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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 6/9/2014: Mercury and Neptune Retrograde; MH370, Among Other Matters…

Back to work!

Moon entered the watery depths of Scorpio at 6:38AM ET, offering plenty of energy to acquire, organize and control knowledge in its quest for world domination. It’s aided by an easy connection to mental Mercury around noon ET; intuitive faculties may be heightened around 8:30PM ET, courtesy of a lift from dreamy Neptune. And speaking of Neptune, it turns retrograde at 3:51PM ET today until November 15/16, depending on your time zone. When a planet is retrograde, the suggestion is to turn inward on issues involving that planet, as opposed to looking outside the self. Neptune refers to vision, intuition, healing and other intangibles. In the mundane world, Neptune refers to water, oceans, oil, toxins, snake oil, fantasy and fanatics and spirits of all kinds.

With Neptune at its station (apparently standing still, about to move backwards), it was interesting to see this hopeful item on Facebook and the news. A 19-year-old man says he knows how to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years. The story is not new; it was referenced in this forecast last year, but planetary patterns seem to support it making the rounds again.

Neptune refers to deception and scandal, and also to suffering, compassion and charity. With Neptune, things may not be as they seem, as suggested in this story about a Virginia state senator who is resigning from office and what he gains by doing so (and also what’s at stake for the rest of the Virginia). What’s at stake may be the expansion of Medicaid, a taxpayer-funded program that offers healing (Neptune) to those suffering at the bottom of the income ladder (Neptune). Interesting to see this report on the NYT homepage about the residents of Texarkana, a town that straddles two states. One state has expanded Medicaid, made possible under the Affordable Healthcare Act; the other state has not. Thus we can learn, for example, about a woman who works the night shift at WalMart in Arkansas, but lives in a homeless shelter in Texas, “the wrong side of town.” If she lived in an Arkansas shelter, she would have access to affordable healthcare, which is not offered by her employer. Bewildering.

Equally bewildering is why anyone who has a job — even at WalMart — can not afford to rent a place to live in Texarkana, where housing costs are nowhere near as prohibitive as, say — New York. Fortunately for many, current planetary patterns strongly suggest that work — and the resources earned as a result — are under pressure to change. Last week, Seattle followed through and raised its minimum wage to $15/hour. Others will follow.

Your Moon voids for the week: Tuesday 10:21PM ET until Wednesday 11:23AM ET; Friday at 12:11AM ET until 1:04pM ET. Not much of a factor for those doing business in the Americas; this should help you stay FOCUSED, which is what is especially required when doing business while Mercury is retrograde.

Speaking of Mercury retrograde, it was notable that one of Saturday morning’s big headlines was about a fatal six-car accident involving actor Tracy Morgan. Investigators are seeking to determine if the driver of a WalMart big rig fell asleep at the wheel. Interesting to see that the chart for the time of the accident: around 1AM on 6/7/2014 in Cranbury, NJ has Neptune right on the Ascendant, suggesting a bewildering fog! Please stay focused while moving from place to place this week — not only because of the greater need for focus, but also because of a supercharged connection Mars (action/aggression) will make to potent/ruthless Pluto on the 14th, just after the Full Moon. Now that you are informed, you can consciously use this energy surge to your advantage. More about Mars-Pluto connections later this week.

Finally, speaking of planetary patterns at the time of accidents, in the chart for flight MH370’s departure, the Moon was at 8 Gemini, and it exactly opposed the chart’s Ascendant. Who remembers that last week’s New Moon was 8 Gemini? Who remembers that when a New Moon makes direct contact with your unique horoscope, you can expect action during that lunar cycle? With MH370, we could expect increased public awareness/outreach (Moon opposing the Ascendant), involving information (Gemini Moon) and possibly involving other people’s money (Moon rules the 8th house). Here’s the first line of the latest from CNN on MH370:

Using dramatic music fit for a Hollywood epic, a video-led fund-raising effort hit the Web this week purportedly to help find answers about missing Malaysia Flight 370.

Coincidence or conspiracy? What’s going on in YOUR horoscope? To find out, feel free to contact me for a personal astro-logical consultation.

P.S. A note on the phenomenon of retrograde planets. They do not actually slow down to a halt, move backward and then forward. It just appears that they do from our point of view on spaceship Earth. Here is a nifty animation which explains it all for you.  Any questions?

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 6/2/2011

No major aspects among the planets today, and yet there’s a lot going on. How can this be? First, Moon is running wild in information junkie Gemini, possibly spreading news — or rumors — like a virus or some other infection. I say this, noting Moon in Gemini running wild, combined with Mercury’s (mind, information, communication) challenge from nebulous Neptune in Pisces. Fact check what you hear, especially if it’s on the news.  The challenge between Mercury and Neptune is exact early Friday AM. You can best apply it to exalted spiritual practices, music, fine art and healing modalities. Excesses of alcohol and other drugs may be tempting, but best avoided. Your brain may be foggy enough as it is.

But wait — there’s more! Mercury is leaving the steady sign of Taurus for the glib, multi-tasking, clever but often scattered sign of Gemini at 4:03PM EDT. That “wobble” could take a day of adjustment as our brains adapt to the quickened pace. Neptune is at a halt in the sky, about to turn retrograde early Saturday morning at zero degrees of Pisces, the sign it rules. Neptune refers to viruses and infections. Could news of a particularly potent strain of E coli spreading across Germany be a corollary to this planet pulling focus? http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/02/world/europe/02ecoli.html?hp Another Neptune in Pisces theme:  water — and the lack thereof — this time in the Nile: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/02/opinion/02Brown.html?hpw

Rumor and scandal also relate to Neptune, and there seems to be all sorts of stories running amok, from media (Neptune) websites being hacked; twitter feeds belonging to a certain congressman allegedly hacked and used as a conduit for a mysterious photo; and rumors about the origin of a mysterious wildfire in Arizona raging out of control. It may take until Monday to get clarity on much of this mishegosh, and Friday is likely to be edgy, even with a bit of Neptunian fog. Take your time!

A note on the phenomenon of retrograde planets. They do not actually slow down to a halt, move backward and then forward. It just appears that they do from our point of view on spaceship Earth. Here is a groovy animation which explains it all for you: http://www.lasalle.edu/~smithsc/Astronomy/retrograd.html  Any questions?

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