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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 12/5/2016: Sneak Peek at the Week; Late New Moon in Sagittarius Observations

Good Morning and happy holydays — whichever one(s) you celebrate.

I did not intend to disappear last week, but as it turned out, the blast of New Moon energy coincided with a  calendar chock-full of doctor’s appointments I’d been putting off — routine except for the ones designed to address the knee malfunction I’ve been experiencing after stepping into a pothole on an exact Mars transit to my Ascendant. No ballet and tap this fall. Astrology is amazing. The knee is going to recover. I am determined.

Meanwhile, if there are any routine tests and appointments you’ve been delaying, take care those ASAP! You need to be in tip-top shape for the exciting times ahead. Put the oxygen mask on yourself first!

Today the Aquarius Moon is void between 6:23AM and 11:31PM ET. Taking care of routine concerns is apt, as is rolling with twists, flakes and other upsets that may interfere with your efforts to move forward in a straight line. My current upset is Pepper, a five-month old kitten adopted the day before Thanksgiving and pictured below. Interjecting herself between my hands and this keyboard is her prime directive this morning.

An Aquarius Moon favors the unconventional — but remember it is currently void,  thus suggesting matters of little consequence. As I type, I see that retired neurosurgeon/celebrity author Ben Carson has been named to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It seems an odd choice, inspiring one to wonder about his qualifications and experience.  Well, he might have a Taurus Moon, which does need to build material stability and comfort. Although with transiting Saturn putting a squeeze on his Virgo Sun in January, June and October, he may not be able to follow through completely on an ambitious agenda. For some reason this makes me think of a past life in network television, when the network would occasionally order an “Urban” promo. The copy would be pretty much the same as the non-Urban spot,  except we’d hire an African-American to read it against music from a production library  CD with a groovy name like “Urban Trax.” Did our Urban marketing messages connect effectively with our target audience? I guess so, because the network continued to ask us to produce them. This was many years ago, btw. I’m sure things have changed.

I think my kitten Pepper would make an excellent Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Tiny houses would rule.

Moon voids for the rest of the working week: WEDNESDAY 9:05AM until 5:16AM ET on THURSDAY — a bit of a wandering adventure, much like today, only the Moon will be in soulful Pisces, seeking a vision and laced with exceptional feeling and (potentially) suffering.

Other patterns of note this week: a cooperative connection between Mars in Aquarius and Uranus in Aries, favoring humanitarian, rebel-with-a-cause action, innovation and technology.   That alignment is exact TUESDAY at 10:30PM ET, and it follows another cooperative connection between Mars and Saturn (structure; authority) that was exact at 7:16AM on Saturday.

On Wednesday we’ll have the First Quarter Moon at 4:03AM ET, suggesting a challenge or next step in the New Moon agenda you set last week. More on that in a minute. Also on Wednesday: Venus enters Aquarius (mantras: “I love you, but don’t take it personally” and “Can we still be friends?”).

As we get closer to the weekend we will be seeing the reflection of the Sagittarius Sun’s cooperative contact with Jupiter on Friday at 4:39PM ET (expansive leadership), followed by the Sun’s annual meet-up with controlling Saturn on Saturday at 6:51AM ET (restrictions and structure imposed by Authority Figures). If you were born around the 10th of December, March, June or September your energy may be feeling a little pinched or restricted as you focus on essential concerns or ambition. A personal consultation about your strategy and timing would be beneficial. Here’s the 411 on consultations.

About last week’s New Moon — which was at 8 degrees of Sagittarius and thus directly affected anyone with that degree of Sagittarius, Pisces, Virgo and Gemini in their horoscope. Don’t know where your degrees are? Order an Astro-Basics Report and you’ll find out. Plus I will tell you how this New Moon and next week’s Full Moon is likely to affect you.

The New Moon was tightly configured with Neptune — suggesting issues of vision, water, oil, lies, victims, drugs would be front and center this cycle. Add to this the need of Sagittarius: to express its righteous opinion and push boundaries. What have we seen so far: righteous protests at Standing Rock over disputed boundaries, an oil pipeline and a fresh water source appear to have been resolved in favor of the rebels with a cause (Uranus in Aries) when the Department of the Army (Mars in Aquarius) announced it would seek an alternate route for the pipeline.

Let the record show that Mars and Uranus are in a pattern known as “mutual reception.” Mars is in the sign ruled by Uranus. Uranus is in the sign ruled by Mars. Thus we expect cooperation between the issues symbolized by the two planets, e.g., innovation and humanitarianism working effectively with martial action. This would be an upside potential. There is also a downside potential. Which would you prefer?

