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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 10/30/2013: More on the Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About

So…yesterday’s forecast is applicable today, but since I did not post until noon ET, you may not have read it. Here it is again — entitled “The Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About” — please share it with all your friends and relations, as this is super-helpful information for understanding what’s happening in the world.

Moon is still in Virgo (read about that in the link above). The mood is a little lighter, as we are moving away from the heavy Mercury-Saturn hook-up. And yet there’s more intensity and more buzz (again, see link above). Keep your nose to the grindstone and by the time 10:48PM ET rolls around, the Moon will go void on a pleasantly indulgent challenge between loving Venus in rollicking Sagittarius and the discriminating Virgo Moon. During the void, no harm, no foul — and no consequences likely —  for whatever happens after hours, inspired by a deep, juicy and resourceful connection between energetic Mars and potent Pluto at 6:45AM ET on Thursday. The void ends at 8:22AM ET on Thursday; East Coasters may feel a little slow about getting the day started, but West Coasters have no excuse.

OK, the news. Reflecting planetary patterns, here’s a heavy Mercury-Saturn meets revolutionary Uranus-Pluto piece entitled “How Science is Telling Us All to Revolt”. Provocative, daunting and controversial. How are we ever going to figure this out? Meanwhile, nebulous Neptune is in Pisces, which you may recall from past posts — as far back as a few years ago — suggests that water (or lack thereof) in all forms — including oceans — will become a major concern during Neptune’s 14-year sojourn through the sign it rules. Add Neptune in Pisces to the disruptive  Uranus-Pluto square and see it reflected in countless stories, including this heavy article called “The Ocean Is Broken”.

Sure, you could put a SEP field around it & not read these weighty articles, but a SEP field won’t solve the challenges, and planetary patterns suggest this is not the time for hiding under the covers.  “Wake up and smell the coffee” — as Dear Abby or Ann Landers used to say, and put our collective intelligence and creativity to work in the service of the greater good. I don’t know about you, but I have to believe that once we recognize that the old way of doing things is not sustainable, a majority of us will come together to create one that is. And that’s an exciting possibility, also suggested by planetary patterns, in spite of said challenges.

In the 90s, I opined to anyone who cared to listen, that the mantra for the first decade of the New Millenium would be “we are all connected” — and whoever figured out how to build on that (Mark Zuckerberg, anyone?) would do very well. Too bad I don’t build things; I just help people, inspire them and keep them informed. And for the past five years or so, I’ve been thinking that the mantra for this decade is this: “sustainable”. What can we build on that?

Need a song to get you inspired? I’ve got one — it’s wonderfully idealistic —  written and performed by actual human beings — who can be ever so amazing when they get out of their own way.

Go out there and be amazing — on this brand new, beautiful day…

Astro-logical Forecast for Sunday & Monday 2/19-20/2012: Sneak Peek at the New Moon; A Nun’s Story

Networking, friendships, being of social significance, space cadets, a cerebral/scientific approach to emotions, freedom and independence — look for these themes to pull focus for the next two and a half days. Moon enters the humanitarian sign of Aquarius at 5:28AM ET, old buddy, old pal. Deal with whatever wet blanket or serious focus that may be required around 4:22AM ET, when Moon is challenged by Saturn (I’ll deal with this one in my dreams, and you can, too).

We are in the dark side of the Moon; the New Moon in Pisces is at 5:35PM ET on Tuesday.  That’s the time to light a candle and focus on your intentions for the next lunar cycle. Meanwhile, if you’re a meditative soul — or even if you’re not — take some time to tune in before Tuesday. What does your intuition tell you? A big clue to the theme of New Moon in Pisces is the Sun’s annual hook-up with nebulous Neptune — also in Pisces —  at 3:42PM ET on Sunday, combined with an  indulgent challenge to the Moon from expansive Jupiter. Note these keywords: soulful surrender, meditate, yoga, escape,intuition, fantasy, drugs, alcohol, go with the flow, bewilderment, illusion, deception, delusion, photography, film, higher realms, oil, oceans, sacrifice, empathy. It all spills over into Monday, too — sweetened by a connection between loving Venus and the Moon at 7:28AM ET that can carry you through the whole day.

