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Thursday 12/21/2017: Winter Solstice

Moon entered humanitarian Aquarius yesterday at 9:29 PM ET, bringing a bit of humanitarian relief to the status and strategy-focused Capricorn Moon that was wandering through the day yesterday. Arise, go forth and mingle with your friends, the more unconventional, the better.

Here’s a fun real-life example of a Moon void twist. Yesterday I received an “urgent” email from a journalist looking for input on a story about astrology. I called the reporter and we’re having a scintillating discussion about potentials — made more delightful because the reporter is especially sharp. But in the back of my mind I am thinking…Moon void…Mercury retrograde…this isn’t going to fly. And sure enough minutes after we end our conversation, she emails to say her editor gave the topic to another reporter. I wish I’d told her at the start of the conversation that this “urgent crisis” was likely much ado about nothing! So then we talked about another piece she’d been assigned…and I do hope there will be more to come. Fun! How was your all-day Moon void?

Today at 11:29AM ET, we say goodbye to the Sun in Sagittarius and hello to the Sun in Capricorn. Happy Winter Solstice! In the Northern Hemisphere, days will be getting longer and nights will be getting shorter. If you live in South Africa or anywhere else south of the equator, you are celebrating the first day of summer. What’s it like having a serious sign like Capricorn associated with bikini weather, I wonder? Somebody please write and tell me. In any case, with Capricorn, we move from big-picture thinking (Sagittarius) to practical application. What will we build that will materially define our collective philosophy? Think corporations, governments and maybe The Junior League. Think status and ambition.

Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season  — i.e., equinoxes and solstices — from an astrological point of view. The first days of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter correspond with the first day (or first degree) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively. Got that? Good. These four signs are called cardinal signs of the zodiac. Cardinal signs initiate. They come up with the idea and put it into action, which leads to necessary change. “Cardinal” suggests (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  So the first day/degree of a Cardinal sign is a turning point. In astrology, the technical term for the first degree of any Cardinal sign is the Aries Point, just to confuse people who are not professional astrologers.

Equinoxes and solstices are also prominent. We make a fuss over them, right? In Japan, the first day of each season is actually a national holiday. How cool is that? Thus, in a horoscope, a planet or angle at the Aries Point needs to be prominent. I’ll give you a detailed example of someone famous who was born around the Aries Point in a minute. Off the top of my head, Meryl Streep (a Cancer) and William Shatner (an Aries) were both born with the Sun at the Aries Point. They’re pretty prominent in everything they do, don’t you think?

A chart for a new season suggests the gameplan for the next three months. Today is not the worst day in the world this year, and its darn disappointing that some people who know enough about astrology to be dangerous would be telling journalists these horrible things. Yes, the Capricorn Sun is exactly conjunct Saturn in Capricorn, suggesting a need for gravitas and responsibility for one’s actions. That’s not necessarily horrible. There are upsides to limitation and focus…and the pendulum will eventually swing the other way. Of greater concern as a gameplan for the next few months is Mercury — about to turn direct on FRIDAY at 8:51 PM ET. It’s still in sloppy Sagittarius and it is in a challenging pattern with foggy Neptune. Translation: it’s looking for a vision that likely may not materialize, and what does materialize is likely to have holes you could drive a starship through. For the next three months, you are advised to take the visions presented by outside influences with a grain of — nah, make it a full Himalayan salt lamp the size of Brazil. Like this Exhibit A, left here without further comment. Trigger warning: that’s not a link to a Himalayan salt lamp. It’s about politics and may be skipped if you’re not in the mood. Enjoy your eggnog!

Another challenging pattern on this solstice is an stubborn square between the Aquarius Moon and Mars, planet of action, in ruthless — but oh-so-effective Scorpio. This suggests emotional clashes of will between those on the cutting edge…for better or for worse. Yes, could be innovative. Yes, could also be inclined to slash and burn. If your lunch today felt like a bit of a stubborn clash around 1:13 PM ET, that’s when the Moon-Mars clash happened. The headline on the WaPo homepage read “After success on taxes, GOP returns to infighting ahead of deadline to avoid shutdown.

Work on planning and strategy in your own personal world. Do your best to create supportive structure. Capricorn may start out heavy and serious at first, but the older it gets, the lighter it becomes. Wry humor is one of its most effective coping strategies — and proven best medicines.