The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon is “rocks and things forming therein.” Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee notes that this suggests “the inner space where things like oil, water, diamonds and minerals are formed…crucial resources…[these things] can be material or immaterial.” We are advised to be mindful of opportunities during this cycle to release a pressure cooker of energy that has built up, for purposes that may be creative or destructive. We have a choice between “shoring up old ways” vs. clearing a path for something new.

For the record, when set in Washington DC — the seat of the U.S. government — the New Moon is in the 12th house of the chart — suggesting no small amount of backroom dealing going on — potentially obfuscated with the smoke and mirrors potential of dazzling and duplicitous Neptune. We do not know what we do not know — and this is a concern.

And now, the news.

Old news from the week of November 21st — reflecting what can happen under patterns suggesting  heavy thoughts and controls in matters of politics and education, combined with women who are empowered and extremely resourceful. The thinking is broad and idealistic, a bit short on details. Poster children: 1) Betsy DeVos, who is Trump’s pick to become Secretary of  Education. She’s a billionaire philanthropist (reflecting the abundance suggested by Venus in Capricorn square Jupiter and Pluto). She’s never gone to public school or sent her kids to a public school — and seems to be against the whole concept of public education (Saturn conjunct Mercury in Sagittarius). Think big! Fun Fact: Ms. DeVos actually  has Mercury conjunct Saturn in her horoscope! Born Jan 8 1958 — no birth time available.  And she has transiting Pluto about to meet up with her 17 degree Capricorn Sun — suggesting a major change of perspective and potential empowerment. And she will soon be having her second Saturn return, too.  What a year she has ahead of her.

Then there’s Jill Stein, who zooms out of nowhere to launch a recount effort in three swing states and is able to raise millions of dollars — $7 million so far of the $9 million needed (because the states involved keep raising their filing fees) — within days.  Dr. Stein says the recount is necessary to preserve the integrity of our election system — a righteous opinion indeed. I am sure errors will be found, if those recounts are completed. I am certain because I served as a poll worker on Election Day and saw first hand how human error and ignorance —  along with  technical snafus —  combined to prevent voters from casting a ballot that would count.

Will the recount make a difference? Will the Electoral College vote to elect someone other than the current president-elect when they meet on December 19th? I do not know. However, I am certain that if we act like we are mere spectators in someone else’s drama, nothing will change. For confirmation I give you Beth Owlsdaughter’s Tarot card for the Week — and read the one for last week, too.

Jill Stein is a Taurus with Moon either in Aries or Taurus, with rebel Uranus prominently placed in her horoscope. Her fun fact is her Mars at 22 Virgo — provoking Donald Trump’s Sun-Moon opposition in Gemini-Sagittarius. And also likely provoking Hillary Clinton’s sensitive Pisces Moon if that Moon is at 22 Pisces. Another fun fact: Dr. Stein’s Sun and Mercury are at 23 Taurus, shining their light on Trump’s Midheaven (point of career and status). One could argue that without Dr. Stein’s energy in the race, Mr. Trump would not be where he is today. Astrology is amazing.

Meanwhile…

On Friday mental Mercury was at the very last degree of opinionated, foreign-oriented Sagittarius. This is also the Aries Point, suggesting broad-reaching opinions and transmissions would be prominent in the headlines. The current president-elect has been pleased to reflect this potential, indulging in  a phone call with the leader of Taiwan (a country the U.S. does not have diplomatic relations with, thereby upsetting China); and tweeting 1) that he actually won the popular vote because that millions of votes were cast illegally; and 2) that SNL is not funny. Factually, one of those tweets is a lie; the second is a matter of opinion.

The United States is not the only country facing upsets and uncertainty in these interesting planetary times. The Prime Minister of New Zealand resigned. So did the Prime Minister of Italy, after a so-called populist coalition defeated an alleged establishment-backed referendum. In Austria, a right-wing populist was defeated in a re-do of the presidential election; the victory went to an independent who — according to this Guardian article — successfully addressed concerns that had made his rival so appealing in the first vote. There is a lesson to be learned here.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 11/23/2015: Sneak Peek at the Week; Woodrow Wilson, Right on Schedule

Good Morning!

Most of America will be waking up to an Aries Moon that is void of course, suggesting a twist or delay in your usual morning routine. Sleep through the alarm? Pour cold water over your coffee beans that you forgot to grind? Walk out of the house with your underwear on backwards? I have heard stories…

Any crisis that occurs before 11:26AM ET is likely much ado about nothing. After that, the Moon will be fully engaged in Taurus, driving the day with a need for material comfort and security. The Moon cruises without interference, colored with a bit of rose around 10:51PM ET as it makes a nice alignment with dreamy Neptune.

