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Welcome to the Daily Forecast.

My daily forecasts offer guidance on what we all can expect from current planetary patterns — and also what we can expect to see in the headlines. When someone makes the news, something is going on in the horoscope! So if you’re curious to know the astro-logical patterns consistent with why George Clooney finally remarried...or why efforts to decriminalize marijuana over the next several years are likely to succeed, you will find it here. Use the SEARCH function to find your favorite public figure or world event; sign up here to receive the daily forecast by email.

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Thursday 4/19/2018: Catching Up on the Sun-Uranus News; Mercury Direct; Saturn Retrograde; Sun in Taurus

Yowza  — what a week!

The Moon is in Gemini, where it has been since yesterday at 8:02 AM ET, seeking to be the smartest kid in the room. What do you know and when did you know it? Answers might be vague or downright confusing this morning, suggested by a challenge to the clever Moon from muddled Neptune at 10:11 AM ET. After that, Moon sails free and clear through the rest of the day.

Big news happens at 11:13 PM ET. That’s when the Sun leaves fiery Aries for earthy Taurus. If Aries is the spark that generates an idea, Taurus takes that idea and gives it form.  We may notice a cooling and slowing of energy now, compared to the last 30 days. Taurus needs to consolidate in ways that literally matter.  Keywords for Taurus: possessive, patient, stubborn, sensual. When I think of Taurus, I think of a toddler who’s learned two new words, “Mine!” and “No!” If you are a Taurus born in the first few days of the sign, get ready to be zapped out of your usual comfort zone, courtesy of transiting Uranus on your Taurus Sun. Perhaps you are already feeling an electric buzz demanding freedom and independence? Consult your local astrologer for details.

And now, the news.

Let’s recap the patterns involved:

  • Mercury moving direct — suggesting communication/travel snafus (4/16)
  • Saturn turning retrograde — suggesting a “not-so-fast” review of planned “business as usual” advances (4/17)
  • Mercury and Saturn are in a tense square — exact next Wednesday — suggesting heavy mindset/communication, perhaps of karmic consequences
  • Venus opposing Jupiter and trining Pluto, putting women in the spotlight, especially in areas related to power and expansion (4/17)
  • Sun conjunct Uranus, suggesting these themes: rebellion, shocks, mutations, seismic action, accidents, aviation, innovation and other disruptions to the status quo (4/18)
  • Pluto slowing to a stop, about to turn retrograde — suggesting these themes: power plays, news from underground, resources (4/22)

…and here are a few headlines.

  • Big shock!  Michael Cohen — P45’s fixer/”lawyer” — has only three clients: P45 is one. Two would be a fellow deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee — Elliot Broidy — who had an extramarital affair with a Playboy model, which resulted in a pregnancy, which resulted in an abortion, which resulted in Mr. Cohen arranging a secret million dollar payout to the model on behalf of Mr. Broidy. Oh, if only Mr. Broidy had taken a few classes at his local Planned Parenthood, instead of funding efforts to destroy it. In any event, the third super-secret client is (as the Entire Free World now knows)…Sean Hannity,
  • Mr. Hannity was written about in this forecast on May 26, 2017: “Elsewhere, Sean Hannity is on a “planned vacation” after seven advertisers stopped supporting his show. Why? Because Mr. Hannity persisted in promoting a false conspiracy theory about the death of Sean Rich, who worked for the DNC.  Transiting Saturn is likely to be putting quite a squeeze on Mr. Hannity’s Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars next year when it meets up with all four of those planets in the early degrees of Capricorn. Could be quite a reality check after three years of transiting Neptune casting a rose-colored spell on his Pisces Ascendant.”
  • Sun + Uranus = Aviation upsets & mavericks. On Tuesday, an engine blew up on a Southwest Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Dallas. One passenger died after nearly being sucked out of the plane. Yes, of course there were explosive planets on the angles of the chart at the time of the explosion. That is not surprising.  But have you heard the recording of the conversation between air traffic controllers and SWA 1380’s pilot, Tammie Jo Shults? Shall we forgive the Philly air traffic controller for referring Ms. Shults as “him” on more than one occasion? Surprise, surprise — Philly air traffic controller — and did you know that Ms. Shults is also a pioneering ex-Navy fighter pilot? No birth date available yet — but what an inspiration.
  • Here’s a disruptive story —  involving jumping to erroneous conclusions —  also out of Philadelphia: two African-American men were arrested at a local Starbuckss after  the store manager called 911 because the men hadn’t ordered anything. . The men were waiting for a friend — who arrived as the men were being taken away in handcuffs. Seriously, City of Brotherly Love? Here is Philadelphia’s horoscope, for students who might like to see what’s going on. Meanwhile, Starbucks plans to close all of its stores for one day next month to discuss racial bias. Philadelphia’s police chief has also issued an apology after initially defending the arresting officers.
  • File under “mistakes are gifts”: “Scientists  “accidentally” create enzyme that eats plastic bottles.”   Yay!
  • Surprise! It was revealed that P45’s nominee for Secretary of State — Mike Pompeo —  secretly met with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un over Easter weekend.
  • Surprise! IRS computers crash — everyone gets an extra day to file!
  • Surprise! Massive power outage (again) in Puerto Rico impacts entire island.
  • Not an actual earthquake, but a big, fat feature in a recent NYT: “San Francisco’s Big Seismic Gamble.”
  • Surprise, surprise: Neil Gorsuch sides with the four liberal justices in a case involving immigration.
  • This is not a surprise — more of an “I told you so.” There are too many men in India and China and it’s created major upsets, with more to come.

Finally, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley pushed back against the White House, which accused her of “being confused” about what P45 planned to do about sanctions against Russia (nothing, despite what Ms. Haley may have been told). “I don’t get confused,” said Ms. Haley. Really? Let’s look at her horoscope.  She’s an Aquarius if born after 6 PM on January 20, 1972; otherwise, she’s a Capricorn. Either way, she — like those born in the early days of Taurus — is currently being supercharged by transiting Uranus in contact with her Sun. Translation: a need for freedom and independence, which may be experienced as a electric, innovative, rebellious and otherwise disruptive. As for her mindset (and potential for confusion), she has Mercury in hard-nosed Capricorn in a provocative connection with a high-functioning Mars in Aries AND Uranus in Libra. No confusion here, though she might be innovative, quirky, surprising, combative, impatient and/or impulsive. There is, however, a suggestion of a need for idealism in her social expression and values. Said values might be rose-colored or dreamy, but there’s no lack of clarity about how she thinks about them. I hope I’ve made that perfectly clear.

Need some clarity about your own personal world? That’s what I’m here for. Here’s the 411 on consultations.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

Monday 4/16/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; New Moon in Aries

…and it’s off to the races we go.

The first half of the work week is driven by a Taurus Moon, still fresh out of the gate after last night’s New Moon in Aries. While a Taurus Moon may seek to preserve the status quo, comfort and material security, there’s a buzz in the air. That’s courtesy of the Aries Sun’s upcoming meet-up with rebel Uranus, exact on WEDNESDAY at 9:59 AM ET.  Meanwhile, a high-functioning Venus in Taurus is in harmony with Pluto, but in a tense face-off with expansive Jupiter.  Those patterns are exact on TUESDAY at 9:02 AM ET and 2:59 AM ET, respectively. We’re likely to see stories of abundance and excess, for better or for worse — with significant illumination on issues that sparked when Venus was conjunct Jupiter in Scorpio last November.  That was when revelations about the Harvey Weinstein atrocities really got going, along with other sexual abuses by men behaving badly. Venus refers to money, art and social expression, as well as women.

Three other planets — Mercury, Saturn and Pluto — are in the process of  changing direction and are at virtual dead stops. The image that comes to mind is one of focus — in the way an impatient driver sits on his or her horn while stuck in traffic. The focus is related to a heavy, pioneering mindset (Mercury in Aries), executive authority (Saturn in Capricorn) and corporate power (Pluto in Capricorn).  Mercury turned direct yesterday ta 5:21 AM ET; Saturn turns retrograde at 9:47 PM ET on WEDNESDAY; Pluto turns retrograde on SUNDAY at 11:23 AM ET.

Retrograde planets suggest a time to look inward for authority in whatever matters ruled by that planet. They also suggest delays or reconsideration.  Pluto is power, control, regeneration, transformation, healing.  Saturn refers to plans structure, discipline and ambition. You’re more personally affected by the retrogrades if you have planets or angles around 9 or 21 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. Book a consultation and we’ll talk about it.

