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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 12/17/2013: Full Moon in Gemini; Rebels (Uranus) in the News

A superbuzzed Moon in mercurial Gemini waxed Full at 4:28AM ET, then promptly went void with a sigh. That gives us almost nine hours of time to absorb whatever illumination we received on the projects launched a couple of weeks ago. If there’s a slow start to your morning routine — or an odd twist — or a crisis that crops up that turns out to be much ado about nothing, it’s a typical Moon-void experience.  You’ll feel the pull of this Full Moon more personally if you have planets or angles at 26 degrees of Gemini, Pisces, Sagittarius or Virgo.

The day will feel more “in gear” once the Moon enters Cancer at 1:17PM ET. The Moon rules Cancer, so this is generally a comfortable placement. It suggests a need to focus on emotional security — home, family, Mom & apple pie — and tonight that focus may be rather dreamy, given a harmonious flow between the Moon and nebulous Neptune. Closer to midnight and into Wednesday morning, however, the sensitive Moon clashes with willful Mars (just before midnight) and then is challenged by the Uranus-Pluto square. Themes of empowerment and emancipation —  on the plus side; a jarring disruption  — on the down side. Those born with 8-12 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn in their horoscopes are likely to feel the jolts more than most.

There were plenty of disruptive headlines reflecting rebel Uranus in pioneering Aries turning direct today at 12:39PM ET, and I imagine we’ll see more after this forecast is posted. First, a federal judge is thinking that perhaps what the NSA is doing by indiscriminately collecting the phone records of everyone and their dog…well…it might be unconstitutional. Then Pope Francis replaced a very conservative U.S. cardinal on “a powerful Vatican committee” with a more moderate one. This action, says the NYT, “was taken by church experts to be a signal that Francis is willing to disrupt the Vatican establishment in order to be more inclusive.” Disrupt the establishment! Thank you, Uranus in Aries (square Pluto in “Establishment” Capricorn. And just last week, the Pope was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year — and the five runner-ups are all upstarts, too.

Yet another disruptor of the status quo making headlines is Sister Megan Rice, the 83-year-old nun who faces a possible 30 years in prison after “breaking into a sensitive nuclear facility to stage a protest.” An in-depth interview was published yesterday; she is due to be sentenced next month.

And OMG, how fitting can it be that Dennis Rodman is heading back to North Korea — the story just hit the wires. I could write a whole article about Rodman’s horoscope, but for now, here’s thumbnail sketch. Moon and Sun are both in Taurus — and doesn’t he look like a bull in that photo (see link to horoscope). This horoscope needs material security and we’d expect it to be quite conservative and resistant to change. But with rebel Uranus squaring his Taurus Sun, we’d expect him to also be quite unconventional and fiercely independent. Nebulous Neptune is right at the top of his horoscope — there’s the magnetism and bewildering aura. Who is this guy and what is he really about? His Capricorn Ascendant, along with a potent Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in the First House suggests a need for a bold statement of purpose and a need to be seen as someone who can make it happen. He means business — never mind the Neptune and Uranus razzle-dazzle. The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction is opposed by willful Mars in dramatic Leo, a placement that allows him no small sense of entitlement. The Mars-Jupiter connection suggests exuberance and an expansive application of will; the Mars-Saturn connection suggests discipline and the potential for frustration, rigidity or militancy.

Back in September I was fascinated to note transiting Saturn hooking up with Rodman’s Neptune and Midheaven. Saturn on the MC suggests being at “the top of one’s game”; Saturn to Neptune can be…weird. Puts his friendship with Kim Jong-un in perspective, doesn’t it? Next year Rodman’s Ascendant and Venus will be supercharged by the Uranus-Pluto square…and I mean all through 2014 and into 2015. I expect a dramatic change of identity perspective and a need for empowered social expression. His Mercury (mindset, communication) will be hooked up with nebulous Neptune in 2014 as well. This can be inspiring, creative or just really “out there”….this is a horoscope to watch over the next couple of years.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 10/25/2013: Revelations About Love; Mercury Retrogrrrrade Headlines

Good Morning!

