittarius. Watch the news for potential boondoggles in courts, publishing, academia, opinions. At 10:49 PM ET, Venus meets up with Pluto in Capricorn; the suggestion is power plays and catharses in matters of women, money, aesthetics and values. I expect a sobering hit around lunchtime, as Moon squares Saturn, followed by the intensity of the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto at 9:51 PM ET…watch the late afternoon news dump.
  • SATURDAY: No big Moon void as Moon leaves Libra at 10:10 AM ET and enters Scorpio 46 minutes later. Investigative dirt and/or persuasive talk is likely to be on the agenda, given the first of three sextiles between Mercury and corruption-exposing Pluto, exact at 9:15 AM ET. The Scorpio need for depth, substance and control continues through SUNDAY.

Meanwhile…we need to backtrack to 4:07 AM ET on MONDAY, when Chiron — a.k.a. the Wounded Healer — re-entered Aries. It did this last April — and then retrograded back into Pisces. Now it’s in Aries until 2027, as I wrote back in April:

Chiron, the Wounded Healer is also pulling focus.  It’s changing signs — from Pisces to Aries. This isn’t a casual visit. Chiron will be in Aries until April of 2027, perhaps offering us an opportunity to repair some of the most disruptive effects that happened during rebel Uranus’s seven-year stay in Aries. Uranus in Aries brought you “me-me-me” to its shockingly self-reliant max: the gig economy, selfies, cars without drivers and drones come to mind. But what does it MEAN to be self-reliant in  a world that feels like it’s falling apart? What’s our connection? Who are we, anyway?

Last week I was a guest on Chris Flisher’s podcast, “The Turning of the Wheel.” Topic: Chiron in Aries. In preparing for the podcast, I was intrigued to re-discover that Chiron spends more time in Aries than any other sign: 8 years. The runner-up is Pisces. Compare that to Chiron’s stay in Libra — which averages less than two years. That means there are way more people on Earth struggling to heal the symbolism of Chiron in Pisces and Aries than any other sign.

Chiron in Pisces — where it’s been since a few days before the 2010 Deep Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico — suggests feeling the pain of despair at being separated from Source — whatever one might call the Divine Creator. In Aries, Chiron suggests the pain of self-denial and inaction. The challenge of Chiron in Aries is to heal the “wounded warrior” (a warrior is what Aries needs to be), through acts of courage and positive self-assertion. It’s time for everyone to stand up and be counted; to put themselves back together after disruptive Uranus has arguably shattered the sense of self while in Aries since 2011. The challenge is to do it with positive energy, not destructive. It’s also time to focus on healing toxic aggression, masculinity and leaders — all associated with Aries.

Chiron was last in Aries between 1968 and 1977, just before it was discovered.  Remember the 70s? They called it “the Me Generation.” Now it’s back…which is good news for astrologers, frankly, since more and more people will be looking for ways to heal a wounded sense of self — and astrology is a fabulous tool for understanding who and why they the way they are. Consult your local astrologer for details.

And now, the news.

Did you know that Chiron is associated with ecology? I was delighted to be reminded of this while doing my homework for last week’s podcast, because it helped me understand why we were seeing so many prominent (Chiron is at the Aries Point) and surprising ecological stories in the news:

Menawhile, take the idealized sense of beauty of Venus in harmony with Neptune. Throw in a regal Moon in Leo. Add the sobriety and limits of Venus with Saturn, and we see three notable obituaries:

UPDATE: Colin Kaepernick’s horoscope in 2019 suggests access to considerable power and resources. Last week he and Eric Reid settled their grievances against the NFL. Kaepernick’s horoscope suggests this is just the beginning of potential windfall opportunities his horoscope suggests he’s likely to receive this year. A contract on a team, perhaps?

UPDATE: it should surprise no one who has been reading this forecast for the past few years that Bernie Sanders declared that he is once again running for president as a Democrat. We anticipated as much back in 2017 and before. So why today? Oh..well…the last hit of transiting Neptune opposing his Virgo Sun, reflecting a need to be a visionary. Plus transiting Pluto supercharging his high-functioning Venus in Libra and Mars in Aries now through 2021. He can’t help but strive to make a persuasive case. Other patterns suggest a need to expand his public outreach…so…he’s back.

In closing, I leave you with an apt headline: “23 most unforgettable last sentences in fiction,” put together by the Washington Post. Yup. Famous last words.

Thank you for reading this forecast. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations. We will have an excellent discussion together — ooh — and here’s the link to that podcast about Chiron in Aries, with gratitude to Turning of the Wheel’s Chris Flisher for having me back as a guest.







Friday 2/15/2019 & the Long Weekend: Mars-Uranus in the News; Astrology is Amazing


Moon entered Cancer at 9:03 AM ET, driving the day with a need for emotional, home and homeland security. The Moon cruises with little interference until SATURDAY, when it faces off against Saturn at 12:40 PM ET, followed by its weekly clash with Pluto at 9:39 PM ET. The latter suggests a power grab or emotional catharsis; the former suggests a sober advance or a wet blanket tossed on your initiative by a Designated Authority Figure. There’s no Moon void to deter you from shopping to beautify your cozy home — or seek out any other beautiful escape: music, art, healing, spirit — all suggested by a lovely harmony between Venus and Neptune at 3:45 AM ET on Sunday. Note your dreams.

Moon goes void on SUNDAY at 9:17 AM ET, on its weekly clash with rebel Uranus. Sleep in until 10:21 AM ET, when Moon enters Leo, looking for a place to shine and party. A clash of will might be in your orbit around 1:57 PM ET, as the regal Moon is squared by action hero Mars in stubborn Taurus. My money is on that intractable Mars.

