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Monday 5/8/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Margaret Atwood & Others

..and it’s off to the races we go.

The work week starts with the Moon in people-pleasing Libra, where it has been since Saturday at 2:20 PM ET. While a need for balance and harmony may have flowed easily on Sunday, said needs may be jarred on Monday by the Moon’s weekly clash with the planetary heavies: Pluto (while you were sleeping), and (in the late afternoon) Uranus.  Power plays and flashes of insight are probable. Watch the headlines.

Moon goes void on an easy flow with Saturn at 6:59 PM ET, seeking to bring the upsets into balance.  On TUESDAY Moon plunges into the depths of Scorpio, seeking emotional intensity, depth and control.  The only exact aspect that day is an easy flow between the Taurus Sun and Pluto in Capricorn at 2:21 PM ET. This suggests keeping power, resources and leadership as they are. Perhaps it reflects Emmanuel Macron’s decisive victory over Marine Le Pen, who would have been a much greater disruption to the status quo. Vive la France!

Ever since the last week of April, a meet-up between Mercury (mindset) and Uranus (rebel) has been reflecting bizarre and reckless ideas. Mercury and Uranus are in Aries, the sign of “Ready! Fire! Aim!” — as fellow Aries astrologer Rick Levine likes to say.  There was an exact meet-up on April 28th, when Mercury was still retrograde. Then Mercury turned direct on May 3rd.  It will meet up with Uranus again on WEDNESDAY at 1:19AM ET,  before the Scorpio Full Moon at 5:42 PM ET, which immediate goes void until 12:59 PM ET on THURSDAY.

Pass the popcorn and get ready for more startling communications to come to light, with a scandalous or fanatical spin. Why scandalous and/or fanatical? Because on THURSDAY, Mars (action, guns, macho, courage) will be challenged by Neptune (scandal, glamour, chemicals, oil, spirits, drugs) at 1:53 PM ET…followed by a serious alignment between Mercury and Saturn. Add an easy physicality or expansive feel to whatever is hitting the news this week, suggested by an easy flow between Mars and Jupiter (big!) on FRIDAY at 5:19 AM ET.

One story that encapsulates all of  the above patterns is this doozy published Sunday in the Guardian: The Great British Brexit Robbery: How Our Democracy Was Hijacked. Here’s a paragraph of this must-read piece:

There are three strands to this story. How the foundations of an authoritarian surveillance state are being laid in the US. How British democracy was subverted through a covert, far-reaching plan of coordination enabled by a US billionaire. And how we are in the midst of a massive land grab for power by billionaires via our data. Data which is being silently amassed, harvested and stored. Whoever owns this data owns the future.

Another item would be this: Inside VW’s  Campaign of Trickery: New Details Emerge in Volkswagen’s Broad Conspiracy to Cover Up a Campaign Aimed at Deceiving Pollution Regulators. Seriously, VW – what were you thinking?

And now, more news.

Last week began with the Moon in Cancer, suggesting a concern with family and nurturing needs.  Enter late-night host Jimmy Kimmel with a tearful monologue about his infant son Billy, who was born with a serious heart defect which  required emergency surgery within hours of his arrival. Scary, right? How in a civilized society could anyone deny health care and/or insurance coverage to anyone because they had a pre-existing condition? Mr. Kimmel’s monologue sparked a national debate.

Turns out that  Congress was also debating that very issue. On the day Mercury turned direct in “Ready! Fire! Aim!” Aries, under the influence of erratic Uranus. How else could it pass a “punitive and cruel” alleged health care bill with those in favor not even bothering to read it? Then rush off to the Rose Garden for a “victory celebration” and photo op of mostly old white men? Now the Senate will draft their version of the bill — with the drafting to be done by 13 white male Republicans.

If you didn’t have an understanding of planetary patterns — and the surreal harshness they suggest, especially with respect to women — you could  go mad. Last week, a woman who doesn’t believe contraception actually works was tapped to  become the Department of Health and Human Services’ deputy assistant secretary for population affairs, “putting her in charge of more than $286 million in Title X family-planning grants.”  Her name? Teresa Manning. Coincidence or conspiracy? Meanwhile, a woman who believes abortions cause breast cancer will become the agency’s assistant secretary for public affairs. 

In other news, yesterday I binge-watched the first four episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu. Margaret Atwood, author of the original novel, penned an essay about how she came to write her book back in 1984.  I was delighted to find her horoscope online — with a birth time. Ms. Atwood is a Scorpio, driven by the Moon in humanitarian Aquarius. Her Gemini Ascendant suggests a need to be seen as the smartest kid in the room.  A meet-up between Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius suggests idealism and righteous “big picture” values and opinion.

In 1982 and 1983 — just before writing The Handmaid’s Tale, she had transiting Uranus squaring her Ascendant, suggesing a need or opportunity for a fresh start — which she then avoided. “It seemed to me a risky venture,” she writes in the essay linked above. “I’d read extensively in science fiction, speculative fiction, utopias and dystopias ever since my high school years in the 1950s, but I’d never written such a book.” In 1984, fueled no doubt by the innovative buzz of transiting Uranus conjunct her Mercury and Venus, she was finally motivated  to write. Now, in 2017, she has transiting Uranus shaking up her natal Saturn, activating the areas of the horoscope related to career, publishing and broadcasting. Now and into 2018, transiting Neptune will be in touch with her Mercury and Venus. Neptune refers to film, glamour. The Handmaid’s Tale has already been renewed for a second season. Isn’t that interesting?  Astrology is amazing.

UPDATE: Michael Moore, whose horoscope I wrote about in-depth last fall for the National Council for Geocosmic Research — right  here on page 10. He once won an election — at age 18 — and I thought it would be fun to see how patterns in his horoscope reflected his upset victory. Mr. Moore’s transits this year include transiting Pluto square his Mercury and a measurement between the Sun and Mars, ruling his Leo Ascendant (personal projection) and the area of the horoscope referring to big picture ideas.  We would expect a need for  persuasive thinking manifesting in the broadest reach possible. Broad? How about Broadway? As in a solo show called The Terms of My Surrender. That’s what Mr. Moore will be doing this summer. “Can a Broadway show take down a sitting president?” asks the tagline on the poster.  Sounds like Mr. Moore will make a persuasive effort.

When are you likely to expand your reach in a persuausive solo show? Move to Guatemala? Meet a significant other? Leave your mediocre job? Find out what’s going on in your horoscope in a personal consultation. Here’s how to contact me. 

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