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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 9/30/2016 & the Weekend: New Moon in Libra, Very Briefly


After yesterday’s looonnnnng Moon void in perfection-seeking Virgo, Moon entered Libra at 3:52AM ET. It’s still dead, suggesting a sense of listlessness or restlessness until the New Moon begins at 8:11PM ET. Wrap up projects from the past 30 days and then light a candle and make a list of your intentions for the next cycle.

This New Moon happens at 8 degrees of Libra, so wherever that falls in your horoscope is where you may expect seeds to be planted involving fairness, appreciation and balance in relationships. Idealism and a need for substantive beauty color this New Moon chart, suggested by an alliance between Venus and Neptune that will be exact tomorrow at 1:14PM ET. How will you rose-tint your world? And how will that influence your weekend plans? Art and music, anyone? With Venus in sexy Scorpio, this is the song that popped into my head

On Sunday, the Moon goes void at 1:43AM and enters Scorpio at 3:43PM ET. Avoid the malls and yard sales during the void, as items purchased on impulse during voids have a higher probability of proving themselves of little use.

No sleeping in on Monday — planetary patterns suggest high-energy and discipline throughout the week, with a power play by the week’s end.  This bodes well for the application of those New Moon projects you’ve got planned.

I’m on the road today. The news will be back in the next forecast.

Have a great weekend!

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday & Tuesday 9/26/2016: Sneak Peek at the Week; U.S. Horoscope Update; Pluto Direct

All-righty then!

Lots of action this week. Let’s start with the Moon, which has been in regal Leo since 9:48AM ET on Sunday. It drives the day with a need for ego recognition that may be playful, wonderfully creative, show-stopping and/or bombastic. The only aspect to the Moon today is a supportive flow from Saturn. So if you woke up feeling as if you could turbo-charge through your to-do list, that flow will help.

We have three other planetary markers infusing this day with potentially yuge power plays and boundary-pushing action. First is the Sun’s annual meet-up with Jupiter, which refers to expansion and reward, for better or worse. That happened at 2:59AM ET. Did you have a birthday over the weekend? How nice for you!

In the horoscope of the United States, the Sun-Jupiter meet-up makes contact with the U.S.’s Venus and Jupiter at 2 and 5 degrees of Cancer,  a strong potential for abundance if ever there was one. Coincidence or conspiracy that headlines now proclaim, “Millions in the U.S. Climb Our of Poverty At Long Last.” Hooray! America is great again! You don’t need to save us, Mr. Trump — you’re free to go back to (sur) reality TV.

Jupiter will be in contact with the U.S. Sun and Saturn on Election Day. Suggests expansion and a renewed sense of purpose — hopefully for what is fair, balanced and rational. Speaking of balance and fairness, am I the only one that’s noticed as uptick in the use of words like “equivalency” and “fair” and “balance” — ever since Jupiter entered Libra at the beginning of the month?

Second marker: Mars at the very end of “open mouth insert foot” Sagittarius, suggesting big potential for boundary-pushing action sparked by righteous opinion. What a night for a presidential debate. Mars — which refers to action and aggression — enters Capricorn at 4:08AM ET on TUESDAY. It will be there until 12:52AM ET on November 9th. In earthy Capricorn,  the action-oriented energy of Mars is quite comfortable.  So long as you keep your temper in check (and are not held hostage by the outbursts of others), you may move a mountain or two in your own personal world, especially if Mars makes contact with planets in your personal horoscope.

Third marker: Pluto turning direct at 14 degrees of Capricorn, exact at 10:59AM ET.  If you were born halfway through Aries, Cancer, Capricorn or Libra, prepare yourself for a final round of whatever forces have resulted in a major change of perspective over the past year, not unlike a phoenix rising from the ashes.  If you weren’t born on those days and you’ve been experiencing some kind of intense transformation — or the pressure to have one — your Moon or other acutely sensitive point (such as your Rising Sign) might be affected. Consult your local astrologer for details.

In the horoscope of the U.S., Pluto’s change of direction is almost – -but not quite — making contact with the U.S. Saturn. As I have noted  in prior posts, Pluto-Saturn transits are often anguished, and in the horoscope of the U.S.,  what we have is an anguished Saturn in Libra, building its structures and laws  (Saturn) upon what is equitable, just, diplomatic and fair (Libra). Headline after headline in recent years has provided opportunityies for the U.S. to see that equal treatment under the law is not functioning in practice.  But take this last hit of Pluto to the U.S. Saturn and add in the expansive potential for social graces of the First Planetary Marker discussed today, and consider how apt it is for the opening in Washington of the National Museum of African American History and Culture — as well as this photo of Michelle Obama and George W. Bush that quickly went viral.

