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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 8/22/2012: Sun in Virgo

Say goodbye to the Sun in Leo; say hello to the Sun in Virgo, as of 1:07PM ET.  Virgo is an earth sign (as opposed to fire, water or air). It is also a mutable sign, as opposed to cardinal or fixed. What does that mean? Cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn; they need to come up with the idea and take action.  Fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius. These signs need to organize and give form to the concepts pitched by cardinal signs. Mutable signs — Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces — get to spread the word about the cool form the fixed signs made. Got it?

More about Virgo: it is ruled by Mercury, which also rules mindset. Virgo is symbolized by a virgin with a shaft of wheat. Its keywords are I ANALYZE. Virgo needs to apply its mental energy to discernment and discrimination, as it separates the wheat from the chaff. In health matters,  Virgo rules the intestinal tract and assimilation. If you have planets in Virgo in your horoscope, and they are under a great deal of developmental tension, you may have some issues with your digestive system, especially how your system absorbs nutrition from food.

We should notice a shift in tone from the roaring Leo vibe to Virgo’s comparative quiet as the week progresses. How so? Why look, right on the home page of TMZ: pictures of Prince Harry naked in Vegas…I kid you not…talk about royal Leo revelry — and no, I am not going to provide a link, as the Moon is still in Libra and has some social graces. Read this piece about Jets quarterback Tim Tebow — and other virgins — living in New York instead. That’s Virgo — and on the home page of the New York Times, if you please.

Meanwhile, we have a few hours left to dream royally, encouraged  by the deep Scorpio Moon making an easy connection to nebulous Neptune at 6:58AM ET. So definitely take note of your dreams….and the rest of your ideas for the day. Why? Because jolly Jupiter is getting along famously with mental Mercury, supporting writers and thinkers everywhere. That connection is exact at 6:57PM ET…and frankly, some of what you are thinking may be quite fantastic. Why? Because nebulous Neptune is moving to an exact opposition to the Sun at 8:33AM ET on Friday. How weird and dazzling can it get? Just watch the headlines..and note that Venus, which refers to women, has been running wild in the heavens.

Use the energy of today’s Scorpio Moon — which kicks in after 1:07PM ET — to be seen as someone of depth and substance.

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday & Friday 7/19-20/2012: New Moon in Cancer; A Mars-Pluto-Uranus Adventure

The sturm und drang potential of  the past two days of action-oriented Mars in Libra clashing with rebel Uranus and “clear the air”  Pluto was unleashed with a vengeance Wednesday. Thunderbolts, lightning and intense hailstorms drenched East Coast cities from Washington to Boston, finally breaking triple-digit temperatures.  How did the potential for intensity play out in your own personal world? Since my horoscope was directly impacted by this celestial clash (I’m one of those born within a few days of the 30th of March, June September or December),  I consciously avoided debates with the hosts at my vacation retreat on any topic where we might disagree, and went along with whatever social agenda had been planned. Where did it lead me?

Yesterday’s agenda included whatever was playing at a local film festival. Meaning that we just went to the festival without knowing what we would see. Turned out to be a recently restored print of a (magnificent) WAR movie, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp — and it was introduced by Thelma Schoonmaker, the Oscar-winning editor of Raging Bull (about a boxer) and The Departed (a crime thriller). Boxing, crime thrillers, war movies — are we detecting an aggressive Mars, ruthless Pluto, status quo-disrupting Uranus theme here? After the movie we spent time in a secondhand bookstore. What jumped out at me (that I finished reading today)? They Can Kill You, But They Can’t Eat You — the autobiography of former studio head Dawn STEEL (Mars rules steel), who had a tough-as-nails reputation as she spearheaded films like Top Gun and Fatal Attraction.  Steel, guns, fatal…more Mars, Pluto and Uranus…coincidence or conspiracy? Astrology can work in such mysterious ways…

