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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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Friday 6/22/2018 & the Weekend: News and More News

TGIF!

The Libra Moon has been void of course since 9:34 PM ET last night. That’s your excuse for any twists or flakes in your morning commute. Roll with them; focus on routine concerns and do not get carried away by crises that may crop up between now and 3:11 PM ET. Chances are they are much ado about nothing, and likely to sort themselves out when the Moon plunges into Scorpio this afternoon. Although…if there’s an upset in your world around 6:25 PM ET, that one you may need to take seriously, as it would be reflecting the Moon’s opposition to rebel Uranus. Let’s see if there are any surprises in the Friday afternoon news dump, especially dirt-digging ones, reflecting a “mince no words” face-off between Mercury (mindset, communication) and Pluto (depth; ruthlessness) in the wee hours on SATURDAY. The Sun’s cooperative alignment with Uranus at 1:58 AM ET on SATURDAY also suggests a disruptive spark.

The Moon will be in Scorpio all weekend, driving the days and nights with a need for depth and substance. No more airy-fairy Moon-in-Libra theories and talk; Scorpio needs to organize, consolidate and control — preferably with passion. You are free to shop on Saturday, but note that the Moon will be void on SUNDAY from 10 AM ET until 12:29 AM ET on MONDAY.   Purchases made during Moon voids often do not serve their intended purpose, yet you may be more inclined to indulge in impulse, courtesy of a challenging aspect (a square) between Venus in drama queen Leo and Jupiter, exact on MONDAY at 1:19  PM ET. Something big in the news — involving money, women (#metoo?), art, aesthetics, social expression?

Anyhoo…chill on Sunday and no sleeping in on Monday.  The Moon will be in high-flying Sag, all dressed up and probably nowhere to go, with Mars (action, anger) at a standstill, about to turn retrograde on TUESDAY. Not to mention a tense opposition between the Sun and Saturn on WEDNESDAY that might possibly clip the wings of a few dear leaders…or embolden them to impose controls on the rest of us. Oh, but I’m getting ahead of myself.. Then again, maybe not. “Supreme Court Rules That Warrants Generally Are Required to Collect Cellphone Data.” So there.

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And now, the news.

UPDATE: Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN — last discussed here in April (end of the forecast). With transiting Uranus squaring her Sun, she continues to act as a disruptive, independent force. This week she announced the withdrawal of the U.S. from the UN Human Rights Council and went ballistic over a UN report on extreme poverty in the US, claiming it to be “misleading.”

UPDATE:  Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House. With transiting Mars at a virtual standstill on his Aquarius Sun, we anticipated that June and July would be especially provocative.  Yesterday a GOP congressman trashed him on Twitter – and deleted it, but the point is, this attack made news. Also in the news: Speaker Ryan and Mark Meadows (R-NC) got into a fight on the House floor.  Oh, and the  latest GOP budget proposal recalls the Speaker’s 2011 budget plan to slash the income you would receive from your years of investment in Medicare and Social Security.  Why would they want to do that? Oh, to make up for the budget deficits the US will experience, now that corporations and other “haves” received a big fat tax cut.  You did not have to be an astrologer to see that one coming, except with respect to its timing.

Meanwhile, somewhere between this week’s potentially forgiving  Grand Trine among Mercury, Jupiter and Neptune, P45 signed an executive order touted as a stop to the separation of immigrant children from their parents. OK, but what about reuniting the thousands of children who are being held in undisclosed places all over the country?  Right. What about them?

Avid Readers know that this fascist trend 1) is not a trend; 2) is happening around the world; and 3) was written about years ago  — and on multiple occasions — in this forecast as a likely potential, given planetary patterns.  In Hungary, for example, this week legislators passed a law that would send anyone helping an illegal immigrant to jail.   And the musical “Billy Elliot” was canceled in Budapest after a news commentator called it “gay propaganda.” If you’re thinking of fleeing the United States, perhaps you do not wish to move to Hungary.

Meanwhile…

I meant to share a couple of items about thought and time control, suggested by last Friday’s opposition between Mercury and Saturn. Exhibit A: in Pittsburgh, a political cartoonist who worked for the Post-Gazette for 25 years said he was fired because his editors objected to his anti-P45 cartoons (today, the cartoonist found a new paying gig).    Exhibit B: in Japan, a worker was docked half a day’s pay for repeatedly taking a lunch break three minutes earlier than scheduled. Harsh!

In other news…

Yesterday the Sun was at the Aries Point — at 0 degrees of Cancer, a.k.a. the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. The start of a new season suggests a turning point — and a focus on leaders. We also had an opposition between Venus in dramarama Leo and Mars in “but-what-about-the-rest-of-us” Aquarius. Venus and Mars oppositions can be juicy and illuminating, but potentially regrettable. It was fascinating to hear that the CEO (leader) of Intel (tech company) resigned because he had a consensual relationship with an employee. Also fascinating: the Reuters article did not mention that the CEO — Brian Krzanich — is married. Thus I initially wondered what all the fuss was about.  2017 had to have been an anguishing year for Mr. Krzanich, with transiting Pluto on his natal Saturn at 18 Capricorn. Next year, he can figure out what “new lease on life” his second Saturn return is likely to bring., along with his zillion-dollar retirement. Birth data: May 9, 1960 — no time — in Santa Clara County, CA.

Also soon to have a second Saturn return: Tom Kiefer. He’s a former janitor at a Border Patrol processing center in Arizona. One day he started collecting the things that were seized from immigrants. He’s now turned them into art. No exact birth date for Mr. Kiefer, but take a look at his work here and here — and thanks to New York magazine for publishing these collages.

Another leader making news:  New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who gave birth to a baby girl yesterday.  Fascinating coincidence: the baby was born on Benazir Bhutto’s birthday.  Benazir Bhutto is the only other world leader to give birth while in office.

UPDATE: Melania Trump, whose horoscope suggests she, like Brian Krzanich, may also experiencing a bit of angst or anguish. All month a midpoint between the Sun and Saturn has been activated by transiting Mars, suggesting “running hot and cold; energies feel confined; the sense of futility” (according to astrologer Noel Tyl). Melania also has the midpoint Uranus/Pluto at the Aries Point, suggesting that she can’t help but attract attention as a bit of a disruptive force. Hmm. Yesterday, the Sun was at the Aries Point, activating that disruptive midpoint. And yesterday transiting Venus (women, fashion, social expression) in dramarama regal Leo was adding more pressure to that already squeezed Sun/Saturn midpoint. Bottom line: Melania was an “agent of coat chaos” — yes, that’s an actual headline — with a fashion statement made while traveling to an immigration detention center. Coincidence or conspiracy? I dunno…but why else would she make such a fashion statement now?

 

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Tuesday 6/19/2018: Late Sneak Peek at the Week; Summer Solstice, Mercury and a Mars Rx Special…

Alllrighty then!

As of 4:40 AM ET yesterday, we are driven by the Moon in Virgo, fastidiously seeking to put things right. On Monday, this drive flowed with particular efficiency, supported by innovative Uranus and stabilizing Saturn. Save for a dreamy/spacey opposition from nebulous Neptune at 8:49 AM ET today (did you note your dreams?), Tuesday has the same potential for efficiency. Get those big ideas out there.

