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Monday 11/4/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Rare Harmony Between the Real and the Ideal

Good morning!  Or rather — Good Afternoon — boy did that time fly by!

Did you enjoy the extra hour of sleep gained from yesterday’s “fall back” from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time?

The start of the work week is driven by the Moon in Aquarius, seeking to network and be recognized for its unique social significance.  At 5:23 AM ET, the Moon squared the Scorpio Sun, reflecting a clash that may illuminate  detached intellectualism vs. emotional depth. The story I was reading just before starting to write is an unsettling NYT piece entitled “I Got Access to My Secret Consumer Score. Now You Can, Too.”

As the Moon flows without interference for the rest of the day, get it off your desk if you can. If you were born around the 10th of January, April, July or October, you may be feeling especially provoked or provocative. Same goes for anyone with a personal point or planet around 20 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn.  You’re feeling the intense call to action of the square between Mars (guns, aggression, courage, cars, men) and Pluto (power, annihilation, decay, transformation), exact on….

  • TUESDAY — at 5:23 AM ET.  The headlines may be notably explosive. The Aquarius Moon goes void at 9:37 AM ET, not to enter Pisces until 6:08 PM ET. That means if you’re voting today in the United States, get to the polls before or after the Moon void. You are voting today, right? Because if you don’t vote, somebody else will — and then you’ll be sorry. Find out if you are registered to vote here — and share this link with all your friends. VOTE!!!  Otherwise stick to routine concerns during the long void. Roll with any twist or flake that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. If a crisis crops up, CHILL!
  • WEDNESDAY — is driven by the Pisces Moon, seeking to work with impressions and ideals. Going with the intuitive flow is supported all day, save for a possible clash around 5:41 AM ET, as the Moon squares Venus (money, values and social expression).
  • THURSDAY — more of the same, with the Moon going void with a sigh at 8:13 PM ET….not to enter the next sign until…
  • FRIDAY — at 6:49 AM ET. And you are likely to notice this shift from accommodating “we are all connected” Pisces to proactive me-me-me Aries. An Aries Moon quickens the pace and may test one’s patience (especially with Mercury retrograde). The upside of Aries (and there are plenty of upsides): fearlessness, a willingness to take the initiative and DO SOMETHING, especially if it is a crusade to fight for the nearest underdog. There are no exact aspects to the Moon today, but there are three other exact patterns that we’re likely to see in the news all week.
  • FRIDAY — There’s a rare connection between Saturn in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces, exact at 9:51 PM ET. The technical term for this connection is a sextile, and it suggests an ease of communication and cooperation in matters symbolized by Saturn and Neptune. Saturn refers to authority, structure, limits and realism. Saturn is high-functioning in Capricorn, the sign it rules. Capricorn refers to executive authority and the corporate/governmental entities. It refers to knees, teeth, skin and bones. Neptune refers to oil, drugs, fog, vision, fantasy, lies, victims, refugees and spirits of all kinds. It refers to viruses, blood, toxins and chemicals. Neptune is high-functioning in Pisces,  the sign it rules (in modern astrology). Note that Saturn is direct; Neptune is retrograde. These two planets in harmony suggest an easy application of initiatives involving the matters they symbolize. Structure is given to ideals — e.g., Elizabeth Warren delivering an actual plan that purports to realize the dream of Medicare for All. Saturn refers to the limits of time. Neptune refers to surrender. Jimmy Carter says he’s “completely at ease” with death; and in Maryland, a 94-year-old woman opted to end her life by fasting — and her daughter filmed the week-long process. Neptune refers to film and other intangibles.
  • FRIDAY — this rare cooperation between Saturn (reality) and Neptune (ideals) is further highlighted by the Scorpio Sun, which forms its own sextile with Saturn at 12:06 PM ET, followed by a trine (another harmonious connection) to Neptune at 12:57 PM ET. The Sun refers to kings and queens, CEOs and other leaders. It also refers to the heart and willpower. So we are likely to see a number of headlines involving these entities successfully structuring their will, incorporating vision, for better or for worse. Yes, of course “prosperity” televangelist Paula White, a P45 spiritual advisor, has just been given a staff position at the White House.
  • SATURDAY — The Aries Moon continues its impassioned charge, with a speed bump around 2:55 PM ET, symbolized by a square to patriarchal/wet blanket Saturn. A sextile between Mercury and Pluto at 9:13 PM ET, facilitates investigative reporters and other dirt-digging efforts all week.
  • SUNDAY — the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto at 12:37 AM ET suggests an emotional catharsis or power play. Find an appropriate channel for any assertion or aggression you may feel around 6:58 AM ET, as the me-me-me Aries Moon is opposed by Mars in we-we-we Libra. The conflict may sort itself out around 9 AM ET, suggested by a harmony between Moon and expansive/jovial Jupiter. Moon will then be void until 6:18 PM ET. That’s your caveat against impulse shopping sprees, as purchases made during voids are often do not live up to expectations. Moon enters Taurus for the evening, waxing to its fullness on Tuesday morning.

In general, remember that Mercury is retrograde. Be flexible with scheduling. Double check directions. Triple check emails before you hit send. Mercury retrograde snafus usually happen because your mind is turned inward, not outward. Focus, focus, focus — when you have to be on the clock. Plan times to retreat if you can.

And now, the news.

The Mars-Pluto square is activating the 19 degree Cancer Ascendant of P45 Jr. Of course he’d be hawking “Triggered,” which is a book with his name on the cover. Mars rules his Midheaven (career/public status). Expansive efforts to satisfy his Virgo Moon’s need to  “make things right” are reflected by transiting Jupiter square the Moon and conjunct his Mercury in boundary-pushing Sagittarius.

UPDATE: on Beto O’Rourke, who has dropped out of the presidential race. It’s not a surprise, as patterns in what we know about his horoscopediscussed back in February — are not as volcanic as other contenders. I would be surprised, however, if he did not announce some alternative expansive initiative between Thanksgiving and the Winter Solstice, thanks to Jupiter returning to his natal Jupiter at 0 Capricorn and squaring his potent Sun-Pluto conjunction in early Libra.

Speaking of expansion, we’ve been hearing more from Hillary Clinton lately, haven’t we? UPDATE: if her alleged 8:02 AM birth time is correct (it’s never been formally confirmed), transiting Jupiter is squaring her 22 degree Pisces Moon, suggesting an expansive reach in matters of self-worth, money and publishing. Yes, she too, has been touting a book and has been quite vocal on social media. There is even speculation that she may be contemplating a third run for president, perhaps encouraged by a Fox News polls showing she’d beat P45 if the election were held today. But Mercury is retrograde, doncha know — so don’t believe everything you hear! However, feel free to pay attention to what she has to say about Mark Zuckerberg taking responsibility for the damage Facebook has done to democracy by letting politicians run ads that contain lies. (NYT columnist Thomas Friedman would agree.) On the other hand, it does seem that Mrs. Clinton has fully integrated the liberating potential of three hits to her Scorpio Sun by transiting rebel Uranus over the past 18 months. If she has something to say, she says it, as she did a few weeks ago when she suggested that the Republicans were grooming a Democratic primary contender to run as a third-party candidate (and mess things up for a Democratic contender).  She did not names names, but Tulsi Gabbard immediately denounced any suggestion that the Russians might be backing her (which is what the press reported, which it then had to retract). And then Gabbard announced she was focusing on her presidential run and wouldn’t be running for re-election in Congress. Coincidence or conspiracy?