That being said, we may see more of the weekend’s  disruptive potential in areas of money (markets), women, love and aesthetics, as Venus and Uranus oppose each other at 5:13PM ET. Sudden attractions, the shock of recognition and/or a breakthrough or breakout in relationship matters are all possibilities, especially if you were born halfway through Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn.

Emotions are on the rise against the wiggy backdrop of this Thursday’s Saturn square Neptune (see last week’s forecasts for more on that pattern). The Full Moon in newsjunkie Gemini on Wednesday evening may create quite a buzz. Patterns leading up to Wednesday’s illumination and release feature Mercury (mindset, communication) in touch with Saturn, Neptune and Mars; i.e., structure/control, vision/delusion and action/aggression. Translation: heavy ambitious righteous opinion acted upon in connection with a vision or belief system, which may or may not be delusional.

A Moon void on Friday morning suggests no point in hitting those Black Friday sales, as impulse purchases made when the Moon is drifting suggests that what is purchased will be of little use. Moon enters Cancer at 2:27PM ET on Friday — OK, now you can shop. Its emotional homeland security needs will be challenged by Mars on Saturday, along with the Moon’s weekly supercharge from Pluto and Uranus. Hmmm.

And as if that weren’t enough action, on Sunday the Moon goes void for 12 hours, starting at 7:47AM ET. In that wandering void, the rowdy, high-flying, mind-expanding and opinionated Sagittarius Sun makes contact with Saturn and Neptune, echoing Mercury’s action on Wednesday’s Full Moon. More of what we see then, only hotter and brighter — after all, we’re talking about the Sun. I hope you experience more of the sublime potential than the surreal. You’ll feel it more personally if you were born around the 29th of November, February, June and August.

And now, the news.

Venus! Uranus! Pluto! Over the weekend that pattern suggested emancipated and empowered women pulling focus. Against the backdrop of Saturn (“but what I really want to do is direct…”) and Neptune (film, vision) how cool is it to see —  on the cover of the Sunday NYT magazine — a lengthy feature about women in Hollywood who are ready to run the show. And how about this homepage piece, “ISIS Women and Enforcers in Syria Recount Anguish, Collaboration & Escape”. Or “Girls in California Are Latest to Seek to Become Boy Scouts”. And “States Lead Effort to Allow Pharmacists to Prescribe Birth Control”

Neptune is drugs. Saturn is control.”Pfizer and Allergan Near $150 Billion Merger Deal”.  Of course they are. And that birth control article reflects Saturn and Neptune, too.

In my last forecast, I closed with this:

As we get closer to Thanksgiving and the intensifying wigginess of next Thursday’s exact Saturn-Neptune square and Full Moon, try this coping strategy. Express gratitude. Gratitude immediately makes you a “have,” not a “have-not”.  It can convey a feeling of empowerment that flies in the face of fear. Being able to choose how you react to people and events in your own personal world also conveys empowerment.

And what do we find splashed across the centerfold of the NYT Sunday’s Review? “Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier”. I wonder how much the writer was paid — anybody know? I like “empowerment” better.  It implies a bit of intelligence…as opposed to “happy”, because the writer says that happiness can make you fat (and dumb?).

Today, I am grateful for cats….

Wanna hear something else that’s cool? In December of 2013, Woodrow Wilson was hot, as we’d expect, given his horoscope. Hot biography published, with film rights snapped up by Leonardo Di Caprio. I wrote about their magnetic attraction (doesn’t matter that one of ’em is dead), and anticipated as follows:

But Pluto and Uranus aren’t finished with Wilson’s horoscope yet. Wilson’s Ascendant is 15 degrees of Libra; his Midheaven (career status/reputation) is 17 Cancer; his Mercury is 18 Cancer…and all three points will be super-charged by Uranus-Pluto in 2015. If the film is made — and released in 2015, it should get quite a bit of attention.

Well, the film hasn’t been released yet — don’t know if it’s even in production. But Woodrow Wilson is getting a lot of attention — and much of it is disrupting his image (Ascendant) and public status (Midheaven) as the truth about how he thinks (Mercury at 18 Capricorn) comes to light. At Princeton, efforts are underway to remove his name from a building as he is now alleged to have been…oh, they are calling it “intolerance”.  Quite a change of status!

Isn’t astrology amazing? Don’t you want to know what’s going on in your horoscope, so you can make sensible goals and seize opportunities? It will be awesomely validating and  I can’t imagine why you would not want to do it!!! So here’s the 411 on personal consultations — book one now, before November 29th, when my rates will reflect a well-deserved raise, huzzah! No, you do not have to schedule the appointment before the 29th — December is fine – or even January, after the 1st of the year, for your New Year’s resolutions — but it does need to be booked, with gratitude.

Thank you for reading this forecast. Can you tell I wrote while the Moon was in Aries? Have an awesome day!

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday – Sunday 11/26-30/2014: Happy Thanksgiving!

After a potentially restless night, the enterprising Capricorn Moon is supported by a cooperative flow of mindset, communication and structure until it goes void at 10:30AM ET. Go with the flow; roll with the twists and flakes (snow!) that may detour your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Thank you, unpredictable East Coast storm.

Moon re-engages at 2:23PM ET, when it enters humanitarian Aquarius, a sign whose friendliness and tolerance for the unconventional and the fringe is echoed by a harmonious connection between Venus in righteous Sagittarius and rebel Uranus in crusading Aries at 7:22PM ET.  Perhaps your usual Thanksgiving celebration will deviate from the norm? Go ahead and add a few new things to the menu. Chat up the perfect stranger you’re stranded with at the airport.

There’s a dreamy/bewildering haze over it all today, as nebulous Neptune in intuitive Pisces squares the opinionated Sagittarius Sun. Watch for idealized visions and things not being as they really seem to be. Here’s what was in the news on another Sun-Neptune square, which happens four times a year. Peace!

The Aquarius Moon continues through Thanksgiving Day, with easy connections to loving Venus and Uranus suggesting a noticeable lack of the usual family tensions for most of the day. Huzzah! One shift you may also notice occurs at 9:26PM ET, when Mercury, planet of communication, leaves heavy Scorpio for high-flying, opinionated Sagittarius. See if the conversations become more righteous as the evening progresses.

On Black Friday, an early face-off between expansive Jupiter and the Moon at 4:16AM ET suggests overindulgence and/or optimism, leading up to an ambitious reach  or wet blanket smackdown from restrictive Saturn at 12:14PM ET. That’s when the Aquarius Moon goes void for five hours, and you have no business doing any shopping at the malls. Try it out for yourself and see if purchases made during voids do not prove to be nearly as useful as you thought they would be.

At 5:03PM ET on Friday, Moon shifts gear into empathetic Pisces, and quickly squares off with mental Mercury at 7:03PM ET, suggesting the potential for a fleeting spat or communication snarl.  Said spat may be related to your New Moon agenda, as several hours later at 5:06AM ET, we’ll see the First Quarter Moon, which suggests a challenge to whatever seeds were sown last week. This is a better day for shopping than Friday, as there is no void to space you out. However, you may be inclined to spend more on Saturday than you would on Sunday, courtesy of a socially indulgent square between Venus and the Moon at 9:26PM ET.

Sunday is an intriguing mix. The Pisces Moon continues, stabilized by an easy connection to disciplined Saturn at 3:47PM ET. Then the Moon wanders off into the void, suggesting potential detours in your travel plans until it charges into Aries at 8:14PM ET. Aries is feisty and proactive. It falls down stairs because its faster than walking. Astrologer Rick Levine likes to say that the Aries mantra is “Ready. Fire. Aim!” — and he would know, since he’s an Aries. And given the visionary (upside) and/or befuddled/delusional (downside) potential of a challenge between mental Mercury and Neptune at 11:27PM ET, we may see more than the usual happenings of impulsive or misfired actions as a result of muddled or “out there” thoughts and communication. On the plus side, if you’re an artist, healer or spiritual type, you may find yourself quite inspired.

And now, the news.

The grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed teenager Mike Brown six times (and killing him) after a provocative encounter,  sparked protests all over the country.  The decision was announced at 8:25PM ET on November 24th and looking at the chart for that event time, we instantly see the potential for disruptive outrage. Uranus and Pluto are on the angles of the chart; the Capricorn Moon is about to clash with both. Warrior Mars is running wild (and thus pulling focus) and is also on an angle in the chart (translation: aggression in your face). There’s more, but you get the idea. Fascinating.

That being said, the failure to bring Officer Wilson to trial was received by many as heavy, heavy news, reflecting the depressing, intense, controlling mindset suggested by yesterday’s exact Mercury-Saturn conjunction in Scorpio.  And it also motivated one creative, despairing soul to produce a mock-up of the New York Times front page that then made the rounds on Twitter and Facebook. Do NOT NOT NOT NOT look at it if profane language might offend you. I offer it only as an example of the potential of planetary patterns — astonishingly brought to life.

