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Thursday-Friday 8/10-11/2017; Apoplexy in the News; Mind the Void; Rumor Has It

Greetings from Santa Fe…

…where the sensitive, intuitive and impressionable Pisces Moon went void at 9:38 AM ET. Go with the idealistic flow all through the day. Stick to routine concerns. Avoid impulse purchases. Remember that crises which crop up during Moon voids are often much ado about nothing. Chill — and consider indulging in a nice pedicure, as Pisces rules the feet.

Any indulgence in beauty and aesthetics would support the the idealism and optimism suggested by patterns today and early Saturday morning: Mercury and Sun in cooperative alliances with Venus and Jupiter, respectively (today);  Venus in nurturing Cancer in harmony with dreamy Neptune (Saturday).

At 1:22 AM ET on FRIDAY, Moon charges into me-me-me Aries, likely looking to get something started. Which, given that Mercury will turn retrograde on SUNDAY at 9:01 PM ET, should be something that is a REview or REorganization or REconnection project — not something brand spanking new. Start a vacation, maybe — a REtreat is also an apt action — and perhaps the heads of state in the U.S. and North Korea will take that under advisement. One can always hope.

In preparation for the Mercury retrograde, BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS NOW.

And now, the news.

Remember the Sabian Symbol for the current New Moon cycle that began on July 23rd? It was “a fit of apoplexy.” Remember how there was a dominance of  planets in Fire Signs in that New Moon horoscope, suggesting four weeks of heated improvisation (because Fire doesn’t take the time to plan a strategy; it goes wherever the wind blows)? See any of that in recent headlines?

And now, the news.

Yesterday P45 improvised another threat aimed at North Korea,  “They will be met with fire and fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.” Regular readers of this forecast should not be surprised by the escalated rhetoric at this time. As mentioned before, P45 has a Mars line running through Washington and North Korea. What does that mean? Places on a Mars line in the horoscope are likely areas of militant conflict for heads of state,  and we’ve seen that theory tested in the horoscopes of other U.S. presidents. Get a copy of The Psychology of Astrocartography  by Jim Lewis and Kenneth Irving and you’ll find multiple examples.  For comic relief (comedy being a necesseary coping strategy for anxiety and  suffering), here’s master improvisor Stephen Colbert grading P45’s effort.

North Korea is angry about new sanctions recently imposed by the UN; thus, it has threatened retaliation against the United States because we’re so exceptional. In the horoscope of North Korea (courtesy of Jamie Partridge), we see Saturn (control, authority) at 28 Leo, which sits right on top of the Leo Ascendant of the U.S. Tweeter-in-Chief. This suggests the P45 (and the U.S., by extension), is likely to experience North Korea as a major block or wet blanket on his fiery regal image. Reading Partridge’s most excellent write-up of the North Korea horoscope, this bit about Venus jumped out:

Venus generally rules peace and diplomacy, but in mundane astrology signifies war in hard aspect. In ancient Mesopotamia, she was the Goddess of Love and Procreation when the evening star, and the Goddess of War when the morning star. In the North Korea horoscope she is Goddess of War, visible before sunrise. The furthest she can ever be in front of the Sun is 48 degrees, so at 46 degrees ahead of the Sun in this chart, she is a very fired up Goddess Ishtar. “her morning appearance woke them up to go to war” [Deborah Houlding].

So an angry Venus woke the North Koreans up at half past two in the morning to go to war. The square from Mars, ruler of the military and war, turns her anger into blind fury. The lunar eclipse before the declaration of independence was at 03°17′ Scorpio, less than half a degree from the North Korean Mars. This increases the aggressive and reactionary nature of the country.

