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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 4/23/2012: Ease on Down the Road

A potentially slow start to the morning, with chances of a high flake factor or unexpected twist, especially if you live in the eastern times zones in the U.S. As I type, Moon has been void of course in material comfort-seeking Taurus since 1:10PM ET Sunday…and it doesn’t enter Gemini until 1:05PM ET Monday (today). I spent part of the void applying the inspiration and innovation of planetary patterns (read Friday’s forecast for details of said patterns) into a rich asparagus soup and a lemon-thyme roasted chicken, which will provide much material comfort over the next few days. You?

Other Moon voids for the week: Wednesday 4:31PM ET – Thursday 1:42AM ET; Saturday 3:05AM – 12:10PM ET

Moon’s ingress into Gemini quickens the pace of the afternoon, as the need to inform and be informed pulls focus. Pick up the phone; write that email and have that conversation, using an easy application of practical energy suggested by a smooth connection between Sun in Taurus and Mars in detail-oriented Virgo (exact at 8:59PM ET). As the evening progresses, note these two caveats: 1) a challenge between Moon and nebulous Neptune, at 6:33PM ET which adds inspiration and/or confusion to the mix; 2) a challenge between Moon and nitpicky Mars at 9:46PM ET, suggesting heightened egos and/or emotional outbursts.

Meanwhile, if you’re digging for truth or dirt, this week’s challenge between ruthless Pluto and mental Mercury (exact Wednesday at 10:50AM ET) suggests the potential for communication that cuts right to the heart of the matter.  Watch for more news from underground as the week progresses.

And speaking of news, I found these headlines especially in line with planetary patterns. Regarding Sunday’s Uranus-Mercury conjunction suggesting innovation and aviation, I was intrigued by a New York Times Magazine piece on inventors Also of note: progress made on a possible merger between bankrupt American Airlines and U.S. Air   travel agents may be making a comeback   and a plane crash in Pakistan.

Of note in the “Confuse-A-Cat”* category (nebulous Neptune opposing Mars), we saw numerous stories of spectacular showmanship/deception/things not being as they seem, including a fascinating front page story about a New York socialite’s made-up life and a Discovery Channel documentary that had record ratings — about a woman whose harrowing tale of surviving the destruction of the World Trade Center turned out to be pure fiction  And then there’s Wal-Mart, apparently scandalized by big news of bribery and a cover-up in Mexico





Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 3/28/2012: Rose-Tint My World News Tonight

A need for information drives the day, with Moon running wild in Gemini, sign of the information junkie. And with Mercury retrograde, of course, there is (again) the potential for misinformation, miscommunication, etc.,etc. The antidote to Mercury retrograde is a willful effort to FOCUS.  Check and double check…especially if it’s a mic check, as President Obama learned (the hard way) on Monday, when a conversation he thought was private was picked up by a nearby microphone that just happened to be on   Oops. FOCUS, Mr. POTUS!!

Also influencing the colors of the day: a idealizing connection between mental Mercury and loving Venus, suggesting an inclination to see the world through glasses in a shade of rose. And let’s not forget ruthless Pluto in “establishment” Capricorn challenging the Sun in me-me-me Aries, suggesting corruption exposed, power plays and other news from underground, such as seismic activity making headlines  As for “feeling like you’re living inside a kaleidoscopic pinball machine” making headlines (see yesterday’s forecast), you can be happy you weren’t inside this kaleidoscopic JetBlue airplane when the pilot apparently lost his grip on reality.

Make that a Jefferson Airplane  (cue “White Rabbit” now)

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 3/22/2012: New Moon in Aries and Way More

If you read Monday’s forecast, you may recall a bit about the Moon being void of course from 4:39AM ET Wednesday to 5:57AM ET Thursday, in Pisces on the last day of of the lunar cycle.  Regular readers would have been alerted to the following possibilities: unexpected twists, crises that turn out to be for naught, it being a challenge to move things in a straight line and a higher than usual flake factor — all of that is related to the Moon void. Last day of the lunar cycle suggests a sense of restlessness or listlessness, knowing that the new cycle is near — but not here yet. Moon in Pisces: a need to work with intangibles, usually adding a dreamy vibe to the day.

Factor in that Mercury is retrograde (schedule snafus, delays, retreats) and you’ve got a good scenario for your astro-logical forecast not being in your inbox yesterday — an unexpected twist — because your astrologer had twists of her own — all good, except for the one about getting on the downtown subway instead of the one heading uptown.  Hopefully you went with the flow. If you don’t know what a void-0f-course Moon is and/or how to manage one,  read this:  And welcome!

