Friday 4/26/2019 & the Weekend: Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered; Saturn Turns Retrograde

TGIF in Colorado, where your faithful astrologer is working with fabulous colleagues on the planning of a fabulous conference happening in September 2020. Lots of work accomplished; plenty more left to do over the next 18 months. Will be back in NY on Monday.


Moon entered Aquarius at 5:27 AM ET, infusing today and most of the weekend with a need for social significance. Aquarius needs to be appreciated for what is unique, while at the same time arguing that all should be treated as equals. Hang with you friends and other social networks, appreciate what each brings to the table. We may see a jolt or other flash of recognition around 10:57 AM ET, as the Moon makes its weekly clash with rebel Uranus. Another point of release may occur around 6:18 PM ET, on the Third Quarter Moon. This month, it’s the freedom-seeking Aquarius Moon challenging the “mine-mine-MINE” Sun in Taurus. Find an innovative way to share your toys.

On SATURDAY at 9:04 AM ET,  Mars — planet of action, courage and aggression squares Neptune — planet of faith, oil, deception, scandal. With Mars in Gemini, the weapon in this battle may be words. Don’t believe everything you hear. Mars with Neptune can be seductive, charismatic, razzle-dazzling and/or fanatical.

SUNDAY — Moon goes void at 5:44 AM ET — enters Pisces at 6:11 PM ET. Yippee — a whole day of rest and relaxation — but no impulse shopping, if you please. Do that on Saturday. No sleeping in on MONDAY. The Pisces Moon won’t be void.

Now and through the weekend, Saturn is in the process of changing direction about to turn retrograde on MONDAY at 5:55 PM ET. From our perspective on Spaceship Earth, Saturn is slowing to a virtual dead stop. The image that comes to mind is one of focus — in the way an impatient driver sits on his or her horn while stuck in traffic. The focus is on matters related to corporate/executive authority (Saturn in Capricorn), adding to the focus on corporate power suggested by Pluto turning retrograde last Wednesday.  Who has power over whom? Exhibit A:  White House to Congress: top immigration aide won’t testify. Exhibit B: Treasury’s Mnuchin misses deadline to hand over Trump tax returns.   Exhibit C: [Congressman] “threatens to jail White House officials who won’t comply.”

Retrograde planets suggest a time to look inward for authority in whatever matters ruled by that planet. They also suggest delays, reconsideration or revisions.    Saturn refers to plans structure, discipline and ambition. Saturn turns retrograde at 20 degrees of Capricorn and will back up to 13 degrees before turning direct on September  18th. It will take until December 25th for Saturn to return to where it is right now. You’re more personally affected by this Saturn retrograde  if you were born between the 4th and 11th of January, April, July and October or if you have planets around  13-20 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. I imagine you’re feeling quite a need for a streamlined focus in 2019. Many clients are, too. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations. 

And now, the news.

UPDATE: Joe Biden declared his presidential run via a video posted yesterday at 4 AM ET. His officially start is driven by Moon in Capricorn, meeting up with Saturn and Pluto — positively screaming “old guard!” That’s likely an asset in an election year dominated by Saturn-Pluto in Capricorn. Planetary patterns look expansive and regenerative through 2019. 2020 is more challenging, with patterns involving Neptune on multiple levels.  Could be visionary; could be bewildering; time will tell if he navigates through the potential fog and ends up on solid ground.

UPDATE: William Weld declared his run for the Republican presidential nomination, as anticipated. How apt that the announcement was made during a week with the Sun conjunct rebel Uranus, especially since Weld is experiencing non-stop transits to his Leo Sun and Taurus Moon through 2020. The former governor of Massachusetts isn’t wasting any time hurling Uranian thunderbolts and lightning at his opponent, calling him “a one-man crime wave.” One can only hope there will be televised debates in advance of the Republican primaries….

UPDATE: Hillary Clinton marked the third square or transiting Uranus to her Scorpio Sun by writing this op-ed for WaPo: “Mueller documented a serious crime against all Americans. Here’s how to respond.”  On the second square in September 2018, she wrote a headline-grabbing piece for The Atlantic. Makes perfect sense, given that the Sun and Uranus rule the areas of her horoscope which refer to publishing and communication. Coincidence or conspiracy?


I’ve often written about the square between Mars and Neptune in the U.S. horoscope, reflecting our need for “the American Dream,” and also our idealism (Neptune) of firearms (Mars). Matters symbolized by this square can’t help but be BIG right now, as transiting Jupiter (expansion) has gotten involved. Add the power plays of Saturn and Pluto  to the scheming potential of of the Mars- Neptune square happening this weekend: “In NRA Power Struggle, Insurgents Hope to Oust Wayne LaPierre.,”  and this one — that came in five minutes before this forecast shipped: “Trump Pulls Out of Arms Treaty During Speech at NRA Convention.” How’s that’s for bewildering? Meanwhile, Neptune is associated with the unknown and all things Navy; ergo: “How Frustrated Pilots Got the Navy to Stop Dismissing UFO Sightings.”   Elsewhere, the NYT has this: “Her ‘Prince Charming’ turned out to be a crazed hit man on the run.” 

Finally, Uranus in Taurus suggests disruption and innovation in matters related to cows, bulls and food. If you haven’t heard about the Impossible Burger , now is the time! Looks like a burger; tastes like a burger — but no bull (which you should be watching out for, on a weekend with Mars square Neptune).

Thank you for reading this forecast. Here’s the 411 on personal consultations. I look forward to a fun and productive discussion with you soon!



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