We’ll have a New Moon in Libra on Friday at 8:11PM ET.  Stay tuned. One more planetary shift of note, which happened on Friday around 11AM ET: Venus left Libra for Scorpio, where it demands substance; none of that airy-theory-rational stuff that Libra does so well.  Venus in Scorpio needs depth and substance in social expression, along with passion, for better or for worse. As in revenge, served cold. It’s an honor thing with Scorpio. There is a certain code that must be followed. Anything less would be an insult. Show a Scorpio a bit of honor and you may have a loyal ally for life. And a fiercely passionate one, too.

Meanwhile, your Moon voids for the week are:

Tuesday 4:52AM ET – 5:43 PM ET, when the Moon finally enter Virgo to clean up whatever royal mess, pomp and circumstance erupted during the all- business day void.

Thursday 6:05AM ET until 3:52AM ET FRIDAY — a verrrrry long void — on a dead moon day, too — obsessive details about something of little consequence? Spend the day cleaning up your desk and organizing your files? Works for me.

And now, more news.

There’s a debate tonight, in case you haven’t heard. With all the patterns noted above, the sky’s the limit.  Tonight’s debate will be moderated by Lester Holt, a Pisces Sun with Moon in Pisces. “Presidential Moderator; Proven Fact-Checker” according to The Guardian. According to his horoscope, we see that careful, cautious fact-checking potential in an exact square between Mercury (how he needs to think) and Saturn (necessary controls). What a coincidence. That’s the tightest pattern in Hillary Clinton’s horoscope, too — or rather, the one many astrologers use. Without a confirmed birth time, we can’t be sure of her Ascendant, but we can be sure of that Mercury-Saturn square. Trump’s Mercury is square nebulous Neptune — and I believe that is the tightest pattern in his horoscope, too. Fascinating.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 9/22/2016: Mercury Direct; Sun in Libra; Mars Pushes Boundaries

While you were sleeping, Mercury turned direct at 1:31AM ET — be careful on the roads — be patient with yourself and others as we get used to our brains moving fully forward again, which will take until October 6th.

Meanwhile, the Moon continues in Gemini, the sign which needs to be the smartest kid in the room. So — whaddaya know? Something innovative and tech-savvy perhaps, as Mercury aligns with Uranus at 5:11PM ET. Resist the urge to lash out around 11:53PM ET, when action hero and provocateur Mars faces off against the Moon. Mars is at the end of Sagittarius, gathering steam and prominence as it prepares to enter make-it-happen Capricorn on TUESDAY morning. Mars in Sagittarius is action that know no boundaries. Mars is about to meet up with a measurement — the Saturn/Pluto midpoint — which has been mentioned in prior forecasts and is not a pretty picture. Pay attention to your surroundings over the next several days. There are too many distressing headlines reflecting the violent potential of Mars — in Charlotte, in Tulsa and more. Please stay safe.

The other big news today is the Sun leaving Virgo for Libra at 10:22AM ET. Happy birthday, Libra!

Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season  — i.e., equinoxes and solstices — from an astrological point of view. The first days of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter correspond with the first day (or first degree) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively (there are thirty degrees in each sign of the zodiac). Got that? Good.

These four signs are called cardinal signs. Cardinal signs initiate. They come up with the idea and put it into action, which leads to necessary change. “Cardinal” suggests (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  So the first day/degree of a Cardinal sign is a turning point. In astrology, the technical term for the first degree of any Cardinal sign is the “Aries Point”, just to confuse people who are not professional astrologers. In other words, the first day of Cancer, Libra, Capricorn and Aries is the Aries Point. The first day of Taurus (and the rest of the signs) is NOT at the Aries Point).

Equinoxes and solstices are also prominent. We make a fuss over them, right? In Japan, the first day of each season is actually a national holiday. How cool is that? Thus, in a horoscope, a planet or angle at the Aries Point needs to be prominent. Off the top of my head, Meryl Streep & Elizabeth Warren (both Cancers — happy birthday!) and William Shatner (an Aries) were born with the Sun at the Aries Point. They’re pretty prominent in everything they do, don’t you think?

Libra is a airy, mental sign, generally concerned with relationships, social graces and with promoting fairness, justice and balance. Its ruling planet is Venus, which can be oh-so-sweet and socially gracious. Libra’s mantra is : I BALANCE. This does not mean Librans are balanced; it means they are seeking balance and are quite capable of swinging back and forth wildly in their quest. As sweet as Libra can be, they are not marshmallows. The term “iron fist in a velvet glove” often applies.

For the rest of the year and into 2017, those born with the Sun in Libra get an expansive boost from Jupiter, which moved into Libra earlier this month. This only happens every 12 years — so look back to the end of 2004 and 2005 and recall what opportunities you had to be the biggest fish in whatever pond you swam in. What have you got planned this time around? To map out a strategy in a personal consultation, here’s the 411.

And now, the news.

