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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday & Tuesday 9/21-22/2015: Sneak Peek at a Driven Week

Good Morning!

That slow start or twist in the morning routine of some East Coasters came courtesy of Mercury retrograde, combined with the Moon going void of course at 4:59AM. It went void on a square between the Virgo Sun and the Sagittarius Moon, a challenging aspect otherwise known as the First Quarter Moon. What kinks or advances need to be worked out or made to last week’s New Moon agenda?

How convenient that need to Make Things Happen kicked in at 8:33AM ET, when the Moon changed gears and shifted into Capricorn.  This proactive drive continues mostly unimpeded today, with a touch of inspiration added by contact with Neptune around 10:52PM  ET, followed by a boost of enthusiasm suggested by another contact with Jupiter just after midnight.

On Tuesday, the morning is subject to emotional intensity and/or a power play of the most utilitarian kind, as the Moon makes its weekly challenge to Pluto at 8:04AM ET. Another challenge to the Moon from mental Mercury (verrrrrry much retrograde), suggests you add an extra dose of patience and focus to your travels, mindset and communication.

The workday on Tuesday may close with a surprise revelation or other upset to the status quo, as the Moon is challenged by eccentric Uranus at 7:13PM ET. Then the Moon goes void again…not to enter the next sign — Aquarius– until 1:51PM ET on WEDNESDAY. Chill, chill, chill during the void — and remember that crises that crop up during voids are often much ado about nothing. Moon will be void again on Friday 12:02AM until 3:44PM ET — can you start your weekend early?

Planetary patterns of note this week are as follows. There’s a lovely connection between Venus (social expression, aesthetics, women, money) and Uranus which favors unconventional attractions, friendship, humanitarianism and expressions of unity among eclectic groups. This aspect is exact on Tuesday at 11:59PM ET.

On Wednesday we’ll have the Autumnal Equinox, as the Sun leaves Virgo for Libra at 4:21AM ET. It makes a stable and generally productive aspect to Saturn at 2:36PM ET that afternoon. Good for practical business concerns and (re)structuring. More on the significance of the equinox and other turning points later this week.

On Thursday, Mars leaves regal Leo for service-oriented Virgo, seeking perfection and attention to detail in action until November 13th. It immediately clashes with taskmaster Saturn on Friday at 9:12PM ET, putting a potentially militant (albeit effective) and/or frustrating spin on some of the initiatives we may see toward the end of the week. Mars-Saturn squares offer the potential for tremendous drive and discipline; this is not light and fluffy marshmallow energy.

Nor is the ruthlessly blunt, persuasive and dirt-digging potential of another square between Mercury and Pluto on Thursday at 6:32PM ET. Didn’t we just have one of these? Yes, on September 9th. Look for a review and/or rehash of whatever was on our collective plates then, with a final look on October 22nd, when Mercury is again direct.

Last but not least, we’ll have Pluto turning direct on Friday at 2:55AM ET, suggesting we may see an uptick of news items involving power plays, resources and news from underground. You’ll feel the subtle shift of Pluto’s turn if you have a planet around 12 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. Consult your local astrologer for details.

Oh — there is one more thing. Sunday features a Full Moon/lunar eclipse in me-me-me Aries. So emotions will be building to that high and release all week. It’s the Harvest Moon. What will you reap?

With more than one planets changing sign and/or direction this week — as with last week, too — we are advised to stay flexible. Energy levels are high and yours for the channeling with a mindful FOCUS to balance the  snafu potential suggested by Mercury retrograde. Skype was down this AM — don’t know if it’s back up yet….

And now, the news.

I noticed many headlines reflecting last week’s face-off between Neptune (drugs, oceans, refugees/migrants, scandal, deception) and expansive Jupiter in Virgo (healthcare, service, details, ecology, food production). Will just rattle ’em off here: 30-something hedge fund manager buys drug company; raises price of one life-saving drug from $13 to $750 overnight; tax revenues from marijuana sales in Colorado doubled last year — they are making millions! But not everyone is happy about alleged epidemic use by teens. Meanwhile, an actual physician describes bureaucratic nightmare he experiences four times a year when trying to get prescription refill approved by his insurance company — it reads like a worst-case scenario of patience pushed to the brink when Mercury is retrograde.

