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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 6/13/2014 & the Weekend: Venus Opposing Saturn in the News; Mars Square Pluto; RIP Ruby Dee

My, my, my…will the sound of sirens never end? Way more than usual over the past week…

The high-flying Sagittarius Moon is void this morning until 1:04PM ET. Go with the flow of whatever twists you may encounter in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. After the void, the Moon gets into gear in “make it happen” Capricorn, carrying us through most of the weekend. Lunar aspects are light today, but are power-packed tomorrow (Saturday), as Capricorn’s enterprising energy is supercharged by contact with the Uranus-Pluto square, and also aggressive Mars. The dust settles around 9:17PM ET, with a harmonious connection between the Moon and Venus in material security-seeking Taurus. t

Sunday’s only exact aspect is an exuberant challenge to the Capricorn (patriarchal) Moon from jolly Jupiter at 2:35AM ET, on which it goes void until 1:27pm ET. Perfect for dads who want to chill on Father’s Day — not good for buying last-minute gifts for said dads. The rest of the day has a friendly, networking vibe, courtesy of the Moon in Aquarius. No sleeping in on Monday.

And now, the news.

As noted in earlier forecasts, this third square between Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn is especially potent. War and guns (downside); great efforts and cars…there are so many headlines about cars this week. A car crashes into CNN headquarters and makes the homepage. We already talked about Uber and the traffic jams irate taxi drivers are creating in Europe. Tesla’s Elon Musk opened up his company’s patents, perhaps hoping to  increase acceptance and usage of electric cars.  And even a headline about a sports match sounds like a crash: “Heat’s Crash Course Can’t Prevent Another Wreck Against the Spurs”.  It’s like the writers at the NYT are influenced by planetary patterns, whether they know it or not. Speaking of sports matches, Mars-Pluto aspects suggest especially intense competition: here’s to the World Cup (and what’s left of the Stanley Cup).

Meanwhile, war and the breakdown of the established order in Iraq is the subject of today’s NYT editorial, FYI. Here’s a piece about the economic benefits of “major wars”. For a piece on ginormous energy resources, here’s the latest video on solar flares. In other news, I’ve noticed that triggers to Pluto and Uranus by other planets seem to reflect more “news from underground” in the headlines. Apparently scientists have discovered an underground ocean three times the size of those on the Earth’s surface. In Venezuela, however, no one is going underground, because there’s a shortage of coffins. Why is this story making headlines now (I ask, rhetorically).

I’m going to ship this to subscribers now — but will add a few more worthwhile headlines reflecting this AM’s Venus-Saturn opposition — check the website within the hour…

…and here we go. Venus opposing Saturn. One of the most compelling stories I found was about an unemployed mother (Venus) of seven who died in jail because she could not pay $2000 in fines accrued because her children skipped school. Saturn refers to debt. Even more compelling is how this story was reported by various papers. Here’s how the Cleveland Plain-Dealer told it, and here is how ThinkProgress told it. Which publication did the best job of covering this story? Which publication actually told the whole story?

If Venus opposing Saturn were a person, this might be its favorite joke:

Q: How many feminists does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: That’s not funny.

Interesting to see a theater review in the NYT with this headline: Sex, Violence and Power — with a Feminist Slant.  Meanwhile, another heavy note involving a woman in the arts (Venus): actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee passed away. Here is her horoscope; she has a Scorpio Sun conjunct Mercury and Saturn; these three planets are trine Mars in sensitive, vulnerable Pisces. Very heavy indeed and also “enduring,” which is how her career is described in the NYT obituary; she often played “the loyal, worried loved one”.

Ms. Dee’s people-pleasing 25 degree Libra Moon was eclipsed in April; her Pluto at 13 Cancer has been supercharged by the Cardinal Grand Cross. That Libra Moon would be sensitive to social graces, fairness and justice, and her Sagittarius Ascendant would suggest a mask of most righteous opinion.  As noted in the NYT, “in 2005 Ms. Dee received a lifetime achievement award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. ‘You can only appreciate freedom,’ she said then, ‘when you find yourself in a position to fight for someone else’s freedom and not worry about your own.'” RIP.

