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Astro-logical Forecast for Sunday-Monday 1/4-5/2015: Full Moon in Cancer; Bono & Other News

…and a very Happy New Year to you.

Writing this during the long void-of-course Moon in Gemini that’s been going on since 6:55AM ET …not to enter Cancer until 8:08PM ET tonight. If you’re doing Moon void-y things like chilling out, going with the flow, focusing on routine tasks and generally resting or wandering, the otherwise supercharged patterns happening today may well pass you by. And those patterns would be the enterprising Capricorn Sun hooking up with Pluto at 6:32PM ET, ready for a power play hours after freedom-mandating Uranus insists on a state of independence.  Upside: potential empowerment and/or emancipation. Downside: for whose benefit? Remember, planets have nothing to do with how energy is used. We humans have plenty of free will to choose whether we act for better or for worse.

Meanwhile, at 9:48AM ET, Venus (love, money, art, women) entered “I love you, but don’t take it personally” Aquarius. Venus in Aquarius suggest less status-seeking and social-climbing; more friendly vibes and humanitarian concerns in social expression, if a bit unconventional.  That’s the vibe until January 28th, when Venus enter Pisces with a sigh an empathic sigh.

Tonight’s Cancer Moon is happy to stay close to home, where it can focus on preserving emotional security. If emotions are running high, look to the Full Moon, which will be exact Sunday at 11:53PM ET. During the day tomorrow, there is much practical potential in the social expression front, as Venus will be anchored by Saturn in philosophical Sagittarius. Where are you going and what does it all mean — in your relationship — and your finances? What do you value?

As Sunday evening falls, the potential for revelations and catharses (for better or worse) rises, as the Moon makes its weekly clash with the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square. Communication may be jumbled as mental Mercury leaves Capricorn for rocket scientist Aquarius at 8:08PM ET. Mercury in Aquarius is happily wonky and less concerned with every darn word needing a practical purpose or why bother saying it. The jumble comes from having to adjust to the new mental vibe….and OMG we’ll have plenty of time to appreciate the weirdly stubborn-yet-perfectly-cerebral-technogeek Aquarian mindset, given that Mercury won’t leave the sign of the Water Bearer until March 12th. Why?

Because Mercury turns retrograde on January 21st. You will love it.

Keep an eye on world events on this Full Moon in comparison to events that happen around April 4th. Both lunations will trigger the Uranus-Pluto square, so we’ll see if things that happen now will be moved further along in April (I expect they will be).  Certainly if you have a planet or angle around 15 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you will be feeling some shift in your life, especially if Sun, Moon or angles are involved. And if you do not know where your angles are and if they are involved, get thee to an astrologer forthwith! Otherwise I am going to wonder why you are reading astrological forecasts without considering how these planetary cycles might be reflected in your own life development — and how helpful it would be to know the game plan.

The Sabian Symbols for the Full Moon are, for the Moon: “A group of people who have overeaten and enjoyed it”; and for the Sun: “Many toys in the children’s ward of a hospital”. This inspired Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee to muse thoughtfully about themes of hospitality, hospices and stewardship, as well as the virtues of “guarding the joy and pleasures of life without straying into repeated excess” versus “avoiding life’s issues through indulgence in trifles”.  If you do not have Bovee’s lovely book about Sabian Symbols, consider adding it to your collection.

And now, the news.

I do love this week between Christmas and New Year’s, as much of the Western World takes time to rest without the pressure of daily deadlines. This doesn’t suggest a lack of productivity. It’s just….nice…and I hope you’ve enjoyed many blessings whilst ringing out 2014.

That being said, there are a few headlines that have caught my eye  — with more on what we might expect as reality check Saturn moves through Sagittarius (collective beliefs and mass communication) for the next two years.  Saturn is limitation and control.  So how about this item:  “Web Freedom Seen as a Growing Global Issue.” Ah..limited access…and perhaps…censorship?

Today there was a story about a widow who was stunned to watch her husband die on commercial TV — months after his passing — in primetime, no less. Seems that when he was taken to the ER after being hit by a sanitation truck, cameras were rolling in the operating room, courtesy of the “why should we bother paying writers and actors to create scripted shows when we can get them for practically free” forces behind the reality show, “NY Med”.  The family of the deceased patient has sued, citing violations of privacy. So far, they have not prevailed in court. What do you think?

Meanwhile, add Bono to the list of people with life events likely reflecting the potential squeeze of Saturn to planets and/or angles in the horoscope. In November he had an accident while bicycling in Central Park, breaking his arm in six places. Today he released a statement noting that “he may never play guitar again”. He will spend the next several months recovering and preparing for a summer tour, which is when Saturn will return to the place it was at the time of the accident — right at the top of his horoscope, ruling his Ascendant, an important health center. Feel free to send him healing thoughts so he may succeed with his efforts to be at the top of his game this summer. Overall patterns in his horoscope for the next few years are intense, as you might imagine.

As for Monday…

Sunday’s Cancer Full Moon at 11:53PM ET immediately goes void, not to enter Leo until 6:03AM ET on TUESDAY. So a slow or wandering start to the back-to-work week can be forgiven, though focusing on practical to-do lists is suggested  — and aided and abetted by a cooperative alignment between mental Mercury and disciplined Saturn at 5:21PM ET Monday. This is the only exact aspect of the day.

