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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday & Thursday 9/2-3/2015: Steady Freddie with Moooooon in Taurus

Today the Moon is in Taurus — as of 5:02AM ET, no doubt ready to methodically organize and consolidate the impassioned idealism or bewilderment that may have captured your attention during yesterday’s long Moon void. Whatever it takes to maintain a sense of comfort and security, have at it, as this sensual Taurus energy is well-supported by expansive Jupiter at 1:01PM ET (a luxurious lunch?), visionary Neptune at 6:54PM ET (catch a concert or a show?) and by the Sun at 10:06PM ET (a snuggle with your sweetie?).  Works for me.

The markets were bewildered on Tuesday. Efforts to maintain material security would no doubt be appreciated today.

Overnight, a depth of senses is intensified by an alignment between the Moon and Pluto at 2:50AM ET. If you’re working out some power play or catharsis in your dreams, you may notice a bit of crankiness on Thursday morning, as the immovable Taurus Moon is challenged by the double drama queen potential of Venus and Mars in Leo, at 5:19AM and 8:24AM ET.  Those born with planets around 14 degrees of Leo, Taurus, Scorpio and Aquarius are more likely to be subjected to that display. For the rest of Thursday, the Moon cruises without impediment in a sign especially designed for practical application of constructive energy. Use it well between now and Friday!

And now, the news.

From the sublime to the ridiculous — as expected, under the influence of Monday’s face-off between Neptune and the Virgo Sun. Neptune suggests bewilderment, rose-colored glasses, vision, healing, spaciness, delusion, refuge and refugees. Throw in yesterday’s hook-up between in-your-face Venus retrograde and Mars in regal Leo, and we could have some surreal drama. Or a major heart-centered (Leo) act of forgiveness (Neptune).

In the case of the latter, Pope Francis instructed priests to forgive women who expressed regret over having an abortion. With this story, we need to consider the added energy of karma cop Saturn, now at the last degree of Scorpio (sex, death, money) until September 17th.

In the case of the former, consider the impassioned woman of faith (Neptune) who has absolutely, positively refused to issue marriage licenses (Venus conjunct Mars) to same-sex couples in Kentucky, despite being expressly ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to do so. This woman has been married four times — twice to the same man. It’s bewildering, isn’t it? She has been ordered to appear in court on Thursday, with her entire staff. All I know about her is that she is 49 — and thus was born with the revolutionary Uranus-Pluto conjunction in her horoscope. Well, she certainly is a rebel. This case may well be the first of many more challenges we’ll see over the next 12 months of getting real and/or surreal about faith and its role in the law, brought to you by Saturn in (opinionated dogma) Sagittarius (square Neptune and Jupiter).

Neptune refers to fish — including gefilte fish. An email about said stinky fish was one of the biggest highlights in a truckload of emails released this week from Hillary Clinton’s secret stash. Mrs. Clinton is such a Secret Squirrel that we do not even have a confirmed birth time so as to calculate her complete horoscope, but still we can see that the Venus-Mars conjunction at 14 Leo is sitting right on top of her Leo Mars-Pluto conjunction and square her Venus in Scorpio. So we could expect some action in areas related to social expression, provocation and perhaps the exposure of things previously kept under wraps.

Meanwhile, with transiting Saturn still at the top of his horoscope, President Obama is still at the top of his game, as anticipated years ago. Renaming a mountain, declaring climate change an urgent priority and moving in on the Arctic are just a few of the items on his To-Do List this week, as he builds his legacy.   How fascinating that “Denali” means “The Great One”.

Elsewhere, Dick Cheney — who is currently experiencing transiting Saturn at the bottom of his chart — is getting press for his new book. Saturn at the bottom of the horoscope suggests a need to shore up one’s foundation. “Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America,” is the title of Mr. Cheney’s opus, in which he “makes the case for a strong national defense”. Or so the book is presented  in The Washington Times, one of Justice Antonin Scalia’s two favorite newspapers (the other is the Wall Street Journal). But if you read The Guardian, you’ll be informed that the foundation being shored up is the justification for the use of torture. Which reality do you live in? Where do you get your news?

Let’s see…oh this headline is also in synch with Jupiter in Virgo (workers, union) opposing Neptune (betrayal) mixed with party-hearty Venus-Mars in Leo: Union Accused of Betraying Migrant Carnival Workers.  Finally, a carnival of the musical and surreal kind will hit Broadway next year in Spongebob Squarepants: The Musical. With songs by David Bowie, Steven Tyler and Cyndi Lauper — just for starters. I like to end on stories that might make you smile.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday & Tuesday 8/31-9/1/2015: Passions — Sublime & Surreal; Sneak Peek at the Week

Good Morning!

The start of the work week begins with the Moon in me-me-me Aries as of 4:33AM ET. Aries needs to get things started, and at its best it does so with a pioneering spirit that inspires. Aries can be quite idealistic, and has been known to accomplish the impossible. In fact, often that is the best way to get an Aries to do something: tell them they can’t, and watch them prove you wrong.  Aries often falls downstairs because it’s faster than walking.

