A Pisces Moon drives the day with a need to identify what is ideal. Pisces needs to be impressionable, intuitive and emotional. Its suggests mysticism and healing; spirits of all kinds; and escape from this mortal, material coil. There are lots of ways to make that trip — some more sublime than others.
Around 6:08PM and 7:27PM ET, the Moon will be challenged by Saturn (reality, controlling) and Neptune (surreal, dissolving). A righteous ambition inspired by a compassionate vision would be one potential. Or we could opt for controls imposed out of fear and bewilderment.
Social expression is amplified, reflected by Venus about to clash with ruthless Pluto on Friday at 8:59PM ET. Tensions between the planet of love, values, money, aesthetics and women and the planet of uncompromising, penetrating perspective suggest the potential for emotional intensity — possibly overkill — but ideally, empowerment. On Monday, the other shoe drops, as Venus is opposed by rebel Uranus, needing an expression that disrupts the status quo in its quest for freedom. So add that layer of Venus-Pluto-Uranus activity to the real/unreal, control/compassion, fear/love polarities we’re seeing in the headlines.
Also in effect now — and for the past few days into the weekend: an obsessive relationship between Mars (action, guns, aggression, fire) and Uranus (rebels, technology, astrology, aviation, shocks, seismic activity). Watch the headlines and pay attention on the roads. In my ‘hood, we’ve had a rash of fires, accompanied by more than the usual wailing sirens. Very unusual and unsettling.
The Pisces Moon continues through Friday, its impressionable qualities inflated by Jupiter at 5:06PM ET, just in time for Happy Hour. A reminder that also on Friday, mental Mercury ditches Scorpio for Sagittarius at 2:44PM ET, where it will remain until December 9th. In Sagittarius, Mercury suggests a need for righteously opinionated thinking and communication, often focused on the Big Picture, and damn those pesky details. Thus we can appreciate the potential pitfall of Mercury in Sagittarius: aiming for the stars is noble and inspiring, but it may not be enough to reach the goal. Detailed analysis helps. But what kind of analysis?
Mercury in Sagittarius working with Jupiter in Virgo may amplify the potential for sloppy righteousness, if you ask me. A righteous idea that is not sound isn’t going to be made sound no matter how many detailed supports are presented, as Jupiter (expansion) in Virgo (details) needs to do. We may see some colossally unsound ideas being floated over the next few weeks — in great detail.
On Saturday, Moon goes void between 8:23AM and 10:12AM ET, before charging forward into me-me-me Aries. The initiating drive of Aries flows easily all day until around 7:15PM ET, when it is opposed by Mars (action!). Not the time to pick a fight, although you may notice a few outbursts in your ‘hood, even if it is just more than the usual amount of sirens howling down the street.
On Sunday, Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus, at 9AM ET and 2:16PM ET, adding depth and intensity to the super-charged social expressed symbolized by Pluto and Uranus in a tense pattern with Venus. The upside potential is empowerment and emancipation — a chance to get clear or make an advance. There is always a potential upside!
Also on Sunday: The Sun leaves Scorpio for Sagittarius at 10:26AM ET. If you are a Sagittarius born in the first several days of the sign, you may be feeling 1) squeezed, streamlined and bewildered or 2) ambitious, focused and visionary, courtesy of Saturn and Neptune adding themes of real/unreal to your naturally optimistic Sun. Similar themes may be experienced by your Pisces, Gemini and Virgo kindred spirits. Would you like to talk about it? Here’s the 411 on personal consultations. FYI, my rates will increase after the Thanksgiving holiday. I look forward to speaking with you soon.
The Aries Moon goes void at 2:16PM ET on Sunday, not to enter stabilizing Taurus until 11:26AM ET on Monday. Moon voids suggest a higher potential for twists, delays and detours in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Avoid the malls, focus on routine matters and do not turn a molehill of crisis into a mountain. Chill!
And now, the news…
…which I’ve been watching mostly out of the corner of my eye this week. Not much is terribly surprising, given how these stories reflect planetary patterns that were written about in this forecast months and even years ago — here and here and too many other places to mention. So how can awareness of potential events, suggested by planetary patterns, be helpful? And here I’m referring to the awfulness of the headlines reflecting violence and fear.
