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Monday 5/20/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week: Full Moon in Scorpio Fallout

Good Morning!

And how was your Full Moon in Scorpio weekend? Powerful, cathartic and/or intense? If you have a planet or angle around 27 degrees of Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius or Leo, you may have been personally affected by the Scorpio Moon’s need for emotional depth (for the sake of power and control), challenged by the Taurus Sun’s need for material comfort and security. What should have the greater priority: what is mine or what is ours?

The Scorpio Full Moon was exact at 5:11 PM ET on Saturday. Supporting its quest for depth was a daring and disruptive meet-up of Venus and Uranus in Taurus, exact at 12:16 PM ET on Saturday. Earlier that day, a harmony between Mercury (mindset, communication) and Pluto (news from underground) facilitated revelations.  If you watched the SNL season finale, you would have noticed a focus on sensual concerns presented in exceptionally earthy, daring, provocative and definitely unconventional ways. With Sun, Mercury, Venus and Uranus in Taurus, how could we not? Plus, by the time SNL aired at 11:30 PM ET, the Moon was in Sagittarius, pushing boundaries of opinion to the max. It was a welcome relief — and release — from an intense week.

The Sabian Symbols for the Full Moon are “the king of the fairies approaching his domain” (for the Moon), and “a woman pursued by mature romance” (for the Sun). Sabian Symbol sage Blain Bovee suggests we apply these Symbols with a mind for “…attempting to maintain a mature center while being called to a deep longing; trying not to lose one’s head in love and romance…personal creativity blooming late in life; attentions that seem to come out of another realm; a strange sense of security in never quite returning home; staying with a rigid routine out of fear of mystery.”  For more insights from Bovee, look at the preceding links.

As for “trying not to lose one’s head in love and romance,” note that the 26-27 degree Taurus Sun was conjunct Algol, a fixed star associated with decapitation, demons and the destructive fury of women scorned. Still, there is a positive potential to Algol, which you can read about here. Meanwhile, one of the sketches on SNL involved a Ouija board and a female demon. Coincidence or conspiracy?

As for today and the rest of the week…

  • MONDAY — the Sagittarius Moon squared Neptune at 6:32 AM ET; perhaps your dreams were especially escapist or insightful. Moon meets up with Jupiter at 1:05 PM ET, inflating everyone’s righteous opinion about recent happenings, including not one, but TWO water bottles spotted in the series finale of Game of Thrones. Seriously! But with the weekend’s meet-up between Venus and Uranus against that Sag Moon, we were due for more than one shock involving aesthetics, values, women, money and faraway places. Moon goes void at 1:05 PM ET and won’t enter Capricorn until early Tuesday morning. Give yourself permission to wander this afternoon and evening. Get out in nature; take in a foreign film; think outside the box. Don’t get carried away by a crisis that may turn out to be much ado about nothing.
  • TUESDAYMoon enters Capricorn at 3:56 AM ET, facilitating a hard-nosed need to take care of business. Both the Sun and Mercury leave Taurus for Gemini, facilitating an ability to get the word out in clever, diverse and entertaining ways. And by “getting the word out,” I’m referring to all of the seeds that were planted when the Sun was in Aries that then took form when the Sun was in Taurus. It’s time for the world to hear about your fabulous creation. Caveat: though Mercury (how we need to think) functions brilliantly in Gemini (one of the signs it rules), its proximity to the Sun for the next few days increases potential for idealism; i.e., being blinded by one’s own light.  So you could wait a few days for some perspective (reflected by Mercury’s distance from the Sun) before blindly following that charming cavalier off that cliff. Meanwhile, a face-off between the Moon and Mars at 10:35 AM ET suggests a potential conflict/assertive action, especially if you have a planet or angle around 4 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Aries or Libra. The rest of the day and evening offers less resistance, as the proactive drive of the Capricorn Moon is supported by Venus and Uranus.
  • WEDNESDAY — innovative action and technological genius is a strong potential all week, suggested by a cooperative connection (a sextile) between Mars and Uranus exact at 10:46 AM ET. Another sextile between the Moon and Neptune at 3:14 AM ET encourages vision and peaceful resolutions; I can’t say that the evening offers a similar potential. Moon meets up with Saturn and the toxic South Node at 6:22 PM ET, followed by its weekly clash with Pluto at 11:57 PM ET, suggesting an emotional catharsis or power play. Fun Fact: 7 PM ET is the time my co-op board chose for the start of our Annual Shareholders Meeting. The chart is ruled by a cranky Mars in Cancer, sitting in the 8th house (of death). For the first time in decades, two challengers are running against the incumbent board. Clearly the co-op board did not consult with an astrologer before choosing that date and time.
  • THURSDAY — Take it slow in the morning; roll with the twists and flakes. The Capricorn Moon went void right after its clash with Pluto and won’t enter Aquarius until 1:49 PM ET. Around 10:17 PM ET, note the potential for an upset to the status quo, as rebel Uranus challenges the Moon.
  • FRIDAY — the Aquarius Moon sails relatively free and clear. A square from Venus at 12:17 PM ET likely reflects your need to be indulgent and get out of town early for the long Memorial Day weekend.
  • SATURDAY — chill chill chill during the all-day Moon void.
  • SUNDAYMoon enters Pisces at 2:08 AM ET, encouraging us to go with the intuitive flow. If that includes an appointment with your local astrologer, I do have appointments available on Sunday, but not Monday. The Pisces Moon continues through…
  • MONDAY — and goes void on
  • TUESDAY.…at 12:21 AM ET. So if you extend your holiday weekend through Tuesday, you’re likely to get away with it, as the Pisces Moon will be void until 2:32 PM ET.

