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Monday 6/3/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; New Moon in Gemini; News & More News

Allll- righty then!

New month, new week and a New Moon in Gemini — let’s get this party started!

A New Moon offers us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle. Today’s New Moon is exact at 6:02 AM ET — at 12 degrees of Gemini.

Gemini is an air sign, ruled by Mercury, which refers to the mindset, information and communication. Gemini is a double-bodied sign (it is represented by the Twins), and is thus capable of going either way — or more than one way simultaneously — in a situation. Gemini invented the phrase “…on the other hand” — and guess what? Gemini also rules the hands. It likes to have its hands in a lot of different pies. The Gemini mantra is I THINK.

The closest aspect to this New Moon in Gemini is a square from Neptune, ruler of vision and rose-colored fog. In the chart set in Washington D.C., we see the potential for vison and/or fog amplified, as Neptune squares the DC chart’s 15 degree Gemini Ascendant. If the truth is out there, we may not see it quite yet. Until then we can dream, inspired by a high-functioning Mercury in Gemini (the sign it rules) and by the pixie-dusted action potential of a harmony (trine) between Mars and Neptune.

And if you do dream, dream BIG, aided by the fast-approaching square between Jupiter in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces. Upside potential: the highest good for all, based on genuine empathy and compassion. Downside potential (because the square, while energizing, can be a challenge): bombastic opinions that may be delusional, possibly involving self-proclaimed victims (tune your tiny violins now, please). We may see a mini-dose of either potential today, as the Moon squares Neptune at 4:39 PM ET and opposes Jupiter at 7:35 PM ET.

Elsewhere in the New Moon horoscope, rebel Uranus is running wild, suggesting more than the usual share of unconventional free spirits shaking up the system. In the chart set in Washington DC, Uranus rules the 10th House (our fearless leaders), in which Neptune is sitting. Could be sublime; could be ridiculous. On with the show!

You are more personally affected by this New Moon if you have a planet or angle around 13 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces. Wherever it falls in your horoscope is the area that is likely to be ripe for innovative and visionary thought and communication. Meanwhile, the Sabian Symbol  for this New Moon is “a great musician at his piano.” This is an image of a master using his/her chosen instrument of expression.  Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee notes that a “great musician” may be a master technician or a genius at highly personal expression, but not necessarily both. One can command center stage “through talent and hard work, or through dramatic emotional manipulation.”

Bovee advises us to apply this symbol with a mind for “center-stage indulgences; keeping one’s past quiet behind a proud and brave face; putting a damper on an emotional situation; imposing a formal posture on a full scale of emotional highs and lows,” to name a few possibilities. Am I the only one thinking, “God save the Queen”?

The rest of the week flows like this:

TUESDAY:  Moon leaves Gemini and enters Cancer at 12:17 PM ET, after a 30 minute void. The Cancer Moon shifts the focus to preserving emotional and home security, so plan accordingly. At 4:05 PM ET, Mercury leaves Gemini for Cancer. Watch, as over the next few days, we hear especially prominent news.  Mercury will be at the Aries Point, so we should be hearing something about Barack Obama‘s social expression/value system any day now; Elizabeth Warren and Meryl Streep may also catch our attention, as those astro-twins both have Sun and Uranus at the Aries Point.

In Cancer, Mercury’s natural need for verbal expression is literally muted. When have you ever heard a crab make a sound? Thought and communication that is intuited is favored until June 27th…and then again between July 19th and August 12th. Why the return engagement?  Because dear Avid Readers, Mercury will be retrograde between July 8-31 (huzzah!). Anything that is signed, sealed and delivered after June 20th is subject to review, review, review.

WEDNESDAY:  The Cancer Moon meets up with Mars at 10:48 AM ET, pushing for an assertive agenda involving home, family and nurturing. The evening is marked by a harmony with Neptune at 8:06 PM ET, offering a dreamy or musical interlude. An authoritative advance or wet blanket follows at 9:28 PM ET, when Moon opposes Saturn.

THURSDAY: the wee hours feature the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto, suggesting an emotional catharsis or power play. It happens at 3:01 AM ET. The Cancer Moon goes void at 10:10 AM ET and enters rip roarin’ Leo at 3:16 PM ET, looking for a party or a regal entrance. During the five-hour Moon void, remember that crises which crop up are often much ado about nothing. Roll with the twists and flakes. Stick to routine. Avoid impulse shopping. Chill! At 11:37 PM ET the Moon makes its weekly clash with disruptive Uranus, offering an opportunity to clear the air or shock the system.

