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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday – Sunday 11/26-30/2014: Happy Thanksgiving!

After a potentially restless night, the enterprising Capricorn Moon is supported by a cooperative flow of mindset, communication and structure until it goes void at 10:30AM ET. Go with the flow; roll with the twists and flakes (snow!) that may detour your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Thank you, unpredictable East Coast storm.

Moon re-engages at 2:23PM ET, when it enters humanitarian Aquarius, a sign whose friendliness and tolerance for the unconventional and the fringe is echoed by a harmonious connection between Venus in righteous Sagittarius and rebel Uranus in crusading Aries at 7:22PM ET.  Perhaps your usual Thanksgiving celebration will deviate from the norm? Go ahead and add a few new things to the menu. Chat up the perfect stranger you’re stranded with at the airport.

There’s a dreamy/bewildering haze over it all today, as nebulous Neptune in intuitive Pisces squares the opinionated Sagittarius Sun. Watch for idealized visions and things not being as they really seem to be. Here’s what was in the news on another Sun-Neptune square, which happens four times a year. Peace!

The Aquarius Moon continues through Thanksgiving Day, with easy connections to loving Venus and Uranus suggesting a noticeable lack of the usual family tensions for most of the day. Huzzah! One shift you may also notice occurs at 9:26PM ET, when Mercury, planet of communication, leaves heavy Scorpio for high-flying, opinionated Sagittarius. See if the conversations become more righteous as the evening progresses.

On Black Friday, an early face-off between expansive Jupiter and the Moon at 4:16AM ET suggests overindulgence and/or optimism, leading up to an ambitious reach  or wet blanket smackdown from restrictive Saturn at 12:14PM ET. That’s when the Aquarius Moon goes void for five hours, and you have no business doing any shopping at the malls. Try it out for yourself and see if purchases made during voids do not prove to be nearly as useful as you thought they would be.

At 5:03PM ET on Friday, Moon shifts gear into empathetic Pisces, and quickly squares off with mental Mercury at 7:03PM ET, suggesting the potential for a fleeting spat or communication snarl.  Said spat may be related to your New Moon agenda, as several hours later at 5:06AM ET, we’ll see the First Quarter Moon, which suggests a challenge to whatever seeds were sown last week. This is a better day for shopping than Friday, as there is no void to space you out. However, you may be inclined to spend more on Saturday than you would on Sunday, courtesy of a socially indulgent square between Venus and the Moon at 9:26PM ET.

Sunday is an intriguing mix. The Pisces Moon continues, stabilized by an easy connection to disciplined Saturn at 3:47PM ET. Then the Moon wanders off into the void, suggesting potential detours in your travel plans until it charges into Aries at 8:14PM ET. Aries is feisty and proactive. It falls down stairs because its faster than walking. Astrologer Rick Levine likes to say that the Aries mantra is “Ready. Fire. Aim!” — and he would know, since he’s an Aries. And given the visionary (upside) and/or befuddled/delusional (downside) potential of a challenge between mental Mercury and Neptune at 11:27PM ET, we may see more than the usual happenings of impulsive or misfired actions as a result of muddled or “out there” thoughts and communication. On the plus side, if you’re an artist, healer or spiritual type, you may find yourself quite inspired.

And now, the news.

The grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed teenager Mike Brown six times (and killing him) after a provocative encounter,  sparked protests all over the country.  The decision was announced at 8:25PM ET on November 24th and looking at the chart for that event time, we instantly see the potential for disruptive outrage. Uranus and Pluto are on the angles of the chart; the Capricorn Moon is about to clash with both. Warrior Mars is running wild (and thus pulling focus) and is also on an angle in the chart (translation: aggression in your face). There’s more, but you get the idea. Fascinating.

That being said, the failure to bring Officer Wilson to trial was received by many as heavy, heavy news, reflecting the depressing, intense, controlling mindset suggested by yesterday’s exact Mercury-Saturn conjunction in Scorpio.  And it also motivated one creative, despairing soul to produce a mock-up of the New York Times front page that then made the rounds on Twitter and Facebook. Do NOT NOT NOT NOT look at it if profane language might offend you. I offer it only as an example of the potential of planetary patterns — astonishingly brought to life.

