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Monday 7/8/2019: Sneak Peek at a Jam-Packed Week; Mercury Retrograde Survival Guide!

Allll-righty then!

A lot to unpack today, starting with Mercury—which in the language of astrology refers to mindset, travel and communication. It is now retrograde (as of Sunday at 7:15 PM ET) and will appear to move backward through the sky until August 1st. It’s not really moving backward, but that is how it looks from our perspective here on Spaceship Earth. Mercury goes retrograde 3-4 times each year, for a period of 22 days.

On the second of its three retrogrades of 2019, Mercury starts at 4 Leo and moves backwards into Cancer. In Leo, Mercury is not interested in sorting through data and analyzing it,  as much as it is interested in declaring what it knows to be true, with pride and regal flair.  When a planet stations and turns on a particular degree, picture an impatient driver leaning on the horn. It’s a point of focus, right? Perhaps the Sabian Symbol for this degree offers clues. It is “rock formations at the edge of a precipice” and it was the one of the focal points during last July’s lunar eclipse.  Therefore, anyone with a planet or angle around 4 degrees of Leo, Aquarius, Taurus and Scorpio may experience a rush of information and/or action right about now.

Of this particular Sabian Symbol,  Blain Bovee notes that these “large, hard stones…may be teetering…on the brink of a deep fall.”  A “precipice” is a high vertical or overhanging face of rock, suggesting a perilous situation. Yes, indeed — judging from many headlines hitting the wires in recent days. But did you know that the word “precarious” originally meant “to be obtained by begging,” thus suggesting an “uncertainty in one’s sense of existing.” Contemplate that for the next three weeks, with respect to wherever Mercury falls in your horoscope. Bovee’s book is chock full of wonderful bits of wisdom.

Here’s how to handle Mercury retrograde — regardless of what sign it’s in:

Contrary to popular belief, Mercury retrograde is no reason to freak out. Mercury retrograde gets a bad rap because we are geared, in this crazy modern age, to always be thinking, doing, moving FORWARD. You know what that gets you? BURN OUT. We need our down times, and Mercury retrograde is a perfect time to give our minds a rest. Why else would your computer, phone and/or car choose THIS time to malfunction? Because you are supposed to be slowing down. And as you slow down, it is vitally important that you FOCUS.

When Mercury is retrograde, be prepared for travel delays, scheduling screw-ups, mechanical breakdowns, computer crashes, having to repeat what you’ve just said, misunderstandings, the past coming back for a second look, surprise reunions and having to repeat what you just said. Use your FOCUS and double check important details, like whether the restaurant you’ve chosen for a meet-up is still in business. Or whether it is booked for a commercial shoot or a private party — all of which has happened to me during Mercury retrogrades.

If you are looking for a job, Mercury retrogrades are a perfect time to reach out to people from your past. Mine your address book and trust that your contacts will be happy to hear from you. However, do not be frustrated if your target is away on vacation or keeps rescheduling meetings. Also, triple check your emails and resumes before you hit “send,” as there is a higher probability of typos and other sloppy snafus.

In your business, you’ll need to make sure all communications have been received and are clearly understood. Be mindful of the higher potential for communications equipment to go on the fritz. MAKE SURE YOUR FILES ARE BACKED UP. Also be aware of a higher than average probability for delays in shipping and travel arrangements. For this you will need an extra dose of patience.

You may also find it profitable to REview a project from the past. Maybe you shelved it then, but now is the time to REconsider. However, be advised that a spontaneously, “out-of-the-blue” idea for advancement may not be so sound when Mercury turns direct. This is why the conventional wisdom advises against finalizing and/or signing contracts on deals during Mercury retrograde. An exception might be supported if you are REnegotiating or RElocating. If you absolutely must close a deal, triple check everything. The key is not to RUSH.

This is a good time to schedule a corporate REtreat. Any activity that affords the opportunity to REview past performance is encouraged. REsearch on a new strategy is also favored.

