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Monday 10/14/2019: Sneak Peek at a Possibly Short Work Week

If your Monday began with a twist, flake or other slow start, chalk it up to the Moon being void in Aries until 12:24 PM ET. After that, when the Moon entered Taurus, you had no excuse for not turning your inspiration into a materially secure and comfortable form.

We all woke up to the ripple effect of today’s 3:34 AM ET square between the Libra Sun (leaders, heart, ego) and Pluto (power, corruption, breakdown; news from underground). Did Austin’s Parsley Energy just pay $1.65 billion to acquire Denver’s Jagged Peak Energy? Why yes — yes, it did.  And Iran made “a huge natural gas discovery that could power Tehran for 16 years.” Great! What will they do in Year 17?

Meanwhile, Mercury is digging for more dirt in Scorpio, in a cooperative alignment with Saturn. That was exact early this morning. The rest of the week goes like this:

  • TUESDAY:  More Moon in Taurus, mostly cruising without speedbumps, though a clash of mindset may erupt around 8:33 PM ET — see how that plays out during the Democratic Debate (which starts at 8 PM ). Visionary thinking is supported, courtesy of a harmony between Mercury and Neptune at 6:45 PM ET.
  • WEDNESDAY:  Chill, chill, chill, as the Moon goes void at 4:37 AM ET — not to enter the next sign — Gemini — until 10:30 PM ET. As Moon voids go, a Taurus Moon offers greater potential for focused accomplishment than most. Still, you may need a push to get started. Once you do, routine projects are favored; roll with any twists or flakes that disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line.
  • THURSDAY: A Gemini Moon drives the day with a need for chit-chat and to be the smartest kid in the room. Who knew it and when did they know it? Film at 11!
  • FRIDAY:  Note your dreams in the morning, as Moon squares Neptune at 5:26 AM ET. Double check the directions and look twice when crossing the street. A face-off between the newsy Gemini Moon and Jupiter around lunchtime may blow a tidbit out of proportion — or simply add an extravagant spin. Moon goes void at 10:14 PM ET and enters Cancer on…
  • SATURDAY:  at 6:43 AM ET. A Cancer Moon needs to focus on home and homeland security. A home-cooked meal or other domestic project is favored. You may have been especially persuasive or perspicacious in recent days, as Mercury harmonizes with Pluto at 6:17 PM ET. Good for getting the word out, especially if you’re an investigative reporter. Something especially assertive may be triggered, as Mars arrives at 10 Libra, activating the July 2 solar eclipse. If you have a planet around 10 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you may be triggered, too, especially as we approach…
  • SUNDAY: …at 1:35 AM ET, when Mars squares the Moon. Saturn challenges the emotional security needs of the Cancer Moon around 9:29 AM ET; Pluto pushes feelings to extremes aournd 8:07 PM ET. In between, there’s an exact harmony between Venus and Saturn at 9:58 AM ET, which suggests a conservative approach in matters of money, women and aesthetics.

And now, the news.

I know of more than one astrologer who opined that October was a month for concern, as P45 was likely to push boundaries so far that we might be engaged in a military conflict. Not quite, so far…but still…. P45’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria has not only led to senseless deaths of declared allies (the Kurds), but the release of hundreds of people with “suspected links” to the Islamic State — all of which happened over the weekend. Sun square Pluto power plays involving heads of state indeed. The other part of the P45 October forecast is that — as they were in February and May —  boundary-pushing actions were not likely to result in consequences just yet. For example, not only does Deutsche Bank not have P45’s tax returns (an apparent anomaly, as reported over the weekend), but the good folks at the National Enquirer and American Media allegedly shredded whatever scandalous documents it might have had in its safe.

We will see what there is to see in late January/early February.

Meanwhile, the front-page story of Sunday’s NYT was a massive investigative report solving the mystery of who bombed four hospitals in May, in order to “crush the last pockets of resistance to President Bashar al-Assad.” Because really — who would bomb a hospital? The NYT reporters concluded beyond a doubt that Russia was the culprit. In other news, Vladimir Putin is in Saudi Arabia today for the first time in 12 years. Power plays and oil deals: apt for current planetary patterns.

Elsewhere, awesome power was on display in the world of sports, especially for women. Stunning Venus opposition Uranus upsets occurred as Kenyan Brigid Kosgei smashed the women’s world record at the Chicago Marathon, just hours after fellow Kenyan Elius Kipchoge (unofficially) smashed the men’s world record with a time of under two hours.  World records were smashed by gymnast Simone Biles  and tennis champ Coco Gauff.

File under “Awesome Power” that’s actually “Much Ado About Nothing”: during this morning’s Moon void, there was much pomp and cirumstance in Parliament, as the Queen gave a speech that was actually written by PM Boris Johnson (and other ministers)  who don’t even have a majority. The Guardian called it “a show without substance.” Right. Next!

Pluto refers to purges. These two purges have silver linings — because they were thwarted. In Kentucky, a judge ordered 165,000 “inactive” voters restored to the rosters. In Ohio, 20% of 235,000 voters were found to be on a list to be purged in error.    Which makes it a good time to invite you to check your voter registration status — and share this link with all your friends.  There are many reasons why a voter might purged; one reason is failure to consistently vote. There are elections next month. Vote!

I leave you with another Really Useful Article about finding happiness in interesting times.  Or watch this fun sketch from SNL. To find happiness using guidance provided in your horoscope, here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

Monday 4/8/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Power Plays and Streamlining; Jupiter Turns Retrograde

Good morning!

