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Monday 9/11/2017: Sneak Peak at the Week; Saturn Grabs Headlines

Good Morning!

The slow start to your work week from an astrological perspective is suggested by the Taurus Moon being void as of  8:54PM ET Sunday. It wanders without focus until 3:29PM ET today. Roll with whatever twists and flakes disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Crises that crop up during voids often turn out to be much ado about nothing. Stick to routine…and since the Moon is in Taurus, do something that makes you feel materially secure and comfortable.

Information and chatter drive the rest of the day, once the Moon enters Gemini. Around 10:42 PM ET, be advised that the Moon will be challenged by Mars, spoiling for an outburst about a perceived lack of perfection, perhaps.

Saturn (structure, patriarchy, authority) is in harmony with Venus (what we value; how we express ourselves socially) — exact on TUESDAY at 8:49PM ET. The former is in opinionated, boundary-pushing Sagittarius; the latter is in regal Leo. So we see an opportunity for serious strides to be advanced regarding money, women, aesthetics — expressed with drama and flair. Exhibit A: Read the extremely complex, often political Q&A portion of the Miss America pageant, says today’s WaPo. Beauty queens with righteous political opinions? I’m there — with a special shout-out to Miss North Dakota, the underdog winner who claimed her crown during last night’s underdog-favoring Moon void.

Random Moon-void thought: if the U.S. presidential election had included a swimsuit and evening gown competition, which candidate would have won?

The easy flow of Saturn in harmony with Venus would seem to contrast with the heaviest pattern of the week: a challenging square between Saturn and the  Virgo Sun (leaders, ego recogition; life force), exact on WEDNESDAY.   Here are some news items from a Sun-Saturn square in 2014. This can be seriously sobering — particularly if you are a head of state or some other fearless leader. For some it is an opportunity for advance. For others, it may be an encounter with a brick wall. You’ll feel the push forward or block either way more personally if you have a planet or angle at 21 degrees of Pisces, Sagittarius, Virgo and Gemini.

A sweet cooperation between Venus and Jupiter helps smooth ruffled feathers in the wake of the Saturn-Sun cuts. Remember that sweetness on SATURDAY at 3:01 PM ET, when Mercury and Mars meet up for the third time in recent week. Mercury and Mars together in Virgo may forcefully separate the wheat from the chaff.

Other than today, the Moon will be void on WEDNESDAY  2:35 PM – 6:12 PM ET and FRIDAY 5:23 PM ET – 9:09 PM ET.

And now, the news.

Hurricane Irma traveled as anticipated, in synch with planetary patterns. Initially projected to head up Florida’s East Coast, that projection changed by Saturday AM, on an early morning upset suggested by the Moon’s square with disruptive Uranus. Irma was definitely heading West. The Moon left RAMbunctious Aries at 12:23 PM ET and settled into stability-seeking Taurus. Mercury left rip-roarin’ Leo at 10:52 PM Saturday for cooler, earthy Virgo. Moon went void Sunday at 8:54PM ET, fizzling the Moon’s focus and drive. By then, Irma had been downgraded from at Cat 5 to a Cat 2 — strong enough to do damage, but not nearly as much as feared.   Coincidence or conspiracy?

Meanwhile, the strongest earthquake to hit Mexico in over a century — a devastating 8.2 –– hit in the early morning hours of Friday’s Aries Moon. Elsewhere, I’ve been meaning to include news of the mess in Myanmar, which 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled since August 25th, the day Saturn in Sagittarius (foreigners; religion; control; borders) turned direct. Why? “A textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” says the UN human rights chief.

In other news, wildfires made headlines in the Pacific Northwest, Southern California and Greenland, of all places.  It’s also a mess in St. Martin/St. Maarten and other islands hit by Irma as a Cat 5. Food and shelter are in short supply. And the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is far from over, with many residents left homeless. Bottom line: do you think the total solar eclipse was an accurate harbinger of natural disasters (especially last week, when the eclipse was triggered by Mercury and Mars)?

More headlines reflecting secrets revealed, suggested by the eclipse: Equifax was hacked — bigtime. Equifax is one of the three major credit agencies in the U.S. The personal data of 143 million Americans — half the population — was likely compromised. The hack happened weeks ago — only now is it being revealed (naturally). Forbes offers these tips to protect your credit, because Equifax really isn’t offering much.

Meant to post this one from last week’s opposition between the Sun and Neptune (water, oil, plastic). Plastic fibers have been detected in tap water around the world –– the U.S. has the highest percentage — 94% of all samples tested. Plastic fibres have also been found in sea salt.

