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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 8/15 & The Weekend: De-Luxe

TGIF, but there’s plenty to accomplish before you head out of town for the weekend…

An easy flow of communication this morning, as mental Mercury and the zippy Aries Moon form a harmonious connection at 11:50AM ET, after which the Moon goes void for exactly eight minutes — blink and you’ll miss it!. From noon ET onwards, the pace slows down…dare I say even calms down, as the Moon enters placid Taurus and sets about organizing its surroundings in an effort to build or maintain material security.

Ooooh goody…a weekend with Moon in Taurus. This facilitates the enjoyment of sensual pleasures: food, wine, song — a snuggle, massage or roll in the hay.  Friday night’s indulgence is further aided and abetted by a luxe-loving challenge between Venus and the Moon at 7:57PM ET, followed by an easy alignment with Neptune at 11:35PM ET. Still more indulgence may be yours as the Moon squares expansive Jupiter just after midnight on Saturday. Not to mention a potentially over-the-top connection between sugar-sweet Venus and cosmic sugar daddy Jupiter soon after midnight on Monday morning. This aspect will be in effect all weekend, and let’s just say that if you are shopping for sweets or luxury items this weekend, do it on Saturday, because the Moon will be void-of-course from 8:26AM ET to 6:41PMET on Sunday. Whatever impulse shopping you do is likely to be ultimately of little use and it will cost more than you wanted to spend.

Tough, but thankfully brief aspects this weekend include a feisty/combative face-off between the stubborn Taurus Moon and equally stubborn Mars in Scorpio at 9:28AM ET on Sunday….followed by another stubborn face off between control freak authority figure Saturn and the Moon at 6:56PMET…let’s watch the headlines. The 3rd Quarter Moon offers a challenge to the illumination you may have received on last weekend’s Full Moon. That happens at 8:26AM ET Sunday before drifting away into a Moon void. At 6:41PM ET on Sunday, Moon enters chatty Gemini, seeking to inform and be informed…and that is how we will begin the start of the next work week.

One other planetary shift of note: mental Mercury leaves regal Leo for nitpicky but much more humble Virgo on Friday at 12:44PM ET. This bodes well for rational analysis and a willingness to hammer out details over the next few weeks.

OK, so…Ferguson. This headline says most of it: “Images of Unrest Evoke Civil Rights Era” — which should be no surprise to anyone who’s been following this forecast for the past three years — or anyone who’s learned on their own that The Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About, i.e. the current square between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, is a critical “next step” of the conjunction between Uranus and Pluto that happened in the mid-1960s. Astrologers have been writing for years that the hot-button issues of the 1960s would return with greater urgency and upheaval now.

As for the militarization of US police forces, thanks to all that nifty weaponry the military has given away, now that its sort of out of Iraq and Afghanistan, we again see that symbolized by Uranus (technology) in Aries (warrior) and Pluto (empowerment) in Capricorn (establishment). Recall that Uranus was last in Aries in the early 1930s, which coincided with the militarization of certain other law enforcement entities overseas, which led to World War II. Aiding and abetting the somewhat sneaky consolidation of power in Establishment entities (e.g., law enforcement and also Capricorn-ruled corporations) is Saturn in Scorpio. Why? Because Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn are in a relationship called “mutual reception”. I’ve written about how this mutual reception can be used constructively. Here it is again:

First, a constructive connection between Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn — and it is rare to see such a cooperative aspect between the planet of structure and the planet of transformation. This connection is especially significant because Saturn rules the sign of Capricorn and Pluto rules the sign of Scorpio…and thus, the two planets are said to be in “mutual reception”. “Mutual reception” is an astro-logical technogeek term for “really constructive connection”…but for doing what? How about…moving forward on doing what needs to be done when the writing is on the wall…without whingeing about it? As in tighten your belts and put on your big girl panties. Deal with it — no more kicking the can down the road. This is your challenge– whether it is dealing with a ginormous budget deficit, or taking your own impossible dream to the next level. Whatever you need to do, DO IT. You may find yourself surprised at the positive results!

