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Wednesday 6/21/2017: Happy Summer Solstice; Catching Up on News

Alll-righty then!

Writing has come in fits and starts as of late. Here’s where we’re at today:

The Moon has been in Taurus since early Monday evening, seeking to build and preserve comfort and material security. Taurus is not inclined to change the status quo.  Yesterday offered potential to be made extra sweet and savvy by two lovely aspects early TUESDAY morning. One was a harmony between a high-functioning Venus and visionary Neptune; the other was a harmony between equally high-functioning Mercury and innovative Uranus. In this gawdforsaken newscycle, I have yet to find a headline reflecting this potential; perhaps you found a way to make it real in your own personal world.

Today — WEDNESDAY —  is a turning point, as the Sun leaves Gemini for Cancer at 12:24 AM ET. Happy Summer Solstice, a day where idealism in leadership and home security matters is likely to pull focus. I say this because Mercury also leaves Gemini for Cancer today, meeting up with the Sun at 10:14 AM ET.

It’s interesting that a planetary pattern suggesting prominence is happening at the end of the lunar cycle, i.e, totally in the dark. Headlines this week are certainly reflecting this potential.  Today in Saudi Arabia, the king has named one of his sons  to be his successor, booting out his much older nephew, who never saw it coming. Reports The Guardian:

The move was announced by royal decree just after midnight, stunning the Saudi establishment…

Meanwhile, in the U.S.,  ratfink politicians are furiously working behind closed doors on the massive tax break legislation not-so-cleverly disguised as the Senate version of the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.  Rumor has it that an effort will be made to ram pass the bill next week, just in time for an extremely crabby Mars and Mercury (both in Cancer) to be opposed by PTB Pluto. Really, warrior ax-wielder Mars has no business being anywhere near nurturing Cancer when mere mortals are drafting a bill on healthcare. Especially when Mars is also about to meet up with — and thus provoke — the US Cancer Sun in just a few days. Where is Wonder Woman when you need her?

If you’d like to read a bit about why solstices and equinoxes are important turning points, here’s a post with the 411.

On FRIDAY at 10:31 PM ET we’ll have a New Moon in Cancer.  By then we’re likely to be seeing still more action making headlines, as Mars (action, assertion, aggression) makes contact with Jupiter over the weekend. Expansive, surreal, visionary, charismatic and healing are keywords that come to mind. Mars – Jupiter aspects suggest a need for physical release — bigtime. Jupiter is in Libra — an air sign. With Mars in Cancer — a water sign — and about to make contact with Neptune in Pisces (also a water sign and ruler of oceans), it’s not surprising to see so many hurricanes and tropical storms being watched in the headlines.

One final note about what Mars is up to in the cosmos. It may help put the onslaught of Mars-themed headlines in perspective; e.g. fires, explosions, guns, macho behavior, cars (think Uber), etc. In the language of astrology, Mars is literally out-of-bounds, i.e., it is currently beyond the limits of the Sun’s position (the technical term is declination) as seen from Earth. BTW, Mercury is also out-of-bounds. Mercury is communication, mindset, travel. So we would anticipate that Mercury-themed matters would also be extreme at this time. Got that?

Note that the Moon is void nearly all day WEDNESDAY from  12:25 AM ET until 6:44 PM ET. It will also be void on Friday 2:45 PM ET until 6:07 PM ET — permission to start the weekend early granted. During voids, roll with the twists and flakes that may derail your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Refrain from freaking out over crises which are likely to prove later to be much ado about nothing. Stick to routing and chill!

And now, more  news.

Jupiter turned direct on Friday, June 9th at 10:04 AM ET. Jupiter suggests expansion. Libra suggests justice, fairness and equality. I could not think of a more fitting place to be for an expansive meditation on those Libra keywords than at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History & Culture in Washington D.C. — especially given how Jupiter’s move forward was — and still is — activating planets in the horoscope of the United States.