Thinking about Saturn square Neptune this week…and what I wrote about this pattern back in January 2015:

Briefly, Saturn is reality. Neptune is fantasy. Put them together and what have you got? A bubble of optimistic faith. When will it burst?  A few months ago, when I was reading The Big Short — about the collapse of the housing bubble and the outrageous speculation going on in the financial markets that led to the fiscal crisis in 2008,  I noticed a challenging aspect between Saturn and Neptune as that bubble was building.  There was a similar aspect in 1999, coinciding with the internet bubble and everyone freaking out about Y2K, which proved to be much ado about nothing. What pixie dust-covered fantasy will captivate us now and into the next year?

I thought about bubbles watching Senator Elizabeth Warren grill Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO John Stumpf  in Congress this week. You know this story, right? 5300 employees fired because they opened millions of  fake customer accounts to meet sales targets that boosted the company’s stock price and apparently added $200 million to Mr. Stumpf’s personal piggy bank. We do not have an exact birth time for Senator Warren, but transiting Jupiter just squared her natal Sun-Uranus conjunction, suggesting windfall opportunities and expanding her unique rebellious expression. Transiting Pluto continues to oppose her natal Venus, suggesting empowered social expression through 2017.

I thought more about Neptune and its association with chemicals when I read that Bayer and Monsanto are proposing to merge, meaning they will control 25% of the seed and pesticide market if the deal is approved. Executives defended the deal before the Senate on Tuesday.  Neptune will soon meet up with a point called the South Node,  a point suggesting what needs to be released. In classical astrology, it is thought of as a destructive influence.

I thought about Neptune, Saturn and the South Node when Avid Reader Majie made sure I did not miss the item about a massive sinkhole in Central Florida which dumped hundreds of millions of contaminated water from a fertilizer factory into an underground aquifer. This happened a couple of weeks ago. We’re finding it out about it under a Mercury-Pluto trine, suggesting news from underground.

I thought about Neptune when I read that Angelina Jolie is divorcing Brad Pitt because he smokes too much pot. You may recall that Brad Pitt is having a heavy Neptune transit suggesting things not being as they seem — or a bewildering escape. Drugs and alcohol are in the realm of Neptune.

Now I’m thinking about Mars again, pushing boundaries in Sagittarius, the sign of righteous political humor. It just squared Donald Trump’s Sun and Moon, reflecting — perhaps — the many late-night comics who made him the butt of their jokes this week,  bluntly and raucously calling out his blatant lies. Sagittarius in action.

Here’s Stephen Colbert on Late Night.

Here’s Samantha Bee on Full Frontal.

Here’s Seth Meyers.

Here’s the Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper.

Random headline — to provide a little Sun in Libra balance to today’s stories: Indigenous Australians Most Ancient Civilization on Earth, DNA Confirms

Did you ever read a novel called Mutant Message Down Under? Such a cool book…

Thank you for reading this forecast.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 9/19/2016: Sneak Peek at the Week

Good Morning!

Back in the saddle after 1) being under the weather; and 2) leaving my Celestial Calendar at my hostess’s home on last weekend’s trek West. Took it as a sign to retreat and relax — an apt strategy for Mercury in retrograde. Hopefully the new Celestial Calendar will arrive in today’s post.

The volatility of the past week’s patterns should settle down today, as the Moon is in stability-seeking Taurus as of 12:59AM ET. A rare cooperative alignment between Venus and Mars bodes well for efforts to rein in boundary-pushing action with iron-fist-in-velvet-glove directives to strike a balance. Depth of perspective, persuasive communication and dirt-digging is supported by a harmonious aspect between Mercury (mind) and Pluto (power), exact on Tuesday.

Moon will be in Gemini on Wednesday; on Thursday Mercury turns direct (1:21AM ET), and the Sun enters Libra, marking the Autumnal Equinox (10:22AM ET). On Friday, Moon will be in Cancer and Mercury will revise and reinforce whatever deep thoughts and deep doo-doo emerged at the beginning of the week, courtesy of a repeat of Tuesday’s Mercury-Pluto thing. Also on Friday: Venus leaves Libra for the emotional depths and controls of Scorpio. Those are the highlights for the week.

Moon voids: Tuesday 11:33PM -Wednesday 1:54PM ET; Friday 3:58AM ET- 4:34AM ET; Saturday 9:49PM – Sunday 9:46Am ET. Voids are apt for taking care of routine matters and rolling with whatever twists and flakes may crop up in your efforts to move forward in a straight line.

Last week’s Full Moon was an eclipse. Full Moons suggest illumination; a lunar eclipse suggests release. It fell at 24 degrees of Pisces (Moon) opposing 24 degrees of Virgo (Sun). It was squared by Mars at 23 degrees of Sagittarius, infusing already heightened, sensitive and soulful suffering with added aggression/assertion, pushing boundaries as a planet in Sagittarius needs to do.  If you have a planet or significant point around 24 degrees of Gemini, Pisces, Virgo or Sagittarius, you would be more affected by the eclipse than most. This includes Hillary Clinton, the United States of America and Donald Trump — as if that weren’t perfectly obvious from recent headlines. If you do not know where your planets are, order an Astro-Basics Report.

