Tuesday 2/18/2020: Late Sneak Peek at a Short Work Week; Happy Birthday to Pisces

Allllll-righty then!

Moon entered Capricorn at 5:37 AM ET, looking to make things happen. It met up with Mars at 8:16 AM ET, adding practical fire power to your ambition. Network with creativity around 11:45 AM ET, applying the innovative potential of the Moon’s trine (harmony) with Uranus. 

The big shift today happens at 11:57 PM ET when the Sun leaves Aquarius for Pisces.

Pisces is a sensitive, intuitive energy that at its best expresses compassion and loving kindness for everyone and everything, in its understanding that We Are All One.  Being such a sensitive soul is not always easy. Pisces has been known to wallow in suffering. It can go to extremes of surrender in order to escape life’s hard knocks, drowning its sorrows in the nearest rose-colored glass. Pisces is ruled by Neptune, a dreamy energy that can be challenging to integrate, but oh what sublime creative visions it can bring to life, when effectively channeled. Pisces appreciates that the individual and the collective are one and the same; that the illusion that we are separated from one another is just that: an illusion.

This Pisces truth is expressed in a book I stumbled across years ago. It’s called Happier Than God by Neale Donald Walsch. At the end of Chapter 15, Walsch talks about his quest to find the answer to these questions: 1) What does it take to make life work? and 2) Why does my life have to be such a continuing struggle? Walsch credits a conversation with God with this answer:

“Your life does not have to be such a continuing struggle. The problem is simple. You think your life is about you. Your life is not about you.”

“It isn’t?” I asked.

“No,” God answered.

“Well, then, who in the world is it about?”

Everyone in the world.”

The book then expounds on a simple, yet profound concept that “All Things are One Thing. There is only One Thing, and All Things are part of the One Thing That Is.”  Walsch makes the case that when you can apply this concept in day-to-day living, you will have mastered the key to success. Sounds pretty Piscean to me.

Pisces folk born 15-19 days into the sign should chat with Fish born a few days earlier about how spacey life may have seemed in the past two years. Lots of potential for creativity and soulful questing, though.  I’d say the same is true for  Geminis, Sagittarians and Virgos born in that range.  May be time to check in with your local astrologer

Famous Pisces include Kurt Cobain, Drew Barrymore, George Harrison, Dr. Seuss and Albert Einstein. All sensitive, soulful and sublime, in their own magical way.

The rest of the week goes like this:

  • WEDNESDAY — the Capricorn Moon is determined to aid and abet the three major planetary patterns this week. Today it’s facilitating the sextile between Jupiter (expansion) and Neptune (vision, oil, scandal, oceans, drugs, spirits of all kinds) that will be exact on THURSDAY. At 2:50 PM ET, Moon meets up with Jupiter and at 3:06 PM ET it will sextile Neptune. Ain’t life grand? Watch for bubbles of optimism, even in the quest to take care of business. You could also watch the 107th Democratic debate — this one will have Mike Bloomberg at one of the podiums.
  • THURSDAY — The wee hours feature the Moon’s weekly clash with Saturn and Pluto, exact at  3:06 AM ET and 9:06 AM ET. What power plays and/or authoritative advances will hit the morning headlines? Moon goes void at 9:16 AM ET, not to enter the next sign until 2:42 PM ET. Chill and stick to routine concerns. Remember that Mercury is retrograde, and thus the Moon voids offer even higher potential for a lack of focus, resulting in mountains being made of molehills, typos, scheduling snafus, and people who wish they’d paid closer attention before hitting “send.” At 10:59 AM  ET, Jupiter will exactly sextile Neptune, for the first of three hits in 2020. Here’s an example of an apt headline, from Monday morning: in the UK, the investment manager Jupiter (yes, really) is acquiring another investment firm to create the second largest retail asset manager in the country. Dream big!  The sextile happens again on July 27 and October 12. At 2:42 PM ET, Moon enters Aquarius, looking to be of social significance and hang with its best buddies. At 9:13 PM ET, when the Moon squares Uranus and presents a possible surprise.
  • FRIDAY — The second significant pattern driving the week — Mars trine Uranus — will be exact at 4:08 AM ET. This is a tech-friendly alignment, facilitating innovation in action, courage and aggression. The Aquarius Moon has no speed bumps today; the only hiccup might come from the overindulgence or overly-extended promise suggested by a square between Jupiter (big!) and Venus (women, money, art, social expression) in Aries (now!), that will be exact on SUNDAY. Who’s winning the jackpot this weekend? You can’t win if you don’t play. Moon goes void at 11:09 PM ET...
  • SATURDAY — …and will be void ALL DAY. Chill — and no impulse purchases, as planetary patterns exact on Sunday suggest you may go overboard.  Note that we are at the end of the lunar cycle, a time to wrap up projects and get ready to begin anew. During these “dead” Moon, we may feel restless or listless. We may also be inspired to schedule an activity we hope will fly under the radar. The only exact pattern today  is a harmony (sextile) between the Sun and Uranus at 9:12 AM ET. Combined with Friday’s trine between Mars and Uranus, we are likely to see stories involving innovative leadership, aviation, technology and astrology — to name a few.
  • SUNDAYMoon enters Pisces at 1:37 AM ET, but won’t officially be New until 10:32 AM ET. The other big pattern exact today is the aforementioned square between Venus and Jupiter at 11:59 AM ET. You are more personally affected by this square if you have planets or angles around 18 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. If you won a few bucks in the lottery, let me know.

