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Friday 8/3/2018 & the Weekend: Mooooon in Taurus; Big Indulgences; Venus in Focus

TGIF!!

The me-me-me Aries Moon has been void since 10:52 PM ET last night…not to enter Taurus until 3:51 PM ET.  You know how much I love a weekend driven by the Taurus Moon’s need for material comfort and security. Raise a glass; get thee to the spa; indulge in sensual pleasures with your sweetie….and yes, some may go overboard over the next few days. Why? Because on Monday, the Leo Sun squares Jupiter, planet of wretched excess. If you liked February 9th and May 8th, you’ll love August 6th. Watch the headlines for bloated consumption and bombastic egos. That’s the downside. The upside would be a jolly good time. Cheers!

Meanwhile, women, art, money and social expression will become prominent in the headlines. Why? Because Venus is fast approaching the Aries Point as it traverses the last couple of degrees of Virgo and hits 0 Libra — also on Monday. Ooh — and look at this: Venus hits the Aries Point and Jupiter squares the Sun at exactly the same time — 7:28 PM ET. Hmm. An excuse to buy a few lottery tickets, perhaps? Ya never know….especially if you have a planet or angle around 14 degrees of Scorpio, Leo, Aquarius or Taurus. Don’t know if that’s you? Well, good heavens, book an appointment with your astrologer and find out. That’s what I’m here for. Sheesh!

Oh, but I got ahead of myself.

There is no void on Saturday to deter your shopping sprees. On Sunday, the Moon will be void for only two hours — between 7:46 PM ET and 9:32 PM ET — no biggie. Then it enters Gemini, looking to be witty and clever with the latest rumor. I say “rumor” because Mercury is still retrograde. Don’t believe everything you hear! When in doubt, be silent!

No sleeping in on Monday. There is no Moon void to use as an excuse, and blaming it on Mercury retrograde is a tired cliche. In addition to the big story the Sun-Jupiter square suggests we’ll be reading about,  we’ll have the buzzzzzzz of rebel Uranus at a standstill, about to turn retrograde on TUESDAY at 12:49 PM ET. Watch for more stories of aviation, technology, innovation, geniuses, madmen, rebels, seismic activity and other shocks to the status quo.

Astrologers are like dentists. It’s good to check in with one every six months to a year. Plus, Mercury retrogrades are excellent times for REviewing your life with your astrologer.  Here’s the 411 on consultations.

And now, the news.

The pattern of the week — Mars in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus — is everywhere in the headlines. Fires, firearms, tech breakthroughs, reckless actions, cars, airplanes, even an astrology story or two:

Reflecting the extravagance of the upcoming Sun-Jupiter square: details of Paul Manafort’s spending habits, as his trial gets underway. Here’s another: “At P45’s hotel in New York, revenue went up this spring — thanks to a visit from big-spending Saudis”

Also big — and adding the prominence of Venus (art) approaching the Aries Point, with the REcovery potential of Mercury retrograde: “A small-town couple left behind a stolen painting worth over $100 million — and a big mystery,” reports WaPo….although the story of the recovered De Kooning in question was reported way back in the fall of 2017. Meanwhile,

UPDATE: on P45. Just in time for a measurement exact on August 19th between Mercury (mindset) and Uranus (disruption), Omarosa Manigault’s tell-all tome will be released on August 14th. The title: “Unhinged” — an apt reflection of the downside potential of Mercury-Uranus connections. Why else would P45 tell an audience (last night), that he was 15 minutes early for tea with Queen Elizabeth…when all the world saw it live on tape that he was the one who kept Her Majesty waiting?  When was the last time you read George Orwell’s 1984?

UPDATE: Marianne Williamson, whose horoscope I haven’t written about since 2012. She’s apparently “exploring a run for president in 2020.” With transiting Uranus supercharging her Capricorn Moon this year, we can appreciate why she’d be fired up about making something happen — whatever it takes.  Ms. Williamson was certainly on to something in her open letter to Hillary Clinton, published before Mrs. Clinton announced her presidential run. And we see other patterns in her horoscope reflecting a need to expand on a vision and get the message out there in 2019. We also see patterns requiring no small amount of discipline and focus.

Well? What pleasantries will you allow yourself to indulge in this weekend, hmm?

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Friday 1/6/2017 & the Weekend: Fast & Furious; Power Plays and Such

TGIF!!

