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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 7/22/2013: Sneak Peek at the Week; Full Moon in Aquarius

A week of wobbles, fits and starts, with increased volatility as we get closer to the weekend…carrying over to next week. Ready? Here goes:

Driving the energy of the day is an enterprising Capricorn Moon, just dying to get down to business, as it was likely able to do as of 2:39PM Saturday through 11:53AM Sunday. But then…with a sigh…all that drive may have felt like it went into neutral, as the Moon went void of course, where it will continue to drift until 2:07PM ET. And yet…

…the need for exuberant action reaches a crest at 3:35AM ET on Monday, reflected by aggressive Mars and expansive Jupiter meeting up. How will you blow off steam? Adding to the need for release is the Moon waxing full (exact at 2:15PM ET) — and yes, as you may have heard, it is a SuperMoon (the last one of 2013), suggesting an increased likelihood of seismic shifts and intense weather patterns. And over the weekend we’ve seen crazy storms in Michigan and earthquakes making headlines — in China and New Zealand –  just for starters. Coincidence or conspiracy?

But before we get to this afternoon’s Full Moon, we must also contend with three planetary shifts that challenge our sense of equilibrium. First, Mercury is now direct, as of 2:22PM ET Saturday. Huzzah! As Mercury retraces its steps, until August 5th we’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover errors in thinking and communication made during the June 26th-July 20th retrograde. Be patient — especially with today’s Moon void — in all matters of communication and transportation.

Second, as of 8:41AM ET, loving Venus leaves sunny Leo for prissy Virgo. In matters of love, art, women, gone is the regal drama queen; enter the prissy school marm, demanding we have our I’s dotted and our T’s crossed. Form may become more important than content in social expression — something to consider in overtures and negotiations. And all this week, this perfection-seeking social energy is challenged by the rose-colored fog of nebulous Neptune, suggesting that the beauty we seek may be an ideal (don’t worry, reality will likely hit by Saturday).

Third, the Sun leaves watery Cancer for fiery Leo, where it is very much at home. The Sun in Leo is born to shine — and help others shine, too. But before you mail the party invitations, consider that stern Saturn is poised to fling a wet blanket on the festivities when it squares the Sun on Saturday the 27th — but not without howls of stubborn protest between now and then. Demands for cuts and discipline on the one hand; outrage expressed on the other, with the howling protestors screaming bloody murder. Or at the very least, putting on tremendous displays of persuasive effort. You’ll feel the pinch or ambitious push of Saturn squaring the Sun more than most if you have a planet or angle at 4-6 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius — or if you were born around the 27th of July, October, January or April.

OK, so: Mercury direct; Venus and Sun changing signs — all in effect today. Things may feel wobbly, exacerbated by waxing emotions of the Full Moon. Meanwhile, the volatility I’m seeing for later this week and into next is suggested by aggressive Mars and expansive Jupiter engaging with the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square. Somewhere, somehow we’re likely to see more than the usual power struggles and “if it bleeds, it leads” headlines, including accidents. Watch for news from underground and tech breakthroughs, too (See? There’s always an upside). In your own personal world you are advised to count to ten before you fly off the handle, especially if you have a planet or angle between 8 and 13 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn; or if you were born up to five days after the 29th of March, June, September and December. Even if you’re not throwing your toys out of the pram, others around you might be. Choose your battles with care. Consult the previous link for helpful strategies.  On the plus side? If you are grounded and clear about your plan to achieve greater emotional/homeland security, you’ll likely find the energy to push through boundaries successfully.

With the Full Moon in Aquarius we see the potential for illumination and/or conflict between the  for personal recognition/glory (Leo Sun) vs. the need of the collective (Aquarius Moon). The Sabian Symbols are: for the Sun at 1 degree of Leo — “a case of apoplexy”; for the Moon at 1 Aquarius — “an old adobe mission”.  And once again, Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee’s wonderful book offers a meaningful interpretation. Given the strong volatility suggested by this week’s planetary patterns, the “case of apoplexy” is remarkable. “To be apoplectic refers to any effusion of blood into an organ or tissue…sudden fits of rage or embarrassment”. Sounds pretty Mars-Uranus-Pluto to me. What about “the adobe mission”? Bovee describes it as “a sun-baked building erected for a specific purpose or cause in a foreign territory…imagine the fervor of someone whose deep beliefs motivate a journey to foreign, even hostile places”. Fascinating.

