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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 5/10/2012: The Power of One

An upbeat flow is suggested in the early morning, as Moon and Sun make easy contact at 8:03AM ET — followed by a jolly Moon-Jupiter connection at 11:57AM ET. Moon is still in Capricorn, driving the need to make things happen.

As the day progresses, a more serious, ambitious mood kicks in, suggested by a hard connection between Moon and disciplined Saturn. Suddenly feeling all alone in your quest for glory? Sometimes a sense of lack, challenging as it may feel, makes the next move crystal clear.

Moon goes void at 3:11PM ET on that potentially “wet blanket” Moon-Saturn connection…not to enter Aquarius until 1:03AM ET on Friday. Use the rest of the day to chill, ponder, brainstorm, avoid impulse shopping and roll with whatever twists may arise. If you’re in need of inspiration, here’s a meditative bit allegedly penned by Charlie Chaplin on his 70th birthday, according to the “internets” (Abraham Lincoln famously warned citizens against believing everything posted on the web, as I am sure you all recall from your studies in school). Anyway, whether Chaplin wrote it or not, there is wisdom and comfort to be found — and I’ll take it wherever I find it. If you prefer your “poetry” set to music, someone on YouTube made a video just for you.

In other news, were there any “surprises, revelations, power plays and/or revolutions” in your own personal world yesterday, other than President Obama’s sudden declaration that, after wrestling with the issue for two years, he believes that same-sex marriage should be legal?

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 1/19/2012: Sun Sets in Capricorn

More of Moon in Sagittarius, the philosopher clown, needing to spout off on all subjects, even if a foot somehow ends up in its mouth. Contrast the energy of this Moon with the energy of stern Saturn in judgmental Libra, challenging the Sun in practical Capricorn to realize its ambition, come up with a balanced plan, fish or cut bait. Much can be gained today…but if someone throws a wet blanket on you, remember this forecast and find a productive channel for any frustration. And by 11:10AM ET on Friday, the Sun’s trek through Capricorn will be over, and we will be near the end of Capricorn lunar cycle, too. Whew! I hope it has been a productive month for all of you. New Moon in Aquarius will be on the 23rd.

Meanwhile, in the news, I detected a theme of intellectual property rights: efforts to contain and monetize what is essentially intangible. Yesterday we had Google and Wikipedia leading a protest against alleged efforts to regulate the internet. The protests succeeded in tabling the legislation for the foreseeable future http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/technology/protests-of-antipiracy-bills-unite-web.html?hp I also noted a SCOTUS decision allowing that Congress may reinstate copyright protection to IP that had fallen into the public domain http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/scotus-re-copyright-decision/  Even at the office, discussions have been had about music publishing — why now?  What’s the pattern here? Then I noted this bit about efforts to control another intangible, Time (which, oddly enough, is ruled by Saturn, the most tangible of all planets — although it can be said that Time controls us all) http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/science/to-keep-or-kill-lowly-leap-second-focus-of-world-debate.html?ref=science And this: Eastman Kodak, which captured intangible images (Neptune) on tangible film has filed for bankruptcy (Saturn – restructuring). Ooh — and one more: bone (Saturn) loss (Neptune). http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/health/bone-density-tests-for-osteoporosis-can-wait-study-says.html?hp Hmmmm….

In addition to Saturn (bones, authority, control) in Libra (judgment, arts) square Sun, we also see Saturn in a harmonious connection to Neptune (intangibles, wipeouts, inspiration, music, high arts) and in a challenging connection with Jupiter in Taurus (seeking reward in material comfort and security, while trying to keep things as they are). These are current planetary patterns reflected in the news of the day. And that’s how I make sense of what I read on the front page of the New York Times. Coincidence or conspiracy?

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 12/22/2011: More on the Solstice, Cardinal Signs, Saturn in Libra and Social Justice

UranusAn energetic day, suggested by plenty of connections among the planets. Did you note your dreams this morning? You might have been channeling an especially beautiful escape — or a profound insight, suggested by two connections to the Moon from nebulous Neptune and innovative Uranus. After a brief Moon void from 4:49AM – 7:03 AM ET, Moon entered high-flying Sagittarius, lightening a bit of yesterday’s intensity.

