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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.

What’s going on in your horoscope?  Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Thank you for reading this forecast. I do hope you found it fun and informative.

 

 

 

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.”

What’s going on in your horoscope? Are you due for a move, a split or a promotion? What do you really need to have in order to feel fulfilled? What is your purpose in this lifetime? These and other important questions can be answered in a personal consultation. Here’s the 411.

Thank you for reading this forecast — and for the wonderful referrals. Your friends are fabulous…and so are you.

 

 

 

Tuesday 5/28/2019: Sneak Peek at a Short Work Week; Jupiter Makes It BIG

Happy Tuesday!

If you’re adding an extra day to the Memorial Day weekend, good for you. The Moon is in Pisces — and void of course since 12:21 AM ET. It won’t enter Aries — with verve and focus — until 2:32 PM ET. Avid Readers know that Moon voids are apt times to avoid launching an initiative you hope will be of consequence. That includes major purchases. Stick to routine concerns; allow yourself to wander, even if you never make it to the office. Know that crises which crop up are likely much ado about nothing. Roll with the twists and flakes that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. One of those flakes could even be you. Today I almost poured cold water over my freshly-ground coffee; my mind was not quite focused.   If you are new to this forecast and unfamiliar with Moon voids, here’s a primer.

Once the Moon enters Aries at 2:32 PM ET, see if you notice the energetic shift. An Aries Moon needs to pick up the pace and charge ahead — possibly even falling down stairs or off a cliff in its rush to get wherever it’s going FIRST. That me-me-me Aries Moon will drive the week until 12:43 AM ET on Friday, when a Taurus Moon demands that we consolidate our great ideas into something establishing a status quo.

And what great ideas we are likely to see in the headlines this week — some of which may not be based on reality! Right now we’re under the influence of a challenging pattern (a square) between Mercury (how we need to think) and Neptune (vision, deception and fog).  That’s exact on WEDNESDAY at 9:23 PM ET. On THURSDAY, a need for idealism in matters of women, art, values and money is reflected by a harmony (sextile) between Venus and Neptune, exact at 12:51 PM ET. Pushing the envelope at 11:12 PM ET is an opposition between Mercury (ideas) and Jupiter (expansion). I anticipate big initiatives involving publishing, sports, courts, foreigners and/or horses, with this caveat: while Mercury and Jupiter are both in signs they rule (Gemini and Sagittarius, respectively), each is also in the sign of the other’s detriment. A traditional astrologer would say that Mercury is not at its best in Sagittarius; Jupiter is not at its best in Gemini. Let’s see what happens.

On THURSDAY we will also have the Moon’s weekly clash with patriarchal Saturn and potent Pluto, at 5:16 AM ET and 11:08 AM ET respectively. An authoritative advance/wet blanket, followed by an emotional catharsis or power play may make headlines.  On FRIDAY, the day begins with the Moon’s weekly clash with rebel Uranus, exact at 9:26 AM ET. That’s followed by a harmony between a high-functioning Venus in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn. This pattern supports that day’s Taurus Moon in its efforts to preserve the status quo in matters of of women, money, art and social expression. On SUNDAY Venus will trine Pluto, facilitating depth and potential transformation and/or extremes.

We will have a New Moon in Gemini on MONDAY at 6:02 AM ET.

In other news, here is Tarot Diva Beth Owls Daughter’s Card of the Week. It’s the Five of Cups — same card that was pulled for the week of April 8th-14th. Here are some of the headlines from that week, with corresponding planetary patterns. As with this week, we see Mercury in a challenging relationship with Jupiter. The Five of Cups suggests a potential loss, but Beth’s weekly card pulls are usually spot-on.

And now, the news.

Two major patterns dominated the headlines last week — and will continue to do so. First is the highly toxic austere/patriarchal/authoritarian crush of Saturn, Pluto and the South Node closerthanthis — but not quite exact — in corporate Capricorn. This pattern ruthlessly continues until at least January 12th, 2020, when Saturn and Pluto stop flirting and finally hook up. The second pattern is the second of three squares (a challenging aspect) between Jupiter and Neptune in Sagittarius and Pisces, respectively. To recap Jupiter square Neptune, from  January 6th:

Another dominant pattern for 2019 in this New Moon is the first of three squares between Jupiter and Neptune (exact on January 13th, June 9th and September 21st). Pushing the limits of faith? In Sagittarius, Jupiter refers to expansion and/or excess in matters including, but not limited to: opinion, dogma, horses, liver, pancreas, optimism, bombast, foreigners, media, law. In Pisces, Neptune refers to fish, oceans, drugs, spirits, lies, fog, refugees, victims, gurus, viruses, chemicals, toxins, suicide, etc.  Here’s one of many headlines reflecting this pattern: “Japan’s Sushi King Pays $3 Million for Giant BlueFin Tuna.” That’s one BIG (Jup iter) FISH (Neptune), and it wouldn’t command such a high price if it weren’t so SCARCE (Saturn-Sun-Pluto conjunct in Capricorn).

Isn’t it interesting that with the second Jupiter (big!) – Neptune (fish! lies!) square just days away from being exact, we saw this headline in the NYT: “He Claimed He Caught  a Record-Breaking Fish. Now He’s Being Called a Liar.”

