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Tuesday 7/24/2018: Sneak Peek at a Volatile Week; Full Moon/Eclipse; Mercury Retrograde; the Bottom Line

Today is driven by a righteously opinionated Sagittarius Moon. It went void at 4:22 AM ET and won’t enter the next sign — Capricorn — until 5:49 PM ET. Roll with any twists or flakes that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Consider how you may implement the rose-colored potential of this afternoon’s opposition between Venus (money, women, art, social expression) and Neptune (music, surrender, faith, vision) into your wandering.  Double check everything thrice. Why? Because any day with a strong Neptune increases the potential for confusion, not to mention the other patterns happening this week, as I outlined in the forecast last Friday:

  • On WEDNESDAY at 7:34 AM ET, we’ll have a  square between the Leo Sun (leaders, life force, willpower) and Uranus (disruption, technology, seismic activity, aviation, etc.). Already we are feeling the buzz.
  • On THURSDAY at 1:03 AM ET, Mercury goes retrograde at 23 Leo,  suggesting a review of how we need to think about play, showmanship, creative self-expression, regal pronouncements and entitlements. Watch the headlines over the next few weeks for stubborn and grandiose miscommunication. Don’t believe everything you hear! Mercury turns direct on August 19th at 11 Leo. If you have planets between 11 and 23 Leo — and especially on those exact degrees, you are especially affected by this  Mercury retrograde. Regardless of your own unique horoscope, everyone should BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS NOW! Other general guidelines for surviving Mercury retrogrades may be found here.
  • On FRIDAY, an especially assertive/courageous or simply combative opposition between Mars in rebel Aquarius and the regal Leo Sun, exact at 1:14 AM ET
  • On FRIDAY at 4:20 PM ET, a Full Moon/total lunar eclipse at 4 degrees of Aquarius — opposing the Leo Sun. How will we balance the eclectic needs of the collective vs. the birthright of the individual, hmm?
  • The next exact aspect after the eclipse is a harmony between Venus (money, women, art, social expression and value) and Pluto (power, resources) on FRIDAY at 9:22 PM ET. Venus is in Virgo; Pluto is in  Capricorn. These are Earth Signs — concerned with the material world. Virgo seeks discernment, perfection, cooperation, service, process; Capricorn seeks status, achievement, establishment. I zeroed in on this Venus-Pluto trine when reading Beth Owl’s Daughter’s always in sync Tarot Card of the Week. It challenges us to take serious stock of what we value and how we use it. With Uranus now in Taurus (material comfort and security), we see strong potential for disruption in matters we believed were rock solid. When will that start? I am not certain, but I suspect we will have taken notice by mid-2021, with a whiff of things to come around June 2019.

The Sabian Symbols for Thursday’s eclipse echo a need for focus on the material. For the Sun: “rock formations at the edge of a precipice.” Sabian Symbol Guru Blain Bovee notes that these “large, hard stones…may be teetering…on the brink of a deep fall.” For the Moon: “a council of ancestors called to guide.”  Bovee offers a curious interpretation: “Where do you go when you fall asleep? Into the arms of our ancestors.” Lynda Hill, another Sabian Symbol expert, notes the dichotomy here between the material (rocks) and the spiritual (wisdom of the ancestors/those who have gone before). Hmm. So in order to get out of this material predicament  — i.e., of teetering on the brink  — I reckon we need to tune in to the spiritual, which is exactly what is suggested by so many planets — especially Mars and now Mercury — being retrograde at this time.  This notion was reinforced this morning via the musings of another intuitive friend — sound healer Norma Gentile.   On the subject of abundance, she writes:

My guides have shared with me that we are many, many years away from the unity of consciousness that many people seek. They suggest that what we must first do is enter into the sacred versions of male and female within our polarized reality. Then we will take some time to understand the full spectrum of expressive energies that exist between them as well. The Divine Feminine has been awakening throughout our world for many centuries, and it is only now joined by a consciousness awakening of the Sacred Masculine. Spirit can now begin to flow through all aspects of our world that lie within polarity.

The first motion of this Spiritual flow is to reveal the non-sacred versions of masculine and feminine energies in our world to which we have become accustomed. Then as we sense and see the Sacred Masculine and Divine Feminine, we choose which to interact with. This choice is made by each of us as individuals, and our choices influence the percentage of sacred and non-sacred energies continue to express out into our shared world.

And, as we are learning, a simple majority does not make the choice go one way or the other. Only when a Golden Mean (3/5ths) of our world’s population chooses the sacred over the profane version of something can we as a planet move fully past that particular choice point. And so it seems we are in the process of endlessly taking a step forward, and then back. Repeating it over and over again until 3/5ths of all the souls within our world agree on that step forward. Then we begin to tackle the next step.

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Other Moon voids this week: THURSDAY 9:41 AM ET until FRIDAY 6:41 AM ET. Well, that’ll make for an interesting first day of Mercury being retrograde.

And now, the news.

UPDATE: Stormy Daniels was served with divorce papers with transiting Mars exactly squaring her 4 Scorpio Moon. Her Moon co-rules her 7th house of partnership and will be affected by this week’s lunar eclipse. We can see the potential for a change in domestic/relationship status. Here is her horoscope.