And speaking of Tulsi Gabbard, we can understand why she would think Mrs. Clinton was talking about her because –even with just a birth date of April 12, 1981 — we see she has four planets in me-me-me Aries, driven by the needs of a queenly Moon in Leo. More important, the Aries planets (Venus, Sun and Mars) are at 20-24 Aries, opposed by Pluto at 22 Libra. This triple opposition will be activated by heavy planets (Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto) throughout 2020, suggesting opportunities for intense and/or extreme expression of empowerment, authority and/or control. Bernie Sanders has similar placements in his horoscope (Venus and Mars at 22 Libra and 23 Aries — and possibly the Moon in Aries, too) — he is not to be underestimated.

Meanwhile…

Jane Fonda is attracting serious attention in Washington, where she is seriously protesting the lack of response to the crisis of climate change. We would expect her thoughts to be serious, as transiting Saturn is sitting right on top of her Mercury (how she needs to think) at 15 Capricorn. As a result of her protests, she is arrested every Friday — and she says she plans to spend her 82nd birthday (on Saturday, Dec 21st) in jail. With her 29 Sagittarius Sun at the Aries Point and powerbroker Pluto in everyone’s face (and right on the cusp of the 7th House, which refers to one-on-one encounters), Ms. Fonda can’t help but attract attention. As Jupiter travels through the end of Sagittarius this month, she will continue to be in the limelight. It’s fascinating to see that on Dec 21st, Mars will be exactly on her 21 Scorpio Midheaven and a day away from an exact square to her regal Moon in Leo. She may be called upon to take a courageous stand. She may find herself involved in a provocative or combative situation. We are sure to hear about it, whatever happens.

In other news…

  • Transcripts of recent closed-door testimony in the ongoing impeachment inquiry have been released
  • The House voted on the rules of the impeachment inquiry on Thursday — read about it here — or watch House Speaker Nancy Pelosi explain it to Stephen Colbert on a day with transiting Mars (action; courage) opposing her Jupiter in Aries, activating her need to be an inspiring leader/pioneer.

Fun article, just because:

Meanwhile, we haven’t heard from my favorite disembodied entities in months and months, but the Hathors are back with another practical (Saturn) sound meditation (Neptune). Plus they only seem to show up when times are about to get interesting — usually on a pattern involving Pluto or Uranus; today it’s Mars square Pluto. Here’s the message and the meditation.

Finally, an  apt article for a Mercury retrograde:

…and if not yourself, then with your local astrologer, reviewing your life and planning for the new year. Here’s the 411 on consultations…and it’s not too soon to think about gift certificates for friends, colleagues and family.

We will have a fun and productive discussion together.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Monday 10/14/2019: Sneak Peek at a Possibly Short Work Week

If your Monday began with a twist, flake or other slow start, chalk it up to the Moon being void in Aries until 12:24 PM ET. After that, when the Moon entered Taurus, you had no excuse for not turning your inspiration into a materially secure and comfortable form.

We all woke up to the ripple effect of today’s 3:34 AM ET square between the Libra Sun (leaders, heart, ego) and Pluto (power, corruption, breakdown; news from underground). Did Austin’s Parsley Energy just pay $1.65 billion to acquire Denver’s Jagged Peak Energy? Why yes — yes, it did.  And Iran made “a huge natural gas discovery that could power Tehran for 16 years.” Great! What will they do in Year 17?

Meanwhile, Mercury is digging for more dirt in Scorpio, in a cooperative alignment with Saturn. That was exact early this morning. The rest of the week goes like this:

  • TUESDAY:  More Moon in Taurus, mostly cruising without speedbumps, though a clash of mindset may erupt around 8:33 PM ET — see how that plays out during the Democratic Debate (which starts at 8 PM ). Visionary thinking is supported, courtesy of a harmony between Mercury and Neptune at 6:45 PM ET.
  • WEDNESDAY:  Chill, chill, chill, as the Moon goes void at 4:37 AM ET — not to enter the next sign — Gemini — until 10:30 PM ET. As Moon voids go, a Taurus Moon offers greater potential for focused accomplishment than most. Still, you may need a push to get started. Once you do, routine projects are favored; roll with any twists or flakes that disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line.
  • THURSDAY: A Gemini Moon drives the day with a need for chit-chat and to be the smartest kid in the room. Who knew it and when did they know it? Film at 11!
  • FRIDAY:  Note your dreams in the morning, as Moon squares Neptune at 5:26 AM ET. Double check the directions and look twice when crossing the street. A face-off between the newsy Gemini Moon and Jupiter around lunchtime may blow a tidbit out of proportion — or simply add an extravagant spin. Moon goes void at 10:14 PM ET and enters Cancer on…
  • SATURDAY:  at 6:43 AM ET. A Cancer Moon needs to focus on home and homeland security. A home-cooked meal or other domestic project is favored. You may have been especially persuasive or perspicacious in recent days, as Mercury harmonizes with Pluto at 6:17 PM ET. Good for getting the word out, especially if you’re an investigative reporter. Something especially assertive may be triggered, as Mars arrives at 10 Libra, activating the July 2 solar eclipse. If you have a planet around 10 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you may be triggered, too, especially as we approach…
  • SUNDAY: …at 1:35 AM ET, when Mars squares the Moon. Saturn challenges the emotional security needs of the Cancer Moon around 9:29 AM ET; Pluto pushes feelings to extremes aournd 8:07 PM ET. In between, there’s an exact harmony between Venus and Saturn at 9:58 AM ET, which suggests a conservative approach in matters of money, women and aesthetics.

And now, the news.

I know of more than one astrologer who opined that October was a month for concern, as P45 was likely to push boundaries so far that we might be engaged in a military conflict. Not quite, so far…but still…. P45’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria has not only led to senseless deaths of declared allies (the Kurds), but the release of hundreds of people with “suspected links” to the Islamic State — all of which happened over the weekend. Sun square Pluto power plays involving heads of state indeed. The other part of the P45 October forecast is that — as they were in February and May —  boundary-pushing actions were not likely to result in consequences just yet. For example, not only does Deutsche Bank not have P45’s tax returns (an apparent anomaly, as reported over the weekend), but the good folks at the National Enquirer and American Media allegedly shredded whatever scandalous documents it might have had in its safe.

We will see what there is to see in late January/early February.

Meanwhile, the front-page story of Sunday’s NYT was a massive investigative report solving the mystery of who bombed four hospitals in May, in order to “crush the last pockets of resistance to President Bashar al-Assad.” Because really — who would bomb a hospital? The NYT reporters concluded beyond a doubt that Russia was the culprit. In other news, Vladimir Putin is in Saudi Arabia today for the first time in 12 years. Power plays and oil deals: apt for current planetary patterns.

Elsewhere, awesome power was on display in the world of sports, especially for women. Stunning Venus opposition Uranus upsets occurred as Kenyan Brigid Kosgei smashed the women’s world record at the Chicago Marathon, just hours after fellow Kenyan Elius Kipchoge (unofficially) smashed the men’s world record with a time of under two hours.  World records were smashed by gymnast Simone Biles  and tennis champ Coco Gauff.

File under “Awesome Power” that’s actually “Much Ado About Nothing”: during this morning’s Moon void, there was much pomp and cirumstance in Parliament, as the Queen gave a speech that was actually written by PM Boris Johnson (and other ministers)  who don’t even have a majority. The Guardian called it “a show without substance.” Right. Next!

