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 Security” http://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).
Still more Neptune. You may recall a post a few weeks back in which I took a look at California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s birth chart after a former housekeeper alleged that Whitman employed her without checking to see if the housekeeper had a work permit. This was a bit of a problem for Whitman, who apparently has taken a strong position against illegal immigration. Whitman’s chart revealed current challenges from Neptune, suggesting possible idealism, fantasy, escapism, fraud, deception, lies, transcendence, betrayal — you get the idea — and these challenges aren’t going away anytime soon.
Now it has been revealed that when a PR gal (image, illusion) for Whitman announced that the San Diego Sheriff’s Association had endorsed Whitman’s campaign on Monday, there was a typo in her Tweet, thus directing Twitterers to this YouTube video — think tulle, music, alien, intangible, twist, androgyny, rebellious, surreal — in other words a perfect manifestation of nebulous Neptune in the sign of Aquarius trine Mercury in Libra (beauty, balance) on a day with Moon in watery Pisces: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMWUYMWlEyo&fmt=18 Coincidence or conspiracy? Meanwhile, if any Japanese bass players reading this can tell us what the video is all about, do let us know…
NYers please note that the Moon is void from 6:25- 11:23AM NY time, possibly throwing a wrench into your morning agenda. Let things fall where they may, and definitely go with the flow, chill, brainstorm, focus on the routine; this afternoon the pace ramps up noticeably with the Moon’s entry into “Numero Uno” Aries….followed by Mercury (mind, communication) moving into cuts-like-a-knife Scorpio at 5:19PM NY. WARNING WARNING WARNING — if you are engaged in diplomatic talks, you might do well to choose your words with great care later today, as Moon in impulsive Aries and Venus, Mars — and now Mercury in Scorpio suggest that handling someone with kid gloves is not a top priority. This is also an advisement to restrain your urge to snap back if you happen to be on the receiving end of anyone who has temporarily forgotten their manners or lost their sanity…
Finally, a fabu connection between Mars (action) and expansive Jupiter suggests the potential for boundless enthusiasm (get thee to a gym) or utter bombast.
Creative, inspirational, mystical, healing, transcendental…or bewildering, delusional, escapist, martyred? What will you encounter this week when a Neptunian fog rolls in? Looking at all the action from Neptune this week makes me think of movie CATFISH, which I saw over the weekend. Angela, one of the key players in the movie, seems to be an extraordinary expression of Neptunian energy (see first sentence of this paragraph). I don’t know when Angela was born (CATFISH is a documentary), but I would bet Neptune is very strong in her chart — and she embodies the very best and the very worst possible manifestations of Neptune in our daily lives. CATFISH is not a perfect film, but it’s one of those experiences that likely will stay with you after you leave the theater.
Neptune dissolves whatever it touches. Tangible boundaries vanish into the ether. Under the influence of a strong Neptune transit, we can sometimes feel lost or untethered. Making commitments becomes quite a challenge; going with the flow is often preferable (read the forecast for 10/13/2010 to see if you’re having a Neptune transit to your Sun Sign).When Neptune entered the mental, humanitarian, technology-oriented sign of Aquarius back in 1998, joining revolutionary Uranus, which had entered its home sign in 1995, I thought to myself, “the catch phrase for the next fifteen years is going to be ‘we are all connected'”. Unlike internet, cell phone and GPS tech pioneers like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, however, I never thought much about how to make a fortune exploiting that deductive intuition. We have one more year of Neptune in Aquarius — then we’ll be on to a new catch phrase — stay tuned for updates.
Today Moon is in the watery sign of Pisces, where it needs to work with the intangible: music, spirit, feeling, art. As I type this Mercury (mind, communication, travel) is approaching a lovely connection to — Neptune, which happens to rule Pisces. And Tuesday, the Sun will make that same easy connection. Look for sublime inspiration — in art, music and spirit today, including the spirit of service, faith, hope and charity — that’s the plus side. Even waspish Venus retrograde in Scorpio can be softened under these Neptunian vibes. On the downside — there’s the potential for delusional spin — lies, lies and more lies — watch the headlines, listen to the political debates oh-so-carefully and rely on your own efforts to double check the facts — the media, alas, is likely to be part of the spin.
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…
Writing this while watching a live feed streaming on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11489439 — as the first of the Chilean miners are being pulled out of the depths into the light. Honestly, humanity, there is no limit to the good we can do on this Earth…if we could only…oh…I dunno…get out of our own way.
This concludes the soapbox portion of this forecast.
Moon is in “make it happen” Capricorn, making contact to Pluto, Lord of the Underground this morning — which would seem to bode well for the miners — Capricorn rules mines, along with Pluto. You can apply this intensely focused energy to whatever initiative you launched in conjunction with last Thursday’s New Moon. Plumb the depths!
Meanwhile, in keeping with our collective two-year focus on re-examining rules for treating each other with fairness and justice (Saturn in Libra), yesterday a federal judge banned “don’t ask, don’t tell” — but note that this issue is likely not completely settled — we’ve got two years to go before this “focus group” concludes.
Finally, another split hit the headlines yesterday: Christina Aguilera and her husband are reportedly ending their marriage. And since I looked at Courteney Cox and David Arquette last night, I thought I’d see if there were any similarities happening in Ms. Aguilera’s chart, especially since I have allegedly accurate birth data of 12/18/1980, 10:46AM in Staten Island.
Immediately we see nebulous Neptune sitting right on Aguilera’s ascendant and challenging Uranus, which rules her house of one-on-one partnerships. Neptune tends to dissolve whatever it touches, so here bewilderment, confusion, fantasy, escapism, idealism — or a combination of all the above — are all suggested, clouding her sense of identity and directly affecting her relationship with her partner. Isn’t it interesting that Neptune is also quite active in the charts of Cox and Arquette? You might be experiencing a bewilderment of your own if you were born around Feb 14-16, May 15-17, August 17-19 and Nov 17-19 — though not necessarily impacting your marriage or other significant partnership — but a bewilderment nonetheless. Consult your local astrologer for details.