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Monday 11/20/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Neptune Turns Direct

Good Morning!

Moon continues its sojourn in high-flying Sagittarius, driving the day with a need to push boundaries and righteously express its opinion. A harmony between the Moon and technogeek Uranus around 4:43 PM ET favors innovation and humanitarianism. A potentially conservative backlash or ambitious reach kicks in at 7:26 PM ET, as the Moon meets up with Saturn and then goes void until 2:14 AM ET on TUESDAY.  Roll with the flakes and twists that may crop up when the Moon is void — crises that manifest during voids are often much ado about nothing. Chill!

Notable shifts and patterns this week are as follows. First, today is the last full day of the Sun in Scorpio. Sun enter Sagittarius on TUESDAY at 10:05 PM ET. Whereas Sun in Scorpio can keep much under wraps for the sake of control, Sun in Sagittarius is more inclined to let it all hang out, and never mind the mess. If you were a Centaur (half-human, half-horse), aiming at arrow at the sky, whilst galumphing across an open field, you’d trip over your four left hooves on occasion, too. But what a fitting festive energy for the beginning of the holiday season…

Second, Venus in Scorpio forms a cooperative alignment with Pluto in Capricorn, exact at 6:26 AM ET on Tuesday. Women, social expression and money — demanding substance and control — somehow in alignment with the Powers That Be? Third, Neptune turns direct on WEDNESDAY at 9:21 AM ET.

When a planet is retrograde, the suggestion is to turn inward on issues involving that planet, as opposed to looking outside the self.  You’ll feel the effects of Neptune’s change of station more personally if you were born 10-13 days into Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius…or if you have a planet or angle at 10-13 degrees of those signs. What kind of effects? Oh….perhaps you are feeling somewhat bewildered…or less inclined to be in Type A personality mode (if you are normally a Type A personality). You may find yourself  desperately needing a creative outlet — even if you have never thought of yourself as a “creative” person. Consult your local astrologer for further details. In the news, we are likely to see Neptune themes continue to pull focus in the headlines: oceans, poisons, the navy, dreams, lies, lies, lies, did I mention lies, scandal, drugs, drugs and drugs. And oil. And spirits of all kinds.  And music. We’ve been getting double doses of these Neptune themes since 2011, when Neptune entered Pisces — the sign it rules.  Here’s a link to a post from 2014, talking about this cycle in more detail, with examples of what happened the last time Neptune entered Pisces — back in 1847. Neptune will remain in Pisces until 2026.

Your Moon voids for the week — in addition to today’s:  THURSDAY 5:33 AM ET – 3:14 PM ET. If you’re cooking a turkey for Thanksgiving, don’t forget to turn the oven ON.  Also: SATURDAY 9:37 PM ET until SUNDAY 3:04 AM ET. Really, not many twists and flakes to disrupt your plans for world domination this week. Arise, go forth and conquer, planting seeds from the New Moon intentions you set over the weekend.

And now, the news.

Macho Mars behaving badly in Libra, sign of social graces…in a militant aspect with Pluto; expansive Jupiter in sexy Scorpio…in harmony with naughtily nautical Neptune. Ready? “Penis in the sky: U.S. navy pilots grounded after ‘obscene’ stunt.”   Your tax dollars at work. Speaking of obscenities, tax dollars and airplanes, the House passed its alleged tax reform bill, which a Forbes writer called “the end of all economic sanity in Washington.” If you’d like to call your Senator (the Senate hasn’t voted on their version of this toxic waste dump yet), here are some tips and phone numbers.  Planetary patterns do favor the Powers That Be, which means you’ll need make a serious effort if you prefer a different outcome. What does that have to do with airplanes? Well, if you own a private jet, the House’s tax plan gives you a tax break. If you’re a teacher who spends $250 of your own money to buy supplies for your students, you’ll no longer be able to write that off. And if you’re a grad student you may go bankrupt, as your taxes increase by 400%.  The Washington Post offers this detailed analysis.

Why all this mean focus on education? I’d argue it’s a reflection of Saturn making its way through the last degrees of Sagittarius, where it will be until December 19th. Saturn refers to control and streamlining. Sagittarius refers to higher education, media, legal philosophy.  Given a choice between electing a senator who does not have a history of sexually assaulting teenage girls (Doug Jones, a man who successfully prosecuted Klansmen who blew up a church and killed young girls) vs. electing a senator who will vote to make the judiciary system (Sagittarius) leaner and meaner (Saturn), Alabama Governor Kay Ivey says it’s a no-brainer:  Roy Moore — the lean, mean underage girl-chasing machine is her man.

Meanwhile in  Okinawa, U.S. military troops  (Mars) have been banned from drinking alcohol (Neptune) after a drunk 21’year-old soldier killed a local man in a fatal crash (Mars-Pluto). Also in Japan, Mars-Pluto news from underground: “After six years, robots finally find reactors’ melted nuclear fuel.”

***Breaking News*** as I type: Charles Manson, the “wild-eyed leader of a murderous crew” has died at 83. Always interesting to see how even the obituaries reflect planetary patterns — and here I am referring to the potential brutality of Mars square Pluto — with mystical Neptune humming in the background. Also always interesting to see how someone is described in her/his obituary is clearly reflected in the horoscope.  From the Washington Post:

Mr. Manson was a study in stark contrasts. Small and scrawny, he was also charismatic and held an almost hypnotic power over his followers, especially women. Some believed he was divine.

Mr. Manson has Mars (action, yang energy, assertion) together with Neptune in his horoscope. This pattern practically screams with visionary/guru potential — with the caveat that behind the glamor things may not be what they seem.  Mars with Neptune seeks expression in intangible forms — music is an intangible form, and Manson was also a songwriter (if only he’d been more successful as a songwriter….).

Manson was born on November 12, 1934 — a Scorpio with three other planets: Mercury, Jupiter and Venus — either in the “seeking connection with an ‘other'” 7th House  or on the cusp of the 7th, strengthening the need for connection even more.  His community-seeking Aquarius Moon needs to take charge in the 10th House, and it is challenged by tense aspects to Mercury-Jupiter (big ideas) and the Uranus-Pluto. This is the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square that preceded World War II and all of its horrors.

It’s interesting that Manson’s dark chaos pulled focus in the years following the Uranus-Pluto conjunction of 1965-1966, culminating with random and ghastly murders committed by his followers in the summer of 1969. It’s interesting to note this passage from his Wikipedia bio:

Manson believed in what he called “Helter Skelter“, a term he took from the Beatles‘ song of the same name. Manson believed Helter Skelter to be an impending apocalyptic race war, which he described in his own version of the lyrics to the Beatles’ song. He believed the murders would help precipitate that war. From the beginning of his notoriety, a pop culture arose around him in which he ultimately became an emblem of insanityviolence and the macabre.

“Apolcalyptic race war?” As in “Us vs. Them?” Did we see that theme expressed in the aftermath of the early 30s (and a Uranus-Pluto square)? And there Manson was in the aftermath of the Uranus-Pluto conjunction, expressing that theme again? And now here we are, in the aftermath of a long series of Uranus-Pluto squares (2011-2016) once again. It’s only been a year. The potential for chaos in the aftermath is just getting started. I would love to believe that if we all keep our heads on straight, we could channel the energy seeking release into something truly beneficial for humankind. And in some places, we may well do so. When you become aware of planetary patterns you understand how they run in cycles. We have all been here before. Here’s a post about the Uranus-Pluto cycle written in 2012.