Mercury moving forward suggests we’ll need a day or two of adjustment in thought, communication and travel.  Don’t get me started on the mess of a subway trip I had yesterday. You? Over the next few weeks – until  about May 3rd — we may see the flaws in the so-called bright ideas that came up since late March. That’s how long it will take Mercury to get back to the place it was when it turned retrograde.

Finally,  Chiron, the Wounded Healer is also pulling focus.  It’s changing signs — from Pisces to Aries on WEDNESDAY. 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? Right now Chiron is  the verrrrry end of Pisces — it can’t see past the feeling that we may have reached the end. It can’t see a re-birth that’s just around the corner, as Chiron enters Aries. The poster child for this potential depth of despair is David A. Buckel, a prominent  human rights attorney and environmental activist who set himself on fire  early Saturday in a Brooklyn park —  to protest how our use of fossil fuels is destroying the planet. He had a partner. He had a daughter.  Why? He was only 60 — no birth date available yet.

Another poster child for the  downside potential of the weekend’s planetary patterns: the miserable young woman on the subway who for some reason believed that two other women had somehow invaded her space. They apologized, to no avail. The woman screamed that she had “nothing to lose'” and spat at them.

Anyhoo…

Yesterday’s New Moon, happened at 9:57 PM ET.  A New Moon offers us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle.  Make a list, light a candle, say a prayer — yes, there is still time. This New Moon  was in Aries.  The need is 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, the vulnerable, the underdog. 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. To Aries, 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 be thought of FIRST.  Astrologer Rick Levine likes to say the Aries operating principle is, “Ready…Fire…Aim!” Wherever, whatever…so long as something gets started. I like to say that Aries falls down stairs because it is faster than walking. You got a problem with that?

As volatile as this New Moon may be, the upside potential suggests opportunity for new beginnings, necessitated by the need for change. You will feel this need more personally if you have a planet or angle around 27 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn.  This New Moon squares the 26 Capricorn Midheaven of the P45 inauguration chart, so his administration’s status is activated. The New Moon squares the U.S. Mercury, so our collective minds may be blown.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is “lost opportunity regained in the imagination.” I’ll defer to Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee for thoughts on what this Symbol suggests.

Your Moon voids this week — times to chill and stick to routine: TUESDAY 6:05 PM ET until WEDNESDAY 8:02 AM ET; FRIDAY 8:05 AM ET – 10:26 AM ET.

And now, the news.

Thanks to Avid Reader Beth for making sure I did not miss this story about riots in a South Carolina maximum-security prison. Seven inmates were killed. Were Mars and Pluto on all four angles of the chart for the start of the fights Sunday at 7:15 PM ET in Bishopville? Of course they were — and the Aries Sun, Moon and Uranus pile-up were in the 7th.  That’s a lot of rebellious me-me-me energy in everyone else’s face. The fights were not contained until after 2 AM Monday, after the Moon had completed it’s meet-up with rebel Uranus. Astrology is amazing.

In other news, P45 ordered missile strikes on Syria to distract us from his numerous personal scandals. The Moon was void of course at the time the strikes began. Much ado about nothing? No consequence? I don’t know, but today the stock markets seem to be doing their Moon-in-Taurus best to preserve material security and the status quo.  Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders appears to have clarified a photo she tweeted  which seemed to suggest that VP Mike Pence was in the briefing room when the strikes were ordered. This would have been impossible, as the VP was in Peru, looking forward to  “a banquet hosted by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski .”  Does it matter if  Mr. Kuczynski resigned three weeks ago in a political scandal (and thus was not likely to be hosting a banquet for the VP)? What – EVER…and all hail, Mercury retrograde! Does Mike Pence have planets hit by Mercury retrograde in recent days? Yes — his Saturn — and possibly his Moon (we don’t have a birth time for the VP).

Finally, here’s to the start of a new beginning: a telescope named Tess is scheduled to launch today. Its mission: to search the galaxy for as many at 20,000 habitable planets. We might need them some day.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 4/13/2018 & the Weekend: REcap of a Whopper Week: Tribute to an Avid Reader

TGIF and then some. What a week.

I needed to take time away from the forecast for a few days.  I have been focused on Avid Reader Frank. You may recall I mentioned he was one of the very first Avid Readers of this forecast when I started it nine years ago.  If you read my forecast on Facebook @GraceAstrology, you may have noticed Frank’s daily “thumbs up” comments and shares  with his Facebook posse. We should all be so lucky to have a friend as constant and supportive.

Today Frank will be reading this forecast from his new digs among the angels.  He left the physical world on Tuesday night, surrounded by family and friends. It could not have been more peaceful.  Frank was a great humanitarian and advocate, as well as a gifted musician and intuitive. He believed he was here to help others — and he did. I am certain he will find a way to fulfill his Moon in Aquarius mission from whatever space he is in now.

Could we see the potential for Frank’s exit in his horoscope? Absolutely  — well over a year ago.  Over the past couple of months, when he was first hospitalized, I noted his daily progress against the patterns in his horoscope. I saw a potential energy surge — which corresponded with him being moved out of ICU. There was hope. But the energy surge was quickly followed by a serious squeeze — and I suspected this would be reflected by a heavy challenge. It was.  And so he left.

I am certain he is joyfully reunited with his guides and other loved ones on the other side. I am certain he is delighted by his new-found freedom and abilities, unencumbered by the weight of a body. Still, he leaves behind a big hole in the fabric of the physical world.  Only time can repair it.

This was Frank’s idea of a perfect day in New York:

 

Can you tell that Avid Reader Frank is a Capricorn, driven by Moon in Aquarius, wearing the mask of a Sagittarius Ascendant?

Here is a recap of this week’s patterns — started writing this a few days ago — just couldn’t finish and post:

An Aquarius Moon started the work week, seeking to be appreciated for that which is unique and socially significant. It went void on Wednesday 10:55 AM ET and entered Pisces at 2:40 PM ET.  On FRIDAY (today) the Pisces Moon will be void between  7:27 AM and 11:26 PM ET — yep, that’s right — ALL DAY.   During Moon voids we are advised to stick to routine concerns and roll with whatever twists and flakes derail our efforts to move forward in a straight line. In Pisces, the Moon seeks to works with impressions and ideals, facilitating compassion, empathy and the understanding that we are all part of the same Big Giant Pizza Pie. As it were. Chill and don’t turn molehills of trouble into a mountain. Crises which crop up are often much ado about nothing. Chill!

Over the weekend, the Moon will be in Aries — beginning anew on SUNDAY at 9:57 PM ET — and I’ll post a forecast for that dynamic New Moon then. Meanwhile,  Mercury turns direct on Sunday — at 5:21 AM ET — on what may be an especially rollicking me-me-me day.

But surely there was more going on in the cosmos this week? Yes!  On WEDNESDAY, the Aries Sun was challenged by Pluto in Capricorn, facilitating power plays in world events, including significant news about energy and resources.  That happened at 12:51 AM ET — and we saw relevant stories all over the place. If you have a planet or angle around 21 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you may have experienced a power play in your own personal world, for better or for worse.  Next Wednesday, the Sun meets up with Uranus., offering an opportunity for yet another shoe to drop.. Watch for stories involving breakthroughs and breakouts, along with significant technological advances.

Humming in the background at the start of the week — and making exact contacts through the rest of the week: lovely harmonies among Venus (women, money, aesthetics, social expression, yin), Mars (yang, action, assertion, sexual desire, aggression), Neptune (vision,  (snake) oil, dreams, healing, spirits of all kinds) and Jupiter (expansion for better or worse):

  • Venus in Taurus trine Mars in Capricorn — exact on Wednesday at 2:02 AM
  • Venus sextile Neptune, exact Thursday at 12:27 PM ET
  • Jupiter sextile Pluto, exact Saturday at 6:26 AM ET
  • Mars sextile Neptune exact Saturday at  1:26 PM ET

And now, the news.

P45’s personal attorney — Michael “the fixer” Cohen — had a very bad day on Monday. His office, apartment and New York hotel room were all raided by law enforcement agents, on  a warrant requested by the office of the Attorney General of the Southern District of New York. You know what that means, don’t you? It means that Mr. Cohen can’t be pardoned by P45 for any convictions he might receive in a New York State court. P45 can only grant pardons in federal cases.  We don’t have a birth time for Mr. Cohen — DOB is Aug 25 1966 — Virgo with Moon in either late Sag or Capricorn.  If Capricorn, then reasonable to argue that it might be feeling the weight of transiting Saturn right about now. Interesting to note a few things he has in common with his infamous client: 1) a square between Mercury and Neptune, suggesting a highly imaginative approach to hardcore facts; and 2) Mars in Leo, a placement that has an impressive way of getting away with murder. This Mars will soon be hit by disruptive Uranus as soon as Uranus enters Taurus next month.

