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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 2/19/2016 & the Weekend: Mars Retrograde 2016 Alert; Tim Cook Just Says “No” — Right on Schedule; Sun in Pisces

TGIF!

The Cancer Moon goes void of course at 9:36AM ET, as you may remember from Monday’s forecast. An easy connection to Mars facilitates efficient action based on home/family/emotional security needs. Take care to nurture yourself and those around you — but when in doubt, put the oxygen mask on yourself first. It seems as if I’ve been repeating that mantra left and right over the past several weeks.

Moon is void until 9:17PM ET. Focus on routine concerns; roll with the twists and flakes; chill over perceived crises that are likely much ado about nothing. The party-hearty Leo Moon takes over the evening and sails through Saturday and Sunday. Not until 8:17 PM ET on Sunday does it go void with a potentially provocative sigh, challenged by Mars in Scorpio. Check your stubborn regal egos at the door for the duration of the night. A waxing Full Moon — exact on Monday at 1:20PM ET — suggests equally waxing emotions and perhaps a bit of howling, too.

Moon enters Virgo to set everything right on Monday at 6:24AM ET. No sleeping in! More on the Full Moon in Monday’s forecast.

Meanwhile, Friday’s big news is the Sun leaving Aquarius for Pisces at 12:34AM ET.  Happy birthday to your favorite fishies! Pisces is a sensitive, intuitive energy that at its best expresses compassion and loving kindness for everyone and everything, in its understanding that we are all One.  Being such a sensitive soul is not always easy. Pisces has been known to wallow in suffering. It can go to extremes of surrender in order to escape life’s hard knocks, drowning its sorrows in the nearest rose-colored glass. Pisces is ruled by Neptune, a dreamy energy that can be challenging to integrate, but oh what sublime creative visions it can bring to life, when effectively channeled.

Pisces folk born 9-10 days into the sign should chat with Fish born a few days earlier about how spacey life seemed in the past two years. Lots of potential for creativity and soulful questing, though. Pisces folk born halfway through the sign have experienced the expansive potential of transiting Jupiter to their natal Sun in recent months.  Now Saturn is weighing in, asking for streamlined plans for advance. Maybe time to check in with your local astrologer…

Famous Pisces include Kurt Cobain, Drew Barrymore, George Harrison, Dr. Seuss and Albert Einstein. All sensitive, soulful and sublime, in their own magical way.

And now, the news.

UPDATE: Justice Scalia was in fact having health issues, including high blood pressure and heart problems. Sorry, conspiracy theorists. Plus, planetary patterns support his doctor’s statement, not foul play. His solar returns for 2015 and 2016 are quite compelling.

HEADS UP: Yesterday Mars was at 23 degrees of Scorpio. Why is this significant? Because on April 23rd, Mars will turn retrograde at 8 degrees of Sagittarius. It will appear to move backwards in the sky through May and most of June, finally turning direct on June 29th at…23 degrees of Scorpio. It’ll be sitting on that degree for almost four weeks, until it picks up speed and moves on in mid-July. Here’s a brief and general 411 on how we may use retrograde Mars energy most effectively. Point is, actions initiated between now and April 23rd will be revisited once Mars turns retrograde. Then, once Mars turns direct in late June, we will go over the action for a third time.

THEREFORE, if you have planets or angles between 23 Scorpio and 8 Sagittarius — and especially on those degrees, you can expect those parts of your horoscope to be triggered once, twice and thrice between now and late August. Same for planets between 23 Leo, Taurus and Aquarius…as well as 8 Gemini, Pisces and Virgo. Where are your planets and angles? Order an Astro-Basics Report and find out how Mars retrograde will fall in your horoscope. You’ll find it in the Services & FAQS section of my website.

