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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 3/27/2015 & The Weekend: Germanwings Flight 4U9525

Speechless. But let’s write and post anyway.

As you know from reading Monday’s forecast, the Gemini Moon was void yesterday between 8:35AM and 3:45PM ET. Routine tasks were favored, as was chilling if you could. Avoiding making mountains out of molehills would have been favored, too. Yea verily, I tried hard to follow my own advice and simply write and publish, but my best efforts were thwarted by a boondoggle of a “crisis”. I’ll find out in a few days if it was “much ado about nothing,” as the void suggested. Oy!

The Moon is now in Cancer, driving the next 48+ hours with a need for nurturing and nourishment. A home-cooked meal with decadent indulgence  would be divine, suggested by a square between an especially sensual Venus in Taurus and Jupiter in drama queen Leo — exact at 10:11PM ET. If you were born almost halfway through the signs of Taurus, Leo, Aquarius and Scorpio, you may be feeling the push to expand and/or bliss out more than most.

Earlier today — at 3:43AM ET — the First Quarter Moon may have offered a challenge to your New Moon agenda set last week.  An easy alignment between Moon and Neptune at 7:34AM ET suggests you note your dreams. The expansive and indulgent spirit of Venus and Jupiter permeate the day, with the potential for an upset or power play around 9-10PM ET, when the sensitive Cancer Moon makes contact with Uranus and Pluto.

Patterns on Saturday are relatively quiet — with two exceptions, which I’ll discuss in a minute. The Cancer Moon remains in gear during business hours, so feel free to shop. Focusing on home and family improvement is favored — whatever fulfills your needs for emotional security. If said needs are not being met, you may be feeling cranky about it at 9:58PM ET, when the Moon goes void on a charged connection to willful Mars. Do you really need to lash out?

The Moon enters regal, playful Leo at 1:48AM ET on Sunday, looking for an excuse to play, shine or otherwise steal the show. Efforts to do so can be applied with righteous practicality around 11AM ET, as Moon makes an easy alignment with taskmaster Saturn. If you need to have a serious heart-to-heart with healing potential, ride the wave of emotional depth suggested by an easy flow between Venus and Pluto, exact Monday at 3:45AM ET.

Moon goes void at 9:57AM ET on Monday, not to enter the next sign — Virgo — until 2:12PM ET Tuesday. Long weekend, anyone?

And now, the news.

Before I talk about specific events, let’s talk about those patterns I mentioned earlier that are not “relatively quiet”. They’re humming in the background and may be reflected by startling headlines, even on days with little other exact planetary patterns.

First, we’re in the aftermath of 1) the fallout from last Friday’s New Moon/eclipse at 29 Pisces — also the prominent Aries Point; and 2) the fallout from the seventh Uranus-Pluto square. This is big stuff — and potentially exhausting, as I’m hearing from many who are more intuitive than the average bear.

But wait, there’s more. Uranus and Pluto are also in an obsessive-compulsive relationship with the Aries Point, suggesting more more more actions that achieve prominence in areas ruled by these two planets; e.g., aviation, accidents, infrastructure, technology, corporations, plutocracy, energy resources, mining. This tension is not going away. The pressure on Uranus will ease up in May, then return at the end of November and carry us through early 2016. The pressure on Pluto is in effect for all of 2015. Whoa.

The technical astrological term for this obsessive-compulsive pattern is quindecile, which is an aspect of 165 degrees. If you are a serious student of astrology, order The Quindecile: the Astrology & Psychology of Obsession by Ricki Reeves.

Now — really — the news.

Avid reader Ben asked me to write about Germanwings flight 4U9525. I was planning to write about Monsanto, but I am going to defer to Ben, because he’s kind enough to forward this forecast to everyone he knows, some of whom I’ve actually worked with on their horoscopes. Thank you, Ben!

