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Wednesday 11/29/2017: News Round-up; Matt Lauer

Good Morning!

Moon is charging through Aries today — seeking to be appreciated for being Numero Uno. So much news to report — had to post — so you could say you heard it here first. I expect power plays as we approach the 6:53 PM ET tension between the Moon and Pluto, followed by conflict/heroism and disruption tomorrow between 6 AM and 7:30AM ET, as the fiery Moon clashes with warrior Mars and rebel Uranus.

First, happy early Mercury retrograde to Avid Readers who wondered why my last email contained two articles I wrote for The Mountain Astrologer.  Those were a gift from MailChimp, which sent them out as email after I added them to the Articles & Interviews page of my website. Not planned, but I hope you enjoyed them.

And now, the news…reflecting this week’s potent patterns:

  • A prominent and sobering control or ambitious reach in matters of media, foreign affairs, judicial philosophy and other Sagittarian concerns, as Mercury and Saturn met up in that sign Tuesday at 1:59 AM ET. This is the first of three meet ups we’ll have between now and January 13th. Remember, Mercury in Sagittarius thinks big, but is often sloppy.
  • A disruptive opposition between Mars in Libra and Uranus in Aries, exact Friday at 5:04 AM ET. Mars (action, courage, aggression, male sexual energy) in Libra (fairness, diplomacy, relationship, balance) is only at its best when it acts as a warrior for peace. Otherwise, it may behave badly, subverting its urge for expression into passive aggressive behavior and other toxic conflict-avoidance. Uranus in Aries shakes up the system in its quest for independence and/or technological advance. Examples of this over the past six years of Uranus in Aries: the gig economy, self-driving cars, flying cars, Uber and Lyft, drone warfare
  • A harmony between Jupiter and Neptune, exact Saturday at 9:22 PM ET. Jupiter is in Scorpio, on a mission to expand awareness in matters of sexual secrets and other peoples money. We’re revisiting the horrifying reality show experienced a few years ago when Saturn traveled through Scorpio. Neptune refers to faith, charity, redemption, oil, scandal, drugs, delusions, refugees — expressed with a need for empathy, compassion and/or universal suffering. Why so soulful? Because Neptune is traveling through Pisces, its ruling sign.
  • Added wigginess courtesy of Sunday’s exact square between Neptune and the Sun in opinionated, high-flying Sagittarius…plus a waxing Full Moon in Gemini. Emotions are on the rise this week. Oh, and Mercury turning retrograde on December 3rd.

OK, here goes:

Last but not least — Matt Lauer — whose horoscope I’ve been following since 2011 — was abruptly fired from the Today show this morning. His 8 degree Capricorn Sun was hit hard by Pluto and Uranus between 2011 and 2013, when he threatened to quit Today unless he received gobs and gobs of cash. He won that battle. The relevant posts are here   and here.  Why was Mr. Lauer fired? Allegations of sexual harassment brought by a co-worker. No sordid details yet.

We don’t have a birth time for Mr. Lauer — I’ve created a chart set just after 12PM, which puts transiting Pluto in a tense square to a hypothetical 18 Aries Ascendant. We know there is going to be some action on two of the four angles of this horoscope for such a cataclysmic event to occur, so this is not an illogical choice. When a birth time is unknown, astrologers will use noon or sunrise. Both options can reveal much.  Here, in this noonish chart,  there’s plenty of action between planets in the natal chart and where planets are right now that would also reflect the likelihood of Something Big Happening. In the chart below, Mr. Lauer’s birth chart is in the inner wheel. The outer wheel shows where the planets were yesterday morning. The yellow lines show how planets in the outer wheel are making contact with planets in the inner wheel.

Even if you don’t know anything about astrology and have no idea what those symbols represent, you should still be able to see that there is CONTACT between stuff in the outer wheel and stuff in the inner wheel. Just as a radiologist makes a living making meaningful sense out of the mysterious (to the average patient) blobs on X-rays and other tests, skilled astrologers invest years of study so they can make sense of the chart below. I’d be surprised if Mr. Lauer consulted with an astrologer this year, but if he had, he would have been alerted to the high probability of an upset to his need to be Number One — and much, much more. Perhaps he would have made different choices. FUN FACT: Mr. Lauer’s horoscope has a challenging aspect between his boundary-pushing Mars in Sagittarius and Pluto (power, persuasion). We’ve seen hard aspects between Mars and Pluto in the horoscope of many men recently outed for sexual harassment. It’s like….wow….there’s a pattern here….and there’s another pattern, too: Aries,



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Monday 11/27/2017 & Then Some: Sneak Peek at the Week; Saturn, for Better or for Worse

Happy Cyber Monday!

Serious thoughts may be on the agenda at the start of the week, as Mercury (mindset) is hours away from a meet-up with karma cop Saturn at 1:59AM ET on TUESDAY. About what, you say? The two are in Sagittarius, a globally-focused sign. Saturn refers to dustbins and garbage. Front and center on the WaPo homepage: “A World Drowning in Garbage,” an in-depth account of how six cities around the world deal with their share of the 3.5 million tons humanity produces every day, complete with video. You’ll feel the weight of a heavy and/or ambitious mindset more personally if you have a planet or angle around 27 degrees of Sagittarius, Gemini, Pisces or Virgo. Note that this is the first of three meet-ups we’ll have between Mercury and Saturn, as Mercury will turn RETROGRADE on December 3rd. The second hit happens on December 6th; the third is on January 13th. So whatever is hot now — look for advances on it on those dates.

