Astro-logical Forecast for Tuesday 2/11/2014: Mercury Retrograde/New Moon Stories; Saturn Square Sun

Another full day of Moon in Cancer, suggesting a need to focus on issues of emotional and home(land) security. Y’know, like Mom and apple pie — from scratch, if you please. Family. Nurturing. Your roots — and not the grey ones. Where are you from? Where do you belong? What’s for dinner? Something prepared with love and care, preferably.

A status-conscious indulgence in such matters may permeate the morning, courtesy of an opposition between the Moon and Venus (money, art, women, social expression) in pedigreed Capricorn.  This gives way to potential controls imposed or ambitions reached regarding a humanitarian or maverick agenda. And here we would be referring to an exact square between the Aquarius Sun and stern Saturn in Scorpio, exact at 2:57PM ET —  see yesterday’s forecast for individuals more likely to be personally affected by this gravitas. And get it off your desk today, as the Moon goes void Wednesday at 5:51AM ET, not to enter the next sign — Leo — until 2:15PM ET.

And now, the news.

In the New Moon forecast posted on January 30, I wrote that we could anticipate

…a lot of excitement, and Mercury will be retrograde through most it, suggesting some spectacularly misfired communication signals making headlines.

How curious then, to see not one, but several stories of “wrong-way” car crashes involving multiple fatalities. Here are two in Florida and California; here is one in Phoenix; here’s one in Argentina…and here’s actor Chris Kattan just plain crashing on the 101 Freeway.  But wait – there’s more. And it is frankly more in line with what I was thinking about when I wrote that New Moon forecast, as we add the seriously, seriously sobering potential of today’s Sun-Saturn square to other planetary patterns reflected in this spectacularly misfired communication snafu:

BAGHDAD — A group of Sunni militants attending a suicide bombing training class at a camp north of Baghdad were killed on Monday when their commander unwittingly conducted a demonstration with a belt that was packed with explosives, army and police officials said. Full story here.

Seriously sobering.

In other news, another clear manifestation of shifting social paradigms (also suggested by the New Moon in Aquarius) happened over the weekend when N.F.L. prospect Michael Sam told the rest of the world what his college teammates already knew: he’s gay — and a really awesome defensive lineman, too. Deal with it. Meanwhile, the stock photo industry is beginning to change the way women are presented in its imagery. In another shift of paradigms, this one involving work, the Congressional Budget Office announced last week that the Affordable Care Act will allow a couple of million workers to leave the work force in favor of such things as retirement, spending more time with their families or starting their own businesses. But this did not stop the bewildering spin one might expect during Mercury retrograde (as in, don’t believe everything you read in the papers), combined with Neptune, as evidenced in some of those papers.

I was going to write a lengthy bit about the ongoing controversy involving Woody Allen, Mia Farrow and their adopted daughter, Dylan – since I mentioned it last week. Suffice it to say, all of the horoscopes are “hot”. Dylan is having her first Saturn return, suggesting an urgency about establishing herself in the material world and as an adult. Allen’s horoscope has been and continues to be hit by major transits from nebulous Neptune, suggesting  potential bewilderment, idealism, illusion and/or success in the arts. It is also directly affected by today’s heavy Sun-Saturn square. With Farrow, her horoscope has also been dealt a serious focus suggested by transiting Saturn, and her “make it happen” Capricorn Moon is currently supercharged by the disruptive, emotionally intense Uranus-Pluto square.

Point is, I have yet to see anyone make headlines who did not have intense activity in his or her horoscope, and what’s amazing and helpful about astrology is that we can use it to anticipate periods of intense development. What’s that saying? “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”. Something like that…

Mercury retrograde is an excellent time to REview your life with your astrologer. Here’s the 411 on scheduling a personal consultation…I look forward to hearing from you.



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