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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday & Wednesday 6/7-8/2016: Giant Meteor Edition

Moon continues through today in Cancer, seeking to fulfill a need for emotional/homeland security. It opposed Pluto at 4:05AM ET, infusing the morning with a power play or other emotional catharsis. At 3:20PM ET, an upset or other revelation is likely to present itself, as the Moon is challenged by rebel Uranus. At 8:18PM ET Moon goes void on an easy alignment with Mars, facilitating action that is carefully and methodically thought out. Otherwise, put a sock in it.

The Moon enters regal Leo at 2:47AM ET on WEDNESDAY. During the void we are advised to roll with the twists, flakes and other crises that may derail efforts to move forward in a straight line. Upsets favoring the underdog are common during voids.

There are no exact aspects to the Moon on Wednesday. We’re on cruise control with that Leo Moon, seeking to shine, shine, shine — with ever so much entitlement. Personally, I prefer the side of Leo that needs to play. What about you? Choose and act accordingly. And be mindful of the opposition between Mercury and retrograde Mars, exact on Thursday at 1:01PM ET, suggesting — as noted yesterday — a stubborn clash and release of (frustrated) action.

And now, the news.

Last night on an apt meet-up between the Sun and Venus (women) in Gemini, a sign that needs to be the smartest kid in the room,  the Associated Press declared that Hillary Clinton had enough delegates to clinch the nomination. How intensely clever can the AP be? Despite the fact that the delegates surveyed in the AP poll will not actually vote until July 25th. Despite the fact that the six primary elections being held today aren’t over. Despite the fact — and here is the real abuse of power, oh AP media giant — that by announcing a winner in the presidential race, many voters may feel there’s no reason for their choice to be counted. Even though there are other elections being held today — it’s not all about the nominee for President.

Therefore, if you live in New Jersey, California, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota, get thee to the polls! Make your voice count! Even if your candidate has already been declared the winner. And be prepared for a few twists and flakes after 8:18PM ET. Remember: if you don’t vote, somebody else will.

Next year I’m thinking that as soon as the Oscar votes are tabulated, the press should announce the winners, even if the votes are counted the day before the actual ceremony. Whaddaya say?

This concludes the public service portion of this forecast.

Astrologically, Bernie Sanders is a week away from the third hit of transiting Jupiter to his Virgo Sun, suggesting the potential for expansion and reward. Transiting Uranus in Aries conjunct his Mars suggests an intensified need for action– possibly rebellious. Transiting Mars may be hitting his (probable) Scorpio Ascendant next week, too — echoing a need for action. On July 18th and 19th, we see reward and action potentials again. The downside potential of Jupiter transits is wretched excess and/or bombast. Again, its up to the individual to choose how to apply the potential.

We do not have a confirmed birth time for Hillary Clinton.  With the 8:02AM time that many astrologers do use, there is not much exact  tension in her horoscope this month or next, save for a challenging aspect between Mars (action, assertiveness) and a point in the horoscope which refers to meetings with other people and the need to work together for a common goal. Ever wonder what Hillary Clinton was like when she was 22? Today Wellesley College released excerpts of her commencement speech from 1969.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, let the record show that sudden or forced alliances made when Mars is retrograde (as it has been since April 17th) often have their own special brand of challenges, as people like Lindsey Graham and other Republicans opting to support their presumptive nominee (warts and all) are now discovering.

File this under last week’s potential for “women of steel” and/or “harsh treatment of women” to make news, suggested by tough taskmaster Saturn opposing Venus. Also file under Mars, retrograding back through Scorpio, forcing a provocative take on nitty-gritty Scorpio issues we might prefer not to examine, i.e., sex, death and money (debt).  Brock Turner was a freshman at Stanford when he was caught — drunk — behind a dumpster — sexually assaulting a drunk woman who was also unconscious and thus unable to give consent. Last week he was sentenced — to six months in a county jail. Outrage ensued, and the woman he assaulted read a 23-page letter in court, detailing the nitty-gritty awfulness of her experience. The letter has gone viral. Mr. Turner’s father, who may live on the banks of a river in Egypt, defended his son’s sentence as apt for “20 minutes of action,” making matters even worse. The judge is facing a recall. Today — finally — Mr. Turner’s mugshot was published around the world, replacing earlier images of him taken in a more innocent time.

Meanwhile, John Oliver exposed the nitty-gritty cesspool known as the debt collection business. Reflecting the expansive and benevolent potential of Sun, Venus and Jupiter in a powerful connection with one another, he also made TV history with the biggest giveaway ever: forgiving $15 million dollars of medical debt at a cost of only $60,000.  Oh and let’s not forget the Neptune portion of current planetary patterns. Neptune refers to healing, charity, and other intangibles — including television.  Watch the whole segment here.

A couple of days after Mars dipped back into Scorpio, Poland announced it would revive efforts to extradite Roman Polanski, who fled the United States in 1978, just as he was about to be sentenced for having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Last fall, Poland announced it would not be extraditing Mr. Polanski — so why this sudden reversal?

Looking at Mr. Polanski’s horoscope, it takes less than a second to see transiting Uranus at play, squaring his emotionally intense Moon-Pluto hook-up in Cancer, which in turn opposes conflicting-avoiding Mars in Libra. Sudden upsets to his public status and a potential total overturning of the tables — now and into next year. Retrograde Mars is squaring his regally entitled Leo Sun, suggesting an outburst of energy — possibly an attack. Transiting Uranus hit his 15 Libra Ascendant and 19 Cancer Midheaven earlier this year — suggesting more disruptions of his status.

