Monday 5/4/2020: Sneak Peek at the Week; Look Both Ways Before Crossing
As astrologers like to say, “As above, so below.” Saturn, Venus and Jupiter turn retrograde this month — on the 10th, 12th and 14th, respectively. Word to the wise: slow down. Focus. Because that is what these three planets are doing — soon to join Pluto for a period of REview. This can be extremely productive.
If you live in a state that is rushing to open up for business, caution is advised. These initiatives are being launched under the dreamy spell suggested by Venus square Neptune, exact on May 3rd, May 20th and July 27th. Venus-Neptune patterns are wonderfully inspiring for artists and spiritual types, so please dream on! However, they also reflect a need for ideals. An ideal is a fantastic thing to frame and hang on your wall, or use to inspire others to create a better world. Idealism is problematic when it refuses to face inconvenient facts.
Exhibit A, as pointed out in Heather Cox Richardson‘s May 1st edition of Letters From An American is that the P45 Administration and its enablers are working overtime to gloss over the fact that tens of thousands of people in the United States (67,365 as of 2:14 PM ET today) Have. Died. From. Covid-19 — which Jared Kushner proclaims a “great success story.” Right. A great success story — when the number of dead now surpasses the number of Americans who were killed in the Vietnam War (which lasted eight years).
Exhibit B, pointed out by HCR in the May 2nd edition, calls out the media for enabling the P45 Administration to seize control of the narrative (the Venus — Neptune pixie-dusted spin) now driving the U.S. presidential campaign. Avid Readers will recall that the narrative spin of the 2016 presidential campaign was also surreal — and brought to you by Saturn square Neptune. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.
Let the record show that both of those HCR letters and this forecast were written under an industrious Virgo Moon, seeking to make things correct in exacting detail.
Exhibit C is a repeat of Julio Vincent Gambuto’s article from April 10: “Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting.” In his follow-up — “The Gaslighting Has Begun. Resist” — he lays out a case for doing exactly what these retrogrades suggest: resisting the urge to return to autopilot hamster wheel. I stumbled across it after writing that idealism can be used to inspire others to create a better world. I wonder how much Gambuto knows about astrology. I’m impressed that he suggests using this next month to REview and REconsider who, what and how you love — and how you spend your money. That is just so Venus retrograde.
In the days before a planet’s change of direction, the matters symbolized by that planet present themselves with the insistence of a driver leaning on the horn of her car. For Saturn in Aquarius: social distancing, controlled networking; the power of smaller groups of like-minded souls; controls in technology, astrology and aviation. For Venus in Gemini: how the mind and what is said reflects our values and aesthetics; beauty for the sake of entertainment; pleasure through information and chatter; diversity of social expression; double-talk. For Jupiter in Capricorn: reward/expansion for those deemed to have “earned it.”
UPDATE: on Sunday, hours before Saturn officially turned retrograde in Aquarius, NYT published: “The Astrologers Didn’t Predict Coronavirus“. Gratitude to the NYT for once again proving the validity of astrology by publishing an article about the subject, in sync with planetary patterns — and as anticipated.
Here’s how the week unfolds:
- MONDAY: Moon in Libra drives us with a need for social graces, fairness and diplomacy. No speed bumps to the Moon suggests an easy flow of energy. Stubborn idealism is highlighted, as the Sun and Mercury meet up in Taurus at 5:41 PM ET. How we think and communicate needs to reflect a state of material comfort and security — or else! For Avid Readers who jumped at the chance to read my five-page essay on how to use astrology to determine if rumors and statements made are true, they had a fine example in my analysis of Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s promise that she would never lie to reporters. If you would like to read those five pages for yourself, toss $18 into the Cosmic Tip Jar as a Joyful Random Expression of Appreciation. I’ll send them to you right away.
- TUESDAY: Clear sailing for the Libra Moon during most of the day, building to a catharsis or power play around 7:05 PM ET, as the Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto. This one gets an extra boost of energy, as Moon trines Mars at 7:13 PM ET and squares Jupiter (expansion!) at 10:31 PM ET. Chill during the ensuing Moon void. Reminder: P45’s horoscope is especially assertive this week, as Mars activates his natal Midheaven and Mars on Monday and Friday. More action likely around the 12th, as Mars opposes his regal Leo Ascendant. And with Venus slowing to a standstill opposite his Sagittarius Moon, he’s likely to be needier than ever — how will that need be fulfilled? Victorian astrologers believed this transit may coincide with “scandalous relationships,” writes Rob Hand in Planets in Transit.
- WEDNESDAY: Moon enters Scorpio at 3:05 AM ET, shifting our focus to emotional depth and substance for the sake of power and control. If your dreams are heavy as you wake, they may reflect the potential anxiety of Moon’s square with Saturn, exact at 6:10 AM ET. Someone’s morning tweetstorm may be especially dictatorial. Controlling initiatives may be in for a pushback around 2:31 PM ET, as rebel Uranus opposes the Moon and clears the air. Emotions are on the rise, as the Moon is waxing full.
