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Thursday-Sunday 10/18-21/2018: News, News and More News

Alll-righty then!

The Moon is in Aquarius: arise, go forth and organize your network — rose-colored as it may be, given mental Mercury’s fast-approaching harmony with Neptune, exact tomorrow — FRIDAY — at 5:48 AM ET (note your dreams upon waking).

Ship it today if it needs to be of consequence, as the Moon goes void on Friday at 8:27 AM ET until 4:20 PM ET (at that time you may head to Canada, where marijuana has just been made legal). Right. And be mindful of a potential clash of wills/combative discourse around lunchtime ET on Friday, as Mercury (talking) and Mars (walking) will clash.

After 4:20 PM ET on Friday, Moon enters Pisces for the rest of the weekend. Shop away, as there will be no Moon void to render your purchases less able to fulfill what you think will be their useful purpose. Just be cautious with major investments in aesthetics, e.g. — art, wallpaper, cosmetic surgery, etc., as Venus is still retrograde.

Moon goes void on SUNDAY at 7:47 PM ET until 2:58 AM ET on MONDAY. Chill on Sunday night. You’ll need your beauty sleep to get  you through the driving energy of Monday’s  me-me-me Aries Moon. That — combined with Tuesday’s face-off between the Sun and rebel Uranus, plus Wednesday’s Full Moon — should start the week off with more than a few jolts and revelations.

And now, the news — over a week of it to cover. Ready?

Avid Readers will recall that last week was scheduled to be especially action-packed in the P45 administration, as transiting Mars opposed P45’s natal 12th House Pluto on October 9th.  Mars also clashed with the Scorpio Moon in the chart of the P45 inauguration. Not only that, but transiting Uranus made the second of three scheduled squares to the inaugural Sun, suggesting a disruption, a break-out or something just plain wacky. So what happened?

Wednesday had three tough patterns: a brutal square between retrograde Venus and Mars; an opposition between Mercury and disruptive Uranus and a Moon in depth-seeking Scorpio. Reflecting the potential for big wave/wash-out suggested by October 8th’s New Moon, Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on October 10th. It was the strongest hurricane to hit Florida in 80 years. Did you know Rick Scott — Florida’s governor —  banned the words “climate change” from state agencies? It hasn’t stopped the hurricanes or the red tide, which now extends north from Miami all the way up to the Space Coast.

Fun fact: initially there was talk of Michael heading for Tampa, so I calculated the New Moon chart as it was seen in Tampa. Wasn’t convinced. Recalculating the New Moon for Panama City, however, shows a ton of tension making contact with the angles of the chart. Much more convincing as a point of impact. Michael hit land at  1:30 PM in Mexico Beach, just a few miles down the road. Again we see heavy tension on the angles of the chart.

Speaking of climate change, last week a coalition of international climate scientists presented another batch of dire findings and warnings, urging humankind to kick its fossil fuel habit not now, but RIGHT NOW, or we’ll be reeeeeallly sorry in a dozen years. Astrologically, I would expect the 2040s to be the decade of astounding upheaval, and since I’ve always thought I’d live to be 100, I’ll remind you in 2040 that I told you so. Until then, while Neptune continues through Pisces (until 2025), crises involving water, floods, droughts, displaced persons, toxins, drugs and oil will demand attention. After that, we’ll know what we need to fight for…and dream of a new frontier. Oh look…as if on cue…here’s a new missive from the Hathors via sound healer Tom Kenyon. We haven’t heard from the Hathors since April.

Meanwhile, as Michael and climate scientists were howling, P45 held a gathering of sorts with rapper Kanye West and 82-year-old retired NFL legend Jim Brown .  You can watch SNL’s version of it here (with much of the dialogue lifted from the actual event) or read the transcript of Kanye’s baffling 10-minute rant. The point of the exercise — dear Avid Readers — is to think about what might be going on in his horoscope .  If you guessed Jupiter (to reflect his ego that needs to be the size of Brazil), yes he does have Sun conjunct expansive Jupiter in blah-blah-blah Gemini. Good for you! And his Moon is in Pisces, so of course, he needs to feel stuff and, like, y’know.