In the next forecast, I hope to offer some thoughts on major planetary patterns of 2015, including the end of the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square on March 15th/16th, depending on your time zone.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 9/24/2014: New Moon in Libra

If you want to know where you’re at, look at whom you’re with. You can quote me on that, assuming the grammar is correct (the downside of life without an editor). But seriously folks, this New Moon in Libra offers us the opportunity for a prominent focus on relationships of  all kinds — interpersonal, international, interracial, maybe even intergalactic.

The New Moon — i.e.,  the monthly meet-up of the Sun and Moon — happens at 2:14AM ET this morning.  A New Moon offers us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle.  Sometime today or tomorrow, light a candle and make a list.  Around October 1st, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to those goals, with appropriate adjustments made. At the time of the Full Moon on the 8th, we can expect illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle. If we succeeded, we can consciously release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. After the Third Quarter Moon on the 15th, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon on the 23rd.

Libra is the sign of partnerships; marriage is an obvious partnership; some business relationships are partnerships, including adversarial ones. We went through the first half of the zodiac with New Moons focusing on the Self: Aries = my identity; Taurus = my values/possessions; Gemini = my mind; Cancer = my emotions/family; Leo = my love to give; Virgo = my service/work/body. Now we’re ready to go public. Take a look at your relationships: how are We doing? What is the State of Our Unions?  How do they reflect the Libran qualities of justice, fairness, diplomacy, peace, beauty and sweetness? Is there resentment or a lack of appreciation? Are there issues hanging in the balance (Libra is the sign of the Scales)?

Use a bit of creative visualization in your New Moon meditation  — and if you’re not a meditating type, grab a pen and paper and make a list of partnership objectives for the next few months.  If there’s anything/anyone on that list that you already have, make time for social graces and express your appreciation. Libra NEEDS appreciation for being valuable in relationship; by extension, our relationships need grace and appreciation, too.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon at 1 degree 8 minutes of Libra is this: “Light of the sixth race transmuted to the seventh,” and I’m so glad Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee has thought long and hard about how we might apply it in real life. This is an “image of a shifting in the quality of light energy into a higher, accelerated frequency,” he writes. “‘Race’ can be a dicey topic if approached in a less than enlightened manner.” Mmm-hmmm, so perhaps this suggests a need to proceed with a delicate consideration in relationships during this lunar cycle, especially since much of it will occur during mental Mercury’s next retrograde, which happens on October 4th. Mercury retrogrades suggest a higher probability for misunderstandings, doncha know.

And what about this idea of transmutation? “In esoteric philosophy, transmutation from the sixth to the seventh ray is the movement from a path of devotion to a path of ceremonial magic that realizes the unity of all things, as well as open-mindedness, gentleness and love.” Not bad traits to cultivate in your relationships during this cycle, along with “an awareness of all uplifting shifts within experience; from dark to light; cold to warm…consider ultrafine sensibilities; ultralight tenderness; imperceptible impressions”…all those refined expressions of appreciation Libra can do so well.

There’s no Moon void to delay or detour your efforts to move forward in a straight line today, though note the potential for a bit of emotional intensity or a power play around 9:39PM ET, when the Moon is challenged by ruthless Pluto. Adding to the mystical pixie dust of the fading Mars-Neptune square is an approaching easy connection between expansive Jupiter in regal Leo and rebel Uranus in Aries. Jupiter-Uranus connections spark high-flying ideas and ambitions….some humanitarian, others cosmic or at least, high-tech. Let’s watch the headlines for innovation and boundaries pushed….and oh, look, here’s a TV show premiering later tonight that perhaps aims to do just that. It’s called “black-ish,” which is quite intriguing, given the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon.

You may be feeling the high-flying optimism of the Jupiter-Uranus trine if you have a planet between 8 and 17 degrees of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. That would include NYT columnist David Brooks, whose shiny happy ode to New York in today’s paper has some readers wondering what he’s been smoking. Brooks has his Mercury (mindset) at 14 Leo, which is exactly where Jupiter is now. Jupiter making contact with Mercury suggests a need for uplifting and expansive thinking, for better or for worse. To be fair, the aforementioned column does segue into a more sober tone, perhaps reflecting the fact that stern Saturn at 19 Scorpio is squaring his 18 Leo Sun.  And last week, he wrote about the importance of friendship, as Uranus (ruler of “who’s yer buddy?” Aquarius) made contact with Mercury. I’ll bet your current train of thought is reflected in patterns in your horoscope, too.

And now, more news.

Pluto turned direct on Monday, suggesting a potent release of energy, possibly destructive. With Pluto almost exactly opposing the US Sun in Cancer, let the record show that airstrikes against ISIS were launched in Syria and elsewhere. News from underground often bubbles to the surface during Pluto activity, and in that article you’ll read about a troubling group of individuals known as the Khorasan. We’ve never heard of them before…until now.  Meanwhile, the Sun at 0 degrees Libra (the Aries Point, as discussed in the last forecast), suggested a need for prominence in the Libran concern for equality in relationship. And there was Emma Watson,  who brought Hermione Granger to life and is now serving as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, delivering an impassioned speech on gender equality. And boy did this speech attract attention — including threats from the social media trolls, who have now been categorically proven in this recent study to be the sociopaths, sadists and narcissists we always suspected them to be.