Earlier this week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was asked to resign. Mr. Hagel was criticized for coming across as “tentative” in his presentation, which is reflected in the Sun-Neptune in Libra conjunction in his horoscope (Oct 4 1946 North Platte NE — no birth time known). Sun-Neptune aspects tend to diffuse and/or confuse. Barack Obama has a Sun-Neptune square in his horoscope. Even he has had a difficult time figuring out who he is — and there are plenty today who would argue that we still do not know what he’s all about. What’s heavy about Mr. Hagel’s resignation is that presumably his replacement will be even heavier.

So let’s end with some lighter stories, shall we? For there is much to be thankful for and worthy of celebration. First, the annual study of the Happiest Countries in the World is out — and the U.S. is nowhere near the top. That’s heavy, but perhaps we can learn something useful by examining the operating models of countries that now rank higher. That’s a happy thought, yes?

Second, here’s a story reflecting some of the typical traits of Sagittarius: adventurous, animal-loving, international, righteous, generous, optimistic. It hit the news on the Sagittarius New Moon. A Swedish team of athletes were on an extreme trek in Ecuador. One athlete tossed a meatball at a hungry stray dog, and that dog followed them for the rest of their journey — even going so far as to swim alongside them they were crossing by kayak. This story has a very happy ending — and lots of pictures, too.

Enjoy — count your blessings — and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am thankful to you for reading this forecast and further supporting these efforts by sharing it with your friends. Gratitude!

P.S. — Yes, I am working this Sunday, should you find yourself in need of further astro-logical insights on your own unique horoscope. Especially if you have planets or angles around 12 degrees of Aries, Capricorn, Libra and Cancer. Those with planets around 22 and 29 Scorpio, Taurus, Leo and Aquarius, you are also in the hot seat — and how are you planning to handle it?

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 10/30/2013: More on the Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About

So…yesterday’s forecast is applicable today, but since I did not post until noon ET, you may not have read it. Here it is again — entitled “The Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About” — please share it with all your friends and relations, as this is super-helpful information for understanding what’s happening in the world.

Moon is still in Virgo (read about that in the link above). The mood is a little lighter, as we are moving away from the heavy Mercury-Saturn hook-up. And yet there’s more intensity and more buzz (again, see link above). Keep your nose to the grindstone and by the time 10:48PM ET rolls around, the Moon will go void on a pleasantly indulgent challenge between loving Venus in rollicking Sagittarius and the discriminating Virgo Moon. During the void, no harm, no foul — and no consequences likely —  for whatever happens after hours, inspired by a deep, juicy and resourceful connection between energetic Mars and potent Pluto at 6:45AM ET on Thursday. The void ends at 8:22AM ET on Thursday; East Coasters may feel a little slow about getting the day started, but West Coasters have no excuse.

OK, the news. Reflecting planetary patterns, here’s a heavy Mercury-Saturn meets revolutionary Uranus-Pluto piece entitled “How Science is Telling Us All to Revolt”. Provocative, daunting and controversial. How are we ever going to figure this out? Meanwhile, nebulous Neptune is in Pisces, which you may recall from past posts — as far back as a few years ago — suggests that water (or lack thereof) in all forms — including oceans — will become a major concern during Neptune’s 14-year sojourn through the sign it rules. Add Neptune in Pisces to the disruptive  Uranus-Pluto square and see it reflected in countless stories, including this heavy article called “The Ocean Is Broken”.

Sure, you could put a SEP field around it & not read these weighty articles, but a SEP field won’t solve the challenges, and planetary patterns suggest this is not the time for hiding under the covers.  “Wake up and smell the coffee” — as Dear Abby or Ann Landers used to say, and put our collective intelligence and creativity to work in the service of the greater good. I don’t know about you, but I have to believe that once we recognize that the old way of doing things is not sustainable, a majority of us will come together to create one that is. And that’s an exciting possibility, also suggested by planetary patterns, in spite of said challenges.

