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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday-Thursday 10/19-20/2016: Mars-Pluto Slugfest; Two Davids, Right on Schedule

Alllll-righty then!

The day is driven by the Moon info junkie Gemini, seeking to be the smartest kid in the room. What sordid barrage of facts and figures will assault our collective senses in light of this morning’s potentially brutal meet-up between Mars (action action action) and Pluto (resistance is futile) in status-seeking, patriarchal Capricorn? And from what dark dungeon will it emerge? Mars and Pluto come together at 7:18AM ET; that Gemini Moon is staunchly opposed by an opinionated Saturn in Sagittarius at 7:40AM ET.

If you have a planet or angle around 14-16 degrees (halfway through) Aries, Libra, Cancer and especially Capricorn, you’re likely feeling the emotional intensity and/or power play more than most.

I’ll be on the watch for more startling revelations and tech innovations as mental Mercury is opposed by erratic Uranus at 3:48AM ET on THURSDAY. Note that the Moon will be void of course Thursday AM between 7:16 and 11:28, no doubt generating plenty of much-ado-about-nothing info junkie (info junk?) Gemini buzz. Chill! We’ve got one more provocative hit to go through on Oct 29th, when Mars challenges Uranus, suggesting risk and recklessness. Planetary patterns in the ensuing weeks are less disruptive.

Meanwhile, we can expect a manifestation of the above planetary patterns in tonight’s slugfest third presidential debate, which officially starts at 6PM PT in Las Vegas. One party will be obviously more on the attack than the other — likely Hillary Clinton’s opponent. I say likely because the debate probably won’t start on time, and in this case, that few minutes do make a difference in determining which it is.  The attacks will be attention-dominating, but ultimately are not likely to be integrated in any meaningful way.  The other party will endeavor to keep it optimistic, big-picture focused, with a risk of pushing boundaries in its expression. The debate starts with the Moon at 21 degrees of Gemini, exactly square Chiron, a.k.a. the Wounded Healer. This pattern reinforces the dredging up of past personal transgressions suggested in other patterns. Send the little kids off to bed early — oy vey!

And now, the news.

As I type, a second Mars orbit and landing effort is underway. It’s called Exo Mars — on a Mars-Pluto meet-up AND a Mercury-Uranus face-off? Those who speak astrology can not help but marvel at the astonishing synchronicity of planetary patterns and the headlines.

Also in sync: “Guiding Trump, an Ex-General Shakes His Fist at Washington.” Mars refers to the military and anger. The ex-general is Michael Flynn, whose birth date is unknown (“December 1958,” says Wikipedia).

UPDATE: In recent days Bernie Sanders experienced the second exact hit of transiting Uranus opposing his natal Venus. We’d expect an intensification and disruptive potential in his social expression. So what happened? A few days ago one of his tweets resulted in the stock price of a drug company — Ariad — to drop almost $400 million in one day. I’d say that’s pretty disruptive. That same day I saw a number of posts on Facebook about an op-ed Bernie Sanders wrote for the Los Angeles Times — in August. Why was the op-ed getting attention in October?

The next exact hits to his Venus and Mars from Uranus will happen in March. If you happen to be a Bernie supporter who is contemplating sitting out the election because your candidate is not on the ballot, consider this: if the Democrats regain control of the Senate, Sanders could become the chair of the Senate Budget Committee, which would ruin Speaker Paul Ryan’s day, as he says right here.  So quit sulking and vote. Right after Election Day, Senator Sanders will have a transit suggesting potential for an advance of ambition and authority, or a potential squeeze. Which will it be?

UPDATE: David Letterman. When we last looked at his horoscope back in March of 2015, we anticipated that the summer and into 2016 would be a year of significant change. Here he is in a recent interview, sporting a full-length beard and talking about his travels to India for his work on Years of Living Dangerously, a new series about climate change (National Geographic Channel on Oct 30). Thank you transiting Uranus and Pluto on Mr. Letterman’s natal Venus, transforming his social expression and values.

Meanwhile, reflecting the potential for power plays and tech disruptions: Ecuador cut off Julian Assange’s internet connection. Owners of exploding Samsung Galaxy 7 phones are furious that Samsung is stalling on making good on damages allegedly suffered. Hopefully someone else’s power play won’t disrupt your world.

