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Saturday & Sunday 2/23/2019: Oscar Musings; More on Chiron in Aries

As anticipated, Friday was a busy news day. The quest for fairness and balance in relationships  — reflected by the Libra Moon — had to juggle multiple heavy hits — into the late evening.  If last night was your date night, emotions were likely to be exceptionally intense, for better or for worse.

On SATURDAY, the intensity continues as the Moon plunges into Scorpio, ending the chatter and replacing it with a need for depth and control. The morning may begin with a jolt, as the Moon opposes rebel Uranus. Investigative dirt and/or persuasive talk is likely to be on the agenda, given the first of three sextiles between Mercury and corruption-exposing Pluto, exact at 12:15 PM ET. A clash between the Moon and Mars at 10:12 PM ET heightens the potential for a notable outburst of expression.

SUNDAY‘s patterns are not as jarring. A harmony between the Moon and Neptune facilitates artsy expression. A sextile between the Moon and Saturn at 5:21 PM ET is the last exact aspect of the day, and it’s arguably subdued.

This is the backdrop for the Oscars — and it’s nowhere near as glitzy as the planetary backdrop of Oscars past. There won’t even be a host. I anticipate that the Oscar will go to whichever films and players best express the energy of Scorpio, combined with wounded healer Chiron.  Spike Lee may be a Pisces with Moon in Scorpio (we do not have an exact birth time); Glenn Close has the Sun at the end of Pisces; Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a Pisces with Moon in Scorpio (a documentary about her is up for an Oscar).  I will be surprised if there are tons of big laughs or gaffes, other than the wry/self-deprecating humor we might expect from a trio of planets in Capricorn: Venus, Saturn and Pluto. These are the cosmic times in which we live. The famous Vanity Fair party, once the hottest and glitziest Oscar soiree, is now described as “a week-long corporate branding palooza.” Yeah, that’s that trio of planets in corporate Capricorn, too.  And if there was any doubt about the zeitgeist of these next couple of days, this morning when I returned to the draft of this forecast, I saw this: Stanley Donen, Director of Mirthful Musicals, Dead at 94.

I will watch the Oscars and I will miss Billy Crystal. You? Here’s how he opened the show in 1998. How times change. As they will change and change again.  Fortunately, we can use astrology as a guide.

Whatever happens on Sunday, the Scorpio Moon goes void on MONDAY at 7:14 AM ET, getting the work week off to a wandering start and a possible twist, flake or a “much ado about nothing” crisis. We can all heave a sigh of relief at 4:19 PM ET, when the Moon vaults into high-flying Sagittarius.

And now, the news.

What did I say about Friday?

Mental Mercury in spacey/intuitive Pisces makes its first of three squares to a high-functioning Jupiter in Sagittarius. Watch the news for potential boondoggles in courts, publishing, academia, opinions. At 10:49 PM ET, Venus meets up with Pluto in Capricorn; the suggestion is power plays and catharses in matters of women, money, aesthetics and values. I expect a sobering hit around lunchtime, as Moon squares Saturn, followed by the intensity of the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto at 9:51 PM ET…watch the late afternoon news dump.

Right. Boondoggles. And add “sports” to the keywords associated with Jupiter in Sagittarius.

Meanwhile…

All week I’ve been thinking about what I wrote in the last post about Chiron entering Aries: “It’s time to focus on healing toxic aggression, masculinity and leaders — all associated with Aries.” The day after that was posted, Barack Obama made news when he advised men “to avoid toxic masculine behavior.” His horoscope was triggered by Chiron entering Aries, as it made contact with his Venus (values and social expression; how and what we love) at 0 Cancer, a cardinal sign. Coincidence or conspiracy?

In other news, and on a similar theme:

And while we’re on the subject: “The deadly truth about a world built for men — from car crashes to stab vests.” Thank the good folks at The Guardian for publishing this provocative thought:

When broadcaster Sandi Toksvig was studying anthropology at university, one of her female professors held up a photograph of an antler bone with 28 markings on it. “This,” said the professor, “is alleged to be man’s first attempt at a calendar.” Toksvig and her fellow students looked at the bone in admiration. “Tell me,” the professor continued, “what man needs to know when 28 days have passed? I suspect that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.”

How intriguing to consider that first markers of time may have been female.

