Note your dreams upon waking; the Pisces Moon meets up with inspirational Neptune at 6:18 AM ET, getting the work week off on a potentially rose-colored or visionary spin. Depth of perspective and talk about it are suggested around 7:27 PM ET and 10:31 PM ET, when the Moon harmonizes with Pluto and Mercury, respectively.
TUESDAY begins on a possible downer or ambitious reach, as the vulnerable Pisces Moon is challenged by the controlling and righteously opinionated drive of Saturn in Sagittarius. Stop the presses? Order in the court? Watch the headlines. At 12:36 PM ET on Tuesday, Moon meets up with Venus (women, art, money, social expression), covering the same ground as Mars (action, aggression, courage) did last week at the very end of Pisces.
Milk the compassion and empathy for all its worth, because on FRIDAY Venus shifts into me-me-me Aries for most of the time between Feb 3rd and June 6th. That’s because Venus turns retrograde on March 4th (how apropos for Venus in ARIES) — turning direct on April 14th. More on that pattern as we get closer to March — but here’s what I’ve written about Venus retrogrades past.
The other planet pulling focus this week is Mercury — mindset, travel, communication. It met up with power player Pluto yesterday and clashes with rebel Uranus on Tuesday. Then it clashes with expansive Jupiter on Thursday. For more on this pattern, refer to the last post — about Friday’s New Moon in Aquarius. It’s been updated, with more news items in sync with planetary patterns, as well as some astro-cartography on P-45.
Your Moon voids for the week (here’s the 411 on Moon voids, if you are new to this forecast): Tuesday 12:36 PM ET until 4:47 PM ET; Thursday 11:50 AM ET until 8:50 PM ET; Saturday 5:42 P ET until 11:44 PM ET. Stick to routine; avoid impulsive signings and purchases. Roll with the twists and flakes and chill! Crises that crop up during Moon voids are often much ado about nothing.
We’re heading into warp drive, dear Avid Readers — a volatile week. Use this energy for the highest good.
And now, the news.
Mars charging into Aries after midnight ET on Saturday suggested prominent battles, sports, cars and crusades — possibly for the underdog (which Aries tends to favor). Stupendous match between tennis greats Federer and Nadal at the Australian Open — with Federer victorious. Another match between the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus — and if only that was the most exciting news story to report.
But no, here in the U.S., thousands showed up to crusade against the travel ban against citizens of seven Muslim countries — the one announced on Friday’s potentially cold, cruel Saturn squaring Venus — not to mention the “cover of darkness” of a totally dead Moon. The order was signed at 4:42 PM ET, with a 0 Aries Midheaven and an 18 Cancer Ascendant, opposed by that Pluto and Mercury meet-up. Federal judges in three states issued temporary stays — but it has been reported that not all border agents are complying. To be continued — with obvious crusading energy on both sides this week.
Also headstrong and combative: Stephen Bannon, the former editor of Breitbart News — now an adviser to P-45, successfully lobbied for a permanent seat on the National Security Council. That Mercury-Pluto conjunction in the middle of Capricorn made contact with his unaspected Mars at 16 Libra; of course we see the potential for a persuasive power play; it’s in line with observations made in the middle of November. While the immigration ban is getting most of the attention in the news, this story deserves your attention. Even the Washington Times — one of Justice Scalia’s two favorite newspapers — called this shuffling of the deck “baffling.” Buzzfeed has more — and a transcript of a speech Bannon gave in 2014, while under the influence of a visionary/bewildering transit to his righteous Sagittarius Sun from Neptune. In it, he presents a “global vision” — of course!
Meanwhile…cars! Uber was accused of trying to break a taxi strike at JFK; a calls for an Uber boycott hit the wires and Lyft — Uber’s major competitor — pledged to give $1 million to the ACLU.
In other news, Brunhilde Pomsel, who served as a secretary to Joseph Goebbels, passed away at 106. Her horoscope was discussed here in August. Her NYT obit includes this quote from an interview with the Guardian last summer:
“In the little time that’s left to me — and I hope it will be months rather than years — I just cling to the hope that the world doesn’t turn upside down again as it did then, though there have been some ghastly developments, haven’t there? I’m relieved I never had any children that I have to worry about.”
In the aftermath of the seven Uranus-Pluto squares we experienced between 2012 and 2015, the chances of the world not turning upside down would be slim.
Here’s a fun headline for a weekend with Mars demanding focus: “Gazing Into Danakil Depression’s Mirror, and Seeing Mars Stare Back” And last, but not least — an ad from AeroMexico uses the power of Mercury (message) with Uranus (innovation, aviation) and Pluto (potent perspective; breakdown) to trump the isolation potential of a chilly Saturn squaring Venus. Check out this visionary (Neptune running wild) ad, released last May — but obviously making the rounds again now.
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Since 3:37 AM ET, the energy of the day is being driven by the Moon in Aquarius, seeking to fulfill its need for social significance and to be appreciated for being unique. Aquarius refers to these keywords: innovation, eccentricity, friendship, humanitarian, unconventional, rocket scientist and/or mad genius. It is an airy — i.e., cerebral — energy and it is fixed, which is to say it is likely stubborn in thought and action, but also adept at bringing ideas together in an organized form.
