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Monday 3/20/2017: Vernal Equinox; Sun in Aries; Happy Astrological New Year


Happy Vernal Equinox — the first day of spring! At 6:29 AM ET, the Sun enters Aries, marking the beginning of a new astrological year. Courage, self-reliance, inspiration and a pioneering spirit are keywords for the Sun in Aries, sign of the ram — and the lamb.  In the Northern hemisphere (the birthplace of Western astrology), it is a time of renewal and rebirth — a chance to let go of old patterns and make a fresh start.

More on the equinox, but first let’s talk about the rest of this day, which is partly driven by the Moon in Sagittarius. Its need for righteous opinion is squeezed, muzzled and otherwise controlled by a meet-up with Saturn at 6:37 AM ET. And guess what? This is the closest pattern in the chart for the equinox — and thus an important clue to what we are likely to be dealing with for the next 365 days.

Moon goes void immediately after that heavy Saturn meet-up and won’t be fully engaged until 11:31 AM ET, when it enters proactive, status-seeking Capricorn. Half an hour later, the second closest pattern in the equinox chart kicks in — the Third Quarter Moon, a.k.a. tension between the needs of the Capricorn Moon to toe the Establishment line vs. the me-me-me energy of the Aries Sun. With both the Sun and the Moon at zero degrees of their respective signs, this tension will command attention big time. Take care of routine concerns during the morning void. Remember that crises which crop up are often much ado about nothing. Get ready to advance your agenda after 12 PM ET.

OK, the vernal equinox. Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season from an astrological point of view. The first day of each season (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) corresponds with the first day (or first DEGREE) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively. Got that? Good. These four signs are called CARDINAL signs of the zodiac, with “cardinal” here suggesting (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  Cardinal signs take ACTION. They INITIATE. Nothing happens without ACTION. And action leads to  NECESSARY CHANGE. As in a change of seasons — suggested by solstices and equinoxes. Clear?

The first day of a  season is prominent in our culture, right? We make a big deal over it — yes? So can you see that in astrology, we observe that PLANETS that are at the first degree of a cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn), tend to pack a more powerful, prominent punch. They suggest ACTION which leads to CHANGE — prominently! The first degree of the cardinal signs is known as the ARIES POINT. Got that?

If you have a planet or angle at the Aries Point, you can expect that the energy of that planet will demand prominent expression in your life. Your friends and family — and perhaps the entire free world — will notice it. William Shatner was born with the Sun at 0 Aries. “To boldly go where no man has gone before”? I should think so — and the whole world knows him for playing that role.

Other notable patterns this week won’t be exact until late Thursday and through the weekend. First, Mercury — which refers to ideas, thinking, communication, travel and commerce — makes a persuasive, penetrating and corruption-exposing challenge to Pluto at 8:42 PM ET on THURSDAY. Expansive thinking is suggested when Mercury opposes Jupiter on FRIDAY at 8:46 AM ET. On SATURDAY, the Sun and Venus meet up in Aries –showering anyone with a planet around 6 degrees of Aries with a little bit of love. On SUNDAY, upsets and revelations involving aviation, technology and gender equality issues are likely, as Mercury meets up with rebel Uranus at 11:05 AM ET.

What’s significant about the patterns noted in the above paragraph is that they also apply to the chart for the Vernal Equinox. A year of revelation upon revelation upon revelation….?

The only Moon void of note — other than Monday’s — is on WEDNESDAY from 9:20 AM ET until 10:28 PM ET.

And now, the news.

Remember how last week’s  planetary patterns among Saturn, Mercury and the Sun suggested heaviness and despair? I had to laugh when I saw this op-ed in the New York Daily News: “Stop the News, I Want to Get Off: This Week Was One of the Most Depressing in Memory.”  Indeed . I was on the Daily News site because its legendary journalist Jimmy Breslin passed away over the weekend. So did Chuck Berry.

FBI Director James Comey will be testifying before Congress in hearings starting at 10 AM today, during the Moon void. This story is not going away anytime soon.

Confirmation hearings for SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch are also scheduled to begin today. We don’t have a birth time for Mr. Gorsuch (Aug 29 1967 in Denver), but my first thought looking at a chart cast at noon was that his mother must have been a piece of work: intense, erratic, fiercely independent. And guess what? She was.

“A teenage Gorsuch learned from his mother’s stormy tenure at the EPA,” writes the Seattle Times.  Perhaps you are old enough to remember Ronald Reagan appointing Anne Gorsuch to run the EPA:

She cut the EPA budget by 22 percent, slashed EPA enforcement actions against polluters and slowed down payments for Superfund cleanups.

She resigned after less than two years on the job after being cited for contempt of Congress. With four planets in stubborn Taurus in her horoscope, we can appreciate why she refused to turn over certain subpoenaed documents, fueled by the potentially visionary or delusional idealism suggested by two separate patterns (born April 21 1942). Her son Neil has similar patterns, which is typical seen when comparing the horoscopes of parents and their children. Isn’t that interesting? Planetary patterns run in families, just like genetics.

