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Monday 3/20/2017: Vernal Equinox; Sun in Aries; Happy Astrological New Year

Happy Vernal Equinox — the first day of spring! At 6:29 AM ET, the Sun enters Aries, marking the beginning of a new astrological year. Courage, self-reliance, inspiration and a pioneering spirit are keywords for the Sun in Aries, sign of the ram — and the lamb.  In the Northern hemisphere (the birthplace of Western astrology), it is a time of renewal and rebirth — a chance to let go of old patterns and make a fresh start.

More on the equinox, but first let’s talk about the rest of this day, which is partly driven by the Moon in Sagittarius. Its need for righteous opinion is squeezed, muzzled and otherwise controlled by a meet-up with Saturn at 6:37 AM ET. And guess what? This is the closest pattern in the chart for the equinox — and thus an important clue to what we are likely to be dealing with for the next 365 days.

Moon goes void immediately after that heavy Saturn meet-up and won’t be fully engaged until 11:31 AM ET, when it enters proactive, status-seeking Capricorn. Half an hour later, the second closest pattern in the equinox chart kicks in — the Third Quarter Moon, a.k.a. tension between the needs of the Capricorn Moon to toe the Establishment line vs. the me-me-me energy of the Aries Sun. With both the Sun and the Moon at zero degrees of their respective signs, this tension will command attention big time. Take care of routine concerns during the morning void. Remember that crises which crop up are often much ado about nothing. Get ready to advance your agenda after 12 PM ET.

OK, the vernal equinox. Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season from an astrological point of view. The first day of each season (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) corresponds with the first day (or first DEGREE) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively. Got that? Good. These four signs are called CARDINAL signs of the zodiac, with “cardinal” here suggesting (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  Cardinal signs take ACTION. They INITIATE. Nothing happens without ACTION. And action leads to  NECESSARY CHANGE. As in a change of seasons — suggested by solstices and equinoxes. Clear?

The first day of a  season is prominent in our culture, right? We make a big deal over it — yes? So can you see that in astrology, we observe that PLANETS that are at the first degree of a cardinal sign (Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn), tend to pack a more powerful, prominent punch. They suggest ACTION which leads to CHANGE — prominently! The first degree of the cardinal signs is known as the ARIES POINT. Got that?

If you have a planet or angle at the Aries Point, you can expect that the energy of that planet will demand prominent expression in your life. Your friends and family — and perhaps the entire free world — will notice it. William Shatner was born with the Sun at 0 Aries. “To boldly go where no man has gone before”? I should think so — and the whole world knows him for playing that role.

Other notable patterns this week won’t be exact until late Thursday and through the weekend. First, Mercury — which refers to ideas, thinking, communication, travel and commerce — makes a persuasive, penetrating and corruption-exposing challenge to Pluto at 8:42 PM ET on THURSDAY. Expansive thinking is suggested when Mercury opposes Jupiter on FRIDAY at 8:46 AM ET. On SATURDAY, the Sun and Venus meet up in Aries –showering anyone with a planet around 6 degrees of Aries with a little bit of love. On SUNDAY, upsets and revelations involving aviation, technology and gender equality issues are likely, as Mercury meets up with rebel Uranus at 11:05 AM ET.

What’s significant about the patterns noted in the above paragraph is that they also apply to the chart for the Vernal Equinox. A year of revelation upon revelation upon revelation….?

The only Moon void of note — other than Monday’s — is on WEDNESDAY from 9:20 AM ET until 10:28 PM ET.

And now, the news.

Remember how last week’s  planetary patterns among Saturn, Mercury and the Sun suggested heaviness and despair? I had to laugh when I saw this op-ed in the New York Daily News: “Stop the News, I Want to Get Off: This Week Was One of the Most Depressing in Memory.”  Indeed . I was on the Daily News site because its legendary journalist Jimmy Breslin passed away over the weekend. So did Chuck Berry.

FBI Director James Comey will be testifying before Congress in hearings starting at 10 AM today, during the Moon void. This story is not going away anytime soon.

Confirmation hearings for SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch are also scheduled to begin today. We don’t have a birth time for Mr. Gorsuch (Aug 29 1967 in Denver), but my first thought looking at a chart cast at noon was that his mother must have been a piece of work: intense, erratic, fiercely independent. And guess what? She was.

“A teenage Gorsuch learned from his mother’s stormy tenure at the EPA,” writes the Seattle Times.  Perhaps you are old enough to remember Ronald Reagan appointing Anne Gorsuch to run the EPA:

She cut the EPA budget by 22 percent, slashed EPA enforcement actions against polluters and slowed down payments for Superfund cleanups.

She resigned after less than two years on the job after being cited for contempt of Congress. With four planets in stubborn Taurus in her horoscope, we can appreciate why she refused to turn over certain subpoenaed documents, fueled by the potentially visionary or delusional idealism suggested by two separate patterns (born April 21 1942). Her son Neil has similar patterns, which is typical seen when comparing the horoscopes of parents and their children. Isn’t that interesting? Planetary patterns run in families, just like genetics.

