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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 2/19/2015: Mars in Aries

Note  your dreams upon waking, as the Pisces Moon hooks up with Neptune at 5:49AM ET. A cooperative connection between Mercury and Saturn — the third in a series noted in prior forecasts this week — may inspire a practical way to turn a vision into reality. Moon goes void on a deep and potentially healing connection to Pluto at 6:01PM ET….not to enter Aries until Friday at 6:13PM ET. So get it off your desk today rather than tomorrow, if you can.

Other cosmic news of note: Mars leaves Pisces for Aries, the sign it rules, at 7:12PM ET. At its best, Mars in Aries is courageous, inspiring, pioneering and a fighter for the underdog. It can be extremely efficient when it comes to taking action. It has great physical stamina and prowess. At its worst, Mars in Aries can be way too macho — fighting for the sake of fighting; needing to win at any cost.

Mars rules steel, guns and war — and at 0 degrees of Aries, it suggests that such matters will be prominent. Hence we have Gail Collins writing about Senator John Cornyn’s proposed bill — introduced earlier this month that would:

“… allow people from states with lax gun laws to carry their concealed weapons all around the country.

The goal, Cornyn said in a press release, is to treat local gun permits “like drivers’ licenses.”’

Ms. Collins tears this proposal to shreds. Cheerfully, of course.

It makes me think about the satirical cartoon, A Brief History of the United States, which appeared in Michael Moore’s Oscar-winning documentary, Bowling for Columbine. Which then makes me think about an Oklahoma state legislator’s bill that would eliminate funding for high school A.P. History classes, because the legislator believes that the class curriculum takes “a consistently negative view of American history”. This would be along the lines of Saturn in Sagittarius controls we’d expect in collective belief systems, of which higher education is one.

I’m fuming today about an incident in Alabama in which a 57-year old man from India was taking a morning stroll in the most boring looking suburban neighborhood you have ever seen. This man was visiting his son. He’d come from India to help his son and daughter take care of their young son. He was spotted walking on the sidewalk by one of the neighbors — a man — who apparently was following him in a car as he strolled.  This man called 911 to report the mysterious “skinny black guy”. Whatever happened to people smiling and waving “hello” to people out for a morning stroll, as has been known to occur in places like Maine — or even on the busy streets of Manhattan?

Anyway, with Mars within two degrees of the Ascendant (Feb 6, 8:19AM in Madison, AL), two police officers show up and within minutes the Indian grandfather has been thrown to the ground, thus breaking his back. Fortunately the incident was captured on film, so the lies the officers told about the man “putting his hands in his pockets” did not hold up. One of the officers was fired and faces criminal charges. I want to know more about that 911 caller, though. Who is he? Why did he feel so threatened? How does he feel now?

Can you tell I’m experiencing a Mars transit in my horoscope today? When Mars is making contact with planets or points in a horoscope, we can expect action, assertion, anger, accidents — and it’s not always pretty. It can be heroic, though. If you have a planet or angle around 0 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you may be feeling riled up, too. Not only do you need a physical release, but with Venus entering Aries tomorrow, you’d also benefit from a constructive social expression of your ruling passions.

One woman whose horoscope was affected by Mars at the Aries Point is Christina Bond (Oct 8, 1959 in Niles, MI). She died in early January in a freak accident. While adjusting the gun holster she had tucked inside her bra, the gun fired. No surprises in her horoscope. Ms. Bond’s Sun is at 14 Libra… hit by the Uranus-Pluto square and by October’s lunar eclipse…and by yet another measurement from freaky Uranus to her Sun.  We’d expect sudden prominence and fierce individualism. Strange that news of her death was delayed, but perhaps not from the perspective of planetary patterns. It made headlines when transiting Mars made contact with her Saturn at 1 Capricorn (also an Aries Point) — prominence!

Also making headlines: controversy over Chinese New Year, and whether it is the Year of the Sheep (sheep are ruled by Aries) or the Year of the Goat (goats are ruled by Capricorn). Really, which is it? Hong Kong’s leader thinks it’s the former, and has urged citizens to act accordingly.  Not likely, in a year with Uranus in Aries (sheep/ram) squaring Pluto in Capricorn (goat). Here’s more on the debate from the NYT, as well as an earlier article about the apparent push — pun obviously intended — to give birth before February 19th, as some believe the Year of the Sheep is unlucky. We shall see!

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday-Tuesday 1/12-13/2015: Sneak Peek at the Week; Mars in Focus (and Now in Pisces)

A surge of energy — rattling, perhaps — as the balance-seeking Libra Moon, which seeks makes contact with disruptive Uranus and Pluto between 8:40 and 10:20AM ET. While typing the forecast this morning, I have been on hold with the office of the NYC Public Advocate, calling on behalf of a friend whose housing status has been compromised in a stunning snafu. After an hour of waiting, the line went dead and so I had to call again.

