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Sunday 10/13/2019: Full Moon in Aries; News Round-Up

Happy weekend warrior-ing!  As I wrote at the start of the week:

  • 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?
  • SUNDAY — Moon 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.

More on that Full Moon: What is illuminated now is likely to be connected to events that happened around the July 16 lunar eclipse at 24 Capricorn. We will have further illumination on those events on the January 10 lunar eclipse at 20 Cancer — to be continued on the April 7 Full Moon at 18 Libra. As an example, see my notes on Shepard Smith’s horoscope below.

This  Sunday’s Full Moon is at 20 Aries, and the Sabian Symbols for this lunation offer the following insights: for the Aries Moon, it’s “a pugilist entering the ring;” for the Libra Sun it’s “a crowd upon the beach.” We last encountered this “pugilist” in July 2015. Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee suggests we apply this symbol to “the focused contest between social organization and individuality; the natural inclination to define one’s space; finding the range of one’s power, the impact of one’s punch”.  What are we fighting for? Are we championing a noble cause or are we just in it for ego recognition, born of insecurity? Will we inspire the world with our battle cry or will we just throw a temper tantrum and never mind the damaging consequences of our actions? Aries can go either way — big baby or warrior-hero — what will it be?  Meanwhile, I haven’t written about “the crowd” before, but here’s Bovee’s take.

And now, the news.

The New York Times continues to deliver its elective coverage in sync with planetary patterns. Astrology is simply amazing. On a day with Venus opposing Uranus, the NYT Sunday magazine was “The Culture Issue,” with plenty of unconventional women and other disruptive artists, including but not limited to:

  • “In Her Prime: Kathryn Hahn’s Explorations of Middle-Aged Desire.”
  • An in-depth homage to Susan Sontag, who wrote “Under the Sign of Saturn,” a planet we’ve been talking about for the last week (!)
  • An interview with actor Edward Norton, who has “(mostly) ditched Hollywood for the tech world”

Other headlines reflecting the Venus-Uranus face-off:

Meanwhile, Saturn square Sun (cuts and controls involving leaders) and Pluto square Sun (power plays) are heavy, heavy, heavy:

  • Millions of Northern Californians were left in the dark when Pacific Gas & Electric shut off power in order to prevent wildfires. The Guardian has an interesting analysis.  California’s horoscope has been supercharged for the past few years by transiting Uranus — and this will continue into 2020. Disruptive — pioneering — maverick — innovative — rebellious — those are the themes of current patterns.
  • Record-breaking rains and heavy flooding in Japan, courtesy of Typhoon Hagibis
  • “Ecuador protests: president imposes curfew amid worsening violence”
  • “Epic power struggle underway in Peru”
  • “‘South Park’ attacks China’s censorship in newest episode” — and — “Superstar German DJ permanently banned in China for liking ‘South Park’ tweet” — which all started this week with “NBA afraid to stand against China because money talks”
  • Jimmy Carter took a fall after his 95th birthday, but true to form, was out building homes for Habitat for Humanity the next day — with a bit of sobering advice for P45.
  • Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch ignored a P45 administration gag order and testified before the House, providing written testimony that (reports The Guardian) “expresses clearly and in the most solemn of settings, what growing numbers American diplomats have been feeling: that their institution is being left to rot.
  • It’s official: the ultra-rich pay a lower tax rate than the middle-class.
  • “Catch & Kill” — Ronan Farrow’s account of how NBC tried to quash Farrow’s efforts to investigate allegations of Harvey Weinstein’s serial sexual abuse — was published. Farrow’s horoscope was discussed in March 2018.
  • A cut — and also a surprise: Fox News anchor and managing editor Shepard Smith abruptly resigned as of Friday, saying he hoped “facts would win the day.” Shepard renogiated his contract last year and had been with Fox for 23 years. Looking at his horoscope, we can appreciate the need for streamlining and breakdown, with the upside being empowerment. Born on January 14, 1964 in Holly Springs, MS (birth time unknown) Smith — like Greta Thunberg — has Sun and Moon in practical, achievement-focused Capricorn; both have likely been feeling the weight of transiting Saturn and Pluto. Pressure to make a daring break is suggested by transiting Uranus squaring his “rebel with a cause” Mars in Aquarius. He would have tendered his resignation right around the time transiting Mars squared his Mercury at 4 Capricorn (the energy of action/assertion applied to how he needs to think and communicate). “Coincidentally,” that is also when a scone caught fire in my toaster oven (obviously my horoscope was also activated by transiting Mars). His horoscope will be activated by Sunday’s Full Moon — and in December, his Mercury will be eclipsed. It will be interesting to see what kind of expansive project launches in mid-2020 when transiting Jupiter conjoins his Sun. A book deal or launch, perhaps?

