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Monday 4/8/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Power Plays and Streamlining; Jupiter Turns Retrograde

Good morning!

Moon is still in Taurus, seeking to build and maintain material comfort and security. It went void at 4:28 AM ET and won’t enter the next sign — Gemini — until 5:15 PM ET. A Moon void suggests an apt time to focus on routine concerns, with a higher than average probability of a twist or a flake in your efforts to move forward in straight line. Your mission is not to make a mountain out of a molehill over any perceived crisis. Chances are it will be much ado about nothing. This is not the time to launch an initiative you hope will be of consequence. Avoid impulse shopping. Moon voids are excellent times for drafting proposals; writers, type away!

Meanwhile, over the next few days we are building to seriously significant patterns that will be exact on WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY. These heavy hitters are evident now — just look at the news. It goes like this:

  • TUESDAYMoon in Gemini drives the day with a need to be the smartest kid in the room. Buzz, buzz, buzz — with information. The day begins on a provocative meet-up between the Moon and Mars at 4:16 AM ET — the outburst of courage and/or aggression ripples through the rest of the day.
  • WEDNESDAY — the first of two annual squares (tense, tough, dynamic releases) between the Sun and Saturn happens at 4:47 AM ET. Why did Trump just demand the resignation of the Department of Child Caging  Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen? Because she wasn’t lean and mean enough to suit the lean, mean and ambitious agenda of reflected by a Sun-Saturn square. For headlines from past Sun-Saturn squares, look here and here. We can expect more sobering, streamlining cuts and advances involving heads of state over the next few days.
  • WEDNESDAY — But before that happens, we’ll have a release of events reflecting compassionate and aesthetic vision/ideals, reflected by a truly lovely annual meet-up of Venus (women, money, arts, social expression) and Neptune (ideals, healing, deception, oil, drugs, fog). Combine that pattern with the structuring potential of the Sun-Saturn square, and of course the NYT would tell you “How to Make a Vision Board That Works, For Real, This Time.  The empathy for all human suffering may also be applied here: “Someone is Always Trying to Kill You” — a seriously sobering story on the plight of women in Honduras — one of the “three Mexican countries” (per Fox News) that will no longer receive humanitarian aid from the U.S., if Trump has his way.
  • WEDNESDAY Moon goes void at 1:27 PM ET; chill chill chill until 11:31 PM ET, when the Moon enters Cancer. More investigative dirt should be hitting the fan, courtesy of the third sextile (a pattern suggesting ease of communication and cooperation) between Mercury and Pluto, exact at 5:40 PM ET. Mind the void and don’t freak over a bit of info that later proves toothless.
  • WEDNESDAYJupiter, planet of expansion, turns retrograde at 1 PM ET. As you know, Jupiter is in Sagittarius for most of 2019, expanding matters ruled by Sag: freedom of speech, publishing, foreigners, immigration, travel, sports, courts, dogma — to name a few. If you’ve got a planet or angle around 24 degrees — two thirds of the way — through Gemini, Virgo, Pisces and Sagittarius, you may be in an expansive phase in one or more areas of your life. Jupiter the cosmic sugardaddy has been hanging out at 24 Sag for several days, slowing to a virtual standstill (from our perspective on Spaceship Earth).  Jupiter retrograde suggests that whatever was expanding may now be subject to a review and/or delay — especially in the areas related to Jupiter I just listed. Jupiter turns direct on August 11th at 14 degrees Sagittarius. It returns to 24 Sag in early November. FYI, the Sabian Symbol for this Jupiter retrograde is “a chubby boy on a hobby horse,” an image of an immature mind playing with power (the horse is a power symbol). Last time I wrote about this Symbol was on the Full Moon/Eclipse of June 2011. For further provocation, read what Sabian Sage Blain Bovee has to say.
  • THURSDAYMoon in Cancer all day, traveling without interference. A Cancer Moon needs to focus on home/homeland/family security. Consider fortifying your home; indulge in a homecooked meal; whatever nourishes your emotional well-being.
  • FRIDAY Mercury squares Jupiter for the third and last time in this long Mercury in Pisces cycle — the one that started way back in February. More big news hits the fan. Moon opposes Saturn at 11:05 AM ET, then Pluto at 4 PM ET. This suggests heavy advances and power plays. Venus (money, art, women, social expression) harmonizes with Saturn at 11:08 AM ET, suggesting cooperation regarding those heavy advances, for better or for worse. Moon goes void at 7:33 PM ET and enters Leo on…
  • SATURDAY — at 3:50 AM ET. Fourteen minutes later, the me-me-me Aries Sun is squared by Pluto, amplifying the power plays that have been in effect during this intense week. Heads may roll or expand; there may likely  be news from underground (including seismic action, power and resources — oil, gas, nuclear). You are likely feeling this potent pattern personally if you were born 20 to 23 days into the signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Significant challenges and changes in your life are strongly suggested, brought by forces seemingly beyond your control. No, it’s not all bad; Pluto transits can be quite empowering, even though structures you have relied upon may be taken away. Rise from the ashes and build yourself anew!
  • SATURDAYMoon makes its weekly clash with rebel Uranus at 7:13 AM ET, suggesting a jolt or surprise to Saturday’s start. But oh….does that Leo Moon love a party. How many ways can you shine — and help others shine too, now that the tough patterns of the work week are behind you? Generosity and indulgence are supported by…
  • SUNDAY — a lovely harmony between the Aries Sun and Jupiter, exact at 9:40 AM ET. Exceptional depth may be found in matters related to art, women, money and social expression, reflected by a communicative pattern between Venus and Pluto, exact at 7:48 PM ET. Have those heart-to-heart talks; count your blessings….and tune in for the aptly-timed season premiere of Game of Thrones (sure to be epic and record-smashing).  Rumor has it that this is when Pete Buttigieg may formally launch his presidential bid. Verrrrrrrry interesting.

