As it turned out, I could not bring myself to pack my trusty laptop in my overnight bag for a sidetrip to Hakone; hence, no forecast. And if you ever make it as far as Tokyo, I hope you will take time to escape to this glorious mountain playground, carrying as little baggage as possible. Arriving at my riverside ryokan after a day’s trek via four different kinds of transportation (including a cable car over a sulfurous volcano), I felt like a character in one of the Dungeons & Dragons type role-playing computer games I indulged in during my “geek phase”. This was back in the day when the plot of the computer game was way more developed than the graphics, and thus far more engaging than the gory (and ultimately tedious) 3-d displays of monster-slaughtering mayhem one apparently must suffer through in computer games now.
Back to the ryokan: it was built in the 17th century, and my spacious tatami-floored suite (!) included a private, open-air hot spring bath overlooking the aforementioned river….were you expecting an astrology forecast? Oh, all right…
If this post is more focused on fantasy and sensual delights, I am guilty of being swayed by current planetary patterns. Moon moved into comfort-seeking Taurus at 6:33PM ET Saturday, and at 12:37AM ET on Sunday it made a delightfully escapist connection with rose-colored Neptune (I hope your “date night” was inspiring). Late morning hours (around 11AM ET) hold the potential for further emotional depth, with this caveat: a responsibility or serious subject rearing its head just before noon.
Sunday (ET) marks the last day of summer — the Sun is at the end of Virgo and will move into Libra at 4:44 PM ET Sunday and then…happy Autumnal Equinox…a perfect balance between day and night.
The first day of each season is especially powerful. We are immediately alerted to the likelihood of change and the beginning of a new cycle. These days are prominent, noticed and in some cultures even celebrated (it’s a national holiday here in Japan). The astrological signs that mark the seasons are Aries (spring), Cancer (summer), Libra (fall) and Capricorn (winter). Thus if you are born on or near the first day of those signs, or you have a planet or angle within the first two degrees of those signs, you will likely have a drive to be noticed in whatever areas of your life that planet signifies.
Libra is a airy, mental sign, generally concerned with relationships, social graces and with promoting fairness, justice and 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. As sweet as Libra can be, they are not marshmallows. The term “iron fist in a velvet glove” often applies.
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More about Sunday: more pleasurable indulgences — or overindulgences — can be facilitated by an opposition between the earthy Taurus Moon and loving Venus in depth-seeking Scorpio this evening at 7:41PM ET. If you’re a night owl, however, be advised that a potential clash of wills may ensue some time after midnight, as the Moon is challenged by ardent Mars in regal Leo.
At 3:13AM ET, Moon goes void of course for 24 hours — until 3:34AM ET on Tuesday, suggesting that Monday will be a bust. Stick to what is routine, chill out and roll with whatever twist crop up in your efforts to move forward in a straight line.
Planetary patterns are relatively quiet on Tuesday and Wednesday, with two exceptions. First, a stubborn challenge between loving Venus and action-hero Mars that can ignite sparks between the sexes. This square is exact on Saturday morning at 9:32AM ET, but aspects are often felt before they make exact contact. The other potentially volatile pattern is the Libra Sun’s approaching engagement with the never-ending disruptive Uranus-Pluto square, exact between October 1st and 3rd, but surely reflected in world events between now and then. Y’know, like a possible government shutdown in the U.S., engineered by our noble elected representatives…now that could be disruptive.
And speaking of disruptive, ruthless Pluto turned direct last Friday at 11:27AM ET, suggesting a potent and potentially destructive release of underground energies, as reflected in headlines over the weekend. Consult the home page of the New York Times for details. Finally, because reading stories about food stamp programs being slashed and other violent massacres around the world is sometimes more than the average mind can handle, I offer this note from the world of physics that “challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental concepts of reality….” Will it change your perspective of current events?
A day of inspired vision, celebrating and/or demanding the expression of unconventional and liberating social/financial/artistic mores. Also known as more of the same from yesterday. The Moon is still in steady, material comfort and security-seeking Taurus, where it has been since Sunday at 9:13AM ET. Without going into all the details of the supportive aspects to mental Mercury and Venus (money, art, social expression, women), today and tomorrow are most excellent days to do just about anything. And the rest of the week isn’t bad, either. Move forward on your efforts to build and maintain your empire.
