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Tuesday 9/3/2019: Sneak Peek at a Super Super Super-Charged Short Work Week

…and we’re back.

After Labor Day Monday’s long Moon void, the Moon left airy-fairy Libra at 7:35 PM ET and plunged into the emotional depths of Scorpio, where it is today. A Scorpio Moon needs knowledge for the sake of power and control, and with a high-functioning Mercury (how we need to think) activated all week by contacts with other planets, that Scorpio need for substance is not likely to be disappointed.  This may be a week for forming powerful alliances and channeling ginormous ideals that may be divine…or delusional. We may be privy to an excess of nitty-gritty detail. It’s hard to find words to describe the potential — perhaps because there are no planets in Air Signs this week. No Air Signs in a horoscope can suggest an aversion to frivolus chitchat, and the use of words carefully employed for the sake of utility and strategy. When I look at the patterns of planets on paper for the week, I see wave after wave after wave. Apply these patterns to your quest for personal world domination, even if the bigger world around you seems to be falling apart.

Moon’s weekly clash with rebel Uranus at 6:17 AM ET starts TUESDAY off with a shock or other disruption to the status quo. Laser-beam precision in thought and action is suggested in the morning, as high-functioning Mercury in Virgo meets up with action hero Mars at 11:40 AM ET. If you’ve got a planet or angle around 10 degrees of Virgo, Gemini, Sagittarius or Pisces, you’re feeling the urge to make a pitch or a move more than most. Use that action-oriented Mars drive for a worthy crusade. From then until early evening, the Scorpio Moon chats up four planets in the solar system: Mars, Mercury, Sun and Saturn. Action, words, willpower and authority/structure — in that order — and perhaps much of it accomplished under the radar, as Scorpio can often do. The day ends with a perfecting ideal, as Mercury meets up with the Virgo Sun at 9:40 PM ET.

  • WEDNESDAY: Night owls can continue to channel inspiration, as the Moon flows from Venus to Neptune to Pluto overnight. Moon goes void at 6:58 AM ET — not to leave Scorpio for Sagittarius until 11:08 PM ET. Pay close attention to your dreams this morning, as Venus (money, women, art and social expression) opposes Neptune at 7:27 AM ET. It may take a few hours to recover from a potentially rose-colored start, but do not fret over a flake or a twist, as crises which crop up during Moon voids are usually much ado about nothing. If you are a writer or some other creative type, you can use the void for drafting — but not finalizing and shipping — a project you wish to be of consequence. Envisioning a structure for your great idea is further supported by a harmony between Mercury and Saturn on…
  • THURSDAY:  …at 8:37 AM ET.  By then the Moon will be in high-flying Sagittarius, looking to push boundaries with its righteous opinion, magnified by supercharged contact between Mercury and Jupiter, exact early Friday morning. “Order in the court!” is what pops into my head as I type — and those orders and opinions may be making waves a day early. At 8:49 PM ET, the Sag Moon clashes with the assertive energy of Mars, followed by the First Quarter Moon at 11:10 PM ET. The First Quarter Moon challenges the seeds planted on last week’s New Moon, demanding an adjustment or an advance.
  • FRIDAY: Mercury (communication, movement) and Jupiter (expansion, travel, publishing, philosophy, etc) square off at 3:11 AM ET — and both activate the Sag Moon ten minutes later. Note your dreams upon waking, as Moon squares Neptune at 6:53 AM ET. Vision or delusion — what will it be today, as Mercury is also in contact with Neptune, though their face-off won’t be exact until 3:39 AM ET on Saturday. Meanwhile, there’s a strikingly easy flow among four planets this evening: the Virgo Sun trines authoritarian Saturn at 5:56 PM ET, and Venus trines Pluto at 11:44 PM ET. Consolidation of structure and executive authority, coupled with another flow involving matters of aesthetics, money, women — with respect to power and resources. The Sag Moon goes void at 12:03 PM ET — not to enter Capricorn until…
  • SATURDAY…at 6:37 AM ET. The Capricorn Moon’s need to make things happen is colored by no less than four significant patterns that will exact over the next few days. First and second: the Virgo Sun squares expansive Jupiter at 11:27 AM on….
  • SUNDAY…That’s big — and here are headlines from past Sun-Jupiter aspects. Sun will oppose wiggy Neptune early TUESDAY morning. That can be surreal, druggy, visionary, pacifist — or involve floods, victims, toxins, viruses, refugees, water, oceans, oil, film, photography, etc. Anything intangible refers to Neptune, which denies and dissolves the material world. Jupiter and Neptune together amplify FAITH — so we should be seeing that in significant headlines. Jupiter refers to horses, FYI — and also to the liver and pancreas.  Capping off a day of no less than six contacts between the pro-active Capricorn Moon and other planets is a harmony between Mercury and Pluto, exact at 11:07 PM ET. That’s a fine pattern for investigative reporters. Watch the headlines for revelations of big scandals, executed with the militant discipline of a harmony between Mars (guns, war, action, desire, assertion) and Saturn (discipline, ambition authority).

Whew! What a week — and Congress is back in session. Gonna be busy.

A few words about last week’s New Moon. The seeds that were planted in that chart may develop in synch with the rush of planetary action described above. This is the chart for the New Moon set in Washington, DC — and you’ll notice a cluster of planets right on the Virgo Ascendant — especially Sun and Mars. This is a lunar cycle of action and/or aggression involving leaders and/or willpower — right in the face of the United States.

Meanwhile, the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is “a harem,” which is — as Blaine Bovee points out — an Arabic term meaning “anything forbidden.” We think of a harem as “forbidden quarters” set up for women, who may be protected from the public — but also confined to a life of “service” that may otherwise be seen as imprisonment. Hmm. Benjamin Franklin’s quote about someone who is willing to sacrifice freedom for security deserving neither springs to mind, even if it appears that we are currently out of touch with the original intent of Franklin’s statement.  Regardless, experience has shown that the Sabian Symbol for a New Moon is curiously reflected in news throughout the lunar cycle.

And now, the news.

I am fascinated by Hurricane Dorian’s progress — and how it reflects planetary patterns. It was originally expected to reach landfall in Florida on Monday morning. This was the planetary forecast:

  • MONDAY — Moon squares Pluto at 4:33 AM ET and goes void until 7:35 PM ET. Meanwhile, the Virgo Sun meets up with Mars at 6:43 AM ET, and Venus squares Jupiter at 12:26 PM ET. This is not a typical Moon-void day. Action that is exuberant and indulgent — or wretchedly excessive — would not be surprising.

Dorian had slowed to a stall over the Bahamas — and lingered there all day — inflicting wretchedly excessive aggression — and all night!  Not until 8 AM this morning did it finally move and shift — only after the Scorpio Moon clashed with disruptive Uranus at 6:17 AM ET! And, true to what we would expect during a long Moon void, Dorian has lost steam, with wind speeds now half of what they were as a former Cat 5, which left the Freeport airport — and much of the islands — completely under water, as you can see from this tweeted image.   Meanwhile, in the United States it appears that Dorian may hug the coasts in Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia — instead of crossing land. We’ll see. Looking at the Moon and other patterns,  I would imagine Dorian losing steam or stalling again during the all-day void on Wednesday, with a potential rough patch on Thursday evening as the Sag Moon pushes boundaries and squares the Sun and Mars.

Silver lining: reflecting the upside excess of yesterday’s Venus-Jupiter square:Chef Jose Andres is in the Bahamas, Ready to Help After Dorian.”


One reflection of the aggressive and wretchedly excessive potential of Monday’s patterns was yet another focus on the horror of America’s cultural romance with guns. In Odessa, Texas seven people were killed and many more were wounded when a man who happened to have an assault rifle in his car was pulled over by police on a traffic stop. Greg Abbott is the current governor of Texas, who famously tweeted on October 28, 2015 that he was “EMBARRASSED  that Texas was the #2 state in the nation in new gun purchases, behind California. Let’s pick up the pace Texans”  Well that’s a bit dramatic, aggressive and arguably idealistic/delusional, isn’t it? What do you think we’d find in a horoscope cast for his birth date: November 13, 1957 in Wichita Fall, TX? Ohhh…just a Scorpio Sun driven by a regal drama king Moon in Leo, possibly squaring an exact meet-up between a possibly fanatical Mars in Scorpio and Neptune. Astrology is amazing. The U.S., as you will recall, has a square between Mars (guns) and Neptune (romance/delusion). It’s part of our national culture, as Marianne Williamson argues in this op-ed.

Elsewhere in the world, citizens of Hong Kong continue to protest China’s expanded efforts of authoritarian control. It’s as if the people of Hong Kong realize something precious is at stake, and they are willing to step out of their comfort zone and fight for it. Unlike their governmental adversary, the protestors do not have a central leadership, which makes it more challenging for the government to control. It’s a sneak peek of how things may shift once Saturn and Pluto complete their stay in corporate Capricorn and take their mojo into Aquarius, sign of “We the People.” Fun Fact: as hard-nosed and cray-cray as certain patterns in the U.S. horoscope can be, it is driven by the Moon in humanitarian Aquarius.

In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared he would suspend Parliament, barreling ahead on his desire to take the UK out of the EU on October 31, deal or no-deal. Thousands of citizens took to the streets in protest, as if they realized something precious was at stake and were willing to step out of their comfort zone and fight for it. It has since been revealed that Johnson’s plan to suspend Parliament was cooked up two weeks before he made his formal request to the Queen. Members of Parliament who wish to thwart Johnson’s aims have only this week to pull it all together before Parliament is suspended — think about their objectives in light of the waves of planetary patterns happening this week. It’s going to be quite a ride — and Johnson’s machine is off to a bumpy start, as he has just lost his Parliamentary majority. You can find musings and a link to the UK’s horoscope in this forecast posted in March 2019.

In the United States a protest march is on the calendar. “We the People” is happening Saturday, September 21st — in a city near you.

In other news, I’m excited to revisit my forecast for last week, when Uranus was pulling so much focus. Here’s what I wrote on Thursday:

  • Finally, the third planet in the Virgo Trio — the Sun — trines Uranus at 11:13 PM ET. Aviation, astrology, uranium, artificial intelligence, mavericks — I expect to see a flurry of these in the headlines.*** Moon enters Virgo at 7:57 PM ET to put Leo’s big party back in order.

