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Monday 10/21/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Politics, As Usual

Writing this forecast one minute before the Cancer Moon — which has been void since 8:39 AM ET — leaves Cancer and gets focused in party-hearty Leo at 12:26 PM ET. Now is the time to shine — and help others shine, too. It’s also the time for drama queens and kings to take the stage, hoping the madding crowd will fulfill the Leo Moon’s need for love and honor. In effect for the past few days — and exact at 3:41 PM ET — is a trine (harmony) between Venus (a bit witchy in Scorpio) and Neptune (happily wallowing in Pisces). A Venus-Neptune alignment suggests a need for idealism; the water signs involved suggest depth of feeling; the Scorpio Venus may take you to places you’ve never been before. At 10:29 PM ET the Leo Moon meets up with rebel Uranus, suggesting a shock or other upset to the status quo. The rest of the week goes like this:

  • TUESDAY Moon in Leo drives the day with little interference from other planets, save for a clash of values/aesthetics possibly involving women, as the Moon squares Venus at 6:54 PM ET. Not the time to call Mom.
  • WEDNESDAY — the Leo Moon goes void at 5:14 AM ET, on a square to Mercury. A challenge to a regal ego as Mercury in Scorpio digs up dirt? The Moon void lasts until 3:30PM ET. Roll with the twists and flakes; stick to routine concerns; avoid impulse shopping and finalizing decisions. The crisis that crops up during a Moon void is usually much ado about nothing. It will all get sorted out when the Moon enters Virgo, aided by accommodating authorities and helpful friends. Meanwhile, during the void the Sun ditches Libra and enters Scorpio at 1:20 PM ET — there’s no need to run screaming down the hall. While Scorpio may spark fear in those who follow stupid astrology, we do not do stupid astrology in this forecast. For example, I will never tell you which zodiac sign is mostly likely to get a dog this fall, even if you are a reporter writing a story about it (this actually happened last week). That would be stupid. But back to the Sun in Scorpio.  It demands substance; none of that airy-theory-rational stuff that Libra does so well. Scorpio is a deeply emotional sign, noted for its need for privacy, power and control.  Scorpios “build all the way up to Heaven…and all the way down to Hell,” wrote astrologer Linda Goodman. Hopefully you can hang with one who builds a stairway to Heaven. A Scorpio heading for Hell will happily annihilate everyone and everything in its way. Really, they are so very interesting.  Scorpios also have a strict code of honor and are known to be loyal to a fault. Scorpio is a Fixed Sign — which does not mean they are neutered. It means they are here to create form — and they are quite stubborn in their way of being. Theodore Roosevelt is a Scorpio who famously said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” He probably had one of those famous “Scorpio stares” that wordlessly inform you (a scorpion has no need for words when it has such a compelling sting) that he sees right through your song and dance. Joaquin Phoenix — currently starring in “Joker” — is also a Scorpio, and transiting Uranus opposing his Sun is being reflected in his life big time, wouldn’t you agree? What a crazy-genius, powerful and deep performance, eh? I’d be stunned if he wasn’t at least nominated for numerous awards, as Uranus will be activating his Sun into early 2020.
  • THURSDAY — get thee to work with efficiency and discernment, driven by the Virgo Moon’s need to get it right. Moon opposes Neptune at 6:07 PM ET; put on your rose-colored glasses and escape.
  • FRIDAY — East Coasters note that the Virgo Moon goes void at 9 AM ET and won’t enter Libra until 4:20 PM ET. West Coasters, the Moon void is likely to reflect twists and flakes in your morning routine — and perhaps you’ll need a push to get going. Venus sextiles Pluto at 5:49 AM ET, suggesting an easy flow of communication involving emotional depth and catharsis, in effect all week.
  • SATURDAY — Moon in Libra drives the day with a need for balance and harmony in relationship — and a willingness to talk about it. Heads up around 4 PM ET, when the Moon’s need for equilibrium is supercharged by a meet-up with Mars (at 3:48 PM ET) and then gets doused by a cut or wet blanket when it is squared by Saturn (4:32 PM ET). It may be a sneak peek of the square between Mars and Saturn, exact on…
  • SUNDAY — at 10:30 AM ET. Mars-Saturn patterns are known for militant discipline, only too happy to fight for control. If you’re an authoritarian dictator, this is your time. And if you want to have secret meetings to advance your plans for world domination, the dead Moon’s (it’s the end of the lunar cycle) lack of light will facilitate your wish to fly under the radar. The New Moon in Scorpio kicks in at 11:38 PM ET — details in the next forecast. For now, let’s just note that while last month’s New Moon squared Pluto (power plays and corruption revealed), this New Moon opposes Uranus (shocks, seismic activity, technological breakthroughs, astrology, rebellion). Watch the headlines as this buzz builds all week.

Want to know what all this means in your own personal world? Here’s the 411 on consultations. If it’s been a year since your last chat with your astrologer, you’re overdue for a check-up. Consider this your personal invitation.

And now, the news.

UPDATE: on Israel’s horoscope, which you can read more about in my column in  the next issue of Mountain Astrologer. Avid Readers know from past posts that Israel is totally ripe for upsets this year, especially with respect to its elections. Despite not getting as many votes as challenger Benny Gantz and operating under charges of corruption, PM Benjamin Netanyahu was still tapped by Israel’s president to form a government…which Netanyahu has failed to..for a second time. So now Benny Gantz gets to have a go…and I’m doing a Snoopy Dance over the astonishing accuracy of astrology.

UPDATE: on Boris Johnson, who is experiencing the potential blow-up of action hero Mars crossing his people-pleasing Libra Ascendant (today) and squaring his Midheaven (career/status point) on the 23rd. Try as he might to wheel and deal his wretched Brexit through Parliament, he failed to do so over the weekend and again today. More time is being asked for, as opposed to  Johnson’s wish to cut ties from the EU on October 31st, the day Mercury goes retrograde. The smart move says buy more time or call the whole thing off altogether.

UPDATE: on the usual elephant in the room, whose horoscope continues to function as designed. Avid Readers will recall that P45 is primed for boundary-pushing action last week and this week, as transiting Jupiter activates his blah-blah-blah Gemini Moon and desperately-seeking-respect Sagittarius Moon. When not betraying allies, bowing to authoritarian leaders and serving as Commander-in-Chief of retreating troops that are pelted with rotten potatoes (further diminshing the status of the United States as suggested by the transit of Saturn squaring the U.S. Saturn, which is exact TODAY), P45 declared last week that yes, in fact, the next G7 summit would be held at one of his own resorts despite an Emoluments Clause in the U.S. Constitution that says that is a no-no. He still has a job, but when members of his own party pushed back, he dropped the idea.

Also boundary-pushing: a face-off between Nancy Pelosi and P45 at the White House last week, resulting the release of a  photograph that not only went viral, but is being analyzed to death by some unconventional pundits. Here is a body-language expert — and here are a few art critics. And now, for the astrology, which no mainstream publication has asked for, because they are too busy “having fun” over which zodiac sign is most likely to get a dog this fall…or was it a hamster — now I can’t remember.

Anyhoo…

This face-off involved  P45 having a meltdown tantrum  (another way of saying he lost his head) and Nancy Pelosi standing up and pointing out his disturbing loyalty to Vladimir Putin.  This happened on Wednesday, October 16th, when the Moon was void in Taurus and conjunct the Fixed Star Algol — a.k.a. the Gorgon Medusa.  Thus, the Taurus Moon was activating the horoscopes of both Pelosi and P45.  Like Robert DeNiro, Nancy Pelosi has action hero Mars conjunct Algol — and who messes with Robert DeNiro, right? But Algol is also square P45’s Mars — and within a few degrees of his 23 Taurus MC and square his wannbe regal Leo ASC. You can see already how the two might not see eye-to-eye. But right now, Pelosi holds the sceptre, thanks to a current power surge in her horoscope between Pluto (power) and Jupiter (expansion). As an Aries driven by Moon in Scorpio, Pelosi is a natural born warrior. P45’s Mars on the ASC makes him need to be seen  a fighter, but essentially he’s a Gemini salesman driven by an entertaining, pie-in-the-sky Sag Moon. He’s also in the hospitality business.

Let the record show that the July 2nd solar eclipse hit P45’s Mercury, which relates to appreciation received from others, friends and associates, self-worth and other assets. that eclipse was triggered by Mars last week — suggesting potential release and revelation. Mercury refers to how we need to think and communicate, and what was revealed in concert with that Mars trigger was a letter P45 wrote to Turkish premier Recep Erdogan. It is a further example of the diminished status of the U.S., pushing boundaries of diplomacy so far that many who read it thought it was written by The Onion. Coincidence or conspiracy?

