Monday 2/5/2018: Sneak Peek at the Week; Catching Up on the (Big) News
Writing this during a Monday afternoon Moon void. The Libra Moon made contact with rebel Uranus at 1:46 PM ET, suggesting an upset to the status quo that might snowball out of control. It won’t enter the next sign — Scorpio — until 10:56 PM ET. Focus on routine concerns and roll with any twists and flakes. If a crisis crops up, it is likely much ado about nothing, so — chill! The other Moon voids this week are THURSDAY 2:16 AM ET – 8:53 AM ET; SATURDAY 11:38 AM ET – 9:21 PM ET. Do your weekend shopping on Sunday, when the Moon will not be void.
Once Moon shifts into Scorpio tonight, it drives the ensuing days with a need for depth, substance and control. We can all heave a sigh of relief when the Moon enters Sagittarius at 8:53 AM ET on THURSDAY. Meanwhile, there’s not much action among the planets this week, other than to the Moon. Once again this brings to mind the image of a massive ice shelf falling spectacularly into the sea for no apparent reason. The only exact patterns this week are — first of all — a harmony between Venus and Uranus, exact at 8:36 PM ET on TUESDAY. What an apt pattern for hanging with your besties — the more unconventional, the better. Or doing something that involves technology and social expression.
The second pattern of note is a square between the Sun and Jupiter, exact on SATURDAY at 6:21 PM ET. Sun-Jupiter contacts suggest expansion, for better for worse — and this includes a big fall as well as a big rise. Here are some past Jupiter square Sun headlines — urrrp!
And now, the news.
Hooray for the Iggles — Super Bowl champs! I wish I’d had my computer with me when I was watching the game. I noted the time of every scoring point and checked them out against the chart for the start of the game. Every single score happened on a planetary hit to that chart — as any sensible astrologer would expect. Astrology is amazing.
Also amazing — the Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. Born Jan 20 1989 in Austin, TX — birth time unknown — Mr. Foles is having his first Saturn return. Welcome to the official start of your adulthood, Mr. Foles! As you’d expect in the horoscope of an athlete, we see an exact square between his Aquarius Sun and his natal Mars. A trine between Mars and his natal Uranus suggests an innovative spin on the way he needs to act. His Sun-Mars square will be supercharged by transiting Uranus throughout 2018, suggesting this is likely be a breakout year. Ya think?
Mr. Foles has ambitions beyond football. He plans to become a pastor after he hangs up his helmet. His humanitarian Aquarius Sun is driven by a Cancer Moon. We can appreciate his need to build emotional and family security. Plus, his natal Venus is conjunct Neptune in Capricorn, suggesting a need for idealism seeking a potentially spiritual outlet.
In other news…let’s see…what else happened?
There was a State of the Union speech the day before last week’s total lunar eclipse. The morning after, P45 tweeted that it had the largest audience in history. His speech — not the eclipse, mind you. Total lie — and duly noted as such on Fox News. If you missed the speech, you can catch the highlights via Stephen Colbert. A train wreck might come to mind. The speech, not Stephen Colbert…
…which makes it all the more astonishing to note that a train wreck did happen on the day after the speech! A chartered Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress to their annual retreat at the Greenbriar in West Virginia collided with….a garbage truck. You are not allowed to laugh. One person died in that crash and several were seriously injured. Looking at the chart for the time of the crash, it is no surprise to see Uranus squaring the angles (1/31/18 at 11:20 AM ET in Crozet, VA).
On Friday, the Dow dropped 666 points, the sixth worst one-day drop ever. Hmmm….a train wreck involving the current party in power? 666? A superstitious sort might take it to be a sign (cue Dr. Evil laugh now, please). Yesterday there was another fatal train wreck...in Cayce, South Carolina. Cayce, hmm? Edgar Cayce? Is that also a sign? I don’t know, but in the chart for that train wreck (2:35 AM on 2/4/18), we see Neptune on one angle (confusion) and Mars on another (outburst of energy, consistent with an accident). We also see the Moon squared by Saturn, suggesting a potential brick wall.
Here’s a sign. Last weekend’s wretched excess of a square between Venus and Jupiter coincided with more details on the corruption scandal involving Fat Leonard and the U.S. Navy. (of course we’re hearing about FAT Leonard on a Venus-Jupiter transit). How easy was it to tempt a bunch of U.S. naval officers and their wives? As easy as you can say prostitutes, champagne and designer handbags. Which makes me wonder…if a bunch of fine upstanding naval officers can be so easily corrupted by one Malaysian businessman, how easy would it be for other fine upstanding persons to be corrupted…?
Other intriguing signs: U.S. Treasury “quietly” releases report that it will borrow a trillion dollars in 2018, a whole lot more than it did last year. Even with all of that borrowing, the U.S. will hit its debt ceiling “earlier than expected” — in early March, courtesy of that Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius tax bill that was cut and pasted together back in December.
UPDATE: Friday’s 666 point drop was the seventh worst ever. Maybe. It’s hard to tell, because every time I read an article about today’s drop, I find a new stat about it. Thanks, Moon void! For instance, I read today’s the biggest one-day drop happened today: 1175 points. Yet another piece says today’s Dow drop was the biggest since 2011. OK, whatever — so long as it’s Sun-square-Jupiter BIG.
I’m not sure about the global markets, but as Avid Readers may recall, back in November we noted that the U.S. was due for significant belt-tightening, as transiting Saturn opposes the U.S. Venus and Jupiter. In other words, we see the potential for a streamlining squeeze on the two planets which refer to nourishment, abundance and expansion. These planets are in Cancer, as sign acutely concerned with emotional, family and home(land) security. Leaner and meaner — that’s on the calendar for the U.S. in 2018. Right now, Saturn is at 5 Capricorn, opposing the U.S. Jupiter at 5 Cancer. The U.S. Venus is 2 Cancer. Here’s a streamlining story about food (Venus) that hit the wires a few weeks ago, when Saturn was at 2 Capricorn. It’s still a hot topic — this story hit a few hours ago.
Meanwhile, eclipses have an odd way of coinciding with secrets coming to light.
Exhibit A: Transiting Saturn is putting a squeeze on Robert Wagner’s horoscope as it barrels down on his Moon at 7 Cancer. He’s just been declared a “person of interest” in the drowning death of his wife, Natalie Wood. His Mercury (ruler of his MC/public status) is about to be disrupted for the last time on February 12th, and then Saturn will hit his Moon and conjoin his natal Saturn. Yes, a third Saturn return for Mr. Wagner, suggesting a potential karmic reckoning, perhaps? As you can imagine, Natalie Wood’s horoscope is currently hot, with disruptive Uranus about to impact her Cancer Sun, Mars, Pluto and Taurus Moon starting on March 29th. What a temper she must have had, despite an essential need for comfort and security…
Exhibit B: “Huge Mayan city with pyramids found hidden under jungle.” Exhibit C: we now know what was in that mysterious Tiffany gift box.
Here’s a good water cooler story for you — speaking of BIG. The woman who won last month’s Powerball jackpot of $560 million can’t collect it unless she is willing to release her name to the public. So far, she has refused to do so.
Finally, you might be wondering what’s going on in the horoscope of Paul Simon. The 76-year-old music legend announced his planned retirement after a final “Homeward Bound” tour this year. Transiting Mars is squaring his Ascendant and that suggests action. Transiting Pluto is beginning the last of a series of challenges to his Libra Sun, suggesting an apt time for empowerment and a transformation of self-identity. His horoscope has been ever so hot over the past few years. A new phase is definitely in order.
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