Moon is still in Taurus, seeking to build and maintain material comfort and security. It went void at 4:28 AM ET and won’t enter the next sign — Gemini — until 5:15 PM ET. A Moon void suggests an apt time to focus on routine concerns, with a higher than average probability of a twist or a flake in your efforts to move forward in straight line. Your mission is not to make a mountain out of a molehill over any perceived crisis. Chances are it will be much ado about nothing. This is not the time to launch an initiative you hope will be of consequence. Avoid impulse shopping. Moon voids are excellent times for drafting proposals; writers, type away!

Meanwhile, over the next few days we are building to seriously significant patterns that will be exact on WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY. These heavy hitters are evident now — just look at the news. It goes like this:

  • TUESDAYMoon in Gemini drives the day with a need to be the smartest kid in the room. Buzz, buzz, buzz — with information. The day begins on a provocative meet-up between the Moon and Mars at 4:16 AM ET — the outburst of courage and/or aggression ripples through the rest of the day.
  • WEDNESDAY — the first of two annual squares (tense, tough, dynamic releases) between the Sun and Saturn happens at 4:47 AM ET. Why did Trump just demand the resignation of the Department of Child Caging  Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen? Because she wasn’t lean and mean enough to suit the lean, mean and ambitious agenda of reflected by a Sun-Saturn square. For headlines from past Sun-Saturn squares, look here and here. We can expect more sobering, streamlining cuts and advances involving heads of state over the next few days.
  • WEDNESDAY — But before that happens, we’ll have a release of events reflecting compassionate and aesthetic vision/ideals, reflected by a truly lovely annual meet-up of Venus (women, money, arts, social expression) and Neptune (ideals, healing, deception, oil, drugs, fog). Combine that pattern with the structuring potential of the Sun-Saturn square, and of course the NYT would tell you “How to Make a Vision Board That Works, For Real, This Time.  The empathy for all human suffering may also be applied here: “Someone is Always Trying to Kill You” — a seriously sobering story on the plight of women in Honduras — one of the “three Mexican countries” (per Fox News) that will no longer receive humanitarian aid from the U.S., if Trump has his way.
  • WEDNESDAY Moon goes void at 1:27 PM ET; chill chill chill until 11:31 PM ET, when the Moon enters Cancer. More investigative dirt should be hitting the fan, courtesy of the third sextile (a pattern suggesting ease of communication and cooperation) between Mercury and Pluto, exact at 5:40 PM ET. Mind the void and don’t freak over a bit of info that later proves toothless.
  • WEDNESDAYJupiter, planet of expansion, turns retrograde at 1 PM ET. As you know, Jupiter is in Sagittarius for most of 2019, expanding matters ruled by Sag: freedom of speech, publishing, foreigners, immigration, travel, sports, courts, dogma — to name a few. If you’ve got a planet or angle around 24 degrees — two thirds of the way — through Gemini, Virgo, Pisces and Sagittarius, you may be in an expansive phase in one or more areas of your life. Jupiter the cosmic sugardaddy has been hanging out at 24 Sag for several days, slowing to a virtual standstill (from our perspective on Spaceship Earth).  Jupiter retrograde suggests that whatever was expanding may now be subject to a review and/or delay — especially in the areas related to Jupiter I just listed. Jupiter turns direct on August 11th at 14 degrees Sagittarius. It returns to 24 Sag in early November. FYI, the Sabian Symbol for this Jupiter retrograde is “a chubby boy on a hobby horse,” an image of an immature mind playing with power (the horse is a power symbol). Last time I wrote about this Symbol was on the Full Moon/Eclipse of June 2011. For further provocation, read what Sabian Sage Blain Bovee has to say.
  • THURSDAYMoon in Cancer all day, traveling without interference. A Cancer Moon needs to focus on home/homeland/family security. Consider fortifying your home; indulge in a homecooked meal; whatever nourishes your emotional well-being.
  • FRIDAY Mercury squares Jupiter for the third and last time in this long Mercury in Pisces cycle — the one that started way back in February. More big news hits the fan. Moon opposes Saturn at 11:05 AM ET, then Pluto at 4 PM ET. This suggests heavy advances and power plays. Venus (money, art, women, social expression) harmonizes with Saturn at 11:08 AM ET, suggesting cooperation regarding those heavy advances, for better or for worse. Moon goes void at 7:33 PM ET and enters Leo on…
  • SATURDAY — at 3:50 AM ET. Fourteen minutes later, the me-me-me Aries Sun is squared by Pluto, amplifying the power plays that have been in effect during this intense week. Heads may roll or expand; there may likely  be news from underground (including seismic action, power and resources — oil, gas, nuclear). You are likely feeling this potent pattern personally if you were born 20 to 23 days into the signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Significant challenges and changes in your life are strongly suggested, brought by forces seemingly beyond your control. No, it’s not all bad; Pluto transits can be quite empowering, even though structures you have relied upon may be taken away. Rise from the ashes and build yourself anew!
  • SATURDAYMoon makes its weekly clash with rebel Uranus at 7:13 AM ET, suggesting a jolt or surprise to Saturday’s start. But oh….does that Leo Moon love a party. How many ways can you shine — and help others shine too, now that the tough patterns of the work week are behind you? Generosity and indulgence are supported by…
  • SUNDAY — a lovely harmony between the Aries Sun and Jupiter, exact at 9:40 AM ET. Exceptional depth may be found in matters related to art, women, money and social expression, reflected by a communicative pattern between Venus and Pluto, exact at 7:48 PM ET. Have those heart-to-heart talks; count your blessings….and tune in for the aptly-timed season premiere of Game of Thrones (sure to be epic and record-smashing).  Rumor has it that this is when Pete Buttigieg may formally launch his presidential bid. Verrrrrrrry interesting.

And now, the news.

