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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 5/18/2015: New Moon in Taurus; Mercury in Retrograde

Good Morning!

Moon entered Gemini at 5:27AM ET. A new day, a new week — and five hours earlier, a New Moon. More on that in a minute.  High-flying ambition and action designed to tell the world about it are in play, as Moon is challenged by Saturn at 8:49AM ET, followed by a meet-up with warrior Mars at 1:26PM ET.

Hmm. I wrote that line last night, and the headline dominating the home page of the NYT is this: “Obama to Limit Military-Style Equipment for Police Forces”. Excellent, Mr. President. Now when are you going to back off this TPP (doubtful).

Be aware that mental Mercury is at at standstill (from our Earthbound perspective) and will turn retrograde at 9:53PM ET. You can be quite productive during this period of mental review, so no whinging, please.

Did you back up your computers and other electronic gizmos? Good. Will you promise to triple check written communications before you hit “send”? Excellent. Do you swear you will call the restaurant before you meet that important client, just to confirm that it is still there and/or not closed for private party? Awesome. And will you promise to slow down enough to make sure that what you say and what you hear are accurately understood? Great! You’re going to be just fine.

I meant to post this forecast last night, but my computer “mysteriously” froze. I did not get upset. I read an inspiring book and then went to sleep. This morning the computer is functioning as designed.

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 tuning IN. And as you slow down and tune inward, it is vitally important that you re-adjust your FOCUS.

When Mercury is retrograde through June 11th, be prepared for travel delays, scheduling screw-ups, mechanical breakdowns, computer crashes, having to repeat what you’ve just said, misunderstandings, projects from the past coming back for a second look, surprise reunions and having to repeat what you just said.

Adopt a playful attitude of flexibility to whatever twists you encounter, as with void-of-course Moons. Avoid making major purchases (especially mechanical ones). Avoid gossiping and believing everything you hear or read in the papers. Most important, avoid losing patience. Make friends with your inner Zen Buddha instead.

Mercury turns retrograde at 13 degrees of Gemini. If you have a planet or an angle around that degree, you’ll be more personally affected than most. If you know where 13 degrees Gemini falls in your horoscope, that’s the area of your life that will be most stimulated by Mercury’s apparent backward motion.

Do plan on RElaxing, REviewing, REsearching, REorganizing, REgenerating, REconnecting and REcreating. Mercury retrogrades are excellent times to REview your life with your astrologer.

The NYT published a superb article about Mercury retrograde back in January. So encouraging to see a Serious Newspaper run a serious, smart article about astrology. In February, the Washington Post also ran a piece about Mercury retrograde, but with a sensationalist headline. Mercury retrograde “madness”? Give me a break. For potential “madness,” wait until Memorial Day. That’s when we’ll have a fanatical/delusional/starstuck challenge between Neptune and Mars and a challenge in which rebel Uranus shakes up Venus (women, social expression, art, money). But I’m getting ahead of myself.

About this New Moon…

The New Moon in Taurus happened at 12:13AM ET, offering us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle.  Make a list, light a candle, say a prayer. Around May 25th, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to those goals, with appropriate adjustments made. At the time of the Full Moon on June 2nd, we can expect illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle. If we succeeded, we can consciously release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. After the Third Quarter Moon on the 9th, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon cycle on  June 16th.

New Moon in Taurus needs to build material stability and security. So what do you want to have? What do you value? How creative can you get when it comes to acquiring what you want?

There is a dynamic action potential in this New Moon chart, for better or for worse. The Sun and Moon are applying to warrior Mars and controlling/ambitious Saturn. The Sun and Moon are also conjunct the fixed star Algol, which you may remember was prominent in the departure chart of that ill-fated Germanwings flight.

Algol suggests losing one’s head. The word “alcohol” comes from “Algol” — isn’t that interesting? Algol also suggests “immense female passion and power,” as you’ll read in this fascinating piece by UK astrologer Nick Kollerstrom.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon at 27 Taurus echoes this overwrought feminine theme: “a squaw selling beads”. “Squaw” is a controversial word. Some say it is derogatory because it means vagina. This is also a point of controversy. But with two powerful symbols of feminine energy that is seen through a distorted lens and is thus feared, I’m curious to see how this will manifest in the headlines.

Sabian Symbol guru Blaine Bovee suggests that “a squaw selling beads” is a image of someone having to take on a job that is beneath her dignity. Is she selling herself short? Why does she have to “sell out”? Bovee also notes that Manhattan was sold for a handful of beads.  How interesting to be faced with this Symbol as the aforementioned  Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement gains traction in the news.

On the plus side, Bovee suggests this Symbol implores us to consider being true to ourselves. How we can not “sell out”? How can we not throw our precious pearls (beads?) before swine?

And on that note, I’ll close…so I can post this by 10AM ET. Apologies for any typos left uncorrected as a result…

To be continued…


Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 6/22/2011: Nebulous Neptune in the News

Keep your grounding cord down as the Moon in soulful Pisces continues its free fall, not to enter the next sign, Aries, until after midnight. For details on the energy of a void-of-course Moon, check out the ESSAYS section on my website, If you must move in a straight line today, then move you must; just be advised that the chances of getting off track are increased, so roll with whatever twists may come your way. If you do have freedom to float, follow your bliss. Creative and healing activities are highly favored.