In the aftermath of this Full Moon, we are advised to watch for “focused enthusiasm eager to broadcast self-evident, universal truths…an intense desire to burst out of the mold; dramatic outsets of fever, feverish expression or fervent belief…watch especially for creating circumstances in which the unexpected can strike”.  It’s as if the germinating seed (the Sabian Symbol for this lunar cycle’s New Moon on July 8th) has taken root; now we can watch as the message is disseminated. You’ll see this theme manifest on more personally for you if you have a planet or angle around 1 degree of Leo or Aquarius…or if you were born around the 22nd of July or January.

At 10:02PM ET we can expect a dose of reality or ambitious reach to hit as the stubborn Aquarius Moon, seeking social significance, is challenged by the equally stubborn Saturn in “pay what you owe” Scorpio.

Your Moon voids for the week — and there are a lot of them. All this planetary activity…and plenty of rest time so we can assimilate the action without our circuits blowing…we hope. Avoid initiating projects, important meetings, signing contracts and major purchases during these times…and roll with the twists that are sure to crop up. Chill, chill, chill!

Monday until 2:07PM ET;

Tuesday 10:01AM ET until WEDNESDAY 2:22PM ET;

Thursday 2:43PM ET until FRIDAY at 5:29PM ET;

Saturday at 10:19PM ET until 12:43AM ET on MONDAY the 29th

For those of you keeping track of Angel Numbers, this is the third time since July 4th that we’ve had a cosmic event at 2:22 — the meaning of which can be found here — reassuring, isn’t it?

Will do a news re-cap in the next forecast — meanwhile, here’s an item that will be excellent fodder at the water-cooler. It’s called “Why Men Need Women” — and it’s currently the most emailed story on the NYT website. Keep it in mind when I post the next batch of headlines — mostly about resources and/or the lack thereof. Stay tuned…

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 6/26/2013: Mercury Retrograde; Ain’t it Grand?

This should be interesting. Moon in unconventional Aquarius goes void of course at 9:08AM ET, on a smooth connection from Mars in glib, multi-tasking Gemini, where it can excel at killing two birds with one stone. At that same moment, mental Mercury, planet of mindset, communication, travel and electronic gizmos, goes retrograde at 24 Cancer, possibly screwing up said communications whilst giving us a chance to review whatever plans we’ve thought out since the last retrograde in February. And yet…

…the other pattern of note today is a Grand Water Trine among stern Saturn in nitty-gritty Scorpio, empathic, dreamy Neptune in soulful Pisces and fueled by the Sun in home-and-family Cancer. This is a powerful pattern that facilitates solid structures based on genuine insight and compassion, which leaves me cautiously optimistic that the two decisions on marriage equality we are expecting from the Supreme Court will declare DOMA unconstitutional and leave California’s currently-dead Prop. 8 on a slab in the morgue…even though it may allow states to decide what level of  consciousness– evolved or unevolved –  they would like their laws to reflect. Here is helpful legal analysis of the two cases that are being decided today. My sense of caution is because of the Moon being void of course, a condition often reflected by upsets, surprise twists and victories in favor of the underdog, but also actions that end up being of no consequence. In your own personal world, you’ll be more impacted by the stabilizing energy of the Grand Water Trine if you have a planet or angle around 4-5 degrees of any sign.

The Sabian Symbol for Mercury retrograde at 24 Cancer seems daunting at first: “a woman and two men on a bit of sunlit land facing south.”  Huh? Thank goodness Blain Bovee wrote a book to help us figure this out. This is an image of a classic love triangle, suggesting that a choice between two perhaps worthy but different options must be made. The “sunlit land” is the issue highlighted that must be decided. For general tips on how to handle Mercury retrograde, a condition many curse when they really shouldn’t, please look here.

In other news, it was fascinating to note the slap in the face to 50 years of civil rights was handed down by the Supremes on that stern “wet blanket” Saturn-Moon square I wrote about yesterday. After the decision was announced, I could not help but think of the 2005 Citigroup memo on plutonomy  and wonder if there might be a connection…Mercury in Cancer does love a good conspiracy theory….but if you’ve never heard of this document, it’s a page-turner. Meanwhile…not only is Texas fast-tracking its shiny new voter-ID law (see link above), but it’s also preparing to execute its 500th inmate on Death Row. It won’t, however, be closing all but five of its abortion clinics — at least not today –  thanks to a nearly 13-hour filibuster by one pioneering rebel (how very Uranus in Aries) against the Establishment. You’ll want to keep an eye on Wendy Davis, whose stubborn and determined Mars-Saturn opposition squaring her Taurus Sun is not to be messed with. Peace out.

