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Friday 9/15/2017 & the Weekend: Another Brick in the Wall (Saturn Square Sun in the News)

TGIF!

Happy end of the work week , on a day driven by the Moon in emotional security-seeking Cancer. Note that such security needs may be subject to a power play, emotional catharsis and/or an upset, as the Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus, exact at 10:50 PM ET last night and 5:23 PM ET this evening. I wouldn’t be surprised by a surprise in the headlines that breaks as most of us are toddling off to happy hour. No doubt it will be a story the PTB are hoping No One Will Notice.

Softening the edges of the Moon’s weekly Pluto-Uranus clash is a protective, generous harmony between Venus and Jupiter, the planets associated with good fortune. I promised you a sweet story and here’s one CNN delivered straight to my emailbox: Actress Selena Gomez reveals that her BFF gave her a kidney. Venus rules kidneys, and Jupiter is nothing if not generous. Plus, it’s in Libra, one of the signs Venus rules. Sweet! Also sweet: the improvised IED that injured 22 commuters in London this morning only partially exploded. It could have been much worse…

At 5:23 PM ET, Moon goes void, not to enter the next sign — rip roarin’ Leo — until 9:09 PM ET. Party on, dudes — through the weekend. There is no Moon void to prevent you from scooping up treasures at your local yard sale on SATURDAY or SUNDAY (during yard sale hours). Shop away, noting only the potentially for sharp words and deeds around 3:01 PM ET on Saturday, when Mercury (words) and Mars (deeds) meet up in perfectionist Virgo.

On Sunday, show off your humanitarian spirit and hang with your most unconventional friends, as Venus (women, aesthetics, money) and rebel Uranus harmonize on MONDAY at 12:25 AM ET.  Moon goes void on Sunday at 8:55PM ET — but moves into Virgo at 12:52 AM ET on MONDAY. No sleeping in.  Clean up on Aisle 7.  Note that Venus will be at 28 Leo on Monday, triggering the August 21st Big Fat Solar Eclipse. What will be revealed?

And now, the news.

Harvard, thy name is repressive, judgmental, patriarchal Saturn in Sagittarius square Virgo Sun. This week it rescinded invitations extended to not one, but two,  Women Deemed to have Not Suffered Enough. First, it rescinded a Visiting Fellowship extended to former military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, who was invited to teach at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics. Ms. Manning is almost through her first Saturn return, a time for gravitas and advance. Not only will Saturn meet up with her Sagittarius Saturn this fall, but it will also hit her Sag Sun and Mercury. That can feel depressing.

Second, Harvard rescinded a doctoral program acceptance offered to Michelle Jones, who served two decades in prison for a terrible, terrible crime. While in prison, she became an award-winning scholar. Saturn-Sun patterns suggests one is forever guilty. If Neptune were pulling focus in the cosmos this week, we’d be seeing more stories about compassion and forgiveness.

When reached for comment, Harvard blamed its change of mind on Mercury turning direct on September.

Surely I  jest. But Saturn-Sun patterns are decidedly not funny. There is nothing amusing about the ambitious initiative literally launched by North Korea this week, in the form of another missile over Japan. Threats to “sink Japan” and reduce the U.S. to “ashes and darkness” were also not funny, and no astrologer who anticipated this escalation takes joy in seeing it in the news.

Seriously tough luck: there is no one left on the island of Barbuda, which was effectively demolished by Hurricane Irma. All residents were evacuated to Antigua. In St. Martin/St. Maarten, residents contemplate rebuilding from the ground up.

Meanwhile, three former Google employees filed a suit against their former employer, alleging it pays women less than men holding similar jobs. Silly Google. Perhaps this story will help it rethink its sexist attitude: “DNA Proves Women Were Viking Warriors, Too”

This Saturn-Sun square directly affects the horoscope of Hillary Clinton. How interesting to see her the focal point of a national discussion about misogyny — for the umpteenth time. Her book is out and she’s been making the rounds with no sugar-coated commentary. Yet 61% of those polled say they wish she would go away. Nevertheless, she’s persisted…even when weirdo Neptune types like convicted “Pharma Bro” fraudster Martin Shkreli put a $5000 bounty on a lock of hair from Ms. Clinton’s head. “We can expect disruptive/risky/innovation action and persuasive communication from Mr. Shkreli throughout the year,” I wrote in June. The judge in his case revoked his bail — Shkreli is now in jail.

Did I mention healing and compassion earlier? The Sun-Saturn square directly affects the U.S. Neptune (healing, compassion). Could this reflect the noise coming from Washington about P45 agreeing to agree with the Democrats and not ruin the lives of the 800,000 “Dreamers?” And what — no border wall? For today, anyway. Or yesterday. Or whatever. Is there a double-talking Gemini with Mercury (mindset) square Neptune (fog, lies) in the White House? Yes.

Meanwhile, perhaps Sum-Saturn on the U.S. Neptune made it an apt time for Bernie Sanders to introduce (again) a bill for universal health care. Too ambitious? Or just getting real? It was backed by 15 Democrats — a record.  Senator Sanders is sure to be a persuasive force for years to come, with transiting Pluto making contact with his pioneering Aries Moon and Mars, as well as his Venus in Libra.

UPDATE: on Bill Clinton’s horoscope, whose Leo Sun was directly affected by the Big Fat Solar Eclipse on August 21st — and also by the one at the exact same degree on August 21, 1998. The History Channel has greenlit a six-episode series about his impeachment.  The timing is perfectly is sync with planetary patterns. Astrology is amazing.

Meanwhile, on the plus side — Saturn-Sun patterns suggest opportunities to plan for an advance, as in “How to Plan for a Major Career Change.” Part of that planning could also include a session with your local astrologer.

Have a great weekend — and enjoy the Emmys on Sunday. Should be a grand night for diversity, technology, humanitarians, quirky comedians and pioneering women. Moon will be void in drama queen Leo after 9PM ET — expect a few twists, flakes and underdog wins.

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Monday 9/11/2017: Sneak Peak at the Week; Saturn Grabs Headlines

Good Morning!

The slow start to your work week from an astrological perspective is suggested by the Taurus Moon being void as of  8:54PM ET Sunday. It wanders without focus until 3:29PM ET today. Roll with whatever twists and flakes disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Crises that crop up during voids often turn out to be much ado about nothing. Stick to routine…and since the Moon is in Taurus, do something that makes you feel materially secure and comfortable.

Information and chatter drive the rest of the day, once the Moon enters Gemini. Around 10:42 PM ET, be advised that the Moon will be challenged by Mars, spoiling for an outburst about a perceived lack of perfection, perhaps.

Saturn (structure, patriarchy, authority) is in harmony with Venus (what we value; how we express ourselves socially) — exact on TUESDAY at 8:49PM ET. The former is in opinionated, boundary-pushing Sagittarius; the latter is in regal Leo. So we see an opportunity for serious strides to be advanced regarding money, women, aesthetics — expressed with drama and flair. Exhibit A: Read the extremely complex, often political Q&A portion of the Miss America pageant, says today’s WaPo. Beauty queens with righteous political opinions? I’m there — with a special shout-out to Miss North Dakota, the underdog winner who claimed her crown during last night’s underdog-favoring Moon void.

Random Moon-void thought: if the U.S. presidential election had included a swimsuit and evening gown competition, which candidate would have won?

The easy flow of Saturn in harmony with Venus would seem to contrast with the heaviest pattern of the week: a challenging square between Saturn and the  Virgo Sun (leaders, ego recogition; life force), exact on WEDNESDAY.   Here are some news items from a Sun-Saturn square in 2014. This can be seriously sobering — particularly if you are a head of state or some other fearless leader. For some it is an opportunity for advance. For others, it may be an encounter with a brick wall. You’ll feel the push forward or block either way more personally if you have a planet or angle at 21 degrees of Pisces, Sagittarius, Virgo and Gemini.

A sweet cooperation between Venus and Jupiter helps smooth ruffled feathers in the wake of the Saturn-Sun cuts. Remember that sweetness on SATURDAY at 3:01 PM ET, when Mercury and Mars meet up for the third time in recent week. Mercury and Mars together in Virgo may forcefully separate the wheat from the chaff.

Other than today, the Moon will be void on WEDNESDAY  2:35 PM – 6:12 PM ET and FRIDAY 5:23 PM ET – 9:09 PM ET.

And now, the news.