I recall carefully considering my inclusion of “astrology” in the mix — but sensed that it was absolutely spot-on. Guess what happened?? NYT has since published not one, but TWO articles about astrology!! On Thursday, August 29th: “Now Therapists Have to Figure Out Astrology, Tarot and Psychedelics”  (like this is a bad thing?) — with the comments section disabled (what are they afraid of?).  On Sunday, September 1st, as Mercury — now in Virgo — trined Uranus: “Like A Virgo: How the Times Covers Astrology.”.  Comments are enabled for this articles, and as of Monday 9/2, there was only one — slamming astrology.  So if you’d like to add your two cents and tell NYT that its headlines continue to provide proof of astrology’s validity, whether it’s scientific or not, I won’t complain.

And yes, the NYT apparently is a Virgo, first published on September 18, 1851. Driven by an info junkie Gemini Moon, we can now appreciate the aptness of its advertising slogan: “All the news (GEMINI MOON) that’s fit to print (discerning VIRGO SUN — and perhaps a Virgo Ascendant, too — ruled by  Mercury retrograde prominently placed in people-pleasing Libra at the Aries Point). While the Times may sniff dismissively at astrology’s merit (because it does not see astrology as “scientific”), this in no way proves that astrology is not accurate. And if an NYT editor happens to stumble across this paragraph, let me just say that when I decided to see if knowledge of planetary patterns could be used to anticipate daily headlines — and specifically the NYT as “the paper of record,” I did not know if it would work. Ten years later, I continue to be astonished that it does. Here’s to another ten years, with apologies in advance for typos, dear Virgo NYT. Perhaps you can connect me with an excellent editor.

I have a truckload of other stories I could share, but time does not permit.

Thank you for reading this forecast. Yes, I would be delighted to talk to you about your own unique horoscope.

Tuesday 8/27/2019: Late Sneak Peek at the Week; Mind the Voids & Your Virgo Ps and Qs

Alll-righty then!

This week features an easy flow of innovation in exacting detail, as three planets in perfectionist, workaholic Virgo will all trine technogeek/rebel Uranus. By the time we get to the New Moon in Virgo on Friday morning, the Virgo trio — Venus, Mars and Sun —  will be in range of another trine (harmony) with Saturn and Pluto, both in Capricorn. Add the Virgo New Moon and the sum total is a remarkable pattern called an  Earth Grand Trine, suggesting material self-sufficiency and no small amount of luck. It’s an Earth Grand Trine because the planets involved are all in Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.

We had a remarkable Earth Grand Trine back in March 2012 — and another one at the end of September 2015. Both of those coincided with upswings in the stock markets, so we’ll see. During the first two weeks of September, there will be more big big big practically everything, as the Virgo Trio — joined by Mercury — will square Jupiter and oppose Neptune.  So even though this week’s Moon is at the end of its cycle, get out your vision board and dream away — imagining all your ducks in a row — with laser-beam precision.

The week goes like this:

  • MONDAY — driven by the Moon in Cancer, seeking emotional and home/family security. Was there a wet blanket or authoritative reach around 6 PM ET? That was the Moon confronting patriarchal Saturn. Meanwhile, the first planet in the Virgo Trio — Venus — was trine (harmonizing with) Uranus at 11:37 AM ET. Did you find friends in strange places — or online?
  • TUESDAY — the Cancer Moon goes void at 4:55 AM ET on a face-off with powerbroker Pluto. Chill chill chill — over whatever crisis may crop up, as it is likely much ado about nothing. The Cancer Moon is void until 7:53 PM ET — for the whole work day on both coasts — but it might not be a total bust. Traditional astrologers argue that the Moon is so deliciously happy in Cancer that it can still be somewhat functional, even while wandering a bit off-course. Plus, you may profit from the easy flow of the second planet in the Virgo Trio — Mars — which will be trine to Uranus on….
  • WEDNESDAY — at 6:53 AM ET. Meanwhile, the Moon will have left Cancer for Leo the night before, prowling for a party in which to reign or shine. The day is likely to begin with a jolt around 6:29 AM ET, as the Moon squares Uranus. Moon goes void at 8:07 PM ET, taking the wind out of the Leo Moon’s sails.
  • THURSDAY — Roll with the twists and flakes that may interfere with your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Avoid impulse shopping. The Moon is void — and also dead — so if you’re feeling listless or restless, you can say that’s what your astrologer told you. If you have a top secret meeting on your agenda — or otherwise wish to fly under the radar, this is a day to do it. Meanwhile, Mercury (how we need to think and communicate) leaves Leo for Virgo at 3:48 AM ET. Honor and reputation may be a big part of the morning’s headlines, as Mercury is not only 1) super high-functioning in Virgo (one of the signs its rules), but 2) will be conjunct the Fixed Star Regulus, which is all about honor and reputation. Mercury will only be in Virgo until September 14th — make the most of it in your contract negotiations and editing efforts. Finally, the third planet in the Virgo Trio — the Sun — trines Uranus at 11:13 PM ET. Aviation, astrology, uranium, artificial intelligence, mavericks — I expect to see a flurry of these in the headlines.*** Moon enters Virgo at 7:57 PM ET to put Leo’s big party back in order.

***UPDATE: NYT has since published not one, but TWO articles about astrology. On Thursday, August 29th: “Now Therapists Have to Figure Out Astrology, Tarot and Psychedelics”  (like this is a bad thing?) — with the comments section disabled. On Sunday, September 1st, as Mercury — now in Virgo — trines Uranus: “Like A Virgo: How the Times Covers Astrology.” — and here, the comments section has been enabled. As of Monday 9/2, only one comment has been published (slamming astrology). And yes, the NYT apparently is a Virgo, first published on September 18, 1851. Driven by an info junkie Gemini Moon, we can now appreciate the aptness of its advertising slogan: “All the news (GEMINI MOON) that’s fit to print (discerning VIRGO SUN — and perhaps a Virgo Ascendant, too — ruled by  Mercury retrograde prominently placed in people-pleasing Libra at the Aries Point). While the Times may sniff dismissively at astrology’s merit because it does not see astrology as “scientific,” this in no way proves that astrology is not accurate. And if an NYT editor happens to stumble across this paragraph, let me just say that when I decided to see if knowledge of planetary patterns could be used to anticipate daily headlines — and specifically the NYT as “the paper of record,” I did not know if it would work. Ten years later, I continue to be astonished that it does. Here’s to another ten years, with apologies in advance for typos, dear Virgo NYT. Perhaps you can connect me with an excellent editor.

  • FRIDAY — Busy, busy, busy — in the dark. New Moon in Virgo officially begins at 6:37 AM ET — and spends the day touching base with five other planets. Will write more on the New Moon in a later forecast.
  • SATURDAYMoon goes void at 4:46 AM ET — not to enter Libra until 7:08 PM ET. Chil, chill, chill — on this long Labor Day weekend.
  • SUNDAY — The Libra Moon seeks pleasure in faciliating relationships and rational debate. What innovative argument can you construct as Mercury trines Uranus at 10:10 AM ET? Fussbudget plans involving who, how and what we love may materialize as Venus harmonizes with Saturn at 2:48 PM ET. Sober and serious goes the rest of the afternoon, as the Moon squares Saturn at 5:40 PM ET. A precise action plan may be launched over then next twelve hours, as…
  • MONDAYMoon squares Pluto at 4:33 AM ET and goes void until 7:35 PM ET. Meanwhile, the Virgo Sun meets up with Mars at 6:43 AM ET, and Venus square Jupiter at 12:26 PM ET. This is not a typical Moon-void day. Action that is exuberant and indulgent — or wretchedly excessive — would not be surprising.

And now, the news…

…which I confess I did my best to avoid last week, as I made an escape to Shelter Island. It’s a lovely little sanctuary between the North and South Forks of  Long Island, accessible only by ferry. Three days of salt air and sandy beaches; starry nights in a quaint old inn with no TV — I could have stayed for a month. The third night featured a thunderstorm that downed trees and power lines. That and watching ospreys dive for fish provided plenty enough drama.

Still, some news items did manage to pierce my bubble of light summer reading (The Assault on Reason)  and rounds of golf (walking the course, carrying my own clubs). Last week, on the heels of transiting Mars, the Sun crossed the 29 Leo Ascendant of P45. If you know the degree of your Ascendant. make a note of the day the Sun crosses over it. Why? Because that transit is often energizing, symbolizing a new cycle of development. Astrologer Rob Hand writes in Planets in Transit that this is a time when “you will be able to project yourself with vigor and energy, impressing others with the force of your personality.”  If you don’t know the degree of your Ascendant, consider ordering one of my Astro-Basics Reports.

Anyhoo…the Sun crossed P45’s regal Leo Ascendant on August 23rd, and on that day he issued a royal edict to American companies that they were “hereby ordered” to find alternatives to doing business in in China.  Two days earlier, Venus crossed his Ascendant. This transit suggests strong potential for receiving love and affection. For P45, it came from a radio host who said (according to P45’s Twitter feed), “And the Jewish people in Israel love him… like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God.” But wait, there’s more! Later that day, when asked about his raging trade war with China, P45 told reporters,  “I am the chosen one. Somebody had to do it, so I’m taking on China.” Transiting Mercury will cross P45’s Ascendant on Wednesday, so we can expect he’ll have some other headline-grabbing regal thing to say. Astrology is amazing.

In other news, the horoscope of former Congressman and current radio host Joe Walsh is reflecting the manifestation potential of this week’s Earth Grand Trine. Born on December 27, 1961 in North Barrington, Illinois, he has the Sun and Mars in early Capricorn, trining natal Uranus, Pluto and possibly the Moon in the first ten degrees of Virgo. All of the planets that have left — or are about to leave — Leo for Virgo will activate his 0 degree Uranus. Translation: activation of an intense need for assertive independence. This week he announced he is running for president —  challenging P45 for the Republican nomination. His campaign slogan is “Be Brave” — and fits the high-functioning executive potential we see in what we know of his horoscope. It’s too soon to tell if he will de-throne P45, but 2020 is a significant year for him, as Walsh faces his second Saturn return, a Jupiter return and other patterns suggesting access to power and resources, coupled with a major life change as next year progresses.  So far, he’s had to eat many of his words, as he is no stranger to controversy. He’s apparently just lost his radio show, too.