And now, the news.

Random observation on Game of Thrones: it was THE television series coinciding and reflecting the seven-year series of Uranus-Pluto squares in Aries (which rules iron) and Capricorn (executive authority). At the end of the day, the Iron Throne was destroyed, along with nearly everyone in the cast. But after the apocalypse, the survivors then focused on creating a variety of new democratic systems of governing. We can see how that trend could develop in real life, as in December 2020 Jupiter and Saturn (collective beliefs and structure) will meet up at 0 Aquarius (the people). Looking even further ahead, we see Pluto leaving Capricorn and entering Aquarius in 2023. Power to the people!

In Wednesday’s forecast,  with macho Mars at the Aries Point and leaving Gemini for Cancer (family, women), we anticipated a significant attack in the current war on women. Alabama happily obliged, as 25 white male Republicans voted to ban abortion, with no exception for rape or incest. A doctor who performs an abortion could be imprisoned for 99 years. The vote was 25 – 6, and signed into law by Alabama’s female governor. If you find that news distressing, you’ll find comic relief in Stephen Colbert’s take, as well as SNL’s Leslie Jones.

What’s going on in Alabama’s horoscope?  Here is an awesome write-up, posted in November 2017, when Doug Jones was running against accused sexual predator Roy Moore. Back then, transiting Saturn put the squeeze on Alabama’s renegade Sun-Uranus conjunction in the 8th house (of sex, death and money). Now Alabama’s Sag Sun is feeling the expansive influence of transiting Jupiter, as well as the potential for reckless initiative suggested by transiting Uranus squaring Alabama’s regally entitled Leo Mars. These patterns will continue into early 2020, but that’s not all. Transiting Saturn and Pluto will be sitting right on top of Alabama’s 24 Capricorn Midheaven, which will be eclipsed this July. So when Saturn and Pluto do arrive at 24 Capricorn next year, we may see a rush of action that forever changes Alabama’s status. Adding to the potential for upsets and change: transiting Uranus will cross Alabama’s 8 degree Taurus Ascendant through 2020. Meanwhile, as you would have seen in the 2017 awesome write-up, Alabama was ranked #31 among all states in the category of infrastructure. Two years later, it has slipped to #38. One thing hasn’t changed: Alabama is still rated #50 in the category of education.