Finally, Bob Dylan  isn’t the only 75-year old music legend making headlines. David Crosby has a new album out and it’s lovely to hear. A quick glance at his horoscope and we immediately see that his me-me-me Aries Ascendant (suggesting a need to be seen as inspiring and pioneering) is about to receive its last hit from transiting Pluto, suggesting an empowering new perspective and presentation. We also note that his Ascendant and his Midheaven were under pressure from both Uranus and Pluto back in 2014, when he released his first solo album in 20 years. Coincidence or conspiracy? Check out this excerpt from an interview published in The Guardian (and linked above):

You’re 75. Does having one of the most productive streaks happen now opposed to decades ago mean more to you?

It means a lot. I’m not sure I fully understand why it happened.

Mr. Crosby, if you are reading this now, please get in touch with me and I will explain it to you. If anyone who knows Mr. Crosby happens to be reading this, please forward it to him.

Astrology is amazing. What’s going on in your horoscope?


Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday & Thursday 6/29-30/2016: This Space Intentionally Left Blank

The dust of the start of a volatile week settles somewhat with the Moon’s ingress into Taurus at 6:03AM ET. A Taurus Moon seeks stability, comfort and security. It is often resistant to change, preferring to keep things “the way they ought to be,” whatever that means to a Moon in Taurus mind. A harmonious connection between the nurturing Cancer Sun and the sensual Taurus Moon at 8:29PM ET suggests a easy flow of matters “touchy-feely.”  Taking pleasure in creature comforts — with gratitude — would be an apt part of this day. And now I’m laughing because a discussion has just popped up on my Facebook feed about the expression “you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.” Synchronicity!

Meanwhile, thoughts and communication related to emotional/family/homeland security are likely to be prominent, as Mercury enters Cancer. Regular readers of this forecast will recall that planets at very beginning of Aries, Cancer, Capricorn and Libra need prominence. Also prominent today — but for other reasons — is Mars, planet of men, action and aggression. Mars is pulling greater focus because it is at a dead stop (from our perspective on Earth), about to turn direct at 7:38PM ET. Planets pull focus when they change direction.  If you were born around the 15th of November, August, May or February…or if you have a planet or angle around 22-24 Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius or Leo, you’re feeling the heat more than most in June and July.

Humming in the background is an approaching face-off between Venus (women, money, arts, social expression) and Pluto (resources, power, perspective, the murky depths), exact at 11:29PM ET. This adds another dose of emotional intensity to the mix, potentially clearing the air and changing perspective, but not without a power struggle.

Keep ego and outbursts in check, and you can have a productive THURSDAY, using the Taurus Moon’s consolidating energy to advance your plans for world domination. Be aware that the Moon goes void at 8:19PM ET on a face-off with Mars. The Moon-Mars pattern suggests tenacity or a stubborn clash of will, for better or for worse. The void suggests you roll with any flakes or twists, and CHILL over “crises” that may crop up. Moon enters Gemini at 7:44AM ET on FRIDAY…and I can’t believe that half the year is over.

And now, the news.

Speaking of the above Venus-Pluto face-off, the Washington Post reports:

There’s great news for women who dread that annual pelvic exam (i.e. basically everyone). On Tuesday, a panel made up of medical experts that advise the government said that there’s not enough evidence to support doing them for women who are healthy and not pregnant.

It could be great news. Although right now, these annual exams are covered in all insurance policies as being medically necessary. Will women get a big break on their insurance premiums if it is decided that they must now pay out-of-pocket going forward? Women, resources, perspective. Venus-Pluto. Is less really more?

Mars at a standstill in Scorpio, ruthless and effective — in an uncomfortable relationship with sudden, erratic Uranus. Moon in rambunctious Aries, meeting up with Uranus and discordant Eris on Tuesday. We could see the potential for destruction in the headlines, starting with the suicide bombing at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. Then there’s the story of former Colts running back  Zurlon Tipton accidentally shooting himself  at a car dealership.   Athletes, guns, accidents and cars — how much more Mars-Uranus can you get? Mr. Tipton did not survive.

Adding Venus-Pluto and a prominent Mercury (language, communication) to the mix we have  “The Marines Just Took ‘Man’ Out of 19 Job Titles, and People are Losing Their Minds.”   Add Saturn in Sagittarius’s need to control opinions, comedic and otherwise, and we have another ex-football player, Paul Gascoigne,  standing trial in the UK for allegedly making a racist joke at a…comedy show.