Meanwhile, since I was reading  The Assault on Reason, I was prompted to look at the horoscope of its author, Al Gore. He really should be making waves now and over the next several months, as the energy of a 10,000 volt cattleprod opposes his 4 degree regal Leo Ascendant in the form of transiting rebel Uranus. A fresh start or a break in a personal relationship? A geographic relocation? Pluto and Saturn are also activating points in the horoscope that refer to professional status and family of origin, suggesting transformation and streamlining for the sake of empowerment. Jupiter is active, too; as it has been in touch with his natal Jupiter and Uranus this year, we see the potential for a fortuitous return on an investment. How fascinating that the most recent news article in a quick Google search is about the success of his investment firm. Who knew?

While we contemplate the complexities and challenges of life on Spaceship Earth, Salon reports that astronomers have now seen “a black hole eat a neutron star,” in the first sighting of its kind.

In other news:

Also big — and involving travel, oceans, healing and visions: 16 year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg is due to arrive in New York tomorrow. She’ll be in town into September– and it only took a couple of weeks for her to sail across the Atlantic, so she could speak at two UN climate change summit events on — wait for it — September 21st and September 23rd. September 21st is the date of the third Jupiter-Neptune square. Greta is a Capricorn, driven by a Moon in Capricorn. If she can’t make things happen, no one can.

What’s going on in your horoscope?

Thank you for reading this forecast.





Monday 8/19/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; the NYT — Right on Schedule

Happy Monday!

Moon is in Aries, driving the day with a need to get something started, preferably a crusade. Note the potential for a speedbump around 6 PM ET, when the me-me-me energy of the Moon may be either 1) smothered or 2) structured and advanced by a streamlining square to Saturn in Capricorn. This comes within two minutes of a harmony between the Moon and Jupiter, suggesting that said streamlining may be presented enthusiastically, for everyone’s own good. Hmm.

The rest of the week goes like this:

  • TUESDAY: An early AM catharsis or power play, as the Aries Moon squares Pluto at 6:53 AM ET. The rest of the day rolls merrily along, supported by an easy flow of fiery energy from the rip roarin’ Leo Sun.
  • WEDNESDAY: Moon goes void at 12:06 AM ET for 30 minutes — you’ll hardly notice. Moon enters Taurus, shifting our focus to preserving the status quo and having a grand old sensual time. . At 5:07 AM ET, Venus — money, women, art, social expression — leaves royal Leo for persnickety Virgo. I say persnickety because traditional astrology holds that Venus is not at her best in the sign of discernment and perfection, yet there she will be until September 15th, suggesting this is not the optimal time for a face lift. Silver lining: if you’re a Virgo, your social calendar could be packed. Meanwhile, at 6:05 AM ET, Mercury will harmonize (trine) with Jupiter, suggesting that we’ll see boundary-pushing items in matters of collective belief systems. A surprising revelation or jolt may drive the news around 1 PM ET, when Moon meets up with rebel Uranus
  • THURSDAY:  More Mooooooooooon in Taurus, which goes void at 5:32 PM ET. Roll with whatever twists and flakes may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Remember that they are likely much ado about nothing. Chill….until…
  • FRIDAY: 10:34 AM ET, when the Moon enters pixie chatterbox Gemini. See if you notice the energetic shift reflected by the Sun’s ingress into Virgo, exact at 6:02 AM ET. At 10:56 AM ET we’ll have the Third Quarter Moon, suggesting a challenge or adjustment to the agenda set on this month’s New Moon.
  • Meanwhile, humming in the background is a fast-approaching meetup of Venus (not-so-happy in Virgo) and Mars (doing OK in Virgo, while executing a perfecting and precise action plan). This meet-up suggests desire and attraction among mere mortals, and if you have a planet around 4 degrees of just about any sign — but especially Virgo, Sagittarius, Gemini, Pisces, Taurus and Capricorn, you are more personally ignited. But before that Venus-Mars union-seeking alignment is exact (on Saturday), the Gemini Moon challenges both at 4:17 and 5:19 PM ET, respectively. Translation: tension released about who is smartest kid in the room.
  • SATURDAY: Moon in Gemini, no void — shop ’til you drop. Venus meets up with Mars at 1:04 PM ET; if LA Weekly‘s Rockie Gardiner was writing this forecast, she’d suggest you maximize this alignment by staying in bed with your sweetie. A square between the Moon and dreamy Neptune at 7:18 PM ET could lead to an extended escape.
  • SUNDAY: Gemini Moon goes void at 2;58 AM ET…not to enter Cancer until 5:05 PM ET. Chill, chill, chill with whatever amuses you. Avoid the malls. Have a nice home-cooked meal in the evening; whatever nourishes and nurtures you.

General note: now that Jupiter has turned direct, it is moving into a third and final square to Neptune, exact on September 21st. This is one of the dominant patterns of 2019; here’s a primer written in January to remind you what we can expect. And here’s a portion of an interview Stephen Colbert did last week with Anderson Cooper in which he addresses matters of opinion, faith and healing — all apt themes for Jupiter-Neptune patterns. It’s interesting to hear Stephen Colbert put human suffering in perspective, as he was born with Saturn in Pisces. Astrologer Michael Lutin says that people born with Saturn in Pisces nearly always find a way to turn their suffering into an art form. And what is comedy but a coping mechanism for pain?

And now, the news.

Avid Readers of this forecast know that its original conceit was to see if I could predict the headlines of the New York Times, using planetary patterns as a guide. After all, it’s often called the “the paper of record.” I started including  other media outlets, as not every Avid Reader subscribes to the NYT and thus can’t access the articles cited. In any event, after over a decade of analysis and research, I continue to be awed by the astonishing synchronicity of planetary patterns and the news — especially, the NYT.

Avid Readers also know that THE most important pattern of this century was the series of seven disruptive squares between Uranus and  Pluto.  The seventh square was exact in March 2015, and here’s what was going on back then.   The biggest issue was climate change, and now, with Saturn activating that seventh square, we are getting a serious and sobering reality check in that arena. Right?

ANY horoscope with planets around 13-15 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn was also activated in 2014-2015, and is also now dealing with a reality check. The U.S. horoscope falls into that category, with its Sun at 13 Cancer and its Saturn at 14 Libra. Based on what was making dramatic news as Uranus and Pluto supercharged the U..S. Sun-Saturn square in 2014-2015, the reality check the U.S. had to deal with was the karma of slavery (of African Americans) and genocide (of Native Americans). I wrote about this in June of 2017, when transiting Jupiter in Libra activated the US Sun-Saturn square and I found myself at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History & Culture in Washington D.C.

Transiting Saturn made the first of three squares to the U.S. Saturn on January 30th. It squared the U.S. Sun, too — but only once — on January 17th.  Sometime in January, a reporter on the staff of the NYT Sunday magazine proposed an entire issue on one subject: slavery in the United States — and how it made the U.S. what it is today, e.g., the only “advanced” nation that does not use its tax dollars to provide health care for all of its citizens, and a host of other conditions some may be stunned to read.

The reporter sold the pitch. Guess when the NYT Sunday magazine devoted exclusively to slavery was published? The 1619 Project was published on August 13th, two days before the second exact transit of Saturn square to the U.S. Saturn.  It’s called the 1619 Project because on or about August 20th, 1619, the first slave ship from Africa arrived in what is now known as Hampton, Virginia. If you have access to computer software, run the chart for that date against the U.S. horoscope and note the connections.

The third Saturn square happens on October 15th, which is right when transiting Jupiter activates the U.S. Mars-Neptune square for the third time this year. Avid Readers will recall that this is the part of the U.S. horoscope that reflects the American Dream.   It also reflects a potential romance with war, guns, faith, oil, pharmaceuticals and movies. Jupiter expands whatever it touches, for better or for worse.

I hope you take the time to read every article in The 1619 Project.  Newt Gingrich read it — and did not like it one bit. We can appreciate how challenging it would be to shift his opinions, given his horoscope’s strong Neptune patterns — discussed in 2011.  I wonder if Mr. Gingrich has ever visited the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History & Culture in Washington D.C…

In a related story, Daniel Pantaleo was fired from the NYPD. He was the officer who held Eric Garner in an illegal chokehold back in 2014.  Mr. Garner had attracted attention because he was selling loose cigarettes on the street. Mr. Garner’s last words were, “I can’t breathe.” His death — captured on video — helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement  in 2014 — and here’s a post on the Uranus-Pluto astrology of that from December 2014. How interesting to have a sobering reckoning on that 2014 incident now.  Astrology is amazing.

I started this post hours and hours ago. Turns out it will ship at 6 PM ET. If you re-read the first paragraph of this forecast, you may marvel at how it fits the patterns (!!). Thus I leave you with an inspiring photo of the tallest and oldest living organism in New York City: a 370 year-old tree in Queens. I visited it yesterday, and if it’s  lucky, it may be here for another 100 years, outliving us all.

Thank you for reading this forecast.



Friday 8/16/2019 & the Weekend: Uranus Square Mercury Generates Buzz


Between now and Sunday, the day is driven by the Moon in Pisces, seeking to empathize, idealize and go with the flow. The buzz that’s been in the air — and disrupting communication and electronic gizmos — is Mercury (how we need to think) squared by rebel Uranus at 1:06 PM ET.  If you have a planet around 6 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius, you are more personally affected. The rest of the weekend goes like this:

  • SATURDAY — More Moon in Pisces flow, which may be especially dreamy or foggy around 12:09 PM ET, when Moon meets up with Neptune. Chill after 6:34 PM ET, when the Moon goes void…and feel free to sleep in (but not shop) until…
  • SUNDAY — when the Moon charges into Aries at 12:33 PM ET. There are no exact planetary aspects on this day, but Mars — planet of action — will exit Leo and enter Virgo at 1:19 AM ET, where it will remain until October 4th. Mars in Virgo needs to execute its action plan with detailed precision — and here are thoughts on how to do just that — from a post in 2011.

No sleeping in on Monday. Moon will be charging forward in Aries as fast as it can — until around 6PM ET, when it makes its weekly clash with brick wall Saturn.

And now, the news.