What’s going on in your horoscope? Mercury retrogrades are excellent times for reviewing your life with an astrologer. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 6/12/2014: Full Moon in Sagittarius

The high-flying, righteously opinionated Sagittarius Full Moon is exact just after midnight — 12:11AM ET — on Friday. Innovation and action are favored in the morning and early afternoon, courtesy of “think outside the box” Uranus and warrior Mars connecting with the Moon. There’s no Moon void in business hours to add further potential confusion to Mercury’s current retrograde — huzzah!  Moon does go void at 12:11AM ET — not to enter the next sign, Capricorn, until 1:04PM ET, so get it off your desk today if you can’t wait until tomorrow afternoon.

This Full Moon — which offers enlightenment and a potential release of whatever agenda you set on the New Moon on May 28th — is not a chocolate-covered marshmallow bunny. At 12:09AM ET, there’s an opposition between Venus (love,money, women, art, social expression) and Saturn (discipline, patriarchy, authority, control) suggesting a no-nonsense approach that may seem ambitious, cutting or controlled. You may recall from yesterday’s post that Eric Cantor has a Venus-Saturn square, and he is not known as a social charmer.

At 8:34AM ET, the Mars-Pluto square we’ve been talking about all week will be exact. This is significant because it is the third in a series of Mars-Pluto squares we were scheduled to experience with Mars in Libra, where it has been since December. The first square was on December 31st; the second was on April 23rd. If you have a planet or angle around 11-14 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you may have been involved in a power play or exerted an unusually powerful effort.

Speaking of Eric Cantor, the Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 23 Sagittarius is “immigrants entering”. Which is fascinating, given all the reports speculating that Cantor lost because of his stance on immigration issues…and also that his defeat suggests that there’s no way an immigration reform bill will be passed this year (there’s no way the 113th Congress will likely do anything of consequence, as noted in prior forecasts). Fun fact: the Cantor re-election campaign did an internal poll between May 27 and May 28, showing he had a 34-point lead over his opponent. We had a dead Moon in Taurus all day on the 27th,  a sign that does not like change — and it was void-of-course.  The New Moon did not begin until 2:40PM on the 28th — and if you recall, it was sponsored in part by the rose-colored fog of nebulous Neptune. Take-away lesson: if you’re going take a opinion poll and you want reliable information, don’t do it on a dead void of course Moon. Here’s the latest on Eric Cantor and his victorious opponent, cheerfully presented as usual by NYT columnist Gail Collins.

The other Sabian Symbol in this lunation is the Sun at 23 Gemini: “three fledglings in a nest high in a tree”. So immediately we see a polarity between these fledglings who are not quite ready to leave home (but must),  and the immigrants who have left their homes and just arrived in a whole new world. Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee suggests we apply these symbols with a mind to “…a passage to a new life, a new level of maturity, the moment before a new independent life takes off…” Bovee has a lot more to say, and if you enjoy the Sabian Symbols, why not buy his book. In your own personal world, you may receive illumination or a release on a “let’s get down to business” new stage in life if you have a planet or angle at around 23 Gemini or Sagittarius.

And now, some more news.

Minutes ago, this item hit the wires about the current upheaval in Iraq, reflecting a great effort involving money that is quite sobering: $425 million seized by militants in a successful series of bank robberies, making them “the world’s richest terrorist group”. Also minutes ago: the Supreme Court (Saturn) rules that money in an IRA (Venus) inherited from a parent (Saturn) is not protected from creditors should you declare bankruptcy.

Meanwhile, taxi drivers in Europe angry (Mars square Pluto) about the success of the taxi app Uber are causing traffic meltdowns (Mercury retrograde) everywhere. Yesterday Uber announced a ginormous amount of investment capital raised on a stupendous $17 billion valuation.  Finally, a group of moms (Venus) meant serious business (Saturn) when they attended a Target shareholder meeting to demand it prohibit the open carry of guns (Mars) in its stores.   I’ve seen a lot of posts about open carry on Facebook this week, including this purportedly helpful cartoon/PSA.

