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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 10/28/2016 & the Weekend: Mars Square Uranus and Reckless Weiners; New Moon in Scorpio; the Peasants are Revolting


Exuberant. Social. Structured.  Focused on balance and integrity in relationship. There’s your first half of the day, driven by the Moon in people-pleasing Libra. What’s that humming in the background? A volatile and revolutionary charge between Mars (action) and Uranus (surprise!), exact just after midnight. This amplifies the potential for power plays and other startling revelations, suggested by the Moon’s weekly clash between Pluto (4:11PM ET today) and Uranus (5:46AM ET AM on SATURDAY).

Moon goes void at 6:09AM ET Saturday, on a clash with assertive Mars. All together, these patterns suggest potential for assertion and disruption to make headlines, for better or for worse. Be mindful on the roads and around others, as those whose horoscopes are personally affected may be explosive under pressure. Saturday’s Moon void will last until 10:01PM ET. It’s a dead Moon — the last day of the lunar cycle, so the natives may be listless or restless, wondering how to channel the electric buzz of Mars-Uranus-Pluto. This is not a day for shopping, as Moon voids suggest strong potential that what you buy will not prove satisfying.

At 8:45PM ET, Venus (women, money, social expression) meets up with Saturn, demanding an opinionated reality check.   “How A Fed-Up  Group of Good Girls (in the Newsroom) Beat the Mad Men Era Sexists,” reads this perfectly-timed headline. It’s also a perfect time to share a recent discovery:  Buy Up Index is an app developed by women that “allows you to make purchasing decisions based on a company’s commitment to gender equality.” Can’t decide between Coke and Pepsi? If the way a company treats women matters to you, Coke scores higher. I found that surprising, given that Pepsi has a woman CEO. According to Buy Up, Estee Lauder beats Elizabeth Arden. McDonald’s beats Burger King. Use it to make purchases when the Moon is not void.

Once the Moon enters Scorpio on Saturday night, it drives the next few days with a need for emotional depth, substance and control. It meets up with the Scorpio Sun at 1:38PM ET — otherwise known as the New Moon in Scorpio. This is the time to light a candle, make a list and set your intentions anew. You are more personally affected by this New Moon if you have a planet or angle around 7 degrees of Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius and Leo; however, wherever 7 degrees of Scorpio falls in your horoscope is where you can expect a focal point of development. If you don’t know where 7 Scorpio is in your horoscope, consider ordering an Astro-Basics Report here. For this week only,  I will include a paragraph or so of personal observations on how this New Moon is likely to affect you.

In the chart for the New Moon — set in Washington DC —  we see an obsessive-compulsive relationship between the Sun-Moon and rebel Uranus. Shaking things up for its own sake, inspired by the visionary and/or healing potential of the Sun-Moon and Mercury in harmony with Neptune? That would be the upside; the downside would be the Neptune symbol manifesting as blind faith or delusion. A humanitarian, all-inclusive attraction to the unconventional is suggested by a harmonious alignment between Venus (women) and Uranus.  Meanwhile, macho Mars festers in the area of the chart which refers to the self-undoing and unconscious. A 12th house Mars suggests repressed anger, and its last point of contact was a disruptive one with Uranus.

I set the New Moon chart in DC because that location suggests potential for the whole nation. What seeds are being collectively planted in this cycle which includes Election Day?  I am intrigued by the relationship between Jupiter and Saturn. In astrology, Jupiter refers to the Republican Party; Saturn refers to the Democratic. In this New Moon chart, the two look as if they will be in a cooperative relationship (an exact sextile): Jupiter is at 10 Libra; Saturn is at 14 Sagittarius. But instead, Jupiter first makes a square to Pluto (currently at 15 Capricorn), the first of three exact squares suggesting a burst of action/expansion/destruction involving matters of power and resources. The cooperative connection hovers closerthanthis until the end of January, but it doesn’t become exact. Then Jupiter turns retrograde and moves away from Saturn, just after Hillary Clinton takes the Inaugural Oath. The second square between Jupiter and Pluto happens on March 30th, just before Speaker Paul Ryan’s horoscope will be jolted for the second time since July 2016 by Uranus. The third Jupiter-Pluto square happens in early August. What will have happened to the Republican Party by then?  Only after the August 21st total solar eclipse do we finally see the exact sextile between Jupiter and Saturn — at 21 Libra on August 27th. Speaker Ryan’s horoscope gets its third Uranus hit in December 2017, just in time for transiting Saturn to enter Capricorn at the Aries Point and challenge his high-functioning Aries Mars.  It will be interesting to refer back to this long wandering paragraph when tracking events between now and the end of 2017. Not only will Jupiter square Pluto, it will also oppose Uranus — three times.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is “the moon shining on a lake.” Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee suggests we see this as a symbol of “guile regarding forgotten or wasted treasure.” How curious! The moon shining on a lake is “a reflection of a reflection” (the light shining from the moon is actually from the sun), says Bovee, beckoning “like an insubstantial bridge across the water.” That’s deep. Bovee’s description of this Symbol is rich with imagery — I recommend you get his book — and pay close attention to his description of this Symbol’s opposite: “a sleigh without snow.” Bovee believes these Symbols work in pairs. Meanwhile, we are advised to apply these Symbols “with a mind to the clever guile to slip around an issue; to retrieve a lost matter; to maintain a sense of stability until the season favorably turns…reflections of the truth; being ahead of one’s time; ahead of the law; clever delays and diversions; smoothing over frictions; a moonshine state of mind.”

