Moon is still in Taurus on this long Memorial Day weekend. Here’s the recap of what we can expect:
- SATURDAY: If matters involving women, social expression, worth and money feel they are at a crisis point, this is Venus at the verrrrrrry end of Aries. One story making headlines today is the revelation that the 18 year-old man who killed 21 people on Tuesday was known on social media channels for posts threatening violence against women and girls and cruelty towards animals. His posts were reported, but the social media channels apparently did not respond. Venus leaves Aries for Taurus — one of the signs it rules — at 10:46 AM ET. On a lighter note, Venus functions effectively and happily in Taurus, so now you can think about scheduling that beauty treatment, shop for a summer wardrobe or consider colors for that room you’ve been meaning to repaint. Note that there is still a boatload of go-go-go energy in the air, reflecting the conjunction of Mars (action!) and Jupiter (expansion!) in Aries, demanding attention at the Aries Point, exact on…
- SUNDAY: at 6:30 AM ET. If our attention is captured once again by explosive action or assertion, for better or worse, I will not be surprised. Plus, the Mars-Jupiter conjunction happens a few hours after a square between the Moon and Saturn & a Moon-Neptune sextile, exact just before 4 AM ET. Cuts & losses; stubborn strategic advances; opportunities to experience empathy or the surreal. UPDATE: as I am about to ship this forecast on Sunday, a day after writing it, Moon meets up with Mercury at 7:14 AM ET and tries to get the word out, but since Mercury is retrograde, it may not get the facts right on the first effort. Moon goes void on a trine to Pluto at 10:10 AM ET. Meanwhile, note that we are at the end of the lunar cycle — with no light from the Moon to guide us. On the one hand, we have a ton of energy demanding attention, and on the other hand, we have a pre-New Moon vibe that may be listless or restless. Rest assured that there is a lot going on under the cover of darkness. Moon enters Gemini at 1:22 PM ET, now focused on gathering information. In some small ways, Moon’s sextiles to Mars and Jupiter between 8 PM and 9 PM ET may reflect reasons to cheer.
- MONDAY: The New Moon in Gemini kicks in on Monday at 7:30 AM ET.
A pause, while we look at the New Moon chart, set in Washington, D.C.:
- In Gemini, the New Moon suggests a focus on new ideas, new mindsets, new ways of communication, and gathering information. Got that? Your thoughts and your words can move mountains; i.e., they manifest in your physical reality.
- This strikes me as a high-energy New Moon chart, with many players on the field — but not especially connected to each other, except for the Sun and the Moon. High-functioning Mars and Jupiter are at the top of the chart in the 10th House (of government/reputation), and they are squaring the Cancer Ascendant, which needs to be seen as caring and nurturing. But Neptune is also in the 10th, suggesting idealism or illusion.
- Illusion, delusion, lies, conspiracy, sex scandals, prominent crises of faith and/or idealism are prominent in this cycle, given the midpoint picture Mars-Neptune and Jupiter-Neptune at the Aries Point. That seems apt, given what we are scheduled to hear starting June 9th, i.e., in the televised January 6 Committee hearings. It’s possible that we will have more than one SCOTUS ruling that fits this potential, too.
- Rebel Uranus in Taurus is unaspected and its position in the horoscope suggests disruption running away with the whole enchilada, especially in matters of law, religion, foreign affairs, travel and sports.
- Mercury is still retrograde, determined to review the past, and it is still conjunct the Fixed Star Algol, suggesting that heads may roll. Mercury is in a tense square with Saturn, suggesting heavy, heavy thoughts and efforts at mind control. Saturn is in the 9th house, one of the areas that rebel Uranus is disrupting.
- Saturn is at a virtual standstill, btw — preparing to turn retrograde on June 4th. Planets slowing down to a change of station bring matters they symbolize into focus, like a driver leaning on the horn of their car. In this New Moon we have a horn blaring in matters of control, authority and other structures of our society.
- Mercury is also slowing down, preparing to turn direct on June 3rd. That’s two horns blaring, and I hope someone is paying attention.
- The Sun and Moon are in the 12th house, focused on matters involving hidden enemies of the state, confinement and the self-undoing, to name a few. This New Moon is conjunct the Fixed Star Aldebaran, which echoes the abundant warrior energy of Mars and Jupiter in Aries.
- The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “an aeroplane falling.” Presumably this plane is falling because of gravity, and “gravity” echoes the sobering thoughts suggested by the aforementioned Mercury-Saturn square. I suppose aeroplanes usually defy gravity, but the one in this Symbol isn’t — though it’s not clear if the plane is falling because the pilot is not in control or if the falling downward is deliberate. Hmmm. Astrologer James Burgess assumes the former, but offers an optimistic take on how we can overcome the fear of death such a free fall in flight suggests, take the controls and soar upward. “In passion,” he writes, “danger of death does not disturb us.”
- You are more personally affected by this New Moon if you have planets around 9 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces; e.g., Rudy Giuliani, Viktor Orban, Robert DeNiro, Brooke Shields, Prince William and George W. Bush.
- The photo and caption at the bottom of today’s forecast is an apt illustration of Monday’s New Moon.
Back to the Forecast:
- MONDAY (cont). There are no exact aspects among the planets for the rest of the day. Not only that, but for the rest of the week — and into the following week, there are no exact aspects among the planets except those involving the Moon. This is a rare occurrence, and in my years of observation, it may create space for an “…and just like that!” event, not unlike the sudden collapse of an ice shelf in Antarctica. Not until June 10th — the day after the January 6th Committee’s first televised hearing — will we have Mercury (now direct) trine Pluto (digging up dirt for the third time in this Mercury Rx cycle), followed by Venus conjunct Uranus (surprise, surprise) on June 11th. Until then, we may be in free fall — like the Sabian Symbol for the New Moon.
And now, the news.
Everyone can see how the horrible school shooting in Texas on Tuesday was an apt reflection of the potential of that day’s planetary patterns: Mars and Moon leaving Pisces for Aries, demanding prominence at the Aries Point, made bigger by their conjunction with Jupiter in Aries, and made more emotionally extreme by Venus square Pluto. Right? This is all we’ve been talking about since then: guns, aggression, macho men — all related to Mars in Aries. It’s what journalist and fellow astrologer Whitney Fishburn and I talked about in Episode 8 of “Off the Charts: A Stellar Newscast,” which we recorded Tuesday night — then re-recorded on Wednesday (because it was so upsetting to talk about on Tuesday, even with our astro-logical perspective). Your comments most welcome.
A few things we did not mention:
- “Police change story 12 times” –– reflecting Mercury retrograde and losing its head on Algol. There’s a higher than average probability for revised stories when Mercury is retrograde. Don’t believe the first report you hear. Here is Heather Cox Richardson’s report, posted on Friday night.
- Mars-Jupiter in early Aries hit the root of the U.S. Sibley chart, opposing its 1 Libra Midheaven. We can see how a big explosive expression of aggression/assertion would challenge the very core foundation of our country.
- Isn’t it interesting that the NRA planned to meet in Houston on Saturday (today, as I type), with the Mars-Jupiter conjunction in Aries was exact? Isn’t it interesting how many scheduled speakers canceled their appearance, with Mercury Rx on Algol? Coincidence or conspiracy?
- Sports figures grabbed our attention — and what are athletes if not warriors on the field, and therefore an expression of Mars in Aries? “Yankees and Rays collaborate on social media to raise awareness of gun violence” and “Coach (Jupiter!) Steve Kerr of the Golden State WARRIORS gives impassioned speech on Texas shooting.”
I told you Ted Cruz would be all over the news, as he always is whenever there’s a planet at 0 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn (collectively known as the attention-grabbing Aries Point). I’d forgotten that Texas gubernatorial candidate and courageous human being Beto O’Rourke also has planets at the Aries Point, and he, too, made big news by challenging Governor Greg Abbott at a press conference. Did you see this photograph? Then he spoke at a protest demonstration outside the NRA convention.