Major aspects exact today include rebel Uranus opposing Venus at 1:56PM ET (unconventional social expression demanding freedom) and dreamy Neptune in soulful Pisces opposing the practical, perfection-seeking Virgo Sun at 9:43PM ET. These are perfect aspects to help you celebrate Women’s Equality Day, noted here with style and flair by NYT columnist Gail Collins. Other dreams worth celebrating include yesterday’s 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, which helped bring about critical voting and civil rights legislation in the mid-60s, during the Uranus-Pluto conjunction. It is no coincidence that now, during the Uranus-Pluto square, these issues of civil rights and participation in the legislative process would be back in the headlines.
Not all dreams are worth celebrating, but made the news nonetheless. “Ignoring Qualms, Some Republicans Nurture Dreams of Impeaching Obama” read one in the Times. Maureen Dowd has more on this story. Meanwhile, a woman with a status quo-disrupting and arguably more noble cause is also in the news: Muriel Siebert, “a determined trailblazer for women on Wall Street” passed away over the weekend. Isn’t it fascinating that this news would hit the wires on an highly-charged aspect among Venus (women, money), rebel Uranus and ruthless, power-wielding Pluto?
In Siebert’s obit, she is noted for her “brash attitude” and once explained her strategy for dealing with obstacles as: “I put my head down and charge.” Wanna take a guess as to what we’ll find when we look at her birthday, September 12, 1932 in Cleveland, OH? (Use a noon chart; no time of birth is available). Start with Sun in Virgo, Moon in humanitarian Aquarius, needing to be socially significant. Add a ruthless, charging conjunction between aggressive Mars and ruthless Pluto in Cancer (finance) in a tough-as-nails opposition to patriarchal Saturn…all of which is squared by rebel Uranus! Frost with a visionary hook-up among mental Mercury, expansive Jupiter and rose-colored Neptune — thinking big and ahead of her time.
And while we’re celebrating Women’s Equality Day (which also happens to be Geraldine Ferraro’s birthday), on a Venus-Uranus opposition and on a day with Neptune (ruler of intangibles and illusions, including photography) so prominent, how cool is it to see this article about women photographers in the Middle East post on the NYT homepage moments ago?
Moon voids for the week: a ten minute void on Tuesday no one will notice; Thursday from 12:44AM ET to 7:33AM on FRIDAY — that’s a long one; plan accordingly.
A productive day for organizing and giving form to your cherished vision, so get up, get going and make the most of it. Sure, the Moon is now in sensual Taurus, which is often inclined to linger or dawdle in whatever material security it has created. But you can also use this energy to lay down key building blocks and crystallize connections. Go for it. Venus, which rules Taurus and Libra (where the Sun is right now), is in a supportive connection with stabilizing Saturn, which is why I suggest you can make something real out of the rose-colored fog those who are less conscious may be in (see yesterday’s forecast for details suggesting that planetary pattern).
Writing this with the Moon void-of-course in Aries, looking for some good headlines to illustrate the confusion that often accompanies a day when Mercury (mind, communication) is at a standstill…about to turn direct (at 1:40AM ET). Here’s a fun one about miscommunication: would you hire this guy? Take it slow and steady, as our brains adjust to Mercury’s forward motion. As with yesterday, pay extra special attention in all areas of travel and communication.
Once the Moon enters Taurus at 3:28AM ET, the need of the day is to establish and/or preserve material security…probably in a dreamy-stuck-spacey kind of way. I say this because loving Venus, which rules Taurus is making an ethereal connection to nebulous Neptune, which will be exact on Thursday at 6:36PM ET. Get out your rose-colored glasses again, and you could enjoy a cotton candy-colored escape. This can be a productive few days for artists and healers…or anyone seeking seeking a sweet soulful connection (Venus -Neptune) you can actually wrap your arms around (Moon in sensual, material Taurus). An easy connection to Moon from “resistance is futile” Pluto adds emotional depth to the mix.
