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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 8/6/2015: It’s Debatable; Donald Trump; Mark Zuckerberg

Moon in Taurus continues its steady quest for material security and comfort today — and all through tomorrow, too. Hope you are enjoying a few pleasures in the realm of the senses. A sunny idealism permeates the day, but behind the shining stars (regal egos?) is a need for gravitas in mindset and communication. Thank you, Mercury conjunct Venus in Leo, square Saturn. That need to be taken seriously (exact at 4:19PM ET) will surely resonate with the seven Republican contenders exiled to the (Uncool) Kids’ Table, a.k.a. the Not Ready for Primetime Players  of tonight’s debate.

Around 8:44PM, an easy flow between the Moon and Pluto intensifies the potency of the need for things to be the Way They Ought to Be, setting the tone for the Primetime Portion Starring Donald Trump. Also setting the tone: a square between that stability-seeking Moon and the regal Leo Sun at 10:03PM ET. This might be the measurement for one of the contenders to go off the rails tonight; but really, with a change-averse Taurus Moon driving the bus, I do not expect shocks and upsets. Plus, Saturn is at the top of the chart of this event, suggesting a need to project executive authority, control and top form. But to confirm that speculation, I would need birth times for all of the candidates, which I do not have. If someone were having an exact Neptune (bewilderment) transit to the Ascendant, for example, we might see something like this.

Tonight is as good as it gets for Venus retrograde heartthrob Donald Trump, who reportedly released his birth certificate four years ago…and then refused to release it several weeks ago when another newspaper asked. Weird — and I’m at a loss to explain why the lamestream media — seems to have forgotten that they already published the birth certificate in question.  Did they make it up? What did I miss? If someone has a clue, let me know. Here is the horoscope based on that birth certificate, which appears to be functioning as designed.

Current transits include Venus, Mercury and Jupiter (expansion) clustered around The Donald’s regal 29 Leo Ascendant, in easy alignment to his blah blah blah entertaining Gemini Sun and righteously opinionated Sagittarius Moon. He needs to tell you what he thinks and know that what he says is respected. This need is his driving force! Rebel Uranus, which delights in its eccentricity, is conjunct Trump’s Sun and North Node and also opposes his Moon. Of course he needs to shake things up when it comes to partnerships and the general public. He thrives on excitement.

Oh, and there’s a pugnacious Mars in Leo on his Ascendant too, which astrologer Grant Lewi notes can easily “get away with murder” — also boosted by that cluster now in Leo.  Mr. Trump needs to act with drama and showmanship. And now, this is Mr. Trump’s  time to expand his projection of regal authority to the masses.

Yes, if the election were held today (and only Republicans could vote), he would likely win in a landslide…and voters would live to regret it after Venus turned direct.  Thank Goddess the election is not being held this November. But why is Trump’s regal authority suddenly being taken so seriously, in a real-life political arena as opposed to a fake TV reality show? Look to 1) transiting Saturn squaring his Ascendant, spurring ambition and 2) solar arc direct Saturn at the Aries Point, suggesting a need for executive authority becoming prominent.

Then look to other solar arc directions in the chart including a personally radiant arc between the Sun and the Ascendant; another between the nodal axis and Mars (which adds to the explanation of why people are now resonating with the anger Trump projects)’ and a third between Pluto (power) and Jupiter (expansion). These solar arcs will become exact between now and next year, which is a compelling argument for why he’s likely to have staying power. A transit between Uranus and Trump’s natal Jupiter sparks his innate need for risk and excitement. Given that Jupiter rules his 5th House, which refers to performance and creative ego expression, we can expect quite a dazzling show. And when astrologers are respected and valued by mainstream audiences and paid for their analyses in the same way that Trip Daniel is getting paid by the New York Times, it will then make sense to spend time writing in ever greater detail about Mr. Trump. With a planet in my 2nd house hit by this week’s Jupiter-Saturn square, matters of worth and value are much on my mind. Isn’t astrology amazing?