So why is it “somewhat sneaky”? Because we are talking about Scorpio,which keeps its cards close to the vest, and Pluto, which rules Scorpio. And now many people are shocked — just shocked — at all the masks and tanks and body armor menacingly on display….but they really just haven’t been paying attention. This post written in June links an article about all that surplus gear being given to local police departments. An op-ed in today’s NYT informs us that the law that allowed this giveaway went into effect is 1997.  Hmmm…a look at planetary patterns back then would be interesting; we’d likely see connections then that relate to current patterns.

As for the “sneaky” accumulations of power by other corporate entities, a study released this week by two political science professors concludes that the average American has “virtually no impact” on the making of policy in this country. So there’s another wake-up call….planning to vote in the November mid-term elections? We have two more exact squares between Uranus and Pluto left in this very long cosmic wake-up call: on December 15th and on April 16th, 2015.

Here’s a wake-up call that seems to be leading to an uplifting ending. The Uranus-Pluto square also suggests upheaval and insecurity in employment matters. It may be a great time to strike out on your own (Uranus in Aries) as an entrepreneur, but if that’s not an option for you, that can be tough. Yesterday’s NYT featured a heartbreaking story about a single mom struggling mightily to survive as a Starbucks barista, despite a three-hour commute and insanely unpredictable hours. Well, gosh darn it, someone at Starbucks reads the New York Times, and the company announced plans to change its insane scheduling method, hopefully right away.  Huzzah.

Last, but not least — another example of the Uranus-Pluto cycle in action. From The Guardian, this profile of Ellen Gerber and Pearl Berlin, who are “the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging [North Carolina’s] voter-approved constitutional amendment banning legal recognition of same-sex relationships. Gerber and Berlin committed to one another in mid-1966, when Uranus and Pluto were conjunct. Now, on the Uranus-Pluto square, that commitment is being taken to a whole new level of awareness.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Astrological Forecast for Tuesday 6/10/2014: Mars Square Pluto; Uranus in Aries (square Pluto); A New Moon in Action

More of the same from yesterday. The Moon is still in Scorpio, seeking depth, substance and knowledge for the sake of power and control. You may feel an especially serious focus around 2:30PM ET, when the Moon hooks up with stern Saturn, suggesting a reach for ambition or someone raining on someone’s parade. At 10:21PM ET, Moon goes void until 11:23AM ET on Wednesday, suggesting a natural break in the action — and if you happen to sleep through your alarm tomorrow morning, chances are good that it will be without consequence, so long as you do not freak out about it.

Emotions are building now to the Full Moon in Sagittarius at 12:11AM ET on Friday. We are also building to an exact square between Mars and Pluto (Saturday at 8:34AM ET). We had one of these on April 23rd, as part of the dynamic Cardinal Grand Cross that everyone was talking about. Mars-Pluto squares suggest more than the usual share of “if it bleeds, it leads” headlines, and that’s in line with what I’ve been seeing on the NYT homepage. In your own personal world, you may witness more than the usual outbursts of energy. I’ve noticed an increase of sirens in my ‘hood in recent days. Plus the potential for accidents caused by a lack of focus is greater, suggested by mental Mercury and nebulous Neptune just turning retrograde. “Friendly Fire Strike Kills 5 Special Ops Soldiers in Afghanistan” is the biggest story on the NYT right now. So please stay FOCUSED this month, OK?

A couple of other Mars-Pluto militant stories of note, with input from often eccentric and extreme — and nearly always rebel Uranus in warrior/solider Aries square Pluto in “the Establishment” Capricorn. First, you may have heard about the couple in Las Vegas who killed two police officers and a WalMart shopper over the weekend, before killing themselves. Police say “they equated law enforcement with fascism,” according to this report. One of the shooters shouted “this is a revolution!” (Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn), and then draped a “Don’t Tread On Me” (more Aries) flag and a Nazi swastika over the carnage, perhaps not fully comprehending, as blogger Lee Papa pointed out, that “the Nazis were all about centralized government control.”

Second, is this item: “War Gear Flows to Police Departments”. Apparently a lot of high-tech (Uranus) combat (Aries) gear that might have gone to “an overseas battlefield” is sitting in the municipal garage of Neenah, Wisconsin (and other places), not likely to be beaten into ploughshares anytime soon — but now available for use by local law enforcement (Pluto in Capricorn in a cooperative alignment with Saturn in Scorpio).  Of course, whether this “war gear” is ever used by local law enforcement is up to the local law enforcers — with the point being, as my mentor loves to say, “Planets don’t DO anything. PEOPLE do.” Planetary patterns suggest POTENTIAL — for better or for worse. Which will you choose?

