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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 5/28/2014: New Moon in Gemini; Brainpower Makes Headlines (Mercury at the Aries Point)

Finally the Moon is in gear — as of 12:48AM Wednesday, when it entered Gemini. Alas, too late for the New York Rangers, who were apparently favored to win last night’s match against the Montreal Canadiens. The game took place during yesterday’s long Moon void, when efforts to move forward in a straight line are more likely to experience surprise twists. In sports matches, I’ve observed that when the Moon is wandering aimlessly (void), we often see upsets favoring the underdog.  The NY Rangers lost in a “wild” game. Oh well, there’s another game on Thursday, and today you might as well think positively about it, suggested by a harmonious connection between Mercury and Venus, exact at 9:58AM ET. How passionately witty, charming and entertaining can you be? Very much so, if the rosy glow of today’s exact challenge between the Sun and Neptune can also weigh in.

A New Moon offers us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle. Today’s New Moon is exact at 2:40PM ET — at 8 degrees of Gemini. Around June 5th, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to those goals, with appropriate adjustments made. At the time of the Full Moon on June 13th , we can expect illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle. If we succeeded, we can consciously release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. After the Third Quarter Moon on June 19th, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready for another round with the New Moon on June 27th.

Gemini is an air sign, ruled by Mercury, which refers to the mindset, information and communication. Gemini is a double-bodied sign (it is represented by the Twins), and is thus capable of going either way — or more than one way simultaneously — in a situation. Gemini invented the phrase “…on the other hand” — and guess what? Gemini also rules the hands. It likes to have its hands in a lot of different pies.

It’s interesting to note how similar patterns are in this year’s New Moon in Gemini compared to last year’s, when we had plenty of pixie-dust potential suggested by a challenge between Mars, planet of action and rose-colored Neptune. This year we have the potential for even more prominent ideas and visions, suggested by a dynamic connection between the Sun-Moon conjunction and Neptune in soulful Pisces. The prominence comes courtesy of mental Mercury close to the Aries Point, which regular readers know is the very beginning of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Planets on these degrees seem to have a knack for attracting attention.  Example: Meryl Streep, born with the Sun and rebel, one-in-a-million Uranus at 0 degrees of Cancer (June 22nd of 1949). There is nobody else like her — and she is known for it. Right?

Also driving visionary thoughts and communication is an easy connection to the New Moon from action-hero Mars, now moving forward in diplomatic, airy Libra. We are building to a super-charged push around the Full Moon on the 14th, courtesy of a challenge between Mars and ruthless Pluto. We also have the “good for business” trine (easy connection) between expansive Jupiter and disciplined Saturn, which facilitates plans that can actually be structured.  And of course we can’t forget the never-ending square between rebel Uranus and ruthless Pluto, a.k.a. The Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About, which is determined to disrupt the status quo — for better or for worse — in the name of freedom and all that.

So. Big visionary ideas, channeled with great effort and passion — striving to become real — based on a dream or delusion — ultimately seeking emancipation and empowerment. What might we see in the headlines in this lunar cycle? Let’s look at the Sabian Symbol. The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon at 8 Gemini is “an industrial strike,”  which Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee notes is:

“a situation wherein the locus of industry is surrounded by disgruntled workers. When the work stops, industry grinds to a halt. Energy is directed instead to issues of inequities, of worth, of brewing social awareness being stirred up in the work force…such issues become inflamed as the pressure builds between two distinct strata, moving in different directions.”

Fascinating. We’ve certainly had a ton of disruptive headlines about inequities of worth in recent months, especially in the aftermath of last month’s supercharged Cardinal Grand Cross. And I have not even mentioned that as of June 7th, Mercury will be turning retrograde until July 1st. And that strikes do tend to flare up during Mercury retrograde periods.  And also that ideas and communication — whether visionary or delusional — come up for review during these times.

Bovee also notes that “to strike” is to “deliver a blow with suddenness”.  Often one strikes out of protest. But one can also “strike a balance” — a mutually agreeable compromise. Or  one can  seize an opportunity and “strike while the iron is hot”.  Hmmmm…what kind of strikes will we see in June….

In your own personal world, if you have a planet or angle around 8 degrees of Gemini, Pisces, Sagittarius or Virgo, you’re more likely to be affected by the need for an empowering new vision that allows you to strike in a specific area of your life (consult your local astrologer for details). Same if you were born around the 28th of May, August, November and February.  For an intriguing take on why you might need an empowering new vision, check out Tarot expert Beth Owlsdaughter’s Card of the Week, which always seems to be in synch with planetary patterns.

