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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 4/3/2014: The Buzz About Rebels and Power Plays

A slow start to the early morning, for those of you up and about between 2:43AM and 7:48AM ET, when the sensual and/or stubborn Taurus Moon is void-of-course. Make sure you grind your coffee beans before you pour hot water over them. Otherwise roll with any twists that may arise in your efforts to move forward in a straight line.

At 7:48AM ET, the Moon ingresses into Gemini, driving the day with chatty, mental energy that needs to inform and be informed. Who’s the smartest kid in the room? Some guy with Moon in Gemini, hoping you’ll notice his clever way with words and find him ever-so-entertaining. Use this day to buzz through your to-do list, noting the potential dreamy, spacey vibe that settles in around 7:58PM ET, when the Moon is squared by nebulous Neptune. That may put a confusing spin on some of your communications. Try going non-verbal in an evening of music, creativity, healing and other spirited pursuits.

And now, the news.

As noted in prior forecasts, between yesterday’s disruptive hook-up between the Aries Sun and rebel Uranus and this morning’s (4:39AM ET) square between the Sun and ruthless Pluto, a power play involving resources — as in, who’s got it; who doesn’t — was expected. Could we be less surprised by yesterday’s Supreme Court 5-4 decision striking down “a decades-old cap” on the total amount any individual can contribute to federal candidates in a two-year election cycle”. NYT columnist Gail Collins wasn’t surprised, writing about it with her usual chipper spin.  Wanna buy a political candidate? You might not be able to afford one, but last weekend in Las Vegas, four prospective presidential nominees went to Las Vegas to meet with one man who can.

Meanwhile, there’s more “news from underground,” as anticipated. A volcano in Peru that had been dormant for about 40 years has erupted, after rumbling back to life last September (right around the last exact Uranus-Pluto square). Chile is experiencing aftershocks after an 8.2 quake occurred on Tuesday. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Finally, in the spirit of the ruggedly individualistic, eccentric and rebellious breath of fresh air suggested by Tuesday’s Sun-Uranus conjunction in me-me-me Aries, check out this story — currently the second most-emailed on the NYT website. Dr. John Kitchin is a man who made seismic changes late in life,” ditching a career as a successful neurologist for a simple life by the beach. Now, he spends his days in a rollerblading state of meditation, and he’s never been happier. What’s the deal? Is he nuts? The reader comments on this article are fascinating. Some applaud his convention-defying lifestyle; others judge him harshly. Why is that? What do you think?

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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 2/12/2014: Saturn Square Sun in the News; Shirley Temple Black RIP

The emotional security-seeking Cancer Moon goes void of course as of 5:51AM ET — and doesn’t enter Leo, the next sign, until 2:15PM ET. This suggests a twist or delay in your morning routine. Sometimes it’s as flaky as pouring water over coffee beans you forgot to grind beforehand, or having the waitress at the diner greet you with a cheerful “Good Morning!” when it’s 3 in the afternoon. Sometimes it’s sleeping through your alarm (especially with Mercury retrograde); fortunately, that kind of minor transgression is usually of no consequence during a void.

The only caveat I have with this morning’s Moon void is that it begins on a challenge between the sensitive, moody Moon and willful Mars. Waking up on the wrong side of the bed, perhaps? A little case of road rage? Be mindful in your morning commute…resist any temptation to engage in a scuffle or battle of words…otherwise, enjoy whatever wandering detour that may present itself.

The Moon’s ingress into Leo after 2PM ET finally gets the day in gear — likely noticeably so. Leo is a festive, playful energy that needs to shine and let others shine, too — even if it can be a totally bombastic drama queen on occasion.  It should lift any heaviness some may have felt during Tuesday’s heavy Sun-Saturn square. Party on, dudes!

Another planetary shift happens at 10:30PM ET. That’s when mental Mercury backs out of intuitive, empathic Pisces and into cerebral, innovative Aquarius, where it will remain until March 18th. Here’s to thinking out of the box for the next few weeks…

And now, the news.