Humanitarianism and equality for all, exemplified in leadership, is facilitated by a harmony between the Sun and Uranus, exact on MONDAY at 2:54 AM ET. That’s on the table all weekend, as is a focused and sobering initiative regarding women, money, art and social expression — reflected by a meet-up between Venus and Saturn in status-seeking, goal-oriented Capricorn.

Monday is a holiday. Happy Presidents’ Day Mattress Sales! There’s no Moon void and emotions will be on the rise, preparing for a Full Moon (another Supermoon!) on TUESDAY morning. Plus, Chiron will be leaving Pisces on MONDAY. What does that mean? I will write more about this in the next forecast, but for now, note that Chiron is associated with ecology and, at the last degree of Pisces it is at the Aries Point, attracting prominence. Until I thought about Chiron, I was puzzled by the news that the Republican-controlled Senate actually passed a bill expanding national parks.

And now, more news.

Astrology is amazing. As anticipated, The Donald responded to triggers in his horoscope and the horoscope of his inauguration with an act of expansive assertion: declaring a national emergency (while also saying that he “didn’t need to do this“) in order to secure funding for his divisive border wall. To recap the patterns we saw coming weeks ago (that totally prepared us):

  • transiting Jupiter conjunct his Sag Moon and toxic South Node and opposing his blah blah blah Gemini Sun, suggesting a need for expansion. Fun fact: this week he was officially declared to be “obese,” another apt reflection of transiting Jupiter;
  • transiting Mars at 0 Taurus, triggering the January total lunar eclipse at 0 Leo-Aquarius, which triggers the 0 Aquarius Sun of The Donald’s inauguration chart. We know there will be action!
  • transiting Sun at 26 Aquarius, opposing The Donald’s regal 26 Leo Mars.

The chart for the announcement of the faux emergency signing appears to have commenced around 11:02 AM ET on 2/15/2019 in DC — my source is an 11:02 AM  tweet from Sarah Sanders with a photo of The Donald signing something — it’s frankly not clear what it was, since at 11:02 AM ET, he was still at a podium talking. Let’s test the time of the Official Announcement, and if it’s workable, patterns suggests that the declaration of a national emergency is ultimately an exercise in futility, but not without a fight. We note these dates for significant action: Feb 23, Mar 22 – Mar 27th; Jul 10-11th — with more to come as the year progresses. Mark your calendars.

Meanwhile…have you noticed that Stephen Colbert now has a segment called “Meanwhile…?” I wonder if anyone on his staff reads this forecast. If so, please note that I’d love to write for that show.

Meanwhile, there was plenty to report reflecting the awesome, daring and disruptive action of Mars (action!) and Uranus (daring!) meeting up at the very very end of Aries (guns, pioneers):

  • After 15 years, the mission of Oppy the Mars rover, is officially declared dead, killed by a duststorm that kicked up last May days after Uranus first entered earthy Taurus.
  • Airbus announced it is ending production of its jumbo plane, the A380.
  • Tech giant Amazon suddenly canceled plans to build a headquarters in New York City, citing citizen backlash. It also paid $0 in federal income tax — for the second year in a row — despite making a profit last year of $11.2 billion.
  • A week ago, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made headlines by publishing emails from lawyers representing AMI, the parent company of the National Enquirer. Bezos says AMI was attempting to blackmail him. He also claims that AMI’s efforts were politically motivated, and that a government agency may have been the source that provided AMI with the photos.
  • Paul Manafort’s plea deal was voided by a judge; Mueller says Manafort breached the deal by repeatedly lying;
  • Former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe — last written about here a year ago — just published a book filled with fascinating and disturbing revelations about his experience with The Donald’s administration; he’ll be interviewed on 60 Minutes this Sunday; it’s been called a “bombshell,” which is true to the spirit of Mars-Uranus…and also with the Mars-Pluto pattern in McCabe’s horoscope — see the link to prior post above. File the Manafort and McCabe news as being in sync with the horoscope for The Donald’s inauguration, along with patterns in their unique horoscope. Manafort was discussed here.
  • Former Massachusetts Republican governor and Libertarian VP candidate William Weld will challenge The Donald for the Republican presidential nomination. Here is his horoscope — with an unconfirmed birth time — no surprise that he is tossing his hat into the ring.
  • “Whistleblower seeks protection after sounding alarm over White House security clearances,” including Jared Kushner’s.
  • “House panel backs bill expanding gun sale background checks” — first initiative from Congress of this kind in eight years. But Google “gun control bill” and you’ll find this is now a hot topic in many state legislatures, too.

Finally, South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg announced the forming of an exploratory committee for a presidential run on January 31st, but not many people noticed. Born on Jan 19, 1982 in South Bend — time unknown — he is the youngest of the contenders. But that Jan 19th birthdate has been experiencing the disruptive buzz of transiting Uranus supercharging a 29 Capricorn Sun. We could expect a breakout. With transiting Mars joining Uranus for the party this week, Buttigieg stopped in to see Stephen Colbert. We can’t tell if he has a Scorpio or Sag Moon — feels like Scorpio — think he has that “Scorpio stare?” If so,  this is a man who needs to be appreciated for his depth and substance. Transits in his horoscope this year and next are similar to Howard Schultz’s. This is a potentially anguished quest — but other patterns in his horoscope suggest staying power. Keep an eye on him in 2024.

What’s going on in your horoscope? When will you toss your hat into the ring? Here’s the 411 on personal consultations and reports.

Thank you for reading this forecast.


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.


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.


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. 


Monday 1/28/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Kamala Harris & Randy Rainbow

Writing during the void of a Scorpio Moon on this 74th day of January, 2019. Moon went void at 5:38 PM ET; it won’t enter the next sign — Sagittarius — until 9:33 AM ET on TUESDAY. Chill tonight and — East Coasters — if you happen to sleep through your alarm tomorrow, no biggie. If you’re working this evening, roll with any twists and flakes that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line.