A fascinating op-ed which feels like a metaphor for one’s first Saturn return (at age 29-ish) vs. one’s second Saturn return (at age 58-ish): “The Moral Peril of Meritocracy,” by David Brooks for the NYT. Whaddaya think?

A hint of things to come — if not by early 2020 (when Saturn and Pluto meet up in Capricorn), then perhaps in early 2021 (when Saturn (structure, corporations) is squared by Uranus (disruption): “How regulators, Republicans and big banks fought for a big increase in risky but lucrative corporate loans”

Oh, but that’s a long way off. Plenty of time to indulge in the beautiful fantasy worlds reflected by this Wednesday’s lovely meet-up between Venus and Neptune:

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Monday 10/22/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week: Thunderbolts & Lightning; Full Moon in Taurus

Happy Monday!

The Moon is in Aries, driving the day with a need to get there first, the faster the better. Said drive may have had a smack down around 10:59 AM ET, as it clashed with authoritarian Saturn. But Aries is a sign least likely to take “no” for an answer, so off it goes again, aided and abetted by the dirt and other depth of understanding that is likely to emerge around 3:11 PM ET, as Mercury (mindset) and Pluto (power; corruption exposed) form a cooperative alignment.

Planetary patterns of note this week include:

  • TUESDAY: Sun enters Scorpio at 7:23 AM ET. Scorpio demands substance; none of that airy-theory-rational stuff that Libra does so well. Scorpio is a deeply emotional sign, noted for its need for privacy, power and control.  Scorpios “build all the way up to Heaven…and all the way down to Hell,” wrote astrologer Linda Goodman. Hopefully you can hang with one who builds a stairway to Heaven. A Scorpio heading for Hell will happily annihilate everyone and everything in its way. Really, they are so very interesting. And loyal, too, if you happen to have one in your corner.
  • Also on TUESDAY: Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto at 2:18 PM ET, suggesting a catharsis or power play. Adding to the disruption/breakthrough potential is the Sun’s annual face-off with rebel Uranus at 8:46 PM ET. Between now and then, I have an eye out for seismic activity, tech advances, rebellions and other wreckage of the status quo. Moon goes void at 2:18 PM ET, not to enter Taurus until…
  • WEDNESDAY at 10:33 AM ET. Before that, Venus (social graces, women) and Saturn (ambition, structure, authority) are in an easy alignment, at 8:52 AM ET. If you made a pitch you hoped would be persuasive on Monday, you may be able to move forward on structuring a deal through the rest of the week, as the Scorpio Sun with meet up with Venus and harmonize with Saturn on FRIDAY morning and SATURDAY evening, respectively.

Also on WEDNESDAY: the Full Moon in Taurus, exact at 12:45 PM ET. Looking back at the last Full Moon in Taurus (November 2017), planetary patterns were remarkably similar, as I wrote:

A Taurus Moon seeks material comfort and security, and comfort was what I was feeling last night when I happened to glance up at the sky and see the big, bright, beautiful Moon. When is the last time you looked up at the Moon?

The Taurus needs of conservation and preservation are opposed by the Sun in Scorpio. Depth is a Scorpio need….but so is decay and breakdown…and I may not emphasize those needs enough. Taurus refers to “mine.” Scorpio refers to “ours”…and therein lies the potential conflict, illumination and release…especially in matters of resources.

You could make some practical magic over the next few days. The Taurus Moon, whilst ripe with emotion, is also in a grounding Earth sign. Venus — symbol of women, money, values and social expression — is in harmony with Saturn, facilitating cooperation and structure…

What’s different this year is that the alignment between Venus and Saturn is happening in Scorpio and Capricorn, not Libra and Sagittarius. This isn’t about boundary-pushing theories; it’s about consolidating power and control. Also, Venus is retrograde this year, suggesting an apt time for strategic review…as well as for the New York Times to invite me to an online discussion this Thursday with columnist Ron Lieber on “why talking about money is taboo around the world. They’ll also share strategies for having low-drama discussions and explore the many benefits of talking finances with spouses, relatives and kids alike.” Mr. Lieber writes the Your Money column for the NYT.  Kudos to you, NYT — you are right on schedule.

I’ve been thinking a lot about reviewing finances while observing how the P45 Administration is dealing with Saudi Arabia, as more facts about WaPo journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder are published.   On Sunday Angela Merkel said that Germany would halt all arms sales to Saudi Arabia “until the case is cleared up.” Yet P45 continues to try to sell America on the benefits of doing billions’ worth of business with the Saudis. Plenty of U.S. companies do, and here’s a list prepared by CBS News.   Hmmm, I thought. Venus is in Scorpio. Venus refers to money and values. Scorpio refers to shared values and joint investments. Venus is retrograde. Time for a review. Do our shared investments accurately reflect our values?  I wondered what would happen if all investors who say they are outraged by what happened to Mr. Khashoggi sold their shares and/or refused to patronize these companies — and wrote letters explaining why. 

But I digress. Getting back to this week’s Full Moon:

The Sabian Symbols for the Full Moon are “an electrical storm” (for the Moon at 2 Taurus) and “a broken bottle and spilled perfume” (for the Sun at 2 Scorpio). How interesting that these two Symbols reinforce the lightning bolt/shattering potential suggested by the Full Moon’s nearly exact conjunction with Uranus. Sabian Sage Blain Bovee suggests we apply these Symbols with a mind to “…sudden awakenings; being suddenly plunged into disruptive situations; a shock in midstream (raining on one’s parade); experiences that let the stink out (!); past events that pervade the air long past their due.” I can certainly imagine what the headlines might be over the next couple of weeks, given that advisory.

