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

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Monday 5/22/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; News & More News

Alll-righty then!

The work week begins with the Moon in fiery me-me-me Aries, seeking to lead the way off of the nearest cliff. Without a care in the world, like The Fool in your nearest deck of Tarot cards. Thinking big in the morning comes courtesy of the expansive influence of Jupiter at 5:38AM ET, followed by a meet-up with Venus at 10:09 AM ET.

At 2:44 PM ET we may see a power play or emotional catharsis, thanks to the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto. Action is facilitated that evening by an easy alignment with Mars. We may see an upset in the headlines overnight, as Moon meets up with rebel Uranus at 8:33 AM ET.

On TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY the Moon will be at the end of its cycle in Taurus, seeking to keep things the way they ought to be. Whatever brings you material comfort and security — have at it.

THURSDAY is the most active day of the week. We’ll have a New Moon in Gemini at 3:44 PM ET, in the wake of an intensely emotional clash between Venus and Pluto, exact at 12:19 PM ET. Aries can be a tough placement for Venus, suggesting a consummate flirt with an overwhelming need for approval and great sensitivity to rejection. It could also suggest a warrior woman in an equally hell hath no fury mode. How will that fly in a clash with Pluto in Capricorn, sign of the Powers That Be? Watch the headlines — I hear there’s a nasty budget proposal in the pipeline, loaded with cuts to the social security net.

Meanwhile, a Pluto-Venus square can also suggest passion of the juiciest kind…and you are affected by it personally if you have a planet or angle around 18 degrees of Libra, Cancer, Aries and Capricorn.

Your Moon voids for the week: TUESDAY 2:59 AM ET until 8:33 AM ET; WEDNESDAY 3:08 PM ET until 8:15 AM ET on THURSDAY. If you are unfamiliar with Moon voids and why you should be aware of them, here is a primer from a prior forecast. 

And now, the news.

Absolutely nothing happened.

Oh. Wait.

Let’s start with the sweet stuff. Last Monday I anticipated we’d see something sweet on Friday, reflected by:

…an indulgent and exuberant face-off between Jupiter in Libra and Venus in Aries. Watch the courts for over-the-top judgments on matters concerning women.  Maybe we’ll have a helpful headline about sugar and/or diabetes.

“LUCKY CHARMS GOES FULL-ON SUGAR BOMB” blared the subject line of my daily “First Reads” email from the Washington Post. Of course it would be Lucky Charms, given that in astrology, Venus and Jupiter are known as the lesser and greater benefics; i.e., LUCKY CHARMS. As WaPo reports:

Americans are eating less cereal, but executives at General Mills are hoping they’ve found a way to revive sales: By offering customers a chance to win one of 10,000 boxes filled with nothing but Lucky Charms marshmallows.

On its website, General Mills calls marshmallow-only Lucky Charms “the unicorn of the cereal world — fantasized about, but never seen.” In reality, they come with more sugar per serving than a Snickers bar or Twinkie.

I’m so pleased with this aptly timed headline — chosen out of dozens to be the SUBJECT LINE for that daily email — that I’m doing a Snoopy Dance and passing around my Cosmic Tip Jar. It supports my affinity for fresh-cut flowers. With gratitude.

Venus also refers to the thyroid. Jupiter adds expansion. How fascinating to see a piece in the NYT about the alarming number of domestic cats with hyperthyroidism. Not feral cats, mind you. Domestic.  The NYT  reports that 40 years ago, such cases were non-existent. Suspected cause: a class of common household chemicals. Something to think about when considering the current destruction of the EPA and other consumer safety organizations. The lack of oversight could be a death sentence for Fluffy…and potentially us, too. My money says you know more than one person who has a thyroid health issue…and you didn’t several years ago.

In other news,  a Basquiat painting of an angry skull with blood-red accents sold for a “mind-blowing” $110 million at Sothebys. Because nothing says Venus (art) in warrior Aries like an angry skull, selling for a BIG (Jupiter) price.

UPDATE: Roger Ailes passed away. The former Fox News chief was ousted last year — under allegations of  sexual harassment. Looking at his horoscope in a past post, I noted his Sun at 24 degrees of Taurus — conjunct two challenging Fixed Stars: Capulus (male sexual energy) and Algol. The latter suggests “losing one’s head.” Mr. Ailes was born on May 15th; transiting Sun just met up with his natal Sun and those unfortunate Fixed Stars. From the Palm Beach Medical Examiner’s report:

Ailes “died this morning of complications of a subdural hematoma after he fell at home injuring his head,” said the report. “Hemophilia contributed to his death and his manner of death was accidental.”

In other news…

Last week I was thinking we’d see stunning headlines — akin to an ice shelf in Antarctica suddenly falling into the sea. “Thanks to Global Warming, Antarctica is Beginning to Turn Green,” says WaPo. “Arctic Stronghold of World’s Seeds Flooded After Permafrost Melts,” says The Guardian (the seeds are OK, but the flood was a shock.) Meanwhile, a portion of icy Mt. Everest has in fact, collapsed. 

It was a stunning week in Washington. “The Trump Presidency Falls Apart” summarizes events of the 10 days leading up to  May 17, when former FBI director Robert S. Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department to be the special counsel overseeing the  investigation into possible P45-Russia ties. Mr. Mueller — a Leo with Moon either in late Pisces or early Aries — has been known to question authority, as the prior link recounts. Here is what we know of his horoscope.

Note that transiting Neptune (fog, scandal, deception) at 14 Pisces is opposing Mr. Mueller’s natal Mercury and squaring his natal Uranus at 12 Virgo and 12 Gemini.  His natal Mars is at 16 Virgo. We can see how he would be exacting and innovative in thought and action. The Neptune transit infuses both with weird, wild stuff for at least the next year…let’s see where he is at in September.

Meanwhile, at the White House….with transiting Sun crossing his Midheaven (shining a light on his reputation/career) and squaring his Leo Mars (ruler of the 9th house of foreign travel) and his Leo Ascendant, P45 jetted off on a tour of  Saudi Arabia, Israel, The Vatican, Brussels and Sicily. Which reminds me of a song from “Evita.”  On the eve of his departure, the big Friday news story was that one of his senior advisers is under investigation.

So far, a tentative $100 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia has been announced, with much credit being given to Jared Kushner for making it happen. Coincidentally, it was also announced that the Saudis and the UAE will donate $100 million to “a World Bank fund for women entrepreneurs that was the brainchild of Ivanka Trump”. Big deals and big gifts — happy Jupiter opposing Venus….with a dash of Saturn (old guard) cozying up to Uranus (avant garde) for good measure.