FRIDAY: Innovation in communication and technology has been favored all week, courtesy of a harmony between Mercury and Uranus that is exact today at 10:16 AM ET. There’s a lot to love about the easy flow between the Gemini Sun and the Leo Moon, and the Gemini Sun may be carried away on a wave of exuberance and idealism over the weekend. Why? Because on SUNDAY and MONDAY, the Sun will square Neptune and oppose Jupiter, respectively. Stay tuned.

SATURDAY: keep the Leo Moon party going. Moon goes void for 20 minutes at 5:23 PM ET and then enters Virgo to put things right. Venus leaves Taurus for Gemini at 9:37 PM ET, seeking diversity and clever conversation in values and social expression. How many summer loves would you like to have between now and July 4th? Can’t blame Venus in Gemini for trying.

SUNDAY: the Virgo Moon seeks perfection in every detail. How will it manage under the spell of the Sun’s square to Neptune at 3:34 PM ET? Past headlines are here  and here.

And now, the news.

UPDATE: I wrote about Alex Trebek‘s horoscope in last month’s issue of Mountain Astrologer. He had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but was putting on a brave and determined face, true to his natal chart. And planetary patterns did look promising for a daring initiative. Thus it was gratifying to read last week that his Stage 4 diagnosis is responding well to treatment and is in “near remission.” Meanwhile, Jeopardy!‘s ratings are breaking records, thanks to contestant James Holzhauer’s near record-breaking wins. We don’t have a birth date for Holzhauer, so we can’t opine on the secret of his success. I’m fine with just feeling happy for Alex Trebek.

Neptune refers to music, as you know. Here is something BIG: “Apple Expected to Close iTunes After 18 Years.”  iTunes launched on January 9, 2001 — when the Sun was at 19 Capricorn. Guess where Pluto, Saturn and the South Node have been for the past few months — and will continue to hover for a few months more? Right on that 19 Capricorn Sun, suggesting a need for streamlining, transformation and possibility even a toxic release. If you were born around January 9th, perhaps you can relate.

Meanwhile,  we are still in the dark of the Moon — an apt time for activities that may never see the light of day. Add that factor to the current mix: “Bilderberg Ahoy! Pompeo and Kushner join the billionaire boat club.” Don’t know what that means? That’s probably what they’re hoping.

Elsewhere, Avid Readers will recall that transiting Jupiter is currently activating the U.S. Mars-Neptune square, reflecting our country’s idealism involving firearms. How apt to see this story in the NYT Sunday Review: “A Gun Killed My Son. So Why Do I Want to Own One?”   I was initially averse to reading it (especially given what just happened in Virginia Beach), but I’m glad I did. It’s long, but thoughtful.

UPDATE:  John McCain’s horoscope is also currently activated by transiting Jupiter, as it connects with his Venus at 22 Virgo and Saturn at 20 Pisces. Saturn rules McCain’s Capricorn Ascendant. The Ascendant refers to how his needs to be seen — as an executive in charge. People are still talking this weekend over the White House’s request that the U.S. Navy literally hide the USS John McCain — a ginormous sea-faring vessel — from P45’s sight during his visit to Japan. The Pentagon was having none of it — as we would expect. Jupiter transits are often protective ones — and the horoscope lives forever. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Elsewhere in “big boat” boondoggles: the NYT writes about Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of Transportation and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Her family runs a big shipping business in China…

UPDATE: This week P45 and his Dursley ilk are heading across the pond for a state visit with the Queen and her family. Sky News promises to bring us the full story — but I bet they won’t tell you what’s going on in Her Majesty’s horoscope. Sure, there are long-term patterns humming in the background, reflecting the recent changes in her family and the shake-ups in her realm, but what about the “little bells” that will be exact over the next two days? My software program offers these interpretations:

  • June 3: Transiting Mercury Square Uranus
    Mental tension. Fixation on one point of view — rigidity of mind. Radical views challenged. Interrupted communications.
  • June 4: Transiting Venus Opposition Saturn
    Distance from others. Inhibitions. Utility over beauty. Exacting distinctions. Serious or traditional social matters.
  • June 4: Transiting Mars Conjunction Pluto
    The urge to change things, to eliminate and purify. Efforts to unite, to transform, to share power and territory. Intense cleaning and purification. Convincing, or being convinced of something. High energy output.

