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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday & Thursday 6/17-18/2015: Planting Seeds; Rachel Dolezal, Pope Francis & More…

Up and at ’em. The drive of today’s Cancer Moon is mostly free and clear. It’s also fresh and new. Launch away! Cancer is a nurturing energy which needs to focus on home(land) and family concerns. It is emotional and intuitive, and it will carry us through the end of Thursday.

Between now and then we may see a power play or other catharsis around 9:42PM ET tonight, as the Moon makes its weekly challenge with Pluto. Thursday morning may present a wake-up call or upset to the status quo, as the Moon is challenged by Uranus at 7:24AM ET. Keep planting seeds related to your New Moon projects.

And now, the news.

As noted earlier, the nurturing Cancer Moon is a perfect time for Pope Francis to release his status quo-disrupting statements on climate change. And of course he would publish a major work with transiting Uranus opposing his natal Mars, which rule his 8th and 9th houses, respectively. This is a time for daring initiative, and I said as much back in December.

Did you know he has a degree in chemistry? A pope who is also a scientist — what a concept — and you’d think that all of the howling climate change deniers who are also politicians and avowed Catholics would know that about the leader of their church. Don’t they know how dumb they look when they say stuff like this? Here’s an interesting article about how the archbishop of Miami is planning to incorporate the pope’s encyclical into his sermons.  What do you think? Will things change?

Here is another past post about the pope and his horoscope. This one is pretty darn good, too. Read it  and you’ll appreciate my thoughts on journalism, two paragraphs down.

Themes of nurturing and security are also evident in the headlines buzzing about the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on the Affordable Care Act. Will residents in states that did not create their own health care exchanges lose their federal tax credits and thus be unable to afford their health insurance premiums? If the ruling comes during the Cancer Moon, one would think that security would be preserved. But it does not solve the insurmountable challenge of delivering health care sustainably in a system that is driven by profit, as noted in this article about why some  hospitals mark up costs by 1000%.

Meanwhile, an update on a story that broke in the aftermath of the last Full Moon — the one about laid-off workers at Disneyworld whose jobs were handed over to temporary workers imported from India (but not before the laid-off workers were forced to train their replacements). After the story was published, a senator got involved. And yesterday, 35 Disney employees in New York and Burbank who were facing similar fates were told that their layoffs had been canceled. That’s good news!

Let’s pause for a moment and consider the power of investigative journalism. Now let’s consider that on the home page of the Washington Times, which is one of the two papers Justice Antonin Scalia says he reads (the other is the Wall Street Journal), there is absolutely no mention of this Disney story or the Affordable Care Act or Pope Francis. The top story at the moment is this: Green Berets’ Efforts to Take Down ISIS Undermined by Shoddy US Intelligence. Well, at least they are concerned with homeland security, as we would expect with a Moon in Cancer. Nothing about Pope Francis or those other two stories on the WSJ home page, either. The top story: “Greek Central Bank Sees ‘Uncontrollable Crisis’ If Talks Fail.” Another version of homeland security. “I just LOVE uncontrollable crises in banking!” said no one with Moon in Cancer ever.

Where do you get your news?

Meanwhile, I’ve been thinking a lot about one of the Sabian Symbols for that last Full Moon — “a topsy saucily asserting itself”. There was Caitlyn Jenner looking saucy on the cover of Vanity Fair. And yesterday, there was Rachel Dolezal on Today, asserting her identity as a black woman. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Ms. Dolezal (November 12, 1977 in Montana),  is a Scorpio with Moon in righteously opinionated Sagittarius. We don’t have a birth time, but my money says she was born with that Moon in close contact with visionary/illusionist Neptune, and it may well be under the bewildering spell of a Neptune transit now. She has Mars in regal Leo, of which astrologer Grant Lewi notes, “gets away with murder”.  Do you really want to argue with her? Uh-uh. And would you be surprised to see that rebel and eccentric Uranus is running wild in her chart?  Nope. Nor would you be surprised by a contact between Pluto and the Nodal Axis, suggesting a mother-daughter relationship that is quite the power struggle.

