Ready for another rollicking week? Here goes!
A heavy start to the morning, as the fairness-seeking Libra Moon squared Jupiter (big! courts! media!) and Pluto (power! breakdown! life and death!) in Establishment Capricorn just before 9:02 AM ET. As I write, the Moon is now void…not to enter Scorpio until 6:48 PM ET. Stick to routine during the void — go write a forecast or something. Wandering is fine — anything that also supports a Mercury retrograde reorganization or retreat. Launching a website today — oooh — bad idea.
Once the Moon enters Scorpio, we see an immediate release of energy, based on an authoritarian advance or cut. Why? Because the Moon squares Saturn at 7:01 PM ET. Today is also buzzing with patterns that will be exact on…
- TUESDAY — as Jupiter and Pluto meet up for their second exact kiss at 2:22 AM ET. If you have a planet or angle around 24 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Aries or Libra, you are more personally affected by the potential POWER SURGE or breakdown. Example: the horoscope of the United States, with its Mercury (how we need to think and communicate) opposed by Jupiter and Pluto. We see potential ginormous extremes in thinking brought to light, as well as old patterns potentially tossed and broken down in the compost heap.
- TUESDAY — Scorpio Moon’s need for depth and substance gets a jolt to its power base around 11:21 AM ET, as it is opposed by rebel Uranus (no doubt pushing back on whatever lead balloon Monday’s Saturn square delivered). The rest of the day is buzzing with original thinking and technological expertise, as Mercury reconnects with Uranus for the second time this month (first time was on June 5th), suggesting a revisit of whatever brilliance was hot back then. Let’s see where we’re at on Round Three of this pattern, which happens on July 22nd.
- TUESDAY –– Mercury meets up with the Cancer Sun at 10:53 PM ET, suggesting idealism or otherwise being blinded by the light — focused as it may be on Cancer concerns such as homeland and family security. Innovative cooperation and more tech wizardry are also themes this week as…
- WEDNESDAY — Sun sextiles Uranus at 2:06 AM ET. What’s going on in outer space? Aerospace? Civil rights? Maybe we’ll have a significant piece on astrology in the news, too. Note your dreams this morning, as Moon trines Neptune. There’s a wonderfully smooth flow of resources, as Moon sextiles Jupiter and Pluto. Excellent for Mercury REtrograde REconnections. At 7:39 PM ET, Saturn — currently retrograde — returns to its home sign of Capricorn, where it will be until December 17th. Saturn in Capricorn is arguably more comfortable structuring the Establishment (government and corporations), as opposed to the Collective facilitated by Saturn in Aquarius. You are more personally affected by this pattern if you are Kellyanne Conway or Nikki Haley, both of whom were born with the Sun at 29 Capricorn. How will they experience the second hit of this potential for serious streamlining, isolation, focused ambition or limited vitality, hmm? And where will they be on December 16th?
- WEDNESDAY — after a one minute void, Moon shifts gears into Sagittarius at 9:21 PM ET. No longer mute in Scorpio, Moon in Sag needs to express its big fat righteous opinion, pushing boundaries and lifting spirits.
- THURSDAY — More Moon in Sag, with a clash of social graces or artsy opinion starting the day, as Moon opposes Venus in clever Gemini.
- FRIDAY — Note your dreams, as Moon squares Neptune at 9:06 AM ET — and then goes void for the rest of the day. Start the holiday weekend early.
- SATURDAY — Moon gets down to business and other practical concerns at 12:48 AM ET, when it enters Capricorn. The day begins on a provocative square from Mars in Aries, meaning it won’t hesitate to fight for the underdog against the stuffy Establishment. More provocation – in the form of communication — around 2:13 PM ET, as Moon opposes Mercury. An unusual coalition may emerge around suppertime, as Moon trines Uranus. Emotions — as in the form of needing to Make Something Happen — are running high as…
- SUNDAY — Moon waxes to fullness at 12:44 AM ET — and is eclipsed. You are more personally affected if you are the United States of America, with the Sun at 13 Cancer and Saturn at 14 Libra. The Full Moon opposes and squares them — respectively — at 13 Capricorn. I will write more about this eclipse in the next forecast.
Meanwhile, note that Mars left Pisces at 9:45 PM ET on Saturday, June 27th. Any planet in Pisces can feel like the end of the world — and it was fascinating to see last week begin with two stories about suicide. Film producer/philanthropist Steve Bing reportedly jumped from the 27th floor of his apartment in Los Angeles; perhaps that Mars was on his sensitive Pisces Moon (we don’t have an exact birth time). In other news, Twitter was flooded with posts announcing that the Suicide Hotline number is going to be shortened — to just three digits.
Now — with Mars in its home sign of Aries, everything old looks new again. Mars in Aries offers courage in situations that previously seemed hopeless, motivating passionate crusaders to take a stand. Mars will be in Aries until early January, so you better get used to this me-me-me fiery drive. What is Mars in Aries fighting? Most notably, it’s battling Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn — i.e., the corporate/government Powers That Be, along with a number of possibly dysfunctional court opinions and media outlets, too. Why “dysfunctional?” Because Jupiter does not function as well as it could in Capricorn, which earns its reward by either climbing to the top of the mountain by whatever means necessary (honest hard work, in the best of situations), or being born into an allegedly deserving class in a social hierarchy. Why is it battling these Capricorn entities? Because Mars will square them three times between now and the rest of the year.
