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Monday 1/22/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; Mercury Pulls Focus; Sun-Venus-Uranus in the News

Happy birthday to Aquarius! The Sun entered this airy (mental), fixed (organizing) sign on Friday at 10:10 PM ET.  Keywords for Aquarius include innovation, eccentricity, friendship, humanitarian, unconventional, rocket scientist and/or mad genius. If you were born with the Sun in Aquarius, you have the energy to innovate and intellectualize with others. If your Moon is in Aquarius, you need to be socially significant — and dare I say appreciated for it. You probably need to be unusual, too — and somewhat stubborn in your strategy. Friendships are essential, even if your motto might be “I love you, but don’t take it personally.” If you were born around January 19th – 21st, you’re about to embark on a dynamic period of development. How will you declare your independence — and never mind the disruption of the status quo? Book a consult with your favorite astrologer and make a plan for 2018. These marching orders apply to those born around the 19th -21st of April, August and October, too.

The Moon has been in Pisces since Friday at 3:26 PM ET, needing to go with the flow, possibly in sync with a shimmering ideal. Empathy and compassion reflect Pisces at its finest; escapism — perhaps not so much — especially when the escape route involves alcohol and drugs. FYI, the planetary ruler of Pisces is Neptune, which has been traveling through Pisces non-stop since 2012.  It’s about to hit the halfway point of its journey — and perhaps then we will see some action taken on the awareness built over the past six years, e.g., the plethora of stories involving drugs, addiction and people eating Tide pods.

The Pisces Moon goes void with a sigh at 8:13 PM ET tonight (Sunday). Chill and get ready for the Moon to enter Aries at 1:27 AM ET on MONDAY, looking to fire things up. No sleeping in!

The first challenge to the work week kicks in at 8:41 AM ET, when the me-me-me Aries Moon is challenged by patriarchal Saturn in Capricorn. Rise to the occasion and try to put a humanitarian spin on the situation. The rest of the day has an easy flow; can’t say the same about TUESDAY, when the Aries Moon suggests a clash of thought around 10:29 AM ET, followed by a power play around 1:47 PM ET, when the Moon makes its weekly collision with Pluto. A disruption to the status quo is likely around 11:16 PM ET, when the Moon meets up with rebel Uranus (and then goes void until 8:39 AM ET on WEDNESDAY).

Mercury — the way we need to think and communicate — is pulling focus this week. It meets up with Pluto on Wednesday at 3:47 PM ET, an apt time to turn a pen into a sword. Or a word into a machete. Robin Williams was born with Mercury conjunct Pluto, and he was known for his razor-sharp wit. In the news, we can expect headlines involving sharp words, power plays and investigations revealing major dirt. Said dirt may involve publishing, academia and legal eagles, reflected by Mercury harmonizing with expansive Jupiter at 6:28 AM ET on THURSDAY.  On SUNDAY, what is revealed may be even more shocking, as Mercury is challenged by rebel Uranus. Look for themes involving gender benders, technology, astrology and aviation, too.

Also of note this week: Mars, planet of action and aggression leaves Scorpio for Sagittarius on FRIDAY at 7:27 AM ET.  In Sagittarius, Mars suggests a need for high-flying and righteously opinionated action, pushing boundaries as it goes. Mars will be in Sagittarius until March 18th. The last time Mars entered Sag was in early March 2016. What will return to the headlines that was initiated back then? Stay tuned.

Other Moon voids this week: Thursday 10:17 PM ET until Friday 12:40 PM; Sunday 5:39 AM ET until 1:57 PM ET. No impulse shopping during those times.

And now, the news.

The Patriots won again — heading for another Superbowl.  Quarterback Tom Brady’s horoscope continues to be hot.

Meanwhile…

Look, Ma! No government! It’s shut down. Just like that, reflecting the potential for a structural collapse noted here last Wednesday (here is an actual physical reflection of that potential: “Watching A Ridge Slide in Slow Motion, A Town Braces for Disaster”). As I type, “moderates are racing to close a deal” before the start of the work week. And perhaps they will, given the harmony between the flexible Pisces Moon and the ruthlessly effective Scorpio Mars, exact tonight at 8:13 PM ET. I just wonder about that authoritarian advance/wet blanket likely to make headlines in the early morning. Meanwhile, it should surprise no one that the horoscope for the start of the shutdown (12:01 AM on Jan 20th  in Washington DC), had rebel Uranus in a tense aspect with the Midheaven. The shutdown took some media attention away from the hundreds of thousands of women who marched over the weekend, though without any hard aspects among the planets on either day, I have not seen any news of marchers being arrested and/or otherwise harassed.

