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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 4/30/2015: Bruce Jenner’s Perfect Timing; Mercury in Gemini

Allll-righty then.

This was Wednesday:

Moon continues its sojourn in analytical Virgo, seeking perfection and order in all things. There’s an easy flow of action to this day, courtesy of a contact between the Moon and Mars at 4:21PM ET. This is preceded by a supercharged contact between the Moon and Venus in multitasking Gemini at 3:38PM ET. Translation: a potential ego drama over seemingly trivial details. Move on!

The other pattern exact today is a cooperative connection between the Taurus Sun and visionary Neptune in Pisces, exact at 7:11PM ET. Dreams, healing, music, art, empathy, illusion, martyrs, suffering, faith, hope and charity — with  drugs, spirits, oil, gas and other toxins mixed into the headlines. In your own personal world, you may be feeling especially sensitive, as emotions are building to a seriously ripe Full Moon late Sunday.  Feed your soul. Indulge in a gentle, dreamy escape. Practice random acts of kindness and senseless beauty.

This is Thursday:

Moon is void between 8:23AM and 10:03AM ET. Then it enters Libra, seeking balance and harmony in relationship. At 10PM ET, Mercury leaves Taurus for Gemini, the sign it rules. Mercury will be in Gemini until July 8th, where it functions with speed and efficiency. Make your pitch!

And now, the news.

Many were feeling especially sensitive to a beer company’s latest campaign slogan — and not just because it is cumbersome and clumsy. Bud Light:  “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night.”  I can’t believe some marketing team got paid thousands of dollars for that brain-dead effort. If the marketing objective is to brand mediocre “beer” as an aphrodisiac,  a catchier line would be “Bud Light: With you all the way.”

Should I ditch astrology for the glamorous life of an advertising copywriter?

But I digress. As it turns out, since our collective consciousness has just been through two heavy  years of Saturn in Scorpio (10/12 – 12/14), thus raising  awareness of the harsher realities (Saturn) of sexual energy (such as date rape), I’m pleased to report that Bud Light pulled its tasteless campaign.

Drugs, suffering, prisons and martyrs. These are uncomfortable potentials of Neptune. Add a challenge to Neptune from Saturn in Sagittarius (foreigners) and it might reflect the timing of Indonesia executing eight people by firing squad last night —  only one was Indonesian. Most had spent over ten years on death row, convicted on charges of narcotics trafficking. One of those men, Myuran Sukumaran, became an accomplished artist while incarcerated. His paintings will be exhibited around the world this year, as transiting Uranus conjuncts his natal Mercury. Horoscopes live forever.

Here in the US, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case brought by Oklahoma inmates about whether the drugs used in lethal injections created unconstitutional pain and suffering (Neptune also refers to the surreal). Not-so-surreal was the detailed Moon-in-Virgo questions asked by SCOTUS in the second day of arguments in a case involving same-sex marriage. Chief Justice John Roberts, whose horoscope certainly suggests potential for innovative thought and perspicacity made a point that hadn’t been getting a lot of attention:

“I’m not sure it’s necessary to get into sexual orientation to resolve this case,” he said. “I mean, if Sue loves Joe and Tom loves Joe, Sue can marry him and Tom can’t. And the difference is based upon their different sex. Why isn’t that a straightforward question of sexual discrimination?”

That question created some buzz, as the above link explains. Frankly, I’d be surprised if the Court does not rule in favor of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. And then they will move on to hearing cases arguing that discrimination is OK if not discriminating would violate one’s religious beliefs. We’ve got two more years of Saturn in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces…

…and here are thoughts on that Saturn-Neptune aspect, as well as a reminder on what we can expect in the aftermath of the seventh Uranus-Pluto square. I wrote it at the beginning of the year. I wrote this other piece at the end of last month  — it has more perspective on the onslaught of recent catastrophic headlines — see the paragraph about the quindecile.


Bruce Jenner, as promised. Here is his horoscope.

Mr. Jenner is a Scorpio with Scorpio rising, suggesting depth, substance and a need to be — and be seen as — someone in power and in control.  With that Scorpio Sun on the Ascendant, we anticipate a need to shine as a soloist in his vocation. Note that the Sun rules the Midheaven (career) and it is in mutual reception with Pluto, the ruler of the chart. Pluto is in the 10th house, along with Mars (action)  in pristine Virgo. Fascinating to note that Mars rules the 6th house of work, cooperation and the body. Mars is in harmony with the Ascendant, which also refers to physical appearance. On the surface, we’d see the potential for a perfectionist drive, tremendous resources and discipline in presentation.

