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Friday 3/29/2019 & the Weekend: Mercury Direct; More Wiggy Neptune


Moon is still in Capricorn, intent on making things happen — and likely paying no heed to the fact that Mercury turned direct just yesterday and will re-connect with nebulous Neptune for the last of three hits on TUESDAY morning. The same advice offered last Friday applies to this one, too: do not jump to conclusions. The facts have not been revealed and may have been deliberately distorted as if we were all trapped in a ginormous hall of mirrors. Mercury with Neptune can take flights of fancy to new heights.

Moon goes void tonight at 8:05 PM ET; it enters Aquarius at 9:46 PM ET, making this weekend fit for gathering with friends. No significant Moon void period means you are free to shop without worrying if your impulse purchase won’t live up to expectations, but I’d still avoid electronic purchases under the Mercury-Neptune spell, if you can.  Upside: pay attention to your dreams; apply the vision to your artistic creations.  On SUNDAY at 2:12 AM ET, Mars leaves Taurus for double-talking Gemini, where it will crave entertainment and diversity in matters of action until May 16th. We will see this craving provoked at the end of April/early May, when Mars will meet up with the Gemini Mars and square the Virgo Neptune in the U.S. horoscope. This will coincide with Mars meeting up with Trump’s Gemini Sun and opposing his Sagittarius Moon. Mark your calendars and watch the headlines then and into all of May.

Moon goes void on Sunday at 11:02 PM ET and enters Pisces on MONDAY at 10:48 AM ET. There’s your excuse for the slow start, twist or flake that hits your morning.

Meanwhile, what fun to receive this email from Avid Reader Dawn just moments ago:

“Was this retrograde worse for some astrological charts or was it generally a doozy for everyone?  Thankfully I could laugh it off but wowzers.  This past cycle I ordered 2 end tables but was shipped and charged for 4 (my computer timed out while placing the order so I clicked refresh ????????‍♀️), we changed the bathroom light fixture to discover the original was attached to nothing sturdy and was ready to collapse – a 30min job turned into 2.5 days of repair, the heated bathroom floor has spazzed out (still not resolved but we think it’s associated with the light fixture), and last but not least as I was driving this week my glasses literally fell off my face (the screw came out).  I feel like a Mercury Direct celebration is in order…”

To answer Dawn’s questions — this retrograde was more challenging for charts with planets that were directly hit by transiting Mercury, and you will not be surprised to learn that for Dawn, three planets and her Ascendant were affected. This is why it’s helpful to check in with your astrologer every six months to a year, just like you check in with your dentist — or your hairdresser, if you happen to be going through an especially challenging time. As Dawn wrote back (after I asked her if I could share her email):

Sure! Hopefully other people will get a chuckle or commiserate with me.  Thanks for all you do!  It truly makes it easier to navigate the challenging cycles. :)


And now, the news.

UPDATE: We don’t have a birth time for Betsy DeVos, but one is inclined to wonder if her Moon might be close to the end of regal Leo, which would account for her provocative thrust into current headlines. Transiting Mars would be squaring that Leo Moon this week just as she stubbornly defended heartless plans to cut funding for the Special Olympics out of her Education Dept.’s budget. Provocation begets provocation:  “The Special Olympics imbroglio once again reveals Betsy DeVos is the worst member of Trump’s Cabinet,” writes WaPo’s Helaine Olen.  Stay tuned for more next week, as transiting Mars definitely squares DeVos’s Pluto. Continued shaming and scorn would also be apt this year, as transiting Saturn conjoins her Capricorn Sun three times in 2019…but that streamlining focus could also facilitate ambition.

Guess who founded the Special Olympics? Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who passed away in 2009. In her horoscope, we see her Cancer Sun, Mars and Mercury opposing DeVos’s Capricorn Sun. Thus she is also feeling the squeeze of transiting Saturn — BUT — she is also receiving potential expansion and promotion — from all angles — as transiting Jupiter has been connecting with those angles all month and into May…and then again at the end of October. This is the third time  in three years that Trump has tried to eliminate funding for the Special Olympics. Why did this third time get so much attention now? Just look at what’s going on in Eunice Shriver’s horoscope. The horoscope lives forever!

UPDATE: on Theresa May, whose horoscope suggested that today would be no-good, horrible and very bad. Even though she offered to resign as PM if Parliament would approve her Brexit deal, the deal was defeated. Not only that, but NYT just published an op-ed, “Is Theresa May the Worst Politician Ever?”  Astrology is amazing.

UPDATE: As anticipated, Friday’s planned all-female spacewalk was all over the news in time for yesterday’s harmony between Venus (women) and Uranus (astronauts). Trickster Mercury retrograde threw a bewildering wrench into that plan, as the spacewalk was canceled. Why? Not enough spacesuits for the two — count ’em — TWO women who were to make that historic walk. Which means there is only one spacesuit for one woman — and no spares. Packing for a trip during Mercury retrograde? Double check that packing list thrice!!

NASA got this one right — before Mercury turned retrograde: “NASA photographs supersonic shock waves from the closest vantage point yet.”

