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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 8/7/2015 & the Weekend: Debate Fallout; Art Heist Breakthrough; Jon Stewart

Alllll-riiighty then!

Spending way too much time this AM skimming the headlines in the wake of last night’s “debate” — did you watch? Not too much boat-rocking, I thought — overall, kinda meh — pretty much as anticipated in yesterday’s forecast (even the monthly Jobs Report released today was called “boring”).

Donald Trump pulled focus right from the start, as expected. Perhaps his most important statement — and true to the in-your-face potential of someone with Moon in opinionated Sagittarius, as well as a provocative Mars in Leo on the ASC —  was that he’d given money to almost every man on that stage (and other politicians offstage). He made it clear he felt he’d gotten a return on his investment.

As it turns out, Mr. Trump’s statement was an exaggeration, according to the fact-checkers at the Washington Post. Well, if you had transiting Jupiter sitting on your Ascendant, you’d probably project a larger-than-life image, too.  But this list and article published in the NYT earlier this week are not exaggerations at all.  The article begins:

Fewer than four hundred families are responsible for almost half the money raised in the 2016 presidential campaign, a concentration of political donors that is unprecedented in the modern era.

How does that make you feel? Part of the wake-up potential of the Uranus-Pluto square – especially as it impacts the US horoscope – is to understand how power and resources are concentrated in the world. Because the square happened in the action-oriented signs of Aries and Capricorn, there is a higher probability that action will be taken on that awareness.

Oh what a “coincidence”. Here’s a sneak peek at a Sunday NYT op-ed entitled “Capitalists, Arise: Why We Need to Deal with Income Inequality”. Or else. The author is writing a book on the death of the middle class.

Anyhoo….

About today and the weekend. Mercury leaves Leo for Virgo at 3:15PM ET, a most excellent place for Mercury to be. Mercury rules Virgo, and the sorting and analyzing needs of Virgo make for an efficient, earthy and detail-oriented mindset. If there is a downside, it is that Mercury in Virgo can be hypercritical under stress, and worry that is NEVER perfect. We can expect mindset and communication to reflect these qualities until August 28th.

Moon goes void for just one hour early Saturday (12:40AM ET) and then shifts gears into versatile chatterbox Gemini. There’s no Moon void to ruin your yard sales purchases, though luxury and aesthetic items may have a higher price tag, given that Venus is retrograde. Music and other soulful/spiritual rarefied escapes are favored Saturday night, as Mercury is challenged by nebulous Neptune. That’s good, because I just scored tix to a show!

Another shift Saturday is Mars, planet of action. It leaves Cancer for Leo at 7:33PM ET. This is viewed as an improvement by astrologers of the traditional persuasion, as the ego drive of Mars functions more effectively in drama king/queen Leo. We can expect the headlines to reflect a need for dramatic, show-stopping, regally entitled displays — boosting the Sun, Venus and Jupiter  — also in Leo.  That’s a lot of fire, too — with Uranus also in Aries, another Fire Sign. August is looking hot!

Mars will be in Leo until September 25th.

Sunday is quiet, as the Gemini buzz continues, aided by innovative input from Uranus. Feel free to think outside the box; gather with your most unconventional friends.

No sleeping in on Monday.

And now, more news and such.

First, a fun website that may help you with your review of your financial strategy — so perfect during Venus retrograde. Here’s an interesting way for your spare change to add up — have you heard of Acorns? Second, some helpful hints that may serve you well at networking events. Minding your manners is critical during Venus retrograde periods.

Here’s an interesting blast from the past involving art, another Venus matter. It concerns new information on the staggering and  as-yet-unsolved heist at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 25 years ago. The original NYT piece is here. We actually have an exact time for the moment the heist began: 1:24AM on March 18, 1990. If this were the horoscope for a person, we would immediately see the potential for revelations and a dramatic change of status. There are a number of significant arcs and transits to the angles of the horoscope, as well as several planets. We will see more on this story for sure.