Flight 9525 was scheduled to take off from Barcelona at 9:35AM, when the Taurus Moon was void of course. So already we have the potential for things not to go as planned. The Moon was conjunct the fixed star Algol, which in mythology and astrology suggests violence, “losing one’s head” and otherwise unfortunate endings. There is a strong feminine energy associated with Algol, and I wonder how this might play out as we learn more about this flight. In the departure chart,  Moon and Algol are in the 12th House, the house of “self-undoing”.

Update: it has been reported that the pilot who crashed the plane was having a “relationship crisis”

The ruler of the chart for the actual flight departure at 10:01:12AM is Mercury in Pisces, almost exactly conjunct Chiron. Pisces can be a challenging placement for Mercury, which refers to mindset. Mercury functions more efficiently in signs like Gemini and Virgo, which support logic and discernment. Pisces can be a  faith-based, sensitive sort — sometimes melancholy — and not always logical. Chiron represents a wounded healer. An additional suggestion of sacrifice, loss, martyrdom and bewilderment is suggested by Neptune squaring the Gemini Ascendant. Something about this whole event (the departure) is not as it seems.

Rushing into the 12th House from the 11th is Mars, unaspected, and thus attracting a lot of attention. It is in Aries, a headstrong, reckless and/or courageous energy that needs to take action — and it does so quite effectively, for better or for worse. I could write more, but already we’ve covered enough points to see that this moment in time is not one any astrologer would consciously elect to do much of anything.

The Ascendant of the chart for the actual crash at 10:41AM in Barcelonette is 29 Gemini — the Aries Point — suggesting prominence. We also see Pluto in a quindecile to that very prominent Ascendant, suggesting themes of power, obsession and potential destruction.

In 1999, Egyptair 990 went down in the Atlantic shortly after takeoff. It was determined that one of the pilots had deliberately crashed the plane.  That flight departed JFK at 1:19AM on October 31st. There are some similarities between that departure chart and that of Germanwings 4U9295.

Exhibit A:  the Sun is squared by Neptune, Uranus and the South Node. In classical astrology, the South Node suggests destruction. The Sun in the Germanwings chart is conjunct the South Node and Uranus.  Exhibit B:  the Moon is in the 12th House  — but here it is challenged by opposing Neptune, the South Node and Uranus.  Exhibit C: Like the Germanwings flight, Mercury is also conjunct Chiron. It is also in an obsessive quindecile to heavy Saturn — suggesting depression and/or control.  Exhibit D: Mars is strongly placed  — but here it is in “make-it-happen” Capricorn, and in an easy alignment with ambitious Saturn.

I find these similarities interesting.

We now have a birth date for Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings pilot. He was born on December 18, 1987 — time unknown. I can think of others born around this date who have made headlines. One is known for an act of violence and a distorted sense of reality; another has been called a traitor or a hero, depending on one’s politics. Planetary patterns around this birth date are intense,

Briefly, Lubitz’s Sun is in high-flying, Sagittarius, tightly conjunct Mercury and Saturn.  This suggests a serious focus — and I would wonder about possible depression…and perhaps a challenging relationship with a strict father.  Add erratic, restless, intensely independent Uranus to this tight cluster of planets and you can appreciate a maverick potential.

Update: it has been reported that Lubitz did suffer from depression and sought to hide his condition from his employer.

Other aspects involving the nodal axis and Chiron suggest a challenging relationship with the mother/maternal influence.  Lubitz’s Moon is in either Scorpio or Sagittarius,  probably the former. This suggests a reigning need to be seen as a person of substance and depth, likely concerned with acquiring knowledge as a means of gaining control. This Moon could be conjunct (depending upon birth time) Mars and Pluto, also in Scorpio. Mars and Pluto in Scorpio suggest extremes in action.

Meanwhile, a potential wild card here is nebulous Neptune, planet of transcendence, fantasy, the spiritual and the delusional, What is this person’s vision? This can run away with the horoscope, for better or worse. Discipline and control challenged by a desire to move beyond boundaries?