A long reflection on that visit in that context has been brewing in my mind ever since. It might be more apt to share as we get closer to July 4th, especially since my efforts to write it up are moving at a snail’s pace. But it has to do with how we see so clearly in the US horoscope how it needed to be founded on a exalted theory of “all men are created equal,” yet seems doomed to delusion in practice.  At the Smithsonian I saw a draft of the Declaration of Independence in which Thomas Jefferson addresses slavery, but the subject just didn’t fit in with a white male property and slave owners’ rant about how they deserved to be free from King George’s tyranny and abuse.  So the reference was deleted and the problem was solved. Delusional? Neptune, planet of rose-colored fog, had not yet been discovered — but boy oh boy it has always been right there — and so strong in the U.S. horoscope.

Equality under the law — this is the U.S. horoscope’s exalted ambition, suggested by its natal Saturn in Libra. Racial equality, gender equality, income equality, fill-in-the-blank equality. These days I see our inability to fulfill that ambition in nearly every headline. Our natural-born delusion (the Mars-Neptune square in U.S. horoscope) is being challenged to get real by transiting Saturn all this year.


June 14th — last Wednesday — was heavy. It was the day before a tense opposition between the Sun (life force; leaders) and Saturn (limitation; controls). How fitting that Beth Owl’s Daughter’s Tarot Card of the Week was Death. Humming in the background of that Sun-Saturn opposition was Neptune, planets of dreams and other departures from reality — at a dead stop — about to turn retrograde last Friday.

The big story on Wednesday was  a man opening fire at a baseball practice of Republican members of Congress,  critically wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. The gunman was killed. Thankfully, the congressman is expected to make a full recovery. What was one of the gunman’s grievances, according to letters he wrote to his local newspaper? Income inequality.

Also big last Wednesday: P45’s birthday. That means he has the heavy Saturn-Sun opposition in his solar return, suggesting that its streamlining and controlling potential will mark the next twelve months, not just through October, when transiting Saturn will make the 2nd and 3rd hits to his Gemini Sun (and his Sagittarius Moon). The second hit to his Sun is exact on July 7th. Can he feel the squeeze?  On June 15th,  P45 annnounced on Twitter that he was under investigation. I think everyone and his dog in the administration has lawyered up, including the lawyers! Heavy — but we also see a possible silver lining of expansion and fortune, as the third hit of his Jupiter return will be exact on August 4th. Echoing that potential are two more hits to his natal Jupiter from power-and-resources Pluto, exact on August 7th and November 17th. Another time period to watch: the first week of September, when transiting Mars will meet up with P45’s Leo Ascendant, which will have been eclipsed on August 21st.

In ancient times, astrologers used the horoscope of the king or queen to chart was what likely in store for the country.

In other news, last Friday’s notable planetary event was Neptune turning retrograde. We would expect Neptune themes to pull focus: oceans, shipping, drugs, viruses, confusion, oil.  One surreal story was the fatal collision of the U.S.S. Fitzgerald with a Japanese container ship. Initially the collision was said to have happened at 2:20 AM on June 17, 64 miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. I looked at that chart and thought the time must be wrong. Guess what? It was! The time has since been revised to 1:30 AM. That chart makes sense, with Pluto and Uranus on the angles of the horoscope and the Pisces Moon with nebulous Neptune. This is a picture of a potential accident in a bewildering fog. Astrology is amazing.

Oh, there is so much more to talk about. Let’s start with you. How are planetary patterns being reflected in your own personal world? Is it time to make a move? Will you get that promotion? Will you ever understand why your child/spouse/parent/boss/coworker is the way he/she is? Here’s how to schedule a consultation.

Thank you for reading this forecast.


Thursday & Friday 6/8-9/2017: Full Moon in Sagittarius; Jupiter Direct

Allll-righty then!

The Moon has been in high-flying Sagittarius since 7PM ET last night, infusing the energy of the day with a need for in-your-face frankness of opinion, even as it pushes boundaries. How fitting that I would be traveling to DC on the Acela Express, glued to my iPhone as James B. Comey testifies before Congress. Are you watching? Mr. Comey — himself a Sagittarius with Mercury (how he needs to communicate) also in Sagittarius —  just told Congress that he needed to document all interactions with P45 because he was concerned P45 would lie about them. Well, that’s frank. Mr. Comey submitted a seven-page written statement detailing his interactions with P45; it was released last night and you can read it here. It is riveting.

