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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 6/13/2014 & the Weekend: Venus Opposing Saturn in the News; Mars Square Pluto; RIP Ruby Dee

My, my, my…will the sound of sirens never end? Way more than usual over the past week…

The high-flying Sagittarius Moon is void this morning until 1:04PM ET. Go with the flow of whatever twists you may encounter in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. After the void, the Moon gets into gear in “make it happen” Capricorn, carrying us through most of the weekend. Lunar aspects are light today, but are power-packed tomorrow (Saturday), as Capricorn’s enterprising energy is supercharged by contact with the Uranus-Pluto square, and also aggressive Mars. The dust settles around 9:17PM ET, with a harmonious connection between the Moon and Venus in material security-seeking Taurus. t

Sunday’s only exact aspect is an exuberant challenge to the Capricorn (patriarchal) Moon from jolly Jupiter at 2:35AM ET, on which it goes void until 1:27pm ET. Perfect for dads who want to chill on Father’s Day — not good for buying last-minute gifts for said dads. The rest of the day has a friendly, networking vibe, courtesy of the Moon in Aquarius. No sleeping in on Monday.

And now, the news.

As noted in earlier forecasts, this third square between Mars in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn is especially potent. War and guns (downside); great efforts and cars…there are so many headlines about cars this week. A car crashes into CNN headquarters and makes the homepage. We already talked about Uber and the traffic jams irate taxi drivers are creating in Europe. Tesla’s Elon Musk opened up his company’s patents, perhaps hoping to  increase acceptance and usage of electric cars.  And even a headline about a sports match sounds like a crash: “Heat’s Crash Course Can’t Prevent Another Wreck Against the Spurs”.  It’s like the writers at the NYT are influenced by planetary patterns, whether they know it or not. Speaking of sports matches, Mars-Pluto aspects suggest especially intense competition: here’s to the World Cup (and what’s left of the Stanley Cup).

Meanwhile, war and the breakdown of the established order in Iraq is the subject of today’s NYT editorial, FYI. Here’s a piece about the economic benefits of “major wars”. For a piece on ginormous energy resources, here’s the latest video on solar flares. In other news, I’ve noticed that triggers to Pluto and Uranus by other planets seem to reflect more “news from underground” in the headlines. Apparently scientists have discovered an underground ocean three times the size of those on the Earth’s surface. In Venezuela, however, no one is going underground, because there’s a shortage of coffins. Why is this story making headlines now (I ask, rhetorically).

I’m going to ship this to subscribers now — but will add a few more worthwhile headlines reflecting this AM’s Venus-Saturn opposition — check the website within the hour…

…and here we go. Venus opposing Saturn. One of the most compelling stories I found was about an unemployed mother (Venus) of seven who died in jail because she could not pay $2000 in fines accrued because her children skipped school. Saturn refers to debt. Even more compelling is how this story was reported by various papers. Here’s how the Cleveland Plain-Dealer told it, and here is how ThinkProgress told it. Which publication did the best job of covering this story? Which publication actually told the whole story?

If Venus opposing Saturn were a person, this might be its favorite joke:

Q: How many feminists does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: That’s not funny.

Interesting to see a theater review in the NYT with this headline: Sex, Violence and Power — with a Feminist Slant.  Meanwhile, another heavy note involving a woman in the arts (Venus): actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee passed away. Here is her horoscope; she has a Scorpio Sun conjunct Mercury and Saturn; these three planets are trine Mars in sensitive, vulnerable Pisces. Very heavy indeed and also “enduring,” which is how her career is described in the NYT obituary; she often played “the loyal, worried loved one”.

Ms. Dee’s people-pleasing 25 degree Libra Moon was eclipsed in April; her Pluto at 13 Cancer has been supercharged by the Cardinal Grand Cross. That Libra Moon would be sensitive to social graces, fairness and justice, and her Sagittarius Ascendant would suggest a mask of most righteous opinion.  As noted in the NYT, “in 2005 Ms. Dee received a lifetime achievement award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. ‘You can only appreciate freedom,’ she said then, ‘when you find yourself in a position to fight for someone else’s freedom and not worry about your own.'” RIP.

