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Tuesday 8/27/2019: Late Sneak Peek at the Week; Mind the Voids & Your Virgo Ps and Qs

Alll-righty then!

This week features an easy flow of innovation in exacting detail, as three planets in perfectionist, workaholic Virgo will all trine technogeek/rebel Uranus. By the time we get to the New Moon in Virgo on Friday morning, the Virgo trio — Venus, Mars and Sun —  will be in range of another trine (harmony) with Saturn and Pluto, both in Capricorn. Add the Virgo New Moon and the sum total is a remarkable pattern called an  Earth Grand Trine, suggesting material self-sufficiency and no small amount of luck. It’s an Earth Grand Trine because the planets involved are all in Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.

We had a remarkable Earth Grand Trine back in March 2012 — and another one at the end of September 2015. Both of those coincided with upswings in the stock markets, so we’ll see. During the first two weeks of September, there will be more big big big practically everything, as the Virgo Trio — joined by Mercury — will square Jupiter and oppose Neptune.  So even though this week’s Moon is at the end of its cycle, get out your vision board and dream away — imagining all your ducks in a row — with laser-beam precision.

The week goes like this:

  • MONDAY — driven by the Moon in Cancer, seeking emotional and home/family security. Was there a wet blanket or authoritative reach around 6 PM ET? That was the Moon confronting patriarchal Saturn. Meanwhile, the first planet in the Virgo Trio — Venus — was trine (harmonizing with) Uranus at 11:37 AM ET. Did you find friends in strange places — or online?
  • TUESDAY — the Cancer Moon goes void at 4:55 AM ET on a face-off with powerbroker Pluto. Chill chill chill — over whatever crisis may crop up, as it is likely much ado about nothing. The Cancer Moon is void until 7:53 PM ET — for the whole work day on both coasts — but it might not be a total bust. Traditional astrologers argue that the Moon is so deliciously happy in Cancer that it can still be somewhat functional, even while wandering a bit off-course. Plus, you may profit from the easy flow of the second planet in the Virgo Trio — Mars — which will be trine to Uranus on….
  • WEDNESDAY — at 6:53 AM ET. Meanwhile, the Moon will have left Cancer for Leo the night before, prowling for a party in which to reign or shine. The day is likely to begin with a jolt around 6:29 AM ET, as the Moon squares Uranus. Moon goes void at 8:07 PM ET, taking the wind out of the Leo Moon’s sails.
  • THURSDAY — Roll with the twists and flakes that may interfere with your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Avoid impulse shopping. The Moon is void — and also dead — so if you’re feeling listless or restless, you can say that’s what your astrologer told you. If you have a top secret meeting on your agenda — or otherwise wish to fly under the radar, this is a day to do it. Meanwhile, Mercury (how we need to think and communicate) leaves Leo for Virgo at 3:48 AM ET. Honor and reputation may be a big part of the morning’s headlines, as Mercury is not only 1) super high-functioning in Virgo (one of the signs its rules), but 2) will be conjunct the Fixed Star Regulus, which is all about honor and reputation. Mercury will only be in Virgo until September 14th — make the most of it in your contract negotiations and editing efforts. Finally, the third planet in the Virgo Trio — the Sun — trines Uranus at 11:13 PM ET. Aviation, astrology, uranium, artificial intelligence, mavericks — I expect to see a flurry of these in the headlines.*** Moon enters Virgo at 7:57 PM ET to put Leo’s big party back in order.