Transiting Pluto, now at 17 Capricorn, has also been part of the tear-down process — and it is far from finished. If transiting Jupiter does not gift him with the biggest stroke of luck in the century when is meets up with his Jupiter-Venus conjunction in August, he may well be sent back to the United States to face resistance-is-futile Pluto as it crosses his Ascendant by solar arc and transit this summer and into next year. I’m betting on Pluto and Uranus to work its magic, much as it has been working through Bill Cosby’s horoscope.

Where are transiting Uranus and Pluto in your horoscope? Find out so you can plan a strategy for making the best of this potential for emancipation and empowerment. Here’s how to schedule a personal consultation.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 7/13/2014: Sneak Peek at the Week

Good morning!

A dreamy buzz drives the day, courtesy of the Moon in information-junkie Gemini. Talk, talk and more talk. The dreamy part is the inspiration suggested by an easy connection between mental Mercury and nebulous Neptune, exact at 3:14PM ET.  This is wonderful if you’re a poet or some other visionary creative type. It’s also useful if you’re trying to sell someone a bridge in Brooklyn. Mercury-Neptune aspects suggest a tendency to see things through rose-colored glasses.

The reality check arrives as we move into the later part of evening and Tuesday, courtesy of a tense aspect between Venus (money, aesthetics, women and social expression) and stern Saturn. This is the aspect that coincided with the first big story I noticed about the so-called “bitchy resting face”. Seriously. Better to be a creditor than a debtor with that aspect in the cosmos. Here’s what hit the news on another tough Venus-Saturn day a couple of years ago (including the bit about the bitchy resting face).

Note that we are in the dark side of the Moon. The new cycle starts on Wednesday at 9:24PM ET when the Sun and Moon meet up in Cancer. Between now and then you may feel a bit listless or restless, sensing that a fresh start is just on the horizon, but you can’t quite see it yet. This is a good time to wrap up projects begun on the last New Moon and think about your intentions for the next cycle. It’s also a good time to negotiate or take action on a matter you’d like to keep fairly under wraps. It’s the dark of the Moon, after all.

And as if on cue, here’s a article that just showed up in my newsfeed about the start of a military exercise in Texas called Jade Helm. Maybe you heard about this operation back in March or early May, when conspiracy theories about its true nature ran amok. Said theories were ridiculed by Jon Stewart. In any event, the exercise is presumably now underway, and media observers are strictly prohibited. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Certainly military/militant themes are favored this week, as warrior Mars in homeland security-focused Cancer joins forces with Mercury and opposes potent Pluto on Wednesday. That configuration suggests action and mindset that is potentially ruthless and/or explosive. It is fascinating to look at the headlines on the NYT home page right now: Japan arms makers want to sell to new markets aboard; a treasure trove of WWII history has been revealed in the form of boxes and boxes of letters written by an army private to his wife in Brooklyn; the firing of a female commander in the Marines is controversial; 23 are dead in the collapse of a military barracks in Russia.

More news…

When I was drafting the forecast last night, I read that Governor Scott Walker was probably going to announce his bid for president today. And in fact, he has. A launch video has been posted — in the dark of the Moon — and the New York Times writes about it thusly:

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who built a national conservative following by crippling public employee unions and then defeating a forceful effort to recall him, announced on Monday that he is running for president as a Washington outsider whose taste for big fights would lead to a smaller federal government.

All those words in italics are an apt reflection of the potential of this week’s planetary patterns. They also reflect patterns in Scott Walker’s horoscope, which I first wrote about in early 2011. 

Also reflecting this week’s planetary patterns: the announcement that a “deal” has been reached so that Greece can have a bunch of money and still stay in the EEU. It happened in a “breakthrough” negotiating session early this morning. Speaking of breakthroughs, we’ve just had a significant pattern suggesting breakthroughs in the form of last night’s challenge between the Sun and innovative Uranus.

OK, so what kind of deal is it? “Draconian…harsh…vindictive” are some of the words being bandied about. And not only that, notes the linked article above:

In order to get these desperately needed funds, the radical left government of Alexis Tsipras had to submit to draconian economic reforms that the Greek people had rejected in a referendum barely a week before.

Enjoy today’s dreaminess. We’re off to the start of a volatile week.

On a lighter note…

Add the surprising jolt of Sunday’s Sun-Uranus square to this week’s focus on Mars-Pluto (explosive, news from underground), and it’s fun to see this item about  scientists who were looking for lobster larvae and instead found “Huge and Ancient Volcanoes Discovered Off the Coast of Sydney”.

For another jolt — but hopefully one that will make you smile — check out this video that first launched on Valentines’ Day, on a Venus- Mars meet-up in boundary-dissolving Pisces. It was making the rounds on the internet again on Sunday. Love, love, love…though my money says Scott Walker would hate it.

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Oh — almost forgot — your Moon voids for the week: Monday 11:31PM ET until Tuesday 2:14AM ET and Thursday 7:24AM until 10:15AM ET. We’re not due for a lengthy Moon void during business hours until the 23rd, which will make some people very happy. If you are new to the forecast (welcome!) and unfamiliar with these natural cosmic rest periods, here’s a full explanation.

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 6/25/2015: When Venus Meets Jupiter — Oh Joy!

The relationship-focused Libra Moon swings back and forth today, starting with a power play or catharsis around 7:07AM ET, as Moon gets its weekly challenge from Pluto. Lunchtime is pleasant enough, generously supported by an easy connection between the Moon and Venus at 1:16PM ET. Feel free to talk about it.

Around 6:20PM ET, note the potential for a shake-up or flash of insight, courtesy of the Moon’s opposition to rebel Uranus. One hour later, a jovial vibe ensues as Jupiter makes a communicative alignment with the Moon, which then goes void with a sigh until 1:57PM ET on FRIDAY.

