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Monday 9/30/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Pluto Turns Direct

The start of the work week is driven by the Moon in Scorpio, demanding depth, substance, power and control. A revelation or other disruption pops up around 2:55 PM ET, as the Moon makes its weekly clash with rebel Uranus. Notable patterns this week are as follows:

  • TUESDAY — and in effect for the past several days. Venus squares Pluto at 12:14 AM ET, suggesting extremes and power plays in matters related to women, money, art and social expression. Extremes, eh? As in the cover of the last NYT Sunday Magazine? “Photographic Dispatches from the Extremities of the Earth.”  Of course they went to extremes — and also reflected Jupiter in boundary-pushing travel bug Sagittarius, square wiggy Neptune. If you have a planet around 20-21 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you may be feeling a push to emotional extremes more than most (Brad Pitt, that means you).  That being said, note your dreams in the AM, as the Moon harmonizes with Neptune at 9:13 AM ET. Keep on plumbing the depths for the rest of the business day and night, as the Moon has no speed bumps in its path.
  • WEDNESDAYMoon goes void at 5:46 AM ET and enters Sagittarius a 7:44 AM ET. Such a relief, as Sag needs to express its righteous opinion with enthusiasm. This is a day to expand horizions, walk in nature, take in a foreign perspective — no speed bumps today, either.
  • THURSDAY — First, Pluto turns direct at 2:37 AM ET, but we’ve been feeling the focus on matters of power and breakdown in areas of governments, corporations and resources for at least the past week — and will continune to feel that focus for several days. Seismic activity and other news from underground is another potential. At 4:15 AM ET, Mercury (how we need to think) leaves rational Libra for emotional Scorpio, determined to get to the bottom of things without showing its hand. Scorpio is a mute sign, doncha’ know. Have you ever heard a scorpion talk? Be prepared for deafening silence and ruthless mental machinations until….December 9th. Why so long? Because, dear Avid Reader, Mercury turns retrograde for the last time this year on October 31 at 11:42 AM ET. Mercury enters its shadow period on October 12th, which suggests that contracts contracts finalized during this time may require review and revision.
  • THURSDAYMoon squares Neptune at 1:15 PM ET — a dreamy lunch on the East Coast; doublecheck your communications for clarity. By now (and all this week), we may notice that action and aggression intended to makes things right are becoming prominent. Why? Because Mars is at the end of Virgo, about to enter Libra at…
  • FRIDAY12:22 AM ET. Avid Readers know that planets at the first degree of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn demand PROMINENCE. If you have a planet around this point, you may be feeling especially provoked or assertive. Edward Snowden comes to mind, as do Meryl Streep, Elizabeth Warren, Rudy Giuliani and Dean Baquet, the editor of the New York Times. Mars is challenged in Libra, as the conflict-avoidance needs of Libra are at odds with the crusading warrior needs of Mars. Becoming a warrior for peace would be a productive effort for Mars in Libra. Otherwise, Mars in Libra can go to passive-aggressive extremes to avoid a fight.
  • FRIDAY — The Sag Moon goes void at 3:34 AM ET, not to enter Capricorn until 1:43 PM ET. If you sleep through your alarm, no big deal — as are any other twists and flakes that disrupt your morning. Chill — and stick to routine concerns. Or — if you are free to wander, indulge the boundary-pushing needs of the Sag Moon until Capricon kicks in and demands we all get down to business. Mars in Libra’s conflict-avoidance will be put to the test as it squares the Capricorn Moon’s  “make it happen already!” drive for achievement.
  • SATURDAY — All day Moon in Capricorn is apt for practical chores around the home.
  • SUNDAY — More of the same — but with the weighty buzz of two patterns that will be exact on Monday. Innovation and technology are favored by Mercury’s opposition to Uranus. The Libra Sun (patriarchs, CEOs, authority figures, heads of state) is squared by a high-functioning Saturn. More on that in the next forecast — more falls would not be unexpected.

To find out what all of these patterns mean in your own personal world, here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

And now, the news.

WaPo‘s Sunday Magazine is already in synch with the weekend’s planetary patterns. Innovative technology (Mercury opposing Uranus), Sun (rules the heart) square Saturn (control) and the regenerative powers of Pluto turning direct are all here: “The Beating Heart (A terrible crime. A medical breakthrough. A last chance at life.) It’s about a heart transplant.

Meanwhile, it’s Fashion Week in NYC — and the NYT just posted this: “Blood. Money. Oil. And Clothes.”

UPDATE: Rudy Giuliani was just subpoenaed. He’s getting Mars from all angles this week. I’ve written about his horoscope before — search the archives.

