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Friday 10/6/2017 & the Weekend: Full Moon Fallout; When Mars Met Up With Venus…

TGIF!

The Moon is still in Aries, driving the day with a need to lead, championing the underdog (at its best) or dangerously self-absorbed (at its worst). If the work week ends with a big surprise, you can say you saw it coming, given the Moon’s meet-up with rebel Uranus at 2:58PM ET, followed by a face-off with expansive Jupiter at 6:38PM ET.

After a brief Moon void (chill!), Moon enters Taurus — and it’s about darn time. A Taurus Moon seeks material comfort and security — good food and drink; a snuggle with your sweetie; a nice long hot stone massage. Shop without fear on SATURDAY. Resist the urge to indulge in impulse purchases on SUNDAY, as the Moon will be void on Sunday for 12 hours, starting at 9:45 AM. At 9:44 PM ET Moon enters Gemini, seeking to be the smartest kid in the room, facilitating buzz and chatter.

Frankly, planetary patterns over the weekend are better suited for cuts, not expansion. Why? A tense aspect between Venus (money, women, aesthetics, social expression) and Saturn (control, patriarchy). No wonder P45 is all set to roll back the mandate requiring employers to include coverage for contraceptives in health care plans.  He has a tense aspect between Venus and Saturn in his own horoscope. Avid Readers may recall that the horoscope for his inauguration also has a harsh aspect between Venus and Saturn. Its worst potential is illustrated by the Queen of Swords in the Osho Tarot deck:

…especially with the power play suggested by ruthless Pluto challenging the Sun and Mercury on Sunday and Monday. A Sun-Mercury meet-up in Libra suggests thoughts and communication about fairness and balance, from a mind that may be totally fried. That meet-up happens at 4:54 PM ET on Sunday; Pluto squares Mercury at 8:24 AM ET on MONDAY, followed by a square to the Sun at 8:07 PM ET. Another shoe drops on WEDNESDAY at 8:37 AM ET when Mars (action, courage, anger) squares Saturn (control, cuts, brick walls).

Monday is a holiday in the U.S. Enjoy. No sleeping in on TUESDAY, when the Gemini Moon will definitely be buzzing, and Jupiter leaves Libra for Scorpio (to be covered in the next forecast).

And now, the news.

Guess who else has a tough aspect between Venus and Saturn? Former Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA), the 65-year-old proud sponsor of a bill passed by the House that would ban and criminalize abortions after 20 weeks. Turns out this fiercely pro-life legislator asked his 32-year-old mistress to get an abortion when she thought she might be pregnant. And then he blamed all the anti-choice posts on his Facebook page on his staff, as NYT columnist Gail Collins cheerfully explains.  Murphy’s Venus-Saturn conjunction was hit by this week’s Full Moon, whose Sabian Symbols suggested we’d see headlines about things blowing up in people’s faces (thanks to Avid Reader Lesley for sending me that tidbit).

Murphy announced he will leave Congress by the end of the month. Born on Sept 11, 1952, his 19 Virgo Sun was hit by this week’s Venus-Mars meet-up in Virgo. He might have Moon in Gemini — and if so, it would not surprise me if that Moon were around 22 degrees, thus opposed by transiting Saturn at 22 Sagittarius. That can feel sad and lonely. He also has Mars (aggression) in a tense aspect to Mercury (communication), and apparently working in his Congressional office was akin to working in a war zone, with a 100% turnover rate. Fun fact: this perpetrator of abuse, hypocrisy and deceit is a former psychologist. His horoscope suggests we’d have much to discuss if we asked him about his mother.

Meanwhile across the aisle, award-winning producer Harvey Weinstein is suing the NYT for publishing allegations of sexual harassment and settlements with women he harassed over the past few decades.  Mr. Weinstein’s offensive behavior was noted here in 2015, after an eclipse to his Pisces Sun.