UPDATE: Geologists are now saying that lava will likely continue to flow from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii “for months to years.” File that under “I told you so,” based on patterns in Hawaii’s horoscope.

RANDOM FUN FACT: in May and June, the NYT and WaPo quoted twice as many Republicans compared to Democrats. Surprised? Perhaps this explains why Democrats are faulted for not having a clear message.

RANDOM USEFUL ANALYSIS: James Hohmann of WaPo’s Daily 202 breaks down the facts about Carter Page and the recently released FISA warrant.

OBLIGATORY CLOSE ON A POSITIVE, LIFE-AFFIRMING TOPIC: “You Should Actually Send That Thank-You Note You’ve Been Meaning to Write,” says the NYT, reflecting the perfect Miss Manners’ potential of today’s Venus in Virgo opposition to blissful Neptune.  The reason people do not follow through on the impulse to express gratitude, says the article, is that “they undervalue  the positive impact they can have on others for a tiny investment of time.”

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Which reminds me: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?  is a must-see film — and a beautiful reflection of the potential in Mister Rogers’ horoscope — discussed on Friday. Hope you make time to see it.

Friday 7/20/2018 & the Weekend: Sweet

TGIF!

The Moon entered Scorpio last night at 9:13 PM ET, driving today and SATURDAY with a need for emotional depth and control. If you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, you can blame a cranky connection between  the Moon and Mars at 8:12 AM ET. Evening prospects are sweeter, given harmonious aspects between Venus and cosmic sugar daddy Jupiter, at 7:40 PM ET and 10:29 PM ET. Sounds like a great night for a date with Mr. Rogers (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?) or the sequel to Mamma Mia! Maybe even a double feature…

Aspects to the Moon on SATURDAY are also fairly smooth. There’s no Moon void to derail shopping adventures. Maybe a stubborn impasse around 4 PM ET, as Mercury in Leo squares that Scorpio Moon….

SUNDAY starts with a one-hour Moon void and that sweet harmony between Venus and Jupiter, exact at 5:21 AM ET.  Moon enters Sagittarius at 6:12 AM ET, driving the day with a need to push boundaries. Get outside; engage in a righteous debate; lighten up. Another shift happens at 5:01 PM ET, when the Sun enter regal Leo, ramping up the heat for the next few weeks. If you’re a Leo born between July 22 and July 30th, tell me how this slow burn of a summer is going for you…

No sleeping in on MONDAY. The Sag Moon continues to give us something to talk about — e.g., a scandal or a dreamy ideal. Those options will be reflecting a face-off between a perfection-seeking Venus in Virgo and wallowing Neptune in Pisces, exact on TUESDAY. By then we’ll be feeling even more of the buzz of WEDNESDAY’s square between the Sun (leaders) and Uranus (disruption); Mercury retrograde on THURSDAY (BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS NOW); the biggest, fattest total lunar eclipse we will see this whole century on FRIDAY, featuring a feisty Sun-Mars face-off and more consolidation of power, suggested by a harmony between Venus and Pluto.

And now, the news.

Going back to my metaphor anticipating that this week’s events would be like watching an ice shelf suddenly collapse into the sea, here is a clip of Dan Coats (Director of National Intelligence) hearing that the White House has announced that Vladimir Putin  will be coming to the White House this fall. Congressman William Hurd (R-TX) is a former undercover CIA agent who penned an op-ed arguing that P45 is being “manipulated by Putin.”   The silence from other members of his party is deafening…but let’s see what happens next week, with its assertive patterns.

Oh, lookie…Robert Mueller has just subpoenaed the “Manhattan Madam”.  She sounds nice…

Ooh…and WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin is back from vacay. Here she is, writing about “a tipping point.”

Meanwhile, like other movements seeking to contain “People Who Are Not Like Us” making waves around the world, the Israeli Knesset passed a “nation-state bill” described by the Los Angeles Times as:

formaliz(ing) in Israeli law the superior rights and privileges that Jewish citizens of the state enjoy over its indigenous Palestinian minority, who comprise roughly 20% of the population. It demotes Arabic from one of two official languages to a mere “special” status, deepens racial segregation by directing the government to “encourage and promote” Jewish settlement, and declares that the right to self-determination in Israel is “exclusive” to the Jewish people, denying the history and ancient Palestinian roots in this land. It also prioritizes the Jewishness of the state over its democratic character, omitting any reference to “democracy” or “equality.”

Israel’s horoscope was hit hard by the Big Fat Solar Eclipse of 2017, with its “get away with murder” Mars at 28 degrees of Leo totally eclipsed. We see the potential for an uptick in assertion and aggression. As I type, a new war in Gaza is escalating, something that one really ought to avoid during a Mars retrograde. Next week, the Big Fat Lunar Eclipse of 2018 will totally eclipse Israel’s regal Leo Moon.  This suggests a big change of public status for its people, with extra provocation added by contact from transiting Uranus and Mars.