As for P45, his emotional state is there for all the world to see, suggested by a measurement between his righteously opinionated Moon in Sagittarius and his regal Leo Ascendant. A need to act on impulse — even more than usual — is suggested by another measurement between Uranus (upsets; risk) and Mars (anger; action; warfare). That doesn’t begin to fade until the end of June.  We are advised to be prepared for anything. Mentally, he’s feeling the heavy weight of transiting Saturn opposing his natal Mercury (how he needs to think and communicate). This Saturn is now at a virtual standstill, preparing to turn retrograde on Tuesday, April 17th.  The first Saturn-Mercury hit was on March 30th; the next one will be on May 6th.

UPDATE:  House Speaker Paul Ryan announced he will not run for re-election and he looks forward to receiving his big government pension after working so hard to cut support for everyone else.  Meanwhile, despite his alleged marching orders of “fiscal responsibility,” let the record show that under his watch the U.S. deficit is poised to explode.   Never forget that this man was born with Neptune exactly on the Ascendant. NYT pundit Paul Krugman knows exactly what that suggests — read about the potential of Neptune on the Ascendant here.   Search the archives and you’ll find plenty of write-ups about Speaker Ryan posted over the years.  With his announced resignation from Congress, we can see how his upcoming Jupiter transit to his natal 0 Sag “pie in the sky” Ascendant is likely to play out: expansion, expansion, expansion — free of the shackles of his current position.

UPDATE: James B. Comey, true to the ruthless communication potential of his Mercury-Pluto square, has shredded P45 in his new book, “A Higher Loyalty.” “It’s very persuasive,” says the NYT review. Right — that’s what I said — “true to the ruthless communication potential of his Mercury-Pluto square,” i.e., “persuasive.”

UPDATE: Bill Cosby, whose horoscope was first covered back in 2014, continues to be right on schedule. He’s back in court for a  Mercury REtrograde REtrial — on charges of sexual assault. A lot has changed since the first trial, which ended in a deadlocked jury. #MeToo, anyone? And there are big changes in Cosby’s horoscope, too. Transiting Pluto is squaring his Ascendant and opposing his Cancer Sun — and karma cop Saturn is squaring his natal Saturn. It seems quite possible that the jury will see him in a different light. A major Pluto phase has a way of changing one’s perspective. Resistance is futile.   Here is his horoscope, using an Aries Ascendant. It’s been tracking quite well since  2014.

Here are a few non-political stories reflecting the week’s planetary patterns.

Thank you for reading this forecast — and for sharing it with friends. Stay tuned for much, much more.

 

 

 

Friday 4/6/2018 & the Weekend: Mercury Retrograde Truth & Consequences

TGIF!

After wandering aimlessly (perhaps) through boundary-pushing Sagittarius, as of 2:01 PM ET the day is driven by a proactive Moon in Capricorn. Take care of enterprising projects around the house or find ways to enhance your social status this weekend. A harmony between Venus and Saturn on SATURDAY at 9:36 AM ET facilitates structuring your values and aesthetics into something tangible, albeit streamlined. Mind the potential for outbursts around 1:41 PM ET, as the proactive Moon meets up with a proactive Mars. Outbursts are not necessarily a downer or a danger. They come in handy in the final stages of a long run. Saturday night has a dreamy potential, courtesy of a harmony between Moon and Neptune around 8:46 PM ET.

SUNDAY starts with the last challenge to last month’s New Moon agenda, a.k.a. the Third Quarter Moon. A focused power play and/or catharsis is suggested by the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto at 9:02 AM ET, followed by a surprise or other upset to the status quo around 10:40 PM ET, when the Moon clashes with rebel Uranus. Moon will be void from then until 2:40 AM ET on MONDAY…no sleeping in.

And now, the news.

But first…how’s your Mercury retrograde going? I missed the train yesterday and then misread the timetable for the next train. Ended up on a different train somewhere in Long Island — only to realize that it was taking me to the town I lived in when I was four years old. People, places and things from the past have a surprising way of REturning during Mercury retrogrades. The return trip into the city featured Google directions that took my Lyft driver absolutely nowhere near the train station and countless other delays. On the plus side, Pepper the Cat was REunited with a catnip-stuffed grasshopper that had been missing for months. You?

Other REturns, seasoned with Wednesday’s assertive square between Mercury and Mars, followed by Thursday’s heavy mental square between Mercury and Saturn:

  • A truck seized under civil forfeiture laws two years ago was suddenly returned. The truck’s owner is suing the government for restitution and a class-action judgement;
  • A painting by a Dutch master worth millions is discovered in a storeroom;
  • The body of a CDC researcher who went missing seven weeks ago in Georgia was found in the Chattahoochee River;
  • Who remembers the Menendez brothers? They killed their parents almost 30 years ago in Beverly Hills. It took seven years and two trials to convict them of first-degree murder and sentence them to life in prison. After living in separate prisons since then, the two have been REunited;
  • Reports commissioned in the 80s by Royal Dutch Shell reveal the company knew that climate change was real and that fossil fuel consumption was a leading cause — and oh, by the time the connection was discovered, it might be too late;
  • Cyclist Juli Briskman, whose photo of her giving P45 the bird last fall resulted in her losing her job after the photo went viral is now suing. How does this compare to the nurse I told you about in Monday’s post? She lost her job after her racist FB screeds went viral. Were her First Amendment rights violated? Why or why not?
  • In Italy, a former postman was found with 400kg of undelivered mail — three years’ worth. He said he didn’t deliver it because the pay was too low.

Conservative author Kevin Williamson said this week that women who have abortions should suffer death by hanging. Well that’s an apt potential of Mercury-Mars shooting off at the mouth. The next day, he was fired by his employer, The Atlantic. Happy Saturn square Mercury. Was that too harsh?

After a liberal judge won an election in Wisconsin this week (the first win for a non-incumbent “liberal” in 23 years), Governor Scott Walker had a “meltdown” about a possible “blue wave” in November. With transiting Jupiter on the Sun and Moon of this double-Scorpio last fall, we can appreciate why he tossed his hat into the ring for a third term. That expansive influence will be behind him in November. Instead he’ll be wrestling with the  third squeeze suggested by transiting Saturn in a tough aspect with his equally tough Mars-Saturn square. He’s wrestling with the first squeeze now, with the due in late May/June. Wish we had a birth time.

Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt continues to feel the squeeze of Saturn on his natal Libra Moon, as more and more details of his swamp monster corruption are exposed.  That’s not going away this year — nor is the tremendous effort in the face of loss suggested by another key pattern.  With its comfort and status quo-seeking Taurus driven by a people-pleasing Moon in Libra, Pruitt’s persona is fronted by a regal luxury-loving Leo Ascendant. Oh — and this regal projection is all the more inflated by a natal Jupiter at 26 Leo — yes, in his First House — right there for all the world to see. The man needs to live large…so now you can understand his first class flying habits and other ostentatious perks, even as he slashes and burns.  And of course he’d be a bigly fan of P45, with that Jupiter on P45’s equally regal Leo Ascendant and Mars…and of course P45 would still be singing his praises this week as the perfect candidate to replace Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.  If only Pruitt’s Jupiter hadn’t been totally eclipsed last August and again in February, forcing all of that glitz into the light. By the next New Moon on April 15th, transiting Uranus will have hit his Midheaven — professional and public status, suggesting an opportunity for change, for better or for worse.  Here is his horoscope.

In other news, harsh judgement from the NFL: a cheerleader is fired after posting a picture of herself on Instagram in lingerie. Op-ed write Kareem Abdul-Jabbar rails against the NFL’s efforts to “protect America from witches.” How do you know if you’re in the company of a witch? Sir Bedevere explains, in this classic scene from Monty Python & the Holy Grail.

Finally, a sneak peek at the kinds of stories we’ll be seeing a lot more of once innovative Uranus enters Taurus on May 15th. Taurus refers to material comfort and security, banking and agriculture, just to name a few. Uranus refers to technology, disruptions and genetic mutations. “Scientists Harvest First Vegetables in Antarctic Greenhouse.

