Today’s Moon in humanitarian Aquarius makes an easy connection to Mercury at 12:08PM ET, supporting a flow of communication and ideas. Mercury is in Libra, seeking balance and harmony as it weighs alternatives. Sweet and rational as Mercury in Libra may be, it may also present as intense, no-holds barred and corruption-exposing, as it squares Pluto at 6:32PM ET.
I’m listening to Pope Francis sweetly share his thoughts in a joint session of Congress today. Transiting Mercury is exactly trine his Moon in Aquarius and it seems to be going very well. His own Mercury is at 11 Capricorn — supercharged by today’s Mercury-Pluto square at 12 Libra-12 Capricorn, especially since Pluto is at a standstill now, about to turn direct at 2:55AM ET on Friday. This is a mighty persuasive transit for a natal chart which already expresses a need for practical ideas, taken to a rarefied level with an easy connection to visionary Neptune. He’s just sweetly suggested to Congress that it ditch the death penalty.
Later tonight, innovation and tolerance are well supported by a contact to the Moon from Uranus at 10:04PM ET. At 10:18PM ET Mars, the action hero planet, leaves regal Leo for service-oriented Virgo. Perfection and detailed organization in action are Mars in Virgo’s strong points, and with Mercury currently retrograde, cleaning and organizing your files, diet and other elements of your daily routine would be a worthwhile project.
You’ll feel the boost of energy Mars can provide more personally if you have a planet or angle around the early degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and Sagittarius.
Oh good…the Pope is talking about the need to stop trashing the planet (applause). And stomp out poverty. That’s not enough for one climate scientist, who has dismissed the Pope’s agenda as “raving nonsense” because in the scientist’s mince-no-words opinion, the Pope is missing half of the story.
Ship it today if it must ship this week, as the Moon will be void just after midnight tonight, not to enter Pisces until 3:44PM ET on Friday.
And now, the news.
Celebratory social expression that belongs to everyone? Could be a reflection of yesterday’s Moon in Aquarius, coupled with a trine between Venus in party-hearty Leo and Uranus in me-me-me Aries, as a judge ruled that everyone’s favorite song — http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/sep/23/us-judge-rules-happy-birthday-is-public-domain-throws-out-copyright-claim“Happy Birthday” — was in the public domain and has been for a decades. Will those millions of dollars in royalties paid to the music publisher who claimed it owned the copyright now be refunded?
Meanwhile, lack of focus and attention to details. The potential for gaffes increases when Mercury is retrograde. Consider the news director at WGN in Chicago who issued an apology after the station aired a Nazi symbol to illustrate a story about Yom Kippur.
Yesterday I explained how the Sun is at the Aries Point at the beginning of each season, suggesting prominence. Also at the Aries Point now and conjunct the Sun is the North Node, a.k.a. the nodal axis. The Sun refers to leaders. One way to interpret the nodal axis is that it suggests meetings or connections with the public. I find it interesting that this week we have Pope Francis meeting with leaders in Cuba and the U.S. We also have the Chinese president — Xi Jinping — meeting with President Obama.
Elsewhere, a huge public meeting has become prominent catastrophe, as over 700 were killed in a pedestrian traffic jam outside Mecca
… when two large groups of pilgrims who were preparing for one of the last major rites of their trip met on an intersection of two roads, Saudi authorities said.
Meanwhile, shock and outrage continues to be lobbied at Martin Shkreli, the 30-something former hedge fund manager who infamously jacked the price of a life-saving drug from $13 to $750 per pill overnight. Mr. Shrkeli has since backed down on the price hike, whilst noting the reduced profit may necessitate staff cuts. Mundane astrologers in assorted chat forums have been scrambling to see what kind of horoscope would produce such a naked display of greed at the expense of saving lives.
Mr. Shkreli was born in Brooklyn on April 1, 1983 — he’s an Aries whose Sun was supercharged by Uranus and Pluto in recent years, more power to him. His Moon is likely either at the very end of Scorpio or very early part of Sagittarius, with an ambitious agenda likely triggered by transiting Saturn in recent weeks. He has a tough-as-nails Saturn-Pluto conjunction opposed by a high-functioning Mars (action) in pioneering me-me-me Aries. This suggests militant, persuasive, take-no-prisoners action.