Here’s another blow-up: State Street Corporation, the financial firm that brought the provocative “Fearless Girl” statue to Wall Street earlier this year, has been fined millions of dollars for its pattern of consistently paying women and minorities less than their white male peers. Perhaps that’s why it installed a statue of a little girl — not a grown woman — staring down that bull…

UPDATE: on P45. Yesterday’s Venus-Mars conjunction made a provocative hit to his horoscope, as noted here on Monday. What did he do yesterday? Hosted a dinner of military officers and called it “the calm before the storm, freaking the Twitterverse out.   Because it’s fun for him to end the week on a cliffhanger, so viewers will come back for the next episode.

I would not be surprised if White House Chief of Staff makes news in the next few days, as transiting Mars meets up with his natal Mars in Virgo.

Transiting Mars also met up with the natal Mars of Special Prosecutor Robert S. Mueller. This week it was revealed that his team met with Christopher Steele, the man behind the “pee tape”dossier on P45 and his ties to Russia. In other news, it was revealed that Jared and Ivanka have maintained at least three email accounts on a private server, and these accounts were used for official government business. It was also revealed that Ivanka and P45 Jr “were close to being charged with felony fraud, ” reports ProPublica. “New York prosecutors were preparing a case. Then the D.A. overruled his staff after a visit from a top donor: Trump attorney Marc Kasowitz.”

Meanwhile….

We do not have a birth time for Kazuo Ishiguro, winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Sun in Scorpio; Moon in Aries — perhaps the latter is being supercharged by Pluto. What is definitely hot in his horoscope is this: natal Mercury conjunct Neptune at 26 and 28 Libra, respectively. Mercury-Neptune aspects are superb for creators of fiction and fantasy; it’s apt that Mr. Ishiguro is known for writing from the point of view of narrators with selective memories.  His Mercury-Neptune conjunction is squared by the potentially lucky and boundless meet-up between Jupiter and Uranus in Cancer, suggesting more innovative, magical thinking. All four planets are being hit this week by Jupiter and Uranus, with their potential for lucky breaks! Of course he would win that Nobel Prize now.

What about you? Are you up for a big break? Find out in a personal consultation. Here’s the 411.

Last but not least: there’s a bookshelf in the laundry room of my building where neighbors leave offerings. On a day with a Full Moon in me-me-me Aries, opposing the Sun in we-we-we Libra AND a Venus-Mars hook-up in perfectionist Virgo, here’s what I found clustered together. Astrology is amazing.

Monday 10/2/2017: Sneak Peek at the Week — and Next Week, Too

(I started writing this late last night, a few hours after yesterday’s harmony between Mars (guns, anger, action) and Pluto (power, ruthlessness). Hmmm, I thought. Haven’t really seen an example of this easy flow of energy in the headlines..at least not in the U.S. Now waking up to Las Vegas. Sigh.)

Good Morning!

The Aquarius Moon will be void between 7:13 AM and 10:26AM ET. East Coasters, there’s your excuse for sleeping in — or any twists and delays that disrupt your efforts to move forward in straight line. Once the Moon moves into Pisces, see if you notice the shift.

There are no challenging aspects to the Moon today. Go with the Pisces intuitive flow and find ways to fulfill its need to work with impressions and ideals. Practice random acts of kindness and senseless beauty, motivated by the Pisces awareness that All is One and One is All. Compassion. Empathy. Big time.  There’s a special depth to social expression for the next few days, as Venus (money, women, art, social values) harmonizes with Powers That Be Pluto. Consolidation of power and money in the material world, perhaps? Venus is in perfectionist Virgo; Pluto is in Establishment Capricorn; both are earth signs.