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 11/13/2012: New Moon in Scorpio

That restless, listless feeling of anticipation is the last several hours of a “dead” Moon in Scorpio, waiting to be reborn at 5:08PM ET, along with a total solar eclipse. Those (choose one or more) spacy, visionary, dreamy, delusional, surreal thoughts and communications you may be having  are courtesy of mental Mercury being challenged by nebulous Neptune. And underscoring it all is the potential for deep research into some subjects that may be unsavory, like the continued outpouring of detail on the Petraeus affair or this fascinating piece on new technology that is shedding light on homicide cases that have been cold for decades. Some may find this depth intriguing; others may find it unsettling.

The New Moon and a potent total solar eclipse is very exciting if you live in Australia, where there hasn’t been a total eclipse seen in over a decade. Conventional wisdom holds that wherever the eclipse is visible is where the greatest effects can be expected, lasting the number of years that the eclipse is long in hours. This particular eclipse will last just over three hours, so we can expect its effects to last just over three years. Just keep an eye on 22 degrees of Scorpio….and note where that degree falls in your horoscope. And keep an eye on Australia, “ground zero” of this month’s eclipse.

Eclipses act as “bottlenecks” of energy. Light flowing from the Sun or Moon is temporarily interrupted, focusing attention on the interrupted point and 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.

Of course while traffic is stopped, it’s also backing up…which causes frustration. And when it flows again, it’s possible that some drivers may hit the gas a little too hard — and wham! — there’s a sudden release of the bottlenecked energy.  If you have a planet or point at the degree of an exceptionally potent eclipse, you are more susceptible. And here I would be thinking of Rupert Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks and (former) Congressman Anthony Weiner, who all have a major point or planet at 11 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and/or Sagittarius, which was impacted by the June 2011 eclipse at 11 Gemini. Or Mitt Romney, whose 1 Gemini Ascendant was conjoined by the solar eclipse in May 2012.  Might they have been feeling a bit “eclipsed” in the past year or so?

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon at 22 Scorpio is “hunters starting out for ducks”…and as always, we turn to Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee for inspiration and interpretation. Hunters, Bovee notes, are on a mission…tracking down their quarry…usually camouflaged, but ready to kill. While the goal is focused, the execution may be a little broad, for unlike other rifle-slinging predators, duck hunters are not known for their precision. Much better to throw a bunch of stuff up at the wall and see what sticks. Whatever works!

For better or for worse, we may see some extremely crafty schemes planted and/or brought to light in this lunar cycle…and when 22 degrees of Scorpio is triggered over the course of the next few years. In your own personal world, this is a challenge to to develop your own crafty scheme by taking the high road, not the low road. It is also a challenge to hunt down something that is real, not a delusion.  Remember Scorpio’s potential for honor and integrity, act accordingly and aim high. Additionally, Bovee advises us to watch out for “troubleshooters; a willingness to get in the line of fire and help the helpless; hunting for new ways to deal with situations.”

Speaking of new approaches, I noted two in recent days, and both of which involve Occupy Wall Street. They’ve been rather camouflaged in the last year, but perhaps no less focused on their goals. Hmmm. Anyway, here in New York, OWS has morphed into Occupy Sandy, providing effective relief to those struggling to recover from this month’s devastating hurricane. Turns out that the weeks spent camping in an urban plaza in a loosely organized community provided OWS with excellent training for thinking outside the box and getting things done.

OWS also has a new, creative approach to managing debt. With Saturn in Scorpio, debt is one of the Big Things that Must Be Addressed in the next two and half years. No more kicking the can down the road — just take a look at what’s going on in Europe, not to mention this talk of “going off a fiscal cliff” here in the United States. So what is this creative OWS approach? It’s called Rolling Jubilee. As an experiment, it bought $14,000 worth of debt for a measly $500. Then, instead of going after the debtors to collect more than $500 (and get a return on its investment), OWS forgave the debt. Poof!

Debt problem solved? I don’t know, but the project is running full speed ahead. It made me think of that $5 million in pocket change Donald Trump “offered” to give to charity…or the $6 billion that was allegedly spent on elections last year. What if that money were used to forgive 28 times as much debt? I wrote an email to economist Paul Krugman, asking for his opinion. I haven’t heard back, but as usual, someone at The Guardian has weighed in…and he thinks it’s a brilliant idea.

Your New Moon mission, should you choose to accept, is to have a mission that is focused, inspired and creatively executed. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.


Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 10/26/2012 & The Weekend

Oh man, what a day it was on Thursday — so many heavy stories in the news and from out in the field of our own personal worlds.  We’ll do the recap in a bit, but let’s look at Friday (today) first.

The dreamy– and often vulnerable — Pisces Moon continues on course until 11:04AM ET, when it goes void until 3:31PM ET. Empathy and compassion for all who suffer; the the ability to see ourselves in each other; the intuition that flows from understanding this connection; and the melancholy that results when such depth of feeling can not be communicated (for lack of words or a receptive audience) — these are some Piscean possibilities. Will ye sink or will ye swim?

With the timing of today’s void-of-course Moon, suggesting a natural break in our efforts to move forward in a straight line, East Coasters could plan an especially long lunch hour. West Coasters could show up late at the office, but be prepared for the dynamic shift in tone when the Moon enters Aries at 3:31PM ET/12:31PM PT. Moon in Aries is impulsive, impatient and needs to get there first. Aries energy also moves fast, and let the record show this Moon is waxing full, suggesting a build up of energy that will find its release as we approach 3:49PM on Monday the 29th.

Late Friday/early Saturday suggests the usual jolt, disruption or emotional power play we have been experiencing in the first few hours of every Moon in Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn for the past several months.Why? Because these Moon make challenging contact with the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square that is the dominant planetary pattern from 2011-2016 (and covered extensively throughout this forecast). If you are looking for a cause, excitement or a physical release, this is good weekend for you. Not only do we have the Moon waxing full in Aries, but also aggressive Mars (which rules Aries) is in opinionated Sagittarius, about to oppose expansive Jupiter in (hot air) Gemini exact on Sunday at 8:56AM ET. This pattern, suggesting exaggeration — or boundaries pushed –  in thought, words and deeds, has been keenly expressed all week in numerous headlines and — oh, look, is that a big hurricane heading our way? Yes, it is — if you live in the Caribbean or the East Coast of the United States.

On Saturday the Aries Moon goes void at 9:32PM ET and does not enter Taurus until 2:15AM ET 0n Monday. This suggests the edge may be taken off the threat of said hurricane, as actions that occur during voids tend to be of no consequence. It does not diminish the potential for much sound and fury, however; i.e., plenty of worry about a crisis that is not as dire as anticipated, albeit with surprise twists before finally blowing over. I am more concerned about Monday being a time of dealing with tangible fallout from this storm. And after typing that last sentence, I went to the National Hurricane Center’s tracking page for Hurricane Sandy (a.k.a. “Frankenstorm”), and currently Sandy is expected to land in North Carolina/Virginia around 8AM on Monday.

Too much to cover on the shifting patterns we will see going into next week, so I will save those thoughts for the next forecast. Let’s talk about the stunning headlines we saw during yesterday’s Sun-Saturn conjunction in Scorpio, which was anticipated to reflect heavy themes of focus and loss. Sex, death and money — that is the domain of Scorpio — and in our society, any of our attitudes, obsessions, fantasies and fears on these subjects are hidden away. Saturn in Scorpio suggests we are forced to confront these beliefs — and take responsibility for the consequences that follow, no matter how ghoulish they may be. Saturn in Scorpio adds fuel to the purifying fire of Pluto in Capricorn (2008-2024), which continues to expose corruption in hallowed institutions that then will likely be transformed or torn down. Add to this mix the power of one person to disrupt an entire system, suggested by rebel Uranus in me-me-me Aries, and you may conclude (correctly) that resistance is futile. We will have plenty of opportunities to confront our dark side over the next two to three years. Trick or treat!

The Sabian Symbol for yesterday’s Sun-Saturn conjunction at 2 Scorpio is “a broken bottle and spilled perfume”. Our go-to Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee has much to say about this symbol, described as “an accidental release of essence that permeates the air…in a way that is not easy to dispel”.

Imagine a situation that appears to flow along easily when, after a mounting of pressure, something disturbs the atmosphere. Sitting beside a woman on a bus who is wearing a powerful perfume might stir up uncomfortable feelings…perhaps the woman drops her perfume bottle, releasing an overwhelming stench and causing friction to mount such that something has to give. One may have to suddenly get off the bus.

Two ghoulish stories hit the news yesterday, in neighborhoods that could arguably be called utterly boring and bourgeois. One involved the arrest of a 28 year old police officer — married, with a baby girl — and his alleged conspiracy so evil and twisted some are calling him the “Cannibal Cop”. The other involves the arrest of a nanny (currently in a medically induced coma) who killed two of the young children in her care before apparently attempting to kill herself.

