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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday-Sunday 11/19-22/2015: Thoughts on Saturn Square Neptune; Fear vs. Love

A Pisces Moon drives the day with a need to identify what is ideal. Pisces needs to be impressionable, intuitive and emotional. Its suggests mysticism and healing; spirits of all kinds; and escape from this mortal, material coil. There are lots of ways to make that trip — some more sublime than others.

Around 6:08PM and 7:27PM ET, the Moon will be challenged by Saturn (reality, controlling) and Neptune (surreal, dissolving). A righteous  ambition inspired by a compassionate vision would be one potential. Or we could opt for controls imposed out of fear and bewilderment.

Social expression is amplified, reflected by Venus about to clash with ruthless Pluto on Friday at 8:59PM ET. Tensions between the planet of love, values, money, aesthetics and women and the planet of uncompromising, penetrating perspective suggest the potential for emotional intensity — possibly overkill — but ideally, empowerment. On Monday, the other shoe drops, as Venus is opposed by rebel Uranus, needing an expression that disrupts the status quo in its quest for freedom. So add that layer of Venus-Pluto-Uranus activity to the real/unreal, control/compassion, fear/love polarities we’re seeing in the headlines.

Also in effect now — and for the past few days into the weekend: an obsessive relationship between Mars (action, guns, aggression, fire) and Uranus (rebels, technology, astrology, aviation, shocks, seismic activity). Watch the headlines and pay attention on the roads. In my ‘hood, we’ve had a rash of fires, accompanied by more than the usual wailing sirens. Very unusual and unsettling.

The Pisces Moon continues through Friday, its impressionable qualities inflated by Jupiter at 5:06PM ET, just in time for Happy Hour. A reminder that also on Friday, mental Mercury ditches Scorpio for Sagittarius at 2:44PM ET, where it will remain until December 9th. In Sagittarius, Mercury suggests a need for righteously opinionated thinking and communication, often focused on the Big Picture, and damn those pesky details. Thus we can appreciate the potential pitfall of Mercury in Sagittarius: aiming for the stars is noble and inspiring, but it may not be enough to reach the goal. Detailed analysis helps. But what kind of analysis?

Mercury in Sagittarius working with Jupiter in Virgo may amplify the potential for sloppy righteousness, if you ask me. A righteous idea that is not sound isn’t going to be made sound no matter how many detailed supports are presented, as Jupiter (expansion) in Virgo (details) needs to do. We may see some colossally unsound ideas being floated over the next few weeks — in great detail.

On Saturday, Moon goes void between 8:23AM and 10:12AM ET, before charging forward into me-me-me Aries. The initiating drive of Aries flows easily all day until around 7:15PM ET, when it is opposed by Mars (action!). Not the time to pick a fight, although you may notice a few outbursts in your ‘hood, even if it is just more than the usual amount of sirens howling down the street.

On Sunday, Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus, at 9AM ET and 2:16PM ET, adding depth and intensity to the super-charged social expressed symbolized by Pluto and Uranus in a tense pattern with Venus. The upside potential is empowerment and emancipation — a chance to get clear or make an advance. There is always a potential upside!

Also on Sunday: The Sun leaves Scorpio for Sagittarius at 10:26AM ET. If you are a Sagittarius born in the first several days of the sign, you may be feeling 1) squeezed, streamlined and bewildered or 2) ambitious, focused and visionary, courtesy of Saturn and Neptune adding themes of real/unreal to your naturally optimistic Sun. Similar themes may be experienced by your Pisces, Gemini and Virgo kindred spirits. Would you like to talk about it? Here’s the 411 on personal consultations. FYI, my rates will increase after the Thanksgiving holiday. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

The Aries Moon goes void at 2:16PM ET on Sunday, not to enter stabilizing Taurus until 11:26AM ET on Monday. Moon voids suggest a higher potential for twists, delays and detours in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Avoid the malls, focus on routine matters and do not turn a molehill of crisis into a mountain. Chill!