Finally, the old guard and avant garde scored big in New Orleans last week, as a number of Confederate monuments were taken down.

“While we must honor our history, we will not allow the Confederacy to be put on a pedestal in the heart of New Orleans,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said as the latest statue was being removed. “As we near our City’s 300th anniversary, we must continue to find courage to stand up to hate and embrace justice and compassion.”

One of my mentors loves to say that when it comes to a contest between Saturn and Uranus, Uranus will always win. Even if it takes a hundred years or more. The new always triumphs over the old. Eventually.

Plus, Robert E. Lee — one of Confederate monuments in question — has transiting Uranus square his old guard Capricorn Sun. He was scheduled for a fresh start, intense and disruptive as it may be.  The horoscope lives forever!

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Tuesday 5/16/2017 & So Forth: Sneak Peek at the Week; Old Guard Meets Avant Garde

The enterprising Capricorn Moon goes void at 6:22 AM ET, not to enter Aquarius until 1:50 PM ET. The void occurs on a challenge to the Moon from disruptive Uranus. Maybe a shake-up to the morning headlines?

Regardless, the Moon void is your excuse for whatever flake or twist disrupts your efforts to move forward in a straight line. If you sleep in, no biggie. Whatever crisis lands on your desk may be much ado about nothing. The focus kicks in once the Moon is engaged in Aquarius, sign of humanitarians and best buddies everywhere. After lunch on the East Coast, arise, go forth and network.

At 12:07 AM ET, Mercury left RAMbunctious Aries for the slower and greener pastures of Taurus. That impatient edge to thinking and communication is replaced by a more deliberate, risk-avoidant approach until June 6th, when Mercury zips into Gemini. One more week and we’re out of the Mercury retrograde shadow, moving ideas forward again. For today, note the potential for a stubborn clash in communications around 2:55PM ET, when the Moon squares Mercury.

Planetary patterns are light for most of the week. Whatever your agenda is, push it forward. Experience is teaching me that these weeks of light action do not mean nothing will happen. Quite the contrary, some of the most stunning events have happened during these lulls — and by stunning, I mean the way you’re looking at an ice shelf in Antarctica…and suddenly it just falls into the ocean, like Humpty Dumpty. Whoa.

On THURSDAY we’ll have the Third Quarter Moon at 8:33 PM ET — testing whatever illumination and release happened on last week’s moody bastard Full Moon. This Third Quarter Moon happens at 28 Aquarius-Taurus, which means it directly hits the angles of P45’s horoscope. FYI, today the Sun met up with P45’s Midheaven, suggesting an opportunity to be in the spotlight, for better or for worse. Chill between 8:33 PM ET and 11:52 PM ET — Moon will be void — and then will enter soulful Pisces, needing to identifying impressions and ideals. Go with the flow.

On Friday at 2:19 AM ET we’ll have Part 2 of three easy alignments between Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries. I wrote about this back in December 2016:

Pattern #1: Saturn trine Uranus.

Keywords for Saturn include the old guard, patriarchy, authority, ambition, gravitas, structure, fear, control, limits, brick walls, time and borders. Saturn is in Sagittarius for most of 2017, as it was in 2016. Thus, we expect to see structuring efforts in Sagittarius concerns which include: publishing, foreigners, collective beliefs (legal, higher education and religious), opinions, broad comedy and the need to push boundaries. Possible manifestations include efforts to control the media, collective thoughts, personal opinions and borders. This includes access and censorship.

Keywords for Uranus include disruption, the avant garde, innovation, seismic events, aviation, genetic mutation, shocks, technology, eccentricity, freedom, astrology, fringes, chaos and rebellion. Uranus is in Aries through 2017 and has been there since March 2011, the day of the earthquake in Fukushima. So we the continued potential for innovation and disruption in Aries concerns such as self-reliance (think: gig economy); war (think: drones); automobiles (think: self-driving, Uber; head injuries (think: concussions; amazing tech cures).  Got that?

With Saturn and Uranus symbolically in harmony, we see the potential for cooperation between the old guard and the avant garde; innovation and structure – for better or for worse. What could that suggest? Here’s a recent example, perhaps: the Electoral College — an old-guard institution — votes for the Uranian Trump. Here’s a hypothetical scenario for 2017:  old guard Republican senators like John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins break ranks to support a bill introduced by the opposing party to…errm…uhhhh…I have no idea. Russia something? Rosh Hashanah?But somehow they are able to reach across the aisle in a curious coalition.

Another scenario: lawmakers approve tons of legislation to use technology (Uranus) to control, limit or structure (Saturn) access and expression of opinion (Sagittarius) by individuals (Aries). So much for that “controversial” visitor registry President Obama ordered to be dismantled? Perhaps. Another scenario: the Powers That Be (Saturn) are united in their efforts to shake up the system (Uranus). Organized chaos? We shall see.

You are more personally affected by the potential to structure your ambition with surprising innovation if you have a planet or angle around 19-27 degrees of just about any sign, and especially 27 Leo. The exact dates of this trine are Dec 24, 2016; May 19 2017 and Nov 11, 2017.


Also on Friday, and influencing the week: an indulgent and exuberant face-off between Jupiter in Libra and Venus in Aries. Watch the courts for over-the-top judgments on matters concerning women.  Maybe we’ll have a helpful headline about sugar and/or diabetes.

On SATURDAY, say bye-bye to the Sun in Taurus and hello to the Sun in pixie chatterbox Gemini at 4:31 PM ET. And there you have the Sneak Peek at the Week.

Will get to the news in the next forecast. Meanwhile, if you’re curious to know how these patterns are reflected in your own personal horoscope, consider booking a consultation. If you’ve been putting it off — now is the time to do it, as my rates will increase next month.

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Friday 5/12/2017 & the Weekend: It’s a Mad, Mad World

Happy Wiggy Weekend!

Writing this minutes after a foggy challenge between the boundary-pushing Moon and Neptune, exact at 5:09PM ET. Coming up next: a face-off between Mars and Moon at 6:45 PM ET, suggesting a provocative clash of righteous opinion. Choose your battles carefully.

On SATURDAY, the Sagittarius Moon drives the day with a need to get out of Dodge. Expand your mind; take a walk in the woods. Shop if you must. Watch the headlines for a potentially heavy focus around 6:56 PM ET, when the Moon’s fiery enthusiasm is streamlined by sobering Saturn. This too, shall pass. Moon goes void at 10:14 PM ET and enters practical, enterprising Capricorn at 1:37 AM ET on SUNDAY.

