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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.

To find out what all of this means in your own personal world, why not book a personal consultation? Here’s how to contact me.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 3/29/2019 & the Weekend: Mercury Direct; More Wiggy Neptune

TGIF!

Moon is still in Capricorn, intent on making things happen — and likely paying no heed to the fact that Mercury turned direct just yesterday and will re-connect with nebulous Neptune for the last of three hits on TUESDAY morning. The same advice offered last Friday applies to this one, too: do not jump to conclusions. The facts have not been revealed and may have been deliberately distorted as if we were all trapped in a ginormous hall of mirrors. Mercury with Neptune can take flights of fancy to new heights.

Moon goes void tonight at 8:05 PM ET; it enters Aquarius at 9:46 PM ET, making this weekend fit for gathering with friends. No significant Moon void period means you are free to shop without worrying if your impulse purchase won’t live up to expectations, but I’d still avoid electronic purchases under the Mercury-Neptune spell, if you can.  Upside: pay attention to your dreams; apply the vision to your artistic creations.  On SUNDAY at 2:12 AM ET, Mars leaves Taurus for double-talking Gemini, where it will crave entertainment and diversity in matters of action until May 16th. We will see this craving provoked at the end of April/early May, when Mars will meet up with the Gemini Mars and square the Virgo Neptune in the U.S. horoscope. This will coincide with Mars meeting up with Trump’s Gemini Sun and opposing his Sagittarius Moon. Mark your calendars and watch the headlines then and into all of May.

Moon goes void on Sunday at 11:02 PM ET and enters Pisces on MONDAY at 10:48 AM ET. There’s your excuse for the slow start, twist or flake that hits your morning.

Meanwhile, what fun to receive this email from Avid Reader Dawn just moments ago:

“Was this retrograde worse for some astrological charts or was it generally a doozy for everyone?  Thankfully I could laugh it off but wowzers.  This past cycle I ordered 2 end tables but was shipped and charged for 4 (my computer timed out while placing the order so I clicked refresh 🤦🏼‍♀️), we changed the bathroom light fixture to discover the original was attached to nothing sturdy and was ready to collapse – a 30min job turned into 2.5 days of repair, the heated bathroom floor has spazzed out (still not resolved but we think it’s associated with the light fixture), and last but not least as I was driving this week my glasses literally fell off my face (the screw came out).  I feel like a Mercury Direct celebration is in order…”

To answer Dawn’s questions — this retrograde was more challenging for charts with planets that were directly hit by transiting Mercury, and you will not be surprised to learn that for Dawn, three planets and her Ascendant were affected. This is why it’s helpful to check in with your astrologer every six months to a year, just like you check in with your dentist — or your hairdresser, if you happen to be going through an especially challenging time. As Dawn wrote back (after I asked her if I could share her email):

Sure! Hopefully other people will get a chuckle or commiserate with me.  Thanks for all you do!  It truly makes it easier to navigate the challenging cycles. :)

Exactly.

And now, the news.

UPDATE: We don’t have a birth time for Betsy DeVos, but one is inclined to wonder if her Moon might be close to the end of regal Leo, which would account for her provocative thrust into current headlines. Transiting Mars would be squaring that Leo Moon this week just as she stubbornly defended heartless plans to cut funding for the Special Olympics out of her Education Dept.’s budget. Provocation begets provocation:  “The Special Olympics imbroglio once again reveals Betsy DeVos is the worst member of Trump’s Cabinet,” writes WaPo’s Helaine Olen.  Stay tuned for more next week, as transiting Mars definitely squares DeVos’s Pluto. Continued shaming and scorn would also be apt this year, as transiting Saturn conjoins her Capricorn Sun three times in 2019…but that streamlining focus could also facilitate ambition.

