In the spirit of Mercury REtrograde, here’s a REcreated “Sneak Peek at the Week,” given that the original was lost in cyberspace…
Special shout-out to tech wizard Mark Marshall at Interage, whose rapid response and expertise was able to exorcise the WordPress bugs in my computer. Thank you!
Monday started with a heavy challenge between the comfort-seeking Moon in Taurus and stern Saturn in Scorpio, suggesting a potential reach for ambition or major reality check. That happened at 6:59AM ET, just before I started writing, and at that time the big headline on the NYT homepage was “Relief Over US Exit Fades as Reality in Iraq Eclipses Hope”. But the Moon moves fast, so connections it makes to other planets do not last long. At 9:49PM ET, Moon made an easy connection with expansive Jupiter, suggesting an opportunity for pleasant indulgence in sensual delights, especially since the Moon will be void thereafter until 7:06AM ET on Tuesday.
More pleasantness on a personal level is suggested Tuesday morning, as Venus and the Moon meet up in chatty Gemini, as a need for information drives the day. Caveat: Mercury is still retrograde, so take what you hear with a grain of salt, especially in the evening, when nebulous Neptune challenges the information junkie Gemini Moon.
We’ll have some potentially blissful patterns to inspire us on Friday’s New Moon in emotional security-seeking Cancer, and those should carry us through the weekend. Until then, we’ll be processing the edgy buzz of this Wednesday’s challenge between rebel Uranus and warrior Mars, reflected in the headlines in stories of sudden disruptions of the status quo, guns and more guns, notable seismic activity, tech breakthroughs, fires (and those who fight them, a “firebrand” candidate running for governor in Colorado, “testy” exchanges in Congress –and angry joyriders in Saudi Arabia, just to name a few.
The only Moon void to potentially throw a twist into your efforts to move forward in a straight line during normal business hours happens on Thursday from 7:56AM until 5:06PM ET. This is also the last day of the lunar cycle — a “dark” or “dead” Moon — and definitely suggests a day to stick to routine, chill out and refrain from launching major new initiatives.
And now, more news — lots of it — as you’d expect on a day with Moon in Gemini.
Last week we saw mental Mercury again at the Aries Point (returning to where it was on the New Moon on May 28th). Words and thoughts would likely become prominent. This whole lunar cycle suggested a potential reboot of a way of thinking and/or communication — some of it visionary; some of it delusional; much of it based on an ideal. Exhibit A: the US Patent Office cancels the trademark of the Washington Redskins because the term “redskins” is deemed “derogatory. Exhibit B: A newspaper ditches Pulitzer prize-winning writer George Will when he pens a controversial column about rape victims. Exhibit C: A study about what really goes on in the brains of writers when they are writing is released. Exhibit D: (this hit the headlines on the New Moon, but still being circulated) The losses we suffer in brainpower as handwriting becomes a thing of the past.
More idealism, along with Mercury retrograde reunions exploded on the scene last week, courtesy of Mars triggering the volatile Uranus-Pluto square. How so? How fascinating that the headline for the latest NYT book review is “A High-Living Idealist, Running Guns in 1938″. In other news, as you know, militants in Iraq have taken over certain cities, apparently captured major oil-producing sites and stolen hundreds of millions of dollars. And last week, it was like Old Home Week as seemingly everyone who pushed so hard to invade Iraq in 2003 (and did not want the US to leave), was all over the airwaves, including Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz. People from the past have an odd way of turning up when Mercury is retrograde…
The Cheneys penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, which I mention for two reasons. One, because of its idealism. Really, even Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly seemed somewhat skeptical — and she was not the only one exhibiting a surprising change of mindset. Two, because we took a look at Liz Cheney’s horoscope last year — as she was contemplating running for a Senate seat in Wyoming (see the last two paragraphs of the linked post). At that time, the need for a career move seemed astro-logical, and though her Senate prospects weren’t clear (we do not have an exact birth time), it did look as if she’d be in a more expansive position this summer, regardless. And apparently she is.
Ms. Cheney and her father have launched a new non-profit, the Alliance for a Strong America, which aims to “restore American power, strength and influence around the world”. Well, this should fit in nicely with Ms. Cheney’s aforementioned idealism and her Moon in Sagittarius, which needs to express its opinion. And given a pattern that suggests the relationship with the father may run away with the rest of the horoscope, working with her dad is not a surprising choice.
Last but not least, the Sun in Cancer at the Aries Point (the Summer Solstice) suggested that issues related to motherhood would become prominent. How interesting to find an in-depth article about the woman in Arizona who made headlines in March when she could not find a babysitter and left her children in the car while she went to an interview for a job that would have finally paid her a living wage. She was arrested — but where is she now? Meanwhile, for those who ask about the action in President Obama’s horoscope, yesterday he encouraged employers to offer mothers of newborn babies up to six weeks of paid maternity leave. Obama has Venus (women, social expression) in Cancer (motherhood, nurturing), and it is also at the Aries Point, suggesting he may be known for a sensitive social expression that fosters emotional, homeland and family security needs. And isn’t it interesting the Sun in Cancer just made contact with Obama’s natal Venus?
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