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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 1/7/2016: Uranus Upsets; Jupiter Turns Retrograde

Keep calm and carry on, regardless of the startling revelation or upset that may greet you upon waking, as rebel Uranus squares the Sun in Capricorn, sign of the Establishment at 7:22 AM ET. Oh, and that would be several hours after a sobering meet-up between the Moon and Saturn. Someone wings may soon be clipped.

Overall the day has an optimistic and innovative flair, courtesy of the high-flying Sagittarius Moon  in easy alignment with technogeek Uranus (at 9:28 AM ET) and boosted by Jupiter at 9:44PM ET. More boundaries pushed?

Yes and no. At 11:40PM ET, Jupiter — planet of expansion and reward — joins Mercury in a seemingly-backward trek across the sky.  In your own personal world, Jupiter retrograde can put a hold on expansion. In Virgo, which refers to the need for perfection, organization and microscopic details, it suggests you turn inward and reconsider plans for growth, making sure they are in synch with this ideal of perfect form. As Jupiter turns retrograde at 23 degrees of Virgo, you’ll feel this shift more personally if you have a planet or angle at 23 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and Sagittarius.  Jupiter will turn direct on May 9th at 13 degrees of Virgo. Jeb Bush has his Ascendant at 23 Virgo. Hillary Clinton has her Moon at 22 Pisces. Bernie Sanders has his North Node at 23 Virgo and his Sun at 15 Virgo. I expect Senator Sanders will be on quite an expansive, potentially electrifying track in June, when Jupiter conjoins his Sun and Uranus opposes his Venus and meets up with his Mars.

Note that the Moon goes void at 9:44PM ET, not to enter Capricorn until 10:07AM ET on Friday. Also note that we are in the dark of the Moon, a time to wrap up projects initiated last month, or just do something you’d prefer to keep under the radar. The last days of the lunar cycle can have a listless, restless feel. We know something is coming, but we don’t know what. It can be challenging to stay focused, given that Mercury is retrograde, but focus is what you must do if you have to be on the clock.

And now, the news.

Lots of power plays and upsets, as we would expect. Markets are still volatile. They closed lower yesterday as oil (power/resources/Pluto) was down and China was a worry. Markets in China plunged 7% early Thursday, until a breaker halted trading (second time this week).  That’s certainly disruptive. I wrote about China about a month ago — here. In California, another story about oil and gas reached a crisis point:

“This is one of the most disruptive, catastrophic environmental events that I’ve seen. It’s a truly chaotic crisis.”

“This” would be a natural gas leak in Los Angeles, which has forced the evacuation of hundreds of families since October. Meanwhile, TransCanada, the company that hoped to bring you the Keystone XL pipeline, filed a suit against the U.S. after the project was squashed last year. Or, as  The Washington Times reports, “filed suit against the Obama Administration,” accompanied by a photo of President Obama looking as if he has just swallowed a subpoena. The Washington Times is one of Justice Antonin Scalia’s favorite newspapers. The other one is the Wall Street Journal. Where do you get your news?

Random sports headline, expressing the shocking potential of Sun square Uranus, empowered by Pluto: “A Star Who Gave the Mets a Jolt, and Not Just at the Plate”. It’s about catcher Mike Piazza, who has Sun at 13 Virgo, Jupiter at 15 Virgo and Pluto at 22 Virgo. Transiting Jupiter must be working its cosmic sugar daddy potential. Mr. Piazza retired from baseball years ago; he was just inducted into the Hall of Fame.

UPDATE: after North Korea claimed it detonated a hydrogen bomb (reported during Tuesday’s Moon void), the U.S. says it’s much ado about nothing. Interesting, eh?

File under “Mercury retrograde, bringing back issues from the past”: in Alabama, Chief Justice Roy Moore ordered a halt to same-sex marriage licenses. Justice Moore made headlines on this same issue almost a year ago.   Really, Justice Moore? Really? Elsewhere, it was an upset for Brian Encinia, the police officer who arrested Sandra Bland in July. A grand jury indicted him on charges of perjury. You may remember the disturbing video of Mr. Encinia arresting Ms. Bland after a traffic stop. She was found hanged in her jail cell three days later. I wrote about correlating planetary patterns here.

At the moment, the top story on the Washington Times reports that after 57 tries, the Republican House successfully voted Wednesday to repeal Obamacare. The bill also defunded Planned Parenthood, and President Obama will veto it. Earlier this week, the NYT ran a lengthy piece about how the Affordable Care Act is not proving to be affordable for many, many citizens — well worth the read. In 2017 we could see some groundbreaking legislative efforts…but which way those efforts go will depend on who’s elected to the House in November. A president can’t do everything by herself or himself.  If you don’t vote, somebody else will.

Let’s close with some groundbreaking news from the cosmos: “Visible Light from Blackholes Detected for the First Time.”  Oh – and just in time for Jupiter to turn retrograde, a REthinking of its status from The Atlantic: “A Major Correction”

We recently published an article naming Jupiter “the best planet.” As everyone knows, Saturn is the best planet. We regret the error.

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