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Friday 3/17/2017 & the Weekend: The Axes of Evil (Pun with Saturn Square Sun)

TGIF!

Yesterday and today and are driven by the Moon in Scorpio, seeking depth and substance for the sake of power and control. Moon goes void at 5:56 PM ET — there’s your cue to head to the nearest Irish pub for a pint of green beer.

We are at the end of the astrological year, in the last days of Pisces. The new year — a.k.a. the vernal equinox a.k.a. the Aries Ingress — begins on Monday at 6:29 AM ET. That’s when the Sun enters Aries (for those who are not familiar with the word “ingress”).

These last days are likely to be marked by  heavy cuts, controls, structure and ambition — for better or worse — suggested by the building tension between the Sun and authoritative Saturn, exact on Friday at 5:47 PM ET. Note that I wrote this paragraph on Wednesday evening — and consider what’s hit the wires since then. Pay close attention to whatever news makes headlines at the end of the day Friday. If you have planets around 27-28 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and especially Sagittarius, you are likely to feel the weight now and through May, and again in September and October.  If you are a psychologist, my money says your client sessions have been noticeably heavier this week.

A sigh of relief is scheduled for 11 PM ET, when the Moon enters high-flying Sagittarius, seeking a gambol or a gamble along with a need to express its righteous opinion. Patterns to the Moon are accommodating on Saturday and Sunday, and there is no void to derail your shopping adventures.

Monday marks the start of the astrological new year — delayed ever so slightly by a Moon void between 6:37 and 11:31 AM ET. This will be your excuse for sleeping in — or any other twist that interferes with your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Then it’s full speed ahead.

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And now, the news.

P45’s “…Budget Seeks Sharp Cuts…” was yesterday’s big story. A quick glance back at the horoscope for P45’s inauguration reminds us that this proposed budget reflects the cold and cruel controls against all that is dignified, vulnerable and compassionate (Saturn squaring Venus in Pisces in the inaugural chart), especially in Venus-ruled concerns including arts, women, social values and yes, even food. USA Today published a list of 62 programs the budget would eliminate.  Pundits are howling over the proposed cuts to Meals on Wheels, which provides hot meals to hungry senior citizens. Where is the compassion? It is being oppressed by Saturn in the inaugural chart.

Meanwhile, at the Washington Times (one of Justice Antonin Scalia’s two favorite newspapers), the top story is an authoritative warning to federal judges who have (once again) blocked P45’s efforts to impose a Saturn-in-Sagittarius travel ban. Further down on the homepage, you’ll see the proposed “hard-power,” military-boosting budget presented as a fulfilled campaign promise to eliminate “unauthorized” programs. Which side of Saturn (discipline, streamlining, hard, patriarchal authority, ambition, control) do you see in this budget? Where do you get your news? Hopefully from multiple sources.

A Saturn-Sun square is not known for being warm and fuzzy. Add in today’s Moon in Scorpio and retrograde Venus in Aries, and you might end up with an awkward photo op at the White House, as P45 appeared to ignore Angela Merkel’s effort to put on a socially gracious face for the people back home. GQ has a play-by-play. 

Now called the Leader of the Free World by many, we can see how she might gain that moniker. Like Meryl Streep and Elizabeth Warren, Angela Merkel has Sun in a tight meet-up with Uranus, a sure suggestion of electrifying individualism. Right now transiting Uranus is challenging that pattern in Chancellor Merkel’s horoscope, suggesting break-out opportunities. However, this need for independence is countered by another pattern between her natal Mars and transiting Saturn, suggesting stern controls and potential frustration on her need for action. She will have another exact hit of this potential brick wall in the last half of May. Still, if a 6PM birth time is accurate, transits to her Midheaven (career/reputation) suggest overall expansion and support to the upside — at least until early fall.

Random aside: I’m marking mid-May in my calendar as a date to watch, given certain disruptive and provocative hits to the area ruling public status in the inaugural chart of the current administration.

Here is my favorite Saturn square Sun story of the week.  Who remembers an item from 2013, in which Maine’s famous “North Pond Hermit” was arrested for theft after living in the woods for almost 27 years (a full cycle of Saturn!) without any human contact? Really nothing says “hermit” more than Saturn, which wrote the book on isolation. This week the hermit — Christopher Knight — is the subject of a book which is now making headlines.

So this week we have Saturn square Sun, right? Well what do you suppose Christopher Knight has in his horoscope (birth date 12/7/1965)? Saturn square Sun and Mercury, the same patterns we saw in the Full Moon on the 13th, one of which is exact today! His Sun and Mercury are in Sagittarius, sign of rustic adventures. Mr. Knight’s  isolated/disciplined/hardened lifestyle choice is supported by Mars in practical Capricorn, suggesting an ability to execute practical action effectively. His Mars is currently being supercharged by transiting Pluto.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

2 comments to Friday 3/17/2017 & the Weekend: The Axes of Evil (Pun with Saturn Square Sun)

  • AstrologyFan

    The inauguration chart would have had the same aspects for whichever candidate won the election. How do you suppose the transiting Venus square Saturn in the inauguration chart would’ve played out for Hillary Clinton had she won? What would it have signified? Thank you.

    • graceastrology

      Dear Astrology Fan,
      That’s a great question and one I meant to address months ago. Had Hillary Clinton one, it is likely that she would have been out of sync and isolated (unaspected Sun) from the legislative branch, which would have challenged her — and any initiative reflecting the potential of Venus in Pisces — at every opportunity.
      Thank you for supporting this forecast.
      xEG

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