Thursday 1/19/2017: Soldier on Through the Void…
The Libra Moon went void at 3:55 AM ET and wanders with no particular focus or direction until 5:09 PM ET. Mind the void! If you are new to this forecast, here’s a lengthy explanation of what Moon voids are and how to manage them. Stick to routine concerns; roll with the twists that may disrupt efforts to move forward in a straight line. Whatever crisis that erupts is likely much ado about nothing — and I can give you tons of examples from personal experience. Resist the urge to make a mountain out of a molehill. Chill!
Meanwhile, happy birthday to Aquarius! The Sun enters this airy (mental), fixed (organizing) sign at 4:24PM ET. Keywords for Aquarius include innovation, eccentricity, friendship, humanitarian, unconventional, rocket scientist and/or mad genius. If you were born with the Sun in Aquarius, you have the energy to innovate and intellectualize with others. If your Moon is in Aquarius, you need to be socially significant — and dare I say appreciated for it. You probably need to be unusual, too. I look forward to your empowerment when Pluto enters Aquarius in 2023. If that feels like too long to wait, take heart. You’ll be building on the seeds of change planted when Uranus enters Taurus in 2018, intensifying your need for freedom of expression.
Around 5:13 PM ET, a stubborn clash of wills may roll across the wires, courtesy of the Third Quarter Moon. The Moon will have gotten into gear in Scorpio at 5:09 PM ET, plunging into the murky emotional depths of power and control. Soldier on through the next few days, in the aftermath of the today’s militant Mars-Saturn square, which may have taken form while you were sleeping. That square was exact at 4:15AM ET.
And now, the news….in which we parade more examples of horoscopes that have planets around 22 degrees of Sagittarius, Virgo, Pisces and Gemini — and are thus directly affected by transiting Saturn at 22 Sagittarius square Mars at 22 Pisces. If you don’t know where your planets are, you can order an Astro-Basics Report here and follow along.
Exhibit A: Chelsea Manning and President Obama. The latter has Mars at 22 Virgo. Ms. Manning has four planets clustered between 22 and 26 Sagittarius: Mercury, Saturn, Sun and Uranus. Transiting Saturn on Mercury suggests gravitas, as well as potential depression. And a Saturn return suggests a potential new lease on life, which is true for most people born between mid-1987 and early 1988, as well as 1958 and the very beginning of 1959. A Saturn return is a life-milestone, worth discussing with your astrologer. On Tuesday President Obama commuted Ms. Manning’s 35-year sentence. She will be re-leased (!) on May 17th, a few weeks after transiting Uranus (freedom) squares her natal Venus (the feminine). Isn’t that interesting? Ms. Manning’s horoscope is a fine example of how Uranus coincides with needs and actions involving freedom and unconventional expression, as noted in past posts here and here.
Exhibit B: President George H.W. Bush and Jeb Bush. I last wrote about the former governor in February of last year:
…Jeb Bush formally ended his presidential campaign just as transiting Jupiter hit 20 degrees of Virgo. Why is that significant? 20 Virgo was the degree of a potent eclipse in September, and as you may recall, Governor Bush’s horoscope was personally affected. The eclipse fell in his 12th house, close to his 23 Virgo Ascendant and square his 22 Gemini Midheaven. Back in September, I noted that we needed to keep an eye on his horoscope in 2016, when Jupiter would trigger September’s eclipse….By the end of this year and into 2017, he’ll likely be needing to get serious about core foundation and family concerns, as transiting Saturn hits the angles of his horoscope.
This is President Bush’s horoscope. His Sun is at 21 Gemini — just opposed by transiting Saturn. This week he was hospitalized with a bout of pneumonia.
Barbara Bush was also hospitalized. Here is her horoscope. Her Sun and Midheaven were hit by Saturn in November. Her Moon is at 16 Capricorn — challenged by Pluto all through 2016. 7Here is George W. Bush’s horoscope, which I’ve written about a few times over the years. His Moon is at 16 Libra. His father’s Moon is at 17 Libra, just squared by transiting Pluto.
Wishing President and Mrs. Bush a speedy recovery.
In horoscopes, members of a family often have planets or angles at the same degree; thus we can anticipate periods of development that they all will share. Even if you are not a genealogy buff, you would find it fascinating to see how planetary patterns have been handed down through generations in your family. When you understand the needs of your parents, siblings and other key relatives — as suggested in their horoscopes — your relationships with them can improve. At the very least, your new understanding of their needs and challenges can give you a measure of peace, especially if you’ve had difficulty with some who have since passed on.
The militant discipline of this week’s Mars-Saturn square showed up in Donald Trump’s reality bubble. Which we would expect, given that it makes contact with both the Sun and the Moon in his horoscope. Yesterday he waxed poetically about staging military parades in Washington D.C. — or having military planes fly over New York. Kinda like they do in North Korea, I suppose. Just look at the ginormous military parade they had in 2015, reportedly to show “it was ready to defend itself against the United States.”
A battering ram is an apt example of the action of Mars combined with the discipline of Saturn. And “rammed” is a word I saw in more than one source to describe how the Republican leaders in the Senate are conducting this week’s incoming Cabinet nominee hearings. If you have not watched parts of the hearings on C-Span, you are missing quite a show. Disclosures required to complete clearances have not been filed by all of the nominees — so there will be no public debate on anything questionable discovered after the hearings. One of the worst of the worst was the hearing of Betsy DeVos, the nominee for Secretary of Education — and a big campaign contributor to 10 of the 12 Republican senators on the committee. A summary of that hearing by Esquire‘s Charles Pierce is worthwhile.
Let’s end on a hopeful, silver lining. In October I wrote:
Continuing along Venus-Neptune lines, as the two together also suggest compassion and forgiveness, this leads me to opine that in some respect we must be grateful to Donald J. Trump for personifying the worst in human potential. Without him serving as a magnet, we would not have the opportunity to bring toxic thought and behavior patterns to light. And if they don’t come into the light — and into our consciousness — they can’t be healed.
The other day, a friend shared a video made after the election called “Why I’m Happy Trump Won.” If we can approach the immediate future with his perspective (which could be seen as militant), perhaps we can make some seriously good lemonade out of this distressing lemon. Planetary patterns suggest potential for sweeping, sudden changes in 2017 — and that doesn’t mean it’s all going to be “bad.”Hey, yesterday I read that China has built the world’s largest solar farm — that’s good, right? It will send less pollution to Los Angeles. Less smog! And in New York tomorrow, many museums will be open — for free. Art — what a great thing to spend contemplating on a day with Venus (art) in harmony with Pluto (empowered perspective).
Thank you for reading this forecast.