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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 7/25/2011

Monday morning begins as last Friday ended: with Moon void-of-course, suggesting that whatever crisis crops up during that time may well be “sound and fury, signifying nothing”. Keep that in mind should some drama — or news thereof — cross your desk. Alternatively, you may find your work week getting off to a slower start than usual — with no consequences at all for missing meetings or being stuck in rush hour traffic. The void is between 9:12AM and 12:34PM ET. (Recall that last Friday EOD, talks to raise the debt ceiling ground to halt with separate press conferences held by an annoyed Barack Obama and a recalcitrant John Boehner. And much saber-rattling was had by all).

After the void, Moon enters chatty Gemini, which frankly, should lighten the news wires. It may get a bit fuzzy in the hours before and after 1:05PM, courtesy of a challenge to Moon from nebulous Neptune, but it may also get you on track for a day ripe with creative potential. Aspects in the later part of the day suggest balance and innovation.

Gone are last week’s obsessive-compulsive aspects from ruthless Pluto to Venus and Mars, which suggested, on the downside, a trigger for emotional overkill and/or brute force bubbling up — or exploding — from the underground. Mars (energy applied) – Pluto (transformation) combinations, when expressed negatively (and remember PEOPLE decide how to apply the energy of the planetary patterns) can result in a number of “if it bleeds, it leads” headlines, as we saw in Friday and Saturday’s shooting rampages in Norway  and Texas http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2015720135_skateshooting25.html  Add the sad passing of Amy Winehouse to the category of “emotional overkill”. Humming in the background of these disturbing events is that Big T-Square Party among the heavies: Saturn (control), Uranus (shock to the system) and Pluto (resistance is futile).
What good can come of this intensity? Game-changing events involving resources and energy, including sexual energy. How about scientific advances on a male birth control pill http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/health/research/24contraception.html?scp=1&sq=male%20birth%20control&st=cse? Or a study that concludes that it would be good for the public health if insurance companies were required to cover contraceptives (I am sure they’ll have no trouble passing that one if birth control pills for men ever hit the market) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/health/policy/20health.html?scp=1&sq=insurance%20converage%20for%20contraception&st=cse

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday & Saturday 7/1-2 2011: New Moon in Cancer

We are waking up in the aftermath of an especially potent New Moon/solar eclipse at 10 degrees of Cancer, exact at 4:54AM ET. This is the third eclipse we’ve had within a month; please refer to the June 1st and June 15th forecast for helpful analogies involving baby ducks, traffic cops and Important Films explaining why eclipses are significant (www.graceastrology.com)  In a nutshell, eclipses interrupt the usual flow, creating bottlenecks of energy which are later released. The stoppage creates opportunity, especially during a New Moon, for something new to emerge.

For the past two weeks I’ve been writing about the suggested manifestation of the life-giving Sun, now in the early days of Cancer, connecting with the Big T-Square Party among the heavies (ruthless Pluto, disruptive Uranus and controlling Saturn). Now we add the New Moon to the pattern. Picture the Sun and Moon at one corner of a square, opposing Pluto at the opposite corner. Opposing each other in the remaining two corners of the square are Uranus and Saturn. If you can’t wrap your head around the image of a square, imagine the pattern as a cross, which is the technical terms for it: a Grand Cross. This pattern holds tremendous tension and potential for development, especially since the planets involved are in the proactive signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn (technical term for these signs: Cardinal). These signs NEED to start something NEW, by which it therefore follows that whatever is new will replace whatever is old. And therein lies the crisis: because old structures and forms sometimes won’t give up without a fight. Nobody wants to die (or have their cherished forms torn down).

Power, resources, energy, infrastructure, government (especially of the patriarchal kind). Banks, currency and taxes. Systems that are corrupt or decaying  — exposed. Ripe for change! We live in interesting times.Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn folks born three to ten days into their respective signs will likely be feeling this configuration the most. If you have a planet at 3-10 degrees of those cardinal signs, especially Moon, Ascendant or Midheaven, you are also likely experiencing an impetus to replace an old structure with something new.

saThe Sabian Symbol for the New Moon of 10 degrees of Cancer is “a diamond in the rough.” Consider the areas of your life related to Cancer: emotional security, homeland security, financial security, nourishment, motherhood, America and apple pie. This is an area of your life that is up for refinement (cutting away at that diamond). What do you need to feel more (emotionally) secure? If big structural systems are in crisis (and they are!), consider what you can create in your own home — in your own family — so that you can “keep calm and carry on” throughout it all. Embrace the concept of necessary change. This is a month for action.
Moon is void of course all day today …until 5PM ET on SATURDAY. Chill, meditate, take care of the routine — don’t fret about starting anything new — just go with the flow.