Here is the official Womens’ March website. Next critical date: November 6th. Are you registered to vote? Do it right here right NOW. Because if you don’t vote, someone else will — and then you will be sorry.

Last week’s exciting and disruptive squares between Uranus to the Sun and Venus were certainly reflected in the story about P45 paying hush money to porn actress/writer/director Stormy Daniels. Surprise — but really, who is shocked?  I read with interest the detailed interview Ms. Daniels gave to In Touch magazine back in 2011. She comes across as friendly, open-minded — detached-yet-curious about the human condition, in a scientific way. “Hmmm,” I thought. “I bet she has Venus in Aquarius — or the Moon and Venus in touch with Uranus.” Guess what? All of the above! Ms. Daniels was born on March 17, 1979 in Baton Rouge, LA. Venus in Aquarius — square to Uranus and probably her Scorpio Moon, too. Her steamy Mars in Pisces is trine to Uranus. Astrology is amazing. Patterns in her horoscope suggest a potential windfall this year…and oh — look — she’s just gone on tour

In other news, have you seen the Google Arts & Culture app — the one that created such a buzz under those Uranus-Sun-Venus patterns? Take a selfie – and let Google match it with a work of art. Does it look like you? Me, neither:

Mrs. Robert Harrison 1886  by John Singer Sargent http://www.tate.org.uk

Shocking, isn’t it? But here’s what I love about this story:

Though Google introduced the feature last December, it exploded over the weekend, as Twitter and Instagram users shared screen grabs of their best—and often worst—pairings.

Meanwhile, another compelling recent read: Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man’s Fight For Justice by Bill Browder.  He was the driving force behind the Magnitsky Act — perhaps you have heard of it? Sergei Magnitsky was a Russian lawyer/auditor who worked for Mr. Browder.  He is the victim in  the murder part of Browder’s book. A former hedge fund manager, Mr. Browder is now a “full-time human rights activist.” Born on April 23, 1964 in Chicago, he is a Taurus with Moon in either late Virgo or early Libra. He has Mars at 19 Aries, suggesting a need to be a crusading pioneer. Of course he’d be the first Westerner to invest in Russia when the opportunity arose.  A strong Aries statement needs to be fearless and courageous, often on the side of the underdog.

Mr. Browder’s  Mars-in-Aries was triggered by Uranus in 2015, right when Red Notice was published. Uranus with Mars suggests risky action — and one might argue that going on a book tour and matter-of-factly declaring yourself  Vladimir Putin’s #1 enemy carries a bit of risk. Last year and continuing through 2018, Mr. Browder’s Mars will be supercharged by transiting Pluto, suggesting a greater need for persuasive effort. Here he is on C-Span last December, after testifying before Congress. He’s currently working on a movie adaptation of his memoir, so more people will know what happened to Sergei Magnitsky.  Is there anything in the horoscope that would reflect why Mr. Browder is so focused on humanitarian action in Mr. Magnitsky’s name? Sure. Sergei Magnitsky was born on April 8, 1972 in Odessa. His Sun is at 18 Aries, right on Mr. Browder’s Mars.

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Hmm…the Moon is void, and still no deal to settle the shutdown…and it seems they have now tabled it until noon tomorrow. But this just ran across my newsfeed, and it’s apt for the ruthless dirt-digging potential of this week’s meet-up of Mercury and Pluto. From Politico“The 270 People Connected to the Russia Probes,”  — one for every electoral college vote needed to win the U.S presidency…

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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday-Thursday 10/19-20/2016: Mars-Pluto Slugfest; Two Davids, Right on Schedule

Alllll-righty then!

The day is driven by the Moon info junkie Gemini, seeking to be the smartest kid in the room. What sordid barrage of facts and figures will assault our collective senses in light of this morning’s potentially brutal meet-up between Mars (action action action) and Pluto (resistance is futile) in status-seeking, patriarchal Capricorn? And from what dark dungeon will it emerge? Mars and Pluto come together at 7:18AM ET; that Gemini Moon is staunchly opposed by an opinionated Saturn in Sagittarius at 7:40AM ET.

