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Monday 11/25/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; New Moon in Sagittarius; Neptune Direct; Les Grandes Dames of Venus-Jupiter at the Aries Point

Good Afternoon!

It’s a holiday week in these United States, but if you are working anyway, there is much that can be accomplished — starting with this morning. Moon is in Scorpio, driving the day with a need to dig deep for knowledge – -all for the sake of power and control. That’s where it was yesterday, and headlines were flooded with stories of dirt dug up. It is a dead Moon — the end of the lunar cycle. This accounts for any restlessness or listlessness you may feel, sensing that there is something new around the corner, but you don’t know what. A dead Moon is apt for projects and meetings you hope will fly under the radar, hidden by the lack of light from the Moon. Today’s Scorpio Moon goes void at 12:30 PM ET — for the rest of the business day. Stick to routine projects during the void; roll with any twists or flakes that disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. CHILL OUT if a crisis erupts; it will likely dissipate once the Moon enters the next sign — Sagittarius — at 3:11 AM on TUESDAY.

Meanwhile, Venus changes signs today, leaving boundary-pushing Sagittarius for hard-nosed Capricorn. “How can we make this work?” is a Capricorn concern — and Venus in Capricorn can be quite the social climber, strategically considering how to best use assets — including people — for status and accomplishment. Issues involving women, money, art and social expression are likely to be prominent today through Wednesday, as Venus will be at the Aries Point, which includes the very start of Capricorn.  Here’s the rest of the week:

  • TUESDAYNew Moon begins at 10:06 AM ET — in Sagittarius. Light a candle and make a list of intentions for the next cycle. You are more personally affected if you have a planet around 4 degrees of Sagittarius, Gemini. Virgo and Pisces. This New Moon isn’t connected to any other planets in the chart; it’s functioning as a focused island of righteous opinion and ideals — making a lot of noise as it seeks attention. Two planets that are making plenty of helpful connections are 1) Mercury, which is in a cooperative connection with Saturn (sobering structure) and Pluto (dirt-digging; power and resources); and 2) Venus, which is a similar connection with a high-functioning Mars (action) and trine to Uranus (freedom, intensity, technology, astrology). There is a message to be effectively channeled during this lunar cycle, free and clear from other influences. It stands alone — marching to its own beat, as it were.
  • TUESDAY — The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “an owl up a tree.” The seeds planted during this lunar cycle relate to wisdom; seeing the big picture from all angles. Wherever this New Moon falls in your horoscope is an area of life that may be ripe for a radical new perspective, based on a lofty mindset.  Also of interest in this New Moon chart: Jupiter is at the end of Sagittarius — getting close to the Aries Point. For the next two weeks, watch for significant news involving publishing, travel, courts, legal opinions, liver, horses, sports — all matters ruled by Jupiter. Equally interesting: Neptune is at a virtual standstill, about to turn direct on…
  • WEDNESDAY…at 7:33 AM ET. Pay attention to your dreams all week. A planet at a standstill is another pattern that demands attention and focus — so here we see why matters involving vision, healing, drugs, spirits, scandal, oil, refugees, oceans, etc (all things ruled by Neptune) will be hot in the headlines.  If you’re a Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius or Gemini born halfway through your sign, you’re feeling the influence more than most. Same if you have a planet or angle around 15 degrees of those signs. Upside potential: profound spiritual or creative inspiration. Downside potential: feeling lost, victimized or wiped out. Consult your astrologer for details.
  • THURSDAY — The Sag Moon will be void between 5:50 AM ET and 7:33 AM ET. Then it enters Capricorn for your Thanksgiving Day feast with family and friends. Remember the Capricorn mantra: “How can we make this work (so we can get something done!)” Reaching across the aisle is highly favored, reflected by 1) a harmony between Mercury and Neptune (idealized thinking/vision) and 2) Venus in harmony (trine) Uranus, which favors unconventional attraction and friendship. There are no speed bumps involving the Moon all day; in fact, the goal-oriented drive of the Capricorn Moon is supported today and tomorrow by easy connections to Mercury-Neptune and Venus-Uranus. Count your blessings!
  • FRIDAYMoon in Capricorn remains focused on taking care of business. Part of its goal includes getting the word out, so as to inspire the troops, suggested by those helpful connections among the Moon, Mercury and Neptune — exact at 12:40 PM ET and 3:30 PM ET. The rest of the day is heavier, as the Moon meets up with sobering Saturn at 4:17 PM ET, followed by Pluto at 10:57 PM ET — there’s your weekly power play or emotional catharsis, upon which the Moon goes void until 3:13 PM ET on...
  • SATURDAY — Chill, chill, chill! A Moon void is not favored for impulsive purchases, as what is purchased may not fulfill expectations. Strategic thinking and investigative reporting mark the next few days, as Mercury makes the third of a series of sextiles (cooperative connections) between Saturn and Pluto. What’s your plan? The harmony between Mercury and Saturn is at 1:12 AM ET; the sextile to Pluto is exact on Tuesday. Once the Moon enters Aquarius at 3:13 PM ET, the need is to network among friends and associations, seeking to be socially significant within the context of a group. A surprise or shock may disrupt the flow around 9:38 PM ET, as Moon squares rebel Uranus.
  • SUNDAY — If you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, get to the gym. Moon squares Mars at 6:43 AM ET, looking for an assertive outlet. The rest of the day flows easily. This is the last full day of Jupiter in Sagittarius, its home sign. Jupiter enters Capricorn on MONDAY, ushering in new criteria for reward and expansion. If you’re Adam Schiff, Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Warren or Meryl Streep, you’re personally affected.

The news will return in the next forecast. There’s so much to write about that happened last week as anticipated — Israel’s  Netanyahu was indicted; Benny Gantz — who ran against him in the last election — failed to form a government. No surprise to anyone who’s been following this forecast — or read my take on Israel’s horoscope in the last Mountain Astrologer. We were expecting another upset for Israel at this time.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the weekend’s two big patterns — the shockingly aggressive innovation of Mars opposing Uranus, coupled with BIG news of valuable objects (Jupiter and Venus at the Aries Point), wipe-out and scandal (Neptune at a standstill) during a dead Moon (favoring covert operations):

Elsewhere, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, representing the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn Coalition has officially tossed his hat into the Democratic presidential campaign — here’s his horoscope — will update it soon, I hope. And — oh! — Fiona Hill testified before Congress last week — did you see her declare the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?  She was born in October 1965 — no birthday known as of yet. She’s either a Libra having a sobering and authoritative experience with transiting Saturn, or a Scorpio being catalyzed by transiting Uranus. She might even be a double Scorpio, like Marie Yovanovitch. You can see why that speculation is plausible when you learn how she responded to a bullying classmate who set her pigtails on fire when she was just 11 years old. What do you think?

