…with bonus points to readers who understand the clever wordplay of this forecast’s subtitle. Moon in now in Gemini, doncha’ know…and nan, oh man, oh man….it felt as if yesterday’s all-day Taurus Moon void would never end.
A day without a Moon bouncing off other planets can feel like forever…and quiet, too. I expect plenty of buzz with the Moon in information junkie Gemini (as of 11:54PM ET last night). It will bounce off six planets between 7:35AM and 6:48PM ET: Mars (action), Saturn (ambition/control), Venus (sweet), Sun (challenge), Neptune (vision/space cadet) and Mercury (communication). That’s a lot of bouncing in one day.
Picture the Moon making contact with planets in the same way that the ball in a pinball machine bounces off bumpers when the game is in play. When the ball stops making contact with the bumpers and falls back to the bottom of the machine, you have the equivalent energetic drive of a Moon that is void of course. Got that?
On Monday, I wrote:
The challenge to the Sun at 12:14PM ET is the First Quarter Moon, presenting a challenge to the New Moon projects launched last week. Work it out, using another easy flow of energy supplied by Mars (working with efficiency in Aries) and Saturn, exact at 10:09PM ET. Headlines about progress and initiatives in the media and other collective belief systems, methinks…driven by a vision or fantasy. That strong idealism is suggested by the Sun’s annual meet-up with Neptune at 11:56PM ET.
Would a headline about net neutrality moving one step closer to becoming reality qualify? Anyway, let the above paragraph be your guide to the day, and get the word out on whatever you’re working on, visionary as it may be.
And now, more news.
First, a follow-up to Brian Williams and Bill O’Reilly, who have both had issues with reality while operating under 1) challenging Mercury (mind)-Neptune (fog) contacts in their respective horoscopes; and 2) one or more planets triggered by the Uranus-Pluto square. It seems Robert A. Macdonald, the Secretary for Verterans Affairs, was caught making stuff up about his military exploits, too. I was certain there would be similar patterns in MacDonald’s horoscope — and there are! MacDonald’s Mercury is squared by Neptune. Astrology is amazing. Oh, and P.S. — Mr. O’Reilly is slated to produce a series called “Legends & Lies” starting this April. Of course he is, given his super-charged Mercury-Neptune conjunction.
Neptune refers to escapes, including those facilitated by drugs and alcohol. On this Sun-Neptune conjunction, Alaska becomes the third state to legalize marijuana. Jamaica also decriminalized recreational use. More will follow suit, as predicted years ago in this forecast, just before Neptune entered Pisces.
Elsewhere, Vermont’s efforts to treat many in that state who are addicted to heroin made the homepage of the NYT. So did an op-ed about a bewildering disease whose symptoms are reflective of the “wipe-out” some experience under heavy Neptune transits: chronic fatigue syndrome. Earlier this week, 12 students at Wesleyan were hospitalized after overdosing on Ecstasy. Sun-Neptune meet-up, there may be consequences when heavy Saturn is part of the party, as it definitely was over the weekend.
Add the me-me-me potential of Venus (women) and Mars (men) in Aries to the potential deception suggested by Sun-Neptune, and you might stumble across an op-ed about why extramarital sex seems so great to some people. Neptune also refers to scams, photography and other intangibles. Thanks to photographer Jim Herrington for bringing this article to my attention. It “exposes the scheme” behind last year’s record-setting sale of a photograph, with the Neptunian title of “Phantom”. Really, six million dollars for a photograph?
Last but not least, on yesterday’s stubborn Taurus Moon, President Obama vetoed a bill that would have authorized the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
What’s going on in your horoscope?
Wow. Where did Monday go? Is it Tuesday already?
The Taurus Moon is void all day — not to enter Gemini until 11:54PM ET. You know the drill: stick to routine concerns and chill. You can still be quite productive in efforts to build and maintain material security thanks to an ease of energy flow between Venus (money, social expression, women) and Saturn that is exact at 9:58AM ET, and carries through the day. Good food, music and a snuggle with your sweetie — those and other creature comforts would be an apt reward tonight.
And now, the news.
From yesterday — how interesting — on a day with an ambitious and controlling square between Saturn and the Sun — to see the words “crack down” appear in not one, but two headlines on the NYT homepage. The Australian leader is cracking down on terrorism. The Venezuelan leader is also cracking down. Curious, isn’t it? There are no more headlines about crackdowns on the NYT homepage right now….but there is one which includes the words “Best Selfie Ever”. Remember last week when Venus entered Aries and I anticipated that we’d see more headlines about selfies? Well, that didn’t take long…
So the Oscars came and went and what happened? Patricia Arquette won for Best Supporting Actress. She made headlines for giving an acceptance speech calling for wage equality — and it went viral, especially since Meryl Streep was captured on film reacting to it by leaping out of her chair and shouting “YES!!!” You will recall what a rebel Ms. Streep is when her horoscope was discussed in a bit about astro-twin Elizabeth Warren’s horoscope last week, right? And that we’d expect her rebellious spark to attract attention, yes?