So. How did the past two days of a fast and furious Aries Moon, supercharged by power player Pluto and disruptive Uranus, treat you? Get much done? Shake things up? Well, there’s more of that raging fire until the late afternoon. Channel it into something positive — or take it out at the gym. The me-me-me Aries Moon goes void at 1:41PM ET and enters earthy Taurus at about a quarter past three,  seeking to fulfill its mission of building material comfort and security.

Oh, if the Taurus Moon agenda were only that easy. A weekend of fine wine, food, music and a snuggle with your sweetie in flannel sheets would be a Taurus dream, backed by a fat bank account. Go for it. But be aware that first we must get through the 1:41 AM ET meet-up of power maven Pluto and the Sun in Capricorn, the fallout of which will likely be felt through the weekend.

And then we must realize that Mercury is once again slowing to a dead stop, about to turn DIRECT on SUNDAY at 4:43AM ET. So triple check and triple check again all communication and travel plans. And remember that Mercury will be hovering at the very end of sloppy Sagittarius until the Full Moon on THURSDAY, bringing communication about all things foreign to prominence, along with boundary-pushing opinions and traffic and travel plans.

Finally we must keep in mind that the intense buzz of TUESDAY’S challenge between rebel Uranus and the Sun may be reflected in upsets and tension you could cut through with a knife. And that emotions are on the rise, given that aforementioned waxing Moon.

There is no Moon void to deter your comforting material purchases on SATURDAY. However, the Moon will be void as of 9:23PM ET — and won’t enter Gemini until SUNDAY at 5:06AM ET. Snuggle and enjoy the snow, if it’s falling near you. Take it slow on Sunday, given Mercury’s change of station. No sleeping in on MONDAY –but still, take it slow —  and note your dreams upon waking, given that the Moon will be activated by visionary Neptune. It’s gonna be some week.

And now, the news.

Fast and furious indeed over the past few days, with that “Ready! Fire! Aim!” quality of an Aries Moon (as astrologer Rick Levine likes to say).

Venus is in Pisces and this weekend, it meets up with a point many astrologers call the South Node. Venus in Pisces suggests compassion for all living things, secure in the wisdom that LOVE IS ALL and ALL ARE ONE. Venus also refers to the feminine. The South Node suggests destruction. Throw everything that is Venus in Pisces under the bus, and marvel at the latest unpresidented development: “In Break With Precedent, All Obama Envoys are Denied Extensions Past Inauguration Day” — and while we’re at it, let’s have the Speaker of the House announce that Planned Parenthood will be defunded (if he has anything to say about it), and let’s have a U.S. Senator (Mike Enzi) submit a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act without any replacement plan on the table. Venus in Pisces under the bus, supported by a falling-down-stairs-because-it’s-faster-than-walking Aries Moon — and underwritten by that power-mad Sun-Pluto in Capricorn, with a boundary-pushing macho thrust, courtesy of Uranus in Aries opposing Jupiter.

Meanwhile, you may have heard that Congressional leaders have said they are A-OK with funding the big fat wall on the U.S. – Mexican border — you know, the one Trump said he would make Mexico pay for. Who wants to buy my cool bridge in Brooklyn?

Compare the assault on Planned Parenthood to the status of women living in Nepal, where you’re considered impure if you are menstruating or have just given birth. Thus you must remove yourself to a freezing cold hut and hope you don’t die from exposure — or worse, as a story on the NYT home page currently reports. It may be too much for the delicate senses of a staffer in Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA)’s office, who told a constituent caller that talking about menstruation in the context of a discussion about  defunding Planned Parenthood was “too graphic.” This  made news today, too. I wonder if Senator Toomey has a fainting couch in his office. I wonder if he thinks the U.S. is more advanced than Nepal.

Did you know that 17 of the Tweeter-in-Chief’s proposed cabinet picks have as much wealth among them as 43 million American households — the bottom third — of the “haves” barrel? It’s an apt reflection of one potential of “he who dies with the most toys wins” Pluto traveling through the back half of Capricorn.

Time for a more uplifting perspective: Tarot Diva Beth Owlsdaughter has posted a card reading — not for the week — but for the whole year. She writes so well!!

