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Tuesday 7/2/2019: Late Sneak Peek at a Holiday Week: New Moon in Cancer; Solar Eclipse

The Cancer Moon is not yet new (as I write), and I don’t know about you, but the restlessness and listlessness of the dead Moon seems stronger than usual. Perhaps because this New Moon — exact at 3:16 PM ET — will also be a total solar eclipse, the first one since the Great American Eclipse in August 2017.

A New Moon offers an opportunity to set our intentions for the next 28ish days. The eclipse adds potency to seeds that may be planted, and here’s the theory. Solar eclipses act like a “bottleneck” of energy. Light flowing from the Sun is temporarily interrupted, focusing attention on that interrupted point. As light is held back, something new and possibly fragile may enter the picture and grow. And here I would be thinking of Michael, the kindhearted policeman in the storybook Make Way for Ducklings, who stopped the flow of traffic on Beacon Street so Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their brood of eight could safely make their way to the Boston Public Garden. Otherwise, they would have been roadkill. Got that?

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With the Moon in Cancer, the seeds planted involve matters of  emotional and home/homeland security. Y’know, core foundational concerns. Are you standing on solid ground? Where is your home? Tell me about your family, your mother, your ancestors. How are you being nourished and nurtured? How are you nurturing others?

To see what this eclipse suggests for the U.S. this cycle, let’s look at the chart in Washington D.C.

 

We see the Sun and Moon in the area of the horoscope related to foreign affairs, publishing, collective belief systems (law, religious dogma, philosophy) and higher education.  The two are about to meet up with the North Node in Cancer. The North Node symbolizes an opportunity for growth. In Cancer, the path to higher development involves caring, mothering and nurturing. What gets in the way of growth is represented by the South Node in Capricorn (patriarchy, status, governmental structures  — without feeling). With Saturn retrograde in Capricorn and about to oppose the Sun-Moon in Cancer, there’s strong potential for growth to be blocked by corporate Powers That Be.

Rebel Uranus is on the 7th House cusp — a.k.a. the Descendant — a.k.a. one of the angles of the horoscope. This is in-your-face disruption/revolution/innovation/surprise.  Mercury (how we need to think) and Mars (how we need to act) are aligned in royally entitled drama king Leo (so prepare for thoughts and actions accordingly). Mercury and Mars are also about to square Uranus, adding a possible mad scientist, true genius, reckless warrior, genetic mutation and/or shock factor to royal expression and action. Meanwhile, Venus — women, money, values and social graces — is isolated at the end of double-talking info junkie Gemini,  attracting attention but not connecting with any of the other kids in the sandbox. Somewhere, somehow during this lunar cycle, we may witness a woman saying, “I told you so.”

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon — offering clues to what we will be hearing in the news this month — is “a clown making grimaces.” To quote George Takei, “Ohhhhhhhhhh my.”  Sabian Symbol Blaine Bovee describes this symbol as “the image of a buffoon, professional or by nature, making faces of pain, disgust or fright.” Did you know that the word “fool” derives from the Greek word follis, meaning windbag or bellows? “The art of a clown,” says Bovee, “is to show an exaggerated expression of an obvious nature through a painted face.  We should apply this symbol with a mind for “a need to cleverly camouflage oneself and the question, ‘Who is the fool?'”

The area of your horoscope in which this New Moon/eclipse falls is where you is where you may have an opportunity to plant seeds that can create greater emotional security. You are more personally affected by this lunation if you have a planet or angle around 10 degrees of Cancer and Capricorn — and to some extent, Aries and Libra.

And now, a look at patterns for the rest of the week. There aren’t any among the planets, except from the Moon. I’ve noticed that weeks with these seemingly light patterns have coincided with events not unlike that of an ice shelf in Antarctica falling into the ocean for no apparent reason or warning. If an actual ice shelf makes news this week, I won’t be surprised. That being said, the rest of the week goes like this:

  • WEDNESDAY — Moon’s weekly clashes with hard-nosed Saturn and powerbroker Pluto happen at 3:01 AM ET and 10:25 AM ET, respectively. Keep an eye on action on the other side of the International Date Line, and watch for a possible catharsis or power play in the Americas before noon. At 11:18 AM ET, Venus enters Cancer, suggesting an opportunity for Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama to be noticed, as both have planets at 0 and 1 degrees of Cancer. Also likely to make headlines: mothers and other caring women; financial security; investments in the arts. Meanwhile, mind the Moon  void that begins at 10:25 AM ET and won’t end until 11:19 PM ET. Chill during the void; skip out early for your 4th of July long weekend. Once the Moon enters Leo, bring on the fireworks and parades for two and a half days of pomp, partying and pageantry.
  • THURSDAYMoon meets up with Mars at 1:41 AM ET, offering a dramatic expression of will. We’ll hear all about it around 5:50 AM ET, as the Leo Moon meets up with Mercury. When the Moon squares Uranus at 9:11 AM ET, a surprise may capture our attention.
  • FRIDAYMoon harmonizes with Jupiter at 2:24 AM ET, ending America’s birthday celebration on a jubilant note. Moon then goes void for the entire day and night…so chill, chill, chill…and don’t freak out over a perceived crisis, as the Moon void suggests it is likely much ado about nothing.
  • SATURDAY — Moon enters Virgo at 12:25 AM ET, determined to clean up the Leo Moon’s mess and set things right. This is a good time to BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS as…
  • SUNDAYMERCURY TURNS RETROGRADE at 7:15 PM ET. As the Virgo Moon will be VOID between 12:50 PM ET and 2:07 AM ET on MONDAY, we have a higher than average potential for people wandering off course. Your mission is to MAINTAIN FOCUS — and I will have more to say about Mercury later in the week.

And now, the news.

The days before a New Moon are apt times for planning and executing strategies you’d prefer to remain unseen. Thus it was an intriguing time for last week’s G-20 summit in Osaka, even in the afterglow of last week’s “can’t be all be friends?” harmony between the CEO Sun and wacky buddy Uranus. Follow that link to Japan’s helpful website and you will learn that the G-20 represents 80% of the world’s GDP. Sure, everybody wants to rule the world, but too bad, there’s only enough room for 20 at this here table. And how that 80% of the world’s GDP is managed and distributed is what th”Who Se ongoing tango among Saturn, Pluto, the toxic South Node  — all in PTB Capricorn — is  about. January 12, 2020 is when Saturn and Pluto finally meet up.

Here are the lowlights of the conference, helpfully compiled by Mother Jones.

Speaking of secrets, as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture moves ahead on efforts to neuter scientific research by moving the Department’s headquarters from D.C. to Missouri, Politico published an in-depth report on “the best-kept secret” in the Department.

Elsewhere, the afterglow of the Sun’s harmony with unconventional Uranus was an apt backdrop for the largest celebration of LGBTQ pride in the world — right here in New York City this weekend. Mother Nature herself got into the spirit — and sent a rainbow messenger to kick off festivities. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Meanwhile, Neptune in Pisces offered us another chance to master the lesson of empathy, along with a few cautionary tales…

Gahhhh — most of these stories are so heavy —  (you might be thinking). Welcome to the world of headline news in interesting times. Still, there are always a ton of stories on goodnewsnetwork.org — enjoy! And Beth Owls Daughter’s Tarot Card of the Week offers a potentially heroic application of the regal Leo spin on words and actions we can try over the next several days. Leo rules the heart, doncha’ know.

Plus, right now the U.S. women’s soccer team is ahead in the semi-finals — happening live as I go to press. Megan Rapinoe isn’t in the game — sidelined — perhaps — by a frustrating hit of restrictive Saturn on her Mars (action). Her birthday is on the 5th — she’s a Cancer with Moon in Aquarius, just like the U.S. We don’t have a birth time — but you tell me if you think she’ll have reason to celebrate on Friday. Here is her horoscope.