UPDATE: Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland and U.S. presidential candidate. As predicted two years ago, he’s sparking now.  He’s formed a new PAC. As FiveThirtyEight writes, “Take Martin O’Malley Somewhat Seriously in 2020…Seriously.” Capricorn Sun, supercharged by transiting Uranus; Scorpio Moon, expanded by transiting Jupiter. Here is his horoscope.

UPDATE: Angela Merkel, whose horoscope suggested expansion and public support — at least until early fall (so I wrote, back in March). What is her horoscope suggesting now? The frustration potential of transiting Saturn (control) on her Mars (action). “Collapse of German coalition talks deals Merkel blow; raises prospect of new elections.”

Do you think Angela Merkel has a consulting astrologer on staff? Wouldn’t it be helpful for her to be aware of the potential suggested by planetary patterns? What’s going on in your horoscope? Are you heading into a period of expansion or streamlining? Bewilderment or empowerment? Here’s the 411 on personal consultations. 

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Friday 11/17/2017 & the Weekend: New Moon in Scorpio; Contents Under Pressure

TGIF!

The end of the work week is driven by the Moon in moody bastard Scorpio, where it has sought to be appreciated for its depth and control since early Thursday. How many people bit your head off today?

This Moon is also dead — the New Moon hits SATURDAY at 6:42 AM ET. In the last days of the lunar cycle, wrap up projects started a month ago. Recognize that any restlessness or listlessness is reflecting the intuitive awareness that something new is around the corner — we just don’t know what.

Moon goes void on Saturday’s New Moon and does not enter Sagittarius until 1:59 PM ET. If you sleep in or flake out until after lunch, no harm, no foul…and NO impulse shopping. Once the Moon shifts into Sag, see if you notice a change in mood: lighter, fiery, enthusiastic in its need to express opinion and/or push boundaries. Take a walk in nature; think outside the box; entertain a foreign perspective; wax philosophical.

The Big Caveat of the weekend — felt in the past few days — is the exact square between Mars (action, aggression, guns) and Pluto (power, destruction). That happens at 7:11 AM ET on SUNDAY and it’s the strongest pattern in the New Moon chart, setting the tone for the next lunar cycle. Here are examples of headlines from past Mars-Pluto squares. Explosive action — perhaps involving Libra and Capricorn issues of fairness, legal theory, diplomacy, energy resources and news from underground — that’s what I’m thinking.

You are feeling the aggressive edge more personally if you have a planet or angle around 17 degrees of Libra, Capricorn, Aries or Cancer. Breathe deep and count to 50 before starting World War III. Note that P45 has Jupiter at 17 Libra; Jupiter refers to expansion. Aggressive expansion involving power and resources — with a big international spin — would be on the agenda right about now. How about wiping elephants off the face of the Earth? Apparently this is all Hillary’s fault.  Or not. The lift on the ban has just been reversed. Score one for the elephants. After all, they’re big. Like Jupiter. How about this, “T—– made millions of dollars from drug money laundering in Panama,” reports Newsweek.

On Sunday, a potentially bewildering tension between Moon and Neptune may reflect a desperate need for a beautiful escape. No sleeping in on MONDAY. The Sagittarius Moon won’t go void until 7:26PM ET.

Now about this New Moon on Saturday. It’s in Scorpio, a sign concerned with using knowledge to fulfill ambitions of power and control. It can build all the way to Heaven and all the way down to Hell.  Scorpionic depths and heights apply especially in  matters of sex, death and (other peoples’) money, a.k.a. energy, transformation and resources.  Scorpio challenges us to face the nitty-gritty consequences of our base instincts, fears and passions. Really, we simply can not look away.

In the chart for this New Moon, we have this potentially explosive Mars-Pluto pattern. What might this explosive action involve? We see Jupiter (expansion) in harmony with Neptune (oil, faith, refugees, lies, escape, drugs, spirits of all kind, forgiveness). This expansion may be a reaction to some impressive ideals and/or delusions that have recently made news, suggested by this past week’s wiggy contacts to Neptune by Mercury (thoughts/communication) and Venus (art, women, money).  Headlines reflecting these patterns:  first, aggressive bidding on a painting that might be the work of Leonardo da Vinci ends at $450 million!!  The subject is religious; the buyer is mysterious.  Second, a 19-year-old model auctioned off her virginity for millions, calling the winning bid “a dream come true.” Third, Keystone Pipeline spills 200K gallons of oil in South Dakota.

The New Moon happens at 26 degrees of Scorpio. It will square the Big Fat Solar Eclipse of August 21st, which you may recall happened at 28 Leo. If you have a planet or point around 28 degrees of Leo, Scorpio, Taurus or Aquarius whatever that August 21st eclipse set in motion is likely to be triggered. We see the potential for a sudden shift, closure or exposure. For P45, note that his 26 Mars and 28 Leo Ascendant qualify. It’s interesting to note that on Saturday, the horoscope of the 2017 inauguration will have a challenging measurement between patriarchal/controlling Saturn and militant Mars.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is “a military band on the march.” Hmm. Well at least that band is making music, not warfare. Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee suggests this Symbol “is an image of a collective effort to coordinate an action in precision and unison….playing the same tune is highly recommended.” Bovee suggests we be aware of “something more satisfying, more in line with being true to oneself…marching to someone else’s tune; keeping in step; parading one’s honor; staying with the drill.” Let’s watch for these themes in the headlines.

And now, the news.

Al Franken — accused of testosterone-induced impropriety and really bad jokes. How many feminists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? That’s not funny. Get it? Got it? Good. 

I last looked at the Senator’s  horoscope at the beginning of the year, curious to see if the buzz about him being a presidential contender in 2020 was reflected therein.  I wasn’t convinced, but I did see potential for considerable expansion this month, as transiting Jupiter crosses his Scorpio Ascendant today. Add to this another measurement between his righteously opinionated Sagittarius Moon and Jupiter suggesting no small amount of publicity (and also reward and success) — this has been in effect for a few months, and exact on November 11th.  Reward and success? Perhaps he will keep his Senate seat…though transiting Saturn squaring his natal Saturn is giving his mindset a major karmic reality check. I wish I’d taken the time to note my observations in this forecast back in February.

Senator Franken and P45 are cut from the similar planetary cloth, btw. Both are Geminis with Moon in Sagittarius. Both have strong Mars (assertion; yang; action). Franken has an exact Sun-Mars conjunction at 0 Gemini — somewhat impacted by the August 21 eclipse. P45 has Mars on his regally entitled Leo Ascendant. Senator Franken’s Scorpio Ascendant needs to be seen as someone of much greater depth and control. Franken’s Venus (social expression, values) is conjunct Uranus and square to Jupiter. Expansive, humanitarian, rebellious, quirky. P45’s Venus is conjunct Saturn: conservative, controlling, a creature of habit; potentially lean and mean.

A year from now will be a much more challenging time for Senator Franken….or so his horoscope suggests.

UPDATE: George H.W. Bush — also accused of grabbing women inappropriately — and now, by a woman who says he did it as an elected U.S. president. Back in January this potential for a sobering reality check and/or a controlling limitation was noted in this forecast.  The senior Bush has Moon at 17 Libra square to Venus in Cancer — a potentially self-indulgent and/or expansively expressive pattern. Mars is now at 16 Libra; Pluto is at 17 Capricorn. No wonder all of these women are speaking out now. Provocation…and a transformation of perspective in matters of social expression. Plus, Bush’s Leo Ascendant was also hit by the August 21 eclipse. Astrology is amazing.

What’s going on in your horoscope? Now is the time to book that consultation and plan for 2018 (!). Or gift a fabulous someone this holiday season (!!!) with something that screams “it’s all about YOU!”  Here’s the 411 .

