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Monday 2/26/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; Weird, Watery Neptune in the News

Happy Monday!

Some of my Facebook friends are reporting a bit of stress this morning. And indeed, the stress of a potential power play and/or emotional catharsis is reflected by  today’s nurturing Cancer Moon in a face off with  ruthless Pluto, exact at 8:11 AM ET.  What needs to be released so that something else might thrive? The mood expands — for better or for worse — as lunch approaches, courtesy of a harmony between the Moon and Jupiter. Note the potential for a flash of illumination, a twist or other upset to the status quo around 4:51 PM ET, as rebel Uranus challenges the emotional security-seeking Cancer Moon. From then until 11:42 PM ET, the Moon will be void of course, suggesting a time to not make a mountain out of a molehill. Chill and focus on routine concerns, preferably those close to home. Roll with whatever twists and flakes  may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. If you are new to this forecast and not familiar with the term “void of course Moon,” here’s the 411. 

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY are sponsored by the Moon in drama queen Leo. Great for party, a show or for issuing royal edicts. Emotions are on the rise, as the Moon is waxing to fullness in Virgo on THURSDAY at 7:51 PM ET. Before we get to Thursday, however, we have a busy few days of communication flows and challenges, as well as a chance to pour your heart out. In the case of the latter, on TUESDAY Venus in intuitive Pisces will be in harmony with powerbroker Pluto in Capricorn.

But wait, there’s more. Mercury (the way we need to think and communicate) pulls focus on WEDNESDAY, challenging a righteously opinionated, boundary-pushing Mars in Sagittarius, exact at 6:56 PM ET. An outburst energy for those walking and talking. Keep an eye on P45, as that Mars will be sitting on his opinionated Sag Moon, opposing his blah blah blah Gemini Sun. Provoked much? If you have a planet or angle around 20 degrees of Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo or Pisces, you may also feel a wee bit provoked. Count to ten before you lash out.  And that includes the horoscope of the United States, too. Transiting Mars in Sag will connect with Mars and Neptune in the USA horoscope. Assertion, anger, scandal, vision, dreams, drugs, oil, fantasy — watch the headlines — and expect the debate over gun control to continue.

Later on Wednesday, Mercury will be in harmony with Pluto at 11:40 PM ET. Should be a fine day for investigative reporters. Mercury-Pluto patterns excel at digging up dirt.  The Leo Moon goes void at 6:13 PM ET on Wednesday; chill until 12:57 AM ET on THURSDAY, when the Moon enter Virgo to clean up the mess.

THURSDAY features the aforementioned Full Moon. In Virgo, its mission is to refine, organize and make things perfect. A lovely harmony between Venus and Jupiter, exact at 6:22 AM ET, gets that day off to an amiable — dare I say generous — start. Another easy flow between Mercury and Jupiter, exact FRIDAY at 8:05 AM ET, facilitates big news in publishing, legal affairs and other systems of collective beliefs.  By then we’ll be seeing manifestations of rose-colored glasses to the max. Why? Because on SUNDAY the Pisces Sun makes its annual meet-up with visionary Neptune, and Mercury meets up with Venus. The two together scream “idealism!!” — to be  expressed prominently in matters of women, money, art and social expression the following week.  Watch how those themes will be reflected in the Academy Awards.

What are your plans for a dreamy weekend escape? Moon goes void at 6:50 PM ET on FRIDAY; West Coasters can skip out early.

Don’t know where your planets are? Why not  make an appointment for a personal consultation?   Really, there’s too much going on in the cosmos to remain clueless about how it  likely to impact YOU. Now is the time to plan a strategy for the rest of 2018 — and beyond.

And now, the news.

In the aftermath of the Never-Ending Uranus-Pluto Square of 2011-2016, autocrats rule. Now it’s President Xi of China joining the Men Who Would Be King Club.  Yesterday the Communist Party announced it was abolishing constitutional terms limits.  And why not, on a day with Sun (leaders) in harmony with Saturn (authority, structure), with the Cancer Moon about to be challenged by power-grabbing Pluto? Xi’s birth date is unconfirmed, though it is reportedly June 15, 1953. That would make him another double-talking Gemini whose horoscope was under a streamlining squeeze all last year, as Saturn opposed his Sun. Moon in either regal Leo or Cancer.  Mars at 0 Cancer — the prominent Aries Point. We can watch for prominent initiatives from him next week.

Also — the American Dream is still alive for those currently threatened by the destruction of DACA.  SCOTUS refusedto hear the P45 Administration’s argument on why it should be permitted to strip Dreamers of their protected homeland status.