Mercury retrogrades are not favored for launching a new website or a new communications systems. There is a higher than average probability of technical glitches and confusion. REvisions, however, are A-OK.

In general, adopt a playful attitude of flexibility to whatever twists you encounter. Avoid making major purchases (especially electronic ones). Don’t believe everything you hear or read in the papers. Rumors have a higher probability of spreading during Mercury retrogrades. Avoid losing patience — that’s a big one.

When in doubt, be silent!

Do plan on RElaxing, REviewing, REsearching, REorganizing, REgenerating, REconnecting and REcreating….and REviewing your life with your astrologer.

Would you like to know how this Mercury retrograde will activate your horoscope? Toss $44 into my Cosmic Tip Jar and email me your birth time, place and date. I will email you a few paragraphs of insights in a day or so. If that link gives you trouble, there’s another link at the bottom of this email (if you’re receiving this forecast via email). For a more detailed discussion about all of the planetary patterns that are hot in your horoscope, here’s the 411.

Ohhhhh-Kay! Now for the rest of this jam-packed week:

  • MONDAYMoon is in Libra, driving the day with a need for fairness and balance. At 11:31 AM ET Venus (women) was sextile (harmonizing) with Uranus, disruptor of the status quo and champion of a level playing field. You better believe those women soccer players who just won the World Cup — again! — deserve equal pay; not now, but RIGHT NOW. At 6:28 PM ET, a verbal assault may take no prisoners, as Mercury and Mars meet up in drama queen Leo.
  • TUESDAY — The day begins with the streamlined challenge of the First Quarter Moon, followed by Moon’s weekly clash with Saturn. Oh wait there’s more, as kings and CEOs may be feeling the squeeze of the Saturn’s annual face-off with the Sun, exact at 1:07 PM ET. Saturn suggests limits and structure; the Sun refers to vitality. What heavy reach for ambition and/or heartless cut will make news today? At 3:35 PM ET, Moon goes void on its weekly clash with Pluto, suggesting a catharsis or power play in the name of the Libra Moon’s quest for fairness and balance. Chill during the void and roll with the twists and flakes that may arise, especially since Mercury is retrograde!
  • WEDNESDAY — Enough with the talk, as the Moon plunges into the emotional depths of Scorpio at 5:29 AM ET. You’ll get less resistance in the morning hours ET; the afternoon features dynamic clashes between the Moon, Mercury and Mars — all in Fixed Signs, suggesting a resistance to give in with all parties concerned. At 4:20 PM ET, rebel Uranus happily shakes up an impasse, clearing the way for a beautiful escape, truce or display of compassion…which is somehow part of a daring initiative or technological breakthrough. This would be the upside potential of two patterns exact on…
  • THURSDAY — as the nurturing Cancer Sun makes beautiful music with Neptune at 12:32 AM ET. I’m not kidding about the music; I challenge you to notice how many people on the streets are singing or humming out loud over the next few days. So that’s the pattern reflecting the potential beautiful escape, compassion or vision — and if you’re a creative or spiritual type with a planet around  18 degrees of just about any sign, you can take that vision to the bank. The Scorpio Moon travels through this day supported — not thwarted — by the other kids in the planetary playpen — use it or lose it. Meanwhile, Mars, planet of aggression and action, squares rebel Uranus at 1:59 PM ET. This is your potential daring initiative or tech breakthrough. A downside potential could involve seismic activity and other explosive outbursts. Moon goes void at 8:28 PM ET, so chill until…
  • FRIDAY — when the Moon soars into Sagittarius at 11:05 AM ET, pusheing boundaries of opinion and territory. Get out of the house; get out of Dodge; get out of that state you’re in.
  • SATURDAY — More of the same from Friday. You’re free to shop without worry that what you purchase will not serve as imagined until 9:31 PM ET, when the Moon goes void until…
  • SUNDAY — at 7:05 PM ET, when it enters Capricorn and gets down to business. The Moon void may take the sting out of the power play or news from underground that coincides with the Sun’s annual face-off against Pluto, exact at 10:46 AM ET. History buffs can refer to these two forecasts from last July to review what was going on in the news on the last Sun-Pluto opposition.  If you were born around the 10th of July, October, January or April, when was the last time you consulted with your astrologer? I know you’d have plenty to talk about…

