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New Moon in Capricorn 12/29/2016; the Surreal and Sublime Mars-Neptune Meet-Up

Light a candle; make a list; say a prayer. The New Moon in Capricorn begins at 1:53 AM ET.

A New Moon offers us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle.  Around January 5th, 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 January 12th, 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 19th, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon on January 27th.

Capricorn is an earthy, enterprising, social-climbing energy which means business like no other sign in the zodiac. Capricorn knows how to use resources (including people) to get what it needs, which is to make things happen and move things forward. This New Moon chart has two other planets in Capricorn: retrograde Mercury, recently fried-by-the-Sun and perhaps struggling to express an acutely-felt idealism of things and people passed. The other planet is Pluto, marching relentlessly through the back half in its quest to die with the most power, resources and other toys.

A curious harmony between Jupiter and Saturn suggests cooperation in matters of business, publishing, law and other collective belief systems.  I say “curious” because the harmony between them will not be exact until August. The two move away from each other  (in early February) — like two ships passing in the night? Who is flirting with whom?

Meanwhile, Mars and Neptune are coming together in Pisces (exact on Jan 1st). Mars is action; Neptune is vision and their meeting suggests — for better or for worse —  pixie-dust, scams, scandal, chemical warfare, sex appeal, faith-based actions and spiritual warriors.

With rebel Uranus turning direct just a few hours later than today’s New Moon, more shake-ups and/or flashes of insight may be store. In your own personal world, Uranus turning direct suggests that genius insights and notions of freedom can now be applied outward. Surely you’ve been feeling an intense buzz about making a break, especially if you have a planet or angle around 20-24 degrees — two thirds of the way through —  Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, yes?

Last but not least, this New Moon features Venus in Aquarius, doing its best to stay friends.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon seems joyful:  “birds in the house singing happily.” Although Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee notes that birds are normally flying freely in the wild, not “cheerfully domesticated.” He also notes that birds “primp and preen,” actions often associated with “to pride or congratulate oneself.” We are advised to be aware of “boastful displays, domesticated sensibilities; doing the best with what one has, within realistic limits; adapting to social realities.” In the U.S., Inauguration Day happens during this lunar cycle. How interesting.

You are likely feeling the spiritual awareness of  this New Moon more personally if you were born around the 28th of March, June, September or December…or if you have an angle or planet around 7 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn.  This includes Capricorns Denzel Washington, Tiger Woods and Jon Voight.

On Thursday (today) at 7:11PM ET, Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto, followed by another hard contact with rebel Uranus at 2:19AM ET on FRIDAY. That’s a window for potential power plays, upsets and emotional catharses.

The Moon will be void between 3:07AM ET and 8:29PM ET on FRIDAY. After the Moon enters Aquarius on Friday night, there will be no exact aspects among the planets until that potentially wiggy Mars-Neptune meet-up at 1:53AM ET on New Year’s.  Stick to routine and chill. A spiritual retreat — with retrograde Mercury — could be a fine way to ring in 2017. Other celebrations will be more dazzling…and preferably colored rose.

Ready to plan your strategy for 2017? Here’s the 411 on personal consultations. We will have an excellent discussion together.

And now, the news.

I told you there would be more shocks this week.

Volcanoes in Peru.

Carrie Fisher. I can’t even. May the force be with her.

Sun in Libra; Moon in Taurus; Capricorn Ascendant. The latter explains the cheekbones, the self-deprecating wit and the fact that of course she would ditch the “princess” title and become General  Leia. I’ve been meaning to get to her horoscope, ever since her latest book, The Princess Diarist, was published.

Debbie Reynolds. Carrie Fisher’s mother, in case you did not know.

Sun in Aries; Moon in Aquarius; Libra Ascendant. The former explains this movie’s tagline and the word “unsinkable.” The latter explains why of course she would be seen as “America’s (people-pleasing) Sweetheart.”

RIP and stop it already, 2016.

No other words.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 1/4/2016: Sneak Peek at a Jam-Packed Week; President Obama, Right on Schedule

…and we’re off! The first work week of 2016 is jam-packed with planetary activity. I can’t imagine you’ll be bored. Here’s what’s cookin’ in the cosmos.

First, the energy of the day is driven by the Moon in moody Scorpio, silently scheming how it may best fulfill its need for emotional depth, substance and control.  Note your dreams this AM, as the Moon makes a harmonious connection to Neptune at 5:57AM ET. After that, the Moon cruises smoothly through the rest of the day. It makes two easy connections to the Sun and Pluto at 6:43PM ET and 8:59PM ET, respectively, facilitating empowered communication. Just do it…with the following caveats:

  1. The Moon goes void Tuesday at 12:47PM ET until Wednesday at 1:56AM ET, so ship it or pitch it before then. Moon voids are well-suited for focusing on routine concerns and rolling with any twists and flakes that may crop up in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Such as? Such as the flake I experienced on Saturday after 11:23AM ET, when I poured hot water into my coffee cup instead of into the filter filled with actual coffee grounds. “Moon must be void,” I thought. It was. Which was also reflected in the twist experienced by subscribers to the Boston Globe on Sunday, when their papers were delivered by Globe reporters and other staff who had stayed up all night to do the task. I’m digging the Globe these days. Have you seen Spotlight yet? You must. It’s going to win a bunch of awards and it reflects current planetary patterns (Saturn in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces, for starters).  Anyhoo….
  2. Mercury will turn retrograde Tuesday at 8:06AM ET. BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS NOW…and be prepared to triple-check everything before you hit send from now through the rest of the month. Here’s a recap of how to handle Mercury retrograde — which I’ll reprint here tomorrow, for those who don’t like to click on links.

