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Tuesday 8/17/2021: Late Sneak Peek at a Big, Big, Week; Uranus Retrograde

Greetings from New York — and happy Tuesday. Having shipped my next “Charts in the News” column to my most excellent editors at Mountain Astrologer, I can now put this overwhelming week in astro-logical perspective — and yes, catch up on the news!

Key patterns this week are as follows:

  • Venus left Virgo for Libra just after midnight on Monday. This is an improvement in condition, as Libra is one of the signs Venus rules. Other planetary patterns permitting, Venus in Libra is a fine time for cosmetic projects and partnerships. Enjoy the sweetness while it lasts, as Venus enters Scorpio on September 10th.
  • Mercury is rushing to meet up with Mars, planet of aggression and action, exact on Wednesday night. Both planets are in Virgo, which is great for projects involving sorting through the details and making things right. The meet-up with Mars may inflame the debate, as in Virgo, everyone’s a critic.
  • Heated words — however accurate — may be blown up further by the Sun’s opposition to Jupiter on Thursday. Sun is in regally entitled Leo; Jupiter expands whatever it touches. So…big drama…big egos (on the downside)…or big parties and big-heartedness (Leo rules the heart) on the upside.
  • Humming in the background all week and last week, too is Uranus, planet of rebels, eccentrics, and shocks to the system is slowing to a virtual standstill as it prepares to turn retrograde on Thursday. A stationary planet is like the sound of a blaring car horn, pulling focus in all that it rules. When a planet is retrograde, the energy it represents is best expressed by turning inward, instead of outward. When direct, Uranus tends to rebel against the status quo set by others. When retrograde, Uranus needs to set itself free from limits that are self-imposed. So if you have a planet between  10 and 14 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius (like Kathy Hochul, soon to be New York’s new governor), you can expect an intense second hit of issues you’ve recently experienced involving a need for innovation, being yourself without compromise, and sudden upsets of the status quo. You’ll get the third hit in early 2022, after Uranus turns direct on January 18th.  Uranus will advance into new territory on May 6.  Keywords for Uranus include lightning, aviation, seismic activity, revolutions, astrology, uranium, gender-benders, genetic mutations, eccentrics, technology.
  • On Sunday: Full Moon in Aquarius; Sun leaves Leo for Virgo. The Full Moon will be covered in a later post.

Here’s how the week goes:

  • MONDAY:  was driven by the Moon in Sagittarius, pitting righteous opinions against cool analysis as it squared Mercury and Mars at 1:56 PM and 6:31 PM ET, respectively.  Newsfeeds are packed with argumentative posts and op-eds about who’s at fault for the shock and awfulness in Afghanistan.
  • TUESDAY: If it all feels like too much (as Beth Owl’s Daughter’s Tarot Card of the Week suggests), step away from that newsfeed and make a dreamy escape into nature or your local yoga Zoom room.  Moon squares Neptune at 1:18 PM ET, challenging clarity of expression in the early part of the day. Take advantage of the balance offered after the Moon-Neptune square; the next stop for the Moon is a trine to the Sun, exact at 5:50 PM. Go with the easy flow of support in the evening as the Moon sextiles Jupiter at 9:42 PM ET and then goes void. Time to chill!
  • WEDNESDAY: Moon enters Capricorn at 1:57 AM ET, ready to take care of business. Stick to facts; don’t take sharp words personally. The Moon travels without interference and the build to the Mercury-Mars meet-up at 11:27 PM ET offers a whole day of intense — but efficient analysis. Mercury-Mars together in Virgo suggests a new cycle in matters of work, service and/or health. Over the next 24 hours, a grand humanitarian plan may materialize, facilitated by the easy flow among  Moon, Mercury and Mars before midnight, continuing into…
  • THURSDAY: with more flow between the Moon and Uranus (good for reaching across the aisle) at 2:58 AM ET. The proactive energy of the Capricorn Moon is determined to meet goals, especially with the surge of energy happening among other planets today. Moon meets up with Pluto at 7:59 PM ET, facilitating a catharsis or power play. CHILL during the ensuing void, and roll with whatever twists or flakes crop up. Remember that crises that happen during voids are often much ado about nothing, easily resolved when the Moon engages its focus in the next sign. Meanwhile, the Sun-Jupiter opposition is exact at 8:28 PM ET, Sun refers to leaders;  Jupiter refers to courts, publishing, churches, and academia. Watch for illumination in the news. At 9:40 PM, Uranus turns retrograde, trekking backward through Taurus through the rest of the year.
  • FRIDAY:  Mercury trines Uranus at 4:05 AM ET; Moon enters Aquarius at 4:48 AM ET. Time to connect with your unconventional friends and acquaintances, using technology or other innovations. Reach across the aisle, already. A trine to Venus at 2:01 PM ET facilitates good cheer, though Sunday’s upcoming Full Moon has emotions on the rise. The work week ends on a serious or somber note, as Moon meets up with Saturn at 7:55 PM ET. 
  • SATURDAY: Pushback from imposed controls, perhaps, as Moon squares Uranus at 6:11 AM ET. Waking up with a jolt? There are no other exact aspects among the planets today, though humming in the background is the driving perfection of Mars in Virgo trine to Uranus in Taurus, exact on…
  • SUNDAY: at 2:37 AM ET. Innovative action involving cars and combat; maybe even in healthcare, given Mars is in Virgo. Moon meets up with Jupiter at 3:18 AM ET, and its exuberant surge of expression is illuminated on the Full Moon in Aquarius, exact at 8:01 AM ET. Moon enters Pisces at 8:42 AM ET, facilitating empathy and soulful reflection. Sun leaves Leo for Virgo at 5:34 PM ET, hopefully cooling passions and reducing heat.

