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Tuesday 7/24/2018: Sneak Peek at a Volatile Week; Full Moon/Eclipse; Mercury Retrograde; the Bottom Line

Today is driven by a righteously opinionated Sagittarius Moon. It went void at 4:22 AM ET and won’t enter the next sign — Capricorn — until 5:49 PM ET. Roll with any twists or flakes that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Consider how you may implement the rose-colored potential of this afternoon’s opposition between Venus (money, women, art, social expression) and Neptune (music, surrender, faith, vision) into your wandering.  Double check everything thrice. Why? Because any day with a strong Neptune increases the potential for confusion, not to mention the other patterns happening this week, as I outlined in the forecast last Friday:

  • On WEDNESDAY at 7:34 AM ET, we’ll have a  square between the Leo Sun (leaders, life force, willpower) and Uranus (disruption, technology, seismic activity, aviation, etc.). Already we are feeling the buzz.
  • On THURSDAY at 1:03 AM ET, Mercury goes retrograde at 23 Leo,  suggesting a review of how we need to think about play, showmanship, creative self-expression, regal pronouncements and entitlements. Watch the headlines over the next few weeks for stubborn and grandiose miscommunication. Don’t believe everything you hear! Mercury turns direct on August 19th at 11 Leo. If you have planets between 11 and 23 Leo — and especially on those exact degrees, you are especially affected by this  Mercury retrograde. Regardless of your own unique horoscope, everyone should BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS NOW! Other general guidelines for surviving Mercury retrogrades may be found here.
  • On FRIDAY, an especially assertive/courageous or simply combative opposition between Mars in rebel Aquarius and the regal Leo Sun, exact at 1:14 AM ET
  • On FRIDAY at 4:20 PM ET, a Full Moon/total lunar eclipse at 4 degrees of Aquarius — opposing the Leo Sun. How will we balance the eclectic needs of the collective vs. the birthright of the individual, hmm?
  • The next exact aspect after the eclipse is a harmony between Venus (money, women, art, social expression and value) and Pluto (power, resources) on FRIDAY at 9:22 PM ET. Venus is in Virgo; Pluto is in  Capricorn. These are Earth Signs — concerned with the material world. Virgo seeks discernment, perfection, cooperation, service, process; Capricorn seeks status, achievement, establishment. I zeroed in on this Venus-Pluto trine when reading Beth Owl’s Daughter’s always in sync Tarot Card of the Week. It challenges us to take serious stock of what we value and how we use it. With Uranus now in Taurus (material comfort and security), we see strong potential for disruption in matters we believed were rock solid. When will that start? I am not certain, but I suspect we will have taken notice by mid-2021, with a whiff of things to come around June 2019.

The Sabian Symbols for Thursday’s eclipse echo a need for focus on the material. For the Sun: “rock formations at the edge of a precipice.” Sabian Symbol Guru Blain Bovee notes that these “large, hard stones…may be teetering…on the brink of a deep fall.” For the Moon: “a council of ancestors called to guide.”  Bovee offers a curious interpretation: “Where do you go when you fall asleep? Into the arms of our ancestors.” Lynda Hill, another Sabian Symbol expert, notes the dichotomy here between the material (rocks) and the spiritual (wisdom of the ancestors/those who have gone before). Hmm. So in order to get out of this material predicament  — i.e., of teetering on the brink  — I reckon we need to tune in to the spiritual, which is exactly what is suggested by so many planets — especially Mars and now Mercury — being retrograde at this time.  This notion was reinforced this morning via the musings of another intuitive friend — sound healer Norma Gentile.   On the subject of abundance, she writes:

My guides have shared with me that we are many, many years away from the unity of consciousness that many people seek. They suggest that what we must first do is enter into the sacred versions of male and female within our polarized reality. Then we will take some time to understand the full spectrum of expressive energies that exist between them as well. The Divine Feminine has been awakening throughout our world for many centuries, and it is only now joined by a consciousness awakening of the Sacred Masculine. Spirit can now begin to flow through all aspects of our world that lie within polarity.

The first motion of this Spiritual flow is to reveal the non-sacred versions of masculine and feminine energies in our world to which we have become accustomed. Then as we sense and see the Sacred Masculine and Divine Feminine, we choose which to interact with. This choice is made by each of us as individuals, and our choices influence the percentage of sacred and non-sacred energies continue to express out into our shared world.

