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Tuesday 1/15/2019: Late, Late Sneak Peek at the Week; Catching Up on the Big News

Alll-righty then!

Late post this week — and there’s so much going on. Plus, I caught a cold over the weekend, and my stunt double wasn’t available to fill in. Getting caught up now, thanks for your patience.

The Moon is Taurus, doing its best to preserve material comfort and security, while refusing to change. Still, whatever you’re doing, keep at it, because the Moon is cruising without much interference. Can’t say as much for the Capricorn Sun (leaders, CEOs) which is scheduled for a self-destruct or toxic release as it meets up with the South Node (a symbol of toxic release/destruction) just after midnight on THURSDAY. Not only that, but the Sun (leaders, willpower, heart, spine, gold) and all that is symbolizes is under added stress from its square this FRIDAY with rebel Uranus. In the language of astrology, Uranus refers to space oddities, genetic mutations, seismic activity, aviation, technology and revolution. You are more affected by the wacky buzz if you have a planet or angle around 25-28 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn.

Other patterns this week:

  • WEDNESDAY: Taurus Moon goes void at 1:34 PM ET, inviting us to chill and focus on routine concerns. No freaking out over twists and flakes; this, too shall pass. I find writing during Moon voids to be highly fulfilling.
  • Moon enters Gemini on Wednesday at  8 PM ET, seeking the big story in every trivial detail. A day with Moon in Gemini can be chattier than most, and also quite mercurial.
  • FRIDAY features a harmony between Venus (women, money, art ) and Mars (men, action, courage, aggression).  Mars is in Aries all month, driving us forward with urgency in its need to get there FIRST. Venus is in Sagittarius, pushing the boundaries of social expression with enthusiasm some may find less than refined, but it still works. The Venus-Mars harmony is exact at 11:50 AM ET,  but in effect all week, facilitating passionate alignments, especially if you have planets around 11 degrees of just about any sign.
  • FRIDAY also features a penetrating meet-up between Mercury (how we need to think) and Pluto (news from underground). This happens at 3:01 PM ET, followed at 8:32 PM ET by that raucous Sun-Uranus square. Lord only knows what investigative dirt will hit the fan — I hope there are tapes.
  • Moon goes void on FRIDAY at 8:32 PM ET and enters Cancer at 10:44 PM ET. The void is a nothingberder — you’ll barely notice. The Cancer Moon suggests a weekend of focus on family, homeland and emotional security, driven by a beautiful humanitarian ideal.
  • Sun enters Aquarius on SUNDAY at 4 AM ET; Venus squares Neptune at 11:24 PM ET; there’s your drive for a beautiful humanitarian ideal, illuminated by the eclipse of a Supermoon in Leo minutes after midnight on MONDAY. This one should reflect quite a release; even its  1 Leo Sabian Symbol is daunting: “a fit of apoplexy” — same as the New Moon in Leo from July 2017 — take a look back here and see what was going on then.

Awww…look what just landed in my inbox from Avid Reader Regina:

I wanted you to know that on New Year’s Day I went back and listened to the tape of your astro reading from last summer. With the benefit of time, distance, and reflection, I was just blown away by how accurate it was. In fact, I remembered things that did not occur to me under the pressure of hearing the reading for the very first time (which is why the tapes are so invaluable). Can’t wait for our next consultation!

That just made my day — hope your day is filled with equal appreciation.

And now, the news.

Heavy reality checks involving power and leadership beyond your wildest imagination. That’s one potential under last weekend’s:

  • Sun conjunct Pluto in Capricorn
  • Mercury conjunct Saturn in Capricorn
  • Jupiter in Sag square Neptune in Pisces (the first of three this year)

In the horoscope of the U.S., the heavy reality check hit hard, reflecting transiting Saturn opposing the U.S. Sun and square U.S. Saturn. We see the potential for America to be severely diminished and squeezed.  Exhibit A: the current government shutdown is now the longest in U.S. history. Exhibit B: while The Donald was on the TeeVee last week, reading the Teleprompter something something non-existent humanitarian crisis (told ya so)  blah blah,  The Donald’s Administration downgraded the status of the EU’s diplomatic mission (without telling anyone beforehand). “The Donald” is how he was named in the tabloid press decades ago,  back in the good old days, and I think we need a dose of good old days right now. Plus, I’m not convinced that occupying the White House has changed him at all since then.

Exhibit C: on Friday, we see the  NYT and WaPo reporting 1) that the FBI opened an investigation into whether The Donald is a Russian asset or agent; and 2) a gentle reminder that no one in our government has any idea what was discussed between The Donald and Vladimir Putin. This goes against all protocols — especially the part about The Donald seizing his translator’s notes.  In short, this is not normal — and lord only know what they’ve got on Mitch McConnell and his three (at least) planets in stubborn-as-a-bull Taurus.