Chill, chill, chill in the evening…ease into the workday tomorrow or start the weekend early.

No news today, though I imagine there will be plenty to report on tomorrow. Until then, I invite you to consider how these extraordinary planetary patterns are reflected in your own unique horoscope. Here’s how to schedule a personal consultation.

Meanwhile, be advised that Venus (love, money, women, arts) is about to conjoin Jupiter (expansion) in warm and fuzzy Leo, doncha know — exact on July 1st — hooray hooray! Look up in the sky tonight and you’ll see these two bright, beautiful lights. Venus and Jupiter are currently making a harmonious alignment with Uranus, which rules astrology. Sounds like a time for indulgence. Go ahead and splurge.

Here’s what was going on in the category of generous and creatively self-expressive efforts when this aspect happened last summer — wasn’t it fun?

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 5/11/2015: Mars in Gemini; Frida Kahlo & the Rest of the Week

Good Morning!

Mixed messages from the cosmos at 6:36AM ET, as the humanitarian Aquarius Moon squares the Taurus Sun. Squares are energetic aspects — pushing an agenda forward. What are you all fired up to do?

Perhaps it has something to do with the third stage of the New Moon agenda you set three weeks ago. Whatever it is, be advised that right after the Sun-Moon square, the Moon will be void until 10:53PM ET. This suggests twists or delays in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Knowing about voids is an awesome way to prevent panic attacks and other imagined crises if things aren’t going as planned. There’s a higher flake factor during Moon voids, e.g., appointments cancelling or meetings wandering off into another dimension. Chill and roll with it — and you’ll be just fine.

Mars is the Planet of Week. Mars refers to action! It leaves slow and stubborn Taurus for Gemini at 10:40PM ET. Mars in Gemini is great for multitasking and getting the word out. Game plans may become more flexible. And they darn well better be clever and entertaining.

If you have a planet at around 2 degrees of Virgo, Pisces and especially Gemini or Sagittarius, you will be more personally affected by Mars this week. That planet (or your Ascendant or your Midheaven) is likely to be energized — for better or for worse. You may find yourself compelled to take action. Or, if you’re suppressing your inner action hero, you may attract someone or something who takes action on you.

By Friday, Mars will have moved into a challenging face-off with Saturn, currently at 2 Sagittarius. Mars-Saturn patterns suggest disciplined, militant action and ambition — for better or for worse. So look for those themes in the headlines. And if your own horoscope is personally affected, may you use that disciplined push for a cause with higher consciousness.

If you don’t know what degrees your planets are at, consider ordering the Astro-Basics Report. In addition to the computer-generated report of where everything is and what it means, I will include a personal note identifying the planet in your horoscope that is the key to fulfilling your potential in this lifetime.

This is the week to BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS and other gizmos, as Mercury turns retrograde at 9:50PM ET next Monday, May 18th. No whinging will be permitted! Mercury retrograde periods provide absolutely fantastic opportunities for certain things. There is no reason to sweat the snafus and miscommunications that may arise. Here’s the survival guide I posted for the last Mercury retrograde — in January. I will re-post and update it on Monday.

Moon voids for the week, other than today’s long wandering drift: Wednesday 12:55PM – 1:13AM ET on THURSDAY; Friday 8:03AM ET until 3:02AM ET on SATURDAY.

And now, the news.

Speaking of Mars and Saturn, you know who has a planet around 2 degrees of Gemini or Sagittarius — and is thus personally affected by the “disciplined, militant action and ambition potential” of Friday Mars-Saturn opposition? Barack Obama. And there he is in the headlines, “aggressively courting skeptical legislators” so they will pass a bill this week giving him accelerated powers on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. He even dissed Senator Elizabeth Warren and made a speech at Nike, a company notorious for outsourcing jobs. He is serious about this TPP. I wonder why.

I would now like to take this opportunity to rave about my New Balance cross-trainers, which I bought at the company store in Skowhegan, Maine. New Balance is apparently the only athletic shoe company that makes a portion of its inventory in the United States. New Balance has five manufacturing operations in the U.S. Two are in Massachusetts and three are in Maine, where my family is from. I’ve seen first-hand what happens when textile mills and shoe companies outsource production overseas. So as long as I have a choice, I’ll buy sneakers with labels that say “Made in the USA”.

This concludes the soapbox portion of this forecast.

Meanwhile, with Venus (women) at the Aries Point on Friday, some of our fearless leaders in Congress re-introduced the Equal Rights Amendment. If you are younger than a certain age, you may not know what that is. So I’ll tell you. It’s this:

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

This amendment was passed by Congress in 1972, in the wake of the Uranus-Pluto conjunction of 1965-66. Thirty-eight states needed to ratify the amendment by 1982 for it to become the law of the land. That didn’t happen. Now, in the wake of the Uranus-Pluto square, we find ourselves revisiting agendas that were hot in the mid-60s. Will we finish what was started? This is our chance.

In other news, Frida Kahlo is “having a moment”. That’s what the NYT headline says, as a clueless reporter reports:

In a welcome though unexpected convergence, an array of new books and exhibitions about Kahlo have suddenly appeared this spring, adding insight and depth to our understanding of a woman who would seem among the most overexposed artistic figures of all time.