If you have a planet or angle around 14-16 degrees (halfway through) Aries, Libra, Cancer and especially Capricorn, you’re likely feeling the emotional intensity and/or power play more than most.

I’ll be on the watch for more startling revelations and tech innovations as mental Mercury is opposed by erratic Uranus at 3:48AM ET on THURSDAY. Note that the Moon will be void of course Thursday AM between 7:16 and 11:28, no doubt generating plenty of much-ado-about-nothing info junkie (info junk?) Gemini buzz. Chill! We’ve got one more provocative hit to go through on Oct 29th, when Mars challenges Uranus, suggesting risk and recklessness. Planetary patterns in the ensuing weeks are less disruptive.

Meanwhile, we can expect a manifestation of the above planetary patterns in tonight’s slugfest third presidential debate, which officially starts at 6PM PT in Las Vegas. One party will be obviously more on the attack than the other — likely Hillary Clinton’s opponent. I say likely because the debate probably won’t start on time, and in this case, that few minutes do make a difference in determining which it is.  The attacks will be attention-dominating, but ultimately are not likely to be integrated in any meaningful way.  The other party will endeavor to keep it optimistic, big-picture focused, with a risk of pushing boundaries in its expression. The debate starts with the Moon at 21 degrees of Gemini, exactly square Chiron, a.k.a. the Wounded Healer. This pattern reinforces the dredging up of past personal transgressions suggested in other patterns. Send the little kids off to bed early — oy vey!

And now, the news.

As I type, a second Mars orbit and landing effort is underway. It’s called Exo Mars — on a Mars-Pluto meet-up AND a Mercury-Uranus face-off? Those who speak astrology can not help but marvel at the astonishing synchronicity of planetary patterns and the headlines.

Also in sync: “Guiding Trump, an Ex-General Shakes His Fist at Washington.” Mars refers to the military and anger. The ex-general is Michael Flynn, whose birth date is unknown (“December 1958,” says Wikipedia).

UPDATE: In recent days Bernie Sanders experienced the second exact hit of transiting Uranus opposing his natal Venus. We’d expect an intensification and disruptive potential in his social expression. So what happened? A few days ago one of his tweets resulted in the stock price of a drug company — Ariad — to drop almost $400 million in one day. I’d say that’s pretty disruptive. That same day I saw a number of posts on Facebook about an op-ed Bernie Sanders wrote for the Los Angeles Times — in August. Why was the op-ed getting attention in October?

The next exact hits to his Venus and Mars from Uranus will happen in March. If you happen to be a Bernie supporter who is contemplating sitting out the election because your candidate is not on the ballot, consider this: if the Democrats regain control of the Senate, Sanders could become the chair of the Senate Budget Committee, which would ruin Speaker Paul Ryan’s day, as he says right here.  So quit sulking and vote. Right after Election Day, Senator Sanders will have a transit suggesting potential for an advance of ambition and authority, or a potential squeeze. Which will it be?

UPDATE: David Letterman. When we last looked at his horoscope back in March of 2015, we anticipated that the summer and into 2016 would be a year of significant change. Here he is in a recent interview, sporting a full-length beard and talking about his travels to India for his work on Years of Living Dangerously, a new series about climate change (National Geographic Channel on Oct 30). Thank you transiting Uranus and Pluto on Mr. Letterman’s natal Venus, transforming his social expression and values.

Meanwhile, reflecting the potential for power plays and tech disruptions: Ecuador cut off Julian Assange’s internet connection. Owners of exploding Samsung Galaxy 7 phones are furious that Samsung is stalling on making good on damages allegedly suffered. Hopefully someone else’s power play won’t disrupt your world.

Finally, Bob Dylan  isn’t the only 75-year old music legend making headlines. David Crosby has a new album out and it’s lovely to hear. A quick glance at his horoscope and we immediately see that his me-me-me Aries Ascendant (suggesting a need to be seen as inspiring and pioneering) is about to receive its last hit from transiting Pluto, suggesting an empowering new perspective and presentation. We also note that his Ascendant and his Midheaven were under pressure from both Uranus and Pluto back in 2014, when he released his first solo album in 20 years. Coincidence or conspiracy? Check out this excerpt from an interview published in The Guardian (and linked above):

You’re 75. Does having one of the most productive streaks happen now opposed to decades ago mean more to you?

