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My planetary "whether" forecasts offer advance notice on the zeitgeist of the day, including what we can expect to see in the headlines. If you have ever wondered, "why is this happening NOW," astrology provides answers. If it's not happening in a horoscope, it's not making headlines. So if you’re curious to know why there is a growing trend towards renting instead of buying...why efforts to decriminalize marijuana over the next several years are likely to succeed...or which public figures are likely to gain or lose stature (and when), you will find it here. Use the SEARCH function to find your favorite public figure or world event; sign up here to receive this forecast by email.

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Tuesday 3/19/2019: Full Moon in Libra; Vernal Equinox: Sneak Peek at the Rest of the Week

Hellooooo and happy Tuesday!

I hope you are making the most of the discerning energy driving this day, brought to you by the Moon in Virgo. Apply it — along with REorganizing potential of Mercury retrograde —  and REview your projects, files and closets. Separate what no longer serves (“serve” is Virgo’s middle name) and chuck it!

Moon entered Virgo yesterday (Monday) at 9:41 PM ET. Before then, Moon was void in drama king/queen Leo. A Moon void means that the energy of the day has a higher probability of wandering off-course. Hopefully you rolled with any twists or flakes that interfered with your efforts to move forward in a straight line. A crisis that came up was likely to have been much ado about nothing,  dramatic as it may have seemed. Yes?

Emotions are on the rise, as the Moon waxes to fullness on WEDNESDAY at 9:43 PM ET. Tomorrow is also marks the start of the astrological new year, as the Sun leaves Pisces and charges into Aries at 5:59 PM ET.  As much as all the Aries in the room would love to just get to the me-me-me Aries part of the discussion, we need to break down what will happen before the Sun enters Aries, because those patterns reflect what’s been happening over the past few days. Ready?

TUESDAY — Moon travels without interference from the other planets for most of the day. Keep on sorting, reviewing, revising, reorganizing — in an effort to get it right. Know that since Mercury is retrograde, your efforts may be up for review again after March 28th, when Mercury turns direct. Still, double check the details thrice this evening, as Moon opposes foggy/dreamy Neptune just after midnight — ET. It will help you get from Point A to Point B without ending up in Point C.

WEDNESDAY —  A valiant effort to separate facts from fiction marks the morning. I hope the facts prevail, because at 7:37 AM ET, Mars (planet of action and aggression) harmonizes with Pluto (planet of power, resources and breakdown). Over the past several days we’ve had an easy flow of physical/assertive energy at our collective disposal. If this pattern personally affects your unique horoscope (consult your astrologer for details), it has facilitated the execution of your marathon effort — the one you’ve been planning for months and months — for better or for worse. At 10:28 AM ET, Mercury (how we need to think) harmonizes with Saturn (necessary controls; patriarchy, structure). Upside potential: authentic intuition facilitates structure. Downside potential: delusional beliefs facilitate authority.Watch the headlines.

Whatever communication is expressed, it’s likely to be grand or grandiose, suggested by the Moon’s challenging contact with Jupiter (expansion!)  at 11:22 AM ET. After that release, Moon goes void, once again traveling without focus. If it feels like the end of the world, do not despair. You’re just tuning in to the Sun at the verrrrrry last gasp of Pisces, which definitely IS the end, if you happen to be a caterpillar. But at 5:59 PM ET, the Sun (and all caterpillars) is born anew when it ends the inevitable beginning in Aries. Happy Vernal Equinox — happy first day of Spring!

Aries is the baby of the zodiac, ruled by warrior Mars. Courage, self-reliance, inspiration and a pioneering spirit are keywords for the Sun in Aries, sign of the Ram (as in battering). There is no greater crusading champion for the underdog when Aries is at its best. Downside potential: insufferable self-absorption, impatience and a tendency to jump off cliffs or fall down stairs because it’s faster than walking. You think I’m kidding? Here is one of my fave Exhibits: Justin Trudeau, who has Moon in Aries in touch with wacky Uranus, showing us on tape how he falls down stairs. What fun he must be at parties. The mantra for Aries is I AM.

Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season from an astrological point of view. The first day of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter corresponds with the first day (or first DEGREE) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively. Got that? Good. These four signs are called CARDINAL signs of the zodiac, with “cardinal” here suggesting (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  Cardinal signs take ACTION. They INITIATE. Nothing happens without ACTION. And action leads to  NECESSARY CHANGE. As in a change of seasons — suggested by solstices and equinoxes. Clear?

The first day of a  season is prominent in our culture, right? We make a big deal over it — yes? So can you see that in astrology, we observe that PLANETS at the first degree of a cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn), tend to pack a more powerful, prominent punch. They suggest ACTION which leads to CHANGE — prominently! The first degree of the cardinal signs is known as the ARIES POINT. Got that?

If you have a planet or angle at the Aries Point, you can expect that the energy of that planet will demand prominent expression in your life. Your friends and family — and perhaps the entire free world — will notice it. William Shatner was born with the Sun at 0 Aries. “To boldly go where no man has gone before”? I should think so — and the whole world knows him for playing that role.

Moving right along…to 9:28 PM ET on WEDNESDAY, when the Moon leaves Virgo and enters Libra. A Libra Moon needs to be appreciated for being fair, diplomatic and people-pleasing. If you have one in your horoscope, this is the key to your happiness.  At 9:43 PM ET, the Libra Moon will exactly oppose the Aries Sun, pitting the expression of me-me-me Aries against the we-we-we need of the Libra Moon. Who will win? Illumination and release in matters of diplomacy, partnership and relationship are the likely fallout. Whatever comes out is sure to capture our attention, as this Full Moon is happening at the aforementioned Aries Point. It’s likely to involve leaders — in government and commerce. Watch the news!

For further clues to the nature of what is revealed, we can examine the Sabian Symbols for the Full Moon at 0 Libra and the Sun at 0 Aries. If you do not know about these wonderful Sabian Symbols, here is the story.  For the Sun: “A woman rises out of water, a seal rises and embraces her;” for the Moon: “A butterfly made perfect by a dart through it.” Thankfully we have Sabian Sage Blain Bovee to help us make sense of these cryptic images. He advises that we be mindful of “emergent moments that initiate a new life-cycle; tender moments of raw emotion that leave a lasting impression. Watch for photographic moments; the desire to capture something in the perfect light.” You’ll find even more insight here and here.

Here is the Full Moon chart set in Washington, D.C.

 

We can use it to see how these next few weeks are likely to be experienced by the United States. I see a picture suggesting a matter coming to an inevitable conclusion, as well as the end of any image of diplomacy. I see a disruptive revelation or action that leads to a clash between a stubborn and destructively macho need to preserve the status quo vs. a gender-inclusive, equally intractable need to express a more progressive and humanitarian value system. The clash I’m referring to is suggested by…

THURSDAY ..a square (challenge) between Venus (women, money, art, social expression) in Aquarius and Mars (men, assertion, aggression) in Taurus, exact at 4:07 AM ET. If you have a planet or angle around 23 degrees of  Taurus, Aquarius, Leo or Scorpio, you are personally affected. My money says you’ve been feeling a build-up of tension demanding a heroic, physical or combative release. This means you, Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader McConnell and Trump. Be prepared for a provocative initiative or attack, especially for Trump, as transiting Mars triggers his Taurus Midheaven and moves on to his Mars and Leo Ascendant over the several days — told you about it weeks ago — search the archives.

Also on THURSDAY — a cooperative connection between Venus and Jupiter, exact at 10:16 AM ET gives those on Team Venus an optimistic boost in the wake of whatever release is provoked earlier in the day.

FRIDAY — a potentially heavy start is suggested by the Moon’s square (challenge) with patriarchal Saturn and powerbroker Pluto, exact at 4:39 AM ET and 10:29 AM ET.  That’s followed by a lift at 11:59 AM ET and a sigh at 2:10 PM ET, as the Libra Moon goes void and encourages you to start the weekend early.  Once the Moon enters Scorpio at 10:16 PM ET, planetary patterns suggest a need for a potent emotional escape. Whatever dreams or delusions that were hot around February 19th may be back for a second look by…

SUNDAY...when Mercury (how we need to think) and Neptune (our need for vision) meet up at 1:26 PM ET. Don’t jump to conclusions; this part of the dance doesn’t end until mid-April. It’s interesting that this pattern will trigger Robert Mueller‘s horoscope now — and again on April 2nd. It will oppose his natal Mars in Virgo, activating his need to act with exacting perfection. We’ll just have to wait and see. There are no exact aspects among the planets on SATURDAY, just the Moon in Scorpio plumbing the depths for the sake of acquiring knowledge and control.

So what do all these planetary patterns mean for you? That’s a topic worth discussing in a personal consultation, especially if you’re either a) feeling stuck and wondering when things are going to change; or b) facing change and wondering what it all means and when it will settle down. These shifts will be clear in the horoscope, prepared in advance of our discussion. If you have children, their horoscopes will accurately outline what they need (vs. what YOU need) in order to fulfill their potential. Lately I’ve consulted with a number of divorced parents who gained insight on how to better manage expectations regarding their ex. Here’s the 411 on these and other ways to use the powerful language of astrology to live life better.