In other news…

This is a story some have said should really be front and center, cutting through the clutter of salacious headlines. Pluto refers to power (nuclear and otherwise); Mercury in touch with Pluto, combined with other patterns, suggests corruption exposed. Did you know that The Donald’s administration has been secretly negotiating to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia? The proposed deal may well be illegal.

Hmm…it seems we should have some guidelines for managing toxicity. Here’s some expert advice for choosing a perfume or cologne that’s just right for you.  Here are the “new household rules” for what needs to be cleaned and how often.  And finally, here is the iconic mirthful scene from the musical Singin’ in the Rain.  Cue Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, directed by Stanley Donen now, please.

And if that’s not enough fun for you, here’s the classic Hollywood musical mash-up, set to Uptown Funk.

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Monday 8/20/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week & Other Stories

….and…we’re back.

The Sag Moon was void this morning until 11:59 AM. Actually, that’s totally untrue. But that’s what it says in my Jim Maynard Celestial Calendar. The Sag Moon is actually void between 7:47 PM and 11:59 PM ET tonight. Can you tell that Mercury just turned direct on Sunday at 12:25 AM ET? Hope you are taking it slow, double checking it thrice. Once the Moon is fully engaged in Capricorn, the drive is to take care of business — though at 5:53 AM ET on TUESDAY, that business may have more than the usual gravitas when it meets up with controlling/authoritative Saturn.  Moon continues in Capricorn until THURSDAY at 12:56 PM ET.

Adding to the proactive vibe is Mars, now moving back through Capricorn with high efficiency….if only it weren’t retrograde. That’s a caveat that whatever is accomplished with ease and innovation now may not satisfy once Mars turns direct, which it will do NEXT MONDAY.

Notable planetary patterns this week include:

  • Moon’s weekly contact with Pluto on WEDNESDAY at 2:45 PM ET, suggests power plays and catharses
  • Sun leaves Leo for Virgo on THURSDAY at 12:09 AM ET, replacing heat, drama and rigidity with cooler heads and discerning minds;
  • Moon will be void on THURSDAY between 10:19 AM and 12:56 PM ET before entering “who’s yer buddy?” Aquarius
  • Moon will be void nearly all day on SATURDAY — from 12:39 AM thru 1:32 AM ET on SUNDAY
  • As we get closer to the weekend, we will notice a rare synchronicity among the Sun (leaders, vitality), Saturn (structure, old guard) and Uranus (change, innovation). The Sun will trine Saturn and Uranus within hours of each other on SATURDAY; Saturn and Uranus will almost make an exact trine (harmonious connection)…but won’t. Why? Because Saturn will turn direct on September 6th, pulling away from Uranus. We had three exact Saturn-Uranus trines in 2017, and here’s what I wrote about that potential.  The fact that this trine comes oh-so-close….but just-not-quite makes me wonder if there might be some revelation of an unusual coalition that aims to unite on a critical concern…but is somehow thwarted. And here I would be thinking of the August 1st issue of the NYT Sunday magazine, which consisted of only one in-depth story, “The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change.”  My sense is that whatever is looking hunky-dory around now may be in for a rude awakening when Saturn and Uranus finally do make a connection: a series of super-charged squares starting in 2021. I’ve been thinking about this square for years, ever since I read The Big Short, by Michael Lewis. I wrote about it last August — and even earlier.  I thought about the square when I read George Will’s recent WaPo op-ed, “Another Epic Economic Collapse is Coming.”   Perhaps Mr. Will is on to something…and as I’m typing, the S&P is less than 1% away from a record high...
  • How wonderful to read Tarot Diva Beth Owl’s Daughter’s wonderful Card of the Week, having written the paragraph above – check it out!

Anyhoo…

  • By the time we get to the weekend, emotions are likely to be on the rise. SUNDAY we’ll have a Full Moon in Pisces, facilitating empathy (an upside), on a day when Venus (money, women, social expression, values) is super-charged by ruthless Pluto. A charged connection between Venus and Pluto facilitates emotional overkill (downside); depth and intensity (upside); and purges (depends on which side you’re on). On that day, Mars (energy, assertion, aggression) will be at a standstill — and thus in high focus — as it prepares to move forward (finally!) next MONDAY AM.

And now, the news.