I’ll write a detailed post about the Full Moon later this week. It’s a potent one and activates the horoscopes of the 2017 Great American Eclipse, President Biden, VP Harris, Senate Majority Leader Schumer, the former guy, and more.

And now, the news — two weeks’ worth!

First, a bit of apparent good news, as the Senate did get its act together and reached across the aisle to pass a $1 trillion dollar infrastructure bill. The vote was 69-30, with 19 Republicans supporting it. That was how the first part of last week was supposed to flow, as you may recall from the Sneak Peek at the Week. The House now has to work on it, and planetary patterns in the Biden-Harris inauguration chart do suggest that a ginormous windfall funding bill is possible — perhaps within the next two months.

This past weekend looked mighty disruptive, driven by a potentially unforgiving Scorpio Moon clashing with heavy Saturn and shocker Uranus (blaring its horn as it slows to a virtual standstill). Also, as Avid Readers who ordered personal insights on the most recent eclipses will recall, those eclipses are currently being triggered by other planets — especially Mars — as they travel through Virgo. When eclipses are triggered, a release of bottlenecked energy is anticipated, in the way a genie pops out of a bottle. There’s no putting it back.

  • On Saturday morning, there was a 7.2 magnitude quake in Haiti.
  • the Delta variant is wreaking havoc, and in parts of the world — especially in the U.S.–some protests against mask mandates and vaccines were violent, and the start of the school year has been disrupted even more.
  • In New Zealand, one case of Delta has been reported, and no-nonsense PM Jacinda Ardern immediately called for a national lockdown for at least three days.  Transiting Mars is right on top of her Jupiter, an apt time for expansive action. Neptune at 22 Pisces is opposing her Saturn, and square her Venus-Neptune opposition. Surreal. Ardern’s horoscope is here.

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, the Taliban has taken over.  Stephen Colbert has the details. If you subscribe to Mountain Astrologer, you may have seen in the current issue an update on the horoscope of President Biden:

The May 26 lunar eclipse at 5° Sagittarius falls within two degrees of Biden’s Ascendant.The June 10 solar eclipse at 19° Gemini squares Biden’s MC. Those eclipses will be triggered by transiting Mars in Virgo in early and late August, and with SA MC = Saturn exact on August 16, a surge of bottlenecked energy regarding Biden’s professional status would not be unexpected. On August 17, he’ll have the second of three squares to his Sun from Jupiter. Since the Sun rules his 9th house, we may see an expansion involving publishing, travel, the courts, or foreign affairs.

SA MC= Saturn refers to a solar arc (another way astrologers measure time). It is a once-in-a-lifetime event, suggesting focused ambition and significant development in professional status. When Saturn is hot in the horoscope, it can be an apt time to cut your losses, heavy as they might be. Biden’s horoscope is right on schedule.

For the past few days, Venus has been at the Aries Point, attracting prominence as it moved through the last bit of Virgo and into Libra. The Aries Point refers to any planet at the very beginning of Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. Venus refers to women, and in Libra, commands dignity. A global focus and concern for the fate of the women and girls of Afghanistan reflect Venus at her best.

On a related note, thanks to psychic James Cinclair for sending these lovely thoughts to everyone on his email list:

The people of Afghanistan are intelligent, diverse and beautiful. What they are experiencing right now is a nightmare that we can only imagine. I’m sending along this video from Kabul in 2016 and ask that you keep the Afghan people in your thoughts.

The world needs lots of lovely thoughts — and images — right now.

Meanwhile…

UPDATE: on Andrew Cuomo, who finally gave New York his two weeks’ notice. We don’t have a birth time for the outgoing (!!) governor, but the timing of his resignation was such a blow-up that it makes me suspect his Moon is around 5 Gemini and was therefore eclipsed in May. Eleven women detailed allegations of sexual harassment in an explosive report. A write-up of his horoscope from over a year ago, when his star was shining far brighter, is here.

Cuomo will be replaced by Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul. Born on August 27, 1958, in Buffalo, NY, she is a Virgo with Moon in humanitarian Aquarius — and thus won’t be as chit-chatty as her Gemini Moon predecessor. Though we don’t have a birth time, there’s plenty to see that reflects her sudden promotion. Transiting Jupiter is trine her Jupiter at 28 Libra, and it’s been opposing her powerful Sun-Pluto conjunction in early Pisces. She has Venus-Uranus conjunction at 13-14 Leo. This conveys considerable razzle-dazzle, which is amazing, given that she’s been such a non-public presence in the Cuomo administration.  See how transiting Uranus is squaring that charismatic conjunction all month, and suddenly she’s ready for her close-up? She takes office on August 24th.

Finally…

My favorite story reflecting the August 2nd Sun-Saturn opposition (necessary control), followed by the August 6th Sun-Uranus square (disruptions on airplanes; wacky humor):

And…

My favorite Leo Sun opposing Jupiter in Aquarius story so far (we expect stories of big-hearted humanitarian relief):

As Jacinda Ardern likes to say, “try to be kind.”

Here’s the link to the Cosmic Tip Jar (to show appreciation for my Gemini Moon’s effort to keep you entertained and informed).

Here’s the 411 on personal consultations.

Thank you for reading this forecast.