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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 9/27/2012: Quiet Before the Storm?

Well…with that challenging square between Venus (feminine) and Mars (masculine) last night, did anyone get into any trouble? Maybe tempted just a bit? Wanna share some stories?

With the Moon now in soulful Pisces, as of 1:24AM ET, the edge of the past few days (and the upcoming weekend) is softened by a need to go with the flow, work with intangibles and empathize, empathize, empathize. Depth of perception is yours for the asking around 2:11PM ET, on a supportive connection between potent Pluto and the soulful Moon.  It may be relatively quiet now; wait until the weekend.

And now, the news:

As anticipated, we are seeing more outbursts and revolts around the globe, reflecting the disruptive tension of the Uranus-Pluto square we have been talking about for months in this forecast. If you are new to this daily column, check out the posts around June 24th 2012 and September 19th, which marked the first two hits of this Mother of All Planetary Patterns. If you want to know how this pattern might directly impact your horoscope, an article I wrote on the subject will be posted shortly on a new page called ARTICLES — it may be up as soon as Friday, September 28th.

Meanwhile, did we see news from the publishing world making headlines, as anticipated? Sure. A court date has been set for the Murdoch newspaper phone hacking scandal; a journalist was arrested in New York for allegedly defacing a controversial ad posted in a subway station; and a columnist at Politico fooled much of the mainstream media, which believed that an intended satire about Paul Ryan going rogue on the campaign trail was for real.

The most intriguing article — for me, anyway — was a recent report that traffic fatalities New York went up for the first time since 2007. And I have a theory that this is a reflection of the Uranus – Pluto square, which has been in effect for a little over a year now…and will continue to be in effect through 2015.  A couple of months ago, whenever I saw an accident report — or a violent outburst (e.g. a shooting) with a time posted, I ran the horoscope for the moment of the accident/outburst. And it has been fascinating to see Uranus and Pluto sitting on the angles of the horoscope in a number of these cases. Experience shows that when these two planets are on these angles, disruptive things are more likely to happen. So I have been thinking that we’d be seeing a rise in accidents in these turbulent times. And it would be interesting to run charts for all of these accidents and see if there is indeed a planetary pattern…

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 6/13/2012: A Winner’s Perfect Timing; Uranus Square Pluto

A constructive day for achievement, without the edge of yesterday’s planetary patterns.  Moon in Aries urges us to take the initiative, and disciplined Saturn in a harmonious aspect with the Sun offers the potential for constructive gravitas. The day is also marked by two obsessions: one with power and control; the other with reinventing the wheel, as in putting an avant garde spin on an “old guard” concept. Be mindful of the first one in your social interactions today, lest ye be tempted to display the ungracious behavior that can easily happen with Venus currently retrograde.  And do get it off your desk today if you can on the East Coast, as Moon will be void from 11:09PM ET until 12:22PM ET Thursday. Folks reading this outside the United States (and it thrills me to no end that you are), take note of this long break period which will be happening during your business day.

Meanwhile, a story crossed my desk today that is an excellent illustration of the potential  suggested by rebel Uranus in pioneering, fearless Aries, squaring “take no prisoners” Pluto in Capricorn, sign of the Establishment. As has been written in prior forecasts, the highest potential of this aspect, in effect now through 2015, is emancipation and empowerment, as corruption in outmoded systems is exposed, and the system is replaced with something new. With Uranus in Aries, one individual really can be a force for major change, and what is always fascinating — to me, anyway — is how the potential to be a force for change is reflected in the horoscope.

So here’s the story (which I encourage you to read in its entirety, because it’s so darned inspiring): when documentary filmmaker Michael Moore was in high school, he was assaulted by an authority figure. Mr. Moore responded by running for the school board, and at the age of eighteen, he became the youngest person ever elected to office in the state of Michigan. Eight months later, the man who assaulted Mr. Moore was no longer employed by the high school. How cool is that?

It’s totally cool, and what’s cooler is what we see in Moore’s horoscope clearly supports the choices and mirrors the events in his life at that time. Ready? Birth data: April 23, 1954 — 12:45PM in Flint, Michigan. Moore is a Taurus with Moon in Capricorn. He needs to make things happen, fueled by the energy to preserve stability and/or material security; i.e., the way things should be. The Moon is supercharged by a tight hook-up with Mars; both of these planets are in an obsessive relationship to rebel Uranus, which needs to shake up the system. A Leo Ascendant, ruled by the Sun at the top of the horoscope, allows him to project an aura of confidence.

