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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 7/14/2014: Sneak Peek at the Week; A Lover Makes Headlines

Ideas and communication in their airiest form — literally — are a likely focus today, given the Moon in (airy) Aquarius in harmonious aspect to Venus and Mars, in Gemini (air) and Libra (air), respectively. With Mercury (mindset/communication) at the Aries Point (a need for prominence), it’s a fine opportunity to “reach out and touch someone,”   as this cornball commercial from 1979 suggests. Oh, were we really so innocent and sincere back then?

Get it done before 3:23PM ET, when the Moon goes void until 10:40PM ET. This is the only Moon void we’ll have during business hours in the Americas this week, suggesting fewer flakes and twists to derail your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Other voids are Wednesday 8:57PM ET until 12:07AM ET Thursday and Friday 10:18PM ET until 4:43AM ET on Saturday.

Highlights of the week include Jupiter changing signs on Wednesday, leaving nurturing Cancer for regal drama queen Leo — which is great news for anyone with a planet in  Leo  — but especially the Sun, Jupiter, Ascendant or Midheaven. Jupiter transits often coincide with opportunities for expansion, recognition and sometimes a boost in material resources. Yippee! It takes 12 years for Jupiter to travel through the horoscope, and it’s helpful to know where Jupiter is in yours at any given time. Consult your local astrologer for details or consider ordering the Astro-Basics Report, available here.

Other highlights include Venus happily moving into Cancer on Friday; Saturn grinding to a virtual standstill as it prepares to fiinnnnnally turn direct on Sunday; and rebel Uranus also slowing down, as it prepares to turn retrograde on Monday. There’s a tense aspect happening all month between these two planets, suggesting an enhanced tension and uncomfortable adjustment between the old guard (Saturn) and the avant garde (Uranus). You’re feeling it more personally if you have a planet or angle at 16-17 degrees of just about any sign.

Lots of news to report, most of which I’ll cover in Tuesday’s forecast. For now, please enjoy one of the most surprising reflections of Sunday’s exact trine between Venus in charming, double-talking Gemini and Mars in sweet-talking Libra, suggesting a potential harmony between sexes: the love letters of US President Warren G. Harding. The general consensus is that he was a lousy President, perhaps the worst ever. And he may have been a lousy husband, too — as these letters, which were excerpted in the NYT Sunday magazine, were written to his mistress.  Still, he had a remarkable way with words.

So why are these letters being published now? It should surprise no one that in his horoscope,  his natal Venus in Libra is opposed by his natal Neptune. That strongly suggests a dreamy romanticism, and this opposition has been and continues to be supercharged by the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square. Pluto is currently at 12 Capricorn, making the second of three hits to his Venus at 12 Libra. Looking at the solar arcs in the horoscope, we instantly see themes of empowered communication in a solar arc to Venus by Pluto, too, as well as a solar arc to Harding’s Ascendant by Venus, suggesting a need to be seen as especially pleasing — dare I say romantic — even though Harding has long since passed on!  Also of note: transiting Saturn (gravitas) is right on Harding’s Mercury (communication) at 17 Scorpio.

I’m always fascinated to see how horoscopes continue to reflect “life events” for people who are no longer living. Margaret Thatcher made news over the weekend, and though it wasn’t pretty, it made sense in light of her horoscope. Ms. Thatcher was a Libra with a seriously controlling Saturn in Scorpio sitting right on her Scorpio Ascendant. Generally speaking, Libra detests conflict, and has been known to go to outrageous lengths to avoid it. Generally speaking, a Scorpio Ascendant needs to present an image of control…and this would include a need to maintain privacy more than other signs. So the news that came out was that she allegedly knew that one of her senior ministers had sexually abused young boys, and  instead of holding him accountable, she covered it up. And right now transiting Saturn is sitting within one degree of Thatcher’s 15 degree Scorpio Ascendant, perhaps now holding her accountable  for actions taken over thirty years ago. There are other significant transits in her horoscope now, but one in particular that coincides with the timing of this news report is Mars, planet of action, sitting right on top of Thatcher’s Mercury, triggering the release/outburst of communication published over the weekend.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 7/3/2014: Pluto Power Plays and a Super Virgo

Today’s Virgo Moon continues its quest for perfection relatively unimpeded all day — great for sorting, organizing and hammering out details. Try not to overthink it around 7PM ET, when the Moon is challenged by Mercury. Should you find yourself tempted to engage in a verbal spat, consider that ruthless Pluto will oppose the sensitive Cancer Sun at 4AM on Friday. Do you really want to pull a power play?

Power plays are all over the headlines — as expected — all over the globe. In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe circumvented Parliament by simply reinterpreting Japan’s pacifist Constitution, so that its military may play a more assertive role. This was not done without dramatic protest; a few days ago a Tokyo man set himself on fire.  In Hong Kong, huge crowds gathered to support democracy, defying Beijing — with plans for another protest brewing. In Israel, after three abducted teens were found murdered, reports of a suspected revenge killing of a Palestinian boy made headlines.

I’m glad I waited until this morning to post so I could discover another power play happening in India. The new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has issued a directive ordering government employees to clean up their offices — which apparently have been accumulating clutter for the past 67 years. So there’s huge purge (Pluto) going on, as The Guardian reports:

…with his obsession for order and cleanliness, he has been able to energise bureaucrats to take ownership of their working space to make it more presentable – and potentially more productive.

Of course the minute I read that, I’m thinking, “wow — there must be some hyper-Virgo stuff in his horoscope” — and sure enough, in his Western chart, Mr. Modi has Sun in Virgo in a tight conjunction with Saturn (discipline) and Mercury (mindset). Isn’t that cool? His Venus (social expression) is also in Virgo, though not tied in to the Mercury-Sun-Saturn configuration. His Scorpio Ascendant suggests a need to present an image of power and control. Pluto sitting right at his Midheaven (top of the chart) supports that need for power in his career. And with his Moon in Sagittarius, we would expect him not to be shy about letting workers know they need to clean up their act:

Clean, well-ordered offices is not the only thing Modi is demanding from Delhi’s bureaucrats. He also wants them to come to work on time at 9am sharp, rely more on computers, abjure extended lunch and tea breaks to play cards in nearby parks (the junior ones) or golf at the club (an elite bunch of 200), say no to foreign junkets, be more responsive to the public and resist political interference by ministers and MPs.

The last instruction could be a potential gamechanger. The new prime minister has made it clear to the top bureaucrats in government that if they have a good proposal that is blocked by their own minister, they can pitch it directly to him (but only in a PowerPoint format please, since Modi hates reading long files and documents).

Modi’s approach may seem to undermine the cabinet system of shared ministerial authority, but it has made top civil servants enthusiastic about work after a demoralising phase under the previous regime.

“The top, secretary-level officers are feeling empowered for the first time and are hoping Modi succeeds in putting the new system in place,” said Soma Chakravarthy, deputy editor of Bureaucracy Today.

I’ve italicized words in the article that reflect the empowering, purgative energy of Pluto squared by the rebellious, autonomous energy of Uranus in Aries. The whole article has other tidbits. In other news, it was fun to discover that the New York Times ran a piece on what astrologers in India were predicting about Mr. Modi years before the election. The astrologers got it right — as indicated in this 2011 report that the Times may not have seen.

To be continued…

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