Update 3/28 — headline: “Andreas Lubitz Sought Treatment for Vision Problems Before Germanwings Crash”. Eyesight wasn’t what I was thinking when I noted the potential for a bewildering vision running wild in the horoscope — but it’s interesting. Was thinking more along the lines of a distorted psychological vision….

In other news,  Wikileaks released more on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement that is being negotiated in secret. Why is that, we would all like to know.  Wouldn’t we? Here is the headline from the linked article: TPP Leak Reveals Extraordinary New Powers for Thousands of Foreign Firms to Challenge U.S. Policies and Demand Taxpayer Compensation.  Do you know what the TPP is?

Reflecting the largesse potential of Friday’s exact challenge between Venus and Jupiter, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced he planned to give the bulk of his $800 million fortune to charity before he dies. Add the easy corporate flow of Wednesday’s Sun-Saturn trine to this “big deal” potential, and lo and behold — Kraft and Heinz announce a merger that will make them the world’s 5th largest food company. Even more dazzlingly efficient and expansive: members of Congress appear to have actually accomplished something this week, as NYT columnist Gail Collins cheerfully explains.

Finally — talk about pressure, Scientists have discovered a new layer miles beneath the Earth’s surface — that may be the source of some mysterious earthquakes.

If you’re interested in learning more about why you’re the way you are, and what planetary patterns are active in your horoscope now and in the future, consider scheduling a personal consultation. I guarantee you will find it helpful and enlightening.

Thank you for reading this forecast.


Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 10/21/2010

Oh, that bewildering Neptune. And that witchy bitchy Venus retrograde in Scorpio dredging up the dreck in relationships — past and present! How else to explain Mrs. Clarence Thomas’s phone call to Professor Anita Hill on Oct 9th asking her to apologize to her husband, the alleged sexual harasser and current Supreme Court Justice. Quick glance at Mrs Thomas’s chart: immediately we see she may be prone to idealism (Sun in Pisces, ruled by Neptune, trine to Neptune), with likely obsessive tendencies resulting from stressful connections between aggressive Mars and delusional Neptune, and mental Mercury and ruthless Pluto (“sexuality, illusion, fantasy and deceit can be played out; may be driven to focus on the unknown, unconscious or subconscious; can be cunning persuasive and manipulative through use of communication and information”). Mrs. Thomas was driven (check her transits) to place a phone call to Professor Hill on a day marked by a stressful contact between Mercury (mind) and expansive Jupiter —  “grandiose thinking; opinionation and bias; driven by belief systems, religious concepts, philosophical ideology; idealism” — and Venus (women) had just gone retrograde EXACTLY on her husband’s Midheaven, which represents his public career status! Yes, nebulous Neptune is currently “hot” in all three charts: the Thomases and Professor Hill — and in the case of Clarence Thomas, we see his Sun (life force), Venus (women, social expression) and Mercury (mind) all under pressure from the Big T-Square Party, especially ruthless Pluto.  Fellow astrologers — birth data for all three posted below; we could talk for hours about these charts. Dear civilians, I’ll now move on to the moment you’ve been waiting for:

Moon is still in impulsive, start-it-yesterday Aries, inspiring you to push ahead. And push ahead you must, while the Moon is still waxing full. Note a possible clash between boundless enthusiasm and a lump of coal in the early part of the day — work through it, if you must. Note also that we are not out of the weirdness zone yet: Friday we’ll have a Full Moon and nebulous Neptune challenging aggressive Mars. Be mindful of what you put in your system over the next couple of days as your sensitivity to toxins may be higher than usual. This includes people selling snake oil. On the plus side — a charismatic performance might be within reach if it comes from an authentic source.

BIRTH DATA: Mrs. Clarence Thomas Feb 23, 1957, time unknown, likely Omaha, NE; Mr. Clarence Thomas Jun 23 1948, 9PM Pin Point, GA; Professor Anita Hill Jul 30, 1956, time unknown, Tulsa, OK  — acknowledging Ricki Reeves, author of THE QUINDECILE — all quotes above from her superb astrological text on a little-known, but extremely potent aspect