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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 12/17/2010 and the Weekend

(Note: if you’re unfamiliar with astrological jargon, you may want to skip my report on patterns in  Bradley Manning’s horoscope — I just couldn’t resist checking it out. If you know a bit about astrology, then enjoy — weekend forecast begins in third paragraph below)

While Julian Assange is apparently now free on bail, today marks the 23rd birthday of Bradley Manning, the US Army private accused of releasing classified documents to Wikileaks sometime between November 2009 and May 2010. Manning has been held in solitary confinement since May. Looking at his horoscope — 12/17/87 in Crescent, OK — birth time unknown — I was immediately struck by its intensity. Sun in opinionated Sagittarius, tightly conjunct Mercury and Saturn. OK, that suggests a serious focus, perhaps prone to depression…and a gravitation toward discipline and duty. But wait…add erratic, restless, intensely independent Uranus to this stellium and that gets pretty interesting….especially since the entire stellium is squared by the North Node and opposed by Chiron, the wounded healer. This is potentially powerful stuff. Manning has Moon in Scorpio, suggesting a reigning need to be seen as a person of substance and depth, and also one who is likely concerned with acquiring knowledge as a means of gaining control. This Moon could be conjunct (depending upon birth time) another suggestion of intensity and turbulent emotion: Mars (action) and ruthless Pluto, together in Scorpio. Wow. No surprise that he would gravitate to a career…as an analyst in military intelligence. Meanwhile, sensitive Neptune, planet of transcendence, fantasy, the intangible, the spiritual and the delusional is running wild in the horoscope. Discipline and control conflicted over a desire to move beyond boundaries? Here’s an article about Manning http://thislandpress.com/09/23/2010/private-manning-and-the-making-of-wikileaks-2/

In late 2009 and all through 2010, status quo-disrupting Uranus has been making challenging aspects to Manning’s stellium in Sagittarius, Chiron at 26 Gemini (suggesting a overload of power — the kind that blows circuitry), and the North Node at 27 Pisces (“meetings with unusual people” is how Noel Tyl interprets connections between Uranus and North Node). In early 2011 transiting Pluto will conjoin Neptune in Manning’s horoscope — “enormous intensification of sensory sensitivity; possible loss of frame of reality; subterfuge; possible introduction of drugs or alcohol dysfunctionally.” Hmmm. A recent article in Salon reported that Manning has been given anti-depressants while in solitary confinement — http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/12/14/manning/index.html  To be continued…

OK, the forecast: Friday is a day of relative quiet — a welcome break from the Mars-Pluto power and ego struggles many experienced earlier in the week. Saturday is busy — and some of what’s going on then may be felt on Friday. I’m anticipating a day mixed with a desire for beauty and transcendence (note your dreams) and a potential flash of genius or sudden disruption of the status quo, enacted for a stated humanitarian cause. Creative types may thrive on potentially divine inspiration.

Moon goes void for six hours starting at 4:36PM NY time — get your major holiday shopping done before then — purchases made during Moon voids are more likely to be disappointments.  Moon enters chatty Gemini at 10:37PM NY time and pretty much coasts through Sunday. Given that Mercury is currently retrograde, much of the chatter we hear then is likely to be idle. See if you can keep from indulging in it.

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 12/15/2010

Moon is still in me-me-me Aries this AM…with the only exact aspect being a potential downer of a confrontation between our desire to do whatever we want and some Other smacking us in the face with a wet blanket. Feh! The Moon is waxing, along with an intensity of enthusiasm and emotion. Be alert!

Reports from the field suggest that the charged connections among Mars (action), Pluto (ruthless power), Mercury (mind, words) and Moon (feelings) yesterday manifested as anticipated. I heard plenty of stories of tempers flaring, brutally honest truths uttered, irritability and an overwhelming focus on the needs of oneself to exclusion of consideration for all others. We saw in the headlines news of shootings (out West), fatal storms (Canada), a possible serial killer in New York and all kinds of power battles over control of the media (calls for censorship, etc.), as a result of continued fallout over Wikileaks and Julian Assange (or perhaps we should say, “over the embarrassment of fearless leaders being caught looking like — (fill in the blank)” I expect more of the same today.

So. Did anything GOOD happen? Of course! The energy symbolized by planetary patterns can be expressed either for good or not so good. WE decide. WE choose. If energy is being suppressed, however, chances are stronger that the energy will get backed up and then explode in not so pleasant ways. A serial killer, for example, must have a LOT of suppressed energy…or so I’m thinking. Yes? That guy/gal…and a lot of other people…right?

Mars and Pluto, when combined, can have an intensely sexual charge. No surprise then, to note that yesterday it was announced that a patient has been cured of AIDS, a sexually-transmitted disease http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/14/hiv-cure-berlin-patient_n_796521.html And that’s pretty darn positive! So if you got down with your significant other…or just worked it all out at the gym…or if you kept focused on a creative project you hope will change the world, then you’re turning what many see as a worrisome combination into something productive. Use your awareness to CHANGE YOUR BEHAVIOR. That’s what you CAN control!

Reminder: people born with planets in the early degrees/days of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are ESPECIALLY sensitive right now. Give them space and a break…lest they break something around them. Hmmm. I’ve got two planets and my rising sign in that zone of the zodiac. Maybe that’s why I’ve been using SO MANY CAPS in this forecast! : )