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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday & Wednesday 3/17-18/2015: The Seventh Uranus-Pluto Square

Top o’ the Morning to you!

Any day that starts with a link to a song performed by the Muppets can’t be all bad, right? The Moon is in quirky, off-beat Aquarius, and at 7:23AM ET, an easy flow of  innovation and wackiness could have been yours, thanks to a communicative connection to Uranus. If it’s unconventional and unique, Aquarius is likely all for it, especially if it bucks the system. For instance, today’s St.Patrick’s Day Parade in New York marks the first time an openly gay group will officially march. This disruption of the status quo is sure to have someone’s knickers in a twist. Deal with it.

Meanwhile, we’re also under the delusional/visionary/rose-colored spell of that meet-up between Mercury and Neptune (exact tomorrow) that I mentioned yesterday. Take note of your dreams.

The only other exact pattern today is an energetic contact between the Moon and assertive Mars at 2:18PM ET. Given that the Moon also goes void at that time, said energy may well dissipate with a sigh, or find itself challenged by its efforts to move forward in a straight line.

Well, it is St. Patrick’s Day you know….and Venus (social expression, values, women) has just entered Taurus, an eat (meat and potatoes), drink (green beer) and be merry sign if there ever was one. Your indulgences tonight are likely to be of little or no consequence.

Get it off your desk by 2:18PM ET and take some time to chill. Moon enters Pisces at 6:58AM ET on Wednesday — looks like more dreaminess tomorrow night.

And now, the news.

Rose-colored Mercury-Neptune alignments can also refer to music, so how cool is it that the NYT just posted a debate about last week’s ground-breaking copyright ruling about a song called (wait for it)  — “Blurred Lines”. Add the “news from underground” potential of the Uranus-Pluto square, and marvel that in Spain, the remains of Cervantes (author of Don Quixote) have been found. Cue “The Impossible Dream” now, please (with Peter O’Toole & Sophia Loren, no less — now that’s dreamy).

For more ground-breaking news about idealism, check out this new study that disrupts most — and perhaps all — prior studies that consistently proved that conservatives are happier than liberals. Researchers explained this difference in emotional well-being as a reflection of the cliched bleeding-heart liberal tendency to empathize more with the pain and suffering of decimated bee colonies and starving baby sea lions (and fellow human beings); thus, they are miserable.

What makes this new study so ground-breaking? Instead of asking conservatives and liberals how happy they were (and assuming the response was accurate), the researchers measured happiness as expressed in actual behavior. Here is the Editor’s Summary from Science magazine:

Be mindful of a self-reported gap.

Happiness is a notoriously hard to pin down quantity possibly best described by the phrase, “I know it when I see it.” Self-reported ratings of happiness are generally higher for political conservatives in the United States than for those with more liberal leanings. Wojcik et al. examined three data sets based on behavioral measures, such as tweets and smiles. Despite self-reported claims to the contrary, liberals exhibited more happiness than their more conservative counterparts. For instance, as judged from their photographs on a business-oriented social network, more employees of the New York Times smiled genuinely than did those of the Wall Street Journal.

The study observes that conservatives seem to have a need for something the scientists call “self-enhancement,” which sounds very Mercury-Neptune (with some me-me-me Aries accents) to me. You may recall my post on Feb 25th about the prominence of Mercury and Neptune (and Aries) in the horoscopes of Brian Williams, Robert MacDonald and Bill O’Reilly, who all recently made headlines for enhancing themselves just a wee bit.

More ground-breaking shifts, ’cause in the wake of the seventh Uranus-Pluto square, the Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About, this is what we’re expecting. How about this: “Circular Thinking: Stonehenge’s Origin is Subject of a New Theory”, or “Researchers May Have Solved Origin-Of-Life Conundrum”  (score another one for Science magazine).

More status quo-disrupting stories include massive protests in Brazil, and (potentially) today’s election in Israel. Will Netanyahu prevail? Meanwhile, there’s a ton to report about  in the US, as its horoscope is directly affected by Uranus and Pluto, as avid readers of this forecast know well. There’s also a strong Neptune influence, suggesting a collective bewildering identity crisis.