And now, the news.

UPDATE: Meryl Streep, whose horoscope we’ve been covering over the years. She is a Summer Solstice baby, which means that transiting Saturn at 0 Capricorn is putting the squeeze on her 0 Cancer Sun (same goes for her astro twin, Elizabeth Warren). Ms. Streep is being trashed in a  street art campaign calling her out for her work with Vernal Equinox baby Harvey Weinstein (who is also obviously due for a streamlining reality check):

The poster campaign caps a torrid week for Streep who was already on the defensive after fellow actor Rose McGowan, who says she was raped by Weinstein, accused the grand dame of Hollywood of silence and hypocrisy.

Meanwhile, the snafus and sloppy Mercury Rx in Sagittarius thinking of the tax bill passed yesterday just keep on manifesting. It won’t be signed by Christmas — and likely not until early January because of….wait for it…technical difficulties. 

Meanwhile, I noted a few headlines yesterday expressing the potential of Saturn’s controlling efforts in matters related to Capricorn. Facebook, Amazon, T-Mobile, others sued over age discrimination in Facebook job ads. Yep. Ageism and other squeezes placed on People of a Certain Age. We’ll be seeing more reality checks on that in the next couple of years. Capricorn refers to what is old. 

Capricorn and Saturn refer to time — and mortality. What a coincidence to see this headline now: U.S. Mortality Rate Falls for Second Year in a Row (the cause: drug overdoses, reflected by Neptune in Pisces in a tough aspect with the horoscope of the U.S.).

Hmm…also a coincidence. Time is what I am running out of, in an effort to post this forecast before the close of the business day. More news to come in the next forecast…thank you for reading…thank you for your Mercury retrograde bookmark orders…and thank you for purchasing gift certificates for reports and consultations for your friends, family and colleagues. It is a joy to be of service!

I leave you with this album that always makes me think of the Winter Solstice: “December” by George Winston. Cheers.




Tuesday 12/19/2017: New Moon in Sagittarius; Late Sneak Peek at a Jam-Packed Week; Saturn in Capricorn

Happy holidaze!

As I type, it appears the House vote on the sloppy “tax reform” bill will need to be re-done tomorrow, thanks to excitable elected representatives who rushed through provisions which do not conform to their own rules. Mercury retrograde much? Think their do-over will happen after 10:37 AM ET, when the proactive Capricorn Moon goes void on a potential upset from rebel Uranus? One can only hope. Moon will be void until 9:29 PM ET tomorrow — no impulse shopping — just stick to routine and chill.

Big shifts this week. Monday brought us a New Moon in Sagittarius — exact at 1:30 AM ET. It happened at 26 degrees of Sagittarius — which corresponds to the Galactic Center of our Milky Way. The Galactic Center is a “supermassive black hole” around which everything in our galaxy revolves. The black hole seems to be a source of massive radio waves, so if one had a planet or point around 26 Sagittarius in the horoscope, that planet/point might be exceptionally tuned in to messages from Central Command…what do you think? And here I would thinking of a gifted intuitive I know whose Sun and Ascendant are indeed connected to the Galactic Center– and she is quite a channel. Hmm, and I have a planet in touch with the GC, too. I’m making a note to do further research. Where is the Galactic Center in your horoscope? Consult your local astrologer for details.

A New Moon in Sagittarius suggests an opportunity to plant seeds in matters of big, bold collective beliefs and opinions — backed by structure and control. The latter is suggested by the Sun and Moon in touch with Saturn. With Mercury still retrograde and in a tough aspect with Neptune, the seeds planted may be in an exquisite shade of rose. If you have a planet or angle around 26 degrees of Virgo, Sagittarius, Gemini or Pisces, you are likely feeling a push to state your case more than others.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “a sculptor,” i.e., a person chiseling a form out of an amorphous blob of earth  (e.g., marble, metals, clay). It’s curiously in sync with this week’s  ingress of Saturn (structure) into Capricorn (one of the three Earth Signs). Also curiously in sync: Tarot Diva Beth Owldaughter’s Card of the Week: the Ace of Pentacles. Beth writes:

The Ace of Pentacles represents the power of the Earth, since the Pentacle is a magical tool that is ruled by the element of Earth and North.