As for Ms. Arquette, it should be no surprise to learn that she has Venus (social expression) at 29 Pisces and Mercury (mindset communication) at 2 Aries. They are both within range of the Aries Point, and thus can be expected to attract attention. With transiting Venus and Mars at 2 Aries on Sunday, of course what Ms. Arquette had to say would be noticed. We can expect Ms. Arquette to remain in the spotlight over the next couple of years, as Uranus and Pluto supercharge her Aries Sun and Midheaven.
In other news, there’s Fox celebrity Bill O’Reilly. He’s been accused of inflating some of the stories he reported while covering the Falklands war many years ago for CBS. Naturally my first thought was that he must have a dynamic aspect between Mercury (mindset) and Neptune (color it rose) in his horoscope, like Brian Williams. And in fact he does have Mercury conjunct Neptune, and this idealistic pattern is under fire from Uranus and Pluto. We’d expect his words and thoughts to be supercharged. Not only that, but Mr. O’Reilly has Moon in me-me-me Aries, just like Mr. Williams. Moon in Aries is a natural warrior, doncha’ know. It needs to lead and inspire. It needs to be a hero. Isn’t that interesting?
Keepin’ it light today. What’s going on in your horoscope?
Interesting mix today. Note your dreams this morning as we process the inspiring and/or delusional potential of nebulous Neptune’s hookup with mental Mercury at 1:48AM ET. Despite a probable desire for emotional depth and control in the early AM, when the Moon goes void (with a sigh) in moody Scorpio from 12:04PM to 7:56PM ET, you may be subjected to a few twists, flakes and/or space cadets. If you’re intending to send flowers to your Valentine — or anything else that needs to move in a straight line — be advised there is a higher probability of delivery snafus during v/c Moons.
The Moon void is launched by a challenging square from the Sun, bringing up issues regarding the intentions you set at the beginning of the lunar cycle, which you can mull over throughout most of the day. The lunar vibe lightens at 7:56PM ET, when Moon moves into Sagittarius, seeking adventure — still with a rosy glow. A foreign film, restaurant or outdoor stroll on this Valentines Day would fit the bill. The inspiring and/or delusional haze so helpful in romance will likely linger, courtesy of a challenge between Moon and Neptune. One caveat: be advised we are also operating under the influence of a challenge between ruthless Pluto (resources, news from underground and other things that run deep) and Venus (women, money, beauty). Could be juicy and deep — or impulsively witchy-bitchy.
One other caveat: Mars is still running wild in perfectionist Virgo and it is retrograde. Remember that if you’re feeling frustrated because things aren’t moving at a fast enough pace — or if you sense others feeling that way. I’ve gotten a few queries from readers wondering what the tension they are sensing is all about. Part of it is retrograde Mars — people often fight the need to slow down and develop a new game plan at this time, sort of like that “Halftime in America” Super Bowl spot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PE5V4Uzobc Note that it’s a new game plan; the other tension being felt is the approach of the first of a series of seven exact challenges between ruthless Pluto in “corporations & governments” Capricorn and rebel Uranus in “me-me-me” Aries. This first square happens on June 24th and it will take few years to hit all seven. This series of squares is all about change. When Uranus and Pluto challenge each other, it clears the way for new structures and forms. You’ll feel it more personally this year if you’ve got planets or points in the early degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn — or if you live in a country with those degrees highlighted in your country’s horoscope.
To writers, artists, healers — and others whose craft depends on inspirational channels that may take tangible form — make the most of this week. With Mercury and Neptune pulling focus, you could come up with something sublime.
Moon in Scorpio continues from yesterday, seeking knowledge for the sake of power and control and needing to be seen as a person of substance. Add to that substance a productive connection between disciplined Saturn (the reach for ambition) and mental Mercury, (exact at 1:44PM ET), and what goes through your mind today may actually have some gravitas. Draft your proposal, research your case, ask those serious questions. This aspect can allow you to soberly process whatever surge of feeling you noted Sunday night, when expansive Jupiter challenged that deep well of feeling suggested by the Scorpio Moon.
At 8:38PM ET, Mercury leaves cerebral Aquarius for watery Pisces, suggesting more empathy and intuition in our thought patterns. As mentioned yesterday, a hook-up between Mercury (mind, communication, travel) and nebulous Neptune (intangibles, spirit, escape, ideals) is exact at 1:48AM ET, likely to color Valentines Day with a rosy glow. And if not rose-colored glasses, why not beer goggles? Hey, it could happen. Don’t have a Valentine? How about a Virtual Boyfriend — http://www.amazon.com/Virtual-Boyfriend/dp/B0056BHJWA — not only is he man enough to tell a woman what she’d like to hear, but he actually means it. And so reasonably priced!