The Sabian Symbols for the eclipse are fascinating. For the Sun: “a flag at half mast;” for the Moon: “a purging of the priesthood.” Sabian Symbol Blain Bovee writes, “apply this degree pair with a mind to the genius of tender appreciation of the changing nature of reality….” Sure, it was that kind of week.

Lots of news to report  — haven’t finished the rundown yet. Stay tuned…

Meanwhile, my appointment calendar is ready to be filled with your own personal consultation about life, the universe and your horoscope. Here’s the 411 on all the many ways you can use astrology to better your life and improve your timing.

Thank you for reading this forecast. And thank you to Avid Reader Marjorie for sharing this:


Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 9/9/2016 & the Weekend: Jupiter in Libra; Saturn Square Neptune in Wonderland


…and let a super-charged stretch of planetary activity begin!

At 7:49AM ET, the First Quarter Moon between the perfection-seeking Sun in Virgo and the opinionated Moon in Sagittarius suggests a challenge or “next step” in the New Moon agenda you set last week. How to take boundary-pushing action on that righteousness could be a focus this morning, as the Moon meets up with warrior Mars — also in Sagittarius at 11:11AM ET. At 8:26PM ET, talking about it can expose conflict, as Mercury (mindset) makes a challenging aspect to the Moon. A little innovation and a humanitarian approach helps navigate the rapids. When in doubt, call a friend…then chill as the Moon goes void at 8:51PM ET, not to enter the next sign, Capricorn, until 8:55AM ET on SATURDAY.

At 9:10AM ET on Saturday we’ll have the third and final wiggy square between Saturn and Neptune. More drugs, scandal, education, extreme politics, lies, religious beliefs, etc. etc — pulling focus in the headlines. At 9:22AM ET, the Capricorn Moon — which means business like no other sign — gets an expansive lift from Jupiter. The need of a Capricorn Moon is to execute the strategic plan, increasing status. Doing so over the next few days may be a jarring process on a personal level — for better or for worse.

At 3:45AM ET on SUNDAY, Venus — happily functioning as designed in Libra, where social graces and diplomacy flow naturally — is supercharged by power-focused Pluto. If you have a planet halfway through Libra, Capricorn, Aries or Cancer, you are likely to feel the pressure of an emotional catharsis, “fish or cut bait” scenario more than most. In the news, Venus-Pluto aspects often reflect power plays, witchy-bitchy women, down and dirty financials and other news from underground. A meet-up between the Moon and Pluto at 1:36PM ET amplifies the power flow.

Tension and release — stemming from someone’s idealized thinking — dominates the early part of next week. Mercury — the way we need to think and communicate — squares off with Mars and meets up with the detail-focused Virgo Sun at 2:59PM ET and 7:40PM ET on MONDAY. On Tuesday, the Sun is squared by Mars, pushing boundaries in its need to act — or aggressively act out. The volatile energy of these patterns are building now. One way to avoid a conflict: remember that Mercury is retrograde. What you hear may not be accurate. Double check the facts before you strike back. When in doubt, be silent! It’ll sort itself out next weekend, in the aftermath of Friday’s Full Moon/lunar eclipse.

Also on MONDAY: the Capricorn Moon will be void between 6AM and 5:29PM ET. Roll with whatever twists and flakes may derail your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Focus on routine concerns. Know that whatever contentious crises crop up during the day are likely to be much ado about nothing. If you sleep in or space out on a appointment, there’s no need to panic.

And now some thoughts on Jupiter — which refers to expansion and reward. At 7:18 AM ET it left Virgo and entered Libra, where it will be until October 11, 2017.  Jupiter takes 12 years to make its way through the zodiac, staying in each sign for about a year. It was in Libra in 1993 and 2005. You are more personally affected by Jupiter’s expansive potential if you have planets in Libra, Cancer, Capricorn or Aries…and especially if you have planets and/or angles at around 13 and 21-23 degrees of those signs. Why those degrees? Because Jupiter will make contact with those degrees not once, but three times in 2017, upping the potential for that part of your horoscope’s expansion. If you do not know where your points and angles are, consider ordering an Astro-Basics Report, a.k.a, a ton of useful information for a totally reasonable price.

Libra refers to one-on-one relationships, such as marriage and business partnerships; fairness, balance, social graces, diplomacy, popularity; the scales of justice. As Libra is ruled by Venus, we can expect beauty and art to be bigger priorities over the next 13 months.  Whereas Jupiter in Virgo might seek its reward in what is perfect, principled and of service, Jupiter in Libra could be quite content with what is most pleasing to the eye. And this is a potential weak spot for Libra: accepting surface charm without looking under the rug,  checking thoroughly under the hood, etc., before making a buy. It’s Scorpio that demands actual depth and substance — and we’ll get into that experience this time next year, when Jupiter moves on.

