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Monday 8/28/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Houston & Other Horrorscopes

Good Morning!

Intense, deep, stubborn, controlling and wet — those are a few keywords for the Moon when it is in Scorpio, where it’s been since early Saturday. As of 5:38 AM ET, it’s also void of course — i.e., traveling without focused direction until it enters the next sign — Sagittarius — with a huge sigh of relief. That shift happens at 3:48 PM ET. Until then, roll with the flakes and twists. Stick to routine. Crises which crop up during voids are often much ado about nothing. Chill! Your other Moon voids this week happen on THURSDAY 12:42 AM ET – 4:18 AM ET and SATURDAY 12:30 PM ET – 4:06 PM ET.

Once the Moon enters Sagittarius, everyone is sure to have an opinion — the more boundary-pushing, the better. Get out of your rut; expand your mind; connect with nature; catch a foreign film; think positively; avoid putting your foot in your mouth and/or tripping over the furniture.

On THURSDAY retrograde Mercury backs into Leo at 11:29 AM ET, where it will slow to a crawl as it prepares to move direct on Tuesday, September 5th. What does this suggest? Note that Action Hero/Angry Bird Mars will be at 28 Leo on SATURDAY and SUNDAY. Last week’s awesome solar eclipse happened at 28 Leo. A planet that travels to the degree of an eclipse serves as a trigger — i.e., a release of energy/action bottle-necked by the eclipse. Got that?

Mercury (information, communication, travel) will meet up with Mars at that same degree — 28 Leo —  on SUNDAY at 5:39 AM ET. What will be the fallout (sometimes, literally)? What secrets will be revealed? What royal edicts will be issued (when cooler heads really ought to prevail)? Mercury will hang at 28 Leo until it turns direct. Could be an interesting few days for those with significant planets and points at that degree. Consult your local astrologer for details.

And now, the news.

A harmony between Mars and Uranus on SATURDAY at 8:13 AM ET suggests headlines including, but not limited to tech breakthroughs and aviation. We shall see.

Meanwhile, water, water everywhere — in Texas.  Hurricane Harvey continues to rain on Houston, reflecting the wretched potential of a depth-seeking Scorpio Moon. Why Houston? Why now?  Are there any astrological patterns suggesting this heartbreaking horror show?

Well, it is interesting to note that the chart for the August 21 solar eclipse set in Houston has a Midheaven (public status) of 0 degrees Virgo — with the eclipsed Sun and Moon sitting right on top of it, separated by just one degree. The chart set in Houston has a 23 Scorpio Ascendant, challenged by the North and South Nodes. I’d translate that potential as an image of depth and control, while feeling trapped between a rock and a hard place. Mars is at 20 Leo, physically challenging that image when it hit 23 Leo early Saturday morning. We will see more Mars action in this Houston New Moon chart between September 2nd and 5th.

New Moon in Houston

It is also interesting to see Neptune running wild in the chart, yet in an obsessive-compulsive relationship with the Sun and Moon. Neptune refers to water, floods, displaced persons, dissolving of boundaries. This pattern was in the chart for the New Moon/Eclipse in every location. Neptune also refers to oil, oceans and naval matters — and here I would be thinking of another recent big headline: the collision of a oil tanker with the U.S.S. John McCain, in which ten U.S. sailors perished.

Meanwhile, the city of Houston also has a horoscope — born on August 24, 1836 at 12:38 PM. Houston’s Sun is 1 Virgo — also hit by the August 21st eclipse. Coincidence or conspiracy? We see Mars hot in this horoscope late next week — the 7th through the 9th. We anticipate action and/or assertion.

Of course there is always the possibility that the real culprit here is Mother Nature, aided and abetted by climate change caused by human activity, like most scientists say. And that it doesn’t really matter to Mother Nature that U.S. government agencies, under the dangerously deluded direction of the P45 adminstration, have scrubbed the words “climate change” from their websites.  Guess they haven’t gotten around to NASA yet.