Notable planetary patterns this week include:

  • Mercury in harmony with expansive Jupiter at 3:43 PM ET — hence, the potential for big ideas about collective beliefs making headway and headlines.
  • Mercury in harmony with visionary Neptune on WEDNESDAY at 11:59 PM ET, suggesting the upside potential of Mercury-Neptune contacts. In other words, vision, healing, artistry, empathy…as opposed to challenging contacts (e.g., squares and oppositions), which suggest the downside potential of Mercury-Neptune: e.g., delusion and deceit.
  • Also on WEDNESDAY: the First Quarter Moon at 6:51 AM ET between the Gemini Sun and the Virgo Moon. It’s happening at the Aries Point, suggesting that the challenges presenting themselves re: last week’s New Moon agenda are likely to be especially prominent. If you have a planet around 29 degrees of Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces or Virgo, you are more likely to feel a need to take action.
  • THURSDAY at 6:07 AM ET, the Sun enters Cancer. This is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year.  Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season  — i.e., equinoxes and solstices — from an astrological point of view. The first days of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter correspond with the first day (or first degree) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively. Got that? Good. These four signs are called cardinal signs of the zodiac. Cardinal signs initiate. They come up with the idea and put it into action, which leads to necessary change. “Cardinal” suggests (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  So the first day/degree of a Cardinal sign is a turning point. In astrology, the technical term for the first degree of any Cardinal sign is the Aries Point, just to confuse people who are not professional astrologers. When we set the chart for the summer solstice in Washington DC, we see clues for what the next three months are likely to reflect…stay tuned for that analysis later this week.
  • Also THURSDAY at 12:54 PM ET: the release of tension building by an opposition between Venus and Mars, suggesting an illuminating clash between the stubbornly yin and the stubbornly yang. If you have a planet or angle around 9 degrees of Leo, Aquarius, Taurus or Scorpio you’ll feel the trigger more than most. Could be juicy.
  • On SATURDAY, Mercury is once again in focus, at it opposes depth-seeking Pluto at 5:24 AM ET. Investigative reporters, get ready to hit the headlines with stories of dirt dug up and power plays. Innovative advances in matters of leadership, aviation, technology and maybe even astrology may come to light, suggested by a cooperative alignment between the Sun and Uranus at 1:58 AM ET.

Your Moon voids for the week: WEDNESDAY 6:51 AM ET until 8:29 AM ET; THURSDAY 9:34 PM ET until FRIDAY 3:11 PM ET (another opportunity for East Coasters to skip out early without consequence).

And now, the news.

Everything’s coming up Neptune, which turned retrograde MONDAY at 7:27 PM ET.  Here in the U.S., empathy (on the one hand) and delusional rationalization (on the other hand) over the treatment of migrant families continues to pull focus.  Laura Bush startled some with her own empathetic op-ed in WaPo, criticizing the P45 administration. And I know you are thinking, “how is that initiative reflected in Laura Bush’s horoscope?”Mrs. Bush is a Scorpio with Moon in Pisces — just like Hillary Clinton. Moon in Pisces invented empathy, doncha’ know. Mrs. Bush has Uranus is at 22 Gemini — so we immediately see how a need for independence and disruption would have been triggered by last week’s New Moon at 22 Gemini! Not only that, but Mrs. Bush has a square between Jupiter and Saturn, at  8 degrees Scorpio and Leo, respectively.  Guess what’s been putting pressure on that tenacious, morally upstanding Jupiter-Saturn square? Transiting Mars, almost at a standstill at 8 degrees of Aquarius, demanding expansive action out of irritation and/or frustration. With Mars about to turn retrograde (on the 26th at 5:05 PM ET), her need for action will be triggered again next month…and this fall. Astrology is amazing.

You know what else is being triggered by transiting Mars? The Scorpio Moon of the P45 inaugural chart. It’s at 9 degrees of Scorpio, as you may recall. Mars in hard aspect to the Moon suggests anger/action in matters of nurturing/motherhood and a need for control. Coincidence or conspiracy?

UPDATE: Jeb Bush, sparked by Laura Bush’s op-ed (and last week’s New Moon on the angles of his horoscope) also made news. “‘This heartless policy..’ Jeb Bush speaks out…” File that under “I told you so.”

More from Neptune in the news:

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Friday 6/15/2018 & the Weekend: New Moon Activations; Neptune Retrograde

TGIF!

The Cancer Moon drives the day with a need to focus on homeland and emotional security, especially with regard to the family. That and other planetary patterns (Venus at the end of Cancer, squared by disruptive Uranus; Mercury in Cancer leaving the Aries Point and opposing Saturn) would be an apt reflection of the outrage against — and cold, cruel defenses for — tearing apart immigrant families seeking asylum in the U.S. In case you hadn’t heard, Stephen Colbert is happy to explain. Meanwhile, the NYT is pleased to offer a few things we can do about it, other than curl up into a fetal position and cry, while watching Sophie’s Choice.

I know, I know — that’s a heavy opening paragraph, but the Cancer Moon is feeling the emotional intensity of a 12:18 PM ET opposition to power maven Pluto, and at 9:47 PM ET, Mercury in intuitive Cancer will be opposed by taskmaster Saturn. And after 12:18 PM ET, as you know, the Moon will be void until 3:21 AM ET on SATURDAY, suggesting you may leave the office early without consequence, focus on routine concerns and/or chill. Do remember that crises that crop up during Moon voids are often much ado about nothing.

SATURDAY AM may begin with a jolt or revelation, as the Moon is squared by rebel Uranus at 5:45 AM ET. The rest of the AM is pleasant enough, with an indulgent meet-up at 8:14 AM ET between the Moon and Venus in drama queen, love-love-me-do Leo. A face-off between the regal Moon and Mars at 5:18 PM ET suggests a clash between the king and his people, but otherwise the stage is set for a party, if that is what you’ve got planned. More play on SUNDAY, as the Moon continues in Leo in relative harmony throughout the day. All hail the king — a.k.a. dear old Dad — on Father’s Day.

Moon goes void at 11:25 PM ET…and enters Virgo (to put everything in order) at 4:40 AM ET on MONDAY. No sleeping in! Also please note that Neptune is almost at a dead stop, about to turn retrograde on Monday at 7:27 PM ET. This suggests that all matters referred to by Neptune (currently traveling through Pisces, the sign it rules) are likely to pull focus several days before and after. Those matters include — but are not limited to — lies, drugs, scandals, charity, refugees, oceans, victims, faith, spirits of all kinds, oil, water, chemicals, fog, toxins, fish, photography, film, empathy, martyrs.  If you have a planet or angle around 16 degrees of Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo and especially Pisces, you may have been feeling especially bewildered this month — while in search of a vision. Neptune transits can be challenging. For guidance and practical coping strategies, consider scheduling a consultation with your local astrologer.

And now, the news.

On Wednesday I posted a list of public figures — just off the top of my head —  whose horoscopes were triggered by Wednesday’s New Moon at 22 Gemini. How did they make news?

  • P45 (Gemini Sun, Sag Moon): true to his 20 degree Sag Moon, confesses on Fox & Friends that he’d really like it if “my people” would sit up and take notice of what he has to say, in the way the people of North Korea pay attention to Kim Jong-un. Now isn’t that just like a Moon in Sag to need need need to be respected for its righteous opinion? Yes, and let the record show that the horoscope of North Korea also has Moon in Sag, so you can appreciate how thrilled it must be feeling to be treated with the appearance of respect at that bonkers summit. In other news,  “New York Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation After 2-Year Investigation.” Fraud and charity in focus — how very Neptune standing still in Pisces. It’s also transiting Saturn challenging P45’s Mercury and Neptune — a reality check on spin, if you please.
  • P45 Jr (Mercury in Sagittarius) — we already mentioned his book proposal, but that NY suit applies to him, too. And P45 can’t pardon people charged with state crimes, only federal.
  • President Obama (Virgo Mars) — he’s taking action today and it’s making news. He’s heading to LA for a big Democratic fundraiser and the papers are talking about his “return from the sidelines.” An activated Mars suggests assertion — and also a potential attack. So we may see that soon. UPDATE: P45 “In Attack Mode; Unloads on FBI; Obama.” Astrology is amazing.
  • Hillary Clinton (Pisces Moon) —  she wins the internet yesterday with a three-word response to the DOJ’s report on how James Comey handled the FBI investigation of her private email server. WaPo’s resident Republican op-ed writer Jennifer Rubin says Mrs. Clinton “has good reason to complain.”
  • Mitt Romney (Pisces Sun) — nothing yet, unless you count his relative Ronna Romney McDaniel. She’s the head of the RNC who tweeted  on Wednesday, “Complacency is our enemy. Anyone that does not embrace the @realDonaldTrump agenda of making America great again will be making a mistake.”
  • United States (Mars and Neptune) —  googling “United States news” reveals these stories pulling focus — all with Mars (aggression, action) and Neptune (glamor, scandal, fog) themes: escalating trade war with China; U.S. President charged with charity fraud; World Cup Soccer coming to U.S. one of these days.
  • Jeb Bush and George H.W. Bush — nothing yet, though Bush Sr. did become the first U.S. President to turn 94 (on June 12th)
  • James Comey (Sun, Pluto) — see Hillary Clinton. Fun fact: he used a private gmail account to conduct official business. Seriously.
  • Mike Pence (Gemini Mercury) — he’s making news for controversial speeches and travel around the country this week, as and “Turning the VP’s Office into a Gateway for Lobbyists Seeking to Influence the P45 Administration.”
  • Stephen Bannon (Gemini Jupiter) — yep, he made news this week with plans for expansion and faith. He’s “…making a comeback” and touting bitcoin as the way to go.