In China, the New York Times has been blocked after it ran a story about the billions mysteriously accumulated by the family of one of China’s ruling elite in the 14 years since he rose to power. Now why would China want to hide a story like that, hmm? Meanwhile, across the Pond another scandal that “threatens to become a political crisis” is brewing, as inquiring minds demand to know why the BBC apparently did nothing to stop a popular TV host from sexually abusing boys and girls over the course of 40 years. In Brazil, corruption in its infrastructure was exposed yesterday during a power outage that left 53 million people in the dark. In Italy, judgement was pronounced on Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister. He is going to jail for tax fraud. And in Japan, a “firebrand” politician has quit his post as governor of Tokyo and vows to form a new political party. And finally, as a follow-up to an earlier story this week about Mitt Romney’s now-disputed testimony in a friend’s nasty divorce case, the court files have now been unsealed. Did I leave anything out? Why yes, I did. This baby walrus is adapting to his new life in Brooklyn after being rescued from certain death in Alaska. He is really cute. And serves as a reminder that of all that is good and light in the world, even on days when it feels like darkness has the upper hand.

Next week, by special request, I promise to write about the intriguing horoscope of Lance Armstrong.

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 4/20/2012 & the Weekend: New Moon in Taurus

Well, dear Reader…after two hours of carefully crafting a splendid New Moon forecast, I hit “publish” in WordPress, and damned if my work didn’t go flying into oblivion — a first! I’m dedicated to my craft — and to you, dear Reader — so obviously I am going to re-create the forecast. I am also going to extend an invitation: if you appreciate these forecasts and wish to make a donation (via PayPal) as an expression of your appreciation, it would be accepted with much gratitude. The email is Who wants to make my day?

On this last day of the lunar cycle, wrap it all up by 3:35PM ET, when the Moon goes void of course with a sigh…and a potentially sobering challenge from an authority figure or some other wet blanket. Moon in feisty, me-me-me Aries does not enjoy challenges from authority figures; it really cramps the Aries independent, self-reliant style. Will the markets close down? We shall see. Meanwhile, if you have a major initiative to launch, definitely wait until after the New Moon on Saturday.  TGIF…

Chill on Friday evening; Moon enters Taurus just after midnight on Saturday and is born again at 3:18AM ET. You can stay up late or wake up early to meditate, light a candle and set your intentions for what promises to be an especially fertile lunar cycle. What inspiration will hit you around 5:25AM ET (note your dreams)? The rest of Saturday offers energy and practical resources — don’t waste a minute of it.

Sunday offers more inspiration and an easy communication of intangibles: spirit, music, feelings, healing — and yes, dreams again, courtesy of nebulous Neptune casting a rosy-pink glow on the light of the Sun. Moon goes void at 1:10PM ET on an uplifting connection to Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy. Indulge your senses: good food, wine, women/men and song…perhaps continuing into late morning on Monday. Moon won’t enter Gemini until 1:05PM ET. You could probably sleep in without consequence.

Also of note on Sunday: a brilliant hook-up between mental Mercury and rebel Uranus, the third of a series we’ve experienced since March 5th. Watch for potential breakthroughs in technology, aviation, outer space — and maybe even astrology.

Meanwhile, there’s a lot to love about the New Moon at 1 degree of Taurus. If Aries is the spark that generates an idea, Taurus takes that idea and gives it form.  Now is the time to implement the strategy you planned during Mars retrograde (Jan. 23rd – Apr. 13th). You know, the strategy that hit you like the voice that whispered in Field of Dreams, “If you build it, he will come”. In the movie, “he” was baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson. You can substitute “he” for the reward of your choice.

In the New Moon chart, we see the Sun and Moon in harmony with action-oriented Mars — still in perfectionist Virgo — and resourceful Pluto. This is excellent for planting seeds that actually grow. Need a spark? The aforementioned hook-up between mental Mercury and rebel Uranus together in Aries suggests innovative, revolutionary ideas are inspiring the action. How about a vision? Nebulous Neptune in a supportive connection to the New Moon suggests the potential for channeled dreams to become real. And if you’re a wizard, a fanatic or a showman, Neptune opposing Mars offers the pixie dust to really razzle-dazzle ‘em.

