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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 7/7/2016: Mind the Regal Void; Hell in the Headlines

Alll-riighty then!

The Moon in regal drama queen Leo went void at 8:06AM ET, setting the stage for a whole day of play, pomp and circumstance, or insufferable much-ado-about nothing grandstanding. What a lovely backdrop for FBI director James Comey, who will explain to Congress this morning  why he did not recommend filing criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for 1) using a private email server; and 2) not being entirely truthful about it, etc. etc. etc. The clean-up crew doesn’t arrive until 6:41PM ET, when the Moon shifts backs into gear in discerning Virgo.

Adding color commentary to the drama are three other exact patterns as follows:

Two exact aspects happening between 8AM and 10:30AM ET — the influence of which may be felt all week — along with a third at 6:24PM ET. The Sun and Mercury will be opposed by Pluto, suggesting power plays, news from underground, a greater-than-usual emotional intensity.

The third exact aspect of note  is a gender-bending challenge between Venus and Uranus, exact at 10:24AM ET. Venus-Uranus aspects suggest unconventional attractions and other innovations; free-spirited and/or volatile artists, women and financiers/financial markets — possibly reflected in the day’s obituaries, too.

Your mission is to roll with the flakes and twists which may derail your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Crises that crop up during voids are often blown way out of proportion and then fizzle out with a big “never mind.” Deal with it with a playful spirit; show a roaring/sulking drama prince or princess a little appreciation; that should help calm things down. If there’s no drama to deal with, then play as you focus on routine tasks or simply chill.

And now, the news.

Along with many other violent headlines around the world, it is tiresome and upsetting to read of yet another African-American killed by police officers here in the United States, captured on tape by a civilian. Earlier this week, 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot in Baton Rouge. There’s a fascinating and redemptive, ruthlessly investigative “news from underground” element, reflecting today’s Mercury-Sun-Pluto tension, as the person who filmed that incident was not a random bystander. Last night in Minneapolis,  a 32-year old man named Philando Castile ended up dead after being pulled over for having a broken tail light; his girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath on Facebook. This heinous incident prompted Minnesota governor Mark Dayton to state:

“Would this have happened if … the driver and passenger were white?” he asked. “I don’t think it would’ve. So I’m forced to confront and I think all of us in Minnesota are forced to confront that this kind of racism exists.”

Back in February of 2015, transiting Pluto was exactly square to Saturn in the U.S. horoscope:

…suggesting a particularly difficult, anguished exercise. Pluto challenges us to change our perspective. It insists we face the truth. On Tuesday, for example, the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, published a report on the history of lynching in America. The report lists close to 4000 names of African Americans who were killed in the South between 1877-1950. Bryan Stevenson, the director of the organization, has proposed that the sites of these brutalities be marked with a plaque. Perhaps raising awareness will foster a greater understanding and healing of racial prejudice and inequality as it exists today.

Transiting Pluto is now retrograde at 16 Capricorn, just two degrees away from the U.S. Saturn at 14 Libra. Pluto will be exactly at 14 Capricorn in September and October, putting more pressure on the need for the U.S. to adjust its perspective on how fair and balanced (Libra) we are in terms of law enforcement (Saturn). The Guardian has been keeping track of the number of people killed by police since January of 2015. This year, 275 Caucasian people have been killed,  compared to 132 African Americans. Did this statistic surprise you? Now look at the stats per million: 1.39 to 3.23, respectively.

Not specific to the U.S. are a couple of other volatile patterns worth remembering, as you peruse the news. First is Mars, now direct in Scorpio, in an uncomfortable aspect with freakishly erratic Uranus and destructive Eris — all month. Second is a midpoint pattern noted here back in March:

…the Saturn/Pluto midpoint, associated with anguish, is now at the Aries Point, along with the Sun and Mercury. In a personal horoscope, the Saturn/Pluto midpoint at the Aries Point suggests a prominent trauma in the early home life. Its prominence suggests that, when asked about it, he or she will readily discuss it. I learned this from my studies with astrologer Noel Tyl.

