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Monday 6/17/2019: Full Moon in Sagittarius; Neptune Retrograde; the Slings & Arrows of Mercury-Mars with Pluto

And heeeere we go again!

The Full Moon in Sagittarius happened at 4:31 AM ET and then went void until 12:13 PM ET. That’s your excuse for any flake or twist that may have disrupted your morning routine. But as of 12:13 PM ET, the Moon is now fully focused in Capricorn, seeking to take care of business no matter how it feels. The week rolls like this — and these patterns are all part of the release and illumination of this Full Moon, which challenges the Gemini Sun’s ability to present factual information, against the Sagittarius need to express an enthusiastic and/or bombastic opinion

  • TUESDAYSaturn makes a cooperative connection with Neptune at 7:40 AM ET. Saturn is structure; Neptune is vision. If you have a vision it, make it real  — would be one interpretation. That could be awesome — unless your vision happens to be a lie. Hmmm. At 12:05 PM ET, Mercury and Mars meet up in Cancer, seeking a convincing and provocative case for home/homeland security and other domestic concerns. Around midnight, the no-nonsense Capricorn Moon meets up with the toxic South Node and Saturn, then sextiles Neptune, suggesting an ambitious corporate/patriarchal advance, with a pair of rose-colored glasses at no extra charge. Is it a coincidence or conspiracy that at  8 PM ET — live from Orlando, FL — P45 will officially launch his 2020 campaign? Consider the patterns outlined in this paragraph to give you a sense of its message, along with this next batch, exact on…
  • WEDNESDAY — as a ruthless barrage of provocative communication, along with someone’s dirty laundry exposed is reflected by a face-off between the Capricorn Moon and Cancer Mars, exact at 6:22 AM ET. Next is a face-off between Mercury (how we think and communicate) and Pluto, exact at 6:52 AM ET. If you know someone with a tough aspect between Mercury and Pluto, you may have noticed they will not hesitate to slice you to pieces in a war of words. But wait — there’s more!   At 7:16 AM ET, Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto, suggesting a catharsis or power play. Three minutes later, Moon opposes Mercury (more challenging communication) — before going void for the rest of the business day. Chill chill chill during the Moon void — don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. This is especially relevant on this day because at 11:21 PM ET, Mars — seeking to defend its turf in homeland Cancer — will oppose Pluto, suggesting strong potential for stamina (useful if physical exertion is required) or a nasty outburst of aggression. Here are some headlines from past Mars-Pluto oppositions — and here’s a write-up about Bette Midler’s horoscope, as she was born with Mars opposing Pluto, as clearly evidenced on her relentless Twitter feed.
  • THURSDAY –– At 10:01 PM ET on Wednesday, Moon enters Aquarius, seeking to network and be of social significance. After the disruption suggested by the Moon’s weekly clash with rebel Uranus at 8:56 AM ET (surprise!), Moon cruises through the day without any bumps in the road. What we are likely to be noticing now is…
  • FRIDAYMoon goes void at 10:03 AM ET for the whole business day. Wanna start the weekend early? Go for it. At 10:36 AM ET Neptune — planet of dreams — turns retrograde. That means it’s been slowing to a virtual standstill all week, with an effect not unlike the sound of  a blaring car horn. When a planet changes direction, it brings matters symbolized by that planet into focus. We’ll talk more about Neptune retrograde later this week. We will also talk about the Summer Solstice, which happens at 11:54 AM ET. Just know that as the Sun makes its way through the last days of Gemini, it suggests prominent developments involving leaders and CEOs. So watch the news.
  • SATURDAY & SUNDAYMoon enters Pisces at 7:02 AM ET and there is no reason why you can’t enjoy a beautiful weekend escape, as planetary patterns sublimely suggest. Stay tuned to this channel for details.

Oh — almost forgot to mention the Sabian Symbols for this morning’s Full Moon. For the Moon: “A flag bearer.” For the Sun: “Winter frost in the woods.” The last time I wrote about this pair was…wait for it…ready? On the New Moon in Gemini on June 16, 2015 — that’s when P45 launched his election campaign — here’s the forecast for that day. Amazing.

And now, the news.

Jupiter = big. Jupiter = publishing. Neptune = music. From Sunday’s NYT magazine: “Behind the Untold Story of the Universal Music Fire” — in which thousands of master recordings were apparently destroyed, and the artists are just learning about it now…

Neptune = toxins and plastics. The Guardian, having launched one investigative series called “Toxic America,” just launched a new one: “The United States of Plastic.”

Meanwhile, a random example of Saturn (reality) driven by illusion (Neptune): “They have millions of Instagram followers, but they’re not real people.” Instead they are computer-generated creations being used to promote various brands — presumably for less cost and risk of a human doing something scandalous that sullies the brand.