You can toddle on off to work, fueled by today’s reigning need: to keep things as they are or otherwise preserve and/or establish material security. That is the prime directive of the Moon in Taurus. “Toddle” is a great work for Taurus, too — as the toddler phase of our own development corresponds to this sign. When we are toddlers, we become aware of that we are separate from other things and people. We become aware of possessions — and we cling to them stubbornly, as in “MINE!!!” or “NO!!!” Have you ever tried to take a toy away from a two-year-old? Taurus is the toddler of the zodiac. Give them something good to eat, a nice warm blanket and a hug and they’re happy. Right?
No exact planetary aspects today, save for a happy connection between that Moooooon and Venus, planet of love, beauty, women and money. Enjoy the relative quiet today, as it will get busier. The headline act happens on Thursday and features a power play, corruption exposed and/or other news from underground (volcanoes & other seismic activity, for instance), suggested by ruthless Pluto squaring the Sun. As with aspects involving the outer planets (Pluto, Neptune and Uranus), we may see manifestations a few days before they are exact.
Your Moon void alerts for the week: Tuesday 12:35AM – 6:43AM ET; Thursday 2:05PM – 7:07PM ET. If you don’t know what a Moon void is — also known as a void-of-course Moon — you’ll find a link to a helpful explanation in the forecast that was posted last Friday.
And now, the news. You may recall from Friday’s forecast that Sun’s annual hook-up with rebel Uranus, disruptor of the status quo, was likely to present “volatility and a few surprises”. Certainly that’s what happened in the world I was watching, which happened to be the stock market. Ready for this? A high-frequency stock exchange called BATS (gotta love the name) launched its IPO Friday morning, clearly without the input of an astrologer. At 10:57AM, with nebulous Neptune casting a fog in charts cast for both New York and Kansas City (where BATS is based), the stock of Apple, “the highest-profile company in the world”, suddenly plunged 9% – and trading on Apple was halted. What the heck happened? Minutes later it was learned that one trade of 100 shares made on the BATS stock exchange — erroneously — was the culprit. And it just got worse for BATS as the day progressed, as a technical glitch was ultimately blamed. At the end of the day – in an epic FAIL — BATS canceled its IPO — http://www.cnbc.com/id/46836415 We can all profit from the moral of the story: there are certain risks when launching a sophisticated tech operation with technical glitch-prone Mercury retrograde, trigger-happy Mars retrograde, and a general backdrop of surprises, volatility and information overload suggested by an intense hook-up among Mercury (retrograde in Pisces, at the prominence-seeking Aries Point), and Sun-Uranus in impulsive Aries
Speaking of sophisticated tech operations, another reflection of Sun-Uranus hook-up, exact at 2:21 PM ET on the 24th, was Dick Cheney’s heart transplant making front page news. Why? Because in the language of astrology, the Sun refers to life force and also the heart. Uranus refers to technology, technological breakthroughs, innovation, invention. In Dick Cheney’s horoscope (Jan 30 1941 at 7:30 PM in Lincoln, NE), we can see that the heart could be a potential health concern, as astrological symbols referring to the heart and critical illness are under high tension. We can also see that right now, Dick Cheney is experiencing an upheaval in areas related to physical health and his foundation, augmented by the good fortune and expansion suggested by the return of Jupiter to its natal placement in Cheney’s chart. And on March 25th, Cheney’s horoscope featured technogeek Uranus exactly opposing the North Node, suggesting “meetings with unusual people pay off; sudden relationship”. Receiving a new heart from a stranger does sound like the beginning of a sudden relationship. Coincidence or conspiracy?
Read yesterday’s forecast for thoughts on Moon in Taurus, where it remains today. Did you notice a strong shift Monday around 5PM ET, when the Moon left fast-paced Aries for the sign of the Bull? I did hear from some readers that they were feeling “stuck”…which is not surprising, given the Taurean need to preserve the status quo (or whatever is most comfortable).
A dynamic connection to the Moon from Mars as I am typing this now at 11:38AM ET, suggests the potential for an easy flow of productivity to carry you through the day.
Moon in Taurus, as of 9:34AM ET needs to keep things as they are, especially in areas of material comfort and security. An optimistic hook-up between Moon and Jupiter, the cosmic sugardaddy — exact at 11:38AM — clings to the bright side. Meanwhile, a lovely connection between Moon and perspicacious Pluto supports depth and resourcefulness. Enjoy your material comforts today: wine, women (or men) and song; good food, a massage or a nice warm Snuggie.