Finally, in case you missed the (virtually non-existent) TV coverage of Sunday’s Peoples’ Climate March in New York, here’s Jon Stewart’s take on the event, along with an excerpt of a  stunning recent hearing held before the Congressional Committee on Science, Space and Technology. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry — and you might find it helpful to know that all of the illustrious Congressmen in this Daily Show segment are up for re-election in November…and if you don’t vote, somebody else will.

Oh. One other astrological tidbit reflected in today’s news. Scientists (bless them) have released predictions on which US cities are most vulnerable to the anticipated effects of climate change. Which ones are your safest bet?  Which ones might be toast and which ones might be under water by 2047-2048?  It’s fascinating that scientists are keying in on 2047 as a significant date. Why? Well, for years we’ve been talking about the dramatic crisis/awareness suggested by the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square, a.k.a. the Planetary Pattern Everyone Should Be Talking About. But of course I say never-ending in jest; the seven series of squares wrap up next year, though the pattern will still likely be felt through 2016.  Then what? Well, in 2047, we’ll have the Uranus-Pluto opposition. For clues on what we can expect, think of the opposition operating as an opposition between the Sun and Moon (i.e., a Full Moon) — and re-read the second paragraph of this forecast. Will we work out the challenges of the Uranus-Pluto square (which operates like a First Quarter Moon) by the time the series completes? Fingers crossed….and here’s some good news: 40 companies have pledged to stop tropical deforestation by 2030 and others are stepping up to the plate. It’s a start.

Have an uplifting New Moon day planting beautiful seeds for graceful, balanced, loving relationships. Take time to express appreciation — you will raise the vibration of the entire planet; people will appreciate you in return and your generous heart and spirit will be rewarded a thousandfold…and you can take that straight to the Good Karma Bank.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Tues. & Wed. 7/1-2/2014: Hobby Lobby and More

FOR TUESDAY:  Chill, chill and don’t panic. Take care of routine. Double check all communications and travel plans. Mercury turns direct at 8:50AM ET; the regal Leo Moon goes void of course at 6AM ET, not to enter Virgo until 5:24PM ET. Avoid turning molehills of misunderstanding into mountains of Leo drama over wounded pride; when in doubt, ask for clarification of intentions. This evening, the Virgo Moon offers incentive to perfect, organize and clean up whatever mess may have been made when Mercury changed direction.

FOR WEDNESDAY: Note your dreams Wednesday morning, courtesy of a Moon challenge from mystical Neptune. Balance, indulgence and a potential emotional healing may be yours as the day progresses into the evening. The potential for major power plays can not be ignored as ruthless Pluto in Capricorn (the Establishment; corporations; patriarchy, mines, energy resources) approaches its next exact challenge to the Sun in Cancer (women, money, nurturing, emotional and homeland security) on Friday morning.

So the big news in the US yesterday (Monday) was the Supreme Court ruling on Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, which we first discussed on April 2nd, along with Samuel Alito’s horoscope. Back in April, it was expected that Alito would gain greater prominence this year and next, and isn’t it interesting that his majority opinion in the Hobby Lobby case made headlines on a day when expansive Jupiter  at 25 Cancer (women) squared his 25 degree Libra Midheaven, suggesting recognition in career and public status. Look for more action for Alito when Mars conjoins his Midheaven around July 16. Note also that his 25 Libra Midheaven was eclipsed on April 15th – we expect to see changes of public status in the months afterwards. And let’s not forget that Alito’s visionary/spiritual/idealistic/delusional (pick whichever applies) opposition between Mercury (mindset)  in me-me-me Aries and Neptune in Libra is currently being supercharged by rebel Uranus. Quite a buzz going on in his mind that may be seen as disruptive, erratic, rebellious and/or genius.

The ruling in the Hobby Lobby case came as expected, supported by its release on a day with a heavy Moon (women)  – Saturn (control, patriarchy) connection. I could have posted that in yesterday’s forecast, but why dampen your Monday morning, especially when the weather was so beautiful? And I’ve been thinking a lot about Saturn recently, given that it’s sitting at the same degree all month: 16 Scorpio (plus a few minutes, which means we read the Sabian Symbol for 17 Scorpio). What does that degree suggest?  “A woman the father of her own child,” which I would love to interpret as , “hey you grumpy old men (and we know who you are), you’re on a fast track to becoming obsolete”.  Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee has other useful insights.

For starters, “a woman the father of her own child” suggests “a spirited sense of self-fertilization and independence….[and also] bringing together masculine and feminine energies creatively for self-realization.” Oh and there’s more:

Every human being must balance masculine and feminine energies within themselves, It is an inner process of individuation that gives birth to the child of creativity. The issue is one of spiritual fertility: an independent and immaculate conception. Those filled with their own spirit may well be suffering from immaculate self-perception….one may have romantic visions of the way things used to be or ought to be…”

Whoa. Deep. And there’s still more:

Apply this degree-pair with a mind to an awareness of matters of spirit over ideas; passionate independence against archaic versions of the Mysteries. Watch for denial, such as teenage mothers who insist they have never had sex. Think of Gothic romances where passions collide with social and political realities…consider artificial insemination, fertility issues; sterile ideas and outdated, romantic passions to be championed….

So that’s the lesson Saturn has to share all this month — in areas involving structure, ambition, control and authority.

