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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 8/8/2016: Sneak Peek at the Week; Big News Round-Up

Good Morning!

The Libra Moon goes void at 1:41PM ET, on its weekly disruptive clash with rebel Uranus. That’s the only exact planetary action on a day driven by a need for social graces, fairness in relationships, and appreciation from partners and peers. Stick to routine matters during the void and roll with whatever twists or flakes crop up in your efforts to move forward in a straight line.

Moon enters Scorpio at 12:51AM ET on TUESDAY, driving the following 48 hours with a need for depth and substance. It’s aided by a happily investigative alignment between Mercury and Pluto, exact at 7:22PM ET on WEDNESDAY. Dirt-diggers, unite!

The only other Moon void during the work week happens on Thursday at 1:22AM ET until 1:24PM ET. As we get closer to the end of the week, we’ll have Venus (money, women, social expression) following in Mercury’s footsteps (refer to last week’s lengthy post about the astrology of August). Venus squares Saturn on SATURDAY at 10:31PM ET, suggesting a hard-lined approach in matters related to Venus.  Look for “women of steel” to make headlines.  On SUNDAY, Venus is opposed by Neptune, blurring lines and inviting us to See the Softer Side of Sears, along with the strictly practical.

The biggest shift this week is Saturn turning direct at 9 degrees of Sagittarius, exact on SATURDAY at 5:51AM ET. Saturn refers to structure, authority, ambition and necessary control (among other keywords). If you’ve been having trouble getting a project off the ground in the past four months, take heart. Moving those plans forward is now in sync with planetary patterns, especially if those plans involve getting real about your belief system and expanding your reach. You’ll feel the release and/or push to advance more personally if you have a planet or angle around 9 degrees of Sagittarius, Pisces, Virgo and Gemini.  Onward!

And now, the news.

First, news received two weeks ago from Avid Reader Margaret:

Elisabeth Grace, I tried to donate, but was taken to a generic PayPal site and I need your phone number or email address to send money to you.  This may be an obstacle for others, too.

Isn’t Margaret kind and thoughtful to take the time to send me that note? Thank you, Margaret!  I wrote her back right away and sent her  this link, which PayPal claims is foolproof:

…though I’m not convinced PayPal’s claims are accurate. Margaret,  please let me know if that link didn’t work — with much gratitude to you for your appreciation and support.

News and more news, reflecting the hardcore dizziness of mental Mercury’s recent engagement with Saturn, Neptune and now Pluto. Add a war between the sexes and you have it all on the cover of the NYT Sunday Magazine: “The Untold Story of the Fight Over the Brain of ‘H.M.’ — the Patient Who Revolutionized the Science of Memory.” On the NYT home page: “Researchers or Corporate Allies? Think Tanks Blur the Lines.” Plus, a seriously wiggy profile of the ex-priest whose assault on an Olympic runner in 2004 led to that runner, Vanderlei de Lima, being chosen to light the caldron last week in Rio. Meanwhile, who remembers the ad campaign, “This is your brain on drugs,”  — the one with the egg sizzling in a pan? What a perfect week to read that it’s coming baaaaaaaaaack.

Honestly, the wheels have been flying off the bus in the news  — and I’m just grateful to have an understanding of the planetary patterns suggesting a world gone temporarily insane. The NYT threw up its hands two days ago and declared this  the meme for the entire year:

this is fine


UPDATE: on Edward Snowden. Last fall I anticipated that he would be making a move in January, June and/or October. He did make headlines in January — but I see the potential for something more ambitious. What’s going on in his horoscope?  How about a 12 degree Gemini Ascendant with Mercury sitting on it at 10 degrees Gemini, both currently under pressure from Saturn, Neptune and all of the other mutable planets, as noted in my last post? We can expect an idealistic/ambitious communication impacting his relationship to the public, his personal projection and creative expression. We may see a move, a wipeout or separation. I’ll be interested to see what’s happening in the first weeks of September and October. Meanwhile, this week he created a buzz with a tweet inviting former colleagues to reconnect with him, saying, “it’s time.” Another cryptic tweet had some wondering if he had indeed been wiped out. Not so, say people who claim to Know Such Things.

Elsewhere, Madeleine L’Engle, the author of the children’s classic,  A Wrinkle in Time is no longer among the living. But her book sales are skyrocketing since Chelsea Clinton mentioned A Wrinkle in Time in her DNC speech last month.  Would it surprise you to learn that Ms. L’Engle has a 10 Virgo Ascendant and is thus also being energized by transiting Saturn, Neptune and all of the other planets in Virgo? Her chart has some other things going on now, too. The horoscope lives forever!