Take advantage of today’s easy flow to push your own expansive agenda. Get outside your normal box. Tonight note the potential for delusion/illusion/idealism, as the Moon is squared by nebulous Neptune at 11:48 PM ET. It’s a fine night for indulging in intangibles: music, film, healing — spirits of all kinds.

On FRIDAY we’ll have a Full Moon, with the Gemini Sun opposing the Sagittarius Moon at 9:10 AM ET. The Sabian Symbols for this lunation are 19 Gemini and Sagittarius: “a large archaic volume” vs. “pelicans moving their habitat.” As always, Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee has useful insights on what these symbols suggest. One strong takeaway is that Sabian Symbols at 19 degrees suggest measures of extremes.  In June of 2013 we had a New Moon at 19 Gemini (“a large archaic volume”), and days later Edward Snowden and his trove of information took the world by storm. With respect to the potential of 19 Sagittarius (“pelicans moving”), Bovee suggests an extreme pressure necessitating the move, i.e, “The house is on fire, What one item do you save?”  I expect we’ll see more stories reflecting these symbols in the coming days.

See Monday’s forecast for other planetary patterns happening on Friday.

And now, the news.

Countries have horoscopes, as you know. Qatar is no exception. What might be going on the horoscope of an entity whose friends and neighbors suddenly decide to snub it?  There are two dates in use for the birth of Qatar; one in 1971 (when it declared its independence from Britain) and December 18, 1878 — when Qatar established itself as a state. December 18 is the date used to celebrate Qatar’s National Day, so this is one I’m using, with a midnight birth time.

Qatar has its Sun at 25 degrees of Sagittarius, exactly squaring a 26 Virgo Ascendant and opposing a 26 Gemini Midheaven. The Sun is also squaring Saturn at 26 Pisces. In May all four were hit by transiting Saturn and Mars, suggesting cuts and attacks, respectively. If Qatar is feeling somewhat wiped out by the sudden split, this would be reflected in another measurement (a solar arc) to its Sun from nebulous Neptune.

Here’s another Sagittarius making headlines: Reality Winner. I am  struck by her name. I don’t find it a coincidence. Names are so telling. Ms. Winner was arrested over the weekend — accused of leaking to the press a classified document detailing the alleged Russian interference in the Nov 8th election. We don’t have a birth time; we know she was born on December 4, 1991. So — Sag Sun conjunct Mars; Moon in either Scorpio or Sagittarius. If it’s Scorpio, how interesting to note that Chelsea Manning in also a Sag with Moon in Scorpio, and James B. Comey may also have a Scorpio Moon. We have a running theme today!

Not surprisingly, there’s a lot going on in Ms. Winner’s horoscope. Transiting Neptune is squaring her Sag Sun and opposing her natal Jupiter in Virgo. This suggests a potential for a period of heavy idealism, fog and — isn’t this interesting — “tricky legalisms,” says astrologer Noel Tyl. Also hot in her horoscope: transiting Uranus squaring her Venus in Capricorn, suggesting sudden and/or upsetting social expression. These patterns continue well into 2018.

And speaking of Chelsea Manning, she was released from prison last month just after the third hit of a heavy Uranus-Venus transit. Of course we’d expect a new look  — quite fitting.  Isn’t astrology amazing? She’s now in the middle of three hits to her Sag Sun from transiting Saturn. Time to get serious and streamlined about establishing herself on the material plane.

Thank you for reading this forecast. I am delighted by the numerous requests I’ve had for personal consultations this week. I’m on the road and will return to the office on Monday. Thank you for your patience and kind understanding.


Monday 6/5/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; News, More News & the President of France, Too

Happy Monday!

The work week begins with the Moon plunging into the depths of Scorpio at 6:46 AM ET, seeking to fulfill a need for depth, power and control. It is aided by a harmony with Mars, planet of anger and action – exact at 7:51 AM ET. Mars, as you may recall, just moved into Cancer, sign of homeland security. It needs to pull focus – and minutes later — and as I scan the headlines as of 9AM ET  a top story in the UK is this: “Simple Numbers Tell Story of Police Cuts Under (Theresa) May”. Ms. May. There is an election in the UK on Thursday. Thus Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition party, is milking this story for all its worth, calling for May’s resignation. 