There are no exact aspects for much of Mother’s Day — only a square to the Moon from Venus in me-me-me Aries. Take Mom out to brunch instead of dinner and you may avoid a potential clash of aesthetic values and expression. No sleeping in on MONDAY. The Capricorn Moon’s “make it happen” drive starts off big. Watch for power plays and disruptions in the evening and into the wee hours on TUESDAY.

And now, the news.

Oh what a tangled web we weave. Thanks, Mars square Neptune! The NYT’s funny female columnist — Gail Collins — did not write this week, but the Washington Post has a funny female columnist, too. Here is Alexandra Petri’s  latest “comPost” offering about tangled webs and poison, so apt for a Mars square Neptune day. I became aware of Ms. Petri after another column she wrote, “Trump’s budget makes perfect sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why”  was linked on the White House website, presumably intended to demonstrate support for the proposal…with unintended consequences.

Also in the spirit of Mars square Neptune — and in the same vein as above. The Washington Times (one of Antonin Scalia’s two favorite newspapers) ran this headline, “Trump’s lawyers: 10 years of tax returns show no ‘income of any type from Russian sources’“. OK, case closed — let’s move on — right? If you only read the Washington Times — and, like some White House staffers — only read the headlines, that’s exactly what you would conclude and rightly so.

But if you get your news from more than one source, you would have also read  “Trump Lawyers Say He Had No Russian Income or Debt, With Some Exceptions,” because in fact, that is what his lawyers said.  Peruse a few other media outlets and you would have learned that the “Lawyers who said Trump has no ties to Russia (were) named Russian law firm of 2016” . Hey, it’s no big deal — and there’s an easy explanation: Morgan-Lewis, the law firm in question, is now the only law firm in the entire United States. P45 had no choice but to hire them.

Where do you get your news? Consider multiple sources before leaping to conclusions. Both the Guardian and the NYT now feature a culling of articles from so-called left and right publications — recommended reading for greater understanding, peace, love and granola. Seriously.

Ooh look — it turns out NYT columnist Gail Collins did write this week — about the firing of James Comey and how press secretary Sean Spicer hid in the bushes on the White House grounds. Surreal? Mars square Neptune!

More on Mars and Neptune — pushed to great effort by a trine (harmony) with expansive Jupiter in Libra.  Mars is action. Neptune is drugs. Jupiter in Libra is the judicial system. What perfect timing for Attorney General Jeff Sessions (last discussed in this forecast here) to announce a huge directive ordering prosecutors to charge people with crimes carrying the harshest penalties instead of lesser ones. Reports the Guardian:

The move has long been expected from Sessions, a former federal prosecutor who cut his teeth at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic and who has promised to make combating violence and drugs the justice department’s top priority.

…The move amounts to an unmistakable undoing of Obama administration criminal justice policies that aimed to ease overcrowding in federal prisons and contributed to a national rethinking of how drug criminals were prosecuted and sentenced.

Elsewhere in the Guardian: Cary Grant: how 100 acid trips in Tinseltown ‘changed my life’  Now — Mars-Neptune patterns aside, why is this startling news about Cary Grant being reported NOW? Well, that’s easy. In Mr. Grant’s horoscope we see transiting Uranus at 25 Aries barreling down on his 25 Capricorn Mercury, his 26 Capricorn Sun and his  27 Libra Ascendant. Of course we’d read some startling news. It doesn’t matter that Mr. Grant has long since departed; the horoscope lives forever. And if you think that’s a cool concept, you can read an article I wrote on this topic for Mountain Astrologer .  Mr. Grant had Neptune running wild in his 9th House (of journeys and the higher mind). Trippy.

This is also trippy: Nicholas Sand, Chemist Who Sought to Bring LSD to the World, Dies at 75.

Meanwhile, Popularity of sushi has brought rise in parasitic infections, warn doctors. Neptune refers to seafood and infections; Mars refers to inflammation or attack. Next! “Locals dismayed as Trump’s EPA gives new life to controversial Alaska mine”. What does that have to do with Neptune? To find out, I actually read more than the  headline. Turns out that the mine — if brought to life — will threaten (Mars) one of the state’s main salmon fisheries (Neptune).

OOh….this is BIG and VIRAL (which Neptune also rules) “Malware, described in leaked NSA documents, cripples computers worldwide.” Whereas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a new Ebola virus has broken out.

And to think, this long wiggy day Mars-Neptune-Jupiter day with Moon in boundary-pushing Sagittarius all began with a song from The Guess Who running through my head: “Undun” — about an acid trip gone horribly wrong. And then I logged onto my computer to find everyone talking about P45’s latest Tweetstorm at 8:26AM ET. The chart for that Tweet had 0 Cancer — the Aries Point — on the Ascendant. That’s suggests a need for prominence. Of course everyone was talking about it — and they still are.

Cue The Guess Who, now please: “She’s Come Undun…”

No sleeping in on Monday.

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Wednesday & Thursday 5/10-11/2017: Full Moon in Scorpio; Coincidence or Conspiracy?

Allll-righty then!

Judging from this week’s headlines, I’d say they are perfectly in sync with planetary patterns, i.e., the meet-up between Mercury and Uranus in Aries at 1:19AM ET today, suggesting bizarre and reckless ideas/communication. Also recall this paragraph from Monday’s forecast:

Pass the popcorn and get ready for more startling communications to come to light, with a scandalous or fanatical spin. Why scandalous and/or fanatical? Because on THURSDAY, Mars (action, guns, macho, courage) will be challenged by Neptune (scandal, glamour, chemicals, oil, spirits, drugs) at 1:53 PM ET…followed by a serious alignment between Mercury and Saturn. Add an easy physicality or expansive feel to whatever is hitting the news this week, suggested by an easy flow between Mars and Jupiter (big!) on FRIDAY at 5:19 AM ET.

Writing this just before the  Full Moon in Scorpio, exact at 5:42 PM ET. The Moon at 20 degrees of Scorpio opposes the Sun at 20 Taurus.  A Full Moon suggests emotions are on the rise, building to a release or illumination. A Scorpio Moon suggests a need for depth, substance and control. If you have planets or angles around 20 degrees of Aquarius, Leo and especially Taurus and Scorpio, you are more personally affected. In the horoscope of P45, for example, this Full Moon falls close to two angles — the MC and the IC, highlighting career, reputation, family and homeland concerns. It also squares his Mars (action!). More on his horoscope in a minute.