In other news, I  promised you last week that under this Jupiter-Neptune square we would hear stories of refugees sparking compassion, likely involving bad initiatives launched for the sake of homeland security (thank you, Mars in Cancer opposing Saturn in Capricorn).  Have you heard of Baby Constantin? He’s the subject of this NYT investigative story: “The Youngest Child Separated From His Family at the Border Was 4 Months Old.”  

UPDATE: on Melania Trump, who made news on Friday in a special  CNN  report: “Woman of Mystery: Melania Trump.”  Of course she would be a woman of mystery, given her natal Neptune opposing her Venus and Mars. That’s a potentially glamorous, sexy and enigmatic combination. Bill Clinton has a similar pattern: Mars, Neptune and Venus right on his people-pleasing, conflict-avoiding Libra Ascendant. But why would that CNN special about Melania be airing now? Because — as noted here last year — Melania’s Taurus Sun is being supercharged by transiting Uranus right this minute — and will continue to be cattleprodded into early 2020. Break-outs and/or break-ups; either would apply.

With all the dreadful and bewildering stories making news, at the end of this day, the most-shared item on The Guardian (posted during the morning’s Moon void) was this: “Accidental cat filter appears on Pakistan official’s briefing.”   Enjoy!

Is your horoscope scheduled for a potential break-out or break-up? If so, life will be easier if you are prepared to channel that buzz of excitement — or manage any surprise that may be in store. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

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I leave you with flowers gifted by a cherished client over the weekend — as a reminder to take time to seek beauty under this week’s dreamy Neptune spell…


Friday 5/3/2019 & the Weekend: New Moon in Taurus; Jupiter Makes It BIG


The me-me-me Aries Moon went void with a long sigh at 4:47 AM ET. Meanwhile, it’s a “dead” Moon — at the end of the cycle. Stick to routine concerns; wrap up projects from last month. Roll with any twists or flakes that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Once the Moon enters Taurus at 4:18 PM ET, you may sense a buzz in the air, adding to the dead Moon’s restlessness. That buzz is Uranus, planet of disruption. It meets up with the Taurus Moon at 10:15 PM ET, jolting the Collective’s need for material comfort and security, for better or for worse. Watch the headlines.

Also of note: Mars, planet of action, is nearing its exact opposition to Jupiter, planet of BIG. Mars is activating one of the dominant patterns of 2019: the Jupiter-Neptune square, discussed in January:

Another dominant pattern for 2019 in this New Moon is the first of three squares between Jupiter and Neptune (exact on January 13th, June 9th and September 21st). Pushing the limits of faith? In Sagittarius, Jupiter refers to expansion and/or excess in matters including, but not limited to: opinion, dogma, horses, liver, pancreas, optimism, bombast, foreigners, media, law. In Pisces, Neptune refers to fish, oceans, drugs, spirits, lies, fog, refugees, victims, gurus, viruses, chemicals, toxins, suicide, etc.  Here’s one of many headlines reflecting this pattern: “Japan’s Sushi King Pays $3 Million for Giant BlueFin Tuna.” That’s one BIG (Jup iter) FISH (Neptune), and it wouldn’t command such a high price if it weren’t so SCARCE (Saturn-Sun-Pluto conjunct in Capricorn)

Add sports and academia to that list of Jupiter matters and scandals, fantasy, film and scams to the Neptune column.  Last week, Mars activated Neptune (by square). As it makes its way to Jupiter, now do you understand why we’ve been seeing so many BIG headlines on Jupiter-Neptune concerns?

The only exact aspect ET on SATURDAY is the New Moon in Taurus. Make a list and set your intentions for what you’d like to accomplish when the new cycle begins at 6:46 PM ET.  A New Moon in Taurus needs to build material stability and security. So what do you need to have? No really, what? That’s the mantra for Taurus: I HAVE. How creative can you get when it comes to acquiring what you need? If Aries is the spark that generates an idea, Taurus takes that idea and gives it form.

Wherever 14 degrees of Taurus falls in your horoscope is the area of your life that is primed for planting those seeds. I challenge you to do the work required to make those seeds grow. Sure, you can spend this time rolling in the meadow, smelling the flowers. But if that’s all you do this month, you could be missing out on a prime opportunity.  Don’t know where 14 Taurus falls in your horoscope? That’s what your astrologer is here to tell you — in a personal consultation or a written report. Here’s the 411.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “a man muffled up, with a rakish hat.” “Muffled up,” is he? Can’t get the words clearly out of his mouth? And his hat — another part of his cover — is “rakish?” And made of silk — so smooth and rich — and comes from China? Sounds like an intriguing character. How will this image play out in the headlines this month, hmm? As always, we consult Blain Bovee’s wonderful book on Sabian Symbols for details:

“…consider muffled voices, mumbled words; inclined postures; dropping the ball and getting away with it; a playful knack for apparel and appearance; openness to new ideas, new worlds; creating happy sensations; detachment from disintegrating worlds, from social perception, from transient perception.”