There are five  other planetary patterns humming in the background, three of which are exact on Tuesday.  Pattern #1: Mercury (mind, communication) squares off against action hero Mars at 7AM ET Tuesday.  Let the record show that Mars entered Scorpio on Sunday morning ET. This suggests highly effective action — as in ruthless, laser-beam precision; take-no-prisoners strikes. Mars in Scorpio suggests intensity in matters of desire, which can be built all the way to Heaven or all the way to Hell. Downside: a temptation to indulge in vengeance, especially over petty grievances. Upside: a need to act with honor and integrity (even among thieves). Mars will be in Scorpio until March 5th, and again between May 28th and August 2nd — to be discussed in a future forecast.

Pattern #2 is a righteously opinionated and idealistic challenge between Venus (love, values, money, women) and visionary Neptune, exact at 9:34AM ET. This patterns suggests a rose-colored need for social expression which pushes boundaries. Pattern #3 would be the Sun in enterprising Capricorn meeting up with Pluto at 10:26PM ET on Tuesday. Talk about an opportunity for transformation and empowerment. We can expect the usual Plutonian subjects to make headlines, e.g., news from underground, power plays, stories of regeneration, resources, etc.

Meanwhile, here’s an apt reflection of the sum total of this week’s mind-blowing, empowering, technogeek, boundary-pushing, visionary and aesthetic potential: the NYT’s Sunday magazine cover story: “An Open Mind: the Terrible Beauty of Brain Surgery”.  Here’s another one: “How to Cultivate the Art of Serendipity”. Or this: “‘Like a Beautiful Painting‘:Image of New Year’s Mayhem in Manchester Goes Viral”.

Pattern #4 is a square between the Sun and rebel Uranus (exact on Thursday at 7:22AM ET), which usually reflects excitement, breakouts and breakthroughs and other disruptions of the status quo. Pattern #5 is a meet-up between Venus and Saturn, exact Friday at 11:11PM ET, which is about when we can expect a “Get REAL!” response to whatever dreamy vision was proposed under the influence of Neptune in the first part of this week — for better or for worse.

Oh but wait — there’s more! On Thursday, Jupiter turns retrograde. On Friday, Mercury backs up into Capricorn, where it will facilitate your efforts to put a practical spin on your plans until February 13th. On Saturday at 8:30PM ET, we’ll have a New Moon in Capricorn, suggesting an opportunity to re-set your intentions and plant potent seeds for the next lunar cycle. Details on those stories later this week.

And now, more news.

Mercury square Mars can be pretty darn confrontational — and Mars refers to guns. Venus square Neptune can be awfully idealistic, peace-loving, forgiving — or delusional. Sun conjunct Pluto and square Uranus can’t help but challenge the Powers That Be. Exhibit A: “Armed Group Vows to Continue Occupation at Oregon Refuge”:

BURNS, Ore. — The protesters arrived in this old lumber town to support a 73-year-old rancher and his son who had been sentenced to prison for setting fires that spread to federal lands. It was billed as a peaceful demonstration, but after “Amazing Grace” was sung and hugs were exchanged, a small, armed contingent declared outside a supermarket that it was taking a stand and asked who wanted to join.

So began the latest armed flare-up….

Meanwhile, “Battleground Shifts as Obama is Set to Act on Gun Control”. In other words, without the support of Congress. Last week he also acted alone in granting clemency to a handful of federal prisoners, in a “trickle of mercy” (proclaimed the editors of the NYT). I suspect we will see more than a trickle in the coming year. Glancing at President Obama’s horoscope it is interesting to note that  stationary retrograde Mercury and Jupiter are sitting right on top of his Jupiter and Mars, respectively. His mindset, actions and expansive reaches this week are especially significant. We would expect him to be thinking and acting big, with more to come. Interesting to note a Neptune-Venus measurement in effect in his horoscope, too. We would expect a need for an aesthetic ideal in matters of social expression and values.

Elsewhere, a volatile story in this volatile week is still developing: Saudi Arabia has cut diplomatic ties with Iran. Also volatile, but much more contained is the announcement that four new elements (all man-made and as-yet unnamed) have been discovered, thus completing the 7th row in the periodic table. Woo-hoo!

Stay tuned to this channel for continuing updates on these planetary patterns….and here’s the 411 on how to find out what it all means for you in a personal astrological consultation. REviewing your life is a perfect activity during a Mercury retrograde!

Thank you for reading this forecast.