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Friday 4/5/2019 & the Weekend: New Moon in Aries; Joe Biden, Poster Child

TGIF!

The New Moon in Aries officially began at 4:50 AM ET, offering us an opportunity to re-set intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle.  Make a list, light a candle, say a prayer. Around April 12th, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to those goals, with appropriate adjustments made. At the time of the Full Moon on the 19th, we can expect illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle. If we succeeded, we can consciously release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. After the Third Quarter Moon on the 26, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon cycle on  May 5th.

A New Moon in Aries suggests a need — or an opportunity — to be a courageous, inspiring pioneer and/or warrior, preferably on the side of the angels.  At its best, Aries is a champion for the weak, the vulnerable, the underdog. It inspires people to take initiatives and defy the odds…yes, sometimes foolishly, but hey — if Plan A blows up, there’s always a Plan B, a Plan C and D. A true Aries never never never gives up. Astrologer Linda Goodman once wrote that Gone With the Wind heroine Scarlett O’Hara was a classic Aries, and never more so than at the end of the film when, after Rhett Butler dumps her and life is totally over, Scarlett declares, “I’ll think of some way to get back…tomorrow is another day.

What I wrote on Monday about general patterns for today applies to the overall patterns for the New Moon. After the drunken fog of Mercury with Neptune — a.k.a. that surrealistic pillow that drove the action of the past several weeks — we see a potential path to sobriety as Mercury makes a cooperative connection (a sextile) to Saturn. Another argument for a reality check or a big April shower on someone’s parade, followed by a power play or catharsis: the Sun and Moon square Saturn  and Pluto.  Not only that, but in between those tough connections patriarchal heavyweights Saturn and Pluto, the Sun and Moon will square the nodal axis,  a.k.a. the North and South Node, a.k.a. the Dragon’s Tail and the Dragon’s Head, a.k.a. the Bendings. Isn’t it just wonderful how astrology can have so many names for one particular pattern? And you wonder why people have trouble learning to speak this rich and sophisticated language.

Anyway, here’s the Wikipedia 411 on the lunar nodes. In a horoscope, the North Node is considered to be a point of potential growth; the South Node is a point of potential toxic release and destruction. Right now the South Node is between Saturn and Pluto, suggesting a toxic and/or destructive release in matters referring to authoritarian heavyweights in corporate power. With the fiery Aries New Moon in an increasingly tense relationship (square) with Saturn and Pluto,  caution is advised this month — and may be required  — when acting on the usual Aries need to charge ahead. With the Sun and Moon square the Bendings/lunar nodes, it’s as if all of the Aries proactive energy is between a rock and a hard place — maybe even Scylla and Charybdis. After the squeezes and power plays next week suggests, leaders may be in for a shock in the wake of the Full Moon, when rebel Uranus gets involved.

Is there a soft spot in the chart for the New Moon? Sure. Venus is in Pisces, offering an opportunity for compassion and forgiveness. Venus meets up with Neptune on a power-packed April 10th, adding sublime inspiration for artists and spiritual types (it’ll be interesting to see what financial news makes headlines that day). You are more personally affected by potentially divine inspiration if you have a planet around 17 degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Sagittarius or Virgo.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon in Aries is “brownies dancing in the setting sun.” Sabian Symbol Sage Blain Bovee points out that this is an image of benevolent entities celebrating at the end of the day. Human may be preparing to rest, but these nature spirits are just getting started. It is an image of repair and healing — and of letting the powers of nature do what needs to be done to clear out what is rotten, so that new growth can occur. It’s a signal that after the intense forward motion of January and February — and March, too (with the exception of Mercury retrograde), we are entering a stretch where we need to turn in. We have five more days with all planets direct in motion. That changes on April 10th, when Jupiter, planet of expansion, turns retrograde. Pluto turns retrograde on April 24th, followed by Saturn on April 29th. It will take until October — when these three planets will be direct again — for us to have a clear picture of how the seeds planted in early 2019 have taken root.