Bonus points if you’re wondering how nebulous Neptune fits into the picture. Excellent, students! Not only does it oppose his Sun and Jupiter, it also probably squares his Pisces Moon. Does he have any idea who he really is? Frankly, with those four planets now in contact with…transiting Neptune, we can appreciate why he would be in his own personal Twilight Zone. Is there more? Of course! We have to pinpoint that buzz…which would be Kanye’s Venus-Mars conjunction in Taurus suggesting a need for earthy comfort, with a flair for the unconventional, as the two are opposed by natal Uranus. That need for material security is being supercharged as I type by….transiting Uranus, too, suggesting he needs to be –shall we say — innovative and exciting —  in his action and social expression.

Volatility was also experienced in the stock markets last week — dropping  800 points in one day.  If you’ve been reading this forecast since forever, you know that hard patterns involving Uranus and Pluto are often reflected as dips or surges in the markets. Meanwhile,  in the horoscope of the United States, we see a potential focused streamlining in matters of women, money, art and expansion. Why? Transiting Saturn (Mr. Streamline) is opposing the U.S. Jupiter (expansion) and Venus (women, money, art, values). That’s good news for women of gravitas, who are ready to kick butt in the midterm elections…as voters and candidates. The flip side is the potential for harsh control. Next year, as Avid Readers will recall, Mr. Streamline will oppose the U.S. Sun and natal Saturn. More squeeze, focus and control…even as transiting Jupiter will expand the part of the U.S. horoscope that reflects our love affair with the American Dream, romanticized cowboys and Hollywood. Hmm…

In other news…

It’s too hard to write about Jamal Khashoggi, the exiled Saudi journalist who was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd — by a hit squad allegedly sent by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Why? Presumably because words have power, and what Mr. Khashoggi was writing was seen as a threat to the Crown Prince’s authority. My coping strategy is to think about movies like The Shawshank Redemption, where truth and goodness do prevail over fear, cruelty and control…even if it takes a really long time. I can only say that when Jupiter enters Sagittarius on November 8th, over the next 12 months we will see significant stories involving freedom of speech pitted against the forces of authoritarianism. Today, for example, a Vietnamese blogger/human rights activist named Mother Mushroom arrived in the United States after being released from prison — only on condition that she leave her homeland. Proof that the pen is mightier than the sword?

On a lighter note…

As Uranus travels through Taurus for the next seven years, it will revolutionize our attachment for material comfort and security. With Venus retrograde, suggesting an opportunity to review our aesthetics, how cool is it to see “The Transformational Bliss of Borrowing Your Office Clothes.”    Save yourself money and time.

Oh! And this one is worth a Snoopy Dance: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child in the spring — probably around the time transiting Jupiter squares his Virgo Sun. I’m psyched because when I wrote about their horoscopes a year ago, it was clearly suggested that they would waste no time starting a family. No, you won’t find that observation on the post, because I deleted it before publishing. It felt better to just let them be. Otherwise I might have ended up in a snarky commentary like this Guardian op-ed — and who needs that?

One more fun post! Kudos to the New York Times for daring to publish “Astrology is Hard, Even if It’s Fake”.   I appreciate their effort to shatter common myths about astrology, making people aware that it takes years of study and practice to become a good astrologer…and even longer than that to become truly excellent.   One day maybe NYT readers will be mature enough to be allowed to post thoughtful comments on such articles. As it stands now, the comments section in the article is closed. UPDATE on 10/19/2018:  the comments section is now open — feel free to post!

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Monday 10/8/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; New Moon in Libra; Venus squares Mars; Sun squares Pluto

Happy Monday from Los Angeles! Will be back in New York on Wednesday.