Looking at the vocational profile of the horoscope, it’s clear Moore needs to be an artistic communicator (Venus rules the Midheaven and the third house of communications). With the Sun and business-oriented Saturn in contact with the Midheaven (career point in the horoscope), it’s also clear that Moore needs to work as a soloist, and that his concerns about homeland security need to be put into public service (Saturn in the 4th house, ruling the 6th). There’s more, but you get the idea.

Looking at what was going on in Moore’s horoscope in April of 1971, we note an empowering arc between the Midheaven and ruthless Pluto. In October, we see another arc between rebel Uranus and structured Saturn, suggesting ambition and a need to depart from the status quo. By March of 1972, which looks to be about when Moore decided to run for the school board, we see an arc to the Midheaven, suggesting recognition, and one between serious Saturn and Venus (ruler of the Midheaven/career point), suggesting serious focus in communication and public status. These measurements are sparked by a flash of brilliance from transiting Uranus to Moore’s natal Mercury (mindset) in impulsive, fearless — hello! — Aries. He took a daring idea and made things happen, as his Mars and Moon in Capricorn suggest he needs to do! Finally, a couple of weeks before the school board election (June 12), we see another extraordinary measurement: Midheaven to Venus, suggesting moving a career forward…just as  Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy was about to hook up with Moore’s natal Moon and Mars.  Every political candidate should be so lucky to have a chart like this just before an election.

And what was going on in Moore’s chart eight months later, when the designated authority figure who inspired Moore’s run for office was fired?  Ruthless Pluto challenging both Moon and Mars (action), suggesting tremendous force of will and upheavals.  Let the record show that JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, who will be testifying before Congress today, explaining how $2 billion  was allowed to vaporize on his watch, also has Pluto aspecting Mars (and perhaps Moon, too), through 2012.  And Mr. Dimon’s trip to Washington is happening exactly three months after he surprised everyone by announcing a dividend would be paid to shareholders. That announcement came on his birthday, by the way — March 13th.  Today the Sun is at 23 Gemini, squaring Dimon’s Sun at 23 Pisces. We expect a challenge. Let’s see where things are for him three months from now, on September 13th.




Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 6/1/2012: Summer When It Sizzles

OMG, June is finally here and there is so much on deck this month that I don’t even know where to start. Neptune goes retrograde on a full moon/lunar eclipse on the 5th. Jupiter moves into Gemini for a year’s stay on the 11th. The New Moon on the 19th and the Summer Solstice on the 20th are just days away from the Mother of All Planetary Patterns — a challenge between rebel Uranus and ruthless Pluto.  On the 24th, these two heavies will square off for the first time since the early ’30s — remember those days? They’ll continue to bump into each other for a total of seven times over the next three years. If you’re someone who thrives on change, you’ll love it. Think positively!

What does all this action have to do with you? If you’re in Brooklyn on Sunday night, I’ll be talking about this jam-packed month on Ellen Reeves’ fantabulous TALK SHOW  — stop by, tell your friends and alert the media. If you’re not in Brooklyn but you know a little bit about your horoscope, you’ll find helpful information on how this Uranus-Pluto square may impact your own personal world in this article I wrote for a local astrology newsletter back in March.

Stay tuned to this channel for continuing updates…and now for the today’s whether forecast: Moon heading into Scorpio at 8:31AM ET demands depth and control, fueled by soulful inspiration…or delusion. Remember how idealism — the need to see things in the best possible light — is one of this week’s themes, courtesy of a hookup between mental Mercury and social Venus? Here’s a headline that fits this planetary pattern perfectly: George W. Bush — like him or not — was at the White House yesterday, where his Official Presidential Portrait was unveiled. From the videos of this event that have been posted on YouTube, everyone was having a marvelous time.

Another theme that will become more apparent as we move into the weekend and the Moon waxes full (exact Monday at 7:12AM ET), is the passion — frustrated or highly charged — that is suggested by a challenge between Venus (the feminine, the receptive) and Mars (masculine, aggressive) that will also be exact on Monday. Anyone have a big date planned?

Remember that Venus — which relates to our aesthetic sense and our relationships — is still retrograde. Tempting as that hot new thing may be, be advised that you may feel quite differently about said thing once Venus turns direct on June 27th.  On the other hand, it could be argued that some of the most sizzling passions can be experienced during a Venus retrograde. Hmmmm…..well…if you do indulge, seriously think twice before running off to Vegas to tie the knot. And whether you’re in a relationship or not, set your intentions for a positive outlet for your passions.

I’ll post another forecast for Sunday later. Anon…