Speaking of Mercury retrograde, the Pope is coming to the East Coast. Traffic is going to be a mess!

Meanwhile, cheating on U.S. pollution emission tests. Really, Volkswagen? It did, and its stock has tanked. If I had time, I’d look at that horoscope.

Also noting a lot of items about work routine/environment, another Jupiter in Virgo focus. Here’s one about our toxic (Neptune) work world; here’s one about a year-old study in Sweden concluding that a six-hour work day was more efficient for all parties concerned. Hard to imagine how the U.S., with its tough-as-nails Sun-Saturn square, would joyfully embrace lesser hours…but maybe it would if it was determined that its life depended on it.

Last but not least, take Mercury retrograde and add the humanitarian technogeek factor of Venus trine Uranus with Jupiter in Virgo opposing charitable Neptune, and how about the crowd-funding site Kickstarter REincorporating as a “public benefit corporation” . What timing!

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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 8/20/2015: Uncommon Women & Others…

Enough with the debate and theorizing of the Libra Moon. As of 5:24AM, Moon plunges into the heavy emotional depths of Scorpio, seeking to organize and consolidate resources and knowledge, for the sake of power and control.  It all may feel quite pleasant enough, as the Moon makes contact with a detail-focused Jupiter  (now in Virgo; hence the focus on details) at 9:22AM ET. Around 9:02PM ET, note the potential for a clash of stubborn and dramatic will, suggested by a challenge to the Moon from Mars in regal Leo. A need for an escape or some other rose-colored adventure tinges the late evening, as Moon harmonizes with Neptune at 10:54PM ET.

And now, the news.

Lots of headlines on Wednesday reflecting the quirky and disruptive potential of yesterday’s trine between Venus and Uranus, coupled with the restrictive potential of Friday’s  Saturn-Sun square. First, what a bummer to note the passing of Yvonne Craig, she of Batgirl and Star Trek fame. Lots of XY types on Facebook are posting a still of her from Star Trek — in chains, scantily-clad and painted an alien (Venus trine Uranus) shade of green. I prefer to remember her as the superhero Batgirl who puts Batman and Robin on notice in this campy PSA in which she crusades for equal pay (also Venus trine Uranus).

Half-naked women and other weirdness is on the NYT home page, along with efforts to control (Saturn) the disruptive aspects of their continued presence in Times Square. Meanwhile, today’s story about Hillary Clinton focuses on her efforts to be seen as a crusader for civil rights.

Speaking of civil rights, here’s yet another as expected headline about a prominent activist (“Cornel West, the Fire of a New Generation), subheaded thusly:

Young protesters in Ferguson and beyond are rekindling the spirit of W.E.B. DuBois and the civil rights struggles of the 1960s and ’70s.

Uranus-Pluto conjunction: 1965-66. Uranus-Pluto square (the next step in the cycle): 2011-2016. Astrology is amazing.

Venus-Uranus can have a detached, no-strings-attached approach to its unconventional and/or risky relationships. It also had a technological spin. Lo and behold, hackers of the website Ashley Madison (motto: “life is short. have an affair”), apparently released skabillions of sensitive user data — i.e., name of people looking for connubial bliss with persons who were not their spouses. And one of those names released was Josh Duggar (former big guy at the Family Research Council), whose sexual exploits last came to light at the end of May, under another Venus-Uranus pattern. Fascinating.

There are other headlines hitting the wires that are especially cruel and cutting, as we might expect with Friday’s approaching challenge between Saturn and the Sun, but right now, with the Moon still in Libra, I’d like to keep it light. Hence I offer you stories about gender lines being blurred in fashion; an update on Atlas, a humanoid robot than can now apparently run through the woods; and finally, Josh Groban singing the tweets of Donald Trump (because it expresses the weird and wacky potential of Uranus with Venus).