This New Moon happens at 15 degrees of Aries. Wherever that degree falls in your personal horoscope is where you may feel a push to start something new. If you have a planet or angle at 15 Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, issues that were triggered for you in January are likely to be triggered again. Consult your local astrologer for details.

Meanwhile, remember that the Aries Moon goes void at 10:15 PM ET tonight. Chill through the long rest and enjoy the rest of the weekend. Moon enters Taurus at 9:06 AM ET on SATURDAY. You are free to shop this weekend for all things practical and comforting. The Taurus Moon goes void on MONDAY at 4:28 AM ET for the next twelve hours. There’s your excuse for the flakes and twists that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. It’s going to be a busy week.

And now, the news.

As noted here on March 19th, the Mueller Report was due for a Mercury Direct revision on April 2nd. Posted April 3rd: “Some on Mueller’s Team Say Report Was More Damaging Than Barr Revealed.”  When Attorney General William Barr ignored Congress’s request for the full report by April 2nd, the House issued a subpoena — here’s Stephen Colbert with the latest. Meanwhile, Barr is saying that he’ll deliver some version of the Mueller Report in “mid-April,” about when Mercury will be back at the Aries Point, which makes perfect sense if you’re tracking the flow of events in sync with planetary cycles.

Stories reflecting the toxic release and clean-up of Mercury direct conjunct Neptune, with Pluto conjunct the South Node in Capricorn:

Meanwhile, in Japan

Choosing a day with Moon, Mercury and Neptune conjunct in Pisces — barely recovering from Mercury being retrograde — may not have been the best date for Japan to announce the official name of the era that will begin when Crown Prince Naruhito becomes Emperor on May 1.

From Reuters, “The first character, “rei,” is often used to mean “command” or “order,” imparting an authoritarian nuance that offends some. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government prefer “good” or “beautiful”, a less widely known sense.” Yeah, well, PM Abe may prefer the “less widely known sense,” but with Mercury conjunct Neptune and Saturn, Pluto and the South Node conjunct in Capricorn, there’s a strong case for “authoritarian nuance,” albeit presented in shades of cherry blossom pink and rose. Coincidence or conspiracy?

In other news…

Joe Biden has become the poster child for Things That Are Disrupted When Uranus is in Taurus. Rumors are that he has been mulling a presidential campaign and until this week, he was definitely the preferred candidate, as reported by people who make a living taking polls. I looked at his horoscope a couple of months ago and noted that March looked like an extremely heavy and disruptive month. The heaviness reflected a grievous pattern between the Sun and cold, cruel Saturn; the disruption was suggested by the last of three hits from shocking Uranus to….Mr. Biden’s Moon at 0 degrees of Taurus. Not only that, but transiting Mars in late Taurus opposed his Scorpio Sun, Venus (his social expression) and his Sagittarius Ascendant, meeting up with Uranus in early Gemini — all within the last ten days. We see the potential for a shocking attack, and that’s exactly what happened. Several women have come forward to assert that his mode of social expression made them feel uncomfortable. What kind of social expression? The kind you might expect from someone born with  Moon in Taurus!

Moon in Taurus needs to establish and maintain material comfort and security. The keywords for Taurus are I HAVE. Moon in Taurus people are more likely than others to be tactile. Famous people with Moon in Taurus include: William Shatner, Adam Driver, Debra Messing, Mick Jagger, Meryl Streep.  Of all the signs in the zodiac, I’d say Taurus is born to hug, followed by Cancer. Ammathe Hugging Saint — has Moon in Taurus — and I can personally attest to comforting power of her healing embrace. And there are plenty of people who vouch for Joe Biden’s touchy-feely approach, finding comfort in his warmth and compassion.  But some people — perhaps with a heavy dose of Air Signs or other patterns suggesting a need for physical space (or who may have some Other Agenda)  — are now coming forward to say his social expression made them feel uncomfortable. Unable to appreciate a warm and fuzzy Taurus Moon, perhaps what they experienced was another pattern in Biden’s horoscope (natal Uranus opposing a Sagittarius Ascendant), suggesting that Mr. Biden can also be a disruptive force in one-on-one connections. Not to mention that his Sag Ascendant needs to been seen as optimistic and enthusiastic, though it may also be seen as an outspoken, rough-around-the-edges, boundary-pushing force of nature.

