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Friday 6/15/2018 & the Weekend: New Moon Activations; Neptune Retrograde


The Cancer Moon drives the day with a need to focus on homeland and emotional security, especially with regard to the family. That and other planetary patterns (Venus at the end of Cancer, squared by disruptive Uranus; Mercury in Cancer leaving the Aries Point and opposing Saturn) would be an apt reflection of the outrage against — and cold, cruel defenses for — tearing apart immigrant families seeking asylum in the U.S. In case you hadn’t heard, Stephen Colbert is happy to explain. Meanwhile, the NYT is pleased to offer a few things we can do about it, other than curl up into a fetal position and cry, while watching Sophie’s Choice.

I know, I know — that’s a heavy opening paragraph, but the Cancer Moon is feeling the emotional intensity of a 12:18 PM ET opposition to power maven Pluto, and at 9:47 PM ET, Mercury in intuitive Cancer will be opposed by taskmaster Saturn. And after 12:18 PM ET, as you know, the Moon will be void until 3:21 AM ET on SATURDAY, suggesting you may leave the office early without consequence, focus on routine concerns and/or chill. Do remember that crises that crop up during Moon voids are often much ado about nothing.

SATURDAY AM may begin with a jolt or revelation, as the Moon is squared by rebel Uranus at 5:45 AM ET. The rest of the AM is pleasant enough, with an indulgent meet-up at 8:14 AM ET between the Moon and Venus in drama queen, love-love-me-do Leo. A face-off between the regal Moon and Mars at 5:18 PM ET suggests a clash between the king and his people, but otherwise the stage is set for a party, if that is what you’ve got planned. More play on SUNDAY, as the Moon continues in Leo in relative harmony throughout the day. All hail the king — a.k.a. dear old Dad — on Father’s Day.

Moon goes void at 11:25 PM ET…and enters Virgo (to put everything in order) at 4:40 AM ET on MONDAY. No sleeping in! Also please note that Neptune is almost at a dead stop, about to turn retrograde on Monday at 7:27 PM ET. This suggests that all matters referred to by Neptune (currently traveling through Pisces, the sign it rules) are likely to pull focus several days before and after. Those matters include — but are not limited to — lies, drugs, scandals, charity, refugees, oceans, victims, faith, spirits of all kinds, oil, water, chemicals, fog, toxins, fish, photography, film, empathy, martyrs.  If you have a planet or angle around 16 degrees of Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo and especially Pisces, you may have been feeling especially bewildered this month — while in search of a vision. Neptune transits can be challenging. For guidance and practical coping strategies, consider scheduling a consultation with your local astrologer.

And now, the news.

On Wednesday I posted a list of public figures — just off the top of my head —  whose horoscopes were triggered by Wednesday’s New Moon at 22 Gemini. How did they make news?