In other news, when Venus is in a charged pattern with disruptive Uranus, we often see a record broken in the world of art. Last week that record went to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s father, who paid $91 million for a sculpture by Jeff Koons. As The Root irreverently reports, this is the highest amount ever paid for the work of a living artist.  Of course Steven Mnuchin would be in the news last week, as transiting Mars opposed his Aries Point Sun.  And of course Barack Obama would be making news too, as Mars was conjunct his Aries Point Venus. Last week he announced the formation of a DNC  “Unity Fund” to back the party nominee.

Speaking of party nominees, at least two new Democratic challengers joined the race: New York Mayor Bill deBlasio and Governor Steve Bullock of Montana. As a New York City resident, I couldn’t be bothered to even look at deBlasio’s horoscope, but Bullock intrigued me. Even without a birth time, patterns in his horoscope (4/11/66 in Missoula, MT) are heating up. His Aries Sun is feeling the empowerment of transiting Pluto through 2019, suggesting he is likely to receive serious attention (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez enjoyed a similar power surge when she won her seat in Congress last year — check out this post from 2018)  I can’t tell you how delighted I am to read — just moments ago — WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin’s latest op-ed:  ‘Steve Bullock might be the best-kept secret in the Democratic race.”   Astrology is amazing.

Also amazing: what’s happening in the Nevada State Legislature, the first and only state legislature where women outnumber the men. How cool and progressive is Nevada? When I googled “Nevada horoscope,” I found three articles written on the subject that were not posted on academic astrology sites. Here is one — a fine analysis — and astrology students can look and appreciate why Nevada will continue to make disruptive headlines into 2020.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 7/22/2016 & the Weekend: The Voice in My Head; Oh Dem Veeps; A Fatal Attraction


Friday and Saturday are driven by the Moon in Pisces, the sign it entered at 4:35AM ET. One hour later, at 5:30AM ET, the Sun entered Leo, the sign it rules.  Leo refers to drama kings and queens, creative play and the need to shine as an individual. Four years ago, here’s what I wrote on a day with similar patterns:

It’s not until we get to Pisces, the last sign of the Zodiac, that we may begin to appreciate that the individual and the collective are one and the same; that the illusion that we are separated from one another is just that: an illusion. Pisces suggests that it really is “all for one and one for all.”

Imagine my surprise a few hours later, as I was reading yet another metaphysical book that had fallen into my lap — this one called Happier Than God by Neale Donald Walsch. At the end of Chapter 15, Walsch talks about his quest to find the answer to these questions: 1) What does it take to make life work? and 2) Why does my life have to be such a continuing struggle? Walsch credits a conversation with God with this answer:

“Your life does not have to be such a continuing struggle. The problem is simple. You think your life is about you. Your life is not about you.”

“It isn’t?” I asked.

“No,” God answered.

“Well, then, who in the world is it about?”

Everyone in the world.”

The book then expounds on a simple, yet profound concept that “All Things are One Thing. There is only One Thing, and All Things are part of the One Thing That Is.”  Walsch makes the case that when you can apply this concept in day-to-day living, you will have mastered the key to success. Sounds pretty Piscean to me.

Your mission today — perhaps — is to accept the challenge of shining as a king or queen, driven by a compassionate, intuitive, collective soul. A structural challenge to that visionary agenda may weigh in heavily around 10:17PM ET, when Saturn squares the Moon. Saturn suggests necessary controls on ambition and advance. Where would you be living without Saturn? In a field under an open sky. You can’t build a house without it.

Go with the flow on Saturday. There is no void to deter your shopping sprees, though a face-off between Moon and Jupiter at 4:25PM ET suggests the potential for overindulgence. Moon goes void on SUNDAY at 3:06AM ET, then zooms into Aries at 8:33AM, where its me-me-me first need balances nicely with the playful love-love-love-me-do drive of the Leo Sun.

No sleeping in on Monday.  The Aries Moon drives the whole business day forward.

And now, the news.

Politics, politics, politics.