And now, the news…

…which I’ve been watching mostly out of the corner of my eye this week. Not much is terribly surprising, given how these stories reflect planetary patterns that were written about in this forecast months and even years ago — here and here and too many other places to mention. So how can awareness of potential events, suggested by planetary patterns, be helpful? And here I’m referring to the awfulness of the headlines reflecting violence and fear.

I think it helps to be able to  see clearly — on a tangible piece of paper (i.e., in a calculated horoscope) — that there are certain patterns which reflect the potential for a bewildering reality meltdown, as we see, for example, with Saturn (fear, ambition, control) and Neptune (dissolution, delusion, empathy, suffering, etc.) being in a tense relationship to each other (90 degrees apart — i.e., square). This clarity of perspective can keep you grounded. You understand why some are being swept up in the “negative” potential. As frustrating as it is to witness, this understanding can reduce some of the angst and upset. You understand…and then you can CHOOSE for yourself how you personally are going to react.

Saturn – at its worst — is fear. Neptune — at its highest — is love. These two planets 90 degrees apart (square to each other) suggests a tension between fear and love. Would you agree? In the language of astrology, these planets symbolize other issues, too — e.g., borders/foreigners/control (Saturn in Sag) and no boundaries/refugees/compassion (Neptune in Pisces).  These are only a handful of issues related to these planetary symbols. If you’ve been following this forecast, you’ve learned some of them before. Astrology is a rich and complex language requiring years of study to master.

Saturn needs to create structure and boundaries. Where would you be without Saturn? Living in a field under the open sky, that’s where you’d be. You need Saturn to build a house. But if you sat in your house all day, isolated from the rest of the world, fearing that everyone else out there is nothing like you, then we could have a problem.

Neptune needs to dissolve boundaries. It rolls in like an ocean wave, wiping out sand castles and footprints, reincorporating those statements of separation into the unified whole. Neptune embraces everything…as does true love. It sees itself as part of every other self. When overwhelmed by the restrictions associated with Saturn, some Neptunian types may reject the material world altogether, escaping their mortal coils and returning back to the whole. Gosh we are getting deeply philosophical, on this Moon in Pisces day. Saturn vs. Neptune. Real vs. unreal. Separation vs. union. Fear vs. love. That’s the lesson we are scheduled to be studying, according to the Cosmic Academic Calendar.

As if on cue, NYT columnist Paul Krugman’s effort this week is titled “Fearing Fear Itself”. NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof has penned “They Are Us” — in reference to the refugees.

OK, news.

Who saw the Betagoogle link in which Google offers to predict your future? How many thousands of people clicked on it out of curiosity? This Betagoogle thing is a clever gimmick, perfectly in sync with Neptune (mysticism) turning direct yesterday in its dance with Saturn.

Neptune refers to philanthropy and bewilderment. Yesterday a philanthropist pledged $177 million to fight dementia. Neptune refers to oceans, fish and aquatics. Behold, a locker-room scandal involving a women’s swimming team (adding a corruption-exposing Venus square Pluto to the mix). Lo! The franken-salmon cometh. Neptune refers to oil and toxins. Plastics are made from oil, and Congress is scheduled to vote on a bill to ban microbead hygiene products because they are trashing oceans, harming fish and birds. It’s about time. Do you have a microbead hygiene product on your shelf. Knowledge is power.

Neptune refers to film, fantasy and confusion. Gotta love this headline: “I didn’t know what the hell I was doing when I made The Hobbit” says director Peter Jackson. Neptune refers to illusion and deception. Add in the obsessive Mars-Uranus connection and it’s interesting to read that police are searching for a man dressed as a JetBlue pilot who disappeared at LAX. Meanwhile, the explosive potential of Mars-Uranus is reflected in the entity who shall remain nameless publishing a photo of the device it  says was used to destroy the Russian plane in Egypt last month. This obsessive pattern is also reflected in Gail Collins’s cheerful column, in which we learn how a bill involving freedom and aviation is making its way through the Senate, sponsored by one of the most seemingly-ignorant and self-important persons in it. And yet, that dunderhead is still human. Like me. Must. Find. Love. And. Compassion.