Doesn’t that make you wonder what planetary patterns you share with your children and/or parents? If you want to improve a relationship, get to know the other party’s horoscope. Here’s the 411 on consultations.

In the case of Anne Gorsuch, her horoscope has a Mars-Neptune square; his has a Mars-Neptune conjunction. Hers has a Sun-Mercury conjunction; his has Sun-Mercury and Venus conjunct. His Venus happens to be retrograde in Virgo, suggesting unique challenges in relationship. A need for discernment may have a double agenda. Hmmm.

Mr. Gorsuch is a Virgo, driven by the Moon in Gemini. He needs to be the smartest kid in the room, with the autocratic and controlling flair suggested by an unaspected Saturn in me-me-me Aries. His Saturn/Pluto midpoint is at the Aries Point, suggesting that he is likely to be known for matters involving anguished effort and/or suffering. His mother has the same midpoint picture! His Mars-Neptune meet-up is in Scorpio, and it is in a tense connection with Jupiter (expansion) in regal Leo. This pattern can be quite tenacious in matters of faith (and life and death).

With that in mind, it’s fascinating to note that Mr. Gorsuch wrote a book called The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia.  He’s against both, arguing “that states should sometimes place ‘paternalistic constraints on the choices of its citizens.'” (i.e., the citizens’ autonomy). That sounds like an unaspected Saturn in Aries talking. Random thought: has anyone ever written about the need for “maternalistic constraints” on the choices of its citizens? What would that look like? Mandatory hot lunches for schoolchildren?

We do not have a birth time for Mr. Gorsuch and are limited as to what we can project for him in the near future. What can be seen suggests a tough fight over the next 6-8 weeks. It is fascinating to note that in his mother’s horoscope, her Mars-Neptune square is at 27 Gemini-27 Virgo, now exactly hit by transiting Saturn at 27-28 Sagittarius. This definitely suggests potential for a frustrating battle and reality check. As I wrote in a recent article for Mountain Astrologer, “The Horoscope Lives Forever,” doncha’ know…

Meanwhile, the Great Barrier Reef is still dying…a casualty of climate change.

In other news, Saturn (structure) in Sagittarius (big picture beliefs; travel; education) will be pulling focus over the next several weeks, as it is quite close to the end of that sign. Schools in Boston are reflecting this reality check by replacing the “distorted” maps that have been in use for the past 500 years. Here is what the world really looks like:

Surprised?

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 12/21/2015: Winter Solstice; Sneak Peek at the Week; Mercury Madness

Good Morning!

Wake up with a vision on your mind? Today’s steady Taurus Moon can facilitate your efforts to materialize it, especially if it relates to creature comforts and sensual pleasures. The Moon made an easy connection to Neptune at 7:30AM ET — that’s the vision thing. It pushes forward without interference all day, making another easy connection to Pluto (empowerment; transformation; depth of perspective) at 7:52PM ET.

The big news today is the Sun’s move into the earthy, ambitious, “make it happen” sign of Capricorn — at 11:49PM ET. This is the Winter Solstice  — the time when light begins to push back against darkness — and prevail. Unless you live in South Africa or anywhere else south of the equator, where they are celebrating the first day of summer. What’s it like having a serious sign like Capricorn associated with bikini weather, I wonder???? In any case, with Capricorn, we move from ideas (Sagittarius) to practical application. What will we build?

Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season from an astrological point of view. The first day of each season (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) corresponds with the first day (or first degree) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively. Got that? Good. These four signs are called cardinal signs of the zodiac, with “cardinal” here suggesting (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  Cardinal signs take action. They initiate. Nothing happens without action. And action leads to necessary change. As in a change of seasons — suggested by solstices and equinoxes. Clear?

The first day of a  season is prominent in our culture, right? We make a big deal over it — yes? In Japan, the first day of each season is actually a holiday (holy-day)! Isn’t that wonderful?

In astrology, we observe that planets that are at the first degree of a cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn), tend to pack a more powerful, prominent punch. They suggest ACTION which leads to CHANGE — prominently. The first degree of all four cardinal signs is known as the ARIES POINT — just to confuse people who are not professional astrologers. Got that?

If you have a planet or angle at the Aries Point, you can expect that the energy of that planet will demand prominent expression in your life. Your friends and family — and perhaps the entire free world — will notice it. William Shatner was born with the Sun at 0 Aries — what a pioneer.  “To boldly go where no man has gone before”? I should think so — and the whole world knows him for playing that role.