There are two aspects of note today. First, the Venus-Saturn square we’ve been talking all week will be exact at 12:50 PM ET. By now, you should have a clear idea of how that pattern may be reflected in the headlines. Second, the Moon meets up with Aquarius Sun at 7:07 PM ET. Happy New Moon!
Let me first note the significant patterns happening this weekend. They are all part of the New Moon chart. First is Mars, now at the very last degree of Pisces – — about to enter Aries at 12:39 AM ET on SATURDAY. This suggests prominence — fast and furious — in matters involving action, warriors, courage, cars, steel, aggression, and sports, to name a few Mars keywords. Pisces refers to refugees, FYI. When Mars enters Aries, we can see the potential for action that is headstrong, impulsive, brave, aggressive, inspiring and/or pioneering. If you have a planet or angle around the first degree of Aries, Cancer, Capricorn and Libra, you are likely feeling energized — for better or worse — with respect to that planet or angle. Obviously this includes anyone born around a solstice or equinox.
Next up: Mercury, which today finally got back to 15 degrees of Capricorn, which is where it was when it turned retrograde on December 19th. So we may see the return of an issue that was active back then — with potent new information. December 19th was when the Electoral College met to vote — there’s more about that via the previous link. On SUNDAY, Mercury finally meets up with Pluto at 3:18 PM ET. In general, Mercury-Pluto contacts suggest news from underground; persuasive communication and ideas; investigations and corruption exposed. But wait — there’s more: on TUESDAY at 10:31 PM ET, Mercury is challenged by rebel Uranus, suggesting information and communication that disrupts the status quo. I would not be surprised to hear explosive news of covers blown — possibly big time, given that all next week, Mercury will be supercharged by expansive Jupiter, exact on THURSDAY at 10:16 AM ET. Here’s an example: after 62 years, the woman whose allegations led to the murder of Emmett Till admits her story was false.
Have I mentioned that Neptune — which refers to fantasy, intangibles, compassion, forgiveness, delusion — to name a few — is currently running wild?
No Moon void on Saturday suggests you are free to shop impulsively. Moon will be void on SUNDAY between 12:52 AM and 11:10 AM ET — a time to chill or get some Mars in Aries action with your best Moon in Aquarius buddy. After 11:10 AM ET the Moon will be in Pisces, ideally seeking 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?
No sleeping in on Monday.
And now, the New Moon. This is our chance to re-set intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle. Make a list; light a candle; plant those seeds. Around Feb 3rd, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to those goals, with appropriate adjustments made. How are our seedlings doing? Keep on nurturing them, and around the Full Moon on Feb 10th, they may flower. Illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle is suggested, either way. If we succeeded, we can consciously release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. Heads up that this Full Moon will be an eclipse. After the Third Quarter Moon on February 18th, we can harvest our achievements, tie up loose ends, compost and get ready to begin another New Moon cycle on February 26th — also an eclipse.
I calculated the New Moon chart using Washington D.C. for the location. It’s the capital of the U.S., and thus this chart offers a sneak peek of potential experience in the national arena. The angles of the chart — the Ascendant and the Midheaven — are 29 Leo and 24 Taurus, respectively. If those angles look familiar, it’s because they nearly exactly match another horoscope that has been discussed here many times: POTUS 45. Why is that significant? Because in ancient times, the horoscope of a king was considered to be a reliable map of the fortunes of the country. With the angles of this New Moon chart matching 45’s horoscope, we see the potential for this next lunar phase to be as personally significant to the United States as it is to him.
Notice that the 29 Leo Ascendant of the New Moon chart for Washington is conjunct the Fixed Star Regulus, suggesting a need for a sterling presentation of the self-image…with success, so long as vengeance is avoided. It will be interesting to see what happens to initiatives made in this lunar cycle, given that 29 Leo is the degree of the August 21st Great American Eclipse. Let’s see where they are at in early September, when the eclipse will be triggered by Mars and Mercury.
A 24 Taurus Midheaven is conjunct the Fixed Star Capulus — suggesting a need for a public status of male aggression and sexuality. Another Fixed Star adding intensity to this highly energized New Moon chart is Scheat, which is conjunct Mars at 29 Pisces. This suggests potential for actions that backfire.
Fascinating sidebar: are you familiar with Astro-Cartography? This is a method by which you can discover what kind of experiences you are likely to attract, depending on where you live. Today I ran a chart for 45’s prospects, now that he has moved to Washington D.C. Guess what planet is exactly on the Ascendant of the relocated horoscope? MARS! So we can see the potential for his experience in D.C. to reflect these keywords: military, militant, anger, war, steel, action, courage, crusade. Have you ever had your Astro-Cartography done? It’s fascinating — and here’s how to contact me if you’re interested.