In the 90s, I opined to anyone who cared to listen, that the mantra for the first decade of the New Millenium would be “we are all connected” — and whoever figured out how to build on that (Mark Zuckerberg, anyone?) would do very well. Too bad I don’t build things; I just help people, inspire them and keep them informed. And for the past five years or so, I’ve been thinking that the mantra for this decade is this: “sustainable”. What can we build on that?

Need a song to get you inspired? I’ve got one — it’s wonderfully idealistic —  written and performed by actual human beings — who can be ever so amazing when they get out of their own way.

Go out there and be amazing — on this brand new, beautiful day…

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 10/29/2013: The Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About

OK, break time is over — as in —  yesterday’s long Moon void is behind us. As of 11:45PM ET last night, Moon entered discriminating Virgo, seeking to fulfill its need for critical thinking and perfection. And this is a need that’s quite well-supported by the rest of the planets throughout the next couple of days. Add in the serious focus of today’s exact conjunction of mental Mercury and stern Saturn in ruthless, penetrating Scorpio, and you’ve got a lovely set-up for some productive purging of thought forms that no longer serve, in light of potentially super-heavy facts that should no longer be avoided. Rethink, review, reform your ideas and ambitions — with a practical focus. Whatever is on your plate now — that was also on your plate around October 9th — should be back for another look or resolution around November 26th, when Mercury and Saturn will conjoin again.

Whereas the Mercury-Saturn hook-up on October 8th was co-mingled with an idealistic, beauty-seeking alignment between Venus and Neptune, this current hook-up is supported by an extremely resourceful and energetic alignment between action hero Mars (also in discriminating, organizing Virgo) and potent Pluto in enterprising Capricorn (exact on Thursday). Way to rally the troops and focus on what is absolutely essential. This Mars-Pluto connection also facilitates physical expression — if it’s all too much for you, hit the gym or connect deeply with a partner. Just don’t hit your partner, please — even though another alignment this week suggests we’ll see still more of the concentrated outbursts of disturbing violence the “if it bleeds, it leads” media folks love to publicize — I don’t need to link this stuff — any newspaper homepage is covered with it, except for this one: the eternally sunny Good News Network.

Meanwhile, that Other Alignment –exact on Friday morning ET —  is the fourth of seven exact squares between rebel Uranus in pioneering, individualistic Aries and “resistance is futile” Pluto in enterprising — and also patriarchal, corporate and institutional — Capricorn. As regular readers know, this looooooong pattern (2011-2016) suggests, as history reflects, upheavals and transformation as peasants revolt, infrastructure breaks down, entities fight to maintain power and control and we see the power of one person to disrupt an entire system (e.g. Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning — off the top of my head). Historically, we’re seeing a repeat of major issues we saw in the mid-60s, as we are given the opportunity to advance that agenda forward (e.g. civil rights, sane and sustainable agriculture, diet and health care; greater understanding of our world via breakthroughs in physics, especially matters of time and space).

We’re also experiencing an echo of the issues we faced in the early 30s, during which we had rebel Uranus in Aries squaring Pluto in homeland security-focused Cancer. Consult your history books for a recap — or check out the website of astrologer Bill Herbst, who has written extensively about the Uranus-Pluto cycle in historical perspective. I got turned on to his site by astrologer Rockie Gardiner over a decade ago; until then I had only worked with the horoscopes of individuals in private consultations. I became determined to understand how planetary patterns can reflect events in the world, too. And now I can’t stop writing about what we’re likely to see in the headlines and why people are making headlines. I’ve been doing this for five years — and I’m telling you — no one makes news unless there are very compelling patterns active in the horoscope.

As noted in prior forecasts, this current Uranus-Pluto square is especially potent because of its relatively long duration. Usually we get three or five hits of a square; this one has SEVEN over the course of 33 months. I appreciate Bill Herbst for pointing out that the last time we had such a long square was between 1496 and 1500 (NINE hits!). Anyone remember what came out of that pattern? How about…The New World?

