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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 7/7/2016: Mind the Regal Void; Hell in the Headlines

Alll-riighty then!

The Moon in regal drama queen Leo went void at 8:06AM ET, setting the stage for a whole day of play, pomp and circumstance, or insufferable much-ado-about nothing grandstanding. What a lovely backdrop for FBI director James Comey, who will explain to Congress this morning  why he did not recommend filing criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for 1) using a private email server; and 2) not being entirely truthful about it, etc. etc. etc. The clean-up crew doesn’t arrive until 6:41PM ET, when the Moon shifts backs into gear in discerning Virgo.

Adding color commentary to the drama are three other exact patterns as follows:

Two exact aspects happening between 8AM and 10:30AM ET — the influence of which may be felt all week — along with a third at 6:24PM ET. The Sun and Mercury will be opposed by Pluto, suggesting power plays, news from underground, a greater-than-usual emotional intensity.

The third exact aspect of note  is a gender-bending challenge between Venus and Uranus, exact at 10:24AM ET. Venus-Uranus aspects suggest unconventional attractions and other innovations; free-spirited and/or volatile artists, women and financiers/financial markets — possibly reflected in the day’s obituaries, too.

Your mission is to roll with the flakes and twists which may derail your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Crises that crop up during voids are often blown way out of proportion and then fizzle out with a big “never mind.” Deal with it with a playful spirit; show a roaring/sulking drama prince or princess a little appreciation; that should help calm things down. If there’s no drama to deal with, then play as you focus on routine tasks or simply chill.

And now, the news.

Along with many other violent headlines around the world, it is tiresome and upsetting to read of yet another African-American killed by police officers here in the United States, captured on tape by a civilian. Earlier this week, 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot in Baton Rouge. There’s a fascinating and redemptive, ruthlessly investigative “news from underground” element, reflecting today’s Mercury-Sun-Pluto tension, as the person who filmed that incident was not a random bystander. Last night in Minneapolis,  a 32-year old man named Philando Castile ended up dead after being pulled over for having a broken tail light; his girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath on Facebook. This heinous incident prompted Minnesota governor Mark Dayton to state:

“Would this have happened if … the driver and passenger were white?” he asked. “I don’t think it would’ve. So I’m forced to confront and I think all of us in Minnesota are forced to confront that this kind of racism exists.”

Back in February of 2015, transiting Pluto was exactly square to Saturn in the U.S. horoscope:

…suggesting a particularly difficult, anguished exercise. Pluto challenges us to change our perspective. It insists we face the truth. On Tuesday, for example, the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, published a report on the history of lynching in America. The report lists close to 4000 names of African Americans who were killed in the South between 1877-1950. Bryan Stevenson, the director of the organization, has proposed that the sites of these brutalities be marked with a plaque. Perhaps raising awareness will foster a greater understanding and healing of racial prejudice and inequality as it exists today.

Transiting Pluto is now retrograde at 16 Capricorn, just two degrees away from the U.S. Saturn at 14 Libra. Pluto will be exactly at 14 Capricorn in September and October, putting more pressure on the need for the U.S. to adjust its perspective on how fair and balanced (Libra) we are in terms of law enforcement (Saturn). The Guardian has been keeping track of the number of people killed by police since January of 2015. This year, 275 Caucasian people have been killed,  compared to 132 African Americans. Did this statistic surprise you? Now look at the stats per million: 1.39 to 3.23, respectively.

Not specific to the U.S. are a couple of other volatile patterns worth remembering, as you peruse the news. First is Mars, now direct in Scorpio, in an uncomfortable aspect with freakishly erratic Uranus and destructive Eris — all month. Second is a midpoint pattern noted here back in March:

…the Saturn/Pluto midpoint, associated with anguish, is now at the Aries Point, along with the Sun and Mercury. In a personal horoscope, the Saturn/Pluto midpoint at the Aries Point suggests a prominent trauma in the early home life. Its prominence suggests that, when asked about it, he or she will readily discuss it. I learned this from my studies with astrologer Noel Tyl.

