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Friday 9/28/2018 & The Weekend; Week in Review; Pluto Turns Direct; Flake & Twists

Greetings from Los Angeles!

I am overjoyed to be back in my old stomping grounds — my home for a dozen years. Also overjoyed to be meeting Angeleno Avid Readers in person. I do have appointments available and I am in town until October 9th. Hope to see you soon! Here’s the 411 on consultations.

Meanwhile, it’s Friday, and I’ve been working on this forecast since Monday. What’s been happening?  I’ll tell you.

The work week began with a waxing Moon in Pisces — void all day — from 1:26 AM ET to 7:04 PM ET. Neither Brett Kavanaugh nor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified that day.  However, since last Sunday’s harmony between Mercury (talk) and Mars (action), a flood of new accusations against the SCOTUS nominee ran away with the headlines. We expected empathy with a Moon in Pisces, and that’s what we got — on both sides.

On Monday night, the Full Moon happened at 10:52 PM ET — with the Moon at 3 Aries & the Sun at 3 Libra.

The Sabian Symbol for 3 Aries is  “a cameo profile of a man in the outline of his country” and the text provided by Blain Bovee, the go-to guy for all things Sabian, suggests a need to  assert our unique identity in or contrast to the collective. What sense of stability do we gain by identifying ourselves as, for example,  “I am Brazilian” or “I am Polish-American” or “I am a Buddhist” or “I went to Georgetown Prep, Yale and Yale Law School?”  What happens when others put us in these kinds of categories?

With this Sabian Symbol, Blain Bovee notes the potential “to stereotype others at the expense of their full individuality; to highlight only their prominent features” (suggested by the image of the cameo profile, which is only presenting one side of a person’s face). Watch for stories of  snap judgments based on general outlines — in the news and in your own personal world.

I last wrote about 3 Aries when it was the New Moon on March 22, 2012. At that time, I noted that “one consequence of such (literally) trigger-happy thinking is illustrated in this disturbing story, likely to gain more traction in the headlines during this lunar cycle:   Recommended reading for this lunar cycle: Blink and Outliers, both by Malcolm Gladwell   The first book is an eye-opener about first impressions; the second is an equally provocative read on why certain individuals — such as Bill Gates — are so successful.”

For the Sun at 3 Libra: “Dawn of a new day, everything has changed,” of which Bovee says is an “image of awakening to the fact that past impressions were misleading, incomplete or just false.” People and things are likely to be seen in a new light. Faaaaaaaaaa-scinating, in light of recent headlines, no?

Now add this week’s dominant patterns to the mix –i.e., “what just happened”:

