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Wednesday 4/26/2017: New Moon in Taurus; Genius or…?

Happy New Moon in Taurus, which officially began at 8:16 AM ET. Light a candle; make a list. and focus on your intentions for the next lunar cycle.

A Taurus Moon seeks comfort and stability on a material level. What seeds can you plant to make that garden grow? Consider thinking outside the box, suggested by an intense meet-up between Mercury (mindset) and innovative Uranus in this New Moon chart. Or be prepared for sudden insights that disrupt the status quo.

This disruptive potential is echoed by the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon: “a woman of Samaria.” Do you know her story? Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee calls it “an image of a moment of truth.” Thus we are advised in this lunar cycle to be alert to situations where we must determine the authenticity of what is presented. Is it real gold or fool’s gold? We are advised to consider matters more deeply before moving forward into unfamiliar territory. This Sabian Symbol was connected to the Full Moon on October 29, 2012.  At that time, a storm was brewing.

Wherever 7 degrees of Taurus falls in your horoscope, settle for nothing less than unconditional truth. In mundane affairs, efforts to discern the unconditional truth are apt to be obfuscated by the pixie-dusted snake oil suggested by Mars (action!) and Neptune (fog!), as the two square off on May 11th, just after the Full Moon on May 10th.  Note that when we set this New Moon chart in Washington DC, the Sun and Moon are in the 12th House — out of the spotlight — along with Mars in multitasking, double-talking Gemini. Oh what a buzz is likely to be going on in a backroom near you…

And now, the news.

This Friday’s meet-up between Mercury and Uranus favors rocket scientists, impulsive speech, quick thinking and people who are batshit crazy. What a fitting pattern for the launch of National Geographic’s “Genius,” about the life of Albert Einstein. He’s in the “rocket scientist” category, btw. Just to be clear.

Also happening on Friday: Venus — which refers to women — leaves Pisces (the soulful victim), for Aries (warrior woman). We see the potential for matters related to Venus (women, values, art, money) to be especially prominent — and in ways that some might say are “shipwrecked.” Why? Because Venus will also be in a tight meet-up with the Fixed Star Scheat, which refers to big thinkers (upside) and shipwrecks (downside).  An apt pattern for Ann Coulter’s rescheduled (thx Mercury retro!) speech at Berkeley? Ms. Coulter is a double Sagittarius whose righteously opinionated Moon may be feeling the pressure of transiting Saturn upon it. This brief look at her horoscope includes useful reminders of key current and past planetary patterns we see reflected in world events.

Considering  how much of April was dominated by the controlling clash between Venus and Saturn (patriarchy), tonight’s New Moon in fertile Taurus is apt for the premiere of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu. A review in the Washington Post calls it not only timely, but “essential viewing for these fractured times,”  Indeed.

Meanwhile, in Tokyo last Saturday — on what I believe was a dreamy Pisces Moon linking up with the equally  dreamy fantasy potential of Neptune — ice skating champions Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres wowed the crowd with a freestyle dance to “The Sound of Silence.” Silence. An apt meditation for a Mercury retrograde, while you contemplate your list of New Moon intentions…

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 11/14/2016: Sneak Peek at the Week; the President-Elect’s 2017

Happy Monday!

…in the aftermath of the Full Moon,  which was exact at 8:52AM ET. Moon is now void for the next 12 hours, suggesting a focus on routine matters in your Moon-in-Taurus  efforts to build and preserve material security. Once the Moon enters Gemini at 8:23PM ET, the focus will be on information and communication — real and unreal, as Moon makes challenging contacts with Neptune and Saturn TUESDAY at 10:53 AM ET and 9:34PM ET, respectively.

Moon will be void on WEDNESDAY at 5:57AM ET until 7:57PM ET, again suggesting a focus on routine matters. Impulse shopping expeditions are not advised. Whatever runaway buzz of a crisis that may dominate headlines on Wednesday is to be viewed cautiously, as crises which crop up during voids often prove to be much ado about nothing. Roll with whatever twists and flakes may deter your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Chill!!