It is not surprising to see this midpoint picture reflected in current events. Anguish is prominent, yes?  In Yemen, a U.S. airstrike on an alleged terrorist training camp reportedly killed “dozens”. Last week, two female suicide bombers killed 24 people in Nigeria. Who was it that said “an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind?” Mahatma Gandhi, I believe.

This Saturn/Pluto midpoint = Aries Point pattern has been in effect since January 2016 and will continue through the rest of the year. It may help your perspective and processing of the upsetting events in the headlines to see them as a reflection of a collective agreement to focus on the anguishing skeletons we might prefer to keep in our closet. This is an opportunity to bring those skeletons into the light, so they may be healed. That is the potential upside.

The Saturn/Pluto midpoint at the Aries Point was discussed in the context of an individual’s horoscope back in 2014.

In other news, fired FOX anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit against Roger Ailes. Smart of her to wait until after Mars turned direct. In the UK, a 2.6 million year-long word report based on a seven year-long investigation concluded that

…Prime Minister Tony Blair helped President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney misled their countries into a war with Iraq in 2003 that was one of the most damaging blunders in history.

Finally, file  this one under yesterday’s hugely idealistic hook-up between Sun and Mercury in Cancer (family, nurturing), Venus trine Mars (sexual energy/union) and a regal Leo Moon. Charles Chaput, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, declared this week that couples who divorce and then remarry should not have conjugal relations.  Now just what sort of patterns do you think we’d see in his horoscope to suggest, “on WHAT PLANET, your Archbishopness?”

Born in Concordia, Kansas on September 26, 1944 — birthtime unknown, the Archbishop has the Sun EXACTLY conjunct Neptune in relationship-focused Libra,  thus needing to deny/dissolve ego energies, along with the rest of the material world. This is as screamingly rose-colored as it gets. Also in Libra: Venus and Mars, adding to the Libra need to avoid conflict at all costs.  As for why he might need to impose this need on the rest of the Free World, we see Saturn (control, authority) in Cancer (family, emotional security) either running wild or starkly opposing a Moon in Capricorn, a sign not known for emotional intimacy, but awesome when it comes to figuring out the best way to use people and things for practical purposes.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday & Tuesday 6/29-30/2015: July Fireworks After Busting-Out June

Alllll righty then!

A lot of news to digest today, the start of a holiday week. Today’s Moon is in Sagittarius, potentially lifting spirits and encouraging the expansion of horizons everywhere. Sagittarius is a fire sign, adding to the spark already suggested by Uranus (in Aries) and Venus-Jupiter (in Leo). Plus the Moon is waxing to its fullness on Wednesday, so emotions are likely running high and righteously so. We can expect boundaries to be pushed in opinions, as well as a mood that’s up for a gambol or a gamble until the Moon enters earthy Capricorn on Wednesday at 5:11AM ET. We can also expect a bit of bewilderment or need for an escape as the Moon is challenged by nebulous Neptune at 5:12PM ET.

Meanwhile, get it off your desk today or by 2:18PM ET on Tuesday, which is when the Moon goes void for 15 hours. That is the only void (natural rest period) of note, for those of you who are not on vacation. Friday is a holiday in the U.S., and many have already left the building.

Actually, tomorrow morning features one of those rare patterns often associated with luck and timing: a grand trine. Picture an equilateral triangle involving these three planets: Uranus in Aries, Venus-Jupiter in Leo and Moon in Sagittarius. If you have a planet around 20 degrees of those signs, you are more affected than most.

Other than this Wednesday’s Full Moon, notable planetary patterns include Wednesday morning’s meet-up between Venus and Jupiter, which was discussed last week. Nebulous Neptune is also active, as it makes an easy alignment to the Sun on Wednesday afternoon. This inspired connection can enhance the innovative and expansive ideas I expect to see as the week progresses, as mental Mercury makes easy alignments with Uranus and Jupiter on Thursday and Friday, followed by an idealistic connection with Venus on Saturday.