As you know, Jupiter turned retrograde at 24 degrees of Sagittarius in April. It backed up to 22 degrees Sagittarius on May 11th; 21 Sagittarius on May 21 and will hit 20 Sagittarius on May 30th. Why is this signifcant? As you know from prior posts, P45’s Moon and toxic South Node are at 21 and 20 Sagittarius; his Sun is at 22 Gemini (directly opposite 22 Sagittarius). So we were able to anticipate months ago that he would be pushing boundaries yugely during this time.

Also note that transiting Jupiter at 21-22 Sagittarius activates the wiggy Mars-Neptune square in the horoscope of the United States, expanding our national idealism/fixation in matters of cowboys, guns, religion and glamour (to name a few).  After Jupiter turns direct on August 12th at 14 Sagittarius, it will hit 20-22 Sagittarius for the third and last time (in this cycle) in October. That’s when we will see more boundary-pushing action from P45, resulting in headlines similar to these:

Random counterpunch: “Texas secretary of state resigns after botched voter purge that questioned the citizenship of 100,000 people.”

Meanwhile, in VP Land, note that Mike Pence has Mercury at 21 Gemini — tied to the U.S. Mars-Neptune square — and activated by transiting Jupiter:

In other news…

As you know, Neptune refers to drugs and Jupiter is still BIG“Oklahoma takes on drugmakers Johnson & Johnson and Teva in landmark opioid trial”

Meanwhile, you may recall that when Chiron entered Aries back in March for an eight-year stay, one of the themes we could expect to see addressed in the headlines was “toxic masculinity.” Earlier this month I neglected to mention a gripping NYT Sunday magazine cover story on that exact subject. And even though I expected to see it addressed, it was still a “wow!’ when it was published. Astrology is amazing.

In countries that are not the United States:

In other news, with Uranus (upsets) now in Taurus (retail, stuff, food, banks, cows), we expect to see disruption/shocks in those areas over the next seven years:

UPDATE: CNN’s Jim Acosta was discussed back in November. Given patterns observed back then, it is no surprise that he’s just published a book called “The Enemy of the People.” Plus, transiting Jupiter is squaring his Venus at 22 Pisces.

Random boundary-pushing stories with cosmic (Neptune) themes:

And finally, Randy Rainbow’s horoscope is right on schedule. I wrote about it in the Jun/Jul issue of Mountain AstrologerBack in January, Rainbow released his brilliant satirical take on All Things P45, set to “Cell Block Tango” from the musical Chicago. That was when transiting Jupiter was at 22 Sagittarius, triggering his Mars-Neptune opposition at 22 Gemini-Sagittarius. We can expect another creation any minute now — and oh lookie, here it is, hot off the press, and it’s called “Just Impeach Him.” But wait — there’s more! Posted on WaPo just two hours ago: “Randy Rainbow’s witty world: how a musical nerd reinvented political satire for the YouTube age.” 

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Monday 5/20/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week: Full Moon in Scorpio Fallout

Good Morning!

And how was your Full Moon in Scorpio weekend? Powerful, cathartic and/or intense? If you have a planet or angle around 27 degrees of Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius or Leo, you may have been personally affected by the Scorpio Moon’s need for emotional depth (for the sake of power and control), challenged by the Taurus Sun’s need for material comfort and security. What should have the greater priority: what is mine or what is ours?

The Scorpio Full Moon was exact at 5:11 PM ET on Saturday. Supporting its quest for depth was a daring and disruptive meet-up of Venus and Uranus in Taurus, exact at 12:16 PM ET on Saturday. Earlier that day, a harmony between Mercury (mindset, communication) and Pluto (news from underground) facilitated revelations.  If you watched the SNL season finale, you would have noticed a focus on sensual concerns presented in exceptionally earthy, daring, provocative and definitely unconventional ways. With Sun, Mercury, Venus and Uranus in Taurus, how could we not? Plus, by the time SNL aired at 11:30 PM ET, the Moon was in Sagittarius, pushing boundaries of opinion to the max. It was a welcome relief — and release — from an intense week.

The Sabian Symbols for the Full Moon are “the king of the fairies approaching his domain” (for the Moon), and “a woman pursued by mature romance” (for the Sun). Sabian Symbol sage Blain Bovee suggests we apply these Symbols with a mind for “…attempting to maintain a mature center while being called to a deep longing; trying not to lose one’s head in love and romance…personal creativity blooming late in life; attentions that seem to come out of another realm; a strange sense of security in never quite returning home; staying with a rigid routine out of fear of mystery.”  For more insights from Bovee, look at the preceding links.

As for “trying not to lose one’s head in love and romance,” note that the 26-27 degree Taurus Sun was conjunct Algol, a fixed star associated with decapitation, demons and the destructive fury of women scorned. Still, there is a positive potential to Algol, which you can read about here. Meanwhile, one of the sketches on SNL involved a Ouija board and a female demon. Coincidence or conspiracy?