Meanwhile, Barbra Streisand’s PR efforts to promote an upcoming memoir and a new album are in sync with planetary patterns in her horoscope. Her love love-me-do Leo Moon is at 10 degrees, energized by last week’s New Moon at — 10 degrees Leo. Her Moon is in the 5th house of creative self-expression; transiting Mars, which rules her pioneering me-me-me Aries Ascendant just squared Saturn, ruler of her 10th house of career and 11th house of love/appreciation received. Engage! Her upcoming solar arc between Jupiter, ruling her 9th house of publishing, and her Ascendant suggests expansive and rewarding potential. Huzzah!

UPDATE: on Melania Trump, whose natal horoscope I briefly sketched at the end of July. I did not discuss her upcoming Mars transits, as there are only so many hours in a day with so many other news stories to discuss.  But when your horoscope is hot, you’re hot, so here goes. Last week Mrs. Trump’s website was taken down (under attack by those doubting the veracity of her asserted college degree) when transiting Mars was at 28 Scorpio, exactly opposing her earth goddess Venus in Taurus. Hours later, the New York Post published nude photos of Mrs. Trump and another woman that were taken in New York in 1995 and appeared in a European magazine (they’re one Google search away, if you simply must see them).

OK, so what — big deal — what model doesn’t have nude pictures in her portfolio? But then, when transiting Mars entered Sagittarius on August 3rd, it met up with her natal Neptune.  Scandale! Mars-Neptune contacts do suggest scandal — and the nature of this particular scandal has to do with her status as a foreigner (Sagittarius).  Because it is quite clear that Mrs. Trump has not been truthful about when she first came to New York,  and statements she made about having a visa that would have allowed her to work legally in the U.S. are highly suspect.

Someone with empathy might say, “look, she wanted to live the American Dream and who can blame her, and look how well she’s done — so why make a fuss about a technicality.” Totally! Except that if Mrs. Trump were any other illegal immigrant, her husband — who is decidedly not an empathetic person — would want her deported immediately. I know, surreal, right? And perfectly in tune with the wiggy Saturn-Neptune patterns we’ve been living through for months.

Transiting Mars will oppose Mrs. Trump’s natal Mars on August 15th. This suggests provocative action. It’s taken me two days to get back into finishing this news round-up, and dirt continues to be dished, with “new evidence” suggesting that Mrs. Trump may have gained her 2001 green card by virtue of a marriage — four years before she met her current husband.

Will any of this matter to Trump supporters? Social scientists say it won’t and here’s why — add it to last week’s ginormous pile of bewildering Mercury-Neptune headlines, along with this palm reader’s take on Trump’s tiny hands.

Speaking of Mr. Trump, let the record show that transiting Jupiter was at 22and 23 godforsaken degrees of Virgo all last week. Why is this important? It is important because the planet associated with expansiveness — for better or worse — has been squaring his 22 Gemini Sun and 21 Sagittarius Moon since the end of July, reflecting a dominant status in the headlines akin to the proverbial Hindenburg.

23 Virgo was where Jupiter stood at a dead stop last January, before turning retrograde. This suggests that the potential for expansion was especially strong at the beginning of the year. Transiting Jupiter at 23 Virgo makes harmonious aspects to his potentially stingy social expression, suggested by his Venus conjunct stern Saturn at 23 and 25 Cancer. It also harmonizes with his 23 Taurus Midheaven (career/public status).

Thus it makes sense that we’d see a lengthy article detailing his generous contributions to charity, as well as others  concerning his expansive behavior. Let’s keep an eye out for the week of September 11th, when transiting Mars will make contact with his Sun and Moon. Should be provocative.

But wait, there’s more:  as with Barbra Streisand, Donald Trump horoscope is also directly affected by this month’s Leo New Moon. It happened right on his natal Pluto, buried in the 12th house of the self-undoing, ruling the 4th house of core personal foundation. What exactly is that foundation, many in the press and elsewhere are publicly wondering. Quicksand? In the 12th House a natal Pluto suggests, as astrologer Noel Tyl has written, someone who feels that “the world doesn’t understand me.” Sad!

On to general news about Jupiter turning retrograde at 23 Virgo in January. This is when Iran released four detained Americans. This is also when the U.S. sent Iran a plane full of cash, fulfilling a separate agreement  to return money Iran paid the U.S. for weapons it never received back in 1979. It made headlines then, so why is this story back now? Some members of Congress are calling the cash payment a “ransom” paid in exchange for those who were detained, as you made have seen in the news. A friend of mine is calling it “blueberry pancakes,” which would be a much more entertaining headline. Though just to be clear, because he’s calling it “blueberry pancakes” doesn’t make it so. What’s relevant from an astro-logical point of view is that we see how a story that was hot when Jupiter (or any planet) turns retrograde can become hot again when — after its retrograde period, it turns direct and  returns to the place it was when it stationed retrograde. Astrology is amazing.

