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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 10/21/2013: How to Handle Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio

Happy Monday!

I hope your weekend settled into the very best that the material comfort and stability-seeking Moon in Taurus could support on Saturday and Sunday, especially after a RAMbunctious Full Moon in me-me-me Aries on Friday. I was out of town — on a magical and nostalgic visit to Wellesley College, my alma mater — and I apologize for the delayed forecast & lack of response to the many emails that are sitting in my inbox. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

As it turns out, delays and snafus involving communication and transportation devices (computers, cell phones, cars, trains, etc.) are exactly what we can expect, given that mental Mercury is now officially retrograde as of 6:29AM ET today, at 18 degrees of Scorpio. So if 18 Scorpio is a significant point in your horoscope, you will be more personally affected by this retrograde. In Scorpio, Mercury can be probing and intense, as it unflinchingly examines subjects considered too taboo to be frankly discussed in polite company: e.g.,  sex, life and death,  debts and joint resources, power, corruption and all things rotting away in hidden corners. Mercury in Scorpio can also be paranoid, controlling and relentless in its search for absolute truth. It’s quite willing to blow dearly-held concepts to smithereens, forcing us to reform and regenerate. Watch the headlines for examples over the next few weeks. Mercury will turn direct on November 10th.

Those who know just enough about astrology to make them dangerous often curse Mercury retrograde, and that’s a shame. It gets a bad rap because we are geared, in this crazy modern age, to always be thinking, doing, moving FORWARD. Ya know what that gets you? Burn out! We need our down times, and Mercury retrograde is a perfect time to give our minds a rest — and an opportunity to review our progress over the past few months. Why else would your computer, phone and/or car choose THIS time to malfunction? Because you are supposed to be slowing down!

Be prepared for travel delays, scheduling screw-ups, mechanical breakdowns, computer crashes, having to repeat what you’ve just said, misunderstandings, people you haven’t seen in years showing up on your doorstep and having to repeat what you just said. Take advantage of this prime opportunity to review and rethink a project you may have abandoned. It’s probably worth a second look. Get out your Rolodex and reach out to people. Trust that they will be delighted to hear from you. Take a break from your routine. Take a vacation. Unplug your computer and cellphone.  Avoid signing contracts, making major purchases (especially mechanical ones) and losing patience. Make sure the restaurant you’re meeting at is still in business. Don’t believe everything you read in the papers and ignore the juicy gossip at the water cooler. Do plan on RElaxing, REviewing, REsearching, REorganizing, REgenerating, REconnecting and REcreating.

This particular Mercury retrograde is an especially superb time for getting organized (or reorganized). That’s because Mars, the action hero planet, is in Virgo, the perfecting organizer extraordinaire. That’s good news for programmers hired to fix a multitude of website glitches delaying the health insurance exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act. In your own personal world, you can be highly efficient in your efforts to purge what no longer serves. Start with your closets and file cabinets.  This is also a superb time to review your life in consultation with an astrologer. Contact me to schedule an appointment.

P.S. Moon is in Gemini as of 12:14AM ET, needing to inform and be informed. Well good luck with that, as our brains adjust to Mercury’s shift in motion (translation: double check everything before you hit “send”). As the day progresses, nebulous Neptune suggests a need for vision — or the potential for confusion — followed by an impassioned critique or clash over the details at 7:47PM ET.

Moon voids for the week: Tuesday 8:35PM ET until 11:38PM ET on WEDNESDAY; Friday 4:31PM ET until 12:12PM ET SATURDAY. Plan your life accordingly.

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 2/27/2013: A Day of Herding Cats

Oh, these crazy Mercury retrogrades/Moon void combinations. Why else would my ISP fail to function as designed, thus delaying the posting of today’s forecast? Thank goodness for Mark Marshall at Interage. Have you hired him to build your website yet?

Today’s whether forecast calls for sugar-spun clouds of social graces and pleasantly rational thoughts, courtesy of the people-pleasing Moon in airy Libra (as of 8:02AM ET). And yet Venus is mingling with nebulous Neptune, joining three other planets in the watery depths of Pisces. On the upside, there’s the potential for random acts of kindness and senseless acts of sweet beauty. On the down side, some may feel they searching for an anchor. Others may prefer to simply choke in shallow waters. Or wallow. Or drown (cue Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians now).

I say take the high road. This lovely Libra Moon and Mercury retrograde offer opportunities to re-connect with people you haven’t seen in ages. Why not reach out? The sublime Venus-Neptune meet-up offers healers, writers, musicians and other charitable and creative types divine inspiration over the next few days. And perhaps to some romantics, too. As evening approaches, be mindful of a potential revelation or other jolt when the peaceful Libra Moon is disrupted by rebel Uranus at 8:11PMET. The rest of the night could be just jolly…and end with a reeeeallly long sigh. Moon goes void at 3:37AM ET Thursday …not to enter Scorpio until 12:33PM ET on FRIDAY.

