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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 8/14/2015 & the Weekend: New Moon in Leo, China, Megyn Kelly & More


I’ve been working on this forecast since Thursday (yesterday), which you might have experienced as something like this:

“We are in the dark side of the Moon — the end of the lunar cycle, a.k.a. the balsamic phase. The New Moon (and new energy) officially kicks in at 10:53AM ET on Friday — in Leo, hear it roar! During this dark side, it is not unusual to feel listless or restless, sensing the shift that is just around the corner, but not being sure what. This is a good time to wrap up projects started a month ago…and/or contemplate your agenda for the next four weeks.

Thursday’s Leo Moon is sailing free and clear, seeking to fulfill its need for recognition, applause and a good party. There’s an easy alignment between the Sun and innovative Uranus for you to play with (exact at 6:27AM ET), so go hang out with your funkiest friends and come up with a way to reinvent the wheel.”

Well? Did you do that?

Which brings us up to today (Friday):

This innovative vibe continues on Friday, as the Moon is supported by Uranus at 8:38AM ET, meets up with the Sun and then hangs indulgently with Venus (love, money, art women) at 2:25PM ET. Not a bad way to end the work week. Happy hour at the office?

On Saturday, Moon goes void just after midnight for a few hours. Then it enters Virgo at 3:46AM ET, perhaps motivating a major sorting/analyzing/clean up around the house. Or some other project requiring refinement and exquisite detail. Mindset and communication is likely to lean toward the deep end, courtesy of an easy alignment between Mercury and perspicacious Pluto. Maybe you’ll uncover some dirt about a past social encounter of an idealized kind. And here I would be thinking about the addition of the Sun’s meet-up with Venus at 3:22PM ET on Saturday….and how the whole combination of planetary patterns reflects today’s item about President Warren G. Harding having a love child with his mistress, Nan Bratton, oh so many years ago. I’ve heard from more than one reader this week about running into a former flame during this Venus retrograde, which is not surprising.

Saturday night favors music and other intangible escapes, given nebulous Neptune’s rosy fog coloring the Virgo Moon’s need for perfection at 9:29PM ET. A deep conversation with an Other or your journal may be yours on Sunday AM, as the Moon makes contact with Mercury (yakkety yak) and Pluto (did I say “deep”?).

And now, more on the New Moon, exact Friday at 10:53AM — soon after this forecast lands in your inbox.

As I said, it’s in Leo, which refers to the heart. Hooked up with the Sun and Venus, it suggests love, applause and creative self-expression, with a dramatic dose of idealism. Connections with rebel Uranus suggest innovative insights about how to get it; a challenge to Saturn suggests a hard-nosed ambition driving it; Mars running wild in Leo suggests dramatic action taken for the sake of it — possibly getting away with murder as only Mars in Leo can. But y’know, with Venus retrograde, the suggestion is that efforts to get the love you need could be productively spent working on more a loving relationship with yourself. Whoa. That’s so…innovative…and deep.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon  at 22 degrees of Leo is “a carrier pigeon.” Sabian Symbol guru Blaine Bovee notes that this is a bird that can be trained to fly home, usually carrying a message. Note that we do not train pigeons to fly from New York to Nova Scotia, if the birds live on 57th Street in Manhattan. They only fly in one direction: home.

Wherever 22 Leo falls in your horoscope is the area of your life in which you may experience a homing instinct during this lunar cycle. If you have a planet or angle at 22 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio and especially Leo, you are even more affected by the potential a new cycle can bring. Consult your local astrologer for details, or consider ordering an Astro-Basics Report so you can learn what degrees your planets are at. It’s described in the Services & FAQs section of my website.

Lately, Bovee has gotten me thinking about how Sabian Symbols work in pairs. Every degree has an opposing degree. The opposing degree of 22 Leo is 22 Aquarius. The Sabian Symbol for 22 Aquarius is “a rug placed on the floor for children to play”.   Bovee notes that the nature of play (Latin ludere) is “to go beyond bounds of normal containment”. Taken together, these two Symbols suggest a polarity between testing one’s limits and being aware of “the relative nature of rules and boundaries; issues of safety and security regarding the home and the world beyond; homing in on what really counts.”