Also in the chart: Venus (women, art, money, beauty) running wild in glib Gemini; Jupiter (reward, luck, expansion, bombast) running wild in possession-fixated Taurus. A grand good time can be had by all…with the caveat of having way too much of a good thing. Like those Secret Service agents consorting with prostitutes in Colombia  or that government agency bingeing in Vegas with your tax dollars  Credit the Neptune-Mars opposition (scandal) and the relentless square between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries for bringing this corruption of hallowed government institutions to light. And expect more of the same in a headline near you…

Getting back to the New Moon and what it means for you: wherever 1 degree of Taurus falls in your horoscope is an area primed for planting those seeds. I challenge you to do the work required to make those seeds grow. Sure, you can spend this time rolling in the meadow, smelling the flowers. But if that’s all you do this month, you could be missing out on a prime opportunity.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “an electrical storm”. As always, we consult Blain Bovee’s wonderful book on Sabian Symbols for details: “…an image of an arousing natural event that crackles with illumination while disturbing the atmosphere…the aha! experience…sudden, blinding; a discharge of energy that often brings about a change and release from a stagnant situation…” Are you ready? Go!

Whew! Done — for the second time in one night. Whaddaya think? Did I earn that caffe latte?

To be continued…

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 4/6/2012: Full Moon in Libra

The Full Moon in Libra, exact at 3:19PM ET, is the only exact aspect of the day. It suggests that needs of the individual vs. the needs of relationship at up for illumination and/or release. If you know where 18 degrees of Libra and Aries fall in your horoscope, that is the area of your own personal world where you can expect illumination, release or an interesting development.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon is 18 Libra is “two men placed under arrest” opposing the Sun at 18 Aries (Sabian Symbol: “an empty hammock”). I am intrigued by these two symbols, given what stories the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon on March 22nd suggested would capture our attention in the headlines during this cycle (one of them was Trayvon Martin — feel free to review the New Moon forecast).

Keywords for the Full Moon symbols include, according to Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee: taking a time out, bending the pillars of law, values, mores; operating outside the law/rules in an innovative or slightly defiant way; a story with holes in it; a story that hangs on one or two points; a story told from opposing sides; an arresting beauty (!), or some other decision or event that brings activity to a halt”.

We’ll see how these keywords play out in the headlines through the end of this lunar cycle. If you don’t know what a Sabian Symbol is, check out this link:  And if you find the symbols as intriguing as I do, check out Blain Bovee’s most excellent reference book, The Sabian Symbols and Astrological Analysis. If you’re a student of astrology, you’ll love it!

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 2/7/2012: Full Moon in Leo — Rowwwrr!

Review yesterday’s forecast for notes on the innovative and/or idealistic notions that may spring up around you today. Look for advances in technology, humanitarian service and /or news from the cosmos, suggested by the exact hook-up between Sun and mental Mercury exact at 4:30AM ET.

Saturn reverses course in Libra at 9:03AM ET, suggesting we’ll have opportunities to review and restructure issues of fairness, justice and equality in relationship until October 6th, when Saturn enters Scorpio. Look what we’ve managed to accomplish so far in the US during the last year and some months of Saturn in Libra: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is now history, and the rites/rights of marriage are — slowly, but surely — being made more inclusive. Not to mention the issues of economic equality being brought forward by forces such as OWS (though I see OWS and other revolutionary movements around the world as a reflection of the tension between the outer planets, Uranus and Pluto, in addition to Saturn in Libra).

And then there’s the Full Moon in Leo, exact at 4:54PM ET, bringing ego needs to the surface (conflicting, perhaps, with the need of the “group”),  along with all the drama queens it can carry with it. Remember that if you’re feeling especially dramatic or find yourself surrounded by drama royalty. Emotions can run high and deep, especially with Venus, planet of social expression, ready to drown and/or merge totally at the tail end of Pisces (tomorrow Venus enters me-me-me Aries — not a sign to drown in anything). So be kind to yourself during this high tide of emotions, will you? Have fun with it!

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 19 Leo seems too apropos not to mention (with gratitude to Sabian Symbol Guru Blain Bovee — order his book on Kindle already, if you’re a serious student of astrology). Here it is: a houseboat party. “Imagine a flaming left-wing liberal finding himself at conservative right-wing party on a houseboat. It’s a difficult situation calling for diplomatic and delicate maneuvers so as not to rock the boat.” Point being, that a wise strategy might be to contain your fiery passions, especially if expressing said passions would provoke a heated dispute. Mars is retrograde right now, remember…so while an urge to shift into combat mode might be tempting, the wise grasshopper would consciously choose to cool it, for the sake of the collective. Let’s hope those who have influence in Iran, Israel and the U.S. are listening…





Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 10/26/2011: New Moon in Scorpio

A potent day, with a New Moon exact at 3:56PM ET, at 4 degrees of Scorpio, a deeply emotional sign that needs to seek knowledge for the sake of power and control. Resilient, resourceful, relentless, ruthless — often operating with a passionate agenda kept tightly under wraps, “Scorpios build all the way up to Heaven and all the way down to Hell” (wrote astrologer Linda Goodman), and that’s what makes them so interesting.