As we roll into the weekend, I expect power plays, resources and news from the underground to pull focus, as “resistance is futile” Pluto opposes the homeland and security-oriented Cancer Sun. That’s the day Greece reopens its banks. More on Greece in a minute.

This concludes the sneak peek for the week, to be followed by more weeks of dynamic action in the cosmos as we move through July. Stay tuned to this forecast for updates.

And now, the news.

“Boundaries pushed in opinions” and “bewilderment” describe my thoughts as the Supreme Court issues its rulings today. One 5-4 opinion held that a controversial drug (Neptune) used in executions (Saturn now back in Scorpio) was A-OK, despite its horrific malfunction in botched executions last year. When I got to the last paragraph of this article describing a proposed alternative, I nearly spit my coffee all over my keyboard. I wonder if you’ll do the same.

In another 5-4 decision, the Court tossed out the EPA’s recent efforts to limit the amount of pollution generated by coal-fired power plants. Why? Follow the money. But while I may be bewildered by this ruling, consider that over at the Washington Times, this is very good news indeed. Right now, it’s the lead story, replacing an earlier top headline about how the Brady Center — a non-profit advocate for gun control — has been ordered to  pay the legal fees of an ammunition dealer who sells his stock online. The dealer’s name? Lucky Gunner. Seriously.

In other “limitless” rulings, the Supreme Court also ruled that independent panels may draw election district lines, and that states may not require prospective voters to provide proof of citizenship on voter applications, as Arizona and Kansas wished to do. So “limitless” seems to be the theme for the day.

Meanwhile, Greece. I’ve been writing about its horoscope since 2011, which is when disruptive Uranus and corruption-routing Pluto began hammering a number of planets: Venus, Moon, Pluto…and recently Mercury, Saturn (ouch) and the Ascendant. It’s the hits to the 13 Cancer Ascendant that are coinciding with the most dramatic shifts. The final hit of Uranus coincided with the stunning election of Alexis Tsipras, he of the “anti-austerity party”.  The last two hits of Pluto will happen on August 30th and October 20th — should be significant action around then. Pluto transiting the Ascendant usually reflect a transformation of perspective in one’s identity that can be empowering. What is no longer working is purged so that a new form can thrive. A phoenix rising from the ashes is a good Pluto metaphor. Ditching the Euro for the drachma? It would be no surprise at all.

Pride and joy is one potential of the exuberant meet-up between Venus and Jupiter in Leo, as noted last week and in the rainbow-colored photos beaming all over social media. Wretched excess is another, especially in matters of fire, fun, sugar and drama. Will we see a significant story on diabetes, I wonder?

Meanwhile, on Saturday, during a moody bastard Moon in Scorpio, over 400 people attending a music party in Taiwan were hospitalized when they were burned by an explosion of colored fireworks powder; one woman has died. Equally wretched were the comments of the Usual Suspects outraged by Friday’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage — too many to list here.

If I were writing this during a moody bastard Scorpio Moon, I might say something catty about Bristol Palin’s latest wretched excess. Ms. Palin, who is best known for being a single mom who scored an awesome gig as a highly-paid ambassador for abstinence, announced that she is pregnant again — weeks after breaking off yet another engagement. But rather than be catty, I’m linking  a thoughtful piece from Salon, while noting that over the next several years Ms. Palin could well become the mature spokesperson envisioned therein. Even without an exact birth time we can see that hits from Uranus and Pluto will afford her the opportunity for liberation and empowerment, after a likely period of austerity. Kinda like Greece.

Since I’ve been writing this forecast, I swear six ambulances and fire trucks have passed by my building, with sirens at full blast. Seven…make it eight…oh, and choppers, too. And now police yelling “get down on the ground!” as mothers push strollers on the sidewalk. Just another day in New York. It occurs to me now that both Saturn (control) and Pluto (power) are running wild in the cosmos, today. Add those to the rising fiery emotions and the bewilderment of Moon challenged by Neptune…be prudent in your otherwise exultant state today.

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