UPDATE: more on The Donald — from a later forecast posted Dec 8th 2015:

Mars in touch with Pluto — the major pattern of last weekend — suggests more than just guns. It suggests the potential for regeneration and also that which we consider masculine. The timing of this headline is epic, if you ask me: “Penis Transplants Being Planned to Help Wounded Troops”.  Astrology is amazing.

The Mars-Pluto pattern affected Donald Trump’s intrinsically macho horoscope. With his natal Mars in Leo and on his Leo Ascendant, we could expect a regal personal projection, driven by a seething sense of entitlement. The fixed star Capulus conjoins his 24 Taurus Midheaven, the point of career and public status. Capulus refers to “male sexual energy,” and this webpage offers a ton of observations from various sources on how it may be reflected in a horoscope. Transiting Mars, Pluto and Uranus are making contact with Mr. Trump’s natal Jupiter, suggesting a potential for expansive opportunity and resources.

Until yesterday, coverage of Mr. Trump’s campaign was relegated to the entertainment section of The Huffington Post. After his comments over the weekend that the US should ban all Muslims from entering the country, HuffPo decided to take him seriously — check out its editorial explaining why it is moving him to the politics section. Three other observations about Mr. Trump. First, he has Mercury square Neptune, suggesting no small amount of idealism and/or delusion and/or fantasy.

Second, he has Venus in Cancer conjunct Saturn. This suggests a need for social expression focused on creating home/family/emotional security (that the Venus in Cancer part). This need is tied to ambition and control by its contact with Saturn (which in the language of astrology, refers to discipline, limits and control). The Venus-Saturn combo can express itself in ways that seem stingy or mean-spirited. Others with this tough combo include: Ted Cruz, Senator James Inhofe, Rep. Peter King, Charles Koch, Governor Paul LePage, Megyn Kelly, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Governor Scott Walker. hi

Third, Mr. Trump’s horoscope continues to be quite strong from now into 2016 and beyond.

Here’s a post from June 2015, after he announced his run; here’s one from April 2011.

I do not believe we have a confirmed birth time for Mark Zuckerberg, but several times have been proposed. One proposal suggests a 20 Virgo Ascendant, and it has a boatload of solar arcs exact soon and into next year — among planets involved with the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th houses. Solar arcs involving the Moon and Mars (action) at the IC (the angle referring to home & family), as well as between Jupiter, ruler of the IC  and Saturn, the ruler of the 5th house (children) reflect the potential for changes in his personal life.  Other arcs and transits involve Uranus, which refers to the spark required to start something new.

These arcs will be exact on various dates between now and April. Last week Mr. Zuckerberg and his wife announced they were expecting their first child after trying without success for several years. On September 13th, the 20 Virgo Ascendant will be eclipsed, suggesting a major change in life. This eclipse will be triggered by transiting Jupiter (expansion) on  November 29th  and again on February 16th.  The Zuckerbergs did not say when their baby girl was due. Let’s test this horoscope with its 20 Virgo ASC and see what happens. UPDATE: the birth of Baby Zuckerberg was announced on December 1st. The Zuckerbergs now have a daughter, Max, who was born “earlier that week”.

Finally, a shout-out of appreciation to Avid Reader Lucy, who took the time to share this delightful news:

Hi Elisabeth, just wanted you to know I did the search for lost $$$.  It was wild to see my name listed.  Its only $20.00, but how fun to find it. I can’t even remember what it’s from.  Thank you again, Lucy

Followed by:

I checked my daughter’s name  and she had 2 refunds, one of them over 100.00… wow!

Isn’t that fabulous? Lucy is referring to, which I’ve been linking here all week — and where you can search the treasuries of every state in which you’ve ever lived (under every name you’d ever had) to see if one is holding a check or two for you. It’s a perfect thing to investigate when Venus is retrograde. Lucy’s news is still making me smile. Thank you, Lucy, for sharing your joy with the rest of us!

Thank you for reading this forecast. And if you’d like to discuss what’s going on in your unique horoscope, here’s how to schedule a personal consultation.


Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday-Friday 8/4-8/2014: The US Horoscope, Obama & More

Alllll-righty then.

It’s summer, y’know? At least it is in the Northern Hemisphere, and if you live in that area of the world, I hope you are finding time to enjoy some lovely weather and restful days, even if there isn’t a Moon void or a Mercury retrograde to suggest you take time away from the office.

Here’s what’s been going on this week — I’d love to hear how planetary patterns were reflected in your own personal world.

Exact patterns were light on Monday through Wednesday, but are building in intensity and activity towards the weekend, culminating with the Full Moon in Aquarius on Sunday at 2:09PM ET.  As of 6:19AM ET Tuesday, Moon ended a 16 hour-long void in “knowledge is power” Scorpio, suggesting that most of Monday would be best spent tending to routine tasks or chilling out. With the Moon in gamboling/gambling Sagittarius, the energy of the day on Tuesday and Wednesday may have been fiery but optimistic, augmented by an easy connection from jovial Jupiter at 2:17PM ET.  A dreamy and/or bewildering influence colored Tuesday around 6:19PM ET, when Moon was challenged by nebulous Neptune, suggesting a need to make an extra effort to be clearly understood. [Guess what happened at 3:30PM Tuesday in NY, with Neptune at 6 Pisces challenging the Moon AND the Ascendant at 5 Sagittarius? Two double-decker buses crash in Times Square; the story was published at 5:54PM ET; the driver of one bus has since been arrested for “driving under the influence“]

Kudos to you if you got it off your desk by 10:52AM ET Wednesday, when the Moon went void until 9:39AM ET on Thursday. Suggestions for handling the wandering energy of an all-day Moon void in Sagittarius include any activity that broadens your horizons, e.g., a walk in the woods, a day playing sports, watching a foreign film. Hopefully you avoided the Sagittarian temptation to get involved in a righteous debate, as a Moon void has greater potential for making a mountain out of a molehill in a something that will turn out to be of no consequence.

Thursday (today!) and Friday will be days to “make things happen” when the Moon enters enterprising Capricorn at 9:39AM ET for a power-packed two days. One planetary pattern coloring the week that is exact on Thursday at 8:14AM ET is a magical, mystical connection between warrior Mars and nebulous Neptune. This aspect facilitates charisma, seduction and sex appeal, snake oil salesmen and others hawking dreams and illusions. Healing and spiritual pursuits are also suggested — and perhaps a bit of peace in a war zone. Remember from last week that Neptune tends to dissolve whatever it touches, so when it comes in contact with aggressive Mars, it may diffuse an impulse to fight — at least openly. What was in your dreams last night or in your waking thoughts this morning? Pay attention and move forward.

Friday is especially jam-packed. First, Moon makes its weekly challenge to Pluto and Uranus, possibly disrupting the status quo around 4:22AM ET and 12:15PM ET, respectively.  Themes of idealism, mental discipline and/or gravitas leading to tech breakthroughs and a greater than usual conflict between the old guard vs. the avant garde reach a peak when mental Mercury and the Sun make contact with Uranus  and Saturn on Friday night  and Saturday morning, respectively. Two steps forward; one step back — or one step forward; two steps back? What needs to be eliminated to make room for something new? Got any cosmic breakthroughs on your schedule? How about a rendez-vous with a comet shaped like a rubber duck? Or a mystical-shaped storm system on Saturn?  Or a sneak peek at another comet that’s due to swing by Mars in October? Why are all these headlines on the NYT homepage now? That was a rhetorical question.

More news.

Reflecting the verbal/mental expansion, complete with a royal edict, suggested by last Saturday’s hook-up between Mercury and Jupiter in Leo, I am pleased to report that 5000 words have been added to the Official Scrabble Players’ Dictionary. And there was much rejoicing in the land. Reflecting last Friday’s contact among disciplined Saturn and electric Uranus with Venus (love, social expression), a new study seeks to determine “what lasting love is really about”.