We do not have a birth time for Paul Manafort, so we can’t tell if his Ascendant or MC is being triggered by the New Moon. Born on April 1st, 1949 in New Britain, CT, we can see that his  11 Aries Sun is opposed to nebulous Neptune at 13 Libra — and would have been under high developmental tension in 2013 – 2015.  That’s a lot of potential for smoke and mirrors. Also engaged with that Neptunian fog: Mars and Venus at 8 and 7 degrees of me-me-me Aries, currently feeling the controlling squeeze of transiting Saturn. With Mercury also squaring his Mars and Venus, minutes ago it was announced that his bail has been revoked and he will be awaiting trial in jail. Transiting Saturn will hit his Sun and Neptune in January, suggesting further limitation.

UPDATE: the horoscope of the U.S. is also feeling a Saturn squeeze, as noted in prior forecasts — here’s one from 2017. It’s due for a second dose of Saturn opposing Jupiter and Venus, which we are likely to see in matters of money, motherhood, values, social expression, home, family, abundance. Relevant stories include:

  • Diaper sales are down because the U.S. birth rate is down
  • The Fed raised interest rates this week — and plans to do so again this year — putting a squeeze on credit
  • May I just opine that an unemployment rate of 3.9% refers to people filing unemployment claims. During Uranus’s passage through me-me-me Aries, we have all had to become more self-reliant, and that in this gig economy, filing for unemployment simply isn’t an option. That unemployment statistic does not reflect reality. What does reflect reality? The fact that people are being squeezed out of their homes, as it was revealed this week that NO ONE working anywhere in the U.S. for minimum wage can afford a two-bedroom apartment. Are we great again yet?

Here’s a fun reflection of today’s planetary patterns: the innovative potential of Venus squared by Uranus (which rules astrology); the get-real potential of today’s Mercury-Saturn opposition, plus the need to focus on the spiritual/intangible, suggested by Neptune stationary in Pisces: Krista Burton (@krista_r_burton) has penned this op-ed for the Sunday NYT: “Will This Crystal Make Me Happy?” It’s about being open to — obviously — the intangible and the metaphysical, including astrology.  But — true to another apt reflection of the Venus-Uranus square, Krista writes on her Twitter feed that “it’s really about queers.” Krista, I’d argue that your article — to quote the famous SNL ad parody —  is “a floor wax and a dessert topping.” How cool is that? Pretty cool — though I can’t help but note how the NYT is a reflecting the downside potential of Mercury (communication) opposed by Saturn in Capricorn (corporate control): there doesn’t appear to be a way for readers to leave comments. What is the NYT afraid of?

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

Wednesday 6/13/2018: New Moon in Gemini; Assorted Updates

Allll-righty then!

By the time you read this, the Gemini Moon will be new and void of course, suggesting you chill and cogitate on your list of intentions for the new cycle. The Moon won’t get into gear until 3:20 AM ET on THURSDAY, when it enters Cancer. For now, the Gemini Moon drives the day with a need to be the smartest kid in the room. What’s the buzz — tell me what’s happening — and all that. Chill and roll with any twists or flakes that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line.  Be flexible tonight, as Venus — referring to social expression, values, women, art and money — shifts into Leo at 5:54 PM ET.  This planetary shift  (a.k.a. “wobble”) can take time to sink in.

Tomorrow, you can forge ahead on your quest to establish and preserve emotional security, aided by the Cancer Moon. Perhaps you will wake up inspired by a fabulous idea (Moon conjoins Mercury at 9 AM ET), and push it forward around 2 PM ET, when Moon opposes Saturn. Will an authoritarian push back? Moon-Saturn patterns can rain on one’s parade. What revelations and disruptions will we see as Venus in drama queen Leo is challenged by rebel Uranus at 11:33 PM ET? A break-up or unconventional attraction may well command attention.

Get it off your desk by  12:18 PM ET on FRIDAY, when the Moon is challenged by Pluto and goes void until 3:21 AM ET on Saturday. Thoughts and communication involving nurturing are likely to hit a brick wall, suggested by Mercury (in Cancer) sternly opposed by Saturn in patriarchal Saturn at 9:47 PM ET. I’m prepared for a lean, mean Friday afternoon news dump.

Now about today’s Gemini New Moon.

It’s at 22 degrees of Gemini, same as P45’s Gemini Sun – and same as the Full Moon that was exact on December 13, 2016. So whatever was going on that week may be seeded anew in this cycle.  As I recall, the Electoral College was about to meet. to decide the future of Our Nation. How did that work out?

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “three fledglings in a nest high in a tree.” Back in December 2016, I wrote:

…this also is the Sabian Symbol for  P45’s 22 Gemini Sun — his life force — what he brings to the table. Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee says of this Symbol: “Little birds sing the tune of their family of species. Having voracious appetites, they sing for their supper with competitive insistence: ‘Me first!’…Fledglings are impatient to leave the nest…they’ve yet to stretch their wings in flight in the open air…a bird’s song expresses identity and a kind of bravado: ‘This is who we are, our clan, our family, and we are safe high in our tree!’” Or high in a penthouse in a tall tower.

You can use these Sabian Symbols to gain a deeper perspective on the potential of every planet and angle in your horoscope. They are fascinating. Bovee suggests we apply the Sabian Symbol of this New Moon with a mind to “…a passage to a new life, a new level of maturity, the moment before a new independent life takes off…conflicting emotions about what lies just ahead but is still out of reach…songs of home and nationality…trembling in the face of being received.” Bovee has a lot more to say, and if you enjoy the Sabian Symbols, why not buy his book.

Anyhoo, this New Moon will activate P45’s Gemini Sun and we can expect him to be singing for his “me first!” supper all month. If you have a planet or angle around 22 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Pisces or Sagittarius, you’ll be singing, too. Off the top of my head, a list of public figures with those degrees hot in their horoscopes include  P45 (Gemini Sun, Sag Moon), P45 Jr (Mercury in Sagittarius), President Obama (Virgo Mars), Hillary Clinton (Pisces Moon), Mitt Romney (Pisces Sun), the United States (Mars and Neptune), Jeb Bush and George H.W. Bush; James Comey (Sun, Pluto), Mike Pence (Gemini Mercury), Stephen Bannon (Gemini Jupiter). Wait and see.

…well that didn’t take long. Re: P45 Jr., whose Mercury (writing, communication, commerce) is being activated by today’s New Moon) is shopping a book proposal

When we set the New Moon chart in Washington DC, we see a curious mix of fortune and destruction. The Ascendant and Part of Fortune are at 24 Libra, conjunct Spica — considered to be the most auspicious Fixed Star. The chart is ruled by a high-functioning Venus — at the verrry last degree of nurturing Cancer (and perhaps feeling quite pressured to be as high-functioning as possible in the little time she has left before moving on to drama queen Leo). Because then Venus  — as well as the Midheaven — will be zapped by a disruptive contact from  rebel Uranus, just before opposing aggressive Mars (conjunct a destructive/toxic South Node). This suggests upsets to the public status.