UPDATE: it’s been four years since we looked at Kevin McCarthy’s horoscope. He’s now the House Minority Leader, and for the past four years his exact Mercury-Venus conjunction in Capricorn (idealistic and strategic mindset/values that seek status and achievement) has been supercharged by Uranus (disruptive), Pluto (persuasive) — and in recent months — Saturn. Anyone with a planet around 18 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn is feeling the pressure of Saturn’s demanding reality check on whatever transpired under Uranus and Pluto. For some, as my witty and brilliant intuitive pal Peri Lyons says, it can be experienced as “the reality check that bounced.”

The third hit of Saturn on McCarthy’s Mercury-Venus occurs during the first week of December, offering a final opportunity to streamline mindset and values that no longer serve. It was under the influence of Uranus  in June 2016 that McCarthy startled certain colleagues by blurting out his opinion (an argument for him having Moon in Sagittarius) that P45 was being paid by Vladimir Putin. Oh — and there was a tape — and it was brought to light by WaPo in May 2017 (after initially being denied by House Speaker Paul Ryan (conflict-averse Moon in Libra; Neptune fog exactly on the Ascendant, just like Rudy Giuliani). Anyhoo, last night on 60 Minutes, with transiting Mars near the Aries Point almost on his 28 Virgo Mars, McCarthy challenged interviewer Scott Pelley on the exact wording of the White House transcript of the Zelensky-P45 phone call. Not only was McCarthy wrong, but it seemed that he hadn’t even read the transcript (told ya so on Friday). Thus he is being prominently attacked in today’s headlines.  His Aquarius Sun is also under the disruptive potential of a square from transiting Uranus. A shake-up between now and early 2020 would not be surprising.

Fun fact: Scott Pelley’s Jupiter is right on McCarthy’s Mars — and his Leo Sun opposes McCarthy’s. We can appreciate the potential for tension between them — as well as the potential for a disruption to Pelley’s status quo in the ensuing months, too. (Pelley: July 28, 1957 in San Antonio, TX — birth time unknown).

UPDATE: on Brad Pitt, who thankfully just showed up in my office…on the cover of US magazine. We looked at his horoscope three years ago,  when Angeline Jolie had just filed for divorce.  Guess where Pitt’s Mercury is? 16 degrees Capricorn — pretty darn close to McCarthy’s. But we have a birth time for Pitt, so we can clearly see that in his horoscope, an activated Mercury is going to impact his marriage. In 2016, it was reflected by a break-up — and now, with transiting Saturn about to make the third in a series of meet-ups, we can see he’s getting serious and focused in relationship. “Yes, I’m in love again!” blares the cover of US. In Pitt’s horoscope, Mars rules love affairs and creative expression — and right now, transiting Mars is right on his 27 Virgo Midheaven. Yep — a public declaration of a love interest — makes total sense to see that at this time. Here is Pitt’s horoscope — lots to discuss — maybe on another day.

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Monday 11/12/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; Michelle Obama & Others, Right on Schedule

…and we’re off to the races again!

Moon is in Capricorn, looking to get down to business, so go for it. Here are the notable planetary patterns for the week:

  • TUESDAY: Moon makes its weekly clash with rebel Uranus at 10:13 AM ET, suggesting an upset to the status quo. Moon goes void for 30 minutes and then enters Aquarius, seeking to network its electric blue socks off. Now that Uranus is hanging out at the tail end of Aries, you’ll notice that Moon voids are quite brief this week. We’ll have one other on THURSDAY between 10:58 PM ET and 11:41 PM ET, and that’s it. No rest for the weary, for now.
  • WEDNESDAY: Moon continues through Aquarius with little interference. Keep on truckin’ — and BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS NOW — in preparation for Mercury’s upcoming retrograde.
  • THURSDAY: Mars, planet of action harmonizes with Uranus, the rebel technogeek — exact at 4:31 AM ET. Until then, take advantage of the potential we have right now to act outside of the box and channel assertion for positive change. At 9:54 AM ET, the Aquarius Moon squares the Scorpio Sun. How are all those “smiling girls’ faces” holding up? I’m talking about the seeds planted during last week’s New Moon in Scorpio. Today’s First Quarter Moon suggests a chance to work out the details and move forward. It harmonizes with Venus and Uranus at 2:05 PM ET and 10:58 PM ET, suggesting a innovative easy spin in matters of women, money and social expression.
  • THURSDAY: Mars leaves rebel Aquarius for the steaming cauldron it creates when it plunges into Pisces. It’s steams because that’s what fiery Mars does when it hits the water and dissipates into thin air. Pisces is not a comfortable place for Mars, which is more effective when it can be direct. And how annoying it is to have to consider the soulful suffering (Pisces) of all humanity instead of gratifying one’s own ego drive (Mars)? Still, it is determined to try. Watch for these themes to be exaggerated and expanded upon, for better or for worse, around November 19th, as Mars is supercharged by Jupiter. Look for Mars in Pisces to put a major stamp on the next lunar cycle, as it meets up with wiggy Neptune on December 7th, the next New Moon.
  • FRIDAY: This day is driven by the Moon in Pisces, seeking empathy, ideals and impressions. At 5:50 AM ET, Venus finally turns direct, and we’ll have from now until December 15th to review our impulsive aesthetic and value choices made during Venus retrograde. At 8:33 PM ET, Mercury officially turns retrograde, and thou shalt not grumble or panic. We need these down times to review our progress over the past few months. Thus it will be your sacred charge to review everything thrice while the planet of thoughts and communication is moving backwards through high-flying (but potentially sloppy) Sagittarius. Mercury turns direct on December 6th, the day before that Mars-Neptune meet-up. That day sounds ripe for a tangled web of inspiration; we’ll see how much of it is real.
  • SATURDAY: Go with the flow of the Pisces Moon and feel free to shop. If you’re holiday shopping already (everyone at the mall was over the weekend), my money says your generous impulses will rule. There is no Moon void to interfere with your intuitive impulses. Gift certificates for astrological consultations and/or personal reports are sure to be appreciated by anyone on your shopping list. What other gift screams so convincingly (and accurately), “It’s all about YOU!”
  • SUNDAY:  Take advantage of the Moon void by sleeping in. The void is between 3:04 AM ET and 10:56 AM ET, after which the Moon charges into me-me-me Aries, happily jumping off cliffs with exuberance, aided and abetted by Mercury retrograde and that big, fat, expansive surge of energy otherwise knows as Mars (action) square Jupiter (expansion), exact on MONDAY at 8:30 PM ET.