***UPDATE: NYT has since published not one, but TWO articles about astrology. On Thursday, August 29th: “Now Therapists Have to Figure Out Astrology, Tarot and Psychedelics”  (like this is a bad thing?) — with the comments section disabled. On Sunday, September 1st, as Mercury — now in Virgo — trines Uranus: “Like A Virgo: How the Times Covers Astrology.” — and here, the comments section has been enabled. As of Monday 9/2, only one comment has been published (slamming astrology). And yes, the NYT apparently is a Virgo, first published on September 18, 1851. Driven by an info junkie Gemini Moon, we can now appreciate the aptness of its advertising slogan: “All the news (GEMINI MOON) that’s fit to print (discerning VIRGO SUN — and perhaps a Virgo Ascendant, too — ruled by  Mercury retrograde prominently placed in people-pleasing Libra at the Aries Point). While the Times may sniff dismissively at astrology’s merit because it does not see astrology as “scientific,” this in no way proves that astrology is not accurate. And if an NYT editor happens to stumble across this paragraph, let me just say that when I decided to see if knowledge of planetary patterns could be used to anticipate daily headlines — and specifically the NYT as “the paper of record,” I did not know if it would work. Ten years later, I continue to be astonished that it does. Here’s to another ten years, with apologies in advance for typos, dear Virgo NYT. Perhaps you can connect me with an excellent editor.

  • FRIDAY — Busy, busy, busy — in the dark. New Moon in Virgo officially begins at 6:37 AM ET — and spends the day touching base with five other planets. Will write more on the New Moon in a later forecast.
  • SATURDAYMoon goes void at 4:46 AM ET — not to enter Libra until 7:08 PM ET. Chil, chill, chill — on this long Labor Day weekend.
  • SUNDAY — The Libra Moon seeks pleasure in faciliating relationships and rational debate. What innovative argument can you construct as Mercury trines Uranus at 10:10 AM ET? Fussbudget plans involving who, how and what we love may materialize as Venus harmonizes with Saturn at 2:48 PM ET. Sober and serious goes the rest of the afternoon, as the Moon squares Saturn at 5:40 PM ET. A precise action plan may be launched over then next twelve hours, as…
  • MONDAYMoon squares Pluto at 4:33 AM ET and goes void until 7:35 PM ET. Meanwhile, the Virgo Sun meets up with Mars at 6:43 AM ET, and Venus square Jupiter at 12:26 PM ET. This is not a typical Moon-void day. Action that is exuberant and indulgent — or wretchedly excessive — would not be surprising.

And now, the news…

…which I confess I did my best to avoid last week, as I made an escape to Shelter Island. It’s a lovely little sanctuary between the North and South Forks of  Long Island, accessible only by ferry. Three days of salt air and sandy beaches; starry nights in a quaint old inn with no TV — I could have stayed for a month. The third night featured a thunderstorm that downed trees and power lines. That and watching ospreys dive for fish provided plenty enough drama.

Still, some news items did manage to pierce my bubble of light summer reading (The Assault on Reason)  and rounds of golf (walking the course, carrying my own clubs). Last week, on the heels of transiting Mars, the Sun crossed the 29 Leo Ascendant of P45. If you know the degree of your Ascendant. make a note of the day the Sun crosses over it. Why? Because that transit is often energizing, symbolizing a new cycle of development. Astrologer Rob Hand writes in Planets in Transit that this is a time when “you will be able to project yourself with vigor and energy, impressing others with the force of your personality.”  If you don’t know the degree of your Ascendant, consider ordering one of my Astro-Basics Reports.

Anyhoo…the Sun crossed P45’s regal Leo Ascendant on August 23rd, and on that day he issued a royal edict to American companies that they were “hereby ordered” to find alternatives to doing business in in China.  Two days earlier, Venus crossed his Ascendant. This transit suggests strong potential for receiving love and affection. For P45, it came from a radio host who said (according to P45’s Twitter feed), “And the Jewish people in Israel love him… like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God.” But wait, there’s more! Later that day, when asked about his raging trade war with China, P45 told reporters,  “I am the chosen one. Somebody had to do it, so I’m taking on China.” Transiting Mercury will cross P45’s Ascendant on Wednesday, so we can expect he’ll have some other headline-grabbing regal thing to say. Astrology is amazing.

In other news, the horoscope of former Congressman and current radio host Joe Walsh is reflecting the manifestation potential of this week’s Earth Grand Trine. Born on December 27, 1961 in North Barrington, Illinois, he has the Sun and Mars in early Capricorn, trining natal Uranus, Pluto and possibly the Moon in the first ten degrees of Virgo. All of the planets that have left — or are about to leave — Leo for Virgo will activate his 0 degree Uranus. Translation: activation of an intense need for assertive independence. This week he announced he is running for president —  challenging P45 for the Republican nomination. His campaign slogan is “Be Brave” — and fits the high-functioning executive potential we see in what we know of his horoscope. It’s too soon to tell if he will de-throne P45, but 2020 is a significant year for him, as Walsh faces his second Saturn return, a Jupiter return and other patterns suggesting access to power and resources, coupled with a major life change as next year progresses.  So far, he’s had to eat many of his words, as he is no stranger to controversy. He’s apparently just lost his radio show, too.

Meanwhile, since I was reading  The Assault on Reason, I was prompted to look at the horoscope of its author, Al Gore. He really should be making waves now and over the next several months, as the energy of a 10,000 volt cattleprod opposes his 4 degree regal Leo Ascendant in the form of transiting rebel Uranus. A fresh start or a break in a personal relationship? A geographic relocation? Pluto and Saturn are also activating points in the horoscope that refer to professional status and family of origin, suggesting transformation and streamlining for the sake of empowerment. Jupiter is active, too; as it has been in touch with his natal Jupiter and Uranus this year, we see the potential for a fortuitous return on an investment. How fascinating that the most recent news article in a quick Google search is about the success of his investment firm. Who knew?

While we contemplate the complexities and challenges of life on Spaceship Earth, Salon reports that astronomers have now seen “a black hole eat a neutron star,” in the first sighting of its kind.

In other news:

Also big — and involving travel, oceans, healing and visions: 16 year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg is due to arrive in New York tomorrow. She’ll be in town into September– and it only took a couple of weeks for her to sail across the Atlantic, so she could speak at two UN climate change summit events on — wait for it — September 21st and September 23rd. September 21st is the date of the third Jupiter-Neptune square. Greta is a Capricorn, driven by a Moon in Capricorn. If she can’t make things happen, no one can.

What’s going on in your horoscope?

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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 8/14/2015 & the Weekend: New Moon in Leo, China, Megyn Kelly & More

TGIF!

I’ve been working on this forecast since Thursday (yesterday), which you might have experienced as something like this:

“We are in the dark side of the Moon — the end of the lunar cycle, a.k.a. the balsamic phase. The New Moon (and new energy) officially kicks in at 10:53AM ET on Friday — in Leo, hear it roar! During this dark side, it is not unusual to feel listless or restless, sensing the shift that is just around the corner, but not being sure what. This is a good time to wrap up projects started a month ago…and/or contemplate your agenda for the next four weeks.

Thursday’s Leo Moon is sailing free and clear, seeking to fulfill its need for recognition, applause and a good party. There’s an easy alignment between the Sun and innovative Uranus for you to play with (exact at 6:27AM ET), so go hang out with your funkiest friends and come up with a way to reinvent the wheel.”

Well? Did you do that?

Which brings us up to today (Friday):

This innovative vibe continues on Friday, as the Moon is supported by Uranus at 8:38AM ET, meets up with the Sun and then hangs indulgently with Venus (love, money, art women) at 2:25PM ET. Not a bad way to end the work week. Happy hour at the office?

On Saturday, Moon goes void just after midnight for a few hours. Then it enters Virgo at 3:46AM ET, perhaps motivating a major sorting/analyzing/clean up around the house. Or some other project requiring refinement and exquisite detail. Mindset and communication is likely to lean toward the deep end, courtesy of an easy alignment between Mercury and perspicacious Pluto. Maybe you’ll uncover some dirt about a past social encounter of an idealized kind. And here I would be thinking about the addition of the Sun’s meet-up with Venus at 3:22PM ET on Saturday….and how the whole combination of planetary patterns reflects today’s item about President Warren G. Harding having a love child with his mistress, Nan Bratton, oh so many years ago. I’ve heard from more than one reader this week about running into a former flame during this Venus retrograde, which is not surprising.

