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Monday 10/1/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; Venus Retrograde in Scorpio

Happy Monday!

The Moon was void in Gemini this morning until 2 PM ET, suggesting actions initiated may be of little consequence and crises which crop up may be much ado about nothing. It was during this long void that Canada, Mexico and the United States reached an agreement on a new trade deal, now called USMCA instead of NAFTA. So what, big deal? Now that the Moon is fully engaged in Cancer, the next few days are driven by a need for emotional/homeland/family security, so expect those themes to be front and center in the news.

Moon will be void on Wednesday between 4:33 AM ET and 5:12 PM ET. Then it enters Leo, driving most of the rest of the work week with a need for drama and ego recognition.  Friday is another mostly all-day void. Chill and skip out early if you can, as actions initiated may well be a bust between 7:34 AM ET and 7:19 PM ET. After that, Moon enters Virgo to put things back in order, in preparation for the New Moon on Monday. Note that Sunday is another all-day Moon void, so do your shopping on Saturday.

Notable planetary patterns this week:

  • TUESDAY: Mercury squares Pluto at 8:01 PM ET, suggesting investigative dirt hitting the fan. You’re personally affected if you have a planet around 18 Libra, Aries, Cancer or Capricorn. Perhaps your words will be more empowered than usual. One can only hope.
  • TUESDAY: Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto at 10:10 PM ET, setting the stage for a catharsis or power play.
  • WEDNESDAY: Moon makes its weekly clash with Uranus at 7:29 PM ET, suggesting an upset or other disruptions of the status quo.

The biggest shift this week happens on FRIDAY at 3:05 PM ET. That’s when Venus turns retrograde, not to turn direct until November 16th. What does this suggest? Avid Readers will recall that when a planet turns retrograde, it is an apt time for review and/or turning inward in matters related to that planet.

Venus turns retrograde every 18 months for about 40 days. Last time it was retrograde was back in March of 2017 — and here are a few headlines from that time period. Last year’s retrograde was in Aries; this one is in Scorpio. Frankly, Venus is not at her accommodating best in either of those signs — but judging from the headlines, perhaps now is not the time for all that is feminine to be so accommodating.

Keywords for Venus include: love, money, values, beauty and women — issues related to all of these are now up for review. What are your values? Does the company you keep accurately reflect those values? Whom, what and how do you need to love? Venus also refers to charm, appreciation and social graces — and it’s fascinating how quickly these qualities fly out the window during Venus retrograde. The image I share with students for Venus retrograde is the lid on a can of sardines being rolled back, revealing all the smelly fish.

Money concerns may come up; questions about what you are really worth may arise. If money is not your concern, still be advised that the general rule is to avoid major purchases of art, beauty or luxury during this time; our sense of aesthetics is often “off,” and what we find attractive now may not be so satisfying later.  This especially applies to relationships.

So what’s the up side of this potentially witchy, bitchy Venus? By getting in touch with our baser instincts, we have an opportunity for clarity in our existing relationships. Those that are based on superficial charm are not likely to stand, especially during this Venus retrograde in Scorpio, a sign which demands depth and substance. Maybe you don’t need that dead wood in your life. Time for a purge! And by the way, when was the last time you reviewed your finances and made a plan? And speaking of baser instincts, political debates are likely to become even more heated and barbed as we head towards Election Day. If you don’t know which candidates are nasty or nice, you will soon enough.

This Venus retrograde is especially fascinating because it is tied to this summer’s Mars retrograde. How so? Remember that Mars turned retrograde at 9 degrees of Aquarius, meaning that anyone with a planet around 9-10 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio would be affected. Venus is turning retrograde at 10 degrees of Scorpio! So if you do have a planet around 9-10 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Leo or Scorpio, your summer project is far from over. That means you, Brett Kavanaugh — and you, Jeff Flake and  Ted Cruz. Ooh — and Larry Flynt, too. Wonder what he’s been up to? Keep an eye on October 10th, when retrograde Venus squares Mars. Could be quite an outburst.

The Sabian Symbol for this Venus retrograde is “an embassy ball,” which Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee notes is an “exclusive gathering of the elite, gathered mostly for their mutual benefit. When positive, integrity and excellence shine; when not so positive, elitism, disdain and specious superiority show forth.” Wow. We last saw this Symbol activated back in February 2013, when Saturn turned retrograde at the same degree of Scorpio. Check out what and who were making headlines back then.

Venus will remain in Scorpio until Halloween. On that day, Venus is opposed by Uranus (expect a jolt) and then backs into Libra, where Venus functions with exceptional grace. Venus will remain in Libra for all of November, including — obviously — Election Day, November 6th. I find this encouraging for the unprecedented number of women who are running for office this year. If they win, it is likely to be by an unprecedented number of women voters.

And now, the news.

UPDATE: at the time Jeff Flake was ambushed by two women in an elevator last week, the horoscope for that moment: 9:31 AM ET on 9/28/2018 in Washington, DC, Venus (women), Mars (men) and Uranus (upset) were all on angles of the horoscope, giving them in-your-face impact. Fascinating.

UPDATE: on Michael Moore, whose horoscope I’ve covered here — and also in an article published in Dell Horoscope. In that article, I argued that 2018 was likely to be challenging — and downright frustrating. A couple of weeks ago — on the third rebellious Mars-Uranus square, his latest film premiered. It’s called Fahrenheit 11/9, and even though some critics are calling it “his best film in years,”, it’s not doing as well as expected at the box office; in fact, some are calling it a bomb. Ouch. Why did I think 2018 would be a squeeze for Mr. Moore?  Transiting Saturn is sitting on his Capricorn Moon and Mars. Focus and ambition, yes. Expansion — not so much.