UPDATE: Mars also triggered a planet in Mitt Romney’s horoscope, too: Neptune, planet of illusion. He was outed over the weekend as the man behind a “secret” Twitter accountquelle scandale! (Actually, not really).  His nom de plume: Pierre Delecto. Transiting Jupiter is squaring Romney’s Pisces Sun — which is being reflected by his expanded stature in the headlines. But pourquoi “Pierre Delecto”? I don’t know, but Pierre means “stone” and delecto is Latin for “delight.”

FUN FACT: Hillary Clinton’s natal Neptune was also triggered by Mars. And we did get an update — a final end to the final end — on the “but her emails” scandal. A P45 Administration inquiry found “no deliberate mishandling of classified information.” And  a CNN legal analyst is apologizing all over the place, but Fox News remains skeptical.   However, in that link you will find a surprising statement HRC made over the weekend about how she believes Russia will work to undermine the 2020 elections, and if she is correct, it would be scandalous indeed.

Meanwhile…

As Uranus continues its seven year stay in Taurus, we see the potential for disruptions (Uranus) in Taurus concerns. Venus rules Taurus, hence those concerns are related to pleasure and material goods, e.g. food, clothing, shelter Shopping just isn’t the thrill it used to be — and who has time to haunt the malls — and why would you when you can get anything from Amazon, destroyer of malls and small businesses everywhere? High-end retailer Barneys filed for bankruptcy, as did another chain in the UK, but I can’t remember which one.  Disposable clothing outlet Forever 21 is also going out of style, as is trashing the environment. So here’s an apt primer on how to buy clothes that are better for the planet and  are built to last. 

Thank you for reading this forecast, which took three and a half hours to put together. Fun stuff — and onward!

 

 

 

Monday 10/14/2019: Sneak Peek at a Possibly Short Work Week

If your Monday began with a twist, flake or other slow start, chalk it up to the Moon being void in Aries until 12:24 PM ET. After that, when the Moon entered Taurus, you had no excuse for not turning your inspiration into a materially secure and comfortable form.

We all woke up to the ripple effect of today’s 3:34 AM ET square between the Libra Sun (leaders, heart, ego) and Pluto (power, corruption, breakdown; news from underground). Did Austin’s Parsley Energy just pay $1.65 billion to acquire Denver’s Jagged Peak Energy? Why yes — yes, it did.  And Iran made “a huge natural gas discovery that could power Tehran for 16 years.” Great! What will they do in Year 17?

Meanwhile, Mercury is digging for more dirt in Scorpio, in a cooperative alignment with Saturn. That was exact early this morning. The rest of the week goes like this:

  • TUESDAY:  More Moon in Taurus, mostly cruising without speedbumps, though a clash of mindset may erupt around 8:33 PM ET — see how that plays out during the Democratic Debate (which starts at 8 PM ). Visionary thinking is supported, courtesy of a harmony between Mercury and Neptune at 6:45 PM ET.
  • WEDNESDAY:  Chill, chill, chill, as the Moon goes void at 4:37 AM ET — not to enter the next sign — Gemini — until 10:30 PM ET. As Moon voids go, a Taurus Moon offers greater potential for focused accomplishment than most. Still, you may need a push to get started. Once you do, routine projects are favored; roll with any twists or flakes that disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line.
  • THURSDAY: A Gemini Moon drives the day with a need for chit-chat and to be the smartest kid in the room. Who knew it and when did they know it? Film at 11!
  • FRIDAY:  Note your dreams in the morning, as Moon squares Neptune at 5:26 AM ET. Double check the directions and look twice when crossing the street. A face-off between the newsy Gemini Moon and Jupiter around lunchtime may blow a tidbit out of proportion — or simply add an extravagant spin. Moon goes void at 10:14 PM ET and enters Cancer on…
  • SATURDAY:  at 6:43 AM ET. A Cancer Moon needs to focus on home and homeland security. A home-cooked meal or other domestic project is favored. You may have been especially persuasive or perspicacious in recent days, as Mercury harmonizes with Pluto at 6:17 PM ET. Good for getting the word out, especially if you’re an investigative reporter. Something especially assertive may be triggered, as Mars arrives at 10 Libra, activating the July 2 solar eclipse. If you have a planet around 10 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you may be triggered, too, especially as we approach…
  • SUNDAY: …at 1:35 AM ET, when Mars squares the Moon. Saturn challenges the emotional security needs of the Cancer Moon around 9:29 AM ET; Pluto pushes feelings to extremes aournd 8:07 PM ET. In between, there’s an exact harmony between Venus and Saturn at 9:58 AM ET, which suggests a conservative approach in matters of money, women and aesthetics.

And now, the news.

I know of more than one astrologer who opined that October was a month for concern, as P45 was likely to push boundaries so far that we might be engaged in a military conflict. Not quite, so far…but still…. P45’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria has not only led to senseless deaths of declared allies (the Kurds), but the release of hundreds of people with “suspected links” to the Islamic State — all of which happened over the weekend. Sun square Pluto power plays involving heads of state indeed. The other part of the P45 October forecast is that — as they were in February and May —  boundary-pushing actions were not likely to result in consequences just yet. For example, not only does Deutsche Bank not have P45’s tax returns (an apparent anomaly, as reported over the weekend), but the good folks at the National Enquirer and American Media allegedly shredded whatever scandalous documents it might have had in its safe.

We will see what there is to see in late January/early February.

Meanwhile, the front-page story of Sunday’s NYT was a massive investigative report solving the mystery of who bombed four hospitals in May, in order to “crush the last pockets of resistance to President Bashar al-Assad.” Because really — who would bomb a hospital? The NYT reporters concluded beyond a doubt that Russia was the culprit. In other news, Vladimir Putin is in Saudi Arabia today for the first time in 12 years. Power plays and oil deals: apt for current planetary patterns.

Elsewhere, awesome power was on display in the world of sports, especially for women. Stunning Venus opposition Uranus upsets occurred as Kenyan Brigid Kosgei smashed the women’s world record at the Chicago Marathon, just hours after fellow Kenyan Elius Kipchoge (unofficially) smashed the men’s world record with a time of under two hours.  World records were smashed by gymnast Simone Biles  and tennis champ Coco Gauff.

File under “Awesome Power” that’s actually “Much Ado About Nothing”: during this morning’s Moon void, there was much pomp and cirumstance in Parliament, as the Queen gave a speech that was actually written by PM Boris Johnson (and other ministers)  who don’t even have a majority. The Guardian called it “a show without substance.” Right. Next!

Pluto refers to purges. These two purges have silver linings — because they were thwarted. In Kentucky, a judge ordered 165,000 “inactive” voters restored to the rosters. In Ohio, 20% of 235,000 voters were found to be on a list to be purged in error.    Which makes it a good time to invite you to check your voter registration status — and share this link with all your friends.  There are many reasons why a voter might purged; one reason is failure to consistently vote. There are elections next month. Vote!

I leave you with another Really Useful Article about finding happiness in interesting times.  Or watch this fun sketch from SNL. To find happiness using guidance provided in your horoscope, here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

Sunday 10/13/2019: Full Moon in Aries; News Round-Up

Happy weekend warrior-ing!  As I wrote at the start of the week:

  • SATURDAY —  Moon charges into Aries at 12:46 AM ET; alerting our senses and demanding our focus. The buzz in the air is the unconventional attraction reflected by the annual opposition between Venus and Uranus at 6:06 PM ET. We’ll see disruptive news about money (watch the markets on Friday), women, art and social expression. Love at first sight?
  • SUNDAY — Moon in Aries continues its me-me-me-first crusade (unless it’s looking out for the nearest underdog). Aries is fearless and inspiring at best; reckless and selfish at worst (which explains why that jerk cut you off on the freeway). But since you are now aware of this planetary pattern, you won’t react in anger to that jerk, right? You’ll just roll your eyes and know that things will settle down once the Moon enters Taurus, which happens around noon ET on Monday. But first you must live though this day, which begins with a bit of a wet blanket at 5:36 AM ET, as the me-me-me Aries Moon is squared by authority figure Saturn.  Hmm. Take a second look at that “creature like no other” you might have brought home last night?   Your moment of sobriety may be soon lifted by a jolly and cooperative connection between the Sun and Jupiter, exact at 2:02 PM ET (and in effect a few days before). But wait — there’s more! The Full Moon is exact at 5:08 PM ET, 51 minutes before the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto, and just hours away from Pluto’s square to the Sun. There’s much to be released over the next couple of days involving power plays, resources, news from underground and emotional catharses.

More on that Full Moon: What is illuminated now is likely to be connected to events that happened around the July 16 lunar eclipse at 24 Capricorn. We will have further illumination on those events on the January 10 lunar eclipse at 20 Cancer — to be continued on the April 7 Full Moon at 18 Libra. As an example, see my notes on Shepard Smith’s horoscope below.

