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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 10/7/2015: The Conception of Planned Parenthood & More Politics as Usual

Moon in Leo continues to drive the day with a focused need for creative self-expression and ways to shine. The power plays and sublime spin of yesterday’s exact patterns are in the rear view mirror. Now we will be building to another crest of activity over the weekend. This will involves a disruptive need for independence, as the Sun is opposed by Uranus on Sunday, accompanied by the impressive resourcefulness of an easy alignment between expansive Jupiter and Pluto (also on Sunday). These will be prefaced by a stern business and/or financial advance, as Venus (women, money, aesthetics) and Saturn (controls) square off on Saturday. We last experienced a Saturn-Venus square the week of August 5th; here are some headlines; plenty more can be found by searching the archives.

There’s an easy balance to this morning’s planetary patterns, as the Sun and Moon are in exact harmony at 7:40AM ET. The only other exact pattern is another easy flow between the dramatic Leo Moon and innovative Uranus at 5:10PM ET. Get it off your desk by then, as the Moon will then go void…not to enter Virgo until 3:5oPM ET Thursday. Regular readers understand that Moon voids are best for routine matters, as efforts to move forward in a straight line are more likely to be hampered by twists, flakes, delays and other “crises” which usually prove to be much ado about nothing. Chill and go with the flow, if this happens to you.

And now, the news.

Keywords for Mars-Neptune aspects, such as the Mars-Neptune opposition we had yesterday, include drugs, healing, redemption, chemicals, showbiz…to name a few. The Sun-Pluto square suggests empowerment; news from underground. How interesting to see that 6000 inmates in the U.S. are about to be released from prison at the end of this month (trick or treat?), an “effort to ease prison overcrowding and rollback the harsh sentences” handed out to nonviolent offenders in the 1980s and 90s. In other news, the prestigious Harvard debate team recently lost a contest against…a team of prison inmates from New York. What a power play.

Meanwhile…

(I drafted this next bit yesterday — couldn’t finish it in time to ship. It’s a bit of a rant, and I confess I wrote it 1) after watching what I judged to be just plain awful behavior on the part of the newsmaker in question — click the link to a video in the first paragraph; and 2) under external ambient duress, as you will see. I am sure the newsmaker is a very nice person. Or at least would like people to appreciate him for being so. And he’s on the homepage of the NYT this morning, so we should look at his birth data and understand why. Here goes:)

So much else to cover. Once again, it’s a matter of time.  You know who else does not have time? Jason Chaffetz. Who? The Congressman from Utah who chaired last Tuesday’s void–of-course Moon in me-me-me Aries “hearing” in which Cecile Richards, who heads Planned Parenthood, attempted to say a few words. It was nearly impossible for her to do this, because Mr. Chaffetz was too busy telling her how little time he had. Certainly he did not have time to learn the difference between a mammogram and a breast exam, and why you can’t get a mammogram at Planned Parenthood.

You can just imagine him falling down stairs because it’s faster than walking, bulldozing ahead without regard to much of anything except his own me-me-me ambitious agenda. Thus it would not surprise you to find out that Mr. Chaffetz was born with a me-me-me Aries Sun conjunct a potentially autocratic Saturn in Aries; bulldozing capacity courtesy of a stubbornly persistent Mars in Taurus, much like the jackhammers the City of New York thinks I need to hear for hours on end on this otherwise bright, sunny Moon-in-Leo day.

Mr. Chaffetz’s horoscope is driven by a people-pleasing Moon in Libra, and he sure seemed sweet and charming in the early days of his congressional career when he was interviewed by Stephen Colbert.    But that was before Uranus and Pluto supercharged Mr. Chaffetz’s 5 Aries Sun in 2010-2012, suggesting transformation, emancipation and empowerment, for better or worse…and it’s quite possible, given that we do not have an exact birth time, that his Libra Moon is feeling bold enough to enter its biggest popularity contest yet, under the influence of Uranus and/or Pluto.

Mr. Chaffetz’s Sun was eclipsed on the Big Bad Full Moon on September 27th. Interesting to see him attracting attention almost immediately. Last week, that inglorious Planned Parenthood hearing. This week, he’s declared his candidacy for Speaker of the House. He certainly would have a vision, with transiting Neptune now sitting right on top of his Mercury, and his Libra Moon would be so happy if all the kids in his party elected him Speaker. Is he for real?

The NYT headline profiling Mr. Chaffetz  is this: “For Jason Chaffetz, Quixotic House Speaker Bid is in Character”.  Quixotic! Mix Aries with Mercury-Neptune and you’ve got an Impossible Dream for sure. Cue the Broadway classic now, please. Without the Mercury-Neptune, you just have “impossible”. To Aries, it’s the same either way. Tell ’em they can’t do something and you just watch…

…and here’s an example. In 2003, Mr. Chaffetz’s application to join the Secret Service was rejected “because better qualified candidates existed” out there (here’s more dirt on that). Now he chairs the Committee that oversees the Secret Service. So there.

But what about Kevin McCarthy, the presumed successor to the Speaker’s chair? Well, there was that disruptive remark last week implying that damaging Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers was the true objective of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. You may recall from a post last week that Mr. McCarthy has transiting Uranus exactly square Mercury and Venus right now, suggesting a buzz, flash of recognition or other excitement in mindset and social expression that would likely attract attention. And boy, has he.