More on general events in the US,  continuing the discussion from last Friday’s post.  I’ve been thinking about a number of horoscopes — all related — which would include the horoscope of the US, Barack Obama and his second inauguration. The exact date and time of the US birthday is a subject of debate among astrologers. Was it the signing of the Declaration of Independence? The Articles of Confederation?  The US Constitution? We celebrate July 4th as the official US birthday, the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Even so, there is no consensus on what time that signing took place. Several times have been proposed, for various reasons, and the debate continues.

One of the most popular charts proposes a birth time of 2:13AM with a 7 Gemini Ascendant; another suggests a 5:10PM time with a 12 Sagittarius Ascendant — you can look at those two here. Regardless of the exact time, a July 4th horoscope, as noted in prior forecasts, is particularly “hot” right now. Why? For a number of reasons, but the biggest reason is the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square, which is currently making contact with the US Sun at 12 Cancer and the US Saturn at 14 Libra. Uranus and Pluto contacting the Sun suggests emancipation and empowerment — for better or worse — and definitely a disruption of the status quo, as in break-ups and shake-ups. Uranus and Pluto to Saturn suggests tremendous effort required in the face of loss — perhaps even a karmic retribution that is downright anguishing.

We last experienced Pluto to the US Sun and Saturn from late 1976-1978. We had a big, empowering 200th birthday bash in the Summer of ’76. Jimmy Carter was President. Thanks to Jimmy Carter, we have the Departments of Energy (empowering) and Education (ditto). Still, the President was not popular. There was an energy crisis. It was tough, and we did not like it. When nebulous Neptune challenged the U.S. Mars, sprinkling rose-colored pixie dust from sea to shining sea, we yearned for greener pastures, went Hollywood and voted for Ronald Reagan.

Ahhh, Neptune, which dissolves whatever it touches.  It is making contact with the US horoscope again, likely in more than one way. Neptune is currently at 6 Pisces, squaring the US Uranus at 8 Gemini. This aspect, writes astrologer Noel Tyl, suggests “loss of ego focus, awakened spirituality, possible irritable or amorphous states”.  Does that sound right? And in the Gemini and Sagittarius horoscopes noted above, Neptune is making a challenging aspect to the US Ascendant. It’s simply a matter of degree.

If we use the Gemini ASC chart, we’re in the middle of a bewildering identity crisis that will have peaked by the end of 2015. If we use the Sag chart, our potential “ego wipeout” — the term Tyl uses to describe heavy Neptune transits — is just beginning, and will peak between 2016 and early 2018. The US had its last heavy Neptune transit between 1973-1976.  We had an oil crisis at the end of 1973.  Neptune also refers to oil. We also had the Watergate scandal and the subsequent resignation of President Nixon. Yeah, that was an ego wipeout, if you’re old enough to remember it. Hmmm. Neptune tends to dissolve boundaries. Isn’t it interesting that we’re having a “border crisis” now, in the form of thousands of hapless Neptune-in-Pisces (keywords: drugs, downtrodden, vulnerable, victims) children from Central America blurring our boundaries?

Leading America through these challenging rapids is no easy task. How is President Obama doing? He had a birthday on Monday. It’s been a tough summer for him, as predicted. We see this suggested by stern Saturn, which has been challenging his 18 degree Aquarius Ascendant for a couple of months now, and will make the last of three exact hits during the first two weeks of September. Saturn is a taskmaster that can feel like a wet blanket or a brick wall. The Ascendant refers to personal projection and how it is perceived by others. Saturn is often reflected in feelings of isolation and/or loss…and also ambition, if we’re up for the task. Happy belated birthday, Mr. President. John Boehner is mad at you and wants to sue you. Your admitting last week that “we tortured some folks” apparently made heads explode on the other side of the aisle.  They just didn’t get your Aquarius Ascendant’s need to be seen as all friendly and stuff, and to some it feels quirky, impersonal or quite mad. But now NBC reports that only 40% approve of the job you’re doing…your lowest poll numbers yet. Lonely at the top?