Moon enters Cancer on Wednesday at 7:57PM ET, suggesting a focus on emotional/home/homeland security. Said security may be disrupted by an upset and/or power play as the Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus, at 9:39PM ET Thursday and 7:10AM ET on FRIDAY. Moon will be void between 5:02PM ET and 10:14PM ET. It then enters Leo for the rest of the weekend, carrying out its regally entitled agenda or partying like there’s no tomorrow. Which will it be for you?

Planetary aspects this week include a cooperative aspect between Mercury (thought, information) and Mars (action), facilitating initiative on your brilliant ideas. Said brilliance may be visionary. It may also be delusional, given that Mercury will be challenged by Neptune at 11:04AM ET on Friday, followed by an alignment between Venus and Neptune at 6:04PM ET on Saturday. Neptune aspects come with rose-colored glasses. Buyer beware — unless you’ve consciously signed up for a fantastic escape.

Not only that, but Neptune turns direct at 11:39PM ET on Saturday, ending a five month period of subtle focus on your own dreams and intuition for guidance. When a planet is retrograde, the suggestion is to turn inward on issues involving that planet, as opposed to looking outside the self.  You’ll feel the effects of Neptune’s change of station more personally if you were born 8-11 days into Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius…or if you have a planet or angle at 8-11 degrees of those signs. What kind of effects? Oh…perhaps you are feeling somewhat bewildered…or less inclined to be in Type A personality mode (if you are normally a Type A personality). You may find yourself needing to express your creativity — even if you have never thought of yourself as a “creative” person. You may also find being of service richly rewarding.

In the news this weekend,  watch for headlines involving Neptune concerns: oil, victims, suffering, forgiveness, music, drugs, scandal, lies, suicide, refugees, rarefied art, spiritual concerns, drinking — to name but a few.

Other planetary patterns to keep in mind as we continue through the year and into year. First, Saturn is now halfway through Sagittarius — at 15 degrees of that sign. Here’s an excerpt from a post dated 1/27/2015 — read the full post for the rest of the story.

The Saturn in Sagittarius lesson here is that the police chief did not like the photo — so much that, according to the promo producer’s boss, he would not give the TV station any more one-on-one interviews. Restricted access (Saturn) for that TV station (Sagittarius). The boss was not happy. He thought the photo the promo producer used made the police chief look like “a buffoon,” if the recording of the conversation made by the promo producer is authentic. Does it look that much different from the one that ran in the New York Daily News? Why, when the police chief refused to grant the TV station any more interviews, didn’t the station make that a news story?

Here’s a detailed post about what we can expect when planets travel through the back half of a sign. Briefly, with Saturn in the back half of Sagittarius through 2017, we see the potential for actions taken to control and incorporate (Saturn) Sagittarius concerns (publishing, collective beliefs, foreigners, travel, broad comedy, broadcasting, religious dogma, sports, opinions).

Consider also that Pluto is now at 15 Capricorn, ruthlessly moving forward on its power agenda of breaking down (Pluto) the Establishment (Capricorn). Consider also that Jupiter — which refers to expansion — has been triggering the series of disruptive Uranus-Pluto squares we experienced between 2012 and 2015. Jupiter is currently at 13 Libra; the squares are triggered when Jupiter hits 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14 and 15 degrees of Libra — which it will do several times now and through 2017. So we see the potential for expanded disruption of the status quo, for better or for worse. We live in interesting times.

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And now, the news.

Newspaper headlines are expressing concern that the current president-elect’s administration will usher in restrictions on press freedoms. This would be in sync with patterns noted above. Other headlines express concern about surveillance, another way of controlling opinions and publishing. When Melania Trump announced she would campaign against bullying on social media, we see another potential control on freedom of speech/opinion/publishing, for better or for worse.