Last week we were talking about the likely diminished status of the United States, reflecting transiting Saturn square the U.S. Saturn. The second square was exact on August 15th; the third square is exact on October 21st. This week the stock market dropped 800 points after a “rare” inversion of the yield curve between 2-year Treasury bonds and 10-year Treasury bonds. It is not a good sign when the expected long-term return on U.S. Treasury bonds is lower than the return on the short-term 2-year bonds.  Talking heads in the media were saying that it wouldn’t be surprising if a recession kicked in 18-24 months later, as apparently it has done before. I wouldn’t be surprised either, as in 18-24 months, we’ll have transiting Saturn in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus. I’m not a financial astrologer, but I have observed in the past that hard aspects between Saturn and Uranus coincide with bubbles bursting.

Bear in mind that the U.S. is not the only horoscope with planets being hit a Saturn squeeze in the aftermath of the 2011-2016 series of disruptive Uranus-Pluto squares.

On another note, when I wrote on Monday that Wednesday’s Sun-Venus conjunction in Leo was likely to be “worth its weight in gold,” this is what was going through my mind — which did in fact manifest on Wednesday: “Gold marks highest finish since 2013 as recession risk lifts the metal’s haven appeal.”   Astrology is amazing.

Meanwhile, as Mars makes its way through the last few degrees of Leo, it is activating the Midheaven, Leo Mars and Leo Ascendant of P45. Thus astrologers who Follow Such Things were prepared for a new cycle of regal initiatives and attacks. Occurring against the general backdrop of the potentially wacky/shocking square between Mercury (mind) and Uranus (wacky), so far we’ve had:

Guess what? Israel’s Mars is also in Leo, where it is able to “get away with murder” more than any other Mars placement. Its new two-year Mars cycle began yesterday, with Mars returning to its place in its natal horoscope.  So did its new Mercury cycle, with transiting Mercury returning to its natal position, starting a new cycle of communication and mindset. That makes Israel’s decision to ban Rep. Omar and Tlaib especially significant. Apparently Rep. Tlaib made a personal plea to visit her nonagenarian grandmother, whom she has not seen since 2007. Israel agreed to grant the request as a humanitarian gesture, on condition that Rep. Tlaib keep quiet about her political views. The point here is that free speech continues to be a hot topic in the zeitgeist,  with Jupiter still in Sagittarius. And we have added shock value courtesy of the Uranus-Mercury square. Rep. Tlaib considered accepting Israel’s limitations, but then declined as a matter of principle. Born on July 24, 1976 in Detroit, Rep. Tlaib’s Leo Sun is squared by freedom-seeking Uranus, as are three other planet in Leo: Mercury, Venus and Saturn. No one is going to dictate to her how she is to think or what she can and can’t say.   Here is a video of Rep. Tlaib’s “sity” (grandma), courtesy of WaPo. Here’s a post about Israel’s horoscope from May 2019. January 2020 is going to be interesting.

Have you ever been to Israel? I have. It is an extraordinary experience.

In other news…

More Uranus square Mercury disruption, as predicted:

Here’s a fun case of astro-timing. On July 3rd, with Mercury just about to turn retrograde at 4 degrees of Leo, a federal judge sent an email to colleagues about an upcoming seminar on climate change. Another judge wrote back, forgetting to double check everything thrice before mistakenly hitting “reply all” — and yesterday, with Mercury now back to where it was on July 3rd, we’re getting the gory details. Case closed.

Here’s another event that occurred on July 3rd — recently updated. Princess Haya, one of the wives of Sheik Mohammed (billionaire and VP of the UAE), fled the country with her children and has since applied for a protective order against her husband. Sheik Mohammed had high-flying innovations planned back in 2017, when transiting Uranus squared his 22 degree Cancer Sun. This year — and into early 2020, he gets to deal with the power plays, streamlining and transformation suggested by transiting Pluto and Saturn opposing that Sun. Remember how cranky communications were around June 20th, when Mercury and Mars were at 22 degrees Cancer? You can believe that Sheik Mohammed was feeling mighty provoked. And then, two weeks later, Princess Haya escapes to London, under the “windfall opportunity” potential of a rare measurement in her horoscope (May 3 1974 in Amman, Jordan), between Jupiter (expansion; luck) and Uranus (freedom). Sheik Mohammed was born with Venus and Pluto conjunct in drama king Leo — and the two are in harmony with visionary Neptune. Venus and Pluto suggests emotional extremes, with some measure of artistry, courtesy of Neptune. Posting poems of betrayal and vengeance on Instagram is one of his understandable coping strategies. I wonder if he’s ever consulted with an astrologer…

Thank you for reading this forecast.





Monday 8/12/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Full Moon in Aquarius

Arise, go forth and make it happen. Jupiter, planet of expansion, is finally moving forward — pushing boundaries in Sagittarius, the sign it rules. A Capricorn Moon drives the day, starting with a heavy focus around 5:53 AM ET (Moon meets Saturn), followed by a dreamy lunch (Moon harmonizes with Neptune at 11:59 AM ET), ending on a catharis or power play (Moon meets Pluto at 6:11 PM ET). Chill after hours, as the Cap Moon immediately goes void, not to enter Aquarius until TUESDAY at 11:35 AM ET. During the void, roll with the twists and flakes that may disrupt efforts to move forward in a straight line. Remember that crises and worries which crop up during Moon voids are usually much ado about nothing. Stick to routine concerns — and do not worry if you oversleep the next day.

The rest of the week goes like this:

  • TUESDAY — the day officially gets into gear when Moon enters Aquarius at 11:35 AM ET. It cruises through the day without much input from other planets, save for an opposition to Mercury in regal Leo at 4:33 PM ET. Mercury refers to how we need to think; in Leo, the thoughts may be more like pronouncements. An Aquarius Moon — with its focus on innovation and all of humanity — may force an illuminating challenge. Sunny idealism is in the air, as a meet-up between  the Sun (leaders, willpower) and Venus (women, art, money, social expression) suggests optimism that may be worth its weight in gold. If you have a planet around 20 degrees of Leo pick up a couple of lottery tickets and let me know what happens. This is a research project, mind you  — not a guarantee.
  • WEDNESDAYMoon makes its weekly clash with rebel Uranus, reflected by a disruption of the status quo around 1 AM ET. at 2:07 AM ET, the Sun-Venus meet-up will be exact? Did you win anything? Caveat regarding planets that get too close to the Sun: they can’t be clearly seen against that bright light; hence the potential for idealism. Meanwhile, emotions are likely running high, as on…
  • THURSDAY — at 8:29 AM ET, the royal Leo Sun is challenged by the Moon in “we the People” Aquarius.  Happy Full Moon! The Sabian Symbols offer clues to form and content of a likely illumination and release.  For the Sun “a bareback rider; for the Moon “a big bear sitting down and waving all its paws.” “Bear” and “bare” in the opposing Symbols…how did Elsie Wheeler (the intuitive who downloaded the Sabian Symbols) manage to do that? I don’t know, but this bare-bear pair suggests a powerful surge of creativity that may be harnessed, if you stay centered and seated on a bumpy ride. Blain Bovee writes that we should apply this pair “with a mind to attempting to bring grace to raw power; bring beauty to beast; rein in animal nature through practice and training.” Know what else Bovee says? He notes that Chiron, the wounded healer, was not only the first centaur (an immortal bareback horse and rider), but that “the wild race of centaurs was known only for their rude lust for women and wine: immature, below-the-belt instincts causing harm.” Well, whoaaaaaaa Nellie. Do you think we’ll be seeing any of that in this week’s headlines? More in a minute. Moon goes void at 9:02 PM ET and enters Pisces at 11:49 PM ET.
  • THURSDAY — Also note that Mercury officially comes out of its shadow period. It’s at 4 degrees of Leo, which is where it was when it turned retrograde on July 7th. See if any communications that were hot back then get a bump forward today. The Messenger Planet is abuzz this week as it prepares to square Uranus on…
  • FRIDAY — at 1:06 PM ET. The tension between Mercury and Uranus suggests shocking communications involving technology and transportation, especially aviation. Countering the disruptive buzz is the Pisces Moon, which seeks to simply go with the flow…and flow it may well do all day, as it travels without much interference.
  • SATURDAY — More Moon in Pisces flow, which may be especially dreamy or foggy around 12:09 PM ET, when Moon meets up with Neptune. Chill after 6:34 PM ET, when the Moon goes void…and feel free to sleep in (but not shop) until…
  • SUNDAY — when the Moon charges into Aries at 12:33 PM ET. There are no exact planetary aspects on this day, but Mars — planet of action — will exit Leo and enter Virgo at 1:19 AM ET, Mars in Virgo needs to execute its action plan with detailed precision. Soon we’ll have even more details when Sun and Venus enter Virgo next week.

And now, the news…brought to you by:

  • Jupiter in Sagittarius turning direct: BIG, publishing, education, collective beliefs/opinions, boundary-pushing, travel, sports
  • Uranus in Taurus turning retrograde: SHOCK, revolutions, nuclear, seismic, innovation, bizarre, unique, technology….against the backdrop of…
  • Saturn conjunct Plute-South Node in Capricorn: authoritarianism/control in matters of the PTB; anguish
  • Neptune in Pisces square Jupiter: refugees, victims, religion/faith, vision, dreams, drugs — BIGtime


Meanwhile, we had the big shock of Jeffrey Epstein’s reported suicide in a NY federal jail cell, just hours after the release of unsealed court documents naming names one of Epstein’s accusers says she was  forced to have sex with, including “many other powerful men, including numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known Prime Minister, and other world leaders.”   How the death of this man — who is believed by many to have serious compromat on scores of aforementioned powerful men — was allowed to happen simply boggles the mind. And yet, this bizarre, scandalous and mysterious “wipeout” does reflect the potential of planetary patterns in Epstein’s horoscope.

We don’t have a birth time for Epstein; all we have is January 20, 1953 in Coney Island. Could be a Capricorn or an Aquarius — but definitely driven by the Moon in me-me-me-first Aries. Epstein’s exact Venus-Mars conjunction in Pisces dissolves boundaries in relationships and can suggest an element of victimization. That conjunction has transiting Neptune sittting right on top of it, further adding to the potential for scandal, fog, victimhood, martyrdom or escape. Epstein may no longer have a body, but his horoscope is still very much alive — and over the next few years his “life events” may be aptly described as surreal, streamlined and anguished in the extreme.

