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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 10/5/2015: Sneak Peek at a Rollicking Week

Good Morning!

We’re off to the start of a dynamic week in terms of planetary patterns. At 7:04AM ET, the homeland security-seeking Cancer Moon is photobombed by disruptive Uranus. This suggests a jolt or twist to your morning routine, especially since the Moon goes void immediately thereafter for the rest of the day (here is one manifestation of that in the news: an accord has apparently been reached on the Trans-Pacific Partnerhip). The Moon won’t enter Leo – the next sign — until 4:31AM ET on Tuesday.

Moon voids — here’s the 411 if you are not familiar with the term — are awesome for taking care of routine matters and rolling with the twists and flakes that may derail efforts to move forward in a straight line. Chilling and not freaking out over crises that arise are excellent strategies, as said crises will usually prove to be much ado about nothing.

Today’s Moon void is complicated by three patterns that will be exact on Tuesday. Pattern #1 is a challenge between the Libra Sun and Pluto in Capricorn. This suggests a power play for sure on the world stage, as well as news from underground. Planetary patterns during the week of October 4th suggest volatility and no small amount of pixie-dust. If you were born around the 4th through 8th of April, July, October or January, you may be feeling more deeply provocative than most. If Pluto is active in your horoscope, resistance is futile. Here are some inspiring coping strategies from a prior forecast if Pluto is happening to you.

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Back to Pluto.

Count Vladimir Putin in that mix; his birthday is October 7th, and his horoscope (exact birth time unknown), was first discussed in this forecast here. With transiting Pluto in a close challenge to his Sun through the end of 2015 (along with other motivating transits to other planets in his horoscope), we can expect him to continue on a course of deeply provocative action. Next year should be even more interesting.

Here’s another one: George W. Bush, born on July 6th. Ten minutes after this thought hit me, an article hit the NYT about how some of Jeb Bush’s supporters are thinking he should be spending more time with his older brother on the campaign trail. Fascinating. Of course the US was born on July 4th, so it will have plenty of deeply provocative actions on its plate, for better or for worse — and with transiting Pluto also on the U.S. Saturn, we can expect a certain dose of anguish. Have you noticed the headlines lately?

Pattern #2 is the bewildering spin that builds to a crest when action hero Mars and visionary Neptune face off at 10:53PM ET, also on Tuesday. Mars-Neptune contacts can be oh-so-sexy and bedazzling. Just ask Bill Clinton who has ’em both sitting on his sweet-talking Libra Ascendant. But is he totally for real? In the best of times, Mars-Neptune can be sublime and visionary and healing and out-of-this world. Poet Maya Angelou had a Mars-Neptune opposition in her horoscope. So did William Moore McCulloch, who was credited with being the first Congressman to introduce legislation that would become the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He was a Republican. How times change.

Pattern #3: is a super-practical connection between retrograde Mercury and Saturn. This pattern will repeat on October 13th, once Mercury has turned direct. It’s excellent for structuring ideas into tangible form, though some of what you draft now may be revised once the retrograde is over. Still, you may be inspired by a grand and empowering vision, given what else is happening this week. You’ll be especially sensitive to the Mars-Neptune vision thing if you were born around the 26th of February or September.

But wait, there’s more! On October 8th, Venus leaves regal Leo — finally — for discerning Virgo. Mind your manner and get those details exact, if you please. Will Donald Trump’s stage-hogging social expression (and Leo Ascendant) suddenly fall out of fashion? It was so in vogue with Venus in Leo…

And if that wasn’t enough of an adjustment, note that Mercury will turn direct on October 9th at 10:58AM ET, so an extra dose of patience and focus will be required as the week draws to a close.  Your Moon voids — other than Monday’s are: Wednesday 5:10PM ET until 3:50PM ET on THURSDAY; Friday at 6:12PM ET until 4:26AM ET on SUNDAY. Yeah, that is one loong weekend break. It’ll be a dead Moon, too. The New Moon kicks in with a potential flash on relationships on Monday night.

And now, the news.

Last week happened as anticipated. With only lunar aspects (save one meet-up between the Sun and Mercury), it felt a lot like looking at landscape in Antarctica. Absolutely peaceful and solid, and then….boom! A huge chunk of ice shelf falls into the ocean. Or the headlines reel once again with yet another mass shooting at a school — this time, in Oregon.   Are we feeling enough anguished transiting Pluto square Saturn, United States? I can’t even.

President Obama is tired of the “thoughts and prayers” routine. He’d like to see some action. It will be interesting to see what ambitions he advances and how isolated he might be feeling as transiting Saturn, which has been basking at the top of his horoscope since the end of last year, now opposes his Moon for the third time between the 22th and 30th of this month. If we had time, we’d dig up what was going on for him back in January-February and April-May and see how those issues might be replayed now (perhaps the TPP was one of them). But we don’t have time…no sirree….

