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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 11/11/2014: Power Plays & Such

The Cancer Moon’s need for emotional security may be rattled in the wee hours as it makes its weekly clash with the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square, and suffers a aggressive challenge from Mars. Attention is advised behind the wheel and in the handling of any sharp objects, including your tongue.

Dust settles after 5AM ET  and as the day progresses, a sense of inspired balance is suggested, courtesy of a lovely connection between Mercury and Neptune. Brainstorming, anyone? Note your intuition and other flashes of insight. Ship it today or mind the Moon void on Wednesday  between 4:16AM ET and 1:44PM ET; that’s the time to chill out and focus on routine business matters.

Once the Moon enters Leo, on Wednesday afternoon, a serious focus on relationship is suggested by a meet-up between Venus (money, love, art, women) and Saturn (discipline, structure, business) at 8:02PM ET. Minutes later, at 8:29PM ET, warrior Mars clashes with rebel Uranus and adds a element of surprising upset to the night.

In case you haven’t heard, I’m hoping to barter astrological services in exchange for a good projector.  I plan to be doing more teaching and workshops in 2015, and I need self-sufficient technology for my presentations. Many thanks to my awesome webmaster Mark Marshall at Interage for noticing the link to my example of a good projector did not work and taking the initiative to build a special host page for it before I even realized there was a problem. Did I mention Mark is awesome? You are also awesome if you have a projector you’re not using and would like to make a trade, with gratitude.

And now, the news.

I promised we’d see some power plays — and some of these are left over from yesterday’s headlines. First, the new Senate majority is vowing to take on the E.P.A. and move ahead on plans to build the controversial Keystone pipeline. You can read the straight news article or let Gail Collins cheerfully explain the situation. Then you can read how Denmark is on track to completely eliminate fossil fuels from its energy diet by 2050 — and weep.

Meanwhile, President Obama made a statement on net neutrality today, recommending that the internet be regulated as if it were a public utility. Which makes sense when you consider that it was built with taxpayer dollars, right? Not at all, according to Senator Ted Cruz, who tweeted, ‘”Net Neutrality’ is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government”. Which makes sense when you consider that in Mr. Cruz’s horoscope we immediately see mental Mercury squared by his natal Uranus, suggesting a need to think in ways that might be deemed brilliant, eccentric or simply mad. And this natal square is being supercharged by the Uranus-Pluto square into early spring, suggesting quite a buzz and a need to communicate persuasively and prominently. Keep watching the headlines.

In other news, newly re-elected Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is wasting no time applying the empowered perspective suggested by current transits in his horoscope and “teasing” a presidential run in 2016. In another power play, he announced a plan to require recipients of food stamps and other state assistance to submit to mandatory drug testing, even though a similar plan in Florida failed miserably and wasted taxpayer funds before being ruled unconstitutional. For me, it was this news item that brought this week’s  Tarot Card (presented by Beth Owlsdaughter) poignantly to life. Why doesn’t this plan require drug testing for everyone who is supported by Wisconsin taxpayer dollars, including the state’s elected officials?

Turning now to statesman Dennis Rodman and his horoscope, which we last looked at in December of 2013. Planetary patterns suggested he was on top of his game back then, with a “dramatic change of identity perspective and a need for empowered social expression” on deck for 2014-15.  And there was Mr. Rodman on TMZ a couple of days ago, holding a copy of a letter he says was sent to Kim Jong-il, pleading for the release of Kenneth Bae, an American being held captive in North Korea. Coincidence or conspiracy? Mr. Bae was released over the weekend, and the Washington Post has the official version of the story.

For some reason, yesterday’s link to Matt Taibbi’s Rolling Stone interview with JP Morgan Chase whistleblower Alayne Fleischmann did not function as designed.  Here is another version of that page-turner, posted on Truthout.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 9/28/2013 & the Weekend: Storm Watch; Ted Cruz, Right on Schedule

Another day, another forecast in another time zone. Greetings from the Aloha State, and may I just say that if fate and/or travel fatigue ever leaves you vulnerable to a microbe-induced delirium, there are far worse places to experience it. The warm, nurturing breezes and equally warm, salty ocean — just steps away from a cozy cottage  — expedites the healing process. Huzzah! So let’s now examine the planetary potential of the weekend.

On Thursday, at least one person I know appears to have expressed the flaky potential of the early morning void of course Moon by wearing a pair of mismatched ballet flats to the office. Presumably clarity of focus returned around 3:24PM ET, when Moon entered Cancer, where it is now and will be until 3:57AM ET on Sunday. A Cancer Moon suggests an excellent period to focus on emotional and homeland security needs, e.g., creative projects involving the home, family and nourishment. A lovely connection between Venus and Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy, suggests enjoyment of abundance and jolly good cheer (the positive potential), or a bombastic and/or waspish emotional excess (negative potential), followed by a large credit card statement next month. Let’s all go for the positive, shall we?