The Sabian Symbols for this lunation are 1) “a soldier derelict in duty” (for the Moon); and 2) “a finger pointing to a open book” (for the Sun).  For the latter, it seems self-explanatory. The information is right in front of us, open for all to see. For the former, we turn to Wikipedia:

Dereliction of duty is a specific offense under United States Code Title 10, Section 892, Article 92 and applies to all branches of the US military. A service member who is derelict has willfully refused to perform his duties (or follow a given order) or has incapacitated himself in such a way that he cannot perform his duties. Such incapacitation includes the person falling asleep while on duty requiring wakefulness, his getting drunk or otherwise intoxicated and consequently being unable to perform his duties, shooting himself and thus being unable to perform any duty, or his vacating his post contrary to regulations. Article 92 also applies to service members whose acts or omissions rise to the level of criminally negligent behavior.

Consider those two Symbols as we turn to the news.

On March 17th I wrote:

I’m marking mid-May in my calendar as a date to watch, given certain disruptive and provocative hits to the area ruling public status in the inaugural chart of the current administration.

The disruptive hits in question would be Mercury and Uranus hitting Midheaven of the inaugural chart. Mercury suggests communication; Uranus suggests a shake-up. On Monday, the big story was this: “Twitter Could Barely Keep Up with Sally Q. Yates’ Queenly Congressional Testimony.”  “Queenly” is particularly apt for Ms. Yates, who was born on August 20, 1960. Her Sun, Moon, Mercury and Uranus are all in Leo! You bet she carries herself like a queen, and I bet the person who wrote that headline has never looked at Ms. Yates’ horoscope. Astrology is amazing.

Highlights of her appearance include her evisceration of Ted Cruz’s need to prove he’s a genius, as his horoscope would suggest.  Here is that video.  Also noteworthy: Sen. Al Franken speculates on why it took P45 18 days to fire National Security Advisor Mike Flynn after Ms. Yates warned P45 that Gen. Flynn may have been compromised by the Russians. This week’s planetary patterns are apt for airing a conspiracy theory, and given what happened yesterday, Senator Franken’s timing is perfect.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that yesterday FBI Director James Comey was sacked! He found out about it when it was announced on television. P45 didn’t even call. Surprise! But you, dear Reader, are not terribly surprised by Mr. Comey’s sudden departure, because you knew last Halloween that 2017 was likely to be a very tough year for the former Director, and the squeeze is far from over. Today it was reported that last week Mr. Comey asked for increased funding of the FBI’s Russia inquiry. Presumably that request was denied. Stay tuned for continuing updates — and consider this tweet from former Attorney General Eric Holder, reacting to Comey’s dismissal:

To the career men and women at DOJ/FBI: you know what the job entails and how to do it. Be strong and unafraid. Duty. Honor. Country.

Meanwhile, you also knew that P45 would be feeling the intense buzz of transiting Uranus to his natal Venus, impacting his mindset and career status. The first of three exact hits happened on May 6th. Shocking and/or erratic communication would be one potential.  Here’s an account of his mindset over the weekend.

The day after dismissing Mr. Comey, P45 invited the Russian Foreign Minister and the Russian Ambassador to the White House. Not invited: the U.S. press. Photos in this article provided by TASS, the Russian state news agency. Bizarre. Controlling. Scandalous. And reflecting planetary patterns, including the information controls anticipated by Saturn’s journey through Sagittarius.

Other restrictive information controls noted this week include: a reporter arrested after repeatedly asking HHS Secretary Tom Price a question about Trumpcare (!!). TV monitors at the FDA were (briefly) required to be tuned to FOX (until someone made a fuss). Meanwhile, the U.S. Census Director has abruptly  resigned. And by the way, the 2020 Census doesn’t plan to gather information about gender and sexual identity. Because if the data isn’t gathered, it means “those people” don’t exist. Right? Elsewhere, the EPA deleted its webpages about climate change — but you can find that info on the website of the city of Chicago, thanks to Chicago’s mayor.

These are the interesting times in which we live.

In other news, astronaut Buzz Aldrin touted a vision for a manned mission to Mars.  That’s an upside potential of a Mars-Neptune square, combined with the tech-savvy of Mercury with Uranus. Also an upside: Russian hackers tried unsuccessfully to derail Emmanuel Macron’s victorious election campaign. Why? Because the French were ready for the hack — and they fought back with their own fake documents.

Tomorrow (Thursday), the Moon will be void until 12:59 PM ET. That’s your excuse for sleeping in – and any other disruption in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Remember that crises that crop up during voids are likely to be much ado about nothing. Chill and stick to routine concerns.

After 1PM ET, breathe a sigh of relief as the Moon bounds into Sagittarius, looking for a gamble or a gambol. Physical energy is likely to be high, courtesy of a harmony between Mars and Jupiter, exact early Friday morning. Do something productive with all of that enthusiasm.

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Monday 5/8/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Margaret Atwood & Others

..and it’s off to the races we go.

The work week starts with the Moon in people-pleasing Libra, where it has been since Saturday at 2:20 PM ET. While a need for balance and harmony may have flowed easily on Sunday, said needs may be jarred on Monday by the Moon’s weekly clash with the planetary heavies: Pluto (while you were sleeping), and (in the late afternoon) Uranus.  Power plays and flashes of insight are probable. Watch the headlines.

Moon goes void on an easy flow with Saturn at 6:59 PM ET, seeking to bring the upsets into balance.  On TUESDAY Moon plunges into the depths of Scorpio, seeking emotional intensity, depth and control.  The only exact aspect that day is an easy flow between the Taurus Sun and Pluto in Capricorn at 2:21 PM ET. This suggests keeping power, resources and leadership as they are. Perhaps it reflects Emmanuel Macron’s decisive victory over Marine Le Pen, who would have been a much greater disruption to the status quo. Vive la France!

Ever since the last week of April, a meet-up between Mercury (mindset) and Uranus (rebel) has been reflecting bizarre and reckless ideas. Mercury and Uranus are in Aries, the sign of “Ready! Fire! Aim!” — as fellow Aries astrologer Rick Levine likes to say.  There was an exact meet-up on April 28th, when Mercury was still retrograde. Then Mercury turned direct on May 3rd.  It will meet up with Uranus again on WEDNESDAY at 1:19AM ET,  before the Scorpio Full Moon at 5:42 PM ET, which immediate goes void until 12:59 PM ET on THURSDAY.