Thank you for reading this forecast…and for all the wonderful referrals. And do take a moment to look up at the night sky tonight or tomorrow..the Leonids meteors are peaking...

 

Monday 11/13/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Sweet Home Alabama

Good Morning!

East Coasters, get it off your desk early. The Virgo Moon goes void at 10:45 AM ET, not to enter the next sign — Libra — until 6:26 PM ET. “Void” refers to the period of time between the last aspect the Moon makes to a planet in one sign and the time the Moon enters the next sign. The last aspect the Virgo Moon will make is a tense square to Saturn at 10:45 AM ET, suggesting a wet blanket on best-laid plans, or perhaps an ambitious advance. Then the Moon drifts — in the way the steel ball in a pinball machine drifts after bounces off its final bumper and then falls down to the bottom of the machine (the drain), ready to be loaded for a fresh round of play. Do you understand this analogy? When was the last time you played a game on a pinball machine?

Moon voids are good times to chill and take care of routine tasks. Roll with whatever twists and flakes disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Avoid impulse shopping. Things that happen during voids are often of little consequence. Give yourself a break if you’re running late.

It’s interesting to have a heavy Moon-Saturn square starting off the week, coming only several hours after an expansive meet-up between Venus and Jupiter. Did you happen to shop yesterday? I swear everyone in my neighborhood was at the local mall — I have never seen it so jammed. And that’s what I ended up indulging in on a day with the ruler of sugar (Venus) expanded by Jupiter: four decadent jars of jam. If I’m filling your Christmas stocking this year, that’s what you’re getting.

Take a minute this week to look up at the sky — Venus together with Jupiter are bright and beautiful. Entities born with Venus conjunct Jupiter include the United States and Louis C.K. The U.S. Venus-Jupiter conjunction is in Cancer, in which both planets function effectively. Cancer concerns include nourishment, home and emotional security. Check — though the U.S. arguably takes that sweetness to excess. That won’t be the case in 2018, when the U.S. Venus and Jupiter are opposed by mean old Saturn. Tighten your belt — and if you are a woman, watch your back.

In C.K.’s horoscope, the Venus-Jupiter conjunction is in Leo and Venus is retrograde. Here the excess is on having a royally good time, with “good” defined as plenty of ego recognition. Look at me! Look at me! (let’s not and say we did).  With Venus retrograde, however, we see the potential for crossed signals and short circuits in relationship. What Venus retrograde thinks is working just fine, often isn’t working at all for the other party. Note that C.K.’s Venus is at 28 Leo — the degree of August’s Big Fat Solar Eclipse. I’d say that eclipse hit his Venus bigtime.

Meanwhile, the snake oil salesmen have been out in force over the past couple of days, as Mercury (thoughts, communication) and Neptune (fantasy, drugs, escape) build to a challenge at 5:49 PM ET. Lies, lies and more lies…unless you’re an artist or a musician. For you, these past few days — and today — might be exceptionally inspiring for better or for worse. Here I would be thinking of the  inspired artist/musician known as “the Lady Gaga of Vietnam,” who was evicted from her home after protesting P45’s visit to her country. Vietnam has had little tolerance for dissidents in recent months.

Still, this start of this week suggests a need for rose-colored aesthetic vision — possibly one with healing power — courtesy of a harmony between Neptune and Venus (art, money, social expression, women), exact on THURSDAY at 10:21 AM ET.  More sweet talk about effective action and cooperation as the week progresses, suggested by a harmony between Mars (walking) and Mercury (talking), exact at 9:25 AM ET.

Wrap up projects this week. The New Moon happens on SATURDAY at 6:42 AM ET…at 26 Scorpio, exactly squaring P45’s 26 Leo Mars — and triggering anyone else’s horoscope with planets around 28 Leo, Taurus, Scorpio and Aquarius. On SUNDAY Mars (action) squares Pluto (power). Nothing sweet about that — and we’ll be seeing it the headlines a few days beforehand. Challenging Mars-Pluto patterns often coincide with explosive action of a stereotypical masculine expression.

And now, the news.

Alabama is all over the headlines. Last year, the governor resigned in disgrace (sex scandal). One senator — Jeff Sessions — became the first in Congress to endorse P45’s campaign and is now the U.S. Attorney General with a dubious relationship to truth. He is  regularly lampooned on Saturday Night Live, as portrayed by comedienne Kate McKinnon. His appointed replacement in the Senate is Strange — literally — as his name is Luther Strange. But Senator Strange lost a bid to keep his seat, as you may have heard. Republican voters dumped Strange for Roy Moore, an Alabama state supreme court judge who was elected and removed from the bench — twice. Moore is the founder and president of the Foundation for Moral Law, and is currently making headlines for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl when he was a district attorney.

I know you must be thinking, “how are these bizarre disruptions reflected in Alabama’s  horoscope?”   Alabama’s birthdate is December 14, 1819 at 2:14 PM in Huntsville, says Astrotheme. OK, let’s run with it. That makes Alabama a Sagittarius — but not just any Sagittarius. It’s a Sagittarius with the Sun at the infamous 22 degrees — and thus  feeling the squeeze of transiting Saturn all this year — as if it needs any more stress than it already has in its horoscope.

We’d expect Alabama to be fiercely independent in ways some might find eccentric (its Sun is conjunct rebel Uranus). We’d expect it to be deeply sensitive — perhaps unsure of itself — and that lack of clarity would likely be baffling to outsiders (Sun is also conjunct nebulous Neptune). Those three planets — Sun, Uranus and Neptune — are all in a tense aspect with a heavy-handed — potentially anguishing meet-up of Saturn (patriarchy; authority) and Pluto (power). How might an entity with these planetary patterns cope with stress? Last year Alabama was called “ground zero” in the national epidemic of prescription drug addiction, where doctors write more scripts for pain killers than in any other state.

We see a need for idealism about social status and structure, suggested by a tight meet-up between Mercury and Venus in Establishment Capricorn. Dreamy, rebellious, suppressed, resilient, brutal; Alabama may be pushing boundaries with that Sagittarius Sun…but minds its manners with that Mercury-Venus in Capricorn.

What drives this complicated state? A need to be seen as an entity of depth and substance, gathering knowledge for the sake of power and control, courtesy of its Scorpio Moon in a charged pattern with expansive Jupiter. There’s a lot in this horoscope that reminds me of patterns in the horoscope of Chelsea Manning. It’s complicated.  And assertive, as we see with Alabama’s natal Mars square its 8 degrees Taurus Ascendant. Oh, how Alabama needs to be seen as earthy, practical, comfortable and secure — as a sweet home, indeed. Infrastructure is Alabama’s strongest suit, coming in at #31 compared to the other 50 states. In all other categories, Alabama is #40 or lower.

So. Right this minute today’s Venus-Jupiter meet-up is sitting on Alabama’s Scorpio Descendant. The potential wretched excess of sexual secrets is right in the public’s face. Transiting Saturn is moving away from Alabama’s Sagittarius Sun, but hasn’t finished with Uranus, Neptune, Saturn and Pluto. This is tough. This is weird. Transiting Uranus made a disruptive square to Alabama’s 24 Capricorn Midheaven in April, when Robert “luv guv” Bentley finally resigned. A second square happened just days ago; the third will happen in February. So the upsets aren’t over yet for Alabama.

What about your horoscope? Are you having a Saturn squeeze? A disruptive hit from Uranus that has you yearning to break free? Wandering around in a fog? That’s probably a Neptune thing. When will it be over? How can you make a plan for what’s around the corner? That’s how astrologers can be of service. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Thank you for reading this forecast. Cue Lynyrd Skynrd now, please (and check those lyrics).

