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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 10/28/2015: Mind the Void

Make the most of the early morning’s steady focus, courtesy of a material-security seeking Moon in Taurus. It makes easy connections to Venus (social expression) and Mars (action) before 11:20AM ET, after which it goes void until 2:24AM ET on THURSDAY. Stick to routine matters that involve organizing, consolidating and stabilizing. Chill if you can and indulge in some pleasures of the senses today and into the evening hours. Good food and wine, sweet music and a snuggle would all fit the bill. Go with the flow of any twists that may crop up in your efforts to move forward in a straight line.

If your horoscope was directly affected by the solar eclipse on September 13th, you may have experienced a release in matters relating to the affected planet or angle. This is because Mars is at 20 Virgo, triggering the 20 degree Virgo degree of last month’s eclipse — although let the record show that we often see events triggered before an exact hit. Joe Biden’s Midheaven (career/public status) is almost at 20 degrees Virgo — plus or minus a few minutes. Jeb Bush’s Ascendant (personal projection) is at 23 Virgo — is he coming across as somewhat eclipsed these days?

I have tickets to a concert and won’t be watching the Republican debate, airing on CNBC at 8PM ET. In the debate chart — calculated for 6PM in Boulder, CO — we see the Moon conjunct the fixed star Algol in the First House. Algol has a foreboding reputation in mythology and astrology, conjuring up images of empowered-yet-intimidating women and “losing one’s head”.  EarthSky calls it “the scariest star in the heavens”.    While the Moon is in the First House, it rules the Fourth House in this chart, which refers to mother, family and home(land) security. We’ll see how that plays out.

Mercury — mindset and communication — is strongly placed, in diplomatic Libra and connecting with the public. The chart is ruled by Venus in perfectionist Virgo, so perhaps we’ll see more decorum than we saw in the last debate…except for the part where someone loses their head over something. There’s a pile-up of planets in the Sixth House, suggesting a focus on process, cooperation, healthcare, unions, work regimes. There’s also an awful lot of pixie-dust, with Mars and Neptune in an obsessive relationship; the reality check of Saturn dissolved by a challenging contact with nebulous Neptune, along with the intense Scorpio Sun.

Hmm. I’m now seeing that Hillary Clinton’s campaign will be airing four commercials during the debate — featuring working women. Fascinating.

Speaking of dissolving, one day I will finally get around to writing about the horoscope for the Republican Party.

OK, more news.

Yesterday I wrote this about Tuesday’s Full Moon:

If you remember the seeds planted at the New Moon two weeks ago, you may recall it had to do with startling revelations involving relationship. So…more of the same here, with a focus on establishing security.

I was therefore thrilled to see this article on the homepage of the NYT: “The Ambivalent Marriage Takes a Toll on Health”.  Of course there would be an added health focus, with three planets — including Venus and Mars about to meet up — in Virgo. The Venus-Mars meet-up (exact next Monday) seems an apt pattern reflecting an update on another symbol of enduring affection. Remember the love locks that threatened bridges in Paris some time ago. They’ve gone global…

Meanwhile, here’s another homepage story about sugar — as was anticipated in the wake of the weekend’s meet-up between Venus and Jupiter.  This one says its health threat is vastly underestimated. Make that two homepage stories:  “Sugar Market Reform Could Flood EU with Cheap Imports”  Coincidence or conspiracy?

In other news, with transiting Pluto opposing the Sun in the U.S. horoscope, we might expect a bit of a power play. “China accused US navy of ‘serious provocation’ after USS Lassen sailed close to Chinese artificial island…”  reads the headline in The Guardian. You’ve heard about these artificial islands in the South China Sea, yes? No, it’s not the plot of the new James Bond movie, which just opened in the UK — and is apparently a smash. In the next Bond film, perhaps he’ll figure out how to stop Greenland from melting. That’s the subject of the most-viewed article on the NYT home page at the moment. The Mets and the Royals are still tied…Moon in Taurus…just goes on and on…resistant to change….

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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 10/21/2010

Oh, that bewildering Neptune. And that witchy bitchy Venus retrograde in Scorpio dredging up the dreck in relationships — past and present! How else to explain Mrs. Clarence Thomas’s phone call to Professor Anita Hill on Oct 9th asking her to apologize to her husband, the alleged sexual harasser and current Supreme Court Justice. Quick glance at Mrs Thomas’s chart: immediately we see she may be prone to idealism (Sun in Pisces, ruled by Neptune, trine to Neptune), with likely obsessive tendencies resulting from stressful connections between aggressive Mars and delusional Neptune, and mental Mercury and ruthless Pluto (“sexuality, illusion, fantasy and deceit can be played out; may be driven to focus on the unknown, unconscious or subconscious; can be cunning persuasive and manipulative through use of communication and information”). Mrs. Thomas was driven (check her transits) to place a phone call to Professor Hill on a day marked by a stressful contact between Mercury (mind) and expansive Jupiter —  “grandiose thinking; opinionation and bias; driven by belief systems, religious concepts, philosophical ideology; idealism” — and Venus (women) had just gone retrograde EXACTLY on her husband’s Midheaven, which represents his public career status! Yes, nebulous Neptune is currently “hot” in all three charts: the Thomases and Professor Hill — and in the case of Clarence Thomas, we see his Sun (life force), Venus (women, social expression) and Mercury (mind) all under pressure from the Big T-Square Party, especially ruthless Pluto.  Fellow astrologers — birth data for all three posted below; we could talk for hours about these charts. Dear civilians, I’ll now move on to the moment you’ve been waiting for:

Moon is still in impulsive, start-it-yesterday Aries, inspiring you to push ahead. And push ahead you must, while the Moon is still waxing full. Note a possible clash between boundless enthusiasm and a lump of coal in the early part of the day — work through it, if you must. Note also that we are not out of the weirdness zone yet: Friday we’ll have a Full Moon and nebulous Neptune challenging aggressive Mars. Be mindful of what you put in your system over the next couple of days as your sensitivity to toxins may be higher than usual. This includes people selling snake oil. On the plus side — a charismatic performance might be within reach if it comes from an authentic source.

BIRTH DATA: Mrs. Clarence Thomas Feb 23, 1957, time unknown, likely Omaha, NE; Mr. Clarence Thomas Jun 23 1948, 9PM Pin Point, GA; Professor Anita Hill Jul 30, 1956, time unknown, Tulsa, OK  — acknowledging Ricki Reeves, author of THE QUINDECILE — all quotes above from her superb astrological text on a little-known, but extremely potent aspect