Tuesday 5/17/2022: Late Sneak Peek at the Week; Mars-Neptune in Focus; a Saturnine Full Moon/Eclipse

Alllllllrighty then!

It’s Tuesday and Mercury is still retrograde. That’s my explanation for why this forecast was written later than planned. Hopefully many of you have signed up for the Whether Gal segment that is part of Avid Reader Alison’s 2022: Year of Love podcast. That’s where I give a sneak peek of this much more detailed Sneak Peek, and the one that posted this past Sunday includes a stunning visual of the front page of the Sunday NYT that is perfectly in sync with planetary patterns. Astrology is amazing, as the NYT never fails to prove.

Before we get to the day-by-day forecast, let’s take a brief look at the Full Moon/lunar eclipse we had at 12:14 AM ET on Monday. Here it is, set in Washington, D.C.



  • Sun and Moon have just separated from a square to Saturn, suggesting a sobering reality check and themes of cuts, losses and necessary controls.
  • Sun and Moon have just separated from easy alignments with Neptune, adding themes of healing, bewilderment, spirits of all kinds, etc.
  • Next on deck: Mars conjunct Neptune in the 2nd house of money, values and worth. Hmm. This suggests potential pixie-dust, actions based on faith and/or fanaticism in matters of money, values and worth.
  • The Scorpio Moon’s need for depth, power and control opposes the Taurus Sun’s need for material comfort and structure. We expect illumination and release in matters of “mine” vs. “ours.”
  • This Full Moon is also a lunar eclipse, amplifying themes of release. It echoes patterns in the lunar eclipse of November 19, 2021. If you have planets around 25-27 degrees of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius, this eclipse affects you more personally. This includes President Biden, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh and Priscilla Chan (Mark Zuckerberg’s wife). Watch the headlines over the next few months, including news about Facebook.  Wherever this eclipse falls in your horoscope is where you may experience a release of what no longer serves. Consult your local astrologer for details. If you would like  a few paragraphs of handcrafted insights on how this eclipse is likely to manifest in your life, and how it is tied to the eclipse of November 2021, toss $52 into my Cosmic Tip Jar via the Joyful Random Expression of Appreciation option and send me your birth data, if I don’t already have it.
  • The Sabian Symbols for this eclipse are “Indians making camp” (for the Scorpio Moon) and “a Spaniard serenading his senorita” (for the Taurus Sun). I’m struck by the fact that a serenade is a seductive song, and thus it reflects the Mars-Neptune conjunction in the Full Moon horoscope.
  • As Blain Bovee writes, “when a Spaniard serenades his senorita, he is attempting to win her favor through soft, alluring songs of love, to win a home in her heart.” “Indians making camp” is another image of finding a home, in this case at the end of a long day’s journey. Bovee suggests we apply these symbols with a mind to “serenity and calm for the joys of an evening after a long day; home-is-where-the-heart-is sentiments; settling into new territory; uplifting influences either by intention or foolish good fortune; willing to be a fool for love, for one’s sense of being at home.”
  • Bovee’s take on these Sabian Symbols, combined with the upcoming Mars-Neptune conjunction feels in sync with Beth Owl’s Daughter’s Tarot Card of the Week: The Fool.
  • Not only that, but Episode 18 of 2022: The Year of Love podcast is called “Creating a Home You Love. Coincidence or conspiracy?

And now, the week:

  • MONDAY: Scorpio Moon went void at 5:28 AM ET and over the next 2 1/2 hours, our neighborhood was treated to a constant stream of sirens. Much ado about nothing? Hard to chill, when there’s an ambulance driving through your living room. Or so it seemed. At 7:50 AM ET, Moon soared into Sagittarius, seeking to push boundaries with its righteous opinion. Now is the time to go for a gamble or a gambol; entertain a different point of view (while expressing your own).
  • TUESDAY: Moon in Sag squares Mars and Neptune minutes before midnight ET. It’s a perfect pattern for an allergic reaction to shellfish. Mars refers to inflammation and provocation; Neptune refers to odd sensations that may be out-of-this-world. What a perfect backdrop for today’s hearings in Congress — on UFOs!! First one they’ve had in 50 years. The focus is military intelligence (Mars) and the unknown (Neptune). Astrology is amazing! Moon goes void on a sextile with Saturn at 11:59 PM ET, offering structure to intangibles. Chill during the 8-hour Moon void
  • WEDNESDAY: …during which we will have the potentially wiggy Mars-Neptune conjunction, exact at 2:33 AM ET. What’s it like to be born with a Mars-Neptune conjunction? Ask Governor Greg Abbott (F-TX), who has one in ruthless Scorpio…or Bill Clinton, who has one in sweet-talking Libra, right on his Ascendant. At 8:01 AM ET, Moon enters Capricorn, ready to make something happen with all that seductive charm and/or snake oil. Could be big, as Moon squares Jupiter at 10:21 AM ET. Could also reflect an effortless flow in earthly concerns involving leaders, corporations, power and resources, as Sun trines Pluto at 8:10 AM ET on...
  • THURSDAY. Unconventional alliances and technology are highlighted as Moon trines Uranus at 9:18 AM ET. A clash of aesthetics may arise around 4:01 PM ET, as Moon squares Venus in Aries (which is all-too willing to put up a fight). Watch for big news involving courts, foreign affairs, sports and publishing — perhaps involving a REview of Things Past, as Mercury retrograde sextiles Jupiter at 9:32 PM ET.
  • FRIDAY: Night owls can be motivated and inspired by the Moon’s contacts with Neptune and Mars in the wee hours, followed by its weekly clash with Pluto at 6:23 AM ET. Will the earth move? Will power be in play? A stabilizing earthy trine between the Moon and the Sun at 7:59 AM ET keeps it all together. Moon enters Aquarius at 8:52 AM ET, looking for intelligent life in the universe, innovation and a bigger network of friends. Moon gets especially busy around lunchtime ET, trining Mercury and Jupiter at 11:11 AM ET and 11:53 AM ET. What’s the buzz? Meanwhile, this is the last day with the Sun in Taurus, possibly reflected in matters of material comfort and security seeming to be at a crisis point. At 9:22 PM ET, Sun leaves earthy Taurus and enters airy Gemini. Clever communication of boatloads of information is what Gemini is designed to do — often while doing several other things at once (to keep from being bored or boring). If Taurus  gives form to Aries’s initiatives; Gemini  sells what Taurus builds and takes a commission.
  • SATURDAY: An upset to the status quo arrives around 11:15 AM ET, as Moon squares Uranus. Idealism in thought and communication — somehow seeing both sides of the same coin — may be expressed around 3:17 PM ET, as Mercury retrograde meets up with the Sun.  Enjoy a flirty evening, sponsored in part by Venus in Aries sextile the Aquarius Moon at 10:40 PM ET. Things may be heavy — or simply real — around 3:19 AM ET on…
  • SUNDAY…as Moon meets up with Saturn and then goes void for the next 8 1/2 hours. That’s your cue to sleep in late and roll with whatever twists and flakes crop up (if you happen to be awake). Remember that crises that happen during Moon voids are usually much ado about nothing, so chill — and avoid impulse shopping. Moon enters Pisces at 11:49 AM ET and promptly squares Mercury (communication snafu?) and then squares the Gemini Sun at 2:43 PM ET, perhaps further challenging efforts to put feelings into words. Regardless, there is an abundance of supercharged assertive & persuasive energy available this weekend, as Mars (action!) sextiles Pluto (power), exact at 6:15 PM ET. At 9:15 PM ET, get ready for another shift as Mercury retrogrades back into Taurus, demanding a rethink of values, money and worth.

And now, the news.

Sunday’s Sun-Saturn square, combined with the Sun-Neptune sextile was expected to reflect heavy news of cuts and losses, bordering on the surreal. Why else would the Sunday NYT editors plan in advance to devote the entire front page to this:

The grimness of planetary patterns (with a surreal twist) is this photo of President Zelenskyy of Ukraine, hosting a delegation of Republican senators who were A-OK with defeated former guy’s extortion attempt and delay of promised aid to Ukraine.

Another potential symbolized by Saturn is ambitious advance. Sweden and Finland plan to apply for NATO membership, and their leaders are coming to Washington on Thursday.

In other heavy news:

The NYT Magazine was devoted to health, and articles featured Saturn’s streamlining and Mars Neptune seductive ideals, as in breast reductions, butt lifts and phalloplasty.

Add Jupiter (expansion) in Aries (firepower, crusades, aggression), and we get:

The massacre in Buffalo was one of several in the U.S. that day, and it is interesting to note how many of those murdered embodied the upside potential of Neptune, e.g., a woman who ran a food pantry; another who cared for her invalid husband; and a savior/physician killed in a church.