This  Sunday’s Full Moon is at 20 Aries, and the Sabian Symbols for this lunation offer the following insights: for the Aries Moon, it’s “a pugilist entering the ring;” for the Libra Sun it’s “a crowd upon the beach.” We last encountered this “pugilist” in July 2015. Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee suggests we apply this symbol to “the focused contest between social organization and individuality; the natural inclination to define one’s space; finding the range of one’s power, the impact of one’s punch”.  What are we fighting for? Are we championing a noble cause or are we just in it for ego recognition, born of insecurity? Will we inspire the world with our battle cry or will we just throw a temper tantrum and never mind the damaging consequences of our actions? Aries can go either way — big baby or warrior-hero — what will it be?  Meanwhile, I haven’t written about “the crowd” before, but here’s Bovee’s take.

And now, the news.

The New York Times continues to deliver its elective coverage in sync with planetary patterns. Astrology is simply amazing. On a day with Venus opposing Uranus, the NYT Sunday magazine was “The Culture Issue,” with plenty of unconventional women and other disruptive artists, including but not limited to:

  • “In Her Prime: Kathryn Hahn’s Explorations of Middle-Aged Desire.”
  • An in-depth homage to Susan Sontag, who wrote “Under the Sign of Saturn,” a planet we’ve been talking about for the last week (!)
  • An interview with actor Edward Norton, who has “(mostly) ditched Hollywood for the tech world”

Other headlines reflecting the Venus-Uranus face-off:

Meanwhile, Saturn square Sun (cuts and controls involving leaders) and Pluto square Sun (power plays) are heavy, heavy, heavy:

  • Millions of Northern Californians were left in the dark when Pacific Gas & Electric shut off power in order to prevent wildfires. The Guardian has an interesting analysis.  California’s horoscope has been supercharged for the past few years by transiting Uranus — and this will continue into 2020. Disruptive — pioneering — maverick — innovative — rebellious — those are the themes of current patterns.
  • Record-breaking rains and heavy flooding in Japan, courtesy of Typhoon Hagibis
  • “Ecuador protests: president imposes curfew amid worsening violence”
  • “Epic power struggle underway in Peru”
  • “‘South Park’ attacks China’s censorship in newest episode” — and — “Superstar German DJ permanently banned in China for liking ‘South Park’ tweet” — which all started this week with “NBA afraid to stand against China because money talks”
  • Jimmy Carter took a fall after his 95th birthday, but true to form, was out building homes for Habitat for Humanity the next day — with a bit of sobering advice for P45.
  • Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch ignored a P45 administration gag order and testified before the House, providing written testimony that (reports The Guardian) “expresses clearly and in the most solemn of settings, what growing numbers American diplomats have been feeling: that their institution is being left to rot.
  • It’s official: the ultra-rich pay a lower tax rate than the middle-class.
  • “Catch & Kill” — Ronan Farrow’s account of how NBC tried to quash Farrow’s efforts to investigate allegations of Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual abuse — was published. Farrow’s horoscope was discussed in March 2018.
  • A cut — and also a surprise: Fox News anchor and managing editor Shepard Smith abruptly resigned as of Friday, saying he hoped “facts would win the day.” Shepard renogiated his contract last year and had been with Fox for 23 years. Looking at his horoscope, we can appreciate the need for streamlining and breakdown, with the upside being empowerment. Born on January 14, 1964 in Holly Springs, MS (birth time unknown) Smith — like Greta Thunberg — has Sun and Moon in practical, achievement-focused Capricorn; both have likely been feeling the weight of transiting Saturn and Pluto. Pressure to make a daring break is suggested by transiting Uranus squaring his “rebel with a cause” Mars in Aquarius. He would have tendered his resignation right around the time transiting Mars squared his Mercury at 4 Capricorn (the energy of action/assertion applied to how he needs to think and communicate). “Coincidentally,” that is also when a scone caught fire in my toaster oven (obviously my horoscope was also activated by transiting Mars). His horoscope will be activated by Sunday’s Full Moon — and in December, his Mercury will be eclipsed. It will be interesting to see what kind of expansive project launches in mid-2020 when transiting Jupiter conjoins his Sun. A book deal or launch, perhaps?

UPDATE: on Boeing — a horoscope written about in this forecast back in March — and in my column in the current Mountain Astrologer. Major restructuring was anticipated; this week CEO & President Dennis Mullenberg was removed as Boeing’s board chairman; there will likely be more in January. Meanwhile, the Boeing 737 Max — scheduled to be put back into service around the time of Mercury’s next retrograde (ha ha ha — what were they thinking) — isn’t coming back until January 2020 at the earliest.  They’re too busy working on a flying car….

Finally, the Good News Network has discovered the key to happiness.  Who knew?

What’s going on in your horoscope? How will it be affected by today’s Full Moon? January’s Saturn-Pluto conjunction? Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

 

Monday 10/7/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week: Sun Square Saturn is Heavy; Politics, As Usual

Good morning!

The start of the work week is driven by the Moon in Aquarius, seeking to be appreciated for the social significance of whatever makes it unique — while hanging with other weird birds of the same feather. There is absolutely nothing contradictory here; it’s just the nature of Aquarius. Arise, go forth and network, stimulated by the buzz of whatever hits the wires in the wake of the 2:16 AM ET opposition between Mercury (how we need to think and travel) and Uranus (technology; aviation; innovation; gender-benders).  More surprises and upsets to the status quo continue as the Aquarius Moon squares Mercury and Uranus at 10:32 AM and 11: 36  ET. Meanwhile, the Libra Sun (patriarchs, CEOs, authority figures, heads of state) is squared by a high-functioning Saturn at 3:07 PM ET.  Events that were hot in the second weeks of July and April may be back in the limelight, taken to a new level.  Links to headlines from past Sun-Saturn squares may be found here.  You are feeling the streamlining pressure more than most if you have planets around 13 – 22 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn — or were born around the 5th – 14th of January, April, July or October. Resistance is futile. There is definitely an upside.  Consult your astrologer for details.

After today’s Sun-Saturn square, there are no exact contacts among the planets — except from the Moon — until Saturday night. These stretches of little t0 no planetary action should not be thought of as times when nothing is going on. We last had one of these “lulls” back in — oh, lookie — mid-April (around the last Sun-Saturn square). These apparent lulls are often deceptive. It’s like looking  at a giant ice shelf on the most sparkling sunny day ever…and then, for no apparent reason, half the shelf crumbles into the ocean. So if an “other shoe” drops in the headlines, I will not be surprised, and neither should you. It is interesting that — as with the April “lull,” we are warming up for a Full Moon, which will be exact on Sunday night. The rest of the week goes like this:

  • TUESDAY – An easy flow in the early part of the day. The Aquarius Moon goes void at 2:27 PM ET — ship it beforehand, then take care of routine tasks for the rest of the business day. Roll with the twists and flakes. CHILL OUT if a crisis crops up; it’s likely much ado about nothing. This is a loooooong void; Moon enters Pisces at 12:05 PM ET on Wednesday. Meanwhile, at 1:06 PM ET, Venus exits Libra and enters Scorpio. Venus in Scorpio needs depth and substance in social expression, along with passion, for better or for worse. “For worse” would be revenge, served cold. It’s an honor thing with Venus in Scorpio. There is a certain code that must be followed. It’s a tough, but somebody’s got to do it. Point is, Venus in Scorpio will be reflected in news about social expression, women, money and other values until November 1, when Venus enters Sagittarius.
  • WEDNESDAY — If you sleep through the alarm, no big deal. Moon is void until 12:05 PM ET, when it enters Pisces. How apt for Yom Kippur, a.k.a. day of atonement. Pisces invented empathy, compassion and forgiveness.
  • THURSDAY — More of the same — but no Moon void.
  • FRIDAYMoon goes void in Pisces at 5:55 AM ET — for the rest of the day. Are you skipping out early for a long holiday weekend? You won’t be missing anything of consequence at the office. Monday is Thanksgiving in Canada says my calendar.  It’s Columbus Day in most of the USA, although as of April,  more than 60 states and cities have renamed it “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”.
  • SATURDAY —  Moon charges into Aries at 12:46 AM ET; alerting our senses and demanding our focus. The buzz in the air is the unconventional attraction reflected by the annual opposition between Venus and Uranus at 6:06 PM ET. We’ll see disruptive news about money (watch the markets on Friday), women, art and social expression. Love at first sight?
  • SUNDAYMoon in Aries continues its me-me-me-first crusade (unless it’s looking out for the nearest underdog). Aries is fearless and inspiring at best; reckless and selfish at worst (which explains why that jerk cut you off on the freeway). But since you are now aware of this planetary pattern, you won’t react in anger to that jerk, right? You’ll just roll your eyes and know that things will settle down once the Moon enters Taurus, which happens around noon ET on Monday. But first you must live though this day, which begins with a bit of a wet blanket at 5:36 AM ET, as the me-me-me Aries Moon is squared by authority figure Saturn.  Hmm. Take a second look at that “creature like no other” you might have brought home last night?   Your moment of sobriety may be soon lifted by a jolly and cooperative connection between the Sun and Jupiter, exact at 2:02 PM ET (and in effect a few days before). But wait — there’s more! The Full Moon is exact at 5:08 PM ET, 51 minutes before the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto, and just hours away from Pluto’s square to the Sun. There’s much to be released over the next couple of days involving power plays, resources, news from underground and emotional catharses. Will write more on this Full Moon later in the week.