What’s going on in your horoscope? When are you likely to be feeling a squeeze? A push for expansion? What about your significant others and your children? Find out in a personal consultation. Many thanks for the referrals!

Thank you for reading this forecast.

P.S. Delighted to be published in this month’s issue of Dell HOROSCOPE!  Do run out and buy a copy, won’t you?

Monday 4/2/2018: Sneak Peek at a Militant Mental Week; Mars-Saturn in the News

Happy Militant  Marching Monday!

Moon is in Scorpio, driving the day with a need for depth and control. Go for it today — and mind the Moon void on TUESDAY at 12:05 PM ET until WEDNESDAY at 2:55 AM ET. Avid Readers of this forecast will remember than Moon voids are apt for taking care of routine concerns, as opposed to launching a brand new initiative. No impulse shopping. Roll with the twists and flakes that may impede your efforts to move forward in a straight line. You are doubly advised to avoid making a mountain out of a molehill, given that Mercury is still retrograde. Clean out your desks or closets; reconnect with old colleagues and friends. Chill!

Mercury pulls focus in other ways this week. On WEDNESDAY -3:06 AM ET — and we’re feeling it now — Mercury in impulsive me-me-me Aries will challenge Mars in Capricorn.  With the Moon in righteously opinionated Sagittarius, I see potential for plenty of shooting off at the mouth, later regretted.  On THURSDAY  at 4:22 AM ET, Mercury will be challenged by Saturn, perhaps putting the kibosh on those impulsive yakkers. Watch the headlines for signs of heavy control. If you have a planet or angle around 9 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you are more personally affected.

On FRIDAY the Sagittarius Moon will be void between 9:36 AM ET and 2:01 PM ET. There’s your excuse for sleeping in. After the void, Moon will be in Capricorn through the weekend, looking to make something happen.  Venus (women, money, art, social expression) will harmonize with Saturn on SATURDAY at 9:36 AM ET, seeking to stabilize and control. May be some interesting pronouncements in the Friday afternoon news dump.

What do all these patterns mean for you personally? Find out in a personal consultation. If we haven’t spoken in over a year, you’re due for a check-up. We will have an excellent discussion together.

And now, the news.

Today’s militant, marching Mars-Saturn meet-up in Capricorn continues to dominate the headlines.  Compare the news over the weekend with the headlines in February, when Neptune was pulling focus. I wonder when the New York Times will notices how in sync it is with astrology. Here are the Sunday NYT’s top stories:

In other news…

This morning we learn that a page with information about breast cancer has been scrubbed from the Department of Health and Human Services’ website.  We also learn that on the vernal equinox, P45 invited Vladimir Putin to the White House. That was a time when we’d expect prominent news about prominent leaders.  Meanwhile, P45’s trade war heats up, as China slaps tariffs on the U.S.

Another big story this morning is a follow-up on corporate efforts to control media outlets — as predicted during Saturn’s sojourn in Sagittarius starting a few years ago. One corporation to watch was Sinclair Broadcasting, which was gobbling up local news stations faster than a rabid Pac-Man. It now owns hundreds of local stations — more than any other entity. Here’s a repeat of a John Oliver segment on Sinclair. Over the weekend, news anchors at Sinclair stations were ordered by their corporate owners to read a statement straight out of George Orwell’s 1984.  John Oliver has the latest — and it’s must-see.  On the bright side, who even watches local news anymore? Saturn in Sagittarius put the squeeze on media companies and cable fees are so high that more and more viewers are cutting the cord.  You?

Mars pulling focus refers to guns and cars. Saturn is authoritarian control.

  • In Sacramento, protests were held after an autopsy revealed that Stephon Clark — an unarmed African-American — was shot in the back multiple times by police officers who may have believed he had been breaking into cars. Mr. Clark was in the backyard of his grandmother’s house when he was killed. Over the weekend, a 60-year-old woman protester was knocked down by a sheriff’s car. Meanwhile, a nurse who posted on social media that Mr. Clark deserved to be killed for “being stupid” has been fired from her job. Remember the Mercury retrograde mantra: When in doubt, be silent!
  • “Affluenza” Texas teen Ethan Couch — who killed four people while driving drunk and then claimed he was too rich to be held responsible, was released from prison after serving two years. His post-prison life is subject to strict controls.
  • Contrast Couch’s sentence with that of Texas resident  Crystal Mason.  While on probation, she filed a provisional ballot in the 2016 November election. A provisional ballot means that your voter registration status is not clear; local election workers will sort it out after the polls close. She says she did not know that in Texas, you are not allowed to vote if you are on probation (laws vary state-to-state). Her punishment: five years in prison.

Notable obituaries:

It wouldn’t be a real Mercury retrograde without a notable strike. Teachers walked out in Kentucky; those in Oklahoma may follow suit.

There’s always more to report — but then this forecast would never ship. Here’s a random fun item to close on: Hubble telescope captures image of most distant star ever seen. It’s called Icarus.

Thank you for reading this forecast. Avid Reader Frank is doing much, much better — thanks to all who sent good wishes.

Friday 3/30/2018 & the Weekend: Blue Full Moon in Libra; Pope Francis, Roseanne, Sean Penn & Me

TGIF!

The Virgo Moon was void  today until 1:52 PM ET.  Chill, focus on routine and don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. Once the Moon enters Libra, people-pleasing, fairness and diplomacy in relationship drive the agenda. There are no tough aspects to the Moon today, suggesting an easy flow of action.

Meanwhile, Venus, which refers to social expression, aesthetics and finance, leaves fiery Aries at 12:54 AM ET on SATURDAY. Destination: earthy Taurus, one of the signs Venus rules. For the next few weeks, note how a need for tangible value, comfort and security manifests in the news.  Note that any planet in Taurus can be stubborn and resistant to change. It’s interesting to see how Venus will be in harmony with Mars and Saturn through mid-April. Mars and Saturn in Capricorn are reflecting the heavy militant action potential we’re seeing in the headlines, for better or for worse.

We’ll see some bumps starting in the wee hours on  SATURDAY.  At 3:12 AM ET and 5:22 AM ET, Moon clashes with Mars (action/anger/assertion) and Saturn (control/patriarchy). Emotions will be on the rise and by the time the Moon waxes to its fullness at  8:37 AM ET, the mood may be cranky. What’s it going to be: war or peace?  Guns or butter? Me or us? Action or discussion? These are a few polarities a Libra Full Moon opposing an Aries Sun bring to mind.

With Mercury retrograde meeting up with the Aries Sun on SUNDAY at 1:53 PM ET, the mind may be blinded by a crusading, pioneering, idealistic light. The action potential in the aftermath of this Full Moon is exceptional. We’ll see some of it around the weekly clash between the Moon and heavy hitters Pluto and Uranus, exact early Sunday AM and mid-afternoon, respectively.

Chill during the Moon void on Sunday between 2:29 PM ET and 6:57 PM.

Absolutely no sleeping in on MONDAY. The Moon will be in Scorpio, moving ahead with ruthless depth on its quest for world domination.  The Mars-Saturn meet-up that’s been a galvanizing force for the past couple of weeks will be exact at 11:44 AM ET. Make the most of it in your own personal world.

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are “the president of the country” (for the Sun in me-me-me Aries) and “a professor peering over his glasses” (for the Moon in we-we-we Libra). I dunno, what do you think? Brute executive willpower vs.  refined studied knowledge? The links in the last sentence will take you to thoughts from Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee.

Fun fact: when we set the Full Moon chart in Washington DC, most all of the action is happening behind the scenes. Neptune is running wild, as it has been for weeks, suggesting continued fog, scandal and things not being as they seem. The heavy Mars-Saturn meet-up is in the 9th House, suggesting militant action in publishing, foreign affairs, education and higher courts — just to name a few.

You are more personally affected by this Full Moon if you have a planet or angle around 11 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. Consult your local astrologer for details.

And now, the news.

