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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 1/17/2012: More Moon in Scorpio, Scott Walker & Feeling Hungary Again

The need to acquire knowledge for the sake of power and control continues today, with Moon in Scorpio aided and abetted by Mercury (mind, communication, travel) in a cooperatively placed in the practical sign of Capricorn. Last rose-colored glasses (courtesy of Neptune and Venus) have now been replaced by an approaching square (challenge) to the Sun by Mr. Reality Check, a.k.a. Saturn. Get real about what you’ve accomplished so far this year — and whatever pushes need to be made, do it this week, before Mars turns retrograde on January 23rd. After that we’ll be in a strategy session until April 13th, perfecting issues related to work, routine, organization, diet and discernment.

Yesterday I noted that the early morning hours were likely to be a bit restless, and I am hearing reports that I wasn’t the only one who woke up several during the night — which rarely ever happens. In other news, I see Hungary is once again making headlines, as predicted in this forecast on December 16th (check the archives) http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/17/business/global/17iht-hungary17.html?pagewanted=2 Hungary’s horoscope suggests continued upheaval in the area of resources (courtesy of rebel Uranus), and a ruthless squeeze for control, as transformational Pluto makes a mighty challenge to Saturn, planet of ambition and control. Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, enough signatures have been reportedly gathered to ensure a recall — or a do-over — election intended to remove Scott Walker from the governor’s mansion http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-wisconsin-recall-20120117,0,3781685.story?page=1 Regular readers have been kept abreast of planetary patterns in  Governor Walker’s horoscope since February 23rd (check the archives). As with Hungary, Walker is experiencing a ruthless squeeze from Pluto to his natal Saturn AND his natal Mars, suggesting “extreme force, brutality, persuasion, excessive effort” and “the threat of loss in any area of life; hard, hard work”. Click the link on the referenced articles for some examples of  “persuasion and extreme effort” as Walker pulls out all the stops to keep from losing his job this summer. Walker has Sun and Moon in Scorpio, that alone suggests he’s not going anywhere without a fight.

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 2/23/2011

No exact aspects today, save for a supportive connection between the Moon in Scorpio and loving Venus. Emotional intensity, issues of power, knowledge and control may still rule the day (along with rebel Uranus running wild on behalf of  freedom, technology, chaos, eccentrics and humanity), but it’s likely to be much less edgy than…say…Thursday. In your own personal world, dare to make a deeper connection. That’s the forecast. Now for today’s bonus topic:

In light of recent events in Wisconsin, I thought it would be interesting to see the horoscope of Governor Scott Walker. How does his “no negotiation, no compromise” stance show up in his birth chart? Let’s look!

Walker was born Nov 2 1967, in Colorado Springs, CO. His Sun and Moon are in Scorpio, a combination described by master astrologer Noel Tyl as follows: “high depth and focus upon the creative depths and control powers of Scorpio is great. Learning, research, knowing — all define the ego. There is potentially enormous energy and animal magnetism, and care is needed not to dominate sexually, philosophically or behaviorally. Vanity is high. The self-belief is normally monumental. The challenge is to share rather than to command.” Wow. I’m sold!

Walker’s birth time is unknown, so I can’t tell offhand if his Moon in Scorpio (which needs to be seen as having depth, control and substance), is running wild in the horoscope, or if it is configured with nebulous Neptune, suggesting idealism (other aspects do suggest idealism, regardless of the birth time). Meanwhile, Mars is at 7 degrees of “make-it-happen” Capricorn and it is challenged by retrograde Saturn at 6 degrees of “me-me-me” Aries, a tough yet dynamic aspect that thrives on barreling through obstacles to achieve its objectives (harsh, perhaps, but effective). Also of note are two obsessive connections to Saturn (conservative, restriction, control) from Venus (women, money) and Pluto (regeneration, transformation), in the pristine sign of Virgo. Venus and Pluto together suggest an excess of emotion, augmented by a major rebellious streak supplied by status quo-disrupting Uranus. Last but not least, there are no oppositions among the planets in Walker’s horoscope, suggesting an inability to appreciate an opposing point of view. Hmm…might these aspects reflect Walker’s presentation of himself as a “fiscal conservative” who is “100% pro-life” and supports severe restrictions on other issues related to womens’ health and procreation?

Currently, ruthless, empowering Pluto (at 6 Capricorn) and expansive Jupiter (at 6 Aries) are making close connections to Walker’s Saturn and Mars. Keywords for these transits (which you can find in one of several of Tyl’s most excellent astrology textbooks): “the threat of loss in any area of life; hard, hard work; the threat of self-destruction”;  “extreme force, persuasion, brutality, control, excessive effort”; “‘making waves’ effectively”; “law & order; feeling ‘righter than right’; dogmatic; ambition given the go-ahead signal.”

Do the keywords listed above accurately reflect Walker’s current words and actions? Do the planetary patterns reflect the life events? What do you think?

Today Walker said that failing to pass a bill stripping union rights for Wisconsin public workers would have “dire consequences.” I don’t believe he is bluffing.  Let’s see where he’s at with this in June and December, when one of the most intense patterns active in his horoscope repeats itself. And here’s an Important Safety Tip for registered voters. If you’re voting in a election when Venus is retrograde (as it was last November), heed your local astrologer’s advice and do double due diligence on the candidates. During Venus retrogrades we are more likely than usual to fall in love with people who later turn out to be wholly unsuitable — or not nearly as appealing as we thought.