The work week begins with the Moon in Libra, driving the day with a need for fairness, balance and social graces. Good luck with that while Venus is retrograde (as of last Friday), along other patterns happening this week. If you’re feeling restless or listless today, sensing that something new is on the horizon, you’re tuning in to the fact that we are in the dark side of the Moon. The new cycle begins at 11:47 PM ET.

This New Moon happens at 15 Libra, so anyone with planets or angles at 15 Libra, Aries, Cancer or Capricorn will have their horoscopes activated. How so? That’s a discussion point for a consultation with your local astrologer. FYI, the horoscope of the U.S. is one of those activated. Should be a rollicking lunar cycle.

Libra is the sign of partnerships; marriage is an obvious partnership; some business relationships are partnerships, including adversarial ones. We went through the first half of the zodiac with New Moons focusing on the Self: Aries = my identity; Taurus = my values/possessions; Gemini = my mind; Cancer = my emotions/family; Leo = my love to give; Virgo = my service/work/body. Now we’re ready to go public. Take a look at your relationships: how are We doing? What is the State of the Union?  How does it reflect the Libran qualities of justice, fairness, diplomacy, peace, beauty and sweetness? Is there resentment or a lack of appreciation? Are there issues hanging in the balance (Libra is the sign of the Scales)?

Venus rules Libra, and as you know, right now Venus is in Scorpio and retrograde. This is not a happy placement, and we are building to an assertive/aggressive release on WEDNESDAY. Why? Because Venus (yin) and Mars (yang) will square each other at 10:29 PM ET. And what is said is likely to be a game changer, for better or worse. Why? at 1:35 PM ET on WEDNESDAY, mental Mercury (how we need to think and communicate) will be opposed by rebel Uranus. Not only that, but on FRIDAY just after midnight ET, the Sun (leaders, will) squares Pluto. In the news, this suggests a significant powerplay involving political leaders and CEOs; news from underground. Whatever hits the fan that day will have an easy flow of communication, affirming the Established Order, suggested by Mercury in harmony with Saturn at 4:20 AM ET.

Avid Readers may recall that this week would likely be a week of significant action/assertion on the part of — or against — P45 and his administration. We see this in his horoscope and in the chart for the P45 inauguration. Perhaps conquering the Supreme Court qualifies. Perhaps there will be more. Oh, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Point is, we need to factor the patterns described in the previous paragraph into our analysis of what this New Moon suggests. Empowered, innovative ideas and social expression, stemming from a need to reassess and reclaim value related to money, aesthetics and WOMEN comes to mind. Mars is squaring Venus. The next aspect in the New Moon chart is a ruthless, cathartic square between the Moon and Pluto on TUESDAY at 4:50 AM ET. This energy can be applied for better or for worse.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “a boat landing washed away,” which Blain Bovee says is “an image sweeping away human constructs, calling for repair and renewal.” This line gave me pause: “‘Washed away’ implies the power of waves which carry off that which cannot withstand their force.” Waves, eh? What kind of waves, with Election Day happening on Tuesday, November 6th, during this lunar cycle? We’re sure to hear plenty of talk about waves over the next few weeks.

Bovee also observes that if your boat landing has been washed away, there’s no safe place to dock — but this is OK. We are advised to take the time to repair the damage, to heal — and to contemplate the unseen powers of nature. We are invited to consider “feeling washed out; being swept away by powerful forces; a strong sense of inner renewal; a positive attitude about the approaching new day.” Sounds like a apt time to clean the house…

In other news, the always-in-sync Beth Owl’s Daughter’s Card of the Week suggests a potential healing…

Other patterns of note this week:

  • TUESDAY: at 8:41 PM ET, Mercury leaves Libra for Scorpio. No more weighing the options in matters of ideas and communication; Mercury in Scorpio demands depth, substance and control — at least until Halloween.
  • Moon voids:
    • TUESDAY 4:50 AM ET until 12:09 AM ET on WEDNESDAY;
    • THURSDAY 7:12 PM ET until 5:53 AM ET on FRIDAY;
    • SATURDAY 8:58 PM ET until 3:17 PM ET on SUNDAY.
  • The all-day void on Tuesday is most likely to disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line, as it covers the entire business day. Chill and don’t freak out over crises, as they are likely to be much ado about nothing. Avoid impulse shopping; roll with the twists and flakes.