So. On Monday we were discussing how Mars will hit President Obama’s 28 degree Scorpio Midheaven — his career/public status point — three times between now and the end of July. His Uranus — which rules his Ascendant — will also be hit, as will his Pluto. We can expect him to be especially assertive and likely dealing with equally assertive energy directed at him. Here are some other public figures to watch:

  1. Donald Trump — Mars at 26 Leo; Ascendant at 29 Leo. We can expect his regal self-projection to be even more revved up over the next two weeks.
  2. Michael Bloomberg — Sun at 25 Aquarius; rebel Uranus at 26 Taurus. There’s talk of him launching his own run for president, and Mars now at 23 Scorpio is about to hit his fiercely daring Sun-Uranus square next week…and again in mid-June. What will happen?
  3. Ted Cruz — wish we had an exact birth time, but we do see Jupiter (expansion) at 25 Scorpio, triggered by transiting Mars over the next several days. We expect a surge of energy, and in fact, he is getting a boost in the polls. He has Neptune at 1 Sagittarius, which Mars will hit around March 10th — this suggests pixie dust and/or snake oil.
  4. Governor Paul Le Page (R-ME). Mars at 24 Scorpio. He should be feeling quite feisty this week, especially with transiting Pluto supercharging his 16 Libra Sun, just as it is supercharging George W. Bush’s 16 Libra Moon (noted on Monday).
  5. Bernie Sanders — reportedly born with 25 Scorpio rising; Saturn at 28 Taurus; Uranus at 1 Gemini.
  6. Hillary Clinton — South Node at 24 Scorpio; Jupiter at 1 Sagittarius. Scorpio Ascendant has been proposed, but is not confirmed.
  7. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) — Neptune at 0 Sagittarius; Ascendant at 0 Sagittarius. Let’s keep an eye on him the first week of March.
  8. Tim Cook, the Apple CEO whose horoscope was first discussed here, has Mercury at 22 Scorpio square Uranus at 25 Leo. He’s been making news this week for his upstart and stubborn refusal to comply with a federal court order that Apple engineers “must create new software that would bypass security features on the iPhone” used by the man who killed 14 of his co-workers at a holiday party in San Bernardino last year.  The iPhone belongs to the man’s employer. FBI efforts to unlock the iPhone have failed. It is a controversial case, and it is fascinating to see how Mr. Cook’s mindset and independent streak reflect patterns in his horoscope.  The headline reads: “Tim Cook Gives Apple a Social Conscience in Fight With U.S”  Let the record show that Mr. Cook’s Mars in Cancer could be expected to act in ways that preserve home and emotional security. We could argue that his Sun-Neptune conjunction in Scorpio suggests a need to be concerned with privacy — with a little magical pixie-dusted spell tossed in.
  9. Pop quiz: name two other newsmakers who have the brilliant mind and tech savvy potential of Mercury square Uranus. If you said Ted Cruz and Michael Moore, you’ve been paying attention!

Random cool headline: “Naval Academy Students Are Learning to Navigate By The Stars for the First Time in a Decade,” reports the Washington Post. Yes, there is real value in using the position of the stars to guide us.  Random headline which confirms what I’ve long suspected: “The Parmesan Cheese You Sprinkle on Your Penne Could Be Wood.”  Seriously, those little packets of Parm that come with take-out pizza? Yucch! Not that I eat that stuff anymore…

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday & Tuesday 8/11-12/2014: Sneak Peek at the Week

Good Morning!

Some on the East Coast may have experienced a delay or surprise twist in your early morning routine, given that the Moon was void of course until 8:55AM ET. If you are new to this forecast and want more info on Moon voids and how to handle them, look here. As of 8:55AM ET, if you are really paying attention, you may notice the shift in energy — not unlike the sensation of engaging the clutch of a stick-shift car — as the Moon goes into gear and moves forward in Pisces.