Dear Clueless Reporter, there is nothing “unexpected” about it.  If only you had looked at Ms. Kahlo’s horoscope (or asked an astrologer for an analysis). Such “unexpected” and “sudden” prominence strongly suggest planetary patterns at work,  no doubt involving Uranus and Pluto. And in fact, in a two-second glance at the chart we’re immediately drawn to this: Neptune, Sun, and Jupiter at 12, 13 and 20 Cancer respectively…all opposing Mars and Uranus at 12 and 10 Capricorn. That intense configuration has been supercharged by Uranus and Pluto for two years. Uranus (now at 18 Aries) is just about to square her Jupiter (suggesting, usually, expanded fortune — and in Kahlo’s case, corresponds to another exhibition opening). Her 23 Leo Ascendant and 23 Taurus Midheaven have just been hit by transiting Sun and Mars; Jupiter will hit her angles in July (more expansion); transiting Scorpio opposed her Midheaven last fall…..all adding up to prominence, expansion, revelation, empowerment, with a focus on personal/domestic concerns, even for a woman as “overexposed” as Ms. Kahlo (and even though she is no longer among the living). Horoscopes live forever!

To find out when your horoscope is scheduled for a period of expansion and empowerment, here’s the 411 on personal consultations. I look forward to an excellent discussion with you soon.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Update: Before Mars hits President Obama’s 3 degree Gemini Moon, it opposed his 28 degree Scorpio Midheaven over the weekend. Mars suggests action — and also provocation, attack and/or an outburst. How interesting to stumble across a provocative story by Seymour Hersh, alleging that a lot of what you may have seen in Zero Dark Thirty is fiction, and that President Obama lied about what really happened in Abottabad the night Osama bin Laden was killed. On the other hand, the story was published on a square between Neptune and Mercury, which can be pretty surreal (or untrue).  We will see this Merucry-Neptune pattern again on May 29 and June 23. It will be interesting to see if there are further developments on this story then.

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 12/15/2014: Revolution Earth

With the Moon in Libra as of 11:05p Sunday, its need for social graces, peace, fairness and balance is sorely challenged by fallout from the early AM’s (1:14AM ET) square between rebel Uranus and ruthless Pluto. On the plus side, there’s no Moon void to toss a wrench into your efforts to move forward in a straight line. In the late hours of the evening, note the potential for turbulence as the Moon makes its weekly clash with Uranus and Pluto just after midnight ET.

General planetary patterns of note this week include mental Mercury’s shift from open-mouth-insert-foot Sagittarius into practical, earthbound Capricorn just before midnight on Tuesday. So perhaps we’ll speak no more of that dreadful yet utterly unsurprising batch of  Sony emails that were released to the Free World last month, suggesting that racism, sexism and other crass behavior are alive and well among people whose PR machines might prefer we believe are admirable role models. (It seems that nothing has changed in Hollywood since I started my career there eons ago).  Then again, given that Venus (social expression, women, money, art) will clash with the Uranus-Pluto square on Saturday, we’re likely to see more upsets and witchy-bitchiness in the headlines, along with stories of unconventional attractions.

Sunday features a New Moon, the Winter Solstice and rebel Uranus turning direct.

Your Moon voids for the week  are: Wednesday 12:40AM until 9:52AM ET; a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it break on Friday at 4:11 -4:55PM ET, and a nearly all-day chill time on Sunday, which will end just before the New Moon at 8:36PM ET. Said New Moon occurs at 0 Capricorn — on the Aries Point and thus portends a new lunar cycle of exceptional prominence.

If you’re still looking for an exceptional gift for that special someone, may I suggest a gift certificate for a personal astro-logical consultation. The insights are priceless and will last forever. Here’s the 411.

And now, the news.

Writing this as a hostage drama  in Sydney continues to dominate headlines around the world. It started several hours before the sixth exact Uranus-Pluto square, at a time in Sydney when aggressive “rebel with a cause” Mars was on an angle. For dominant headlines on the fifth Uranus-Pluto square in April, look here.

You may recall one April headline about a Princeton study formally declaring that the U.S. is now officially an oligarchy. So it should surprise no one to see in the 1500+ page trillion dollar spending bill that no member of Congress likely read in full (but passed anyway), that key priorities included 1) upping the permissible  amount of campaign contributions that can be made by individuals tenfold — to $1.5 million dollars, and 2) rolling back financial regulations that protected taxpayers from assuming the risks of investments made by potentially punch-drunk investment bankers. The “rollback” item, as this article explains, was introduced by Representative Kevin Yoder, Republican of Kansas (the state that also brings you the Koch Brothers), but it was actually  drafted by Citigroup.

Are you OK with that? If you are, perhaps you’ve never read The Big Short by Michael Lewis?  It’s a riveting book.

Another priority:  for the first time in 40 years, middle-class retirees in certain “multi-employer” pension plans may now see their benefits severely cut. Here are a few other “achievements” from the monster spending bill.

Clashes between Uranus and Pluto suggest uprising, and thousands continue to take to the streets around the globe, protesting police brutality against African-Americans here in the U.S.  Here’s one from Harvard Medical School. In a related story, the NYT published a report on how disciplinary measures against schoolgirls differ radically depending on race and hue.

Police brutality (Plutonian control vs. Uranian freedom) is pulling focus in other countries, too: Brazil and Mexico, for starters. And in Belgium, the whole country  ground to a halt today, paralyzed by strikes — not over police brutality, but over other issues of disparity.

In other news, a mild huzzah is in order in Lima, as that climate change conference I mentioned earlier this month did produce a “breakthrough” agreement “committing every country in the world to reducing the fossil fuel emissions” — as anticipated. Unfortunately, the delegates at that conference are not the people currently serving in the U.S. Congress, whose aforementioned monster spending bill included provisions like this:

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association scored several victories that require the government to keep its regulatory hands off farms and ranches.

The bill says the government cannot require farmers to report “greenhouse gas emissions from manure management systems.” Nor can it require ranchers to obtain greenhouse gas permits for “methane emissions” produced by bovine flatulence or belching. The Environmental Protection Agency says on its website that “globally, the agriculture sector is the primary source” of methane emissions.