Thank you for reading this forecast. Coming up next: a ton of news — Brexit, Venezuela, bomb cyclones and what we can expect from all the Usual Suspects. Stay tuned to this channel for continuing updates…

 

Tuesday 3/12/2019: Late Sneak Peek at the Week; Quelle Scandale! Pete Davidson & More

Late post to the start of the week, as I was on a deadline for my second column for  The Mountain Astrologer magazine. I made excellent use of Monday’s energized Moon in Taurus, structuring insights on five horoscopes that are hot in the headlines. The column is “Charts in the News” — and you’ll find it in the student section. My first column is in the April/May issue, published this week. Get it at your local Barnes & Noble or here. The next one comes out in mid-May.

Today (TUESDAY) at 5:31 AM ET, the Taurus Moon went void with a sigh, offering an opportunity to chill until 11:48 AM ET. Hopefully you rolled with any twists and flakes — and did not freak out over a perceived crisis. Now that it’s past noon in New York, the day is driven by the Moon in Gemini, seeking to be the most informed person in the room. There are no exact aspects to the Moon until tomorrow, suggesting little to no bumps in the road as you travel from Point A to Point B. However, there is quite a surge building to a release on…

WEDNESDAY — when the Sun sextiles (harmonizes) Pluto at 10:25 AM ET, followed by a square between the Sun and Jupiter at 9:29 PM ET. With Jupiter in Sagittarius, we see potential abundance, exuberance or blatant indulgence, especially if you have a planet or angle around 22 degrees of Sagittarius, Virgo, Pisces or Gemini. In the news, watch for big stories involving higher education, athletics, law, travel and religion. The sextile between Sun and Pluto suggests effective communication and cooperation involving matters of will, leadership, power and resources.  A harmony between Mars and Saturn suggests earthy productivity, physical discipline and ease of action (it will be exact early Thursday, but in effect now). If Wednesday afternoon feels a bit escapist, bewildering or dreamy, you’re feeling the potential of a square between the buzz buzz buzz Gemini Moon and Neptune, exact at 5:44 PM ET. With Mercury still retrograde, double check your spelling, facts and crosswalks.

THURSDAYMoon will be void between 8:31 AM and 5:49 PM ET. The challenge is what to do with the surge of energy seeking release in the few hours beforehand, in the form of the First Quarter Moon. Here is a challenge demanding adjustment regarding last week’s New Moon agenda. Staying focused and on track may be problematic. If you are new to this forecast and unfamiliar with the term “Moon void” or “void of course Moon,” here’s a primer. This would be the day to flake without consequence on previously scheduled events.

The Moon gets back into gear at 5:49 PM ET when it enters Cancer. We leave the mental buzz of Gemini behind and replace it with a Cancer need for emotional and home/homeland security. What can you do to nurture yourself  and/or others during these next few days?  Thursday night is ripe for a reunion of old friends, the quirkier the better. Moon will sextile Uranus at 6:31 PM ET (quirky friends) and the Sun meets up with Mercury retrograde at 9:48 PM ET, so you can wax rhapsodic and wistfully about those good old days.

FRIDAY — Moon continues in Cancer with no bumps in the road. The aspect of the day is Mercury’s second square to big, fat Jupiter at 7:17 PM ET, facilitating big fat ideas that are likely half-baked, if they are new. If they are not new, they are likely to reveal dirt, dirt and more dirt, aided by Mercury’s second sextile to (dirt-digging) Pluto on….

SATURDAY — at 9:11 AM ET.  Between Mercury’s square to Jupiter and sextile to Pluto, the sensitive Cancer Moon is blocked by Saturn at 2:24 AM ET, followed by Moon’s weekly emotional catharsis/power play with Pluto. So…heavy stuff in the middle of the night, especially if you have planets around 18-22 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

Moon goes void at 2:03 PM ET until 8:57 PM ET. No shopping during those hours, if you please. The Moon’s ingress into Leo tonight may come with a surprise, as Moon makes its weekly clash with Uranus at 9:47 PM ET.

SUNDAY — Moon in Leo all day — time for a party or the best St. Pat’s Day Parade ever. A harmony between Mercury and Mars at 11:23 AM ET supports walking your talk.

Here’s Beth Owls Daughter’s Tarot Card for this week — enjoy!

And now, the news.

I told you Mercury retrograde would kick up a ton of dirt. On the day before Sun squares Jupiter (higher education), and in a year with three squares between Jupiter and Neptune (illusion, deception), actress Felicity Huffman is currently the poster child for this breaking scandal:

It seems Ms. Huffman paid a company $15K to help her daughter fake her way into a top school. She considered — but then backed out of —  using a second dishonest tactic to help another daughter. Other parents — including “prominent CEOs” (here’s the list) paid thousands of dollars more in bribes — as much as MILLIONS more. BUT — their names, companies and faces were not used to break the story. Nor have photos of the corrupt college officials who took those big, fat bribes been plastered all over the news. So why Felicity Huffman? What the heck is going on in her horoscope?

Ms. Huffman is a Sagittarius, with the Sun at 17 degrees of that sign. Transiting Jupiter will meet up with her Sun three times this year — in January, June and September. Do you think she’s feeling lucky right now? If she read a blurb in a magazine or ezine that publishes Stupid Astrology, she might have thought 2019 would be the year all Sagittarians win the lottery, thanks to lucky Jupiter. Stupid Astrology!

Yes, Jupiter can reflect a cosmic sugar daddy. But essentially Jupiter refers to expansion, for better or for worse. We must consider the whole horoscope, not just focus on one promising part. This is how a skilled astrologer can assist you. Can you guess what other planet is hot in Felicity Huffman’s chart right now? Kudos if you guessed NEPTUNE — which refers to scandal, deception, victimization and wipe out. Transiting Neptune will square her Sun for the first of a few passes on April 2nd; another measurement involving her Sun and Neptune is exact on March 19th, and has been in effect for a few months. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Here is one Jupiter transit that might be declared lucky. In an interview with WaPo published yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she did not support impeaching Trump, as it would be too divisive. “Unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan,” she added. Yesterday transiting Jupiter exactly opposed his Gemini Sun. Was it lucky?

So many scandals. Here’s another one. If you have a mind like mine, you’re always asking WHY? As in, “of all the massage parlors in Florida that Robert Kraft would have chosen to patronize, WHY would he have chosen that one?” Did he read a review online? Or might someone he trusted have suggested it? Was it just a coincidence that over the weekend  it was revealed that Li “Cindy” Yang, the founder of the massage parlor in question, had posted a fun selfie taken with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago Superbowl party, where they all cheered for Patriots’ owner…Robert Kraft. While Ms. Yang no longer owns that particular parlor, nothing has changed since it changed hands, including its reputation for providing extra services.  And Ms. Yang has moved on to more lucrative financial ventures, including apparently selling access to Trump family members to wealthy Chinese. Here’s Stephen Colbert to explain it all for you.

Meanwhile, the Miami Herald is doing such a stellar job of reporting on the corrupted (by federal prosecutors, supervised by current U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta) plea deal of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein that the Miami U.S. Attorney’s office has recused itself from an ongoing victims’ rights case. The case has been reassigned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, supervised by U.S. attorney Byung J.”Bjay” Pak. Did you know that one of the sixteen-year-old girls in that case was recruited by Epstein’s partner-in-crime while she was working in the spa at Mar-a-Lago? What does this have to do with astrology?

In Jeffrey Epstein‘s case (1/20/1953 in Coney Island, NY — time unknown), we see that his Sun has just experienced the last of three unsettling squares from rebel Uranus, while transiting Neptune sits on his exact conjunction of a steamy Venus and Mars in Pisces. Meanwhile, transiting Saturn and Pluto are in tough contact with his Mercury, suggesting a potentially intense reality check. So the timing of these surprising disruptions of the status quo aligns with his horoscope.

Boeing also has a horoscope: July 19, 1934 — 1 PM — Wilmington, Delaware. It is also experiencing a few unsettling patterns. As we move through 2019 and into 2020, we may see major restructuring  and streamlining within the company, as transiting Saturn and Pluto hit the angles of its horoscope and its Libra Moon. Right now, 27 airlines have grounded its 737 Max 8, after an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday.  It was the second fatal crash in recent months for this particular Boeing model.

UPDATE: on Pete Davidson, last written about in December 2018, when he was in an extremely public depth of despair. Yet his horoscope suggested a promising new creative passion/love interest by spring of 2019. On Saturday he was on SNL talking about…his new creative passion. How about that? He and Kate Beckinsale are dating. Cue Snoopy Dance now, please.

Davidson also talked about a philosophical dilemma: how should we treat music and other forms of expression that were created by artists (so far, only men) who we now know were sexual predators (e.g., Michael Jackson, R Kelly, Kevin Spacey, etc.). Pete Davidson needs to think deeply about how we should make use of people and things, given five planets in Scorpio and a “how can I make this work?” Capricorn Moon.