What’s going on in your horoscope? Mercury retrogrades are excellent times for reviewing your life with an astrologer. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.


Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 6/12/2014: Full Moon in Sagittarius

The high-flying, righteously opinionated Sagittarius Full Moon is exact just after midnight — 12:11AM ET — on Friday. Innovation and action are favored in the morning and early afternoon, courtesy of “think outside the box” Uranus and warrior Mars connecting with the Moon. There’s no Moon void in business hours to add further potential confusion to Mercury’s current retrograde — huzzah!  Moon does go void at 12:11AM ET — not to enter the next sign, Capricorn, until 1:04PM ET, so get it off your desk today if you can’t wait until tomorrow afternoon.

This Full Moon — which offers enlightenment and a potential release of whatever agenda you set on the New Moon on May 28th — is not a chocolate-covered marshmallow bunny. At 12:09AM ET, there’s an opposition between Venus (love,money, women, art, social expression) and Saturn (discipline, patriarchy, authority, control) suggesting a no-nonsense approach that may seem ambitious, cutting or controlled. You may recall from yesterday’s post that Eric Cantor has a Venus-Saturn square, and he is not known as a social charmer.

At 8:34AM ET, the Mars-Pluto square we’ve been talking about all week will be exact. This is significant because it is the third in a series of Mars-Pluto squares we were scheduled to experience with Mars in Libra, where it has been since December. The first square was on December 31st; the second was on April 23rd. If you have a planet or angle around 11-14 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you may have been involved in a power play or exerted an unusually powerful effort.

Speaking of Eric Cantor, the Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 23 Sagittarius is “immigrants entering”. Which is fascinating, given all the reports speculating that Cantor lost because of his stance on immigration issues…and also that his defeat suggests that there’s no way an immigration reform bill will be passed this year (there’s no way the 113th Congress will likely do anything of consequence, as noted in prior forecasts). Fun fact: the Cantor re-election campaign did an internal poll between May 27 and May 28, showing he had a 34-point lead over his opponent. We had a dead Moon in Taurus all day on the 27th,  a sign that does not like change — and it was void-of-course.  The New Moon did not begin until 2:40PM on the 28th — and if you recall, it was sponsored in part by the rose-colored fog of nebulous Neptune. Take-away lesson: if you’re going take a opinion poll and you want reliable information, don’t do it on a dead void of course Moon. Here’s the latest on Eric Cantor and his victorious opponent, cheerfully presented as usual by NYT columnist Gail Collins.

The other Sabian Symbol in this lunation is the Sun at 23 Gemini: “three fledglings in a nest high in a tree”. So immediately we see a polarity between these fledglings who are not quite ready to leave home (but must),  and the immigrants who have left their homes and just arrived in a whole new world. Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee suggests we apply these symbols with a mind to “…a passage to a new life, a new level of maturity, the moment before a new independent life takes off…” Bovee has a lot more to say, and if you enjoy the Sabian Symbols, why not buy his book. In your own personal world, you may receive illumination or a release on a “let’s get down to business” new stage in life if you have a planet or angle at around 23 Gemini or Sagittarius.

And now, some more news.

Minutes ago, this item hit the wires about the current upheaval in Iraq, reflecting a great effort involving money that is quite sobering: $425 million seized by militants in a successful series of bank robberies, making them “the world’s richest terrorist group”. Also minutes ago: the Supreme Court (Saturn) rules that money in an IRA (Venus) inherited from a parent (Saturn) is not protected from creditors should you declare bankruptcy.

Meanwhile, taxi drivers in Europe angry (Mars square Pluto) about the success of the taxi app Uber are causing traffic meltdowns (Mercury retrograde) everywhere. Yesterday Uber announced a ginormous amount of investment capital raised on a stupendous $17 billion valuation.  Finally, a group of moms (Venus) meant serious business (Saturn) when they attended a Target shareholder meeting to demand it prohibit the open carry of guns (Mars) in its stores.   I’ve seen a lot of posts about open carry on Facebook this week, including this purportedly helpful cartoon/PSA.

What’s going on in your horoscope? Mercury retrogrades are excellent times for reviewing your life with an astrologer. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.