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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 9/5/2014 & the Weekend: Joan Rivers, RIP

TGIF!

Make the most of the morning hours to take care of business while the Moon is still engaged in Capricorn and supported by an energetic connection to action hero Mars.  At 11:08AM ET, Moon goes void until 7:59PM ET, suggesting a higher probability of twists in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Stick to routine tasks, chill or start your weekend early, perhaps on a less dramatic, more refined note than in previous weeks, given that Venus leaves Leo for Virgo today at 1:07PM ET. Venus refers to social expression. Virgo refers to perfection and discernment.

At 7:59PM ET, Moon enters “who’s yer buddy” Aquarius for the bulk of the weekend, seeking to be of social significance and network with friends from all walks of life. Saturday’s a go for making purchases, though you may need to resist a temptation to overindulge around 2:11Pm ET, when the Moon opposes expansive, expensive Jupiter.

The evening favors more of what’s innovative and unconventional, suggested by a friendly connection between the Moon and rebel Uranus at 9:05PM ET. A few hours later, however, note the potential for a wet blanket or other imposed control suggested by a challenge between Moon and stern Saturn, which can not get out of Scorpio fast enough, if you ask me. Alas, we’re stuck with Saturn in Scorpio until the end of the year. Moon goes void again on Sunday at 1:19PM ET on a highly-charged challenge to aggressive Mars. If you’re a sports fan, keep an eye out for twists and upsets that favor the underdog until the Moon enters compassionate Pisces at 7:47PM ET.

No sleeping in on Monday. Moon will not be void and it will be waxing to fullness at 9:36PM ET.

And now, the news.

Wednesday’s potent alignment between the Sun and regenerative Pluto was the highlight of the week, suggesting news from underground, corruption exposed and/or resolved, oil and gas (underground resources) and healing.  In Virginia, former governor Bob McDonnell and his wife were found guilty of corruption. BP was found to be the “primary culprit” and  “reckless” four years after its Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up; it now faces an additional $18 billion in penalties. Meanwhile, a dinosaur skeleton unearthed in Argentina some years ago was described in fascinating detail as the most ginormous dinosaur yet. Elsewhere, as predicted on June 11th, former Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor landed a seven-figure job on Wall Street. What will he be doing? Giving out advice.

When it came time to find a new job after losing a primary battle with David Brat, a relatively unknown college professor with deep support from Tea Party activists, the lawmaker said he eventually decided to head to the boutique investment bank to focus on dispensing advice to clients.

Mazel tov, Mr. Cantor! May we all be so richly rewarded for the wisdom we’ve accumulated over the years.

Which brings me to the subject of healing and regeneration, one of the more positive potentials of a Sun-Pluto alignment.  Here’s a fascinating NYT piece about the Center for Courage & Renewal, which “help(s) people strengthen their sense of purpose and deepen their self-awareness and understanding of others.” The author of the piece found himself wishing that every member of Congress would attend one of the Center’s retreats, to help bring this polarized body into some form of functional alignment. But the retreats work just as well for regular folks, too.

In other news, Joan Rivers,  passed away yesterday at 1:17PM ET in New York, when the Moon was exactly conjunct Pluto (power plays, transformation, catharses). Here is her horoscope — a slam dunk, given the life she led. How so? Take a quick look and we immediately note the Sun in pixie chatterbox Gemini opposing Moon in opinionated Sagittarius,  in a T square to a pugnacious and expansive/bombastic conjunction between Mars and Jupiter. Moon is in the 9th house, where it would need to seek an international reach, perhaps through a collective broadcast/publishing medium. The challenges from Mars and Jupiter in Virgo suggest a need to talk about everything, driven by a need for perfection.

The Gemini Sun is in a power-packed 3rd house of communication, along with a tight conjunction of mental Mercury and aesthetic Venus at 29 Gemini, which regular readers of this forecast know is also the Aries Point. So we immediately expect that social expression, communication and aesthetics are going to need prominence. And you can see why she might become known for having umpteen cosmetic surgeries, in a quest to achieve perfection. It’s interesting to note that Mars and Jupiter are in the 6th house (physical body) and that Mars rules her Aries Ascendant (how she needed to be seen).

An Aries Ascendant would need to be seen as a pioneer and an inspiration. Well, that totally fits. Both her Ascendant and her make-it-happen Capricorn Midheaven are close enough to the Aries Point to suggest a further need for prominence. This horoscope was born to be famous. It also has rebel Uranus in Aries, and in the 1st House. This suggests an electric, potentially shocking and unconventional first impression, and a need to disrupt the status quo. The potential for being a game-changer is further supported by a square to Uranus from ruthless Pluto. It is interesting to note that her Uranus, which rules the 12th house of critical illness/self-undoing was eclipsed in April. It is also interesting to note that her natal Saturn at 16 Aquarius was under pressure from transiting Saturn in Scorpio all summer.  Also suggesting a potential stress in health matters: her natal Neptune is currently opposed by transiting Neptune. Regular readers know that Neptune tends to dissolve whatever it touches. Her natal Neptune sits in the 6th house and rules the 12th, both of which refer to health matters.

