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Friday 3/29/2019 & the Weekend: Mercury Direct; More Wiggy Neptune

TGIF!

Moon is still in Capricorn, intent on making things happen — and likely paying no heed to the fact that Mercury turned direct just yesterday and will re-connect with nebulous Neptune for the last of three hits on TUESDAY morning. The same advice offered last Friday applies to this one, too: do not jump to conclusions. The facts have not been revealed and may have been deliberately distorted as if we were all trapped in a ginormous hall of mirrors. Mercury with Neptune can take flights of fancy to new heights.

Moon goes void tonight at 8:05 PM ET; it enters Aquarius at 9:46 PM ET, making this weekend fit for gathering with friends. No significant Moon void period means you are free to shop without worrying if your impulse purchase won’t live up to expectations, but I’d still avoid electronic purchases under the Mercury-Neptune spell, if you can.  Upside: pay attention to your dreams; apply the vision to your artistic creations.  On SUNDAY at 2:12 AM ET, Mars leaves Taurus for double-talking Gemini, where it will crave entertainment and diversity in matters of action until May 16th. We will see this craving provoked at the end of April/early May, when Mars will meet up with the Gemini Mars and square the Virgo Neptune in the U.S. horoscope. This will coincide with Mars meeting up with Trump’s Gemini Sun and opposing his Sagittarius Moon. Mark your calendars and watch the headlines then and into all of May.

Moon goes void on Sunday at 11:02 PM ET and enters Pisces on MONDAY at 10:48 AM ET. There’s your excuse for the slow start, twist or flake that hits your morning.

Meanwhile, what fun to receive this email from Avid Reader Dawn just moments ago:

“Was this retrograde worse for some astrological charts or was it generally a doozy for everyone?  Thankfully I could laugh it off but wowzers.  This past cycle I ordered 2 end tables but was shipped and charged for 4 (my computer timed out while placing the order so I clicked refresh 🤦🏼‍♀️), we changed the bathroom light fixture to discover the original was attached to nothing sturdy and was ready to collapse – a 30min job turned into 2.5 days of repair, the heated bathroom floor has spazzed out (still not resolved but we think it’s associated with the light fixture), and last but not least as I was driving this week my glasses literally fell off my face (the screw came out).  I feel like a Mercury Direct celebration is in order…”

To answer Dawn’s questions — this retrograde was more challenging for charts with planets that were directly hit by transiting Mercury, and you will not be surprised to learn that for Dawn, three planets and her Ascendant were affected. This is why it’s helpful to check in with your astrologer every six months to a year, just like you check in with your dentist — or your hairdresser, if you happen to be going through an especially challenging time. As Dawn wrote back (after I asked her if I could share her email):

Sure! Hopefully other people will get a chuckle or commiserate with me.  Thanks for all you do!  It truly makes it easier to navigate the challenging cycles. :)

Exactly.

And now, the news.

UPDATE: We don’t have a birth time for Betsy DeVos, but one is inclined to wonder if her Moon might be close to the end of regal Leo, which would account for her provocative thrust into current headlines. Transiting Mars would be squaring that Leo Moon this week just as she stubbornly defended heartless plans to cut funding for the Special Olympics out of her Education Dept.’s budget. Provocation begets provocation:  “The Special Olympics imbroglio once again reveals Betsy DeVos is the worst member of Trump’s Cabinet,” writes WaPo’s Helaine Olen.  Stay tuned for more next week, as transiting Mars definitely squares DeVos’s Pluto. Continued shaming and scorn would also be apt this year, as transiting Saturn conjoins her Capricorn Sun three times in 2019…but that streamlining focus could also facilitate ambition.

Guess who founded the Special Olympics? Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who passed away in 2009. In her horoscope, we see her Cancer Sun, Mars and Mercury opposing DeVos’s Capricorn Sun. Thus she is also feeling the squeeze of transiting Saturn — BUT — she is also receiving potential expansion and promotion — from all angles — as transiting Jupiter has been connecting with those angles all month and into May…and then again at the end of October. This is the third time  in three years that Trump has tried to eliminate funding for the Special Olympics. Why did this third time get so much attention now? Just look at what’s going on in Eunice Shriver’s horoscope. The horoscope lives forever!

UPDATE: on Theresa May, whose horoscope suggested that today would be no-good, horrible and very bad. Even though she offered to resign as PM if Parliament would approve her Brexit deal, the deal was defeated. Not only that, but NYT just published an op-ed, “Is Theresa May the Worst Politician Ever?”  Astrology is amazing.

UPDATE: As anticipated, Friday’s planned all-female spacewalk was all over the news in time for yesterday’s harmony between Venus (women) and Uranus (astronauts). Trickster Mercury retrograde threw a bewildering wrench into that plan, as the spacewalk was canceled. Why? Not enough spacesuits for the two — count ’em — TWO women who were to make that historic walk. Which means there is only one spacesuit for one woman — and no spares. Packing for a trip during Mercury retrograde? Double check that packing list thrice!!

NASA got this one right — before Mercury turned retrograde: “NASA photographs supersonic shock waves from the closest vantage point yet.”

Remember that Pisces can be vulnerable to despair, unable to see the potential for a new beginning. I am sad to report:

Meanwhile, reflecting tons and tons of news about drugs and fraud, as we are going to see until Neptune leaves Pisces in 2026:

In other news reflecting Mercury retrograde in Pisces conjunct bewildering and deceptive Neptune

Let’s pause now and devote a few sentences to the horoscope of Senator Mike Lee (R-UT).  His surreal presentation on how to solve the challenges of climate change provided plenty of fodder last night for Stephen Colbert. Watch the video — and I’ll tell you how what you’re seeing on screen is reflected in Lee’s horoscope (Jun 4 1971 — Mesa, AZ — time unknown). You’ll notice Lee’s slow, deliberate, eerily calm speech patterns, as he pleasingly (probably driven by Moon in Libra) presents complete wigginess.  That would be Mercury (how he needs to think), Venus (values; social expression) and Saturn (necessary control; ambition) all together in sloooooooooooooooooooow moooooooooooooooooooooooooving Taurus. And Mercury is conjunct the fixed star Algol, suggesting the potential to lose his head in matters of mindset. Ya think? But wait — there’s more — because we need to address the wigginess. That whole pile of planets in Taurus is opposed by Jupiter (expansion, dogma) conjunct Neptune (vision, delusion) in boundary-pushing Sagittarius. But what an expression of grand faith and inspiration — prompting  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to tweet in response “If that man can be senator, you can do anything.” Indeed. Those five planets in Lee’s horoscope are being activated now and through next week, as Mars travels through the end of Taurus and into early Gemini.

One last surreal moment in This Week in Congress — during the proactive Capricorn Moon — roll tape — “Swamp Creatures silently protest confirmation hearing of [oil lobbyist] to head Interior Dept.”

Thank you for reading this forecast. Contributions to the Cosmic Tip Jar are always appreciated — as are your referrals and requests for consultations. If you’re amazed by how astrology is reflected in the news, just imagine how it is reflected in your own personal world — so why not be prepared?

 

 

 

Chatting with Cynthia Rose on OmTimes Radio: Vernal Equinox Edition

Cynthia Rose and I spent the penultimate hour of the astrological year talking about why the first day of a season is so significant. Listen and learn all about the March 2019 Full Moon in Libra on the Aries Point, the Vernal Equinox, Mercury retrograde in Pisces and Uranus in Taurus.  Thank you, Cynthia for having me on your show again :)

Chiron in Aries: Chatting with Chris Flisher on “Turning of the Wheel”

Dear Avid Readers,

Chiron, the Wounded Healer will be in Aries until April of 2027, perhaps offering us an opportunity to repair some of the most disruptive effects that happened during rebel Uranus’s seven-year stay in Aries. Uranus in Aries brought you me-me-me to its shockingly self-reliant max: the gig economy, selfies, cars without drivers and drones come to mind. But what does it mean to be self-reliant in  a world that feels like it’s falling apart? What’s our connection? Who are we, anyway?