The chart for Saturday’s horrible stabbings/van attack in London is what we would expect: Mars at the Aries Point and Saturn on the angles; Uranus also on an angle. We see similar patterns in the workplace murder-suicide that happened in Orlando this morning, killing six people. Not a word from P45 on the latter.

Meanwhile, two planets change signs on TUESDAY. First, Venus finally ditches me-me-me-have-no-manners Aries at 3:27 AM ET. What a relief for Venus to move into Taurus, one of the signs it rules. Taurus aims for comfort, security, sensual pleasures and no raised voices. Looking for a new hairdresser or eye shadow? You have until July 4th, when Venus leaves Taurus for Gemini.

That’s what Mercury does at 6:15 PM ET – and this is also an improvement, for Mercury rules Gemini and functions with greater efficiency than it does in Taurus. Gemini refers to what is clever, informed, adaptable, multi-tasking, double-sided and intense. Yes, it can be a charming sales person with dubious scruples – so watch for that potential in the news when Mercury is challenged by – oh – say…Neptune…early next week.

Moon goes void on Tuesday at 8:35 PM ET…not to enter high-flying Sagittarius until 6:59 PM ET on WEDNESDAY. Wow! We haven’t had such a long Moon void in quite some time. If you are unfamiliar with these natural rest periods and what to do about them, here is the 411. Whatever intense effort at control that threatens to run away with Wednesday may well be much ado about nothing. And when the Moon finally does enter Sag that evening, spirits are likely to lift,  albeit with boundaries pushed and righteous opinions making headlines.

There are no exact aspects among the planets during business hours on THURSDAY, when James B. Comey is scheduled to testify before Congress for all the world to see and hear. Emotions will be on the rise, suggested by the Moon waxing to its exact fullness on FRIDAY at 9:10 AM ET. This Full Moon will happen at 18 degrees Sagittarius – opposing the Gemini Sun. It will connect with P45’s natal Sun in Gemini-Moon in Sag – so it’s sure to be all about him….and anyone else with planets or angles around those degrees.

In addition to the Full Moon, Friday features two other notable patterns: a cooperative connection between Venus (in Taurus) and Mars (in Cancer). My money says there will be at least one headline in the vein of “what does she see in him, anyway,” even as the two parties involved seem to be getting along so well. The second pattern of note involves Jupiter, planet of expansion, abundance and –sometimes – wretched excess and bombast. It turns direct at 10:04 AM ET.

If you know what area of your horoscope is ruled by Jupiter (hint: it’s the house with Sagittarius on the cusp), it may feel like you’ve been in a holding pattern in the areas related to that house since February 6th, when Jupiter turned retrograde. A horoscope with Jupiter ruling the second house of finances and self worth, for example, may have experienced a delay regarding those issues over the past five months.  With Jupiter turning direct, forward motion can now be expected.

Since May 27th, Jupiter has been (from our point of view on Spaceship Earth) slowing to a stop at 13 degrees of Libra. It will hang at that degree until June 23rd – so if you have a planet or angle around that degree – or 13 degrees of Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, this may be an especially expansive time. In the horoscope of the United States, Jupiter hanging out at 13 Libra is activating a tense pattern between the U.S. Sun at 13 Cancer and the U.S. Saturn at 14 Libra. More on that in a minute.

Meanwhile, if you are wondering what these planetary patterns suggest for you, why not schedule a personal consultation – especially if it’s been over a year since you last checked in with your astrologer. Knowledge is power — an apt statement for this Moon in Scorpio Monday. Here’s the 411 on consultations.

And now, more news.

Thank goodness for astrology. What would we do without the chart for P45’s inauguration? Here it is again — with all the trimmings and analysis — posted on January 25th. Of course P45 would make a big dramatic  — and factually wrong — announcement about pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, opting to go it alone in his own personal echo chamber/hall of mirrors. Let NYT columnist Maureen Dowd explain. His administration is ripe for a shake-up at this time — as noted last week — and this includes sudden separation from outside entities, as well as internal ones. That being said, it might help some of the internal entities to study the inaugural chart, so they can be better prepared for those upsetting times when P45 goes off on a tangent, as Politico reports: Trump National Security Team Blindsided by NATO Speech .