Thinking of all Avid Readers in Harvey’s path — hoping you are safe and sound. If you are not in Harvey’s path, here are ways to help.

In other news…

Some weeks ago in Astrologer Land there was an article published arguing that the time on the birth certificate released by P45 wasn’t correct, and that we should be using the birth time cited by his mother.  I don’t know about that, given the responsiveness of the horoscope calculated with the time on the birth certificate. For example, we’d expect a public assertion of regal machismo on or a day before the morning of August 27th, when transiting Mars (action) challenged his Midheaven (public status).  Sure enough, late on Friday when many were focused on the impending Hurricane Harvey, P45 “pardoned” Joe Arpaio, former sheriff of Maricopa County (AZ). Here is the must-read article on Mr. Arpaio, if you’re not quite sure what heinous things he has done.

We don’t have an exact birth time, but here is what we know of Mr. Arpaio’s horoscope.  OMG, he shares a birthday with P45 — June 14th. Gemini Sun — Libra or Scorpio Moon, likely squared by patriarchal Saturn. That can be lean…and downright mean. Macho Mars at 24 Taurus — conjunct wounded healer Chiron and the wretched Fixed Star Algol; retrograde Venus is conjunct Pluto; Neptune and Mars are running wild. Translation: we see the potential for a man on a misguided mission;  prone to over-the-top emotions in matters of homeland/family, inflicting aforementioned meaness on others as a twisted retaliation for the misery he likely experienced in his early home life. It will be interesting to see what squeeze he may be feeling in October/November, when transiting Saturn opposes his Gemini Sun for the third time this year.

Over the weekend, P45 also reversed an Obama-era rule that prevented local police departments from getting their hands on military equipment. Because what local police department would be complete without its very own grenade launcher? Earlier this month he rolled back Obama-era flood standards for taxpayer-financed infrastructure projects. Will that one be REconsidered, as one might hope with a bright idea that launches during a Mercury retrograde? Meanwhile, macho militant Mars hits P45’s regal Leo Ascendant on September 5th. Actions are sure to make news. Stay tuned….

…and ending on a fun note. Lost objects have an odd way of turning up when Mercury is retrograde. In Canada, a woman was delighted to find her engagement ring when it was pulled out of her garden….wrapped around a carrot!

How’s your Mercury retrograde REorganizing, REpairing, REtreating, REconnecting going? Yesterday I ordered a file cabinet and took my broken vacuum cleaner to the repair shop.

Housekeeping note: if you ordered and paid for a personalized report about last week’s solar eclipse, it was prepared and emailed to you. If you have not received it, please let me know (to Avid Reader Mary — thanks for emailing me to say you did not receive the report. Please check your spam folder — it was sent on the 19th).

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Tuesday 1/3/2017: A New Year, A New Congress — the 115th

Good Morning!

Yes, that is when this forecast was supposed to ship, but it didn’t. Thank you, Mercury retrograde!

The Moon in Pisces continues its glide through murky waters. If you’re in the captain’s seat, cooperation from the Sun and Pluto to the Moon during most of the business day will aid your quest for world domination, no matter what your passengers think. An ambitious reach or authoritative wet blanket may pull focus the closer we get to 8:33PM ET, when the Moon is challenged by Saturn in Sagittarius, righteously setting boundaries on opinions.

With Mercury at 0 Capricorn — the Aries Point — communication in matters involving the Established Order are likely to make headlines.

And now, the news.

Oh what tangled webs we weave when a Pisces Moon meets up with Neptune (as it did last night at 11PM ET). As I type, the home page NYT headline reads, “With No Warning, House Republicans Vote to Gut Independent Ethics Office”. Right-o. Nothing screams scandale like Neptune.

And what, pray tell, has captured the home page of the Washington Times, the deceased Justice Scalia’s favorite newspaper? No sign of the Ethics Office “gutting” to be found. Instead we read, “Trump, Philippines’ Duterte seek connection as China looms.”