Pausing now — to prep for today’s client consultations — but wanted to get this late Sneak Peek at the Week out ASAP.  Will add the news to this forecast in the late afternoon, so please check back for all the reflections of Mars at the Aries Point in the headlines, as well as what the heck is going on in John Bolton‘s horoscope and the rest of the Usual Suspects.


And now, the news.

With Mercury in focus as it changed station, mercury made news, as power companies are apparently unhappy with a P45 Administration plan to rollback regulations on mercury emissions and other toxins.

With Mars at the very end of Sagittarius and the beginning of Capricorn last week, we anticipated that Mars-themed headlines would be prominent. Such themes include: cars, desire, aggressive outbursts of energy, etc. — and Mars, itself, as in “Watch Mars disappear behind the moon on Tuesday (if you’re lucky)’”  Were you lucky?

The Jupiter (benevolence) – Neptune (forgiveness) sextile might be reflected in that Boy Scouts headline — and also in the news of prominent white collar criminals such as Michael Milken and the disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich receiving clemency from an arguable peer, a.k.a. P45. And of course, P45 is working hard to interfere with the Justice Department’s case against his crony, the convicted felon Roger Stone.

You know what that kind of interfere is, astrologically? It’s another expression of the condition of Mars, which is currently “out-of-bounds” until March 2nd. Without going into the technical details, what it means for life on Spaceship Earth is that all thing Mars are likely to be literally pushing boundaries. It’s that simple.

But back to P45’s interference with Stone’s sentencing, which is scheduled for Thursday — possibly during the Moon void. Attorney General Bill Barr‘s efforts in the matter have infuriated over 2000 prosecutors and 1000 federal judges, as historian Heather Cox Richardson explains. We don’t have a birth time for Barr, who is a Gemini with Moon in regal Leo. However, we do note that his horoscope was affected by the December 26th eclipse, which will be activated by Mars on February 22nd.

Meanwhile, a Democrat in Alabama introduced a bill to require all men over 50 to have a vasectomy. Guess who found that provocative? None other than Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who would be feeling provoked last week because Mars was right on top of his 0 degree Capricorn Sun. Astrology is amazing.

As for John Bolton, it’s fascinating to see that he made a speech at Duke University yesterday in which he expressed concern that parts of his upcoming book might be “suppressed” by the White House. Cue the world’s smallest violin now, please…but do note that his horoscope was activated yesterday by transiting Mars (attack; action) on his Jupiter (publishing).

Gah. Enough of politics. I’ve been asked about Bloomberg, and it occurs to me that Bloomberg may be seen as the homeopathic remedy to P45, where the cure for the disease is of a similar nature. I wrote about his horoscope for the next issue of Mountain Astrologer. It’ll be published soon — and Bloomberg will be around for a while. As a former advertising writer/producer, I will say that whether or not he is the best candidate, he is definitely running the best ads. Each packs a powerful punch, and reflects the pattern in P45’s horoscope that suggests his unquenchable thirst for power and respect is likely to be harshly attacked right about now…and until the end of 2020.

In other news, this article:

  • An unlikely cause of our bitterness — the nuclear family” — reflects the place in which we are now — halfway between January’s harsh Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn…and December’s humanitarian Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius. The latter is the real-game changer, and I’ll fill you in on it soon.

I leave you with Beth Owl’s Daughter‘s most excellent Tarot Card of the Week — always in sync with planetary patterns.

Thank you for reading this forecast.

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