Meanwhile, media maven Stephen K. Bannon has been named to a special post in the president-elect’s administration. No birth time is available. Born Nov 27 1953.  Sun in Sagittarius; I’d argue Moon in Leo — where it would be aligned with his boss’s Leo Mars and Ascendant — but it could be early Virgo, too — and still aligned with his boss. The Moon would be conjoined with Pluto, suggesting added emotional intensity to a regal need for ego recognition (if the Moon is Leo) — or a need to be seen as right (if it is Virgo). Further thought and research is required. What’s hot in what we can see of his horoscope now is transiting Pluto squaring his Mars, suggesting he’s been on a major action plan for empowerment all year and into 2017. His natal Pluto will be eclipsed in August — and possibly his Moon, too — we’d need a birth time to be sure.

UPDATE: I no longer believe Mr. Bannon’s Moon is in Leo — though still likely aligned with his boss’s Ascendant.

Washington insider  Reince Priebus has been named White House Chief of Staff. He is a Pisces with the Sun at the Aries Point,  destined to attracted prominence and power. His Sun at 28 Pisces is opposed by Pluto at 0 Libra — also the Aries Point. Both are involved with Scheat, a Fixed Star known for its association with intellectuals and shipwrecks. This is likely a sensitive soul who may have felt suppressed in his early home life. His Taurus Moon suggests  a need to establish material comfort and security however he may feel things “ought to be.” His naturally buzzing me-me-me Aries mindset is opposed by Uranus, and that’s being supercharged now by transiting Pluto — adding power and persuasion to potentially disruptive ideas.

Also of interest: his Mars at 24 Taurus, just illuminated by today’s Full Moon. His Mars is on his boss’s 23 Taurus Midheaven. 23-24 Taurus corresponds to the Fixed Star Capulus. You will recall that Capulus refers to “male sexual energy” — and we’ve seen in the horoscope of Roger Ailes Donald Trump, Gretchen Carlson, Mick Jagger and David Crosby. Hillary Clinton has her North Node at 24 Taurus.

Really — Gretchen Carlson? Yes — and here is her NYT op-Ed on sexual harassment — published under the illumination of the Full Moon conjunct Capulus. Astrology is amazing.

Meanwhile, in Donald Trump’s horoscope, we see the first of three hits to his Moon, Sun and relationship point from transiting Saturn on 12/30, 1/6 and 1/14, respectively. Thus begins an ambitious agenda (upside) or a feeling of restrictive focus, control or loss. This pattern hits again in July, September and October. The Moon is only exactly hit once, but will still be under pressure in July. The restrictive influence of Saturn suggests he will not be able to have everything he wants — bringing to life the reality of the song he kept playing at rallies, despite objections from the artists.

These limitations are countered by expansion — in the form of three hits of transiting Jupiter to his Jupiter, ruler of the area of his horoscope which refers to creative self-expression, children and speculative ventures. Saturn co-rules that area of his horoscope, so it may be six of one; half dozen of the other. Expansion of power and resources is suggested by an extraordinary double whammy of  Pluto — also to his Jupiter — now and through 2017.

A need for innovation and excitement that disrupts his mindset, communication and professional status is also at work in 2017, suggested by transiting Uranus squaring his Venus. When I think of Venus with Uranus, I think “I love you, but don’t take it personally.” I think of unconventional attractions and surprises involving women, values, money and aesthetics. OMG I am just realizing that Venus will be retrograde in brash Aries from March 4 through April 15th. What an inauspicious time to be redecorating the White House.

Back to the president-elect…

Chiron the Wounded Healer is still in play now and next year, continuing to expose toxic patterns and relationships going back years. This week, a month from now and January-February are active for Chiron, as are June, July and August. Of special interest: the total eclipse that will fall across all of the continental United States on August 21st. This hits two points in Trump’s horoscope: Mars and his Leo Ascendant, at a time when Mars (action, aggression) will be more easily provoked. The eclipse will be triggered on September 3rd (this applies to anyone with a point or planet at 29 Leo, Aquarius, Taurus and Scorpio). Mitt Romney’s Ascendant was eclipsed in May of 2012. Jeb Bush’s Ascendant was eclipsed in September of 2015. Mark your calendars.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 10/4/2016 & Beyond: Sneak Peak at the Week; When Mars Attacks!