Remember that Pisces can be vulnerable to despair, unable to see the potential for a new beginning. I am sad to report:

Meanwhile, reflecting tons and tons of news about drugs and fraud, as we are going to see until Neptune leaves Pisces in 2026:

In other news reflecting Mercury retrograde in Pisces conjunct bewildering and deceptive Neptune

Let’s pause now and devote a few sentences to the horoscope of Senator Mike Lee (R-UT).  His surreal presentation on how to solve the challenges of climate change provided plenty of fodder last night for Stephen Colbert. Watch the video — and I’ll tell you how what you’re seeing on screen is reflected in Lee’s horoscope (Jun 4 1971 — Mesa, AZ — time unknown). You’ll notice Lee’s slow, deliberate, eerily calm speech patterns, as he pleasingly (probably driven by Moon in Libra) presents complete wigginess.  That would be Mercury (how he needs to think), Venus (values; social expression) and Saturn (necessary control; ambition) all together in sloooooooooooooooooooow moooooooooooooooooooooooooving Taurus. And Mercury is conjunct the fixed star Algol, suggesting the potential to lose his head in matters of mindset. Ya think? But wait — there’s more — because we need to address the wigginess. That whole pile of planets in Taurus is opposed by Jupiter (expansion, dogma) conjunct Neptune (vision, delusion) in boundary-pushing Sagittarius. But what an expression of grand faith and inspiration — prompting  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to tweet in response “If that man can be senator, you can do anything.” Indeed. Those five planets in Lee’s horoscope are being activated now and through next week, as Mars travels through the end of Taurus and into early Gemini.

One last surreal moment in This Week in Congress — during the proactive Capricorn Moon — roll tape — “Swamp Creatures silently protest confirmation hearing of [oil lobbyist] to head Interior Dept.”

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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday-Saturday 6/9-11/2016: Mars vs. Mercury; Politics As Usual

Allllllll-righty then!

The regal Leo Moon, seeking ways to play, shine or issue insufferably egocentric edicts, cruises through the day. It’s supported by easy aspects from the Sun, Venus and Uranus between 1:40PM ET and 9:40PM ET, suggesting the potential for balance, enjoyment and innovation in your plans for world domination.

On the other hand, there’s this: a face-off between Mercury in stubborn Taurus and Mars — retrograde — in equally stubborn Scorpio. That  happens at 1:01PM ET. Oh, and Mercury is also conjunct the fixed star Algol, which conjures up images of the Medusa and other ways of “losing one’s head.” Mercury refers to mindset and communication. It is absolutely fascinating that Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders are meeting on a day with this aspect — at 11:15AM ET in Washington.

We haven’t looked at President Obama’s horoscope in a while, but let the record show that his Midheaven (career, status), is 28 degrees of Scorpio. Remember back in 2014, after those awful midterm elections, when mainstream media pundits were predicting he would be toast for the rest of his term? Remember how your local astrologer had written many moons before that transiting Saturn would be at the top of the his horoscope at the end of 2014, suggesting that to the contrary, Barack Obama would likely be at the top of his game, moving forward on an ambitious strategy?

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So now we have transiting Mars crossing Barack Obama’s Midheaven, exact on March 2, May 30 and July 30. We can see the potential here for action, likely related to whatever ambitious advance was on his mind in late 2014 and 2015.  Today’s Mars-Mercury face-off affects his horoscope more than others.

Same for Bernie Sanders. In his horoscope, using a speculative birth time of 12:27PM, we see transiting Mars on a 25 Scorpio Ascendant, meaning that Mercury is on his 25 Taurus Descendant. Interesting. We can see how he might need to be communicating one-on-one today. Regardless of a birth time, transiting Mars is  opposing his natal Saturn-Uranus conjunction, triggering his need to reinvent the wheel. The Mars factor also suggests potential frustration and recklessness —  or discipline and innovation in meeting goals. As with President Obama, Mars will be hot again in the senator’s horoscope at the end of July.

Random thought: looking ahead to 2017, I have no worries whatsoever about President Obama’s career prospects, as upcoming patterns suggest considerable power, influence and resources on a wide-reaching scale.

As for the forecast tomorrow:

West Coasters may feel more of the potential for conflict suggested by a challenge between Moon and Mars at 1:37AM ET on FRIDAY. Moon goes  void on a challenge to Mercury at 3:14AM ET on FRIDAY, entering perfection-seeking Virgo at 9:46AM ET. East Coasters, that early morning void may be experienced as a twist or flake in your trip to the office. Roll with it and remember that crises which crop up during voids are often much ado about nothing.

The Virgo Moon sails through Friday without interference, facilitating your efforts to put everything in order.

Note your dreams on Saturday, as the Moon connects with Neptune at 8:59AM ET. A potential wet blanket or necessary chore may be on your plate in the early part of the day, as the Moon squares off with taskmaster Saturn. The rest of the day suggests an easy flow of good cheer and resources as you go about your day. Do your shopping on Saturday, as there is no moon void. On Sunday the Moon will be void between 10:47AM ET and 8:33PM ET. Chill.

And now, the news.

What would it take for Paul Ryan to withdraw his endorsement of Donald Trump?” wonders Washington Post reporter James Hohman, no doubt rhetorically.  Perhaps a swift kick from transiting Uranus to Speaker Ryan’s Libra Moon around July 1st. We can imagine how stressed out that part of his horoscope must be. A Libra Moon needs to be a people pleaser, promoting balance and harmony in relationships in a fair-minded way. Generally speaking, planets in Libra are averse to conflict — and I can tell you horror stories of what some people with heavy Libra horoscopes have done to avoid it. Other dates to watch for include the first week in August, when transiting Mars will hit Speaker Ryan’s Sagittarius Ascendant and Neptune for the third time.  The Third Quarter Moon on August 24th looks like an interesting period, when he’ll have the second hit of Uranus opposing his Moon.

Hmm…there is literally nothing fun on the homepage of the NYT right now…gotta end on something fun…especially given next Friday’s reality-bending, potentially despairing square between Saturn and Neptune….

Ooh! Looky! Physicist Stephen Hawking now says there’s no need for despair when confronted with a ginormous black hole! He believes there may be a way out. Huzzah! Keep that in mind, if you happen to encounter any black holes over the next several days.

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