As for today and the rest of the week…

  • MONDAY — the Sagittarius Moon squared Neptune at 6:32 AM ET; perhaps your dreams were especially escapist or insightful. Moon meets up with Jupiter at 1:05 PM ET, inflating everyone’s righteous opinion about recent happenings, including not one, but TWO water bottles spotted in the series finale of Game of Thrones. Seriously! But with the weekend’s meet-up between Venus and Uranus against that Sag Moon, we were due for more than one shock involving aesthetics, values, women, money and faraway places. Moon goes void at 1:05 PM ET and won’t enter Capricorn until early Tuesday morning. Give yourself permission to wander this afternoon and evening. Get out in nature; take in a foreign film; think outside the box. Don’t get carried away by a crisis that may turn out to be much ado about nothing.
  • TUESDAYMoon enters Capricorn at 3:56 AM ET, facilitating a hard-nosed need to take care of business. Both the Sun and Mercury leave Taurus for Gemini, facilitating an ability to get the word out in clever, diverse and entertaining ways. And by “getting the word out,” I’m referring to all of the seeds that were planted when the Sun was in Aries that then took form when the Sun was in Taurus. It’s time for the world to hear about your fabulous creation. Caveat: though Mercury (how we need to think) functions brilliantly in Gemini (one of the signs it rules), its proximity to the Sun for the next few days increases potential for idealism; i.e., being blinded by one’s own light.  So you could wait a few days for some perspective (reflected by Mercury’s distance from the Sun) before blindly following that charming cavalier off that cliff. Meanwhile, a face-off between the Moon and Mars at 10:35 AM ET suggests a potential conflict/assertive action, especially if you have a planet or angle around 4 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Aries or Libra. The rest of the day and evening offers less resistance, as the proactive drive of the Capricorn Moon is supported by Venus and Uranus.
  • WEDNESDAY — innovative action and technological genius is a strong potential all week, suggested by a cooperative connection (a sextile) between Mars and Uranus exact at 10:46 AM ET. Another sextile between the Moon and Neptune at 3:14 AM ET encourages vision and peaceful resolutions; I can’t say that the evening offers a similar potential. Moon meets up with Saturn and the toxic South Node at 6:22 PM ET, followed by its weekly clash with Pluto at 11:57 PM ET, suggesting an emotional catharsis or power play. Fun Fact: 7 PM ET is the time my co-op board chose for the start of our Annual Shareholders Meeting. The chart is ruled by a cranky Mars in Cancer, sitting in the 8th house (of death). For the first time in decades, two challengers are running against the incumbent board. Clearly the co-op board did not consult with an astrologer before choosing that date and time.
  • THURSDAY — Take it slow in the morning; roll with the twists and flakes. The Capricorn Moon went void right after its clash with Pluto and won’t enter Aquarius until 1:49 PM ET. Around 10:17 PM ET, note the potential for an upset to the status quo, as rebel Uranus challenges the Moon.
  • FRIDAY — the Aquarius Moon sails relatively free and clear. A square from Venus at 12:17 PM ET likely reflects your need to be indulgent and get out of town early for the long Memorial Day weekend.
  • SATURDAY — chill chill chill during the all-day Moon void.
  • SUNDAYMoon enters Pisces at 2:08 AM ET, encouraging us to go with the intuitive flow. If that includes an appointment with your local astrologer, I do have appointments available on Sunday, but not Monday. The Pisces Moon continues through…
  • MONDAY — and goes void on
  • TUESDAY.…at 12:21 AM ET. So if you extend your holiday weekend through Tuesday, you’re likely to get away with it, as the Pisces Moon will be void until 2:32 PM ET.

And now, the news.

Random observation on Game of Thrones: it was THE television series coinciding and reflecting the seven-year series of Uranus-Pluto squares in Aries (which rules iron) and Capricorn (executive authority). At the end of the day, the Iron Throne was destroyed, along with nearly everyone in the cast. But after the apocalypse, the survivors then focused on creating a variety of new democratic systems of governing. We can see how that trend could develop in real life, as in December 2020 Jupiter and Saturn (collective beliefs and structure) will meet up at 0 Aquarius (the people). Looking even further ahead, we see Pluto leaving Capricorn and entering Aquarius in 2023. Power to the people!

In Wednesday’s forecast,  with macho Mars at the Aries Point and leaving Gemini for Cancer (family, women), we anticipated a significant attack in the current war on women. Alabama happily obliged, as 25 white male Republicans voted to ban abortion, with no exception for rape or incest. A doctor who performs an abortion could be imprisoned for 99 years. The vote was 25 – 6, and signed into law by Alabama’s female governor. If you find that news distressing, you’ll find comic relief in Stephen Colbert’s take, as well as SNL’s Leslie Jones.

What’s going on in Alabama’s horoscope?  Here is an awesome write-up, posted in November 2017, when Doug Jones was running against accused sexual predator Roy Moore. Back then, transiting Saturn put the squeeze on Alabama’s renegade Sun-Uranus conjunction in the 8th house (of sex, death and money). Now Alabama’s Sag Sun is feeling the expansive influence of transiting Jupiter, as well as the potential for reckless initiative suggested by transiting Uranus squaring Alabama’s regally entitled Leo Mars. These patterns will continue into early 2020, but that’s not all. Transiting Saturn and Pluto will be sitting right on top of Alabama’s 24 Capricorn Midheaven, which will be eclipsed this July. So when Saturn and Pluto do arrive at 24 Capricorn next year, we may see a rush of action that forever changes Alabama’s status. Adding to the potential for upsets and change: transiting Uranus will cross Alabama’s 8 degree Taurus Ascendant through 2020. Meanwhile, as you would have seen in the 2017 awesome write-up, Alabama was ranked #31 among all states in the category of infrastructure. Two years later, it has slipped to #38. One thing hasn’t changed: Alabama is still rated #50 in the category of education.