Uranus leaves Aries for the rest of our lifetimes in 2019. Its last journey through Aries was April 1927 through May 1935, making squares to Pluto in Cancer between 1931 – 1934. History buffs, feel free to look for similar themes in events happening now with events happening then. You will find them.

The potential for fiery combustion suggested by the aforementioned planets can also be seen in this amazing wedding photo” — taken on Saturday in Oregon, the day Mercury turned retrograde (what could go wrong?), and set against the backdrop of — a raging wildfire. It’s pretty amazing, as are these explosive, allegedly world record-setting fireworks in Dubai.

Also amazing and making news yesterday, when Neptune turned retrograde: a experimental procedure in which surgeons will drain the blood (Neptune) of certain trauma patients; replace it with freezing salt water (Neptune), and then try to save their lives. Finally, reflecting Sunday’s potentially healing connection between Venus (women) and Pluto: an update on less-invasive/destructive therapies for treating breast cancer.

You may recall yesterday’s item about how the last New Moon was likely to impact events involving Flight MH370. How might a New Moon impact the horoscope of an individual? I’ll give you an example from my horoscope, in which the ruler of my 7th house was conjoined by the New Moon in Gemini on May 28th. The 7th house refers to reaching out to others, either one-on-one or the public in general. The Gemini New Moon refers to information and communication. And in this cycle I’ve had one request for an interview (happening in July), another request to contribute an article to a webzine with a mainstream audience, and last, but not least, an excerpt from the forecast written on that New Moon was “discovered” and published on the website of The Mountain Astrologer. Coincidence or conspiracy?

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Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 5/21/2013: Break-ups and Shake-ups

The Libra Moon’s preference for peace and appreciation in relationship may be jangled by its connection with the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square at 9AM ET. See how that impacts your morning commute. Over the past 48 hours, I’ve noticed a greater intensity on the roads. After 9AM, Moon is happily supported by mental Mercury and loving Venus, facilitating communication and a welcome balance. Get it off your desk today, as the Moon will be void of course from 3:35AM ET Wednesday until 4:55PM ET.

So many disruptive, illuminating headlines to report, in the wake of yesterday’s third exact Pluto-Uranus square. First, it is no surprise to see a natural disaster front and center — and in the US, we have the devastation of a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, which touched down at 2:56PM CT.  The chart for that moment in space in time shows expansive Jupiter ill-placed in airy Gemini, sitting exactly on the Midheaven of the chart — and squaring the  Ascendant. Interesting.

Other disruptions, revelations and challenges to the status quo include the results of Congressional inquiry into Apple. There’s been much talk in recent months about the staggering pile of cash the company has on hand, and apparently that pile includes billions of dollars that might have been paid in taxes — if the company did not have such an intricate network of tax shelters. In the independent spirit of the Uranus-Pluto square, what’s interesting here is that the shelters apparently created a number of entities that were “state-less” – and thus arguably, not subject to taxation by a state. Apple CEO is due in Congress today — his testimony should be interesting. All I know is that if my tax rate were the same as Apple’s, I might have a big pile of cash, too — or at least a renovated kitchen. And you?

Another corporate challenge that’s been getting a lot of press: JPMorgan shareholders will vote today on whether current Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon (dubbed one of the world’s most powerful bankers), gets to keep both jobs — or be “demoted” to just CEO. Frankly, a decision to split the jobs between two people would be consistent with the break ups suggested by the Uranus-Pluto square — and Mr. Dimon’s horoscope (even without a birthtime) is directly impacted. It’s clear he’s been under tremendous pressure over that past 18 months, with a pattern also seen in the horoscope of Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) during last year’s efforts to remove Walker from office in a recall vote, which Walker survived.

A third corporate challenge comes courtesy of reporter Chris Hedges, who offers this rant against capitalism and the opinion that revolutionary action is required — perfectly timed, as I said, given the exact square between Uranus and Pluto. We would expect these challenges to the “system,” as we saw during the conjunction of Uranus and Pluto in the mid-60s.