And now, the news.

I finished the first half of this forecast around midnight, just as a surprise  announcement (Mercury opposing Uranus at 2:16 AM ET) from the White House that after P45 spoke with Turkish  Prime Minister Erdogan yesterday, P45 was pulling US forces out of Syria, “getting out of the way” of a planned Turkish invasion. “Getting out of the way” also means “abandoning the Kurds, our longtime allies in the fight against ISIS,” which would be a potential reflection of today’s brutal Sun-Saturn square, as in “life sucks, then you die.” But don’t worry, the Trump Tower in Istanbul is going to be just fine.

The Turkish invasion was a surprise to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC & Senate Judiciary Chair & P45 golf buddy) — who was relying on “press reports” for details early this morning, according to his Twitter feed. Graham would be feeling provoked today, with Mars squaring his Venus, after Uranus squared his Jupiter two days ago. Usually a Uranus-Jupiter square suggests a windfall opportunity, though astrologer Robert Hand opines that “Jupiter symbolizes our ability to go along with the social and economic system in which you live and make it work for you. The square from Uranus tests your ability to handle your relationship with the system.” Hand also suggests that this transit may reflect a reality check on an otherwise unworkable viewpoint. Graham is a homeland/emotional security-seeking Cancer, driven by an adaptable Pisces Moon (July 9, 1955 in Central, SC). His Sun is at 16 Cancer, meaning it was squeezed by Saturn in February and July, with a third Saturn opposition on November 17th. But that’s not all, as the first quarter of 2020 is dominated by two solar arcs (another way astrologers measure time) suggesting disruption of the status quo and a significant loss (SA Pluto = Uranus and SA Saturn = Sun, for the astro pros reading this forecast). Graham’s latest tweet said that he would introduce a resolution in the Senate opposing the US withdrawal from Syria.

Bear in mind that the pattern driving most of action between now and January is the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn on January 12th. This is a no-frills attitude to authority and responsibility,  taken to extremes. There’s no dreamy/visionary pattern (e.g., Jupiter square Neptune) to soften a stark perspective. We are even seeing this in news coverage, as WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin writes today: “The media figured it out, just in the nick of time.”   Jupiter is the media; Neptune is fog; the fog is fading. Time to get real!

In other news, we need to keep an eye on October 19th, when Mars will be at 10 Libra, triggering the July 2nd solar eclipse. That will be an especially expansive week for P45, as noted in prior forecasts. Jupiter will be at 20-21 Sagittarius, activating P45’s Sun-Moon-Nodes and the US Mars-Neptune square.

Meanwhile…

Mercury in a challenging aspect with Uranus symbolizes humor of the wackiest kind. RIP to wacky comic Rip Taylor, a mainstay on the deliciously bizarre Gong Show.  Bizarre humor and a stark patriarchal perspective (Sun square Saturn-Pluto) is clearly reflected by Joker, which smashed box office records this weekend and has been hailed by at least one critic as a sign of the times.  Joker star Joaquin Phoenix was born with an exact Mercury-Uranus conjunction — one of several patterns in his horoscope that would enable him to step into that particular character.

In other news…

Reflecting last week’s Pluto change of station, suggesting breakdown in infrastructure and corruption exposed:

With Pluto squaring Venus last week, life and death matters involving women included

Other important SCOTUS cases to be heard during this stark period of planetary patterns involve gun rights and LGBT rights.

With Mars (men, desire, aggression, assertion) at the Aries Point and not behaving at its best in Libra last week, naturally a jockstrap had to make news, as Stephen Colbert explains somewhere in these clips.  Meanwhile, I told you Elizabeth Warren’s horoscope (Sun-Uranus conjunction) would be activated by this transit, and here she is smacking down tech mogul Mark Zuckerberg, and here she is smacking down absurd allegations by a lying ex-Marine…and here is SNL’s Kate McKinnon turning those absurd allegations into another brilliant sketch.

Andrew McCabe’s horoscope is triggered by planets at the Aries Point. “Judge to DOJ: decide on charging McCabe by Nov 15 or face release of FBI records.” A grand jury has yet to return an indictment.

UPDATE: Joe Biden has Neptune at the Aries Point, with Neptune ruling the area of his life related to home and family; transiting Mars activated the area of his life related to children. Mars on Neptune suggests scandal, deception, idealism, escapism, vision, victimization, drugs, alcohol. Thus we should not be surprised that Biden’s son Hunter is having his name dragged through the mud regarding past business dealings in the Ukraine because hid dad’s run for office is a threat to P45. What’s interesting about the timing of these events — from an astrological perspective — is that we can see in Biden’s horoscope that Neptune will soon be opposing his 19 Virgo Midheaven, both by solar arc (exact on January 1) and by transit (in 2020 and 2021). This suggests an element of confusion/fog and other Neptune themes in matters of home, family and public/professional status.  Another interesting astrological element is that I had not looked too deeply into Hunter Biden’s story, but The New Yorker ran an in-depth piece back in July, when the Cancer Sun was opposing Saturn and Pluto And, as I said, stories that were “up” at that time are likely to be back this month….and again in January 2020 because planetary patterns repeat themselves. And here we are. I did not know that Hunter Biden had struggled with so many Neptune issues…until now. And we see them being brought forward at this time by action in Joe Biden’s horoscope.   For more on this story, I refer you back to Jennifer Rubin.

UPDATERick Perry has Uranus at the Aries Point. Last week’s Mars trigger activated areas in his horoscope related to his professional status, hidden enemies and self-sabotage. Meanwhile, transiting Uranus (ruler of his Aquarius MC/point of professional status) is squaring Venus, ruler of his Taurus Ascendant. Translation: SURPRISE! Last week P45 blamed Rick Perry for making him call the Ukrainian president and ask him to do him a favor in return for US military aid. Yes, it’s all Rick Perry’s fault — and now he’s stepping down as Secretary of Energy in November. Well, his Mars is at 8 Libra, conjunct the toxic South Node and the fixed star Diadem.  My trusty astrological software posits that one of the influences of Diadem in the horoscope is “to sacrifice oneself.” Oh. As of two hours ago, Rick Perry says he’s not stepping down.   OK, let’s see where he’s at in mid-2020, when transiting Uranus will be putting continued pressure for change on his Venus AND his 9 Aquarius Midheaven.

UPDATE: Mitt Romney is also under attack. And like Rick Perry, he has Venus in “I love you, but don’t take it personally” Aquarius conjunct the MC, only Romney’s MC is under pressure now, whereas Perry has to wait several months. Here is his horoscope, which I’ve written about many many times — search the archives. Last year it was obvious that he’d win his bid to serve as a US Senator from Utah, and current measurements suggest expanded expression of his values, generally well-received. But next year, patterns shift. That’s why it’s good to check in with your astrologer every six months to a year, btw — because patterns — like the weather — are always changing. Anyhoo, we see that Neptune will be activating Mitt Romney’s horoscope in ways that are somewhat similar to Joe Biden: home/family/country/core foundation — in a cloud or fog.