On Saturday, January 21st there will be marches all over the country, thanks to a Facebook post by one woman in Hawaii. Wow! Of course her name is Teresa Shook — as shaking up the status quo is so apt in these interesting times. Thank you, Uranus (shake ups) in Aries (individual), where one person can make a difference. So here’s a fun piece on the upcoming marches with input from Mercury retrograde:

At first I thought, “If only WaPo had consulted with an astrologer, she would have advised them to triple check everything before hitting ‘print.'” That’s the symbol for Mars/men, not Venus/women on that WaPo Express cover.  Oops. But now I think that WaPo should have said that the Mars symbol was intentional, because in astrology, Mars is the symbol for “action” and “courage,” and action and courage are what the women who are marching will be expressing! It’s not just a man thing, right?

Also apt for a Mercury retrograde: in France, workers now have a legal right to disconnect from office email after business hours.

UPDATE on Adolf Hitler: less than a month ago I noted that his horoscope suggested “electrifying thought and a fresh start” in matters of mindset and communication. Guess what book has become a bestseller in Germany –– or so we learned this week?  Mein Kampf! The horoscope lives forever — and you can read more on that subject in a piece I wrote for The Mountain Astrologer.

The story about the Russians — and specifically, Vladimir Putin — influencing the U.S. election continues to develop., with the declassification of an intelligence report this afternoon. Earlier today, Congress certified the Electoral College’s presidential vote — but let the record show that 11 members of Congress voiced challenges on grounds including Russian interference, electors not meeting requirements of their own state constitutions; Voting Rights Act violations and more. What more did they need? The support of one senator — and they didn’t have it.

A popular horoscope for modern Russia gives birth data as follows: 1:45PM on June 12, 1990 in Moscow. It’s fascinating to see its Sun at 21 degrees of Gemini, making it conjunct Trump’s 22 Gemini Sun and opposite his 21 Sagittarius Moon. Remember how 22 Gemini-Sagittarius was illuminated in last month’s Full Moon, and how many other current newsmakers have planets and angles at those 22 Mutable degrees?

Trump, President Obama (Virgo Mars), Hillary Clinton (Pisces Moon), Mitt Romney (Pisces Sun), the United States (Mars and Neptune), James Comey (Sun, Pluto), Mike Pence (Gemini Mercury and possibly Gemini Moon), Stephen Bannon (Gemini Jupiter). Everyone noted here will be experiencing the first of three sobering hits from transiting Saturn at 22 Sagittarius, starting in January….then again in June and October.

So now we add Russia’s horoscope to the mix — and note that Russia will also get it  from all angles when Saturn hits its 24 degree Gemini Midheaven and its 26 Virgo Ascendant three times in 2017. We also note that Russia has been on  a potent expansion of power and resources, with transiting Pluto opposing Jupiter, ruler of Russia’s 4th House — it’s territory — from 2014 — 2016.  So we see the potential for the expansion of territory! In April 2017, we see the third hit of  potentially surprising disruptions in territorial concerns, as transiting Uranus squares Saturn — the co-ruler of Russia’s 4th House. This pattern began last summer.  This third hit will coincide with a measurement suggesting significant communications and thinking about its status and image. Should be an interesting spring, for many more reasons I haven’t gotten around to listing here. Stay tuned!

Wouldn’t you like to know how current planetary patterns are creating opportunity for you in your own personal world? Or in the personal worlds of your children or your significant other? There are so many ways astrology can be used to help you live life better. Check out the types of consultations and reports I have to offer and let’s plan to talk soon. We will have a fine discussion together.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 8/7/2015 & the Weekend: Debate Fallout; Art Heist Breakthrough; Jon Stewart

Alllll-riiighty then!

Spending way too much time this AM skimming the headlines in the wake of last night’s “debate” — did you watch? Not too much boat-rocking, I thought — overall, kinda meh — pretty much as anticipated in yesterday’s forecast (even the monthly Jobs Report released today was called “boring”).

Donald Trump pulled focus right from the start, as expected. Perhaps his most important statement — and true to the in-your-face potential of someone with Moon in opinionated Sagittarius, as well as a provocative Mars in Leo on the ASC —  was that he’d given money to almost every man on that stage (and other politicians offstage). He made it clear he felt he’d gotten a return on his investment.