Fascinating, isn’t it? RIP, Joan Rivers. You lived your horoscope to its fullest potential…and you won’t need any more face lifts now that you’re in Heaven. You’re perfect, just the way you are.

Final note — because I truly enjoy facilitating abundance for other people. The glamor photo in my last forecast of my beloved cat, Phoebe, was taken by photographer Jim Herrington. He’s an extremely gifted professional, and you can see more of his work here.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 6/12/2014: Full Moon in Sagittarius

The high-flying, righteously opinionated Sagittarius Full Moon is exact just after midnight — 12:11AM ET — on Friday. Innovation and action are favored in the morning and early afternoon, courtesy of “think outside the box” Uranus and warrior Mars connecting with the Moon. There’s no Moon void in business hours to add further potential confusion to Mercury’s current retrograde — huzzah!  Moon does go void at 12:11AM ET — not to enter the next sign, Capricorn, until 1:04PM ET, so get it off your desk today if you can’t wait until tomorrow afternoon.

This Full Moon — which offers enlightenment and a potential release of whatever agenda you set on the New Moon on May 28th — is not a chocolate-covered marshmallow bunny. At 12:09AM ET, there’s an opposition between Venus (love,money, women, art, social expression) and Saturn (discipline, patriarchy, authority, control) suggesting a no-nonsense approach that may seem ambitious, cutting or controlled. You may recall from yesterday’s post that Eric Cantor has a Venus-Saturn square, and he is not known as a social charmer.

At 8:34AM ET, the Mars-Pluto square we’ve been talking about all week will be exact. This is significant because it is the third in a series of Mars-Pluto squares we were scheduled to experience with Mars in Libra, where it has been since December. The first square was on December 31st; the second was on April 23rd. If you have a planet or angle around 11-14 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you may have been involved in a power play or exerted an unusually powerful effort.

Speaking of Eric Cantor, the Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 23 Sagittarius is “immigrants entering”. Which is fascinating, given all the reports speculating that Cantor lost because of his stance on immigration issues…and also that his defeat suggests that there’s no way an immigration reform bill will be passed this year (there’s no way the 113th Congress will likely do anything of consequence, as noted in prior forecasts). Fun fact: the Cantor re-election campaign did an internal poll between May 27 and May 28, showing he had a 34-point lead over his opponent. We had a dead Moon in Taurus all day on the 27th,  a sign that does not like change — and it was void-of-course.  The New Moon did not begin until 2:40PM on the 28th — and if you recall, it was sponsored in part by the rose-colored fog of nebulous Neptune. Take-away lesson: if you’re going take a opinion poll and you want reliable information, don’t do it on a dead void of course Moon. Here’s the latest on Eric Cantor and his victorious opponent, cheerfully presented as usual by NYT columnist Gail Collins.

The other Sabian Symbol in this lunation is the Sun at 23 Gemini: “three fledglings in a nest high in a tree”. So immediately we see a polarity between these fledglings who are not quite ready to leave home (but must),  and the immigrants who have left their homes and just arrived in a whole new world. Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee suggests we apply these symbols with a mind to “…a passage to a new life, a new level of maturity, the moment before a new independent life takes off…” Bovee has a lot more to say, and if you enjoy the Sabian Symbols, why not buy his book. In your own personal world, you may receive illumination or a release on a “let’s get down to business” new stage in life if you have a planet or angle at around 23 Gemini or Sagittarius.

And now, some more news.

Minutes ago, this item hit the wires about the current upheaval in Iraq, reflecting a great effort involving money that is quite sobering: $425 million seized by militants in a successful series of bank robberies, making them “the world’s richest terrorist group”. Also minutes ago: the Supreme Court (Saturn) rules that money in an IRA (Venus) inherited from a parent (Saturn) is not protected from creditors should you declare bankruptcy.

Meanwhile, taxi drivers in Europe angry (Mars square Pluto) about the success of the taxi app Uber are causing traffic meltdowns (Mercury retrograde) everywhere. Yesterday Uber announced a ginormous amount of investment capital raised on a stupendous $17 billion valuation.  Finally, a group of moms (Venus) meant serious business (Saturn) when they attended a Target shareholder meeting to demand it prohibit the open carry of guns (Mars) in its stores.   I’ve seen a lot of posts about open carry on Facebook this week, including this purportedly helpful cartoon/PSA.