Random hardcore reality checks reflecting Sun square Saturn-Pluto, from the Sunday New York Times:

Ending with a couple of uplifting (literally) headlines reflecting technological innovation (Mercury opposing Uranus) and Sun square Saturn (bones, especially spine):

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Monday 9/30/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Pluto Turns Direct

The start of the work week is driven by the Moon in Scorpio, demanding depth, substance, power and control. A revelation or other disruption pops up around 2:55 PM ET, as the Moon makes its weekly clash with rebel Uranus. Notable patterns this week are as follows:

  • TUESDAY — and in effect for the past several days. Venus squares Pluto at 12:14 AM ET, suggesting extremes and power plays in matters related to women, money, art and social expression. Extremes, eh? As in the cover of the last NYT Sunday Magazine? “Photographic Dispatches from the Extremities of the Earth.”  Of course they went to extremes — and also reflected Jupiter in boundary-pushing travel bug Sagittarius, square wiggy Neptune. If you have a planet around 20-21 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you may be feeling a push to emotional extremes more than most (Brad Pitt, that means you).  That being said, note your dreams in the AM, as the Moon harmonizes with Neptune at 9:13 AM ET. Keep on plumbing the depths for the rest of the business day and night, as the Moon has no speed bumps in its path.
  • WEDNESDAYMoon goes void at 5:46 AM ET and enters Sagittarius a 7:44 AM ET. Such a relief, as Sag needs to express its righteous opinion with enthusiasm. This is a day to expand horizions, walk in nature, take in a foreign perspective — no speed bumps today, either.
  • THURSDAY — First, Pluto turns direct at 2:37 AM ET, but we’ve been feeling the focus on matters of power and breakdown in areas of governments, corporations and resources for at least the past week — and will continune to feel that focus for several days. Seismic activity and other news from underground is another potential. At 4:15 AM ET, Mercury (how we need to think) leaves rational Libra for emotional Scorpio, determined to get to the bottom of things without showing its hand. Scorpio is a mute sign, doncha’ know. Have you ever heard a scorpion talk? Be prepared for deafening silence and ruthless mental machinations until….December 9th. Why so long? Because, dear Avid Reader, Mercury turns retrograde for the last time this year on October 31 at 11:42 AM ET. Mercury enters its shadow period on October 12th, which suggests that contracts contracts finalized during this time may require review and revision.
  • THURSDAYMoon squares Neptune at 1:15 PM ET — a dreamy lunch on the East Coast; doublecheck your communications for clarity. By now (and all this week), we may notice that action and aggression intended to makes things right are becoming prominent. Why? Because Mars is at the end of Virgo, about to enter Libra at…
  • FRIDAY12:22 AM ET. Avid Readers know that planets at the first degree of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn demand PROMINENCE. If you have a planet around this point, you may be feeling especially provoked or assertive. Edward Snowden comes to mind, as do Meryl Streep, Elizabeth Warren, Rudy Giuliani and Dean Baquet, the editor of the New York Times. Mars is challenged in Libra, as the conflict-avoidance needs of Libra are at odds with the crusading warrior needs of Mars. Becoming a warrior for peace would be a productive effort for Mars in Libra. Otherwise, Mars in Libra can go to passive-aggressive extremes to avoid a fight.
  • FRIDAY — The Sag Moon goes void at 3:34 AM ET, not to enter Capricorn until 1:43 PM ET. If you sleep through your alarm, no big deal — as are any other twists and flakes that disrupt your morning. Chill — and stick to routine concerns. Or — if you are free to wander, indulge the boundary-pushing needs of the Sag Moon until Capricon kicks in and demands we all get down to business. Mars in Libra’s conflict-avoidance will be put to the test as it squares the Capricorn Moon’s  “make it happen already!” drive for achievement.
  • SATURDAY — All day Moon in Capricorn is apt for practical chores around the home.
  • SUNDAY — More of the same — but with the weighty buzz of two patterns that will be exact on Monday. Innovation and technology are favored by Mercury’s opposition to Uranus. The Libra Sun (patriarchs, CEOs, authority figures, heads of state) is squared by a high-functioning Saturn. More on that in the next forecast — more falls would not be unexpected.

To find out what all of these patterns mean in your own personal world, here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

And now, the news.

WaPo‘s Sunday Magazine is already in synch with the weekend’s planetary patterns. Innovative technology (Mercury opposing Uranus), Sun (rules the heart) square Saturn (control) and the regenerative powers of Pluto turning direct are all here: “The Beating Heart (A terrible crime. A medical breakthrough. A last chance at life.) It’s about a heart transplant.

Meanwhile, it’s Fashion Week in NYC — and the NYT just posted this: “Blood. Money. Oil. And Clothes.”

UPDATE: Rudy Giuliani was just subpoenaed. He’s getting Mars from all angles this week. I’ve written about his horoscope before — search the archives.

UPDATE: it’s been four years since we looked at Kevin McCarthy’s horoscope. He’s now the House Minority Leader, and for the past four years his exact Mercury-Venus conjunction in Capricorn (idealistic and strategic mindset/values that seek status and achievement) has been supercharged by Uranus (disruptive), Pluto (persuasive) — and in recent months — Saturn. Anyone with a planet around 18 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn is feeling the pressure of Saturn’s demanding reality check on whatever transpired under Uranus and Pluto. For some, as my witty and brilliant intuitive pal Peri Lyons says, it can be experienced as “the reality check that bounced.”

The third hit of Saturn on McCarthy’s Mercury-Venus occurs during the first week of December, offering a final opportunity to streamline mindset and values that no longer serve. It was under the influence of Uranus  in June 2016 that McCarthy startled certain colleagues by blurting out his opinion (an argument for him having Moon in Sagittarius) that P45 was being paid by Vladimir Putin. Oh — and there was a tape — and it was brought to light by WaPo in May 2017 (after initially being denied by House Speaker Paul Ryan (conflict-averse Moon in Libra; Neptune fog exactly on the Ascendant, just like Rudy Giuliani). Anyhoo, last night on 60 Minutes, with transiting Mars near the Aries Point almost on his 28 Virgo Mars, McCarthy challenged interviewer Scott Pelley on the exact wording of the White House transcript of the Zelensky-P45 phone call. Not only was McCarthy wrong, but it seemed that he hadn’t even read the transcript (told ya so on Friday). Thus he is being prominently attacked in today’s headlines.  His Aquarius Sun is also under the disruptive potential of a square from transiting Uranus. A shake-up between now and early 2020 would not be surprising.

Fun fact: Scott Pelley’s Jupiter is right on McCarthy’s Mars — and his Leo Sun opposes McCarthy’s. We can appreciate the potential for tension between them — as well as the potential for a disruption to Pelley’s status quo in the ensuing months, too. (Pelley: July 28, 1957 in San Antonio, TX — birth time unknown).

UPDATE: on Brad Pitt, who thankfully just showed up in my office…on the cover of US magazine. We looked at his horoscope three years ago,  when Angeline Jolie had just filed for divorce.  Guess where Pitt’s Mercury is? 16 degrees Capricorn — pretty darn close to McCarthy’s. But we have a birth time for Pitt, so we can clearly see that in his horoscope, an activated Mercury is going to impact his marriage. In 2016, it was reflected by a break-up — and now, with transiting Saturn about to make the third in a series of meet-ups, we can see he’s getting serious and focused in relationship. “Yes, I’m in love again!” blares the cover of US. In Pitt’s horoscope, Mars rules love affairs and creative expression — and right now, transiting Mars is right on his 27 Virgo Midheaven. Yep — a public declaration of a love interest — makes total sense to see that at this time. Here is Pitt’s horoscope — lots to discuss — maybe on another day.

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Friday 9/27/2019 & the Weekend: New Moon in Libra; Mercury – Venus Square Saturn-Pluto in the News

TGIF!

It’s the last full day of the lunar cycle; the New Moon in Libra kicks in tomorrow at 2:26 PM ET. Right now, the day is driven by the Moon in Virgo, which seeks perfection in every detail, reflected by this morning’s stream of tweets pointing out that “Liddle” is not a word; apostrophes are not hyphens; and that it’s “d-e-s-c-r-i-b-e.” Also: “never-ending.”  We may feel listless or restless on a dead moon day, sensing that something new is just around the corner, but we don’t know what.  This is the time to wrap up projects and contemplate your list of intentions for the next cycle. It’s also an apt time for flying under the radar. Moon goes void at 11:58 PM ET on a meet-up with Mars, provoking a crusade to make things right. Chill in the wee hours, and then on…

  • SATURDAY — Moon enters Libra at 6:03 AM ET, but it’s not quite ready to start anything new. That won’t happen until 2:26 PM ET, when the Libra Moon meets up with the Sun. A harmony between Venus and Jupiter graces the day, exact at 7:40 PM ET. Not a bad day to buy a few lottery tickets, especially if you have planets around 18 degress of just about any sign.
  • SUNDAY — Moon in Libra continues its quest for balance and harmony in relationship, with a potential speedbump around 2:40 PM ET, when Moon clashes with Pluto, suggesting a power play or catharsis.  Moon goes void at 10:06 PM ET. 

No sleeping in on Monday. Moon enters Scorpio at 5:42 AM ET, demanding depth for the sake of control. Meanwhile….

Here is the chart for Saturday’s New Moon in Libra, set in Washington DC.

 

Note the pile-up of planets — including the Sun and Moon — in the 9th house. This suggests a cycle involving foreign affairs, courts, dogma, publishing, education, travel and collective belief systems. The Sun and Moon are square to the Ascendant, suggesting tension between actual ego identity and how that ego is seen. Saturn, Pluto and the toxic South Node are either just getting up to speed (e.g., Saturn, planet of control and authority) or are at a near-standstill (Pluto, planet of power and resources; corruption exposed). Not as prominent — but present — is a nearly-precise cooperative connection between oftimes fairy godparents, Venus (women, art, values, money) and Jupiter (BIG), both high-functioning in Libra and Sagittarius, signs they rules. Hmmm.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “the ideals of man abundantly crystalized” — and already it is interesting to see the word “abundantly” associated with a New Moon that has a sextile between Venus and Jupiter, planet of abundance. Sabian Sage Blain Bovee says this is an image of “the full expression of ideals brought into clear, definite form.” Wow! That does sound promising for manifesting dreams, does it not? I suppose it depends whether the crystals are a reflection of dazzling brilliance or a stern and rigid mindset. Bovee suggests we apply this Symbol with an awareness of “perspective that is a lens for viewing the whole.” Hmm — like astrology? That’s a seriously useful lens for viewing the world — and a person’s place in it.