Today my efforts to write cogently about specifics are being distracted by stories such as Oklahoma state legislators who have moved forward on a bill that would “take the state out of the marriage business,” meaning you’d have to be married by a pastor or other church official because gay people. Or that in the US Congress, the confirmation of Lorretta Lynch as our next Attorney General is being held hostage because insanity, and the House has just introduced a budget proposal that would privatize Medicare, etc., etc. because happy. From a planetary perspective, let the record show that Medicare was created in the mid-60s, on the Uranus-Pluto conjunction.  Isn’t that interesting? We could expect further developments on that initiative during the square.

Last but not least — and in fact, ultimately — climate change. It occurred to me a few years ago that this issue was one of the two big wake-up calls the Uranus-Pluto square would reflect. The other wake-up call is about power and resources: who has ’em; who doesn’t. But let’s stick with climate change for now, because with other exact Uranus-Pluto hits, I was expecting to see headlines reflecting the crystallization of this awareness.

Thus in Vanuatu, a category 5 cyclone that devastated the island over the weekend was blamed on climate change. In Los Angeles, it’s been close to 100 degrees (in March!), and a NASA scientist projects that California has just one year’s supply of water left. Avid readers will recall that Neptune’s ingress into Pisces suggested that water — and the lack thereof — would likely become an urgent concern. Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that “the melting of Antarctica…has just gotten worse.”

All of this would be expected at this time. But then there was…oh, the timing, the timing — of this NYT piece   — in sync with the seventh Uranus-Pluto square. Lo and behold, it is an update on one of the biggest driving forces of climate change awareness…..Al Gore. Amazing…really, dear readers, why is this article being published now?

And guess what? He’s changed (so the article says). He’s a vegan. He’s feeling “optimistic”. He’s invested heavily in — and profited greatly from — green technologies. He cites a whole bunch of stuff about the awe-inspiring speed with which these innovative technologies are being implemented, suggesting “a sharp break with the past, not a slow evolution”. As in, just like that.

All of this means, he adds, that the worst effects of climate change can be blunted. “We’ve got a lot of work to do,” he says. “We’re going to win this.” He pauses and repeats for effect, part preacher and part TED talk. “We’re going to win this.”

Mr. Gore is an Aries — born with the energy to inspire, to lead, to be a pioneer. His  11 degree Aries Sun is opposed by Neptune, which suggests a visionary energy that not everyone might find credible. His Moon is in practical, enterprising, earthy make-it-happen Capricorn (same as fellow Aries David Letterman). Mr Gore has a Leo Ascendant that some might find a tad proud and overbearing, especially with three powerhouse planets contained within it: Pluto, Saturn and Mars (power, authority/discipline and drive). This is gravitas!

Mr. Gore’s Sun-Neptune opposition has recently wrapped a two-year cycle of empowerment and transformation thanks to Uranus and Pluto. Interesting that he became a vegan two years ago. His Libra Midheaven (career/public status) is about to be just barely conjoined by Uranus this summer…and again full-on in 2016. Fresh starts and other changes of direction, in career, family foundation/home concerns, public outreach and partnership could be expected.

Hmm…and now that I’m looking at it, this summer and 2016 will likely be a year of big change for Mr. Letterman, too. I think I’ve noted that in a prior forecast.

Since this forecast is being posted so late today — here’s your forecast for tomorrow (Wednesday). Note your dreams in the AM. Be mindful of an ambitious reach or wet blanket around 2:47PM ET, when the sensitive Pisces Moon is challenged by Saturn in righteous Sagittarius. Have a dreamy evening playing with spirits and other rarefied intangibles (art, music, healing, vision), when Moon meets up with Mercury and Neptune.

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P.S. — This just in — yesterday a major solar storm hit our home planet, which might “pull the Northern Lights south”. Well that would be an extraordinary  disruption of the status quo….

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 6/17/2014: Blinded By the Light

…still a noticeable uptick in the sirens wailing through the neighborhood…who needs an alarm clock anymore?

I’ve got last weekend’s volatile/forceful Mars-Pluto square on my mind this morning. If you recall this was the third and last challenge between these two planets since Mars has been in Libra for what now seems like forever. The first challenge was at the end of the December; the second was during April’s Cardinal Grand Cross, in which the reality of climate change reached a tipping point. The third in a series of planetary patterns drives the point home, much as the third act of a play. And there was President Obama delivering a commencement address in which climate change deniers were openly mocked. What a difference a year makes. Not that this will stop said climate change deniers from filing lawsuits that attempt to block sustainable energy objectives, said one of the deniers, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (at a press conference with three other state governor-deniers).