Saturday night favors music and other intangible escapes, given nebulous Neptune’s rosy fog coloring the Virgo Moon’s need for perfection at 9:29PM ET. A deep conversation with an Other or your journal may be yours on Sunday AM, as the Moon makes contact with Mercury (yakkety yak) and Pluto (did I say “deep”?).

And now, more on the New Moon, exact Friday at 10:53AM — soon after this forecast lands in your inbox.

As I said, it’s in Leo, which refers to the heart. Hooked up with the Sun and Venus, it suggests love, applause and creative self-expression, with a dramatic dose of idealism. Connections with rebel Uranus suggest innovative insights about how to get it; a challenge to Saturn suggests a hard-nosed ambition driving it; Mars running wild in Leo suggests dramatic action taken for the sake of it — possibly getting away with murder as only Mars in Leo can. But y’know, with Venus retrograde, the suggestion is that efforts to get the love you need could be productively spent working on more a loving relationship with yourself. Whoa. That’s so…innovative…and deep.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon  at 22 degrees of Leo is “a carrier pigeon.” Sabian Symbol guru Blaine Bovee notes that this is a bird that can be trained to fly home, usually carrying a message. Note that we do not train pigeons to fly from New York to Nova Scotia, if the birds live on 57th Street in Manhattan. They only fly in one direction: home.

Wherever 22 Leo falls in your horoscope is the area of your life in which you may experience a homing instinct during this lunar cycle. If you have a planet or angle at 22 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio and especially Leo, you are even more affected by the potential a new cycle can bring. Consult your local astrologer for details, or consider ordering an Astro-Basics Report so you can learn what degrees your planets are at. It’s described in the Services & FAQs section of my website.

Lately, Bovee has gotten me thinking about how Sabian Symbols work in pairs. Every degree has an opposing degree. The opposing degree of 22 Leo is 22 Aquarius. The Sabian Symbol for 22 Aquarius is “a rug placed on the floor for children to play”.   Bovee notes that the nature of play (Latin ludere) is “to go beyond bounds of normal containment”. Taken together, these two Symbols suggest a polarity between testing one’s limits and being aware of “the relative nature of rules and boundaries; issues of safety and security regarding the home and the world beyond; homing in on what really counts.”

In the last two lunar cycles I noticed a curious synchronicity between the opposing Sabian Symbol of the New Moon and the stories that made headlines. For June, the opposing Symbol was “a flag bearer”. For July, the Symbol was “a women entering a convent,” which Bovee suggests can reflects themes of confinement, including prison. Immediately after July’s New Moon, President Obama visited a prison, highlighting the condition of our penal system. Then Sandra Bland — the woman who allegedly committed suicide after a provocative police officer in Texas tossed her in jail after stopping her for a minor traffic violation— made headlines.  In June, one of the major stories of the cycle was the Confederate flag. Coincidence or conspiracy?

And now, the news…

…which I’ve been glancing at out of the corner of my eye this week, in between client consultations and the heart-centered books I mentioned in Tuesday’s forecast. More than one of you appreciated those book recommendations enough to write and tell me. Thank you so much — you made my day!

On that heart-centered theme, along with Wednesday’s musical Neptune-Mercury opposition and Thursday’s Sun (heart) – Uranus (innovation) trine, it was fun to see this item about a Beethoven symphony that some scientists say can also help your heart! It was not fun to read that Columbia House — the company that brought us those “8 CDs for one cent” offers that started my CD collection — filed for bankruptcy, thanks to competition from more modern technology. RIP sadface.