Chiron was last in Aries from 1968 – 1977. Remember the 70s? They called it “the Me Generation.” In Aries, Chiron suggests the pain of self-denial and inaction. The challenge of Chiron in Aries is to heal the “wounded warrior” (a warrior is what Aries needs to be), through acts of courage and positive self-assertion.  And that’s what Chris Flisher and I were talking about in February — here is the link — let me know what you think.

Monday 3/25/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Mercury Turns Direct

Happy last week of March!

The Scorpio Moon goes void at 10:24 PM ET on SUNDAY (3/24). Chill until 2:04 AM ET on MONDAY (3/25), when the Moon shifts gears into Sagittarius.

Thus the start of the work week is driven by a need to push boundaries of (good taste and civil discourse ?)  with its righteous opinions. I wouldn’t rush to any conclusions — not by a long shot– and not until April 17th. Why? Because we are still in the rosy fog of yesterday’s meet-up between RETROGRADE Mercury and Neptune in “if I believe it, it must be true” Pisces. And right now, Mercury is — from our perspective on Spaceship Earth — slowing down and about to turn direct on THURSDAY at 9:59 AM ET. On April 2nd, Mercury meets up with Neptune for the third and final pass of the cycle. One can only imagine the wild fantasies that people will fall for on April Fools’ Day.

Your mission is to use the Sag Moon to take a walk in the woods or take in a foreign film, as Sagittarius encourages us to experience what’s outside our usual comfort zones as if it were a marvelous adventure. If you are an artist, healer, charitable type or scam artist, the sky’s the limit. The rest of the week goes like this:

TUESDAY — notably bewildering communication in the AM ET, as the high-flying Sag Moon squares wiggy Neptune and Mercury.  At 3:43 PM ET, Venus leaves “I love you, but don’t take it personally” Aquarius and enters “I totally feel your pain” Pisces. Congrats to all Pisces, who will be entering a period of boosted popularity until April 20th.  Moon goes void on an exuberant meet-up with Jupiter at 10:37 PM ET. Ain’t life grand? Will we have a winner in the big fat lottery tonight?

WEDNESDAYMoon enters Capricorn at 10:07 AM ET, ending a 12-hour chill period suggested by Tuesday night’s Moon void. Hopefully you did not get your knickers into a twist about whatever crisis, twist or flake cropped up. Seriously, it’s OK if your schedules collapse during a Moon void. Chill! However, if your Moon void experience happens to involve a Lyft driver who runs through crosswalks and red lights, feel free to delete that app from your smart phone, especially if Lyft refuses to refund the fare, even though you got out of the car before arriving at your destination. There are plenty of other ways to travel, especially in New York.

Once the Moon enters Capricorn, the day is driven by a need to Get Things Done, especially as it pertains to business. To this need I would add the advisory of Mercury being at a dead stop, tempering expectations. Meanwhile, the lunch hour ET is brought to you by a cooperative pattern between Venus and Uranus, exact at 12:44 PM ET, facilitating alignments among diverse factions for the sake of the greater good. Watch for news involving gender benders, tech innovation applied to matters of money, art and women. It’s an apt set-up for the first “all-female spacewalk” planned for Friday.

THURSDAY — the Third Quarter Moon happens at 12:10 AM ET. Whatever illumination was received via last week’s Full Moon, here’s a chance to work out a few more kinks.  Take it slow today, proactive Capricorn Moon be darned. Evening cocktails on the East Coast could be dreamy, suggested by harmonious connections between the Moon, Mercury and Neptune. Cheers.

FRIDAY — is serious, suggested by the Moon’s meet up with stern Saturn at 1 AM ET, followed by its weekly clash with Pluto at 7:35 AM ET. We see the potential for an early AM power play or emotional catharsis. Keep calm and carry on; Moon goes void at 8:05 PM ET for just under two hours, entering friendly Aquarius at 9:46 PM ET.  Hang with your besties through SUNDAY and pass the popcorn. Anyone born with a planet or angle at the very end of Taurus, Leo, Aquarius & Scorpio, not to mention the very beginning of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces may be feeling a wee bit provocative, as Mars (action & assertion) wraps up its plodding journey through Taurus and enters Gemini on SUNDAY at 2:12 AM ET. “Anyone” includes You-Know-Who, along with Gemini U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

And now, the news.

First, a heartwarming story of human kindness and the power of journalism to make good things happen. Last week, Nicholas Kristof introduced us to Tanitoluwa Adewumi, an 8-year-old chess prodigy from Nigeria, whose family has applied for asylum in New York. The family was homeless. This week, they are homeless no more — and you may be astonished to learn how they are planning to spend the $$$ raised on GoFundMe after the NYT published their story.  It’s like, wow, there really might be enough for everyone…

Here’s a fun one about a 75 year old woman who knitted herself a suit out of plastic grocery bags. A revolution in fashion (Uranus in Taurus)? Meanwhile…

Neptune refers to oceans and floods; Mercury retrograde in Pisces suggests travel snafus. “Cruise ship stranded off Norway reaches shore after harrowing rescue effort.”  Water woes are likely to continue to make news this year, as Jupiter (expansion) continues to be in a square to Neptune. The “bomb cyclone” that walloped the Midwest on the 13th happened on a square between Jupiter and the Pisces Sun, with an energetic trine among Mars, Saturn and Pluto.  The last bomb cyclone that made news happened in January 2018, under patterns also suggesting an abundant energetic flow.  In the U.S., the effect of the floods on farming has been shocking and disruptive, with some comparing the devastation to Dust Bowl conditions in the early 30s. That’s the last time Uranus (disruption) was in Taurus (earth, agriculture). In Africa, hundreds were killed when Cyclone Idai tore through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

It’s interesting that this Mercury retrograde occurred with Mercury conjunct Scheat, a fixed star associated with shipwrecks. We’ve had more than one notable shipwreck revealed this month:

Here’s a technological disruption of the retail/food production experience (Uranus refers to technology): “Why Self Check-Out Always Has and Will Be the Worst.”  And this: “Human Contact is now a Luxury Good.”

In other news, given the outline of planetary patterns posted in the last two forecasts, we should not be surprised that Robert Mueller delivered his eagerly-awaited report on Friday. It receipt was announced at 4:35 PM ET, and that chart set in Washington D.C. is just one more jaw-dropping “coincidence,” except to those who do not believe in coincidence. The angles of the horoscope — the Ascendant and Midheaven — are the same as Trump’s. And Mars, the energy of an attack or an assertion — is conjunct his Midheaven. Astrology is amazing. Oh — and the report was delivered during a void of course Moon, suggesting a potential “much ado about nothing” — but — but — BUT — not to jump to conclusions.

What will happen now? Well, we didn’t expect anything to happen yesterday (read the last forecast), but just moments ago, the NYT reported: “Mueller Finds No Trump-Russia Conspiracy but Stops Short of Exonerating Trump on Obstruction of Justice.” (according to a letter to Congress from Attorney General William Barr). Right. And under a Mercury-Neptune conjunction in Pisces, we are advised to take this with a big grain of salt.  This is how we see the pressure of transiting Pluto on Trump’s Saturn about to back off, as Pluto turns retrograde next month — noted in prior posts.

Meanwhile, across the pond, the dreaded Brexit — scheduled for March 29th — has been delayed. I’m not surprised, as when I looked at patterns in Theresa May’s horoscope back in January, March 29th looked like a day of frustrating blocks, with transiting Mars opposing her natal Saturn at 29 Scorpio and squaring her natal Pluto at 29 Leo. Not only that, but in the horoscope for the UK, we see echoes of frustrating blocks with transiting Mars squaring the UK’s Saturn and transiting Saturn exactly opposing the UK’s Cancer (!) Moon. Millions have signed a petition calling for a second referendum on whether the UK should leave the EU, and over a million protesters marched in the streets this weekend. It’s hard to see what may happen, although there is a suggestion of a new cycle of development starting on May 5th, preceded by an expansive idea about the UK’s ego expression. If only it did not have Mercury (how it needs to think) in sloppy Sagittarius, squared all year by foggy Neptune. Whether the UK stays in the EU or not, the country is clearly facing a major transformation – and we’ll see what it is by the end of September. Meanwhile, here is John Oliver to explain the whole Brexit hot mess to you.