Speaking of aggressive, as noted in prior forecasts there is a measurement between innovative/reckless Uranus and Mars that has been active in P45’s horoscope all year. It will be exact on June 22nd, and it is likely to be expressed in matters of broadcasting, foreign and legal affairs…as well as significant others, including wives, lawyers, business partners and the general public.  Remember this Uranus-Mars patterns when reading about his performance at last week’s G-7 summit, etc.  Also keep in mind how isolated the U.S. was likely to become, given the patterns of the 2017 inaugural chart. asting, foreign and legal affairs…as well as significant others, including wives, lawyers, business partners and the general public. Stay tuned…

And now, more news.

I promised I’d write about Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, whose suicides last week were bewildering, to say the least.  General planetary patterns reflecting that potential were similar to those in effect when Whitney Houston drowned in a bathtub on the night of Grammys. Back then, we had Sun, Mercury and Neptune all together in Pisces. Venus was conjunct Pluto and square to Uranus. Last week we had the Sun and Mercury square to Neptune; Venus was opposing Pluto and square Uranus. Disruptive, despairing, catharses in the world of aesthetics, no? We had similar patterns around Philip Seymour Hoffman’s sudden death, too. Coincidence or conspiracy?

We do not have birth times for them, but Kate Spade has Sun at 2 Capricorn and Anthony Bourdain has Sun at 4 Cancer. Thus, both were likely feeling the squeeze on vitality, reflected by transiting Saturn on their respective Suns. This happens for everyone every seven years. That’s not the only suggestion of weight in the horoscopes; there are other measurements suggesting that all through 2017. Let’s move on…

UPDATE:  Dennis Rodman’s curious connection with North Korea was written about here back in 2013. He’s in the news again — courtesy of rebel Uranus shaking up his Saturn, ruler of his Capricorn Ascendant. This summer and into next year, I see potential for continued shake-ups, as transiting Uranus meets up with his Taurus Moon and squares his “getting away with murder” Leo Mars.  With his natal Neptune sitting right on his Midheaven (career, public status), engaged with Moon, Mars and a “big business” meet-up of Jupiter and Saturn, of course he’d be sporting a Potcoin T-shirt. Marijuana and virtual currency  — works for his horoscope, if you ask me.

UPDATE: I wrote about North Korea’s horoscope last August.     Right now transiting Uranus is exactly squaring  its Venus at 0 Leo; within months it will square its 3  Scorpio Mars. The transit to Venus from Uranus suggests a need for an unconventional or sudden attraction. Isn’t that interesting? The upcoming transit to Mars from Uranus suggests rash/reckless/innovative action. Hmmm.

UPDATE: Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Seems like it was only a few week ago that we noted her Venus at 29 Cancer would be hit by transiting Uranus this year, suggesting a need for change and/or intensity of individual expression in matters of values and aesthetics. Today, with Venus right on her natal Venus, she announced a planned exit from her current gig as White House Press Secretary. UPDATE on the UPDATE: Ms. Sanders says she did no such thing. Still, a lot can happen between now and the end of the year…

UPDATE:  the horoscope of California. back in January, I wrote:

A surge of energy is all over California — for better and for worse. After devastating fires last fall, now mudslides. Back in October it was observed that California’s horoscope has Uranus and Pluto conjunct in Aries — at the last degree of the sign.  That potent pair was activated by transiting Jupiter and Mars. This year transiting Uranus will trigger California’s natal Uranus and Pluto multiple times. We can expect more headlines of independence, rebellion, innovation and disruption, such as “California in Revolt” — well into 2019. Because then transiting Uranus will move on to other points in California’s horoscope.

True to the horoscope’s potential, yesterday an initiative to split California into three separate states made it on to the ballot for this November. Seriously.

UPDATE: Adolf Hitler, written about a couple of times here, starting in 2016.   His horoscope was heating up, suggesting strong potential for his way of thinking to experience an electrifying fresh start. That intensity has not abated, as transiting Uranus has moved on from a meet-up with his Aries Mercury and an opposition to his 26 Libra  Ascendant. Now Uranus is sitting on  his 0 degree Taurus Sun, activating it all year before moving on to his 4 degree Leo Midheaven. The horoscope lives forever, doncha’ know…and right now the essence of Adolf Hitler is likely to be disruptive force, even though Hitler isn’t consciously around to exercise free will. It’s depressing beyond belief to see in last week’s headlines that immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. are being told by border patrol agents that they’re taking children away to be bathed….but they’re not being returned. Reporters are noting that this deceptive tactic was used in Nazi Germany.  In other news, Iowa Congressman Steve King  (R) made news today by retweeting a post by a neo-Nazi….to the sound of crickets from members of his party. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Right. I also promised uplifting stories reflecting the upside potential of planetary patterns.  Exhibit A reflects the redemptive, healing potential of  last week’s wiggy Neptune contacts with the Gemini Sun: “In the Army and the Klan, he hated Muslims. Now, one was coming to dinner.”   Yes, miracles do happen.

Exhibit B  is a message sent from Avid Reader Jackie, with a hopeful perspective:

Sorry to hear that Saturn is hitting up your Mercury and I thought I’d just send a bit of Neptunian encouragement for these hard times. I am, among other things, a mystic, and when P45 was elected I was shocked and appalled and could not understand how something like this could have happened. I asked the Universe for clarification about what was going on and was informed that everything was “operating as intended” and that the country was being presented with its shadow so that we can face it and heal it. Our history of mucking up our environment, inequality and harassment of minority races and women, mistreatment of the poor, over-incarceration, aggression and weaponization, snake oil, secrets and lies has been rising up to be faced. It hurts. But it is an opportunity to wrestle with it and become a better nation. I am encouraged by the ACLU, the #MeToo movement and the Bloomberg environmental movement, and the young people rising up against out-of-control guns, active investigations and investigative reporting, and all the efforts of people both inside and outside the US to tackle the hard stuff. I have hope!

Thank you, Avid Reader Jackie. I have hope, too. So mote it be! Although…we better get on this fast, given yet another shocking headline broke today, “Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade. If that continues, we’re in serious trouble…”

Exhibit C needs no explanatory planetary patterns. It’s just my way of ending on a high note, like the fledglings stuck in a nest in a tree: “Raccoon Climbs Minnesota Skyscraper and Becomes Internet Sensation.” 

The story has a happy ending.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

 

 

Monday 6/11/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week

Good Morning!

I’m back in  New York after a fantabulous, non-stop three days of joy, reconnecting with cherished classmates  at my dear old alma mater, Wellesley College — RAH! Getting back up to speed on news I’ve happily ignored for the past week. It’s good to step away from one’s usual routine on occasion, creating space for a fresh perspective, recharging and renewal…

We are in the balsamic phase of the Moon, which has nothing to do with vinaigrette and everything to do with wrapping up an old cycle and preparing for the new. The Moon is in Taurus, driving the day with an energy seeking to establish form, preserve the status quo and perhaps indulge in the pleasures of the senses.  The Moon will be new on WEDNESDAY at 3:43 PM ET. Meanwhile, during this wrapping-up phase, we may feel listless or restless, sensing that the new cycle is just around the corner, but not sure what it will bring. With little light being reflected from the Sun, this dark side of the Moon is apt for meetings held in secret…and other things one might not wish to attract attention.

Despite a wish to fly under the radar, matters of thought and communication are likely to be prominent in the headlines. Why? Because Mercury, which refers to the way we need to think and communicate is about to leave Gemini for Cancer, meaning it will be at the Aries Point, suggesting PROMINENCE.  The Aries Point is explained here.  If you have a planet or angle  close to 0 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, chances are you may be engaged in significant communication and negotiation over the next couple of days. Consult your local astrologer for details.