Meanwhile…

Back in 2009, when I began writing this forecast (!!!), the original conceit was to see if awareness of planetary patterns could be used to anticipate the headlines in the “paper of record,” a.k.a., the New York Times.   With Neptune pulling so much focus, I would expect a truckload of stories involving fish, water, oil, drugs, glamour, fanatics, scandal, film, illusion, spirits, victims, pacifists, lies — to name a few. Here are some examples from Sunday’s edition:

What do you think? Coincidence or conspiracy? Next Sunday I expect we’ll have more of the same, with Neptune pulling focus in planetary patterns.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Saturday 11/19/2016 & Then Some: Neptune Direct; the Bubble Bursts

Happy day driven by Moon in rip-roarin’ drama king Leo! Life is a cabaret, old chum. Let the razzle-dazzle, royal edicts begin! Nebulous Neptune colors it all rose, engaged as it is with the personal planets:  Mercury and Venus — as noted in Monday’s forecast. Themes of idealism, illusion and lies — for starters — certainly they are all over the news, which we will get to in a minute. Neptune — as you may recall — turns direct tonight at 11:39PM ET. You’re more personally affected by the uptick in idealism, dreaminess, bewilderment and/or potential ego wipeout if you have a planet or other significant point in your horoscope around 8-11 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius and Gemini.

Generally speaking, planetary patterns facilitate a need for a beautiful escape. Pay attention to your dreams now and over the next day or so. Neptune pulling focus suggests a flow of information on the “dogwhistle channel,” which finally breaks through to the conscious mind. Note the symbols and signs.  Note also the potential for a ruthless effort at consolidating power and control, suggested by the Sun’s passage through the last few degrees of Scorpio.

No Moon void this weekend is apt for shopping impulses. It’s not too early to be thinking of holiday gifts — someone you love would be thrilled to have a gift certificate for a personal consultation about their horoscope — and with the Moon void at 8:52AM ET on Black Friday, I’m not convinced those deals you scoop up during that Moon void will please. Shop now!

The Sun enters Sagittarius at 4:23PM ET on Monday. No sleeping in.

And now, the news — most all of it related to Neptune: oceans, oil, ships, fraud, water, fantasy…

Dutch warships at the bottom of the Java Sea are missing — believed to have been sold as scrap metal. An untapped oil field three times larger than North Dakota’s Bakken has been discovered in Texas.  The Arctic Ocean is now off-limits for oil drilling — for now — says the Obama Administration. J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them premiered in London. In Slovenia, water was declared a constitutional right, not a market commodity. In Miami, Monday’s Supermoon was followed by record-breaking “king tides.”

Meanwhile, JP Morgan settled a bribery case — in which it was accused of hiring the children of Chinese leaders “to win business in the fast-growing nation.” Late Friday, another case was settled — this one a class action suit alleging fraud on the part of Trump University. You may recall Donald Trump tweeting earlier this year that he would never settle — on principle. You may also recall a post here last week noting that the November 28th start date for the trial was on a Moon void that was also dead, suggesting a high flake factor, twist and/or a back-room negotiation. JP Morgan settled its bribery case for $264 million. The president-elect settled his for $25 million. Such a deal.

If you missed the Trump U fraud settlement, perhaps it’s because social media is now all abuzz with news that Mike Pence went to see “Hamilton” on Broadway  last night, and he was mostly booed by the audience (some did applaud). At the end of the show, the cast addressed Pence, thanking him for attending the performance and adding — with the idealistic social expression we might expect with Neptune pulling such strong focus this week:

“We, sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” he said. “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”

The president-elect took to Twitter to demand the cast apologize.

Which brings me to the bubble that is showing signs of bursting. And this is one of the bubbles suggested by Saturn (reality, control, authority) in Sagittarius (opinion, publishing, collective belief) square Neptune (surreal, lies, faith) in Pisces (victims, feelings, faith). This was the major planetary pattern of late 2015 until just about now.

The bubble that is bursting is fake news, now that Saturn and Neptune are moving away from each other.  Alas, too little, too late. This story cites seven fake stories — most of which I saw posted on various FB pages — that were circulating before the election. This Washington Post interview with  fake-news writer Paul Horner is a must must must-read — here’s an excerpt:

You mentioned Trump, and you’ve probably heard the argument, or the concern, that fake news somehow helped him get elected. What do you make of that?

My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time. I think Trump is in the White House because of me. His followers don’t fact-check anything — they’ll post everything, believe anything. His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $3,500 as fact. Like, I made that up. I posted a fake ad on Craigslist.

