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Monday 10/8/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; New Moon in Libra; Venus squares Mars; Sun squares Pluto

Happy Monday from Los Angeles! Will be back in New York on Wednesday.

The work week begins with the Moon in Libra, driving the day with a need for fairness, balance and social graces. Good luck with that while Venus is retrograde (as of last Friday), along other patterns happening this week. If you’re feeling restless or listless today, sensing that something new is on the horizon, you’re tuning in to the fact that we are in the dark side of the Moon. The new cycle begins at 11:47 PM ET.

This New Moon happens at 15 Libra, so anyone with planets or angles at 15 Libra, Aries, Cancer or Capricorn will have their horoscopes activated. How so? That’s a discussion point for a consultation with your local astrologer. FYI, the horoscope of the U.S. is one of those activated. Should be a rollicking lunar cycle.

Libra is the sign of partnerships; marriage is an obvious partnership; some business relationships are partnerships, including adversarial ones. We went through the first half of the zodiac with New Moons focusing on the Self: Aries = my identity; Taurus = my values/possessions; Gemini = my mind; Cancer = my emotions/family; Leo = my love to give; Virgo = my service/work/body. Now we’re ready to go public. Take a look at your relationships: how are We doing? What is the State of the Union?  How does it reflect the Libran qualities of justice, fairness, diplomacy, peace, beauty and sweetness? Is there resentment or a lack of appreciation? Are there issues hanging in the balance (Libra is the sign of the Scales)?

Venus rules Libra, and as you know, right now Venus is in Scorpio and retrograde. This is not a happy placement, and we are building to an assertive/aggressive release on WEDNESDAY. Why? Because Venus (yin) and Mars (yang) will square each other at 10:29 PM ET. And what is said is likely to be a game changer, for better or worse. Why? at 1:35 PM ET on WEDNESDAY, mental Mercury (how we need to think and communicate) will be opposed by rebel Uranus. Not only that, but on FRIDAY just after midnight ET, the Sun (leaders, will) squares Pluto. In the news, this suggests a significant powerplay involving political leaders and CEOs; news from underground. Whatever hits the fan that day will have an easy flow of communication, affirming the Established Order, suggested by Mercury in harmony with Saturn at 4:20 AM ET.

Avid Readers may recall that this week would likely be a week of significant action/assertion on the part of — or against — P45 and his administration. We see this in his horoscope and in the chart for the P45 inauguration. Perhaps conquering the Supreme Court qualifies. Perhaps there will be more. Oh, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Point is, we need to factor the patterns described in the previous paragraph into our analysis of what this New Moon suggests. Empowered, innovative ideas and social expression, stemming from a need to reassess and reclaim value related to money, aesthetics and WOMEN comes to mind. Mars is squaring Venus. The next aspect in the New Moon chart is a ruthless, cathartic square between the Moon and Pluto on TUESDAY at 4:50 AM ET. This energy can be applied for better or for worse.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “a boat landing washed away,” which Blain Bovee says is “an image sweeping away human constructs, calling for repair and renewal.” This line gave me pause: “‘Washed away’ implies the power of waves which carry off that which cannot withstand their force.” Waves, eh? What kind of waves, with Election Day happening on Tuesday, November 6th, during this lunar cycle? We’re sure to hear plenty of talk about waves over the next few weeks.

Bovee also observes that if your boat landing has been washed away, there’s no safe place to dock — but this is OK. We are advised to take the time to repair the damage, to heal — and to contemplate the unseen powers of nature. We are invited to consider “feeling washed out; being swept away by powerful forces; a strong sense of inner renewal; a positive attitude about the approaching new day.” Sounds like a apt time to clean the house…

In other news, the always-in-sync Beth Owl’s Daughter’s Card of the Week suggests a potential healing…

Other patterns of note this week:

  • TUESDAY: at 8:41 PM ET, Mercury leaves Libra for Scorpio. No more weighing the options in matters of ideas and communication; Mercury in Scorpio demands depth, substance and control — at least until Halloween.
  • Moon voids:
    • TUESDAY 4:50 AM ET until 12:09 AM ET on WEDNESDAY;
    • THURSDAY 7:12 PM ET until 5:53 AM ET on FRIDAY;
    • SATURDAY 8:58 PM ET until 3:17 PM ET on SUNDAY.
  • The all-day void on Tuesday is most likely to disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line, as it covers the entire business day. Chill and don’t freak out over crises, as they are likely to be much ado about nothing. Avoid impulse shopping; roll with the twists and flakes.

And now, the news.

