At 9:54AM ET, the Scorpio Moon goes void for 20 minutes — blink and you’ll miss it. At 10:14AM ET, the Moon shifts gears into high-flying Sagittarius. Thus, instead of brooding intensely about this morning’s headlines, we will be more inclined to express our righteous opinions. Sagittarius is an optimistic, big picture-oriented energy that loves a good gamble or gambol. Until 7:21M ET on Saturday, you may have plenty of opportunities to broaden your mind; get out in nature; treat yourself to a foreign movie or some other culture that is not your own.
Action is accented today, as Mars — the action planet — leaves Virgo and enters Libra at 4:41PM ET. In Virgo, Mars can be a perfection-seeking critic, exacting in detail. In Libra, one productive application of the assertive energy of Mars is to act as a warrior for peace, balance, justice and fairness — all Libra concerns. Generally speaking, planets in Libra suggest an aversion to conflict. This makes Mars in Libra a challenge for some to handle. It seems to work well if you happen to be a pope, including Pope Francis. Though with transiting Uranus opposing his Mars in Libra into 2016 (followed by Pluto in 2017), I expect his daring and innovative action will stir up plenty of conflict in his quest for peace, balance and fairness.
The evening hours may have a aura of surreal gravitas, as the Moon meets up with heavy Saturn at 8:47PM ET and then clashes with nebulous Neptune just before midnight.
And now, the news.
Remember the study that had researchers from Princeton falling out of their chairs several days ago? The one about the rise in mortality rates among white, middle-class Americans — especially uneducated Americans? Causes of death are prescription drugs, liver disease (from alcohol abuse) and suicide. Today The Guardian begins a series of in-depth reports on poverty in America. First stop is Beattyville, Kentucky, “the poorest white town in America”. It’s plagued by an addiction to “hillbilly heroin”. Why?
Meanwhile, the NYT’s “Room for Debate” ponders a Saturn in Sagittarius reality check: “Why Has Trust in the News Media Declined?”. Workers and wages in the food industry was an expected concern marked by Jupiter entering Virgo in September, with significant actions right about now. Following Danny Meyer’s lead, Joe’s Crab Shack is going to try a no-tipping policy on its workers. Menu prices will increase, but presumably by less than 20%.
There’s much more to report, but it will have to wait for now. Plant those New Moon energy seeds!