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Thursday 5/10/2018: Beauty and the Beasts; News From Underground

Alll-righty then!

No lengthy Moon voids this week to diffuse your plans for world domination. Keep on truckin’! Today the Moon continues its sojourn in Pisces, seeking to identify ideals, work with impressions and go with the flow. Moon is well-supported by input from other planets between now and Friday, as well as a power-consolidating harmony between Sun and Pluto, exact on FRIDAY at 7:07 PM ET. Keep an eye on whoever is in charge.  Between now and Sunday, patterns among Mercury, Mars and Uranus suggest communications from the PTB that may be innovative or simply disruptive/explosive.  Adding to the fire: the Moon’s shift into me-me-me Aries at 8:40 AM on FRIDAY, forging ahead and falling down stairs (because it’s faster than walking) until mid-afternoon on SUNDAY.

Meanwhile, it was delightful to meet a few New York Avid Readers who turned out for my talk at Quest Book Shop on Tuesday. Huzzah! If you missed it and you’re going to UAC (a.k.a. the Big Fat Astrology Conference in Chicago), you can catch “So What If You’re Dead? The Horoscope Lives Forever” at 1 PM on Friday, May 25th. I love to travel!

And now, the news.

Did I say this would be a boisterous week? Add in bombastic, too — reflecting the potential of Tuesday’s face-off between the Sun and expansive Jupiter. When have we seen patterns like this before? On February 9th, when Jupiter and the Sun were in a tense square. Here’s the forecast for that day — along with headlines that were demanding our attention. Note the similarities? Also note that the Sun and Jupiter will square off again on August 6th, five days after the second Mars-Uranus square. Venus will be at the Aries Point on August 6th, suggesting prominent headlines involving women, art, money, social expression. Uranus will be stationary retrograde, suggesting significant news reflecting these themes: disruptive, revolutionary, tech breakthroughs, aviation, astrology, mutations, shocks to the system, including seismic activity. Mark your calendars.

Meanwhile, P45 continues to operate exactly as anticipated in earlier forecasts. From January 5th:

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.

P45’s birthday is June 14th. What are the key patterns on his solar return? (Not in his solar return, mind you — that is a separate chart, which will be discussed in a future forecast). One is between Uranus and Mars, suggesting impulsive, daring, risky and/or breakthrough action on a global scale — and this pattern has been in effect for a couple of months. The other is a measurement between Venus and Jupiter, in effect now through June. That suggests exuberance, indulgence — and no small amount of luck. Did you hear that a date has been set for a summit between P45 and Kim Jong-un — on June 12th? Do you really think this date is a coincidence? The Venus-Jupiter measurement (secondary progression, for astropros reading this) perfectly reflects talk of him meriting a Nobel Peace Prize.   Will those who make Nobel Peace Prize decisions take into account that — reckless or not — this week P45 smashed up the Iran deal made among the U.S. and its allies?  Iran and Israel now seem to be lobbing missiles at each other (via Syria).   But at least oil is up (Pluto trine Sun) which means gas prices will increase — and that’s good news for Russia.

Looking ahead to the New Moons on May 15th and June 13th, we see the former at 24 Taurus, right on P45’s Midheaven. The latter is at 22 Gemini, conjunct his Sun and opposing his Sag Moon. It’s his world; we just live in it — for at least the next couple of months. On the other hand, we are seeing the potential squeeze of the second hit of transiting Saturn opposing his Mercury-Neptune square, suggesting a hardnosed, mean, ambitious, authoritarian and/or reality check on the intuitive and fanciful way he needs to think. Exhibit A: As of May 2nd, P45 has told 3001 lies since his inauguration — in public, anyway.  Of course we are getting this news now. Exhibit B: musing about taking press credentials away from journalists who write stories he doesn’t like. Exhibit C — reflective of the squeeze in P45’s chart and overall planetary patterns:  revelations about hundreds of thousands of dollars funneled to fixer Michael Cohen’s shell company (Essential Consultants), allegedly “for access” to P45. Who paid the money?  Columbus Nova (a company linked to a Russian oligarch), along with AT& T (?!?!) and Novartis, among others.

Fun fact: Mr. Cohen is still on board as deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. 

Meanwhile…

Is there anything truly fun and frothy to report, reflecting planetary patterns? Yes! Remember I told you how we’d see aesthetic ideals, along with faith and spiritual leaders, suggested by Venus and Jupiter in contact with Neptune? The theme of this week’s costume gala at the Met was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”. Look at these divinely inspired dresses! Not so fun and frothy, but related to the Met: Harvey Weinstein’s soon-to-be ex-wife — fashion designer Georgina Chapman — breaks her silence. How could she not have known? I don’t know, but in her horoscope — no birth time available — we see the potential for a startling, sobering wake-up call, with transiting Uranus conjunct her Aries Sun, opposing her Libra Moon and squaring her natal Saturn.  This was followed by transiting Saturn square her natal Venus in Aries, opposing Pluto. Ouch. Love hurts.

