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Monday 5/20/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week: Full Moon in Scorpio Fallout

Good Morning!

And how was your Full Moon in Scorpio weekend? Powerful, cathartic and/or intense? If you have a planet or angle around 27 degrees of Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius or Leo, you may have been personally affected by the Scorpio Moon’s need for emotional depth (for the sake of power and control), challenged by the Taurus Sun’s need for material comfort and security. What should have the greater priority: what is mine or what is ours?

The Scorpio Full Moon was exact at 5:11 PM ET on Saturday. Supporting its quest for depth was a daring and disruptive meet-up of Venus and Uranus in Taurus, exact at 12:16 PM ET on Saturday. Earlier that day, a harmony between Mercury (mindset, communication) and Pluto (news from underground) facilitated revelations.  If you watched the SNL season finale, you would have noticed a focus on sensual concerns presented in exceptionally earthy, daring, provocative and definitely unconventional ways. With Sun, Mercury, Venus and Uranus in Taurus, how could we not? Plus, by the time SNL aired at 11:30 PM ET, the Moon was in Sagittarius, pushing boundaries of opinion to the max. It was a welcome relief — and release — from an intense week.

The Sabian Symbols for the Full Moon are “the king of the fairies approaching his domain” (for the Moon), and “a woman pursued by mature romance” (for the Sun). Sabian Symbol sage Blain Bovee suggests we apply these Symbols with a mind for “…attempting to maintain a mature center while being called to a deep longing; trying not to lose one’s head in love and romance…personal creativity blooming late in life; attentions that seem to come out of another realm; a strange sense of security in never quite returning home; staying with a rigid routine out of fear of mystery.”  For more insights from Bovee, look at the preceding links.

As for “trying not to lose one’s head in love and romance,” note that the 26-27 degree Taurus Sun was conjunct Algol, a fixed star associated with decapitation, demons and the destructive fury of women scorned. Still, there is a positive potential to Algol, which you can read about here. Meanwhile, one of the sketches on SNL involved a Ouija board and a female demon. Coincidence or conspiracy?

As for today and the rest of the week…

  • MONDAY — the Sagittarius Moon squared Neptune at 6:32 AM ET; perhaps your dreams were especially escapist or insightful. Moon meets up with Jupiter at 1:05 PM ET, inflating everyone’s righteous opinion about recent happenings, including not one, but TWO water bottles spotted in the series finale of Game of Thrones. Seriously! But with the weekend’s meet-up between Venus and Uranus against that Sag Moon, we were due for more than one shock involving aesthetics, values, women, money and faraway places. Moon goes void at 1:05 PM ET and won’t enter Capricorn until early Tuesday morning. Give yourself permission to wander this afternoon and evening. Get out in nature; take in a foreign film; think outside the box. Don’t get carried away by a crisis that may turn out to be much ado about nothing.
  • TUESDAYMoon enters Capricorn at 3:56 AM ET, facilitating a hard-nosed need to take care of business. Both the Sun and Mercury leave Taurus for Gemini, facilitating an ability to get the word out in clever, diverse and entertaining ways. And by “getting the word out,” I’m referring to all of the seeds that were planted when the Sun was in Aries that then took form when the Sun was in Taurus. It’s time for the world to hear about your fabulous creation. Caveat: though Mercury (how we need to think) functions brilliantly in Gemini (one of the signs it rules), its proximity to the Sun for the next few days increases potential for idealism; i.e., being blinded by one’s own light.  So you could wait a few days for some perspective (reflected by Mercury’s distance from the Sun) before blindly following that charming cavalier off that cliff. Meanwhile, a face-off between the Moon and Mars at 10:35 AM ET suggests a potential conflict/assertive action, especially if you have a planet or angle around 4 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Aries or Libra. The rest of the day and evening offers less resistance, as the proactive drive of the Capricorn Moon is supported by Venus and Uranus.
  • WEDNESDAY — innovative action and technological genius is a strong potential all week, suggested by a cooperative connection (a sextile) between Mars and Uranus exact at 10:46 AM ET. Another sextile between the Moon and Neptune at 3:14 AM ET encourages vision and peaceful resolutions; I can’t say that the evening offers a similar potential. Moon meets up with Saturn and the toxic South Node at 6:22 PM ET, followed by its weekly clash with Pluto at 11:57 PM ET, suggesting an emotional catharsis or power play. Fun Fact: 7 PM ET is the time my co-op board chose for the start of our Annual Shareholders Meeting. The chart is ruled by a cranky Mars in Cancer, sitting in the 8th house (of death). For the first time in decades, two challengers are running against the incumbent board. Clearly the co-op board did not consult with an astrologer before choosing that date and time.
  • THURSDAY — Take it slow in the morning; roll with the twists and flakes. The Capricorn Moon went void right after its clash with Pluto and won’t enter Aquarius until 1:49 PM ET. Around 10:17 PM ET, note the potential for an upset to the status quo, as rebel Uranus challenges the Moon.
  • FRIDAY — the Aquarius Moon sails relatively free and clear. A square from Venus at 12:17 PM ET likely reflects your need to be indulgent and get out of town early for the long Memorial Day weekend.
  • SATURDAY — chill chill chill during the all-day Moon void.
  • SUNDAYMoon enters Pisces at 2:08 AM ET, encouraging us to go with the intuitive flow. If that includes an appointment with your local astrologer, I do have appointments available on Sunday, but not Monday. The Pisces Moon continues through…
  • MONDAY — and goes void on
  • TUESDAY.…at 12:21 AM ET. So if you extend your holiday weekend through Tuesday, you’re likely to get away with it, as the Pisces Moon will be void until 2:32 PM ET.