My ears are still ringing from all the shouting last night, as Donald Trump took the stage under the following planetary conditions. The Sun was at the very end of Cancer, clinging to its homeland security-focused agenda for dear life. The Aquarius Moon was wandering in a void, pushed there on a potentially ruthless stab from Mars at 26 degrees Scorpio, which just happens to square The Donald’s natal Mars at 26 Leo, as well as his 29 Leo Ascendant. Was all that talk of gloom and doom much ado about nothing?  From his perspective, perhaps not. We would expect him to be in a fighting spirit, more so than usual. Elsewhere, we note that transiting Jupiter in Virgo was square to his natal Sun-Uranus in blah blah blah Gemini and also to his Moon in “respect my righteous opinion” Sagittarius.

Are we surprised that his Big Message was “I am your voice?” Jupiter’s influence adds expansion, fortune and/or bombast to a fiercely independent, erratic mix. To any skilled astrologer who studied his horoscope a year ago, there are no surprises to his success. None. Zip. Zero. That’s the edge astrologers have over all the mainstream pundits who could not see this reality coming, shades of fascism included. The latter potential is suggested by current planetary patterns, including the aftermath of the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square, a pattern that was last active in the early 30s and mid-60s.

For those who subscribe to the maxim, “those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it,” here is a short Ted talk video explaining how Hitler rose to power in a democratic society. Please don’t let this happen to you. The outcome of this election is tough to call and there’s a Moon void on Election Day, suggesting a high flake factor. Don’t flake — because if you don’t vote, someone else will. And then you’ll be sorry.

Meanwhile, in the aftermath of a failed coup in Turkey last week, thousands working in universities, media, law enforcement, judicial and other government capacities have been, as the BBC reports, “sacked.” Yes, thousands.  Even without a confirmed birth time, we can see in the horoscope of Turkish PM Recep Erdogan that six of ten major planets — Sun, Mercury and Venus in Pisces, square to Moon and Mars in Sagittarius, squared by Jupiter in Gemini — are under pressure from the surreal mind control potential of transiting Saturn in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces and Jupiter in Virgo. Two other planets — Uranus and Neptune, are under the disruptive potential of transiting Uranus and Pluto. No wonder he’s been so busy.

Politics, politics, politics…

I did not re-visit the horoscopes of VP contenders Cory Booker or Elizabeth Warren. They are Democratic senators in states with Republican governors. If either became VP, their replacement would surely be Republican, as exciting as a Booker or Warren VP would be. Hillary Clinton is not running on excitement; she’s running on the preservation of the status quo. This is one of her biggest problems.

I looked at Senator Tim Kaine’s horoscope earlier this week.  A Pisces with Moon in Gemini, he needs to be the smartest kid in the room, just like President Obama. In fact, his 4 Gemini Moon is almost exactly conjunct Obama’s — how do you like that? His Ascendant — the way he needs to be seen — is Aries. Keywords for Aries include: pioneer, impulsive, me-me-me, inspiring, fast, first and falling down stairs because it’s faster than walking. Check out his eyebrows, sharp chin and piercing gaze, which fit the expected Aries projection to a T.

I like his Venus in Aquarius — in harmony with the Moon — and in a face-off with Uranus. This is serious humanitarian potential, an ability — along with other elements in his horoscope — to get along with others even if they do not share every one of his values.

Kaine’s second Saturn return will begin later this year, grounding and galvanizing his ambition and career status. He should be at a career peak in early 2018, when Saturn will sit at the top of his horoscope. He is also primed for extraordinary enterprising effort this year and into next, as transiting Pluto empowers his Mars in Capricorn, the ruler of his Aries Ascendant. He’s just days away from an exact solar arc between Moon and Venus, suggesting a potential popular appeal. This all looks very promising.

His horoscope is quite compatible with what we know of Hillary’s horoscope.  His “man on a mission” Jupiter-Neptune  in Scorpio is in harmony with Hillary’s Scorpio Sun. So is his idealistic Sun-Mercury conjunction in Pisces.  He can easily cheer her on and share ideas. If he becomes VP, his replacement in the Senate will be appointed by the Democratic governor of Virginia.