The New Moon at 2 degrees of Aries is exact today at 10:37AM ET, and it is just bursting with the potential for innovative ideas and a declaration of independence and empowerment. Four planets: Sun, Moon, mental Mercury and rebel Uranus are aligned in Aries,  needing  to be Number One. Other keywords for Aries: courage, inspiration, innocence, fresh starts, fighting for the underdog, warrior, impulsive (sometimes dangerously so). What’s that buzz going on inside your head — and/or all around you?

Contrast this emotional and mental intensity with the lingering effects of last week’s Earth Grand Trine among Mars, Pluto and Jupiter.  We can expect resources to continue to be a focal point in the headlines, along with a need for the projection of an aura of self-sufficiency and stability. During this cycle, however, stability is likely to be challenged. Transformational Pluto is in a tense pattern with rebel Uranus and both of these heavies challenge the Sun on March 29th and March 24th, respectively. Possible manifestations: notable earthquakes (we already had one on Monday, in Mexico), accidents, rebellion against the status quo, news from underground (seismic activity and corruption exposed)and volatility.

 If you have planets in your horoscope between 3 and 9 degrees of Aries,  Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, you are undoubtedly feeling the tension between Uranus and Pluto on a personal level. What is the push for change? More on that question can be found in this article, URANUS SQUARE PLUTO: What’s In It For You?  I wrote it for professionals and students of astrology; laymen will have to wade through some technical jargon, but you’ll get the idea, especially if you know a little bit about your horoscope.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is  “a cameo profile of a man in the outline of his country” and the text provided by Blain Bovee, the go-to guy for all things Sabian, echoes the theme above of  asserting our unique identity in or contrast to the collective. What sense of stability do we gain by identifying ourselves as, for example,  “I am Brazilian” or “I am Polish-American” or “I am a Buddhist”? What happens when others put us in these kinds of categories?

With this Sabian Symbol, Blain Bovee notes the potential “to stereotype others at the expense of their full individuality; to highlight only their prominent features” (suggested by the image of the cameo profile, which is only presenting one side of a person’s face). Watch for stories of  snap judgments based on general outlines — in the news and in your own personal world. One consequence of such (literally) trigger-happy thinking is illustrated in this disturbing story, likely to gain more traction in the headlines during this lunar cycle:   Recommended reading for this lunar cycle: Blink and Outliers, both by Malcolm Gladwell   The first book is an eye-opener about first impressions; the second is an equally provocative read on why certain individuals — such as Bill Gates — are so successful.

Last, but not least: during this lunar cycle aggressive Mars is challenged by nebulous Neptune, suggesting issues of glamor, charisma, seduction, fantasy and fanaticism. This is a terrific pattern for the launch of an escapist movie (Neptune) about a battle to the death (Mars) fought on television (Neptune) by an unconventional, rebel hero (Uranus in Aries) in a post-apocalyptic world For the rest of us, it is a suggestion to look very carefully at whatever hype and spin is being spun and consider the source before jumping on the bandwagon. 

Meanwhile, in New York, our very early Spring continues in full bloom, with a projected high today in the 70s.  Whatever journey we are on, as individuals or part of the collective, there’s no stopping it now. Courage!

To be continued…


Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 9/30/2010

Considering how to express the potential manifestations of this likely pro-active day, I couldn’t help but notice an odd synchronicity: it’s Fran Drescher’s birthday — and it’s possible that some portions of this day may feel like the sound of her voice ; )

A Moon void between 6:36 – 9:46AM NY may get the East Coast off to a loopy start…and as the day progresses, efforts to establish emotional security (the Moon will be in Cancer), may be thwarted by sudden limitation (the possible down side)…or bolstered by plans that begin to take solid form (the possible up side). This serious tone will likely show up in relationships: you’re either coming together with a sense of strong purpose or cutting your losses– with both scenarios likely in the headlines. (Exhibit A: Meg Whitman’s quest to become the next governor of California is blindsided by a former (undocumented) maid; yes, Whitman’s chart is directly affected by the Big T-Square Party and nebulous Neptune, too).

If you’re on the chilly side of the reception line this evening, do your best to surround yourself with the comforts of home. An optimistic outlook is likely to return just in time for the weekend as we begin moving closer to a second hook up between loving Venus and randy Mars — in passionate Scorpio, no less — on October 3rd. That can be very, very good.