I would love to keep writing, but I must stop and focus my efforts on the new website that will be launched on Wednesday — at the appropriate astrological time. It’s been an tremendous effort over the past few weeks — I can’t wait for you to see it!

Until then, I leave you with Tarot Diva Beth Owlsdaughter’s Card of the Week — totally in synch with the mystic focus of Neptune turning direct…and Venus (women) demanding serious focus in Capricorn, at the prominent Aries Point.  Brava, Beth!

Thank you for reading this forecast. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!



Monday 11/18/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Mercury Direct & Other Planetary Shifts

Alll-righty then!

The start of the work week is driven by the Moon in rip, roarin’ Leo, looking for a stage upon which to shine or a royal edict to pronounce. A fun Moon in Leo exercise is to pay someone a compliment — and see how they handle the appreciation. Around 1:53 PM ET, Moon squares Mercury, suggesting a creative expression demanding depth along with a sense of play.

General notes for the week: there are no exact aspects among the planets — except from the Moon — until Sunday. We’ll feel the tension building to a release all week. Meanwhile, two planets will change signsSun and Mars. One planet changes directionMercury.  A fourth planet — Jupiter — is also worth noting, as it is almost through with its year-long sojourn in Sagittarius, the sign it rules. It leaves Sag for Capricorn on December 2, where its expansive and jovial nature must then find a way to conform to Capricorn’s insistence on status, structure and achievement — through all of 2020. But before it exits Sag, Jupiter will make contact with the Galactic Center — i.e., 27 degrees of Sagittarius. Ooh, what’s that?

The Galactic Center is a “supermassive black hole” around which everything in our galaxy revolves. The black hole seems to be a source of massive radio waves, so if one had a planet or point around 26-27  Sagittarius in the horoscope, that planet/point might be exceptionally tuned in to messages from Central Command. Peri Lyons (a gifted intuitive I’ve mentioned before),  would be one example, as her Sun and Ascendant are connected to the Galactic Center– and she is quite a channel. I have a planet in touch with the GC, too. How about you?  If you would like a few paragraphs of personal insights on the Galactic Center in your horoscope — and how it may be personally affected by Jupiter this week, I will be happy to oblige. Toss $44  into my Cosmic Tip Jar.  Send me your birth data via this form — and stay tuned!

The rest of the week goes like this:

  • TUESDAYMars leaves Libra for Scorpio at 2:41 AM ET, where it will advance its heroic agenda with ruthless precision until January 3rd. Mars functions much more effectively in Scorpio than it does in Libra, so this is an improvement. The day continues to be driven by a Leo Moon, which goes void at 4:11 PM ET. Chill until 8:54 PM ET, when Moon enters Virgo and seeks to clean up any mess made during Leo’s party. 4:11 PM ET is also the time of the Third Quarter Moon, suggesting a challenge or an advance in the wake of whatever was illuminated by last week’s Full Moon. Other than that, the Moon is well-supported by aspects from Venus, Jupiter and Mars. Any  caution against rushing to hit “send” on an initiative that is not expressly intended to “RE” anything (reorganize, reconnect, etc.) is reflected by Mercury retrograde. Once again it’s slowing to a virtual standstill (from our perspective here on Earth), inviting us to maintain FOCUS as it turns direct on….
  • WEDNESDAY — at 2:12 PM ET. Between now and December 7th, we’ll have a chance to review all the ideas that seemed so great in recent weeks. Make the adjustments required and carry on. ‘Round midnight ET, the perfection sought by the Virgo Moon may be fogged up or idealized by an opposition to Neptune. For artists and other creative/soulful types, this can be inspiring.
  • THURSDAY — An excellent day to sort things out and push for details. The Moon is in Virgo all day and does not go void until 10:31 PM ET — and then for just under an hour. If you are new to this forecast and unfamiliar with the term “Moon void,” here’s a primer on how to handle it.  Note a potential aesthetic indulgence or conflict around 2:39 PM ET, as Moon squares Venus in boundary-pushing Sagittarius. More expansion is suggested around 7:25 PM ET, as the Moon then squares Jupiter. Once in Libra at 11:20 PM ET, the Moon shifts gears from perfection to people-pleasing.
  • FRIDAY — No exact aspects to the Moon on this day can make your TGIF feel as if it’s stuck in first gear. Keep chuggin’ along, adjusting to Mercury’s shift from retrograde to direct. Today at 10 AM ET, we have the third planetary shift of the week: the Sun leaves Scorpio and enters Sagittarius. This is also an improved condition, as the gaseous fireball that is the Sun thrives in Sagittarius,  a Fire Sign.
  • SATURDAY — the wet blanket or authoritarian advance you may have experienced around 3:53 AM ET was reflecting the Libra Moon’s square to patriarchal Saturn. At 10:31 AM ET, Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto, suggesting a power play or emotional catharsis.  Your Saturday night date is blessed by a cooperative connection among the Moon, Venus and Jupiter, exact at 9 PM and 9:49 PM ET, respectively. Let the good times roll! Moon goes void at 9:49 PM ET and plunges into Scorpio on…
  • SUNDAY — AT 12:58 PM ET. A Scorpio Moon needs emotional depth, power and control. This particular Scorpio Moon is happening in the last days of the lunar cycle, apt for clandestine meetings and other activities one hopes will fly under the radar. And Scorpio is so skilled at keeping secrets — some of which may be quite daring and expansive. Headlines this morning may be startling. At 6:56 AM ET, the Scorpio Moon meets up with Mars, primed for action. At 6:31 AM ET, Moon opposes rebel Uranus, suggesting a jolt or other upset to the status quo. At 8:33 AM ET, Venus meets up with Jupiter in Sagittarius. If you were born around the 19th of December, March, June or September…or if you have a planet or angle around 28 degrees of just about any sign (but especially Sagittarius), I would like to know how you are personally experiencing the expansive and (usually) fortunate potential suggested by this meet-up. We’re sure to read about a few of them in the news.
  • SUNDAY — But wait, there’s more: at 11:49 AM ET, action hero Mars — so very strong in Scorpio — opposes Uranus. This is the release of the buzz that has been building over the past few days. Its potential includes shocks and breakthroughs involving explosives, sports, technology (and astrology), men and seismic activity. We’ll hear about it around 10:50 PM ET, when the Moon meets up with Mercury (how we need to think and communicate). As they say in TeeVee News, “film at 11…”

And now, the news.