UPDATE: on Kevin Spacey, whose horoscope was last discussed in November 2017. Back then, I anticipated that transiting Pluto’s square to his Aries Midheaven would likely reflect a dramatic change in public status, for better or for worse. That may have happened on August 11th. Not only that, but his Leo Sun and Ascendant were affected by July’s total lunar eclipse. Witness this headline, announcing the weekend box office for  his new film — Billionaire Boys’ Club. Total take: $618. Ouch.

UPDATE: on Jimmy Carter, who is feeling the love of transiting Jupiter on his Scorpio Moon — and last week, transiting Venus conjunct his Libra Sun…and transiting Sun conjunct his Leo Venus-Neptune. Here’s a total feel-good piece about modesty, humility and grace — all part of the simple life he and his wife Rosalyn enjoy in Plains, Georgia. He may be the richest ex-president ever.

UPDATE: speaking of ex-presidents, Barack Obama’s Mercury (how he needs to think and communicate) has been supercharged all summer, with exact hits from innovative Uranus and persuasive Pluto exact in July, August and September. Here’s his summer reading list, filled with “empathy, understanding and ‘factfulness'”.  Looks like he’s up for an expansive, active next few months.

UPDATE: “Elon Musk Details ‘Excruciating Personal Toll’ of Tesla Turmoil”  File that under “I told you so.”

The weekend’s third trine between Jupiter (expansive) and Neptune (faith, scandal, oceans, healing, et.al.) was reflected in these big headlines:

And now, a few words about the situation that landed on my plate two weeks ago, demanding attention at the expense of all else — including writing this forecast and other articles;: reminding cherished clients that they’re due for an annual check-up; revamping my outdated website; drafting outlines for the classes I plan to teach; thanking an Avid Reader for her generous contribution to my Cosmic Tip Jar (a thank you note will arrive soon), yadda yadda yadda.

It’s about trees.

And as I mentioned last week, it’s a microcosm of the macrocosm we live in. I’ll start by sharing my Facebook post from August 7th (written during a Moon void, while hoping that the crisis would fizzle out):

Oh dear FB friends….you know how much I am in love with the beautiful six-story tall elm tree outside my window. It was well below eye-level when I bought this apt years ago, and has been for the last several years a daily blessing in every season. From every window in my apt, I look out into cool, soothing green in spring and summer. Brilliant hues of red and orange in fall….snow-covered branches in the winter. Crows camp at eye level when the temperature drops below freezing. It has been humbling to watch their daily routines, as they return year after year. There are squirrels and sparrows…and other birds you rarely see on the ground: cardinals, red finches, blue jays, woodpeckers…sometimes a red-tailed hawk and often, mourning doves. Yesterday I was captivated by a dragonfly — a first. The tree offers shade, beauty and privacy. Instead of looking into the windows of neighbors in the harsh, sterile red brick building across the street, I am surrounded by lush greenery. Every day I give thanks for the bounty of these twin elm trees — and as far as I know, they are safe.

Now then.

There is ANOTHER courtyard in our building — an interior one, sorely in need of TLC. Once there was a grand fountain with multi-level pools cascading down a slope. That has been filled in with dirt — years ago. Still, there are at least a dozen soaring maple trees — touching the sky above the roof of the building. It is like a rain forest canopy — not much sunlight, but the shade is soothing — and squirrels and more birds make their homes in the branches. It has been my wish that our building would take the initiative to clean up the courtyard — put in some plants that can thrive with little sunlight — maybe cover the ground with moss, like you see in gardens in Japan. Add some benches; repair the crumbling walls in the back; cover the chainlink fence with bamboo. Let it be a cherished nature refuge all residents may enjoy. Right now residents “aren’t allowed” in the courtyard.

So guess what “management” is doing instead? They are planning to “renovate” the courtyard, though it is not clear if the plan includes access for residents (!). The plan — kept only to themselves — is to destroy most of the maple trees. They have marked them with splotches of red paint. — for death — supposedly the execution happens on Monday. I found this out last night — and have been sick to my stomach and sick at heart ever since.

I am weary weary weary of reading every day in the papers about how the P45 administration is trashing the environment — and feeling so powerless to do anything about it.