The New Moon at 26 degrees of Cancer is exact Thursday at 12:24AM ET. Cancer is a water sign, in tune with emotions. It refers to the homeland, patriotism, Mom and apple pie (nurturing). Cancer seeks and provides security in these areas. Overall, it is a dynamic, physical chart for a New Moon, suggested by the Mars-Uranus-Pluto T-square. Anything can happen! Ambition — perhaps driven by a sense of disconnection or loss — is tempered by disciplined, strategic Saturn challenging the sensitive Sun and Moon. Where is your home? What is your foundation? With Mercury retrograde, those answers to Cancerian concerns — which are necessary before moving forward with a carefully crafted strategy, are found by turning inward.  Easy flow of energy is supported by smooth connections between optimistic Jupiter and innovative Uranus.Venus in Gemini and Neptune in Pisces are running wild, suggesting a flurry of social interaction and ideals of spirit, fantasy and other escapes are likely to pull focus during this cycle. In a big picture/world event sense, this chart seems like an apt set-up for the Olympics…if they can keep theMercury retrograde traffic jams and stopwatch malfunctions to a minimum.

The New Moon immediately goes void at 12:24AM ET and enters playful Leo at 6:13AM ET. Exuberant aspects kick in around 9:22PM ET…and on Friday, the Leo Moon is bolstered by delightful input from loving Venus. Play is what I will be doing over the next couple of days and I hope you will, too. When in doubt, use the physical energy of the New Moon to work it out — literally — of your mind and body. Meditation, yoga, hiking anyone?

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 4/27/2012 & the Weekend: Art and Commerce

Thank God It’s Friiiiiied-day! Moon in Cancer, sign of Mom and apple pie, makes only one connection during business hours, and it’s a communicative one to jolly Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy, exact at 3:59PM ET. This suggests a high note to finish off your work week and certainly a very happy hour at cocktail time.

What could possibly distract you today? Ohhh…maybe a strict, disciplined focus required by authoritative Saturn, running wild in the cosmos, along with Venus, which refers to art, love, money — the value of aesthetics — running wild in buzz-generating Gemini. Hmmm…art and commerce, running wild? Sounds like a perfect day for Edvard Munch’s masterpiece “The Scream” to be previewed at Sothebys — ahead of its auction on May 2nd. It’s apparently going to be a huge season in the art world — makes sense to me! http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-27/munch-s-80-million-scream-leads-new-york-may-auctions.html

Moon goes void at 3:05AM ET Saturday, not to enter regal, playful Leo until 12:10PM ET, and you better believe I’m sleeping in. Moon voids are divine opportunities for catching up on rest, meditation, yoga, creative brainstorming and going with the flow. Find out more about voids in the forecast posted on February 10, 2012 — it’s in the archives. After 12:10PM you can play king or queen of your castle whilst seeking love and adoration from your subjects. Such is the need of Moon in Leo — and now you know how to handle someone who has that in his or her horoscope. Have fun!

Drama and play continue through Sunday, intensified by a potent connection between resourceful Pluto and the Sun. News from underground, power plays and/or a discovery of resources may be in the headlines or your own personal world…motivated by a challenge to whatever agenda you set for yourself at the time of the New Moon. Why? Because the First Quarter Moon is exact at 5:57AM ET, that’s why. That suggests a challenge…so deal with it and adjust your plans accordingly, without too much sturm and drang. True to the spirit of the Leo Moon, a playful approach can be highly effective.

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 4/20/2012 & the Weekend: New Moon in Taurus

Well, dear Reader…after two hours of carefully crafting a splendid New Moon forecast, I hit “publish” in WordPress, and damned if my work didn’t go flying into oblivion — a first! I’m dedicated to my craft — and to you, dear Reader — so obviously I am going to re-create the forecast. I am also going to extend an invitation: if you appreciate these forecasts and wish to make a donation (via PayPal) as an expression of your appreciation, it would be accepted with much gratitude. The email is eg@graceastrology.com. Who wants to make my day?

On this last day of the lunar cycle, wrap it all up by 3:35PM ET, when the Moon goes void of course with a sigh…and a potentially sobering challenge from an authority figure or some other wet blanket. Moon in feisty, me-me-me Aries does not enjoy challenges from authority figures; it really cramps the Aries independent, self-reliant style. Will the markets close down? We shall see. Meanwhile, if you have a major initiative to launch, definitely wait until after the New Moon on Saturday.  TGIF…

Chill on Friday evening; Moon enters Taurus just after midnight on Saturday and is born again at 3:18AM ET. You can stay up late or wake up early to meditate, light a candle and set your intentions for what promises to be an especially fertile lunar cycle. What inspiration will hit you around 5:25AM ET (note your dreams)? The rest of Saturday offers energy and practical resources — don’t waste a minute of it.

