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Friday 1/5/2018 & the Weekend: Bomb Cyclones and Other Bombshells

TGIF!

With the Moon now in Virgo, it’s time to clean up and/or sort things out in excruciating detail. Think innovation; think expansion; think power surge; think ruthlessness in social expression and values (including money). Think bomb cyclone!

Tonight you can think about wearing rose-colored glasses, carried away in dreams and possible scandal, courtesy of a face-off between Neptune (fog) and the Virgo Moon at 11:37 PM ET.

Earlier posts informed you about the energy surge we’re in now — with two exact aspects happening tomorrow night between Mercury and Uranus; Mars and Jupiter. Do something productive with that physical potential.  You are more affected by the surge if you have a planet or angle around 17 degrees of any sign — or if you were born halfway through any sign, but especially Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius, Leo, Capricorn, Aries, Libra, Cancer.

Moon goes void Saturday night — chill until 7:14 AM ET on SUNDAY, when the Moon enters Libra, seeking fairness and balance. Deal with the wet blanket or other authoritarian advance that hits at 11:09 AM ET, then continue on your productive streak.

Absolutely no sleeping in on MONDAY. It’s power and resources to the max — have you looked at the stock markets lately? Record highs — with the Dow hitting 25,000.   Here are the potent patterns: Sun and Venus in harmony with Jupiter; conjunct Pluto. Mars in harmony with Venus, Sun and Pluto. The symbols of desire, action, power, ego and expansion all in focus and flow. Wow!

Meanwhile, two planets in the U.S. horoscope — Venus and Jupiter — will soon be feeling a streamlining focus, as transiting Saturn in early Capricorn opposes them next week and next month, respectively.  Next year, Saturn will oppose our Cancer Sun and square the U.S. Saturn. Maybe the markets won’t feel the squeeze initially, but a more miserly approach in spending is likely to make headlines, along with a diminishing reach.

And now, the news.

First, from Fox: the average monthly jobs gain in 2017 was 171,000. This is the lowest it’s been since 2010, as you can see from the stats here.  So much for those bogus claims by Certain People of last year’s awesome growth. Gratitude to current planetary patterns reflecting the need to get real.

Second, the “bomb cyclone” of planetary patterns was reflected in record blizzards and freezing temperatures up and down the East Coast. “In Florida, Iguanas are Freezing and Falling Out of Trees,” says USA Today. Meanwhile, Michael Wolff’s bombshell of a book — The Fire and the Fury — was rushed into stores four days ahead of schedule.  Mr. Wolff says he has much of the material on tape — but even today (on Today in fact), he admits to one strategy of bending the truth in order to achieve an objective (a potential noted in the last forecast). Still…for this book to be published at this time, one would think there would be consequences, beyond headlines proclaiming, “Everyone in Trumpworld Knows He’s an Idiot.”  Well?

UPDATE: on P45. When Uranus turned direct on Monday, it impacted his Venus (social expression, money, values, women) and Saturn (ambition, fear, control). This suggests, to quote astrologer Noel Tyl, “tension in relationship; jealousies; split-off affairs; arguments; possible separation.” Cue big split with Steve Bannon, now. Wow! Fun fact: Mercury is still in Sagittarius, and you know what that suggests: on the downside, sloppy thinking. Mercury just made contact with P45’s opinionated Sagittarius Moon. Result: a new nickname for Mr. Bannon — “Sloppy Steve.” Well, Mr. Bannon is a Sagittarius. If the shoe fits…

The New Moon on January 16th will again activate the potential for relationship tensions and breaks noted above. Dates to watch for action and intense emotion are the 15th, 21st and 25th — give or take a day.  On February  15th, we will have a solar eclipse that activates whatever was brought up in the aftermath of the Great American Eclipse last August. This happens at 27 Aquarius, opposing his Leo Mars and Ascendant. Marking February 24th-ish for notable action.

A need for heavy thoughts kicks in by mid-March through May, courtesy of transiting Saturn (control) opposing P45’s Mercury. That can feel isolating/depressing, and it returns for a final hit at the end of the year. Humming along in tandem with the heavy thoughts is a tense pattern between transiting Saturn (ambition, fear, control) and his Neptune (vision, deception, fog). This can be bewildering. Building to a peak in June we see a need for risk and excitement —  for better or for worse. From his perspective, it will likely feel exuberant and indulgent, given corroborating patterns exact on his birthday.  Save for a measurement suggesting a mental buzz in August, the horoscope is free of exact major patterns for the rest of the summer into mid-October, which is….curious.

May this outline of activity and potential in P45’s horoscope serve as a useful perspective for whatever comes across the wires. To be continued.

Meanwhile…

UPDATE: VP Mike Pence — birth time unknown; here’s what we do know. Born in 1959, he will have his second Saturn return this year. Time to take stock of achievements and ambition over the past 29 years and let go of what no longer serves. Hmm. Here’s the latest from CNN: “Top Pence Aides Quietly Depart in New Year.” There may be a push to take on greater responsibility and authority; a new lease on life. His success will depend on the integrity of what he accomplished in the past three decades. Also signficant: transiting Neptune challenging his Gemini Sun. This suggests a need for vision, for better or for worse. He may be called upon to be an inspiration or a victim —  and the experience may be bewildering. Fascinating to have this transit activated during a Saturn return. The latter demands getting real.