Imagine you are on disability and have been homeless for a year, living in a city shelter. A non-profit agency that receives funding from the city tells you that they have found you an apartment. They move you and your belongings into the apartment on a Friday afternoon. Hours later, you meet the super of the building, who wants to know why you are there. He calls the landlord, and the landlord’s wife tells you that the former tenant was evicted because the agency did not pay rent on the apartment. She says you can not stay in the apartment. So where are you supposed to go, late on this Friday afternoon?

I hear stories like this and compare them to this item from Sunday’s NYT, entitled “New York’s Emptiest Co-ops and Condos”. I marvel at the world of extremes in which we live. Yea verily, this imbalance is not sustainable.

With the potential upsets of the morning now behind us, may we do our best to facilitate harmony, fairness and balance in relationships (and be appreciated for our social graces), in the spirit of the Libra Moon’s reigning need. Meanwhile, Rhode Island and Connecticut were rattled by an earthquake. Coincidence or conspiracy?

There are no other exact aspects for the rest of the day, and the Moon will be void tomorrow from 4:45AM until 6:44PM ET, so get it off your desk today, if you wish it to be of consequence.

At 5:21AM ET today,  action hero Mars left rebel Aquarius to wallow, with no small amount of steam, in watery Pisces. We can expect to note a plethora of actions driven by a need to identify or work with ideals in the next coming weeks. We can also note potential for passive-aggressive behavior, as Pisces is not the most direct sign when it comes to expressing itself. It feels; it empathizes; it suffers — but it is no fan of conflict. Mars will be in Pisces until March 20th.

Mars is also the driving force between two planetary patterns which are exact on Thursday and next Monday. The first is a challenge to hard-nosed Saturn, which for those having a planet or angle around 2 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius, may be experienced as a brick wall, kick in the butt or other frustrated charge.

The latter is a pixiedust-laced, magical, mystical hook up between Mars and nebulous Neptune. This hook-up can be experienced as charismatic, sexy, scandalous, fanatical, showstopping or as an outright con. Bill Clinton has a Mars-Neptune hook-up in his horoscope — right on his Libra (charmer) Ascendant. Off the top of my head, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Newt Gingrich also have charged connections between Mars and Neptune.

Already in the headlines I’ve noticed a couple of lurid scandals brewing — one involving countless prominent figures and convicted billionaire sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. This one is re-brewing, actually…but look for more on this and other similarly lurid stories as we get closer to next Tuesday.

Also keep as eye out for significant stories involving the tech world and unconventional attractions in relationships, aesthetics and finances. Why? Because mental Mercury and loving Venus are in  harmonious connections to rebel Uranus, facilitating innovation in mindset, communication and socal expression. Those aspects are exact Tuesday and Wednesday and may be applied to all of your problem-solving for the next few days. Think outside the box.

In that tech-friendly vein — and noting that Uranus also refers to astrology and astronomy — check out this cool find from a Greek shipwreck that modern day scientists now realize was

designed to predict eclipses and calculate the positions of the sun, moon and planets as they swept across the sky.

And it’s only taken them 114 years to figure that out. Those ancient Greeks were masterful astrologers.

Also in a wonky, Venus in “I love you, but don’t take it personally” Aquaris vein: the “Modern Love” column in the Sunday NYT has attracted considerable attention for taking a rocket scientist approach to why and how we fall in love. Could you really fall in love with anyone? Arguably yes, if you ask the right questions. What a humanitarian Aquarian concept.

More harbingers of things to come with Saturn (structure, control, disclipline) now in Sagittarius (higher education, mass media, collective belief systems) include President Obama announcing a proposal to provide two years of community college eduction for “free,” i.e.,  to be financed with public funds, presumably the way we collectively finance our military, police and most highways. What do you think of that potential restructuring of our higher education system?
Your Moon voids for the week:  Tuesday — practically all day, as noted earlier. Thursday from 6:52pm ET until 3:01AM ET on Friday; Saturday 2:25PM ET until 7:04AM ET Sunday. Chill out and take care of routine tasks during Moon voids, which suggest twists and delays in efforts to move forward in a straight line.
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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday & the Weekend 1/9/2015: Thoughts on 2015 and Beyond

Clean-up time, as the Moon has been in Virgo as of 5:58PM ET Thursday, seeking to make things right. Organize, analyze, separate the wheat from the chaff, and cue John Lennon now.

Note your dreams upon waking, as the discerning Moon makes contact with visionary Neptune at 5:21AM ET. Go about your business unimpeded by other exact aspects, save for an easy connection between the Moon and Pluto at 9:20PM ET, which favors emotional depth and healing….a change in perspective, perhaps?