And now, the news.

Disruptive stories some people would rather not talk about are often dumped on a Friday afternoon. With respect to this never-ending U.S. election, one last disruption was anticipated this weekend in a prior forecast — and here it is: the FBI announced it is investigating new emails in its never-ending investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server. The source? Oh — wait for it — Mars-Uranus reckless male sexual action personified: the electronic devices seized from  Anthony Weiner’s home after he was found to be sending sexts to a 15-year-old girl. Mr. Weiner is separated from Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton’s closet aides.  It should come as no surprise that Hillary Clinton has a transit pattern similar to what Donald Trump had when the infamous Access Hollywood tape came to light; though in Trump’s case, the pattern was much more personal. Generally speaking, consider this headline today’s Moon square Pluto power play, as predicted.

UPDATE:  It is now being reported that the FBI has not said it was “reopening its investigation of Hillary Clinton.” Those words allegedly came from Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and then repeated by Speaker Ryan. Rep. Chaffetz made headlines yesterday when he flip-flopped on his earlier denouncement of HRC’s opponent. Reckless weiners, all of them — in sync with planetary patterns.

Erratic…accidents…aviation. All themes of Mars square Uranus. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has cursed out President Obama and Pope Francis, was reportedly told by God that unless he gave up swearing, his plane would crash. No word on what God had to say about President Duterte’s understanding of the First Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” Duterte is credited with the killings of about 2000 Filipinos since being elected to office.

More rebel warriors in the news: the seven “armed anti-government protesters” who occupied the Oregon Wildlife Refuge some months ago were acquitted by a jury. Meanwhile, over 100 protesters supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation against a proposed oil pipeline which threatens local water supplies…were arrested…on private land. Let’s see where this story is on November 24th, the first Jupiter-Pluto square.

We could go on in this vein forever. Let’s end on an up note. The US economy, no doubt boosted by transiting Jupiter’s expansive hits to the US Jupiter and Venus, grew at its fastest rate in two years in the 3rd quarter, reports the US Department of Commerce.

Have a great weekend. No sleeping in on Monday.

P.S. Mars-Uranus contacts suggest seismic activity — reflected this week by quakes in Italy




Astro-logical Forecast for Saturday & Sunday 8/9-10/2014: Full Moon in Aquarius

You may find more than the usual share of chores on your plate this Saturday, once the Moon is fully engaged in Aquarius as of 9:52AM ET. A heavy challenge between taskmaster Saturn and the Leo Sun at 11:11AM ET suggests a need to take care of business, even on a summer weekend. You may feel this weight more personally if you have a planet or point around 15-19 degrees of Leo, Taurus, Scorpio or Aquarius…or if you were born around the 9th of August, November, February or May.

With the Moon waxing to its fullness on Sunday at 2:09PM ET, emotions may also be building to a release. Saturday around 6:24PM ET suggests grand feelings and indulgence, following by a clash of stubborn will around 10:51PM ET or some other expression of a fighting spirit. Pay attention on the roads.