I glanced at Tom Vilsack’s horoscope, time unknown. True to the current trend, he’s a Sagittarius — yet another Mutable Sign dominating the political landscape. Moon probably in Aquarius, where it may connect with Hillary’s regal and forceful mash-up among Mercury-Venus in Scorpio square to militant Mars-Saturn-Pluto in Leo. That connection could be challenging, even though his Jupiter in Pisces can, like Kaine’s Jupiter, cheer on Hillary’s Scorpio Sun. And then my eyes just glazed over and I had to stop and do something else. Which has nothing to do with Mr. Vilsack.

Time will tell…

UPDATE: Tim Kaine it is. Here are some fun facts.

In other news, Roger Ailes is absolutely out at Fox News. Too many women stepping forward with accounts of his sexual harassment. We don’t have a birth time for him — just a date — May 15, 1940 in Warren, OH. His natal electric Sun-Uranus conjunction at 22 and 24 Taurus has been intensely opposed by transiting Mars in ruthless Scorpio all last month and this month — huzzah!  Both of those natal planets are in contact with 1) the fixed star Capulus and 2) the fixed star Algol. The former is male sexual energy and the latter conjures up a fearsome feminine force and/or the potential for losing one’s head. You may remember Capulus in a recent post about Mick Jagger and Donald Trump, who both have that star strongly placed. Also noting a heavy connection between the Sun and Saturn by solar arc, suggesting an opportunity to face some major karma or other cut.

Gretchen Carlson’s horoscope has intriguing connection to Ailes, as we’d expect. She has a heavy aspect between the Sun at 29 Gemini  and Saturn at 29 Pisces that directly challenges Ailes’s Mars at 29 Gemini. A forceful — but restricted — attraction. Somehow she could limit his assertiveness. Her Venus is at — oh looky — 24 Taurus, closerthanthis to his Sun-Uranus connection, along with those difficult Fixed Stars, Capulus and Algol. She experiences him as a disruptive energy in an ill-fated, potentially sexually-charged connection. And in fact, those are the charges she filed…under pressure from that very same transiting Mars at 24 Scorpio. Astrology is amazing.

Her 12PM birth time is unconfirmed, but it gives a 15 Virgo Ascendant and a 12 degrees Gemini Midheaven. If correct, these points have been under great pressures which could result in ambition, expansion, separation, betrayal and scandal. She definitely has transiting Jupiter meeting up with her natal Uranus and Pluto in Virgo. This suggests a windfall opportunity…

What’s going on in your horoscope? Why are you attracted to that guy? When is your windfall likely to happen? Find out in a personal consultation — which I guarantee you will find enlightening and helpful. Here’s the 411.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday-Saturday 6/9-11/2016: Mars vs. Mercury; Politics As Usual

Allllllll-righty then!

The regal Leo Moon, seeking ways to play, shine or issue insufferably egocentric edicts, cruises through the day. It’s supported by easy aspects from the Sun, Venus and Uranus between 1:40PM ET and 9:40PM ET, suggesting the potential for balance, enjoyment and innovation in your plans for world domination.

On the other hand, there’s this: a face-off between Mercury in stubborn Taurus and Mars — retrograde — in equally stubborn Scorpio. That  happens at 1:01PM ET. Oh, and Mercury is also conjunct the fixed star Algol, which conjures up images of the Medusa and other ways of “losing one’s head.” Mercury refers to mindset and communication. It is absolutely fascinating that Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders are meeting on a day with this aspect — at 11:15AM ET in Washington.

We haven’t looked at President Obama’s horoscope in a while, but let the record show that his Midheaven (career, status), is 28 degrees of Scorpio. Remember back in 2014, after those awful midterm elections, when mainstream media pundits were predicting he would be toast for the rest of his term? Remember how your local astrologer had written many moons before that transiting Saturn would be at the top of the his horoscope at the end of 2014, suggesting that to the contrary, Barack Obama would likely be at the top of his game, moving forward on an ambitious strategy?

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So now we have transiting Mars crossing Barack Obama’s Midheaven, exact on March 2, May 30 and July 30. We can see the potential here for action, likely related to whatever ambitious advance was on his mind in late 2014 and 2015.  Today’s Mars-Mercury face-off affects his horoscope more than others.