You are more personally affected by the visionary seed-planting potential of this New Moon if you have a planet or angle around 5-6 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Believe in your dreams and give them form!

And now, the news.

Reflecting the fearsome potential of this week’s squares between Venus (women) and Saturn (control, authority), and Mercury (communication) and Pluto (corruption exposed),  along with the prominent ingress of the Sun (CEOs, leaders) in to Libra (its fall), I offer you:

In other news…

In light of this week’s headlines, Tarot Diva Beth Owlsdaughter really hit it out of the park with her Card of the Week.  Here’s what she posted on Monday.

Thank you for reading this forecast. Have a wonderful visionary weekend.  Let’s talk soon.

 

Monday 9/23/2019: Autumnal Equinox; Sun Enters Libra; Sneak Peek at the Week

Happy Autumnal Equinox…a perfect balance between day and night. At 3:51 AM ET, the Sun left Virgo and entered Libra, sign of the scales.

Libra is an 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 generally are seeking balance and are quite capable of swinging back and forth wildly as they search for it.

Did you know that Fox News (motto: “fair and balanced”) launched under a Libra Sun? If you’re now thinking “wow, there must be a lot more to a horoscope than just a Sun Sign,” I commend you. And that’s another  compelling reason why you should get to know your horoscope. Or have a professional explain it to you.

As sweet as Libra can be, they are not marshmallows. The term “iron fist in a velvet glove” often applies. Jimmy Carter is a Libra. So was Margaret Thatcher.  Tim Robbins, John Lithgow, Lee Harvey Oswald, Julie Andrews and Maria von Trapp (inspired casting?) — all Libras.

The Sun’s ingress into Libra means that it’s the first day of fall. Did you know that the Sun is considered to be in its fall when it’s in Libra? In the language of astrology, when a planet is in fall, it means it is traveling through a sign that is not compatible with the planet’s essential nature. The Sun is all about ego recognition, around which everything (and everyone) revolves. It needs to be this way. But Libra needs to be focused on WE, not ME. Maybe that’s why one of Libra’s traits is indecisiveness. The Sun also refers to heads of state and CEOs. [UPDATE 9/26: Adam Neumann — the CEO of WeWork is stepping down. Born on April 25, 1979 in Tel Aviv (time unknown), he has four planets in me-me-me Aries, including go-go-go Mars. Unfortunately the pioneering initiative symbolized by his Aries Mars is being challenged by the authoritative control/brick wall known as transiting Saturn. Meanwhile, his empire-building Taurus Sun is also being challenged  — by a meet-up with Uranus, disruptor of the status quo. A sudden change should not come as a surprise, with the upside potential being liberation. Apparently Neumann voted for his own ouster. Free at last — once the Saturn squeeze is behind him.]

In other news, 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, astro twins Meryl Streep & Elizabeth Warren were born with the Sun at the Aries Point. They’re pretty prominent in everything they do, don’t you think? Ted Cruz also born with the Sun at the Aries Point, and some have observed that he can stick out like a sore thumb — which is another form of prominence.

Meanwhile…

The day is driven by the Moon in Cancer, seeking to establish emotional and homeland security. Around 1:21 PM ET, the Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto, suggesting a power play or a emotional catharsis. I knew this was happening without even consulting my calendar, because I’m writing this from the deck of a deli on Fire Island. I was enjoying the beauty of the ocean and quiet, until the deli owner thought I really needed to listen to the Worst Radio Station of All Time. And even though I’m his only customer, he won’t turn the radio off. Power play! How are you experiencing this Moon-Pluto opposition? If it’s connecting with planets in your own personal horoscope, you are likely to feel it more than most.  The Moon goes void at 6:05 PM ET, on an easy aspect with action-hero Mars. Chill during the 11-hour void. Roll with whatever twists and flakes that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. The rest of the week goes like this — note that the patterns among Mercury, Venus and Jupiter that are exact on Wednesday and Thursday will be reflected a few days before:

  • TUESDAYMoon enters rip roarin’ Leo at 5:19 AM ET, looking for a way to shine, shine, shine. Note the potential for an upset or clarifying revelation around 3:12 PM ET, as Moon makes its weekly clash with rebel Uranus. Information involving courts, publishing, foreign affairs, travel, education and other Jupiter concerns flows easily, as Mercury harmonizes with the planet of expansion at 5:01 PM ET. Alert the media, it’s likely to be big.
  • WEDNESDAYMoon goes void at 12:14 PM ET for the entire business day. Stick to routine tasks and don’t freak out over perceived crises. So often those that arise during Moon voids evaporate once the Moon is back in gear. Meanwhile, Venus squares Saturn at 3:12 PM ET PM. Venus refers to women, money, aesthetics and social expression. Saturn refers to authority, patriarchy, cuts, ambition and controls. The square suggests we’ll see “women of steel” making news, along with cuts to budgets and cold shoulders.
  • THURSDAY –Moon enters Virgo at 6:37 AM ET, ready to clean up the mess made by the Leo’s all-night Moon-void party. It sails without much interference through the day, aided by a ruthlessly perspicacious contact between Mercury and Pluto, exact at 7:49 PM ET. Mercury refers to how we need to think; information; Pluto refers to power, breakdown, decay and news from underground. It’s a reliable alert that a diligent investigative reporter is about to deliver the goods.
  • FRIDAY — Note your dreams in the AM, as the Moon opposes Neptune at 9:22 AM ET. The Virgo’s need for perfection in every detail drives the day. Moon goes void at 11:58 PM ET, on a meet-up with Mars.
  • SATURDAYMoon enters Libra at 6:03 AM ET, but it’s not quite ready to start anything new. That won’t happen until 2:26 PM ET, when the Libra Moon meets up with the Sun. A harmony between Venus and Jupiter graces the day, exact at 7:40 PM ET. Not a bad day to buy a few lottery tickets, especially if you have planets around 18 degress of just about any sign.
  • SUNDAY — Moon in Libra continues its quest for balance and harmony in relationship, with a potential speedbump around 2:40 PM ET, when Moon once again clashes with Pluto. Won’t you turn that radio off NOW, pretty please? Moon goes void at 10:06 PM ET — chill for the rest of the night.

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And now, the news…

…brought to you by the third square between Jupiter (BIG) and Neptune (music, woo-woo, scandals, healing, vision, water, refugees, victims, dreams, wipeouts).

Planetary patterns are reflected in the obituary column, too.

UPDATE: on Al Gore. Avid Readers may recall I looked at his horoscope last month, and anticipated that we should be hearing from him fairly soon — and here he is:  “The Climate Crisis is the Battle of Our Time, and We Can Win.” Thank you, NYT, for publishing Gore’s op-ed on the front page of the Sunday Review, on the exact Jupiter-Neptune square! Here’s another interesting thing about the timing of this op-ed. Saturn is just one degree away from 15 Capricorn, which is where Pluto was on the seventh Uranus-Pluto square on March 17, 2015. Why is this interesting? Because on that day, the NYT published an op-ed on climate change from…Al Gore. Here is the forecast from that day.   The fact that Saturn is currently activating that seventh square suggests an opportunity to get real, take responsibility and make a game plan. In 2020, Jupiter will hit 15 Capricorn — so let’s see what kind of expansion occurs on the ambitious advance presented in Gore’s most recent op-ed.

Closing with a must-watch video: climate change activist Greta Thunberg makes big impassioned speech to the United Nations General Assembly, demanding action. I’ve written about her horoscope for the next issue of Mountain Astrologer, so stay tuned. One person really can change the world! Here’s what Greta inspired over the weekend: “Millions March in Youth-Led Global Climate Strike.”   — and this morning, in Washington DC: “‘Climate rebels’ shut down intersections across the District.” 

OK — time to hit the beach, while the beach and the birds are still here.

Thank you for reading this forecast. I’ll be back in the office tomorrow.

Wednesday 9/18/2019: Late Sneak Peek at the Week; Saturn Turns Direct; Jupiter Squares Neptune

It’s Wednesday and the Moon is in Taurus, driving the day with a need to build and maintain material comfort and security. It was in Taurus all day yesterday, starting at 6:31 AM ET. Barring planetary action in your own personal horoscope (consult your astrologer for details), much can be accomplished this week. Today’s Taurus Moon harmonizes with Saturn, Mars and Pluto in another one of those rare Earth Grand Trine formations (imagine an equilateral triangle). Whether it’s true or not, the need is to project an image of material self-sufficiency, as the Federal Reserve of New York did last night when it covered $53 billion in the overnight lending market. Yeah, sure — no problem — we got this.  So why the sudden squeeze?