Pass the popcorn and get ready for more startling communications to come to light, with a scandalous or fanatical spin. Why scandalous and/or fanatical? Because on THURSDAY, Mars (action, guns, macho, courage) will be challenged by Neptune (scandal, glamour, chemicals, oil, spirits, drugs) at 1:53 PM ET…followed by a serious alignment between Mercury and Saturn. Add an easy physicality or expansive feel to whatever is hitting the news this week, suggested by an easy flow between Mars and Jupiter (big!) on FRIDAY at 5:19 AM ET.

One story that encapsulates all of  the above patterns is this doozy published Sunday in the Guardian: The Great British Brexit Robbery: How Our Democracy Was Hijacked. Here’s a paragraph of this must-read piece:

There are three strands to this story. How the foundations of an authoritarian surveillance state are being laid in the US. How British democracy was subverted through a covert, far-reaching plan of coordination enabled by a US billionaire. And how we are in the midst of a massive land grab for power by billionaires via our data. Data which is being silently amassed, harvested and stored. Whoever owns this data owns the future.

Another item would be this: Inside VW’s  Campaign of Trickery: New Details Emerge in Volkswagen’s Broad Conspiracy to Cover Up a Campaign Aimed at Deceiving Pollution Regulators. Seriously, VW – what were you thinking?

And now, more news.

Last week began with the Moon in Cancer, suggesting a concern with family and nurturing needs.  Enter late-night host Jimmy Kimmel with a tearful monologue about his infant son Billy, who was born with a serious heart defect which  required emergency surgery within hours of his arrival. Scary, right? How in a civilized society could anyone deny health care and/or insurance coverage to anyone because they had a pre-existing condition? Mr. Kimmel’s monologue sparked a national debate.

Turns out that  Congress was also debating that very issue. On the day Mercury turned direct in “Ready! Fire! Aim!” Aries, under the influence of erratic Uranus. How else could it pass a “punitive and cruel” alleged health care bill with those in favor not even bothering to read it? Then rush off to the Rose Garden for a “victory celebration” and photo op of mostly old white men? Now the Senate will draft their version of the bill — with the drafting to be done by 13 white male Republicans.

If you didn’t have an understanding of planetary patterns — and the surreal harshness they suggest, especially with respect to women — you could  go mad. Last week, a woman who doesn’t believe contraception actually works was tapped to  become the Department of Health and Human Services’ deputy assistant secretary for population affairs, “putting her in charge of more than $286 million in Title X family-planning grants.”  Her name? Teresa Manning. Coincidence or conspiracy? Meanwhile, a woman who believes abortions cause breast cancer will become the agency’s assistant secretary for public affairs. 

In other news, yesterday I binge-watched the first four episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu. Margaret Atwood, author of the original novel, penned an essay about how she came to write her book back in 1984.  I was delighted to find her horoscope online — with a birth time. Ms. Atwood is a Scorpio, driven by the Moon in humanitarian Aquarius. Her Gemini Ascendant suggests a need to be seen as the smartest kid in the room.  A meet-up between Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius suggests idealism and righteous “big picture” values and opinion.

In 1982 and 1983 — just before writing The Handmaid’s Tale, she had transiting Uranus squaring her Ascendant, suggesing a need or opportunity for a fresh start — which she then avoided. “It seemed to me a risky venture,” she writes in the essay linked above. “I’d read extensively in science fiction, speculative fiction, utopias and dystopias ever since my high school years in the 1950s, but I’d never written such a book.” In 1984, fueled no doubt by the innovative buzz of transiting Uranus conjunct her Mercury and Venus, she was finally motivated  to write. Now, in 2017, she has transiting Uranus shaking up her natal Saturn, activating the areas of the horoscope related to career, publishing and broadcasting. Now and into 2018, transiting Neptune will be in touch with her Mercury and Venus. Neptune refers to film, glamour. The Handmaid’s Tale has already been renewed for a second season. Isn’t that interesting?  Astrology is amazing.

UPDATE: Michael Moore, whose horoscope I wrote about in-depth last fall for the National Council for Geocosmic Research — right  here on page 10. He once won an election — at age 18 — and I thought it would be fun to see how patterns in his horoscope reflected his upset victory. Mr. Moore’s transits this year include transiting Pluto square his Mercury and a measurement between the Sun and Mars, ruling his Leo Ascendant (personal projection) and the area of the horoscope referring to big picture ideas.  We would expect a need for  persuasive thinking manifesting in the broadest reach possible. Broad? How about Broadway? As in a solo show called The Terms of My Surrender. That’s what Mr. Moore will be doing this summer. “Can a Broadway show take down a sitting president?” asks the tagline on the poster.  Sounds like Mr. Moore will make a persuasive effort.

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Monday 5/1/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Mercury Turns Direct

Alll-righty then!!

A late sneak peek at the week is a happy problem to have, when the reasons for the delay are (other than Mercury retrograde): editing a new piece for Mountain Astrologer and a booked-solid calendar of client consultations. I post that with pride few hours before the Moon enters Leo at 12:12 AM ET on Tuesday, seeking to shine and help others shine, too. Gratitude!

Until then, the Cancer Moon is currently void of course — has been since 4:23 PM ET.  Avid readers of this forecast know that Moon voids are apt for chilling out and taking care of routine concerns. Roll with whatever twists that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Trust that crises that arise are likely much ado about nothing. Avoid impulse purchases, as things bought during voids have an odd way of proving themselves not as useful as you thought.

There are no other Moon voids during business hours in the Americas this work week. We’ll have one on Thursday from 12:35 AM ET – 5:47 AM ET. We’ll have another on Saturday between 8:42 AM ET and 2:20 PM ET (avoid the yard sales). Otherwise, it’s almost full speed ahead.

Back to today (Tuesday). The Leo Moon cruises through most of the day, supported by easy connections from Venus and Mars. Tensions between a stubborn Taurus Sun and willful Leo Moon at 10:47 PM ET suggest a challenge to last week’s New Moon agenda. Pass the popcorn and watch the drama unfold.

On WEDNESDAY Mercury turns direct at 12:33 PM ET. Huzzah! That explains why this week is “almost” full speed ahead.  Patience is advised as our brains adjust to moving forward again. Note the potential over the next few weeks for half-baked ideas cooked up during last months’ Mercury retrograde to reveal themselves as frankly flawed after a second thought.  Until said flaws come to light, a dreamy alignment between the Sun and Neptune at 8:51 PM ET adds a rosy glow to the day. Enjoy.