In other news, the NYT salutes the second meet-up of Mercury with intuitive Neptune with a positive piece about psychics, countering the damning one on John Oliver’s show earlier this month. The NYT piece is about how some psychics are now serving as wellness coaches, working with clients on a more regular basis than checking in once or twice in a lifetime. As an astrologer, I also have clients who check in every month or so — and if you’re curious to know more about how that is helpful, here’s how to contact me.

Ooh! Almost forgot to share that I had another fun chat with the lovely and talented Cynthia Rose on her OmTimes radio show, “Standing in the Sunlight.” We talked about this Mercury retrograde, Uranus in Taurus and more — check it out here!!  And yes, I really will be in Denver the week of April 21st, so if you live in that neck of the woods and would like to schedule an in-person consultation, do let me know.

Thank you for reading this forecast — and for sharing it with the rest of the Free World. I love referrals!

Friday 3/22/2019 & the Weekend: When Mercury Meets Neptune; News & the Usual Suspects

TGIF!!

Busy morning today, as the people-pleasing Libra Moon is body-slammed by chilly Saturn and ruthless Pluto. If you got up on the wrong side of the bed, trust that it will sort itself out by lunchtime ET, with harmony restored. Moon goes void on a friendly connection with Venus at 2:10 PM ET; giving you an opportunity to end the work week early. Moon enters Scorpio at 10:16 PM ET, focused on efforts to consolidate knowledge for the sake of power and control. No more airy-fairy talk of theories; Scorpio demands emotional depth.

At 11:38 PM ET, the need for control is jolted by rebel Uranus, no doubt bringing something to light. There are no exact aspects among the planets on SATURDAY, an apt time for some deep Spring cleaning, aided by retrograde Mercury’s need to REorganize. If you’re trying to create a beautiful escape, you can make use of SUNDAY’s meet-up between Mercury and Neptune, exact at 1:26 PM ET, and in effect now. If you’re seeing some surreal communications making headlines, consider it a reflection of Mercury (how we need to think) with Neptune (fog, drugs, deception, faith).  Sunday is busier than Saturday, with a face-off between the Scorpio Moon and Mars in Taurus, exact at 6:38 PM ET. If you have a planet or angle around 26 degrees Taurus, you may be feeling a bit piqued — and we’ll hear why on MONDAY.

The Scorpio Moon goes void at 10:24 PM ET on Sunday; it gets a needed lift at 2:06 AM ET on MONDAY, when it enters Sagittarius. No sleeping in on Monday; there will be plenty of righteous opinions and boundary-pushing initiatives to process.   What does this all mean for you? I could offer an informed perspective, but I’d have to be looking at your unique horoscope. Here is the 411 on personal consultations.

And now, a truckload of news, from the sublime to the ridiculous, in no particular order:

UPDATE: on February 23, I told you why Manny Machado‘s $300 million contract (with the San Diego Padres) was an apt reflection of planetary patterns, with an even bigger deal to come — possibly for Bryce Harper — in mid-March. In fact, Harper signed a $330 deal with the Phillies at  the end of last month, but he’s making news again this week, expressing delight that the Angels just signed Mike Trout for a record-obliterating $430 million.  Coincidence or conspiracy?

UPDATE: on the horoscope for Facebook. A year ago I told you that the social media behemoth was heading into a period of disruptive action, for better or for worse, as transiting Uranus squared its natal Mars — while also squaring Mark Zuckerberg‘s natal Mercury-Pluto (ruthless/empowered mindset) opposition. From March 6th: “Zuckerberg’s announcement changes everything for Facebook,” with “changes” meaning that Zuckerberg plans to move Facebook in a direction that gives users more privacy and control over what they post, so it does not come back to haunt them. Meanwhile, this current Mercury retrograde, amplified by Jupiter (big!) in Sagittarius (mass media) has been reflected in more than one Facebook system crashes and leaks, as in “Facebook struggles to deal with epic outage.”

UPDATE: on many whose horoscopes were eclipsed by the Full Moon at 0 Leo/0 Aquarius in January and subsequently triggered by Uranus entering Taurus this month, meaning we expect them to be making headlines right about now:

  • Kellyanne Conway — reported on here and here.  In her horoscope we see that transiting Uranus is now off her 29 Capricorn Sun and moving on to connect with her Mercury at 1 Aquarius. Mercury rules her 7th house of partnerships, including her spouse; Uranus suggests disruption and independence, and the Uranus-Mercury connection will be exact on April 4th. And indeed, her spouse — George Conway — has been quite disruptive and independent in an ongoing Twitter war of words with Kellyanne’s boss. Meanwhile, transiting Pluto is supercharging not only her natal Mars at 22 Libra, but George’s, too (he has Mars at 23 Libra). Are they fighting a battle together or against each other?  Could they have written the anonymous letter published in the NYT last September? What do you think?
  • Nikki Haley — set herself free from her UN gig, as we might expect. She made headlines this week by trashing Finland’s health care system — and Finland responded, as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes reports.

UPDATE: on the Trump Family — skip this part if you’re tired of reading about them — but they do drive the news, and that’s what this forecast is about. Back in December it was observed that the horoscopes of Don Jr., Eric and Ivanka would be activated by transiting Saturn (in December for Jr. and February for the others). Stories reflecting that particular reality check include: “…family hunting retreat entrusted to caretaker, an illegal immigrant.” Meanwhile, Jared Kushner’s 20 Capricorn Sun was eclipsed last July and will be triggered by Saturn on April 17, May 12 and December 23. This suggests a need for a heavy reality check, streamlined focus, ambition or control — involving willpower, vitality or possibly a parent. With respect to events in the lives of Jared and Ivanka, note that on March 19, journalist Vicky Ward made headlines with Kushner, Inc. — in which the author suggests that the power couple pose “a serious threat to our security.”  and are using the government as a “piggybank.” Both Jared and Ivanka have Neptune (fog, vision, scandal) at 22-23 Sagittarius; transiting Jupiter (expansion, publishing) activated that element in their respective horoscopes, and we’ll be hearing more on these matters in May and late October. Perhaps we’ll see some consequences on the security clearances they received per POTUS, over the objections of Certain Informed Persons.

UPDATE: on the Trump patriarch. As noted in prior posts, we’d expect exceptional volatility from him this month — especially now and until the end of March, as transiting Mars (anger, action) activates his horoscope. What could be more volatile than bashing the deceased Senator John McCain (R-AZ)? I don’t know, but we’ll soon find out. To put the upcoming wild rumpus in perspective, note this Mercury Rx revelation: “US official reveals Atlantic drilling plan while hailing Trump’s ability to distract the public.” 

In other news…

I was troubled by last week’s trine (harmony) between militant Mars and disciplined Saturn. Why? Because Mars is in Taurus, a sign in which it does not function at its best, and the easy aspect with Saturn suggested the execution of a potentially loathsome ambition. It was heartbreaking to see this potential manifest in New Zealand, when a man who shall remain nameless murdered 50 people at two separate mosques. This week, Mars was trine Pluto, the planet of breakdown, power and transformation. Astrologer Noel Tyl has written that Pluto is also the planet that refers to how we defend our values and our perspective. And as if on cue with that Mars-Pluto trine, followed by the next day’s square between Venus (women, values) and Mars, New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern announced that military assault weapons would be banned, and that more changes to gun laws would be forthcoming. Just like that.

This is Jacinda Ardern‘s horoscope — birthtime unknown. She’s a born Leo leader, driven by an enterprising Capricorn Moon. Of course she wasted no time in taking no-nonsense executive action. She has Venus in Gemini squared by Saturn, suggesting more tough-as-nails social expression, but it is not without empathy, as that square is in touch with Neptune. Plus her Mars is in Libra, a placement that is no fan of conflict — and can be best applied by asserting itself as a warrior for peace. Her Sun is 3 degrees of Leo, soon to be squared by Uranus in May, November and early 2020, suggesting she may become even more of a maverick leader.

Brexit and the bomb cyclone will have to wait — in real life and in this forecast. Gotta fly — with no time to even check for typos. Thank you for your understanding.