North Korea’s Venus is 0 degrees Leo. Where was the New Moon on July 23rd? 0 Leo! No wonder North Korea responded by announcing plans to strike Guam.  Where will the next New Moon — also the Great American Eclipse — occur? On August 21st, at 28 Leo, right on North Korea’s 28 Leo  Saturn…and, as noted in previous posts, on P45’s 26 Leo Mars and 29 Leo Ascendant. Do you have any planets at 0 Leo and/or 28 Leo? Would you like to know how the Aug 21st total solar eclipse may impact your own personal world? I am offering a special mini-reading to answer just that question for  $44.88. Send me your date, place and time of birth and I will email you a brief write-up.

Meanwhile, it was revealed that on July 26th,  the FBI conducted a pre-dawn raid on the home of Paul Manafort, looking for “tax documents and foreign banking records.”  Glancing at the horoscope of Robert Mueller — time unknown — we see that his Venus at 26 Leo will be hit by the August 21st solar eclipse. This suggests an increase or decrease of effectiveness in relationship and/or financial concerns, so we’ll be watching the headlines carefully the first week of September. Without a birth time, we are limited to what we can anticipate. Mr. Mueller is a Leo with Moon in late Pisces or early Aries. His 14 degree Leo Sun was hit by this week’s Full Moon eclipse at 15 Leo/Aquarius. What else will be released in the aftermath?

In other news…. from Across the Pond. A source says that  Queen Elizabeth plans to bypass Prince Charles. Prince William will become England’s next king, in a story that has NOT — let the record show — been picked up by mainstream papers. Thus we are inclined to chuck it in the rubbish bin labelled “Mercury Retrograde Rumors That Turn Out To Be Much Ado About Nothing On An All-Day Moon Void.”

But just as an exercise — and as a relief from writing about the mainstream media’s deplorable Usual Suspects —  what do the horoscopes suggest? Last year we noted that the Queen’s horoscope would experience three hits of Uranus squaring her Capricorn Ascendant, suggesting potential break-ups, separations and a need for a fresh start in matters of self-worth and values. Those hits started in 2016 and continued into early 2017.  Brexit fit that potential perfectly.

Meanwhile, according to today’s tabloid story, a palace insider said:

“Her Majesty realized that William and Kate are the future. She has spent 65 years making sure that the House of Windsor survives, and she sees William and Kate as having the energy and star quality to do the job in a modern world. Queen Elizabeth will always do what is best for the long-term health of the monarchy,”

When might this rumored transition of power happen? It’s interesting to note that transiting Uranus will conjunct the Queen’s Taurus Sun three times, starting in 2018.  This suggests a need for freedom and independent expression, unconventional though it may be. We also see transiting Pluto conjunct Her Majesty’s Ascendant, starting in January of 2019, continuing through that year.  This suggests a dramatic change of perspective in personal identity. We see another measurement between her Midheaven and Saturn exact in December 2018, suggesting a change in professional status and/or significant family development. Clearly the horoscope is ripe for continued change.

In Prince William’s horoscope, we see transiting Saturn conjunct his 27 Sagittarius Ascendant three times in 2017, suggesting a streamlining squeeze on his identity, enabling him to emerge at the end of it as “Prince William version 2.0”. Saturn will oppose his 0 degree Cancer Sun and 4 degree Cancer Moon, starting in January of 2018. More gravitas for sure.  In 2018, transiting Uranus will oppose  his 2 degree Scorpio Midheaven, suggesting a disruption in the family and in his professional status. That opposition occurs twice next summer: on July 23rd and August 28th, accompanied by another measurement between the Sun and Venus. Sun-Venus measurements suggest a focus on love, popularity, creativity and/or birth.

UPDATE: It was announced on September 4th that the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are expecting their third child. Huzzah!

What’s going on in Prince Charles’ horoscope? In 2018 transiting Uranus will conjunct his material comfort and stability-seeking Taurus Moon three times, suggesting an intense disruption. In 2019, transiting Uranus squares his regal Leo Ascendant, suggesting a fresh start. Uranus rules the area of the Prince’s life regarding relationships and the public. It’s interesting to note that the Midheaven in Prince William’s horoscope is hit in 2018 — a year before the hits to the Queen and Prince Charles.