Hurricane Irma traveled as anticipated, in synch with planetary patterns. Initially projected to head up Florida’s East Coast, that projection changed by Saturday AM, on an early morning upset suggested by the Moon’s square with disruptive Uranus. Irma was definitely heading West. The Moon left RAMbunctious Aries at 12:23 PM ET and settled into stability-seeking Taurus. Mercury left rip-roarin’ Leo at 10:52 PM Saturday for cooler, earthy Virgo. Moon went void Sunday at 8:54PM ET, fizzling the Moon’s focus and drive. By then, Irma had been downgraded from at Cat 5 to a Cat 2 — strong enough to do damage, but not nearly as much as feared.   Coincidence or conspiracy?

Meanwhile, the strongest earthquake to hit Mexico in over a century — a devastating 8.2 –– hit in the early morning hours of Friday’s Aries Moon. Elsewhere, I’ve been meaning to include news of the mess in Myanmar, which 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled since August 25th, the day Saturn in Sagittarius (foreigners; religion; control; borders) turned direct. Why? “A textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” says the UN human rights chief.

In other news, wildfires made headlines in the Pacific Northwest, Southern California and Greenland, of all places.  It’s also a mess in St. Martin/St. Maarten and other islands hit by Irma as a Cat 5. Food and shelter are in short supply. And the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is far from over, with many residents left homeless. Bottom line: do you think the total solar eclipse was an accurate harbinger of natural disasters (especially last week, when the eclipse was triggered by Mercury and Mars)?

More headlines reflecting secrets revealed, suggested by the eclipse: Equifax was hacked — bigtime. Equifax is one of the three major credit agencies in the U.S. The personal data of 143 million Americans — half the population — was likely compromised. The hack happened weeks ago — only now is it being revealed (naturally). Forbes offers these tips to protect your credit, because Equifax really isn’t offering much.

Meant to post this one from last week’s opposition between the Sun and Neptune (water, oil, plastic). Plastic fibers have been detected in tap water around the world –– the U.S. has the highest percentage — 94% of all samples tested. Plastic fibres have also been found in sea salt.

Surely there must be some good news in synch with planetary patterns, right? Yes. Here’s one. Sun trine Pluto (Pluto refers to malignancy) plus Sun square Saturn (skin, control):  Australian researchers find two ways to stop melanoma from spreading and killing patients, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Elsewhere, all of the famous polydactyl cats at the Ernest Hemingway House in Key West are fine.

RIP — almost. The Cassini spacecraft, which has orbited Saturn for past 13 years, is scheduled to plunge to its fiery death on Friday, September 15th.  Cassini launched on October 15, 1997 — at 4:43AM in Cape Canaveral. How curious to see that Cassini’s launch horoscope has the Sun and Mercury at 22 and 23 Libra, where transiting Jupiter (expansion) is right now. The horoscope also has the Moon in pioneering Aries, moving to a meet-up with….Saturn! Isn’t astrology amazing? Here is the NASA timeline for Cassini’s impending demise.

Meanwhile, Caroline Kennedy’s horoscope has recovered from the streamlining cut it had in January. That’s when transiting Saturn crossed her Sagittarius Ascendant, and she was dismissed from her post as the U.S. ambassador to Japan. Patterns in her horoscope are more expansive now. The lunar eclipse on August 7th was exactly on her Moon at 15 Aquarius, suggesting a change in domestic affairs. Meanwhile, transiting Jupiter returned to its natal position at 23 Libra a few days ago. That definitely suggests expansion. So what happened? The wedding of her daughter, Tatiana — on Saturday. A potential expansion is suggested in John F. Kennedy’s horoscope, too. Transiting Jupiter squares his 23 Cancer Midheaven. The horoscope lives forever!

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Thursday 9/7/2017 & the Weekend: The Calm Before the Storm

Allll- righty then!

As of 8:01 AM ET the Moon is in me-me-me Aries, driving the day with a need to inspire, and — if it’s on its best behavior — fiercely champion the underdog. Humming in the background is a power-consolidating harmony between the Sun and Pluto, exact on Sunday. Forge ahead — though do be advised that Mercury, planet of communication and travel, is just getting back up to speed after turning direct on Tuesday. Easy does it in all matters of thinking, speaking and getting from Point A to Point B.

Power plays and potential disruption of the status quo may rear their heads around midday ET on FRIDAY; early morning ET on SATURDAY, as the Aries Moon is rattled by its weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus.

Moon enters Taurus on SATURDAY at 12:23 PM ET — and if we are really lucky, Mother Nature will respect the Taurus need for material comfort, security and stability. Mercury re-enters Virgo at 10:52 PM ET — may cooler analytical heads prevail through September 29th.

Moon goes void on SUNDAY at 8:54 PM ET…not to enter Gemini until 3:29PM ET on MONDAY. A slow start to the next work week — yes, you can sleep in.

And now, the news.

UPDATE:  Michelle Obama, whose horoscope is performing exactly as anticipated on October 17, 2016.

What does her horoscope suggest in the near-term future? We immediately see the potential for a declaration of individualism in the late spring and summer of next year, as transiting Uranus challenges  her no-nonsense Capricorn Sun. This streak carries into the spring of 2018.

Michelle Obama just ripped up the playbook for former First Ladies,”  says WaPo. What’s causing such a stir?

After more than a decade in public life, can she freely shed the sheath dress and pearls for a wide brim black hat and dookie braids?

She just did.

By allowing herself to be photographed alongside 15 other members of Beyoncé’s inner circle, Obama reclaimed her image from the annals of stodgy first lady portraits…

I would not be surprised to see another statement of independence from Mrs. Obama around mid-October.

Meanwhile, I am so glad I wrote about the Sabian Symbols for yesterday’s Full Moon in Pisces, even though I wasn’t quite sure how they might be relevant in the headlines. “A lady in a fox fur” represents 14 Pisces, suggesting “cunning” and “camouflage for family protection,” according to Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee.

Guess who WaPo is calling “crazy like a fox” in today’s news? Not Michelle Obama.  Nay, ’tis P45 — because of his jaw-dropping decision to go along with the Democrats — a.k.a. “Chuck and Nancy” in a deal to kick the can down the road another three months and fund the federal government  and hurricane relief at least through December. It is totally worth it to subscribe to WaPo, just read in full a prescient interview with Michael Steele from last fall:

So, let me just say straight up that, in answer to your question, the Republican Party still has this fight to go through, and they still have this reckoning. Because what they’ve done is they’ve elected someone who was not of their caste. … He’s not a Republican in the sense that Paul Ryan is a Republican or Reince Priebus is a Republican. He is a guy who is a populist, and he was able to — as we saw with Bernie Sanders — shake up the system.

“Not of their caste,” i.e., “a lady in fox fur.?” Well. I did say we could expect bipartisan efforts this week in the aftermath of the Aug 27th Jupiter-Saturn sextile, right? But if it’s coming from P45, the Sabian Symbol suggests the motive has more to do with self-preservation than authentic cooperation. P45 Jr was summoned to the Senate today to explain why he took a meeting with that Russian lady lawyer who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton. And son-in-law Jared Kushner may have helped Russian operatives buy targeted  political ads on Facebook, etc., etc., etc.

In other news, House Speaker Paul Ryan, interviewed in today’s NYT, says P45 “wanted a bipartisan moment;” i.e. no “partisan fight over hurricane aid.”  P45 is reportedly thrilled thrilled thrilled with the positive media coverage…and to further confound Republican members of Congress, he tweeted “reassurances” to those 800,000 young DACA immigrants that they do not need to worry about being deported. He did this at the behest of Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democrats in the House.

Enough with the politics. This one is fun. There’s another element to the “lady in a fox fur.” Blain Bovee notes that a “fox” is archaically a name for a sword, and also “a name for the sheath of a sword, echoing the covering theme.” Then he goes into a discussion of how King Arthur concealed his true identity as boy, up until the moment he pulled the sword Excalibur out of a stone. And as I was reading that passage a couple of nights ago, this story broke: Girl Pulls Sword from Lake of King Arthur’s Excalibur.  Coincidence or conspiracy?

Under this week’s Sun-Neptune opposition, it makes sense to see a magical story making headlines. Empathy, faith, dreams, betrayal, plastics and water water everywhere would also be apt. Back to politics, because it seems it is the only thing making news apart from hurricanes. Thus in the US, P45 had giddy hatchet elf Jeff Sessions announce the end of DACA — potentially deporting 800,000 U.S. taxpayers — a.k.a. “Dreamers” —   unless Congress passes a law that allows them to stay within six months. Who took credit for the six-month delay? P45’s Evangelical Advisory Board.   There’s your Sun-Neptune theme of faith. Meanwhile,  I’ll just leave this one here: Russians Flock to Trump Properties to Give Birth to U.S. Citizens.