No sleeping in on Monday. Mercury and Mars will meet up in Leo and Venus harmonizes (by sextile) with Uranus. Human kindness (it’s overflowing) and a courageous stand would be the upside potential of those patterns.  Cue Bette Midler with that song from Beaches now, please. It’s been in my head all day — for the children in cages, the citizens of Chennai, India and everyone else who needs a lift.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

 

Friday 6/28/2019 & the Weekend: It’s Debatable

TGIF!

The stability-seeking Taurus Moon moooooooooves at a steady pace today. With no interference from other planets, it’s easy to preserve the status quo.  Steady as she goes, into the weekend. A Taurus Moon is always up for a sensual delight: good food and a snuggle with your sweetie — whatever brings you feelings of material comfort and security. On SATURDAY, more of the same. The Taurus Moon goes void at 2:38 PM ET and enters Gemini at 5:09 PM ET. Indulge the Gemini buzz with a clever and entertaining diversion. On SUNDAY, that buzz may be made bigger around 11:06PM ET, thanks to an opposition to Jupiter.

No sleeping in on MONDAY. The buzz of the info-seeking Gemini Moon continues through the evening. By then, we will be in the dark side of the Moon — the end of the lunar cycle.  This accounts for feelings of listlessness or restlessness some may experience, sensing that something new is around the corner, but we’re not sure what. The New Moon happens at 3:16 PM ET on TUESDAY  and it will be the first of two eclipses this month.

Eclipses offer opportunities for acceleratied focus, growth and release in whatever area of the horoscope it falls. It’s been a few years since I’ve offered an eclipse special, and I’m pleased to do so now. If you’d like a few paragraphs of personal insights on how the eclipses of July 2nd and 15th are likely to be reflected in your horoscope, send me your birth data on this contact form (or via return email, if you are a subscriber). Then toss $44 into my Cosmic Tip Jar, and I will send insights within a day or so.

And now, the news.

The first round of the Democratic debates is over, and as anticipated, three candidates made notable waves: Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday; Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg on  Thursday. Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro also did well, and we can see the potential boost in his horoscope. His Virgo Sun and Moon are both under the expansive influence of transiting Jupiter through 2019. Plus, just a few days ago transiting Pluto opposed his Cancer Ascendant. Castro is a perfectionist and caring thinker/communicator. Transiting Pluto offers an opportunity to become more empowered, literally through connections with power and resources. “Castro Sees Strongest Fundraising Day Post-Debate.”

Senator Cory Booker scored points — and his horoscope is also being boosted by Jupiter — and Uranus, too. The latter squared his Aquarius Ascendant several weeks ago, facilitating fresh starts and opportunities for individuation. His 6 Taurus Sun is thisclose to being hit by transiting Uranus, so the break-out buzz can be felt, but hasn’t quite released. That won’t happen until the end of April 2020, which is about when we can expect to see a change of status. It’s interesting to note that both he and Elizabeth Warren have rebel Uranus at the Aries Point. Both can’t help but attract attention for all the ways in which they break the conventional mold. According to his Wikipedia biography, Booker is “one of the most prominent Democrats.” He is a vegan, doesn’t drink, has never been married and has a knack for success with social media (Uranus = technology).

To be continued…

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Monday 6/24/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Venus-Jupiter-Neptune in the News

Good morning!

The work week begins under the big dreamy spell of Venus (women, art, money, social expression) making contact with Jupiter (big) and Neptune (dreamy). Stories involving luxurious indulgence, empathy for human suffering and bewildering escapes are likely to grab our attention. Was it just a coincidence that a Facebook friend took the time to comment on how many of her friends were posting pictures of ‘smores (a total indulgence) over the weekend?

Go with the intuitive flow today, suggests the Pisces Moon. It goes void at 7:10 PM ET and enters Aries at 10:38 PM ET. Chill during the void and roll with any twists or flakes that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. The rest of the week goes like this:

  • TUESDAY — the me-me-me Aries Moon squares the homeland/family-focused Cancer Sun at 5:46 AM ET. The rest of the day is driven by the Aries Moon’s need to boldly go where no one has gone before, with no interference from other planets.
  • WEDNESDAY — More of the Moon in proactive Aries — but now with interference. Compare the energetic flow of Tuesday with your experience of Wednesday, as the Moon makes contact with four planets. Two are easy. Two are challenging, and those would be the Moon’s weekly clashes with Saturn and Pluto, exact at 10:38 AM ET and 6:42 PM ET. The former suggests an ambitious advance or a wet blanket; the latter suggests a catharsis or power play.
  • WEDNESDAY — at 8:20 PM ET, Mercury — how we need to think and communicate — leaves Cancer and enters rip roarin’ Leo. Cue the royal edicts now, please — until July 19th — with a return engagement August 12-29.  The return engagement occurs because Mercury will turn retrograde on July 7th in Leo, backing up into Cancer on July 19th through August 2nd. Mercury turns retrograde at 4 Leo and turns direct at 23 Cancer. Back up your computers NOW.
  • THURSDAY — the Aries Moon goes void at 3:51 AM ET on a provocative contact with Mars, suggesting a potential minor scuffle over someone’s turf. Moon enters Taurus at 9:32 AM ET, driving the next three days with a need to settle down and secure the fort. At 10:23 AM ET, Moon squares Mercury in Leo, prompting a potential battle of the minds. Think outside the box in your approaches, tapping into the support suggested by a harmony between the Sun and Uranus, exact at 1:44 PM ET. In the headlines, this alliance suggests technology, innovation, aviation, astrology, unconventional attractions. At 8:34 PM ET a jolt may break an impasse, as the Moon makes its weekly clash with rebel Uranus.
  • FRIDAY — The stability-seeking Taurus Moon moooooooooves at a steady pace. With no interference from other planets, it’s easy to preserve the status quo.
  • SATURDAY — Easy-peasy. Taurus Moon goes void at 2:38 PM ET and enters Gemini at 5:09 PM ET, looking for a clever and entertaining diversion.
  • SUNDAY — More of the same Gemini buzz, made bigger around 11:06PM ET, thanks to an opposition to Jupiter.

And now, the news.

There was no way in a million years that a weekend dominated by the indulgent, compassionate and forgiving patterns among Venus, Jupiter and Neptune would result in Monday morning headlines about ICE (immigration authorities) dragging undocumented immigrant families out of their homes in the middle of the night. Even though P45 announced this intention just before last week’s brutal turf-defending patterns (Mercury-Mars-in Cancer opposing Pluto), it was not likely to be executed as planned.

And in fact, the plan has been delayed two weeks, when planetary patterns could actually support it. The week of July 7th includes a second Mercury-Mars meet-up, an authoritarian face-off between the homeland Cancer Sun and patriarchal Saturn (soon followed by a face-off with powerbroker Pluto). Let the record show that the Sun-Saturn face-off suggests an advance on whatever was going on in April 2019, which was the last Sun-Saturn conflict (it was a square). At that time, Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to resign as Director of Homeland Security, reportedly because she was unwilling to drag undocumented families from their homes in the middle of the night, etc., etc..

The week of July 7th also features a potentially reckless challenge between Mars (action) and rebel Uranus. By then, Mars will be in Leo, a common pattern in the horoscopes of many on the current world stage who are getting away with murder, as the expression goes.  “Getting away with murder” is how the legendary astrologer Grant Lewi described Mars in Leo many years ago. If you want a free upgrade to first class, travel with someone with Mars in Leo.

So instead of brutal raids, this weekend presented an outpouring of empathy for the abusive conditions imposed on children in these camps on the U.S southern border, along with heaps of scorn for U.S. attorney Sarah Fabian. She’s the woman in the bewildering floral top and grey suitjacket combo whose arguments in federal court for why it’s totally safe and sanitary for children to not have soap, toothbrushes or a place to sleep can be heard in this video that has gone viral. Meanwhile, this article in The Atlantic gives us the legal history of the argument being made — and it turns out that it stems from a settlement made in 1997. This is significant astrologically because that is when Uranus was in the early degrees of Aquarius. Uranus is now in early Taurus, sparking action/disruption on anything that was born or created in 1997.

In other news, speaking of disruption, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets, demanding the resignation of their elected leader, a billionaire who won in part “because of his promise to fight corruption.” That leader has been dogged by scandal, and that protest happened in the Czech Republic.