Libra has a reputation for having difficulty making decisions. It goes back and forth, seeing both sides of a situation. There is a need to debate, valuing airy, “rational” approach over what is intuitive. On the upside, maybe we’ll see some major peace treaty negotiated. The court system should be a big focus — and it certainly will be in the United States, with one or more justices appointed to the Supreme Court.

I’m interested to see what will hit the headlines when Jupiter is at 15 degrees of Libra this December and next May and July. This was the degree of the last of the seven game-changing Uranus-Pluto squares back in March of 2015.  I expect we’ll see expanded progress on the seeds sprouting at that time, the biggest of which was the acknowledgment that climate change was real — and human behavior has no small something to do with it. A big initiative to put things back in balance...?

And now the news, briefly…because I gotta fly…literally, thanks to the miracle of jet propulsion engines.

Scandals: as I type, Wells Fargo is running banner ads all over my paid subscription to the New York Times online. Damage control ain’t working, Wells Fargo. I’m not giving up my credit union, even though you fired 5300 (!!!) employees who, it seems, opened 1.5 million fraudulent accounts and half a million credit cards since 2011…I mean seriously, wtf? Fined $185 million and that’s it? Meanwhile, in Arkansas a dozen people have been busted in a $10 million scheme to steal federal funds intended to provide food for hungry children. No word on what they did with all that money.  Gahhh!

Reflecting the aggressive potential of current planetary patterns, we are informed today that the U.S. conducted airstrikes in six countries this month.  North Korea is accused of “maniacal recklessness” after its latest nuclear test triggered an earthquake. Meanwhile, Facebook is at war with…Norway. In a surreal case of censorship (Saturn in Sagittarius vs. Neptune in Pisces), and evidence that the decision-makers at Facebook weren’t born in the 50s or 60s, Facebook suspended the account of a Norwegian writer who shared this iconic photo as one of seven that “changed the history of warfare:”


Norwegian politicians, including the Norwegian prime minister have championed the writer’s cause — prompting Facebook to delete the Norwegian prime minister’s posts. I kid you not. What if millions of Facebook users changed their profile pictures to this:


Meanwhile, if  you’re wondering whatever happened to the girl in the photograph — Kim Phuc — whose image of pain and suffering is credited with helping turn public sentiment against the Vietnam War, here’s a update from last year.

On the lighter side…
An Air Asia flight bound for Malaysia ended up in Melbourne after the pilot entered the wrong coordinates into the system.  Don’t let this Mercury retrograde glitch happen to you. Stay focused out there!
And now I really must fly. Hope to catch up on the astrology of the U.S. presidential race next time.
Here’s a song for tomorrow’s third Saturn-Neptune square. Cue “White Rabbit” now, please.
Here’s the 411 on personal consultations  — essential understanding on how these surreal patterns impact your unique horoscope.
Thank you for reading this forecast.

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 9/9/2016: High-Flying, High Fashion

Good Morning!

The day is driven by the Moon in high-flying Sagittarius, needing to tell everyone and their dog what they think in very blunt and righteous terms. Sagittarius at its best is an optimist that loves a good gamble or gambol, even if that means it sometimes trips over the furniture. With the Moon in Sagittarius until 8:51PM ET on Friday, consider ways to broaden your mind. Get out in nature; treat yourself to a foreign movie or some other culture that is not your own. The sky’s the limit…at least until just before 6PM ET, when the Moon meets up with Saturn and then clashes with Neptune. Heavy and controlling on the one hand; nebulous, scandalous or visionary on the other. If your exuberant beliefs are walloped by a weird, wet blanket around Happy Hour, you’re experiencing the downside potential of a Saturn-Neptune thing.

Important Safety Tip: Mercury is still retrograde. It turns direct on September 22nd. Double check everything thrice before you hit send. If you find yourself having to repeat things you just said, because your target audience didn’t fully understand, be grateful for the opportunity to clarify. Patience and focus are your best friends when Mercury is retrograde. So is silence, especially when rumors are flying.

And now, the news….

…brought to you mostly by this year’s most-talked about planetary pattern: a series of squares between reality check Saturn and surreal Neptune. The second one was on June 17th; the third one is on Saturday.  Themes we expected to see — and have seen — in the news since last September include: refugees, borders, freedom of the press (and lack thereof), thought control, media restructuring, drugs, oils, faith-based beliefs, bubbles and other event that suggest we have fallen down a rabbit hole.