And speaking of the mid-60s, news of a key player in the revolutionary sound that emerged during that tumultuous and creative time:  Ray Manzarak, keyboard player and founder of the Doors, passed away yesterday. Perhaps this explains why I was craving music by the Doors on Friday — and specifically, the distinctive sound of the keyboards.

So much more to write about — but I must fly. Have a fabulous day!

Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 5/20/2013: Third Time’s A Charm?

From earthy to airy…that’s the way this day goes. We begin with the Sun in the final throes of Taurus (and earth sign), and the Moon at the end of Virgo (also earth), still driving for perfection in material-security/sensual concerns. After a brief (19 minute) void, Moon enters people-pleasing Libra(air) at 1:07PM ET; at 5:10PM ET the Sun enters information junkie Gemini (also air). Who cares what you have; tell me what you think or what you know. This concentration of planets in Air signs should noticeably pick up the pace.

Bright ideas and innovative thinking, bordering on genius will likely be in headlines and perhaps in your own personal world, especially if you have a planet or angle at 11 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces. But the folks who are really in the hot seat are those born around the 1st of April, June, October and January — or those with a planet or angle at 11 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Why? Because those are the degrees that are lit up by the third exact square between rebel Uranus at 11 Aries and ruthless Pluto at 11 Capricorn, suggesting major upheavals, breakouts, break-ups and other disruptions to the Establishment status quo. Do you know how many countries and other entities, including the European Union, were established on January 1st?

A few headlines I’m seeing as I type include a series of powerful tornadoes ripping across the Midwest and this supercool piece about an 18 year-old who’s invented a device that can re-charge a cell phone battery in mere seconds, not hours. Even cooler: the 18 year-old is female.  It will be interesting to see what other news hits the wires on Tuesday, when the Libra Moon engages with the Uranus-Pluto square just before 9AM ET.

Your Moon voids for the week are Wednesday 3:35AM ET – 4:55PM ET and Friday, 9:55AM ET to 5:49PM ET. These are your natural rest periods; suffice it to say that they can be frustrating when they happen during normal business hours, as efforts to move forward in a straight line are more likely to be thwarted by twists and aimless wandering. Forge ahead today and tomorrow…

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 5/15/2013: Mercury in Gemini

Moon goes void-of-course at 8:14AM ET until 6:38PM ET. So much for getting anything of real consequence accomplished. Chill, take care of what is routine; roll with whatever twists and flakes hamper your efforts to move forward in a straight line and enjoy the down time. When the Moon enters Leo after the void, it’ll be time to party even more — and enjoy a sparkling conversation when Moon makes a supportive connection to mental Mercury at 7:03PM ET.

Speaking of Mercury, it enters Gemini — the sign it rules — at 4:41PM ET. Bring on the quick-thinking charmers who are just loaded with information to share. Some of it may be truly inspired and visionary; some of it may be totally bewildering. I say this because Mercury is fast approaching a challenge to nebulous Neptune, exact at 3:20AM ET on Saturday. It’s a great aspect for creative types, healers and con men — so double check what you hear over the next few days, if you please.

Planetary patterns are light this week, save for the impending third exact hit of rebel Uranus in warrior Aries clashing with nihilistic Pluto in corporate Capricorn — that’s on May 20th. Here’s one of many stories from the reflecting this pattern; the headline says it all: “Uninvited Guest Gives Japan’s Business Culture A Jolt”  — do you get it? Here’s another little event reflecting this pattern: a new game show on CNBC called “Crowd Rules”. Three small business owners — i.e., Aries entrepreneurs who are challenging the idea of working for a large Capricorn corporation — compete to win $50K. True to the vibe of rebel Uranus in Aries, most of these small business owners are courageous, fiercely independent, inspiring and driven by passion — not necessarily profit. That’s pretty quirky — how Uranian is that? As a self-employed person  myself, I actually learned a few things about running a small business from this show. And being self-employed — or self-reliant — as opposed to being dependent on some other entity — is part of the trend suggested by Uranus square Pluto. You don’t have to be on the show to win 50K, btw — CNBC is having a contest for small business owners everywhere — make a video telling them why you deserve the money and you just might win.

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 2/27/2013: A Day of Herding Cats

Oh, these crazy Mercury retrogrades/Moon void combinations. Why else would my ISP fail to function as designed, thus delaying the posting of today’s forecast? Thank goodness for Mark Marshall at Interage. Have you hired him to build your website yet?