Last week we were talking about Monday’s transit of Mercury, closely followed by Tuesday’s Full Moon in Taurus. Here’s that forecast, if you missed it. Guess whose horoscope was directly affected? Exhibit A: Marie Yovanovitch, the summarily dismissed and maliciously maligned former ambassador to Ukraine. Did you watch her testify on the second day of the public impeachment hearings on Friday? I wish I could say that everyone on the flight to NY from New Orleans was glued to their TV screens, but most were playing video games or watching movies featuring guns and car chases.

Anyhoo, Marie Yovanovitch kept her cool, as you’d expect her to do as a Scorpio born on 11/11/58 in Montreal (unknown birth time).  Her Sun and Venus were activated by Mercury’s transit and the Full Moon — and perhaps her Scorpio Moon was, too. Oh — and she has Jupiter and Neptune in Scorpio — this is a woman on a mission, thank you very much. She is  fiercely independent and innovative, suggested by her Sun-Venus conjunction’s square to rebel Uranus, as well as this NYT op-ed. We can also understand why P45 would find her such a threat. He made that clear by badmouthing her via tweet as she was testifying. Guess where her Mars is? At 25 Taurus, right on his Midheaven and square his Mars. Know who else has Mars at 25 Taurus? Nancy Pelosi (who also has a fearless Scorpio Moon).

Exhibit B: Prince Andrew, who went on the telly last week to say he has no recollection of ever meeting Virginia Giuffre and can’t explain the photo of him smiling with his arm wrapped around the then 17-year-old’s waist. The planet in his horoscope ruling matters of significant others and shared values/investments was activated. Virginia Giuffre, as you may recall, is one of Jeffrey Epstein’s many accusers. The interview has been widely panned (says the NYT) as “nuclear explosion bad.” Prince Andrew’s horoscope is scheduled for major activity in 2020, starting in January. That’s when his Midheaven (career/public status) will be challenged by squares from both Saturn and Pluto, suggesting streamlining and transformation.

Exhibit C was affected by the Full Moon — and especially the Mercury transit, as it built on communications that happened in 2015 and 2016 (re-read Monday’s forecast for details). Senior White House staffer and Stephen Miller made headlines when a trove of 900 emails he’d sent to  a writer at Breitbart were leaked by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The emails revealed that Mr. Miller sought to sought to “promote white nationalism, far-right extremist ideas and anti-immigrant rhetoric,” according to the Washington Post. When were those emails written? In a 15-month period between 2015 and 2016. What planet in his horoscope was activated? His regal Mars in Leo, ruler of the area of his horoscope that refers to written communication and how he needs to think. It’s just amazing how many people with Mars in Leo are making news for arguably authoritarian ways of being and doing.

UPDATE: on the ongoing upsets to the status quo involving all things related to Taurus, as Uranus travels through the sign of the bull:

Other stories you may enjoy:

Avid Readers may recall that P45’s horoscope was up for a considerable squeeze starting in November and continuing through 2020.

UPDATE: on Pete Buttigieg, who has taken a decisive lead in the Iowa polls. We still do not have a confirmed birth time for his horoscope,  but with transiting Jupiter meeting up with his natal Neptune last Wednesday, we can see how his ability to be seen as an inspiration at his time would be amplified. A sextile to Pluto from Jupiter would reflect easy access to power and resources.

In other news…there are leaks and more leaks…some of which involve the authoritarian themes reflecting Saturn in Capricorn, as it prepares to meet up with Pluto (extremism) on January 12th:

Finally, add last week’s dreamy/foggy Venus-Neptune square:

  • Boris Johnson’s special friend Jennifer Arcuri bemoaning how she has kept his secrets, only to be cast aside “like a one-night stand”
  • Venus refers to art; Neptune refers to floods. Venice has been underwater for days
  • NYT columnist Frank Bruni compares Devin Nunes to romance novelist Danielle Steel. Venus-Neptune — that’s romantic — and Bruni really has a way with words in this op-ed, as in “the Cirque du Soleil of c’est la vie….”
  • Venus-Neptune patterns also refer to compassion and healing. The Good News Network always delivers

Thank you for reading this forecast. And thanks to Avid Reader Katya for sharing this photo of her valiant effort to watch last Monday’s transit of Mercury — on a day with Mercury retrograde…d’oh!

Monday 11/11/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; the Transit of Mercury: Full Moon in Taurus

Greetings from 35,000 feet!

I’m psyched to be heading to New Orleans for a little Mercury retrograde REtreat, as it is sure to be more fun than the REorganization of my closets that took up most of  yesterday’s long Moon void in Aries (which began around 9 AM ET and ended at 5 PM ET). Usually I would have done that at the end of the September in conjunction with the mercury falling, but there was no need to switch out tank tops for heavy sweaters…until now. How are you making the most of this Mercury retrograde opportunity to REcharge, RElax and REview? Any unexpected REunions and calls from people you haven’t heard from in years? How are your schedules flowing? Are you maintaining an attitude of flexibility with any lapse or misunderstanding in communication?

Mercury is a big focus today, thanks to a relatively rare event  that happens about 13 times in a century. It called a transit of Mercury.  At 10:22 AM ET, Mercury and the Sun will meet up at 18 degrees of Scorpio. What makes it rare is that Mercury will cross in front of the Sun – not behind it. In other words, the meet-up will be visible to many on Spaceship Earth, including those in the U.S. It’s not unlike what you see when there is an eclipse involving the Moon, except that the Sun is not blotted out — not even close. You will have seen only a relatively tiny black dot, if you were able to see it.

Avid Readers will recall that Sun-Mercury conjunctions (astro jargon for “meet-up”) suggest a focused mindset that is often idealistic. The idealism reflects Mercury’s closeness to the Sun; thus our way of thinking may be blinded by the Sun’s light. Upside potential: your vision can be a true inspiration to others, daring them to make it real. Downside: you may stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the clay feet of the hero you worship. Denial is not just a river in Egypt, you know.  If you were born with Sun conjunct Mercury, how does your need to see things in their best possible light manifest in your own personal world? If you don’t have a Sun-Mercury conjunction in your horoscope, don’t worry, there are other patterns that also suggest idealism. You, too, can believe in the impossible.