To find out what all these patterns suggest for you personally, why not schedule a consultation? I have yet to find a more empowering tool for understanding why you are the way you are — and when things are likely to happen. Have you?

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Tuesday 3/19/2019: Full Moon in Libra; Vernal Equinox: Sneak Peek at the Rest of the Week

Hellooooo and happy Tuesday!

I hope you are making the most of the discerning energy driving this day, brought to you by the Moon in Virgo. Apply it — along with REorganizing potential of Mercury retrograde —  and REview your projects, files and closets. Separate what no longer serves (“serve” is Virgo’s middle name) and chuck it!

Moon entered Virgo yesterday (Monday) at 9:41 PM ET. Before then, Moon was void in drama king/queen Leo. A Moon void means that the energy of the day has a higher probability of wandering off-course. Hopefully you rolled with any twists or flakes that interfered with your efforts to move forward in a straight line. A crisis that came up was likely to have been much ado about nothing,  dramatic as it may have seemed. Yes?

Emotions are on the rise, as the Moon waxes to fullness on WEDNESDAY at 9:43 PM ET. Tomorrow is also marks the start of the astrological new year, as the Sun leaves Pisces and charges into Aries at 5:59 PM ET.  As much as all the Aries in the room would love to just get to the me-me-me Aries part of the discussion, we need to break down what will happen before the Sun enters Aries, because those patterns reflect what’s been happening over the past few days. Ready?

TUESDAY — Moon travels without interference from the other planets for most of the day. Keep on sorting, reviewing, revising, reorganizing — in an effort to get it right. Know that since Mercury is retrograde, your efforts may be up for review again after March 28th, when Mercury turns direct. Still, double check the details thrice this evening, as Moon opposes foggy/dreamy Neptune just after midnight — ET. It will help you get from Point A to Point B without ending up in Point C.

WEDNESDAY —  A valiant effort to separate facts from fiction marks the morning. I hope the facts prevail, because at 7:37 AM ET, Mars (planet of action and aggression) harmonizes with Pluto (planet of power, resources and breakdown). Over the past several days we’ve had an easy flow of physical/assertive energy at our collective disposal. If this pattern personally affects your unique horoscope (consult your astrologer for details), it has facilitated the execution of your marathon effort — the one you’ve been planning for months and months — for better or for worse. At 10:28 AM ET, Mercury (how we need to think) harmonizes with Saturn (necessary controls; patriarchy, structure). Upside potential: authentic intuition facilitates structure. Downside potential: delusional beliefs facilitate authority.Watch the headlines.

Whatever communication is expressed, it’s likely to be grand or grandiose, suggested by the Moon’s challenging contact with Jupiter (expansion!)  at 11:22 AM ET. After that release, Moon goes void, once again traveling without focus. If it feels like the end of the world, do not despair. You’re just tuning in to the Sun at the verrrrrry last gasp of Pisces, which definitely IS the end, if you happen to be a caterpillar. But at 5:59 PM ET, the Sun (and all caterpillars) is born anew when it ends the inevitable beginning in Aries. Happy Vernal Equinox — happy first day of Spring!

Aries is the baby of the zodiac, ruled by warrior Mars. Courage, self-reliance, inspiration and a pioneering spirit are keywords for the Sun in Aries, sign of the Ram (as in battering). There is no greater crusading champion for the underdog when Aries is at its best. Downside potential: insufferable self-absorption, impatience and a tendency to jump off cliffs or fall down stairs because it’s faster than walking. You think I’m kidding? Here is one of my fave Exhibits: Justin Trudeau, who has Moon in Aries in touch with wacky Uranus, showing us on tape how he falls down stairs. What fun he must be at parties. The mantra for Aries is I AM.

Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season from an astrological point of view. The first day of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter corresponds with the first day (or first DEGREE) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively. Got that? Good. These four signs are called CARDINAL signs of the zodiac, with “cardinal” here suggesting (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  Cardinal signs take ACTION. They INITIATE. Nothing happens without ACTION. And action leads to  NECESSARY CHANGE. As in a change of seasons — suggested by solstices and equinoxes. Clear?

The first day of a  season is prominent in our culture, right? We make a big deal over it — yes? So can you see that in astrology, we observe that PLANETS at the first degree of a cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn), tend to pack a more powerful, prominent punch. They suggest ACTION which leads to CHANGE — prominently! The first degree of the cardinal signs is known as the ARIES POINT. Got that?

If you have a planet or angle at the Aries Point, you can expect that the energy of that planet will demand prominent expression in your life. Your friends and family — and perhaps the entire free world — will notice it. William Shatner was born with the Sun at 0 Aries. “To boldly go where no man has gone before”? I should think so — and the whole world knows him for playing that role.

Moving right along…to 9:28 PM ET on WEDNESDAY, when the Moon leaves Virgo and enters Libra. A Libra Moon needs to be appreciated for being fair, diplomatic and people-pleasing. If you have one in your horoscope, this is the key to your happiness.  At 9:43 PM ET, the Libra Moon will exactly oppose the Aries Sun, pitting the expression of me-me-me Aries against the we-we-we need of the Libra Moon. Who will win? Illumination and release in matters of diplomacy, partnership and relationship are the likely fallout. Whatever comes out is sure to capture our attention, as this Full Moon is happening at the aforementioned Aries Point. It’s likely to involve leaders — in government and commerce. Watch the news!

For further clues to the nature of what is revealed, we can examine the Sabian Symbols for the Full Moon at 0 Libra and the Sun at 0 Aries. If you do not know about these wonderful Sabian Symbols, here is the story.  For the Sun: “A woman rises out of water, a seal rises and embraces her;” for the Moon: “A butterfly made perfect by a dart through it.” Thankfully we have Sabian Sage Blain Bovee to help us make sense of these cryptic images. He advises that we be mindful of “emergent moments that initiate a new life-cycle; tender moments of raw emotion that leave a lasting impression. Watch for photographic moments; the desire to capture something in the perfect light.” You’ll find even more insight here and here.

Here is the Full Moon chart set in Washington, D.C.

 

We can use it to see how these next few weeks are likely to be experienced by the United States. I see a picture suggesting a matter coming to an inevitable conclusion, as well as the end of any image of diplomacy. I see a disruptive revelation or action that leads to a clash between a stubborn and destructively macho need to preserve the status quo vs. a gender-inclusive, equally intractable need to express a more progressive and humanitarian value system. The clash I’m referring to is suggested by…

THURSDAY ..a square (challenge) between Venus (women, money, art, social expression) in Aquarius and Mars (men, assertion, aggression) in Taurus, exact at 4:07 AM ET. If you have a planet or angle around 23 degrees of  Taurus, Aquarius, Leo or Scorpio, you are personally affected. My money says you’ve been feeling a build-up of tension demanding a heroic, physical or combative release. This means you, Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader McConnell and Trump. Be prepared for a provocative initiative or attack, especially for Trump, as transiting Mars triggers his Taurus Midheaven and moves on to his Mars and Leo Ascendant over the several days — told you about it weeks ago — search the archives.

Also on THURSDAY — a cooperative connection between Venus and Jupiter, exact at 10:16 AM ET gives those on Team Venus an optimistic boost in the wake of whatever release is provoked earlier in the day.

FRIDAY — a potentially heavy start is suggested by the Moon’s square (challenge) with patriarchal Saturn and powerbroker Pluto, exact at 4:39 AM ET and 10:29 AM ET.  That’s followed by a lift at 11:59 AM ET and a sigh at 2:10 PM ET, as the Libra Moon goes void and encourages you to start the weekend early.  Once the Moon enters Scorpio at 10:16 PM ET, planetary patterns suggest a need for a potent emotional escape. Whatever dreams or delusions that were hot around February 19th may be back for a second look by…

SUNDAY...when Mercury (how we need to think) and Neptune (our need for vision) meet up at 1:26 PM ET. Don’t jump to conclusions; this part of the dance doesn’t end until mid-April. It’s interesting that this pattern will trigger Robert Mueller‘s horoscope now — and again on April 2nd. It will oppose his natal Mars in Virgo, activating his need to act with exacting perfection. We’ll just have to wait and see. There are no exact aspects among the planets on SATURDAY, just the Moon in Scorpio plumbing the depths for the sake of acquiring knowledge and control.

