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Monday 1/21/2019: Sneak Peek at a Short Work Week; Full Moon/Eclipse in Leo & Much More

Happy post – Super Full Blood Wolf Blitzer Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse in Leo! Did everyone see the big red ball in the sky last night? Here are pix, in case you missed it. The eclipse was exact at 12:16 AM ET this morning. When set in Washington, D.C., it looked like this:

A Leo Moon facilitates a sense of play, creativity and self-expression. Let the drama queens reign, for better or for worse. For better, throw a party and help others shine. For worse, throw your weight around like a spoiled would-be king.  What drives a Moon in Leo is the need for love and adoration; flattery is your coping strategy if you need to tame a roarin’ lion.

Last night’s eclipse was at 0 degrees of Leo, opposing the Sun at 0 degrees of Aquarius. The Sun left Capricorn for Aquarius on Sunday at 4 AM ET, and if yesterday or today is your birthday, my money says you’re in for a groundbreaking year. Have you checked in with your astrologer lately?

Aquarius is an airy, mental energy, primed for organizing ideas into a fixed form.   Keywords for Aquarius include innovation, eccentricity, friendship, humanitarian, unconventional, rocket scientist and/or mad genius. If you were born with the Sun in Aquarius, you have the energy to innovate and intellectualize with others. If your Moon is in Aquarius, you need to be socially significant — and dare I say appreciated for it. You probably need to be unusual, too.

When a Leo Moon opposes an Aquarius Sun, we see the potential for illumination and release regarding two conflicting drives: 1) the Leo Moon’s need for personal expression and recognition and 2) the Aquarius Sun’s energy to build a functional group dynamic. Famous people born with Moon in Leo and Sun in Aquarius include Omarosa, Paris Hilton, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Sonny Bono. See any similarities?

A lunar eclipse facilitates a release or illumination on a matter that arguably needs to be brought to a close. That release or illumination may not happen immediately. What often happens is that the release is triggered when another planet connects with the degree of the eclipse, which in this case is 0 degrees of Leo and Aquarius — and arguably 0 degrees of Taurus and Scorpio. Will any planet make that connection in the near future? Yes. Mercury will be at 0 Aquarius on January 24th; Mars will be at 0 Taurus on February 14th; Venus will be at 0 Aquarius on March 1st; Uranus will be at 0 Taurus on March 6th. If you have planets around 0 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Aquarius and Scorpio, write those dates down. Everyone else can watch the headlines, especially for news involving these entities born with planets around 0 Aquarius. Kellyanne Conway, Nikki Haley, Bill Maher and the inauguration of The Donald are examples.

The chart for this Full Moon set in Washington is striking. The Leo Moon is exactly at the top of the horoscope, opposing the Aquarius Sun at the bottom. Chart ruler Venus has just separated from a challenging square with Neptune (a visionary feminine healer? a bewildering aesthetic? a monetary scandal?). Venus will next meet up with a high-functioning Jupiter (a.k.a. the cosmic sugar daddy), in the area of the chart related to money and values. Can we all get paid now, please? Perhaps, but first we have to live through the militant stand-off of macho Mars in Aries squaring patriarchal Saturn in Capricorn, which was exact today at 6:16 AM ET.

After the Mars-Saturn stalemate, the expansiveness of the Venus-Jupiter meet-up on TUESDAY at 7:26 AM ET brings relief. If you have a planet around 16 degrees of Aries, Leo, Pisces, Gemini, Virgo, Aquarius, Libra  — and especially Sagittarius — buy a few lottery tickets.  A stroke of luck and/or optimism is aided and abetted by innovative communication and ideas, suggested by WEDNESDAY’s square between Mercury and Uranus, exact at 6:13 AM ET.

At 12:50 AM ET on THURSDAY, Mercury enters Aquarius, activating today’s lunar eclipse. As Mercury will conjoin the 0 Aquarius Sun in the horoscope for The Donald’s inauguration, we see an opportunity for significant communication. A high-functioning harmony between Mars (in Aries) and Jupiter (in Sagittarius) adds a rush of expansive energy to the mix, exact on FRIDAY at 12:53 PM ET.