Meanwhile, in the horoscope of the U.S. (regardless of exact birth time), we are days away from the first of three hard hits to Pluto by transiting Uranus. In the 2:13 AM horoscope (astrologers are still arguing about which time is correct), Uranus rules public status and reputation; Pluto rules cooperation and service; the body politic. Uranus-Pluto transits suggest strong disruptive potential. Under the current administration — and majority leadership in Congress — we can see how the U.S. could lose its leadership status in the Free World —  and trust among its allies. These Uranus-Pluto transits continue into 2018, which is when transiting Saturn will put its streamlining squeeze on the U.S. Venus & Jupiter…moving on to challenge the U.S. Sun and natal Saturn in 2019.

But you know what they say, “quand une porte se ferme; une fenetre s’ouvre.” When a door opens, a window closes. One hour after P45’s fact-deprived announcement in the Rose Garden,  Emmanuel Macron, newly-elected president of France, livestreamed a message to American climate scientists, inviting them to work together with France (and presumably other citizens of the world) and #MakeOurPlanetGreatAgain. A few days earlier, the French president made headlines when he had a meeting with Vladimir Putin that was described as “extremely frank and direct,” and included no small amount of “blasting” Russian state-owned media as “lying propaganda.”

Naturally my first thought was, “wow — transiting Mars must be hot in his horoscope” And guess what? It is. Mr. Macron has Sun and Mercury at 29 degrees of Sagittarius. This is righteously opinionated energy that needs to pull focus. It is expanded by an opposition to Jupiter at 1 degree of nurturing Cancer. And where was transiting Mars a few days ago? At 29 Gemini, opposing Macron’s  Sun and Mercury. It is now conjunct his Jupiter. Formidable! His Sun and Mercury are trine to Saturn, adding gravitas to whatever he has to say. Jupiter is sextile to Saturn. Good for business sense and cooperation.

Macron’s horoscope is driven by the Moon in Taurus, seeking to build a tangible empire out of its Sun in Sagittarius high-flying ideals. But this is no ordinary Taurus Moon. It is galvanized by charged aspects to  Mars (action!) in drama king Leo and Uranus in Scorpio. That Moon-Uranus aspect suggests unconventional attractions; an obvious example would be his tenacious pursuit of his wife, Brigitte. She is 24 years older than he is — for starters. Et alors? Macron’s horoscope is fronted by a Capricorn Ascendant, suggesting a need to be seen as an executive in charge, backed by the stage presence to prove it.

At 28 degrees of Capricorn, his Ascendant will be hit by transiting Uranus starting in April 2018, suggesting a shake-up and/or a fresh direction in his personal presentation. The fresh start is likely to be coupled with an expanded professional status, as transiting Jupiter makes its way to the top of his chart. This year he’ll be dealing with the streamlining influence of transiting Saturn to his Venus, Mercury and Sun. Streamlining is not necessarily a downer. It suggests an opportunity to focus and plan for an ambitious advance.

Last week Mr. Macron met with Michael Bloomberg, who is also stepping up to the plate in the wake of P45’s door-slamming announcement. Mr. Bloomberg is kicking in $15 million “to help make up for the U.S. withdrawal from the climate deal.”  More windows opened as ten governors in both political parties and scores of mayors in cities across the U.S. announced that they would adhere to policies consistent with the Paris accord. Elsewhere, China and India are making headlines for “taking the lead” in a surge of investment in renewable energy.

The U.S. is still several years away from its first-ever Pluto return, suggesting a massive restructuring and transformation of perspective. If we continue to be polarized — i.e., unable to agree on basics such as whether we should continue to burn fossil fuels or switch to renewable energy sources, will this polarization lead to an actual physical divide among these United States? As P45 was choosing the former, a massive crack in an equally massive ice shelf in Antarctica increased by 11 miles…in just six days.

Speaking of polarization, this op-ed in Sunday’s NYT was especially well-timed, given Jupiter in Libra stationary direct,  conjunct the U.S. Saturn and square the U.S. Sun (I said I would follow up on this). Libra is the sign of equality. The op-ed is called “What Monkeys Can Teach Us About Fairness.”

Is there more? Oh geez, yes — so much more. Here are just a few headlines reflecting the weekend’s planetary patterns: Sun square Neptune; Sun trine Jupiter; Mars at the Aries Point; Venus conjunct Uranus (and trine Saturn):