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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 8/6/2015: It’s Debatable; Donald Trump; Mark Zuckerberg

Moon in Taurus continues its steady quest for material security and comfort today — and all through tomorrow, too. Hope you are enjoying a few pleasures in the realm of the senses. A sunny idealism permeates the day, but behind the shining stars (regal egos?) is a need for gravitas in mindset and communication. Thank you, Mercury conjunct Venus in Leo, square Saturn. That need to be taken seriously (exact at 4:19PM ET) will surely resonate with the seven Republican contenders exiled to the (Uncool) Kids’ Table, a.k.a. the Not Ready for Primetime Players  of tonight’s debate.

Around 8:44PM, an easy flow between the Moon and Pluto intensifies the potency of the need for things to be the Way They Ought to Be, setting the tone for the Primetime Portion Starring Donald Trump. Also setting the tone: a square between that stability-seeking Moon and the regal Leo Sun at 10:03PM ET. This might be the measurement for one of the contenders to go off the rails tonight; but really, with a change-averse Taurus Moon driving the bus, I do not expect shocks and upsets. Plus, Saturn is at the top of the chart of this event, suggesting a need to project executive authority, control and top form. But to confirm that speculation, I would need birth times for all of the candidates, which I do not have. If someone were having an exact Neptune (bewilderment) transit to the Ascendant, for example, we might see something like this.

Tonight is as good as it gets for Venus retrograde heartthrob Donald Trump, who reportedly released his birth certificate four years ago…and then refused to release it several weeks ago when another newspaper asked. Weird — and I’m at a loss to explain why the lamestream media — seems to have forgotten that they already published the birth certificate in question.  Did they make it up? What did I miss? If someone has a clue, let me know. Here is the horoscope based on that birth certificate, which appears to be functioning as designed.

Current transits include Venus, Mercury and Jupiter (expansion) clustered around The Donald’s regal 29 Leo Ascendant, in easy alignment to his blah blah blah entertaining Gemini Sun and righteously opinionated Sagittarius Moon. He needs to tell you what he thinks and know that what he says is respected. This need is his driving force! Rebel Uranus, which delights in its eccentricity, is conjunct Trump’s Sun and North Node and also opposes his Moon. Of course he needs to shake things up when it comes to partnerships and the general public. He thrives on excitement.

Oh, and there’s a pugnacious Mars in Leo on his Ascendant too, which astrologer Grant Lewi notes can easily “get away with murder” — also boosted by that cluster now in Leo.  Mr. Trump needs to act with drama and showmanship. And now, this is Mr. Trump’s  time to expand his projection of regal authority to the masses.

Yes, if the election were held today (and only Republicans could vote), he would likely win in a landslide…and voters would live to regret it after Venus turned direct.  Thank Goddess the election is not being held this November. But why is Trump’s regal authority suddenly being taken so seriously, in a real-life political arena as opposed to a fake TV reality show? Look to 1) transiting Saturn squaring his Ascendant, spurring ambition and 2) solar arc direct Saturn at the Aries Point, suggesting a need for executive authority becoming prominent.

Then look to other solar arc directions in the chart including a personally radiant arc between the Sun and the Ascendant; another between the nodal axis and Mars (which adds to the explanation of why people are now resonating with the anger Trump projects)’ and a third between Pluto (power) and Jupiter (expansion). These solar arcs will become exact between now and next year, which is a compelling argument for why he’s likely to have staying power. A transit between Uranus and Trump’s natal Jupiter sparks his innate need for risk and excitement. Given that Jupiter rules his 5th House, which refers to performance and creative ego expression, we can expect quite a dazzling show. And when astrologers are respected and valued by mainstream audiences and paid for their analyses in the same way that Trip Daniel is getting paid by the New York Times, it will then make sense to spend time writing in ever greater detail about Mr. Trump. With a planet in my 2nd house hit by this week’s Jupiter-Saturn square, matters of worth and value are much on my mind. Isn’t astrology amazing?

UPDATE: more on The Donald — from a later forecast posted Dec 8th 2015:

Mars in touch with Pluto — the major pattern of last weekend — suggests more than just guns. It suggests the potential for regeneration and also that which we consider masculine. The timing of this headline is epic, if you ask me: “Penis Transplants Being Planned to Help Wounded Troops”.  Astrology is amazing.