Adding to the expansive atmosphere that spills over into Friday is the 3rd Quarter Moon, suggesting one last challenge to the agenda you set on the New Moon of September 5th. Recognize it; deal with it and be prepared for upsets, power struggles and emotional catharses on Friday morning, as the sensitive Cancer Moon engages with the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square.

Sparks could fly anytime between now and 9:32AM ET Saturday, as loving Venus in action-hero Mars square off. Stubborn, deep, emotional and dramatic are all possible expressions for this clash of polarities, and one obvious arena where this clash can be felt is between the sexes. Juicy and passionate, if you’re fortunate…

I will be in Los Angeles October 3rd – 12th and available for in-person consultations. Please contact me to schedule an appointment.

Sunday, after a void too brief to note, Moon enters drama queen Leo at 3:57AM ET, looking for more love or at least a party. Mental Mercury — a planet reflecting mindset and communication — dives into ruthless Scorpio at 7:38AM ET, adding more than the usual bite to what is thought and said. Please note that the closer we get to October 1st and 3rd, when the Libra Sun will make contact — first with powerful Pluto and then with erratic Uranus — the more intensity and volatility we will likely feel and see expressed in the headlines. This electrifying, transformative energy will be more personally experienced if you were born around the 30th of March, June, September and December…or if you have a planet or point around 9 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

So what did I miss over the past couple of days while in my microbe-induced delirium? Well, as noted in the last forecast, planetary patterns were rather light and the Moon was in blah-blah-blah information-junkie Gemini. Which fits rights in with a 21-hour blah blah blah performance by Senator Ted Cruz on the floor of the U.S. Senate, summarized here with the usual wit and charm by NY Times columnist Gail Collins.

Ted Cruz was born on a day that lives for prominence — December, 22, 1970 — in Calgary, Alberta-as-in-Canada-which-is-not-America, Canada, in case anyone wants to know. His Sun is at 0 degrees of Capricorn, which avid readers know is one of the focus-pulling Aries Points. Cruz’s Sun is squared by Pluto (power), also at an Aries Point. A Sun-Pluto square suggests a certain level of suppression experienced in the early home life.  Making up for lost time now, perhaps?

Current planetary patterns suggest efforts to attract attention for anything Senator Cruz has to say or think will continue to be met with success — for better or for worse — all through 2014. The never-ending Uranus-Pluto square will be making exact contact with Cruz’s potentially brilliant natal Mercury-Uranus square. We can expect plenty of unconventional outbursts in the area of communication from Senator Cruz, as his mind is super-charged with ambition. Note that when we first checked in with him  on February 18, 2013, stern Saturn was making a rather militant connection to his action-oriented Mars in stubborn Scorpio…and darned if that Saturn isn’t right back on top of Cruz’s super-aggressive need to take action using knowledge for the sake of power and control…just in time for his “filibuster”. Fascinating, eh? Cue Marvin K. Mooney now, please.

Please do check out the Feb 18th post linked above for valuable information on stern Saturn’s current voyage through Scorpio. You’ll begin to understand why so many stories about unsavory, nitty-gritty and/or down and dirty issues have been making news in recent months.

Last but not least – a reply to a reader who asked for more information on the food I enjoyed while at the ryokan in Hakone. No surprise at all that this request was made while the Moon was in material comfort-seeking Taurus and that the reply should be duly posted when the Moon is in nourishing Cancer. Well, dear Reader, my ryokan dinner was a dreamy shabu-shabu; my asa gohan (breakfast) included the following culinary delights: pickled daikon radish, pickled ume (plum), konjak (Japanese taro) w/miso sauce; kaga age (fried carrots and onions); beans and burdock salad; chicken tenders, okura and grated yam w/wasabi; natto (fermented soy beans with a slime-like consistency — not for the faint-hearted)…to be eaten with nori (seaweed); an onsen egg (soft-boiled egg cooked in hot spring water); aji no himono (a flattened, sundried and salted fish); tsumire soup (soup with minced fish balls). All beautifully presented in numerous teensy-tiny little ceramic plates and bowls. Oishii desu!

And just in case you haven’t heard:

I will be in Los Angeles October 3rd – 12th and available for in-person consultations. Please contact me to schedule an appointment — and please forward this forecast to everyone you know in the Entire Free World.

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