Pluto refers to purges. These two purges have silver linings — because they were thwarted. In Kentucky, a judge ordered 165,000 “inactive” voters restored to the rosters. In Ohio, 20% of 235,000 voters were found to be on a list to be purged in error.    Which makes it a good time to invite you to check your voter registration status — and share this link with all your friends.  There are many reasons why a voter might purged; one reason is failure to consistently vote. There are elections next month. Vote!

I leave you with another Really Useful Article about finding happiness in interesting times.  Or watch this fun sketch from SNL. To find happiness using guidance provided in your horoscope, here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

Monday 10/7/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week: Sun Square Saturn is Heavy; Politics, As Usual

Good morning!

The start of the work week is driven by the Moon in Aquarius, seeking to be appreciated for the social significance of whatever makes it unique — while hanging with other weird birds of the same feather. There is absolutely nothing contradictory here; it’s just the nature of Aquarius. Arise, go forth and network, stimulated by the buzz of whatever hits the wires in the wake of the 2:16 AM ET opposition between Mercury (how we need to think and travel) and Uranus (technology; aviation; innovation; gender-benders).  More surprises and upsets to the status quo continue as the Aquarius Moon squares Mercury and Uranus at 10:32 AM and 11: 36  ET. Meanwhile, the Libra Sun (patriarchs, CEOs, authority figures, heads of state) is squared by a high-functioning Saturn at 3:07 PM ET.  Events that were hot in the second weeks of July and April may be back in the limelight, taken to a new level.  Links to headlines from past Sun-Saturn squares may be found here.  You are feeling the streamlining pressure more than most if you have planets around 13 – 22 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn — or were born around the 5th – 14th of January, April, July or October. Resistance is futile. There is definitely an upside.  Consult your astrologer for details.

After today’s Sun-Saturn square, there are no exact contacts among the planets — except from the Moon — until Saturday night. These stretches of little t0 no planetary action should not be thought of as times when nothing is going on. We last had one of these “lulls” back in — oh, lookie — mid-April (around the last Sun-Saturn square). These apparent lulls are often deceptive. It’s like looking  at a giant ice shelf on the most sparkling sunny day ever…and then, for no apparent reason, half the shelf crumbles into the ocean. So if an “other shoe” drops in the headlines, I will not be surprised, and neither should you. It is interesting that — as with the April “lull,” we are warming up for a Full Moon, which will be exact on Sunday night. The rest of the week goes like this:

  • TUESDAY – An easy flow in the early part of the day. The Aquarius Moon goes void at 2:27 PM ET — ship it beforehand, then take care of routine tasks for the rest of the business day. Roll with the twists and flakes. CHILL OUT if a crisis crops up; it’s likely much ado about nothing. This is a loooooong void; Moon enters Pisces at 12:05 PM ET on Wednesday. Meanwhile, at 1:06 PM ET, Venus exits Libra and enters Scorpio. Venus in Scorpio needs depth and substance in social expression, along with passion, for better or for worse. “For worse” would be revenge, served cold. It’s an honor thing with Venus in Scorpio. There is a certain code that must be followed. It’s a tough, but somebody’s got to do it. Point is, Venus in Scorpio will be reflected in news about social expression, women, money and other values until November 1, when Venus enters Sagittarius.
  • WEDNESDAY — If you sleep through the alarm, no big deal. Moon is void until 12:05 PM ET, when it enters Pisces. How apt for Yom Kippur, a.k.a. day of atonement. Pisces invented empathy, compassion and forgiveness.
  • THURSDAY — More of the same — but no Moon void.
  • FRIDAYMoon goes void in Pisces at 5:55 AM ET — for the rest of the day. Are you skipping out early for a long holiday weekend? You won’t be missing anything of consequence at the office. Monday is Thanksgiving in Canada says my calendar.  It’s Columbus Day in most of the USA, although as of April,  more than 60 states and cities have renamed it “Indigenous Peoples’ Day”.
  • SATURDAY —  Moon charges into Aries at 12:46 AM ET; alerting our senses and demanding our focus. The buzz in the air is the unconventional attraction reflected by the annual opposition between Venus and Uranus at 6:06 PM ET. We’ll see disruptive news about money (watch the markets on Friday), women, art and social expression. Love at first sight?
  • SUNDAYMoon in Aries continues its me-me-me-first crusade (unless it’s looking out for the nearest underdog). Aries is fearless and inspiring at best; reckless and selfish at worst (which explains why that jerk cut you off on the freeway). But since you are now aware of this planetary pattern, you won’t react in anger to that jerk, right? You’ll just roll your eyes and know that things will settle down once the Moon enters Taurus, which happens around noon ET on Monday. But first you must live though this day, which begins with a bit of a wet blanket at 5:36 AM ET, as the me-me-me Aries Moon is squared by authority figure Saturn.  Hmm. Take a second look at that “creature like no other” you might have brought home last night?   Your moment of sobriety may be soon lifted by a jolly and cooperative connection between the Sun and Jupiter, exact at 2:02 PM ET (and in effect a few days before). But wait — there’s more! The Full Moon is exact at 5:08 PM ET, 51 minutes before the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto, and just hours away from Pluto’s square to the Sun. There’s much to be released over the next couple of days involving power plays, resources, news from underground and emotional catharses. Will write more on this Full Moon later in the week.

And now, the news.

I finished the first half of this forecast around midnight, just as a surprise  announcement (Mercury opposing Uranus at 2:16 AM ET) from the White House that after P45 spoke with Turkish  Prime Minister Erdogan yesterday, P45 was pulling US forces out of Syria, “getting out of the way” of a planned Turkish invasion. “Getting out of the way” also means “abandoning the Kurds, our longtime allies in the fight against ISIS,” which would be a potential reflection of today’s brutal Sun-Saturn square, as in “life sucks, then you die.” But don’t worry, the Trump Tower in Istanbul is going to be just fine.

The Turkish invasion was a surprise to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC & Senate Judiciary Chair & P45 golf buddy) — who was relying on “press reports” for details early this morning, according to his Twitter feed. Graham would be feeling provoked today, with Mars squaring his Venus, after Uranus squared his Jupiter two days ago. Usually a Uranus-Jupiter square suggests a windfall opportunity, though astrologer Robert Hand opines that “Jupiter symbolizes our ability to go along with the social and economic system in which you live and make it work for you. The square from Uranus tests your ability to handle your relationship with the system.” Hand also suggests that this transit may reflect a reality check on an otherwise unworkable viewpoint. Graham is a homeland/emotional security-seeking Cancer, driven by an adaptable Pisces Moon (July 9, 1955 in Central, SC). His Sun is at 16 Cancer, meaning it was squeezed by Saturn in February and July, with a third Saturn opposition on November 17th. But that’s not all, as the first quarter of 2020 is dominated by two solar arcs (another way astrologers measure time) suggesting disruption of the status quo and a significant loss (SA Pluto = Uranus and SA Saturn = Sun, for the astro pros reading this forecast). Graham’s latest tweet said that he would introduce a resolution in the Senate opposing the US withdrawal from Syria.

Bear in mind that the pattern driving most of action between now and January is the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn on January 12th. This is a no-frills attitude to authority and responsibility,  taken to extremes. There’s no dreamy/visionary pattern (e.g., Jupiter square Neptune) to soften a stark perspective. We are even seeing this in news coverage, as WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin writes today: “The media figured it out, just in the nick of time.”   Jupiter is the media; Neptune is fog; the fog is fading. Time to get real!

In other news, we need to keep an eye on October 19th, when Mars will be at 10 Libra, triggering the July 2nd solar eclipse. That will be an especially expansive week for P45, as noted in prior forecasts. Jupiter will be at 20-21 Sagittarius, activating P45’s Sun-Moon-Nodes and the US Mars-Neptune square.