A  buoyant connection between Sun and jolly Jupiter (9:33AM ET), adds to the festivity and suggests there may be time to splurge on a gift for that special someone. Still looking for inspiration? How about a gift certificate for an astrology consultation? What could be more thoughtful — or practical?  In any event, as the afternoon progresses, it could all come together in a flash, as erratic Uranus challenges the Sun and Mercury (mind, communication) in the “big picture” sign of Sagittarius hooks up with the Moon. This connection hold much potential for expressing opinions!

A few more thoughts about the nature of CARDINAL signs (please see yesterday’s Solstice Forecast for initial thoughts on that topic). The Latin root of cardinal is “cardin”, meaning “hinge”. Think about this: in ancient Roman times, a door could not  open or close without a hinge. A hinge is literally a “turning point”. Add this image to yesterday’s thoughts on cardinal signs…and especially the beginning (first degree) of each cardinal sign. On this Solstice, with the Sun at zero degrees of the cardinal sign Capricorn and rebel Uranus at zero degrees of the pioneer/warrior sign of Aries, we have the potential for a big turning point — not just in world events, but in your own personal world. So think about the shifts and quantum leaps you might like to make and put them out there for the next New Moon, exact on Saturday at 1:06PM ET.

Speaking of the potential for things changing “just like that” (again, see yesterday’s forecast), check out this photo that hit the headlines yesterday — it’s a fine  illustration of the potential of rebel Uranus challenging the Sun http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8972431/Women-sailors-share-first-gay-kiss-in-US-Navy.html  It’s also reflects the potential for social justice, fairness and equality suggested by controlling Saturn in Libra (relationships, law, justice). A couple of years ago, when Saturn entered Libra (a CARDINAL sign, mind you), I anticipated that the US military’s policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would be abolished because it is neither just nor fair. Equality, justice and fairness are big things in the horoscope of the US; our country was founded on those principles, suggested in part by Saturn (our ambition & structure) in Libra in the US horoscope. So when transiting Saturn completed its hook-up with the US Saturn this fall, that’s when I figured DADT would finally go away. Which it did. And someone, this “rebellious”  social shift has not brought the world to an end…but a world has ended. Just like that. All part of the new normal.

Inequality — especially income inequality — is, of course, a theme of the Occupy Wall Street movement. And with Saturn in Libra until late 2012, you can bet that OWS and any other movement that points out inequality, is not going away. Not convinced? Yesterday I read the news that Rocky Anderson has launched a third political party called — THE JUSTICE PARTY, along with  his presidential campaign http://www.justicepartyusa.net/results/all/?group=8744&searchnext=true&q=rocky anderson&all=0&site=8744  Coincidence or conspiracy?? A former Democrat and former mayor of Salt Lake City, Rocky Anderson is someone you might find of interest. He’s a Virgo, with Saturn also in…Libra. Check him out:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Anderson

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday-Sunday 10/13-16/2011: Fascinating Rhythms

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!

 

 

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 4/18/2011

Happy Monday, happy Full Moon hangover and happy Passover, for those that are celebrating. Let’s see what made the news as anticipated over the weekend. Wacky weather? Yep, killer tornadoes from Oklahoma to North Carolina…and some pretty intense storms up her in New York. Thanks to astrologer Richard Nolle, whose work and writing over the years have taught me the impact of Super Moons on weather patterns. War on women? Certainly women in Yemen were upset over remarks made by their president…so much so that they took to the streets in protest http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/17/yemeni-women-protest-against-president-saleh  Then there was this uplifting story about toxins injected into oil wells by oil companies, which now raise the concern that these toxins will contaminate water resources http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/science/earth/17gas.html?hp This story comes courtesy of Neptune (refers to water, oil, poisons) recently entering the sign of Pisces, the sign it rules, where it will hopefully raise our awareness of these environmental concerns so we can take constructive action. Stories about water shortages and pollution are not new, but planetary patterns suggest that are likely to be seen more frequently — and make greater impact — over the next 14 years. And oh — here’s another Neptunian oil-toxin story that just came over the wire “Mystery Illnesses Plague Louisiana Spill Crews”  http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110417/ts_alt_afp/usoilpollutionenvironmentbphealth