Astrology is so amazing. Avid Readers will remember that on Sept 5th I noted that in mid-October, Brett Kavanaugh’s horoscope was ripe for potential expansion. He has transiting Jupiter square his Aquarius Sun exact at about 9:30 PM ET….TODAY. When his confirmation hearing began in September, that Jupiter transit (expansion/reward potential) seemed to be happening later than one might think — if he was to be confirmed, as Mitch McConnell’s plan was to have Kavanaugh seated in time to join SCOTUS on Opening Game Day  — a.k.a., October 1st. BUT — before Jupiter could get to Kavanaugh’s Sun, it met up with his Neptune (booze, fog, deception). We had to go through that fog.

And over the weekend, as you know, Kavanaugh was confirmed during the dead Moon — and sworn in as an official Supreme on Saturday around 6 PM ET in D.C. — much to my admitted personal anger and disappointment — but not to the surprise of my astrological mind.  Not only that, but all of the pomp and circumstance of his anticipated reward happens tonight at 7 PM ET (a few hours before hit exact Jupiter-Sun transit), in a ceremonial swearing-in hosted by P45. Which makes one wonder if this was truly inevitable, which could be depressing. On the other hand, while his Saturday swearing-in might have felt like  a reward for Justice Brewski, in the bigger scheme of things, it was not an apt time for initiating a new justice. Seriously, on a dead Moon opposing Neptune (booze, fog, deception)? Venus retrograde in Scorpio square Mars? The energetic time stamp of his swearing-in can’t help but mark his tenure, however long it lasts. Here’s how SNL covered the GOP celebration in its latest cold open. On a Moon-Neptune opposition, of course there was beer.

In other news, just before 2 PM ET on Saturday in Schoharie, NY, a limo carrying 17 people on their way to a brewery tour crashed. All passengers were killed, plus the driver and two pedestrians. At the time of the accident, Uranus (accidents) was on the angles of the chart for that moment in Schoharie. We see this pattern over and over again: heavy planets on an angle coincident with an energetic release.

Meanwhile, note that whenever a planet is retrograde, it facilitates reviewing and revisiting the past. With Venus retrograde, we see the potential for revisiting past relationships and social expression. Venus is now squaring Mars — this is supercharged potential. Here are two must-read op-eds published on Sunday reflecting that pattern:

Elsewhere — an innovative attack (Mars in Aquarius) slays the art world (Venus in Scorpio): “Banksy Prank Sees Million-Dollar Art Work Shredded Live at Auction” — watch the video. Also from the world of art, the NYT Sunday magazine: “The Ugly Beauty of Cindy Sherman’s Selfies”.

Hey! Have you registered to vote? Are you SURE??? Please check your status — and share this link with everyone you know. Voter registration deadlines in many states is TOMORROW, October 9th. Vote, vote, vote!!!

Finally, Avid Readers know that planetary patterns suggest strong potential for authoritarian rulers to be in vogue. It’s not just the United States; it’s everywhere, and it’s not going away this year or even next, as Saturn (authority figures) meets up with Pluto (power; rot; corruption) in Capricorn (Powers That Be).  Here’s John Oliver to tell you about a racist, misogynist authoritarian currently campaigning in Brazil. His name is Jair Bolsonaro. He did not win the election outright yesterday, but he came darn close. And he is still in the running.

We live in such interesting times. What would we do without this astrological perspective? If you follow the patterns in your own horoscope, you will learn that while times are “interesting” around the globe, this does not mean you will not have opportunities for growth and reward.

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Monday 10/1/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; Venus Retrograde in Scorpio

Happy Monday!

The Moon was void in Gemini this morning until 2 PM ET, suggesting actions initiated may be of little consequence and crises which crop up may be much ado about nothing. It was during this long void that Canada, Mexico and the United States reached an agreement on a new trade deal, now called USMCA instead of NAFTA. So what, big deal? Now that the Moon is fully engaged in Cancer, the next few days are driven by a need for emotional/homeland/family security, so expect those themes to be front and center in the news.

Moon will be void on Wednesday between 4:33 AM ET and 5:12 PM ET. Then it enters Leo, driving most of the rest of the work week with a need for drama and ego recognition.  Friday is another mostly all-day void. Chill and skip out early if you can, as actions initiated may well be a bust between 7:34 AM ET and 7:19 PM ET. After that, Moon enters Virgo to put things back in order, in preparation for the New Moon on Monday. Note that Sunday is another all-day Moon void, so do your shopping on Saturday.

Notable planetary patterns this week:

  • TUESDAY: Mercury squares Pluto at 8:01 PM ET, suggesting investigative dirt hitting the fan. You’re personally affected if you have a planet around 18 Libra, Aries, Cancer or Capricorn. Perhaps your words will be more empowered than usual. One can only hope.
  • TUESDAY: Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto at 10:10 PM ET, setting the stage for a catharsis or power play.
  • WEDNESDAY: Moon makes its weekly clash with Uranus at 7:29 PM ET, suggesting an upset or other disruptions of the status quo.