I think it helps to be able to see clearly — on a tangible piece of paper (i.e., in a calculated horoscope) — that there are certain patterns which reflect the potential for a bewildering reality meltdown, as we see, for example, with Saturn (fear, ambition, control) and Neptune (dissolution, delusion, empathy, suffering, etc.) being in a tense relationship to each other (90 degrees apart — i.e., square). This clarity of perspective can keep you grounded. You understand why some are being swept up in the “negative” potential. As frustrating as it is to witness, this understanding can reduce some of the angst and upset. You understand…and then you can CHOOSE for yourself how you personally are going to react.
Saturn – at its worst — is fear. Neptune — at its highest — is love. These two planets 90 degrees apart (square to each other) suggests a tension between fear and love. Would you agree? In the language of astrology, these planets symbolize other issues, too — e.g., borders/foreigners/control (Saturn in Sag) and no boundaries/refugees/compassion (Neptune in Pisces). These are only a handful of issues related to these planetary symbols. If you’ve been following this forecast, you’ve learned some of them before. Astrology is a rich and complex language requiring years of study to master.
Saturn needs to create structure and boundaries. Where would you be without Saturn? Living in a field under the open sky, that’s where you’d be. You need Saturn to build a house. But if you sat in your house all day, isolated from the rest of the world, fearing that everyone else out there is nothing like you, then we could have a problem.
Neptune needs to dissolve boundaries. It rolls in like an ocean wave, wiping out sand castles and footprints, reincorporating those statements of separation into the unified whole. Neptune embraces everything…as does true love. It sees itself as part of every other self. When overwhelmed by the restrictions associated with Saturn, some Neptunian types may reject the material world altogether, escaping their mortal coils and returning back to the whole. Gosh we are getting deeply philosophical, on this Moon in Pisces day. Saturn vs. Neptune. Real vs. unreal. Separation vs. union. Fear vs. love. That’s the lesson we are scheduled to be studying, according to the Cosmic Academic Calendar.
As if on cue, NYT columnist Paul Krugman’s effort this week is titled “Fearing Fear Itself”. NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof has penned “They Are Us” — in reference to the refugees.
Who saw the Betagoogle link in which Google offers to predict your future? How many thousands of people clicked on it out of curiosity? This Betagoogle thing is a clever gimmick, perfectly in sync with Neptune (mysticism) turning direct yesterday in its dance with Saturn.
Neptune refers to philanthropy and bewilderment. Yesterday a philanthropist pledged $177 million to fight dementia. Neptune refers to oceans, fish and aquatics. Behold, a locker-room scandal involving a women’s swimming team (adding a corruption-exposing Venus square Pluto to the mix). Lo! The franken-salmon cometh. Neptune refers to oil and toxins. Plastics are made from oil, and Congress is scheduled to vote on a bill to ban microbead hygiene products because they are trashing oceans, harming fish and birds. It’s about time. Do you have a microbead hygiene product on your shelf. Knowledge is power.
Neptune refers to film, fantasy and confusion. Gotta love this headline: “I didn’t know what the hell I was doing when I made The Hobbit” says director Peter Jackson. Neptune refers to illusion and deception. Add in the obsessive Mars-Uranus connection and it’s interesting to read that police are searching for a man dressed as a JetBlue pilot who disappeared at LAX. Meanwhile, the explosive potential of Mars-Uranus is reflected in the entity who shall remain nameless publishing a photo of the device it says was used to destroy the Russian plane in Egypt last month. This obsessive pattern is also reflected in Gail Collins’s cheerful column, in which we learn how a bill involving freedom and aviation is making its way through the Senate, sponsored by one of the most seemingly-ignorant and self-important persons in it. And yet, that dunderhead is still human. Like me. Must. Find. Love. And. Compassion.
Let’s end with some fun stuff. If Neptune refers to love — and also dance and music — what could be more fun than the details exposed (thank you, Venus square Pluto), in the mating dances of actual lovebirds? Gosh they are pretty.
Have a wonderful weekend. As we get closer to Thanksgiving and the intensifying wigginess of next Thursday’s exact Saturn-Neptune square and Full Moon, try this coping strategy. Express gratitude. Gratitude immediately makes you a “have,” not a “have-not”. It can convey a feeling of empowerment that flies in the face of fear. Being able to choose how you react to people and events in your own personal world also conveys empowerment.
