East Coasters, use the early morning hours productively before the fiery Aries Moon goes void-of-course at 11:22AM ET, not to enter Taurus until 9:24PM ET. Communication of all kinds is accentuated, though you might notice a shift into neutral around lunchtime. West Coasters, your entire business day may have that “herding cats” feeling, but it does not mean you can’t be productive, too. The challenge is to be patient with any aimless cats you encounter and maintain your cool in during any “crisis” that crops up. My money says it’s likely much ado about nothing, and you’ll have more fun if you can be flexible with your flight plan.
Physical energy and ego energies are running higher than usual, courtesy of a challenge between action hero Mars and bombastic Jupiter. Definitely do something productive with that. On the plus side: more fun and the more the merrier. On the down side: the potential for overindulgence and a lack of oversight; sleepless nights; actions that may be seen as outrageous; and accidents. I’ve had a lot of people who are directly impacted by the Cardinal Grand Cross tell me they’ve had trouble sleeping this week. Coincidence or conspiracy?
Once the Moon enters Taurus at 9:24PM ET, things will settle down. You can calmly and methodically get organized and build structures for your material security and sensual enjoyment.
Meanwhile, planetary patterns suggest another day of extremes — at least in the weather department. While much of America is freaking out over freakishly low temperatures and radical temperature swings, in Australia it’s hotter than Hades, and in Argentina, too. Massive waves have pummeled Europe, too. Want a bit of inspiring, believe-in-miracles, never-never-give-up news that reflects the indomitable spirit of an Aries Moon, mixed in with the breakthrough potential of the Cardinal Grand Cross? “Breakthrough potential” was the subhead in yesterday’s forecast, right? And this just hit the NYT home page: an update from Gabrielle Giffords about a personal breakthrough — read it through to the end, if you please. All through 2010 and 2011, Ms. Giffords had ruthless Pluto and then rebel Uranus making challenging aspects to her natal Mars (willpower; action) and Uranus, which are at 4 degrees of Cancer and 4 degrees of Libra, respectively. This suggests two years of extraordinary effort (here’s her horoscope — time unknown), resulting in a powerful transformation. In 2013, disciplined Saturn would have challenged her natal Saturn and likely her Leo Moon, suggesting the potential for an ambitious reach. She is awesome, and though I could dig up a zillion other headlines reflecting current planetary patterns, I’d rather let Ms. Giffords’ breakthrough (note that it is a physical breakthrough — how very Mars – Jupiter), carry you through the day.
This fire-engine red is brought to you by the Moon in me-me-me Aries, inspiring you to start the New Year off with an astro-logical consultation that’s all about YOU. Self-indulgent aspects among Venus, Mercury and the Moon demand it! Consultations are described in detail here.
Wow! What a week it’s been! We’ll talk about that in a minute. But first…
Moon continues to strive to make things happen in enterprising Capricorn, buoyed by a lovely connection to Venus (women, aesthetics, money, social expression) in security-preserving Taurus at 3:11AM ET. It’s the only exact lunar aspect of the day, so that sets the tone. Happy Friday! It’s a much quieter day than the rest of the week, but much can still be accomplished.
Saturday morning may be a bit grumpy, as the enterprising Moon is challenged to get even more serious by disciplined, chilly Saturn. Does someone want to be alone? Chill out and roll with it during the Moon void from 9AM – 12:11PM ET. Or maybe just sleep in — a perfect activity for void of course Moons. In the afternoon and into the evening, you’re likely to be feeling more social, as Moon, now in “who loves ya buddy” Aquarius, is supported by chatty Mercury and unconventional Uranus. With Mercury currently retrograde, consider reconnecting with folks you haven’t seen in a long while — don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone to do it.
Sunday is terrific for optimistic, pleasure-seeking humanitarians and other friends — though you might want to keep an eye on your wallet. An exuberant contact to Moon from jolly Jupiter hits at 7:23AM ET, followed by a brilliant hook-up between mental Mercury and innovative, freedom-loving Uranus at 1:24PM ET. Technogeeks and other geniuses (including astrologers), thrive under this configuration — the second of three that will happen between March 5th and April 22nd. Take note of your bright ideas — some of them may well be diamonds in the rough. Another indulgent contact between Moon and Venus hits at 2:39PM. Yum!