Two powerful aspects from nebulous Neptune in its home sign of Pisces are exact today. Neptune squares aggressive Mars and trines the life-giving Sun. Neptune tends to dissolves whatever it touches, especially structures and other material things. Clouds, fog, glamor, charisma and other intangibles such as music, photography, healing and spirit are related to Neptune. When Neptune is strong in a horoscope, things may not be as they seem. Fact checking and reading the fine print more than once becomes essential.
How might Neptune square Mars manifest in an individual horoscope? For one possibility, look no further than today’s front-page profile of would-be president Michele Bachman  Sarah Palin has this aspect. So does Glenn Beck. Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton also have intense connections between Mars and Neptune (not squares, however).

In the headlines yesterday I noted a few Neptune-influenced stories in the headlines. In the business world, it was noted that the debt-ridden city of Harrisburg, the capital of PA is appealing to God to help solve its financial woes with a three-day prayer and fast in which the mayor will participate  In the media, a UK newspaper apologizes for publishing a sex scandal that turned out to be fake …and so was this press release announcing that a US company had been accused of fraud  Meanwhile, JP Morgan Chase will pay millions to settle with the SEC over charges it misled investors And finally, we have this front page story about an innovative new camera

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 6/21/2011: Summer Solstice

Did I forget to mention that Moon moved into Pisces yesterday at 4:45PM ET, after a void so brief that if you blinked, you missed it? Apparently. Moon in Pisces needs to work with intangibles; working with your intuition and going with the flow can be an effective strategy during such times.

It could feel downright soupy over the next two days, as nebulous Neptune, the sign that rules Pisces, makes strong aspects to energetic Mars and life-giving Sun (both exact tomorrow during a day-long void). Watery depths increase with the Sun’s ingress into Cancer at 1:17PM ET, marking the Summer Solstice — the longest day of the year. The first two days around a Solstice or Equinox are especially charged, as these degrees of the zodiac: Zero Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn mark the beginning of a new season. Collectively these degrees are known as the Aries Point, and whenever a planet in your horoscope falls on one of these points, you can be sure it will push for prominence in your life.

Restrictive Saturn in Libra, sign of fairness, balance, judges squares Mercury (mind, communication, travel) in Cancer (women, mom, emotional security) at 2:42PM ET.  An apt aspect for yesterday’s Supreme Court decision denying 1.5 million current and former Walmart employees (women) to sue their employer for sex discrimination resulting in inequitable pay and promotion? Saturn-Mercury aspects can be heavy, sometimes downright depressing. On the other hand, the serious focus can be constructive. In the case of the Walmart employees, the loss sustained by each averaged $1100, according to the New York Times. What if 1.5 million women filed a case in small claims court? Putting together a case in court isn’t brain surgery. They wouldn’t need a lawyer to file; they could name corporate officers all the way to the top of the company; and Walmart would have to pay their lawyers to respond to each case. That’s my magical thinking idee du jour, no doubt influenced by the strong influence of nebulous Neptune, leading to indulgent flights of fancy.

Get it off your desk today if you can, in preparation for tomorrow’s day-long void, which starts tonight at 10:51PM ET on a potentially indulgent square between Moon (feelings) and Venus (women, art, beauty, love).

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 6/20/2011

A planetary wobble starts the work week. Mars, planet of action (and often aggression), leaves territorial Taurus at 10:50PM ET for six-week sojourn through chatterbox Gemini. The shift suggests that energy to consolidate and accumulate will be augmented by flexibility and a desire to diversify. Communication may become sharp and/or edgy.

Under pressure, Mars energy can be expressed as a clash of wills. When Mars in Taurus challenges Moon (feelings) at today 4:23PM ET, the result can be a stubborn, seething, silent stand-off. Once Mars moves into Gemini, challenging aspects to Mars may be experienced as a war of words.

Mars-Moon challenge notwithstanding, the last full day of Sun in information junkie Gemini features a balanced connection between the Sun and Moon in humanitarian Aquarius, suggesting you’ll be able to process whatever incisive, sobering news comes across your desk with emotional detachment this morning and early afternoon (you’ve been warned about the possibilities around 4:23PM ET).You’ll need that incisive, sobering mindset to see clearly through the rose-colored glasses offered by a charismatic would-be savior. Why do I say that? Because nebulous Neptune in Pisces pulls focus over the next three days, challenging Mars in Gemini (exact on Wednesday) and tempting us with delicious flights of fancy that can be productive for artists and healers; dangerous for others if you happen to be a fanatic driven to extremes.

And speaking of Wednesday, Moon will be void of course all day — in Pisces. Plan accordingly.

I’ve been meaning to write a few quick words on Greece, whose fiscal crisis is heating up once again. Both horoscopes I’ve seen for this country have planets that are being impacted by the Big T-Square Party among the heavies: Pluto, Uranus and Saturn. Intensity, upheaval, a rooting out of corruption leading to healing transformation — it continues to play out through the rest of this year.