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Monday 12/24/2018: Sneak Peek at a Holiday Week; Money Matters

The week begins with the Moon in Cancer. Its need for security may be jolted around 9:50 AM ET by its weekly clash with rebel Uranus, after which it goes void. Oh, did the market just drop below 22,000? That could be called a jolt.

But then…happy happy…merry merry…as soon as the Moon enters Leo at 11:58 AM ET. Upside: it’s party time! Downside: roars of regal entitlement from drama kings and queens who feel they are not being recognized for their inherent superiority. Adding big brushstrokes of rose is a square (tension) between Mercury (how we need to think) and Neptune (fog; idealism), exact tonight at 7:33 PM ET. Upside: there’s magic in the air. Downside: deception and bewilderment.

The rest of the week goes like this:

  • TUESDAY: Moon in Leo all day, supported by easy connections to Mercury and Jupiter in the early part of the day; Santa Claus was likely to be generous. A square between the Leo Moon and Venus in Scorpio may be experienced as a spat over values and aesthetic expression, sometime around 4:37 PM ET
  • WEDNESDAY: Happy Kwanzaa! The Leo Moon goes void with a sigh at 10:36 AM ET, entering Virgo at 12:50 PM ET. You can sleep in, space out or return unwanted gifts during the void. Once the Moon enters Virgo, you can apply its organizing and perfecting drive to putting your house in order and making to-do lists for 2019. Have you thought about scheduling your annual check-up with your astrologer? Now is the time to map out your year. How will the “Big Dream” potential of 2019’s three Jupiter-Neptune squares be reflected in your life?
  • THURSDAY: The busiest day of the week, as the Virgo Moon makes contact with six planets. Righteous ambition colors the early morning, followed by a potential miscue around noon ET, as the Moon is opposed by foggy Neptune. A squawk in the headlines may occur at the close of business, as the Moon is square by a sloppy-thinking Mercury in Sagittarius. Money and values are on the table.
  • FRIDAY: the Virgo Moon goes void on a provocative opposition from Mars (combat, action, assertion) at 11:27 AM ET. Chill and focus on routine concerns until 3:23 PM ET, when the Moon enters Libra. In Libra, the need is fairness, balance and harmony in relationships. A change of perspective in values and social expression is suggested by a cooperative alignment between Venus (money, women, art) and Pluto (breakdown, transformation, power, resources) at 4:27 PM ET. 
  • SATURDAY & SUNDAY: are driven mostly by the Moon in Libra. By now we will be noticing action hero Mars at the very end of Pisces. Stories of self-sacrifice are likely to make waves. Avid Readers will recall that a planet at the end of Pisces is oh-so-close to the beginning of Aries, also known as the Aries Point. When will Mars enter Aries? On MONDAY at 9:20 PM ET — New Year’s Eve. That’s about when we are likely to see significant action on the illumination and release received on the Dec 22nd Full Moon at 0 Cancer. Got that?

And now, the news.

Speaking of the Aries Point, it is not surprising to see people with planets at the Aries Point now making headlines in the wake of the Winter Solstice and that Full Moon. Add current patterns among Mercury, Jupiter and Neptune to the mix, and we see the potential for really big, dumb ideas made even dumber by fog, deception and delusion. Exhibit A: “What Was Steve Mnuchin Thinking? Three Possibilities” (after putting out an “alarming and confusing” press release on Sunday evening). Mr. Mnuchin (and his evil twin wife Louise Linton) was born on December 21st — with the Sun at the Aries Point. I imagine we will see more breaking news about him when Mars enters Aries next week.  In other news, we do not have a birth time for Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, we can see in his horoscope that he has Mars at the end of Pisces and Venus in early Aries, both within range of the Aries Point. He’s currently under attack from P45, who today claimed that “the central bank is the only problem our economy has!” What do you have at the Aries Point, hm?

Under the weekend’s Cancer Full Moon at the prominent Aries Point,  the need for nourishment and nurturing challenges the decidedly unemotional, status-seeking ambition of the Capricorn Sun. A farmer sheds light on the conflict like so: “Dairy farming is dying. After 40 ears, I’m done.”   This growing trend will be in our face once Uranus (technology, disruption) moves back into Taurus (food, earth) next April — and with truly revolutionary force in 2022.