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 5/27/2015: Curiouser and Curiouser…

An exact meet-up between action hero Mars and mental Mercury at 6:37 AM ET suggests an urge to multitask and translate sharp words into fast action. Well guess what? The nitpicky Virgo Moon is void of course and Mercury is retrograde. Be especially mindful in your travels this morning. Chill, check your facts, make sure what you heard is actually what was said — and appreciate that a void Moon suggests crises that crop up are often much ado about nothing.

Moon doesn’t get into gear until 5:42PM ET, when it enters people-pleasing Libra, seeking to restore balance and harmony to any hypercritical situation. Patterns are relatively quiet until Friday, save for the building tension between Mercury and nebulous Neptune, which we last experienced on May 9th. What were you thinking about around then?

And now, the news.

You know there’s really something to planetary patterns when your astrologer writes about how surreal the headlines might be…and then you read Serious NYT Economist Paul Krugman’s column. Yesterday he referenced one of the wackiest (and wisest) books ever written, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Let’s keep talking about Neptune, because it’s everywhere this week (as noted in yesterday’s forecast). Neptune refers to intangibles and illusions, such as photography, television and film. On Monday famed documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark passed away. As a photographer, we’d expect Neptune to be strongly emphasized in her horoscope (March 20, 1940 in Philadelphia) — and it is. We see Mercury opposed by Neptune and Venus-Mars-Uranus trine Neptune, suggesting vision, aesthetics and compassion (Venus is in Pisces), the latter of which she was especially known. Here are some of her photographs.

Another photographer making headlines is very much alive and raking in the dough. Richard Prince uses what some might call the sleazier side of Neptune. Is Neptune strong in his horoscope? Mr. Prince was born on Aug 6, 1949. Ooh — look — Neptune is square to Mars and recently supercharged by transiting Uranus and Pluto.  His Capricorn Moon, which knows oh-so-well how to put things and people to good use, might be in touch with Neptune, too — we’d have to have a birth time to know for sure.

Mr. Prince’s latest exhibit consists of photos lifted from Instagram — without permission from the original photographers — and they are selling for up to $90K per print. Which might be a strong argument for posting your pix on Snapchat, where the images will disappear. Snapchat just announced plans for an IPO, btw…

Boundaries — or lack thereof — are another Neptune theme. Neptune dissolves whatever it touches. This is why its influence can be so bewildering. In the material world, we like to have boundaries. They define structure and structure can make us feel secure. Saturn is structure. Where would you be without Saturn? Living a field, for sure – there would be no structure over your head.

Neptune dissolves Saturn — or, on the plus side, can give structure a vision.

Oh geez, Louise. This story just hit the wires:

A federal judge has thrown out evidence collected by FBI agents who posed as Internet repairmen to get into Las Vegas Strip hotel rooms last summer during an investigation into illegal bookmaking…

In this case (which gets weirder with every paragraph), Saturn struck back — giving nebulous Neptune a hard, cold reality smackdown. Got that?

Have I mentioned recently that Mercury retrogrades are an excellent time to REconnect and/or REview your life with your astrologer? Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Thank you for reading this forecast — and sharing it with your friends.

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 2/21/2011

Those of you taking this Presidents’ Day off, rejoice. You’ve managed to escape a Monday AM at the office that suggests a slightly rude awakening after a potentially lovely, escapist weekend. Expressing feelings may be challenged by the  audience’s  insistence that it be presented in a certain form — in triplicate and in blue or black ink only, if you please. Then again, that challenge may not stand a chance against unconventional status-quo disrupting Uranus running wild again today. More news from Wisconsin and the Middle East? With  Mercury (mind, travel, communication) entering intangible, dreamy, intuitive Pisces at 3:53PM EST…followed by Mars (action) in Pisces Tuesday in 8:06PM, I’m not sure how realistic that challenge can be. Many may still have their heads in the clouds, basking in the rosy glow of Sunday’s triple meet-up between Mars, Mercury and nebulous Neptune. So if you’re not at the office, enjoy the holiday and indulge in a dream or two…

How’s this for a perfectly timed Neptunian headline:  “Ecstasy Does Not Wreck the Mind, Study Claims”  http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/feb/19/ecstasy-harm-brain-new-study…or this one: Hiding Details of Dubious Deal, U.S. Invokes National Securityhttp://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/20/us/politics/20data.html?scp=1&sq=dubious&st=cse  “Ecstasy” and “dubious” are just a few of the keywords one could expect on a day with a strong influence from Neptune (which rules the sign Pisces, btw).