So what do all these planetary patterns mean for you? That’s a topic worth discussing in a personal consultation, especially if you’re either a) feeling stuck and wondering when things are going to change; or b) facing change and wondering what it all means and when it will settle down. These shifts will be clear in the horoscope, prepared in advance of our discussion. If you have children, their horoscopes will accurately outline what they need (vs. what YOU need) in order to fulfill their potential. Lately I’ve consulted with a number of divorced parents who gained insight on how to better manage expectations regarding their ex. Here’s the 411 on these and other ways to use the powerful language of astrology to live life better.

Thank you for reading this forecast. Coming up next: a ton of news — Brexit, Venezuela, bomb cyclones and what we can expect from all the Usual Suspects. Stay tuned to this channel for continuing updates…

 

Tuesday 3/12/2019: Late Sneak Peek at the Week; Quelle Scandale! Pete Davidson & More

Late post to the start of the week, as I was on a deadline for my second column for  The Mountain Astrologer magazine. I made excellent use of Monday’s energized Moon in Taurus, structuring insights on five horoscopes that are hot in the headlines. The column is “Charts in the News” — and you’ll find it in the student section. My first column is in the April/May issue, published this week. Get it at your local Barnes & Noble or here. The next one comes out in mid-May.

Today (TUESDAY) at 5:31 AM ET, the Taurus Moon went void with a sigh, offering an opportunity to chill until 11:48 AM ET. Hopefully you rolled with any twists and flakes — and did not freak out over a perceived crisis. Now that it’s past noon in New York, the day is driven by the Moon in Gemini, seeking to be the most informed person in the room. There are no exact aspects to the Moon until tomorrow, suggesting little to no bumps in the road as you travel from Point A to Point B. However, there is quite a surge building to a release on…

WEDNESDAY — when the Sun sextiles (harmonizes) Pluto at 10:25 AM ET, followed by a square between the Sun and Jupiter at 9:29 PM ET. With Jupiter in Sagittarius, we see potential abundance, exuberance or blatant indulgence, especially if you have a planet or angle around 22 degrees of Sagittarius, Virgo, Pisces or Gemini. In the news, watch for big stories involving higher education, athletics, law, travel and religion. The sextile between Sun and Pluto suggests effective communication and cooperation involving matters of will, leadership, power and resources.  A harmony between Mars and Saturn suggests earthy productivity, physical discipline and ease of action (it will be exact early Thursday, but in effect now). If Wednesday afternoon feels a bit escapist, bewildering or dreamy, you’re feeling the potential of a square between the buzz buzz buzz Gemini Moon and Neptune, exact at 5:44 PM ET. With Mercury still retrograde, double check your spelling, facts and crosswalks.

THURSDAYMoon will be void between 8:31 AM and 5:49 PM ET. The challenge is what to do with the surge of energy seeking release in the few hours beforehand, in the form of the First Quarter Moon. Here is a challenge demanding adjustment regarding last week’s New Moon agenda. Staying focused and on track may be problematic. If you are new to this forecast and unfamiliar with the term “Moon void” or “void of course Moon,” here’s a primer. This would be the day to flake without consequence on previously scheduled events.

The Moon gets back into gear at 5:49 PM ET when it enters Cancer. We leave the mental buzz of Gemini behind and replace it with a Cancer need for emotional and home/homeland security. What can you do to nurture yourself  and/or others during these next few days?  Thursday night is ripe for a reunion of old friends, the quirkier the better. Moon will sextile Uranus at 6:31 PM ET (quirky friends) and the Sun meets up with Mercury retrograde at 9:48 PM ET, so you can wax rhapsodic and wistfully about those good old days.

FRIDAY — Moon continues in Cancer with no bumps in the road. The aspect of the day is Mercury’s second square to big, fat Jupiter at 7:17 PM ET, facilitating big fat ideas that are likely half-baked, if they are new. If they are not new, they are likely to reveal dirt, dirt and more dirt, aided by Mercury’s second sextile to (dirt-digging) Pluto on….

SATURDAY — at 9:11 AM ET.  Between Mercury’s square to Jupiter and sextile to Pluto, the sensitive Cancer Moon is blocked by Saturn at 2:24 AM ET, followed by Moon’s weekly emotional catharsis/power play with Pluto. So…heavy stuff in the middle of the night, especially if you have planets around 18-22 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

Moon goes void at 2:03 PM ET until 8:57 PM ET. No shopping during those hours, if you please. The Moon’s ingress into Leo tonight may come with a surprise, as Moon makes its weekly clash with Uranus at 9:47 PM ET.

SUNDAY — Moon in Leo all day — time for a party or the best St. Pat’s Day Parade ever. A harmony between Mercury and Mars at 11:23 AM ET supports walking your talk.

Here’s Beth Owls Daughter’s Tarot Card for this week — enjoy!

And now, the news.

I told you Mercury retrograde would kick up a ton of dirt. On the day before Sun squares Jupiter (higher education), and in a year with three squares between Jupiter and Neptune (illusion, deception), actress Felicity Huffman is currently the poster child for this breaking scandal:

It seems Ms. Huffman paid a company $15K to help her daughter fake her way into a top school. She considered — but then backed out of —  using a second dishonest tactic to help another daughter. Other parents — including “prominent CEOs” (here’s the list) paid thousands of dollars more in bribes — as much as MILLIONS more. BUT — their names, companies and faces were not used to break the story. Nor have photos of the corrupt college officials who took those big, fat bribes been plastered all over the news. So why Felicity Huffman? What the heck is going on in her horoscope?

Ms. Huffman is a Sagittarius, with the Sun at 17 degrees of that sign. Transiting Jupiter will meet up with her Sun three times this year — in January, June and September. Do you think she’s feeling lucky right now? If she read a blurb in a magazine or ezine that publishes Stupid Astrology, she might have thought 2019 would be the year all Sagittarians win the lottery, thanks to lucky Jupiter. Stupid Astrology!

Yes, Jupiter can reflect a cosmic sugar daddy. But essentially Jupiter refers to expansion, for better or for worse. We must consider the whole horoscope, not just focus on one promising part. This is how a skilled astrologer can assist you. Can you guess what other planet is hot in Felicity Huffman’s chart right now? Kudos if you guessed NEPTUNE — which refers to scandal, deception, victimization and wipe out. Transiting Neptune will square her Sun for the first of a few passes on April 2nd; another measurement involving her Sun and Neptune is exact on March 19th, and has been in effect for a few months. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Here is one Jupiter transit that might be declared lucky. In an interview with WaPo published yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she did not support impeaching Trump, as it would be too divisive. “Unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan,” she added. Yesterday transiting Jupiter exactly opposed his Gemini Sun. Was it lucky?

So many scandals. Here’s another one. If you have a mind like mine, you’re always asking WHY? As in, “of all the massage parlors in Florida that Robert Kraft would have chosen to patronize, WHY would he have chosen that one?” Did he read a review online? Or might someone he trusted have suggested it? Was it just a coincidence that over the weekend  it was revealed that Li “Cindy” Yang, the founder of the massage parlor in question, had posted a fun selfie taken with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago Superbowl party, where they all cheered for Patriots’ owner…Robert Kraft. While Ms. Yang no longer owns that particular parlor, nothing has changed since it changed hands, including its reputation for providing extra services.  And Ms. Yang has moved on to more lucrative financial ventures, including apparently selling access to Trump family members to wealthy Chinese. Here’s Stephen Colbert to explain it all for you.

Meanwhile, the Miami Herald is doing such a stellar job of reporting on the corrupted (by federal prosecutors, supervised by current U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta) plea deal of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein that the Miami U.S. Attorney’s office has recused itself from an ongoing victims’ rights case. The case has been reassigned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, supervised by U.S. attorney Byung J.”Bjay” Pak. Did you know that one of the sixteen-year-old girls in that case was recruited by Epstein’s partner-in-crime while she was working in the spa at Mar-a-Lago? What does this have to do with astrology?

