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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 5/16/2013: Scandalous

What dour control freak will dare to dampen the enthusiasm of today’s sunny Moon in Leo when it is squared by chilly Saturn at 8:21AM ET, eh? There’s your excuse if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed…or maybe you’ll use the organizational potential of this challenge to move forward on your New Moon agenda. Pull out the charm and words to soothe the savage breast around noontime, when the royal Moon will be happily connected to Venus in glib Gemini. Consider what is innovative or unconventional around 4:39PM ET, when Moon is further supported by eccentric Uranus…and enjoy a jolly good time with your friends and drama queens this evening.

With mental Mercury now in information-junkie Gemini, squaring nebulous Neptune, the airwaves are sure to be abuzz, and we can expect more alleged scandals that disrupt the status quo. With Neptune, however, things may not be as they seem. Best to avoid passing judgement until the facts have been sorted out. Speaking of scandal, that word is flying all over the place this week, especially in Washington, where the Obama administration is under fire — and here is Gail Collins to cheerfully explain three of the scandals in question.

It occurred to me that a quick check of the charts for the 113th Congress and Obama’s second term would be in order, and the first thing that stood out was the Moon in the chart for Obama’s second inauguration. Dear Readers, this Moon is at 19 degrees 35 minutes of Taurus, almost exact to the minute as the degree of last week’s eclipse. Translation: the reigning need of chart’s need to preserve the status quo, establish material security and make things the way they should be — has been eclipsed. And let’s not forget to note aggressive Mars at 20 Aquarius (the rebel with a cause, suggesting a need for action that is socially significant), also eclipsed. And note that Obama’s Ascendant is 18 Aquarius (suggesting a need to see himself as unique and socially significant),  eclipsed, too — i.e., subject to change. And as I am typing this — now at 7:30 AM, while cursing the idiot who thought it would be a great idea if Windows 7 automatically updated whenever it damn well pleased, not caring for a minute if the computer owner would have to recreate three paragraphs of copy once the system rebooted — here’s a headline that just posted, “An Onset of Woes Raises Questions About Obama’s Vision”.

How long do the effects of an eclipse linger? It varies, but this last one will be in effect for three years and about nine months. And speaking of vision, Congress, led by Speaker John Boehner, announced during yesterday’s “much ado about nothing” Moon void, that it will be devoting precious debate time and a vote — for the 37th time — on a repeal of the legislation known as Obamacare. Let the record show that this Congress began its term during a do-nothing void of course Moon in Virgo. In other news, over the weekend, on some lovely Venus transits, Speaker Boehner’s daughter was married — and while the US papers did not appear to pick up the story, here’s a thorough report from the UK’s Daily Mail on Mr. Boehner’s new Jamaican-born son-in-law, complete with wedding photos.

Finally, another headline reflecting the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square — again from a UK paper, “Climate Change Will Make Hundreds of Millions Homeless” — and this on the heels of a milestone report noting that carbon dioxide levels are at the highest they’ve been in human history (I don’t think Congress, currently controlled by the Party of Styrofoam, has scheduled any time to debate or vote on this particular concern). Regardless, Uranus-Pluto challenges are game changers. This current square will happen seven times in just over three years. A shout-out to astrologer Bill Herbst for noting that Uranus and Pluto squared nine times from 1496-1500. Can anyone recall what had recently been discovered? A little something called The New World. Here’s what America looked like before it was known as America. How things have changed; how things will have changed again once the dust from this latest series of squares has settled.

Such a fascinating E-Ticket ride we have all signed up for by choosing to be on the planet during these exciting times. A helpful companion in all this upheaval is the latest from the Amercian Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron. — Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change. I just started reading it on the subway yesterday. Filled with wisdom and calming perspectives…

Have a great, fun-filled Moon in Leo day. Do something nice for yourself. And look for ways to be helpful to others. Peace out.


Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 1/2/2013: Happy ’13!

…and a very Happy New Year, to YOU!

If you’re heading back to the office, you can move with efficiency and attention to detail, courtesy of the Moon in Virgo. Two supportive connections to potent Pluto and disciplined Saturn around 6:30AM ET can push you forward with depth, emotional connection and practical application. A harmonious connection between the earthy Sun in Capricorn and the Virgo Moon is the icing on the cake, only without the sugar crash.

There’s a buzz in the air regarding communication, travel and mindset, courtesy of mental Mercury about to be challenged by the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square (exact Thursday AM and Sunday AM). Talk of rebellion, innovation, revelation, transformation, power plays, resources, corruption exposed and moving beyond borders will likely be front and center in the headlines. You are personally affected by this aspect if you have an angle or planet between 4 and 11 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn.

If you have to get something out the door, do it today or Friday. The Moon will be void-of-course from 7:15AM ET to 8:11PM ET on Thursday, so one thing you will want to avoid doing is having the first session of the 113th Congress convene on that…oh…(long pause)…never mind. It’s already on their calendar for 12PM in Washington DC. (cue sound of head banging on wall now). Sigh. More on the significance of that event in tomorrow’s forecast. Apparently there is a silver lining…

So. What do planetary patterns suggest for 2013, and what does it mean to you? I will tell you over the next few days in detailed discussions of the following:

  • Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn
  • Neptune in Pisces
  • Saturn in Scorpio
  • Jupiter in Gemini and Cancer

Right now I would like to share a little New Year’s Eve story. For some reason during the void-of-course Moon in Leo on Monday, I was inspired to shred all the receipts from 2000-2005 that I’d carefully organized in accordion files — one for each year.  Apparently you don’t have to keep these files for more than seven years, and I really wanted to create some space in my storage closet. Now as you know, Moon voids suggest a surprise twist or delay in project undertaken during such times. And boy was I surprised to discover — in the file for 2003– three friends from the Stone People Family.Really, who keeps rocks and crystals in their tax receipt files, especially a folder labelled “Office Supplies”.

First:  a large amethyst crystal that fits with perfection in the palm of my hand. I don’t remember how this came into my possession, only that I got it decades ago and obviously had not seen it since 2003. Amethysts are associated with psychic ability. Second: a heart made of rose quartz, which is associated with love. No idea where that stone came from. Third: a small beige-brown stone — perhaps jasper (good for grounding) — upon which is inscribed, “Believe”.  No idea where that came from, either. Any of you psychics out there have a clue?

Such a precious New Year’s gift had to be shared with others. My wish for you, dear Reader, is that you may be blessed with the power of intuition (amethyst), love to heal a broken heart (rose quartz) and faith that stems from a solid foundation (jasper). May these carry through 2013 and always!

And yes, yes, YES…I realize yesterday was a holiday and some of you were still recovering from TMC (too much champagne). So if you’d like to take advantage of my super amazing holiday special (at a perfectly fabulous price), the offer is still valid through today…with gratitude to those of you who asked. Besides, I do not want you to feel like you’re having a day like the two dinosaurs in this very clever cartoon…