UPDATE: Soon after this forecast posted, Avid Reader Patricia wrote to set the record straight:

I love all the info about the Queen. Unfortunately she can’t give the crown straight to William bypassing Charles because in England titles and the crown go to the next in line. Nobody gets to choose who gets it next, it’s birth order. If it ever happened it would be because Charles died or has become mentally or physically impaired. Also the only way we would find out is the Prime Minister announcing it in Parliament. The laws in England are somewhat rigid when it comes to inheritance and after the whole what they term “nightmare” of the abdication of her uncle, who became the Duke of Windsor, the Royal family are somewhat skittish in this area.

Patricia is English and therefore someone who ought to Know About These Things. Thank you, Patricia for writing and helping me make a point about taking at face value a story that makes news during a Moon void and/or a Mercury Retrograde. Remember this when reading the headlines between now and September 5th!

Meanwhile, in the Land of Enchantment (New Mexico), it is ever so peaceful and quiet…so, so quiet. During the day in the middle of nowhere,  there is not a sound to be heard. It reminds me of the haunting opening of the movie Contact, as the camera pulls back from Earth through our solar system, finally surpassing the reach of audio transmission beaming out from this ‘big, blue marble.  Silence can be such a balm for the senses and the soul. I hope you will take time to tune in to this perspective as a necessary break from the tension of these”interesting times.”

Thank you for reading this forecast.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 5/25/2016: the “Crazy Crash” of the Vegan Virgo

The Capricorn Moon drives the day with enterprising energy, accompanied by power plays, emotional depth and jolts as it makes its weekly clash with the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square at 10:21AM ET and 9:11PM ET. Maintain your focus on climbing that mountain one practical, careful step at a time. With three planets either changing direction (Mercury) or sign (Venus and Mars) this week, patience may be required as we adjust to the energetic shifts.

Humming in the background is the third and final square between Jupiter (expansion) and Saturn (contraction), exact tomorrow at 8:28AM ET. It’s happening at 13 degrees of Virgo and Sagittarius, respectively. Well, which is going to be? Expansion or contraction? And what if it’s a bit of both — at the same time? How bewildering is that? Exactly. If you have a planet around those degrees, you may be feeling a bit like an accordion in some areas of your life: super-inflated one minute and strictly streamlined in the next.

And now, the news.

“The Crazy Crash of NYC’s Hottest Vegan” Have you heard this story? From the NY Post:

Sarma Melngailis had it all: an Ivy League degree, model looks and a hot vegan restaurant, Pure Food and Wine in Gramercy, beloved by Alec Baldwin and Bill Clinton.

Now, she’s got a mug shot, a $350,000 bail and husband Anthony Strangis: an alleged gambling addict with a criminal past and an 11-year-old child he hasn’t seen in over a decade.

How bewildering is that? What a shocking upset to the status quo! What a story of apparently delusional hubris (ego expansion) and karmic smack down!

If you’re a longtime reader of this forecast and/or you have a solid understanding of the language of astrology, you know what planets are active in Sarma Melngailis’s horoscope.

Wikipedia states that Ms. Melngailis was born September 10, 1972 in Newton, MA. No birth time given. We don’t need it to see what’s going on. Her Sun is at 18 Virgo, conjoined with Mars at 16 Virgo. The two are squared by Saturn at 20 Gemini. We see the potential for focus and disciplined energy driven to earthly perfection. She is described as a workaholic, and her vegan restaurant was named Pure Food and Wine. Of course it was. We note that transiting Jupiter in Virgo has made contact with those three planets — exact in the late fall 2015 and early spring 2016. Last hit of this potential lucky/expansive/bombastic hit will be end of June through July.  Meanwhile, Saturn (contraction, karma) just barely grazed her Mars in March and April, when it turned retrograde  at 16 Sagittarius. Saturn in touch with Mars suggesting a need for discipline and/or authority imposed on our need for action. Sometimes it feels like hitting a big, brick wall. Can you imagine how frustrated Ms. Melngailis may have been feeling while on the lam over the past few months?