Once in Sagittarius, see if you notice the mood lighten. A Sag Moon needs to push boundaries with righteous enthusiasm. Engage in a debate; enjoy a gambol or a gamble; take in a foreign film. Your path on Tuesday is free and clear; the only planetary pattern is the humanitarian (but hopelessly idealistic) meet-up of Sun and Mercury in Aquarius, exact at 9:52 PM ET. In Congress, the House Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on H.R. 1 — a.k.a. the “For the People Act,” which the Sierra Sun Times describes as

 …a sweeping package that offers the most transformational and comprehensive pro-democracy reforms in more than four decades. The hearing will focus on ensuring election access, restoring voting rights, protecting the integrity of our elections, reforming our ethics laws and campaign finance reform.

No one believes for a minute that the Senate will pass it. File it under “hopelessly idealistic.” For now. Just wait until Jupiter and Saturn meet up purposefully in early Aquarius at the end of 2020, followed by Pluto in 2023. Mmm-hmm.

Other patterns this week:

  • WEDNESDAY: Moon continues thru Sag all day, with mostly clear sailing. These relatively free and clear sailing days can only help the federal workers who are back on the job and facing mountains of backlogged everything. What’s not clear will likely be made apparent in the aftermath of a challenge between the Moon and wiggy Neptune, exact at 2:07 PM ET.
  • THURSDAY:  The first of three sincere balancing acts between vision and practicality happens at 9:21 AM ET, as Saturn (practical realism) and Neptune (vision; fantasy) form a cooperative aspect called a sextile.  The other two dates are June 18 and November 8, 2019. On this first sextile, Saturn will trigger the New Moon partial eclipse that happened on January 5th, so if you have a planet around 15 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn, take note and let me know what happens. Meanwhile, the Sag Moon continues sailing along until 5:33 PM ET, at which point it goes void until 7:47 PM ET. Then it enters Capricorn, ready to take care of business on FRIDAY and into the weekend.
  • 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. In the headlines watch for more fun items like this: UAE’s Gender Equality Awards Won Entirely by Men
  • 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 Point as 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.

And now, the news.

Random cool article for political information junkies: the NYT put together a visual presentation tracking the career path of every member of Congress. Wanna find out how your representative got there?

UPDATE: on 9/11/18 we looked at Kamala Harris’s horoscope and wrote:

We could expect Senator Harris’s mindset and communication to be innovative and disruptive right about now, with her Mercury in depth-seeking Scorpio feeling the provocative buzz of that Mars-Uranus square. Earlier this year, Uranus was opposing her 27 Libra Sun while sitting right on top of her 27 Aries Moon, intensifying her crusading initiative. It is not surprising to learn that she got a book deal in July — with a publication date set for next year. A quick glance ahead looks like extraordinary recognition and reward in 2019. The upside potential for 2020 suggests ambitious drive, with further recognition received at the end of the year and into 2021. Here is her horoscope.

She just formally announced her campaign for president — and to the surprise of no one who has been reading this forecast, she’s hit the ground running.   We’re lucky to have her birth time; we don’t have times for all of the contenders — so obviously can’t compare. Still, astrology is amazing, right?

In other news, Avid Reader Karen asked if I had seen the video of the meteor slamming into the Moon during last week’s eclipse. I had — and if you haven’t, here it is.

Meanwhile, Avid Reader Diane asked if I had seen the new song parody from political humorist Randy Rainbow. This time, he’s mixing the latest developments in the Mueller investigation with the “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago.  It compelled me to investigate the planetary patterns that would manifest such a meticulous and surreal production. Randy Rainbow was born July 6, 1981 — somewhere in Long Island — no birth time available. But the planetary patterns on the day of his birth just make perfect sense! Sun in Cancer driven by a perfectionist Virgo Moon — there’s his need for discernment and exacting detail. His Sun is 14 degrees Cancer, right on the US Cancer Sun and square the US Saturn.  We can see why Mr. Rainbow would be so focused on U.S. politics.

Even more intriguing: Mars at 22 Gemini opposing Neptune at 22 Sagittarius. This suggests showbiz glamour galore — and it is also connected to the horoscope of the U.S. Avid Readers will recall that the U.S. has Mars square Neptune at 21 Gemini and 22 Virgo, respectively. This is the part of the U.S. horoscope that reflects our need for “the American Dream,” and also our idealization (Neptune)  of war, guns, cowboys (all Mars symbols). That Mars-Neptune square reflects one of the U.S.’s most influential exports: Hollywood (glamour, film, celebrities).

But wait — there’s more! Randy Rainbow’s Mars-Neptune oppositions falls exactly on The Donald’s 22 Gemini Sun — 20 Sagittarius opposition. We can see why his provocative imagination would be so inspired by The Donald Drama.  Fun fact: Randy Rainbow’s Cell Block Tango parody was released with transiting Venus at 22 Sagittarius, activating his Mars-Neptune opposition. The Venus transit suggests his social expression may be especially well-received at this time….and here is an astrologer writing about his horoscope and his creative efforts in a positive light right now. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Did you know that your horoscope explains why you might be attracted to a particular entity — be it a place, event or person  — and that it doesn’t matter if that person is dead or alive? If you’re just fascinated with — say — Marilyn Monroe or David Bowie — I bet there are connections between your horoscope and theirs. Astrology applies to every moment in time.

What’s going on in your horoscope? Have you made a plan for 2019 yet? All planets are moving forward through February — what are you waiting for?

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Friday 1/25/2019 & the Weekend: Eclipse Triggers, AOC & Cardi B


I started writing this forecast yesterday…like this:

“The Virgo Moon has been void of course since 8:50 AM ET, suggesting a possible lack of focus, a twist, flake or upset to your usual routine. Roll with any crisis that may rear its ugly head; chances are it will vaporize once the Moon get back into gear…which happens tonight at 11:02 PM ET.”