Meanwhile…

Mercury in a challenging aspect with Uranus symbolizes humor of the wackiest kind. RIP to wacky comic Rip Taylor, a mainstay on the deliciously bizarre Gong Show.  Bizarre humor and a stark patriarchal perspective (Sun square Saturn-Pluto) is clearly reflected by Joker, which smashed box office records this weekend and has been hailed by at least one critic as a sign of the times.  Joker star Joaquin Phoenix was born with an exact Mercury-Uranus conjunction — one of several patterns in his horoscope that would enable him to step into that particular character.

In other news…

Reflecting last week’s Pluto change of station, suggesting breakdown in infrastructure and corruption exposed:

With Pluto squaring Venus last week, life and death matters involving women included

Other important SCOTUS cases to be heard during this stark period of planetary patterns involve gun rights and LGBT rights.

With Mars (men, desire, aggression, assertion) at the Aries Point and not behaving at its best in Libra last week, naturally a jockstrap had to make news, as Stephen Colbert explains somewhere in these clips.  Meanwhile, I told you Elizabeth Warren’s horoscope (Sun-Uranus conjunction) would be activated by this transit, and here she is smacking down tech mogul Mark Zuckerberg, and here she is smacking down absurd allegations by a lying ex-Marine…and here is SNL’s Kate McKinnon turning those absurd allegations into another brilliant sketch.

Andrew McCabe’s horoscope is triggered by planets at the Aries Point. “Judge to DOJ: decide on charging McCabe by Nov 15 or face release of FBI records.” A grand jury has yet to return an indictment.

UPDATE: Joe Biden has Neptune at the Aries Point, with Neptune ruling the area of his life related to home and family; transiting Mars activated the area of his life related to children. Mars on Neptune suggests scandal, deception, idealism, escapism, vision, victimization, drugs, alcohol. Thus we should not be surprised that Biden’s son Hunter is having his name dragged through the mud regarding past business dealings in the Ukraine because hid dad’s run for office is a threat to P45. What’s interesting about the timing of these events — from an astrological perspective — is that we can see in Biden’s horoscope that Neptune will soon be opposing his 19 Virgo Midheaven, both by solar arc (exact on January 1) and by transit (in 2020 and 2021). This suggests an element of confusion/fog and other Neptune themes in matters of home, family and public/professional status.  Another interesting astrological element is that I had not looked too deeply into Hunter Biden’s story, but The New Yorker ran an in-depth piece back in July, when the Cancer Sun was opposing Saturn and Pluto And, as I said, stories that were “up” at that time are likely to be back this month….and again in January 2020 because planetary patterns repeat themselves. And here we are. I did not know that Hunter Biden had struggled with so many Neptune issues…until now. And we see them being brought forward at this time by action in Joe Biden’s horoscope.   For more on this story, I refer you back to Jennifer Rubin.

UPDATERick Perry has Uranus at the Aries Point. Last week’s Mars trigger activated areas in his horoscope related to his professional status, hidden enemies and self-sabotage. Meanwhile, transiting Uranus (ruler of his Aquarius MC/point of professional status) is squaring Venus, ruler of his Taurus Ascendant. Translation: SURPRISE! Last week P45 blamed Rick Perry for making him call the Ukrainian president and ask him to do him a favor in return for US military aid. Yes, it’s all Rick Perry’s fault — and now he’s stepping down as Secretary of Energy in November. Well, his Mars is at 8 Libra, conjunct the toxic South Node and the fixed star Diadem.  My trusty astrological software posits that one of the influences of Diadem in the horoscope is “to sacrifice oneself.” Oh. As of two hours ago, Rick Perry says he’s not stepping down.   OK, let’s see where he’s at in mid-2020, when transiting Uranus will be putting continued pressure for change on his Venus AND his 9 Aquarius Midheaven.

UPDATE: Mitt Romney is also under attack. And like Rick Perry, he has Venus in “I love you, but don’t take it personally” Aquarius conjunct the MC, only Romney’s MC is under pressure now, whereas Perry has to wait several months. Here is his horoscope, which I’ve written about many many times — search the archives. Last year it was obvious that he’d win his bid to serve as a US Senator from Utah, and current measurements suggest expanded expression of his values, generally well-received. But next year, patterns shift. That’s why it’s good to check in with your astrologer every six months to a year, btw — because patterns — like the weather — are always changing. Anyhoo, we see that Neptune will be activating Mitt Romney’s horoscope in ways that are somewhat similar to Joe Biden: home/family/country/core foundation — in a cloud or fog.

Random hardcore reality checks reflecting Sun square Saturn-Pluto, from the Sunday New York Times:

Ending with a couple of uplifting (literally) headlines reflecting technological innovation (Mercury opposing Uranus) and Sun square Saturn (bones, especially spine):

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Monday 9/23/2019: Autumnal Equinox; Sun Enters Libra; Sneak Peek at the Week

Happy Autumnal Equinox…a perfect balance between day and night. At 3:51 AM ET, the Sun left Virgo and entered Libra, sign of the scales.

Libra is an airy, mental sign, generally concerned with relationships, social graces and with promoting fairness, justice and balance. Its ruling planet is Venus, which can be oh-so-sweet and socially gracious. Libra’s mantra is : I BALANCE. This does not mean Librans are balanced; it means they generally are seeking balance and are quite capable of swinging back and forth wildly as they search for it.

Did you know that Fox News (motto: “fair and balanced”) launched under a Libra Sun? If you’re now thinking “wow, there must be a lot more to a horoscope than just a Sun Sign,” I commend you. And that’s another  compelling reason why you should get to know your horoscope. Or have a professional explain it to you.

As sweet as Libra can be, they are not marshmallows. The term “iron fist in a velvet glove” often applies. Jimmy Carter is a Libra. So was Margaret Thatcher.  Tim Robbins, John Lithgow, Lee Harvey Oswald, Julie Andrews and Maria von Trapp (inspired casting?) — all Libras.

The Sun’s ingress into Libra means that it’s the first day of fall. Did you know that the Sun is considered to be in its fall when it’s in Libra? In the language of astrology, when a planet is in fall, it means it is traveling through a sign that is not compatible with the planet’s essential nature. The Sun is all about ego recognition, around which everything (and everyone) revolves. It needs to be this way. But Libra needs to be focused on WE, not ME. Maybe that’s why one of Libra’s traits is indecisiveness. The Sun also refers to heads of state and CEOs. [UPDATE 9/26: Adam Neumann — the CEO of WeWork is stepping down. Born on April 25, 1979 in Tel Aviv (time unknown), he has four planets in me-me-me Aries, including go-go-go Mars. Unfortunately the pioneering initiative symbolized by his Aries Mars is being challenged by the authoritative control/brick wall known as transiting Saturn. Meanwhile, his empire-building Taurus Sun is also being challenged  — by a meet-up with Uranus, disruptor of the status quo. A sudden change should not come as a surprise, with the upside potential being liberation. Apparently Neumann voted for his own ouster. Free at last — once the Saturn squeeze is behind him.]

In other news, 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).

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. Off the top of my head, astro twins Meryl Streep & Elizabeth Warren were born with the Sun at the Aries Point. They’re pretty prominent in everything they do, don’t you think? Ted Cruz also born with the Sun at the Aries Point, and some have observed that he can stick out like a sore thumb — which is another form of prominence.

