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Friday 3/30/2018 & the Weekend: Blue Full Moon in Libra; Pope Francis, Roseanne, Sean Penn & Me

TGIF!

The Virgo Moon was void  today until 1:52 PM ET.  Chill, focus on routine and don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. Once the Moon enters Libra, people-pleasing, fairness and diplomacy in relationship drive the agenda. There are no tough aspects to the Moon today, suggesting an easy flow of action.

Meanwhile, Venus, which refers to social expression, aesthetics and finance, leaves fiery Aries at 12:54 AM ET on SATURDAY. Destination: earthy Taurus, one of the signs Venus rules. For the next few weeks, note how a need for tangible value, comfort and security manifests in the news.  Note that any planet in Taurus can be stubborn and resistant to change. It’s interesting to see how Venus will be in harmony with Mars and Saturn through mid-April. Mars and Saturn in Capricorn are reflecting the heavy militant action potential we’re seeing in the headlines, for better or for worse.

We’ll see some bumps starting in the wee hours on  SATURDAY.  At 3:12 AM ET and 5:22 AM ET, Moon clashes with Mars (action/anger/assertion) and Saturn (control/patriarchy). Emotions will be on the rise and by the time the Moon waxes to its fullness at  8:37 AM ET, the mood may be cranky. What’s it going to be: war or peace?  Guns or butter? Me or us? Action or discussion? These are a few polarities a Libra Full Moon opposing an Aries Sun bring to mind.

With Mercury retrograde meeting up with the Aries Sun on SUNDAY at 1:53 PM ET, the mind may be blinded by a crusading, pioneering, idealistic light. The action potential in the aftermath of this Full Moon is exceptional. We’ll see some of it around the weekly clash between the Moon and heavy hitters Pluto and Uranus, exact early Sunday AM and mid-afternoon, respectively.

Chill during the Moon void on Sunday between 2:29 PM ET and 6:57 PM.

Absolutely no sleeping in on MONDAY. The Moon will be in Scorpio, moving ahead with ruthless depth on its quest for world domination.  The Mars-Saturn meet-up that’s been a galvanizing force for the past couple of weeks will be exact at 11:44 AM ET. Make the most of it in your own personal world.

The Sabian Symbols for this Full Moon are “the president of the country” (for the Sun in me-me-me Aries) and “a professor peering over his glasses” (for the Moon in we-we-we Libra). I dunno, what do you think? Brute executive willpower vs.  refined studied knowledge? The links in the last sentence will take you to thoughts from Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee.

Fun fact: when we set the Full Moon chart in Washington DC, most all of the action is happening behind the scenes. Neptune is running wild, as it has been for weeks, suggesting continued fog, scandal and things not being as they seem. The heavy Mars-Saturn meet-up is in the 9th House, suggesting militant action in publishing, foreign affairs, education and higher courts — just to name a few.

You are more personally affected by this Full Moon if you have a planet or angle around 11 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. Consult your local astrologer for details.

And now, the news.

In the category of disruptive, militant, streamlining in an effort to take control:

  • Any story about the Parkland shooting survivors, who are simply not going away. This week  companies pulled advertising from Fox host Laura Ingraham‘s show. She mocked student David Hogg after he was rejected by several colleges.  I share this story for Avid Readers who may have children receiving college rejection letters this week — it’s the season. Take heart! Your children have bright futures ahead of them, regardless.
  • The ouster of VA head David Shulkin, who responded by penning a scathing op-ed decrying a perceived threat to the agency: privatization. In thinking of a suitable  replacement to run one of the largest and challenged federal agencies, I’m sure the first name that popped into your head was Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, P45’s personal physician. No? You’re in good company. In another scathing op-ed co-penned by a former colleague, Dr. Jackson is criticized for a seemingly-stunning affability and lack of objectivity. And I thought to myself, I bet Dr. Jackson has Moon in Pisces, in touch with Neptune. And in fact, he does! The big windfall opportunity that just landed on his plate is suggested by a spark between transiting Uranus to  his natal Jupiter. Birth data: May 4, 1970 in Levelland, Texas. Fun fact: Stormy Daniels has one of those, too.
  • In Kentucky, lawmakers found a novel way to prevent coal miners with black lung disease  from claiming disability benefits: muzzle certain medical professionals
  • Add the unconventional attractions potential of Wednesday’s meet-up of Venus and Uranus to the streamlining mix and you might be “Scrubbed Clean: Why a Certain Kind of Sex is Disappearing From the Internet.”
  • More on the 2020 U.S. Census: “The Trump Administration’s Plan to Make People Disappear.”
  • In the UK, a man who moved there from Antigua 59 years ago received a letter from the Home Office saying he might be sent home. See? It’s not just the U.S.