The Sabian Symbol for 4 Scorpio is “a youth holding a lighted candle in a devotional ritual”. If you recall the symbol of last month’s New Moon (“a group gathered around a campfire in communion”), then you’re already amazed by how the themes of last month appear to be continued for this month as well, but this time with a clearer focus on spirit –  in an environment more crafted and contained by a society (a candle) than primal and open (a campfire). How does this intensity of spiritual connection function meaningfully in a civilized society? Last month we may have focused on the spark. This month we focus on organizing the spark into something we can get our hands on…literally and figuratively. Oooohhhhh…that’s so deep…and it’s likely to be big …suggested by the New Moon’s challenge from expansive, enthusiastic, philosophical Jupiter. Would it surprise you that my favorite Sabian Symbol guru, Blain Bovee,  writes that one suggested manifestation of 4 Scorpio is “being incensed over poverty”? I could not make this up if I tried…

The chart for the New Moon contains a number of patterns ripe with the potential for release, as we’ll see in the headlines and in your own personal world. I mentioned a few of them earlier this week. Mercury (mind, communication) is hooked up with Venus (social expression, money, beauty, women) in sexy Scorpio…and both planets are challenged by Mars (action, aggression) in drama queen Leo. What does that suggest? First, an idealistic drive for depth and substance in communication suggests an opportunity to investigate and confront issues you might usually prefer to overlook. (Libra might overlook; Scorpio dives right in). This drive may be expressed quite proactively (some may find it overbearing) and may result in dramatic confrontations and/or juicy, messy — but oh-so-creative co-minglings. Take note of romantic prospects encountered at this time — and deal with what comes up in your existing relationships. Face the reality of your investigations fearlessly and be willing to release whatever isn’t working.

Another strong pattern during this cycle is the second trine between ruthless, transformational Pluto in Capricorn (the establishment) and expansive, optimistic Jupiter in Taurus (material security/bliss). The first trine happened on July 7th; the third and final trine happens in March of 2012; and what we can expect to pull focus is a change — or strong efforts to chage –  a personal or collective perspective/philosophy regarding material resources. Back in July 7th, the U.S. Congress was just starting to deal — or not deal — with the U.S. debt “crisis”. So that theme will likely return with a vengeance. Humming in the background of all of this is the status quo-disrupting, resistance-is-futile challenge between rebel Uranus and potent Pluto, a pattern that’ll continue to be reflected in world events for the next few years.

Overall, the potential for a super-productive lunar cycle. Get your plans for world domination off the ground now, especially in light of Mercury going retrograde on November 24th, just in time for the holidays. Of course, when launching really big plans or anticipating potential crises in your own personal world,  it’s helpful to know what’s going on in your own unique horoscope. Consult your local astrologer for details.

Last but not least, a look at headlines reflecting current planetary patterns. Here’s an example of the  worst potential of a sexually-charged Venus in Scorpio challenged by Mars in dominating Leo  is brought to light  Headlines about rethinking resources are everywhere, including China’s approach to water  a major arrest in an insider trading case and Apple takes the initiative in solar energy

Would love to write more, but the New Moon approaches! Must post now! Meanwhile, keep those cards and letters coming…

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday & Wednesday 10/11-12/2011: Full Moon in Aries

We are still moving full speed ahead with Moon in the pioneering, inspirational, faith in miracles sign of Aries, the battering Ram. Said Moon waxes full in one minute as I type this, at 10:05PM ET. Full Moons illuminate and clarify the issues set forth during the New Moon two weeks before. And this New Moon cycle suggested a quickening — possibly breathtaking pace, infused by oxygen finally reaching dormant embers waiting for a spark. With that being said, I’ve re-posted the forecast for the New Moon, all about relationship, belonging, campfires and “Kumbaya”. Well? Has that been in the news or what?  How have themes of belonging manifested in your own personal world? And what illumination does the Full Moon suggest?

