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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 5/12/2015: Mars-Saturn Forward Marches On…

Today’s Pisces Moon could push boundaries…because with Pisces, there are no boundaries. Pisces intuitively understands that boundaries are an illusion; we are all one; we are all in this together. Pisces can flow as sweetly as a gentle stream or pull as powerfully as the ocean’s undertow…float or drown. Neptune is also in dreamy Pisces — and still challenging mental Mercury in clever Gemini. That’s my excuse for today’s inspired, soggy prose.

Correction: yesterday when writing about Mercury retrograde, I said it would start on June 18th. I meant to type MAY 18th…with thanks to the avid readers who pointed out the error. We are in the shadow phase of the retrograde period — and have been as of May 4th. What that suggests is that whatever ideas and communications are put forth between now and June 27th, we’re likely to revisit, rethink and review. Stay flexible. Why May 4th to June 27th? Because Mercury was at 4 Gemini on May 4th. It turns retrograde at 13 Gemini on May 18th. It moves back to 4 Gemini and turns direct on June 11th. It gets back to 13 Gemini on June 27th. After the 27th, Mercury will be in new territory. Got that?

You may be feeling the sweeter side of Pisces this morning, courtesy of an easy connection to Venus in nurturing Cancer. Breakfast in bed? Around 3PM ET, Moon meets up with Neptune, encouraging a fit of inspiration, lingering coffee break or space-out. Around 6:30PM ET, double check the details in your communications and thinking, as Moon is challenged by Mercury (which is still under that dreamy Neptune influence). Ship it today or by 12:55PM ET tomorrow, when the Moon goes void.

And now, the news.

Last night Mars (energy of action)  entered Gemini and edged closer to this Friday’s face off with Saturn (structure) in Sagittarius. At 10:54PM ET, the so-called gentle Pisces Moon squared Mars, and then squared Saturn at 3:01AM ET. Four minutes later, there was a 7.3 quake in Nepal. Fascinating.

With Mars in Gemini and Saturn in Sagittarius, we note the potential for action and advance in communication, travel and corporations. What an apt pattern for this morning’s announcement that Verizon (telecommunications) is buying AOL. Or about this update on an advanced mode of transportation: a solar road that opened six months ago in the Netherlands? Maps are within the provenance of Mercury, Gemini and Sagittarius. This item is surreal, but it fits current planetary patterns: Google’s Map Maker tool has been under attack, so they’ve shut it down. Here’s the headline: “Google Shuts Down Map Maker After Urinating Robot Ruins It For Everybody”. Oh, and by the way, China’s ballistic missiles can now reach just about any target in the United States.

No boundaries here. None. Happy Pisces Moon. Here’s a picture of a recent sunset…on Mars.

No boundaries at Christie’s, either, as this morning’s headlines report the highest price ever paid for a work of art sold at auction — $179.4 million for a painting by Picasso. Surreal. And no boundaries at Chris Christie’s, especially if you joined him for a football game. Governor Christie apparently racked up an $82,000 bill on stadium snacks…paid for by New Jersey taxpayers. Score!

Update on the “Deflategate” story that surfaced  just before the Super Bowl under a bewildering Mars-Neptune conjunction. Planetary patterns suggested little consequence would come of it. Now, as Mars is about to square Neptune (exact on May 25th),  allegations that New England Patriots used deflated footballs to gain a competitive advantage — and that the quarterback, Tom Brady, knew about it — have proven to be valid. So were the Patriots stripped of their last Super Bowl win? No. They were fined and Brady will sit out four games next season. Which in my playbook, adds up to little consequence.

Update on Barack Obama, whose horoscope I wrote about yesterday. Before Mars hits President Obama’s 3 degree Gemini Moon, it opposed his 28 degree Scorpio Midheaven over the weekend. Mars suggests action — and also provocation, attack and/or an outburst. How interesting to stumble across a provocative story by Seymour Hersh, alleging that a lot of what you may have seen in Zero Dark Thirty is fiction, and that President Obama lied about what really happened in Abottabad the night Osama bin Laden was killed. On the other hand, the story was published on a square between Neptune and Mercury, which can be pretty surreal (or untrue).  We will see this Mercury-Neptune pattern again on May 29 and June 23. It will be interesting to see if there are further developments on this story then. Here’s a bit more from NBC News.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday & Tuesday 3/2-3/2015: That Dress; Leonard Nimoy & More

Good afternoon!

I hope your week is off to a productive start. Moon entered Leo Sunday at 6:34PM ET, infusing the air with fiery, playful and dramatic energy seeking to shine. A Leo Moon favors drama kings and queens, and today it benefits from an easy flow of energy to five other fiery planets: Saturn in Sagittarius; Mars, Venus & Uranus in Aries; and Jupiter in Leo. Feeling abundantly creative and/or impassioned? Leo rules gold, doncha know…how curious to see this item about $4 million in gold stolen last night from an armored truck in North Carolina.