Moon enters Virgo on THURSDAY at 5:47 AM ET, meticulously advancing its need to make things perfect for the rest of the work week. That’s it for big planetary patterns, but do not think this suggests nothing is going on. Beth Owldaughter’s Tarot Card of the Week offers an intriguing perspective on the apparent lull in action.

I’m delighted by how many Avid Readers of this forecast are also fans of Beth’s wise posts. She’s posted without fail every week  since last summer, while waging a fierce battle against breast cancer (as I mentioned here).  If you’re wondering how she’s faring since her surgery in February, here’s the latest update.

Happy Moon in sunny Leo! Shine, shine, shine!

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To be continued….


Friday 4/28/2017 & the Weekend: Venus in Aries; Mercury Meets Up with Uranus


Friday and Saturday are driven by the Moon in Gemini’s need for the latest information buzz. That’s great, but remember that Mercury is still retrograde, a caution against taking whatever is  buzzing at face value. Apply Gemini’s natural curiosity and ask questions that go beneath the surface charm.  We may see some surprising revelations, as Mercury meets up with lightning bolt Uranus at 10:50 AM ET.

Meanwhile, Venus (women, art, money, social expression) re-enters me-me-me Aries. The shift in social expression may be immediately apparent, as we are inclined to be more strident about putting ourselves first. This is not necessarily a negative. Aries suggests courage. If you haven’t made a move because courage was lacking, now you may find you have it.

A dreamy hit to the Moon from Neptune around 7:23 PM ET  bodes well for bar tabs; not so well for clear focus.  A harmony between the Moon and Jupiter at 10:36 PM ET ends the evening on a jolly note.  Shop early on SATURDAY, as the Moon goes void on a potentially dour note from Saturn at 5:28 PM ET. Chill until 9:48 ET PM, when the Moon enters domestic goddess Cancer. Indulge yourself in home and family concerns through Sunday.

There is no Moon void at the start of the day on Monday. No sleeping in.

And now, the news.

Neptune refers to music and deception. This week it has been running wild. Is that why my Facebook feed was overrun with people posting “10 live concerts I’ve seen — guess which one is a lie?” Or has Mercury being retrograde prompted everyone to REtreat from the normal information flow and REvisit the past? I decided to play along, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that every one of my concert experiences was a wonderful story. Here’s one I wrote about over four years ago — in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Who would think that an evening of music performed by Al Stewart would be so memorable — worth sharing again — and in sync with planetary patterns at the time.

Seeing plenty more reflecting the potential for shocking technology (Mercury conjunct Uranus) combined with women, social expression and money (Venus at the Aries Point, demanding prominence). Last night, the most-read article on the The Guardian’s website was this: The Race To Build the World’s First Sex Robot. Now in Aries, we can see how social expression would be pioneering and self-sufficient. Also not needing to be part of a pair: women who are wearing mismatched earrings, including Ivanka Trump.

Uranus refers to aviation. Mars in Gemini craves entertainment and diversity in matters of action. Add that to the patterns above and why else would the Washington Post need to tell us that 1 in 10 people have had sex in an airport. Speaking of sudden shifts in aviation, United Airlines has settled with Dr. David Dao (the passenger who was violently dragged off a flight two weeks ago). The amount was not disclosed. Meanwhile, United said “many things went wrong,” but it was pleased to be instituting a new policy of “putting passengers first.” Right. New. Airlines are likely to continue to make headlines for the next couple of weeks. Today it was reported that a passenger on Delta was kicked off because he needed to use the restroom.

Mercury-Uranus patterns suggest sudden changes of mindset. One of the top stories on the WaPo homepage is about P45 suddenly changing his mind about NAFTA.  His tax plan, submitted earlier this week, will be called wacky in certain circles. It definitely disrupts the status quo (as any Uranus influence would do), but seems to support the power and resources grab suggested by Pluto (plutocrats) moving its way through the back end of Capricorn (Powers That Be).

UPDATE: way back in November it was predicted here that P45 would find his new job a sobering reality check (the preceding link will take you to a past forecast which also addresses Pluto at the back half of Capricorn).  Today P45 said in an interview with Reuters that “he thought being president would be easier than in his old life.” Just wait until July, P45. You haven’t seen anything yet.

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Wednesday 4/26/2017: New Moon in Taurus; Genius or…?

Happy New Moon in Taurus, which officially began at 8:16 AM ET. Light a candle; make a list. and focus on your intentions for the next lunar cycle.

A Taurus Moon seeks comfort and stability on a material level. What seeds can you plant to make that garden grow? Consider thinking outside the box, suggested by an intense meet-up between Mercury (mindset) and innovative Uranus in this New Moon chart. Or be prepared for sudden insights that disrupt the status quo.

This disruptive potential is echoed by the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon: “a woman of Samaria.” Do you know her story? Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee calls it “an image of a moment of truth.” Thus we are advised in this lunar cycle to be alert to situations where we must determine the authenticity of what is presented. Is it real gold or fool’s gold? We are advised to consider matters more deeply before moving forward into unfamiliar territory. This Sabian Symbol was connected to the Full Moon on October 29, 2012.  At that time, a storm was brewing.

Wherever 7 degrees of Taurus falls in your horoscope, settle for nothing less than unconditional truth. In mundane affairs, efforts to discern the unconditional truth are apt to be obfuscated by the pixie-dusted snake oil suggested by Mars (action!) and Neptune (fog!), as the two square off on May 11th, just after the Full Moon on May 10th.  Note that when we set this New Moon chart in Washington DC, the Sun and Moon are in the 12th House — out of the spotlight — along with Mars in multitasking, double-talking Gemini. Oh what a buzz is likely to be going on in a backroom near you…

And now, the news.

This Friday’s meet-up between Mercury and Uranus favors rocket scientists, impulsive speech, quick thinking and people who are batshit crazy. What a fitting pattern for the launch of National Geographic’s “Genius,” about the life of Albert Einstein. He’s in the “rocket scientist” category, btw. Just to be clear.

Also happening on Friday: Venus — which refers to women — leaves Pisces (the soulful victim), for Aries (warrior woman). We see the potential for matters related to Venus (women, values, art, money) to be especially prominent — and in ways that some might say are “shipwrecked.” Why? Because Venus will also be in a tight meet-up with the Fixed Star Scheat, which refers to big thinkers (upside) and shipwrecks (downside).  An apt pattern for Ann Coulter’s rescheduled (thx Mercury retro!) speech at Berkeley? Ms. Coulter is a double Sagittarius whose righteously opinionated Moon may be feeling the pressure of transiting Saturn upon it. This brief look at her horoscope includes useful reminders of key current and past planetary patterns we see reflected in world events.

