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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 8/14/2015 & the Weekend: New Moon in Leo, China, Megyn Kelly & More


I’ve been working on this forecast since Thursday (yesterday), which you might have experienced as something like this:

“We are in the dark side of the Moon — the end of the lunar cycle, a.k.a. the balsamic phase. The New Moon (and new energy) officially kicks in at 10:53AM ET on Friday — in Leo, hear it roar! During this dark side, it is not unusual to feel listless or restless, sensing the shift that is just around the corner, but not being sure what. This is a good time to wrap up projects started a month ago…and/or contemplate your agenda for the next four weeks.

Thursday’s Leo Moon is sailing free and clear, seeking to fulfill its need for recognition, applause and a good party. There’s an easy alignment between the Sun and innovative Uranus for you to play with (exact at 6:27AM ET), so go hang out with your funkiest friends and come up with a way to reinvent the wheel.”

Well? Did you do that?

Which brings us up to today (Friday):

This innovative vibe continues on Friday, as the Moon is supported by Uranus at 8:38AM ET, meets up with the Sun and then hangs indulgently with Venus (love, money, art women) at 2:25PM ET. Not a bad way to end the work week. Happy hour at the office?

On Saturday, Moon goes void just after midnight for a few hours. Then it enters Virgo at 3:46AM ET, perhaps motivating a major sorting/analyzing/clean up around the house. Or some other project requiring refinement and exquisite detail. Mindset and communication is likely to lean toward the deep end, courtesy of an easy alignment between Mercury and perspicacious Pluto. Maybe you’ll uncover some dirt about a past social encounter of an idealized kind. And here I would be thinking about the addition of the Sun’s meet-up with Venus at 3:22PM ET on Saturday….and how the whole combination of planetary patterns reflects today’s item about President Warren G. Harding having a love child with his mistress, Nan Bratton, oh so many years ago. I’ve heard from more than one reader this week about running into a former flame during this Venus retrograde, which is not surprising.

Saturday night favors music and other intangible escapes, given nebulous Neptune’s rosy fog coloring the Virgo Moon’s need for perfection at 9:29PM ET. A deep conversation with an Other or your journal may be yours on Sunday AM, as the Moon makes contact with Mercury (yakkety yak) and Pluto (did I say “deep”?).

And now, more on the New Moon, exact Friday at 10:53AM — soon after this forecast lands in your inbox.

As I said, it’s in Leo, which refers to the heart. Hooked up with the Sun and Venus, it suggests love, applause and creative self-expression, with a dramatic dose of idealism. Connections with rebel Uranus suggest innovative insights about how to get it; a challenge to Saturn suggests a hard-nosed ambition driving it; Mars running wild in Leo suggests dramatic action taken for the sake of it — possibly getting away with murder as only Mars in Leo can. But y’know, with Venus retrograde, the suggestion is that efforts to get the love you need could be productively spent working on more a loving relationship with yourself. Whoa. That’s so…innovative…and deep.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon  at 22 degrees of Leo is “a carrier pigeon.” Sabian Symbol guru Blaine Bovee notes that this is a bird that can be trained to fly home, usually carrying a message. Note that we do not train pigeons to fly from New York to Nova Scotia, if the birds live on 57th Street in Manhattan. They only fly in one direction: home.

Wherever 22 Leo falls in your horoscope is the area of your life in which you may experience a homing instinct during this lunar cycle. If you have a planet or angle at 22 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio and especially Leo, you are even more affected by the potential a new cycle can bring. Consult your local astrologer for details, or consider ordering an Astro-Basics Report so you can learn what degrees your planets are at. It’s described in the Services & FAQs section of my website.

Lately, Bovee has gotten me thinking about how Sabian Symbols work in pairs. Every degree has an opposing degree. The opposing degree of 22 Leo is 22 Aquarius. The Sabian Symbol for 22 Aquarius is “a rug placed on the floor for children to play”.   Bovee notes that the nature of play (Latin ludere) is “to go beyond bounds of normal containment”. Taken together, these two Symbols suggest a polarity between testing one’s limits and being aware of “the relative nature of rules and boundaries; issues of safety and security regarding the home and the world beyond; homing in on what really counts.”

In the last two lunar cycles I noticed a curious synchronicity between the opposing Sabian Symbol of the New Moon and the stories that made headlines. For June, the opposing Symbol was “a flag bearer”. For July, the Symbol was “a women entering a convent,” which Bovee suggests can reflects themes of confinement, including prison. Immediately after July’s New Moon, President Obama visited a prison, highlighting the condition of our penal system. Then Sandra Bland — the woman who allegedly committed suicide after a provocative police officer in Texas tossed her in jail after stopping her for a minor traffic violation— made headlines.  In June, one of the major stories of the cycle was the Confederate flag. Coincidence or conspiracy?

And now, the news…

…which I’ve been glancing at out of the corner of my eye this week, in between client consultations and the heart-centered books I mentioned in Tuesday’s forecast. More than one of you appreciated those book recommendations enough to write and tell me. Thank you so much — you made my day!