On the other hand, only 14% of Americans approve of how Congress is doing its job, so I suppose it could be worse. And yes, it could be worse, as apparently not many plan to do anything to change a situation they say do not like, such as vote in November’s mid-term elections. Are we as a nation feeling wiped out, irritable or amorphous?

In contrast to Saturn’s controls, expansive Jupiter will hook up with Obama’s Sun for the first time in 12 years in September, just as Saturn hits his Ascendant. A Jupiter transit, suggests opportunities for growth, reward and success and may buffer the heaviness of Saturn.  This is one measurement that affirms my thoughts about the horoscope for Obama’s second inauguration (previously discussed here), in which I opined that in a tenacious battle of wills, Obama is likely to maintain an edge. September may well be tough, but by the end of October, Jupiter will oppose his Ascendant, suggesting  an expansive public outreach likely to be well-received, except by those who will say (again) that he is overstepping his bounds. In the 2013 inauguration horoscope, Saturn is currently “hot,” suggesting ambition and frustration (or perhaps frustrated ambition), warning lights about “hidden enemies,” and reinforcing themes of isolation or going it alone that we see in Obama’s horoscope.

I hope you’ve found this long post about current and past patterns in the US horoscope helpful. I hope you also appreciate that even though patterns suggest huge challenges now and in the immediate future, these are cycles we have experienced before and we will experience them again. These cycles repeat themselves in individual horoscopes, too. Stay on the planet long enough, and you will surely have an opportunity to make a different choice if you did not like the choice you made the last time a pattern presented itself. I’m an optimist, and fiercely believe that if you are here on Planet Earth, you have a meaningful purpose and gifts to be shared with others that can make this world a better place. May today’s pro-active Moon in Capricorn energy inspire you to make it happen.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 6/2/2014: Sneak Peek at the Week; Mercury Retrograde; Ann B. Davis, RIP

Get up and go get organized — and put a playful spin on it. That’s your mission today after a bit of self-indulgence around 8:10AM ET, when the regal, love, love-me-do Leo Moon is energized by a pleasure-seeking Venus in Taurus. Give a little, and you’ll get a little, mmm-kay?

Planetary patterns for the rest of the day suggest a cooperative spirit and balance between the need to shine and the ability to rationally present whatever dreamy idea you’ve been incubating since last week’s New Moon. It’s also a good time to prepare for MERCURY TURNING RETROGRADE on Saturday, June 7th at 7:57AM ET.  Back up your hard drives on all communication gizmos. If you’ve been putting off taking your computer in for a tune-up, consider doing it now. Some are already reporting stalls, crashes and other communication glitches, which we would expect with last week’s dreamy/foggy New Moon.

Contrary to popular belief, Mercury retrogrades are no reason to freak out. Mercury retrograde 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. Why else would your computer, phone and/or car choose THIS time to malfunction? Because you are supposed to be slowing down. And as you slow down, it is vitally important that you re-adjust your FOCUS.

When Mercury is retrograde through July 1st, be prepared for travel delays, scheduling screw-ups, mechanical breakdowns, computer crashes, having to repeat what you’ve just said, misunderstandings, the past coming back for a second look, surprise reunions and having to repeat what you just said. Use your FOCUS and double check important details, like whether the restaurant you’ve chosen for a meet-up is still in business.

Adopt a playful attitude of flexibility to whatever twists you encounter, as with void-of-course Moons. Avoid signing contracts, making major purchases (especially mechanical ones), believing everything you hear or read in the papers and losing patience. Do plan on RElaxing, REviewing, REsearching, REorganizing, REgenerating, REconnecting and REcreating. Mercury retrogrades are excellent times to REview your life with your astrologer.

Your Moon voids for the week — use these times to take care of routine tasks, roll with whatever twists you encounter in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Avoid impulse purchases, such as the six bottles of drinkable yogurt and coconut ice cream I bought at the farmer’s market yesterday, when the Moon was in Cancer. I really did not need them. Otherwise chill out, like this black bear did during last Thursday’s really long void — captured here on tape for your entertainment. What a surprise twist for that Florida homeowner, eh?