And now, the news.

A fascinating op-ed which feels like a metaphor for one’s first Saturn return (at age 29-ish) vs. one’s second Saturn return (at age 58-ish): “The Moral Peril of Meritocracy,” by David Brooks for the NYT. Whaddaya think?

A hint of things to come — if not by early 2020 (when Saturn and Pluto meet up in Capricorn), then perhaps in early 2021 (when Saturn (structure, corporations) is squared by Uranus (disruption): “How regulators, Republicans and big banks fought for a big increase in risky but lucrative corporate loans”

Oh, but that’s a long way off. Plenty of time to indulge in the beautiful fantasy worlds reflected by this Wednesday’s lovely meet-up between Venus and Neptune:

To find out what these potent patterns mean for you here’s the 411 on personal consultations. Thank you for reading this forecast.


Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 5/13/2016 & the Following Week: A Clown Car of News


A rip roarin’ Leo Moon went void at 1:02PM ET. Moon has been in Leo since  5:32PM ET on Wednesday, driving the past two days with its need to seize the stage and issue regal edicts (a potential downside), or (upside) shower the people it loves with love, facilitating all creative and playful spirits. Cue James Taylor now, please.

Wasn’t that a warm and fuzzy serenade, deeply felt — if a tad idealistic? Today at 3:11PM ET, mental Mercury meets up with Venus in sensual Taurus — an obvious potential for idealism in a horoscope. The depth is suggested by Pluto’s alignment with Mercury and Venus — exact late last night for the former and at 10:18PM ET for the latter. That depth might also include a truckload of dirt revealed, as Pluto does refer to news from underground.

Today’s Moon void happened on a stubborn square to the Taurus Sun. Re-read the first two paragraphs of this forecast and you’ll appreciate this item that just hit the NYT:  “Offer of Free Hugs Turns Violent in Times Square.” Also known as the First Quarter Moon, the square suggests a challenge to the agenda you set on last Friday’s New Moon in Taurus. Your marching orders were to review past progress and FOCUS energy on how you can make your dreams of material comfort and security a reality. How’s that going? Are you reconnecting and reorganizing, while still finding time for Mercury retrograde relaxation and recreation? Yes, I know there have been some outrageous distractions and frustrations — suggested by Mars (action) and Saturn (ambition; control) both retrograde in Sagittarius. Righteous fiery opinions are a Sagittarian trademark, often pushing the boundaries of good taste. I’ll list a few in a moment.

