Astro-logical Forecast for Friday & Saturday 7/19-20/2013: Grand Trine, Uranus Retrograde, Mercury Direct

More of the Moon in high-flying Sagittarius, suggesting the focus is on a need to express opinions, however blunt and/or outrageous. This Moon also needs to expand horizons, as in a spirited philosophical debate,  an international adventure or a walk in the woods. Sounds like a good time for a good time to me…

Meanwhile, we are still in the middle of the Grand Trine among Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Mars — all in Water signs. Today we’ll see Saturn (structure) exactly trine Neptune (vision) at 9:28AM ET. You’re feeling this potential to turn dreams into reality — driven by emotion/intuition — more personally if you have planets at 4 –  6 degrees of any sign, but especially Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. The U.S. has Jupiter (luck, expansion reward) at 6 degrees of Cancer — and there are the markets,  moving higher — as forecast.

Exuberant expansion is one potential of the next few days as action-hero Mars exactly engages with the three outer planets in the Grand Trine pattern. On Saturday, Mars will trine Saturn and Neptune, suggesting a easy flow of discipline, corporate or militant structure (Saturn), sprinkled with a liberal dose of faith, sex appeal, glamor and other forms of pixie dust (Neptune). Water, water everywhere and beautifully reflected in this story about the latest sensation at MOMA. People are waiting for hours to spend a few minutes in an exhibit called “The Rain Room”.

I should mention the subtle shift that occurred on Wednesday at 1:20PM ET, when freedom-loving Uranus turned retrograde,  not to turn direct until December 17th. When a planet is retrograde, the energy it represents is best expressed by turning inward, instead of outward. When direct, Uranus tends to rebel against the status quo set by others. When retrograde, Uranus needs to set itself free from limits that are self-imposed.

Uranus turned retrograde at 12 degrees of Aries, and between now and December, it will move back to 8 degrees. So if you have a planet between 8 and 12 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn, you can expect an intense second hit of issues you’ve recently experienced involving freedom, independence, being yourself without compromise and sudden upsets of the status quo. You’ll get a third hit in early 2014, when Uranus turns direct and travels from 8 to 12 degrees again. One current newsmaker sure to be affected is George Zimmerman, whose Sun is at 11 degrees of Libra. Let the record show that Pluto turned retrograde at 11 Capricorn on April 12th; it turns direct at 9 Capricorn on September 20th; it’ll be back at 11 Capricorn by the end of December. You can read more about Uranus-Pluto transits in the ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS section of my website.

Last but not least — some notes on Saturday. Mercury turns direct at 2:22PM ET — be aware of the increased potential for communication and transportation snafus. Moon goes void between 11AM and 2:39PM ET — take a break; no impulse shopping. Moon enters enterprising Capricorn at 2:39PM ET, needing to make things happen big time…but keep in mind that Mercury’s change of station may likely muddle the strategy.

TGIF!

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