In the New Moon chart set in Washington DC, it is interesting to see the Ascendant at 29 Libra — same as last month’s Libra Full Moon. We’re at the end of something for sure. Venus in Aries rules the chart; this is a “warrior woman” expression which is traditionally not well-received: fiery and strident, less concerned with social graces and charm. The values of Venus in Aries have a steely, ruthless focus — for better or worse. In its effort to champion the cause, it may feel as if it’s between a rock and a hard place. Why do I say this? Venus is squaring Saturn, the North/South Node and Pluto.  Its steely ambition, added to the Mars-Jupiter-Neptune Big Thing is reflected here:

With respect to the United States, the New Moon horoscope suggests revelations, shocks and other disruptions of the status quo. Uranus is hitting all angles of this Washington DC chart. The New Moon is in the 7th House — a hopeful sign, perhaps — since this is the house related to the public, and what happens here is usually seen, not hidden. And what will be seen is likely to be BIG, suggested by that aforementioned Mars-Jupiter opposition at 22 Gemini/Sagittarius, activating the U.S. Mars-Neptune square (guns, cowboys, the American Dream, drugs, Hollywood, etc.) and the horoscope of P45 — and scores of public figures associated with U.S. politics/government.    Check out that post from 2017 and you’ll find excellent tidbits on the horoscopes of Russia and Adolf Hitler. The latter’s horoscope has been quite active in recent years — which should surprise no one, given what’s going on in the headlines. The horoscope lives forever, doncha know.

And now, more news.

Mars (weapons) in Gemini (words) — blown up by Jupiter in Sagittarius (publishing, opinion) and fogged up by Neptune (scandal, deception). Add this week’s hyperactive Mercury (words) in Aries (fast, furious, pioneering, out of sync) — and it sums up the latest on the Mueller investigation.

  • On Tuesday it was revealed that Mueller sent a letter to AG William Barr, challenging the accuracy of Barr’s “summary” of Mueller’s report.
  • Barr appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he continued to lie  — here’s the recap from late-night hosts around the country.
  • Kamala Harris was hailed as the smartest kid in the room, no doubt fulfilling the need of her intensely clever Gemini Ascendant (currently being boosted by transiting Jupiter’s expansion). Watch, as she gets Barr to admit that he didn’t bother to personally review all of the underlying evidence referenced in the Mueller Report — because really, why would Barr need evidence when his stubborn Mercury in Taurus is square to ruthless Pluto — and already made up?
  • Today another letter was published — this one from White House counsel Emmett Flood — also to Barr — trashing the Mueller Report. It was written on the Full Moon of April 19th — the one at 29 Libra.
  • Still more words as weapons: “Watergate had the Nixon tapes. Mueller had Annie Donaldson’s notes.”   We don’t even have a birth date for Annie Donaldson (Don McGahn’s then chief of staff), but the reporter feels a need to tell us that she drove a red Corvette, a reflection of the current Mars transit — and a significant Aries signature in Ms. Donaldson’s presumed horoscope (along with a lot of precise and detailed Mercury/Virgo/Gemini).


Random upbeat news: “Maine becomes first state to ban styrofoam.” Huzzah! And as Maine goes, so goes the nation. So they say.

UPDATE: Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)  announced his presidential run, bringing the total of Democratic contenders to 7, 243.  Bennet’s announcement is no surprise to anyone reading this forecast back in January. 

UPDATE: Rod Rosenstein resigned this week, effective May 11th. Pluto was alllllmost-but-not-quite sitting on his 23 Capricorn Sun, suggesting a dynamic power play/transformation. Something is being held back. Let’s note that his Sun will be eclipsed on July 19th….and triggered in November (by Mars) and in  January 2020, by transiting Pluto and Saturn. The fat lady has not yet sung.

UPDATE: Nicolas Maduro, last written about in January, in which April and May were declared months to watch. Some have been tempted to say that Maduro is going to get thrown out any minute now — and millions have taken to the streets, as transiting Saturn squared his Midheaven a few weeks ago. Today, what was supposed to be the “largest” protest march in Venezuela, called by opposition leader Juan Guaido, appears to have petered out. During a nearly all-day Moon void? Dead, no less? No surprise here. Saturn will hit the Midheaven again on May 11th — but there’s more bang for the bucks in July, when transiting Uranus shakes up Maduro’s Saturn (structure/authority) and transiting Pluto opposes his Ascendant for the second time.

What’s going on in your horoscope?

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