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 6/27/2011

When rebel Uranus and proactive Mars hook up, as they do early this AM, innovation rules the day. Watch the headlines for technological breakthroughs. In your own personal world, think different. Explore a new approach to an old problem — without whining about it. Make the change!

Moon goes void in patient and/or stubborn Taurus at 12:24PM ET, not to enter Gemini until 3:56AM. New Yorkers, you’ve got the morning to get it off your desk; Angelenos, yours could be a total day of rest, brainstorming and likely twists in your efforts to move in a straight line. Given the Moon void’s tendency to make mountains out of molehills, you are advised to do your darnedest to refrain from engaging in petty power plays and confrontations suggested by ruthless Pluto’s opposition to the Sun at 1:18AM Tuesday ET. There will be likely be plenty of legitimate serious stuff more worthy of your time and focus.

Here’s a reprint of portions of Friday’s forecast, noting the dominant pattern of the week, with a few correlating headlines hitting the papers so far:

The Big T-Square Party among the heavies (Pluto, Saturn and Uranus) likely makes its influence felt even more than it already has through next week. A lengthy post about this key planetary pattern was first published here around July 21st of last year – you can find it on my website) Sunday at 6:14AM erratic rebel Uranus in devil-may-care Aries squares the emotional security-needing Sun in Cancer.  A declaration of independence, a seismic jolt or other status quo disruption will likely be felt in a big way beforehand.  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/nyregion/a-sense-of-euphoria-settles-on-the-west-village.html?scp=9&sq=gay%20marriage%20new%20york&st=cse

Ruthless Pluto opposes Sun just after midnight on Tuesday, adding intrigue, exposed corruption, power plays and news from underground (radiation, mines, oil, to name a few examples). http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/us/26gas.html?pagewanted=3&_r=1&hp  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/world/americas/26mine.html?hp  Controlling, patriarchal wet blanket Saturn squares the Sun next Saturday, the day after yet another eclipse. Who’s going to be feeling it the most? Those born on the 25th of March, June, September and December — give or take a day or two.  Also those having a point or planet at 4-5 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 6/1/2011: New Moon in Gemini w/Solar Eclipse

Fits and starts. This day likely began with a serious focus of intention and ideas, even on a dead Moon in Gemini. An innovative connection between rebel Uranus and that Moon got you out of bed this morning, and a stabilizing connection between disciplined Saturn in the cooperative sign of Libra and the Sun in Gemini (mind, information, communication) quickly followed. And yet…
The dark side of the Moon, the time before the New Moon begins can feel restless, listless. Something new is coming — but what? From a courthouse in Queens, a lawyer friend just called to say she is waiting, waiting, waiting to find out if a judge will show up so she can begin a trial. What might you be waiting for?

At 5:03PM EDT the New Moon arrives at 11 degrees of Gemini, along with a solar eclipse, the first of three eclipses we’ll experience between now and July 1st. 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 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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Make_Way_for_Ducklings

Bottlenecks can buy you time. Think of that next time you’re stuck in traffic, even if you’re running late for an appointment. Since you can’t control the jam, you might as well do something productive with it. As I’ve been saying for years, “you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be.” And, yes, it would be lovely to think that Oprah Winfrey read that quote on my facebook page when she said exactly the same thing to viewers on her final show last Wednesday.

In Gemini, the New Moon suggests a focus on ideas, mindsets, communication, information. An interruption in the normal traffic flow of ideas allows for the birth of some new way of thinking. With the New Moon in a supportive connection to Saturn in the cooperative sign of Libra, the suggestion is that the new ideas that will be most effective are those which consider what is fair and just for all concerned. Easy to apply in your own personal world, but in the bigger scheme of things, will our fearless leaders take this to heart in their thought processes? More on that in a minute.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “A topsy saucily asserting herself.” A topsy, as we learn from Blain Bovee’s marvelous book on Sabian Symbols, is a fictional character — a black slave child — in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Speaking truth to power, anyone? Any more French women want to step forward with stories of sexism and abuse? http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/22/dominique-strauss-kahn-arrest-dormant-anger-france-women Oh look, here’s a story that hit the New York Times 20 minutes ago: French Socialists May Expel Member Speaking Out on Strauss-Kahn http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/02/world/europe/02france.html

This New Moon cycle affords the opportunity to bring forth some pretty radical ideas. And not just about women, but any group or individual that no longer wishes to feel oppressed. Bovee notes of being on the lookout for “an awareness of experiences that defy one’s version of reality.” So we can expect that those whose do dare to speak their truth may be challenged by those who prefer to live in denial, with each party possibly accusing the other of being nuts.