The politics and diplomacy may be murky, but, based on a visit to the area late last month, the infrastructure here is ready to roll.

And this would be the same Rodrigo Duterte who has admitted to personally killing other human beings.  Meanwhile, the editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal (Justice Scalia’s other favorite paper) made news when he said he was reluctant to call false statements made by the Tweeter-in-Chief “lies,” citing the question of “intent,” as Merriam-Webster defines it:

Definition of lie
  1. 1:  to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive
  2. 2:  to create a false or misleading impression

Also murky, non?

In other news, Neptune himself caused a scandal on Facebook when a photo of a statue of the Roman god was blocked for being “explicitly sexual.”  The blocking would be a reflection of the censorship and other controls placed on expression I expect we will see in 2017, as Saturn (control)  continues through Sagittarius (publishing, opinion). Also in this category: part of the new House rules package that will be voted on this week contains a proposal to punish Congresspersons take videos or photos of the House floor. What could possibly happen in Congress that members would not want the public to see?

That was a rhetorical question.

Speaking of Congress, the 115th Congress begins at 12PM ET. Here’s an update on the bit I posted last time about the pile-up of planets in Pisces in this Congress’s horoscope not looking like much of a power play or upset. What does look like a screamingly obvious potential for an upset is rebel Uranus sitting right on an Aries Ascendant, opposed by expansive Jupiter. Apologies for not including that in the last forecast. I blame Mercury, which will be retrograde until the 8th. The chart is at the bottom of this forecast.

A Jupiter-Uranus opposition suggests potential for sudden, sweeping change. It’s comparable to the illumination and release potential of a Full Moon. What compares to a seed-planting New Moon? A Jupiter-Uranus conjunction. When did that last happen? In January 2011, in the aftermath of the 2010 midterms in which Tea Party Republicans were elected in swarms. Thus we could assess 2017 to be their make it or break it year.

Here’s another story that made breakthroughs during that series of Jupiter-Uranus conjunctions: A.I. How will these types of stories reach fulfillment in 2017?

I think 2017 is going to be a very good year for astrologers, as Uranus rules astrology.

Back to the chart for the 115th Congress, as I mull over the potential of that 12th House Pisces Moon, with its intuitive insider’s perspective, squared by Saturn in Sagittarius. Moon-Saturn squares can suggest discipline and ambition — but can be harsh. With Saturn in the 9th House, along with that prominent Mercury at the Aries Point, we see how these patterns are likely to be expressed in 9th House concerns: collective belief systems (religion, philosophy, law); courts, publishing, broadcasting. Then we add 12th House concerns: hospitals, churches, prisons, to name a few. So much going on behind the scenes in this legislative body.

The Sun and Pluto are together in Capricorn in the 10th, as they were in the chart for the 114th Congress in 2015. This suggests a power grab, with a potential tear-down and transformation of the Establishment.

Venus, ruler of the 2nd House and 7th House, is strongly placed in Pisces. The 2nd House refers to values and money; the 7th to partnerships and the public. While it may be strong, it is also moving to a meet-up with the South Node, suggesting a potential destructive or toxic element. As in the potential for all that is compassionate, loving and kind to be thrown under the bus. Ouch.

Last but not least, we note that there are no planets in Fixed Signs in this chart, and there is only one planet — Jupiter — in an Air Sign. The deficit of Air suggests a lack in matters of intellectual discourse and debate. “We don’t need no stinkin’ Ph.D in this here canteen, no we’re not gonna talk — or write — about it in standard forms. We’ll invent our own form of communication and intelligence, and it will be the most creative thought and communication ever.  Now can we get this thing done already?” The absence of Fixed energy suggests an entity that is likely to be active and flux — no need to hold on to cherished traditions here.