ECLIPSE UPDATE: Keith Schiller, one of P45’s closest associates, has left the White House. P45 is “crushed,” says People magazine.  With the eclipse falling on P45’s Ascendant, we can see the potential for relationships to suddenly end. In other news, Steve Bannon will be interviewed on 60 Minutes this Sunday. His Moon was likely eclipsed on August 21st and activated this week by  transiting Mars (action) and Mercury (communication). Action action blah blah blah, driven by a need to be perfectly right….pushed into the spotlight. Eclipsed.

Not eclipsed — and  in honor of this week’s trine between the exacting Virgo Sun and Pluto, craters, plains and mountains on Pluto have officially been named.

Last but not least, author, artist, educator and radical feminist Kate Millett passed away. “She is best known for her book Sexual Politics (1970), which became the cornerstone of the modern feminist movement, followed by another novel in 1974 and her autobiography in 1977″, says her Wikipedia biography. Why did she need to be so radical?

A quick glance at her horoscope reveals rebel Uranus right on a feisty, pioneering Aries Ascendant — supercharging a willful Mars in Leo and Jupiter in Libra.  “Pioneering” — that’s how she’s remembered  in this obit published in the Guardian.  Oh — and that Mars is in the 5th House of love, love, love — reflected in this quote from her obit, “Let’s always be having an affair. Wherever we meet, however many times a year – let it always be an affair.”

Ms. Millett was a Virgo with Moon in righteously opinionated Sagittarius. Her Sun at 21 Virgo was under a streamlining squeeze all year, thanks to transiting Saturn. The second of three challenging squares was August 4th; the third is September 15th, one day after her 83rd birthday. She passed away in Paris, where she was celebrating her upcoming solar return with her wife. A romantic to the end…

To Avid Readers in Irma’s path (and those digging out from Harvey) — may you find yourselves out of harm’s way. Please stay safe.

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Tuesday 9/5/2017: Sneak Peek at a Shortened Week: Mercury Direct; Mars Enters Virgo

Easy does it, as the work week begins.

Lots of action while you are sleeping early TUESDAY morning (with Mercury retrograde, naturally I misteakenly wrote last week that this was all happening on MONDAY. I hate it when that happens; apologies for the error. Really, it’s all happening on September 5th).

First,  a face-off between the Moon and Mars at 1:15 AM ET suggests provocative action. Moon then goes void for several minutes and enters Pisces at 1:28 AM ET. Another face-off between the Sun and Neptune happens at exactly the same time ET; we’ve been feeling this one all week. Neptune refers to the surreal, oil, chemicals, toxins, spirits of all kinds, water, oceans, floods, refugees, faith and charity. Here’s what was going on in the news in the wake of the annual Sun-Neptune opposition in 2015.

But wait, there’s more. Mars leaves regal Leo for perfectionist Virgo at 5:35 AM, channeling its action/assertion drive into making things right. Extreme patience and focus in all travel/communication is advised, as Mercury turns direct at 7:30 AM.

Note that the Pisces Moon will travel through day without interference, waxing to its fullness on WEDNESDAY at 3:03AM ET. Two hours before the Full Moon is exact, it meets up with Neptune, planet of faith, dreams, healing, oil, water, delusion, spirits, refugees, victims, chemicals.  This can be dreamy or deceptive…and perhaps a little bit of both.

In the wake of Wednesday’s Full Moon, we will have a heavy challenge from Saturn (control, patriarchy, ambition) at 4:29PM ET. Then the Moon goes void until THURSDAY at 8:01 AM ET, when it charges off a cliff in pioneering, me-me-me Aries.

On FRIDAY, the Aries Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto at 1:49 PM ET. This suggests a power play and/or an emotional catharsis. On SATURDAY, Moon is opposed by rebel Uranus at 8:54 AM ET. Humming in the background all week is a trine (harmony) between the Sun (leaders) and Pluto (power, plutonium, news from underground, corruption). Here’s a headline reflecting the Sun-Pluto trine from last year:

Add the power/resources consolidation of the Sun trine Pluto and say hi to what could be the largest energy infrastructure company in America: the merger of Spectra and Enbridge.

Finally, on Saturday at 10:52 PM ET, Mercury stops shouting “Off with their heads!” in Leo and re-enters Virgo, where it may now dedicate itself to thoughts of order, refinement, service and humility. We hope.

The chart for the Full Moon, set in Washington DC, has disruptive Uranus and Pluto in contact with the Midheaven and the Ascendant, a.k.a. the angles of the horoscope.  Heavy planets making tense contact with the angles of a horoscope reflect strong potential for action.

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon at 14 Pisces vs. the Sun at 14 Virgo offer these insights.  “A lady in a fox fur stole” is the Symbol for 14 Pisces, suggesting, writes astrologer Blain Bovee, “cunning camouflage for family protection.” Just imagine this lady gliding through society, effortlessly, putting out an image of belonging. What’s her real agenda? 14 Pisces was the Symbol for the New Moon in March of 2011. 

For the Sun at  14 degrees of Virgo, and the Sabian Symbol is “a family tree.”  Again with the family ties? How will that play out in the headlines? Even if you do not feel that you belong, act as if…???  This was the Symbol for the New Moon in September 2013.

Meanwhile, if you follow Tarot Diva Beth Owlsdaughter’s weekly card pulls (always in sync with planetary patterns), you may remember her writing  that last week’s card was the Six of Swords — challenging perhaps, but not as challenging as the Five. So guess what card showed up this week.…bwahahahaha…

This week, take your time adjusting to Mercury’s forward direction. Breathe. Go with the Moon in Pisces flow.  And take Beth Owlsdaughter’s wise words to heart:

In your own world this week, be extra careful not to make enemies. Instead, approach any potential conflict with candor and scrupulous honesty. Whenever possible, first stretch out the hand of peace and magnanimity.

Beware of the temptations of malicious gossip, half-truths with an agenda, and gloating over any advantage you may currently enjoy in a competitive situation.

On the other hand, have you been defeated or cheated out of something by a wily and cunning opponent? Do you feel you have suffered because of someone’s cowardliness, ego, or malice?

Perhaps now is the time to walk away while you can. A strategic retreat may be the wisest move.

Take extra care to protect what is valuable to you, and be careful about people who would wield their power in underhanded, dishonest ways, as well as any urge to do so on your part. Infamy and trickery are floating in the air.

Winning at any price will not really vanquish a competitor. People will always remember how they were made to feel. This is why sooner or later, the payback always comes. Fairness and justice, eventually, must be served.

And now, the news.

Thrilled to report cosmic headlines reflecting the far-out potential of Mars in harmony with Uranus; wiggy Sun opposing Neptune:

In other news…

Secrets coming out — past actions REviewed — as anticipated — in the wake of last month’s Big Fat solar eclipse and Mercury retrograde. You’ve seen the story that broke on Friday, yes?  Alex Wubbels — the Utah nurse who was arrested on July 26th because she refused to be bullied by a police detective who wanted to illegally obtain a patient’s blood sample? The arrest — and assault — was caught on tape.  It looks like what you’d expect to see on July 26th: the regal Leo Sun meeting up with regal Leo Mars, trying to get away with murder.

Turns out the unconscious patient whose rights Nurse Wubbels defended (in accordance with the law) — works in law enforcement. Talk about a backfire for the aptly named Officer Payne. The patient’s police department thanked Nurse Wubbels. And effective immediately, police officers visiting that Utah hospital will no longer be permitted to contact nurses, nor will they be allowed in patient care areas.  Where was Mercury on July 26th? 1 Virgo — where it was last week and will return again over the weekend. Stay tuned…

Revealed: the handwritten letter from President Obama left for P45 in the Resolute Desk on Inauguration Day.

Revealed:  the DOJ confirms that P45’s assertion of having “wires tapped”  by President Obama was “a total fabrication”

Revealed: a WWII bomb discovered in a construction site in Frankfurt forces the evacuation of 60,000

Revealed: UK at center of big fat money laundering scheme in Azerbaijan

Revealed, bigtime — coupled with the explosive potential of Mars meeting up with Mercury on North Korea’s recently eclipsed Saturn  — this heavy, sobering WaPo headline: North Korea defies predictions — again — with early grasp of weapons milestone

Cleraly the Washington Post does not appreciate the value of astrology — otherwise it would not write that this dreadful development “defied predictions.” Astrologers who write about these things have warned of this potential at this time for months.  The explosion resulted in a 6.3 quake on the Richter scale, and it’s all terribly bewildering. Couldn’t North Korea find something better to do?

