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Friday 9/22/2017 & the Weekend: Happy Sun in Libra; Weird, Wild Neptune & Mars

TGIF!

The Libra Moon is void this morning, wandering without focus until it enters the next sign — Scorpio — at 1:40PM ET. A Scorpio Moon suggests an intense emotional drive carrying us through the weekend, seeking depth and substance in its quest for world domination.

Moon will be void again on SUNDAY at 3:33 AM ET — not to enter Sagittarius until 12:01 AM ET on MONDAY. That’s your cue to do your weekend shopping on Saturday, not Sunday, as impulse purchases made during Moon voids are rarely as useful as you thought they would be. Stick to routine during the void and chill, chill, chill.

The dominant pattern now and through Sunday is the opposition between Mars and Neptune on Sunday at 3:50PM ET. Mars refers to action, courage, combat and anger. Neptune refers to vision,film,  fog and big fat lies. Thus, I’ve been doing a Snoopy dance all week at the timeliness of Jake La Motta’s passing earlier this week. Why? Mr. La Motta was a boxer (Mars) of mythic (Neptune) proportions. He was subject of the award-winning film Raging Bull.  I’ve been seeing a ton of Raging Bull — in the news this week.

Other notable obituaries reflecting the glamorous and scandalous potential of Neptune-Mars: “Liliane Bettencourt, L’Oréal Heiress Vexed by Swindling Case, Is Dead at 94″.  Neptune refers to sleep and drugs; Mars rules surgery:  Dr. Edmond Eger II, 86, Dies; Found Way to Make Anesthesia Safer.  Neptune rules film; Mars rules sports: “Bernie Casey, Who Glided From Football to Hollywood, Dies at 78”. Isn’t that interesting?

Meanwhile, today marks the last day of summer — the Sun is at the end of Virgo and will move into Libra at 4:02PM ET. Happy Autumnal Equinox…a perfect balance between day and night.

Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season  — i.e., equinoxes and solstices — from an astrological point of view. The first days of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter correspond with the first day (or first degree) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively (there are thirty degrees in each sign of the zodiac). Got that? Good.

These four signs are called cardinal signs. Cardinal signs initiate. They come up with the idea and put it into action, which leads to necessary change. “Cardinal” suggests (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  So the first day/degree of a Cardinal sign is a turning point. In astrology, the technical term for the first degree of any Cardinal sign is the “Aries Point”, just to confuse people who are not professional astrologers. In other words, the first day of Cancer, Libra, Capricorn and Aries is the Aries Point. The first day of Taurus (and the rest of the signs) is NOT at the Aries Point). Clear?

Equinoxes and solstices are also prominent. We make a fuss over them, right? In Japan, the first day of each season is actually a national holiday. How cool is that? Thus, in a horoscope, a planet or angle at the Aries Point needs to be prominent. Off the top of my head, Meryl Streep & Elizabeth Warren both have the Sun at the Aries Point (though they are Cancers, mind you — born on the same day). They’re pretty prominent in everything they do, don’t you think?

Libra is an airy, mental sign, generally concerned with relationships, social graces and with promoting fairness, justice and balance. Its ruling planet is Venus, which can be oh-so-sweet and socially gracious. Libra’s mantra is : I BALANCE. This does not mean Librans are balanced; it means they generally are seeking balance and are quite capable of swinging back and forth wildly as they search for it. As sweet as Libra can be, they are not marshmallows. The term “iron fist in a velvet glove” often applies. Jimmy Carter is a Libra. So was Margaret Thatcher, dubbed the “Iron Lady.” Perhaps that also reflects her Scorpio Ascendant.  Vladimir Putin is  a Libra — rumored to have a Scorpio  Ascendant, too.

No sleeping in on MONDAY. Moon will be in high-flying Sagittarius — but thoughts and communication may be seriously sobering, as Saturn (control) will square Mercury (mindset) at 10:36 AM ET. Wake up and smell the coffee.

And now, more news.

The last time Jimmy Kimmel made headlines with a potent perspicacious spin on the need for actual affordable health care accessible to ALL — was around May 8th. Guess what pattern was hot in the cosmos? A challenge between MARS and NEPTUNE. Back then it was a square. Now it is an opposition — the next stage in the cycle. Think First Quarter Moon moving on to Full Moon. This week Mr. Kimmel is making news again, calling out Congress on its fanatical (Neptune-Mars) effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the 348th time. He’s playing the role of Mercury (mindset) in harmony with dirt-digging Pluto (a pattern exact today at 1:59 PM ET), against the other Raging Bull–. Do we see this surge of persuasive action in his horoscope? Yes!