Here’s are the significant planetary patterns of the week:

  • Mercury enters Cancer on TUESDAY at 4 PM ET, where it will be until June 29.
  • Mercury harmonizes with Uranus on WEDNESDAY at 7:40 AM ET, adding a buzz of innovation and technology to thought, communication and travel.
  • Also on WEDNESDAY at 3:43 PM ET we’ll have the New Moon at 22 degrees of Gemini, right on P45’s Gemini Sun and opposing his righteously opinionated Sagittarius Moon. Obviously we will see this in the headlines. More on that in a later forecast.
  • Venus leaves Cancer for Leo at 5:54 PM ET on WEDNESDAY, adding regal drama in matters of social expression, women, aesthetics and money until July 10th.
  • Venus squares Uranus on THURSDAY at 11:33 PM ET. You may recall that Venus was opposed by Pluto last Tuesday. So between that Pluto contact and this week’s contact with Uranus, we see potential for emotional overkill and power plays  (that’s the Pluto part) in matters related to Venus,  along with unconventional attractions, liberation and disruption (that’s the Uranus part).
  • Mercury is opposed by Saturn on FRIDAY at 9:47 PM ET, suggesting a patriarchal or corporate advance in Mercury concerns (travel, mindset, commerce, communication). We are likely to see more than the usual dose of news related to thought controls, depression and/or gravitas.
  • Additional Moon voids this week: Wednesday at 3:43 PM ET until Thursday at 3:20 AM ET; (West Coasters, your afternoon and evening may be a bust);  Friday at 12:18 PM ET until Saturday at 3:21 AM ET — you are free to skip out of the office early without consequence.

In the sneak peek for last week,  I promised headlines of emotional overkill and bewilderment, brought to you by the intense Venus-Pluto opposition, combined with a potential “fried brain” of the Sun and Mercury hook-up, in a tense pattern with Neptune (drugs, spirits, toxins, vision, delusion, deception, victims). Right now matters related to Neptune are pulling focus, as Neptune is slowing down, about to turn retrograde on June 18th. Neptune is halfway through its 14 year journey through Pisces. When a planet crosses a halfway point, this is when we see the potential of its passage begin to matter. Pisces refers to drugs, faith, victims, oceans, martyrs, despair, empathy, refugees, compassion and self-undoing, including suicide.  Now do you understand why these themes have been pulling so much focus in the news?

I have a consultation I need to prepare for, so I can’t get to the headlines right now.  I promise you I will update this post by dinnertime ET with insights on many of the stories you’ve been asking me about, including Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, the G-7 and North Korean summits, plus stories you may not have heard about that are actually uplifting, inspiring and reflecting the upside potential of planetary patterns. (UPDATE: despite best of intentions, could not return to my writing desk today. Apologies and please stay tuned).

Meanwhile, I am back in the office and would be pleased to schedule a consultation to discuss what’s going on in your horoscope and how you can use awareness of planetary patterns to live life better. If you have children, I encourage you to also consider gaining an awareness of their horoscopes, too.

I leave you with an image from my Wellesley reunion weekend. Words can’t express how delighted I was to see this graffiti on a door in our dorm. The future looks bright!

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

Monday 6/4/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week — and the Month, Too.

Good Morning from New York!

I’m back from the Big Fat Astrology Conference — and getting ready to hit the road again on Thursday. Destination: a reunion at my alma mater, which I’m co-chairing. With a whirlwind of last-minute details to pull together, I may not be able to respond to queries immediately. Thank you for your kind understanding.

The work week begins with an all-day Moon void in Aquarius.  If you need a push to get things started this morning, that’s your excuse. Stick to routine concerns and roll with any twists or flakes that disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Resist impulse purchases, as items bought during voids have an odd way of not working out as planned. Remember that crises which crop up during voids are often much ado about nothing. Chill — and consider innovative ways to connect with friends and associates, as an Aquarius Moon does love to network. Matters of social significance and asserting one’s uniqueness and independence may be on your radar today. The Moon won’t get into gear until 6:53 AM ET on TUESDAY, when it enters Pisces.

Patterns for the week include:

  • The Sun meets up with Mercury in Gemini on TUESDAY at 10:02 PM ET, suggesting idealism in matters of thought and communication. Is it truly brilliant or just blinded by the light?
  • Minutes later, at 10:23 PM ET, Venus in Cancer is opposed by Pluto in Capricorn. This adds the potential for power plays and emotional overkill to those idealistic thoughts — and we may see it especially expressed in matters related to women, money, art and social expression.
  • WEDNESDAY features the first of two patterns to wiggy Neptune. At 10:08 AM ET, Mercury squares Neptune. Upside potential: creativity and inspiration. Downside potential: magical thinking — already suggested by the Sun-Mercury meet-up — but with a delusional and deceptive spin. We’ll also have the 3rd Quarter Moon at 2:32 PM ET, suggesting an action point on whatever illumination you may have received from last week’s Full Moon.
  • THURSDAY at 1:59 AM ET the Sun will square Neptune. Here are some wiggy items that made news in November 2017, on the last Sun-Neptune square.  The Moon will be void in Pisces starting at 2:35 AM ET…it doesn’t enter Aries until 5:26 PM ET. This suggests yet another full day of schedule snafus, twists, flakes and molehills being turned into mountains.

General patterns for the month include:

  • Mars, Mars and Mars. The planetary symbol for action, anger and assertion is slowing in speed — about to turn retrograde on June 26th. It’s going to be one hot summer, with notable disruption, suggested by an ongoing tension between Mars and Uranus. Think: recklessness, rashness, genetic mutations, accidents involving firearms and airplanes; seismic activity (volcanoes, earthquakes), tech breakthroughs, gender-benders and disruption of whatever we consider “yang.” Much of the action may be toxic and/or destructive, given that Mars will cross the South Node three times during its retrograde journey.  Will write more on this Mars retrograde as we approach the 26th, but for now, here’s a brief primer from an earlier post.
  • In the U.S., transiting Uranus is squaring the Sun in the P45 inauguration chart. That, combined with his own personal solar arcs between Mars, Mercury and Uranus, is clearly articulated in this recent headline, “P45 goes it alone, running the White House not like a president, but as a CEO.”  Right. I told you this would happen in January 2017.

And now, more news.

By now you might be thinking, “I wonder if our dear astrologer is having a heavy Saturn transit on her Mercury. She seems so serious today!”  If so, you would be right. It’s no fun to look ahead, see the potential for tough times and be proven right. I’ve been in a bit of a grim mood all morning, concerned about the ongoing hijacking of Life As We Knew It here in these United States.  Exhibit A would be the item that crossed my newsfeed at 8:35 AM ET in the form of a tweet from P45, asserting his “absolute right”  to pardon himself. Yeah, well…if that were true, then why did Nixon resign?  Will this item be the “much ado about nothing” story of  the day, reflecting the potential of the Moon void, along with the wiggy idealism and recklessness of other planetary patterns? Exhibit B would be the confidential memo to Robert Mueller from P45’s legal team, published over the weekend by the NYT, which asserts unprecedented presidential authority.  If only it were simply unpresidented.

As today’s PSA, here’s how you can register to vote in your state. If you are registered, but have moved since the last election, you need to update your info. Because if you don’t vote, somebody else will.

OK. What else? Just when we were recovering from Roseanne Barr’s racist remark last week, along comes comedian Samantha Bee with a sharp jab at Ivanka that many found especially offensive. But in a week dominated by that Grand Trine among Venus, Jupiter and Neptune, (suggesting an expansive focus on matters involving women) isn’t it interesting that one such focus would be a word for lady parts that is considered to be such an extreme vulgarity that it is rarely even printed?  Even actress Sally Field said that the word was totally inappropriate…and I know what you’re thinking. Sally Field? Why is Sally Field making news now?

Here is Sally Field’s horoscope. Transiting Mercury opposed her righteously opinionated Mercury-Venus conjunction last week. I haven’t looked to see what else Ms. Field might have on her plate, but this year and next year suggest potential for significant transformation and empowerment, with Pluto hitting all of the angles of her horoscope. Adding ambition and serious emotional focus to her agenda would be transiting Saturn squaring her me-me-me Aries Moon. This is balanced by the potential for expansion suggested by transiting Jupiter on her Scorpio Sun.

More to come….stay tuned….and thank you for reading this forecast.