In Jeffrey Epstein‘s case (1/20/1953 in Coney Island, NY — time unknown), we see that his Sun has just experienced the last of three unsettling squares from rebel Uranus, while transiting Neptune sits on his exact conjunction of a steamy Venus and Mars in Pisces. Meanwhile, transiting Saturn and Pluto are in tough contact with his Mercury, suggesting a potentially intense reality check. So the timing of these surprising disruptions of the status quo aligns with his horoscope.

Boeing also has a horoscope: July 19, 1934 — 1 PM — Wilmington, Delaware. It is also experiencing a few unsettling patterns. As we move through 2019 and into 2020, we may see major restructuring  and streamlining within the company, as transiting Saturn and Pluto hit the angles of its horoscope and its Libra Moon. Right now, 27 airlines have grounded its 737 Max 8, after an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday.  It was the second fatal crash in recent months for this particular Boeing model.

UPDATE: on Pete Davidson, last written about in December 2018, when he was in an extremely public depth of despair. Yet his horoscope suggested a promising new creative passion/love interest by spring of 2019. On Saturday he was on SNL talking about…his new creative passion. How about that? He and Kate Beckinsale are dating. Cue Snoopy Dance now, please.

Davidson also talked about a philosophical dilemma: how should we treat music and other forms of expression that were created by artists (so far, only men) who we now know were sexual predators (e.g., Michael Jackson, R Kelly, Kevin Spacey, etc.). Pete Davidson needs to think deeply about how we should make use of people and things, given five planets in Scorpio and a “how can I make this work?” Capricorn Moon.

In the grander scheme of astrological patterns, this debate refers to Chiron in Aries (healing toxic masculinity and a fractured sense of self) and the scandalous TMI coming to light under the series of Jupiter  (expansion) squares to  Neptune (music, deception, drugs). And let’s not forget the even bigger shift sparked by the seeds planted on January 9, 2018, when Sun, Venus and Pluto were all together at 19 degrees of Capricorn: women stepping into power. Right now Saturn is almost at 19 Capricorn. Those seeds are for real. It’s fascinating to watch them take root, as anticipated.

Speaking of women and power, Avid Reader Liz has written a book called Women, Meditation & Power. I read it a few weeks ago while serving as a pollworker in a special election held in New York City (with only 7% of eligible voters showing up, I had plenty of free time). Liz turns stereotypical gender roles upside down, and makes a compelling argument for how we can bring men and women back into balance — and why. But don’t take it from me, read the reviews — and if you read her book, let me know if you appreciated its fresh and provocative perspective.

Thank you for reading this forecast. Remember that Mercury retrogrades are apt times to REconnect and REview your life…with your astrologer. Here’s how to contact me…and yes, I owe a few of you an email…thanks for your patience!

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 3/6/2019: Uranus in Taurus; New Moon in Pisces

Happy Tuesday evening and Mardi Gras to you!

Moon entered Pisces at 3:11 AM ET. It’s been cruising without input from other planets, facilitating your efforts to go with the flow — but slowly. I say slowly because as you know, Mercury (how we need to think and get from Point A to Point B) turned retrograde at 1:19 PM ET. See my last post for all the details.

Tomorrow (WEDNESDAY) at 3:05 AM ET, rebel Uranus leaves Aries, never to be experienced again for most of us on Spaceship Earth. Uranus spends roughly seven years in each zodiac sign, which means it takes 84 years to journey around the Sun.  Do you plan to be here in 84 years?

Uranus refers to disruption, shocking revelations, technology, genius, mutations and innovation and more. Aries refers to the self, warriors, courage, pioneers, the self and also the self. Over the past seven years, we’ve seen Uranus in Aries reflected in the self-driving car, robot warfare, drones, the gig economy, the selfie and any other revolutionary me-me-me idea about being first. And it’s been a bit unsettling to our sense of self, right?

Uranus refers to change. Change is the only constant, as my Headspace meditation app loves to remind me. Aries is a Fire Sign, a fluid form. Change is not so challenging to Fire.  Uranus is now entering Taurus, which is an Earth Sign. Earth is not fluid. It does not change form easily, except under extreme pressure. Have you ever been in a earthquake?

Taurus refers to material comfort and security. It needs to establish form and function. Uranus is the disruptor. Taurus refers to money, banks, Earth, food (and how we grow it). The mantra for Taurus is I HAVE — and with Uranus in Taurus for the next seven years, we will be challenged to change our perspective on ownership. We will also see a ton of technological advances in these areas, most of which will promise to set us free from whatever rut Uranus thinks we’re in. Taurus also refers to beauty, values and sensual pleasures. Technology is likely to radically change these areas as well.

Uranus was last in Taurus from 1934 – 1942. In the U.S., it began with the Great Depression, followed by World  War II and FDR’s New Deal. A revolutionary change in perspective on ownership, right? Of course it makes sense to be talking about another New Deal now — and color it Green.  There was a rise in fascism during this time period, as you should well know. Uranus will be in Taurus until 2026. As if on cue, here’s the top story at The Guardian: “EU faces ‘nationalist nightmare’ in the next five years,”says prominent European politician few in America would recognize.

If you were born in the early days of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius, you have a wake-up, shake-up, break-up or break-out penciled in your cosmic calendar. Many clients calling now are feeling the buzz, planning strategies and managing expectations. Here’s the 411 on consultations.

So that’s Uranus in Taurus.

The rest of WEDNESDAY is brought to you by the New Moon in Pisces, with a heavy dose of Neptune. Translation: planting seeds for vision, from the sublime to the ridiculous. A Pisces Moon intuitively understands that boundaries are an illusion; we are all one; we are all in this together. Pisces can flow as sweetly as a gentle stream or pull as powerfully as the ocean’s undertow. Will ye float or will ye wallow? A Pisces Moon needs to identify and work with impressions and ideals.

This Pisces New Moon is made more boundless by its proximity to Neptune. Pay attention to your dreams and write them down. Take some time to meditate or dance. The New Moon happens at 11:04 AM ET. Moon meets up with Neptune at 11:48 AM ET. Four hours later, Moon makes a harmonious aspect with Saturn, planet of structure. This is another reason to write those impressions down! Give them form. At 8:01 PM ET, the Sun makes its annual meet-up with Neptune, suggesting some enchanted evening.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is “a flow of inspiration.” That’s apt. Sabian Sage Blain Bovee says this is “an image of seamless inner connection with the source of life power…the arousal of creative energy that can lead to action.” Bovee advises us to apply this Symbol with a mind to “deep inner sources of inspiration, almost compelling urges to act without thinking; the clash between wild instinct and tamed outer expression.” Why “wild instincts?” Because the opposite Sabian Symbol to “a flow of inspiration” is “an orangutan,” and here is what Bovee has to say about that.

You are more personally affected by this New Moon if you have a planet or point around 15 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini or Sagittarius.

The rest of the week goes like this:

  • THURSDAY: Moon in Pisces, traveling mostly free and clear until 2:08 PM ET, when it meets up with mental Mercury and an intuited idea, for better or for worse. Moon then goes void (chill!) and then charges into Aries at 3:27 PM ET. See if you notice the shift in focus and energy. Aries needs to get there first, not now, but RIGHT NOW. With Mercury retrograde, we are advised to look both ways thrice before rushing across the street.
  • FRIDAY: Moon continues its me-me-me crusade in Aries, free and clear. It’s helped by a harmony between the Sun and Saturn (helpful for structure, communication and cooperation) that will be exact on…
  • SATURDAY: …at 2:10 AM ET. The morning may interesting, as Moon is challenged by wet blanket Saturn at 3:44 AM ET, then clashes with Pluto at 11:56 AM ET. The latter suggests a power play or emotional catharsis. A harmony with Jupiter endeavors to smooth everything out, before the Moon goes void for the rest of the day. Chill, chill, chill — focus on routine. Do not make a mountain out of a molehill. Indulge in a little fantasy or intangible creative escape, suggested by a harmony between Mars and Neptune, exact at 12:21 PM ET on…
  • SUNDAY. Moon enters Taurus with a bit of a jolt at 3:31 AM ET, as it meets up with Uranus.  You can then use the Taurus Moon’s consolidating drive to restore the status quo.

If you’re working on Monday, it’ll be busy.