Right. That was so yesterday. Here’s what I wrote yesterday about today and the weekend:

FRIDAY is driven by a rush of energy aiding and abetting compromise, justice, harmony and diplomacy in relationship. Action hero Mars in crusading Aries will trine (harmonize) with expansive Jupiter in righteous Sagittarius at 12:53 PM; watch the morning news feed for the big news. The Libra Moon travels without bumps until around 11:10 PM ET, when it is challenged by controlling Saturn. A wet blanket on a compromise?

SATURDAY note the potential clash around  4 AM ET, as the we- we- we Moon is opposed by combative me-me-me Mars. Also note the potential for an emotional catharsis around 11:30 AM ET, as the Moon makes its weekly supercharged connection with roto-rooter Pluto. The rest of Saturday is free and clear, and there’s no Moon void to deter your shopping adventures.

SUNDAY is a shift. Moon is opposed by rebel Uranus at 12:21 AM ET and then goes void for a couple of hours — you’ll hardly notice. At 2:31 AM ET Moon plunges into Scorpio, seeking an end to airy-fairy theory and a beginning of actual depth and substance, however it may feel. Those deep feelings may be at odds with a more detached and humanitarian mindset, as the Moon squares Mercury (mindset) and the Sun (willpower) around 1 PM and 4 PM ET, respectively.

No sleeping in on MONDAY, but do note your dreams upon waking, as Moon will be in touch with visionary Neptune at 5:15 AM ET.

And now, the news — written today, a.k.a. Friday in the Eastern Time Zone:

I’ve been watching the action in the chart for The Donald’s Big Fat Partial Government Shutdown. Though the Senate failed twice to pass a bill to re-open the government Thursday during the long Moon void, I can see an astro-logical pathway to resolving this stalemate sooner, rather than later. As of Friday morning there is talk of a possible deal to start paying federal workers again…but only for three weeks seriously what kind of banana republic are we living in.

Regardless, three weeks from now, transiting Mars will ditch Aries for Taurus, triggering last week’s lunar eclipse (and by extension, the horoscopes of Nancy Pelosi, The Donald’s inauguration and anyone else with a planet or angle at 0 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius). So that’s a date when Something Significant is Likely to Happen. Please note that my random capitalization is intended as an homage to A.A. Milne’s quirky tales from the Hundred Acre Woods (a.k.a. Winnie the Pooh), not a mimicry of The Donald’s efforts to Make American (English) German Again.

MEANWHILE…the first trigger to last week’s total lunar eclipse happened yesterday, with transiting Mercury at 0 Aquarius. We expected significant information on The Donald’s administration, and we were not disappointed (file this under “told ya so”). Yesterday indictments were filed against Richard Nixon groupie Roger Stone, and this morning he was arrested by FBI agents in a pre-dawn raid that was captured on CNN.

In other news, during yesterday’s long void, Senator Michael Bennet  (D-CO) delivered a fiery speech excoriating his colleagues for enabling The Donald’s shutdown. I watched it while prepping client consultations, and you can watch it here.    Pundits were startled that this “mild-mannered” senator thrashed Ted Cruz (R-TX)  for the Texas senator’s “crocodile tears,” but patterns in Bennet’s horoscope (11/28/64 in New Delhi, India — time unknown) suggest why he’s thrashing now. Transiting Jupiter has activated a pile-up of planets (Mars, Uranus and Pluto) that are square his righteous Sagittarius Sun. This expansive pattern will continue through 2019, along with transiting Uranus firing up his Venus in Scorpio. His social expression and value system need to be experienced as innovative and/or disruptive. And with his natal Saturn in Aquarius, this suggests his motive is to help.

Speaking of disruptive, astrologer Arthur Lipp-Bonewits has obtained the birth time for New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, so we now have her complete horoscope.  As noted here back in June, after she won the primary election (no surprise to any astrologer, though the media was shocked, shocked, shocked), Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has Sun in Libra, currently supercharged by Pluto. This is a statement of potential big change and empowerment. With a confirmed birth time, we now know her Moon is in me-me-me Aries (no big surprise), and she needs to find fulfillment as a pioneering initiator. Her Sagittarius Ascendant suggests she needs to be seen as a righteous boundary-pusher, but always thinking positively. While her image will continue to expand as transiting Jupiter activates her Ascendant all year, she will also experience the serious focus that transiting Saturn adds as it squares her Libra Sun.

Guess who else has a Libra Sun and a me-me-me Aries Moon? Rapper Cardi B, whose recent political tweets prompted Stephen Colbert to start a petition inviting her to give the Democratic rebuttal to The Donald’s SOTU address, whenever it is scheduled. Here is what we know of her horoscope.  Like Ocasio-Cortez, Cardi B has a hard aspect between her Libra Sun and Mars; together with their Aries Moons, these are warrior women for sure. However, Cardi B was born with the emotional overkill potential of Venus conjunct Pluto…in Scorpio. Ocasio-Cortez’s Venus is in Sagittarius, aligned with Mercury and her Midheaven. Cardi B’s social expression needs to be intense — potentially erotic (she’s a former stripper). Ocasio-Cortez’s social expression has a different kind of intensity:  righteous, spontaneous, idealistic — but playful, as we saw last week as she led the search for #WheresMitch?”

The horoscopes of Venezuela and Nicolas Maduro are also functioning as designed. The latter has transiting Pluto hitting him from all angles, suggesting an inevitable test of power destined to break down and transform. Last year, Pluto squared his Midheaven, impacting his public status/profession. This week transiting Pluto got personal — and opposed his Cancer Ascendant. Lo and behold, a powerful opposition materialized — in the form of opposition leader Juan Guaido.  He declared himself the legitimate interim president, offering Maduro amnesty.  The U.S., Canada and other countries are backing Guaido;  Russia, China and the Venezuelan military are sticking with Maduro. Hmm…what could happen? Months to watch for Maduro: April, May and December/January.