Elsewhere, the UK’s Boris Johnson — born with the Sun at 28 Gemini (and can’t help but attract attention) —  had a rough Summer Solstice. Police were called to his home by a neighbor who was concerned by a disturbingly explosive domestic argument between the would-be UK prime minister and his partner, Carrie Symonds. Coinciding with the weekend’s dreamy and romantic patterns: “No one is buying staged photos of Boris and Carrie in a Sussex field.”

Meanwhile…

To sleep, perchance to dream. On a Boeing Dreamliner, no less. Minutes after the 5:59 AM ET square between Venus and dreamy Neptune, WaPo posted a story about Tiffani, a woman who woke from a dream and found herself inside a dark and empty plane parked on a runway at Toronto’s airport, hours after her flight from Montreal had landed.

In other news, obituaries have an odd way of reflecting current planetary patterns. Venus with Jupiter and Neptune suggests glamor, publishing, women, fantasy and luxury.Judith Krantz, Whose Tales of Sex and Shopping Sold Millions, Dies at 91.” Ms. Krantz was a Wellesley alum and I met her once at a gathering at her home in Los Angeles. She published her first book at 50 — imagine that. She told us she started writing it because her husband kept encouraging her to write a novel, and she wanted to prove to him that she couldn’t do it. So there’s a bit of inspiration for all you late-bloomers and self-doubters. Listen to those people who believe in you. They may be on to something…

Not dead, but very much embodying the luxurious and pixie-dusted Venus-Neptune-Jupiter connection: Charo, Vegas entertainer and goddess of cuchi-cuchi — and featured in Sunday’s NYT magazine.

No surprise that the markets hit a new high last Friday — and may hit another one today. Other imaginary money (bitcoin) hit a new high, too, as Facebook announced last week that it will launch its own cryptocurrency called Libra. That makes perfect sense when you consider that Libra is ruled by Venus, which rules money — and is being expanded and idealized by Jupiter and Neptune. Libra may look sweet, but it has a rep for being the “iron fist in a velvet glove.” Not sure we want to see this entity take off…

Meanwhile, “Your fat friends need you as an ally…”

Random PSA from WaPo on how Google Chrome is akin “spy software” and why you should switch to Firefox.

UPDATE: on Pete Buttigieg, last profiled in February. The potential anguish and/or grave effort in the face of potential loss suggested in his horoscope in 2019 is making itself known. Mayor Pete has suspended his presidential campaign to attend to a harsh challenge closer to home. “Black residents of South Bend unload on Mayor Pete” — in response to shooting of a 53-year-old black man by a white police officer on June 16th. The second exact hit of the potentially anguished pattern in Mayor Pete’s horoscope happens on July 4th. Coincidence or conspiracy?

UPDATE: on Kamala Harris, last discussed here in January — and will be discussed in more detail in my column for the next Mountain Astrologer. True to patterns exact in her horoscope this summer, Senator Harris is stepping out, being seen and being appreciated. “Kamala Harris steps out of her comfort zone — and it works,” writes WaPo’s Karen Tumulty. Yep. As anticipated.

UPDATE: on Elizabeth Warren. Avid Readers will recall that Senator Warren was born to attraction attention for her innovative, unconventional and/or revolutionary impact on matters of homeland and home/family. And all through 2019 that part of her horoscope is well-supported by a pattern that facilitates an ability to reach across the aisle and connect with a multitude of groups. Her Venus (her social expression and her values) is under the influence of sobering Saturn this year, and thus it is no surprise that her solid Moon in Taurus plans for material comfort and security are being taken seriously. She has a plan for everything. Watch her explain them all to you in the first Democratic debate on June 26th.  Here she is on the cover of the NYT Sunday magazine: “Elizabeth Warren is completely serious.” Yes. What NYT said!

Also in the NYT: in preparation for the two Democratic presidential candidate debates on the 26th and the 27th, you can watch 21 candidates answer 18 questions.   Then you can watch Stephen Colbert poke fun at some of the goofier responses.

What about you? Are you ready for next month’s eclipses and Mercury retrograde? How will those affect your unique horoscope? Find out in a personal consultation. Here is the 411.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

Friday 6/21/2019 & the Weekend: Summer Solstice; From Stormy to Spirits, Scandals & the Sublime

I started writing this forecast yesterday (Thursday), as follows:

With stormy planetary weather now behind us, the next few days look dreamy. As I type, the Moon is in Aquarius, seeking to make friends and be appreciated for its unique contribution to humanity. I will honor this potential by getting together with few of my Wellesley classmates for our annual fundraising phone-a-thon, in which we hope to shatter another class participation record. It’s so much fun to reconnect! If you happen to be one of my college chums (and some of you are), please let me know you’re in. Go bananas!

Which now brings us up to today (Friday). TGIF!

On FRIDAY, the Aquarius Moon goes void with a sigh at 10:02 AM ET, facilitating an early weekend escape. At 10:36 AM ET, Neptune — planet of intangibles and vision — goes retrograde until November 27th. When a planet is retrograde, the suggestion is to turn inward on issues involving that planet, as opposed to looking outside the self. Neptune refers to vision, intuition, healing and other intangibles. Tune in to your inner guru! Wherever Neptune falls in your horoscope at present is an area of life that may be subject to illusion — or selfless sacrifice. Sometimes the areas of your life that are affected can feel as if they are dissolving.  In the mundane world, Neptune refers to water, oceans, oil, toxins, snake oil, fantasy and fanatics and spirits of all kinds.  If you have a planet or angle around 18 degrees of Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo and especially Pisces, you may have been feeling especially bewildered this month — while in search of a vision. Neptune can be challenging as it represents the unknown. On the upside, a heavy Neptune period can be quite inspiring if you are a creative. For guidance and practical coping strategies, consider scheduling a consultation with your local astrologer.

Meanwhile, at 11:54 AM ET, the Sun leaves Gemini and enters Cancer. Happy Summer Solstice!

Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season  — i.e., equinoxes and solstices — from an astrological point of view. The first days of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter correspond with the first day (or first degree) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively (there are thirty degrees in each sign of the zodiac). Got that? Good.

These four signs are called cardinal signs. Cardinal signs initiate. They come up with the idea and put it into action, which leads to necessary change. “Cardinal” suggests (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  So the first day/degree of a Cardinal sign is a turning point. In astrology, the technical term for the first degree of any Cardinal sign is the “Aries Point”, just to confuse people who are not professional astrologers. In other words, the first day of Cancer, Libra, Capricorn and Aries is the Aries Point. The first day of Taurus (and the rest of the signs) is NOT at the Aries Point). Clear?

Equinoxes and solstices are also prominent. We make a fuss over them, right? In Japan, the first day of each season is actually a national holiday. How cool is that? Thus, in a horoscope, a planet or angle at the Aries Point needs to be prominent.

A person born with the Sun in Cancer is here to create and maintain emotional security — in the family, home and homeland.  Cancer is ruled by the Moon, which changes signs faster than any other celestial body. Moon refers to emotional response; thus, Cancers have a rep for being moody. Plus, Cancer is a Water Sign — also keenly driven by emotion, as opposed to an Air Sign (for example), which is more driven by intellect. The keywords for Cancer are: I FEEL. If you are a Cancer born between July 10-16, my money says you’ve been feeling a lot these days, some of which may be divinely inspired, if you were born between July 8-10.

Everyone may benefit from paying attention to dreams over the next few days. On SATURDAY, Moon enters Pisces at 10:01 AM ET and flows without interference from crankypants planets for the whole day. Go with the flow — or to the beach. Indulge in a rose-colored escape or two. We are all under the influence of the potential beauty and generous spirit of SUNDAY’s opposition between between Venus (women, art, money, social expression) and Jupiter, exact at 12:45 PM ET. Indulge!

The other part of this dreamy pattern happens on MONDAY at 5:59 AM ET, when Venus squares Neptune. Already I’ve noticed a headline reflecting its big artsy potential, combined with the assertive controls of the heavy Mars-Pluto-Saturn we just experienced: “Private $3.7 billion art deal for Sotheby’s pushes art market further ‘underground'”. Isn’t that amazing?

