Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 6/11/2015: Mercury Direct; Neptune Retrograde

The rush of the Aries Moon continues. How fast did your day go by yesterday? More of the same today, with an extra depth charge provided by a challenge to the Moon by Pluto at 8:29AM ET. Intense commute?

Optimism drives the rest of the day, with three caveats: 1) a potential disruption in your status quo around 4:45PM ET, as Uranus is joined by the Moonl 2) Mercury turning DIRECT at 6:33PM ET; and 3) Moon going void at 7:43PM ET until 10:16AM ET on FRIDAY. Slow down this evening. Chill. Focus on routine. Or just FOCUS.

Pay attention to your dreams tomorrow morning, as nebulous Neptune turns retrograde Friday at 5:09AM ET.  When a planet is retrograde, the suggestion is to turn inward on issues involving that planet, as opposed to looking outside the self. Neptune refers to vision, intuition, healing and other intangibles. In the mundane world, Neptune refers to water, oceans, oil, toxins, snake oil, fantasy and fanatics and spirits of all kinds.

You will be more personally affected by this Neptune retrograde if you have a planet or angle at 9 degrees of Pisces, Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius. Whatever angle or planet that Neptune is contacting is likely to be an area of uncertainty or fog (albeit rose-colored) in your life through the rest of the year. Neptune turns direct on November 18 at 7 degrees of Pisces. If you have a planet around that degree, you’re probably in a fog, too…and would likely benefit from a consultation with a caring, clarifying astrologer. There are plenty of constructive uses for Neptunian fogs. Here’s how to contact me.

And now, the news.

The other day I mentioned the ongoing transit of Pluto to the US Saturn and how we are seeing it reflected in brutal stories of, for example, the number of unarmed citizens killed by police (now over 500 this year). Another example is Kalief Browder, a 22-year old man who was held at Rikers Island for three years while awaiting trial. Why? Because he could not afford to pay bail when he was arrested at 16 on charges of stealing a backpack. He could have pleaded guilty and been released, but he maintained his innocence. His Rikers experience included two years spent in solitary confinement. This week he committed suicide.

John Oliver recently did an outraged segment about the bail system in the United States. You might not want to read Mr. Browder’s depressing story, but you might watch John Oliver talk about what happens to citizens who are arrested and do not have much money. Mr. Oliver’s biting wit makes an uncomfortable truth easier to bear. Same goes for the ever-cheerful Gail Collins, whose latest column addresses this week’s court ruling which will allow Texas to also discriminate specifically against women of little means. Or so Ms. Collins argues.

Astrologically, power and resources — who has ’em and who doesn’t — are part of the awareness potential suggested by current planetary patterns. Awareness begets change.

In other news, here’s a story more in line with the cosmic breakthrough potential we’ve been talking about all week, thanks to connections among Sun, Uranus, Jupiter and Mars. This week NASA launched an awareness campaign promoting its New Horizons spacecraft, which will make a close approach to Pluto on July 14th — a first! Pluto will be opposing Mercury and Mars on that day; Uranus will square the Sun. How cool is that? Check out the NASA site here — and feel free to send in your photos of what your ‘hood would look like if it were on #PlutoTime.

Thank you for reading this forecast.


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