On that heart-centered theme, along with Wednesday’s musical Neptune-Mercury opposition and Thursday’s Sun (heart) – Uranus (innovation) trine, it was fun to see this item about a Beethoven symphony that some scientists say can also help your heart! It was not fun to read that Columbia House — the company that brought us those “8 CDs for one cent” offers that started my CD collection — filed for bankruptcy, thanks to competition from more modern technology. RIP sadface.

I’ve glanced at other newsmakers this week, including the aforementioned Warren G. Harding, Megyn Kelly and China. The latter of course is making big news in the markets, after devaluing its currency earlier this week. A quick look at its horoscope shows transiting Pluto (transformation, power plays, cutting dead wood) in hard aspect to nebulous Neptune and mental Mercury. The Neptune thing can be weird — and refers to matters involving China’s 2nd house (money, worth, values) and 10th house (status, reputation). The Mercury thing refers to matters of the 5th and 8th houses, e.g. relationships with other, self-expression and values relative to others.  The Pluto-Mercury thing can be quite forceful and persuasive. These patterns will be back for a final pass in October-December, accompanied by another measurement between Saturn (control, structure, limit) and Venus (money, values, social expression).  Hard aspects between Saturn and Venus can be experienced as isolating and streamlining. Let’s see what happens.

Megyn Kelly is a Scorpio with Moon in either Cancer or Leo — we do not have a birth time. A measurement between her Scorpio Sun and Uranus suggests this is a breakout period for her. We’d expect her to be uncompromising in matters of self-expression, and likely get away with it. Another measurement between her Mars (planet of action) and Uranus suggests a higher probability of taking action outside the box, with surprising results that clear the air. These measurement will be in effect for some time.  Wouldn’t you say that’s apt, given the unfettered independence she showed in her questioning of Donald Trump in last week’s debate? And the airwaves are still buzzing about it…

As for Warren G. Harding…when I first looked at his horoscope, I was irked. Given planetary patterns, he should have made the news a year ago. Well, guess what? He did make news a year ago — and I even wrote about it, as well as his horoscope!

Astrology is amazing. What’s going on in your horoscope? Why not find out in a personal consultation. I guarantee it will put your life into a perspective that will be practical, helpful and enlightening.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 2/11/2013: Playful is Powerful

Make the most of this week. It’s the last full week we will have for a while with all planets moving forward. Heads up that Saturn turns retrograde on the 18th; Mercury turns retrograde on the 23rd. BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS AND YOUR SMARTPHONES NOW.

East Coasters, if you must ship something of dire consequence, get it off your desk before the dreamy and intuitive Pisces Moon goes void of course at 12:03PM ET. We’ve got a looonnnnnnng time between then and 8:51PM ET Tuesday, when the Moon finally engages in Aries — and then it’ll blast off like a rocket. Wednesday, Thursday & Friday are super-fabulous for getting things off the ground. So what to do between now and then?

Start by re-reading yesterday’s New Moon forecast with special attention to creating a space for play, as only the unique individual that you are can do. Let your intuition guide your communications and actions. I can’t tell you how delighted I was to see this article about play and productivity sitting on the NYT home page when I woke up during Sunday’s Moon void. Are the editors of the Times  in tune with the cosmos or what? Make time for play, for visualization and serious brainstorming/drafting over the next 36 hours. Structuring and researching new platforms to launch your visions are favored, courtesy of cooperative contacts among mental Mercury, disciplined Saturn and potent Pluto. If you were born around the 1st of March, June, September or December…or if you have planets or angles around 11 degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius this especially applies to you.

The other planetary pattern exact today can provide necessary discipline and controls, even though some will find it a bitch. And this is chilly Saturn in Scorpio (matters of life and death), squaring Venus (women, money, aesthetics, social expression) in humanitarian Aquarius at 1:42AM ET. If you are on the bitchy receiving end of this transit, see if the old cliche “whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” can apply. Here’s an example from today’s NYT: how some college students worked their you-know-whats off to pay for their tuition — tough, disciplined and inspiring. Another example of formidable discipline and resolve in a most feminine form is a front page piece on how Gabrielle Giffords, whom you may recall was shot in the head at point blank range two years ago, is evolving into a passionate advocate for sane gun controls. Did you see her one-minute speech before Congress a few weeks ago — well you must see it now and here it is — deeply moving. And strangely in synch with the Crosby, Stills & Nash song  Find the Cost of Freedom popping into my head while writing the New Moon forecast. In other news, more and more women are buying guns, says the homepage of the NYT as of 6PM ET.

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On a lighter note…perhaps you read that someone hacked into an email account belonging to a member of the  Bush family. Apparently the most startling revelations were self-portraits by George W. Bush.  Since when did W. become a painter? And why is it so newsworthy that NYT columnist Maureen Dowd was compelled to write about it? With a quick glance at Bush’s horoscope, I’m looking for current hits from the Uranus-Pluto square, given that he is in the headlines and is therefore prominent. Instantly we see nebulous Neptune (vision, high art) being supercharged by this square…and the areas of the horoscope that are highlighted include: mindset/imagination/communication and siblings (the paintings were made public via his sister’s email account!), big picture thinking/publishing and the public. Transits to Neptune often coincide with an involvement in the creative arts…and also spiritual or charitable concerns. That’s the upside. The downside can be a sense of bewilderment, betrayal or an escape into fantasy, including drugs or alcohol.