Given what is going on in his horoscope right now, Joe Biden was due for a sobering shock. And on a collective level, this is one of the exercises we are being given, courtesy of Uranus (shock) in Taurus (material comfort and security; physical touch). Those hugs that were once a secure expression of comfort and non-sexual caring affection? Not so secure anymore. We will probably have to wait eight years — when Chiron enters Taurus — for us to put back together our sense of material comfort and security that is likely to be shattered as Uranus continues in Taurus.

Are you up for a shock to your status quo? How about a warm and fuzzy hug? It’s right there in your horoscope. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

Tuesday 3/12/2019: Late Sneak Peek at the Week; Quelle Scandale! Pete Davidson & More

Late post to the start of the week, as I was on a deadline for my second column for  The Mountain Astrologer magazine. I made excellent use of Monday’s energized Moon in Taurus, structuring insights on five horoscopes that are hot in the headlines. The column is “Charts in the News” — and you’ll find it in the student section. My first column is in the April/May issue, published this week. Get it at your local Barnes & Noble or here. The next one comes out in mid-May.

Today (TUESDAY) at 5:31 AM ET, the Taurus Moon went void with a sigh, offering an opportunity to chill until 11:48 AM ET. Hopefully you rolled with any twists and flakes — and did not freak out over a perceived crisis. Now that it’s past noon in New York, the day is driven by the Moon in Gemini, seeking to be the most informed person in the room. There are no exact aspects to the Moon until tomorrow, suggesting little to no bumps in the road as you travel from Point A to Point B. However, there is quite a surge building to a release on…

WEDNESDAY — when the Sun sextiles (harmonizes) Pluto at 10:25 AM ET, followed by a square between the Sun and Jupiter at 9:29 PM ET. With Jupiter in Sagittarius, we see potential abundance, exuberance or blatant indulgence, especially if you have a planet or angle around 22 degrees of Sagittarius, Virgo, Pisces or Gemini. In the news, watch for big stories involving higher education, athletics, law, travel and religion. The sextile between Sun and Pluto suggests effective communication and cooperation involving matters of will, leadership, power and resources.  A harmony between Mars and Saturn suggests earthy productivity, physical discipline and ease of action (it will be exact early Thursday, but in effect now). If Wednesday afternoon feels a bit escapist, bewildering or dreamy, you’re feeling the potential of a square between the buzz buzz buzz Gemini Moon and Neptune, exact at 5:44 PM ET. With Mercury still retrograde, double check your spelling, facts and crosswalks.

THURSDAYMoon will be void between 8:31 AM and 5:49 PM ET. The challenge is what to do with the surge of energy seeking release in the few hours beforehand, in the form of the First Quarter Moon. Here is a challenge demanding adjustment regarding last week’s New Moon agenda. Staying focused and on track may be problematic. If you are new to this forecast and unfamiliar with the term “Moon void” or “void of course Moon,” here’s a primer. This would be the day to flake without consequence on previously scheduled events.

The Moon gets back into gear at 5:49 PM ET when it enters Cancer. We leave the mental buzz of Gemini behind and replace it with a Cancer need for emotional and home/homeland security. What can you do to nurture yourself  and/or others during these next few days?  Thursday night is ripe for a reunion of old friends, the quirkier the better. Moon will sextile Uranus at 6:31 PM ET (quirky friends) and the Sun meets up with Mercury retrograde at 9:48 PM ET, so you can wax rhapsodic and wistfully about those good old days.

FRIDAY — Moon continues in Cancer with no bumps in the road. The aspect of the day is Mercury’s second square to big, fat Jupiter at 7:17 PM ET, facilitating big fat ideas that are likely half-baked, if they are new. If they are not new, they are likely to reveal dirt, dirt and more dirt, aided by Mercury’s second sextile to (dirt-digging) Pluto on….