Forget impulse shopping on Saturday, as the Moon will be void from 10:45AM ET until 6:57AM ET on Sunday. Take care of routine Virgo-themed tasks as noted above, and chill.  On Sunday, the Moon will be in Libra, focused on social graces and rationality in relationship.

There’s no void Moon on Monday, so no sleeping in.

And now, a few thoughts on some major patterns happening in 2015.

Pattern #1: the seventh and last of the disruptive squares between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, exact on March 15th at 15 degrees of those signs. What does this portend? Will this intense period of disruption be over, asked a reader? Oh heavens, we are just getting started.

Think about boxes, tables and other structures where the integrity of that structure is maintained by the tension of parts at 90 degree angles to each other. Remember your high school geometry? A 90 degree aspect is a square.  Without those square relationships — of four table legs to a table top, for instance — what happens to the structure when the tension is released? The table loses its functional form. A collapse, you might say. Without form, there is potential chaos….out of which a new form will eventually emerge.

Think about the mid-60s. The Uranus-Pluto conjunction ended in 1966, with continued upheaval through the next few years. The early 70s brought key legislative resolutions born out of that revolutionary awareness: e.g., the EPA, the Clean Water Act, legal access to contraception, Roe v. Wade.

While the square relationship between Uranus and Pluto is close — through 2015 and into part of 2016 — we can expect more action  and revelation on themes already brought to consciousness over the past few years in matters of energy resources, climate change, civil rights, corruption in our hallowed institutions and fights for freedom.  Look back to the mid-60s for examples of the seeds of change that were planted, as we blasted into space.  Didn’t we deal with them all back then? No, we did not. Consider the radically different priorities of that hippie-dippie generation compared to, say, the yuppie-preppie folk of the 80s. We wandered away from those planted seeds.

So now, with the Uranus-Pluto square, we have the opportunity to bring the seeds planted in the 60s to flower, as issues that were hot then are hot again now.  Because #blacklivesmatter, for example. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 were status quo-disrupting steps, but clearly the spirit of that legislation has not fully materialized. There is still work to be done.

Either we bring these seeds to flower in the next year or so….or we’re really going to have a problem at the next stage of the Uranus-Pluto cycle, which is in 2047. That’s when these flowers should bear fruit, if we’ve tended them well. This is especially true as we face the challenges of climate change and sustainable energy resources, which necessitate the end of our use of fossil fuels. As I’ve mentioned before,  scientists are now saying that 2047-ish is a drop-dead deadline if we are to keep this planet as a home that comfortably sustains us.

Fifteen degrees is the halfway point of any zodiac sign. As Uranus and Pluto make their way through the back half of Aries and Capricorn, we’ll have a clearer sense of what structures and paradigm shifts will materialize as old perspectives fall away. Resistance is futile.

And, just to make sure we’ll have space for something new to emerge, the cosmos has arranged for two important eclipses within weeks of the seventh square. On the Vernal Equinox (one week later), we’ll have a New Moon and solar eclipse at 29 Pisces, which is related to the prominent Aries Point. The last degree of Pisces suggests endings; a New Moon suggests beginnings. The beginning of an end, perhaps…but don’t despair.

On April 4th, we’ll have a lunar eclipse at 15 Aries-Libra, on the same degrees as the potent eclipse we had in October, in aspect to last week’s Full Moon at 15 Cancer and also in aspect to the seventh square. Do you have a planet or angle around 15 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn? What major changes are happening in your life, I wonder.

Pattern #2: Saturn in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces. Well, the beginning of a square, actually. The square between these two planets won’t be exact until 2016. What does that suggest?

Briefly, Saturn is reality. Neptune is fantasy. Put them together and what have you got? A bubble of optimistic faith. When will it burst?  A few months ago, when I was reading The Big Short — about the collapse of the housing bubble and the outrageous speculation going on in the financial markets that led to the fiscal crisis in 2008,  I noticed a challenging aspect between Saturn and Neptune as that bubble was building.  There was a similar aspect in 1999, coinciding with the internet bubble and everyone freaking out about Y2K, which proved to be much ado about nothing. What pixie dust-covered fantasy will captivate us now and into the next year?

Random thought about Saturn in Sagittarius,  as the world reacts to Wednesday’s attack at the offices of the French satire magazine, Charlie Hebdo. Sagittarius refers to broad comedy, in addition to other keywords noted in prior forecasts. I think of Sagittarius as “the philosopher clown,” presenting the wisdom of the ages while tripping over its feet. Entertaining, but brutally blunt, as court jesters have always been to the powers that be.

Consider  Jon Stewart and Ann Coulter, who both have Sun and Moon in Sagittarius.  They need to tell you their righteous opinions (I love how this SNL parody of Ms. Coulter ends with the word “righteous”), even as they push the limits. Speaking of Coulter, she is mentioned in this timely  op-ed from NYT columnist David Brooks. Here, he offers philosophical musings on some hardcore realities (Saturn) about free speech (Sagittarius) in allegedly civilized societies. (Brooks is not a Sag. He’s a regal double Leo, and it’s no surprise that his critics blast him for having a “privileged” perspective).

