Monday 4/22/2019: Sneak Peek at the Week; Surprise, Surprise; Resistance is Futile
Hello from 38,000 feet – Denver, here I come!
The start of the work week is driven by the Moon in Sagittarius, seeking to push boundaries. Whether it’s taste, opinion or actual physical borders, Sagittarius aims for the above and beyond. Over the next two days consider ways to expand your usual database. Take in a foreign film or get out in nature. You’ll be glad you did.
The electric buzz of the Sun’s annual meet-up with rebel Uranus (at 7:05 PM ET) permeates the day. Shake-ups, shocks, seismic action, tech breakthroughs and other bolts from the blue are to be expected. Be advised that this meet-up takes place in Taurus, an Earth Sign not known for adaptability. The changes demanded by this Sun-Uranus conjunction are more likely to be resisted, even though resistance is futile. If you were born between April 21 – 26, you’re feeling the push for a break-out more personally than most. Are you having fun yet? Would you like to talk about it?
Today’s electric buzz is further revved by a face-off between the boundless Moon and action hero Mars (in double-talking Gemini), exact at 2:35 PM ET. If you have a planet around 15 degrees of Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo or Pisces, you may be called upon to take a stand. Around 8 PM ET, Moon squares dreamy Neptune, setting the stage for a far-out escape. Just make sure you double check the directions, as Moon-Neptune patterns have been known to facilitate confusion, as well as inspiration. The rest of the week looks like this:
- TUESDAY — Moon goes void at 7:43 AM ET on an exuberant meet-up with Jupiter. Whose righteous opinion will carry away the rest of the day, during the nearly 12-hour void? Hopefully you got it off your desk on Monday; otherwise be advised that crises which crop up during Moon voids are often much ado about nothing. Stick to routine; roll with the twists that disrupt your efforts to move forward in a straight line, for better or for worse. And I mean it when I say “for better.” My Moon-void twist on my flight to Denver was an unexpected upgrade. Too often we can get caught up in worry that “something bad” will happen. Consider the positive! At 6:50 PM ET, Moon enters Capricorn, needing to “take care of business” until early Friday.
- WEDNESDAY — the big event today — in effect for several days now — is Pluto turning retrograde at 2:45 PM ET. Retrograde planets suggest a time to look inward for authority in whatever matters are ruled by that planet. Pluto is power, control, regeneration, transformation — the kind a phoenix experiences after bursting into flames and rising from its own ashes. With that energetic intensity turned inward, stop trying to control the world around you. Work on controlling (mastering) your own inner world — and then the world around you will start to reflect your newly-masterful self. Y’know? You’ll feel the potential for a change of perspective more personally if you have a planet or angle around 23 degrees of Aries, Libra, Cancer — and especially Capricorn. That includes people born around the 12th – 14th of January, April, July and October — have you checked in with your astrologer this year?
- THURSDAY — Moon continues in Capricorn, meeting up with Saturn at 10:33 AM ET and with Pluto at 3:48 PM ET. The usual wet blankets, authoritarian advances, catharses and power plays apply, as items on the day’s agenda may feel as if there’s just soooo much at stake. Moon goes void at 3:48 PM ET; chill for the rest of the day and into the evening.
- FRIDAY — Moon enters Aquarius at 5:27 AM ET, infusing the day and most of the weekend with a need for social significance. Aquarius needs to be appreciated for what is unique, while at the same time arguing that all should be treated as equals. Hang with you friends and other social networks, appreciate what each brings to the table. We may see a jolt or other flash of recognition around 10:57 AM ET, as the Moon makes its weekly clash with rebel Uranus. Another point of release may occur around 6:18 PM ET, on the Third Quarter Moon. This month, it’s the freedom-seeking Aquarius Moon challenging the “mine-mine-MINE” Sun in Taurus. Find an innovative way to share your toys.
- SATURDAY — the other pattern dominating this week’s news happens at 9:04 AM ET. Mars — planet of action, courage and aggression will square Neptune — planet of faith, oil, deception, scandal. With Mars in Gemini, the weapon in this battle may be words. Don’t believe everything you hear. Mars with Neptune can be seductive, charismatic, razzle-dazzling and/or fanatical. I’m sure the headlines will reflect this potential, adding new information to ongoing seedy affairs.
- SUNDAY — Moon goes void at 5:44 AM ET — enters Pisces at 6:11 PM ET. Yippee — a whole day of rest and relaxation — but no impulse shopping, if you please. Do that on Saturday.
