Alllllll righty then!
Since October 27th, when Mercury squared Pluto (a day for ruthless and persuasive communication; a field day for investigative journalists), there are no exact aspects among the planets, other than those that involve the Moon until...Saturday, November 5th, when Venus (money, women, values) opposes Uranus (unconventional attractions; rebels). Over the years, I have observed that these relatively long stretches of little contact may be experienced as if we are watching an ice shelf suddenly crumble into the ocean. Now you see it; now you don’t. The landscape is forever changed. The last time we had a week like this was in September, when Queen Elizabeth left the building. After this week, the next stretch will be the week of Thanksgiving.
The big shift this week is the status of Mars — planet of anger, action and assertion. As you may know, Mars turned retrograde on Sunday at 9:25 AM ET. In my own personal world, I experienced this at the local farmers’ market. There was a 10-minute waiting time at nearly every stall, and cars blaring their horns in the street. More than one neighbor told me they couldn’t sleep the night before (me neither). You?
Mars is retrograde in Gemini, which suggests a war of words — and perhaps a war on words. Now, more than ever, be very careful about giving in to the impulse to lash out in anger. When Mars is retrograde, the energy of action and assertion naturally turns inward. Yes, by all means, get in touch with your burning desire…because that is turning inward. If you’re angry, grab a tennis racket and smack a pillow…or howl at the moon. Lashing out is not appropriate when Mars is retrograde — and such outbursts have a higher probability of backfiring. Same goes for reckless hook-ups and impulsive splits.
Another need of Mars, traveling through Gemini: diversity in action, especially w/respect to the expression of thought and communication. Diversity can fragment and dilute. I’m thinking of this with respect to what’s happening on Twitter, now that Elon Musk is the self-proclaimed Chief Twit. Twitter has been a potent gathering place for a certain group of thought leaders, and Musk is doing a great job stinking up the joint, as the Sabian Symbol for last week’s New Moon suggested someone would do:
- The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is “a broken bottle and spilled perfume.” We worked with this Symbol on the Full Moon of October 2018. Sabian sage Blaine Bovee notes that “spilled perfume leaves an aroma that lingers…it permeates the air in a way that is not easy to dispel.” It can be overpowering, and sometimes, it just plain stinks, like garbage or your favorite cat’s litterbox. But if you couldn’t smell the stink, how would you know it was rotten (or full of crap) so it could be tossed out? This is where we are at, two weeks away from the midterm elections.
- Sabian Symbols work in pairs. “An electrical storm” is the counterpart for the broken bottle of perfume. Bovee suggests we be mindful of “…sudden awakenings; being suddenly plunged into disruptive situations; a shock in midstream; experiences that let the stink out; past events that pervade the air long past their due.” I can certainly imagine what the headlines might be over the next couple of weeks, given that advisory.
Astrology is amazing.
Mars will be retrograde until January 12th. Mars squares Neptune for the second time (the first square was on October 12th) on November 19th. Mars-Neptune can be seductive, scandalous, out-of-this-world or fanatical. Mars in an energized contact with Neptune may be inspiring or delusional about all Mars-ruled themes: men, cars, wars, iron and the color red. Neptune themes may simply be provoked or provocative. Those include oceans, empathy, spirits of all kinds, oil, refugees and surrender.
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And now, the daily forecast:
- MONDAY: Trick or treat! The Capricorn Moon met up with Pluto at 5:22 AM ET, messing with more than one sleep cycle, so I’m told. Moon in Capricorn needs to Make Things Happen — with gusto, when it aligns with expansive Jupiter, which it did at 11:14 AM ET. At 11:42 AM ET, Moon changed gears and entered Aquarius, seeking to be appreciated for its unique social significance within the context of a larger group. To understand the needs of Moon in Aquarius, look no further than the horoscope of the United States, which has this pattern. We are 50 states — each possessed of a fiercely unique persona — and collectively we are the United States of America. Moon in Aquarius. Class dismissed.
- TUESDAY: These days with Moon in Aquarius, Leo, Taurus and Scorpio may be sticky for those with planets around 18 degrees of those signs (raises hand). At 2:37 AM ET, Moon squared the Scorpio Sun, presenting a challenge to last week’s New Moon agenda. More squares (energizing or conflict-ridden) graced the rest of the day: Venus at 7:04 AM ET; Uranus at 4:53 AM ET (surprise!), followed by a meet-up of the Moon and Saturn, now seeking discipline and control. And that’s about when I settled down enough to started seriously writing this forecast.
- WEDNESDAY: An easy flow of get-up-and-go, as Moon trines Mars at 7:08 AM ET — then goes void for almost eight hours. Roll with any twists or flakes that may disrupt efforts to move forward in a straight line. Don’t make a mountain of crisis out of a molehill. No impulse shopping! Take time to wander if you can…and CHILL! Moon regains focus at 2:46 PM ET when it enters Pisces. Now we can all have some empathy and work with impressions and ideals for a few days.
- THURSDAY: Go with the intuitive flow. The Pisces Moon aligns beautifully throughout the day with Mercury, Sun, Venus and Uranus. Can’t we all get along?
