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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 7/24/2015 & the Weekend: How to Handle Venus Retrograde

TGIF….

…on a day with Moon in Scorpio, seeking knowledge for the sake of power and control. An artsy or intensely dreamy escape can be yours this afternoon, as the Moon aligns perfectly with rose-colored Neptune. I’m off the museum…

Tomorrow, emotional intensity may be further disrupted by the clash between Mars (action, war, cars, guns, violence) and Uranus (technology, accidents, aviation, seismic activity, shocks to the system, cosmos) at 5:42AM ET.  I say “further” because we usually see these tense aspects reflected in our experience before they become exact. And a quick look at the headlines confirms this:  LaGuardia airport shut down by a power outage (disruption); the closest Earth-like planet yet (possibly) discovered; a 4.0 quake reported in California (so tiny, by earthquake standards — and still it makes headlines); a random shooting in a movie theater in Louisiana. There are other stories reflecting more long-term patterns that I hope I will find time to discuss soon.

There is no Moon void on Saturday to deter your yard sale shopping sprees. Venus turning retrograde at 5:29AM ET is another story.

Venus turns retrograde at 0 degrees Virgo, a placement that suggests a need for refinement and analytical detail in social expression. It’s also a bit of a perfectionist. Venus will move backwards through Leo until September 6th. Then it will move forward again at 14 degrees of Leo, so you can go over what you just went over all over again.

Venus goes retrograde every 18 months. I understand that was a long time ago, so let’s review the basics. Ready?

Venus refers to how we need to express ourselves socially. It also refers to women, art, beauty and money. In health matters, Venus refers to the belt line area of the body (and internal organs at the belt line, as well as the thyroid and the throat).  Venus also rules copper, which is an important indicator of economic growth in the commodities markets.

In our social interactions, Venus is the sugar that sweetens our needs and demands, facilitating cooperation in relationships. When direct in motion, Venus supports social graces and words like “please” and “thank you”. When retrograde, courtesy and consideration do not come so easily — and relationships suffer the consequences. The image I hold of Venus retrograde is one of those old-fashioned sardine cans — the ones where you had to use a key to open them. Roll back the lid of the sardine can and there you have it: stinky fish exposed, for all to see. There’s no hiding that smell.

Venus retrograde often presents a relationship, material or aesthetic challenge wherever it is traveling in your horoscope.

Generally speaking, tried and true connections may be strained, but durable. Less sturdy bonds may snap. All that fishy smell can mess up your aesthetic senses, too. Be very careful about starting a fling with that hot new thing during this time period, lest ye awaken in a month or so with buyer’s remorse — or worse — the horrible panicked aftermath of a coyote date. This applies to all partnerships, not just romantic ones.

Exercise caution in matters of decor. If you’re planning on redecorating, pick your colors out now, rather than during Venus retrograde. Putting in an offer on a new home? The value of the home may be inflated; make sure you’re not paying too much. Look under the rugs, kick the tires — make sure you’re not seduced by surface charm covering up so much…stinky fish.

What good can come out of Venus retrograde? Plenty!

Artistic and creative projects you abandoned may be ripe for a second chance at completion. You may REconnect with a past love. You could REview your handling of financial matters; perhaps there is room for some REorganizing and REstructuring.  You may find yourself REconsidering the value of all of your relationships during the month of August, but there’s likely no need to make an impulsive leap forward or a major break. You may even REconsider the value of what you value, including money.

So that’s Venus retrograde.

On Sunday, Uranus will follow suit — please refer to Monday’s forecast for thoughts on that. The Moon will be void between 5:14AM ET and 8:24AM ET. Then it blasts into Sagittarius, likely lifting spirits for the next two days. No sleeping in on Monday….

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 7/30/2013: War & Peace

I trust this forecast finds you all getting wherever you need to go without traffic snarls or other upsets. After posting yesterday’s forecast, my walk to the subway was marked by more than the usual horn honking by impatient drivers. This morning’s commute included a driver almost buying the farm a few hundred feet away from me; I still have the scent of burning rubber in my nostrils. So much for that immovable Taurus Moon seeking stability. Last Saturday’s potentially murderous Pluto-Mars opposition, combined with the nervous tension and disruptive potential of Wednesday’s Mars-Uranus square is clearly pulling focus.

Depth of passion and resources is also in focus today, courtesy of a harmonious connection between Venus (money, art, women, beauty) and Pluto (power, transformation, news from underground), exact at 8:50AM ET. Venus also rules copper, and here’s a story posted this AM about how theft of copper has become an epidemic. Coincidence or conspiracy? You’ll have plenty of time to talk and think about it as of 11:58AM ET as Moon sextiles (you should have learned that word in yesterday’s forecast) mental Mercury and then goes void….with a long sigh….until 11:42AM ET tomorrow (Wednesday).

You know the drill with voids: take care of routine tasks, but be prepared to roll with whatever twists arise in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. There may be a total “meh” feeling to the rest of the day, or it may feel like people are not really focused on the task at hand. Crises that crop up are often much ado about nothing…and with added tension, combustion and “wild card” flavor of tomorrow’s Mars-Uranus challenge, there is greater potential for flying off the handle over a molehill.  Yes, Moon in Taurus is patience personified, but have you ever heard the expression “bull in a china shop”? Those most affected by the Mars-Uranus tension are those with a point or planet at around 12 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

Stories of resources and rebellion continue. Fast-food workers in NY are on a one-day strike, demanding a liveable wage. You did see the recent controversy over the McDonalds website, offering helpful financial planning advice to its workers, didn’t you? Sample helpful advice: “Get a second job”.  Food service workers are striking in other cities, too. Meanwhile, unpaid interns are also suing for wages and benefits — and they are winning their cases. A report released a few days ago notes that 80% percent of all Americans are likely to struggle with joblessness and/or poverty at some point in their lives. Even President Obama is starting to talk about how income inequality is “fraying the social fabric”; today he offered to reduce the corporate tax rate if Congress would do something proactive about jobs. Meanwhile, in bankrupt Detroit, a greenlight has been given on the construction of a $650 million hockey arena, half of which will be paid for with public funds. WTF? JP Morgan is agreeing to pay a 410 million dollar fine to “settle” allegations that it manipulated the electricity markets in Michigan and California. Halliburton is paying $200,000 for destroying evidence regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. And so it goes.