In other news, when Venus is in a charged pattern with disruptive Uranus, we often see a record broken in the world of art. Last week that record went to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s father, who paid $91 million for a sculpture by Jeff Koons. As The Root irreverently reports, this is the highest amount ever paid for the work of a living artist.  Of course Steven Mnuchin would be in the news last week, as transiting Mars opposed his Aries Point Sun.  And of course Barack Obama would be making news too, as Mars was conjunct his Aries Point Venus. Last week he announced the formation of a DNC  “Unity Fund” to back the party nominee.

Speaking of party nominees, at least two new Democratic challengers joined the race: New York Mayor Bill deBlasio and Governor Steve Bullock of Montana. As a New York City resident, I couldn’t be bothered to even look at deBlasio’s horoscope, but Bullock intrigued me. Even without a birth time, patterns in his horoscope (4/11/66 in Missoula, MT) are heating up. His Aries Sun is feeling the empowerment of transiting Pluto through 2019, suggesting he is likely to receive serious attention (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez enjoyed a similar power surge when she won her seat in Congress last year — check out this post from 2018)  I can’t tell you how delighted I am to read — just moments ago — WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin’s latest op-ed:  ‘Steve Bullock might be the best-kept secret in the Democratic race.”   Astrology is amazing.

Also amazing: what’s happening in the Nevada State Legislature, the first and only state legislature where women outnumber the men. How cool and progressive is Nevada? When I googled “Nevada horoscope,” I found three articles written on the subject that were not posted on academic astrology sites. Here is one — a fine analysis — and astrology students can look and appreciate why Nevada will continue to make disruptive headlines into 2020.

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Monday 5/13/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Unconventional Women & Others

Good morning!

  • Moon in Virgo drives this Monday with its need for nailing down the details with exacting perfection. A whole bunch of planets are making easy connections to one another this week — superb for getting things done. Hope you’re on the side of the angels in your quest for world domination. Here’s how it goes:
    • MONDAY Harmony between the Moon and Mercury (how we need to think) facilitates communication. It’s clear sailing up until around 7:15 PM ET, when Moon opposes Neptune. That can fog things up, but it sorts itself out by 10:39 PM ET, when Moon trines Saturn. Humming in the background is another harmony between the Sun and Pluto, suggesting significant news of power and leadership — exact at 11:04 PM ET.
    • TUESDAY — a harmony (sextile) between Venus and Mars suggests cooperative communication between the ying and the yang. Note that Mars is at the verrrry end of Gemini, about to hit the Aries Point late Wednesday night. This suggests prominence in matters of action, aggression, doubletalk and other ways words may be used as weapons. We may read about a special outburst around 1:19 PM ET, when the critical Virgo Moon squares the Gemini Mars. Moon goes void for a brief spell…entering Libra at 1:19 PM ET. The shift from Virgo to Libra suggests an afternoon (and the next two days) focused on people-pleasing, diplomacy, fairness and balance.
    • WEDNESDAYVenus leaves warrior woman Aries for material comfort-seeking TaurusVenus, refers to social expression, women, aesthetics and finance; Taurus is one of the signs Venus rules. For the next few weeks, note how a need for tangible value, comfort and security manifests in the news. If you’re a Taurus, hooray for you; this transit of Venus in your sign may fill up your dance card. Enjoy.
    • WEDNESDAY — Meanwhile, a harmony between Mercury and Neptune permeates the day, exact at 9:21 PM ET. Color it rose and note your dreams this week.  Music, spiritual pursuits, healing and other idealistic escapes are favored.
    • WEDNESDAY — Mars, aforementioned planet of action and aggression, leaves Gemini for Cancer at 11:10 PM ET. Mars in Cancer suggests action for the sake of emotional/homeland security; watch the headlines. Perhaps we’ll see a prominent headline involving the current trend of the current war on women’s health. At 0 Cancer, Mars will be exactly at the Aries Point (thus the prominent potential).
    • THURSDAY — Heavy emotions overnight in the Americas, as the Moon makes its weekly clash with controlling Saturn (at 1 AM ET), followed by Pluto at 5:37 AM ET. Oh what power plays and catharses will we hear about in the early morning Twittersphere? The Libra Moon goes void at 5:37 AM ET — and won’t enter the next sign — Scorpio — until 5:26 PM ET. The long void means stick to routine concerns and roll with the twists and flakes which may disrupt your effort to move forward in a straight line. If you have the luxury of wandering today, please feel free to do so. Whatever you do, don’t make a mountain of crisis out of a molehill. Chill! And note how the focus returns once the Moon is fully engaged in the next sign. Said focus is made more apparent by a harmony between Mercury and Saturn, exact at 7:09 PM ET. If you’re a writer or a drafter of any kind, today’s long void may serve you well.
    • FRIDAY — the Scorpio Moon’s demand for depth and substance may be jolted by the upset of its weekly clash with rebel Uranus, exact at 12:03 AM ET. After that, there are no exact aspects among the planets for the rest of the day. Have fun plumbing the depths — and note that emotions are on the rise, as the Moon waxes full on…
    • SATURDAY — …at 5:11 PM ET. But first, watch for investigative dirt and still more deep thoughts to emerge in the morning, as Mercury trines Pluto at 1:46 AM ET. We should see more headlines than we’re already seeing about gender-benders, unconventional attractions and avant garde women, art, money and values. Why? Venus meets up with Uranus at 12:16 PM ET. That’s a suggestion of notable market volatility. Will fill you in on the Full Moon in Scorpio at the end of the week.