As it turns out, Mr. Trump’s statement was an exaggeration, according to the fact-checkers at the Washington Post. Well, if you had transiting Jupiter sitting on your Ascendant, you’d probably project a larger-than-life image, too.  But this list and article published in the NYT earlier this week are not exaggerations at all.  The article begins:

Fewer than four hundred families are responsible for almost half the money raised in the 2016 presidential campaign, a concentration of political donors that is unprecedented in the modern era.

How does that make you feel? Part of the wake-up potential of the Uranus-Pluto square – especially as it impacts the US horoscope – is to understand how power and resources are concentrated in the world. Because the square happened in the action-oriented signs of Aries and Capricorn, there is a higher probability that action will be taken on that awareness.

Oh what a “coincidence”. Here’s a sneak peek at a Sunday NYT op-ed entitled “Capitalists, Arise: Why We Need to Deal with Income Inequality”. Or else. The author is writing a book on the death of the middle class.

Anyhoo….

About today and the weekend. Mercury leaves Leo for Virgo at 3:15PM ET, a most excellent place for Mercury to be. Mercury rules Virgo, and the sorting and analyzing needs of Virgo make for an efficient, earthy and detail-oriented mindset. If there is a downside, it is that Mercury in Virgo can be hypercritical under stress, and worry that is NEVER perfect. We can expect mindset and communication to reflect these qualities until August 28th.

Moon goes void for just one hour early Saturday (12:40AM ET) and then shifts gears into versatile chatterbox Gemini. There’s no Moon void to ruin your yard sales purchases, though luxury and aesthetic items may have a higher price tag, given that Venus is retrograde. Music and other soulful/spiritual rarefied escapes are favored Saturday night, as Mercury is challenged by nebulous Neptune. That’s good, because I just scored tix to a show!

Another shift Saturday is Mars, planet of action. It leaves Cancer for Leo at 7:33PM ET. This is viewed as an improvement by astrologers of the traditional persuasion, as the ego drive of Mars functions more effectively in drama king/queen Leo. We can expect the headlines to reflect a need for dramatic, show-stopping, regally entitled displays — boosting the Sun, Venus and Jupiter  — also in Leo.  That’s a lot of fire, too — with Uranus also in Aries, another Fire Sign. August is looking hot!

Mars will be in Leo until September 25th.

Sunday is quiet, as the Gemini buzz continues, aided by innovative input from Uranus. Feel free to think outside the box; gather with your most unconventional friends.

No sleeping in on Monday.

And now, more news and such.

First, a fun website that may help you with your review of your financial strategy — so perfect during Venus retrograde. Here’s an interesting way for your spare change to add up — have you heard of Acorns? Second, some helpful hints that may serve you well at networking events. Minding your manners is critical during Venus retrograde periods.

Here’s an interesting blast from the past involving art, another Venus matter. It concerns new information on the staggering and  as-yet-unsolved heist at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 25 years ago. The original NYT piece is here. We actually have an exact time for the moment the heist began: 1:24AM on March 18, 1990. If this were the horoscope for a person, we would immediately see the potential for revelations and a dramatic change of status. There are a number of significant arcs and transits to the angles of the horoscope, as well as several planets. We will see more on this story for sure.

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Last night, Jon Stewart taped his final appearance as host of The Daily Show. His closing bit was steady and serious, reflecting the sobering, “get real” mindset of Saturn square Mercury (exact yesterday at 4:19PM ET). The Taurus Moon was reflected in a monologue on the subject of bulls**t, especially in the news. Taurus is the Sign of the Bull, and Saturn square Mercury suggests little tolerance for fluff and lies.

 “Did Jon Stewart Have a Serious Lesson for Journalists?” is the topic for today’s NYT feature Room For Debate. Earlier this week, the NYT put together a tribute to Mr. Stewart and a compilation of “9 Essential” Daily Show moments.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Sunday & Monday 9/22 -23/2013: Happy Autumnal Equinox!

As it turned out, I could not bring myself to pack my trusty laptop in my overnight bag for a sidetrip to Hakone; hence, no forecast. And if you ever make it as far as Tokyo, I hope you will take time to escape to this glorious mountain playground, carrying as little baggage as possible. Arriving at my riverside ryokan after a day’s trek via four different kinds of transportation (including a cable car over a sulfurous volcano), I felt like a character in one of the Dungeons & Dragons type role-playing computer games I indulged in during my “geek phase”.  This was back in the day when the plot of the computer game was way more developed than the graphics, and thus far more engaging than the gory (and ultimately tedious) 3-d displays of monster-slaughtering mayhem one apparently must suffer through in computer games now.

