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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 10/29/2015: It’s Debatable — Again — With a Warm Kiss

A chatty Moon in Gemini kicks in at 2:24AM ET, driving the day with a need for information, communication and diversification. An ambitious advance or a wet blanket may permeate the morning, courtesy of a face-off between the ever-so-clever Moon and taskmaster Saturn at 8:41AM ET. Communication lines may be blurred or dreamy around 2:11PM ET, when the Moon is challenged by nebulous Neptune. Make sure what you say is clearly understood.

And now, the news.

In the wake of yesterday’s change-resistant Moon in Taurus, engaged as it was in a stability-seeking Earth Grand Trine, let the record show that the budget accord between the White House and Congress (good until 2017) passed, and the Fed declined to raise interest rates yet again.

During the Moon void, let the record also show that a military surveillance blimp “wreaked havoc” when it broke loose, and all that hot air landed somewhere in Colorado, just in time for the Republican debate. OK, I made that up. The blimp landed somewhere in Pennsylvania.

About the debate. Comcast was one of the biggest losers, as it offered no way for voters to watch CNBC– or even listen on the radio or online — without paying. You’d think that’s what the candidates would have bashed the moderators for, instead of complaining that the mainstream media was essentially a Super PAC for the Democratic party…or that some of the questions asked weren’t “nice”.

The debate started late — which should not have worried anyone watching who understood that twists and delays are more likely to plague events during Moon voids. One of the NYT bloggers described it as “non-linear” and noted how many of the candidates did not answer the questions they were asked. Void!

Over at the Washington Times, Jeb Bush was declared a loser, despite initial efforts to score a few punches.  Recall that yesterday we noted that Mr. Bush’s Ascendant was eclipsed on September 13th. Let’s see if there’s any effort at recovery on Monday, when transiting Mars and Venus will be exactly on his 23 Virgo Ascendant. Wait — what was that he said about a warm kiss? Perhaps that was his recovery effort…or at least the alluring potential of that transit made manifest — like it or not! If your Ascendant happens to be 21-25 Virgo, you may be feeling especially alluring, too. As it were.

According to the WT, Carly Fiorina did not get any attention, which is interesting, given that she had more speaking time — over 10 minutes — than any of the other contenders. Jeb Bush had the least — ouch. Underdogs Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz were declared winners — by the NYT as well — and I’m thinking transiting Uranus and/or Pluto in their horoscopes are likely reflecting the boost.

Front-runners Trump and Ben Carson were notably lackluster. Mr. Trump’s horoscope has lost much of the razzle-dazzle it enjoyed over the summer. We do not have a birth time for Mr. Carson. It’s a mystery. Would that he fades into the background, so as not to have to think too much about him in the future.

As anticipated by looking at the horoscope for the debate, there were plenty of statements made that were not true. Here is Gail Collins, with her always-cheerful take.

Meanwhile, on Monday you may recall that the Moon was also void all day. Perhaps you may also recall the video that went viral. It involved a “school resources officer” in South Carolina who turned a molehill of a conflict into a mountain of crisis by brutally flipping a student onto the floor because she had refused to put away her cell phone and leave the classroom. That officer was fired yesterday, but apparently this is not the first time his aggressive tactics have been applied.

Perhaps his firing bodes well for Alabama, where a police officer is facing a second trial on charges of violating the civil rights of an Indian grandfather out for a morning stroll, i.e., Walking While Brown. Inexplicably — yet captured on tape — the grandfather was slammed to the ground and ended up in the hospital. Putting this into an astro-logical perspective, history buffs will recall that civil rights was a hot button issue in the mid-60s, when Uranus and Pluto were conjunct in Virgo. Now that Uranus and Pluto are square to each other, we would expect matters that were hot in the 60s to be hot again now. Sure, seeds were planted in the 60s — but now we are finding out if those seeds will flourish. With respect to the United States, its horoscope is experiencing a potentially anguishing transit of Pluto to the US Saturn. It is time for the US to face its dark side.

In other news, Jupiter is halfway through Virgo, so we can expect to see some initiatives on its “small is great” agenda.  Here’s one:

Scores of leading scientists on Wednesday urged the creation of a major initiative to better understand the microbial communities critical to both human health and every ecosystem.

