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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 8/11/2015: Jupiter in Virgo; Love Over All

Moon continues its sojourn through Cancer today. A face-off between the Moon and Pluto at 9:16AM ET suggests an added layer of intensity to the morning: a power play or an illuminating catharsis. Fortunately aspects to the Moon pass quickly; however, if you happened to be born at 9:16AM ET today, with that face-off permanently imprinted in your natal chart, I’m sorry to hear about the power struggle you’re likely to have with your mother — throughout your entire life.

Smooth sailing during the rest of business hours; the potential for an upset of the status quo — for better or for worse — happens around 10:27PM ET, when the Moon is challenged by rebel rocket scientist Uranus.

Big news in the cosmos today is Jupiter — the planet of expansion — leaving regal, sunny, fiery, heart-focused Leo at 7:13AM ET. For the next year — until Sept 9th, 2016 — it will travel through earthy, service-oriented, mindful Virgo. What does that suggest? First, it suggests an expanded focus on all that Virgo symbolizes in astrology, for example: cooperation and cooperatives; diet, nutrition, health and healthcare; work forces and labor unions; food production systems. Virgo needs perfection — or at least to be perfecting, which it does through detailed analysis and critique, separating the wheat from the chaff. At its worst, Virgo can be overly-critical, fussy, neurotic: the micro-manager in your worst nightmare.

On the upside, Jupiter in Virgo suggests the potential for a jovial attitude and willingness to expand projects in the above-listed arenas. Big is out. Small is in. On the downside, Jupiter’s need to expand on every little detail can result in a plan of action that totally misses the Big Picture.

I’m interested to see what will hit the headlines when Jupiter is at 17-18 degrees of Virgo this November and next March and July. These were the degrees of the game-changing Uranus-Pluto conjunctions of 1965 and 1966. I expect we’ll see expanded progress on the seeds planted at that time, including, but not limited to: awareness of climate change and other ways human behavior is impacting ecological systems; awareness of subatomic particles, e.g. the Higgs boson; health care systems such as Medicare (which was created in the mid-60s). Read your history books and fill in the rest of the possibilities.

You are more personally affected by Jupiter’s expansive potential if you have planets and/or angles in Virgo, Gemini, Sagittarius or Pisces….and especially if you have planets and/or angles at around 13 and 23 degrees of those signs. If you do not know where your points and angles are, consider spending $18 on an Astro-Basics Report, a.k.a, a ton of information for a ridiculously modest price. Send me your birth info — date, time and  place of birth. Make an $18 donation using the link at the bottom of this email (if you’re getting this forecast via email), or by clicking the big, gold button on the left side of the Daily Forecast page.

No news today…just a few interesting book recommendations that are in tune with planetary patterns. On a day with four planets in heart-centered Leo, challenged by lone-wolf Saturn in matters of life-and-death Scorpio…and the Moon in emotion-ruled Cancer, I found myself reading Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care by David Jones and two books by James Lynch: The Broken Heart and A Cry Unheard: New Insights into the Medical Consequence of Loneliness. The first book is about the amazing technological advances that are being used to treat heart disease, especially stents and coronary artery bypass surgery, which seek to resolve blockages in the heart. What is interesting about this book is how much doctors do not understand about why some treatments work for some and not others…or even why certain people are more susceptible to blockages in the first place. And so now, when faced with a coronary health decision, the options can be overwhelming.

The second two books address the uncertainty of the first book by offering a new perspective. The author argues that people most likely to develop heart disease are those who suffer from lack of love…especially the kind of loving dialogue with a partner, family, friends and community that has been proven to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. The author feels that by looking at the heart — and all body parts — as merely parts of an organic machine, we are missing a critical understanding of what creates good health. In his opinion, what creates well-being is love – experienced as a meaningful, heart-centered connection with the rest of the world. As an example, he notes that if a patient in a coma is touched by a loved one, there will be a response observed in the machines monitoring the patient’s heart. There will be no response in the machines monitoring the brain.

Food for thought….

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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 5/1/2015 & the Weekend: Nick Loeb, Poster Child for Sunday’s Full Moon in Scorpio


Moon is in airy, people-pleasing Libra today and Saturday. Arise, go forth and be socially gracious. Note the potential for power plays and/or upsets around 5:08PM ET and 9:54PM ET, when the Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus.

Avoid the yard sales and shopping sprees on Saturday, as the Moon will be void between 10AM and 9:47PM ET. Chill and take care of routine matters; roll with any twists that come up in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Once the Moon enters Scorpio, the intensity factor is likely to rise, courtesy of the Moon waxing to its fullness on Sunday at 11:42PM ET.

A Full Moon in Scorpio highlights the polarity between “ours” and “mine”…in possessions, values and resources. This Full Moon is colored by a face-off between Mercury in Gemini and Saturn in Sagittarius, suggesting a need to think with disciplined ambition. That can be harsh. The good news is that Mercury (mindset, communication) functions well in Gemini. Let the witticisms fly and the intellect shine!  The X factor is how that well-functioning mindset will be applied. Sure, it can make the trains run on time…but do you really want to live in Italy under Mussolini’s dictatorial control?

Thinking of Mussolini is apt for another pattern that is part of Sunday’s Full Moon, and that would be an exuberant challenge between the Sun in Taurus and Jupiter in Leo. That aspect is exact Monday at 5:02AM ET, but it can be felt now. It adds no small sliver of festive potential and sensory indulgence to the emotionally intense and mentally focused energy of this Full Moon weekend. It also suggests the potential for some stubborn and regal drama. Mussolini was a regal Leo, in case you did not know.

Take this controversial op-ed from Thursday’s NYT, penned by Nick Loeb. Last year Mr. Loeb broke up with his fiancee, the actress Sofia Vergara, and it’s complicated.  In happier times, they talked about having children, and thanks to the wonders of modern technology, they created a few embryos, one of which they hoped a surrogate would carry to term — but only if both of them were in agreement that things should move forward. And then they broke up. And she already has a child. And he’s suing her for custody of the embryos.

As I’m reading his thoughts on the subject, I’m thinking, “Man, if this isn’t a Jupiter-Leo thing talking, I’ll eat my hat”. Words like “king complex” and “entitlement” popped into my head. And guess what? Mr. Loeb is in fact a Leo, with Mercury also in Leo…and it’s just been conjoined by transiting Jupiter in Leo!  This king is feeling expansive, along with his edicts. We do not have a birth time for Mr. Loeb, so I can’t confirm whether he has Moon in late Taurus or early Gemini….but he does have Jupiter in me-me-me Aries and Mars in mine-mine-mine Taurus.

This intense personal drama is an apt example of the mine vs. ours potential of this Full Moon.

Here is Ms. Vergara’s horoscope. Students of astrology, what do you see? Think Mr. Loeb will prevail?

If you’re struggling with a big emotional drama, I would be delighted to help you sort it out by providing an objective astrological perspective. Here’s the 411 on consultations.

No sleeping in on Monday, btw.