Bottom line: compared to last week, it’s relatively chill.

And now, the news.

UPDATE: On Michelle Obama, who’s right on schedule. With transiting Uranus supercharging her Capricorn Sun in 2017 and early 2018, she harnessed that liberating potential to write her autobiography with no holds barred. It’s being published as transiting Saturn meets up with her natal Mercury, suggesting the advance of a sobering mindset that minces no words. It wasn’t easy for her to get pregnant. She had a miscarriage. No way in hell was she going to smile at P45’s inauguration. Etc. Here’s what’s on her plate through 2022 — posted in 2016.

UPDATE: On the state of California, whose horoscope continues to function as we might expect, for better and sadly, for worse. Avid Readers will recall that California is in a period of volatility that is not likely to end next year (see prior link for thought posted in January 2018).  By nature, California is designed to disrupt the status quo, as it has in its horoscope the Uranus-Pluto conjunction of 1850 — at 29 degrees of Aries. Avid Readers will recall that on Election Day, Uranus returned to 29 Aries, triggering California’s horoscope — exact on November 10th and again on November 17th (the third and final hits occur between February 19th and March 2nd). Adding anguish to the potential for upsets is transiting Pluto square its natal Saturn, in effect for the past couple of years, and exact for the last time on December 7th. Now we are seeing the downside of these patterns in devastating wild fires — the deadliest in California’s history. Paradise has literally burned to the ground.   California Avid Readers, please stay safe.

TOLD YA SO: “New Cholesterol Guidelines Offer Personalized Approach” — just days after Jupiter (which refers to the liver in traditional medical astrology) enters optimistic Sagittarius.

DITTO: “In North Korea, Missile Bases Suggest a Great Deception.”— despite P45’s June 13th tweet assuring us that NoKo was no longer a nuclear threat.  One of the fun things you can do with astrology is run a horoscope for the moment a statement is released (written or verbal, either will work). You can assess the veracity of the statement by examining patterns in the horoscope. When I looked at the horoscope for 6/13/2018 at 5:53 AM ET at Andrews AFB, MD, it failed the truth test. This is a useful technique for evaluating the truth of other statements, including, but not limited to: “the dog ate my homework,” “I will always love you,” etc.

THIS, TOO: Breaking news at WaPo: “Botched Israeli Operation in Gaza Triggers Sharp Escalation of Violence.”   Avid Readers know that Israel’s horoscope is hot, with its regal Leo Moon and Mars eclipsed in July 2018 and August 2017, respectively. Mars is currently at 28 degrees of Aquarius, exactly opposite Israeli’s Mars at 28 Leo, suggesting strong potential for provocative assertion or aggression. Coincidence or conspiracy? Here’s the post from July, with a link to Israel’s horoscope.

Meanwhile, there is always always good news  to report — thanks to the NYT’s  “The Week in Good News.” Indulge and enjoy! And yes, I am still offering a few solid paragraphs on the indulgences Jupiter’s entry into Sagittarius is likely to bring for you. Reply to this email with your date, time and place of birth. Then toss $44 into my Cosmic Tip Jar — a.k.a. the Big Gold DONATE button in the left side of this page on my website (you do not need a PayPal account; just use your credit card).  I will send you insights within a day or so. Fun!