The Mars-Pluto pattern affected Donald Trump’s intrinsically macho horoscope. With his natal Mars in Leo and on his Leo Ascendant, we could expect a regal personal projection, driven by a seething sense of entitlement. The fixed star Capulus conjoins his 24 Taurus Midheaven, the point of career and public status. Capulus refers to “male sexual energy,” and this webpage offers a ton of observations from various sources on how it may be reflected in a horoscope. Transiting Mars, Pluto and Uranus are making contact with Mr. Trump’s natal Jupiter, suggesting a potential for expansive opportunity and resources.

Until yesterday, coverage of Mr. Trump’s campaign was relegated to the entertainment section of The Huffington Post. After his comments over the weekend that the US should ban all Muslims from entering the country, HuffPo decided to take him seriously — check out its editorial explaining why it is moving him to the politics section. Three other observations about Mr. Trump. First, he has Mercury square Neptune, suggesting no small amount of idealism and/or delusion and/or fantasy.

Second, he has Venus in Cancer conjunct Saturn. This suggests a need for social expression focused on creating home/family/emotional security (that the Venus in Cancer part). This need is tied to ambition and control by its contact with Saturn (which in the language of astrology, refers to discipline, limits and control). The Venus-Saturn combo can express itself in ways that seem stingy or mean-spirited. Others with this tough combo include: Ted Cruz, Senator James Inhofe, Rep. Peter King, Charles Koch, Governor Paul LePage, Megyn Kelly, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Governor Scott Walker. hi

Third, Mr. Trump’s horoscope continues to be quite strong from now into 2016 and beyond.

Here’s a post from June 2015, after he announced his run; here’s one from April 2011.

I do not believe we have a confirmed birth time for Mark Zuckerberg, but several times have been proposed. One proposal suggests a 20 Virgo Ascendant, and it has a boatload of solar arcs exact soon and into next year — among planets involved with the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th houses. Solar arcs involving the Moon and Mars (action) at the IC (the angle referring to home & family), as well as between Jupiter, ruler of the IC  and Saturn, the ruler of the 5th house (children) reflect the potential for changes in his personal life.  Other arcs and transits involve Uranus, which refers to the spark required to start something new.

These arcs will be exact on various dates between now and April. Last week Mr. Zuckerberg and his wife announced they were expecting their first child after trying without success for several years. On September 13th, the 20 Virgo Ascendant will be eclipsed, suggesting a major change in life. This eclipse will be triggered by transiting Jupiter (expansion) on  November 29th  and again on February 16th.  The Zuckerbergs did not say when their baby girl was due. Let’s test this horoscope with its 20 Virgo ASC and see what happens. UPDATE: the birth of Baby Zuckerberg was announced on December 1st. The Zuckerbergs now have a daughter, Max, who was born “earlier that week”.

Finally, a shout-out of appreciation to Avid Reader Lucy, who took the time to share this delightful news:

Hi Elisabeth, just wanted you to know I did the search for lost $$$.  It was wild to see my name listed.  Its only $20.00, but how fun to find it. I can’t even remember what it’s from.  Thank you again, Lucy

Followed by:

I checked my daughter’s name  and she had 2 refunds, one of them over 100.00… wow!

Isn’t that fabulous? Lucy is referring to, which I’ve been linking here all week — and where you can search the treasuries of every state in which you’ve ever lived (under every name you’d ever had) to see if one is holding a check or two for you. It’s a perfect thing to investigate when Venus is retrograde. Lucy’s news is still making me smile. Thank you, Lucy, for sharing your joy with the rest of us!

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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday – Friday 11/5-7/2014: Barack Obama and the 114th Congress; Full Moon in Taurus

As of 8:25AM ET on Wednesday the impulsive, pioneering Aries Moon is void of course, not to enter the next sign — Taurus — until 4:39PM ET. Stick to routine tasks and avoid making mountains out of molehills of declared “crises,” as the twists that crop up during voids are often much ado about nothing.

A measure of calm settles in after 5PM ET, although the stabilizing energy of the Taurus Moon is challenged by 1) heightened emotions as it builds to its fullness tomorrow; and 2) the energizing and effective (upside) and/or angry, volatile (downside) potential of Mars, as it approaches its challenge to Uranus and Pluto (exact next week).