That being said, the energy for implementing new projects is a bit stop-and-go over the next couple of days. Two planets — Venus and Mercury — will change signs, and our brains may need some time to adjust. With dreamy Neptune’s influence so strong, your creativity and intuition may be going gangbusters (write it all down!), but factual details may be blurry. Plus on Thursday, the Moon will be void of course for nearly 24 hours, starting at 5:59AM ET, which is not a time to launch an initiative you wish to be of consequence. Friday is another story.

And now, the news…because I promised I’d share some stories, even though this New Moon post is long.

You may recall from yesterday’s forecast that Mercury at the Aries Point suggested that ideas and communication — and here, I would be thinking about ideas regarding mindset and actual brainpower — would attract attention. How intriguing to note that the Supreme Court ruled “that Florida’s I.Q. score cutoff was too rigid to decide which mentally disabled individuals must be spared the death penalty,” as reported in the NYT.  In other news, here’s a story about why our metabolism is different from, say, that of a sloth (blame it on the brain). Meanwhile, rocket scientists as young as six years old showed off their stuff at the 4th Annual White House Science Fair.

Across the Pond, the good folks at The Guardian published the first installment of a series about America’s mental health crisis, as the media feasts on yet another mass murder perpetrated by a clearly delusional (transiting Neptune square a horny, perfection-seeking Venus-Mars conjunction) young man — this time in Isla Vista, CA. I’ve written down my thoughts on the event chart and the horoscope of the delusional young man in question — too much to include in this lengthy post — will wait until tomorrow. Last, but not least, Mercury (brainpower) at the Aries Point (prominence) was reflected in this story listing America’s 10 Smartest  — and Dumbest — States. No surprises about the 10 Smartest States…although given the latest dubious accomplishment by certain folks in Wyoming, I’m surprised it did not make the list of the Dumbest. Wyoming, in case you had not heard, became the first state to reject new national science standards that would require students to be informed about the impact humans have on climate change, as well as evolution. Why, oh why, Wyoming?

We’re now in the shadow of Mercury’s next retrograde, which begins on June 7th. Mercury retrogrades are excellent for RE-viewing your life with an astrologer.

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 1/28/2014: The State of the Union; Notes on Neptune; Jamie Dimon Update

An enterprising, practical Moon in Capricorn facilitates action today, accompanied by a jolt or revelation around 3:01PM ET, followed by a power play or catharsis around 7:35PM ET. That’s when the Moon will make contact with the Uranus-Pluto square, a.k.a. The Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About.  You’re more likely to feel the potentially empowering push if you were born around the 1st of April, July, October and January…or if you have a planet or angle between 8 and 14 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. If you don’t know what degrees your planets are at, order an Astro-Basics Report, described here.

The rest of the evening is marked by exuberant and potentially indulgent connections to the Moon from expansive Jupiter in nurturing Cancer and Venus (money, love, women, beauty) in status-seeking Capricorn. If exuberance and indulgence are on your calendar, good for you — especially if you’re planning to network. If it’s a major purchase you’re considering — especially of an aesthetic nature — you may want to consider it twice, given that Venus is still retrograde. Conventional astro-logical wisdom suggests a stronger possibility of paying too much when this planet appears to be moving backwards in the cosmos.

Add to this mix the focus on power and resources (who has them; who doesn’t) suggested by patterns discussed in yesterday’s forecast, empathy and/or rose-colored glasses (Neptune) running wild, plus an egalitarian, humanitarian, communicative connection between the Aquarius Sun and rebel/technogeek Uranus in pioneering Aries, and there’s your backdrop for President Obama’s State of the Union address. Ooh, lookie — the sneak peek reports that one focus of the speech will be income inequality, and that Obama plans to sign an order increasing the minimum wage for certain workers. Immigration (who has a certain empowered status; who doesn’t) is also on the agenda.

President Obama is a Leo with Moon in Gemini.  He shines with a need to inform. His Leo Sun is squared by nebulous Neptune, suggesting a need for a vision, perhaps — or that he may project an ideal. He may have experienced a bewildering sense of ego — or others may be bewildered by him. Heck, there are still plenty of people who do not believe he was born in America. Currently, Obama’s Gemini Moon is being squared by Neptune, so themes of bewilderment/empathy/vision/spirituality/dreaminess are likely “up” for him now — as discussed in a post last week.