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Wednesday 11/29/2017: News Round-up; Matt Lauer

Good Morning!

Moon is charging through Aries today — seeking to be appreciated for being Numero Uno. So much news to report — had to post — so you could say you heard it here first. I expect power plays as we approach the 6:53 PM ET tension between the Moon and Pluto, followed by conflict/heroism and disruption tomorrow between 6 AM and 7:30AM ET, as the fiery Moon clashes with warrior Mars and rebel Uranus.

First, happy early Mercury retrograde to Avid Readers who wondered why my last email contained two articles I wrote for The Mountain Astrologer.  Those were a gift from MailChimp, which sent them out as email after I added them to the Articles & Interviews page of my website. Not planned, but I hope you enjoyed them.

And now, the news…reflecting this week’s potent patterns:

  • A prominent and sobering control or ambitious reach in matters of media, foreign affairs, judicial philosophy and other Sagittarian concerns, as Mercury and Saturn met up in that sign Tuesday at 1:59 AM ET. This is the first of three meet ups we’ll have between now and January 13th. Remember, Mercury in Sagittarius thinks big, but is often sloppy.
  • A disruptive opposition between Mars in Libra and Uranus in Aries, exact Friday at 5:04 AM ET. Mars (action, courage, aggression, male sexual energy) in Libra (fairness, diplomacy, relationship, balance) is only at its best when it acts as a warrior for peace. Otherwise, it may behave badly, subverting its urge for expression into passive aggressive behavior and other toxic conflict-avoidance. Uranus in Aries shakes up the system in its quest for independence and/or technological advance. Examples of this over the past six years of Uranus in Aries: the gig economy, self-driving cars, flying cars, Uber and Lyft, drone warfare
  • A harmony between Jupiter and Neptune, exact Saturday at 9:22 PM ET. Jupiter is in Scorpio, on a mission to expand awareness in matters of sexual secrets and other peoples money. We’re revisiting the horrifying reality show experienced a few years ago when Saturn traveled through Scorpio. Neptune refers to faith, charity, redemption, oil, scandal, drugs, delusions, refugees — expressed with a need for empathy, compassion and/or universal suffering. Why so soulful? Because Neptune is traveling through Pisces, its ruling sign.
  • Added wigginess courtesy of Sunday’s exact square between Neptune and the Sun in opinionated, high-flying Sagittarius…plus a waxing Full Moon in Gemini. Emotions are on the rise this week. Oh, and Mercury turning retrograde on December 3rd.

OK, here goes:

Last but not least — Matt Lauer — whose horoscope I’ve been following since 2011 — was abruptly fired from the Today show this morning. His 8 degree Capricorn Sun was hit hard by Pluto and Uranus between 2011 and 2013, when he threatened to quit Today unless he received gobs and gobs of cash. He won that battle. The relevant posts are here   and here.  Why was Mr. Lauer fired? Allegations of sexual harassment brought by a co-worker. No sordid details yet.

We don’t have a birth time for Mr. Lauer — I’ve created a chart set just after 12PM, which puts transiting Pluto in a tense square to a hypothetical 18 Aries Ascendant. We know there is going to be some action on two of the four angles of this horoscope for such a cataclysmic event to occur, so this is not an illogical choice. When a birth time is unknown, astrologers will use noon or sunrise. Both options can reveal much.  Here, in this noonish chart,  there’s plenty of action between planets in the natal chart and where planets are right now that would also reflect the likelihood of Something Big Happening. In the chart below, Mr. Lauer’s birth chart is in the inner wheel. The outer wheel shows where the planets were yesterday morning. The yellow lines show how planets in the outer wheel are making contact with planets in the inner wheel.

Even if you don’t know anything about astrology and have no idea what those symbols represent, you should still be able to see that there is CONTACT between stuff in the outer wheel and stuff in the inner wheel. Just as a radiologist makes a living making meaningful sense out of the mysterious (to the average patient) blobs on X-rays and other tests, skilled astrologers invest years of study so they can make sense of the chart below. I’d be surprised if Mr. Lauer consulted with an astrologer this year, but if he had, he would have been alerted to the high probability of an upset to his need to be Number One — and much, much more. Perhaps he would have made different choices. FUN FACT: Mr. Lauer’s horoscope has a challenging aspect between his boundary-pushing Mars in Sagittarius and Pluto (power, persuasion). We’ve seen hard aspects between Mars and Pluto in the horoscope of many men recently outed for sexual harassment. It’s like….wow….there’s a pattern here….and there’s another pattern, too: Aries,



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Tuesday 7/11/2017: Sneak Peek at the Rest of the Week; Full Moon in Capricorn Gets Your Goat

Greetings from Los Angeles!