In Taurus, the Moon takes comfort in sensual delights: good food and drink, sweet music and perhaps a snuggle with your sweetie. Indulge. It also takes comfort in building and organizing whatever is required for material security. Draw up those blueprints and build that ark.

That counsel applies to Thursday as well. You are likely to know by now if the seeds you planted at the New Moon will flower, or if you will have to re-group. If you must ship this week, ship it Thursday before the Moon goes void Friday at 11:17AM ET, on a sober face-off between Saturn and the Moon. Chill and take care of routine concerns on Friday until the Moon enters Gemini at 8:45PM ET.

Thursday’s Full Moon yearns to preserve the material status quo, even as it is challenged by an expensive, expansive and indulgent connection between Venus and Jupiter, which will be exact on Sunday. Better to be a seller than a buyer over the next few days — note the latest auction at Sotheby’s. Volatility is also suggested during this Full Moon release and illumination, given the previously mentioned Mars-Uranus-Pluto connections.

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are: “a man muffled up, in a rakish silk hat” (for the Moon at 15 Taurus) and “children playing around five mounds of sand” (for the Sun at 15 Scorpio). Sabian Symbol Blain Bovee notes this shared motif: “inclinations against prevailing winds and toward strange influences”. Briefly, we are advised to find “a creative touch that endures and renews, despite the tides of change” and keep an eye out for “….being temporarily muffled until one reaches the top…a stylish flair introducing a new fashion…openness to new worlds…detachment from disintegrating worlds, from social perception, from transient social position.” There’s much more to be found in Bovee’s wonderful book.

You are more personally affected by the Full Moon’s suggestion of illumination and release if you have a planet or angle around 15 degrees of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius.

And now, the news.

In case you haven’t heard, the Republican party now holds a majority in the US Senate and will control that body’s agenda for the next two years. How did this happen? “Riding a wave of anger….” reads the front page headline in the New York Times. Sounds like an apt reflection of current planetary patterns. Moon in crusading Aries and warrior Mars in practical Capricorn clashing with the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square, anyone?

In Arkansas, voters championed the underdog and elected to increase the state’s minimum wage (from $6.25 to $8.50 an hour). They also opted for a fresh, new face: a Republican senator who voted against raising the federal minimum wage in the House. That may seem perplexing, but as this article points out, ousted Democrat Mark Pryor also opposed a federal minimum wage increase, perhaps because his campaign was supported by Arkansas-based Walmart and other retail organizations.

Minimum wage increases were also approved by voters in Nebraska, South Dakota, Illinois and Alaska, even as they elected more candidates from the Party of Styrofoam. So what was the key difference between the two candidates running for the US Senate in Arkansas and other such states?

“Barack Obama has our country in a ditch, and many of his lieutenants running for the Senate were right there with him,” said Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee. “The punishment is going to be broad, and it’s going to be pretty serious.”

Man is it lonely at the top, especially as reflected in current patterns in Obama’s horoscope.  What a tortured, twisted and painful statement.  It makes me think about what I’ve written before about the U.S. horoscope, and the probability of anguish to come in 2015 and 2016, as ruthless Pluto challenges the U.S. Sun and especially the U.S. Saturn. Pluto-Saturn transits in any horoscope are often brutal against a threat of considerable loss.

When I looked at the patterns in the horoscope for the start of the 114th Congress a couple of years ago, it looked like 2015-2016 would be a continuation of the legislative bust that has been the 113th. And when I considered that horoscope again a couple of days ago, the patterns seemed more supportive for a Republican majority than a Democratic one. If that outcome disappoints you, I hope you voted for your preference yesterday. And if you didn’t vote, the complaint hotline is not in service.

Looking at the chart for January 3rd, 2015 at noon in Washington, DC, we see the enterprising Capricorn Sun in a close approach to potent Pluto, recently squared by Uranus. It suggests an uncompromisingly rebellious expression in the recent past, about to express itself with a newly-empowered perspective. It needs to shake up the system, and it will likely hit the ground running.