Tuesday’s primary races in PA are bonkers, with Dr. Oz (a Mars-Neptune name if ever there was one), a hedge fund guy,  and  Islamophobe/homophobe Kathryn Barnette duking it out for the Republican nomination, while Barnette and gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano refused to allow press coverage of a “routine campaign event.”  We need to keep an eye on the seeds being planted now in this new Mars-Neptune cycle, as we will experience three squares between Mars and Neptune over the next several months: October 12, November 19th and March 14th.

One story we should watch is Ben Bernanke’s opinion that the U.S. is headed for a period of “stagflation,” i.e., continued high prices, but little growth. Let’s see where we are at with that theory during the Mars retrograde period, which begins this fall. Mars retrograde can feel like a truck spinning its wheels in the mud, and three contacts with Neptune can reflect a bubble effect.

UPDATE: on Merrick Garland, who hasn’t had much going on in what we know of his horoscope since 2021. If he was going to do anything useful, we might have heard about it around May 11th. And guess what? He did something — or at least, his Justice Dept. did. “Prosecutors pursue inquiry into DFG’s handling of classified material.”

UPDATE: on Vladimir Putin. The birth data astrologers have is iffy, but if it’s correct, we’d expect a focus on core family and foundation concerns. Thus it was interesting to see an in-depth article about his family in the NYT.   It is rumored that he is being treated for cancer and that oligarchs are planning a coup. Let’s see where he’s at in early August.


With Jupiter at the Aries Point, we expected to hear news  — and we did — involving:

  • Edward Snowden, who tweeted for the first time since the end of February. His absence was fodder for Twitter gossip, but like clockwork, he made his presence knows — expansively — as Jupiter activated the angles of his horoscope on May 3rd. A few days later, he posted a photo of his family, introducing his second child to the world. Expansive. Got that?
  • Alexei Navalny, who tweeted about his upcoming appeal re: his presumed transfer to a penal colony more brutal than the one he is in now. The appeal started today and was then delayed to next week, when transiting Mars activates all the angles of his horoscope as it leaves Pisces for Aries.
  • Ted Cruz, who always always always makes news when a planet hits the Aries Point, and this time, since the planet is potentially lucky Jupiter, he’s a winner, along with campaign corruption.

On Friday the 13th, Jen Psaki said farewell to the White House press corps and introduced her replacement, Karine Jean-Pierre. Heather Cox Richardson explains it all for you — except for the part about their horoscopes. Psaki’s can be found in a post from January 2021.  I’d continue this comparison but it turns out that there are conflicting reports in reputable media outlets re: Jean-Pierre’s birth date (1974 or 1977). For now let’s just observe that  Jean-Pierre’s Leo Sun will be under the influence of Saturn for the second and third time in 2022 at the end of August and mid-December, as Saturn in Aquarius opposes it. Many thanks to Avid Reader Lynn for alerting me to the conflicting dates in an earlier version of this forecast.

Finally, longtime Avid Readers may be familiar with the disembodied entities who call themselves the Hathors, and are channeled by sound healer Tom Kenyon. They had plenty to say during the Uranus-Pluto square of 2011 – 2016, most of which was warning bells and coping strategies for staying grounded in the anticipated storm. They’ve been quiet since January 2021, but Kenyon posted a message on Sunday, and given its content, it’s astonishingly in sync with that day’s planetary patterns! On the Saturn hand, the Hathors think we’re toast. OK, not quite — but they think we’re likely to downsize — as it were — before it gets better. On the Neptune hand, they offer helping coping tips, including a sound meditation (soooo Neptune!).

OK! That’s it for now — unless you’d like to take a listen to Whitney Fishburn and I dish the astrodish in Episode 7 of “Off the Charts: A Stellar Newscast,” where we break down Roe v. Wade, Samuel Alito and John McCain — sprinkled with deep thoughts, laughs and a couple of jokes.

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Thank you for reading this forecast.

This image is worth repeating because Mercury is retrograde.

Plus, it was expensive to license, but I wanted to support the Ukrainian photographer, Hanna Postova.

Furthermore,  Saturn is hot in the cosmos now, and Mars-Neptune is aptly depicted in assorted shades of rose.

The use of this photo was made possible by the support of generous Avid Readers, Fairy Godmothers, Guardian Angels and Biggest Fans. Much gratitude!

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