In other news, Neptune keywords include music and oceans. Mercury in touch with Pluto and Uranus this week suggests investigative breakthroughs. It’s the perfect time for a story announcing that sharks can identify jazz, but are confused by classical music. Who wants to know? Read the article. Neptune also refers to deception and conspiracies.  “Pro-Beyoncé” vs. “Anti-Beyoncé”: 3,500 Facebook ads show the scale of Russian manipulation,” –– just released today. Download all of them here.

UPDATE: the state of California, whose horoscope suggests it will continue to be a pioneering and disruptive force all year. It’s now requiring all new homes to be built with solar power.

Finally, the state of Hawaii also has a horoscope. In light of Kilauea’s eruption last week, it is fascinating to note that Hawaii’s Leo Sun is at 28 degrees — and therefore eclipsed last August.  Its me-me-me Aries Moon is being squeezed by transiting Saturn. In Hawaii’s chart, the Moon rules its public status; Saturn rules its foundation; its land’ its roots. Transiting Pluto stationed  right at the bottom of the chart, opposing its Midheaven and squaring its Libra Ascendant last month, suggesting a resistance-is-futile transformation. Plus, like Mike Pence and Richard Cordray (who just won the Democratic primary in the race to become Ohio’s next governor), Hawaii is having a Saturn return and a Jupiter return. Bottom line: Hawaii is getting it from all angles, with more to come between now and the end of 2019.

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Friday 5/4/2018 & the Weekend: Catching Up on the News (with Rudy, Monica, Mike and Mark)

TGIF!

Moon has been in Capricorn since 10:06 PM ET on Thursday. Arise, go forth and take care of business. There are no exact aspects to the Moon today, save around 4 PM  ET, when it meets up with taskmaster Saturn. A heavy advance or a heavy cut, depending on your side of the bargain. SATURDAY has an easy flow, perfect for practical chores and purchases. The Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus happens at 5 PM ET and 9:48 AM ET on SUNDAY, respectively. Watch for power plays and upsets in the news and in the world around you.

After a brief Moon void at 9:48 AM ET on Sunday, Moon enters Aquarius, looking for a social cause or a group of buddies. Coloring the day — and a few days beforehand–  are five exact planetary patterns happening between Sunday and Tuesday:

  • Sun sextile Neptune at 9:57 AM ET
  • Mercury square Pluto on Monday at 4:49 AM ET
  • Venus square Neptune at 5:59 PM ET
  • First Quarter Moon at 10:09 PM ET
  • Sun opposite Jupiter on TUESDAY 8:39 PM ET

In sum, we’re looking at themes of artsy/feminine/romantic ideals and illusions combined with a ruthless and deep perspective, pushed to excess or simple indulgence.  Humming in the background is the disruptive buzz of the building tension between Mars and Uranus, to be released on the 16th. Add in themes of seismic activity, technological advances, revolts and innovation in yang arena.  Also humming: an approaching harmony (trine) between Jupiter and Neptune, exact on May 25th. Jupiter-Neptune contacts suggest healing, physicians, faith, spiritual leaders…as well as scandal, drugs, oil and scandal.

Before we get to the news, I have two speaking engagements to tell you about. First — if you are in New York on Tuesday, May 8th, come on down to the Quest Bookshop for an astrological meet-up. I will be giving a talk called “So What If You’re Dead? The Horoscope Lives Forever.” Here’s the blurb: When someone makes news, the horoscope’s hot – whether that someone is alive or not. What’s happening when departed souls return to haunt the headlines?  

Second, if you’re going to be in Chicago later this month, I will be giving the same talk on Friday, May 25th at 1 PM. This lecture is open to the public and is hosted by UAC, the biggest and fattest astrology conference in the known universe.  Email me if you’re interested. I will be available for consultations in Chicago between May 22nd and May 29th.

And now, the news.