And now, the news.

Random observation on Game of Thrones: it was THE television series coinciding and reflecting the seven-year series of Uranus-Pluto squares in Aries (which rules iron) and Capricorn (executive authority). At the end of the day, the Iron Throne was destroyed, along with nearly everyone in the cast. But after the apocalypse, the survivors then focused on creating a variety of new democratic systems of governing. We can see how that trend could develop in real life, as in December 2020 Jupiter and Saturn (collective beliefs and structure) will meet up at 0 Aquarius (the people). Looking even further ahead, we see Pluto leaving Capricorn and entering Aquarius in 2023. Power to the people!

In Wednesday’s forecast,  with macho Mars at the Aries Point and leaving Gemini for Cancer (family, women), we anticipated a significant attack in the current war on women. Alabama happily obliged, as 25 white male Republicans voted to ban abortion, with no exception for rape or incest. A doctor who performs an abortion could be imprisoned for 99 years. The vote was 25 – 6, and signed into law by Alabama’s female governor. If you find that news distressing, you’ll find comic relief in Stephen Colbert’s take, as well as SNL’s Leslie Jones.

What’s going on in Alabama’s horoscope?  Here is an awesome write-up, posted in November 2017, when Doug Jones was running against accused sexual predator Roy Moore. Back then, transiting Saturn put the squeeze on Alabama’s renegade Sun-Uranus conjunction in the 8th house (of sex, death and money). Now Alabama’s Sag Sun is feeling the expansive influence of transiting Jupiter, as well as the potential for reckless initiative suggested by transiting Uranus squaring Alabama’s regally entitled Leo Mars. These patterns will continue into early 2020, but that’s not all. Transiting Saturn and Pluto will be sitting right on top of Alabama’s 24 Capricorn Midheaven, which will be eclipsed this July. So when Saturn and Pluto do arrive at 24 Capricorn next year, we may see a rush of action that forever changes Alabama’s status. Adding to the potential for upsets and change: transiting Uranus will cross Alabama’s 8 degree Taurus Ascendant through 2020. Meanwhile, as you would have seen in the 2017 awesome write-up, Alabama was ranked #31 among all states in the category of infrastructure. Two years later, it has slipped to #38. One thing hasn’t changed: Alabama is still rated #50 in the category of education.

In other news, when Venus is in a charged pattern with disruptive Uranus, we often see a record broken in the world of art. Last week that record went to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s father, who paid $91 million for a sculpture by Jeff Koons. As The Root irreverently reports, this is the highest amount ever paid for the work of a living artist.  Of course Steven Mnuchin would be in the news last week, as transiting Mars opposed his Aries Point Sun.  And of course Barack Obama would be making news too, as Mars was conjunct his Aries Point Venus. Last week he announced the formation of a DNC  “Unity Fund” to back the party nominee.

Speaking of party nominees, at least two new Democratic challengers joined the race: New York Mayor Bill deBlasio and Governor Steve Bullock of Montana. As a New York City resident, I couldn’t be bothered to even look at deBlasio’s horoscope, but Bullock intrigued me. Even without a birth time, patterns in his horoscope (4/11/66 in Missoula, MT) are heating up. His Aries Sun is feeling the empowerment of transiting Pluto through 2019, suggesting he is likely to receive serious attention (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez enjoyed a similar power surge when she won her seat in Congress last year.)  I can’t tell you how delighted I am to read — just moments ago — WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin’s latest op-ed:  ‘Steve Bullock might be the best-kept secret in the Democratic race.”   Astrology is amazing.

Also amazing: what’s happening in the Nevada State Legislature, the first and only state legislature where women outnumber the men. How cool and progressive is Nevada? When I googled “Nevada horoscope,” I found three articles written on the subject that were not posted on academic astrology sites. Here is one — a fine analysis — and astrology students can look and appreciate why Nevada will continue to make disruptive headlines into 2020.

