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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday-Sunday 4/7-10/2016: New Moon in Aries; More Rolling Heads and Warrior Women

Feeling especially charged this morning? Fizzle out as the day progressed?

Between 4:33AM ET and 10:56AM ET, the me-me-me Aries Moon made contact with Saturn, Pluto and Uranus, before going void for the rest of the day on that Me-Without-Compromise Moon-Uranus meet-up. At 7:24AM ET, the new lunar cycle officially began, as the Moon met up with the Aries Sun. Light a candle; make a list and take time to re-set your intentions for the next thirty days.

A New Moon in Aries suggests a need — or an opportunity — to be a courageous, inspiring pioneer and/or warrior, preferably on the side of the angels. At its best, Aries is a champion for the weak and vulnerable. It inspires people to take initiatives and defy the odds…yes, sometimes foolishly, but hey — if Plan A blows up, there’s always a Plan B, a Plan C and D. A true Aries never never never gives up. There is always a tomorrow.

At its worst, well…let’s just say Aries can be utterly self-absorbed and go to disturbing extremes in order to get there FIRST. Wherever, whatever…so long as something gets started. Astrologer Rick Levine — who celebrated his Aries birthday yesterday — aptly describes the Aries strategy for success as “Ready? Fire. Aim!” I like to say that Aries falls down stairs because it is faster than walking. You got a problem with that?

New Moon seeds planted now may be imbued with a strong need for freedom and empowerment, suggested by Moon’s contact with Pluto and Uranus.  They also hold an easy structuring flow, courtesy of the Moon’s early AM contact with Saturn. Also in an easy flow: prominent crusading values and righteous opinion, suggested by Mars in Sagittarius trine to Venus at 2 Aries, at the Aries Point. Want some pixie dust with that? Mars and Neptune have been in a tense pattern for weeks, and the tension continues through May, returning for a last huzzah at the end of August. Your dusted pixies may be fanatical, magical, scandalous, seductive or drunk on their own delusions. It’s we who choose how we will manifest the potential suggested by planetary guideposts. Upside or downside — we decide.

Many astrologers have noted that this New Moon makes contact with Eris, known in mythology as the Goddess of Discord. File this under “increased potential for righteous outrage from those who perceive they haven’t been offered a seat at the table.” Also file it under “bullheaded/intractable  thoughts and communication, potentially running wild,” suggested by Mercury unaspected in Taurus.

In the New Moon chart for Washington DC, we see this Mercury exactly on a 2 degree Taurus Ascendant, with the Sun and Moon exactly squaring an 18 Capricorn Midheaven, atop which sits Pluto at 17 Cap.  There are four planets, plus Chiron, Eris and the South Node in the 12th house. This house traditionally refers to covert concerns, secret enemies, institutions, the self-undoing and issues we bury in the subconscious. Sounds like a lot of behind-the-scenes, backroom power plays which — with that Mercury on the ASC, we should hear about in plodding detail or pixie-dusted spin. Also hidden away in the chart for Washington: Mars and Saturn in the 8th House. Intriguing.

You’re more personally affected by this New Moon if you have a planet or important point at 19 degrees of Cancer, Libra, Capricorn, and especially Aries. Bernie Sanders has Moon at 20 Aries, Mars at 24 Aries and Venus at 23 Libra. The entity that continues to wreak havoc in the Middle East and elsewhere has Sun at 20 Aries, Venus and Eris at 23 Aries and Mars at 22 Aries.  Justin Trudeau has Moon at 18 Aries. Pope Francis has Mars at 20 Libra — and he’ll be making headlines on Friday.

The Sabian Symbol for 19 Aries is “a magic carpet.” Ooh — more pixie dust!  A magic carpet is empowered by something outside conventional norms, transcending the Earth, rising above it. What an interesting perspective you can get by introducing a little levity into your life. Or alternatively, as Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee writes:

Suspending natural laws implies effecting the extraordinary or not appreciating the gravity of the situation….

(cue “Shock Horror Riff” now, please)

Bovee’s  take on this Symbol seem to echo the overall patterns of this New Moon with its breakout, magical or delusional potential. In applying this Symbol in our daily lives, Bovee adds:

Think of magic as the wisdom to know when to stand above the fray; to transcend situations that could lead to bereavement; to ascertain the right moment to touch down.

How interesting that the Sabian Symbol for last month’s New Moon suggested the potential for being swept away by the madding crowd.

On Friday, the Taurus Moon seeks to build and maintain comfort and security — perhaps in ways that are fiercely unique, given Saturday’s meet-up between the Sun and rebel Uranus. The Taurus Moon will be void all day Saturday. Chill and avoid the malls.

