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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 6/11/2014: Eric Cantor’s Sudden Upset

Good Morning!

The Scorpio Moon is void of course until 11:23AM ET, suggesting a slow start or twist to your morning routine. After that, the Moon enters high-flying Sagittarius, lifting spirits and lessening the  heavy intensity some may have noted during the past 24 hours.  Moon in Sagittarius is an excellent time for travel and other activities that broaden your mind, including righteous and fiery discussions on philosophical subjects. It’s good for a gambol or a gamble, too. There are no exact aspects to the Moon until just after midnight on Thursday, when it is challenged by nebulous Neptune. A dreamy evening may be yours, accompanied by spirits or a spiritual escape. Maybe some high art or music, too.

Or you may simply feel bewildered, as soon-to-be former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor may be feeling. He’s a Gemini, born with Moon in Sagittarius, so he can certainly appreciate the Sag need to express opinions and be respected for having them. We do not have an exact birth time, but if he was born within a few hours of noon on June 6, 1963 (in Richmond, VA),  he’s experiencing a bewildering challenge from nebulous Neptune to the Moon in his own horoscope. In case you have not heard, Mr. Cantor “lost his Republican primary bid (Tuesday) in a completely befuddling upset no one saw coming.” Befuddling definitely sounds like Neptune in action.

I’ve looked at the planetary patterns on Mr. Cantor’s birth date in the past, long enough see what planetary patterns might suggest him being so darn mean. Seriously, that’s always been part of my impression of him. Mean — as in, not much empathy for certain people who might be impacted by his sincerely-held beliefs on how things should be. I actually started to type “Why is Eric Cantor so mean?” into  Google, but only got as far as “Why is Eric Cantor…” before Google helpfully suggested “…such a douche”.  Which surprised me, but apparently that word has been used in tandem with Mr. Cantor since 2009-ish, at least on the web. But about his planetary patterns…

There’s a stubborn, idealistic and material security-seeking hook-up between mental Mercury and Venus in Taurus that is exactly squared by stern, controlling Saturn in equally stubborn and potentially fringe Aquarius.  Irony: Saturn in Aquarius suggests a need to help people. I am sure he does. A Saturn-Venus square could be reflected in a reserved or chilly emotional expression — “warm and fuzzy” would not be the first impression, compared to — say — this video of an adorable and heartwarming relationship between an orphaned baby rhino and his human caretaker. The Saturn-Mercury square suggests a potentially controlled or controlling mindset; disciplined and careful, but also perhaps narrow-minded.  This pattern among Mercury, Venus and Saturn was hit hard by transiting Saturn through February, March and April, likely triggering issues concerning his professional ambition. He was elected to the Virginia House in 1992, on his first Saturn return (which also would have activated that Mercury-Venus conjunction).  In 2000, with transiting Saturn squaring Saturn and conjunct his Mercury-Venus, he ran for Congress. In 2002, rebel Uranus made contact with Cantor’s Mercury-Venus-Saturn square, and he was appointed Chief Deputy Republican Whip, the highest appointed position in the Republican Caucus. In 2008, with pixiedust Neptune engaged with that square, he was unanimously elected Republican Whip. So there’s a little picture of how planets making contact to Saturn may be reflected in over time in a horoscope — and now you may understand why becoming aware of them can be helpful.


Cantor has an exact hook-up between Mars (action) and Uranus (rebel). Mars-Uranus aspects can be volatile; in Virgo, we’d expect an intensification of Cantor’s need for detailed, perfectionist action by whatever free-spirited/revolutionary/independent means possible.  Also of significance: his Jupiter at 13 Aries, which you should immediately note was supercharged by April’s Cardinal Grand Cross. Jupiter in the horoscope suggests how a person needs to be rewarded, and with Jupiter in Aries it is me-me-me all the way. Me first, me lead, my way or the highway, as suggested in this intriguing page from Cantor’s high school yearbook. You’d think transits to Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy, from Uranus, Pluto, Mars and Jupiter would suggest expanding resources, as in a windfall investment. And other measurements in Cantor’s horoscope do support material enjoyment in the near future. His next gig is likely to be quite lucrative.  This sudden upset is likely reflected by transits to his Midheaven and/or his Ascendant, which we’d see if we wanted to take the time to figure out his birthtime.