First thought: “Thank gawd the FBI was paying attention (and their investigation was transferred to Mueller’s watch).”  Second thought: “None of this is remotely surprising to anyone who’s been paying attention since 2016, the year of the surreal Saturn-Neptune square…or anyone who’s been paying attention to The Donald for decades.” Third thought: “OMG…but so many people aren’t paying attention, including my adorable Republican chiropractor, who has no idea who Merrick Garland or Paul Manafort are.” Fourth thought: “As comedy is a coping strategy for pain, let’s see how funnyman Stephen Colbert presented the news of Exhibit C.

Like Stephen Colbert, I was also mercifully distracted by the video of gymnast Katelyn Ohashi scoring a perfect 10 with a mind-blowing floor routine that lit up social media. First thought: “She has to be an Aries.” And she IS…and about to launch an empowered run into the fall of 2020, as transiting Pluto squares her Sun. Birth data: April 12, 1997 in Seattle — no time available.

Meanwhile, across the pond, it was another dreadful day for UK PM  Theresa May, whose Brexit deal was resoundingly defeated in Parliament.  Well, she was never in favor of Brexit anyway. What will happen now? I do not know, but I note that on February 1st she will have the first of three squares to her Jupiter from transiting Jupiter. This is interesting because when she became PM, she was having a Jupiter return. This upcoming square is like a First Quarter Moon. Either she’ll push through the challenges of the seeds planted when she took on the job or the challenges will derail her. February 1st is a likely marker, so let’s watch.

Avid Readers may recall that the Brexit vote happened during that bewildering Saturn-Neptune square of 2015-2016, a time when borders and foreigners would be more likely to be controlled. Saturn was in Sagittarius, remember? Saturn is control/borders; Sagittarius refers to foreigners.  Now that we have Jupiter in Sagittarius (square Neptune), we see the potential for a more expansive attitude in these matters.  Add in the penetrating reality check of Mercury’s current contact with Saturn and Pluto, and in the U.S. we see: “Court Blocks [The Donald’s] Administration from Asking About Citizenship in the Census.” Huzzah.

RANDOM OBSERVATION about the horoscope for the current U.S. government shutdown, which began at midnight on December 22, 2018 in Washington, D.C.: The Donald said he would own it. And went it went into effect, the Moon was at 22 Gemini — same degree as his Gemini Sun. Coincidence or conspiracy? No idea when the shutdown might end, but the 22nd and 23rd look interesting.

Guess who else has Moon at 22 degrees of blah blah blah Gemini? Rep. Steve King (R-IA), known for being a “staunch opponent of immigration and multiculturalism,” as they might say in polite society. Of course he would also be known for being an ally of The Donald, with his Gemini Moon exactly conjunct The Donald’s Sun. This is an easy magnetic pull.

But Rep. King pushed his luck over the weekend, saying in an NYT interview, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”  This was the straw that broke the elephant’s back, apparently.  Rep. King was stripped of his committee positions by his Republican colleagues — yep happened yesterday.

Now the NYT asks,  “Why Not Sooner?”   Well, we do have a birth time for Steve King and thus a reliable horoscope.  What just happened? The immediate trigger is transiting Mars, which squared his 9 degree Capricorn Ascendant yesterday. Mars in hard aspect to an angle alerts us to an impulsive outburst, accident or attack. Today he trashed his GOP leaders, including Liz Cheney (R-WY), whose horoscope suggests she’ll be making all kinds of headlines later this year. Stay tuned!

Thank you for reading this horoscope.

 

Sunday 1/6/2019: New Moon/Eclipse in Capricorn; Dominant Patterns in 2019; Uranus Direct; the 116th Congress

Happy New Moon in Capricorn!

With this short holiday week it’s hard to believe the weekend is upon us again. And practically gone, as I write this on Sunday.

Moon has been in Capricorn, since 1:55 PM ET on Friday. Until 8:28 PM ET on Saturday (last night), it was a dead Moon, i.e., the end of the lunar cycle.  That would explain a feeling of listlessness or restlessness you may have had until today, as you sensed something new was just about the corner, but you weren’t sure what. Now that the new cycle has begun, take a few minutes to focus your intentions and make a list to carry you through until the next New Moon on February 4th.

Capricorn is an earthy, enterprising, social-climbing energy which means business like no other sign in the zodiac. Capricorn knows how to use resources (including people) to get what it needs, which is to make things happen and move things forward. This New Moon chart has three other planets in Capricorn. Mercury, having just entered Capricorn on Friday, is at the Aries Point, demanding an end to pie-in-the-sky theories in favor of practical, “show me” deals. Saturn has been in Capricorn since December 2016, and in this chart we see the Sun and Moon moving away from Saturn’s focused ambition and/or squeeze.  Where are they heading? On to Pluto, marching relentlessly through the back third of Capricorn, galvanizing and/or exposing all who are striving to die with the most power, resources and other toys.