 

  • Meanwhile — just like that — Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted, sending hundreds of Big Island residents packing.
  • In the same category, minus the artsy, plus the authoritarian squeeze of today’s Moon-Saturn meet-up, VP Mike Pence is addressing a convention of NRA members in Dallas. No guns are allowed into the auditorium, which seems rather curious. The VP is speaking in complete sentences about all the ways the country is slowly being transformed into Gilead, under his eye — erm, watch. As it were. The VP’s horoscope is heating up. We don’t have a birth time — so the Moon could be late Gemini or early Cancer. The latter feels apt, if only because he calls his wife “Mother.” Right now and into 2019, his Gemini Sun is squared by nebulous Neptune. This suggests a visionary appeal — or feeling lost, victimized or wiped out. His Venus-Mars conjunction in early Leo is soon to be supercharged when Uranus enters Taurus later this month — and into 2019.  We see potential electrifying social expression/values shaking up the status quo. Next year, when Mars is hit — we see potential daring action…probably related to events happening around July 27th, when we’ll have an eclipse at 4 degrees of LeoAquarius. Not only that, but the VP is having a Saturn return and a Jupiter return this year. The former suggests a new lease on life; the latter suggests expansion and reward. It will be interesting to see where’s he at by the end of this year.
  • Adding to the afternoon’s potential for an authoritarian squeeze: 57,000 Hondurans whose protected status in the U.S. will expire in 2020. Add them to the tens of thousands of Nepali, Salvadorans, Haitians whose residency and work permits are in the process of being revoked by the Department of Homeland Security.
  • I promised you a few physicians. Ronny Jackson, is out as P45’s doctor and as the nominee to lead the Veterans Administration. He may not have actually crashed a car, but he was accused of “intimidating” Mike Pence’s physician, who also treated Pence’s wife, Karen. I was puzzled by the word “intimidating” until the story broke today that the VP’s physician has just resigned — and the physician is female.  Third doc in the hot seat: Harold Bornstein, P45’s former physician, now says P45’s medical records were seized from his office a year ago and that P45 dictated the glowing letter about P45’s health. No surprise there. NY state law requires physicians to keep original records,  btw. Did you know that the actual standard operating procedure for transferring medical records is for patients to request copies in writing and in compliance with privacy laws?  Ya learn somethin’ every day.

UPDATE: Rudy Giuliani, whose horoscope has been written about previously  here, here and here.  With Neptune on his Ascendant (just like Paul Ryan and Bill Clinton), his personal presentation is likely not what it seems, cloaked as it is in a  rose-colored fog. He can’t help but shake things up, with Sun and Uranus conjunct. And his ego needs to be the size of Brazil, with Moon in Leo conjunct Jupiter. Whatever he does, he needs to do it with big league style. A few weeks ago, when transiting Venus hit P45’s Midheaven, I thought he’d get a little bit of love. And sure enough,  that’s when Giuliani joined P45’s legal team.

This week, with transiting Jupiter squaring his natal Jupiter (and Moon), Giuliani went on the TV to dramatically announce that of course P45 knew about the payment to Stormy Daniels, blah blah blah…and of course he reimbursed his fixer, Michael Cohen. And true to Giuliani’s Ascendant and Micheaven at the Aries Point, this story dominated the headlines. No way can Giuliani not attract attention. Just put a lampshade on his head, already. He’s always going to be the life of the party. It is interesting to note that Giuliani and Mike Pence both have Mars at 3 degrees of Leo.  I expect to see them both in the headlines in May of 2019. Fun Fact: astrologer Grant Lewi observed that people born with Mars in Leo have an uncanny ability to “get away with murder.”  P45 has that, too.

In other news, Monica Lewinsky startled the Twitternet, scolding Senator Marco Rubio for blaming an intern for something something something about Rubio now criticizing the Republican tax cut bill (which he voted for), because working families aren’t seeing any tax cuts. Are you following this? In any event, Ms. Lewinsky cut through the static, tweeting “Blaming the intern is so ’90s,” — and she would know. But why did her remark attract attention now? Something is obviously going on in her horoscope. Take a look and immediately notice that transiting Uranus is about to square her 0 Leo Sun.  Transiting Pluto is squaring her natal Mars-Uranus opposition. I have no idea what’s she is planning this year, but she has the potential to turn a few worlds upside down with persuasive, break-through action.  If you were born on the first few days of Leo, Aquarius, Taurus or Scorpio you are likely ready to break out, too. Consult your local astrologer for details.

Finally, for your enjoyment:  Mark Hamill is due for some serious  upsets and fresh starts. His horoscope  —  with its Capricorn Ascendant —  is about to receive its second hit from transiting Saturn. while his 29 Libra Midheaven is  opposed by transiting Uranus.  One fresh start he’s had this year is a Twitter presence that attracts serious attention. How delightful it is to see him interviewed in a podcast in today’s  Washington Post.  File it under “artsy ideals and ruthless perspective” and may the Force be with you. Or rather, May the 4th.

 

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