UPDATE: on Boeing — a horoscope written about in this forecast back in March — and in my column in the current Mountain Astrologer. Major restructuring was anticipated; this week CEO & President Dennis Mullenberg was removed as Boeing’s board chairman; there will likely be more in January. Meanwhile, the Boeing 737 Max — scheduled to be put back into service around the time of Mercury’s next retrograde (ha ha ha — what were they thinking) — isn’t coming back until January 2020 at the earliest.  They’re too busy working on a flying car….

Finally, the Good News Network has discovered the key to happiness.  Who knew?

What’s going on in your horoscope? How will it be affected by today’s Full Moon? January’s Saturn-Pluto conjunction? Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

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Monday 8/19/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; the NYT — Right on Schedule

Happy Monday!

Moon is in Aries, driving the day with a need to get something started, preferably a crusade. Note the potential for a speedbump around 6 PM ET, when the me-me-me energy of the Moon may be either 1) smothered or 2) structured and advanced by a streamlining square to Saturn in Capricorn. This comes within two minutes of a harmony between the Moon and Jupiter, suggesting that said streamlining may be presented enthusiastically, for everyone’s own good. Hmm.

The rest of the week goes like this:

  • TUESDAY: An early AM catharsis or power play, as the Aries Moon squares Pluto at 6:53 AM ET. The rest of the day rolls merrily along, supported by an easy flow of fiery energy from the rip roarin’ Leo Sun.
  • WEDNESDAY: Moon goes void at 12:06 AM ET for 30 minutes — you’ll hardly notice. Moon enters Taurus, shifting our focus to preserving the status quo and having a grand old sensual time. . At 5:07 AM ET, Venus — money, women, art, social expression — leaves royal Leo for persnickety Virgo. I say persnickety because traditional astrology holds that Venus is not at her best in the sign of discernment and perfection, yet there she will be until September 15th, suggesting this is not the optimal time for a face lift. Silver lining: if you’re a Virgo, your social calendar could be packed. Meanwhile, at 6:05 AM ET, Mercury will harmonize (trine) with Jupiter, suggesting that we’ll see boundary-pushing items in matters of collective belief systems. A surprising revelation or jolt may drive the news around 1 PM ET, when Moon meets up with rebel Uranus
  • THURSDAY:  More Mooooooooooon in Taurus, which goes void at 5:32 PM ET. Roll with whatever twists and flakes may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Remember that they are likely much ado about nothing. Chill….until…
  • FRIDAY: 10:34 AM ET, when the Moon enters pixie chatterbox Gemini. See if you notice the energetic shift reflected by the Sun’s ingress into Virgo, exact at 6:02 AM ET. At 10:56 AM ET we’ll have the Third Quarter Moon, suggesting a challenge or adjustment to the agenda set on this month’s New Moon.
  • Meanwhile, humming in the background is a fast-approaching meetup of Venus (not-so-happy in Virgo) and Mars (doing OK in Virgo, while executing a perfecting and precise action plan). This meet-up suggests desire and attraction among mere mortals, and if you have a planet around 4 degrees of just about any sign — but especially Virgo, Sagittarius, Gemini, Pisces, Taurus and Capricorn, you are more personally ignited. But before that Venus-Mars union-seeking alignment is exact (on Saturday), the Gemini Moon challenges both at 4:17 and 5:19 PM ET, respectively. Translation: tension released about who is smartest kid in the room.
  • SATURDAY: Moon in Gemini, no void — shop ’til you drop. Venus meets up with Mars at 1:04 PM ET; if LA Weekly‘s Rockie Gardiner was writing this forecast, she’d suggest you maximize this alignment by staying in bed with your sweetie. A square between the Moon and dreamy Neptune at 7:18 PM ET could lead to an extended escape.
  • SUNDAY: Gemini Moon goes void at 2;58 AM ET…not to enter Cancer until 5:05 PM ET. Chill, chill, chill with whatever amuses you. Avoid the malls. Have a nice home-cooked meal in the evening; whatever nourishes and nurtures you.