In the category of disruptive, militant, streamlining in an effort to take control:

  • Any story about the Parkland shooting survivors, who are simply not going away. This week  companies pulled advertising from Fox host Laura Ingraham‘s show. She mocked student David Hogg after he was rejected by several colleges.  I share this story for Avid Readers who may have children receiving college rejection letters this week — it’s the season. Take heart! Your children have bright futures ahead of them, regardless.
  • The ouster of VA head David Shulkin, who responded by penning a scathing op-ed decrying a perceived threat to the agency: privatization. In thinking of a suitable  replacement to run one of the largest and challenged federal agencies, I’m sure the first name that popped into your head was Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, P45’s personal physician. No? You’re in good company. In another scathing op-ed co-penned by a former colleague, Dr. Jackson is criticized for a seemingly-stunning affability and lack of objectivity. And I thought to myself, I bet Dr. Jackson has Moon in Pisces, in touch with Neptune. And in fact, he does! The big windfall opportunity that just landed on his plate is suggested by a spark between transiting Uranus to  his natal Jupiter. Birth data: May 4, 1970 in Levelland, Texas. Fun fact: Stormy Daniels has one of those, too.
  • In Kentucky, lawmakers found a novel way to prevent coal miners with black lung disease  from claiming disability benefits: muzzle certain medical professionals
  • Add the unconventional attractions potential of Wednesday’s meet-up of Venus and Uranus to the streamlining mix and you might be “Scrubbed Clean: Why a Certain Kind of Sex is Disappearing From the Internet.”
  • More on the 2020 U.S. Census: “The Trump Administration’s Plan to Make People Disappear.”
  • In the UK, a man who moved there from Antigua 59 years ago received a letter from the Home Office saying he might be sent home. See? It’s not just the U.S.

UPDATE: Pope Francis. Even in the Afterlife, the population has been streamlined, according to His Holiness — in a recent meeting reported by The Guardian:

During the meeting…the pope [was asked] where “bad souls” go, to which he was quoted as responding: “They are not punished. Those who repent obtain God’s forgiveness and take their place among the ranks of those who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot be forgiven disappear. A hell doesn’t exist, the disappearance of sinning souls exists.”

No Hell? Wow! That’s a shock — with likely more to come this year, as transiting Uranus hits the  pope’s 0 degree Taurus Midheaven multiple times. What other status quos will he overturn? In his horoscope, we can see that his  Cancer Ascendant and his Capricorn Mercury are being activated by the Mars-Saturn meet-up, as well as tomorrow’s illuminating Full Moon. Whatever he has to say on Easter Sunday should be equally illuminating.  For more on the Pope’s horoscope, click here.

Meanwhile…

Roseanne Barr is all over the news. The revival of her sitcom — Roseanne — has gotten rave reviews, with initial ratings to match.  What’s going on in her horoscope?  She’s a Scorpio, driven by the Moon in  Gemini, needing to be the cleverest, most intensely entertaining gal in the room, even if what comes out of her mouth is boundary-pushing and sloppy.  It needs to be with her Gemini Moon opposed by Mercury in Sagittarius. Her Scorpio Sun is currently under the expansive potential of Jupiter — soon to hit the top of  her horoscope this fall.  This adds to the bigness she needs to express in everything she is, suggested by her natal Jupiter (in comfort-seeking Taurus) opposing her natal Sun.  Her Ascendant is Aquarius, suggesting a need to be seen as a humanitarian — if perhaps in a somewhat eccentric, detached way.  Militant, explosive, innovative, fanatical and charismatic — an odd mix of the old guard and avant garde —  is suggested in a tense pattern among her Mars, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus. Those planets have been or will soon be supercharged by transiting Pluto.  We see the potential for persuasive action and disruption in the recent past, with a tremendous effort required now through 2019 that may be somewhat angst-driven.  We shall see.

UPDATE: Sean Penn, whose horoscope was last covered here in early 2016.  This renegade Leo king (his Leo Sun is conjunct Uranus) is driven by a home/family security-seeking Cancer Moon. The mask he wears is a righteously opinionated, boundary-pushing Sagittarius Ascendant. He needs to be seen that way — big time, with Jupiter sitting right on the Ascendant. His social expression is likely to be perfectionist and intensely empowering (on a good day); wasteful overkill (on a bad one) — suggested by a Venus-Pluto meet-up in Virgo, challenged by Mars. Control and authority is a constant adjustment in matters of walking and talking. Other patterns suggest visionary thinking — for better or for worse.

Why are we talking about his horoscope now? He’s just written a book — and critics agree it’s a mess! “Repellent and stupid on so many levels,” says one. “Sean Penn the novelist must be stopped!” Where do we see this train wreck potential in the horoscope? How about two patterns involving Neptune — one to his Midheaven (reputation/status) and the other to his Ascendant. He needs to be a visionary, but one potential of a heavy Neptune phase is delusion, bewilderment and ego-wipeout. Ouch! Plus, transiting Saturn is opposing his sensitive Cancer Moon.  That can be harsh and isolating. Double ouch!

Hope you’re having a better week than Sean Penn. And that you won’t be hit by debris from a falling Chinese space station. As for me, I’m spending my birthday with my right foot wrapped and on ice. Back in October 2016, on an exact hit to my Ascendant and other planets in my horoscope, I stepped in a pothole and twisted my ankle and knee. With transiting Mars back at the exact same place this week, the foot has flared up — and I’m just not in mood to consult a doctor to see if she thinks it’s a sprain, stress fracture, tight calf muscles or whatever.  Yes, astrology is amazing.

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Wednesday 3/28/2018 & a Few Days: Catching Up on the News; an Extraordinary Eclipse

 

All-righty then!

At 10:30 AM ET the Moon entered Virgo, driving most of the next three days with a need to make things right in exacting detail. How is your Mercury retrograde REorganizing going? What are you throwing out? A lot, potentially, using the streamlined, proactive focus of the soon-t0-be exact meet-up between Mars and Saturn on April 2nd.  Not to mention THURSDAY’s 10:16 AM ET square between Saturn and the Aries Sun. In the language of astrology, Saturn refers to necessary control, ambition and discipline. The Sun refers to ego, leaders, vitality.

Headlines that happened in the aftermath of Sun-Saturn squares can be found here and here.  Search the archives and you’ll find more. You are more personally affected by the potential for a streamlined squeeze or advance if you were born around the 28th of March, June, September and December…or if you have a planet or angle around 4-9 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. Now would be an excellent time to book a personal consultation — and I know this because the horoscopes of most of my recent clients fall into this category. Join them!

You can also be proactive about REconnecting with people from your past. I spent yesterday morning catching up with college classmates whom I had not spoken with in years. Found out that one had triplets — what a surprise! And that surprise was an apt reflection of this evening’s meet-up between Venus (women) and Uranus (did I mention surprise?).  Who or what has suddenly returned in your life  since Mercury turned retrograde on March 22nd? You have until April 15th to RE-establish ties. Go for it! And especially GO FOR IT this week, where there are few bumps impeding the flow of the Virgo Moon.  It doesn’t get choppy until Saturday….

And now, the news.

Streamlining is all over the news – militantly so:

Serious Saturn-Sun news involving heads of state:

  • Kim Jong-un visits China’s Xi Jinping 
  • P45 has been officially summoned in a lawsuit alleging he is violating the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution. Maryland and D.C. are the plaintiffs.
  • P45 loses in his company’s arbitration efforts to regain control of its Panama hotel.
  • Add in the disruption of status quo involving money and aesthetics (suggested by today’s meet-up between Venus and Uranus):  no more public funding of portraits of federal agency heads and politicians.

Meanwhile, Helen Gurley Brown’s horoscope is also under tension. Her 28 Aquarius Sun was impacted by last August’s Big Fat Total Eclipse, as well as the eclipse at 27 Aquarius in February. Transiting Saturn (control, cuts) is squaring her natal Saturn and her Libra Midheaven (public status). Saturn rules her 2nd House — referring to money and self-worth. On today’s disruptive Venus-Uranus meet-up at 27 Aries, Walmart removed Cosmopolitan  from its checkout aisles. Does Ms. Brown have a tense aspect between Venus and Uranus in her horoscope? Of course she does.

Did you know that Cosmopolitan was founded in 1886 — as a “family magazine?” It was also once a “literary magazine.” It was in 1965 — the first hit of the revolutionary Uranus-Pluto conjunction — that Helen Gurley Brown became Cosmo’s editor. She turned that magazine upside down! In the aftermath of the 2011-2016 Uranus-Pluto square, perhaps another transformation is in order.

UPDATE: House Speaker Paul Ryan, whose horoscope has been discussed here many times. This week it was rumored that the Speaker would be resigning “within 60 days.” Speaker Ryan denied it — with Mercury retrograde, one is always advised to refrain from believing everything one reads in the papers. What does his horoscope suggest? Certainly there are tensions now — with a critical period happening at the end of June and early July, as transiting Mars stations and turns retrograde on his natal Sun. Feels like a battle requiring physical/assertive energy. This fall, after Election Day, transiting Jupiter meets up with Neptune and his Ascendant — that’ll happen at 0 degrees Sagittarius.  This suggests an expanded idealism — and possibly an expanded personal projection. I wonder where he will be a year from now, when transiting Neptune hits the bottom of his horoscope. In my experience, this transit may be experienced as if one is suddenly standing in quicksand, unclear about how one fits into one’s home/foundation. A windfall opportunity may present itself later in 2019, followed by a break for independence in 2020.

