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Astro-logical Forecast for Sunday 5/5/2013: Serious Focus & Flow

I hope you’re enjoying the dreamy sensitivity of the weekend’s Moon in Pisces, colored by the rosy glow of mental Mercury in touch with nebulous Neptune (ruler of Pisces). Music, spiritual pursuits, healing and other idealistic escapes are favored, experienced with the depth and power of an easy connection (a trine) between Mars (action) in earthy Taurus and regenerating Pluto in earthy Capricorn. The Mars-Pluto trine follows on the heels of Wednesday’s Sun-Pluto trine, another measurement suggesting an abundance or easy flow of resources in the material plane.

Take the magical thinking potential of Mercury-Neptune,  mix it with all that Sun-Mars-Pluto empowered action/resource; add in expansive, optimistic Jupiter running wild in the middle of airy Gemini, and it appears we have a recipe for more all-time highs in the markets last week. Even more fascinating: the Jupiter/Pluto midpoint — a highly reliable suggestion of wealth — has been at the Aries Point for weeks. Avid readers of this forecast know that any astrological measurement configured with the Aries Point (0 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn) needs to demand prominence/fame. So it’s no surprise to see so many stories of outrageous fortune dominating headlines recently, like this one about trillions of dollars stashed offshore — or this one presenting yet another study about the relationship between political clout and wealth.

Energy resources have also been making headlines. Credit the Uranus (aeronautics) – Pluto (power) square reflecting the test flight of a solar-powered airplane –way to reinvent the wheel — and it’s going rather well. U.S. oil production is at levels not seen in 30 years — and hey, soon those fossil fuels will be flowing under a new pipeline slated to run right through the heart of New York City’s West Village, installed by a company which reportedly has a rather dicey safety record — huzzah! But wait, there’s more. Helium was a hot (air) topic this week, as the always-witty Gail Collins informs us — did you know we’re facing a shortage & that this is important?

Also in the headlines: a mind-bending physics bulletin I won’t pretend to fully understand, but it does reflect the disruptive power of the Uranus-Pluto square to change our perspective of the world as we know it: “Time Crystals Could Upend Physicists’ Theory of Time”.

Well, I promised you a lot of news, and I haven’t even talked about the forecast for today, Sunday, which began with a sobering opposition to mental Mercury (transportation) from stern Saturn at 7:13AM ET. This is the serious focus referred to in the forecast headline. What’s at the top of the newsfeed as I type? A story about a limousine catching fire in Northern California, killing five passengers. Sobering, indeed — and naturally I looked at the chart for the time of the fire (10pm in San Mateo, California), fully expecting to see a challenging aspect on the angles. Why? Because planets on the angles seem to have a greater need for expression, and in the case of this freak accident we immediately see the Uranus-Pluto square on the angles of the chart, suggesting a sudden, freakish, potent and potentially explosive quality to the event.

If you’re out and about running important tasks today, get them done before the Moon goes void at 12PM ET. Moon will coast through the rest of Pisces until 9:03PM ET, when it enters fiery Aries, immediately shifting the “go with the flow” energy to one of action! now! andale (and a happy Cinco de Mayo to you, too). Use the energy of the void to chill and recharge. Monday will be another day to hit the ground running.

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 5/3/2013: A Day for Artists and Dreamers

The first natural break in the action this week greets you upon waking: the Moon is still in humanitarian Aquarius, but as of 12:24AM ET, it went void-of-course on an indulgent challenge from Venus (love, money, women, art). Ahhhhh. This wandering drift suggests you could sleep in a bit later without consequence, as nothing of vital importance is likely to occur until the Moon enters Pisces at 2:25PM ET. Note the potential for odd twists during voids  — such as pouring hot water over whole beans in your efforts to become caffeinated — as the flake factor is higher during voids.

When the Moon does enter watery Pisces, it heightens emotional and intuitive sensitivity, especially as it connects with mental Mercury and nebulous Neptune after 11PM ET. A lovely evening for film, spirit and spirits, music, healing — and other pleasant escapes. Hmmmm…so much spiritual energy — what does the new Pope think of all this (on a supportive connection between Mercury (mind) and Neptune (spirit)?   I don’t know, but as yesterday’s Moon approached a benevolent trine to expansive Jupiter (a planet associated with popes and high religion), his 30th Tweet caused quite a buzz.

More later on the rest of the weekend and a thorough news round-up. The third of seven exact squares between rebel Uranus and ruthless Pluto is 17 days away, and talk of revolution continues to make headlines. Did you know that 29% of Americans think an armed rebellion “might be necessary” in the next few years?  It’s absolutely fascinating, but also not surprising, given how this disruptive square is making and will continue to make contact with planets in the US horoscope over the next couple of years. Take it away, Jefferson Airplane...

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 5/9/2012: Bread & Roses

An intriguing mix of seemingly contradictory aspects continues…

Moon in enterprising Capricorn urges us to get down to business, supported by a stabilizing, self-sufficient  connection among resourceful Pluto, energetic Mars and mental Mercury in Earth signs. This pattern may feel like an echo of the Big Giant Earth Grand Trine that dominated March, but maybe not quite so rich.  Disciplined Saturn (business, order, structure)  in an easy connection with Venus (money, women, art, love, beauty) may lean toward conservatism in the management of  resources — and also in the structure of relationships. I’m sure that how North Carolina voters will rationalize their thinking in voting for a formal amendment to ban same-sex marriages.

In other news, optimism and/or idealism are on the rise, as expansive Jupiter and the Sun (life force) approach their annual hook-up — exact on Sunday — in material comfort-loving Taurus — that’s a lot of bread, man.  Meanwhile, nebulous Neptune’s communicative connection with mental Mercury, now also in Taurus, fosters creativity or fantasy based on a need to keep things as they “should” be. A rose-colored world, anyone? Take note of your dreams over the next few days.

Contrast the above “resistance to change” aspects with the disruption of the status quo and power plays suggested by rebel Uranus and ruthless Pluto.  Both will challenge the ambitious Capricorn Moon at 9:32AM and 1:33PM ET, respectively. What surprise, revelation, revolution or other excitement may cross your desk — or the newswires — around those times, hmmm? Maybe it will set you free. If you can find a way to apply it constructively, much can be accomplished at this time.

It just occurred to me that crusading Mars is still in Virgo, which refers to work and workers. And the revolutionary quality of Pluto’s clash with Uranus (which we’ll be experiencing en masse over the next three years), puts another spin on the words  “bread” and “roses”. So here’s a blurb about a revolutionary event in US history: the so-called Bread and Roses Strike of 1912 — that’s a hundred years ago — imagine. And here’s a recording of the song, “Bread and Roses” featuring historical photos and lovely watercolors and vocals by artist Kate Vikstrom.  Amazing how so much has changed…and yet how much remains the same.