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Monday 10/2/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week — and Next Week, Too

(I started writing this late last night, a few hours after yesterday’s harmony between Mars (guns, anger, action) and Pluto (power, ruthlessness). Hmmm, I thought. Haven’t really seen an example of this easy flow of energy in the least not in the U.S. Now waking up to Las Vegas. Sigh.)

Good Morning!

The Aquarius Moon will be void between 7:13 AM and 10:26AM ET. East Coasters, there’s your excuse for sleeping in — or any twists and delays that disrupt your efforts to move forward in straight line. Once the Moon moves into Pisces, see if you notice the shift.

There are no challenging aspects to the Moon today. Go with the Pisces intuitive flow and find ways to fulfill its need to work with impressions and ideals. Practice random acts of kindness and senseless beauty, motivated by the Pisces awareness that All is One and One is All. Compassion. Empathy. Big time.  There’s a special depth to social expression for the next few days, as Venus (money, women, art, social values) harmonizes with Powers That Be Pluto. Consolidation of power and money in the material world, perhaps? Venus is in perfectionist Virgo; Pluto is in Establishment Capricorn; both are earth signs.

On Wednesday at 3:19 AM ET, Moon goes void on a challenging aspect to patriarchal Saturn. That can be cutting. The void lasts until 4:40PM ET, suggesting that crises which crop up during business hours on that day will be much ado about nothing. Chill and stick to routine concerns; avoid impulse shopping until after the Moon enters impulsive Aries. That’ll pick up the pace of the evening and continue the charge into…

…THURSDAY, when the Aries Moon will officially be Full (of itself, no doubt) at 2:40PM ET. Me or We — what shall it be? That’s the dilemma when a me-me-me Aries Moon faces off against a people-pleasing Libra Sun.  A quest for a more perfect union is suggested, as Venus (yin) and Mars (yang) unite in Virgo at 12:53 PM ET. FYI: this meet up will challenge (square) P45’s Gemini Sun and Sagittarius Moon. Cue his favorite campaign tune –  “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” – and run for cover.

If you have a planet or angle around 20-22 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces that part of your horoscope will be feeling the charge from Venus & Mars, along with the frustrating squeeze of Saturn. Consult your local astrologer for details. (Updating this paragraph to add that the Mars-Neptune square in the U.S horoscope at 20 Gemini and 22 Virgo, respectively, is now being triggered –literally — by transiting Mars at 20 Virgo and Saturn at 22 Sagittarius. Mars square Neptune is reflected in America’s idealization (Neptune) of guns (Mars).  Its worst potential is reflected in the massacre in Las Vegas we all woke up to this morning).

At 9:46 PM ET on Thursday, Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto (power plays, emotional catharsis). It meets up with rebel Uranus at 2:58 PM ET on FRIDAY. The work week ends on Something Big, as the Aries Moon opposes expansive Jupiter at 6:38 PM ET (watch the late-breaking news). One hour later, Moon enters Taurus, seeking stability and comfort for the evening and through the weekend. The following week looks….interesting. More on that in a minute.

And now, the news.

We do not have a time for the start of the latest U.S. massacre as I am writing — though we are sure to see heavy planets on the angles of the chart, whenever that time is determined.  [UPDATE: 10:08 PM; 21 Gemini ASC with Saturn opposing it; Mars squaring it]. This event is now the  record-breaker in terms of people killed and wounded. The Independent published a birth date for the 64 year-old while male who brought an arsenal of automatic weapons to a 32nd floor hotel room in Las Vegas, and fired on hundreds of concertgoers at a country music festival below. Birth date: April 9, 1953. [UPDATE: the Telegraph is now saying “believed to have been born on April 9, 1953” — so the following analysis, apt as it may be for that birth date, may not apply to this particular perpetrator). Sun at 19 Aries; Moon in Aquarius; Mercury around 22 Pisces. Mercury — the way he needs to think — has been feeling the squeeze of Saturn at 21-22 Sagittarius since late June; heavy thoughts indeed. Transiting Mars squaring his Mercury in recent days suggests a prompt to take action.