Why are these scandals of rich and powerful men — of all political persuasions, thank you very much — victimizing women (allegedly with assistance from at least one gender-betrayer) happening NOW? Avid Readers will recall the opportunity to heal “toxic masculinity” suggested by Chiron’s ingress into Aries in March. I tip my hat again to astrologer Eric Francis, who pointed out that Chiron is meeting up  (as I type) with a planet called Salacia (think of the word “salacious”). This planet was  discovered at the Aries Point a couple of years ago — and Franics opined that we’d be in the throes of a major major scandal in September, when that Chiron-Salacia conjunction is exact. Indeed. You can read Francis’s post about it here — Salacia is at the bottom. And you can listen to me talk about Chiron in Aries here. Astrology. Is. Amazing.

Meanwhile, I was fascinated by this WaPo interview with Steven Hoffenberg, who spent 18 years in prison for partnering with Epstein in a Ponzi scheme. So why wasn’t Epstein held accountable for that? As I said, the interview is fascinating, and an astrologer trying to divine a birth time for Epstein would do well to pay close attention to the words his former close associate uses to describe him.

Finally, an UPDATE on Anthony Scaramucci. Seems like it was only yesterday that he was appointed White House Communication Director — a post he clung to for exactly eleven outrageous days. It wasn’t yesterday– it was two years ago — and I found that reassuring, Because time really does fly, and it won’t be long before we can’t believe it’s been X number of years since an alleged malignant narcissist with possible dementia occupied the Oval Office.

In any event, Scaramucci was once P45’s biggest fan — but not anymore. Now he says P45’s “racism and bullying are bad for the country”, and the GOP should run another candidate. What could possibly have happened to reflect Scaramucci’s change of heart? And why is he all over the news NOW? Well, we have his horoscope — with an approximated birth time. And the publicity is reflecting transiting Jupiter sitting right on top of his natal Pluto (expansion of power and resources). Meanwhile, transiting Saturn is sitting right on top of his 15 degree Capricorn Sun — and squaring his people-pleasing Libra Moon AND his me-me-me-fall-down-stairs-because-it’s-faster-than-walking Aries Ascendant. Translation:  a sobering reality check and/or an ambitious advance.  Coincidence or conspiracy?

Thank you for reading this forecast, which I am pleased to present as an historical record and public service. May these astrological insights infuse the news with new meaning and understanding. If they do, please let me know.



Friday 8/9/2019 & the Weekend: Jupiter Turns Direct; Uranus Turns Retrograde


The Moon in Sagittarius drives the day with a need to push boundaries in matters of opinion. Get out of that box — into nature or a foreign film.  The workday itself ends BIG, as  the Moon meets up with Jupiter at 7:25 PM ET. And ohhhh lookie — here’s a reflection of that potential, combined with the week’s other exact patterns: Chase Bank is exiting the Canadian market and forgiving all debt owed by its Canadian customers. Don’t you just wish…!

Saturday offers more of the same. The Sag Moon goes void at 3:50 PM ET, so do your shopping for items you wish to be of significance before then. Why? Because impulse purchases made during Moon voids have a higher than average potential for not serving as originally intended.

At 12:50 AM on Sunday, Moon enters Capricorn and gets down to business.  Mind the buzz in the air,  as Jupiter and Uranus are changing direction  (9:38 AM ET and 10:26 PM ET, respectively).  If you have a planet around 14 Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo or Pisces, you are especially affected by Jupiter’s change. Why? Because Jupiter has been sitting on that degree since the end of July, and will continue to sit on it until August 28th.  What’s expanding in your life these days?

The Sabian Symbol for Jupiter direct is intriguing: “a groundhog looking for its shadow.” We haven’t focused on this one since the Full Moon of June 2012. Sabian Sage Blain Bovee writes that this Symbol suggests “a heightened sense of  alertness or wary regard for what may lie behind.” Hmm…behind, eh? Yet the sight of the shadow (or not) portends what lies ahead. Hmm. Bottom line: apply this Symbol with a mind to looking for signs of reassurance that you are on the right path.

The Sabian Symbol for Uranus turning retrograde is “a woman of Samaria.” We last looked at this one on the Full Moon of October 2012. The woman of Samaria’s  story involves a well), and back in October 2012 I asked the rhetorical question, “Must the cosmos hand us [a Symbol]  referring to water when part of the world is anticipating a hurricane & flooding?” So perhaps we will see severe hurricanes and floods during this Uranus retrograde, i.e., until January 10, 2020.

Blain Bovee calls the woman of Samaria “an image of a moment of truth.” To paraphrase Bovee’s further musings, we are advised to be alert to situations where we must determine the authenticity of what is presented. Consider matters more deeply before moving forward into unfamiliar territory. Settle for nothing less than unconditional truth.

For general thoughts on the significance of Uranus retrograde and what it means for you, look here. You are more personally affected if you have a planet or angle around 6-7 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius.

In other news,  Mercury leaves Cancer and enters Leo at 3:45 PM ET on Sunday.  It joins Sun, Venus and Mars in Leo, adding more regal entitlement and/or sunny drama to collective mindset and communication.

No sleeping on Monday. The Capricorn Moon needs to make things happen, with gravitas. Moon meets up with sobering Saturn at 5:53 AM ET and Pluto at 6:11 PM ET.

And now, the news.

In matters of health, Jupiter refers to the liver and pancreas; Venus refers to sugar. Together they add up to insulin and diabetes. With Jupiter at a virtual standstill and Venus trining Jupiter this week, here are the relevant headlines:

Jupiter refers to horses, especially in Sagittarius, the Centaur. Within the past 20 minutes, these stories were posted on my limited Twitter newsfeed — on a day with Moon in Sagittarius, about to meet up with a stationary Jupiter:

Coincidence or conspiracy?

Jupiter refers to BIG and foreigners. Uranus in Taurus suggests shocks to the systems in general — and also in agriculture/food processing. Factor in Jupiter’s upcoming  third and final square with Neptune in Pisces (exact on September 21st), and we can appreciate how matters of immigration and refugees are looming larger and larger. Add in the authoritarian vise of the ongoing conjunction of Saturn (control) – Pluto (resistance is futile) in Capricorn (government), and we have: “680 people arrested in largest immigration sweep in a decade.,‘  a.k.a. “the largest single-state workplace enforcement action in the country, ever.”

Last year, the owner of one of the the poultry processing companies in Mississippi (where the arrests were made), agreed to a $3.75 million settlement after it was  sued for sexual harassment and discrimination against its Hispanic workers. Koch Foods is a private company based in Chicago — something to consider perhaps, next time you’re buying chicken. Putting your money where your mouth is — that’s another likely focus of Uranus’s journey through Taurus. Why? Because Uranus is a disruptor and a truth-teller. Taurus refers to values, money and possessions. In other news,  Joaquin Castro made waves this week when he tweeted a list of top Trump donors — which sparked a debate among some Texans about whether they should patronize businesses owned by those donors. Meanwhile,  New York is also all a-Twitter over the revelation that Stephen Ross — a big investor in  oh-so-fab fitness clubs Equinox, Soulcycle and Pure Yoga — is hosting a big-ticket fundraiser for Trump in the Hamptons. Will this awareness change the spending patterns of some Soulcycle devotees? An NYT reporter was determined to find out.  Meanwhile, restauranteurs backed by Ross are begging him to cancel the fundraiser.  Do you know where your spending dollars really go?

WaPo fashion critic Robin Givhan penned an op-ed, using apt words for Uranus-as-disruptor pulling focus:

“But as the story of Ross and his fundraiser has unfurled, for many people, it’s as if all that sweet power is slipping away. The false certainty that, if only for 45 minutes, everything was just as it should be in their world, is suddenly upended. Blown apart.”

Other disruptions in foreign affairs/intelligence, in case you missed them:

An astrologer could argue that these streamlining events reflect the squeeze of transiting Saturn squaring the U.S. Saturn — noted in the last forecast. Here’s a bit about the last U.S. Saturn Return in August 2011, which was also experienced as a squeeze. The current square is a challenge to the seeds of ambition that were planted in 2011. How is it working out?

As always, I leave you on an optimistic note —  the entire home page from the Good News Network — perfect for a Moon in Sagittarius conjunct Jupiter. Here’s another one: Discovery Channel’s BIG  TV nature documentary — Serengeti — is generating BIG BIG ratings. Enjoy!

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Monday 8/5/2019: Sneak Peek at an Expansive Week; Venus-Uranus in the News; Jupiter Pulls Focus

Don’t worry. Be happy.

That’s the upside potential of this week’s exact planetary patterns. Jupiter — symbol of expansion, abundance and optimism — will trine (harmonize) with the regal Leo Sun on Wednesday. The Sun refers to leaders and willpower, suggesting support for your inner CEO. On Thursday Jupiter will trine Venus, suggesting expansion and generosity in matters of women, money, art and social expression. Ask and ye may receive.

As you know, Jupiter has been in Sagittarius — the sign it rules — all year. It is pulling extra focus this week as it slows to a standstill (from our perpective on Earth) and turns direct on Sunday morning. Watch for an abundance of news involving Jupiter-in-Sagittarius themes: travel, free speech, press, court opinions, foreigners, mass communication, sports, horses — to name a few.  If you have a planet or angle around 14 degrees of just about any sign, but especially Sagittarius, Pisces, Virgo and Gemini, you’re feeling the expansive rush more than most.

Meanwhile, rebel Uranus is also slowing down. It changes direction on Sunday — but it’s turning retrograde, not direct. We’re see this focus in the news via stories including but not limited to: revolutions/innovations in general and in matters related to money/banking, agriculture/food, seismic activity, possessions, beauty — and maybe even astrology. If you have a planet around 6 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, you’re feeling the disruptive buzz more than most.

One horoscope that comes to mind immediately is “Moscow Mitch” McConnell, who has two — and possibly three —  affected planets. We know his Venus and Pluto are affected, and these two planets reflect his potential for stubborn emotional extremes. We don’t have a birth time for Moscow Mitch, but if he was born around 3 or 4 PM ET on Feb 20, 1942 in Sheffield, AL, his Moon would be at 6 Taurus. A Taurus Moon needs to preserve comfort and material security, however it feels Things. Ought. To. Be. Now his Moon is likely feeling the effects of transiting Uranus sitting right on top of it, shattering his personal status quo. The fact that “all of a sudden” everyone is calling him #MoscowMitch (much to his displeasure) and that he fell and broke his shoulder over the weekend are apt reflections. His broken bone also reflects transiting Mars (energetic outburst) square his Mars-Saturn-Uranus conjunction in Taurus, which were exact over the weekend.  Uranus refers to accidents; Saturn refers to bones; transiting Mars is the energy of action triggering a potential fall.