We also must consider the Hobby Lobby ruling against the backdrop of the current Uranus-Pluto square which — as noted before — is bringing up all sorts of revolutionary causes we thought we might have resolved in the mid-60s, when Uranus and Pluto were conjunct. Griswold v Connecticut was a 1965  Supreme Court case that declared it unconstitutional to prohibit married couples from using contraceptives; that right was extended to unmarried couples in 1972…followed by Roe v. Wade in 1973.  The revolutionary agenda of the 60s is up for further development — and we can expect even more concrete action to be taken in the aftermath of the seven Uranus-Pluto squares in 2016 onward.

I don’t know if you, dear Reader, are old enough to remember how cool it was when the Equal Right Amendment, written in 1923 (!) was passed by Congress back in 1972. It never became law because not enough states would ratify it. This poignant ad campaign about what it means to “throw like a girl” shows how far we still need to go — and what needs to change, as argued in the accompanying article. Fortunately, planetary patterns suggest change is on the agenda for some years to come.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 12/9/2013: Woodrow Wilson & Leonardo DiCaprio’s Perfect Match

A sensitive, soulful Pisces Moon starts off the work week, along with First Quarter square from the gamboling/gambling Sagittarius Sun at 10:10AM ET. This suggests a challenge to whatever New Moon agenda you set last week, though there’s enough optimism offered by a harmonious connection from expansive Jupiter to give you hope of quashing whatever obnoxious fly lands in your ointment. Your brain could channel all sorts of innovation solutions today and tomorrow, courtesy of an inventive alignment between mental Mercury and rebel Uranus. Think outside the box!

Your Moon voids this week: Tuesday 1:41AM ET – 8:06AM ET; Thursday 10:37AM ET – 3:40PM ET — not bad for productivity and holiday gift shopping. Know anyone who might appreciate being gifted with a personal astro-logical consultation? I have a few gaily — yet tastefully — decorated gift certificates I would be delighted to send via snail mail or email. That “anyone” might even be you. Here’s the 411 on all the various consultations to choose from.

There’s plenty to report in the news, including ongoing upheaval in Thailand and the Ukraine — areas to watch for ever-escalating tensions at the end of the month.  More accidents and aggression pulled focus over the weekend, reflected by physical Mars at the prominent Aries Point (0 Libra, on Saturday). One accident led to a rare eruption of violence in Singapore; bad weather and careless driving led to another 50+ car pile-up — this time in Pennsylvania.  But the story I had to investigate further was Maureen Dowd’s Sunday NYT column entitled, “Woodrow Wilson, Stud Muffin”.

Really, Woodrow Wilson? Stud muffin? Yes, really — and a Pulitzer prize-winning author — A. Scott Berg — wrote a book about our 28th president that was published a few months ago. Not only that, but Leonardo DiCaprio has optioned the book. I had to investigate the planetary patterns behind these events. So here they are. Woodrow Wilson is a Capricorn — born Dec 29 1856 (here is the horoscope). If you’ve been paying any attention to my writings on the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square, you know that Capricorns born at the end of December were super-charged in 2012 and 2013. Saturn, which rules Wilson’s Capricorn Sun, is at 11 Cancer — also under the influence of Uranus and Pluto.  We’d expect Wilson to become more prominent and empowered during this time.

But Pluto and Uranus aren’t finished with Wilson’s horoscope yet. Wilson’s Ascendant is 15 degrees of Libra; his Midheaven (career status/reputation) is 17 Cancer; his Mercury is 18 Cancer…and all three points will be super-charged by Uranus-Pluto in 2015. If the film is made — and released in 2015, it should get quite a bit of attention. Let the record also show that right now, transiting Jupiter (expansion, publishing) is on Wilson’s Midheaven, suggesting public recognition/honor — and it’s been there since mid-September, when the book and movie deal hit the headline. Makes sense!

As for the “stud muffin” part, that’s easy to see — with loving Venus and horny Mars exactly conjunct in Aquarius (and square to Uranus), we could expect Wilson to have a bit of a buzz about him, unconventional relationships and a strong appreciation for friendship. Other aspects to Pluto in his horoscope suggest intense emotional engagement — even with all that “I love you, but don’t take it personally” Aquarius/Uranus emphasis.

There are other intriguing measurements in Wilson’s horoscope that suggest a strong connection with the public right now, and any students of astrology should check out the current solar arcs. They are fun, but what is going on in Leonardo DiCaprio’s horoscope is even more fun, as it reflects perfectly his connection to Woodrow Wilson! DiCaprio is a Scorpio — born 11/11/74– here is the horoscope. He has Moon at 15 Libra — exactly on Wilson’s Ascendant — this is a compelling emotional connection. Not only that, DiCaprio’s has three planets — Sun, Venus and Saturn — making an easy connection with Wilson’s Midheaven. Sweet!

Solar arcs and transits in DiCaprio’s horoscope over the next 2-4 years suggest increased public prominence and acclaim. The synchronicity with Wilson’s horoscope is faaaaaascinating –I could write more — but for now,  I’m dashing this off — and we’ll see how this film project develops over the next two years. Di Caprio should do very well, regardless.

Glad to hear so many enjoyed my thoughts on Mars in Libra — posted Friday. Thank you for your kind emails of appreciation.

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday – Friday 11/27-29/2013: Thank Goodness for Thanksgiving, Hannukah & The Pope’s Perfect Timing

Alllll– riighty, then.

