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Friday 7/20/2018 & the Weekend: Sweet

TGIF!

The Moon entered Scorpio last night at 9:13 PM ET, driving today and SATURDAY with a need for emotional depth and control. If you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, you can blame a cranky connection between  the Moon and Mars at 8:12 AM ET. Evening prospects are sweeter, given harmonious aspects between Venus and cosmic sugar daddy Jupiter, at 7:40 PM ET and 10:29 PM ET. Sounds like a great night for a date with Mr. Rogers (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?) or the sequel to Mamma Mia! Maybe even a double feature…

Aspects to the Moon on SATURDAY are also fairly smooth. There’s no Moon void to derail shopping adventures. Maybe a stubborn impasse around 4 PM ET, as Mercury in Leo squares that Scorpio Moon….

SUNDAY starts with a one-hour Moon void and that sweet harmony between Venus and Jupiter, exact at 5:21 AM ET.  Moon enters Sagittarius at 6:12 AM ET, driving the day with a need to push boundaries. Get outside; engage in a righteous debate; lighten up. Another shift happens at 5:01 PM ET, when the Sun enter regal Leo, ramping up the heat for the next few weeks. If you’re a Leo born between July 22 and July 30th, tell me how this slow burn of a summer is going for you…

No sleeping in on MONDAY. The Sag Moon continues to give us something to talk about — e.g., a scandal or a dreamy ideal. Those options will be reflecting a face-off between a perfection-seeking Venus in Virgo and wallowing Neptune in Pisces, exact on TUESDAY. By then we’ll be feeling even more of the buzz of WEDNESDAY’s square between the Sun (leaders) and Uranus (disruption); Mercury retrograde on THURSDAY (BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS NOW); the biggest, fattest total lunar eclipse we will see this whole century on FRIDAY, featuring a feisty Sun-Mars face-off and more consolidation of power, suggested by a harmony between Venus and Pluto.

And now, the news.

Going back to my metaphor anticipating that this week’s events would be like watching an ice shelf suddenly collapse into the sea, here is a clip of Dan Coats (Director of National Intelligence) hearing that the White House has announced that Vladimir Putin  will be coming to the White House this fall. Congressman William Hurd (R-TX) is a former undercover CIA agent who penned an op-ed arguing that P45 is being “manipulated by Putin.”   The silence from other members of his party is deafening…but let’s see what happens next week, with its assertive patterns.

Oh, lookie…Robert Mueller has just subpoenaed the “Manhattan Madam”.  She sounds nice…

Ooh…and WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin is back from vacay. Here she is, writing about “a tipping point.”

Meanwhile, like other movements seeking to contain “People Who Are Not Like Us” making waves around the world, the Israeli Knesset passed a “nation-state bill” described by the Los Angeles Times as:

formaliz(ing) in Israeli law the superior rights and privileges that Jewish citizens of the state enjoy over its indigenous Palestinian minority, who comprise roughly 20% of the population. It demotes Arabic from one of two official languages to a mere “special” status, deepens racial segregation by directing the government to “encourage and promote” Jewish settlement, and declares that the right to self-determination in Israel is “exclusive” to the Jewish people, denying the history and ancient Palestinian roots in this land. It also prioritizes the Jewishness of the state over its democratic character, omitting any reference to “democracy” or “equality.”

Israel’s horoscope was hit hard by the Big Fat Solar Eclipse of 2017, with its “get away with murder” Mars at 28 degrees of Leo totally eclipsed. We see the potential for an uptick in assertion and aggression. As I type, a new war in Gaza is escalating, something that one really ought to avoid during a Mars retrograde. Next week, the Big Fat Lunar Eclipse of 2018 will totally eclipse Israel’s regal Leo Moon.  This suggests a big change of public status for its people, with extra provocation added by contact from transiting Uranus and Mars.

Yes, I am really looking forward to seeing the Mr. Rogers documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?   With transiting Jupiter on his 15 Scorpio cusp of his 7th House, it makes sense that Mr. Rogers would be back in the public eye at this time. He even got his own stamp! Of course, with a 29 degree Pisces Sun at the Aries Point, naturally he would be famous for embodying the belief that We Are One.  Oh, but he’d do it with his own quirky style, with his Sun conjunct Uranus in me-me-me Aries. A Mercury-Venus conjunction in Pisces adds to his need for idealism, along with a soulful Pisces Moon. His Taurus Ascendant needs to project an aura of material comfort and security — and don’t you think he does?  Here is his horoscope, which lives forever, doncha know.

I wrote about Mr. Rogers back in 2013:

It is fascinating to see a meme circulating on Facebook last night, featuring a quote by Fred Rogers, who had a TV show that was comforting and beloved by children everywhere (Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood): “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

Your mission this weekend is to arise, go forth and be a helper, inspired by the sweet sextile between the benefics, Venus and Jupiter.

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Wednesday-Thursday 7/18-19/2018: Gaslighting with the Gipper

Allll-righty then!

The energy of the day is brought to you by the Moon in Libra, seeking to be popular, fair and balanced. It will cruise without interference until a few hours before 2:43 AM ET on THURSDAY, when it will be challenged by ruthless Pluto. Power play or catharsis? Then more relatively smooth sailing until the First Quarter Moon at 3:52 PM ET.

My advice: work with the energy of the late night Moon-Pluto square and use that emotional depth to facilitate harmony in relationships. With Mars now retrograde since June 26th, an urge to grumble at significant others is understandable. But is it really about them? Consider how your inner demons may be at play. Also consider this aptly-timed article: a bad marriage is seriously bad for your health.