Astrology is amazing.

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Thank you for reading this forecast. I do hope you found it fun and informative.




Monday 3/4/2019: Mercury Retrograde in Pisces, Ya Think?

Good Morning!

(It’s actually Sunday evening as I’m typing this — and I am laughing laughing laughing  because I saved this forecast in draft mode — and it was sent out to all my Avid Readers who subscribe via email  — before it was supposed to — and  without a subject line. Coincidence or conspiracy? Happy almost Mercury retrograde!!)

The work week begins with the Moon still in Aquarius, looking to connect diverse groups together, treat everyone as equals, but still appreciate each for his/her uniqueness. Do it with cooperative gusto, aided by a harmony between the Moon and Jupiter, exact at 11:30 AM ET on MONDAY.

We are in the last days of the lunar cycle, a time to wrap up projects (if possible), clear your desk and prepare for the new marching orders, which will arrive on WEDNESDAY at 11:04 AM ET, when the Pisces Moon meets up with the Pisces Sun. Until then, a dead Moon suggests a listlessness or restlessness. Add to that the following significant patterns:

  • TUESDAY — After an 8-minute Moon void, Moon enters Pisces at 3:11 AM ET — still dead. Big news of the days is Mercury, which turns retrograde at 1:19 PM ET. DID YOU BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS? Here’s what you need to know about Mercury in retrograde:

Even if you know nothing else about astrology, you may have heard the term “Mercury retrograde” before. Often it’s accompanied by curses and groans, and that’s a shame. Yes, all of the flights on American Airlines might be grounded because of a computer glitch. Or the entire country of Finland might be offline because there’s a transportation strike. Or some trickster might set off all the tornado warning alarms in Dallas — these are all actual events that happened within hours of Mercury changing direction. But there’s much good that can be accomplished when the Messenger Planet appears to be retracing its steps.

Mercury—which in the language of astrology refers to mindset, travel and communication—will appear to move backward through the sky between March 5th and March 28th. It’s not really moving backward, but that is how it looks from our perspective here on Spaceship Earth. Mercury goes retrograde 3-4 times each year, for a period of 22 days.

On the first of its three retrogrades of 2019, Mercury starts at 29 degrees of Pisces. Avid Readers will instantly recall that 29 Pisces is closerthanthis to 0 degrees Aries, a.k.a. the Aries Point. Instantly — because you have been reading this forecast long enough to retain Certain Important Things — you will recall that  a planet near the Aries Point demands attention. In the case of Mercury, we thus anticipate that anything symbolized by Mercury (mindset, communication, travel, commerce) is more likely to be prominent at this time (watch the headlines).

But what kind of communication, ideas, etc? In Pisces, Mercury is not interested in thinking as much as it is interested in believing. That is the Pisces mantra: I BELIEVE. Who cares if it defies logic and reason? Pisces feels it — and believes it.  And feelings can’t be argued. They are as valid as any hardcore fact. In the realm of feelings, truth is subjective.

Mercury in Pisces has an upside. It can facilitate vision, dreams and intuition.  If you are an artist, scammer, healer or spiritual type, perhaps you can take Mercury in Pisces straight to the bank. Do pay attention to your dreams — especially this week — write them down!  On WEDNESDAY, the Sun and Neptune will meet up in Pisces at 8:01 PM ET,  adding to the potential for vision, especially visionary leadership, as well as wigginess. Not to mention fish, as you can see from one of my favorite Sun-Neptune headlines from 2015:

Here is an apt Sun-Neptune headline from the past few days:

Back to Mercury retrograde:

Mercury will be at 29 Pisces for most of the week. When a planet stations and turns on a particular degree, picture an impatient driver leaning on the horn. It’s a point of focus, right? Perhaps the Sabian Symbol for this degree offers clues. It is “The Great Stone Face,” and it was the focal point four years ago, on a New Moon/Eclipse in Pisces, which happened right after the last of seven squares between Uranus and Pluto. Here’s what I wrote back then:

…“The Great Stone Face” recalls a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne about “a boy who lives under and looks up to a mountain formation resembling the face of a man“.  The story was written in 1850, when Uranus and Pluto were conjunct in Aries and Neptune was in early Pisces (about where it is right now). How interesting that it was created under the influence of planetary patterns that are not unlike what we are currently experiencing.