On Sunday, the serious focus of today’s Sun-Saturn challenge is echoed by tension between Saturn and the Moon, exact at 12:32PM ET. After the Full Moon is exact, the only other aspect of the day is a face-off between the Moon and mental Mercury at 6:12PM ET, leaving us with plenty to think and talk about for the next 14 hours when the Moon is void of course. That’s your chill time — until 8:55 AM ET on Monday, when the Moon will be fully engaged in the next sign, Pisces — and ready to start the work week.

This Full Moon is a Super Moon — and here is an article written by a meteorologist that explains what the astrological term “Super Moon” suggests from his point of view. It seems to have been posted today, during a potential “wet blanket” reflection of the weekend’s heavy Saturn patterns…and isn’t it interesting that the third line of the article begins, “I really don’t want to be the wet blanket at your moon party…”

The Leo Sun suggests creative self-expression; love and other matters of the heart. The Aquarius Moon suggests a need for a more cerebral approach — one that is less personal, more humanitarian. How to integrate these seemingly opposing forces is the potential illumination of this Full Moon. But with stern Saturn sitting right between the Sun and Moon in a T-Square formation, what is revealed will likely require dogged determination, ambition, focus and authority.

Also of note in this Full Moon chart: Mars, planet of action, will be at 8 degrees of Scorpio, opposing the solar eclipse we had at 8 Taurus on April 29th. You may remember that when Mars hit 25 Libra last month (the degree of the April 15th lunar eclipse), MH17 was shot down by Ukrainian rebels. When past eclipses are triggered by current transiting planets, we often see events reflecting an outburst of energy, for better or for worse.  If you have a planet or angle around 8 degrees of Taurus or Scorpio, you, too, may experience a burst of energy in your own personal world.

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 19 Leo is “a houseboat party”; the Symbol for the Moon at 19 Aquarius is “a forest fire quenched” (per Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee) or, as astrologer Dane Rudyhar describes it, “a forest fire is being subdued by the use of water, chemicals and sheer muscular energy” (I include this to show the enormous effort required to quench your average wildfire). What are we to make of these symbols?

Bovee observes that a houseboat is a place for social gatherings. It does not have a keel and is thus challenging to navigate in turbulent waters. “Forest,” he notes, is “derived from the word ‘foreign’ — meaning outside one’s own country; a forest fire is a wild, uncontrollable conflagration…imagine a flaming left-wing liberal finding himself at a conservative right-wing party on a houseboat. It’s a difficult situation calling for diplomacy and delicate matters so as not to rock the boat.” Yep, he really wrote that, and this book was published in 2004.

I find the Symbols of this Full Moon especially intriguing because the Sabian Symbol for Barack Obama’s Ascendant — suggesting the way he needs to be seen — is 19 Aquarius. This is an especially significant Full Moon for him, reinforcing other patterns of significance discussed in the last forecast. For the rest of us, Bovee advises us to apply the Symbols of this Full Moon “with a mind to the challenge of controlling the burning passions of belief in light social circumstances divided along party lines; stewarding combustible situations; keeping an even keel in potentially interesting times.” For more of Bovee’s insights on this and other Symbols, consider getting his wonderful book. Meanwhile, let’s watch and see how the symbols of this Full Moon are reflected in the headlines and in your own personal world.

And now, the news.

Reflecting the heaviness suggested by Saturn’s prominence in current planetary patterns, I could not find a single light story on the NYT homepage. President Obama has authorized airstrikes and humanitarian supply drops in Iraq, and is telling us to prepare for a long-term engagement. Grrrrrrreat. Fighting continues in Gaza and in the Ukraine. Lack of water is a prime focus in stories about California’s Catalina Island and Iraq. Even the usual cheerfully irreverent Gail Collins was focused on a subject topic that is really no laughing matter in her Saturday column. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Determined not to end this forecast on a such a sober note, here are a few stories not seen on the NYT homepage which you may find uplifting. First, how interesting on last week’s harmonious connection between Venus (love) and Saturn (endurance) to see this story of a couple who had been together 62 years pass away within four hours of one another. Their story was told in papers around the world; this loving photographic tribute was put together by their granddaughter. Second, plenty of photos from the website Barnorama  show how animals can bring out the best in us.  Finally, the interim president of a university in Kentucky came up with a novel way to increase the hourly wage of the school’s lowest-paid workers to $10.25/hour. He took a 25% cut in salary. And he still makes over $250k per year.  How magnanimous (Leo) and humanitarian (Aquarius). Food for thought on this Leo-Aquarius Full Moon. I bet he’s nice to dogs and cats, too.