Signs of nebulous Neptune on the NY Times homepage include an op-ed about drinking and drugging rising oil and gas prices, the “parade of stars and fans” paying tribute to Whitney Houston; and a gem of a column by Maureen Dowd about a former Hollywood starlet who became a nun — and who will be attending the Oscars next weekend because a documentary about her called “God Is Bigger Than Elvis” has been nominated. Talk about a Sun conjunct Neptune in Pisces story! Read how Dolores Hart left Hollywood for the cloister here  and here

Since we looked at Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s horoscope in the last post, I thought it would be interesting to look (briefly)  at the horoscope of this former starlet-turned-nun. Will we see similar patterns?

Dolores Hart was born October 20, 1938 (time unknown) in Chicago, IL  She’s a Libra with Moon in Virgo, suggesting a need to be discerning, exacting and perfecting. Like Cardinal Dolan, there is a connection between Jupiter and Neptune — a reliable signal of the importance of spirit. The Jupiter-Neptune connection is not as big and bold as the pattern in Cardinal Dolan’s chart, but it’s definitely there; and Neptune is still very strong in other ways. Charisma — and the potential for glamour is suggested by a hook-up between Neptune and Mars; it’s likely that Neptune is also involved with the Virgo Moon, which adds idealism and the intangible to that need to be discerning, exacting and perfecting. Also of note: Saturn, suggesting discipline, patriarchy,authority, control, structure, ambition — making a strong statement about a potential obsession with the father…which perhaps evolved into the Father…or perhaps the Mother Superior. Hmmmmmm…. Also found in Dolan’s chart and Hart’s: strong connections between the Sun and expansive, sunny, philosophical Jupiter and resourceful, empowering Pluto. Let the record show that Hart is in fact the Reverend Mother Dolores Hart and Prioress of the Abbey (since 2001) where she resides. And as Maureen Dowd and Wikipedia both note, the Reverend Mother remains a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Powerful!

Astro-logical Forecast for Sunday and Monday, 4/3-4/2011: New Moon in Aries; Neptune in Pisces

Lots to cover today: New Moon in Aries, Neptune entering Pisces and the usual daily guidance. So much that I’ll just note for the record that news of violence, uprisings, upsets at the nuclear power plants in Japan and new significant seismic activity did make the headlines as anticipated, along with these weird accidents: two skydivers collide in mid-air and are killed; Southwest Airlines grounds planes after a fuselage ruptures during a flight on Friday and this intriguing item: a Mercury retrograde REvisit of a mysterious plane crash that happened in 2009 , “Parts from Air France Crash Discovered in Atlantic”

In your own personal world what people, projects and other issues from the past are coming up for REview during this Mercury retrograde period? This is a perfect time to REconnect!

The chart for the New Moon at 14 degrees of Aries (4/3/2011 at 10:33AM EDT) has six planets in this impulsive, pioneering, courageous sign: Sun, Moon and expansive Jupiter in a tight connection, fostering optimism (a positive manifestation) and self-aggrandizement (a negative manifestation); Mars, planet of action in an equally tight connection with disruptive, brilliant Uranus, suggesting sudden flashes of impulsive action or genius that turn the status quo on its head; and Mercury, not connected to any other planet, suggesting a month of impulsive, pioneering and/or reckless words, thoughts and movements that will command our attention. Nebulous Neptune also runs wild in the chart, suggesting the potential for visionary (the positive) or fanatical (the negative) to also pull focus in a really big way.  Venus and Pluto are in a supportive connection, suggesting powerful and deeply felt social expression — an extremely useful aspect to have if your agenda involves the arts.