  • Tuesday: Moon charges into me-me-me Aries, seeking to be Numero Uno. Cue P45’s address to the United Nations, accompanied by another heavy aspect: Sun square Saturn. Suggestion: patriarchal/corporate agendas; advances (upside); cuts (downside). In the latter category, the UN responds to P45 with a heavy dose of the world’s best medicine: laughter. In the former category, know that the Sun refers to the heart and the spine (as does Saturn, which refers to bones). Check out these cool new advances in medicine: “Paralyzed Man Walks Again” and “Tiny Device is a Huge Advance for Treatment of Heart Failure.”
  • Wednesday: in the all-day void of Moon in me-me-me Aries, P45 goes on and on and on and on about nothing in a rare solo 80-minute press conference; I get on a plane to LA, planning to write a forecast, but with Alaska Airlines wanting $49 for in-flight wi-fi, and monthly contributions to my Cosmic Tip Jar totaling  just $17,  I watched Meryl Streep in The Post, lamenting how challenging it is to have to consider the cost of providing Really Useful Investigative Journalism when you’d rather be fully focused on digging up and publishing facts.  This was followed by the superb Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri . Mesmerized by this movie, in which justice does not seem to prevail, but karma does. Have you seen it?
  • Thursday: Moon entered Taurus at 3:16 AM ET, desperately seeking material comfort and security. Moon squared Mars at 11:50 AM ET, suggesting a rebel with a cause challenging the status quo; combative outbursts. Cue Dr. Christine Blasey Ford now, please. Sun trined Mars at 7:35 PM ET, facilitating a marathon Senate session, which I hope many of you watched.
  • UPDATE: Brett Kavanaugh has a T-square in his horoscope: Jupiter in Taurus squaring an idealistic Sun-Mercury in Aquarius…which is in a delusional/rose-colored square to Neptune in Scorpio. Translation: a potentially challenged relationship with objective reality, as evidenced in yesterday’s testimony. His T-Square is in Fixed Signs, suggesting that once his mind is made up, he is not going to back down, no matter what is presented. There is no “on the other hand…” His Mars (action, anger) is retrograde, suggesting a long wind-up when it comes to asserting himself or taking action. Mars is in Virgo, so all pesky details must be in place, fussed over and over again before they finally come out. If you were watching yesterday, did you notice how he fussed with the placement of his name plate and adjusted the mic before he sat down? That was part of his wind-up.
  • Transiting Venus is now exactly square to his natal Venus at 9 Aquarius, in case you are wondering why now is the time for him to be facing people who take issue with past and present modes of social expression, especially with regard to women.  At 9 Scorpio, transiting Venus is also conjunct the 9 Scorpio Moon in the horoscope of the P45 inauguration chart, facilitating that Scorpio Moon’s need for ruthless depth and control.
  • FUN FACT: when Kavanaugh was sworn in yesterday at 3:10 PM ET, Pluto was exactly on the Ascendant, suggesting a tear-down of personal projection. Saturn, ruler of the swear-in chart, was in the 12th house, a.k.a., the house of the self-undoing. Venus was exactly conjunct the 9 Scorpio Midheaven (see a pattern here?) — suggesting a ruthless/vicious presentation involving honor and/or vengeance. Mars was in the First House, along with the South Node. Anger/action with a dose of toxic release. To me, it all came out sounding like this gem from WaPo funnywoman Alexandra Petri :“How Dare You Do This to Brett Kavanaugh?” I recommend reading it aloud, exactly as written. You may appreciate the catharsis.
  • Friday: Moon continues in Taurus, and the Kavanaugh confirmation process continued. But after announcing his support for the nominee, Jeff Flake (R-AZ) was ambushed by two women in an elevator. They gave him a tearful earful about how it feels to be a survivor of sexual assault and not be taken seriously. Haven’t written about Flake since July 2017, noting how patterns in his horoscope suggest why he needed to criticize P45 and many conservatives in his recent book.  Jeff Flake was born on December 31, 1962 — time unknown — in Snowflake (!), AZ. Capricorn Sun driven by a Pisces Moon. He needs to be compassionate and work with ideals in his quest to get to the top of the mountain. His Sun in Capricorn is currently feeling the weight of the world on its shoulders, thanks to transiting Saturn about to conjoin it in December.
  • Flake’s Mars (how he needs to take action/assert itself) is in a challenging aspect to P45’s Mars and Midheaven (public status). Flake’s Mars is also retrograde — like Kavanaugh’s, suggesting he needs to have a reeeeeally long wind-up before he lets a pitch fly. But when he does take action, he needs to act with drama, as his Mars is in Leo.  His Mars squares his Venus at 25 Scorpio: it’s fascinating to see that Jupiter will be at 25 Scorpio on October 16th; it’s putting pressure for an expansion in matters of social expression and action.
  • Meanwhile, transiting Venus is exactly square his Saturn at 9 Aquarius. Symbolically — if you watch the video of this morning’s elevator pitch — Venus squaring Saturn suggests women, values, money, social expression activating ambition/authority. In Aquarius, Flake’s Saturn can function effectively when placed in the service of a humanitarian cause. Who knew?  Transiting Venus is going to be sitting square to Flake’s Saturn for the next few weeks, as Venus slows down and turns retrograde on October 10th.
  • But wait, there’s more. Transiting Uranus is squaring Flake’s natal Mercury at 28 Capricorn, supercharging his mindset with a need for innovation/disruptive thoughts and communication. And now, in case you haven’t heard, Jeff Flake dramatically disrupted the Kavanaughty confirmation train wreck by asking for a one-week stay on the process to have…wait for it…an FBI investigation of the numerous allegations that have come out.  Two other senators have joined that request, including Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Not sure if that request will be granted; we’ll all have to stay tuned. Am concerned about transiting Jupiter square the nominee’s Sun on October 9th, as it suggests expansion of self, for better or for worse. And we do not have a birth time.
  • FUN FACT: Pluto was exactly square the Midheaven in Washington, DC when that request was made; Saturn was on the Ascendant, suggesting a no-go. Astrology is amazing.

As for the weekend, Moon goes void tonight at 6:36 PM ET. Please indulge in sensual pleasures and chill tonight because after this week, you all deserve it. Moon enters Gemini on SATURDAY at 9:36 AM ET, buzzing with the latest dish. Chill on SUNDAY and avoid impulse shopping, as the Moon goes void at 11:38 AM ET until 2 PM ET on MONDAY. A day to sleep in, for sure — and an interesting start to the new season of SCOTUS if they start during the void.

Final pattern: Pluto turns direct on SUNDAY at 10:01 PM ET, suggesting a focus on seismic activity, news from underground, power and resources. Tsunami/earthquake in Indonesia is Exhibit A. Here’s Exhibit B: “The U.S. is Living Under a Volcano.”   On TUESDAY, Pluto squares Mercury, suggesting more investigative dirt hitting the fan.

Random thoughts:

Last, but not least: Election Day is November 6th. Are you registered to vote? Are you SURE? Please check your status here — and share this link with everyone you know. We must vote on November 6th. As if our lives depended on it. Because they do.