Yesterday’s heavy duty Sun-Saturn square was reflected in at least one positive action by Congress yesterday, when this illustrious body actually raised the debt ceiling without conditions…at least until March 2015. Wow. Way to get serious — much to the dismay of the Tea Party, apparently. Thinking about the Tea Party — which did so well in the 2010 elections — made me wonder if Governor Chris Christie was first elected to office in 2010. Why? Because Venus was retrograde in November 2010, and there’s a greater than average risk of electing a candidate who later proves to be entirely unsuitable — a coyote date, if you will. And guess what? Chris Christie was indeed elected governor in November 2010. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Here’s another positive story along the Sun-Saturn sobering theme: a study just released about what make older people happy (and how it differs from what younger folks value). Not surprisingly, emotional and homeland security are tied in — thank you, Moon in Cancer. And Saturn refers to older people, doncha know…

Another heavy story — released on a day with Moon in Cancer disrupted by the Uranus-Pluto square — is about a vast study  “casting doubt on the value of mammograms”.  Cancer rules the breasts. Also heavy: Shirley Temple Black, the “darling of the Depression” (Saturn refers to depression) —  passed away on Monday night. I was surprised to read this in her New York Times obituary, especially in light of the story on mammograms hitting the headlines on the same day:

After winning an honorary Academy Award at the age of 6 and earning $3 million before puberty, Shirley Temple grew up to be a level-headed adult. At a time when operations for cancer were shrouded in secrecy, Mrs. Black held a news conference in her hospital room after her mastectomy to discuss her experience and to urge women discovering breast lumps not to “sit home and be afraid.” She is widely credited with helping to make it acceptable to talk about breast cancer.

Shirley Temple Black’s horoscope has Sun in Taurus and Moon in Gemini. This is a solid energy that needs to diversify, be clever, informed, intense and entertaining. Her Sagittarius Ascendant suggests a certain righteousness and need to express opinions. The gamboling/gambling spirit of the Sagittarius Ascendant (think of it as a first impression), is tempered by stern Saturn — suggesting a serious authority driving an expansive and meticulous ambition. See how those planetary patterns are expressed in this clip from the  film Curly Top, in which Shirley Temple has some serious opinions about animal crackers — presented in an informed, intensely entertaining Moon-in-Gemini way. Really, look at the authority in that tiny tot’s face. Does she mean business or what? RIP.

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 3/1/2012: The 411 on Moon-in-Gemini

A challenge to your New Moon agenda may have been building all through the day yesterday,  reflected by the First Quarter Moon, exact at 8:21PM ET. What was that pressing need for information all about (Moon in Gemini)? Did it cause tension with others who were more moved by silence, intuition and/or the energy to effortlessly go with the flow (Sun in Pisces)?

Case in point: yesterday Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke presented his take on the state of the economy to Congress — and he seemed to feel that things were improving faster than expected. With stock markets hitting highs not seen in years, you’d think that would inspire a buying spree; in fact, just the opposite happened. Markets around the world fell to session lows, as analysts scrambled to figure out why. Their eventual conclusion: “it wasn’t what (Bernanke) said; it was what he didn’t say” that caused traders to take action and sell. Would you believe that Ben Bernanke is an extremely optimistic Sagittarius with Moon in dreamy, go with the flow, intangible Pisces?

A charged buzz remains in the air today as Moon continues in Gemini, needing to inform and be informed. Pick up the phone; write the proposal; take that meeting. Information is key to Moon in Gemini’s sense of emotional security. If you have Moon in Gemini, you know what I mean. Ask  Moon in Gemini how it feels. “Let me think about it”.  If you’re involved with someone with Moon in Gemini, now you understand what they need.

