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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 1/6/2014: The Cardinal Grand Cross of 2014

Good Morning!

The first full work week of the 2014 may begin with a twist, upset or detour, courtesy of a “go with the flow” Pisces Moon being void-of-course between 4:44AM ET and 2:45PM ET. Even so, we’re off to another super-charged week in an equally super-charged first half of the year. Who’s feeling the urge to take action the most? People born 10 to 16 days into Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn….and anyone who has a planet or angle at 10 to 16 degrees of those signs. There is tremendous potential for personal empowerment and emancipation — and much of that growth will likely involve change, so get ready!

The urge to initiate intensifies when the Moon charges into Aries at 2:45PM ET. You may be dealing with an idealistic mindset or communication, suggested by a hook-up between mental Mercury and Venus in enterprising Capricorn. Still, the energy and focus is available to flesh these ideas out, suggested by friendly input from disciplined Saturn. This round of action builds to a physical and/or enthusiastic release on Wednesday, courtesy of an exact challenge between aggressive Mars and jovial Jupiter.

This fire-engine red is brought to you by the Moon in me-me-me Aries, inspiring you to start the New Year off with an astro-logical consultation that’s all about YOU. Here’s how to contact me.

The planetary pattern that is reflecting all this proactive, super-charged energy is a Grand Cross configuration, that revs up the high-voltage of the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square with the addition of challenges from physical, willful Mars and expansive — and sometimes bombastically so — Jupiter. This Grand Cross is an easy image to visualize. Just picture a square with one planet at each corner. Uranus in Aries and Mars in Libra are opposite each other; Jupiter in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn are opposite each other. Draw a line between the planets opposing each other, and  you’ve got a Grand Cross — got that?

The Grand Cross is an extremely tense configuration among planets in Cardinal Signs (refer to the forecast posted on the Winter Solstice), and the way Cardinal Signs release tension is to initiate action. Because of the nature of the planets involved, such actions are likely be extreme.  How long will this Grand Cross be hanging around? Off and on through May, with an exact square among all four planets happening April 20th-23rd — mark your calendars, especially since it will be directly impacting the horoscope of the United States.

Here are some topics likely to be dominating the headlines during the Grand Cross. Mars-Uranus oppositions suggest volatility, accidents, aviation, rebellion and technological breakthroughs. Jupiter-Pluto oppositions suggest issues of power and resources of all kinds: energy and currency; corporations and governments. Uranus-Pluto squares suggest disruption of the status quo; with Uranus in Aries it is also the power of one individual to effect radical change, which shakes up the “powers that be” Establishment (Pluto in Capricorn). We can expect the PTB to exert great efforts in order to maintain power and control. Meanwhile, Mars-Jupiter squares suggest great physical stamina and/or overblown ego; Jupiter-Uranus squares suggest sudden windfalls and news from the cosmos.

We’ll recap the Uranus-Pluto square tomorrow; my plan to do that today was preempted by a need to discuss the Cardinal Grand Cross.

FYI, the other Moon void for the work week — other than today — is Wednesday 11:22AM ET – 9:24PM ET.

And now, the news.

Here in New York, commuting delays are rampant, as the subways are officially called “a mess,” courtesy of pouring raining melting whatever was left of last week’s snow. But wait, there’s more. Temperatures will drop from 55 degrees Fahrenheit to 7 degrees tonight. Extreme? Yes, and that’s no surprise.

On corporations & corporate reforms: the NYT Op-Ed section has a piece arguing that the corporate income tax should be abolished, with lost revenue replaced by higher taxes on corporate shareholders. Over the weekend a Maine newspaper published an in-depth report on how the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty “threatens” that state’s “frail economy”. You do know about the TPP, yes? I have mentioned it several times over the past year or so. This is a big monster trade agreement that is being negotiated in secret, though Wikileaks and other news organizations have managed to dig up some of the dirt, as noted here; the overall scuttlebutt is that if the United States has its way, the agreement will be extremely favorable to corporate interests.

Meanwhile, solar energy stocks are starting the year on a rally, as Ford Motors prepares to unveil its solar-powered “concept car” at this week’s Consumer Electronic Show. Thought I’d close this forecast with a little bit of sunshine from the Jupiter oppositing Pluto “power & energy sector” on this rainy Monday…

Have I mentioned that this fire-engine red is brought to you by the Moon in me-me-me Aries, inspiring you to start the New Year off with an astro-logical consultation that’s all about YOU? Here’s how to contact me.

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 8/5/2013: Party Zone

East Coasters can ease into the start of the work week, courtesy of the Cancer Moon being void-of-course as of 2:49AM ET until 12:58PM ET. Sleeping late? No problem! Most transgressions can be gotten away with — huzzah! And huzzah it may be again once the Moon enters regal Leo at 12:58PM ET, looking for any opportunity to party on  and/or shine. Not until 11:54PM ET might the brakes be put on, thanks to stern Saturn challenging someone’s authority.  Spend this day and much of the next wrapping up projects from this lunar cycle. It starts all over again tomorrow at 5:51PM ET — sort of. We’ll have a New Moon at that time, but it goes void until 11:57PM ET Wednesday, suggesting that day will be a bit of a bust. Wait until Thursday to reeeeally launch your brand new bright ideas.

The big planetary pattern this week is expansive Jupiter exactly opposing Pluto (power, resources, transformation) on Wednesday at 7:34PM ET. Jupiter rules Sagittarius, the sign that is only too happy to offer its opinion on any subject — whether you want to hear it or not. Jupiter rules collective belief systems, including law, philosophy and religion. It rules group communication systems, too, such as academia, publishing and broadcasting.  Pluto refers to power, breakdown, transformation, energy/resources. Look for those themes in the news, as collective belief and outreach systems are challenged and perhaps transformed. Right now for example, there’s a battle going on between Time Warner Cable and CBS,  and the latter is no longer available on the former.  Fortunately for viewers, there’s Aereo and Netflix — and both are cheaper than TWC. Huzzah!

Meanwhile, a challenge to a collective belief system prevailed in the Czech Republic — with the delightful fringe element of Sunday’s uncompromisingly free and eccentric connection between rebel Uranus and the dramatic Leo Sun. Ever hear of a Pastafarian? You must see the official government ID photo of this fiercely independent Czech citizen, who is also a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. It may sound kooky, but there are intriguing potential consequences suggested by his victory, as the accompanying article explains.

Jupiter-Pluto transits often trigger events involving power sources, e.g., the oil, gas and nuclear power industries. Also watch for news from underground, especially as we get closer to August 21st, when Jupiter will square disruptive Uranus.