But as you’re reading this now, the Moon being void of course until 1:52AM ET Saturday suggests an opportunity to chill. If a regal drama ties you to your desk this afternoon, roll with its twists and know that crises which crop up during voids are often much ado about nothing.  If you are new to the forecast and do not understand the term “void of course Moon,” look here. If you can skip out early on this Friday, go for it.

Saturday is driven by the organizational excellence of the Moon in Virgo. It’s a perfect weekend for making things right. Clean out your closets and files. A tense aspect between the Moon and Mars at 10:28AM ET can give you a needed push — better than finding fault (Virgo Moon) with someone’s slapdash action (Mars in Sag). Put your own house in order.  The Virgo Moon gathers steam all through Sunday, giving you an opportunity for success.

On Monday, you can be forgiven for sleeping in, as the Virgo Moon will be void from 5:20AM ET until 1:33PM ET. After that, the energy of the day is driven by Moon in Libra, seeking balance and harmony in social graces and relationships. Tuesday is smooth sailing, except for the pitfalls of retrograde Mercury and Mars messing with your mind and computers.  That, and the background noise of a reality-bending T-square among Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. On Wednesday, the Libra Moon goes void at 11:23AM ET on a potential jolt from Uranus, disruptor of the status quo — not so smooth. Moon will be void until 2:30AM ET on THURSDAY.

There are no exact aspects among the planets on Thursday. Moon will be in Scorpio, seeking to be of depth and substance in its plans for world domination. A need for control — building in emotional intensity — carries into Friday,when the Sun enters Gemini at 10:37AM ET. On Saturday, after a Moon void from 7:40AM – 2:48AM ET, the Moon waxes to its fullness in rowdy, randy Sagittarius at 5:14PM ET. This Full Moon may be especially provocative, as action hero/warrior Mars is heavily involved, conjoining the Moon and opposing the Sun.  This spark will likely be reflected in the lives of some people whose horoscopes were hot in early to mid-March.

Mercury turns direct on Sunday, May 22th at 9:20AM ET.

I’m telling you this now because I am officially declaring a week off from writing this forecast – unless something happens in the news that requires commentary. I need a mental break from the information flow. There are other things I need to write that will help me expand my reach and perhaps increase my material comfort and security. I will still be available for personal consultations next week, and I would love love love to help you understand why you are the way you are, why things are happening now, and what opportunities are likely to arise in the future so you can duly seize the day. Here’s how to make that discussion happen.

And now, the news.

Mercury retrograde. Why else would 3000 bags be stranded as a result of a  TSA computer glitch at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport? Or this footage of the insanely long security lines at Chicago’s Midway Airport be going viral?  Why would Delta text me a boarding pass for a flight to BOS from LGA that wasn’t mine? I hadn’t even bought a ticket! Should I?  And why else would 40,000 homes in Seattle lose power thanks to the efforts of a hapless raccoon? I feel very, very sorry for that raccoon.

Then there’s the confusion in Brazil. First they were going to impeach President Dilma Rousseff –– then they weren’t — then they did. She’s out. Dear Avid Readers, what action do you think we’d see in her horoscope that might reflect this upset in her life? Perhaps Uranus — and yes, in this (unconfirmed birth time) horoscope we do see transiting Uranus hitting the Midheaven, suggesting an upset in status/career. Maybe a bit of aggressive/attacking Mars, too…as we see transiting Mars about to exactly square her natal 3 Virgo Mars for the second time since March. Or ruthless Pluto exactly conjunct her Venus, suggesting extremes and power plays in social expression? Or how about transiting Saturn imposing its control? She’ll have second hits of Saturn’s heavy meet-up with her Mercury (mind) and Jupiter this summer; transiting Saturn squeezes her Sun at the end of December.