Considering  how much of April was dominated by the controlling clash between Venus and Saturn (patriarchy), tonight’s New Moon in fertile Taurus is apt for the premiere of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu. A review in the Washington Post calls it not only timely, but “essential viewing for these fractured times,”  Indeed.

Meanwhile, in Tokyo last Saturday — on what I believe was a dreamy Pisces Moon linking up with the equally  dreamy fantasy potential of Neptune — ice skating champions Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres wowed the crowd with a freestyle dance to “The Sound of Silence.” Silence. An apt meditation for a Mercury retrograde, while you contemplate your list of New Moon intentions…

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Monday 4/24/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Catching Up on the News

Allll-righty then!

The work week is driven by the Moon in me-me-me Aries, seeking accolades for its ability to get things started with enthusiasm and (sometimes) impatience. With Mercury retrograde and the Moon in the last days of its cycle, initiating a review or reorganization would be apt. I plan to spend the afternoon editing a piece that will be published in the July issue of Mountain Astrologer — joy oh joy! You? I’ll be also harnessing the mental structuring potential of this morning’s harmony between Mercury (ideas, communication) and Saturn (structure), exact at 4:15 AM ET.

Saturn-Mercury connections challenge us to get real. There are no alternative facts — those are in wiggy Mercury-Neptune’s imaginary world. How fitting to have a Mercury-Saturn alignment in effect for a global March for Science! Here are some of the cleverest signs from around the world. There is no Planet B!

On TUESDAY, the dead Moon suggests feelings of listlessness and restlessness, as we sense something new  is coming, but we don’t know what. Still, patterns suggest an eventful day, given the Moon’s weekly clash with the planetary heavies (Pluto and Uranus), boosted by an overnight hit from expansive Jupiter. Note the possibility for upsets and power plays (watch the headlines), and make a conscious effort to temper your responses to perceived crises in your own personal world. Remember that Mercury is still very much in retrograde, increasing the potential for flaws and tech glitches in the information flow. Patience, focus and silence are your best friends.

The New Moon begins on WEDNESDAY at 8:16 AM ET, planting seeds for a new cycle firmly in security and comfort-seeking Taurus. On FRIDAY, Venus leaves Pisces for Aries, bringing prominence to matters involving women, art, money, values and social expression. In Aries, Venus is a bit of a flirt, frankly. It needs to know that it is loved by everyone. So it may well spice up your social interactions for next month, inspiring you to connect with new people. It may also inspire a diplomatic crusade (minus the diplomacy), barking orders impatiently. “Sit! Down! Stay!”

Also on Friday: retrograde Mercury reconnects with wacko rocket scientist rebel Uranus. Whatever bright idea that was making news around March 26th (the first connection) is likely to be up for a second look. The third hit of the cycle happens on the next Full Moon — May 10th. You are more personally impacted by this electric meet-up if you have a planet or angle around 25 degrees of Cancer, Libra, Capricorn and especially Aries.

Your Moon voids this week are:  TUESDAY 5:53 PM ET — 9:56 PM ET; THURSDAY 9:18 PM ET – 9:39 PM ET; SATURDAY 5:28 PM ET – 9:48 PM ET.

But really, what do all these planetary patterns suggest for you in your own personal world? Are you going to get that promotion? Is your latest flame a keeper? Will you move to Guatemala? These and many more questions can be addressed in a consultation. Here’s the 411.  

And now, the news. Lots of it. Because I was on a Mercury retrograde REtreat the week before and playing catch-up all last week. Ready?

Take a sensitive Venus retrograde in Pisces, oppressed by harsh Saturn in Sagittarius (controls, travel, foreigners). Add Mercury (mindset, travel), about to turn retrograde, along with the waxing emotions of a volatile Full Moon. Toss in a meet-up between Sun and shockjock Uranus (which rules aviation) and watch all hell break loose, as a United Airlines passenger is violently dragged down the aisle of a plane because United decided that it was more important to give his seat to a crew member. Watch United say the flight was overbooked (when it wasn’t) and then watch the CEO try to blame it all on the passenger’s “belligerence” (even though video of the event proves otherwise).  Cue NYT op-ed bemoaning the loss of empathy in favor of corporate profit.  Then watch the media apparently confuse the passenger with another person with the same name, causing headaches for anyone trying to discern what is true and what is false.

Meanwhile, P45 did exactly what we expected him to do when Mars (action, aggression) connected with his testosterone-fueled Midheaven in the wake of that volatile Full Moon: he dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb in our arsenal on Afghanistan. So when CNN wonders in an op-ed, “Why the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ and Why Now?”, you have an insight CNN doesn’t. You totally saw this coming. A few days later, when it was announced that the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson was heading towards North Korea, you also knew that this aggressive act coincided with Mars making contact with P45’s natal Mars and Ascendant. The fact that the Carl Vinson was actually heading to Australia (and thus confused everyone), is your Mercury retrograde cosmic joke.

Meanwhile, there was a constitutional referendum in Turkey on April 16th. Voters were to decide if the constitution should be amended in a way that would expand the powers of its president. There was a Turkish astrologer in the retreat I mentioned at the top of this forecast,  and so we decided to take a look at the chart for the start of the referendum vote:

We did not like what we saw. If you were a would-be authoritarian dictator seeking to consolidate power, this would be a marvelous time to schedule a vote. Not only does this chart have the cold, cruel square between patriarchal Saturn and vulnerable Venus, it also has the opinionated Sagittarius Moon about to be blocked by a brick wall. So we can see the potential for harsh controls on foreigners, the press, education  — any arena relating to collective beliefs.

An even greater concern is a likely stubborn and misbehaving Mars exactly on the 26 degrees Taurus Ascendant. Taurus rising needs to be seen as the face of preserving and maintaining the material comfort and security status quo; however, Mars on the Ascendant suggests a need to take unyielding militant action in its quest. No good is likely to come of this, suggested by the Fixed Star Algol right there with Mars and the Ascendant.