His Aries Sun is squared natally by rebel Uranus at 14 Cancer and opposed by Neptune and Saturn at 22 and 24 Libra. At its worst, this pattern could be delusional, rebellious and repressed — all at the same time.  Also part of that unstable pattern: natal Venus in Aries — retrograde. This is an extremely challenging placement for relationships. It suggests an insatiable need to know it is loved — blinded by unrealistic expectation (Venus is opposed by Saturn and Neptune). Transiting Uranus has been sitting on his natal Venus and opposing Saturn-Neptune. This can be impulsive and weird.

Transiting Pluto has been supercharging his Aries Sun, suggesting a transformation of identity and/or empowerment. His natal Mars and Jupiter in methodical Taurus are square to Pluto — a potentially murderous and resourceful pattern. It is possible that his Aquarius Moon is in an exceptionally tense pattern with those three planets — without a birth time, we can’t be sure. His natal Jupiter is at 23 Taurus, conjunct P45’s Midheaven and the Fixed Star Capulus (male sexual aggression). Not sure how this Jupiter-Midheaven connection will be “lucky” for P45, other than to provide a media distraction from Russia, Puerto Rico, corruption in his administration, etc. for a few days.

Meanwhile….(this part was written last night):

Saturn, planet of cuts and control, is less than three months away from wrapping up its sojourn in Sagittarius, where it’s (mostly) been since December 23, 2014. Here’s what I wrote back then:

Saturn refers to control, discipline and structure. Sagittarius refers to collective belief systems, including the law, religion, philosophy and academia. Hmm…how about mind control? Or tests of faith?  It also refers to publishing and other mass communication media, as well as sports and entertainment. Expect efforts involving restrictions and/or restructuring. Sagittarius refers to that which is foreign, so issues of border control will likely become hotter. It refers to travel.  So we can expect headlines involving controls in these areas, too.

Righteousness is another Sagittarius buzzword, as is blunt honesty. As its best, the Saturnine restructuring of Sagittarius concerns will stem from righteousness, much as the restructuring of the institution of marriage (Libra) to include same-sex couples evolved when Saturn was in Libra. Fairness is a big Libra buzzword. Got that?

After Saturn turned direct last month, I noted a pile of stories involving streamlining in publishing and education. The Village Voice is no longer in print. Online yes; print, no. The NY Daily News was sold — for one dollar. Wow. Four magazine editors called it quits last month, including Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter and Glamour‘s Cindi Leive.  The magazine business is in serious trouble — as I personally experienced last week while searching every drug store, newsstand and supermarket for the latest Dell Horoscope. No luck at all — and even more shocking — serious cuts in the overall number of magazines on sale. Two days later, the NYT wrote about the “not-so glossy future of magazines.” Then Life magazine publisher Katherine Bonniwell passed away, followed by  Playboy founder Hugh Hefner (good riddance) and S.I. Newhouse (legendary Conde Nast mogul).   End of an era?

Meanwhile in the world of academia, I noted several bleak articles — especially this one about adjunct professors: “Facing Poverty, Academics Turn to Sex Work and Sleeping in Cars.”

I promised you more stories involving themes of excess in aviation, suggested by last Thursday’s face-off between Jupiter (big) and Uranus (“the plane, the plane!”). Cue former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, who resigned after billing hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel expenses to taxpayers. Fun fact: Mr. Price was born on October 8, 1954 in Lansing, MI (time unknown). Guess what he has in his horoscope? Jupiter conjunct Uranus — exactly at 27 Cancer! It’s squared by Neptune and opposed by Mars, suggesting a need for excitement, risk and scandal.  Remember his “shady” stock trades?    Astrology is amazing.

Meanwhile, across the Pond, the UK’s Monarch Airlines “collapsed,” apparently stranding over 100,000 people.

Let’s see…what else. Oh. Pluto (plutocracy) turned direct last week, and P45 unveiled a tax plan. Who would benefit the most? The 1%.

Random Venus-Mars-Pluto story: a sex robot was “molested and destroyed” at an electronics show. Add the bewildering technology of the Uranus-Neptune semisquare, discussed in a prior post, to that mix.