On Wednesday at 3:19 AM ET, Moon goes void on a challenging aspect to patriarchal Saturn. That can be cutting. The void lasts until 4:40PM ET, suggesting that crises which crop up during business hours on that day will be much ado about nothing. Chill and stick to routine concerns; avoid impulse shopping until after the Moon enters impulsive Aries. That’ll pick up the pace of the evening and continue the charge into…

…THURSDAY, when the Aries Moon will officially be Full (of itself, no doubt) at 2:40PM ET. Me or We — what shall it be? That’s the dilemma when a me-me-me Aries Moon faces off against a people-pleasing Libra Sun.  A quest for a more perfect union is suggested, as Venus (yin) and Mars (yang) unite in Virgo at 12:53 PM ET. FYI: this meet up will challenge (square) P45’s Gemini Sun and Sagittarius Moon. Cue his favorite campaign tune –  “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” – and run for cover.

If you have a planet or angle around 20-22 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces that part of your horoscope will be feeling the charge from Venus & Mars, along with the frustrating squeeze of Saturn. Consult your local astrologer for details. (Updating this paragraph to add that the Mars-Neptune square in the U.S horoscope at 20 Gemini and 22 Virgo, respectively, is now being triggered –literally — by transiting Mars at 20 Virgo and Saturn at 22 Sagittarius. Mars square Neptune is reflected in America’s idealization (Neptune) of guns (Mars).  Its worst potential is reflected in the massacre in Las Vegas we all woke up to this morning).

At 9:46 PM ET on Thursday, Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto (power plays, emotional catharsis). It meets up with rebel Uranus at 2:58 PM ET on FRIDAY. The work week ends on Something Big, as the Aries Moon opposes expansive Jupiter at 6:38 PM ET (watch the late-breaking news). One hour later, Moon enters Taurus, seeking stability and comfort for the evening and through the weekend. The following week looks….interesting. More on that in a minute.

And now, the news.

We do not have a time for the start of the latest U.S. massacre as I am writing — though we are sure to see heavy planets on the angles of the chart, whenever that time is determined.  [UPDATE: 10:08 PM; 21 Gemini ASC with Saturn opposing it; Mars squaring it]. This event is now the  record-breaker in terms of people killed and wounded. The Independent published a birth date for the 64 year-old while male who brought an arsenal of automatic weapons to a 32nd floor hotel room in Las Vegas, and fired on hundreds of concertgoers at a country music festival below. Birth date: April 9, 1953. [UPDATE: the Telegraph is now saying “believed to have been born on April 9, 1953” — so the following analysis, apt as it may be for that birth date, may not apply to this particular perpetrator). Sun at 19 Aries; Moon in Aquarius; Mercury around 22 Pisces. Mercury — the way he needs to think — has been feeling the squeeze of Saturn at 21-22 Sagittarius since late June; heavy thoughts indeed. Transiting Mars squaring his Mercury in recent days suggests a prompt to take action.

His Aries Sun is squared natally by rebel Uranus at 14 Cancer and opposed by Neptune and Saturn at 22 and 24 Libra. At its worst, this pattern could be delusional, rebellious and repressed — all at the same time.  Also part of that unstable pattern: natal Venus in Aries — retrograde. This is an extremely challenging placement for relationships. It suggests an insatiable need to know it is loved — blinded by unrealistic expectation (Venus is opposed by Saturn and Neptune). Transiting Uranus has been sitting on his natal Venus and opposing Saturn-Neptune. This can be impulsive and weird.

Transiting Pluto has been supercharging his Aries Sun, suggesting a transformation of identity and/or empowerment. His natal Mars and Jupiter in methodical Taurus are square to Pluto — a potentially murderous and resourceful pattern. It is possible that his Aquarius Moon is in an exceptionally tense pattern with those three planets — without a birth time, we can’t be sure. His natal Jupiter is at 23 Taurus, conjunct P45’s Midheaven and the Fixed Star Capulus (male sexual aggression). Not sure how this Jupiter-Midheaven connection will be “lucky” for P45, other than to provide a media distraction from Russia, Puerto Rico, corruption in his administration, etc. for a few days.

