Here’s a quick recap of patterns driving the weekend:
- SATURDAY: Issues of women and empowerment, especially in matters of sex and death — were on the agenda this morning, as Venus in Scorpio dares to go there, supported by a sextile to Pluto. We’re being set up for the second round of significant news regarding court opinions and cases, and incriminating documents, as Mercury trines Jupiter on Sunday at 8:04 PM ET. In your own personal world, the Leo Moon — combined with Mercury retrograde — is an excuse to party. Moon squares Mercury at 7:42 PM ET, suggesting a communication matter that may need to be sorted out. Moon then goes void…and doesn’t enter Virgo (to clean up the Leo Moon’s party confetti) until 4:37 AM ET on…
- SUNDAY. A Virgo Moon needs to sort things out and make things right. It’s the perfect pattern for a Mercury retrograde REorganization project. Attack those closets, files, and drawers! There are no exact aspects to the Moon for the entire day, which can almost feel as wandering in focus as a Moon void. Go with the intuitive flow. A whole new cycle begins next Wednesday with the New Moon in Libra.
No sleeping in on MONDAY. The Virgo Moon continues on its mission, with a bit of confusion around suppertime, as it is opposed by Neptune. And of course, Mercury is still retrograde, muddying communication channels and messing with schedules. But since you know about Mercury Retrograde, you won’t let these glitches throw you off balance, right? And you’ll remember to FOCUS and double-check the tech stuff thrice before hitting SEND.
And not only that, but the Moon is at the end of its cycle, leaving us feeling listless or restless. But rest assured there will be plenty of clandestine meetings scheduled so as to profit from these days with no lunar light.
And now, the news.
This Mercury retrograde is “coinciding” with a ton of news from underground, thanks to its second trine to Jupiter (big!) on Sunday, and its second square to Pluto last Friday. I’ve noticed plenty of exceptionally deep stories that REvisit people and events from the past because Mercury retrogrades are the perfect time for a REunion. For example:
- Dasani is on the cover of the NYT Sunday Magazine. No, not Dasani the bottled water. Dasani, was the oldest of eight children in a family living in an NYC homeless shelter in December 2013. She was twelve years old when she was the focus of a five-part NYT investigative report called Invisible Child. Her horoscope was discussed in this forecast way back then. How has she managed since then?
- Also in the NYT Sunday Magazine: “Why is Every Young Person in America Watching The Sopranos?” This is one of several profound and worthy essays I read this week, reflecting current planetary patterns. Highly recommended, as it speaks to the potential of the U.S. Pluto Return. Looking back, as one does during a Mercury retrograde, we can appreciate the show’s prescience.
- Also hinting at the U.S. Pluto Return: “Our Constitutional Crisis Is Already Here.” It’s a WaPo op-ed from last week — but also a worthy read.
- From the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (the folks who brought us the Panama Papers) comes the next installment: the Pandora Papers. They say it’s “the most expansive expose of financial secrecy yet” — and they’re dropping it on Sunday around 12:30 PM ET.
- “Whistleblower to Accuse Facebook of Contributing to January 6th Riot” — catch the interview on the next 60 Minutes
- “January 6th Was Worse Than We Knew,” opines the NYT Editorial Board
- On Friday, the U.S. Post Office implemented a rate hike and an infuriating decrease in service because for some reason Postmaster Louis DeJoy has not yet been relieved of his position. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for January 1, 2022.
- Barack Obama has a lot to say on how uncovering his past helped him plan his future.
- Even Heather Cox Richardson revisited the past this week, comparing Friday’s headlines with what was going on just one year ago.
- Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is erupting again, after a months-long hiatus. There’s one in the Canary Islands, too, that’s getting particularly feisty…
- On a less sobering note, Stephen Colbert revisited the past by taking a field trip to Milwaukee to offer an apology for a past transgression. Find out why Colbert is a national treasure — in two parts — here and here.
- And let the record show that Mercury Retrogrades are an apt time to reconnect with lost objects, as in “Bruce’s Beach to be returned to Black family 100 years after it was seized…” by a California city.
Mercury itself is making news, courtesy of the BepiColombo spacecraft, which has just sent back its first images of the Messenger Planet.
Venus was also hot in the headlines. Venus trined Neptune on Wednesday; squared Jupiter on Thursday and sextiled Pluto on Saturday. We anticipated stories of women, money, values, and social expression that could be any combination of abundant, extravagant, ruthless, dreamy, or delusional.
- It was an apt pattern for a Women’s March on Washington to protest laws in Texas that effectively and unconstitutionally ban abortion. The Women’s March was one of 60o held around the country on Saturday.
- Earlier this week, three U.S. Congresswomen — Cori Bush, Barbara Lee, and Pramila Jayapal — spoke to a House oversight committee on reproductive rights about their personal decisions to terminate their respective pregnancies — one of which happened before Roe v. Wade.
- On a day driven by fun-loving Moon in Leo, combined with the aforementioned Mercury retrograde and Venus patterns, are we surprised to see that the most-shared story on the Guardian’s website is “Sun-powered orgasms are fantastic: Why I went to live in a desert cave.” (Mercury retrograde is an apt time for a REtreat).
- Erotica also made news in the NYT
In other news…
- Congress managed to get it together enough to keep most of the government running until December. President Biden signed the funding bill on the heels of Wednesday evening’s stabilizing Sun-Saturn trine, averting a shutdown.
- Nancy Pelosi pushed the deadline for the House passing its infrastructure bill from last Thursday to October 31st, a day that looks especially forceful and challenging for President Biden. That day looks forceful and challenging for the Speaker, too, with transiting Mars at 0 Scorpio, activating her exact natal Saturn-Pluto square. The first week of December looks more expansive for both of them. We’ll see.
- Economist and NYT columnist Paul Krugman (who has the most accurate track record of any pundit, as longtime Avid Readers may recall), proposed an apt Venus square Jupiter solution to the U.S.’s fiscal problems: “President Biden Should Ignore the Debt Limit and Mint a $1 Trillion Coin”
- Did you know that Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) owns a yacht? He does, and when not obstructing President Biden and his Democratic colleagues’ efforts to Build Back Better, that’s where he can be found. Did you see the footage of Manchin standing on the deck of his yacht like Eva Peron on her balcony, literally talking down to the resourceful constituents who had paddled their kayaks up the river to see him? We can understand why Manchin is feeling so expansive these days, with transiting Jupiter opposing his regal Leo Sun three times in 2021. What’s maddening about Manchin is that on January 19th, 2021, he was waxing rhapsodic to reporters about the necessity of passing a $3 to $4 trillion infrastructure bill. And now he’s digging in at $1.5 trillion.
- Also feeling expansive is Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), another obstructionist who is at the spa this weekend with her big fat corporate donors, and deservedly trashed by NYT op-ed columnist Maureen Dowd in her Sunday column.
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