Feels like we should end on something that is not political. Of course there is always the friendly reminder that if you would like to better understand yourself in minute detail, a personal consultation about your unique horoscope is a most excellent investment. You’ll be amazed at how much depth can be achieved in 90, 60 or even 33 minutes. Here’s the 411 on all of that.

But what I was also thinking about — along the “small is great” theme of Jupiter in Virgo — was a film made in 1977 called “Powers of Ten”. And if you are certain age, you probably remember it from your school days. Perhaps you thought this nine-minute “adventure in magnitudes” was pretty cool, too.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday & Wednesday 8/25-26/2015: Contraction, Meet Expansion; Virgo on My Mind

Contraction…followed by expansion. This we can expect when we have a major Saturn transit, as we did on Friday when it squared the Leo Sun. Saturn refers to contraction and controls. Tomorrow the Sun meets up with Jupiter, which refers to expansion, optimism. Although Jupiter IS in Virgo for the next year, and as noted in earlier forecasts, Jupiter in Virgo favors expansion of what is small. How’s your portfolio doing? Isn’t it interesting that U.S. markets are “bouncing back” after Monday’s dramatic drop? How long will that last? Might there be some value in the study of planetary patterns, especially when one observes that patterns do repeat themselves? If anyone has an answer to that question, let me know.

Today the Moon is cruising through Capricorn, an enterprising sign that needs to make things happen. This energy flows without conflict until around 11:33PM ET, when a meet-up with potent Pluto suggests a potential power play, intense advance or emotional catharsis. A shake-up or revelation might show up around 9:41AM on Wednesday, when the Moon is challenged by rebel Uranus.

On Wednesday, barely half an hour after that Moon-Uranus clash, mental Mercury makes an easy connection to Saturn, facilitating a steady, practical and efficient approach in mindset and  communication. This constructive aspect has been in effect for a couple of days, so hopefully you’ve made good use of it. Meanwhile, the expansive Sun-Jupiter meet-up in Virgo will be exact at 6:02PM Wednesday, and if you’re a Virgo born in the very early part of the sign, I hope it brings a nice boost to your day — perhaps even your week. This is a pattern often described as “lucky”, and anyone with a planet or angle at around 2 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Sagittarius and Gemini is likely to experience it.

A few words about Virgo, which is where the Sun has been since Sunday. Virgo is an earth sign (as opposed to fire, water or air). It is also a mutable sign, as opposed to cardinal or fixed. What does that mean? Cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn; they need to come up with the idea and take action.  Fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius. These signs need to organize and give form to the concepts pitched by cardinal signs. Mutable signs — Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces — get to spread the word about the cool form the fixed signs made. Got it?

Virgo is ruled by Mercury, which also rules mindset. Virgo is symbolized by a virgin with a shaft of wheat. Its keywords are I ANALYZE. Virgo needs to apply its mental energy to discernment and discrimination, as it separates the wheat from the chaff. Planets in Virgo are likely to be happy when they are appreciated for perfecting things or people. In health matters,  Virgo rules the intestinal tract and assimilation. If you have planets in Virgo in your horoscope, and they are under a great deal of developmental tension, you may have some issues with your digestive system, especially how your system absorbs nutrition from food.

Virgo also refers to service, workers and food production. It is fascinating to see that one of the most-viewed articles in the Sunday NYT — the day Sun entered Virgo — is an op-ed written by a restaurant worker in a high-end restaurant. Called “Dinner and Deception,” we could attribute the “deception” part to Jupiter in Virgo’s approaching opposition with nebulous Neptune, along with the current Venus retrograde, which is not inclined to maintain the usual veneer of social graces we see when Venus is direct.

What’s going on in your horoscope? Now is the perfect time to schedule a personal consultation. Find out why you are the way you are; why things are happening when they happen; what’s likely to happen and why you can’t seem to wash that man or woman out of your hair. If you have children, spending half an hour learning about their horoscopes will enable you to better understand their needs and challenges,  thus improving your relationship.

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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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