In the last two lunar cycles I noticed a curious synchronicity between the opposing Sabian Symbol of the New Moon and the stories that made headlines. For June, the opposing Symbol was “a flag bearer”. For July, the Symbol was “a women entering a convent,” which Bovee suggests can reflects themes of confinement, including prison. Immediately after July’s New Moon, President Obama visited a prison, highlighting the condition of our penal system. Then Sandra Bland — the woman who allegedly committed suicide after a provocative police officer in Texas tossed her in jail after stopping her for a minor traffic violation— made headlines.  In June, one of the major stories of the cycle was the Confederate flag. Coincidence or conspiracy?

And now, the news…

…which I’ve been glancing at out of the corner of my eye this week, in between client consultations and the heart-centered books I mentioned in Tuesday’s forecast. More than one of you appreciated those book recommendations enough to write and tell me. Thank you so much — you made my day!

On that heart-centered theme, along with Wednesday’s musical Neptune-Mercury opposition and Thursday’s Sun (heart) – Uranus (innovation) trine, it was fun to see this item about a Beethoven symphony that some scientists say can also help your heart! It was not fun to read that Columbia House — the company that brought us those “8 CDs for one cent” offers that started my CD collection — filed for bankruptcy, thanks to competition from more modern technology. RIP sadface.

I’ve glanced at other newsmakers this week, including the aforementioned Warren G. Harding, Megyn Kelly and China. The latter of course is making big news in the markets, after devaluing its currency earlier this week. A quick look at its horoscope shows transiting Pluto (transformation, power plays, cutting dead wood) in hard aspect to nebulous Neptune and mental Mercury. The Neptune thing can be weird — and refers to matters involving China’s 2nd house (money, worth, values) and 10th house (status, reputation). The Mercury thing refers to matters of the 5th and 8th houses, e.g. relationships with other, self-expression and values relative to others.  The Pluto-Mercury thing can be quite forceful and persuasive. These patterns will be back for a final pass in October-December, accompanied by another measurement between Saturn (control, structure, limit) and Venus (money, values, social expression).  Hard aspects between Saturn and Venus can be experienced as isolating and streamlining. Let’s see what happens.

Megyn Kelly is a Scorpio with Moon in either Cancer or Leo — we do not have a birth time. A measurement between her Scorpio Sun and Uranus suggests this is a breakout period for her. We’d expect her to be uncompromising in matters of self-expression, and likely get away with it. Another measurement between her Mars (planet of action) and Uranus suggests a higher probability of taking action outside the box, with surprising results that clear the air. These measurement will be in effect for some time.  Wouldn’t you say that’s apt, given the unfettered independence she showed in her questioning of Donald Trump in last week’s debate? And the airwaves are still buzzing about it…

As for Warren G. Harding…when I first looked at his horoscope, I was irked. Given planetary patterns, he should have made the news a year ago. Well, guess what? He did make news a year ago — and I even wrote about it, as well as his horoscope!

Astrology is amazing. What’s going on in your horoscope? Why not find out in a personal consultation. I guarantee it will put your life into a perspective that will be practical, helpful and enlightening.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 12/2/2013: New Moon in Sagittarius; Sneak Peek at December

Moon entered high-flying Sagittarius at 1:31AM ET, offering the opportunity to lighten up as it joins the  equally high-flying Sagittarius Sun. Did you note your dreams upon waking? I know I was somewhere quite fantastic, no doubt courtesy of a rose-colored challenge to the Moon from (dreamy) Neptune at 5:54AM ET. That aspect, and a tech and people-friendly connection between Moon and innovative Uranus (Happy Cyber Monday!) are driving this dead-Moon day, until finally….the moment we’ve all been waiting for…the New Moon and a new cycle early this evening. Until then, use this work day to wrap up projects from the old lunar cycle.

The New Moon in  Sagittarius officially begins tonight at  7:22PM ET, offering us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle.  Around the 9th, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to those goals, with appropriate adjustments made. At the time of the Full Moon on the 17th, we can expect illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle. If we succeeded, we can consciously release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. After the Third Quarter Moon on the 25th, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon on January 1st.

Sagittarius refers to collective belief systems —  e.g. law, religion and the philosophical foundations of political inclinations, as well as “big picture” avenues of communicating these beliefs, e.g., publishing, broadcasting and academia. Belief systems are not always factual, yet they’re used to create all sorts of constructs that control how we live in the “real world.” Ooh, deep thought. I had to share it. And needing to share deep thoughts and opinions is very Sagittarian indeed. You don’t have to ask a Sagittarius for input on anything; they’re sure to tell you — bluntly and righteously.  So there.