SWEET HOME ALABAMA

Big wheels keep on turning
Carry me home to see my kin
Singing songs about the south-land
I miss ‘ole’ ‘bamy once again and I think it’s a sin

Well I heard Mister Young sing about her
Well I heard ole Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A southern man don’t need him around anyhow

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I’m coming home to you

In Birmingham they love the Gov’nor, boo-hoo-hoo
Now we all did what we could do
Now Watergate does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you, tell the truth

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I’m coming home to you, here I come

Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers
And they’ve been known to pick a song or two (yes they do)
Lord they get me off so much
They pick me up when I’m feeling blue, now how bout you?

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I’m coming home to you

Sweet home Alabama, oh sweet home
Where the skies are so blue and the governor’s true
Sweet home Alabama
Lord, I’m coming home to you

Written by Edward C. King, Gary Robert Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

Friday 11/10/2017 & the Weekend: Indulge, Indulge…for Better or for Worse

TGIF!

Moon continues its sojourn in Leo, pausing briefly in its quest to shine, shine, shine around 3:36PM. That’s when a challenge between party king/drama queen Leo Moon and the substance-demanding Scorpio Sun demands attention. Sleep on it — for longer than usual on SATURDAY, as the Moon will be void between 3:55AM ET and 11:41 AM ET. Delay yard sales scores and shopping expeditions until after the Moon enters Virgo, seeking to organize and perfect. Note your dreams SUNDAY AM, as the Moon is challenged by nebulous Neptune at 8:30AM ET.

There’s an indulgent and expansive drive building to a crest on MONDAY, suggested by a meet-up between Venus and Jupiter in Scorpio. Venus refers to women. Jupiter is expansion and wretched excess. Scorpio refers to sexual energy, secrets, decay and vengeance. In Scorpio, Jupiter needs a mission. Venus in Scorpio keeps score. When I noted this Venus-Jupiter meet-up a few weeks ago, I thought to myself, “we are going to see more and more women calling out men for wretchedly excessive abuses of power with respect to sexual expression. Men may call each other out, too (e.g., Kevin Spacey).  You are more personally impacted by the karma of excess — for better or for worse — if you have a planet or angle around 6- 9 degrees of Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius and Leo.

Also on Monday — and in effect this weekend: a challenge between big-thinking (but perhaps short on details) Mercury and wiggy Neptune. We should see plenty of creative spin, especially since the Virgo Moon will be void on Monday between 10:45 AM ET and 6:26 PM ET.

And now, the news.

As anticipated, more and more sexual secrets are coming out, as women continue to speak truth to power. Exhibit A: a must-read WaPo exclusive reveals that Roy Moore, the utterly unfit candidate running for Jeff Sessions’ old Senate seat in Alabama, “initiated a sexual encounter” when she was 14 and he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. She’s not the only woman speaking out about her underage encounters with Moore — and none of the women interviewed in the WaPo voted for HRC. Quite the contrary.

Exhibit B: Diana Nyad’s wrenching op-ed about a serial sexual offender who happened to be her swimming coach. Many women athletes are revealing abusive behavior of coaches, team physicians, etc.

Exhibit C: Comedian Louis C.K. Revelations of his wretched sexual excess have cost him — big time. But unlike Roy Moore and others in denial, C.K. released a statement acknowledging the truth of the allegations, and taking responisibility for abusing the power he had over women who admired him, and making them feel bad. I find this interesting, because I met C.K. once back in the days when I was doing stand-up comedy. I was impressed by his performance at an industry showcase.  I went up to him after his set and told him how much I appreciated his brilliance. Fortunately, he did not invite me to his hotel room. But he was also apparently unable to accept a compliment. He brushed off my appreciation so dismissively that I actually felt as if I’d offended him — and wished I hadn’t spoken to him at all! Do you know people like that — ones that can’t receive appreciation in a healthy way? This is an apt topic of discussion on a day with the Moon in love-love-me-do Leo…

Anyway…

“…and just like that, things changed.” You may recall those words in the last post, anticipating Saturday’s harmony between old guard Saturn and avant garde Uranus. Combined with Thursday’s harmony between power-consolidating Pluto and the Sun, we saw this potential in this week’s U.S. election returns. It’s been an awesome week for women, transgendered persons and other minority demographics, as they emerged victorious against old guard types.  It’s a start, but there continue to be equally disruptive power grabs on the other side of the aisle — and I’m seeing shades of Saturn (patriarchy, control) in Sagittarius (judicial leanings) in this one, “P45 Judge Nominee, 36, Who Has Never Tried a Case, Wins Approval of Senate Panel.” 

Taxes and efforts to avoid them, continue to make news, as anticipated. If you haven’t read about the Paradise Papers — and what they reveal about how money is stashed away by Certain People — this is for you. Meanwhile, corporations will score big if the tax reform proposals being weighed in Congress become law. This would reflect the awesome corporate structuring power we may see very soon, as Saturn enters Capricorn (the sign its rules) on December 19th — for a stay of over two years. Maybe we should all incorporate — and you’ll see why in this brief helpful video comparing how individuals would fare when it comes to tax breaks vs. corporations. Marvel that these questions were answered by an elected representative — with a totally straight face.

Saturn rules skin. Uranus rules innovation. “Scientists grow replacement skin for boy suffering devastating genetic disorder,” reports The Guardian. Nice.

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Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

Monday 11/6/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Catching Up on the News

And off we go again…

Buzz, buzz, buzz says the Moon in Gemini today…until it clashes with wet blanket Saturn around 9:57PM ET tonight. Moon goes void for all of five minutes at 5:39 AM ET on TUESDAY, then enters homeland security-seeking Cancer at 5:44AM ET. Get out of the house and get yourself to the polls! If you don’t vote, someone else will…and then you will be sorry. Just DO it!

Thoughts of home and family will drive TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY. Moon goes void at 12:15 AM on THURSDAY and enters regal party animal Leo at 7:29AM ET, where it seek to shine, shine, shine until midday on SATURDAY.

Exact planetary patterns — other than to the Moon — are as follows.  TUESDAY at 6:39 AM ET ET, Venus leaves Libra and plunges into the icy depths of Scorpio. That means we’ll have the planets representing how we need to think (Mercury); how we need to love (Venus) and how we need to act (Mars) in signs where they are more likely to behave badly. Mercury in Sagittarius can be sloppy in its thinking; Venus in Scorpio can be vindictive; Mars in Libra can be passive-aggressive or conflict-averse to the extreme.  Upside potential: thinking that pushes boundaries; affections that are loyal; actions that are pacifist/diplomatic. How will we see this manifest in the headlines?

Two other patterns driving the action this week involve the consolidation of power (Sun in harmony with Pluto, exact on Thursday at 7:08 AM ET), and the reinvention of the wheel (old guard Saturn in harmony with avant garde Uranus, exact on Saturday at 4;41 AM ET). Translation: and just like that, things changed. Example:  in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, there were “sweeping arrests” of cabinet ministers and royal princes, in a “corruption purge” (no doubt aided by Jupiter in Scorpio), initiated by a 32-year-old heir apparent to an old crown.  Here’s a useful op-ed on yet another trend towards the kind of authoritarian power grab that is totally in sync with planetary patterns. It could happen anywhere, including here. If you have a planet or point around 26 degrees of Aries, Leo or Sagittarius, maybe you’ll have an opportunity to put a fresh spin on an old patterns, too.

[These next four paragraphs were written on Friday, as a forecast for the weekend and the Full Moon in Taurus.]

