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Astrological Forecast for Tuesday 6/10/2014: Mars Square Pluto; Uranus in Aries (square Pluto); A New Moon in Action

More of the same from yesterday. The Moon is still in Scorpio, seeking depth, substance and knowledge for the sake of power and control. You may feel an especially serious focus around 2:30PM ET, when the Moon hooks up with stern Saturn, suggesting a reach for ambition or someone raining on someone’s parade. At 10:21PM ET, Moon goes void until 11:23AM ET on Wednesday, suggesting a natural break in the action — and if you happen to sleep through your alarm tomorrow morning, chances are good that it will be without consequence, so long as you do not freak out about it.

Emotions are building now to the Full Moon in Sagittarius at 12:11AM ET on Friday. We are also building to an exact square between Mars and Pluto (Saturday at 8:34AM ET). We had one of these on April 23rd, as part of the dynamic Cardinal Grand Cross that everyone was talking about. Mars-Pluto squares suggest more than the usual share of “if it bleeds, it leads” headlines, and that’s in line with what I’ve been seeing on the NYT homepage. In your own personal world, you may witness more than the usual outbursts of energy. I’ve noticed an increase of sirens in my ‘hood in recent days. Plus the potential for accidents caused by a lack of focus is greater, suggested by mental Mercury and nebulous Neptune just turning retrograde. “Friendly Fire Strike Kills 5 Special Ops Soldiers in Afghanistan” is the biggest story on the NYT right now. So please stay FOCUSED this month, OK?

A couple of other Mars-Pluto militant stories of note, with input from often eccentric and extreme — and nearly always rebel Uranus in warrior/solider Aries square Pluto in “the Establishment” Capricorn. First, you may have heard about the couple in Las Vegas who killed two police officers and a WalMart shopper over the weekend, before killing themselves. Police say “they equated law enforcement with fascism,” according to this report. One of the shooters shouted “this is a revolution!” (Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn), and then draped a “Don’t Tread On Me” (more Aries) flag and a Nazi swastika over the carnage, perhaps not fully comprehending, as blogger Lee Papa pointed out, that “the Nazis were all about centralized government control.”

Second, is this item: “War Gear Flows to Police Departments”. Apparently a lot of high-tech (Uranus) combat (Aries) gear that might have gone to “an overseas battlefield” is sitting in the municipal garage of Neenah, Wisconsin (and other places), not likely to be beaten into ploughshares anytime soon — but now available for use by local law enforcement (Pluto in Capricorn in a cooperative alignment with Saturn in Scorpio).  Of course, whether this “war gear” is ever used by local law enforcement is up to the local law enforcers — with the point being, as my mentor loves to say, “Planets don’t DO anything. PEOPLE do.” Planetary patterns suggest POTENTIAL — for better or for worse. Which will you choose?

Uranus leaves Aries for the rest of our lifetimes in 2019. Its last journey through Aries was April 1927 through May 1935, making squares to Pluto in Cancer between 1931 – 1934. History buffs, feel free to look for similar themes in events happening now with events happening then. You will find them.

The potential for fiery combustion suggested by the aforementioned planets can also be seen in this amazing wedding photo” — taken on Saturday in Oregon, the day Mercury turned retrograde (what could go wrong?), and set against the backdrop of — a raging wildfire. It’s pretty amazing, as are these explosive, allegedly world record-setting fireworks in Dubai.

Also amazing and making news yesterday, when Neptune turned retrograde: a experimental procedure in which surgeons will drain the blood (Neptune) of certain trauma patients; replace it with freezing salt water (Neptune), and then try to save their lives. Finally, reflecting Sunday’s potentially healing connection between Venus (women) and Pluto: an update on less-invasive/destructive therapies for treating breast cancer.

You may recall yesterday’s item about how the last New Moon was likely to impact events involving Flight MH370. How might a New Moon impact the horoscope of an individual? I’ll give you an example from my horoscope, in which the ruler of my 7th house was conjoined by the New Moon in Gemini on May 28th. The 7th house refers to reaching out to others, either one-on-one or the public in general. The Gemini New Moon refers to information and communication. And in this cycle I’ve had one request for an interview (happening in July), another request to contribute an article to a webzine with a mainstream audience, and last, but not least, an excerpt from the forecast written on that New Moon was “discovered” and published on the website of The Mountain Astrologer. Coincidence or conspiracy?

What’s going on in your horoscope? Mercury retrogrades are excellent times for reviewing your life with an astrologer. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 5/28/2014: New Moon in Gemini; Brainpower Makes Headlines (Mercury at the Aries Point)

Finally the Moon is in gear — as of 12:48AM Wednesday, when it entered Gemini. Alas, too late for the New York Rangers, who were apparently favored to win last night’s match against the Montreal Canadiens. The game took place during yesterday’s long Moon void, when efforts to move forward in a straight line are more likely to experience surprise twists. In sports matches, I’ve observed that when the Moon is wandering aimlessly (void), we often see upsets favoring the underdog.  The NY Rangers lost in a “wild” game. Oh well, there’s another game on Thursday, and today you might as well think positively about it, suggested by a harmonious connection between Mercury and Venus, exact at 9:58AM ET. How passionately witty, charming and entertaining can you be? Very much so, if the rosy glow of today’s exact challenge between the Sun and Neptune can also weigh in.

A New Moon offers us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle. Today’s New Moon is exact at 2:40PM ET — at 8 degrees of Gemini. Around June 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 June 13th , 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 June 19th, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready for another round with the New Moon on June 27th.

