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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 6/5/2015 & the Weekend: Party On w/Venus in Leo; Venus Retrograde Alert!


A void of course Moon in Capricorn from 6:54AM ET until 1:02AM ET on Saturday suggests you focus your enterprising energy on routine tasks and roll with any twists that may derail your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Don’t you have a closet or desk to reorganize (Mercury is still in retrograde)? Or a list you could make of people you really should reach out to before Mercury turns direct on June 11th?

An easy flow between Venus and Saturn early Saturday AM can help you focus on strategy and stability in relationship, art and finances. A physical task is also favored, courtesy of a cooperative connection between Mars (action) and Jupiter (reward) at 7:38PM ET on Friday.

Big news today is Venus — the planet that refers to love, social expression, women, values, money and art — leaving Cancer for Leo at 11:33AM ET.  In Leo, Venus can be playful, dramatic and creative; it can also be regal and luxurious. Party time…

…and guess what? Except for the last two weeks in July, we’ll be experiencing Venus in Leo until October 9th. Why? Because on July 25th, Venus will turn retrograde at 0 degrees Virgo and move backwards through Leo until September 6th. Then it will move forward again at 14 degrees of Leo, so you can go over what you just went over all over again.

Venus goes retrograde every 18 months. I understand that was a long time ago, so let’s review the basics. Ready?

Venus refers to how we need to express ourselves socially. It also refers to women, art, beauty and money. In health matters, Venus refers to the belt line area of the body (and internal organs at the belt line, as well as the thyroid and the throat).  Venus also rules copper, which is an important indicator of economic growth in the commodities markets.

In our social interactions, Venus is the sugar that sweetens our needs and demands, facilitating cooperation in relationships. When direct in motion, Venus supports social graces and words like “please” and “thank you”. When retrograde, courtesy and consideration do not come so easily — and relationships suffer the consequences. The image I hold of Venus retrograde is one of those old-fashioned sardine cans — the ones where you had to use a key to open them. Roll back the lid of the sardine can and there you have it: stinky fish exposed, for all to see. There’s no hiding that smell.

Venus retrograde often presents a relationship, material or aesthetic challenge wherever it is traveling in your horoscope. This time it will be 14-30 degrees of Leo. So you can look at your charts now and plan ahead for the retrograde beginning on July 25th.

Generally speaking, tried and true connections may be strained, but durable. Less sturdy bonds may snap. All that fishy smell can mess up your aesthetic senses, too. Be very careful about starting a fling with that hot new thing during this time period, lest ye awaken in a month or so with buyer’s remorse — or worse — the horrible panicked aftermath of a coyote date. This applies to all partnerships, not just romantic ones.

Exercise caution in matters of decor. If you’re planning on redecorating, pick your colors out now, rather than during Venus retrograde. Putting in an offer on a new home? The value of the home may be inflated; make sure you’re not paying too much. Look under the rugs, kick the tires — make sure you’re not seduced by surface charm covering up so much…stinky fish.

What good can come out of Venus retrograde? Plenty!

Artistic and creative projects you abandoned may be ripe for a second chance at completion. You may REconnect with a past love. You could REview your handling of financial matters; perhaps there is room for some REorganizing and REstructuring.  You may find yourself REconsidering the value of all of your relationships during the month of August, but there’s likely no need to make an impulsive leap forward or a major break. You may even REconsider the value of what you value, including money.

I’ll post this again as we get closer to July 25th. Now about the rest of the weekend…

Hit the malls and yard sales on Saturday, as there is no Moon void. The Moon will be in Aquarius — great for hanging with your friends, including those you’ve only just met.

On Sunday, Moon goes void at 10:30AM ET — not to enter the next sign, Pisces, until 4:16AM ET. Chill and enjoy! No shopping sprees, as items bought during voids are so often not things we really need — and thus do not use. Feel free to test this theory for yourself.