It is fascinating that Neptune (drugs, vision, intangibles) is at 29 Sagittarius, at the Aries Point and conjunct the South Node. So we can see how drugs could become a point of fame in his horoscope — and to a classical astrologer, perhaps a point of self-destruction. To a modern astrologer, we’d note the potential for some bewildering mother issues. Anyway, all that was just triggered by the Sun-North Node at the Aries Point, squaring his Neptune. Oh and he has Jupiter conjunct Uranus in Sagittarius (there’s your potential high-risk, big dream, hedge fund speculator)…and that big dream potential is currently being squared by Neptune (scandal, visions, drugs). And let’s not forget his Mercury in Aries, currently supercharged by transiting Uranus. What a buzz this man has going on!
But here’s the thing.
Everyone is angry at this guy — rightfully so. But just a couple of days ago, the NYT ran a story about how, under the so-called Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are slooooooowly increasing premiums and raising deductibles to a level where middle-class consumers are refraining from getting possibly necessary and life-saving care because they can’t afford to pay the out-of-pocket costs: deductibles and co-pays. And their premiums are getting higher. So yes, everyone has insurance, but they Care the are getting in return is hardly Affordable. But the insurance industry is booming.
Where is the outrage?
Really, according to planetary patterns, it should be well on its way…
Thank you for reading this forecast.
In other words, “good morning” from Tokyo, where the day is already done — and I didn’t even get to live it, having crossed the International Date Line several hours ago. It’s 10:30PM JST, but for most of you, the day is just getting started. And thanks to the enterprising Moon in Capricorn as of 5:56AM ET, you have every reason to get up and make things happen — and that goes for Saturday, too.
Other than the usual disruptions and emotional intensity we’ve grown accustomed to experiencing once a week when the Moon challenges the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square, we have a number of planets supporting the Capricorn Moon’s need to advance progress, fueled by the Virgo Sun’s energy to hash out the details in an effort to make things perfect. Plus we have three other planetary connections not involving the Moon that are just hunky-dory, and they are all exact on Saturday.
First, a lovely connection from Neptune softens the ofttimes waspish Venus in Scorpio, suggesting a need for beauty and ideals of substance in relationships, art, finances and women. Second, a challenge between mental Mercury and ruthless Pluto helps us dig up dirt and express ourselves persuasively in all communications. On the down side, this may be reflected in power struggles and seriously sharp words (so think a bit before you speak, ok?). Third, another harmonious connection: this one between action-hero Mars in regal Leo and rebel Uranus in pioneering Aries suggests a successful application of willpower in especially innovative ways. This is all great news for creative and investigative enterprises of any kind.
Get your Saturday chores done by 7:17PM ET and then chill during another Moon void that lasts until 8:05AM ET on Sunday. That’s when the Moon enters humanitarian, stubborn, freedom and fringe-loving Aquarius, where it will travel mostly unencumbered throughout the day. Get together with some of your wackier friends for some unconventional exchanges. More bright, albeit disruptive ideas may be put into play then, as mental Mercury challenges Uranus at 2:41AM ET.
Wanna make this a three-day weekend? Congratulations. Moon will be void of course from 4:19AM ET until 9:58AM ET Tuesday. Feel free to take the day off to do non-type A activities, and sure, tell ’em your astrologer said it was OK. Just avoid the malls, signing contracts and things you wish to be of consequence. I know I spend a lot of time advising you what NOT to do during Moon voids, because I believe most cultures are so wired to go, go, go — produce, produce, grow, grow — that they NEED to be reminded to CHILL OUT. Otherwise, what does that get you, eventually? Burn out. A depletion of resources. Etc. These long voids are great opportunities to re-charge.
Here’s an interesting article that was on the front page of last Sunday’s NYT — about efforts to change the Type A, Gordon Gekko-worshipping culture that was apparently the norm at Harvard Business School. Seems a few people decided it was time to level the playing field with the concept of gender equity — a perfect read for a weekend with Moon in ambitious Capricorn, followed by equal opportunity-loving Aquarius.
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Have a great weekend — the forecast will return on Tuesday…
The work week begins with Moon in Aquarius, a helpful, humanitarian placement that favors making connections of all kinds, no matter how unconventional. Soulful unity and a need for beauty is also suggested, courtesy of the lingering effects of yesterday’s challenge between loving Venus and rose-colored Neptune. Sharing opinions that broaden horizons is also favored, suggested by an opposition between Mercury (mindset) and Jupiter (expansion).
East Coasters, note that the Moon goes void-of-course at 1:11PM ET…not to enter empathic, dreamy Pisces until 7:48PM ET. Get it off your desk before the void, if you can. West Coasters, your entire work day may be best applied to projects involving creative brainstorming, as efforts to move forward in a straight line have a much higher potential for delays, detours and other sudden twists. Writers may find this particular Moon void especially productive, thanks to the supercharged communication power of the aforementioned Mercury-Jupiter opposition. If you are new to the forecast and want more information on Moon voids, you will find it here. Welcome!