And such a dreamy morning it may be, courtesy of the harmonious connection between the intense Scorpio Sun (life force) and nebulous Neptune in Pisces (illusions, spirits and other intangibles), exact at 6:41PM ET. Please refer to earlier posts this week for more on this rose-colored planetary pattern. Man, I could just float…gently down a stream…as we have six of ten planets in emotional Water signs today: Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and…

…the Moon, which continues its sojourn in Cancer, suggesting another day of focus on and fulfillment of home and emotional security needs. What can you do to nurture yourself and others today? Thoughts flow easily this morning — especially for those with an intuitive bent — how lovely for those on a creative or spiritual quest. It can all build to a burst of optimism by the end of the business day, as Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy, hooks up with the Moon at 4:31PM ET.

From then until 12:12pm ET on Saturday, the Moon will be void of course, offering a natural break in the action. Avid readers of this forecast know that when the Moon is void, it has a wandering, drifting energy, which we often experience as twists, delays or upsets in our efforts to move forward in a straight line. You may notice a lack of focus in those around you, such as a waitress who cheerfully says “Good Morning” when it’s three in the afternoon. There’s a higher potential for flake outs and space outs during voids, and even more so now with mental Mercury being retrograde. The good news is that if you’re the one flaking, it’s likely to be of little consequence. You’ll find more thoughts on Moon voids here.

You can bask in the afterglow of a rose-colored Friday night until 12:12PM ET on Saturday, when the Moon gets into gear in sunny Leo. This Fire sign needs to play, create and shine — often with a sense of royal entitlement. So here’s a little tip for dealing with any drama queens and kings you may encounter: let them know you love them, even if they are total strangers. This is especially true if you’re dealing with someone who was born with Moon in Leo; love is what they need, and the whole world is a much happier place when that need is fulfilled. Don’t believe me? Check out this fascinating, absolutely must-read piece called “10 Things You Might Not Know About Love”.  Interesting that it was originally published in January, on a day with the Moon in nurturing Cancer and the Sun in “I love you, but don’t take it personally” Aquarius.

Meanwhile, the Third Quarter Moon, suggesting a challenge to the agenda you set on the New Moon, is exact on Saturday at 7:40PM ET. Sunday morning dawns with a friendly, innovative connection between the Moon and rebel Uranus that can open minds and hearts to new and unusual attractions. A wet blanket may hit the headlines by 2:24PM ET, as stern Saturn in stubborn Scorpio challenges the equally fixed Leo Moon, with a potential communication clash ensuing around 7PM ET, courtesy of mental Mercury.

FYI: on Monday, the Leo Moon will be void from 8:26AM ET until 11:45PM ET, suggesting a slow start to the work week. Chill if you can.

And now, the news. We’re five days into Mercury retrograde, which is a most excellent time to FOCUS on what we are thinking and saying, and in terms of what is said, the less said, the better. Idle chatter and gossip often have greater consequences during Mercury retrogrades, and often times what is said is later proven false or embarrassing. My sense was that we’d see a lot of stories in the headlines along those themes, especially since the Sabian Symbol for this Mercury retrograde is 19 Scorpio: “a parrot listening and then talking.” To me, that’s an instant image of twittering blah blah blah. Here’s a direct link to Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee’s thoughts on 19 Scorpio — I highly recommend you get his book.

Here are a few related stories:

First, Jofi Joseph, a White House staffer who posted blah blah blah snarky remarks about Persons in High Places via an anonymous Twitter account was fired after an investigation identified him as the source. Second, Don Yelton, a North Carolina county precinct GOP chair resigned after The Daily Show aired a typically entertaining, incisive interview in which Mr. Yelton blithely expressed comments that were “offensive, uniformed, and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party,” according to a statement released by the Buncombe County GOP. Meanwhile, Twitter itself is making news. It just made a significant new hire and it set a price range for its “eagerly anticipated” upcoming IPO.