And how exactly do North Koreans get their news? From the “pink lady” newscaster, of course — with clips provided by The Guardian. On a day with the Sun opposing Neptune, color the apocalypse weird and rose…and send out thoughts of peace and calm.

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has her work cut out for her. I hope to find time one day to write about her horoscope.

Congress is back in session. In the aftermath of last week’s Jupiter-Saturn sextile, will bipartisanship save the day? Meanwhile, Hurricane Irma is on its way — so let’s end on this happy note:

UPDATE: Prince William, whose horoscope was discussed on August 10th, including this observation:

In 2018, transiting Uranus will oppose  his 2 degree Scorpio Midheaven, suggesting a disruption in the family and in his professional status. That opposition occurs twice next summer: on July 23rd and August 28th, accompanied by another measurement between the Sun and Venus. Sun-Venus measurements suggest a focus on love, popularity, creativity and/or birth

Today it was announced that Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge — a.k.a. Kate Middleton — is pregnant. Made me smile. Life goes on…

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Friday 9/1/2017 & the Holiday Weekend: Eclipse Triggers Ahead

TGIF!

A proactive Moon in Capricorn ends the work week, encouraging you to get it all done before the holiday weekend (Labor Day, here in the U.S.). Note your dreams upon waking, as the Moon will be in touch with visionary Neptune at 6:22 AM ET. Then get ready for the next few days of all sorts of bottlenecked energies busting out. Why? Because Mercury has re-entered Leo and it’s about to meet up with Mars at 28 Leo, triggering the degree of last week’s Big Fat Solar Eclipse. Mercury refers to communication. Mars refers to action and assertion. Leo is fiery, willful, playful, regal, dramatic and stubborn. Make it so!

At 2:28 PM ET the Moon makes its weekly clash with ruthless Pluto, suggesting power plays and emotional catharses, for better or worse. SATURDAY at 12:30 PM ET, the Moon clashes with Uranus, suggesting a disruption of the status quo. Moon then goes void until 4:06 PM ET. Moon then enters humanitarian, who’s-yer-buddy Aquarius for the rest of the holiday weekend – perfect for hanging with your new best friends. A tech savvy alliance between Mars and Uranus favors innovative action — this has been in effect all week and will be exact tomorrow at 8:13 AM ET. See how it blends with the wiggy potential of next week’s Sun-Neptune opposition in this story:  Dr Con Man: the rise and fall of a celebrity scientist who fooled almost everyone.

The eclipse-triggering meet-up between Mercury and Mars happens at 5:39 AM ET on SUNDAY.

Lots of action while you are sleeping early MONDAY morning. A face-off between the Moon and Mars at 1:15 AM ET suggests provocative action in the hours beforehand. Another face-off between the Sun and Neptune happens at 1:25 AM ET; we’ve been feeling this one all week. Neptune refers to the surreal, oil, chemicals, toxins, spirits of all kinds, water, oceans, floods, refugees, faith and charity. Here’s what was going on in the news in the wake of the annual Sun-Neptune opposition in 2015.

But wait, there’s more. Mars leaves regal Leo for perfectionist Virgo at 5:35 AM, channeling its action/assertion drive into making things right. Or, as John McCain says in a WaPo op-ed,  “It’s time Congress returns to regular order.” Off the top of my head, the horoscopes of P45, Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and the city of Houston will be directly affected that day. Extreme patience and focus in all travel/communication is advised, as Mercury turns direct at 7:30 AM. The Moon will be Pisces, waxing to its fullness on TUESDAY at 3:03AM ET. Empathy, compassion and water rising — with something about to be illuminated or released.

And now, the news.

UPDATE: on P45, who is living life as forecast months and months ago. Reflecting restrictive Saturn’s big squeeze on his Sun and Moon, I submit these headlines for your consideration:

And so it goes, with P45 doing his best to make everyone else feel as miserable as he is, e.g., Donald Trump to end ‘Dreamers’ immigration program.

Reflecting a focus on chemicals and toxins suggested by the Sun-Neptune opposition:  New Hazard in Storm Zone: Chemical Blasts and ‘Noxious’ Smoke — this is happening in Houston, with more likely to follow. FYI, the New York Times and the Washington Post have suspended their paywalls in deference to Hurricane Harvey. There’s a ton of great investigative journalism to be found — dive in! Or  you can REview a series published last year by Pro Publica, explaining why Hurricane Harvey was just waiting to happen:

Scientists, other experts and federal officials say Houston’s explosive growth is largely to blame. As millions have flocked to the metropolitan area in recent decades, local officials have largely snubbed stricter building regulations, allowing developers to pave over crucial acres of prairie land that once absorbed huge amounts of rainwater. That has led to an excess of floodwater during storms that chokes the city’s vast bayou network, drainage systems and two huge federally owned reservoirs, endangering many nearby homes…

Now getting off the soap box and noting that floods are pulling focus all over the world today, as the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Neptune hot in the cosmos suggests fraud making headlines. Mercury retrograde suggests a REview. Today in Kenya:   Supreme Court annuls presidential election result for irregularities, orders new vote .  Just like that.   And this: Radio host and accused Ponzi schemer used ‘hoodoo spell’ to thwart probe, feds say. Surreal.

Who remembers last month’s post about the current semi-square between rebel Uranus and wiggy Neptune? It’s the next step in a cycle that began in the early 1990s, when Uranus and Neptune met up in Establishment Capricorn, dissolving boundaries in Establishment structures and looking something like this:

NYT op-ed writer David Friend has no idea he’s writing about the Uranus-Neptune cycle, but he is when he notes a pattern that appears to be repeating:  The 1990s Gave Us the Trump Teens.  Wait until Saturn enters Capricorn in January 2018, retracing the steps it made in mid 1988-1991.

Meanwhile, other pundits have no idea they’re writing about the Uranus-Pluto cycle when they note a similarity between this decade, the early 30s and the mid-60s. One of the similarities is illustrated by this disturbing story: a Utah nurse was arrested in July because she refused to be bullied by a police detective who wanted to obtain a patient’s blood sample without patient consent or a warrant. In other words, she was upholding the law, supported by her supervisors. The arrest — and assault — was caught on tape. The detective still has a job.

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Thank you for reading this forecast — and have a great holiday weekend!

 

Monday 8/28/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Houston & Other Horrorscopes

Good Morning!

Intense, deep, stubborn, controlling and wet — those are a few keywords for the Moon when it is in Scorpio, where it’s been since early Saturday. As of 5:38 AM ET, it’s also void of course — i.e., traveling without focused direction until it enters the next sign — Sagittarius — with a huge sigh of relief. That shift happens at 3:48 PM ET. Until then, roll with the flakes and twists. Stick to routine. Crises which crop up during voids are often much ado about nothing. Chill! Your other Moon voids this week happen on THURSDAY 12:42 AM ET – 4:18 AM ET and SATURDAY 12:30 PM ET – 4:06 PM ET.

Once the Moon enters Sagittarius, everyone is sure to have an opinion — the more boundary-pushing, the better. Get out of your rut; expand your mind; connect with nature; catch a foreign film; think positively; avoid putting your foot in your mouth and/or tripping over the furniture.

On THURSDAY retrograde Mercury backs into Leo at 11:29 AM ET, where it will slow to a crawl as it prepares to move direct on Tuesday, September 5th. What does this suggest? Note that Action Hero/Angry Bird Mars will be at 28 Leo on SATURDAY and SUNDAY. Last week’s awesome solar eclipse happened at 28 Leo. A planet that travels to the degree of an eclipse serves as a trigger — i.e., a release of energy/action bottle-necked by the eclipse. Got that?

Mercury (information, communication, travel) will meet up with Mars at that same degree — 28 Leo —  on SUNDAY at 5:39 AM ET. What will be the fallout (sometimes, literally)? What secrets will be revealed? What royal edicts will be issued (when cooler heads really ought to prevail)? Mercury will hang at 28 Leo until it turns direct. Could be an interesting few days for those with significant planets and points at that degree. Consult your local astrologer for details.

And now, the news.

A harmony between Mars and Uranus on SATURDAY at 8:13 AM ET suggests headlines including, but not limited to tech breakthroughs and aviation. We shall see.

