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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 1/20/2014: Heroes and Such

Alll—righty, then!

The Moon is in discriminating Virgo today, and it goes void at 3:55PM ET, on a cooperative connection between disciplined Saturn. What will you correctly organize or criticize today, hmm? Moon doesn’t enter the next sign, Libra, until 7:43AM ET on Tuesday, so you can spend the last half of the day going with the flow, avoiding the malls, and rolling with any twists or flakes that may arise.

It is a holiday for most workers in the United States, as we pause to honor the pioneering civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., whose horoscope was written about in an earlier post. Today I was intrigued to read in the New York Times about an Ohio Congressman named William Moore McCulloch, who is credited with being the first to introduce legislation that would lead to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. I’d never heard of this conservative white Republican, whose legislative initiative was considered to be “political suicide,” but of course I had to go look up his birth date: November 24, 1901 in Holmesville, OH.

Briefly — for those who may be somewhat familiar with the language of astrology —  we’re looking at the Sun in righteous Sagittarius with Moon in earthy Taurus, a sign not known for being a fierce advocate for change. However, three powerful patterns in the horoscope suggest the most dynamic of action potential.  First, a charismatic and prominent opposition between a “make it happen” Mars in Capricorn and dreamy Neptune in Cancer, both at zero degrees, and thus at the Aries Point. Wow! Talk about effective, practical idealism made real!

Second, an opposition between rebel Uranus and transformational Pluto — do I need to say more about that dynamic, given what we know about the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square’s need to disrupt the status quo? Third, an awesome exact conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn (government, collective structures of society) suggests an unstoppable enterprising and purposeful drive. This Jupiter-Saturn hook-up is at 13 degrees of Capricorn, and everyone reading this should immediately recall that a planet or angle 13 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn will be supercharged by Uranus and Pluto, especially in April and June. And by supercharged, I mean it will become prominent. And isn’t it fascinating that McCulloch will absolutely become prominent this year because of a book that will soon be published about the battle surrounding the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Also fascinating: the U.S. Sun is 13 degrees of Cancer.

Meanwhile, nebulous Neptune — which refers to fantastic escapes, including drug, alcohol and other addictions — is running wild. Reflecting these themes, I was struck by this first-person account by a reformed and redeemed (Neptune also refers to salvation) trader who argues that wealth is also an addiction. Yes, really, an addiction — and I had never thought of money in that way, either. Check out his story, currently the second most-emailed article in the New York Times.

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 1/24/2012: Mars Retrograde; State of the Union

For all of its reputation for being unconventional and/or just plain “out there” Aquarius, being one of the four Fixed signs (the others are Taurus, Leo and Scorpio), can be mighty stubborn. Moon is in Aquarius today and it’s running wild, suggesting a striking need for independence and social significance.  With mental Mercury in a challenging T-square with expansive Jupiter and restrictive Saturn, you may also feel the pain of clashing ideologies…and I’m not just saying that because tonight is the State of the Union address, followed by the Republican response.

Ruthless Pluto is also running wild, suggesting the potential for big power plays and corruption exposed, while loving Venus in Pisces, seeks to soften the edges with a dose of compassion or a soulful escape. There are a lot of generals on the field today and it may be tough to determine whose lead to follow. Pick one, keep calm and carry on!

Some readers have expressed concern about Mars being retrograde, asking if the planet of action appearing to move backwards in the sky means that all actions are doomed.  No, it does not mean that at all!  But it is wise to honestly consider why you might be driven to take action — again, if it’s an impulse out of frustration, chances are it’s better to wait.

Right now, as I type, hundreds of babies are being born. Clearly they did not get the memo suggesting that Mars retrograde is not an ideal time to launch a new venture. Are they doomed? Not at all, but — those born with retrograde Mars will have an approach to action that is not the “norm” — and learning to assert themselves may pose some challenges. For example, Mars is associated with war and violence. Starting a war — or a lawsuit — during Mars retrograde is not advised. Now consider Martin Luther King, Jr.  and Pope John Paul II. Both men have Mars retrograde — and both are known for their vehement, passionate stance against…war and violence. Fascinating. They found a way to channel the aggressive energy of Mars retrograde in a productive way.

Meanwhile, the State of Union is scheduled to begin at 9:06PM ET in Washington, DC. In that event chart, retrograde Mars will be rising in a hypercritical Virgo ascendant — and I can imagine President Obama will have plenty of powerful things to say about how things need to be done more efficiently — with a team spirit — and he will likely be commended for coming on stronger than usual. He’ll likely show much compassion for workers and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s got a dreamy proposal for offering assistance. We’ll likely hear some realistic tough talk about assets — who has them; who doesn’t and what’s fair. An outburst, rebel stance or other surprise may occur around 9:53pM ET.  Yeah, we could probably have figured that out without looking at the chart — but isn’t it interesting that the chart reflects it?