And, as we are learning, a simple majority does not make the choice go one way or the other. Only when a Golden Mean (3/5ths) of our world’s population chooses the sacred over the profane version of something can we as a planet move fully past that particular choice point. And so it seems we are in the process of endlessly taking a step forward, and then back. Repeating it over and over again until 3/5ths of all the souls within our world agree on that step forward. Then we begin to tackle the next step.

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Other Moon voids this week: THURSDAY 9:41 AM ET until FRIDAY 6:41 AM ET. Well, that’ll make for an interesting first day of Mercury being retrograde.

And now, the news.

UPDATE: Stormy Daniels was served with divorce papers with transiting Mars exactly squaring her 4 Scorpio Moon. Her Moon co-rules her 7th house of partnership and will be affected by this week’s lunar eclipse. We can see the potential for a change in domestic/relationship status. Here is her horoscope.

UPDATE: Geologists are now saying that lava will likely continue to flow from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii “for months to years.” File that under “I told you so,” based on patterns in Hawaii’s horoscope.

RANDOM FUN FACT: in May and June, the NYT and WaPo quoted twice as many Republicans compared to Democrats. Surprised? Perhaps this explains why Democrats are faulted for not having a clear message.

RANDOM USEFUL ANALYSIS: James Hohmann of WaPo’s Daily 202 breaks down the facts about Carter Page and the recently released FISA warrant.

OBLIGATORY CLOSE ON A POSITIVE, LIFE-AFFIRMING TOPIC: “You Should Actually Send That Thank-You Note You’ve Been Meaning to Write,” says the NYT, reflecting the perfect Miss Manners’ potential of today’s Venus in Virgo opposition to blissful Neptune.  The reason people do not follow through on the impulse to express gratitude, says the article, is that “they undervalue  the positive impact they can have on others for a tiny investment of time.”

Thank you for reading this forecast. To find out what all these retrogrades and eclipses mean to you personally, here’s the 411 on scheduling a consultation. To support my tireless efforts to report on the astonishing synchronicity of daily news and planetary patterns, here is the link to my Cosmic Tip Jar. With gratitude.

Which reminds me: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?  is a must-see film — and a beautiful reflection of the potential in Mister Rogers’ horoscope — discussed on Friday. Hope you make time to see it.

 

Thursday 5/10/2018: Beauty and the Beasts; News From Underground

Alll-righty then!

No lengthy Moon voids this week to diffuse your plans for world domination. Keep on truckin’! Today the Moon continues its sojourn in Pisces, seeking to identify ideals, work with impressions and go with the flow. Moon is well-supported by input from other planets between now and Friday, as well as a power-consolidating harmony between Sun and Pluto, exact on FRIDAY at 7:07 PM ET. Keep an eye on whoever is in charge.  Between now and Sunday, patterns among Mercury, Mars and Uranus suggest communications from the PTB that may be innovative or simply disruptive/explosive.  Adding to the fire: the Moon’s shift into me-me-me Aries at 8:40 AM on FRIDAY, forging ahead and falling down stairs (because it’s faster than walking) until mid-afternoon on SUNDAY.

Meanwhile, it was delightful to meet a few New York Avid Readers who turned out for my talk at Quest Book Shop on Tuesday. Huzzah! If you missed it and you’re going to UAC (a.k.a. the Big Fat Astrology Conference in Chicago), you can catch “So What If You’re Dead? The Horoscope Lives Forever” at 1 PM on Friday, May 25th. I love to travel!

And now, the news.

Did I say this would be a boisterous week? Add in bombastic, too — reflecting the potential of Tuesday’s face-off between the Sun and expansive Jupiter. When have we seen patterns like this before? On February 9th, when Jupiter and the Sun were in a tense square. Here’s the forecast for that day — along with headlines that were demanding our attention. Note the similarities? Also note that the Sun and Jupiter will square off again on August 6th, five days after the second Mars-Uranus square. Venus will be at the Aries Point on August 6th, suggesting prominent headlines involving women, art, money, social expression. Uranus will be stationary retrograde, suggesting significant news reflecting these themes: disruptive, revolutionary, tech breakthroughs, aviation, astrology, mutations, shocks to the system, including seismic activity. Mark your calendars.

Meanwhile, P45 continues to operate exactly as anticipated in earlier forecasts. From January 5th:

A need for heavy thoughts kicks in by mid-March through May, courtesy of transiting Saturn (control) opposing P45’s Mercury. That can feel isolating/depressing, and it returns for a final hit at the end of the year. Humming along in tandem with the heavy thoughts is a tense pattern between transiting Saturn (ambition, fear, control) and his Neptune (vision, deception, fog). This can be bewildering. Building to a peak in June we see a need for risk and excitement —  for better or for worse. From his perspective, it will likely feel exuberant and indulgent, given corroborating patterns exact on his birthday.