Which brings me to a discussion of idealism, suggested by mental Mercury hooking up with the Sun on Thursday — in Gemini. Traditional astrologers use the term “combust” to describe a planet that is so close to the Sun (ego drive) that it blinded by (the ego’s) light. With Mercury, which refers to how we need to think, there’s a challenge seeing the forest for the trees. Which can be expressed as idealism.

So naturally I had to look up Bobby Jindal’s horoscope for suggestions of an idealistic mindset, and immediately noticed Mercury and Venus (social expression) opposed by Jupiter and Neptune. Jupiter-Neptune aspects suggest a need for spirituality and/or faith, and this would color his mindset and social expression in rose — big time. But wait – there’s more: stern Saturn is also hooked up with Venus, suggesting a reserved, chilly and/or controlled (controlling?) influence in matters relating to women, art and money. Color that black! There’s a contradiction here — so the question is, how might this be expressed by the person bringing the horoscope to life?

Currently Jindal’s natal Mercury at 6 Gemini is being challenged by nebulous Neptune (now retrograde at 7 Pisces).  He’s been wearing a super-deluxe pair of rose-colored glasses for months, and will continue to do so into 2015. On the plus side, Neptune-Mercury transits suggest vision, spirituality and creativity; on the down side, they suggest fantasy and delusion. Bobby Jindal also made headlines on Thursday when he signed two bills restricting information and access to reproductive health care  in a church, because that’s where the Founding Fathers intended for legislative bills to be signed. The bill restricting information reads: “no individual or organization that performs elective abortion or its affiliates may provide instruction or materials in public elementary and secondary schools or in charter schools that receive state funding.” In other words, no free speech for certain people, despite the First Amendment. A few days later, Jindal gave a speech in Ohio and said, “I’m here to tell you one of the most important fights we have is to stand up for our First Amendment religious liberty rights.”

So that’s an example of how contradictory patterns in a horoscope may be expressed…and in this case, under the influence of a potentially bewildering Neptune period of influence.

What I really meant to share today was a bit about Neptune retrograde — which happened last week — and which appears to have turned up in Beth Owlsdaughter’s always-engaging Tarot Card of the Week. Because over the weekend I found myself turning inward for inspiration and guidance, which is what is suggested during Neptune — and Mercury — retrogrades. I was drawn to RE-read Dr. Eben Alexander’s marvelous book, Proof Of Heaven — because I was tired of reading all the headlines about wars, violence and bickering about freedom, climate change and so forth. I wrote about Proof of Heaven last year — oddly enough, in a post that also mentions Beth Owlsdaughter. Here’s an excerpt; the whole post is worth re-reading, if I do say so myself:

Astrology can identify the potential for great good or evil suggested by a planetary pattern. We can surmise reasons why someone with a disconnected consciousness might choose evil over good. What astrology doesn’t do is answer the bewildering question of WHY anyone who allegedly has a soul and consciousness, as all humans presumably do, has the option of inflicting such damage and pain.  Why is there evil in the world?

As it turns out, over the weekend I happened to read Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander. Dr. Alexander was in a coma for seven days and had an amazing out-of-body experience that transformed his life — and just might transform yours, should you read the book.  And in the book the question of why there is evil in the world was addressed. And the answer was something like this.  Evil exists in places where beings with souls and consciousness are learning the lessons of free will. Earth is one such place. If evil were not an option, we would not be able to make choices and thus learn the lessons required in the laboratory called Planet Earth. There is relatively little evil in the Universe compared to the amount of good, and this is very, very good. And there is probably far more good on this planet than evil — though there have been times where one wonders

What I found especially helpful reading this book for the second time was the reminder that this life we experience on Earth is maya — illusion (see the Tarot Card of the Week for more).  Things are not as they seem to be…and in reality, everything is much better than we think. So while we’re living this illusion, we are well-advised to make the best of it. Don’t worry, be happy, etc. Seriously.

I also was delighted to re-read this quote, attributed to Isaac Singer:

We must believe in free will. We have no choice.

Dr. Alexander has a new book coming out this fall…

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