UPDATE: Jeff Sessions. Prior posts have noted how strong Neptune is in his horoscope, even without an exact birth time. His Capricorn Sun and Mars are in a tense square to the planet of “things not being as they seem,” and it is possibly that his Capricorn Moon is, too. Neptune, as you know, refers to drugs, spirits, fantasy, scandal, vision, oil. Right now his Capricorn Sun and Mars are feeling the weight of transiting Saturn upon them. On the upside (for him, anyway) we see the potential for an ambitious advance — and this week, this need was seen in a reversal of an Obama-era policy in which federal prosecutors took a hands-off approach in states that legalized marijuana. Pot is not legal under federal law. On the downside (for him), we see legislators demanding he resign; not being invited to sit at the Cool Kids Table —  and talk of Scott Pruitt taking his place. 

UPDATE: Scott Pruitt. His horoscope suggests a fresh start in career matters, as speculated months ago in at least one mainstream publication.  We also see the potential for expansion and extraordinary effort, for better or for worse.

UPDATE: NYT columnist Gail Collins. Her horoscope was under the heavy transit of Saturn on her Mercury all last year (and noted here). Her usually cheerful op-eds were often stripped of buoyancy — and who could blame her. But now that Saturn has moved past her Mercury at 22 Sag, she is back to her cheerful self, as you can see in this week’s zippy piece: “My Button’s Bigger Than Yours.”

UPDATE: David Letterman, whose horoscope we’ve been following since 2014. He’s back with a new show premiering next week, and the timing is perfect. Pluto is sitting right at the top of his Capricorn MC, squaring his Aries Sun. He’s ready for an empowering change of perspective in public status. And power is the theme of the new show, entitled My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. His first guest is President Barack Obama, whose horoscope is scheduled for expansive outreach to the public.  Did you catch his interview with Prince Harry?

Other news —  another bomb cyclone, frankly — combined with the technological disruptions of Uranus turning direct:

On Wednesday, a group of security experts revealed two security flawsthat affect nearly all microprocessors, the digital brains of the world’s computers. These flaws, called Meltdown and Spectre, could allow hackers to lift passwords, photos, documents and other data from smartphones, PCs and the cloud computing services that many businesses rely on.

Here’s the full piece from the NYT, including what you need to do about it.

What’s going on in your horoscope? Astrologers are like dentists, doncha’ know. Check in with us every six months to a year — and whenever you have a burning question. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Have a great weekend — and thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 9/18/2015 & the Weekend: The Relief of Moon in Sagittarius; Saturn in Sagittarius, Too

Take it slow; do your best to remain focused on the here and the now. This includes remembering what day it is. Mercury turned retrograde on Thursday afternoon. Saturn left Scorpio for Sagittarius late last night. Jupiter is in the throes of Neptune’s bewildering gaze, expanding the rose-colored fog. It will take time to adjust to the shifts.

Meanwhile, here’s what’s posted on my Facebook newsfeed right now, one after the other:

  • “Dear Thursday,
    Nice work making me think you were Friday all day. ^@*# off.”
  • “I’ve spent most of the week feeling like it’s one day later than it is (so on Monday I spent most of the day thinking it was Tuesday). That has made for a VERY long week and for some reason my brain keeps trying to tell me today is Friday so imagine my disappointment every time I remember it’s only Thursday”
  • “Mercury Retrograde and my phone is NOT working. If you would like to get a hold of me, or have been texting or calling, I’m not ignoring you. Please message me here.”
  • “And my sisters’ work computers completely went bonkers and she lost data. And stuff.”

Meanwhile, a traffic jam made headlines in New Jersey…

Coincidence or conspiracy?

The Scorpio Moon maintains its controlling spin until 3:49PM ET, when it goes void with a sigh. Can we end the work week early? This natural rest period lasts until 11:32PM ET, when the Moon breaks free and gallops into high-flying Sagittarius. What a relief!

A Sag Moon needs to push boundaries and be respected for its righteous opinion. Did you notice how many times — those of you who suffered through the Republican debates on Wednesday — Donald Trump talked about the importance of having America be respected again? That is his priority, with his Moon in Sagittarius. Astrology is amazing.

The only aspects on Saturday are to the Moon from expansive Jupiter and nebulous Neptune. Expect another hit of wigginess in the afternoon hours between 2 and 4PM ET. Take in some art, music, spiritual and/or healing pursuit. Patterns on Sunday are light and social, favoring reconnecting with your most eccentric besties. Overall, the fiery energy of a weekend with Moon in Sagittarius is prime for a gambol or a gamble; a walk in the woods; a feisty debate; a foreign film or language class. Enjoy.