Pisces is an intuitive energy that at its best, expresses compassion and loving kindness for everyone and everything, in its understanding that we are all One. At worst, Pisces wallows in suffering and/or escapes life’s hard knocks by running away,  drowning its sorrows in drugs, drink or any other rose-colored glass it can find. Pisces is ruled by Neptune, a challenging symbol for many to integrate in an individual horoscope. At best, it suggests a need for a sublime creative and/or spiritual vision. At worst, it suggests deception and betrayal. Not all visions are real.

Overall, a quiet day today, as there are no exact planetary aspects until 7:26PM ET, when the Pisces Moon hooks up with nebulous Neptune, facilitating  — yes, that ‘s right — a need for a dreamy escape — perhaps through a creative or spiritual practice: art, music, meditation. If you’re a night owl needing an energy boost for that novel you’re writing, easy connections between Moon, Mars (action!) and Pluto (depth, potency) late tonight and in the wee hours can carry you through.

Also happening overnight: Venus leaves nurturing ultra-Mom Cancer for royal Leo at 3:24AM ET Tuesday, infusing social expression for the next few weeks with drama, pomp and play. This may also fill up the social calendars of those born under the sign of the Lion, especially those born in July.

Get it off your desk by 12:01pm ET on Tuesday, when the Moon goes void of course on a constructive alignment with disciplined Saturn. Focus on routine tasks or chill until 9AM ET on Wednesday, when the Moon charges into Aries and quickens the pace until lunchtime on Friday. The long Moon void on Tuesday is the only void that may trip up your efforts to move forward in a straight line during the work week. The next Moon void happens between 8:26AM ET and 6:41PM ET on Sunday.

And now, the news.

As expected in light of the heavy Saturn influence during yesterday’s Full Moon, headlines on the NYT homepage are sobering. We see yet another incident involving the death of an unarmed person by a law enforcement officer making news, this time in St. Louis.   A candlelight vigil for the victim was held during last night’s long Moon void, along with reported looting and angry protests. Meanwhile, a freak accident that apparently happened after a clash of wills between two race car drivers made headlines on Saturday, resulting in the death of one driver allegedly attempting to “settle a score”.  Not surprising to see this story in light of patterns discussed in  Saturday’s forecast.

In other news, this headline caught my eye: “A Mother Lifts Her Son, Slowly, From Heroin’s Abyss”. It is an especially apt reflection of the heavy consequences and dogged ambition suggested by the  Full Moon, along with two patterns exact today: Venus (social expression, women) at the very last degree of Cancer (motherhood), as well as an obsessive aspect known as a quindecile between mental Mercury and Neptune (drugs, redemption, sacrifice). Planets close to the end of a zodiac sign suggest a heavy learning trip in whatever matters the planet rules. If you have planets like that in your horoscope, you know what I’m talking about.

Thank you for reading this forecast — with extra bonus gratitude to those of you who are sharing it with your friends.

P.S. Special thanks to Karen, a reader who sent in this article written by astrologer Richard Nolle, who coined the term Super Moon back in 1979.  I’ve linked it before, but it bears repeating and it may clear up misunderstandings you may have about Super Moons, especially since they are now being written about regularly by reporters who know little about astrology.

How is your life being reflected by patterns in your horoscope? What’s likely to be on your plate this  fall? Find out in  a personal astro-logical consultation.

 

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 2/18/2014: Hot Birthdays & The Week Ahead

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

Did you jump out of bed this morning with a start? If so, your horoscope may have been personally affected by the  jolt, disruption and/or revelation suggested by the Moon’s weekly encounter with the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square, exact today at 9AM ET and 2:04PM ET.   Today’s Moon has been fully engaged in relationship-oriented Libra since 1:23PM ET on Monday, seeking appreciation, peace and rational discourse. Toss in a buoyant and expansive/expensive challenge to the Moon from jolly Jupiter, exact at 10:18AM ET, and you’ve got a recipe for plenty of ideas and rational debate on the pros and cons of a joint endeavor, negotiated with care, mind you, given Mercury retrograde’s notorious capriciousness over critical facts and details. Double check everything!

