An enterprising, practical Moon in Capricorn facilitates action today, accompanied by a jolt or revelation around 3:01PM ET, followed by a power play or catharsis around 7:35PM ET. That’s when the Moon will make contact with the Uranus-Pluto square, a.k.a. The Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About. You’re more likely to feel the potentially empowering push if you were born around the 1st of April, July, October and January…or if you have a planet or angle between 8 and 14 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. If you don’t know what degrees your planets are at, order an Astro-Basics Report, described here.
The rest of the evening is marked by exuberant and potentially indulgent connections to the Moon from expansive Jupiter in nurturing Cancer and Venus (money, love, women, beauty) in status-seeking Capricorn. If exuberance and indulgence are on your calendar, good for you — especially if you’re planning to network. If it’s a major purchase you’re considering — especially of an aesthetic nature — you may want to consider it twice, given that Venus is still retrograde. Conventional astro-logical wisdom suggests a stronger possibility of paying too much when this planet appears to be moving backwards in the cosmos.
Add to this mix the focus on power and resources (who has them; who doesn’t) suggested by patterns discussed in yesterday’s forecast, empathy and/or rose-colored glasses (Neptune) running wild, plus an egalitarian, humanitarian, communicative connection between the Aquarius Sun and rebel/technogeek Uranus in pioneering Aries, and there’s your backdrop for President Obama’s State of the Union address. Ooh, lookie — the sneak peek reports that one focus of the speech will be income inequality, and that Obama plans to sign an order increasing the minimum wage for certain workers. Immigration (who has a certain empowered status; who doesn’t) is also on the agenda.
President Obama is a Leo with Moon in Gemini. He shines with a need to inform. His Leo Sun is squared by nebulous Neptune, suggesting a need for a vision, perhaps — or that he may project an ideal. He may have experienced a bewildering sense of ego — or others may be bewildered by him. Heck, there are still plenty of people who do not believe he was born in America. Currently, Obama’s Gemini Moon is being squared by Neptune, so themes of bewilderment/empathy/vision/spirituality/dreaminess are likely “up” for him now — as discussed in a post last week.
So let’s take a look at the woman who is giving the Republican rebuttal to the State of the Union. She is Cathy McMorris Rodgers. She is a Gemini with Moon in Leo (5/22/69 – in Salem, OR). She informs with a need to shine. Her Gemini Sun is opposed by nebulous Neptune in her birth chart, suggesting a similar bewildering ego experience or projection, as well as a need for vision and other Neptunian themes (intangibles, e.g., vision, spirits, music, etc.). Her Sun currently being squared by transiting Neptune. Weird, huh? We know from her official biography that she went to a Christian college, and the first paragraph of that bio reads like a dream come true. How intriguing to note on a left-wing website a post — with no concrete link to solid documented proof — asserting that she spent part of her childhood in Canada. With strong Neptune in a horoscope, it may be challenging for some to believe you’re for real. Unlike President Obama, Rodgers has Neptune in an obsessive connection to her natal Mercury (mindset, communication), suggesting a greater need for idealism in her thinking. Obama has Mercury configured with expansive Jupiter, suggesting a need to think in “big picture” terms — perhaps too big at times. It will be interesting to see where Rodgers is at from mid-2015 to mid-2016, when other planetary patterns in her horoscope will suggest a need for prominence.
Astro-logical follow-up: a few months ago, I mentioned that right about now, we could expect another startling move involving JPMorgan Chase President and CEO Jamie Dimon, whose horoscope we’ve been following for a couple of years. His horoscope is directly impacted by the status quo-disrupting Uranus-Pluto square, and two years is about how long it takes for these slow-moving outer planets to finish up whatever big change and wild ride they are symbolically effecting…and is about how long it feels like this particular forecast is taking me to write. Anyway, surprise, surprise — throughout all of the turmoil JPMorgan Chase has gone through in the past two years, including scandal, losses and ginormous fines — Mr. Dimon, whose salary was cut in half some time ago, was given a hefty raise.
The astrology of Japan, Caroline Kennedy and a few TV news networks has been on my mind — will endeavor to fill you in sometime this week, along with a forecast for the New Moon on Thursday.
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Moon in rational, fair-minded, relationship-oriented Libra goes void at 4:22AM ET on a serious, potentially ambitious or depressing (choose one and operate accordingly) hook-up with Saturn, setting the tone for the bulk of the day. I wrote that line last night — and at 2:30AM ET a story hit the NYT home page speculating that losses at JPMorgan Chase may reach $9 billion (up from the $2 billion that was reported on May 10, a few days before Venus — money, love, value — turned retrograde). Apparently there has been time to review the financial situation (reviewing is an excellent thing to do when planets are retrograde) — and it is interesting that today’s revised estimates of losses comes after Venus has just turned direct.
Back to today’s long Moon void: if you’re new to the forecast and aren’t familiar with Moon voids and how to manage them, click here. You’ll have until 4:32PM ET today to consciously experience what a void can feel like: odd twists and delays cropping up while trying to move in a straight line; crises that turn out to be much ado about nothing; a higher chance of people flaking out. Go with the flow — maybe even a creative flow — and resist the temptation to make an impulsive purchase that later proves useless.
In the background you may have been noticing — all week — an intense buzz. You may also have noticed traffic jams of all forms — why has it been so hard for people to just get where they need to go? To review the major action of the week: three planets either changed direction and/or sign, which requires a mental adjustment as we adapt to the new traffic flow. Patience! And there’s that square between Uranus and Pluto, which can’t help but disrupt the status quo.