The news will return in the next forecast. If you’re wondering about the timing of the big news about sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest on federal charges of sex trafficking, note that transiting Saturn is at 17 Capricorn, where it was on the last big burst of info on this story, noted here in March. We don’t have a birth time for Epstein’s obviously hot horoscope (Jan 20 1953 in Coney Island), but I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the missing components in the chart is around 17 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn. Perhaps transiting Saturn is putting the squeeze on a 17 Aries Moon or an angle?  Meanwhile, here’s the latest from Intelligencer — and of course, the Miami Herald.

Thank you for reading this forecast. And thanks to Beth Owl’s Daughter for the fun Mercury retro/banana mash-up. Here’s her awesome Tarot Card of the Week.

***UPDATE*** The Forecast is on a brief Mercury retrograde hiatus, while your faithful astrologer focuses on other writing that must be done. I am available for consultation, should you need personal insights. Meanwhile, make the most of the Mercury retrograde’s potential for REview, REtreat, REvision, RElaxing and REconnecting. Stay tuned…

 

Tuesday 7/24/2018: Sneak Peek at a Volatile Week; Full Moon/Eclipse; Mercury Retrograde; the Bottom Line

Today is driven by a righteously opinionated Sagittarius Moon. It went void at 4:22 AM ET and won’t enter the next sign — Capricorn — until 5:49 PM ET. Roll with any twists or flakes that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Consider how you may implement the rose-colored potential of this afternoon’s opposition between Venus (money, women, art, social expression) and Neptune (music, surrender, faith, vision) into your wandering.  Double check everything thrice. Why? Because any day with a strong Neptune increases the potential for confusion, not to mention the other patterns happening this week, as I outlined in the forecast last Friday:

  • On WEDNESDAY at 7:34 AM ET, we’ll have a  square between the Leo Sun (leaders, life force, willpower) and Uranus (disruption, technology, seismic activity, aviation, etc.). Already we are feeling the buzz.
  • On THURSDAY at 1:03 AM ET, Mercury goes retrograde at 23 Leo,  suggesting a review of how we need to think about play, showmanship, creative self-expression, regal pronouncements and entitlements. Watch the headlines over the next few weeks for stubborn and grandiose miscommunication. Don’t believe everything you hear! Mercury turns direct on August 19th at 11 Leo. If you have planets between 11 and 23 Leo — and especially on those exact degrees, you are especially affected by this  Mercury retrograde. Regardless of your own unique horoscope, everyone should BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS NOW! Other general guidelines for surviving Mercury retrogrades may be found here.
  • On FRIDAY, an especially assertive/courageous or simply combative opposition between Mars in rebel Aquarius and the regal Leo Sun, exact at 1:14 AM ET
  • On FRIDAY at 4:20 PM ET, a Full Moon/total lunar eclipse at 4 degrees of Aquarius — opposing the Leo Sun. How will we balance the eclectic needs of the collective vs. the birthright of the individual, hmm?
  • The next exact aspect after the eclipse is a harmony between Venus (money, women, art, social expression and value) and Pluto (power, resources) on FRIDAY at 9:22 PM ET. Venus is in Virgo; Pluto is in  Capricorn. These are Earth Signs — concerned with the material world. Virgo seeks discernment, perfection, cooperation, service, process; Capricorn seeks status, achievement, establishment. I zeroed in on this Venus-Pluto trine when reading Beth Owl’s Daughter’s always in sync Tarot Card of the Week. It challenges us to take serious stock of what we value and how we use it. With Uranus now in Taurus (material comfort and security), we see strong potential for disruption in matters we believed were rock solid. When will that start? I am not certain, but I suspect we will have taken notice by mid-2021, with a whiff of things to come around June 2019.