Moon buzzes into Gemini at 1:59AM ET on Sunday, clashes with Mars at 4:06PM ET and squares off with nebulous Neptune at 7:59PM ET. Double check your communication channels to make sure what you heard is what was said.

No sleeping in on Monday, as the Moon will not be void in the morning.

And now, the news.

The disruptive Sun-Uranus-Pluto action this week continues to be reflected in rolling heads (the Sun) of state and other bright stars. In the wake of the Panama Papers massive leak, Argentina’s leader now faces an investigation. British PM David Cameron appears to be coming clean. In China, no heads are rolling, but websites posting the leak have been censored. Because if you censor it, that means it didn’t happen.

In Alabama, articles of impeachment were filed against Governor Robert Bentley (R-AL), who is currently mired in a sex scandal amid other questionable actions.  In other news, Thomas O. Staggs, thought to be the likely successor to Disney CEO Robert Iger, was suddenly let go.

Meanwhile, Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy, received the maximum sentence — one year — for conspiring to ignore federal mining safety regulations. This is considered extraordinary, the first time such a high-ranking executive has been found guilty of a workplace safety violation.  You may recall that six years ago, 29 miners were killed in an explosion in one of Massey’s mines.

Venus entering Aries on Tuesday suggested prominent stories of fiery, independent and/or warrior women. I’d heard of Burning Man, but not the Dinah, where this year 20,000 lesbians gathered for a five-day festival in Palm Springs. The fest has been happening since 1991. Meanwhile, the NYT just posted a depressing piece about how Boko Haram is training abducted women to become suicide bombers. Feels like there are shades of Eris, Goddess of Discord in that one.

Discordant women in Indiana are attracting attention nationwide today, as a campaign called Periods for Pence made the home page of the NYT. In response to Governor Mike Pence signing a bill requiring, for instance, that a miscarried or aborted fetus must be now buried or cremated at the woman’s expense, Hoosiers with hoo-has have been peppering the governor’s office with status reports and questions about gynecological concerns. A suit challenging the constitutionality of the law has just been filed.

Meanwhile, in Australia, prominent Venusian themes of sugar, women, money and social graces made headlines in this story about a Gender Gap Bake Sale intended to expose wage disparity, yet exposed something even uglier. Also ugly: a very lengthy expose on sugar itself, arguing that it is poison. What’s interesting about that story — which I’ve heard before — it that it builds on research that was published in the aftermath of the Uranus-Pluto conjunctions of  1965-1966. The research was not well-received, and now another scientist is having a go with research of his own.

That’s it for the news! Have a wonderful Moon in Taurus weekend, indulging in good food, drink and a snuggle with your sweetie. To facilitate your efforts to build material security, here’s how you can stash away some tax-free funds right here in the good ol’ USA. No need to call anyone in Panama.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday & Friday 3/19-20/2015: New Moon & Solar Eclipse in Pisces; Vernal Equinox

The only exact aspect today is a communicative hit between the intuitive Pisces Moon and potent Pluto at 7:11AM ET. With the Sun and Moon in the last degrees of Pisces, we are at the very end of the lunar cycle and the astrological year. In this dark of the Moon, we may feel listless or restless, sensing that there is something new just around the corner. Do not despair.

This dreamy/spacey flow is likely to shift noticeably on Friday, as the Moon and Sun charge into Aries, ready to fire without necessarily taking the time to aim. Let’s talk about the potential of the New Moon first.

A New Moon offers the opportunity to re-set your intentions for the next 30 days.  Make a list; light a candle; plant those seeds. Around the 27th, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to those goals, with appropriate adjustments made. How are our seedlings doing?  Keep on nurturing them, and at the time of the Full Moon (and a potent lunar eclipse) on April 4th,  they may flower. We may receive illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle, either way. If we succeeded, we can consciously release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. After the Third Quarter Moon on April 11th, we can harvest our achievements, then tie up loose ends, compost and get ready to begin another New Moon cycle on April 18th.

The Pisces mantra is I BELIEVE. If you know where 29 degrees of Pisces falls in your horoscope, this is the area of your life where you might consider your long-held beliefs and contemplate a new vision. The New Moon is exact at 5:36AM ET. You’ll have less than an hour to contemplate soulfully during a Moon-void that ends at 6:28AM ET. Then Moon enters me-me-me Aries. The Sun follows suit at 6:45PM ET. Happy Vernal Equinox! Let the action begin! As Aries astrologer Rick Levine says of Aries, “Ready! Fire! Aim!”.