And now, the news.
Signs Pluto may be about to turn retrograde in corporate Capricorn: “Capitalism in crisis: U.S. billionaires worry about the survival of the system that made them rich.” Companion piece: “Make America Pay Again! How the Trump Administration took apart the agency built to protect consumers from predatory lenders.”
Signs Pluto may be about to turn retrograde almost exactly opposite P45’s Saturn: “Trump and his business sue House Oversight chairman to block congressional subpoena of financial records.” Let’s see where we’re at with this in February, when Pluto will be back to where it is now (after going retrograde and turning direct on October 3rd).
Sign the Sun (leaders) may have just met up with Uranus (shock, weird, wacky): “Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky wins Ukrainian presidency in landslide”. Volodymyr — is he related to Voldemort? Surely I jest, because I haven’t taken the time to actually learn about the political situation in the Ukraine or even look at Volodymyr’s horoscope. Don’t try this at home!
Another sign of the Sun (leaders) with disruptive Uranus: “Peru ex-president leaves cadaver as sign of “contempt” for his enemies: suicide note”. Frankly, the crafting of that headline alone fits the pattern — a bizarre choice of words to convey information. The suicide of Peru’s ex-president happened last week, with Mercury and Venus (how we think and what we value) at the verrrrry end of Pisces. Planets at the end of Pisces do seem to reflect a sense of despair, seeking or believing in an inevitable exit.
The potentially fanatic Mars-Neptune square was strong in the chart for the first three of the eight mind-numbing terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, which claimed the lives of almost 300 people. This event reflects the brutal disruption hinted at in Friday’s Full Moon forecast. Terrorists targeted families gathered in churches and five-star hotels, disrupting lives associated with Plutonian power and resources; e.g. the wealthiest man in Denmark.
Uranus also refers to astrology. Against the backdrop of Pluto (power and resources) retrograde, plus last week’s Mercury and Venus entering Aries, several Avid Readers brought this one to my attention: “Venture Capital is Putting Its Money in Astrology.” Yes, and what kind of venture capitalists? The kind that know just enough about astrology to be dangerous, would be my guess. The kind that would launch the app for its services during a Mercury retrograde (in Pisces, no less) suggesting a high probability of tech glitches and snafus. And in fact that particular app is riddled with glitches, as it cheerfully informed me that my rising sign is Virgo (not even close). But who among the masses would even know? Still, with a launch date of 3/20/2019, this particular app did capture the attention-getting potential of launching with the Sun at the Aries Point; ergo, the article in the prominent NYT. Coincidence or conspiracy?
Uranus refers to aviation, and now we are hearing that Boeing — whose horoscope looks extremely daunting over the next year or so — is now facing claims of shoddy manufacturing involving its much-ballyhooed Dreamliner. I am going to write in-depth about Boeing for my next column in Mountain Astrologer — stay tuned.
Other stories in sync with planetary patterns appeared in the NYT Sunday Magazine. Add a deeply compassionate Venus in Pisces, made even deeper by a square to Jupiter in Sagittarius, and you might read about:
- Is Prison Necessary? This is a profile on Ruth Wilson Gilmore, an abolitionist who has “helped transform how activists think about criminal justice.”
- Melinda Gates on the culpability of the wealthy. When asked what keeps her up at night (in terms of her philanthropic work), she replied, “Contraceptives. Reproductive health.” (She’s pushing back against the iron-fisted, patriarchal control reflected by Saturn, Pluto and the South Node together in Capricorn. This battle for control is likely to continue at least until Saturn enters Aquarius in 2021. Pluto enters Aquarius in 2023.)
- “We Had No Power” — about women at the Salk Institute talking about “marginalization and hostility” they faced at “elite scientific institutions.”
In other news, Mars also refers to inflammation, rashes and the color red. Neptune refers to viruses. Therefore, “U.S. measles cases surge as officials scramble to stop near-record outbreak.” It doesn’t help that Neptune is in Pisces, the sign it rules. Neptune functions with high efficiency in Pisces, a.k.a. “we’re all in this together.”
Hmm…looking for some lighter news fare…
Here’s one a fun one for Sun conjunct Uranus meets Mars square Neptune: “How a non-believer found solace in the strange world of psychics.”
Here’s another — for when human affairs feel oh-so-overwhelming: a link to The Dodo, which is all animals, all the time. Guaranteed to warm your heart — as this recent NYT article explains.
Thank you for reading this forecast.