A note about this Mercury retrograde. It stationed at 16 degrees of Libra, thus triggered the seventh Uranus-Pluto square that happened on March 16th at 16 Aries and 16 Capricorn. We should be hearing a lot about revolutionary ideas for the next few weeks, perhaps some that were prominent back in March.

Meanwhile, here’s a re-cap of what we can expect with Saturn transiting through Sagittarius from now until 2018. I wrote it last December. It still applies:

Yesterday was the last full day of karma cop Saturn in Scorpio, where it has been since October of 2012. During that time, as I’ve been writing since September 2012, we could expect to get to the nitty-gritty of issues involving sex (creation),  death (transformation), and money (resources), especially debt. We could expect the revelations to be ruthless and sometimes downright horrific. And in fact, they have been, as stories involving rape, domestic violence, abortion and contraception, questionable death penalty practices (including botched executions and convictions overturned after years of incarceration), and debt have been front and center for the past two years.

Well huzzah, huzzah, finally a change, as Saturn enters Sagittarius.  How will headlines reflect that shift over the next two years?

Saturn refers to control, discipline and structure. Sagittarius refers to collective belief systems, including: the law, religion, philosophy and academia. Hmm…how about mind control? Or tests of faith?  It also refers to publishing and other mass communication media, as well as sports and entertainment. Expect efforts involving restrictions and/or restructuring. Sagittarius refers to that which is foreign, so issues of border control will likely become hotter. It refers to travel.  So we can expect headlines involving controls in these areas, too.

Righteousness is another Sagittarius buzzword, as is blunt honesty. As its best, the Saturnine restructuring of Sagittarius concerns will stem from righteousness, much as the restructuring of the institution of marriage (Libra) to include same-sex couples evolved when Saturn was in Libra. Fairness is a big Libra buzzword. Got that?

For those born in December 1985- December 1988 and  February 1956 – January 1959, congratulations, you were likely born with Saturn in Sagittarius. You’re about to embark on your first or second Saturn return, which suggests a critical time in your life,  rich with developmental potential. Many of my clients book their first astrological consultations on a Saturn return.

For those born at  the very beginning of Gemini, Virgo, Pisces and Sagittarius, these next 12 months are a critical time in your life development, too.  You may need to cut your losses and focus on what’s really important. Saturn transits can inspire your ambition, but they can also be experienced as limiting, isolating and sad. Know that this, too, shall pass. Be brave enough to ask for support if you need it. You are worth it.

If you have a Sagittarius Moon, Midheaven or Ascendant, these next two years will likely also be significant  in terms of streamlining, restructuring, ambition and advance. A consultation with an astrologer would be helpful at this time. Here’s the 411.

And now, the news.

About that debate — which I anticipated would be channeled from another dimension. Here’s the august NYT editorial headline: “Crazy Talk at the Republican Debate”. And here’s a report from a few fact-checkers not at the NYT. What did you think?

File this under bewildering xenophobia and believing what you want to believe (Jupiter opposing Neptune square Saturn)– with Mercury stationary retrogade. Have you heard about Ahmed, the 14-year-old Muslim teen who brought a clock he made to school? When he showed his teachers, he was promptly arrested. They thought it was a bomb, and so did the police. Because Texas? There is a silver lining, however. Mark Zuckerberg and President Obama would like to meet him.

Here’s another excerpt from that lengthy repeat post above about Saturn in Sagittarius. Last December I anticipated certain needs making themselves manifest in Dick Cheney’s horoscope:

Yesterday’s NYT editorial was a call for the prosecution of “torturers and their bosses,” with the top boss cited being Dick Cheney. It is interesting because the last degrees of Scorpio correspond to an angle in Cheney’s horoscope, and that with Saturn now sitting on that angle, we could expect an urgent need to focus on core personal foundation (and also home/family) issues at this time. That pressure will let up for the first few months of 2015, but will be back (with a vengeance?) for a few months this summer. This is also within the time span that the US horoscope will feel the pressure of transiting Pluto (resistance is futile) to its natal Saturn, suggesting no small amount of anguish. Let’s see what happens.

…and what happened was that Mr. Cheney co-wrote a book with his daughter Liz and has been on a publicity tour over the past few weeks. What’s the book about? Homeland security. What else?

UPDATE: The execution of Richard Glossip, which was supposed to happen on Wednesday, was stayed until September 30th. The court has agreed to consider new evidence which Mr. Glossip’s attorneys hope will prove their client innocent. Maybe we learned something from Saturn in Scorpio after all…

…as a case for Saturn in Sagittarius just came in. The town of Liberty, NY is being sued by a man who pled guilty to a traffic offense and sent in a check to pay a fine, along with the ticket on which he’d scrawled profanities. The town rejected his payment and arrested him. Did the town of Liberty violate his First Amendment right to free speech? Saturn in Sagittarius will let you know….

In other news, with all these planetary shifts, the Federal Reserve surprised more than a few people by declining to raise interest rates today. Not willing to burst our current bubble just yet, perhaps…or so I might conclude from these pie-in-the-sky patterns.

I think I’ll high-fly it all the way to Pluto…check out this new pix...and have a great weekend.