Meanwhile, I looked at the charts for the potent Winter Solstice, set at Mt. Etna and in Banten, Indonesia. Both locales have aggressive Mars in Pisces and the Moon in contact with angles (extreme pressure points) in their respective charts. Indonesia was hit on Saturday by a freakish and devastating tsunami; Mt. Etna erupted this morning. Coincidence or conspiracy? I do not know.

UPDATE: the drone sightings at Gatwick Airport, which shut the place down last week. I was scratching my head at this one, writing:

I’d expect to see this next story on a square or opposition (not a Sun-Uranus trine), but “Drone Sightings Cause Disruption at Gatwick Airport”  does feature the Uranus in Aries theme of robot warriors in flight — taken to Sun in Sagittarius new heights.

Now it appears that others were perplexed and bewildered over these drone sightings, too — with some going so far as to suggest that there were no actual drones sighted at all! Police are still saying there were drones…but still…what a fascinating reflection of the bewilderment over high-flying ideas —  suggested by planetary patterns (Mercury-Jupiter in Sagittarius square Neptune).

In closing, a couple of stories reflecting the upside potential of the current whether forecast.  Exhibit A“Fishermen Rescued by Cruise Ship in ‘Christmas Miracle.'”   Neptune refers to fishermen, ships and faith. Exhibit B: take Mercury conjunct Jupiter in Sagittarius (a “sky’s the limit” idea, arguably short on exact details, but boosted by a high-functioning element of luck from a foreign land). Add Venus trine Neptune (heartfelt charity; a dream come true). Mix it with the Sun at the Aries Point — of course we are going to hear about it. From WaPo: “A girl in Mexico attached her Christmas list to a balloon. A man across the border found it.” Guess what happened next…and cue Kleenex box now, please.

Thank you for reading this forecast. May faith in all that is light and good prevail against the alternative.



Tuesday 12/19/2018: More Sneak Peek at a Jam-Packed Week; Perpetual Motion

Wooo -hoo! What a Monday. Did you get everything done? I turbo-charged my way through tedious admin tasks that I generally avoid like the plague. But the day was driven by a “nothing is impossible” Aries Moon, and that’s where it will be when it meets up with rebel Uranus on TUESDAY at 2:21 AM ET? Surprise? We’ll see!

Also helping move mountains: a sextile (harmony) between action hero Mars and “power & resources” Pluto, exact early Monday morning.

Meanwhile, the shock of whatever Moon + Uranus has in store may fizzle, as Moon goes void immediately thereafter. It enters Taurus at 4:37 AM ET on TUESDAY, driving the next two and a half days with a need to build/maintain material security. Think about that, while you’re out there schmoozing at holiday soirees. Also consider that Taurus wrote the book on tidings of comfort and joy; feel free to indulge in such as you mooooove through this week.

The Taurus Moon goes void on WEDNESDAY at 7:42 PM ET and enters info-junkie Gemini on THURSDAY at 9:34 AM ET. Chill during the 14-hour void and resist impulse holiday shopping urges.  If you sleep through your alarm on Thursday, you probably won’t miss a thing.

Patterns in effect for the rest of the week are:

  • THURSDAY: the high-flying Sag Sun trines (harmonizes) with Uranus at 11:21 AM ET, adding easy innovation to the action this week. Creative technologies; unconventional alliances.
  • FRIDAY: super-busy, driven by the buzz buzz buzz of the Gemini Moon. Note your dreams in the AM, as Moon is squared by Neptune at 8:59 AM ET. Double check your communications and directions. A harmony between Venus and Neptune at 12:12 PM ET suggests aesthetic ideals and visions of sugarplums.
  • 30 minutes later, a sloppy — but high-flying Mercury in Sagittarius meets up with Jupiter (also in Sag, the sign it rules). This suggests big big news in the world of free speech, media, courts, athletics, dogma, collective beliefs, foreign affairs, travel — maybe even broad comedy.
  • It’s all made even more prominent because the Sun will be at the Aries Point all day. Thus a good portion of this big news is likely to involve heads of states and corporations, as the Sun refers to leaders. At 5:23 PM ET, the Sun enters Capricorn — a.k.a. the Winter Solstice. Avid Readers will recall that solstices and equinoxes are turning points — look here for further details.
  • But wait, there’s more! Emotions are on the rise this week, as the Moon is waxing full. On SATURDAY the Gemini Moon goes void at 9:28 AM ET; at 11:28 AM ET, Moon enters Cancer. A Cancer Moon needs emotional/family/homeland security, and it faces off against the patriarchal Capricorn Sun at the Aries Point — 0 degrees —  at 11:28 AM ET. Whatever illumination or release we receive in these areas, it is bound to attract attention. Change is in the air!