And now that we’re talking about Sally Field, I leave you with an image of the ridiculously sublime potential of this week’s wiggy Sun-Neptune-Mercury patterns…put your grounding cords down — especially during these long Moon voids. Meanwhile, gotta fly…

Thursday 5/31/2018: In Brief, the Angst of Pluto on Saturn

Alll-righty then!

I have half an hour to kill before boarding a plane back to New York. Let’s see how much we can get accomplished. Getting things done and taking care of business is the name of the game on a this day driven by the Moon in “make it happen” Capricorn. Connect with your inner CEO!

This week we’re feeling the potential bliss of a rare harmony among Venus, Jupiter and Neptune. The technical term is “grand trine.” This ease of connection facilitates and amplifies matters related to women, money, art, social expression, faith, oil, drugs, scandal and most of all — EXPANSION — for better or for worse. For example, there is such a thing as too much water if you happen to be caught in a flood — and floods are a potential with this grand trine involving planets in Water Signs. On the other hand, the Illinois might be feeling so generous towards women and their economic status, that it might finally ratify the Equal Rights Amendment — 95 years after it had the chance to do so. Which it did! Gee, thanks, Illinois. Where were you 36 years ago, when there was a deadline to make this the law of the entire country?

And now, the news.

We talked about Roseanne Barr’s horoscope at the end of March:

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.

Now I confess that when I wrote “somewhat angst-driven,” it was a deliberate understatement. The measurement suggesting more than “somewhat” angst-driven is a challenging connection between transiting Pluto and Saturn, exact on March 8 (just before the launch of her new TV show), and on June 8th (right after her show was cancelled). You did hear that the show was cancelled, yes? Just hours after she compared Valerie Jarrett (who is African-American), to an ape on Twitter?  And then blamed it on Ambien? The next hit of Pluto to Saturn happens next January. In Roseanne’s horoscope, Pluto refers to her career and public status; Saturn refers to matters of self-doing.  I doubt Roseanne is gone for good — and may well be back with another broadcasting/publishing/theatrical effort early next year.  Fun fact: racism is not a known side effect of Ambien, says the maker of Ambien.

You know who else is having a challenging aspect between Pluto and Saturn — in effect from the first of the year for the next several months — and exact at the end of April? Melania Trump.  We don’t have a birth time for Mrs. Trump, but it’s possible that her Moon is in early Capricorn, in which case we can see the potential for an ambitious reach (upside) or feelings of isolation and loss (downside) added to the extreme effort required by the tension between Pluto and Saturn. Today, transiting Mars is opposing her Taurus Sun, suggesting a need for action and assertion. And guess what? After not being seen in public for 20 days, her Twitter feed sent out a tweet asserting all was well.   However Mrs. Trump may be feeling, her horoscope appears to be functioning as designed. Astrology is amazing.  Fun fact: P45 will have a challenging measurement between Pluto and Saturn all through 2020.

But perhaps you would rather talk about your horoscope? When are you up for a challenging Pluto-Saturn adventure? It’s good to be prepared and plan ahead. Here is the 411 on personal consultations. We will have an excellent discussion together.

Thank you for reading this forecast. Gotta fly!

 

 

Monday 5/28/2018 & So Forth: Sneak Peek at the Week; Hello from Chicago!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend and greetings from the Big Fat Astrology Conference in Chicago! What fun it is to hang with hundreds of people from all over the world who speak the language of astrology. And Chicago is awesome!

The Moon is in Scorpio, driving the day with a need for depth, substance and control — but it’s softened by lovely harmonies to the Moon from Venus, Jupiter and Neptune. The last two aspects will be exact between 3:30 and 4:30 PM ET, setting the tone for a potentially enchanted evening. On Monday, Moon goes void at 1:25 PM ET until 6:29 PM ET. Chill and roll with any twists or flakes that may interfere with your efforts to move forward in a straight line.

Once Moon moves into Sagittarius, see if you notice the fiery lift, as boundaries seek to be pushed and opinions seek to be righteously expressed. Emotions will be on the rise, suggested by the Full Moon in Sag at 10:19 AM ET on TUESDAY. If you have a planet or angle around 8 degrees of Sag, Gemini, Virgo or Pisces, you’re likely feeling the push for expression more than most. Let the record show that in the Full Moon chart set in Washington DC, we see Uranus on the Midheaven — and square to the 0 degree Aquarius Sun of P45’s inaugural chart. Think upsets and chaos for all the world to see.

The rest of the week goes like this:

  • On TUESDAY at 7:49 PM ET, Mercury — how we need to think and communicate — leaves ponderous Taurus for quicksilver Gemini, the sign it rules.  This is an opportune time for negotiation and effective communication, especially with a rare harmony happening at the end of the week among Venus, Jupiter and Neptune. Ask for what you want — you just might get it.
  • Moon goes void of course  on a tense pattern with Neptune at 2:26 AM ET on WEDNESDAY. It won’t enter the next sign — Capricorn — until 5:26 AM ET on THURSDAY. Note your dreams (courtesy of Neptune) and take care of routine concerns. Remember that crises that crop up during voids are usually much ado about nothing. They have an odd way of vanishing once the Moon is back in gear. If you are not familiar with Moon voids, here’s a primer.
  • THURSDAY is driven by the Moon in Capricorn, perfect for taking care of business. Note the potential for an authoritarian advance or wet blanket around 8:53 PM ET, when the Moon meets up with taskmaster Saturn. But hey – it’s might not be so heavy, as on…
  • FRIDAY, that high-functioning Mercury will be in harmony with Mars in Aquarius (a rebel looking for a cause?). That happens at 10:13 AM ET, and is quickly followed by a lovely harmony between a high-functioning Venus and Jupiter in Scorpio. Venus refers to women, art, social expression and money. It’s in Cancer now — with a focus on nurturing  and emotional security. Jupiter is still in Scorpio — seeking to expand and purge a lot of dirty laundry. Here we have the potential for just deserts — or maybe desserts, too — as Venus-Jupiter aspects can be literally sweet.
  • Friday night may include a power play or emotional catharsis, as Pluto makes its weekly clash with the Moon at 11:37 PM ET. It then goes void for most of SATURDAY – – not to enter Aquarius until 6:06 PM ET. What to do in this long-void? NO impulse shopping, if you please! Tune in to the third leg of the three-part harmony among Venus, Jupiter and Neptune when Venus trines Neptune at 4:26 AM ET. Make some beautiful music.
  • The technical term for the harmony among Venus, Jupiter and Neptune is “Grand Trine.” All planets involved are in Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Neptune, respectively. The upside potential is abundance and bliss. The downside potential is also abundance, especially if you live in a flood zone. I kid you not. Please stay safe.

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And now, the news.

I promised you stories of thought and speech making news, with Mercury engaged with a plethora of players, aided and abetted by an athletic harmony between Sun and Mars. OK?

  • The NFL announced it will fine players who take a knee during the national anthem. One team owner — Christopher Johnson of the NY Jets — says he’ll pick up the tab for his players.  “I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players,” he said. “There are some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don’t want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won’t. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that’s just something I’ll have to bear.”
  • In the obit section we find, “Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85.”  File that “Jewish life” part under last week’s faith-based Jupiter-Neptune trine.

P45’s  on-again, off-again June 12th summit with North Korea is on again — and no one should be surprised. As noted here before, that week looks like a banner one for P45 — and no tantrum calling the whole show off is likely to derail it. However, in keeping with the “Mercury in focus” theme of last week’s patterns, let the record show that P45’s letter to Kim Jong-un — riddled with grammatical errors and other tortured forms of English — was corrected by a retired school teacher and mailed back to the White House. [Correction: P45’s letter to Kim was not corrected and sent back by a schoolteacher, but by most of the Free World. The teacher corrected and sent back a letter that was addressed to her. Apologies for any confusion.)

Meanwhile, we had an exact Jupiter-Neptune trine on Friday, suggesting matters of faith  and scandal would be in headlines. Add in Saturday’s exact opposition to Venus in Cancer from Saturn in Capricorn, and what did we get? Saturn-Venus aspects can be mean-spirited in matters related to women, money, art and social expression. But they also can reflect women stepping up and seizing authority. Thus, in Ireland we see a landslide victory for women taking on the patriarchal controls of the Catholic church: abortion is no longer illegal.  I wish I had time to look at Ireland’s horoscope. Elsewhere, Harvey Weinstein was arrested on charges of rape — and it was gratifying to see him led in handcuffs by a woman cop.