Let’s end on a positive note. It’s the holidays, and there are plenty of acts of random kindness and senseless beauty happening, too. Here’s a list of a few recent generous deeds to inspire your day. There really is enough to go around, if we can all play nice and share our toys.

Thank you for reading this forecast. To find out how planetary patterns are impacting your own personal world, why not schedule a consultation. It’s a great way to start the New Year.

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 12/2/2014: Thoughts on Saturn in Scorpio & Sagittarius

Alllll-righty, then!

Unless there’s a challenging pattern happening in your own unique horoscope, I can’t think of a single reason not to feel inspired and ready to take on the world this morning. The Moon in Aries is certainly up for a fresh initiative, supported by warm and easy connections from Venus and Jupiter, which are generally considered to be fortunate when so positively aligned. Up and at ’em…..with the caveat being that as we get closer to 9:42PM ET, tensions may build to a fleeting release or spat, as the me-me-me Aries Moon is challenged by action hero Mars in Establishment Capricorn. That’s also when the Moon goes void with a sigh, suggesting you not make a mountain out of a molehill, if that’s what you stumble across. It’ll settle down once the Moon enters Taurus at 12:15AM ET on Wednesday, looking to build something solid out of the inspiration that hit you earlier in the week.

Other notes for the week, which I neglected to mention yesterday: Full Moon in Gemini early Saturday, at 7:27AM ET. That’ll shed light on whatever you launched two weeks ago. Also, be advised that Jupiter, planet of expansion — and sometimes excess — is slowing to a stop and will turn retrograde on the afternoon of Dec 8th (Monday). If you’ve got a planet or angle around 22 degrees of Leo, Taurus, Scorpio and Aquarius, I’ll wager themes of expansion, abundance and/or excess are up for you all month — how lucky for you. If you don’t know what degrees your planets are at, consider ordering the Really Useful Astro-Basics Report, which I’ll send to you along with a photo-quality rendition of your horoscope against a deep blue background of bright stars. That would make a nice holiday gift, too — as would a hand-crafted gift certificate for a personal astro-logical consultation.

And now, the news.

Just a couple of observations on a few stories that have made headlines as Saturn makes its way through the last degrees of Scorpio. You may remember Saturn started this journey just over two years ago. At that time I anticipated we’d see stories about the nitty-gritty consequences of sexual energy, death and money (debt) capturing our attention in often awful detail. And sure enough, for two years we’ve seen more than the usual share of stories of rape and other forms of sexual assault and harassment, along with abortion, contraception, crushing debt, death penalty fiascoes, assisted suicide, etc.

Once Saturn made its way halfway through Scorpio, which it did this summer, we could expect to see some changing attitudes about these issues, as we collectively integrated the harsh reality check Saturn implies. Now Saturn is at 27 degrees of Scorpio. How have things changed since Saturn started this journey? Yesterday it was reported that two male Princeton students were removed from their officer posts at an exclusive social club after circulating emails containing derogatory (a mild way of putting it) material about women.  Elsewhere, University of Virginia took action after Rolling Stone published an investigative story about rapes on campus. In Pennsylvania, the president of Lincoln University was ousted after making certain comments about sexual assault in a convocation address to women students. In Los Angeles, an ex-boyfriend is going to jail for posting nude pictures of his former girlfriend online in a case of “revenge porn”. And allegations of rape against Bill Cosby aren’t going away any time soon, with consequences. As of yesterday, Mr. Cosby is no longer on the Board of Trustees at Temple University (with more consequences to follow in 2015, planetary patterns would suggest).

These are just a few examples of Saturn in Scorpio concerns, and we clearly have a long way to go. But these stories do reflect a shift, and it’s a start. Saturn will enter Sagittarius on December 23rd. It will move back into Scorpio June 15th and stay until September 18th, so we’ll see more of these kinds of headlines then.  What can we expect from Saturn in Sagittarius? Briefly, a reality check on collective belief systems, foreigners, travel, education, religion, broadcasting and the law, to mention a few possibilities.

To be continued…

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 11/14/2014 & the Weekend: Neptune Direct; the Perfect Timing of President Obama (and GWB, Too)

Good Morning!

An optimistic meet-up between the regal/playful Leo Moon and expansive Jupiter drives the start of the day, exact at 9:18AM ET. You may not even need that cup of coffee. Patterns the rest of the day are more charged. The Third Quarter Moon at 10:15AM ET suggests another challenge on a project begun at the New Moon — will it bear fruit? At the end of the day — 5:03PM ET — stern Saturn challenges the Moon. Will the markets, which have been expanding mightily under this week’s expansive and volatile patterns, dip a bit? Regardless, pleasure-seeking indulgence is suggested this evening, as  Moon squares Venus at 9:53PM ET and then goes void until 2:08AM ET. Chill!

On Saturday, the discerning Virgo Moon would love to help you get things organized and perfect. Midday may be a little dreamy or muddled, suggested by a face-off between the Moon and nebulous Neptune. Sunday, the Virgo organizational vibe continues, aided by a cooperative connective between Mercury and Pluto that may be piercing and ruthless, but also may offer a fresh perspective that is perfect for getting rid of things that no longer serve. It’s a good time to check out the options as open enrollment begins for health care plans as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Even if you signed up for a plan last year, prices have changed, so do some comparison shopping and you might save some cash.

And speaking of fresh, Venus — which refers to women, love, art, money — leaves intense and controlling Scorpio for high-flying Sagittarius at 2:04PM ET, ready for a gamble or a gambol in social expression. Such a relief, even if some may trip over the furniture. Earlier that day, Neptune turns direct, ending a five month period of subtle focus on your own dreams and intuition for guidance.

