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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 10/20/2014: Sneak Peek at the Week

Good Morning!

Perfectly lovely patterns today — not to be taken for granted. An efficient Moon in Virgo facilitates discernment and organization, aided and abetted by an easy balance between social expression and actions taken (Venus in an easy alignment with Mars). An easy alignment between mental Mercury and expansive Jupiter facilitates writers who are busy REwriting and others who are busy rethinking.  With only one week left of this Mercury retrograde, what projects from the past have you deemed worthy of a REvisit?

Moon goes void of course late this evening — at 11:30PM ET, and on a challenging contact with provocative Mars. This is not the time to pick a petty fight or take a risk behind the wheel. The Moon re-engages in Libra at 7:12AM ET on Tuesday.

We are in the balsamic phase of the Moon — the dark side of the lunar cycle. Time to wrap up those projects you started a few weeks ago and get ready to begin anew on the 23rd (Thursday) when we’ll have the New Moon in Scorpio at 5:57PM ET. If you’re feeling restless or listless, you’re not alone. Don’t worry; you’ll have something new on your plate soon enough.

This New Moon is also a solar eclipse. More on that later this week. Other patterns of note this week include Venus and the Sun both leaving Libra for Scorpio on Thursday. Mars leaves Sagittarius for Capricorn on Sunday. And Mercury turns direct on Saturday.

Your Moon voids for the week, other than this evening: Thursday 1:22PM – 5:10PM ET; Saturday 12:11PM ET until 12:40 AM on Sunday. These are times to chill, roll with whatever twists and flakes delay your efforts to move forward in a straight line. No impulse shopping. Learn to appreciate the sensation of herding cats. Remember that crises that crop up during voids are usually much ado about nothing.

Rest and RElaxation is an apt focus for Mercury REtrograde periods. How nice to see an article about sleep and what it does for you in the New York Times. This piece focuses on why sleep is so important for students, but I figure we are all students in life, so it will likely be helpful for you, too. And of course, it wouldn’t be a real Mercury retrograde without at least one transportation strike. If you’re flying on Lufthansa tomorrow, my condolences.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis’s horoscope has been pretty active recently, with his Mercury (communication, mindset) being ruthlessly empowered by Pluto, suggesting persuasive communication about a new perspective. His Mars is at 19 degrees Libra and thus his need to take action has been supported by this month’s Grand Trine among Mars, Jupiter and Uranus. Next year his Mars will become further supercharged by innovative Uranus, and I’m sure we’ll see him taking more initiatives with a decidedly humanitarian bent.

In astrology, Uranus represents the new and the avant garde; Saturn represents the old guard. My teacher likes to say that in any contest between Uranus and Saturn, Uranus will win. Eventually. Really, resistance is futile.

So never fear, Pope Francis, even though your bishops squashed your tolerant and humanitarian agenda over the weekend, one day they will capitulate. Or die.  Here’s what Pope Francis said over the weekend:

“God is not afraid of new things. That is why he is continuously surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways”

Which feels like a good way to end today’s forecast.

Mercury retrogrades are excellent times to REview your life with an astrologer. Right now I’m offering a little incentive for new clients. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 8/2/2013 & the Weekend: Why the Meek Shall Inherit the Earth

Moon continues its drift in Gemini, needing to think and talk about everything. Gemini is an airy, mental sign that needs to inform and be informed. Just ask anyone with Moon in Gemini how they feel when they do not know something (on the rare occasions when that happens). Answer: insecure. And gawd forbid a Moon in Gemini should ever be perceived as boring. It needs to be seen as terribly clever and entertaining — and intensely so. How many of these smartypants-types will you encounter today?

Today’s only exact aspect is the sextile between “loving Venus and horny Mars,” as astrologer Rockie Gardiner would have said. Sextiles facilitate cooperation in relationships — as noted yesterday — and we’ve had a lot of them all week. The Gemini Moon is highly flexible, so you could use this day to work out a kink in a relationship, assuming you can’t plan a full-day Moon void escape. For inspiration, here’s a provocative new study that argues that selfish people are doomed to extinction; it’s the people who know how to be selfless, communicative and cooperative that will one day rule the world. Scientific proof that “the meek shall inherit the Earth”? Well, whaddaya know! Here is the Cliff Notes version of the article…and here is the paper written by the actual scientists, complete with charts and mind-boggling mathematical equations. Moon in Gemini NEEDS you to have access to ALL of this information!