You are more personally affected by this Full Moon if you are Hillary Clinton or anyone else with planets around 2 degrees of Scorpio, Aquarius, Leo or Taurus. Can’t tell you any more than that, without looking at your unique horoscope. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Note that the Moon will also be void on FRIDAY between 10:49 AM ET and 3:41 PM ET.

And now, the news.

Avid Readers know that whenever Uranus is pulling focus, we’re likely to have a big gender-bending headline, such as “P45 Administration Preparing to Deny Trans People Exist, Erase Protections.”  or “Lawyer Who Fought to Ban Trans People from Bathrooms Will Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division.”   These two headlines are also in sync with the mean-spirited potential (Venus square Saturn) of the P45 inauguration chart, as well as transiting Saturn opposing Venus in the U.S. horoscope.

We see transiting Saturn on the U.S. Venus (putting a squeeze on money; women) reflected here: “As U.S. Fertility Rates Collapse Finger-Pointing and Blame Follow;”   “Miscarrying at Work: The Physical Toll of Pregnancy Discrimination;” and  “Tax Cut Didn’t Reduce the Deficit — Despite P45’s  Many Promise.” The deficit is the highest it has been in six years.

In other news, last week I mentioned that Jupiter would soon leave Scorpio for Sagittarius, the boundary-pushing, righteously opinionated sign it rules. That will happen on November 8th. You may recall that Saturn was in Sagittarius for a couple of years starting in December of 2014. At that time, I wrote:

Saturn refers to control, discipline and structure. Sagittarius refers to collective belief systems, including the law, religion, philosophy and academia. Hmm…how about mind control? Or tests of faith?  It also refers to publishing and other mass communication media, as well as sports and entertainment. Expect efforts involving restrictions and/or restructuring. Sagittarius refers to that which is foreign, so issues of border control will likely become hotter. It refers to travel.  So we can expect headlines involving controls in these areas, too.

Jupiter refers to expansion. So we are likely to see huge stories in matters of Sagittarian concerns,  such as freedom of speech/mind control. Border expansion/foreign affairs/travel are also Sagittarius concerns, so I am wondering just how big this story will be around November 8th: “Migrant Caravan Swells to 5000, Resumes March from Mexico to U.S.”  For the record, Fox News says it’s now 7000 strong. When the hosts of Fox & Friends asked a panel of viewers for thoughts, they got quite a shock.

Finally, how about an upside potential of Venus (women) retrograde  (review/reunion) in Scorpio (horror)? OK  — from Jamie Lee Curtis’ Twitter feed:

“Biggest horror movie opening with a female lead. Biggest movie opening with a female lead over 55. Second biggest October movie opening ever. Biggest Halloween opening ever,”

Ms. Curtis is referring to the opening weekend of the latest sequel to Halloween. We’d expect Jamie Lee Curtis to be in a period of expansion with transiting Jupiter approaching her 29 degree Scorpio Sun. Her pioneering Aries Moon is currently being supercharged by transiting Pluto. Here is her horoscope. Definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Only fifteen days until Tuesday, November 6th — the midterm elections. Early voting has started in many states, like Texas and Georgia. Now is your chance to seize the potential of the Moon in Aries’s need to get there first. Vote! Vote! Vote! Every seat in the House is in play. How easy is it to vote in your state? Find out here. Vote!!

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Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 11/13/2015 & the Weekend

TGIF!

A high-flying Moon in Sagittarius continues to drive the day, seeking to push boundaries and expand minds ever so righteously. Optimistic, seed-planting, tell-the-whole-world energy is aided and abetted by two helpful exact aspects. Venus (social graces, women) and Saturn (ambition, structure, authority) are in an easy alignment; so are Mercury (mindset) and Jupiter (expansion, reward). Make the pitch!

Hang with your besties and think outside the box this evening, as the Moon aligns with innovative Uranus and Jupiter at 7:22PM ET and 10:18PM ET, respectively. Then the Moon goes void until 7:21PM ET on SATURDAY.

Hold off on impulse shopping and chill until the Moon engages in practical Capricorn on Saturday night. Conventional wisdom argues that purchases made when the Moon is void of course will likely prove to be not as useful as you hoped.

Sunday morning’s practical, make-it-happen energy is tinged with a dreamy indulgence, as the Moon makes contact with Neptune and Venus at 8:26AM ET and 9:32AM ET.  You can use the rest of the day to plan strategy for world domination, or fortify your castle. At 8:37PM ET be aware that the Moon will meet up with Pluto, suggesting a potential power play or emotional catharsis. Moon clashes with Uranus at 3:10AM ET on Monday, suggesting an upset to the status quo likely making headlines.

No dawdling on Monday. Planetary patterns facilitate an easy flow of action until 3:53PM ET, when the Moon goes void for the rest of the business day.

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And now, the news.

With Mars at the Aries Point — i.e., at the first degree of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn — we expect headlines reflecting the assertive/warrior energy of Mars to become prominent. In this case we have Mars at the first degree of Libra, and yesterday I could not bring myself to put into cyberspace what carnage I anticipated we’d see in Friday’s headlines. And yet, the carnage is there — and it has an aura of prominence. Astrology is amazing.

First, the United States is “reasonably certain” that a drone strike killed “Jihadi John”, the notorious executioner. Beirut experienced a double suicide bombing that was “the worst attack on the city in years”. More acts of war: “Kurdish Forces Retake Iraqi City of Sinjar from ISIS.” Also:   “The Attacks Will Be Spectacular” is Friday’s headline in a Politico exclusive that reveals how the CIA “repeatedly and urgently” warned the White House of an anticipated strike against the US, starting in the spring of 2001. Well, in the light of Wednesday’s New Moon in Scorpio, we did expect secrets to be exposed.