Meanwhile, water, water everywhere — in Texas.  Hurricane Harvey continues to rain on Houston, reflecting the wretched potential of a depth-seeking Scorpio Moon. Why Houston? Why now?  Are there any astrological patterns suggesting this heartbreaking horror show?

Well, it is interesting to note that the chart for the August 21 solar eclipse set in Houston has a Midheaven (public status) of 0 degrees Virgo — with the eclipsed Sun and Moon sitting right on top of it, separated by just one degree. The chart set in Houston has a 23 Scorpio Ascendant, challenged by the North and South Nodes. I’d translate that potential as an image of depth and control, while feeling trapped between a rock and a hard place. Mars is at 20 Leo, physically challenging that image when it hit 23 Leo early Saturday morning. We will see more Mars action in this Houston New Moon chart between September 2nd and 5th.

New Moon in Houston

It is also interesting to see Neptune running wild in the chart, yet in an obsessive-compulsive relationship with the Sun and Moon. Neptune refers to water, floods, displaced persons, dissolving of boundaries. This pattern was in the chart for the New Moon/Eclipse in every location. Neptune also refers to oil, oceans and naval matters — and here I would be thinking of another recent big headline: the collision of a oil tanker with the U.S.S. John McCain, in which ten U.S. sailors perished.

Meanwhile, the city of Houston also has a horoscope — born on August 24, 1836 at 12:38 PM. Houston’s Sun is 1 Virgo — also hit by the August 21st eclipse. Coincidence or conspiracy? We see Mars hot in this horoscope late next week — the 7th through the 9th. We anticipate action and/or assertion.

Of course there is always the possibility that the real culprit here is Mother Nature, aided and abetted by climate change caused by human activity, like most scientists say. And that it doesn’t really matter to Mother Nature that U.S. government agencies, under the dangerously deluded direction of the P45 adminstration, have scrubbed the words “climate change” from their websites.  Guess they haven’t gotten around to NASA yet.

Thinking of all Avid Readers in Harvey’s path — hoping you are safe and sound. If you are not in Harvey’s path, here are ways to help.

In other news…

Some weeks ago in Astrologer Land there was an article published arguing that the time on the birth certificate released by P45 wasn’t correct, and that we should be using the birth time cited by his mother.  I don’t know about that, given the responsiveness of the horoscope calculated with the time on the birth certificate. For example, we’d expect a public assertion of regal machismo on or a day before the morning of August 27th, when transiting Mars (action) challenged his Midheaven (public status).  Sure enough, late on Friday when many were focused on the impending Hurricane Harvey, P45 “pardoned” Joe Arpaio, former sheriff of Maricopa County (AZ). Here is the must-read article on Mr. Arpaio, if you’re not quite sure what heinous things he has done.

We don’t have an exact birth time, but here is what we know of Mr. Arpaio’s horoscope.  OMG, he shares a birthday with P45 — June 14th. Gemini Sun — Libra or Scorpio Moon, likely squared by patriarchal Saturn. That can be lean…and downright mean. Macho Mars at 24 Taurus — conjunct wounded healer Chiron and the wretched Fixed Star Algol; retrograde Venus is conjunct Pluto; Neptune and Mars are running wild. Translation: we see the potential for a man on a misguided mission;  prone to over-the-top emotions in matters of homeland/family, inflicting aforementioned meaness on others as a twisted retaliation for the misery he likely experienced in his early home life. It will be interesting to see what squeeze he may be feeling in October/November, when transiting Saturn opposes his Gemini Sun for the third time this year.

Over the weekend, P45 also reversed an Obama-era rule that prevented local police departments from getting their hands on military equipment. Because what local police department would be complete without its very own grenade launcher? Earlier this month he rolled back Obama-era flood standards for taxpayer-financed infrastructure projects. Will that one be REconsidered, as one might hope with a bright idea that launches during a Mercury retrograde? Meanwhile, macho militant Mars hits P45’s regal Leo Ascendant on September 5th. Actions are sure to make news. Stay tuned….

…and ending on a fun note. Lost objects have an odd way of turning up when Mercury is retrograde. In Canada, a woman was delighted to find her engagement ring when it was pulled out of her garden….wrapped around a carrot!

How’s your Mercury retrograde REorganizing, REpairing, REtreating, REconnecting going? Yesterday I ordered a file cabinet and took my broken vacuum cleaner to the repair shop.

Housekeeping note: if you ordered and paid for a personalized report about last week’s solar eclipse, it was prepared and emailed to you. If you have not received it, please let me know (to Avid Reader Mary — thanks for emailing me to say you did not receive the report. Please check your spam folder — it was sent on the 19th).

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Friday 8/25/2017 & the Weekend; Saturn Turns Direct; Unconventional Women & Others

TGIF in the Big Apple!

The Moon in Libra drives the day with a need for fairness, balance and harmony. It is aided and abetted by an enthusiastic meet-up with Jupiter at 11:31 AM ET, followed by cooperative alignments with Saturn (structure, advance) and Mars (action, assertion) at 12:08 PM and 4:05 PM ET. So far, so good.

As we get closer to midnight, we may see a disruption in the headlines, as the peace-seeking Libra Moon is jarred by rebel Uranus at 1:39 AM ET on SATURDAY. It then goes void  for a few hours, plunging into the emotional depths of Scorpio at 4:53 AM ET. No more airy-fairy Libra theories; a Scorpio Moon demands substance in its quest for mastery and control.

This drive continues with focus until MONDAY at 5:38 AM ET. The drive then becomes potentially unfocused and provocative, after going void on a cranky clash with Mars. This Moon void lasts until 3:48 PM ET. Feel free to sleep in without consequence and roll with the twists and flakes that interfere with your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Crises that crop up during voids often end up being much ado about nothing. Remember that Mercury is still retrograde, so check and double check before hitting “send.”

Meanwhile, Friday’s big pattern is Saturn — planet of ambition and control — finally turning direct as of 8:09 AM ET. What initiatives can we expect to see moving forward in the headlines? Let’s review:

Saturn refers to control, discipline and structure. Sagittarius refers to collective belief systems, including: the law, religion, philosophy and academia. Hmm…how about mind control? Or tests of faith?  It also refers to publishing and other mass communication media, as well as sports and entertainment. Expect efforts involving restrictions and/or restructuring. Sagittarius refers to that which is foreign, so issues of border control will likely become hotter. It refers to travel.  So we can expect headlines involving controls in these areas, too.

Righteousness is another Sagittarius buzzword, as is blunt honesty. As its best, the Saturnine restructuring of Sagittarius concerns will stem from righteousness, much as the restructuring of the institution of marriage (Libra) to include same-sex couples evolved when Saturn was in Libra. Fairness is a big Libra buzzword. Got that?

For those born around 21 days into Gemini, Virgo, Pisces and Sagittarius, this summer has likely been a bit of a squeeze.  Why? Because Saturn is turning direct at 21 degrees of Sagittarius. If you have a planet or key point at that degree, you are also likely feeling the squeeze of Saturn. You may need to cut your losses and focus on what’s really important. Your focused efforts may result in a streamlined, authoritative advance. If loss is what you are feeling, ask for support.  You are worth it.

Fun fact: the indented copy above was posted on August 9, 2016. The full post included predictions I made about Senator Susan Collins breaking away from the pack in 2017 . I’m pleased to say they have come to pass. Astrology is amazing.

Also of note this weekend: at 12:30AM ET on SATURDAY, Venus leaves Cancer for drama queen Leo. Playful, regal and loving — that’s the fun upside until Venus gets all persnickety in Virgo on September 19th. Enjoy the love until then, Leo kings and queens! Potential downside: off with your head — as howls of indignation make the headlines.

At 4:43 PM ET on SATURDAY, the Sun and Mercury meet up in Virgo, going off on an idealistic tangent about a new world order. On SUNDAY at 8:16 AM ET, the eagerly anticipated cooperative alignment (a sextile) between Jupiter and Saturn finally finally occurs. I expect to see more reaching across the aisle between opposing sides.

And now, the news.