In the grander scheme of astrological patterns, this debate refers to Chiron in Aries (healing toxic masculinity and a fractured sense of self) and the scandalous TMI coming to light under the series of Jupiter  (expansion) squares to  Neptune (music, deception, drugs). And let’s not forget the even bigger shift sparked by the seeds planted on January 9, 2018, when Sun, Venus and Pluto were all together at 19 degrees of Capricorn: women stepping into power. Right now Saturn is almost at 19 Capricorn. Those seeds are for real. It’s fascinating to watch them take root, as anticipated.

Speaking of women and power, Avid Reader Liz has written a book called Women, Meditation & Power. I read it a few weeks ago while serving as a pollworker in a special election held in New York City (with only 7% of eligible voters showing up, I had plenty of free time). Liz turns stereotypical gender roles upside down, and makes a compelling argument for how we can bring men and women back into balance — and why. But don’t take it from me, read the reviews — and if you read her book, let me know if you appreciated its fresh and provocative perspective.

Thank you for reading this forecast. Remember that Mercury retrogrades are apt times to REconnect and REview your life…with your astrologer. Here’s how to contact me…and yes, I owe a few of you an email…thanks for your patience!

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 3/6/2019: Uranus in Taurus; New Moon in Pisces

Happy Tuesday evening and Mardi Gras to you!

Moon entered Pisces at 3:11 AM ET. It’s been cruising without input from other planets, facilitating your efforts to go with the flow — but slowly. I say slowly because as you know, Mercury (how we need to think and get from Point A to Point B) turned retrograde at 1:19 PM ET. See my last post for all the details.

Tomorrow (WEDNESDAY) at 3:05 AM ET, rebel Uranus leaves Aries, never to be experienced again for most of us on Spaceship Earth. Uranus spends roughly seven years in each zodiac sign, which means it takes 84 years to journey around the Sun.  Do you plan to be here in 84 years?

Uranus refers to disruption, shocking revelations, technology, genius, mutations and innovation and more. Aries refers to the self, warriors, courage, pioneers, the self and also the self. Over the past seven years, we’ve seen Uranus in Aries reflected in the self-driving car, robot warfare, drones, the gig economy, the selfie and any other revolutionary me-me-me idea about being first. And it’s been a bit unsettling to our sense of self, right?

Uranus refers to change. Change is the only constant, as my Headspace meditation app loves to remind me. Aries is a Fire Sign, a fluid form. Change is not so challenging to Fire.  Uranus is now entering Taurus, which is an Earth Sign. Earth is not fluid. It does not change form easily, except under extreme pressure. Have you ever been in a earthquake?

Taurus refers to material comfort and security. It needs to establish form and function. Uranus is the disruptor. Taurus refers to money, banks, Earth, food (and how we grow it). The mantra for Taurus is I HAVE — and with Uranus in Taurus for the next seven years, we will be challenged to change our perspective on ownership. We will also see a ton of technological advances in these areas, most of which will promise to set us free from whatever rut Uranus thinks we’re in. Taurus also refers to beauty, values and sensual pleasures. Technology is likely to radically change these areas as well.

Uranus was last in Taurus from 1934 – 1942. In the U.S., it began with the Great Depression, followed by World  War II and FDR’s New Deal. A revolutionary change in perspective on ownership, right? Of course it makes sense to be talking about another New Deal now — and color it Green.  There was a rise in fascism during this time period, as you should well know. Uranus will be in Taurus until 2026. As if on cue, here’s the top story at The Guardian: “EU faces ‘nationalist nightmare’ in the next five years,”says prominent European politician few in America would recognize.

If you were born in the early days of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius, you have a wake-up, shake-up, break-up or break-out penciled in your cosmic calendar. Many clients calling now are feeling the buzz, planning strategies and managing expectations. Here’s the 411 on consultations.

So that’s Uranus in Taurus.

The rest of WEDNESDAY is brought to you by the New Moon in Pisces, with a heavy dose of Neptune. Translation: planting seeds for vision, from the sublime to the ridiculous. A Pisces Moon intuitively understands that boundaries are an illusion; we are all one; we are all in this together. Pisces can flow as sweetly as a gentle stream or pull as powerfully as the ocean’s undertow. Will ye float or will ye wallow? A Pisces Moon needs to identify and work with impressions and ideals.

This Pisces New Moon is made more boundless by its proximity to Neptune. Pay attention to your dreams and write them down. Take some time to meditate or dance. The New Moon happens at 11:04 AM ET. Moon meets up with Neptune at 11:48 AM ET. Four hours later, Moon makes a harmonious aspect with Saturn, planet of structure. This is another reason to write those impressions down! Give them form. At 8:01 PM ET, the Sun makes its annual meet-up with Neptune, suggesting some enchanted evening.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is “a flow of inspiration.” That’s apt. Sabian Sage Blain Bovee says this is “an image of seamless inner connection with the source of life power…the arousal of creative energy that can lead to action.” Bovee advises us to apply this Symbol with a mind to “deep inner sources of inspiration, almost compelling urges to act without thinking; the clash between wild instinct and tamed outer expression.” Why “wild instincts?” Because the opposite Sabian Symbol to “a flow of inspiration” is “an orangutan,” and here is what Bovee has to say about that.

You are more personally affected by this New Moon if you have a planet or point around 15 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini or Sagittarius.

The rest of the week goes like this:

  • THURSDAY: Moon in Pisces, traveling mostly free and clear until 2:08 PM ET, when it meets up with mental Mercury and an intuited idea, for better or for worse. Moon then goes void (chill!) and then charges into Aries at 3:27 PM ET. See if you notice the shift in focus and energy. Aries needs to get there first, not now, but RIGHT NOW. With Mercury retrograde, we are advised to look both ways thrice before rushing across the street.
  • FRIDAY: Moon continues its me-me-me crusade in Aries, free and clear. It’s helped by a harmony between the Sun and Saturn (helpful for structure, communication and cooperation) that will be exact on…
  • SATURDAY: …at 2:10 AM ET. The morning may interesting, as Moon is challenged by wet blanket Saturn at 3:44 AM ET, then clashes with Pluto at 11:56 AM ET. The latter suggests a power play or emotional catharsis. A harmony with Jupiter endeavors to smooth everything out, before the Moon goes void for the rest of the day. Chill, chill, chill — focus on routine. Do not make a mountain out of a molehill. Indulge in a little fantasy or intangible creative escape, suggested by a harmony between Mars and Neptune, exact at 12:21 PM ET on…
  • SUNDAY. Moon enters Taurus with a bit of a jolt at 3:31 AM ET, as it meets up with Uranus.  You can then use the Taurus Moon’s consolidating drive to restore the status quo.

If you’re working on Monday, it’ll be busy.

And now, the news.

Mercury Retrograde Important Safety Tip: triple check facts and figures during this time.

Speaking of Uranus ruling shocks and Aries ruling the head, actor Luke Perry suffered a massive stroke last Wednesday. If you were watching TV in the 90s, you will remember Mr. Perry as Dylan McKay, the bad boy heartthrob from Beverly Hills 90210. I noted a brief blurb about the stroke on Wednesday, but wondered later if it was an error — or maybe a dream — as the mainstream media did not keep up with this story, even though Mr. Perry was only 52 years old.  These are the times in which we live. When Mr. Perry passed away yesterday, the New York Times did not have an obituary ready to go. It has one now, along with a tribute from an adoring  fan…and a cautionary tale penned by a woman who had a stroke at 49.

Here is Mr. Perry’horoscope — no birth time available. He was a people-pleasing Libra driven by a perfection-seeking Moon in Virgo. He was also driven by a keen sense of suffering, likely related to a challenging relationship with the father. He was born with the opportunity to transform that suffering into an art form, and that’s pretty much what he says he did in the NYT obituary. RIP.

Thank you for reading this forecast — and sharing it with your friends. Stay tuned for continuing updates on the astonishing synchronicity of planetary patterns and the news. With Mercury retrograde, I expect we’ll see plenty of secrets from the past come to light. And that’s no bull.

 

 

 

Monday 3/4/2019: Mercury Retrograde in Pisces, Ya Think?

Good Morning!

(It’s actually Sunday evening as I’m typing this — and I am laughing laughing laughing  because I saved this forecast in draft mode — and it was sent out to all my Avid Readers who subscribe via email  — before it was supposed to — and  without a subject line. Coincidence or conspiracy? Happy almost Mercury retrograde!!)

The work week begins with the Moon still in Aquarius, looking to connect diverse groups together, treat everyone as equals, but still appreciate each for his/her uniqueness. Do it with cooperative gusto, aided by a harmony between the Moon and Jupiter, exact at 11:30 AM ET on MONDAY.