And therein lies the caveat of this potent lunation. Some visions may be acted upon impulsively, perhaps recklessly. Aries energy is RAMbunctious. It is a pioneer and it is a warrior.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is “The Great Stone Face,” which 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 (i)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? In the aftermath of the seventh Uranus-Pluto square, one would hope that the next signpost on this cosmic journey would be something big.  So what does it mean for you?

Wherever this New Moon falls in your horoscope is where you have the opportunity to plant seeds — with greater than the usual potency.  That’s because this New Moon is also a solar eclipse…and it also falls on the Aries Point. If your life is on track, you may reap an abundant harvest. If your life is not on track, this New Moon/Eclipse may call attention to certain flaws, resulting in quite a challenge. So do think carefully about those seeds.

A Solar Eclipse can act like a “bottleneck” of energy. Light flowing from the Sun is temporarily interrupted, focusing attention on that interrupted point, allowing something new and possibly fragile to enter the picture and grow. And here I would be thinking of Michael, the kindhearted policeman in the storybook Make Way for Ducklings, who stopped the flow of traffic on Beacon Street so Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their brood of eight could safely make their way to the Boston Public Garden. Got that?

You are more personally affected by this soulful, potent New Moon/Eclipse f you have a planet or angle around 29 degrees of Virgo, Gemini, Sagittarius and especially Pisces….or in the first few degrees (beginning) of Libra, Cancer, Capricorn and especially Aries.  Several famous people whose horoscopes are affected include Jill Abramson, Glenn Close, Harvey Weinstein, Spike Lee, Holly Hunter, Brent Scowcroft and Bruce Willis; they were all born on the 19th or 20th of March.

And now, the news.

Right after I posted the forecast on Tuesday, a massive solar storm hit Earth, disrupting the status quo and lighting up the skies of both hemispheres.  Wow! Other status quo disruptions: a campaign has begun to put a woman on the face of the $20 bill — who would you nominate? The target launch date is 2020 — sounds about right.

Meanwhile…first it was Walmart, and now Target has announced it will raise its minimum wage. I predict this trend will continue. Did you know that the first minimum wage law happened in 1933, during  the last Uranus-Pluto square cycle? It was ruled unconstitutional, but after a few years of chaos, it was reinstated in 1938.

Elsewhere, a rebellious Greece defied the EC by moving ahead with measures that would offer food stamps to the poor. In Israel, many were surprised that Prime Minister Netanyahu won his bid for re-election so “decisively”. The win does support a projected career boost this fall, suggested by his horoscope (and noted in a prior forecast). In Tunisia, anti-terrorism rallies are being held in response to a massacre at an art museum yesterday, in which a number of foreign tourists were killed.

Yesterday’s exact meet-up between Mercury and Neptune suggested a focus on spirits of all kinds and illusion. Exhibit A: a bit-coin “exit scam” whose perpetrators  made off with $12 million. Exhibit B: the effectiveness of “faith-based” Alcoholics Anonymous (another product of the last Uranus-Pluto square in the 1930s) is called into question, as the program itself is called “irrational”. Exhibit C: in Napa, a murder-suicide over an investment gone wrong — in a vineyard — is making headlines.

In a follow-up to one of Tuesday’s stories: Atlantic reporter David A. Graham attempted to make sense of the bewildering reality of the “dude” known as Al Gore now being “like the planet, getting hotter by the hour”. Dear David A. Graham,  do give me a call, and I will explain what’s going on in Mr. Gore’s horoscope (or just read my Tuesday forecast, dude).

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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday – Sunday 11/26-30/2014: Happy Thanksgiving!

After a potentially restless night, the enterprising Capricorn Moon is supported by a cooperative flow of mindset, communication and structure until it goes void at 10:30AM ET. Go with the flow; roll with the twists and flakes (snow!) that may detour your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Thank you, unpredictable East Coast storm.

Moon re-engages at 2:23PM ET, when it enters humanitarian Aquarius, a sign whose friendliness and tolerance for the unconventional and the fringe is echoed by a harmonious connection between Venus in righteous Sagittarius and rebel Uranus in crusading Aries at 7:22PM ET.  Perhaps your usual Thanksgiving celebration will deviate from the norm? Go ahead and add a few new things to the menu. Chat up the perfect stranger you’re stranded with at the airport.

There’s a dreamy/bewildering haze over it all today, as nebulous Neptune in intuitive Pisces squares the opinionated Sagittarius Sun. Watch for idealized visions and things not being as they really seem to be. Here’s what was in the news on another Sun-Neptune square, which happens four times a year. Peace!

The Aquarius Moon continues through Thanksgiving Day, with easy connections to loving Venus and Uranus suggesting a noticeable lack of the usual family tensions for most of the day. Huzzah! One shift you may also notice occurs at 9:26PM ET, when Mercury, planet of communication, leaves heavy Scorpio for high-flying, opinionated Sagittarius. See if the conversations become more righteous as the evening progresses.