Another observation about Mr. 45 I may not have stated: overall patterns in the horoscope suggest a need for a defensive posture, developed out of a vulnerability to being victimized by circumstances. This week Russell Simmons warned his friend about the dangers of the latter. Gail Collins echoed this potential in her column, too — still under the effects of the heavy mindset suggested by transiting Saturn to her Mercury, no doubt.
The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “a flag turned into an eagle.” Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee writes:
…when a flag turns into an eagle, an idea or ideal is dramatically brought to life. One might possess revolutionary ideals for society and carry a flag that comes to be known for those ideals. Should the flag incite public passions to take action, the flag is infused with life, like heat applied to water that comes to a boil.
“Revolutionary ideals” — sounds apt for a New Moon in Aquarius. You are more personally affected by the need to turn an ideal into action if you have a planet or angle around 9 degrees (a third of the way through) Leo, Taurus, Scorpio and especially Aquarius. Like George Orwell, for example. 1984 — his famous novel — is a best-seller again. He was born near the Summer Solstice, so Mars is energizing his horoscope, too — along with other planetary patterns.
And now, more news…briefly.
We can see shades of the potentially controlling Venus-Saturn square combined with the prominence of macho Mars in these stories. In Russia, “some forms” of domestic violence have been decriminalized. Harsh. Newly-confirmed U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley “issued a stark warning…to allies and rivals abroad,” reports the NYT. Tough. Mike Pence and Kellyanne Conway spoke to thousands of people at the annual “March for Life.” Christiane Amanpour said on CNN that the media would not shut up, as Steven Bannon said it should do on Thursday. We’ll have Saturn in Sagittarius all year, increasing the potential for controls in matters of speech….
…and foreigners. Today an executive order was issued banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia — including U.S. green card holders. Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. were not included in the ban — and they are countries in which Mr. 45 has business interests. Coincidence or conspiracy? The ban appears to violate U.S. law.
Here’s one that is super-depressing: a new study says that girls as young as six think that being brilliant is just for boys. Still??? In other news, the Doomsday Clock has been moved forward by thirty seconds. It’s now 11:57:30 PM. Meanwhile, here are this week’s “five best” essays from conservative media sites, courtesy of the Guardian. Saturn with Venus tends to be more conservative than, say, Jupiter or Uranus with Venus. Those patterns won’t happen again until May….
…and we need a lift to get us through the weekend! May I suggest seeing Hidden Figures? It’s the true story of three brilliant African-American women of steel who worked at NASA in the early 60s. Their genius helped rocket astronaut John Glenn into orbit. Their wardrobes are fabulous! Take all the little girls you know to see it, so they can see how brilliance isn’t just for boys.
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Moon entered Scorpio as of 8:17PM ET last night and may have already waxed to its fullness by the time you read this, assuming you’re reading this after 1:24AM ET. A Scorpio Moon seeks to fulfill its need for emotional depth and substance — people-pleasing be damned. Scorpio represents resources and values that are ours-ours-ours, as opposed to resources and values which are mine-mine-mine, symbolized by the Taurus Sun. Therein lies the potential for conflict, as Taurus and Scorpio are known to be a wee bit fixed in their respective positions. Where do 3 degrees of Taurus and Scorpio fall in your horoscope? That’s where you may find a bit of illumination in matters of mine vs. ours.
The fallout of this Full Moon includes the exact meet-up between Venus and Uranus in me-me-me Aries at 5PM ET — noted earlier this week. Possible reflections include a demand for independence; an attraction to the unconventional; a leveling of the playing field in gender issues and feisty warrior women, among others. Watch the headlines.
In Hillary Clinton’s horoscope, this Full Moon falls exactly on her Scorpio Sun, so we might expect a bit of illumination on her essential being in the immediate future. That’s what I was thinking a few days ago when prepping to write this forecast. If we use the proposed yet unconfirmed 8:02AM ET birth time, we note that the Sun is the 12th house — of the unconscious, the self-undoing and institutions — ruling the 9th house — of publishing and international concerns, to name a few. How interesting to see an in-depth profile of Mrs. Clinton in the NYT Sunday magazine entitled, “How Hillary Clinton Became A Hawk.” Also interesting is the fact that the NYT did not publish this article until after the New York primary.
On Saturday, you can wish John Oliver a happy birthday. You’re free to shop until 5:46PM ET, when the Moon goes void until 8:46AM ET on Sunday. There are no exact aspects to any planet on Sunday, including the Moon, which will have moved on to Sagittarius with a sigh of relief. Take a gambol or gamble; express your righteous opinion; broaden your horizons; get out in nature or some other expansive space. No sleeping in on Monday; the next void won’t kick in until Tuesday.
So much news to cover. Queen Elizabeth celebrated her 90th birthday on Thursday. Transiting Uranus makes the first of three squares to her obviously Capricorn Ascendant on the 26th; the third happens in early 2017. That suggests a significant move or fresh start for Her Majesty. What will happen?