The week goes like this:

  • MONDAY: Driven by the Moon in Libra, seeking to avoid conflict and faciliatite fairness and balance. A sobering initiative or block marks the morning, as Moon is squared by restrictive Saturn at 10:46 AM ET. Carry on through the rest of the business day, noting the potential for a power play or catharsis around 9 PM ET, as the Moon makes its weekly clash with roto-rooter Pluto.
  • TUESDAY — The Libra Moon goes void between 3:36 AM ET and 11:31 AM ET, so there’s your excuse for sleeping in — and/or rolling with whatever twist or flake disrupts your morning commute. Once the Moon enters Scorpio, the focus is on depth and substance, for the the sake of power and control. No more airy-fairy Libra theories, thank you very much. Around 11 PM ET, Moon opposes rebel Uranus, suggesting a potential upset or revelation. Still, spirits may be feeling grand, courtesy of…
  • WEDNESDAY Jupiter trines the Leo Sun at 3:31 AM ET. Did you buy a lottery ticket? Around 1:31 PM ET, tensions may flare as the Scorpio Moon squares the Leo Sun, arguing about how joint resources are to used for a kingly/queenly pet project, perhaps. Happy First Quarter Moon! The dust settles in the afternoon, and the evening begins on a soothing harmony between the Moon and Neptune, exact at 7:16 PM ET. Plan your beautiful escape.
  • THURSDAY — the Scorpio Moon goes void at 10:58 AM ET — not to enter Sagittarius (the next sign) until 4:35 PM ET. Chill chill chill during the Moon void — if you haven’t already executed your escape plan. Avoid shopping impulses. Remember that crises which crop up during voids are usually much ado about nothing. Chill — and then exhale when Moon soars into Sagittarius, just minutes after the indulgent trine between Venus and Jupiter, exact at 4:27 PM ET.
  • FRIDAY — Moon in Sagittarius drives the day with a need to push boundaries in matters of opinion. Get out of that box — into nature or a foreign film.
  • SATURDAY — more of the same. The Sag Moon goes void at 3:50 PM ET and enters Capricorn at….
  • SUNDAY — 12:50 AM ET. Note that the first degree of Capricorn is at the Aries Point. Hmm. Something especially prominent in the headlines, perhaps — along themes suggested by Jupiter and Uranus changing direction on this day (9:38 AM ET and 10:26 PM ET, respectively). A Capricorn Moon is driven by a need to get things done, however it can make things work. Capricorn understands strategy and how to make the best use of things and people like nobody’s business. Another shift today: Mercury leaves Cancer and enters Leo at 3:45 PM ET. It joins Sun, Venus and Mars in Leo, adding more regal entitlement and/or sunny drama to collective mindset and communication.

And now, the news.

Back in 2014 and 2015, the horoscope of the U.S. was under exceptional stress, as any horoscope with planets around 13 and 14 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn would have been. For the U.S., the most stressful aspect was transiting Uranus and Pluto square the U.S. Saturn. Disruptions in matters of structure and authority are suggested by Uranus on Saturn. Pluto on Saturn, as Avid Readers will recall, suggests potential anguish in the face of considerable loss. Two issues that were dominating the news: the events in Ferguson (and why they happened),  and the realization that military surplus equipment had been given to local police    (this links to an astrological analysis from 2015). Now that Uranus and Pluto are off of the U.S. Saturn, we now have transiting Saturn squaring the U.S. Saturn, demanding a sobering reality check and/or advance on the matters raised back in 2014 and 2015. So that’s one way to look at the U.S.’s 249th and 250th mass shooting in 219 days. We are due for serious advances and sobering realities, for better or for worse. Videogames are not the culprit, and we know this because videogames exist in other countries, and they do not have mass shootings.  We also know from the U.S. horoscope that this country has a romanticized relationship with guns, soldiers and cowboys. Ray of hope: the Murdoch-owned New York Post put a call for a ban on assault weapons on today’s front page.Yup, it’s time to get real.


I have a whole slew of headlines reflecting the potential of Friday’s square between Venus (women, who and how we love, art and money) and Uranus. Translation: unconventional attractions; free-spirited women; disruptions in matters of money:

Finally, this WaPo op-ed offers a wild take on what scientists really know about gravity. Turns out it’s not much. I love this op-ed because lately I’ve been using the concept of gravity to help people understand how astrology works. “Astrology is like gravity. You don’t have to know it’s there for it to have an effect.” And now scientists seem to be admitting that they really don’t know what gravity is. I can relate. I can’t tell you what astrology is — or why it works. But I can tell you how and when it works — and more specifically, how and when it works in ways that are meaningful in your own personal world.

Thank you for reading this forecast. Pepper says hi.



Thursday 8/1/2019: New Moon in Leo; Dem Debates & More

Happy, happy August!

Here’s a recap of planetary patterns driving the day — as you may recall from Monday’s Sneak Peek at the Week:

  • THURSDAY — the day begins with an optimistic harmony between the Leo Moon and Jupiter, planet of expansion. Ease on down the road — but not full speed ahead, as our minds need time to adjust to Mercury’s change of direction. A regal outburst or executive action may manifest around 4:48 PM ET, when the Moon meets up with Mars in Leo, a placement more likely to get away with murder than any other. Moon goes void after the Mars meet-up, so take time to chill and do not make mountains out of molehills.

If you are new to this forecast and unfamiliar with the term “Moon void,” know that during these natural rest periods, we have a higher than average probability of twists and flakes that disrupt efforts to move forward in a straight line. If you’re the one that flakes, do not worry. Stick to routine tasks, as initiatives launched during voids are likely to be of little consequence. Crises which crop up during Moon voids are usually much ado about nothing — a theory that was proven consistently when I worked in news. A hot project would land on my desk that had to get done not now, but RIGHT NOW — and invariably the crisis would fade into a classic Emily Litella “Never mind.”  For more on Moon voids, here is a detailed primer.

The Moon enters the next sign — Virgo –at 9:20 AM ET on Friday,  determined to restore order in the aftermath of the Leo Moon’s party.

Now about yesterday’s New Moon in Leo. It was exact at 11:12 PM ET,  when the Sun and Moon met up at 8 degrees of Leo. There’s still time to make a list  and light a candle today. A New Moon offers us an opportunity to set  intentions and goals for the lunar cycle.  Around  August 7th, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to those goals, with appropriate adjustments made. At the time of the Full Moon on August 15th,  we may have illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle. If we succeeded, we can consciously release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. After the Third Quarter Moon on the 23rd, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin anew, with the New Moon in Virgo on August 30th.

Here is the New Moon chart set in Washington DC:


Leo refers to the heart.  A Leo Sun comes to the table with the energy to be recognized; a Leo Moon needs, needs, needs to be loved, honored and respected.  Here, the Sun and Moon are separating from Venus and on their way to Mars. Thus we see a need for ginormous love, applause and creative self-expression, with a dramatic dose of idealism and possible regal entitlement.  How are we going to manifest the creativity that gives us the recognition and love we need? Those are our marching orders for this lunar cycle.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon  is “glass blowers.” I have found that these New Moon Sabian Symbols have an uncanny way of working their way into the headlines. The Sabian Symbol for the last New Moon was “a clown making grimaces.” Exhibit A:

How will this New Moon’s Sabian Symbol be reflected in the news? I don’t know, but it will be. Sabian Symbol sage  Blaine Bovee notes that glass blowers are challenged to craft their work “without blowing it out of proportion or shattering [it].” He observes that a skilled application of temperature is key to a glass blower’s success. When is it apt to heat something up, cool it down or break it and start over? We are advised to apply this Symbol with “a mind to the art of animating a base material into a living thing” (italics are mine — I suspect those words will crop up in the news). Bovee has more to say here.  We’ll probably see plenty of headlines about temperatures, like this one from today.

Wherever 8-9 Leo falls in your horoscope is the area of your life in which you may experience a crafting and/or re-crafting of a heart-centered creative ideal. If you have a planet or angle at 8-9 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio and especially Leo, you are even more affected by this creative challenge. Aiding and abetting your creative spark — as reflected in the New Moon chart — is the courage to innovate. Venus — which represents what, whom and how we love — is squared by Uranus (exact on Friday). Venus-Uranus patterns suggest unconventional attractions, gender-benders, free-spirited women and disruption in matters of money, value and art. As Susan Sontag told my Wellesley class at our commencement, “Be bold, be bold, be bold.”

Meanwhile, Mercury  — how we need to think and communication — is also strong in this New Moon chart, as it turned direct minutes after the New Moon. Avid Readers will recall that a planet at its stationary point is demanding focus, the way an insistent driver demands focus when he/she leans on the horn. Mercury turned direct at 23 Cancer; its Sabian Symbol is “a woman and two men on a bit of sunlit land facing south.” In other words (advises Bovee), this is an image of a classic love triangle, suggesting that a choice between two perhaps worthy but different options must be made. The “sunlit land” is the issue highlighted that must be decided. The last time this Sabian Symbol demanded our focus was…on the New Moon in July 2015.

And now, the news.

Round #2 of the Democratic candidate debates happened over the past two nights, and everyone declared CNN’s format the loser.  The Moon was dead’ Mercury was stationary; some were declared listless and/or confused — reflecting the potential of those planetary patterns. Meanwhile, the candidates with the hottest horoscopes got a ton of attention for being hot, to no skilled astrologer’s surprise.