It is not surprising to see this midpoint picture reflected in current events. Anguish is prominent, yes?  In Yemen, a U.S. airstrike on an alleged terrorist training camp reportedly killed “dozens”. Last week, two female suicide bombers killed 24 people in Nigeria. Who was it that said “an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind?” Mahatma Gandhi, I believe.

This Saturn/Pluto midpoint = Aries Point pattern has been in effect since January 2016 and will continue through the rest of the year. It may help your perspective and processing of the upsetting events in the headlines to see them as a reflection of a collective agreement to focus on the anguishing skeletons we might prefer to keep in our closet. This is an opportunity to bring those skeletons into the light, so they may be healed. That is the potential upside.

The Saturn/Pluto midpoint at the Aries Point was discussed in the context of an individual’s horoscope back in 2014.

In other news, fired FOX anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit against Roger Ailes. Smart of her to wait until after Mars turned direct. In the UK, a 2.6 million year-long word report based on a seven year-long investigation concluded that

…Prime Minister Tony Blair helped President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney misled their countries into a war with Iraq in 2003 that was one of the most damaging blunders in history.

Finally, file  this one under yesterday’s hugely idealistic hook-up between Sun and Mercury in Cancer (family, nurturing), Venus trine Mars (sexual energy/union) and a regal Leo Moon. Charles Chaput, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, declared this week that couples who divorce and then remarry should not have conjugal relations.  Now just what sort of patterns do you think we’d see in his horoscope to suggest, “on WHAT PLANET, your Archbishopness?”

Born in Concordia, Kansas on September 26, 1944 — birthtime unknown, the Archbishop has the Sun EXACTLY conjunct Neptune in relationship-focused Libra,  thus needing to deny/dissolve ego energies, along with the rest of the material world. This is as screamingly rose-colored as it gets. Also in Libra: Venus and Mars, adding to the Libra need to avoid conflict at all costs.  As for why he might need to impose this need on the rest of the Free World, we see Saturn (control, authority) in Cancer (family, emotional security) either running wild or starkly opposing a Moon in Capricorn, a sign not known for emotional intimacy, but awesome when it comes to figuring out the best way to use people and things for practical purposes.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday & Beyond: Sneak Peek at the Week; Hillary Clinton: Elizabeth Gilbert

Good Morning!

I hope you had a festive and restful holiday weekend.

The Cancer Moon is void of course until 12:28PM ET. There’s your excuse for a slow or late start to the work week. Did you note your dreams? An easy alignment between Mercury and Neptune, exact at 8:20AM ET may infuse the day with an intuitive/visionary, rose-colored glow.

Until the Moon engages in Leo after noon, stick to routine matters; roll with whatever twists and flakes disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Remember that crises which crop up during voids are often much ado about nothing. Chill! Once the Moon gets into gear, the focus shifts from emotional security/nurturing concerns to a need for creative self-expression, with fire and no small amount of showmanship. How can you shine — and help others shine, too — over the next three days?

Lots of exact planetary patterns this week, fueled by the seed-planting energy of Monday’s New Moon in Cancer. Refer to the last forecast for thoughts on that.

On WEDNESDAY, the day begins with a stabilizing alignment between the Leo Moon and Saturn. Great! This suggests a disciplined and constructive focus to all that love-love-love-me-do Moon in Leo potential. At 4:17PM ET, Venus in Cancer aligns harmoniously with Mars in Scorpio, suggesting a rare ease of expression between matters of yin and yang. At 11:24PM ET, the Cancer Sun meets up with Mercury, suggesting another layer of rose-colored vision on top of today’s Mercury-Neptune alignment.