A fierce wind howling woke me up in the middle of the night — and kept me up long enough to make sleeping in this morning a must-do. Oh, happy void-of-course Moon in Virgo, as of 6:44AM ET, during which indulgences such as sleeping in may often be excused. How about you? The Moon won’t enter the next sign, Libra, until 5PM, when the needs of the day shift from detailed correctness to appreciation in relationship.

Today’s Moon went void on an energetic alignment with Mars, also in perfectionist Virgo, so many may experience intense expressions of will and demands for perfection carried through the day. We can also expect the usual twists and detours in efforts to move forward in straight line, much to the dismay of many traveling on this  traditionally insane traveling day. Go with the flow & try on your best Pollyanna attitude, which is supported quite well by other planetary patterns. Such as? How about an idealistic alignment between mental Mercury and Venus (money, women, social expression, aesthetics) that facilitates a need to see things in the best possible light? That pattern is exact tonight at 9:45PM ET.

But wait, there’s more: an expansive and nurturing mindset — and writing all about it — is suggested by a lovely alignment between Mercury and jolly Jupiter (exact tomorrow at 2:24AM ET). An indulgent and exuberant face-off between Jupiter and Venus gets Thanksgiving off to a likely festive start. Upsets and intense emotions may be felt for some before noon ET on Thanksgiving, however,  as the balance-seeking Libra Moon is challenged by the disruptive, illuminating Uranus-Pluto square. This challenge is likely to be felt more personally by those with 8-12 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn prominent in their horoscope. Consult your local astrologer for details.

Friday is a bust: another long day of Moon voidness, starting at 6:14AM ET…until 11:03PM ET. This suggests that whatever Black Friday bargains you think you’ve scored are likely to prove far less useful than you imagined, but given that the Moon void starts on two indulgent aspects to the Moon and Venus, chances are that people will spend-spend-spend anyway (pity the fools) — likely on things that are techie and reflective of the latest eclectic innovation. Why techie and innovative? This whole week has been under the influence of a harmonious alignment between the high-flying Sagittarius Sun and rebel rocket scientist Uranus in pioneering Aries (exact on Saturday at 1:25.PM ET — this just in as I type: big, fat airline merger clears last obstacle) The Moon void should make for some interesting upsets in the world of football and — as with today (Wednesday) — for those who may be traveling. Otherwise, chill!

And now, the news.

Let’s talk about rebel Uranus and ruthless Pluto. You know these two heavyweights are in an historic, challenging relationship from 2011-2016, because you’ve read about it here a zillion times. My mentor, Noel Tyl, uses this imagery to describe the potential of Uranus-Pluto connections: Jesus overturning the tables of the moneychangers in the temple.  How fascinating, in light of this week’s planetary patterns (described above and in Monday’s forecast) AND at the halfway point of the Uranus-Pluto square, to see Pope Francis taking such a strong and disruptive stance against capitalism. Here are eleven worthy excerpts from the 84-page apostolic exhortation published this week (84 is the number of years it takes rebel Uranus to revolve around the Sun — how cool is that); here is how the New York Times covered the story (the prior link is from Gawker — don’t miss it); and here is what you can find about the Pope and the Vatican right now at the Washington Times. Note that the WT conveniently omits the other half of the Pope’s remarks on the particular subject discussed in the link immediately preceding; you will find that other half in paragraph 11 of the NYT article. Also in the WT: the Pope shaking hands with Vladimir Putin; and Obama delivering  “a slap in the face of Roman Catholics” by “closing down the American Embassy in the Holy See” (you have to read the article before learning that the Holy See office is being moved to the US Embassy in Rome (i.e., right next door), and will probably save U.S. taxpayers a boatload of dough — which you’d think would make readers of the WT very happy (if there were other articles covering Pope Francis in the WT and WSJ that I did not link, it is because I did not see them).

Now why am I going off on a Moon void wandering adventure about what the Washington Times is spewing forth vs. other esteemed media outlets? Because six of the Supreme Court Justices are Catholic. And they write intriguing influential opinions about corporate/capitalist interests, and so forth. And I wondered how closely they would mind the opinions of the leader of their Church? Will their decisions change? Just for fun, I did some research on one of the Catholic Justices — Antonin Scalia — and found a recent interview in which he stated that he only reads the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times.  Here’s what he’ll read about this story, as reported by the WSJ online.

Well, alll-riiighty then. We’ll save the recent headlines reflecting Saturn reaching the halfway point of its sojourn through nitty-gritty, matters of life and death Scorpio for next time.

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Happy Hannukah! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 10/4/2013 & the Weekend: New Moon in Libra; the U.S. in 2014, Briefly

Light a candle and make a wish. The New Moon in  Libra officially begins on October 4th  at 8:34PM ET, offering us an opportunity to re-set  intentions and goals for the next lunar cycle.  Around the 11th, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to those goals, with appropriate adjustments made. At the time of the Full Moon on the 18th, we can expect illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle. If we succeeded, we can consciously release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. After the Third Quarter Moon on the 26th, we can review our achievements, tie up loose ends and get ready to begin anew on November 3rd.

A Libra Moon suggests a focus on fairness, balance, justice and relationship, with a strong need for appreciation on both sides. And looking at planetary patterns in this New Moon chart, it is remarkable to see how unengaged most of the planets are with one another. And what connections are being made are quite challenging. So getting that appreciation and consideration may be difficult. Sign of the times?

