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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 4/3/2012: Que Sera Sera

It’s Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 and that means it is actress/singer Doris Day’s 88th birthday. Here is Doris Day singing Que Sera Sera from Hitchcock’s classic film The Man Who Knew Too Much. Happy birthday, Miss Day!

Que Sera Sera would be a terrible signature song for an astrologer.

An indulgent connection between loving Venus in sensual Taurus and  the “oh just adore me, why don’t you” Leo Moon could get your day off to a jolly good start. It might also be a suggestion of wretched excess, picking up where a potentially expansive aspect left off yesterday (as I type, the markets are reportedly up in Asia. For now). Wretched excess revealed, eh? Like the big fat trip to Vegas on taxpayer dollars that just caused a number of heads to roll at the General Services Administration ?

And speaking of excess, maybe we’ll learn for sure who won the Mega Millions jackpot that was held on Friday, under the auspices of a sensational, fanatical opposition between Mars and Neptune. When these two planets get together it’s a dazzling mix. Just ask Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, who have this cocktail in their horoscopes.

Moon moves into discriminating Virgo at 9:53AM ET, and could immediately launch a clean-up effort to put everything right, though it may get side-tracked by an unattainable dream around lunchtime ET, thanks to — hello — nebulous Neptune rolling in like so much fog. What passion for perfection — or perfect organization could result in a critical (Virgo!) outburst around 5:16PM ET, hmmm? Depth and perspective are favored later that night, when incisive Pluto facilitates emotional release.

But wait, there’s more: loving Venus leaves earthbound Taurus for airy Gemini at 11:18AM ET, suggesting glib communication and wordplay will be back in vogue — or downright seductive — over the next few weeks. Who will whisper sweet nothings in your ear? With Venus also under the influence of nebulous Neptune (an exact square happens Thursday at 9:51PM ET), watch for troubadours, gurus, Romeos, refined artists and others wearing rose-colored glasses. If you’re an artist, healer, saint or other inspirational type, may these next few days find you especially creative.

One intriguing headline reflecting not only the fantasy-driven surrender/fanaticism suggested by nebulous Neptune opposing macho Mars is Sunday’s op-ed by Maureen Dowd, reporting on the erotic novel that’s all the rage among the double-X chromosome set. It’s clearly been spiked by that “resistance is futile” power play suggested by ruthless Pluto’s challenge to the Sun on Thursday.   Add Pluto in Capricorn — the PTB — challenging Uranus in Aries — freedom of the individual — to this lurid headline, also about a power play. Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that there are apparently no limits whatsoever on strip searches of persons who are arrested and held in police custody  Meanwhile, in the UK, Big Brother is definitely watching…and listening, too:  Stay tuned for more on this developing story as the year progresses…




Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 3/29/2012: Resistance is Futile

A day of many moods,  as the need for information drives the morning with Moon in chatty Gemini. A rest period is called for when Moon goes void of course on a stable connection to serious Saturn at 2:05PM…not to enter Cancer until 7:07PM ET. Unplug from the hubbub if you can, and resist the urge to be swept into any drama or power plays that may arise during this time. In the evening, the focus turns to a dream of home sweet home and the security home provides.

Pluto in Capricorn exactly squares the Sun in Aries at 3:54 PM. You are likely feeling this potent pattern personally if you were born 7 to 11 days into the signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Significant challenges and changes in your life are strongly suggested, brought by forces seemingly beyond your control. No, it’s not all bad; Pluto transits can be quite empowering, even though structures you have relied upon may be taken away. Rise from the ashes and build yourself anew!

Inventor, designer and engineer Buckminster Fuller had a few notable things to say about change, worth considering if you are currently coping with the above:

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― Richard Buckminster Fuller

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly. ” ― Richard Buckminster Fuller

And speaking of coping and transformation, here’s a bit from Fuller’s Wikipedia biography:

“By age 32, Fuller was bankrupt and jobless, living in public, low-income housing in Chicago, Illinois. In 1922,Fuller’s young daughter Alexandra died from complications from polio and spinal meningitis. Allegedly, he felt responsible and this caused him to drink frequently and to contemplate suicide for a while. He finally chose to embark on “an experiment, to find what a single individual [could] contribute to changing the world and benefiting all humanity.