It’s the stark visibility of Mercury as it crosses in front of the Sun that makes this conjunction special. Greeks and Romans who studied the stars thousands of years ago took notice of Mercury’s proximity to the giver of light (the Sun) and concluded that Mercury (a.k.a. Hermes) must be a messenger of sorts. And that seems to be how Western astrology embraced Mercury as the symbol of thought and communication. Mercury the planet became Mercury, Messenger of the Gods.

OK, so what is the message of this particular transit of Mercury?  For insights, we can consider its Sabian Symbol: “a parrot listening and then talking, repeats a conversation that he has heard.” I wrote about this Symbol in October 2013, when Mercury turned retrograde on this degree. To me it suggested we’d be hearing a lot of “twittering blah blah blah” — and you’ll find a few headlines from that time period cited in that 2013 forecast. Sabian Sage Blain Bovee’s interpretation seems to be an alert about the power of soundbites, especially as they are used in TeeVee News. A soundbite sticks in your mind, but does it tell the whole story? And what is lost because of it?

If you’re not familiar with the Sabian Symbols, here’s the story.

Astrologer Lynda Hill (also a Sabian Symbol specialist) offers these cautions — here’s an excerpt  — for more, look here.

Rote responses that are ill considered. “Towing the party line” without having any opinion of your own. Going over the same territory. Losing true meaning through repetition. Repeating without knowing the real meaning or purpose. Meaningless banter. Tunnel vision. Gossiping. Missing the true essence of what’s being said. Not having a mind of one’s own. Brainwashing. Re-runs of the same old line. Broken records.

If you have a planet or angle around 19 degrees of Scorpio, your horoscope is more personally affected by the transit of Mercury (and tomorrow’s Full Moon) than most. If you find yourself falling into any of the patterns in the above paragraph, it may be helpful to consider how a need to see something  or someone in the best possible light is a factor.  Are you blinded by the light?  This would be one potential. Another strong potential is a glut of information and communication flowing at this time — especially as it applies to a REview of past events. Mercury is retrograde, after all — and in Scorpio, it needs to dig deep as it retraces the past.

Meanwhile, the Moon has been in Taurus since 5 PM ET on Sunday, advancing steadily forward on its quest to establish material comfort and security. That includes good food, good music and a snuggle with your sweetie. It includes organizing your ideas into solid structures that will support your empire. And if you happen to be vacationing in New Orleans, it includes lunch at Commander’s Palace. The rest of the week goes like this:

  • TUESDAY — The Taurus Moon waxes to exact fullness at 8:34 AM ET and promptly goes void for the rest of the day, not to enter Gemini until 3:45 AM ET on WEDNESDAY. A Taurus Full Moon suggests conflict and illumination regarding  what is mine (Taurus) vs. what is ours (Scorpio). The wave of emotional energy associated with a Full Moon is further amplified by a cooperative connection between warrior/crusader Mars and expansive Jupiter. Just DO IT, already. While Mars typically does not function at its finest in people-pleasing Libra, for much of this week Mars (and Jupiter, too) benefit from contacts with the Fixed Star known as Spica, considered to be one of the most auspicious aspects for success. Let’s just hope that whatever succeeds this week is on the side of the angels. Mars – Jupiter patterns are great for physical expression and confidence. Just DO IT already!

More on this Full Moon. The activated Sabian Symbols are 20 Taurus (Moon) and 20 Scorpio (Sun). The latter was the activated degree on the New Moon in Scorpio of November 2015.  Are Avid Readers noticing how the New and Full Moons of the past few months are triggering lunations that occurred in mid to late 2015, and 2016? Here is the whole forecast — worth a review. And here is an excerpt:

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon furthers the opportunity to reveal what has been hidden. It is “a woman drawing two dark curtains aside”. Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee cleverly points out that the Symbol does not specify what the curtains were covering. A window? A passageway? The former would let in light; the latter could take you someplace else…up, through or down…which will it be? Bovee suggests we are invited to imagine it for ourselves.

The Sabian Symbol for 2019 Full Moon in Taurus is connected to the May 2016 New Moon. Here is the whole forecast — and here is an excerpt about the relevant Sabian Symbol:

…the Sabian Symbol for 20 Taurus is “wind,  clouds and haste,” suggesting, as Blain Bovee points out in his wonderful book, “an image of accelerated ideas that create a stir, excitement or massive confusion…extremes of revelation and being heavily covered; shedding light on something previously hidden.” Extremes? We’ll see how that plays out over the next few weeks…

OK. Back to this week…

  • WEDNESDAY —  Moon in Gemini drives the day with a constant buzz of info involving practical magic and sobering thoughts on a scandal or ideal involving power and resources. The exact aspects suggesting this agenda are: 1) Mercury’s  sextile with Saturn (there’s yer sobriety); 2) Mercury trine Neptune (there’s yer ideal); and 3) Sun sextile Pluto (there’s yer power, resources and heads of states/corporations).
  • THURSDAY — Whatever transpired on Wednesday, get out your rose-colored glasses for this day, with its challenging aspect (a square) between Venus and Neptune. Venus refers to women, money, art and social expression; Neptune refers to the arts as well, and also oil, drugs, dreams, etc.
  • FRIDAY — Chill in the morning, as the Gemini Moon will be void between 6:38 AM ET and 11:14 AM ET. Roll with whatever twists and flakes crop up; remember that crises that happen during voids are usually much ado about nothing. Once the Moon enters the next sign — Cancer — see if you notice a palpable shift in the energy that drives the day. Isn’t it just a wee bit more focused? Are the priorities now about emotional and home/homeland security (Cancer’s concern), as opposed to Gemini’s need to be the smartest kid in the room? Cancer drives most of SATURDAY and SUNDAY — will fill you in on the details on my flight back to NY on Friday.

Regarding the news…it’s flowing as anticipated, isn’t it? People are starting to talk….and talk…and talk…but what are they actually saying?

Thank you for reading this forecast.




Monday 11/4/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Rare Harmony Between the Real and the Ideal

Good morning!  Or rather — Good Afternoon — boy did that time fly by!

Did you enjoy the extra hour of sleep gained from yesterday’s “fall back” from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time?