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Monday 5/13/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Unconventional Women & Others

Good morning!

  • Moon in Virgo drives this Monday with its need for nailing down the details with exacting perfection. A whole bunch of planets are making easy connections to one another this week — superb for getting things done. Hope you’re on the side of the angels in your quest for world domination. Here’s how it goes:
    • MONDAY Harmony between the Moon and Mercury (how we need to think) facilitates communication. It’s clear sailing up until around 7:15 PM ET, when Moon opposes Neptune. That can fog things up, but it sorts itself out by 10:39 PM ET, when Moon trines Saturn. Humming in the background is another harmony between the Sun and Pluto, suggesting significant news of power and leadership — exact at 11:04 PM ET.
    • TUESDAY — a harmony (sextile) between Venus and Mars suggests cooperative communication between the ying and the yang. Note that Mars is at the verrrry end of Gemini, about to hit the Aries Point late Wednesday night. This suggests prominence in matters of action, aggression, doubletalk and other ways words may be used as weapons. We may read about a special outburst around 1:19 PM ET, when the critical Virgo Moon squares the Gemini Mars. Moon goes void for a brief spell…entering Libra at 1:19 PM ET. The shift from Virgo to Libra suggests an afternoon (and the next two days) focused on people-pleasing, diplomacy, fairness and balance.
    • WEDNESDAYVenus leaves warrior woman Aries for material comfort-seeking TaurusVenus, refers to social expression, women, aesthetics and finance; Taurus is one of the signs Venus rules. For the next few weeks, note how a need for tangible value, comfort and security manifests in the news. If you’re a Taurus, hooray for you; this transit of Venus in your sign may fill up your dance card. Enjoy.
    • WEDNESDAY — Meanwhile, a harmony between Mercury and Neptune permeates the day, exact at 9:21 PM ET. Color it rose and note your dreams this week.  Music, spiritual pursuits, healing and other idealistic escapes are favored.
    • WEDNESDAY — Mars, aforementioned planet of action and aggression, leaves Gemini for Cancer at 11:10 PM ET. Mars in Cancer suggests action for the sake of emotional/homeland security; watch the headlines. Perhaps we’ll see a prominent headline involving the current trend of the current war on women’s health. At 0 Cancer, Mars will be exactly at the Aries Point (thus the prominent potential).
    • THURSDAY — Heavy emotions overnight in the Americas, as the Moon makes its weekly clash with controlling Saturn (at 1 AM ET), followed by Pluto at 5:37 AM ET. Oh what power plays and catharses will we hear about in the early morning Twittersphere? The Libra Moon goes void at 5:37 AM ET — and won’t enter the next sign — Scorpio — until 5:26 PM ET. The long void means stick to routine concerns and roll with the twists and flakes which may disrupt your effort to move forward in a straight line. If you have the luxury of wandering today, please feel free to do so. Whatever you do, don’t make a mountain of crisis out of a molehill. Chill! And note how the focus returns once the Moon is fully engaged in the next sign. Said focus is made more apparent by a harmony between Mercury and Saturn, exact at 7:09 PM ET. If you’re a writer or a drafter of any kind, today’s long void may serve you well.
    • FRIDAY — the Scorpio Moon’s demand for depth and substance may be jolted by the upset of its weekly clash with rebel Uranus, exact at 12:03 AM ET. After that, there are no exact aspects among the planets for the rest of the day. Have fun plumbing the depths — and note that emotions are on the rise, as the Moon waxes full on…
    • SATURDAY — …at 5:11 PM ET. But first, watch for investigative dirt and still more deep thoughts to emerge in the morning, as Mercury trines Pluto at 1:46 AM ET. We should see more headlines than we’re already seeing about gender-benders, unconventional attractions and avant garde women, art, money and values. Why? Venus meets up with Uranus at 12:16 PM ET. That’s a suggestion of notable market volatility. Will fill you in on the Full Moon in Scorpio at the end of the week.

    And now, the news.