    And now, the news.

  • “Dow plunges 450 points as investors fear escalating trade war threatens economy.”   No kidding, and we are likely to see more of a squeeze on the U.S. sense of self-worth and its finances as transiting Saturn squares the U.S. Saturn twice between now and the end of October.
  • Just in time for the Venus-Uranus (unconventional women) meet-up: a front-page WaPo profile on Danica Roem, the country’s first openly-transgender state legislator.
  • Meanwhile, the NYT interviewed Howard Stern. He was born with Venus opposing Uranus, so we can expect his social expression to be a tad unconventional and shocking. Stern has a new book coming out, and says that some of the shocking things he wrote in past books were “insane.” What could reflect this dramatic change of perspective? Stern is a Capricorn with Sun opposing Uranus; there’s your rebel potential. Transiting Pluto and Saturn are sitting right on top of his Capricorn Sun, Mercury and Venus (and opposing his Uranus), challenging him to break down and compost what no longer serves.
  • Actress Laura Dern is another quirky type with Venus and Uranus strong in her horoscope. She has Sun in humanitarian Aquarius, with Venus on her Pisces Ascendant and Uranus squaring her Midheaven. Her Moon, Mercury and Saturn are also in Pisces; she’s got empathy for all human suffering like nobody’s business. Right now transiting Jupiter is atop her Midheaven (career/public status), suggesting expansion and positive publicity.  She’s going to play Marmee in Little Women, coming to a theater near you on Christmas. “Laura Dern Embraces the Messiness of Human Life” (translation: Aquarius Sun with Moon-Ascendant-Saturn-Mercury in Pisces). Subhead: “Over a 40-year career, the actress has avoided being typecast and found humor in broken places,” as you can see in the NYT Sunday magazine profile. Astrology is amazing.

Random far-out headline: “Apollo rocks showed how moon was made, and now they’re about to solve more mysteries.”

Random tribute to the legendary Doris Day, whose death at 97 was announced just moments ago. Here is her horoscope  — and here is the scene from The Man Who Knew Too Much, where she sings Que Sera, Sera. It’s a song about a woman whose mother obviously never consulted an astrologer.

Psyched to be finishing the next installment of my “Charts in the News” column for The Mountain Astrologer. After I ship it today, I would be delighted to talk to you about your horoscope — because you deserve more than que sera, sera when you have a burning question about your relationships, your career, your purpose on Spaceship Earth — and how you can make the most of it while you’re on it. Right? Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

P.S. Doris Day is an Aries, driven by a Moon in Gemini, fronted by a perfection-seeking, “perpetually chaste”  Virgo Ascendant. Can’t you tell?

 

 

Friday 5/10/2019 & the Weekend

TGIF!

Here’s your reminder forecast for the weekend:

  • FRIDAY: Moon entered Leo at 9:14 AM ET. A Leo Moon favors drama kings and queens. Dysfunctional royals can suck up all the air in the room; a functional one — i.e., one who understands that to rule is to serve — makes the whole world shine. Whichever one crosses your path today, know that its mission is to draw lines and consolidate power, for better or for worse. But first, the Leo Moon squares rebel Uranus at 3:19 PM ET, ending the work week with an upset or innovation. After that, you’re free to party, as a Leo Moon loves to do.
  • SATURDAYSun in money money Taurus trines (harmonizes) with Saturn in corporate Capricorn at 5:19 AM ET.   On MONDAY night, Sun trines Pluto, also in Capricorn. See what I mean about regal types looking to draw lines and consolidate power? That’s what I’m expecting in the headlines. If you’re not a tyrant on the loose, you can also use this earthy, practical exercise of will to do some good in your own personal world. Remember last week’s New Moon in Taurus and how apt it was for planting seeds for material security? Getting back to Saturday: Note the potential challenge that may arise on the First Quarter Moon at 9:12 PM ET. In a conflict between Leo and Taurus, the former is the irresistible force; the latter is the immovable object.
  • SUNDAY: the Leo Moon is void between 8:25 AM ET and 12:22 PM ET, but it should be easy to treat Mom like a queen, with early-AM harmonies among the Moon, Jupiter, Venus and Mars. Moon enters Virgo after the void, shifting our focus on sorting, analyzing and getting things right.  It’s an apt afternoon and evening for spring cleaning, if you’re not spending time with Mom.

No sleeping in on Monday, as the Virgo Moon continues to analyze and layout the details of a power-consolidating initiative. Make the most of it.

And now, the news.