On Friday, the Sun, now in the emotionally sensitive sign of Cancer, will be exactly opposed by ruthless Pluto and squared by rebel Uranus (at 11AM ET and 4:11PM ET), but certainly we’ve been feeling the supercharged potential for power plays and breakthroughs/break-ups of this pattern all week. If you were born a few days before the 30th of March, June, September or December, you have likely been feeling the intensity on a personal level. In the headlines, right now I’m seeing a break-up in Rupert Murdoch’s empire, as the New York Times heads to China. Meanwhile, life in parts of Colorado is being disrupted as a wildfire rages out of control.
We can anticipate more of the same over the next couple of days, as we await a Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Act presumably to be announced today…though with the Moon void of course, a delay is not 100% out of the picture. Just for fun, I took a look at the birthdays of all the Supreme Court justices. I immediately noticed that Chief Justice John G. Roberts has aggressive Mars in pioneering Aries — and that his dynamic, assertive will is being supercharged by the Uranus-Pluto square. Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin and JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon are two other newsmakers who have Mars activated by Uranus-Pluto right now. Compulsive forces at work in the promotion of personal agendas?
And now, a vintage song by Neil Sedaka, which popped into my head while I was thinking about a subhead for today’s forecast. Enjoy!
A constructive day for achievement, without the edge of yesterday’s planetary patterns. Moon in Aries urges us to take the initiative, and disciplined Saturn in a harmonious aspect with the Sun offers the potential for constructive gravitas. The day is also marked by two obsessions: one with power and control; the other with reinventing the wheel, as in putting an avant garde spin on an “old guard” concept. Be mindful of the first one in your social interactions today, lest ye be tempted to display the ungracious behavior that can easily happen with Venus currently retrograde. And do get it off your desk today if you can on the East Coast, as Moon will be void from 11:09PM ET until 12:22PM ET Thursday. Folks reading this outside the United States (and it thrills me to no end that you are), take note of this long break period which will be happening during your business day.
Meanwhile, a story crossed my desk today that is an excellent illustration of the potential suggested by rebel Uranus in pioneering, fearless Aries, squaring “take no prisoners” Pluto in Capricorn, sign of the Establishment. As has been written in prior forecasts, the highest potential of this aspect, in effect now through 2015, is emancipation and empowerment, as corruption in outmoded systems is exposed, and the system is replaced with something new. With Uranus in Aries, one individual really can be a force for major change, and what is always fascinating — to me, anyway — is how the potential to be a force for change is reflected in the horoscope.
So here’s the story (which I encourage you to read in its entirety, because it’s so darned inspiring): when documentary filmmaker Michael Moore was in high school, he was assaulted by an authority figure. Mr. Moore responded by running for the school board, and at the age of eighteen, he became the youngest person ever elected to office in the state of Michigan. Eight months later, the man who assaulted Mr. Moore was no longer employed by the high school. How cool is that?
It’s totally cool, and what’s cooler is what we see in Moore’s horoscope clearly supports the choices and mirrors the events in his life at that time. Ready? Birth data: April 23, 1954 — 12:45PM in Flint, Michigan. Moore is a Taurus with Moon in Capricorn. He needs to make things happen, fueled by the energy to preserve stability and/or material security; i.e., the way things should be. The Moon is supercharged by a tight hook-up with Mars; both of these planets are in an obsessive relationship to rebel Uranus, which needs to shake up the system. A Leo Ascendant, ruled by the Sun at the top of the horoscope, allows him to project an aura of confidence.
Looking at the vocational profile of the horoscope, it’s clear Moore needs to be an artistic communicator (Venus rules the Midheaven and the third house of communications). With the Sun and business-oriented Saturn in contact with the Midheaven (career point in the horoscope), it’s also clear that Moore needs to work as a soloist, and that his concerns about homeland security need to be put into public service (Saturn in the 4th house, ruling the 6th). There’s more, but you get the idea.
Looking at what was going on in Moore’s horoscope in April of 1971, we note an empowering arc between the Midheaven and ruthless Pluto. In October, we see another arc between rebel Uranus and structured Saturn, suggesting ambition and a need to depart from the status quo. By March of 1972, which looks to be about when Moore decided to run for the school board, we see an arc to the Midheaven, suggesting recognition, and one between serious Saturn and Venus (ruler of the Midheaven/career point), suggesting serious focus in communication and public status. These measurements are sparked by a flash of brilliance from transiting Uranus to Moore’s natal Mercury (mindset) in impulsive, fearless — hello! — Aries. He took a daring idea and made things happen, as his Mars and Moon in Capricorn suggest he needs to do! Finally, a couple of weeks before the school board election (June 12), we see another extraordinary measurement: Midheaven to Venus, suggesting moving a career forward…just as Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy was about to hook up with Moore’s natal Moon and Mars. Every political candidate should be so lucky to have a chart like this just before an election.
And what was going on in Moore’s chart eight months later, when the designated authority figure who inspired Moore’s run for office was fired? Ruthless Pluto challenging both Moon and Mars (action), suggesting tremendous force of will and upheavals. Let the record show that JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, who will be testifying before Congress today, explaining how $2 billion was allowed to vaporize on his watch, also has Pluto aspecting Mars (and perhaps Moon, too), through 2012. And Mr. Dimon’s trip to Washington is happening exactly three months after he surprised everyone by announcing a dividend would be paid to shareholders. That announcement came on his birthday, by the way — March 13th. Today the Sun is at 23 Gemini, squaring Dimon’s Sun at 23 Pisces. We expect a challenge. Let’s see where things are for him three months from now, on September 13th.