  • “Dow plunges 450 points as investors fear escalating trade war threatens economy.”   No kidding, and we are likely to see more of a squeeze on the U.S. sense of self-worth and its finances as transiting Saturn squares the U.S. Saturn twice between now and the end of October.
  • Just in time for the Venus-Uranus (unconventional women) meet-up: a front-page WaPo profile on Danica Roem, the country’s first openly-transgender state legislator.
  • Meanwhile, the NYT interviewed Howard Stern. He was born with Venus opposing Uranus, so we can expect his social expression to be a tad unconventional and shocking. Stern has a new book coming out, and says that some of the shocking things he wrote in past books were “insane.” What could reflect this dramatic change of perspective? Stern is a Capricorn with Sun opposing Uranus; there’s your rebel potential. Transiting Pluto and Saturn are sitting right on top of his Capricorn Sun, Mercury and Venus (and opposing his Uranus), challenging him to break down and compost what no longer serves.
  • Actress Laura Dern is another quirky type with Venus and Uranus strong in her horoscope. She has Sun in humanitarian Aquarius, with Venus on her Pisces Ascendant and Uranus squaring her Midheaven. Her Moon, Mercury and Saturn are also in Pisces; she’s got empathy for all human suffering like nobody’s business. Right now transiting Jupiter is atop her Midheaven (career/public status), suggesting expansion and positive publicity.  She’s going to play Marmee in Little Women, coming to a theater near you on Christmas. “Laura Dern Embraces the Messiness of Human Life” (translation: Aquarius Sun with Moon-Ascendant-Saturn-Mercury in Pisces). Subhead: “Over a 40-year career, the actress has avoided being typecast and found humor in broken places,” as you can see in the NYT Sunday magazine profile. Astrology is amazing.

Random far-out headline: “Apollo rocks showed how moon was made, and now they’re about to solve more mysteries.”

Random tribute to the legendary Doris Day, whose death at 97 was announced just moments ago. Here is her horoscope  — and here is the scene from The Man Who Knew Too Much, where she sings Que Sera, Sera. It’s a song about a woman whose mother obviously never consulted an astrologer.

Psyched to be finishing the next installment of my “Charts in the News” column for The Mountain Astrologer. After I ship it today, I would be delighted to talk to you about your horoscope — because you deserve more than que sera, sera when you have a burning question about your relationships, your career, your purpose on Spaceship Earth — and how you can make the most of it while you’re on it. Right? Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

P.S. Doris Day is an Aries, driven by a Moon in Gemini, fronted by a perfection-seeking, “perpetually chaste”  Virgo Ascendant. Can’t you tell?

 

 

Monday 12/31/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; Mars enters Aries

Happy New Year’s Eve!

This is when I usually outline major patterns for the New Year. However, the action in just the first WEEK merits several paragraphs, so the rest of the year may have to wait.  Suffice it to say that if your plan is to hit the ground running in 2019, planetary patterns have your back. January is supercharged by a need for action and courage that carries into February. Do pay attention to any primal spark that currently commands your attention, as it may well develop into an effective crusade. Your quest for world domination may also be facilitated by patterns suggesting a focused reach for empowerment,  a sudden break and/or release — all before January 6th. Two eclipses this month — a New Moon on the 5th and a Full Supermoon on the 21st — accelerate the pace.

The last day of 2018 is driven by the Moon in depth-seeking Scorpio. What a perfect energy for tossing out dead wood and clearing space in preparation for the New Year. Purge, baby, purge! Send those dust bunnies packing! Make a list of what you no longer wish to carry — and burn it. Spend some time focusing on what you would like to receive in 2019. For more New Year’s Eve/Day traditions, Tarot Diva Beth Owl’s Daughter has written them all up for you. The need for emotional substance and control continues through New Year’s Day, as the Scorpio Moon continues its reign.

Meanwhile….

  • MORE ABOUT MONDAY (TODAY): Action, action, action — in ways that demand notice — as warrior/hero/badass Mars leaves Pisces for Aries at 9:20 PM ET TODAY. Aries is the sign ruled by Mars. When a planet is in the sign it rules, it functions with high effectiveness. Is that good or bad? I don’t know. What are you trying to accomplish?
  • At its best, Mars in Aries is courageous, inspiring, pioneering and a fighter for the underdog.  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; utterly self-absorbed, impatient and reckless. Mars rules steel, men, desire, guns and war — and at 0 degrees of Aries, it suggests that such matters will be prominent.
  • You are personally affected by Mars at the Aries Point if you have a planet, angle or midpoint around 0 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and/or Capricorn. And since I’ve heard from more than one Avid Reader asking for more on the Aries Point and what it means personally, I will be pleased to send you a few custom paragraphs on where the Aries Point falls in your horoscope, how it drives you and how you are likely to be affected by Mars sitting right on top of it. Hit reply to this email and send me your birth data if you think I don’t have it. Then toss $54 into my Cosmic Tip Jar. I will send insights within a day or so.
  • TUESDAY: Moon continues to seek depth and control in Scorpio. Aspects from other planets to the Moon are not jarring, suggesting ease and harmony of application. Moon goes void at 5:26 PM ET. Time to chill; focus on routine concerns and refrain from making a mountain of crisis out of a molehill.
  • WEDNESDAY: Humming in the background for the past several days is the Sun’s annual meet-up (technical term: conjunction) with Saturn. The Sun refers to leaders and vitality. Saturn is a karma cop, symbolizing structure, limits, ambition and control. Watch the headlines. You’ll feel this heavy focus more personally if you have planets around 11 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Aries or Libra. Meanwhile, Moon soars into Sagittarius at 3:53 AM ET, lifting spirits and sights into the stratosphere. A Sag Moon facilitates righteous opinions, foreign affairs, a walk in the woods — anything that pushes boundaries.
  • THURSDAY: Lots and lots of stuff. A Sag Moon drives the day with optimism, with the heavy Sun-Saturn conjunction in the rear view mirror. Plus, Moon squares Neptune at 7:01 AM ET — adding more sugarplum visions to the morning. Note your dreams upon waking and double check your schedules and directions, to minimize disorientation. Noon ET marks the official start of the 116th Congress. A look at that chart merits several paragraphs, already written — but they need an edit. Next forecast!
  • FRIDAY: Mercury trines Uranus at 12:12 AM ET — potential described above. Moon goes void at 12:41 PM ET.  Once it enters Capricorn at  1:55 PM ET, it’ll be poised to take care of business. Sun sextiles Neptune at 2:58 PM ET — apt for artists, healing, refugees and all other Neptune themes. At 10:40 PM ET, Mercury leaves Sagittarius for practical Capricorn, chasing after the Capricorn Moon.
  • SATURDAY: New Moon in Capricorn at 8:28 PM ET — it’s an eclipse — and significant in world affairs. Stay tuned for details.
  • SUNDAY: Shake, rattle and roll. Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus; Uranus turns direct; freedom, disruption, innovation, seismic activity likely to make headlines.