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Monday 1/21/2019: Sneak Peek at a Short Work Week; Full Moon/Eclipse in Leo & Much More

Happy post – Super Full Blood Wolf Blitzer Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo! Did everyone see the big red ball in the sky last night? Here are pix, in case you missed it. The eclipse was exact at 12:16 AM ET this morning. When set in Washington, D.C., it looked like this:

A Leo Moon facilitates a sense of play, creativity and self-expression. Let the drama queens reign, for better or for worse. For better, throw a party and help others shine. For worse, throw your weight around like a spoiled would-be king.  What drives a Moon in Leo is the need for love and adoration; flattery is your coping strategy if you need to tame a roarin’ lion.

Last night’s eclipse was at 0 degrees of Leo, opposing the Sun at 0 degrees of Aquarius. The Sun left Capricorn for Aquarius on Sunday at 4 AM ET, and if yesterday or today is your birthday, my money says you’re in for a groundbreaking year. Have you checked in with your astrologer lately?

Aquarius is an airy, mental energy, primed for organizing ideas into a fixed form.   Keywords for Aquarius include innovation, eccentricity, friendship, humanitarian, unconventional, rocket scientist and/or mad genius. If you were born with the Sun in Aquarius, you have the energy to innovate and intellectualize with others. If your Moon is in Aquarius, you need to be socially significant — and dare I say appreciated for it. You probably need to be unusual, too.

When a Leo Moon opposes an Aquarius Sun, we see the potential for illumination and release regarding two conflicting drives: 1) the Leo Moon’s need for personal expression and recognition and 2) the Aquarius Sun’s energy to build a functional group dynamic. Famous people born with Moon in Leo and Sun in Aquarius include Omarosa, Paris Hilton, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Sonny Bono. See any similarities?

A lunar eclipse facilitates a release or illumination on a matter that arguably needs to be brought to a close. That release or illumination may not happen immediately. What often happens is that the release is triggered when another planet connects with the degree of the eclipse, which in this case is 0 degrees of Leo and Aquarius — and arguably 0 degrees of Taurus and Scorpio. Will any planet make that connection in the near future? Yes. Mercury will be at 0 Aquarius on January 24th; Mars will be at 0 Taurus on February 14th; Venus will be at 0 Aquarius on March 1st; Uranus will be at 0 Taurus on March 6th. If you have planets around 0 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Aquarius and Scorpio, write those dates down. Everyone else can watch the headlines, especially for news involving these entities born with planets around 0 Aquarius. Kellyanne Conway, Nikki Haley, Bill Maher and the inauguration of The Donald are examples.

The chart for this Full Moon set in Washington is striking. The Leo Moon is exactly at the top of the horoscope, opposing the Aquarius Sun at the bottom. Chart ruler Venus has just separated from a challenging square with Neptune (a visionary feminine healer? a bewildering aesthetic? a monetary scandal?). Venus will next meet up with a high-functioning Jupiter (a.k.a. the cosmic sugar daddy), in the area of the chart related to money and values. Can we all get paid now, please? Perhaps, but first we have to live through the militant stand-off of macho Mars in Aries squaring patriarchal Saturn in Capricorn, which was exact today at 6:16 AM ET.

After the Mars-Saturn stalemate, the expansiveness of the Venus-Jupiter meet-up on TUESDAY at 7:26 AM ET brings relief. If you have a planet around 16 degrees of Aries, Leo, Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, Aquarius, Libra  — and especially Sagittarius — buy a few lottery tickets.  A stroke of luck and/or optimism is aided and abetted by innovative communication and ideas, suggested by WEDNESDAY’s square between Mercury and Uranus, exact at 6:13 AM ET.

At 12:50 AM ET on THURSDAY, Mercury enters Aquarius, activating today’s lunar eclipse. As Mercury will conjoin the 0 Aquarius Sun in the horoscope for The Donald’s inauguration, we see an opportunity for significant communication. A high-functioning harmony between Mars (in Aries) and Jupiter (in Sagittarius) adds a rush of expansive energy to the mix, exact on FRIDAY at 12:53 PM ET.

Bottom line: the planetary patterns in this eclipse chart suggest a big release this week — and when the eclipse is triggered on the dates noted previously. That it falls right on the Sun of The Donald’s inauguration chart is verrrry interesting, one way or the other.

To recap the notable planetary patterns for the week:

  • MONDAY (today): big fat total eclipse in Leo — maybe a total eclipse of the heart, as Leo rules the heart…hmmmmm. Mars in Aries square Saturn in Capricorn: militant stalemate, personally affecting people with planets around 13 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn
  • TUESDAY: potentially joyful, as Venus meets up with Jupiter in Sagittarius at 7:26 AM ET. Sagittarius refers to: foreigners, travel, media, opinions, courts, universities, liver, pancreas, horses. The Leo Moon goes void at 8:19 PM ET. Moon enters Virgo to clean up the confetti and get everything organized at 10:22 PM ET.
  • WEDNESDAY: Mercury squares Uranus at 6:13 AM ET. Watch for groundbreaking, innovative and/or disruptive news involving aviation, technology, gender benders.
  • THURSDAY: Virgo Moon is void between 8:50 AM ET and 11:02 PM ET — that’s allllll day, folks. Roll with the twists and flakes. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. Stick to routine and trust that the details will be sorted out once the Moon enters the next sign, which is Libra. Chill!
  • FRIDAY: Libra Moon seeks balance and harmony, big time. Mars trines (harmonizes) Jupiter at 12:53 PM ET. What could spoil this party? Moon squares Saturn at 11:10 PM ET, possibly throwing a wet blanket on the newsfeed.