Alll-righty then!

Picking up from where we left off on Friday, which was:

No sleeping in on Monday — planetary patterns suggest high-energy and discipline throughout the week, with a power play by the week’s end.  This bodes well for the application of those New Moon projects you’ve got planned.

The work week began with the Moon in controlling Scorpio, seeking to fulfill its mission of being appreciated for its emotional depth and substance. It goes void at 9:04PM ET, just in time for the VP debate between candidates Mike Pence and Tim Kaine. Much ado about nothing? Of little consequence? Upsets and twists in efforts to move forward in a straight line? A higher than average flake factor, reflected in the ratings? A victory for the underdog? All of these are caveats until 4:26AM ET WEDNESDAY, when the Moon enters high-flying Sagittarius and is no longer void. In this contest, I’m putting my two cents on Tim Kaine, given the action of transiting Jupiter and Mars in the contenders’ horoscopes — even without a confirmed birth time for Mike Pence.

Moon in Sagittarius (sign of the philosopher-clown) is bright and bouncy, ready for a gamble or a gambol. Wednesday through most of Friday, consider ways to broaden your horizons. Have an opinionated debate. Take in a show. Take a walk in the woods. Watch a foreign movie. If you can give yourself permission to wander on Friday, you’ll maximize the potential of a Sagittarius Moon that is void-of-course, which could be quite an adventure. Friday’s Moon void will occur between 2:26AM ET and 4:40PM ET. Can you start your Columbus Day holiday weekend early? Go for it!

The high-energy and discipline suggested this week comes courtesy of an easy alignment between the Sun and Saturn (facilitating said discipline and structure) and a super-charged aspect between Mars in Capricorn (practical, effective ambition translated into action) and Jupiter (expansion). The former is exact today at 12:59PM ET; the latter happens WEDNESDAY at 5:45PM ET. Also of note on Wednesday at 5:20PM ET: an easy alignment between Venus in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn. Venus refers to women, money, values, beauty and social expression. Pluto refers to power, resources, underground currents, transformation and regeneration.  Those Plutonian symbols are likely to be reflected in power-play headlines towards the end of the week, as Pluto squares the Libra Sun on Friday at 3:31PM ET.  Also on Friday: Mercury leaves Virgo for Libra at 3:56AM ET, moving past the point at which it turned retrograde on August 30th. Our collective thinking officially moves forward….until the next Mercury retrograde on December 19th.

If a surprise were going to show up in October (as opposed to the power play Friday’s Sun-Pluto challenge may bring), I’d look to the days leading up to the Full Moon on the 16th, when rebel Uranus will oppose the Sun and conjoin the me-me-me Aries Moon. Mars (action) and Mercury (communication) are in a combative connection on the 13th. On the 19th, Mars (assertion and action) meets up with Pluto in Capricorn, sign of the Powers That Be. Hours later, Mercury (ideas, communication) is disrupted by a hard connection to Uranus, suggesting innovation, shock or some other lightning bolt from the blue. In the U.S., the third and final debate between Hillary Clinton and her opponent happens on the 19th. Yowza. The days leading up to the 29th may also be provocative, as Mars is challenged by Uranus.

And now, the news.

Astrology — in two parts. First, some of you may have seen a “news” item in which NASA allegedly tells everyone that thanks to the precession of the equinoxes, your Sun Sign has changed. This is about the same “news” that caused panic in the populace at the beginning of 2011 — and refuted in this forecast at that time.   Why would this story be back now?  Off the top of my head, I do note that in late 2010 and early 2011,  Jupiter and Uranus (which refers to astrology) were together at the end of Pisces, close to the prominent Aries Point. Last month, Jupiter was at the end of Virgo, making contact with its position in 2011…so perhaps this, along with other planets recently at the end of Virgo, served as a trigger for the “story” to be revisited.

Stay tuned for the second astrology part in the next forecast.