What serious focus was on your plate around January 25th? That’s when mental Mercury made a challenging connection to disciplined Saturn, suggesting a need to structure a weighty idea. You’ll have a opportunity to REview that issue again this week, suggested by a repeat of this pattern, exact at 2:11AM ET on Wednesday. A third and final assessment is suggested around March 11th, when Mercury will once again be direct in motion. You’re more personally affected by this pattern if you were born around the 11th of November, February, May or August…or if you have a planet or angle around 21-24 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. If you do not know the degrees of planets and angles in your horoscope, consider ordering a Astro-Basics Report, available here.

Other than the mental focus suggested by the Mercury-Saturn square, the rest of the week has no other exact aspects, save for connections to the Moon. Lunar aspects do not linger, as the Moon moves fast. Things may feel more in flux. And speaking of flux, today at 1PM ET, the Sun leaves the fixed, cerebral energy of Aquarius for the dreamy, emotional flux of Pisces.

The mantra for Pisces is “I BELIEVE”.  It is ruled by nebulous Neptune, which can range from the sublimely sensitive to the dangerously deluded. Empathy and compassion for all who suffer; understanding that we all come from the same Source; the intuition that flows from understanding this connection; and the melancholy that results when such depth of feeling can not be communicated (Pisces — the Fish —  is a mute sign) — these are some Piscean scenarios. Add imagination, escapism, and vulnerability to this mix. Will we sink or will we swim?

Meanwhile, heads up if you have a planet or angle around 27 degrees of Libra, Capricorn, Aries and Cancer…or if you were born around the 16th of January, April, July or October. You may be feeling especially feisty for the next three weeks, as Mars, planet of war (downside), courage (upside) and action (good or bad — you choose) will be sitting at 27 Libra as it prepares to turn retrograde on March 1st. A constructive physical outlet is recommended, to ward off chances of feeling vaguely irritable and easily provoked. On the other hand, you may find your stamina is up, as is a willingness to act on a (hopefully) constructive project.

Heads up also if you have a planet or angle around 10 degrees of Cancer, Libra, Capricorn or Aries…or if you were born around the 1st of just about any month. Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy, is camping out at 10 Cancer (preparing to turn direct) from now until March 24th, presenting a lengthy window of potential good times and opportunities for expansion. For a more detailed analysis of planetary patterns active in your horoscope, contact me to schedule a personal astro-logical consultation.

True to the spirit of the Mercury retrograde, I unplugged myself from my computer over the weekend, in favor of rest and relaxation. No news is good news. What did I miss?

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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 12/10/2013: Charge!

Readers across the Pond may notice the shift into neutral suggested by the void-of-course Moon from 1:41AM ET – 8:06AM ET today…many in the Americas will sleep right through it. Once the Moon does engage, it charges ahead in warrior Aries. Cue Reveille now, please. And I do mean “charge,” given that the Moon will be opposed by action hero Mars at 10:40AM ET, suggesting the potential for a clash or outburst of will. Be careful on the roads…

This zippy pace is noticeably different than the dreamier flow of Monday’s Moon in Pisces. Much can be accomplished — with more inspired ideas courtesy of a harmonious alignment between mental Mercury in high-flying Sagittarius and innovative Uranus.

And now, the news.

OMG — talk about empathy, compassion, suffering and institutions — all Moon in Pisces keywords. The NYT hit a home run yesterday with the first of five installments in a series called Invisible Child.  Fact: there are more than 22,000 homeless children in New York — more than any time since the Great Depression. If every homeless child was invited to a concert in Madison Square Garden, there wouldn’t be enough seats for over 4000 of them.

Invisible Child focuses on one 12-year-old girl  over the course of a year. Her name is Dasani — and The Coca-Cola Company should immediately become her patron saint. Dasani is the oldest of eight brothers and sisters, one of whom is legally blind. Her parents have struggled with drug addiction. They are homeless. How do they manage to survive? Read the article. Of course when it revealed her birth date (May 26, 2001),  I looked up her horoscope.