SATURDAY — at 9:11 AM ET.  Between Mercury’s square to Jupiter and sextile to Pluto, the sensitive Cancer Moon is blocked by Saturn at 2:24 AM ET, followed by Moon’s weekly emotional catharsis/power play with Pluto. So…heavy stuff in the middle of the night, especially if you have planets around 18-22 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

Moon goes void at 2:03 PM ET until 8:57 PM ET. No shopping during those hours, if you please. The Moon’s ingress into Leo tonight may come with a surprise, as Moon makes its weekly clash with Uranus at 9:47 PM ET.

SUNDAY — Moon in Leo all day — time for a party or the best St. Pat’s Day Parade ever. A harmony between Mercury and Mars at 11:23 AM ET supports walking your talk.

Here’s Beth Owls Daughter’s Tarot Card for this week — enjoy!

And now, the news.

I told you Mercury retrograde would kick up a ton of dirt. On the day before Sun squares Jupiter (higher education), and in a year with three squares between Jupiter and Neptune (illusion, deception), actress Felicity Huffman is currently the poster child for this breaking scandal:

It seems Ms. Huffman paid a company $15K to help her daughter fake her way into a top school. She considered — but then backed out of —  using a second dishonest tactic to help another daughter. Other parents — including “prominent CEOs” (here’s the list) paid thousands of dollars more in bribes — as much as MILLIONS more. BUT — their names, companies and faces were not used to break the story. Nor have photos of the corrupt college officials who took those big, fat bribes been plastered all over the news. So why Felicity Huffman? What the heck is going on in her horoscope?

Ms. Huffman is a Sagittarius, with the Sun at 17 degrees of that sign. Transiting Jupiter will meet up with her Sun three times this year — in January, June and September. Do you think she’s feeling lucky right now? If she read a blurb in a magazine or ezine that publishes Stupid Astrology, she might have thought 2019 would be the year all Sagittarians win the lottery, thanks to lucky Jupiter. Stupid Astrology!

Yes, Jupiter can reflect a cosmic sugar daddy. But essentially Jupiter refers to expansion, for better or for worse. We must consider the whole horoscope, not just focus on one promising part. This is how a skilled astrologer can assist you. Can you guess what other planet is hot in Felicity Huffman’s chart right now? Kudos if you guessed NEPTUNE — which refers to scandal, deception, victimization and wipe out. Transiting Neptune will square her Sun for the first of a few passes on April 2nd; another measurement involving her Sun and Neptune is exact on March 19th, and has been in effect for a few months. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Here is one Jupiter transit that might be declared lucky. In an interview with WaPo published yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she did not support impeaching Trump, as it would be too divisive. “Unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan,” she added. Yesterday transiting Jupiter exactly opposed his Gemini Sun. Was it lucky?

So many scandals. Here’s another one. If you have a mind like mine, you’re always asking WHY? As in, “of all the massage parlors in Florida that Robert Kraft would have chosen to patronize, WHY would he have chosen that one?” Did he read a review online? Or might someone he trusted have suggested it? Was it just a coincidence that over the weekend  it was revealed that Li “Cindy” Yang, the founder of the massage parlor in question, had posted a fun selfie taken with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago Superbowl party, where they all cheered for Patriots’ owner…Robert Kraft. While Ms. Yang no longer owns that particular parlor, nothing has changed since it changed hands, including its reputation for providing extra services.  And Ms. Yang has moved on to more lucrative financial ventures, including apparently selling access to Trump family members to wealthy Chinese. Here’s Stephen Colbert to explain it all for you.

Meanwhile, the Miami Herald is doing such a stellar job of reporting on the corrupted (by federal prosecutors, supervised by current U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta) plea deal of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein that the Miami U.S. Attorney’s office has recused itself from an ongoing victims’ rights case. The case has been reassigned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, supervised by U.S. attorney Byung J.”Bjay” Pak. Did you know that one of the sixteen-year-old girls in that case was recruited by Epstein’s partner-in-crime while she was working in the spa at Mar-a-Lago? What does this have to do with astrology?