We are in the last days of the lunar cycle, a time to wrap up projects (if possible), clear your desk and prepare for the new marching orders, which will arrive on WEDNESDAY at 11:04 AM ET, when the Pisces Moon meets up with the Pisces Sun. Until then, a dead Moon suggests a listlessness or restlessness. Add to that the following significant patterns:

  • TUESDAY — After an 8-minute Moon void, Moon enters Pisces at 3:11 AM ET — still dead. Big news of the days is Mercury, which turns retrograde at 1:19 PM ET. DID YOU BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS? Here’s what you need to know about Mercury in retrograde:

Even if you know nothing else about astrology, you may have heard the term “Mercury retrograde” before. Often it’s accompanied by curses and groans, and that’s a shame. Yes, all of the flights on American Airlines might be grounded because of a computer glitch. Or the entire country of Finland might be offline because there’s a transportation strike. Or some trickster might set off all the tornado warning alarms in Dallas — these are all actual events that happened within hours of Mercury changing direction. But there’s much good that can be accomplished when the Messenger Planet appears to be retracing its steps.

Mercury—which in the language of astrology refers to mindset, travel and communication—will appear to move backward through the sky between March 5th and March 28th. It’s not really moving backward, but that is how it looks from our perspective here on Spaceship Earth. Mercury goes retrograde 3-4 times each year, for a period of 22 days.

On the first of its three retrogrades of 2019, Mercury starts at 29 degrees of Pisces. Avid Readers will instantly recall that 29 Pisces is closerthanthis to 0 degrees Aries, a.k.a. the Aries Point. Instantly — because you have been reading this forecast long enough to retain Certain Important Things — you will recall that  a planet near the Aries Point demands attention. In the case of Mercury, we thus anticipate that anything symbolized by Mercury (mindset, communication, travel, commerce) is more likely to be prominent at this time (watch the headlines).

But what kind of communication, ideas, etc? In Pisces, Mercury is not interested in thinking as much as it is interested in believing. That is the Pisces mantra: I BELIEVE. Who cares if it defies logic and reason? Pisces feels it — and believes it.  And feelings can’t be argued. They are as valid as any hardcore fact. In the realm of feelings, truth is subjective.

Mercury in Pisces has an upside. It can facilitate vision, dreams and intuition.  If you are an artist, scammer, healer or spiritual type, perhaps you can take Mercury in Pisces straight to the bank. Do pay attention to your dreams — especially this week — write them down!  On WEDNESDAY, the Sun and Neptune will meet up in Pisces at 8:01 PM ET,  adding to the potential for vision, especially visionary leadership, as well as wigginess. Not to mention fish, as you can see from one of my favorite Sun-Neptune headlines from 2015:

Here is an apt Sun-Neptune headline from the past few days:

Back to Mercury retrograde:

Mercury will be at 29 Pisces for most of the week. When a planet stations and turns on a particular degree, picture an impatient driver leaning on the horn. It’s a point of focus, right? Perhaps the Sabian Symbol for this degree offers clues. It is “The Great Stone Face,” and it was the focal point four years ago, on a New Moon/Eclipse in Pisces, which happened right after the last of seven squares between Uranus and Pluto. Here’s what I wrote back then:

…“The Great Stone Face” recalls a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne about “a boy who lives under and looks up to a mountain formation resembling the face of a man“.  The story was written in 1850, when Uranus and Pluto were conjunct in Aries and Neptune was in early Pisces (about where it is right now). How interesting that it was created under the influence of planetary patterns that are not unlike what we are currently experiencing.

There is a spiritual element to the story and a search for greatness outside the self, What does it takes to become the embodiment of an ideal and how do you know if it’s the Real Deal? Here is the Wikipedia summary; here is the full text of the story. If you like The Wizard of Oz and/or The Alchemist (by Paolo Coelho), you’ll like The Great Stone Face.

Of this Sabian Symbol, expert Blain Bovee writes:

The projection of self culminates in an expression that seems to transcend the temporal existence of the individual, echoing for the ages, the face of mankind.

Well, that sounds deep and wise and all-encompassing, doesn’t it?

Pisces is the end of the zodiac. So the last degree of Pisces is the end of the end of it all. That’s it. We’re toast. Or are we? When we sense we’re at the end, we may fall into despair. And if the zodiac were a straight line, maybe we would have good reason. But the zodiac is not a straight line; it is a circle. This suggests a new beginning is just around the corner, regardless of what the “end” demands we leave behind. We may have to wait until April 17th, when Mercury finally leaves Pisces and enters Aries, to get a sense of what the new beginning (new mindset? new deal?) entails.

Here’s how to handle Mercury retrogrades — regardless of what sign it’s in:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When in doubt, be silent!

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

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Coming up next: Uranus enters Taurus on Wednesday — same day as the New Moon in Pisces. Should be an interesting week.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Saturday & Sunday 3/2/2019: Venus Square Uranus in the News; O Canada!

Allll- righty then!

Started writing this on Thursday — there’s just so much to cover — here’s the recap of the forecast, and the latest news:

  • THURSDAY — after a Moon void of less than an hour, Moon enters Capricorn, looking to translate high-flying opinions into concrete accomplishments. Time to take care of business for the next couple of days, assisted by a proactive Moon making supportive contacts with Uranus (innovation), Mars (action) and the Sun. What could go wrong?
  • FRIDAY — what could go “wrong” — if only in a surprising or unconventional expression, is a potential disruption in social expression and values. This is suggested by a tense pattern between Venus and rebel Uranus, exact at 7:31 AM ET. This is not a “bad” pattern; it merely suggests that what will pull our focus includes unconventional attractions and rebellious expressions — most notably in matters related to women, money, art and technology. It’s in effect all week. At 11:45 AM ET, Venus leaves social-climbing Capricorn for “who’s yer buddy” Aquarius. Social expression becomes less strategic, more inclusive — until March 27th. If you’re an Aquarius, your Ismay see a spike over the next few weeks. Huzzah. The rest of the day on Friday includes a sobering meet-up between the Moon and Saturn at 1:23 PM ET, followed by the Moon’s weekly emotional power play/catharsis as it meets up with Pluto at 10:48 PM ET. Another interesting late afternoon news dump…
  • SATURDAY — Moon enters Aquarius at 2:06 PM ET, after a 20 minute void — no biggies. Moon squares Uranus at 1:47 PM ET, delivering a potential flash of recognition or shock to the system. A friendly meet-up between Venus and the Moon at 5:03 PM ET sets the mood for your Saturday night date.
  • SUNDAY —  notable only for a clash between Moon and Mars at 1:54 PM ET, possibly reflecting a clash of wills. You are free to shop all weekend — unless you’re shopping for electronics and other mechanical devices. That’s because Mercury will turn retrograde next TUESDAY, MARCH 5TH at 1:19 PM ET, as any Avid Reader who ordered my Really Useful Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide Bookmark will know (yes, I still have plenty available — email me for details). BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS AND GIZMOS NOW. Mercury will be retrograde until March 28th.

And now, the news.

Reflecting the disruptive — dare I say shocking potential of the tension between Venus (social expression, women, art, money, values, diplomacy) and Uranus:

The potential for idealism can be seen in the horoscope. So is the potential for artistic genius.

Anyhoo…

I thought about idealism while watching Michael Cohen being questioned by assorted Congresspersons on Wednesday. As noted in a prior post, Mr. Cohen’s horoscope — even with an earthy Virgo Sun and possible earthy Capricorn Moon — suggests a potential for thoughts and communication that may be less than realistic (birth data: August 25, 1966 in Lawrence, NY — time unknown).  Like his former employer, he has a challenging pattern between Mercury (how he needs to think) and Neptune (vision and/or fog).

Here is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demonstrating how an Aries Moon, supported by an innovative pattern among Mercury, Saturn (discipline; authority),  Uranus (genius) and Neptune (vision) can make a bold impact. She did not waste a second of her allotted five minutes, asking incisive questions designed to initiate (Aries needs to get things started) a deeper investigation into POTUS’s taxes.

Here is Elijah Cummings, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, delivering must-see remarks at the end of the day-long hearing. As noted in a post from 2015, Rep. Cummings’s horoscope suggests a hard-nosed mindset, with patterns shared by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. While not likely to be fuzzy-headed or overly idealistic, his horoscope does suggest considerable empathy and compassion (Jupiter in Pisces in contact with his Capricorn Mercury and possibly his Gemini Moon). Birth data: January 18, 1951 in Baltimore — time unknown. Patterns among the Pluto, Uranus and the Sun suggest continued empowerment and independence in 2019 — especially in mid-April and mid-June, but definitely in effect now.

Meanwhile, in Canada…

Justin Trudeau is arguably having a horrible year so far — here’s a piece that explains the scandal on his plate. Looking at his horoscope, we can appreciate the focused squeeze he’s under, with transiting karma cop Saturn squaring his me-me-me Aries Moon three times in 2019 — just like Bibi Netanyahu.  The first hit was Feb 23rd; the second and third are scheduled for July 8th and November 23rd. Saturn is also squaring Trudeau’s natal Uranus, putting a control on matters of freedom and innovation, especially with respect to cooperation and colleagues. Adding to the potential for upsets/revelations: transiting Uranus (surprises and innovations, for better or worse) challenging Venus, the ruler of his Midheaven (career status). Exact dates: May 9th, November 23rd and early 2020. Offering a measure of potential protection: transiting Jupiter returning to its place in his natal chart, with three exact hits this year (Feb 22, May 29 and Oct 19th) before meeting up with his Capricorn Sun on December 18th. The next federal election will be held in Canada…by October 19th. Could be lucky for him.