And now, the news.

Mercury Retrograde Important Safety Tip: triple check facts and figures during this time.

Speaking of Uranus ruling shocks and Aries ruling the head, actor Luke Perry suffered a massive stroke last Wednesday. If you were watching TV in the 90s, you will remember Mr. Perry as Dylan McKay, the bad boy heartthrob from Beverly Hills 90210. I noted a brief blurb about the stroke on Wednesday, but wondered later if it was an error — or maybe a dream — as the mainstream media did not keep up with this story, even though Mr. Perry was only 52 years old.  These are the times in which we live. When Mr. Perry passed away yesterday, the New York Times did not have an obituary ready to go. It has one now, along with a tribute from an adoring  fan…and a cautionary tale penned by a woman who had a stroke at 49.

Here is Mr. Perry’horoscope — no birth time available. He was a people-pleasing Libra driven by a perfection-seeking Moon in Virgo. He was also driven by a keen sense of suffering, likely related to a challenging relationship with the father. He was born with the opportunity to transform that suffering into an art form, and that’s pretty much what he says he did in the NYT obituary. RIP.

Thank you for reading this forecast — and sharing it with your friends. Stay tuned for continuing updates on the astonishing synchronicity of planetary patterns and the news. With Mercury retrograde, I expect we’ll see plenty of secrets from the past come to light. And that’s no bull.

 

 

 

Monday 3/4/2019: Mercury Retrograde in Pisces, Ya Think?

Good Morning!

(It’s actually Sunday evening as I’m typing this — and I am laughing laughing laughing  because I saved this forecast in draft mode — and it was sent out to all my Avid Readers who subscribe via email  — before it was supposed to — and  without a subject line. Coincidence or conspiracy? Happy almost Mercury retrograde!!)

The work week begins with the Moon still in Aquarius, looking to connect diverse groups together, treat everyone as equals, but still appreciate each for his/her uniqueness. Do it with cooperative gusto, aided by a harmony between the Moon and Jupiter, exact at 11:30 AM ET on MONDAY.

We are in the last days of the lunar cycle, a time to wrap up projects (if possible), clear your desk and prepare for the new marching orders, which will arrive on WEDNESDAY at 11:04 AM ET, when the Pisces Moon meets up with the Pisces Sun. Until then, a dead Moon suggests a listlessness or restlessness. Add to that the following significant patterns:

  • TUESDAY — After an 8-minute Moon void, Moon enters Pisces at 3:11 AM ET — still dead. Big news of the days is Mercury, which turns retrograde at 1:19 PM ET. DID YOU BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS? Here’s what you need to know about Mercury in retrograde:

Even if you know nothing else about astrology, you may have heard the term “Mercury retrograde” before. Often it’s accompanied by curses and groans, and that’s a shame. Yes, all of the flights on American Airlines might be grounded because of a computer glitch. Or the entire country of Finland might be offline because there’s a transportation strike. Or some trickster might set off all the tornado warning alarms in Dallas — these are all actual events that happened within hours of Mercury changing direction. But there’s much good that can be accomplished when the Messenger Planet appears to be retracing its steps.

Mercury—which in the language of astrology refers to mindset, travel and communication—will appear to move backward through the sky between March 5th and March 28th. It’s not really moving backward, but that is how it looks from our perspective here on Spaceship Earth. Mercury goes retrograde 3-4 times each year, for a period of 22 days.

On the first of its three retrogrades of 2019, Mercury starts at 29 degrees of Pisces. Avid Readers will instantly recall that 29 Pisces is closerthanthis to 0 degrees Aries, a.k.a. the Aries Point. Instantly — because you have been reading this forecast long enough to retain Certain Important Things — you will recall that  a planet near the Aries Point demands attention. In the case of Mercury, we thus anticipate that anything symbolized by Mercury (mindset, communication, travel, commerce) is more likely to be prominent at this time (watch the headlines).

But what kind of communication, ideas, etc? In Pisces, Mercury is not interested in thinking as much as it is interested in believing. That is the Pisces mantra: I BELIEVE. Who cares if it defies logic and reason? Pisces feels it — and believes it.  And feelings can’t be argued. They are as valid as any hardcore fact. In the realm of feelings, truth is subjective.

Mercury in Pisces has an upside. It can facilitate vision, dreams and intuition.  If you are an artist, scammer, healer or spiritual type, perhaps you can take Mercury in Pisces straight to the bank. Do pay attention to your dreams — especially this week — write them down!  On WEDNESDAY, the Sun and Neptune will meet up in Pisces at 8:01 PM ET,  adding to the potential for vision, especially visionary leadership, as well as wigginess. Not to mention fish, as you can see from one of my favorite Sun-Neptune headlines from 2015:

Here is an apt Sun-Neptune headline from the past few days:

Back to Mercury retrograde:

Mercury will be at 29 Pisces for most of the week. When a planet stations and turns on a particular degree, picture an impatient driver leaning on the horn. It’s a point of focus, right? Perhaps the Sabian Symbol for this degree offers clues. It is “The Great Stone Face,” and it was the focal point four years ago, on a New Moon/Eclipse in Pisces, which happened right after the last of seven squares between Uranus and Pluto. Here’s what I wrote back then:

…“The Great Stone Face” recalls a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne about “a boy who lives under and looks up to a mountain formation resembling the face of a man“.  The story was written in 1850, when Uranus and Pluto were conjunct in Aries and Neptune was in early Pisces (about where it is right now). How interesting that it was created under the influence of planetary patterns that are not unlike what we are currently experiencing.

There is a spiritual element to the story and a search for greatness outside the self, What does it takes to become the embodiment of an ideal and how do you know if it’s the Real Deal? Here is the Wikipedia summary; here is the full text of the story. If you like The Wizard of Oz and/or The Alchemist (by Paolo Coelho), you’ll like The Great Stone Face.

Of this Sabian Symbol, expert Blain Bovee writes:

The projection of self culminates in an expression that seems to transcend the temporal existence of the individual, echoing for the ages, the face of mankind.

Well, that sounds deep and wise and all-encompassing, doesn’t it?

Pisces is the end of the zodiac. So the last degree of Pisces is the end of the end of it all. That’s it. We’re toast. Or are we? When we sense we’re at the end, we may fall into despair. And if the zodiac were a straight line, maybe we would have good reason. But the zodiac is not a straight line; it is a circle. This suggests a new beginning is just around the corner, regardless of what the “end” demands we leave behind. We may have to wait until April 17th, when Mercury finally leaves Pisces and enters Aries, to get a sense of what the new beginning (new mindset? new deal?) entails.

Here’s how to handle Mercury retrogrades — regardless of what sign it’s in:

Contrary to popular belief, Mercury retrogrades are no reason to freak out. Mercury retrograde gets a bad rap because we are geared, in this crazy modern age, to always be thinking, doing, moving FORWARD. You know what that gets you? BURN OUT. We need our down times, and Mercury retrograde is a perfect time to give our minds a rest. Why else would your computer, phone and/or car choose THIS time to malfunction? Because you are supposed to be slowing down. And as you slow down, it is vitally important that you FOCUS.

When Mercury is retrograde, be prepared for travel delays, scheduling screw-ups, mechanical breakdowns, computer crashes, having to repeat what you’ve just said, misunderstandings, the past coming back for a second look, surprise reunions and having to repeat what you just said. Use your FOCUS and double check important details, like whether the restaurant you’ve chosen for a meet-up is still in business. Or whether it is booked for a commercial shoot or a private party — all of which has happened to me during Mercury retrogrades.

If you are looking for a job, Mercury retrogrades are a perfect time to reach out to people from your past. Mine your address book and trust that your contacts will be happy to hear from you. However, do not be frustrated if your target is away on vacation or keeps rescheduling meetings. Also, triple check your emails and resumes before you hit “send,” as there is a higher probability of typos and other sloppy snafus.

In your business, you’ll need to make sure all communications have been received and are clearly understood. Be mindful of the higher potential for communications equipment to go on the fritz. MAKE SURE YOUR FILES ARE BACKED UP. Also be aware of a higher than average probability for delays in shipping and travel arrangements. For this you will need an extra dose of patience.