Bottom line: the planetary patterns in this eclipse chart suggest a big release this week — and when the eclipse is triggered on the dates noted previously. That it falls right on the Sun of The Donald’s inauguration chart is verrrry interesting, one way or the other.

To recap the notable planetary patterns for the week:

  • MONDAY (today): big fat total eclipse in Leo — maybe a total eclipse of the heart, as Leo rules the heart…hmmmmm. Mars in Aries square Saturn in Capricorn: militant stalemate, personally affecting people with planets around 13 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn
  • TUESDAY: potentially joyful, as Venus meets up with Jupiter in Sagittarius at 7:26 AM ET. Sagittarius refers to: foreigners, travel, media, opinions, courts, universities, liver, pancreas, horses. The Leo Moon goes void at 8:19 PM ET. Moon enters Virgo to clean up the confetti and get everything organized at 10:22 PM ET.
  • WEDNESDAY: Mercury squares Uranus at 6:13 AM ET. Watch for groundbreaking, innovative and/or disruptive news involving aviation, technology, gender benders.
  • THURSDAY: Virgo Moon is void between 8:50 AM ET and 11:02 PM ET — that’s allllll day, folks. Roll with the twists and flakes. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. Stick to routine and trust that the details will be sorted out once the Moon enters the next sign, which is Libra. Chill!
  • FRIDAY: Libra Moon seeks balance and harmony, big time. Mars trines (harmonizes) Jupiter at 12:53 PM ET. What could spoil this party? Moon squares Saturn at 11:10 PM ET, possibly throwing a wet blanket on the newsfeed.

Before I get to the news, please note that new rates for consultations and reports are now posted. After four years of holding steady, I deserved a raise. However, to show my appreciation for cherished Avid Readers and clients who consistently support my work, if you book a consultation in 2019, and  1) it’s been less than a year since your last consultation; OR 2) you referred a client to me in 2018,  I will be pleased to offer you last year’s rate. Clear?

And now, the news.

The weekend was driven by a Moon in Cancer, needing emotional, family and homeland security. Add in the Venus-Neptune square (idealism with a possible feminine, musical, healing, spiritual or delusional vision),  and the militant stalemate of the Mars-Saturn square (“get off my lawn!”)…AND the rising emotional tide of the Full Moon. Sure, we can now see how competing marches on Washington, i.e., the Women’s March, the March for Life and the Indigenous Peoples’ March could result in this image dominating the news:

That’s Kentucky resident and Catholic schoolboy Nick Sandmann in the MAGA hat, balefully staring down Vietnam veteran and tribal elder Nathan Phillips, who is chanting tribal chants. Under the foggy Venus-Neptune spell, circumstances of the encounter weren’t quite clear, and other parties were involved. With Venus square Neptune now in the rear view mirror, WaPo offers this illumination.

We could also see the tension of these two squares, coupled with last week’s provocative patterns, in a new commercial from Gillette tackling “toxic masculinity”  An SNL parody of the Gillette ad is just as provocative and on point, but with the quirky humor of this week’s Mercury-Uranus square, if you ask me.

Meanwhile, a strategic approach in romance, with no small amount of idealism and deception can be found here: “You Matched With Someone Great Online, or Her Ghostwriter.”

In other news, the  potential “militant stalemate” and bewildering judgment of planetary patterns could arguably be seen in both the NFC and AFC championship games. The LA Rams trounced the New Orleans Saints, but only after one of the worst no-calls in football history, say the experts. Looks like that call may have happened around 5 PM in New Orleans, but I can’t find a record of the time online. Meanwhile, the Patriots are heading to the Superbowl again…but they had to go into overtime to beat the Kansas City Chiefs. No one was backing down.

Finally, an update on Jeff Bezos, whose horoscope we haven’t talked about since 2015.  Back then we noted the potential for a declaration of independence, courtesy of transiting Uranus squaring his Capricorn Sun. Last year, transiting Uranus squared his natal Mars, suggesting strong potential for risk and excitement. The first hit happened in May — and guess what he did? According to US Magazine, that’s about when he started an affair with his business partner’s wife….oh geez…really….? During a summer with Mars retrograde…? And his wife and business partner were informed in the fall, perhaps around the time of the second hit to Mars from Uranus and a Venus retrograde. Well…OK then. Are we surprised?