In the horoscope of the US, April’s Cardinal Grand Cross suggested a disruption of the status quo, which was mentioned in this forecast back in 2011 – and in other posts, should you care to search this site or Google “us horoscope 2014 graceastrology” I’d argue this upset in the balance of power in Congress is part of that disruption, with more to come…

What’s going on in YOUR horoscope? To find out, feel free to contact me for a personal astro-logical consultation.




Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 10/24/2013: A Dream Home with Moon in Cancer

OK, break’s over. The Moon is fully engaged in Cancer as of 11:36PM ET last night. This suggests a focus on building and maintaining emotional and home security needs: connecting with family, tending to your home and whatever else nurtures and nourishes. With Mercury retrograde, a REview of or REconnection with these needs may also be on the table. Dreams may have been especially vibrant upon waking,  courtesy of a lovely connection between the intuitive Moon and nebulous Neptune.

The morning and early afternoon have an easy flow, bathed in a rose-colored glow or fog, courtesy of the alignment between the Sun and Neptune discussed in yesterday’s forecast. By early evening on the East Coast, however, we can expect the weekly jolt, revelation and/or power plays that occurs when the Moon makes contact with the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square. You’ll feel this more personally  if you were born 9-10 days into Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn…or if you have a planet or angle at 9 degrees of those signs.  Don’t know where your planets are? Well, for heaven’s sake, make an appointment for a personal consultation and find out! Really, there’s too much going on in the cosmos, reflected in world events, to remain clueless about how it is likely to impact YOU.

So…yesterday as you know, the Moon was void of course for 27 hours, and there was a major sports event last night, a.k.a. Game 1 of the World Series. The supposedly red-hot St. Louis Cardinals went up against the Boston Red Sox and the Sox trounced the Cardinals, 8-1. The general rule of Moon voids is that in sports matches, we can expect upsets, twists and outcomes that favor the underdog. Here’s how the game was written up by the New York Times:

BOSTON — Errors, missed pop ups and fat pitches hardly seemed like the Cardinal Way. The St. Louis Cardinals had stormed into the World Series while priding themselves on this ideal of professionalism and strong fundamentals.

It made it all the more surprising when they figuratively tripped over their own feet Wednesday night, falling to the Red Sox, 8-1, in Game 1 of the World Series. Making matters worse, they also lost their star right fielder Carlos Beltran to injury…

Fascinating, isn’t it?

In other news, I’m seeing the disruptive and destructive potential of the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square, combined with the rarefied artsy-vibe of tomorrow’s Sun-Neptune alignment reflected perfectly in an art exhibition opening today at the Smithsonian called “Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950.” What perfect timing! Meanwhile, Germany is quite upset over a recent report alleging that the U.S. tapped into Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone, and Germany is not alone in its outrage. Given the upsets to the status quo suggested in the U.S. horoscope in mid-2014, it will be interesting to see how stories like these develop over the next year.

Following up on Monday’s forecast, JPMorgan Chase is making headlines as it faces another penalty for “turning a blind eye” to the Ponzi scheme run by its customer, Bernie Madoff. Can we expect another bold action from Chairman & CEO Jamie Dimon, reflecting the high tension happening in his horoscope? His Mars (planet of action) is under pressure from rebel Uranus through February of 2014, along with pressure to his Mercury (mindset, communication) from other planetary patterns. Here’s one possible brilliant maneuver we might see — this one involving taxpayer dollars and the “record fine” allegedly levied against the bank for its mortgage practices leading up to the 2008 financial crisis.

As we approach the fourth exact hit of the Uranus-Pluto square on November 1st, we can expect significant news involving aviation, nuclear energy, seismic events, revolution, transformation and the cosmos, just to name a few keywords associated with Uranus and Pluto. Here’s a story that hit yesterday about the cosmos: the discovery of a galaxy far, far away…

Peace out.

Don’t know where your planets are? Well, for heaven’s sake, make an appointment for a personal consultation and find out! Really, there’s too much going on in the cosmos, reflected in world events, to remain clueless about how it is all likely to impact YOU.

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!