A bundle of joy started the week, as the Duchess and Duke of Sussex announced the arrival of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Born May 6th at 5:26 AM (presumably) at Windsor Castle in merry olde England, the newest royal is a Taurus with Moon in Gemini and Taurus rising. Not surprisingly, his mum says Archie has “…the sweetest temperament. He’s really calm.” As we would expect a double Taurus to need to be. But with a blah-blah-blah Gemini Moon and Mercury (how he needs to think) in fast-moving Aries, just wait until he starts talking…

Archie’s birth got far more attention than any other trending topic on social media, including the heavy report released by UN scientists that one eighth of the world’s species are likely on the verge of extinction,  most definitely impacting human life on Spaceship Earth, with humans to blame. One eighth of the world’s species is one million.  Also getting more attention: a Starbucks cup that may or may not have accidentally showed up in last Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones.

In other news, there were plenty of stories reflecting ruthless controls, power plays and exposes involving women and money, as anticipated by Venus (women, money) squared by Saturn (control) and Pluto (ruthless power). Add to that the disruptive element of Mercury (thoughts and information) meeting up with Uranus (surprise; wacky; innovative):

In other news, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos unveiled his plans to help get us back to the moon by 2024 (tech surprise, backed by big power and resource). Elsewhere, “Facebook co-founder says company should be broken up over ‘unprecedented power'” (tech disruption). Uranus refers to aviation; Mercury refers to communication. No wonder Delta Airlines is getting heat for an anti-union campaign in which they told workers to spend money on video games and beer instead of union dues.  Delta is also making headlines today for thinking about offering free wifi, and for stopping a suicidal woman from opening the emergency exit during a flight from Raleigh to New York. Wonder what’s going on in Delta’s horoscope…

Meanwhile, who remembers the Sabian Symbol from last week’s New Moon? Remember how these symbols have a curious way of showing up in the headlines? It was:

“a man muffled up, with a rakish hat.” “Muffled up,” is he? Can’t get the words clearly out of his mouth? And his hat — another part of his cover — is “rakish?” And made of silk — so smooth and rich — and comes from China?

In the U.S., China is all over the news this week — in the form of  trade talks, wars and tariffs. One expression of  “a man muffled up” could reflect Robert Mueller, who was tentatively scheduled to testify in Congress next week; P45 does not want that to happen; so far, Mueller’s appearance has been postponed.

Finally, there’s something apt about Michael Punke reportedly thinking about running to serve as Montana’s next governor or senator. Why? Because Michael Punke wrote The Revenant, the intense survivalist novel which became the intense survivalist film which earned Leonardo DiCaprio his Oscar. If you saw that film, you may recall it as a non-stop exercise in tough tough tough Saturn and Pluto — and it was based on a true story. At the end of the day, Leonardo DiCaprio did survive his ordeal in the wilderness and presumably lived happily ever after. That’s something to remember over the next year or so, as we learn the lessons required by Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. This, too, shall pass.

If you have Saturn and Pluto active in your horoscope, you really should know about it. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

Monday 5/6/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Venus in Focus

Good Morning!

The Moon is in Gemini, driving the day with a need to know. Get the facts and talk ’em up, free and clear of interference. Note that at 2:25 PM ET, Mercury — how we need to think — leaves fast-charging, fiery Aries and enters Taurus, where it will stay until May 21st. Mercury in Taurus suggests a need to slooooooow down the flow of information, mulling over an idea as a cow might chew on its cud. Does it satisfy a need for material comfort and security, in earthy and practical terms? Well…ohhhhhKAY then! Mercury in Taurus might buy it.

Whereas Mercury was the star player last week, this week that honor goes to Venus, planet of what/whom we love and how we express our affections. With Venus in Aries, love may be a conquest or a crusade. Watch, as Venus makes the rounds this week, making contact with Saturn (streamlining), Jupiter (expansion) and Pluto (power/catharsis) — with more to come next week. In the news, watch for headlines involving money, women, art and values.  If you have a planet or angle around 20 – 23 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn…or were born around the 10th-14th of January, April, July or October, you’re more affected by this week’s Venus action. If you buy lottery tickets on Wednesday, let me know if you win anything.

Here’s how the week goes:

  • TUESDAY: Note your dreams around 8;15 AM ET, as Moon squares Neptune. At 9:25 AM ET Saturn squares Venus, reflecting a patriarchal cold shoulder or steely matriarchal ambition. Moon opposes Jupiter at 5:10 PM ET, ending the work day on an expansive note; dinner might be disrupted by a focused verbal provocation, as Moon meets up with Mars at 7:50 PM ET. The Gemini Moon then goes void until 5:06 AM ET on …
  • WEDNESDAY: …when the Moon enters Cancer, shifting our focus to emotional/homeland/family security. The buzz in the air is reflecting the 10:22 AM ET meet-up between Mercury (thoughts) and Uranus (surprise!). Could be a tech breakthrough that is truly innovative and inspiring, reflecting a harmony between the Sun and Neptune, exact at 10:53 PM ET. Or it could just be wacky. Regardless, this is a fine day for brainstorming and networking; go for it — especially if you are looking for pleasure, power or financing.
  • THURSDAY: More Moon in Cancer, with an inspiring and powerfully indulgent morning sponsored by Venus. At 12:55 PM, Moon trines Neptune (inspiring/visionary/faith-based). One minute later, Venus trines Jupiter (indulgent; lucky). At 1:18 PM ET, Venus squares Pluto (powerful/cathartic) — and a witchy-bitchy woman may be involved. Still, there is a harmony between the Cancer Moon and the Taurus Sun at 1:57 PM ET, facilitating cooperation and communication. Things may get sticky as we approach 4:44 PM ET, when the sensitive Cancer Moon is opposed by patriarchal control freak Saturn, followed by the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto at 9:19 PM ET. The evening ends with Venus in me-me-me Aries feeling indulgent or snitty,  squaring off against the Moon at 10:06 PM ET — and then going void for the next 11 hours. Chill — and roll with the twists and flakes that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line.
  • FRIDAY: East Coasters, your morning routine may be off to a slow start — at least until the void Cancer Moon enters Leo at 9:14 AM ET. A Leo Moon favors drama kings and queens. Dysfunctional royals can suck up all the air in the room; a functional one — i.e., one who understands that to rule is to serve — makes the whole world shine. Whichever one crosses your path today, know that its mission is to draw lines and consolidate power, for better or for worse. But first, the Leo Moon squares rebel Uranus at 3:19 PM ET, ending the work week with an upset or innovation. After that, you’re free to party, as a Leo Moon loves to do.
  • SATURDAY: Sun in money money Taurus trines (harmonizes) with Saturn in corporate Capricorn at 5:19 AM ET.   On MONDAY night, Sun trines Pluto, also in Capricorn. See what I mean about regal types looking to draw lines and consolidate power? That’s what I’m expecting in the headlines. If you’re not a tyrant on the loose, you can also use this earthy, practical exercise of will to do some good in your own personal world. Remember last week’s New Moon in Taurus and how apt it was for planting seeds for material security? Getting back to Saturday: Note the potential challenge that may arise on the First Quarter Moon at 9:12 PM ET. In a conflict between Leo and Taurus, the former is the irresistible force; the latter is the immovable object.
  • SUNDAY: the Leo Moon is void between 8:25 AM ET and 12:22 PM ET, but it should be easy to treat Mom like a queen, with early-AM harmonies among the Moon, Jupiter, Venus and Mars. Moon enters Virgo after the void; you are then free to shop.

And now, the news.

Every byline in Sunday’s NYT could have been: Mars opposing Jupiter and Venus square Saturn-Pluto. So much money; so many women of steel; so much testosterone (Mars) to the max (Jupiter). And horses (Jupiter in Sagittarius)!

Here’s the big horse story:

  • In a First, the Top Finisher at the Kentucky Derby is Disqualified”.  I confess I’m a bit relieved that Maximum Security (Taurus, with steroids added by Saturn-Pluto in authoritarian Capricorn) did not prevail, after he pushed other horses around. The prize went to Country House — which is how I prefer my expression of Taurus comfort and security — don’t you?

Meanwhile, this just in…

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Friday 5/3/2019 & the Weekend: New Moon in Taurus; Jupiter Makes It BIG

TGIF!

The me-me-me Aries Moon went void with a long sigh at 4:47 AM ET. Meanwhile, it’s a “dead” Moon — at the end of the cycle. Stick to routine concerns; wrap up projects from last month. Roll with any twists or flakes that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Once the Moon enters Taurus at 4:18 PM ET, you may sense a buzz in the air, adding to the dead Moon’s restlessness. That buzz is Uranus, planet of disruption. It meets up with the Taurus Moon at 10:15 PM ET, jolting the Collective’s need for material comfort and security, for better or for worse. Watch the headlines.

Also of note: Mars, planet of action, is nearing its exact opposition to Jupiter, planet of BIG. Mars is activating one of the dominant patterns of 2019: the Jupiter-Neptune square, discussed in January:

Another dominant pattern for 2019 in this New Moon is the first of three squares between Jupiter and Neptune (exact on January 13th, June 9th and September 21st). Pushing the limits of faith? In Sagittarius, Jupiter refers to expansion and/or excess in matters including, but not limited to: opinion, dogma, horses, liver, pancreas, optimism, bombast, foreigners, media, law. In Pisces, Neptune refers to fish, oceans, drugs, spirits, lies, fog, refugees, victims, gurus, viruses, chemicals, toxins, suicide, etc.  Here’s one of many headlines reflecting this pattern: “Japan’s Sushi King Pays $3 Million for Giant BlueFin Tuna.” That’s one BIG (Jup iter) FISH (Neptune), and it wouldn’t command such a high price if it weren’t so SCARCE (Saturn-Sun-Pluto conjunct in Capricorn)

Add sports and academia to that list of Jupiter matters and scandals, fantasy, film and scams to the Neptune column.  Last week, Mars activated Neptune (by square). As it makes its way to Jupiter, now do you understand why we’ve been seeing so many BIG headlines on Jupiter-Neptune concerns?

The only exact aspect ET on SATURDAY is the New Moon in Taurus. Make a list and set your intentions for what you’d like to accomplish when the new cycle begins at 6:46 PM ET.  A New Moon in Taurus needs to build material stability and security. So what do you need to have? No really, what? That’s the mantra for Taurus: I HAVE. How creative can you get when it comes to acquiring what you need? If Aries is the spark that generates an idea, Taurus takes that idea and gives it form.