And now, the news.

“The Lives They Lived” — the NYT’s latest Sunday Magazine features more than the usual number of people who passed away under Neptune in Pisces/Mars in Pisces circumstances (i.e., self-sacrificing/undoing).

Meanwhile, WaPo  offers funny writer Dave Barry’s re-cap of 2018. Buh-bye — and don’t let the door hit you on the way out. It’s “2019 Preview” features predictions by reporters — most of which are supported by planetary patterns. Not bad, WaPo!

UPDATE: on the explosion that lit up the New York skyline a couple of days ago. Remember I said  in the last forecast that the chart for the event did NOT look like an explosion? Electric, yes — explosion, no. Turns out it wasn’t an explosion. It was a plasma discharge caused by a tech snafu. Technical term for the event: electrical arc.   Astrology is amazing.

UPDATE: Barack Obama has Venus at 0 Cancer, a.k.a. the Aries Point. With transiting Mars activating that Venus, we could expect his aesthetic values to demand our attention. Heck, even without that Mars transit, we’re always going to be hearing about Barack Obama’s aesthetic values. When he is 90, and Certain Other People are long gone, we will be hearing what Barack Obama had for lunch.

UPDATE: Avid Readers will recall that Elizabeth Warren was born with Sun and Uranus at the Aries Point. With Mars now at the Aries Point, her horoscope has been triggered. “Elizabeth Warren Announces She is Running for President in 2020.” Of course she is. Given the current state of her horoscope — even without a confirmed birth time —  there was never a doubt.

  • REMINDER: I will be pleased to send you a few custom paragraphs on where the Aries Point falls in your horoscope, how it drives you and how you are likely to be affected by Mars sitting right on top of it. Hit reply to this email and send me your birth data if you think I don’t have it. Then toss $54 into my Cosmic Tip Jar. I will send insights within a day or so.
  • OTHER REMINDER: I have not given myself a raise in several years. Rates will increase on January 15th. Any service purchased before January 15th may be scheduled anytime in 2019.

Thank you for reading this forecast. I cherish each and every one of you, whether you’ve been an Avid Reader for years or have only just discovered my astrological musings. I hope you always find it informative and entertaining.

Closing with this gem from Sunny Daze, a human who posts on the Facebook. It’s the best prediction I’ve seen yet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 12/28/2018 & the Weekend: Courage, Action and Fog (Mars and Neptune)

TGIF!

The Virgo Moon is void as of 11:27 AM ET. Focus on routine organizing concerns and roll with the twists and flakes that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. From my experience, Moon voids are excellent times for writing, including writing these forecasts. Go figure.

At 3:23 PM ET, Moon enters Libra, shifting the day’s need to one of people-pleasing, fairness and diplomacy. A harmony between Venus (money, aesthetics, women) and Pluto (power, resources) at 4:27 PM ET might reflect a bit of balance that may be back in markets. For now.

SATURDAY begins with the Third Quarter Moon at 4:34 AM ET. Whatever illumination received from last week’s Full Moon gets a push or a shove. At 10:41 AM ET, squares Saturn, suggesting an authoritarian advance or wet blanket. Spirits may be lifted minutes later by a harmony with expansive Jupiter at 11 AM ET.

SUNDAY morning is notable for Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto at 3:23 AM ET. Power play or emotional catharsis? Watch the headlines. Moon’s weekly clash with Uranus occurs at 5:53 PM ET, suggesting a disruption of the status quo. Moon then goes void until 5:53 PM ET, when it plunges into the emotional depths of Scorpio.