Random headline:  a new study announced that you’ll be happier in your marriage if you marry someone who is also your best friend. How perfectly timed, given that Venus and Mercury  are currently conjunct in Aquarius, which understands the value of…friendship! Of course friendship would be seen as the ideal (Mercury conjunct Venus suggests idealism).

And all that concern about the surge in divorce rates that happened in the 70s? Just a phase, apparently…but what would you expect, given that Pluto (breakdown and transformation) was in Libra (marriage) during that era? We needed a new paradigm. Wait ’til you see what happens as Pluto now travels through the back half of Capricorn (governments, banks, corporations).

Random forecast update: back in April, I wrote that Supreme Court Justice Samual Alito was on a roll for the next couple of years, sure to be winning friends and influencing people (in certain circles). Here’s an op-ed from today’s NYT confirming that prediction — he’s quite the rock star now.

Have a great weekend.

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 12/2/2014: Thoughts on Saturn in Scorpio & Sagittarius

Alllll-righty, then!

Unless there’s a challenging pattern happening in your own unique horoscope, I can’t think of a single reason not to feel inspired and ready to take on the world this morning. The Moon in Aries is certainly up for a fresh initiative, supported by warm and easy connections from Venus and Jupiter, which are generally considered to be fortunate when so positively aligned. Up and at ’em…..with the caveat being that as we get closer to 9:42PM ET, tensions may build to a fleeting release or spat, as the me-me-me Aries Moon is challenged by action hero Mars in Establishment Capricorn. That’s also when the Moon goes void with a sigh, suggesting you not make a mountain out of a molehill, if that’s what you stumble across. It’ll settle down once the Moon enters Taurus at 12:15AM ET on Wednesday, looking to build something solid out of the inspiration that hit you earlier in the week.

Other notes for the week, which I neglected to mention yesterday: Full Moon in Gemini early Saturday, at 7:27AM ET. That’ll shed light on whatever you launched two weeks ago. Also, be advised that Jupiter, planet of expansion — and sometimes excess — is slowing to a stop and will turn retrograde on the afternoon of Dec 8th (Monday). If you’ve got a planet or angle around 22 degrees of Leo, Taurus, Scorpio and Aquarius, I’ll wager themes of expansion, abundance and/or excess are up for you all month — how lucky for you. If you don’t know what degrees your planets are at, consider ordering the Really Useful Astro-Basics Report, which I’ll send to you along with a photo-quality rendition of your horoscope against a deep blue background of bright stars. That would make a nice holiday gift, too — as would a hand-crafted gift certificate for a personal astro-logical consultation.

And now, the news.

Just a couple of observations on a few stories that have made headlines as Saturn makes its way through the last degrees of Scorpio. You may remember Saturn started this journey just over two years ago. At that time I anticipated we’d see stories about the nitty-gritty consequences of sexual energy, death and money (debt) capturing our attention in often awful detail. And sure enough, for two years we’ve seen more than the usual share of stories of rape and other forms of sexual assault and harassment, along with abortion, contraception, crushing debt, death penalty fiascoes, assisted suicide, etc.

Once Saturn made its way halfway through Scorpio, which it did this summer, we could expect to see some changing attitudes about these issues, as we collectively integrated the harsh reality check Saturn implies. Now Saturn is at 27 degrees of Scorpio. How have things changed since Saturn started this journey? Yesterday it was reported that two male Princeton students were removed from their officer posts at an exclusive social club after circulating emails containing derogatory (a mild way of putting it) material about women.  Elsewhere, University of Virginia took action after Rolling Stone published an investigative story about rapes on campus. In Pennsylvania, the president of Lincoln University was ousted after making certain comments about sexual assault in a convocation address to women students. In Los Angeles, an ex-boyfriend is going to jail for posting nude pictures of his former girlfriend online in a case of “revenge porn”. And allegations of rape against Bill Cosby aren’t going away any time soon, with consequences. As of yesterday, Mr. Cosby is no longer on the Board of Trustees at Temple University (with more consequences to follow in 2015, planetary patterns would suggest).

These are just a few examples of Saturn in Scorpio concerns, and we clearly have a long way to go. But these stories do reflect a shift, and it’s a start. Saturn will enter Sagittarius on December 23rd. It will move back into Scorpio June 15th and stay until September 18th, so we’ll see more of these kinds of headlines then.  What can we expect from Saturn in Sagittarius? Briefly, a reality check on collective belief systems, foreigners, travel, education, religion, broadcasting and the law, to mention a few possibilities.

To be continued…