…where I’m filling my calendar up with delightful Avid Readers — so much fun to meet in person! I have a few appointments available until July 18th. Then I’m off to Raleigh, NC.

The work week began with the Moon in super-friendly Aquarius, looking to network, network, network  — and be appreciated for its unique social significance. It travels without much static all day TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY. Such a relief, comparing the jolts we experienced on Sunday, when the Moon clashed with Pluto, Uranus and Mars. More on that in a minute.

Moon will be void on WEDNESDAY at 8:40 AM ET; it glides into intuitive Pisces at 11:51 AM ET. Thus, on the East Coast, you can get away with sleeping in or flaking out. Not so in LaLaLand.  On THURSDAY the Pisces Moon meets up with Neptune at 2:28 PM ET, suggesting a dreamy start to the day. Upside: the potential for inspiration and vision, especially as we roll into FRIDAY afternoon, when expansive thoughts in the courts and in the media are likely to pull focus. This is courtesy of a cooperative connection between Mercury and Jupiter, which expands whatever it touches. Downside: communication may be muddled or overly idealistic on Thursday.  When in doubt, push for clarity.

The Pisces Moon goes void on FRIDAY at 1PM ET, and wanders without much direction until 7:52 PM ET. Yes, start the weekend early, though there is bound to be some late-breaking piece of news during the void that causes a perceived “crisis”. The general rule about Moon voids — when the Moon is drifting along with as much energy as an exhausted pinball — is that crises which crop up during voids are much ado about nothing — without consequence. Thus, ye are advised to chill!

Once the Moon enters Aries at 7:52 PM ET on FRIDAY, the pace picks up noticeably with its me-me-me-first drive. Saturday is fine for impulsive shopping. Sunday is likely to be as rollicking as last Sunday, thanks to the Moon’s weekly clash with Mars, Uranus and Pluto.

No sleeping in on MONDAY.

And now, the news…

…which I didn’t pay much attention to over the weekend, as my focus was on a joyful wedding and a college mini-reunion. Still, the intensity of the Full Moon in Capricorn, supercharged by the aforementioned Mars, Uranus and Pluto, was felt even without looking at the headlines. Here is a scene from the reception…

…which was perfect and lovely, nonetheless, even if the ceremony was disrupted once by an Emergency Evacuation Alert going off on a cell phone. Turns out fires were all over the place — in six states and in Canada. As for the college gathering, I was a bit apprehensive about scheduling it on a day that would begin with a tense aspect between the Moon and Mars. Sure enough, there were cancellations. Some were worried about the wildfires (pictured above); another actually sprained her ankle. But those who persevered enjoyed a wine-tasting and picnic lunch at Demetria Estate in Los Olivos, just down the road from Fess Parker — made famous in the movie Sideways (a must-see).  The day ended with a surprise visit to the just-opened Leashless Brewing in Ventura. It was a surprise to the owners,  who did not know for sure if I would be able to drop by — true to the spirit of the afternoon’s  proactive Capricorn Moon’s square from Uranus. Surprise! And what says “leashless” — i.e., FREE — like the Moon in touch with Uranus?

Meanwhile, in the actual headlines….

A full Moon in Capricorn is an apt pattern for an article about how goats are going to steal our jobs. Capricorn is the sign of the Goat, doncha know. In other news, the Sun-Pluto conjunction in January was accompanied by a ton of stories about the Russian involvement in the November elections, as you will recall from the last post. The Full Moon suggested further illumination on this topic. What did we get? P45 Jr., appearng to admit  for all intents and purposes that he took a meeting with a Russian lawyer last year, hoping she would provide him with dirt on his father’s opponent.

We do not have an exact birth time for Mr. P45 Jr., but let the record show that he is a Capricorn with Moon in Virgo, seeking to be appreciated for the exacting perfection he brings to his enterprising efforts. Is that why he keeps updating his recollection of that meeting?  Like his father, P45 Jr has a Mercury-Neptune connection, suggesting a need for idealism, vision or rose-colored fog in matters of communcation and mindset. His Mercury (how he needs to think) is in high-flying, righteously opinionated Sagittarius, almost at a dead stop (Mercury had just turned direct).  It is possible that his natal Neptune is in a tense connection with the Moon, reinforcing a need for those rose-colored glasses.