You might have been feeling a squeeze — or an urge to make an ambitious advance — if you have a planet around 13-14 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Aries or Libra. Saturn — planet of structure, ambition and control — has been at 13-14 Capricorn since mid-August. This week it was at a virtual standstill, preparing to end its retrograde period and turn direct. When a planet nears its station (a.k.a. its turning point), it demands focus, not unlike the way a car horn demands focus when a driver leans on it. So when did Saturn’s retrograde period end? Today!! At 4:47 AM ET, in fact. And, as Avid Readers will recall, the U.S. horoscope has its Cancer Sun and Libra Saturn at 13 and 14 degrees, respectively. The last time transiting Saturn made a tough connection to the U.S. Sun-Saturn square was in 2011 — and one squeeze that occurred was the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating.   In the horoscope most commonly used for the U.S., Saturn rules the Second House: our finances, values and self-worth. The Sun rules the Ninth House: foreign affairs, publishing, collective beliefs. How are we feeling on the world stage these days? Squeezed? Diminshed? Controlling?

When Saturn turns direct after being retrograde (since April 29th), projects that have been delayed may now move forward, especially in Capricorn matters such as government/corporate structure and authority. You may find it interesting to read this post from June 2012, when Saturn turned direct in a week with a Jupiter-Neptune square (pushing boundaries in matters of faith and other Neptune concerns). Jupiter will square Neptune on Saturday.  Meanwhile, the Sabian Symbol for Saturn turning direct is 14 Capricorn (“an ancient bas-relief carved in granite). Blain Bovee’s insights on how to apply this symbol can be found here.  Here’s a breakdown for the rest of the week:

  • THURSDAY — the Taurus Moon trines the Virgo Sun and goes void at 9:57 AM ET — not to enter Gemini until 4:58 PM ET. Roll with the flakes and twists and do not freak out over a crisis that may crop up. Specifically, do not lose your head over it — and I say this because the Moon will go void in conjunction with the fixed star Algol. Avid Readers will recall that Algol is associated with losing one’s head — figuratively and literally. It is also associated with women who have been scorned, and as you know, Hell hath no fury, etc. The horoscopes of P45, Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell will be activated. Let’s see how they make headlines tomorrow. Whatever does demand our attention tomorrow will be riding the surge of perfect and correcting action, backed by awesome power and resources. Mars (in perfecting Virgo) will trine Pluto (in Capricorn). Of course we are seeing awesome physical feats in the news, like Sarah Thomas, who just swam the English Channel four times — NON-STOP. And of COURSE this is a BIG story about a WATER sport, because Jupiter square Neptune on Saturday. Astrology is amazing.
  • FRIDAYMoon in Gemini drives the day with a need for news, entertainment and diversity. Boundaries of belief and faith may be pushed around midnight, as the Moon
  • SATURDAY — …opposes Jupiter and squares Neptune, within minutes of 1 AM ET. Anger or assertion crops up around 10 AM ET, as Moon squares Mars. The biggest fish in the planetary pond is the third Jupiter-Neptune square, exact at 12:47 PM ET. Are you marching in the We the People March? Taking a stand for climate change? Otherwise trying to save the world? Moon squares the Sun at 10:41 PM ET –– time to wrap up projects from your New Moon agenda. Moon goes void at 10:41 PM ET and enters Cancer on…
  • SUNDAY — at 12:50 AM ET. Thoughts turn to emotional and home security needs — sobering and disciplined. Why? Because at 12:19 PM ET, Mercury (how we need to think) squares Saturn (controls, authority). But hey — with no Moon void, you can indulge in practical purchases to secure your home and country. Today is the last day of summer — the Autumnal Equinox is on Monday.

And now, the news…

…brought to you by the following:

  • Mars (anger, guns, action, desire) opposing Neptune (fog, glamour, viruses, ideals, oil oceans, drugs, magic, film), square Jupiter (big, horses, pancreas, liver, publishing, education, collective beliefs)
  • Mercury and Venus at the Aries Point — suggesting prominence in publishing and women, money, art, values
  • Sun-Mars trine Pluto — easy application of power and prowess; resources
  • Saturn stationing direct

The New York Times was right on schedule. Much as it publicly dismisses astrology because it is not “scientific,” it sure has served astrology well by consistently publishing stories in synch with planetary patterns. I just loved the cover of the NYT Sunday Magazine: a white rabbit being pulled out of hat (magic!) The hat was a mortarboard (worn by academics at graduation ceremonies — education!) The background color was rose (idealism!) What’s on the cover?  “The Hocus-Pocus of College Admissions.”    Gail Bichler, the design director of the cover photo says, “This week’s cover is a comment on the impossible challenge college admissions officials face in trying to achieve diversity and meet the university’s financial needs. The casting of the rabbit, for which we considered everything from fur color to ear shape, was crucial to the end product, a composite several images designed to look like the rabbit is being pulled from the graduation cap.” Dear NYT, you may not believe in astrology, but it clearly believes in you.  Keep up the great work!

Meanwhile…

Finally…although there is so much else we could report…an UPDATE on Israel. Back in May, we wrote:

UPDATE: on exciting news from Israel. You may recall that Israel’s horoscope is ripe for an upset this summer — and we were alerted to this potential before its most recent election. Thus it was disappointing to see the status quo preserved, and Netanyahu re-elected. Ohhhh — but wait! The fat lady has not yet sung in this opera, as Netanyahu has failed to form a government. That means there will be a new election on September 17, and we’re finding this out just a few days after the first disruptive square from Uranus to Israel’s stability-seeking Leo Moon. After September 17, whoever wins will have 42 days to form a government…and on November 3rd, Israel will have the second hit of Uranus square its Moon. Hmmm. Things get even more interesting in January 2020.

Israel’s election was held yesterday…and as of righthisminute, Benny Gantz has a closerthanthis lead over Netanyahu.   Stay tuned, as the fat lady is still waiting for her cue.

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Friday 9/13/2019 and the Weekend: Full Moon in Pisces; the Wiggy Continues: Big Giant News Round-Up

TGIF!

The Moon is in Pisces and emotions are on the rise. Here’s reminder of planetary patterns today and this weekend:

  • FRIDAY — Lots of action, as the Pisces Moon makes contact with multiple planets between 10 AM and midnight: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Neptune and Pluto. The hours around 4 PM may be exceptionally assertive, in a fanatical/sexy/scandalous sort of way. That’s when Moon makes contact with Mars and Neptune, as the planets of action/assertion and vision/fog prepare for a face-off minutes after the Moon waxes to its fullness on Saturday.
  • Meanwhile, Mercury and Venus will meet up at the very end of Virgo at 11:12 AM ET. They will both be at the Aries Point over the next few days, suggesting prominent matters in the headlines involving contracts and other documents, communication, arts, women, money and social expression. Power players — including energy resources as well as people — are likely consolidating forces, as the Sun trines (harmonizes) with Pluto at 3:36 PM ET.
  • SATURDAY — the Full Moon in Pisces occurs at 12:33 AM ET, close to the Aries Point.  This is an especially wiggy one, as it is within minutes of the Mars-Neptune opposition at 1:26 AM ET. Quelle scandale — likely involving fiercely held matters of faith. Meanwhile, Mercury and Venus both leave Virgo for Libra at 3:15 AM ET and 9:43 AM ET, respectively. Mercury’s condition diminishes; Venus’s condition improves. The Pisces Moon goes void at its moment of fullness….not to charge into Aries until 6:32 PM ET. Once there, it focuses its me- me-me needs against the we-we-we drive of Mercury and Venus for the rest of the evening.
  • SUNDAY — Moon continues its crusade in Aries without interference; you are free to shop, as it will not be void. Moon squares Saturn at 10:29 PM ET. Do we really have to go to work on Monday? Yes. Yes, we do.

A few notes on the Full Moon, which will be exact at 21 Pisces, opposing the Sun at 21 Virgo. This is a significant activation for the United States. In the U.S. horoscope, this Full Moon will trigger the fanatical potential of the U.S. Mars-Neptune square. This is the part of the U.S. horoscope that reflects our romantic idealization (Neptune) of everything Mars, i.e., soldiers, cars, guns, action heroes, etc. — and also our need for diverse, clever and entertaining initiatives (the U.S. Mars is in Gemini) for the perfect American Dream (the U.S. Neptune is in Virgo). Avid Readers will recall that many many many heavy players in U.S. politics have horoscopes that are tied to the U.S. Mars-Neptune square. Exhibit A: P45, whose Sun and Moon are at 22 Gemini and 21 Sagittarius. So whenever his blah blah blah Gemini Sun and righteously opinionated Sag Moon are activated, the U.S. Mars-Neptune square is also activated. Isn’t that interesting? Mike Pence has Mercury (how he needs to think and communicate) at 21 Gemini. Modern Russia has the Sun at 21 Gemini. Coincidence or conspiracy?