But about that mean-spirited potential of Saturn opposing Venus:  “The U.S. Lost Track of 1475 Immigrant Children Last Year.” and  “ACLU Report: Detained Immigrant Children Subjected to Widespread Abuse”  . Against that cruel backdrop, the internets are outraged over a warm and fuzzy photo posted by Ivanka cuddling her two-year-old son.

Last, but not least, a PSA. Have you rebooted your router yet? Do it now, says the FBI. Your router may be infected.

Stay tuned for more news…and thank you for reading this forecast. I will be heading back to New York on June 1st —  and would be delighted to discuss your horoscope. Here’s how to contact me.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 5/21/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; Mercury in Focus; Jupiter Trine Neptune, Part 2

Good Morning!

The Moon is void of course in Leo all day. It started at 11:30 PM ET last night and won’t get into gear until it enters Virgo at  10:03 PM ET tonight. A Leo Moon needs incessant love, love, love — along with no small amount of drama. Regal Leo needs to shine — and if they are happy and shining, everyone else gets to shine, too. That’s the upside. The downside? Leo Moon can be a royal pain. I challenge you to play to the upside today. Pay someone a compliment. Chill out over any twists and flakes that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Find an excuse to celebrate someone or something and take a long lunch. I’m playing to the upside tonight with a group of friends and colleagues who are gathering to raise a glass to celebrate the life of Avid Reader Frank (who will surely be smiling down on us as we toast). Cheers!

It’s a busy week in the cosmos. Here’s the line-up:

  • Tonight at 11:49 PM– the First Quarter Moon between the Gemini Sun and the Virgo Moon. This is a challenge to the macho New Moon agenda set last Tuesday.
  • Tuesday at 10:14 PM ET — Mercury in harmony with Neptune, facilitating romantic notions and other forms of idealized thought and communication…big time…suggested by…
  • Wednesday at 1:54 AM ET — Mercury in a face off with expansive Jupiter. Big news in publishing and media? Big leaps of faith? Watch for them….
  • Wednesday at 10;39 PM ET — the Sun in harmony with Mars in “rebel with a cause” Aquarius. Here we have this week’s big thoughts supported by action.
  • Wednesday at 10:55 AM ET until 2:52 AM ET on THURSDAY — a long Moon void in Virgo. Why are we getting these really long voids? Because Uranus isn’t hanging out at the end of Aries anymore. It’s at 0 degrees of Taurus.  And  most of the other planets are in the early degrees in their respective signs.
  • Friday at 5:49 AM ET — the second trine (harmony) between Jupiter and Neptune. We’ve been seeing that in the news for weeks in the expansion (Jupiter) of news involving faith, spiritual leaders, scandal, drugs, oil, etc. (Neptune)
  • Friday at 9:36 AM ET — Mercury in harmony with Pluto, digging up corruption and other dirt
  • Friday at 5:03 PM ET — the Libra Moon goes void until 9:39 AM ET on SATURDAY.
  • Saturday at 2:40 AM ET — Venus (women, art, money, social values) in a chilly opposition with Saturn (patriarchy, control, misers). No doubt we’ll have a woman of steel or two making news.

And now, the news.

I just got back from a quick jaunt to Tryon, North Carolina. Meant to post a weekend forecast, but was distracted by heavy heavy storms on the mountain where I was staying. Think floods and mudslides and thank goodness there were no heavy heavy winds to fell too many trees. Power and water were knocked out — though not in the home of my gracious hosts, who had the foresight to put in a well and a generator some years before. We were lucky — others not so lucky, with portions of roads, and houses and landscaping washed away. One woman died. Guess what was going on in the chart for the New Moon, set in Tryon, NC? Neptune — amplified by this slow-moving trine to Jupiter — was exactly square the Ascendant. Neptune suggests floods — and bewilderment.

Just came across another  headline — this one from Bessemer City, an hour’s drive from Tryon — and on the way to the airport in Charlotte.  Yesterday a  62-year-old businessman named Roger Self took his family to lunch, excused himself from the table…and rammed his Jeep into the restaurant, killing two family members. As stories of murder and mayhem go, I found this one especially  bewildering and consistent with the potential in the New Moon chart set in Bessemer City  — and in the chart for the time of the incident: 12:04 PM on May 20, 2018 in Bessemer City, NC.  In the event chart we see Mars, Jupiter, Mercury, Moon and Neptune in touch with the angles of the horoscope.  Planets on the angles of a chart correspond to action in the world.

From the Gaston Gazette, linked at the start of this paragraph:

While many know the 62-year-old Self as a faithful church-going family man who owned a successful private investigation and loss management company, Southeastern Loss Management Inc., friends say he had been battling depression and mental illness that left him almost unrecognizable to those closest to him.

I argue that this story reflects the tragic potential of current planetary patterns.  And there are plenty of other macho upsets and buzz — suggested by last’s week square between Mars (yang, anger, action, war, guns) and rebel Uranus — to report:

  • More school shootings — one where ten people were killed — this one in Santa Fe, Texas. Santa Fe? That means “holy faith,”  says Wikipedia. Hardly a coincidence it seems, with that ongoing spiritually-focused Jupiter-Neptune trine. There was another school shooting in Atlanta.
  • Kilauea continues to erupt in Hawaii
  • Aaron Schlossberg — arguably one of the ugliest Americans living in New York — made news when he screamed at two women who were speaking Spanish in a local take-out joint. Because it’s his country, got that? New Yorkers responded by trashing his law firm on Yelp and organizing a Friday fiesta outside his apartment, complete with mariachi band.  New York is able to absorb such outbursts — and make fun of them —  because we are such a diverse city.  Did you know that over 160 languages are spoken in Queens?  I wish I spoke them all!

But this need for fear and control of a perceived “other” — someone who is “not like us” — is no laughing matter. It is sickening to read that in Montana this weekend, two American women speaking Spanish in a convenience store were detained by a Border Patrol agent demanding to see ID.  Why? Because they were speaking Spanish! There are far too many other examples of insane intolerance of “People Who Are Not Like Us” in the news, e.g, police officers being called to investigate an African-American grad student who fell asleep in a dorm common room at Yale. Putting it in an astrological perspective, current planetary patterns are similar to patterns we had in the early 1930s. Must we repeat this pattern in exactly the same way?  Please don’t make me say “I told you this would happen” two to three years from now.

Which leads to this obvious question:  “Are you registered to vote?” If not, here’s a link you can share with your friends — do show up with them at the polls on November 6th.

We now return to our regularly scheduled forecast.

Planetary patterns over the weekend offered prominent beauty, women and social expression presented with an embrace of the unconventional. And here I would be talking about Saturday’s ingress of Venus (women, beauty, social expression) into Cancer — at the Aries Point...followed by a harmony with Uranus. Nothing says “can’t we all just get along” more than Venus in harmony with Uranus — and what a perfect backdrop it was for the wedding of Meghan Markle to her own Prince Harry.  Swoon! Here are the official portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Mazel tov!

Avid Readers may remember the 2017-2019 forecast for the British royal family posted here last August.   The theme was disruption and fresh starts — and so far, we’re right on track, with more to come.

Shall we focus on a few uplifting headlines reflecting the positive potential of planetary patterns?

  • “That you are gay does not matter,” says Pope Francis to a survivor of sexual abuse. “God made you like this” — and loves you as much as anyone. Thank you, Venus sextile Uranus, combined with the healing potency of Jupiter trine Neptune.
  • “Jesus never charged a leper a co-pay:” The rise of the religious left.  I believe that quote was fact-checked and it’s true.
  • This story salutes Mercury’s (information) dominance in the headlines this week, combined with the intangible quality of Neptune: “How to Disappear From the Internet”
  • We’ve been talking about the intense BUZZ suggested by Mars square to far-out Uranus. Another alien asteroid invader has been discovered in our solar system. Working name: “BZ” — I kid you not.