Thank you for reading this forecast.
I hope you’re enjoying the dreamy sensitivity of the weekend’s Moon in Pisces, colored by the rosy glow of mental Mercury in touch with nebulous Neptune (ruler of Pisces). Music, spiritual pursuits, healing and other idealistic escapes are favored, experienced with the depth and power of an easy connection (a trine) between Mars (action) in earthy Taurus and regenerating Pluto in earthy Capricorn. The Mars-Pluto trine follows on the heels of Wednesday’s Sun-Pluto trine, another measurement suggesting an abundance or easy flow of resources in the material plane.
Take the magical thinking potential of Mercury-Neptune, mix it with all that Sun-Mars-Pluto empowered action/resource; add in expansive, optimistic Jupiter running wild in the middle of airy Gemini, and it appears we have a recipe for more all-time highs in the markets last week. Even more fascinating: the Jupiter/Pluto midpoint — a highly reliable suggestion of wealth — has been at the Aries Point for weeks. Avid readers of this forecast know that any astrological measurement configured with the Aries Point (0 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn) needs to demand prominence/fame. So it’s no surprise to see so many stories of outrageous fortune dominating headlines recently, like this one about trillions of dollars stashed offshore — or this one presenting yet another study about the relationship between political clout and wealth.
Energy resources have also been making headlines. Credit the Uranus (aeronautics) – Pluto (power) square reflecting the test flight of a solar-powered airplane –way to reinvent the wheel — and it’s going rather well. U.S. oil production is at levels not seen in 30 years — and hey, soon those fossil fuels will be flowing under a new pipeline slated to run right through the heart of New York City’s West Village, installed by a company which reportedly has a rather dicey safety record — huzzah! But wait, there’s more. Helium was a hot (air) topic this week, as the always-witty Gail Collins informs us — did you know we’re facing a shortage & that this is important?
Also in the headlines: a mind-bending physics bulletin I won’t pretend to fully understand, but it does reflect the disruptive power of the Uranus-Pluto square to change our perspective of the world as we know it: “Time Crystals Could Upend Physicists’ Theory of Time”.
Well, I promised you a lot of news, and I haven’t even talked about the forecast for today, Sunday, which began with a sobering opposition to mental Mercury (transportation) from stern Saturn at 7:13AM ET. This is the serious focus referred to in the forecast headline. What’s at the top of the newsfeed as I type? A story about a limousine catching fire in Northern California, killing five passengers. Sobering, indeed — and naturally I looked at the chart for the time of the fire (10pm in San Mateo, California), fully expecting to see a challenging aspect on the angles. Why? Because planets on the angles seem to have a greater need for expression, and in the case of this freak accident we immediately see the Uranus-Pluto square on the angles of the chart, suggesting a sudden, freakish, potent and potentially explosive quality to the event.
If you’re out and about running important tasks today, get them done before the Moon goes void at 12PM ET. Moon will coast through the rest of Pisces until 9:03PM ET, when it enters fiery Aries, immediately shifting the “go with the flow” energy to one of action! now! andale (and a happy Cinco de Mayo to you, too). Use the energy of the void to chill and recharge. Monday will be another day to hit the ground running.
Another day driven by dreams, intuition and vision — what forms will they take? Moon is in soulful Pisces, pushed along by a supportive connection from disciplined Saturn, thus offering structure for said forms. How excellent for your New Moon agenda/to-do list. Mars — which refers to the energy for taking action — is running wild in Aquarius, aiding and abetting all rebels with a cause. Mars also refers to firearms — watch the headlines. We’ll likely see some bold moves that may border on the downright aggressive, especially with the tension building between Venus (money, women, social expression, arts) and ruthless Pluto (transformation, power).
Neptune — which refers to vision, sacrifice, healing, spirits of all kinds, drugs, illusion and delusion — is running wild in Pisces, the sign it rules. Neptune also refers to redemption. Sounds like the perfect planetary patterns for Lance Armstrong to finally ‘fess up about his doping use…and apparently he is not going down alone, according to reports about an interview taped with Oprah yesterday (Monday).
In your own personal world, keep moving forward and curb any impulse to react to provocation with a witchy-bitchy attitude, lest it come back to haunt you. Sure, others around you may be a bit snippy, but they are not aware of planetary patterns. Put your special knowledge to good use.