That Pluto-Node pattern is under stress from transiting Pluto through the rest of the year. Ms. Dolezal’s Saturn at 29 Leo just got hit by transiting Saturn at 29 Scorpio. That’s no surprise, either. We’d expect to see challenges to the ambitious reach she would have made about seven years ago, when she had her first Saturn return. A Saturn return can be experienced as a new lease on life. It appears to be about seven years ago that Ms. Dolezal began to alter her appearance, so much that others perceived her as African-American.

That pressure from transiting Saturn won’t subside until this fall, when Saturn makes it back to Sagittarius. In August, Ms. Dolezal’s older brother faces charges of child sexual abuse.

Kinda makes you stop and compare all of the trials and tribulations you have in your life right now. Would you really trade them with someone else?

Meanwhile….

I’m expecting plenty of cosmic breakthroughs between now and next week’s easy alignment between Jupiter and Uranus. Here’s one about

…a lost generation of monster stars that ushered light into the universe after the Big Bang and that jump-started the creation of the elements needed for planets and life before disappearing forever.

Cosmic indeed. Always good to end on a high note…

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 5/17/2011: Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Yesterday a reader asked about the horoscope of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund and once thought to be a serious contender in the next French presidential election. Strauss-Kahn, as much of the free world now knows, was arrested over the weekend (pulled off an Air France jet that was just about to depart JFK) and accused of sexually assaulting a maid in his $3000/night  Sofitel hotel suite. He is being held without bail in a New York City jail.

Regular readers of this forecast know that if someone is in the headlines, there is something going on in the horoscope. What can we expect to see in this one? First, an aspect suggesting PROMINENCE, right? Hmm…that’s probably ruthless Pluto. Second, we might expect to see an aspect that suggests a disruption of the status quo. OK, readers, what might that be? Rebel Uranus, perhaps?

Strauss-Kahn was born April 25, 1949 at 11:10AM in Neuilly sur Seine. What do we see? Would you believe rebel Uranus making an exact connection to DSK’s Moon in me-me-me Aries, suggesting emotional excitement, impulsive, self-indulgent actions. Astrologer Grant Lewi wrote of this aspect over 70 years ago: “this is an eye-opener for the soul, and whatever events come under it will teach you some very important things about yourself and your ideals.” Would you also believe we find ruthless Pluto making a challenging connection to DSK’s Midheaven (which refers to his status in the community), which suggests major life adjustments and changes in perspective .

Other aspects of note: an expansive challenge to DSK’s Sun from Jupiter, no doubt adding to the grand sense of entitlement already suggested by DSK’s Leo Ascendant. We saw a similar relationship between Sun and Jupiter in the horoscope of Raj Rajaratanam. And look — there’s also an obsessive connection between nebulous Neptune and aggressive Mars, which can often suggest inspiration, charisma and/or delusion about one’s own magnetism; we saw this same obsessive/compulsive aspect in the horoscope of Newt Gingrich. Fascinating, eh? In France, there have been reports of an alibi. Stay tuned…

Meanwhile, falling into the “revelations and creative spin” category of headlines anticipated this week, we note the following as of yesterday:  “Japanese Officials Ignored or Concealed Dangers” of seismic activity to nuclear power plants http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/17/world/asia/17japan.html?hp; “Orchestras On Tour: Names Strike a False Note” (e.g., the Dublin Orchestra is actually from Bulgaria) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/17/arts/music/some-foreign-orchestras-offer-misleading-credentials.html?hp; and “Mortgage Lenders Accused of Fraud” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/16/foreclosure-fraud-audit-false-claims-act_n_862686.html  And it’s not even Tuesday.

Full Moon in Scorpio at 7:09AM EST suggests more than the usual emotional intensity. What do you desire? Fish or cut bait. Seriously. You can mull that over for a few hours…until 1:22PM EST while the Moon is void of course, suggesting a twist to your morning routine. You can expect to hear a number of opinions on what should go and what should stay, courtesy of Moon in high-flying Sagittarius, as the day progresses. You may even have a few opinions of your own.