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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 9/4/2015 & the Weekend: Venus Turns Direct; Mercury Retrograde Alert


Summer’s last hurrah — a long holiday weekend for those in the U.S. — kicks off with the Moon in chatty, versatile Gemini at 7:48AM ET. What’s there to talk about? Whatever wet blanket or authoritative advance happened while you were sleeping, suggested by a face-off between the Moon and Saturn at 6:20AM ET. As the day progresses, boundaries may be pushed as the Moon squares expansive Jupiter at 5:04PM ET…and perhaps dissolve altogether as the Moon next squares wiggy Neptune at 10:23PM ET. Some enchanted evening?

Saturday morning starts with the Third Quarter Moon at 5:54PM ET, offering another potential revelation on the agenda you set for yourself on last month’s New Moon. The rest of the day looks good for being a social butterfly, as the Gemini Moon makes contact with Venus and Mars, before going void with a sigh on a hit to rebel Uranus at 7:04PM ET. Take a loonnnnng chill, as the Moon won’t enter the next sign — Cancer — until 1:40PM ET on Sunday.

Not that there won’t be plenty going on in the cosmos. At 7:08PM ET  on Saturday the Sun aligns with Pluto. This is a potent and resourceful mix, quite different from the intangible vibe of the Sun-Neptune face-off that started the week. Meanwhile, at 4:29AM ET on Sunday, Venus finally turns direct — huzzah, huzzah! It will take until October 9th for it to reach 0 Virgo, the degree at which it turned retrograde on July 25th. How many summer flings will fizzle out between now and then?

Important Safety Tip: while Venus may soon be moving direct, mental Mercury will be turning retrograde on September 17th. Take this time now to BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS and other gizmos…and NO WHINGEING about Mercury retrograde! There are plenty of productive things that can be accomplished during this necessary period of REview, and you can read about them here.

And now, the news.

Everywhere I look, I see fallout from last weekend’s bewildering Full Moon and Sun-Neptune face-off (fish, refugees, oceans, spirit, deception, etc.).

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was overturned by a federal judge. This made me smile — not because I am fan of Tom Brady, but because my sense was that the Deflategate scandal was not likely to have serious consequences. Elsewhere, however, there have been serious consequences for the president of Guatemala, who resigned today in a swirl of scandal involving an alleged customs fraud. He was promptly jailed.

Around the world, the plight of refugees made disturbing headlines — in Turkey, Canada, Germany, Australia and Hungary.

Meanwhile, Kim Davis, the rebellious Kentucky county clerk who refused to follow an order from the Supreme Court to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has been found in contempt and sent to jail. Since my last forecast, Wikipedia has published Ms. Davis’s birth date, and I appreciate the Avid Reader who let me know. Ms. Davis was born September 17, 1965. Service-oriented Virgo Sun square expansive Jupiter. Moon in Gemini, suggesting a need to be the smartest kid in the room. Even without an exact birth time, we can see how her mindset would be unconventional and intense, with her Mercury conjunct Uranus and Pluto — all in Virgo. And all three planets are opposed by a retrograde Saturn in Pisces, suggesting any number of necessary controls, a challenging relationship with the father and no small amount of soul-searching.

To understand her potential spiritual  zeal, charisma and/or proclivity for deception or scandal, look no further than a meet-up between Mars and Neptune in Scorpio. Yea verily, my head spins when reading about her complicated marital history. Her Venus is also in Scorpio, in a loose Grand Trine with Jupiter and Saturn. A Grand Trine is traditionally seen as a lucky pattern in a horoscope, but I learned from Noel Tyl that it  also suggests one who may see herself  as a “law unto oneself”. Ya think? There’s more….but you get the idea.

OK, I promised you fish. As in “An Ancient Fish is Running Out of Time,” as seen in today’s NYT op-ed pages. And this fish tale involving President Obama today in Alaska. Still at the top of his game, btw, as he now has enough support in Congress to move forward on the accord negotiated with Iran.

Thank you for reading this forecast and sharing it with the rest of the Free World. And thanks especially to Avid Reader Jerry, who was kind enough to make a $10 donation in support of my efforts to keep you entertained and informed on planetary patterns. Jerry, you made my day. This forecast was written especially for you.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!


Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 5/12/2015: Mars-Saturn Forward Marches On…

Today’s Pisces Moon could push boundaries…because with Pisces, there are no boundaries. Pisces intuitively understands that boundaries are an illusion; we are all one; we are all in this together. Pisces can flow as sweetly as a gentle stream or pull as powerfully as the ocean’s undertow…float or drown. Neptune is also in dreamy Pisces — and still challenging mental Mercury in clever Gemini. That’s my excuse for today’s inspired, soggy prose.

Correction: yesterday when writing about Mercury retrograde, I said it would start on June 18th. I meant to type MAY 18th…with thanks to the avid readers who pointed out the error. We are in the shadow phase of the retrograde period — and have been as of May 4th. What that suggests is that whatever ideas and communications are put forth between now and June 27th, we’re likely to revisit, rethink and review. Stay flexible. Why May 4th to June 27th? Because Mercury was at 4 Gemini on May 4th. It turns retrograde at 13 Gemini on May 18th. It moves back to 4 Gemini and turns direct on June 11th. It gets back to 13 Gemini on June 27th. After the 27th, Mercury will be in new territory. Got that?

You may be feeling the sweeter side of Pisces this morning, courtesy of an easy connection to Venus in nurturing Cancer. Breakfast in bed? Around 3PM ET, Moon meets up with Neptune, encouraging a fit of inspiration, lingering coffee break or space-out. Around 6:30PM ET, double check the details in your communications and thinking, as Moon is challenged by Mercury (which is still under that dreamy Neptune influence). Ship it today or by 12:55PM ET tomorrow, when the Moon goes void.

And now, the news.

Last night Mars (energy of action)  entered Gemini and edged closer to this Friday’s face off with Saturn (structure) in Sagittarius. At 10:54PM ET, the so-called gentle Pisces Moon squared Mars, and then squared Saturn at 3:01AM ET. Four minutes later, there was a 7.3 quake in Nepal. Fascinating.

With Mars in Gemini and Saturn in Sagittarius, we note the potential for action and advance in communication, travel and corporations. What an apt pattern for this morning’s announcement that Verizon (telecommunications) is buying AOL. Or about this update on an advanced mode of transportation: a solar road that opened six months ago in the Netherlands? Maps are within the provenance of Mercury, Gemini and Sagittarius. This item is surreal, but it fits current planetary patterns: Google’s Map Maker tool has been under attack, so they’ve shut it down. Here’s the headline: “Google Shuts Down Map Maker After Urinating Robot Ruins It For Everybody”. Oh, and by the way, China’s ballistic missiles can now reach just about any target in the United States.

No boundaries here. None. Happy Pisces Moon. Here’s a picture of a recent sunset…on Mars.

No boundaries at Christie’s, either, as this morning’s headlines report the highest price ever paid for a work of art sold at auction — $179.4 million for a painting by Picasso. Surreal. And no boundaries at Chris Christie’s, especially if you joined him for a football game. Governor Christie apparently racked up an $82,000 bill on stadium snacks…paid for by New Jersey taxpayers. Score!

Update on the “Deflategate” story that surfaced  just before the Super Bowl under a bewildering Mars-Neptune conjunction. Planetary patterns suggested little consequence would come of it. Now, as Mars is about to square Neptune (exact on May 25th),  allegations that New England Patriots used deflated footballs to gain a competitive advantage — and that the quarterback, Tom Brady, knew about it — have proven to be valid. So were the Patriots stripped of their last Super Bowl win? No. They were fined and Brady will sit out four games next season. Which in my playbook, adds up to little consequence.

Update on Barack Obama, whose horoscope I wrote about yesterday. Before Mars hits President Obama’s 3 degree Gemini Moon, it opposed his 28 degree Scorpio Midheaven over the weekend. Mars suggests action — and also provocation, attack and/or an outburst. How interesting to stumble across a provocative story by Seymour Hersh, alleging that a lot of what you may have seen in Zero Dark Thirty is fiction, and that President Obama lied about what really happened in Abottabad the night Osama bin Laden was killed. On the other hand, the story was published on a square between Neptune and Mercury, which can be pretty surreal (or untrue).  We will see this Mercury-Neptune pattern again on May 29 and June 23. It will be interesting to see if there are further developments on this story then. Here’s a bit more from NBC News.

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