Back to the ryokan: it was built in the 17th century, and my spacious tatami-floored suite (!) included a private, open-air hot spring bath overlooking the aforementioned river….were you expecting an astrology forecast?   Oh, all right…

If this post is more focused on fantasy and sensual delights, I am guilty of being swayed by current planetary patterns. Moon moved into comfort-seeking Taurus at 6:33PM ET Saturday, and at 12:37AM ET on Sunday it made a delightfully escapist connection with rose-colored Neptune (I hope your “date night” was inspiring). Late morning hours (around 11AM ET) hold the potential for further emotional depth, with this caveat: a responsibility or serious subject rearing its head just before noon.

Sunday (ET) marks the last day of summer — the Sun is at the end of Virgo and will move into Libra at 4:44 PM ET Sunday and then…happy Autumnal Equinox…a perfect balance between day and night.

The first day of each season is especially powerful. We are immediately alerted to the likelihood of change and the beginning of a new cycle. These days are prominent, noticed and in some cultures even celebrated (it’s a national holiday here in Japan).  The astrological signs that mark the seasons are Aries (spring), Cancer (summer), Libra (fall) and Capricorn (winter). Thus if you are born on or near the first day of those signs, or you have a planet or angle within the first two degrees of those signs, you will likely have a drive to be noticed in whatever areas of your life that planet signifies.

Libra is a airy, mental sign, generally concerned with relationships, social graces and with promoting fairness, justice and balance. This does not mean Librans are balanced; it means they generally are seeking balance and are quite capable of swinging back and forth wildly as they search for it. As sweet as Libra can be, they are not marshmallows. The term “iron fist in a velvet glove” often applies.

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More about Sunday: more pleasurable indulgences — or overindulgences — can be facilitated by an opposition between the earthy Taurus Moon and loving Venus in depth-seeking Scorpio this evening at 7:41PM ET. If you’re a night owl, however, be advised that a potential clash of wills may ensue some time after midnight, as the Moon is challenged by ardent Mars in regal Leo.

At 3:13AM ET, Moon goes void of course for 24 hours — until 3:34AM ET on Tuesday, suggesting that Monday will be a bust. Stick to what is routine, chill out and roll with whatever twist crop up in your efforts to move forward in a straight line.

Planetary patterns are relatively quiet on Tuesday and Wednesday, with two exceptions. First, a stubborn challenge between loving Venus and action-hero Mars that can ignite sparks between the sexes. This square is exact on Saturday morning at 9:32AM ET, but aspects are often felt before they make exact contact. The other potentially volatile pattern is the Libra Sun’s approaching engagement with the never-ending disruptive Uranus-Pluto square, exact between October 1st and 3rd, but surely reflected in world events between now and then. Y’know, like a possible government shutdown in the U.S.,  engineered by our noble elected representatives…now that could be disruptive.

And speaking of disruptive, ruthless Pluto turned direct last Friday at 11:27AM ET, suggesting a potent and potentially destructive release of underground energies, as reflected in headlines over the weekend. Consult the home page of the New York Times for details. Finally, because reading stories about food stamp programs being slashed and other violent massacres around the world is sometimes more than the average mind can handle, I offer  this note from the world of physics that “challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental concepts of reality….” Will it change your perspective of current events?

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 8/26/2013: Realizing the Dream

A day of inspired vision, celebrating and/or demanding the expression of unconventional and liberating social/financial/artistic mores. Also known as more of the same from yesterday. The Moon is still in steady, material comfort and security-seeking Taurus, where it has been since Sunday at 9:13AM ET. Without going into all the details of the supportive aspects to mental Mercury and Venus (money, art, social expression, women), today and tomorrow are most excellent days to do just about anything. And the rest of the week isn’t bad, either. Move forward on your efforts to build and maintain your empire.

Major aspects exact today include rebel Uranus opposing Venus at 1:56PM ET (unconventional social expression demanding freedom) and dreamy Neptune in soulful Pisces opposing the practical, perfection-seeking Virgo Sun at 9:43PM ET. These are perfect aspects to help you celebrate Women’s Equality Day, noted here with style and flair by NYT columnist Gail Collins. Other dreams worth celebrating include yesterday’s  50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, which helped bring about critical voting and civil rights legislation in the mid-60s, during the Uranus-Pluto conjunction. It is no coincidence that now, during the Uranus-Pluto square, these issues of civil rights and participation in the legislative process would be back in the headlines.