Meanwhile….(this part was written last night):

Saturn, planet of cuts and control, is less than three months away from wrapping up its sojourn in Sagittarius, where it’s (mostly) been since December 23, 2014. Here’s what I wrote back then:

Saturn refers to control, discipline and structure. Sagittarius refers to collective belief systems, including the law, religion, philosophy and academia. Hmm…how about mind control? Or tests of faith?  It also refers to publishing and other mass communication media, as well as sports and entertainment. Expect efforts involving restrictions and/or restructuring. Sagittarius refers to that which is foreign, so issues of border control will likely become hotter. It refers to travel.  So we can expect headlines involving controls in these areas, too.

Righteousness is another Sagittarius buzzword, as is blunt honesty. As its best, the Saturnine restructuring of Sagittarius concerns will stem from righteousness, much as the restructuring of the institution of marriage (Libra) to include same-sex couples evolved when Saturn was in Libra. Fairness is a big Libra buzzword. Got that?

After Saturn turned direct last month, I noted a pile of stories involving streamlining in publishing and education. The Village Voice is no longer in print. Online yes; print, no. The NY Daily News was sold — for one dollar. Wow. Four magazine editors called it quits last month, including Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter and Glamour‘s Cindi Leive.  The magazine business is in serious trouble — as I personally experienced last week while searching every drug store, newsstand and supermarket for the latest Dell Horoscope. No luck at all — and even more shocking — serious cuts in the overall number of magazines on sale. Two days later, the NYT wrote about the “not-so glossy future of magazines.” Then Life magazine publisher Katherine Bonniwell passed away, followed by  Playboy founder Hugh Hefner (good riddance) and S.I. Newhouse (legendary Conde Nast mogul).   End of an era?

Meanwhile in the world of academia, I noted several bleak articles — especially this one about adjunct professors: “Facing Poverty, Academics Turn to Sex Work and Sleeping in Cars.”

I promised you more stories involving themes of excess in aviation, suggested by last Thursday’s face-off between Jupiter (big) and Uranus (“the plane, the plane!”). Cue former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, who resigned after billing hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel expenses to taxpayers. Fun fact: Mr. Price was born on October 8, 1954 in Lansing, MI (time unknown). Guess what he has in his horoscope? Jupiter conjunct Uranus — exactly at 27 Cancer! It’s squared by Neptune and opposed by Mars, suggesting a need for excitement, risk and scandal.  Remember his “shady” stock trades?    Astrology is amazing.

Meanwhile, across the Pond, the UK’s Monarch Airlines “collapsed,” apparently stranding over 100,000 people.

Let’s see…what else. Oh. Pluto (plutocracy) turned direct last week, and P45 unveiled a tax plan. Who would benefit the most? The 1%.

Random Venus-Mars-Pluto story: a sex robot was “molested and destroyed” at an electronics show. Add the bewildering technology of the Uranus-Neptune semisquare, discussed in a prior post, to that mix.

The fallout from the series of seven revolutionary Uranus-Pluto squares continues in Spain, where 90% of voters in Catalonia voted to separate from the mothership…violent efforts to control the insurgents ensued

…and in closing:

Planetary patterns next week are challenging, and will be felt as we move into the weekend. We’ll have a lean, mean Saturn-Venus square on Sunday 10/8; a “take no prisoners” Pluto-Mercury square AND and a  power play Pluto-Sun square on Monday 10/9; on Wednesday 10/11, Saturn (control; ambition; frustration) squares Mars (anger; guns; action). These patterns directly impact P45’s horoscope and the horoscope for the inauguration. In the lattter, note that on 10/12 and 10/13, transiting Mars squares Saturn and opposes Mars, respectively; Jupiter squares the Sun on the 14th; Uranus squares the Midheaven on 10/19. Frustration, action, expansion, change.

In P45’s horoscope, Mars squares his natal Moon and Sun on 10/8 and 10/11; his horoscope gets the third and final opposition between transiting Saturn (control; cuts) to his Sun on 10/11. These are tough times for him — as evidenced in SNL’s Weekend Update, with Colin Jost and  Michael Che’s cutting commentary.  Alec Baldwin did his part as well — in the show’s cold open.  Comedy is a coping strategy for pain, doncha’ know…

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