This hurts even more because it is literally happening in my backyard — a place I like to think of as “safe.” What foolish, wishful thinking — and what a teachable moment, hmm? No place is safe — especially if we (and in this case, specifically me) are not vigilant. Our coop board is as transparent as Scott Pruitt’s $43K soundproof booth — and that’s way they like it. It seems to be easier to maintain power and control, than any other alternative (e.g., soliciting input from the other 148 owners in this 155-unit building) — so can you blame them?

Shareholders/Residents have not been told the specifics of the plan….only a mention that “some trees” in the courtyard would be removed at the shareholders meeting in May (which I could not attend because I was out of town — my total bad). NOTHING has been sent to shareholders in writing. Our board does not send out minutes from shareholder meetings…they run as a slate year after year, unchallenged. To effect a change would require energy and focus that I have been pouring into Other Obvious Things (like work — both professional and volunteer) — and even if I had the energy, I could not effect change all by myself.

Now I am beating myself up for not making the effort years ago…and feeling already beaten down by the insanity of destroying a dozen healthy, towering, decades-old, irreplaceable maple trees (along with every other horrific headline on today’s front page). Surely there must be another way to “renovate” a courtyard in ways that are less destructive.

I have considered the possibility that I may be overreacting…and may not be aware of all of the facts that would require consideration, but this seems to me an unconscionable plan. This is the courtyard now — stripped of shrubbery — with the maple trees now on death row. Also pictured: the “offending” towering canopy.

In other news, don’t let this happen to you! Have you checked your voter registration status lately? If you do not vote in every election, do not assume you are still on the roster. Check your status and/or register here https://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/ We must be resolved to have a say in the process!

This concludes my longest-ever Facebook rant — on a moon-void and a Mercury retrograde (why I consider the possibility that I may be missing a few key facts). Thanks for “listening.” I just feel so sad about these beautiful trees…and the birds and other creatures who will be displaced by their senseless destruction. Not to mention courtyard residents who will miss the shade as the seasons get hotter and hotter in the coming years. Cue Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” now, please… 

Facebook can be a wonderful sounding board, and within an hour I received validation and empathy from caring souls. I also received encouragement: “Call the management company!” “Rally your neighbors!” “Sign a petition!” Which is frankly what I would advise any other friend or client facing a similar challenge. But it’s daunting…y’know…especially when it feels like you have to do it alone.

But those trees! And the pain I was certain my neighbors would feel if they were cut down….

I took a deep breath…and called a neighbor who is on our co-op board. Thankfully she is also a friend. Later, in her apartment I asked her why the trees were being cut down. “Because nothing will grow back there!”  she said, with utmost sincerity.

I do not recall replying that the 60-year-old trees apparently did not receive that memo — but certainly I was thinking it.

To be continued…

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Friday 4/6/2018 & the Weekend: Mercury Retrograde Truth & Consequences

TGIF!

After wandering aimlessly (perhaps) through boundary-pushing Sagittarius, as of 2:01 PM ET the day is driven by a proactive Moon in Capricorn. Take care of enterprising projects around the house or find ways to enhance your social status this weekend. A harmony between Venus and Saturn on SATURDAY at 9:36 AM ET facilitates structuring your values and aesthetics into something tangible, albeit streamlined. Mind the potential for outbursts around 1:41 PM ET, as the proactive Moon meets up with a proactive Mars. Outbursts are not necessarily a downer or a danger. They come in handy in the final stages of a long run. Saturday night has a dreamy potential, courtesy of a harmony between Moon and Neptune around 8:46 PM ET.

SUNDAY starts with the last challenge to last month’s New Moon agenda, a.k.a. the Third Quarter Moon. A focused power play and/or catharsis is suggested by the Moon’s weekly clash with Pluto at 9:02 AM ET, followed by a surprise or other upset to the status quo around 10:40 PM ET, when the Moon clashes with rebel Uranus. Moon will be void from then until 2:40 AM ET on MONDAY…no sleeping in.

And now, the news.

But first…how’s your Mercury retrograde going? I missed the train yesterday and then misread the timetable for the next train. Ended up on a different train somewhere in Long Island — only to realize that it was taking me to the town I lived in when I was four years old. People, places and things from the past have a surprising way of REturning during Mercury retrogrades. The return trip into the city featured Google directions that took my Lyft driver absolutely nowhere near the train station and countless other delays. On the plus side, Pepper the Cat was REunited with a catnip-stuffed grasshopper that had been missing for months. You?