In other news, Avid Readers may remember these guys from a forecast posted last August called “The Wiggy Uranus-Neptune Semi-Square”

That’s a picture of Uranus and Neptune when they met up in Capricorn in the early 90s. Their mission: to dissolve boundaries, and connect everyone together into one big spooky, ooky family…with the Capricorn part of the picture suggesting a potential corporate backing. That meet-up (technically called a conjunction) planted the seeds for the cycle. The semi-square is the first challenge to the seeds planted. Do we like what we planted? Now that we’re all connected via Facebook and Google, perhaps you’d like to know what they now know about you. Look here.   Is it spooky, ooky — or something even….(insert your adjective here).

So now we are seeing these big tangled webs of connection being challenged — the timing is perfect.  Mark Zuckerberg is being called to testify before Congress (after apparently dissing requests to appear before Parliament). And we are finding out more about the good folks who worked with Cambridge Analytica to come up with those fun “what kind of pasta/flower/horror movie creature/superhero are you?” personality quizzes that plagued Facebook in the early stages of the U.S. presidential campaign.

We do not have a confirmed birth time for Mark Zuckerberg, but we can see that his Mercury (how he needs to think and communicate) at roughly 29 Aries is under the influence of this Uranus-Neptune semi-square. The next exact hit — the third of five — happens on June 16th.  Patterns in the chart for the launch of Facebook (Feb 4, 2004 in Cambridge, MA) are also impacted by the Uranus-Neptune semi-square. Let’s see what happens.

Meanwhile, WaPo’s James Hohmann is on the case. In today’s Daily 202, he wants you to know about historian Niall Ferguson’s new book:

The Square and the Tower” is a cautionary tale that challenges the conventional wisdom that growing interconnectedness is inherently good for society…

To understand the current eraFerguson believes we need to look more at what happened after Johannes Gutenberg developed the printing press. Like the Web, the use of these presses was difficult to centrally control. “At the beginning of the Reformation 501 years ago, Martin Luther thought naively that if everybody could read the Bible in the vernacular, they’d have a direct relationship with God, it would create ‘the priesthood of all believers’ and everything would be awesome,” said Ferguson.

From an astrological perspective, we see Gutenberg using new technology (Uranus) to advance a spiritual connection (Neptune). Now — Uranus and Neptune hadn’t even been discovered in 1439-40, but guess what pattern they were in back then? Uranus was squaring Neptune! Coincidence or conspiracy?

Finally, thanks to Avid Reader Jennifer who sent in an apt reflection of how Mercury retrograde often coincides with secrets from the past revealed. “After 51 years, police recover remains believed to be of missing Cutchogue woman”   The woman was Louise Pietrewicz, who disappeared at age 38. Investigative reporter that I am, I dug further and found her birth date: August 22, 1928 — in Sagaponack, NY. Her Sun is at 29 Leo, conjunct Neptune at 28 Leo. Avid Readers will instantly realize that her Sun and Neptune would have been totally eclipsed back in August — and again in February. It is fascinating to note that her “cold case” was reopened last fall! And that her remains were finally uncovered after the eclipse in February. Eclipses — like Mercury retrogrades — have an odd way of coinciding with bringing what was hidden to light.

So. To all of you Avid Readers whose horoscopes were affected by last August’s eclipse — how have you seen that manifest in your life?

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Monday 3/26/2018: Sneak Peek at Another Militant Marching Week; Mars, Saturn and the Sun

Good Morning! Afternoon, actually. Takes a few hours write these forecasts.

The next two days are driven by the Moon in regal Leo, seeking to shine and help others shine, too. — with little interference from other planets.  The stage is set for drama, play and plenty of royal edicts. Whatever initiatives about home/family/emotional security that were pitched over the weekend, when the Moon was in Cancer, the Leo Moon facilitates efforts to organize them into a tangible form.

Notable planetary patterns this week: on WEDNESDAY at 8:46 PM ET, Venus (in warrior Aries) meets up with rebel Uranus. Venus refers to money, social expression, women and aesthetics.  When in touch with Uranus, we see the potential for unconventional attractions, gender-benders and disruptions to the status quo in Venusian concerns.  Watch the headlines.  Hours later, on THURSDAY at 10:16 AM ET, the Aries Sun is squared by Saturn in Capricorn.  Challenges between the Sun and Saturn are likely to be reflected in the headlines as an ambitious reach or a heavy cut, often involving political and corporate leaders. In your own personal world, if you have a planet or angle around 8 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, I’d want to ask you about the streamlining squeeze you’ve been feeling over the past few week, for better or worse. That squeeze isn’t going away anytime soon, and there’s plenty of positive things you can do with it — likely building on the revolutionary changes you experienced a few years ago.

Don’t know what degrees your planets and points are? Consider ordering one of my reports — or book a personal consultation. Astrology is a powerful planning tool. 

Emotions are on the rise this week, building to a crest at 8:37 AM ET on SATURDAY,  when we’ll have the Full Moon in Libra.  A few hours earlier, Venus will leave firebrand Aries and settle into comfortable Taurus.  I expect we’ll see headlines involving militant idealism and action over the weekend, reflecting 1) a meet-up between the Aries Sun and Mercury retrograde on SUNDAY at 1:53 PM ET, followed by  2) the high-functioning, make-things-happen meet up of Mars and Saturn in Capricorn, exact on MONDAY at 11:44 AM ET.

Take advantage of the proactive energy that will carry us through to next week. Tackle a project requiring focus and discipline. Use the potential suggested by Mercury retrograde to REview and REorganize.  Get rid of what no longer serves, as you lay down the bones for a new structure. Onward!

Your Moon voids this week — times to chill over perceived crises and stick to routine concerns — happen on WEDNESDAY 5:54 AM ET – 10:30 AM ET,  FRIDAY 12:59 AM ET – 1:52 PM ET. and SUNDAY 2:29 PM ET  – 6:57 PM ET.  Remember that Mercury is retrograde, so take the time to FOCUS and double check everything thrice before hitting “send.”

And now, the news.

With the weekend’s Cancer Moon needing to focus on home and family security, coupled with an energizing square between militant Mars (in Capricorn) and the pioneering, crusading Aries Sun, could there have been a more perfect day for Saturday’s March For Our Lives in Washington?  As I was not able to  join the rally in person, I channeled the physical energy of the Sun-Mars square into a thorough deep-clean of the oven while listening to the speeches. Here are some video highlights of these courageous young citizens.  If you’ve been in despair over the state of our union, take heart, for they are our future. Extra kudos to Emma Gonzalez (still no birth date available), whose stirring words were made more mesmerizing by six minutes and twenty seconds of silence.

“When in doubt, be silent” is apt for times when Mercury is retrograde. When chatter ceases and the mind is quiet, notice how some people find it uncomfortable. You’ll see it in the video of Emma’s speech. Why is this so? What comes up in the silence that requires people to create a noisy distraction? Another example of the power of silence: the opening scene from Contact, starring Jodie Foster. From radio chatter to radio silence, as the camera pulls away from Earth and into the solar system. When I saw this movie in theaters years ago, the audience could not keep quiet. Again, one wonders why.

Kudos to WaPo’s James Hohmann for pointing out the similarity between the current student protests against out-of-control gun violence and the ’60s student protests against the Vietnam War. Remember that those Vietnam protests occurred in the aftermath of the disruptive Uranus-Pluto conjunction of 1965-66. These protests are happening in the aftermath of the Uranus-Pluto squares of 2011-2016. We are just getting started. If you remember how volatile things were in the last ’60s and the early ’70s, that’s where we are again now, only the stakes are even higher.

But let’s get back to the pugilistic energy of Mars, which was reflected in headlines leading up to and through the weekend:

One story I’m dying to tackle, but just can’t make the time today: Cambridge Analytica.  Have you seen the Channel Four documentaries? Heard the latest on how CA has been accused of violating U.S. election laws?  Minutes ago, Cook County filed suit against CA and Facebook on how it exploited Facebook users’ data, violating an Illinois state law. Stay tuned!