- THURSDAY: Note your dreams, as Mercury sextiles Neptune at 6:42 AM ET, facilitating an easy flow of vision. Three minutes later, the Scorpio Moon exactly opposes the Taurus Sun, offering illumination on the needs of MINE vs. the needs of OURS. Stay tuned for details in the next forecast. Moon trines Neptune at 11:40 AM ET, facilitating peaceful vision, but it’s challenged minutes later by a face-off between the controlling Scorpio Moon, demanding to be taken seriously — and Mercury in Taurus, not willing to budge. More power is added to the mix around 7 PM ET, as Moon sextiles Pluto…building to a more assertive confrontation around 9:33 PM ET, as the Moon square Mars. Moon goes void at 10:39 PM ET, on a sextile to Jupiter, no doubt giving someone their just deserts. Chill during the void.
- FRIDAY: Moon heaves a sigh of relief and enters Sagittarius at 3:15 AM ET. It’s ready to structure its big-picture plans and righteous opinions, using the energy of a sextile between the Moon and Saturn, exact at 6:27 AM ET. Depth of perception and investigative powers may be applied, reflecting a harmony between Mercury and Pluto, exact on…
- SATURDAY: at 6:17 AM ET. No void during business hours means you’re free to shop online, though do note that patterns between the Moon, Neptune and Venus between 1 and 4 PM ET may challenge your sense of aesthetics. Wait until after 4 PM ET to press that BUY NOW button.
- SUNDAY: Moon goes void at 2:11 AM ET and enters Capricorn at 5:39 AM ET. Capricorn’s proactive energy is dying to be applied to yet another dreamy/healing/philanthropic project, suggested by the Sun’s sextile with Neptune at 12:16 PM ET. If it’s super-sized, it’s reflecting the expansive potential of a harmony between Mercury (how we need to think) and Jupiter, exact at 10:36 AM ET. Meanwhile, Saturn will be at a full stop, turning retrograde just after midnight. To be continued.
And now, the news.
Everything coming up roses reflects the pixie-dusted spell of Venus square Neptune. We expect ideals of women, art, money to be associated with themes of scandal, fog, healing, forgiveness, victims.
- “Feminism isn’t one-size fits all on ‘Mrs. America’ and that’s why you should watch” — referring to the Hulu miniseries that premiered on April 15th, but is getting more traction now. It’s a star-studded cast of women playing feminist and anti-feminist icons, including Betty Friedan and Phyllis Schlafly.
- While most of the Week in Review section of the Sunday NYT is focused on the coronavirus, “The Father I Never Forgave” is former career diplomat Brett McGurk’s moving essay about the relationship with his alcoholic father. It should come as no surprise that McGurk wrote this sobering tribute now, given that he was born on April 20, 1973 in Pittsburgh, PA. His Taurus Sun is being squared by transiting Saturn, suggesting a focus on added responsibility or heavy loss, often involving an authority figure.
- Another cause for Venus-Neptune empathy and compassion: “Sinking Feeling: I Clung to the Middle-Class as I Aged. The Pandemic Pulled Me Under”
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UPDATE: on George W. Bush, who suddenly made news over the weekend with a “Message to America,” calling for an “end to pandemic partisanship.” It is the perfect time for him to have a fresh new start, as transiting Uranus just squared his Leo Ascendant. Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto squared his Midheaven and opposed his Saturn, so this fresh start needs to have gravitas. One expression of a perfectly timed fresh start was a flurry of news a month ago reminding us that it was Bush who presciently initiated a serious strategy and infrastructure for combating a pandemic. Back in 2005, he read a book about the Spanish flu epidemic — while on vacation. The Obama Administration sustained and developed Bush’s protective initiatives because obviously. Then P45 demolished them, with the help of John Bolton.
Bush’s horoscope is under tremendous developmental tension this year. We see potential for empowering moves in home, family and profession. The way he thinks is likely to be rewired, as transiting Uranus will also square his intense Mercury-Pluto conjunction. What will he do with this potential? Looking ahead to 2021, it is interesting to see transiting Pluto opposing Saturn. This measurement suggests intense effort against a threat of potential loss — all year long. This is the same heavy challenge that’s active in P45’s horoscope through all of 2020.
Guess who else has a similar pattern in 2021? Barack Obama, who will have transiting Pluto conjunct his Saturn. It’s striking that Bush and Obama — born almost two decades apart — have scheduled this experience in their cosmic calendar at the same time — but one year after P45. It’s also striking that Bush and Obama’s Saturns are more closely connected to the U.S. horoscope’s Pluto at 27 Capricorn. Will their experience be tied to the U.S. Pluto Return, in effect now — and exact in 2022? If so, how? We shall see.
Stephen Colbert opened a recent show with a graphic that read, “Hallucination,” but now I can’t find it. Must have been a dream. In other news, Jezebel reports that “We’re All Having the Same Covid Nightmares.”
Speaking of visions…
- “She Predicted the Coronavirus. What Does She Foresee Next?” This is from the NYT and the woman featured is not an astrologer or a psychic. I now know of at least one astrologer who specifically saw potential for a pandemic between 2020 and 2023: Andre Barbault, who wrote about it in 2011, as the latest edition of the UK’s Astrological Journal reports. Let’s see if the NYT picks up on that story.
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