I hesitate to write much about the heartbreaking news that broke on Friday, which continues to dominate the headlines. Suffice it to say that if you read the forecasts posted on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, you would note that the planetary patterns described were reflected in a horribly destructive way in Newtown, Connecticut…and in too many other U.S. cities to link here. Violence in China also made headlines.
With rebel Uranus turning direct on last Thursday’s New Moon, we anticipated a seismic shock to the system. With Mars (action!) running wild in “make-it-happen” Capricorn (i.e., like a loose cannon), we anticipated that acts of aggression might pull focus. Last week, the horoscope of Adam Lanza (April 22, 1992 in Kingston, NH — time not confirmed), was clearly triggered by transiting Uranus and Mars (and I suspect by a couple of other major astrological measurements) — no surprises there. Maybe someday it will become a matter of course for all people to become aware of the patterns in their horoscopes, to help them make choices that are constructive, rather than destructive, especially during periods of stress, which would be identified before they happen.
As an astrologer, I am constantly identifying patterns in order to make sense of this world. As a writer, I can’t help but notice patterns in words, too. Last month we had Hurricane Sandy. Friday’s tragedy happened at a school named Sandy Hook. What’s with the word “Sandy” making headlines? Coincidence or conspiracy?
As I do not believe in coincidence, I must have a theory. Here it is (cue Anne Elk now). But seriously, folks. This is my theory. Sand is an irritant. An oyster reacts to an irritating grain of sand by creating a pearl. The pearl protects the oyster; it is a defense system. Would you believe that the name “Sandy” means “defender of men?” Pearls made me think of the expression “pearls of wisdom”. It’s time for us to wake up, wise up — and take action.
As suggested by the patterns in last Thursday’s New Moon, we are presented with an opportunity to do what must be done in order to create a better world. There is tremendous potential for action that brings positive results, if that is what we choose to create. Who’s in?
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Let the friendly, sometimes quirky, often innovative and humanitarian Moon in Aquarius carry you through a day of advancing your agenda. There’s a buzz in the air as we sort through and organize whatever divine inspiration (upside) or wtf?? (downside) event or communication may have been received in the past two days. In the financial markets, efforts will surely be made to organize and process the wtf??? shock of Greece’s prime minister announcing EOD Monday that a deal to deal with its massive debt, which appeared to be a done deal last week (in line with the richly resourceful trine between Pluto and Jupiter), is now to be put to another vote, and the uncertainty and the wtf???-ness of it all has sent the markets downward — in Europe and the United States. Yesterday a CNBC anchor had this to say about the Greek PM, “Is he delusional”? Which is an apt reflection of events suggested by Neptune in combination with Mercury. Coincidence or conspiracy?
If you haven’t been following the European debt crisis, what’s especially interesting about it is the unavoidable fact that we are all connected. What’s going on in Europe is immediately impacting what’s going on in financial markets around the world. And the speculation is that Europe is close to a crisis of the level that the US experienced in September of 2008 (and anticipated by many astrologers, thank you very much).
A meditation on your connections — or lack thereof — would also be appropriate for a day with Moon in Aquarius.
Meanwhile, we have two wobbles over the next 24 hours that require a bit of adjustment. Venus has left moody bastard Scorpio for the sign of opinionated Sagittarius, the philosopher clown, and Mercury will follow tomorrow. Whatever has been simmering or brooding over the past few weeks is sure to be expressed — perhaps outrageously, and maybe even idealistically. Sagittarius just can’t keep its opinions to itself.
Take Herman Cain, for example — he has Mercury and Venus conjunct in Sag and both are in contact with nebulous Neptune. Does he have fiery opinions to share? Are they inspirational? Is he wearing rose-colored glasses most of the time? Keep in mind that his stint at Godfather’s Pizza is so very 90s; for the past 15 years he’s worked in media as a columnist and radio show host. Cain is a Sun Sign Sagittarius with Moon in Aries, suggests a need to be Number One — or at least President of the United States. I am intrigued by a signature in the horoscope that suggests the influence of the mother — or women — may run away with the persona. Check back later when I will have time to post a few current transits — right now, I gotta fly.
Read yesterday’s forecast on the tension suggested by the Full Moon in Capricorn, exact at 2:40AM ET, followed by a void lasting until 4:30PM ET. Can you start your weekend early? That would be nice. Then you could transcend some of the “make it happen” overkill we are likely to see during business hours, much of it sound and fury, signifying nothing. Moon in Capricorn makes emotional investments, damn it — and it gets cranky when it doesn’t get a return.