Mr. Kimmel is a Scorpio with a need for a vision, suggested by his Sun-Neptune conjunction. He is driven by the me-me-me need of his pioneering Moon in Aries, which is likely in a challenging pattern with Mars in “make it happen” Capricorn. This Mars is being supercharged by transiting Pluto this year and into next, so we can appreciate why Mr. Kimmel would be especially forceful in action. Here is the latest clip of Mr. Kimmel speaking truth to power on his show. As for The Guardian saying that Mr. Kimmel has emerged as the “unlikely”  leader of the fight to save the Afffordable Care Act, obviously it hasn’t seen his horoscope.

Meanwhile, at the United Nations, P45 praised the health care system of an African nation which does not exist.  Earlier this week he threatened to destroy North Korea. Yesterday, Kim Jong-un declared P45 a  “mentally deranged U.S. dotard,” boosting web traffic at dictionary dot com and perfectly reflecting the delusional potential of this week’s planetary patterns.  Also imaginary:

A Mexican navy official has apologized for confusion over reports that a 12-year-old girl was trapped alive after a Mexico City school collapsed in the wake of a magnitude 7.1 earthquakethat killed more than 280 people nationwide.

Reporters covered “rescue efforts” for over a day…only to find out that all of the students in that school were accounted for. Surreal…and how interesting that an apology for the error would come from the Navy (Neptune!).

Mars rules the head. Neptune is madness. Aaron Hernandez was an NFL player convicted of murder. He commited suicide in April. This week it was revealed that he had C.T.E, a disease of the brain often seen in football players. Symptoms include “problems with controlling aggression and impulses, and some degree of dementia, as well as mood swings, lapses in judgment and a disorganized manner”.

Final story of the day sent in by an Avid Reader. “Back in 1982 I was dealing acid at Jim Morrison’s grave and that’s when I met Vladimir Putin.”  Fact, fiction or just weird, wiggy ride of Neptune opposing Mars?

And what’s Neptune doing in your horoscope? Here’s the 411 on consultations and reports.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 1/20/2014: Heroes and Such

Alll—righty, then!

The Moon is in discriminating Virgo today, and it goes void at 3:55PM ET, on a cooperative connection between disciplined Saturn. What will you correctly organize or criticize today, hmm? Moon doesn’t enter the next sign, Libra, until 7:43AM ET on Tuesday, so you can spend the last half of the day going with the flow, avoiding the malls, and rolling with any twists or flakes that may arise.

It is a holiday for most workers in the United States, as we pause to honor the pioneering civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., whose horoscope was written about in an earlier post. Today I was intrigued to read in the New York Times about an Ohio Congressman named William Moore McCulloch, who is credited with being the first to introduce legislation that would lead to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. I’d never heard of this conservative white Republican, whose legislative initiative was considered to be “political suicide,” but of course I had to go look up his birth date: November 24, 1901 in Holmesville, OH.

Briefly — for those who may be somewhat familiar with the language of astrology —  we’re looking at the Sun in righteous Sagittarius with Moon in earthy Taurus, a sign not known for being a fierce advocate for change. However, three powerful patterns in the horoscope suggest the most dynamic of action potential.  First, a charismatic and prominent opposition between a “make it happen” Mars in Capricorn and dreamy Neptune in Cancer, both at zero degrees, and thus at the Aries Point. Wow! Talk about effective, practical idealism made real!

Second, an opposition between rebel Uranus and transformational Pluto — do I need to say more about that dynamic, given what we know about the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square’s need to disrupt the status quo? Third, an awesome exact conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn (government, collective structures of society) suggests an unstoppable enterprising and purposeful drive. This Jupiter-Saturn hook-up is at 13 degrees of Capricorn, and everyone reading this should immediately recall that a planet or angle 13 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn will be supercharged by Uranus and Pluto, especially in April and June. And by supercharged, I mean it will become prominent. And isn’t it fascinating that McCulloch will absolutely become prominent this year because of a book that will soon be published about the battle surrounding the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Also fascinating: the U.S. Sun is 13 degrees of Cancer.

Meanwhile, nebulous Neptune — which refers to fantastic escapes, including drug, alcohol and other addictions — is running wild. Reflecting these themes, I was struck by this first-person account by a reformed and redeemed (Neptune also refers to salvation) trader who argues that wealth is also an addiction. Yes, really, an addiction — and I had never thought of money in that way, either. Check out his story, currently the second most-emailed article in the New York Times.

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 10/7/2013: Gravity & Venusian Escapes

Rise and shine! The work week begins with an awesome potential for profound realization and gravitas, suggested by the sobering, disciplined, reality check between serious Saturn (Father Time) and mental Mercury, exact in penetrating Scorpio on Tuesday at 3:39PM ET. Deep thoughts coupled with controlling passion are also suggested by today’s Scorpio Moon. Not a bad day for planning strategy, organizing resources and going way beneath the surface for the knowledge you seek. Get your New Moon agenda off the ground.