Yes, I am really looking forward to seeing the Mr. Rogers documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?   With transiting Jupiter on his 15 Scorpio cusp of his 7th House, it makes sense that Mr. Rogers would be back in the public eye at this time. He even got his own stamp! Of course, with a 29 degree Pisces Sun at the Aries Point, naturally he would be famous for embodying the belief that We Are One.  Oh, but he’d do it with his own quirky style, with his Sun conjunct Uranus in me-me-me Aries. A Mercury-Venus conjunction in Pisces adds to his need for idealism, along with a soulful Pisces Moon. His Taurus Ascendant needs to project an aura of material comfort and security — and don’t you think he does?  Here is his horoscope, which lives forever, doncha know.

I wrote about Mr. Rogers back in 2013:

It is fascinating to see a meme circulating on Facebook last night, featuring a quote by Fred Rogers, who had a TV show that was comforting and beloved by children everywhere (Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood): “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

Your mission this weekend is to arise, go forth and be a helper, inspired by the sweet sextile between the benefics, Venus and Jupiter.

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Monday 7/16/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; Anything Goes

Good Morning!

The work week begins on note of optimism, suggested by a perfection-seeking Virgo Moon in harmony with expansive Jupiter at 11:34 AM ET. Grab that to-do list and make things right. As we get closer to 4:25 PM ET, double check the details and make sure communication channels are clear. Moon is opposed by nebulous Neptune, potentially fogging up the windshield. Dig deep for clarity around 10:29 PM ET, as the Moon harmonizes with ruthless Pluto.

The Moon will be void on TUESDAY between 6:49 AM ET and 3:42 PM ET. If you must work, tend to  routine concerns, and don’t get carried away by crises that may crop up. Chances are that after the void is over, that crisis will be revealed to be much ado about nothing. Chill! If you are free to wander during the void, then do so — and roll with the twists and flakes.

Other Moon voids for the week: THURSDAY 3:52 PM ET until 9:13 PM ET — and that’s it.

Guess what kind of week this is? A week with no exact aspects among the planets except to the Moon. Not until SUNDAY morning will we have an exact aspect among any other planet — a harmony between Venus and Jupiter, which may be experienced as sweet or otherwise indulgent. But still…I’ve found that these apparent lulls are often deceptive. Like I said last week, it’s like looking at a giant ice shelf on the most sparkling sunny day ever…and then, for no apparent reason, half the shelf crumbles into the ocean. So if an “other shoe” drops in the headlines, I will not be surprised, and neither should you.  We do have a First Quarter Moon at 3:52 PM ET on THURSDAY at 27 Libra, activating the 2017 inauguration chart. On verra, as they say in France. Way to go, World Cup champs!

Looking ahead to next week, please note that Mercury will turn retrograde NEXT THURSDAY at 1:03 AM ET. BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS NOW! With a super-duper Full Moon and looonnnng lunar eclipse NEXT FRIDAY, which involve a release of tension among the Sun (will), Mars (action, assertion) and Uranus (rebels, aviation, accidents, technology), you will need to be especially FOCUSED during that time. Focus and PATIENCE are excellent coping strategies for Mercury retrogrades.

And now, the news.

First, you may remember last week’s off-the-top-of-my-head examples of a few famous people whose horoscopes were affected by the solar eclipse.

Add Sacha Baron Cohen to the list of the eclipsed. His 19 Libra Sun is already being hit by the empowering potential of transiting Pluto. He spent the past year traveling in disguise to interview truckloads of Americans, including many unsuspecting politicians and other power (!) players. Coming on the heels of last week’s  Sun-Pluto opposition, his new show (Who Is America?) is filled with “news from underground,” and more than one of his interview subjects is howling with indignation by what has been revealed. This segment — in which past and present members of Congress vouch support for a program to teach toddlers about guns — is as dazzling and provocative as Cohen’s horoscope suggests. “The pheromone Blink-182?” They thought that was for real?

Cohen is a Libra, driven by a drama king Moon in Leo. His Sun is conjunct Uranus; of course he needs to be a quirky rebel. With Jupiter and Neptune conjunct in Sagittarius, we need how he would need to push boundaries…but things may not be what they seem! With natal Pluto at the Aries Point, we can see why people of power would be prominent in his life.  Birth time unknown — here’s what we do know about his horoscope.

More news from underground: “How Israel, In the Dark of Night, Torched Its Way to Iran’s Nuclear Secrets.”

Reflecting the material self-sufficiency of the weekend’s lovely Grand Trine among Venus (women, art, social expression, money), Saturn (old guard) and Uranus (avant garde) — all in Earth Signs:

Obituaries often reflect the symbolism of planetary patterns. Here’s one for that enduring Earth Grand Trine: “Nancy Barbato Sinatra, Steadfast First Wife of Frank Sinatra, Dies at 101.” Indeed.

What’s going on in your horoscope? How will this summer’s Mars and Mercury retrogrades be reflected in your own personal world? And what about these three eclipses? And OMG — Venus will be going retrograde on October 10th — in Scorpio. How will that period of REview manifest for you? Book a consultation and together we will plan a strategy to maximize opportunities. Here’s how to contact me.

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