OK, so. This New Moon. With Sagittarius, the sky’s the limit. Patterns in this New Moon chart are quite optimistic. Mental Mercury (mindset, communication) is under a rose-colored spell cast by nebulous Neptune and in a cooperative alignment with action hero Mars, suggesting an inclination to walk that idealistic talk. You can brainstorm away, and even take a few wobbly steps. Expansive Jupiter is not quite as expansive now, given that it is retrograde, but it is in a harmonious alignment with disciplined Saturn and that’s good for business. Is that good for everyone else?  Well, that’s a matter of opinion, isn’t it?

If you’re one who thrives on disruptions of the status quo, you won’t be disappointed by the headlines as this month progresses. On December 7th, Mars, planet of action, enters Libra, and assertive actions are sure to be noticed. Libra is a partnership-oriented energy, concerned with harmony and balance. Mars is an ego-oriented energy, concerned with exerting will. It’s a challenging placement, unless you’re a warrior for peace. I’ll write more about this later in the week.

On December 17th, we’ll have a Full Moon in Gemini and rebel Uranus turning direct, suggesting more shake-ups as actual facts are revealed. On the 21st, we’ll have the Winter Solstice (a turning point), and Venus (social expression, women, money, beauty) going retrograde in status-conscious Capricorn thru January. That will add to the relationship challenges suggested by Mars in Libra, which will become more prominent through these last days of December. How so? Because Mars — and also the Sun — will make contact with the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square (exact 12/25, 12/30 & 1/1/14),  suggesting news from underground, technological breakthroughs, accidents and acts of aggression/rebellion that demand our focus. Stay tuned to this channel for further details.

You will be more personally affected by the intensity of that Mars-Uranus-Pluto challenge if you have a planet or angle between 8-11 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn…or if you were born around the 1st of April, July, October or January. You would benefit strongly from a personal astro-logical consultation at this time.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “the lamp of physical enlightenment in the left temple,” and thank goodness Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee has some helpful thoughts on this cryptic image.

An image of being guided by an illumination, an ideal sense of physical reality. Imagine getting up in the night and walking into an object in the darkness. In that moment, a flash of enlightenment blazes through the experience, turns on the ‘lamp,’ so to speak…

Sounds like a wake-up call to me. Nothing like getting smacked in the head to effect a change of course — or perhaps get real about a dream. How interesting that this one Symbol captures the start and finish of this lunar cycle, yes?

But why the “left temple?” Bovee writes: “the left temple of the head may refer to the rational, analytical function of the brain, although the left side ever refers to the feminine, creative, receptive capacities of the mind and body.” So fascinating! I can’t quote all five paragraphs of Bovee musing here — just get his book already, won’t you? Bottom line, heed Bovee and  be on the watch for physical experiences that “evoke empathy and insight,” including new ways of understanding physical reality. We may be hearing a lot more from “the left” during this cycle, too — and it will likely be more than talk.

You will be more personally affected by the New Moon if you have a planet or angle around 10-11 degrees of Sagittarius, Gemini, Pisces or Virgo…or if you were born around the 1st of December, June, March or September.

And now, the news.

An initial report cites speed as a possible cause of the commuter rail crash that killed four people in the Bronx on Sunday. Yeah, no kidding: the chart for the crash around 7:20AM 12/1/13 has Mars on an angle. Same thing for the 65-car pile-up that happened about 20 minutes earlier in Western Massachusetts. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Following up on the themes suggested by tonight’s New Moon, here’s an intriguing article that argues that America is not one nation united but actually eleven nations thrown together, each with decidedly different belief systems that define decidedly different realities. How the heck does our federal government get anything done, indeed. Here’s the NYT’s Gail Collins with a fabulously entertaining quiz about some things that have been recently accomplished. Here’s a little test that can tell you if you are left-brained or right-brained. And here’s a little song from The Book of Mormon about the amazing things that people can believe — and how they are inspired to take action.

Oh — Moon voids this week — not many. Tuesday 10:45PM ET – Wednesday 1:49AM ET; Friday 12:31AM ET – 1:53AM ET. Get to work!