Final note re:  the combative potential of the recent clash between Venus and Mars, coupled with this week’s Venus square Saturn. I’m so pleased to see we do have an “Iron Lady” making headlines at the Olympics — Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu. She is shattering records, even as a furious buzz erupted over the weekend when a hapless NBC announcer said that Ms. Hossku’s husband (who is also her coach) was “responsible” for her fabulous performance. Right-o.

OK. I believe that covers everything for the next few days, including the Big Cargo Short Controversy (Venus in prissy Virgo challenged by adventurous Mars in Sagittarius), which the linked article brilliantly explains.

To find out what all these planetary patterns mean for your horoscope, now is the time to schedule a personal consultation. We will have an excellent discussion together.

Thank you for reading this forecast, sharing it with friends and for supporting my efforts to write it over the past seven years.  Onward!




Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 1/8/2016 & Weekend: New Moon in Capricorn

A slow start or twist your morning if you live on the East Coast, as the Moon will void until 10:07AM ET. After that, the energy of the day is fully engaged in Capricorn, a sign that needs to push things forward in tangible, earthy, top-of-the-mountain form. Oh, but Mercury is retrograde. Oh, but it’s end of the lunar cycle. No matter. Use this practical energy to review and clean up your desk, in preparation for the New Moon which happens at 8:30PM ET on Saturday.

Speaking of practical, on Friday, Mercury backs up in Capricorn, needing to think in more concrete terms than airy Aquarius might prefer. Capricorn needs to think about how to use things — and people, too. Something to consider until February 13th, which is when Mercury finally moves ahead into Aquarius. Also on Friday — 11:11PM ET, Venus meets up with Saturn. This adds to the no-nonsense Capricorn vibe (Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn), as money, women, aesthetics and other forms of social expression are likely streamlined and serious.

On Saturday, Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus — and 1:40PM and 3:58PM ET. Perhaps few upsets during the day — and a power play or two, likely behind closed doors (in the dark of the Moon), in the form of people pushing to make a point. There’s no Moon void to discourage your shopping endeavors, though electronics are not the optimal purchase while Mercury is retrograde.

A New Moon offers us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle.  Light a candle; make a list. Around the 16th, 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 January 23rd, 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 31st, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon on February 8th.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is intriguing: “a hidden choir singing”. Hooray for Sabian Symbol Blain Bovee to paint a picture of how this Symbol might be reflected in your own personal world and in the news during this lunar cycle.  “Many voices raised in song, hidden from view,” he notes. And how should we apply it? “With a mind to the hidden, alluring powers of sublime singing…[including) blissful joys and destructive potentials of intoxicating reveries and revelries”. Are the singers angels or knaves? Should you be tempted by their siren song? I’ll keep an eye out for headline stories and keep you posted.

On Sunday the Capricorn Moon will be void between 12:39PM and 3:23PM ET. No impulse shopping during those hours, but returning things during Moon voids can be a breeze.  No sleeping in on Monday. The Aquarius Moon needs you to reach out to everyone in your database, in the spirit of Mercury retrograde REconnecting. Astrology is an Aquarian thing — did you know that? Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

And now, the news.

Here’s an interesting headline about an under-the-radar gathering suitable for a Dead Moon, especially in the wake of Thursday’s Sun-Uranus (technogeek) square. “Revealed: White House Seeks to Enlist Silicon Valley to ‘Disrupt Radicalization‘”. Well…sort of under-the-radar now. Speaking of tech, the Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing in Vegas, where Edward Snowden made a guest appearance — “in disguise,” naturally. Of course he did, with a flurry of transits this week among Venus, Uranus, Mercury, Sun and the Sun/Moon midpoint in his horoscope. Surprise! There a few other measurements suggesting a public outreach this week. So fascinating. Astrology is amazing.

Elsewhere, another disruption of the status quo — and it’s big: “New Study Provides the Strongest Case Yet That the Planet Has Entered a New Geological Epoch”. Meanwhile, the markets are still volatile…and streamlining, perhaps suggested by Friday night’s meet-up between Venus and Saturn.  In the U.S., gun stocks are soaring. Next week patterns are less volatile, more optimistic. Let’s see what happens.

So much more — but it’s time to ship this off. Closing with some fun feedback from Avid Reader Karen, who wasn’t buying The Atlantic’s REvised choice of Saturn as the “best planet,” displacing Jupiter:

No.  Just no.  Jupiter is fun (says all seven of my planets in Leo).  Saturn is a wet blanket and worse.  Don’t let all those rings ‘n things, sparkles and ethereal colors fool you!  It’s a disguise for a mean old man trying to make himself look young!
Speaking of sparkles and ethereal colors disguising a…man brings to mind that Venus (fashion, beauty) -Saturn (old man) meet-up later tonight, just in time for the NYT to present an essay on men’s fashion….and for Marco Rubio to be universally lambasted for the shiny new high-heeled boots he’s been sporting since Christmas. Cue Right Said Fred now, please….and call the Fashion Police.
Have a great weekend!