Wherever 14 degrees of Taurus falls in your horoscope is the area of your life that is primed for planting those seeds. I challenge you to do the work required to make those seeds grow. Sure, you can spend this time rolling in the meadow, smelling the flowers. But if that’s all you do this month, you could be missing out on a prime opportunity.  Don’t know where 14 Taurus falls in your horoscope? That’s what your astrologer is here to tell you — in a personal consultation or a written report. Here’s the 411.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “a man muffled up, with a rakish hat.” “Muffled up,” is he? Can’t get the words clearly out of his mouth? And his hat — another part of his cover — is “rakish?” And made of silk — so smooth and rich — and comes from China? Sounds like an intriguing character. How will this image play out in the headlines this month, hmm? As always, we consult Blain Bovee’s wonderful book on Sabian Symbols for details:

“…consider muffled voices, mumbled words; inclined postures; dropping the ball and getting away with it; a playful knack for apparel and appearance; openness to new ideas, new worlds; creating happy sensations; detachment from disintegrating worlds, from social perception, from transient perception.”

In the New Moon chart set in Washington DC, it is interesting to see the Ascendant at 29 Libra — same as last month’s Libra Full Moon. We’re at the end of something for sure. Venus in Aries rules the chart; this is a “warrior woman” expression which is traditionally not well-received: fiery and strident, less concerned with social graces and charm. The values of Venus in Aries have a steely, ruthless focus — for better or worse. In its effort to champion the cause, it may feel as if it’s between a rock and a hard place. Why do I say this? Venus is squaring Saturn, the North/South Node and Pluto.  Its steely ambition, added to the Mars-Jupiter-Neptune Big Thing is reflected here:

With respect to the United States, the New Moon horoscope suggests revelations, shocks and other disruptions of the status quo. Uranus is hitting all angles of this Washington DC chart. The New Moon is in the 7th House — a hopeful sign, perhaps — since this is the house related to the public, and what happens here is usually seen, not hidden. And what will be seen is likely to be BIG, suggested by that aforementioned Mars-Jupiter opposition at 22 Gemini/Sagittarius, activating the U.S. Mars-Neptune square (guns, cowboys, the American Dream, drugs, Hollywood, etc.) and the horoscope of P45 — and scores of public figures associated with U.S. politics/government.    Check out that post from 2017 and you’ll find excellent tidbits on the horoscopes of Russia and Adolf Hitler. The latter’s horoscope has been quite active in recent years — which should surprise no one, given what’s going on in the headlines. The horoscope lives forever, doncha know.

And now, more news.

Mars (weapons) in Gemini (words) — blown up by Jupiter in Sagittarius (publishing, opinion) and fogged up by Neptune (scandal, deception). Add this week’s hyperactive Mercury (words) in Aries (fast, furious, pioneering, out of sync) — and it sums up the latest on the Mueller investigation.

  • On Tuesday it was revealed that Mueller sent a letter to AG William Barr, challenging the accuracy of Barr’s “summary” of Mueller’s report.
  • Barr appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he continued to lie  — here’s the recap from late-night hosts around the country.
  • Kamala Harris was hailed as the smartest kid in the room, no doubt fulfilling the need of her intensely clever Gemini Ascendant (currently being boosted by transiting Jupiter’s expansion). Watch, as she gets Barr to admit that he didn’t bother to personally review all of the underlying evidence referenced in the Mueller Report — because really, why would Barr need evidence when his stubborn Mercury in Taurus is square to ruthless Pluto — and already made up?
  • Today another letter was published — this one from White House counsel Emmett Flood — also to Barr — trashing the Mueller Report. It was written on the Full Moon of April 19th — the one at 29 Libra.
  • Still more words as weapons: “Watergate had the Nixon tapes. Mueller had Annie Donaldson’s notes.”   We don’t even have a birth date for Annie Donaldson (Don McGahn’s then chief of staff), but the reporter feels a need to tell us that she drove a red Corvette, a reflection of the current Mars transit — and a significant Aries signature in Ms. Donaldson’s presumed horoscope (along with a lot of precise and detailed Mercury/Virgo/Gemini).

Meanwhile…

Random upbeat news: “Maine becomes first state to ban styrofoam.” Huzzah! And as Maine goes, so goes the nation. So they say.

UPDATE: Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)  announced his presidential run, bringing the total of Democratic contenders to 7, 243.  Bennet’s announcement is no surprise to anyone reading this forecast back in January. 

UPDATE: Rod Rosenstein resigned this week, effective May 11th. Pluto was alllllmost-but-not-quite sitting on his 23 Capricorn Sun, suggesting a dynamic power play/transformation. Something is being held back. Let’s note that his Sun will be eclipsed on July 19th….and triggered in November (by Mars) and in  January 2020, by transiting Pluto and Saturn. The fat lady has not yet sung.

UPDATE: Nicolas Maduro, last written about in January, in which April and May were declared months to watch. Some have been tempted to say that Maduro is going to get thrown out any minute now — and millions have taken to the streets, as transiting Saturn squared his Midheaven a few weeks ago. Today, what was supposed to be the “largest” protest march in Venezuela, called by opposition leader Juan Guaido, appears to have petered out. During a nearly all-day Moon void? Dead, no less? No surprise here. Saturn will hit the Midheaven again on May 11th — but there’s more bang for the bucks in July, when transiting Uranus shakes up Maduro’s Saturn (structure/authority) and transiting Pluto opposes his Ascendant for the second time.

What’s going on in your horoscope?

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