What’s going on in your horoscope? Mercury retrogrades are excellent times for reviewing your life with an astrologer. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

 

 

 

 

Astrological Forecast for Tuesday 6/10/2014: Mars Square Pluto; Uranus in Aries (square Pluto); A New Moon in Action

More of the same from yesterday. The Moon is still in Scorpio, seeking depth, substance and knowledge for the sake of power and control. You may feel an especially serious focus around 2:30PM ET, when the Moon hooks up with stern Saturn, suggesting a reach for ambition or someone raining on someone’s parade. At 10:21PM ET, Moon goes void until 11:23AM ET on Wednesday, suggesting a natural break in the action — and if you happen to sleep through your alarm tomorrow morning, chances are good that it will be without consequence, so long as you do not freak out about it.

Emotions are building now to the Full Moon in Sagittarius at 12:11AM ET on Friday. We are also building to an exact square between Mars and Pluto (Saturday at 8:34AM ET). We had one of these on April 23rd, as part of the dynamic Cardinal Grand Cross that everyone was talking about. Mars-Pluto squares suggest more than the usual share of “if it bleeds, it leads” headlines, and that’s in line with what I’ve been seeing on the NYT homepage. In your own personal world, you may witness more than the usual outbursts of energy. I’ve noticed an increase of sirens in my ‘hood in recent days. Plus the potential for accidents caused by a lack of focus is greater, suggested by mental Mercury and nebulous Neptune just turning retrograde. “Friendly Fire Strike Kills 5 Special Ops Soldiers in Afghanistan” is the biggest story on the NYT right now. So please stay FOCUSED this month, OK?

A couple of other Mars-Pluto militant stories of note, with input from often eccentric and extreme — and nearly always rebel Uranus in warrior/solider Aries square Pluto in “the Establishment” Capricorn. First, you may have heard about the couple in Las Vegas who killed two police officers and a WalMart shopper over the weekend, before killing themselves. Police say “they equated law enforcement with fascism,” according to this report. One of the shooters shouted “this is a revolution!” (Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn), and then draped a “Don’t Tread On Me” (more Aries) flag and a Nazi swastika over the carnage, perhaps not fully comprehending, as blogger Lee Papa pointed out, that “the Nazis were all about centralized government control.”

Second, is this item: “War Gear Flows to Police Departments”. Apparently a lot of high-tech (Uranus) combat (Aries) gear that might have gone to “an overseas battlefield” is sitting in the municipal garage of Neenah, Wisconsin (and other places), not likely to be beaten into ploughshares anytime soon — but now available for use by local law enforcement (Pluto in Capricorn in a cooperative alignment with Saturn in Scorpio).  Of course, whether this “war gear” is ever used by local law enforcement is up to the local law enforcers — with the point being, as my mentor loves to say, “Planets don’t DO anything. PEOPLE do.” Planetary patterns suggest POTENTIAL — for better or for worse. Which will you choose?

Uranus leaves Aries for the rest of our lifetimes in 2019. Its last journey through Aries was April 1927 through May 1935, making squares to Pluto in Cancer between 1931 – 1934. History buffs, feel free to look for similar themes in events happening now with events happening then. You will find them.

The potential for fiery combustion suggested by the aforementioned planets can also be seen in this amazing wedding photo” — taken on Saturday in Oregon, the day Mercury turned retrograde (what could go wrong?), and set against the backdrop of — a raging wildfire. It’s pretty amazing, as are these explosive, allegedly world record-setting fireworks in Dubai.

Also amazing and making news yesterday, when Neptune turned retrograde: a experimental procedure in which surgeons will drain the blood (Neptune) of certain trauma patients; replace it with freezing salt water (Neptune), and then try to save their lives. Finally, reflecting Sunday’s potentially healing connection between Venus (women) and Pluto: an update on less-invasive/destructive therapies for treating breast cancer.

You may recall yesterday’s item about how the last New Moon was likely to impact events involving Flight MH370. How might a New Moon impact the horoscope of an individual? I’ll give you an example from my horoscope, in which the ruler of my 7th house was conjoined by the New Moon in Gemini on May 28th. The 7th house refers to reaching out to others, either one-on-one or the public in general. The Gemini New Moon refers to information and communication. And in this cycle I’ve had one request for an interview (happening in July), another request to contribute an article to a webzine with a mainstream audience, and last, but not least, an excerpt from the forecast written on that New Moon was “discovered” and published on the website of The Mountain Astrologer. Coincidence or conspiracy?

What’s going on in your horoscope? Mercury retrogrades are excellent times for reviewing your life with an astrologer. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.