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Monday 3/5/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; Post-Oscar Neptune Bliss; the Aries Point Strikes

Happy Monday — what little is left of it….

The Moon entered Scorpio at 8:23 AM ET, driving the start of the work week with a need for depth, substance and control. Get it done today and tomorrow. On WEDNESDAY the Moon will be void of course between 3:55 AM and 5:03 PM ET. A Moon void does not mean “turn into a slug and do nothing.” It suggests that routine projects are most likely to succeed, even if you might need an extra push to get them started. It suggests rolling with whatever twists and flakes might disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. It suggests not making a mountain out of a molehill, as crises which crop up during voids are often much ado about nothing. They often fade away once the Moon is focused in the next sign. No impulse shopping during the void.

We will have another long void on FRIDAY at 9:27 PM ET — ending on SATURDAY at 4:52 AM ET. Happy yard sale shopping over the weekend.

Meanwhile, we have three shifts this week. First, on TUESDAY Mercury and Venus both ditch Pisces and enter Aries. Mercury refers to how we need to think. Venus refers to how and what we need to love. So what’s the difference between Mercury and Venus in Pisces vs. Aries? Speed, for one. Pisces needs to feel its way through thoughts — and it takes longer to move through water. Aries falls down stairs because it’s faster than walking. So watch for snippier, snappier communication in your own personal world and in the headlines. When do we want it? Not now, but RIGHT NOW!

Second, while Pisces is all about “All for One and One for All,” Aries is all about me-me-me. Watch as the compassion and empathy expressed via Pisces is transformed into a pioneering Aries crusade for the underdog. That would be the upside potential.  The downside is that Venus in Aries can be quite the harpy. Combative, too. Same for Mercury in Aries, which is not inclined to care much about how others feel about what it needs to think and say.

Third, Avid Readers will remember that any planet at the beginning of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn is at the Aries Point. That gives communication and social expression an extra dose of prominence.  Did  you happen to notice Meryl Streep at the Oscars last night? Of course you did — how could you not see her? She was sitting in the front row wearing a bright red dress. Ms. Streep has the two planets at the Aries Point in her horoscope: Sun and Uranus. Impossible to miss!

Thus in the news, watch for matters of communication and aesthetics to be especially attention-grabbing over the next few days. If you have planets in your horoscope around the Aries Point, you’ll be impacted by Mercury and Venus transiting that Aries Point. I’d be surprised if your dance card wasn’t booked this week. Keep me posted, will ya?

The other pattern of note is Jupiter, planet of reward, expansion and indulgence. It turns retrograde on THURSDAY at 11:46 PM ET at 23 degrees of Scorpio. If you have a planet around 23 degrees of Scorpio, Aquarius, Taurus or Leo, you are especially affected. Why? Because Jupiter has been sitting on that degree since last month, and will continue to sit on it until March 20th.  What’s expanding in your life this month?

Jupiter retrograde suggests that whatever was expanding may now be subject to a review and/or delay. With Jupiter in Scorpio, the sign of secrets, sex, death and other people’s money, I expect we’ll see delays in the headlines involving those matters.  Scorpio also refers  to honor and integrity, and I am fascinated to see those words specifically called out in Tarot Diva Beth Owls Daughter’s always-in-sync Card for the Week.

Jupiter turns direct on June 11th — at 13 degrees of Scorpio. It returns to 23 Scorpio in early October. That’s when projects put on hold now are likely to move forward again. You can read what I wrote about Jupiter in Scorpio right here. How are we doing so far?

Perhaps you’d like to know what the placement of Jupiter in your horoscope suggests for you. Jupiter transits often coincide with opportunities for honors and promotion. I have plenty of cases in my files of clients whom I encouraged to expand during a Jupiter transit — with success! Astrology is a very good thing to know about. Here’s the 411 on consultations.

And now, the news.

I am still basking in the rose-colored afterglow of the weekend’s dreamy meet-up between the Sun and Neptune, exact at 8:55 AM ET on Sunday. It was followed by another rose-colored meet-up of Mercury and Venus in Pisces at 1:06 PM ET.  Mercury and Venus were still getting over the expansive indulgence of empathy and compassion we might expect after their respective harmonies with Jupiter last Thursday and Friday. You know where I noticed this dramatically? In my Facebook feed. I swear every post captured it to the max — in the form of beyond cute videos of animals. My fave: yoga with goats — OMG.  My second fave — not involving animals, but apt for a Sun-Neptune meet-up: drunk yoga. Cheers!