UPDATE: Pope Francis. Even in the Afterlife, the population has been streamlined, according to His Holiness — in a recent meeting reported by The Guardian:

During the meeting…the pope [was asked] where “bad souls” go, to which he was quoted as responding: “They are not punished. Those who repent obtain God’s forgiveness and take their place among the ranks of those who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot be forgiven disappear. A hell doesn’t exist, the disappearance of sinning souls exists.”

No Hell? Wow! That’s a shock — with likely more to come this year, as transiting Uranus hits the  pope’s 0 degree Taurus Midheaven multiple times. What other status quos will he overturn? In his horoscope, we can see that his  Cancer Ascendant and his Capricorn Mercury are being activated by the Mars-Saturn meet-up, as well as tomorrow’s illuminating Full Moon. Whatever he has to say on Easter Sunday should be equally illuminating.  For more on the Pope’s horoscope, click here.

Meanwhile…

Roseanne Barr is all over the news. The revival of her sitcom — Roseanne — has gotten rave reviews, with initial ratings to match.  What’s going on in her horoscope?  She’s a Scorpio, driven by the Moon in  Gemini, needing to be the cleverest, most intensely entertaining gal in the room, even if what comes out of her mouth is boundary-pushing and sloppy.  It needs to be with her Gemini Moon opposed by Mercury in Sagittarius. Her Scorpio Sun is currently under the expansive potential of Jupiter — soon to hit the top of  her horoscope this fall.  This adds to the bigness she needs to express in everything she is, suggested by her natal Jupiter (in comfort-seeking Taurus) opposing her natal Sun.  Her Ascendant is Aquarius, suggesting a need to be seen as a humanitarian — if perhaps in a somewhat eccentric, detached way.  Militant, explosive, innovative, fanatical and charismatic — an odd mix of the old guard and avant garde —  is suggested in a tense pattern among her Mars, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus. Those planets have been or will soon be supercharged by transiting Pluto.  We see the potential for persuasive action and disruption in the recent past, with a tremendous effort required now through 2019 that may be somewhat angst-driven.  We shall see.

UPDATE: Sean Penn, whose horoscope was last covered here in early 2016.  This renegade Leo king (his Leo Sun is conjunct Uranus) is driven by a home/family security-seeking Cancer Moon. The mask he wears is a righteously opinionated, boundary-pushing Sagittarius Ascendant. He needs to be seen that way — big time, with Jupiter sitting right on the Ascendant. His social expression is likely to be perfectionist and intensely empowering (on a good day); wasteful overkill (on a bad one) — suggested by a Venus-Pluto meet-up in Virgo, challenged by Mars. Control and authority is a constant adjustment in matters of walking and talking. Other patterns suggest visionary thinking — for better or for worse.

Why are we talking about his horoscope now? He’s just written a book — and critics agree it’s a mess! “Repellent and stupid on so many levels,” says one. “Sean Penn the novelist must be stopped!” Where do we see this train wreck potential in the horoscope? How about two patterns involving Neptune — one to his Midheaven (reputation/status) and the other to his Ascendant. He needs to be a visionary, but one potential of a heavy Neptune phase is delusion, bewilderment and ego-wipeout. Ouch! Plus, transiting Saturn is opposing his sensitive Cancer Moon.  That can be harsh and isolating. Double ouch!

Hope you’re having a better week than Sean Penn. And that you won’t be hit by debris from a falling Chinese space station. As for me, I’m spending my birthday with my right foot wrapped and on ice. Back in October 2016, on an exact hit to my Ascendant and other planets in my horoscope, I stepped in a pothole and twisted my ankle and knee. With transiting Mars back at the exact same place this week, the foot has flared up — and I’m just not in mood to consult a doctor to see if she thinks it’s a sprain, stress fracture, tight calf muscles or whatever.  Yes, astrology is amazing.