Prince passed away. His Gemini Sun was about to be opposed by Saturn, just before Saturn turned retrograde last month. We talked about Saturn-Sun transits in the last forecast. It’s fascinating that he passed away just before Venus met up with Uranus, as Prince has a Venus-Uranus square in his horoscope. He needs to be unconventional in his values and social expression, likely focused on material/sensual comforts, with Venus in Taurus. His Mars is at 0 Aries — running wild and ruling the 5th house of creative self-expression/sexuality. Was he hot or what? You bet — and he makes a powerful impact, too – with Pluto sitting atop his chart, opposed by a sensitive Moon in Pisces.
Meanwhile, Kelly Ripa is making disruptive waves at the office — as in not showing up for work this week. Does she want to keep her job? Her 19 degree Virgo Ascendant, along with her Mars and Mercury will be hit again by Jupiter (expansion) this summer. Well, that’s certainly an expansive hit to a feisty front — just ask Donald Trump. But Saturn will square that trio later in the year, while also opposing her 17 degree Gemini Midheaven. An advance or a separation — and a need to focus on shoring up family and core foundation concerns.
I wish I had time to post links and more details, but I just can’t do it today. Today is Earth Day. Do something nice for the planet. And if you’re really feel like making a dramatic Venus-Uranus change, a new environmental study suggests you consider this. It’s a mine-mine-mine vs. ours-ours-ours kinda thing. And Venus refers to food, doncha’ know…
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The morning of this New Moon in Scorpio day gets an optimistic boost, suggested by a harmonious flow between the Scorpio Sun and Jupiter, exact at 11:41AM ET. Think positively as you conjure up your list of intentions for the next lunar cycle, which begins at 12:47PM ET. After the meet up between the Sun and the Moon, there are no other exact aspects for the rest of the day. Keep on truckin’!
Around the 19th, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to your New Moon intentions, with appropriate adjustments made. At the time of the Full Moon on the November 25th, we can expect illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle. If we succeeded, we can consciously release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. After the Third Quarter Moon on December 3rd, we can review our achievements; make more adjustments; tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon on December 11th.
Scorpio is a deeply emotional sign. It has a thing about power and control. With Scorpio, there’s often a lot going on underneath the surface of its masterful mask. A Scorpio Moon needs to appreciated for being of substance. Scorpio can build all the way to Heaven and all the way down to Hell. Its depths and heights apply especially in matters of sex, death and (other peoples’) money, a.k.a. energy, transformation and resources. Scorpio challenges us to face our basest instincts, fears and passions — more on that in a minute.
In the horoscope for this New Moon, Mars is at the Aries Point in perfection-seeking Virgo, suggesting a need for prominent action. Sorting out what is real vs. what is unreal in our belief systems is also a theme, suggested by the tension between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces. With Mercury closely aligned with the Sun and Moon, we must consider the possibility for idealism and/or being blinded by the light. A saving grace in relationship this month is suggested by Venus, strongly placed in diplomatic Libra and in easy contact with practical Saturn. Whatever murky depths we fall into, this Venus-Saturn connection facilitates communication and structure. Yes, there really is a way out of the swamp — once you recognize that you are mired in one. And then of course, humming in the background, we have the tension of the revolutionary Uranus-Pluto square. Never a dull moment in the cosmos…and thus never a dull moment in the headlines.
The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon furthers the opportunity to reveal what has been hidden. It is “a woman drawing two dark curtains aside”. Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee cleverly points out that the Symbol does not specify what the curtains were covering. A window? A passageway? The former would let in light; the latter could take you someplace else…up, through or down…which will it be? Bovee suggests we are invited to imagine it for ourselves.
With last month’s New Moon suggesting the potential for a disruptive revelation in relationship, this month we see the potential for focused recognition and exploration of shared values and resources. We shall see if it reveals light or shadow. With respect to the headlines, probably a bit of both. In your own personal world, this opportunity to draw back a curtain will affect you more if you have a planet or angle around 20 degrees of Scorpio and Taurus, and to a lesser extent, Leo and Aquarius. As always, if you would like to find out more about why you are the way you are, why things are happening now — and how you can plan a strategy to create opportunities in the future, consider scheduling a personal consultation, here’s the 411.
And now, the news.
I did not watch last night’s Republican debate, though one report declared it “substantive” and “volatile,” which is apt for an event happening during a depth-seeking Scorpio Moon, with aggressive Mars attracting prominence at the Aries Point. Immigration was a big topic, as we expect it to be for at least through 2016. Here’s a recap of winners and losers from one of Antonin Scalia’s favorite newspapers, using the words “substantive” or “substantial” multiple times. Coincidence or conspiracy? But don’t take it just from The Washington Times, or any single news source, especially if you did not actually witness the news event in question. Here’s a different perspective on who did well in that same contest, like so many blind people touching different parts of an elephant, describing to the world what they see. All of life is like this. Rumor has it there are still people in the world who believe the Earth is flat.
Meanwhile, no one lost his or her head, including the moderators and the Republican Party. Ted Cruz had a Rick Perry moment when he couldn’t remember all five of the federal agencies he says he’d close if elected President, but my money says those employed at the four agencies he could name should not be too concerned. With transiting Mars about to make contact with Mr. Cruz’s Sun-Pluto square within the next 36 hours, I would not be surprised to see an expression of assertion or aggression in the news, and perhaps his allegedly otherwise strong performance last night qualifies.