Doesn’t that make you wonder what planetary patterns you share with your children and/or parents? If you want to improve a relationship, get to know the other party’s horoscope. Here’s the 411 on consultations.

In the case of Anne Gorsuch, her horoscope has a Mars-Neptune square; his has a Mars-Neptune conjunction. Hers has a Sun-Mercury conjunction; his has Sun-Mercury and Venus conjunct. His Venus happens to be retrograde in Virgo, suggesting unique challenges in relationship. A need for discernment may have a double agenda. Hmmm.

Mr. Gorsuch is a Virgo, driven by the Moon in Gemini. He needs to be the smartest kid in the room, with the autocratic and controlling flair suggested by an unaspected Saturn in me-me-me Aries. His Saturn/Pluto midpoint is at the Aries Point, suggesting that he is likely to be known for matters involving anguished effort and/or suffering. His mother has the same midpoint picture! His Mars-Neptune meet-up is in Scorpio, and it is in a tense connection with Jupiter (expansion) in regal Leo. This pattern can be quite tenacious in matters of faith (and life and death).

With that in mind, it’s fascinating to note that Mr. Gorsuch wrote a book called The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia.  He’s against both, arguing “that states should sometimes place ‘paternalistic constraints on the choices of its citizens.'” (i.e., the citizens’ autonomy). That sounds like an unaspected Saturn in Aries talking. Random thought: has anyone ever written about the need for “maternalistic constraints” on the choices of its citizens? What would that look like? Mandatory hot lunches for schoolchildren?

We do not have a birth time for Mr. Gorsuch and are limited as to what we can project for him in the near future. What can be seen suggests a tough fight over the next 6-8 weeks. It is fascinating to note that in his mother’s horoscope, her Mars-Neptune square is at 27 Gemini-27 Virgo, now exactly hit by transiting Saturn at 27-28 Sagittarius. This definitely suggests potential for a frustrating battle and reality check. As I wrote in a recent article for Mountain Astrologer, “The Horoscope Lives Forever,” doncha’ know…

Meanwhile, the Great Barrier Reef is still dying…a casualty of climate change.

In other news, Saturn (structure) in Sagittarius (big picture beliefs; travel; education) will be pulling focus over the next several weeks, as it is quite close to the end of that sign. Schools in Boston are reflecting this reality check by replacing the “distorted” maps that have been in use for the past 500 years. Here is what the world really looks like:


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Astro-logical Forecast for Tues. & Wed. 7/1-2/2014: Hobby Lobby and More

FOR TUESDAY:  Chill, chill and don’t panic. Take care of routine. Double check all communications and travel plans. Mercury turns direct at 8:50AM ET; the regal Leo Moon goes void of course at 6AM ET, not to enter Virgo until 5:24PM ET. Avoid turning molehills of misunderstanding into mountains of Leo drama over wounded pride; when in doubt, ask for clarification of intentions. This evening, the Virgo Moon offers incentive to perfect, organize and clean up whatever mess may have been made when Mercury changed direction.

FOR WEDNESDAY: Note your dreams Wednesday morning, courtesy of a Moon challenge from mystical Neptune. Balance, indulgence and a potential emotional healing may be yours as the day progresses into the evening. The potential for major power plays can not be ignored as ruthless Pluto in Capricorn (the Establishment; corporations; patriarchy, mines, energy resources) approaches its next exact challenge to the Sun in Cancer (women, money, nurturing, emotional and homeland security) on Friday morning.

So the big news in the US yesterday (Monday) was the Supreme Court ruling on Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, which we first discussed on April 2nd, along with Samuel Alito’s horoscope. Back in April, it was expected that Alito would gain greater prominence this year and next, and isn’t it interesting that his majority opinion in the Hobby Lobby case made headlines on a day when expansive Jupiter  at 25 Cancer (women) squared his 25 degree Libra Midheaven, suggesting recognition in career and public status. Look for more action for Alito when Mars conjoins his Midheaven around July 16. Note also that his 25 Libra Midheaven was eclipsed on April 15th – we expect to see changes of public status in the months afterwards. And let’s not forget that Alito’s visionary/spiritual/idealistic/delusional (pick whichever applies) opposition between Mercury (mindset)  in me-me-me Aries and Neptune in Libra is currently being supercharged by rebel Uranus. Quite a buzz going on in his mind that may be seen as disruptive, erratic, rebellious and/or genius.

The ruling in the Hobby Lobby case came as expected, supported by its release on a day with a heavy Moon (women)  – Saturn (control, patriarchy) connection. I could have posted that in yesterday’s forecast, but why dampen your Monday morning, especially when the weather was so beautiful? And I’ve been thinking a lot about Saturn recently, given that it’s sitting at the same degree all month: 16 Scorpio (plus a few minutes, which means we read the Sabian Symbol for 17 Scorpio). What does that degree suggest?  “A woman the father of her own child,” which I would love to interpret as , “hey you grumpy old men (and we know who you are), you’re on a fast track to becoming obsolete”.  Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee has other useful insights.