The Scorpio need for depth, substance and control continues through MONDAY. If you are working today, your quest for world domination is supported by an easy flow among the Moon and Sun-Saturn (will power; authority/structure), exact between 2:46 PM and 5:09 PM ET. New Year’s Eve may be magical enough, with Moon in harmony with Neptune at 10:11 PM ET. However, the potential for action and assertion — for better or worse — can’t be discounted, as warrior Mars leaves Pisces for Aries at 9:20 PM ET. Action involving power and resources (think: megabucks) would be one potential, as Mars will be in touch with a midpoint between Jupiter and Pluto. Action with unintended consequences (think: shipwreck) would be another potential, as Mars is also in touch with the fixed star Scheat (affectionately known as sh*t). Judging from the previous link, Harvey Weinstein, Rudy Giuliani and Julian Assange should be making news any minute now.

The rest of the first week of 2019 is action-packed: New Moon (with an eclipse), the annual Sun-Saturn conjunction — and more! Stay tuned to this channel for continuing updates.

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And now, the news.

Mostly a lot of Mars (action, aggression) demanding prominence at the Aries Point, and especially in the “it’s the end of the world as we know it” sign of Pisces.

In other news…

UPDATE: on Michelle Obama, who is now the most admired woman in the U.S., replacing Hillary Clinton. Not surprising at all, given what’s going on in her horoscope. File this under “told ya so” back in 2016.

UPDATE: on Kevin Spacey, whose name truly reflects planetary patterns in his horoscope (birth time unconfirmed). How so? An exact square between his Leo Sun and spacey Neptune, that’s how so. Things are not as they seem. The structures of Mr. Spacey’s reality are dissolving, suggested by 1) an eclipse to his Leo Sun at the end of July; and 2) his natal Saturn (reality) under the dissolving influence of Neptune (exact on January 13th). On Monday, the Boston Globe reported that he was to be arraigned on charges of felony sexual assault. The arraignment is scheduled to happen at 11 AM on  January 7th, in Nantucket, MA. Neptune (surreal, film, delusion) is all over this case, as apparently there is video evidence. Not only that, but Mr. Spacey’s surreal response to the charges was to post a video of himself as Frank Underwood, his killed-off character from “House of Cards.” And this was after saying nothing on social media for over a years. Ready? All together now: “Weeeeeeeeeiiiiiiird!” Astro students, guess what’s on the ascendant of the chart for the arraignment? Neptune. Weird!

Also under the influence of Neptune: Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, the Emirati princess whose effort to escape Dubai failed under a Sun-Neptune meet-up on March 4th. She was “seized on a yacht off the coast of India”, never to be heard from again. Then a British documentary about her escape aired in the UK earlier this month– on a Sun-Neptune square (see a pattern here?). This week, photos were published of the princess having a casual meal with Mary Robinson, the former UN high commissioner on human rights and president of Ireland. Not everyone is buying the “everything’s fine” story line.

Sheikha Latifa was born in Dubai on December 6th, 1985 — no birth time available. She’s a Sagittarius, driven by a perfection-seeking Virgo Moon. Skydiving is one of her passions, and we see that need for risk and excitement in the Sun-Uranus conjunction in her horoscope (and possibly a Moon-Uranus square, too).  Her Neptune is at the Aries Point, suggesting vision, scandal, idealism and other Neptune themes are likely to be prominent. Depression would be something to watch out for, with Mercury (mindset) and Venus (affection) in a tight meet-up with controlling Saturn.

In the documentary it was revealed that the princess began planning her escape seven years ago. That’s when transiting Pluto in Capricorn met up with her natal Neptune in 2010, supercharging a dream (of escape?). Then transiting Uranus grabbed the torch and carried it into 2012.  Meanwhile, transiting Neptune squared her Mercury, Venus and Saturn in the first half of the 2010s.  More magical thinking, along with a potential meltdown of her reality (compare this with Kevin Spacey’s current Neptune-Saturn meltdown). The princess launched her disappearing act as transiting Neptune squared her boundary-pushing Sagittarius Sun all through 2017 and early 2018. With Neptune now moving away from her Sun, the fog has lifted — sort of — with those photos of Mrs. Robinson (!??!) as evidence of her presence in the material world. I suspect she has a big change in store in 2019, given patterns in her horoscope. Wish we had a birth time.

Here are a few happier Neptune-themed stories, i.e., without potentially victimized fairytale princesses. They reflect Monday’s square between Mercury (mindset) and Neptune (make-believe):

What’s Neptune doing in your horoscope? Setting you up for a new creative passion or dream? Neptune is one of the most challenging energies to manage in the material world. That’s why it’s good to know when it’s pulling focus in your life.