What’s going on in your horoscope? Mercury retrogrades are excellent times for reviewing your life with an astrologer. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

 

 

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 6/11/2014: Eric Cantor’s Sudden Upset

Good Morning!

The Scorpio Moon is void of course until 11:23AM ET, suggesting a slow start or twist to your morning routine. After that, the Moon enters high-flying Sagittarius, lifting spirits and lessening the  heavy intensity some may have noted during the past 24 hours.  Moon in Sagittarius is an excellent time for travel and other activities that broaden your mind, including righteous and fiery discussions on philosophical subjects. It’s good for a gambol or a gamble, too. There are no exact aspects to the Moon until just after midnight on Thursday, when it is challenged by nebulous Neptune. A dreamy evening may be yours, accompanied by spirits or a spiritual escape. Maybe some high art or music, too.

Or you may simply feel bewildered, as soon-to-be former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor may be feeling. He’s a Gemini, born with Moon in Sagittarius, so he can certainly appreciate the Sag need to express opinions and be respected for having them. We do not have an exact birth time, but if he was born within a few hours of noon on June 6, 1963 (in Richmond, VA),  he’s experiencing a bewildering challenge from nebulous Neptune to the Moon in his own horoscope. In case you have not heard, Mr. Cantor “lost his Republican primary bid (Tuesday) in a completely befuddling upset no one saw coming.” Befuddling definitely sounds like Neptune in action.

I’ve looked at the planetary patterns on Mr. Cantor’s birth date in the past, long enough see what planetary patterns might suggest him being so darn mean. Seriously, that’s always been part of my impression of him. Mean — as in, not much empathy for certain people who might be impacted by his sincerely-held beliefs on how things should be. I actually started to type “Why is Eric Cantor so mean?” into  Google, but only got as far as “Why is Eric Cantor…” before Google helpfully suggested “…such a douche”.  Which surprised me, but apparently that word has been used in tandem with Mr. Cantor since 2009-ish, at least on the web. But about his planetary patterns…

There’s a stubborn, idealistic and material security-seeking hook-up between mental Mercury and Venus in Taurus that is exactly squared by stern, controlling Saturn in equally stubborn and potentially fringe Aquarius.  Irony: Saturn in Aquarius suggests a need to help people. I am sure he does. A Saturn-Venus square could be reflected in a reserved or chilly emotional expression — “warm and fuzzy” would not be the first impression, compared to — say — this video of an adorable and heartwarming relationship between an orphaned baby rhino and his human caretaker. The Saturn-Mercury square suggests a potentially controlled or controlling mindset; disciplined and careful, but also perhaps narrow-minded.  This pattern among Mercury, Venus and Saturn was hit hard by transiting Saturn through February, March and April, likely triggering issues concerning his professional ambition. He was elected to the Virginia House in 1992, on his first Saturn return (which also would have activated that Mercury-Venus conjunction).  In 2000, with transiting Saturn squaring Saturn and conjunct his Mercury-Venus, he ran for Congress. In 2002, rebel Uranus made contact with Cantor’s Mercury-Venus-Saturn square, and he was appointed Chief Deputy Republican Whip, the highest appointed position in the Republican Caucus. In 2008, with pixiedust Neptune engaged with that square, he was unanimously elected Republican Whip. So there’s a little picture of how planets making contact to Saturn may be reflected in over time in a horoscope — and now you may understand why becoming aware of them can be helpful.

Anyhoo…

Cantor has an exact hook-up between Mars (action) and Uranus (rebel). Mars-Uranus aspects can be volatile; in Virgo, we’d expect an intensification of Cantor’s need for detailed, perfectionist action by whatever free-spirited/revolutionary/independent means possible.  Also of significance: his Jupiter at 13 Aries, which you should immediately note was supercharged by April’s Cardinal Grand Cross. Jupiter in the horoscope suggests how a person needs to be rewarded, and with Jupiter in Aries it is me-me-me all the way. Me first, me lead, my way or the highway, as suggested in this intriguing page from Cantor’s high school yearbook. You’d think transits to Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy, from Uranus, Pluto, Mars and Jupiter would suggest expanding resources, as in a windfall investment. And other measurements in Cantor’s horoscope do support material enjoyment in the near future. His next gig is likely to be quite lucrative.  This sudden upset is likely reflected by transits to his Midheaven and/or his Ascendant, which we’d see if we wanted to take the time to figure out his birthtime.

In the horoscope of the US, April’s Cardinal Grand Cross suggested a disruption of the status quo, which was mentioned in this forecast back in 2011 – and in other posts, should you care to search this site or Google “us horoscope 2014 graceastrology” I’d argue this upset in the balance of power in Congress is part of that disruption, with more to come…

What’s going on in YOUR horoscope? To find out, feel free to contact me for a personal astro-logical consultation.