Guess who founded the Special Olympics? Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who passed away in 2009. In her horoscope, we see her Cancer Sun, Mars and Mercury opposing DeVos’s Capricorn Sun. Thus she is also feeling the squeeze of transiting Saturn — BUT — she is also receiving potential expansion and promotion — from all angles — as transiting Jupiter has been connecting with those angles all month and into May…and then again at the end of October. This is the third time  in three years that Trump has tried to eliminate funding for the Special Olympics. Why did this third time get so much attention now? Just look at what’s going on in Eunice Shriver’s horoscope. The horoscope lives forever!

UPDATE: on Theresa May, whose horoscope suggested that today would be no-good, horrible and very bad. Even though she offered to resign as PM if Parliament would approve her Brexit deal, the deal was defeated. Not only that, but NYT just published an op-ed, “Is Theresa May the Worst Politician Ever?”  Astrology is amazing.

UPDATE: As anticipated, Friday’s planned all-female spacewalk was all over the news in time for yesterday’s harmony between Venus (women) and Uranus (astronauts). Trickster Mercury retrograde threw a bewildering wrench into that plan, as the spacewalk was canceled. Why? Not enough spacesuits for the two — count ’em — TWO women who were to make that historic walk. Which means there is only one spacesuit for one woman — and no spares. Packing for a trip during Mercury retrograde? Double check that packing list thrice!!

NASA got this one right — before Mercury turned retrograde: “NASA photographs supersonic shock waves from the closest vantage point yet.”

Remember that Pisces can be vulnerable to despair, unable to see the potential for a new beginning. I am sad to report:

Meanwhile, reflecting tons and tons of news about drugs and fraud, as we are going to see until Neptune leaves Pisces in 2026:

In other news reflecting Mercury retrograde in Pisces conjunct bewildering and deceptive Neptune

Let’s pause now and devote a few sentences to the horoscope of Senator Mike Lee (R-UT).  His surreal presentation on how to solve the challenges of climate change provided plenty of fodder last night for Stephen Colbert. Watch the video — and I’ll tell you how what you’re seeing on screen is reflected in Lee’s horoscope (Jun 4 1971 — Mesa, AZ — time unknown). You’ll notice Lee’s slow, deliberate, eerily calm speech patterns, as he pleasingly (probably driven by Moon in Libra) presents complete wigginess.  That would be Mercury (how he needs to think), Venus (values; social expression) and Saturn (necessary control; ambition) all together in sloooooooooooooooooooow moooooooooooooooooooooooooving Taurus. And Mercury is conjunct the fixed star Algol, suggesting the potential to lose his head in matters of mindset. Ya think? But wait — there’s more — because we need to address the wigginess. That whole pile of planets in Taurus is opposed by Jupiter (expansion, dogma) conjunct Neptune (vision, delusion) in boundary-pushing Sagittarius. But what an expression of grand faith and inspiration — prompting  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to tweet in response “If that man can be senator, you can do anything.” Indeed. Those five planets in Lee’s horoscope are being activated now and through next week, as Mars travels through the end of Taurus and into early Gemini.

One last surreal moment in This Week in Congress — during the proactive Capricorn Moon — roll tape — “Swamp Creatures silently protest confirmation hearing of [oil lobbyist] to head Interior Dept.”

Thank you for reading this forecast. Contributions to the Cosmic Tip Jar are always appreciated — as are your referrals and requests for consultations. If you’re amazed by how astrology is reflected in the news, just imagine how it is reflected in your own personal world — so why not be prepared?

 

 

 

Stop Talking About the Planets! (the article)

This article was published in the August/September 2017 issue of The Mountain Astrologer. It starts like this:

Thanks to the November 2016 election and a well-timed ISAR conference, astrology generated a lot of press last fall in mainstream publications. Even The Wall Street Journal wrote about Hillary Clinton’s unconfirmed birth time and the challenge it posed for astrologers striving to predict the election outcome. The Wall Street Journal — wow! That’s great exposure for astrology, right?

I’m not convinced….

Read the full article here:

Stop Talking About the Planets