And now, more news.

We anticipated many headlines involving these themes: “a convincing and provocative case for home/homeland security and other domestic concerns…an ambitious corporate/patriarchal advance….a ruthless barrage of provocative communication, along with someone’s dirty laundry exposed.” Ready?

Elsewhere…

P45 officially kicked off his 2020 campaign on Tuesday –– as reported by your favorite late-night hosts . The chart for the official announcement is as ugly and ruthless as you would expect, with a strong attraction to wealth and power. For students and astropros, that marker is the midpoint ASC = Jupiter/Pluto. On Wednesday it was reported that the campaign had collected a whopping $24.8 million in 24 hours. That equates to almost  1/4 the amount of taxpayer dollars paid for P45’s golf outings since January 2017, according to the website expressly created to keep track.

Speaking of midpoints (another tool we have to assess the potential ingrained in a moment in time), Avid Reader Diane sent an op-ed reflecting the potential of a midpoint that’s been hot all week, as transiting Mars has activated the space between Saturn and Pluto (for astropros: Mars = Saturn/Pluto). In the language of astrology, this suggests fighting a battle with an undercurrent of frustration, not unlike a gun with a cork in its barrel. Check the headlines for examples.

UPDATE: on Cardi B, last written about in January. Her 18 degree Libra Sun was directly affected by the Mars-Saturn-Pluto intensity, suggesting a potential attack. Maybe her Aries Moon was, too — we do not have an exact birth time. She’s just been indicted by a grand jury in connection with a NY strip club brawl.

Meanwhile…

Insulin is a drug (Neptune) related to sugar (Venus) and it’s big (Jupiter). Thus we see a story about the “skyrocketing price of insulin.”

Neptune refers to music and the surreal. Venus is artistry and social expression. Jupiter is big. From the NYT: “The Pianist and the Lobster.”

Neptune refers to spirituality, film and befuddlement. Jupiter refers to good fortune. “Thousands of Christians Demand That Netflix Cancel a Show It Does Not Air”. The show is called Good Omens.

UPDATE  on P45, whose Venus-Saturn conjunction in Cancer is being triggered now and over the next day by transiting Mercury and Mars. This suggests communication/information and an attack or initiative involving women, control, misogyny, family/homeland security. The cover story of next week’s New York Magazine (released today) is an excerpt from advice columnist E. Jean Carrolls new book, “What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal.” In it, she describes multiple experiences of being sexually assaulted by “hideous men.”  One of the men was Les Moonves, another notorious accused sexual predator (whose horoscope is also being triggered by transiting Mars). Another is P45, who is accused of assaulting Ms. Carroll  in the dressing room of Bergdorf-Goodman, the luxury department store. Venus = fashion; Jupiter = luxurious; Neptune = scandal. Astrology = amazing.

E. Jean Carroll is a Sagittarius.  With  Jupiter on her Sun three times in 2019, we can see why she has a book coming out now, as Jupiter refers to publishing. Her Sun is conjunct P45’s South Node, suggesting a fated/karmic/energy-draining connection. Her Saturn is in Gemini, conjunct P45’s Gemini Sun and opposing his Sagittarius Moon. She has the potential to serve in his life as a reality check or other severe control.

Whew! What a week! Wishing you a beautiful weekend escape. I leave you with this timely story from Good News Network. It’s pink, it’s about music, charity and all of the heartwarming things people can do if they wish. And it’s big!! “Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour Auctions Off 126 Guitars and Raises $121 Million for Charity.”The “charity” is climate change.

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Monday 6/17/2019: Full Moon in Sagittarius; Neptune Retrograde; the Slings & Arrows of Mercury-Mars with Pluto

And heeeere we go again!

The Full Moon in Sagittarius happened at 4:31 AM ET and then went void until 12:13 PM ET. That’s your excuse for any flake or twist that may have disrupted your morning routine. But as of 12:13 PM ET, the Moon is now fully focused in Capricorn, seeking to take care of business no matter how it feels. The week rolls like this — and these patterns are all part of the release and illumination of this Full Moon, which challenges the Gemini Sun’s ability to present factual information, against the Sagittarius need to express an enthusiastic and/or bombastic opinion

  • TUESDAYSaturn makes a cooperative connection with Neptune at 7:40 AM ET. Saturn is structure; Neptune is vision. If you have a vision it, make it real  — would be one interpretation. That could be awesome — unless your vision happens to be a lie. Hmmm. At 12:05 PM ET, Mercury and Mars meet up in Cancer, seeking a convincing and provocative case for home/homeland security and other domestic concerns. Around midnight, the no-nonsense Capricorn Moon meets up with the toxic South Node and Saturn, then sextiles Neptune, suggesting an ambitious corporate/patriarchal advance, with a pair of rose-colored glasses at no extra charge. Is it a coincidence or conspiracy that at  8 PM ET — live from Orlando, FL — P45 will officially launch his 2020 campaign? Consider the patterns outlined in this paragraph to give you a sense of its message, along with this next batch, exact on…
  • WEDNESDAY — as a ruthless barrage of provocative communication, along with someone’s dirty laundry exposed is reflected by a face-off between the Capricorn Moon and Cancer Mars, exact at 6:22 AM ET. Next is a face-off between Mercury (how we think and communicate) and Pluto, exact at 6:52 AM ET. If you know someone with a tough aspect between Mercury and Pluto, you may have noticed they will not hesitate to slice you to pieces in a war of words. But wait — there’s more!   At 7:16 AM ET, Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto, suggesting a catharsis or power play. Three minutes later, Moon opposes Mercury (more challenging communication) — before going void for the rest of the business day. Chill chill chill during the Moon void — don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. This is especially relevant on this day because at 11:21 PM ET, Mars — seeking to defend its turf in homeland Cancer — will oppose Pluto, suggesting strong potential for stamina (useful if physical exertion is required) or a nasty outburst of aggression. Here are some headlines from past Mars-Pluto oppositions — and here’s a write-up about Bette Midler’s horoscope, as she was born with Mars opposing Pluto, as clearly evidenced on her relentless Twitter feed.
  • THURSDAY –– At 10:01 PM ET on Wednesday, Moon enters Aquarius, seeking to network and be of social significance. After the disruption suggested by the Moon’s weekly clash with rebel Uranus at 8:56 AM ET (surprise!), Moon cruises through the day without any bumps in the road. What we are likely to be noticing now is…
  • FRIDAYMoon goes void at 10:03 AM ET for the whole business day. Wanna start the weekend early? Go for it. At 10:36 AM ET Neptune — planet of dreams — turns retrograde. That means it’s been slowing to a virtual standstill all week, with an effect not unlike the sound of  a blaring car horn. When a planet changes direction, it brings matters symbolized by that planet into focus. We’ll talk more about Neptune retrograde later this week. We will also talk about the Summer Solstice, which happens at 11:54 AM ET. Just know that as the Sun makes its way through the last days of Gemini, it suggests prominent developments involving leaders and CEOs. So watch the news.
  • SATURDAY & SUNDAYMoon enters Pisces at 7:02 AM ET and there is no reason why you can’t enjoy a beautiful weekend escape, as planetary patterns sublimely suggest. Stay tuned to this channel for details.

Oh — almost forgot to mention the Sabian Symbols for this morning’s Full Moon. For the Moon: “A flag bearer.” For the Sun: “Winter frost in the woods.” The last time I wrote about this pair was…wait for it…ready? On the New Moon in Gemini on June 16, 2015 — that’s when P45 launched his election campaign — here’s the forecast for that day. Amazing.

And now, the news.

Jupiter = big. Jupiter = publishing. Neptune = music. From Sunday’s NYT magazine: “Behind the Untold Story of the Universal Music Fire” — in which thousands of master recordings were apparently destroyed, and the artists are just learning about it now…

Neptune = toxins and plastics. The Guardian, having launched one investigative series called “Toxic America,” just launched a new one: “The United States of Plastic.”