Surely there must be some good news in synch with planetary patterns, right? Yes. Here’s one. Sun trine Pluto (Pluto refers to malignancy) plus Sun square Saturn (skin, control):  Australian researchers find two ways to stop melanoma from spreading and killing patients, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Elsewhere, all of the famous polydactyl cats at the Ernest Hemingway House in Key West are fine.

RIP — almost. The Cassini spacecraft, which has orbited Saturn for past 13 years, is scheduled to plunge to its fiery death on Friday, September 15th.  Cassini launched on October 15, 1997 — at 4:43AM in Cape Canaveral. How curious to see that Cassini’s launch horoscope has the Sun and Mercury at 22 and 23 Libra, where transiting Jupiter (expansion) is right now. The horoscope also has the Moon in pioneering Aries, moving to a meet-up with….Saturn! Isn’t astrology amazing? Here is the NASA timeline for Cassini’s impending demise.

Meanwhile, Caroline Kennedy’s horoscope has recovered from the streamlining cut it had in January. That’s when transiting Saturn crossed her Sagittarius Ascendant, and she was dismissed from her post as the U.S. ambassador to Japan. Patterns in her horoscope are more expansive now. The lunar eclipse on August 7th was exactly on her Moon at 15 Aquarius, suggesting a change in domestic affairs. Meanwhile, transiting Jupiter returned to its natal position at 23 Libra a few days ago. That definitely suggests expansion. So what happened? The wedding of her daughter, Tatiana — on Saturday. A potential expansion is suggested in John F. Kennedy’s horoscope, too. Transiting Jupiter squares his 23 Cancer Midheaven. The horoscope lives forever!

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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 7/3/2012: Full Moon in Capricorn, Anderson Cooper & Julian Assange

Could be a rollicking morning as the Moon, now in “make-it-happen” Capricorn squares off against rebel Uranus at 8:45AM ET. A surprise, a flash of insight — or some other disruption of the status quo? Add to this the potentially combustible entry of the Red Planet, Mars, in peace-seeking Libra at 8:32AM ET. OK, pop quiz to those of you who have been reading the forecast diligently for some months. What is significant about the beginning of Libra (and Aries, Cancer and Capricorn)? Can you remember? That’s right — zero degrees of Libra is at the Aries Point, a place in the zodiac of special significance or prominence, also suggesting a turning point. So with Mars in Libra at the Aries Point, we can expect assertions of will (Mars) — perhaps even related to a relationship (for better or for worse) — expressed to the public. Keep an eye out for such events from July 1-8.

The Moon reaches exact fullness at 2:52PM ET at 12 Cancer/Capricorn. What do the Sabian Symbols reveal? For the Sun, “one hand slightly flexed with a very prominent thumb”; for the Moon “a fire worshipper”.  How interesting to see the word “prominent” echoed in a chart with Mars at the prominent Aries Point.  And how interesting that Mars refers to willpower…and in palmistry, an inflexible thumb suggests someone with a stubborn will. Accentuating the thumb — with a ring, for example — is usually an indication of anger issues. We become angry when we perceive that our will is thwarted or otherwise blocked. Anger is another keyword related to Mars.

For “a fire worshipper”, Blain Bovee points out that fire is “the active phase of combustion of passion and spirit”. I think of flames of desire…which is another expression of willpower. OK. So. Building on your New Moon agenda from two weeks ago, in which it was suggested that you fine tune your patterns of thought and communication so that they are aligned with what you really want…now we have a cosmic green light to release (the Full Moon is about release) what you want to the Universe, so that it may manifest. Blain Bovee writes:  “…look for characteristics of resolve, conviction, inner strength; or inflexibility; unyielding in one’s stance; fixed in one’s beliefs”.

Well, OK. What do you want? Can you articulate it clearly and precisely? I raise this question because it has been brought to my attention via more than one source in recent weeks, and with every source saying the same thing, I will share it with you. Somewhere, years ago — I read in Eckhardt Tolle’s book, The Power of Now…or maybe it was Conversations With God…or maybe it was Illusions, by Richard Bach (all great books about how the world is quick to respond to our words and thoughts,which is how we create our reality on this Big Blue Marble)…and what I read was this: the Universe — or whatever it is that turns our thoughts into reality has an odd way of agreeing with whatever you think or say. If you are thinking, “I am no good; I am not qualified to get that job”, the Universe will find ways to agree with you. If you are thinking horrible thoughts about someone, that person will be more likely to act horribly to you. But if someone has a reputation for acting horribly and you begin thinking of them as “lovely and talented,” for example, you will be more likely to have a positive experience with them.