Guns and cars are also ruled by Mars. “How Gun Traffickers Get Around State Gun Laws” is on the NYT homepage. Over at the The Guardian, you can read how one of Google’s self-driving cars got a traffic ticket. Even the presidential campaigns are being reported as more combative. There’s a Democratic debate tonight, the second in a row which is not happening on a weeknight. Coincidence or conspiracy, media mavens? The NYT headline asserts that Bernie Sanders’s strategy will be to “Attack Hillary Clinton, If Asked”.

Meanwhile, in Republicanland, the Washington Post reports, “After pulling punches at the debate, GOP candidates take the gloves off“, with Donald Trump calling Ben Carson “pathological, “comparing him to child molesters. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were also on the offense.

Is there anything positive to report? Yes! Earlier this week, a judge in Utah made headlines by ordering a lesbian couple to give up their foster child because he’d read somewhere that children are better off when raised by heterosexual parents. Much outrage ensued, including the State of Utah’s, and today, under the rational and supportive connections between Venus, Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter, the judge reversed his order. However, he is still concerned by the research, and a hearing is scheduled on December 4th, during a Moon void and a square between Mercury and Jupiter. This ought to be of no consequence, if the judge gets his facts straight, no pun intended. If you’ve been reading this forecast for over a year you may remember a study from last summer concluding that actually, children raised by same sex parents “are happier and healthier than their peers”. Tell it to the judge.

Meanwhile, here are two stories reflecting the “small is big” potential we’ll see through 2016, as Jupiter (big) travels through Virgo (small). “After a Mass Extinction, Only the Small Survive” and “The Microcomplaint: Nothing Too Small to Whine About”, the NYT wants you to know. Does Jupiter in Virgo also reflect a story about how a tiny chip of carbon was valued at $48 million — purchased at an auction by a billionaire who wanted to give the famous (prominent!) flawless blue diamond (now known as the Blue Moon of Josephine) to his seven-year-old daughter? Factor in Venus and Mars entering Libra (things of beauty) and other planetary patterns, including the reality-melting potential of Saturn square Neptune….

…which is an excellent pattern to facilitate stories all over the place about the 150th anniversary of “Alice in Wonderland”. This article is from the Sunday NYT travel section, travel being an excellent focus when the Moon is in Sagittarius. I suppose the “mysterious space junk,” seriously known as “WTF”and  plummeting to Earth today qualifies, too. Certainly it being Friday the 13th is not a factor.

Happy surreal journeying and cue Jefferson Airplane now, please.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 11/11/2015: New Moon in Scorpio

The morning of this New Moon in Scorpio day gets an optimistic boost, suggested by a harmonious flow between the Scorpio Sun and Jupiter, exact at 11:41AM ET. Think positively as you conjure up your list of intentions for the next lunar cycle, which begins at 12:47PM ET. After the meet up between the Sun and the Moon, there are no other exact aspects for the rest of the day. Keep on truckin’!

Around the 19th, on the First Quarter Moon, we can expect a challenge to your New Moon intentions, with appropriate adjustments made. At the time of the Full Moon on the November 25th, we can expect illumination on the success or failure of our goals for the cycle. If we succeeded, we can consciously release our success into our reality; if we failed, we let go of whatever did not work. After the Third Quarter Moon on December 3rd, we can review our achievements; make more adjustments; tie up loose ends and get ready to begin another New Moon on December 11th.

Scorpio is a deeply emotional sign. It has a thing about power and control. With Scorpio, there’s often a lot going on underneath the surface of its masterful mask. A Scorpio Moon needs to appreciated for being of substance. Scorpio can build all the way to Heaven and all the way down to Hell.  Its depths and heights apply especially in  matters of sex, death and (other peoples’) money, a.k.a. energy, transformation and resources.  Scorpio challenges us to face our basest instincts, fears and passions — more on that in a minute.

In the horoscope for this New Moon, Mars is at the Aries Point in perfection-seeking Virgo, suggesting a need for prominent action. Sorting out what is real vs. what is unreal in our belief systems is also a theme, suggested by the tension between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces. With Mercury closely aligned with the Sun and Moon, we must consider the possibility for idealism and/or being blinded by the light. A saving grace in relationship this month is suggested by Venus, strongly placed in diplomatic Libra and in easy contact with practical Saturn. Whatever murky depths we fall into, this Venus-Saturn connection facilitates communication and structure.  Yes, there really is a way out of the swamp — once you recognize that you are mired in one. And then of course, humming in the background, we have the tension of the revolutionary Uranus-Pluto square. Never a dull moment in the cosmos…and thus never a dull moment in the headlines.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon furthers the opportunity to reveal what has been hidden. It is “a woman drawing two dark curtains aside”. Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee cleverly points out that the Symbol does not specify what the curtains were covering. A window? A passageway? The former would let in light; the latter could take you someplace else…up, through or down…which will it be? Bovee suggests we are invited to imagine it for ourselves.

With last month’s New Moon suggesting the potential for a disruptive revelation in relationship, this month we see the potential for focused recognition and exploration of shared values and resources. We shall see if it reveals light or shadow. With respect to the headlines, probably a bit of both. In your own personal world, this opportunity to draw back a curtain will affect you more if you have a planet or angle around 20 degrees of Scorpio and Taurus, and to a lesser extent, Leo and Aquarius. As always, if you would like to find out more about why you are the way you are, why things are happening now — and how you can plan a strategy to create opportunities in the future, consider scheduling a personal consultation, here’s the 411. 

And now, the news.