  • MARIANNE WILLIAMSON — is having a banner week. I’ve been writing about her horoscope since 2012 — here and here. After her debate on Tuesday, she was the most Google-searched of all the candidates in every state but Montana. She scored the most new Twitter followers, too. No one who has seen her horoscope is surprised by her straightforward address of challenging questions such as racism in America and how that needs to be dealt with before we can move forward with a wonky action plan. Marianne Williamson is driven by a Capricorn Moon; taking care of business and making things happen is her top priority. This week, she’s reaping the potential success of transiting North Node on her rebellious/fiercely unique Sun-Uranus conjunction in Cancer. Her revolutionary prescription for establishing emotional and homeland security is likely to connect with the masses at this time. Meanwhile transiting Mars will be exactly on her Pluto this week, supporting a forceful and empowered application of energy. Also facilitating a successful expansive public outreach: transiting Jupiter opposing her clever Gemini Ascendant three times in 2019. While I am not convinced she will become the Democratic nominee, patterns in her horoscope are ripe for continued expansion into early 2020.  Part of her success is the timing of her message, as it reflects the needs of planetary patterns impacting us all. And those would be the need to address matters of faith (symbolized by the ongoing Jupiter-Neptune square) and the need to have a solid and authoritative action plan (Saturn-Pluto in Capricorn).
  • STEVE BULLOCK — he’s the governor of Montana, and thus was the most-Googled candidate in his home state. I told you he would be a notable contender back in May, when he announced his candidacy. Did it matter that he didn’t qualify for the the first debate in May? Hell, no. Born on April 11, 1966 — time unknown — he is a pioneering Aries driven by a Capricorn Moon. His 21 Aries Sun is being supercharged by transiting Pluto, just as AOC’s horoscope was when she “came out of nowhere” and trounced her incumbent opponent. Resistance is futile. Also, Bullock’s exact Uranus-Pluto conjunction in Virgo gives him revolutionary potential, which was activated this year by Mars (solar arc — another way of measuring time) and by transiting Jupiter. In July 2020, he will have transiting Jupiter square his Aries Sun, another suggestion of expansion and recognition. His big campaign issue: getting “dark money’ out of politics.
  • JOHN DELANEY — another Aries with Moon in Capricorn — April 16, 1963, no birthtime. His 26 Aries Sun is not reaping the full empowerment potential of transiting Pluto (waiting until 2021), but it’s possible that Pluto may be on his Moon, reflecting exceptional zeal. Or perhaps his Moon is closer to transiting Saturn right now, as after Elizabeth Warren zinged him for being a wet blanket, his Wikipedia biography was hacked and he was declared dead. Saturn refers to ending and limitations, doncha’ know. As for why John Delaney has suddenly burst upon the scene…well…think about this. What  planet is associated with “sudden?” And if you’re thinking “Uranus”, congratulations — because Uranus is all over John Delaney’s Sun (by solar arc), so we can see the lightning bolt potential happening right now, for better or for worse.

None of the above candidates have qualified for the third Democratic debates, which are scheduled for September 12 and 13th. Here are the seven who have — all have been discussed in this forecast — search the archives. Meanwhile, reflecting the tech innovations of Venus and Uranus with respect to relationships, the NYT has just posted a wacky op-ed that presents the candidates as if they were prospects on Tinder. Will you swipe left or swipe right?

Meanwhile, this week’s Sun-Venus square to Uranus suggests unconventional attractions and technology. Cue convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, whose personal horoscope suggests he’s in for more than a year of freakshow scandals, to the extreme. Still, even I wasn’t prepared for the extreme freakshow reported yesterday: “Epstein reportedly hoped to establish super-race of humans with his DNA.”   Oh, and…“Jeffrey Epstein wanted to freeze his head and penis after dying.”   This is going to get weirder and weirder — and I’ve written more about Epstein for the next Mountain Astrologer. But while we’re on the subject, here’s a WaPo article about the 2004 real estate deal that happened just before Epstein and P45 apparently severed ties. How does this saga reflect planetary patterns, you may be wondering?  It reflects the likely healing focus on toxic masculinity that Chiron’s March ingress into Aries offers — and here’s the podcast.

In other news…

Venus square Uranus nearly always coincides with an unconventional item in the world of art.  It’s just been announced that “Portraits of Courage” will be the first exhibit at a new space at the Kennedy Center. The artist is George W. Bush, who created this series of 66 paintings  to honor the armed services.  The exhibition at the Kennedy Center opens October 7, exactly when transiting Jupiter opposes his natal Uranus. Jupiter rules his 5th house (of creative self-expression); Uranus rules his 7th House (public outreach). Jupiter in contact with Uranus can reflect a windfall opportunity. The timing of this announcement happened with the Leo New Moon on his Leo Ascending Mercury and Pluto. Of course it did! Astrology is amazing!!

And now that I’m looking at Dubya’s  horoscope, 2020-2021 has change written all over it. A fresh start, a geographic relocation, a declaration of independence or other upset to the status quo, coupled with a transformational empowerment involving home and homeland is on the horizon.

Thank you for reading this forecast — and for sharing it with friends.




Monday 7/29/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; U.S. Mercury Eclipsed; Saturn-Pluto stress & the Power of YES

Dashing off a few thoughts to carry us through until Wednesday’s New Moon in Leo, exact at 11:12 PM ET.  Until then, remember that we are in the dark of the Moon and thus may feel a sense of restlessness or listlessness, as we sense that something new is just around the corner. Look up in the sky tonight and you can enjoy the annual Delta Aquarids meteor shower. Meanwhile, the week goes like this:

  • MONDAYMoon enters Cancer at 7:31 AM ET, shifting our focus to matters of home and emotional security. It comes after an especially long Moon void that started at 11:25 AM ET on Sunday, which gave us a chance to chill. The buzz that’s been in the air for the past few days reflects the electric energy of the Leo Sun’s square to rebel Uranus, exact at 7:13 PM ET. Keywords for Sun-Uranus (in the headlines): aviation, rebellion, tech innovation, seismic activity, sudden shocks, astrology. If you were born around the 29th of July, October, January or April, you are feeling the buzz more than most. Your state of independence could make headlines, as it did last week for Dr. Leana Wen, who was ousted from her post as the head of Planned Parenthood. I wrote about Dr. Wen’s horoscope in the Aug/Sep issue of Mountain Astrologer.
  • TUESDAY — A challenging day for the Cancer Moon, as it makes its weekly clash with Saturn and Pluto at 9:57 AM ET and 7:27 PM ET, respectively. For the former, we see a potential authoritiative advance or control; for the latter we have a potential emotional catharsis or power play. The hours in between have an easier flow for getting things done, though communications still have a higher than average probability of being misunderstood or simply stuck. Double check and triple check before you hit “send” — and keep your cool no matter how many times you may have to repeat what you just said. Moon goes void at 11:33 PM ET, not to enter Leo until…
  • WEDNESDAY — …at 9:18 AM ET. The early Moon void is the East Coaster’s excuse for the twist or flake to her morning routine. Once the Moon enters Leo, it seeks opportunities to shine like the drama queen it needs to be. A jolt or revelation may present itself around 7:54 PM ET, when the Moon squares Uranus. The New Moon kicks in at 11:12 PM ET, and minutes later, at 11:58 PM ET, Mercury turns direct. I will write more on the New Moon in Leo later this week.
  • THURSDAY — the day begins with an optimistic harmony between the Leo Moon and Jupiter, planet of expansion. Ease on down the road — but not full speed ahead, as our minds need time to adjust to Mercury’s change of direction. A regal outburst or executive action may manifest around 4:48 PM ET, when the Moon meets up with Mars in Leo, a placement more likely to get away with murder than any other. Moon goes void after the Mars meet-up, so take time to chill and do not make mountains out of molehills.
  • FRIDAY — At 5:59 AM ET, Venus is squared by Uranus, echoing the Sun-Uranus square that started the week. Venus-Uranus patterns suggest unconventional attractions, gender-benders, free-spirited women and disruptive news in matters of money, value and art. Volatility in the markets is one potential.  I hear the Fed is going to cut interest rates…. At 9:20 AM ET the Moon enters Virgo, determined to restore order in the aftermath of the Leo Moon’s party and/or parade.
  • SATURDAY — More Virgo Moon and no void to deter your shopping expedition.
  • SUNDAYMoon goes void at 12:27 AM ET and enters Libra at 9:30 AM ET. The focus for Libra is balance and fairness in relationships; social decorum and avoidance of conflict.

Overall, planetary patterns for August are much more expansive than the patterns dominating July. For now, the patterns reflecting authoritarian control and naked power plays are humming in the background, like so much white noise. But they will be back front and center in October, when Saturn and Pluto again challenge the Sun, as they did in July.

And now, the news.

Frankly, the news has reduced  me to tears on more than one occasion this month, as in herehereherehere — and here.  Not that any of it should come as a surprise, given the aforementioned authoritarian power plays that reflect the approaching meet-up between Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn in January, and especially how this meet-up activates the horoscope of the United States. I could spell out a few of those distressing headlines, but why be such a Debbie Downer (I think to myself as I write). I could also direct you to a resource where you can see them all for yourself, and here I would be referring you to Amy Siskind, whom I last wrote about in June of 2017.