This New Moon is at 15 degrees of Capricorn. If you have a planet or angle around 15 Capricorn, Cancer, Aries or Libra, your horoscope is activated more than most. The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is “Boys and girls in gymnasium suits.” Sabian Sage Blain Bovee suggests we apply this symbol with a mind to “a naked approach to life as a wholesome training for future potentials; flexibility and fitting attire for what one wishes to master.” Let the games begin — and let’s see how this Sabian Symbol plays in the headlines. Did you know that “gymnasium” literally means to train naked? Me, neither!

Meanwhile, this New Moon activates two noteworthy midpoints. A midpoint is the halfway point between any two planets in a horoscope. These midpoints respond to planetary transits, just as planets do. Here we have the Sun and Moon in touch with the Mars/Uranus midpoint, and the Saturn/Pluto midpoint. An activated Mars/Uranus midpoint suggests potentially daring or reckless willpower/action; Saturn/Pluto suggests a ruthless application of ambition against the threat of great loss.

As you can see from the chart, Saturn and Pluto are just beginning to make contact with each other. They will not make an exact connection until January 12, 2020, but the agenda this impending meet-up symbolizes is one of the dominant patterns of 2019. Saturn refers to structure, control, authority, patriarchy, limitations. Pluto refers to breakdown, power, transformation. Together in Capricorn, they suggest a focused ambitious authoritarian initiative in government and/or corporate affairs, launched under likely duress or threat of loss. The last Saturn-Pluto conjunction was in 1982, in Libra; the one before that was in 1947 in Leo. Upside potential: perhaps the world finally makes a serious effort to tackle the climate crisis. Or else.

Another dominant pattern for 2019 in this New Moon is the first of three squares between Jupiter and Neptune (exact on January 13th, June 9th and September 21st). Pushing the limits of faith? In Sagittarius, Jupiter refers to expansion and/or excess in matters including, but not limited to: opinion, dogma, horses, liver, pancreas, optimism, bombast, foreigners, media, law. In Pisces, Neptune refers to fish, oceans, drugs, spirits, lies, fog, refugees, victims, gurus, viruses, chemicals, toxins, suicide, etc.  Here’s one of many headlines reflecting this pattern: “Japan’s Sushi King Pays $3 Million for Giant BlueFin Tuna.” That’s one BIG (Jupiter) FISH (Neptune), and it wouldn’t command such a high price if it weren’t so SCARCE (Saturn-Sun-Pluto conjunct in Capricorn)

In other news, we see the potential of shake-ups and/or revelations in the New Moon chart with rebel Uranus at a standstill. Uranus turns direct TODAY at 3:26 PM ET, less than 24 hours after the New Moon. Watch the headlines for more stories than we’ve already seen involving technological advances, aviation, accidents, seismic action and cosmic revelation.  Example: U.S. airline pilots write letter to P45, urging an end to the government shutdown, as TSA employees without paychecks call in sick. In your own personal world, you’ll feel the need for a break more personally if you have a planet or angle around 28 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

Set in Washington D.C., note the angles of the New Moon chart: 22 Taurus (Midheaven) and 28 Leo (Ascendant). close to the angles of P45’s horoscope. Right. Him again. So what else is new? Challenging a regal projection of willpower is Venus at 28 Scorpio, suggesting ruthlessness, honor and tenacity in matters involving women, aesthetics, money and social expression. Mars in Aries adds a need for crusading assertion or action, in harmony with that ruthlessness. Hmm.

This New Moon has extra potency for planting seeds, as it is also a partial solar eclipse.

A Solar Eclipse can act like a “bottleneck” of energy. Light flowing from the Sun is temporarily interrupted, focusing attention on that interrupted point, allowing something new and possibly fragile to enter the picture and grow. And here I would be thinking of Michael, the kindhearted policeman in the storybook Make Way for Ducklings, who stopped the flow of traffic on Beacon Street so Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their brood of eight could safely make their way to the Boston Public Garden. Got that?

Depending on what degree of the zodiac an eclipse falls, it will later be activated when another planet makes contact with that same degree. Saturday’s New Moon/Eclipse happens at 15 degrees of Capricorn. It will be triggered this month by Mercury (on January 15th) and by Mars (on January 23rd). Saturn will trigger the eclipse on February 4th. Those are dates to watch for a potential surge of action — especially the 23rd.

And now, the news, starting with some thoughts on the horoscope for the 116th Congress. Here is the chart:

What drives this Congress? A Moon in Sagittarius, seeking to be respected for its righteous opinion. About what? Probably shared resources and values, suggested by the Moon’s placement in the 8th House (of “other people’s money/values and other stuff”). Exhibit A: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy made sure to let everyone know (as he introduced Nancy Pelosi as new Speaker of the House) that “Republicans will always choose personal freedom over government control.” Exhibit B: Congresswoman and Dancing Queen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s modest proposal of at 70% tax on the super-rich.

