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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 2/18/2013: Saturn Retrograde in Scorpio

A couple of shifts of note on this Presidents Day, a US holiday that celebrates Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and mattress sales nationwide. First, at 7:02 AM ET the Sun enters Pisces, joining Mercury, Mars and Neptune in the dualistic sign of the dreamy Fish. Keywords for Pisces energy include “sensitive, intuitive, emotional, escapist, imaginative, impressionable and compassionate,” says my Celestial Calendar. This ups the ante of the what we’ve already been experiencing with three other planets in this watery flow. Go with it.

The other shift is Saturn, planet of ambition and necessary controls/structure, turning retrograde at 12:03PM ET in Scorpio. This can put a damper — or a structural review — on some plans for expansion…at least until July 7th, when Saturn will once again be direct. Those who are likely to feel it the most are those born around the 30th of January, April, July and October…or who have a planet or angle at 10-11 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Leo or Scorpio. Whatever squeeze you’ve been feeling since the beginning of 2013 will be back for a second adjustment for the next several weeks — until mid-April or so. The resolution of that squeeze will likely make itself known in October when Saturn once again hits 10-11 degrees of Scorpio.

Frustration is a common feeling under Saturn transits, and is fascinating that Marco Rubio (R-FL), currently with three planets hit by Saturn, made his now-famous desperate grab for water right after saying “frustrated” in last week’s rebuttal to the SOTU.  Seriously! Meanwhile, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) recently dubbed “the nasty newcomer” in a recent Times op-ed, has transiting Saturn sitting on his Mars. Which admittedly can be rather cranky.

Shall we look at the Sabian Symbol for Saturn turning retrograde? Ooh, let’s. At 11 degrees of Scorpio, we find “an embassy ball,” which Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee notes is an “exclusive gathering of the elite, gathered mostly for their mutual benefit. When positive, integrity and excellence shine; when not so positive, elitism, disdain and specious superiority show forth”. Right. Well, we’re sure to see plenty of headlines supporting that theme continuing over the next few weeks, eh?

In your own personal world, as you focus on projects of ambition and structure, consider “having a ball regardless of social barriers; make the social rounds”…and see where it takes you. Certainly with Mercury retrograde Feb 23-Mar 17, making the social rounds and RE-connecting with people from the past makes perfect sense. As does having a ball. Even if you’re feeling squeezed or frustrated.

Saturn entered Scorpio in October and almost immediately made itself known in the headlines. How so? Well, the last time Saturn was in Scorpio was between December 1982 to 1985. Scorpio is concerned with issues of power and control, of building all the way to Heaven and all the way down to Hell.  More than any other sign, these depths and heights apply in  matters of sex, death and (other peoples’) money. Saturn in Scorpio forces us to face the nitty-gritty consequences of our highest and basest instincts; we simply can not look away. For example, one of the biggest stories of Saturn’s last transit through Scorpio was AIDS, certainly a matter of sex, life and death. How did this story transform consciousness? What were the highs and lows?

Since October, I’ve noted more than a few nitty-gritty headlines in a Scorpionic vein. One was the story of the Hindu woman in Ireland who suffered a misrcarriage and died after doctors refused her an abortion in November.  Changes to the Irish law are now in the works…sort of. Interesting to note that Northern Ireland’s first private abortion clinic opened in October. Abortion continues to be a hot-button issue; just yesterday it made headlines in New York.

Another nitty-gritty story with brutal consequences happened in India, and  so awful it saddens me to write about the details, except to hope that it, too, will spark a major transformation of consciousness. It is already transforming laws, and transformation is a positive potential of Scorpio. So look for more nitty-gritty headlines over the next couple of years, in the areas of sex, death and (other peoples’) money.

If I have buried you with information in today’s forecast’s, blame today’s Moon in Gemini, always the information junkie. Note the possibility of a heated dispute about information and/or faith around 8:02PM ET, as the chatterbox Moon is challenged by steamed up Mars. Overall, patterns are light this week. Should be dreamy…

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 9/10/2012: Sneak Peek at Saturn in Scorpio

Another week of productivity in reasonably calm seas. Not that there isn’t a lot going on underneath the surface, for sure. Use this last week of the optimistic lunar cycle that began August 17th to bring your New Moon agenda to a conclusion — or at least to a stage where you feel, “Ah…a chapter is finished…onto the next one.”

Moon is in Cancer today and most of tomorrow, happily working to establish emotional and/or homeland security. Idealistic thoughts with a surprisingly sharp attention to detail are suggested by a conjunction between the Sun and mental Mercury in discriminating Virgo. Your intentions are further fueled by an easy connection between Mars (action) and the Moon. The potential shake-ups and power plays that are suggested by hard contacts to the sensitive Moon and rebel Uranus and ruthless Pluto are happening while most of us (in the US) are sleeping (around 3AM ET), so you may not need to lash out at anyone today — and vice versa — how cool is that?

Moon voids for the week:  Tuesday 5:58PM  – 11:01PM ET; Friday 1:14AM – 5:31AM ET

Let’s see…the news. Did any big opinions and/or heated exchanges make headlines, perhaps in a letter form? Why yes, at least one did.  Apparently Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendan Ayanbadejo has been voicing his support for legalizing same-sex marriage, especially since Maryland(and a few other states), will be voting on a ballot initiative in November. Emmett C. Burns Jr. is a local politician and minister who wrote a letter to the owner of the Ravens, asking him to put a muzzle on his linebacker. Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe heard about the letter Burns wrote when Moon was in earthy Taurus on Thursday, and he was moved to write a blistering response (think “earthy, salty” and be forewarned). Why is this important? Well as the New York Times explains (without the earthy language), it is a very big image shift for NFL players to publicly support gay marriage, as it reflects a level of tolerance that was not there ten years ago.

Why is this of interest astro-logically? Well, Kluwe’s letter was published on a Sun-Mercury square to expansive Jupiter, which refers to sports, religion, politics and big, fat opinions. But to me, it also suggests another step forward as Saturn (structure, law) gets ready to wrap up its 28-month journey in Libra, sign of fairness, equality and (marital) relationships. Saturn will leave Libra behind on October 6th. Where will it go next? Scorpio. What can we expect? We can expect to get to the nitty-gritty of issues involving sex (creation),  death (transformation), and money (resources), especially debt. Saturn was last in Scorpio from December of 1982 to November of 1985. What was going on in the world back then? Good question — I’ll do some research and get back to you. But here’s a quick coping strategy for Saturn in Scorpio: tell the truth.

For those born in November 1982- September 1983 and  November 1953 – September 1954, congratulations, you were born with Saturn in Scorpio, and you’re about to embark on your first or second Saturn return, which suggests a time rich with developmental potential. Saturn will catch up with those born after September ’83 and ’54 in about a year.

For those born at the very end of Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn or the very beginning of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, you’ve got Father Time (Saturn) likely pushing for discipline. You may need to cut your losses and focus on what’s critically important. Saturn transits can inspire your ambition, but they can also be experienced as limiting, isolating and sad. Know that this, too, shall pass. Be brave enough to ask for support if you need it. You are worth it.