Other REturns, seasoned with Wednesday’s assertive square between Mercury and Mars, followed by Thursday’s heavy mental square between Mercury and Saturn:

  • A truck seized under civil forfeiture laws two years ago was suddenly returned. The truck’s owner is suing the government for restitution and a class-action judgement;
  • A painting by a Dutch master worth millions is discovered in a storeroom;
  • The body of a CDC researcher who went missing seven weeks ago in Georgia was found in the Chattahoochee River;
  • Who remembers the Menendez brothers? They killed their parents almost 30 years ago in Beverly Hills. It took seven years and two trials to convict them of first-degree murder and sentence them to life in prison. After living in separate prisons since then, the two have been REunited;
  • Reports commissioned in the 80s by Royal Dutch Shell reveal the company knew that climate change was real and that fossil fuel consumption was a leading cause — and oh, by the time the connection was discovered, it might be too late;
  • Cyclist Juli Briskman, whose photo of her giving P45 the bird last fall resulted in her losing her job after the photo went viral is now suing. How does this compare to the nurse I told you about in Monday’s post? She lost her job after her racist FB screeds went viral. Were her First Amendment rights violated? Why or why not?
  • In Italy, a former postman was found with 400kg of undelivered mail — three years’ worth. He said he didn’t deliver it because the pay was too low.

Conservative author Kevin Williamson said this week that women who have abortions should suffer death by hanging. Well that’s an apt potential of Mercury-Mars shooting off at the mouth. The next day, he was fired by his employer, The Atlantic. Happy Saturn square Mercury. Was that too harsh?

After a liberal judge won an election in Wisconsin this week (the first win for a non-incumbent “liberal” in 23 years), Governor Scott Walker had a “meltdown” about a possible “blue wave” in November. With transiting Jupiter on the Sun and Moon of this double-Scorpio last fall, we can appreciate why he tossed his hat into the ring for a third term. That expansive influence will be behind him in November. Instead he’ll be wrestling with the  third squeeze suggested by transiting Saturn in a tough aspect with his equally tough Mars-Saturn square. He’s wrestling with the first squeeze now, with the due in late May/June. Wish we had a birth time.

Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt continues to feel the squeeze of Saturn on his natal Libra Moon, as more and more details of his swamp monster corruption are exposed.  That’s not going away this year — nor is the tremendous effort in the face of loss suggested by another key pattern.  With its comfort and status quo-seeking Taurus driven by a people-pleasing Moon in Libra, Pruitt’s persona is fronted by a regal luxury-loving Leo Ascendant. Oh — and this regal projection is all the more inflated by a natal Jupiter at 26 Leo — yes, in his First House — right there for all the world to see. The man needs to live large…so now you can understand his first class flying habits and other ostentatious perks, even as he slashes and burns.  And of course he’d be a bigly fan of P45, with that Jupiter on P45’s equally regal Leo Ascendant and Mars…and of course P45 would still be singing his praises this week as the perfect candidate to replace Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.  If only Pruitt’s Jupiter hadn’t been totally eclipsed last August and again in February, forcing all of that glitz into the light. By the next New Moon on April 15th, transiting Uranus will have hit his Midheaven — professional and public status, suggesting an opportunity for change, for better or for worse.  Here is his horoscope.

In other news, harsh judgement from the NFL: a cheerleader is fired after posting a picture of herself on Instagram in lingerie. Op-ed write Kareem Abdul-Jabbar rails against the NFL’s efforts to “protect America from witches.” How do you know if you’re in the company of a witch? Sir Bedevere explains, in this classic scene from Monty Python & the Holy Grail.

Finally, a sneak peek at the kinds of stories we’ll be seeing a lot more of once innovative Uranus enters Taurus on May 15th. Taurus refers to material comfort and security, banking and agriculture, just to name a few. Uranus refers to technology, disruptions and genetic mutations. “Scientists Harvest First Vegetables in Antarctic Greenhouse.

What’s going on in your horoscope? When are you likely to be feeling a squeeze? A push for expansion? What about your significant others and your children? Find out in a personal consultation. Many thanks for the referrals!

Thank you for reading this forecast.