Dasani seems so much older than her chronological age — no surprise, given that her pixie-chatterbox Gemini Sun is tempered by a heavy conjunction with stern Saturn. That is serious. We’d expect a strong awareness of responsibility, and in fact, she spends a lot of her time taking care of her siblings and her mother. It helps that her Moon is in nurturing Cancer; she needs emotional security. She often gets into fights — verbal and physical — with her peers. Well, of course she would, with an exact opposition between mental Mercury in Gemini and Mars in rowdy Sagittarius. Not to mention Venus in Aries — sign of a warrior in social expression — impulsive, inspiring and indomitable. Just read the article. Maybe if enough people read it, we can have some productive discussions on how we’ve gotten to a point in the world where so few people have so much more than everyone else.

As it turns out, planetary patterns do suggest an overturning of the status quo — though not without a fight. Fast-food workers striking for a higher minimum wage are likely just the beginning. As for how much money you’re likely to earn, based on your Myers-Briggs personality type, here are the results of that study.

OK…other news. How about a story about magical (Mercury-Neptune) thinking out of the box (Mercury-Uranus). It seems our intelligence agencies have been practicing their Secret Squirrel activities disguised as orcs and trolls —  in role-playing fantasy worlds like Second Life and World of Warcraft. No word on whether they discovered any suspicious activities. Meanwhile, 500 of the world’s leading authors are calling for a “digital bill of rights,” arguing that “state surveillance of personal data is theft.”

Mercury-Uranus aspects can suggest brilliance, nervous energy, madness or at the very least, an unconventional mindset. Here’s a fascinating item about autism: a new study suggests that some of the behaviors associated with the condition are actually gastro-intestinal issues and could be treated with probiotics. That’s your PSA of the day.

Why not gift yourself — or a special someone on your holiday shopping list –with a personal astro-logical consultation? I have lovely gift certificates to email or snail mail — and here’s the 411 on all that.

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 2/21/2013: More Water, Water; Shades of Rose

More of the same from yesterday, only on the other side of the dreamy vision suggested by the soulful meet-up between the Sun and nebulous Neptune at 2:19AM ET. While you are sleeping there may be a power play or other emotional catharsis as the sensitive Moon is challenged by ruthless Pluto at 3:43AM ET.

Efforts to secure your home, family and foundation are favored all day, thanks for supportive contacts to the Moon from disciplined Saturn, proactive Mars and mental Mercury. Get it signed, sealed and delivered by 9:08PM ET, when the Moon goes void for a long rest…not to enter Leo until 5:12PM ET on Friday. Anyone got a long weekend planned?

Friendly reminder: back up your computer and smart phones NOW. Mercury goes retrograde Saturday at 4:41AM ET (another reason to sign documents now…or wait until after March 17th, when Mercury turns direct).

And now, the news. In honor of the plethora of planets in Pisces, here are a few Fish-themed headlines. First, did you know that Pisces rules the 12th house of a natal chart. This refers to secret enemies, retreats, things buried in our subconscious (“the self undoing”) and all the other stuff we sweep under a rug or otherwise confine.  Hospitals and prisons fall into this category; here’s a fascinating story about the latter, if you want to know a well-kept secret about our exploding prison population. Suffering, martyrdom and victimization are Pisces themes, too. And Pisces feels it all so deeply. No wonder they have a reputation for being so melancholy.

I don’t know if this qualifies as the rose-colored vision suggested by Sun conjunct Neptune,  but it certainly is a new vision: Google glasses  — the ones that let you access the Internet while you are looking straight ahead, walking and presumably chewing gum at the same time — are in the news again. I first read about these last summer in Physics of the Future — an absolute must-read book, because the future is happening faster than you think.

Mercury retrograde is an excellent time to REview your life in a personal astro-logical consultation, especially if you have not done so in over a year.