Meanwhile…

The day is driven by the Moon in Cancer, seeking to establish emotional and homeland security. Around 1:21 PM ET, the Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto, suggesting a power play or a emotional catharsis. I knew this was happening without even consulting my calendar, because I’m writing this from the deck of a deli on Fire Island. I was enjoying the beauty of the ocean and quiet, until the deli owner thought I really needed to listen to the Worst Radio Station of All Time. And even though I’m his only customer, he won’t turn the radio off. Power play! How are you experiencing this Moon-Pluto opposition? If it’s connecting with planets in your own personal horoscope, you are likely to feel it more than most.  The Moon goes void at 6:05 PM ET, on an easy aspect with action-hero Mars. Chill during the 11-hour void. Roll with whatever twists and flakes that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. The rest of the week goes like this — note that the patterns among Mercury, Venus and Jupiter that are exact on Wednesday and Thursday will be reflected a few days before:

  • TUESDAYMoon enters rip roarin’ Leo at 5:19 AM ET, looking for a way to shine, shine, shine. Note the potential for an upset or clarifying revelation around 3:12 PM ET, as Moon makes its weekly clash with rebel Uranus. Information involving courts, publishing, foreign affairs, travel, education and other Jupiter concerns flows easily, as Mercury harmonizes with the planet of expansion at 5:01 PM ET. Alert the media, it’s likely to be big.
  • WEDNESDAYMoon goes void at 12:14 PM ET for the entire business day. Stick to routine tasks and don’t freak out over perceived crises. So often those that arise during Moon voids evaporate once the Moon is back in gear. Meanwhile, Venus squares Saturn at 3:12 PM ET PM. Venus refers to women, money, aesthetics and social expression. Saturn refers to authority, patriarchy, cuts, ambition and controls. The square suggests we’ll see “women of steel” making news, along with cuts to budgets and cold shoulders.
  • THURSDAY –Moon enters Virgo at 6:37 AM ET, ready to clean up the mess made by the Leo’s all-night Moon-void party. It sails without much interference through the day, aided by a ruthlessly perspicacious contact between Mercury and Pluto, exact at 7:49 PM ET. Mercury refers to how we need to think; information; Pluto refers to power, breakdown, decay and news from underground. It’s a reliable alert that a diligent investigative reporter is about to deliver the goods.
  • FRIDAY — Note your dreams in the AM, as the Moon opposes Neptune at 9:22 AM ET. The Virgo’s need for perfection in every detail drives the day. Moon goes void at 11:58 PM ET, on a meet-up with Mars.
  • SATURDAYMoon enters Libra at 6:03 AM ET, but it’s not quite ready to start anything new. That won’t happen until 2:26 PM ET, when the Libra Moon meets up with the Sun. A harmony between Venus and Jupiter graces the day, exact at 7:40 PM ET. Not a bad day to buy a few lottery tickets, especially if you have planets around 18 degress of just about any sign.
  • SUNDAY — Moon in Libra continues its quest for balance and harmony in relationship, with a potential speedbump around 2:40 PM ET, when Moon once again clashes with Pluto. Won’t you turn that radio off NOW, pretty please? Moon goes void at 10:06 PM ET — chill for the rest of the night.

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And now, the news…

…brought to you by the third square between Jupiter (BIG) and Neptune (music, woo-woo, scandals, healing, vision, water, refugees, victims, dreams, wipeouts).

Planetary patterns are reflected in the obituary column, too.

UPDATE: on Al Gore. Avid Readers may recall I looked at his horoscope last month, and anticipated that we should be hearing from him fairly soon — and here he is:  “The Climate Crisis is the Battle of Our Time, and We Can Win.” Thank you, NYT, for publishing Gore’s op-ed on the front page of the Sunday Review, on the exact Jupiter-Neptune square! Here’s another interesting thing about the timing of this op-ed. Saturn is just one degree away from 15 Capricorn, which is where Pluto was on the seventh Uranus-Pluto square on March 17, 2015. Why is this interesting? Because on that day, the NYT published an op-ed on climate change from…Al Gore. Here is the forecast from that day.   The fact that Saturn is currently activating that seventh square suggests an opportunity to get real, take responsibility and make a game plan. In 2020, Jupiter will hit 15 Capricorn — so let’s see what kind of expansion occurs on the ambitious advance presented in Gore’s most recent op-ed.

Closing with a must-watch video: climate change activist Greta Thunberg makes big impassioned speech to the United Nations General Assembly, demanding action. I’ve written about her horoscope for the next issue of Mountain Astrologer, so stay tuned. One person really can change the world! Here’s what Greta inspired over the weekend: “Millions March in Youth-Led Global Climate Strike.”   — and this morning, in Washington DC: “‘Climate rebels’ shut down intersections across the District.” 

OK — time to hit the beach, while the beach and the birds are still here.

Thank you for reading this forecast. I’ll be back in the office tomorrow.

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

…and we’re back.

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

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

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

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

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

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

And now, the news.

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

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

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

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

Meanwhile…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Tuesday 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 4/15/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright; Mayor Pete Makes It Official

Good Morning!

Moon entered Virgo at 6:19 AM ET, driving the day with a need for exacting perfection. A harmony between the Moon and Uranus invites innovation. If you have a planet or angle around 24 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces (e.g., Tiger Woods), you either have plenty of reasons to celebrate  — or you bit off way more than you can chew. That’s the plus or minus of today’s  square between two planets generally associated with good fortune: Venus and Jupiter. It suggests an indulgent mood everyone can appreciate, whether their horoscope is directly affected or not. The square is exact at at 7:15 PM ET. As the evening progresses some may feel snippy, as the persnickety Moon squares assertive Mars in double-talking Gemini.

Between TUESDAY and next MONDAY there are no exact aspects among the planets, except to the Moon — but this does not mean it’s likely to be an uneventful week. Quite the contrary, experience has shown.  These apparent lulls are often deceptive. It’s like looking at a giant ice shelf on the most sparkling sunny day ever…and then, for no apparent reason, half the shelf crumbles into the ocean. So if an “other shoe” drops in the headlines, I will not be surprised, and neither should you. We do have a Full Moon on FRIDAY...and next MONDAY the Sun makes it’s annual meet-up with rebel Uranus, which suggests disruption for better or worse.

  • TUESDAY — Note your dreams upon waking, as the Virgo Moon is opposed by visionary Neptune at 11:10 AM ET. The rest of the day is devoted to making dreams a reality, supported by harmonies among the Moon, Saturn (structure) and Pluto (power). Communication is bound to be especially prominent, as Mercury (how we need to think)  is FINALLY back to where it was on March 5th, the day it turned retrograde at the verrrrrrrrry end of “whatever I believe is true” Pisces. The day ends with a splash, as the Moon squares Jupiter at 10:03 PM ET.
  • WEDNESDAY — Moon goes void at 12: 29 AM ET and enters Libra at 7:22 AM ET.  Big news is that at 2:01 AM ET, Mercury enters Aries, adding prominent information to whatever was going on around the Vernal Equinox. That’s when Robert Mueller sent his report into a black hole, where it hasn’t been seen since. Although the aptly-named Attorney General William Barr has teased that he will release a redacted version sometime this week. Coincidence or conspiracy? With a people-pleasing Libra Moon driving the next two days, fairness and balance are likely to be front and center. Meanwhile, rumor has it that the redacted report may be color-coded. WaPo funnywoman Alexandra Petri explains what it all means.
  • THURSDAY — Emotions are on the rise, as the Libra Moon is waxing. Get it done in the early part of the day. The longer you wait, the closer you’ll be to the wet blanket/brick wall and power plays suggested by the Moon’s square to Saturn at 4:48 PM ET, followed by the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto at 9:18 PM ET. A harmony between the Moon and Jupiter at 11:07 PM ET soothes frazzled feeling before bedtime.
  • FRIDAYFull Moon in Libra at the verrrrry last degree of Libra, exact at 7:12 AM ET. It promptly goes void for a brief spell, then dives into Scorpio to brood over whatever was illuminated. A jolt or revelation likely arrives by lunchtime ET, as the Moon opposes Uranus.
  • SATURDAYSun enters Taurus at 4: 55 AM ET, sort of slowing down the pace. I say sort of, because with Mercury in Aries, thoughts and communication are racing intensely forward until May 7th. At 12:11 PM Venus also enters Aries, sharpening social expression as much as Mercury in Aries sharpens our minds. Not now, but RIGHT NOW would be an apt Aries expression.  Women, money, art and social graces are sure to be prominent in the headlines, as Venus will be at the Aries Point. If you’re an Aries, your dance card may be fill up fast between now and May 15th. Enjoy.