The start of the work week is driven by the Moon in Aquarius, seeking to network and be recognized for its unique social significance.  At 5:23 AM ET, the Moon squared the Scorpio Sun, reflecting a clash that may illuminate  detached intellectualism vs. emotional depth. The story I was reading just before starting to write is an unsettling NYT piece entitled “I Got Access to My Secret Consumer Score. Now You Can, Too.”

As the Moon flows without interference for the rest of the day, get it off your desk if you can. If you were born around the 10th of January, April, July or October, you may be feeling especially provoked or provocative. Same goes for anyone with a personal point or planet around 20 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn.  You’re feeling the intense call to action of the square between Mars (guns, aggression, courage, cars, men) and Pluto (power, annihilation, decay, transformation), exact on….

  • TUESDAY — at 5:23 AM ET.  The headlines may be notably explosive. The Aquarius Moon goes void at 9:37 AM ET, not to enter Pisces until 6:08 PM ET. That means if you’re voting today in the United States, get to the polls before or after the Moon void. You are voting today, right? Because if you don’t vote, somebody else will — and then you’ll be sorry. Find out if you are registered to vote here — and share this link with all your friends. VOTE!!!  Otherwise stick to routine concerns during the long void. Roll with any twist or flake that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. If a crisis crops up, CHILL!
  • WEDNESDAY — is driven by the Pisces Moon, seeking to work with impressions and ideals. Going with the intuitive flow is supported all day, save for a possible clash around 5:41 AM ET, as the Moon squares Venus (money, values and social expression).
  • THURSDAY — more of the same, with the Moon going void with a sigh at 8:13 PM ET….not to enter the next sign until…
  • FRIDAY — at 6:49 AM ET. And you are likely to notice this shift from accommodating “we are all connected” Pisces to proactive me-me-me Aries. An Aries Moon quickens the pace and may test one’s patience (especially with Mercury retrograde). The upside of Aries (and there are plenty of upsides): fearlessness, a willingness to take the initiative and DO SOMETHING, especially if it is a crusade to fight for the nearest underdog. There are no exact aspects to the Moon today, but there are three other exact patterns that we’re likely to see in the news all week.
  • FRIDAY — There’s a rare connection between Saturn in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces, exact at 9:51 PM ET. The technical term for this connection is a sextile, and it suggests an ease of communication and cooperation in matters symbolized by Saturn and Neptune. Saturn refers to authority, structure, limits and realism. Saturn is high-functioning in Capricorn, the sign it rules. Capricorn refers to executive authority and the corporate/governmental entities. It refers to knees, teeth, skin and bones. Neptune refers to oil, drugs, fog, vision, fantasy, lies, victims, refugees and spirits of all kinds. It refers to viruses, blood, toxins and chemicals. Neptune is high-functioning in Pisces,  the sign it rules (in modern astrology). Note that Saturn is direct; Neptune is retrograde. These two planets in harmony suggest an easy application of initiatives involving the matters they symbolize. Structure is given to ideals — e.g., Elizabeth Warren delivering an actual plan that purports to realize the dream of Medicare for All. Saturn refers to the limits of time. Neptune refers to surrender. Jimmy Carter says he’s “completely at ease” with death; and in Maryland, a 94-year-old woman opted to end her life by fasting — and her daughter filmed the week-long process. Neptune refers to film and other intangibles.
  • FRIDAY — this rare cooperation between Saturn (reality) and Neptune (ideals) is further highlighted by the Scorpio Sun, which forms its own sextile with Saturn at 12:06 PM ET, followed by a trine (another harmonious connection) to Neptune at 12:57 PM ET. The Sun refers to kings and queens, CEOs and other leaders. It also refers to the heart and willpower. So we are likely to see a number of headlines involving these entities successfully structuring their will, incorporating vision, for better or for worse. Yes, of course “prosperity” televangelist Paula White, a P45 spiritual advisor, has just been given a staff position at the White House.
  • SATURDAY — The Aries Moon continues its impassioned charge, with a speed bump around 2:55 PM ET, symbolized by a square to patriarchal/wet blanket Saturn. A sextile between Mercury and Pluto at 9:13 PM ET, facilitates investigative reporters and other dirt-digging efforts all week.
  • SUNDAY — the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto at 12:37 AM ET suggests an emotional catharsis or power play. Find an appropriate channel for any assertion or aggression you may feel around 6:58 AM ET, as the me-me-me Aries Moon is opposed by Mars in we-we-we Libra. The conflict may sort itself out around 9 AM ET, suggested by a harmony between Moon and expansive/jovial Jupiter. Moon will then be void until 6:18 PM ET. That’s your caveat against impulse shopping sprees, as purchases made during voids are often do not live up to expectations. Moon enters Taurus for the evening, waxing to its fullness on Tuesday morning.

In general, remember that Mercury is retrograde. Be flexible with scheduling. Double check directions. Triple check emails before you hit send. Mercury retrograde snafus usually happen because your mind is turned inward, not outward. Focus, focus, focus — when you have to be on the clock. Plan times to retreat if you can.

And now, the news.

The Mars-Pluto square is activating the 19 degree Cancer Ascendant of P45 Jr. Of course he’d be hawking “Triggered,” which is a book with his name on the cover. Mars rules his Midheaven (career/public status). Expansive efforts to satisfy his Virgo Moon’s need to  “make things right” are reflected by transiting Jupiter square the Moon and conjunct his Mercury in boundary-pushing Sagittarius.

UPDATE: on Beto O’Rourke, who has dropped out of the presidential race. It’s not a surprise, as patterns in what we know about his horoscopediscussed back in February — are not as volcanic as other contenders. I would be surprised, however, if he did not announce some alternative expansive initiative between Thanksgiving and the Winter Solstice, thanks to Jupiter returning to his natal Jupiter at 0 Capricorn and squaring his potent Sun-Pluto conjunction in early Libra.