Earlier this week we were talking about the astrological symbolism of Eris and its current tension between Mars and Uranus:

…Eris, named for the Goddess of Discord, discussed in the April 2016 New Moon forecast. In the language of astrology, one manifestation of Eris would be outrage expressed by those who do not feel they have a place at the table. It would be the “have-nots” rising up against the perceived “haves.”  Eris will be in a tight meet-up — a conjunction — with rebel Uranus into 2017.

Today’s NYT has an op-ed by Bernie Sanders, whose Virgo Sun was graced by expansive Jupiter for the third and final time on June 18th. An op-ed published in the NYT is pretty expansive, don’t you think? When Senator Sanders announced his campaign last year, the strong potential for his social expression and action to heat up this summer (and into 2017) was noted. Last year, I was thinking of transiting Uranus supercharging his 22 degree Venus in Libra and 23 degree Mars Rx in Aries. With Eris involved, we can better understand why the Senator is so focused now on expressing outrage over income equality in the world. While he has vowed to vote for Hillary Clinton in November in order to defeat Whatshisname (thank you, peace-keeping Venus in Libra), he has not endorsed her yet.  He is not going to shut up about the wealthiest 62 people in the world having more wealth than half of the world’s population, etc., etc.

Meanwhile, transiting Jupiter (enthusiasm, bloviation, publishing) conjunct Trey Gowdy’s Mercury retrograde at 17 Virgo (“what I think in exacting detail, except for my double agenda”) has coincided with the release of the Absolutely Final Benghazi Report, an 800 page document that cost $7 million to produce.  The report has produced not much of interest, if you read the New York Times, or, if you read the Washington Times:

“There is new information on what happened in Benghazi, and that information should fundamentally change the way you view what happened in Benghazi. And there are recommendations made to make sure it does not happen again,” said Mr. Gowdy, pleading with Americans to read the full report and draw their own conclusions.

Mr. Gowdy then produced another 800 page report with recommendations to make sure that the daily toll of 27 Americans who are killed in gun homicides never happens again, either. All of the pages were blank.

OK, I made that up about Mr. Gowdy producing a second report.  But the “daily toll” stat is true.

In Mrs. Clinton’s horoscope on June 27th, we see a fast-moving, yet significant planetary pattern between the Sun and Moon, suggesting the potential for “seeing the light.”

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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 6/17/2016 & the Weekend: Anarchy in the UK Edition


Moon in Scorpio goes void at 9:52AM ET on a provocative meet-up with Mars. Back away from that double espresso and chill. Take care of routine matters; roll with the twists and flakes that may interfere with your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Delay signing on the bottom line; avoid the malls; wrap up the day early if you can.

At 3:39PM ET Venus enters Cancer, facilitating efforts at beautification and nurturing until July 11th. At 11:23PM ET the boundary-dissolving, reality-bending square between Saturn in Sagittarius (structure, control, borders, foreigners, opinions, media, etc.) and Neptune in Pisces (intangibles, opiates, refugees and other keywords noted in prior forecasts) will finally be exact.  File any “oh what’s the use?” feelings you may have in the folder labelled “Saturn vs. Neptune.” If you were born about halfway through Pisces, Gemini, Sagittarius or Virgo, you are more personally affected. A consultation with your local astrologer would be productive.

Relief shows up around 9:34PM ET, when the void ends and the Moon enters high-flying Sagittarius. Up for a gambol or a gamble this weekend? How can you broaden your mind, expand your horizons and/or push boundaries in a way that is constructive?

On Saturday, note your mood around 9PM ET, as the Moon makes contact with that Saturn-Neptune square.  Emotions are on the rise, one way or the other, as the Moon waxes to its fullness in Sagittarius Monday at 7:02AM ET. This Full Moon has an especially trippy potential, felt a few days beforehand, perhaps recalling whatever was on your plate at the beginning of the month. The trippiness is reflected by Mercury — planet of mindset and communication — as it makes exact contact with Saturn and Neptune on Monday at 10:56AM ET and 1:11 PM ET, respectively. Mercury-Saturn contacts suggest a need for serious focus and controls. Downside: potential depression. Mercury-Neptune contacts suggest a need for creativity and vision. Downside: potential illusion/delusion. We’ll see a mix of all potentials in the headlines, I’m sure.

Exact patterns are light on Sunday, and the Sag Moon favors a round of golf or romp in nature.  Be aware of the potentially wiggy Mercury-Saturn-Neptune thing and have a happy Fathers’ Day.