Planetary activity is lighter today that is has been in recent days…and will be as we get closer to the end of the month. The Moon continues its sojourn through Pisces, seeking a soulful dream, a union or escape. If you find one, chances are strong that it may not be your usual cup of tea, given a harmonious connection between Venus (social expression/aesthetic sense) and rebel Uranus, which favors the weird and the wacky…in a good, friendly kind of way. Enjoy getting off the beaten path…and watch the headlines for interesting news about art, finance and technology. If you can’t find a dream, a union or an escape, then have a little faith, another Pisces keyword.
At 5:44PM Moon makes a communicative aspect with action-oriented Mars, which can be helpful for fostering a cooperative effort between opposing sides. Mars has been “running wild” (i.e., like a loose cannon) in Capricorn for most of this month, suggesting no-nonsense, assertive or aggressive action, for better or for worse. Mars also refers to firearms, and is one of the planetary patterns being reflected by the continued domination of guns in the headlines…and it’s not just talk; it’s action! Gun control measures are being introduced. TV shows about guns and Ted Nugent are being cancelled. The private equity firm that owns the country’s largest gun manufacturer is selling the company…after one of its top investors, the California teachers pension fund (oh, the irony), started asking questions. This private equity fund is called Cerberus, which happens to be the name of the ferocious, deadly, totally evil, monstrous, three-headed beast that guards the gates of Hell. Coincidence or conspiracy? If you read any of the articles linked in this forecast, read this one, which lists some of the players involved in Cerberus.
Yesterday I wrote about the so-called “Finger of God” or “Yod” pattern that is in effect over the next week, and this evening I wondered how the horoscope of the United States might be affected. I’ll skip the technical details so civilians reading this forecast do not run screaming down the halls. For students and professionals, I am using the 2:13AM horoscope (the exact birth time of the US is an ongoing debate among astrologers); the point of impact is the Gemini Ascendant conjunct the freedom-loving rebel, Uranus. Here are the keywords for what the US might be experiencing, as suggested by that pattern (with gratitude to master astrologer Noel Tyl for literally writing the book). On the one hand, we are coping with being the public face of “sadness, mourning” and “brutal efforts to start a new order; an attack, regardless of potential losses”. On the other hand, we have a silver lining: “enthusiasm, harmony”; “the big break; boundless optimism”.
What do you think? Do these keywords fit our reality? Stay tuned to this forecast for more on themes that are up for us in this lunar cycle and also the Winter Solstice, which is when, as you all know, the world is scheduled to end.
Well. Maybe not the world, but certainly a world. Hmmm…maybe it’s time to give all your friends and relations a Personal One-Hour Astrological Consultation…my special holiday promotion at a very affordable price. Why not give yourself, one, too, so you know what you can expect in your own personal world in these swiftly-changing times?
Thank you for reading this forecast…from the bottom of my heart.
…and what deep thoughts might be going through your mind, as mental Mercury in security-building Taurus makes an easy connection with resourceful, empowered, dirt-digging Pluto this morning at 4:09AM ET? Research and investigation; empowered (there’s that Pluto word again) communication — just download it from the ether, why don’t you — and give it form. Tremendous resources are available to you this week — both mental and physical ones — so make the most of it.
Moon in Pisces suggests going with the flow and getting everything off your desk of significant consequence that needs to move in a straight line today, rather than tomorrow. On Tuesday, Moon will be void of course in dreamy Pisces from 7:59AM ET until 5:454PM ET. We’ve got another long void on Thursday at 5:44PM ET until Friday at 6:03AM ET. Moon voids suggest a higher probability of twists in even the simplest of tasks; the challenge is to roll with them. If your project is time-sensitive, get it done today.
Happy Vernal Equinox! Happy International Astrology Day! As of 1:15AM ET, Sun entered Aries, marking the beginning of a new astrological year. Already in New York, the daffodils have declared victory over winter. Everything is green and fresh and new again! Meanwhile, did you know that the Vernal Equinox is a holiday in Japan? And that by the time you read this, their holiday will be nearly over?