In Jeffrey Epstein‘s case (1/20/1953 in Coney Island, NY — time unknown), we see that his Sun has just experienced the last of three unsettling squares from rebel Uranus, while transiting Neptune sits on his exact conjunction of a steamy Venus and Mars in Pisces. Meanwhile, transiting Saturn and Pluto are in tough contact with his Mercury, suggesting a potentially intense reality check. So the timing of these surprising disruptions of the status quo aligns with his horoscope.

Boeing also has a horoscope: July 19, 1934 — 1 PM — Wilmington, Delaware. It is also experiencing a few unsettling patterns. As we move through 2019 and into 2020, we may see major restructuring  and streamlining within the company, as transiting Saturn and Pluto hit the angles of its horoscope and its Libra Moon. Right now, 27 airlines have grounded its 737 Max 8, after an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday.  It was the second fatal crash in recent months for this particular Boeing model.

UPDATE: on Pete Davidson, last written about in December 2018, when he was in an extremely public depth of despair. Yet his horoscope suggested a promising new creative passion/love interest by spring of 2019. On Saturday he was on SNL talking about…his new creative passion. How about that? He and Kate Beckinsale are dating. Cue Snoopy Dance now, please.

Davidson also talked about a philosophical dilemma: how should we treat music and other forms of expression that were created by artists (so far, only men) who we now know were sexual predators (e.g., Michael Jackson, R Kelly, Kevin Spacey, etc.). Pete Davidson needs to think deeply about how we should make use of people and things, given five planets in Scorpio and a “how can I make this work?” Capricorn Moon.

In the grander scheme of astrological patterns, this debate refers to Chiron in Aries (healing toxic masculinity and a fractured sense of self) and the scandalous TMI coming to light under the series of Jupiter  (expansion) squares to  Neptune (music, deception, drugs). And let’s not forget the even bigger shift sparked by the seeds planted on January 9, 2018, when Sun, Venus and Pluto were all together at 19 degrees of Capricorn: women stepping into power. Right now Saturn is almost at 19 Capricorn. Those seeds are for real. It’s fascinating to watch them take root, as anticipated.

Speaking of women and power, Avid Reader Liz has written a book called Women, Meditation & Power. I read it a few weeks ago while serving as a pollworker in a special election held in New York City (with only 7% of eligible voters showing up, I had plenty of free time). Liz turns stereotypical gender roles upside down, and makes a compelling argument for how we can bring men and women back into balance — and why. But don’t take it from me, read the reviews — and if you read her book, let me know if you appreciated its fresh and provocative perspective.

Thank you for reading this forecast. Remember that Mercury retrogrades are apt times to REconnect and REview your life…with your astrologer. Here’s how to contact me…and yes, I owe a few of you an email…thanks for your patience!

 

 

 

 

Saturday & Sunday 2/23/2019: Oscar Musings; More on Chiron in Aries

As anticipated, Friday was a busy news day. The quest for fairness and balance in relationships  — reflected by the Libra Moon — had to juggle multiple heavy hits — into the late evening.  If last night was your date night, emotions were likely to be exceptionally intense, for better or for worse.

On SATURDAY, the intensity continues as the Moon plunges into Scorpio, ending the chatter and replacing it with a need for depth and control. The morning may begin with a jolt, as the Moon opposes rebel Uranus. Investigative dirt and/or persuasive talk is likely to be on the agenda, given the first of three sextiles between Mercury and corruption-exposing Pluto, exact at 12:15 PM ET. A clash between the Moon and Mars at 10:12 PM ET heightens the potential for a notable outburst of expression.

SUNDAY‘s patterns are not as jarring. A harmony between the Moon and Neptune facilitates artsy expression. A sextile between the Moon and Saturn at 5:21 PM ET is the last exact aspect of the day, and it’s arguably subdued.

