Astro-logical Forecast for Thursday 9/22/2016: Mercury Direct; Sun in Libra; Mars Pushes Boundaries

While you were sleeping, Mercury turned direct at 1:31AM ET — be careful on the roads — be patient with yourself and others as we get used to our brains moving fully forward again, which will take until October 6th.

Meanwhile, the Moon continues in Gemini, the sign which needs to be the smartest kid in the room. So — whaddaya know? Something innovative and tech-savvy perhaps, as Mercury aligns with Uranus at 5:11PM ET. Resist the urge to lash out around 11:53PM ET, when action hero and provocateur Mars faces off against the Moon. Mars is at the end of Sagittarius, gathering steam and prominence as it prepares to enter make-it-happen Capricorn on TUESDAY morning. Mars in Sagittarius is action that know no boundaries. Mars is about to meet up with a measurement — the Saturn/Pluto midpoint — which has been mentioned in prior forecasts and is not a pretty picture. Pay attention to your surroundings over the next several days. There are too many distressing headlines reflecting the violent potential of Mars — in Charlotte, in Tulsa and more. Please stay safe.

The other big news today is the Sun leaving Virgo for Libra at 10:22AM ET. Happy birthday, Libra!

Here’s what you need to know about the first day of any season  — i.e., equinoxes and solstices — from an astrological point of view. The first days of Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter correspond with the first day (or first degree) of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, respectively (there are thirty degrees in each sign of the zodiac). Got that? Good.

These four signs are called cardinal signs. Cardinal signs initiate. They come up with the idea and put it into action, which leads to necessary change. “Cardinal” suggests (from the Latin root of the word), “that on which something turns or depends.”  So the first day/degree of a Cardinal sign is a turning point. In astrology, the technical term for the first degree of any Cardinal sign is the “Aries Point”, just to confuse people who are not professional astrologers. In other words, the first day of Cancer, Libra, Capricorn and Aries is the Aries Point. The first day of Taurus (and the rest of the signs) is NOT at the Aries Point).

Equinoxes and solstices are also prominent. We make a fuss over them, right? In Japan, the first day of each season is actually a national holiday. How cool is that? Thus, in a horoscope, a planet or angle at the Aries Point needs to be prominent. Off the top of my head, Meryl Streep & Elizabeth Warren (both Cancers — happy birthday!) and William Shatner (an Aries) were born with the Sun at the Aries Point. They’re pretty prominent in everything they do, don’t you think?

Libra is a airy, mental sign, generally concerned with relationships, social graces and with promoting fairness, justice and balance. Its ruling planet is Venus, which can be oh-so-sweet and socially gracious. Libra’s mantra is : I BALANCE. This does not mean Librans are balanced; it means they are seeking balance and are quite capable of swinging back and forth wildly in their quest. As sweet as Libra can be, they are not marshmallows. The term “iron fist in a velvet glove” often applies.

For the rest of the year and into 2017, those born with the Sun in Libra get an expansive boost from Jupiter, which moved into Libra earlier this month. This only happens every 12 years — so look back to the end of 2004 and 2005 and recall what opportunities you had to be the biggest fish in whatever pond you swam in. What have you got planned this time around? To map out a strategy in a personal consultation, here’s the 411.

And now, the news.

Thinking about Saturn square Neptune this week…and what I wrote about this pattern back in January 2015:

Briefly, Saturn is reality. Neptune is fantasy. Put them together and what have you got? A bubble of optimistic faith. When will it burst?  A few months ago, when I was reading The Big Short — about the collapse of the housing bubble and the outrageous speculation going on in the financial markets that led to the fiscal crisis in 2008,  I noticed a challenging aspect between Saturn and Neptune as that bubble was building.  There was a similar aspect in 1999, coinciding with the internet bubble and everyone freaking out about Y2K, which proved to be much ado about nothing. What pixie dust-covered fantasy will captivate us now and into the next year?

I thought about bubbles watching Senator Elizabeth Warren grill Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO John Stumpf  in Congress this week. You know this story, right? 5300 employees fired because they opened millions of  fake customer accounts to meet sales targets that boosted the company’s stock price and apparently added $200 million to Mr. Stumpf’s personal piggy bank. We do not have an exact birth time for Senator Warren, but transiting Jupiter just squared her natal Sun-Uranus conjunction, suggesting windfall opportunities and expanding her unique rebellious expression. Transiting Pluto continues to oppose her natal Venus, suggesting empowered social expression through 2017.

I thought more about Neptune and its association with chemicals when I read that Bayer and Monsanto are proposing to merge, meaning they will control 25% of the seed and pesticide market if the deal is approved. Executives defended the deal before the Senate on Tuesday.  Neptune will soon meet up with a point called the South Node,  a point suggesting what needs to be released. In classical astrology, it is thought of as a destructive influence.

I thought about Neptune, Saturn and the South Node when Avid Reader Majie made sure I did not miss the item about a massive sinkhole in Central Florida which dumped hundreds of millions of contaminated water from a fertilizer factory into an underground aquifer. This happened a couple of weeks ago. We’re finding it out about it under a Mercury-Pluto trine, suggesting news from underground.

I thought about Neptune when I read that Angelina Jolie is divorcing Brad Pitt because he smokes too much pot. You may recall that Brad Pitt is having a heavy Neptune transit suggesting things not being as they seem — or a bewildering escape. Drugs and alcohol are in the realm of Neptune.

Now I’m thinking about Mars again, pushing boundaries in Sagittarius, the sign of righteous political humor. It just squared Donald Trump’s Sun and Moon, reflecting — perhaps — the many late-night comics who made him the butt of their jokes this week,  bluntly and raucously calling out his blatant lies. Sagittarius in action.

Here’s Stephen Colbert on Late Night.

Here’s Samantha Bee on Full Frontal.

Here’s Seth Meyers.

Here’s the Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper.

Random headline — to provide a little Sun in Libra balance to today’s stories: Indigenous Australians Most Ancient Civilization on Earth, DNA Confirms

Did you ever read a novel called Mutant Message Down Under? Such a cool book…

Thank you for reading this forecast.

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