And now, the news.

Astrology is so amazing. Avid Readers will remember that on Sept 5th I noted that in mid-October, Brett Kavanaugh’s horoscope was ripe for potential expansion. He has transiting Jupiter square his Aquarius Sun exact at about 9:30 PM ET….TODAY. When his confirmation hearing began in September, that Jupiter transit (expansion/reward potential) seemed to be happening later than one might think — if he was to be confirmed, as Mitch McConnell’s plan was to have Kavanaugh seated in time to join SCOTUS on Opening Game Day  — a.k.a., October 1st. BUT — before Jupiter could get to Kavanaugh’s Sun, it met up with his Neptune (booze, fog, deception). We had to go through that fog.

And over the weekend, as you know, Kavanaugh was confirmed during the dead Moon — and sworn in as an official Supreme on Saturday around 6 PM ET in D.C. — much to my admitted personal anger and disappointment — but not to the surprise of my astrological mind.  Not only that, but all of the pomp and circumstance of his anticipated reward happens tonight at 7 PM ET (a few hours before hit exact Jupiter-Sun transit), in a ceremonial swearing-in hosted by P45. Which makes one wonder if this was truly inevitable, which could be depressing. On the other hand, while his Saturday swearing-in might have felt like  a reward for Justice Brewski, in the bigger scheme of things, it was not an apt time for initiating a new justice. Seriously, on a dead Moon opposing Neptune (booze, fog, deception)? Venus retrograde in Scorpio square Mars? The energetic time stamp of his swearing-in can’t help but mark his tenure, however long it lasts. Here’s how SNL covered the GOP celebration in its latest cold open. On a Moon-Neptune opposition, of course there was beer.

In other news, just before 2 PM ET on Saturday in Schoharie, NY, a limo carrying 17 people on their way to a brewery tour crashed. All passengers were killed, plus the driver and two pedestrians. At the time of the accident, Uranus (accidents) was on the angles of the chart for that moment in Schoharie. We see this pattern over and over again: heavy planets on an angle coincident with an energetic release.

Meanwhile, note that whenever a planet is retrograde, it facilitates reviewing and revisiting the past. With Venus retrograde, we see the potential for revisiting past relationships and social expression. Venus is now squaring Mars — this is supercharged potential. Here are two must-read op-eds published on Sunday reflecting that pattern:

Elsewhere — an innovative attack (Mars in Aquarius) slays the art world (Venus in Scorpio): “Banksy Prank Sees Million-Dollar Art Work Shredded Live at Auction” — watch the video. Also from the world of art, the NYT Sunday magazine: “The Ugly Beauty of Cindy Sherman’s Selfies”.

Hey! Have you registered to vote? Are you SURE??? Please check your status — and share this link with everyone you know. Voter registration deadlines in many states is TOMORROW, October 9th. Vote, vote, vote!!!

Finally, Avid Readers know that planetary patterns suggest strong potential for authoritarian rulers to be in vogue. It’s not just the United States; it’s everywhere, and it’s not going away this year or even next, as Saturn (authority figures) meets up with Pluto (power; rot; corruption) in Capricorn (Powers That Be).  Here’s John Oliver to tell you about a racist, misogynist authoritarian currently campaigning in Brazil. His name is Jair Bolsonaro. He did not win the election outright yesterday, but he came darn close. And he is still in the running.

We live in such interesting times. What would we do without this astrological perspective? If you follow the patterns in your own horoscope, you will learn that while times are “interesting” around the globe, this does not mean you will not have opportunities for growth and reward.

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