This should be a good week for retailers, as holiday shoppers are likely to be feeling especially generous, courtesy of an easy connection between Venus (money, beauty) and Jupiter (expansion) that will be exact on Thursday at 5:03AM ET. If you haven’t checked everyone off on your list and you’re looking for a gift that is truly unique and valuable, consider gifting them with a personal astrological consultation. I’ll put together a custom-crafted gift certificate for your Special Someone with my very own hands — and will include a few Really Useful 2016 Mercury Retrograde Bookmarks, too. Did you know that the first Mercury Retrograde of 2016 happens on January 5th? You would, if you had one of those bookmarks on hand…

Christmas Day dawns on Friday, along with a Full Moon in Cancer. For some reason the lamestream media is feeling a need to tell you that we haven’t had a Full Moon on Christmas since 1977. Far more important, if you ask me, is the fact that Uranus — the disruptor of the status quo — turns direct on the 25th at 10:53PM ET. Uranus refers to revolutions, rebellion, seismic activity, innovation, genetic mutation, accidents, aviation, space travel, technology, astrology, uranium and genius, to name a few. In Aries, Uranus suggests a need for self-reliance, favoring an entrepreneurial spirit. Watch for movement, flashes of genius and/or illumination, as well as shake-ups in the headlines on these areas as we get closer to Christmas.  In your own personal world, consider how your genius insights and notions of freedom can be applied outward. Surely you’ve been feeling an intense buzz about making a break, especially if you have a planet or angle around 17 degrees (just over halfway through) Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, yes?

Your Moon voids for the week: Tuesday 9:26AM ET until 9:31PM ET; Thursday 3:04PM ET until 12:26AM ET on Friday (will Santa get a late start?); Saturday 10:36PM ET until 5:31AM on Sunday. Stick to routine matters on those days — and roll with whatever twists, flakes and “crises” derail your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Example: the “crisis” that erupted over at the DNC headquarters on Wednesday and Friday — during a Moon void.  Thanks to a security breach in software provided by the DNC, staffers working on Bernie Sanders’ campaign had access to certain voter data that had been culled by the Clinton campaign (and presumably vice versa, though we have not had any reports about Clinton staffers doing so).

The DNC responded by cutting off the Sanders campaign’s access to the software, which contained data that had been culled by Sanders’ staffers. Sanders fired staffers, then filed lawsuit against DNC. DNC relents; no word on whether software vendor gets to keep working with the DNC. Perhaps nation begins to wonder why the Democratic debates have been held on weekends, when few people are watching…and contemplating which candidate might benefit the most from that lack of exposure. There was a debate on Saturday — did you know?

Fun fact: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the DNC — who also co-chaired Hillary Clinton’s campaign run in 2008 — has her Mercury at 17 Libra. Thus it was directly impacted by the weekend’s Mercury-Uranus-Pluto clash, suggesting disruptive information/revelations/juicy dirt. Interesting to see how the spotlight is shining now on Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s mindset and communication...here’s a link to a blog she recently started about “clean cooking” — clearly her mindset about some things is changing.

Other disruptive news involving communication and travel — both Mercury-ruled topics — happened in Vegas around the time of Mercury’s exact square to Uranus. Did you hear how Miss Universe pageant host Steve Harvey accidentally crowned the first runner-up Miss Universe — instead of the actual pageant winner? Took over five minutes to fix that one…oops. Just minutes earlier, there was a shocking traffic incident right in front of the hotel that was hosting the pageant. Wondering how planetary patterns were impacting the horoscope of Las Vegas…(yes, it does have one).

Gotta fly. Busy day today.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 3/20/2013: Happy Vernal Equinox!

Happy Vernal Equinox! Happy first day of Spring! Happy International Astrology Day! As of 7:02AM ET, Sun entered Aries, marking the beginning of a new astrological year. Courage, self-reliance, inspiration and a pioneering spirit are keywords for the Sun in Aries, sign of the ram — and the lamb.  In the Northern hemisphere (the birthplace of Western astrology), it is a time of renewal and rebirth — a chance to let go of old patterns and make a fresh start.

More on the equinox, but first let’s talk about the rest of this day, which is driven by the Moon in Cancer. This is a happy place for the Moon (it rules Cancer), as it seeks to express or find emotional security and sensitivity. The energy it provides is quite challenged today, however, which you may have noticed the minute you got out of bed. A provocative square between the sensitive Moon and willful Mars dominated the wee hours, followed by another square from rebel Uranus, the cosmic cattle prod. Electric!