Thank you for reading this forecast. Here’s the 411 on consultations. We will have an excellent discussion together.





Monday 4/2/2018: Sneak Peek at a Militant Mental Week; Mars-Saturn in the News

Happy Militant  Marching Monday!

Moon is in Scorpio, driving the day with a need for depth and control. Go for it today — and mind the Moon void on TUESDAY at 12:05 PM ET until WEDNESDAY at 2:55 AM ET. Avid Readers of this forecast will remember than Moon voids are apt for taking care of routine concerns, as opposed to launching a brand new initiative. No impulse shopping. Roll with the twists and flakes that may impede your efforts to move forward in a straight line. You are doubly advised to avoid making a mountain out of a molehill, given that Mercury is still retrograde. Clean out your desks or closets; reconnect with old colleagues and friends. Chill!

Mercury pulls focus in other ways this week. On WEDNESDAY -3:06 AM ET — and we’re feeling it now — Mercury in impulsive me-me-me Aries will challenge Mars in Capricorn.  With the Moon in righteously opinionated Sagittarius, I see potential for plenty of shooting off at the mouth, later regretted.  On THURSDAY  at 4:22 AM ET, Mercury will be challenged by Saturn, perhaps putting the kibosh on those impulsive yakkers. Watch the headlines for signs of heavy control. If you have a planet or angle around 9 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you are more personally affected.

On FRIDAY the Sagittarius Moon will be void between 9:36 AM ET and 2:01 PM ET. There’s your excuse for sleeping in. After the void, Moon will be in Capricorn through the weekend, looking to make something happen.  Venus (women, money, art, social expression) will harmonize with Saturn on SATURDAY at 9:36 AM ET, seeking to stabilize and control. May be some interesting pronouncements in the Friday afternoon news dump.

What do all these patterns mean for you personally? Find out in a personal consultation. If we haven’t spoken in over a year, you’re due for a check-up. We will have an excellent discussion together.

And now, the news.

Today’s militant, marching Mars-Saturn meet-up in Capricorn continues to dominate the headlines.  Compare the news over the weekend with the headlines in February, when Neptune was pulling focus. I wonder when the New York Times will notices how in sync it is with astrology. Here are the Sunday NYT’s top stories:

In other news…

This morning we learn that a page with information about breast cancer has been scrubbed from the Department of Health and Human Services’ website.  We also learn that on the vernal equinox, P45 invited Vladimir Putin to the White House. That was a time when we’d expect prominent news about prominent leaders.  Meanwhile, P45’s trade war heats up, as China slaps tariffs on the U.S.

Another big story this morning is a follow-up on corporate efforts to control media outlets — as predicted during Saturn’s sojourn in Sagittarius starting a few years ago. One corporation to watch was Sinclair Broadcasting, which was gobbling up local news stations faster than a rabid Pac-Man. It now owns hundreds of local stations — more than any other entity. Here’s a repeat of a John Oliver segment on Sinclair. Over the weekend, news anchors at Sinclair stations were ordered by their corporate owners to read a statement straight out of George Orwell’s 1984.  John Oliver has the latest — and it’s must-see.  On the bright side, who even watches local news anymore? Saturn in Sagittarius put the squeeze on media companies and cable fees are so high that more and more viewers are cutting the cord.  You?

Mars pulling focus refers to guns and cars. Saturn is authoritarian control.

  • In Sacramento, protests were held after an autopsy revealed that Stephon Clark — an unarmed African-American — was shot in the back multiple times by police officers who may have believed he had been breaking into cars. Mr. Clark was in the backyard of his grandmother’s house when he was killed. Over the weekend, a 60-year-old woman protester was knocked down by a sheriff’s car. Meanwhile, a nurse who posted on social media that Mr. Clark deserved to be killed for “being stupid” has been fired from her job. Remember the Mercury retrograde mantra: When in doubt, be silent!
  • “Affluenza” Texas teen Ethan Couch — who killed four people while driving drunk and then claimed he was too rich to be held responsible, was released from prison after serving two years. His post-prison life is subject to strict controls.
  • Contrast Couch’s sentence with that of Texas resident  Crystal Mason.  While on probation, she filed a provisional ballot in the 2016 November election. A provisional ballot means that your voter registration status is not clear; local election workers will sort it out after the polls close. She says she did not know that in Texas, you are not allowed to vote if you are on probation (laws vary state-to-state). Her punishment: five years in prison.

Notable obituaries:

It wouldn’t be a real Mercury retrograde without a notable strike. Teachers walked out in Kentucky; those in Oklahoma may follow suit.

There’s always more to report — but then this forecast would never ship. Here’s a random fun item to close on: Hubble telescope captures image of most distant star ever seen. It’s called Icarus.

Thank you for reading this forecast. Avid Reader Frank is doing much, much better — thanks to all who sent good wishes.