If you’ve never actually heard this would-be Speaker speak, you may be entertained, gob-smacked or utterly bewildered by this clip, completely apt for Mercury retrograde and other currently surreal patterns. Yesterday the Kardashians are proclaimed “America’s First Family”; tomorrow we may see Kevin McCarthy become third-in-line to the Oval Office. Oh, America…you are having some weird, wild Neptune thing happening in your horoscope…

Finally, the New York Times has a cool new feature in which it notes the first time a subject appeared in the headlines. Yesterday it featured Planned Parenthood:

It started out as an idea, then developed into an organizing committee, and within four years it was Planned Parenthood. The organization, the subject of much recent congressional jousting, had its roots in the American Birth Control League, which started a fund-raising drive in 1938 to promote the concept of “planned parenthood,” as The Times reported on Jan. 28, 1938.

So what did planetary patterns suggest on January 28, 1938? Exactly what you would expect! Sun, Venus (women) and Jupiter (expansion, birth) all together in the humanitarian sign of Aquarius, squaring Uranus in Taurus. Freedom! Independence! Technology! A windfall opportunity! We see a Moon in practical, earthy Capricorn trine to Uranus as well. The Capricorn Moon would be ever so down with family planning as a practical strategy. The trine to Uranus suggests emotional detachment and egalitarianism, with the help of technology (echoes the innovative tech spin of those three planets in Aquarius).

There is a militant, disciplined action plan, suggested by Mars conjoined with Saturn at the Aries Point; boy is this idea likely to attract attention. Mars is in Pisces; Saturn is in Aries. Both planets refer to what is yang and/or patriarchal and they are not placed in signs where they operate most effectively/happily — if you are a fan of traditional astrology thinking. Hmmm. We can mull that over for a spell…

We see Mercury in practical Capricorn — in an easy alignment with Neptune in Virgo. A practical vision in a health care concern. Mercury is in an obsessive relationship with Pluto, suggesting how this initial idea could become a power struggle over Plutonian matters of life and death…and of course, Pluto would be in Cancer…in an easy alignment with Mars.

This first mention of the idea that would evolve into Planned Parenthood manifested in the aftermath of a series of Uranus-Pluto squares that occurred in 1934-35. Birth control was legalized for all Americans in 1972; Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, six and seven years after the Uranus-Pluto conjunctions of 1965-66. What revolutionary advance will we see in this area in four to seven years, in the aftermath of this past series of Uranus-Pluto squares? Can you see the patterns here?

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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 5/1/2015 & the Weekend: Nick Loeb, Poster Child for Sunday’s Full Moon in Scorpio

TGIF!

Moon is in airy, people-pleasing Libra today and Saturday. Arise, go forth and be socially gracious. Note the potential for power plays and/or upsets around 5:08PM ET and 9:54PM ET, when the Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus.

Avoid the yard sales and shopping sprees on Saturday, as the Moon will be void between 10AM and 9:47PM ET. Chill and take care of routine matters; roll with any twists that come up in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Once the Moon enters Scorpio, the intensity factor is likely to rise, courtesy of the Moon waxing to its fullness on Sunday at 11:42PM ET.

A Full Moon in Scorpio highlights the polarity between “ours” and “mine”…in possessions, values and resources. This Full Moon is colored by a face-off between Mercury in Gemini and Saturn in Sagittarius, suggesting a need to think with disciplined ambition. That can be harsh. The good news is that Mercury (mindset, communication) functions well in Gemini. Let the witticisms fly and the intellect shine!  The X factor is how that well-functioning mindset will be applied. Sure, it can make the trains run on time…but do you really want to live in Italy under Mussolini’s dictatorial control?

Thinking of Mussolini is apt for another pattern that is part of Sunday’s Full Moon, and that would be an exuberant challenge between the Sun in Taurus and Jupiter in Leo. That aspect is exact Monday at 5:02AM ET, but it can be felt now. It adds no small sliver of festive potential and sensory indulgence to the emotionally intense and mentally focused energy of this Full Moon weekend. It also suggests the potential for some stubborn and regal drama. Mussolini was a regal Leo, in case you did not know.

Take this controversial op-ed from Thursday’s NYT, penned by Nick Loeb. Last year Mr. Loeb broke up with his fiancee, the actress Sofia Vergara, and it’s complicated.  In happier times, they talked about having children, and thanks to the wonders of modern technology, they created a few embryos, one of which they hoped a surrogate would carry to term — but only if both of them were in agreement that things should move forward. And then they broke up. And she already has a child. And he’s suing her for custody of the embryos.

As I’m reading his thoughts on the subject, I’m thinking, “Man, if this isn’t a Jupiter-Leo thing talking, I’ll eat my hat”. Words like “king complex” and “entitlement” popped into my head. And guess what? Mr. Loeb is in fact a Leo, with Mercury also in Leo…and it’s just been conjoined by transiting Jupiter in Leo!  This king is feeling expansive, along with his edicts. We do not have a birth time for Mr. Loeb, so I can’t confirm whether he has Moon in late Taurus or early Gemini….but he does have Jupiter in me-me-me Aries and Mars in mine-mine-mine Taurus.

This intense personal drama is an apt example of the mine vs. ours potential of this Full Moon.

Here is Ms. Vergara’s horoscope. Students of astrology, what do you see? Think Mr. Loeb will prevail?

If you’re struggling with a big emotional drama, I would be delighted to help you sort it out by providing an objective astrological perspective. Here’s the 411 on consultations.

No sleeping in on Monday, btw.