Exhibit A: an in-depth exclusive in Vanity Fair about Elizabeth Holmes, the Stanford dropout whose “revolutionary blood diagnostics company” — Theranos —   has since been exposed as a fraud. Neptune refers to blood and fraud; Saturn refers to the proverbial brick wall. Fun fact: in Ms. Holmes’ horoscope (Feb 3 1984 in Washington DC), her Neptune is at the Aries Point, suggesting Neptune themes will be especially prominent in her life.  The timing of the Vanity Fair expose coincides with a pattern in her horoscope suggesting that her “Neptune issues” are about to pull even bigger focus this month. In the Vanity Fair piece, the reporter notes that Ms. Holmes has a habit of blinking her eyes — enough to be a distraction. In October of 2012, I wrote about what that likely suggests about people with this unconscious habit.  It’s a tangible expression of Neptune’s bewildering fog at play.

Exhibit B: Creepy clowns — creeping people out —  in North and South Carolina? It’s surreal.  The bewildering potential of Saturn together with Neptune is reflected in an NYT headline about the start of Fashion Week: “Everything You Need to Know About This Crazy, Mixed- Up, (Maybe) Very Good Season.”

Speaking of Fashion Week, if you happen to be at the shows in New York and you happen to pick up a copy of Daily Front Row, you’ll see a headline “Astrologers Weigh in on Vous!”  right on the cover. Wow, right? Actually, it was one astrologer (me) and one astonishingly gifted psychic (my dear friend Peri Lyons) who were invited to speculate on the futures of six fab fashion designers. Astrologer, psychic — eh — what’s the difference? A lot.

The article reports that Peri and I both looked at the horoscopes of the designers in question. Not true.  Peri downloaded her impressions from what I call the cosmic iCloud.  I studied the horoscopes based on available data. Only one designer has an exact birth time on public record. Three have exact birth dates. One has a confirmed Sun Sign and birth year (no confirmed birth day). One has only a confirmed Sun Sign — no birth year or birth day — but fortunately your Aries astrologer loves a challenge. What’s super duper cool is that Peri and I arrived at similar conclusions about our subjects, even though our techniques are vastly different.

If you are reading this forecast now because of Daily Front Row, you’ve earned my thanks and a reward for your follow-through. Mention Daily Front Row when you book a consultation, and I will be pleased to offer a 15% discount. This offer is valid until September 30th.

UPDATE: When last we heard from Elizabeth Gilbert — the author of Eat, Pray, Love — she was getting a divorce. Crushing perhaps for millions who were inspired by her relationship with her husband, as it appear to fulfill a dream of finding true love. A look at patterns on her birth date back then revealed:

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.

Yesterday Ms. Gilbert revealed that her marriage ended when she fell in love with her best friend — a woman — who has been diagnosed with incurable cancer. So now we have a context for the potential suggested by current planetary patterns in her horoscope. Sudden upsets, a need for freedom — unconventional as it may seem, and an ambition realized in the face of something undeniably heavy. She is, as she writes on her Facebook page, “exactly where she is supposed to be.”

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Thank you for reading this forecast.

Coming up next: Jupiter in Libra — and much more news!



Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 9/6/2016: Sneak Peek at the Week; Catching Up on Last Week, Too

Alllll- righty then!

It’s back to work in the U.S., and hopefully the tropical storms and hurricanes did not put a damper on your vacation.

The Moon is in Scorpio, where it has been since 8:38AM ET on Monday. The need until Wednesday at 9:20PM ET is for substance, depth and control. Take note of your dreams as you get back into gear, as the Moon makes contact with (dreamy) Neptune at 5:56AM ET. Easy aspects to the Moon from the Virgo Sun and Pluto around 2PM and 3PM ET facilitate that needed depth without hiccups.

Wednesday we have two patterns of note: a trine (easy flow) between Pluto and the Sun at 1:17AM ET, followed by another easy flow between Venus and Saturn. All together we are talking about the serious consolidation of power and resources, with a conservative and potentially feminine flair. I’m thinking of these aspects, along with the aftermath of the weekend’s reality-bending patterns among the Sun, Saturn and Neptune, as an apt backdrop for the transition of ultraconservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, aged 92. “There will be a woman president over my dead body!” she once famously**  proclaimed, in her successful campaign to defeat the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment, for those who weren’t even born in 1972). Who knew Ms. Schafly was a psychic?

In your own personal world, seize these next few days to advance your plans for world domination.

Moon goes void for not even an hour on Wednesday at 8:43PM ET. It enters Sagittarius at 9:20PM ET, seeking to push boundaries for a righteously opinionated cause. Still, no bumps in the road for the Moon until a few hours before 6PM ET, when the it meets up with heavy Saturn, followed 20 minutes later by a clash with nebulous Neptune. Real meets unreal — the story of our lives all summer, bracketed by tension between Saturn and Neptune,  exact on June 17th — and for the third and final hit this Saturday at 9:10AM ET.