Guess who has the Sun at 21 Sagittarius and has thus been feeling the squeeze from transiting Saturn all summer? Taylor Swift, that’s who. Here is her horoscope — birth time unconfirmed. How interesting that she’s making news TODAY about the release of her latest single, “Look What You Made Me Do.” It’s heavy — a sneak peek at Reputation, the new album due out in November — and not everyone likes it. Ms. Swift made news earlier this month when a jury agreed with her claim that a DJ groped her during a photo op. She testified in court on August 10th, hours after the first exact hit of Saturn to her Sun. “Taylor Swift Was a Boss in Court,” said USA Today. Ms. Swift will have a third and final Saturn-Sun conjunction on September 10th.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is experiencing a Saturn transit to her adaptable 22 Pisces Moon. Using a birth time of 8:02 AM, we note that the Saturn  and the Moon refer to how she needs to think/communicate (3rd House) as well as publishing (9th House). Translation: ambition, gravitas and/or cuts in those matters. With Mars squaring her Scorpio Ascendant, suggesting a need for action, should we be surprised that she’s making headlines this week with her own sneak peek? Her new book is called What Happened — and one thing that happened was that she was stalked by “a creep” last fall. The book will be released next month, when Mars will be conjunct her Midheaven (career and status). We would expect an intiative in matters of creativity and ego recognition.

And of course, there’s P45 — whose Sun and Moon are under the influence of Saturn’s gravitas — along with Monday’s eclipse. He’s split with Steve Bannon and is fighting with Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan.   Alec Baldwin gave another mocking portrayal on SNL. But do not believe for a minute that his Cabinet is not getting things done. Here’s what’s going on at the EPA. Here’s the latest from HUD.

Meanwhile…

Yesterday’s square between Uranus in Aries (revolution, innovation, technogeeks) and Venus in Cancer (nourishment, women, values, money) was reflected in the following headlines — including, but not limited to:

UPDATE: Back in June, it was predicted that newly-elected French president Emmanuel Macron would undergo a bit of streamlining as transiting Saturn met up with his — wait for it — Venus (aesthetics; values) at 21 Sagittarius. Today’s revelation is that President Macron has spent “$30,000 on makeup services in three months. ”   That’s $330/day — which, as a day rate for a freelance make-up person, really does not seem so outrageous. Not only that, but Macron’s predecessors spent roughly the same amount. What makes Macron’s expenditures so objectionable? Timing! Streamlining Saturn is also being reflected in Macron’s experience as a 36% approval rating. Ouch.

I wonder what the French would think of Louise Linton, the Scottish-born actress and newly-wedded wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. She lit up social media with a blathersome tirade against a West Coast mom who was not amused by the hashtagged haute couture Ms. Linton made sure everyone knew she was wearing on a taxpayer-paid jaunt to the Path of Totality on Monday. Really, why else would she go to Louisville on a day trip with her husband if it weren’t for the solar eclipse?

Ms. Linton has since apologized for her “highly insensitive” Instagram post. Right. PSA of the DAY: When Mercury is retrograde, silence is golden.

It is interesting to note that Mr. and Mrs. Mnuchin share a birthday — Dec 21 — albeit eighteen years apart. That puts their Suns at the Aries Point at the very end Sagittarius (likely), so you can appreciate why this couple can’t help but attract attention. Their respective Suns are about to be squeezed by transiting Saturn in mid-December. Stay tuned…

…and please stay safe if you’re in Texas.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

Sunday 8/20/2017: Sneak Peek at an Eclipsed Week; the Big Fat Revelation

Dashing off a note before I hit the road, departing Atlanta for points NW in North Carolina, a.k.a. the Path of Totality of tomorrow’s Big Fat New Moon/Solar Eclipse. The Moon is in Leo, seeking ways to shine and help others shine, too. It is at the end of the lunar cycle and thus very, very dead.

In this balsamic phase, we may feel a sense of listlessness or restlessness, anticipating that something new is just ahead, but we don’t know what. In this particular dead Moon — given that it is in Leo — we have a heightened sense of drama and play — all adding to the anticipation of tomorrow’s Big Fat Celestial Event.

Mercury is still retrograde of course, and thus you might be having experiences like this: you assume your gracious host knows how to get to the rental car office, but she takes a wrong turn. She corrects her course, but the rental car office is closed. That’s OK, because it’s not the rental car office you’re supposed to be at anyway…and after a series of twists and turns, you end up at the correct rental car office, and your gracious host tells you that if she had just followed that “wrong turn,” you would have arrived at the correct location. Meanwhile, the rental car office doesn’t have the car you reserved, and so there will be a delay….

The New Moon/Eclipse happens at 2:30 PM ET on MONDAY, after which it immediately goes void until 4:25 PM ET. Next stop for the Moon: Virgo, where it will go about putting everything back in order after the festive mania of the holiday weekend (I’m counting Eclipse Day as an unofficial holiday). Highlights of this week include:

  • a tech and astrology (!!!!)-friendly harmony between Uranus (ruler of astrology) and the Leo Sun. Is that why so many astrologers are being asked for insights about this eclipse? Newsweek, Time, Buzzfeed — even the Summit Daily in Summit County, Colorado — so cool, right?
  • The Sun leaves Leo for Virgo on TUESDAY at 6:21 PM ET. Less play, more perfecting and (re)organizing for the rest of the month and into September;
  • Venus (women, what we love, money, art, social expression) clashes with rebel Uranus on THURSDAY at 3PM ET, likely to be reflected in sudden splits and unconventional attractions making headlines;
  • Saturn — planet of control, ambition and patriarchal control — turns direct at 8:09AM ET on FRIDAY. What a isolating squeeze this month has been for people with planets and angles around 21 degrees of Sagittarius. Exhibit A: P45, who can’t be abandoned fast enough. Corporate advisors, arts advisors — even one evangelical advisor — walked away last week. Makes you wonder what the rest of that spiritual advisory board is waiting for…

Here is the New Moon/Eclipse chart set for Washington D.C.:

It’s been discussed on more than one occasion in this forecast that this eclipse falls on P45’s Ascendant and his Mars. In ancient times, the horoscope of the head of state was used to anticipate the future of that state/country/kingdom. So yes, this Great American Eclipse — with its Path of Totality that will fall coast-to-coast in the U.S. (first time in 99 years) and only in the U.S. (first time since before the U.S. was “born”) feels like it must have special significance. And if you happen to have planets or an angle within a degree or so of 28 Leo, this eclipse is likely to have special significance for you, too. That would include  off the top of my head — Vladimir Putin, North Korea, Roman Polanski and Bill Clinton.

Here’s another takeaway — without the feeling of foreboding of Something About to Happen — and this applies to everyone. Over the past few weeks I have been contemplating the miracle of eclipses. Really, the miracle. Do you know why we have eclipses? That’s a mechanical question, not a rhetorical one. We have eclipses on Earth because from our point of view, the size of the Sun and the size of the Moon are the same. Even though the Sun is massive and far, far, away — when compared to the humble Moon — the two are equal!

From this realization I began thinking about the symbolism of the Sun: masculine, day forces, conscious will, etc. — and the symbolism of the Moon: feminine, night forces, reflective, etc. Shouldn’t all that these two celestial bodies symbolize carry equal weight here on this earthly plane? Well?

Astrologers are fond of saying: “as above, so below.

The New Moon chart pictured above shows the Sun and the Moon as equals. That’s my Big Fat Eclipse Meditation for you to contemplate — it applies to you, no matter where this particular eclipse falls in your horoscope. Everyone knows their Sun Sign. Where is your Moon? The needs it symbolizes in your life are just as important as your Sun!

This would be a fine point of discussion with your local astrologer — and I would be delighted to be of service. Here’s the 411 on consultations. Yes, I am still offering a report on how the eclipse is likely to be experienced in your own personal world — check the bottom of the previous forecast for details. If you’ve ordered a report from me recently, gratitude for your patience. The response has been overwhelming and delightful!

The news will be back in the next forecast, when I have access to internet service. Going off the grid now for a day…

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

Wednesday-Friday 8/16-18/2017: Venus in the Hot Seat; the Wiggy Uranus-Neptune Semi-Square

Greetings from New York!

While I was away, the squirrels built a nest in the elm tree outside my window. It’s just a few feet above eye level, providing endless entertainment for the cat. I wonder how the crows will respond to their new neighbors when they return to the tree this winter.  Can’t they all just get along? Meanwhile, I savor these simple joys. I hope you find some to savor, too.

That chatty piece of news was brought to you by the Moon in info-junkie Gemini, seeking to keep you entertained and informed. As I type, the Moon is about to connect with bewildering Neptune, leaving me to wonder what new strain of batshit craziness will be making headlines around 8:35 AM ET, especially given Mercury in retrograde. After the delusional dust settles, the afternoon is energized by the Moon’s harmony with action hero Mars and expansive Jupiter, exact at 3:29 PM ET. Much can be accomplished (within Mercury retrograde parameters). Be advised that the Moon’s engaging drive may be blocked as we move into the evening, when Saturn in Sagittarius (media, opinion) opposes the Moon at 9:40 PM ET. Who’s trying to control whom?