Meanwhile in Finland, a radical experiment has begun. Unemployed citizens are going to be paid a minimum basic income of $587 per month, in addition to whatever unemployment benefits they may receive. And that basic income will not be taken away once they are working again. Why? Read the article.

Thank you for reading this forecast. I know you must be dying to find out what “make it or break it” potential is suggested for you in 2017. Here’s the 411 on consultations. We will have an excellent discussion together.

Sneak Peek at the Week; Mars-Neptune in the News and in Life

Happy 2017!

The New Year begins with a low-key Moon in Aquarius — good for connecting with your best buddies and making resolutions that sound wonderfully humanitarian and socially significant. How can you become the change you seek?

After a two-hour Moon void that begins at 2:59 AM ET on MONDAY, Moon shifts gears into the soulful, sensitive, suffering sign of Pisces, with no interference from other planets on its mission to merge with impressions and ideals for most of the day. Monday is a holiday for most in the United States. Go with the intuitive flow. A meet-up with Neptune at 11 PM ET, followed by a rose-colored harmony between Mercury and Venus on TUESDAY suggests opportunity to express a hopeful, proactive list of New Year’s Resolutions — at least in your own personal world. Don’t believe me? Here are the 2017 Eternal Optimist Talking Points — from the Week in Review section of the NYT.

It’s back to work on Tuesday. At 2:47 AM ET, Venus — symbol of love, money, women and aesthetics — leaves Aquarius and joins the Moon, Mars and Neptune in Pisces. There may be no more effective placement for empathy,  compassion, and acceptance than Venus in Pisces. I’m mulling over these Piscean qualities in the context of the first day of the 115th Congress, which technically begins that day. Not convinced they suggest the upset and/or power play we are more likely to see as we get closer to the end of this week and early next week. UPDATE — posted 1/2/2017 — while the pile-up of Pisces planets does not suggest an upset, Uranus sitting right on the Aries Ascendant of the 115th Congress’s horoscope certainly does! Will my idealistic fantasy about this opening session come true? We’ll know soon enough…(and I’m laying the need for this update on Mercury retrograde — yes, even astrologers are susceptible to its potential glitches).

Also on Tuesday: Mercury will be at 0 Capricorn — retrograde — at the Aries Point — suggesting thinking and communication generating prominence — especially whatever was being thought about around December 3rd. We’ll get a third hit on those thoughts on January 12th — the Full Moon — when Mercury will be at 0 Capricorn again, after turning direct on January 8th.

Regardless, a “wet blanket” of a headline may well hit in the hours before 8:33PM ET on Tuesday, when the sensitive Pisces Moon is challenged by a thought-control smackdown from Saturn in Sagittarius.

Moon charges into Aries at 11:20AM ET on WEDNESDAY, after a six-minute void no one will notice. People will notice the gear shift from “all is one” to “me-me-me” and “get out of my way, while you’re at it.” This pioneering energy carries through the week until 3:18PM ET on FRIDAY,  when the Moon settles down in Taurus. There’s a brief void that begins at 1:41PM ET — good for focusing on routine concerns and not making mountains out of molehills.

Friday is when the Electoral College votes are officially tabulated by the new Congress.  SATURDAY at 1:41 AM ET is when the Capricorn Sun meets up with “Powers That Be Pluto.” Here are a few headlines from that configuration in 2012 (the conjunction is an annual thing). SUNDAY is when Mercury turns direct. Next TUESDAY is when the Sun is challenged by rebel Uranus, suggests upsets to the status quo.

What does your horoscope suggest for you in 2017? Now is the time to schedule that appointment with your astrologer — the one you’ve been meaning to make for months! Here is how to contact me. We will have an excellent discussion together. 

And now, the news.