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And now, the news. File this all under “I told you the newsmfeed this week would be like watching an ice shelf in Antarctica suddenly collapse into the sea, changing the topography forever.”

Of course you all remember P45’s horoscope for July 16th, yes? Here it is again.   Monday’s Putin-P45 summit began at 1:12 PM in Helsinki. Looking at the chart for that moment for a meet-up, we see the two parties represented by 1) a detail-oriented, hypercritical, effective Venus in Virgo, buoyed by a harmony with expansive Jupiter and 2) an imbecilic self-immolating renegade Mars in Aquarius — wandering without focus, retrograde and about to self-destruct on the South Node. Now. You tell me — which planet represented which party?

Right. And then this happened: “At Summit With Russia, Trump Betrays His Country in Plain Sight”.  Because what U.S. president wouldn’t announce to the world that when it comes to espionage and efforts to sabotage our country, he’ll take the word of a Russian president over the facts presented by multiple U.S. intelligence agencies any day? And that was just one of many jaw-dropping statements. Here’s the full video of the Putin-P45 press conference, in case you missed it. And here’s a written excerpt, with flat-out falsehoods noted by the NYT. 

The answer to the question is simple and clear, if one takes the words of Maya Angelou to heart, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

  • “In terms of high-end product influx into the US, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. Say, in Dubai, and certainly with our project in SoHo, and anywhere in New York. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” (P45 Jr., 2008)
  • “We have all the funding we need out of Russia.” (#2 Son Eric, 2014)
  • P45 has “no intention” of releasing his tax returns (Steven Mnuchin, 2017)
  • “P45’s Russian Laundromat” — an in-depth piece published last year in The New Republic

Meanwhile in Washington, over the past few days, 29 year-old Maria Butina was arrested and indicted on “charges of being a covert Russian agent,” as you will read in this WaPo piece: “‘She was like a novelty’: How alleged Russian agent Maria Butina gained access to elite conservative circles,” Note the connections between Ms. Butina and the NRA. But what was she doing at the National Prayer Breakfast?

Getting back to P45’s Helsinki sinkhole…yesterday, during the much ado about nothing Moon void in Virgo, P45 tried to make things right by saying he “misspoke,” earning him a place — according to Stephen Colbert — “in the Lying Hall of Fame.”  Watch this video and watch him lie about Queen Elizabeth. Then notice that that three minutes into the clip, P45 states, “I have a full faith in our intelligence agencies,” and as he says those words, the lights in the Oval Office go out. Coincidence or conspiracy?

After researching possible causes for the sudden power outage, I warmed to a theory suggested in this piece from the NYT: “Supernatural Cleaning Methods,” (written for owners of haunted houses), arguing that lights going on and off without apparent cause might actually be reflecting the influence of an otherworldly presence.

Hmmm…but who might haunt the Oval Office? A former occupant who is no longer among the living? How about….Ronald Reagan?  Of course I looked at his horoscope to assess its potential for action yesterday around 12 PM ET in Washington DC. If any Avid Reader has an exact time for when those lights went out, please let me know. The lamestream media is hopeless when it comes to timing.

So….let’s see here…

  • transiting Jupiter (ruler of Reagan’s Sagittarius Ascendant) is almost exactly conjunct his natal Jupiter and opposing his Taurus Moon (co-ruler of the 7th — the public).
  • Transiting Moon almost exactly squaring his Ascendant and Pluto.
  • Transiting Pluto is close to a conjunction to his natal Mercury and square his Libra Midheaven, suggesting a need for empowered and persuasive communication.
  • Transiting Pluto is also exactly opposed his natal Neptune, ruler of his 3rd House (of mindset and communication). Hard transits between Pluto and Neptune are a reliable reflection of metaphysical/paranormal experiences.
  • Transiting Sun is exactly opposing his natal Uranus — well, that’s a potential buzz…and transiting Uranus is conjunct his natal Saturn (another potential shake-up).
  • with natal Mercury conjunct Uranus in his horoscope, we see Reagan’s need for a quirky and provocative sense of humor.
  • Finally, transiting Saturn is almost exactly conjunct his Mars — we can appreciate the potential for frustration.

Dear Avid Readers, I believe we have found our culprit. The horoscope lives forever, doncha’ know. The Gipper ain’t buying the gaslighting. And really, I don’t see why he would. Nor should you. Case closed.

Are we having fun yet?

UPDATE: it appears the White House really is haunted

Meanwhile…

Signs Jupiter (expansion) might have just turned direct in Scorpio:

As we approach Sunday’s harmonious sextile (an aspect suggesting cooperation and generosity), let’s close with one of the most uplifting stories I’ve read in a while: “An Alabama man walked almost 20 miles to his new job. When his boss found out, he gave him a car.”  Not only did the aptly-named Walter Carr —  literally go the extra mile(s) in his eight-hour trek in the middle of the night, but a police officer who questioned the 20 year-old African-American en route did not try to arrest him. Instead, he bought Mr. Carr breakfast and engaged the help of another officer, who gave him a lift six hours into the journey. But wait, there’s more! After arriving at his destination and doing a stellar job moving furniture from one household to another, the satisfied customer started a GoFundMe campaign on his behalf, which as of this morning had generated $37,000. A few days later, Carr’s boss gave him the car.

Wouldn’t it be fun to see Walter Carr’s horoscope? I suspect we’d see it activated by last week’s two Grand Trines.  I love that everyone in this story chose to be a hero, supporting and rewarding Carr’s noble cause. With today’s Libra Moon traveling free and clear, you, too can be a hero by appreciating and noticing the efforts of people in your life who are going the extra mile.

Thank you for reading this forecast.