Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 4/18/2013: Current Events & the US Horoscope

Well, planetary patterns did suggest this would be an action-packed week. How is yours going? Patterns suggest there’s more to process in the early morning hours, as Moon, still in home/homeland security-focused Cancer is squared by aggressive Mars at 8:16AM ET and then by the Sun at 8:31AM ET. This First Quarter Moon brings a challenge or crisis to the intentions set on last week’s New Moon in Aries. Did you forget what those intentions are? Here’s the New Moon forecast again; note the connotations of the Sabian Symbol for the lunation, “a pugilist entering a ring”.

Moon goes void at 8:31AM ET and takes a break until 11:13AM ET. East Coasters, you may experience a twist in your efforts this morning to move forward in a straight line. The Moon void rules still apply: go with the flow; take care of what is routine; avoid initiating or shipping projects you wish to be of consequence. The energy of the Moon just isn’t terribly focused, so crises that arise are often “all for naught” or “much ado about nothing”.

At 11:13AM ET the Leo Moon offers the potential to lift our spirits with its natural inclination to shine! Perhaps we will also find something to celebrate, too, despite the other Leo Moon potential for drama queens and kings to issue royal edicts like they are going out of style. A good strategy for dealing with those types: diffuse the tension by reminding them how much they are loved and adored — because that is what they need.

Playful indulgence is suggested this evening as Moon is squared by Venus in sensual, comfort-seeking Taurus at 8:16PM ET. The night ends on a sweet connection between Venus and rose-colored Neptune, suggesting a need for beauty, art, healing and music.

And now the news. Do you recall yesterday’s forecast in which it was noted that people with planets at 27 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn would feel the impact of the Sun-Mars conjunction at 27 Aries more than most? Guess who has a planet at 27 Capricorn? The United States of America, thank you very much…and that planet would be ruthless Pluto ruling the sixth house of the 2:13AM US horoscope, referring to cooperation and the body politic. Mars rules the 12th house (hidden enemies; self-undoing); the Sun rules the 4th house (homeland security).  Sun and Mars making contact with Pluto suggest explosive outbursts, brute force, violence, issues of power and suppression/control and yes, guns.  So in all the chaos and carnage of the Boston Marathon, we find our fearless leaders (note use of sarcasm here) in the Senate killing an important gun control bill. Yup, killed it — and here’s Gabrielle Giffords with some deeply moving words about it. And here is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Facebook page, crowing about killing this bill as if it were the noblest achievement of a lifetime. How did your senators vote? I’d tell you, but when I type “senate roll call vote gun control” into google, I can’t find the chart showing the breakdown of the vote, even though I saw it online yesterday. Bad Google. Bad! (a Reader has since sent in this link to the roll call vote — thanks, Reader!)

In other news, a man who is suspected of sending letters laced with poison to three lawmakers, including the President, was arrested yesterday. And as if there wasn’t enough shit hitting the fan, last night at 7:50PM CT, there was a huge explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. Now this explosion happened just 30 minutes after the exact Sun-Mars conjunction, and it is fascinating — but not at all surprising — to see the Sun and Mars exactly on an angle (in this case, the cusp of the 7th house) in the chart for the explosion. Planets on angle pack a powerful punch. Remember how the chart for the explosion in Boston had nebulous, bewildering Neptune on an angle, too?

Do you get the feeling that the United States is oh-so-close to making some big changes on big issues like gun control, energy resources, climate change, the whole way Things Are Done, etc.? Like you can see it coming and almost touch it, but it’s just out of reach and ever so frustrating?  Let’s talk about the current Uranus-Pluto square. Pluto is now at 11 Capricorn — retrograde. Uranus is at 9 Aries. The US horoscope has Sun at 12 degrees of Cancer. Uranus and Pluto are soooooo close to the US Sun, suggesting tremendous potential for revolution and transformation. We can feel the intense buzz, but chances are the full force of this potential will not hit us until Uranus and Pluto get to 12 degrees of Aries and Capricorn, respectively. And that won’t happen until the end of 2014 — which is just after the next election in November. Brace yourselves. Think it might be time to clean the House…and the Senate?

I leave you with a powerful reflection on beauty — specifically how women see it in themselves vs. how others see it in them. It’s a great campaign from the folks at Dove that’s been getting a lot of well-deserved attention. Happy rose-colored Venus sextile Neptune, with Venus in “get real” Taurus.

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