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Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday-Sunday 11/19-22/2015: Thoughts on Saturn Square Neptune; Fear vs. Love

A Pisces Moon drives the day with a need to identify what is ideal. Pisces needs to be impressionable, intuitive and emotional. Its suggests mysticism and healing; spirits of all kinds; and escape from this mortal, material coil. There are lots of ways to make that trip — some more sublime than others.

Around 6:08PM and 7:27PM ET, the Moon will be challenged by Saturn (reality, controlling) and Neptune (surreal, dissolving). A righteous  ambition inspired by a compassionate vision would be one potential. Or we could opt for controls imposed out of fear and bewilderment.

Social expression is amplified, reflected by Venus about to clash with ruthless Pluto on Friday at 8:59PM ET. Tensions between the planet of love, values, money, aesthetics and women and the planet of uncompromising, penetrating perspective suggest the potential for emotional intensity — possibly overkill — but ideally, empowerment. On Monday, the other shoe drops, as Venus is opposed by rebel Uranus, needing an expression that disrupts the status quo in its quest for freedom. So add that layer of Venus-Pluto-Uranus activity to the real/unreal, control/compassion, fear/love polarities we’re seeing in the headlines.

Also in effect now — and for the past few days into the weekend: an obsessive relationship between Mars (action, guns, aggression, fire) and Uranus (rebels, technology, astrology, aviation, shocks, seismic activity). Watch the headlines and pay attention on the roads. In my ‘hood, we’ve had a rash of fires, accompanied by more than the usual wailing sirens. Very unusual and unsettling.

The Pisces Moon continues through Friday, its impressionable qualities inflated by Jupiter at 5:06PM ET, just in time for Happy Hour. A reminder that also on Friday, mental Mercury ditches Scorpio for Sagittarius at 2:44PM ET, where it will remain until December 9th. In Sagittarius, Mercury suggests a need for righteously opinionated thinking and communication, often focused on the Big Picture, and damn those pesky details. Thus we can appreciate the potential pitfall of Mercury in Sagittarius: aiming for the stars is noble and inspiring, but it may not be enough to reach the goal. Detailed analysis helps. But what kind of analysis?

Mercury in Sagittarius working with Jupiter in Virgo may amplify the potential for sloppy righteousness, if you ask me. A righteous idea that is not sound isn’t going to be made sound no matter how many detailed supports are presented, as Jupiter (expansion) in Virgo (details) needs to do. We may see some colossally unsound ideas being floated over the next few weeks — in great detail.

On Saturday, Moon goes void between 8:23AM and 10:12AM ET, before charging forward into me-me-me Aries. The initiating drive of Aries flows easily all day until around 7:15PM ET, when it is opposed by Mars (action!). Not the time to pick a fight, although you may notice a few outbursts in your ‘hood, even if it is just more than the usual amount of sirens howling down the street.

On Sunday, Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto and Uranus, at 9AM ET and 2:16PM ET, adding depth and intensity to the super-charged social expressed symbolized by Pluto and Uranus in a tense pattern with Venus. The upside potential is empowerment and emancipation — a chance to get clear or make an advance. There is always a potential upside!

Also on Sunday: The Sun leaves Scorpio for Sagittarius at 10:26AM ET. If you are a Sagittarius born in the first several days of the sign, you may be feeling 1) squeezed, streamlined and bewildered or 2) ambitious, focused and visionary, courtesy of Saturn and Neptune adding themes of real/unreal to your naturally optimistic Sun. Similar themes may be experienced by your Pisces, Gemini and Virgo kindred spirits. Would you like to talk about it? Here’s the 411 on personal consultations. FYI, my rates will increase after the Thanksgiving holiday. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

The Aries Moon goes void at 2:16PM ET on Sunday, not to enter stabilizing Taurus until 11:26AM ET on Monday. Moon voids suggest a higher potential for twists, delays and detours in your efforts to move forward in a straight line. Avoid the malls, focus on routine matters and do not turn a molehill of crisis into a mountain. Chill!

And now, the news…

…which I’ve been watching mostly out of the corner of my eye this week. Not much is terribly surprising, given how these stories reflect planetary patterns that were written about in this forecast months and even years ago — here and here and too many other places to mention. So how can awareness of potential events, suggested by planetary patterns, be helpful? And here I’m referring to the awfulness of the headlines reflecting violence and fear.

