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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 2/12/2013: Pope Benedict’s Perfect Timing

Another day of Moon-voidness in dreamy Pisces, as you may recall from yesterday’s forecast. What twists, flakes and other delays in your efforts to move forward in a straight line have you experienced since noon ET on Monday? Today offers more of the same, including continued structuring and researching new platforms to launch your visions, courtesy of cooperative contacts among mental Mercury, disciplined Saturn and potent Pluto. which are exact today. Brainstorm away, and make some time to play, too.

A notable shift in tone should manifest once the Moon engages in pioneering Aries at  8:51PM ET, minutes before President Obama’s State of the Union speech at 9PM ET. Talk about going from zero to sixty. Will we be inspired to respond to his call to action? Expect equally impassioned initiatives proposed in the response given by the other side.

Meanwhile, the Pope shocked most everyone yesterday by announcing his resignation.  In my daydreams I have been imagining him over the past few weeks, meditating on the Sabian Symbol for this lunar cycle (“a rug placed on the floor for children to play”), recognizing that the New Moon opposes his Neptune (need for a creative/spiritual escape) and thinking, “Right. I’m outta here”.  After all, he does have access to the world’s largest astrological library (those early astronomers were also astrologers). All kidding aside, it is suggested in the Pope’s horoscope that health concerns might be an issue during the past couple of years, with a need for streamlined focus and conservation of energy. That his announcement would come as a surprise should surprise no one; the horoscope has Mercury (communication) conjunct disruptive Uranus, and both are squared by willful Mars. Sudden outbursts would be expected, and what was expressed would need to attract prominence. Recall what I wrote at the end of Sunday’s forecast about the need for people with planets at 6 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces to have a release? The Pope is in that category…and upcoming transits suggest this is a fine time to make an easy transition in his domestic life.

I can’t help but also note in this horoscope a need for authority and control that dominates the persona and is likely related to issues with the father. Also intriguing are strong challenges to the balance-needing Libra Moon from power-seeking Pluto and rebel Uranus, coupled with equally strong challenges to the lunar node from aggressive Mars, mental Mercury and freedom-needing Uranus (again!). Translation: this would prompt a skilled astrologer to inquire about possible combative power struggles with the mother/maternal figure in the Pope’s early home life, and how this relationship was carried forward in adult relationships with women. It was therefore fascinating to read a sharply-worded op-ed by playwright John Patrick Shanley (author of the Pulitzer prize-winning “Doubt“) about this same question in this morning’s New York Times.

In other news reflecting the tough as nails potential of yesterday’s chilly challenge between stern Saturn and loving Venus, here’s a lengthy but essential article about the Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden. Far more compelling than Zero Dark Thirty, it offers a gripping account of that mission. Yes, it was tough, but how the story ends is even tougher. You won’t believe what this SEAL is doing now.

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 2/11/2013: Playful is Powerful

Make the most of this week. It’s the last full week we will have for a while with all planets moving forward. Heads up that Saturn turns retrograde on the 18th; Mercury turns retrograde on the 23rd. BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS AND YOUR SMARTPHONES NOW.

East Coasters, if you must ship something of dire consequence, get it off your desk before the dreamy and intuitive Pisces Moon goes void of course at 12:03PM ET. We’ve got a looonnnnnnng time between then and 8:51PM ET Tuesday, when the Moon finally engages in Aries — and then it’ll blast off like a rocket. Wednesday, Thursday & Friday are super-fabulous for getting things off the ground. So what to do between now and then?

Start by re-reading yesterday’s New Moon forecast with special attention to creating a space for play, as only the unique individual that you are can do. Let your intuition guide your communications and actions. I can’t tell you how delighted I was to see this article about play and productivity sitting on the NYT home page when I woke up during Sunday’s Moon void. Are the editors of the Times  in tune with the cosmos or what? Make time for play, for visualization and serious brainstorming/drafting over the next 36 hours. Structuring and researching new platforms to launch your visions are favored, courtesy of cooperative contacts among mental Mercury, disciplined Saturn and potent Pluto. If you were born around the 1st of March, June, September or December…or if you have planets or angles around 11 degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius this especially applies to you.

The other planetary pattern exact today can provide necessary discipline and controls, even though some will find it a bitch. And this is chilly Saturn in Scorpio (matters of life and death), squaring Venus (women, money, aesthetics, social expression) in humanitarian Aquarius at 1:42AM ET. If you are on the bitchy receiving end of this transit, see if the old cliche “whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” can apply. Here’s an example from today’s NYT: how some college students worked their you-know-whats off to pay for their tuition — tough, disciplined and inspiring. Another example of formidable discipline and resolve in a most feminine form is a front page piece on how Gabrielle Giffords, whom you may recall was shot in the head at point blank range two years ago, is evolving into a passionate advocate for sane gun controls. Did you see her one-minute speech before Congress a few weeks ago — well you must see it now and here it is — deeply moving. And strangely in synch with the Crosby, Stills & Nash song  Find the Cost of Freedom popping into my head while writing the New Moon forecast. In other news, more and more women are buying guns, says the homepage of the NYT as of 6PM ET.

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On a lighter note…perhaps you read that someone hacked into an email account belonging to a member of the  Bush family. Apparently the most startling revelations were self-portraits by George W. Bush.  Since when did W. become a painter? And why is it so newsworthy that NYT columnist Maureen Dowd was compelled to write about it? With a quick glance at Bush’s horoscope, I’m looking for current hits from the Uranus-Pluto square, given that he is in the headlines and is therefore prominent. Instantly we see nebulous Neptune (vision, high art) being supercharged by this square…and the areas of the horoscope that are highlighted include: mindset/imagination/communication and siblings (the paintings were made public via his sister’s email account!), big picture thinking/publishing and the public. Transits to Neptune often coincide with an involvement in the creative arts…and also spiritual or charitable concerns. That’s the upside. The downside can be a sense of bewilderment, betrayal or an escape into fantasy, including drugs or alcohol.

Since George W. Bush gave up drinking years ago, and his horoscope suggests a need for magical thinking and to communicate his visions with enthusiasm, applying his imagination in a painterly way makes sense. Another suggestion of artistic inclination is artsy Venus (social expression, including aesthetics) aligned with Midheaven, which refers to career/public status. Isn’t that interesting?  He’s kept a low profile during the last few years, which also makes sense given that Saturn has been at the bottom of his horoscope. This suggests a need to shore up one’s foundation, focusing on personal concerns of home and family. Patterns in the horoscope suggest that 2014-2016 will be an extremely significant period of life development for Mr. Bush, with themes of emancipation, empowerment and expansion being the potential upsides. Changes are absolutely, positively guaranteed.

Why not gift George W. Bush with a personal astro-logical consultation, so he can plan a strategy to maximize opportunities suggested by upcoming transits to his horoscope. Send him a gift certificate gaily festooned with sparkly red and  purple hearts — he’ll love it! Unless there’s someone you know who might appreciate this thoughtful gesture more…