Ms. Siskind has been publishing The Weekly List since November 20, 2016. Her inspiration? “Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.” When I wrote about the Weekly List in June of 2017, I offered this perpective on the US horoscope:

There are 82 items on Amy Siskind’s list posted on June 24th, Week 32.
Where might this be going? In 2018, Saturn moves into Capricorn, the sign it rules. Saturn refers to patriarchy, structure, authority, ambition, corporations, governments. It will square the U.S. Venus and Jupiter in 2018, suggesting a streamlining squeeze. Then it will oppose the U.S. Sun and square the U.S. Saturn in 2019. The U.S. last experienced this pattern in 2010 and 2011, so a look at government initiatives back then would be helpful — fodder for another post. In 2020, Saturn will meet up with Pluto, which it has not done since 1982. Here’s a helpful article on the Saturn-Pluto cycle.   In 2021 and 2022, the U.S. will have its first Pluto return, along with transiting Neptune squaring our natal Mars and our natal Neptune. Breaking down and rebuilding (Pluto) on a new vision (Neptune-Mars)?
Meanwhile, the July 16th lunar eclipse happened on  the U.S. Mercury, which is at 24 Cancer. Mercury symbolizes how we need to think and communicate. The U.S. Mercury is at the midpoint of P45’s Saturn-Venus conjunction (23 and 25 Cancer, respectively). To me this is an image of extremely narrow and controlling values regarding family and homeland security, imposed on the U.S. mindset. Also in the picture: Eris — symbolizing discord created by those scorned, now demanding a seat at the table. Eris is now at 24 Aries, squaring the U.S. Mercury and P45’s Saturn-Venus. Yesterday Mercury was at 24 Cancer, activating the July 16th eclipse, P45’s Twittering thumbs and the U.S. Mercury. What dominated the headlines? P45’s horrible nasty racist Tweets lobbed at Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and his entire district, which  P45 called “a disgusting rat and rodent-infested mess…where no human being would want to live.” And since his son-in-law Jared Kushner owns hundreds of rental properties in Baltimore that have been cited for code violations (including vermin infestation), P45 would be in a position to know.
Mercury will be on or closerthanthis to 24 Cancer through August 5th, keeping this discussion in the spotlight.  In 2020, when Saturn and Pluto oppose the U.S. Mercury, I expect we will experience greater extremes in thought on issues of race and “us” and “not-us.”
UPDATE: on Robert Mueller, as some Avid Readers have asked. He testified in two hearings last Wednesday (7/24). Moon was in me-me-me Aries during the morning hearing (held by the House Judiciary Committee), but by the time the afternoon hearing (held by the House Intelligence Committee) got underway, the Aries Moon went void.  I wish it had been the other way around, because the focus was on Russian interference in the 2016 election, as Adam Schiff summarized in his opening statement.  What also contributed to the fizzle effect of Mueller’s testimony, as opposed to a potential sizzle? In a word: Neptune. As Avid Readers may recall, transiting Neptune has completed a series of oppositions to Mueller’s razor-sharp Mercury in Virgo and is now in the middle of a series of oppositions to Mueller’s equally precise Virgo Mars. Neptune dissolves and fogs whatever it touches — and in this case, it’s Mueller’s ability to act with said laser-precision. And the media just couldn’t get over it, preferring to dwell on Mueller’s “performance” as opposed to the hardcore facts of his investigation. Neptune will continue to exert its foggy influence on Mueller’s Mars for the next 12 months. Immediate fallout from his testimony could have been seen as a personal attack — and aptly reflected transiting Mars on Mueller’s regal Leo Sun, exact on July 25th. Coincidence or conspiracy?
Meanwhile, across the pond, Boris Johnson is now Britain’s new Prime Minister. Born 6/19/1964 in NY, NY at 2 PM, Johnson is a Gemini driven by a Scorpio Mooo, fronted by a people-pleasing Libra Ascendant. While he may be benefitting from the expansive potential of Jupiter activating planets in the area of the horoscope related to international affairs and mass communication, I’m not convinced he will be in the same position of influence by early fall of 2020.
In other news, the revolutionary potential of today’s Sun-Uranus square was reflected thusly:
I leave you with another horoscope that’s currently hot:  Jon Anderson, lead singer and collaborative creative force behind the progressive rock group, Yes. What a powerful statement that name is: YES! I confess I didn’t really “get” Yes when I first heard their music back in the Stone Age. Now I realize Yes was way ahead of its time. Anderson is a Scorpio driven by the Moon in humanitarian Aquarius, likely fronted by a Libra Ascendant. His Sun and Moon are supercharged by transiting Uranus this year and into early 2020, suggesting an intense time of individuation. Right now he’s on tour — and I had the good fortune to catch his first stop in Staten Island on Friday. If  Jon Anderson is coming to a venue near you (accompanied by eight other musicians from around the world), don’t miss this show! Anderson may be 74 going on 75, but a potent Sun-Mercury-Mars stellium, trine to Saturn affords stamina and discpline. Sublime aesthetic expression is suggested by Venus in boundary-pushing Sagittarius, sextile Neptune and trine Pluto.
I don’t know about you, but my plan is to remain on Spaceship Earth for at least another 40 years, doing what I am doing now: helping others realize their full potential — and never shutting up about the astonishing synchronicity of headline news and planetary patterns. We will have some wild stories to share, I am certain.
Thank you for reading this forecast — and thank you for your patience as I emerge from  my Mercury REtrograde REtreat and finally return emails and phone calls…


Monday 7/8/2019: Sneak Peek at a Jam-Packed Week; Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide!

Allll-righty then!

A lot to unpack today, starting with Mercury—which in the language of astrology refers to mindset, travel and communication. It is now retrograde (as of Sunday at 7:15 PM ET) and will appear to move backward through the sky until August 1st. It’s not really moving backward, but that is how it looks from our perspective here on Spaceship Earth. Mercury goes retrograde 3-4 times each year, for a period of 22 days.

On the second of its three retrogrades of 2019, Mercury starts at 4 Leo and moves backwards into Cancer. In Leo, Mercury is not interested in sorting through data and analyzing it,  as much as it is interested in declaring what it knows to be true, with pride and regal flair.  When a planet stations and turns on a particular degree, picture an impatient driver leaning on the horn. It’s a point of focus, right? Perhaps the Sabian Symbol for this degree offers clues. It is “rock formations at the edge of a precipice” and it was the one of the focal points during last July’s lunar eclipse.  Therefore, anyone with a planet or angle around 4 degrees of Leo, Aquarius, Taurus and Scorpio may experience a rush of information and/or action right about now.

Of this particular Sabian Symbol,  Blain Bovee notes that these “large, hard stones…may be teetering…on the brink of a deep fall.”  A “precipice” is a high vertical or overhanging face of rock, suggesting a perilous situation. Yes, indeed — judging from many headlines hitting the wires in recent days. But did you know that the word “precarious” originally meant “to be obtained by begging,” thus suggesting an “uncertainty in one’s sense of existing.” Contemplate that for the next three weeks, with respect to wherever Mercury falls in your horoscope. Bovee’s book is chock full of wonderful bits of wisdom.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When in doubt, be silent!

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

Would you like to know how this Mercury retrograde will activate your horoscope? Toss $44 into my Cosmic Tip Jar and email me your birth time, place and date. I will email you a few paragraphs of insights in a day or so. If that link gives you trouble, there’s another link at the bottom of this email (if you’re receiving this forecast via email). For a more detailed discussion about all of the planetary patterns that are hot in your horoscope, here’s the 411.

Ohhhhh-Kay! Now for the rest of this jam-packed week:

  • MONDAYMoon is in Libra, driving the day with a need for fairness and balance. At 11:31 AM ET Venus (women) was sextile (harmonizing) with Uranus, disruptor of the status quo and champion of a level playing field. You better believe those women soccer players who just won the World Cup — again! — deserve equal pay; not now, but RIGHT NOW. At 6:28 PM ET, a verbal assault may take no prisoners, as Mercury and Mars meet up in drama queen Leo.
  • TUESDAY — The day begins with the streamlined challenge of the First Quarter Moon, followed by Moon’s weekly clash with Saturn. Oh wait there’s more, as kings and CEOs may be feeling the squeeze of the Saturn’s annual face-off with the Sun, exact at 1:07 PM ET. Saturn suggests limits and structure; the Sun refers to vitality. What heavy reach for ambition and/or heartless cut will make news today? At 3:35 PM ET, Moon goes void on its weekly clash with Pluto, suggesting a catharsis or power play in the name of the Libra Moon’s quest for fairness and balance. Chill during the void and roll with the twists and flakes that may arise, especially since Mercury is retrograde!
  • WEDNESDAY — Enough with the talk, as the Moon plunges into the emotional depths of Scorpio at 5:29 AM ET. You’ll get less resistance in the morning hours ET; the afternoon features dynamic clashes between the Moon, Mercury and Mars — all in Fixed Signs, suggesting a resistance to give in with all parties concerned. At 4:20 PM ET, rebel Uranus happily shakes up an impasse, clearing the way for a beautiful escape, truce or display of compassion…which is somehow part of a daring initiative or technological breakthrough. This would be the upside potential of two patterns exact on…
  • THURSDAY — as the nurturing Cancer Sun makes beautiful music with Neptune at 12:32 AM ET. I’m not kidding about the music; I challenge you to notice how many people on the streets are singing or humming out loud over the next few days. So that’s the pattern reflecting the potential beautiful escape, compassion or vision — and if you’re a creative or spiritual type with a planet around  18 degrees of just about any sign, you can take that vision to the bank. The Scorpio Moon travels through this day supported — not thwarted — by the other kids in the planetary playpen — use it or lose it. Meanwhile, Mars, planet of aggression and action, squares rebel Uranus at 1:59 PM ET. This is your potential daring initiative or tech breakthrough. A downside potential could involve seismic activity and other explosive outbursts. Moon goes void at 8:28 PM ET, so chill until…
  • FRIDAY — when the Moon soars into Sagittarius at 11:05 AM ET, pusheing boundaries of opinion and territory. Get out of the house; get out of Dodge; get out of that state you’re in.
  • SATURDAY — More of the same from Friday. You’re free to shop without worry that what you purchase will not serve as imagined until 9:31 PM ET, when the Moon goes void until…
  • SUNDAY — at 7:05 PM ET, when it enters Capricorn and gets down to business. The Moon void may take the sting out of the power play or news from underground that coincides with the Sun’s annual face-off against Pluto, exact at 10:46 AM ET. History buffs can refer to these two forecasts from last July to review what was going on in the news on the last Sun-Pluto opposition.  If you were born around the 10th of July, October, January or April, when was the last time you consulted with your astrologer? I know you’d have plenty to talk about…

The news will return in the next forecast. If you’re wondering about the timing of the big news about sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest on federal charges of sex trafficking, note that transiting Saturn is at 17 Capricorn, where it was on the last big burst of info on this story, noted here in March. We don’t have a birth time for Epstein’s obviously hot horoscope (Jan 20 1953 in Coney Island), but I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the missing components in the chart is around 17 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn. Perhaps transiting Saturn is putting the squeeze on a 17 Aries Moon or an angle?  Meanwhile, here’s the latest from Intelligencer — and of course, the Miami Herald.

Thank you for reading this forecast. And thanks to Beth Owl’s Daughter for the fun Mercury retro/banana mash-up. Here’s her awesome Tarot Card of the Week.

***UPDATE*** The Forecast is on a brief Mercury retrograde hiatus, while your faithful astrologer focuses on other writing that must be done. I am available for consultation, should you need personal insights. Meanwhile, make the most of the Mercury retrograde’s potential for REview, REtreat, REvision, RElaxing and REconnecting. Stay tuned…