In other news, the mysteries of Stonehenge are closer to being revealed — or so it is hoped. Check it out.
Finally, a random fun story, exposing what lies beneath in matters of shared resources: a picturesque town in Wales is using the same controversial accountancy loopholes used by huge multinationals in an effort to move its businesses offshore. Here’s more on Crickhowell; the experiment is the subject of a BBC documentary to be released next year.
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Another day to note your dreams upon waking, as the rose-colored fog of a Moon-Neptune opposition crests at 8:40AM ET. Put your grounding cord down if you’re out and about in the material world in the early part of the day. Deep healing and a potent emotional flow are favored around 6:23PM ET, as the Virgo Moon makes an easy connection to Pluto.
Did I mention that the Moon has been in perfection-seeking Virgo since 12:59PM ET on Sunday? How will you make things right in your world today and tomorrow? Organize, analyze, prioritize!
Perfection may reach new heights — or at least strive for them, given two exact aspects we talked about last week. Jupiter makes the third of three easy connections to cosmic/technogeek/rebel Uranus at 9;43AM today; nebulous Neptune challenges mental Mercury on Tuesday at 2:09PM ET. Got a vision you’d like to sell? Feel free to walk your talk.
This is a week for action. Moon voids (natural rest periods) are few and far between. Wednesday AM there’s a 30 minute void starting at 1:12AM ET. Thursday evening the Moon goes void at 7:22PM ET and wanders around aimlessly until Friday at 1:57PM ET. That’s it.
Meanwhile, Mars — planet of action — pulls focus midweek when it leaves Gemini for Cancer at 9:33AM ET on Wednesday. As you know from last week’s discussion about the Summer Solstice, planets at the first degree of Cancer are at the Aries Point — and thus attract prominence. Prominent action in communication and home(land) security matters is to be expected.
And now, the news.
Who remembers the sneak preview of next month’s Venus retrograde I posted some days ago? Well, guess what? Over the weekend Venus was at 14 degrees of Leo, marking the beginning of what we call “the shadow period” of the retrograde. Why is this the beginning of the shadow period? I’ll tell you.
Venus turns retrograde at 0 Virgo on July 25th. It will appear to move backward into Leo, until it turns direct on September 6th at….14 Leo! Venus will reach 0 degrees Virgo again on October 10th. So between now and October look for reviews and re-evaluations in all matters related to Venus: money, relationships, values, aesthetics. What does this have to do with the news, you may wonder? Just check out this article from the NYT, “No Time to Be Nice at Work”.
So there’s your sneak preview of Venus retrograde in Leo potential. Don’t let this happen to you. Do your part to focus on courtesy and kindness between now and October 10th, mmmkay?
In the technogeek awesomeness of Jupiter’s alignment with Uranus, check out this story about Taylor Wilson. He’s 21 and he’s from the South (Arkansas). He has not done anything horrifying with a firearm. However, at age 14 he did build a working nuclear fusion reactor. In his garage. And he’s just getting started. With transiting Uranus and Pluto supercharging his natal Mars (and probably his Moon) in pioneering Aries now and through 2016, my money says we can expect more innovative breakthroughs from his brilliant mind. Other measurements in his horoscope — even without an exact birth time — suggest as much.
A stroke of luck in a daring enterprise also evokes the potential of Jupiter aligned with Uranus. In England, a parachutist was very lucky when he was rescued in mid-air by a fellow skydiver when his chute failed to open. Meanwhile, another man appears to have survived the 8000 mile flight to London from Johannesburg, which he made as a stowaway on British Airways. Whether there was another stowaway on that flight — who wasn’t so lucky — is under investigation.
In the last forecast about the Aries Point, it was noted that William Shatner was born with his Aries Sun at that point of prominence. And there he was making news — in at least two separate stories — over the weekend. First, at 84, he’s traveling by motorcycle along Route 66 — from Chicago to Los Angeles. Second, George Takei had plenty to say about Mr. Shatner’s need for prominence in the NYT. See how planets at the Aries Point function? Even in an interview with Mr. Takei about the upcoming opening of his Broadway show, in the end it was all about Bill. Coincidence or conspiracy?
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Note your dreams upon waking, as the Pisces Moon hooks up with Neptune at 5:49AM ET. A cooperative connection between Mercury and Saturn — the third in a series noted in prior forecasts this week — may inspire a practical way to turn a vision into reality. Moon goes void on a deep and potentially healing connection to Pluto at 6:01PM ET….not to enter Aries until Friday at 6:13PM ET. So get it off your desk today rather than tomorrow, if you can.
Other cosmic news of note: Mars leaves Pisces for Aries, the sign it rules, at 7:12PM ET. At its best, Mars in Aries is courageous, inspiring, pioneering and a fighter for the underdog. It can be extremely efficient when it comes to taking action. It has great physical stamina and prowess. At its worst, Mars in Aries can be way too macho — fighting for the sake of fighting; needing to win at any cost.