I’ve glanced at other newsmakers this week, including the aforementioned Warren G. Harding, Megyn Kelly and China. The latter of course is making big news in the markets, after devaluing its currency earlier this week. A quick look at its horoscope shows transiting Pluto (transformation, power plays, cutting dead wood) in hard aspect to nebulous Neptune and mental Mercury. The Neptune thing can be weird — and refers to matters involving China’s 2nd house (money, worth, values) and 10th house (status, reputation). The Mercury thing refers to matters of the 5th and 8th houses, e.g. relationships with other, self-expression and values relative to others.  The Pluto-Mercury thing can be quite forceful and persuasive. These patterns will be back for a final pass in October-December, accompanied by another measurement between Saturn (control, structure, limit) and Venus (money, values, social expression).  Hard aspects between Saturn and Venus can be experienced as isolating and streamlining. Let’s see what happens.

Megyn Kelly is a Scorpio with Moon in either Cancer or Leo — we do not have a birth time. A measurement between her Scorpio Sun and Uranus suggests this is a breakout period for her. We’d expect her to be uncompromising in matters of self-expression, and likely get away with it. Another measurement between her Mars (planet of action) and Uranus suggests a higher probability of taking action outside the box, with surprising results that clear the air. These measurement will be in effect for some time.  Wouldn’t you say that’s apt, given the unfettered independence she showed in her questioning of Donald Trump in last week’s debate? And the airwaves are still buzzing about it…

As for Warren G. Harding…when I first looked at his horoscope, I was irked. Given planetary patterns, he should have made the news a year ago. Well, guess what? He did make news a year ago — and I even wrote about it, as well as his horoscope!

Astrology is amazing. What’s going on in your horoscope? Why not find out in a personal consultation. I guarantee it will put your life into a perspective that will be practical, helpful and enlightening.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 12/3/2014: Feet on the Ground; Pie in the Sky

Pull it together today with innovation, as you work to build something solid out of Monday and Tuesday’s innovative, proactive spirit. The Moon has been in steady, comfort-seeking Taurus since 12:15AM ET, where it will stay until 5:25AM ET on Friday. Oh the joyful sensual indulgences that can be yours for the next two days, supported by an easy connection between Venus and Jupiter that’s exact on Thursday! Anyone with a planet or angle around 22 degrees of virtually every sign may be personally feeling the love, or at least a potential expansion.

Meanwhile, as Uranus and Pluto move closer and closer to their sixth exact square on December 15th, those with planets or angles around 12 degrees of Aries, Capricorn, Libra and Cancer are likely feeling the “change or die” buzz. If you don’t know where your planets are, consider getting the Astro-Basics Report — third item down on this list here. Really, you’ll get even more out of this daily forecast if you take the time to learn more about your personal horoscope, and I’m happy to help.

And now, the news.

Divorce rates are down. Are you surprised? Apparently they peaked in the late 70s and early 80s. So of course I had to check my ephemeris to see exactly what going on in the cosmos that would reflect a breakdown and reality check in the contractual institution of marriage.  Let’s see….breakdown…reality check…marriage. Sounds like Pluto…Saturn….Libra. And in fact, Pluto was in Libra in the late 70s — just past 15 degrees — the halfway mark. Saturn was in Libra in the early 80s. Libra refers to marriage and other one-on-one partnerships.

Pluto will flirt with the halfway mark of Capricorn next year, and then move full speed ahead at 15 Capricorn in January of 2016.  Saturn will join Pluto in Capricorn in January of 2018. Capricorn refers to the Establishment, financial and government institutions. That would be a good time for a bit of restructuring.

Meanwhile, the good folks at NBC have picked a fine feel-good evening for their second foray into live musical theater broadcast: Peter Pan, tomorrow night. Planetary patterns support technical and technological endeavors, and from this write-up, they are going to need them. Compare it to planetary patterns on their first effort — last year’s ratings success story, “The Sound of Music”.

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