Here’s a re-cap from January 2015 on the Saturn – Neptune square that’s been in effect since this time last year. Use it to inform your perspective on the headlines:

Briefly, Saturn is reality. Neptune is fantasy. Put them together and what have you got? A bubble of optimistic faith. When will it burst?  A few months ago, when I was reading The Big Short — about the collapse of the housing bubble and the outrageous speculation going on in the financial markets that led to the fiscal crisis in 2008,  I noticed a challenging aspect between Saturn and Neptune as that bubble was building.  There was a similar aspect in 1999, coinciding with the internet bubble and everyone freaking out about Y2K, which proved to be much ado about nothing. What pixie dust-covered fantasy will captivate us now and into the next year?

Here’s more from June 2016:

…the boundary-dissolving, reality-bending square between Saturn in Sagittarius (structure, control, borders, foreigners, opinions, media, etc.) and Neptune in Pisces (intangibles, opiates, viruses, oil, refugees and other keywords noted in prior forecasts)… File any “oh what’s the use?” feelings you may have in the folder labelled “Saturn vs. Neptune.” If have a planet or angle around 8-12 degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Sagittarius or Virgo, you are more personally affected. A consultation with your local astrologer would be productive.

The other notable shift in the cosmos happens on Friday, when Jupiter leaves Virgo for Libra. Jupiter refers to expansion. Virgo refers to what is small. Add niggling details, processes such as cooperation and digestion, health matters, workers, service, the conservation of Mother Earth and small animals. This is not a full list. All last week and this week, Jupiter is at the very end of Virgo. At 29 degrees, it’s well within range of one of the four Aries Points which suggest prominence.  Watch the headlines for news along these themes to pull big focus.

When Jupiter enters Libra on Friday at 7:18AM ET, it will be exactly on the Aries Point 0 degrees of Libra (the other three are Aries, Cancer and Capricorn). I anticipate we will notice an expansive  light on Libran concerns – including, but not limited to: fairness, equality, justice, balance, diplomacy, mediation, social graces, marriage and other one-on-one partnerships, the lower back and kidneys. We’ll talk more about this event in a future forecast. Too much to catch up on from last week, such as….

A new month, a New Moon and a solar eclipse. Where to begin?

With the eclipse, which occurred at 9 Virgo at 5:03AM ET on September 1st. What’s so special about an eclipse?

A Solar Eclipse can act like a bottleneck of energy. Light flowing from the Sun is temporarily interrupted by the Moon, focusing attention on that interrupted point. Wherever that point falls in your horoscope, something new — and possibly fragile — may enter the picture and grow over the next several months. And here I would be thinking of Michael, the kindhearted policeman in the storybook Make Way for Ducklings, who stopped the flow of traffic on Beacon Street so Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their brood of eight could safely make their way to the Boston Public Garden. Here is Officer Michael, playing the role of the Moon in a solar eclipse. Got that?


So when does the bottleneck of energy release, you may be wondering. Good question. We can expect a release of energy (reflected by an event) when another planet makes contact with the degree of the eclipse. Conjunctions are the most potent, but I’d argue that squares and oppositions also make an impact. Here’s an example: on April 15, 2014 there was a lunar eclipse at 26 Libra. Months later, when Mars (action, aggression, attack) arrived at 26 Libra, a Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down while flying over the Ukraine. I knew that’s where Mars was before looking it up on my computer. A release of bottlenecked energy is not always unpleasant. There are plenty of cases in the lives of individuals where a triggered eclipse is reflected in a positive change. You will find examples in a fine book by Celeste Teal called ECLIPSES.

You are personally affected by this eclipse if you have a planet around 9 degrees of Virgo. This includes most everyone born between Sept 1962-Sept 1964. You can order an Astro-Basics Report if you want to know what degrees all of your planets and angles are at, so you can see where eclipses and other celestial events fall in your horoscope.

Here are some considerations for a New Moon in Virgo, which you can apply in your efforts this week. Keywords for Virgo include: discernment, work, service, analysis. Whom or what does your creative self-expression serve? How does it work?

Virgo also rules the digestive tract, where it keeps busy instinctively separating the wheat from the chaff. It keeps elements that provide nourishment and eliminates those which do not. Some digestive systems work more efficiently than others, depending on what they are given to process. What is your process? Is it efficient? What can you do to perfect it?

Patterns in this New Moon are similar to those we saw in June’s New Moon in Gemini: Sun and Moon in a tough, tight relationship with Saturn (in Sagittarius) and Neptune (in Pisces). Themes we can expect in the headlines: tough reality checks and/or bewildering spin on these Sagittarius and Pisces themes, including, but not limited to: foreigners, immigration, refugees, water, scandals, fantasy, scandal, surrealism, publishing, belief systems (political and spiritual), drugs and education. Here’s a silly — but apt reflection that just came in:

As part of a Federal Election Commission crackdown on fake presidential candidates (remember Deez Nuts?), officials sent a letter to the Staten Island address where God’s campaign manager apparently lives.