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday & Saturday 9/28-29/2012: Full Moon in Aries, Part I

A bit of housekeeping first: thanks to the reader who alerted me to the Link to Nowhere (which should have gone to an article about the Uranus-Pluto square, but didn’t). As a result, a new page is being created called ARTICLES, and it will likely be up by EOD on Friday.

And now, the forecast:

Moon continues to float through Pisces, buoyed by an optimistic connection to expansive Jupiter at 7:30AM ET. Think big, as Moon continues to build to fullness on Saturday at 11:19PM ET. There are so many moving parts to consider between now, then and into next week, with a high potential for excitement, volatility, the ideal and the surreal. Should you hide under your bed until it passes? No! Should you be aware of the potential for certain pitfalls? Yes, but you should also be aware of the potential for positive potentials, and we’ll cover those in a minute.

The Moon in Pisces can bring up themes of salvation, sacrifice, surrender, suffering, intuition, spirits of all kinds, a lack of boundaries and deeply felt empathy. Here’s a photo that is getting a lot of attention on the web, even though it seems to have been originally published on Veterans Day in 2010. It’s got beer, brotherly love, sacrifice, melancholy and an eternal bond that transcends everything. If you contemplate it in silence long enough, you may be moved to tears. Ahhhhh…empathy! One of the gifts of Pisces. Feeling connected yet? Good. Remember that feeling, when the Moon goes into Aries on Saturday and gets all me-me-me on us. Or become a regular reader of Paul Krugman’s columns in the New York Times. Krugman is a Pisces, which should be obvious by the themes of empathy and suffering in his work, including this latest offering.

There are no more exact planetary aspects until 10:35PM ET, when Moon goes void-of -course on an easy connection to aggressive Mars, coordinating depth of feeling with action. (If you are new to the forecast, and do not know what a Moon void is, click here). With the Moon void in Pisces until 9:14AM ET on Saturday, the urge is to go with the flow — but the caution is not to go overboard, especially if you’re out on the prowl or an extended Happy Hour in the evening. We are likely to see plenty of rowdy behavior, so be mindful if you are going to be around large crowds of people. The potential for twists, upsets and detours is also increased.

During the void, the relationship-oriented, balance-seeking Libra Sun will be challenged by rebel Uranus at 3:16AM ET. If there’s a disruption in your world, chances are it will be softened by the void, as crises that crop up during those times tend to be much ado about nothing. On the other hand, we may experience a flash of insight that sets us free, perhaps about a relationship. If you meet someone under this transit, there is likely something about them that is verrrrry different than what you’ve experienced before. Such an attraction can flare up and flame out as quickly as it started.

At 9:14AM ET, the Moon shifts dramatically into me-me-me Aries, needing to be seen as a pioneer, a leader and above all, Number One. This lunar energy, combined with ruthless Pluto challenging the Sun at 1:54PM ET suggests potential empowerment or simply a power play. Volatility and excitement may likely rise into the evening, and peaking between 9:40PM and 11:19PM ET, as the Moon engages with disruptive Uranus, emotionally cathartic Pluto and finally, the Sun. Got all that?

In the news watch for accidents, the usual rioting and mayhem, and news from underground. Plus some cool breakouts and tech breakthroughs.

If you were born around the 28th of March, June, September or December OR if you have a planet or angle around 7 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, issues and scenarios involving power/empowerment and rebellion/freedom have likely been attracted to you like tomato sauce on a white shirt. Why? Because you need to own your power and your desire to be whomever you happen to be — preferably with consciousness and positive expression. Your chart is hot, and don’t think for a minute that people can’t sense it, even if they are dangerously self-absorbed and unaware. Again, be mindful in your surroundings and interactions with others, and remember the empathy and compassion of Pisces if you find yourself dealing with the tomato sauce of an irritated, suffering soul lobbed at your white shirt. Meanwhile, if you have an opportunity to mingle with movers and shakers this weekend, go ahead and do it. And consider booking a session with your friendly neighborhood astrologer to discuss the shifts and opportunities for freedom and empowerment happening in your life. When you’re hot, you’re hot!