Today’s whether forecast calls for sugar-spun clouds of social graces and pleasantly rational thoughts, courtesy of the people-pleasing Moon in airy Libra (as of 8:02AM ET). And yet Venus is mingling with nebulous Neptune, joining three other planets in the watery depths of Pisces. On the upside, there’s the potential for random acts of kindness and senseless acts of sweet beauty. On the down side, some may feel they searching for an anchor. Others may prefer to simply choke in shallow waters. Or wallow. Or drown (cue Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians now).

I say take the high road. This lovely Libra Moon and Mercury retrograde offer opportunities to re-connect with people you haven’t seen in ages. Why not reach out? The sublime Venus-Neptune meet-up offers healers, writers, musicians and other charitable and creative types divine inspiration over the next few days. And perhaps to some romantics, too. As evening approaches, be mindful of a potential revelation or other jolt when the peaceful Libra Moon is disrupted by rebel Uranus at 8:11PMET. The rest of the night could be just jolly…and end with a reeeeallly long sigh. Moon goes void at 3:37AM ET Thursday …not to enter Scorpio until 12:33PM ET on FRIDAY.

Meanwhile, in line with the startling events involving declarations of independence by women suggested by the current lunar cycle, I hope you took one reader’s suggestion and watched  Makers: Women Who Make America on PBS last night. Regular readers of this forecast know that civil rights were a huge theme in the 60s, as reflected by the Uranus-Pluto conjunction of 1965-66. Freedom. Equality. Disruption of the status quo!  Fifty years later, Uranus and Pluto are at it again — as of 2012 and thru 2015. Three years is a loooooonng time for these two “resistance is futile” planets to figuratively collide. So many of the seeds that were planted during the 60s are back now — with a vengeance — to claim victory over oppression once and for all. Just ask the Great State of Mississippi, which finally — last week — ratified the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery. Congratulations, Mississippi…for taking so long to bring to fruition the seeds of equality that were planted at the Uranus-Pluto conjunction that happened in…1850.

In other related news, the plight of so-called pink-collar workers, specifically those at Weight Watchers was illuminated by Monday’s Full Moon in Virgo (workers) opposing the Sun in Pisces (suffering).  Columnist Maureen Dowd seems unamused by the harsh controls imposed on workers by Yahoo’s female CEO. Other Pisces keywords are film and illusion; here’s another aptly timed labor (Virgo) gripe that was highlighted at the Oscars: the visual effects artists who make movie magic (e.g., Life of Pi) vs. their employers. That’s why so many Facebook profile pics have turned  chroma key green, btw. So now you know.

Chroma key green with envy is what your friends will be when you tell them you REviewed your life with your astrologer  during this Mercury retrograde.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 12/21/2012: The End of the World As We Know It

Since you’re reading this forecast on December 21st, clearly the world did not come to an end. Yes, perhaps the world ending would have solved a lot of problems. But noooo, they’re still here, waiting for you — and everyone else — to tackle them. Which means you’ll be needing some insight on what planetary patterns suggest for you personally in the New Year, so you’ll know how to maximize potential for enlightenment and overall well-being, right? Absolutely! Fortunately, really useful information on consultations can be found here — and whaddaya know — my Special Holiday Promotion is on until January 1st, 2013.


The Sun begins its annual trek through Capricorn at 6:12AM ET. In the Northern Hemisphere, days will be getting longer and nights will be getting shorter. Hooray! Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season from an astrological point of view. The first day of each season (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) corresponds with the first day (or first degree) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively. Got that? Good. These four signs are called cardinal signs of the zodiac, with “cardinal” here suggesting (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  Cardinal signs take action. They initiate. Nothing happens without action. And action leads to necessary change. As in a change of seasons — suggested by solstices and equinoxes. Clear? The first day of a season is a turning point. In Japan, the first day of each season is a national holiday. How cool is that?

With the Sun at the first degree of Capricorn, we are working with proactive, make-it-happen energy focused on corporate and governmental structures. On this particular Winter Solstice, we find the Moon still charging through the RAMbunctious sign of Aries, needing to get things started in an inspiring, pioneering way. This Moon is in an easy connection with mental Mercury, suggesting we’ll be hearing a lot of inspired and heated opinions today.