Moon in Aquarius has a much freer, friendlier agenda. That could make for a social evening with unconventional people. The lighter mood continues on Saturday, which is the day to do your shopping and yard sale extravaganzas. Sunday at 8:23AM ET, Moon goes void again until 1:13AM ET. Chill, baby, chill..
Less bumpy today. Moon in Capricorn continues to push us to take care of business, but without the fits and starts of yesterday’s harsh contacts from the heavies: Pluto, Saturn and Uranus. And perhaps you’ll find the pressures of the backlog/bottleneck suggested by the lunar eclipse have eased up.
Mind, communication and travel could incline you to the sublime, the optimistic, the escapist or expansive, thanks to supportive contacts to Mercury from rose-colored Neptune and enthusiastic Jupiter. Watch for innovation and possibly genius in your own personal world, as well as the headlines. By Sunday, you may be struck by a profound insight that cuts to the quick or cuts away the fat. It’s all part of this month’s lunar cycle: new ways of thinking that get you out of your comfort zone, so you can progress to the next level. Don’t be afraid to let go.
Your insights may have an especially sober, yet stabilizing effect on a partner or an investment. You can get real without the drama. Moon in humanitarian, independent Aquarius as of Saturday AM cherishes friendship above all else. Perhaps you will be inspired to mix and mingle with your own cherished friends.
Meanwhile, Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned, in what is surely the most important news story of decade. At least for him. Looking at his horoscope (again), it is interesting to note that the New Moon and solar eclipse on June 1st made a challenging square to Weiner’s own Sun, Uranus and Pluto hooked up at 11 to 13 degrees of Virgo. That drive for power; that (apparently) uncontrollable need for risk and excitement; that sense of independence — of being a renegade, an innovator, a ruthless disruptor of the status quo….well? It was suddenly “eclipsed,” wasn’t it? Were you born eleven days into the sign of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces? You may be feeling the effects of this eclipse more than others, too.
Moon goes void-of-course at 7:28AM EDT in the socially significant, “who loves ya, buddy” sign of Aquarius, where it will wander through the entire day, buoyed by a philosophical, communicative connection to expansive Jupiter. Be open to innovative twists in whatever you have on your plate. Despite the detached, cerebral approach Moon in Aquarius prefers, emotional encounters can run deep. A chance to purge, to clarify, to transform in relationships is suggested by ruthless Pluto challenging loving Venus and grooving with the Sun in security-building, sensually indulgent Taurus. The aspect is exact Wednesday, but has been in effect for the past couple of days.
Yet another layer to the next few days: nebulous Neptune, running wild, suggesting a desire to not look at all the icky hard news stuff (honestly, I just can’t bring myself to read the latest Wikileaks release on the Gitmo detainees), even though it’s all over the news. Or yet another front page story about water, as anticipated in previous forecasts http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/25/a-21st-century-water-forecast/?hp Preference instead is for the spiritual, the aesthetic, the intangible — or an escape, like the fairytale wedding of a real-life prince in a faraway land. Hey, it could happen.
East Coasters, note that there’s a void-of-course Moon from 5:49 – 10:24AM, suggesting that if your alarm doesn’t go off, don’t worry about it; if there’s a twist in your morning commute, don’t worry about that, either. Angelenos, you have no excuse for not getting to work on time. Moon will be in the mental sign of “I love you, but don’t take it personally” Aquarius all day Friday until 10:52PM Sunday, suggesting a receptive atmosphere for endeavors promoting the common good.
Friday is relatively quiet, marked only by a likely burst of early morning exuberance, followed by a strong cooperative spirit of innovation. More exuberance and potential excess are suggested on Saturday AM — what is being expressed that is not being especially well-received? If it’s all about you and your ego, take another look at the last line of the paragraph above.
Sunday AM is good for passion and pillow talk…bordering on the romantic and/or delusional at 2:49PM NY, when the Moon goes void for eight hours. If you’re shopping this weekend, do it on Saturday. Impulsive purchases made during Moon voids generally tend to be not that fulfilling — trust me on this — or go ahead and break the rules — sometimes that’s the best way to learn. Given the dreamy hook-up between Moon (feelings) and nebulous Neptune at the beginning of the Moon void, inspiration, meditation, music and other helping/healing pursuits are suggested for this lazy Sunday afternoon (I will be communing with nature on a golf course. Dreamy!)
In fact, “dreamy” is the key word for all of next week — those who work in film, art, psychic or spiritual pursuits should really dig it. Much of the edge we’ve been experiencing over the past several weeks will have lightened up. Hoorayyyyyy…..to be continued…