Let’s end with some fun stuff. If Neptune refers to love — and also dance and music — what could be more fun than the details exposed (thank you, Venus square Pluto), in the mating dances of actual lovebirds? Gosh they are pretty.

Have a wonderful weekend. As we get closer to Thanksgiving and the intensifying wigginess of next Thursday’s exact Saturn-Neptune square and Full Moon, try this coping strategy. Express gratitude. Gratitude immediately makes you a “have,” not a “have-not”.  It can convey a feeling of empowerment that flies in the face of fear. Being able to choose how you react to people and events in your own personal world also conveys empowerment.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 7/30/2014: Neptune in Pisces Update

Analyze it. Critique it. Break it down and get it right. Then, assimilate it. The practical, earthy energy of today’s Moon in Virgo is yours for the taking, supporting by a communicative connection to authoritative, disciplined Saturn. That’s good for harnessing the surge of tenacious will and physical release suggested by patterns that are exact on Friday, but in effect now. What was your New Moon agenda again? Some fabulous work of creative self-expression, with a flair that’s all your own? Make it so.

And now, the news.

I’m seeing so many headlines reflecting expectations of nebulous Neptune’s journey through Pisces, so I thought it would be helpful to do a review. Neptune, dipped into Pisces for four months in 2011 before fully committing to a 14-year run in its home sign in 2012. 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, healing, 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 and all human beings that society tends to sweep under the rug, including refugees and other homeless persons, prisoners, orphans and others locked away in institutions.

The last time Neptune entered Pisces was in 1847, and I thank astrologer Adrian Duncan for putting together some key developments reflecting that last journey so I do not have to write it up myself. Read on for clues to what we can expect to see — and already are seeing — from 2012 to 2026:

“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.”

Sometimes it feels like we are living in a Dickens novel, with so many headlines of human suffering in a haves vs. have-not world. An op-ed in the NYT Sunday Review bemoaned the empirical data confirming the inability of the haves to empathize (Pisces) with the have-nots.Seriously, their brains are wired that way & the data proves it.  I think Pope Francis, with his apparently exceptional ability to empathize with those who are suffering, is an apt reflection of Neptune in Pisces. So is every headline about water (and lack thereof — witness California and Detroit), oceans and fisheries in crisis. So is every headline about infectious diseases, such as the recent items about bubonic plague in China and the Ebola virus in Liberia. And let’s not forget the recently-discovered vials of smallpox left lying around and the workers at the CDC in Atlanta who may have been exposed to anthrax (the Director of the lab just resigned).

Instead of opium, we’re seeing marijuana becoming more socially acceptable — and in fact, Sunday’s NYT editorial made a strong case for making marijuana legal nationwide, as Colorado and Washington have done already.  It’s not just about about raising revenue; it’s about a more compassionate approach towards the tens of thousands of people currently incarcerated (Pisces) in the United States over drug-related charges.

What Duncan doesn’t mention in the excerpt above is that Uranus and Pluto were quite active in the early years of Neptune’s last 14-year journey in Pisces, just as they are now.  The  “social democratic demonstrations” mentioned above included the  “Year of Revolutions of 1848, in which much of Europe was in upheaval. This coincided with Uranus and Pluto hooking up in the cardinal sign of Aries, along with Saturn. So now we have the return of Neptune in Pisces, and a highly charged pattern between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn.  And we have headlines of upheaval all over the world.  And we also have refugees, too, as Neptune dissolves whatever it touches, including boundaries and borders.  Coincidence or conspiracy?

So there you have it. A few thoughts on Neptune in Pisces — and how we may see this reflected in the headlines. You are personally affected by this potentially bewildering and/or ego-denying planet if you were born around the 28th of February, May, August or November….or if you have a planet or angle around 7 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini or Sagittarius. Bewildering and/or delusional is a potential downside; visionary and/or creative might be upsides. Marco Rubio is under the influence. So is Clay Aiken. What’s going on in your horoscope? Consult your local astrologer for details.