This is the backdrop for the Oscars — and it’s nowhere near as glitzy as the planetary backdrop of Oscars past. There won’t even be a host. I anticipate that the Oscar will go to whichever films and players best express the energy of Scorpio, combined with wounded healer Chiron.  Spike Lee may be a Pisces with Moon in Scorpio (we do not have an exact birth time); Glenn Close has the Sun at the end of Pisces; Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a Pisces with Moon in Scorpio (a documentary about her is up for an Oscar).  I will be surprised if there are tons of big laughs or gaffes, other than the wry/self-deprecating humor we might expect from a trio of planets in Capricorn: Venus, Saturn and Pluto. These are the cosmic times in which we live. The famous Vanity Fair party, once the hottest and glitziest Oscar soiree, is now described as “a week-long corporate branding palooza.” Yeah, that’s that trio of planets in corporate Capricorn, too.  And if there was any doubt about the zeitgeist of these next couple of days, this morning when I returned to the draft of this forecast, I saw this: Stanley Donen, Director of Mirthful Musicals, Dead at 94.

I will watch the Oscars and I will miss Billy Crystal. You? Here’s how he opened the show in 1998. How times change. As they will change and change again.  Fortunately, we can use astrology as a guide.

Whatever happens on Sunday, the Scorpio Moon goes void on MONDAY at 7:14 AM ET, getting the work week off to a wandering start and a possible twist, flake or a “much ado about nothing” crisis. We can all heave a sigh of relief at 4:19 PM ET, when the Moon vaults into high-flying Sagittarius.

And now, the news.

What did I say about Friday?

Mental Mercury in spacey/intuitive Pisces makes its first of three squares to a high-functioning Jupiter in Sagittarius. Watch the news for potential boondoggles in courts, publishing, academia, opinions. At 10:49 PM ET, Venus meets up with Pluto in Capricorn; the suggestion is power plays and catharses in matters of women, money, aesthetics and values. I expect a sobering hit around lunchtime, as Moon squares Saturn, followed by the intensity of the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto at 9:51 PM ET…watch the late afternoon news dump.

Right. Boondoggles. And add “sports” to the keywords associated with Jupiter in Sagittarius.

Meanwhile…

All week I’ve been thinking about what I wrote in the last post about Chiron entering Aries: “It’s time to focus on healing toxic aggression, masculinity and leaders — all associated with Aries.” The day after that was posted, Barack Obama made news when he advised men “to avoid toxic masculine behavior.” His horoscope was triggered by Chiron entering Aries, as it made contact with his Venus (values and social expression; how and what we love) at 0 Cancer, a cardinal sign. Coincidence or conspiracy?

In other news, and on a similar theme:

And while we’re on the subject: “The deadly truth about a world built for men — from car crashes to stab vests.” Thank the good folks at The Guardian for publishing this provocative thought:

When broadcaster Sandi Toksvig was studying anthropology at university, one of her female professors held up a photograph of an antler bone with 28 markings on it. “This,” said the professor, “is alleged to be man’s first attempt at a calendar.” Toksvig and her fellow students looked at the bone in admiration. “Tell me,” the professor continued, “what man needs to know when 28 days have passed? I suspect that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.”

How intriguing to consider that first markers of time may have been female.

In other news…

This is a story some have said should really be front and center, cutting through the clutter of salacious headlines. Pluto refers to power (nuclear and otherwise); Mercury in touch with Pluto, combined with other patterns, suggests corruption exposed. Did you know that The Donald’s administration has been secretly negotiating to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia? The proposed deal may well be illegal.

Hmm…it seems we should have some guidelines for managing toxicity. Here’s some expert advice for choosing a perfume or cologne that’s just right for you.  Here are the “new household rules” for what needs to be cleaned and how often.  And finally, here is the iconic mirthful scene from the musical Singin’ in the Rain.  Cue Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, directed by Stanley Donen now, please.

And if that’s not enough fun for you, here’s the classic Hollywood musical mash-up, set to Uptown Funk.

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