Finally, Congress passed a spending bill last week and P45 signed it. Good news for lovers of NPR, PBS and NEA — they were not cut — hooray! Find out why The Atlantic calls this bill “A Domestic Budget  to Make Barack Obama Proud.”  I admit I did not see that  one coming.

Thank you for reading this forecast — and for all the wonderful client referrals! I leave you with Jennifer Hudson singing “The Times They Are a Changin'” — performed at the March For Our Lives. Where have we heard this song before? In the mid-60s, duh — from Bob Dylan.  The times were also a changing, then, but under patterns similar to ones we have not. Those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it. Let astrology be our guide!

Friday 3/22/2018 & the Weekend: Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide; Action & Power Plays

TGIF!

So much for my plan to write more often this week.  A dear friend is in the hospital. That’s been my focus in recent days.  To Avid Readers who are Reiki healers, chanters and senders of love and light, I invite you to send some healing beams to Avid Reader Frank. He was one of the first Avid Readers of this forecast, and his constant support in those early days kept me inspired to keep on writing.  He’s a sensitive soul — highly intuitive — and I know he will sense you are thinking of him. Gratitude.

Big news on Thursday (yesterday) was Mercury turning retrograde at 8:19 PM ET. I hope you BACKED UP COMPUTERS and other electronic devices. Here’s what else you need to know about coping with Mercury retrograde:

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 — those are all prominent news stories that happened during recent Mercury retrogrades. 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 from March 22nd until April 15th. 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. This time it’s backing up in Aries, a sign that falls down stairs because it’s faster than walking. Plenty of impulsive outbursts that one might live to regret?

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 have 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 cautions 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.

The Sabian Symbol for this Mercury retrograde is fascinating: “two prim spinsters.” Harmless enough, until Sabian Symbol Guru Blain Bovee gives us his two cents: “two unmarried proper ladies spinning yarns of mutually reinforced personal realities….a reality spun out of a need to compensate for what didn’t happen” i.e., that they never married. So whaddaya they know? We are advised to be on the look out for “stories that reinvent the past; that maintain a precision about a shared experience; that spin around a central point”…and that’s just for starters. You’ll feel this more personally if you have a planet or point around 17 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn.

Gratitude to Beth Owls Daughter for creating this fun Mercury Rx illustration:

Meanwhile…

Friday is driven by the Moon in Gemini, seeking  the buzz, buzz, buzz of who, what, when and where. But remember — Mercury is REtrograde — so be careful about believing what you hear!

The impulse to act and/or lash out is especially heightened over the next few days. On Friday at 7:13 PM ET, potent Pluto squares Venus in Aries. Be especially mindful of the potential for emotional overkill, power plays and witchy-bitchy women. The sign of the Ram is a tough placement for Venus, often suggesting a consummate flirt with an overwhelming need for approval and great sensitivity to rejection. On the plus side, this aspect can also suggest passion of the juiciest kind.

Moon enters Cancer on SATURDAY at 4:53 AM ET,  after a five hour void.  A Cancer Moon suggests a need to build and preserve emotional/family/home/homeland security — but that need may well be fraught with conflict. Why? Because at 11:35 AM ET we’ll have a clash between the me-me-me Aries Sun and the family-centric Cancer Moon, with an added dose of provocation from warrior Mars. Minutes later, at 12:08 PM ET, Mars squares the Sun. If you’ve got a planet or angle around  4 degrees of Aries, Capricorn, Libra or Cancer do something productive with those high-octane physical and creative urges.

SUNDAY features the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto at 4:41 PM ET, followed by Uranus at 2:58 AM ET on MONDAY. Pluto suggests power plays and emotional catharses; Uranus suggests upsets to the status quo. Well that should give us something to talk about that morning. No sleeping in — the Moon will be void at 2:58 AM ET, but it roars into regal Leo at 7:45 AM ET.

 

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Monday 3/19/2018: Happy New Moon in Pisces; Mars in Capricorn, Mercury Retrograde & Much, Much More!

…and happy Monday, too!

The work week begins with the Moon in me-me-me Aries, challenging you to arise, go forth and conquer.  If you were born halfway through Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn — or if you have a planet or angle around 16 degrees of Aries, how are you being inspired by the fierce idealism suggested by a meet-up between Venus and Mercury at 16 Aries, exact two minutes past midnight tonight? Meanwhile, power plays and upsets are anticipated today, as the Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus, at 5:05 AM ET and 3:29 PM ET, respectively. Moon then goes void until 9:07 PM ET. That would be a time to roll with the twists and flakes, stick to routine concerns and refrain from impulse purchases and making mountains out of molehills. Chill!

Once the Moon enters Taurus, see if you notice the shift from me-me-me impulse to “hey, let’s consolidate, organize and keep things as they ARE — especially with respect to material comfort and security.” The Taurus Moon goes void on WEDNESDAY at 1:21 PM ET for 12 hours. It buzzes into info junkie Gemini at 1:30 AM ET on THURSDAY, driving Friday afternoon’s news dump with a dose of likely emotional overkill, courtesy of an exact square between Venus in Amazon woman/virago Aries and potent Pluto. “If I be waspish, best beware my sting.” Ruthless much? Perhaps, and also exceptionally assertive (for better or for worse), given a square between two high-functioning planets:  Aries Sun and Capricorn Mars. Bottom line: a busy, busy week. Do something good with all of this potential, won’t you?

Mars finally exited loud-mouthed, boundary-pushing Sagittarius for a two-month stay in Capricorn. That happened over the weekend — on Saturday at 12:41 PM ET. Until May 15th, action and assertion seek practical, enterprising, status-improving expression. The goal is achievement — as in taking care of business, period. Got that? The end of March and early April have potential for an exacting discipline — militant, perhaps — as Mars meets up with Saturn.  A rush of action to seize power may be seen around the third week in April, as Mars meets up with Pluto.  Twists, shocks and tech advances are likely to disrupt headlines around May 15th, when Mars will square Uranus at the verrry end of Aries and beginning of Taurus. You’re affected by these Mars patterns if you have points or planets around 8 degrees, 21 degrees and 29 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, respectively. When was the last time you consulted with your astrologer? What’s your strategy for managing all of this can-do potential?

Other shifts this week: on TUESDAY at 12:16 PM ET, the Sun leaves Pisces for Aries, marking the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere; winter in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also the first day of the astrological New Year. Looking at a chart set for Washington, D.C., we immediately see Neptune right on the Midheaven, yet otherwise unaspected. Potential: all themes Neptune — fog, lies, oil, drugs, spirits of all kinds, wipe-out, scandal, etc. — running wild with respect to leaders, government and corporations. Ya think? We also see Mars and Saturn on the cusp of the 7th House, opposing a 5 degree Cancer Ascendant.  Control, cuts and conflict — affecting the need of this Cancer Ascendant to establish emotional/family/home/homeland security.  What drives this chart? A high-functioning Taurus Moon, seeking to preserve the status quo, material comfort and security; otherwise resisting change. Hmm.  Moon is in an obsessive quindecile pattern with Jupiter retrograde in Scorpio, suggesting a compulsive fixation of those juicy Jupiter in Scorpio  scandalous themes of wretched excess in  sex, death and money.  #MeToo isn’t going anywhere, suggested by the Moon’s meet-up with the Fixed Stars  Hamal and Schedir.  Looking at the upside potential, Hamal suggests issues involving following one’s path; Schedir refers to power…of a Queen. Should we be surprised that ancient astrological texts gave short shrift to the constellation containing a star referring to power expressed through the feminine? Time’s up, already! And while we’re speaking of Fixed Stars, let the record show that the Sun at 0 Aries is conjunct the Fixed Star Scheat, affectionately pronounced by some astrologers as “sh*t.” Just remember, there is always an upside potential!

On THURSDAY, Mercury turns retrograde at 8:19 PM ET.  It backs up through Aries until April 15th, when it will turn direct. You may notice this pattern more personally if you have a planet or angle around 16 degrees or 4 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Capricorn or Libra. Wherever Aries falls in your horoscope is where you may apply yourself to a REview of those affairs. NO WHINGING about Mercury retrograde — here’s your survival guide, if you’ve forgotten the essentials.  And yes, I still have a number of my world-famous Mercury Retrograde Bookmarks, so you’ll always know when Mercury is retrograde and how to react to the tech and communication snafus that are sure to be dominating the headlines. Email me for details on how to get bookmarks for you and your friends.