UPDATE: on POTUS. When Jupiter is active in the horoscope, it suggests expansion, for better or worse. Could be expansion of a tumor or ego to the point of overconfidence and braggadocio (downside potential), or could be just plain luck (upside potential). As you know, transiting Jupiter is making the first of a series of three hits to his Sag Moon (the need to have his opinion respected), his Gemini Sun (the energy for diverse, intense and entertaining communication) and his Sun/Moon midpoint (a key measurement is assessing the state of one’s potential in relationships).

Today, Jupiter is exactly square the latter, suggesting a time of considerable support. How apt that he’s speaking among friends today, at the annual CPAC conference (presented by the American Conservative Union).  How apt that he delivered his address on today’s disruptive clash between the Moon and Uranus, exact at 1:47 PM ET. If you watch the address, you’ll see why that’s apt. Astrology is amazing. The first range of Jupiter transits is happening between February 19th and March 11th; the second occurs between May 11th and May 31st; the third happens between October 17 – 30th. These are periods where we can anticipate expansive expression and action.

Meanwhile, other patterns suggesting streamlining, controls and breakdowns are also operating, but they involve slower-moving planets. Patterns involving slow-moving planets evolve over a period of years, not days. And here I would be thinking of transiting Pluto, planet of breakdown and empowerment almost-exactly-but-not-quite opposing Saturn (structure, karma, authority, control). I’d argue that this pattern is reflected in the intense power squeeze he now faces, with Democrats now in charge of the House. But Pluto will turn retrograde on April 25th, suggesting a likely lessening of the pressure for several months. The first exact hit does not happen until early 2020.

Finally, a shocking truth  (Uranus) about an American aesthetic choice (Venus): “Wiped out: how America’s love of luxury toilet paper is destroying Canadian forests.”   The article names some of the most destructive brands, meaning I’ll be returning the 30 rolls I bought at Costco last weekend, accompanied by a copy of that article. Did you know that toilet paper is Costco’s best-selling product?  Let’s do our part  to save Canada!

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Monday 2/25/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Oscars Wrap; Mercury Retrograde Alert

Good Morning!

The work week begins with a long void of course Moon in Scorpio, starting at 7:14 AM ET and ending at 4:19 PM ET. If you are new to this forecast and not familiar with the term Moon void, here’s a handy link. Basically, a Moon void suggests a higher than usual probability of flakes and twists that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. There can be an unusual lack of focus, which is why you dumped cold water over your coffee beans and then realized you forgot to grind them. Stick to routine tasks; don’t get carried away by a crisis, as those “emergencies” have a strange way of vaporizing once the Moon engages in the next sign. If you sleep in late, no worries. If you cancel an appointment — or someone cancels on you, chill.

When the Moon enters Sagittarius at 4:19 PM ET, see if you notice how the mood lightens. A Sag Moon has an opinion to express, the bigger the better. It will drive the energy of the day through Wednesday with a need for optimism and boundary-pushing. Get out in nature. Take in a foreign film, or just play tourist in your usual ‘hood. The rest of the week goes like this:

  • TUESDAY — Third Quarter Moon exact at 6:28 AM ET, as the Pisces Moon is squared by the Sag Moon. Challenges and advances on the New Moon agenda for this cycle are in order. You’ll feel it more personally if you have a planet or angle around 7 degrees of Pisces, Sag, Gemini or Virgo. The evening may be dreamy or confusing, suggested by a challenging contact between the Moon and Neptune.
  • WEDNESDAY — An exuberant or exaggerated start to the day, courtesy of a meet-up between the Moon and Jupiter, which seeks to expand whatever it touches, for better or worse. The day may end with a clash of opinion/communication, suggested by a square between the Moon and Mercury, exact at 8:10 PM ET. A cooperative contact between the Sun (leaders, willpower) and Mars (action, courage, aggression) is in effect all week, exact at 9:33 PM ET. It will color the summit between The Donald and Kim Jong-un, scheduled for today and tomorrow in Hanoi. Meanwhile, Michael Cohen is scheduled to testify before the House — in an open hearing.
  • THURSDAY — after a Moon void of less than an hour, Moon enters Capricorn, looking to translate high-flying opinions into concrete accomplishments. Time to take care of business for the next couple of days, assisted by a proactive Moon making supportive contacts with Uranus (innovation), Mars (action) and the Sun. What could go wrong?
  • FRIDAY — what could go “wrong” — if only in a surprising or unconventional expression, is a potential disruption in social expression and values. This is suggested by a tense pattern between Venus and rebel Uranus, exact at 7:31 AM ET. This is not a “bad” pattern; it merely suggests that what will pull our focus includes unconventional attractions and rebellious expressions — most notably in matters related to women, money, art and technology. It’s in effect all week. At 11:45 AM ET, Venus leaves social-climbing Capricorn for “who’s yer buddy” Aquarius. Social expression becomes less strategic, more inclusive — until March 27th. If you’re an Aquarius, your popularity may see a spike over the next few weeks. Huzzah. The rest of the day on Friday includes a sobering meet-up between the Moon and Saturn at 1:23 PM ET, followed by the Moon’s weekly emotional power play/catharsis as it meets up with Pluto at 10:48 PM ET. Another interesting late afternoon news dump…
  • SATURDAYMoon enters Aquarius at 2:06 PM ET, after a 20 minute void — no biggies. Moon squares Uranus at 1:47 PM ET, delivering a potential flash of recognition or shock to the system. A friendly meet-up between Venus and the Moon at 5:03 PM ET sets the mood for your Saturday night date.  You are free to shop all weekend — unless you’re shopping for electronics and other mechanical devices. That’s because Mercury will turn retrograde next TUESDAY, MARCH 5TH at 1:19 PM ET, as any Avid Reader who ordered my Really Useful Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide Bookmark will know (yes, I still have plenty available — email me for details). BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS AND GIZMOS NOW. Mercury will be retrograde until March 28th — I will be reminding you again later this week.

And now, the post-Oscar news.

Did you watch? I thought the production design was oh-so Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces: deep, dark colors, not too fussy, except for the truckloads of Swarovski crystals (thank you, Neptune in Pisces). The red carpet fashions reflected as much, with the added unconventional shock reflecting a supercharged Venus (aesthestics) with Pluto, Uranus and more. The streamlined no-host approach worked just fine, with a notably diverse line-up of presenters.

Barbra Streisand’s presentation of BlackkKlansman‘s Best Picture nomination surprised many, but should not have surprised Avid Readers, who were advised last year that Ms. Streisand is on a roll that continues at least through 2019. So stay tuned. “Shallow” won Best Original Song and Lady Gaga‘s “supernaturally intimate” duet with Bradley Cooper was anything but. Lady Gaga is an Aries with Moon in Scorpio, doncha’ know; nothing shallow about her. Bradley Cooper is a Capricorn with Moon in Libra; according to this proposed birth time, transiting Pluto is all over that Libra Moon this year; that can be emotionally intense and empowering.

Glenn Close pulled focus in a 42-pound gold dress made of over 3 million glass beads (so perfect for her Leo Ascendant) — and then attracted further attention by not taking home an Oscar. Spike Lee pulled focus with his excited reaction to winning for Best Adapted Screenplay, an attention-grabbing acceptance speech and his subsequent diss of Green Book, which won for Best Picture. In this Moon void “much ado about nothing” day, his speech continues to be talked about, by some reflecting the nasty and vindictive side of Scorpio. So here is what Spike Lee actually said:

The word today is “irony.” The date, the 24th. The month, February, which also happens to be the shortest month of the year, which also happens to be Black History month. The year, 2019. The year, 1619. History. Her story. 1619. 2019. 400 years.

Four hundred years. Our ancestors were stolen from Mother Africa and bought to Jamestown, Virginia, enslaved. Our ancestors worked the land from can’t see in the morning to can’t see at night. My grandmother, [inaudible], who lived to be 100 years young, who was a Spelman College graduate even though her mother was a slave. My grandmother who saved 50 years of social security checks to put her first grandchild — she called me Spikie-poo — she put me through Morehouse College and N.Y.U. grad film. N.Y.U.!

Before the world tonight, I give praise to our ancestors who have built this country into what it is today along with the genocide of its native people. We all connect with our ancestors. We will have love and wisdom regained, we will regain our humanity. It will be a powerful moment. The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing! You know I had to get that in there.