Speaking of expansion, we’ve been hearing more from Hillary Clinton lately, haven’t we? UPDATE: if her alleged 8:02 AM birth time is correct (it’s never been formally confirmed), transiting Jupiter is squaring her 22 degree Pisces Moon, suggesting an expansive reach in matters of self-worth, money and publishing. Yes, she too, has been touting a book and has been quite vocal on social media. There is even speculation that she may be contemplating a third run for president, perhaps encouraged by a Fox News polls showing she’d beat P45 if the election were held today. But Mercury is retrograde, doncha know — so don’t believe everything you hear! However, feel free to pay attention to what she has to say about Mark Zuckerberg taking responsibility for the damage Facebook has done to democracy by letting politicians run ads that contain lies. (NYT columnist Thomas Friedman would agree.) On the other hand, it does seem that Mrs. Clinton has fully integrated the liberating potential of three hits to her Scorpio Sun by transiting rebel Uranus over the past 18 months. If she has something to say, she says it, as she did a few weeks ago when she suggested that the Republicans were grooming a Democratic primary contender to run as a third-party candidate (and mess things up for a Democratic contender).  She did not names names, but Tulsi Gabbard immediately denounced any suggestion that the Russians might be backing her (which is what the press reported, which it then had to retract). And then Gabbard announced she was focusing on her presidential run and wouldn’t be running for re-election in Congress. Coincidence or conspiracy?

And speaking of Tulsi Gabbard, we can understand why she would think Mrs. Clinton was talking about her because –even with just a birth date of April 12, 1981 — we see she has four planets in me-me-me Aries, driven by the needs of a queenly Moon in Leo. More important, the Aries planets (Venus, Sun and Mars) are at 20-24 Aries, opposed by Pluto at 22 Libra. This triple opposition will be activated by heavy planets (Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto) throughout 2020, suggesting opportunities for intense and/or extreme expression of empowerment, authority and/or control. Bernie Sanders has similar placements in his horoscope (Venus and Mars at 22 Libra and 23 Aries — and possibly the Moon in Aries, too) — he is not to be underestimated.


Jane Fonda is attracting serious attention in Washington, where she is seriously protesting the lack of response to the crisis of climate change. We would expect her thoughts to be serious, as transiting Saturn is sitting right on top of her Mercury (how she needs to think) at 15 Capricorn. As a result of her protests, she is arrested every Friday — and she says she plans to spend her 82nd birthday (on Saturday, Dec 21st) in jail. With her 29 Sagittarius Sun at the Aries Point and powerbroker Pluto in everyone’s face (and right on the cusp of the 7th House, which refers to one-on-one encounters), Ms. Fonda can’t help but attract attention. As Jupiter travels through the end of Sagittarius this month, she will continue to be in the limelight. It’s fascinating to see that on Dec 21st, Mars will be exactly on her 21 Scorpio Midheaven and a day away from an exact square to her regal Moon in Leo. She may be called upon to take a courageous stand. She may find herself involved in a provocative or combative situation. We are sure to hear about it, whatever happens.

In other news…

  • Transcripts of recent closed-door testimony in the ongoing impeachment inquiry have been released
  • The House voted on the rules of the impeachment inquiry on Thursday — read about it here — or watch House Speaker Nancy Pelosi explain it to Stephen Colbert on a day with transiting Mars (action; courage) opposing her Jupiter in Aries, activating her need to be an inspiring leader/pioneer.

Fun article, just because:

Meanwhile, we haven’t heard from my favorite disembodied entities in months and months, but the Hathors are back with another practical (Saturn) sound meditation (Neptune). Plus they only seem to show up when times are about to get interesting — usually on a pattern involving Pluto or Uranus; today it’s Mars square Pluto. Here’s the message and the meditation.

Finally, an  apt article for a Mercury retrograde:

…and if not yourself, then with your local astrologer, reviewing your life and planning for the new year. Here’s the 411 on consultations…and it’s not too soon to think about gift certificates for friends, colleagues and family.

We will have a fun and productive discussion together.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Monday 10/28/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide

The start of the work week is driven by the Moon in Scorpio, working efficiently today and most of tomorrow to organize and consolidate deep knowledge for the sake of power and control. The buzz in the air is reflecting the ripple effect of the 4:14 AM ET opposition between the Sun and Uranus, suggesting more than the usual shocks in the morning headlines.

Mercury is the main focus this week. It is part of the week’s only other exact aspect among planets (other than the Moon). That aspect is a meet-up on Wednesday with Venus in Scorpio, suggesting idealism expressed in a potent or witchy-bitchy manner — involving women, publishing, art, money and how and whom we love.

Mercury is literally IN FOCUS this week, now at 27 degrees of Scorpio and slowing to a virtual standstill (from our perspective on Spaceship Earth). It turns retrograde at 11:42 AM ET on THURSDAY….not to turn direct until November 21st. BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS NOW…and NO WHINING! As Avid Readers will recall this Really Useful Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide:

Even if you know nothing else about astrology, you may have heard this term 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 (actual Mercury Rx events). 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 from October 31st until November 21st. 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.

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.

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.

Wherever 11 – 27 degrees of Scorpio falls in your horoscope is the area of your life that is subject to REview and REorganization. If you’d like personal insights on how this is likely to manifest in your own horoscope, toss $44 into my Cosmic Tip Jar (the link is at the bottom of this email), and send me your birth date, time and place using this contact form. I will email you a copy of your horoscope and a few paragraphs of observations.

At 27 Scorpio, this week of Mercury’s FOCUS on that degree may recall (in the news) stories that were brought to light in the aftermath of the May 18th  Full Moon in Scorpio — here’s the post about that, including the Sabian Symbol for 27 Scorpio: “the king of the fairies approaching his domain.” A king, eh? More to come on the world’s fearless leaders in this Mercury Rx, it would seem.

The week goes like this:

  • TUESDAY: Scorpio Moon will be void between 1:34 PM ET and 5:58 PM ET. Roll with the twists and flakes that may disrupt efforts to walk forward in a straight line. Remember that crises that crop up are likely much ado about nothing. Chill! Once the Moon soars into Sagittarius at 5:58 PM ET, you are free to push boundaries with enthusiasm (double checking travel schedules because Mercury retrograde on Thursday), take a walk in nature or a see a foreign film; engage in a spirited debate (but triple checking emails before hitting “send”).
  • WEDNESDAY:   More Moon in Sag. Mercury meets up with Venus in Scorpio at 6:04 PM ET, looking for a romantic or artsy ideal. The Moon’s square to wiggy Neptune at 9:50 PM ET reinforces those rose-colored glasses.
  • THURSDAY:  Happy Halloween! Sag Moon will be void between 10:29 AM ET and 10:38 PM ET. Chill, chill, chill! Mercury turns retrograde at 11:42 AM ET — how will the expected twist/snafu be seen in the headlines (because it will!).  The Moon goes void on a meet-up with Jupiter, starting the day with a lift…and apparently (this just in), a vote on the House floor to “formalize procedures for the next phase of the impeachment process to ensure clarity and transparency.”
  • FRIDAY: Moon gets down to business in Capricorn, supported by easy aspects from planets suggesting friends and leaders. At 4;25 PM ET, Venus is released from her Scorpio prison and enters Sagittarius, bouncing through the Hundred Acres Woods like Tigger. Fun fact: that Wikipedia article I just linked says: “Tigger‘s birthday is believed to be in October 1928, the year The House at Pooh Corner was first published. However, on Tigger-related merchandise, Disney often indicates Tigger’s birthyear is in December 1968, a reference to the first year Tigger appeared in a Disney production, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.””  Perhaps Disney is right. In any event, Venus in Sagittarius suggests fiery opinions will be all the rage until November 26th. The Sagittarius need for blunt honesty combined with its improvisational nature has resulted in many a case of foot-in-mouth disease. Combined with Mercury’s retrograde, November may be exceptionally entertaining — at someone else’s expense.
  • SATURDAY: Moon in Capricorn favors practical enterprises and chores. It begins with a sobering focus reflecting the Moon’s meet-up with authoritative Saturn at 3:29 AM ET, with the silver lining being that Saturn’s focus may structure the visionary potential suggested by a harmony between Moon and Neptune at 4:35 AM ET. Any night owls working in these wee hours? Take note! The next several hours are supercharged by a clash involving the Moon and Mars at 10:11 AM ET, followed by the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto at 1:39 PM ET. Humming in the background and suggesting strong potential for a powerful release of energy in matters involving men, sports, guns and other brutal efforts is a square (tension) between Mars and Pluto, exact next  TUESDAY.
  • SUNDAY: Moon goes void at 1:46 AM ET and enters Aquarius at 6:19 AM ET. Aquarius is seeking to be appreciated for its uniqueness and social significance in a group dynamic. Hang with your friends and note the potential for a surprise around 2:50 PM ET, when Moon squares rebel Uranus.

And now, the news.

Fascinating example of the potential for shocks involving disruptions and unconventional leaders (Sun opposing Uranus), with a layer of witchy-bitchy social expression suggested by Mercury and Venus meeting up in deep, dark Scorpio. Freshman Congresswoman Katie Hill (D-CA) resigned over the weekend, after a foreign tabloid paper published intimate photos of Ms. Hill with a staff aide (who was apparently in a a “throuple” relationship with Hill and her soon-to-be ex-husband). Ms. Hill is the first openly bisexual person to be elected to Congress; her ex’s actions are being called “revenge porn,” which is illegal in California. We don’t have a birth time for Ms. Hill, but patterns in her horoscope (birthdate is August 25, 1987 in Abilene, TX) show that Jupiter (expansion) is activating her natal Uranus (shocks, unconventional expressions, freedom).

In other news…

I slept through my alarm on Sunday — not unusual for a day with a 12-hour long Moon void. Therefore I missed P45’s 9:17 AM ET announcement of the very big something that happened after he got back from the golf course that afternoon, but it turned out that many journalists got the word out hours before 9 AM ET.  Not surprisingly, given how we were looking at planetary patterns for the last week of October months and months ago, the “big something” involved the military, warfare and a disruption involving a head of state. It was also a big something that P45 was no doubt hoping would be seen as a big positive to anyone looking at him (see last post discussion P45’s horoscope for this time). However, the success of the “big something” — which turned out to be a clandestine (dead Moon!) U.S. military raid in Syria (resulting in the reported suicide of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) — reportedly happened in spite of P45’s efforts, not because of him.

UPDATE: on California, whose rectified horoscope appears to be functioning as designed. “Rectified” means that the time of California’s “birth” is uncertain, but an astrologer has made an effort to determine it. You can see and read about the California horoscope here. Note that a pattern suggesting “surefire
intense effort in the face of potential destruction” will be exact in December. Now and through November, combustible Mars is activating several planets California’s chart, as is disruptive Uranus (as it opposes California’s rectified Scorpio Moon and Ascendant). Headlines were ablaze this morning with news of more fires, evacuations and power outages affecting heavily-populated areas in Northern and Southern California. Dear Avid Readers in the Golden State, may you stay safe and sound during these challenging times. Praying for rain!

This just in…the S & P 500 just hit a new record high — surprise, surprise . It’s interesting to see such expansion and optimism, now that the contraction suggested by the squeeze of transiting Saturn squaring the U.S. Saturn is in the rear view mirror. Are there any signs of expansion in the U.S. horoscope? Yes! On the 26th, transiting Jupiter (expansion) met up with the U.S. Neptune (faith, illusion, intangibles) for the third time. Believe, believe, believe! I wonder if we will see another boost in December, when transiting Jupiter opposes the U.S. Venus and Jupiter. We’ll have to wait and see.

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Thanks to Beth Owldaughter for the witty Mercury Rx mash-up!




Saturday & Sunday 10/26-27/2019: New Moon in Scorpio; the Militant Controls of Mars Square Saturn — Surprise, Surprise

A warm welcome to so many new Avid Readers who found this forecast in a recent article in Well + Good. I do hope you will enjoy my twice-weekly posts on the general planetary flow that affects everyone, with special attention to the astonishing synchronicity of planetary patterns and the news. Stick around; get comfortable with the technical jargon I do my best to translate into plain English, and you’ll never be surprised by a headline again. And when you’re brave enough to find out what all these patterns have to do with your own unique horoscope, I’m here for that, too.

I just added a truckload of other articles to that section of my website, and it’s possible that all of them will be included in this email missive. We’ll have to see what WordPress decides to do.

Most of the weekend is driven by the Moon in Libra — and here’s a reminder:

  • 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.

To the above I would add that we are now at the end of the lunar cycle, sensing that something new is around the corner, but not sure what it is. In this dark of the Moon we may feel listless or restless.  On SUNDAY, the Libra Moon goes void at 4:22 AM ET — and doesn’t enter the next sign until 4:29 PM ET. If you’ve never heard the term “Moon void,” here is a primer. This is not the day for impulse shopping or anything you wish to be of consequence. Stick to routine concerns and don’t freak out over any crisis that crops up.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t a buzz in the air, given the electrifying chart for the New Moon in Scorpio. Set in Washington DC, it looks like this:

The New Moon is in the 4th House — suggesting that for this lunar cycle, the focus is on depth, substance and control in the core foundation of the country.  The chart is ruled by the Moon at the end of Cancer — suggesting that the die is already cast; we’re just waiting for the report. The Moon is not a happy camper in Scorpio, though it is seen as a fertile placement. What’s interesting is that the Scorpio New Moon’s need for control is literally minutes away from an opposition to rebel Uranus — quite visible in the 10th house (of leadership and CEOs). We are in for public disruption of the status quo — via a rogue, a revelation or a revolution.

