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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 10/16 & the Weekend: Righteous, High-Flying & Rose-Colored


Moon will leave the intensity of Scorpio as of 5:18AM ET Friday — with a fiery sigh of relief. In high-flying Sagittarius, it’s looking to push boundaries and express its righteous opinion —  whether you asked for it or not. What hits the wires around 10AM ET may be weightier than usual, courtesy of a Moon-Saturn meet-up, with plenty to talk about around 3:15PM ET, as the Moon makes an easy connection to mental Mercury.

Your Friday night happy hour looks good for indulgence and escape, as the Moon square Venus and Neptune.  The whole evening is dominated by a dreamy face-off between Venus (money, women, aesthetics, social expression) in Virgo and visionary/delusional Neptune at 10:54PM ET. Think big, think beauty, think perfect…down to the last detail. Why big?  Because of a meet-up between expansive Jupiter and assertive Mars in Virgo at 6:40PM ET on Saturday, perhaps pushing physical boundaries even further than the usual exuberance that accompanies a weekend with Moon in Sagittarius.  Go for a good gamble or gambol. Broaden your mind. Get out in nature. Treat yourself to a foreign movie or some other culture that is not your own.

There’s no Moon void to discourage your purchasing power on Saturday. On Sunday the Moon will be void between 4:48AM ET and 2:52PM ET, perfect for sleeping in, chilling out — or experiencing an upset victory or twist in a sports match. After that, the Moon gets down to business when it enters Capricorn, looking for an empire to build. The enterprising Capricorn energy continues through all of Monday and much of Tuesday, so no sleeping in.

And now, the news.

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OK, now the news.

Did you watch the debates on Tuesday? What did you think? Hillary did well, and now op-ed columnists for the New York Times are being paid to comment on what you already anticipated would happen. How can I get one of those gigs? Not that I do not love Gail Collins (here’s her take), but geez…

Bernie Sanders also did well, as anticipated — and bigger than Mrs. Clinton,  according to seemingly every source that was not the mainstream media. What’s up with that? Here’s the theory.

Martin O’Malley had that Moon in Scorpio stare — very intense. He sparked, as we’d expect he would with that Sun-Uranus thing going on in his horoscope. He’ll spark again in a couple of years, when his Capricorn Sun has another hit from rebel Uranus.

Jim Webb. He has a natal meet-up between Mars (action) and Saturn (discipline) in Cancer, potentially expressing homeland security needs in a militant/military manner. That pattern is currently being supercharged by Uranus (to his Saturn) and Pluto (to his Mars), and I was waiting to see how it would manifest. The moment came when he answered the question about enemies he had made, and he cited an encounter with a North Vietnamese soldier (Webb fought in the Vietnam War), noting that the soldier was no longer around. You can imagine why…and Mr. Webb’s remark did not go unnoticed.  Here’s how the Washington Post covered it. Fascinating, isn’t it?

Planetary patterns this week — detailed in Monday’s forecast — suggest athletics and fantasy. We’ve seen some wild play-off games in major league baseball, including one that is going on now, in a long and intense Moon void in Scorpio. Will there be an upset to report tomorrow in tonight’s battle between the “upstart Mets” and the “star-driven Dodgers”?

Fantasy sports are still making headlines — now banned in Nevada. Even former Lakers’ forward Lamar Odom’s tragic story reflects the bewildering downside of current patterns. Mr. Odom was found unconsciousness in a Nevada brothel and is still in a coma; drugs were reportedly involved. You may recall he was married briefly to one of the Kardashians.  Here is his noon horoscope. You can see how strong Neptune is in his natal chart and by transit over the past several years. Right now we note transiting Saturn — a big reality check — making contact with other planets — and in contrast with other transits involving expansive, potentially wretchedly excessive Jupiter. Very sobering and sad.

Health care is making big news this week, too. With Mars (action) and Jupiter (expansion) in Virgo (healthcare) — both in touch with Pluto (resources) — Medicare premiums are set to “surge”.  Unless Congress decides to be more generous. Which it may, as Venus meets up with Jupiter on October 25th.

Finally, an update on former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, who made scandalous headlines  during another heavy Neptune period back in May. You may remember he was accused of  paying hush money  to quash allegations of sexual misconduct involving one of his students when he was a high school teacher and coach.  Now he will apparently plead guilty to at least some of the charges.  In May it was noted in this forecast (see preceding link), that Mr. Hastert has Mercury at 18 Capricorn, recently squared by transiting Uranus at 18 Aries. Uranus transits often coincide with sudden revelations.

You may recall that almost-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy also has Mercury (and Venus) at 18 Capricorn. His bid to become Speaker was derailed last week — suddenly — by certain revelations, too — remember? Isn’t astrology amazing?

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Thank you for reading this forecast. Wishing you an exuberantly righteous Moon in Sagittarius weekend!




Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 9/5/2014 & the Weekend: Joan Rivers, RIP


Make the most of the morning hours to take care of business while the Moon is still engaged in Capricorn and supported by an energetic connection to action hero Mars.  At 11:08AM ET, Moon goes void until 7:59PM ET, suggesting a higher probability of twists in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Stick to routine tasks, chill or start your weekend early, perhaps on a less dramatic, more refined note than in previous weeks, given that Venus leaves Leo for Virgo today at 1:07PM ET. Venus refers to social expression. Virgo refers to perfection and discernment.