Have a wonderful weekend — and don’t forget to read the article about love, linked above. That one can change your life.

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 10/24/2013: A Dream Home with Moon in Cancer

OK, break’s over. The Moon is fully engaged in Cancer as of 11:36PM ET last night. This suggests a focus on building and maintaining emotional and home security needs: connecting with family, tending to your home and whatever else nurtures and nourishes. With Mercury retrograde, a REview of or REconnection with these needs may also be on the table. Dreams may have been especially vibrant upon waking,  courtesy of a lovely connection between the intuitive Moon and nebulous Neptune.

The morning and early afternoon have an easy flow, bathed in a rose-colored glow or fog, courtesy of the alignment between the Sun and Neptune discussed in yesterday’s forecast. By early evening on the East Coast, however, we can expect the weekly jolt, revelation and/or power plays that occurs when the Moon makes contact with the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square. You’ll feel this more personally  if you were born 9-10 days into Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn…or if you have a planet or angle at 9 degrees of those signs.  Don’t know where your planets are? Well, for heaven’s sake, make an appointment for a personal consultation and find out! Really, there’s too much going on in the cosmos, reflected in world events, to remain clueless about how it is likely to impact YOU.

So…yesterday as you know, the Moon was void of course for 27 hours, and there was a major sports event last night, a.k.a. Game 1 of the World Series. The supposedly red-hot St. Louis Cardinals went up against the Boston Red Sox and the Sox trounced the Cardinals, 8-1. The general rule of Moon voids is that in sports matches, we can expect upsets, twists and outcomes that favor the underdog. Here’s how the game was written up by the New York Times:

BOSTON — Errors, missed pop ups and fat pitches hardly seemed like the Cardinal Way. The St. Louis Cardinals had stormed into the World Series while priding themselves on this ideal of professionalism and strong fundamentals.

It made it all the more surprising when they figuratively tripped over their own feet Wednesday night, falling to the Red Sox, 8-1, in Game 1 of the World Series. Making matters worse, they also lost their star right fielder Carlos Beltran to injury…

Fascinating, isn’t it?

In other news, I’m seeing the disruptive and destructive potential of the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square, combined with the rarefied artsy-vibe of tomorrow’s Sun-Neptune alignment reflected perfectly in an art exhibition opening today at the Smithsonian called “Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950.” What perfect timing! Meanwhile, Germany is quite upset over a recent report alleging that the U.S. tapped into Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone, and Germany is not alone in its outrage. Given the upsets to the status quo suggested in the U.S. horoscope in mid-2014, it will be interesting to see how stories like these develop over the next year.

Following up on Monday’s forecast, JPMorgan Chase is making headlines as it faces another penalty for “turning a blind eye” to the Ponzi scheme run by its customer, Bernie Madoff. Can we expect another bold action from Chairman & CEO Jamie Dimon, reflecting the high tension happening in his horoscope? His Mars (planet of action) is under pressure from rebel Uranus through February of 2014, along with pressure to his Mercury (mindset, communication) from other planetary patterns. Here’s one possible brilliant maneuver we might see — this one involving taxpayer dollars and the “record fine” allegedly levied against the bank for its mortgage practices leading up to the 2008 financial crisis.

As we approach the fourth exact hit of the Uranus-Pluto square on November 1st, we can expect significant news involving aviation, nuclear energy, seismic events, revolution, transformation and the cosmos, just to name a few keywords associated with Uranus and Pluto. Here’s a story that hit yesterday about the cosmos: the discovery of a galaxy far, far away…

Peace out.

Don’t know where your planets are? Well, for heaven’s sake, make an appointment for a personal consultation and find out! Really, there’s too much going on in the cosmos, reflected in world events, to remain clueless about how it is all likely to impact YOU.