- FRIDAY: Note your dreams in the morning, as Moon meets up with Neptune at 6:33 AM ET. Crusading or combative energy may arise around 11:02 AM ET, as Moon squares Mars...with added depth around 12:33 PM ET, as Moon sextiles Pluto. Moon conjoins Jupiter at 6:05 PM ET, just in time for Happy Hour. Note the shift in tone as Moon enters me-me-me-first Aries at 7:06 PM ET. That buzz in the air is the unconventional attraction that may be sparked by Venus (women, money, art, social expression) as it prepares to oppose Uranus (surprise!) on…
- SATURDAY: at 6:21 PM ET. There are no exact aspects to the go-go-go Aries Moon all day…so…cue Diana Ross now, please. I don’t usually note patterns to the South Node in a daily forecast, but the Sun is conjunct it today, so let’s see if a toxic release from a leader of business or state makes news.
- SUNDAY: Easy aspects among the Moon, Mars and Saturn suggest an easy flow of action…building to a power play or a catharsis around 5:29 PM ET, as Moon makes its weekly clash with Pluto and then goes void for the rest of the night. Chill while you can. There’s a lot going on in the cosmos all next week.
And now, the news.
As you may recall, Saturn turned direct a week ago last Sunday. Saturn refers to streamlining, controls and grief. I experienced an interesting reflection of these themes last Wednesday, when I impulsively took a virtual booth in a virtual lounge at a virtual career conference organized by alums from the Seven Sisters colleges. I did this last year at a similar conference and had a blast talking about astrology to several women who stopped by — all thanks to the virtual networking power of Saturn in technogeek Aquarius.
The opportunity was offered just a few days before Saturn’s change of station (and the start of the conference) This time, no conference attendees stopped by (no surprise, as the organizers provided zero publicity for us gals in their respective lounges). But two women who had taken virtual booths did — both of whom reflected the Saturn focus! Julie Coraccio (Mount Holyoke) is a decluttering diva — and she works virtually from Wheeling, WVA. One of her specialties is helping clients with all aspects of end-of-life organizing. Decluttering? End-of-life organization? How Saturn is that? Here is Julie’s website.
Montserrat Kim (Smith College) has written a book to help children cope with the loss of a family member. When A Dragon Comes is based on a true story: her husband’s battle with colon cancer (he died in 2019). Montserrat has established a non-profit organization and is looking to publish other books to help children cope with grief, which — as I said — is definitely a Saturn theme.
Astrology. Is. Amazing. And to Julie and Montserrat, thanks for stopping by my virtual booth at the virtual Seven Sisters Career Conference!
OK. The news.
Mars turning retrograde brought anger, explosions, war, iron/steel/metal, cars, machismo and Mars itself into focus, like a blaring car horn:
- “The weirdest thing about being in a self-driving car,” with “weird” reflecting the upcoming square to Neptune
- “General Motors pulls all advertising on Twitter”
- “Something violently shook the surface of Mars. It came from space.”
- “House-hunting on Mars has already started”
- “Death toll in Somalia twin bombings climbs to 100″ — twin bombings, with Mars in Gemini, sign of the twins.
- “Ejaculate Responsibly”— new book by Twitter sensation Gabrielle Blair — at #2 on the NYT best seller list, right out of the gate.
- “Brexit red tape puts brakes on UK innovation and sales” — red + brakes = Mars, full stop
- Volcanoes rumbling in Alaska and Hawaii
- Over 150 people killed in a “crowd crush” on Halloween in Seoul. Please be mindful in public gatherings. Planetary weather is volatile.
- Sea drone attack on Russian fleet puts focus on expanded Ukrainian arms –– sea (Neptune) + drones (warfare)
- West urges Russia to reverse grain deal suspension
- “Attack on Paul Pelosi becomes a punchline for some Republicans” — and please note that the normalization of violence is straight out of the authoritarian playbook. Avid Readers will recall from recent prior forecasts that Speaker Pelosi’s horoscope has been under high developmental tension in recent months.
UPDATE: on Barack Obama, another horoscope under high developmental tension. Saturn is right on his Ascendant, squared by Uranus — and there’s more. Obama was all over the news this weekend, as Stephen Colbert reports.
Finally, the runoff in Brazil between authoritarian Jair Bolsonaro and democratic environmentalist Lula resulted in a razor-thin victory…for the rain forest. Lula was declared the winner…but.. Bolsonaro has not officially conceded. Heather Cox Richardson has more details. Meanwhile, in Israel, it’s another close call, with former PM Benjamin Netanyahu expected to make a comeback, according to the polls.
But hey — in these times — there’s no point in paying attention to the polls. Avid Readers were advised many moons ago that elections occurring around this time would be nail-biters. Your mission is to get to the polls and VOTE! Because if you don’t vote, someone else will. And then you’ll be sorry. Please check your voter registration status here.
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Finally, Whitney Fishburn and I are psyched to record Episode 19 of Off the Charts: A Stellar Newscast on Wednesday afternoon. It’ll be released on Friday — and we’ll be talking about everything under the sun. Tune in, won’t you?
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