Other headlines reflecting the expansive heat/aggression potential of Mars conjunct Jupiter in Aries:
- Russia is using thermobaric (heatwave) warheads against Ukraine
- Stampede at charity event in Nigeria kills 31
- False reports of active shooter at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn prompts stampede at boxing match attended by Madonna.
- Japanese Red Army founder released from prison after 20 years
- Heat records fall across a sweltering nation.
- The most viewed story on The Guardian right this minute is about a sportsball match
- For some reason (astrology!), the headlines insist I pay attention to cars — i.e., the action at the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix, which happened on Sunday
- Justin Trudeau announces ban on 1500 kinds of assault weapons. Think he has planets affected by Mars-Jupiter in Aries? How about Sun in Capricorn, exactly squared by Sunday’s Mars-Jupiter conjunction, and Mars at 29 degrees of Pisces? Here’s his horoscope. Astrology is amazing.
- Megan Rapinoe has cause to celebrate, as a deal to pay players on the U.S. men’s and women’s soccer teams equally has been finalized. Credit transiting Mercury on Rapinoe’s 29 Taurus Venus, along with transiting Uranus on the North Node, square Jupiter, for the timing of this announcement. She has Neptune at the Aries Point, too, as you can see from her horoscope.
- An endangered penis plant can’t be shown in its entirety on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
- On that same Colbert episode, a Little League player has quite the expansive walk-up to the plate
There were things that happened before Mars entered Aries on Tuesday. The week before that, Mars met up with Neptune in Pisces, suggesting sex scandals, seduction, religious zeal and/or the surreal:
- Third party investigation on massive, decades-long sex abuse in the Southern Baptist church is released; leaders covered it all up, as Heather Cox Richardson explains.
- NYT uncovers “the root of (modern) Haiti’s misery” in an in-depth investigation of how the country was forced to pay reparations centuries ago…to its French enslavers.
- “Casanova Scammer” pleads guilty to defrauding women of hundreds of thousands of dollars
- SNL”s season finale went all-in on the seductive and the surreal in its cold open, which ended with departing cast member Kate McKinnon leaving Earth in a spaceship,
- Toss in the gaffe potential of Mercury Rx, and watch Stephen Colbert share footage of a stunning Freudian slip made by George W. Bush in a talk about election integrity. Patterns in his horoscope suggest 2022 is a challenging year, with high stakes and hard work required. He is on the verge of a major transformation, likely manifesting by the end of this year. How he really feels about just about anything is likely to become more prominent.
- A conjunction between two planets marks the beginning of a new cycle, and with Mars and Neptune, it might be something viral. How about monkeypox (as Stephen Colbert explains in the clips linked above), or read about it here.
Meanwhile, Jupiter refers to publishing. Together with Mars in Aries, note how this was reflected in The Onion’s coverage of the Texas school massacre. Not to be outdone by The Onion, here’s the cover page of the NYT’s Week in Review. Over at The Guardian, several famous men were asked to recommend their favorite books by women authors. None recommended Judy Blume’s Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret.
What are you reading for fun? I just finished “Freezing Order” by Bill Browder. It’s the sequel to his first non-fiction thriller, “Red Notice,“which I read soon after it was published in 2015. I mentioned Browder in this forecast in 2017 (when he testified before Congress) and briefly discussed his horoscope in 2018. Browder is the Mars-in-Aries spark whose unflagging efforts led to the passage of the Magnitsky Act in 2012, which bars Russians suspected of human rights abuses from entering the U.S., denies them access to U.S. banks and freezes their assets. Since 2012, the Magnitsky Act has been expanded and adopted in other countries, too. “Freezing Order” is a harrowing account of what it took to actually enforce the Magnitsky Act once it was passed. I am in awe of Browder’s courage and (Sun-Jupiter in Taurus) stubborn perseverance. His books offer a helpful perspective for understanding current events in the Western world stage. Highly, highly recommended.
Don’t ever think that one person can’t make a difference in the world. You can make a difference, too. Do it!
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