I did not watch last night’s Republican debate, though one report declared it “substantive” and “volatile,” which is apt for an event happening during a depth-seeking Scorpio Moon, with aggressive Mars attracting prominence at the Aries Point. Immigration was a big topic, as we expect it to be for at least through 2016. Here’s a recap of winners and losers from one of Antonin Scalia’s favorite newspapers, using the words “substantive” or “substantial” multiple times. Coincidence or conspiracy? But don’t take it just from The Washington Times, or any single news source, especially if you did not actually witness the news event in question. Here’s a different perspective on who did well in that same contest, like so many blind people touching different parts of an elephant, describing to the world what they see. All of life is like this. Rumor has it there are still people in the world who believe the Earth is flat.

Meanwhile, no one lost his or her head, including the moderators and the Republican Party. Ted Cruz had a Rick Perry moment when he couldn’t remember all five of the federal agencies he says he’d close if elected President, but my money says those employed at the four agencies he could name should not be too concerned. With transiting Mars about to make contact with Mr. Cruz’s Sun-Pluto square within the next 36 hours, I would not be surprised to see an expression of assertion or aggression in the news, and perhaps his allegedly otherwise strong performance last night qualifies.

In other news, the mysteries of Stonehenge are closer to being revealed — or so it is hoped. Check it out.

Finally, a random fun story, exposing what lies beneath in matters of shared resources: a picturesque town in Wales is using the same  controversial accountancy loopholes used by huge multinationals in an effort to move its businesses offshore. Here’s more on Crickhowell; the experiment is the subject of a BBC documentary to be released next year.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday – Friday 11/5-7/2014: Barack Obama and the 114th Congress; Full Moon in Taurus

As of 8:25AM ET on Wednesday the impulsive, pioneering Aries Moon is void of course, not to enter the next sign — Taurus — until 4:39PM ET. Stick to routine tasks and avoid making mountains out of molehills of declared “crises,” as the twists that crop up during voids are often much ado about nothing.

A measure of calm settles in after 5PM ET, although the stabilizing energy of the Taurus Moon is challenged by 1) heightened emotions as it builds to its fullness tomorrow; and 2) the energizing and effective (upside) and/or angry, volatile (downside) potential of Mars, as it approaches its challenge to Uranus and Pluto (exact next week).

In Taurus, the Moon takes comfort in sensual delights: good food and drink, sweet music and perhaps a snuggle with your sweetie. Indulge. It also takes comfort in building and organizing whatever is required for material security. Draw up those blueprints and build that ark.

That counsel applies to Thursday as well. You are likely to know by now if the seeds you planted at the New Moon will flower, or if you will have to re-group. If you must ship this week, ship it Thursday before the Moon goes void Friday at 11:17AM ET, on a sober face-off between Saturn and the Moon. Chill and take care of routine concerns on Friday until the Moon enters Gemini at 8:45PM ET.

Thursday’s Full Moon yearns to preserve the material status quo, even as it is challenged by an expensive, expansive and indulgent connection between Venus and Jupiter, which will be exact on Sunday. Better to be a seller than a buyer over the next few days — note the latest auction at Sotheby’s. Volatility is also suggested during this Full Moon release and illumination, given the previously mentioned Mars-Uranus-Pluto connections.

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are: “a man muffled up, in a rakish silk hat” (for the Moon at 15 Taurus) and “children playing around five mounds of sand” (for the Sun at 15 Scorpio). Sabian Symbol Blain Bovee notes this shared motif: “inclinations against prevailing winds and toward strange influences”. Briefly, we are advised to find “a creative touch that endures and renews, despite the tides of change” and keep an eye out for “….being temporarily muffled until one reaches the top…a stylish flair introducing a new fashion…openness to new worlds…detachment from disintegrating worlds, from social perception, from transient social position.” There’s much more to be found in Bovee’s wonderful book.

You are more personally affected by the Full Moon’s suggestion of illumination and release if you have a planet or angle around 15 degrees of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius.

And now, the news.

In case you haven’t heard, the Republican party now holds a majority in the US Senate and will control that body’s agenda for the next two years. How did this happen? “Riding a wave of anger….” reads the front page headline in the New York Times. Sounds like an apt reflection of current planetary patterns. Moon in crusading Aries and warrior Mars in practical Capricorn clashing with the disruptive Uranus-Pluto square, anyone?

In Arkansas, voters championed the underdog and elected to increase the state’s minimum wage (from $6.25 to $8.50 an hour). They also opted for a fresh, new face: a Republican senator who voted against raising the federal minimum wage in the House. That may seem perplexing, but as this article points out, ousted Democrat Mark Pryor also opposed a federal minimum wage increase, perhaps because his campaign was supported by Arkansas-based Walmart and other retail organizations.

Minimum wage increases were also approved by voters in Nebraska, South Dakota, Illinois and Alaska, even as they elected more candidates from the Party of Styrofoam. So what was the key difference between the two candidates running for the US Senate in Arkansas and other such states?

“Barack Obama has our country in a ditch, and many of his lieutenants running for the Senate were right there with him,” said Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee. “The punishment is going to be broad, and it’s going to be pretty serious.”

Man is it lonely at the top, especially as reflected in current patterns in Obama’s horoscope.  What a tortured, twisted and painful statement.  It makes me think about what I’ve written before about the U.S. horoscope, and the probability of anguish to come in 2015 and 2016, as ruthless Pluto challenges the U.S. Sun and especially the U.S. Saturn. Pluto-Saturn transits in any horoscope are often brutal against a threat of considerable loss.