Before I get to the news, please note that new rates for consultations and reports are now posted. After four years of holding steady, I deserved a raise. However, to show my appreciation for cherished Avid Readers and clients who consistently support my work, if you book a consultation in 2019, and  1) it’s been less than a year since your last consultation; OR 2) you referred a client to me in 2018,  I will be pleased to offer you last year’s rate. Clear?

And now, the news.

The weekend was driven by a Moon in Cancer, needing emotional, family and homeland security. Add in the Venus-Neptune square (idealism with a possible feminine, musical, healing, spiritual or delusional vision),  and the militant stalemate of the Mars-Saturn square (“get off my lawn!”)…AND the rising emotional tide of the Full Moon. Sure, we can now see how competing marches on Washington, i.e., the Women’s March, the March for Life and the Indigenous Peoples’ March could result in this image dominating the news:

That’s Kentucky resident and Catholic schoolboy Nick Sandmann in the MAGA hat, balefully staring down Vietnam veteran and tribal elder Nathan Phillips, who is chanting tribal chants. Under the foggy Venus-Neptune spell, circumstances of the encounter weren’t quite clear, and other parties were involved. With Venus square Neptune now in the rear view mirror, WaPo offers this illumination.

We could also see the tension of these two squares, coupled with last week’s provocative patterns, in a new commercial from Gillette tackling “toxic masculinity”  An SNL parody of the Gillette ad is just as provocative and on point, but with the quirky humor of this week’s Mercury-Uranus square, if you ask me.

Meanwhile, a strategic approach in romance, with no small amount of idealism and deception can be found here: “You Matched With Someone Great Online, or Her Ghostwriter.”

In other news, the  potential “militant stalemate” and bewildering judgment of planetary patterns could arguably be seen in both the NFC and AFC championship games. The LA Rams trounced the New Orleans Saints, but only after one of the worst no-calls in football history, say the experts. Looks like that call may have happened around 5 PM in New Orleans, but I can’t find a record of the time online. Meanwhile, the Patriots are heading to the Superbowl again…but they had to go into overtime to beat the Kansas City Chiefs. No one was backing down.

Finally, an update on Jeff Bezos, whose horoscope we haven’t talked about since 2015.  Back then we noted the potential for a declaration of independence, courtesy of transiting Uranus squaring his Capricorn Sun. Last year, transiting Uranus squared his natal Mars, suggesting strong potential for risk and excitement. The first hit happened in May — and guess what he did? According to US Magazine, that’s about when he started an affair with his business partner’s wife….oh geez…really….? During a summer with Mars retrograde…? And his wife and business partner were informed in the fall, perhaps around the time of the second hit to Mars from Uranus and a Venus retrograde. Well…OK then. Are we surprised?

Now Bezos is getting a divorce. Do you think he consults with an astrologer? Next up for him: transiting Pluto on his Sun, breaking down his old self and building him anew, with the upside potential being empowerment. Resistance is futile.

No sleeping in tomorrow. We’ve got a busy next couple of days; you can chill on Thursday.

Meanwhile, if you’ve been waiting for me to email you back, you will hear from me tomorrow. Thank you for your patience…and thank you for reading this forecast.

Tuesday 1/15/2019: Late, Late Sneak Peek at the Week; Catching Up on the Big News

Alll-righty then!

Late post this week — and there’s so much going on. Plus, I caught a cold over the weekend, and my stunt double wasn’t available to fill in. Getting caught up now, thanks for your patience.

The Moon is Taurus, doing its best to preserve material comfort and security, while refusing to change. Still, whatever you’re doing, keep at it, because the Moon is cruising without much interference. Can’t say as much for the Capricorn Sun (leaders, CEOs) which is scheduled for a self-destruct or toxic release as it meets up with the South Node (a symbol of toxic release/destruction) just after midnight on THURSDAY. Not only that, but the Sun (leaders, willpower, heart, spine, gold) and all that is symbolizes is under added stress from its square this FRIDAY with rebel Uranus. In the language of astrology, Uranus refers to space oddities, genetic mutations, seismic activity, aviation, technology and revolution. You are more affected by the wacky buzz if you have a planet or angle around 25-28 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn.

Other patterns this week:

  • WEDNESDAY: Taurus Moon goes void at 1:34 PM ET, inviting us to chill and focus on routine concerns. No freaking out over twists and flakes; this, too shall pass. I find writing during Moon voids to be highly fulfilling.
  • Moon enters Gemini on Wednesday at  8 PM ET, seeking the big story in every trivial detail. A day with Moon in Gemini can be chattier than most, and also quite mercurial.
  • FRIDAY features a harmony between Venus (women, money, art ) and Mars (men, action, courage, aggression).  Mars is in Aries all month, driving us forward with urgency in its need to get there FIRST. Venus is in Sagittarius, pushing the boundaries of social expression with enthusiasm some may find less than refined, but it still works. The Venus-Mars harmony is exact at 11:50 AM ET,  but in effect all week, facilitating passionate alignments, especially if you have planets around 11 degrees of just about any sign.
  • FRIDAY also features a penetrating meet-up between Mercury (how we need to think) and Pluto (news from underground). This happens at 3:01 PM ET, followed at 8:32 PM ET by that raucous Sun-Uranus square. Lord only knows what investigative dirt will hit the fan — I hope there are tapes.
  • Moon goes void on FRIDAY at 8:32 PM ET and enters Cancer at 10:44 PM ET. The void is a nothingberder — you’ll barely notice. The Cancer Moon suggests a weekend of focus on family, homeland and emotional security, driven by a beautiful humanitarian ideal.
  • Sun enters Aquarius on SUNDAY at 4 AM ET; Venus squares Neptune at 11:24 PM ET; there’s your drive for a beautiful humanitarian ideal, illuminated by the eclipse of a Supermoon in Leo minutes after midnight on MONDAY. This one should reflect quite a release; even its  1 Leo Sabian Symbol is daunting: “a fit of apoplexy” — same as the New Moon in Leo from July 2017 — take a look back here and see what was going on then.