Mars rules steel, guns and war — and at 0 degrees of Aries, it suggests that such matters will be prominent. Hence we have Gail Collins writing about Senator John Cornyn’s proposed bill — introduced earlier this month that would:
“… allow people from states with lax gun laws to carry their concealed weapons all around the country.
The goal, Cornyn said in a press release, is to treat local gun permits “like drivers’ licenses.”’
Ms. Collins tears this proposal to shreds. Cheerfully, of course.
It makes me think about the satirical cartoon, A Brief History of the United States, which appeared in Michael Moore’s Oscar-winning documentary, Bowling for Columbine. Which then makes me think about an Oklahoma state legislator’s bill that would eliminate funding for high school A.P. History classes, because the legislator believes that the class curriculum takes “a consistently negative view of American history”. This would be along the lines of Saturn in Sagittarius controls we’d expect in collective belief systems, of which higher education is one.
I’m fuming today about an incident in Alabama in which a 57-year old man from India was taking a morning stroll in the most boring looking suburban neighborhood you have ever seen. This man was visiting his son. He’d come from India to help his son and daughter take care of their young son. He was spotted walking on the sidewalk by one of the neighbors — a man — who apparently was following him in a car as he strolled. This man called 911 to report the mysterious “skinny black guy”. Whatever happened to people smiling and waving “hello” to people out for a morning stroll, as has been known to occur in places like Maine — or even on the busy streets of Manhattan?
Anyway, with Mars within two degrees of the Ascendant (Feb 6, 8:19AM in Madison, AL), two police officers show up and within minutes the Indian grandfather has been thrown to the ground, thus breaking his back. Fortunately the incident was captured on film, so the lies the officers told about the man “putting his hands in his pockets” did not hold up. One of the officers was fired and faces criminal charges. I want to know more about that 911 caller, though. Who is he? Why did he feel so threatened? How does he feel now?
Can you tell I’m experiencing a Mars transit in my horoscope today? When Mars is making contact with planets or points in a horoscope, we can expect action, assertion, anger, accidents — and it’s not always pretty. It can be heroic, though. If you have a planet or angle around 0 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you may be feeling riled up, too. Not only do you need a physical release, but with Venus entering Aries tomorrow, you’d also benefit from a constructive social expression of your ruling passions.
One woman whose horoscope was affected by Mars at the Aries Point is Christina Bond (Oct 8, 1959 in Niles, MI). She died in early January in a freak accident. While adjusting the gun holster she had tucked inside her bra, the gun fired. No surprises in her horoscope. Ms. Bond’s Sun is at 14 Libra… hit by the Uranus-Pluto square and by October’s lunar eclipse…and by yet another measurement from freaky Uranus to her Sun. We’d expect sudden prominence and fierce individualism. Strange that news of her death was delayed, but perhaps not from the perspective of planetary patterns. It made headlines when transiting Mars made contact with her Saturn at 1 Capricorn (also an Aries Point) — prominence!
Also making headlines: controversy over Chinese New Year, and whether it is the Year of the Sheep (sheep are ruled by Aries) or the Year of the Goat (goats are ruled by Capricorn). Really, which is it? Hong Kong’s leader thinks it’s the former, and has urged citizens to act accordingly. Not likely, in a year with Uranus in Aries (sheep/ram) squaring Pluto in Capricorn (goat). Here’s more on the debate from the NYT, as well as an earlier article about the apparent push — pun obviously intended — to give birth before February 19th, as some believe the Year of the Sheep is unlucky. We shall see!
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East Coasters, make the most of the morning while the Sagittarius Moon is fully in gear. It goes void at 12:18PM ET, suggesting a higher probability of twists and delays in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Keep that in mind if you work in a field where you simply must ship today. A live television show, for example, isn’t going to not air because of a Moon void. So just roll with whatever comes up and refrain from making a mountain out of what may just be a molehill of a crisis. Chill!
West Coasters, Moon will be void all day and into the night; Moon enters Capricorn on Tuesday at 6:03AM ET. And that’s when the get down to business vibe should really kick in, aided by an especially proactive Mars (action!) in practical Capricorn. Other Moon voids for the week: Wednesday 11:01PM ET until 9:52AM ET on Thursday; Saturday 2:22AM ET until 12:37PM ET. Really, not much to derail your efforts during business hours save for today (Monday). Onward!
As noted in Friday’s forecast, the first part of this week is dominated by dreamy connections to the Sun and Venus from visionary Neptune. This can be super-inspiring if you’re looking for a creative spark or deeply spiritual experience. I hope you’ve been keeping track of your dreams over the past few days.
A challenge to your New Moon agenda may show up late Thursday, on the First Quarter Moon. On the plus side, cooperative connections which are exact on Saturday suggest further inspired communication and thought processes, some of which may be quite magical. Projects that were on your desk around October 20th may be up for a revision. In fact there may be plenty to revisit and rethink as Mercury gets back up to speed in a forward direction. Be patient as our brains adjust to the change of motion.