Mars conjunct Neptune in Pisces suggests themes of spiritual warfare or warriors; fanatical or sublime vision; scandal, drugs, charisma and music — to name a few. How apt that the last celebrity obit to hit the wires in 2016 — and so close to the exact Mars-Neptune meet-up — was William Christopher. You may know him as Father Mulcahy, the Army chaplain from TV’s MASH. Meanwhile, Huston Smith,  the author of The World’s Religions, passed away at 97, the NYT reported today.

Televangelism and scams also reflect the potential of Mars with Neptune Ever hear of Pastor Paula White?  Me neither, but her third husband is Jonathan Cain, who co-wrote “Don’t Stop Believin'” when he was in the band Journey. Pastor White has a “megachurch” in Florida and she just made news as an announced speaker at the January 20th Inauguration.

In other news, every single story in today’s New York Times Magazine has a Mars-Neptune theme. Amazing.

Meanwhile, in the category of fanaticism and music: a terrorist attack in an Istanbul nightclub killed dozens.

On a lighter note, the famed HOLLYWOOD sign was altered overnight to read “HOLLYWEED.”

Add Mercury retrograde’s awesome potential for tech snafu’s to the Mars-Neptune mix, and you might get a surreal trainwreck performance by Mariah Carey on New Year’s Eve in Times Square. And it wasn’t even going to be a “real” performance — the plan was to lip sync — and it failed. We do not have a confirmed birth year for Ms. Carey. Seriously.

The holidays are a perfect time to catch up on movies, so that’s what I did. Yesterday (on Amazon Prime) I watched Temple Grandin, the HBO biopic starring Claire Danes as the maverick animal behaviorist who has done so much to promote a more humane treatment of livestock. Ms. Grandin is autistic — susceptible to sensory overload, but with a keen awareness of how animals perceive and respond to their environment. I could write a whole article on her fascinating horoscope — it is such an obvious reflection of her life experience, including why she needed to be a revolutionary; why she had such difficulty making emotional connections with humans; and why her mind was on such a different — but genius — wavelength compared to her peers.

But here’s the fun fact, given current planetary patterns: her Neptune is in touch with the angles of the chart and the Moon (thus we anticipate extraordinary sensitivity and impressions — with potential bewilderment)…and it is almost exactly square Mars! Oh — and her Moon is in Aquarius — where it was all day yesterday.

How do things like that happen, hmmm? Coincidence or conspiracy? Is life more than a random series of events? Here is Ms. Grandin’s website, if you want to learn more about her.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday & Thursday 12/30-31/2015: A Spiffy New Year’s Eve

According to the January 2016 issue of Chopsticks NY  (“Experience Japan and Asia in New York City”), it is customary to prepare for the New Year by cleaning and tidying up your home:

If you rid your home of the dust that has accumulated over the past year, you can greet the god of the New Year and receive divine favor.

Such housekeeping efforts may be aided and abetted by the Moon in fastidious Virgo, where it has been since Tuesday at 2PM ET — how fortunate for us all.

The day begins on a dreamy balance, suggested by a pre-dawn opposition between the Moon and nebulous Neptune at 4:40AM ET, followed by an easy flow between the enterprising Capricorn Sun and the Virgo Moon. If there’s a hitch, it may be felt around 11:33AM ET, when the Moon is challenged by Saturn in righteous Sagittarius. A wet blanket from a controlling authority? Or perhaps an ambitious reach? Every planetary pattern suggests an upside and a downside; which way it goes is up to us.

[UPDATE: I wrote the above late last night. This morning, after 10AM ET, a warrant of arrest was issued for Bill Cosby, who finally faces criminal charges for sexual assault. Mr. Cosby’s dramatic change of status was anticipated in this forecast over a year ago and in subsequent updates. Mars, the action planet, has been quite active in his horoscope this month — and you may have heard that he filed defamation lawsuits against some of his accusers around December 14th. A measurement between Chiron and his Midheaven (career, status) is particularly intriguing, as it echoes one that was exact last year between Chiron and the Moon (women, emotional needs). Chiron can suggest an opportunity for healing. For now it seems that Mr. Cosby is more inclined to fight and deny, rather than surrender…]

The rest of the day is free and clear until 7:32PM ET, when your efforts to make things right are subject to an extra dose of depth, courtesy of Pluto. “Free and clear” is the forecast for Thursday, too, as the drive for exacting detail gets an exuberant lift from Jupiter at 11:50AM ET. And that’s what will carry the East Coast into the 2016….