Fuller was experiencing a major Neptune transit (an “ego wipeout”), during the above time frame, and somehow he pulled himself together and lived to be 87. More inspiring words from this extraordinary mind can be found here:

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 3/28/2012: Rose-Tint My World News Tonight

A need for information drives the day, with Moon running wild in Gemini, sign of the information junkie. And with Mercury retrograde, of course, there is (again) the potential for misinformation, miscommunication, etc.,etc. The antidote to Mercury retrograde is a willful effort to FOCUS.  Check and double check…especially if it’s a mic check, as President Obama learned (the hard way) on Monday, when a conversation he thought was private was picked up by a nearby microphone that just happened to be on   Oops. FOCUS, Mr. POTUS!!

Also influencing the colors of the day: a idealizing connection between mental Mercury and loving Venus, suggesting an inclination to see the world through glasses in a shade of rose. And let’s not forget ruthless Pluto in “establishment” Capricorn challenging the Sun in me-me-me Aries, suggesting corruption exposed, power plays and other news from underground, such as seismic activity making headlines  As for “feeling like you’re living inside a kaleidoscopic pinball machine” making headlines (see yesterday’s forecast), you can be happy you weren’t inside this kaleidoscopic JetBlue airplane when the pilot apparently lost his grip on reality.

Make that a Jefferson Airplane  (cue “White Rabbit” now)

Astro-logical Forecast for 3/29/2011: Historian William Cronon

A reader asked how yesterday’s challenging Pluto square at 7 degrees of Capricorn to the Sun at 7 degrees of Aries  (suggesting power plays, corruption revealed/exposed, explosive actions, news from underground) might be affecting Scorpios. The answer: while this aspect is definitely challenging all those born in the early days of Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn (for better or for worse), the aspect is not challenging any planet in Scorpio, though those born around October 29 are likely getting a supportive power boost from Pluto to their Sun at 7 Scorpio.

Still, it’s possible for a Scorpio (or someone who isn’t an Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn) to be profoundly affected by this particular transit, but we need to look at a complete horoscope (there’s so much more to astrology than the Sun!). Here’s an example: William Cronon, a man who made headlines over the weekend, described in a NY Times editorial on 3/25/2011 as follows:

“William Cronon is the Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas research professor of history, geography and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin, and was recently elected president of the American Historical Association. Earlier this month, he was asked to write an Op-Ed article for The Times on the historical context of Gov. Scott Walker’s effort to strip public-employee unions of bargaining rights. While researching the subject, he posted on his blog several critical observations about the powerful network of conservatives working to undermine union rights and disenfranchise Democratic voters in many states.

In particular, he pointed to the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative group backed by business interests that circulates draft legislation in every state capital, much of it similar to the Wisconsin law, and all of it unmatched by the left. Two days later, the state Republican Party filed a freedom-of-information request with the university, demanding all of his e-mails containing the words “Republican,” “Scott Walker,” “union,” “rally,” and other such incendiary terms. (The Op-Ed article appeared five days after that.” 

Wow! Suddenly Mr. Cronon — and his blog — are being talked about all over the web — and his blog is a MUST-READ, with two million hits and counting last time I checked his home page:

What’s the astrological correlation? Something HAS to be going on in the horoscope! Cronon, born September 11, 1954 (time unknown) in New Haven, CT is a Virgo — that sign isn’t directly affected by that Sun-Pluto square — BUT — he has Mars, planet of action, at 7 degrees of Capricorn — where Pluto is right now! The potential effects of Pluto connecting with Mars are: extreme force, persuasion, control, brutality, excessive effort. Does that description fit current events in Mr. Cronon’s life?  (Yes!) He can expect this influence to continue through 2012, btw — the horoscope is clear. (Dear Scorpio reader, I hope this helps further your understanding of how astrology works — and if you have more questions, don’t hesitate to ask!)

Planetary activity today is fairly light — but there’s plenty to process from yesterday’s heavy patterns: explosions at a weapons factory in Yemen, the battle for oil — oops — freedom in Libya, ongoing efforts to control the damage in Japan and the Governor of Maine pulling a unilateral power play over the weekend by removing murals depicting Maine laborers from the lobby of Maine’s…Labor Department

In your own personal world, far from the madding crowds and world events, there’s a friendly Moon in Aquarius, free of jarring aspects from other planets, to keep you humming along through the work day — with one caveat: Mercury turns retrograde tomorrow afternoon. You may notice glitches and delays related to gizmos, travel and communication. Back up your computers now.