Meanwhile, a random example of Saturn (reality) driven by illusion (Neptune): “They have millions of Instagram followers, but they’re not real people.” Instead they are computer-generated creations being used to promote various brands — presumably for less cost and risk of a human doing something scandalous that sullies the brand.

In other news, I  promised you last week that under this Jupiter-Neptune square we would hear stories of refugees sparking compassion, likely involving bad initiatives launched for the sake of homeland security (thank you, Mars in Cancer opposing Saturn in Capricorn).  Have you heard of Baby Constantin? He’s the subject of this NYT investigative story: “The Youngest Child Separated From His Family at the Border Was 4 Months Old.”  

UPDATE: on Melania Trump, who made news on Friday in a special  CNN  report: “Woman of Mystery: Melania Trump.”  Of course she would be a woman of mystery, given her natal Neptune opposing her Venus and Mars. That’s a potentially glamorous, sexy and enigmatic combination. Bill Clinton has a similar pattern: Mars, Neptune and Venus right on his people-pleasing, conflict-avoiding Libra Ascendant. But why would that CNN special about Melania be airing now? Because — as noted here last year — Melania’s Taurus Sun is being supercharged by transiting Uranus right this minute — and will continue to be cattleprodded into early 2020. Break-outs and/or break-ups; either would apply.

With all the dreadful and bewildering stories making news, at the end of this day, the most-shared item on The Guardian (posted during the morning’s Moon void) was this: “Accidental cat filter appears on Pakistan official’s briefing.”   Enjoy!

Is your horoscope scheduled for a potential break-out or break-up? If so, life will be easier if you are prepared to channel that buzz of excitement — or manage any surprise that may be in store. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

I leave you with flowers gifted by a cherished client over the weekend — as a reminder to take time to seek beauty under this week’s dreamy Neptune spell…

 

Friday 6/14/2019 & the Weekend: Up, Up and Away

TGIF!

A Scorpio Moon drives this day with a need for emotional intensity, secrets, power and control. More of the same from yesterday, with extra bonus militant discipline suggested by the 11:49 AM ET opposition between Mars and Saturn, as well as Mars and the toxic South Node.   Unlike the trine, the opposition is a challenging aspect. Two planets are literally opposed to one another; how will they integrate? Mars is the energy of action and heat. Saturn is the energy of structure and cold. Thus Mars and Saturn can run hot and cold, suggesting that a project running merrily along is suddenly blocked — or attacked.  Avid Readers may recall that last month, when Mars (weapons)  was in Gemini (words), we cited headlines where words did in fact become weapons, or the PTB was engaged in a war of words. With Mars in Cancer, the weapon can become whatever Cancer symbolizes: motherhood, homeland security, family security, food/nourishment; emotional response. Next week — on June 19th — Mars and Mercury will oppose Pluto, which can be even more ruthless in thought and action. On the plus side, it can be quite helpful for investigative reporting.

Meanwhile, the Scorpio Moon goes void at 3;45 PM ET, not to enter Sagittarius until Saturday. If you can start the weekend early, please do. If you can’t, don’t freak out over a perceived crisis that may crop up overnight, as it is likely to be much ado about nothing.

  • SATURDAY:  Moon enters Sagittarius at 5:03 AM ET, offering a break from the emotional intensity and an outlet for its righteously optimistic opinion. A Sag Moon needs to be enthusiastic and push boundaries. Get out in nature; take in a foreign film; consider something outside your usual comfort zone because it will be fun! Note that the Moon is waxing, thus the fiery Sag emotions are running high. The Full Moon won’t be exact until early MONDAY, but before we get to that release, we must process three other patterns in effect this week and exact on…
  • SUNDAY. Mercury trines Neptune at 7:43 AM ET. Note your dreams today. That dreamy vision gets a reality check or a structural advance around 10 AM ET, as Mercury is opposed by Saturn. At 11:18 AM, Jupiter officially squares Neptune for the second time this year.  The first square was on January 13th — here’s what was going on back then.  Meanwhile, the Sag Moon makes contact with both Jupiter and Neptune at 3:08 PM and 3:11 PM ET, respectively. More dreamy indulgence…or flat-out lies. Watch the headlines.

If you were born around the 10th of June, September, December and March or have a planet around 18 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Pisces or Sagittarius, your need for vision and/or a dreamy escape is likely to be felt more keenly than others. If you were born around the 10-13th of January, April, July or October or have a planet around 18-22 degrees of Cancer, Aries, Libra or Capricorn, you are more likely to be feeling provoked, for better or for worse. And you should also be checking in with your astrologer to discuss all of the happenings in your horoscope now — and into early 2020.

The Full Moon in Sagittarius will be exact on MONDAY at 4:31 AM ET. It goes void — not to enter Capricorn until 12:13 PM ET. East Coasters, if you sleep in or sneak into to the office late, you won’t be missing anything of consequence.

And now, the news.

Uranus is a disruptor; Taurus refers to money, bulls and cows, ownership, material security, food, earth. We know we’re in for shocks and innovations in all Taurus concerns.

With Jupiter in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces, we expect boats, oil, toxins, refugees, lies, religion, foreign affairs, belief, horses, publishing, press, spies, scandal, drugs, big, big — and did I mention BIG?

And, on the lighter side: “Kim Jong Un’s murdered half brother (and casino playboy) accused of being CIA informant”

UPDATE: on Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who hasn’t held a press briefing in almost 100 days. Last year, with transiting Uranus disrupting her sense of aesthetics and values, she was kicked out of a restaurant. This year, with Uranus moving on to her Jupiter and Mars, she’s making a big break:  returning to Arkansas at the end of June (where it is rumored she may run for governor). Bye, Felicia!

UPDATE: on Kellyanne Conway, whose natal Mars is being activated by transiting Plutoas noted here. The second exact hit is June 15th (tomorrow); Pluto on Mars can be ruthless. Yesterday, an independent federal ethics group recommended she be fired for consistently mixing political speech in with  her federal office worker job. Not bloody likely to be fired in 2019, with transiting Jupiter facilitating an aura of protection in her career sector. Plus she has a stubborn Taurus Moon, which isn’t going anywhere, thank you very much. We’ll have to wait until 2020, when transiting Saturn will put the squeeze on her 29 Capricorn Sun and ramp up the stress on her conflict-avoiding 22 Libra Mars. She may yet stay put, but it’s likely to be tough.

UPDATE: on Jon Stewart, written about several times back in 2015. That’s when we could see why he’d be feeling a need to leave The Daily Show behind, even though he is a notorious skeptic when it comes to astrology. Maybe he has a Capricorn Ascendant. Who knows. We don’t have a birth time for Mr. Stewart, but the influence of wiggy Neptune is well behind him. He has Moon and Sun in frankly-speaking Sagittarius, and I wouldn’t be surprised if his Moon was around 18-19 degrees Sagittarius, which is where Jupiter is right now. Thus his need to express his opinion is likely to be EXPANSIVE. This week Jon Stewart went to Washington to tell Congress how shameful it was that they hadn’t renewed funding to cover medical care for 9/11 first responders. Did I mention that Jon Stewart has Mars in regal Leo? Yea verily, no planet does indignant drama more effectively than Mars in Leo — it needs needs needs to put on a compelling show, and right now it’s well-supported by Jupiter’s expansion. After Stewart’s impassioned presentation, the House voted unanimously to renew the funds. We’ll see what the Senate does.

UPDATE: on P45, who was born on this day in 1946. That means his solar return — the chart for the moment the sun returns to where it was on the day he was born — includes all of the challenging patterns we are seeing in the headlines now: the reality-challenge of Jupiter square Neptune; the militant discipline of Mars opposing Saturn; the combative mindset of Mars conjunct Mercury, ruthlessly pushing the authoritarian Saturn-Pluto in Capricorn agenda. Add in a Grand Trine among Mercury-Mars, Neptune and the controlling/secretive Scorpio Moon, and we have another year suggesting emotional self-sufficiency, with no need to ask anyone for input whatsoever. We also see rebel Uranus in the First House of the solar return chart, echoing a go it alone potential.