It means a lot. I’m not sure I fully understand why it happened.

Mr. Crosby, if you are reading this now, please get in touch with me and I will explain it to you. If anyone who knows Mr. Crosby happens to be reading this, please forward it to him.

Astrology is amazing. What’s going on in your horoscope?

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday & Tuesday 6/22-23/2015: Sneak Peek at the Week

Good Morning!

Another day to note your dreams upon waking, as the rose-colored fog of a Moon-Neptune opposition crests at 8:40AM ET. Put your grounding cord down if you’re out and about in the material world in the early part of the day. Deep healing and a potent emotional flow are favored around 6:23PM ET, as the Virgo Moon makes an easy connection to Pluto.

Did I mention that the Moon has been in perfection-seeking Virgo since 12:59PM ET on Sunday? How will you make things right in your world today and tomorrow? Organize, analyze, prioritize!

Perfection may reach new heights — or at least strive for them, given two exact aspects we talked about last week. Jupiter makes the third of three easy connections to cosmic/technogeek/rebel Uranus at 9;43AM today; nebulous Neptune challenges mental Mercury on Tuesday at 2:09PM ET. Got a vision you’d like to sell? Feel free to walk your talk.

This is a week for action. Moon voids (natural rest periods) are few and far between. Wednesday AM there’s a 30 minute void starting at 1:12AM ET. Thursday evening the Moon goes void at 7:22PM ET and wanders around aimlessly until Friday at 1:57PM ET. That’s it.

Meanwhile, Mars — planet of action — pulls focus midweek when it leaves Gemini for Cancer at 9:33AM ET on Wednesday. As you know from last week’s discussion about the Summer Solstice, planets at the first degree of Cancer are at the Aries Point — and thus attract prominence. Prominent action in communication and home(land) security matters is to be expected.

And now, the news.

Who remembers the sneak preview of next month’s Venus retrograde I posted some days ago? Well, guess what? Over the weekend Venus was at 14 degrees of Leo, marking the beginning of what we call “the shadow period” of the retrograde. Why is this the beginning of the shadow period? I’ll tell you.

Venus turns retrograde at 0 Virgo on July 25th. It will appear to move backward into Leo, until it turns direct on September 6th at….14 Leo! Venus will reach 0 degrees Virgo again on October 10th. So between now and October look for reviews and re-evaluations in all matters related to Venus: money, relationships, values, aesthetics. What does this have to do with the news, you may wonder? Just check out this article from the NYT, “No Time to Be Nice at Work”.

So there’s your sneak preview of Venus retrograde in Leo potential. Don’t let this happen to you. Do your part to focus on courtesy and kindness between now and October 10th, mmmkay?

In the technogeek awesomeness of Jupiter’s alignment with Uranus, check out this story about Taylor Wilson. He’s 21 and he’s from the South (Arkansas). He has not done anything horrifying with a firearm. However, at age 14 he did build a working nuclear fusion reactor. In his garage. And he’s just getting started. With transiting Uranus and Pluto supercharging his natal Mars (and probably his Moon) in pioneering Aries now and through 2016, my money says we can expect more innovative breakthroughs from his brilliant mind. Other measurements in his horoscope — even without an exact birth time — suggest as much.

A stroke of luck in a daring enterprise also evokes the potential of Jupiter aligned with Uranus. In England, a parachutist was very lucky when he was rescued in mid-air by a fellow skydiver when his chute failed to open. Meanwhile, another man appears to have survived the 8000 mile flight to London from Johannesburg, which he made as a stowaway on British Airways. Whether there was another stowaway on that flight — who wasn’t so lucky — is under investigation.

In the last forecast about the Aries Point, it was noted that William Shatner was born with his Aries Sun at that point of prominence. And there he was making news — in at least two separate stories — over the weekend. First, at 84, he’s traveling by motorcycle along Route 66 — from Chicago to Los Angeles. Second, George Takei had plenty to say about Mr. Shatner’s need for prominence in the NYT. See how planets at the Aries Point function? Even in an interview with Mr. Takei about the upcoming opening of his Broadway show, in the end it was all about Bill. Coincidence or conspiracy?

What’s going on in your horoscope? Do you have a planet that needs to attract attention? If so, what are you doing with all that potential? Your local astrologer would be delighted to provide you with valuable insight on why you are the way you are…and when things are likely to happen for you. Here’s the 411 on consultations.

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