The personal planets in the New Moon chart: Mercury, Venus and Mars are all in Taurus, suggesting a need to focus on preserving stability, especially of a material kind. What radical new ideas will you come up with for doing that? There may be more than a bit of magical thinking in need of a reality check (see previous paragraph), suggested by a challenge to Mercury (mind) from nebulous Neptune. This is one reason why I opened this forecast with the words, “fits and starts”. Patience and steady persistence this month, as you work the bugs out of your New Moon agenda, will come in handy.

Humming in the background of the New Moon chart is a pattern that was active — and gained much attention a year ago. Regular readers of this forecast will remember posts about the Big T-Square Party among the heavies: ruthless Pluto in Capricorn, sign of the Establishment challenged by Uranus, which turns order into chaos…which is turn opposing controlling Saturn…which is turn challenging Pluto. Imagine each planet at each point of a T-Square and you get the picture. It is a pattern that holds a lot of tension. The theme is the need for change and the resistance to change.

Saturn opposing Uranus is polarizing. It’s old guard vs. avant garde, and we’ve been experiencing this pattern off and on since November of 2008. That’s when we faced a choice between allegedly old guard John McCain and allegedly avant garde Barack Obama.  When Saturn moves out of this T-Square configuration this fall, leaving Uranus and Pluto to challenge each other seven times over the following three years,  it is possible that efforts to maintain necessary control will give way to necessary upheaval. Next summer could be very interesting.

For now, be bold in your New Moon meditation and wish list. Think different. Be persistent and patient in your actions to support your material goals. And if at first you don’t succeed, fry, fry a hen.

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 10/21/2010

Oh, that bewildering Neptune. And that witchy bitchy Venus retrograde in Scorpio dredging up the dreck in relationships — past and present! How else to explain Mrs. Clarence Thomas’s phone call to Professor Anita Hill on Oct 9th asking her to apologize to her husband, the alleged sexual harasser and current Supreme Court Justice. Quick glance at Mrs Thomas’s chart: immediately we see she may be prone to idealism (Sun in Pisces, ruled by Neptune, trine to Neptune), with likely obsessive tendencies resulting from stressful connections between aggressive Mars and delusional Neptune, and mental Mercury and ruthless Pluto (“sexuality, illusion, fantasy and deceit can be played out; may be driven to focus on the unknown, unconscious or subconscious; can be cunning persuasive and manipulative through use of communication and information”). Mrs. Thomas was driven (check her transits) to place a phone call to Professor Hill on a day marked by a stressful contact between Mercury (mind) and expansive Jupiter —  “grandiose thinking; opinionation and bias; driven by belief systems, religious concepts, philosophical ideology; idealism” — and Venus (women) had just gone retrograde EXACTLY on her husband’s Midheaven, which represents his public career status! Yes, nebulous Neptune is currently “hot” in all three charts: the Thomases and Professor Hill — and in the case of Clarence Thomas, we see his Sun (life force), Venus (women, social expression) and Mercury (mind) all under pressure from the Big T-Square Party, especially ruthless Pluto.  Fellow astrologers — birth data for all three posted below; we could talk for hours about these charts. Dear civilians, I’ll now move on to the moment you’ve been waiting for:

Moon is still in impulsive, start-it-yesterday Aries, inspiring you to push ahead. And push ahead you must, while the Moon is still waxing full. Note a possible clash between boundless enthusiasm and a lump of coal in the early part of the day — work through it, if you must. Note also that we are not out of the weirdness zone yet: Friday we’ll have a Full Moon and nebulous Neptune challenging aggressive Mars. Be mindful of what you put in your system over the next couple of days as your sensitivity to toxins may be higher than usual. This includes people selling snake oil. On the plus side — a charismatic performance might be within reach if it comes from an authentic source.