When I looked at the patterns in the horoscope for the start of the 114th Congress a couple of years ago, it looked like 2015-2016 would be a continuation of the legislative bust that has been the 113th. And when I considered that horoscope again a couple of days ago, the patterns seemed more supportive for a Republican majority than a Democratic one. If that outcome disappoints you, I hope you voted for your preference yesterday. And if you didn’t vote, the complaint hotline is not in service.

Looking at the chart for January 3rd, 2015 at noon in Washington, DC, we see the enterprising Capricorn Sun in a close approach to potent Pluto, recently squared by Uranus. It suggests an uncompromisingly rebellious expression in the recent past, about to express itself with a newly-empowered perspective. It needs to shake up the system, and it will likely hit the ground running.

The wind at the back of its action plan is a sweeping, energetic, purportedly humanitarian Mars in innovative/radical Aquarius. It will have been revved up by a face-off between Jupiter in regal Leo. With Jupiter retrograde by then, however, there’s likely a double agenda to its expansion plan, colored by an obsessive connection with Neptunian matters of faith and fog. Said expansion plan is likely to be felt in areas concerning the media, higher education, courts and foreign affairs. Things are not likely to be as they are presented.

If you don’t  like its action plan, your consolation is that the Mars-Jupiter pattern is separating i.e., waning in its strength. It is supported, however, by an excellent, albeit idealistic rapport among Mercury, Venus and Saturn. This suggests that when it comes to applying thinking and social expression to the realization of ambition, they’re all on the same page — and this ease of expression is likely to grow stronger. The talking points are likely to be consistent.

What’s driving this bus? In the last Congress, it was a perfectionist, hypercritical Moon void of course and running wild in Virgo (which rules healthcare, btw). The void suggested little of consequence would be accomplished, earning the 113th the dubious honor of being the most “do-nothing” Congress ever.

The 114th Congress is driven by an obsessively status-seeking Moon in information junkie Gemini, where it will need to charm, entertain and relentlessly inform in its quest to be the smartest kid in the room. Or instead of an obsession with status, it could focus its efforts on the man at the top (same potential, looking at this horoscope). Instead of criticize, as we saw with the Moon in Virgo, it will go to great lengths to fulfill its need for “the facts,” however trivial they may be. As the glaciers melt. And the fossil fuels burn.

Yet as with the 113th Congress, this Moon is also void-of-course, suggesting that little of consequence will be accomplished, regardless of the revolutionary havoc and power plays the U.S. is likely to suffer. We’re in for another two years of a “do-nothing” Congress. Its lofty ambition, suggested by Saturn in Sagittarius  in the 8th involving itself with deeply personal collective values and resources, is squared by visionary Neptune, which dissolves whatever it touches. How many times will the President dissolve such ambitions by veto?

If this Congressional chart were the horoscope of an individual evaluated from a psychological astrological perspective, we’d see a strong suggestion of suppression, likely by a powerful feminine/maternal influence. Hmmmm. We’d also note the potential for sexual/intimacy fears and controls. If this were a horoscope of a proposed speculative venture evaluated using traditional astrology, we’d note a probability of destruction, by the self or other forces.

That being said, we can expect an especially empowered  and revolutionary stance from this Congress in April and May, just as patterns in Barack Obama’s horoscope suggest an intensely isolating and emotionally severe period in matters of cooperation and possibly health. There’s much that will likely be going on behind the scenes. He will make an effort to support the new paradigm, at least in polite social circles, suggested by his natal Jupiter aligned with Venus in the Congressional chart.  Actually, as this day as progressed the President has reportedly talked of

“…compromise with Republicans on trade, corporate tax reform and infrastructure spending, and promised to reach out to the leaders of the rival party.”

That compromise would be reflected by his Jupiter aligned with the Venus-Saturn “good for business” pattern in the 114th horoscope…although of course, the Moon was void during that speech, so it is likely of little consequence.

Meanwhile, he’ll note the first hit of the isolating pattern at the end of January; the second hit in April and the third hit in October.

The patterns in both of these horoscopes dovetail with the intensity of world events suggested by the seventh and final exact hit of the Uranus-Pluto square in March and a series of eclipses in April, which will trigger the highly sensitive Aries Point, the Uranus-Pluto square and the lunar eclipse we had last month. Meanwhile for Barack Obama,  he’ll need to be at the top of his game this December, which should coincide with an ambitious push as broad as the one that energizes this new Congress. An immigration edict, anyone? His executive abilities will need to be fully on display again next July and August.

We live in such interesting times. Your horoscope is especially affected now if you have planets or angles around 12-17 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn — and especially 15 degrees of any of those signs. Consult your local astrologer for details on the upcoming potential  — perhaps from out of the blue — for change in your own personal world. Yes, I’m still offering that Mercury retrograde/shadow incentive for new clients until November 12th.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday-Sunday 9/18-21/2014: Serious Vision?

Good Morning!

OK, well…it’s morning in Japan…

Moon continues its sojourn in Cancer, seeking to nurture and be nurtured in its efforts to build emotional and home security. There’s a nice balance suggested to the work flow today,especially in communications,  courtesy of an easy connection between the Sun and the Moon. If you must ship today, ship early, as the Moon goes void with a sigh at 2:38PM ET. Chill and tend to routine matters until 11:10PM ET, when the Moon enters fiery, royal Leo, looking for a creative outlet of self-expression…or at the very least, a party.

The only exact pattern of note on Friday is an energetic connection between the Leo Moon and action hero Mars in broad-minded Sagittarius. A well-coordinated effort to shine may be afforded the opportunity to push a few boundaries. If  you’ve gone too far, you may feel it on Saturday when the Moon is squared by stern Saturn at 2:46PM ET.  Make the adjustment and carry on.

