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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 7/29/2011 & the Weekend: New Moon in Leo

Moon is void of course all day Friday in Cancer, a water sign.  Already I’m dreaming of cutting out early and heading to the seashore. I’m dreaming thanks to a charge from nebulous Neptune to Mercury (mind, travel, communication). And that’s about all I’ve got on my plate today. Nothing else of consequence!

A playful or prideful Leo Moon kicks in at 2:16AM ET Saturday, carrying us through the weekend. The New Moon at 8 Leo is exact at 2:40PM ET. Sun and Moon in Leo is about the heart, creativity, passion and doing what you love. Play with it! With Mercury retrograde from August 2-26 your New Moon agenda is to research, discover and declare your passion. Wherever 8 Leo falls in your horoscope is where you can consider integrating the spirit of play into your desire for reward. Sounds like fun in your own personal world. How might it play out in the headlines? Playful or prideful!

The Sabian Symbol for 8 Leo is “a Bolshevik propagandist”. Fascinating. Astrologer Blain Bovee writes, “to be a Bolshevik means to draw on power by virtue of belonging to the majority, bolshe, meaning ‘greater,’ through ideas shaped by a small elite. A “propagandist” is one who publicizes highly selective information and ideas.” Hmmm. With Mercury retrograde during most of the lunar cycle, information that sounds too good to be true often is. Keep that is mind before getting too carried away. When this Sabian Symbol is prominent, Bovee suggests, “look for hotheads, pushovers, Madison Avenue smarts, hidden social agendas; political self-righteousness in disguise.”

Other than that, in your own personal world, the rest of the weekend looks like a party. You may be inclined to overindulge, especially if it’s expansive or expensive. You might also enjoy it. A lot.

Follow-ups from forecasts posted earlier:
From Wednesday:  “The highlight of the day is whatever lightning bolt of brilliance strikes you (or the headlines) before 4PM ET, when the Sun in Leo makes a smooth connection to rebel Uranus, and comes up with a fresh approach — or break for freedom — in issues of the heart and creative self-expression.”   Note that the Sun (life force) – Uranus (genetic mutation) aspect that prompted that prediction was in effect for a day or so before and after. I was pretty thrilled to see this headline in the Times yesterday morning — lightning in a bottle? “It’s Alive! It’s Alive! Maybe Here on Earth” Coincidence or conspiracy?

Uranus also refers to aviation, and it is currently being challenged by ruthless Pluto (which also refers to revenue in the form of taxation), suggesting a shocking disruption of the status quo. This item isn’t making the big headlines one would think it should. Did you know the FAA was put in limbo last weekend and 4000 employees (the ones who maintain our runways & build control towers) were furloughed? Did you know that a 7.5% excise tax on airline tickets (200 million dollars a week in revenue) is no longer being collected? Did you know that most all of the airlines (except for Spirit Airlines) raised their fares 7.5% in response? Our elected representatives seem too preoccupied with making media appearances to have noticed…and consumers aren’t reading the papers…

Have a great weekend!

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 12/21/2010

“What I do foresee in the coming year, though, is a battle for who controls the internet — and those in power are going to find ways to clamp down and not make it so easy for all of us to share with each other so freely.?”  Thus wrote Michael Moore in a post I read an hour ago  shortly after reading a piece on HuffPo opining that the FCC would “cave” on the issue of net neutrality. That article vanished into the ether, but here’s a piece by Sen. Al Franken on the same issue.

Fascinating to note the above pieces appearing the day of the total lunar eclipse at 29 Gemini/29 Sagittarius, as anticipated (quote from yesterday’s forecast): “Globally the focus is likely to shift to letting go of old patterns in Gemini/Sagittarius issues: communication, mindsets, “big picture” thinking (law, religion. education), foreign relations, information (and information control)“. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Today an imaginative, soulful and potentially idealistic connection between Mercury (mind) and nebulous Neptune is exact just after midnight, NY time. Note your dreams upon waking. Any wild rides? After the eclipse at 3:13AM NY time, Moon moves into Cancer, a sign that needs to establish emotional security and has been known to cling tenaciously to home, mother and apple pie. There may well be some impassioned power struggles around these issues around lunch time in NY, whereas Angelenos could get a dose of that reality over their morning joe. That drama may well continue into the evening, possibly blowing out a few circuit boards, including mental ones. Another possibility is a big, boisterous, loony exchange of information with no power struggles at all, in which case have a ball!

The other big news today is the Sun’s move into the earthy, ambitious, “make it happen” sign of Capricorn. This is the Winter Solstice  — the time when light begins to push back against darkness — and prevail. Unless you live in South Africa or anywhere else south of the equator, where they are celebrating the first day of summer. What’s it like having a serious sign like Capricorn associated with bikini weather, I wonder???? In any case, with Capricorn, we move from ideas (Sagittarius) to practical application. What will we build?

One final note about the eclipse — well, actually two notes. First, an old wives’ tale suggests eating potatoes to stay grounded. Second, the Sabian symbols (one for the Sun; one for the Moon) are: “The Pope” and “Bathing Beauties”. Distilling  Blain Bovee’s fab analysis of this pair in “The Sabian Symbols and Astrological Analysis” down to its most positive manifestation suggests that this eclipse, however intense and emotional, offers an opportunity to receive — or bestow — a blessing. In the best possible world, we would create a space where all can be seen, heard and appreciated for his or her own natural beauty. Well? Can we do this? Imagine what a “battle” over net neutrality would look like if we all came from this exalted perspective? Can we “see God in each other” and honor that divine spark each of us has within?  Or will we sink to the lowest common denominator of these symbols — into rigid dogma and pompous display?  Your mission is to find ways to express appreciation for the beauty around you. Blessings! And much gratitude to Blain for his amazing book of insights.