When a planet is retrograde, the suggestion is to turn inward on issues involving that planet, as opposed to looking outside the self.  You’ll feel the effects of Neptune’s change of station more personally if you were born 5-7 days into Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius…or if you have a planet or angle at 5-7 degrees of those signs. What kind of effects? Oh….perhaps you are feeling somewhat bewildered…or less inclined to be in Type A personality mode (if you are normally a Type A personality). You may find yourself needing to express your creativity — even if you have never thought of yourself as a “creative” person. You may also find being of service richly rewarding.

And now, the news.

Funny how yesterday’s Sun-Jupiter square coincided with headlines about the Sun. The International Business Times reported this gem:

A US government renewable energy programme described by Republicans as “disgusting” and “a colossal failure” has turned a profit for the first time.

The programme is the Department of Energy’s loan program that funded the solar energy company Solyndra, which failed. Now that D.O.E. program expects to reap a $5-6 billion profit on other sustainable energy projects. And former Secretary of Energy (and Nobel Prize winner) Dr. Steven Chu can blithely say to critics, “Nyah, nyah, nyah”.  Have you ever visited the DOE website? Here it is, with helpful bios of the current leadership. Be informed!

For another take on the Sun, gratitude to reader Laura, who forwarded me this headline: “Sunspot Cycles and How They Relate to the Global Shift in Consciousness”.

Elsewhere in energy news, a damning 43-page indictment was filed against former dirty energy baron Don Blankenship, former CEO of Massey Energy, alleging that he was “personally responsible” for hundreds of safety violations and schemes that resulted in the deaths of 29 West Virginia coal miners in 2010. Meanwhile, President Obama is about to announce that the US will invest $3 billion to an international fund dedicated to solving the challenges posed by climate change.

In other news, another NYT article describes President Obama doing exactly what his horoscope suggests he would be doing at this time: being on top of his game and making big initiatives, including a bold plan hinted at yesterday that would likely be “a broad overhaul of the nation’s immigration system.”  I just had to smile at the language used in the first article, as the reporter tries to address how perplexed some may be by President Obama’s assertiveness in light of last week’s midterm election:

The timing of the three different decisions was to some extent a function of separate policy clocks, not simply a White House political strategy. Mr. Obama, for example, had been scheduled….[blah, blah, blah, rationalization, blah]…

Still, even if by happenstance, the back-to-back moves have reinforced Mr. Obama’s desire to assert himself in a period when his poll numbers and political capital are at their lowest ebbs….

Happenstance? How about by horoscope?

In another follow-up story, you may recall the excitement this week about European scientists landing a spacecraft on a comet. Well, that landing took place during a Moon void, and it seems there were a few unexpected twists.

Finally, I mentioned yesterday that people with planets around 21 degrees of Leo would be more likely to feel the sunny expansiveness suggested by Jupiter at that degree. Here’s an example: George W. Bush, who’s been all over the air promoting a book about his father. Mr. Bush has Venus at 21 Leo, strongly placed in his First House, which is one planetary patterns supporting why he’s been described as a guy you’d feel comfortable having a beer with. Venus in the First House suggests likeability.

In any case, the last time I wrote about Mr. Bush’s horoscope was back in April — check it out and decide for yourself if he’s living out the potential suggested by his horoscope.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 10/20/2014: Sneak Peek at the Week

Good Morning!

Perfectly lovely patterns today — not to be taken for granted. An efficient Moon in Virgo facilitates discernment and organization, aided and abetted by an easy balance between social expression and actions taken (Venus in an easy alignment with Mars). An easy alignment between mental Mercury and expansive Jupiter facilitates writers who are busy REwriting and others who are busy rethinking.  With only one week left of this Mercury retrograde, what projects from the past have you deemed worthy of a REvisit?

Moon goes void of course late this evening — at 11:30PM ET, and on a challenging contact with provocative Mars. This is not the time to pick a petty fight or take a risk behind the wheel. The Moon re-engages in Libra at 7:12AM ET on Tuesday.

We are in the balsamic phase of the Moon — the dark side of the lunar cycle. Time to wrap up those projects you started a few weeks ago and get ready to begin anew on the 23rd (Thursday) when we’ll have the New Moon in Scorpio at 5:57PM ET. If you’re feeling restless or listless, you’re not alone. Don’t worry; you’ll have something new on your plate soon enough.

This New Moon is also a solar eclipse. More on that later this week. Other patterns of note this week include Venus and the Sun both leaving Libra for Scorpio on Thursday. Mars leaves Sagittarius for Capricorn on Sunday. And Mercury turns direct on Saturday.

Your Moon voids for the week, other than this evening: Thursday 1:22PM – 5:10PM ET; Saturday 12:11PM ET until 12:40 AM on Sunday. These are times to chill, roll with whatever twists and flakes delay your efforts to move forward in a straight line. No impulse shopping. Learn to appreciate the sensation of herding cats. Remember that crises that crop up during voids are usually much ado about nothing.

Rest and RElaxation is an apt focus for Mercury REtrograde periods. How nice to see an article about sleep and what it does for you in the New York Times. This piece focuses on why sleep is so important for students, but I figure we are all students in life, so it will likely be helpful for you, too. And of course, it wouldn’t be a real Mercury retrograde without at least one transportation strike. If you’re flying on Lufthansa tomorrow, my condolences.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis’s horoscope has been pretty active recently, with his Mercury (communication, mindset) being ruthlessly empowered by Pluto, suggesting persuasive communication about a new perspective. His Mars is at 19 degrees Libra and thus his need to take action has been supported by this month’s Grand Trine among Mars, Jupiter and Uranus. Next year his Mars will become further supercharged by innovative Uranus, and I’m sure we’ll see him taking more initiatives with a decidedly humanitarian bent.