The wind at the back of its action plan is a sweeping, energetic, purportedly humanitarian Mars in innovative/radical Aquarius. It will have been revved up by a face-off between Jupiter in regal Leo. With Jupiter retrograde by then, however, there’s likely a double agenda to its expansion plan, colored by an obsessive connection with Neptunian matters of faith and fog. Said expansion plan is likely to be felt in areas concerning the media, higher education, courts and foreign affairs. Things are not likely to be as they are presented.

If you don’t  like its action plan, your consolation is that the Mars-Jupiter pattern is separating i.e., waning in its strength. It is supported, however, by an excellent, albeit idealistic rapport among Mercury, Venus and Saturn. This suggests that when it comes to applying thinking and social expression to the realization of ambition, they’re all on the same page — and this ease of expression is likely to grow stronger. The talking points are likely to be consistent.

What’s driving this bus? In the last Congress, it was a perfectionist, hypercritical Moon void of course and running wild in Virgo (which rules healthcare, btw). The void suggested little of consequence would be accomplished, earning the 113th the dubious honor of being the most “do-nothing” Congress ever.

The 114th Congress is driven by an obsessively status-seeking Moon in information junkie Gemini, where it will need to charm, entertain and relentlessly inform in its quest to be the smartest kid in the room. Or instead of an obsession with status, it could focus its efforts on the man at the top (same potential, looking at this horoscope). Instead of criticize, as we saw with the Moon in Virgo, it will go to great lengths to fulfill its need for “the facts,” however trivial they may be. As the glaciers melt. And the fossil fuels burn.

Yet as with the 113th Congress, this Moon is also void-of-course, suggesting that little of consequence will be accomplished, regardless of the revolutionary havoc and power plays the U.S. is likely to suffer. We’re in for another two years of a “do-nothing” Congress. Its lofty ambition, suggested by Saturn in Sagittarius  in the 8th involving itself with deeply personal collective values and resources, is squared by visionary Neptune, which dissolves whatever it touches. How many times will the President dissolve such ambitions by veto?

If this Congressional chart were the horoscope of an individual evaluated from a psychological astrological perspective, we’d see a strong suggestion of suppression, likely by a powerful feminine/maternal influence. Hmmmm. We’d also note the potential for sexual/intimacy fears and controls. If this were a horoscope of a proposed speculative venture evaluated using traditional astrology, we’d note a probability of destruction, by the self or other forces.

That being said, we can expect an especially empowered  and revolutionary stance from this Congress in April and May, just as patterns in Barack Obama’s horoscope suggest an intensely isolating and emotionally severe period in matters of cooperation and possibly health. There’s much that will likely be going on behind the scenes. He will make an effort to support the new paradigm, at least in polite social circles, suggested by his natal Jupiter aligned with Venus in the Congressional chart.  Actually, as this day as progressed the President has reportedly talked of

“…compromise with Republicans on trade, corporate tax reform and infrastructure spending, and promised to reach out to the leaders of the rival party.”

That compromise would be reflected by his Jupiter aligned with the Venus-Saturn “good for business” pattern in the 114th horoscope…although of course, the Moon was void during that speech, so it is likely of little consequence.

Meanwhile, he’ll note the first hit of the isolating pattern at the end of January; the second hit in April and the third hit in October.

The patterns in both of these horoscopes dovetail with the intensity of world events suggested by the seventh and final exact hit of the Uranus-Pluto square in March and a series of eclipses in April, which will trigger the highly sensitive Aries Point, the Uranus-Pluto square and the lunar eclipse we had last month. Meanwhile for Barack Obama,  he’ll need to be at the top of his game this December, which should coincide with an ambitious push as broad as the one that energizes this new Congress. An immigration edict, anyone? His executive abilities will need to be fully on display again next July and August.

We live in such interesting times. Your horoscope is especially affected now if you have planets or angles around 12-17 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn — and especially 15 degrees of any of those signs. Consult your local astrologer for details on the upcoming potential  — perhaps from out of the blue — for change in your own personal world. Yes, I’m still offering that Mercury retrograde/shadow incentive for new clients until November 12th.

Thank you for reading this forecast.


Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 7/25/2013: A Day of Compassion for Humanity

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With the Moon in Pisces, issues of compassion, suffering, intuition, redemption and intangibles likely pull focus. There’s a certain contemplative/investigative depth to the morning — at least here, on the East Coast — suggested by a supportive contact to the Moon from Pluto. By the time mental Mercury contacts the Moon at 2:43PM ET, you may have had an urge — or solid opportunity — to communicate your feelings and findings. After that…chill, chill, chill…as the Moon goes void for the rest of the day…not to enter the next sign, Aries — until 5:29PM ET on Friday. If you’re planning a long weekend, good for you. The rest of us will patiently deal with whatever twists and detours crop up — and we will be very mindful in matters related to transportation and communication. We’ll also be looking for beautiful escapes (see earlier posts this week about tomorrow’s rose-colored opposition between Venus and nebulous Neptune). We  may need them to offset the demands for discipline and/or streamlining demanded by a humorless authority. Closing arguments in the Bradley Manning trial (very serious) are due today; arrests of hackers who breached the servers of certain credit card companies coming; a hedge fund billionaire is indicted on charges of fraud in “an unusually aggressive move”.  And have you seen the budget cuts House Republicans have proposed? I’ll excerpt the NYT article (found in the prior link) here:

The Securities and Exchange Commission, which has been flexing its muscle against hedge fund managers and insider trading schemes, would see financing cut 18 percent from the current level. Though Mr. Obama will finally get a fully operational National Labor Relations Board under a Senate agreement that forced Republicans to drop their filibuster of his three board nominees, House lawmakers are slashing spending on the board’s operations.

Under other House legislation, the budget for the Internal Revenue Service would be cut by 24 percent, Amtrak would lose a third of its financing, and clean water grants from the Environmental Protection Agency would be slashed by 83 percent.

So perhaps you can understand why I have been so reluctant to dive into some of the recent headlines about the battle for control of precious resources going on now — and the wake-up call to the 99% — necessarily reflected by the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square —  of just how much of everything is not in their hot little hands.  I’m distracted by a need for a Venus-Neptune rose-colored escape, too. However, there is one must-read article I am compelled to share about resources. Over the weekend, the NYT reported how big banks are reaping huge profits by driving up the price of aluminum…and also how three of these banks allegedly now control 80%…that’s right EIGHTY PERCENT of the world’s supply of copper.  The irony of some of this financial finagling happening in bankrupt Detroit shall not be lost upon us. The Times article did spark a Senate hearing this week and reportedly some regulators are mulling it all over.

In other news, there is Huma Abedin, the wife of NY mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. Despite brand new dirt alleging that Mr. Weiner continued his habit of sexting women who were not his wife after he promised everyone he would stop, Ms. Abedin is standing by her man. What in the world could be going on in her horoscope? I could not confirm my suspicions without at least a birthday, which — at the time — could not be found on her Wikipedia biography (an article published yesterday finally disclosed it). But it was possible to speculate, based on what we know is going on in her life, and how she is perceived by others.   For the former,  1) do you think we could argue that she is facing a severe hardship, requiring great discipline , responsibility and commitment. What planet does that sound like, oh avid readers of this forecast?  2) Do you think that her belief in her husband would be described by many as idealistic?  What planet and/or planetary combination suggest strong idealism — a need to see things as more beautiful than they might be?  3) Ms. Abedin is quite mysterious, charismatic and magnetic.  What planets suggest those qualities? 4) She’s quite unconventional, too, isn’t she? What planet would we expect to find that reflects that quality?

If you thought of 1) Saturn; 2) Mercury-Venus or Mercury-Neptune; 3) Mars-Neptune and 4) Uranus, congratulations! According to an article published today, Ms. Abedin will be 37 on Sunday. 1)  She has Sun conjunct Saturn in Leo — that is one serious and disciplined combination. Currently, Saturn is squaring her Sun and Saturn, suggesting either a seriously hard knock and/or a reach for ambition. 2) She has Mercury conjunct Venus, both of which are in touch with Neptune. Idealism! 3) She has Mars square Neptune, usually found in the charts of charismatic entities who act on faith — or — who need to have their own version of the truth  (the U.S. has this aspect in its horoscope, too). 4) Her Sun is square Uranus — she needs to be unconventional, period, the end, goodbye.   Isn’t astrology amazing?

Now, in the spirit of today’s compassionate Pisces Moon that knows too well the suffering of all humanity, we will say no more about Huma Abedin. Take it away, Tammy Wynette