Sunday offers more inspiration and an easy communication of intangibles: spirit, music, feelings, healing — and yes, dreams again, courtesy of nebulous Neptune casting a rosy-pink glow on the light of the Sun. Moon goes void at 1:10PM ET on an uplifting connection to Jupiter, the cosmic sugar daddy. Indulge your senses: good food, wine, women/men and song…perhaps continuing into late morning on Monday. Moon won’t enter Gemini until 1:05PM ET. You could probably sleep in without consequence.

Also of note on Sunday: a brilliant hook-up between mental Mercury and rebel Uranus, the third of a series we’ve experienced since March 5th. Watch for potential breakthroughs in technology, aviation, outer space — and maybe even astrology.

Meanwhile, there’s a lot to love about the New Moon at 1 degree of Taurus. If Aries is the spark that generates an idea, Taurus takes that idea and gives it form.  Now is the time to implement the strategy you planned during Mars retrograde (Jan. 23rd – Apr. 13th). You know, the strategy that hit you like the voice that whispered in Field of Dreams, “If you build it, he will come”. In the movie, “he” was baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson. You can substitute “he” for the reward of your choice. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_of_Dreams

In the New Moon chart, we see the Sun and Moon in harmony with action-oriented Mars — still in perfectionist Virgo — and resourceful Pluto. This is excellent for planting seeds that actually grow. Need a spark? The aforementioned hook-up between mental Mercury and rebel Uranus together in Aries suggests innovative, revolutionary ideas are inspiring the action. How about a vision? Nebulous Neptune in a supportive connection to the New Moon suggests the potential for channeled dreams to become real. And if you’re a wizard, a fanatic or a showman, Neptune opposing Mars offers the pixie dust to really razzle-dazzle ’em.

Also in the chart: Venus (women, art, money, beauty) running wild in glib Gemini; Jupiter (reward, luck, expansion, bombast) running wild in possession-fixated Taurus. A grand good time can be had by all…with the caveat of having way too much of a good thing. Like those Secret Service agents consorting with prostitutes in Colombia http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/19/world/americas/colombian-escort-speaks-about-secret-service-scandal.html?pagewanted=all  or that government agency bingeing in Vegas with your tax dollars http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/05/opinion/collins-send-in-the-clowns-and-cheese.html  Credit the Neptune-Mars opposition (scandal) and the relentless square between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries for bringing this corruption of hallowed government institutions to light. And expect more of the same in a headline near you…

Getting back to the New Moon and what it means for you: wherever 1 degree of Taurus falls in your horoscope is an area primed for planting those seeds. I challenge you to do the work required to make those seeds grow. Sure, you can spend this time rolling in the meadow, smelling the flowers. But if that’s all you do this month, you could be missing out on a prime opportunity.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “an electrical storm”. As always, we consult Blain Bovee’s wonderful book on Sabian Symbols for details: “…an image of an arousing natural event that crackles with illumination while disturbing the atmosphere…the aha! experience…sudden, blinding; a discharge of energy that often brings about a change and release from a stagnant situation…” Are you ready? Go!

Whew! Done — for the second time in one night. Whaddaya think? Did I earn that caffe latte?

To be continued…

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 4/14/2011

Moon enters the discriminating sign of Virgo at 2:40AM EDT, suggesting two days of especially perfect Mercury retrograde energy. Making things perfect, precise and correct is what Virgo loves to do.  Mercury retrograde suggests we REview, REpair and REorganize. REvise. Use the Moon-Mercury combo to get it right!

Whatever you choose to do today, it may have a more sensitive, intuitive or artistic flair. Why? Moon makes a connection to nebulous Neptune in the early AM (note your dreams), and Venus, planet of social expression, art, beauty and money, is running wild in the ethereal sign of Pisces. Organization turned into an art form? Why not? Enjoy the relative calm in planetary activity; there will be plenty of activity to write about over the weekend.