Also like his father: Mars (how he needs to act) is in regal Leo, a placement which some astrologers say can get away with murder in its show-stopping, entitled action. It’s interesting to note that transiting Mercury met up with P45 Jr’s Mars over the weekend, suggesting dramatic communication and assertion. It’s also interesting to see transiting Saturn about to meet up with his 21  degree Sagittarius Mercury — that’ll happen next month; the first hit was in January.  Add him to the truckload of players who have planets around 22 degrees of Sag, Gemini, Virgo and Pisces — all tied in to the U.S. Mars-Neptune square.  When Saturn hits your Mercury by transit, it suggests a need for a reality check in matters of thought and communication that may be weighty, cutting or depressing. If P45 Jr was born in the late afternoon/evening on Jan 1, 1977, transiting Saturn will add its gravitas to P45 Jr.’s Virgo Moon. Life gets serious.

Here’s the latest — posted minutes ago at The Guardian:

The emails show music promoter Rob Goldstone telling the future US president’s son that “the crown prosecutor of Russia” had offered “to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father”.

Goldstone adds: “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr Trump.”

Trump Jr replies 17 minutes later and welcomes the offer. “If it’s what you say, I love it, especially later in the summer.”

To be continued.

The next notable day of planetary action is Monday, July 17, when  action hero Mars will be challenged by rebel Uranus…AND…Venus will be challenged by Neptune. Watch for upsets, accidents and innovation in matters of action, leaders, aviation, technology and gender concerns, coupled with idealism about the feminine, aesthetics and healing. I wonder if we’ll be hearing more about the oppressive dress code enforced last week in the Speaker’s Lobby on Capitol Hill. A journalist from Across the Pond offers this rant on the women journalists who were ordered off the premises for the crime of wearing….a sleeveless dress. No, there is nothing specific in the dress code that prohibits the wearing of sleeveless dresses.

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Thursday-Monday 1/12-16/2017: Full Moon in Cancer; Trump Again

Are we having fun yet?

Here’s a reminder from Monday about what we’re dealing with this week:

Not that the electrifying and rebellious buzz generated by Uranus making a hard contact with the Sun on TUESDAY at 11:21 AM ET is inclined to be patient. Combine that with the rising emotions reflecting the Moon waxing to its fullness (on THURSDAY). Add the yuge potential for expansive and empowered action suggested by WEDNESDAY’s challenge between the Sun and bigly Jupiter, along with a harmony between Mars (action) and Pluto (power). Color it prominently rose, suggested by a meet-up between Venus and Neptune on THURSDAY, along with Mercury — now direct — at the Aries Point.

Bottom line: the rush to act rebelliously is supported; however, chances are good that the action plan needs a re-think. We’ll see if it gets one.

Many thanks to Avid Reader Gene — one of the many gifted intuitives I am blessed to have among my readers. Gene writes: “I’m getting imagery similar to what you are talking about in your internet news letter. Very strong emotions dripping in color.” I love it when planetary patterns are in sync with other channels. Thanks, Gene!

How does that jive with Tuesday’s sensational headlines about President Obama and Donald J. Trump receiving security briefings about the Russians having personally compromising dirt on the latter?  And that a dossier of unconfirmed allegations has been in circulation among select journalists, political figures and intelligence officials for months? It fills in the potential suggested by the New Moons and Full Moons in recent months: November’s Full Moon at 23 Taurus, right on Trump’s Midheaven, illuminating career and reputation concerns.  December’s Full Moon at 22 Gemini fell on his Gemini Sun and Sag Moon; THURSDAY’s Full Moon at 22 Cancer sheds light on his Saturn at 23 Cancer and his Venus at 25 Cancer. Venus rules his Midheaven (career; reputation) and his mindset, and Venus refers to how and what he needs to love.  Saturn refers to ambition, patriarchy and fears. Together in his horoscope, Venus and Saturn are one of several suggestions of anxiety about whether he is worthy of being loved.

We can expect more illumination and release for Trump in the coming months. February’s Full Moon in Leo will highlight his Mars and square his Midheaven. March’s Full Moon at 22 Virgo squares his Sun and Moon, recalling illumination that was outed in December. April’s Full Moon in Libra squares his Saturn and Venus, perhaps recalling whatever is coming out this week.  May’s Full Moon in Scorpio impacts his Midheaven and his IC, referring to career status/and family. June’s Full Moon in Sagittarius connects with his Sun, Moon and North Node. And on and on and on…

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Back to today’s Full Moon, which is exact at 6:34 AM ET — and then goes void until 7:06 PM ET. However, before it waxes to exact fullness, the Moon makes its weekly charged connection to power mad Pluto and rebel Uranus at 10 PM ET on WEDNESDAY and 3:34 AM ET THURSDAY, respectively. Add in Jupiter’s expansive hits to the Sun and Moon, and I would not be surprised to see the aftermath of a big reveal in the morning’s news. — perhaps focused on home, family and homeland security concerns. My money says it will have something to do with the so-called “vote-a-rama” now happening in Congress, an all-night session which will lay the groundwork for the majority’s plans for world domination.