Now Bezos is getting a divorce. Do you think he consults with an astrologer? Next up for him: transiting Pluto on his Sun, breaking down his old self and building him anew, with the upside potential being empowerment. Resistance is futile.

No sleeping in tomorrow. We’ve got a busy next couple of days; you can chill on Thursday.

Meanwhile, if you’ve been waiting for me to email you back, you will hear from me tomorrow. Thank you for your patience…and thank you for reading this forecast.

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 9/23/2015: Happy Autumnal Equinox

Writing this under a still void-of-course Moon in Capricorn. If your need to make things happen wanders slightly off-course this morning, it is likely reflecting the “go with the flow” energy of the void. That, combined with Mercury retrograde, suggests a prime opportunity to focus your enterprising structuring and efforts inward.

Once the Moon engages in Aquarius at 1:51PM ET, seize the rest of the day. Patterns happening around 2:34PM ET are especially helpful for cooperation in business and planning, as the Sun and Moon form a communicative sextile to Saturn. And regardless of the red line the auto-correct function in WordPress insists on drawing under “sextile” and “trine,” those are real words. “Sextile” means two planets are 60 degrees apart. “Trine” means 120 degrees apart. Both the trine and the sextile suggest an easy relationship between two bodies, facilitating harmonious effort and communication between them.

Squares and oppositions are more charged, with a greater potential for conflict. The square is 90 degrees; the opposition is 180. A conjunction — which suggests an intensified, blended focus of two separate energies — is 0 degrees.

See how I wandered off-course, but with Really Useful (Moon –void!– in Capricorn) information? But seriously, WordPress: get up to speed, already! Funny how it draws a red line under “WordPress,” too. Like it doesn’t really know who or what it is. Definitely would benefit from a consultation with an astrologer.

Back to the Moon in Aquarius. That is a friendly sign, ready to help your humanitarian cause or hook you up with a fresh group of contacts, the more unconventional the better. Aquarius can also be quite the stubborn rebel, clinging to an antiquated past or a pushing for a far-out future. Either way, it’s on the fringe.

The Aquarius Moon continues with drive until 12:02AM on Friday, when it goes void with a sigh until 3:44PM ET. Then Moon changes gear and shifts into Pisces. If you must ship, do it this afternoon or tomorrow.

Meanwhile, while you were sleeping the Sun left Virgo for Libra at 4:21AM 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).

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 Cancers — happy birthday!) and William Shatner (an Aries) were born with the Sun at the Aries Point. They’re pretty prominent in everything they do, don’t you think?

Libra is a 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.

Did you know that Fox News (motto: “fair and balanced”) launched under a Libra Sun? If you’re now thinking “wow, there must be a lot more to a horoscope than just a Sun Sign,” I commend you. And that’s another  compelling reason why you should get to know your horoscope. Or have a professional explain it to you.

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, who is not coming to a $10 bill near you any time soon. Tim Robbins, John Lithgow, Lee Harvey Oswald, Julie Andrews and Maria von Trapp (inspired casting?) — all Libras. Oh wow — Lenny Bruce is Margaret Thatcher’s astro-twin; they were both born on October 13, 1925. Fascinating.

And now, the news…briefly.

With Venus trine Uranus yesterday, I was expecting a story involving someone with an unconventional social expression to make the news. Throw in a Mercury retrograde travel nightmare, and perhaps you heard about the transgender woman, Shadi Petosky, who was “detained and humiliated” by the TSA because it apparently was confused by her anatomy.  I wonder if the TSA will be in existence in another ten, twenty, fifty years. What do you think?