It’s an odd time for a New Year, as we are in the last days of the lunar cycle – more of a time to wrap things up than start anew. With the Moon now in dreamy Pisces, you could use this day and the next to imagine all the seeds you intend to plant on the New Moon in Aries, which you can light a candle for at 10:37AM ET on Thursday…
More going with the flow, suggested by Moon in dreamy Pisces. The day gets off on a sweet note, as loving Venus connects with the Moon at 8:12AM ET…and that’s the pattern that carries us through the day, until another potentially passionately expressive connection hits at 11:52PM ET, as Moon goes void of course until 1:28PM ET on Friday.
You know what that Moon void suggests: that moving in a straight line may be a challenge; unexpected twists occur in your usual routine; crises turn out to be much ado about nothing; you can sleep in late or otherwise flake out — usually without consequence.
The mood shifts dramatically on Friday, when Moon enters impulsive Aries after that void, here to stay through the whole weekend. Could be a rollicking — and definitely mentally stimulating — time. While the need to be number one may be subject to bumps, jolts and power plays as of Friday evening into Saturday afternoon, the star of the weekend is Mercury (mind, communication, travel). If you’re a writer, thinker, traveler or communicator, take advantage of the supercharge that disciplined Saturn, expansive Jupiter and inventive Uranus can give your brain cells during this time. More potential for genius is suggested as Mercury leaves Capricorn on Friday at 1:12PM ET — and moves into Aquarius, sign of the rocket scientist.
And — wow! I’ve written the forecast for the whole weekend! And that’s a good thing, because I’m off to Hogwarts — a.k.a. an astrology conference — on Friday and I need a lot of time to pack. So I’ll leave you with one more thought on people born with Mars retrograde (which we were discussing yesterday): if these people were baseball pitchers, they would probably have one of the longest wind-ups in the world. Think about that…and I’ll be back in touch on Monday.
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Note your dreams this AM for signs of a lingering rosy afterglow, suggesting by a sublime connection between nebulous Neptune and the Moon. Enthusiasm for making some of those dreams come true shows up at 7:47AM ET, when jolly Jupiter aligns with the Moon, which entered soulful Pisces at 4:11AM (shortly after that hook-up with Neptune).
Dreams, glamor, empathy, spirit — what else will drive a day when Pisces craves a connection with intangibles? Not to mention oil, fish, drugs and the sea (watch the headlines). Go with the flow…and note the revelations that may turn up toward 7:30PM ET, when Moon connects with Pluto, bringing whatever is hidden into the light.
And speaking of dreams, who was that man at the podium on Capitol Hill last night? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/25/us/politics/state-of-the-union-2012.html?hp A feisty State of the Union speech indeed – and so thrilling to witness, given yesterday’s astro-logical forecast. So many initiatives presented — and yet with Mars retrograde (darn it), I regret to say the chances of them materializing in the near future are not promising. But perhaps there will be some who heard the call and will begin to plan a strategy for execution at a later date…
Looking at yesterday’s patterns — with Venus (money) and Pluto (resources, empowerment, news from underground) running wild — I wondered how that might manifest in the headlines. Other than Apple posting stellar earnings at the end of the day and tomorrow’s Fed decision, another story really driving news was Mitt Romney’s tax returns http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/24/inside-the-romney-tax-returns/ Really not a good day for Romney, a Pisces born March 12, 1947 at 9:51AM in Detroit, MI.
For months, Romney has been lost in a cloud, suggested by a loooong challenge to his Moon in “knowledge is power” Scorpio by nebulous Neptune. His Jupiter in “I must have a mission” Scorpio is also affected — suggesting, perhaps, an overblown sense of what the mission might be — or a huge leap of faith. This Neptune-Moon connection also suggests a big blur and/or befuddlement around communication — and a certain amount of anxiety about popularity — odd for a horoscope that otherwise suggests a natural inclination to reach out to the public. It dampens the fires of ambition…and the ambiguity will likely continue as Neptune challenges Romney’s Gemini Ascendent (identity crisis?). This has to be hard to deal with, given other measurements in the chart that suggests the need to be known for having a strong sense of purpose. Note that Rick Perry just went through a Neptune challenge to his Ascendant (yes, that’s what all the confusion was likely about), and Barack Obama was having a Neptune challenge to his Midheaven (public status, authority) early last year (that influence has since left the building — in case you hadn’t noticed).