If they weren’t in recess so often, maybe they wouldn’t have to stay up all night. Or maybe they read the forecast and realized that the all-day Moon void was an apt time to take a break.

During the Moon void on THURSDAY — a time to stick to routine concerns — Mercury leaves righteously opinionated Sagittarius and enters strategy-focused Capricorn, where it demands a much more nuts and bolts approach in matters of mindset and communication. Whatever was going on around January 3rd is up for a re-assessment — with prominence.

Also happening in the void: the beautiful meet up of Venus in compassionate, soulful and suffering Pisces with Neptune, the ultimate dreamer. “Don’t you dare burst my beautiful bubble…la la la…I can’t hearrrrr you…might be one reflection.” Artists and healers and other spiritual types may be mystically inspired, especially if you have a planet or angle around 9 degrees of Virgo, Gemini, Sagittarius and especially Pisces. And of course LaLaLand won a truckload of Golden Globes on Sunday, along with Moonlight. Even the movie titles express lovely shimmering intangibles, as you’d expect with Venus meeting up with Neptune in Pisces.

That leaves us with the militant drive of Mars, challenged by Saturn. This potentially frustrating pattern will be exact on the morning of January 19th, and we are likely to see it strongly expressed until then. In the chart for the Full Moon set in Washington DC, Saturn rules the chart from a secretive position in the 12th house. An unaspected Mercury in the 12th at the Aries Point suggests a trove of buried information seeking prominence. The relationship between Saturn and Mars suggests highly-charged communications about assets and worth — with a hit from rebel Uranus for added shock value. Pass the popcorn!


The Sabian Symbols for the Full Moon, courtesy of Blaine Bovee’s wonderful book are 1) for the Moon at 23 Cancer:  “meeting of a literary society;” and 2) for the Sun at 23 Capricorn: “two awards for bravery in war.” Bovee suggests we apply these symbols with an awareness of “the internal struggles and agonies withing both the world of art and beauty, and that of the battlefields of war….the question is: What moves, what motivates, the awarding of recognition? Consider bestowal by grace or bestowal by the machinations of special interest…” Aren’t these Sabian Symbols FUN?

Once the Moon enters Leo at 7:08 PM ET on Thursday, there will be no exact aspects until 6:26 Am ET on SATURDAY. That makes Friday a play day, fit for a drama king or queen. See how you can help others shine! Moon goes void at 10:14 AM ET SATURDAY and doesn’t enter Virgo to clean up the confetti until 10:52 PM ET. No impulse shopping during the all-day void!

Sunday is a dreamy day for discernment in art and beauty. On MONDAY the Virgo Moon is opposed by Mars at 2 PM ET…and challenged by wet blanket Saturn at 5:13 PM ET. Not so dreamy. Do something productive with the assertive drive around lunch time. No sleeping in on TUESDAY.

Before I get to the news, thanks to Avid Reader Susan,  a double Sag who wants to know why I’ve referred to Sagittarius as a “sloppy” sign.  Totally fair question — and let me clarify. It’s not Sagittarius I’m calling sloppy. It’s Mercury in Sagittarius which — with great affection — I am noting may not be the most detail-oriented placement for a planet that refers to how we need to think. Consider Buzzfeed’s decision on Tuesday night to publish the 35 pages of unsubstantiated claims of aforementioned Russian dirt on Trump. That’s a Mercury in Sagittarius communication: pushing boundaries, supporting a righteous opinion, idealistic in scope and…eh…unsubstantiated… a minor detail. We’ll fix it in post. Let’s stay focused on the Big Picture!

And now, the news.

Last night President Obama gave a gracious farewell address, as we could expect from someone with the humanitarian exterior of a Aquarian Ascendant, the intellect of a Gemini Moon, the natural-born carriage of a Leo Sun and the prominence of a caring Venus in Cancer at the Aries Point. Today he has the first hit of transiting Saturn square his perfectionist Mars in Virgo, tempering action at this time. Still, his horoscope suggests a few remaining acts of significance between now and next Friday, especially around the 16th and 17th.

Today Trump had a press conference — his first in months —  and NYT columnist Gail Collins is here to tell you all about it. Usually she is cheerful, as we might expect from a Sagittarius Sun driven by a Leo Moon (Nov 25 1945). Not so cheerful today. I wondered why — thinking perhaps she might have a “Saturn thing” going on. And in fact, she does. Lay the blame on transiting Saturn sitting right on top of her Mercury at 22 Sagittarius. That can lead to some mighty heavy thinking. Astrology is amazing!!