So let’s take a look at the woman who is giving the Republican rebuttal to the State of the Union. She is Cathy McMorris Rodgers. She is a Gemini with Moon in Leo (5/22/69 – in Salem, OR).  She informs with a need to shine. Her Gemini Sun is opposed by nebulous Neptune in her birth chart, suggesting a similar bewildering ego experience or projection, as well as a need for vision and other Neptunian themes (intangibles, e.g., vision, spirits, music, etc.). Her Sun currently being squared by transiting Neptune. Weird, huh? We know from her official biography that she went to a Christian college, and the first paragraph of that bio reads like a dream come true.  How intriguing to note on a left-wing website a post  — with no concrete link to solid documented proof — asserting that she spent part of her childhood in Canada. With strong Neptune in a horoscope, it may be challenging for some to believe you’re for real.  Unlike President Obama, Rodgers has Neptune  in an obsessive connection to her natal Mercury (mindset, communication), suggesting a greater need for idealism in her thinking. Obama has Mercury configured with expansive Jupiter, suggesting a need to think in “big picture” terms — perhaps too big at times.  It will be interesting to see where Rodgers is at from mid-2015 to mid-2016, when other planetary patterns in her horoscope will suggest a need for prominence.

Astro-logical follow-up: a few months ago, I mentioned that right about now, we could expect another startling move involving JPMorgan Chase President and CEO Jamie Dimon, whose horoscope we’ve been following for a couple of years. His horoscope is directly impacted by the status quo-disrupting Uranus-Pluto square, and two years is about  how long it takes for these slow-moving outer planets to finish up whatever big change and wild ride they are symbolically effecting…and is about how long it feels like this particular forecast is taking me to write. Anyway, surprise, surprise — throughout all of the turmoil JPMorgan Chase has gone through in the past two years, including scandal, losses and ginormous fines — Mr. Dimon, whose salary was cut in half some time ago, was given a hefty raise.

The astrology of Japan, Caroline Kennedy and a few TV news networks has been on my mind — will endeavor to fill you in sometime this week, along with a forecast for the New Moon on Thursday.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 10/30/2013: More on the Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About

So…yesterday’s forecast is applicable today, but since I did not post until noon ET, you may not have read it. Here it is again — entitled “The Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About” — please share it with all your friends and relations, as this is super-helpful information for understanding what’s happening in the world.

Moon is still in Virgo (read about that in the link above). The mood is a little lighter, as we are moving away from the heavy Mercury-Saturn hook-up. And yet there’s more intensity and more buzz (again, see link above). Keep your nose to the grindstone and by the time 10:48PM ET rolls around, the Moon will go void on a pleasantly indulgent challenge between loving Venus in rollicking Sagittarius and the discriminating Virgo Moon. During the void, no harm, no foul — and no consequences likely —  for whatever happens after hours, inspired by a deep, juicy and resourceful connection between energetic Mars and potent Pluto at 6:45AM ET on Thursday. The void ends at 8:22AM ET on Thursday; East Coasters may feel a little slow about getting the day started, but West Coasters have no excuse.

OK, the news. Reflecting planetary patterns, here’s a heavy Mercury-Saturn meets revolutionary Uranus-Pluto piece entitled “How Science is Telling Us All to Revolt”. Provocative, daunting and controversial. How are we ever going to figure this out? Meanwhile, nebulous Neptune is in Pisces, which you may recall from past posts — as far back as a few years ago — suggests that water (or lack thereof) in all forms — including oceans — will become a major concern during Neptune’s 14-year sojourn through the sign it rules. Add Neptune in Pisces to the disruptive  Uranus-Pluto square and see it reflected in countless stories, including this heavy article called “The Ocean Is Broken”.

Sure, you could put a SEP field around it & not read these weighty articles, but a SEP field won’t solve the challenges, and planetary patterns suggest this is not the time for hiding under the covers.  “Wake up and smell the coffee” — as Dear Abby or Ann Landers used to say, and put our collective intelligence and creativity to work in the service of the greater good. I don’t know about you, but I have to believe that once we recognize that the old way of doing things is not sustainable, a majority of us will come together to create one that is. And that’s an exciting possibility, also suggested by planetary patterns, in spite of said challenges.

In the 90s, I opined to anyone who cared to listen, that the mantra for the first decade of the New Millenium would be “we are all connected” — and whoever figured out how to build on that (Mark Zuckerberg, anyone?) would do very well. Too bad I don’t build things; I just help people, inspire them and keep them informed. And for the past five years or so, I’ve been thinking that the mantra for this decade is this: “sustainable”. What can we build on that?