On Black Friday, an early face-off between expansive Jupiter and the Moon at 4:16AM ET suggests overindulgence and/or optimism, leading up to an ambitious reach  or wet blanket smackdown from restrictive Saturn at 12:14PM ET. That’s when the Aquarius Moon goes void for five hours, and you have no business doing any shopping at the malls. Try it out for yourself and see if purchases made during voids do not prove to be nearly as useful as you thought they would be.

At 5:03PM ET on Friday, Moon shifts gear into empathetic Pisces, and quickly squares off with mental Mercury at 7:03PM ET, suggesting the potential for a fleeting spat or communication snarl.  Said spat may be related to your New Moon agenda, as several hours later at 5:06AM ET, we’ll see the First Quarter Moon, which suggests a challenge to whatever seeds were sown last week. This is a better day for shopping than Friday, as there is no void to space you out. However, you may be inclined to spend more on Saturday than you would on Sunday, courtesy of a socially indulgent square between Venus and the Moon at 9:26PM ET.

Sunday is an intriguing mix. The Pisces Moon continues, stabilized by an easy connection to disciplined Saturn at 3:47PM ET. Then the Moon wanders off into the void, suggesting potential detours in your travel plans until it charges into Aries at 8:14PM ET. Aries is feisty and proactive. It falls down stairs because its faster than walking. Astrologer Rick Levine likes to say that the Aries mantra is “Ready. Fire. Aim!” — and he would know, since he’s an Aries. And given the visionary (upside) and/or befuddled/delusional (downside) potential of a challenge between mental Mercury and Neptune at 11:27PM ET, we may see more than the usual happenings of impulsive or misfired actions as a result of muddled or “out there” thoughts and communication. On the plus side, if you’re an artist, healer or spiritual type, you may find yourself quite inspired.

And now, the news.

The grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed teenager Mike Brown six times (and killing him) after a provocative encounter,  sparked protests all over the country.  The decision was announced at 8:25PM ET on November 24th and looking at the chart for that event time, we instantly see the potential for disruptive outrage. Uranus and Pluto are on the angles of the chart; the Capricorn Moon is about to clash with both. Warrior Mars is running wild (and thus pulling focus) and is also on an angle in the chart (translation: aggression in your face). There’s more, but you get the idea. Fascinating.

That being said, the failure to bring Officer Wilson to trial was received by many as heavy, heavy news, reflecting the depressing, intense, controlling mindset suggested by yesterday’s exact Mercury-Saturn conjunction in Scorpio.  And it also motivated one creative, despairing soul to produce a mock-up of the New York Times front page that then made the rounds on Twitter and Facebook. Do NOT NOT NOT NOT look at it if profane language might offend you. I offer it only as an example of the potential of planetary patterns — astonishingly brought to life.

Earlier this week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was asked to resign. Mr. Hagel was criticized for coming across as “tentative” in his presentation, which is reflected in the Sun-Neptune in Libra conjunction in his horoscope (Oct 4 1946 North Platte NE — no birth time known). Sun-Neptune aspects tend to diffuse and/or confuse. Barack Obama has a Sun-Neptune square in his horoscope. Even he has had a difficult time figuring out who he is — and there are plenty today who would argue that we still do not know what he’s all about. What’s heavy about Mr. Hagel’s resignation is that presumably his replacement will be even heavier.

So let’s end with some lighter stories, shall we? For there is much to be thankful for and worthy of celebration. First, the annual study of the Happiest Countries in the World is out — and the U.S. is nowhere near the top. That’s heavy, but perhaps we can learn something useful by examining the operating models of countries that now rank higher. That’s a happy thought, yes?

Second, here’s a story reflecting some of the typical traits of Sagittarius: adventurous, animal-loving, international, righteous, generous, optimistic. It hit the news on the Sagittarius New Moon. A Swedish team of athletes were on an extreme trek in Ecuador. One athlete tossed a meatball at a hungry stray dog, and that dog followed them for the rest of their journey — even going so far as to swim alongside them they were crossing by kayak. This story has a very happy ending — and lots of pictures, too.

Enjoy — count your blessings — and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am thankful to you for reading this forecast and further supporting these efforts by sharing it with your friends. Gratitude!

P.S. — Yes, I am working this Sunday, should you find yourself in need of further astro-logical insights on your own unique horoscope. Especially if you have planets or angles around 12 degrees of Aries, Capricorn, Libra and Cancer. Those with planets around 22 and 29 Scorpio, Taurus, Leo and Aquarius, you are also in the hot seat — and how are you planning to handle it?