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

The Sabian Symbols for the Full Moon are (for the Pisces Moon) “a man bringing down the new law from Mount Sinai” and (for the Virgo Sun) “a royal coat of arms.” Sabian Sage Blain Bovee writes that these symbols suggest awareness of two shared motifs: “Might is right” and “all authority goes to blazes.” We are advised to apply this pair with a mind to awareness of “…the prevailing standards of privilege and power; justifications that can really burn you up,” along with spiritual rationalization of actions and authority; preaching from a clueless perspective; “intense feelings about the chosen one; passions that champion divine rule.” Here is a link to Bovee’s book on Sabian Symbols — a most excellent add to your library.

What’s going on in your horoscope? Is it being activated by this Full Moon or other planetary patterns? If you haven’t consulted with your astrologer in over a year, you’re due for a check-up. Here’s the 411 on consultations.

And now, the news.

The fast-approaching T-square among Jupiter in Sag, Mars in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces suggests headlines involving scandal, faith, horses, fanatics, liver, water in all excessive forms, victims, saviors, toxins, chemicals, drugs, healing, education,  film, music, intrigue, guns, cars, the surreal and the sublime. Here’s a sampling:

Meanwhile, even P45 is reflecting planetary patterns — in general and in his own horoscope. This week he and Melania announced an initiative to ban all flavored e-cigarettes because six people have died and hundreds have apparently been sickened by toxic contaminents. Toxins and other drugs are oh-so Mars-Jupiter-Neptune. So is befuddlement and memory loss. So when P45 spoke of his wife having a son — followed by a seemingly hesitant “together,” many found it odd, including The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, who has it on tape.  But ever since the Sun, Mars, Venus and Mercury crossed P45’s 29 Leo Ascendant a couple of weeks ago, the way in which he is being seen by others (which is a key symbolism of the Ascendant) is generating more attention. And what is being seen is more and  more bewildering. Last week, he reinvented the weather, armed with a Sharpie, a cat video and a tweet at midnight –– after sending Alabama into a panic. Last night during the Dem Debate, he complained that energy-efficient lightbulbs were expensive and “made him look orange.”   Is there something else activating his Ascendant, perhaps?

Yes, there is. In effect for the past few months and exact on October 1st, we see a measurment between the Ascendant and Pluto. Keywords for Pluto include empowerment, transformation, breakdown and decay. An upside potential of this measurement is successful persuasion (projecting the power potential of Pluto on the public, for better or for worse). Another measurement in effect for the past few months and exact on September 27 is between Venus and Neptune. In P45’s horoscope, Venus refers to the area of his life that involves siblings, neighbors, local travel — and how he thinks and communicates. It also refers to his professional status. How do Venus and Neptune combine? Upside: the creation of an aesthetic ideal or romance. Downside: Neptune denies material form, seeking to dissolve whatever it touches. Neptune suggests illusion.

In P45’s natal horoscope, Neptune is involved in how he needs to think and communicate, as his Mercury (how he needs to think, etc) is squared by Neptune. Upside: inspiring and intuitive visionary communicator. Downside potential: snake oil salesman; fanciful; delusional; confusing. Over the past several years, when Neptune has activated P45’s horoscope, it has been weird. In 2011 and 2012, when transiting Neptune opposed his Ascendant, he falsely claimed that President Obama was born in Kenya, and that President Obama’s Hawaii-issued birth certificate was fake. Total Neptune delusion. Now, in 2019, transiting Neptune is squaring P45’s natal Uranus, which refers to matters involving partnerships (marital and business) and the public. Neptune in his horoscope refers to matters of shared values and investments. Robert Hand opines that transiting Neptune squaring Uranus can reflect sudden mood swings, secrets outed, having to face the truth about a difficult aspect of oneself — or about the world in general. In 2021, transiting Neptune will be exact or quite close to a square to his Sun-Moon opposition for the next two years. Wherever he is during that time span may recall the weirdness of his birther conspiracy campaign.

In the near-term future — i.e., the next six weeks, Avid Readers will recall that October is when transiting Jupiter will activate P45’s Sun and Moon for the third and final time this year. The first hit was in February — and here’s what happened then. We can anticipate similarly expansive and persuasive actions from P45 in last ten days of October. Even before then, we anticipate daring and/or reckless assertion, as transiting Mars squares his Uranus, Moon and Sun between September 15th and the 23rd, with one more expansive risk or innovation suggested on September 28th.

OK. Enough about P45. Look at all these cool and uplifting stories compiled on the Good News Network — yayyyy! And look at this way- cool NYT op-ed: “Even Physicists Don’t Understand Quantum Mechanics.” Y’know, physicists have a lot in common with astrologers…

What’s going on in your horoscope?

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Wednesday 9/11/2019: By Special Request

The Moon is void in Aquarius all day, seeking ways to network and be of social significance. A fast-approaching T-square among Mars, Jupiter and Neptune pushes the boundaries of faith and belief, fueled by perfecting and exacting assertion and/or aggression. Today is the 18th anniversary of  9/11 — one of those days that Changed Everything. And today I’ve received several requests from Avid Readers, asking for some words of wisdom. I’m still working on my article for Mountain Astrologer, so  I’m offering a post I wrote seven years ago, on September 12th, 2012.

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 9/12/2012: Let It Shine

So yesterday was September 11th, and it was the 11th anniversary of an act of violence that stunned the world and resulted in the loss of thousands of lives. I couldn’t bring myself to acknowledge this in yesterday’s forecast because, frankly, I was living in New York on That Day. Then I noted someone on Facebook opining that on every September 11th since, all of America gets very patriotic, while New Yorkers just get somber and quiet. So I thought, “OK, I’ll post something.”  After all, the Moon was in Cancer (needing to focus on homeland/emotional security; America is a Cancer nation, etc.), and it was slowly approaching a square to serious Saturn, suggesting a need for gravitas.

Here’s what I wrote:

What I remember about That Day was how quiet the city became in the aftermath. We gathered at night in public places, needing the support of community. We gave up our defensive edges. We slowed down. Drivers did not honk their horns. With whomever we met in the course of the day, we would take the time to look into each others’ eyes and ask, with heartfelt sincerity, “how are you”?

We approached each other with such loving kindness — back then — perhaps because we were all so conscious of our collective shock and grief. Everyone seemed to know someone who knew someone who had died…or was at Ground Zero and escaped, covered in ash…or was supposed to be there, but Fate intervened, and they missed their train or their appointment in the city was canceled or whatever. Point is, we all had a story to tell…and a connection to this experience that connected us to each other. We were able to see ourselves in each other.

Time passes…it heals wounds…and we forget. And often, we forget the connection. Separation — which is an illusion — creeps back in. It’s us against them. We racing to get here, there, everywhere. We get impatient with each other and start honking our horns again…or worse. And yes, I do have a thing against people who honk their horns and I have a byline to prove it — in the New York Times, no less.  Point is, we are still sharing the same human experience — in a Big Picture, yet profoundly simple way. Even though we may forget.

These thoughts led me to decide as my tribute to 9/11,  I would pretend to be an exalted human being — and try to act accordingly — during the course of my errands in the city. That meant taking the time to consciously assess whomever I  engaged and imagining myself in their position before promoting my own agenda.

The employee behind the counter at Pret A Manger, for example, was a 20-something man with a wonderfully grounded, friendly intelligence. I thought about where he was at in his life — working behind a counter for probably not much more than minimum wage — and I wondered what his dreams might be at this nascent stage of his career. And as we were discussing the comparative merits of the caffeinated beverages offered at this fine establishment, I found myself telling him what a great job he was doing, and that I was certain his attitude and attentive presence would take him very far in life. I put my two dollars on the counter to pay for my coffee (decided not to spring for the cappuccino), and darned if he didn’t say, “It’s on the house”.

What a delightful surprise. What a lovely connection.

I then added a paragraph about the planetary patterns active on the day I wrote those words — you can read it  here. I closed with:

…And look…here’s a song to inspire you…so many versions to choose from. Take your pick of Odettathe Boss or the Templet Family Band. A tough choice, for sure.OMG, here’s Brenda Lee, too.  The Odetta version opens with a passage written by Marianne Williamson that may give you chills….and…oh wow. Apparently Odetta sang this song(with the Harlem Boys Choir) on the first Letterman show after 9/11. I did not know that…until now.

On this day — driven by Moon in Aquarius — we have an apt opportunity to connect with our tribe, our group, our posse — while celebrating each individual  within the group for his or her or their unique social expression.

Thank you for reading this forecast.