TGIF!

Moon has been in Taurus as of 5:46AM ET, now waxing to its fullness at 1:23AM ET on SATURDAY. A Taurus Moon seeks material comfort and security, and comfort was what I was feeling last night when I happened to glance up at the sky and see the big, bright, beautiful Moon. When is the last time you looked up at the Moon?

This Full Moon is  a Supermoon — closer to Earth than usual. The Taurean needs of conservation and preservation are opposed by the Sun in Scorpio. Depth is a Scorpio need….but so is decay and breakdown…and I may not emphasize those needs enough. Taurus refers to “mine.” Scorpio refers to “ours”…and therein lies the potential conflict, illumination and release…especially in matters of resources.

You could make some practical magic over the next few days. The Taurus Moon, whilst ripe with emotion, is also in a grounding Earth sign. Venus — symbol of women, money, values and social expression — is in harmony with Saturn, facilitiating cooperation and structure. The magic kicks in with a surprise around 1:01 AM ET, when Venus opposes rebel Uranus, disrupting the status quo. Women: this is a chance to speak out — or become the first American woman to win the NYC Marathon in 40 years.  Planetary patterns also favor beautiful vision, with the Sun in harmony with Neptune, exact today at 3:23 PM ET. That’s the upside. The downside of Neptune is scandal, drugs and deception.

Moon goes void for an hour on SUNDAY…then enters chatty Gemini at 5:26 AM ET. Who’s the smartest kid in the room? How diverse and entertaining can you get? The bigger the better — but you might want to double check the details before pulling the trigger on your boundary-pushing ideas and communication. Why? Because Mercury — the way we need to think and communicate — enters Sagittarius, where it will travel forward — backward — and forward again — until January 11, 2018. We are likely to see some astonishingly ill-thought-out intiatives involving control in matters of publishing, opinion and foreign affairs around December 5th, when Mercury turns retrograde.

Anyhoo. No sleeping in on Monday…buzz, buzz, buzz.

And now, the news.

All hail Jupiter in Scorpio! Since October 10th we’re seeing a plethora of stories of wretched excess in matters of deep, dark, sexual secrets. Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, George H.W. Bush, Dustin Hoffman, Bill O’Reilly, NBC’s Mark Halpern, NPR’s Michael Oreskes, UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon…all part of a growing list of powerful men who are being called out for their wretchedly excessive, abusive harassment and assaults against their objects of desire (all except one in this list were against women).  Apologies are being issued; careers are being ended; investigations (for some) are being opened. Men in politics are also being called out: a state legislator in Washington; a state legislator in Illinois; in Kentucky; and of course, some men in the U.S. Congress. Come on, ladies of the House and Senate — name names! Fast Company is keeping a list — here it is as of November 1st. As for all of those allegations against the Grabber-in-Chief, here’s the latest.

This is Dustin Hoffman’s horoscope. Sun in regal Leo; driven by the Moon in perfectionist Virgo. The Moon and dreamy Neptune are together in the 8th House; we see potential for a rich imagination and/or private fantasy seeking release to an other — whether it is a person or the general public. I can’t believe Mr. Hoffman is 80; Tootsie is one of my all-time favorite movies, and really, you’d think Mr. Hoffman might have learned something about sexual harassment from his involvement in that film. This year he has transiting Pluto crossing his fine,upstanding Capricorn Ascendant. Pluto rules his Midheaven — his public status. The suggestion here is the potential tear-down of his public image, with a disruptive element added courtesy of transiting Uranus to his natal Pluto.

Here is Kevin Spacey. The birth time is unconfirmed, though he is cited as the source. Another Leo Sun — perhaps with a Leo Ascendant — honestly he does come across as a double regal king. Moon in stability-seeking Taurus…but both Sun and Moon are challenged by nebulous Neptune. I could understand why he was involved with men and women…there’s considerable tension in this horoscope suggesting sensitivity and bewilderment over identity. An Earth Grand Trine among Mars conjunct Pluto in Virgo (a potentially forceful execution of perfect action), the Taurus Moon and a prominent Saturn in Capricorn suggests a need to project an air of self-sufficiency, as if the laws that apply to others do not apply to him.

Mr. Spacey is about to have his second Saturn return — an important time of assessing the accomplishments of the last 28-30 years. If his take on his birth time is correct, transiting Pluto to his Aries Midheaven is likely to effect a change in his public status, for better or for worse. Transiting Uranus will challenge his Taurus Moon, Leo Sun and Ascendant. More changes are suggested…possibly a move or other fresh start, reflecting a need for freedom and greater self-expression. Here’s the latest on all of the men who have said Mr. Spacey sexually harassed them…and the recent consequences.

UPDATE: the Democratic Party, which continues to experience upsets we could expect with transiting Uranus conjunct its pioneering Aries Moon. Cue former DNC interim chair Donna Brazile, now please. She last made headlines a year ago when she had to resign as a CNN commentator after it was revealed she’d leaked debate questions to the Clinton campaign.  On Thursday she revealed how horrified she was to discover exactly how the DNC “rigged” the primaries in favor of Hillary Clinton. Well duh…and double duh…as anyone noticing the absurd debate schedules set by the DNC in….oh gawd, was it 2015? Oh no…wait…now Ms. Brazile isn’t saying the DNC rigged the primaries after all.  I’m so confused. Why are we having this conversation now, days before an election?

Ms Brazile has transiting Jupiter on her Midheaven now and for the next month or so. Perfect time to go on a book tour. Here is her horoscope — time not officially confirmed.  fascinating to see her Sagiattarius Sun at 22 degrees — along with all the other political power players making news for the past year. Her Gemini Moon’s need to be the smartest kid in the room has also been under the streamling squeeze and focus of transiting Saturn, and that does not lift until December. An extra dose of anguish and effort was added this year by a measurement between Saturn and Pluto. If her 8:53 AM birth time is correct, a transit from Pluto to her Capricorn Ascendant is likely to be especially transformational for her in 2019.

UPDATE: Hillary Clinton. Any astrologer worth her salt could see the potential for a streamlining squeeze this year and into the end of the year. Her Moon at 22 Pisces may no longer be pressured by Saturn, but there is another measurement between the Sun and Saturn that will be exact on December 27th and is in effect now. Time will tell.

UPDATE: The horoscope of the P45 inauguration. Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s first indictment was unsealed days after a disruptive hit to the public status of P45’s decrepit administration. That hit was the second challenge of Uranus to the Midheaven, suggesting shake-ups. The third hit happens on March 12, 2018 — and this will be a few days after another disruptive measurement between Uranus and Pluto. The day before Mueller’s indictment — against P45’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort (for starters) — transiting Saturn squared the inauguration chart’s Mars, suggesting frustrated action. Note that there will be an even heavier Saturn-Mars hit on November 24th, but definitely in effect now.

More scandalous sex and money revelations, courtesy of Jupiter (expansion) in Scorpio (sexual secrets; other peoples’ money): the probe in the U.S. Navy’s “Fat Leonard” scandal (prostitutes and payola) expands to include at least 60 admirals; the relentless Guardian publishes the must-read  “Paradise Papers,” exposing more “secrets of the world elite’s hidden wealth”; Paradise Papers reveal  links between U.S. Commerce Secretary and Putin’s family; how Russia funded investments in Facebook and Twitter via an associate of Jared Kushner.

Finally, rebel Uranus opposed Venus early Sunday morning, suggesting unconventional women would be making headlines. So often I’ll see in the obituaries the death of someone who expresses the potential of that day’s planetary patterns. On Sunday Nancy Friday, “best-selling student of gender politics,” passed away in Manhattan. Astrology is amazing.