This week’s voids: Tuesday 10:42 AM ET until 10:20AM ET on WEDNESDAY; Friday 5:13AM ET until 10:01 PM ET. OK, class — pop quiz: in general, what days this week would be best suited for important meetings, major decisions and purchases?

And now, the news.

First, a general note about Mars. While no longer retrograde, it continues to be noticeably reflected in “if it bleeds, it leads” headlines. Guns, accidents, fires, wars, etc., etc. have been all over the news. On June 14th and June 25th, Mars will make yet another challenging contact with the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square, so more of the same is likely to continue.

Add Saturn’s continued sojourn in Scorpio to this mix, and nitty-gritty stories of life, death and decay, including harsh struggles with and judgements about sexual energy: rape, abortion, contraception, honor killings and other vengeful acts, etc. make news. Forgive me for not listing the never-ending plethora of recent stories in this vein; some days it’s too darn depressing. On the other hand, since this forecast talks about how planetary patterns are reflected in the headlines, I feel a need to note what planetary patterns are being reflected by this dark underbelly of information. You’ll find examples of it on the homepage of any news outlet — or see the examples in the link above.

I can’t wait for Saturn to leave Scorpio in 2015 and move on to Sagittarius, where it can demand righteous restructuring of collective beliefs and their outlets, including but not limited to, religion, education, the media and the law.

Meanwhile, as predicted here in January of 2013, President Obama is using his executive authority to move his agenda forward without the support of the Moon void, much-ado about nothing 113th Congress. With ambitious Saturn soon to reach the top of his horoscope and Neptune likely needing to act as a savior, bolstered by an expansive and energetic connection between Jupiter and Mars, his Administration will announce “one of the strongest actions ever taken by the US government to fight climate change”.  Which is encouraging, given that scientists now report that a big chunk of western Antarctica is now toast. For a lighter look at the continuing climate change debate, here’s ex-Daily Show correspondent John Oliver.

Last but not least, another RIP — this time to Ann B. Davis, whom readers of a Certain Age will remember played Alice, the down-to-earth, yet oh-so-quirky and independent housekeeper on The Brady Bunch. A glance at her horoscope delightfully confirms how perfectly cast she was for that part. Reflecting the down-to-earth: Sun in Taurus, Taurus Ascendant, Moon in no-nonsense, make-it-happen Capricorn. More no-nonsense: Saturn in karma cop Scorpio, projecting authority and control in one-on-one relationships.

For quirky: Venus conjunct rebel Uranus in empathetic Pisces. You know she appreciates just how you feel, though she may have a funny way of saying it. She would need to be unconventional in matters of social expression, while projecting a certain glamor and intrigue. That’s suggested by nebulous Neptune challenging her “Mother Earth” Taurus Ascendant. If Ms. Davis was ever romantically involved with someone, no one is talking about it.

More quirkiness: Mars and Jupiter, together in “Who’s yer buddy?” Aquarius. Both are challenged by Neptune and are expressed through that Taurus Ascendant, suggested a buoyant persona sprinkled with more magical pixie dust (and faith, combined with that practical Earth). For independent: all of what I’ve noted, plus Mercury in verrrry independent Aries, suggesting a quick mind and direct communication.

Fascinating to note that news of her sudden passing coincided with multiple planetary patterns suggesting connecting with the public and being loved. Seeing lots of tributes to her in my Facebook newsfeed…and deservedly so. RIP.




Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 10/4/2012: It’s Debatable

The Moon is void-of-course in Taurus as I type, but by the time most of you wake up, Moon will be in Gemini (as of 7:47AM ET), putting the focus of the day on information spun at lightning speed and probably in all directions at once. Clarity may still be a challenge (as it has been all week), but that rose-colored fog may enhance your dreams or your love life, given nebulous Neptune squaring the Moon at 9:17AM ET.