Tomorrow, words and actions are likely to be sharper and more impulsive, with patience at a premium. That’s because mental Mercury moves into Aries Friday at 6:41AM ET and we all move closer to Saturday’s opposition between action-oriented Mars and the Sun.  Today, with Mercury at the very end of Pisces, we have a softer, more intuitive approach to thoughts and communication — if that’s what you need.

Speaking of Mercury — it turns retrograde on March 12 at 3:49AM ET. BACK UP YOUR COMPUTER NOW. And no whining! The week of the 12th also features a Grand Trine — a triangular pattern — among Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Pluto that in traditional astrology is regarded as a sign of great luck and abundance in a horoscope. Certainly the days leading up to this pattern can be wonderfully productive. You’ll feel the potential ease of it more personally if you were born 7 to 12 days into the signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn or Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, as will anyone with a planet or point at 8-10 degrees of any sign.

To be continued…

***P.S. The information the traders allegedly needed to hear was Mr. Bernanke indicating  that the Federal Reserve was ready to pump more money into the system in what is called quantitative easing. Don’t know what that means? There’s a straight explanation contained in this recent CNBC post — or if you prefer a more irreverent, skeptical take, the talking bears at Xtranormal have this to share:

Why does a blog about astrology include links like these? Because we are in a planetary cycle of upheaval and change in government and financial institutions, and it may be helpful to understand what all the fuss and debate will be about over the next few years. And because I have Moon in Gemini, and I need to keep you informed…

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 3/11/2011 and the Weekend: More on Uranus in Aries

The big news in the astrological world is the planet Uranus moving into Aries at 7:52PM EST today. Uranus is the shock to the system, the disruption to the status quo, genetic mutations, genius, innovation, technology…and yes, earthquakes are also connected to Uranus. And the last degree of Pisces/first degree of Aries is a highly sensitive, proactive placement (“the Aries Point) that tends to bring prominence to whatever planet is sitting on it. And with all the build-up and buzz in the astrological community about this erratic planet completing an 84 year cycle and being “born again”, I’m not surprised to see a “megaquake” and a tsunami dominating the headlines today (“Huge Quake Trigger Tsunami Off Japan’s Coast”, for those living under a rock   Stunned and humbled by its magnitude, yes. But surprised — no.

It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned this, but now would be an excellent time to check the supplies in the emergency kits I know you keep in your home, office and in your car. You do have these kits handy, don’t you? First aid, fresh water and batteries, duct tape — those sorts of things. And don’t say “it can’t happen here” – in the past several months we’ve had tornadoes in Queens and blizzards in Atlanta. We live in exciting times –please plan accordingly.

Expect an absolute buzz of information today. Moon is in chatty Gemini, determined to keep us informed. If it’s too much for your system, eat some potatoes. That’s actually an old wives’ remedy for staying grounded during an eclipse, but it can’t hurt here. Saturday the Gemini vibe continues, introducing the first challenge to your New Moon agenda, which involves devising a strategy for a sense of belonging — and determining exactly to whom and to where.

Sunday may be emotionally challenging. Moon will be in home security-loving Cancer as of 10:29AM EST, after a measly 75 minute void/time out. It gets a jolt from Uranus in the AM and a potentially moody bastard power play from Pluto in the late evening hours…and in between that we’ll see a challenge to Mercury (mind, communication, travel) in impulsive, feisty Aries from ruthless, cut-to-the-quick Pluto.  I urge you to count to ten before you let loose with words that can’t be taken back. Watch for scenarios of words gone wild in the headlines, as well as more revelations on corruption in the system, “my way or the highway” stances and/or cuts straight to the core. Can we all see clearly now?

Thanks to all who listened to “Get Real” with Shaman Durek on Indie 103.1 last night. I’m thrilled to be invited back on the show next Thursday — it’s so much fun taking calls and talking about astrology!  That means I’ll be extending my stay in Los Angeles for a few more days. If you’d like to book an in-person consultation in LA, operators are standing by. I’ll post a link to last night’s broadcast shortly : )