These stories are what we would expect to see, given the upheaval and exposure of corruption in hallowed institutions, suggested by planetary patterns. That is why I bring them to your attention. Astrologers who have been blogging long before me have been writing about the tremendous shifts likely to happen in this decade. It is fascinating to see these shifts occurring, as anticipated. We are halfway through the Uranus-Pluto square; the next exact hit happens the first week of November. Issues of income inequality were front and center during the last Uranus-Pluto square, which occurred in the early 30s. Does anyone remember what was going on then, not just in the U.S., but all around the world? Do we have to repeat the choices made back then? Of course not. As my teacher loves to say, “Planets don’t do anything. People do.”

So let’s look at some good news. Pope Francis made a stunning statement yesterday regarding gay priests, “Who am I to judge”?  That’s a disruption of the status quo, is it not? Currently on the NYT home page  is another story of a maverick who appears to actually be getting things done. Patricia DiMango is a NY State Supreme Court Justice on temporary assignment in the Bronx, where she is striving to clear up a scandalous backlog of cases. Her style embodies the independent, unsettling, unpredictable, but ultimately liberating energy of tomorrow’s Mars-Uranus square — and it’s not the first time she’s made headlines — here’s another story. Can you imagine her on a Congressional committee?

More good news: reflecting the “hopeful union” potential of yesterday’s Grand Sextile, Israel-Palestinian peace talks are set to begin again. And would you believe the Swedes are so good at recycling, that they’ve run out of garbage? It’s all here on the Good News Network — another bookmark page to add to your collection.

Thank you for reading this forecast — now please chill, meditate and find a beautiful, sensual way to enjoy this Moon in Taurus day (with a little lightning bolt from Mars & Uranus).

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 11/26/2012: Mercury Turns Direct

…and a happy Monday to you, too! I hope you all enjoyed a blissed-out Thanksgiving and are now ready for a dynamic week.

Moon is in Taurus, happily concerning itself with material comfort and security. Not a bad placement for retailers hoping for a blockbuster Cyber Monday, especially with the optimistic Sagittarius Sun in a harmonious connection with Uranus, planet of innovation and technogeeks. What a buzz!! The caveat, however, is that Mercury (mind, communication, travel and gizmos) TURNS DIRECT at 5:48PM ET. Will the servers be able to handle the traffic? And even if they can, will they get your order right? You know the drill when Mercury changes direction: patience, focus and awareness while moving from Point A to Point B. And be prepared to review and revise plans that were launched during the past several weeks.

There’s another reason to be extra-focused in communications and paperwork over the next few days. Serious relationships, power plays and material ambition/security issues may be up for many, courtesy of an intense hook-up between Venus (social expression, women, money, beauty) and Saturn (ambition, control) in heavy Scorpio, exact at 8:19AM ET. Tuesday features a conjunction  between aggressive Mars and ruthless Pluto in super-enterprising Capricorn (exact at 3:14PM ET). Together, these two patterns suggests the potential for focused encounters that cut to the chase. What’s the bottom line? Illumination shows up on Wednesday, courtesy of a Gemini Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse, which we will talk more about later this week.

Void of course Moons are tricky this week, disrupting the straight-as-an-arrow intentions of Type A personalities. Moon goes void Monday at 7:57PM ET…and enters Gemini at 7:58PM ET on TUESDAY.  Moon goes void at 8:04PM ET on Wednesday…not to enter Cancer until 8:55AM ET on FRIDAY. Be prepared for unexpected twists and flakes…and remember that crises that crop up during voids are often much ado about nothing.

And now, the news — and there’s plenty to deliver. You may recall that on Thursday I anticipated that we’d see the consequences of a rose-colored fog and the potential for accidents in the headlines. How about “140 Car Pile-up in Texas Fog Kills 2; Injures Dozens”. With the Moon in Aries on Friday challenged by extremely combustible patterns among aggressive Mars, unpredictable Uranus and destructive Pluto, we saw “27 Injured in Lower Manhattan Office Fire”. That fire broke out in the wee hours of the morning, about the same time a Walmart shopper in Sacramento flipped out and threatened to stab people. And there was plenty of other aggressive Black Friday outbursts, as anticipated. Meanwhile, there was a fire at the State Department. Coincidence or conspiracy?

As for explosive outbursts in the rest of the world, we noted a surprise power grab in Egypt, a fire in a garment factory in Bangladesh killing at least 124 workers (anyone own any clothing made in Bangladesh?); and rebels & chaos in the Congo. There was a shooting on Friday in Gaza after the declared cease fire on Wednesday, but as it turns out, the cease fire remains in effect..so that’s good news.  Interesting to note in synch these combative warrior patterns are happening along with the passing of two men associated with testosterone: Larry Hagman (known for his portrayal of big, bad JR Ewing on “Dallas”) and Hector “Macho” Comacho, a boxer known for “living dangerously”.

You may be in the hot seat or called to action this week if you were born around the 30th of March, June, September or December…or if you have a planet or key point around 4 to 9 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.  And that can be a very GOOD thing!

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