BIRTH DATA: Mrs. Clarence Thomas Feb 23, 1957, time unknown, likely Omaha, NE; Mr. Clarence Thomas Jun 23 1948, 9PM Pin Point, GA; Professor Anita Hill Jul 30, 1956, time unknown, Tulsa, OK  — acknowledging Ricki Reeves, author of THE QUINDECILE — all quotes above from her superb astrological text on a little-known, but extremely potent aspect

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 10/12/2010

Courteney Cox Arquette and David Arquette announced their split after 11 years of marriage, and I know the question on everyone’s mind has been — “Wow! Could this split be directly related to Venus turning retrograde and torpedoing their relationship?” If only it were so simple. A quick glance at Courteney’s chart (working without a known birth time, so my observations are limited),  two measurements leap out: 1) nebulous Neptune opposing Mars, planet of action, which runs wild in the horoscope, suggesting “change of course of action due to dissatisfaction; going to where the grass seems greener; losing focus” (source: astrologer Noel Tyl); and 2) Courteney’s Venus, planet of love/social expression, under extreme pressure from the heavies in the Big T-Square Party (see 7/27/2010 for details on Big T-Square Party) — all of this action has been in effect for a year. In David’s chart we see nebulous Neptune opposing Mercury (mind) and Jupiter-Neptune (Big Picture thinking; his need for reward), suggesting that his already active imagination is likely working overtime.  so bottom line, the only Venus retrograde that likely catalyzed this split is the retrograde Venus in Courteney’s own horoscope (very challenging position); the restless tension, bewilderment — perhaps feeling that there is something else better “out there” likely going on all year long.

Meanwhile, what’s up with this wacky weather? Thunder and lightning and HAIL in NYC as I type! Chalk this up to the third in a row of — get ready to learn a new astrological term — SUPER MOONS. A Super Moon is a New or Full Moon that occurs when the Moon is 90% or greater of its mean closest approach to Earth — the term was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle a few decades ago (so he says — no reason to believe otherwise) — and experience has shown that these New and/or Full Moons coincide with stronger tides, leading to heavy storms and other weather extremes. I’ve been reading his research for over a year now — and he’s been remarkably accurate about this phenomenon, calling the 11th-13th and the 18th-26th of this month as time spans of potential heavy weather action — so now I am sharing it with you.  August and September were also Super Moons; the next one happens in February 2011 — with likely serious winter weather.

For today, the first day back to work for East Coasters — we’ve got Moon (emotional response) in high flying Sagittarius, tossed around in the late afternoon by expansive Jupiter (4:15PM NY) and erratic Uranus (8:07PM NY). Could be some big ideas making a pitch — or an unsettling emotional encounter. Moon goes void at 8:07PM NY — take the evening off and relax.

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 10/08/2010

Here on the East Coast, we’re looking at a holiday weekend — any chance of making an early escape? The Moon is void of course from 9:38AM – 3:52PM — suggesting a day of letting things take care of themselves instead of rushing around trying to make things happen. Angelenos have until 1PM to let things settle while mulling over whatever heavy news or communication that came in overnight or early this AM  — East Coasters, if you didn’t escape early, you’ll be mulling it over, too.

The “heavy” is a hook-up between Mercury (mind, travel, transportation, communication) and restrictive Saturn at 7:35AM NY — you may recall that last week I anticipated jarring headlines as the Messenger Planet made contact with the Big T-Square Party this week, yes? This Mercury-Saturn connection is the last of it.  An example of a jarring headline: NJ Gov. Chris Christie’s abrupt decision yesterday to halt the construction of a tunnel linking NJ and NYC because NJ allegedly can not afford it. Two decades of planning and billions of dollars allocated — and then — sorry — the piggy bank is empty. Sign of the times (and the planetary patterns).

But wait — there’s more! Venus, the ruling planet of Libra and Taurus turned retrograde at 3:06AM NY — and it will stay retrograde until  November 18th. Keywords for Venus include: love, money, values, beauty and women — issues related to all of these are now up for review. Venus is also charm, appreciation and social graces — and it’s fascinating how quickly these qualities fly out the window during Venus retrograde. Therefore, be especially mindful of your interactions with others — you may find yourself forgetting words like “please” and “thank you” — and you won’t be alone.  You may also be unwilling to compromise or consider your partner’s point of view. Venus retrograde can be quite a bitch, especially in Scorpio. But now that you understand the pattern, you can consciously choose not to (over) react to it, right?

Money concerns may also come up; questions about what you are really worth may arise — as if we need any more of that in this economy. If money is not your concern, still be advised that the general rule is not to purchase items of art, beauty or luxury during this time; our sense of aesthetics is often “off”.  What you meet and fall in love with this week may not seem so attractive in two months — and that applies to people, too.

So what’s the up side of this potentially witchy, bitchy Venus? By getting in touch with our baser instincts, we have an opportunity for clarity in our existing relationships. Those that are based on fluff are not likely to stand; do you really need that dead wood in your life? And speaking of baser instincts, political debates are likely to become even more heated and barbed as we head towards Election Day. If you don’t know which candidates are nasty or nice, you will soon enough…

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 10/1/2010 and the Weekend

Get it done today — don’t leave it until Monday, especially if you’re on the East Coast. Monday the Moon will be void-of-course between 9:53AM and 4PM NY time; Angelenos can expect the work week won’t get into gear until after 1PM. And after this week’s heavy influence from Saturn the taskmaster, odds are good you’ve got a hefty to-do list on your desk this morning. So have at it, with a big dose of optimism likely provided by a face-off between Mercury (mind, communication) and expansive Jupiter. Some of the ideas and opinions expressed today may be downright outrageous.