Venus (women, social expression, art, finance) also needs to make a big statement — now and over the weekend, suggested by a challenge from expansive Jupiter (exact at 10:50PM ET on Saturday).  I am betting that retailers will be verrrrry happy thanks to the generous impulses of last-minute shoppers. Venus-Jupiter contacts suggest plenty of good will for all, never mind that credit card bill in January. Spend it like there’s no tomorrow.

In the Winter Solstice chart, the need for action is echoed by Mars, planet of energy applied, which is still behaving like a loose cannon and calling attention to aggression just about everywhere. Here in the States, attention continues to be focused on guns, which are ruled by Mars. In India, newspapers have been filled with reports of protestors outraged by recent acts of brutal violence against women. This is also Mars — at its worst.

But wait, there’s more. There’s the Yod, a.k.a. the “Finger of God” among stern Saturn, ruthless Pluto and expansive Jupiter, suggesting a pressing need to choose a direction one way or the other; this was discussed earlier this week. There’s the ongoing hugely disruptive square between rebel Uranus and Pluto, which was also discussed yesterday and elsewhere on this site (check the ARTICLES page).  And finally, there’s a lovely connection between the Capricorn Sun and nebulous Neptune in Pisces that suggests excellent communication between consciousness and spirit/intuition. Really, that Sun-Neptune connection is a saving grace in this Winter Solstice/End of the World horoscope.  Check yesterday’s forecast for more on the spiritual potential of Neptune in Pisces. Looks like an awakening to me. Pretty darn magical, even with all the challenges and inevitable action suggested by the rest of the chart. And you are here on Planet Earth, as an active participant in this exciting story. Imagine that!

It is interesting to note how this chart falls relative to New York and Washington. Mental Mercury is right on the Ascendant; disruptive Uranus is opposing the Midheaven — for the charts in both cities.  A shake-up to our foundation, perhaps,  and a liberating, illuminating change of direction/public status are suggested, as is a major statement of a “big picture” philosophy right up front. If you were planning on spending 2013 in a some kind of rut, that doesn’t look likely — certainly not in the United States.

I’m looking forward to an energetic day filled with phones ringing off the hook, stimulating conversation, good cheer and batches and batches of Christmas cookies to bake. Should be quite an enterprise, with the Capricorn Sun and Aries Moon.

More on the weekend later…with a heads up that if you are shopping on Saturday, the Moon will be void from 7:57AM ET to 1:25PM ET. Wait until after 1:25PM ET to hit the malls…


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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 4/9/2012: A Brief Look at the Week Ahead

Happy Monday! I hope you had a deep and meaningful Easter/Passover weekend, suggested by the Moon being in Scorpio from 11:18AM ET Saturday until 11:12M ET today. If you went overboard on Easter candy (or anything else) yesterday, blame an indulgent opposition between Moon and Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy. I used these planetary patterns to indulge in a day at the local spa, complete with a deep-tissue massage.

A slow start to the morning and/or an unexpected twist is suggested by a void-of-course Moon (as of 2:56 AM ET); Moon enters opinionated Sagittarius at 11:12AM ET. Feel like starting your work week off with yoga, meditation or some other creative flow? A Moon void can support it.

And speaking of flow, lunar aspect today suggest the following: more creativity or dreamy/confusion/spaciness (Moon square nebulous Neptune) at 3 PM ET; a potential clash of opinions or an impassioned outburst of energy around 5:22PM (Moon square aggressive Mars); innovation, networking and good times are favored by Moon trine rebel Uranus and opposed loving Venus at 8:02PM and 8:27 ET, respectively.

The whole day offers much potential for innovation in social expression, creative arts and finances, suggested by  Venus in an easy connection with Uranus. If you are out and about today, you may be surrounded by people whose opinions feel like a breath of fresh air. Or perhaps you will be the source of those refreshing points of view.

Your Moon voids for the week: Wednesday 7:05 AM – 1:02 PM ET; Friday 1:05PM -5:48PM ET. If you don’t know what a void-of-course Moon is, look up the forecast that was posted on February 10, 2012.

Planetary shifts this week include Pluto turning retrograde Tuesday at 12:21PM ET and Mars turning direct on Friday at 11:53 PM ET. More on that later this week.