Awww…look what just landed in my inbox from Avid Reader Regina:

I wanted you to know that on New Year’s Day I went back and listened to the tape of your astro reading from last summer. With the benefit of time, distance, and reflection, I was just blown away by how accurate it was. In fact, I remembered things that did not occur to me under the pressure of hearing the reading for the very first time (which is why the tapes are so invaluable). Can’t wait for our next consultation!

That just made my day — hope your day is filled with equal appreciation.

And now, the news.

Heavy reality checks involving power and leadership beyond your wildest imagination. That’s one potential under last weekend’s:

  • Sun conjunct Pluto in Capricorn
  • Mercury conjunct Saturn in Capricorn
  • Jupiter in Sag square Neptune in Pisces (the first of three this year)

In the horoscope of the U.S., the heavy reality check hit hard, reflecting transiting Saturn opposing the U.S. Sun and square U.S. Saturn. We see the potential for America to be severely diminished and squeezed.  Exhibit A: the current government shutdown is now the longest in U.S. history. Exhibit B: while The Donald was on the TeeVee last week, reading the Teleprompter something something non-existent humanitarian crisis (told ya so)  blah blah,  The Donald’s Administration downgraded the status of the EU’s diplomatic mission (without telling anyone beforehand). “The Donald” is how he was named in the tabloid press decades ago,  back in the good old days, and I think we need a dose of good old days right now. Plus, I’m not convinced that occupying the White House has changed him at all since then.

Exhibit C: on Friday, we see the  NYT and WaPo reporting 1) that the FBI opened an investigation into whether The Donald is a Russian asset or agent; and 2) a gentle reminder that no one in our government has any idea what was discussed between The Donald and Vladimir Putin. This goes against all protocols — especially the part about The Donald seizing his translator’s notes.  In short, this is not normal — and lord only know what they’ve got on Mitch McConnell and his three (at least) planets in stubborn-as-a-bull Taurus.

First thought: “Thank gawd the FBI was paying attention (and their investigation was transferred to Mueller’s watch).”  Second thought: “None of this is remotely surprising to anyone who’s been paying attention since 2016, the year of the surreal Saturn-Neptune square…or anyone who’s been paying attention to The Donald for decades.” Third thought: “OMG…but so many people aren’t paying attention, including my adorable Republican chiropractor, who has no idea who Merrick Garland or Paul Manafort are.” Fourth thought: “As comedy is a coping strategy for pain, let’s see how funnyman Stephen Colbert presented the news of Exhibit C.

Like Stephen Colbert, I was also mercifully distracted by the video of gymnast Katelyn Ohashi scoring a perfect 10 with a mind-blowing floor routine that lit up social media. First thought: “She has to be an Aries.” And she IS…and about to launch an empowered run into the fall of 2020, as transiting Pluto squares her Sun. Birth data: April 12, 1997 in Seattle — no time available.

Meanwhile, across the pond, it was another dreadful day for UK PM  Theresa May, whose Brexit deal was resoundingly defeated in Parliament.  Well, she was never in favor of Brexit anyway. What will happen now? I do not know, but I note that on February 1st she will have the first of three squares to her Jupiter from transiting Jupiter. This is interesting because when she became PM, she was having a Jupiter return. This upcoming square is like a First Quarter Moon. Either she’ll push through the challenges of the seeds planted when she took on the job or the challenges will derail her. February 1st is a likely marker, so let’s watch.

Avid Readers may recall that the Brexit vote happened during that bewildering Saturn-Neptune square of 2015-2016, a time when borders and foreigners would be more likely to be controlled. Saturn was in Sagittarius, remember? Saturn is control/borders; Sagittarius refers to foreigners.  Now that we have Jupiter in Sagittarius (square Neptune), we see the potential for a more expansive attitude in these matters.  Add in the penetrating reality check of Mercury’s current contact with Saturn and Pluto, and in the U.S. we see: “Court Blocks [The Donald’s] Administration from Asking About Citizenship in the Census.” Huzzah.

RANDOM OBSERVATION about the horoscope for the current U.S. government shutdown, which began at midnight on December 22, 2018 in Washington, D.C.: The Donald said he would own it. And went it went into effect, the Moon was at 22 Gemini — same degree as his Gemini Sun. Coincidence or conspiracy? No idea when the shutdown might end, but the 22nd and 23rd look interesting.

Guess who else has Moon at 22 degrees of blah blah blah Gemini? Rep. Steve King (R-IA), known for being a “staunch opponent of immigration and multiculturalism,” as they might say in polite society. Of course he would also be known for being an ally of The Donald, with his Gemini Moon exactly conjunct The Donald’s Sun. This is an easy magnetic pull.

But Rep. King pushed his luck over the weekend, saying in an NYT interview, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”  This was the straw that broke the elephant’s back, apparently.  Rep. King was stripped of his committee positions by his Republican colleagues — yep happened yesterday.

Now the NYT asks,  “Why Not Sooner?”   Well, we do have a birth time for Steve King and thus a reliable horoscope.  What just happened? The immediate trigger is transiting Mars, which squared his 9 degree Capricorn Ascendant yesterday. Mars in hard aspect to an angle alerts us to an impulsive outburst, accident or attack. Today he trashed his GOP leaders, including Liz Cheney (R-WY), whose horoscope suggests she’ll be making all kinds of headlines later this year. Stay tuned!

Thank you for reading this horoscope.


Monday 1/7/2019: Brief Sneak Peek at the Week; Venus in Sagittarius; Sun Conjunct Pluto & More

Good Morning!