The emotional intensity could be softened by an easy connection between the Moon and expansive Jupiter around lunchtime on the East Coast, but the real lift arrives at 1:54PM ET. That’s when Venus (social expression) breathes a huge sigh of relief and leaves the moody, controlling clutches of Scorpio for a rowdy roll in the hay in high-flying, fiery Sagittarius. Wheeee! You may notice this immediately, as those around you suddenly have no trouble letting you know exactly how they feel — and if a few feet end up in a few mouths, well — what’s life without a few gambles or gambols. Really, ask any Sagittarius.

Your Moon void periods for the week — not a time to ship or sign anything you wish to be of consequence — won’t interfere too much with regular business hours in the Americas. Here they are: Tuesday 12:54AM – 8:21AM ET; Thursday 6:11AM ET – 11:17AM ET; Friday 8:04PM ET – Saturday 2PM ET. Use those periods to take a break from the usual Type A determination to move forward in a straight line. This does NOT mean you should do nothing, though that can be productive. It simply suggests that Type A efforts are more likely than usual to experience twists and delays — so just roll with them.

And now, the news.  Last week’s New Moon suggested considerable volatility, and the weather has certainly been accommodating. Blizzards in the Midwest, typhoons in China; hail expected perhaps in the Northeast. I’m sure I’m leaving stuff out.  Also as anticipated, some major dirt — about the current U. S. government shutdown — was dumped on the front page of Sunday’s New York Times:A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning”  Yes, that’s right — planning. And this inspired me to look back to January’s forecasts for what we could expect in Obama’s second term — check out the fourth and fifth paragraphs in this prior post.  How are we doing? Meanwhile, as we would also expect to see, given current planetary patterns (disruptive Uranus-Pluto square; Saturn and Mercury conjunct in Scorpio), there’s nothing but “deep” on the docket of the Supreme Court — check out what they’ll be ruling on as the new term begins. And how cool was it that a movie called “Gravity” is number one at the box office this weekend?

Back to planetary patterns suggesting major dirt:  this perfectly-timed NYT op-ed discusses the impact the sudden exposure of closely-guarded facts may have in your own personal world. It may come in handy by the end of next week, when a potentially bewildering face-off between aggressive Mars and nebulous Neptune is added to the mix of a Full Moon and lunar eclipse. However surreal the headlines may be, I’d like to believe that if you’re reading this post, you’re one of the souls who signed up to be a beacon of light in the chaos. So rise and shine — and be helpful, as creatively as you can. Those little acts of random kindness and senseless beauty really add up — let’s get a lot of them going!

Thank you for reading and sharing this forecast.

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 3/23/2012 & the Weekend: Darth Vader Explains It All For You

Not much exact planetary action today. Moon continues charging through pioneering Aries, as you may have noticed by the way folks are careening all over the highways. Seriously. En route to work yesterday I was certain our van driver was about to buy the farm on multiple occasions. Do be mindful if you are traveling.

The edge on verbal expression and hair-trigger tempers is softened as of 9:22AM ET, as Mercury backs up into the sign of Pisces, where it will linger until April 17th. Intuitive powers are highlighted; don’t be afraid to let your mind wander. The next lunar aspect happens on Saturday: a serious, potential wet blanket, courtesy of controlling Saturn opposing the feisty Aries Moon at 1:17PM ET. You could easily shrug it off for the next several hours, as the Moon is void of course from 1:17PM until 5:43PM ET…then it enters Taurus, sign of material comforts and sensual delights.

The weekend’s most intriguing aspect is the Sun’s annual hook-up with rebel Uranus, at 2:21PM ET, suggesting declarations of independence, a celebration of the unique, the bizarre, the inventive — and anything else that disrupts the status quo. Uranus aspects are often felt ahead of time, so we may experience some volatility and surprises on Friday.

Sunday offers the potential for deep satisfaction, as Moon makes smooth connections to assertive Mars, resourceful Pluto and expansive Jupiter. The Jupiter connection happens at 6:02PM ET, setting a jolly, indulgent tone for the evening. Have a friend or two over for dinner.

And now, another take on the symbolism of the New Moon in Aries horoscope, prompted by a 45-second clip a co-worker sent me http://www.wimp.com/vaderkilt/ Entitled “Darth Vader in a Kilt On a Unicycle Playing the Bagpipes”, it is a perfect example of the abundance of creativity and innovative thinking this lunar cycle offers, especially the powerful, kooky hook-up between mental Mercury and inventive Uranus.  Notice that it is also a one-man show, true to the spirit of me-me-me Aries and the self-sufficient Earth Grand Trine (read yesterday’s forecast for a breakdown of the patterns in the New Moon horoscope). It’s got a dark side (Darth), representing the Pluto challenge to Uranus…and it’s got plenty of Hollywood glamor (Star Wars!), representing the sensational opposition between Neptune and  Mars. This clip even captures the spirit of Mars, Mercury and Saturn retrograde. Why? Because Mr. Darth, for all his unique talent, is going in circles. Not quite ready to hit the road yet…but don’t worry…he will be. Check out the video — it will make you smile — and may inspire your own creativity during the current lunar (uni)cycle.

Happy Friday!!!