At 1:04AM ET this morning, the Sun was at zero degrees of Cancer, marking the official start of summer a.k.a. the Summer Solstice, in the Northern Hemisphere. Regular readers of this forecast will recall that solstices and equinoxes occur at zero degrees of the Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn), also known as the Aries Point. What does that mean, you ask.
Planets that are at the Aries Point tend to push for prominence. In the course of a year, the beginning of a new season attracts our attention because it is the turning point — the beginning of a new phase of development. Things that come into being — including people — when the Sun is at the Aries Point often have a knack for becoming famous in whatever pond they swim in. In fact, any planet or angle at the Aries Point needs to be known! Off the top of my head, Meryl Streep, William Shatner, Elizabeth Warren and Edward Snowden were all born with the Sun close to the Aries Point.
Also this morning — at 4:31 AM ET — the Moon breathed an enormous sigh of relief when it ditched moody bastard Scorpio for high-flying Sagittarius. This should lift our spirits considerably, even if it means wandering in a rose-colored haze. Others may simply find the day bewildering, as the Sag Moon, which needs to tell the entire Free World what it thinks, is squared by nebulous Neptune around 1PM ET. Can you really believe the stuff you hear today? Good question.
Enjoy the evening — take a gambol or a gamble; expand your horizons; get out into Nature; have a spirited debate or catch a foreign film. More on the planets for the rest of the weekend tomorrow.
In the news, I am fascinated to see how this week’s Sun-Jupiter conjunction in Gemini, suggesting ever so much buoyant, airy optimism impacted the horoscope of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Mr. Bernanke has the Sun in Sagittarius, Moon at the end of Pisces (exact degree unknown, as we do not have a birth time) and a rather disturbing exact conjunction between aggressive Mars and nebulous Neptune which conveys plenty of razzle-dazzle, magical thinking and an aura of glamour/secrecy. I say this conjunction is disturbing because his work involves banking — where aspects suggesting realism would be far more reassuring. OK, so he has a hardcore Saturn in Scorpio, apparently running wild in its ambition to control through the use of knowledge. Is that enough? Oh, to have an official brith time for Mr. Bernanke…
In contrast, Bill Clinton has a Mars-Neptune conjunction in Libra — right on the Libra Ascendant, in fact so, he also projects a ton of pixie dust (and possible lies), but he also has materially-oriented Taurus Moon and a sobering Mercury-Saturn-Pluto conjunction, which are most decidedly hard core and real.
Anyway, Mr. Bernanke is currently freaking out everyone by appearing to be very optimistic about the state of the economy, and with enthusiastic Jupiter opposing his Sag Sun and squaring his Pisces Moon, we would expect him to project an aura of confidence. But we must also be aware of the potential for overconfidence. With the Moon in Scorpio over the past two days, where the need was for depth and substance, not airy-fairy confections and projections, traders dumped shares, and yesterday was the worst day of the year for the Dow (only down 352 points — but still…). Isn’t that interesting? Given that Jupiter is about to conjoin Venus, Jupiter and the Sun in the the US horoscope, traders may well feel more emotionally secure soon –at least in the very near term. We shall see…