Eliminating negatives such as “don’t” and “can’t” are also key in manifesting desire.  Thinking, “oh, geez, I don’t want to be late,” when you are trapped in a stalled subway train on your way to an important meeting is less effective than thinking, “somehow I’ll get there on time”.  In fact, consider eliminating the word “want” from your list of wants, as in “I want to be earning more money” or “I want to attract my soulmate”. Why? Because the Universe is likely to agree with your statement…and leave you wanting! This is why affirmations are stated as an “active positive”, as in, “I am attracting my soulmate” or “I am generating more income”, so that the response may be a huge statement of YES, YOU ARE!

OK — in the news, Anderson Cooper shocks…well, not so many people…with a simple statement that he is gay, always has been and is very happy about it, thank you very much.  What is interesting from an astro-logical point of view is that the timing of this statement is perfectly reflected in the horoscope. Mr. Cooper was born June 3, 1967 at 3:46PM in NY, NY. He’s a Gemini with Moon in Aries, Libra rising. He needs to be a pioneer, to inspire, to be first, to be courageous  (Moon in Aries)– as he applies his Gemini Sun energy to being clever and informative.  He is the personification of integrity in relationship (Libra rising) and his public image is one of sensitivity and caring (Cancer Midheaven), even in the most dangerous situations (Mars is on the Ascendant; Mr. Cooper has a long track record as a war correspondent, bringing us a behind-the-scenes perspective).

Mr. Cooper’s Mercury — relating to his mindset — has been going through a major transformation, courtesy of the Uranus-Pluto square, presumably leading to emancipation and empowerment (the cycle completes in December). As the New York Times article states (click the link in the preceding paragraph), “But his thinking changed over time…”  Exactly! Meanwhile, Saturn, planet of structure has just crossed his 19 degrees of Libra rising for a third and final hit, suggesting a newly crystalized sense of identity after a period of releasing whatever no longer serves.  Transiting Saturn is currently opposing his natal Moon at 23 Aries in the 7th house (the public) and squaring his Midheaven, suggesting an ambitious and/or major change of direction that is directly related to professional and/or family status.  (Moon rules the Midheaven). So simple, so perfectly timed — bravo, Mr. Cooper!

Julian Assange is not so simple. A reader has requested some thoughts, so here they are. The  current birth data of record is July 3, 1971 at 3PM in Townsville, Australia. Sun at 10 degrees of Cancer in the 8th house of “other peoples affairs”, squaring rebel Uranus (which also refers to technology & genius).  Moon in Scorpio (needing to be seen as a person of depth and substance, gaining knowledge for the sake of power and control) is in the 12th house (working behind-the-scenes), ruling the 9th (internationalism and publishing). Ascendant is 2 degrees of scruffy Sagittarius, with natal Neptune and Jupiter on the Ascendant, opposed by restrictive Saturn on the cusp of the 7th (other people).  Saturn rules the 3rd house, which refers to communication and knowledge. Jupiter is in Scorpio, ruling the 12th of the self-undoing and government institutions; this man needs to be on a mission, likely involving a leap of faith. Mars is in Aquarius opposing the Midheaven, suggesting he needs to be a rebel with a cause in areas related to homeland security, applied as a public service (Mars rules the 6th house of service).

Assange’s horoscope has been a hotbed of activity for some years now. In late 2010, when Wikileaks began releasing volumes of unclassified and classified U.S. diplomatic cables, ruthless Pluto and rebel Uranus were in challenging aspect to his Midheaven and Ascendant, suggesting upheaval, power plays and prominence. What’s going on in Assange’s horoscope right now? Last year, nebulous Neptune squared Jupiter, suggesting tricky legalisms in a chart that is already predisposed to weirdness in that arena. Neptune is  squaring the Ascendant and Saturn, again pumping up the volume of weirdness and veil of mystery/confusion/illusion that is a natural part of Assange’s existence. If you’ve been following the Assange drama, a court in London declared he could be extradited to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault. Somehow, Assange turned up in the embassy of Ecuador (surprise!), where he is seeking political asylum. Will he be granted asylum? I am not sure, but I do note a couple of strong positive measurements suggesting assistance and success, which are exact on July 18th and August 29th . Additionally, a geographic relocation is suggested — but the question is, to where? Looking at the astrocartography of his horoscope relocated Ecuador, it could certainly provide a refuge for an emancipated and empowered rebel. Still, there are strong forces that presumably would prefer to see him shipped off to Sweden. With Assange’s Sun at 10 Cancer about to be hit by the Uranus-Pluto square starting at the end of next year and continuing through 2013, I expect to see more dramatic stories of his (potential) emancipation and empowerment continuing through then.