The fallout from the series of seven revolutionary Uranus-Pluto squares continues in Spain, where 90% of voters in Catalonia voted to separate from the mothership…violent efforts to control the insurgents ensued

…and in closing:

Planetary patterns next week are challenging, and will be felt as we move into the weekend. We’ll have a lean, mean Saturn-Venus square on Sunday 10/8; a “take no prisoners” Pluto-Mercury square AND and a  power play Pluto-Sun square on Monday 10/9; on Wednesday 10/11, Saturn (control; ambition; frustration) squares Mars (anger; guns; action). These patterns directly impact P45’s horoscope and the horoscope for the inauguration. In the lattter, note that on 10/12 and 10/13, transiting Mars squares Saturn and opposes Mars, respectively; Jupiter squares the Sun on the 14th; Uranus squares the Midheaven on 10/19. Frustration, action, expansion, change.

In P45’s horoscope, Mars squares his natal Moon and Sun on 10/8 and 10/11; his horoscope gets the third and final opposition between transiting Saturn (control; cuts) to his Sun on 10/11. These are tough times for him — as evidenced in SNL’s Weekend Update, with Colin Jost and  Michael Che’s cutting commentary.  Alec Baldwin did his part as well — in the show’s cold open.  Comedy is a coping strategy for pain, doncha’ know…

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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 9/24/2014: New Moon in Libra

If you want to know where you’re at, look at whom you’re with. You can quote me on that, assuming the grammar is correct (the downside of life without an editor). But seriously folks, this New Moon in Libra offers us the opportunity for a prominent focus on relationships of  all kinds — interpersonal, international, interracial, maybe even intergalactic.

The New Moon — i.e.,  the monthly meet-up of the Sun and Moon — happens at 2:14AM ET this morning.  A New Moon offers us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle.  Sometime today or tomorrow, light a candle and make a list.  Around October 1st, 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 the 8th, 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 the 15th, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon on the 23rd.

Libra is the sign of partnerships; marriage is an obvious partnership; some business relationships are partnerships, including adversarial ones. We went through the first half of the zodiac with New Moons focusing on the Self: Aries = my identity; Taurus = my values/possessions; Gemini = my mind; Cancer = my emotions/family; Leo = my love to give; Virgo = my service/work/body. Now we’re ready to go public. Take a look at your relationships: how are We doing? What is the State of Our Unions?  How do they reflect the Libran qualities of justice, fairness, diplomacy, peace, beauty and sweetness? Is there resentment or a lack of appreciation? Are there issues hanging in the balance (Libra is the sign of the Scales)?

Use a bit of creative visualization in your New Moon meditation  — and if you’re not a meditating type, grab a pen and paper and make a list of partnership objectives for the next few months.  If there’s anything/anyone on that list that you already have, make time for social graces and express your appreciation. Libra NEEDS appreciation for being valuable in relationship; by extension, our relationships need grace and appreciation, too.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon at 1 degree 8 minutes of Libra is this: “Light of the sixth race transmuted to the seventh,” and I’m so glad Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee has thought long and hard about how we might apply it in real life. This is an “image of a shifting in the quality of light energy into a higher, accelerated frequency,” he writes. “‘Race’ can be a dicey topic if approached in a less than enlightened manner.” Mmm-hmmm, so perhaps this suggests a need to proceed with a delicate consideration in relationships during this lunar cycle, especially since much of it will occur during mental Mercury’s next retrograde, which happens on October 4th. Mercury retrogrades suggest a higher probability for misunderstandings, doncha know.

And what about this idea of transmutation? “In esoteric philosophy, transmutation from the sixth to the seventh ray is the movement from a path of devotion to a path of ceremonial magic that realizes the unity of all things, as well as open-mindedness, gentleness and love.” Not bad traits to cultivate in your relationships during this cycle, along with “an awareness of all uplifting shifts within experience; from dark to light; cold to warm…consider ultrafine sensibilities; ultralight tenderness; imperceptible impressions”…all those refined expressions of appreciation Libra can do so well.