Thank you for reading this forecast. What’s going on in your horoscope? Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

No forecast tomorrow — I will be working at the polls. Go vote. Vote. Vote!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 11/1/2017: Back in the Saddle Again

…and how have you been over the past two weeks? Carried away by last Thursday’s meet-up of big big big Jupiter and the Sun, both in nitty-gritty Scorpio? Blindsided by the intensely ruthless perspective demanded by Friday’s tension between Venus (women, money, arts, social expression) and Pluto (establishment, power)? Hanging on the edge of your seats at the upsets and underdog wins (go Astros!) in Sunday’s nearly all-day Moon void? I know I was.

Exact planetary patterns are few and far between in the early part of this week. The most compelling pattern is one between Mars (aggression, action, warfare) and a point involving lean, mean Saturn and ruthless Pluto. The Saturn-Pluto thing suggests potential anguish…or actions taken in the face of great loss. Yesterday and today are the hottest days. If you have a planet around 6 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn, you may be pulled into a conflict or suffer an attack, even if you spend the entire day in your home office.

Exhibit A: your astrologer, who received a text from her bank yesterday asking if I’d ordered a replacement debit card — to be shipped to an address in Michigan. I didn’t — and I’d call that an attack. Fortunately, my bank was savvy enough to at least contact me before real damage could be done. Exhibit B: a huge kerfuffle exploding on the Facebook page of a group in which I serve as Fearless Leader. I did not start it, but I needed to resolve it as a win-win for all parties concerned. This kerfuffle occupied much of my brain space and writing energy for the past few days. I saw this potential weeks ago and wondered how it might erupt. Now I know. Astrology is amazing. Do you have any planets or points at 6 Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn?

In the news, we see two obviously explosive items: in New York, in which cyclists and pedestrians were killed by man driving a truck down a bike path; and in North Korea, where 200 were reportedly killed in a nuclear test accident.

Today is driven by the Moon in me-me-me Aries. Note the potential for a confrontation when the Moon is opposed by Mars in Libra at 1:43PM ET. Passive-aggressive or simply aggressive, whatever work. The Aries Moon makes its weekly clash with Uranus and Pluto tomorrow, continuing to shake, rattle and roll.

To be continued. I know there’s a lot to catch up on. Like…it’s Mueller Time! Meanwhile, I am absolutely, positively available for consultations to help you sort out these interesting times.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Thursday 10/19/2017: New Moon in Libra; Mars-Saturn Fallout

Light a candle and make a list. The New Moon in  Libra officially begins at 3:12 PM ET, offering us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle.  Around the 27th, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to those goals, with appropriate adjustments made. At the time of the Full Moon on November 4th, we can expect illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle. If we succeeded, we can release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. After the Third Quarter Moon on the 10th, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin anew on November 18th.

A Libra Moon suggests a focus on fairness, balance, justice and relationship, with a strong need for appreciation on both sides. At 1:34 PM ET — right before the New Moon — the Libra Sun will be opposed by rebel Uranus. At 3:04 PM ET, Uranus opposes the Libra Moon. So here we are, needing to plant seeds for a new cycle focused on balance, harmony and relationships in the possible aftermath of a shock, a break or some other me-me-me disruption. Said disruption was perhaps inspired by yesterday’s meet-up of Mercury and Jupiter in Scorpio, suggesting a big idea that digs deep, reveals intimate secrets and establishes power and control.  Here in the United States, I suppose we can see this reflected in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. He’s the lightning rod for a slew of  disgusting revelations of how women have been treated by abusive men of power in what is theoretically an equal opportunity workplace.  Or perhaps this story also fits: Shake-Up at Democratic National Committee, Longtime Officials Ousted.

My money says that you are feeling the shake-up and need to rebuild more personally if you were born around the 19th of October, July, April or January…or if you have a significant point in your horoscope around 26 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn. The horrorscope of the P45 Inauguration falls into this category, with its 26 Capricorn Midheaven (public status). Shake-ups during this cycle would not surprise me.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “an airplane hovering overhead.”  Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee suggests this airplane may be an image of an astonishingly powerful creation, hanging in the balance (hovering), unresolved. Another interpretation is having one’s focus on the hustle and bustle of mundane affairs being disrupted by the need to focus on something clear and wondrous up above, as in: “Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s….Superman!” Whatever it is — bird, plane, rainbow, blimp, rocketship — it pulls focus. We’ll see how that plays out in the news.

The Libra Moon goes void at 3:12 PM ET, entering Scorpio at 9:41 PM ET. Chill tonight. The next planetary shift is Mars leaving Virgo for Libra at 2:30PM ET on Sunday. Perfection in (militant) action is likely to be prominent over the next couple of days, with Mars at the end of Virgo.

And now, the news.

First, a brief note on the devastating California wildfires. In the horoscope of California, we see Uranus and Pluto together at 29 Aries — a Fire sign.  The fires began when transiting Jupiter was at 29 Libra — an Air sign — exactly opposing — and expanding — the volatile Uranus-Pluto conjunction. Coincidence or conspiracy?

As anticipated most of the news last week was heavy. Happy Mars (action, anger, military, sports) square Saturn (control, brick wall), which was exact on Oct 11th. You will recall that this pattern affected the horoscopes of P45, HRC, Barack Obama and the U.S., as well as many other Washington newsmakers.

When I looked at Obama’s horoscope about a year ago, I noted his Mars at 22 Virgo being hit by brick wall Saturn all through 2017. At the time I couldn’t imagine what could happen in his life that might suggest such frustration of accomplishment, but it’s all clear now, with the current Twitler-in-Chief obsessed with destroying everything President Obama did. One example among many last week was Environmental Destruction Agency Scott “Soundproofed” Pruitt declaring that “the war on coal is dead,” as he announced a rollback on Obama’s clean power rules. That same day a piece about China leading the way in solar power and other renewable energy hit the wires. Which country is going to come out ahead in the long run?

For HRC, Saturn’s heavy hit to her Pisces Moon might be the news that while her campaign was spending zillions on traditional TV and radio ads, her opponent — and for some mysterious reason, a truckload of troll farms in Russia — was putting ad dollars into Facebook and other social media. This Russian-generated propaganda was then distributed by members of the P45 campaign. Wow. Meanwhile…

On October 11th, P45 was informed that his planned visit to the U.K. next year has been downgraded. The Queen will not be receiving him.  His ratings are down — even on the list of the world’s weathiest people. Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler magazine, is offering up to $10 million in cash for information leading to P45’s impeachment.

P45 responded to one of many Saturn squeezes received last week by making a strategic advance (the upside potential of a Saturn squeeze). He issued executive orders 1) authorizing the sale of junk health insurance policies; and 2) demanding the federal government cease paying the subsidies to insurance companies that make it possible for low-income citizens to afford health care. These orders, if implemented, are guaranteed to wreak havoc on those who will lose health care — and health care providers who will lose patients (because their patients won’t be able to afford the care).

Today I can’t bring myself to write much more about the pathological liar/bully P45. Pick up any newspaper and weep. As for why he continues to be in office, here’s a piece by a screenwriter who worked with Harvey Weinstein explaining why that reign of sexual assault was allowed to continue despite that “Everyone-effing-knew.” That article is not about astrology — it’s about human nature. Will get back to the astrology – and what lies ahead – anon.

Look! Up in the sky! It’s the moon! With a  ginormous cave big enough to hold a colony of humans in it!! Seriously!!!  Calgon, take me away!  In other cosmic shocks, reflecting the potential of today’s opposition between the Sun (ruler of gold) and Uranus (shocks, technology)…a collision between two neutron stars — Never Seen Before — reveals the source of gold, platinum and other heavy metals. Kewl!