I remember looking at this chart last year and mentioning in an astrological discussion forum that regardless of P45’s personal fate, this week and next week looked seriously tense for world affairs, as if it were on the brink of a major conflict. So it is no surprise to see the news from the Straits of Hormuz about oil tankers attacked, with the US (and now the UK) blaming Iran.

Meanwhile…

I love this innovative approach to forestry (Uranus in Taurus), combined with practical composting in matters of life and death (Saturn-Pluto in Capricorn). Add in the visionary potential of Jupiter square Neptune and you get “Could trees be the new gravestones? Forests as the answer to “eternity management.” Sign me up!

Finally…

NYT columnist David Brooks penned a Jupiter-Neptune themed op-ed this week, “The Age of Aquarius All Over Again! Belief in astrology and the occult is surging.” The op-ed contained this statistic:

This surge in belief is primarily among the young. According to a National Science Foundation survey, 44 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds say that astrology is somewhat or very “scientific…”

Well…DUH…DUH…and DOUBLE DUH! You wanna know why? Because those 18-24 years old were born with Uranus in Aquarius…and most of them have Neptune in Aquarius, too. Aquarius refers to innovation, technology and astrology. Uranus is innovation and astrology. Neptune is faith and a dissolving of boundaries. So this generation needs to have an innovative perspective on science and astrology…perhaps even blurring the lines between pure science and art. Not only that, but this generation is experiencing transiting Uranus in early Taurus activating their collective Uranus and Neptune in early Aquarius. So their affinity for astrology (Uranus) and the occult (Neptune) is being outed at this time.

Oh, these highly-paid pundits. They can tell us so much…without really knowing WHY. Thank goodness for astrology!

I wrote a lot about David Brooks in 2014 and 2015 when he started writing more and more about spirituality and morality. That need was so clearly articulated in his horoscope. I wonder if he’s ever consulted with an astrologer….have you? Why or why not?

Thank you for reading this forecast.

P.S. — Here’s the title reference for the weekend forecast, performed by The Fifth Dimension.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 6/10/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Cutting Through the Fog

Today is an interesting mix. Lots of action in the wee hours of the morning in the Americas, with challenges suggested by the First Quarter Moon at 1:59 AM ET, in touch with Neptune and Jupiter. More of the same from Sunday.  The Virgo Moon, seeking exacting perfection in every detail, went void at 8:01 AM ET…and won’t enter the next sign — Libra — until 8:29 PM ET. If you wanted to sneak in an extra vacation day, this would be a day to do it. Otherwise, stick to routine and avoid impulse shopping sprees. I find writing flows easily during long Moon voids — if drafting or brainstorming needs to be part of your work flow today, have at it.

Meanwhile, the Sun’s opposition with Jupiter at 11:28 AM ET can be cited as the source of any weekend indulgence from which you are now recovering. For me it was a S’mores Sundae — shared with a friend.  It was the last thing on my mind when I ordered my healthful vegan entree at the local Bareburger, but as it turned out, a feast of graham crackers, marshmallow and hot fudge over vanilla and chocolate ice cream couldn’t be helped. Yum!

Today’s Sun-Jupiter opposition amplifies whatever beautiful ideal or flat-out falsehood made the news over the weekend. “President P45 has made 10,796 false or misleading claims in 869 days,” WaPo posted at 3 AM ET. A few hours later, P45 accused the NYT of “sick journalism” for reporting that key components of an immgration deal with Mexico that was announced on Friday had actually been agreed to several months ago. Immigration and big lies: both are likely potentials during this Jupiter (big) in Sagittarius (foreign, press) square Neptune (illusion, ideal, lies) in Pisces (refugees, victims). Clear?  Note that the last time Jupiter and the Sun were in a tense pattern was in March, so stories that were hot back then may be hot again now.

The closer we get to the weekend, the more ruthless and militant the action and opinions are likely to get. Here’s how the week progresses:

  • TUESDAY: is driven by the Moon in Libra, seeking harmony, balance and fairness in relationships. A Libra Moon faciliatates talk, some of which may be merely conceptional, without depth or substance. Things flow fairly (!) smoothly, though note the potential for a clash of opinion around 5:03 PM ET, as the Moon squares Mercury (how we need to think).
  • WEDNESDAY: Another busy period in the wee hours for the Americas, as most of the action occurs while we are sleeping. The Libra Moon squares Mars, Saturn and Pluto around 2, 5 and 11 AM ET respectively, before going void for the rest of the day, ET. Get it off your desk in the morning, then roll with whatever twists or flakes that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Crises that crop up during Moon voids are likely much ado about  nothing so CHILL!
  • THURSDAY: Now we’re getting to the depth and substance the Libra Moon may have lacked. Moon enters Scorpio at 12:02 AM ET and clashes with rebel Uranus at 9:11 AM ET. Surprise, surprise? The Scorpio Moon’s need for power and control may be keenly felt over the next two days. It is intensified by the influence of patterns exact on…
  • FRIDAY:  At 2:12 AM ET, Mars (action, war, men, courage) trines Neptune (scandal, healing, empathy, lies, vision, faith). A trine is a harmonious aspect between two planets; hence the energies the planets symbolized may be easily applied. So we see an opportunity for a collective experience involving compassion and/or courage in matters related to victims, idealism, assertion, weapons — any and all of the potentials Mars and Neptune symbolizes. Mercury and the Scorpio Moon are part of the experience, as the Moon trines Mercury, Mars and Neptune between 3 AM and 9:13 AM ET.
  • FRIDAY (cont): The wrench in the system will be played by the 11:49 AM ET opposition between Mars and Saturn, as well as Mars and the toxic South Node.   Unlike the trine, the opposition is a challenging aspect. Two planets are literally opposed to one another; how will they integrate? Mars is the energy of action and heat. Saturn is the energy of structure and cold. Thus Mars and Saturn can run hot and cold, suggesting that a project running merrily along is suddenly blocked — or attacked.  Avid Readers may recall that last month, when Mars (weapons)  was in Gemini (words), we cited headlines where words did in fact become weapons, or the PTB was engaged in a war of words. With Mars in Cancer, the weapon can become whatever Cancer symbolizes: motherhood, homeland security, family security, food/nourishment; emotional response. Something to consider when reading this week’s news — and here is an example, as Mars rules the head “How to avoid facial recognition technology at the airport.”  Next week — on June 19th — Mars and Mercury will oppose Pluto, which can be even more ruthless in thought and action. On the plus side, it can be quite helpful for investigative reporting.
  • FRIDAY: (cont.) the Scorpio Moon goes void at 3;45 PM ET, not to enter Sagittarius until Saturday. If you can start the weekend early, please do.
  • SATURDAY:  Moon enters Sagittarius at 5:03 AM ET, looking for an outlet for its righteous opinion. A Sag Moon needs to be enthusiastic and push boundaries. Get out in nature; take in a foreign film; consider something outside your usual comfort zone because it will be fun! Note that the Moon is waxing, thus the fiery Sag emotions are running high. The Full Moon won’t be exact until early MONDAY, but before we get to that release, we must process three other patterns in effect this week and exact on…
  • SUNDAY. Mercury trines Neptune at 7:43 AM ET. Note your dreams today — and frankly, all this week and next, given how active Neptune (which refers to dreams) is. That dreamy vision gets a reality check or a structural advance around 10 AM ET, as Mercury is opposed by Saturn. At 11:18 AM, Jupiter officially squares Neptune for the second time this year.  The first square was on January 13th — here’s what was going on back then.  Meanwhile, the Sag Moon makes contact with both Jupiter and Neptune at 3:08 PM and 3:11 PM ET, respectively. I’ll have another S’mores Sundae…

And now, the news.