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And now, the news.

Avid Readers are well aware that in the wake of the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square, coupled with the impending Saturn-Pluto meet-up (on January 12, 2020), the word “authoritarian” will continue to pepper the headlines. Saturn and Pluto are traveling through Capricorn, which adds corporate power and corruption to the mix. Kudos to the NYT for this riveting story, right on schedule:  “How McKinsey Helped Raise the Stature of Authoritarian Governments.”  Never heard of McKinsey? Even more reason to check ’em out, as these corporate power structures are likely to demand greater focus in the 2020’s.

Meanwhile…as anticipated the efforts of foreign adversaries to use social media to spread fake news for the purpose of controlling collective opinion are now being expanded and exposed. What planetary patterns are being reflected? In 2015 and 2016, Saturn  (control; malevolence) was in Sagittarius (publishing, foreign, boundary-pushing, opinion)…and it was square (challenging) Neptune (illusion)  in Pisces (faith). Now that Jupiter (expansion, good fortune) is in Sagittarius, the truth is coming out: “Russian 2016 Influence Operation Targeted African Americans on Social Media”  — in the NYT — and “Russian Disinformation Teams Targeted Robert S. Mueller III, Says Report Prepared for Senate.”

In other news, I confess I haven’t been paying much attention to SNL’s talented comedian Pete Davidson, even though his whirlwind courtship, engagement and subsequent  break-up with singer/songwriter Ariana Grande has been a big topic of astrological analysis on websites catering to a Certain Demographic. Apparently they started dating in May; rushed into an engagement, a condo and the adoption of a pet pig (none of which would be advised during a Mars retrograde). They broke up in October (with Venus retrograde in Scorpio).

We do not have a birth time for Mr. Davidson. He — like Ms. Grande — was born in 1993, the year of the exact Uranus-Neptune conjunction in Capricorn. That’s an aspect that seeks a disruptive ideal in matters of the Establishment. The old rules are simply not going to apply. Born on November 16 in Staten Island, Mr. Davidson has a Scorpio Sun in an intensely demanding pattern with Saturn and Pluto. His horoscope suggests an anguished childhood…an assessment confirmed in a quick Google search: “Pete Davidson Reveals Dark Childhood in New Interview.”   His father was a firefighter who died on 9/11…this is only one part of the heartache.

We could see how Mr. Davidson’s heavy mindset would become prominent, with a measurement between Mercury (mindset) and Saturn (heavy) at the Aries Point (prominence). During Saturday’s emotional Pisces Moon void, his mindset clearly pulled focus — in a since-deleted Instagram post declaring “I really don’t know how much longer I can last (on Earth).”   If Mr. Davidson gets the help he needs and does stick around, patterns in his horoscope suggest strong potential for love and support…with a new creative passion to come by late spring of 2019. Fingers crossed.

Ms. Grande is a Cancer, driven by an over-the-top people-pleasing Libra Moon. With a Capricorn Ascendant, she needs to be seen as a woman in charge, likely in ways that are game-changing. Transiting Pluto and transiting Saturn have hit Ms. Grande hard in 2018; thus the prediction that this year and next would be big.  She was reportedly devastated by the death of a former boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller — in September. True to the caring potential of her horoscope, Ms. Grande went public on Saturday with a grand declaration of support for her ex-fiance, who did show up for work at 30 Rock to the relief of friends, family and fans.

In other celebrity news, the NYT did a big story on Ellen DeGeneres to hype the first comedy special she’s done in 15 years. Here is her horoscope. Ellen is a humanitarian Aquarius, driven by a Moon in me-me-me Aries. She’s here to inspire and get there first. She may have Sagittarius rising (the birth time is not confirmed), suggesting a need to be seen as someone with righteous opinions and optimism. In 2018 and 2019, transiting Uranus squares Jupiter, ruler of that hypothetical Sag Ascendant. We anticipate the potential to for windfall opportunities to expand and change the way she is seen. With transiting Uranus squaring her Aquarius Sun starting in the middle of 2019, we anticipate a strong need for even greater independence and innovation. She’s committed to continue with her talk show until 2020…and then…who knows? I think we’ll see efforts to break out of the mold long before then.

Closing now with one of my favorite 90-second animated shorts. It’s called Perpetual Motion not to be missed — especially if you love weird science and cats. Onward!

Thank you for reading this forecast.