On THURSDAY, you can get away with sleeping in or flaking out, as the Gemini Moon will be void between 9:38 AM and 12:13 PM ET. After that, the Moon shifts gears into Cancer, the sign it rules. A Cancer Moon supports a focus on emotional and home(land) security; feeding and nurturing the soul; apple pie, Mom and amber waves of grain.  Thursday afternoon has an easy flow of input from other planets. This flow continues until FRIDAY at  4:45 PM ET, when the Moon is opposed by ruthless Pluto. I expect a power play in the headlines late Friday night — one that pushes boundaries, given that the Moon will square (challenge) expansive Jupiter at 8:52 PM ET.  Further upsets to the status quo are likely to hit the wires around 11:17 AM ET on SATURDAY, as the Moon is squared by rebel Uranus.

Meanwhile, along with Mercury retrograde and the revealing fallout from last week’s Full Moon eclipse, Venus is the star player in the cosmos this week. Yesterday, the only exact pattern of the day was a face-off between Venus in sensitive, nurturing Cancer and Pluto in ruthless, Powers That Be Capricorn, exact at 7:13 AM ET.  Early THURSDAY AM (or Wednesday eve, depending on your time zone), Venus will square Jupiter at 2:40 AM ET.  Here’s a blurb about Venus-Pluto patterns from a post in 2014:

Reflecting this week’s volatile connection among Venus (money, women, social expression, art) with ruthlessly empowering Pluto on Monday and rebel Uranus on Friday, I offer the following items. In Virginia, former governor Bob McDonnell and his wife are on trial “for conspiring to use his office for personal enrichment”. Their defense strategy: their marriage was so broken, they could not have conspired their way out of a paper bag. Holy dirty laundry, Batman — and you’ll hear every sordid detail if you follow this trial. Hard Venus-Pluto contacts suggest emotional overkill. In this category, may I suggest this amusing report in response to the recently-released trailer for the infamously tawdry 50 Shades of Grey. And while we’re on the subject of passion in the arts, here are some artistic crimes of passion, courtesy of the Washington Post.

Venus-Pluto contacts also suggest purging and catharsis, and isn’t it interesting to see this article about how to energetically cut ties with unhealthy relationships, which the protagonist in 50 Shades of Grey obviously never read. The visualization technique is especially apt for clearing emotional/spiritual attachments to people from whom you have already physically separated.

Venus will challenge Uranus on August 24th. Its disruptive, freedom-seeking drive is part of the New Moon/solar eclipse we’ll have on August 21st. Prominent break-ups in the news? I wouldn’t be surprised.  Venus-Jupiter aspects suggest abundance or wretched excess…are we seeing any of that in the news yesterday and today? Hmmm…

And now, the news.

Let us remember that the Moon was in double-talking Gemini yesterday, a sign which can’t help but see two sides in any given situation, even if the sides happen to be Right and Wrong. P45 is a Gemini, and his aptitude for double talk and delusion is amplified by a tense aspect between Mercury (how he needs to think) and Neptune (lies all lies). Given the emotional overkill of Tuesday’s Venus-Pluto opposition and Mercury being retrograde (motto: silence is golden; think twice before you hit SEND), of course it makes sense that right after that Venus-Pluto opposition, he would tweet a cartoon of a “Trump train” smashing into journalist labelled “CNN” — and then delete it minutes later. And we can see why, in his stinkbomb of a press conference that afternoon, he would blame “violence on both sides” (re: the weekend’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville), as jaws around the country fell to the floor. And we can see, under the Venus-Jupiter square, the wretched excess of his follow-up statement that many attending the white supremacist rally were “very fine people.” I wonder what that means, “very fine people.” Does it mean that they have families and pets that they love? That they pay taxes?  That they voted for him? What makes people “very fine,” in the World According To P45?

Meanwhile, Adolf Hitler’s horoscope is functioning as predicted here last December.    It is interesting to note that Hitler’s Venus-Mars conjunction at 16 Taurus is square to controlling, authoritarian Saturn (reflected in his militant values and actions). This conjunction was hit by last week’s Full Moon eclipse at 15 Leo/Aquarius and was triggered by transiting Mars at 15-16 Leo at the time of the Charlottesville rally.  We would expect action taken in matters expressing Hitler’s values and action. Ya think? On the upside,  his values and actions sparked a response on Twitter that set a new record for most-liked tweet ever (no, it’s not one of P45’s).

Where’s Thich Nhat Hanh and his teachings on compassionate listening when we need him?

Enough about politics.

There is another pattern humming in background that I’ve been meaning to discuss, as it has been reflected in a number of headlines involving drugs, music and technology. Back in 1993, Uranus (technology, avant garde, disruption, rebels, astrology, uranium, aviation) and Neptune (drugs, dissolving of boundaries, water, oil, oceans, lies, dreams, fantasy, music, spirits of all kinds) met up in Capricorn (the Establishment, the color black). Here’s what that looked like:

Kooky spooky ooky. Very Goth. But totally connected, right?  In the way technology (Uranus) has dissolved boundaries (Neptune), enabling us to all be connected. In the early 90s — and especially 1993, when three Uranus-Neptune conjunctions were exact — at 18 and 19 degrees of Capricorn — seeds were planted that would dissolve boundaries in corporations and government, using the wonders of modern technology.  So now we have things like “virtual offices” and friends we meet on Facebook (scattered around the world).  The hallowed rungs of the corporate ladder aren’t where they used to be, making it challenging for workers to climb, so why bother? Elected representatives communicate directly with constituents by email and tweet. Kinda weird  and chaotic,  but it is what it is.

I remember saying — back in the 90s — that whoever could figure out how to capitalize on the sentiment “we are all connected” would make millions.

Anyhoo…

The cycle of the Sun and the Moon (New Moon, First Quarter, Full, Third Quarter) is 28 days. Between Uranus and Neptune, it’s 171 years. And on August 11th, we hit the first of five markers in this cycle. Uranus and Neptune are now 45 degrees apart.  That’s half of a square (a right angle), which is 90 degrees. I am talking  basic geometry here — this is not brain surgery — just remember what you learned in school about triangles and squares.

In astrology, a 45 degree relationship between planets is called a semi-square. It’s not as heavy as a conjunction (0 degrees) or a square (90 degrees) or an opposition (180 degrees). Still, a semi-square is tense. Thus, it sparks challenges and action.  The five semi-squares between Uranus and Neptune will happen on (courtesy of cafeastrology):

  • 1st: August 11, 2017, when Uranus is at 28° Aries 30′ and Neptune is at 13° Pisces 30′.
  • 2nd: October 7th, 2018, with Uranus at 27° Aries 01′ and Neptune at 12° Pisces 01′.
  • 3rd: June 16th, 2018, when Uranus is at 1° Taurus 30′
  • 4th: December 15th, 2018, when Uranus is at 28° Aries 49′
  • 5th: May 1st, 2019, when Uranus is at 3° Taurus 01′ (last)

What can we expect in the headlines? Disruption and innovation (Uranus) in Neptune concerns. Vision/fog/dissolving of boundaries (Neptune) in Uranus concerns. Uranus-Neptune patterns are often experienced as weird and/or unsettling. Example: what if technology doesn’t set us free? What if makes us feel lost?  Heads up if you’re a cashier.  Here’s a story from today’s WaPo about why blue-collar workers are quitting their jobs.  Other disruptive headlines include:

Awww…here’s one that just posted. The Broadway adaptation of Groundhog Day will close on September 17th, despite rave reviews.  Well, that’s a surprise. The movie premiered in 1993 — on the Uranus-Neptune conjunction. It stars Bill Murray as the quintessential cranky old Capricorn goat/TV weatherman whose life takes a surreal turn in Punxsatawny, Pennsylvania. It all ends on a happy note with true love and humanitarian connections destined to live happily after — a fun spin on the potential of a Uranus-Neptune conjunction in Capricorn if ever there was one. Highly recommended!