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Last night, Jon Stewart taped his final appearance as host of The Daily Show. His closing bit was steady and serious, reflecting the sobering, “get real” mindset of Saturn square Mercury (exact yesterday at 4:19PM ET). The Taurus Moon was reflected in a monologue on the subject of bulls**t, especially in the news. Taurus is the Sign of the Bull, and Saturn square Mercury suggests little tolerance for fluff and lies.

 “Did Jon Stewart Have a Serious Lesson for Journalists?” is the topic for today’s NYT feature Room For Debate. Earlier this week, the NYT put together a tribute to Mr. Stewart and a compilation of “9 Essential” Daily Show moments.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 6/20/2012: Big Fat Aspects & the Summer Solstice

Did I really write this yesterday???

“This will likely be a jam-packed month of surprises, with great potential for growth and development. Like the weather in New England (as the saying goes), if you don’t like it…wait five minutes.”

Have you heard the weather forecast for today in New York? In the high 90s — up about 20 degrees in 24 hours! It will cool down by the weekend — dropping another 20 degrees.    Volatility: the buzzword for this lunar cycle, so it would seem. We’ve got  a lot to cover today.

First, Moon entered Cancer yesterday at 1:34PM ET, suggesting a focus on emotional and homeland security. Moon is generally very happy in Cancer, the sign it rules — whether it’s loony or weepy or cooking up a storm or counting all its clams. Early this morning, however, Moon is challenged by the double whammy of rebel Uranus and muckraking, power-tripping Pluto between 5:57-6:16AM ET. So if your dreams are wooly and wild, or your morning is otherwise bumpy, just know that the edge will subside as the day progresses. It will be interesting to see what’s going on in Europe as they’re sitting down to lunch…

Another color to the day –which has been in effect for a few days: mental Mercury challenged by stern Saturn, exact at 12:05PM ET. On the downside, some may be feeling depressed or limited in their expression; after all Saturn can be a total wet blanket. On the plus side: Saturn can add focus, gravitas and discipline to our thoughts and communication. So if you need to pitch a weighty project or have a serious talk, this pattern can help get you motivated to do it. Especially if it’s related to your New Moon agenda.

Speaking of feeling limited — and remembering the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon (the mockingbird — read yesterday’s forecast), it’s fascinating to see a story hitting the NY Times right NOW — about art experts — who are called upon to decide if a work is REAL or fake — now feeling like they can no longer freely express their opinion.

Contrast the serious mind over matter symbolism of the Mercury-Saturn square with another big aspect, exact on Monday. This is a square between Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy and nebulous Neptune. What’s that all about? Faith. Spirit. Escapism. Fantasy. And for some, a heady dose of convoluted legal issues (keep an eye on things happening in the courts). Why? Jupiter refers to the law (and sports, too); Neptune tends to dissolve whatever it touches. And just yesterday former Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens was acquitted on charges that he lied to Congress about taking steroids. Drugs. Lying. Neptune! Sports. Law. Jupiter! Put the two together = potentially weird! In your own personal world, you can use the practical discipline of the Mercury-Saturn square to advance an inspired ideal (Jupiter-Neptune). Got that?

Moving on to the evening hours: at 7:09PM ET the Sun will be at zero degrees of Cancer, marking the official start of summer (100 degrees in NY!!?!), a.k.a. the Summer Solstice, in the Northern Hemisphere. Regular readers of this forecast will recall that solstices and equinoxes occur at zero degrees of the Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), also known as the Aries Point. What does that mean, you ask. Planets that are at the Aries Point tend to push for prominence. In the course of a year, the beginning of a new season attracts our attention because it is the turning point — the beginning of a new phase of development. Things that come into being — including people — when the Sun is at the Aries Point often have a knack for becoming famous in whatever pond they swim in.

Last but not least, a supportive connection between loving Venus and innovative Uranus at 8:57PM ET can add a creative spark to your artistic inclinations and your social interactions. You could do worse than hang out with a group of offbeat people this evening.

Get it off your desk today: Moon is void of course from 12:48PM – 11:47PM ET on Thursday….