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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 10/4/2016 & Beyond: Sneak Peak at the Week; When Mars Attacks!

Alll-righty then!

Picking up from where we left off on Friday, which was:

No sleeping in on Monday — planetary patterns suggest high-energy and discipline throughout the week, with a power play by the week’s end.  This bodes well for the application of those New Moon projects you’ve got planned.

The work week began with the Moon in controlling Scorpio, seeking to fulfill its mission of being appreciated for its emotional depth and substance. It goes void at 9:04PM ET, just in time for the VP debate between candidates Mike Pence and Tim Kaine. Much ado about nothing? Of little consequence? Upsets and twists in efforts to move forward in a straight line? A higher than average flake factor, reflected in the ratings? A victory for the underdog? All of these are caveats until 4:26AM ET WEDNESDAY, when the Moon enters high-flying Sagittarius and is no longer void. In this contest, I’m putting my two cents on Tim Kaine, given the action of transiting Jupiter and Mars in the contenders’ horoscopes — even without a confirmed birth time for Mike Pence.

Moon in Sagittarius (sign of the philosopher-clown) is bright and bouncy, ready for a gamble or a gambol. Wednesday through most of Friday, consider ways to broaden your horizons. Have an opinionated debate. Take in a show. Take a walk in the woods. Watch a foreign movie. If you can give yourself permission to wander on Friday, you’ll maximize the potential of a Sagittarius Moon that is void-of-course, which could be quite an adventure. Friday’s Moon void will occur between 2:26AM ET and 4:40PM ET. Can you start your Columbus Day holiday weekend early? Go for it!

The high-energy and discipline suggested this week comes courtesy of an easy alignment between the Sun and Saturn (facilitating said discipline and structure) and a super-charged aspect between Mars in Capricorn (practical, effective ambition translated into action) and Jupiter (expansion). The former is exact today at 12:59PM ET; the latter happens WEDNESDAY at 5:45PM ET. Also of note on Wednesday at 5:20PM ET: an easy alignment between Venus in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn. Venus refers to women, money, values, beauty and social expression. Pluto refers to power, resources, underground currents, transformation and regeneration.  Those Plutonian symbols are likely to be reflected in power-play headlines towards the end of the week, as Pluto squares the Libra Sun on Friday at 3:31PM ET.  Also on Friday: Mercury leaves Virgo for Libra at 3:56AM ET, moving past the point at which it turned retrograde on August 30th. Our collective thinking officially moves forward….until the next Mercury retrograde on December 19th.

If a surprise were going to show up in October (as opposed to the power play Friday’s Sun-Pluto challenge may bring), I’d look to the days leading up to the Full Moon on the 16th, when rebel Uranus will oppose the Sun and conjoin the me-me-me Aries Moon. Mars (action) and Mercury (communication) are in a combative connection on the 13th. On the 19th, Mars (assertion and action) meets up with Pluto in Capricorn, sign of the Powers That Be. Hours later, Mercury (ideas, communication) is disrupted by a hard connection to Uranus, suggesting innovation, shock or some other lightning bolt from the blue. In the U.S., the third and final debate between Hillary Clinton and her opponent happens on the 19th. Yowza. The days leading up to the 29th may also be provocative, as Mars is challenged by Uranus.

And now, the news.

Astrology — in two parts. First, some of you may have seen a “news” item in which NASA allegedly tells everyone that thanks to the precession of the equinoxes, your Sun Sign has changed. This is about the same “news” that caused panic in the populace at the beginning of 2011 — and refuted in this forecast at that time.   Why would this story be back now?  Off the top of my head, I do note that in late 2010 and early 2011,  Jupiter and Uranus (which refers to astrology) were together at the end of Pisces, close to the prominent Aries Point. Last month, Jupiter was at the end of Virgo, making contact with its position in 2011…so perhaps this, along with other planets recently at the end of Virgo, served as a trigger for the “story” to be revisited.

Stay tuned for the second astrology part in the next forecast.

Meanwhile…a few random observations of the astonishing synchronicity of planetary patterns and the headlines.

On Saturday’s exact harmonious alignment between Venus (arts) and Neptune (even more sublimely artsy-fartsy), the home page of the NYT was littered with more than the usual array of stories on this theme. I was traveling over the weekend — I did not write them down.

Last week, big was BIG — as in Jupiter, which is in Libra, a people-pleasing, appearance -conscious sign if ever there was one. And on the 26th, the day of the first debate between HRC and her opponent, the Libra Sun met up with that big, hot, gaseous planet. The fallout: Alicia Machado, the former Miss Universe whom HRC’s opponent famously fat-shamed in the mid-90s, was back in the headlines with a Venus-in-Scorpio vengeance.

If you’ve been wondering why Ted Cruz took the opportunity on September 23rd  to tell the world he had consulted his conscience and concluded that the man who trashed Cruz’s wife and father, whom Cruz publicly declared to be “a pathological liar” was now his personal pick to become the next U.S. President, look also to transiting Jupiter and the Sun. Both recently squared his Capricorn Sun, suggesting a need for an expansive push of ego expression. As for why his conscience could forgive the deliberate cruelty of the current Republican nominee’s remarks, remember that Cruz is driven by a conflict-averse, appreciation-needing Moon in Libra. Also consider the anguish suggested by a once-in-a-lifetime measurement between Pluto and his natal Saturn, putting severe pressure on efforts to hang on to power and authority.  That measurement is exact on October 12th, in effect a few months before and after.