The work week begins with Moon in Aquarius as of 1:46 AM ET. Who’s yer buddy and what’s your humanitarian crusade? Arise, go forth and network, in your quest to be recognized for your unique individuality and social significance. The Moon cruises without road bumps today and into WEDNESDAY.

Meanwhile, here’s to the huge sigh of relief that started this morning at 6:19 AM ET, with Venus finally finally finally completed its months-long journey through Scorpio for Sagittarius. Social expression and matters of women, finance and aesthetics can now receive an optimistic lift. A planet in Sagittarius can be playful and boundary-pushing,  compared to Scorpio’s desire for control. While Sagittarius is known for pushing boundaries in matters of opinion, its motive is to express the truth — without intending to strategically wound or destroy.

And having just said that, please note that on TUESDAY at 5:05 AM ET, a tense pattern between Mercury (how we need to think) and Mars (how we need to act) will release. This square between Mercury and Mars suggests conflict and other verbal provocations, possibly related to a yang/patriarchal concern (because Mars is in warrior Aries and Mercury is in hard-headed, patriarchal Capricorn). You’ll feel the burn more personally if you have a planet or angle around 4 degrees of Aries, Capricorn, Libra or Cancer. Be careful in traffic and around sharp objects.

Other planetary shifts and patterns of the week:

  • WEDNESDAY: The Aquarius Moon goes void at 11:53 AM ET until 2:44 PM ET. Chill and roll with whatever flakes and twists may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Once in Pisces (the next sign), the Moon drives the rest of the work week with a need for vision, ideals, empathy and accommodation.
  • Keep on truckin’ through THURSDAY; Moon is traveling mostly free and clear. There’s an expansive expression around 7 PM ET, as Moon squares Jupiter, El Cosmic Sugar Daddy…followed by the visionary delights of a meet-up with Neptune around 8 PM ET.
  • Sometime before 6:36 AM ET on FRIDAY (possibly the day before), the Sun makes its annual meet-up with Pluto, which has occurred in Capricorn since 2009, when I started writing this forecast. Wow.  The Sun refers to heads of state and CEOs; Pluto suggests breakdown, news from underground and a reach for power. Pluto also refers to nuclear issues, mines, volcanoes, things coming to the surface after being long-buried. Watch the headlines. You are more personally affected if you have a planet around 20 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn — and if you haven’t booked an appointment to discuss this with your astrologer, you really should. Why? Because Pluto transits are life-altering. Resistance is futile — and that can be challenging.
  • The Pisces Moon goes void on FRIDAY at 9:25 AM ET for the rest of the day — giving you plenty of time to chill and process whatever transformation the Sun-Pluto meet-up presents.
  • SATURDAY: Moon enters Aries at 3:18 AM ET, needing to get where it’s going before anyone else, meaning not now, but RIGHT NOW. Note the potential for courage, assertion or aggression around 7:12 PM ET, when the Moon meets up with warrior Mars.
  • SUNDAY: A day of action and release, as two patterns in effect all week will be exact. Mercury (how we need to think) meets up with Saturn (necessary control) at 8:31 AM ET, facilitating practical, no-nonsense ideas and communication that some may find heavy-handed or downright depressing. Countering that sobriety is the first Jupiter-Neptune square of 2019, exact at 2:01 PM ET. This is likely to be a week for big news involving the press, oceans, legal matters, foreigners, refugees, scandals, churches, faith, oil, drugs (including CBD), film, spirits of all kinds, etc., etc., etc. Also countering the Mercury-Saturn sobriety: a harmony between Mercury and Neptune, suggesting no small amount of idealism. So either the big idea is either a heavy-handed approach to an imaginary concern…or it is a practical solution, applied with actual vision. If it’s coming out of P45’s head, I reckon it would be the former.

And now, the news.

I really wanted to watch the Golden Globes last night, and not just because I would have been happy to see a few people I’ve met take the stage. I know you know how that feels, because I’m sure you’ve crossed paths with one or two celebrities in your life, too. This concludes the Jupiter (big) square Neptune (glamour, film, charisma) portion of this forecast.

Anyhoo….what did the critics have to say about the show? That it “wasn’t any fun” — as if anything would be FUN with 27 planets including the Moon in “let’s get down to business” CAPRICORN with Venus at the last degree of SCORPIO. Sheesh! (Actually there was some fun, but apparently it was all off-camera — though how interesting that most in these pix are wearing standard-issue Capricorn black). With Uranus just turning direct, and the Moon squaring Uranus late last night, we’d expect upsets, and there were plenty. Bohemian Rhapsody (how very Uranus direct meets Jupiter square Neptune) won Best Drama; Green Book won for Best Comedy. Freddie Mercury, though now deceased, has transiting Uranus (surprise!) exactly opposing his Venus at 28 Libra. We can appreciate his disruptive social expression, even though he’s no longer among us. The horoscope lives forever, doncha’ know.

But what really stole the show — say the critics — was host Sandra Oh’s touching tribute to her parents, who were there to see her win the night in so many ways. Yep, honor and respect for parents definitely would rule on a night dominated by so many planets in Capricorn. We don’t have a birth time for Ms. Oh, but she is a Cancer with Moon perhaps in Cancer. What jumps out at me is her Jupiter-Neptune conjunction (Jupiter at 27 Scorpio; Neptune at 0 Sagittarius), which transiting Venus activated over these past few days. We can see how this would be an apt time for her to shine. Interesting to note that Jupiter and Neptune are in a strong relationship in her horoscope…and also in current planetary patterns. I see this all the time. Astrology is amazing — and it turns out that the Jupiter-Neptune square is such big news that it took over the whole forecast.

Now is the time to book your consultation to plan 2019 — especially if you haven’t seen your astrologer in over a year. You’re due for a check-up — and I can’t wait to see you in person or connect with you by phone.

Thank you for reading this forecast. No time to proof it before hitting “post,” so apologies for any typos.