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Sunday & Monday 8/12-13/2017: Mercury is Retrograde; the U.S. Reality Check

As you may have heard, Mercury turned retrograde Saturday at 9:01 PM ET. It stationed (i.e. ground to a halt and changd direction) at 11 degrees of Virgo. It will travel backwards through Virgo, a sign it rules, until September 5th. on August 31st, Mercury will re-enter regal “Because I said so” Leo. It will appear to grind to a halt and move forward at 28 degrees of Leo, which happens to be the same degree (i.e., place in the sky) of the August 21st total solar eclipse. So we can expect some extraordinary information/communication to come out around September 5th — amid no small amount of confusion.

Here’s a general survival guide:

Even if you know nothing else about astrology, you may have heard the term “Mercury retrograde” before. Often it’s accompanied by curses and groans, and that’s a shame. Yes, all of the flights on American Airlines might be grounded because of a computer glitch. Or the entire country of Finland might be offline because there’s a transportation strike. Or some trickster might set off all the tornado warning alarms in Dallas — that actually happened during the last Mercury retrograde in April. Or two state police pilots might perish in a helicopter crash whose cause has yet to be determined (serious astrology buffs will note Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn on the angles of the chart for 4:54PM ET in Charlottesville, VA, the time police were notified of the crash).

Still,  there’s much good that can be accomplished when the Messenger Planet appears to be retracing its steps.

Mercury—which in the language of astrology refers to mindset, travel and communication—will appear to move backward through the sky until Sept 5th. It’s not really moving backward, but that is how it looks from our perspective here on Spaceship Earth. Mercury goes retrograde 3-4 times each year, for a period of 22 days.

Contrary to popular belief, Mercury retrogrades are no reason to freak out. Mercury retrograde gets a bad rap because we are geared, in this crazy modern age, to always be thinking, doing, moving FORWARD. You know what that gets you? BURN OUT. We need our down times, and Mercury retrograde is a perfect time to give our minds a rest. Why else would your computer, phone and/or car choose THIS time to malfunction? Because you are supposed to be slowing down. And as you slow down, it is vitally important that you FOCUS.

When Mercury is retrograde, be prepared for travel delays, scheduling screw-ups, mechanical breakdowns, computer crashes, having to repeat what you’ve just said, misunderstandings, the past coming back for a second look, surprise reunions and having to repeat what you just said. Use your FOCUS and double check important details, like whether the restaurant you’ve chosen for a meet-up is still in business. Or whether it is booked for a commercial shoot or a private party — all of which has happened to me during Mercury retrogrades.

If you are looking for a job, Mercury retrogrades are a perfect time to reach out to people from your past. Mine your address book and trust that your contacts will be happy to hear from you. However, do not be frustrated if your target is away on vacation or keeps rescheduling meetings. Also, triple check your emails and resumes before you hit “send,” as there is a higher probability of typos and other sloppy snafus.

In your business, you’ll need to make sure all communications have been received and are clearly understood. Be mindful of the higher potential for communications equipment to go on the fritz. MAKE SURE YOUR FILES ARE BACKED UP. Also be aware of a higher than average probability for delays in shipping and travel arrangements. For this you will need an extra dose of patience.

You may also find it profitable to REview a project from the past. Maybe you shelved it then, but now is the time to REconsider. However, be advised that a spontaneous, “out-of-the-blue” idea for advancement may not be so sound when Mercury turns direct. This is why the conventional wisdom advises against finalizing and/or signing contracts on deals during Mercury retrograde. An exception might be supported if you are REnegotiating or RElocating. If you absolutely must close a deal, triple check everything. The key is not to RUSH.

This is a good time to schedule a corporate REtreat. Any activity that affords the opportunity to REview past performance is encouraged. REsearch on a new strategy is also favored.

Mercury retrogrades are not favored for launching a new website or a new communications systems. There is a higher than average probability of technical glitches and confusion. REvisions, however, are A-OK.

In general, adopt a playful attitude of flexibility to whatever twists you encounter. Avoid making major purchases (especially electronic ones). Don’t believe everything you hear or read in the papers. Rumors have a higher probability of spreading during Mercury retrogrades. Avoid losing patience — that’s a big one.

When in doubt, be silent!

Do plan on RElaxing, REviewing, REsearching, REorganizing, REgenerating, REconnecting and REcreating….and REviewing your life with your astrologer.

Here is the chart for this Mercury retrograde, set for Washington D.C.

Mercury Rx Aug 12 2017

Let the record show that the first time I ran this chart, I used the wrong time. The second time I ran the chart, I saved it in the wrong format. The third time was just right. Damn you, Mercury retrograde!

What jumps out immediately in this D.C. chart is Neptune, planet of fog, deception and meltdowns, right on the Ascendant of this horoscope. Not only that, it is opposing Mercury — just look along the East-West axis of this chart and you’ll see it. Do you think we can expect clearly thought out communication from our nation’s capitol during this retrograde? Ermmm…..no. The Moon is in me-me-me Aries, in the 1st House, about to meet up with rebel Uranus. This suggests a need for disruptive change, executed in an entrepreneurial, “wild card” manner.  Also notable in the chart is Saturn, planet of patriarchy, authority, ambition and control. It is retrograde — suggesting a rethink in Saturn-ruled concerns — sitting right on the Midheaven of the chart. This is the top of the chart — an area referring to leadership and public status. Saturn will turn direct on August 25th at 21 degrees of Sagittarius, putting a squeeze on the horoscopes of P45 and a slew of other entities (people and countries) prominent in the headlines since last December.

Meanwhile…

This morning at 4:01 AM ET the me-me-me Aries Moon met up with rebel Uranus and went void for a few hours. At 6:40 AM ET, the Moon enters Taurus, seeking to fulfill its need for material comfort and security; to make a tangible form out of Aries drive. Consolidation of authority and form are also suggested by a trine (harmony) between the Leo Sun (leadership) and Saturn in Sagittarius (opinion; collective belief; all things foreign), exact at 5:02 PM ET.

No sleeping in on MONDAY, as the Taurus Moon’s need for security and form is driven throughout the day by contacts with six other planets. The most provocative hits happen at 10:30 AM ET, when the Moon is challenged by Mars in “get away with murder” Leo; the second provocation happens around 9:15 PM ET, the time of the Third Quarter Moon. Whatever your “fit  of apoplexy” agenda was around the New Moon on July 23rd, you may now release whatever didn’t quite work out. In the week ahead, contemplate the seeds you want to plant on the next New Moon on August 21st.

And now, the news.

As predicted, Saturday’s headlines were volatile and driven by rose-colored ideals. Hundreds of white men from around the country carrying citronella-scented tiki torches descended upon Charlottesville, VA, with the trumped-up purpose of protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a public park.  Nineteen peaceful counter-protesters were injured and one woman was killed when a 20 year-old white supremacist from Ohio allegedly and  deliberately ran them over.

As expected, P45 had little to say or do that was of any use (this is from the Washington Times), while former KKK leader David Duke took credit on behalf of “White Americans” for putting P45 in the White House. Duke stated that white supremacists would “fulfill Trump’s promise and take this country back.” Back where?  To pre-1600, perhaps? Here’s what that looked like:

Yes, there is an astrological point to this.

Elsewhere, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe was applauded for telling the white supremacists to “go home and never come back,” saying that they were “anything but patriots.” And then he continued, “you want to talk about about patriots; talk about Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, who brought our nation together…” And this is the astrological point: the Mars-Neptune square in the U.S. horoscope, suggesting a romanticizing (Neptune) of war and guns (Mars); a charismatic but perhaps unrealistic vision. Right now transiting Saturn is putting pressure on that Mars-Neptune square, demanding a reality check and activating a potentially dangerously unaware pattern. Jefferson and Washington were slave-owners; their “all men are created equal” Declaration of Independence didn’t apply to slaves, women, non-property owners and of course, the Native American people who were there first (that’s why they’re called “Native”).

How do we reconcile our American Dream of equality – driven by the need of the U.S. Moon in the humanitarian sign of Aquarius and the enlightened ambition of Saturn in fair and balanced Libra —  when the country was founded by men whose own personal worlds would suggest a screamingly obvious hypocrisy? I don’t have an answer, but this is the task at hand, suggested by planetary patterns.

I’ve been traveling in New Mexico now — driving through plenty of Native American reservations, so this discrepancy between the vision of our Founding Fathers and its apparent hypocrisy has been much on my mind. Next week I will be in North Carolina — near Cherokee, where I may find more food for thought.

That’s it for now; I am being pulled away from my computer by my gracious hosts in Santa Fe — off on another traveling adventure — please forgive any typos, as I won’t be able to proofread — living dangerously in a Mercury retrograde, but there you have it…

Thank you for reading this forecast.