Finally, a little story about Mars — and how it suggests the potential for a release of energy — for better or worse — when it make contacts with planets and points in your own personal horoscope. On Sunday, Mars was at 3 degrees of Capricorn, almost exactly conjunct my 4 Capricorn Ascendant. The Ascendant is one of the health points in the horoscope, and a planet making a hard contact to the Ascendant often suggests a health concern. When the planet is Mars, accidents and inflammation are not uncommon. Which is what happened to me walking across a street on my way back from a trek to Costco. Didn’t see the little depression in the road. Caught my foot the wrong way and landed with a thud. Result: severely sprained ankle (inflammation; accident) — nothing broken, thankfully as the x-rays determined — but this has curtailed my tap and ballet lessons for at least a couple of weeks, which is disappointing.

And just because astrology has such a wicked sense of humor (it is ruled by wacky Uranus, after all), the Ascendant (i.e., “the face of”) the event chart of my fall is exactly conjunct the Fixed Star Scheat (a.k.a. “shit”), often associated with shipwrecks — and also Mars.

Did you know that sprained ankles heal faster if you walk on them, as opposed to plotzing on a couch like a sack of potatoes? Ya learn something every day.  Did you also know that it takes Mars two years to make a complete circle around your horoscope? That’s at least four opportunities for it to make contact with your Ascendant. Where is it in your horoscope now? Order a Your Year Ahead  report; mark your calendar and be prepared. You may also wish to book a personal consultation, maximizing potential in your quest for world domination.

Thank you for reading this forecast.







Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 10/11/2012: It’s Debatable Again…

If you did not receive the usual forecast yesterday, please check your spam folder. That’s where my copy ended up, and I have a feeling I’m not the only one who had that experience. Let’s hope there are no glitches in today’s delivery…

Not much to report until 3:23PM ET, when the Moon enters discriminating, detail-oriented Virgo. Until then, go with the flow, regardless of how deviated your efforts may be to move in a straight line. I say this because the Moon went void-of-course as of 5:40PM ET on Wednesday. See the link in yesterday’s forecast — the one posted on the website — for more on voids, assuming you do not know what they are and how to best handle them.

About an hour after Moon enters Virgo, it opposes nebulous Neptune, which is frankly more of a challenge than the support the Moon receives ten minutes later from structured Saturn. How dreamy/spacey might you be feeling, in spite of the Virgo Moon’s need to make order out of chaos? That energy carries us through the rest of the afternoon, and as we move into suppertime, ornery Mars in opinionated Sagittarius clashes with the nitpicky, perfection-seeking Moon (exact at 9:36PM ET). If someone doesn’t get just a tad combative over details in the opening 30 minutes of the Vice-Presidential debate, I will be disappointed. And yet…disappointed I may be, because even though aggressive Mars is ready to rumble (and making serious connections in the horoscopes of both contenders), nebulous Neptune is just as active as it was in the horoscopes of the Obama-Romney contest last week. This suggests a rose-colored fog permeating the airwaves…but let’s take a closer look.

Joe Biden (Nov 20 1942 — around 8:30AM in Scranton, PA)) is a Scorpio with Moon in Taurus, suggesting a need to preserve material security and keep things as they are or as they should be. He has Sagittarius on the Ascendant — probably 3 or 4 degrees into the sign. Sag is an outspoken, rather randy, often disheveled/undisciplined force of nature that values high ideals and blunt candor. That is why Sag is so often associated with foot-in-mouth disease. Right now Mars is at 3 Sagittarius, exactly on Biden’s Ascendant and opposing his Uranus at 2 Gemini. This is a potential for fireworks, unless the reigning need of Biden’s Taurus Moon and the energy of his Sun in controlling Scorpio can keep things steady and calm.

As with the horoscopes of Obama and Romney, nebulous Neptune exerts a powerful influence on Biden and Ryan, too. So much that I am beginning to suspect some kind of conspiracy, and would feel so much better about it if other, less Neptune-influenced candidates could participate in this political process. Candidates like Dr. Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson — heck, I would be happy to include Roseanne Barr, too — she’s running on the Peace and Freedom ticket — with Cindy “Speaking Power to the Liars” Sheehan, no less. Did I leave anyone out?

But I digress.

Paul Ryan, whose horoscope was covered in detail in an earlier forecast also has an early Sagittarius Ascendent, at zero degrees, in fact. He was born with Neptune exactly conjunct the Ascendant, shrouding him in a rose-colored fog or vision, depending on whether you like what he has to say (with Moon running wild in people-pleasing Libra,  he has more than enough charm to convince you that you should).  Neptune — now at 0 Pisces, is exactly squaring the Ascendant — that point of personal projection — kicking up those clouds of pixie dust even more. But hey — in Biden’s horoscope, Neptune is involved, too — making a sextile to the Ascendant! While arguably this is a much less problematic aspect than Ryan’s conjunction (in terms of living in a real world, not an imaginary one), Biden still must deal with the challenge of Neptune transiting by square. Will he — or his opponent — be able to make a case that is clear and distinct? I am not convinced. It is more likely that people will hear whatever fits the reality they think they would like to live in. Sigh.

Back to Mars, which is the symbol for action, often of an aggressive nature. We talked about Mars and the potential for Biden to be provoked. Same goes for Ryan. Mars is right on Ryan’s Ascendant, too, with the same potential for provocation. There is even a connection between transiting Mars and Ryan’s natal Uranus — similar to Biden. Fascinating. Looking at the chart for the event itself — 10/11/2012 at 9PM in Danville, KY, nebulous Neptune is squaring the Ascendant — and Mars is also at an angle. This mirrors what is going on in the horoscopes of Biden and Ryan! Regardless of this astonishing synchronicity, I am not convinced that the outcome will rock the polls one way or the other, while there will be plenty of arguments about what was actually said. Fact checkers, take your places!