Moon goes void at 12:33AM ET on Sunday; it enters Virgo at 11:54AM ET, just in time for the world to demand that we clean up our collective mess. One way we’ll see that in the headlines will be in hundreds of demonstrations around the world, in conjunction with a climate change summit being held in New York. Is there a Peoples’ Climate March happening in your neighborhood? Find out here.

Humming in the background on Sunday are three other patterns of note. One is a connection between Venus (social expression, women, money, beauty) and taskmaster Saturn that supports productive communication about no-nonsense matters. That’s exact at 9:03AM ET on Sunday, getting the day off to an efficiently-minded start. Just before midnight ET, however, action hero Mars is challenged by nebulous Neptune. On the plus side, this offers opportunity for a sublime vision of a better world, right in synch with the timing of a global event such as a Peoples’ Climate March. Cool, huh? On the down side, the charisma and showbiz dazzle of a Mars-Neptune aspect can just as easily be applied by con men and others whose agendas are escapist and dishonest. Ooh — what just landed in my Facebook newsfeed? An effort to build a utopian paradise based on the books of Ayn Rand has apparently failed, burning investors who believed in the scheme.

The third pattern of note is Pluto, which will be turning direct on Monday at 8:34PM ET, suggesting that between now and then we may see an uptick of news items involving power plays, resources and news from underground. You’ll feel the subtle shift of Pluto’s turn if you have a planet around 12 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. You may be more influenced by the visionary and/or wiggy potential of Mars-Neptune if you have a planet or angle around 5-7 degrees of Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo or Pisces. Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina who brought new meaning to the words “hiking the Appalachian Trail” is feeling Pluto personally, as noted in an earlier forecast. Now, as predicted, he’s had another disruptive change of status, announcing on Facebook that his engagement to his Argentinian soul mate is now off, which was apparently a surprise to his fiancee.

And now, a bit of news.

We’ll know this week if voters in Scotland will elect to break free of Britain — first noted in this forecast here. Shake ups and break ups are registered trademarks of the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square. Interesting to note that Scotland is having its election on the Mars-Neptune square. Here’s another op-ed from the NYT, written by Scottish actor Alan Cumming. Guess which other country declared its independence when Mars was squared by nebulous Neptune? Why, the United States of America, of course. No wonder we need to believe so strongly in the American Dream. And perhaps a need for that dream explains the bewildering mindset of voters in Kentucky, where the Affordable Care Act has been an astounding success. The number of uninsured has dropped from 20% to 11%, yet many — and perhaps a majority — are more likely to vote for lawmakers who are committed to repealing the benefits those voters now receive. Meanwhile, keeping in synch with the practical communication about serious matters, suggested by this week’s alignment of Venus with Saturn (and Pluto, a few days ago), more level-headed minds have declared that the United States needs to “completely overhaul” the way it handles “end-of-life care”.

No sleeping in on Monday….

If you feel like you’re in a crisis or a bit of a rut, rest assured you’re not alone. We are living in very interesting times, That being said, a personal astro-logical consultation can provide you with clarity and confidence. 

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 1/10/2014 & The Weekend: Money Talks

Another day of practical, organizing Moon-in-Taurus energy could relieve the high-voltage charge many of you have reported feeling at the start of the work week. Sensory overload, was it? Too many roaring egos? The next few days offer potential for grounded and realistic communications, likely involving social status and/or business concerns, thanks to helpful connections between the Sun and Venus to disciplined Saturn. Issues on the table might be a second pass at something that came up around November 24th. If so, you’re likely to get a final hit on the matter around February 25th.

Your only caveat today is the potential wet blanket suggested by a stubborn opposition between Saturn and the Moon around 2PM ET. On the plus side, this very same aspect could also be reflected in an ambitious reach. What will it be for you?

Remember, the energy symbolized by planetary patterns is neither positive nor negative. We have plenty of say in how we choose to use and experience it. You know this cold snap that has had most of America whingeing all week? Entomologists have been doing cartwheels over it, hoping the freezing temperatures will wipe out zillions of invasive pests. Put those long johns on with a smile, and think of how great it is for the trees. Look for a silver lining in any given situation, no matter how unpleasant it may seem.

On Saturday you’ll likely sleep through a very brief void before the Moon enters Gemini at 7:26AM ET. Great for conversation, communication and information — especially with the patterns described above. On Sunday, Moon goes void at 4:23PM ET…and doesn’t enter Cancer until 7:25 PM ET on MONDAY. Ship it Friday if you can…

…and if you didn’t see it yesterday, here’s another chance for you to find a check with your name on it. Go to www.unclaimed.org – it will connect you to the Unclaimed Property Departments run by state comptrollers of all 50 states — and some parts of Canada. Go to the site for every state you’ve ever lived in — see if your name is listed and file a claim. Reviewing finances is a perfect Venus retrograde activity, doncha’ know.  Let me know if you hit pay dirt — and share this forecast with all of your friends and relations. You will make their day.

This soothing pink color is brought to you by the Moon in comfort-seeking Taurus, moooooving you to organize your plans for material security in 2014. A personal astro-logical consultation would be an excellent building block for this project.

 

Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 10/2/2012: A Day of Crystalline Vision

A productive day for organizing and giving form to your cherished vision, so get up, get going and make the most of it. Sure, the Moon is now in sensual Taurus, which is often inclined to linger or dawdle in whatever material security it has created. But you can also use this energy to lay down key building blocks and crystallize connections. Go for it. Venus, which rules Taurus and Libra (where the Sun is right now), is in a supportive connection with stabilizing Saturn, which is why I suggest you can make something real out of the rose-colored fog those who are less conscious may be in (see yesterday’s forecast for details suggesting that planetary pattern).