…which is why I’ll hold off on the rest of the news until tomorrow, so I can ship this out now. But hold that thought about people who don’t have enough time, mmkay?

Thank you for reading this forecast.


Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 11/14/2014 & the Weekend: Neptune Direct; the Perfect Timing of President Obama (and GWB, Too)

Good Morning!

An optimistic meet-up between the regal/playful Leo Moon and expansive Jupiter drives the start of the day, exact at 9:18AM ET. You may not even need that cup of coffee. Patterns the rest of the day are more charged. The Third Quarter Moon at 10:15AM ET suggests another challenge on a project begun at the New Moon — will it bear fruit? At the end of the day — 5:03PM ET — stern Saturn challenges the Moon. Will the markets, which have been expanding mightily under this week’s expansive and volatile patterns, dip a bit? Regardless, pleasure-seeking indulgence is suggested this evening, as  Moon squares Venus at 9:53PM ET and then goes void until 2:08AM ET. Chill!

On Saturday, the discerning Virgo Moon would love to help you get things organized and perfect. Midday may be a little dreamy or muddled, suggested by a face-off between the Moon and nebulous Neptune. Sunday, the Virgo organizational vibe continues, aided by a cooperative connective between Mercury and Pluto that may be piercing and ruthless, but also may offer a fresh perspective that is perfect for getting rid of things that no longer serve. It’s a good time to check out the options as open enrollment begins for health care plans as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Even if you signed up for a plan last year, prices have changed, so do some comparison shopping and you might save some cash.

And speaking of fresh, Venus — which refers to women, love, art, money — leaves intense and controlling Scorpio for high-flying Sagittarius at 2:04PM ET, ready for a gamble or a gambol in social expression. Such a relief, even if some may trip over the furniture. Earlier that day, Neptune turns direct, 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 5-7 days into Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius…or if you have a planet or angle at 5-7 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.

And now, the news.

Funny how yesterday’s Sun-Jupiter square coincided with headlines about the Sun. The International Business Times reported this gem:

A US government renewable energy programme described by Republicans as “disgusting” and “a colossal failure” has turned a profit for the first time.

The programme is the Department of Energy’s loan program that funded the solar energy company Solyndra, which failed. Now that D.O.E. program expects to reap a $5-6 billion profit on other sustainable energy projects. And former Secretary of Energy (and Nobel Prize winner) Dr. Steven Chu can blithely say to critics, “Nyah, nyah, nyah”.  Have you ever visited the DOE website? Here it is, with helpful bios of the current leadership. Be informed!

For another take on the Sun, gratitude to reader Laura, who forwarded me this headline: “Sunspot Cycles and How They Relate to the Global Shift in Consciousness”.

Elsewhere in energy news, a damning 43-page indictment was filed against former dirty energy baron Don Blankenship, former CEO of Massey Energy, alleging that he was “personally responsible” for hundreds of safety violations and schemes that resulted in the deaths of 29 West Virginia coal miners in 2010. Meanwhile, President Obama is about to announce that the US will invest $3 billion to an international fund dedicated to solving the challenges posed by climate change.

In other news, another NYT article describes President Obama doing exactly what his horoscope suggests he would be doing at this time: being on top of his game and making big initiatives, including a bold plan hinted at yesterday that would likely be “a broad overhaul of the nation’s immigration system.”  I just had to smile at the language used in the first article, as the reporter tries to address how perplexed some may be by President Obama’s assertiveness in light of last week’s midterm election:

The timing of the three different decisions was to some extent a function of separate policy clocks, not simply a White House political strategy. Mr. Obama, for example, had been scheduled….[blah, blah, blah, rationalization, blah]…

Still, even if by happenstance, the back-to-back moves have reinforced Mr. Obama’s desire to assert himself in a period when his poll numbers and political capital are at their lowest ebbs….

Happenstance? How about by horoscope?

In another follow-up story, you may recall the excitement this week about European scientists landing a spacecraft on a comet. Well, that landing took place during a Moon void, and it seems there were a few unexpected twists.

Finally, I mentioned yesterday that people with planets around 21 degrees of Leo would be more likely to feel the sunny expansiveness suggested by Jupiter at that degree. Here’s an example: George W. Bush, who’s been all over the air promoting a book about his father. Mr. Bush has Venus at 21 Leo, strongly placed in his First House, which is one planetary patterns supporting why he’s been described as a guy you’d feel comfortable having a beer with. Venus in the First House suggests likeability.

In any case, the last time I wrote about Mr. Bush’s horoscope was back in April — check it out and decide for yourself if he’s living out the potential suggested by his horoscope.

Thank you for reading this forecast — and for sharing it with your friend, relatives and media mavens. Have a wonderful weekend!

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