FYI: transiting Saturn will oppose Donald Trump’s Gemini Sun and conjoin his Sagittarius Moon at the end of December, too. We can anticipate a hard-hitting control…or an ambitious advance. Still too soon to call — at least for this astrologer.

Mars retrograde in Sagittarius. Aggressively pushing boundaries. Today’s poster child would be George Zimmerman, who infamously took the life of  Trayvon Martin and got away with it. This week, transiting Mars met up with Zimmerman’s wildly speculative (and unfortunately  — for the rest of humankind — all too fortunate) natal Jupiter-Uranus conjunction. Seriously, there can be no pie higher than Jupiter and Uranus in Sagittarius. Triggered — literally — by transiting Mars, which will soon square his natal Mars at 3 Virgo and his Venus at 29 Leo (at the end of the month),  Zimmerman put the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin up for public auction, advertising it as” a piece (pun perhaps not obviously intended) of American history.” One can only hope that his Mars retrograde action will backfire when Mars turns direct. Let’s keep an eye on August.

In another fascinating synchronicity with Mars, let the record show that back in March, the NYT ran an extensive profile on Anthony Peter Senecal, who was Donald Trump’s personal butler for many years. He now gives tours of Trump’s estate in Florida as its “unofficial historian.” In the interview, Mr. Senecal came across pretty much as expected, so I did not bother to link it here. When the article ran on March 15, Mars was at 3 Virgo. Mars is now back at 4 Virgo — and will hit 3 Virgo on May 16th. Yesterday Mother Jones dug deeper than the NYT and published Mr. Senecal’s Facebook rants, calling for the death of President Obama. The Secret Service is now investigating. Transiting Mars will be back at 3 Virgo on August 10th. Let’s see what happens.

Here’s a fun piece from Monday, when Venus (women, beauty) in Taurus (long-lasting) was in a lovely alignment with Neptune (fantasy, illusion): “Second Skin May Reduce Eyebags, Wrinkles, Scientists Say.”   Also long-lasting and beautiful, but ready to transition — suggested by today’s Venus-Pluto alignment — is Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world’s oldest living person — until she passed away this week in Brooklyn. RIP. What was her secret?

Reflecting the materially abundant, earthly pleasures and self-sufficiency of this week’s ongoing Grand Earth Trine, let the record show that a New Jersey woman with seven children has just won the 6th largest Powerball jackpot. Earlier this week, a 15-year-old Canadian boy used Mayan astronomy and satellite maps to discover a lost city — how super cool is that? Maybe not so super cool, given that Mercury is currently retrograde, suggesting we take what is heard with a grain of salt. Now, skeptics have stepped up to debunk the story, along with the boy’s theory that constellations had anything to do with where the Mayans built their cities. What a bunch of wet blankets they are. You decide if they are right. Meanwhile, a sanctuary in New York’s Central Park that hasn’t been open to the public since the 1930s now has regular business hours.

Speaking of rumors, the internets are abuzz in certain sectors over an assertion by Someone Who Claims to Know These Things that Caitlyn Jenner is thinking about transitioning back to being a man. Really? That “Someone” has been denounced as “a moron” by a rep for Ms. Jenner — perhaps deservedly so.  Astrologically, if there were any fresh starts or changes of direction to be had, they would be more likely to happen in 2019 and 2020. Stay tuned.

OK, that’s it for the clown car of news. See you again online in a week or so….but please know I am still here for you by Skype or phone if you would like to discuss how you can live your life better with your horoscope as a guide. I’m still smiling over the consultation I had with a client last fall. Her horoscope clearly suggested career recognition in the early part of 2016. Was there a course or certificate she could take, I wondered? There was, but my client did not have the funds nor would her employer pay for the course — he’d refused her request every year for three years. Still, I  encouraged her to consider how she could make that happen. I heard from her a few months later. Turns out there was a scholarship — and she applied — and she GOT IT! She took the course — and she earned her certificate with flying colors. She writes:

When I was stressed with computer issues and the final online test deadline looming….I remembered your words regarding educational pursuits during this time…and knew I had the stars and destiny on my side! Yes, I would be delighted and honored for you to reference my forecast reading and the value it brought into my life.