I’ll write about Sunday and other aspects to this Full Moon in a post for Saturday. For now I’ll end with another Pisces-inspired story about redemption, emancipation and empowerment. It’s guaranteed to renew your faith in humanity and its ability to solve problems, save the planet and bring out the very best in souls formerly considered lost.

 

 

 

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 2/2/2012: Neptune in Pisces

Another day light on planetary activity, though the buzz that began yesterday afternoon continues with Moon still in Gemini, needing to be the smartest one in the room. Who, what, when, where and how? Ideas can flow easily and with feeling as you wake up this morning, courtesy of a smooth connection between Moon and mental Mercury.

Today is your last chance to experience a full day of nebulous Neptune in Aquarius — and here, I mean the last chance in your lifetime. On Friday at 1:52PM ET, Neptune enters Pisces, the sign it rules.  Neptune energy can be challenging for people who live in a material world, as it prefers the immaterial and ephemeral to the material and permanent. Neptune tends to dissolve whatever it touches, leaving you with the feeling that you’re standing in quicksand. Or in a fog. It doesn’t strike with a lightning bolt, like Uranus, or blow things to smithereens, purging and/or transforming, like Pluto. Its effects are much more subtle, but no less powerful.

Here are a few key words for Neptune:  intangible forms (wireless communication including film, photography, telepathy, intuition, spirituality, rarefied art forms, including music), oil, dreams, drugs, blood, alcohol, poisons, viruses, water, oceans, seafood.   A few key words for Pisces: surrender, empathy, compassion, collective consciousness, belief, martyr, saint. We can anticipate with confidence that headlines over the next 14 years will reflect these keywords with increasing levels of intensity.

It takes about 14 years for Neptune to travel through one sign of the zodiac; the last time Neptune entered Pisces was in 1847. Thanks to astrologer Steffan Vanel for bringing my attention to a post by astrologer Adrian Duncan noting some key developments during Neptune’s last transit through Pisces in the mid-19th Century. Note that the “social democratic demonstrations” (e.g., the “Year of Revolutions of 1848” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutions_of_1848), coincided with Uranus and Pluto hooking up in the cardinal sign of Aries. Note also that Uranus and Pluto are four months away from a three-year long series of seven exact challenges to each other (and that we’ve been feeling the build-up for over a year) in Aries and Capricorn, respectively. Note also that when Uranus and Pluto do make contact, the effect is one of upheaval. But I digress. Here’s the bit on Neptune’s last transit through Pisces:

“This was the period when Charles Dickens wrote his novels of social realism, and social democratic demonstrations shook the capitals of Europe. This was also a time when painters like Renoir, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cezanne and Monet made their impressionist paintings, expanding the world of fantasy and imagination. On the scientific front Darwin’s theory of evolution completely undermined Christian tradition. The first photographs were taken, ultimately leading to the coming world of the movies. Anesthetics were used for the first time in hospitals. Opium became a socially acceptable drug. The accepted reality of the day was undermined and new spiritual, emotional and political realities took form.”

This year, Neptune in Pisces will affect you most strongly if you have a birthday — or a planet, rising sign or midheaven in the early degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius. On the plus side, there is potential for a spiritual awakening or transcendence; artistic and/or romantic stimulation and/or success. On the down side there is the potential for bewilderment or listlessness. Consult your local astrologer for further details on how Neptune is likely affecting your own personal horoscope. Meanwhile, you can watch Mitt Romney in action as one example of how Neptune can completely fog up efforts of personal projection as it challenges his Gemini Ascendant. Here’s what happened yesterday: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/opinion/collins-mitt-speaks-oh-no.html?hp http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/us/politics/poor-quote-by-romney-seized-on-by-his-critics.html?hp  Bewildering, eh?