“It has come to the attention of the Federal Election Commission that you may have failed to include the true, correct, or complete committee name, candidate name, custodian of records name, treasurer name,” an FEC analyst wrote in the letter, which was sent Wednesday.

Now God has 30 days to prove He exists, or his campaign for the presidency will be terminated.

The horoscope of the U.S., as I have noted before, is directly affected by this tough Saturn-Neptune pattern, in case anyone is looking for an explanation of why the U.S. appears to have lost its mind — or at the very least, temporarily, its way. This bewildering pattern directly impacts the U.S. horoscope, whether you use the one with 12 Sagittarius Ascendant or 8 Gemini. The exact birth time of the United States continues to be a subject of lively debate among astrologers, doncha know….

Also in the horoscope for the New Moon: a meet-up between Mercury and Jupiter, suggesting big ideas about small details, discernment, discrimination and mass media. Effective immediately, the NYT will no longer be covering the small stuff, such as local restaurants, art shows and non-profit theater productions. It’s just not interesting to the NYT’s desired global audience.  YouTube says no YouCan’T use its distribution channel to monetize content that includes sex, drugs and political humor. What’s next? Rock n’ roll?  Meanwhile, in Cape Canaveral, a Space X rocket blew to smithereens on the launchpad, destroying a zillion-dollar communications satellite Facebook hoped would allow it to conquer Africa.

And now, the news.

…with apologies for the delay. I started writing this forecast last week, but was sidetracked by deadlines on two soon-to-be-published articles in mainstream publications. I am thrilled thrilled thrilled to announce that one of the articles will appear in the Dec/Jan issue of The Mountain Astrologer — huzzah, huzzah, huzzah! I will be sure to let you know when the issue hits the stand so you can buy it.

File all of the following stories under Saturn square Neptune — real/unreal — drugs, dreams, scandals, despair, escapes, transcendence, refugees, yadda, yadda: Opiates and Anti-Anxiety Drugs are Killing White Women; Millions of Honeybees Killed in South Carolina by Pesticide Intended to Kill Zika-Carrying Mosquitos; Mother Teresa is Canonized.  Did you know that in order to become a saint, there must be empirical evidence of miraculous healing that occurred when people prayed to you for help after you died? How very Saturn-Neptune, and how cool that the NYT published an op-ed on saints and medical miracles throughout history.

Add the power/resources consolidation of the Sun trine Pluto and say hi to what could be the largest energy infrastructure company in America: the merger of Spectra and Enbridge.

Scandals. All over the place last week. Exhibit A: Anthony Weiner — three sexting strikes and he’s out. His wife announced their separation. We do not have a birth time, but let the record show that a pile-up of planets in Virgo in his horoscope: Mercury, Sun, Uranus and Pluto were eclipsed last week and also have been under stress from transiting Saturn and Neptune. This will continue into 2017. Reality checks and wipeout potential. Not only that, but transiting Uranus has been squaring his Mars (yang, assertion) at 23 Cancer, so we see the potential need for risky action with sudden consequences.

Meanwhile, the Guardian reported that Steve Bannon, the new campaign chief for That Guy Who Continues to Dominate My Newsfeed, was registered to vote in Florida, citing the address of a vacant house in which he has never lived as his residence. Elsewhere, New York published a page-turner: “The Revenge of Roger’s Angels: How Fox Women Took Down the Most Powerful, Predatory Media Man in America.” Said predatory media man — Roger Ailes — may sue New York in response; however, Fox News has now reached a $20 million settlement with Gretchen Carlson, whose lawsuit brought this scandal into the glaring light. The parent company of Fox News also apologized.

Let the record show that Rupert Murdoch’s horoscope  was directly affected by last week’s eclipse, sitting right on top of his 11 Virgo Midheaven (status/profession), which is also impacted by transiting Saturn and Neptune. I noted these current challenging patterns at the beginning of the year when he announced his engagement to Jerry Hall. They suggest heavy controls and no small amount of uncertainty and/or scandal. These patterns will be in effect for some time to come. Astrology is amazing.

File this under Mercury Retrograde: “Green Party’s Jill Stein Flies to Wrong Ohio City for Rally.” Oops. “British Airways Computer Problems Cause Widespread Delays.”  These problems are reportedly “unexplained.” Mwahahaha….

Finally, a welcome contribution from Avid Readers Diane and Monica, who sent this “classic post for the current Saturn Square Neptune; the attempt to give form to and control (Saturn) our dreams (Neptune):” Inside the Company That Wants to be the Netflix of Lucid Dreaming. Yup. That works. Thank you Diane and Monica!

And thank you for reading this forecast.

To be continued….

**…and by “famous” I mean “spread like wildfire all over the internet, even though snopes says she never said it.”