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Monday 7/31/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week; Uranus Retrograde; Jupiter Square Pluto; All Fired Up

Allll-righty then!

The work week began with the Moon in Scorpio, seeking to be seen as something/someone of depth and substance, for the sake of power and control. If you slept in, no worries, as the Moon was — and will be — void from 7:10AM ET until 8:01 AM ET on TUESDAY. Stick to routine concerns and roll with any twists and flakes that may disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Like getting two forecasts today instead of one, because of a tech snafu. Avoid impulse shopping, as purchases made during voids have an odd way of not being nearly as useful as you thought they might. Chill and remember that crises which crop up during voids are often much ado nothing — or in today’s case, “Mooch Ado About Nothing.” More on that in a minute.

Meanwhile, note that Venus left chatty Gemini at 10:54 AM ET and is now in Cancer. Social expression shifts from clever and informed to caring — and perhaps really meaning it. If Barack Obama makes news in the next 48 hours for expressing caring sentiments, chalk it up to his natal Venus at 1 Cancer — a placement born to attract prominence.

On Tuesday, we can exhale with a relief and lighten up as the Moon bounds into Sagittarius, looking for a gamble or a gambol. It forges ahead free and clear until 10PM ET, when it clashes with Mercury (mindset, communication, travel) over some righteous opinion, no doubt.  More of the same on WEDNESDAY, though note the potential for muddle or a dream around 11:44 AM ET, when the Moon clashes with visionary Neptune. Make sure you really understand — and that others understand, too.

On THURSDAY at 1:31 AM ET, Uranus turns retrograde, appearing to move backwards in the sky until January 2nd. What does that mean? When a planet is retrograde, the energy it represents is best expressed by turning inward, instead of outward. When direct, Uranus tends to rebel against the status quo set by others. When retrograde, Uranus needs to set itself free from limits that are self-imposed. So if you have a planet between 25 and 29 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you can expect an intense second hit of issues you’ve recently experienced involving freedom, independence, being yourself without compromise and sudden upsets of the status quo. You’ll get a third hit in early 2018, when Uranus travels forward and hits 25 t0 29 degrees Aries again.

On FRIDAY at 2:29 PM ET, expansive Jupiter in legal Libra clashes with ruthless Pluto in corporate Capricorn. This will be the third hit of a series I wrote about last December:

Jupiter keywords include: collective belief systems, such as higher education, religion, political philosophies and the media; optimism, benevolence, inflation, bombast. Whereas Saturn restricts, Jupiter expands, for better or for worse.  How will it apply its expansive efforts in 2017? Through the sign of Libra. Keywords for Libra include: fairness, balance, relationship, compromise, rational discourse, people-pleasing, diplomacy and the rule of law. Got a conflict? What a horrible concept for a Libra. Conflict? Eek! How can we avoid it?  Can we talk about it? Rationally? Weighing the pros and cons? In court or with some other mediator?

Pluto keywords include: perspective, news from underground, plutocrats, power, seismic activity (volcanoes), breakdown, elimination, transformation, corruption, obsession, regeneration and catharsis. Oh — and radiation — especially when coupled with Uranus, as in uranium and plutonium and nuclear power and arms. Is it any surprise that the Tweeter-in-Chief rattled nerves a few days ago by suggesting the U.S. expand its arsenal of nuclear weapons?

Jupiter square Pluto refers to expansion of power and resources, along with exaggeration and inflation of Plutonian themes.  With Pluto in Capricorn, we see the potential of expansion in Capricorn concerns: the Establishment, corporations, government institutions, status, infrastructure.

With Jupiter is in Libra, we see the potential for efforts to expand power and resources to be met with howls of “That’s not fair!” followed by “See you in court!” Or we might see a lot of, “Gee…I can’t make up my mind. I’ll just go along with whatever so-and-so says.” Judgments issued in 2017 when Jupiter is in touch with Uranus and/or Pluto may be shocking, tipping the balance of power. You’re personally affected by this potent opportunity if you have a planet or angle around 18 degrees of Libra, Aries, Cancer and Capricorn. This could be a very good thing. Make that pitch to the PTB.

Let the record show that the third Jupiter-Pluto square coincides with the third meet up of P45’s Jupiter to its natal Jupiter. Watch for him to be feeling especially expansive this week, pushing boundaries in gambling, creativity and in matters related to his children.