Two other patterns are driving the week. One is a pro-active buzz — a face-off between action hero Mars and rebel technogeek Uranus on FRIDAY at 5:04 AM ET. Mars refers to the masculine, guns, courage, war, explosive and reckless efforts. Uranus can be a shock to the system. It refers to technology, astrology, seismic activity (e.g., a volcano in Bali),  genetic mutations, revolution. This Mars-Uranus face-off is the other shoe to the Mars-Pluto square we experienced on November 19th. Pluto is perspective — and also transformation — and one of the interesting themes we’ve seen in the news is a discussion of male sexual energy and how we need to change our perspective on how it  ought to be expressed.

Here’s what happened in July, when Mars was in a tense square with Uranus. You’re feeling the disruptive buzz more personally if you have a planet or angle around 25 degrees of  Libra, Aries, Capricorn or Cancer.

The second pattern of note is a harmony a between expansive Jupiter (collective belief of a political or philosophical nature) and Neptune (faith), exact on SATURDAY at 9:22 PM ET. That’s followed quickly Mercury turning RETROGRADE at 2:34 AM ET on SUNDAY, then by a square between Neptune and the Sun on at 6:44 AM ET and a Full Moon in blah blah blah Gemini at 10:47 AM ET. More on that in the next forecast. Meanwhile, BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS NOW.

Oh — also on Friday — Venus (women, money, social graces) leaves moody bastard Scorpio for Sagittarius on FRIDAY at 4:14 AM ET, with a long exhale as it emerges from Scorpio’s depths and aims for the Sagittarian sky.

Meanwhile, today’s Moon is in Pisces, continuing to seek connection with ideals, impressions and empathy. The Moon will be void on TUESDAY between 7:09 AM ET and 11:30AM ET — there’s your excuse for sleeping in and/or flaking out. The pace picks up noticeably once the Moon zooms into me-me-me Aries, falling down stairs because it’s faster than walking. Upsets and power plays may rattle nerves Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning, when the Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus. Moon will be void on THURSDAY between 1:37 PM ET and 3:38 PM ET — no biggie; and on FRIDAY between 8:53 PM ET and SATURDAY 4:21 PM ET — no impulse shopping on Saturday, if you please.

And now, the news.

On Thursday, I wrote:

Happy Thanksgiving to all! On FRIDAY — a.k.a. Black Friday — the only exact aspect is an expansive one between the Moon and indulgent Jupiter at 10:56 AM ET. That — along with a harmony between Mercury (mindset, communication) and Uranus (technology, astrology) exact early Saturday — bodes well for retailers hoping shoppers will indulge in the latest gizmo or gadget.

Let the record show that TechCrunch reports:

The final figures for Black Friday online sales are in, and it’s another record-breaking day e-commerce in the U.S. Adobe says that shoppers spent $5.03 billion online in a race for bargains for themselves and to gift to others.

But what about the “astrology” potential of Mercury in harmony with Aquarius, on a day with Moon in Aquarius? How about this from the NYT’s NY/Region section “Leaning on the Stars to Make Sense of the World.”  Pigs have flown when the NYT writes about an astrologer who covers world events, right? Check it out and let me know what you think.

The other thing I wrote was:

In the spirit of those planetary patterns, I’m pleased to offer my own Black Friday special if you are shopping for a Special Someone: 20% off personal consultations and reports — until the Moon leaves Aquarius at 3:04 AM ET on Sunday,  November 26th.  

…about which a few Avid Readers asked, “but what if I’M the ‘Special Someone?'” To which I replied, Yes, fine, the offer is for you, too — and in the spirit of the compassionate Pisces Moon, will be honored until I post the next forecast — sometime during the Moon’s passage through me-me-me Aries.  Here’s the 411.

Meanwhile, the Koch brothers are behind a big media purchase: Meredith, Inc — which includes Time, Fortune, People and Sports Illustrated. Can’t imagine why they would find ownership and control of mass media a useful investment. Cue sarcasm and Saturn (control, patriarchy) in Sagittarius (publishing) now, please. Along the same lines, you may have heard that the Justice Department — if it can now truly be called that — has filed suit to stop the AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, demanding that CNN be sold as condition of approval. Why are they picking on CNN? You should see CNN’s horoscope — one day, I’ll write about it.

Add in Mercury with Saturn in Sagittarius and here’s the subject of today’s NYT editorial: “Cops, Cellphones & Privacy at the Supreme Court.”  Or this “Diplomats Sound the Alarm as They Are Pushed Out in Droves.”

Guilt is also a Saturn concern — and here’s a piece about that in today’s NYT — minus Saturn.

But y’know, Saturn transits can be serious in wonderful ways, too. Take Prince Harry, for example. Here is his horoscope.  His Sun is at 22 Virgo — which makes him one of the many anticipated newsmakers this year, as Saturn challenged his Sun three times (Avid Readers will recall that anyone with planets around 22 degrees of Sagittarius, Pisces, Virgo and Gemini was in that club of newsmakers). Anyway. This is this year that Prince Harry went public about how he coped with the grief (another Saturn domain, as is depression) of his mother’s death.

But meanwhile…back in June of 2016, he was introduced to American actress Meghan Markle. Well of course he was, with a measurement between the Moon (ruler of his 7th House of Significant Others) and Venus. A three-pronged measurement between Pluto and Venus, suggesting a need for emotionally deep experiences and perhaps a change in perspective of values, has been in effect all year as well. The third hit was today, the announcement of his engagement to Ms. Markle. When are they getting married? Sometime in the spring of 2018. Let the record show that in April we will see a measurement between Prince Harry’s Moon and Saturn, suggesting potential for serious break or a serious commitment. In this case, it is the latter. You see? Saturn is not always doom and gloom.

A royal wedding and a royal birth in 2018 (for the Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge — now we’re seeing how the potential for a disruption of the status quo is manifesting in the lives of a few of the royals — discussed here back in August.

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