More news, briefly. These are headlines reflecting the disruptive potential of the still-in-effect tension between Uranus (disruptor of the status quo; wake-up call) and Pluto (power; corruption exposed; resistance is futile). You did read the article published earlier this month which stated that 20 Americans have as much wealth as the bottom half — 157 million people — of all Americans, yes? Yesterday the NYT published a piece about how some of those wealthy Americans have been able to influence a tax policy that allows them to keep all of that dough. Something to think about next November: whoever is elected President will need the support of Congress in order to enact his or her agenda, and every member of Congress is up for re-election.

Uranus suggests rebellion and breakouts. One break for freedom that is making news is Ethan Couch, the Texas teen who in 2013 went out drinking and then drove a car into a pick-up truck, killing four people. His defense? “Affluenza”, i.e., being too rich and spoiled to be responsible for his action — and the judge bought it. But he and his mother were just arrested in Mexico for violating the terms of his probation.

Also disruptive:   a grand jury declined on Monday to indict the officer who shot and killed 12-year old Tamir Rice within two seconds of seeing him in a park playing with what the 911 dispatcher was told may have been (and in fact was) a toy gun. Did you know that in August, California became the first state to ban grand juries in cases involving civilians killed by police officers? Perhaps other states will now follow suit. It takes a wake-up call to result in change, and I am an optimist…

Oh, there is so much more, but “Post now I must,” as Yoda might say. I’ve had a lovely flood of requests for consultations from wise readers who are planning for the new year, so my week has definitely reflected the “all systems go!” potential suggested by all planets moving direct between Dec 26th and Jan 5th. Hope your week has been equally productive.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 6/12/2013: Let It Shine; Belated New Moon in Gemini

Finally the Moon is in gear, having entered the fiery, regal, organizing, playful sign of Leo at 12:58AM ET this morning. Find way to shine and help others shine, too! A helpful authority or a stern wet blanket may dampen your enthusiasm or modify your plans around 11:41AM, when Moon is challenged by disciplined Saturn.

As the day progresses, may you reap the benefits of a cooperative connection between the Moon and assertive Mars in Gemini, suggesting an easy flow between will and action. Minutes later, we’ll have the exact square between Venus (social expression) in Cancer (emotional security, homeland) and rebel Uranus in me-me-me pioneering Aries. Many of us were feeling the disruptive potential of that aspect during yesterday’s void, as I heard several reports of startling communication and/or emotional outbursts. The plus side of Venus-Uranus contacts include appreciation and attraction to unconventional expressions in relationships, as well as technical and creative breakthroughs.

As for the New Moon in Gemini which was exact at 11:56AM ET on Saturday, now that the Moon is no longer void, you can take some steps in your New Moon agenda. The New Moon offers us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle. This week is about planting seeds to turn your intentions into reality. Around the 16th, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to those goals, with appropriate adjustments made. At the time of the Full Moon on the 23rd , we can expect illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle. If we succeeded, we can consciously release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. After the Third Quarter Moon on the 30th, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon on July 8th.

I’ve broken down the patterns active in this New Moon in prior forecasts (read last week’s and today). They include the pixie-dust, magical and /or delusional potential of the square between Mars and Neptune and two Grand Water Trines involving Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Neptune, which offer the potential for inspired and structured visionary thinking and social expression. On the potential downside, we could see efforts to contain and control these issues. And of course we can’t forget the ongoing square between rebel Uranus and ruthless Pluto, which is hellbent on challenging the Established Order.

