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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 4/30/2013: Pushing the Boundaries

The only aspect today’s earthy, pro-active Capricorn Moon faces during business hours is a supportive connection to a well-placed Venus (women, social expression, money, art) at 4:05PM ET. Well, that is pleasant for social, material and sensual indulgences of a solid, status-conscious kind. Use it! Even more dynamic and resourceful is another supportive connection between the earthy Taurus Sun and potent Pluto, also in Capricorn (exact Wednesday), suggesting an easy consolidation or transformation of power, not unlike the story of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands gracefully abdicating the throne and handing the royal sceptre to her son, Prince Willem Alexander. What could possibly disrupt or frustrate your efforts to make things happen today?

How about a potentially militant opposition (exact Wednesday) between aggressive Mars in stubborn Taurus and karma cop Saturn in equally stubborn Scorpio? On the one hand, Mars-Saturn aspects can be awesome tools for those needing discipline, focus and military precision – and this is what you should be striving for. On the other hand, when hotheaded Mars collides with stern Saturn, the results can be chilly, even coldly calculating. And didn’t we just have another potential for karmic retribution, a reach for ambition or cold-hearted cuts when Saturn opposed the Sun on Sunday? Yes, we did…and for those of you born with a planet or angle between 6 and 8 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius or around the 30th of April, July, October and January, I can appreciate the sense of urgency you may be feeling in the midst of your current personal reality check right now.

Planetary patterns suggest rewards can come from persistent, patient and exceptionally resourceful in efforts this week. Leave no stone unturned. The only Moon void of significance is on Friday, between 12:24AM ET and 2:25pm ET. That’s when we’ll have a natural time out to chill. Otherwise, keep on truckin’.

So much news to report, much of it reflecting the nitty-gritty reality of Saturn in Scorpio  pulling focus, along with the never-ending disruption of the Uranus-Pluto square, which makes its third of seven hits on May 20th. What is rotten in Denmark today? We’d expect corruption to be exposed in nether regions of government, politics and some even more personal arenas, and Matt Taibbi’s latest Rolling Stone article does not disappoint. It is called “Everything is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever”.  Meanwhile, pundits continue to weigh in on the fantasy-destroying research of a 28 year grad student who discovered that data used to justify so-called “austerity” measures in Europe and the US was, frankly, a mess. Here’s Stephen Colbert interviewing said grad student. (thanks to the reader who sent that in). In other news, the collapse of a textile factory in Bangladesh continues to make headlines. In case you hadn’t heard, almost 400 workers were killed and the owner of the factory, which reportedly makes clothes for JC Penney, Bennetton and other Western retailers, was arrested. Thank you, Saturn in Scorpio, for revealing the true cost of “cheap”.

Nether regions were the subject of two provocative and thorough pieces about womens’ reproductive health. First, a must-read article about breast cancer; specifically the “feel-good” war against it. How many lives are really being saved and at whose expense (and profit)? And what about pelvic exams? Are they really effective? There is no topic too personal or gory for Saturn in Scorpio. Rape? Abortion? All continue to make headlines, and it is not a pretty picture. For temporary relief from the relentless intensity, may I suggest an adorable duckling chasing a cat (who just happens to be wearing a shark costume whilst riding a Roomba). With Saturn in Scorpio, of course it would be a shark — a creature that triggers one of our primal fears. Did someone say fear? Here’s an article about that, too — and how it relates to climate change….

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 4/25/2013: Full Moon & Eclipse in Scorpio

With Moon no longer void of course, and in Scorpio as of 6:25AM ET, this day is ON. Knowledge gained for the sake of power and control; being seen as a person of depth and substance are Scorpio needs we’ll likely see reflected in the world around us today. A combative contact between aggressive Mars in stubborn, possessive Taurus and the equally stubborn and possessive Scorpio Moon at 12:52PM ET suggests a  feisty standoff, frosted with a rosy-colored idealistic fog. Blame nebulous Neptune for sticking its nose in between Mars, Sun and Moon this week. Do you have a vision — artistic, spiritual or healing — or are you just plain delusional? Hopefully it’s the former, and if so, this is a time to use the practical earthy energy of Taurus to give your vision form.

Emotions are waxing full and run deep, as suggested by the Full Moon at 3:57PM ET. This Full Moon is also a partial lunar eclipse — not as intense as a total eclipse, but still significant. A eclipse suggests a bottleneck of energy. Light flowing from the Sun or Moon is temporarily interrupted, focusing attention on the interrupted point and allowing something new and possibly fragile to enter the picture and grow. And here I would be thinking of Michael, the kindhearted policeman in the storybook Make Way for Ducklings, who stopped the flow of traffic on Beacon Street so Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their brood of eight could safely make their way to the Boston Public Garden.

Of course while traffic is stopped, it’s also backing up…and when it flows again, it’s possible that some drivers may hit the gas a little too hard — and wham! — there’s a sudden release of the bottlenecked energy.  If you have a planet or point at the degree of an exceptionally potent eclipse, you may feel the effects of the release of the bottleneck for months afterward — sometimes even years. And here I would be thinking of Rupert Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks and (former) Congressman Anthony Weiner, who all have a major point or planet at 11 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and/or Sagittarius, which was impacted by June 2011’s solar eclipse at 11 Gemini. Remember what happened to them that year? Might they have been a little eclipsed?

The release period for this eclipse is four and half months. Wherever the eclipse falls in your horoscope is where you can expect a bottleneck, followed by a release of energy,  which may be accompanied by an emotional catharsis. Eclipses highlight an area of life where something needs to be brought to a close, so something new can be brought to light. That can be a very good thing! So look for 6 degrees of  Taurus/6 Scorpio in your chart and take note of the house which contains it. That’s the area of your life where something needs to be released, especially if you have a planet or angle around 6 Taurus, 6 Leo, 6 Scorpio or 6 Aquarius.

The opposition between the Taurus Sun and the Scorpio Moon suggests a conflict between the ability to preserve the status quo for the sake of material comfort and the need for greater depth and substance in our values and joint ventures, including relationships. Dare to go there, despite the discomfort — so that old patterns can be released. With stern Saturn and proactive Mars involved in this conflict, some may be quite militant about what absolutely, positively needs to go. On the plus side, discipline and resourcefulness are yours for the asking.

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are “A bridge being built across a gorge” (6 Taurus) and “A gold rush” (6 Scorpio). Wow. Such promise of reward for constructive efforts – as in, bridging a gap or crossing a river — driven by a rush or excitement. In your own personal world, Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee suggests “finding ways to the other side; bridging difficulties; tying caution and excitement together in productive ways”. Consider situations that may be “water under the bridge” or “crossing the bridge when one comes to it”

The day ends on a serious note as the Scorpio Moon meets up with karma cop Saturn at 8:17PM ET. Hopefully you’ll have gotten it off your desk by then, as the Moon will be void all day tomorrow.