Astro-logical Forecast for Wednesday 4/9/14: Shine, Shine, Shine

Not too shabby. Moon continues its reign in sunny Leo, seeking ways to shine and help others shine, too. Tell someone how fabulous they are today, won’t you? Seek out innovative forms of play and creative self-expression. You’ll be aided and abetted by a lovely connection to the Moon from inventive Uranus at 7:50AM ET…and that will carry you through the day until 7:12PM ET, when the Moon makes a cooperative connection to action-oriented Mars. The day ends on a balanced connection between masculine and feminine, as the Moon makes a trine to the Sun at 10:28PM ET.

Get it off your desk today if you can — or wait until Friday to ship or make that important pitch. If you’re sleeping at 2:26AM ET on Thursday, you’ll miss the potentially cranky challenge between the regal, playful Leo Moon and karma cop Saturn in moody bastard Scorpio….but that challenge may ripple throughout the day.  If a crisis ensues, it may well be blown out of proportion, given that the Moon will be void-of-course from then until 6:08PM ET on Thursday evening. Chill out and wander if you can; otherwise just go with the flow of whatever twists arise in your efforts to move forward in a straight line.

And now, the news.

By now the dust should have settled from yesterday’s face-off between warrior Mars and the Sun in Aries (ruled by Mars). How interesting to see Mars making headlines in the mainstream news as well as astrology forecasts. If you looked up at the heavens last night, you would have seen the Red Planet brighter than it’s been in six years. Meanwhile, some papers reported sightings of a mysterious “artificial light” captured on tape by Curiosity; Slate‘s resident astronomer is having none of this nonsense; here’s his take on what the light might be.

Moon in Leo loves a drama, and a Sun-Mars face-off can refer to a violent confrontation or attack. Here’s the opening line from a story on the NYT homepage: “It was bold, splashy and theatrical, the kind of flourish more often seen in courtroom dramas than in real-life murder trials…”and the story in question would be Oscar Pistorius, charged with the murder of his girlfriend, taking the witness stand at his trial.  The drama continues, as Pistorius will be cross-examined today. Did you know that South Africa has the most “intimate partner violence deaths” in the world? Statistics for the United States are here.
As noted in Monday’s forecast, Mars retrograde suggests outbursts and attacks from the most unlikely suspects. Here’s a story about how hackers are using the most innocuous means (e.g., an online Chinese restaurant take-out menu) to breach network security measures. Another internet attack outed yesterday is the so-called “Heartbleed Bug,” — which is just one more reason why you need to change all of your passwords at your earliest convenience.  Another unlikely suspect showed up in court in Pakistan: this 9-month-old baby charged with murder.

Last but not least, it seems that Attorney General Eric Holder’s horoscope was personally affected by the Sun-Mars challenge. Specifically, retrograde Mars conjoined his natal Neptune; the Sun opposed it. As you know, triggers to Neptune can be a bit surreal. Still, it was definitely a jab at Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) when Mr. Holder said while testifying before Congress, “Good luck with your asparagus”. Yes, there is a story behind that…and you will find it here.

Mark your calendars for the National Asparagus Festival happening June 6-8 in Oceana County, Michigan. Or hop across the Pond and get a headstart on the fun that begins on April 23rd at the British Asparagus Festival in the Vale of Evesham. The latter has a cooler website…

What’s going on in YOUR horoscope? If you’re feeling a need for clarity and guidance, consider making an appointment for a personal astro-logical consultation. Thank you for reading this forecast — and sharing it with the Entire Free World :)

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