This New Moon happened at 19 degrees of Gemini, and it might feel somewhat familiar. Why? Because we had a Full Moon and lunar eclipse at 19 Gemini/Sagittarius in December of 2011. In light of the story dominating the news in the US, which involves one Edward Snowden’s “revelation” that our intelligence agencies are compiling all sorts of data on apparently anyone and everyone, including information that you, as a private citizen, might find intrusive and unwarranted, you will love the Sabian Symbol for 19 Gemini: “a large archaic volume reveals a traditional wisdom”.

In this case, I went to my Dane Rudhyar reference book, “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle and Transformations and Its 360 Symbolic Phases” for more on this Sabian Symbol. The “archaic volume” suggests a “reserve of collective knowledge and wisdom beyond true individual self-expression,” and “deference to past experience.” But beyond just being a collection of data (like a phone book or record of your personal phone calls), a higher potential suggested by this symbol would be an engaged discussion of what will be the “seed ideas” that will define our collective thought and thus our collective action. What do we value and how will we grow in that direction?

You are more affected by this New Moon than most if you have a planet or an angle at 19 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces.

When you watch the video of Edward Snowden explaining why he did what he did  (see link above), you’ll notice a cool, steady gaze (along with a bit of tension in the jaw — not surprisingly). Snowden is a Gemini, but that gaze suggested Scorpio, and sure enough, his Moon is in Scorpio, suggesting a need and/or awareness for depth and substance, as well as information used for the sake of power and control. More on him later

To be continued…


Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 5/10/2012: The Power of One

An upbeat flow is suggested in the early morning, as Moon and Sun make easy contact at 8:03AM ET — followed by a jolly Moon-Jupiter connection at 11:57AM ET. Moon is still in Capricorn, driving the need to make things happen.

As the day progresses, a more serious, ambitious mood kicks in, suggested by a hard connection between Moon and disciplined Saturn. Suddenly feeling all alone in your quest for glory? Sometimes a sense of lack, challenging as it may feel, makes the next move crystal clear.

Moon goes void at 3:11PM ET on that potentially “wet blanket” Moon-Saturn connection…not to enter Aquarius until 1:03AM ET on Friday. Use the rest of the day to chill, ponder, brainstorm, avoid impulse shopping and roll with whatever twists may arise. If you’re in need of inspiration, here’s a meditative bit allegedly penned by Charlie Chaplin on his 70th birthday, according to the “internets” (Abraham Lincoln famously warned citizens against believing everything posted on the web, as I am sure you all recall from your studies in school). Anyway, whether Chaplin wrote it or not, there is wisdom and comfort to be found — and I’ll take it wherever I find it. If you prefer your “poetry” set to music, someone on YouTube made a video just for you.

In other news, were there any “surprises, revelations, power plays and/or revolutions” in your own personal world yesterday, other than President Obama’s sudden declaration that, after wrestling with the issue for two years, he believes that same-sex marriage should be legal?


Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 10/28/2010

Say goodbye to Mars in Scorpio, which best uses energy by going deep in order to gain control. Today we welcome Mars in high-flying Sagittarius, an energy that needs to express its opinions and other big ideas — just in time for the final days of the campaign season. Look for enthusiastic waxing about all matters philosophical to increase over the next few weeks — it’s a pundit’s dream come true.

This morning might bring you a sobering, yet hopefully practical realization, thanks to a challenge from Moon (our needs) from restrictive Saturn (too bad; deal with it)…but the mood should lighten up as the day progresses: Sun in Scorpio is hooking up with loving Venus (also in Scorpio — and retrograde — as daily readers of this forecast well know), suggesting an urge to merge deeply and a tendency to see whatever is in front of you in the best possible light. If there’s a social invitation or an artsy event on your calendar this evening, go for it — or at least check out the nearest Happy Hour. You’re likely to appreciate the experience, though the astrological rules (Venus retrograde) advise caution in bringing a new object of desire home.