As for the headlines, we may see some interesting tech breakthroughs in the news, as Mars, Uranus and Jupiter will be pulling focus in the cosmos through the early part of next week. Other boundaries are likely to be pushed. If you’re dying to read something current, there’s a ton of headlines about information and who controls it — all very Gemini and Saturn in Sagittarius. Edward Snowden wrote a quotable op-ed in the NYT (see last paragraph). Another op-ed writer begs Mark Zuckerberg to let her pay for Facebook. Elsewhere, a ginormous data breach appears to have compromised the personal information of millions of federal employees, courtesy of China. Meanwhile, an interesting restructuring in the field of news, as Gawker becomes the first digital media company to unionize.

Finally, this just in from (naturally)…

I’m not sure what planetary patterns aptly reflect the FDA’s apparent backing of a product almost a decade in the making: a pill to do for women what Viagra does for men. Or something like that. I would have thought we’d see this against a Venus-Pluto (empowering) or Venus-Uranus (breakthrough) pattern, but maybe it all comes down to Venus  (women) at 29 Cancer…the last degree of the sign…at the end of her rope. What do you think…?

Have a great weekend!




Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 3/26/2013: Order in the Court

Chag Pesach Semeach!

Such an appropriate week to be celebrating liberation from slavery, given the focus on freedom and independence in current planetary patterns. Even the Obamas hosted a seder, which apparently they’ve done every year since 2008. Who knew?

As reported yesterday, there are no lunar aspects today. Moon is still in Virgo and still void. Does your desk need to be cleaned? Got a closet that needs to be organized? Such tasks can be richly rewarding, and there’s plenty of high-octane energy to attack such projects, with willful Mars in a supportive connection with expansive Jupiter, exact at 6:27AM ET. An early morning workout isn’t a bad idea, either. Really, find a constructive way to blow off some steam.

With the Moon waxing full,  so are emotions.In Virgo, the need to be correct is paramount. Who’s finding fault with you now? Try not to take it personally,  and choose your battles verrrrry carefully. If you’re really on the side of the angels, stand your ground and push for a breakthrough. If not, let it go. Many will be noticing more than the usual stress in relationships this week. See yesterday’s forecast for those most likely to be affected.

Moon enters Libra at 5:32PM ET, shifting the focus from perfection to fairness and integrity in relationship…which could be a challenge, given ruthless Pluto squaring aggressive Mars just before midnight ET. Well, at least you will know where you stand…


All of the above make an intriguing backdrop for two major cases to be argued before the Supreme Court today and tomorrow — both involving freedom and equality in relationship; i.e. same-sex marriage. Here’s a historical perspective on the issue — and you’ll note that the article gives 1969 as the start of the gay rights movement. Yes, 1969 — shortly after the Uranus-Pluto conjunction that reflected so much revolution around the globe…and here we are now, with the Uranus-Pluto square.  Astro-logical patterns suggest this is the time to move forward, not backward.

While many are saying that Justice Kennedy will be the decisive vote in a possible 5-4 decision, Justice Antonin Scalia has also been getting press, as some wonder how he will behave as the arguments are presented. Scalia’s horoscope is under pressure  from Mars and the Uranus-Pluto square — specifically, a point that refers to dealings with the public (and how he needs to evolve in this lifetime). Still another point that refers to the potential for combat in relationships is highlighted this week, as follows: “energy helping or upsetting relationship; sexual awareness in partnership; drive for fulfillment” (astrologer Noel Tyl, describing aggressive Mars on the Sun/Moon midpoint). Coincidence or conspiracy?

Meanwhile, an avid reader shared a surreal conversation that happened yesterday, during the Moon void. And you wonder why people ask “Is Mercury retrograde?” during voids…

Calling AT&T tech support this morning, including half hour of hold time…
Me: “Good morning, one of our tv receivers seems to be broken, making a loud buzzing sound and picture is freezing.”
AT&T: “Are you calling about your phone, internet or tv?”
Me: “(see above)”
AT&T: “What seems to be the problem?”
Me: “(see above)”
AT&T: “Your receiver appears to be broken.”
Me: “!”
AT&T: “Please return it in the box provided within 10 days.”
Me: “What box?”
AT&T: “The box the new one comes in. You will be receiving this in 24-48 days.”
Me: “Days?”
AT&T: “Yes, 24-48 hours. Thank you for calling AT&T.”