We launch this new cycle in the wake of that challenging pattern between warrior Mars in Libra and Saturn in Capricorn. Mars is not a happily placed in Libra, where its crusading drive may be at odds from the peace-keeping needs of the sign of the Scales. Mars in Libra can function like a tornado when it finally lets loose its built-up resentment, and in this New Moon for Washington DC, Mars is strongly placed at the bottom on the horoscope — having just been likely dampened — or advanced —  by Saturn’s authoritative controls. Mars rules the 10th house here — the Fearless Leader. Hmm.

The New Moon is at 4 degrees of Scorpio and it is likely to trigger events that occurred on the July 2018 eclipse at 4 Aquarius, which was conjunct Mars. Hmm. Pay attention to what gets started this cycle, as it will likely advance significantly on the January 24th New Moon and again on the New Moon on April 22nd. If you have a planet or significant point in your horoscope around 4 degrees of Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius or Leo, you are more personally affected by the break-out potential of this New Moon. Translation: if you have a birthday around the 27th of October, January, April or July.

Whatever day you were born, a New Moon offers an opportunity to reset intentions for the next 30 days. Maintain your focus in your own personal world, even though the rest of the world may seem to be falling apart. It’s supposed to be falling apart at this time, so we can put it all back together with a new set of values. Meanwhile, do your best — and be kind. Got that?

The Sabian Symbol for this lunation is: “A massive rocky shore resists the pounding of the sea.” We usually turn to Blain Bovee for further insights, but in the spirit of the disruptive Sun-Uranus opposition, let’s do something different and  see what Lynda Hill has to say. She has written much about the Sabian Symbols, and as you can read in the preceding link, but the essence is that wherever this degree falls in your horoscope is where you may experience a test of endurance — or a stubborn resistance to change. If you have been following recent headlines out of Washington, you can see how that crisis is likely to develop in this lunar cycle.

And now, the news.

You may recall that on Monday I wrote that annual opposition between the Sun and Uranus would likely be reflected by headlines this weekend involving shocks, seismic activity, technological breakthroughs, astrology, rebellion. I’m thrilled to tell you that once again, the New York Times is happily proving the accuracy and validity of astrology even as it sniffs its nose at it. From the Sunday NYT:

As for breakthroughs, shocks and other disruptions (there will be more over the next few days), etc:

And speaking of Uranus, Rudy Giuliani (who was born with the Sun conjunct Uranus) disrupted Friday’s newsfeed when he butt-dialed an NBC News reporter, inspiring the hashtag #ButtHisVoicemails. We’ve written about Giuliani’s horoscope several times before. It’s fascinating how often people making news under a particular pattern will have a similar pattern in their own horoscope.

UPDATE: Justin Trudeau did prevail in an extremely close election on Monday. His Jupiter return — suggesting good fortune and favor — prevailed over the streamlining squeeze and upsets he’s been experiencing all year from other heavies in his horoscope. True to the squeeze, his wings have been clipped, as he will lead a minority government in the ensuing months. And the heavies in his horoscope suggest further streamlining at least through November. December should feel more expansive, when Jupiter conjoins his Capricorn Sun. Here’s an article I wrote about Trudeau’s 2019 prospects in Mountain Astrologer back in May.

Meanwhile, remember how I said planetary patterns were apt for clandestine activities, with a militant and disruptive flair? Well, P45 just hinted at “something very big just happen [ing]” — and the Twittersphere thinks it’s probably a military operation in the middle of night in Syria. In other news, as predicted months ago, P45 continues to push boundaries and get away with it (for now), redefining the boundaries of the U.S. southern border (sorry, Colorado), while one of his lawyers actually tried to convince a judge that if P45 ever did shoot someone on Fifth Avenue, he could not be charged with a crime for as long as he stayed in the White House.

Elsewhere, it was a tough week for many House Republicans  — especially during Wednesday’s Leo Moon void. You will recall the forecast for that day suggested a regal effort that would turn out to be much ado about nothing, with focus resumed once the Moon got itself into gear in Virgo. That morning,  Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) stormed into the secure chambers with a bunch of his colleagues, disrupting the Democrats’ effort to move forward with  their  impeachment inquiry interviews. The Republicans’s objective: to protest rules of procedure that they themselves established in 2015, which the Democrats are now following, as Fox News analyst Judge Napolitano helpfully explains. But storm they did, filled with regal indignation — but not much focus or consequence, with the Moon being void, right?

The unexpected twist in their efforts to move forward in a straight line was the flak they received by taking their cell phones into the secure chamber, putting national security at risk. I know, I know….but her emails! After a while they ordered pizza and fried chicken and sat around until…just before 3:30 PM ET, when they all wandered off for tea — or maybe it was a vote. Whatever. The chamber was now clear; the Moon was fully in Virgo, ready to clean up the Leo Moon drama queen party confettie. And the impeachment inquiry got back underway, with another brave witness who defied White House orders not to appear. The Democrats were smart to simply chill while Matt’s motley crew had their lunch, sensing intuitively perhaps that crises that crop up during voids are usually much ado about nothing. And if you’re reading this on Sunday, know that the Moon is void — and respond to twists accordingly. Chill!

Ohhhhh and this just in…P45 is going to make a statement on Sunday at 9 AM ET about whatever “big something” just happened. Oh, and he’s doing it right before the militant Mars-Saturn square is exact. I don’t think he’s going to announce he’s sending every U.S. taxpayer a check for $300. Mind the void — even as you review this bit from September 13th “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.” Transiting Jupiter squares P45’s Sun on October 29th, followed by transiting Mars conjoining his Jupiter on October 30th. Big indeed.

Ohhh there is so much more to talk about — the World Series, Tulsi Gabbard not running for Congress, Jane Fonda accepting an award while being arrested; Francisco Franco being dug up after spending so many years in the grave.  Their horoscopes are hot, and that’s why they are making news now — and yes, horoscopes keep functioning as designed, even when you’re six feet under.

What’s going on in your horoscope? That would be a fine discussion indeed.

Thank you for reading this forecast.




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.

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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.


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.


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?

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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.


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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