  • P45 (Gemini Sun, Sag Moon): true to his 20 degree Sag Moon, confesses on Fox & Friends that he’d really like it if “my people” would sit up and take notice of what he has to say, in the way the people of North Korea pay attention to Kim Jong-un. Now isn’t that just like a Moon in Sag to need need need to be respected for its righteous opinion? Yes, and let the record show that the horoscope of North Korea also has Moon in Sag, so you can appreciate how thrilled it must be feeling to be treated with the appearance of respect at that bonkers summit. In other news,  “New York Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation After 2-Year Investigation.” Fraud and charity in focus — how very Neptune standing still in Pisces. It’s also transiting Saturn challenging P45’s Mercury and Neptune — a reality check on spin, if you please.
  • P45 Jr (Mercury in Sagittarius) — we already mentioned his book proposal, but that NY suit applies to him, too. And P45 can’t pardon people charged with state crimes, only federal.
  • President Obama (Virgo Mars) — he’s taking action today and it’s making news. He’s heading to LA for a big Democratic fundraiser and the papers are talking about his “return from the sidelines.” An activated Mars suggests assertion — and also a potential attack. So we may see that soon. UPDATE: P45 “In Attack Mode; Unloads on FBI; Obama.” Astrology is amazing.
  • Hillary Clinton (Pisces Moon) —  she wins the internet yesterday with a three-word response to the DOJ’s report on how James Comey handled the FBI investigation of her private email server. WaPo’s resident Republican op-ed writer Jennifer Rubin says Mrs. Clinton “has good reason to complain.”
  • Mitt Romney (Pisces Sun) — nothing yet, unless you count his relative Ronna Romney McDaniel. She’s the head of the RNC who tweeted  on Wednesday, “Complacency is our enemy. Anyone that does not embrace the @realDonaldTrump agenda of making America great again will be making a mistake.”
  • United States (Mars and Neptune) —  googling “United States news” reveals these stories pulling focus — all with Mars (aggression, action) and Neptune (glamor, scandal, fog) themes: escalating trade war with China; U.S. President charged with charity fraud; World Cup Soccer coming to U.S. one of these days.
  • Jeb Bush and George H.W. Bush — nothing yet, though Bush Sr. did become the first U.S. President to turn 94 (on June 12th)
  • James Comey (Sun, Pluto) — see Hillary Clinton. Fun fact: he used a private gmail account to conduct official business. Seriously.
  • Mike Pence (Gemini Mercury) — he’s making news for controversial speeches and travel around the country this week, as and “Turning the VP’s Office into a Gateway for Lobbyists Seeking to Influence the P45 Administration.”
  • Stephen Bannon (Gemini Jupiter) — yep, he made news this week with plans for expansion and faith. He’s “…making a comeback” and touting bitcoin as the way to go.

We do not have a birth time for Paul Manafort, so we can’t tell if his Ascendant or MC is being triggered by the New Moon. Born on April 1st, 1949 in New Britain, CT, we can see that his  11 Aries Sun is opposed to nebulous Neptune at 13 Libra — and would have been under high developmental tension in 2013 – 2015.  That’s a lot of potential for smoke and mirrors. Also engaged with that Neptunian fog: Mars and Venus at 8 and 7 degrees of me-me-me Aries, currently feeling the controlling squeeze of transiting Saturn. With Mercury also squaring his Mars and Venus, minutes ago it was announced that his bail has been revoked and he will be awaiting trial in jail. Transiting Saturn will hit his Sun and Neptune in January, suggesting further limitation.

UPDATE: the horoscope of the U.S. is also feeling a Saturn squeeze, as noted in prior forecasts — here’s one from 2017. It’s due for a second dose of Saturn opposing Jupiter and Venus, which we are likely to see in matters of money, motherhood, values, social expression, home, family, abundance. Relevant stories include:

  • Diaper sales are down because the U.S. birth rate is down
  • The Fed raised interest rates this week — and plans to do so again this year — putting a squeeze on credit
  • May I just opine that an unemployment rate of 3.9% refers to people filing unemployment claims. During Uranus’s passage through me-me-me Aries, we have all had to become more self-reliant, and that in this gig economy, filing for unemployment simply isn’t an option. That unemployment statistic does not reflect reality. What does reflect reality? The fact that people are being squeezed out of their homes, as it was revealed this week that NO ONE working anywhere in the U.S. for minimum wage can afford a two-bedroom apartment. Are we great again yet?

Here’s a fun reflection of today’s planetary patterns: the innovative potential of Venus squared by Uranus (which rules astrology); the get-real potential of today’s Mercury-Saturn opposition, plus the need to focus on the spiritual/intangible, suggested by Neptune stationary in Pisces: Krista Burton (@krista_r_burton) has penned this op-ed for the Sunday NYT: “Will This Crystal Make Me Happy?” It’s about being open to — obviously — the intangible and the metaphysical, including astrology.  But — true to another apt reflection of the Venus-Uranus square, Krista writes on her Twitter feed that “it’s really about queers.” Krista, I’d argue that your article — to quote the famous SNL ad parody —  is “a floor wax and a dessert topping.” How cool is that? Pretty cool — though I can’t help but note how the NYT is a reflecting the downside potential of Mercury (communication) opposed by Saturn in Capricorn (corporate control): there doesn’t appear to be a way for readers to leave comments. What is the NYT afraid of?

Thank you for reading this forecast.