This afternoon, stern Saturn seeks to stabilize all the buzz flying around, but at 2:01PM, potent Pluto opposes the Moon, suggesting an emotional catharsis or a power play. And on that note, the Moon goes void-of-course for a lonnnnnnnnnng drift, not to enter Leo (the next sign) until 2:50AM on FRIDAY. Regular readers of this forecast know that Moon voids are natural rest/brainstorming periods where creative endeavors can take odd, sometimes magical, twists. Moving forward purposefully in a straight line is often challenged by sudden detours, flakes and cancellations. Crises that crop up tend to be much ado about nothing — but that may not stop people from behaving as if the house is on fire. Roll with the twists and go with the flow and double check everything if you absolutely must hit “send”. I find that voids can feel like mini Mercury retrogrades, accompanied by communication snafus and lack of mental focus. I say this because I can’t tell you how many times someone will ask me if Mercury is retrograde when in fact the Moon is void of course. If you are free to wander, you can accomplish a lot.

OK, about the vernal equinox. Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season from an astrological point of view. The first day of each season (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) corresponds with the first day (or first DEGREE) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively. Got that? Good. These four signs are called CARDINAL signs of the zodiac, with “cardinal” here suggesting (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  Cardinal signs take ACTION. They INITIATE. Nothing happens without ACTION. And action leads to  NECESSARY CHANGE. As in a change of seasons — suggested by solstices and equinoxes. Clear?

The first day of a  season is prominent in our culture, right? We make a big deal over it — yes? So can you see that in astrology, we observe that PLANETS that are at the first degree of a cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn), tend to pack a more powerful, prominent punch. They suggest ACTION which leads to CHANGE — prominently! The first degree of the cardinal signs is known as the ARIES POINT. Got that?

Mars was at the Aries Point last week, bringing pioneering initiatives and aggression to the forefront. Now we have Sun at the AP. Late tomorrow night, Venus will be at the Aries Point, too, bringing relationship issues (as I wrote last week), and also issues involving money, art and women to the top of your inbox. If you have a planet or angle at the Aries Point, you can expect that the energy of that planet will demand prominent expression in your life. Your friends and family — and perhaps the entire free world — will notice it. William Shatner was born with the Sun at 0 Aries. “To boldly go where no man has gone before”? I should think so — and the whole world knows him for playing that role.

Lots of news to cover — and since we will have a day with no exact planetary patterns tomorrow, I will devote that forecast to the headlines….stay tuned….

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 12/22/2011: Winter Solstice

More of the same from yesterday (read Tuesday’s forecast): Moon in Scorpio suggests the potential for depth of focus and emotion, combined with a need for knowledge for the sake of power and control.  No exact planetary aspects after 9:57AM ET until 12:30 AM Thursday — but we’re already feeling it.

The Sun begins its annual trek through Capricorn just after midnight tonight and we celebrate the Winter Solstice. In the Northern Hemisphere, days will be getting longer and nights will be getting shorter. Hooray! Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season from an astrological point of view. The first day of each season (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) corresponds with the first day (or first DEGREE) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively. Got that? Good. These four signs are called CARDINAL signs of the zodiac, with “cardinal” here suggesting (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  Cardinal signs take ACTION. They INITIATE. Nothing happens without ACTION. And action leads to  NECESSARY CHANGE. As in a change of seasons — suggested by solstices and equinoxes. Clear?

The first day of a  season is prominent in our culture, right? We make a big deal over it — yes? So can you see that in astrology, we observe that PLANETS that are at the first degree of a cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn), tend to pack a more powerful, prominent punch. They suggest ACTION which leads to CHANGE — prominently!

With the Sun in Capricorn, we are working with proactive, make-it-happen energy focused on societal, executive, corporate, patriarchal and governmental structures. On this particular Winter Solstice, we find the status quo disrupting planet URANUS in a tense challenge to that Capricorn Sun. And Uranus is at ZERO DEGREES of ARIES — the sign of the individual, the pioneer, the risk-taking, the leader, the inspiration, the spark, the warrior and the baby (to name a few keywords associated with Aries).  Do you think this is a planetary pattern that suggests things likely to HAPPEN? Yes! Just ask anyone you know born around the first day of Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn. Ask them what the past two years have been like for them. They won’t bore you!

Just a few days ago, Kim Jong Il was alive and well — and then — poof! Gone. Just like that. Things change! One day you’re fishing off the coast of the Japan, and the next day you’re homeless because your entire town has been washed away by a tsunami.  One day John Boehner is the Speaker of the House and the next day he’s leaving his wife for fitness guru Richard Simmons. OK, I don’t really see that one happening…but you get the idea of the erratic, unexpected, status quo-disrupting potential that is so…prominent in planetary patterns right now.

You may be feeling a build up of energy — but not sure where it’s going. That makes sense, given that we are in the dark side of the Moon. The New Moon — super super potent — happens Saturday morning at 1:06PM. Right now it’s a bit like the end of the last lunar cycle (recall November 22-24) when we had a ton of resources clamoring for a channel…but a lack of clarity on where exactly to direct it.

Wrap up your week and your New Moon agenda — and start brainstorming your intentions for January. We have a window of opportunity next month — no planets will be retrograde — so you want to make the most of it.  Also be alert. As my father once said, “the world needs more lerts”. More anon…