And now, the news:
First, how about those stock markets? Highs that haven’t been seen in a few years — and yet market volatility was unusually low. Low volatility suggests more confidence, less fear driving the markets. This suggests stability. Hmmm…stability…perhaps the kind of stability that might be reflected in an Earth Grand Trine involving planets often associated an abundance of resources? Coincidence or conspiracy? Why, even the United States Senate managed to achieve a level of productivity not seen since…well I don’t know when. I will let Gail Collins, who writes funny, tell you http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/15/opinion/collins-the-senate-overachieves.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
Not everyone was feeling stable, though. Ask the good folks at the investment bank Goldman Sachs how stable it feels to see the value of your company drop by two billion dollars in one day…all because one “disgruntled employee” had the nerve to publish his resignation letter in the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/14/opinion/why-i-am-leaving-goldman-sachs.html?src=me&ref=general And the status quo of The Establishment was disrupted, as alleged moral bankruptcy and bad manners were exposed. Sounds like a textbook case study for rebel Uranus in Aries, sign of the Individual and the Underdog challenging Pluto (transformation/annihilation of all that is rotten) in Capricorn (hallowed structures of our government and corporations). The first of seven exact challenges (squares) happens June 24; the last one happens March 16, 2015.
Here’s the takeaway from that story: look how empowered one person can be! The empowerment of the individual is one major theme of the dance we’re seeing between Uranus and Pluto in Aries and Capricorn. Yes, you, too can be an entrepreneurial pioneer. Welcome to the world of the self-employed (Aries), connected to the whole world through technology (Uranus). We will certainly see many more David vs. Goliath stories over the next few years…and some Davids will be kookier than others (Uranus delights in being decidedly weird). The challenge for us in choosing which of these Davids to follow is being strong enough to see through the veil of illusion presented by weirdest of the bunch, because those rose-colored glasses may be terribly tempting. Especially if those glasses somehow promise to feed our collective soul (we’ll likely to be doing a lot of soul-searching over the next 14 years, but that’s another story about Neptune in Pisces, which I will tell another day — or you can search the archives for what has already been written).
Have a great weekend!
Another day light on planetary activity, though the buzz that began yesterday afternoon continues with Moon still in Gemini, needing to be the smartest one in the room. Who, what, when, where and how? Ideas can flow easily and with feeling as you wake up this morning, courtesy of a smooth connection between Moon and mental Mercury.
Today is your last chance to experience a full day of nebulous Neptune in Aquarius — and here, I mean the last chance in your lifetime. On Friday at 1:52PM ET, Neptune enters Pisces, the sign it rules. Neptune energy can be challenging for people who live in a material world, as it prefers the immaterial and ephemeral to the material and permanent. Neptune tends to dissolve whatever it touches, leaving you with the feeling that you’re standing in quicksand. Or in a fog. It doesn’t strike with a lightning bolt, like Uranus, or blow things to smithereens, purging and/or transforming, like Pluto. Its effects are much more subtle, but no less powerful.
Here are a few key words for Neptune: intangible forms (wireless communication including film, photography, telepathy, intuition, spirituality, rarefied art forms, including music), oil, dreams, drugs, blood, alcohol, poisons, viruses, water, oceans, seafood. A few key words for Pisces: surrender, empathy, compassion, collective consciousness, belief, martyr, saint. We can anticipate with confidence that headlines over the next 14 years will reflect these keywords with increasing levels of intensity.