At 7:59PM ET, Moon enters “who’s yer buddy” Aquarius for the bulk of the weekend, seeking to be of social significance and network with friends from all walks of life. Saturday’s a go for making purchases, though you may need to resist a temptation to overindulge around 2:11Pm ET, when the Moon opposes expansive, expensive Jupiter.

The evening favors more of what’s innovative and unconventional, suggested by a friendly connection between the Moon and rebel Uranus at 9:05PM ET. A few hours later, however, note the potential for a wet blanket or other imposed control suggested by a challenge between Moon and stern Saturn, which can not get out of Scorpio fast enough, if you ask me. Alas, we’re stuck with Saturn in Scorpio until the end of the year. Moon goes void again on Sunday at 1:19PM ET on a highly-charged challenge to aggressive Mars. If you’re a sports fan, keep an eye out for twists and upsets that favor the underdog until the Moon enters compassionate Pisces at 7:47PM ET.

No sleeping in on Monday. Moon will not be void and it will be waxing to fullness at 9:36PM ET.

And now, the news.

Wednesday’s potent alignment between the Sun and regenerative Pluto was the highlight of the week, suggesting news from underground, corruption exposed and/or resolved, oil and gas (underground resources) and healing.  In Virginia, former governor Bob McDonnell and his wife were found guilty of corruption. BP was found to be the “primary culprit” and  “reckless” four years after its Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up; it now faces an additional $18 billion in penalties. Meanwhile, a dinosaur skeleton unearthed in Argentina some years ago was described in fascinating detail as the most ginormous dinosaur yet. Elsewhere, as predicted on June 11th, former Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor landed a seven-figure job on Wall Street. What will he be doing? Giving out advice.

When it came time to find a new job after losing a primary battle with David Brat, a relatively unknown college professor with deep support from Tea Party activists, the lawmaker said he eventually decided to head to the boutique investment bank to focus on dispensing advice to clients.

Mazel tov, Mr. Cantor! May we all be so richly rewarded for the wisdom we’ve accumulated over the years.

Which brings me to the subject of healing and regeneration, one of the more positive potentials of a Sun-Pluto alignment.  Here’s a fascinating NYT piece about the Center for Courage & Renewal, which “help(s) people strengthen their sense of purpose and deepen their self-awareness and understanding of others.” The author of the piece found himself wishing that every member of Congress would attend one of the Center’s retreats, to help bring this polarized body into some form of functional alignment. But the retreats work just as well for regular folks, too.

In other news, Joan Rivers,  passed away yesterday at 1:17PM ET in New York, when the Moon was exactly conjunct Pluto (power plays, transformation, catharses). Here is her horoscope — a slam dunk, given the life she led. How so? Take a quick look and we immediately note the Sun in pixie chatterbox Gemini opposing Moon in opinionated Sagittarius,  in a T square to a pugnacious and expansive/bombastic conjunction between Mars and Jupiter. Moon is in the 9th house, where it would need to seek an international reach, perhaps through a collective broadcast/publishing medium. The challenges from Mars and Jupiter in Virgo suggest a need to talk about everything, driven by a need for perfection.

The Gemini Sun is in a power-packed 3rd house of communication, along with a tight conjunction of mental Mercury and aesthetic Venus at 29 Gemini, which regular readers of this forecast know is also the Aries Point. So we immediately expect that social expression, communication and aesthetics are going to need prominence. And you can see why she might become known for having umpteen cosmetic surgeries, in a quest to achieve perfection. It’s interesting to note that Mars and Jupiter are in the 6th house (physical body) and that Mars rules her Aries Ascendant (how she needed to be seen).

An Aries Ascendant would need to be seen as a pioneer and an inspiration. Well, that totally fits. Both her Ascendant and her make-it-happen Capricorn Midheaven are close enough to the Aries Point to suggest a further need for prominence. This horoscope was born to be famous. It also has rebel Uranus in Aries, and in the 1st House. This suggests an electric, potentially shocking and unconventional first impression, and a need to disrupt the status quo. The potential for being a game-changer is further supported by a square to Uranus from ruthless Pluto. It is interesting to note that her Uranus, which rules the 12th house of critical illness/self-undoing was eclipsed in April. It is also interesting to note that her natal Saturn at 16 Aquarius was under pressure from transiting Saturn in Scorpio all summer.  Also suggesting a potential stress in health matters: her natal Neptune is currently opposed by transiting Neptune. Regular readers know that Neptune tends to dissolve whatever it touches. Her natal Neptune sits in the 6th house and rules the 12th, both of which refer to health matters.

Fascinating, isn’t it? RIP, Joan Rivers. You lived your horoscope to its fullest potential…and you won’t need any more face lifts now that you’re in Heaven. You’re perfect, just the way you are.

Final note — because I truly enjoy facilitating abundance for other people. The glamor photo in my last forecast of my beloved cat, Phoebe, was taken by photographer Jim Herrington. He’s an extremely gifted professional, and you can see more of his work here.

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