Finally, WaPo columnist Jennifer Rubin thinks she knows why Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg are surging in the polls — and she’s got half of it right. According to her, both are delivering messages of faith and optimism, including religious faith. Yup. But does Jennifer Rubin know WHY that message is likely to be so well received now? Nope! So where do we see that need for a message of faith and optimism? In the 2019 Jupiter-Neptune square!! We also see in the horoscopes of Warren and Buttigieg that they have the ability to serve as effective and empowered messengers at this time. Robert J. Samuelson is also a WaPo columnist, with an opinion expressing the streamlined focus of 2019’s approaching Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn: “Democrats are peddling fairytales.,” says he. Such a Debbie Downer!

What’s going on in your horoscope? Are you more affected by the expansive optimism of the Jupiter-Neptune square or by the lean, mean focus of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction? Find out in a personal consultation. Here is the 411.

Thank you for reading this forecast — have s’mores!!

Friday 6/7/2019: Curiouser and Curiouser, BIGtime!

TGIF!

Here’s a recap of the planetary patterns driving the weekend, posted earlier this week:

  • FRIDAY: The day is driven by the Moon in Leo, looking for adoration, entitlement and a reason to party. Innovation in communication and technology has been favored all week, courtesy of a harmony between Mercury and Uranus that is exact today at 10:16 AM ET. There’s a lot to love about the easy flow between the Gemini Sun and the Leo Moon, and the Gemini Sun may be carried away on a wave of exuberance and idealism over the weekend. Why? Because on SUNDAY and MONDAY, the Sun will square Neptune and oppose Jupiter, respectively.SATURDAY: keep the Leo Moon party going. Moon goes void for 20 minutes at 5:23 PM ET and then enters Virgo to put things right. Venus leaves Taurus for Gemini at 9:37 PM ET, seeking diversity and clever conversation in values and social expression. How many summer loves would you like to have between now and July 4th? Can’t blame Venus in Gemini for trying.SUNDAY: the Virgo Moon seeks perfection in every detail. How will it manage under the spell of the Sun’s square to Neptune at 3:34 PM ET? Past headlines are here  and here.  Note that the big ginormous idealistic wave in matters of faith, oceans, ships, faith, truthiness, publishing, drugs, etc. etc. will continue all through next week, until the second square between Jupiter and Neptune on June 16th.

MONDAY is an interesting mix. Lots of action overnight in the Americas, with challenges suggested by the First Quarter Moon at 1:59 AM ET, in touch with Neptune and Jupiter. More of the same from Sunday. Moon goes void at 8:01 AM ET…and doesn’t enter the next sign — Libra — until 8:29 PM ET. If you wanted to sneak in an extra vacation day, this would be a day to do it. The Sun’s opposition with Jupiter at 11:28 AM ET affords you an opportunity to indulge — but do be advised that impulse purchases made during Moon voids may not deliver as hoped. Just chill!

And now, the news.

Meanwhile, I made a few predictions on Monday:

Watch, as over the next few days, we hear especially prominent news.  Mercury will be at the Aries Point, so we should be hearing something about Barack Obama‘s social expression/value system any day now; Elizabeth Warren and Meryl Streep may also catch our attention, as those astro-twins both have Sun and Uranus at the Aries Point.

Here’s what happened:

Meanwhile…across the pond…

Queen Elizabeth’s horoscope offered this potential on June 3rd and June 4th, when these patterns were exact:

  • June 4: Transiting Venus Opposition Saturn
    Distance from others. Inhibitions. Utility over beauty. Exacting distinctions. Serious or traditional social matters.
  • June 4: Transiting Mars Conjunction Pluto
    The urge to change things, to eliminate and purify. Efforts to unite, to transform, to share power and territory. Intense cleaning and purification. Convincing, or being convinced of something. High energy output.

So what happened? At the state dinner she hosted for P45  on the evening of June 3rd, “Queen Elizabeth Wore a Ruby Tiara That Wards Off Evil.” Of course she did. Coincidence or conspiracy?

What’s going on in your horoscope? When will you have a need for “intense cleaning and purification” or “utility over beauty?” Find out in an enlightening personal consultation. Here’s the 411. 

Thank you for reading this forecast. Have fun this weekend — indulge yourself a bit — but don’t believe everything you hear, especially if you’re celebrating a birthday.

 

Monday 6/3/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; New Moon in Gemini; News & More News

Allll- righty then!

New month, new week and a New Moon in Gemini — let’s get this party started!

A New Moon offers us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle. Today’s New Moon is exact at 6:02 AM ET — at 12 degrees of Gemini.

Gemini is an air sign, ruled by Mercury, which refers to the mindset, information and communication. Gemini is a double-bodied sign (it is represented by the Twins), and is thus capable of going either way — or more than one way simultaneously — in a situation. Gemini invented the phrase “…on the other hand” — and guess what? Gemini also rules the hands. It likes to have its hands in a lot of different pies. The Gemini mantra is I THINK.

The closest aspect to this New Moon in Gemini is a square from Neptune, ruler of vision and rose-colored fog. In the chart set in Washington D.C., we see the potential for vison and/or fog amplified, as Neptune squares the DC chart’s 15 degree Gemini Ascendant. If the truth is out there, we may not see it quite yet. Until then we can dream, inspired by a high-functioning Mercury in Gemini (the sign it rules) and by the pixie-dusted action potential of a harmony (trine) between Mars and Neptune.

And if you do dream, dream BIG, aided by the fast-approaching square between Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces. Upside potential: the highest good for all, based on genuine empathy and compassion. Downside potential (because the square, while energizing, can be a challenge): bombastic opinions that may be delusional, possibly involving self-proclaimed victims (tune your tiny violins now, please). We may see a mini-dose of either potential today, as the Moon squares Neptune at 4:39 PM ET and opposes Jupiter at 7:35 PM ET.

Elsewhere in the New Moon horoscope, rebel Uranus is running wild, suggesting more than the usual share of unconventional free spirits shaking up the system. In the chart set in Washington DC, Uranus rules the 10th House (our fearless leaders), in which Neptune is sitting. Could be sublime; could be ridiculous. On with the show!

You are more personally affected by this New Moon if you have a planet or angle around 13 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces. Wherever it falls in your horoscope is the area that is likely to be ripe for innovative and visionary thought and communication. Meanwhile, the Sabian Symbol  for this New Moon is “a great musician at his piano.” This is an image of a master using his/her chosen instrument of expression.  Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee notes that a “great musician” may be a master technician or a genius at highly personal expression, but not necessarily both. One can command center stage “through talent and hard work, or through dramatic emotional manipulation.”

Bovee advises us to apply this symbol with a mind for “center-stage indulgences; keeping one’s past quiet behind a proud and brave face; putting a damper on an emotional situation; imposing a formal posture on a full scale of emotional highs and lows,” to name a few possibilities. Am I the only one thinking, “God save the Queen”?

The rest of the week flows like this:

TUESDAY:  Moon leaves Gemini and enters Cancer at 12:17 PM ET, after a 30 minute void. The Cancer Moon shifts the focus to preserving emotional and home security, so plan accordingly. At 4:05 PM ET, Mercury leaves Gemini for Cancer. Watch, as over the next few days, we hear especially prominent news.  Mercury will be at the Aries Point, so we should be hearing something about Barack Obama‘s social expression/value system any day now; Elizabeth Warren and Meryl Streep may also catch our attention, as those astro-twins both have Sun and Uranus at the Aries Point.

In Cancer, Mercury’s natural need for verbal expression is literally muted. When have you ever heard a crab make a sound? Thought and communication that is intuited is favored until June 27th…and then again between July 19th and August 12th. Why the return engagement?  Because dear Avid Readers, Mercury will be retrograde between July 8-31 (huzzah!). Anything that is signed, sealed and delivered after June 20th is subject to review, review, review.

WEDNESDAY:  The Cancer Moon meets up with Mars at 10:48 AM ET, pushing for an assertive agenda involving home, family and nurturing. The evening is marked by a harmony with Neptune at 8:06 PM ET, offering a dreamy or musical interlude. An authoritative advance or wet blanket follows at 9:28 PM ET, when Moon opposes Saturn.