Get it off your desk today if you can — Moon will be void Tuesday from 12:04PM = 7:56PM ET. This is the only void-of-course Moon impacting your work week.
From Saturday through Wednesday we build to a potential outpouring of emotion and inspired thinking that can be delusional, practical and/or transcendental. The emotions are suggested by Wednesday’s challenge between ruthless and oh-so-deep Pluto and Venus (love, women and money); the thinking is suggested by Tuesday’s exact hook-up between mental Mercury and nebulous/inspired Neptune and Monday’s easy connection between Mercury and disciplined, sober Saturn. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to conclude that these patterns seem perfectly aligned with the outpouring of emotion expressed by the public after Whitney Houston’s sudden passing at age 48 on Saturday afternoon. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/arts/music/whitney-houston-dies.html?hp I’d say 85% of the posts on Facebook right now are tributes to Whitney Houston. The other headline I’m seeing right now is that Catholic bishops are rejecting Obama’s compromise on contraception, which could be seen as another possible manifestation of a Pluto (ruthless, resources) challenge to Venus (women, money) and Neptune (fantasy, illusion, intangible) connected to Mercury (mind, communication) http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/us/catholic-bishops-criticize-new-contraception-proposal.html?hp
In your own personal world, Sunday may well begin on a balanced note, with an ease of communication courtesy of a trine between Moon in cerebral Libra and mental Mercury in equally cerebral Aquarius. As the day progresses, sober Saturn weighs in, either dampening spirits or providing needed structure to your plans for world domination. This Saturn-Moon hook-up is exact at 4:09PM ET, followed by an hour long void; Moon enters moody bastard Scorpio at 5:01PM ET, promptly co-mingles with nebulous, glamorous Neptune and sets the tone for the nebulous, glamorous celebration of music (an intangible), known as the Grammys.
Whitney Houston was born August 9, 1963 at 8:55PM in Newark, NJ. Sun in regal Leo, with Moon-Jupiter conjunction in Aries. The prime directive of this horoscope is a huge need to be seen as inspiring, pioneering and Number One (if you have Moon in Aries, or if you are in a relationship with someone with Moon in Aries, now you know what they need). With Moon and Jupiter in the first house, we’d expect her to be an entrepreneur — someone who needs to do her own thing in her vocation. All together, these planets are in a pattern that suggests tremendous projection of an aura of self-sufficiency and a defensive posture that interferes with relationship.
Contrasting that need for self-expression and affirmation is a heavy emphasis on planets in the Western hemisphere, suggesting Houston gave herself away to others at the expense of developing her own strengths. An emotionally sensitive, downright watery Pisces ascendant would add to that vulnerability…and Mars, running wild in the area of the horoscope related to partnership, suggests tremendous energy applied to relationships and/or the general public for the sake of self-worth (or lack thereof).
Houston’s Sun (life force) and Venus (social expression, aesthetic sense) together in Leo suggest a sunny idealism; both are squared by Neptune, which likely reinforced an idealized or bewildered sense of self. Artistic talent and charismatic appeal would be another potential…and a need for a rose-colored outlook on life. How far does someone go to keep those rose-colored glasses on? Drugs? Well, drugs are one possible avenue for a horoscope with a strong Neptune under high tension.
Meanwhile, an intense hook-up between mental Mercury and ruthless Pluto in Virgo (the eternal perfectionist/critic) is a sure sign of sharp verbal communication (vocal perfection?) — and in Houston’s case, likely experienced in one-on-one relationships (the two planets are in Houston’s 7th house). Rebel Uranus adds nerves, excitement, genius and risk — again likely played out in partnership — and in the body. Other aspects suggest a huge influence on the part of the mother; a remote or overly strict relationship with the father (the latter relationship likely created anxiety over her ability to be loved). Another connection involving Jupiter, Pluto and the Aries Point is nearly always a sign of fame — or at least association with — the rich and famous. Which is likely why everyone in the Free World is posting tributes on facebook…and I’m writing this forecast instead of the one I planned to write about Clint Eastwood, the perfect timing of his”Halftime in America” Super Bowl commercial (given that Mars is retrograde), and what the heck is going on in Greece.
As one would expect, there are patterns of dynamic stress active in Houston’s horoscope at this time.* Ruthless Pluto, for example, is exactly square that runaway Mars, suggesting tremendous force and a potential for accidents. Stressful patterns or not, 48 seems way too young to exit, stage right. Rest in peace, Ms. Houston. Right now, you are Number One in our thoughts and prayers.
*the horoscope never dies; it is not unusual for posthumous tributes and/or a resurgence in popularity to coincide with planetary patterns…amazing, isn’t it?