For starters, “a woman the father of her own child” suggests “a spirited sense of self-fertilization and independence….[and also] bringing together masculine and feminine energies creatively for self-realization.” Oh and there’s more:

Every human being must balance masculine and feminine energies within themselves, It is an inner process of individuation that gives birth to the child of creativity. The issue is one of spiritual fertility: an independent and immaculate conception. Those filled with their own spirit may well be suffering from immaculate self-perception….one may have romantic visions of the way things used to be or ought to be…”

Whoa. Deep. And there’s still more:

Apply this degree-pair with a mind to an awareness of matters of spirit over ideas; passionate independence against archaic versions of the Mysteries. Watch for denial, such as teenage mothers who insist they have never had sex. Think of Gothic romances where passions collide with social and political realities…consider artificial insemination, fertility issues; sterile ideas and outdated, romantic passions to be championed….

So that’s the lesson Saturn has to share all this month — in areas involving structure, ambition, control and authority.

We also must consider the Hobby Lobby ruling against the backdrop of the current Uranus-Pluto square which — as noted before — is bringing up all sorts of revolutionary causes we thought we might have resolved in the mid-60s, when Uranus and Pluto were conjunct. Griswold v Connecticut was a 1965  Supreme Court case that declared it unconstitutional to prohibit married couples from using contraceptives; that right was extended to unmarried couples in 1972…followed by Roe v. Wade in 1973.  The revolutionary agenda of the 60s is up for further development — and we can expect even more concrete action to be taken in the aftermath of the seven Uranus-Pluto squares in 2016 onward.

I don’t know if you, dear Reader, are old enough to remember how cool it was when the Equal Right Amendment, written in 1923 (!) was passed by Congress back in 1972. It never became law because not enough states would ratify it. This poignant ad campaign about what it means to “throw like a girl” shows how far we still need to go — and what needs to change, as argued in the accompanying article. Fortunately, planetary patterns suggest change is on the agenda for some years to come.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 4/17/2014: Moon Void; Supercharged Planets; Ending on a High Note

Chill, chill, chill. The depth-seeking Scorpio Moon is void of course as of 3:09AM ET, suggesting twists and delays in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. The flake factor is high, as wandering lunar energy can feel like herding lots of unruly cats. Go with the flow — take care of routine tasks — don’t make a mountain out of a molehill – avoid impulse purchases. The latter is especially relevant because the key planetary aspect today is pleasure-loving Venus in harmony with expansive Jupiter at 9:19PM ET. Sweet — but potentially expensive and indulgent.

After 5:44pm ET, Moon enters high-flying Sagittarius, ready for a gambol or a gamble. Buy some lottery tickets, why don’t you, especially if you have a planet or angle around 13 degrees of just about any sign. No, that is not a guarantee that you will win big…but ya never know. Find a pleasant diversion this evening — preferably one that broadens your mind.

And now, the news.

Venus can be ultra-compassionate and forgiving in soulful Pisces, sign of salvation. Jupiter can be quite bountiful in nurturing Cancer. Together,  they offer the potential for extreme good fortune.  Like this 20-something Iranian man who was about to be executed for a murder he committed in his teens…until the mother of the boy he killed approached him, slapped him in the face…and forgave him. Which set him free. Wait ’til you see what his mother did…

In other news, illumination on one of the themes suggested by the New Moon on March 30th; i.e., resources: who’s got ’em; who doesn’t. According to a Serious Academic Study just released , the United States is not a democracy. It is an oligarchy, not that anyone who’s been paying attention needs the serious academic folks at Princeton and Northwestern to tell them this. But now it is official…with footnotes and everything….so maybe the folks who have not been paying attention will finally get around to doing so. Mid-term elections are in November, and planetary patterns with respect to the United States strongly suggest we are at a turning point. Which way will we go?

Meanwhile, Jimmy Carter knows something about turning points, as he and nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners wrote in a letter to President Obama, a fellow Laureate:

“You stand on the brink of making a choice that will define your legacy on one of the greatest challenges humanity has ever faced — climate change”

The “choice” is whether to greenlight the Keystone Pipeline, which Carter and the other Laureates oppose. Turning point!

Jimmy Carter has been getting a lot of press these days — so much that you might conclude his horoscope was being supercharged by the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square…and in fact, it is. Carter has his natal Pluto –referring to power and perspective at 13 degrees of Cancer. It will be directly impacted by next week’s exact Cardinal Grand Cross, which adds Jupiter and Mars to the Uranus-Pluto dynamic.

The horoscope of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is also being supercharged: his Sun is at 13 Libra. He’s calling for a boycott and divestment campaign against fossil fuel companies, as 100 Harvard professors are petitioning for their university to divest itself of its stake in the gas, oil and coal industries…just in time for this sobering op-ed noting the fourth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. You do remember that, don’t you?

Can you tell I’m writing this forecast on a heavy hook-up between the Moon and stern Saturn in Scorpio? I promise the day will feel much lighter as the day progresses — and definitely once the Moon enters Sagittarius later this evening…enjoy.  And if you want to know how your horoscope will be affected by next week’s Cardinal Grand Cross a.k.a. the Cardinal Grand Square, I’m offering a special mini-consultation through the end of April — check it out.