So much for Standard & Poor’s (a ratings agency) threatening to downgrade the credit ratings of most of Europe yesterday. http://www.cnbc.com/id/45567035 So far the markets have not plummeted in response; in fact, they are stubbornly clinging to optimism and stability. So there.
It could be argued that the prime directive of Moon in Taurus is to keep things as they are, for the sake of preserving security, especially material security: food, shelter, clothing. It also needs to “keep the peace” and it can be quite stubborn in its efforts. It does not like change! It also needs to keep things real, an effort that is supported by yesterday’s Sun-Saturn hook-up (read forecasts from earlier in the week), and yet is currently challenged by an obsessive connection between crusading Mars and fantasy-driven Neptune that can feel like you’ve just fallen down a rabbit hole. Isn’t it amazing to see the words “rabbit hole” on the front page of the New York Times, especially in conjunction with one of the ultimate words in material security? http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/14/opinion/rabbit-hole-economics.html?_r=1&hp Coincidence or conspiracy?
Friday’s early AM hours have an edge, as that stubborn Taurus Moon is challenged by action-oriented Mars in Leo (a placement known for success at getting away with murder). I’m hoping that as the day progresses, we’ll be more in tune with a jubilant, if a tad expensive/over-indulgent connection between Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy and Venus, the planet associated with love, money, art and beauty.
Saturday AM kicks off with a Moon void from 6:52AM to 10:15AM; folks on the West Coast likely won’t even notice it, though dreams may be more vivid than usual, courtesy of a connection between Moon and nebulous Neptune. Moon moves into the pixie-chatterbox sign of Gemini at 10:15AM ET, where it will delight in spreading the word all over town. What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s happening! Could be intense and dirt may be revealed, suggested by a connection between Mercury (mind, communication), now in the deeply substantive, spare-no-feelings sign of Scorpio — and everyone’s favorite planet, ruthless Pluto. Try to keep it light.
Meanwhile, in the headlines…Thursday’s heaviness of controlling Saturn in Libra (fairness, justice, the law) conjunct the Sun (life-force) was reflected in so many ways. Convicted inside-trader Raj Rajaratnam was sentenced to 11 years in prison — the second heaviest sentence yet for the three people who have been prosecuted for financial misdeeds since the 2008 financial crisis http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/10/13/rajaratnam-is-sentenced-to-11-years/?hp (Bernie Madoff got a longer sentence, and the third guy got…hmmm….maybe there wasn’t a third, as Martha Stewart served her time before 2008, I think).
In Connecticut, the second defendant in a deeply disturbing home invasion/triple murder case was found guilty of all charges. In Washington, the foiled plot by Iran (allegedly) to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US is being taken very, very seriously, with potentially heavy consequences to follow http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/14/us/obama-calls-for-iran-sanctions-following-alleged-plot.html?hp And in New York, Mayor Bloomberg has informed Occupy Wall Street that they must move out so Zuccotti Park can be cleaned — and that they will no longer be permitted to bring camping gear into the Park. OWS responded by accusing Bloomberg of trying to shut down the protests. It subsequently began efforts to clean up the park on their own and have vowed to stand firm against actions by law enforcement to kick them out. Heavy!
The horoscope for Friday, October 14th at 7AM in New York, NY is fascinating. Controlling Saturn and Sun are rising — within eight minutes of clamping down on the Ascendant (the persona of the moment, if you will) — talk about an iron fist in a velvet glove! Idealism rules. There’s an obsessive push for prominence. And of course that Moon in Taurus suggests neither side is going to back down. And what’s particularly fascinating is this: the Ascendant (one of the most important points in a horoscope, after the Sun and the Moon), is 19 degrees of Libra — “a gang of robbers in hiding”. Does that ring a bell? This is the degree of the Sun in Tuesday’s full Moon!! Re-read the forecast for the Full Moon, and before your head really explodes, consider THIS: the Midheaven (public image) of the horoscope of New York is…19 Aries (“a magic carpet” — how fitting and inspiring for a city known for its skyscrapers).