This Sag Moon is an almost-dead Moon, more apt for cleaning up old messes than starting new construction. Hmmm. Sag is a Fire Sign, relying on improvisation for direction. This particular Sag Moon is fearfully focused, tempering its expression. Focused on what? Matters involving homeland/home/family security. Put those items at the top of its agenda — and add another megadose of optimism, faith and belief in its own press. We saw that focus right away when Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was sworn in, surrounded by children.

Mars in Aries is the ruler of 116th Congress chart, demanding attention and seeking bold action.  This Mars is more effective than the passive-aggressive/steamy Mars in Pisces that ruled the chart of the 115th Congress. Still, its action potential may limited by its placement in the 12th house. How so? Mars also refers to anger, and the 12th is the house of the self-undoing and hidden enemies. On the other hand, a 12th house Mars is apt for a surgeon or a quarterback — i.e., one who is seeking to apply its ego drives for the benefit of a team. Which will it be?

Meanwhile, it should not surprise anyone to see Mercury (communication, mindset) in pie-in-the-sky Sagittarius in a challenging square to Mars. We can only imagine the bickering to come, as the Dems control the House — but not the Senate…and even among themselves, we expect heated arguments between the incoming rebel forces and the old standard-bearers. Same among the Republicans, too. Already some are going bonkers over newbie Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who was heard at an event outside of business hours declaring that the Democrats would “impeach the (expletive ),” to demonstrate to her son that “bullies don’t win.”

Note that Mercury is close to the end of Sagittarius — at 27 degrees, near the Aries Point, and also conjunct the Galactic Center. Did that make your head spin? Good, because the Galactic Center is the ginormous center of our galaxy around which everything in it revolves. With Mercury at the Galactic Center in the 116th Congress chart, we see the potential for its mindset/communication to express reeeeeeeeeally BIG PICTURE ideas; i.e., ideas that consider their effect on the whole world; stakeholders, as opposed to shareholders.

Another note about how the 116th Congress needs to think: Mercury is trine (in harmony) to Uranus, suggesting an easy flow of ideas that are innovative, humanitarian, tech-savvy and potentially revolutionary. It is the closest aspect, giving it added punch. Uranus is also quite strong in the 116th Congress chart — in the 1st House, where everyone can clearly see it. It is at a standstill, not quite ready to move forward. But y’know what? In the horoscope for the 117th Congress — in 2021 —  the chart ruler is once again Mars in high-functioning Aries — 28 degrees, to be precise — which is where Uranus is right now. Revolutionary initiatives that can’t get off the ground in the 116th, may have their day in 2021. Plus, Mars will be in the 1st House — a much stronger position. I find this hopeful.

In the 10th House we see the Capricorn Sun, sandwiched between Saturn and Pluto, a.k.a. a rock and a hard place. But the limiting squeeze and “resistance is futile” potential of that placement is softened by a harmony with Neptune, planet of empathy, compassion, healing, drugs, dreams, oil, fog, oceans, etc. A kinder, gentler corporate/government institution? One that is more inclined to separate fact from fiction, and toss the latter in the dumpster? One can only hope. When Saturn (fact/real) and Neptune (fiction/surreal) are in harmony, it suggests a balance between ideals and practicality. When Saturn and Neptune are in conflict, we get a bubble of baloney, waiting to burst.  Cue the 2015-2016 Saturn-Neptune square now, please. What happened back then. Anyone remember?

For all its focus on ideas and debate, the chart for the 116th Congress has no planets in Air Signs (Gemini, Libra or Aquarius) — and neither did the 115th Congress, frankly. Astrologer Noel Tyl describes this imbalance as a difficulty in “seeing the self as others do” and/or a “awkwardness” in understanding society’s norms of intellectual expression. Horoscopes with no Air are often not big talkers; writing is a studied and strategic form of expression. To be continued…and let’s note the potential for significant action/combat on January 14th, 15th, 25th, 26th and 27th. For starters.

In other news, fun stuff reflecting the “far out!” potential of Uranus turning direct, with extra vision added by Neptune (FANTASTIC) square Jupiter (JOURNEY):

I’m still grooving to my Headspace app — the meditation thingamajig I started using on last month’s Mars (head) – Neptune (meditation/space) conjunction. I just completed its ten-day course on how to use the energy of anger, which made perfect sense for ten days with Mars at the Aries Point (demanding attention) and moving into Aries (the sign it rules, where it functions with high efficiency.

No sleeping in tomorrow, as there’s no Moon void and much work to be accomplished. Onward!

Thank you for reading this forecast.