Things may get more intense when that Scorpio Moon kicks in on Thursday morning….

Oh, but lookie! Josh Groban has Mercury and Venus in “I love you, but don’t take it personally” Aquarius…his Venus is squared by Uranus. Of course he’d have a wacky sense of humor. And, like Donald Trump, he has a Leo Ascendant and an opinionated Moon in Sagittarius. Coincidence or conspiracy?

 

 

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday & Tuesday 8/17-18/2015: Sneak Peek at the Week; Get to Work!

Allllllll-righty then!

The work week begins with the Moon still in perfection-seeking Virgo, supporting your efforts to sort, analyze, organize and prioritize your to-do list. At 1:16PM ET, Moon goes void on a supportive connection with taskmaster Saturn, helping you consolidate your plans. What is a void-of-course Moon? Details are here. In today’s case, the Moon makes contact with Saturn and then drifts through Virgo without making contact with another planet. Then Moon enters Libra at 4:23PM ET, officially engaging in the new gear suggested by the new sign — and thus ending the void.

It’s good to know when the Moon is void. You’re less likely to be thrown off kilter by any delays, twists or other “crises” that may crop up in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Voids are good for chilling out and taking care of routine matters. Once the Moon enters Libra, see if you notice a more engaged focus, especially in the areas of diplomacy, cerebral debate, balance and fairness in relationships.  These are Libra concerns, and you may see them on your plate through Wednesday.

The only other Moon void during the work week begins on Wednesday at 10:56PM ET and ends at 5:24AM ET on Thursday. Plant those New Moon seeds!

Tomorrow (Tuesday), the morning is energized by an easy alignment between Moon and Mars.  This is a helpful alignment that may effectively channel the dramatic action potential of Mars in Leo, which has been running wild in the cosmos for the past few days. Mars in Leo can be explosive, fiery and dramatic,  “getting away with murder” and putting on quite a show. Around 7:30PM ET on Tuesday, note the potential for a power play or emotional catharsis, as the Moon is challenged by Pluto.

We have two patterns of note this week.  On Wednesday at 12:44PM ET, Venus (women, art, money, social expression) will trine Uranus. A trine is an easy connection between two planets. Uranus refers to friendship and that which is unconventional, innovative, humanitarian and independent — perhaps a little rebellious. Here’s a story reflecting Venus and Uranus, along with the idealized queenly potential of the weekend’s meet-up between Venus and the Sun — both in Leo (the king/queen): “The Village Where Men Are Banned”. As for the reasons why these women have established their own community, they are symbolized by Saturn at the end of its trek through Scorpio. Saturn leaves Scorpio on September 18th, hopefully driving people who think that 1o-year-old rape victims should be forced to give birth (as one did in Paraguay over the weekend), off the front page.

The other pattern of note is a square between Saturn (limits, structure, controls) and the life-giving Leo Sun. Here are some headlines from a prior Sun-Saturn square in 2014. Here’s a bit about Huma Abedin (who has a heavy Sun-Saturn pattern in her horoscope), and what happened in her life when Saturn made contact with her Sun by transit in 2013.

Finally — here’s an interesting piece reflecting the expansion of focus on work routines suggested by Jupiter’s recent ingress into Virgo: “Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas Inside a Bruising Workplace”. Shades of this week’s heavy, work-work-work Sun-Saturn square here, too. Would you be surprised to learn that the horoscope of the United States has a Sun-Saturn square?

Meanwhile, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has already responded to the unflattering expose. Here is his horoscope. You can see his all-business Capricorn Sun about to be disrupted by the break-out potential of transiting Uranus next year. A push for even greater independence and innovation would not be surprising. We also see the potential for a tight, disciplined and controlling social expression, suggested by Saturn and Venus together in his natal chart. In Aquarius, we can appreciate why he would need to be all things to all people. Venus in Aquarius needs to be everyone’s best friend — and they often are.