Supporting that study is another study arguing that selfless people have stronger immune systems than self-indulgent hedonists…while this study argues that emotional experiences and states are passed down genetically, generation to generation. So now you know where your irrational fears might have come from. Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandma was simply being carried off by a Hun.

Horoscopes, by the way, can reveal much about one’s parents and grandparents, their personalities and the quality of the relationship you likely had with them. One day those scientists will catch up with us astrologers… ; )

There’s enough food for thought in those studies to carry you into the weekend, when the Moon will be in Cancer, shifting the focus to home, family and other core foundations. There are no Moon voids to deter your weekend shopping sprees . It’s all looking pretty lovely, with the usual caveats for upsets and power plays when the Cancer Moon is provoked by contact with the Pluto-Uranus square. That happens at 7:47PM ET Saturday and 1:37AM ET Sunday, respectively….which is when the emotionally-security focused U.S. will be closing its embassies in parts of the world. Sunday is also President Obama’s birthday.

In your own personal world, a brilliant, liberating,  independent and playful connection between the Leo Sun and rebel Uranus at 11:05AM ET Sunday puts its stamp on the entire weekend. Aim for new heights…including heights of awareness, consciousness and expression.



Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 11/29/2012: A Day for a Long Lunch

Last night the Gemini Moon made contact with jolly Jupiter at 8:04PM ET, suggesting a buoyant mood that will carry us through today.  Did you buy your lottery tickets? Of course it was a mad frenzy with Jupiter conjunct the Moon. People are thinking BIG!

The hook-up with Jupiter is the last planetary connection Moon will make while it is in Gemini…and…having made that last contact, the Moon is now said to be “void-of-course” until it enters the next sign (Cancer) at 8:55AM ET on FRIDAY. Everybody clear on that? This loooooong period of the Moon DWV (Driving While Void) suggests a natural break in the action — for you, for me, for everyone. Chill if you can. Meditate. Cogitate. Do something playful that engages your mind in an informative way, but without any expectation of results. If you are Barack Obama, invite Mitt Romney to lunch. Sure, the flake factor is higher during Moon voids, as well as surprise twists in efforts to move forward in a straight line. But the press won’t be there, so who cares? Plus, aggressive Mars has moved past ruthless Pluto, and is now in a cooperative, communicative and downright appealing connection with loving Venus. Very smart!

People are still googling “Mitt Romney horoscope,” wondering what opportunities may be in store. Well, he’s just had a classic “ego wipeout”. This term was coined by astrologer Noel Tyl and has been discussed in prior forecasts. Nebulous Neptune symbolically shrouded Mr. Romney’s personal projection,  self-image and mindset in a rapturous rose-colored fog; many were bedazzled; many more were  bewildered — and in the end, it was nothing more than a dream. Wipeout. And it’s not completely over until the end of the year. Seriously, this is a classic pattern astrologers see over and over in horoscopes.

When Neptune is prominent, seeing things clearly — realistically — is often a big challenge. The love of your life turns out to be  married with a family in Denver.  Your business partner invested the money, lost it and did not tell you. Alcohol and drugs become verrrrry appealing. You decide to join a cult. Your Type A personality can’t find the energy to get to kick-boxing class…for an entire year. Yes, there are ways to manage these phases constructively, especially if you’re an artist or a healer. But if they are not handled constructively and the bubble bursts…wipeout!

Mr. Romney now has Saturn, the planet of “Get Real”, moving through the area of his horoscope that refers to cooperation, health, work and service. He could spend the next two years restructuring these areas and find himself in a genuinely happier place around December 2014 — with a renewed sense of  purpose he’s ready to take public. Let’s all wish him well.

And now, the news. First, reflecting the theme of constructive transformation and advancement in relationship noted on Tuesday, columnist David Brooks penned a provocative piece called “How People Change”. The reader comments on this one are equally provocative. And, just in time for yesterday’s eclipse in Gemini-Sagittarius, suggesting a bottleneck in areas of information and communication, Gail Collins wrote a witty, informative (and thus very Moon-in-Gemini) piece about one of the most talked-about bottlenecks affecting the Senate: the filibuster. And here’s how some people outside of the Senate are trying to unclog this major traffic jam.

Remember, in your own personal world, the Moon is void-of-course all day.Go with the flow — even if you’re stuck in a bottleneck or jam. And if all else fails, take a really long lunch…and watch this gorgeous ten-minute film about an unusual lunch date in Grand Central Station.  I guarantee this happened during a void-of-course Moon! I guarantee you will love this film!


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