Aries is the first sign, and as Aries energy expresses itself, that’s what it needs to do: be first! It is the symbolic baby of the zodiac, and yet its ruling planet is Mars, the Roman god of war. At its best, Aries is known for taking the lead in fighting for what it believes in — the more impossible, the better — with an innocence and purity of heart that is inspiring and disarming. At its worst, Aries can be utterly self-absorbed, dangerously unaware and still persist in fighting to prove its superiority. Note that this New Moon is exactly opposed by Saturn, planet of necessary control, in the sign of Libra, representing fairness, diplomacy, justice and the “other,” suggesting that the big, bold steps you are encouraged to envision, must be taken with integrity and purity of heart. Without this higher consciousness, your plans may be met by frustrating controls from others who will not appreciate your quest for world domination.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 14 Aries is “a serpent coiled near a man and a woman,” suggesting the power of kundalini energy that lies dormant in each of us, waiting for the time to be awakened. Kundalini is sexual/creative energy expressed with spiritual consciousness that takes a physical, and unfortunately sometimes base experience to a mind-blowing new level. “Wham, bam, thank you, ma’am” words and actions are not advised,  though we can anticipate plenty of headlines this month featuring self-absorbed and/or unaware types who fail to consider — or outright dismiss —  the “other” in their actions. And there will be consequences for those types, as in howling protests from others of, “that’s not fair!!.”

Don’t let this happen to you. Think big. Be bold — with integrity. Take advantage of Mercury being retrograde in Aries to aggressively research and develop your plans now. Embrace the concept that patience is a virtue. Plan a strategy for the long haul. Yes, the urge to act is strong right now –and  you’ll need to do something constructive with all that energy. Instead of starting a war, try kickboxing!

Monday begins with  Moon void of course in Aries at 6:04AM EDT until 7:46PM EDT. If you experienced a spacey, floaty and/or mildly irritating quality last Thursday and Friday, you may experience another full day of it today, even with that impulsive Aries Moon. Try to chill if you can. Or devote some hours to brainstorming on your strategy — hold off on taking action. Tuesday is a more conducive day for moving in a straight line and “business as usual” than Monday and Wednesday, too, when Moon will again be void for an entire work day.

Meanwhile, at 9:36AM EDT, nebulous Neptune embarks on a four-month test-drive through its home sign of Pisces. Neptune energy can be challenging for people who live in a material world, as Neptune tends to dissolve whatever it touches. It doesn’t strike with a lightning bolt, like Uranus, or blow things to smithereens, purging and/or transforming, like Pluto. Its effects are much more subtle, but no less powerful. A few key words for Neptune:  intangible forms (wireless communication including film, photography, telepathy, intuition, spirituality, rarefied art forms, including music), oil, dreams, drugs, blood, alcohol, poisons, viruses, water, oceans, seafood.   A few key words for Pisces: surrender, empathy, compassion, collective consciousness, belief, martyr, saint. It takes about 14 years for Neptune to travel through one sign of the zodiac; the last time Neptune entered Pisces was in 1847.

Thanks to astrologer Steffan Vanel for bringing my attention to a post by astrologer Adrian Duncan noting some key developments during Neptune’s last transit through Pisces in the mid-19th Century –check it out for clues to themes we are likely to see returning during the next 14 years:

“This was the period when Charles Dickens wrote his novels of social realism, and social democratic demonstrations shook the capitals of Europe. This was also a time when painters like Renoir, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cezanne and Monet made their impressionist paintings, expanding the world of fantasy and imagination. On the scientific front Darwin’s theory of evolution completely undermined Christian tradition. The first photographs were taken, ultimately leading to the coming world of the movies. Anesthetics were used for the first time in hospitals. Opium became a socially acceptable drug. The accepted reality of the day was undermined and new spiritual, emotional and political realities took form.”

On this first day of Neptune in Pisces, here in the US you can join any one of thousands of “social democratic demonstrations” rallying for workers’ rights on aptly named “We Are One Day” (I could not make this up if I tried) — look here for a rally near you:  More on what Sun signs are personally affected by Neptune’s shift into Pisces later in the week; for now I’ll close with the following encore presentation: