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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 1/8/2016 & Weekend: New Moon in Capricorn

A slow start or twist your morning if you live on the East Coast, as the Moon will void until 10:07AM ET. After that, the energy of the day is fully engaged in Capricorn, a sign that needs to push things forward in tangible, earthy, top-of-the-mountain form. Oh, but Mercury is retrograde. Oh, but it’s end of the lunar cycle. No matter. Use this practical energy to review and clean up your desk, in preparation for the New Moon which happens at 8:30PM ET on Saturday.

Speaking of practical, on Friday, Mercury backs up in Capricorn, needing to think in more concrete terms than airy Aquarius might prefer. Capricorn needs to think about how to use things — and people, too. Something to consider until February 13th, which is when Mercury finally moves ahead into Aquarius. Also on Friday — 11:11PM ET, Venus meets up with Saturn. This adds to the no-nonsense Capricorn vibe (Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn), as money, women, aesthetics and other forms of social expression are likely streamlined and serious.

On Saturday, Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus — and 1:40PM and 3:58PM ET. Perhaps few upsets during the day — and a power play or two, likely behind closed doors (in the dark of the Moon), in the form of people pushing to make a point. There’s no Moon void to discourage your shopping endeavors, though electronics are not the optimal purchase while Mercury is retrograde.

A New Moon offers us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle.  Light a candle; make a list. Around the 16th, 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 January 23rd, 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 31st, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon on February 8th.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is intriguing: “a hidden choir singing”. Hooray for Sabian Symbol Blain Bovee to paint a picture of how this Symbol might be reflected in your own personal world and in the news during this lunar cycle.  “Many voices raised in song, hidden from view,” he notes. And how should we apply it? “With a mind to the hidden, alluring powers of sublime singing…[including) blissful joys and destructive potentials of intoxicating reveries and revelries”. Are the singers angels or knaves? Should you be tempted by their siren song? I’ll keep an eye out for headline stories and keep you posted.

On Sunday the Capricorn Moon will be void between 12:39PM and 3:23PM ET. No impulse shopping during those hours, but returning things during Moon voids can be a breeze.  No sleeping in on Monday. The Aquarius Moon needs you to reach out to everyone in your database, in the spirit of Mercury retrograde REconnecting. Astrology is an Aquarian thing — did you know that? Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

And now, the news.

Here’s an interesting headline about an under-the-radar gathering suitable for a Dead Moon, especially in the wake of Thursday’s Sun-Uranus (technogeek) square. “Revealed: White House Seeks to Enlist Silicon Valley to ‘Disrupt Radicalization‘”. Well…sort of under-the-radar now. Speaking of tech, the Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing in Vegas, where Edward Snowden made a guest appearance — “in disguise,” naturally. Of course he did, with a flurry of transits this week among Venus, Uranus, Mercury, Sun and the Sun/Moon midpoint in his horoscope. Surprise! There a few other measurements suggesting a public outreach this week. So fascinating. Astrology is amazing.

Elsewhere, another disruption of the status quo — and it’s big: “New Study Provides the Strongest Case Yet That the Planet Has Entered a New Geological Epoch”. Meanwhile, the markets are still volatile…and streamlining, perhaps suggested by Friday night’s meet-up between Venus and Saturn.  In the U.S., gun stocks are soaring. Next week patterns are less volatile, more optimistic. Let’s see what happens.

So much more — but it’s time to ship this off. Closing with some fun feedback from Avid Reader Karen, who wasn’t buying The Atlantic’s REvised choice of Saturn as the “best planet,” displacing Jupiter:

No.  Just no.  Jupiter is fun (says all seven of my planets in Leo).  Saturn is a wet blanket and worse.  Don’t let all those rings ‘n things, sparkles and ethereal colors fool you!  It’s a disguise for a mean old man trying to make himself look young!
Speaking of sparkles and ethereal colors disguising a…man brings to mind that Venus (fashion, beauty) -Saturn (old man) meet-up later tonight, just in time for the NYT to present an essay on men’s fashion….and for Marco Rubio to be universally lambasted for the shiny new high-heeled boots he’s been sporting since Christmas. Cue Right Said Fred now, please….and call the Fashion Police.
Have a great weekend!