The only other Moon void during business hours this week is on Thursday from 5:38 PM ET until 8:37 PM ET — only affecting those on the West Coast. Onward!

And now, the news.

That “Mooch Ado About Nothing” comment was obviously referring to the dismissal of Anthony “^@%#^!&&&*!!” Scaramucci, frogmarched out of his post on his T-15th day as White House Communications Director. What did him in? The &(*@&#(&!(*()-laced interview he gave to The New Yorker?  His wife filing for divorce because of his “naked ambition,” as the New York Post  breathlessly reported? Rumors of a creepy congratulatory text sent to his wife after the birth of their second child (later denied)? The potential conflict of interest and regulatory review of the planned sale of his company, Skybridge Capital, to a Chinese conglomerate? P45’s inconsolable grief over the loss of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who resigned in protest? Or was it simply written in the stars — bwahahahaha?

Scaramucci was born Somewhere on Long Island on January 6, 1964 — unknown birth time. His enterprising Capricorn Sun is driven by a people-pleasing Libra Moon. His Capricorn Sun was supercharged mightily a couple of years ago by rebel Uranus and potent Pluto. No doubt he is a changed man — one his soon-to-be ex does not recognize. Current measurements in his horoscope are apt. There’s one between Venus and Jupiter (congratulations, it’s a boy!). There’s another between the Saturn and the Sun (grief, hard work, feeling confined — quite a contrast from Pluto’s prior supercharge). There’s one between Neptune and Jupiter (dude, definitely check the fine print on any deal signed). There’s one between Uranus and Mars, suggesting risky and/or rash action (next time, tell the reporter that the conversation is “off the record”).

The Mooch took up a ton of air time and column space last week. So did the story about P45’s sudden proclamation against transgendered persons serving in the military. What story wasn’t getting air time, when all of that kaka was hitting the fan? Another financier — Bill Browder, founder of Hermitage Capital Management — testified before the House Judiciary Committee last Wednesday about All Things Russian. The Atlantic published a transcript and it. Is. A. Page. Turner.  Much more compelling than that Scarymouth guy.  I remember when Mr. Browder published a book about his harrowing Russian experience a couple of years ago…so maybe the MSM thinks it’s old news. It’s not. It’s a must-read.

Meanwhile, Reince Priebus — a Pisces with Moon in Taurus — has been replaced as White House Chief of Staff by John Kelly — a Taurus with Moon in Pisces. Priebus couldn’t help but provoke his former boss, with his 24 Taurus Mars sitting right on P45’s Midheaven. With a Taurus Moon craving material comfort and security, he must feel a sense of relief, though with transiting Neptune at the bottom of his horoscope into 2018, standing on solid ground is rather iffy.

As for Mr. Kelly, I’m not convinced he will be any less provocative for P45, even though he’s being praised today for his “military discipline” (and for sacking the Mooch).  Kelly’s Mars is at 22 Virgo (so is Barack Obama’s). Sure he needs to execute action with precision, but that Mars is challenging P45’s Gemini Sun and Sag Moon. How soon before Kelly’s need to act for the sake of serve and propriety conflicts with P45’s regal Mars in Leo, i.e., “showtime, because I said so”? Interesting to see Neptune also hot in his horoscope now, opposing General Kelly’s (USMC-ret) natal Saturn. Neptune dissolves and obfuscates whatever it touches. Saturn refers to structure, authority and discipline. Fascinating.

Know who else has Mars challenging P45’s Midheaven, i.e, professional status? Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who has just published a book, “Conscience of a Conservative,”  criticizing P45 and especially  Flake’s fellow conservatives/Republicans who put P45 in office.

Tomorrow, we jump into August, where we have two eclipses coming up — one on the Full Moon on the 7th and  the other on the New Moon on the 21st. Here’s a preview of that exceptional event — a.k.a. the Great American Eclipse, posted here in January.  Contrary to what Newsweek says, astrologers are not “freaking out” over this total eclipse — not the smart ones, anyway. Sheesh!

Still, it’s nice to see astrology covered in a serious mainstream publication with respect and curiosity.  And the astrologers interviewed did a bang-up job of presenting astrology without too much techno-jargon. Huzzah!

Perhaps you’re wondering what the August eclipses are likely to trigger in your own personal world. If so, here’s how to contact me. I’ll be on the road again on the 8th — heading to Santa Fe for a few days and then Atlanta. If you live in those cities and would like to meet in person, that would be lovely. Otherwise, we can work efficiently together by phone.

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