Same for Bernie Sanders. In his horoscope, using a speculative birth time of 12:27PM, we see transiting Mars on a 25 Scorpio Ascendant, meaning that Mercury is on his 25 Taurus Descendant. Interesting. We can see how he might need to be communicating one-on-one today. Regardless of a birth time, transiting Mars is  opposing his natal Saturn-Uranus conjunction, triggering his need to reinvent the wheel. The Mars factor also suggests potential frustration and recklessness —  or discipline and innovation in meeting goals. As with President Obama, Mars will be hot again in the senator’s horoscope at the end of July.

Random thought: looking ahead to 2017, I have no worries whatsoever about President Obama’s career prospects, as upcoming patterns suggest considerable power, influence and resources on a wide-reaching scale.

As for the forecast tomorrow:

West Coasters may feel more of the potential for conflict suggested by a challenge between Moon and Mars at 1:37AM ET on FRIDAY. Moon goes  void on a challenge to Mercury at 3:14AM ET on FRIDAY, entering perfection-seeking Virgo at 9:46AM ET. East Coasters, that early morning void may be experienced as a twist or flake in your trip to the office. Roll with it and remember that crises which crop up during voids are often much ado about nothing.

The Virgo Moon sails through Friday without interference, facilitating your efforts to put everything in order.

Note your dreams on Saturday, as the Moon connects with Neptune at 8:59AM ET. A potential wet blanket or necessary chore may be on your plate in the early part of the day, as the Moon squares off with taskmaster Saturn. The rest of the day suggests an easy flow of good cheer and resources as you go about your day. Do your shopping on Saturday, as there is no moon void. On Sunday the Moon will be void between 10:47AM ET and 8:33PM ET. Chill.

And now, the news.

What would it take for Paul Ryan to withdraw his endorsement of Donald Trump?” wonders Washington Post reporter James Hohman, no doubt rhetorically.  Perhaps a swift kick from transiting Uranus to Speaker Ryan’s Libra Moon around July 1st. We can imagine how stressed out that part of his horoscope must be. A Libra Moon needs to be a people pleaser, promoting balance and harmony in relationships in a fair-minded way. Generally speaking, planets in Libra are averse to conflict — and I can tell you horror stories of what some people with heavy Libra horoscopes have done to avoid it. Other dates to watch for include the first week in August, when transiting Mars will hit Speaker Ryan’s Sagittarius Ascendant and Neptune for the third time.  The Third Quarter Moon on August 24th looks like an interesting period, when he’ll have the second hit of Uranus opposing his Moon.

Hmm…there is literally nothing fun on the homepage of the NYT right now…gotta end on something fun…especially given next Friday’s reality-bending, potentially despairing square between Saturn and Neptune….

Ooh! Looky! Physicist Stephen Hawking now says there’s no need for despair when confronted with a ginormous black hole! He believes there may be a way out. Huzzah! Keep that in mind, if you happen to encounter any black holes over the next several days.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 3/27/2015 & The Weekend: Germanwings Flight 4U9525

Speechless. But let’s write and post anyway.

As you know from reading Monday’s forecast, the Gemini Moon was void yesterday between 8:35AM and 3:45PM ET. Routine tasks were favored, as was chilling if you could. Avoiding making mountains out of molehills would have been favored, too. Yea verily, I tried hard to follow my own advice and simply write and publish, but my best efforts were thwarted by a boondoggle of a “crisis”. I’ll find out in a few days if it was “much ado about nothing,” as the void suggested. Oy!

The Moon is now in Cancer, driving the next 48+ hours with a need for nurturing and nourishment. A home-cooked meal with decadent indulgence  would be divine, suggested by a square between an especially sensual Venus in Taurus and Jupiter in drama queen Leo — exact at 10:11PM ET. If you were born almost halfway through the signs of Taurus, Leo, Aquarius and Scorpio, you may be feeling the push to expand and/or bliss out more than most.