You may also find it profitable to REview a project from the past. Maybe you shelved it then, but now is the time to REconsider. However, be advised that a spontaneously, “out-of-the-blue” idea for advancement may not be so sound when Mercury turns direct. This is why the conventional wisdom advises against finalizing and/or signing contracts on deals during Mercury retrograde. An exception might be supported if you are REnegotiating or RElocating. If you absolutely must close a deal, triple check everything. The key is not to RUSH.

This is a good time to schedule a corporate REtreat. Any activity that affords the opportunity to REview past performance is encouraged. REsearch on a new strategy is also favored.

Mercury retrogrades are not favored for launching a new website or a new communications systems. There is a higher than average probability of technical glitches and confusion. REvisions, however, are A-OK.

In general, adopt a playful attitude of flexibility to whatever twists you encounter. Avoid making major purchases (especially electronic ones). Don’t believe everything you hear or read in the papers. Rumors have a higher probability of spreading during Mercury retrogrades. Avoid losing patience — that’s a big one.

When in doubt, be silent!

Do plan on RElaxing, REviewing, REsearching, REorganizing, REgenerating, REconnecting and REcreating….and REviewing your life with your astrologer.

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Coming up next: Uranus enters Taurus on Wednesday — same day as the New Moon in Pisces. Should be an interesting week.

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Saturday & Sunday 3/2/2019: Venus Square Uranus in the News; O Canada!

Allll- righty then!

Started writing this on Thursday — there’s just so much to cover — here’s the recap of the forecast, and the latest news:

  • THURSDAY — after a Moon void of less than an hour, Moon enters Capricorn, looking to translate high-flying opinions into concrete accomplishments. Time to take care of business for the next couple of days, assisted by a proactive Moon making supportive contacts with Uranus (innovation), Mars (action) and the Sun. What could go wrong?
  • FRIDAY — what could go “wrong” — if only in a surprising or unconventional expression, is a potential disruption in social expression and values. This is suggested by a tense pattern between Venus and rebel Uranus, exact at 7:31 AM ET. This is not a “bad” pattern; it merely suggests that what will pull our focus includes unconventional attractions and rebellious expressions — most notably in matters related to women, money, art and technology. It’s in effect all week. At 11:45 AM ET, Venus leaves social-climbing Capricorn for “who’s yer buddy” Aquarius. Social expression becomes less strategic, more inclusive — until March 27th. If you’re an Aquarius, your Ismay see a spike over the next few weeks. Huzzah. The rest of the day on Friday includes a sobering meet-up between the Moon and Saturn at 1:23 PM ET, followed by the Moon’s weekly emotional power play/catharsis as it meets up with Pluto at 10:48 PM ET. Another interesting late afternoon news dump…
  • SATURDAY — Moon enters Aquarius at 2:06 PM ET, after a 20 minute void — no biggies. Moon squares Uranus at 1:47 PM ET, delivering a potential flash of recognition or shock to the system. A friendly meet-up between Venus and the Moon at 5:03 PM ET sets the mood for your Saturday night date.
  • SUNDAY —  notable only for a clash between Moon and Mars at 1:54 PM ET, possibly reflecting a clash of wills. You are free to shop all weekend — unless you’re shopping for electronics and other mechanical devices. That’s because Mercury will turn retrograde next TUESDAY, MARCH 5TH at 1:19 PM ET, as any Avid Reader who ordered my Really Useful Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide Bookmark will know (yes, I still have plenty available — email me for details). BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS AND GIZMOS NOW. Mercury will be retrograde until March 28th.

And now, the news.

Reflecting the disruptive — dare I say shocking potential of the tension between Venus (social expression, women, art, money, values, diplomacy) and Uranus:

The potential for idealism can be seen in the horoscope. So is the potential for artistic genius.

Anyhoo…

I thought about idealism while watching Michael Cohen being questioned by assorted Congresspersons on Wednesday. As noted in a prior post, Mr. Cohen’s horoscope — even with an earthy Virgo Sun and possible earthy Capricorn Moon — suggests a potential for thoughts and communication that may be less than realistic (birth data: August 25, 1966 in Lawrence, NY — time unknown).  Like his former employer, he has a challenging pattern between Mercury (how he needs to think) and Neptune (vision and/or fog).

Here is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demonstrating how an Aries Moon, supported by an innovative pattern among Mercury, Saturn (discipline; authority),  Uranus (genius) and Neptune (vision) can make a bold impact. She did not waste a second of her allotted five minutes, asking incisive questions designed to initiate (Aries needs to get things started) a deeper investigation into POTUS’s taxes.

Here is Elijah Cummings, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, delivering must-see remarks at the end of the day-long hearing. As noted in a post from 2015, Rep. Cummings’s horoscope suggests a hard-nosed mindset, with patterns shared by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. While not likely to be fuzzy-headed or overly idealistic, his horoscope does suggest considerable empathy and compassion (Jupiter in Pisces in contact with his Capricorn Mercury and possibly his Gemini Moon). Birth data: January 18, 1951 in Baltimore — time unknown. Patterns among the Pluto, Uranus and the Sun suggest continued empowerment and independence in 2019 — especially in mid-April and mid-June, but definitely in effect now.

Meanwhile, in Canada…

Justin Trudeau is arguably having a horrible year so far — here’s a piece that explains the scandal on his plate. Looking at his horoscope, we can appreciate the focused squeeze he’s under, with transiting karma cop Saturn squaring his me-me-me Aries Moon three times in 2019 — just like Bibi Netanyahu.  The first hit was Feb 23rd; the second and third are scheduled for July 8th and November 23rd. Saturn is also squaring Trudeau’s natal Uranus, putting a control on matters of freedom and innovation, especially with respect to cooperation and colleagues. Adding to the potential for upsets/revelations: transiting Uranus (surprises and innovations, for better or worse) challenging Venus, the ruler of his Midheaven (career status). Exact dates: May 9th, November 23rd and early 2020. Offering a measure of potential protection: transiting Jupiter returning to its place in his natal chart, with three exact hits this year (Feb 22, May 29 and Oct 19th) before meeting up with his Capricorn Sun on December 18th. The next federal election will be held in Canada…by October 19th. Could be lucky for him.

UPDATE: on POTUS. When Jupiter is active in the horoscope, it suggests expansion, for better or worse. Could be expansion of a tumor or ego to the point of overconfidence and braggadocio (downside potential), or could be just plain luck (upside potential). As you know, transiting Jupiter is making the first of a series of three hits to his Sag Moon (the need to have his opinion respected), his Gemini Sun (the energy for diverse, intense and entertaining communication) and his Sun/Moon midpoint (a key measurement is assessing the state of one’s potential in relationships).

Today, Jupiter is exactly square the latter, suggesting a time of considerable support. How apt that he’s speaking among friends today, at the annual CPAC conference (presented by the American Conservative Union).  How apt that he delivered his address on today’s disruptive clash between the Moon and Uranus, exact at 1:47 PM ET. If you watch the address, you’ll see why that’s apt. Astrology is amazing. The first range of Jupiter transits is happening between February 19th and March 11th; the second occurs between May 11th and May 31st; the third happens between October 17 – 30th. These are periods where we can anticipate expansive expression and action.

Meanwhile, other patterns suggesting streamlining, controls and breakdowns are also operating, but they involve slower-moving planets. Patterns involving slow-moving planets evolve over a period of years, not days. And here I would be thinking of transiting Pluto, planet of breakdown and empowerment almost-exactly-but-not-quite opposing Saturn (structure, karma, authority, control). I’d argue that this pattern is reflected in the intense power squeeze he now faces, with Democrats now in charge of the House. But Pluto will turn retrograde on April 25th, suggesting a likely lessening of the pressure for several months. The first exact hit does not happen until early 2020.

Finally, a shocking truth  (Uranus) about an American aesthetic choice (Venus): “Wiped out: how America’s love of luxury toilet paper is destroying Canadian forests.”   The article names some of the most destructive brands, meaning I’ll be returning the 30 rolls I bought at Costco last weekend, accompanied by a copy of that article. Did you know that toilet paper is Costco’s best-selling product?  Let’s do our part  to save Canada!

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