And now, the news.

Here’s the song by the Sex Pistols. And here’s the story behind it.

First, from yet another pit of Saturn-Neptune despair (provoked by retrograde Mars running wild), comes the senseless killing of British MP Jo Cox . I can’t possibly fathom a silver lining at this time.  Her assailant reportedly shouted “Britain first!” during the attack. This is a reference to Brexit, a referendum on whether Britain should stay in the European Union.   The vote happens on June 23rd. While columnists and editors at the NYT clearly feel an exit would be folly, what does Britain’s horoscope say?

Alas, under the influence of the ambition-killing Saturn-Neptune square, I can’t muster up the energy to look it up.  But off the top of my head, I do recall the Queen’s horoscope having the first of three transits of rebel Uranus to her Ascendant last month –and the third one won’t happen until next year.  In addition to reflecting her choice of a fabulous electric green birthday suit last week, Uranus-Ascendant patterns suggest a need for greater freedom and independence — often felt  in relationship, potentially leading to a break-up, move or other disruption of the status quo. Uranus transits can be surprising and often shocking. Uranus co-rules the Queen’s First House. The other co-ruler is Saturn, which rules her Capricorn Ascendant. The Ascendant refers to the way she — and by extension, Britain — needs to be seen by others.

You see, once upon a time, only kings and queens consulted with astrologers, as it was in the horoscope of the ruler that the fate of a nation could be divined. We shall see if this theory of synchronicity holds true in more modern times.

Let’s continue.

We also see transiting Mars conjunct — i.e., on top of —  the Queen’s Midheaven and Saturn.  Mars transits to the Midheaven suggest action — any form of assertive/aggressive energy, whether acted out or acted upon. This includes the potential for attacks and accidents — and I’d argue that the assassination of Labour MP Jo Cox reflects that potential for attack. Mars rules Her Majesty’s Second House, referring to matters of money, values and self worth.

We also see the Queen’s Venus at 13 Pisces in her natal Second House,  currently under pressure from transiting Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter and Mercury. Venus refers to enjoyment and money, among other concerns. Transiting Jupiter to Venus suggests a jolly (90th birthday) good time, but transiting Saturn to Venus can be experienced as isolating and streamlining, in financial as well as social arenas.

UPDATE (as of June 24th): On June 23rd,  UK voters elected to leave the European Union. The world is shocked. Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned. The British pound has plummeted. I took a closer look at the Queen’s horoscope and noted two important measurements coloring the first half of 2016, both of which were exact in May. One is a solar arc  between Saturn and Mars, referring to the Queen’s/Britain’s identity and self-worth/assets. Astrologer Noel Tyl describes the potential as follows:

Putting a damper on things; ups and downs; indecision; failing

The second solar arc involves Neptune and the Midheaven. Neptune co-rules the Queen’s Second House (along with Mars). Quoting Noel Tyl again, we see the potential for:

Accentuation of creativity on the job; disruption in the home life; being pushed around; feeling lost; “losing it.”

Let the record show that the Washington Post  offers this headline, “The British are frantically Googling ‘EU’ Hours After Voting to Leave It.”  Losing it, perhaps? Said one British voter:

“Even though I voted to leave, this morning I woke up and I just — the reality did actually hit me,” one woman told the news channel ITV News. “If I’d had the opportunity to vote again, it would be to stay.”

Coincidence or conspiracy? God Save the Queen!

UPDATE: Bernie Sanders, who will have the third hit of expansive Jupiter to his Virgo Sun on Saturday, did not end his campaign yesterday. However, he did vow to work together with Hillary Clinton to defeat what’s-his-face.  Planetary patterns in his chart for the rest of the summer and into fall suggest a need for a zealous application of emotional energy. At the end of the year we see a Sun-Uranus measurement suggesting greater freedom and independence. Talk of him establishing a third political party does not seem unreasonable, especially as he will continue to experience transiting Uranus to Mars and Venus into 2017 as well. Translation: walking his talk, generating an intense buzz.

Best Saturn (control) -Neptune (drugs) proposal I’ve read all day: Congresswoman Gwen Moore is sick of poor people being stigmatized. She’s proposing that anyone who itemizes more than $150,000 in tax deductions must submit to a drug test in order to claim the tax break.

Finally, a bit of delight from NPR for people who believe the world would be a much happier place if “please” and “thank you” were used more often.

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