And now, the news.
As anticipated, with Mars (planet of action/aggression) at the Aries Point over the weekend we did see more than the usual assortment of “if it bleeds, it leads” headlines. Here in New York, a man was killed after attacking four police officers with a hatchet. In Washington State, we saw another jarring shooting in a high school. “Once Again, Guns” was the title of NYT columnist Gail Collins’ most recent cheerful offering about that incident and the issue of guns in general in this election season.
You are aware that there is an election in the United States next Tuesday, yes? And you are planning to vote, right? Because if you don’t vote, someone else will. And you can quote me on that.
Meanwhile, Mars at the Aries Point sounds like a great time for the NYT to publish, by popular demand, a new and improved version of its “Scientific 7-Minute Workout.” Now there’s a productive way to channel a need for action and aggression. Go for it.
In other news, you might be startled by an especially aggressive tactic the I.R.S. has employed against certain citizens. Under a law that was no doubt well-intended, it seems that the agency has the ability to seize the accounts of taxpayers without ever charging them of a crime. Therefore, this is what it has done. But now that the New York Times took the time and trouble to give this aggressive tactic prominence, the I.R.S. is reportedly “curtailing” the practice.
Now what about all the dreamy, magical thinking that was also suggested by the weekend’s planetary patterns? The NYT had something to say about that, too. One op-ed in the Sunday Review was called “The Problem with Positive Thinking”. Another item really does read like a dream come true. Chocolate has yet another health benefit, a recent study suggests. It may improve your memory. But you’ll have to indulge in the really good dark chocolate, not the processed stuff on the shelves of your local convenience store. And you’ll have to eat a lot of it.
On a housekeeping note, the Mercury retrograde incentive for those of you who’ve been considering scheduling a first-time personal consultation is on through the end of this month. Here’s the 411.
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Put on your rose colored glasses. The Scorpio Sun and Moon suggest depth and intensity, but other patterns are positively dreamy. A dreamy intensity?
The only aspect of note on Friday is an easy connection between the Moon and Pluto at 2:15PM ET, offering a healing quality to whatever deep subjects may be broached. The rest of the day and night benefit from the potential magnetism of the Sun and Venus meeting up at 3:31AM ET on Saturday — oohlala. An expansive connection between the Moon and Jupiter at 5:44AM ET suggests indulgence; a reality check or serious focus kicks in around 12:11PM ET Saturday, when the Moon goes void until 12:40AM ET on Sunday.
No shopping sprees during the void, if you please. And be mindful running errands about town. During the void, Mercury turns direct (at 3:17PM ET), suggesting a higher probability for communication and travel snafus. Plus we’ll have action hero Mars pulling focus in high-flying Sagittarius. Why pulling focus? Because it’s at the end of Sag, about to hit 0 Capricorn on Sunday at 6:43AM ET, which regular readers know is the Aries Point. If you have planets or angles at 29 Virgo, Gemini, Pisces and Sagittarius….or 0 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, you may be feeling rather feisty, and the world will probably know it. We’re sure to see some feisty action in the headlines.
Mars functions very well in “make it happen” Capricorn. If your New Moon agenda includes building an empire, go for it from now until the first week of December. Otherwise, note your dreams Sunday morning, as the high-flying Sagittarius Moon will be challenged by nebulous Neptune at 9:33AM ET. A day with Moon in Sag is always up for a gamble or a gambol; let your dreams inspire you to broaden your horizons.
No sleeping in for East Coasters on Monday. West Coasters, Moon goes void at 12:18PM ET with lovely connections among Venus, Sun and Neptune in the background. Oh, must we work today? On the upside, if your job involves the arts, peacemaking, philanthropy and other ways to make the world a kinder, more beautiful space, it may not feel like work at all. These lovely vibes will carry us through the following week.
And now, the news.
You will love this article, given all the planetary patterns suggesting a mood of idealism in recent days. “What If Age is Nothing But A Mindset” asks the NYT Sunday Magazine…and then it goes on to report actual studies demonstrating how this is powerfully so. Meanwhile, if you’ve been putting off the decluttering and REorganizing potential of this Mercury retrograde, a woman from Japan wants to show you how to put your life in order with great love and joy, including your sock drawers.
Last, but far from least, a famous astrologer passed away this week: Joan Quigley, who consulted with the Reagans for several years starting in 1981. She wrote a fascinating book about that experience, “What Does Joan Say?” Here is her horoscope and an interesting interview that Salon published in 2000. Ms. Quigley was a Vassar grad and a pioneering Aries. I did not know until now that she was born on the same day as two other pioneering astrologers: Linda Goodman and Sydney Omarr. Coincidence or conspiracy? RIP.
Mercury retrogrades are excellent times to REview your life with an astrologer. Right now I’m offering a little incentive for new clients — grab it before the end of October. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.