Get it off your desk today if you can, as the Moon goes void Tuesday at 3:47AM ET on a verbally confrontational face-off with mental Mercury. It doesn’t enter Virgo until 6:58AM ET on WEDNESDAY. Thus, stick to routine concerns tomorrow and roll with any twists that detour your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Remember that crises that crop up during voids often turn out to be much ado about nothing. Projects initiated tend to be of little or no consequence. You could sleep in or flake out and probably get away with it.  I’m already thinking how interesting it is that Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech to Congress tomorrow was rescheduled for an all-day Moon in Leo void. Chill!!

Other voids this week:  Thursday 1:36PM ET until Friday 7:52PM ET — so today, Wednesday and Thursday morning ET are looking like your optimal dates for focused, productive advancement.

We have extraordinary patterns this month. As noted last week, tomorrow we’ll have the second of three mind-expanding, potentially windfall-producing trines between optimistic Jupiter and humanitarian rebel Uranus. You’ll feel the innovative lift most personally if you have a planet or angle around 14 degrees of Leo or Aries…or if you were born 14 days into those signs…though it could be argued that anyone with any planet or angle at 14 degrees of any sign is receptive to a little bit of the buzz. If you do not know where your planets are, consider ordering my Astro-Basics report.

On Wednesday, Venus in me-me-me Aries pulls focus, as it meets up with Uranus,  is squared by Pluto and trines Jupiter. Look for empowering and emancipating headlines about women, aesthetics and social expression to be prominent, not to mention headlines about values and finance. In the past we’ve seen volatility in the markets under these conditions.  Here are some headlines reflected by Venus’s engagement with Uranus and Pluto last October; here’s a NY subway etiquette campaign that launched when Venus made contact with Uranus and Pluto last December, seeking freedom from the tyrannical reach of “manspreaders”.

Ooh, look…already Maggie Smith — an empowered woman — is setting herself free from “Downton Abbey”. And Senator Barbara Mikulski just announced her retirement — after her term ends in 2017.  Next week, action hero Mars will engage with Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto — so we can expect volatility to continue…

And now, the news.

I have to talk about That Dress. I was away from my computer during last Thursday’s all-day Moon void in information-junkie Gemini, which is when this story captivated attention all around the globe, finally landing on the NYT homepage on Friday morning. Really, arguing about what color a dress is — blue/black or white/gold — would hardly seem to be of consequence, and I noted many FB postings questioning why it was such a “crisis”. Bwahahahahaha (Moon void in trivial Gemini)…bwahahahahah!

But add in last week’s bewildering/deceptive Sun-Neptune meet-up, and the ground-breaking potential of other big planetary patterns, and we have an opportunity to appreciate how it is possible for two people to view the same factual data (in this case, a dress with actual, seemingly-concrete physical properties), and come up with two different conclusions. And here’s how that is possible, explains this helpful blurb from Wired.

More ground-breaking related news followed. For example, when was the last time we had an opportunity to collectively realize that only 25% of us are actually physically capable of perceiving the 39 colors in this photograph? How might this change the way we discuss and strive to solve the pressing issues of our time? Could this be related to renowned climate scientist Senator James Inhofe’s decision to hurl a snowball on the Senate floor on Friday, as proof that global warming is a hoax, despite soaring temperatures recorded (again) last month in Australia? Is Senator Inhofe physically incapable of seeing the color red? Hmm.

In other ground-breaking news, light has been photographed — for the first time — acting like a wave and as a particle. There is so much about this world that we do not understand…

Elsewhere, Friday’s Moon in homeland security-focused Cancer made me suspect that Congress would not shutdown the Homeland Security Department, as some members of Congress had threatened. That afternoon, the Senate voted to fund the department for another year. The House, however, which cast a vote around the time of a combative Moon-Mars aspect, did not concur. Ten minutes before funding was to expire, and in the aftermath of a more peaceful alignment between Moon and Neptune, funding was extended for seven days — as NYT columnist Gail Collins cheerfully explains.

Meanwhile, the brutal pressure of Pluto’s exact square to the U.S. Saturn was reflected in a number of “get real” stories some might not want to face. And yet, by facing them, we gain the potential to transform and heal (regeneration is a Pluto theme, as well as “resistance is futile”). For example, there was an in-depth story about the nation’s first slavery museum. It opened last year in Louisiana — check out the driving force behind it. Elsewhere, a Marine explains how he learned to kill.  Meanwhile, a Norwegian hired to report his impressions while traveling through North America does not paint a pretty picture. NYT readers were also given an in-depth backstory about a violent incident at Attica State Prison a couple of years ago, in which three prison guards were charged with beating an inmate. The trial — a first for this type of charge in New York State —  was to begin today; minutes ago it was reported that the guards pled guilty — to avoid jail time, presumably.