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Friday 3/30/2018 & the Weekend: Blue Full Moon in Libra; Pope Francis, Roseanne, Sean Penn & Me

TGIF!

The Virgo Moon was void  today until 1:52 PM ET.  Chill, focus on routine and don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. Once the Moon enters Libra, people-pleasing, fairness and diplomacy in relationship drive the agenda. There are no tough aspects to the Moon today, suggesting an easy flow of action.

Meanwhile, Venus, which refers to social expression, aesthetics and finance, leaves fiery Aries at 12:54 AM ET on SATURDAY. Destination: earthy Taurus, one of the signs Venus rules. For the next few weeks, note how a need for tangible value, comfort and security manifests in the news.  Note that any planet in Taurus can be stubborn and resistant to change. It’s interesting to see how Venus will be in harmony with Mars and Saturn through mid-April. Mars and Saturn in Capricorn are reflecting the heavy militant action potential we’re seeing in the headlines, for better or for worse.

We’ll see some bumps starting in the wee hours on  SATURDAY.  At 3:12 AM ET and 5:22 AM ET, Moon clashes with Mars (action/anger/assertion) and Saturn (control/patriarchy). Emotions will be on the rise and by the time the Moon waxes to its fullness at  8:37 AM ET, the mood may be cranky. What’s it going to be: war or peace?  Guns or butter? Me or us? Action or discussion? These are a few polarities a Libra Full Moon opposing an Aries Sun bring to mind.

With Mercury retrograde meeting up with the Aries Sun on SUNDAY at 1:53 PM ET, the mind may be blinded by a crusading, pioneering, idealistic light. The action potential in the aftermath of this Full Moon is exceptional. We’ll see some of it around the weekly clash between the Moon and heavy hitters Pluto and Uranus, exact early Sunday AM and mid-afternoon, respectively.

Chill during the Moon void on Sunday between 2:29 PM ET and 6:57 PM.

Absolutely no sleeping in on MONDAY. The Moon will be in Scorpio, moving ahead with ruthless depth on its quest for world domination.  The Mars-Saturn meet-up that’s been a galvanizing force for the past couple of weeks will be exact at 11:44 AM ET. Make the most of it in your own personal world.

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are “the president of the country” (for the Sun in me-me-me Aries) and “a professor peering over his glasses” (for the Moon in we-we-we Libra). I dunno, what do you think? Brute executive willpower vs.  refined studied knowledge? The links in the last sentence will take you to thoughts from Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee.

Fun fact: when we set the Full Moon chart in Washington DC, most all of the action is happening behind the scenes. Neptune is running wild, as it has been for weeks, suggesting continued fog, scandal and things not being as they seem. The heavy Mars-Saturn meet-up is in the 9th House, suggesting militant action in publishing, foreign affairs, education and higher courts — just to name a few.

You are more personally affected by this Full Moon if you have a planet or angle around 11 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. Consult your local astrologer for details.

And now, the news.

In the category of disruptive, militant, streamlining in an effort to take control:

  • Any story about the Parkland shooting survivors, who are simply not going away. This week  companies pulled advertising from Fox host Laura Ingraham‘s show. She mocked student David Hogg after he was rejected by several colleges.  I share this story for Avid Readers who may have children receiving college rejection letters this week — it’s the season. Take heart! Your children have bright futures ahead of them, regardless.
  • The ouster of VA head David Shulkin, who responded by penning a scathing op-ed decrying a perceived threat to the agency: privatization. In thinking of a suitable  replacement to run one of the largest and challenged federal agencies, I’m sure the first name that popped into your head was Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, P45’s personal physician. No? You’re in good company. In another scathing op-ed co-penned by a former colleague, Dr. Jackson is criticized for a seemingly-stunning affability and lack of objectivity. And I thought to myself, I bet Dr. Jackson has Moon in Pisces, in touch with Neptune. And in fact, he does! The big windfall opportunity that just landed on his plate is suggested by a spark between transiting Uranus to  his natal Jupiter. Birth data: May 4, 1970 in Levelland, Texas. Fun fact: Stormy Daniels has one of those, too.
  • In Kentucky, lawmakers found a novel way to prevent coal miners with black lung disease  from claiming disability benefits: muzzle certain medical professionals
  • Add the unconventional attractions potential of Wednesday’s meet-up of Venus and Uranus to the streamlining mix and you might be “Scrubbed Clean: Why a Certain Kind of Sex is Disappearing From the Internet.”
  • More on the 2020 U.S. Census: “The Trump Administration’s Plan to Make People Disappear.”
  • In the UK, a man who moved there from Antigua 59 years ago received a letter from the Home Office saying he might be sent home. See? It’s not just the U.S.