With Neptune pulling so much focus again last week,  I expected a truckload of stories involving fish, water, oil, drugs, glamour, fanatics, scandal, film, illusion, spirits, victims, pacifists, lies — to name a few — same as last week. The NYT hit it right out of the park with its Sunday front page story: “A Bright Light, Dimmed in the Shadow of Homelessness.”  This is a poignant investigative story about a homeless (Neptune) woman in NYC who passed away a couple of years ago. Her name was Nakesha Williams. She really was a bright light — a dancer  (Neptune) on a scholarship at Williams College. How did she end up on the streets? Way to go, NYT, for brilliant journalism in sync with planetary patterns!

UPDATE: P45, because he did what we expected last week, so let’s call it out.  With Mars on his Moon and opposing his blah blah blah Gemini Sun, we expected action. He announced he’s running again in 2020. He praised China’s president, who appears to be making a power grab to become president for life. “Maybe we should give that a shot,” said P45.  Meanwhile in Panama, he lost — and there is video. In other news, he announced tariffs on steel and aluminum, adding that “trade wars are good.” Mars rules steel, and as you may recall, that Mars transit also hit the US Mars, too (by opposition).  Guess who else was affected by transiting Mars at 20 Sagittarius? Carl Icahn, a longtime pal of P45.  He has Jupiter (reward) at 20 Sagittarius. He must be psychic, because he dumped tons of stock in steel-related companies only a few days before the tariffs were announced. Coincidence or conspiracy?

Also affected by last week’s Mars transit: Hope Hicks, who has an unaspected Venus at 20 Virgo. A need to be perfectly pleasing is suggested, echoed by the Sun in conflict-avoiding Libra and Moon in accommodating Pisces. We don’t have a birth time for Ms. Hicks, but that Pisces Moon has been under some serious spell for at least two of the past several years, courtesy of transiting Neptune. Maybe now the fog is lifting, especially in the aftermath of her first Saturn return all last year. Time to wake up and smell the coffee?

It is fascinating to note that like her former boss, the only aspect to her Mercury (how she needs to think and communicate), is a square from…nebulous Neptune. One can appreciate how a person with that pattern in his or her horoscope might have issues with magical (Neptune) thinking (Mercury). It’s interesting that while her 20 Virgo Venus is not connected to any other planet in her horoscope, it is strongly connected to P45’s  21 Sagittarius Moon, 22 Gemini Sun and the North Node at 20 Gemini. We see the potential potent draw…a fated quality, some might say. We may hear more from Ms. Hicks in the next day or so, as transiting Mercury and Venus move into Aries…right on her natal Mars at 0 Aries. Yes — the Aries Point! Birth data for Ms. Hicks: Oct 21, 1988 in Greenwich, CT.

There may be no Hope in the White House, but there’s plenty of hope in the U.S.  The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School aren’t going anywhere. They are an apt reflection of the potential suggested in the last New Moon/eclipse at 27 Aquarius — which triggered the Great American Eclipse of last August, remember? When an eclipse is triggered it is not uncommon to witness a rush of energy, as something new is being born. Here’s that New Moon forecast again.

The Sabian Symbol for last week’s Full Moon in Virgo is “a bride with her veil snatched away.” Here’s Blain Bovee’s take on it.  It  certainly was a big week for revelations and exposure…with more to come this week. Honestly I can barely keep up with it.

In other news…lights! Camera! Action!

I dont’ know about you, but I was so happy to escape into the glamour of last night’s Oscars. Host Jimmy Kimmel continues to live out the “driving force” potential of his horoscope, noted here last fall. He’s totally on a roll.

No surprise that The Shape of Water took Best Picture. A romantic fantasy with “water” in its title? What else would win on a night with Neptune in such focus?  And the sparkly dresses and sets! Also Neptune…but also backed by something rock solid. Saturn in Capricorn, perhaps?

I’ll tell you what definitely was a reflection of  Saturn in Capricorn: the appreciation shown to men and women of a Certain Age. Eva-Marie Saint, Rita Moreno, Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and Jane Fonda — all looking fabulous. Did you know Rita Moreno wore the same dress she wore to the Oscars in 1962?  Saturn refers to what is old. It may be expressed with great dignity in Capricorn. All hail!

We don’t have a birth time for Frances McDormand, but there are bound to be patterns suggesting innovation, charisma and prominence, right?  For innovation and risk, check out her Mars-Uranus conjunction in regal Leo — squared by mystical Neptune. She was born to dazzle — in ways that few would dare. The prominence is suggested by her Cancer Sun at the Aries Point. The energy she has to facilitate emotional security is driven by a rock-solid Taurus Moon. No nonsense, no make-up — but still glamorous in her own quirky style. Right now — and all this year, transiting Pluto will oppose her Venus — also in Cancer. No wonder her social expression is so empowered.  And of course she has “a lot to say,” with Mercury in talk talk talk Gemini made larger than life by a square from expansive Jupiter. If you didn’t see last night’s acceptance speech, check it out and marvel at how the patterns of her horoscope we just called out are all expressed in a few  electrifying moments.  You do know what an “inclusion rider” is, don’t you? It’s the Sun with Neptune in Pisces combined with the idealism of Mercury and Venus in Pisces, driven by a fair and balanced Libra Moon supercharged by rebel Uranus. All for One and One for All!

OMG — just tuning in to the Erin Burnett’s interview with an apparently drunk Sam Nunberg. This is the man who announced today that he will defy a subpoena to appear before a grand jury in Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation. Guess how many planets this man has at the Aries Point? Sun and Mercury at 0 Cancer — squared by Jupiter and Saturn in Libra. His Venus is at 20 Cancer — same as Frances McDormand — and thus currently empowered by transiting Pluto.  This will get very interesting when transiting Mars hits the Aries Point around March 18th…followed by the Sun on March 20th. Stay tuned….

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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 9/25/2014: When Jupiter Trines Uranus — Huzzah!

L’shana tova! For those celebrating a happy new year today, you’re off to an uplifting and innovative start, suggested by the first of three exact trines (harmonious connections) between expansive Jupiter in love-love-love-me-do Leo and rebel technogeek Uranus in pioneering Aries. Got a great idea to pitch today? Run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes. Or run it up this cosmic space elevator (to be completed by a Japanese company around 2050, after the Uranus-Pluto opposition mentioned yesterday).   Jupiter-Uranus connections are well-suited for pushing boundaries, for better or worse. For better, we can all be inspired by India, which just sent “an orbiter around Mars on its first try…on a shoestring” budget, no less. Woo-hoo!

Whatever big, bold idea is percolating or pitched under this buoyant pattern, you’ll likely see the next stage of its development on the second trine in March, with a third hit in June that may well bring realization and/or reward. But wait, there’s more! Next week and into October, action hero Mars in righteous Sagittarius aligns with this windfall potential, suggesting an ease of energy applied on your pet project. And yes, some people may access this easy flow more readily than others, depending on patterns in their unique horoscopes. To find out how this potential break may manifest in your own personal world, consult your local astrologer.

Meanwhile, the Moon continues it sojourn through Libra, seeking appreciation with a focus on relationship. Moon goes void at 8:39AM ET Friday morning — but only for a couple of hours before plunging into the intense watery depths of Scorpio, changing its quest to acquiring knowledge for the sake of power and control. That’ll be the vibe through most of the weekend…until 6:50PM ET on Sunday.

And now, the news.

Just a quick follow up on that story posted yesterday about the trolls threatening to post nude photos of actress Emma Watson in retaliation for her speaking out on gender equality. That got a lot of attention, with even more attention today because….the threat was actually a…well...now no one is sure what it was exactly…but having been put out there with the Sun and Moon at the prominent Aries Point, it was noticed!

Meanwhile, I’ve been mulling over the curious Sabian Symbol of yesterday’s New Moon. It is  “light of the sixth race transmuted to the seventh.” I’ve been wondering how the element of “race” would continue to manifest prominently in the headlines. A new biography about Bill Cosby has just been published, and yesterday the NYT published an appreciation about the ground-breaking significance of “The Cosby Show”. Hmm. And remember the story I mentioned a few weeks ago, about the young African-American who was killed by police after a panicked shopper called 911 to report that the young man was walking around pointing  a rifle at people? It turned out that the rifle in question was an air rifle — not a “real” firearm — and it happened to be for sale in the store. The horoscope for that 911 call was discussed here — scroll down to the last paragraph of the post.

Well, a grand jury reviewed the surveillance footage from Walmart and concluded that the police acted “reasonably”. No indictments were handed down….but the FBI is now pursuing its own investigation to determine if federal charges might be filed, and if you watch the truly disturbing video finally released today, you may appreciate why. Adding to the reflection of potential confusion, bewilderment, exaggeration and aggression (note Mars is square the Ascendant) suggested by the horoscope for the 911 call is this surreal fact: Ohio is an “open carry” state.  Anyway. Now, finally, the New York Times has mentioned the story…ever so briefly. Stay tuned…

…but let’s end on a lighter cosmic note. Also in the NYT and reflecting the adorably egocentric potential of today’s Jupiter in Leo (love me!) trine Uranus in me-me-me Aries is this creative effort, “Me and the Universe: Exploring My Relationship to the Totality of the Universe”.    Cue the B-52’s now, please.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 11/21/11: Revolution Earth

No exact aspects today except for a potentially potent & cathartic challenge between Moon in fair-minded, peace-loving Libra and ruthless Pluto at 6:04AM ET. A cranky encounter with a moody woman? A spat over resources and other possessions? Perhaps nothing at all, because you’re not even awake at 6:04AM ET for gawdsake?  Aspects from Moon move fast — blink and you might miss ’em.

Yesterday’s exact square between nebulous Neptune and Sun was reflected in many headlines. Neptune refers to oil, water and toxins. Here’s a must-read piece about all three in the New York Times Magazine http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/magazine/fracking-amwell-township.html?src=recg Neptune also refers to spaciness and fantasy, delightfully illustrated in this bit from The Onion http://www.theonion.com/articles/you-look-like-you-could-use-an-elizabethan-adventu,10881/ Of course pepper spray is also a toxin, and if you haven’t been keeping up on the story of the alleged police officer nonchalantly blasting students at UC/Davis and sending at least one to a nearby hospital, have a look http://www.salon.com/2011/11/20/the_roots_of_the_uc_davis_pepper_spraying/ The toxic incident has since been turned into fine art, also represented by Neptune http://peppersprayingcop.tumblr.com/  In other news, the word “fantasy” was featured in this piece on the Super Committee http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/fantasies-of-a-debt-deal-from-a-convivial-congress/?hp Coincidence or conspiracy?

Meanwhile, social unrest in Egypt is again in the news. Regular readers of this forecast will recall that revolution in Egypt was making news some months ago, about the time that rebel Uranus, disruptor of the status quo, was approaching zero degrees of Aries. Zero Aries is the degree of the Vernal Equinox, the first day of Spring (think it’s a coincidence they’re calling the unrest in Arab countries the “Arab Spring”)?   A planet near zero degrees of Aries tends to call attention to itself — big time. And right now Uranus is approaching that zero degree again, as it moves backward through the sign of Aries. Uranus turns direct on December 10th, so we may well see more big news of  social unrest/rebellion around that date — in Egypt and elsewhere, too. Here’s an example of unrest in Wisconsin, in which over 25,000 people gathered over the weekend to support a petition to recall Governor Scott Walker, suggesting difficulties that were anticipated for Gov. Walker around the early part of 2012 may well come to pass http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/feingold-signs-walker-recall-petition-to-kick-off-madison-rally-pu34cfr-134174313.html Revolution Earth? It’s right here, courtesy of the B-52s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q14bl8upJ0

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 3/21/2011: Uranus Conjunct Sun in Aries

Re-read the Friday forecast for thoughts on the shake-ups suggested by today’s meeting between Sun and rebel Uranus at the very beginning of the zodiac. Shake-ups can be positive, as in shaking out cobwebs from our minds and/or getting us out of a rut.  Wherever zero degrees of Aries falls in your horoscope is likely the area of your life in which you might be experiencing shake-ups — or seeking liberation. Consult your local astrologer for details.

It’s another work week of full-speed ahead. Mars, planet of action, aggression (and war!), continues to run wild today. Channel your enthusiasm productively and the sky’s the limit.  We’ve got a brief Moon void from 2:35 – 3:17 PM EDT, after which the Moon leaves cerebral Libra for moody Scorpio, a sign which demands substance, not theory. That freedom you’re seeking? Deep down, you know what you have to do…

Courage, self-reliance, inspiration and a pioneering spirit are keywords for the beginning of the astrological new year, the time when the Sun is in Aries, sign of the ram — and the lamb.  In the Northern hemisphere (the birthplace of Western astrology), it is a time of renewal and rebirth — a chance to let go of old patterns and make a fresh start.  Happy Monday!