Meanwhile…a few random observations of the astonishing synchronicity of planetary patterns and the headlines.

On Saturday’s exact harmonious alignment between Venus (arts) and Neptune (even more sublimely artsy-fartsy), the home page of the NYT was littered with more than the usual array of stories on this theme. I was traveling over the weekend — I did not write them down.

Last week, big was BIG — as in Jupiter, which is in Libra, a people-pleasing, appearance -conscious sign if ever there was one. And on the 26th, the day of the first debate between HRC and her opponent, the Libra Sun met up with that big, hot, gaseous planet. The fallout: Alicia Machado, the former Miss Universe whom HRC’s opponent famously fat-shamed in the mid-90s, was back in the headlines with a Venus-in-Scorpio vengeance.

If you’ve been wondering why Ted Cruz took the opportunity on September 23rd  to tell the world he had consulted his conscience and concluded that the man who trashed Cruz’s wife and father, whom Cruz publicly declared to be “a pathological liar” was now his personal pick to become the next U.S. President, look also to transiting Jupiter and the Sun. Both recently squared his Capricorn Sun, suggesting a need for an expansive push of ego expression. As for why his conscience could forgive the deliberate cruelty of the current Republican nominee’s remarks, remember that Cruz is driven by a conflict-averse, appreciation-needing Moon in Libra. Also consider the anguish suggested by a once-in-a-lifetime measurement between Pluto and his natal Saturn, putting severe pressure on efforts to hang on to power and authority.  That measurement is exact on October 12th, in effect a few months before and after.

Finally, a little story about Mars — and how it suggests the potential for a release of energy — for better or worse — when it make contacts with planets and points in your own personal horoscope. On Sunday, Mars was at 3 degrees of Capricorn, almost exactly conjunct my 4 Capricorn Ascendant. The Ascendant is one of the health points in the horoscope, and a planet making a hard contact to the Ascendant often suggests a health concern. When the planet is Mars, accidents and inflammation are not uncommon. Which is what happened to me walking across a street on my way back from a trek to Costco. Didn’t see the little depression in the road. Caught my foot the wrong way and landed with a thud. Result: severely sprained ankle (inflammation; accident) — nothing broken, thankfully as the x-rays determined — but this has curtailed my tap and ballet lessons for at least a couple of weeks, which is disappointing.

And just because astrology has such a wicked sense of humor (it is ruled by wacky Uranus, after all), the Ascendant (i.e., “the face of”) the event chart of my fall is exactly conjunct the Fixed Star Scheat (a.k.a. “shit”), often associated with shipwrecks — and also Mars.

Did you know that sprained ankles heal faster if you walk on them, as opposed to plotzing on a couch like a sack of potatoes? Ya learn something every day.  Did you also know that it takes Mars two years to make a complete circle around your horoscope? That’s at least four opportunities for it to make contact with your Ascendant. Where is it in your horoscope now? Order a Your Year Ahead  report; mark your calendar and be prepared. You may also wish to book a personal consultation, maximizing potential in your quest for world domination.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 3/21/2016: Sneak Peek at the Week; An Eaglet’s Horoscope

Good Morning!

A Virgo Moon drives the day with a need for perfecting, correcting, sorting, organizing.  But first, note your dreams upon waking, as the Moon makes contact with visionary Neptune at 10AM ET. An indulgence or a clash between that driving perfection and someone else’s delicate feelings may be had around 12:14PM ET as the Moon is opposed by Venus.

After that, it’s clear lunar sailing until the evening, when a challenge to the Moon from Saturn is quickly followed by a meet-up with Jupiter at 10:07 PM ET and 10:27 PM, respectively. Are you streamlining or expanding? Perhaps streamlining exuberantly? Expanding conservatively?

Jupiter and Saturn are big players this week, as they square off at 6:15AM ET on Wednesday. When these two planets connect, it often involves a need for a sense of purpose and rightness. They also refer to big business and big collective belief systems, such as law, religion and media/publishing. Watch the headlines for important stories.