Spike Lee was born on March 20, 1957 in Atlanta. We do not have a birth time, and I’m kicking myself for not asking when I saw him at a screening earlier this year (not that he would have told me). If he was born before 10:50 AM, he is a Pisces driven by a Scorpio Moon. If born between 10:50 AM ET and 4 PM ET, he is a Pisces, driven by a Sagittarius Moon. If born after 4:25 PM ET, he is an Aries, driven by a Sagittarius Moon. What do you think?  He was dressed head to toe in purple last night; that should give us a hint.  This is what astrologers do in their spare time…

We do not have a birth time for Olivia Colman, whose Best Actress win was a surprise to many who felt Glenn Close was long overdue. Here are 20 things you did not know about her, and the quirkiness is certainly seen in Ms. Colman’s horoscope (Venus square Uranus; probably Moon opposing Uranus, too). How fascinating to see is that her Saturn (structure, control) at 28 Gemini exactly squares Ms. Close’s 28 Pisces Sun. Yep, that aspect can put a damper on a relationship…

What’s going on in your relationships — with your children, your boss, your sister or any other significant other? Astrology is a powerful tool for helping you understand the connections (or lack thereof), and what you can do to facilitate communication and harmony between you. Here’s the 411.

 

Saturday & Sunday 2/23/2019: Oscar Musings; More on Chiron in Aries

As anticipated, Friday was a busy news day. The quest for fairness and balance in relationships  — reflected by the Libra Moon — had to juggle multiple heavy hits — into the late evening.  If last night was your date night, emotions were likely to be exceptionally intense, for better or for worse.

On SATURDAY, the intensity continues as the Moon plunges into Scorpio, ending the chatter and replacing it with a need for depth and control. The morning may begin with a jolt, as the Moon opposes rebel Uranus. Investigative dirt and/or persuasive talk is likely to be on the agenda, given the first of three sextiles between Mercury and corruption-exposing Pluto, exact at 12:15 PM ET. A clash between the Moon and Mars at 10:12 PM ET heightens the potential for a notable outburst of expression.

SUNDAY‘s patterns are not as jarring. A harmony between the Moon and Neptune facilitates artsy expression. A sextile between the Moon and Saturn at 5:21 PM ET is the last exact aspect of the day, and it’s arguably subdued.

This is the backdrop for the Oscars — and it’s nowhere near as glitzy as the planetary backdrop of Oscars past. There won’t even be a host. I anticipate that the Oscar will go to whichever films and players best express the energy of Scorpio, combined with wounded healer Chiron.  Spike Lee may be a Pisces with Moon in Scorpio (we do not have an exact birth time); Glenn Close has the Sun at the end of Pisces; Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a Pisces with Moon in Scorpio (a documentary about her is up for an Oscar).  I will be surprised if there are tons of big laughs or gaffes, other than the wry/self-deprecating humor we might expect from a trio of planets in Capricorn: Venus, Saturn and Pluto. These are the cosmic times in which we live. The famous Vanity Fair party, once the hottest and glitziest Oscar soiree, is now described as “a week-long corporate branding palooza.” Yeah, that’s that trio of planets in corporate Capricorn, too.  And if there was any doubt about the zeitgeist of these next couple of days, this morning when I returned to the draft of this forecast, I saw this: Stanley Donen, Director of Mirthful Musicals, Dead at 94.

I will watch the Oscars and I will miss Billy Crystal. You? Here’s how he opened the show in 1998. How times change. As they will change and change again.  Fortunately, we can use astrology as a guide.

Whatever happens on Sunday, the Scorpio Moon goes void on MONDAY at 7:14 AM ET, getting the work week off to a wandering start and a possible twist, flake or a “much ado about nothing” crisis. We can all heave a sigh of relief at 4:19 PM ET, when the Moon vaults into high-flying Sagittarius.

And now, the news.

What did I say about Friday?

Mental Mercury in spacey/intuitive Pisces makes its first of three squares to a high-functioning Jupiter in Sagittarius. Watch the news for potential boondoggles in courts, publishing, academia, opinions. At 10:49 PM ET, Venus meets up with Pluto in Capricorn; the suggestion is power plays and catharses in matters of women, money, aesthetics and values. I expect a sobering hit around lunchtime, as Moon squares Saturn, followed by the intensity of the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto at 9:51 PM ET…watch the late afternoon news dump.

Right. Boondoggles. And add “sports” to the keywords associated with Jupiter in Sagittarius.

Meanwhile…

All week I’ve been thinking about what I wrote in the last post about Chiron entering Aries: “It’s time to focus on healing toxic aggression, masculinity and leaders — all associated with Aries.” The day after that was posted, Barack Obama made news when he advised men “to avoid toxic masculine behavior.” His horoscope was triggered by Chiron entering Aries, as it made contact with his Venus (values and social expression; how and what we love) at 0 Cancer, a cardinal sign. Coincidence or conspiracy?

In other news, and on a similar theme:

And while we’re on the subject: “The deadly truth about a world built for men — from car crashes to stab vests.” Thank the good folks at The Guardian for publishing this provocative thought:

When broadcaster Sandi Toksvig was studying anthropology at university, one of her female professors held up a photograph of an antler bone with 28 markings on it. “This,” said the professor, “is alleged to be man’s first attempt at a calendar.” Toksvig and her fellow students looked at the bone in admiration. “Tell me,” the professor continued, “what man needs to know when 28 days have passed? I suspect that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.”

How intriguing to consider that first markers of time may have been female.

In other news…

This is a story some have said should really be front and center, cutting through the clutter of salacious headlines. Pluto refers to power (nuclear and otherwise); Mercury in touch with Pluto, combined with other patterns, suggests corruption exposed. Did you know that The Donald’s administration has been secretly negotiating to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia? The proposed deal may well be illegal.

Hmm…it seems we should have some guidelines for managing toxicity. Here’s some expert advice for choosing a perfume or cologne that’s just right for you.  Here are the “new household rules” for what needs to be cleaned and how often.  And finally, here is the iconic mirthful scene from the musical Singin’ in the Rain.  Cue Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, directed by Stanley Donen now, please.

And if that’s not enough fun for you, here’s the classic Hollywood musical mash-up, set to Uptown Funk.

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Tuesday 2/19/2019: Sneak Peek at a Short Work Week; Chiron in Aries

…and off we go again! I hope those of you who had a day off yesterday enjoyed a lovely long weekend, sponsored by the Moon in party-hearty Leo. The Leo Moon went void this morning at 8:51 AM ET and entered Virgo at 9:47 AM ET. Time to get organized, incorporating whatever illumination is received in the wake of the SuperDuperSuperFullMoon at 0 degrees of Virgo, exact at 10:54 AM ET. What does that suggest?

The Supermoon component of the Full Moon means that the Moon is looming large in the sky. Why? Because it’s the closest it’s gonna get to Earth in 2019. The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are “a public market” (for the Sun at 0 Pisces) and “a man’s head” (for the Moon at 0 Virgo). Sabian Sage Blain Bovee suggests we apply this pair with a mind to “the distinguishing marks of individual and public character” …how an individual may leave a mark on the market…or how a market may determine the value of a person or thing.

The notion of character is echoed by the Full Moon’s conjunction with the Fixed Star Regulus, which is all about honor, integrity and the promise of success if vengeance is not taken. Any horoscope that was affected by the Big Fat Total Solar Eclipse of August 2017 may be activated in the wake of this Full Moon. In the chart for the Full Moon, we see Venus (money, women, art, values) about to meet up with Pluto (power, transformation). Venus in contact with Pluto (and next week, Uranus) suggests volatility in the marketplace, so watch for some interesting news later this week. Echoing that potential, please refer to Tarot Diva Beth Owls Daughter’s Card of the Week, in which her bottom line forecast is: “follow the money.”

Our analysis of this Full Moon’s potential would not be complete without noting that it falls within a degree of The Donald’s 29 Leo Ascendant...and within a degree of Michael Cohen‘s 1 degree Virgo Sun. Roger Stone‘s Sun is 4 Virgo. Watch the headlines.

Let’s now talk about what happened over the past couple of days, and then look at the rest of the week.

  • MONDAY: A sobering “women of steel” meet-up of Venus and Saturn in Capricorn, exact at 5:52 AM ET. If you have a planet or angle around 16 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn, your horoscope was more affected than most. At 6:04 PM ET, the Sun left Aquarius and entered Pisces. Here’s the 411:

Happy birthday to your favorite fishies! Pisces is a sensitive, intuitive energy that at its best expresses compassion and loving kindness for everyone and everything, in its understanding that we are all One.  Being such a sensitive soul is not always easy. Pisces has been known to wallow in suffering. It can go to extremes of surrender in order to escape life’s hard knocks, drowning its sorrows in the nearest rose-colored glass. Pisces is ruled by Neptune, a dreamy energy that can be challenging to integrate, but oh what sublime creative visions it can bring to life, when effectively channeled.

Pisces folk born 14-19 days into the sign should chat with Fish born a few days earlier about how spacey life seemed in the past two years. Lots of potential for creativity and soulful questing, though. Pisces folk born 14 – 24 days through the sign may enjoy the expansive potential of transiting Jupiter to their natal Sun now and in the coming months.  Famous Pisces include Kurt Cobain, Drew Barrymore, George Harrison, Dr. Seuss and Albert Einstein. All sensitive, soulful and sublime, in their own magical way.