What’s easy: an approaching aspect between mental Mercury in ruthless, stubborn, depth-demanding Scorpio and potent Pluto that is excellent for investigation and perspicacity. Add another aspect between Mercury and stern Saturn, and you’ve got the potential for depression (the downside) or serious talk and focus on sobering subjects, as well as excellent restorative work by one of the world’s greatest dentists (Saturn rules teeth; Angelenos, take note).

What’s challenging: the fallout from the Libra Sun’s recent engagement with the never-ending continuing drama of rebel Uranus squaring “resistance is futile” Pluto, suggesting disruptive shocks to the system and power plays, with the high-road potential for revelation that leads to quantum-leap action. And isn’t it fascinating that “seeing the light” is one of the themes suggested in the Sabian Symbol for this New Moon: “Miners emerge from a mine”. What could that mean?

Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee notes a certain amount of risk for miners making their way to the surface from deep underground, where they have presumably been laboring to extract valuable gems and minerals. Airways may become blocked; exit routes may collapse. A successful exit from a mine requires group consciousness and cooperation and working to get everyone in the group back to the surface —  alive. Meditating on this image, Bovee suggests we consider “egoless leadership issues or issues about being first” as we move from dark to light. Hmmm. Shall we alert the good folks allegedly running the U.S. Congress? More on that in a minute.

With the New Moon in Libra, a change in perspective (“seeing the light”) in relationship is suggested. You will be more personally affected by this lunation if you have a significant planet or angle at 12 degrees of Libra, Capricorn, Aries and Cancer…or if you were born around the 1st – 3rd of April, July, October and January. Overall, this month is likely to be volatile, as we navigate the waters stirred up by turbulent planetary patterns. Hey — that’s great news for people who love Halloween! :)

First, the next 30 days will bring us two eclipses — one on the Full Moon; the other on the next New Moon. Second, we’re fast approaching another exact hit between Uranus and Pluto — that happens on November 2nd. Third, mental Mercury turns retrograde on October 21st — at 18 degrees of Scorpio — not to turn direct until November 10th. So everything that’s on the table now will be hashed over and re-hashed over until November 26th, which is when Mercury will be back where it started on Oct 21st. It’s not too soon to BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS NOW. Got that? Please write and tell me if you do not understand; I am always happy to answer general forecast questions. For insight on how these patterns are affecting your unique horoscope, please make an appointment for a personal consultation. You’ll be so glad you did.

And now, the weekend forecast. As you know, the Moon is in Libra, where it does its best to be diplomatic and ever so negotiable, while seeking appreciation for its efforts. Late afternoon and early evening on the East Coast, efforts to keep the peace may be jarred, as the Moon engages with Uranus and Pluto. Before you snap someone’s head off, see if that urge isn’t coming from a sense of restlessness or listlessness, as in — not really knowing what else to do, since the time to act on a fresh agenda won’t arrive until after 8:34PM ET (the New Moon).

Saturday begins on an exuberant connection between the Libra Moon and jolly Jupiter. The downside: wretched excess in areas of homeland security and a credit card bill you may regret. Upside: just jolly, jolly good. Take care of your shopping sprees (with caution) until 6:28PM ET, when the Moon goes void with a sigh until 4:33AM ET on Sunday. You know the drill: when the Moon is void, chill, baby, chill.

Sunday’s vibe is heavier, courtesy of the Moon in down and dirty Scorpio, seeking depth and knowledge for the sake of power and control. If you’re a writer or investigative reporter, it’s a great day for your craft; otherwise, it’s a great day for honest and revealing — if a bit blunt — communication and organizational planning, perhaps involving resources. There’s no Moon void that day or on Monday, so don’t even think about sleeping in…

Finally, as promised, a note on the U.S. horoscope & the big mess otherwise know as the U.S. Congress. Gosh, there are a lot of disruptions going on. Do you think the Uranus-Pluto square might have something to do with it? Yes, yes and yes! In the U.S. horoscope (my preference is the one with Gemini rising),  we see the Sun at 13 Cancer and Saturn at 14 Libra. Earlier this year, Uranus and Pluto got as far as 12 Aries and 12 Capricorn, respectively, before turning retrograde. But that’s close enough to shake things up, as we’ve seen in the news. And all through 2014 and part of 2015, we’ll see Uranus and Pluto make exact hits to the U.S. Sun and Saturn. If you’ve been following this forecast for some months or more, you know that when these two heavies get busy in someone’s horoscope, big changes happen, for better or for worse. Nearly everyone who’s making news these days has this square active in their chart. So next year and into 2015 should be some hot times indeed for the good ol’ U.S. of A.

Stay tuned to this channel for continuing updates…and have a great weekend!

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 8/1/2013: Breakouts, Breakthroughs & the Next Few Days

Buzz, buzz, buzz…the information buzz of a stimulated Gemini Moon continues today. A self-indulgent challenge to Venus (women, money, beauty) and a harmonious connection with the proud Leo Sun are two reasons why you could wake up with a big smile on your face. I don’t know about you, but on my morning commute I noted hardly any horn honking and no jams at all. I hope your travels were equally pleasant.

Also adding to the cooperative spirit, especially among normally warring factions, is a lovely connection between Venus (women, social expression) and Mars (men, action/aggression), exact on Friday at 4:35PM ET. How fortunate for those of you with dates and other social engagements this weekend, as making love and peace becomes — for a brief moment — more important than making war. Why, even the warring factions in Congress managed to get something done yesterday, when they voted to reset and cap rates on student loans. Meanwhile, a debate on chivalry and other social graces was posted on the NYT homepage….and not a moment too soon.