The Sabian Symbols for Thursday’s eclipse echo a need for focus on the material. For the Sun: “rock formations at the edge of a precipice.” Sabian Symbol Guru Blain Bovee notes that these “large, hard stones…may be teetering…on the brink of a deep fall.” For the Moon: “a council of ancestors called to guide.”  Bovee offers a curious interpretation: “Where do you go when you fall asleep? Into the arms of our ancestors.” Lynda Hill, another Sabian Symbol expert, notes the dichotomy here between the material (rocks) and the spiritual (wisdom of the ancestors/those who have gone before). Hmm. So in order to get out of this material predicament  — i.e., of teetering on the brink  — I reckon we need to tune in to the spiritual, which is exactly what is suggested by so many planets — especially Mars and now Mercury — being retrograde at this time.  This notion was reinforced this morning via the musings of another intuitive friend — sound healer Norma Gentile.   On the subject of abundance, she writes:

My guides have shared with me that we are many, many years away from the unity of consciousness that many people seek. They suggest that what we must first do is enter into the sacred versions of male and female within our polarized reality. Then we will take some time to understand the full spectrum of expressive energies that exist between them as well. The Divine Feminine has been awakening throughout our world for many centuries, and it is only now joined by a consciousness awakening of the Sacred Masculine. Spirit can now begin to flow through all aspects of our world that lie within polarity.

The first motion of this Spiritual flow is to reveal the non-sacred versions of masculine and feminine energies in our world to which we have become accustomed. Then as we sense and see the Sacred Masculine and Divine Feminine, we choose which to interact with. This choice is made by each of us as individuals, and our choices influence the percentage of sacred and non-sacred energies continue to express out into our shared world.

And, as we are learning, a simple majority does not make the choice go one way or the other. Only when a Golden Mean (3/5ths) of our world’s population chooses the sacred over the profane version of something can we as a planet move fully past that particular choice point. And so it seems we are in the process of endlessly taking a step forward, and then back. Repeating it over and over again until 3/5ths of all the souls within our world agree on that step forward. Then we begin to tackle the next step.

I have the coolest friends.

Other Moon voids this week: THURSDAY 9:41 AM ET until FRIDAY 6:41 AM ET. Well, that’ll make for an interesting first day of Mercury being retrograde.

And now, the news.

UPDATE: Stormy Daniels was served with divorce papers with transiting Mars exactly squaring her 4 Scorpio Moon. Her Moon co-rules her 7th house of partnership and will be affected by this week’s lunar eclipse. We can see the potential for a change in domestic/relationship status. Here is her horoscope.

UPDATE: Geologists are now saying that lava will likely continue to flow from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii “for months to years.” File that under “I told you so,” based on patterns in Hawaii’s horoscope.

RANDOM FUN FACT: in May and June, the NYT and WaPo quoted twice as many Republicans compared to Democrats. Surprised? Perhaps this explains why Democrats are faulted for not having a clear message.

RANDOM USEFUL ANALYSIS: James Hohmann of WaPo’s Daily 202 breaks down the facts about Carter Page and the recently released FISA warrant.

OBLIGATORY CLOSE ON A POSITIVE, LIFE-AFFIRMING TOPIC: “You Should Actually Send That Thank-You Note You’ve Been Meaning to Write,” says the NYT, reflecting the perfect Miss Manners’ potential of today’s Venus in Virgo opposition to blissful Neptune.  The reason people do not follow through on the impulse to express gratitude, says the article, is that “they undervalue  the positive impact they can have on others for a tiny investment of time.”

Thank you for reading this forecast. To find out what all these retrogrades and eclipses mean to you personally, here’s the 411 on scheduling a consultation. To support my tireless efforts to report on the astonishing synchronicity of daily news and planetary patterns, here is the link to my Cosmic Tip Jar. With gratitude.

Which reminds me: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?  is a must-see film — and a beautiful reflection of the potential in Mister Rogers’ horoscope — discussed on Friday. Hope you make time to see it.