In astrology, Uranus represents the new and the avant garde; Saturn represents the old guard. My teacher likes to say that in any contest between Uranus and Saturn, Uranus will win. Eventually. Really, resistance is futile.

So never fear, Pope Francis, even though your bishops squashed your tolerant and humanitarian agenda over the weekend, one day they will capitulate. Or die.  Here’s what Pope Francis said over the weekend:

“God is not afraid of new things. That is why he is continuously surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways”

Which feels like a good way to end today’s forecast.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday-Wednesday 8/25-27/2014: New Moon in Virgo; Sneak Peek at the Week

Happy Monday — and Tuesday!

Did anyone else notice the subtle shift in energy around 10:13AM ET, the exact time of today’s New Moon? I was up very early this morning, as I have been in recent days, checking on the comfort of my beloved but ailing 17-year-old kitty. I planned to write this forecast in the dead of the Moon, but as it turns out, I needed more rest. What time did I wake up — without an alarm? 10:13AM ET — to the minute. Coincidence or conspiracy? I offer this an example of how you can use the times provided in this forecast. If something notable happens in your own personal world, see if it’s in synch with an exact planetary pattern. If you know your horoscope well enough to know what degrees your angles and planets are at, you can really have fun with this exercise. If you don’t know where your planets are, there’s a little Astro-Basics Report you can order here that will clue you in.

The New Moon — i.e.,  the monthly meet-up of the Sun and Moon — happened at 2 degrees 19 minutes of Virgo. For those of you who like to look up the Sabian Symbols, read for 3 degrees of Virgo (always round up to the next number when using these Symbols).  A New Moon offers us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle.  Sometime today or tomorrow, light a candle and make a list.  Around September 2nd, 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 the 8th, 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 15th, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon on September 24th.

Last month’s New Moon in Leo focused on creative self-expression. How do you express your bliss? Keywords for this month’s Virgo New Moon  include perfection, discernment, work, service, integration, analysis. Whom or what does your creative self-expression serve? How does it function? How have you cooperated with and/or integrated it into your daily routine?

Virgo also rules the digestive tract, where it keeps busy instinctively separating the wheat from the chaff. It keeps elements that provide nourishment and eliminates those which do not. Some digestive systems work more efficiently than others, depending on what they are given to process. What is your process? Is it efficient? What does your gut tell you? Your instincts may well be functioning with laser beam intensity and accuracy in the wake of this New Moon — and I was delighted to see its potency reflected with the usual astonishing synchronicity in Beth Owlsdaughter’s Tarot Card of the Week.

So what’s so potent about this New Moon? First, a potentially ruthless application of penetrating energy, for better or for worse , suggested by today’s hook-up (at 3:30PM ET) between action hero Mars and stern Saturn in take-no-prisoners Scorpio. If you’re in a vengeful mood, you could do some damage. If you want to execute a meticulously detailed plan that might even have a humanitarian purpose, you could create something wonderfully helpful and healing. What will you choose? Aiding and abetting this meticulous plan or a genius germ of an idea is mental Mercury in Virgo, supporting the Mars and Saturn. This suggests exacting efficiency and ease of communication. Not a bad week to make a pitch — just avoid the Moon voids.

As for the humanitarian part, this morning at 5:38AM ET we had a lovely alignment between Venus (love, money, social expression) in drama queen Leo and Uranus in pioneering Aries. Venus-Uranus contacts suggests a willingness to go outside the box, and as long as you’re not a cat, that is usually a very good thing. Expressed with passion, this plan may well challenge the established order, suggested by a tense connection between Venus and the Mars-Saturn hook-up. In the past we’ve seen Venus-Saturn challenges reflected in “cutting” or  “chilly” or “reality check” headlines…. and also by stories of “women of steel” (up side). This challenge is exact at 2:22PM ET on Tuesday. An example of an reality check just in:  a report from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. An example of a “woman of steel” — see note on author and pioneer Laura Ingalls Wilder in a few paragraphs.

Venus will challenge Mars on Wednesday at 11:46AM ET. We can expect combustion or fiery passion between the sexes, and the latter can be quite juicy. It seems to me that this Virgo New Moon, together with these challenges to Venus,  is inviting us to consider how we can better integrate feminine archetypical expression (Venus) vs. masculine/patriarchal archetypical expression (Mars-Saturn) — perhaps with a spiritual perspective, suggested by an opposition between Moon and nebulous Neptune, exact today at 6:15PM ET. For those seeking a dreamy escape tonight, there’s your opportunity.

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 3 Virgo is “two guardian angels”. Now this is a very comforting image. But why two? Perhaps one is masculine and the other is feminine — or some other duality? Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee writes that the angels suggest “divine stewardship”, and that we might consider this Symbol as with an eye open for “soft, imperceptible realities that stand guard” in the face of hard or otherwise unyielding structures, or new ways of thinking seeking to penetrate old forms.

You will be more personally influenced this New Moon if you have planets or points around 2 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and Sagittarius. And this week, those of you with planets or points at around 16-19 degrees of Leo, Taurus, Scorpio or Aquarius may well experience a release of the conflict or ambitious call to action suggested by the tension among Venus, Mars and Saturn. For example, Barack Obama’s Ascendant is 18 Aquarius. Today he authorized “air surveillance flights of ISIS over Syria,” as a “potential precursor to actual airstrikes”.