As it turns out, while the outcome was contested by opposition parties,

Voters narrowly approved a set of constitutional reforms that will transform the country from a parliamentary democracy into a presidential republic, concentrating power in the hands of Erdoğan, who will be able to run for two more terms and potentially govern until 2029…

…which is what the chart for the election suggested. Mr. Erdogan was mentioned in this forecast almost a year ago. A proposed birth time gives him an 18 Capricorn Ascendant. Pluto just turned stationary retrograde at 19 Capricorn, suggesting that for Mr. Erdogan the next two years will be transformational and empowering indeed.

In other news, France held an election over the weekend and true to the promise of the aftermath of the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square, the establishment candidates are no longer in the running. A run-off between “newcomer” and centrist Emmanuel Macron and “let’s trash the status quo” Marine LePen will be held on May 7th. 

Isn’t it cool that France has elections on Sundays?

UPDATE on Rupert Murdoch. Last fall it was noted that:

Rupert Murdoch’s horoscope  was directly affected by last week’s eclipse, sitting right on top of his 11 Virgo Midheaven (status/profession), which is also impacted by transiting Saturn and Neptune. I noted these current challenging patterns at the beginning of the year when he announced his engagement to Jerry Hall. They suggest heavy controls and no small amount of uncertainty and/or scandal. These patterns will be in effect into 2018 and beyond.

Is it just coincidence that the huge scandal known as “we were happy to pay women millions of dollars to settle charges of sexual harassment against our cash cow (a.k.a. Bill O’Reilly) — until corporate America refused to sponsor his show, so guess we have to fire him now” broke last week? We do not have an exact birth time for Mr. O’Reilly, but if we did, I imagine the horoscope would be hit hard by transiting Uranus. Here’s to The Daily Show for its fitting send-off. 

Let’s see…I could cite more stories exemplifying the harsh judgments and censorship suggested by this month’s double hit of Saturn square Venus. Those would include the rush to execute prisoners who are on death row in Arkansas, because the state’s stash of lethal drugs is going to expire and it’s not sure if it will be able to acquire more. It would include the fact that newbie SCOTUS justice Neil Gorsuch cast his first vote of significance on that third Saturn-Venus square, and it was a vote to deny a stay of execution.

Or I could tell you instead that April the giraffe gave birth on the 16th at around 10AM in Harpursville, NY. Zillions watched the birth live on the web, and of course they would because that cute little giraffe baby was born with a 1 degree Cancer Ascendant — at the Aries Point — literally born to be noticed.

A pause, while I contemplate that today is the 8th anniversary of this forecast. What a journey it’s been! Soon I will increasing my rates — something to keep in mind if you’ve been thinking of scheduling a consultation but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Now is the time!

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Monday 4/17/2017: Sneak Peek at a Wobbly Week; Waltzing with Mars and Venus (and Saturn)

Good Morning!

The work week begins with the Moon in enterprising Capricorn, moving forward on its need to make things happen, Mercury retrograde be damned. A rare harmony between the life-giving Sun in Aries and Saturn (ruler of Capricorn) at 8:43 AM ET facilitates leaders/initiatives fixated on righteously opinionated control, for better or for worse. On TUESDAY, the Capricorn Moon makes its weekly clash to Uranus and Pluto, along with expansive Jupiter. Watch for moments of upset, revelation and/or catharsis around 9:58 AM ET and 8:32 PM ET.

WEDNESDAY features the first of four planetary “wobbles,” i.e., planets changing direction and/or signs. On Wednesday at 5:27 PM ET, the Sun leaves Aries for Taurus, slowing down to smell the roses instead of charging madly off of cliffs. On THURSDAY, Pluto turns retrograde at 8:46 AM ET, bringing to light “news from underground” involving power and resources, no doubt. At 1:37 PM ET on Thursday, Mercury backs up into Aries, speeding up the information flow. With Mercury retrograde, avoid jumping to conclusions.

Here are some thoughts on Pluto retrograde:

Retrograde planets suggest a time to look inward for authority in whatever matters ruled by that planet. Pluto is power, control, regeneration, transformation, healing. So stop trying to control the world around you, already. Work on controlling (mastering) your own inner world — and then the world around you will start to reflect your newly-masterful self.  Y’know? You’ll feel the potential for a change of perspective more personally if you have a planet or angle two thirds of the way through  Aries, Libra, Cancer — and especially Capricorn.

On FRIDAY at 6:32 AM ET, Mars leaves Taurus for Gemini. This is another suggestion of speed — but in action, not information. We see the potential for stubborn blocks to be released. We also see the potential for multitasking to a fault. Mars will be in Gemini until June 4th, when it enters Cancer. Generally speaking, Mars functions more effectively in Gemini than it does in Taurus or Cancer.

Also on FRIDAY: the third and final challenge between Venus in Pisces (women, loving kindness, money, values, art) and Saturn in Sagittarius (control, patriarchy, censorship, opinions, foreigners). The first one was on January 27; the second was on April 8th; the overall theme is, “Man, that’s harsh.” Venus backed up into Pisces on April 2nd, raising awareness of vulnerability and compassion. It was hit by Saturn on April 8th. Venus then turned direct on April 15th, but is still in a close relationship with the heavy potential of Saturn. With Venus direct, whatever aesthetic/relationship choices we made during the retrograde will be up for a third and final look Were those choices true to your authentic self — or were they more like a coyote date? A coyote date is when you sleep with someone for the first time and wake up the next morning thinking that you’d rather chew your arm off than wake them up. Yikes.

Meanwhile, on April 16th, Venus made a harmonious connection with Mars (action, masculine, courage) — finally. I say “finally” because these two planets of yin and yang were dancing ohsoclose in February, looking like they were going to get together — but they didn’t. So now they finally have made a connection — and that’s good, right? I’m not convinced. Why? Because what sensitive and compassionate entity (Venus in Pisces) would want to go along with a macho force like Mars when Mars is sitting at 26 degrees of Taurus, in lockstep with the Fixed Star Algol? Avid Readers of this forecast know that Algol is not a happy camper in the language of astrology. In fact, it suggests one bad ombre/hombre. If you’re going to pick a time to do something, conventional wisdom strongly advises keeping Algol out of it. Pay attention to cooperative deals that have been made over the past few days (I’ll give you a few examples when I get to the news in the next forecast).  Because the next stop for Venus is that third challenge from Saturn on Friday the 21st. Harsh….and then a week later (April 28th), Venus leaves Pisces for crusading Aries.

Your Moon voids for the week — natural rest periods when your quest to move forward in a straight line is more likely to be derailed by a flake or a twist — are as follows:   Wednesday 5:57 AM ET – 6: 52 AM ET; FRIDAY 2:23 PM ET until 3:43 PM ET. No biggie.

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