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Monday 6/24/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Venus-Jupiter-Neptune in the News

Good morning!

The work week begins under the big dreamy spell of Venus (women, art, money, social expression) making contact with Jupiter (big) and Neptune (dreamy). Stories involving luxurious indulgence, empathy for human suffering and bewildering escapes are likely to grab our attention. Was it just a coincidence that a Facebook friend took the time to comment on how many of her friends were posting pictures of ‘smores (a total indulgence) over the weekend?

Go with the intuitive flow today, suggests the Pisces Moon. It goes void at 7:10 PM ET and enters Aries at 10:38 PM ET. Chill during the void and roll with any twists or flakes that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. The rest of the week goes like this:

  • TUESDAY — the me-me-me Aries Moon squares the homeland/family-focused Cancer Sun at 5:46 AM ET. The rest of the day is driven by the Aries Moon’s need to boldly go where no one has gone before, with no interference from other planets.
  • WEDNESDAY — More of the Moon in proactive Aries — but now with interference. Compare the energetic flow of Tuesday with your experience of Wednesday, as the Moon makes contact with four planets. Two are easy. Two are challenging, and those would be the Moon’s weekly clashes with Saturn and Pluto, exact at 10:38 AM ET and 6:42 PM ET. The former suggests an ambitious advance or a wet blanket; the latter suggests a catharsis or power play.
  • WEDNESDAY — at 8:20 PM ET, Mercury — how we need to think and communicate — leaves Cancer and enters rip roarin’ Leo. Cue the royal edicts now, please — until July 19th — with a return engagement August 12-29.  The return engagement occurs because Mercury will turn retrograde on July 7th in Leo, backing up into Cancer on July 19th through August 2nd. Mercury turns retrograde at 4 Leo and turns direct at 23 Cancer. Back up your computers NOW.
  • THURSDAY — the Aries Moon goes void at 3:51 AM ET on a provocative contact with Mars, suggesting a potential minor scuffle over someone’s turf. Moon enters Taurus at 9:32 AM ET, driving the next three days with a need to settle down and secure the fort. At 10:23 AM ET, Moon squares Mercury in Leo, prompting a potential battle of the minds. Think outside the box in your approaches, tapping into the support suggested by a harmony between the Sun and Uranus, exact at 1:44 PM ET. In the headlines, this alliance suggests technology, innovation, aviation, astrology, unconventional attractions. At 8:34 PM ET a jolt may break an impasse, as the Moon makes its weekly clash with rebel Uranus.
  • FRIDAY — The stability-seeking Taurus Moon moooooooooves at a steady pace. With no interference from other planets, it’s easy to preserve the status quo.
  • SATURDAY — Easy-peasy. Taurus Moon goes void at 2:38 PM ET and enters Gemini at 5:09 PM ET, looking for a clever and entertaining diversion.
  • SUNDAY — More of the same Gemini buzz, made bigger around 11:06PM ET, thanks to an opposition to Jupiter.

And now, the news.

There was no way in a million years that a weekend dominated by the indulgent, compassionate and forgiving patterns among Venus, Jupiter and Neptune would result in Monday morning headlines about ICE (immigration authorities) dragging undocumented immigrant families out of their homes in the middle of the night. Even though P45 announced this intention just before last week’s brutal turf-defending patterns (Mercury-Mars-in Cancer opposing Pluto), it was not likely to be executed as planned.

And in fact, the plan has been delayed two weeks, when planetary patterns could actually support it. The week of July 7th includes a second Mercury-Mars meet-up, an authoritarian face-off between the homeland Cancer Sun and patriarchal Saturn (soon followed by a face-off with powerbroker Pluto). Let the record show that the Sun-Saturn face-off suggests an advance on whatever was going on in April 2019, which was the last Sun-Saturn conflict (it was a square). At that time, Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to resign as Director of Homeland Security, reportedly because she was unwilling to drag undocumented families from their homes in the middle of the night, etc., etc..

The week of July 7th also features a potentially reckless challenge between Mars (action) and rebel Uranus. By then, Mars will be in Leo, a common pattern in the horoscopes of many on the current world stage who are getting away with murder, as the expression goes.  “Getting away with murder” is how the legendary astrologer Grant Lewi described Mars in Leo many years ago. If you want a free upgrade to first class, travel with someone with Mars in Leo.

So instead of brutal raids, this weekend presented an outpouring of empathy for the abusive conditions imposed on children in these camps on the U.S southern border, along with heaps of scorn for U.S. attorney Sarah Fabian. She’s the woman in the bewildering floral top and grey suitjacket combo whose arguments in federal court for why it’s totally safe and sanitary for children to not have soap, toothbrushes or a place to sleep can be heard in this video that has gone viral. Meanwhile, this article in The Atlantic gives us the legal history of the argument being made — and it turns out that it stems from a settlement made in 1997. This is significant astrologically because that is when Uranus was in the early degrees of Aquarius. Uranus is now in early Taurus, sparking action/disruption on anything that was born or created in 1997.

In other news, speaking of disruption, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets, demanding the resignation of their elected leader, a billionaire who won in part “because of his promise to fight corruption.” That leader has been dogged by scandal, and that protest happened in the Czech Republic.

Elsewhere, the UK’s Boris Johnson — born with the Sun at 28 Gemini (and can’t help but attract attention) —  had a rough Summer Solstice. Police were called to his home by a neighbor who was concerned by a disturbingly explosive domestic argument between the would-be UK prime minister and his partner, Carrie Symonds. Coinciding with the weekend’s dreamy and romantic patterns: “No one is buying staged photos of Boris and Carrie in a Sussex field.”