Yogi Berra had an unconventional social expression in a delightfully quirky way that was also profound. I am so sad to report that he has passed away. I looked at his horoscope — especially the patterns involving Mercury and the 3rd House, both of which refer to how we need to think and communicate. I expected to find contacts with Uranus and Neptune, and sure enough, there they were. In a  horoscope, Uranus configured with Moon, Mercury and Venus suggests wit; Neptune suggests an inspired vision that can also be bewildering. I wish I had more time to write about Mr. Berra, but I don’t. His Capricorn Moon has been under stress in the past two years, courtesy of the Uranus-Pluto square. RIP

“You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”

— Yogi Berra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 6/7/2012: Contents Under Pressure

Mental Mercury moves into Cancer at 7:16AM ET, signaling a shift in how we think, travel, communicate and deal with our electronic gizmos. Cancer is a Water sign, driven by emotions and a need for emotional security. That’s quite different from the cerebral, fast-talking, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants quality that drives Mercury in Gemini. It may take a day or two for our brains to adjust, so be patient today in all matters of communication and mobility. Patience and the ability to count to ten may be especially handy the closer we get to 10:30PM ET, when a clash of wills or other explosive outburst arrives on the scene. Let’s hope we don’t see too much of that in the headlines…

Moon is in Aquarius as of 10:17AM ET (after a brief void that no one will likely notice). Aquarius is a friendly sign, ready to help your humanitarian cause or hook you up with a fresh group of contacts, the more unconventional the better. Aquarius can also be quite the stubborn rebel, which could well add fuel to the potential outburst noted in the previous paragraph.

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 8/12/2011 & the Weekend: Full Moon in Aquarius

Moon is still void of course as I write this — and — coincidence or conspiracy? — I see the Republican presidential candidates have scheduled another debate during a void, suggesting mountains made of molehills, unexpected twists, but overall, nothing of consequence. Feels like something — or perhaps someone — is missing here. Time will tell…

Moon entered the humanitarian sign of Aquarius late Thursday night and connects with innovative Uranus, the ruling planet of Aquarius first thing Friday morning. Whatever slings and arrows that were flung over the past few days under the influence of combustible Mars and explosive Pluto, Aquarius hopes to transcend creatively with friendly emotional detachment. What, me worry? The work week ends with an expansive, sometimes expensive connection between Moon and Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy. Given a choice, under promise and over deliver. You may be sorely tempted to do exactly the opposite — and live to regret it.

No void on the weekend! Hit the yard sales and shopping malls. Saturday’s highlight is the Full Moon, still in Aquarius. Under the Full Moon, we see the light of our New Moon agenda. On July 30th, we were asked to follow our bliss and play. Well? What have you learned from this exercise? We were also advised to “look for hotheads, pushovers, Madison Avenue smarts, hidden social agendas; political self-righteousness in disguise,” as suggested by the Sabian Symbol associated with the New Moon. Hmmm…seemed to be a lot of that going around.

The symbols of the Full Moon — 21 Leo and 21 Aquarius are “chickens intoxicated” and “a woman disappointed and disillusioned”. Whoaaaaaa! How does that sum up the much of the headlines over the past two weeks, at least in the Western world? My Sabian Symbol guru, Blain Bovee, suggests we approach this time with “a mind to the intoxicating nature of the spirit; rushing into frenzied excitement of false expectation; dispelling notions of being the chosen one….be alert for youthful, naive illusions; mature and sober perspectives; matters that turn sour; matters that soar beyond inhibitions”.

In your own personal world, you could simply have a rip-roaring time over a weekend filled with good cheer (idealism) and good spirits (intoxicating).  A word of caution during this heady couple of days —  on roads and around sharp machinery, as the volatile energy of Mars, Pluto and Uranus is still quite active.  Note your dreams on Sunday morn; the mood shifts noticeably as Moon enters soulful Pisces, needing to go with the flow, possibly near a body of water…

On Monday, Moon will be void of course all day not to enter Aries until 8:01PM on TUESDAY. Thinking of taking a summer vacation? What a great idea. If you have to work, ship it TODAY, Friday — try not to wait until Monday or Tuesday….

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 1/5/2011

Heads up, East Coast. Today begins with a void-of-course Moon from 7:35AM – 11:08AM NY time. If your morning starts slow; if you sleep in late; if you forget to grind the coffee beans before putting them in the coffee maker, blame the void.  Use the cosmic interlude to mull over whatever brainstorms came to you upon waking…or maybe even in your dreams.

After 11:08AM NY, Moon enters socially significant Aquarius, where it delights in connecting all kinds of people with other kinds of people. Keep on pushing through with your ambitions for the New Moon cycle — heck, for the whole year, despite any restriction or limitation that may rear its head by Friday. You shall overcome