Since George W. Bush gave up drinking years ago, and his horoscope suggests a need for magical thinking and to communicate his visions with enthusiasm, applying his imagination in a painterly way makes sense. Another suggestion of artistic inclination is artsy Venus (social expression, including aesthetics) aligned with Midheaven, which refers to career/public status. Isn’t that interesting?  He’s kept a low profile during the last few years, which also makes sense given that Saturn has been at the bottom of his horoscope. This suggests a need to shore up one’s foundation, focusing on personal concerns of home and family. Patterns in the horoscope suggest that 2014-2016 will be an extremely significant period of life development for Mr. Bush, with themes of emancipation, empowerment and expansion being the potential upsides. Changes are absolutely, positively guaranteed.

Why not gift George W. Bush with a personal astro-logical consultation, so he can plan a strategy to maximize opportunities suggested by upcoming transits to his horoscope. Send him a gift certificate gaily festooned with sparkly red and  purple hearts — he’ll love it! Unless there’s someone you know who might appreciate this thoughtful gesture more…

Astro-logical Forecast for Sunday 2/10/2013: New Moon in Aquarius

The New Moon in Aquarius officially begins at 2:20AM ET, offering us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle. Next week will be about planting seeds to turn your intentions into reality. Around the 17th, 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 the 25th, 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 March 4th, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon on March 11th.

A New Moon in Aquarius suggests a need — or an opportunity — to break free of limitations to your unique individual expression. Aquarius is an airy/mental, organizing and  humanitarian energy that seeks to be of social significance, often serving a social cause on one fringe or another. The Aquarian need for breakthroughs and/or breakouts can be shocking or at the very least, disruptive to the status quo.  How are you planning to shake things up, to break free, to express yourself without compromise during this lunar cycle?

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You see what I mean?

This New Moon occurs at 22 degrees of Aquarius, so it will be more active in your life if you were born around  the 10th of February, May, August or October…or if you have a planet at 22 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Leo or Scorpio. This New Moon energy suggests a spark of inspiration that aims to be helpful and liberating in a big, attention-getting way. I say this because in the chart for the New Moon, the Sun and Moon are not connected any other planets in the chart. They are isolated — which suggests to me that certainly in headlines, we are likely to see a number of declarations of independence or breakthroughs that are challenging to integrate. It would not surprise me if the most startling events involve women/the feminine/maternal. These will likely be countered by a few mind-boggling efforts to impose control.

In contrast to the isolated Sun-Moon conjunction, there are plenty of connections among the rest of the planets, suggesting a spirit of — if not cooperation — then certainly communication. A pile-up of planets in watery Pisces, challenged by expansive Jupiter in information-junkie Gemini suggests grand visions and/or delusions (take your pick) initiated with boundless energy. The major challenge to the vision is one of seemingly stubborn, fixed cost. If cuts need to be made, planetary patterns for this cycle do suggest practical solutions can be found to produce a functional Plan B, if the parties involved can be more sensitive and flexible.

For some reason, the Crosby, Stills & Nash song “Find the Cost of Freedom” has now popped into my head, demanding it be shared. So here is the original (on glorious crackling vinyl); here is a shorter, recent concert version (still glorious) and here is the backstory to the song, which was written in the aftermath of the shockingly disruptive Uranus-Pluto conjunction of the mid-60s. As regular readers know, we are just beginning a potentially more disruptive period of several years, marked by the current Uranus-Pluto square. Apply this song to themes we’ll be seeing at a national and global level during this lunar cycle.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon supports the concept of  dreams we create to embellish, cushion or cover a hard reality. For 22 Aquarius, we find “a rug placed on the floor for children to play”.  Think about it. With gratitude to Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee for pointing out that the nature of play (Latin ludere) is “to go beyond bounds of normal containment” — and that is what you are encouraged to do over the next four weeks. Test your limits — and if you can’t play for the fun of it, make it a science project (Aquarius is very tech-savvy). Perhaps your focus may be to simply embellish or cushion a space where you can comfortably play, which for me means creating a more ergonomically correct workspace so I can calculate charts and write forecasts. What about you?

You’ll have plenty of time to mull over your grand scheme for play on Sunday, as the Moon goes void-of-course at 2:20AM ET…not to enter Pisces (more dreams!) until 4:20PM ET. Do something physical while you are mulling,  especially if you were born around the 26th of February, May, August or November…or if you have a planet at 6 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces. Otherwise, a potentially bombastic connection between Mars and Jupiter may make you insufferable.

Finally, for those who are curious, here’s an explanation of the origin of the Sabian Symbols. If you are not conversant in the language of astrology, just accept the premise that in a New Moon chart, the Sabian Symbol provides a clue to the agenda for the whole cycle. I see this a lot in the headlines.  For example, last month’s symbol was “a general acknowledging defeat gracefully,” and Lance Armstrong finally admitting he doped was one of the biggest stories. Coincidence or conspiracy?

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