Your horoscope is currently affected by the Uranus-Pluto square  if you were born 8-12 days into Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn…of if you have a planet or angle at 8-12 degrees of those signs. Believe me, these folks are facing many opportunities for empowerment and emancipation — the high road of Pluto and Uranus transits. As we move into 2014, we’ll see later degrees of those signs activated. Don’t believe me? Ask your Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn friends born in March, June, September and December if they’ve been — or are just wrapping up — major life-changing events.

Oh — and on Sunday, we’ll have another eclipse. This will likely be significant for Taurus, Aquarius, Leo — and especially Scorpios born 11 days into their signs — or anyone who has a planet or point at around 11 degrees of Scorpio. More on that later.

If you don’t know what’s going on in your horoscope, consider making an appointment for a personal consultation. Here’s the 411 on that — and here’s how to contact me.

Thank you for reading — and sharing — this forecast : )

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 10/9/2013: A Dreamy Plan, Man

It never fails to amaze me when life events reflect planetary patterns…and vice versa. I’ll consult with a client and see the potential for a promotion, or a serious new relationship heading their way…and sure enough, the promotion and/or relationship materializes, exactly as anticipated. Still, I’m amazed. I do not claim to know why astrology works. I just know that it does, and I’m thrilled that I understand it well enough to help people live their lives better.

So yesterday I’m having a conversation with someone — not a client, mind you — and  he’s telling me about a colleague whose email signature includes a particular quote. And he just loves this quote — and I am amazed by this quote because it so perfectly reflects yesterday’s planetary patterns. It’s a sobering thought that I hope will inspire you to make good use of the rest of the week, if you haven’t done so already. Ready?

A goal without a plan is just a wish.

Do something productive about this, won’t you? You’ll have plenty of fuel for high-flying dreams, courtesy of the Moon’s continued sojourn in optimistic, big-picture oriented Sagittarius. A need to express it all in some rose-colored ideal is suggested by a curious challenge to Venus (love, beauty, women) from foggy, dreamy Neptune — this connection is exact early Thursday morning, but definitely in effect now. Why else would Diana Nyad (Venus) be doing a 48-hour swim (Neptune) in New York as I type?

Venus-Neptune aspects are great for wishes — and artists, lovers, healers, creative types and spiritual escapes. Now ground those wishes with the substance-demanding fallout of yesterday’s Mercury-Saturn hook-up. We’re talking blueprints and other building blocks. Aspects are light today — favoring cooperation and innovation. Tomorrow, when the Moon enters “make it happen” Capricorn, you can get even more earthy and practical.

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 10/8/2013: Serious Highs

A bit of a twist or slow start to your morning routine if you live on the East Coast, courtesy of the void-of-course Moon. But the wandering drift gets into gear by 8:21AM ET, with the Moon’s entry into high-flying Sagittarius, where it hooks up with Venus shortly thereafter (9:21AM ET). Seeking aesthetic pleasures and social expression that broaden horizons? Feeling compelled to wax philosophical over some “big picture” construct? Dreaming of travel in foreign lands?

Dreaming and other ideals may well be on your agenda by lunchtime, courtesy of nebulous Neptune challenging that opinionated Moon. That aspect makes an interesting counterpoint to the sobering hook-up between mental Mercury and stern Saturn mentioned in earlier forecasts, and which is exact at 3:39PM ET. Watch the headlines for some heavy stuff to hit. In your own personal world, use this penetrating energy to get real about one of those dreams. You will feel the weight of this Mercury-Saturn hook-up more personally if you were born around the 2nd of November, February, May or August…or if you have a planet or angle at 11 degrees of Scorpio, Taurus, Leo or Aquarius.

Later tonight you can indulge the Sagittarius Moon by looking up at the night sky for the annual Draconids meteor showers. High-flying, indeed. And now, a song for a day with Moon conjunct Venus in Sagittarius (purple) and Mercury conjunct Saturn in Scorpio (heavy). Take it away, Kate Bush