Earlier this week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was asked to resign. Mr. Hagel was criticized for coming across as “tentative” in his presentation, which is reflected in the Sun-Neptune in Libra conjunction in his horoscope (Oct 4 1946 North Platte NE — no birth time known). Sun-Neptune aspects tend to diffuse and/or confuse. Barack Obama has a Sun-Neptune square in his horoscope. Even he has had a difficult time figuring out who he is — and there are plenty today who would argue that we still do not know what he’s all about. What’s heavy about Mr. Hagel’s resignation is that presumably his replacement will be even heavier.

So let’s end with some lighter stories, shall we? For there is much to be thankful for and worthy of celebration. First, the annual study of the Happiest Countries in the World is out — and the U.S. is nowhere near the top. That’s heavy, but perhaps we can learn something useful by examining the operating models of countries that now rank higher. That’s a happy thought, yes?

Second, here’s a story reflecting some of the typical traits of Sagittarius: adventurous, animal-loving, international, righteous, generous, optimistic. It hit the news on the Sagittarius New Moon. A Swedish team of athletes were on an extreme trek in Ecuador. One athlete tossed a meatball at a hungry stray dog, and that dog followed them for the rest of their journey — even going so far as to swim alongside them they were crossing by kayak. This story has a very happy ending — and lots of pictures, too.

Enjoy — count your blessings — and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am thankful to you for reading this forecast and further supporting these efforts by sharing it with your friends. Gratitude!

P.S. — Yes, I am working this Sunday, should you find yourself in need of further astro-logical insights on your own unique horoscope. Especially if you have planets or angles around 12 degrees of Aries, Capricorn, Libra and Cancer. Those with planets around 22 and 29 Scorpio, Taurus, Leo and Aquarius, you are also in the hot seat — and how are you planning to handle it?

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 5/28/2013: “Too Much of a Good Thing Is…”

…and we’re back. Did you have a good holiday break, dear Readers who live in the U.S.? I followed my own advice and shopped ’til I dropped on Saturday and chilled out on Sunday. On Monday, I improvised. And you?

Wherever you live, you may be feeling quite bubbly this morning and driven by the Moon in proactive Capricorn to make things happen. In fact, there’s enough optimism in the air from yesterday and today to carry you through the whole week — and with hardly any Moon voids to derail or delay your efforts to move forward in a straight line. If you’re new to this forecast and do not know what a Moon void is — here’s the 411.

Suffice it to say, the longest void of the week — a natural rest period, if you know what’s good for you — happens from 2:40PM ET – 5:48PM ET. East Coasters, you’ll want to be taking care of what’s important in the morning; West Coasters may want to wait until mid-afternoon to focus on projects you wish to be of consequence. Use the three-hour void to chill, wander and/or take care of the routine and the mundane. At 5:48PM ET, Moon will enter the networking sign of Aquarius, seeking to be of social significance and facilitating encounters with the avant-garde. Get out and mingle tonight if you can.

The highlight of the day is an exact hook-up between Venus (social expression, money, women, beauty) and expansive Jupiter in oh-so-charming and clever Gemini (23 degrees). And oh-how-sweet — and indulgent — this hook-up can be. It’s the pink frosting on the cake of Monday’s equally expansive and optimistic hook-up between Jupiter and mental Mercury, suggesting an overload of information and stimulation (which is not necessarily a bad thing).

This follows on the heels of Sunday’s bedazzling and sometimes bewildering challenge between the glib Gemini Sun and nebulous Neptune in sacrificial, soulful Pisces. This combination of patterns sounds like a perfect backdrop for the premiere of HBO’s latest original film, Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas as “Mr. Showmanship” himself — Liberace. The furs, the ruffles, the bling; the enormous appetite for all things sensual…which is how co-star Matt Damon, playing Liberace’s much younger lover, Scott Thorson, enters the scene. And what was Liberace’s most famous quote? “Too much of a good thing is…wonderful”. Coincidence or conspiracy?

In other news — and also perfectly in synch with planetary patterns — here’s a piece  — on the front page of the NYT business section, no less — about the empire of Amma, the Indian guru also known as “the hugging saint”. She’s just started a two-month tour in North America, in case you’d like to meet her…

Make the most of the opportunities for beauty, creativity and expansion that may come your way today. If you have a planet or angle at 23 degrees of any sign, but especially Aries, Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius and Pisces, this especially applies to you. Follow your bliss!