Scorpio rising and an eastern hemisphere emphasis suggest a defensive posture. As his astrologer, we’d want to find out why. What might he be protecting?

Mr. Jenner’s Moon is in Aquarius, and like his Sun, it sits on an angle of the chart, giving it added presence.  An Aquarius Moon needs to be appreciated for being unique and for being socially significant. Keywords for Aquarius include: humanitarian, unconventional, friendship and offbeat. If you watched the Diane Sawyer interview last week, you’ll recall Mr. Jenner saying more than once that his “mission” (that’s Scorpio talking) was to promote tolerance and understanding (that’s Aquarius).  He’d love to sit down with fellow Republicans Mitch McConnell and John Boehner and help them see that a transgendered person is nothing to fear (he said that as much, too). And with his Moon in the 3rd house conjunct Jupiter, he’d make an awesome sales pitch.

So here’s where things get interesting. His Moon is in an obsessive relationship with Pluto, suggesting some kind of competitive feeling with the feminine/maternal influence, impacting his identity. He’d need to communicate this awareness in a big way, and it’s no coincidence that he’s had such an international reach in his career — especially in the media.

We see an equally obsessive-compulsive relationship between Venus (social expression, values) and rebel/eccentric Uranus. Venus rules his 7th house of relationships, so we expect an intense need for freedom in his partnerships — and that need for freedom is likely quite avant garde. In Sagittarius and in the 2nd house,  this Venus needs to have righteous expression of social values and self worth, but this need is likely to be constrained by Saturn, planet of necessary control. Why? Because Saturn is in a hard aspect with Venus. Something about this constraint is related to 1) an anxiety about being lovable; and 2) a conservative mindset, suggested by Saturn in the 11th ruling the 3rd.

Venus also rules the 12th house — traditionally the house of “self-undoing” or things that are suppressed in the subconscious. What clues about Mr. Jenner’s need for eccentric, righteous, honest social expression and self-worth will we find?  Only a meet-up of Mercury, Neptune and the Nodal Axis, suggesting a bewildering and/or idealistic mindset, along with a need for avoidance of conflict at all costs (this meet-up is in Libra). We would know without a doubt that the relationship with the feminine/maternal is also bewildering, and we would ask him how this is so in the consultation. We’d ask how it influences areas of creative self-expression, and we’d soon be engaged in a meaningful conversation.  If he’s like any of my clients, he would be thrilled (after the initial surprise), that his potential would be seen so clearly in his horoscope. How validating and empowering is that?

He would also be amazed that the timing of significant life events would also be suggested by planetary transits. “Mr. Jenner, there’s a strong suggestion of bewilderment about your identity — a potential ego wipe-out in 1958…” and he would tell you that this is when he felt compelled to put on a dress for the first time.  “And in the summer of 1976, why do we see the suggestion that you were at the top of your game professionally?” That was when he became a gold medalist at the Olympics. And so forth.

As for the timing of his interview with Ms. Sawyer and the documentary about his transition that will air this summer, you better believe that such a ground-breaking disruption of the status quo involves the seventh Uranus-Pluto square, as well as those two potent eclipses at 14 Aries-Libra in April and 15 last October. Mr. Jenner’s Neptune is at 15 Libra; the North Node is at 15 Aries in his 6th house. Talk about a supercharged vision of self-expression meeting the public!

A North Node in Aries in the 6th suggests a need to be one’s own pioneering self — especially in the physical body. Uranus just hit that Node for the 3rd time this winter; Pluto is at 15 Capricorn — squaring the Node and Neptune all this year.  And let’s not overlook an exact square between transiting Chiron and his natal Chiron in the 2nd house of self-worth, suggesting an opportunity to heal lifelong wounds.  Not to mention other arcs I’d love to write about, in an article for which someone is actually paying me.

One segment of Ms. Sawyer’s interview showed her speaking with medical professionals about gender dysphoria. One of the doctors showed a chart — an infrared ultraviolet x-ray CAT scan thing of a human brain “lit up” in different colors. The colors represented hormones — male, female, whatever. Hardly anyone at home watching TV would expect to understand what those patterns of colored light on the brain meant, but everyone would trust that the doctor did; therefore,  this chart was Reliable Proof that gender dysphoria was something that could be measured and validated.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if Ms. Sawyer — who is going to need a follow-up act for her journalistic scoop — did a serious journalistic piece on how a natal chart can also be used to anticipate one’s potential in life, including the timing of life events? It would be even more compelling if she interviewed some Serious People who had consulted with an astrologer and found it accurate and helpful.