Earlier today — at 3:43AM ET — the First Quarter Moon may have offered a challenge to your New Moon agenda set last week.  An easy alignment between Moon and Neptune at 7:34AM ET suggests you note your dreams. The expansive and indulgent spirit of Venus and Jupiter permeate the day, with the potential for an upset or power play around 9-10PM ET, when the sensitive Cancer Moon makes contact with Uranus and Pluto.

Patterns on Saturday are relatively quiet — with two exceptions, which I’ll discuss in a minute. The Cancer Moon remains in gear during business hours, so feel free to shop. Focusing on home and family improvement is favored — whatever fulfills your needs for emotional security. If said needs are not being met, you may be feeling cranky about it at 9:58PM ET, when the Moon goes void on a charged connection to willful Mars. Do you really need to lash out?

The Moon enters regal, playful Leo at 1:48AM ET on Sunday, looking for an excuse to play, shine or otherwise steal the show. Efforts to do so can be applied with righteous practicality around 11AM ET, as Moon makes an easy alignment with taskmaster Saturn. If you need to have a serious heart-to-heart with healing potential, ride the wave of emotional depth suggested by an easy flow between Venus and Pluto, exact Monday at 3:45AM ET.

Moon goes void at 9:57AM ET on Monday, not to enter the next sign — Virgo — until 2:12PM ET Tuesday. Long weekend, anyone?

And now, the news.

Before I talk about specific events, let’s talk about those patterns I mentioned earlier that are not “relatively quiet”. They’re humming in the background and may be reflected by startling headlines, even on days with little other exact planetary patterns.

First, we’re in the aftermath of 1) the fallout from last Friday’s New Moon/eclipse at 29 Pisces — also the prominent Aries Point; and 2) the fallout from the seventh Uranus-Pluto square. This is big stuff — and potentially exhausting, as I’m hearing from many who are more intuitive than the average bear.

But wait, there’s more. Uranus and Pluto are also in an obsessive-compulsive relationship with the Aries Point, suggesting more more more actions that achieve prominence in areas ruled by these two planets; e.g., aviation, accidents, infrastructure, technology, corporations, plutocracy, energy resources, mining. This tension is not going away. The pressure on Uranus will ease up in May, then return at the end of November and carry us through early 2016. The pressure on Pluto is in effect for all of 2015. Whoa.

The technical astrological term for this obsessive-compulsive pattern is quindecile, which is an aspect of 165 degrees. If you are a serious student of astrology, order The Quindecile: the Astrology & Psychology of Obsession by Ricki Reeves.

Now — really — the news.

Avid reader Ben asked me to write about Germanwings flight 4U9525. I was planning to write about Monsanto, but I am going to defer to Ben, because he’s kind enough to forward this forecast to everyone he knows, some of whom I’ve actually worked with on their horoscopes. Thank you, Ben!

Flight 9525 was scheduled to take off from Barcelona at 9:35AM, when the Taurus Moon was void of course. So already we have the potential for things not to go as planned. The Moon was conjunct the fixed star Algol, which in mythology and astrology suggests violence, “losing one’s head” and otherwise unfortunate endings. There is a strong feminine energy associated with Algol, and I wonder how this might play out as we learn more about this flight. In the departure chart,  Moon and Algol are in the 12th House, the house of “self-undoing”.

Update: it has been reported that the pilot who crashed the plane was having a “relationship crisis”

The ruler of the chart for the actual flight departure at 10:01:12AM is Mercury in Pisces, almost exactly conjunct Chiron. Pisces can be a challenging placement for Mercury, which refers to mindset. Mercury functions more efficiently in signs like Gemini and Virgo, which support logic and discernment. Pisces can be a  faith-based, sensitive sort — sometimes melancholy — and not always logical. Chiron represents a wounded healer. An additional suggestion of sacrifice, loss, martyrdom and bewilderment is suggested by Neptune squaring the Gemini Ascendant. Something about this whole event (the departure) is not as it seems.