Meditation may also be exceptionally sublime, as turning inward for the knowledge you seek is suggested by Jupiter turning retrograde at 9:18AM ET (this was discussed in yesterday’s forecast). A profound realization may be yours for the asking today and tomorrow, as mental Mercury (mind, communication) teams up with disciplined Saturn tomorrow at the very last degree of rational, non-confrontational Libra (5:44AM ET). That’s right, folks, this is the last full day of Saturn’s 28 month trek through Libra, which suggested that the structure of relationship — especially fairness and equality therein — would be a major focus. So I’m delighted to note this poll from Omaha noting that a majority of Nebraskans now favor legal recognition of same-sex unions, which is a huge shift from 12 years ago, and is consistent with an “evolution that is nationwide”. See? We can evolve. How cool is that?

What can we expect when Saturn moves into Scorpio? Tune in tomorrow.

And now, a follow-up to yesterday’s predictions for last night’s debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Had I been sitting down, I would have fallen out of my chair when Obama opened the debate by saying he became “the luckiest man on Earth” when he married his wife 20 years ago. Is that “wearing his heart on his sleeve” or what? Was Obama’s performance as “the smartest kid in the room” bewildering and/or inspiring? Certainly bewildering for many who felt the President lacked passion and did not aggressively combat many of the assertions made by Romney. Personally, I noted plenty of aggression,  albeit diffused — as one could expect with nebulous Neptune challenging Obama’s Moon. What aggression, you may ask. On several occasions, I observed that when Mr. Romney went on an attack, Obama did this.

Neptune, which dissolves whatever it touches, was startlingly visible in Romney’s physicality, as we would expect from its current challenging square to his Gemini Ascendant (thus dissolving/confusing Romney’s personal projection). Am I the only one who noticed that Romney could not stop blinking his eyes throughout the debate? I found it distracting, and it is an apparent manifestation of a pattern first observed by astrologer Noel Tyl. From pages 634-635 of his masterful text, Synthesis & Counseling in Astrology, we find:

There is what I call the “Neptune eye-flutter,” when Neptune is prominent…the person will rapidly flutter the eyes in near closure every time he or she uses the first person singular in speech. …the suggestion is that Neptune is way “up front” in the horoscope and that some process of censorship, refinement, amassing of security in the face of challenge or threat, or lack of conviction is going on  under the surface of what is being said. When the self is exposed through opinion, the insecurity threatens to the surface, and the eye-flutter filters the feeling.

Isn’t that interesting? I call it the “Neptune I-flutter”, and here’s where we’ve seen it before — in the last two paragraphs of the post. In Mr. Romney’s case it was striking to see him blinking — not just on the word “I” — but on nearly everything he said. What does that suggest?

Have a fabulous day, in whatever reality you’re choosing to live in. Based on the Twitter feeds during and after last night’s debate, we must conclude that the possibilities are endless…

Peace out! : )





Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 2/8/2012: Venus in Aries: More on Mitt & Rick

Process whatever emotional fallout remains from yesterday’s big, bold Full Moon in Leo while the Moon wraps up its sojourn in Leo this morning. You’ll have plenty of grounded energy to work with, suggested by a steady connection from Moon to sober Saturn, exact at 11:42AM ET. Then, after a brief Moon Void (blink and you’ll miss it), Moon returns to earth at 12:32PM ET, when it enters Virgo (an earth sign) and is challenged by nebulous Neptune at 12:52PM ET.

On the plus side, this combination of practicality and attention to detail (the Saturn influence and Moon in Virgo), along with the inspiration suggested by Neptune can facilitate most excellent progress in bringing intangible ideas into tangible form. Toward the end of the day and into the evening, enthusiasm and resources for creating tangible forms will likely be evident, as the Moon moves into harmonious connections with Jupiter (expansion) and Pluto (resources). All eyes are on the markets right now — will we reach a new high? Given the supportive planetary patterns that have been active in the horoscope of the United States for the past few months (involving the aforementioned Jupiter and Pluto), it seems likely…though I can’t rule out a possible surprise or upset when Uranus, disruptor of the status quo, makes an exact aspect with US’s Venus (which relates to finances) later this month. Perhaps a surprise to the upside…