There’s no Moon void to delay or detour your efforts to move forward in a straight line today, though note the potential for a bit of emotional intensity or a power play around 9:39PM ET, when the Moon is challenged by ruthless Pluto. Adding to the mystical pixie dust of the fading Mars-Neptune square is an approaching easy connection between expansive Jupiter in regal Leo and rebel Uranus in Aries. Jupiter-Uranus connections spark high-flying ideas and ambitions….some humanitarian, others cosmic or at least, high-tech. Let’s watch the headlines for innovation and boundaries pushed….and oh, look, here’s a TV show premiering later tonight that perhaps aims to do just that. It’s called “black-ish,” which is quite intriguing, given the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon.

You may be feeling the high-flying optimism of the Jupiter-Uranus trine if you have a planet between 8 and 17 degrees of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. That would include NYT columnist David Brooks, whose shiny happy ode to New York in today’s paper has some readers wondering what he’s been smoking. Brooks has his Mercury (mindset) at 14 Leo, which is exactly where Jupiter is now. Jupiter making contact with Mercury suggests a need for uplifting and expansive thinking, for better or for worse. To be fair, the aforementioned column does segue into a more sober tone, perhaps reflecting the fact that stern Saturn at 19 Scorpio is squaring his 18 Leo Sun.  And last week, he wrote about the importance of friendship, as Uranus (ruler of “who’s yer buddy?” Aquarius) made contact with Mercury. I’ll bet your current train of thought is reflected in patterns in your horoscope, too.

And now, more news.

Pluto turned direct on Monday, suggesting a potent release of energy, possibly destructive. With Pluto almost exactly opposing the US Sun in Cancer, let the record show that airstrikes against ISIS were launched in Syria and elsewhere. News from underground often bubbles to the surface during Pluto activity, and in that article you’ll read about a troubling group of individuals known as the Khorasan. We’ve never heard of them before…until now.  Meanwhile, the Sun at 0 degrees Libra (the Aries Point, as discussed in the last forecast), suggested a need for prominence in the Libran concern for equality in relationship. And there was Emma Watson,  who brought Hermione Granger to life and is now serving as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, delivering an impassioned speech on gender equality. And boy did this speech attract attention — including threats from the social media trolls, who have now been categorically proven in this recent study to be the sociopaths, sadists and narcissists we always suspected them to be.

Finally, in case you missed the (virtually non-existent) TV coverage of Sunday’s Peoples’ Climate March in New York, here’s Jon Stewart’s take on the event, along with an excerpt of a  stunning recent hearing held before the Congressional Committee on Science, Space and Technology. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry — and you might find it helpful to know that all of the illustrious Congressmen in this Daily Show segment are up for re-election in November…and if you don’t vote, somebody else will.

Oh. One other astrological tidbit reflected in today’s news. Scientists (bless them) have released predictions on which US cities are most vulnerable to the anticipated effects of climate change. Which ones are your safest bet?  Which ones might be toast and which ones might be under water by 2047-2048?  It’s fascinating that scientists are keying in on 2047 as a significant date. Why? Well, for years we’ve been talking about the dramatic crisis/awareness suggested by the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square, a.k.a. the Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About. But of course I say never-ending in jest; the seven series of squares wrap up next year, though the pattern will still likely be felt through 2016.  Then what? Well, in 2047, we’ll have the Uranus-Pluto opposition. For clues on what we can expect, think of the opposition operating as an opposition between the Sun and Moon (i.e., a Full Moon) — and re-read the second paragraph of this forecast. Will we work out the challenges of the Uranus-Pluto square (which operates like a First Quarter Moon) by the time the series completes? Fingers crossed….and here’s some good news: 40 companies have pledged to stop tropical deforestation by 2030 and others are stepping up to the plate. It’s a start.

Have an uplifting New Moon day planting beautiful seeds for graceful, balanced, loving relationships. Take time to express appreciation — you will raise the vibration of the entire planet; people will appreciate you in return and your generous heart and spirit will be rewarded a thousandfold…and you can take that straight to the Good Karma Bank.

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