It takes about 14 years for Neptune to travel through one sign of the zodiac; the last time Neptune entered Pisces was in 1847. Thanks to astrologer Steffan Vanel for bringing my attention to a post by astrologer Adrian Duncan noting some key developments during Neptune’s last transit through Pisces in the mid-19th Century. Note that the “social democratic demonstrations” (e.g., the “Year of Revolutions of 1848” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutions_of_1848), coincided with Uranus and Pluto hooking up in the cardinal sign of Aries. Note also that Uranus and Pluto are four months away from a three-year long series of seven exact challenges to each other (and that we’ve been feeling the build-up for over a year) in Aries and Capricorn, respectively. Note also that when Uranus and Pluto do make contact, the effect is one of upheaval. But I digress. Here’s the bit on Neptune’s last transit through Pisces:
“This was the period when Charles Dickens wrote his novels of social realism, and social democratic demonstrations shook the capitals of Europe. This was also a time when painters like Renoir, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cezanne and Monet made their impressionist paintings, expanding the world of fantasy and imagination. On the scientific front Darwin’s theory of evolution completely undermined Christian tradition. The first photographs were taken, ultimately leading to the coming world of the movies. Anesthetics were used for the first time in hospitals. Opium became a socially acceptable drug. The accepted reality of the day was undermined and new spiritual, emotional and political realities took form.”
This year, Neptune in Pisces will affect you most strongly if you have a birthday — or a planet, rising sign or midheaven in the early degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius. On the plus side, there is potential for a spiritual awakening or transcendence; artistic and/or romantic stimulation and/or success. On the down side there is the potential for bewilderment or listlessness. Consult your local astrologer for further details on how Neptune is likely affecting your own personal horoscope. Meanwhile, you can watch Mitt Romney in action as one example of how Neptune can completely fog up efforts of personal projection as it challenges his Gemini Ascendant. Here’s what happened yesterday: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/opinion/collins-mitt-speaks-oh-no.html?hp http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/us/politics/poor-quote-by-romney-seized-on-by-his-critics.html?hp Bewildering, eh?
Light a candle and focus your intentions for the New Moon cycle, which begins with the Sun and Moon at 4 degrees of Libra, sign of fairness, balance, justice and relationship at 7:09AM ET. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “A group around a campfire.” If you’ve never gathered around a campfire with other souls, perhaps you’ve gathered around a fireplace or even a flickering candle. There’s a wonderful sense of communion in such gatherings — and often a song or two, even if it’s just “Happy Birthday to You” or “Kumbaya”. Into the flames we gaze, hoping, feeling — what? That we can go deeper? Into a greater intimacy? That we can stop all this petty bickering and be at peace with each other — starting with ourselves? What connection do you feel when you look into a fire? Do you lose your sense of self? Does it make you feel calm? A sense of power? Hmmm….
This lunar cycle can bring much illumination to our need to connect with like-minded souls. How much of yourself are you willing to give up in order to make that connection? Too much? Too little? Around a fire, everyone is nearly always equal. How does that feel?
Planetary patterns in this New Moon are highly charged. Sun and Moon are challenged by the continuing drama of rebel Uranus squaring “resistance is futile” Pluto. A change in perspective in your relationships is suggested, fueled by a flash of insight reflected in Mercury (mind, communication) in an idealistic, yet potentially ingenious contact with Uranus. Wow! Newsflash! Film at 11.
A sobering, sometimes chilly (on the downside), sometimes graceful and wise (on the plus side) hook-up between loving Venus and disciplined Saturn raises the bar on our needs and expectations. Why settle? Why indeed. With Neptune running wild in the New Moon chart, the desire for a rose-colored world is reinforced. Take note of your thoughts — and dreams — in meditation on this powerful day. If you’ve been feeling unattached, listen for cues on how to create a deeper sense of belonging, even if it means following an unconventional path.
The best thing I can say about today is that it offers exceptional creative potential. Moon moves into dreamy Pisces at 1:13AM ET and hooks up with nebulous — and yet often visionary — Neptune shortly thereafter. Note where your dreams take you. There could be a fine line between visionary and fantasy/delusion today, suggested by an obsessive connection between Mercury (mind, communication) and Neptune. What did they know and when did they know it — and how long will they deny it until the truth finally comes out? Or…how long will they cling to belief in a fairy tale, until reality smacks them out of their rose-colored confection?
Meanwhile another obsessive connection — between ruthless Pluto and aggressive Mars — suggests the potential for power plays, overt force (and force of will) and perhaps an explosion or two. That’s great for the planet and your own personal world if you’re wearing a white hat; perhaps not so great (for the rest of us) if you’re up to no good. Planetary patterns suggest potential resources; humans decide what to do with them.
Sun (life force) and Venus (social expression) are both in emotional/material security-needing Cancer. Mars (energy applied) is in multi-tasking, cerebral Gemini. Saturn (necessary controls) is in striving-to-be fair and balanced Libra. All four planets are “running wild” today, competing for and demanding attention. Ruthless Pluto and disruptive Uranus are squaring off, determined to tear down a facade or institution somewhere (look no further than today’s headlines — and remember that this aspect is in effect for the next few years). And yet…today’s Moon in soulful Pisces suggests a need for sensitivity and empathy, augmented by deep insight and enthusiasm. And Pisces is very adaptable — and in fact most humans are adaptable, which is why Los Angeles didn’t fall apart during the dreaded “Carmaggeddon” over the weekend. Which makes a strong case for not freaking out too much over the changes happening now and in the near future. Which brings me back to the exceptional creative potential suggested by today’s planetary patterns. The only natural break (in the form of a Moon void) comes this Wednesday AM on the East Coast and Friday PM on the West Coast. Arise, go forth and be creative — and of consequence.
Meanwhile, how about that “surprise upset” in yesterday’s Women’s World Cup between the US and Japan http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/18/sports/soccer/japan-battles-back-to-win-womens-world-cup.html?_r=1&hp And the Moon was void of course all day, which generally favors the underdog. Coincidence or conspiracy?
Last but not least, a reader asked for commentary on Casey Anthony’s horoscope. Birth data: March 19, 1986 in Warren, OH time (unconfirmed source) 3:10PM. Sun in Pisces, Moon in Cancer. I did not closely follow this case, so can’t comment on the time line of events or other details. But even without an exact birth time, one thing that strikes me about this horoscope is the strong potential for prominence/fame. Specifically, this horoscope is likely to be known for idealism (vision or fantasy/delusion), charisma (seductive glamor, personal magnetism or a web of deception), creativity and/or sensitivity or a high self-regard.
Mercury retrograde is an excellent time to REview past experiences, so that we can REmember important details. As the saying goes, those who can not remember the past are doomed to repeat it. Thus I was struck by an article in yesterday’s NY Times about “tsunami stones.” These are stone tablets, some apparently 600 years old, which can be found along the coast of Japan. Chiseled on these stones are helpful warnings, such as, “Do not build your homes below this point!” Imagine survivors of a tsunami that happened 600 years ago putting up a billboard so that future generations might avoid disaster. The writer of the article mentions one village in particular whose citizens heeded stones’ sage advice; their homes were not destroyed by the most recent tsunami. Here’s the article http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/21/world/asia/21stones.html?pagewanted=1&hp
Point is, tsunamis have been happening for a looooong time, and they will continue to happen. This is a fact of life. Planetary patterns have been happening for a looooong time, too. They run in cycles that repeat over and over. Astrologers can see them coming. Some cycles are longer than others; these would be cycles involving the outer planets: Pluto (yes, PLUTO), Uranus and Neptune. So if we can look back at past cycles and note what happened during those times, and we can see the next cycle coming, we should be able to prepare ourselves — and avoid mistakes we might have made in the past, right? For example, for the past few years and continuing over the next several years we will be experiencing a cycle between “resistance is futile” Pluto and disruptive Uranus that was active in the 30s and the 60s. What happened during those decades? Does anyone remember? What did we learn?
So much for big picture theories. Now on to today: Venus, representing the way we need to express ourselves socially, zips into impulsive Aries just after midnight EDT. Venus in Aries is a bit of a flirt; if you’re looking for a spring fling, this transit just might bring it, especially as Venus gets closer to electric Uranus on Friday. Impulsive, fresh, pioneering, courageous. Just be advised that Venus-Uranus attractions can vaporize as quickly as they materialized. And yet they can be oh-so exciting.
Moon goes void at 12:57PM EDT in the sign of Sagittarius. Do something creative and/or relaxing that will broaden your horizons, even if it’s just a walk in the woods. Or mingle with an international, offbeat crowd.