Speaking of Venus, the planet of money, beauty and social expression entered Aries this morning at 1:01AM ET — and won’t that be wonderful for Rick Santorum, who has Venus at 5 degrees of Aries (yes, it will be wonderful — for Santorum and others with planets in early Aries). Santorum, in case you hadn’t heard, was declared the winner in the Republican primaries of Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado last night  But this should come as no surprise to readers of this forecast, who were briefed on planetary patterns consistent with Santorum’s sudden surge in popularity vs. the Neptunian fog affecting Mitt Romney’s personal projection in earlier posts (search the archives for the details). That fog in Mitt’s horoscope is here to stay for the rest of the year; managing it successfully will likely continue to be challenging.

Venus is Aries is a bit of a flirt, frankly. It needs a much more personal and passionate expression than…say…Venus in “I love you but don’t take it personally” Aquarius (Mitt has that placement; Venus in Aquarius wants to be your best friend, not necessarily your lover. For this, it is often accused of being somewhat cool and detached). Venus in Aries right now should spice up our social interactions for the rest of the month and inspire you to connect with new people. This week you may even connect with some weird, wacky people, suggested by a hook-up between Venus and rebel Uranus that is exact tomorrow at 9:30PM ET. Get out and mingle over the next few days; the experience could be just the breath of fresh air you’ve been looking for.



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”, 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:  Bewildering, eh?



Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 1/25/2012: Basking in the Afterglow, Except for Mitt

Note your dreams this AM for signs of a lingering rosy afterglow, suggesting by a sublime connection between nebulous Neptune and the Moon. Enthusiasm for making some of those dreams come true shows up at 7:47AM ET, when jolly Jupiter aligns with the Moon, which entered soulful Pisces at 4:11AM (shortly after that hook-up with Neptune).

Dreams, glamor, empathy, spirit — what else will drive a day when Pisces craves a connection with intangibles? Not to mention oil, fish, drugs and the sea (watch the headlines). Go with the flow…and note the revelations that may turn up toward 7:30PM ET, when Moon connects with Pluto, bringing whatever is hidden into the light.

And speaking of dreams, who was that man at the podium on Capitol Hill last night? A feisty State of the Union speech indeed – and so thrilling to witness, given yesterday’s astro-logical forecast. So many initiatives presented — and yet with Mars retrograde (darn it), I regret to say the chances of them materializing in the near future are not promising. But perhaps there will be some who heard the call and will begin to plan a strategy for execution at a later date…

Looking at yesterday’s patterns — with Venus (money) and Pluto (resources, empowerment, news from underground) running wild — I wondered how that might manifest in the headlines. Other than Apple posting stellar earnings at the end of the day and tomorrow’s Fed decision, another story really driving news was Mitt Romney’s tax returns Really not a good day for Romney, a Pisces born March 12, 1947 at 9:51AM in Detroit, MI.

For months, Romney has been lost in a cloud, suggested by a loooong challenge to his Moon in “knowledge is power” Scorpio by nebulous Neptune. His Jupiter in “I must have a mission” Scorpio is also affected — suggesting, perhaps, an overblown sense of what the mission might be — or a huge leap of faith. This Neptune-Moon connection also suggests a big blur and/or befuddlement around communication — and a certain amount of anxiety about popularity — odd for a horoscope that otherwise suggests a natural inclination to reach out to the public. It dampens the fires of ambition…and the ambiguity will likely continue as Neptune challenges Romney’s Gemini Ascendent (identity crisis?). This has to be hard to deal with, given other measurements in the chart that suggests the need to be known for having a strong sense of purpose. Note that Rick Perry just went through a Neptune challenge to his Ascendant (yes, that’s what all the confusion was likely about), and Barack Obama was having a Neptune challenge to his Midheaven (public status, authority) early last year (that influence has since left the building — in case you hadn’t noticed).