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 8/23/2013 and the Weekend: Rose-Colored Glasses and Witchy-Bitchy Women

Another planetary “wobble” today as mental Mercury follows the Sun into analytical Virgo, where it be until September 8th.  This is an excellent placement for Mercury; let the record show that Venus is also well-placed (in Libra, a sign it rules). This bodes well for many kinds of projects that may be initiated between now and then; consult your local astrologer for details.

With Mercury so close to the Sun — and in opposition to nebulous Neptune, look for expressions of an especially idealistic mindset through the weekend. It’s great for music, healers and other visionaries. It’s also great for con artists and other yarn spinners. If something sound just too good to be true, read the fine print before signing.  Twice. Otherwise, enjoy the flight of fantasy.

With the Moon now in me-me-me Aries, the pace can run quick through early Sunday morning. Some may experience emotional volatility and sudden changes of status  — especially in matters of aesthetics, relationship and/or finance, as Venus and the Moon engage with the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square. We can also expect news of unusual and/or unconventional attractions and preferences. Those born about ten days into the signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are more sensitive to this volatility than most.

On Sunday morning at 6:01AM ET, Moon goes void until 9:13AM ET — most everyone will sleep through it. The pace slows down as the Moon enters Taurus, shifting the focus material security needs and keeping things as they are “supposed to be”. That includes stubborn resistance to necessary change.,  As the day moves into night (ET), things can get particularly wiggy, as Mercury and nebulous Neptune reach exact opposition, and stern Saturn opposes the security-seeking Moon. Monday looks equally interesting…

In the news, a story about an American photojournalist held captive in Syria is one perfect reflection of today’s planetary patterns: Neptune in Pisces themes of fanatics, intangibles (e.g. photography), prison, escapes; Venus-Pluto themes of intense emotional experience; Moon-in-Aries themes of survival against all odds (he escaped). Leftover headlines from this week’s Jupiter-Uranus square include the what-took-them-so-long acknowledgement of Area 51    and a lot talk of doing something about the crushing debt of student loans (higher education is a Jupiter theme). Here’s a damning article about how these loans work — and who profits —  courtesy of Rolling Stone. You’re welcome and have a fabulous weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 7/13 – Monday 7/16/2012: How to Handle Mercury Retrograde

A subtle shift this morning: freedom-loving Uranus turns retrograde 5:49AM ET, not to turn direct until December 14th. When a planet is retrograde, the energy it represents is best expressed by turning inward, instead of outward. When direct, Uranus tends to rebel against the status quo set by others. When retrograde, Uranus needs to set itself free from limits that are self-imposed. That is your subtle mission over the next few months, guided by the Sabian Symbol for 8 degrees of Aries: “a crystal gazer”.

Someone who looks into a crystal ball is intending to see a vision of the future. So what limits do you need to release internally in order to see that vision clearly — and have a real shot at making that vision come true?  Those born with planets between 3 and 10 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn will be feeling the need for freedom more than most. Don’t know where your planets are? Consider booking a consultation with your local astrologer.

Friday is relatively quiet. The weekend begins early when Moon goes void of course at 3:46PM…not to enter Gemini until 8:26 AM ET on Saturday. Friday should be another great night for music and other charms to soothe a savage…beast, including a pair of rose-colored glasses.

That rosy outlook continues into Saturday, as Mercury and Venus make an idealistic connection at 6:42PM ET. That suggests a need to confirm what you hear, given that mental Mercury turns retrograde at 10:16PM ET. It turns direct on August 8th. What can we expect?

Mercury retrograde gets such 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 retrogrades are a perfect time to sloooooooow down.  We see this reflected in the curious increase in gizmo crashes (computers and phones), communication and transportation delays and other snafus.  We may also find ourselves having to repeat what we’ve just said, running into people we haven’t seen in years and having to repeat what we’ve just said.