Not all dreams are worth celebrating, but made the news nonetheless. “Ignoring Qualms, Some Republicans Nurture Dreams of Impeaching Obama” read one in the Times. Maureen Dowd has more on this story. Meanwhile, a woman with a status quo-disrupting and arguably more noble cause is also in the news: Muriel Siebert, “a determined trailblazer for women on Wall Street” passed away over the weekend. Isn’t it fascinating that this news would hit the wires on an highly-charged aspect among Venus (women, money), rebel Uranus and ruthless, power-wielding Pluto?

In Siebert’s obit, she is noted for her “brash attitude” and once explained her strategy for dealing with obstacles as: “I put my head down and charge.” Wanna take a guess as to what we’ll find when we look at her birthday, September 12, 1932 in Cleveland, OH? (Use a noon chart; no time of birth is available). Start with Sun in Virgo, Moon in humanitarian Aquarius, needing to be socially significant. Add a ruthless, charging conjunction between aggressive Mars and ruthless Pluto in Cancer (finance) in a tough-as-nails opposition to patriarchal Saturn…all of which is squared by rebel Uranus! Frost with a visionary hook-up among mental Mercury, expansive Jupiter and rose-colored Neptune — thinking big and ahead of her time.

And while we’re celebrating Women’s Equality Day (which also happens to be Geraldine Ferraro’s birthday), on a Venus-Uranus opposition and on a day with Neptune (ruler of intangibles and illusions, including photography) so prominent, how cool is it to see this article about women photographers in the Middle East post on the NYT homepage moments ago?

Moon voids for the week: a ten minute void on Tuesday no one will notice; Thursday from 12:44AM ET to 7:33AM on FRIDAY — that’s a long one; plan accordingly.

 

 

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 10/2/2012: A Day of Crystalline Vision

A productive day for organizing and giving form to your cherished vision, so get up, get going and make the most of it. Sure, the Moon is now in sensual Taurus, which is often inclined to linger or dawdle in whatever material security it has created. But you can also use this energy to lay down key building blocks and crystallize connections. Go for it. Venus, which rules Taurus and Libra (where the Sun is right now), is in a supportive connection with stabilizing Saturn, which is why I suggest you can make something real out of the rose-colored fog those who are less conscious may be in (see yesterday’s forecast for details suggesting that planetary pattern).

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 8/8/2012: Slow and Steady

Writing this with the Moon void-of-course in Aries, looking for some good headlines to illustrate the confusion that often accompanies a day when Mercury (mind, communication) is at a standstill…about to turn direct (at 1:40AM ET). Here’s a fun one about miscommunication: would you hire this guy? Take it slow and steady, as our brains adjust to Mercury’s forward motion. As with yesterday, pay extra special attention in all areas of travel and communication.

Once the Moon enters Taurus at 3:28AM ET, the need of the day is to establish and/or preserve material security…probably in a dreamy-stuck-spacey kind of way. I say this because loving Venus, which rules Taurus is making an ethereal connection to nebulous Neptune, which will be exact on Thursday at 6:36PM ET. Get out your rose-colored glasses again, and you could enjoy a cotton candy-colored escape. This can be a productive few days for artists and healers…or anyone seeking seeking a sweet soulful connection (Venus -Neptune) you can actually wrap your arms around (Moon in sensual, material Taurus). An easy connection to Moon from “resistance is futile” Pluto adds emotional depth to the mix.

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 3/26/2012: A Heart Makes Headlines

You can toddle on off to work, fueled by today’s reigning need: to keep things as they are or otherwise preserve and/or establish material security. That is the prime directive of the Moon in Taurus. “Toddle” is a great work for Taurus, too — as the toddler phase of our own development corresponds to this sign. When we are toddlers, we become aware of that we are separate from other things and people. We become aware of possessions — and we cling to them stubbornly, as in “MINE!!!”  or “NO!!!” Have you ever tried to take a toy away from a two-year-old? Taurus is the toddler of the zodiac. Give them something good to eat, a nice warm blanket and a hug and they’re happy. Right?

No exact planetary aspects today, save for a happy connection between that Moooooon and Venus, planet of  love, beauty, women and money. Enjoy the relative quiet today, as it will get busier.  The headline act happens on Thursday and features a power play, corruption exposed and/or other news from underground (volcanoes & other seismic activity, for instance), suggested by ruthless Pluto squaring the Sun. As with aspects involving the outer planets (Pluto, Neptune and Uranus), we may see manifestations a few days before they are exact.

Your Moon void alerts for the week: Tuesday 12:35AM – 6:43AM ET; Thursday 2:05PM – 7:07PM ET. If you don’t know what a Moon void is — also known as a void-of-course Moon — you’ll find a link to a helpful explanation in the forecast that was posted last Friday.

And now, the news. You may recall from Friday’s forecast that Sun’s annual hook-up with rebel Uranus, disruptor of the status quo, was likely to present “volatility and a few surprises”. Certainly that’s what happened in the world I was watching, which happened to be the stock market. Ready for this? A high-frequency stock exchange called BATS (gotta love the name) launched its IPO Friday morning, clearly without the input of an astrologer. At 10:57AM, with nebulous Neptune casting a fog in charts cast for both New York and Kansas City (where BATS is based), the stock of Apple, “the highest-profile company in the world”,  suddenly plunged 9% — and trading on Apple was halted. What the heck happened? Minutes later it was learned that one trade of 100 shares made on the BATS stock exchange — erroneously — was the culprit. And it  just got worse for BATS as the day progressed, as a technical glitch was ultimately blamed.  At the end of the day  — in an epic FAIL — BATS canceled its IPO — http://www.cnbc.com/id/46836415  We can all profit from the moral of the story: there are certain risks when launching a sophisticated tech operation with technical glitch-prone Mercury retrograde, trigger-happy Mars retrograde, and a general backdrop of surprises, volatility and information overload suggested by an intense hook-up among Mercury (retrograde in Pisces, at the prominence-seeking Aries Point), and  Sun-Uranus in impulsive Aries

Speaking of sophisticated tech operations, another reflection of Sun-Uranus hook-up, exact at 2:21 PM ET on the 24th, was Dick Cheney’s heart transplant making front page news. Why? Because in the language of astrology, the Sun refers to life force and also the heart. Uranus refers to technology, technological breakthroughs, innovation, invention. In Dick Cheney’s horoscope (Jan 30 1941 at 7:30 PM in Lincoln, NE), we can see that the heart could be a potential health concern, as astrological symbols referring to the heart and critical illness are under high tension. We can also see that right now, Dick Cheney is experiencing an upheaval in areas related to physical health and his foundation, augmented by the good fortune and expansion suggested by the return of Jupiter to its natal placement in Cheney’s chart. And on March 25th, Cheney’s horoscope featured technogeek Uranus exactly opposing the North Node, suggesting “meetings with unusual people pay off; sudden relationship”. Receiving a new heart from a stranger does sound like the beginning of a sudden relationship. Coincidence or conspiracy?

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 1/4/2012: Keep Calm & Carry On



Read yesterday’s forecast for thoughts on Moon in Taurus, where it remains today. Did you notice a strong shift Monday around 5PM ET, when the Moon left fast-paced Aries for the sign of the Bull? I did hear from some readers that they were feeling “stuck”…which is not surprising, given the Taurean need to preserve the status quo (or whatever is most comfortable).

A  dynamic connection to the Moon from Mars as I am typing this now at 11:38AM ET, suggests the potential for an easy flow of productivity to carry you through the day.

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 12/6/2011: Happiness is a Warm Blanket

Moon in Taurus, as of 9:34AM ET needs to keep things as they are, especially in areas of material comfort and security. An optimistic hook-up between Moon and Jupiter, the cosmic sugardaddy — exact at 11:38AM — clings to the bright side. Meanwhile, a lovely connection between Moon and perspicacious Pluto supports depth and resourcefulness. Enjoy your material comforts today: wine, women (or men) and song; good food, a massage or a nice warm Snuggie.

So much for Standard & Poor’s (a ratings agency) threatening to downgrade the credit ratings of most of Europe yesterday. http://www.cnbc.com/id/45567035 So far the markets have not plummeted in response; in fact, they are stubbornly clinging to optimism and stability. So there.