On THURSDAY, the Leo Moon goes void at 8:06AM ET, not to enter Virgo until 6:41PM ET. What will be reflecting the excitement? Two exact aspects happening between 8AM and 10:30AM ET — the influence of which may be felt all week — along with a third at 6:24PM ET. The Sun and Mercury will be opposed by Pluto, suggesting power plays, news from underground, a greater-than-usual emotional intensity. One fitting story in the NYT this morning is an expose– thanks to one brave whistleblower —  about corruption and shoddy workmanship at a so-called “clean coal” power plant in Mississippi that is billions over budget and years behind schedule. Who’s at fault? The Usual Suspects in the Pluto-in-Capricorn Powers That Be. Here are some headlines from past Sun-Pluto oppositions.

The third exact aspect of note on Thursday is a gender-bending challenge between Venus and Uranus, exact at 10:24AM ET. Venus-Uranus aspects suggest unconventional attractions and other innovations; free-spirited and/or volatile artists, women and financiers — possibly reflected in the day’s obituaries, too.

On FRIDAY, the analytical power of the Virgo Moon is boosted by an easy connection between Mercury and Jupiter, suggesting communication of a big idea. Pitch it in the earlier part of the day, as by 3PM the Moon will be challenged by Saturn, suggesting a wet blanket or other authoritative block. On the upside, a Moon-Saturn challenge may be just the critical input you need to effectively revise your strategy. The work week ends with a dreamy/bewildering face-off between the Moon and Neptune at 5:11PM ET, perhaps facilitating indulgent bar tabs at happy hours all over the East Coast.

Get up and get going on your plans for world domination — intuitively, deliberately, steadily. No need to rush about madly. If planetary patterns aren’t enough to convince you, check out Beth Owlsdaughter’s Tarot Card of the Week, pulled a few days after I posted the New Moon forecast. I just love the synchronicity of these cards. And I am deeply appreciative of the shout-out, too. Thank you, Beth!

And now, the news.

The weekend’s Balsamic Moon — the end of the lunar cycle — favoring actions that may be hidden from light — was an excellent time for the NYT to run a story about President Obama’s late-night work habits, don’t you think? Biggest scoop, according to media outlets around the world: seven salted almonds. Sigh.

This just in during the Moon void…view it as a surprise twist or an item of little consequence. The FBI does not recommend filing charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server. I say “little consequence” because whatever you may think about Mrs. Clinton has likely not changed as a result of the FBI’s decision. I will also say that her horoscope — with an unconfirmed birth time of 8:02AM — does not suggest a major upset at this time (that would have been in March, perhaps reflected with Bernie Sanders – surprise, surprise — nipping at her heels). On the contrary, today we see transiting Sun in Cancer in harmony with her natal Venus in Scorpio; we see transiting Mercury (information/communication) exactly trine to her Scorpio Sun. Looks like a day of good news and sunny appreciation to me.

Elsewhere, Elizabeth Gilbert — the author of Eat, Pray, Love — announced on Facebook that she and her husband were splitting up. If you believe in true love, you may be crushed. How could this happen? Certainly we can see the potential for a break, given patterns on her birth date — July 18, 1969 in Waterbury, CT (birth time unknown). Cancer Sun; Moon in perfection-seeking Virgo. Sun conjunct Mercury. Transiting Uranus is putting pressure on Ms. Gilbert’s Sun and Mercury — likely in the form of a need for greater freedom of expression and communication.

We don’t know the exact degree of her Virgo Moon, but it may well be in a hard aspect to her Venus in Gemini, which is definitely under the streamlining influence of Saturn through this fall. Moon-Saturn and Venus-Saturn transits can be isolating and stark…but the silver lining is that out of the sense of lack or loss, a plan for advance may emerge. Finally, we see in her horoscope another pattern between Pluto and Saturn which was exact last month and in effect for most of the year. Pluto-Saturn measurements nearly always suggest hard work required under threat of loss, often with anguish. The NYT report on the split notes that there were hints months ago that this decision was not a sudden move.

Pluto-Saturn transits are relatively rare events, but you’re bound to have one sooner or later. When are you scheduled to have yours? I’d be happy to tell you in a personal consultation. We will have an excellent discussion together — and here’s the 411 — updated over the weekend.

Thank you for reading this forecast.