Getting through Mercury retrograde periods requires FOCUS and PATIENCE. During this time, avoid signing contracts, double check details a zillion times, avoid making major purchases (especially mechanical ones) and don’t believe everything you see in the headlines. With Mercury retrograde, chances are high that there’s more to the story. Gossip is to be avoided, too.

Do plan on RElaxing, REviewing, REsearching, REorganizing, REgenerating, REconnecting and REcreating. Clean out those closets. Organize those files. Get back in touch with people. Turn off your cell phone — or your computer — for a while. Take a trip — yes, really — or any break from your normal routine.  Is that why we so often see people going on strike during Mercury retrograde? When in doubt,  practice the art of SILENCE.

This Mercury retrograde kicks off at 12 degrees of Leo. The Sabian Symbol for this degree is “a old sea captain rocking”…and it’s a nice complement to “a crystal gazer”. Of the sea captain, my go-to Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee writes that we should keep in mind “maintaining poise while reading how the tides change; knowing what is coming by sensing the prevailing mood. Watch for forecasting trends…” in all areas of life. Hmmm…sounds like a time for FOCUS.

In Leo, Mercury retrograde suggests REviewing or REconnecting with our sense of play, passion and noble honor. Potential pitfalls are stubborn pride and/or delusions of grandeur. Watch the headlines. And look to see where 1 to 12 degrees of Leo falls in your horoscope, as that is the area where the influence of Mercury retrograde will be experienced in your own personal world.

Also influencing the weekend: stern Saturn challenging the Sun, exact at 12:14AM ET on Sunday. Watch the headlines as fearless leaders may need to make tough choices. The rest of Sunday is light and gabby…and if you’re taking a long weekend, lucky you. Because on Monday, Moon will be void of course from 6:56AM ET until 8:31PM ET — perfect for a day off.

Yesterday I shared a few headlines expressing the symbolism of Neptune in Pisces: drugs, deception, infections, oil, oceans. Not the most upbeat of topics, I know. So to make it up to you — here is Neptune referring to music, spirit and blissful communion. I guarantee it will make you smile — put on your rose-colored glasses, your dancing shoes and enjoy!

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 7/12/2012: Taurus Has a Dark Side

Moon in Taurus needs to keep things as they are — or as they should be — for the ultimate goal of preserving material security. This is a day to take comfort in food, sweet music and snuggles — assuming said snuggles are available. It is also a day when you — or others around you — may be digging in their heels or stamping their feet like a terrible two year-old and simply refusing to budge…likely over some idealistic perspective that simply can not be discussed in rational terms.

Emotions may run deep and high around 11:34 AM ET, when Moon cozies up to transformational Pluto…and a dramatic clash of mood vs. mind may occur around 8:35PM ET, when the stubborn Moon squares off against mental Mercury in royal Leo. These are potentials, mind you. Hopefully in your own personal world, you’ll apply the steady determination and organizational skills of a Taurus Moon constructively — without the stubborn drama.

Meanwhile, I am already hearing reports of computers and other communication devices and systems on the fritz. That’s your friendly reminder to back up your computers and iPhones in preparation for Mercury turning retrograde on July 14th.

In other news, I was thrilled to hear from the reader who clicked on a recent link posted in this forecast that takes you to a website that tells you if one of the 50 states — and parts of Canada — might be holding money you didn’t even know was owed you. This reader just got a check for $125 — how cool is that?

Headlines that have caught my eye include yesterday’s void-of-course Moon vote in the House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The general rule on events occurring during a void is that they are likely to be of no consequence. We shall see…

General note on the headlines: with Neptune now firmly in the early part of Pisces, it is interesting to see all of these stories of mysterious infections, drugs, oceans, and  oil on the NYT homepage as I type. I expect more of the same over the next thirteen years.