In other news, the autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of “Little House on the Prairie,” will be published this autumn for the first time. Yup, finally the real story of her life, not the fictionalized — albeit much-loved — version.  Wilder’s horoscope has the Sun at 18 Aquarius and Mercury conjunct Jupiter at 15 Aquarius — a powerhouse combo for a writer.  Also of note: her charismatic Mars-Neptune square has been supercharged by Uranus and Pluto for several months now. And the book publication will coincide with her fifth Saturn return, an event everyone experiences every 28-29 years. A Saturn return is a critical stage in life development, usually offering an opportunity for a new lease on life.  Isn’t astrology amazing?

Keep your organizational focus going on Tuesday, as the Virgo Moon is well-supported during business hours. Get if off your desk if you can, as the Moon goes void at 10:29PM ET… until 5:54PM ET on WEDNESDAY. That should make for some interesting upsets at the U.S. Open. Go with the flow of whatever twists and delays may crop up in your efforts to more forward in a straight line; stick to routine and chill, chill, chill. Your other Moon void this week happens Friday at 12PM ET — until Saturday at 4:53AM ET. Sounds like an early start to the Labor Day weekend….

…which you might as well enjoy to the fullest, given the “bitter, frigid conditions” predicted this winter by the Farmer’s Almanac. This is the same publication that correctly predicted last winter’s polar vortex (modern meteorologists did not). How does the Farmer’s Almanac do it?

The publication, not to be confused with the New Hampshire-based Old Farmer’s Almanac, uses a secret formula based on sunspots, planetary positions and lunar cycles for its long-range weather forecasts.

Of course it does.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 6/13/2014 & the Weekend: Venus Opposing Saturn in the News; Mars Square Pluto; RIP Ruby Dee

My, my, my…will the sound of sirens never end? Way more than usual over the past week…

The high-flying Sagittarius Moon is void this morning until 1:04PM ET. Go with the flow of whatever twists you may encounter in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. After the void, the Moon gets into gear in “make it happen” Capricorn, carrying us through most of the weekend. Lunar aspects are light today, but are power-packed tomorrow (Saturday), as Capricorn’s enterprising energy is supercharged by contact with the Uranus-Pluto square, and also aggressive Mars. The dust settles around 9:17PM ET, with a harmonious connection between the Moon and Venus in material security-seeking Taurus. t

Sunday’s only exact aspect is an exuberant challenge to the Capricorn (patriarchal) Moon from jolly Jupiter at 2:35AM ET, on which it goes void until 1:27pm ET. Perfect for dads who want to chill on Father’s Day — not good for buying last-minute gifts for said dads. The rest of the day has a friendly, networking vibe, courtesy of the Moon in Aquarius. No sleeping in on Monday.

And now, the news.

As noted in earlier forecasts, this third square between Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn is especially potent. War and guns (downside); great efforts and cars…there are so many headlines about cars this week. A car crashes into CNN headquarters and makes the homepage. We already talked about Uber and the traffic jams irate taxi drivers are creating in Europe. Tesla’s Elon Musk opened up his company’s patents, perhaps hoping to  increase acceptance and usage of electric cars.  And even a headline about a sports match sounds like a crash: “Heat’s Crash Course Can’t Prevent Another Wreck Against the Spurs”.  It’s like the writers at the NYT are influenced by planetary patterns, whether they know it or not. Speaking of sports matches, Mars-Pluto aspects suggest especially intense competition: here’s to the World Cup (and what’s left of the Stanley Cup).

Meanwhile, war and the breakdown of the established order in Iraq is the subject of today’s NYT editorial, FYI. Here’s a piece about the economic benefits of “major wars”. For a piece on ginormous energy resources, here’s the latest video on solar flares. In other news, I’ve noticed that triggers to Pluto and Uranus by other planets seem to reflect more “news from underground” in the headlines. Apparently scientists have discovered an underground ocean three times the size of those on the Earth’s surface. In Venezuela, however, no one is going underground, because there’s a shortage of coffins. Why is this story making headlines now (I ask, rhetorically).

I’m going to ship this to subscribers now — but will add a few more worthwhile headlines reflecting this AM’s Venus-Saturn opposition — check the website within the hour…

…and here we go. Venus opposing Saturn. One of the most compelling stories I found was about an unemployed mother (Venus) of seven who died in jail because she could not pay $2000 in fines accrued because her children skipped school. Saturn refers to debt. Even more compelling is how this story was reported by various papers. Here’s how the Cleveland Plain-Dealer told it, and here is how ThinkProgress told it. Which publication did the best job of covering this story? Which publication actually told the whole story?

If Venus opposing Saturn were a person, this might be its favorite joke:

Q: How many feminists does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: That’s not funny.

Interesting to see a theater review in the NYT with this headline: Sex, Violence and Power — with a Feminist Slant.  Meanwhile, another heavy note involving a woman in the arts (Venus): actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee passed away. Here is her horoscope; she has a Scorpio Sun conjunct Mercury and Saturn; these three planets are trine Mars in sensitive, vulnerable Pisces. Very heavy indeed and also “enduring,” which is how her career is described in the NYT obituary; she often played “the loyal, worried loved one”.

Ms. Dee’s people-pleasing 25 degree Libra Moon was eclipsed in April; her Pluto at 13 Cancer has been supercharged by the Cardinal Grand Cross. That Libra Moon would be sensitive to social graces, fairness and justice, and her Sagittarius Ascendant would suggest a mask of most righteous opinion.  As noted in the NYT, “in 2005 Ms. Dee received a lifetime achievement award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. ‘You can only appreciate freedom,’ she said then, ‘when you find yourself in a position to fight for someone else’s freedom and not worry about your own.'” RIP.

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