The biggest shift this week happens on FRIDAY at 3:05 PM ET. That’s when Venus turns retrograde, not to turn direct until November 16th. What does this suggest? Avid Readers will recall that when a planet turns retrograde, it is an apt time for review and/or turning inward in matters related to that planet.

Venus turns retrograde every 18 months for about 40 days. Last time it was retrograde was back in March of 2017 — and here are a few headlines from that time period. Last year’s retrograde was in Aries; this one is in Scorpio. Frankly, Venus is not at her accommodating best in either of those signs — but judging from the headlines, perhaps now is not the time for all that is feminine to be so accommodating.

Keywords for Venus include: love, money, values, beauty and women — issues related to all of these are now up for review. What are your values? Does the company you keep accurately reflect those values? Whom, what and how do you need to love? Venus also refers to charm, appreciation and social graces — and it’s fascinating how quickly these qualities fly out the window during Venus retrograde. The image I share with students for Venus retrograde is the lid on a can of sardines being rolled back, revealing all the smelly fish.

Money concerns may come up; questions about what you are really worth may arise. If money is not your concern, still be advised that the general rule is to avoid major purchases of art, beauty or luxury during this time; our sense of aesthetics is often “off,” and what we find attractive now may not be so satisfying later.  This especially applies to relationships.

So what’s the up side of this potentially witchy, bitchy Venus? By getting in touch with our baser instincts, we have an opportunity for clarity in our existing relationships. Those that are based on superficial charm are not likely to stand, especially during this Venus retrograde in Scorpio, a sign which demands depth and substance. Maybe you don’t need that dead wood in your life. Time for a purge! And by the way, when was the last time you reviewed your finances and made a plan? And speaking of baser instincts, political debates are likely to become even more heated and barbed as we head towards Election Day. If you don’t know which candidates are nasty or nice, you will soon enough.

This Venus retrograde is especially fascinating because it is tied to this summer’s Mars retrograde. How so? Remember that Mars turned retrograde at 9 degrees of Aquarius, meaning that anyone with a planet around 9-10 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio would be affected. Venus is turning retrograde at 10 degrees of Scorpio! So if you do have a planet around 9-10 degrees of Aquarius, Taurus, Leo or Scorpio, your summer project is far from over. That means you, Brett Kavanaugh — and you, Jeff Flake and  Ted Cruz. Ooh — and Larry Flynt, too. Wonder what he’s been up to? Keep an eye on October 10th, when retrograde Venus squares Mars. Could be quite an outburst.

The Sabian Symbol for this Venus retrograde is “an embassy ball,” which Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee notes is an “exclusive gathering of the elite, gathered mostly for their mutual benefit. When positive, integrity and excellence shine; when not so positive, elitism, disdain and specious superiority show forth.” Wow. We last saw this Symbol activated back in February 2013, when Saturn turned retrograde at the same degree of Scorpio. Check out what and who were making headlines back then.

Venus will remain in Scorpio until Halloween. On that day, Venus is opposed by Uranus (expect a jolt) and then backs into Libra, where Venus functions with exceptional grace. Venus will remain in Libra for all of November, including — obviously — Election Day, November 6th. I find this encouraging for the unprecedented number of women who are running for office this year. If they win, it is likely to be by an unprecedented number of women voters.

And now, the news.

UPDATE: at the time Jeff Flake was ambushed by two women in an elevator last week, the horoscope for that moment: 9:31 AM ET on 9/28/2018 in Washington, DC, Venus (women), Mars (men) and Uranus (upset) were all on angles of the horoscope, giving them in-your-face impact. Fascinating.

UPDATE: on Michael Moore, whose horoscope I’ve covered here — and also in an article published in Dell Horoscope. In that article, I argued that 2018 was likely to be challenging — and downright frustrating. A couple of weeks ago — on the third rebellious Mars-Uranus square, his latest film premiered. It’s called Fahrenheit 11/9, and even though some critics are calling it “his best film in years,”, it’s not doing as well as expected at the box office; in fact, some are calling it a bomb. Ouch. Why did I think 2018 would be a squeeze for Mr. Moore?  Transiting Saturn is sitting on his Capricorn Moon and Mars. Focus and ambition, yes. Expansion — not so much.

I can’t bring myself to write anything today about Brett Kavanaugh, other than to note that the potential for expansion suggested by transiting Jupiter squaring his Aquarius Sun is exact on October 9th, which is about when I expect we’ll see a power play — for better or worse — in the life of P45. For me, it’s too close to call. I can say, however, that SNL’s take on the whole hot mess of a hearing was an excellent catharsis — here it is, if you missed it. And if you’re wondering if Matt Damon — who portrayed Kavanaugh in the cold open — has a planet around 9 degrees of Aquarius, Leo, Taurus or Scorpio, he does: Jupiter at 9 Scorpio. And look how he expanded his reach. Coincidence or conspiracy?

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