It would be even more awesome if you found out what your unique horoscope suggests about your life potential. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 5/15/2013: Mercury in Gemini

Moon goes void-of-course at 8:14AM ET until 6:38PM ET. So much for getting anything of real consequence accomplished. Chill, take care of what is routine; roll with whatever twists and flakes hamper your efforts to move forward in a straight line and enjoy the down time. When the Moon enters Leo after the void, it’ll be time to party even more — and enjoy a sparkling conversation when Moon makes a supportive connection to mental Mercury at 7:03PM ET.

Speaking of Mercury, it enters Gemini — the sign it rules — at 4:41PM ET. Bring on the quick-thinking charmers who are just loaded with information to share. Some of it may be truly inspired and visionary; some of it may be totally bewildering. I say this because Mercury is fast approaching a challenge to nebulous Neptune, exact at 3:20AM ET on Saturday. It’s a great aspect for creative types, healers and con men — so double check what you hear over the next few days, if you please.

Planetary patterns are light this week, save for the impending third exact hit of rebel Uranus in warrior Aries clashing with nihilistic Pluto in corporate Capricorn — that’s on May 20th. Here’s one of many stories from the reflecting this pattern; the headline says it all: “Uninvited Guest Gives Japan’s Business Culture A Jolt”  — do you get it? Here’s another little event reflecting this pattern: a new game show on CNBC called “Crowd Rules”. Three small business owners — i.e., Aries entrepreneurs who are challenging the idea of working for a large Capricorn corporation — compete to win $50K. True to the vibe of rebel Uranus in Aries, most of these small business owners are courageous, fiercely independent, inspiring and driven by passion — not necessarily profit. That’s pretty quirky — how Uranian is that? As a self-employed person  myself, I actually learned a few things about running a small business from this show. And being self-employed — or self-reliant — as opposed to being dependent on some other entity — is part of the trend suggested by Uranus square Pluto. You don’t have to be on the show to win 50K, btw — CNBC is having a contest for small business owners everywhere — make a video telling them why you deserve the money and you just might win.

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 5/24/2012: Mercury Enters Gemini

Not much to add to yesterday’s forecast except mental Mercury’s shift from stubborn, security-oriented Taurus into flexible information-driven Gemini at 7:12AM ET. Review the posts for this week, paying attention to what’s been written about nebulous Neptune pulling focus.

Re: Mercury in Gemini: on the plus side: all those stick-in-the-mud types may begin to see that there’s another side to a situation — let’s hope it your side. At the very least, they may be willing to engage in a debate about it, even if it’s a theory hasn’t been concretely proven. If the stick-in-the-mud type in question happens to be you, maybe you’ll find yourself willing to consider other points of view. It’s possible that you could be weighing your options for quite some time before making a final decision — Gemini is not a sign known for rushing to make a commitment. That’s because Gemini is nearly always concerned that it doesn’t have enough information.


Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 6/2/2011

No major aspects among the planets today, and yet there’s a lot going on. How can this be? First, Moon is running wild in information junkie Gemini, possibly spreading news — or rumors — like a virus or some other infection. I say this, noting Moon in Gemini running wild, combined with Mercury’s (mind, information, communication) challenge from nebulous Neptune in Pisces. Fact check what you hear, especially if it’s on the news.  The challenge between Mercury and Neptune is exact early Friday AM. You can best apply it to exalted spiritual practices, music, fine art and healing modalities. Excesses of alcohol and other drugs may be tempting, but best avoided. Your brain may be foggy enough as it is.

But wait — there’s more! Mercury is leaving the steady sign of Taurus for the glib, multi-tasking, clever but often scattered sign of Gemini at 4:03PM EDT. That “wobble” could take a day of adjustment as our brains adapt to the quickened pace. Neptune is at a halt in the sky, about to turn retrograde early Saturday morning at zero degrees of Pisces, the sign it rules. Neptune refers to viruses and infections. Could news of a particularly potent strain of E coli spreading across Germany be a corollary to this planet pulling focus? Another Neptune in Pisces theme:  water — and the lack thereof — this time in the Nile:

Rumor and scandal also relate to Neptune, and there seems to be all sorts of stories running amok, from media (Neptune) websites being hacked; twitter feeds belonging to a certain congressman allegedly hacked and used as a conduit for a mysterious photo; and rumors about the origin of a mysterious wildfire in Arizona raging out of control. It may take until Monday to get clarity on much of this mishegosh, and Friday is likely to be edgy, even with a bit of Neptunian fog. Take your time!

A note on the phenomenon of retrograde planets. They do not actually slow down to a halt, move backward and then forward. It just appears that they do from our point of view on spaceship Earth. Here is a groovy animation which explains it all for you:  Any questions?

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