And now, the news.

Back in 2017 I wrote:

Tiger Woods was one of the first — if not the first — person whose horoscope I started tracking as it was making news. This was back in November of 2009, when Mr. Woods got into an argument with his then-wife about his infidelities. Shocking news at the time, but totally in line with the potential seen in the horoscope:

Meanwhile, what’s up w/Tiger? This Capricorn w/Virgo rising (the energy to make things happen, expressed through a prism of perfection) has his Sun in the very private 4th house. You better believe he doesn’t want to talk about it. However, a quick glance at his chart speaks volumes: transiting Uranus about to break out in the 7th house of marriage (needing freedom and independence); progressed Moon (emotions) challenging Mars (the combination produces heated emotions); transiting Pluto (transformation) struggling to adjust to demands of obligation (Saturn); a boatload of Venus connections (you can bet women are involved) and if that weren’t enough — Pluto the transformer is all over a number of key midpoints (I told you I was reading the chapter on midpoints)! Bottom line: challenges in the House of Woods…to be dealt with over the next few months.

Right now (May 30, 2017) Mr. Woods has transiting Saturn at the bottom of his horoscope, hitting all the angles and his Moon in boundary-pushing Sagittarius. We see an opportunity for Mr. Woods to take a good look at his personal core foundation and clean up whatever needs cleaning. We also see a disruptive challenge to his Mercury from Uranus, suggesting an upset in how he needs to think, communicate and otherwise go about his business. Not only that, but Uranus is also making contact with the angles of the horoscope by solar arc — it’s a similar pattern to what was happening in 2009.

Over the weekend Mr. Woods was booked on a suspected DUI. Mr. Woods says he was having a reaction to prescription drugs, not alcohol. It is interesting to note that transiting Neptune is currently squaring his natal Neptune, impacting the areas of his life related to how he needs to think, as well as the public. Neptune refers to drugs, alcohol and spirits of all kinds. Astrology is amazing.

Yeah, Saturn transits can be tough. But when you rise to the challenge and do the work, after the streamlining comes expansion. Yesterday Tiger Woods made headlines with a Masters tournament win at least one reporter called “the greatest comeback in sports history.” Astrologers would call it “transiting Jupiter on his Moon, opposing his Midheaven (career),” aided and abetted by other patterns suggesting heightened intuition and innovation. It will be interesting to see where he’s at in 2021 and 2022, when transiting Neptune will hit his Moon and angles, with input from Uranus as well. Fun fact: guess whose Moon sits right on the Moon of Tiger Woods? P45. No wonder they golf together…and no wonder P45 just tweeted that Woods will be awarded the Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Meanwhile, Pete Buttigieg fulfilled expectations and formally announced his run for president. He picked a darn good time on a day with the Sun in Aries (as good as it gets) in a Grand Trine with the regal Leo Moon and Jupiter in Sagittarius (the sign it rules). Plus, transiting Uranus was within 24 hours of an exact square to his Venus (social expression; values) in Aquarius (humanitarian, innovative, friend to all). Transiting Uranus is also in contact with Buttigieg’s Jupiter/Pluto midpoint, suggesting an intensified experience with power and resources. One wonders if he consults with an astrologer. With transiting Pluto exactly square his natal Saturn, he’s got hard, hard work penciled into his calendar through the end of this year. Many might find that an anguished prospect, but lately I’ve been thinking that Buttigieg was born with an intimate understanding of the ruthless demands of Pluto and Saturn. How so? His Capricorn Sun is squared by both, suggesting potential fortitude and discipline against seemingly insurmountable odds. Hmm. Depending on where he stands at the end of 2019, 2020 offers a potential windfall opportunity, as transiting Uranus opposes his natal Jupiter in “man on a mission” Scorpio. Wish we had a birth time. Here’s what I wrote about him earlier this year. Fun fact: Buttigieg was born with Venus square Jupiter — same pattern is exact today. That’s not a coincidence.

In other news, WaPo‘s Alexandra Petri has a few things to say about presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.

I’ve written about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s horoscope for the next issue of  Mountain Astrologer — coming to a newsstand near you soon — or subscribe online. I wrote about Nancy Pelosi in the current issue. She will soon receive the Profile in Courage award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, reflecting certain visionary patterns in her horoscope that are in effect this year.

What’s going on in your horoscope? Are you due for a winning streak after a series of challenges, like Tiger Woods? Primed to set the world on fire, like Pete Buttigieg? A personal consultation offers clarity, validation and confidence. But don’t take from me. Take it from a client who recently booked a consultation to better understand how she and a business partner could work most effectively. What skills did each bring to the table? How did their communication and thought processes differ? What did each of them need in order to feel fulfilled in the partnership? The focus was on the creative potential of the partnership. Afterwards, she wrote:

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Monday 4/8/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Power Plays and Streamlining; Jupiter Turns Retrograde

Good morning!

Moon is still in Taurus, seeking to build and maintain material comfort and security. It went void at 4:28 AM ET and won’t enter the next sign — Gemini — until 5:15 PM ET. A Moon void suggests an apt time to focus on routine concerns, with a higher than average probability of a twist or a flake in your efforts to move forward in straight line. Your mission is not to make a mountain out of a molehill over any perceived crisis. Chances are it will be much ado about nothing. This is not the time to launch an initiative you hope will be of consequence. Avoid impulse shopping. Moon voids are excellent times for drafting proposals; writers, type away!