That’s the latest for now. Today I pack my bags again and head to Chicago tomorrow. I’m excited to be presenting a talk at the United Astrology Conference on Friday. The topic: “So What If You’re Dead? The Horoscope Lives Forever.” If you are planning to be at UAC, I hope to see you on Friday!

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Tuesday 5/15/2018: Sneak Peek at a Big Week; New Moon in Taurus; Uranus in Taurus Squares Mars in Aquarius

Ohhhh-kay!

Big week in the cosmos — can you feel the buzz? How is traffic? Trains running smoothly and on time?  Bwahahaha.

Here’s what’s happening:

The Moon is in Taurus, seeking material comfort and stability. It’s a dead Moon — the last day of the lunar cycle. So if you noticed the buzz but also felt restless or listless, feeling as if something new was just around the corner, that’s not uncommon under a dead Moon. What’s it good for? Wrapping up chores, plotting plots and other Secret Squirrel escapades you’d rather not be brought to light.

On TUESDAY at 7:48 AM ET we’ll have the New Moon at 24 degrees of Taurus, right on P45’s Midheaven. Yes, this next lunar cycle puts his public status in focus — and by extension, that of the United States. We’ll get to the New Moon in a moment.

The really big buzz is as follows:

  • 11:23 AM ET on TUESDAY, rebel Uranus ditches Aries for Taurus. Over the next seven years, look for innovation, liberation and disruption is all Taurus-ruled concerns: banking, currency, food, pleasures of the senses, agriculture, the whole concept of possession (vs. renting or vs. community ownership). Perhaps we’ll see innovation and advances in the treatment of thyroid and throat disorders, too. Taurus is an Earth sign, so I would not be surprised if earth-shaking incidents demand our attention.
  • Mars leaves Capricorn and enters Aquarius on WEDNESDAY at 12:55 AM ET. I hope you like the idea of Mars being in Aquarius, because except for a few weeks starting on August 13th (when Mars returns to Capricorn), we’re stuck with Mars in Aquarius until November 16th. One of my teachers calls Mars in Aquarius the “rebel with a cause.”  So we can expect action in the headlines involving rebellious and/or humanitarian concerns, some of which will have a technogeeky (Aquarius) or “on the fringe” flavor. Think aviation, circuitry, freedom, astrology, outer space, uranium, what’s allegedly “best for everyone”.  Those sorts of things.
  • These two planets changing signs starts off with a likely bang. Why? Because two hours after Mars enters Aquarius, it makes the first of three squares to Uranus, suggesting a release of tension. What kind of tension? Possibly explosive, seismic, disruptive, ground-breaking, seismic, innovative, genius or mutating. When do the other two squares happen? On August 6th and September 18th. So let’s see how events happening this week are reported in the news around those two dates.

After the mid-week excitement, we’ll be ready for serious contemplation, suggested by FRIDAY’s harmony between Mercury in ponderous Taurus and Saturn in PTB Capricorn.  Couple that with a harmony between Venus and Uranus, exact on SATURDAY at 1:29 PM ET. Watch for prominent couplings involving unconventional attractions, as Venus will be at the Aries Point as it leaves Gemini for Cancer (also on SATURDAY). Avid Readers will recall that planets at the Aries Point (0 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn need to attract attention).

Does this sound like an apt pattern to have at the royal wedding of Prince Harry with Meghan Markle? Do you think an astrologer helped them pick that date? I hope they’re starting the ceremony after 7:34 AM ET, when the sensitive Cancer Moon is opposed by patriarchal Saturn (not the easiest pattern for intimacy, though the sense of duty and responsibility suggested does fit).  Still,  we’re not past the disruptive Mars-Uranus square yet, and even the royal wedding was hit by an upset today. Meghan Markle’s father will not be attending — surprise, surprise.

Humming in the background of it all is the harmony (trine) between retrograde Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. It’ll be exact on May 25th. Issues pulling focus between now and then include: blood, charity, refugees, drugs, oil, scandal, spirits of all kinds, faith. The contact with Jupiter suggests expansion.

Your Moon voids for the week — not many and not for long. Tuesday 4:30- 4:43 PM ET; Thursday 2:18 PM – 5:47 PM ET; Saturday 5:14 PM – 7:11 PM ET.

Anyhoo…

About Tuesday’s New Moon. When we set it in Washington DC (and most of the East Coast), it falls in the 12th House, suggesting a lot going on behind the scenes.  At 24 Taurus, the Sun and Moon are conjunct the fixed star Capulus, which refers to male sexual/aggressive energy. Is that a banana in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? So there’s much seed-planting potential here that is driven by yang energy, as opposed to yin. P45, as noted above, has Capulus right on his Midheaven — his public status. Others with Capulus active in their horoscope include Roger Ailes, Reince Priebus, Gretchen Carlson, Mick Jagger and David Crosby. Hillary Clinton has her North Node at 24 Taurus.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “a large well-kept public park.” Sabian Symbol Sage Blain Bovee describes this as “an image of the collective efforts of society that create a space for enjoyment well beyond the scope of any individual’s efforts.” We are advised to be mindful of the creative efforts that are behind a “well-groomed presentation,”– as opposed to the people who exist solely to grab the limelight. Hmmm.

You are more personally affected by the seed-planting potential of this New Moon if you have a planet or angle around 24 degrees of Scorpio, Leo, Aquarius and especially Taurus. Consult your local astrologer for details.

And now, the news.

  • First, a big blood story — as in big blood donor.  James Harrison — Australia’s ‘Man With The Golden Arm’ Retires After Saving 2.4 Million Babies.  “I hope it’s a record that somebody breaks,” Harrison told the Blood Service. Harrison was born on December 27, 1936 — no birth time available. We see his generous spirit suggested by an exact conjunction of his Capricorn Sun with Jupiter. Lovely!

Not-so-lovely — but still reflecting planetary patterns. Avid Readers are well aware that current patterns in P45’s horoscope suggest a need for risky action in matters of foreign affairs. So sure, why not move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel? On a Mars-Uranus square, it’s sure to be seen as an act inspiring peace and diplomacy, right? Ermm… no.

“Critics say the move, which broke from almost seven decades of United States policy, could risk peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, who both claim Jerusalem as their capital. Mass protests broke out along the border fence with Gaza…”

…resulting in this: “Israel Kills Dozens at Border as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem.”  Or, as WaPo columnist Dana Milbank put it, “Nothing Says Peace Like 58 Dead Palestinians.”  (Mars in a tense aspect with Uranus is born to shock). And how perfectly reflective of planetary patterns  it is to  have this:  “Pastor Who Said Jews are Going to Hell Led Prayer at Jerusalem Embassy Opening.”  Though to be fair,  Robert Jeffress (the pastor in question) thinks almost everyone is doomed,  so… Meanwhile, “An Evangelical Journalist Finds His Calling at the White House.”

Another foreign policy shocker: “In About-Face on Trade, Trump Vows to Protect Jobs….in China.”   Meanwhile, we  learn that China is contributing $500 million to a P45-related project in Indonesia.

In other news, “Maverick Cleric’s Election Upset Could Rattle U.S.-Iraq Relations”

Meanwhile…

Mars-Uranus refers to aviation disruptions. Exhibit A: Did anyone watch “60 Minutes” last night? They did a feature on MH370 — the Malaysian Airlines plane that was lost over the Indian Ocean four years ago. Apparently investigators are now convinced that the pilot deliberately downed the plane…a theory proposed in 2015 and supported in the horoscope for the plane’s departure.  Exhibit B:  “Airline dynasty crashes to earth in latest scandal to hit South Korean elite”

UPDATE: Monica Lewinsky. Told ya a week or so ago that her horoscope was hot. Sure enough,  Town & Country invited her to an event. Then, because Bill Clinton was also invited, T&C withdrew the invitation. Now it’s all over the news. Astrology is amazing.

Thank you for reading this forecast.