Gemini is an air sign, ruled by Mercury, which refers to the mindset, information and communication. Gemini is a double-bodied sign (it is represented by the Twins), and is thus capable of going either way — or more than one way simultaneously — in a situation. Gemini invented the phrase “…on the other hand” — and guess what? Gemini also rules the hands. It likes to have its hands in a lot of different pies.

It’s interesting to note how similar patterns are in this year’s New Moon in Gemini compared to last year’s, when we had plenty of pixie-dust potential suggested by a challenge between Mars, planet of action and rose-colored Neptune. This year we have the potential for even more prominent ideas and visions, suggested by a dynamic connection between the Sun-Moon conjunction and Neptune in soulful Pisces. The prominence comes courtesy of mental Mercury close to the Aries Point, which regular readers know is the very beginning of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Planets on these degrees seem to have a knack for attracting attention.  Example: Meryl Streep, born with the Sun and rebel, one-in-a-million Uranus at 0 degrees of Cancer (June 22nd of 1949). There is nobody else like her — and she is known for it. Right?

Also driving visionary thoughts and communication is an easy connection to the New Moon from action-hero Mars, now moving forward in diplomatic, airy Libra. We are building to a super-charged push around the Full Moon on the 14th, courtesy of a challenge between Mars and ruthless Pluto. We also have the “good for business” trine (easy connection) between expansive Jupiter and disciplined Saturn, which facilitates plans that can actually be structured.  And of course we can’t forget the never-ending square between rebel Uranus and ruthless Pluto, a.k.a. The Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About, which is determined to disrupt the status quo — for better or for worse — in the name of freedom and all that.

So. Big visionary ideas, channeled with great effort and passion — striving to become real — based on a dream or delusion — ultimately seeking emancipation and empowerment. What might we see in the headlines in this lunar cycle? Let’s look at the Sabian Symbol. The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 8 Gemini is “an industrial strike,”  which Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee notes is:

“a situation wherein the locus of industry is surrounded by disgruntled workers. When the work stops, industry grinds to a halt. Energy is directed instead to issues of inequities, of worth, of brewing social awareness being stirred up in the work force…such issues become inflamed as the pressure builds between two distinct strata, moving in different directions.”

Fascinating. We’ve certainly had a ton of disruptive headlines about inequities of worth in recent months, especially in the aftermath of last month’s supercharged Cardinal Grand Cross. And I have not even mentioned that as of June 7th, Mercury will be turning retrograde until July 1st. And that strikes do tend to flare up during Mercury retrograde periods.  And also that ideas and communication — whether visionary or delusional — come up for review during these times.

Bovee also notes that “to strike” is to “deliver a blow with suddenness”.  Often one strikes out of protest. But one can also “strike a balance” — a mutually agreeable compromise. Or  one can  seize an opportunity and “strike while the iron is hot”.  Hmmmm…what kind of strikes will we see in June….

In your own personal world, if you have a planet or angle around 8 degrees of Gemini, Pisces, Sagittarius or Virgo, you’re more likely to be affected by the need for an empowering new vision that allows you to strike in a specific area of your life (consult your local astrologer for details). Same if you were born around the 28th of May, August, November and February.  For an intriguing take on why you might need an empowering new vision, check out Tarot expert Beth Owlsdaughter’s Card of the Week, which always seems to be in synch with planetary patterns.

That being said, the energy for implementing new projects is a bit stop-and-go over the next couple of days. Two planets — Venus and Mercury — will change signs, and our brains may need some time to adjust. With dreamy Neptune’s influence so strong, your creativity and intuition may be going gangbusters (write it all down!), but factual details may be blurry. Plus on Thursday, the Moon will be void of course for nearly 24 hours, starting at 5:59AM ET, which is not a time to launch an initiative you wish to be of consequence. Friday is another story.

And now, the news…because I promised I’d share some stories, even though this New Moon post is long.

You may recall from yesterday’s forecast that Mercury at the Aries Point suggested that ideas and communication — and here, I would be thinking about ideas regarding mindset and actual brainpower — would attract attention. How intriguing to note that the Supreme Court ruled “that Florida’s I.Q. score cutoff was too rigid to decide which mentally disabled individuals must be spared the death penalty,” as reported in the NYT.  In other news, here’s a story about why our metabolism is different from, say, that of a sloth (blame it on the brain). Meanwhile, rocket scientists as young as six years old showed off their stuff at the 4th Annual White House Science Fair.

Across the Pond, the good folks at The Guardian published the first installment of a series about America’s mental health crisis, as the media feasts on yet another mass murder perpetrated by a clearly delusional (transiting Neptune square a horny, perfection-seeking Venus-Mars conjunction) young man — this time in Isla Vista, CA. I’ve written down my thoughts on the event chart and the horoscope of the delusional young man in question — too much to include in this lengthy post — will wait until tomorrow. Last, but not least, Mercury (brainpower) at the Aries Point (prominence) was reflected in this story listing America’s 10 Smartest  — and Dumbest — States. No surprises about the 10 Smartest States…although given the latest dubious accomplishment by certain folks in Wyoming, I’m surprised it did not make the list of the Dumbest. Wyoming, in case you had not heard, became the first state to reject new national science standards that would require students to be informed about the impact humans have on climate change, as well as evolution. Why, oh why, Wyoming?

We’re now in the shadow of Mercury’s next retrograde, which begins on June 7th. Mercury retrogrades are excellent for RE-viewing your life with an astrologer.