Meanwhile, in line with the startling events involving declarations of independence by women suggested by the current lunar cycle, I hope you took one reader’s suggestion and watched  Makers: Women Who Make America on PBS last night. Regular readers of this forecast know that civil rights were a huge theme in the 60s, as reflected by the Uranus-Pluto conjunction of 1965-66. Freedom. Equality. Disruption of the status quo!  Fifty years later, Uranus and Pluto are at it again — as of 2012 and thru 2015. Three years is a loooooonng time for these two “resistance is futile” planets to figuratively collide. So many of the seeds that were planted during the 60s are back now — with a vengeance — to claim victory over oppression once and for all. Just ask the Great State of Mississippi, which finally — last week — ratified the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery. Congratulations, Mississippi…for taking so long to bring to fruition the seeds of equality that were planted at the Uranus-Pluto conjunction that happened in…1850.

In other related news, the plight of so-called pink-collar workers, specifically those at Weight Watchers was illuminated by Monday’s Full Moon in Virgo (workers) opposing the Sun in Pisces (suffering).  Columnist Maureen Dowd seems unamused by the harsh controls imposed on workers by Yahoo’s female CEO. Other Pisces keywords are film and illusion; here’s another aptly timed labor (Virgo) gripe that was highlighted at the Oscars: the visual effects artists who make movie magic (e.g., Life of Pi) vs. their employers. That’s why so many Facebook profile pics have turned  chroma key green, btw. So now you know.

Chroma key green with envy is what your friends will be when you tell them you REviewed your life with your astrologer  during this Mercury retrograde.

Why not book a personal consultation today?

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 7/8/2011: Rupert Murdoch

The First Quarter Moon likely brings a challenge to your New Moon agenda of “what do I really need in order to feel secure”. It happens at 2:29AM on and then goes void for 24 hours and 2 minutes with a big, long sigh. You and the members of the US Congress can mull over that deep thought…or contemplate skipping town early for the weekend. Remember, whatever “crisis” crops up during a Moon void is often a molehill turned into a mountain; try to go with the flow.

Speaking of “crisis”, Friday night features an exact opposition between loving Venus and ruthless Pluto. If you’re looking for brutal honesty, this is could be a night for it. Venus-Pluto connections can arouse intense passion — sometimes to excess. Wounded feelings (brought on by insecurities) can lead to cutting remarks — or simply being cut off. On the plus side, there are some intensely passionate and/or emotionally deep experiences that are wonderfully cathartic — or just plain wonderful. The Moon is still in relationship-oriented Libra…

Will write more on the rest of the weekend later. Meanwhile, I’m dying to hear how your Thursday went. Any surprises?  I thought there might be. I actually received an email from a Designated Authority Figure with “Surprise!” in the subject line. In the spirit of the appreciative, people-pleasing Libra Moon, ruled by sugar-loving Venus, the D.A.F. expressed thanks to his team for work well done and rewarded us with ice cream sundaes. Sweet! In other news, a commuter van containing myself and other colleagues came closerthanthis to running another car off the highway, which really would have put a crimp in our day. Surprising ups and downs — but mostly up, if you read some of the financial reports released yesterday. http://www.cnbc.com/id/15837362/site/14081545/

Another surprise twist: Rupert Murdoch suddenly shuts down the scandal-plagued tabloid News of the World. Alleged journalists are accused of hacking into the voice mail of celebrities and crime victims http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/08/world/europe/08britain.html?hp — quite unsavory. A quick glance at Murdoch’s horoscope (Mar 11, 1931, Melbourne, Australia — time not confirmed — but perhaps 11:59PM) suggests he could be a visionary with a need for everyone to be entitled to his opinion (Moon in Sagittarius), as well as an obsession about power, perspective and how it relates to his own identity. It’s fascinating to note that in each of the last three eclipses (June 1, 15 and July 1), Murdoch had a planet or point impacted by the eclipse (Midheaven at 11 Virgo, Moon at 24 Sag and Jupiter at 10 Cancer). Something  in his sphere had to build up — and be released — dramatically! Restrictive Saturn and disruptive Uranus are also quite active in the horoscope, in patterns that suggest, among other things, a sudden break or illumination.

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 4/25/2011:Moanin’ and Such

Practical connections between Moon in networking, socially significant Aquarius and Saturn (structure, discipline) and Mercury (mind, travel, communication) set the tone for the day. You could take stock of all your “brilliant” decisions and output over the past few weeks — how are they holding up?

This week, Moon will be void of course as follows:

TUESDAY 4/26: Void as of 7:26AM EDT…all day

WEDNESDAY: 4/27: 12:57AM Moon enters Pisces…then goes void at 3:52 PM EDT

THURSDAY 4/28: Moon void in Pisces all day

FRIDAY 4/29: Moon enters Aries at 1:33PM EDT

See if you notice any twists in scheduled plans during the void periods or a feeling that energy is stalled. Use the time to brainstorm, go with the flow and adjust your expectations graciously. Avoid impulse purchases or launching any agenda that you would like to be of consequence.