P45’s birthday is June 14th. What are the key patterns on his solar return? (Not in his solar return, mind you — that is a separate chart, which will be discussed in a future forecast). One is between Uranus and Mars, suggesting impulsive, daring, risky and/or breakthrough action on a global scale — and this pattern has been in effect for a couple of months. The other is a measurement between Venus and Jupiter, in effect now through June. That suggests exuberance, indulgence — and no small amount of luck. Did you hear that a date has been set for a summit between P45 and Kim Jong-un — on June 12th? Do you really think this date is a coincidence? The Venus-Jupiter measurement (secondary progression, for astropros reading this) perfectly reflects talk of him meriting a Nobel Peace Prize.   Will those who make Nobel Peace Prize decisions take into account that — reckless or not — this week P45 smashed up the Iran deal made among the U.S. and its allies?  Iran and Israel now seem to be lobbing missiles at each other (via Syria).   But at least oil is up (Pluto trine Sun) which means gas prices will increase — and that’s good news for Russia.

Looking ahead to the New Moons on May 15th and June 13th, we see the former at 24 Taurus, right on P45’s Midheaven. The latter is at 22 Gemini, conjunct his Sun and opposing his Sag Moon. It’s his world; we just live in it — for at least the next couple of months. On the other hand, we are seeing the potential squeeze of the second hit of transiting Saturn opposing his Mercury-Neptune square, suggesting a hardnosed, mean, ambitious, authoritarian and/or reality check on the intuitive and fanciful way he needs to think. Exhibit A: As of May 2nd, P45 has told 3001 lies since his inauguration — in public, anyway.  Of course we are getting this news now. Exhibit B: musing about taking press credentials away from journalists who write stories he doesn’t like. Exhibit C — reflective of the squeeze in P45’s chart and overall planetary patterns:  revelations about hundreds of thousands of dollars funneled to fixer Michael Cohen’s shell company (Essential Consultants), allegedly “for access” to P45. Who paid the money?  Columbus Nova (a company linked to a Russian oligarch), along with AT& T (?!?!) and Novartis, among others.

Fun fact: Mr. Cohen is still on board as deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. 

Meanwhile…

Is there anything truly fun and frothy to report, reflecting planetary patterns? Yes! Remember I told you how we’d see aesthetic ideals, along with faith and spiritual leaders, suggested by Venus and Jupiter in contact with Neptune? The theme of this week’s costume gala at the Met was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”. Look at these divinely inspired dresses! Not so fun and frothy, but related to the Met: Harvey Weinstein’s soon-to-be ex-wife — fashion designer Georgina Chapman — breaks her silence. How could she not have known? I don’t know, but in her horoscope — no birth time available — we see the potential for a startling, sobering wake-up call, with transiting Uranus conjunct her Aries Sun, opposing her Libra Moon and squaring her natal Saturn.  This was followed by transiting Saturn square her natal Venus in Aries, opposing Pluto. Ouch. Love hurts.

In other news, Neptune keywords include music and oceans. Mercury in touch with Pluto and Uranus this week suggests investigative breakthroughs. It’s the perfect time for a story announcing that sharks can identify jazz, but are confused by classical music. Who wants to know? Read the article. Neptune also refers to deception and conspiracies.  “Pro-Beyoncé” vs. “Anti-Beyoncé”: 3,500 Facebook ads show the scale of Russian manipulation,” –– just released today. Download all of them here.

UPDATE: the state of California, whose horoscope suggests it will continue to be a pioneering and disruptive force all year. It’s now requiring all new homes to be built with solar power.

Finally, the state of Hawaii also has a horoscope. In light of Kilauea’s eruption last week, it is fascinating to note that Hawaii’s Leo Sun is at 28 degrees — and therefore eclipsed last August.  Its me-me-me Aries Moon is being squeezed by transiting Saturn. In Hawaii’s chart, the Moon rules its public status; Saturn rules its foundation; its land’ its roots. Transiting Pluto stationed  right at the bottom of the chart, opposing its Midheaven and squaring its Libra Ascendant last month, suggesting a resistance-is-futile transformation. Plus, like Mike Pence and Richard Cordray (who just won the Democratic primary in the race to become Ohio’s next governor), Hawaii is having a Saturn return and a Jupiter return. Bottom line: Hawaii is getting it from all angles, with more to come between now and the end of 2019.

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