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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 2/16/2012: New Jersey State of Mind

We’re processing more of the same from yesterday. Still more Moon in high-flying Sagittarius to get you bouncing out of bed, full of fabulous opinions and ideas. And I’m serious about the fab ideas. Mental Mercury, which has been pulling focus all week, makes a cooperative connection to enthusiastic Jupiter, likely facilitating the breakthrough of more than one writer’s block.

Meanwhile, we have still more aggressive Mars, running wild and still obsessively needing to apply itself to the tangible detailed expression of the intangible. I don’t know about you, but yesterday my fellow commuters could not stifle their opinions on everything to save their lives; we had at least three spirited debates happening all at once in the company shuttle.  We have still more rebel Uranus, also running wild — which, in my personal world, explained the space alien wandering around Times Square in a down jacket and boxer shorts, occasionally breaking into a little jig while smoking a cigarette and carrying a shopping bag from Financier, a high end French pastry shop.  Other bold demonstrations of independence were likely witnessed around the globe. Today Mars and Uranus are in a combustible and/or high-tech genius connection; watch for flashes of brilliance and/or temper — and other potential hot spots.

We’re now in the aftermath of yesterday’s challenge between ruthless Pluto and Venus, suggesting the potential for emotional overkill, deep and/or cutting statements involving women and news involving essential resources (likely from underground). Possible example of emotional overkill: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has made an apparently controversial decision to have flags flown at half-staff in honor of Whitney Houston (born in Newark, New Jersey) http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/nj-governor-defends-decision-to-lower-flags-to-half-staff-for-houston-amid-strong-criticism/2012/02/15/gIQAqNuCGR_story.html?tid=pm_national_pop  …and he plans to veto the New Jersey Senate’s recent bill that would legalize gay marriage, if the State Assembly passes it today  http://www.northjersey.com/news/state/Christie_pledges_veto_will_be_swift.html  Do you think he’s heard the rumors that Ms. Houston might have been a lesbian? http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/02/12/whitney-houston-anatomy-of-a-lesbian-rumor.html Do you think he would change his mind about those flags if he had? You can check the status of the New Jersey state flag and hear one of the unofficial New Jersey state theme songs (apparently NJ is one of the few states that doesn’t have an official song) right here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF8jf61KA80&NR=1&feature=endscreen

OK, that bit took up so much space that it would be overkill to include other examples from the headlines of heavy power plays (Iran threatening to cut off oil supplies) and corruption exposed (California foreclosures, climate change denial conspiracies). You get the idea — and they’re all on the front page.

Coming up tomorrow: a look at the horoscope of Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York who is about to be elevated to cardinal. Lots of planetary patterns in the chart you’d expect to see in a man of the cloth. Stay tuned…

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday & Saturday 2/10-11/2012: What is a Void of Course Moon?

Moon went void at 12:11AM…not to enter Libra until 2:54PM ET. See if you notice any twists in your normal routine. Will your alarm clock not go off? Will a traffic jam cause you to take another route to work? Will you be running late for a bus, not have time to eat breakfast — only to find two happy-faced Wendy’s employees giving away free coffee and cinnamon buns right at your bus stop (that happened to me last month). For the benefit of new subscribers to this forecast, I’m posting an updated explanation of Moon voids (and how to manage them) below.

As for the energy of the day after 2:54PM ET, with the Moon in people-pleasing Libra, relationships and issues of fairness, justice and equality may pull focus. Staying balanced, however, may be a challenge, as Moon is opposed by Venus (suggesting self-indulgence or other excess) and also by Uranus (suggesting a surprise or a breakthrough). Perhaps more of whatever you’re experiencing along with yesterday’s hook-up between Venus and Uranus?

Moon continues in Libra until 5:09PM ET on Sunday. I’ll write more about Sunday in another post…but please note that Mars, planet of action and aggression is running wild in perfectionist Virgo all weekend (including Friday). Keep that in mind if you find yourself being overly critical — or if you’re subjected to someone’s nitpicky jabs.  Instead, try to find a productive channel for all that energy that is dying to get something organized or plan a perfect strategy.  Peace out.

WHAT IS A VOID-OF-COURSE MOON?

Here’s a visual for you: think of a pinball game. On Wednesday at 12:32PM ET, Moon entered the sign of Virgo. Now imagine the Moon as the pinball being launched into that sign. As the Moon travels through a sign, it makes aspects to other planets, like a pinball making contact with all the bumpers and gizmos in the game. Think of the dynamic way the pinball bounces off those bumpers and gizmos; it moves with purpose and clear direction, usually in a straight line, right? A Moon that is not void-of-course tends to move like this.

But what happens to the pinball after it hits the last bumper and falls to the bottom of the pinball machine, before it is relaunched into the game?  It loses steam, right? Sometimes the pinball just hangs for a while…before finally dropping…like a sigh. This is often how we experience the energy of the Moon when it is void-of-course.  The void — or v/c or VOC — is the time between the Moon’s LAST connection to a planet in one sign…and the time it enters the next sign.

When the Moon is void of course for a few minutes, we may not even notice it. When the Moon is void for a few hours or more, many of us definitely notice the difference.  Especially sensitive types may notice a floaty feeling — or may have difficulty focusing on a task at hand. I like to say that when the Moon is void of course, it can be challenging to travel in a straight line.  We are more likely to encounter curve balls, detours and other twists along the way. Ordinary tasks sometimes take FOREVER — or so it seems. Clients call with crises that later turn out to be nothing. Lines of communication get crossed. Your waiter says “Good Morning!” and it’s four in the afternoon. You pour hot water over whole bean coffee — oops — you forgot to grind it before putting it in the coffee maker.  You answer the phone and it’s someone you’ve been trying to avoid. During voids, details can fall through the cracks; it’s important to double check everything — you get the idea.

Moon voids are good for a nap, sleeping in late, leaving work early, a creative brainstorm, writing music, meditating, doing yoga or other activities that are considered routine or “going with the flow”. Moon voids are not ideal for buying things on impulse, especially if they are costly. I’ve tested this rule many times by breaking it, so now I avoid buying anything (even on sale) because I find I just don’t use them. The exception to this rule is when you find you NEED to buy something — like the time I had to buy a shawl because I was wearing a summer dress in fall weather, and I couldn’t go home and change. I do get a lot of use out of that shawl.

Activities initiated during Moon voids often have no consequence…and sometimes that is a good thing. Let’s say you want to return something to a store; voids are a good time to do that. Traveling during voids can bring unexpected rewards, like a $400 travel certificate because your flight is overbooked (that’s going with the flow!). On the other hand, when you want your event to have consequence — like an important business meeting — try to schedule that when the Moon is NOT void. I would never recommend signing a contract during a void.

There’s a higher “flake factor” during voids – people don’t show up for planned events. Other “twists” include upsets in sports matches (it’s a good time to bet on the underdog). The classic example of a Moon void during an election is the presidential election on Nov 7, 2000 — Bush v. Gore — which happened during a Moon void AND when Mercury was stationary direct — talk about a set-up for errors and confusion!

During a void you can likely get away with sleeping in. This is a natural cosmic rest period, so try to take it easy until the Moon moves into the next sign. Of course there will be times when you’ve got some big thing scheduled during a Moon void — that’s just life. The key then is to be AWARE of the void and BE FLEXIBLE in response to whatever twist comes up. I promise you this awareness will save you hours of frustration…