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Monday 3/12/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; Hard-Headed Women and Other Mercury-Venus-Saturn Reflections

Good Morning! Or perhaps afternoon, by the time this is posted. It takes a few hours to gather these stories and make sense of them through the lens of astrology, especially since I do not write every day. Yet the astonishing synchronicity of planetary patterns and headline news continues to enthrall, so gather and analyze I shall. Gratitude to Avid Readers for your continued support — fan email,  shares, contributions to the Cosmic Tip Jar and of course, requests for personal consultations. As of next month, I will have been writing this forecast for nine years. Here’s to another nine more!

The Capricorn Moon goes void today on its weekly clash with rebel Uranus at 11:36 AM ET suggesting an upset to the status quo. Roll with whatever twists, flakes and/or crises may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Stick to routine matters and chill until the Moon enters Aquarius at 6:44 PM ET. Other Moon voids this week are THURSDAY 3:32 AM ET until 6:12 AM ET, and SATURDAY at 9:12 AM ET until 2:57 PM ET. On Saturday we will have the next New Moon — in Pisces — at 9:12 AM ET.

Meanwhile, we’ve got a boatload of action to talk about.  On TUESDAY at 8:39 AM ET, Venus in warrior Aries is squared by patriarchal Saturn. Venus refers to social expression, money, women and aesthetics; Saturn refers to control, structure and discipline. Hardheartedness  would be one potential, as in streamlining in all matters related to Venus. Downside: budget cuts and other financial controls, with empathy tossed out the window. Upside: women of steel making themselves known.  We had a whole month of Saturn square Venus last April. Here’s what was going on then.   If you were born around the 29th of March, June, September and December or have a planet around 8 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Capricorn or Libra, you are likely feeling a squeeze — for better or for worse. This is not always “bad;” often Saturn reflects just the discipline we need to move a plan forward!

Also exact on TUESDAY (but reflected in the headlines a few days before): a harmony between the Pisces Sun and Jupiter in Scorpio. This suggests expansion — for better or for worse —  if you have a planet around 23 degrees of Scorpio, Pisces or Cancer. It’s the silver lining after the squeeze of Saturn. I see this reflected in Beth Owls Daughter’s Tarot card for this week — the Five of Cups — check it out.

As we get closer to the weekend, we are likely to see stories of action, aggression and courage pushing boundaries with prominence. Why? Because Mars (action, courage, aggression) is at the end of Sagittarius, which means it will hit the prominent Aries Point when it enters Capricorn on SATURDAY at 12:41 PM ET. You are affected by this more personally if you have a planet or angle around 0 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. Count to 10 before you lash out and be mindful of your surroundings.  If you’re running a marathon or need a boost of energy to apply to a constructive task, a hit from Mars may serve you well. Familiar newsmakers  off the top of my head whose horoscopes are affected include Hope Hicks, Paul Ryan, Jeff Sessions, Rafael “Ted” Cruz, William Shatner,  Orrin Hatch,  Barack Obama, Harvey Weinstein, Meryl Streep, Elizabeth Warren,  Michael Moore, Gary Oldman, Bill Murray, Steve Mnuchin, Louise Linton.  Watch the headlines between this weekend and next.

And now, the news.

How many times in November and December did we say that the rush to pass a tax reform bill with Mercury retrograde in sloppy Sagittarius  (not mention the muddle-headed influence of transiting Neptune) would result in a mess? Too many to mention, but here’s one for reference.  Meanwhile, from the Sunday front page of  the NYT: “GOP Rushed to Pass Tax Overhaul. Now It May Need to Be Altered.” Ya THINK?!?

Remember that Sunday’s aspects included a hard-headed square between Mercury and Saturn; an innovative/risky harmony between Mars and Uranus; and a potent harmony between the Sun and Pluto (power and resources; news from underground). “In Britain, Learning to Accept Risk, and the Occasional ‘Owie'” is about a new initiative to expose school children to “the element of risk in everyday environment” out of fears that the children are too soft. Another front-page story: “Targeting Rules ‘Written in Human Blood'”  is about the innovative ways the oil industry is lobbying to change (Pluto) the restrictions (Mercury-Saturn) on drilling (Pluto) imposed during the Obama years.

The front page of the NYT Sunday Styles section includes two Mercury square Saturn mind control experiments (Mars-Uranus). The Man Who Knew Too Little. is  about a man under a self-imposed news blackout since the November 2016 election. He has no idea what’s going on in the world, and he’s quite happy. He also has the resources to be completely self-sufficient, unlike the rest of us. The second story is about the newly-rigorous disciplined life in an Arizona “rehab” for...Harvey Weinstein.