But wait — there’s more! We have to talk about the New Moon in Pisces, exact at 9:12 AM ET on Saturday (last weekend). Set in Washington D.C. (the better to see what’s likely coming down the pike for the U.S.), we immediately note six planets: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Chiron — buried behind the scenes, in the 12th House. This is a focus on self-undoing, hidden enemies and social institutions where we might house the otherwise invisible (e.g., refugees, inmates, hospital patients, etc). Upsets to the status quo (again!) are suggested by Uranus squaring the Midheaven. As with the chart for the Vernal Equinox, Neptune is unaspected — running amok in a fog of dreams and/or lies, aided and abetted by the idealism suggested by the meet-up between Mercury and Venus. Mars is at the verrrrry end of Sagittarius, suggesting boundaries pushed…and the potential for conflict and righteous action is suggested by its square to Sun and Moon.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon in Pisces is a curious reinforcement of the Sabian Symbol for February’s New Moon in Aquarius. For February: “a tree felled and sawed.” For this month: “a harvest moon.” Sabian Symbol Guru Blain Bovee notes this as a time of reaping and gathering…cutting down crops and paying a portion in tribute to the Designated Authority Figures.  In financial matters, Bovee advises us to pay attention to hidden costs and misappropriated funds. Hmm…like that helicopter Jared and Ivanka took from DC-NY today — instead of flying coach? Or Ben Carson’s $31K dining set for his office at HUD? Or EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s $25K sound-proof booth that actually cost $43K? Probably…and much more. Bovee’s bottom line with respect to this Sabian Symbol is this:

The question is: “How is the pie divided up?”

The operational rule could be this: anything that chips away at what you actually have… such as your own financial reserves… is bogus. Anything that nickel and dimes you is vestige of an old system that will drain your life-blood and wallet as sure as harvest time.

What you need to understand through Pisces 27, is ‘where are you in this process?’ If you do not pay attention, you are going to go broke… and be charged interest on that as well.

Well, OK! Let’s watch and see how this Symbol plays out in the headlines. You are more personally affected by the activating potential of this New Moon if you have a planet or angle around 27 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini or Sagittarius.

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And now, the news.

Any planet at the end of Pisces — at the very end of the zodiac — is subject to a bit of despair, thinking it’s the end of the world.  The Sunday NYT obliged, with feature and front page stories about the end of Easter Island and whether we should allow some species facing extinction to just die out.   NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof hit it out of the park again with “A Parable of Self-Destruction.”

In the days leading up to the New Moon last week, we had the dark of the Moon adding a sense of listlessness and restlessness to the mix. We may see some prominent exits between now and the Sun’s ingress into Aries. One that qualified bigly was Friday’s late-evening news dump  that  former deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe was fired — just 26 hours before his 50th birthday, the day he would have been eligible to retire with full benefits. That means that his pension — for 21 years of public service — is in jeopardy. And isn’t is just fascinating that the firing would come as transiting Mars in Sagittarius squared his 28 Pisces Sun.  And that his Pisces Sun is conjunct Fixed Star Scheat — suggesting shipwrecks? With transiting Pluto supercharging his high-functioning Mars in Aries this year and into 2020, I anticipate persuasive action from Mr. McCabe during this time. For starters.

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” Spring is coming!

Meanwhile, this NYT headline sums up two of the major patterns now active in P45’s horoscope:  Newly Emboldened, Trump Says What He Really Feels.  The patterns are (as noted in prior forecasts): 1) a solar arc between the Moon and the Ascendant, suggesting that — hello — his emotional needs and expressions are right on the surface for all to see; and 2) a solar arc between Uranus and Mars, suggesting a need for risk and daring in action. Right. Emboldened. The Moon-ASC arc will be exact on April 23; the Uranus-Mars arc will be exact June 14th. On August 19th we’ll be seeing the expression of another high-tension arc between Mercury (how he needs to think and communicate) and tech-savvy rebel Uranus. Alert the media. Meanwhile, major transits in P45’s horoscope include transiting Saturn (control, authority, heaviness) squaring his natal Mercury-Neptune square. This is the part of his horoscope suggesting an intuitive, fanciful, idealistic or bald-faced lying need in the areas of thinking and communicating. It’s in heavy focus for the rest of the year, with significant developments around Feb 11, Mar 30, May 6, Jun 27, Nov 11 and Dec 10. I’d argue this activation is being reflected by his recent demand that drug dealers (Neptune) be dealt with harshly (Saturn), calling for them to be executed.

Last week, with Mars at the end of Sagittarius, pulling focus as it approaches the Aries Point (o degrees of the cardinal sign Capricorn), we anticipated an increase in headlines of violence, aggression, assertion and accidents, as well as anyone with planets triggered by the Mars making headlines. For example:

  • Vanessa P45 Jr., the wife of P45 Jr., filed for divorce and hired a criminal attorney. In P45 Jr.’s horoscope, last updated here, we noted that 2017 was a year of heavy thinking. Now that Saturn has moved on to conjoin his Venus and will soon be sitting on his 9 degree Capricorn Sun. We see potential cuts in love, money and social expression; it’s quite a potential squeeze. The news of the filing came as transiting Mars squared his natal Mercury at 28 Virgo.  In her case,  her 27 Sag Sun was triggered, soon to be followed by her Mercury at 3 Capricorn. We do not have a birth time; but if her Moon is in the early degrees of me-me-me Aries, the sobering and separating influence of Saturn squaring that Moon would apply.
  • Austin, Texas has a horoscope — as does everything under the sun.  Birth time  for Austin is unknown, so we do not know if it is late Capricorn or early Aquarius. Feels like Aquarius, given Austin’s reputation for quirkiness, humanitarianism and tolerance. Its Capricorn Sun was hit by a third square from disruptive Uranus, and last week its 28 Virgo Mars was triggered by transiting Mars. Since then, the fourth in a series of package bombs has exploded, killing two and seriously wounding others.
  • Last June it was reported that the Russians had developed a cyberweapon that could disrupt power grids of other countries. Last week,  with transiting Mars almost exactly opposite where it was last June, comes an update. Not only do they have these weapons, they have actually infiltrated said power grids, etc. How many times will this story need to be reported before people start paying attention?
  • Do you think Mark Zuckerberg’s horoscope was affected by transiting Mars last week? Yes, and so was the horoscope for the launch of Facebook . In Zuckerberg’s case it was his Neptune at 0 Capricorn. Mars-Neptune patterns suggest infection, scandal, irritability. In the horoscope of Facebook (launched on Feb 4 2004 in Cambridge — if anyone knows the exact time, let me know), we see Venus squared by transiting Mars…and transiting Saturn opposing its natal Saturn, with transiting Uranus squaring Mercury. We see the potential of an attack on social expression, money and values; a critical point in Facebook’s development with challenges/illumination on the success of its original mission statement; a disruption to the status quo in matters related to communication. The big headline over the weekend was that it banned data mining/research company Cambridge Analytica  for using the personal info of 50 million Facebook users in its effort to win support for P45 on social media platforms.  With transiting Uranus about to meet up with Facebook’s natal Mars this summer, I wonder what disruptive/daring initiative we might see…
  • Fascinating read: “I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool.” This is by the data-mining whistleblower re: the above.
  • Stormy Daniels, whose 26 degree Pisces Sun was activated by transiting Mars and Saturday’s New Moon. She was hit with a $20 million lawsuit by P45 for allegedly breaching an agreement to not talk about an affair P45 says never happened. Meanwhile, her attorney hit back with a no-holds-barred “YES” when asked if Ms. Daniels was ever threatened with physical harm (he did not say by whom). Her attorney is Michael Avenatti. His natal Pluto at 29 Virgo was spiked by transiting Mars. Translation “no holds barred.” Meanwhile, CBS says it will air Ms. Daniels tell-all interview on 60 Minutes…on March 25th. That’s when she’ll have a measurement between Pluto and Moon, suggesting an emotional catharsis.
  • Also triggered — Martin Shkreli — once the most hated man in America.  He’s was sentenced to prison ten days ago, when transiting Mercury and Venus squared his natal Neptune at 29 Sag. Bewildering for him, to be sure.  Over the weekend he had  transiting Mars squaring his 26 Pisces Sun and conjoining Neptune. Provocative

Other headlines reflecting a prominent, boundary-pushing Mars:

I am struggling mightily to find a feel-good piece reflecting planetary patterns. So let’s end on a random quirky one. Those weird purple lights in the sky over Alberta, Canada finally have a name. Meet Steve.

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