I think it helps to be able to  see clearly — on a tangible piece of paper (i.e., in a calculated horoscope) — that there are certain patterns which reflect the potential for a bewildering reality meltdown, as we see, for example, with Saturn (fear, ambition, control) and Neptune (dissolution, delusion, empathy, suffering, etc.) being in a tense relationship to each other (90 degrees apart — i.e., square). This clarity of perspective can keep you grounded. You understand why some are being swept up in the “negative” potential. As frustrating as it is to witness, this understanding can reduce some of the angst and upset. You understand…and then you can CHOOSE for yourself how you personally are going to react.

Saturn – at its worst — is fear. Neptune — at its highest — is love. These two planets 90 degrees apart (square to each other) suggests a tension between fear and love. Would you agree? In the language of astrology, these planets symbolize other issues, too — e.g., borders/foreigners/control (Saturn in Sag) and no boundaries/refugees/compassion (Neptune in Pisces).  These are only a handful of issues related to these planetary symbols. If you’ve been following this forecast, you’ve learned some of them before. Astrology is a rich and complex language requiring years of study to master.

Saturn needs to create structure and boundaries. Where would you be without Saturn? Living in a field under the open sky, that’s where you’d be. You need Saturn to build a house. But if you sat in your house all day, isolated from the rest of the world, fearing that everyone else out there is nothing like you, then we could have a problem.

Neptune needs to dissolve boundaries. It rolls in like an ocean wave, wiping out sand castles and footprints, reincorporating those statements of separation into the unified whole. Neptune embraces everything…as does true love. It sees itself as part of every other self. When overwhelmed by the restrictions associated with Saturn, some Neptunian types may reject the material world altogether, escaping their mortal coils and returning back to the whole. Gosh we are getting deeply philosophical, on this Moon in Pisces day. Saturn vs. Neptune. Real vs. unreal. Separation vs. union. Fear vs. love. That’s the lesson we are scheduled to be studying, according to the Cosmic Academic Calendar.

As if on cue, NYT columnist Paul Krugman’s effort this week is titled “Fearing Fear Itself”. NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof has penned “They Are Us” — in reference to the refugees.

OK, news.

Who saw the Betagoogle link in which Google offers to predict your future? How many thousands of people clicked on it out of curiosity? This Betagoogle thing is a clever gimmick, perfectly in sync with Neptune (mysticism) turning direct yesterday in its dance with Saturn.

Neptune refers to philanthropy and bewilderment. Yesterday a philanthropist pledged $177 million to fight dementia. Neptune refers to oceans, fish and aquatics. Behold, a locker-room scandal involving a women’s swimming team (adding a corruption-exposing Venus square Pluto to the mix). Lo! The franken-salmon cometh. Neptune refers to oil and toxins. Plastics are made from oil, and Congress is scheduled to vote on a bill to ban microbead hygiene products because they are trashing oceans, harming fish and birds. It’s about time. Do you have a microbead hygiene product on your shelf. Knowledge is power.

Neptune refers to film, fantasy and confusion. Gotta love this headline: “I didn’t know what the hell I was doing when I made The Hobbit” says director Peter Jackson. Neptune refers to illusion and deception. Add in the obsessive Mars-Uranus connection and it’s interesting to read that police are searching for a man dressed as a JetBlue pilot who disappeared at LAX. Meanwhile, the explosive potential of Mars-Uranus is reflected in the entity who shall remain nameless publishing a photo of the device it  says was used to destroy the Russian plane in Egypt last month. This obsessive pattern is also reflected in Gail Collins’s cheerful column, in which we learn how a bill involving freedom and aviation is making its way through the Senate, sponsored by one of the most seemingly-ignorant and self-important persons in it. And yet, that dunderhead is still human. Like me. Must. Find. Love. And. Compassion.

Let’s end with some fun stuff. If Neptune refers to love — and also dance and music — what could be more fun than the details exposed (thank you, Venus square Pluto), in the mating dances of actual lovebirds? Gosh they are pretty.

Have a wonderful weekend. As we get closer to Thanksgiving and the intensifying wigginess of next Thursday’s exact Saturn-Neptune square and Full Moon, try this coping strategy. Express gratitude. Gratitude immediately makes you a “have,” not a “have-not”.  It can convey a feeling of empowerment that flies in the face of fear. Being able to choose how you react to people and events in your own personal world also conveys empowerment.

Thank you for reading this forecast.