But before we get to Wednesday, we need to get through Monday. Sorry. Sun is in Aries now, and Aries sometimes fall down stairs because it’s faster than walking. Mercury — referring to mindset and communication — also ingresses into Aries today (Monday) at 8:19PM ET. That should pick up the pace and replace some of the wallowing “end of the world” potential Mercury has when it muddles through Pisces.

At 11:54PM ET, depth of feeling in your drive for perfection may be facilitated as Moon makes a harmonious connection to Pluto…and then goes void for all of Tuesday ET. So get it off your desk today if you can.

Note that emotions are running high this week, as we approach Wednesday’s Full Moon, which is also an eclipse. The other planetary event of note this week is Saturn turning retrograde on Friday at 6:01AM ET.  When retrograde, Saturn suggests a potential damper — or a structural review — on plans for expansion. Saturn turns direct on August 13th. If you are one of the people whose horoscopes are personally affected, you can expect a resolution of the matter in mid-November. Here’s how Saturn’s change of stations was reflected in Jon Stewart’s horoscope last November (scroll to the end of the forecast).

And now, the news.

Haven’t talked in a while about Saturn’s journey through Sagittarius. Here’s what was anticipated — this is from a forecast written at the end of 2014:

Saturn refers to control, discipline and structure. Sagittarius refers to collective belief systems, including: the law, religion, philosophy and academia. Hmm…how about mind control? Or tests of faith?  It also refers to publishing and other mass communication media, as well as sports and entertainment. Expect efforts involving restrictions and/or restructuring. Sagittarius refers to that which is foreign, so issues of border control will likely become hotter. It refers to travel.  So we can expect headlines involving controls in these areas, too.

So last week, a ginormous verdict of $115 million was entered against the gossip site Gawker. Plaintiff Hulk Hogan sued the gossip site after it published — and refused to take down — a part of a sex tape featuring Mr. Hogan and a woman who was not his wife.  Limiting (Saturn) what can or can’t be published (Sagittarius). Got that?

Meanwhile, President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba this week seems like an apt reflection of the prominence and “new beginnings” potential of the Sun at 0 degrees of Aries — the Aries Point — yesterday. Another beginning was noted in Washington DC, as the other President and the First Lady — a.k.a. a pair of bald eagles nesting in the National Arboretum — welcomed a baby eaglet, DC2.

Born at 8:27AM on March 18th, DC2 is a Pisces with Moon in Leo, Aries Ascendant. With Pluto right on the Midheaven, this bird was born to be prominent, regardless of how many planets it has tucked out of sight in the 12th and 8th houses. While its Aries Ascendant suggests it may need to be seen as a me-me-me first warrior, driven by the regally entitled Leo Moon’s need for love love love, who really knows what goes on behind the scenes of DC2’s psyche? Are we having fun with this yet?

DC2’s sibling — to be named DC3 — will be an Aries — Moon and Ascendant TBD.  DC3 is due very soon. It will be interesting to see how these eaglets reflect  their horoscopes. You can watch the action here on the live EagleCam.

Finally, a story about a very expensive research ship that needs a name.  It’s a proper British ship, so the proper British public was invited to submit ideas, with the following creative brief (as reported in the Independent):

…looking for a name to reflect the ship’s prowess in the oceans, symbolising the pioneering work they will undertake.

When thinking of submissions, they advised: “We’re looking for an inspirational name that exemplifies the work it will do.

“The ship could be named after a local historical figure, movement, or landmark – or a famous polar explorer or scientist.

“We would like the name to be inspirational and about environmental and polar science, to help us tell everyone about the amazing work the ship does.”

So what’s the leading contender so far? Boaty McBoatface. Catchy, isn’t it? What do you think? Did the public fulfill the objectives of the creative brief? Shall we file this under the anti-Establishment, potentially anarchistic wake of the Uranus in Aries-Pluto in Capricorn square? Or perhaps it reflects the Sun and Mercury currently conjunct the fixed star Scheat, often associated with shipwrecks…

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