Need a song to get you inspired? I’ve got one — it’s wonderfully idealistic —  written and performed by actual human beings — who can be ever so amazing when they get out of their own way.

Go out there and be amazing — on this brand new, beautiful day…

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 10/29/2013: The Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About

OK, break time is over — as in —  yesterday’s long Moon void is behind us. As of 11:45PM ET last night, Moon entered discriminating Virgo, seeking to fulfill its need for critical thinking and perfection. And this is a need that’s quite well-supported by the rest of the planets throughout the next couple of days. Add in the serious focus of today’s exact conjunction of mental Mercury and stern Saturn in ruthless, penetrating Scorpio, and you’ve got a lovely set-up for some productive purging of thought forms that no longer serve, in light of potentially super-heavy facts that should no longer be avoided. Rethink, review, reform your ideas and ambitions — with a practical focus. Whatever is on your plate now — that was also on your plate around October 9th — should be back for another look or resolution around November 26th, when Mercury and Saturn will conjoin again.

Whereas the Mercury-Saturn hook-up on October 8th was co-mingled with an idealistic, beauty-seeking alignment between Venus and Neptune, this current hook-up is supported by an extremely resourceful and energetic alignment between action hero Mars (also in discriminating, organizing Virgo) and potent Pluto in enterprising Capricorn (exact on Thursday). Way to rally the troops and focus on what is absolutely essential. This Mars-Pluto connection also facilitates physical expression — if it’s all too much for you, hit the gym or connect deeply with a partner. Just don’t hit your partner, please — even though another alignment this week suggests we’ll see still more of the concentrated outbursts of disturbing violence the “if it bleeds, it leads” media folks love to publicize — I don’t need to link this stuff — any newspaper homepage is covered with it, except for this one: the eternally sunny Good News Network.

Meanwhile, that Other Alignment –exact on Friday morning ET —  is the fourth of seven exact squares between rebel Uranus in pioneering, individualistic Aries and “resistance is futile” Pluto in enterprising — and also patriarchal, corporate and institutional — Capricorn. As regular readers know, this looooooong pattern (2011-2016) suggests, as history reflects, upheavals and transformation as peasants revolt, infrastructure breaks down, entities fight to maintain power and control and we see the power of one person to disrupt an entire system (e.g. Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning — off the top of my head). Historically, we’re seeing a repeat of major issues we saw in the mid-60s, as we are given the opportunity to advance that agenda forward (e.g. civil rights, sane and sustainable agriculture, diet and health care; greater understanding of our world via breakthroughs in physics, especially matters of time and space).

We’re also experiencing an echo of the issues we faced in the early 30s, during which we had rebel Uranus in Aries squaring Pluto in homeland security-focused Cancer. Consult your history books for a recap — or check out the website of astrologer Bill Herbst, who has written extensively about the Uranus-Pluto cycle in historical perspective. I got turned on to his site by astrologer Rockie Gardiner over a decade ago; until then I had only worked with the horoscopes of individuals in private consultations. I became determined to understand how planetary patterns can reflect events in the world, too. And now I can’t stop writing about what we’re likely to see in the headlines and why people are making headlines. I’ve been doing this for five years — and I’m telling you — no one makes news unless there are very compelling patterns active in the horoscope.

As noted in prior forecasts, this current Uranus-Pluto square is especially potent because of its relatively long duration. Usually we get three or five hits of a square; this one has SEVEN over the course of 33 months. I appreciate Bill Herbst for pointing out that the last time we had such a long square was between 1496 and 1500 (NINE hits!). Anyone remember what came out of that pattern? How about…The New World?

Your horoscope is currently affected by the Uranus-Pluto square  if you were born 8-12 days into Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn…of if you have a planet or angle at 8-12 degrees of those signs. Believe me, these folks are facing many opportunities for empowerment and emancipation — the high road of Pluto and Uranus transits. As we move into 2014, we’ll see later degrees of those signs activated. Don’t believe me? Ask your Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn friends born in March, June, September and December if they’ve been — or are just wrapping up — major life-changing events.

Oh — and on Sunday, we’ll have another eclipse. This will likely be significant for Taurus, Aquarius, Leo — and especially Scorpios born 11 days into their signs — or anyone who has a planet or point at around 11 degrees of Scorpio. More on that later.

If you don’t know what’s going on in your horoscope, consider making an appointment for a personal consultation. Here’s the 411 on that — and here’s how to contact me.

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