We are in the balsamic phase of the lunar cycle. This is a time to wrap up projects from your New Moon agenda; the next New Moon happens Tuesday evening (ET). Ship it if you can by 12:48PM ET, when the Moon goes void-of-course until just after midnight on Saturday. Otherwise, be prepared for a restless lull best suited to chilling out, creative brainstorming and drafting (but not signing or sealing) and contemplating the stunning breakthroughs and breakouts we’ve witnessed in the past several days. You really know what I’m talking about in your own personal world if you have a planet or point around 9-13 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn…or if you have a significant planet or point at around 4-7 degrees of Scorpio, Aquarius, Leo and Taurus. Been busy, have you?

With yesterday’s challenge between action-hero Mars and rebel Uranus, exact last night around 11PM ET, we expected breakouts, breakthroughs and a bit of bad (rash, reckless) behavior. How fascinating to wake up this morning and read that Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia, releasing him from the confines of the Moscow airport transit zone. In a related story, details of the XKeystore program were also released. This is the genius bit of technology that allows an entity such as the NSA to collect “nearly everything a user does on the Internet”. Also in technology: a “milestone” is reached by a company that converts waste matter into fuel — potentially way cool. Another breakout making headlines: convicted felon OJ Simpson was granted partial parole — but he’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Also going “nowhere”, but still making breakout headlines:  in Texas, George Zimmerman was pulled over for speeding — and yes, he had his gun with him (students of astrology will note the position of Saturn and Uranus to the angles of the chart for traffic stop: 12:54PM CT 7/31/13 in Forney, Texas). Reckless behavior headed for a full stop?

Last, but not least — this just in from outer space (also a Mars-Uranus concern) or at least some outer dimension. Sound healer Tom Kenyon posted the latest missive from a group of disembodied entities who call themselves The Hathors. Someone turned me on to Kenyon’s website ten years ago, and what I found fascinating was that whatever the Hathors had to say was always in tune with planetary patterns. What they talk about in terms of climate change, government/institutional breakdowns & breakthroughs — and especially the crisis in spiritual evolution and consciousness that we face collectively on Planet Earth — is mirrored by the ongoing Uranus-Pluto square and other significant alignments, etc., etc.  What they als0 offer (via Kenyon) is a number of practical meditation techniques to keep you grounded and clear in these challenging times. That is why I find their posts relevant and helpful. If you decide to check out the The Hathors, I recommend starting with the first posts on Kenyon’s site. Their recent posts explaining how they see the true nature of physical reality and how human souls are connected energetically to that which we do not ordinarily perceive, may be daunting. However, the latest post is pretty self-contained.  You’ll have plenty of material to explore and maybe try a meditation over the next two days, during this verrrrrry long Moon-void. Enjoy whatever twists and surprises crop up in your journey…

 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 1/23/2013: Void is the Woid

The chatty Gemini Moon goes void-of-course on an energetic, yet easy connection to action-oriented Mars at 6:42AM ET…not to enter the next sign (Cancer), until 10PM ET. Regular readers of this forecast know that when the Moon is void, efforts to move forward in a straight line are more likely to be plagued by twists, delays and other surprises. Crises that crop up during voids have an odd way of being “much ado about nothing”. If you can’t take advantage of this natural rest period to brainstorm, wander,do something of no consequence, take care of routine chores or work on a creative project, well…darn. Your strategy is practice patience and go with the flow…and — especially with the Moon in Gemini — to double check information and communication before you hit “send”.

As for the news, yesterday we were anticipating some technological breakthroughs, courtesy of stellar alignments among Jupiter, Uranus, Sun and Mercury, so here you go: 1) Peugeot introduces “a car that runs on air”; and 2) a “quadruple helix’ seen for the first time in human DNA, which may be useful in our understanding the nature of cancer. Let the record reflect that DNA was “discovered” 60 years ago, on the verge of the Uranus-Pluto conjunctions in Virgo, a perfect sign for understanding systems that enable the efficient function of our bodies. We are now in the midst of a series of Uranus-Pluto squares (the energy is like a First Quarter Moon, only between Uranus and Pluto instead of the Sun and the Moon); therefore, we can expect challenges and further developments on just about any revolutionary seed that was planted in the mid-1960s. Civil rights, women’s rights, organic farming, ecology (think Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring), nuclear energy…those sorts of things. This series of squares will continue through 2015…

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 11/2/2012 & The Weekend: Blinded by the Light

A feisty combustion of words and ideas is likely building to release at 5:21AM ET, suggested by a combative opposition between Mars in opinionated Sagittarius and Moon in oh-so-clever Gemini. Think about this if you’re around someone who challenges you to a duel, and go for a run around the block instead. Given that the Moon goes void of course until 3:43AM ET on Saturday, the high energy may either wander off track or snowball into something that later turns out to be nothing. This will be another long day of going with the flow, but with more of the buzz Gemini craves than the steadiness of Taurus we saw earlier this week. By all means, start the weekend early if you can.

