Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 8/19/2016 & the Weekend: Rock ‘n Roll
Yesterday (Thursday), when I started writing the weekend forecast, the Aquarius Moon was void until 12:34PM ET. Your marching orders would have been to take care of routine concerns and roll with whatever twists and flakes that may have derailed your efforts to move forward in a straight line (guilty as charged). Consider whatever Full Moon illumination you may have received in matters of a need for personal expression (Sun in Leo) vs. the needs of the collective (Aquarius).
Example: Thursday night in a Facebook group, a fellow Wellesley alum shared fears about being over a Certain Age, without a spouse, children or siblings. Not surprising, in the wake of last weekend’s hard aspect between Saturn (mortality, aging) turning direct in hard aspect to Venus (women). She’s afraid to grow old alone, without a system of support in these very expensive, uncertain times. “We’ll all have to share a house together,” I posted. “Just like the Golden Girls.” My fellow alum felt better, and other members of the group have chimed in, with serious ideas about how such a collective support system could be constructed. Exhibit A: Babayaga’s House in Paris (reflecting yesterday’s harmonious alignment between Venus and Pluto, suggesting the empowerment of the feminine). Exhibit B: tiny houses, brought to you by Jupiter in Virgo, glorifying that which is small.
We must all hang together, or we will surely hang separately, as the saying goes.
Once the Moon entered Pisces — THURSDAY at 12:34PM ET, it floats through the rest of the day without interference, facilitating a need to identify that which is ideal. Its sensitivity may be jarred by a combative clash with Mars at 12:53 AM ET on FRIDAY, followed by a streamlining or oppressive reality check presented by Saturn at 5:19AM ET. Note your dreams upon waking on FRIDAY, as the Moon meets up with Neptune at 7:22AM ET. More of the surreal in the headlines?
(As of Friday, I’m noting Ryan Lochte’s story of being robbed at gunpoint in Rio totally unravel, along with Paul Manafort’s brief reign as campaign manager for That Guy Who Won’t Stop Dominating My Newsfeed, Including Turning Up as a Naked Statue in Cities Across America). With respect to Mr. Manafort, let the record show that impulsive hiring decisions made when Mars is retrograde, as it was in May, have a higher than average probability of not going as planned.)
No yard sales or other impulsive purchases on SATURDAY between 8:21AM ET and 3:18PM ET, as the Moon will be void. After the void, Moon charges into Aries, no doubt falling down stairs because it’s faster than walking. On SUNDAY, note the potential for an emotional power play or other catharsis around 4:42PM ET, as the Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto. Look for some big ideas — possibly involving publishing and other media — to hit the headlines over the weekend, as mental Mercury meets up with expansive Jupiter, exact at 5:05AM ET on MONDAY. If you have planets around 26 degrees of Virgo, Gemini, Pisces or Sagittarius, maybe one of those big ideas will be yours.
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And now, the news.
Did you know that Aquarius rules the ankles? And that we have 83 planets in Virgo now, facilitating detailed analysis of anything and everything? On the NYT homepage a detailed analysis of the imperfections in the ankles of Michelangelo’s statue of David popped up, with the Moon in Aquarius, waxing full. The author of the piece, Sam Anderson, has thought a lot about perfection and overwhelming loads and their implications:
Perfection, it turns out, is no way to try to live. It is a child’s idea, a cartoon — this desire not to be merely good, not to do merely well, but to be faultless, to transcend everything, including the limits of yourself. It is less heroic than neurotic, and it doesn’t take much analysis to get to its ugly side: a lust for control, pseudofascist purity, self-destruction…
It’s a most fascinating read.
UPDATE: Saturn turning direct in Sagittarius is an apt backdrop for the closing of Gawker.com. The irreverent media outlet was purchased this week by Univision. Saturn refers to controls and limits; Sagittarius refers to publishing, pushing boundaries and freedom of speech, no matter what. Saturn won this round and for the moment, Gawker is history.
If a box of rocks had a horoscope, what would it look like? I pondered this question while watching Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson on CNN, defending her statement that “President Obama took the U.S. into Afghanistan,” which in fact, he did not do (this happened in 2001, at the direction of President George W. Bush). With this particular case, I’d expect to see planetary patterns suggesting the following: stubborn, fixed, bombastic, idealism/delusion, fringe. That would be Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius, Neptune and Uranus. Let’s take a look.
Apparently born on July 20, 1976 — somewhere in Kansas — birth time unknown, Ms. Pierson would be driven by a Moon in Taurus. We would expect her to prioritize a need for material security and would be highly resistant to change. Taurus is an earth sign, and this is where we see Jupiter (expansion) conjunct the unfortunate Fixed Star Algol. She can’t help but go overboard/lose her head in matters related to her need for comfort/stability as a reward. Those patterns can be rocky, but with her Jupiter in touch with her boss’s Mars, Ascendant and Midheaven, we could see why he would hire her to promote his image at this particular time.
In this horoscope, we also see a mash-up of Mercury, Venus and Saturn, together in regal Leo. Heavy, conservative and dramatic in thought and expression? You bet, and those three planets — along with her Sun at 28 Cancer — are all square to erratic Uranus, the planet that invented fringe. So far, so good. As for idealism, we see Mercury (her mindset) so close to her Cancer Sun that it is blinded by its light. We also see the potential for delusion in a square between Mars and Neptune.
Similar patterns are apparent in the horoscope of another curiously stubborn case. A film has been made about Brunhilde Pomsel, now 105 years old. She worked for the infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. In a recent interview, she is unrepentant about her past; to her, it was “just another job;” her boss and his wife were “nice” people. Born on Jan 11 1911 in Berlin, she may also have an intractable, comfort-seeking Taurus Moon if she was born before 9AM. Her Capricorn Sun together with Mercury suggests idealism, augmented by their opposition to nebulous Neptune. She may well have purchased the Brooklyn Bridge — several times! A square between Venus (values; social expression) and Saturn (control) suggests a likelihood of erring on the side of caution/conservatism/harshness. Her “fringe factor” is suggested by Uranus, sandwiched between her Venus and the Sun.
Uranus also refers to freedom and the need to be oneself without compromise. If you were born around the 14th of April, July, October or January — or if you have a significant planet or angle at 24 degrees of Aries, Capricorn, Libra or Cancer — you are likely feeling an intense need to break out of a shell. That’s what was going on in Chelsea Manning’s horoscope back in February of 2010, when she finally dared to face her fear of appearing in public dressed as a woman, i.e., true to her identity. With transiting Jupiter (expansion) now exactly square to her natal Sun-Uranus conjunction, as well as Venus at 24 Capricorn, it makes sense that we are seeing the story about her revolutionary dare in print today. Astrology is amazing!!
Have a great weekend — Moon will be void on Monday between 7:48AM ET and 5:19PM ET — if you sleep in, it will likely be without consequence.
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