Saturday began with Moon zipping into feisty Aries at 4:48AM ET, where it soon collided with rebel Uranus at 6:28AM ET. That’s quite a shift from the dreamy, fluid energy of the Moon in Pisces void we had all day Friday — and I’ve been hearing some wonderful tales of adventure from those who could go with the flow of whatever surprise twists came their way.
Moon voids are excellent for rest and relaxation — and they can be a lot of fun, if you let go of any controlling desire you may have to move in a straight line. My adventures included a surprise free lunch at the office, followed by a magical trip to Nordstrom Rack to return a purse (voids are excellent for making returns). Why magical? Because it turned out that the purse I was returning was exactly what the cashier wanted for Christmas — and there were none to be had at any Nordstrom Rack anywhere!! Isn’t that wild? I couldn’t resist spending two glorious hours in the shoe department (Pisces rules the feet), knowing darn well that whatever impulse purchase I made would also have to be returned, especially the camouflage cowboy boots, which, cool as they may be, are completely impractical and unnecessary (avoid sudden impulse purchases during Moon voids).
Back to Saturday. You may have sensed — and are still sensing — the much more proactive, get-it-done-yesterday charge of the Aries Moon. Very useful for all sorts of initiatives and chores, as well as racing through traffic lights and falling down stairs because it is faster than walking. If you are going out to ring in the New Year, be advised that Mercury in opinionated Sagittarius will be challenged by fiery Mars in stickler Virgo at 1:06AM ET on Sunday, suggesting the potential for sharp words and reckless driving. Not only that, but rebel Uranus is running wild again in the heavens, suggesting a need for risk and other status quo disruptions. Please be mindful if you are on the roads; it would not surprise me at all to see headlines tomorrow reflecting this excitable planetary pattern.
The first challenge to your New Moon agenda is also scheduled to hit early Sunday morning, as the Aries Moon squares the Capricorn Sun. Other than that wild Uranus suggesting news of rebellion, aerospace, technology — and perhaps even astrology, the day offers the potential for a fine time socializing all day long.
Wishing you all a joyous New Year — I will post a forecast for 2012 sometime over the holiday weekend. Stay tuned…and thanks for reading!
Moon entered Pisces yesterday at 6:45PM ET, after a brief void and a hook-up with nebulous Neptune at 4:32PM ET. If yesterday felt a bit dreamy or otherwise unreal, that could explain it. Certainly the NY Times was under the influence of the potential “too good to be true” vibe when eight million subscribers received an email offering a 50% discount on their NY Times subscription at 1:06PM ET. That email turned out to be a mistake http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/12/29/technology/tech-us-newyorktimes-mixup.html?hp — but the 1:06PM NY chart is worth a look, for serious astro buffs reading this forecast.
Moon in Pisces suggests going with the flow. It softens the edge of ruthless, intense, transformational Pluto’s hook-up with the Sun at 7 degrees of Capricorn. If you have a planet or a sensitive point (e.g., Midheaven or Ascendant) at 7 Capricorn, you’ll be personally feeling the intensity. A drive for prominence or change of perspective in whatever area of your horoscope is impacted is suggested. Consult your local astrologer for details.
Tomorrow is a bust: Moon will be void of course all day in Pisces, so get it off your desk today if you can. Moon doesn’t enter the feisty sign of Aries until 4:48AM ET on Saturday, suggesting a New Year’s Eve that is especially RAMbunctious.
Meanwhile, “news from underground” and “power plays” making headlines, as suggested by the Sun-Pluto conjunction, include a volcano eruption http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/12/27/indonesia-volcano-eruption-sparks-panic-among-villagers/?test=latestnews , saber rattling over oil in Iran http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/28/world/middleeast/iran-threatens-to-block-oil-route-if-embargo-is-imposed.html?scp=2&sq=iran&st=cse leading to oil prices staying higher http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/29/business/oil-prices-predicted-to-remain-above-100-a-barrel-next-year.html?_r=1&hp Kim-Jong-un takes over in N. Korea http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/30/world/asia/north-korea-declares-kim-jong-un-as-supreme-leader.html?ref=world and of course, the new “no holds barred” strategy now happening among those political candidate-types running around Iowa http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/12/28/9766974-2012-the-gloves-come-off