Meanwhile, over the next few days we are building to seriously significant patterns that will be exact on WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY. These heavy hitters are evident now — just look at the news. It goes like this:

  • TUESDAYMoon in Gemini drives the day with a need to be the smartest kid in the room. Buzz, buzz, buzz — with information. The day begins on a provocative meet-up between the Moon and Mars at 4:16 AM ET — the outburst of courage and/or aggression ripples through the rest of the day.
  • WEDNESDAY — the first of two annual squares (tense, tough, dynamic releases) between the Sun and Saturn happens at 4:47 AM ET. Why did Trump just demand the resignation of the Department of Child Caging  Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen? Because she wasn’t lean and mean enough to suit the lean, mean and ambitious agenda of reflected by a Sun-Saturn square. For headlines from past Sun-Saturn squares, look here and here. We can expect more sobering, streamlining cuts and advances involving heads of state over the next few days.
  • WEDNESDAY — But before that happens, we’ll have a release of events reflecting compassionate and aesthetic vision/ideals, reflected by a truly lovely annual meet-up of Venus (women, money, arts, social expression) and Neptune (ideals, healing, deception, oil, drugs, fog). Combine that pattern with the structuring potential of the Sun-Saturn square, and of course the NYT would tell you “How to Make a Vision Board That Works, For Real, This Time.  The empathy for all human suffering may also be applied here: “Someone is Always Trying to Kill You” — a seriously sobering story on the plight of women in Honduras — one of the “three Mexican countries” (per Fox News) that will no longer receive humanitarian aid from the U.S., if Trump has his way.
  • WEDNESDAY Moon goes void at 1:27 PM ET; chill chill chill until 11:31 PM ET, when the Moon enters Cancer. More investigative dirt should be hitting the fan, courtesy of the third sextile (a pattern suggesting ease of communication and cooperation) between Mercury and Pluto, exact at 5:40 PM ET. Mind the void and don’t freak over a bit of info that later proves toothless.
  • WEDNESDAYJupiter, planet of expansion, turns retrograde at 1 PM ET. As you know, Jupiter is in Sagittarius for most of 2019, expanding matters ruled by Sag: freedom of speech, publishing, foreigners, immigration, travel, sports, courts, dogma — to name a few. If you’ve got a planet or angle around 24 degrees — two thirds of the way — through Gemini, Virgo, Pisces and Sagittarius, you may be in an expansive phase in one or more areas of your life. Jupiter the cosmic sugardaddy has been hanging out at 24 Sag for several days, slowing to a virtual standstill (from our perspective on Spaceship Earth).  Jupiter retrograde suggests that whatever was expanding may now be subject to a review and/or delay — especially in the areas related to Jupiter I just listed. Jupiter turns direct on August 11th at 14 degrees Sagittarius. It returns to 24 Sag in early November. FYI, the Sabian Symbol for this Jupiter retrograde is “a chubby boy on a hobby horse,” an image of an immature mind playing with power (the horse is a power symbol). Last time I wrote about this Symbol was on the Full Moon/Eclipse of June 2011. For further provocation, read what Sabian Sage Blain Bovee has to say.
  • THURSDAYMoon in Cancer all day, traveling without interference. A Cancer Moon needs to focus on home/homeland/family security. Consider fortifying your home; indulge in a homecooked meal; whatever nourishes your emotional well-being.
  • FRIDAY Mercury squares Jupiter for the third and last time in this long Mercury in Pisces cycle — the one that started way back in February. More big news hits the fan. Moon opposes Saturn at 11:05 AM ET, then Pluto at 4 PM ET. This suggests heavy advances and power plays. Venus (money, art, women, social expression) harmonizes with Saturn at 11:08 AM ET, suggesting cooperation regarding those heavy advances, for better or for worse. Moon goes void at 7:33 PM ET and enters Leo on…
  • SATURDAY — at 3:50 AM ET. Fourteen minutes later, the me-me-me Aries Sun is squared by Pluto, amplifying the power plays that have been in effect during this intense week. Heads may roll or expand; there may likely  be news from underground (including seismic action, power and resources — oil, gas, nuclear). You are likely feeling this potent pattern personally if you were born 20 to 23 days into the signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Significant challenges and changes in your life are strongly suggested, brought by forces seemingly beyond your control. No, it’s not all bad; Pluto transits can be quite empowering, even though structures you have relied upon may be taken away. Rise from the ashes and build yourself anew!
  • SATURDAYMoon makes its weekly clash with rebel Uranus at 7:13 AM ET, suggesting a jolt or surprise to Saturday’s start. But oh….does that Leo Moon love a party. How many ways can you shine — and help others shine too, now that the tough patterns of the work week are behind you? Generosity and indulgence are supported by…
  • SUNDAY — a lovely harmony between the Aries Sun and Jupiter, exact at 9:40 AM ET. Exceptional depth may be found in matters related to art, women, money and social expression, reflected by a communicative pattern between Venus and Pluto, exact at 7:48 PM ET. Have those heart-to-heart talks; count your blessings….and tune in for the aptly-timed season premiere of Game of Thrones (sure to be epic and record-smashing).  Rumor has it that this is when Pete Buttigieg may formally launch his presidential bid. Verrrrrrrry interesting.

And now, the news.

A fascinating op-ed which feels like a metaphor for one’s first Saturn return (at age 29-ish) vs. one’s second Saturn return (at age 58-ish): “The Moral Peril of Meritocracy,” by David Brooks for the NYT. Whaddaya think?

A hint of things to come — if not by early 2020 (when Saturn and Pluto meet up in Capricorn), then perhaps in early 2021 (when Saturn (structure, corporations) is squared by Uranus (disruption): “How regulators, Republicans and big banks fought for a big increase in risky but lucrative corporate loans”

Oh, but that’s a long way off. Plenty of time to indulge in the beautiful fantasy worlds reflected by this Wednesday’s lovely meet-up between Venus and Neptune:

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Monday 3/5/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; Post-Oscar Neptune Bliss; the Aries Point Strikes

Happy Monday — what little is left of it….

The Moon entered Scorpio at 8:23 AM ET, driving the start of the work week with a need for depth, substance and control. Get it done today and tomorrow. On WEDNESDAY the Moon will be void of course between 3:55 AM and 5:03 PM ET. A Moon void does not mean “turn into a slug and do nothing.” It suggests that routine projects are most likely to succeed, even if you might need an extra push to get them started. It suggests rolling with whatever twists and flakes might disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. It suggests not making a mountain out of a molehill, as crises which crop up during voids are often much ado about nothing. They often fade away once the Moon is focused in the next sign. No impulse shopping during the void.

We will have another long void on FRIDAY at 9:27 PM ET — ending on SATURDAY at 4:52 AM ET. Happy yard sale shopping over the weekend.

Meanwhile, we have three shifts this week. First, on TUESDAY Mercury and Venus both ditch Pisces and enter Aries. Mercury refers to how we need to think. Venus refers to how and what we need to love. So what’s the difference between Mercury and Venus in Pisces vs. Aries? Speed, for one. Pisces needs to feel its way through thoughts — and it takes longer to move through water. Aries falls down stairs because it’s faster than walking. So watch for snippier, snappier communication in your own personal world and in the headlines. When do we want it? Not now, but RIGHT NOW!

Second, while Pisces is all about “All for One and One for All,” Aries is all about me-me-me. Watch as the compassion and empathy expressed via Pisces is transformed into a pioneering Aries crusade for the underdog. That would be the upside potential.  The downside is that Venus in Aries can be quite the harpy. Combative, too. Same for Mercury in Aries, which is not inclined to care much about how others feel about what it needs to think and say.

Third, Avid Readers will remember that any planet at the beginning of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn is at the Aries Point. That gives communication and social expression an extra dose of prominence.  Did  you happen to notice Meryl Streep at the Oscars last night? Of course you did — how could you not see her? She was sitting in the front row wearing a bright red dress. Ms. Streep has the two planets at the Aries Point in her horoscope: Sun and Uranus. Impossible to miss!

Thus in the news, watch for matters of communication and aesthetics to be especially attention-grabbing over the next few days. If you have planets in your horoscope around the Aries Point, you’ll be impacted by Mercury and Venus transiting that Aries Point. I’d be surprised if your dance card wasn’t booked this week. Keep me posted, will ya?

The other pattern of note is Jupiter, planet of reward, expansion and indulgence. It turns retrograde on THURSDAY at 11:46 PM ET at 23 degrees of Scorpio. If you have a planet around 23 degrees of Scorpio, Aquarius, Taurus or Leo, you are especially affected. Why? Because Jupiter has been sitting on that degree since last month, and will continue to sit on it until March 20th.  What’s expanding in your life this month?