Sabian Symbol Guru Blain Bovee has this to say about sculpting:

Thought of in terms of human character, giving shape to or forming character assumes the awareness of the possibilities that lie before one, like a sculptor with a vision of the possibiliites in a block of wood. The sculptor releases the form of beauty from the uncarved block….Sculpting requires a gentle, penetrating regard for what shapes lie within an uncarved block. Heavy-handedness may ruin delicate potential; one must go with the grain.

Bovee suggests that what enables a sculptor to go with the grain (and not destroy the source material) is good character. Hmm. Something to consider  for those rushing to leave their mark on Earth during this lunar cycle.

Speaking of marks — I’m still putting my 2018 Really Useful Mercury Retrograde Bookmarks in beautiful envelopes with handwritten notes of appreciation. Today I sent a pack of 10 to Australia — what fun! You can order one bookmark  for $3.88 — or splurge on three for $6.99 and gift them to your friends.  Gods willing, you can click on the link above and toss payment into  my Cosmic Tip Jar — or contact me here.  Don’t forget to include your snail mail address. 

Other major patterns this week: first, Saturn enters Capricorn at 11:48 PM ET tonight (Tuesday), just two hours after the Moon meets up with Pluto. A prominent power play and/or assertion of government structure and control? Watch the headlines.

These next few years of Saturn in Capricorn can be put to most excellent use in your own personal world. Wherever it is transiting  in your horoscope is where you can turn your fears of lack into a plan for advance.  Your success depends on your willingness to grow up, assume responsibility and authority, already. Time to get real and practical!

A long list of keywords for Capricorn can be found here. Watch for streamlined, focused and controlling efforts in those areas over the next two years.

In the horoscope of the U.S., Saturn in Capricorn is likely to put a squeeze on its usual need for abundance and nourishment. Saturn will oppose the U.S. Venus (money, women, art, social expression) and Jupiter (abundance, expansion) in 2018. Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid, here’s looking at you.

Meanwhile,  a harmony between Venus and Uranus on WEDNESDAY at 6:12 PM ET suggests unconventional attractions, friendship, humanitarianism and expressions of unity among eclectic groups. Here’s how Venus trine Uranus was reflected in the last Emmys — on September 17th.

Next up:  the Winter Solstice — a turning point — on Thursday at 11:29 AM ET. That’s when the Sun enters Capricorn.  What’s so important about a Winter Solstice? Here’s a post from the past.   — A few hours later, at 4:09 PM ET, the Sun meets up with Saturn, suggesting  prominent and/or sobering news involving heads of state and business.  The gravitas of this  annual conjunction will be felt more personally if you were born 1-2 days into the signs of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer and Libra….or if you have a planet or angle around 1-2 degrees of those signs. Potentials of this transit include feeling restricted and controlled. Some may find this transit grounding, facilitating an ambitious reach.

Finally, Mercury turns direct on FRIDAY at 8:51 PM ET. Easy does it on the roads — and in all communication and transportation endeavors.

There’s a ton  of news to report — will do a clown car full of it next time. Meanwhile, let’s bid farewell to Saturn’s efforts to control free speech and collective beliefs with these seven words that officials at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention were reportedly banned from using:

  • fetus
  • transgender
  • science-based
  • evidence-based
  • vulnerable
  • diversity
  • entitlement

Mercury being retrograde, those who thought that CDC had been banned from using the words when communicating with the public may have been outraged, but apparently for the wrong reason. According to a former federal official:

…the move[is]  unprecedented.

“It’s absurd and Orwellian, it’s stupid and Orwellian, but they are not saying to not use the words in reports or articles or scientific publications or anything else the C.D.C. does,” the former official said. “They’re saying not to use it in your request for money because it will hurt you. It’s not about censoring what C.D.C. can say to the American public. It’s about a budget strategy to get funded.”

Ah. Yes. I see.

These words are currently being projected — in shades of green and purple — on the facade/front entrance of the P45 International Hotel in Washington D.C. If you’re more of an audio person than a visual person, you might enjoy these seven words set to music.

Take that, Saturn in Sagittarius! And order your Mercury Rx bookmarks while we still have books!

Thank you for reading this forecast.