THURSDAY: the wee hours feature the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto, suggesting an emotional catharsis or power play. It happens at 3:01 AM ET. The Cancer Moon goes void at 10:10 AM ET and enters rip roarin’ Leo at 3:16 PM ET, looking for a party or a regal entrance. During the five-hour Moon void, remember that crises which crop up are often much ado about nothing. Roll with the twists and flakes. Stick to routine. Avoid impulse shopping. Chill! At 11:37 PM ET the Moon makes its weekly clash with disruptive Uranus, offering an opportunity to clear the air or shock the system.

FRIDAY: Innovation in communication and technology has been favored all week, courtesy of a harmony between Mercury and Uranus that is exact today at 10:16 AM ET. There’s a lot to love about the easy flow between the Gemini Sun and the Leo Moon, and the Gemini Sun may be carried away on a wave of exuberance and idealism over the weekend. Why? Because on SUNDAY and MONDAY, the Sun will square Neptune and oppose Jupiter, respectively. Stay tuned.

SATURDAY: keep the Leo Moon party going. Moon goes void for 20 minutes at 5:23 PM ET and then enters Virgo to put things right. Venus leaves Taurus for Gemini at 9:37 PM ET, seeking diversity and clever conversation in values and social expression. How many summer loves would you like to have between now and July 4th? Can’t blame Venus in Gemini for trying.

SUNDAY: the Virgo Moon seeks perfection in every detail. How will it manage under the spell of the Sun’s square to Neptune at 3:34 PM ET? Past headlines are here  and here.

And now, the news.

UPDATE: I wrote about Alex Trebek‘s horoscope in last month’s issue of Mountain Astrologer. He had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but was putting on a brave and determined face, true to his natal chart. And planetary patterns did look promising for a daring initiative. Thus it was gratifying to read last week that his Stage 4 diagnosis is responding well to treatment and is in “near remission.” Meanwhile, Jeopardy!‘s ratings are breaking records, thanks to contestant James Holzhauer’s near record-breaking wins. We don’t have a birth date for Holzhauer, so we can’t opine on the secret of his success. I’m fine with just feeling happy for Alex Trebek.

Neptune refers to music, as you know. Here is something BIG: “Apple Expected to Close iTunes After 18 Years.”  iTunes launched on January 9, 2001 — when the Sun was at 19 Capricorn. Guess where Pluto, Saturn and the South Node have been for the past few months — and will continue to hover for a few months more? Right on that 19 Capricorn Sun, suggesting a need for streamlining, transformation and possibility even a toxic release. If you were born around January 9th, perhaps you can relate.

Meanwhile,  we are still in the dark of the Moon — an apt time for activities that may never see the light of day. Add that factor to the current mix: “Bilderberg Ahoy! Pompeo and Kushner join the billionaire boat club.” Don’t know what that means? That’s probably what they’re hoping.

Elsewhere, Avid Readers will recall that transiting Jupiter is currently activating the U.S. Mars-Neptune square, reflecting our country’s idealism involving firearms. How apt to see this story in the NYT Sunday Review: “A Gun Killed My Son. So Why Do I Want to Own One?”   I was initially averse to reading it (especially given what just happened in Virginia Beach), but I’m glad I did. It’s long, but thoughtful.

UPDATE:  John McCain’s horoscope is also currently activated by transiting Jupiter, as it connects with his Venus at 22 Virgo and Saturn at 20 Pisces. Saturn rules McCain’s Capricorn Ascendant. The Ascendant refers to how his needs to be seen — as an executive in charge. People are still talking this weekend over the White House’s request that the U.S. Navy literally hide the USS John McCain — a ginormous sea-faring vessel — from P45’s sight during his visit to Japan. The Pentagon was having none of it — as we would expect. Jupiter transits are often protective ones — and the horoscope lives forever. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Elsewhere in “big boat” boondoggles: the NYT writes about Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of Transportation and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Her family runs a big shipping business in China…

UPDATE: This week P45 and his Dursley ilk are heading across the pond for a state visit with the Queen and her family. Sky News promises to bring us the full story — but I bet they won’t tell you what’s going on in Her Majesty’s horoscope. Sure, there are long-term patterns humming in the background, reflecting the recent changes in her family and the shake-ups in her realm, but what about the “little bells” that will be exact over the next two days? My software program offers these interpretations:

  • June 3: Transiting Mercury Square Uranus
    Mental tension. Fixation on one point of view — rigidity of mind. Radical views challenged. Interrupted communications.
  • June 4: Transiting Venus Opposition Saturn
    Distance from others. Inhibitions. Utility over beauty. Exacting distinctions. Serious or traditional social matters.
  • June 4: Transiting Mars Conjunction Pluto
    The urge to change things, to eliminate and purify. Efforts to unite, to transform, to share power and territory. Intense cleaning and purification. Convincing, or being convinced of something. High energy output.

Astrology is amazing.

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Friday 5/30/2019 & the Weekend: Keepin’ It Light and Lovely on a Taurus Dead Moon

TGIF!

Friday and Saturday are brought to you by the Moon in Taurus, apt for establishing material comfort and security. Indulge in tangible, practical pleasures that favor the status quo. Such efforts are well-supported, now that we are past the potential surprising twist that may have coincided with the Moon’s weekly clash with rebel Uranus, exact at 9:26 AM ET.  File that one under “P45 defends tariffs on Mexico as stock markets reel”

Moon goes void on SATURDAY at 6:52 PM ET. Enjoy your chill! Note that we are at the end of the lunar cycle, a time when we may feel restless or listless, sensing that something new is just around the corner. Chill! On SUNDAY, Moon enters information junkie Gemini at 7:48 AM ET, no doubt with some deep tale to tell involving women, money, aesthetics — how and whom/what we love.  Take some time to make a list and set your intentions for the New Moon in Gemini that begins on MONDAY at 6:02 AM ET. No sleeping in.

And now, the news.

With Mercury making contact with Neptune and Jupiter, we anticipated BIG statements of opinion, some of which may have been overly idealistic or muddled at best. More rose-colored expressions were suggested by Venus in harmony with Neptune. Fun fact: Neptune refers to music, and I noticed more than one person humming to themselves on the streets of New York this week (myself included). Did you have a musical escape, too?

Here in these United States, Robert Mueller made a surprise announcement that the office of the Special Counsel is now closed. He did not take questions. Notable takeaways:

“…if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.

“…under longstanding department policy, a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional. Even if the charge is kept under seal and hidden from public view, that, too, is prohibited. A special counsel’s office is part of the Department of Justice, and by regulation, it was bound by that department policy. Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider.

“…the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing.

“…I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments, that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election. And that allegation deserves the attention of every American. “

Everybody clear on this? With his Mercury and Mars in Virgo, seeking perfection in though and action, we can appreciate that Mueller would want everyone to get it. It must be frustrating to have transiting Neptune (which dissolves whatever it touches), infringing on the perfect execution of Mars. This cycle started in mid-March, and Avid Readers were advised that it would be significant. That is when he sent his report to AG William Barr, who wrapped it in duct tape and rose-colored fog. Neptune turns retrograde on June 21st and will throw more fog on Mueller’s Mars on October 14 and January 8, with still more to come on this theme up until August of 2020. Wait and see.

Meanwhile, we can all talk about whether or not Mueller is overly-idealistic to think that Congress will take action (see quote #3 above).

Here’s another one, with bonus input from Jupiter (big!) and  Venus-Pluto (power and news from underground, as the evidence in question is from a dead man’s hard drive): “Despite P45 administration denials, new evidence suggests citizenship census question was crafted to benefit white Republicans.” 

Words were oh-so BIG and boundary-pushing last night: “‘Uncharted territory’: national spelling bee ends in historic eight-way tie”

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

Also affected by transiting Uranus —  on his Taurus Moon: Elton John. A biopic about him — “Rocketman” — opens in the U.S. this weekend. It’s “better at the tiaras than the tantrums,” says on reviewer. Well, who needs tantrums in a weekend dominated by Mercury, Neptune and Venus? Bring on the tiaras!

Here’s a story with Mercury and Venus in touch with Neptune written all over it: “Dementia stopped Peter Max from painting. For some it was a lucrative opportunity.”

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