Yup, still smiling over that one.

Thank you for reading this forecast. Take it away, Fastball (an anthem for another week of Mars and Mercury retrograde)…





Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday – Thursday 9/9-11/2014: Full Moon Fallout

Non-stop sirens and honking horns all day yesterday, as the Moon waxed to a lush, ripe fullness last night. What was going on in your neck of the woods? Did you note your dreams yesterday and this morning?

Moon continues its sojourn through soulful, empathic Pisces for most of the day. A positive application of energy is suggested for whatever task you’re on as the Moon makes a harmonious connection to an especially effective Mars in Scorpio around 3:09PM. Then it goes void for a few hours, offering the chance to focus on routine matters and/or chill. Get it off your desk before the void, as actions initiated during voids are more likely to be delayed or have no consequence. And don’t forget to VOTE!!!

Empowered revelations and news from underground are suggested in the headlines, as mental Mercury engages once more with the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square. Today it makes contact with ruthless Pluto at 6:38PM ET; it opposes rebel technogeek Uranus on Saturday.  Combined with other patterns in yesterday’s Full Moon, these stories seem especially relevant: first, a former portfolio manager at the notorious SAC Capital was sentenced to nine years in prison for insider trading.

Second, football player Ray Rice has finally been booted off the Baltimore Ravens’ roster, after a graphic video showing him punching his then-fiancee in the face and knocking her unconscious went viral. Is this one of the wounds to our collective psyche this Full Moon’s contact with wounded healer Chiron is seeking to release and cleanse? Do we really believe NFL bigwig Roger Goodell never saw this video until yesterday? Why was it OK for the Baltimore Ravens to Tweet several months ago that the fiancee in question took responsibility for her alleged role is having the living daylights knocked out of her? And why the heck is she defending her husband now? What’s up with those Venus-opposing-Neptune rose-colored glasses? And why do Americans love football so much? Don’t they know how dangerous and damaging it is? Astrologer Bill Herbst has written a compelling article about the Uranus-Pluto square and its impact on professional sports in the U.S. He’s written a lot of compelling articles, and I owe him a debt of gratitude — and also to astrologer Rockie Gardiner, who told me about Herbst so many years ago.

At 7:33PM ET, Moon shifts gears and charges into RAMbunctious Aries. That should carry us through a dynamic day of action and initiative tomorrow. Some of it may be bumpy, as the Moon makes contact with Uranus and Pluto, but overall, thoughts and communication will likely be flowing freely and spirits will be high. Moon goes void Wednesday at 8:58PM ET….not to enter the next sign, Taurus, until 9:17PM ET on Thursday. Rule #1  for coping with crises that crop up during Moon voids: consider that they may well be much ado about nothing. There’s a tendency to make mountains out of molehills during voids, and said mountains have a way of going “poof” once the Moon is back in gear. Case in point: CNN was in total alarm-freakout mode last Friday when the unfortunate pilots of a private plane lost touch with air traffic controllers and veered off course towards Cuba before crashing in the Caribbean. I saw it while standing in line at my credit union and thought, “Man, this is some mountain…”

Other news, in the wake of this Full Moon: weddings and impending births — the lush, ripe and dreamy potential of a Harvest Moon, combined with the romance of Venus opposed by Neptune. Neil Patrick Harris got married. So did two women in their 90s who have been together for over 70 years. The Duchess of Cambridge and the Prince of Wales are expecting another child.  Hooray!

It’s nice to end on a positive note, don’t you think? Yesterday the Senate passed what could be the beginning of a meaningful effort to overturn Citizens United with a constitutional amendment. Did I mention there may be a primary election in your state today? Don’t forget to vote!

If you feel like you’re in a crisis or a bit of a rut, rest assured you’re not alone. We are living in very interesting times! That being said, a personal astro-logical consultation can provide you with clarity and confidence. I look forward to a fine discussion with you about your horoscope.