We do not have a birth time for Mr. Bezos, so we do not know his Ascendant, nor do we know for sure if his Moon is in high-flying Sagittarius or “make it happen” Capricorn. I’d have to do more research on his life, etc., etc. And why would I do that when I could spend time analyzing your horoscope, hmmm? If you have an important transit coming up, it will be helpful to know about it. Although if a friend of Mr. Bezos did happen to send him this forecast and he requested a personal consultation, I would be most happy to oblige….

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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 6/26/2015 & the Weekend: Scorpio Moons & Other Depths

TGIF!

Moon is void in Libra until  1:57PM ET. A slow start or twist to your morning, perhaps? If you slept late and missed your usual train, chances are that the snafu will prove to be of no consequence. Moon voids are notorious for coinciding with multiple challenges in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Chill and debate the pros and cons of Thursday’s SCOTUS decision upholding federal tax credits (a.k.a. subsidies) for eligible citizens in ALL states, not just the ones whose state governments enthusiastically established their own health insurance exchanges (and also accepted federal funding to expand Medicaid).

What’s next? Legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States? Well, the Moon is in Libra…and on Monday we’ll have an easy connection between Venus (social expression, love) and playing field-leveling Uranus…I am hopeful…

Intense emotions and other power and control needs emerge when the Moon plunges into Scorpio after 2PM on Friday. There it will brood until Sunday at 11:21PM ET, with no Moon void to interfere with your summer shopping and yard sale binging all through the weekend. The binge may come courtesy of next week’s luxury-loving Venus-Jupiter hook-up in Leo, discussed yesterday.

Otherwise, hang out with some strong, silent types and contemplate what heights you may reach by exploring the depths. The easy connection between Venus and Uranus at 2:26AM ET on Monday serves as your tourist visa. Start with the Sunday NYT magazine — it’s their mental health issue and it includes more than one article about sex and happiness, including this confessional penned by Elizabeth Gilbert. OK, so I said a Scorpio Moon could brood, didn’t I?

Sunday evening around 9:50PM ET may feel especially heavy as the Moon meets up with taskmaster Saturn and then goes void for an hour and a half (chill time!). It then rockets into Sagittarius, where it will gamble and gambol on Monday and Tuesday. No sleeping in — you’ll miss out on the high-flying fun.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 6/25/2015: When Venus Meets Jupiter — Oh Joy!

The relationship-focused Libra Moon swings back and forth today, starting with a power play or catharsis around 7:07AM ET, as Moon gets its weekly challenge from Pluto. Lunchtime is pleasant enough, generously supported by an easy connection between the Moon and Venus at 1:16PM ET. Feel free to talk about it.

Around 6:20PM ET, note the potential for a shake-up or flash of insight, courtesy of the Moon’s opposition to rebel Uranus. One hour later, a jovial vibe ensues as Jupiter makes a communicative alignment with the Moon, which then goes void with a sigh until 1:57PM ET on FRIDAY.

Chill, chill, chill in the evening…ease into the workday tomorrow or start the weekend early.

No news today, though I imagine there will be plenty to report on tomorrow. Until then, I invite you to consider how these extraordinary planetary patterns are reflected in your own unique horoscope. Here’s how to schedule a personal consultation.

Meanwhile, be advised that Venus (love, money, women, arts) is about to conjoin Jupiter (expansion) in warm and fuzzy Leo, doncha know — exact on July 1st — hooray hooray! Look up in the sky tonight and you’ll see these two bright, beautiful lights. Venus and Jupiter are currently making a harmonious alignment with Uranus, which rules astrology. Sounds like a time for indulgence. Go ahead and splurge.

Here’s what was going on in the category of generous and creatively self-expressive efforts when this aspect happened last summer — wasn’t it fun?

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