On Friday, actor Leonard Nimoy — a.k.a. Star Trek’s Mr. Spock —  passed away from complications caused by pulmonary disease. We do not have an exact birth time for Mr. Nimoy, but without taking time to do the actual math, I’m inclined to believe he was an Aries with Moon in Gemini, and thus naturally equipped to portray a character who eschewed emotions in favor of logic. Ask a Moon in Gemini person how they feel, and they will likely respond, “let me think about it”.

Barack Obama also has Moon in Gemini, and I find it fascinating that NYT columnist Maureen Dowd constantly refers to him as “Spock”. Mr Nimoy has Venus in “I love you, but don’t take it personally” Aquarius. This is an offbeat, quirky, humanitarian placement. President Obama does not have Venus in Aquarius, but he does have an Aquarius Ascendant. Fascinating, eh?

Gemini also refers to the lungs, and Mr. Nimoy’s Mercury (ruler of Gemini and thus also refers to lungs) was in a tight alignment with electric, erratic Uranus, as well at Jupiter (expansion) and Pluto. We’d expect the potential for high intelligence and innovation, and for all Mercury-related concerns to perhaps be of strong significance. This configuration in Mr. Nimoy’s horoscope has been under pressure from transiting Uranus and Pluto for some time.

President Obama issued a statement paying tribute to Mr. Nimoy, which you can read here. I loved Spock, too. LL&P.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 5/21/2012: New Moon & Solar Eclipse in Gemini

At 7:47PM EDT the New Moon arrives at 1 degree of Gemini, along with a solar eclipse. Eclipses act as “bottlenecks” of energy. Light flowing from the Sun or Moon is temporarily interrupted, focusing attention on the interrupted point and allowing something new and possible fragile to enter the picture and grow. And here I would be thinking of Michael, the kindhearted policeman in the storybook Make Way for Ducklings, who stopped the flow of traffic on Beacon Street so Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their brood of eight could safely make their way to the Boston Public Garden.

Of course while traffic is stopped, it’s also backing up…and when it flows again, it’s possible that some drivers may hit the gas a little too hard — and wham! — there’s a sudden release of the bottlenecked energy.  If you have a planet or point at the degree of an exceptionally potent eclipse, you may feel the effects of the release of the bottleneck for months afterward — sometimes even years. And here I would be thinking of Rupert Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks and (former) Congressman Anthony Weiner, who all have a major point or planet at 11 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and/or Sagittarius, which was impacted by last June’s eclipse at 11 Gemini. Might they have been feeling a bit “eclipsed” over the past year?

In Gemini, the New Moon suggests a focus on new ideas, new mindsets, new ways of communication and gathering information. Got that? Your thoughts and your words can move mountains; i.e., they manifest in your physical reality. Don’t believe me? Here’s an article from last week about two people paralyzed from the neck down who can now move a robotic arm with their minds.  Don’t believe that thought patterns  can change? Check out this collection of  23 Vintage Ads That Would Be Banned Today.

This New Moon offers us the opportunity to create a new way of positive thinking so that you can manifest a more positive reality. Don’t know how to do that? You could start by listening to this super-positive, life-affirming song by Joan Armatrading every morning. Hum it through the day and see if it changes the way you interact with your world for the better. Patterns in the chart for this New Moon strongly support visionary/revolutionary thinking and communication.

The Sabian Symbol for 1 degree of Gemini is “a glass-bottomed boat in still water”. This is an image of a self-contained, protected, transparent vessel that allows illuminating perspective into watery (emotions) depths. It’s an image that ties in nicely with the current Venus retrograde, which suggests a focus on courtesy and grace in our social expression. This image also supports nebulous Neptune,  which is challenging Sun, Moon and the lunar nodes. The lunar nodes refer to the feminine and  groups/associations.  How can intuition, emotions and feminine/receptive principles clarify and/or change your thinking in the material world?

Interesting to note that this eclipse is almost exactly conjunct Mitt Romney’s Gemini Ascendant, using birth data of  3/12 47 9:51AM Detroit MI. This suggests Romney’s personal projection will be impacted. The eclipse is not quite as close to Barack Obama’s Moon at 3 Gemini; we may see the impact in Obama’s need to be seen as clever and informed in areas of work, service, homeland security and women. Visionary values may also be projected at this time (nebulous Neptune is almost exactly square Obama’s Moon).

This a week for big ideas! Take note of what’s flowing through your mind. And on Monday, note the potential for a clash of wills around 5:17PM ET and temper your communication accordingly.