Need an innovative control on your phone conversation? Time for a revamped perspective.  In the NYT Business section: “Dial ‘P’ for Privacy: the Phonebooth is Back”.  Meanwhile, on the Sunday Review front page, we see a screaming Venus-Saturn squareMoney is Power. And Women Need More of Both. 

Mercury refers to the lungs. Saturn refers to teeth.  This was apt and odd from WaPo:  “Dentists Keep Dying From This Deadly Lung Disease. The CDC Can’t Figure Out Why.”

I wanted to share this last week, when Jupiter turned retrograde and Venus was at the Aries Point: “15 Remarkable Women We Overlooked in Our Obituaries.” Better late than never, odd pun intended.

In other news…

It is fascinating to see  one of the stories that was hot under last April’s Saturn-Venus square back for an update at this time. Remember Robert Berinstain, the undocumented Mexican immigrant — married with children to a U.S. citizen (who voted for P45)? He was the  beloved owner of a restaurant in Granger, Indiana — suddenly deported. Outrage ensued. Where is he now? What happened to his successful restaurant? Where are his wife and children? Meanwhile, a policy of separating children from their immigrant/refugee parents has only gotten harsher, as this Sunday’s WaPo editorial laments (on a Saturn-Venus square, naturally).

More Saturn square Venus headlines:

  • Venus refers to sugar. Saturn refers to reality. Big Sugar vs. Your Body — is a reality check.
  • Lean, mean Betsy de Vos was interviewed on 60 Minutes. The interviewe aired with transiting Mars exactly on her Mercury in Sagittarius. As expected, the interview generated outrage. Her Mercury (in Sagittarius) is also conjunct Saturn — no surprise there — just another example of headliners in sync with planetary patterns. One provocative question asked was how she felt about being the most hated person in P45’s Cabinet — which was unfair. According to a recent poll commissioned by the mostly-cheerful NYT columnist Gail Collins, EPA head Scott Pruitt is the most hated — or at least, perceived as the very worst. With transiting Saturn  now opposing Pruitt’s Libra Moon, this is no surprise, either. Plus, he’s destroying the planet.
  • Venus refers to fashion. Saturn refers to endings. This just in: fashion icon Hubert de Givenchy has passed away.  It’s fascinating to see how even the obituaries reflect planetary patterns. I just learned that Givenchy was all over the “little black dress” — the color of Saturn in Capricorn. Wow.

OK, time for some fun stuff — before these heavy Saturn transits (some of which are impacting your faithful astrologer’s horoscope) take over the world. Although I must say, even the sketches on SNL had the sobering stamp of Saturn. Did you catch the cold open spoof of  last week’s trainwreck finale of The Bachelor, where Robert Mueller (played by Kate McKinnon) confesses to Becca Kufrin (played by Cecily Strong) that he just doesn’t have the goods?

Meanwhile, Uranus and Mercury refer to astrology. With those planets pulling focus over the weekend, combined with the transforming potential for a Sun-Pluto harmony, it was empowering and refreshing to see a positive, thoughtful take on why Millennials are so into astrology. Thanks to The Guardian!

UPDATE: on Michelle Obama, whose horoscope was discussed back in 2016.  On the last of three hits to her 26 Capricorn Sun (suggesting a need for freedom of self-expression), a truly unique portrait was unveiled in the National Portrait Gallery and her memoir will be published this fall. Not only that, but a photo of a two-year-old girl staring in awe at the painting went viral, which led to an adorable video of Mrs. Obama dancing with the little girl.

Writing about P45 can be exhausting. Are you exhausted by the continuing astrological updates? Let me know — and I  will consider your opinion when choosing what to write about in future forecasts. I kept it to a bare minimum today, though the continued chaos in DC is happening as we would anticipate, given his horoscope, the horoscope of the US and the horoscope of his inauguration. I’d also like to know if you enjoyed this forecast more when I wrote it every day.

Until next time, here’s to the positive potential of Venus under the influence of Saturn. Cue Cat Stevens now, please…

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Monday 1/30/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Arise, Go Forth & Conquer

Good Morning!

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.

What’s going on in your horoscope? In your child’s horoscope? I would love to provide you with practical insights. Book a personal consultation this week and I will include the written Astro-Basics Report (a $27 value) — with my compliments. We will have an excellent discussion together.

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Friday 1/27/17 & the Weekend: New Moon in Aquarius

TGIF!!!

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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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 4/22/2016 & The Weekend: Full Moon; the Queen, the Prince & Other Regal Types

TGIF!

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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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 11/11/2015: New Moon in Scorpio

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.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday & Tuesday 6/22-23/2015: Sneak Peek at the Week

Good Morning!

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?

What’s going on in your horoscope? Do you have a planet that needs to attract attention? If so, what are you doing with all that potential? Your local astrologer would be delighted to provide you with valuable insight on why you are the way you are…and when things are likely to happen for you. Here’s the 411 on consultations.

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