And now, let’s talk about you. What’s going on in your horoscope? Are you feeling a Saturn squeeze? A Jupiter boost? Only your astrologer knows for sure. Here’s the 411 on consultations and reports. We will have an excellent discussion together.

I leave you with this adorable hedgehog:

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Tuesday 10/10/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Jupiter in Scorpio

Is it Friday yet? I’m looking forward to Friday. Meanwhile, we have a busy few days to go before then…

The Moon is in Gemini, driving the day with a need for chatter and to prove itself the smartest kid in the room. If you’re the current occupant of the Oval Office, make the most of this day by challenging your Secretary of State (who has not denied calling you a moron), to an I.Q. Test competition. May the best brain win — MENSA has already volunteered to host.

This Gemini Moon is just spoiling for a fight in the hours before 10:47 AM ET and 11:41 AM ET, when it is challenged by aggressive Mars and then by controlling (yet ambitious) Saturn. To make matters more frustrating and combative — especially if you are the occupant of the Oval Office or anyone else with a planet or angle at 22 degrees of Sagittarius, Virgo, Gemini or Pisces — Mars (guns, anger, courage, yang) and Saturn (patriarchy, cuts, discipline) are themselves in a tense pattern, exact WEDNESDAY at 9:37 AM ET. Barack Obama (Virgo Mars)  the United States (Gemini Mars; Virgo Neptune) and Hillary Clinton (Pisces Moon) are in this group.

Moon goes void at 6:24 PM ET and enters its home sign of Cancer at 11:38 PM ET. Wednesday and Thursday will be driven by a need for emotional and home(land) security, perhaps militantly so, given the backdrop of the Mars-Saturn square. THURSDAY is especially charged, as the Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus at 4:13 AM ET and 9:10PM ET, respectively. We’ll also have the Third Quarter Moon at 8:25 AM ET, suggesting another action point or conflict in whatever New Moon agenda you set at the end of September.  An easy flow between Mercury and Saturn at 11:03 PM ET suggests an ability to structure thoughts and communication in a way that facilitates cooperation.

Moon goes void at 11:59 PM ET on Thursday and enters drama queen/party animal Leo at 2:41 AM ET. Fun fun fun and/or pomp and circumstance — what shall it be? Moon enters Virgo on SUNDAY at 7:19 AM ET, determined to clean up the confetti.

Two planets change signs this week. Venus enters Libra at 6:11 AM ET on SATURDAY. That’s good news if you’ve got a beautification project on your plate. Venus functions with high effectiveness in Libra, where it shall be until November 7th.

A longer-lasting shift happened today at 9:20AM ET. Jupiter, the symbol of expansion — for better or for worse — entered Scorpio. It will remain in Scorpio until November 9, 2018. What can we expect?

Jupiter keywords include: collective belief systems, such as higher education, religion, political philosophies and the media; optimism, benevolence, inflation, bombast. Whereas Saturn restricts, Jupiter expands, for better or for worse.  How will it apply its expansive efforts in 2017? Through the sign of Scorpio, a sign which demands substance, depth and control. Airy-fairy Libra theories of fairness and balance need not apply. Scorpio keywords include: debt, sexual/procreative energy, regeneration. In a natal chart, Jupiter in Scorpio suggests a need to have a mission in life — zealously, perhaps.

 

The news will be back in the next forecast. 

 

Friday 10/6/2017 & the Weekend: Full Moon Fallout; When Mars Met Up With Venus…

TGIF!

The Moon is still in Aries, driving the day with a need to lead, championing the underdog (at its best) or dangerously self-absorbed (at its worst). If the work week ends with a big surprise, you can say you saw it coming, given the Moon’s meet-up with rebel Uranus at 2:58PM ET, followed by a face-off with expansive Jupiter at 6:38PM ET.

After a brief Moon void (chill!), Moon enters Taurus — and it’s about darn time. A Taurus Moon seeks material comfort and security — good food and drink; a snuggle with your sweetie; a nice long hot stone massage. Shop without fear on SATURDAY. Resist the urge to indulge in impulse purchases on SUNDAY, as the Moon will be void on Sunday for 12 hours, starting at 9:45 AM. At 9:44 PM ET Moon enters Gemini, seeking to be the smartest kid in the room, facilitating buzz and chatter.

Frankly, planetary patterns over the weekend are better suited for cuts, not expansion. Why? A tense aspect between Venus (money, women, aesthetics, social expression) and Saturn (control, patriarchy). No wonder P45 is all set to roll back the mandate requiring employers to include coverage for contraceptives in health care plans.  He has a tense aspect between Venus and Saturn in his own horoscope. Avid Readers may recall that the horoscope for his inauguration also has a harsh aspect between Venus and Saturn. Its worst potential is illustrated by the Queen of Swords in the Osho Tarot deck:

…especially with the power play suggested by ruthless Pluto challenging the Sun and Mercury on Sunday and Monday. A Sun-Mercury meet-up in Libra suggests thoughts and communication about fairness and balance, from a mind that may be totally fried. That meet-up happens at 4:54 PM ET on Sunday; Pluto squares Mercury at 8:24 AM ET on MONDAY, followed by a square to the Sun at 8:07 PM ET. Another shoe drops on WEDNESDAY at 8:37 AM ET when Mars (action, courage, anger) squares Saturn (control, cuts, brick walls).

Monday is a holiday in the U.S. Enjoy. No sleeping in on TUESDAY, when the Gemini Moon will definitely be buzzing, and Jupiter leaves Libra for Scorpio (to be covered in the next forecast).

And now, the news.

Guess who else has a tough aspect between Venus and Saturn? Former Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA), the 65-year-old proud sponsor of a bill passed by the House that would ban and criminalize abortions after 20 weeks. Turns out this fiercely pro-life legislator asked his 32-year-old mistress to get an abortion when she thought she might be pregnant. And then he blamed all the anti-choice posts on his Facebook page on his staff, as NYT columnist Gail Collins cheerfully explains.  Murphy’s Venus-Saturn conjunction was hit by this week’s Full Moon, whose Sabian Symbols suggested we’d see headlines about things blowing up in people’s faces (thanks to Avid Reader Lesley for sending me that tidbit).

Murphy announced he will leave Congress by the end of the month. Born on Sept 11, 1952, his 19 Virgo Sun was hit by this week’s Venus-Mars meet-up in Virgo. He might have Moon in Gemini — and if so, it would not surprise me if that Moon were around 22 degrees, thus opposed by transiting Saturn at 22 Sagittarius. That can feel sad and lonely. He also has Mars (aggression) in a tense aspect to Mercury (communication), and apparently working in his Congressional office was akin to working in a war zone, with a 100% turnover rate. Fun fact: this perpetrator of abuse, hypocrisy and deceit is a former psychologist. His horoscope suggests we’d have much to discuss if we asked him about his mother.

Meanwhile across the aisle, award-winning producer Harvey Weinstein is suing the NYT for publishing allegations of sexual harassment and settlements with women he harassed over the past few decades.  Mr. Weinstein’s offensive behavior was noted here in 2015, after an eclipse to his Pisces Sun.

Here’s another blow-up: State Street Corporation, the financial firm that brought the provocative “Fearless Girl” statue to Wall Street earlier this year, has been fined millions of dollars for its pattern of consistently paying women and minorities less than their white male peers. Perhaps that’s why it installed a statue of a little girl — not a grown woman — staring down that bull…

UPDATE: on P45. Yesterday’s Venus-Mars conjunction made a provocative hit to his horoscope, as noted here on Monday. What did he do yesterday? Hosted a dinner of military officers and called it “the calm before the storm, freaking the Twitterverse out.   Because it’s fun for him to end the week on a cliffhanger, so viewers will come back for the next episode.