  • TUESDAY:  Did you note your dreams yesterday and this morning? The first of three mystical, magical or simply bewildering meet-ups between Mercury (how we need to think) and Neptune (dreams and illusions) happened at 1:37 AM ET. This pattern will repeat on March 24th and April 2nd, so let’s see how whatever visions are initiated now are revised — and revised again — on those dates. At 9:39 PM ET, a harmony between Mercury and Saturn will be exact, infusing a dream with hardcore reality. This is also the first of three hits; the second and third happen on March 20 and April 7th.
  • WEDNESDAY: A busy day, as the Virgo Moon connects with six planets — before going void at 8:51 PM ET. Chill overnight; don’t make mountains out of molehills.
  • THURSDAY: Moon enters Libra at 9:17 AM ET, driving the day with a need for people-pleasing, diplomacy and harmony. While there are no bumps in the road for that Libra Moon, note that big big ideas, laced with a powerful emotional overkill may command attention. Why? Because on …
  • FRIDAY: Mental Mercury in spacey/intuitive Pisces makes its first of three squares to a high-functioning Jupiter in Sagittarius. Watch the news for potential boondoggles in courts, publishing, academia, opinions. At 10:49 PM ET, Venus meets up with Pluto in Capricorn; the suggestion is power plays and catharses in matters of women, money, aesthetics and values. I expect a sobering hit around lunchtime, as Moon squares Saturn, followed by the intensity of the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto at 9:51 PM ET…watch the late afternoon news dump.
  • SATURDAY: No big Moon void as Moon leaves Libra at 10:10 AM ET and enters Scorpio 46 minutes later. Investigative dirt and/or persuasive talk is likely to be on the agenda, given the first of three sextiles between Mercury and corruption-exposing Pluto, exact at 9:15 AM ET. The Scorpio need for depth, substance and control continues through SUNDAY.

Meanwhile…we need to backtrack to 4:07 AM ET on MONDAY, when Chiron — a.k.a. the Wounded Healer — re-entered Aries. It did this last April — and then retrograded back into Pisces. Now it’s in Aries until 2027, as I wrote back in April:

Chiron, the Wounded Healer is also pulling focus.  It’s changing signs — from Pisces to Aries. This isn’t a casual visit. Chiron will be in Aries until April of 2027, perhaps offering us an opportunity to repair some of the most disruptive effects that happened during rebel Uranus’s seven-year stay in Aries. Uranus in Aries brought you “me-me-me” to its shockingly self-reliant max: the gig economy, selfies, cars without drivers and drones come to mind. But what does it MEAN to be self-reliant in  a world that feels like it’s falling apart? What’s our connection? Who are we, anyway?

Last week I was a guest on Chris Flisher’s podcast, “The Turning of the Wheel.” Topic: Chiron in Aries. In preparing for the podcast, I was intrigued to re-discover that Chiron spends more time in Aries than any other sign: 8 years. The runner-up is Pisces. Compare that to Chiron’s stay in Libra — which averages less than two years. That means there are way more people on Earth struggling to heal the symbolism of Chiron in Pisces and Aries than any other sign.

Chiron in Pisces — where it’s been since a few days before the 2010 Deep Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico — suggests feeling the pain of despair at being separated from Source — whatever one might call the Divine Creator. In Aries, Chiron suggests the pain of self-denial and inaction. The challenge of Chiron in Aries is to heal the “wounded warrior” (a warrior is what Aries needs to be), through acts of courage and positive self-assertion. It’s time for everyone to stand up and be counted; to put themselves back together after disruptive Uranus has arguably shattered the sense of self while in Aries since 2011. The challenge is to do it with positive energy, not destructive. It’s also time to focus on healing toxic aggression, masculinity and leaders — all associated with Aries.

Chiron was last in Aries between 1968 and 1977, just before it was discovered.  Remember the 70s? They called it “the Me Generation.” Now it’s back…which is good news for astrologers, frankly, since more and more people will be looking for ways to heal a wounded sense of self — and astrology is a fabulous tool for understanding who and why they the way they are. Consult your local astrologer for details.

And now, the news.

Did you know that Chiron is associated with ecology? I was delighted to be reminded of this while doing my homework for last week’s podcast, because it helped me understand why we were seeing so many prominent (Chiron is at the Aries Point) and surprising ecological stories in the news:

Menawhile, take the idealized sense of beauty of Venus in harmony with Neptune. Throw in a regal Moon in Leo. Add the sobriety and limits of Venus with Saturn, and we see three notable obituaries:

UPDATE: Colin Kaepernick’s horoscope in 2019 suggests access to considerable power and resources. Last week he and Eric Reid settled their grievances against the NFL. Kaepernick’s horoscope suggests this is just the beginning of potential windfall opportunities his horoscope suggests he’s likely to receive this year. A contract on a team, perhaps?

UPDATE: it should surprise no one who has been reading this forecast for the past few years that Bernie Sanders declared that he is once again running for president as a Democrat. We anticipated as much back in 2017 and before. So why today? Oh..well…the last hit of transiting Neptune opposing his Virgo Sun, reflecting a need to be a visionary. Plus transiting Pluto supercharging his high-functioning Venus in Libra and Mars in Aries now through 2021. He can’t help but strive to make a persuasive case. Other patterns suggest a need to expand his public outreach…so…he’s back.

In closing, I leave you with an apt headline: “23 most unforgettable last sentences in fiction,” put together by the Washington Post. Yup. Famous last words.

Thank you for reading this forecast. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations. We will have an excellent discussion together — ooh — and here’s the link to that podcast about Chiron in Aries, with gratitude to Turning of the Wheel’s Chris Flisher for having me back as a guest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 2/15/2019 & the Long Weekend: Mars-Uranus in the News; Astrology is Amazing

TGIF!

Moon entered Cancer at 9:03 AM ET, driving the day with a need for emotional, home and homeland security. The Moon cruises with little interference until SATURDAY, when it faces off against Saturn at 12:40 PM ET, followed by its weekly clash with Pluto at 9:39 PM ET. The latter suggests a power grab or emotional catharsis; the former suggests a sober advance or a wet blanket tossed on your initiative by a Designated Authority Figure. There’s no Moon void to deter you from shopping to beautify your cozy home — or seek out any other beautiful escape: music, art, healing, spirit — all suggested by a lovely harmony between Venus and Neptune at 3:45 AM ET on Sunday. Note your dreams.

Moon goes void on SUNDAY at 9:17 AM ET, on its weekly clash with rebel Uranus. Sleep in until 10:21 AM ET, when Moon enters Leo, looking for a place to shine and party. A clash of will might be in your orbit around 1:57 PM ET, as the regal Moon is squared by action hero Mars in stubborn Taurus. My money is on that intractable Mars.

Humanitarianism and equality for all, exemplified in leadership, is facilitated by a harmony between the Sun and Uranus, exact on MONDAY at 2:54 AM ET. That’s on the table all weekend, as is a focused and sobering initiative regarding women, money, art and social expression — reflected by a meet-up between Venus and Saturn in status-seeking, goal-oriented Capricorn.

Monday is a holiday. Happy Presidents’ Day Mattress Sales! There’s no Moon void and emotions will be on the rise, preparing for a Full Moon (another Supermoon!) on TUESDAY morning. Plus, Chiron will be leaving Pisces on MONDAY. What does that mean? I will write more about this in the next forecast, but for now, note that Chiron is associated with ecology and, at the last degree of Pisces it is at the Aries Point, attracting prominence. Until I thought about Chiron, I was puzzled by the news that the Republican-controlled Senate actually passed a bill expanding national parks.

And now, more news.

Astrology is amazing. As anticipated, The Donald responded to triggers in his horoscope and the horoscope of his inauguration with an act of expansive assertion: declaring a national emergency (while also saying that he “didn’t need to do this“) in order to secure funding for his divisive border wall. To recap the patterns we saw coming weeks ago (that totally prepared us):

  • transiting Jupiter conjunct his Sag Moon and toxic South Node and opposing his blah blah blah Gemini Sun, suggesting a need for expansion. Fun fact: this week he was officially declared to be “obese,” another apt reflection of transiting Jupiter;
  • transiting Mars at 0 Taurus, triggering the January total lunar eclipse at 0 Leo-Aquarius, which triggers the 0 Aquarius Sun of The Donald’s inauguration chart. We know there will be action!
  • transiting Sun at 26 Aquarius, opposing The Donald’s regal 26 Leo Mars.

The chart for the announcement of the faux emergency signing appears to have commenced around 11:02 AM ET on 2/15/2019 in DC — my source is an 11:02 AM  tweet from Sarah Sanders with a photo of The Donald signing something — it’s frankly not clear what it was, since at 11:02 AM ET, he was still at a podium talking. Let’s test the time of the Official Announcement, and if it’s workable, patterns suggests that the declaration of a national emergency is ultimately an exercise in futility, but not without a fight. We note these dates for significant action: Feb 23, Mar 22 – Mar 27th; Jul 10-11th — with more to come as the year progresses. Mark your calendars.