Saturday is ripe with potential for emotional/passionate encounters (some juicier than others); power struggles and/or initiatives; and cuts made in budgets and relationships — which will either challenge or build upon our need for emotional/home security. Why? First, because Moon enters sensitive Cancer at 3:43AM ET and immediately makes supportive connections with visionary Neptune and disciplined Saturn. So far, so good — and helpful for making dreams become real.

However, an intense challenge to loving Venus from ruthless Pluto (1:26PM ET) is immediately followed by a disruptive shock/revelation to the emotional Moon from rebel Uranus. Four hours later, Moon is challenged again by potent Pluto and by Venus, looking for another expressive release. On the plus side, this can be an excellent opportunity to rid yourself of an outworn pattern, or give birth to something entirely new. Artists and other creative types, take note. You’ll be feeling the punch of this T-square more than most if you have planets or points in your horoscope around 5-9 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn…or if you were born around the 27-30th of December, March, June and September.

On Sunday, don’t forget to set your clocks back, as Daylight Savings Time ends just before Moon goes void again — ready for this — for 23 hours, starting at 3:37AM ET.  You’ll have all day Sunday to chill, contemplate and indulge in activities that give you a sense of homeland security. Cooking and caring; creating a safe space where you can  connect with your roots and your family — whether blood relatives or not — it’s all good. Thousands have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy; maybe you can take some time to care for them — maybe these pics will inspire you.

Meanwhile, I can’t stop thinking about the patterns in Monday’s Full Moon, especially the Sabian Symbols for the Moon-Sun opposition at 7 Taurus-Scorpio. Anyone remember these from Monday’s forecast?  “A woman of Samaria and “deep sea divers”, which correspond to the keywords AWAKENING (a moment of truth) and INVOLVEMENT (getting in deep; also, a lifeline, as in the lifeline that allows divers to breathe underwater). And if this is not part of the message of Hurricane Sandy, against the backdrop of the megavolt electric cattle prod of the Uranus-Pluto square, then someone show me what that message is. Oh — wait — I believe Bloomberg Business Week has done it. Exactly!

What we have is the continuation of a huge shift in consciousness, the seeds of which were planted in the mid-60s, at Uranus-Pluto conjunction (think of it as the “New Moon” for those two planets).  Anyone remember Rachel Carson’s ground-breaking book, Silent Spring, published in the early 60s? Here it is, being hailed in the Times just last week.  And right in synch with the sudden attraction suggested by the Venus-Uranus-Pluto T-square we’ve been talking about all week, today New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a registered Independent, wrote a compelling endorsement for Barack Obama. Why? Two words: climate change.

Bloomberg (Feb 14 1942 3:40PM in Brighton, MA) is an Aquarius with three other planets in Aquarius, including the Moon. Talk about a need for social significance! Aquarius is a fixed sign, which suggests an aptitude for organization and stubbornness. Sun, Moon and Mercury (all in Aquarius) are square to another group of three planets in Taurus (Mars, Saturn & Uranus). What does Taurus need to do? Build material security! Did you know Bloomberg got his BA in engineering? Me neither. Taurus is also supremely stubborn, and all of that fixed sign energy in his horoscope makes perfect sense for a man who was determined to serve three terms as mayor, term limits be damned.

Bloomberg’s Neptune (keywords: vision, airwaves) is at the Aries Point, suggesting this placement will strive for prominence. In Bloomberg’s chart, Neptune rules the area (9th house) related to publishing and “big picture” thinking. Yep, got that. Still more prominence is suggested by Bloomberg’s Midheaven (career/public status) at 8 degrees of independent, pioneering, me-me-me Aries. It’s prominent because 8 Aries is currently being supercharged by the Uranus-Pluto square…from now through 2013.Hot!

Wrapping up the whole package is a Cancer Ascendant.  Bloomberg needs to be seen as someone who cares. Yes, he will nurture you, right down to taking away your cigarettes, your trans-fats and your mega-slurpee sugar-packed sodas. Sure, it’s controversial. But he cares! Think about that over the weekend, when the Moon is in Cancer…

And how about Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey and his “sudden attraction” to Barack Obama? Christie has said some harsh things about the Obama, and some members of his political party (Christie is a Republican) were stunned when he had nothing but praise for the President’s response to the havoc wreaked by Sandy in New Jersey. Here’s a fun clip of that from The Daily Show.

Moments of truth. Focusing on essentials. Sudden disruptions of the status quo. It’s all reflected in current planetary patterns…and as for Christie’s horoscope, we don’t know what time he was born. He’s a Virgo — probably with Moon in opinionated Sagittarius, although it could be Scorpio. Christie is known for his blunt, often provocative and/or cranky outbursts. He snaps at people, just like Mike Bloomberg. And guess what? Both Bloomberg and Christie have a square between Mercury (mind, communication) and Mars (action), suggesting aggressive/angry outbursts. In Christie’s case, both his Mars and his Mercury are at 9 Cancer and 10 Libra, respectively…and you know what that means, right? You should! It means that these planets, like Bloomberg’s Midheaven at 8 Aries, will be supercharged by the Uranus-Pluto square throughout 2013. That’ll keep Christie in the public eye for sure…but not necessarily his foot out of his mouth.

OK, basta. No Lance Armstrong today. That was a long bit of writing, and it means the world to me that you read it, but right now, your astrologer is toast. Book an appointment for a consultation already…or give one as a gift to a very dear friend. I am extremely grateful to have phone service and electricity when so many others do not & thus may happily return to work…