Planetary patterns suggest more of the same from yesterday: a proactive Moon in “make-it-happen” Capricorn, aided and abetted by the rose-colored vision of mental Mercury in “pie-in-the-sky” Sagittarius, challenged by nebulous Neptune in empathetic Pisces. My favorite headline reflecting those patterns is this: a Dutch work program for alcoholics that pays participants — in beer. Also in the news: scientists testifying in Congress about how close they are to confirming life forms beyond our home planet. Plus this bewildering story about how the discovery of a 400,000 year-old thigh bone has challenged theories of human evolution.
Heads up to those born around an equinox or solstice…or if you have a planet or angle near 0 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. You may be feeling exceptionally energetic or irritable. That’s because action hero Mars is fast approaching Libra, which is a highly provocative point in the zodiac. This transit is in effect over the next few days. If you don’t know where Mars is in your horoscope, why not consider booking a personal astro-logical consultation? Here’s the 411 on how to make that happen.
Meanwhile, speaking of practical and pie-in-the-sky, I just have to tell you that yesterday I put on my rose-colored glasses and checked out New York’s new health insurance exchange website — mandated by the Affordable Care Act. I was surprisingly impressed by the number of options available in my county of residence. The premiums are not outrageous, and the deductibles and benefits are much better than what I’m getting with my current health plan. Amazing! Not only that, but for those people whose income is below a certain level, the premium costs may be further reduced. To find out what plans are available in your state, start here. That’s your PSA of the Day.
The New Moon in Pisces officially begins at 3:51PM ET, offering us an opportunity to re-set intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle. Next week will be about planting seeds to turn your intentions into reality. Around the 19th, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to those goals, with appropriate adjustments made. At the time of the Full Moon on the 27th, we can expect illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle. If we succeeded, we can consciously release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. After the Third Quarter Moon on April 3rd, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon on April 10th.
A New Moon in Pisces suggests a need — or an opportunity — to access intangibles and share them for the benefit of something greater than the Self. Typical “intangibles” include film, intuition, music, faith and dreams. Pisces is a watery/emotional sign whose wisdom comes from an keen understanding of the longings, joys and sorrows we share in common. Pisces is known for its compassion and sensitivity to human suffering. You can learn a lot about Pisces energy by listening to the “Aquarium” section of Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens or by just watching the ethereal, unified action in this clip from the Osaka Aquarium.
OK, so this New Moon has seven out of ten planets in a dreamy energetic Pisces flow. What’s in it for you? Well, first of all, it’s happening at 21 degrees of Pisces. So if you were born around the 11th of March, June, September or December…or have an angle or planet around 21 degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius, you’ll likely feel this New Moon more than most. If you don’t have a planet in any of those degrees, then look to see where 21 Pisces falls in your horoscope; that is the area of your life where a focus on dreams and other intangibles may pull focus.
The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “a prophet carrying tablets of the new law is walking down the slopes of Mount Sinai” – and it’s just loaded with helpful hints on what we can expect in this cycle. This is an image of someone who has had a “peak experience” — spiritually and physically — and he or she is bringing back to earth certain tangible guidelines that have been presumably channeled from the Divine. On the plus side, it suggests bringing your actions in line with a higher authority and/or relying on your intuition for guidance. On the down side, Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee notes the potential for “spiritually rationalizing one’s actions and authority” and “to pontificate from an out-of-touch vantage point”. Really, “pontificate”….just as a papal conclave has gathered to choose a new Pope. And they are waiting until after the New Moon officially kicks in (and with Mars at 0 Aries and the Moon in Aries on Tuesday, my sense is that it will not take long for them to make their decision). Think this story will dominate the news in this cycle? Coincidence or conspiracy?
Another important signature of this New Moon is Mars, planet of action at 29 degrees of Pisces — the very last degree of the zodiac. Mars is not a happy warrior in watery Pisces, but things are about to change because Mars enters Aries, the sign it rules, on Tuesday. From 0 to 60 MPH anyone? Mars is very comfortable with the pioneering, headstrong and often rash Aries fire. Not only that, but any planet at the beginning of Aries NEEDS to be prominent!
We should see some daring actions happening as of Tuesday, especially with the Moon in Aries on Tuesday as well. Today we are just on the verge….which is why it is so important that you become a clear channel and set your intentions in alignment with the highest good for ALL. Mars in Aries can be rash, and Mercury is still retrograde. Be careful on the roads, won’t you?
General note for the rest of the month: Mars (assertive, aggressive action) is hot, especially between the 19th and the 31st, as it makes contact with rebel Uranus and ruthless Pluto on either side of the Full Moon on the 27th. On the plus side, we should see some bold moves and breakthroughs — especially with Mercury moving forward on the 17th. On the down side, we may see some spectacular battles, outbursts and startling news from underground.
The Pisces New Moon goes void immediately at 3:51 PM ET today and enters Aries at 7:17 AM ET on Tuesday. Moon will also be void all day on Wednesday until 3:08PM ET on Thursday. Plan accordingly.
PS: In honor of politicians reaching across the aisles on Thursday (as forecast) and actually sharing lunch and dinner together, I meant to include this delightful link of an owl cavorting with a pussycat. No, not the ones in the poem; I’m talking about Fum and Gebra. They are best friends. Enjoy!
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