Rushing into the 12th House from the 11th is Mars, unaspected, and thus attracting a lot of attention. It is in Aries, a headstrong, reckless and/or courageous energy that needs to take action — and it does so quite effectively, for better or for worse. I could write more, but already we’ve covered enough points to see that this moment in time is not one any astrologer would consciously elect to do much of anything.

The Ascendant of the chart for the actual crash at 10:41AM in Barcelonette is 29 Gemini — the Aries Point — suggesting prominence. We also see Pluto in a quindecile to that very prominent Ascendant, suggesting themes of power, obsession and potential destruction.

In 1999, Egyptair 990 went down in the Atlantic shortly after takeoff. It was determined that one of the pilots had deliberately crashed the plane.  That flight departed JFK at 1:19AM on October 31st. There are some similarities between that departure chart and that of Germanwings 4U9295.

Exhibit A:  the Sun is squared by Neptune, Uranus and the South Node. In classical astrology, the South Node suggests destruction. The Sun in the Germanwings chart is conjunct the South Node and Uranus.  Exhibit B:  the Moon is in the 12th House  — but here it is challenged by opposing Neptune, the South Node and Uranus.  Exhibit C: Like the Germanwings flight, Mercury is also conjunct Chiron. It is also in an obsessive quindecile to heavy Saturn — suggesting depression and/or control.  Exhibit D: Mars is strongly placed  — but here it is in “make-it-happen” Capricorn, and in an easy alignment with ambitious Saturn.

I find these similarities interesting.

We now have a birth date for Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings pilot. He was born on December 18, 1987 — time unknown. I can think of others born around this date who have made headlines. One is known for an act of violence and a distorted sense of reality; another has been called a traitor or a hero, depending on one’s politics. Planetary patterns around this birth date are intense,

Briefly, Lubitz’s Sun is in high-flying, Sagittarius, tightly conjunct Mercury and Saturn.  This suggests a serious focus — and I would wonder about possible depression…and perhaps a challenging relationship with a strict father.  Add erratic, restless, intensely independent Uranus to this tight cluster of planets and you can appreciate a maverick potential.

Update: it has been reported that Lubitz did suffer from depression and sought to hide his condition from his employer.

Other aspects involving the nodal axis and Chiron suggest a challenging relationship with the mother/maternal influence.  Lubitz’s Moon is in either Scorpio or Sagittarius,  probably the former. This suggests a reigning need to be seen as a person of substance and depth, likely concerned with acquiring knowledge as a means of gaining control. This Moon could be conjunct (depending upon birth time) Mars and Pluto, also in Scorpio. Mars and Pluto in Scorpio suggest extremes in action.

Meanwhile, a potential wild card here is nebulous Neptune, planet of transcendence, fantasy, the spiritual and the delusional, What is this person’s vision? This can run away with the horoscope, for better or worse. Discipline and control challenged by a desire to move beyond boundaries?

Update 3/28 — headline: “Andreas Lubitz Sought Treatment for Vision Problems Before Germanwings Crash”. Eyesight wasn’t what I was thinking when I noted the potential for a bewildering vision running wild in the horoscope — but it’s interesting. Was thinking more along the lines of a distorted psychological vision….

In other news,  Wikileaks released more on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement that is being negotiated in secret. Why is that, we would all like to know.  Wouldn’t we? Here is the headline from the linked article: TPP Leak Reveals Extraordinary New Powers for Thousands of Foreign Firms to Challenge U.S. Policies and Demand Taxpayer Compensation.  Do you know what the TPP is?

Reflecting the largesse potential of Friday’s exact challenge between Venus and Jupiter, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced he planned to give the bulk of his $800 million fortune to charity before he dies. Add the easy corporate flow of Wednesday’s Sun-Saturn trine to this “big deal” potential, and lo and behold — Kraft and Heinz announce a merger that will make them the world’s 5th largest food company. Even more dazzlingly efficient and expansive: members of Congress appear to have actually accomplished something this week, as NYT columnist Gail Collins cheerfully explains.

Finally — talk about pressure, Scientists have discovered a new layer miles beneath the Earth’s surface — that may be the source of some mysterious earthquakes.

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