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 2/2/2012: Neptune in Pisces

Another day light on planetary activity, though the buzz that began yesterday afternoon continues with Moon still in Gemini, needing to be the smartest one in the room. Who, what, when, where and how? Ideas can flow easily and with feeling as you wake up this morning, courtesy of a smooth connection between Moon and mental Mercury.

Today is your last chance to experience a full day of nebulous Neptune in Aquarius — and here, I mean the last chance in your lifetime. On Friday at 1:52PM ET, Neptune enters Pisces, the sign it rules.  Neptune energy can be challenging for people who live in a material world, as it prefers the immaterial and ephemeral to the material and permanent. Neptune tends to dissolve whatever it touches, leaving you with the feeling that you’re standing in quicksand. Or in a fog. 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.

Here are 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. We can anticipate with confidence that headlines over the next 14 years will reflect these keywords with increasing levels of intensity.

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. Note that the “social democratic demonstrations” (e.g., the “Year of Revolutions of 1848” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutions_of_1848), coincided with Uranus and Pluto hooking up in the cardinal sign of Aries. Note also that Uranus and Pluto are four months away from a three-year long series of seven exact challenges to each other (and that we’ve been feeling the build-up for over a year) in Aries and Capricorn, respectively. Note also that when Uranus and Pluto do make contact, the effect is one of upheaval. But I digress. Here’s the bit on Neptune’s last transit through Pisces:

“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.”

This year, Neptune in Pisces will affect you most strongly if you have a birthday — or a planet, rising sign or midheaven in the early degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius. On the plus side, there is potential for a spiritual awakening or transcendence; artistic and/or romantic stimulation and/or success. On the down side there is the potential for bewilderment or listlessness. Consult your local astrologer for further details on how Neptune is likely affecting your own personal horoscope. Meanwhile, you can watch Mitt Romney in action as one example of how Neptune can completely fog up efforts of personal projection as it challenges his Gemini Ascendant. Here’s what happened yesterday: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/opinion/collins-mitt-speaks-oh-no.html?hp http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/us/politics/poor-quote-by-romney-seized-on-by-his-critics.html?hp  Bewildering, eh?

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 4/18/2011

Happy Monday, happy Full Moon hangover and happy Passover, for those that are celebrating. Let’s see what made the news as anticipated over the weekend. Wacky weather? Yep, killer tornadoes from Oklahoma to North Carolina…and some pretty intense storms up her in New York. Thanks to astrologer Richard Nolle, whose work and writing over the years have taught me the impact of Super Moons on weather patterns. War on women? Certainly women in Yemen were upset over remarks made by their president…so much so that they took to the streets in protest http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/17/yemeni-women-protest-against-president-saleh  Then there was this uplifting story about toxins injected into oil wells by oil companies, which now raise the concern that these toxins will contaminate water resources http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/science/earth/17gas.html?hp This story comes courtesy of Neptune (refers to water, oil, poisons) recently entering the sign of Pisces, the sign it rules, where it will hopefully raise our awareness of these environmental concerns so we can take constructive action. Stories about water shortages and pollution are not new, but planetary patterns suggest that are likely to be seen more frequently — and make greater impact — over the next 14 years. And oh — here’s another Neptunian oil-toxin story that just came over the wire “Mystery Illnesses Plague Louisiana Spill Crews”  http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110417/ts_alt_afp/usoilpollutionenvironmentbphealth

Today’s aspects are not especially tolerant of frivolity. Moon entered moody bastard Scorpio (not to be confused with moody bastard Pisces) at 2:19AM EDT, where it could well spend great chunks of time churning with emotion buried deep beneath the surface, while maintaining a convincing mask of detached calm. We may see continued frustration as a result of someone’s militant stance. For those who dare, we may also see some battering ram (Mars in Aries) breakthroughs in civil discourse, justice and fairness (Saturn in Libra), such as news of a bill passed in California requiring the teaching of gay rights and history in schools http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/8454857/California-set-to-teach-gay-history-and-rights-in-schools.html

Temper your words and actions today with depth, substance and integrity.