Today’s aspects are not especially tolerant of frivolity. Moon entered moody bastard Scorpio (not to be confused with moody bastard Pisces) at 2:19AM EDT, where it could well spend great chunks of time churning with emotion buried deep beneath the surface, while maintaining a convincing mask of detached calm. We may see continued frustration as a result of someone’s militant stance. For those who dare, we may also see some battering ram (Mars in Aries) breakthroughs in civil discourse, justice and fairness (Saturn in Libra), such as news of a bill passed in California requiring the teaching of gay rights and history in schools http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/8454857/California-set-to-teach-gay-history-and-rights-in-schools.html

Temper your words and actions today with depth, substance and integrity.

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 1/18/2011

More of the same from yesterday afternoon. If you have research to do, or any project requiring focused concentration and honing/chiseling words, then have at it. We may also see intense communication — in your own world and in the headlines — that aims to get right down to the bones of an issue, stripping away all that is deemed excessive. Serious!

Contrast that suggested pattern with the innovation and expansion of easy contacts between Sun and Jupiter and Uranus…and perhaps we’ll see the best of both worlds: cutting out what is no longer needed, in favor of moving forward with a radical approach that aims to create MORE…hopefully more of something good.

In other news, perhaps you have seen the numerous reports over the past few weeks of massive die-offs of birds and fish around the world: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/18/science/18birds.html?hp Unsettling news indeed — and could there be a planetary pattern reflecting these mysterious mass exits?  Frankly, they are not out of line with the “endings” suggested by the quantum leap of consciousness of last week’s Jupiter (expansion) and Uranus (airwaves, technology, out-of-the blue, disruptive) hook-up at the tail end of Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac.

Last year, many astrologers anticipated an increase in suicides and other sudden departures  — and in fact, such departures did make headlines (google “suicides 2010″).Why? Two big planets completing journeys through the zodiac suggest a correlating pattern in our lives on Earth. That is the essence of astrology, as Noel Tyl succinctly explains: “Planetary patterns reflect patterns in life development”. Astrologers understand what these patterns suggest, just as you understand the pattern of squiggles you’re now reading.

Back to the possible manifestations of Jupiter and Uranus completing their journey through the zodiac: here on Earth, some may be leaving because their stay here is complete; others may not appreciate that a new cycle is just around the corner (and they are bailing out of fear and/or despair). But the new cycle is just around the corner!  Jupiter enters Aries, the sign associated with rebirth/new beginnings, this week; Uranus gets there in March. Endings and beginnings: a major theme we’ll see in the headlines continued through 2011.  Stay tuned…and oh — one other thing: all this talk in the headlines of the need for a return to civility in our social discourse? Regular readers of this forecast will recall this call to action anticipated when Saturn entered Libra, the sign symbolizing social graces and diplomacy, several months ago.

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 10/22/2010 and the Weekend

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 10/22/2010 and the Weekend

Glamorous, charismatic, sublime, surrender, fanatical, transcendental — or perhaps a weird combination of all the above. Whatever it is you’re dealing with today — in your life or in the news — it may not even feel real — but it can still be a delicious escape. It can also be a day of particularly powerful, incisive communication — as a result of intense investigation — we may see some strong personas making especially bold statements in an effort to inspire/influence — watch the headlines. You can also apply this depth of perception to projects of your own.

Moon is still in me-me-me Aries — waxing full at 9:37PM NY. You may recall last month’s Full Moon was also in Aries, a sign that needs to be Number One — and isn’t that an interesting counterpoint to the focus on relationships we’ve been working on all month? What do we really want in our relationships and what are we willing to give in order to get it? That’ll be an interesting question, given that less than an hour after waxing full, Moon moves into sensual, yet stubborn and possessive Taurus, where it usually aims to keep things as they are.

Saturday Sun leaves Libra for Scorpio, joining Mercury, Venus and Mars and increasing the demand for substance over theory in an effort to control. See if you notice the shift in intensity. Sunday’s notable aspect is an easy connection between Mars, planet of action and inventive Uranus, suggesting headlines about progress made in projects benefiting the common good, maybe with a creative dose of technology. Not the worst aspect to have on United Nations Day, eh?

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 10/13/2010

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.