Be advised that conflict is not necessarily a bad thing. There’s no need to panic. But a conflict involving a highly efficient Mars in Aries vs. a corporate/government grandiosity may be explosive, for better or for worse. Not only that, but Mars will also activate nearly all of the recent eclipses AND certain patterns that are significant to Covid-19.
I expect July to be as intense as it was last year — and this June, too. We’ll feel like we can surge forward in August — unimpeded by challenging eclipses and heavy input from Saturn and Pluto. The surge may be delayed in September, October and the first half of November, as Mars will be retrograde. We’ll need to watch for reckless action stemming from impatience — in what should be a strategy-planning three-month session. Stay tuned to this channel for continuing updates.
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And now, the news.
Mars at the Aries Point — moving from late Pisces to early Aries — put martial concerns in the spotlight. The lack of aspects among the planets suggested a metaphorical ice shelf suddenly collapsing or a genie escaping the proverbial bottle, never to be put back again. Mercury retrograde facilitates a review of history, with revelations forthcoming:
- “P45 denies knowing about intelligence report that Russians put a bounty on U.S. troops in Afghanistan”
- “Russian bounties resulted in deaths of U.S. troops in Afghanistan”, says intelligence.
Mars refers to weapons — especially iron and steel — so this drone outfitted with blades naturally made headlines. And here’s a vision in pink, sporting an assault weapon. Meanwhile, Twitter was chock-full of tantrum-throwing Americans, upset at being barred from entering grocery stores without masks. Fireworks sales — and complaints — are skyrocketing across America. Mars refers to cars and courage — and NASCAR was hot in the headlines last week, as drivers rallied around Bubba Wallace, its only Black driver.
Venus moving forward last week suggests a change of social expression based on reassessed social values. We’d also consider the outer planets in late Capricorn/early Aquarius in this aptly-time re-evaluation. Changes included:
- The Dixie Chicks are now just The Chicks
- No more Dixie in Mississippi’s flag, either, as anticipated here on June 13th
- Rhode Island is also changing its name
- Statues (Venus refers to art) of known slavery supporters are being torn down — or taken down — around the world
- Big corporations are boycotting Facebook
Big news from underground, involving power and resources (Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Capricorn):
- “Pluto has likely maintained a liquid ocean for billions of years”
- Chesapeake Energy is the largest oil and gas provider to declare bankruptcy
- Alaskan volcano sealed the fate of the Roman Republic
- Russian mining giant admits pumping wastewater into the Arctic tundra
- On the lighter side: “Floor is Lava” is Netflix’s new hit
In other news…
Avid Readers will recall that planetary patterns back in May in no way supported a rush to re-open the economy. Way too much idealism in the cosmos suggested dangerous delusion. Last week, “all of a sudden,” U.S. cases of Covid-19 are surging, as cases in most of Europe and Japan are falling. Faster than you can say “Mercury retrograde,” plans to open are being rescinded nationwide — even in New York — just in time for Randy Rainbow to release a new PSA. One mutation of the coronavirus in particular is “taking over the world.” Oh — and the P45 Administration moved forward on its SCOTUS suit to completely abolish the Affordable Care Act.
UPDATE: on Chief Justice John G. Roberts, whose horoscope we’ve been covering since 2012. Wow. Aquarius with Moon in Pisces — time unknown. Mars in me-me-me Aries, well-suited for championing the underdog, should he choose to do so — and sometimes he does, notably in June 2012 when — under a rebellious Uranus transit — he broke with SCOTUS conservatives and kept the Affordable Care Act alive. Today he broke ranks again — joining Ginsberg, Kagan, Sotomayor and Breyer — to strike down a Louisiana law that would have restricted access to abortion. Roberts is in the middle of another rebellious Uranus transit through 2020.
Random fascinating articles to share:
You’ve probably never heard of Marty Goddard. She is the woman whose dogged persistence and care led to the creation of the so-called “Vitullo” rape kit. A rape kit, as you may know, enables hospital staff to collect and preserve evidence that can be later used to identify and convict sexual predators. It’s called “Vitullo” because that’s the name of the man who took full credit for Goddard’s idea. We don’t have a birth date, but I bet her horoscope is hot — with patterns that reflect why NYT reporter Pagan Kennedy was motivated to move Heaven and Earth to track her down — and tell her story.
Finally, I was entranced by this one from the NYT Sunday Magazine: “The Rebel Physicist on the Hunt for a Better Story Than Quantum Mechanics” — about Italian physicist Angelo Bassi. I swear he’s onto astrology:
Quantum mechanics is…spectacular at making predictions [but] doesn’t describe what’s actually happening underneath nature’s hood to make those results come about…
Thank you for reading this forecast.