I would not be surprised if White House Chief of Staff makes news in the next few days, as transiting Mars meets up with his natal Mars in Virgo.

Transiting Mars also met up with the natal Mars of Special Prosecutor Robert S. Mueller. This week it was revealed that his team met with Christopher Steele, the man behind the “pee tape”dossier on P45 and his ties to Russia. In other news, it was revealed that Jared and Ivanka have maintained at least three email accounts on a private server, and these accounts were used for official government business. It was also revealed that Ivanka and P45 Jr “were close to being charged with felony fraud, ” reports ProPublica. “New York prosecutors were preparing a case. Then the D.A. overruled his staff after a visit from a top donor: Trump attorney Marc Kasowitz.”

Meanwhile….

We do not have a birth time for Kazuo Ishiguro, winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Sun in Scorpio; Moon in Aries — perhaps the latter is being supercharged by Pluto. What is definitely hot in his horoscope is this: natal Mercury conjunct Neptune at 26 and 28 Libra, respectively. Mercury-Neptune aspects are superb for creators of fiction and fantasy; it’s apt that Mr. Ishiguro is known for writing from the point of view of narrators with selective memories.  His Mercury-Neptune conjunction is squared by the potentially lucky and boundless meet-up between Jupiter and Uranus in Cancer, suggesting more innovative, magical thinking. All four planets are being hit this week by Jupiter and Uranus, with their potential for lucky breaks! Of course he would win that Nobel Prize now.

What about you? Are you up for a big break? Find out in a personal consultation. Here’s the 411.

Last but not least: there’s a bookshelf in the laundry room of my building where neighbors leave offerings. On a day with a Full Moon in me-me-me Aries, opposing the Sun in we-we-we Libra AND a Venus-Mars hook-up in perfectionist Virgo, here’s what I found clustered together. Astrology is amazing.

Wednesday & Thursday 10/4-5/2017: Full Moon in Aries; Tom Petty, RIP

Alll righty then!

The intuitive, empathic Pisces Moon has been void since 3:19AM ET; it won’t shift gears into me-me-me Aries until 4:40 PM ET. Go with the flow; stick to routine and chill. A Moon void suggests an opportunity for you to wake up to the smell of gas, courtesy of the cat jumping on the stove in the middle of the night. You might also dump fresh-ground coffee into the Melitta brewing-thingy, without lining said thingy with a paper filter (caught myself just in time). Anyone else have odd twists and flakes to report?

Emotions may be on the rise, reflecting the waxing Moon. The Full Moon will be exact on THURSDAY (tomorrow) at 2:40PM ET. The Sun will be at 12 Libra; the Moon will be at 12 Aries. Both will square Pluto — and also the U.S. Cancer Sun. What illiumination and power plays shall we receive in the aftermath?

Speaking of Pluto (power; breakdown; transformation), when we run the Full Moon chart set for Washington D.C., we see Pluto at 16 Capricorn — exact exact exact on a 16 Capricorn Ascendant. That seems significant. It is where the New Moon will fall on January 16 2018. We’ll see if there is a connection between what is brought to light in this Full Moon and what seeds are planted at the start of the year.

The Sabian Symbols for the Full Moon are — for the Aries Moon: “an unsuccessful bomb explosion”; for the Libra Sun: “children blowing up soap bubbles.” Sabian Symbol guru  Blain Bovee suggests we apply these Symbols with a mind to “attempting to contain delicate but explosive situations….hollow threats…bubbling sounds…remarks that blow up in your face…extreme expressions of gaiety and doom; frivolity and seriousness…a big show for a little result.” OK. Let’s watch.

Also happening tomorrow: Venus meets up with Mars in Virgo at 12:53 PM ET, just before the Full Moon. The Sabian Symbol for this meet-up of yin with yang; social expression with action is “an automobile caravan.” Bovee writes that this Symbol suggests a line-up of selves who are in full command of his/her mobility. Having achieved a level of self-mastery, we are invited to consider these two questions: 1) “if you have mastered your own power, why follow others?” and 2) “If you have mastered your own power, why not join with others so that even more can be accomplished?” Let’s see how these questions play out in the news. Meanwhile, you are personally affected by this meet-up if you have a planet or angle around 19 degrees of Virgo, Gemini, Sagittarius and/or Pisces.

And now, the news.

Thanks to Avid Reader Jane, who emailed me the time of the Wretched Incident in Las Vegas: 10:08 PM on October 1, 2017.  There are heavy planets making contact with the angles of the chart — Saturn and Mars — just as anticipated.  Note that in the horoscope of the U.S., transiting Saturn and Mars are in a heavy connection with the U.S. Mars-Neptune square. Translation: outburst and reality check  (Saturn) on the America’s idealization of guns (Mars square Neptune).

UPDATE: it is being reported that Stephen Paddock was prescribed anti-anxiety meds in June. That would be consistent with the second hit of transiting Saturn squaring his (likely 22 degree Pisces) Mercury, suggesting potential depression and other heavy thoughts — noted here on Monday. One of the side effects of those meds is aggression.

UPDATE: Jimmy Kimmel continues to reflect the persuasive and empowered action potential suggested in his horoscope — noted here last month. First it was health care; now it is gun control. He is from Las Vegas. Here is his opening monologue from Monday night.

As if Monday weren’t wretched enough, music legend Tom Petty passed away (after much confusion over his actual status). Cause of death: cardiac arrest. We do not have a birth time for Mr. Petty, but we can still see in what we do know how this awful event could have triggered. Mr. Petty has a Mars-Saturn square in his horoscope, and his natal Mars at 17 Sagittarius was exactly squared by transiting Mars at 17 Virgo on Sunday. Mars to Mars suggests a release of energy.

In the language of astrology, the heart is symbolized by the Sun. Last week Mr. Petty had the 3rd hit of transiting Jupiter conjunct his 26 degree Libra Sun. Jupiter expands whatever it touches, for better of for worse. So yes, Mr. Petty had an expansive and presumably rewarding summer touring the country. Last week he played at the Hollywood Bowl and I wish I had been there to see it. But expansive is not always beneficial in matters of the heart, especially if the Sun in the horoscope is under pressure from other patterns (as it was when Justice Antonin Scalia passed away last year). In Mr. Petty’s case, we see transiting Uranus will make its second exact opposition to his Libra Sun on October 14th. Uranus refers to electricity, shock and disruption.

Sigh.

Here are links to “14 Essential Tracks” by Tom Petty, compiled by the New York Times.  They are timeless.

Meanwhile, reflecting the potential of Venus (art, women, money) in harmony with  Pluto (empowerment) in earthy Virgo and Capricorn, respectively, we find “Nude Sculpture Four Stories Tall Planned for National Mall.” The sculpture is of a woman in yoga pose called “Mountain.” There’s your earth.

While “nude” may be a tasteful expression for Virgo, it seems that suggestive block forms are not. Virgo can take its need for discernment to downright prissiness. Here is that potential “chastity” of Venus and Mars meeting up in Virgo (exact tomorrow): “Louvre Pulls Sculpture, Saying It Was Sexually Explicit.” You be the judge.

Thank you for reading this forecast. If you are curious to know how these patterns are meaningful in your own horoscope…or you want to learn the many other ways astrology can be used as a tool for living life better, here’s how to contact me.