I can’t bring myself to write anything today about Brett Kavanaugh, other than to note that the potential for expansion suggested by transiting Jupiter squaring his Aquarius Sun is exact on October 9th, which is about when I expect we’ll see a power play — for better or worse — in the life of P45. For me, it’s too close to call. I can say, however, that SNL’s take on the whole hot mess of a hearing was an excellent catharsis — here it is, if you missed it. And if you’re wondering if Matt Damon — who portrayed Kavanaugh in the cold open — has a planet around 9 degrees of Aquarius, Leo, Taurus or Scorpio, he does: Jupiter at 9 Scorpio. And look how he expanded his reach. Coincidence or conspiracy?

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Tuesday 6/19/2018: Late Sneak Peek at the Week; Summer Solstice, Mercury and a Mars Rx Special…

Alllrighty then!

As of 4:40 AM ET yesterday, we are driven by the Moon in Virgo, fastidiously seeking to put things right. On Monday, this drive flowed with particular efficiency, supported by innovative Uranus and stabilizing Saturn. Save for a dreamy/spacey opposition from nebulous Neptune at 8:49 AM ET today (did you note your dreams?), Tuesday has the same potential for efficiency. Get those big ideas out there.

Notable planetary patterns this week include:

  • Mercury in harmony with expansive Jupiter at 3:43 PM ET — hence, the potential for big ideas about collective beliefs making headway and headlines.
  • Mercury in harmony with visionary Neptune on WEDNESDAY at 11:59 PM ET, suggesting the upside potential of Mercury-Neptune contacts. In other words, vision, healing, artistry, empathy…as opposed to challenging contacts (e.g., squares and oppositions), which suggest the downside potential of Mercury-Neptune: e.g., delusion and deceit.
  • Also on WEDNESDAY: the First Quarter Moon at 6:51 AM ET between the Gemini Sun and the Virgo Moon. It’s happening at the Aries Point, suggesting that the challenges presenting themselves re: last week’s New Moon agenda are likely to be especially prominent. If you have a planet around 29 degrees of Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces or Virgo, you are more likely to feel a need to take action.
  • THURSDAY at 6:07 AM ET, the Sun enters Cancer. This is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year.  Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season  — i.e., equinoxes and solstices — from an astrological point of view. The first days of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter correspond with the first day (or first degree) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively. Got that? Good. These four signs are called cardinal signs of the zodiac. Cardinal signs initiate. They come up with the idea and put it into action, which leads to necessary change. “Cardinal” suggests (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  So the first day/degree of a Cardinal sign is a turning point. In astrology, the technical term for the first degree of any Cardinal sign is the Aries Point, just to confuse people who are not professional astrologers. When we set the chart for the summer solstice in Washington DC, we see clues for what the next three months are likely to reflect…stay tuned for that analysis later this week.
  • Also THURSDAY at 12:54 PM ET: the release of tension building by an opposition between Venus and Mars, suggesting an illuminating clash between the stubbornly yin and the stubbornly yang. If you have a planet or angle around 9 degrees of Leo, Aquarius, Taurus or Scorpio you’ll feel the trigger more than most. Could be juicy.
  • On SATURDAY, Mercury is once again in focus, at it opposes depth-seeking Pluto at 5:24 AM ET. Investigative reporters, get ready to hit the headlines with stories of dirt dug up and power plays. Innovative advances in matters of leadership, aviation, technology and maybe even astrology may come to light, suggested by a cooperative alignment between the Sun and Uranus at 1:58 AM ET.

Your Moon voids for the week: WEDNESDAY 6:51 AM ET until 8:29 AM ET; THURSDAY 9:34 PM ET until FRIDAY 3:11 PM ET (another opportunity for East Coasters to skip out early without consequence).

And now, the news.

Everything’s coming up Neptune, which turned retrograde MONDAY at 7:27 PM ET.  Here in the U.S., empathy (on the one hand) and delusional rationalization (on the other hand) over the treatment of migrant families continues to pull focus.  Laura Bush startled some with her own empathetic op-ed in WaPo, criticizing the P45 administration. And I know you are thinking, “how is that initiative reflected in Laura Bush’s horoscope?”Mrs. Bush is a Scorpio with Moon in Pisces — just like Hillary Clinton. Moon in Pisces invented empathy, doncha’ know. Mrs. Bush has Uranus is at 22 Gemini — so we immediately see how a need for independence and disruption would have been triggered by last week’s New Moon at 22 Gemini! Not only that, but Mrs. Bush has a square between Jupiter and Saturn, at  8 degrees Scorpio and Leo, respectively.  Guess what’s been putting pressure on that tenacious, morally upstanding Jupiter-Saturn square? Transiting Mars, almost at a standstill at 8 degrees of Aquarius, demanding expansive action out of irritation and/or frustration. With Mars about to turn retrograde (on the 26th at 5:05 PM ET), her need for action will be triggered again next month…and this fall. Astrology is amazing.

You know what else is being triggered by transiting Mars? The Scorpio Moon of the P45 inaugural chart. It’s at 9 degrees of Scorpio, as you may recall. Mars in hard aspect to the Moon suggests anger/action in matters of nurturing/motherhood and a need for control. Coincidence or conspiracy?

UPDATE: Jeb Bush, sparked by Laura Bush’s op-ed (and last week’s New Moon on the angles of his horoscope) also made news. “‘This heartless policy..’ Jeb Bush speaks out…” File that under “I told you so.”

More from Neptune in the news:

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