There is a spiritual element to the story and a search for greatness outside the self, What does it takes to become the embodiment of an ideal and how do you know if it’s the Real Deal? Here is the Wikipedia summary; here is the full text of the story. If you like The Wizard of Oz and/or The Alchemist (by Paolo Coelho), you’ll like The Great Stone Face.

Of this Sabian Symbol, expert Blain Bovee writes:

The projection of self culminates in an expression that seems to transcend the temporal existence of the individual, echoing for the ages, the face of mankind.

Well, that sounds deep and wise and all-encompassing, doesn’t it?

Pisces is the end of the zodiac. So the last degree of Pisces is the end of the end of it all. That’s it. We’re toast. Or are we? When we sense we’re at the end, we may fall into despair. And if the zodiac were a straight line, maybe we would have good reason. But the zodiac is not a straight line; it is a circle. This suggests a new beginning is just around the corner, regardless of what the “end” demands we leave behind. We may have to wait until April 17th, when Mercury finally leaves Pisces and enters Aries, to get a sense of what the new beginning (new mindset? new deal?) entails.

Here’s how to handle Mercury retrogrades — regardless of what sign it’s in:

Contrary to popular belief, Mercury retrogrades are no reason to freak out. Mercury retrograde gets a bad rap because we are geared, in this crazy modern age, to always be thinking, doing, moving FORWARD. You know what that gets you? BURN OUT. We need our down times, and Mercury retrograde is a perfect time to give our minds a rest. Why else would your computer, phone and/or car choose THIS time to malfunction? Because you are supposed to be slowing down. And as you slow down, it is vitally important that you FOCUS.

When Mercury is retrograde, be prepared for travel delays, scheduling screw-ups, mechanical breakdowns, computer crashes, having to repeat what you’ve just said, misunderstandings, the past coming back for a second look, surprise reunions and having to repeat what you just said. Use your FOCUS and double check important details, like whether the restaurant you’ve chosen for a meet-up is still in business. Or whether it is booked for a commercial shoot or a private party — all of which has happened to me during Mercury retrogrades.

If you are looking for a job, Mercury retrogrades are a perfect time to reach out to people from your past. Mine your address book and trust that your contacts will be happy to hear from you. However, do not be frustrated if your target is away on vacation or keeps rescheduling meetings. Also, triple check your emails and resumes before you hit “send,” as there is a higher probability of typos and other sloppy snafus.

In your business, you’ll need to make sure all communications have been received and are clearly understood. Be mindful of the higher potential for communications equipment to go on the fritz. MAKE SURE YOUR FILES ARE BACKED UP. Also be aware of a higher than average probability for delays in shipping and travel arrangements. For this you will need an extra dose of patience.

You may also find it profitable to REview a project from the past. Maybe you shelved it then, but now is the time to REconsider. However, be advised that a spontaneously, “out-of-the-blue” idea for advancement may not be so sound when Mercury turns direct. This is why the conventional wisdom advises against finalizing and/or signing contracts on deals during Mercury retrograde. An exception might be supported if you are REnegotiating or RElocating. If you absolutely must close a deal, triple check everything. The key is not to RUSH.

This is a good time to schedule a corporate REtreat. Any activity that affords the opportunity to REview past performance is encouraged. REsearch on a new strategy is also favored.

Mercury retrogrades are not favored for launching a new website or a new communications systems. There is a higher than average probability of technical glitches and confusion. REvisions, however, are A-OK.

In general, adopt a playful attitude of flexibility to whatever twists you encounter. Avoid making major purchases (especially electronic ones). Don’t believe everything you hear or read in the papers. Rumors have a higher probability of spreading during Mercury retrogrades. Avoid losing patience — that’s a big one.

When in doubt, be silent!

Do plan on RElaxing, REviewing, REsearching, REorganizing, REgenerating, REconnecting and REcreating….and REviewing your life with your astrologer.

Would you like to know how this Mercury retrograde will activate your horoscope? Toss $48 into my Cosmic Tip Jar and email me your birth time, place and date. I will email you a few paragraphs of insights in a day or so. For a more detailed discussion about all of the planetary patterns that are hot in your horoscope, here’s the 411.

Coming up next: Uranus enters Taurus on Wednesday — same day as the New Moon in Pisces. Should be an interesting week.

Thank you for reading this forecast.