Speaking of Mercury, it makes contact with the Big T-Square Party among the heavies beginning today with the aforementioned face-off against Jupiter at 6:36PM NY tonight, brilliant but Uranus tomorrow at 10:24AM, ruthless investigator Pluto on Tuesday and controlling Saturn next Friday. During this time span communications and travel may be erratic or otherwise jarring — in possibly productive ways such as technological breakthroughs and corruption exposed. On the down side, I’m anticipating a lot of spin in the headlines — likely over highly charged words that can’t be taken back. On a personal level, though your insights may be absolutely right, think it through before you open your mouth or hit “send” — your audience might not be ready to hear it.

Fortunately this is a weekend where you may not need to say much at all. The Moon will be in dramatic, playful Leo as of 2:21 PM NY (shoppers note the void from 11:21PM – 2:21PM NY – resist the urge to splurge at that time). Your urge to indulge in pleasures that are not material can be richly rewarding, thanks to a sexy, steamy hook-up between loving Venus and assertive Mars in Scorpio at 5:59PM NY. Find a partner and play — and if you don’t have a partner, get in touch with your inner child and create something of depth and substance.

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 9/30/2010

Considering how to express the potential manifestations of this likely pro-active day, I couldn’t help but notice an odd synchronicity: it’s Fran Drescher’s birthday — and it’s possible that some portions of this day may feel like the sound of her voice ; )

A Moon void between 6:36 – 9:46AM NY may get the East Coast off to a loopy start…and as the day progresses, efforts to establish emotional security (the Moon will be in Cancer), may be thwarted by sudden limitation (the possible down side)…or bolstered by plans that begin to take solid form (the possible up side). This serious tone will likely show up in relationships: you’re either coming together with a sense of strong purpose or cutting your losses– with both scenarios likely in the headlines. (Exhibit A: Meg Whitman’s quest to become the next governor of California is blindsided by a former (undocumented) maid; yes, Whitman’s chart is directly affected by the Big T-Square Party and nebulous Neptune, too).

If you’re on the chilly side of the reception line this evening, do your best to surround yourself with the comforts of home. An optimistic outlook is likely to return just in time for the weekend as we begin moving closer to a second hook up between loving Venus and randy Mars — in passionate Scorpio, no less — on October 3rd. That can be very, very good.

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 9/22/2010

Today marks the last day of summer — the Sun is at the end of Virgo and will move into Libra at 11:09 PM NY tonight and then…happy Autumnal Equinox…a perfect balance between day and night.

The first day of each season is especially powerful. We are immediately alerted to the likelihood of change and the beginning of a new cycle. These days are prominent, noticed and in some cultures even celebrated. The astrological signs that mark the seasons are Aries (spring), Cancer (summer), Libra (fall) and Capricorn (winter). Thus if you are born on or near the first day of those signs, or you have a planet or ascendant within the first two degrees of those signs, you will likely have a drive to be noticed in whatever areas of your life that planet signifies. For example, William Shatner, whom I wrote about a few weeks ago, has really been making headlines this year. His Aries Sun is right at the beginning of the sign and that Sun is — or recently was — being transited by Pluto, Saturn, Uranus and Jupiter (all in the current Big T-Square Party) at the beginning of Capricorn, Libra and Aries, respectively. This man can’t help but be noticed, especially now!

Libra is a airy, mental sign, generally concerned with relationships, social graces and with promoting fairness, justice and 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. 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 — and yes, points in his chart are being triggered by that Big T-Square Party right now, pushing him back into the headlines, along with a heavy mantel of gravitas courtesy of an authoritative, tell-it-like-it-is Saturn transit about to hit Carter’s Libra Sun.

About today: with the Sun at the beginning of Libra, it is joining the current Big T-Square Party (see forecast for 7/27 if you don’t know what that is). Thus we can expect a lot of activity — especially pro-activity. Be mindful of the potential for overloads and short circuits in your system, including your technology. Keep your grounding cord down and move forward. Note we are warming up for a particularly active Full Moon early tomorrow AM — watch this space for details — and watch the headlines for grand statements on social policy over the next few days — fairness, justice and balance in relationships.