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 9/28/2013 & the Weekend: Storm Watch; Ted Cruz, Right on Schedule

Another day, another forecast in another time zone. Greetings from the Aloha State, and may I just say that if fate and/or travel fatigue ever leaves you vulnerable to a microbe-induced delirium, there are far worse places to experience it. The warm, nurturing breezes and equally warm, salty ocean — just steps away from a cozy cottage  — expedites the healing process. Huzzah! So let’s now examine the planetary potential of the weekend.

On Thursday, at least one person I know appears to have expressed the flaky potential of the early morning void of course Moon by wearing a pair of mismatched ballet flats to the office. Presumably clarity of focus returned around 3:24PM ET, when Moon entered Cancer, where it is now and will be until 3:57AM ET on Sunday. A Cancer Moon suggests an excellent period to focus on emotional and homeland security needs, e.g., creative projects involving the home, family and nourishment. A lovely connection between Venus and Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy, suggests enjoyment of abundance and jolly good cheer (the positive potential), or a bombastic and/or waspish emotional excess (negative potential), followed by a large credit card statement next month. Let’s all go for the positive, shall we?

Adding to the expansive atmosphere that spills over into Friday is the 3rd Quarter Moon, suggesting one last challenge to the agenda you set on the New Moon of September 5th. Recognize it; deal with it and be prepared for upsets, power struggles and emotional catharses on Friday morning, as the sensitive Cancer Moon engages with the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square.

Sparks could fly anytime between now and 9:32AM ET Saturday, as loving Venus in action-hero Mars square off. Stubborn, deep, emotional and dramatic are all possible expressions for this clash of polarities, and one obvious arena where this clash can be felt is between the sexes. Juicy and passionate, if you’re fortunate…

I will be in Los Angeles October 3rd – 12th and available for in-person consultations. Please contact me to schedule an appointment.

Sunday, after a void too brief to note, Moon enters drama queen Leo at 3:57AM ET, looking for more love or at least a party. Mental Mercury — a planet reflecting mindset and communication — dives into ruthless Scorpio at 7:38AM ET, adding more than the usual bite to what is thought and said. Please note that the closer we get to October 1st and 3rd, when the Libra Sun will make contact — first with powerful Pluto and then with erratic Uranus — the more intensity and volatility we will likely feel and see expressed in the headlines. This electrifying, transformative energy will be more personally experienced if you were born around the 30th of March, June, September and December…or if you have a planet or point around 9 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

So what did I miss over the past couple of days while in my microbe-induced delirium? Well, as noted in the last forecast, planetary patterns were rather light and the Moon was in blah-blah-blah information-junkie Gemini. Which fits rights in with a 21-hour blah blah blah performance by Senator Ted Cruz on the floor of the U.S. Senate, summarized here with the usual wit and charm by NY Times columnist Gail Collins.

Ted Cruz was born on a day that lives for prominence — December, 22, 1970 — in Calgary, Alberta-as-in-Canada-which-is-not-America, Canada, in case anyone wants to know. His Sun is at 0 degrees of Capricorn, which avid readers know is one of the focus-pulling Aries Points. Cruz’s Sun is squared by Pluto (power), also at an Aries Point. A Sun-Pluto square suggests a certain level of suppression experienced in the early home life.  Making up for lost time now, perhaps?

Current planetary patterns suggest efforts to attract attention for anything Senator Cruz has to say or think will continue to be met with success — for better or for worse — all through 2014. The never-ending Uranus-Pluto square will be making exact contact with Cruz’s potentially brilliant natal Mercury-Uranus square. We can expect plenty of unconventional outbursts in the area of communication from Senator Cruz, as his mind is super-charged with ambition. Note that when we first checked in with him  on February 18, 2013, stern Saturn was making a rather militant connection to his action-oriented Mars in stubborn Scorpio…and darned if that Saturn isn’t right back on top of Cruz’s super-aggressive need to take action using knowledge for the sake of power and control…just in time for his “filibuster”. Fascinating, eh? Cue Marvin K. Mooney now, please.