As anticipated, the billionaire clown car of Cabinet nominee hearings originally scheduled to be speed-dated through Congress was reduced in size, as hearings were delayed until four of the nominees could be cleared by the good folks in the Ethics Office. Yesterday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), who is the nominee for Attorney General, replied to a question in a way that reflects the narrow-minded efforts at thought control, courtesy of Saturn in Sagittarius:

(Sen.) Whitehouse (D-RI) wondered whether Sessions would have a problem with career lawyers “with secular beliefs,” having in the past criticized department attorneys for being secular. Sessions replied that he has used that language about secular attorneys to differentiate between people who recognize objective “truth” and those who take positions “in which truth is not sufficiently respected.”

Whitehouse replied, with a leading, and perhaps slightly conclusory question: “And a secular person has just as good a claim to understanding the truth as a person who is religious, correct?” At which point Sessions responded, “Well, I’m not sure.” For a few seconds the Senate chamber seemed to go completely silent.

Yes, I heard that pin drop, too.

There are other amazing things happening in the world, in sync with planetary patterns — specifically the expansive and innovative power and resources potential suggested by Jupiter’s contact with Pluto and Uranus. First, Dutch trains are now running on wind power — 100%. Second, the Indian Point nuclear power plant — located 30 miles from New York, is finally scheduled to close — in 2021. Third, the world’s largest peatland — a massive natural carbon storage “facility” — has been discovered in the Congo.  Fourth, two stars are set to collide in 2022, becoming a red supernova as bright as Polaris in the constellations Cygnus. Fifth, a Japanese insurance company made headlines when it announced it would replace its workers with A.I. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Sixth, the confirmation hearing of Exxon Mobil Chairman Rex Tillerson, who is up for Secretary of State — this one is all about power and resources, i.e., oil.

In other news, a Mercury retrograde clarification. Last week, it was announced that scientists had “discovered” a new organ in the human body. Not so fast, says Buzzfeed. Here’s what’s really going on.

Stay tuned to this channel for continuing updates. And for those who have asked, here’s a reprint of Trump’s horoscope happenings for 2017 — posted in mid-November. I have no opinion on whether he will actually be inaugurated on January 20th. But first, an adorable video of zoo animals frolicking in the snow.

“In Donald Trump’s horoscope, we see the first of three hits to his Moon, Sun and relationship point from transiting Saturn on 12/30, 1/6 and 1/14, respectively. Thus begins an ambitious agenda (upside) or a feeling of restrictive focus, control or loss. This pattern hits again in July, September and October. The Moon is only exactly hit once, but will still be under pressure in July. The restrictive influence of Saturn suggests he will not be able to have everything he wants — bringing to life the reality of the song he kept playing at rallies, despite objections from the artists.

(UPDATE: we should add that in Trump’s horoscope, the Sun refers to his self-image — how he needs to be seen — and also hidden enemies and the self-undoing. Saturn (along with Jupiter) refers to the area of his horoscope ruling creative self-expression, children, sexuality and speculative ventures.)

Back to the post from November 14th:

These limitations are countered by expansion — in the form of three hits of transiting Jupiter to his Jupiter, ruler of the area of his horoscope which refers to creative self-expression, children and speculative ventures. Saturn co-rules that area of his horoscope, so it may be six of one; half dozen of the other. Expansion of power and resources is suggested by an extraordinary double whammy of  Pluto — also to his Jupiter — now and through 2017.

A need for innovation and excitement that disrupts his mindset, communication and professional status is also at work in 2017, suggested by transiting Uranus squaring his Venus. When I think of Venus with Uranus, I think “I love you, but don’t take it personally.” I think of unconventional attractions and surprises involving women, values, money and aesthetics.

(UPDATE: soon after this forecast was posted, we learned that Melania would stay in New York with her son, Barron, so he would not have to change schools in the middle of a school year. And now of course, we have allegations of other unconventional arrangements in relationship making news now).

Chiron the Wounded Healer is still in play now and next year, continuing to expose toxic patterns and relationships going back years. This week, a month from now and January-February are active for Chiron (exact hits on January 3, 26 and February 12),  as are June, July (major hit between Chiron and his Sun) and August.

Of special interest: the total eclipse that will fall across all of the continental United States on August 21st. This hits two points in Trump’s horoscope: Mars and his Leo Ascendant, at a time when Mars (action, aggression) will be more easily provoked. The eclipse will be triggered on September 3rd (this applies to anyone with a point or planet at 29 Leo, Aquarius, Taurus and Scorpio). Mitt Romney’s Ascendant was eclipsed in May of 2012. Jeb Bush’s Ascendant was eclipsed in September of 2015. Mark your calendars.

…and if you’re wondering how that total eclipse of the Sun is likely to be reflected in your horoscope, it’s not too soon to contact me for a consultation. Thank you for reading this forecast.