Meanwhile…have you noticed that Stephen Colbert now has a segment called “Meanwhile…?” I wonder if anyone on his staff reads this forecast. If so, please note that I’d love to write for that show.

Meanwhile, there was plenty to report reflecting the awesome, daring and disruptive action of Mars (action!) and Uranus (daring!) meeting up at the very very end of Aries (guns, pioneers):

  • After 15 years, the mission of Oppy the Mars rover, is officially declared dead, killed by a duststorm that kicked up last May days after Uranus first entered earthy Taurus.
  • Airbus announced it is ending production of its jumbo plane, the A380.
  • Tech giant Amazon suddenly canceled plans to build a headquarters in New York City, citing citizen backlash. It also paid $0 in federal income tax — for the second year in a row — despite making a profit last year of $11.2 billion.
  • A week ago, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made headlines by publishing emails from lawyers representing AMI, the parent company of the National Enquirer. Bezos says AMI was attempting to blackmail him. He also claims that AMI’s efforts were politically motivated, and that a government agency may have been the source that provided AMI with the photos.
  • Paul Manafort’s plea deal was voided by a judge; Mueller says Manafort breached the deal by repeatedly lying;
  • Former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe — last written about here a year ago — just published a book filled with fascinating and disturbing revelations about his experience with The Donald’s administration; he’ll be interviewed on 60 Minutes this Sunday; it’s been called a “bombshell,” which is true to the spirit of Mars-Uranus…and also with the Mars-Pluto pattern in McCabe’s horoscope — see the link to prior post above. File the Manafort and McCabe news as being in sync with the horoscope for The Donald’s inauguration, along with patterns in their unique horoscope. Manafort was discussed here.
  • Former Massachusetts Republican governor and Libertarian VP candidate William Weld will challenge The Donald for the Republican presidential nomination. Here is his horoscope — with an unconfirmed birth time — no surprise that he is tossing his hat into the ring.
  • “Whistleblower seeks protection after sounding alarm over White House security clearances,” including Jared Kushner’s.
  • “House panel backs bill expanding gun sale background checks” — first initiative from Congress of this kind in eight years. But Google “gun control bill” and you’ll find this is now a hot topic in many state legislatures, too.

Finally, South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg announced the forming of an exploratory committee for a presidential run on January 31st, but not many people noticed. Born on Jan 19, 1982 in South Bend — time unknown — he is the youngest of the contenders. But that Jan 19th birthdate has been experiencing the disruptive buzz of transiting Uranus supercharging a 29 Capricorn Sun. We could expect a breakout. With transiting Mars joining Uranus for the party this week, Buttigieg stopped in to see Stephen Colbert. We can’t tell if he has a Scorpio or Sag Moon — feels like Scorpio — think he has that “Scorpio stare?” If so,  this is a man who needs to be appreciated for his depth and substance. Transits in his horoscope this year and next are similar to Howard Schultz’s. This is a potentially anguished quest — but other patterns in his horoscope suggest staying power. Keep an eye on him in 2024.

What’s going on in your horoscope? When will you toss your hat into the ring? Here’s the 411 on personal consultations and reports.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

Tuesday 2/12/2019: Late Sneak Peek at the Week; Mercury in Pisces; Mars – Uranus; Mars Enters Taurus

Alll-righty then!

Late post to the start of the week, as yesterday I was on the road — heading back to NY from a four-day astrology education conference affectionately known as Hogwarts. This year I taught a couple of classes and expect to teach more at the next conference in March 2020. If you know the basics of astrology, and think it might be fun to turbocharge your understanding in the company of 40 – 50 highly evolved souls, let me know. This year we had 37 at the conference; our meeting room can comfortably accommodate 50 — and that’s our goal for 2020.  Email me for further details!

The work week began with the Moon in steady Taurus, cruising free and clear of bumps in the road, which is why my trip back to NY from DC was made in record time. Today the Moon remains in Taurus, still cruising steadily until the late afternoon, when the Moon squares the Aquarius Sun at 5:26 PM ET, right on The Donald’s 24 Taurus Midheaven and almost on Nancy Pelosi’s 25 Taurus Mars. This is the First Quarter Moon, presenting challenges, opportunities and a need for adjustment to whatever New Moon agenda was set last Monday. Immediately thereafter, Moon goes void…and won’t enter the next sign — Gemini — until 4:32 AM ET on WEDNESDAY. Chill and roll with the twists and flakes. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.

Humming in the background all week — and tonight — is the buzz buzz buzz of a meet-up between Mars (in me me me Aries) and rebel Uranus, exact at 1:19 AM ET on WEDNESDAY. Mars-Uranus patterns suggest bold and innovative actions — sometimes reckless — nearly always exciting. Mars-Uranus refers to space-age technology, and it’s the perfect time for former astronaut Mark Kelly to announce his 2020 run for John McCain’s Arizona Senate seat. Plus, transiting Mercury (communication) in early Pisces has just triggered his natal Sun-Mars conjunction (focused action) in early Pisces, so of course he has something to say.

You are more personally affected by the Mars-Uranus conjunction if you have a planet around 28 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. How are you bouncing off the walls?

I’m keeping an eye on any candidate announcing a campaign run so close to Wednesday’s Mars-Uranus conjunction. Why? Please refer to my analysis of the 116th Congress (the one we have now) compared to the 117th Congress (the one that begins on Jan 3 2021). I am also noting that last night there were two “competing” rallies held in El Paso, Texas. One was held by The Donald, during which he unveiled Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign slogan (Stronger Together) as his own — but not before lying about how many people attended. Actually it was more than just a slogan: “Stronger Together” was the title of a book authored by HRC and Tim Kaine, outlining their “blueprint for America’s future.” The problem with that campaign slogan was timing. Planetary patterns in 2016 did not suggest a need to embrace “in unity there is strength.” In 2020 we will have two highly significant planetary unions: Saturn conjunct Pluto on January 12th, and Jupiter conjunct Saturn on December 21st. People will be looking for ways to come together…though not necessarily on the same side.

Anyhoo…the other rally was held by Beto O’Rourke, who has not yet declared a presidential bid. However, he does share a couple of prominent and potent patterns with senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who did toss her hat into the ring during a blizzard last weekend. Klobuchar is a double Gemini with Sun square Pluto (potent) and Jupiter at the Aries Point; O’Rourke is a Libra with Moon in Taurus; Sun conjunct Pluto and square Jupiter at the Aries Point.  No birth times available for either, so we are limited.

Meanwhile…

On WEDNESDAY at 4:32 AM ET, Moon enters Gemini, seeking to be the most informed person in the room. Moon squares Mercury around 3:36 PM ET; don’t believe everything you hear.

On THURSDAY, the big news is action hero Mars, leaving the race track of Aries (its home sign) for the calmer pastures of Taurus. Stripped of the speed it enjoys while charging through Aries, Mars in Taurus compensates with stubborn, bull-dozing persistence. Mars will be in Taurus until March 31st.  Note your dreams that morning, as Moon squares Neptune at 7:56 AM ET. Afternoon exuberance is suggested by Moon in touch with Jupiter at 3:56 PM ET. Something especially generous and indulgent from your Valentine, perhaps?

On FRIDAY, planetary patterns facilitate cooperation. Moon goes void at 7:48 AM ET and enters Cancer at 9:03 AM ET. That gives us two days to focus on home, family and emotional security concerns. Time for a home-cooked meal or efforts to make your abode a cozier space.  Your beautification efforts will be supported all weekend by a harmony between Venus and Neptune, exact on SUNDAY at 3:45 AM ET. Bring your rose-colored ideals to life; indulge in art, music, etc.

And now, a word about Mercury in Pisces, where it’s been since last Sunday at 5:51 AM ET. Mercury refers to how we need to think. In Pisces, Mercury is not interested in thinking as much as it is interested in feeling and believing. Who cares if it makes no sense? Or if it defies logic and reason? That’s how it FEELS…and that can’t be argued. Just believe!!! It’s gonna be GREAT! Do not say you were not warned when reading the headlines likely to hit the fan in the next TWO MONTHS, especially around February 19th and the last week of March. That’s when Mercury will meet up with dreamweaver Neptune.  Also note that Mercury will be retrograde in Pisces March 5 – 28. On the upside, if you are an artist, visionary, healer or spiritual type, perhaps you can take Mercury in Pisces straight to the bank. On the downside, Mercury-Neptune connection suggest deception, drugs, escapism. Again I’m looking at the last week of March for some far-out actions and statements from the White House. Time will tell.

Here’s one quick “Mars conjunct Uranus in Aries” headline — surprising (Uranus) and involving cars (Mars): “A record 7 million Americans are three months behind on their car payments; a red flag for the economy.” Awwwwww, they even included the color red, which is the color of Mars and Aries. Astrology is amazing.

More news in the next forecast. After being away from the home office for almost a week, I have many client emails to answer. Thanks for your patience — and keep those cards and letters (and emails) coming. I look forward to an excellent discussion about your horoscope — here’s how to contact me.