Jupiter retrograde suggests that whatever was expanding may now be subject to a review and/or delay. With Jupiter in Scorpio, the sign of secrets, sex, death and other people’s money, I expect we’ll see delays in the headlines involving those matters.  Scorpio also refers  to honor and integrity, and I am fascinated to see those words specifically called out in Tarot Diva Beth Owls Daughter’s always-in-sync Card for the Week.

Jupiter turns direct on June 11th — at 13 degrees of Scorpio. It returns to 23 Scorpio in early October. That’s when projects put on hold now are likely to move forward again. You can read what I wrote about Jupiter in Scorpio right here. How are we doing so far?

Perhaps you’d like to know what the placement of Jupiter in your horoscope suggests for you. Jupiter transits often coincide with opportunities for honors and promotion. I have plenty of cases in my files of clients whom I encouraged to expand during a Jupiter transit — with success! Astrology is a very good thing to know about. Here’s the 411 on consultations.

And now, the news.

I am still basking in the rose-colored afterglow of the weekend’s dreamy meet-up between the Sun and Neptune, exact at 8:55 AM ET on Sunday. It was followed by another rose-colored meet-up of Mercury and Venus in Pisces at 1:06 PM ET.  Mercury and Venus were still getting over the expansive indulgence of empathy and compassion we might expect after their respective harmonies with Jupiter last Thursday and Friday. You know where I noticed this dramatically? In my Facebook feed. I swear every post captured it to the max — in the form of beyond cute videos of animals. My fave: yoga with goats — OMG.  My second fave — not involving animals, but apt for a Sun-Neptune meet-up: drunk yoga. Cheers!

With Neptune pulling so much focus again last week,  I expected a truckload of stories involving fish, water, oil, drugs, glamour, fanatics, scandal, film, illusion, spirits, victims, pacifists, lies — to name a few — same as last week. The NYT hit it right out of the park with its Sunday front page story: “A Bright Light, Dimmed in the Shadow of Homelessness.”  This is a poignant investigative story about a homeless (Neptune) woman in NYC who passed away a couple of years ago. Her name was Nakesha Williams. She really was a bright light — a dancer  (Neptune) on a scholarship at Williams College. How did she end up on the streets? Way to go, NYT, for brilliant journalism in sync with planetary patterns!

UPDATE: P45, because he did what we expected last week, so let’s call it out.  With Mars on his Moon and opposing his blah blah blah Gemini Sun, we expected action. He announced he’s running again in 2020. He praised China’s president, who appears to be making a power grab to become president for life. “Maybe we should give that a shot,” said P45.  Meanwhile in Panama, he lost — and there is video. In other news, he announced tariffs on steel and aluminum, adding that “trade wars are good.” Mars rules steel, and as you may recall, that Mars transit also hit the US Mars, too (by opposition).  Guess who else was affected by transiting Mars at 20 Sagittarius? Carl Icahn, a longtime pal of P45.  He has Jupiter (reward) at 20 Sagittarius. He must be psychic, because he dumped tons of stock in steel-related companies only a few days before the tariffs were announced. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Also affected by last week’s Mars transit: Hope Hicks, who has an unaspected Venus at 20 Virgo. A need to be perfectly pleasing is suggested, echoed by the Sun in conflict-avoiding Libra and Moon in accommodating Pisces. We don’t have a birth time for Ms. Hicks, but that Pisces Moon has been under some serious spell for at least two of the past several years, courtesy of transiting Neptune. Maybe now the fog is lifting, especially in the aftermath of her first Saturn return all last year. Time to wake up and smell the coffee?

It is fascinating to note that like her former boss, the only aspect to her Mercury (how she needs to think and communicate), is a square from…nebulous Neptune. One can appreciate how a person with that pattern in his or her horoscope might have issues with magical (Neptune) thinking (Mercury). It’s interesting that while her 20 Virgo Venus is not connected to any other planet in her horoscope, it is strongly connected to P45’s  21 Sagittarius Moon, 22 Gemini Sun and the North Node at 20 Gemini. We see the potential potent draw…a fated quality, some might say. We may hear more from Ms. Hicks in the next day or so, as transiting Mercury and Venus move into Aries…right on her natal Mars at 0 Aries. Yes — the Aries Point! Birth data for Ms. Hicks: Oct 21, 1988 in Greenwich, CT.

There may be no Hope in the White House, but there’s plenty of hope in the U.S.  The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School aren’t going anywhere. They are an apt reflection of the potential suggested in the last New Moon/eclipse at 27 Aquarius — which triggered the Great American Eclipse of last August, remember? When an eclipse is triggered it is not uncommon to witness a rush of energy, as something new is being born. Here’s that New Moon forecast again.

The Sabian Symbol for last week’s Full Moon in Virgo is “a bride with her veil snatched away.” Here’s Blain Bovee’s take on it.  It  certainly was a big week for revelations and exposure…with more to come this week. Honestly I can barely keep up with it.

In other news…lights! Camera! Action!

I dont’ know about you, but I was so happy to escape into the glamour of last night’s Oscars. Host Jimmy Kimmel continues to live out the “driving force” potential of his horoscope, noted here last fall. He’s totally on a roll.

No surprise that The Shape of Water took Best Picture. A romantic fantasy with “water” in its title? What else would win on a night with Neptune in such focus?  And the sparkly dresses and sets! Also Neptune…but also backed by something rock solid. Saturn in Capricorn, perhaps?

I’ll tell you what definitely was a reflection of  Saturn in Capricorn: the appreciation shown to men and women of a Certain Age. Eva-Marie Saint, Rita Moreno, Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and Jane Fonda — all looking fabulous. Did you know Rita Moreno wore the same dress she wore to the Oscars in 1962?  Saturn refers to what is old. It may be expressed with great dignity in Capricorn. All hail!

We don’t have a birth time for Frances McDormand, but there are bound to be patterns suggesting innovation, charisma and prominence, right?  For innovation and risk, check out her Mars-Uranus conjunction in regal Leo — squared by mystical Neptune. She was born to dazzle — in ways that few would dare. The prominence is suggested by her Cancer Sun at the Aries Point. The energy she has to facilitate emotional security is driven by a rock-solid Taurus Moon. No nonsense, no make-up — but still glamorous in her own quirky style. Right now — and all this year, transiting Pluto will oppose her Venus — also in Cancer. No wonder her social expression is so empowered.  And of course she has “a lot to say,” with Mercury in talk talk talk Gemini made larger than life by a square from expansive Jupiter. If you didn’t see last night’s acceptance speech, check it out and marvel at how the patterns of her horoscope we just called out are all expressed in a few  electrifying moments.  You do know what an “inclusion rider” is, don’t you? It’s the Sun with Neptune in Pisces combined with the idealism of Mercury and Venus in Pisces, driven by a fair and balanced Libra Moon supercharged by rebel Uranus. All for One and One for All!

OMG — just tuning in to the Erin Burnett’s interview with an apparently drunk Sam Nunberg. This is the man who announced today that he will defy a subpoena to appear before a grand jury in Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation. Guess how many planets this man has at the Aries Point? Sun and Mercury at 0 Cancer — squared by Jupiter and Saturn in Libra. His Venus is at 20 Cancer — same as Frances McDormand — and thus currently empowered by transiting Pluto.  This will get very interesting when transiting Mars hits the Aries Point around March 18th…followed by the Sun on March 20th. Stay tuned….

…and thank you for reading this forecast.