Meanwhile, back in 2015 we see transiting Neptune in Pisces, opposing her natal Mercury at 9 Virgo. Neptune suggests a need for vision or escape. Mercury refers to the way we need to think. When in touch with Neptune, we may find it challenging to think rationally. We may be subject to delusion and deception. See how that potential has been reflected in Ms. Melngailis’s life? Neptune hits her Mercury for the fourth and fifth time October and December. The reality check for a planet under the influence of Neptune can be disappointment, bewilderment or disillusionment, as a cherished dreamy bubble suddenly bursts.

Ms. Melngailis has Moon in people-pleasing, conflict-averse Libra, likely conjunct Uranus around 16 degrees of Libra. Here we see a need for quirky, revolutionary independence — likely evidenced in her choice of partners, for better or for worse. Transiting Uranus is currently at 22 Aries; it may have just opposed her  Libra Moon, reflecting the timing of her flight last fall and now her arrest. Both events are upsets to the status quo, don’t you think?

Do you think Ms. Melngailis consulted with an astrologer a couple of years ago, who could have advised her of the pitfalls of this potentially delusional period in her life? Probably not. What’s going on in your horoscope over the next few years? Why not schedule a consultation to discuss it?

UPDATE: …and speaking of conflict-averse Libra Moons. Paul Ryan. In early March, transiting Mars met up with his 0 Sagittarius Ascendant and Neptune. Who knows what’s really going on underneath that projection of rose-colored fog? But around that time, there was talk of Speaker Ryan being on a “collision course” with the Donald, as well as him being drafted as a potential presidential candidate, which Speaker Ryan denied he would accept. Now on Mars’ 2nd hit, there is talk of him endorsing the Donald. Really, Speaker Ryan? No…wait…stop the presses. Speaker Ryan has just denied those rumors. Do you see an intriguing pattern here? Mars will hit 0 Sagittarius on August 3rd, just after the Republican Convention. Transiting Uranus will be sitting on Speaker Ryan’s 24 Libra Moon starting at the end of June until September 3rd. This is an opportunity to make a disruptive break. What will he decide to do? For the moment, it was also reported today that he has changed a procedural rule in an alleged effort to “thwart Dems.” Perhaps Speaker Ryan rationalizes that he is simply avoiding the possibility for conflict. This is in the wake of a particularly nasty debate that erupted in the House last Thursday, which resulted in the defeat of a bill that included a provision against federal contractors discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

UPDATE: Bill Cosby, whose horoscope we’ve been following since fall of 2014  will stand trial for criminal sexual assault, supporting the continuing drama in his horoscope through 2018 — noted here in subsequent forecasts. The timing of that headline is apt, given yesterday’s exact Venus-Mars face off.

This one is hardly news, but with the impending contraction vs. expansion dilemma of this week’s Jupiter-Saturn square, the timing is apt. Ready? People who quit smoking often gain weight. In other news, karma eventually catches up with entities that promote bombastic lies. Today more evidence that Exxon Mobil, whose credit rating was downgraded last month, actively worked to suppress information on climate science, suggesting that it was well aware of the impact the facts would have on its business operations.

In a related story, for the first time ever, there are more “clean energy” jobs in the U.S. than in oil drilling…

More good news! Under the influence of this ongoing wiggy T-square among Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune, suggesting the potential for boundary-pushing collective beliefs to become a focal point, a Texan who proclaimed that President Obama was a drug-addicted gay prostitute has lost her bid to for a top state education post. She also said Noah’s Ark killed dinosaurs. Way to go, Lone Star State!

Meanwhile, in this current Mars retrograde period, some people are finding temporary relief for pent-up frustration in “rage rooms” around the country.  Low-budget alternative: whacking a pillow with a tennis racket or screaming into a pillow…

Thank you for reading this forecast!