Finally, a brief look at the headlines. On a day when nebulous Neptune challenged Venus, suggesting dreamy charm and/or fantasy, isn’t it wonderful to see an op-ed on the home page of the New York Times about the power of magical thinking  and superstitions  Also of note: this article about one individual leading the charge against an allegedly corrupt system. The individual in question happens to be a 23-year-old woman and a student in Chile. With rebel Uranus in Aries (the individual) squaring Pluto (corruption exposed, transformation, power) in Capricorn (the establishment) for the next three years, we are sure to see many stories from around the world on how the actions of one person are disrupting the system. And since this story went to press under the influence of dreamy Neptune, this particular revolutionary happens to be  “glamorous” Coincidence or conspiracy?

Astro-logical Forecast for 3/16 & the Weekend: Score One for Uranus Square Pluto

Wow! What a week it’s been! We’ll talk about that in a minute. But first…

Moon continues to strive to make things happen in enterprising Capricorn, buoyed by a lovely connection to Venus (women, aesthetics, money, social expression) in security-preserving Taurus at 3:11AM ET. It’s the only exact lunar aspect of the day, so that sets the tone. Happy Friday! It’s a much quieter day than the rest of the week, but much can still be accomplished.

Saturday morning may be a bit grumpy, as the enterprising Moon is challenged to get even more serious by disciplined, chilly Saturn. Does someone want to be alone? Chill out and roll with it during the Moon void from 9AM – 12:11PM ET. Or maybe just sleep in — a perfect activity for void of course Moons.  In the afternoon and into the evening, you’re likely to be feeling more social, as Moon, now in “who loves ya buddy” Aquarius,  is supported by chatty Mercury and unconventional Uranus. With Mercury currently retrograde, consider reconnecting with folks you haven’t seen in a long while — don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone to do it.

Sunday is terrific for optimistic, pleasure-seeking humanitarians and other friends — though you might want to keep an eye on your wallet. An exuberant contact to Moon from jolly Jupiter hits at 7:23AM ET, followed by a brilliant hook-up between mental Mercury and innovative, freedom-loving Uranus at 1:24PM ET. Technogeeks and other geniuses  (including astrologers),  thrive under this configuration — the second of three that will happen between March 5th and April 22nd. Take note of your bright ideas — some of them may well be diamonds in the rough.  Another indulgent contact between Moon and Venus hits at 2:39PM. Yum!

And now, the news:

First, how about those stock markets? Highs that haven’t been seen in a few years  — and yet market volatility was unusually low. Low volatility suggests more confidence, less fear driving the markets. This suggests stability. Hmmm…stability…perhaps the kind of stability that might be reflected in an Earth Grand Trine involving planets often associated an abundance of resources? Coincidence or conspiracy? Why, even the United States Senate managed to achieve a level of productivity not seen since…well I don’t know when. I will let Gail Collins, who writes funny, tell you

Not everyone was feeling stable, though. Ask the good folks at the investment bank Goldman Sachs how stable it feels to see the value of your company drop by two billion dollars in one day…all because one “disgruntled employee” had the nerve to publish his resignation letter in the New York Times And the status quo of  The Establishment was disrupted, as alleged moral bankruptcy and bad manners were exposed. Sounds like a textbook case study for rebel Uranus in Aries, sign of the Individual and the Underdog challenging Pluto (transformation/annihilation of all that is rotten) in Capricorn (hallowed structures of our government and corporations). The first of seven exact challenges (squares) happens June 24; the last one happens March 16, 2015.

Here’s the takeaway from that story: look how empowered one person can be! The empowerment of the individual is one major theme of the dance we’re seeing between Uranus and Pluto in Aries and Capricorn. Yes, you, too can be an entrepreneurial pioneer. Welcome to the world of the self-employed (Aries), connected to the whole world through technology (Uranus).  We will certainly see many more David vs. Goliath stories over the next few years…and some Davids will be kookier than others (Uranus delights in being decidedly weird). The challenge for us in choosing which of these Davids to follow is being strong enough to see through the veil of illusion presented by weirdest of the bunch, because those rose-colored glasses may be terribly tempting. Especially if those glasses somehow promise to feed our collective soul (we’ll likely to be doing a lot of soul-searching over the next 14 years, but that’s another story about Neptune in Pisces, which I will tell another day — or you can search the archives for what has already been written).

Have a great weekend!