If you’re an astrology student you can ponder the significance of this fascinating synchronicity and symbolism on how New York is serving as a local lightning rod for the global event of this month’s Full Moon. To other readers, I’m pointing this out to illustrate that when we see planetary patterns repeating themselves, it suggests that something of significance is happening!
In Zuccotti Park, I will be interested to see what happens around 8:30AM and what develops between 11:30AM and 1:30PM.
To be continued…
And thanks to all of you who have shared these forecasts with the rest of the free world. Much appreciated!
Friday begins with a continued charge set by the pioneering Aries Moon on Wednesday and Thursday, but likely with less bumps and jolts — ending with a sigh as the Moon goes void at 5:34PM ET. Angelenos, I hope you can skip out of town early today. If there are bumps and jolts, a control freak who running — out of control (!) — might be the source. Check to see that it isn’t you.
Moon enters stubborn, sensual, stability craving Taurus at 12:58AM ET on Saturday and is immediately challenged by the Sun in playful Leo. Bring it on! Overindulgence is a possibility today, but you’re likely to have a lot of fun indulging in your guilty pleasures all through Sunday. With a Moon void on Monday from 9:12AM to 12:34PM ET, you should have plenty of extra time to recover before the work week begins. You’ll then have four days to get things signed, sealed and delivered. Moon is void all day on Friday. Mercury is grinding to a halt (metaphorically speaking) and turns retrograde on August 2nd. Back up your computers NOW. I have learned the hard way how machines have an odd way of spazzing out under this planetary pattern.
In other news, I confess I do sometimes refrain from posting parts of this forecast. Yesterday I wrote an entire paragraph on likely continued manifestations of an obsessive connection between ruthless Pluto and aggressive Mars AND Venus (social expression, love, art, beauty). I anticipated headlines involving sex, brutality, sharp cuts involving resources or emotions and/or something nasty bubbling up to the surface from underground. I deleted it in the interest of focusing on other patterns which felt more immediately optimistic : ) For the record, however, I would like to note the following headlines: a high-end prostitution ring likely catering to Wall Street clients is busted ttp://www.cnbc.com/id/43830471–a sewage spill stinks up the Hudson River in Manhattan http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/22/nyregion/sewage-spill-renders-new-york-harbor-unfit.html?hp X-ray (Pluto refers to radiation) body scanners are allegedly modified http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Naked-Body-Scans-Airports-Phased-Out.html and the coal industry scores a victory against regulation http://www.truth-out.org/republicans-approve-regulation-blocking-coal-bill-alecs-wish-list/1311185463 and fracking near a Pennsylvania reservoir stuns local residents http://www.truth-out.org/fracking-drinking-water-source-80000-pennsylvanians-raises-alarms/1311168512
Ooh — one more thing. Was anyone watching the markets yesterday? (Of course not, you’re not on assignment at CNBC). But if you were watching the markets, you would have seen them rally on a breaking news headline around lunchtime: “Powers That Be Close To Deal on the Debt Ceiling.” Hooray! A miracle! Minutes later, the headline was denounced as false by wet blankets in all camps. Boooooo! The markets retreated. Why I am telling you this? Read yesterday’s forecast… : )
Have a great weekend!!
Look to the Moon in Taurus, which needs to build and preserve security and stability, to bring a calmer vibe to the next couple of days. This is your chance to give form to the ideas and projects you have on your plate. Be productive!
Mercury, ruling mind, communication and travel shifts from opinionated Sagittarius into practical, make-it-happen Capricorn for the next few weeks. This could also bring those inclined to high-flying and/or exaggerated opinions back down to earth — though it may take a day for us to adjust to this shift in communications and thought.
Meanwhile, in Arizona, thousands were cheered by the news that Gabrielle Giffords opened her eyes for the first time since Saturday. President Obama announced the news, saying, “”She knows we’re here, and she knows we love her.”
Given that Giffords has Moon in Leo, a placement suggesting a strong need to be loved and adored, this struck me as a particularly fitting — and potentially healing — public announcement. All week I’ve been thinking of writing that if you happen to believe that thoughts can influence others who are thousands of miles away, it couldn’t hurt to send a loving message to Gabrielle Giffords. And if you’re personally involved with someone who has Moon in Leo — you now have a piece of information you can use to keep that relationship flowing smoothly : )