More on the Full Moon, but first, tomorrow’s forecast, for those who just can’t wait. Moon continues its hectic pace in Aries all day. Note your dreams upon waking, as nebulous Neptune making contact with Mercury (mind, communication), suggests inspiration to carry you through the day. This softer touch may come in handy as you advance or must respond to whatever issue of gravitas lands in your lap between now and Thursday night, suggested by serious Saturn’s annual meet-up with the Sun (life force).  Moon goes void at  8:08PM ET for and hour and a half. Break time! Then it moves into tactile Taurus, suggesting a chance to eat, drink and get a massage — whatever sensual things make you feel secure and prepare you for the organizing and consolidating to be done on Thursday.

Back to the Full Moon.  I look first to the Sabian Symbols, as interpreted by Blain Bovee. If you’re a serious fan of astrology, just get his book right now on Amazon — you will have a field day reading about every degree of every planet and point in your horoscope. Dane Rudhyar and Marc Edmund Jones have books on the Sabian Symbols, but Bovee’s is so much more accessible in these modern times

For the Moon at 19 Aries opposing the Sun at 19 Libra we find the symbols of “a magic carpet” opposing “a gang of robbers in hiding”. Oooh, this is just so juicy. “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.

“A gang of robbers in hiding”…suggesting a group consciousness with a unique code of honor, working undercover — cloaked, perhaps — as a necessary protection. There are no clearly visible leaders in Occupy Wall Street, the story that has dominated headlines as its ethos spreads to cities across the United States and even London (on Saturday). Isn’t that interesting? Here’s how those gathered on Wall Street are getting things done

Well, fine, you say — how do I apply these symbols to the practical reality of my life? Bovee suggests “a mind to the challenge of maintaining integrity within a compromising social milieu; the right use of cover; creative alternatives to the paths of convention. 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. Watch for helpers in hiding ready to emerge when help is needed; escapism; waiting on the sidelines until one’s influence can be effective.” In your quest for belonging (the New Moon agenda, re-posted below), how have the issues suggested by the Full Moon come into play? Consider this, as you consider buying Blain Bovee’s bodacious book : )

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 8/12/2011 & the Weekend: Full Moon in Aquarius

Moon is still void of course as I write this — and — coincidence or conspiracy? — I see the Republican presidential candidates have scheduled another debate during a void, suggesting mountains made of molehills, unexpected twists, but overall, nothing of consequence. Feels like something — or perhaps someone — is missing here. Time will tell…

Moon entered the humanitarian sign of Aquarius late Thursday night and connects with innovative Uranus, the ruling planet of Aquarius first thing Friday morning. Whatever slings and arrows that were flung over the past few days under the influence of combustible Mars and explosive Pluto, Aquarius hopes to transcend creatively with friendly emotional detachment. What, me worry? The work week ends with an expansive, sometimes expensive connection between Moon and Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy. Given a choice, under promise and over deliver. You may be sorely tempted to do exactly the opposite — and live to regret it.

No void on the weekend! Hit the yard sales and shopping malls. Saturday’s highlight is the Full Moon, still in Aquarius. Under the Full Moon, we see the light of our New Moon agenda. On July 30th, we were asked to follow our bliss and play. Well? What have you learned from this exercise? We were also advised to “look for hotheads, pushovers, Madison Avenue smarts, hidden social agendas; political self-righteousness in disguise,” as suggested by the Sabian Symbol associated with the New Moon. Hmmm…seemed to be a lot of that going around.

The symbols of the Full Moon — 21 Leo and 21 Aquarius are “chickens intoxicated” and “a woman disappointed and disillusioned”. Whoaaaaaa! How does that sum up the much of the headlines over the past two weeks, at least in the Western world? My Sabian Symbol guru, Blain Bovee, suggests we approach this time with “a mind to the intoxicating nature of the spirit; rushing into frenzied excitement of false expectation; dispelling notions of being the chosen one….be alert for youthful, naive illusions; mature and sober perspectives; matters that turn sour; matters that soar beyond inhibitions”.

In your own personal world, you could simply have a rip-roaring time over a weekend filled with good cheer (idealism) and good spirits (intoxicating).  A word of caution during this heady couple of days –  on roads and around sharp machinery, as the volatile energy of Mars, Pluto and Uranus is still quite active.  Note your dreams on Sunday morn; the mood shifts noticeably as Moon enters soulful Pisces, needing to go with the flow, possibly near a body of water…

On Monday, Moon will be void of course all day not to enter Aries until 8:01PM on TUESDAY. Thinking of taking a summer vacation? What a great idea. If you have to work, ship it TODAY, Friday — try not to wait until Monday or Tuesday….