Add to this fiery charge another dose of fire, exact at 1:04AM ET on Tuesday. And this would be a meet-up between Mars (action; yang; aggression) with Venus (social expression; yin) in regal Leo. This meet-up is likely to facilitate passion — big time — especially when you consider that thirty minutes later (1:33AM ET), the Aries Moon will be challenged by Pluto, suggesting a power play or emotional catharsis.

But wait — there’s more. On Tuesday at 12:37PM ET, Moon will meet up with Uranus, suggesting a sudden insight, outburst or other disruption of the status quo. Then the Moon goes void until 5:02AM ET on Wednesday — a long chill period in which we have a higher probability of twists and flakes delaying our efforts to move forward in a straight line. Remember that crises that crop up during Moon voids are often much ado about nothing. Chill and focus on routine matters if you have to be at the office.

The driving passions of these next two days are colored by two other patterns of significance. First is the fact that Venus is STILL retrograde, which is traditionally a caution against consummating and/or otherwise committing to that hot new thing. Second is the fact that there’s a dreamy fog suggested by a face-off between the Sun and Neptune at 11:39PM ET. Once the fog lifts and Venus is finally moving forward again, your ideal might not look so dreamy.  Venus will turn direct on Sunday at 4:29AM ET. Then we’ll have an opportunity to review and possibly regret some of the aesthetic choices we made over the past six weeks. Will that summer love last? Whose poll numbers might slip, hmm?

So for now, we have patterns of fiery passion coupled with the dreaminess of the normally discerning Virgo Sun with Neptune. You could use this energy productively by paying attention to your intuition. With Venus retrograde meeting up with Mars in Leo, tune in to your heart’s desire. Take stock and review your values, including the value you accord yourself.  Are your feelings of frustration and/or lack really caused by That Other Person?

You are more personally impacted by the Venus-Mars meet-up if you have a planet or an angle around 14 degrees of Leo, Taurus, Scorpio and Aquarius. 14 degrees, btw, is where Venus will be on Sunday when it turns direct. You are morn personally affected by the Sun-Neptune face-off if you have a planet or angle around 8 degrees of Pisces, Virgo, Gemini and Sagittarius. Consult your local astrologer for details.

No other really long voids for the rest of the work week, other than the one that begins on Tuesday.

And now, the news.

Leo refers to gold; Neptune refers to a dream come true and that the Nazi gold train story is still in the news. This Saturday at 7:06PM ET, the Sun will be in alignment with Pluto, which often correlates with headlines about “news from underground”. Will that train be found? We’ll see.

On Friday, I wrote:

As we move through this weekend, I expect we’ll see more stories along Neptunian themes: e.g., these about oceans, refugees, fraud  and possible delusion. We’re also likely to see stories of rose-colored escapes, music, spirit(s) and healing.

So here’s what hit the wires. “Seeing Freedom in Their Future, Psychics Reveal All: ‘It’s a Scam, Sir'”Well, that certainly meets expectations — and by “psychics,” I’m referring to people who tell you that you are possessed by an evil spirit, but if you give them a Ferrari, they’ll make that spirit disappear. These kinds of people give authentic intuitive counselors a bad name. But still — what timing for a story like this to be published!

Meanwhile, the Sunday NYT magazine did a story about Anwar-al-Awlaki, the American who was martyred (Neptune) when he was killed in a drone strike 2011, and whose charisma (Neptune), writings and videos about religion (ditto) have allegedly inspired a number of jihadists (ditto). The article alleges that a thorough review of his past encounters with women (Venus retrograde) reveals that he was leading “a complicated secret life” that was not in synch with the his image (Neptune).

In other news, dramatic fashion statements are all the rage at the rose-colored escape known as Burning Man. There was more drama and fashion at the MTV Video Awards, including “celebrity feuds” (thank you, Venus Rx) and a notable appearance by Kanye West, as “he floated through an extemporaneous speech”. Floating through an unstructured oratory — sounds pretty Neptunian, especially if presented while under a certain influence.

In China, nearly 200 have been “punished over rumors about stocks, blast and a parade” — that story just hit the NYT.  On Mars, certain UFO buffs are convinced they’ve seen photos that prove there is alien life.

Notable obituaries: master of illusion and fantasy Wes Craven;  Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose research documented bewildering stories about the brain and self-help guru Wayne Dyer.

Finally, you may recall that Jupiter’s recent ingress into Virgo suggests an expansive focus on matters referring to workers. I haven’t cited them here, but I’ve been noticing an uptick in headlines referring to improving conditions for the service and labor sector. Much of these changes — e.g., raising the minimum wage — are what we would expect in the wake(-up call) of the Uranus-Pluto square, but Jupiter now adds further support to that agenda. No surprise to see that President Obama is now making that agenda a priority, as a “champion of workers’ rights”.

What’s going on in your horoscope? Many are on vacation this week, but I am not one of those people. Thus, if you are finally taking time in your busy schedule for some productive introspection, I invite you to schedule a personal astro-logical consultation. We will have an excellent discussion together.

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