Please do check out the Feb 18th post linked above for valuable information on stern Saturn’s current voyage through Scorpio. You’ll begin to understand why so many stories about unsavory, nitty-gritty and/or down and dirty issues have been making news in recent months.

Last but not least – a reply to a reader who asked for more information on the food I enjoyed while at the ryokan in Hakone. No surprise at all that this request was made while the Moon was in material comfort-seeking Taurus and that the reply should be duly posted when the Moon is in nourishing Cancer. Well, dear Reader, my ryokan dinner was a dreamy shabu-shabu; my asa gohan (breakfast) included the following culinary delights: pickled daikon radish, pickled ume (plum), konjak (Japanese taro) w/miso sauce; kaga age (fried carrots and onions); beans and burdock salad; chicken tenders, okura and grated yam w/wasabi; natto (fermented soy beans with a slime-like consistency — not for the faint-hearted)…to be eaten with nori (seaweed); an onsen egg (soft-boiled egg cooked in hot spring water); aji no himono (a flattened, sundried and salted fish); tsumire soup (soup with minced fish balls). All beautifully presented in numerous teensy-tiny little ceramic plates and bowls. Oishii desu!

And just in case you haven’t heard:

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Thank you for reading this forecast!

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 8/2/2013 & the Weekend: Why the Meek Shall Inherit the Earth

Moon continues its drift in Gemini, needing to think and talk about everything. Gemini is an airy, mental sign that needs to inform and be informed. Just ask anyone with Moon in Gemini how they feel when they do not know something (on the rare occasions when that happens). Answer: insecure. And gawd forbid a Moon in Gemini should ever be perceived as boring. It needs to be seen as terribly clever and entertaining — and intensely so. How many of these smartypants-types will you encounter today?

Today’s only exact aspect is the sextile between “loving Venus and horny Mars,” as astrologer Rockie Gardiner would have said. Sextiles facilitate cooperation in relationships — as noted yesterday — and we’ve had a lot of them all week. The Gemini Moon is highly flexible, so you could use this day to work out a kink in a relationship, assuming you can’t plan a full-day Moon void escape. For inspiration, here’s a provocative new study that argues that selfish people are doomed to extinction; it’s the people who know how to be selfless, communicative and cooperative that will one day rule the world. Scientific proof that “the meek shall inherit the Earth”? Well, whaddaya know! Here is the Cliff Notes version of the article…and here is the paper written by the actual scientists, complete with charts and mind-boggling mathematical equations. Moon in Gemini NEEDS you to have access to ALL of this information!

Supporting that study is another study arguing that selfless people have stronger immune systems than self-indulgent hedonists…while this study argues that emotional experiences and states are passed down genetically, generation to generation. So now you know where your irrational fears might have come from. Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandma was simply being carried off by a Hun.

Horoscopes, by the way, can reveal much about one’s parents and grandparents, their personalities and the quality of the relationship you likely had with them. One day those scientists will catch up with us astrologers… ; )

There’s enough food for thought in those studies to carry you into the weekend, when the Moon will be in Cancer, shifting the focus to home, family and other core foundations. There are no Moon voids to deter your weekend shopping sprees . It’s all looking pretty lovely, with the usual caveats for upsets and power plays when the Cancer Moon is provoked by contact with the Pluto-Uranus square. That happens at 7:47PM ET Saturday and 1:37AM ET Sunday, respectively….which is when the emotionally-security focused U.S. will be closing its embassies in parts of the world. Sunday is also President Obama’s birthday.

In your own personal world, a brilliant, liberating,  independent and playful connection between the Leo Sun and rebel Uranus at 11:05AM ET Sunday puts its stamp on the entire weekend. Aim for new heights…including heights of awareness, consciousness and expression.