To sleep, perchance to dream. On a Boeing Dreamliner, no less. Minutes after the 5:59 AM ET square between Venus and dreamy Neptune, WaPo posted a story about Tiffani, a woman who woke from a dream and found herself inside a dark and empty plane parked on a runway at Toronto’s airport, hours after her flight from Montreal had landed.

In other news, obituaries have an odd way of reflecting current planetary patterns. Venus with Jupiter and Neptune suggests glamor, publishing, women, fantasy and luxury.Judith Krantz, Whose Tales of Sex and Shopping Sold Millions, Dies at 91.” Ms. Krantz was a Wellesley alum and I met her once at a gathering at her home in Los Angeles. She published her first book at 50 — imagine that. She told us she started writing it because her husband kept encouraging her to write a novel, and she wanted to prove to him that she couldn’t do it. So there’s a bit of inspiration for all you late-bloomers and self-doubters. Listen to those people who believe in you. They may be on to something…

Not dead, but very much embodying the luxurious and pixie-dusted Venus-Neptune-Jupiter connection: Charo, Vegas entertainer and goddess of cuchi-cuchi — and featured in Sunday’s NYT magazine.

No surprise that the markets hit a new high last Friday — and may hit another one today. Other imaginary money (bitcoin) hit a new high, too, as Facebook announced last week that it will launch its own cryptocurrency called Libra. That makes perfect sense when you consider that Libra is ruled by Venus, which rules money — and is being expanded and idealized by Jupiter and Neptune. Libra may look sweet, but it has a rep for being the “iron fist in a velvet glove.” Not sure we want to see this entity take off…

Meanwhile, “Your fat friends need you as an ally…”

Random PSA from WaPo on how Google Chrome is akin “spy software” and why you should switch to Firefox.

UPDATE: on Pete Buttigieg, last profiled in February. The potential anguish and/or grave effort in the face of potential loss suggested in his horoscope in 2019 is making itself known. Mayor Pete has suspended his presidential campaign to attend to a harsh challenge closer to home. “Black residents of South Bend unload on Mayor Pete” — in response to shooting of a 53-year-old black man by a white police officer on June 16th. The second exact hit of the potentially anguished pattern in Mayor Pete’s horoscope happens on July 4th. Coincidence or conspiracy?

UPDATE: on Kamala Harris, last discussed here in January — and will be discussed in more detail in my column for the next Mountain Astrologer. True to patterns exact in her horoscope this summer, Senator Harris is stepping out, being seen and being appreciated. “Kamala Harris steps out of her comfort zone — and it works,” writes WaPo’s Karen Tumulty. Yep. As anticipated.

UPDATE: on Elizabeth Warren. Avid Readers will recall that Senator Warren was born to attraction attention for her innovative, unconventional and/or revolutionary impact on matters of homeland and home/family. And all through 2019 that part of her horoscope is well-supported by a pattern that facilitates an ability to reach across the aisle and connect with a multitude of groups. Her Venus (her social expression and her values) is under the influence of sobering Saturn this year, and thus it is no surprise that her solid Moon in Taurus plans for material comfort and security are being taken seriously. She has a plan for everything. Watch her explain them all to you in the first Democratic debate on June 26th.  Here she is on the cover of the NYT Sunday magazine: “Elizabeth Warren is completely serious.” Yes. What NYT said!

Also in the NYT: in preparation for the two Democratic presidential candidate debates on the 26th and the 27th, you can watch 21 candidates answer 18 questions.   Then you can watch Stephen Colbert poke fun at some of the goofier responses.

What about you? Are you ready for next month’s eclipses and Mercury retrograde? How will those affect your unique horoscope? Find out in a personal consultation. Here is the 411.

Thank you for reading this forecast.


Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 10/18/2010

Creative, inspirational, mystical, healing, transcendental…or bewildering, delusional, escapist, martyred? What will you encounter this week when a Neptunian fog rolls in? Looking at all the action from Neptune this week makes me think of movie CATFISH, which I saw over the weekend. Angela, one of the key players in the movie, seems to be an extraordinary expression of Neptunian energy (see first sentence of this paragraph). I don’t know when Angela was born (CATFISH is a documentary), but I would bet Neptune is very strong in her chart — and she embodies the very best and the very worst possible manifestations of Neptune in our daily lives. CATFISH is not a perfect film, but it’s one of those experiences that likely will stay with you after you leave the theater.

Neptune dissolves whatever it touches. Tangible boundaries vanish into the ether. Under the influence of a strong Neptune transit, we can sometimes feel lost or untethered. Making commitments becomes quite a challenge; going with the flow is often preferable (read the forecast for 10/13/2010 to see if you’re having a Neptune transit to your Sun Sign).When Neptune entered the mental, humanitarian, technology-oriented sign of Aquarius back in 1998, joining revolutionary Uranus, which had entered its home sign in 1995, I thought to myself, “the catch phrase for the next fifteen years is going to be ‘we are all connected'”. Unlike internet, cell phone and GPS tech pioneers like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, however, I never thought much about how to make a fortune exploiting that deductive intuition. We have one more year of Neptune in Aquarius — then we’ll be on to a new catch phrase — stay tuned for updates.

Today Moon is in the watery sign of Pisces, where it needs to work with the intangible: music, spirit, feeling, art. As I type this Mercury (mind, communication, travel) is approaching a lovely connection to — Neptune, which happens to rule Pisces. And Tuesday, the Sun will make that same easy connection. Look for sublime inspiration — in art, music and spirit today, including the spirit of service, faith, hope and charity — that’s the plus side. Even waspish Venus retrograde in Scorpio can be softened under these Neptunian vibes. On the downside — there’s the potential for delusional spin — lies, lies and more lies — watch the headlines, listen to the political debates oh-so-carefully and rely on your own efforts to double check the facts — the media, alas, is likely to be part of the spin.