UPDATE: Pope Francis. Even in the Afterlife, the population has been streamlined, according to His Holiness — in a recent meeting reported by The Guardian:

During the meeting…the pope [was asked] where “bad souls” go, to which he was quoted as responding: “They are not punished. Those who repent obtain God’s forgiveness and take their place among the ranks of those who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot be forgiven disappear. A hell doesn’t exist, the disappearance of sinning souls exists.”

No Hell? Wow! That’s a shock — with likely more to come this year, as transiting Uranus hits the  pope’s 0 degree Taurus Midheaven multiple times. What other status quos will he overturn? In his horoscope, we can see that his  Cancer Ascendant and his Capricorn Mercury are being activated by the Mars-Saturn meet-up, as well as tomorrow’s illuminating Full Moon. Whatever he has to say on Easter Sunday should be equally illuminating.  For more on the Pope’s horoscope, click here.

Meanwhile…

Roseanne Barr is all over the news. The revival of her sitcom — Roseanne — has gotten rave reviews, with initial ratings to match.  What’s going on in her horoscope?  She’s a Scorpio, driven by the Moon in  Gemini, needing to be the cleverest, most intensely entertaining gal in the room, even if what comes out of her mouth is boundary-pushing and sloppy.  It needs to be with her Gemini Moon opposed by Mercury in Sagittarius. Her Scorpio Sun is currently under the expansive potential of Jupiter — soon to hit the top of  her horoscope this fall.  This adds to the bigness she needs to express in everything she is, suggested by her natal Jupiter (in comfort-seeking Taurus) opposing her natal Sun.  Her Ascendant is Aquarius, suggesting a need to be seen as a humanitarian — if perhaps in a somewhat eccentric, detached way.  Militant, explosive, innovative, fanatical and charismatic — an odd mix of the old guard and avant garde —  is suggested in a tense pattern among her Mars, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus. Those planets have been or will soon be supercharged by transiting Pluto.  We see the potential for persuasive action and disruption in the recent past, with a tremendous effort required now through 2019 that may be somewhat angst-driven.  We shall see.

UPDATE: Sean Penn, whose horoscope was last covered here in early 2016.  This renegade Leo king (his Leo Sun is conjunct Uranus) is driven by a home/family security-seeking Cancer Moon. The mask he wears is a righteously opinionated, boundary-pushing Sagittarius Ascendant. He needs to be seen that way — big time, with Jupiter sitting right on the Ascendant. His social expression is likely to be perfectionist and intensely empowering (on a good day); wasteful overkill (on a bad one) — suggested by a Venus-Pluto meet-up in Virgo, challenged by Mars. Control and authority is a constant adjustment in matters of walking and talking. Other patterns suggest visionary thinking — for better or for worse.

Why are we talking about his horoscope now? He’s just written a book — and critics agree it’s a mess! “Repellent and stupid on so many levels,” says one. “Sean Penn the novelist must be stopped!” Where do we see this train wreck potential in the horoscope? How about two patterns involving Neptune — one to his Midheaven (reputation/status) and the other to his Ascendant. He needs to be a visionary, but one potential of a heavy Neptune phase is delusion, bewilderment and ego-wipeout. Ouch! Plus, transiting Saturn is opposing his sensitive Cancer Moon.  That can be harsh and isolating. Double ouch!

Hope you’re having a better week than Sean Penn. And that you won’t be hit by debris from a falling Chinese space station. As for me, I’m spending my birthday with my right foot wrapped and on ice. Back in October 2016, on an exact hit to my Ascendant and other planets in my horoscope, I stepped in a pothole and twisted my ankle and knee. With transiting Mars back at the exact same place this week, the foot has flared up — and I’m just not in mood to consult a doctor to see if she thinks it’s a sprain, stress fracture, tight calf muscles or whatever.  Yes, astrology is amazing.

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