General note: now that Jupiter has turned direct, it is moving into a third and final square to Neptune, exact on September 21st. This is one of the dominant patterns of 2019; here’s a primer written in January to remind you what we can expect. And here’s a portion of an interview Stephen Colbert did last week with Anderson Cooper in which he addresses matters of opinion, faith and healing — all apt themes for Jupiter-Neptune patterns. It’s interesting to hear Stephen Colbert put human suffering in perspective, as he was born with Saturn in Pisces. Astrologer Michael Lutin says that people born with Saturn in Pisces nearly always find a way to turn their suffering into an art form. And what is comedy but a coping mechanism for pain?

And now, the news.

Avid Readers of this forecast know that its original conceit was to see if I could predict the headlines of the New York Times, using planetary patterns as a guide. After all, it’s often called the “the paper of record.” I started including  other media outlets, as not every Avid Reader subscribes to the NYT and thus can’t access the articles cited. In any event, after over a decade of analysis and research, I continue to be awed by the astonishing synchronicity of planetary patterns and the news — especially, the NYT.

Avid Readers also know that THE most important pattern of this century was the series of seven disruptive squares between Uranus and  Pluto.  The seventh square was exact in March 2015, and here’s what was going on back then.   The biggest issue was climate change, and now, with Saturn activating that seventh square, we are getting a serious and sobering reality check in that arena. Right?

ANY horoscope with planets around 13-15 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn was also activated in 2014-2015, and is also now dealing with a reality check. The U.S. horoscope falls into that category, with its Sun at 13 Cancer and its Saturn at 14 Libra. Based on what was making dramatic news as Uranus and Pluto supercharged the U..S. Sun-Saturn square in 2014-2015, the reality check the U.S. had to deal with was the karma of slavery (of African Americans) and genocide (of Native Americans). I wrote about this in June of 2017, when transiting Jupiter in Libra activated the US Sun-Saturn square and I found myself at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History & Culture in Washington D.C.

Transiting Saturn made the first of three squares to the U.S. Saturn on January 30th. It squared the U.S. Sun, too — but only once — on January 17th.  Sometime in January, a reporter on the staff of the NYT Sunday magazine proposed an entire issue on one subject: slavery in the United States — and how it made the U.S. what it is today, e.g., the only “advanced” nation that does not use its tax dollars to provide health care for all of its citizens, and a host of other conditions some may be stunned to read.

The reporter sold the pitch. Guess when the NYT Sunday magazine devoted exclusively to slavery was published? The 1619 Project was published on August 13th, two days before the second exact transit of Saturn square to the U.S. Saturn.  It’s called the 1619 Project because on or about August 20th, 1619, the first slave ship from Africa arrived in what is now known as Hampton, Virginia. If you have access to computer software, run the chart for that date against the U.S. horoscope and note the connections.

The third Saturn square happens on October 15th, which is right when transiting Jupiter activates the U.S. Mars-Neptune square for the third time this year. Avid Readers will recall that this is the part of the U.S. horoscope that reflects the American Dream.   It also reflects a potential romance with war, guns, faith, oil, pharmaceuticals and movies. Jupiter expands whatever it touches, for better or for worse.

I hope you take the time to read every article in The 1619 Project.  Newt Gingrich read it — and did not like it one bit. We can appreciate how challenging it would be to shift his opinions, given his horoscope’s strong Neptune patterns — discussed in 2011.  I wonder if Mr. Gingrich has ever visited the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History & Culture in Washington D.C…

In a related story, Daniel Pantaleo was fired from the NYPD. He was the officer who held Eric Garner in an illegal chokehold back in 2014.  Mr. Garner had attracted attention because he was selling loose cigarettes on the street. Mr. Garner’s last words were, “I can’t breathe.” His death — captured on video — helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement  in 2014 — and here’s a post on the Uranus-Pluto astrology of that from December 2014. How interesting to have a sobering reckoning on that 2014 incident now.  Astrology is amazing.

I started this post hours and hours ago. Turns out it will ship at 6 PM ET. If you re-read the first paragraph of this forecast, you may marvel at how it fits the patterns (!!). Thus I leave you with an inspiring photo of the tallest and oldest living organism in New York City: a 370 year-old tree in Queens. I visited it yesterday, and if it’s  lucky, it may be here for another 100 years, outliving us all.

Thank you for reading this forecast.